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Giving Tuesday


So you haven’t heard about Giving Tuesday? Your not alone, it was a new term to me too. What it is, is a movement to create an international day of giving on the Tuesday after thanksgiving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season.
The reason it caught my interest is because I have struggled with the materialism surrounding the holiday season in the past. I have always hated Christmas shopping and maintained that if you can’t think of anything to put on your list, then you probably don’t need much of anything. It saddens me to see everyone running around spending money they don’t have on things that other people don’t need. The magic of Christmas for me is not what is under the tree, but who is around it. 


A few years ago I was trying to make the dreaded annual Christmas lists for my kids, who really didn’t need anything. This is what I ended up writing instead and delivered to our family on behalf of my boys. 

As the season approaches

Of sugar plums dancing in our dreams

We can’t help but notice that

Our house is bursting at the seams! 


We are digging out decorations

And preparing for all the cheer

Because tradition does demand

Many things this time of year


‘On the naughty or the nice list?’ 

Mom and Dad have gave their warning

We do look so forward to opening

Some gifts on Christmas morning


But we do share a room

Which also holds ALL our STUFF

So we kindly ask you to consider size

(or Mom might say ‘enough!’)


As for Mom and Dad

They also love what Christmas brings

Family, friends and eggnog

But they don’t need any more things.


We talked about giving differently this year

And they asked us if we’ve heard

That someone, somewhere might need our help

And could we spread the word….



A 9 year old in Africa

Whose only toy is a stick

A young Mother in Toronto

Who can’t work because she’s sick



A 4 month old in Honduras 

Whose only bed is a mat 

An orphan in Mongolia

That froze her ears without a hat


So here we are asking you

Look around a little this year

So many people could use a hand 

It seems so crystal clear!


Not only far, but close to home

It doesn’t take much to see

Please find a special way to give

Instead of a gift under our tree.

This was never meant to be shared with anyone other than our family but it seemed fitting to include with this post. 

I haven’t found much time to write lately but when I stumbled across the idea of #GivingTuesday I decided it was a worthy of finding a few moments. Is there anyone on your list that has you stumped? No time to shop? Send a donation in their name to one of my favorite causes or charities listed below. Even if you have all of your gifts bought, after a weekend full of Black Friday’s and Cyber Monday’s I think we all need a ‘Giving Tuesday’ to help us get into the spirit. 

1) Farm Food and Care. This is a Canadian organization that works to connect dinner plates to farm gates. Their goal is to collaborate, communicate, and engage with Canadian  consumers. It is a grassroots organization doing great things for consumer/producer communication. 

http://www.realdirtblog.ca/what-giving-tuesday-is-all-about/ 

Click here to give 

2) AgChat. This organization is run 99% by volunteers. It’s goal is to provide all people involved in agriculture the tools to tell their story. Follow along with the #AgChat conversation on Twitter Tuesday’s at 6:00 CST. 

http://agchat.org/ 

Click here to give. 
3) The Lighthouse in Saskatoon, SK. The Lighthouse operates the Cameco Community Kitchen, which provides meals to the wider community, for anybody who is in need of an evening meal.

Click here to give 

4) Food Banks of Saskatchewan. Self explanatory. With the downturn in our economy over the last year or more, usage of food banks is increasing. 

http://www.skfoodbanks.ca/
5) World Vision. This is one of my favorites because you can purchase seeds or livestock to help families become more self sufficient. I have given many World Vision donations as Christmas gifts in the past. 

http://www.worldvision.ca/

5) Wadena Food Bank. For my local readers. You can contact me directly for information about donating to the food bank or to the ‘stuff the bus’ Kin Club food drive. 

Here for more information. 

Don’t think you can pull off a donation this time of year? Find a non monetary way to give. Volunteer at a local seniors center or donate some old holiday decorations or clothing to a shelter. Tuesday November 29th is a great opportunity to celebrate the simple joy of the season by giving. 


 Photo Credits; 

https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Kelvinsong 
https://www.flickr.com/people/45270502@N0
Thomas Bresson https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:ComputerHotline

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Did Someone Say ‘Long Weekend’? Not for these Farm Kids. 

Members of the Kelvington 4H Grain club are learning all to soon that at certain times of the year, holidays and long weekends don’t mean much to a farmer. Seasonal work doesn’t wait so holidays have to. Often farmers schedules offer them alternative times to celebrate or relax, like during the winter. But these sort of self regulated holidays don’t work very well when you are a student and a school division sets your schedule. Which is even more reason to be impressed that some of our club members gave up their day off at home to go to another school and learn!

This years field trip for our club may sound a little boring, but it was packed full of new experiences and information that directly applied to what we are learning about in a 4H Grain Club. Early on in the year I set out on a mission to find someone that would address the issue of the importance of biotechnology and plant genetics in modern day agriculture (after some great tour suggestions by the parents in our club). If you follow my writing at all you will know how I feel about farmers educating ourselves so we have the ability to answer tough questions and can help educate consumers. Who better to learn about this topic from than some university professors or research heads! The problem was, these people have actual jobs that keep them very busy and most 13-16 year olds aren’t interested in doing lab tours. This was definitely a new request for many of the people I contacted. To say I had a little trouble getting people to respond to our bright ‘4H club tour’ idea, would be a bit of an understatement.

Just as I was ready to give up and started discussing alternate tour options with the club leaders, a lone person responded to my requests. Dr. Martin Erlandson (research scientist – microbiology, insect virology) of Ag Canada answered the phone one day and offered to see what he could do to help us out. I’m not sure what hoops he and the administration had to jump through but they got us in and did a great job showing our club the work that is done at the Agriculture and AgriFood Canada Saskatoon Research Centre. The North East 4H office (thanks Jodi Schellenberg) helped me get in touch with Alicia Wehrkamp at the University and with her assistance we had a full day of learning on the U of S campus!

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History of Hockey in Wadena Part 4

 

Written by Wayne Lazar

Assisted by Angela Jones

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Joey Leach with the South Carolina Stingrays. Joey has played on a number of teams since 2007 including Kootenay Ice, Okahoma City Barons, Fort Wayne Komets, Bakersfield Condors, and drafted to the Calgary Flames in 2010.

Wadena Wildcats and Beyond

 (most information is from memory so please forgive us if something or someone has been missed – log in and leave the correction in the comments so we can keep the information accurate. These are simply some highlights that Wadena can be proud of, from the residents that were part of our hockey program.  We are aware that not every stop for every player is listed, we focused on the levels that were being showcased this weekend at our rink)

Wadena has been a windfall for scouts of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) and Saskatchewan midget AAA hockey.

The upcoming Cameco Hockey Day in Saskatchewan – which will feature SJHL and midget AAA games – is sure to bring back memories for many former Wadena players. Lyle Leach and Tom Rudy have both SJHL championships, and a Canadian Centennial Cup championships with the Weyburn Red Wings in 1984.  Although I (Angela) am having a hard time getting details, another veteran player; Mr. Hockey (also known as Wayne Lazar) played for the Yorkton Terriers, Moose Jaw Kanucks and the Weyburn Redwings holding the record as the top scorer there for years and Shaun Berezuik played both Junior B and SJHL levels of hockey. In 1991, Aaron Cain won an SJHL championship with the Flin Flon Bombers. Ian Lazar and Travis Statchuk were part of Saskatchewan midget AAA championships in 2006 and 2007, respectively, and Canadian Telus Cup championships in the same years. Michael Statchuk also won a Saskatchewan midget AAA championship in 2011. Travis Statchuk went on to play at the NCAA level with the Ohio Bukeyes for four years. In the spring of 2015 the SJHL held its first Bantam draft where around 70, 15 year olds are selected amongst the 12 SJHL teams. Tyson Byman was one of 6 players selected by Battleford North Stars. Tyson is currently playing AA Midget in Melville and hopes to be playing AAA midget this fall.  Shain Scheschuk has played at many levels as well starting at peewee AA with Tisdale.  His hockey journey has taken him to a  peewee provincial B championship in 2003-2004, and another one with Tisdale in 2004-2005, through to playing the 2010-2011 season with Assiniboia Southern Rebels, and then on to the Weyburn Red Wings from 2011-2014. Another local, Joey Leach, is playing pro with the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays and has recently been called up to the American League with the Hershey Bears. Both teams are affiliated with the Washington Capitals.

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History of Hockey in Wadena Part 3

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By Angela Jones
Information from ‘Remembering Times Wadena and Area dating back to 1882’ history book.
All quotes taken from Remembering Times

Minor Hockey in Wadena

The relationship between the local Kinsmen Club and Wadena Minor Sports has always been strong. In the early years, minor hockey depended upon whomever stepped up to organize the games – and the weather. Games were played only in February or March because travel was difficult and it was too cold for the young players during other times of the year. Then, as now, local volunteers joined together to address and serve the communities greatest needs under the name of the Kinsmen. Organized hockey began in 1947 when the local Kinsmen took over sponsorship. They set up four local teams: the Leafs, Rangers, Bruins and Blackhawks. The Kinsmen provided the coaching, refereeing and things such as goalie equipment. They also organized out-of-town games, provided transportation and numerous other things to help make hockey accessible to a greater number of kids. In 1963, after the new recreation centre was built, a playing coach was hired by the Wildcats under the arrangement that he would run the minor hockey program. The Kinsmen supported this position by contributing to his salary. Larry Barabonoff held this position until 1967. When he left, Gary McPeak and Dwight Magnuson took over. In 1969, Ken Maxwell was hired as a coach of the Wildcats, part-time rec director and head of the minor sports program.

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History of Hockey in Wadena Part 2

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History of Hockey in Wadena
Part 2
By Angela Jones
Information from ‘Remembering Times Wadena and Area dating back to 1882’ history book.
quotes taken from Remembering Times
By Jim Headington
Additional Information supplied by: Darin Faubert and the July 28th 1999 edition of the Wadena News

Wadena Hockey Throughout the Years

Pictures dating back as far as the early 1900s and game summaries in the local papers of that time show that hockey was part of Wadena’s history right from the earliest days.

In an era where free time was minimal compared to today, the citizens of Wadena remarkably found the time and money in 1910 to construct an indoor rink where the town hall now stands (pictured above). Regrettably, this structure burnt down in 1912 and would not be rebuilt until 1935. Even then it would be ahead of its time, being the only covered rink on the line between Humboldt and Kamsack. A simple fire could not stop hockey in this town; it continued on an outdoor rink for the years that the town had no other facility. Many different age groups enjoyed the sport during this time. Ladies hockey was strong then as now, with a 1912 edition of the local paper reporting that the group looked like a “fast bunch.” The 2015-16 season marks six years since a local ladies team, known as The Felines, was resurrected.

Before World War I, hockey was an important part of Wadena’s social life. Hockey games were much anticipated events and often drew large crowds. In 1912, a heated rivalry was born between Wadena and Humboldt. Results of the games were largely disputed and likely were the talk of the town for the season. The first game of the playoffs was held in Humboldt and Wadena lost 3-1. The local paper stated that because of poor officiating “outside referees will be engaged for the remaining games.” The 100 fans who traveled by train with the Humboldt team to Wadena for Game 2 might have been intimidating, but their presence didn’t make a difference because Wadena won the game 3-2. The paper reported that Wadena won Game 3 in Humboldt with the same score and “we are pleased to say, with all local players.” By the sounds of the paper’s write-up, Humboldt added a few players from Saskatoon, Regina and Moose Jaw and even ‘let’ their manager referee the final game. Even years ago, hockey was not without controversy. The write-up did praise the opposing team’s players for their talents and condemned any locals that performed or behaved badly.

After the war, there was a renewed interest in hockey with many young men returning home. In the fall of 1946, organizers met at Ottman Meats and chose to honor the legendary 214th Battalion by naming the local hockey team the Wadena Wildcats.

Those first Wildcat teams set the bar high for all the teams that followed. According the Wes Ottman, the 1949 team won 30 of their 33 games, tying two and losing only one. During the same era, Wadena played Wynyard in a memorable 1951 series which was chronicled in the local history book. Wynyard had to cancel a tournament because of a storm and invited the Wildcats for a later game instead. Wynyard agreed to not use imports for the game. Wadena ended up winning 10-7 and Wynyard was not happy with this outcome, eventually talking Wadena into coming back for a second game. The winner was to take all the profits from the gate at the second game and Wynyard could use its imports. There was a lot of pride on that 1951 Wildcat team and they were not going to back down from a challenge. As luck would have it, the Moose Jaw Canucks lost out in the SJHL playoffs the night prior to the big game so Wadena got an import of its own in the form of David Rusnell, and another in Ted Everitt who had formerly played with the Regina Pats. The story ends with 45 seconds left in the game as Rusnell picked up a loose puck at his own blue line and skated in for a goal to give Wadena a 3-2 win in front of a packed Wynyard arena.

The team bounced around from second-place finishes to last-place finishes in the years from 1952 to 1971. The rink facilities were lacking and some years the Wildcats struggled to form a team. Shortly after a new rink was built, the 1971-72 season marked the start of a decade in which Wadena would dominate the Fishing Lake Hockey League (FLHL). The 1972 final was a testament not only to the talent on the Wildcats but also to the level of hockey being played in the FLHL. Fans regularly packed the rink, coming from as far away as Yorkton and Kamsack. The Wildcats defeated the Wheat Kings in the fifth game of the semi-finals and pulled off a Game 7 win against the Quill Lake Monarchs to win their first FLHL championship. They added five more titles before the end of the decade (1973, ’74, ’77, ’78 and ’79). The Wadena Recreation Centre was filled to capacity again in 1979 when the Wildcats progressed to the Intermediate B provincial final, defeating Hudson Bay, Humboldt, Nipawin and Unity to win the northern Saskatchewan title.

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The History of Hockey in Wadena Series

The following series of stories are a compilation of memories that have been shared by various people over the years. These memories are not captured in a form that can be found in the manner my generation has become accustomed to, with a simple click of a mouse, but rather in the few faded copies of the paper in a back room of the Wadena News or in the history books collecting dust high on the shelf in a neighbor’s basement. Although a few people in town recall these stories like they were yesterday, there are those that do not – and a very real danger looms for the rich hockey history of this town to slowly fade. I have found endless enjoyment in my quest to promote the Cameco Hockey Day in Saskatchewan by researching the history of the Wildcats, and have stumbled upon many tales that I have not heard before. When you are skimming over 100 years of history in a few short stories it is impossible to include everything or everyone. Although I struggled with choosing what to share and what to edit out, I attempted to include the content that will remind the residents of Wadena why our children should be proud to wear a Wildcat on their jersey, play in our facility, and represent the Town of Wadena. I hope that you will follow along for the next few weeks and enjoy reading as much as I did writing!

– Angela Jones

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History of Hockey in Wadena Part 1

Written by Angela Jones
Information from ‘Remembering Times Wadena and Area dating back to 1882’ history book.

The symbol of hockey in Wadena, the Wildcat, is named in honour of the 214th Battalion – a group of men from the area who served proudly in the First World War. The history of this group and its members have a special place in the memories of Wadena residents for a variety of reasons. Here is a small excerpt of our town’s part in this story.

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