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Community players win multiple awards at provincial contest
North Battleford, Sask.
By Josh Greschner Staff Reporter
For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, a play recently staged in Battleford, won a number of awards at Theatrefest 2018, recently held in Weyburn. Battlefords Community Players took home awards for Best
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Actor in a Supporting Role (Jim Walls), Best Director (Donna Challis), the Technical Merit Award, and the McIntosh Memorial Cup itself for the winning entry. Lynda Lyon Walls got an honourable mention for Best Actress. “It was a very successful week for us,” Challis said.
Battlefords Community Players have won a number of such awards, although some years they won none at all. Challis said this year’s awards show the Battlefords Community Players are getting better and stronger. “We’re pretty proud of what we do.”
Outstanding Performance The Battlefords Community Players took home awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Director, the Technical Merit Award, and the McIntosh Memorial Cup for the winning entry at Theatrefest held recently in Weyburn. Left to right ara Weyburn Mayor Marcel Roy, Donna Challis, John Dyck, Lynda Lyon Walls, Jim Walls and Cindy Coupal. Photo by Greg Nikkel
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Solitary bees need a home to call their own There is much interest in the activities of bees lately. Cereal and seed companies have jumped on this bandwagon and in retail outlets, bee hotels are a hot commodity. However, buyer beware as instead of helping bees to survive and rise in numbers, some of these products may be helping the already declining population to decline even further. There are over 350 species of solitary bees in Saskatchewan and there are many plants and crops that rely on these bees for pollination. These species of bees do not live in hives as honeybees do but instead tend to nest in small cavities of decaying wood. Due to habitat loss and even further depleted areas of native grassland, these solitary bee species are under threat. There is also a lot of pesticide use in the province, which also is contributing to declining numbers of bees.
Hanbidge on Horticulture by Patricia Hanbidge
Saskatoon School of Horticulture Anything we can do to increase suitable habitat would help to change the ability for more bees to survive. Planting wildflowers in your landscape that will attract solitary bees is a good start. Species like bergamot, black-eyed Susan, goldenrod, purple prairie clover, smooth aster and yellow evening primrose will all help to attract these tiny little critters. Building a bee house will also help to create good habitat for these bees. It is really simple to do this yourself. A wooden box that is open to one or both sides filled with blocks of
wood or small logs with holes drilled that are 10 cm deep and in a variety of diameters ranging from 2 to 10 mm is as complex as it gets. Ensure you remove any residual sawdust and face the house in the sun facing east or south with no vegetation in front of the house. It is a good idea to place them at least a metre above the ground. The care the bee house needs is minimal. If birds are attacking the tunnels then simply attach a piece of chicken wire across the front of the house to protect the bees. In winter, the house should be placed in
The sustainable landscape By Patricia Hanbidge Did you know that the sustainable landscape will actually help to conserve resources, reduce labor input and is more economical in nature?
What makes up sustainable landscape? How do you make sustainability an integral part of all that you do in the field of horticulture? A sustainable landscape is one that is respon-
sive to the environment. It actively will contribute to the development of healthy communities and improve the quality of life. It may increase energy efficiency, restore habitats, clean the air and
Solitary bee house
a dry, unheated shed or alternatively protect the entrances with a piece of plywood or heavy tarp. The pupae that are overwintering in the house need to be cold but dry for the winter months. If at the end of the summer you still have cells which have remained in a walled-up condition, these cells will be dead and should be removed and destroyed. water, sequester carbon, be re-generative and create value through significant economic, social and environmental benefits. Believe it or not a sustainable landscape will do all this and not take anything away from the beauty of your space. Everywhere in the world, useable land is becoming more scarce and even more valuable. Because of this we need to ensure that the space we are using and enhancing is providing additional value by rewarding the senses, promoting a healthy community and an environment conducive to itsâ€™ many users. It is all about working with the environment to create a space with balance. So how do you easily convert a conventional landscape to one that is more sustainable? A
These solitary bees might include bumblebees, mason bees and even leafcutter bees and they prefer to make individual nest cells for their larvae. However, by building a â€œbee houseâ€? it allows them to colonize in one area. This will benefit the amount of pollination you will get in your garden simply be creating a suitable habitat for solitary bees. These solicouple of ideas you may want to consider is to reduce the amount of turf you have. This will reduce water consumption, chemical and/or organic additives as well as the physical work required to maintain it. Saving the water that is provided by Mother Nature will also help to reduce the footprint of your outdoor space and still provide that moisture when it is needed. A surface layer of organic mulch will also reduce the amount of water your garden may need. An added bonus is you will have less weeding to do! Growing a good variety of plants will increase the amount of beneficial insects, and pollinators to your garden. These beneficial critters will help you to care for your outdoor space and will pro-
tary bees are harmless and not aggressive and also often are predators of smaller insects. Please do not hop on the latest lucrative bandwagon and purchase most of the commercially made bee houses that are available. Many of them are expensive, and sadly inadequate for the bees as they do not provide sufficient protection from wet weather; the hole size is too large and have splinters inside; there is no solid back wall so are simply open-ended wind tunnels or may be of a material which causes condensation and the growth of moulds. Hope this article helps you to learn more about another type of bee. Hanbidge is a horticulturist with the Saskatoon School of Horticulture and can be reached at 306-931GROW(4769); by email at growyourfuture@gmail. com or check out our website at saskhort.com vide much entertainment to all who may be in the garden or at least viewing the garden. Remember, that having a little bit of water available for those thirsty critters will help them to make your garden thier home. Last but not least, it is important to provide shade to your dwelling on the south and west sides of the home. Also, if you happen to frequent outdoor areas in the hot part of the day, these areas too can benefit from some respite from the hot summer rays. Hanbidge is a horticulturist with the Saskatoon School of Horticulture and can be reached at 306-931-GROW(4769); by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our website at saskhort.com
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State of the Town/City address May 8
Staff The Battlefords Chamber of Commerce has confirmed that Tuesday, May 8, is the date for the seventh annual State of the Town and City Address. Mayor Ryan Bater of
North Battleford and Mayor Ames Leslie of Battleford will be on hand for that luncheon address, taking place at the Heritage Room of Western Development Museum starting at 11:45 a.m. Admission is at the
member-earned rate of $47.50 plus GST per person; the price for a corporate table of eight is $350 plus GST. For more information contact the Battlefords Chamber of Commerce at email@example.com.
They aren’t coming back in droves, yet, but they are here in small numbers. These Canada geese were seen feeding in a field near Turtleford and they have been seen on the goose project at North Battleford as well. Photo by Louise Lundberg
Chamber to host post-budget luncheon April 30 By John Cairns Staff Reporter
The Battlefords Chamber of Commerce has announced the date for its
post-budget luncheon event with finance minister Donna Harpauer. It is scheduled for Monday, April 30, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., at the
Balych Mural Meeting Room of the Battlefords Chamber of Commerce, at the junction of Highways 16 and 40 North Battleford. The luncheon is co-spon-
sored by Demmans Baldwin Friedman Frank and by Loraas Environmental. The format for this year’s post-budget event is a departure from previous
years, when it was a breakfast event. The cost is $20 plus GST for chamber members and $30 plus GST for future chamber members.
The deadline to register is Thursday, April 26, and you can contact the chamber office at 306-445-6226 or by email at b.chamber@ sasktel.net.
Trucking association makes statement on Broncos crash The Saskatchewan Trucking Association issued a statement Sunday regarding the Humboldt Broncos bus crash. The STA is the voice for truck transport in Saskatchewan. Following is the statement: “Our board, members and staff send our sincerest condolences to the victims, families and friends of those affected by this tragedy,” says STA Executive Director Susan Ewart. “We don’t have any information beyond what has been shared by the RCMP so we will not speculate on the collision. It is of utmost importance that law
enforcement professionals are given the time and space to do their work and determine the cause of the collision,” says Ewart. “This strikes home for all of us who work in the trucking industry. Our children play hockey and travel on buses and our members travel on all of our Saskatchewan roads,” said STA Board Chair Reg Quiring. “The STA understands that it could be weeks before all details of the tragedy are public. Until that information is available to the public, the STA will not comment on what this crash may mean for the
future of rules and regulations in the trucking industry,” says Ewart. “However, I can say that we support recent comments by SGI and the Canadian Trucking Alliance that more can be done to standardize and beef up training for drivers across Canada. This is a stance we have been advocating for many years,” says Ewart. “Our members live on our roads so safety has always been the STA’s main focus,” says Ewart. “Our focus is on promoting and ensuring the highest level of safety on our roads.”
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Dear Editor: B.C. is standing up for all of us. If the Kinder (whatever) Pipeline gets expanded, oil tanker traffic will increase by seven times in the waters off Vancouver in the Georgia Strait and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. That beautiful coastal area and its waters will be placed at risk of ruin with pollution in no time at all, even without an oil tanker rupture. If the pipeline leaks or breaks along its route through the rugged and earthquake prone B.C. mountains, the damage to the environment will be an unrepairable catastrophe. But Alberta doesn’t give a damn because it has no environmental risk. Their money-making oil will go into the pipeline in Alberta, travel through mountain ranges, and hopefully come out the other end at Burnaby (part of Vancouver). Any oil spill will be somewhere else, but not in Alberta. It’s the same selfish mentality Alberta has with the Tar Sands. The air pollution created by the Tar Sands blows eastward to somewhere else. The pollution of the Athabasca River and Lake Athabasca, again by the Tar Sands, have killed most of the fish and any that are left are covered with scabs and sores. But those waters flow northward to somewhere else. On a similar note, Alberta allowed oil drillers to just walk away from tens of thousands of drilling sites across its province leaving the land at those sites polluted and rendered unusable for agriculture, and the local land owners on the hook for any clean-up costs. It appears that Alberta is being totally self-centered and irresponsible, as usual. Actually immoral. Robert Hall Saskatoon
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Dear Editor Re: “Trans Mountain expansion in serious jeopardy,” opinion, April 12, Regional Optimist, From the Top of the Pile. With all the jingoism over Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion creating jobs — and almost all of it temporary work it’s conspicuous how there’s no mention of creating actual long-term employment by processing enough of our own crude to, at the very least, supply the expensive gas-consumption requirements of Canadians, instead of exporting the bulk raw resource then importing the finished product. (And a similar question could be asked in regards to our raw-log softwood exports abroad.) After thirty years of consuming mainstream news media, I’ve yet to come across a seriously thorough discussion on why our national and provincial governments consistently refuse to alter this practice, which undoubtedly is the most profitable for the huge Texasbased corporation. And I’m not talking about open and closed on the same sole day, with the topic discussion parameters constrained to the point the outcome seemed predetermined. If the Americans can extract and process their own oil — as well as our crude and logs — then we should be equally as patriotic thus Canada First, even if it means paying slightly higher for Canadian wages than those in the U.S. Frank Sterle Jr White Rock, B.C.
Do streaming services like Netflix have an unfair advantage over Canadian companies because they don’t have to collect sales taxes from consumers? • Yes, we should follow Quebec’s lead and charge PST. 20% • No. Netflix has agreed to provide Canadian content instead of collecting taxes. 27% • Yes, they have an advantage, but I don’t care. I just want good shows. 20% • No, because there’s no such thing as fair anymore in this global market. 33% Letters to the editor are welcomed by the NewsOptimist. All letters, including those which are faxed or e-mailed, must be signed and bear the address and telephone number of the writer. The name of the writer will be published. Letters are subject to editing. Personal attacks will not be printed. Letters will be rejected if they contain libelous statements or are unsigned.
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CAA’s Worst Roads campaign enters week one Submitted
The annual CAA Worst Roads campaign is on now until May 6. Saskatchewan motorists, cyclists and pedestrians can nominate and vote for the worst roads they have recently travelled on. Worst roads typically have potholes or crumbling pavement, poor road signs, lack of cycling or walking infrastructure, or traffic congestion. Nominating and voting for your worst road is easy. Here’s how: • Click caask.ca/worstroads • Select a road (residential or highway) and a specific segment or section • Identify what type of road user you are – driver, motorcyclist, cyclist or pedestrian • Select the ‘problem’ from the provided dropdown menu • Submit your voter information (one vote per road per email every 24 hours) Saskatchewan roads are relied upon by many types of road users, including those working in emergen-
cy-related professions. One of these professions are paramedics who rely on serviceable roads to help them reach their destinations safely to provide onsite medical attention and transportation. According to Trevor Lowey, Interim Executive Director, Association of Saskatchewan Paramedics; “Saskatchewan highways are an imperative component to safe and reliable ambulance response. Vehicle dependability as well as paramedic and patient safety are directly related to the condition of the roads they travel. This is compounded exponentially when one considers variables such as adverse weather conditions, high speed responses, and many additional risks involved during an emergency response.” The 2018 CAA Saskatchewan Worst Roads campaign will be monitored weekly on caask.ca/ news and through CAA’s social media channels including Facebook and Twitter. During the voting
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organizations, and an influential leader at Innovation Credit Union, as well as many other co-operatives and credit unions. He was a confident, well-spoken leader and volunteer with a great sense of humour, who enjoyed the outdoors — a perfect reflection of what Co-op Camp represents and inspires. Earl passed away in 2017, and Innovation Credit Union wanted to find a way to honour his
memory. With the support of Earl’s wife, Claire, Innovation Credit Union and the Saskatchewan Co-operative Association developed this sponsorship. “Earl Hanson was one of the most passionate advocates for the co-operative system I know, so it seemed only fitting to honour him by sponsoring a Co-op Camp in his name,” says Innovation CEO Dan Johnson. “Co-op
The conclusive results of the 2018 CAA Saskatchewan Worst Roads campaign will be shared with decision makers, me-
dia, and government officials on May 7. CAA Saskatchewan acknowledges the improvements made to our roads
and highways for the safety of all road users but we know that some roads need repair and require attention.
Senate Participates in Jersey Day
April 12, Senate staff and members of Parliamentary Protective Services participated in Jersey Day in honour of the families of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash victims. Photo courtesy of the Senate of Canada
Innovation CU sponsors summer camp in honour of late member Earl Hanson Submitted Innovation Credit Union is pleased to announce a multi-year sponsorship of the Earl Hanson Graduate Co-op Camp at the Saskatchewan Co-operative Youth Program. This year, the week-long camp runs from July 29 to Aug. 3, and is named in honour of Earl Hanson. Earl was a passionate supporter of co-operative
Camp is known for things like instilling confidence and leadership skills in our youth; encouraging them to be actively involved in their communities—all traits that Earl embodied.” Chair of the Board of Directors of Saskatchewan Co-operative Association, Jim Deane, adds, “Earl was a remarkable man, and we are pleased to have the opportunity to work with Innovation Credit Union on a way to honour his contributions to co-operatives
and credit unions.” The Saskatchewan Cooperative Youth Program/ Co-op Camp, is a summer camp like no other. It offers 4-6 day long camps for 12-18 year olds and focuses on teaching youth leadership, teamwork, and communication skills, as well as increasing their confidence, knowledge of co-operatives, and awareness of how to get involved in the community. 2018 marks the 90th anniversary of the Saskatchewan
Co-operative Youth Program. With over 44,000 alumni, Co-op Camp has had a large impact on Saskatchewan. The Earl Hanson Graduate Co-op Camp is open to youth who have already completed the Intermediate level of camp. Youth ages 12-18 interested in attending Co-op Camp this summer can access an application form and more information from: www. innovationcu.ca or www. sask.coop.
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Everybody has a STORY
By John Cairns
Jim Puffalt: Reflecting on four years in North Battleford
Everybody has a STORY By John Cairns Staff Reporter
It’s tough to leave a community that has become home for Jim Puffalt and his family. But that is exactly what Puffalt will be doing next month as he moves on to become the city manager in Moose Jaw. The new job came about unexpectedly. He started receiving phone calls from headhunters about the position starting in January. “If an opportunity presents itself, you’re going to talk to people who are calling and looking for you,” Puffalt said. “It’s a great opportunity in my line of business.” It is the latest in a long series of career steps for Puffalt as a municipal administrator. It was a career that Puffalt fell into. When he graduated his twoyear diploma program – in, of all places, Moose Jaw – there weren’t a lot of opportunities in Saskatchewan at the time. “You never really thought of municipal business as being a career choice.” But Puffalt soon learned about positions open in municipal administration in towns and rural municipalities. He applied for a town administrator position in Elrose and got the job. There was little time for a transitional period. “I had like two hours with the town administrator in Elrose, and then he was gone,” said Puffalt. “And then I was in charge, and there was nobody to talk to except council.” Puffalt had to learn on the job. He credits the mayor and council for mentoring him during his time there. He spoke of Elrose as being a place where he learned first-hand about customer service, something that has carried him “all the way through.” “Elrose was like a one-person office. I did everything. I did customer service, I typed. In the olden days I typed on a typewriter.” He took the minutes, did the taxes and the accounting, and all the other tasks in dealing directly with the public. His career has seen him gain more educational qualifications – he got the Superior-A certificate in municipal administration, did a four-year course through the University of Manitoba and is now doing an MBA through University of Canada West – and has seen him move on to other communities.
After Elrose, Puffalt ended up working in Wilkie, not far away from North Battleford, and actually interviewed for a North Battleford position at one point around that time. “I remember coming up here going ‘yeah, it would be kind of cool to work in North Battleford,’” Puffalt recalled. He moved to Dauphin and Estevan before finally landing in North Battleford to replace Jim Toye as city manager in early 2014. It is the nature of his business, Puffalt says, to move around. Once you get the job as a municipal administrator, there is nowhere else to go in your own community. The next step is usually to a bigger municipality with bigger budgets and responsibilities. “If you have that intent and have that talent, you are always looking for opportunities to expand your career and go into bigger places,” Puffalt said. The role of a city manager is an important one at City Hall. It is the top-ranking official in the city administration. While it is the mayor and council who are elected to lead the city and to vote on resolutions and bylaws, it is the city manager who actually runs the city. Puffalt agrees that a good analogy is a store manager’s role, where the manager runs the store, but it’s the store owner who the manager must report to. He suggests the job is also similar to a deputy minister in the civil service, who must answer to the elected officials. “I really have two roles,” Puffalt explains. “The first role is I run the day-to-day for council.” It is the city manager who is responsible for providing the services the public expects from a municipal government such as water, sewer, trash collection, policing, roads and sidewalks. But the other part of the job is being the chief adviser to council on decisions, providing them with information so they can make a decision. “Council will accept or not accept our recommendation. Council is the boss,” says Puffalt. In the end, what council decides is what is done, and council is accountable to the public. Ultimately, Puffalt works for the citizens of the city. When he took on his role in North Battleford, the early lessons Puffalt learned about customer service stuck with him.
“We should try and find ways to help people, not hinder or be bureaucratic and get in the way of things,” Puffalt said. One initiative Puffalt carried out at City Hall soon after arriving was the customer service review. That led to the wholesale restructuring of entire city departments. The idea was not only for staff to be able to provide better customer service externally to the public, but also internally as well to one another. “Internally, we have to treat each other with the same type of customer service level,” said Puffalt. Puffalt arrived during a time when the city of North Battleford was reeling from criminal activity. Public meetings had been held the previous fall, and there was a desire for much more to be done to address the issue. Developing a community safety strategy became an immediate major priority for Puffalt, as he learned in his first meetings with council on arrival. He remembers the provincial minister was due to show up in three weeks and the city needed to have something to present to them on community safety. “I was going, whoa!” said Puffalt, “because, that’s a huge subject matter and it’s not something you come up with overnight.” It took a “ton of research” to come up with a response, he said. The results of their efforts included the hire of Herb Sutton as community safety coordinator, the Eyes that Care initiative, the development of two-tiered policing with enhancedduties Community Safety Officers, and other efforts to get at the root causes of crime in the city. Puffalt cited the need for the city to be proactive in dealing with the issue, and to take a co-ordinated approach with resources to back it up. “The people that live here are a municipal responsibility, and nobody else was seeming to do something, so we had to step up and do something,” said Puffalt. Puffalt doesn’t expect the city’s community safety efforts to be dismantled after he leaves. “When you look at the issues we are facing on community safety, I don’t know how you can’t do what we’re doing.” Puffalt also worked intensively on downtown revitalization efforts, and the overall efforts to improve the look of the city through the use
the spill and working with the community to address the issue. The other curveball was By Josh Greschner the 2017 provincial budget firstname.lastname@example.org and the cuts to municipal revenue, which forced the city to re-do its own budget. Having to deal with that budget shortfall meant the city was in almost constant budget mode during 2017, Puffalt recalls. By Jayne Foster He credits the efforts email@example.com of city staff for getting through those tough times. “You’ve got enough to do day-to-day and then add something major like that, it’s really hard. But again, that’s what we’re here for. That’s why a city has good qualified By Becky Doigstaff.” As Puffalt leaves, the firstname.lastname@example.org major item for the next city manager to deal with will be the Civic Centre replacement. Even on that issue, much progress has been made already. A meeting with user groups is planned for later this month, and a meeting with architects is planned for a preliminary study. “We’ll have preliminary stuff we’ll be able to show the community,” said City manager Jim Puffalt, who will be leaving his Puffalt. From there, the city can position in North Battleford at the end of the month. move forward figuring Photo by John Cairns out funding sources and fundraising, and a location. of CPTED principles – the program to try and get Just because a new city Crime Prevention Through ahead of the game,” Puffalt manager will come into Environmental Design. said. North Battleford does not Puffalt has spoken often Another initiative mean it will be the end of about “broken window under Puffalt has been initiatives that have come syndrome” – the idea the regional opportunities in during Puffalt’s time in that if problems aren’t plan, with efforts towards the city manager’s office. addressed right away, the developing partnerships A strategic plan is in look of the community will with surrounding place; also, there is in place deteriorate even more. municipalites. “a very committed and “It’s important that we Stemming from involved council that really don’t let broken window that effort has been the believes in a lot of the syndrome take a hold on partnership between the work that we’re doing, and things.” city and the Battlefords they’re the ones that are The downtown Agency Tribal Chiefs with going to make decisions.” revitalization efforts began the Community Economic Now, Puffalt moves before his arrival, but Development Initiative. closer to an area of the during his time at City Hall As part of that effort, efforts got under way to earlier this month saw province where he was implement the Downtown the launch of the Joint raised. He grew up in Master Plan adopted in Indigenous Employment Broadview and has family 2017. Work on 101st Street Strategy which saw BATC in Moose Jaw as well. It’s tough for Puffalt and took place last year to send eight work placements his family to leave North address the sidewalks and to City Hall to gain work Battleford, but there will street amenities, as well as experience and hopefully still be a Puffalt family undergrounds, and more lead to the next generation presence in the area, as his is happening in 2018 and of city employees. future years. “It’s something that son Nathan continues to “We had to show and we should do, because it’s run his marketing business lead by example, that we the right thing to do, but from the city. He expects to continue were serious about our there are also practical downtown, that we wanted applications with it as to have a presence going back-and-forth from his it to revive and be a vibrant well,” said Puffalt. place again. I think we are At times during his new location. “I really enjoyed it, well on our way towards tenure, a few curveballs here,” said that.” have been thrown Puffalt’s honestly, Other initiatives way. One was the Husky Puffalt. “It’s just been a during Puffalt’s time as oil spill into the North tremendous time. Council’s city manager included Saskatchewan River in been great to work with, the the Underground Pipes 2016, directly impacting staff’s been great to work and Asphalt Replacement North Battleford’s water with, the community’s been great. And it’s tough program, UPAR, supply. introduced to address While responding to to leave, because there are the infrastructure deficit that incident was a struggle, the things you’ll miss, the facing the city. Puffalt credits Husky with people, more than anything “We needed to ramp up accepting responsibility for else.”
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Tent caterpillars have been wreaking havoc By Erl Svendsen A scourge, plague or epidemic – whatever you call it, forest tent caterpillars (Malacosoma disstria) have been wreaking havoc for the last few years. They are a native insect whose population periodically rises to outbreak levels, and then falls to low, unremarkable levels again. A number of factors contribute to this build-up – low natural enemy populations (predators and parasitoids), mild winters and springs, and sufficient food during their peak activity (MayJune). My sister-in-law lives on an acreage just south of Saskatoon and she was hit hard last year. When the caterpillars finished denuding the mixed aspen bluff next to the house, they moved on to her veggie garden, perennial beds and planters. You could literally hear the frass (caterpillar poop) falling from the trees like gentle rain and it was faintly foul smelling as it accumulated on the ground. And then the ivory cocoons were everywhere: lining the garden shed rafters, under benches, in the eaves and the underside of the patio umbrella. The good news is that the trees leafed out again but her garden was significantly set back. “The opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.” – Sun Tzu, The Art of War Knowing the forest tent caterpillar’s life cycle is key to control. In early spring (last year in my yard, May 1), 100-200 larvae can hatch from a single egg mass. Hatching coincides with trees leafing out. The hairy, brownish larvae sport a blue stripe along each sides and a prominent white to cream ‘key-hole’ shape on top of each segment. They start out very small and slender eventually growing to 5 cm long. The larvae move together as a colony; hatchling groups can merge, expanding the colony size. The early hatching occurs when there are few predators around. When not feeding, the larvae cluster together to bask in the sun to help with digestion and development. This strategy also helps the colony to survive – predators may pick off larvae on the edge, but the core colony will survive. After six weeks of feeding and development, the larvae go in search of a ‘safe’ location in which to build their cocoon (an ivory cottony ovoid mass, ~4 cm long). Yellow to tan moths (wing-span, 3 cm) emerge in mid-July. After mating, the female moths fly to preferred hosts and lay grey, barrel-shaped egg masses (1-2 cm long) that encircle branches near their tips. Their preferred host is trembling aspen, but they will also be found
on poplar, oak and other woody species. “The worst calamities that befall an army arise from hesitation.” – Sun Tzu, The Art of War Start control efforts early, when forest tent caterpillars are at their most vulnerable egg stage, from August to April. Carefully scrape off the egg masses – taking care to minimize bark damage. If your trees are large and covered with many egg masses, you can spray the trees with dormant/horticultural oil (an organic option) before budbreak to smother the egg masses. If you miss this window of opportunity, deal with them while the caterpillars are still small.
Forest tent caterpillar life stages, left to right: newly emerged hatchlings dispersing from egg mass; clustered caterpillars basking in the sun; adult moth. Photos by Erl Svendsen
Caterpillars disperse quickly from the egg mass, but stay clustered together making them easy to spot. The most benign control method is to knock them off the tree with a strong blast of water. Insecticidal soap (another organic option) is a good weapon for targeting clusters. For large infestations on acreages, rural communities or
farmyards, you can spray Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) (biological control) as the trees are leafing out. Caterpillars stop feeding once Bt enters their gut and they eventually starve to death. You could break out the big guns (synthetic pesticides), but I don’t think it’s necessary given the caterpillars’ vulnerability to environment- and health-friendlier
options. Control is not effective in the cocoon and moth stages. I’m hopeful that the prolonged cold we’ve experienced this winter and spring will reduce egg survival. Also, natural enemy populations may have caught up by now and will help push the forest tent caterpillar numbers down to low levels again.
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SJHL playoffs resume between Bruins and Hawks Staff After an emotional week around the hockey world following the tragic accident involving the Humboldt Broncos last Friday, the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League returned to action over the weekend. Following a unanimous decision by the league’s board of governors during a conference call Wednesday, the Estevan Bruins and Nipawin Hawks took to the ice in Nipawin for the first game of the 2018 Canalta Cup championship series Saturday night. “We had a tough decision to make with respect on how we can pay tribute and honour the Humboldt Broncos,” SJHL preisdent Bill Chow said in a statement. “On behalf of the Board of Governors, this intensive decision has been made and that decision is to carry through and finish off the 2017-2018 season. The league will play hockey.” News of the continuation of the season came just hours after the passing of Broncos trainer Dayna Brons, who was the 16th victim from the accident with the Broncos team bus and a transport truck that occured north of Tisdale. It was a packed house at the Centennial Arena in Nipawin Saturday, with many fans sporting Broncos gear.
The Estevan Bruins, seen celebrating their semifinal series win over the Battlefords North Stars, are tied at one with the Nipawin Hawks in the SJHL final. Photo by Lucas Punkari
The two sides came together around centre ice for a moment of silence prior to the game, with a huge round of applause given to first responders and medical personel that arrived to the scene of the accident. “I would say that’s the biggest game we’ve played in the SJHL,” Bruins head coach and general manager Chris Lewgood said in a press conference following the game. “It’s been a really emotional time for everybody. Some more than others.”
It was the Bruins that took the win in the series opener Saturday, as they defeated the Hawks by a score of 5-2 despite being outshot by a 44-33 margin. Jake Heerspink led the way for the Bruins with a pair of assists, while teammates Jayden Davis, Zach Goberis, Kaelan Holt, Michael McChesney and Arthur Miller all found the back of the net. Netminder Bo Didur, who left Game 4 of the semifinal final series against the Battlefords North Stars with a lower
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scored twice in the victory. Brandan Arnold and McDougall each had a pair of assists and Hobbs bounced back with a 23save showing. Miller had the lone goal for the Bruins, while Didur turned aside 34 shots. The scene will now shift to Estevan for the next two games of the final, which will be held at Affinity Place on Tuesday and Wednesday. The fifth game of the series will be held in Nipawin Friday. If needed, a sixth game
will take place Sunday in Estevan. A seventh and deciding contest, if required, will be held in Nipawin next Tuesday night. A lengthy title drought will come to an end no matter who hoists the Canalta Cup. The Hawks haven’t won a championship since 1990, while the Bruins last took home the crown in 1999. The winner of the SJHL will then go on to play the Manitoba Junior Hockey League champions in the best-of-seven Anavet Cup for a spot at this year’s RBC Cup national championship in Chilliwack, B.C. next month. The Virden Oil Capitals held a 2-1 series lead over the Steinbach Pistons in the MJHL final, which resumed Monday evening in Virden. Meanwhile, support for the Humboldt Broncos continues to roll in. Fundraising efforts have taken place across North American, with the GoFundMe campaign for the team raising $ 11.8 million as of Monday morning. Meanwhile, a campaign that was spearheaded by a Tweet from Saskatoon Blades announcer Les Lazaruk to call Broncos games on the radio next season in honour of playby-play man Tyler Bieber has picked up steam with WHL and NHL announcers jumping on board.
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The Battlefords Gymnastics Club continues to head into uncharted waters. This weekend will see Danielle Clark and Kelsee Douglas representing the club as part of Team Saskatchewan, as they will be competing in the Level 6 Duet category at the Western Canadian Regional Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in Winnipeg. “Just to be accepted at the event was our goal coming into this season, so it’s going to be pretty surreal once we arrive there,” Douglas said. “Everything else from here is an added bonus.” “As this is our first time there, our main goal is to make sure that we are good representatives of the Battlefords at a major stage and to get our club out there to another part of Canada,” Clark added. The pair, who are both coaches at the Battlefords Gymnastics Club, received their invitation to the Western Canadian event based upon their showing at the Capital City Gym Power competition in Edmonton earlier this year. “To be invited to the event you have to attend at least one major competition during the course of the season and you need to reach a certain score, which we were able to do in Edmonton,” Clark said. “I think that was a great tune-up for else before going to Winnipeg,” Douglas said. “The size of the venue is pretty similar in both venues, with the roof being twice as high as the one here in North Battleford, and we also got to
see a team from Edmonton that we’ll more than likely be competing against this weekend.” Since the Gym Power competition, Douglas has competed at an event in Saskatoon, where she got adjusted to a new scoring system that judges are using. “There was a bit of an adjustment period to get used to a new point system, but I think Danielle and I have adapted well to it,” Douglas said. “There’s more of a focus on the performance side now as they want the routines to tell more of a story instead just showing off a skill or a dance.” “We’ve made changes to our routine to make
sure that it has more of a storyline, and we’ve also focused on having simpler balances and turns to our performance as well,” Clark said. “Since Kelsee got to compete under the new system and with her being our rhythmic coach here at the club, that’s really helped us a lot when it comes to adapting to the new judging format.” The Western Canadians will get underway on Thursday and conclude Sunday. Following that event, the Battlefords Gymnastics Club will be competing at the Saskatchewan Provincial Gymnastics Championships, which will be held in Prince Albert from May 11-13.
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The Carlyle Cardinals Baseball Team will be inducted into the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame Team Category on Saturday, Aug. 18 in Battleford. As reported in the Carlyle Herald, baseball was first recorded in Carlyle in 1902. Known as the Carlyle Lakers at that time, they participated in various leagues including the Moose Mountain League during the 1930’s. A story from 1915 states the team travelled all night through wet and muddy conditions and made it on time to compete at 10 in the morning for a tournament. Baseball in Carlyle ceased during WWI and WWII as few men remained in the area for a ball team. However, from 1948 to 1979 baseball was again played in the area with a number of highlights.
Some of the major events from that era included hosting an international baseball tournament in 1959, hosting a game against Baseball Hall of Fame member Satchel Paige and his all stars in 1963 and winning a pair of league championships in 1971 and 1974. In 1981, Carlyle entered the South East Saskatchewan League as the Carlyle Astros, with two teams from Carlyle competing in the league during the 1983 season. The Astros continued as a team until the late 1980’s with their home games taking place at Lions Park. The current Carlyle Cardinals baseball team was formed in 1993 and currently okay in the tenteam Saskota Baseball League. They’ve been a dominant force in the league as they won championships in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011,
2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016. The Cardinals also won provincial titles in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2014 and 2016, with the 2016 squad also earning the Saskatchewan Senior Baseball Team of the Year Award as a result of their efforts. The Cardinals have always travelled to many tournaments throughout Saskatchewan, Manitoba and North Dakota over the years. They’ve also hosted the Big Moose Tournament for 18 consecutive seasons during the summer. There have been many players, coaches and managers involved with the Cardinals, Lakers and Astros throughout history. The commitment and dedication to the game has been a major part of their success. For many years the team would spend five to six nights a week practicing, playing and completing diamond maintenance. Continual fan and community support has contributed to the success and sustainability of the team ever since baseball came to Carlyle at the turn of the century. Pride has always been taken in growing the game of baseball in this amazing, supportive community with such a rich baseball history.
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OBITUARIES WARD: Mrs. Alice Grace Ward of North Battleford passed away on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon at the age of 62 years. A Celebration of Life service was held on Thursday, March 29, 2018 @ 1:00 p.m. from the Chapel Gallery with Mrs. Joyce Salie officiating. Interment will follow at a later date. Memorial donations in memory of Alice may be directed to the Heart & Stroke Foundation 1738 Quebec Ave #26, Saskatoon, SK S7K 1V9 or to the Lung Association of Saskatchewan 1231 8 St E, Saskatoon, SK S7H 0S5. For those wishing to leave a condolence you may do so at www.eternalmemoriesfuneral.ca. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Trevor Watts of Eternal Memories Funeral Service & Crematorium. Card of Thanks We would like to thank our neighbours and relatives for the phone calls, gifts, food and flowers. Thank you to Trevor Watts of Eternal Memories. Thank you from the Radwinski & Ward Families.
KIVIMAA: Charles William Kivimaa of Livelong, SK., passed away on March 30, 2018 at the age of 87 years. Charles Kivimaa passed away peacefully at the age of 87 years. Charlie is survived by: his wife, Dorothy; his children, Kay Kivimaa (Woody), Debby Kivimaa, Micheal Kivimaa (Deanna), Shelly Kivimaa (Keith), and Lindsay Dahlen (Rod); his grandchildren, Shea Armstrong (Denise), Nikolas Matvenko, Garth Matvenko, Alisha Jezowski, Jacey Jezowski, Randi Dahlen, and Mya Dahlen; his great-grandson, Maclean Armstrong; his brother, Jimmy (Irene) Kivimaa; his sister-in-law, Darlene Kivimaa; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by: his brothers, Harold, and Vilho; and his sisters, Helvi, and Minerva. Charlie was born at Turtle Lake and later developed home into what it is now. Part of the Resort Village of Kivimaa-Moonlight Bay. Charlie worked for 30 years for the Saskatchewan Government on survey crews all over Saskatchewan. After retirement, Charlie and Dorothy took many trips and visited his roots in Finland three times. Charlie will be remembered for sitting by the lake, watching the world go by, driving up and down the beach, keeping an eye on things and stopping in for a quick chat with the cabin owners. The Funeral Service for Charles was conducted from the Livelong Hall on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Daniel Gies officiating. Michael Kivimaa was the urn bearer, Shea Armstrong, Garth Matvenko, and Nikolas Matvenko were the honorary bearers. Debbie Kivimaa read the eulogy, Lindsay Dahlen did a scripture reading, Terry Quiring was the soloist, and Judy Gies was the pianist. The memorial lunch was provided by LADRA, and Marshall’s Funeral Home Ltd., of St. Walburg, SK. administered the funeral arrangments. Memorial donations may be made to the River Heights Lodge in North Battleford, SK. Condolences may be left at www.marshallsfuneralhome.ca. CARD OF THANKS We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the Staff of River Heights Lodge for the care they gave to Dad. Thanks to Dan Gies for the touching service, and Debby for writing and reading the Eulogy. Thanks as well to Judy Gies for playing the piano, and Terry Quiring for singing Dad’s favorite song. To all the friends, neighbors and family members, who stopped in, called, prepared food, sent flowers and attended the funeral...Thank You. And to Christie and staff at Marshall’s Funeral Home, you made a difficult time easier. Dorothy Kivimaa and Family __________________________________________________
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WAWRYK: In Loving Memory of Charles Wawryk, born May 22, 1925 at Richard, SK., passed away March 31, 2018 in North Battleford, SK. Lovingly remembered by his sisters, Anne and Pauline, nieces, nephews, cousins and their families. Predeceased by his parents, Frank and Eva Wawryk; his wife Hattie; sister, Rosie; brothers: Paul, Steve, Bill, Joe and Mike. Service Of Thanksgiving For Charlie’s Life was held on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. from the Richard Community Hall, Richard, Saskatchewan with Minister Rev. Nora Borgeson. Shared Memories were given by Kelly Watt – Niece. Music Ministry: Mrs. M. Junice Headley – Pianist; Robert MacKay – Soloist -‘Bringing In The Sheaves’; Hymn Selections: Amazing Grace & Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Give Thanks. Urn Bearer was Orest Michalowski. Memorial Donations are requested to Harwood Manor Recreation Fund, 2691 Clements Drive, North Battleford, SK S9A 1H9. Interment was at the Richard Cemetery, Richard, SK. Arrangements were entrusted to Battlefords Funeral Service. Card of Thanks Sincere thanks to Rev. Nora Borgeson for the touching Service, to M. Junice Headley, Nora and Bob for your Music Ministry, to those who sent flowers, donations to Harwood Manor, the Hall and Cemetery Fund, to Sigstad’s Prairie Catering for the bountiful lunch, those who prepared the Cemetery, and all who attended the Service. Your thoughtfulness is appreciated and will always be remembered. __________________________________________________ MCKENNA: It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our brother, uncle & friend, Wilfred Leonard McKenna, on April 3rd, 2018 at the age of 93 years. He and his twin brother Walter were born at home on November 5th, 1924, Dr. Banting was the attending doctor. This was in the Rockhaven/Ovenstown area. Later the family moved to a farm near Cloan, SK. Wilfred attended the Ovenstown School. Wilfred farmed for several years, then went to work in the pipeline industry. He married Joanne Saleski in 1956 in Wilkie, SK. In retirement Wilfred drove the school bus for many years in the North Battleford district. Wilfred was predeceased by his father Jack McKenna, mother Henrietta, his wife Joanne, brothers; Robert (WW11) and Douglas, sister Christina Hoganson, brothers-in-law Everett Hoganson and Thomas Barth and sisters-in-law June McKenna, Emily McKenna and Lenore McKenna. He is survived by his twin brother Walter, brothers Donald (Lynne) and William (Mary), sisters Etta Barth and Margaret (John) Cook, sister-in-law Stella McKenna as well as numerous nieces and nephews. An extra special thanks to his niece Joyce and her sisters Bonnie and Linda for their loving care during his last few months. The family would also like to extend a thank you to Lynn Brisebois for the friendship and kindness she provided to Wilf for over 20 years. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 11th from 11:00 am until noon at Sallows & McDonald - Wilson & Zehner. A Graveside Service will take place at 1:30 pm at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in North Battleford, SK with Rev. Frances Patterson presiding. A time of fellowship will follow at Sallows & McDonald-Wilson & Zehner Funeral Home. Condolences may be made to the family at www.SallowsandMcDonald.com. The family has placed their trust with Jennifer Wildeman of Sallows & McDonald-Wilson & Zehner Funeral Home 306-445-2418.
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Parenting after separation and divorce program from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Registration is mandatory. There is no fee for these sessions. To register call 1-877-964-5501. Location will be advised when you register.
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LiveWell with Chronic Pain Workshops help people build confidence, learn skills for managing health and maintaining an active fulfilling life. Learn ways to help manage common challenges such as fatigue, limitations and stressful emotions. Workshops are led by two trained peer leaders for 2 1/2 hours at the North Battleford Library, once per week, for six consecutive weeks. Workshops are fun, interactive and free. Please call 306-480-7947 or 1-888-922-5867 to confirm which workshop you wish to attend. Please leave a message and your call will be returned.
Friday & Saturday, April 20 & 21
Basic EMO Course at the Borden Community Centre, Friday from 4:00 - 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Call Village Office at 306-997-2134.
Saturday, April 21
Bowling Banquet and Silent Auction at the Senior’s Room 303 - 1st Ave. at 6:00 p.m. Call Caryle at 306-700-4387 for tickets.
Sunday, April 22
Magic City Chorus Concert at the Borden Community Centre at 2:00 p.m. By donations with proceeds and presentations to Borden Volunteer Fire fighters.
Tuesday, April 24
Kaiser Tournament at the Borden Senior’s Room at 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 25
Borden Senior’s Potluck Supper in the Club Room at the Community Centre at 5:45 p.m.
Wednesday, April 25
Adventures in Alaska - Lynn Strendin will share her adventures in Alaska with us at the North Battleford Library, 1392 - 101 Street at 7:00 p.m.
Friday, April 27
Royal Canadian Legion #70 1352-100 Street. English Style Fish & Chips 5:00 - 8:00 PM 225 advance tickets only. C all 445-2173
Saturday, April 28
Riverbend Chamber of Commerce Spring Business Expo at the Borden Community Centre from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Door prizes, 50/50 and food. For info call Tina at 306-827-2361.
Saturday, April 28
Topline Social Dance Club with Gold Tones at the Sloan Auditorium in Royal Canadian Legion, 1352 - 100th Street, North Battleford from 8:00 - 12:00 p.m. Minimum age is 19. Lunch served. Phone Sharon at 306446-0446, Leela 306-445-7240 or Jean 306-445-8815. “When the going gets tough...the tough go dancing.
Saturday, April 28
Author Book Launch - “That is Not Me” for L.J. Nelson at the N.B.C.K. Band Hall, 1801 - 104th Street from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, April 28 & 29
Second Annual Embracing the Spirit - a women’s conference on understanding Culture & Traditions of Different faiths at Third Avenue United Church, 1301 - 102nd Street, North Battleford. Saturday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., lunch provided. Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., breakfast provided. Please call Barb at 306-445-8171 to register or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for registration is April 20.
Sunday, April 29
Borden Dance Club Recital at the Borden Community Centre at 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 29
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Riverbend Fellowship Church host Wendy Farha - speaker, musician, comedian at the Borden Community Centre at 7:00 p.m. Dessert & beverages. This section, which will appear weekly in Tuesday's News-Optimist and Thursday’s Regional Optimist, is provided free-of-charge to non-profit organizations. To list the Community Calendar please call News-Optimist at 306-445-7261 or fax the information to 306-445-3223. Please provide complete information including event, time, date and location. Although we will do our utmost to make sure your event appears in this section, News-Optimist does not guarantee all submissions will appear. Deadline for submissions is 5:00 p.m. Thursday prior for Tuesday's & Thursday’s publication.
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Leko’s Conservation Corner –
Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs presentation available I would be remiss if I did not talk about an excellent program that provincial conservation officers administer and support. It is called Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs (HOFNOD). The purpose of this program is to teach youth about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and how to deal with challenges in their young lives through the great activity of angling. One of the common issues we see is that some kids do not know how to fish, or have the equipment to do so. Well, the Saskatchewan Association of Conservation Officers (SACO) had a solution for this. SACO currently has two fully stocked trailers that make their way throughout the province upon request from the public. Officers provide instruction and equipment free of charge to all youth and youth groups regardless of background or location. Each trailer is equipped with open water and ice fishing rods, lures, augers, tents, heaters, nets and instructional tools to help kids learn to fish. These trailers are common at many provincial parks during the summer to support their programs, but it can also be made available to youth groups and schools. Contact your local conservation officer or ministry field office for more information about the program or to arrange a HOFNOD presentation. One question I am
asked is how to become a conservation officer, and what type of training do we take. I have been doing this now for more than 26 years and would not change it for anything. Every day is a challenge and it is rewarding to help educate the public on resource and compliance issues. So let’s start with some basics . . . first, you need grade 12 along with sciences. I opted to take home economics rather than chemistry because I got hungry before football practice. This proved to be not a great choice, but things worked out. If a career as a CO is in your future, you will also need post-secondary education. Saskatchewan Polytechnic in Prince Albert, Lethbridge Community College, and Lakeland Campus all offer a renewable/integrated resource management program. Depending on the institution, these programs are either a two-or three-year diploma, with an option to get your degree. Again, depending on the program, after your first year of post-secondary education, you can apply to be a seasonal conservation officer in Saskatchewan. This is a good opportunity to get your foot in the door and experience the work of permanent officers. This generally involves working in a provincial park for three to four months, doing park enforcement and other conservation officer duties.
Working in our parks will get you some great experience, a feel for what the future holds, and help you determine whether or not this is a job for you. Permanent conservation officer positions are advertised on the Government of Saskatchewan Career Centre. You must submit an application detailing you education, skills and abilities. Based on your application, you are then selected for further examination. The recruitment process requires you to complete physical and psychological testing. Successful candidates are hired on a temporary contract position and sent to the Western Conservation Law Enforcement Academy (WCLEA). It is similar to the Saskatchewan Police College or the RCMP Training Academy. At WCLEA you will get hands-on training and be provided with all the tools and skills you will need to be a conservation officer. It is here you will obtain your basic pistol course, shotgun course, defensive tactics, investigations, boat/ snowmobile/ATV course among many others over a four-month period. Upon graduation of WCLEA, vacant positions are then staffed by graduates on the eligibility list. But this is not it for our training. Conservation officers upgrade their training, education and personal development with a variety of other training offered by the ministry and outside
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Well, that should do it for another week. Until then, make sure the minnows you use as bait are not alive and moving. Editor’s note: Ministry of Environment conservation officer Lindsey Leko has spent more than 26 years as a conservation officer in Saskatchewan. For many years, Officer Leko contributed a column to local papers on a variety of issues related to hunting, fishing, and other resource-related issues. If you have questions, please contact lindsey.leko@gov. sk.ca.
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What God’s call to repentance is, and is not Years ago I had a speaking engagement in a place I’d never been to before. The directions given seemed complicated, and somewhere I made a wrong turn, ending on an overgrown path in a field –with no sign of civilization. New-Englanders have a phrase for it: “You can’t get there from here.” Nothing would do but to turn back and seek the right road. That works as a metaphor for the U-turns we sometimes have to make in life, times when a minor adjustment is not enough. For example, if a man comes to the realization that he has become an alcoholic, and is addicted to alcohol, it’s unlikely that simply reducing his consumption will solve the problem. He needs to turn back and commit to a life of abstinence. A Bible word for this reversal of direction is repentance. Repentance is more than mere regret. Often the latter involves grieving over the painful consequences of a choice or action, without the actual abandoning of it. Pastor and Greek scholar Marvin Vincent wrote, “Mere sorrow that weeps and sits still is not repentance. Repentance is sorrow converted into action, into a movement toward a new and better life.” The Apostle Paul deliv-
ered a stern message from the Lord in his first letter to the church at Corinth. And apparently they dealt with the issues he directed to their attention. In his second letter he wrote, “Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance” (II Cor. 7:9). In other words, it gave him no pleasure to upset them, but he was delighted to see that his message led to a definite change, a turning back to the right way. In the Old Testament, the people of Israel turned their backs on God. They broke His commandments, and began worshiping the idols of the heathen (Hos. 4:1-2, 12). Because they had done this, the Lord said He would withdraw His presence from among His people, “Till they acknowledge their offense. Then they will seek My face; in their affliction they will earnestly seek Me” (Hos. 5:15). It’s then the prophet makes an appeal, calling on his people to turn back to God: “Come, and let us return to the Lord; for He has torn [disciplined], but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up. After two days He will revive us; on the third day He will raise us up, that we may live in His sight. Let us know, let us pursue the knowledge of
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the Lord. His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, like the latter and former rain to the earth” (Hos. 6:1-3). That appeal was ex-
tended in around 700 BC but, sadly, there was only a shallow and temporary improvement. A century later the Babylonians attacked and carried off many of the people of
Judah into captivity. As noted earlier, more than feelings of regret and a minor adjustment were called for, but it didn’t happen. In 1781, Scottish pastor John Morrison (1746-1798) produced a lovely hymn paraphrasing the summons of Hosea to repentance. It calls individuals on this side of the cross, those who have strayed, to turn back to God, for, “Though His arm be strong to smite, / ’Tis also strong to save.” “Come, let us to the Lord our God / With
Comfort in sorrow I had every intention of continuing in my Proverbs series this week but given the tragic circumstances of the deaths and suffering of those associated with the Humboldt Broncos bus accident, I want to express my condolences. As well, my heart’s desire is to offer comfort and strength in the face of indescribable pain. That desire has led me to draw my inspiration from the Book of Psalms. Throughout this most widely read book in the Scriptures, there
are many expressions of pain and suffering but thankfully there are also responses that speak of the availability of consolation and fortitude, even in heart-rending circumstances. David, father of Solomon who wrote most of the Book of Proverbs,
understood what it meant to suffer but he also knew how to lean heavily upon God in the direst of circumstances. While being pursued by enemies who were intent on destroying him, here are just a few of the words that he uses to describe the Lord: my fortress, my rock, my strength, my hiding place, a shelter, the One who encamps around me to protect me, my deliverer and my salvation. (Psalms 31-35). Does that mean that we are exempt from grieving? Never! An anonymous
contrite hearts return; / Our God is gracious, nor will leave / The desolate to mourn. / Our hearts, if God we seek to know, / Shall know Him, and rejoice; / His coming like the morn shall be, / Like morning songs His voice. / As dew upon the tender herb / Diffusing fragrance round, / As show’rs that usher in the spring, / And cheer the thirsty ground. / So shall His presence bless our souls, / And shed a joyful light; / That hallowed morn shall chase away / The sorrows of the night.” writer of Psalm 130 expressed his grief like this: “Out of the depths I have cried to you, O Lord. Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.” I realize that this is a very different contribution but in the face of what has happened, I felt the need to share my grief, my prayers and my wishes for comfort in the face of your pain. May the following words be a source of blessing even in the midst of sorrow: “He gives power to the faint and strengthens the powerless.” Isaiah 40:29 (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition)
Worship Together Spend some quality family time together. Worship at the church of your choice. Our community has a number of churches and a variety of denominations for you & your family.
ANGLICAN PARISH SUNDAY SERVICES Rev. Trevor Malyon
St. George’s Anglican Church - 9:00 a.m. 191 - 24th Street West, Battleford, SK
Pastor: Rev. Allen Huckabay
St. Paul’s Anglican Church - 11:00 a.m.
1372 102 St 306-445-3009 nd
1302 - 99th Street North Battleford, SK
Living Water Ministry
Sr. Pastor Brian Arcand Pastor Anand George Phone: 306-445-3803 Cell: 306-441-9385 Fax: 306-445-4385
Sunday Evening Service 7:00 p.m.
Bible Study Wednesday 7:30 p.m.
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Battlefords Seventh-Day Adventist Church
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Pastor James Kwon
Clergy Person: Rev. Ean Kasper
Corner 16th Ave. & 93rd Street, North Battleford
Come Join Us Sundays at 11:00 am
Saturday Services Bible Study - 10:00 a.m. Worship Service - 11:00 a.m.
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Loving God Growing Together Serving Others Phone Church: 306-445-4818 Fax: 306-445-8895 Email: email@example.com www.trinitybaptistchurch.ca
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