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Local curling club seeks new members

By Jordan Parker

Swift Current may have locked down the 2016 World Women’s Curling Championships, but local chapters are still having trouble locking down members.

“Club curling numbers are dwindling all across Saskatchewan,” says Kelsey Dutton, secretary of the Gull Lake Curling Club. “Gull Lake is in the same scenario. It seems like our topic of conversation at meetings is always how to attract new members,” she said.

She attributes it to the ever-busier lifestyles of people in rural towns. “A few years ago, there were afternoon leagues. But people work, and everyone is just generally busier.” Dutton says membership plays an important part in maintaining the rink.

“It costs money to keep a facility like that open. If you don’t have community involvement or membership, you have trouble justifying keeping the rink open,” she said.

“Right now we’re just trying to prevent our numbers from dwindling even more.” In junior, high school and league combined there are about 105 curling members.

There was a marked a decrease of $1,500 in membership dollars between 2012-2013 and 2013-2014.

The group has started initiatives to drive membership, including a free adult lesson for those interested Dec. 3.

“We know it can be intimidating to come get involved if you’re not familiar with a sport. If you don’t know what curling is about, it’s a good opportunity to come and test it out. You can see if you want to take it up,” said Dutton.

All that’s required is clean shoes and the will to drop in and learn. The club will help with the rest.

Youth curling is important, with junior curling happening Mondays and high school curling on Wednesdays. Dutton says there will be a high school team in both the men’s and ladies’ league.

“It’s really important to get the youth in and participating. Right now, we have the same demographic playing, and they’re getting older. Some are going South and not curling in the winter. Fewer young people are replacing them,” she said.

“It’s important to keep the sport going and we want youth involved. We can get kids out and show them what the sport is about.” She says the numbers in junior are often good, but with more activities demanding time as children age, the high school numbers drop off.

“It really is a great sport to start young and do throughout your life though,” she said.

Curling is something Dutton does recreationally and competitively. “I enjoy the social aspect. You can go out and get physical activity. You’re able to socialize while playing,” she said.

The rink opens Dec. 1, and Dec. 3 is the adult lesson. There is a men’s league on Mondays with draws at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. To join Mondays, call Ryan at 306-672-6722. On Tuesdays, ladies have a draw at 7 p.m. To join, contact Kelsey at 306-671-7741.

Via: The Gull Lake Advance Extra

Foraging Into the Future VIII to address key livestock and grazing issues for SW Sask. producers

The 8th Foraging into the Future conference is set to take place in Swift Current, Saskatchewan on December 3 and 4, 2014.

This biennial event has become well known as southwest Saskatchewan’s leading conference for livestock producers and graziers. This year’s theme “Using Livestock to Improve Soil Health” will feature speakers and expertise from around the world, including Colorado seedstock producer Kit Pharo and a video presentation of Australian soil scientist Dr. Christine Jones. The event also highlights local ranchers speaking about their grazing experiences.

The event includes a trade show and networking opportunities with industry experts and livestock producers. Participants will have an opportunity to interact and discuss innovative and critical topics including nutrient management, cocktail forage mixtures, mob-grazing, cross-fencing, annual and alternate forages, building healthy soils, and current producer programs.

“Throughout the many ups and downs in the forage and livestock sectors over the past sixteen years, Foraging into the Future has been an important forum for information for ranchers in the southwest and throughout Saskatchewan,” explains Trevor Lennox, one of the organizers from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture. “This year we’re collaborating with the Swift Current Creek Watershed Stewards and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to deliver useful information that producers can take home and apply to their own operations,” he continues.

Keynote speaker Kit Pharo will be sharing his thoughts on what it means to ranch for profit in the 21st century. “A cow ought to be supporting the ranch, instead of being supported by the ranch,” states Pharo, who focuses on net profitability rather than production.

Another topic being explored that hits close to home is the transition of PFRA community pastures to private grazing entities. “As one of the first pastures divested, we had a bit of a learning curve” says rancher and Lone Tree pasture patron Steven Grant of Orkney, SK. “We’re willing to share some of our experiences if it can somehow help the next guys down the line,” Grant explains, and will share a presentation at Foraging into the Future along with pasture manager Nick Schmidt.

The event has a target attendance of 200 audience members and will take place in Swift Current, Saskatchewan at the Credit Union iPlex on December 3 and 4, 2014.

via SW Sask News – Prairie Post – Prairie Post http://ift.tt/1uRUpaK

Cypress Hills Eco-Adventures: Best Small to Medium-Sized Business in Canada

Cypress Hills Eco-Adventures: Best Small to Medium-Sized Business in Canada Business SouthWest Saskatchewan Tourism  Cypress Hills & Area Attractions

The Tourism Industry Association of Canada’s (TIAC) annual industry awards were held last night (Nov. 26) in Ottawa, and CHDA member Cypress Hills Eco-Adventures took the Small or Medium Sized Business of the Year Award.

Sponsored by Hilton Worldwide, finalists for the award also included Chef Gaëtan Tessier of ChocoMotive in Montebello, QC, and Lulu Island Winery Ltd. in Richmond, BC.

Awarded to a business that exemplifies “industry best practices in all aspects of its operations, and is thus an example of all-round business excellence in the tourism industry,” judging criteria for the award also included: the overall strength and viability of the business; its commitment to visitor/participant/spectator satisfaction; its commitment to growth, innovation and product development; its contribution to the enhancement of the tourism industry; and its commitment to human resource development.
Cypress Hills Eco-Adventures under the leadership of Jori Kirk, has done all of that and more with an impact on the Tourism Industry in Saskatchewan, and closer to home here in Saskatchewan’s southwest that has been profound.

“Jori’s work rallying tourism operators to the CHDA Inc. banner and his vision for what could be accomplished by working together as a region has been foundational for our organization,” says CHDA Board Chair Royce Pettyjohn.  “His friends and colleagues here in the Cypress Hills congratulate him and thank him for his commitment to the Tourism Industry here at home”

This latest win tops what has been a banner year for the young company, having also won the 2013 Business of the Year Award at the Tourism Saskatchewan Awards of Excellence this past April. The company will also see their second ziplining location, Elk Ridge Eco-Adventures, open in May of 2015, at Elk Ridge Resort, east of Prince Alberta National Park.

via SW Sask News – Prairie Post – Prairie Post http://ift.tt/1Fz4IXl

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