Youth and adult curling clinics announced

Attention curlers… Want to improve your game? Here’s your chance!

Curling clinics have been arranged for both adults and juniors at the end of October. According to Mark Weiss, “We are having SaskCurl come out for a 2 day clinic the end of October.  Two days for kids and one night for adults. Youth is the same as adult in terms of a cost $10 per person attending.  Names can be emailed or called into me as per the poster.”

Junior curling clinic runs on both Oct 28 and Oct 29, and will feature instruction on:-

  • Basic Sliding Techniques (Line of delivery, balance, PVC devices)
  • Mental focus
  • Sweeping (What sweeping does, technique)
  • And more

The adult clinic is being held on Oct 28 only. See the posters below for details.

 

Twin Valley Riding Club trail ride announced for October 15.

The Twin Valley Riding Club has announced a trail ride. It will be held on October 15, 2017 at Trevor Nicholauson’s Farm. The ride begins at 2pm, with a free barbecue at 4pm. Those attending are asked to bring their own lawn chairs, and beverages. The event is open to everyone. For more information, the following phone numbers have been provided. (306) 745-2561, (306) 745-7828; (306) 745-2485, (306) 745-7526.

This event has also been added to our community calendar. Please review the calendars for upcoming events, and remember to send us YOUR event notice. It’s free, courtesy of North Valley Credit Union.

Esterhazy golf course thank you’s and summer project updates

The following notice was received from Vick Paidel regarding the Esterhazy golf course.

Hi to Everyone;

I want to take the time to thank some groups & companies for the donations they have so generously provided the golf course & clubhouse.

I want to thank the Ladies club for paying the whole bill for recoating the clubhouse roof. The work was definetly past due & the Ladies Club made it possible to have the work completed.

I would like to thank Crush-rite Concrete for the donation of concrete for in front of #9 tee box & 18 roadway that was put around the inlets of culverts.

Thanks also goes to Icon Const./ Parkland Mfg & PC Place for the donation of the clubhouse computor. Also a big thank you to Heather Neville for making this happen.

A big thank you to all that donated their golf cart for the tourn. last Friday P.M. There was a bit of a dilema with rental carts & clubhouse needed 10 carts, so on short notice people offered their carts to help out, and then they all went beyond that & donated all the rental fee’s to the Regional Park. (Geo. Kascmar, Mike Bewcyk, John Nightingale, Barry Off, Bob Nordin, Jerry Halyk, Dana Paidel, Derek Paidel.) There were a total of 10 carts donated. I would also like to thank the people that offered their cart but were not needed.

Another thank you to guys that helped pick stones from in the deep rough on 2, 3, & 4. ( Bob Nordin, Joe Diakow, Lorne Delmage) The stones were used as rip/rap in front of 9 tee drainage ditch. Also that now will allow us to cut further into the deep rough on those holes. (maybe I will be able to find a couple of my golf balls). Thanks again to Lorne Delmage & Richard Zurburg for helping haul stones for rip/rap for drainage ditch from top of hill. This project is now complete.

I would like to thank the mayor, town councillors, rec. director & town administrator for helping us out (by giving the Regional Park an interest free loan to be able to have PDAP projects completed. With the money we can pay the contractors and when PDAP pays the Regional Park we will immediately pay the town back the loan.).

I also want to thank Gordon Meyer (town foreman) & all the town employees for all the help & cooperation they have given us over the last few years. They have made our job a lot easier.

A big thank you to everyone that volunteers their services at clubhouse helping Tony. (example: cooking steaks for tourn, help moving deep freezes, help line up extra tables & golf carts for tourn. Just to name a few things. I know Tony really appreciates it.

Short summary of projects that were accomplished this season. Approx. cost of ea. project shown in red.

  1. A weeping tile was extended on the fairway on hole #7, this was to try & dry up the continual wet area that was unplayable. It seems to have worked but we must keep in mind that we had a very dry year so lets hope that it works this well when it is a wet year. ($600.oo)
  2. A pipe was added to the weeping tile on green side of #5 as that area never seemed to dry up. It seems to be doing the job. ($0.oo)
  3. The area beside creek on green side of #5 was filled in & leveled off so it will be playable once the grass grows. ($0.oo)
  4. A new sprinkler head was installed between green & creek. ($100.oo)
  5. A day was spent by quite a few volunteers trimming shrubs & cutting grass in rough along holes 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, & also along creek on fairway #1. ($0.oo)
  6. There were 2 new much needed sprinkler heads added to #1 fairway 1 just accross creek on green side & 1 just before creek on tee side. Obviously we missed putting them in when we were installing sprinklers in 2015. At the same time a few sprinkler heads got lowered on 7 fairway & some top soil was added to low areas around some sprinkler heads on 8 fairway. There are still some heads that need lowering or fill to be added so please be careful not to run over them if possible. ($0.oo sprinkler heads were used & in stock)
  7. Jerry Babyak has put in a horrendous amount of time & effort cutting & removing dead trees on golf course. There were a lot more trees than any of us realized, there were a lot of trees that were laying down in the tall grass as well. He still has some trees behind #6 tee box to cut & cleanup & then he is done. Not only has he been doing this project but he still finds time to volunteer a whole day of trimming shrubs & cutting grass with us. He reminds me of the energizer bunny. Also in some area’s where Jerry has cut trees there are Maple seedings growing hopefully in a couple of years those area’s will start filling in & it will not look so bare. ($0.oo)
  8. The drainage ditch in front of 9 tee box has been redirected so it is in a more direct line of flow. Also we added a 24″ culvert on 9 &18 so it will handle a lot more water flow then the original. ( just over a 100% increase.) Rip/rap has been completed in drainage ditch & concrete was poured around inlets of culvets on both 9 & 18. ($0.oo)
  9. Shrub roots were dug out then filled in with top soil on North side of #3 fairway. ($0.oo)
  10. The clubhouse roof has a new coat of urethane.Hopefully we do not have to worry about that for a number of years. ($3,000.oo) Paid by Ladies Club.
  11. The old section of the clubhouse deck has had some deckboards replaced as well as railing, and some joists replaced. ($370.oo)
  12. The old & newer deck were completely stained. ($545.oo)
  13. Lean to on clubhouse reshingled. ($0.oo)

For all projects listed above the approx. total cost to the Regional Park was $4,615.oo ( $3,000.oo of that was paid by the Ladies Club for the roof ). The to Regional Park for the above projects is approx.. $1,615.oo.

Projects that are still to be completed;

  1. Culvert in front of #8 tee box. We do not have quite enough culvert yet but we have some people looking for more. When we find enough culvert we will install in trench & permanently remove the bridge. The cartpath will go over the culvert.
  2. We want to widen the heavy rough by another roughly 10 – 12 feet on holes 2, 3, 4.
  3. Cleanup area behind #8 green. There are old railway ties some need to be disposed of the usable ties stacked properly. There is old culverts, steel beams, grating etc. that either has to be disposed of or arranged in some sort of order.
  4. There is old equip. laying around maint. Shop that has not been used for many years. Decisions have to be made what pcs. we need & which we do not. Some of the pcs maybe useful to other courses. So we would advertise items for sale & what does not sell haul to Hilltop Metals as scrap.
  5. In our development plan we have to do a tree planting program.
  6. Repair front left hand corner of # 5 tee box.
  7. Highways is scheduled this fall to lower rocks in front of culvert @ highway 22/80. This should increase flow capacity of culvert which we are going to need now that the R M of Fertile Belt is putting in a new culvert on Bredenbury road.

PDAP projects to do.

  1. We have recd. 30 sprinkler heads c/w swing joints. This is to help replace those damaged in flood & rebuilding of course.
  2. The gravel portion of the cartpaths has been completed.
  3. We have recd. 8 new elect. Controllers for the irrigation system. We are still waiting for the wireless portion of this project but expect those to be here in a couple weeks. This new system is a wireless system where the master computer tells which pedestal to start & then the pedestal tells the pump to start & stop. There will be no hard wire from computer to pedestals or from pedestals to pump. There will still be wires from pedestals to sprinkler heads. Big Sky should be starting to install all this towards end of month (pedestals only no sprinkler heads).
  4. Big Sky is also going to supply & install a soft start & a high/low pressure switch on pump to help protect it.
  5. The pavers are on site as of Sept 19. They will be paving mostly where there was existing pavement on the course except for #1 from tee box to bottom of hill. Please be careful when golfing, watch for moving equip. & workers.

The items listed is not a complete list of what has been completed or what needs to be completed but it does give everyone an idea of what was accomplished. Please remember all this was done by volunteers, nobody got paid except we had the 2 girls that were Regional Park employees that helped 2 days on roof project, 1 day trimming trees & grass & 2 days helping stain deck. Also to make this happen we had some businesses donate mat; & some businesses donate equipment, labour, etc. Without the volunteers & these businesses this would never have been able to be accomplished.

I think that the businesses that donated & the volunteers that have spent mega hrs. working ARE AWESOME. They have been able to take a mud hole & turn it back into a golf course. The improvement that I see from last year to this year are huge. If we can keep progressing like this in a couple years I can visualize a course as good or better than we ever had.

I know we are always asking for volunteers & so many are willing to help. Please keep in mind when we are asking for volunteers it is not always for back breaking work. If you physically are not able to help working on course or if your job does not able you to attend work bees we also can use people that have expertise with accounting, budgets, development planning, doing contracts, fund raising, promotions, organize Regional Park fund raising tournaments etc. Most of this can be done at home & by attending a Regional Park meeting once a month. This helps lighten load on the group that is trying to do all these things.

When the course shuts down that is when the board’s job begins. We need to have budgets, hire greens keeper, do the lease on clubhouse, development planning just to mention a few. If we did this right the major part of our work would be done by the time course opens & then we monitor the work through the summer & enjoy some golfing.

For everyones info the Regional Park board has a meeting every 4th Tues of the month. Our next meeting is Sept. 26th @ 7:00 P.M. at clubhouse. The meetings are at clubhouse in summer (April – Sept.) The rest of the year the meetings are held at town office (council chambers). These meetings are open to the public. You do not have to be on the board or a member to attend. We encourage people to attend. We will not railroad you into being on the board so do not let that stop you from attending. Again I want to thank all the businesses & volunteers that have done so much for us.

Our new motto is “Let’s make the golf course great again

If anyone has any suggestions, concerns, questions, or would like to volunteer please send me or anyone on the board an e-mail.Members of Regional Park Board: Barry Off, Maggie Rowland, Heather Maga, Randy Bot, Tom Landin, Marty Pfeifer, & myself.

Louise Meir (rec. director ) advisor to the board.

Vick Paidel

A bigger vision for world-class healthcare in the Esterhazy District

By Kenneth James Kerr

On September 11, 2017, the 17th Annual Esterhazy & District Charity Golf Classic will take place at the Esterhazy golf course. The event is the major fundraiser for new healthcare facilities in the area, and its continuation each year is due to both the determination of a dedicated group of people who organize it, and the incredible support of the many companies, local authorities, and individuals who donate or pledge towards the building of a new hospital in Esterhazy.

For those visionaries who keep the dream alive, the journey has been characterized by both victories and disappointments. Every successful fundraising event is a victory, as is every positive meeting with a government representative. However, there are times when some disappointment is also experienced, when another year goes by without the hoped-for government announcement, or changes take place that alter the plans.

Recently, the Saskatchewan Minister of Health met with representatives of the St. Anthony’s Hospital Foundation, and representatives of the Charity Golf Classic to discuss the hospital project. The meeting was positive, but it clearly communicated two important realities that some people might see as disappointing. First, there is no government funding available for the project at this time, and second, for the project to move forward it must be a combined hospital and care home at the same time, which means it will be more expensive than originally expected.

So how should people respond to this news? There are two choices. Choice one is to get discouraged and give up. Yes, that is a choice, but what will the end result of that choice be? It would resign everything that has been done in the past to failure. Choice two is to acknowledge the situation, focus again on the dream, and be inspired to carry on.

Which choice do you think offers the better ultimate result?

Yes, it is going to take more money. The larger project requires a larger community contribution to move it forward. Right now, with donations and pledges combined, we stand at $8.8 million already committed to the project. (Already contributed donations are held by the St. Anthony’s Hospital Foundation and the Esterhazy Charity Golf, and are invested and gaining interest.) With the upcoming Golf Classic, it is anticipated the total will rise to $9 million. That’s staggering! However, with the larger project, the 20% share must now increase to $11 million.

How important is it to have this increased community contribution in place? Look at it this way. It’s the ticket to the dance. If we don’t have the 20% in place when government funding is actually available, Esterhazy won’t even get invited to the dance. However, with the 20% in place, we’re at the dance. It doesn’t mean we’ll be invited to take to the dance floor with the government (get guaranteed funding) in any specific year, but at least Esterhazy will be at the dance and eligible for taking the spotlight when the opportunity arises.

So what is the best way to inspire continued fundraising to attain a higher figure? It’s to get a clearer vision of what we’re really aiming for. It’s not just a hospital, it’s the bringing of world-class healthcare to Esterhazy and the surrounding region. That’s a bigger and more powerful dream, and it will give this region something even more valuable.

What does the dream of world-class healthcare look like?

  1. With an integrated hospital and care home, local seniors will have the facility, the staff, and the medical support, to live a quality life in their sunset years. When critical medical care is needed, they will already be in the right place at the right time.
  2. With an integrated hospital and care home, the local and district population will have everything they need to receive essential and periodic health care when it is needed.
  3. With an integrated hospital and care home, it will become easier to recruit new doctors to the area. Doctors are human too, and if they have a choice between working in a dilapidated building or working in a new state-of-the-art facility, where do you think they will gravitate to? Doctor retention is a key factor here. The same goes for nurses, continuing care assistants, and ancillary/support workers at every level.
  4. With an integrated hospital and care home, this district will be better equipped to handle any disaster, whether by natural causes, commercial incident, or traffic accident.
  5. With an integrated hospital and care home designed from the ground up, even such factors as a dedicated landing platform for STARS can be envisioned, as well as ambulance bays, and other essentials that are easily overlooked.

This is the real dream. It’s not just about a building, it’s about a quality of life for our parents, for our children and grandchildren, and for every soul in Esterhazy and the surrounding district. Is that a big enough dream to inspire continued fundraising? Is it a big enough dream to enable us to overcome momentary disappointments? Yes, it is.

The Town of Esterhazy knows it, and they pledged an additional million dollars to the project! The RM of Spy Hill knows it too, they pledged a second round of $600.000 just recently. But now the call must go out to all other local municipalities, and corporations, and service groups, and individuals.

Yes, the Golf Classic is coming up, and while they don’t need any more golfers, they do need more financial donations and pledges. These are the people to contact to make that happen…

Jerry Halyk – (306) 745 2136. Heather MacDonald Maga – (306) 745 2404. Gerald (Chip) Bernath – (306) 745 6510, (306) 740 9252. Ed Zimmer – (306) 745 6249.

But, it’s going to take more than the Golf Classic to get the 20% in place. We’ve got to begin thinking outside the box. Will a private investor step up and help? Who do you know in the world of entertainment, or sport who would be altruistic enough to pledge their financial support out of their deep pockets? Are there any “local man or woman makes it big” people out there who originally hailed from this area? What ideas can we come up with? What avenues have not been considered? A bigger dream can stimulate incredible creativity if we put our individual and collective minds to it.

If you have ideas, contacts, etc, please get in touch with Don Hood – (306) 745 6100, (306) 740 7035, or Don Bernath – (306) 793 2008, (306) 740 9975.

The Esterhazy district plays an essential role in the provincial economy. It’s an important place, and that’s why it is still growing with new subdivisions, still attracting new businesses, and still building new community amenities. These are tangible evidences of the ability to dream. And, the people of this area must never lose sight of the dream, the vision, and the goal of world-class healthcare.

We can make this happen!