Riverside Meats repeats as Lord of the (Sausage) Rings winner

Riverside Meats, a family-owned and operated meat processing firm in Corman Park near Warman, was crowned Lord of the (Sausage) Rings for the second year in a row at the third annual event in Osler on Thursday, November 9.

Eldon Wiebe of Riverside Meats with the Lord of the Rings championship trophy

In addition to winning the “Best Overall” championship, Riverside Meats also walked away with the awards for “Best Appearance” and Best Texture.”
The annual competition is designed to showcase the area’s Mennonite Farmers Sausage producers. A total of eight firms competed in the blind taste test, in which about 150 guests vote for their favourites.
Ideal Meats of Neuhorst won the award for “Best Flavour”, while Smokehaus Meats of Martensville won the “VIP award” for the second year in a row. The VIP Award is based on the votes of a panel of media representatives and mayors of area communities.
Firms competing in the competition also included: Carmen Corner Meats of Waldheim, J&J Sausage of Warman, Pine View Farms of Corman Park near Osler, Smokey Joe’s Meat Shop of Rheinland and Valley Meats of Gruenthal. Continue reading “Riverside Meats repeats as Lord of the (Sausage) Rings winner”

Safety improvements needed at current Highway 11 and 305 intersection, says Osler council

While Osler town councillors are glad to see construction work underway on the Highway 11 overpass at the junction with Highway 305, they are also calling for improvements to the existing intersection to make it safer.
“There really needs to be an acceleration lane for traffic from Highway 305 turning north onto Highway 11,” said Osler Mayor Abe Quiring. “There also needs to be a dedicated deceleration lane for southbound traffic on Highway 11 turning west onto Highway 305.”
The concerns were raised during a discussion at the Osler town council meeting on Tuesday, March 28.
Currently, Highway 11 northbound-traffic turning west onto Highway 305 has a deceleration, left-turn lane. There is also an acceleration lane for southbound Highway 11 traffic that entered from Highway 305.
For Osler town councillors, it’s a mystery why the same safety measures weren’t built into the intersection for traffic going in the opposite directions.
Quiring noted that Highway 11 southbound traffic is forced to move onto the shoulder in order to slow down for the right-hand turn onto Highway 305.
“That’s not very safe,” said Quiring. “Particularly in the winter if the shoulder is icy.”
Osler councillor Rick Zarowny said an acceleration lane northbound on Highway 11 at that intersection is also badly needed.
“If you are waiting to turn left at the median, it’s difficult to see if the oncoming traffic is occupying both lanes,” said Zarowny. “Plus, you have to accelerate very quickly in what is supposed to be a passing lane. It’s dangerous.”
The council has already brought their concerns to the provincial Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure, and further discussions with the Ministry are in the works.
Osler town councillor Josh Peters raised the issue at the recent Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) convention in Saskatoon during a session with the Minister of Highways and Infrastructure. Peters pointed out this is not simply a local issue, and that all major highway intersections across the province should have acceleration and deceleration lanes to allow traffic to flow safely.
At the March 28 town council meeting, Osler councillor James O’Neil said while the current interesection may be temporary until the new overpass is built, that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be safe.
“Not having those lanes may have saved some money, but if a person is killed there, is it worth someone’s life?” said O’Neil. “It’s amazing that no one has been killed there yet.”

Volleyball tournament at VCA, WHS showcases best 3A boys teams in province

Members of the Valley Christian Academy (VCA) Lions set up the volleyball nets in preparation for the first game of the tournament in Osler on Friday, November 25
Members of the Valley Christian Academy (VCA) Lions set up the volleyball nets in preparation for the first game of the tournament in Osler on Friday, November 25

The provincial SHSAA 3A boys volleyball tournament kicked off on Friday, November 25 at Valley Christian Academy (VCA) in Osler with opening ceremonies featuring ten teams from across Saskatchewan.
The host VCA Lions, which won a silver medal in the provincial competition two years ago, are competing aginst Moose Jaw Cornerstone, Oxbow, Bellevue, St. Brieux, Vibank, Wilkie, Meath Park, Sturgeon Lake and Maidstone for the championship.
“It’s an honour for VCA and the Prairie Spirit School Division (PSSD) to host a competition of this calibre,” said PSSD Superintendent Jon Yellowlees at the opening ceremonies. “My hat goes off to the local organizing committee. They’ve done a great job of making people feel welcome. It takes a lot of organization and cooperation, especially when you’re using facilities in two different communities.”
The event takes place at both VCA and Warman High School. Round-robin competition got underway at noon in both locations on Friday, November 25. The finals wrap up Saturday afternoon.
Yellowlees said high school athletics gives students the opportunity to grow as students and as citizens.
“It’s about having fun, but it’s also about learning to face adversity; to dig deeper within themselves as individuals and also see the strengths of their team,” said Yellowlees. “An event like this helps them build life-long friendships and the experience will hopefully serve them well throughout their lives.”
Osler Mayor Abe Quiring extended a welcome to the visiting athletes, coaches and parents at the opening ceremonies. He noted the community is currently upgrading a number of recreational facilities, including adding a concrete floor to the town’s outdoor rink and installing a new soccer pitch near the elementary school.