PCU Park Outdoor Rink

Mr. Riley and his Grade 10 Industrial Arts class, and Deanna Smith from Affinity Credit Union, with the newly installed boards and nets at PCU Park Outdoor Rink

PCU Park is a beautiful green space in the heart of Porcupine Plain’s downtown, providing the perfect space for residents and visitors to connect.  The Park is  frequently host to fundraisers for community organizations, as well as to barbeques and other events sponsored by local businesses.  It is a great spot to sit down for lunch or an ice cream cone, have a picnic, or play on the grass; in the winter, you can enjoy Christmas decorations or spend quality time with friends and family on the Outdoor Rink.

Several years ago, the Porcupine Credit Union decided to lease the lot to create additional parking for staff, with a plan to revitalize the lot which many years ago  housed the Co-op fuel station. To date, the Co-op owns the lot and the Credit Union leases it.  In 2018, Porcupine Credit Union merged with Affinity Credit Union, and it seemed only fitting to name the park after Porcupine Credit Union by calling it PCU Park.

After parking stalls were built, grass was planted and a small walking path and sitting area were added.  The Credit Union purchased a shed, Parkland Co-op donated insulation, and Altitude Electric donated wiring for spotlights and heaters, to create a warmup shack.  In 2021, a cement pad was installed to allow year-round use of the rink space.  And, this winter, Mr. Riley and the PPCS Grade 10 Industrial Arts class built and installed boards, as well as netting, to protect nearby vehicles and buildings.  Members of the Porcupine Plain & District Volunteer Fire Department give generously of their time each year to flood the rink and Co-op & Affinity Credit Union staff take pride in decorating the space for the holidays and ensuring the ice is clear of snow and ready for use.

It is a fantastic thing to watch these cooperative entities team up for such a great project.  PCU Park truly is a Labour of Love — the smiles and laughter of children while they play a friendly game of hockey speaks volumes.

Thank you to everyone who makes PCU Park a vibrant and enjoyable space for all to enjoy!

Thank you for Shopping Local this Holiday Season

Koral Kriger (right) presents $500 in Christmas Cash to grand prize winner, Crystal Greavette (left)

After a two-year break, the Porcupine Plain Economic Development Committee was thrilled to once again be able to host its annual Christmas Cash promotion.  Every purchase or transaction made at participating merchants between November 14 & December 9, 2022 received an entry into the draw.  The draw was made on Saturday, December 10th, at the Parkland Co-op’s Santa Day, where Koral Kriger, Community Development Officer for the Town of Porcupine Plain, was joined by Santa and Mrs. Claus to thank residents for shopping local and to announce the winners. 

Congratulations to Lowell Heustis, Gaylene Sproull, Aaron Small, and Donna Rodgers, who each won $100; Sharon & Lyle Birch and Tracy Knudsen, who won $250; and Crystal Greavette, who won the grand prize of $500.  Prizes were handed out in the form of Christmas Cash, which can be spent at any of the participating merchants.

Thank you to the businesses who made this promotion possible:  Parkland Co-op, Slobodian Pharmacy, Fields, Caroline’s Restaurant, Bits n Pieces, Lueur Luxury Esthetics, Klimm McKee Law, Affinity Credit Union, & the Porcupine Plain Economic Development Committee. 

 

December News

Holiday Tree Lighting 2022

On Thursday, December 1st, Johnston Agencies hosted the 9th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Although the weather outside was frightful for most of the day, by evening the wind had settled down, and about 150 people gathered in person for the festivities, with many more joining the livestream on Facebook thru the Porcupine Plain Holiday Tree Lighting page, where the video is still available.

Nick Wood, Mayor of Porcupine, welcomed the crowd and chatted a bit about the spirit of volunteerism, acknowledging the award that the evening’s host, Johnston Agencies, had received earlier in the year from the Insurance Brokers Association of Saskatchewan for community involvement. Nick then outlined the criteria for being nominated as the “Official Tree Lighter” which includes being an active community member, and someone that carries the spirit of Christmas kindness with them year round.

Estelle Leichert, former resident of Porcupine Plain (now of Saskatoon), then came forward to introduce her friend, fellow volunteer, former employer, and this year’s Tree Lighter, Glenda Kwasney. 

In 1982 Glenda started working with Jim’s tax service, and in 1991 became her own boss with Porcupine Accounting. It was a good year to start in the accounting industry because it was the same year that GST was introduced! As a member of the business community, Glenda has done lots of volunteer bookkeeping for the small charities in town, always has an item to donate or time to give to a local fundraiser, and often her office is known as the drop off for many groups.  She has served as the Playschool teacher, Sunday School Teacher, member of the Anglican United Church Women’s Group, and Fall Supper organizer. She was very involved in the annual sports day committee for many years as the treasurer and helping to organize and volunteer at the sports day. She has served two terms on the Parkland Co-op Board, and is currently a board member of the Centennial Lodge.  Glenda has also been involved with the Larwood Shaw Memorial Swimming Pool Committee since it’s inception, and is helping to bridge the gap of knowledge with the new pool build. She has done books for the pool, wrote grant applications, worked bingos, organized and served farmers market lunches and pretty much every job in between.  Glenda has been married to her husband Fred for over 45 years, and has three children and seven grandchildren that she helps whenever she can!

Glenda then lit the tree and was presented with a small lantern as a token of appreciation for her  dedication to the community, as well as an ornament that commemorates her as the 2022 Official Tree Lighter. This ornament will hang on “Ornament Row” next to the Christmas tree, along with those of the previous recipients.

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. The kids in the crowd quickly lined up for sleigh rides, given by Dallas Langevin of Roblin, MB, and the rest of the crowd huddled around the blazing bonfire built by the Porcupine Volunteer Fire Department with the leadership of Retired Fire Chief Dave Hipkins, to drink hot chocolate, eat cookies baked by the Porcupine Comprehensive Food Services classes, and visit with neighbours and friends.

 

Left to Right: Nino Hernandez, Lana Woulfe, Danielle Quiring-Webking, Bobbie-Jean Buchanan, Barry Leier, Marilyn Jonas, Vernon Armitage, Muriel Cameron

Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal (Sask) Presentation 

At a presentation held on December 2nd at the Kelvington Legion Hall, several residents of Porcupine Plain & Area were presented with a Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal (Sask) in recognition of their significant contributions to their communities.  The Crown in Canada has a long history of instituting  commemorative medals during important years; since the 1935 Silver Jubilee of King George V, commemorative medals have been awarded to recognize all manners of service to Crown and Country, be it at the local, provincial, national or international levels.  As part of the 70th anniversary of Her Majesty ascending the throne as Queen of Canada, this long tradition of creating commemorative medals has continued.  In the absence of a Federal Platinum Jubilee Medal program, six provinces have established Jubilee Medals of their own, each with the same ribbon, overall design and criteria.  The design of the medal was approved by Her Majesty the Queen at  Windsor Castle on May 17, 2022.

The Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal is a tangible way for Saskatchewan to honour Her Late Majesty for Her service to Canada, while also recognizing the significant contributions and achievements by Saskatchewan citizens.  The Porcupine Plain & Area residents honoured on December 2nd included Vernon Armitage, Bobbie-Jean Buchanan, Muriel Cameron, Nino Hernandez, Marilyn Jonas, George Kays, Barry Leier, Tom Lindenback, Danielle Quiring-Webking, as well as Peggy
Looby and Lana Woulfe of Bjorkdale.  Collette Bourgonje was also named as a recipient.

 

 

Caroline’s Restaurant Reopening!

LSMP Fundraiser a Smashing Success

Amber Hoffus with Vern & Gail Armitage as they announce their donation on behalf of Wheelers Transport of $100,000 towards the rebuild of Larwood-Shaw Memorial Pool

The Larwood-Shaw Memorial Swimming Pool Fundraising Committee’s first It’s in the Bin Harvest Party was held on Friday, October 28th.  With an incredible meal provided by Faron Saufert and the Dam Smokehouse in Nipawin, live music from the band Magnum, and an incredible selection of bucket-draw and silent auction items donated by area residents and businesses, the evening was incredibly enjoyable for all who attended, and the high-energy Tractor Races made for some friendly competition!

Kelsey Burton was on hand to announce the donation of $15,000 on behalf of ProSoils/Youth in Motion; Brianne Braaten & Tracy Darmokid presented a cheque for $20,000 on behalf of Affinity Credit Union Member Council; and Brianne Braaten & Taylor Hood presented a cheque for $25,000 on behalf of Parkland Co-op. 

To top it all off, Vern & Gail Armitage announced their donation of $100,000 on behalf of Wheelers Transport towards the rebuild of the swimming pool!

With these donations, along with proceeds from ticket sales, bucket draws and silent auction, the evening brought in a whopping total of $181,000 for the project!

The Wheaton Family, who were instrumental in having the original Larwood-Shaw Memorial Pool constructed 25+ years ago, have generously pledged to match any
fundraising efforts up to $100,000!

Thank you to everyone who has supported this project and, in particular, to the LSMP Fundraising Committee for their work in putting on such an
enjoyable and successful evening!

 

Health & Wellness Survey

Saskatchewan Health Authority is conducting a survey in the North East area to find out what areas of health and wellness are most important to you and to identify ways to improve health and wellness in our communities.  The data compiled fromt his survey will assist local Provider Teams to address the needs identified in each community.

Your input would be appreciated!

Pick up a copy of the survey from Slobodian Pharmacy or the Town Office, or visit Rita at the Parkland Co-op grocery store between 10a.m. and 4p.m. on Wednesday, October 19th.

The survey is also available online — scan the QR code to access the online survey.

For more information, please contact Rita Robertson at rita.robertson@saskhealthauthority.ca OR Heather Turcotte at heather.turcotte@saskhealthauthority.ca

 

5th Annual Scarecrow Contest

This weekend is the 5th Annual Scarecrow Contest & Scarecrow Tour – hosted by Porcupine Opportunities Program & Town of Porcupine Plain

Registration is now closed for the Scarecrow Contest, but residents and visitors are welcome to use the Scarecrow Tour Map to take a walk or drive around and look at all of this year’s wonderful entries!  Winners will be selected the afternoon of Friday, October 7th and announced on the Town of Porcupine Plain Facebook Page.

New this year is Friday’s Kids Veggie Creation Contest!  Come down to the POP Pocket Park (beside the Town Office) right after school, where judges will choose the Most Creative Veggie Creation!  No registration required! 

We hope you all have a happy and safe Thanksgiving Long Weekend!

Porcupine Opportunities Program receives funding for expanded workshop

Porcupine Opportunities Program Inc. (POP) is pleased to announce that it has received $805,000 in funding from the Government of Canada for renovation and expansion of its industrial wood workshop in Porcupine Plain. The federal investment, by Prairies Economic Development Canada (PrairiesCan), is through its Community Economic Development and Diversification (CEDD) program. CEDD supports economic development initiatives that contribute to the economic growth and diversification of communities across the Prairie provinces.
Construction and renovation is set to begin in the early fall of 2022 with an anticipated completion time of late spring 2023.
POP is a community-based and governed organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of persons experiencing disability. In operation since 1974, the agency provides residential, vocational, and employment supports and services to over 30 adults experiencing intellectual and/or physical disabilities. Services are provided in Porcupine Plain and Hudson Bay.
“Porcupine Opportunities Program is thankful that PrairiesCan recognized the importance of this project to the individuals we support, our agency, and our community as a whole”, said General Manager, Marilyn Jonas. “We are grateful for this opportunity and excited to expand our vocational opportunities through this investment”.
The investment will support the renovation of POP’s existing 4200 square foot workshop which was built in 1985 as part of the agency’s vocational program. Originally, the shop supported the production of core boxes for mining exploration. This work continues with the production of over 30,000 boxes per year. Over the past several years POP has also added production of dunnage for the lumber industry to its scope of business. This work involves using waste lumber to manufacture strips of wood that are strapped to the bottom of lifts of lumber. The strips, or dunnage, facilitate movement of the lifts using a forklift or loader. The agency is now producing close to 600,000 pieces of dunnage and has added additional staff to support this work. Increased space and updates to the infrastructure of the shop and its equipment are required to support and sustain both core box and dunnage production moving forward.
“Our government recognizes that community-based organizations like the Porcupine Opportunities Program are critical for providing vocational and employment opportunities for persons with disabilities,” said Daniel Vandal, Minister for PrairiesCan. “This program engages individuals’ interests and enables their inclusion as part of a work team doing valued work. POP is a unique asset to the community and will continue to deliver these important services with today’s support from our government.”
The funding from PrairiesCan will add an additional 3500 square feet of working space as well as support renovation and updating of the existing workshop. Included in the project will be the addition of a specialized area for the manufacture of a variety of small wood projects for sale including: benches and chairs, planters, bird houses, games, and much more. This new work area will provide opportunity for some participants who are less mobile, or need a quieter work area, to participate in the workshop activities. In addition to the extra space, the investment will support an update in electrical services, a new sawdust vacuum system, and some specialized wood working equipment.
For further information, contact:
Marilyn Jonas, General Manager
Porcupine Opportunities Program,
Porcupine Plain, SK
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Summer Play Program is BACK!

Community Garage Sale

The Town of Porcupine Plain’s 3rd Community Garage Sale will be held on Saturday, June 11th!  Sales run 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — no early birds please!  Click HERE to view the map of participating households.

Be sure to visit the Porcupine Place Sports Grounds to catch a game or two of the U9 & U11 Softball Tournament, and grab a burger for lunch while you’re there.  They will also have 50/50 & Raffle prizes!

Then, visit Quilly’s Community Place for even more shopping at the Quilly’s Community Garden Grand Opening Outdoor Market, Bake Sale & Bucket Draws!  The Grand Opening will be held outside behind the QCP building OR, if it is raining, inside the QCP Gymnasium (use back doors).