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The Miner-Journal is a Saskatchewan Weekly Newspaper published at the office of Koskie Publication, 606 Veterans Avenue in Esterhazy, Saskatchewan, Canada – Potash Capital of the World.

The Miner-Journal is proud to serve the Potashville area. This area includes the communities of: Esterhazy, Stockholm, Dubuc, Atwater, Bangor, Spy Hill, Tantallon, Yarbo, Gerald, Rocanville, Churchbridge, Langenburg and Bredenbury.

The Skate Esterhazy Season Is Well On Its Way

2013 December 31

– submitted by
Skate Esterhazy
Skating is supposed to be a winter sport but for many young athletes it is a year round commitment. The 2014/2015 started with five weeks of skating in Melville in July and August. Braida Lenouil, of Churchbridge, Marty Haubrich, of Dubuc, Justin Kacsmar, Alexa Nagy and Madison Tocher of Esterhazy all joined coach Bev Pangracs to train for the 2014/2015 season.
Wild Rose
Summer competition provides opportunity to test out new programs. With that in mind, Haubrich, Lenouil, Kacsmar and Tocher all competed at the Wild Rose Competition in Leduc, Alta. on the August long weekend. In singles Haubrich competed in Pre-novice skating to a combined score of 37.80 placing 7th. Kacsmar skated to 93.53 in the Senior event placing third. Lenouil competed in the Juvenile U14 placing 15 with a 19.05. Tocher received a combined 38.55 placing 21st in Pre-novice Ladies. Tocher and Haubrich competed in Pre-novice Dance. This competition was not a combined event. The team placed 4th in the Freedance with a score of 24.77 and 5th in compulsories with a 15.62.
Isabelle Henderson Memorial
As part of the selection process for Canada Winter Games 2015, Madison Tocher and Marty Haubrich were selected to go to Paris, Ont. on Sept. 19-21. The team skated to 38.75 placing 7th overall. They continue to train and compete as they vie for a spot on the Games team.
Sask Skate / Sask Open
From October 3-5 skaters from across Western Canada met in Regina for the annual Sask Skate / Sask Open competition hosted by the Saskatchewan section. Skate Esterhazy was well represented in both singles and dance.
At Sask Open, Alexa Nagy, newly appointed the the provinces Skater Development Team, debut at the Pre-juvenile U14 with a 14.98 placing 8th but less than three points off the podium. Braida Lenouil came in a very close 4th with 22.14 less than one point off the podium in the Juvenile. Madison Tocher competed in Pre-novice with a combined score of 43.80 to place 16th.
At the Sask Skate event Marty Haubrich, in Pre-novice men, placed 5th with a combined score of 49.82. Tocher and Haubrich competed in Pre-novice Dance taking Bronze with a combined score of 47.51. Justin Kacsmar concluded the weekend with a Bronze earning a combined score of 96.63.
The Dana Antal Centennial Arena is busy for another season. Skate Esterhazy is a growing club with CanSkate, StarSkate and CompetitiveSkate programs. Upcoming events include Sectionals (provincials) in Calgary and Melville as well as Super Skate all in November. December will see Skate Canada Challenge in Pierrefronds in Quebec, a test day and the Christmas Gala. Lots of exciting skating to come!

Old Central sold - opening soon

2013 December 31

by Shelley Gillespie
The Old Central Hotel has been sold to new investors from China, Rui Wang and Peter Wu, who have been in Canada since July of 2013, and in Esterhazy for approximately one month.
The annex to the hotel has been completely redone with new beds, TVs, refrigerators, bedding, carpet and paint, and is ready for rental again. Wang and Wu are now working on getting the bar section and the restaurant section renovated and open for business, and are hoping that everything will be ready some time in November.
The restaurant will have a Canadian/Chinese menu, and the bar will be outfitted with an area for VLTs once again.
Wang and Wu chose Saskatchewan because the province has an immigration program for enterprise, which assisted the team with finding and purchasing a business within the province that was to their liking. Wang has owned and managed a 200-seat restaurant in China, in Kunming City, which has a population of 3.5 million in the built-up urban area, and 6.5 million people in total.
The new owners are planning to keep the name of their establishment the same, so it will open with the familiar title of ‘The Old Central’ as its moniker. The partners have been assisted with their immigration requirements, the purchase of the hotel, and move to Esterhazy by friend George Wang, who has been driving for the pair, assisting with the preparations, and helping out wherever he can. George owns a convenience store in Regina.
Management at The Old Central will be hiring approximately six to 10 people as waitresses, bartender, and housekeeping, and will be looking for local residents to fill the positions.
Wang and Wu have invested an additional $60,000 in the business, and are eager to provide customers with their best efforts at serving their needs in the hotel, bar, or restaurant.
“We like this town,” Wang said, “and hope the residents will support the business. We will do our best to provide customers with excellent service in all areas of the business. We are looking forward to getting to know more about the town, and getting to know the residents.”
Wang is married to her husband Tao Liu, and they have a one-year-old daughter. Liu will be assisting his wife and her partner Peter Wu with the duties at the hotel.
Management at The Old Central are tentatively planning to have a grand opening when they are ready. More information will be posted when plans are finalized.
The hotel will be open from 10 a.m. until midnight, seven days a week, offering the community another choice for sustenance, refreshments, and accommodations.
Watch for more information on the opening of this new enterprise.

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