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It’s been a year of celebration for the city of North Battleford. A century ago, it became the fifth city in the province of Saskatchewan, with that official status conferred on May 1, 1913. Local historians have told us North Battleford’s first decade was characterized by phenomenal development, explosive growth and rapid progress on every front. Village status was conferred on the community on March 21, 1906. Four months later, the village became a town. North Battleford was recognized by the province as having qualified for city status a number of months before official status was conferred. Throughout 2013, there have been a variety of events recognizing this century of accomplishment, and the pages of the News-Optimist have helped record the history of this significant year. In addition, the North Battleford Centennial Historical Committee has contributed a special feature each week entitled North Battleford Notables. Extraordinary citizens from North Battleford’s past and present have been profiled. January’s installments began with Margaret Helen Stewart-Beach (Robins), Otis Jones, Dr. James Walter MacNeill, Robert Edward Smith and Dorothy Edworthy (Mills) to follow. February saw RSM Allan Louis Minette, the Honourable

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Three years for sex offender; Crown considers appeal By John Cairns Staff Reporter

“What a farce” was the comment from one of those leaving the Battleford court house after a three-year sentence was imposed on convicted sex offender Paul Leroux Thursday afternoon. Leroux was sentenced in connection to eight counts of indecent assault and two counts of gross indecency for incidents that took place while he was a dormitory supervisor at Beauval Indian Residential School in the 1960s. The victims were boys and teenagers at the time. The three-year total sentence imposed on all counts stunned observers at Queen’s Bench court in Battleford and immediately prompted talk from the Crown about launching an appeal. In the sentence handed down by Justice Murray Acton, Leroux was sentenced to 18 months on three counts, six months on one count and three years on four counts of indecent assault. The two gross indecency counts would have been one year each and would have run concurrent to two of the three-year indecent assault sentences. Adding up the indecent assault counts consecutively would have meant a total sentence of 17 years, which Acton said would be “crushing, long and harsh.” Instead, under the totality principle of sentencing, Acton said all the sentences would run concurrently. That means Leroux’s sentence will run a total of three years, minus the 36 days

of remand he has already served. He also receives a firearms prohibition and a DNA sample was ordered. In sentencing submissions the week before, Crown prosecutor Mitch Piche called for an overall sentence of 11 years for Leroux. That would have itself been a reduction under the totality principle from a potentially crushing 25.5 year sentence that could have included a number of consecutive sentences. In speaking to reporters outside the court house Thursday, Piche made known his dissatisfaction with the sentence. “I think it’s too low under the circumstances,” Piche said. “I’ll have to, of course, consider my position, but I expect I will be calling my head office to see about launching an appeal of sentence. I just don’t think it’s a just and fair sentence in the circumstances.” In his ruling, Acton accepted the notion from case

Crown prosecutor Mitch Piche indicates he will look into appealing the three-year sentence handed down to Paul Leroux Thursday. Leroux was convicted of eight counts of indecent assault and two counts of gross indecency. Photo by John Cairns law that the “starting point” for major sexual assault offences in Saskatchewan was three years, which could be raised or lowered based on aggravating or mitigating factors.

As aggravating factors Acton noted young boys were involved, that there was a breach of trust and that the accused was not remorseful; he also noted the profound effect on the victims, among

other factors. But Acton cited among the mitigating factors Leroux’s age of 73, that Leroux has not reoffended since the 1970s, that he had already been publicly embarrassed following a previous conviction for sexual abuse in 1998 and also noted the risk of Leroux reoffending was low to negligible. The maximum sentence for indecent assault is 10 years; for gross indecency, the maximum is five years. Victims of Leroux and their families were clearly unhappy inside the courtroom as the sentence was being read, and were even more visibly upset outside. One of the victims broke down in tears over what had transpired. “I think it is a farce given the number of offences he is facing,” was the reaction one of them had in speaking to reporters. The individual cannot be named by a court order. “I don’t think age should

have ever been a factor in his sentencing because he sure didn’t consider the age of the people he molested. I don’t see any justice in the sentence that he got.” Another victim, also covered by a publication ban, voiced disgust with the entire justice system. “I’m totally disappointed,” he said, adding it was a case of “the system working against the victims. Here, the justice system is saying it’s okay to molest young people, especially if they’re aboriginal. To me I feel, I say, if it were 14 white boys, this case would be a heck of a lot different than it is today. That is my total feeling. I feel so totally inadequate, I feel my life is worthless.” He also made known his concern that Leroux would be out of jail in no time. “With good behavior he’ll be out of there in seven months, he’ll be out of there by next summer, while we have to live with what he’s done to us.”

Live streaming council meetings could cost money, attract few viewers By John Cairns Staff Reporter

There appears to be little interest in watching live streams of council meetings. That was the indication in a memo from City marketing and communication co-ordinator Mike Halstead presented to council Dec. 9. The memo came in response to an inquiry from Councillor Trent Houk at a previous council meeting

about live-streaming. Houk had indicated there had been some interest expressed. However, there are expenses involved. Halstead looked into the efforts at live streaming in other communities including Saskatoon, Yorkton and Kindersley, and reported back to council that monthly live streaming costs range from $50 to $625. The more expensive package would include an embedded player on the City website as well as servicing,

storage and archiving of videos. A less-expensive package would simply include a link of the City’s home page to the streaming site. As well, there would be one-time equipment costs to the City of $3,000 to $5,000 to set up the service. Beyond that, however, there simply aren’t many people interested in watching city council meetings on the Internet. Halstead reported viewership was low everywhere. His

written report noted Prince Albert had discontinued live streams after a year because of low viewership. He told council Yorkton was receiving zero to three viewers per meeting for their live streams. Halstead said viewership was sometimes as low as “zero” of videos of previous council meetings obtained from Access Communications and uploaded onto the City’s website. Councillor Greg Lightfoot

noted anyone interested has the opportunity to come and sit in the gallery and watch any council meeting they want live. In a newsoptimist.ca poll on the issue, 43.2 per cent of voters indicated they would tune in to live streaming, while 33.8 per cent said they had better things to do than watch live streaming on the Internet. Another 23 per cent said the current practice of uploading videos is adequate.

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Sharing information squelches rumour factor: RCMP By John Cairns Staff Reporter

You may have noticed more media reports about police activities here in the Battlefords recently. Not only are there more stories about crime happenings, but also a daily report provided by the RCMP on their regular activities — activities that include the routine and mundane and, sometimes, even the humorous. This increase in information is not your imagination, but it’s also not due to some massive increase in crime in the community. Rather, it’s the result of a pilot project by the Battlefords RCMP to get more information out there so people have more knowledge about what is going on and what police members are responding to. That was the subject of a presentation by Sgt. Neil Tremblay and Sgt. Darcy Woolfitt of Battlefords RCMP Detachment before directors at the Battlefords Chamber of Commerce Dec. 10. Woolfitt was on an assignment and arrived later to the meeting, which meant Tremblay did most of the talking early on. He talked about why the RCMP decided to release more information to the public on the RCMP’s daily activities. He explained that over the past year the force was dealing with online messages that “have been causing us no end of difficulties, time and pain to deal with.” The most famous one was about the gangs that were going to shoot people, said Tremblay, but there were other rumours that also gained momentum. The force spent extensive time trying to determine the validity of those rumoors. In the case of the September rumour about gangs shooting random people, Tremblay estimated between 40 and 50 man hours were spent trying to track down the source of that romour and find out if there was any validity to it. It was becoming a situation where, in the absence of information, “people were kind of making it up and creating their own stories and they were starting to gain more and more momentum, whether it was the online versions or it was coffee row or a combination of both. It was causing us no end of grief and it’s really hard to chase these things after the fact sometimes and ease

Chamber president Sharon Mohagen, Executive Director Linda Machniak, and RCMP sergeants Neil Tremblay and Darcy Woolfitt appeared before Battlefords Chamber of Commerce directors at their monthly meeting last Dec. 10 in North Battleford. Photo by John Cairns peoples’ fears.” He also noted concerns raised by the local media and the public about “perceptions we weren’t being terribly upfront or clear with what we were doing, what was going on in the community, that kind of thing. “And quite frankly, I think that was a fair criticism. I think we were looking back at some of the lack of media releases we were doing, unless it was really serious we really weren’t saying anything. But people, in the absence of information, were making up their own stories about a lot of things and it was creating a lot of fear in the community.” Combined with the certain violent incidents that did occur, it “just created this element of fear,” Tremblay said. As a result and after discussions with media, Battlefords RCMP decided to try a pilot project that is the first one in Saskatchewan and which is likely to be replicated soon in Yorkton and Lloydminster, Tremblay said. That project is to “let people know exactly what we’re doing,” that “kind of demystifies the whole process.” What came of that was the daily reports — reports you have in the News-Optimist, Regional Optimist, at newsoptimist.ca and other local media outlets. The idea of the reports was not just to notify the media, Tremblay told Chamber directors, but to “put the public at ease.” “There was a lot of misinformation, a lot of conjecture, a lot of exaggerated beliefs out there in terms of the things going on in the community. And we thought this probably would help to alleviate that. Romours don’t really have a place to start if everybody knows this is

what’s going on.” The RCMP also wanted to have people more involved in potentially solving some of the crimes and Tremblay said the best way to do that is put out some information about instances and why and how they occurred, and potentially garner some more information from the public. It has worked to some extent in solving some of the cases, Tremblay noted. The big difference the RCMP has noticed is that the romour mill has “kind of stopped” said Tremblay. “A lot of the feedback we’ve been getting from the public in particular is they seem a lot more relaxed. They know exactly what’s going on, they know what to be concerned with and what not to be concerned with, and so far it seems to have had a pretty positive effect.” A big discussion point for those at the meeting was the media feeding frenzy that the city saw during the summer and fall. During that period, several out-of-town news organizations descended on North Battleford to do stories on the crime situation. A few of those accounts painted a gloomy picture of a city gripped by drug and gang violence, with CTV National News running a story declaring North Battleford the Crime Capital of Canada. “Sometimes they grab onto a story and they just don’t want to let it go,” Tremblay said of the media coverage. The release of national Crime Severity Index numbers showing North Battleford as the worst in Canada came down around the same time as a shooting. It created the “perfect storm,” Tremblay said. “It all hit at the same time, and it was the bone (the media) wanted to grab onto.” The message the force has

tried to address, not so much with local media but with those on the outside, said Tremblay, is that “this great large crime wave that everyone’s talked about doesn’t exist. “I think that message is finally, slowly, slowly getting through. And even just the presence of our daily reports, they’re seeing what we’re dealing with. We’re not dealing with mad gangs tackling people down main street on a daily basis. We’re dealing with a lot of the same element that any city will deal with. It is not to diminish the fact that, yeah, we do have a crime problem here. You’ve had a crime problem here for probably 20, 25 years. But at the same time it does no one any good to exaggerate the problem or sensationalize.” He believes one of the best things they did was release numbers from the past five years showing crime is actually down in the city in 2013 compared to before. While that message seems to be getting through to media, Tremblay did acknowledge the story was still “lingering on.” The most recent coverage was a StarPhoenix story Dec. 9 entitled “Grassroots groups tackle NB crime rate.” Among those interviewed for that story, written by Jonathan Charlton and Charlene Tebbutt, were Steve Cormons of the Good Neighbour Network as well as Guy Turcotte of the Facebook group North Battleford Victims of Crime, with Turcotte expressing fears about safety in the city. The story drew a negative reaction from Chamber director Warren Williams. “Frankly, it pisses me off,” he said. “When I read about the Facebook pages and ‘I’m fearful to go to school’ and

stuff like ... it’s just presented in a bad light,” said Williams, who was critical of the story’s focus on fear. Tremblay, who was interviewed in the piece as well, responded he had much the same opinion of the article. “It’s that ability some reporters have to find the one guy in the town who’s going to give them the best quote,” said Tremblay. There was considerable talk during the question and answer session about the crime severity index in general. Tremblay pointed out it was hard to compare one community to another based on the index. He noted one factor was how much crime in North Battleford is reported to police, which may not be the case in a major city. He also noted he’s worked in smaller locations where the “crime severity index, if they publish them, would be higher than it is here.” He pointed to Fort Qu’Appelle and noted that in his four years there, there were 10 homicides. There was also some discussion about the impact crime had on business. That was among those questions Woolfitt fielded, who noted shoplifting was a big issue for many of them. Chamber president Sharon Mohagen says the recent talk about crime may have had an impact in getting “everybody more aware in looking at their next door neighbour and just paying attention.” That prompted Woolfitt to encourage people to go to the latest Neighbourhood Watch organizational meeting scheduled for the Don Ross Centre the next night. “We have to get to know our neighbours and our business partners,” said Woolfitt. As for the daily reports, they seemed to be appreciated by the directors and drew a

particularly amused reaction from Malcolm Anderson. “They need to have a byline that says ‘C’mon, Man,’” said Anderson, in reference to what he called the “goofball” things found in the reports. With respect to the reports, Tremblay did say some adjustments have been made recently in response to concerns expressed by the Chamber and by area businesses about specific locations identified that could embarrass businesses or cost them customers. “Unless we’re dealing with either a serious incident or an incident where we’re trying to solve a specific crime, we’re going to keep the addresses completely out of it,” said Tremblay. As an example, instead of saying “at a licensed premise or bar on XX street,”, the reports would just say “a licensed premise or bar.” Tremblay said the main focus was for people to “understand what we’re doing and what we’re attending to.” Tremblay also says the force appreciates any feedback they receive about the reports. Councillor Ryan Bater, the city’s representative on the Chamber board, voiced support for the increased reporting from the RCMP and noted the reaction he’s received from the public to the increased reports. He noted public opinion has shifted since releasing the reports from a tone of “why isn’t anybody doing anything?” to empathy over what police have to deal with on a daily basis. Check out The Battlefords RCMP Daily Report on our website at

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Canada’s justice system hampered by double standard Dear Editor Today, I read about a rich white kid in Texas who was given a probation instead of a prison sentence for driving drunk and causing an accident that killed four people. Just prior to that I watched a news program on TV and saw Doug Ford, the rich Toronto city councillor and brother of the mayor of Toronto, randomly handing out $20 bills from a wad in his hand to people in a crowd. Both of these further reinforced my growing suspicion that there is a double standard of law enforcement for rich white folks and for all the rest of us, especially those who are poor, or even tougher for those who are poor and black or aboriginal. Of course, the daily news stories of Rob Ford’s adventures with drinking, drugs and gangster associates, which would have led to the immediate ending of his political career, if not his arrest, were he not white and rich — with lots of rich and influential friends, including a PM fishing buddy — has had me wondering how he could be still the mayor and out of jail. What if he happened to be an ordinary black guy or an aboriginal guy who just happened to have been elected mayor because voters liked his policies? I think that first story of the existence of a possible video of his smoking crack in questionable company would have had him forced to at least resign before an almost certain impending arrest. But there is no such nasty unpleasantness for Rob Ford. So far, even the equivalent of the Texas kid’s probation seems to have actually offended Ford, rather than for him to appreciate how easy it’s been for him so far. His own sense of a kind of rich kid’s entitlement gives him a feeling of being unfairly dealt with by people who are his inferiors. Unfortunately, his anger is almost palpable, and attracts some people who may be angry about their own lives and could see Ford as someone who is strong, standing up to the “elite,” and could be the kind of leader they would vote for. As well, there are those other rich folks who may have little love for Ford, but would back him because of his lowtax and small-government policies, along with his probable support from those angry losers out there. He might run again, for even a higher office! So, for me, the “ongoing story” of Mayor Ford has a couple of layers of interest: one, the inequalities in our society, and the other, the short comings of our electoral systems. We could all learn different things from it. Russell Lahti Battleford

No News-Optimist Dec. 24 It’s always a wild ride in the newspaper business this time of year. In order to respect the need of Battlefords Publishing employees to spend special time with their families and loved ones, there will be no News-Optimist published Tuesday, Dec. 24. The next edition of the paper will be available Tuesday, Dec. 31. In that edition the 2013 citizen and junior citizen of the year will be revealed. Merry Christmas everyone.

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Time to reinstate capital punishment Dear Editor A recent Saskatoon StarPhoenix article gave details of inmate Serena Nicotine, who is responsible for the death of a North Battleford group home worker in 1999. The article describes Nicotine as being convicted of five hostagetaking incidents at four different federal prisons since her incarceration. Each one of these incidents could have caused death to her hostages. I understand the annual cost of incarcerating an average prisoner is about $175,000. This person has been in jail for 16 years, so the cost to taxpayers on her behalf has amounted to about $2.8 million. If she had caused a death to any one of her hostages then there would be more liability costs amounting to more millions of dollars. I feel capital punishment should be brought back. If someone has committed a murder and the court is satisfied beyond any reasonable doubt the person is guilty, then the death penalty should follow. There should be no exemptions, meaning the age of the offender should not matter and that a young offender would receive the same penalty as any adult. The same would apply to the mentally challenged. If this was the law, I feel our crime rate would be lower, our institutions would not be full and our country would be a better place to live. In addition our taxes would be lower because we would not have to deal with the burden of incarcerating people, increases to police costs would be lower and the court system would not be so heavily burdened.

If I was a criminal and decided to arm myself, if I knew someone could be killed by my being armed, then I would possibly think twice before I carried out my act, knowing if someone was killed my life was also going to be taken as punishment for that crime. We have had enough of these life-taking incidents in our own community that something has to be changed and bringing back capital punishment is one way of controlling it. A copy of this letter is being delivered to BattlefordsLloydminster MP Gerry Ritz and to Battlefords MLA Herb Cox in hopes they can have these changes made. I speak with experience, as I was involved in policing for 30 years and also spent an additional 10 years working with incarcerated youth at a young offenders’ institution. I praise Steve Cormons and Guy Turcotte for their part as citizens in organizing groups to help control and monitor our crime problem and also the RCMP for their never ending job of fighting crime; These people cannot do it on their own. We need stiffer penalties. Something has to be done now in putting changes in motion, as it takes months and months to have changes of this nature legislated. Hopefully the two politicians representing our community will start proceedings to have this brought to parliament and have capital punishment reinstated before more innocent lives are lost. Robert Tannahill Battleford

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Battlefords Chamber of Commerce supports Loraas bid By John Cairns Staff Reporter

The Battlefords Chamber of Commerce has offered their support to a locally-established bidder for the recycling contract in the city of North Battleford. Chamber president Sharon Mohagen informed Chamber directors at the Dec. 10 monthly meeting she had written a letter to the City in

support for Loraas Environmental Services Ltd., a Chamber member. City Hall is in the process of considering major changes in both garbage and recycling collection, including moving towards biweekly recycling collection across the city. Loraas has put in a bid for city wide blue cart recycling collection. The competing bidder is Ever Green Ecological Services Inc. of Sherwood Park, Alta., whose proposal

is for blue bag collection. Mohagen attended the council meeting in November when representatives from Ever Green and Loraas made the case for their proposals. Which proposal the City will go with is to be decided during budget deliberations. In her letter, Mohagen said Loraas is established in North Battleford and has participated in many Chamber events and works to promote their business and their

employees in the community. “The Chamber of Commerce feels strongly that businesses in the community who have a commitment to North Battleford with their financial investment, payroll and employment of local residents, local purchases of goods and services and solid community contributions and support for other groups and charities in the region, should be considered as partners the City would wish to engage with and contract from,

for services,” Mohagen stated. “While we anticipate that many non-local businesses could provide the services sought, it was disappointing to hear that the proposed level of commitment and investment in the community would likely be minimal at best. We therefore, wish to encourage you to consider even more favorably the proposal from Loraas Environmental Services for the substantive reasons noted above.”

City Hall dealing with several senior management vacancies By John Cairns Staff Reporter

Forgive staff members at North Battleford City Hall if they look a little more harried and stressed-out than usual — and it’s not just due to Christmas shopping. It’s because most of them have had a juggling act on their hands, having to handle extra work due to a staffing crunch in the senior ranks of administration. The City is recruiting for three vacant positions: parks and recreation director, finance director and, the most senior one of them all, the city manager. The current city manager, Jim Toye, is in his final month in that position in North Battleford. His last day is Dec. 31, and just a few days later he begins work in the same role in Prince Albert. The City has been interviewing candidates to fill the role of finance director to replace Matthew Hartney, who left in early September for Huntsville, Ont. The search to fill those two roles has been ongoing for some time, but at the Dec. 9 council meeting came news the City will need to start recruiting for another vacancy with the departure of Parks and Recreation Director Keith Anderson, a 25-year city employee who is retiring from his position. It has already proven to be a change-filled year at City Hall. Jennifer Niesink is still getting used to her new role as director of business development after taking over in November a position held by Denis Lavertu until this past summer. Also this year, Albert Headrick took over as fire chief, filling a role that was vacant for several months following the departure of Pat MacIsaac to Okotoks, Alta. The wave of recent departures has thrown a noticeable wrench into the activities at City Hall at a time when two major documents are before council for consideration. One is the official community plan, which comes back for further discussion and second and third reading in January after a few weeks of feedback from stakeholders. The other major item is the 2014 draft budget, which was presented last Monday with no finance director in place. Usually it is the finance director who delivers the budget document to council. This time it fell upon Toye

to make that presentation. Toye acknowledged the hard work of the management team in putting the budget together. “We had great support from the senior administration team,” Toye told reporters. He highlighted the

work of Gail Adams, Kalina Xu and Arthur Smith, who checked and double-checked the numbers and put the document together. Passing a budget without a finance director is not unusual to North Battleford in recent years. Immediately

after finance director Byron Tumbach delivered the 2012 budget to council in December of 2011, he left to become chief administrative officer in Lumsden. By the time the 2012 budget went to council for final debate and vote, Tumbach was already gone.

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and a new city manager are hired. In speaking to directors at the Battlefords Chamber of Commerce Dec. 10, Councillor Ryan Bater acknowledged the situation the City is dealing with. On top of all that is the holiday season. “It’s a pretty busy time, especially considering we are recruiting a city manager which is the most key position in our administration,” said Bater, who acknowledged the departure of Anderson as well as the finance director vacancy. “It’s an interesting time at City Hall, that’s for sure,” Bater said. “We’re trying to get a lot done with what we have.”

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Doris Lillian Cornell: A most remarkable woman at age 109 By Richard W. Hiebert North Battleford Centennial Historical Committee

First off, I must give credit to Tammy DonahueBuziak and Leola MacDonald for interviewing Doris Cornell, and to Tammy for typing a transcript from the audio tapes. At age 109, Doris is without doubt the oldest citizen in North Battleford and likely the oldest in Saskatchewan. And she would certainly be in a small exclusive group of centenarians close to her age in Canada. To put Doris’ s age into perspective, her life has spanned 12 decades. She was one year old when the province of Saskatchewan was born. She was a small child when Orville and Wilbur Wright flew the Kitty Hawk – the first air flight by man. She was an adolescent girl when the First World War broke out in 1914, and she was a young woman in 1918 when the terrible worldwide flu took millions of lives. She lived through the frenetic decade of the Roaring ‘20s. She was 25 when the stock market crashed plunging the world into the Great Depression. She was 35 when Hitler unleashed a terrifying new kind of war - blitzkrieg, or lightning war, on Poland, plunging the world into a global war. She lived through the assassination of president Kennedy, the Beatles, the hippies and the social revolution of the 1960s. She must have watched on television the landing of the first man on the moon in 1969, and the dismantling of the Berlin Wall in 1989. In addition to the two great wars, she lived through the Korean, Vietnam, Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Sir Wilfred Laurier was prime minister when she was born. During her lifetime, from 1904 to the present, 16 prime ministers have headed the government of Canada. What are the reasons for Lillian`s extraordinary long life? This essay documents her journey from her birth to the present, and from that we gain some insight into her long life. Doris Lillian Wilson was born Aug. 21, 1904 to William and Gertrude (Goddard) Wilson at Lincoln, England. She was referred to as “Lily” by her friends and “Billy” by her family. Lillian’s family immigrated to Canada in 1912 shortly after the sinking of the Titanic. She was only eight years old, but she remembered her family being a little nervous about the one-week crossing. The ship was scheduled to dock in Montreal but bad weather required it to make a detour to New York. From there they had to make the long train ride to Montreal. Doris’s father filed for a homestead south of Dafoe near Wynyard. While the claim was being processed, she and her mother, father, and sister lived in a boarding house. It was quite luxurious for the time (a respite before the hard life ahead) – five rooms including two bedrooms. There was a big barnyard with lots of animals. In the evening, Doris rounded up the cows from the fields and collected eggs from the chickens. Sadly, when Doris was only 14, her mother became extremely ill and died from a ruptured appendix at age 47. This was a difficult time for Doris. She had

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loved her mother dearly and depended on her. Doris attended Foote School – one room — Grades 1 through 9. She walked two and a half miles to school and two and a half back. Interestingly, school commenced in August and closed during the winter months so the children did not have to attend during the cold months. In 1921, when Doris completed her public schooling, she was accepted by the Saskatoon City Hospital’s nursing program. When she completed training, she was considered to be a “special nurse” because she and a doctor would see a patient in his or her home. Travel was by horse and cutter. Doris was extremely diligent. She would do whatever was required even if it meant taking care of the children and doing the housework. At times this meant 18-hour days. Doris generally stayed five days with a patient, more if her assistance was required when a mother gave birth. Doris remembered the intense winter cold when it was not suitable to ride in a cutter with no heat. To remedy this, hot bricks would be placed on the floor of the cutter so cold toes and feet would be kept warm. In addition it was necessary to have a warm scarf when she went out on a call. Doris met her future husband, Howard Cornell, when she was 22 years old. They met through friends. Howard certainly cut a handsome, manly figure. Doris was smitten. To add to his masculine appeal, Howard was a wonderful singer and was in high demand to sing at social gatherings. The two romantics had a great time at Saturday night dances even though there was no electricity, only kerosene lamps. With regard to employment, Howard was a station agent with the Canadian National Railway, which required him to travel to many different towns in Saskatchewan. Doris and Howard were married in 1929. Their only child was born in Domremy, a beautiful little girl whom they christened Lou. Doris and Howard had six grandchildren (five boys and one girl) and one great-grandchild. The next move for Doris and family was to Meota where Howard had been appointed station agent. Meota was their home for 18 years. Doris’s services as a nurse were soon in demand to assist residents with their health problems. As to be expected, she was loved by all for her kindness and concern for her patients and readiness to help all in need. After two decades of a wonderful life in the community of Meota, the family moved to North Battleford. Howard built a fine house on 93rd Street. Sadly, Howard passed away in the 1940s. Doris grieved, but then determined to live the rest of her life in the service of others. A bit of a humorous story is told about Doris’s pet robin and the neighbour’s cat. It seems the cat was eyeing up Doris’s robin for a meal and stealthily stalked her red-breasted avian friend. As the feline predator closed in and was about to pounce, Mr. robin avoided a certain demise by flying up and alighting on Doris’s shoulder – safe from the cat and any other predators. Doris continued to live in their house until she was past 108 years old at which time she moved into the

Villa Pascal. She is remarkably healthy for one who is 109 years of age. When Tammy Donahue- Buziak visited her recently, it was interesting to see Doris had a very old, exceptionally beautiful clock. This rare timepiece had belonged to her father and made the trip with her father to North America. Tammy asked Doris how she had managed to live so long. Doris was adamant that she had never smoked or drank. She did, however, enjoy the English tradition of tea in the afternoons. And, she still had a good appetite and enjoyed her meals. She did not adhere to any kind of diet. She kept her mind active. She loves to read. She is fussy about her appearance and keeps herself neat and proper. She has also got much satisfaction from many years of knitting, crocheting and tatting. She has made many beautiful tablecloths, one of which is framed in her living room. When the meals on wheels drivers came, Doris had her table set with a linen table cloth and fine cutlery, and she was always dressed prim and proper. Without fail, Doris would express her thankfulness to the deliverers. She was always cheerful and positive, which is, of a certainty, a large part of the reason she has lived so long. It is fair to say that Doris is a happy person who still enjoys life. At the age of 109, Doris is a sweet lady. On the occasion of North Battleford’s centennial, we are simply amazed at the life lived by Doris Lillian Cornell. We admire her cheerfulness and enjoyment of living, even at the age of 109. We appreciate the example she has set for all of us who are many years her junior. By virtue of her exceptionally long life, and the manner in which she has lived her life, Lillian Cornell is truly one of our city’s most extraordinary citizens.

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The legendary Harry Bondar put North Battleford on the map By Richard W. Hiebert North Battleford Centennial Historical Committee

The legendary Harry Bondar is remembered as the owner of the largest boat and RV centre in western Canada. He was born on April 7, 1922, to Robert and Jesse Bondar at Prince Albert. Harry received his elementary education in Regina. He went to only Grade 8, but he was self-taught and became well educated nevertheless. Harry’s daughter, Wendy, noted that to this day, Harry is a voracious reader and doesn’t miss a news broadcast on TV. Back in the early 1990s, my youngest son and I would spend hours walking around the premises of Hunter’s Sports Shop, looking first at an acre of boats on the lot on the north side. Then we would spend another hour inside admiring the cabin trailers (including checking out the interiors), fifth wheels, motor homes, single-person watercraft and Honda motorcycles. Harry was always there – socializing, doing business and talking to customers, many of whom had come from across Western Canada and the United States. For us, spending time at Hunters was a treat. One day we found a boat that was perfect for us – a 1979 Glastron with an 85 horse Mercury. It was priced at $3,500, which nicely fit our limited budget. Harry sold the boat to me personally with the assurance that if I found anything wrong with it, he would run it through the shop – no charge. That was Harry. It didn’t matter if you were a poor school teacher buying an old boat or a millionaire dealing on a $200,000 motor home, he treated you the same. During the Second World War, Harry served in the navy. He came close to losing his life when his ship was torpedoed. He ended up with shrapnel in his leg, a condition that affected him for the rest of his life. Harry started in business with a small navy pension. It wasn’t much, but he turned it into a success – a model for his future endeavours. During his lifetime, Harry steadily built larger businesses — larger buildings and inventories that resulted in phenomenal success on a grand scale. Hunter’s Sports Shop had its beginnings long before Harry assumed ownership. The Cote family ran a hardware and harness shop in 1905. They opened a second store (a sports shop) in a frame building at 1045 King (101st) Street. Jules and Alphonse, Michael Cote’s sons, ran the sports shop until 1946, at which time they sold it to Bill Hunter. Bill changed the name to Hunter’s Sport Shop. He owned Hunter’s for only a short time, after which he sold it to Harry Bondar in 1946. Harry had owned and operated his own store in Eatonia, but he married a girl, Ruth Caplan, from North Battleford and the newly married couple decided to make the Battlefords their home. In the 1950s and ‘60s, with a business sense and confidence that was typical of Harry, he built and operated stores and display lots at 1301 - 101st St. and later at 1991 - 100th St. During that era, business was booming, so the Hunter’s enterprise expanded again. Harry built a large store at 2072 – 100th Street (the present location of Aaron’s) and greatly expanded his product line. Business was better than ever. Again it was time to move to bigger and better facilities. But this time, Harry’s plans would have stopped the most seasoned and aggressive entrepreneur in his tracks. In 1976, Harry opened a 33,000 square foot trailer and marine centre at 27th Avenue and

Highway 4 north. It was a stroke of genius. The scale of the offices, service bays, parts inventories and showroom complex, and the “acre of boats,” trailers, and fifth wheels was truly remarkable. Hunter’s was vastly larger than any business in the Battlefords. Harry also owned another highly successful enterprise in North Battleford – Vanguard Trailers. So, Harry was building trailers and marketing and selling them at Hunter’s. All of Harry’s ventures were phenomenally successful. Unquestionably, Harry was a genius. Hunter’s put North Battleford on the map. Then, on July 20, 1992, tragedy struck. Fire ravaged Hunter’s main building, gutting the interior. Harry had spent 47 years building the business and now this. The billowing clouds of black smoke could be seen for miles. So intense was the heat that five firefighters were injured. Damage was estimated at $12 million. Circumstances dictated that rebuilding Hunters in North Battleford was not viable. Harry moved the business to Edmonton. It was a blow to our city. Not only was the Hunter’s fire a personal setback for the Bondar family, it significantly affected the Battlefords as well. Many businesses who had relied on Hunter’s to purchase goods and services scaled down their operations. The fire was also responsible for the Vanguard shut down. Harry’s success as a businessman is legendary. But his human, personal side is just as remarkable. Ethyl Caplan, Harry’s sister-in-law, noted Harry was incredibly motivated. Don Backus who, with his brother, owned and operated Madison Billiards across the street from Hunter’s on 101st Street, had some insightful and kind things to say about his good friend. Harry often went over to Madison’s to enjoy a cold drink (cola or orange) and visit. Don noted Harry was a man of boundless enthusiasm and supreme confidence. And, he had a photographic memory – to the extent that he could remember a customer’s name and what he had purchased years ago. He could even remember serial numbers of boats and trailers. Ross MacAngus, who worked for Harry when he was 14, also related that Harry had an unbelievable memory. Paul Sayers recalled buying a 16 foot Peterborough with a 35 horse Johnson from Hunter’s and Harry recalled everything about his boat years later. Wendy Ditlove related that her father loved his business, his staff and his customers, and North Battleford. Another of Harry’s fundamental qualities was his wonderful generosity. For example, he basically funded the Boh’s senior hockey team, buying equipment and hockey sticks, and covering the cost of travel. Harry also gave large donations to other sports teams in the Battlefords, and he invested heavily in developing the Table Mountain ski resort. Chris Heidel, a former long-time employee lauded Harry as a great leader who valued his employees, and would do whatever was necessary to take care of his customers. Their needs came before his. The late Vic Cooper worked for Harry for decades. He thought of Harry as a father figure. Don Backus also recalled that when he helped the staff at Hunter’s with their annual midnight madness sales, he was impressed with Harry’s manner of dealing with the public. He remembered Harry telling him, “Donnie, we need lots of cash registers. We don’t want our customers waiting in line. If we don’t look after our customers, it’s one hell of a way to do business.” Don had the utmost admiration and respect for Harry. Harry’s long hours at work did not diminish his

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love for his family. Harry and his wife, Ruth, enjoyed a long and happy marriage. They were blessed with four children, two boys, Bobby and Blair, and two girls, Debbie and Wendy, 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The family remembered the many wonderful times at their cabin at the lake. His kids and grandkids are immensely proud of Harry. He was a tremendous role model. Sadly, Ruth passed away in June, 2007. Harry misses Ruth and says she was the best thing that had ever happened to him. The family will always remember her for her cheerful disposition and loving nature. Harry was a man of faith. He and Ruth and their family attended the synagogue every week. Ethyl Caplan noted Harry was incredibly hard working and scrupulously honest – a man of his word. There can be little doubt that a belief in a higher power influenced Harry’s relationships with his family, his employees, his customers and how he lived his life. Harry is living in Edmonton, as do his sons and their families, and Debbie and her family. Wendy and her family live in Saskatoon. His sister-in-law, Ethyl, lives in Calgary. Her husband, Abe (who owned Abe’s Fine Foods on 101st Street in North Battleford), is no longer living. Harry is in his 90s and his health is not good, but he can look back with pride on his accomplishments and a life of unmatched success. On the occasion of North Battleford’s centennial, we note with pride Harry Bondar’s remarkable talent, entrepreneurship, and phenomenal success in business that put North Battleford on the map. Harry built the largest trailer and marine dealership in western Canada. Hunter’s was also the largest employer for the Battlefords in the private sector. Hunter’s Trailer and Marine helped support many businesses who supplied parts and labour. Harry Bondar was one of a kind, the likes of whom we are not likely to see again. Not only was he successful in business, he cared about his community and fellow man. Harry Bondar was truly an extraordinary citizen. (Source: Wendy Ditlove, Ethyl Caplan, Julian Sadlowski, Pictorial Story of North Battleford, Don Backus, Chris Heidel, Ross MacAngus, Paul Sayers, Battlefords News-Optimist)


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Gudmandson shuts the door on the La Ronge Ice Wolves By Brett Smith Sports Reporter

Michael Gudmandson stopped all 28 shots he faced to earn his second shutout as a member of the North Stars in a 4-0 win over the La Ronge Ice Wolves Friday night at the Civic Centre. Battlefords had a strong

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start to the first period, generating an early chance that was put wide of the net. La Ronge’s best chance came on an early power play. Gudmandson had to dive across the crease to stop the puck with his stick on the ice, keeping Ice Wolves forward Owen LaClare off the score sheet. The North Stars opened the scoring midway through the period. Battlefords forward Ryne Keller was fighting for a puck behind the net. The puck found its way out to the front of the net where Taylor Reich was all alone and beat La Ronge goaltender Dasan Sydora. Igor Leonenko extended Battlefords’ lead with three minutes left in the period. Leonenko stick handled through the La Ronge defence and roofed the puck over Sydora’s glove hand. The North Stars dominated the first period as they outshot the Ice Wolves 22-6. In the second, Battlefords had an early goal waved off.

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stick. Battlefords tallied a power play marker with 6:26 left in the period. Sydora gave up a big rebound on Austin Evans’

shot. The puck bounced right to Keller who buried it into a wide-open net. Regan Yew had a chance late in the third on a wrap around, but was unable to stuff it past Sydora. Some frustration started to boil over for the Ice Wolves in the third period. A fight broke out between McCoglan and LaClare with 11:30 left in the period.

La Ronge received an extra two-minute minor after the skirmish and the North Stars capitalized on the power play. There was a scramble in front of the Ice Wolves’ net and Sydora was unable to find the puck. Young was able to knock it past Sydora after a couple of whacks at it, giving the North Stars a 4-0 lead. With 1:45 left, another fight broke out. This time, Battlefords forward La Ronge forward Brenden Heinrich and Landon Robin squared off. Both players received five-minute majors and 10-minute misconducts for the fight. Gudmandson made some key stops to preserve the shutout in the final moments. He now has a 6-1 record since joining the team. Sydora made 55 saves in a losing effort for the Ice Wolves. The North Stars (17-150-2) set a new season high in shots, putting 59 pucks on target. Battlefords travel to Kindersley to take on the Klippers Tuesday night. The team returns home Wednesday night to host the Flin Flon Bombers in the last North Stars game before the holiday break. Puck drop is 7:30 p.m. at the Civic Centre.

AAA Stars blank Beardy’s Blackhawks By Brett Smith Sports Reporter

Battlefords AAA Stars goaltender Ryan Rewerts stopped all 15 shots en route to a 5-0 road shutout of the Beardy’s Blackhawks Thursday night. Rewerts earned his 12th win and first shutout of the season. Layne Young scored twice in the win for the Stars. Young opened the scoring in the first period, beating Blackhawks goaltender Mitchell Canaday with an unassisted marker. The Stars took over the game in the second period, outshooting the Blackhawks 11-4. Graham Gove extended the Stars’ lead to two 2:35 into the frame, netting his 12th goal of the season. With 3:52 left in the second, Battlefords forward Josh LaFramboise buried his 13th goal of the season to give the Stars a 3-0 lead. In the third, the Stars continued to bombard the Blackhawks goaltender with shots, putting 21 pucks on the net.

Josh Bly scored his 11th goal of the season, an unassisted effort four minutes into the period. The Stars added a shorthanded goal with Kaleb Dahlgren in the penalty box for hooking. Young scored his second goal of the game and eighth goal of the season to give Battlefords a 5-0 lead. Canaday was pulled in the third period. He stopped 30 of 34 shots en route to his 12th loss of the season. Battlefords (16-5-4-1) are second in the SMAAAHL with 37 points. They are four points back of the first place Notre Dame Argos. The Blackhawks (4-16-11) are last in the league and have lost six straight games. The Stars continue their road trip Thursday in Saskatoon for a game against the Contacts. Game time is 7:45 p.m. at Schroh Arena. The next home game for the AAA Stars is not until the New Year. The Stars face off against the Saskatoon Contacts on Jan. 19.


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Beaver Blues blow out Glaslyn North Stars, third straight win By Brett Smith Sports Reporter

Jordan Keller had a goal and two assists to lead the Battleford Beaver Blues to a 6-1 win over the Glaslyn North Stars at the Battleford Arena Dec. 12. Battleford has won three straight games to open the season. The North Stars opened the scoring in the first period four minutes into the game. Richie Mossiman beat Battleford goaltender Mitch Hawtin to give Glaslyn a 1-0 lead. Beaver Blues forward Scott Manula tied the game up midway through the period. His shot hit the post and got past Glaslyn goalie Cameron Simkins. Simkins kept the game tied into the first intermission after a huge pad save during a Beaver Blues’ power play. Battleford took the lead

The Beaver Blues won their third straight game Dec. 12. Photo by Brett Smith 1:49 into the second period. Mitch Phillips’ well-placed shot hit the post on its way past Simkins. The Beaver

Blues kept up the pressure shortly after the goal as Manula was stopped on a breakaway attempt.

Glaslyn’s Mat Arsenault also had a breakaway chance stopped, but also made a great defensive play. Simkins

turned the puck over while out of his net. The puck came off the boards to Beaver Blues forward Brett Michnik who had a wide open cage. Aresnault dove in front of the puck to knock it away from the net, keeping the score 2-1. Frustrations started to boil over in the period as the game became more physical. Michnik and North Stars forward Ryan Macdonald were sent off for high sticking after a scrum in front of the Glaslyn net. The Beaver Blues extended their lead to two with four minutes left in the second. Travis Keller carried the puck into the Glaslyn zone and around the net. He centred the puck for Keegan Sparrow who snuck it past Simkins. A minute later, Kellar let a soft wrist shot go off a faceoff in the Glaslyn zone. Simkins appeared to make the save, but the puck found its way past the goal line.

In the third, the Beaver Blues took advantage of an early power play. Sparrow dumped the puck into the Glaslyn zone. Michnik recovered in the corner and put a shot on net which was stopped. Brent Salzl buried the rebound to put Battleford up 5-1. Battleford put the game away for good late in the third. Manula and Mike Nelson came in on a two on one, with Nelson finishing the play off with a goal. Hawtin picked up his third win of the season for the Beaver Blues in net. Simkins suffered his third loss for the North Stars. It was announced during the game the Beaver Blues’ home game on Dec. 21 was cancelled with no make-up date announced. The next home game for Battleford is Dec. 27 against the Meota Combines. Puck drop is 8 p.m. at Battleford Arena.

New Horizons Curling back on the ice, Kjargaard team on top of pool

by Gerry Bristow After a three-week stand down and on new ice, the New Horizons were back curling Dec. 10. Doc Hall started off by scoring on the first end, but gave up a two, four and then another four and Lyle Darwent had it easy. It was end five when Hall came back with three, but it was not enough.

Kjargaard versus Belyk started as the game to watch on sheet two. Kjargaard was a half game up on his opponent and he wanted to keep the lead in the standings. Kjargaard did so by posting a deuce on the first end. Belyk came back on the next end and racked up one. They exchanged ones until

Kjargaard scored another two and then a one to go on to win. Up until this time, it was thought Kjargaard had gone through without a loss, but he lost to the Chadwick group earlier on. It still leaves him on top, but only by a half game. It was the two in the second end that kept the Krismer team on top of the Korpach bunch on sheet three until they gave up a steal in the sixth. Being two up coming home was not enough and Bob Krismer came away smiling. The layoff did Al Rogers good as they came back with vengeance, giving up one on the first.

They then scored a bunch of threes. He did let Dick Horrell get a three in the sixth, but still went on to win. In the afternoon draw, it looked like the Forester four was to walk away with a win over Allie Raycraft as they scored in the first two. It was not to be done as she retaliated in the next two ends to go one up. However, Forester kept scoring for the win. Gregoire gave up only one point in the first five ends and went on to give the Peever group a lesson in curling, but not by a big score. The Dudek dandies let the Puff-Foster rink have a couple in the first end, but came back to lead by three at

Tom Foster and William and Marguerite Wintonyk are in first place. Kjargaard’s team is a half game up on the Belyk bunch of Gordon Munn, John Chomyn and Bob Johnson. They are trailed by the Gregoire and Krismer rinks. Both Gregoire and Krismer are a game off the leaders. It is fair to say that some teams have not played as many games, but even if they had they would not be in the running.

the halfway mark and by five coming home. Wally Gordey said it was a pleasure skipping the girls and not only because of their curling. Bruce Chadwick and his crew did not let the Darwent win in the morning bother them as they led by seven after five. There is one more game to play before the shuffle of players for the spring season. The Ed Kjargaard team of

The Cut Knife Colts are undefeated no more. The Meota Combines beat the Colts 6-5 in Cut Knife Wednesday night. Brett Miller had two goals and three assists for the Combines in the win. Miller opened the scoring in the first period, beating Cut Knife goaltender Dallas Sperle. The Colts tied the game before the end of the period. Gino Frank scored on Meota goaltender Carson Churchman with less than two minutes to go in the first, making the score 1-1 heading into the first intermission. In the second period, Meota regained the lead thanks to a goal from Brody Tatchell, who also had four assists in the game. Cut Knife tied the game again a minute later. Ashton Hewson tallied his first of two goals in the

Gervais scored about a minute apart to extend the Combines’ lead to three. Brad Eischen added the sixth goal shortly after. Cut Knife’s comeback attempt started with Hewson’s second goal with 8:17 left in the final period to make it a 6-3 game. The Colts added two goals

with under a minute to go in the game from Wes Tuplin and Riley Albert, but could not find the equalizer before time expired. The Combines (3-1) have won three straight games. Meota sits two points behind the Cut Knife Colts (4-1) for first place in the SPHL standings.

John Paul II’s basketball teams have successful start to season Submitted Basketball season has started for the John Paul II Crusaders with tournaments over the past two weekends. The Crusaders senior girls’ basketball team hosted an eight team tournament Nov. 29 and 30. The girls lost to Meadow Lake in the semifinal and lost to Prince Albert Carlton in the third place game to finish

fourth overall. A very strong team from Warman was the tournament winner. The senior girls travelled to Prince Albert St. Mary Dec. 6 and 7 for a tournament. John Paul II won all three of their games to win the tournament. The John Paul II junior girls also hosted a tournament recently. The Crusaders won two

games in the tournament, but lost by one point to Meadow Lake in the final to win the silver medal. In junior boys’ action, John Paul II finished their home tournament with two wins. The Crusaders earned wins against the North Battleford Comprehensive High School Vikings and the Jonas Sampson Stingers. Their one loss was at the hands of the Holy Rosary Raiders.

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Battlefords KidSport receives $11,400 donation By Brett Smith Staff Reporter

WPD Ambulance North Battleford made a matching donation to the funds raised during the annual emergency medical services hockey tournament held March 12. Battlefords KidSport received $5,700 from the tournament and another $5,700 from WPD Ambulance. KidSport’s goal is to provide children with opportunities to learn fundamentals of teamwork, dedication and responsibility through participation in community sports programs. KidSport chairperson David Schell said the $11,400 donation was the largest the Battlefords chapter has received so far.

“In this city, there’s lots of youth that can’t afford [to play sports],” said Schell. “We think everyone should have that opportunity to play sports.” In 2013, KidSport has helped over 85 children become involved in sports and has paid over $25,000 to local sports organizations. “I believe that kids should have a good opportunity to participate in the events and give them the opportunity to make great friendships,” said Walter Dutchak, owner and general manager of WPD Ambulance North Battleford. “I think as a community if we all help out and see somebody in need and help out here and there, it makes a big difference in a young person’s life.”

North Battleford Mayor Ian Hamilton, MLA Herb Cox and WPD owner Walter Dutchak present a donation cheque to KidSport’s David Schell (far left). Photo by Brett Smith

Local student earns recognition in design competition Staff A 20-year-old North Battleford student has earned an honourable mention in a National Kitchen and Bath Association student design competition. Megan MacNaughton is a classmate of Krista Savino, 25, of Saskatoon who earned third place in the competition and a trip to 2014 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas where she will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Both are interior design technology students at Lakeland College’s Vermilion campus. In October, Krista Savino completed her bathroom design for the NKBA student competition, she was relieved to be finished the project. “It was very stressful because we were just learning how to use AutoCAD (design and drafting software) and I had only designed one bathroom prior to the competition,” says Savino, a second year student. Much to her surprise, the 25-year-old Saskatoon resident placed third in the competition that featured hundreds of entries from a total of 39 colleges and universities throughout North America. With the placings, the program’s winning streak in design competitions extends to 11 years. Asked if the program’s success in competitions adds extra pressure to students, Savino admits it does. “We didn’t want to be the class to break the streak. Fortunately we won’t be,” she says. In previous years, students entered a kitchen and a bathroom design by the end of November. This year, NKBA changed submission deadlines to Oct. 31. Because of the shortened timelines, the students entered only the bathroom portion of the competition. They will participate in another NKBA competition this academic

year and will submit a kitchen design. Given the reduced amount of time that students had to work on their projects, instructors Greg Plant and Fiona McLeod recognized the odds were against Lakeland students to place in this NKBA competition. “They hardly had any experience working with AutoCAD. They were learning the software while they were completing the project,” says Plant. But, as in the past, the students once again exceeded their instructors’ expectations. “We submitted 19 entries and, in my opinion, our students really did meet the challenge described in the competition,” says McLeod. Students had to create a bathroom design for a fictional client who lived in Nebraska. The design had to reflect the natural habitat of the area and incorporate sustainable materials. Entries consisted of a concept statement, perspective, working drawings and material board. Savino created a modern but casual design. MacNaughton’s design featured organic material. Breaking into the top three in the competition is an important accomplishment for Savino. “It means so much to me. It’s really rewarding to know my hard work is paying off. I also have to thank our instructors. They are excellent,” she says. “This program is a very busy twoyear program. There is no going home after the school day is done. I need to be here (in a design lab) working after class pretty much all the time. But placing third has boosted my confidence. I know I’m on the right track.” For more information on Lakeland College’s interior design technology program, visit www.lakelandcollege. ca.

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OBITUARIES JONES: Edward Sydney Jones, 1914 - 2013. Edward “Eddie” Jones passed away peacefully at Battlefords District Care Centre on Monday, December 9, 2013 in his 99th year. Eddie is survived by his daughter Grace (James) and son Elden; sister-in-law Marjorie Shanley; brother-in-law Merrill (Marie) Robinson; sister-in-law Cecile Jones; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their families. He is predeceased by his wife Mae; sisters Lily, Aggie,and Hazel; brothers Roy, Gordon, and Albert. If friends so desire, donations in Eddie’s memory may be made to the Recreation Department at Battlefords District Care Centre (PO Box 69, Battleford, SK S0M 0E0) or Battlefords Union Hospital Foundation (PO Box 1358, North Battleford, SK S9A 3L8) A huge thank you to the staff at Battlefords District Care Centre for enriching Dad’s life over the past 4 Ω years. He enjoyed so many things - cards, jokes, storytelling, music, teasing the budgies. You have all been “so fine, so dandy.” A Celebration of Eddie’s life will be held in the spring of 2014 and details will be announced closer to the date. The family has placed their trust with Kristeen Thiessen of Sallows and McDonald - Wilson and Zehner Funeral Home, North Battleford. (306) 445-218

CARSTENSEN: William Clifford Carstensen, better known as Cliff, was born in the Gallivan district Feb. 9, 1929. An accomplished pianist, who could also entertain for hours on the piano accordion. He spent forty years as a truck driver, quitting in 1983 due to ill health. This did not curtail his passion for automobiles. Starting in 1954 with the help of friends, Dennis Roberts and Ian Shnack, they built their first stock car, a bright yellow beauty with the number 700 boldly painted in black. They raced in Saskatoon, Lloydminster, Prince Albert, Rosetown and in the home oval in Battleford. After the stock car fever abated, Cliff used his knowledge, ability and love of vintage vehicles to restore many of them to their original condition. One prized vehicle, which he drove in many parades, took to show and shine events was his Plymouth. Most of his restored vehicles had names, one was Hafford Helen, it was located sitting in a slough about 10 miles east of Hafford. Cliff and Elizabeth often shared a joke about Anastasia, his 1932 Chevy, that when he died the car would be his resting place, but first it would be filled with cement so no one would be tempted to dig it up. He was actively involved with every aspect of the service station at the Fred Light Museum, in planning and fund raising, this was Cliff’s brainchild, it is indeed sad that he will not see its completion. At an appointment in Aug. of this year, when the Dr wanted him admitted to hospital, he replied that he would come for admission in two days as he could not miss the scheduled meeting of the car club regarding the service station. Cliff was an active volunteer at the Western Development Museum. A founding member of the Battlefords Vintage Car Club and a member of the Battlefords Northwest Historical Society. He was admitted to Battlefords Union Hospital the evening of Sept. 23 after he had spent a full afternoon doing his usual visit to the building site of the service station. A Service of Thanksgiving was held Thursday, November 21, 2013 at Third Avenue United Church with Rev. Frances Patterson officiating. The Honourary Pallbearers and Honour Guard were The Battlefords Vintage Auto Club and Pallbearers were Harold Johnson & Diane, Marvin Bates & Ella, Barry Grant & Pam, Fraser Noble and Alice Korpach. Memorial donations are requested to Fred Light Service Station Replica c/o: Town of Battleford, Box 40, Battleford, SK S0M 0E0 and Battlefords Union Hospital Foundation, Box 1358, North Battleford, SK S9A 3L8 (designated to the Palliative Care Unit). Interment followed at City Cemetery, North Battleford, SK. Elizabeth thanks everyone for their attendance. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Battlefords Funeral Service. (306)446-4200 ____________________________________________________

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McCAFFREY: It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our father Alphonse McCaffrey, late of North Battleford and formerly of Turtle Lake, on November 29, 2013 at the age of 84 years. Alphonse will be lovingly remembered by his children: Diane (Maurice) LaClare: Renée (Mark) Wallace Danica, Eric, and William, Gilbert (Jessica) - Seth and Juliette, Joey (Katie) - Theo and Beau, and Owen; Mary (Roger) Elliott: Delbert (Tasha) - Miami, Savannah, and Charlie, Shane (Whitney) - Jackson, Dustin (Sarah) Lillienne and Phoebe, Diana (Kane) - Brooklynn; Elaine LaClare: Blaire (John) Koop - Avery and Austin, Fabian, and Nikki; Danny (Karen) McCaffrey: Cole, Nolan, and Denzil; sister Rita Nault; brother Joe McCaffrey; as well as many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents James and Domitille McCaffrey; sisters Marie Jeanne, Antoinette, and Therese; son-in-law Paul LaClare; ex-wife Lillian McCaffrey; and friend Shirley Antoine Funeral Service was held on Wednesday December 4 from the Turtle Lake Mission Church in Turtle Lake with Pastor Dan Gies officiating. Interment took place at St. Hippolyte Cemetery in Vawn. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Alphonse McCaffrey may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Condolences for the family may be left at www.sallowsandmcdonald.com The family has placed their trust with Kristeen Thiessen and the staff of Sallows & McDonald - Wilson and Zehner Funeral Home. (306) 445-2418

GIESBRECHT: With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Rayalma (Mann) Giesbrecht, late of North Battleford, on December 8, 2013, which was her 88th birthday. Rayalma will be lovingly remembered by her children: Erwin (Patti) Mann: Greg, Shannon, David, Kristine, and Tracy - Jack, Grace; Eldin Mann; Dale Mann: April Mann-Labar Karissa, Elijah, and Shaylana; Tracy (Roy) Woloski: Bradley (Pam) Mann - Bentley; Candace Cameron - Reece, Aaltice, Kieaz, Jadace, Blaze, Solace; Cassandra (Tyler) Winterhalt - Emma; Caitlyn Woloski, and Brooke-Lynn Mann; sisters Phyllis Svoboda and Beulah Wack; special cousin Raeanna Falcon; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her first husband Andrew Mann; second husband Bernard Giesbrecht; mother Mabel Sayers; father David Barton; stepfather Angus Sayers; sisters Margaret Sigurdson and Thelma Nylander; and brothers William Barton and Herb Barton. Service of Remembrance was held on Thursday, December 12, 2013 from the Chapel of Sallows and McDonald - Wilson and Zehner Funeral Home with Reverend Father Greg Elder officiating. Cremation Interment took place at City of North Battleford Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations in Rayalma’s memory may be made to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind or the Canadian Diabetes Association. Condolences for the family may be left at www.sallowsandmcdonald.com The family has placed their trust with Kristeen Thiessen of Sallows & McDonald - Wilson and Zehner Funeral Home.

ADAMS: Clare Edward Adams: January 6th, 1937 – November 26th, 2013: It is with great sadness the family of Clare Adams announces his passing on November 26, 2013. He is survived by his loving wife Shirley Margaret Adams (Cook)of North Battleford, SK; loving children and grandchildren: Kelly ( Angela) Adams- Michaela, Owen & Cameron of South River, On; Lynn (Randy) Greening- Danielle & Cody of North Battleford, SK; Sherri (Doug) Butler – Katie, Samantha & Mattie of Memphis, Tennessee, USA; his siblings: Robert Edwin (Colleen) Adams, Shirley (Marcel) Fransoo & Ether (Bud) Platt; nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents, Edwin Thomas & Mary Esther Adams; infant brother, Earle James Adams. Clare Edward Adams was born and raised on a farm in Swan Lake Manitoba. Times were tough all over. Clare grew up tough, clearing a hundred acres with his father and brother by hand. He instilled this work ethic into his children. Clare loved to play Golf, Baseball and Hockey, he played hockey for Swan Lake, Manitoba and then some Junior hockey for Portage La Prairie, before being called back to work on the family farm. Clare met and fell in love with Shirley Cook. They were married on May 31st, 1958. Clare worked for the petroleum company’s Anglo Canadian, BA, Royalite, Gulf and Petro Canada. This resulted in multiple moves that eventually ended in Saskatoon. He was well respected in his field. Clare retired as The Senior Marketing Manager for Petro Canada in Saskatchewan. With retirement Clare and Shirley moved to North Battleford. They chose their house carefully based on the layout and accessibility of the most important component, the garage, which would soon become a workshop. Clare was a good family man; some of our fondest family memories were the countless summers of loading up the family car with a pop-up trailer and travelling through the mountains. We would spend weeks travelling through various passes and staying in provincial parks. Clare loved the outdoors, one of his great pleasures was camping and fishing, he was truly at home in the outdoors. Clare and Shirley would spend months up north at East Trout Lake. Later in his life, this hard shell of a man, truly showed his softer side, a side that was brought out by his Grandchildren. All of the Grandchildren enjoyed going fishing with Gramps and kissing “the lucky moose tooth” and throwing “Old Blue” in to see if they could get a Jack to hit it. Over the past few years Clare was committed to visiting his wife Shirley regardless of his own peril. His family wish for him is to go Hunt Moose, Go Fishing, Go for a walk in the bush you are free from earthly bounds, God speed and we love you. The family wishes to express our gratitude for the many acts of kindness we have received in thought and deed. A Memorial Service was held Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 from “The Garden Chapel” ~ Battlefords Funeral Service with Mrs. Joyce Salie officiating. Family Shared Memories were presented by Kelly Adams and Urn Bearer was Cody Greening on behalf of all the grandchildren. Memorial donations may be directed to The Alzheimer Society 301-2550-12th Avenue Regina, SK S4P 3X1. ____________________________________________________

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OBITUARIES REED - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Elsie Anne Reed, late of Saskatoon, SK on November 30, 2013 at the age of 76 years. Elsie will be lovingly remembered by her children: Richard (Ann): Michael (Deneen) and Denny (Noa); Randy (Jean); Robbie (Donna): Chelsea (Vaughn) Penley - Hailey and Jacob, Jillian (Dillon), and Jordan; Kevin (Susan): Brittany (Jordan), and Kayla (Kyle); Jocelyn (Gord) Ross: Rochelle and Parker Boskill; sisters Olga (Ralph) Crawford and Jane Towle; brother Walter (Mary) Nazarewich; as well as many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her husband Ted; parents John and Mary Nazarewich; and son-in-law Ron Boskill. The Service of Remembrance was held on Thursday, December 5, 2013 from Sallows and McDonald - Wilson and Zehner Funeral Home, North Battleford, with Mrs. Joyce Salie officiating. Cremation Interment took place at the City of North Battleford Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations in Elsie’s memory may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation or Saskatoon Convalescent Home Foundation, 101-31st Street West, Saskatoon, S7L 0P6. Condolences for the family may be left at www.sallowsandmcdonald.com The family placed their trust with Kristeen Thiessen of Sallows and McDonald - Wilson and Zehner Funeral Home, North Battleford. (306) 445-2418

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Friday, December 20 Borden Grade 12 Pancake Breakfast at the Community Centre from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Friday, December 20 Borden United Church Blue Christmas Service at 7:00 p.m. Fellowship & coffee.

Tuesday, December 24 FUNERAL SERVICES

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Trevor Watts - Director/Owner Locally Owned & Operated eternalmemories@sasktel.net ETERNAL MEMORIES STAFF: Derrick Mann - Funeral Director/Embalmer; Nicole Welford - Funeral Director/Embalmer; Zonie Krawchuk - Funeral Director; Funeral Attendants - Roman Waines, Larry Taylor, Lloyd Carriere, Paul Baskey, Tee Dee Humenny,Tisha Carriere, Melissa Jordan and Ron Link

Christmas Eve Service at Borden United Church at 6:30 p.m. 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 12:00 noon Friday prior for Tuesday's & Thursday’s publication.

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JOURNEYMAN AUTOMOTIVE Service Technician(s) in Hanna Alberta. Hanna Chrysler Ltd. offers competitive wages, relocation allowance, negotiable depending on experience. Bright, modern shop. Full-time permanent with benefits. Friendly town just 2 hours from major urban centres. More info at: hannachrysler.ca. Fax 403-854-2845; Email: chrysler@telusplanet.net.

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NEW DRIVERS. Oilfield Tickets, Clean Drivers Abstract and 1 Year Fluid Hauling is required. Shift Work (2 weeks on/1 off). $26/hr to Start plus Holiday Pay, Overtime Pay (after 8hrs/day), New Housing Accommodations, Full Benefits & RRSP plan. Scheduled Holidays, Company Vehicle, Night Shift $1/hr Premium as well as a $4000/Yearly Bonus. Extraordinary team where family and safety come first. Serious applicants fax resume w/abstract to 306-825-5344, email hufnagel@me.com or call 780-893-0120.

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Painter required for North Battleford and area. At least three years experience required. Wages $14.00 to $22.00/hour depending on experience. Position is permanent full time. Duties include prep work, brush and roller work and spraying. Drivers licence required. Contact Mike @ 306-386-7378 or fax resume to 306-937-2692 or mail resume to Innerprovincial Painting Ltd., P.O.Box 793, Battleford, SK SOM 0E0. Werstroh Plumbing & Heating is now booking work for January 1st. We do new construction, heating, service work and heating systems. Call for a free qoute! We are located in Spiritwood but work in the following areas Meota, Edam, Turtleford, Glaslyn, Medstead,Rabbit Lake, Shell Lake, Leoville and Chitek. Please call 306883-8902 or 306-841-7630. Werstroh Plumbing & Heating is now booking work for January 1st. We do new construction, heating, service work and heating systems. Call for a free qoute! We are located in Spiritwood but work in the following areas Meota, Edam, Turtleford, Glaslyn, Medstead,Rabbit Lake, Shell Lake, Leoville and Chitek. Please call 306883-8902 or 306-841-7630.

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St. Vital Council of Catholic Women’s League celebrated their 50th anniversary Nov. 16. The celebration began with the Holy Eucharist cocelebrated by Bishop Albert Thévenot, Father Greg Elder and visiting priests and deacon. In his homily, Bishop Albert asked the CWL members present to be faithful to the order so they may continue their good works for the church. The banquet and program followed the Mass. Head table guests were piped in by piper Jim Ramsay. Greetings and congratulatory messages were brought from the diocese of Prince Albert by Bishop Albert Thévenot, from the Town of Battleford

by Mayor Derek Mahon, from the Parish of St. Vital by Dave McQuaid and from Knights of Columbus Council No. 5626 by Dennis Mercer. Congratulations were also offered to the council by Juanita Sequin, the diocesan CWL president and by Helen Kayfish representing the provincial president. Seven charter members were presented with 50-year pins and local president, Marilyn O’Driscoll, was presented a certificate in honour of the 50th anniversary. The guest speaker for the evening was Father Maurice Fiolleau, vicar general for the Prince Albert Diocese. He told those present they have seen the Lord over the last 50 years and commented on all the changes that have taken place since the council

was formed. He reminded everyone that we walk by faith and not by sight. Each day in our lives is a journey and we must do our best to make the world a better place. A highlight of the celebration was the unveiling of the beautiful art piece created by local artist Dean Bauche to commemorate the anniversary. Our Lady of Good Council overlooks Battleford and St. Vital Church. The art piece was blessed by the bishop. The festivities ended with the cutting of the cake by the CWL spiritual adviser, Father Greg Elder and JoAnne Stirton and Donna Oborowsky, daughters of deceased Vi Charbonneau, the first CWL president for the St. Vital CWL council.

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The Rivers’ Edge Quilters Dec. 6 met at the Don Ross Centre with 18 members attending. Guild members have been busy with quilt shows. A small group went to Unity to Ilene’s Quilting Plus Shop. There were presentations by Dorothy Thompson of Saskatoon showing traditional and modern quilts. The other presenter was Alice Swan, a fibre artist from Vermilion, Alta. who showed and explained her wall hangings. Sandy Cook, from Saska-

PERMANENT POSITION Our company is looking for a person who is: • Self motivated and has great communication skills • Dedicated and enthusiastic with knowledge of the area retail market • Assertive and creative, with ability to meet stringent deadlines • Well-organized and able to work as a team player in a busy office • Website sales experience an asset • Has a valid driver’s license and owns a dependable vehicle. If you are looking for a rewarding career with an opportunity for advancement we would like to hear from you. We are willing to train the right individual. Our company offers: • Remuneration of a base salary, plus commissions • Extended health benefits • Great working environment Please forward resumé to: Valorie Higgs, Sales Manager Battlefords Publishing Ltd., 892 - 104th Street, North Battleford, SK S9A 3E6 email: val@newsoptimist.ca No phone calls please.

toon, came Oct. 19 to teach us how to do a pattern called hidden wells. Six members went to a quilting retreat from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1. They reported they had a wonderful time and the food was excellent. Many quilters have been hard at work making comfort

quilts and walker bags. Most of these will go to the Empty Stocking Fund. Mittens and scarves have been donated as well. The highlight of the season has been our quilt show at the Chapel Gallery from Nov. 6 to Dec. 15. Leah Garvin and her staff had our projects displayed beautifully. We are so impressed with their efforts. They also did a terrific job promoting and covering our show. Nov. 15, Arlyce Thompson of Moose Jaw came and did a trunk show at the opening reception at the gallery.

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Enforcement focus on impaired driving Staff An RCMP impaired driving enforcement blitz this past Saturday and Sunday resulted in 30 impaired by alcohol criminal charges across the province. According to a press release, detachments and traffic units conducted numerous stop checks involving 532 sobriety checkpoint person hours. The checks were an initiative of National Safe

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Driving Week. In addition to the charges laid, there were 34 roadside suspensions for alcohol impaired driving and 75 approved screen device tests performed where subjects passed. RCMP Saskatchewan is encouraging everyone to commit to driving sober, states the release. Everyone has the right to come home safe. Together, we can make a difference.

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Hit and run charges Staff There were 25 calls for service/occurrences responded to by Battlefords RCMP between 6 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 and 6 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13. Among those were several driving complaints, one false 911 call and one response to an alarm that proved to be false.

Thursday

7:46 a.m. — 19-year-old man arrested on 100th Street, intoxicated at a residence and causing a disturbance. 10:00 a.m. — North Battleford RCMP welcomed the Grade 4 class from Connaught School to the detachment for a tour. The students were given a tour of the facilities by two RCMP members, which was very well received. Thanks for coming Grade 4 class and have a great holiday season. 11:54 a.m. — Notification of traffic backing up on bridge due to movement of an RTM home. Members dispatched to location to provide traffic control until transport completed. 1:36 p.m. — Vehicle parked on 114th Street overnight had tires slashed. 6:20 p.m. — Report of altercation/argument. No assault or threats found to have been made. 7:08 p.m. — Single vehicle collision on bridges. Vehicle lost control and struck a guard rail. No injuries, vehicle sustained significant damage. Icy road conditions at the time. 7:33 p.m. — 30-year-old man arrested on 103rd Street for public intoxication. 10:45 p.m. — Report of two persons fighting on street on 101st Street. Both subjects located and arrested for causing a disturbance. A 23-year-old man is facing charges of failing to comply with an undertaking. A 25-year-old woman has not been charged. Investigation is ongoing. 10:47 p.m. — Complainant called 911 to report he is home and his girlfriend might come home later with some people from the bar and he doesn’t want anybody else there. Not a proper use of 911. 11:07 p.m. — Single

vehicle collision on 105th Street. No occupants located in or near vehicle, which was towed from scene.

Friday

1:56 a.m. — Hit and run reported on Railway Avenue East. Suspect later located and a 53-year-old male has been charged. 5:08 a.m. — Report of fighting/arguing at residence on St. Laurent Drive. No arrests made. Matter still under investigation.

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So many still have no idea who He really is How embarrassing! To treat someone rudely, not knowing who the person is. Only to find out later he’s the boss of the company for which we work, or the judge who will be trying our case! That blunder could well affect the offender’s future welfare! But what if the One to whom we show disrespect is the Son of God, the One to whom we must give account in eternity? It happens. And it happens at Christmas. Years ago, a manger scene near us was vandalized six years running, and the baby Jesus image stolen. If only they had known the Person whom that tiny doll represented. But, in our “Christian” country, with all of its churches, and its evangelical radio and television broadcasts, many still do not know Him. Even when there is no overt hostility, the lack of understanding of who Christ is can be startling. One day, when buying some stamps, I asked if there were any with a Christmas theme. “Yes,” was the reply. “These have an angel on them.” But it was the infant Christ child. Perhaps if she had looked more closely, she would have known. Perhaps. Long ago, there was “no room in the inn” for Joseph

/ Sweet little Holy Child, / Didn’t know who You was. / Didn’t know You’d come to save us, Lord, / To take our sins away. / Our eyes was blind, / We couldn’t see. / We didn’t know who You was.” Further on, the author makes a personal comparison: “The world treat You mean, Lord, / Treat me mean too, / But

Robert Cottrill, B.A., B.R.E. http://wordwisehymns.com/ www.WordwiseBibleStudies.com and Mary. Would the innkeeper have made room, if he had known of the One to be born that night? Surely it would have made a difference. And would the rulers of the Jews called for Jesus’ death, years later, if they had realized who He is? The Bible speaks of their blindness. “You denied the Holy One and the Just, and asked for a murderer [Barabbas] to be granted to you ... Yet now, brethren, I know that you did it in ignorance.” (Acts 3:14, 17; cf. 13:27-28) Even on the cross, the Lord Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” (Lk. 23:34) “For had they known,” says Paul, “they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” (I Cor. 2:8) He is the glorious Lord. That is an ascription of deity. John reports, “we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only

begotten of the Father.” (Jn. 1:14) And we are to “give unto the Lord the glory due to His name.” (Ps. 29:1) But so many do not. Robert MacGimsey (1898-1979) was an African-American song writer. He was also an exceptional whistler. Incredibly, he could whistle in three-part harmony– leading one symphony conductor to quip, “He makes the violin envious!” In 1934, MacGimsey gave the world a touching Christmas carol, written in the form of a modern-day spiritual. Those were the days of racial discrimination, of beatings and lynchings. Robert MacGimsey knew first hand the sting of prejudice, and he poured the pathos of his own experience into his song. The carol begins, “Sweet little Jesus boy, / They made You be born in a manger.

that’s how things is down here.” And “Please, Sir, forgive us Lord. / We didn’t know it was You.” It is sad that many around us do not know Him. But they can. God has given us His Word the Bible to tell us the good news of a full and free salvation through faith in Christ (Jn. 3:16).

And Christ declared that He would send the Holy Spirit to “convict the world of sin ... because they do not believe in Me.” (Jn. 16:8-9) If you still do not know Him, I urge you to open the Word of God and begin to get acquainted today with our wonderful Lord. “There is born to you ... a Saviour.” (Lk. 2:11)

A gift with death in mind In spite of budgetary constraints and all conventional wisdom, a local resident known only as Mary recently spent her entire budget on just one gift. Not only that, she ended up dumping it. As reported in last week’s edition of Christ’s News, an unidentified youth gave up his lunch bag of food as a gesture of generosity in the face of the challenge of feeding 5,000 participants. This next story centres around another unidentified donor though circumstances differ in context, content and audience reaction. The lunch incident took place outdoors and involved a lecture by Christ; this time He received a gift at the home of Simon, a resident of the City of Bethany. Known only as Mary, it appears that

she wasn’t originally invited to the gathering. “A woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil and she poured it on His head,” Disciple Matthew tells Christ’s News. The gesture prompted an immediate negative response from those identified as His own disciples. “What is the point of this wicked waste? Couldn’t this perfume have been sold for a lot of money which could be given to the poor?” they

protested. Surprisingly, rather than back up His supporters, Jesus responded to their comments with a firm rebuke of His own: “Why must you make this woman feel uncomfortable? She has done a beautiful thing for me. You have the poor with you always, but you will not always have me. When she poured this perfume on my body, she was preparing it for burial …” Strangely reminiscent of the myrrh offered by the Magi approximately 30 years earlier, death seems to be at the forefront of this One’s thoughts. For the rest of the world, however, celebrating His birth is the timely topic. Watch for more news as it unfolds.

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. TERRITORIAL DRIVE ALLIANCE CHURCH Corner of Scott & Territorial Drive

10:30 a.m. Sunday Worship Service Everyone Welcome! Senior Pastor - Keith Klippenstein Assoc Pastor - Mike Magnus

Pastor: Rev. Allen Huckabay nd

1372 102 St 306-445-3009

ANGLICAN PARISH

Notre Dame (RC) Parish Corner of 104th Street & 12th Avenue Rev. Father Gerard Legaspi MASSES: Saturday - 7:00 p.m. Sundays: 11:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m.

SUNDAY SERVICES St. George’s Anglican Church - 9:00 a.m. 191 - 24th Street West, Battleford, SK

St. Paul’s Anglican Church - 11:00 a.m.

OFFICE 306-445-3836

1302 - 99th Street North Battleford, SK Rector: The Rev. Peter Norman

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Hosanna Life Center Friday, Saturday & Sunday 7:00 pm Bible Training Classes & Personal Mentoring

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Pastors: Peter & Lydia LitchÀeld Members of Christian Ministers Association

Reclaim Outreach Centre A Gospel Mission Teaching the Word Caring for the hurting

Battlefords Seventh-Day Adventist Church

962A - 102 Street

Pastor Dave Miller

Sunday Service: 6:00 p.m.

Corner 16th Ave. & 93rd Street, North Battleford

“Reclaiming Our Spiritual Heritage” Pastors Len Beaucage & Don Toovey Furniture or Donations: Please call Don at

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Community Baptist Church 1202 - 103 Street, North Battleford, SK 306-446-3077 PASTOR: RON BRAUN

Sunday Morning Service 11:00 a.m. Everyone Welcome Canadian National Baptist Convention

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Maidstone/Paynton United Church of Canada

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Phone: 445-4338

Clergy Person: Rev. Ean Kasper

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Living Water Ministry Pastor Brian Arcand Phone: 306-445-3803 Cell: 306-441-9385 Fax: 306-445-4385

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Zion Lutheran 10801 Winder Cres. 15th Ave. & 108th St. North Battleford, Sk

306-445-5162 Fellowship Hour 9:30 a.m. Worship Service 10:30 a.m. www.battlefordslutheran.sk.ca Pastor Sheldon Gattinger Everyone Welcome

Third Avenue United Church Sunday Worship Service - 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 1301 - 102nd Street, Phone 306-445-8171 Rev. Frances Patterson

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Plan to give to a charity By Cheryl Carley Starting in 2013, there is an added bonus for those who have not claimed charitable donations since 2007. It is called the first time donor tax credit. The only requirement is to make a charitable donation. The tax deduction for charitable donations is pro-rated so you get the biggest bang for your buck on donations that total more than $200. This can be one donation or several donations added together. There are two ways to maximize this: combine your charitable donations with your spouse’s/common-law partner’s and report all of them on one tax return, but make sure there are taxes paid or a balance owing. The second way is to carry forward small donations until you get over the $200 threshold and then claim them. Donations can be carried forward for five years. This new credit will be available for 2013 to 2017. For taxpayers who have never claimed donations or have not claimed any donations since 2007, they will get a bigger deduction. Translation: you get a bigger tax break. Watch out, though. If you are claiming donations for your spouse or common-law partner, they also have to qualify as a first time donor (no donations claimed since 2007). The tax credit can also be shared between spouses, but the maximum total donation eligible for this credit stays at $1,000. It doesn’t double between spouses/common-law partners. The challenge may be to determine if there have been donations claimed since 2007. The tax deduction is a non-refundable tax credit. This means that you have to pay taxes to get a deduction. If you don’t pay taxes or are getting all your taxes back before claiming the donation, the donation will not get you any more money back on your tax return. Donations can be carried forward for five years. For smaller donation amounts, the challenge will be whether to claim in the current year or carry forward and accumulate the donations until they exceed the $200 threshold so you can get a bigger deduction. Remember: the deduction percentage increases for donations over $200. Be sure you get a proper donation receipt. Canada Revenue Agency is really particular about this and you can be guaranteed they will be reviewing more donation receipts for the 2013 tax year. In addition, when Canada Revenue Agency reviews large donations they will require a letter confirming your donation from the organization you donated to. They also want to see your proof of payment such as a cancelled cheque. Thinking of doing an inkind donation? Be careful as Canada Revenue Agency really picks these apart (think art flip scams). Best practices: if you are planning to do a large dona-

tion first verify the receiver is a legitimate charitable organization (http://www.

cra-arc.gc.ca/chrts-gvng/lstngs/menu-eng.html); write a cheque for the donation; get

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a letter from the organization you made the donation to; and get a proper donation receipt. For more information on charities, visit CRA’s website http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/

chrts-gvng/menu-eng.html — This document is of a general nature and is for information purposes only. The information does not constitute advice and should be used only in conjunction with

the circumstances surrounding your specific situation as discussed with a qualified accountant such as a CGA. Cheryl Carley CGA CAFM CAFA has been in public practice for 30 years.


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