Congratulations Tarin!

Photo courtesy of Everett Silvertips Hockey Club/Facebook

Having to miss his own high school graduation ceremony  in Porcupine Plain on June 27th due to the NHL Draft in Las Vegas, Tarin Smith’s classmates opted to have a separate graduation parade on June 22nd to ensure that Tarin could be part of their celebrations.  In a show of
support and well wishes, Tarin’s classmates adorned Porcupine Blues jerseys and residents of Porcupine Plain watched the parade from their homes and workplaces, or along McAllister Avenue, to show their support and wish Tarin luck in the 2024 Draft.

Spending his time in the Western Hockey League with the Everett Silvertips, Tarin was picked by the Silvertips after putting up six goals and 34 points in 43 games with the Saskatoon Blazers (U18 AAA), but was limited to only eight games in his WHL rookie season thanks to a shoulder injury that required surgery. He returned in 2023-2024 with eight goals and 44 points in 67 games, leading to Central Scouting ranking him 38th heading into the NHL Draft; among Silvertip skaters, Smith ranked eighth in points and first among defensemen.

It looks like all his hard work paid off because, in the 2024 NHL Draft, Tarin Smith was selected in the third round, 79th overall, by the Anaheim Ducks!  The community of Porcupine Plain extends its heartfelt congratulations to Tarin. This remarkable achievement reflects his dedication, talent, and hard work.  The entire town is proud of his accomplishment and looks forward to cheering him on as he embarks on this exciting new chapter in his hockey career.

PPCS Graduating Class of 2024 prior to parade held on June 22nd. Photo courtesy of Analisa Sibay Asis Samalla/Facebook

5th Annual Community Garage Sale

Our 5th Annual Community-Wide Garage Sale will be held on Sunday, June 9th.  Click the image below to see the map of participating households — Happy shopping!  And don’t forget to head down to the ball diamonds/sports grounds to take in Minor Ball Day — they’ve got ball games happening all day starting at 10a.m., along with a food booth to keep your tummies happy, 50/50 draw and bucket draws!!

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CAUTION – YOU’RE IN BEAR COUNTRY!

The Porcupine Plain Comprehensive School Sr. Boy’s Bears Basketball team worked their tails off all season and, this year, were ranked #1 in Saskatchewan! While SHSAA cancelled Hoopla (Saskatchewan’s high school basketball championship), the association held a one-day provincial basketball championship in Moose Jaw on Saturday, March 23rd for teams that had qualified for Hoopla.

Spearheaded by Johnston Agencies, businesses showed their Bears Pride by hanging posters in storefront windows. And, on March 22nd, residents lined Main Street wearing blue and yellow, and holding Go Bears posters, to cheer on the boys as they departed town, led in a small parade by RCMP, EMS and the Fire Department.

Porcupine Plain played at 5:15p.m. at Vanier in Moose Jaw. The battle was extremely close, with the Bears ultimately losing 87-85, earning Silver at the provincial championship.  The Sr. Boys Basketball team played their hearts out and our community is bursting with pride for their achievements.

 

 

 

U18 PARK POSSE NEHMLCHAMPIONS!

Congratulations also to the U18 PARK Posse team — comprised of players from Porcupine Plain, Archerwill, Rose Valley, and Kelvington — who clinched the NEHML Championship in a thrilling overtime win on Sunday, March 24th.

 

2nd Annual Unity in the Community Event

 

Brent Digness – MN-S ERII, with Dean Smith Band & Northern Prairie Dancers – Photo courtesy of Northern Prairie Dancers / Facebook

On Saturday, February 10, 2024 the community’s 2nd Annual Unity in the Community event was hosted by the Porcupine Métis Local, Métis Nation Saskatchewan Eastern Region II, and Town of Porcupine Plain.

After a short formal program including an address by each of Cathay Wagantall – MP Yorkton-Melville, Lisa McCallum – Secretary for Métis Nation Saskatchewan, Hugh Nerlien – MLA Kelvington-Wadena, Brent Digness – Regional Representative MN-S ERII, Nick Wood – Mayor Town of Porcupine Plain, and Dan Mielke – Principal for Porcupine Plain Comprehensive School, and a special reading of Lii Michif by Elder Rita Ducharme and the PPCS Grade 3 class, the cultural booths opened and the afternoon’s entertainment commenced.

This year — dubbed The Year of the Youth — all children were given a passport and, after collecting stamps from each cultural booth, traded those passports in for prizes and treats. Children took part in a number of crafting activities at each booth, and all attendees were able to sample several food items from each culture — from lefse and krumkake at the Norwegian booth, to bison meatballs and bannock at the Métis table. The Filipino and Ukrainian booths each offered a smorgasbord of samples, including pancit, spring rolls and cassava cake at the Filipino table, and perogies, cabbage rolls, sausage, and a variety of baking at the Ukrainian table.  It’s safe to say nobody left the Hall hungry that day!

Youth dancers with PP Filipino Community Group. Photo courtesy of Cathay Wagantall, M.P. / Facebook

The Northern Prairie Dancers kicked off the afternoon with some square-dancing lessons, followed by yet another show-stopping performance by the Porcupine Filipino Community Dancers.

Representatives from each culture booth gathered for the ceremonial cake cutting.  The cake – once again decorated by Koral Kriger in a way to mimic Métis beadwork – included the national flower for each of Norway, Ukraine and the Philippines, as well as a prairie rose and feather to honour our Métis and First Nations neighbours. After cake, the Northern Prairie Dancers returned to show off some more dance moves. The Dean Smith band accompanied the Dancers and provided an incredible soundtrack for the day’s events. The afternoon concluded with Robert Whitehead from Yellow Quill singing and drumming, accompanied by two young dancers — the youngest a ‘grass’ dancer, and the older boy a traditional dancer.

The community would like to thank all of the volunteers who worked so hard to setup displays and serve food, as well as everyone who came out to partake in the day’s events.  Many hands pitched in to make the day go off without a hitch – the volunteers for the cultural groups who worked hard on booth displays and menus; the Porcupine Plain Air Cadets Squadron who helped with setup and cleanup throughout the day; PPCS & PPCS Art Club who provided beautiful artwork to display and decorate the Hall; the PP Economic Development Committee and Parkland Co-op who donated prizes for the children; Parkland Co-op staff who worked the welcome table; and the numerous businesses and individuals who donated bucket draw items.  Volunteers from the Porcupine Plain & District Museum and Health Care Auxiliary sold bucket draw tickets; proceeds from bucket draw sales were split between the two groups, with each group receiving $745.

Robert Whitehead and youth dancers. Photo courtesy of Capt. George Kays, 745 Air Cadets/ Facebook

We would also like to thank Sask Culture, Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association, and Sask Lotteries for funding, without which we couldn’t host this incredible day for free to the public. 

We hope to see everyone again next year  — and, if you’re interesting in adding a new culture booth, get in touch with Debbie or Koral!

 

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.