Veterans Banners Expansion Announced

The Town of Porcupine Plain is excited to announce
the expansion of our Veterans Banner Project!

With funding received from Veterans Affairs Canada, the Town of Porcupine Plain will move ahead with an expansion of the Veterans Banners for McAllister Avenue.  If you have a loved one that you would like to honour, please contact Koral at the Town Office:

Phone:  306-278-2311

Email:  cdo.porcupine@sasktel.net

You will need to provide a clear, good quality photo, along with your family member’s name and your own contact information.  If emailing, please scan images using the highest possible resolution.

As funding is not unlimited, additional banners will be on a first-come first-served basis.  However, if you are interested in donating to assist in covering any shortfall, please contact the Town Office. 

 

Thank you to the RM of Porcupine #395

Photo of RM Office taken by Tristan Wingert of Broad Leaf Media

The Town of Porcupine Plain would like to recognize our collaborations with and the contributions made by the RM of Porcupine #395. 

Not only do the Town and RM join forces in operating the Porcupine & District Fire Department (along with the RM of Bjorkdale – Division 1), we also jointly operated the Porcupine Regional Waste Management Authority (PRWMA).  The RM of Porcupine has taken over the waste site location, where they now operate the Porcupine Transfer Station.  We are still working together with all partners to have the PRWMA decommissioned completely.

The RM of Porcupine contributes yearly to facility operation costs; these funds are provided directly to the Chase Place Arena, Curling Rink and Larwood-Shaw Memorial Swimming Pool.  The RM also assisted with the renovations for the Medical Clinic at Quilly’s Community Place and contribute toward doctor recruitment efforts and incentives. 

Last year, we were also successful in creating the new STARS Landing Pad, ensuring residents the swiftest takeoff in their time of need.  The RM and Town continue to work together on the maintenance of the landing pad and the airstrip.

Between the Town of Porcupine Plain and the RM of Porcupine #395, we have been able to offer Koral Kriger full-time employment, which has proven to work out wonderfully for all.

The RM of Porcupine #395 has been splendid to work with.  Thank you for your invaluable partnership and efforts to create a viable and sustainable community.

 

Join the 2021 Census team!

Looking to make a lasting contribution to Canada, its communities and people? Canada’s next census will take place in May 2021. Statistics Canada is hiring approximately 32,000 people across the country to work on the collection phase of the 2021 Census. In the current context of COVID-19, we are committed to ensuring the safety of our employees at all times.

Available jobs for the 2021 Census include supervisory and non-supervisory positions that require collecting census data from residents in your community, mostly on evenings and weekends. Start and end dates vary by position and location, and are between March and July 2021.

 

If you’re interested in helping your community to plan for the future, while earning extra income, then this is the right opportunity for you! Apply online at Census jobs.

2020 Tree Lighting went Virtual

On Thursday, November 26th, Johnston Agencies hosted the 7th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. The ceremony this year was very different from previous years; in order to comply with Covid-19 best practices, the event was held virtually and streamed live on Facebook.

Bob Nicholson, Deputy Mayor and evening’s emcee, welcomed the viewers at home and talked a bit about how this year’s experience is different than what we’ve come to expect, but that he is still grateful that we can continue this tradition. Bob explained that typically we honor an individual as our “Official Tree Lighter” but that this year we are honoring all Essential Workers.

Mayor Nick Wood then offered a heartfelt and moving speech thanking all of our Community’s Essential Workers. He also implored us to continue to be kind and considerate to one another. His speech in its entirety can be found on page 2.

Bob & Nick then called for the tree to be lit and, after a slight electrical glitch, the Tree and Ornament Row shone brightly. If you get a chance to check out Ornament Row in person, you will see that we have new, more durable ornaments this year, thanks to JilyBee Designs. Bob then recognized that over 280 essential workers would be receiving a small gift certificate, redeemable at any of the Porcupine Plain eateries, as a token of appreciation for their work.

Amber Hoffus of Johnston Agencies, event sponsor, then thanked the people involved in the event, and specifically this year’s honorees, the Essential Workers. Amber reflected upon the lyrics of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” specifically that someday we’ll be together, but until then we’ll muddle through.  Amber encouraged everyone to remember that we are in this together and that being apart won’t last forever.

If you are interested in watching the ceremony, or the short video that highlights some of the more than 280 Essential Workers nominated this year, you can find it on the Porcupine Plain Holiday Tree Lighting Facebook page. 

New Town Council Sworn In

Your new Town Council was sworn in at council meeting on Thursday, November 12th!

Left to Right:  Councillor Bob Nicholson, Councillor Don Ross, Councillor Nicole Genaille, Councillor Craig Kriger, Councillor Karen Wick, Mayor Nick Wood, Councillor Frank Duhaime, Amber Hoffus, and Tim Chmarney

Municipal Election

TOWN OF PORCUPINE PLAIN NEWS RELEASE

 The Town of Porcupine Plain has received the following nominations for Mayor and Council:

The following person was nominated for position of Mayor:

  • Nick Wood, Co-op Meat Manager

Returning Officer Twyla Salmond declared Nick Wood as Mayor by acclamation.

 

The Following nine persons have been nominated for the SIX positions of Council:

  • Francois J. Duhaime, Retired
  • Nicole Genaille, Bakery/Deli Manager
  • George Kays, Canadian Armed Forces
  • Craig Kriger, Parts Clerk
  • Anthony (Tony) Lau, Retired Teacher
  • Bob Nicholson, Loans Officer
  • Don Ross, Retired
  • Jaye Salmond, Freelance/Landlord
  • Karen Wick, Insurance Broker

An election will be held on Monday, November 9, 2020, with the Advance Poll being held Thursday, November 5th.  Both Polls will be located in the Gymnasium at Quilly’s Community Place (QCP).

Click HERE for more information regarding the upcoming Municipal Election.

Celebrating the Graduating Class of 2020

With Public Health Orders and several restrictions in place, Porcupine Plain graduation celebrations looked a little different this year.   The graduating class was able to participate in a Grad Parade which took the impeccably dressed graduates all around Town.  Friends and family watched from front lawns and waved and cheered as the graduates drove by — there were even a few cowbells being rung! 

The celebrations continued with a “Reverse Parade”, where the graduates stationed  themselves below their banners along McAllister Avenue (Main Street) and supporters drove by honking, waving, and cheering to show their support for this year’s graduating class.

An amazing Fireworks Show — sponsored by the Parkland Co-op, Town of Porcupine Plain, RM of Porcupine, and Porcupine Sports Days Committee — was the cherry on top of an incredibly touching tribute to the PPCS Graduating Class of 2020.

Graduation Celebrations

The Porcupine Plain Comprehensive School invites the community to celebrate the Graduating Class of 2020 with a socially distanced graduation “ceremony” on Friday, June 26, 2020.  The schedule of events is as follows:

  1. Graduation Parade:  The Graduation Parade will start at 6:20p.m., and will go past all in-town graduates’ homes.  If you reside along the parade route, watch from your lawn and wave, make a sign, or make some noise!  The parade route will be determined and announced.  Please note that the Parade will not be going down Main Street, so please do not park along the street — it needs to remain clear for the Drive-By portion of the evening’s events.
  2. Main Street Drive-By:  Between 7:00 and 8:00 p.m., the graduates will stand on Main Street under their banner.  The community is asked to drive along Main Street honking, waving, and showing your support for the graduates.  Please do not park or walk along Main Street for the duration of the Drive-By event.
  3. Fireworks: Fireworks Show will be at Dusk (after 10p.m.).  Spectators are encouraged to watch from their home backyard or deck, but are welcome to attend at the Sports Grounds provided that they adhere to all parking and social distancing Guidelines posted.  Tune in to 98.5 for accompanying music!  

PLEASE STAY HOME IF YOU ARE FEELING UNWELL OR EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19.