Stoughton (cpd) — The final decision has been made to build an 18-unit “active living complex” for people ages 50 years and over. There are currently 15 tenants signed up for Taylor Park Estates in Stoughton. For more information contact Lyle Hall. Construction should begin before the end of the year. The complex site is adjacent to Taylor Park.
Stoughton Playschool began on Oct. 2. It will operate every Tuesday and Thursday in the mornings from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. for children ages three and four and they must be potty trained. Tuition for the year is $360 per child. As of registration day there were only three vacancies left.
Danielle Gibson has been hired as an interim teacher until a permanent teacher is hired.
The initial fundraiser this fall are cookie dough and muffins mixes for sale.
The school is trying to raise enough money to purchase new children’s furniture. Cash donations are always appreciated but they are not tax deductible.
The playschool needs dress up clothes (no hats), kitchen toys (pots, pans, play food), old Christmas catalogues and toys.
This year the parents will be required to help during the school hours because there are so many children enrolled and guidelines allow a ratio of 10 children to one adult.
Thirty people participated in the Terry Fox walk this year in Stoughton; all participants wore Terry Fox T-shirts donated by Dr. Anne Kernaleguen and Lynne St. John.
A total of $4,000 was raised from pledges, donations and two fundraisers of afternoon coffee and pie hosted through the museum (Anne Kernaleguen, Betty Terney, Lynne St. John and Carol Balon) as well as a Sunday brunch held at Grace United Church.
Flu vaccination clinics will be held in Stoughton at the Drop In Centre on Nov. 1 from noon to 2 p.m., and at Stoughton Newhope Pioneer Lodge on Nov. 21 and Dec. 19 from 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Amanda Baumgartner has been hired to fill the town position of office clerk.
Winter landfill hours are, from Oct. 1 to April 30, every Wednesday 12:30-3:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 1-4 p.m.
The town has received approval from the Sask. Municipal Board to implement a new water-sewer bylaw. This means that utility bills will be received every second month rather than every third. Usage has been adjusted to reflect the new billing. Penalties will apply after 30 days rather than 45 days after each cycle. Water and garbage rates remain the same but there is a slight increase in sewer rates because of increased maintenance costs. Meters will be read every April and October.
The town is still waiting for approval for the debenture application so that work can begin on the Filtration Plant. The “Memorandum of Understanding” with the Sask. Ministry of Environment has been approved.
The town will soon have a new-looking website as Vital Effects have been hired to design the site. The plan is to be able to post local events, business listings and contact information for service clubs with the new site format.
Linda Wegner of Powell River, B.C., and formerly of Stoughton, came to the Stoughton library on the evening of Oct. 16 to launch her new book, entitled, 3D Success: Changing Careers in Midlife. She did a book signing and gave an author reading.
She has authored before: “What’s to be done with a Pumpkin? 20 Plans for Unforgettable Women’s Fellowship” and “Lavender and Whiskers: little bits of life.” Linda and her husband Ed resided in Stoughton for a number of years pastoring at the Stoughton Apostolic Church. She was also the news correspondent for Stoughton and area for many years before Sharlet succeeded her.
The New Hope Horse Club has had a very busy year. The club doubled their membership, built an arena, hosted several entertaining events, and are now on way to the end of another season. Once again the club received excellent support not only from members and parents within the club, but from the community as well. The month of June they spent preparing the ground for their new facility, a 95’ by 175’ outdoor riding arena located on the west side of the Stoughton fairgrounds. By the time Stoughton Days rolled around the posts were in and the fencing was up and they were in high gear for their open gymkhana competition held on July 8. There was prize money paid out and it was well received by all who participated. They also spent a day with Len Carol from Austin, Man., who was the judge for their western pleasure and reining divisions.
Their annual Rough N’ Ready rough-stock event was held on Sept. 2, and it was a success this year.
The day kicked off with a trade show in the curling rink with 19 different booths inside the curling rink and outside they also had the Floss Boss and Model-T food vendors. They opened beer gardens inside and turned on the big screen to watch the football game, and in the evening it was rodeo time.
There was an exceptional turnout of cowboys and rough-stock and it was a show not to be missed.
The intermission entertainment included a huge turnout of kids for the mutton bustin’ and a performance of “horse power” in the horses vs. machine barrel racing.
In the evening in the curling rink, Long Shot played for the cabaret. It was a small crowd but everyone who attended raved about the band.
As part of sharing in the use of facilities and equipment the club volunteered to paint panels for the fire department. They now have some bright new shiny red panels. As part of community involvement, the club is always looking for ways they can offer their services, so if anyone has any projects they need some extra help with, let the club know and they will try to help.
The club’s usual gymkhana practice night was held on Sept. 21, and they had a special event that turned out to be a good time. The New Hope Horse Club invited the Ellis Trail Riders from Wolseley down for a little friendly head to head gymkhana challenge. With a total of nine events and three participants from each team competing in each event they had an exciting night of gaming. And much to the game-makers surprise, when the last game finished and the tally was done, the clubs ended with a tie. The Stoughton club has been challenged to head north to settle this battle.
The final event for the horse club participants was the wind-up held at the arena on Sept. 30. There were a variety of events and challenges for the horse club members and some food and refreshments to follow.
The club has been asked to host a community business Christmas supper. Invitations will be mailed out shortly and they hope to have as many of the businesses attend as possible. There will be food and entertainment as well as many laughs to be shared by all.
Looking into the new year, the club will start information meetings for the club in February and registration will be sometime in March. As always they welcome any input they can get, so feel free come out ask questions, offer suggestions, but most importantly come have a good time enjoying horses and friends.