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Hockey Fundraiser Supports Local Family

On Friday, December 22, 2023, the Senior Blues hockey team hosted a fundraiser game with proceeds going towards Madison Butler,  the 14-month-old daughter of Brittany Mahussier and Cole Butler from Porcupine Plain. 

At just nine months old, when a large brain tumor was discovered, Madison was diagnosed with Grade 3 Anaplastic Ependymoma (Type-A) Brain Cancer.  Madison had surgery in August 2023 to remove the tumor.  Following surgery, the family made several trips to Saskatoon for appointments and MRIs to come up with a treatment plan. Unfortunately, Madison is too young to receive the photon radiation offered in Canada and, due to the fast-growing nature of this type of cancer, waiting was not an option.  As a result, Madison needed to go to Chicago for six weeks of proton therapy radiation, which delivers a more precise beam of radiation. The family has since made two trips to Chicago — one for planning and scans, and another a few weeks later for treatment.  Madison has done amazing through each obstacle she’s encountered, but her fight is far from over. This family is looking at ongoing medical and travel expenses for the rest of Madison’s life.

A Teddy Bear Toss was arranged for the evening and, at the time of the Blues’ first goal – which occurred just 37 seconds into the game – the teddy bears flew!  Teddy bears were available for purchase prior to the game, with funds benefiting Madison’s family; the bears were collected following the Teddy Bear Toss, with new bears being donated to Jim Pattison’s Children’s Hospital and used teddies going to Salvation Army & Food Banks.

The night began with an announcement that the Hudson Bay Hunters donated $1,000 to Madison and her family, demonstrating the amazing support that the hockey community gives.  The evening offered live and silent auction items generously donated by the community, as well as a $5,000 Guaranteed 50/50 sponsored by Prosoils and Quikshift Mechanical.  The 50/50 take-home was $8,130 and the big winner, Ray Moroz, donated all of it back — splitting the pot equally three ways between Madison, Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital, and the Senior Blues.

It was an incredible evening at Chase Place Arena — the Blues played one heck of a game, coming out with a 5-3 win, and the community rallying and raising a total of $64,329.50 to support Madison and her family.

 

Holiday Tree Lighting 2023

On Thursday, November 30th, Johnston Agencies hosted the 10th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Although mother nature was confused most of the day, by evening the weather was very nice. About 150 people gathered in person for the festivities, with many more joining the live-stream on Facebook through the Porcupine Plain Holiday Tree Lighting page, where the video is still available.

 

Bob Nicholson, emcee for the evening, welcomed the crowd and brought everyone’s spirits up with some excellent dad jokes. He chatted about volunteerism and acknowledged the award that the host, Johnston Agencies, had received from the Insurance Brokers Association of Saskatchewan for community involvement. Bob outlined the criteria that is needed to receive the title of “Official Tree Lighter,” and the importance of community involvement.

Nick Wood, Mayor of Porcupine Plain, came forward to introduce this year’s Tree Lighter, his friend and coworker, Susanne Cairns. He talked about how much Susie does within the community, and how grateful he is to have her as a fellow volunteer and friend. He also talked about Susie’s gift for getting others involved; if Susie asks you to help out, you do because you know it will be a good time!

Arriving in typical “Susie Fashion”, Susie’s ensemble included a cow mask decked out in Christmas lights.  She may have taken the official tree lighter title a little too literally, though — with blow torch in hand, she yelled “Let’s light this baby up!”

Susie Cairns is heavily involved within our community. She has been a great asset to Scouts Canada for over 20 years, volunteering to take the kids to Jan Lake and anywhere else they need to go. She loves Halloween and, along with her team of committed, creative volunteers, puts on a spooktacular Haunted Halls each year. Every Sports Day, you can find Susie at the sports grounds all day, all weekend, working tirelessly to put out amazing food and beverages for all to enjoy. On the second Wednesday in August, you can find her running another booth out at Shand Fair! Even though she is extremely busy, she will always lend a hand to anyone that needs it. Susie has been at the Co-op for over 15 years, and is integral to the Co-op Kids’ Club. Every year, children are thrilled to see what she has in store for them.

When she isn’t busy volunteering, Susie enjoys canning, making perogies and cabbage rolls, building incredible things, and working with her cattle. This woman never stops moving, and never stops helping others; if she isn’t busy with her own herd, you can find her helping other cattle farmers with theirs. The only time Susie might not be so giving is with her chocolate — which she loves, loves, loves!

Thank you Susie for all your hard work,  it is greatly appreciated by everyone!

Amber Hoffus of Johnston Agencies, event sponsor, then thanked the people involved in the event, and wished everyone a Merry Christmas from the Johnston Agencies Team. Cassie Galindez, of the Prayer Baptist Church, wrapped up the program with a lovely rendition of Silent Night.  The kids in the crowd jumped out of their seats and lined up for sleigh rides,
given by Dallas “Cookie” Langevin of Swan River, MB. The rest of the crowd huddled around the blazing bonfire built by the Porcupine Volunteer Fire Department to drink hot chocolate, eat
cookies baked by Caroline’s Restaurant, and visit with neighbours and friends.

A huge thanks to everyone that came out to enjoy the evening!

 

Late Night Shopping & Tree Lighting Event

Human Trafficking Presentation

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Service Disruption

Porcupine Carragana Hospital Emergency/Outpatient Department services will have a service disruption :
Thursday, October 19/23
2:00 A.M. until 4:00 A.M.

For life-threatening emergency or urgent situations that require immediate medical
attention (chest pain, shock, life or limb-threatening cases, broken bones or bad cuts),
emergency services are available by calling 9-1-1 for ambulance service
or by presenting yourself at the following hospitals:

Kelvington & Area Hospital
1-306-327-5500
or
Tisdale Hospital
1-306-873-6500

For medical advice and/or information, the provincial Healthline is available
24 hours per day from anywhere in the province online at www.healthlineonline.ca
or by calling 811.

Scarecrow Contest & Tour

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The 6th Annual Scarecrow Contest takes place this Friday, October 6th.  Judges will be out and about Friday afternoon and winners will be announced that evening.  For the second year in a row, there will be a Vegetable Creation Contest held at the POP Pocket Park immediately after school, with judging taking place around 3:30p.m.  Be sure to bring your veggie creation down for judging!  Prizes will be handed out for the Best Veggie Creation, as well as for the Scarecrow Contest — Best Dressed Business/Organization, Household (3 prizes), & Kids (3 prizes).

Over the Thanksgiving Weekend, take your friends and family out for a walk or a drive to take a look at all of the Scarecrow Contest entries.  Scarecrows will remain up until Monday, October 9th.

Mature Driver Refresher Course coming to a community near you!

Porcupine Carragana Hospital resumes 24/7 emergency room service and acute care admissions

The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is pleased to announce the full resumption of 24/7 emergency room (ER) services and acute care admissions at Porcupine Carragana Hospital in Porcupine Plain effective Monday, July 24, 2023, with the hiring of a new physician.  For more information, click here

Happy Retirement, Harold!

Harold Thorpe is three months short of a 60-year run in the furniture business, but with health concerns and an offer on the building, he (reluctantly) decided to retire his Trolly/Cart.

Harold started in the business on September 26, 1963 at the ripe age of 22 years, working for Al Wiegers at Porcupine Furniture & Appliances in the building currently known as The Sunset Club.  Harold worked under Ed Ryhorski from 1963 until 1965, then moved across the street into the Sarcan building and took over management in 1968. Harold managed Porcupine Furniture & Appliances until he and his wife Lynne purchased Bill Billiards on July 3, 1986, opening the doors of H & L Furniture & Appliances on August 19, 1986. Through the years, Harold has served communities as far North as Hudson Bay down to Kelvington & Rose Valley areas, offering free delivery and installation.

Harold would like to thank the community for the continual support throughout the years and, even up to the last week of his career, he could have sold over a dozen more appliances even though stock was limited! Harold plans to enjoy his retirement keeping his seat warm at Chase Place Arena and at the Ball Diamonds watching his grandchildren play sports.

Enjoy your retirement, Harold!

The building’s new owner, Debbie Holinaty, has big plans for the space!  Nourished -Way of Life- Juice Bar & Active Lifestyle Lounge will offer a wellness retreat to enhance the overall well-being of customers