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Celebrating the holiday season By Jayne Foster Staff Reporter

O Christmas Tree The Festival of Trees was visited by hundreds of people over the weekend. Friday evening was a Light Up the Night event when a 20 foot tree was lit up outside the Dekker Centre for the Performing Arts on Rotary Plaza. Singing O Christmas Tree just prior to the lighting were Brooklyn Jenner, Sarah Iverson, Joelle Weum and Katelyn Payne. More events followed on Saturday and Sunday. See more on Page 2.

The holiday season is fully upon us. There are Christmas events everywhere you look. After a weekend of Christmas merriment, including the annual festival of trees organized by the Battlefords Union Hospital Foundation, A Walk Through Bethlehem, put on by the Battlefords Seventh Day Adventist Church, and the Notre Dame Parish Multicultural Christmas Festival, there are still more festivities to come. Saturday, Dec. 7, don’t miss the Battleford 2000 Lions Christmas Bazaar, especially if you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping yet. It will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Alex Dillabough Centre in Battleford. Sixty vendors will be displaying their products for sale. A canteen will be available as well. The Western Development Museum in North Battleford will also be celebrating A Prairie Christmas with two weekend events, Family Day Saturday, Dec. 7, and Holiday Homecoming on Sunday, Dec. 8. Family Day starts Saturday at 11 a.m. and runs until 4:30 p.m. You can take

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your family for $20. Adults are $9 and children are $3. There will be a concession plus an outdoor hot dog roast. From noon until 1 p.m., enjoy the Santa Science Special Event. This show, by Dynamic Dawn, is specially designed for ages four through 12, but enjoyed by all ages. From 1 to 1:30 p.m. there will be storytelling with Myrna Sprecker, Santa will visit from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and from 2 to 3 p.m. there will be the Sounds of Gospel Joy. Throughout the afternoon there will be crafts, games, face painting, sleigh rides and balloon fun with Larry the Balloon Man. Holiday Homecoming is the WDM’s Sunday event. Things get started at 11 a.m. and will run until 4:30 p.m. Again, families are $20. Seniors are $8. There will be a full day of activities, food and friendship. Entertainment lined up includes Dick Scotton and Marilyn McGown, the Loewens and Co., the Borshnecks, Carl Ross and the Good Ol’ Boys, a woodwind quintet and Keeping it Country. There will also be a raffle for a star patterned quilt was donated by local quilter Heather Hochbaum. The food bank’s Santa’s boot bells are ringing in stores. Please give generously.

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Festival of Trees Lights Up the Season

“We wanted to revamp the event, and make it a family event and I am so very glad to see so many children out,” said Battlefords Union Hospital Foundation board chair Brenda Sparrow at the opening night of the annual Festival of Trees. She led everyone through a practice round of “Ooooh!”s and “Aaaah!”s in preparation for the lighting of a 20-foot outdoor tree.

The 2013 Festival of Trees was held at the Dekker Centre for the Performing Arts, with hundreds turning out on each of three days. This is the first year it has been held at the Dekker Cente and organizers were pleased with the venue and attendance numbers.

Above, Dianne Gryba provided musical entertainment Friday evening at the Festival of Trees. Right, trees decorated by local school children were on display.

Caring, Sharing, Remembering A COMMUNITY CANDLELIGHT SERVICE Christmas is usually a joyous time full of memories. The bereaved often feel this season makes their loss more painful. You, your family and friends are invited to join others in the community to renew your spirit and honour your loved ones.

Beautifully decorated trees, wreaths and swags were on display and up for bid with the lucky winners taking their treasures home. The funds raised from the event will go toward the purchase of equipment for the Battlefords Union Hospital.

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Sunday morning, a hungry crowd arrived for the Festival of Tree’s Breakfast with Santa event. This is the festival’s 18th year and is presented through countless hours of volunteer work and with the sponsorship of many local businesses. Photos by Jayne Foster


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Author reaches out to new grandmothers By Jayne Foster Staff Reporter

A nurse who has been answering mother’s questions for more than 40 years will be sharing information from her recently released book, written especially for new and soon to be grandmothers, at an event in North Battleford Wednesday. A grandmother herself, University of Saskatchewan College of Nursing associate professor Dr. Angela Bowen teaches obstetrics to nursing students. She thought her knowledge was extensive, but once her first grandbaby came home, she realized things are a lot different from when she first became a mother. She will be reading from her book, Today’s Grandmother: Your Guide to the First Two Years, Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Crandleberry’s. Today’s Grandmother is the product of research and experience. “If I can learn, others can too,” says Bowen, who has two grandsons in Saskatoon where she lives and a stepgrandson in Ontario. There is evidence and

theory in the books, she says, but it’s really about how grandmas can support new moms with the realities of motherhood today. She addresses the questions about why things are different when it comes to sleeping position, breastfeeding and introducing solids, and new recommendations such as supervised tummy time. She explains where the recommendations come from, such as the World Health Organization and pediatric associations. “I had to look up some of those things myself, so I thought it would be helpful to grandmas.” She hadn’t seen any books on the shelves like it. So she decided to change that. Her research included sending questionnaires out to new mothers, some who were doing well and others who were having trouble. Likewise, she sent questionnaires out to new grandmothers. There are quotes and stories from those questionnaires in the book, plus some stories of her own. The grandmother-mother relationship is a new and fragile one, says Bowen. Her book talks about trying

Angela Bowen, RN PhD, will be reading form her book, Today’s Grandmother: Yo u r G u i d e to the First Two Years, at C r a n d l e b e rrry’s at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Photos submitted

Multi vehicle collision closes Highway 16 Staff MAYMONT — Approximately 25 cars and six semi trucks were involved in a collision Saturday on Highway 16 just west of Maymont. Members of the Warman and North Battleford Rural RCMP responded at about 10:30 a.m., as well as WPD Ambulance and STARS. A rescue unit and fire engine from North Battleford re-

sponded to assist the Maymont fire department, and a number of towing companies were also needed. Eight patients were transported to Battlefords Union Hospital. Four were transported to hospital in Saskatoon. STARS transported one patient to a Saskatoon hospital. None of the injuries were believed to be life threatening. RCMP say it appears

there was an initial collision between vehicles travelling in the east bound lane. Shortly after this occurred, there was a second collision between vehicles in the westbound lane who slowed to view the east bound collision. Because of the fog, additional vehicles were unable to avoid the collision and either became involved or went into the ditch to avoid

Man charged with indecent assaults at Moosomin day school Staff A man from Prince Albert faces eight indecent assault counts involving alleged incidents at the Moosomin First Nation’s Day School. North Battleford RCMP say the man was charged after

a lengthy investigation into allegations dating back to 1964 involving at least eight victims. The accused, age 69, was a teacher at the day school at the time of the alleged offences. The school is no longer in operation.

The matters were disclosed initially to North Battleford RCMP in January of 2008. The accused is due to make his first appearance in North Battleford Provincial Court Monday, Dec. 23 at 10 a.m.

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hitting the other vehicles. The road was closed until 4:35 p.m. when RCMP advised the highway was again open to travel. The emergency crews involved in the investigation of the numerous collisions at that location had cleared the scene.

to foster and support that relationship. “Because they still look to you and role model you, but they are adults.” They are doing the things doctors and nurses are telling them and things they’ve researched themselves. Grandmas who don’t keep up with what their children are doing are the ones who are getting in trouble, she said. Some grandparents aren’t allowed to babysit the way they want, because they aren’t following the parents’ wishes. “Mothers-in-law are particularly vulnerable to blowing it,” says Bowen. It comes through pretty clearly that there’s often tension in the new mom-motherin-law relationship. “Especially if the wedding was stressful,” she adds. “That’s a good sign that you better watch what’s happening there.” Bowen says a new baby is a chance to make things better between mothers-in-law and new moms. By making the baby the focus, instead of focusing on your own needs, the relationship can improve. Rather than just wanting to hold the baby, helping the mother with things such as laundry and housework so she can breastfeed more comfortably or get some needed sleep are the things new moms are saying they need. “If they see you are trying to help them, not trying to be bossy, they really like that,” says Bowen. The author says she has had positive feed back from people who have tried it; it worked for them when there were stressors already in the relationship. It can work for

great-grandmas, too, adds Bowen. Bowen also says she’s not ignoring grandfathers, but it is the grandmother who is usually the front-line person in the first months and first years. “I’ve heard enough men say, ‘I’m not changing diapers’ or ‘I’ve never changed a diaper,’ that I knew that’s not going to be my focus,” she laughs. Bowen decided to do a book reading in North Battleford at the suggestion of women she’s worked with in the Prairie North Health Region. Bowen says she’s been doing projects with KidsFirst and the region’s maternal mental health committee for the last five years. KidsFirst has been working to improve the health of the region’s pregnant moms and post partum moms, and has also played a big part in the work of the maternal mental health committee, says Bowen, who has been involved in their projects as well. “I work with the whole province and I must say Prairie North stands out for working intersectorially,” says Bowen. Today’s Grandmother is available for purchase through and at McNally Robinson in Saskatoon and Winnipeg. Twenty-five percent of book sale proceeds go towards the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign, Stephen Lewis Foundation. This is an organization of grandmothers who raise funds to support grandmothers in Africa who are raising their grandchildren orphaned by HIV/AIDS.

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Janaye Lightfoot to our North Battleford team. Janaye is joining us from Hein Financial Group’s downtown Calgary office, where she has been an advisor for over two years. Janaye has over five years of experience within the financial services industry. Janaye holds a Bachelor of Applied Financial Services (BA.F.S.) and has successfully completed a Diploma in Financial Planning from the Canadian Institute of Financial Planning. Beyond these accomplishments she is a Registered Candidate with the Financial Planning Standards Council working towards the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designation. “Having had the chance to grow up in the Battlefords, the community has certainly become very close to my heart. Beyond the history and buildings, it’s the strong sense of community and familiar faces that make the Battlefords an inviting place to set roots. It’s a beautiful community, with vast opportunity. I am both excited and proud to be a resident of the Battlefords again, and look forward to the many wonderful years that await. Here’s to Health, Wealth and Happiness!”

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Off‐season brings Roughrider fans back to Earth I don’t know about you, but I am still basking in the afterglow of a brilliant performance by the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Grey Cup game. I was over at a friends’ place watching the big game on Sunday on an impressive HDTV in North Battleford, where I watched a thorough and complete dismantling of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats by Darian Durant, Kory Sheets and the rest of the Riders team. I wanted the Roughriders to destroy the opposition. I didn’t want high blood pressure from watching another nail-biter like the 1989 Grey Cup, or the 2007 Grey Cup or, most definitely, the awful 2009 or 2010 Grey Cups. The Roughriders were overdue to blow out an opponent in a Grey Cup game, and they took 101 years of frustration out on the Tiger-Cats. Some say this was the greatest Grey Cup ever. I don’t know about that — 1989 was far better in terms of excitement and big plays. But there is no doubt that Nov. 24, 2013 was the greatest day in the history of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. For them to win a Grey Cup at Mosaic Stadium at long last was a special moment indeed, one that will never happen again. The parades have been held and the hoopla is all finished. Now we are faced with a problem familiar to Riders fans every year around this time. That problem is Saskatchewan Roughriders withdrawal. Football season is the high point of life in Saskatchewan. Every week, fans live and die with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. It starts with training camp, and then in June it’s two weeks of preseason, and then 18 weeks of regular season action including nine home games at Mosaic Stadium. Then, hopefully, the Riders are good enough for three weeks of playoffs in November. For all of those weeks, Roughriders talk dominates the province. The sports talk shows are filled with the latest information and gossip on the Roughriders. Folks like John Gormley do their weekly Riders prognostications on the radio. After every game, people call into the postgame shows to basically freak out about the performances of the Riders on the field. It really is a soap-opera atmosphere, with people obsessing over the team and ranting and raving over Darian Durant’s quarterbacking abilities. Here’s the truth: much of the fun about Roughriders season comes from watching fans react. These fans here are crazy. The reason, of course, is because the team has driven them crazy. The 13th Man, the Tony Gabriel catch, the Reign of Error years — it adds up. That is why football season in Saskatchewan is such a joy. Our fans provide as much entertainment as the team itself. Now, it’s over. The drop off from “Riders season” to “Riders off-season” is a real shock to the system. The reason is because there are no other big-league teams in Saskatchewan to follow. Nothing measures up. Other places never have this problem. When I lived in Toronto, there were always other sports. Once the Argos were done you turned your attention to the Leafs and Raptors. After they were finished, you watched the Blue Jays. Here, though, the only real option left is junior hockey going on all over the province with the WHL and the SJHL, including locally with the Battlefords North Stars. It’s a great product, but that isn’t the point. No one kids themselves that these are the big leagues. Hockey is just different. For one thing, these games don’t have Gainer the Gopher. Furthermore, getting to a junior hockey game is far too easy. All you have to do is drive down 100th Street and turn down 18th Avenue to get to the Civic Centre. Rider fans, though, must fight traffic on Highway 11 past Davidson, Chamberlain and Lumsden. Then when you get to Mosaic Stadium, the place is usually packed. The atmosphere is intense. It’s always an event, and every game is terribly important as far as your final placement in the standings.

Hockey, though, has this system where too many teams get into the playoffs, which goes a long way towards muting enthusiasm. The worst of it at many junior games in Saskatchewan is that many fans look bored out of their skulls. (Saskatoon, this means you.) Even if there is a good crowd, fans will sit on their hands, no pom-poms or flag-waving, nothing. They’ll clap if someone scores, but the only times you see them actually cheering is during the fights. I know it’s the regular season and games aren’t life or death, but I don’t get it! These fans include the same people who go to Riders games and scream at the top of their lungs in the most ridiculous green outfits. Yet at hockey games they muster all the enthusiasm of a trip to the library. Maybe they are still recovering from being frozen stiff in the parking lot. (That’s another thing not common during football season.) For football fans, transitioning to hockey takes time. Fortunately, fans get into it and the excitement level picks up considerably once the playoffs approach. Playoffs? Don’t talk about playoffs! Are you kidding me? Playoffs?! For now, though, the party is over. Everyone has to get over the big green hangover before they move on to something else. The thing about this football season is it ended on the most positive note imaginable. Usually, when the season ends for the Riders it ends with a thud. That was especially true in 2009 when the “13th Man” incident happened. In fact, that is usually the way it is for Rider Nation. Every year fans enter the off-season miserable, and it lasts all winter. Now, everyone is so happy that they wish the Riders’ season would keep on going. Everyone’s still in a mood for football.

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Exceptional wines start with healthy vines We enjoyed one of my favourite Chilean wines, finished half the bottle, put the cork in it and left it upright in the basement. Having completely forgotten about the bottle, I discovered it one week later. “What an idiot!” I thought, “You’ve wasted a good bottle of wine.” As with most wines that have been open a few days, it would be molasses-like on the nose and faded in taste, almost vinegar tasting. But when I removed the cork, and sampled the wine I was surprised to find that not only was it none of what I expected, it was truly elegant, rounder and fuller in the palate, beautifully fruity and accessible. Wow. I contacted the winery, relayed the incident and asked how and why this was possible. I’ll

never forget Javier Paredes’ response: “Doug, it’s the health of the grapes.” As with many things, where and how something starts often impacts where and how something ends or becomes. We see this with people, with ourselves: early childhood experiences often influence our angles on life – for good or ill - into our

adult years. As one of my professors said: “Much loved children love much.” So, too, with wine. The way the vines are treated in the vineyard will impact the wine made in the winery. While good grapes do not guarantee that the winemaker will produce a good wine – he or she could mess it up - it is certain that you

Moon hovers just above Saturn The month begins with the moon just below Saturn (an occultation in the extreme south of Antarctica) and to the west of Mercury in the early morning eastern sky. New moon is Dec. 3, so observation of the slender crescent Dec. 1 will be a serious challenge. A few days later, the moon is an evening object, right above Venus on Dec. 5. Full moon is Dec. 17, the smallest apparition of 2013, as our satellite is furthest from us in its orbit. Dec. 19, Jupiter joins forces with the moon in the eastern evening sky right after sunset. Mars joins the third-quarter moon in the east on Christmas Day. Later on, Spica Dec. 27 and Saturn (again) Dec. 28 are occulted by the moon, but these events are only visible from elsewhere. For us, the distant objects are lunar close companions only. Mercury is visible in the morning sky for the first week or more of December as it rounds behind the sun for the remainder of the month. Venus shines brightly in the western evening sky for a couple of hours after sunset as it rounds in its orbit in front of the sun later in January. As noted above, watch for the thin crescent moon above Venus Dec. 5. Mars appears in the constellation Virgo, the maiden, shortly after midnight. The Red Planet is getting brighter with each passing day, as it and Earth get closer in their mutual orbits. Early April 2 is when the two planets are their closest (Mars at opposition). Astronomers are already getting clear images of Mars, able to discern surface features. Jupiter rises in the evening, crossing the sky all through the night. Since Jupiter orbits the sun in a little over 11 years, it spends nearly a year in each of the zodiac constellations. Right now, the giant

By James Edgar gas planet is in Gemini, the twins. Watch for the nearby waning gibbous moon on the night of Dec. 18/19. Saturn is in the morning sky, and, as mentioned above, is occulted twice this month, but only in remote locations. For us, we see the moon very close to the ringed planet. We find Uranus retrograding in Pisces, well placed for viewing in the evening sky. Neptune, too, is in the same region of sky as Uranus, rising about an hour earlier. The very distant planet requires large binoculars or a telescope for observations. Winter Solstice is on Saturday, Dec, 21. And, if Comet ISON lives up to the hype, this is when it should be at its brightest, visible in the morning sky before sunup. — James Edgar has had an interest in the night sky all his life. He joined The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada in 2000 and is now assistant editor and a contributor to Observer’s Handbook, production manager of the

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cannot get a good wine from mediocre grapes. Winemakers use more science and less guesswork than ever before, with impressive results. And many winemakers around the world are becoming more and more committed to sustainable farming practises knowing that healthy grapes and the future of winemaking go hand in hand. The very best wines come from grapes that have not been overly chemically treated in

the vineyard or chemically manipulated in the winery. Grapes that become dependent on chemicals in the vineyard loose something of their best features in the bottle. One winemaker friend of mine used to use “conventional” practices of regularly spraying his vines with a cocktail of chemicals until he discovered that one of the chemicals was the same one used by the American

military in their stockpile of chemical weapons in the event of chemical warfare during the first Gulf war. He decided there and then, and against the popular practise of his peers at that time, to pursue organic agriculture for long-term sustainability. Raise to your health, a glass of healthy wine. Enjoy. Doug Reichel Visit:

Doug’s Wine Picks of the Week Torreon de Paredes Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2012 - Chile ($16.95 – ID#5795). Winemaker: Alvaro Paredes. Description: All the Torreon de Paredes wines come from their own estate vineyards. They were among the first Chilean vineyards to become ISO 14001 certified for environmentally-friendly land use. And the results are in the glass. Handpicked grapes from older vines and then fermented in Stainless steel. This is actually 92 per cent Sauvignon and eight per cent Gewürztraminer – an amazing touch! On the nose: intense notes of grapefruit peel and tropical fruits. In the mouth: juicy and beautifully balanced with a refreshing crispness. Food pairing suggestions: Pork, lake & seafood, goat cheese and feta salads, to name a few.


Altos de Luzon 2007 – Spain ($28.21 – ID# 6371). Description: All Luzon wines are made from organic grapes from the south of Spain. A blend of very old vine Monastrell grapes (queen of the grapes in southern Spain), Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo, matured in American and French oak for a minimum of 12 months. Serve or gift this when you want to impress your palate and everyone else’s. A full-throttle, exuberant, dense black-red wine with beautiful aromas of smoky liquorice, black current and enchanting smoothness in the mouth. Food pairing suggestions: kabobs, paellas, red meats, bold cheeses. All wines listed are available in Saskatchewan through your local government liquor store or rural liquor franchisee. If they don’t have it in stock, request it by ID number, they’ll bring it in.

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Emile ‘The Cat’ Francis: North Battleford’s hockey builder By Richard W. Hiebert North Battleford Centennial Historical Committee

Emile Percy Francis was born on Sept. 13, 1926 at North Battleford. He received his elementary and high school education in the city’s Catholic school system. Emile’s childhood was not easy. His father died when he was eight. Without a primary breadwinner, the family had little money. Fortunately, Emile’s mother, Yvonne (Tiny), was a hard-working, energetic and determined woman who saw to it that her family’s basic needs were met. Emile’s love for hockey began early in life. He was intent on seeing his first hockey game – the North Battleford Beavers against the Flin Flon Bombers on home ice. The ticket price was 75 cents for an adult and 25 cents for a kid. Unfortunately, Emile did not have a quarter. Undaunted, he devised a plan to get into the arena free. He checked out the hotel where the Bombers stayed. In those days a visiting team would dress in their hotel rooms, put their coats over their uniforms and carry their skates and sticks. Emile waited for the biggest player to come out – Butch Stahan. He said, “Mr. Stahan, I don’t have a quarter. Would you put me under your coat and get me through the door and into your dressing room?” The big hockey player was more than happy to oblige. Emile melted into the crowd. This was the first opportunity Emile had to watch a senior hockey game. He was mesmerized – completely hooked. From that moment forward, Emile’s overriding goal in life was to play hockey. Emile spent almost every spare moment of his boyhood playing hockey in the winter (and baseball in the summer) with his friends and against their rivals. Regardless of the cold and the weather, Emile and the boys would be found scrimmaging after school and weekends on the Notre Dame outdoor rink. They would lace up on the hard snow banks on the periphery of the ice surface. They had little equipment and much of this was improvised. No helmets in those days, and virtually no other protection. Broken hockey sticks were taped back together. A goalie’s glove was a discarded baseball mitt. Skates were likely handed down from an older brother or relative and were often ill fitting and worse for wear. These youthful contests were highly competitive; the idea was to win at all costs. Emile was not above flipping the puck into the snow to slow the game down if the game was not going in his team’s favour. Friendships were often severely strained, at which point two boys on opposite sides would square off and have a go at it. Then a truce would be called so the game could continue. Games were played until it was too dark to see. When the big boys took over the rink, Emile and the younger boys played road hockey with frozen horse “pucks”. It was in this environment that Emile developed and honed his skills as a goalie. And although he couldn’t know it at the time, the hard-fought hockey games of his boyhood prepared him for the big leagues – the NHL. Emile began his career playing minor hockey, and then junior hockey with the hometown Beavers in 1941-42 and 1942-43. He quickly built a reputation as an exceptional goalie. At the age of 17, Emile headed south to play in the Eastern Amateur Hockey League. He suited up for the Philadelphia Falcons and later played for the Washington Lions where he won MVP honours. The Canadian Armed Forces drafted Emile for a year of compulsory service during the 1944-45 season. He returned after his tour of duty and signed with the Moose Jaw Canucks in 1945-46. Emile shone in goal leading the team to 18 wins without a loss. On one occasion, the Canucks were playing the Regina Capitals in Regina. A Regina Leader Post sports reporter was extremely impressed with Emile’s lightning-fast reflexes. The next day, the newspaper described the young goaltender as “quick as a cat.” The nickname stuck. Emile was “The Cat.” Emile had enhanced his natural quickness playing shortstop

with the North Battleford Beavers baseball team during the summer breaks. In fact, baseball was a big part of Emile’s life from 1944 to the late 1950s. As playing manager, he led the Beavers to three Western Canadian League championships — 1951-52, 1952-53 and 1953-54. By joining the Canucks, Emile became the property of the Chicago Blackhawks. He was invited to the Hawks training camp in the fall of 1946, which put him one step closer to achieving his boyhood dream. It came down to money. The Blackhawks were outbid by Bill Hunter who offered Emile a chance to play in the Western Hockey League in Regina. But as fate would have it, in January 1947, the Blackhawks were mired in last place. They were desperate and needed to make some key personnel changes. After some hard bargaining, the Blackhawks paid Bill Hunter $25,000 in order to sign Emile. Early in his career with the Blackhawks, Emile created quite a stir by customizing his goalie’s glove. The standard gloves of the time had little webbing between the goalie’s forefinger and thumb. Catching a puck in the middle of his hand caused severe pain. To remedy this, Emile took a baseball glove and had a cuff sewn onto it. Officials and coaches strenuously objected. After much wrangling, NHL President Clarence Campbell talked to Emile for more than an hour. Finally, he said, “OK, you can use it.” Within a month, the sporting goods stores were offering the new glove. The Blackhawks finished last in 1946-47 and 1947-48. Emile was traded to the New York Rangers who then sent him to their American Hockey League farm club, the New Haven Ramblers. Then he was called up to the Rangers to replace their injured goaltender. Over the next four seasons, “The Cat” played a handful of games with the Rangers and the rest of the time in the AHL. In the 1952 season, he won the league’s top goaltender award, was selected for the all-star team and named MVP. He played 95 regular season games with the Chicago Blackhawks and New York Rangers. In all, he played 15 seasons with the National, American, United States and Western Hockey Leagues and “…enjoyed every minute of it.” Emile’s career in hockey didn’t conclude with playing hockey. He was a valuable commodity. He was invited to join the Blackhawks’ organization as a coach. Detroit and New York also wanted him. The New York Rangers had the successful bid. In his first year, led by future superstars Rod Gilbert and Jean Ratelle, the Rangers’ junior team, the Guelph Royals, finished first in the OHA. Remarkably, Emile was then asked to be the Rangers’ bench boss. The peak of his career was reaching the NHL playoffs in 1972. As a testament to his popularity and ability, Emile enjoyed a 16-year association with the Rangers franchise. Emile left the Rangers in 1972 to manage the Saint Louis Blues’ front office. Typically, his resourcefulness, hard bargaining and business acumen pulled the franchise out of a deep hole. When his contract ended in 1984, the Hartford Whalers, who were losing $4,000,000 a year, were desperate to hire Emile as their GM. Under his guidance, the club reached unimaginable heights eventually selling for $50,000,000. During his 47-year career in hockey, in addition to his exploits between the pipes, Emile built three hockey franchises – New York, St. Louis and Hartford. In 1982 Emile was awarded the prestigious Lester Patrick Trophy and inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Saskatchewan Hall of Fame in 1989, the New York Hall of fame in 1991 and the North Battleford Sports Hall of Fame in 1998. On the occasion of North Battleford’s centennial, we reflect on Emile Francis’ extraordinary career as a player, coach and GM. Asked if he had something to say about his glorious career, he replied, “Hockey is the greatest game in the world.” Indeed, and Emile Francis is one of our greatest citizens.

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A Walk Through Bethlehem

A Walk Through Bethlehem saw approximately 500 people tour the recreation of the time, the sights, the sounds, and even the smell, of the birthplace of Christ. Presented by upwards of 70 volunteers at the Battlefords Seventh Day Adventist Church. Visitors were first counted by the census taker, paid their taxes (top left), then wound their way through Bethlehem’s busy marketplace. Along the way they saw fabric being dyed purple in anticipation of the delivery of a Messiah (centre) and purchased vegetables with their shekels (above right).

A stop at the carpenter’s shop (above left), words of wisdom at a temple (above) and the singing of angels near the inn of Bethlehem (above) brought visitors to the centre of town where they visited a Jewish family home and saw the animals in the inn’s stable (right).

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The North Stars made Estevan pay again on the power play. Latrell Charleson’s point shot fooled Gibney to give the Stars the 4-2 lead. The shot looked to get deflected in front of the net, but the goal stayed with Charleson. The win ended a strong November for the North Stars, finishing the month

with a record of 10-1-0-2. The Battlefords are third in the Kramer division, five points behind first place Humboldt. The North Stars’ next game is Wednesday night when they travel to Melfort to take on the Mustangs. Puck drop is 7:30 p.m. Estevan (10-10-2-2) has lost four straight.

AAA Stars face off against Generals By Brett Smith Sports Reporter

The Battlefords AAA Stars looked to stay on top of the SMAAAHL standings this weekend as they welcomed the Moose Jaw Generals into the Civic Centre for two games. The Stars came out flying Saturday afternoon, carrying play for most of the first period. Spencer Bast opened the scoring for the Stars when he beat Generals’ goaltender Colby Entz from the slot halfway through the period. Moose Jaw came out strong in the second period as the physical play picked up. The Generals tied the game with four minutes left in the period as Riley Cannon beat Stars’ goaltender Ryan Rewerts on the short side. The game remained tied until late in the third period. Generals’ forward Braydon Delorme’s shot from the faceoff circle found its way through Rewerts to put Moose Jaw up 2-1. The Stars put pressure on the Generals, but could not

tie the game up late before time expired. Entz stopped 34 shots en route to the victory. Rewerts made 24 saves in a losing effort for Battlefords. Sunday’s rematch started with the goaltenders showing off their skills. Rewerts and Moose Jaw goaltender Grant Naherniak stopped all the shots they faced in the opening period, which featured fast-paced, end-to-end play. The Stars opened the scoring 35 seconds into the second period. Bast collected a rebound in front of the net and put the puck past Naherniak. Battlefords continued to dominate possession of the puck in the period as most of the play was in the Moose Jaw end. Mason Benning extended the Stars’ lead to two five minutes into the third period. He redirected Bast’s shot past Naherniak and into the back of the net. The Generals cut the lead in half with eight minutes left to play. Continued on Page 9.

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AAA Sharks shut out by Weyburn Gold Wings in weekend By Brett Smith Sports Reporter

The Battlefords Midget AAA Sharks hosted the Weyburn Southern Range Gold Wings this weekend for two games in SMFAAAHL action. Weyburn were not kind guests, beating the Sharks twice. Gold Wings’ defenseman Madison Colbow was the star in Saturday night’s game. Colbow scored twice and added an assist in the 4-0 physical Weyburn win. Weyburn opened the scoring 46 seconds into the game when Bailee Bourassa beat Sharks’ goaltender Rachel Mitchell. Weyburn continued to play in the Battlefords’ end for most of the period. In the second, the physicality picked up. There were seven penalties called in the period, including a game misconduct.

Sharks’ goalie Rachel Mitchell faced a barrage of shots versus Weyburn. Photo by Brett Smith Karlee Jensen was penalized for checking from behind and given a game misconduct for

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carry play, outshooting the Sharks 13-2 in the period. The third period saw an-

other Gold Wings’ player ejected. Paige Smith was also given a game misconduct for checking from behind. Battlefords did not capitalize on the power plays, but Weyburn took advantage of their own. With Alyssa Alger in the box for tripping, Jenica Withrow scored to put Weyburn up 2-0. Colbow extended the lead to three goals 30 seconds later, and scored her second goal shorthanded with a minute left in the game. The two teams played again Sunday with a similar result. The Sharks could not solve Weyburn goaltender Tamara Irwin for a second straight game and fell 2-0. The teams had equal possession for most of the first period. Weyburn opened the scoring on the power play. Colbow’s slap shot from the point never left the ice and

beat Mitchell through the five hole with three minutes left in the first. The power play worked again for the Sharks in the second period. After the Battlefords were called for having too many players on the ice, Tessa Wilson scored on the ensuing man advantage. She stuffed home a rebound at the side of the net to put Weyburn up by two. The Sharks had some chances in the third period, but it was not enough to beat Irwin. She earned her second shutout in a row. Battlefords (1-12-0-0) has lost 11 straight games. They play two games next weekend in Swift Current. The Sharks’ next home game is Dec. 17 against Prince Albert. We y b u r n ( 7 - 5 - 1 - 3 ) sit in third place of the SMFAAAHL standings with 26 points.

Battlefords Bantam AA Barons losing streak extended to three games By Brett Smith Sports Reporter

The Battlefords Bantam AA Barons played twice last weekend, losing both games at home in the Battleford Arena. Friday night, the Barons hosted the Prince Albert Venice House Raiders in a North Division match up. The Raiders dominated the game, beating the Barons 12-2. Riley Sawchuk led the way offensively scoring five times. Prince Albert opened the scoring less than two minutes into the game. After the

Barons turned over the puck in their own zone, Brayden Dirks jumped on the puck and scored the shorthanded goal. The Raiders scored four more times in the period. Brendl Daniels scored twice, while Mikhail Tait and Jacob Dumont each added a goal. Sawchuk took over the game in the second, scoring four straight goals for Prince Albert. The last goal effectively ended Barons’ goaltender Nicholas Miller’s night, as he did not start in goal for the third period. The Barons broke the shutout on a partial breakaway. Shane Hounsell beat Raiders’

goaltender Brayden Oreel on a nice pass from Rett Taggert. In the third, Tait, Sawchuk and Schneider scored for the Raiders. Hounsell buried his second of the night for the Barons. The period was marred by penalties as frustration boiled over for Battlefords. They were whistled for 10 minor penalties in the third period alone. The Barons played host to the Moose Jaw Warriors the next afternoon. Despite outshooting the Warriors, the Barons lost the game 6-4. Justin Bill got the Barons off to a good start five min-

AAA Stars play Moose Jaw Generals to a draw on Sunday

The Stars huddle in the corner after scoring in Sunday’s 2-2 tie with the Moose Jaw Generals. Photo by Brett Smith Continued from Page 8 Jared Dmytriw beat Rewerts off a scrambled

rebound in front of the net Moose Jaw continued to apply pressure throughout

the third period, resulting in a Battlefords penalty with 1:29 to go in the game. The Generals capitalized on the opportunity. With the goalie pulled, Rykr Cole buried a rebound into the top of the net seven seconds into the power play to tie the game at two and force overtime. Extra time solved nothing as the teams finished the game in a 2-2 tie. Rewerts made 31 saves for the Stars. Naherniak stopped 38 shots for Moose Jaw. Battlefords (13-4-4-1) are tied on top of the SMAAAHL with the Notre Dame Argos at 31 points. Moose Jaw (11-6-2-0) sits seven points back of Battlefords in fourth place. The Generals travel to Yorkton for two games against the Harvest this weekend. The Stars’ next game is Wednesday in Saskatoon against the Blazers. Battlefords return home Sunday to face off against the Tisdale Trojans. Puck drop is 2 p.m. at the Civic Centre.

utes into the first period. His unassisted goal gave Battlefords a 1-0 lead. Hounsell extended the lead to two on the power play heading into the first intermission. Moose Jaw dominated the second period, getting five goals from four different players. Payton Fisher scored twice, with Ahmed Ally, Brendan Seida and Chantz

Petruic finding the back of the net as well. Hounsell brought the Barons within two with his second power play goal of the night. In the third, Moose Jaw put the game out of reach with five minutes to go. Dylan Jones beat Barons’ goaltender Lance Aim to extend the lead to three. Blake Oborowsky scored on a late

power play for the Barons to round out the scoring. The Barons (5-9-0) aim to snap their losing streak Saturday afternoon in Saskatoon against the Stallions. Puck drop is 2:45 p.m. at the Kinsmen Arena. Their next home game is Sunday against the Saskatoon Generals. Game time is 4:30 p.m. at the Battleford Arena.

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OBITUARIES BROOKMAN - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Walter (Wally) G Brookman , late of North Battleford on November 12, 2013 at the age of 83 years. Walter had strong personal convictions, making it hard for him to relinquish those ideals he held dearest to himself. Despite his outer strengths and beliefs, Walter sometimes struggled in his efforts to see the world as completely positive. Walter’s life motto was always to hope for the best and work hard towards that end, but be prepared for some of life’s disappointments. This philosophy was a continual driving force in his life. Walter George Brookman was born Dec 15, 1929 in Radisson, SK. His parents were Milo and Mary Brookman. As a youngster, Walter demonstrated an excellent vocabulary and command of language. He was a compassionate person, a quality that he would carry with him throughout his life. Even at a young age, Walter was sensitive to his parents’ moods and worked hard to please them and live up to their expectations. Walter was raised with 4 Siblings. He had two sisters; Evelyn and Marge and two brothers Les and Bob. Walter was constantly involved in activities with his brothers and sisters. Walter and his siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up, but they cared deeply for one another. Walter was a person who held deep feelings for his children. He enjoyed having fun with his kids. Walter showed great empathy in his willingness to give every family member a voice in family decisions. He was blessed with four children, two sons, Ronald and Darcy, and two daughters Heather and Teresa. They were also blessed with five grandchildren, Brandon, Kelly, Evan, Brittany, Devon. Blessed with a strong sense of integrity, Walter was loyal and committed in his work as he was in the rest of his life. Walter worked well with fellow employees and showed great cooperation in reaching common goals. Though he had a tendency to take on too many tasks, himself; Walter showed great patience with complicated situations. He was ingenious and trusted his intuition. For Walter, the application of logic could be optional, and while that sometimes bothered his co-workers, Walter always seemed to be able to get the job done. He was most comfortable working on the projects and jobs that he strongly supported. Laundry Manager. Walter graduated from high school in 1947. He then spent some time in Powell River B.C. During the 1950s he worked in the banks Richard where he met Maxine and in Kindersly and Estevan. He also worked in the unemployment office in North Battleford in the 50s and even tried his hand in farming at Radisson for a few years. After that he worked building grain elevators and drilling water wells until finally settling in as the laundry manager at the Saskatchewan Hospital where he spent 18 years of his life until he retired. After retirement he drove school bus, which the kids on his bus enjoyed calling him Santa. Walter always tried to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done. Walter enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were playing cards specially cribbage and puzzles but overall it was spending time with his poodle scamp, whom he loved very much. Walter also enjoyed traveling which he shared with his wife and dog, traveling from one side of Canada to the other. Walter was a lover of animals and cherished animals. Walter’s favorite was Scamp, a poodle. They were best friends for 20 years. He is survived by his Children, Heather (Andy) Teresa (Don), Darcy, Ronald, Grandchildren Brandon, Kelly, Evan, Devon, Brittany. Siblings, Evelyn, Les, Marge, Bob. Walter was laid to rest in the town of Battleford Cemetery. Condolences for the family may be left at Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Christie Doyle of Sallows and McDonald - Wilson and Zehner Funeral Home, North Battleford. (306) 445-2418 Walter G. Brookman was someone who was able to see the world as a good and honorable place. He viewed the people who inhabited it as essentially good. A person who tended to see the world in terms of black and white, Walter tried to focus on the good he saw, knowing that there were times he would have to compromise. He was selfless and deeply committed to all things positive and good. Walter was a person who would keep his eye on tomorrow and constantly held onto his dreams. For all who knew him he was known as Wally. WALLY, DAD, GRAMPA… WE LOVE AND MISS YOU!

ORCHISON: It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Jessie Ann Orchison, on Monday, November 25, 2013 at the age of 97 years. Jessie leaves behind to forever cherish her memory her children: Bob (Judy): Brad (Caroline) and their family, Travis (Lesley) and their family, and Dawn Marie (Shawn) Warrington and their family; Jean Orchison; Connie (Wilbert) Fennig: Jim (Deb) and their family, Mark (Christy) and their family; Don (Sheila): Nathan (Hailey) and their family, Randy and his family, Nicole (Kent) Headrick and their family; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her husband Les; parents Joan and Sam; brothers John and Art; sisters Marion and Violet. The Funeral Service was held on Saturday November 30 from the Chapel of Sallows and McDonald - Wilson and Zehner Funeral Home with Reverend Frances Patterson officiating. A Private Family Interment took place at the Town of Lashburn Cemetery. The family has requested that donations in memory of Jessie Orchison be made to The Canadian Cancer Society, The Heart and Stroke Foundation, or a Charity of the Donor’s Choice. The family has placed their trust with Kristeen Thiessen of Sallows and McDonald - Wilson and Zehner Funeral Home, North Battleford. (306) 445-2418

WINSLOW, Phyllis: Mrs. Phyllis Winslow, late of Fort Saskatchewan, AB, formerly of North Battleford, SK, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the age of 97 years. She is survived by her loving family; 2 daughters, Marilynne (Jim) Zulkoskey of Fort Saskatchewan, and Pat (Bill) Bowie of Fort McMurray; 4 grandchildren, Brent Zulkoskey, Tania (Diane) Zulkoskey, Chad (Pam) Bowie and Jada (Dave) Prodhal; 4 greatgrandchildren, Morgan Bowie, Jennifer Bowie, Salix Zulkoskey, and Cedar Zulkoskey; 1 brother, Dale Carnegie as well as numerous other family and many dear friends. Phyllis is predeceased by her husband, Walter, a son, Raymond Allen, and a daughter, Sheila Rae. A Memorial Service was held on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 11:00 am at First Memorial Riverview Chapel, 11090 - 86 Avenue, Fort Saskatchewan, AB. Donations in memory of Phyllis gratefully accepted directly to Alzheimer Society, Administrative Office, 10531 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5H 4K1 or to Alberta Cancer Foundation, Cross Cancer Institute, 11560 University Avenue, Edmonton, AB T6G 1Z2 or your charity of choice. Online condolences may be sent through www.dignitymemorial .com.

SCHMIDT : Mr. Joe Schmidt of North Battleford, passed away suddenly on Friday, November 22, 2013 at the age of 72 years. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, November 26 at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Father Anthony Afanagide officiating. Vigil of Prayer was held on Monday, November 25, 2013 @ 7:00 p.m. with Betty Stone presiding. Both services were held from St. Joseph Calasanctius Roman Catholic Parish in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. Interment followed the service in the City of North Battleford Cemetery. Memorial Donations in Memory of the late Mr. Joe Schmidt may be directed to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #70 1352 100th St, North Battleford, SK S9A 0V8 or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Trevor Watts of Eternal Memories Funeral Service & Crematorium. Condolences for the family may be directed to Joe is lovingly remembered by his wife Sandra; daughter Kim (Tracy) Wouters and their family, Caden, Joel, and Sydney; son Mark and his son Ethan; brothers: Tony (Sally), George (Shirley), Gus (Helga), Paul (Mildred Dyck), Minard, John (Barbara); sisters: Mary (Horace) Mazurek, Betty Robertson, Rose (Clem) Moser, and sister-in-law Susan Schmidt, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and Sandra’s siblings. Joe was predeceased by his parents Simon and Veronica Schmidt; brothers Valentine and Ralph; sisters Margaret and Ann (Nix) St. Marie; brother -in- law Tom Robertson; father and mother- in- law Ash & Helen Archibald. Cards of Thanks The family of Joe Schmidt would like to say a special thank you to Louise Oster, Constable Kory Davidsen and Carey Schmidt for being there for Sandra. Thank you to the family and friends who phoned, stopped by for a visit, sent sympathy cards, flowers, gifts of food, donations and prayers. Thank you to the Legion Branch #70 Honor Guard for walking with Joe. The family would also like to extend sincere thanks to Reverend Anthony Afangide for the personal touches he included in the funeral mass. Thank you also to Betty Stone for leading the Prayer Vigil. To Adria Watts, Leon Schmidt, Jackie Maloney ,Diane Woytiuk , Jared Schmidt, Wayne and Marina Winterhalt and the nephew pallbearers we would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being part of Joe’s Farewell. Thank you to Trevor Watts of Eternal Memories Funeral Home for his care, compassion and friendship.



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North Battleford 2 Bdrm Condo in quiet adult building available December 1st. $900 per month includes water, gas, and one parking stall with power. Please contact the Property Manager at 306-445-2278

For rent Dec. 1st, 3 Bdrm house located in Wilkie. Includes appliances, $650.00 per month, D.D. Utilities NOT included. No Smoking, References required. 306-937-8272

FOR SALE RURAL WATER TREATMENT. Patented iron filters, softeners, distillers, “Kontinuous Shock” Chlorinator, IronEater. Patented whole house reverse osmosis. Payment plan. 1-800-BIG-IRON (244-4766); View our 29 patented & patent pending inventions. Since 1957. ICE FISHING HUTS on sale now! Hold-on large huts are ready for pick up. We sell out every year. Made in Canada. Phone 306 253 4343. LARGE FERTILIZER TANKS on year end sale! 5000 gal only $2800.00. Made in Saskatchewan. Phone 306 253 4343.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES HOME BASED Embroidery Business for less than $10,000. Get started in the promotional products industry. Work from home on your schedule. Call Nicolle at 1-866-8909488.

APARTMENTS/CONDOS FOR SALE One Bedroom includes F/S, references required, contact 306-4454646.

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OBITUARIES HORNER: In Loving Memory Of Hector Haines Horner who was born June 9, 1927 at Biggar, SK and passed away November 16, 2013 at North Battleford, SK. Left to cherish his memory are his loving family: son, Reg Horner (Pauline Johnston); grandchildren: Kurtis & Daisy Horner and Devaney Horner (Chad Mehl); relatives and friends. Hector was predeceased by his parents, Ross & Ella Horner; his loving wife, Elsie Horner; his son, Barry Horner; siblings: Loverna, Simpson & Ivadell. The Funeral Service was held Friday, November 22, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. from St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, North Battleford, SK with Pastor Morley Ayars, Foursquare Gospel Church, Cando, SK, officiant. Shared Memory In Word were given by Kurtis & Devaney and Shared Memories In Pictures by Kurtis & Chad. Gifts of Music by Organist - Bonnie Phillips; Robert MacKay - “The Eastern Gate” and Selections: Processional: “What A Friend We Have In Jesus”; “Bringing In the Sheaves”, “Shall We Gather At The River”, “Rock Of Ages”, “The Old Rugged Cross” & “In the Garden”; Recessional: “In My Heart There Rings A Melody”. The Honourary Pallbearers were “All Who Shared His Life” and Pallbearers - Kurtis & Daisy Horner, Devaney Horner & Chad Mehl, Doug Horner & Dale Redlich. Interment followed at the Cando Cemetery, Cando, SK. Memorials are requested to Cando Memorial Hall, Box 84, Cando, SK S0K 0V0 or the Cando Cemetery Fund, Box 218, Cando, SK S0K 0V0. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Battlefords Funeral Service. (306)446-4200. Eulogy There is a quote by Washington Irving, states that “There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.” This could not be more true for my family as over the past three weeks we prepared ourselves to say good-bye to one of the strongest men I have ever known, my Grandfather, Hector Horner. Grandpa was born on June 9, 1927 in Biggar, to Ross and Ella Horner, the youngest of 4 children. He spent his childhood in a happy home near Cando, SK and grew up loving to farm. Grandpa attended school at Twin Gate and after one week he had no use for education, he told his mom that he was wasting his time as he could not read, write or talk in class. When he was 16, Grandpa gave up school and decided that farming was how he wanted to spend his life and he chose to stay close to the farm where he grew up. I am told when Grandpa was a young man, he was quite the charmer and loved to socialize with all the other young people. Although he did not like to dance, he loved to play a good serious game of Kaiser. It was not too long before a young woman seemed to catch Grandpa’s eye an soon Elsie Redlich and Hector would become inseparable. The two were married in 1949, and the pair spent their first winter together in an apartment in Biggar. The summer of 1950 brought the Horners a lot of changes as they were blessed with the birth of their oldest son, Reginald, my dad. They also moved back to the Horner farm and decided to stay in Cando. Not long after, in 1953, they were blessed with another son, Barry. Their family was now complete. Dad remembers that Grandpa was more than willing to take him and Uncle Barry out fishing, however, it wasn’t until much later in life that Dad learned Grandpa actually hated fishing. This year Grandpa celebrated his 70th harvest, and could not have been more proud of his accomplishment. He could not wait and was already planning what his 71st year would bring. Grandpa, even in his 80s could be seen working just as hard, or harder some could argue, than any other farmer in the area. Whenever anyone passed by, they could always identify him by his white/blue striped overalls and wearing a Tillie hat. During harvest time, Grandpa enjoyed nothing more than spending his time on the combine. Always willing to make room for me or my brother to hop on for visit. I could go on for hours about farming stories but the major one that stands out was the pure strength of this man. Gigantic hands, gigantic man and a gigantic will to get the work done. Until the recent years, I am sure Grandpa could have out worked even the youngest and strongest person in the room. At the age of 77, I watched him load a railway tie onto the back of a truck while Dad and I handled one together. I just stared at the man thinking, I hope I’m half that strong at 77. I remember talking to Grandpa about the possibility of him retiring; he told me that he would like to go while in the tractor. I remember saying ‘well if that happened, Grandpa, who will stop the tractor’. To which her replied, ‘that’s not my problem’. I also remember Grandpa always humming as he worked. This is something that I have missed over the last couple years. In 2010, I spent the summer working for my dad. That summer, this city raised girl, got an education of a life time. I learned everything from how to fix a sprayer to changing oil in the tractor to how to never give up even after 100 attempts to fix something as the 101st try might be the answer. Throughout the summer I always felt like my Grandfather thought that I did not belong on the farm as he always stood close by watching and teaching and re-teaching me how to do the tasks I was assigned. It was not until last summer that I realized that with Grandpa I had to earn his respect and trust on the farm and being his granddaughter was not going to give me a free ride. Last summer, I was out helping Dad hook up the old cultivator to the tractor. As Dad backed the tractor up, I was able to direct him, hook the cultivator up, and watch the gears and hoses and he checked to make sure they were still ok, Grandpa watched from his truck. When Dad had left with the tractor, Grandpa told me that I had done a good job and that he would make a farmer out of me yet. I had finally earned his respect, and that day is one I will never forget. Grandpa was your traditional, tough and stubborn farmer. This year, Grandpa broke his first bone, and he would tell everyone who would listen that he had been trampled, squished, kicked and even bucked off a horse and never got hurt until he tripped. When he fell off the toilet at the care home he told everyone that he got bucked off the toilet. The nurses also took away his cane, mostly because he did not want to bother anyone for help. This summer, I am getting married and it seems impossible for me to believe that Grandpa will not be there to see me walk down the aisle at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, across from Dad’s farm. I am glad that I was able to share with Grandpa a picture of me in my wedding gown, and Chad was able to show him his wedding band. Both times Grandpa seemed to glow and smile with excitement, even though he never said it, I know he was happy and approved the choice I made to marry Chad. I think part of that approval was that for the first time in his life, Grandpa finally had a Mountie call his Sir. In the last conversation I had with Grandpa, he told me and Chad that he couldn’t wait to be reunited with Grandma. I made the comment that I could not believe that she has been gone for 6 years, it did not feel that long. Grandpa looked at me than shook his head and replied, no, it has been a life time, she’s been gone for far too long. I realized then that Grandpa gave me the best wedding gift I could ever ask for. He reminded me that life is short, and to embrace and cherish every day Chad and I have together because even if you are lucky enough to be married for 58 years like my grandparents, you never truly have enough time together. I can only hope that my marriage will be filled with such love, happiness and devotion that my grandparents shared. One of the biggest things I will miss about Grandpa is his quick witted humor and cracks. Grandpa was known for his sense of humor, which never went away. The following are his favorite responses to common questions and some of his favorite phrases: How are you feeling? With my fingers. How are you doing? Oh can’t complain, no one would listen if I did. If it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have any luck at all. About a year ago, Grandpa was in the hospital here in North Battleford. A nurse came in and talked to Grandpa about what he wanted for end of life measures. Grandpa replied that they should just pull the plug because he did not like to eat vegetables and he definitely did not want to be one! The poor nurse did not know whether to stay serious or laugh along with Grandpa. Some of my fondest memories revolved around a Scotch and sharing stories; he would always ask me to pour his a Scotch 3 fingers full, I’d have to ask, my fingers or yours. Yours he would say; otherwise you will be carrying me home. After the Scotch was poured, 3 ice cubes and just a little water was added, he would sit back and the stories would fly. In the last years of his life, Grandpa remained a devout Christian man and attended the Four Square Church in Cando regularly. He was known for keeping Pastor Morley to hour sermons and the pot of beans he always brought to the pot luck lunches. He also became quite the Rider fan and on Nov. 10 he asked everyone to leave his room so he could have a nap to be rested so he would be able to watch his Riders win against the B.C. Lions. Hector passed away on November 16, 2013 around 4:00 a.m. Dad said that after he got the call he heard 2 coyotes howl and yelp for about 5 minutes, what makes this so important is they were not heard during the 2 weeks before Grandpa’s death and have not been heard since. I believe that this was Grandpa’s final goodbye to the world. Though the pain of losing Grandpa was inevitable, we would like to thank you for taking part in this celebration of his life. After 86 years of life and 70 straight years of farming, there are enough stories in this room that we could share for hours. We have shared some of our fondest memories, I hope and I am sure, they will bring up similar stories and I hope they will bring you pleasant memories. Grandpa lived a long and fulfilling life and we can reflect upon our memories of him to help us move through this difficult time. In closing, I have found comfort and peace in the lyrics from Brad Paisly’s song ‘When I Get to Where I am Going’ over the last week. I feel like it is what Grandpa would want to say to us now that he is gone, I hope these words bring you the same peace as well. ”When I get where I’m going, On the far side of the sky, The first thing that I’m gonna do, is spread my wings and fIy I’m gonna land beside a lion and run my fingers through his mane or I might find out what it’s like to ride a drop of rain. I’m gonna walk with my granddaddy and he’ll match me step for step and I’ll tell him how I missed him every minute since he left, Then I’ll hug his neck. But when I get where I’m going and I see my maker’s face, I’ll stand forever in the light of His amazing grace. When I get where I‘m going there’ll be only happy tears. I will shed the sins and struggles I have carried all these years and I’ll leave my heart wide open I will love and have no fear when I get where I’m going. Don’t cry for me down here. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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OBITUARIES BELOIN: In Loving Memory of Daniel Joseph Alexis Beloin who was born Dec. 26, 1928 at Delmas, SK and passed away Nov. 20, 2013 at North Battleford, SK. Daniel is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Gabrielle (Robinson) and their 8 children: 7 daughters & 1 son: Cecile Noetzel - Wade (Jennifer); Rachel Beloin - Joanne (Allan) Lloyd, Nathan; Helen (Grant) Dalwood Neil (Michelle) Lascelle, Sharon Lascelle, Karen (Peter) Nachtegaele, Darrel Lascelle; Doris (Larry) Palmer - Cory Palmer, Mindy (Derrick) MacDonald; Carmen - Zavienne & Zamen Kowalczyk; Jacqueline (Lyle) Meckling Daniel Meckling, Sheena (Jason) Slater; Maurice (Joanne) - Tanya Beloin (J.J.), Armand (Chelsea) Beloin, Rene (Thea) Beloin, Terri (Dan) Mix, Jenny Wilkins (Derrick), Debra (Rick) Cote; Gisele (Kevin) Cross - Chad Beloin. Daniel is survived by 34 great-grandchildren; 5 brothers: Romeo (June), Edmond (Jeannine), Jack (Sharon), Dennis (Laurie), Gilbert (Pat); and 4 sisters: Therese Sayers, Bernadette Majors, Marie (Abe) Loewen and Yvonne (Lorne) Ray. Daniel is predeceased by his parents Alexis & Marilda (Drolet); an infant son, Rene; granddaughter, Michelle and great-granddaughter, Tanisha; his brothers: Rene, Armand, Joe, Louis and George; and by sister Josephine (Carruthers) Todd. Vigil Of Prayer was held Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. with Jean Pawlus, Presider. First Reading ~ Zamen Kowalczyk; Psalm ~ Doris Palmer and Prayers Of The Faithful ~ Jacob Nachtegaele - Mitchell Lascelle - Ashley Lascelle. Funeral Mass was held Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. with Fr. Gerard Legaspi, Celebrant; both Services from St. Joseph Calasanctius Roman Catholic Church, North Battleford, SK. The Cross Bearer was Greg Lascelle; Reception Of The Body ~ Pall - Flowers - Crucifix: Placed by the Family. The Eulogy was given by Michele Tederoff. Liturgy Of The Word: 1st Reading - Zamen Kowalczyk; Responsorial Psalm - “The Lord Is My Shepherd”; 2nd Reading - Doris Palmer; Gospel & Homily - Fr. Gerard Legaspi; Prayers Of The Faithful - Jacob Nachtegaele - Mitchell Lascelle & Ashley Lascelle and Liturgy Of The Eucharist-Offertory Gifts: Karen Nachtegaele & Matthew Nachtegaele. Music Ministry was Pianist & Choir Director - Lisa Hornung; Notre Dame Parish Choir; Hymns: “Be Not Afraid” - “The Old Rugged Cross” - “Amazing Grace” and Soloist: Robert MacKay ~ “Ave Maria”. The Honourary Pallbearers were “All Those Who Shared In His Life” and Pallbearers were Grandsons ~ Neil Lascelle, Allen Lloyd, Chad Beloin, Peter Nachtegaele, Rene Beloin & Daniel Meckling. Memorials are requested to North Battleford Western Development Museum, Box 183, North Battleford, SK. S9A 2Y1 or Battlefords Union Hospital Foundation Inc., Box 1358, North Battleford, SK. S9A 3L8, (designated to the Palliative Care Unit). Interment will take place at a later date. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Battlefords Funeral Service. (306)446-4200 Card of Thanks Daniel’s wife and family would like to thank Dr. Tootoosis, Scott Parker and the nurses who were so kind to him at Battlefords Union Hospital. Special thank you to Bob MacKay and the Battlefords Funeral Service. Also a very special thank-you to Jean Pawlus for the Prayer Service and Father Gerard Legaspi for the Funeral Service. ____________________________________________________


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FARMLAND WANTED NO FEES OR COMMISSIONS! SUMMARY OF SOLD PROPERTIES Central - 66 1/4’s South Central - 18 1/4’s East Central - 74 1/4’s South - 70 1/4’s South East - 22 1/4’s South West - 58 1/4’s North - 6 1/4’s North West - 12 1/4’s East - 55 1/4’s FARM AND PASTURE LAND AVAILABLE TO RENT


OFFICE/RETAIL FOR RENT Approximately 6000 sq. ft. retail space for rent by month or by day, Great location, Great price or Storage available also. Call Shawn at 306-481-4369 Rivers West District has shared office space available for a Non-profit group or organization. Please contact Cynthia for more information at 306446-6776 Warehouse for rent, 2,500 sqft, located Marques Ave, North Battleford. $1,500/monthly included all occupancy, available immediately please call 306-260-5128.

SUITES FOR RENT One Bedroom basement suite, private entrance, five appliances. $900.00 a month, utilities included. References required. Available Nov 1st. Call 306-445-1398.

ROOMS Furnished Bedroom and Private bathroom for rent, Cable TV/WIFI included, Single working person only, Short term/ commuters, N/P smoking allowed outside. Call 306-4804699 $600.00 p/month


RITE-WAY SERVICES Household & cottage renovations, insurance claims, RRAP programs, plumbing, decks, fences, painting, roofing REASONABLE RATES Call 306-446-2059 (leave message) A-1 Service, Will Shingle, build fences, decks, interior painting, metal fascia soffit, home renovations, snow removal etc. Phone 445-8439 Rob’s Snow Blowing Service including clearing of sidewalks and driveways call 445-2736.





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STEEL BUILDING...” THE BIG YEAR END CLEAR OUT!” 20X22 $4,259. 25X24 $4,684. 30X34 $6,895. 35X36 $9,190. 40X48 $12,526. 47X70 $17,200. One End wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800668-5422.


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Community Safety and Crime Prevention

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Saturday, November 30 Battlefords United Church Fall Fair & Christmas Tea at 52 - 4th Avenue West, Battleford from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Cookie Walk, Bake Sale, Knit & Stitch, Produce and Preserves, Book Sale & Door Prize.

Saturday, November 30 Hafford’s Communities in Bloom - Christmas Craft Fair & Trade Show at the Ukrainian National Hall & the Senior’s Centre in Hafford from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To book a table call Sylvia at 306-549-4050 or Val at 306-549-2258. Santa arriving at 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 30 Silent Auction at the Royal Canadian Legion, 1352 - 100th Street at 7:00 p.m. To order tickets email or call Debbie at 306-446-2684. All proceeds support this local charity.

Sunday, December 1

Borden Lion’s Festival of Music, Borden Community Centre at 7:00 p.m.


Sunday, December 1 Notre Dame Parish - Multicultural Christmas Festival with Christmas Bake Sale, RafÁes, Silent Auction items, entertainment and diverse cultural displays along with sale of international foods at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1202 - 105th Street from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

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Monday, December 2 Radisson Royal Purple Supper at 5:30 p.m. and meeting at 7:30 p.m. at R. Harris’ home.

2002 Silver Toyota Echo 197,000km A/C, Cruise, remote start, Winter tires and summer tires on rims. 4,900.00 obo. 306-441-9124

Monday, Wednesday & Thursday, December 2, 3 & 4 Free Health Education Exercise Program at the Meota Complex on Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 9 a.m. - 12 noon. Featuring Arthritis class on Wed. from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Phone Carmen for more info at 306-892-2218.


Wednesday, December 4 Ladies Night Out at St. Paul’s Anglican Church at 6:00 p.m. For more information call RoseMarie 306 445-4645.

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Saturday, December 7 Christmas Trade Show, Craft Sale at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #9, Battleford from 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. For more info call 306-441-7359. Kitchen will be open.

Saturday, December 7 Christmas Tea & Bake Sale at the Zion Lutheran Church, 10801 Winder Cres. from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Refreshment and dessert. Everyone welcome.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Administrative Associate/Bookkeeper for operation in the $5 million range located in Prince Albert Area. Candidate should have Accounting major with extensive Office Administration experience. General responsibilities and qualifications available on request. Position offers progressive career, comprehensive training, flexibility and comprehensive benefits package. Criminal Record Check required. Interested qualified candidates send resume to: or fax to 306747-3592.Salary based on Experience & Education Closing Date: DECEMBER 20th, 2013

Saturday, December 7 COMING EVENTS

Saturday, December 7


Blend Harmony Chorus

JOURNEYMAN AUTOMOTIVE Service Technician(s) in Hanna Alberta. Hanna Chrysler Ltd. offers competitive wages from $32/hour, negotiable depending on experience. Bright, modern shop. Full-time permanent with benefits. Friendly town just 2 hours from major urban centres. More info at: Fax 403-854-2845; Email: Tarnes Electric Kindersley, SK are requiring labourers, electricians & apprentices for various projects in Kindersley, Kerrobert and surrounding areas. Fax resume to 306-4636550 or email TJ LOGGING of Whitecourt, Alberta is now taking resumes for 2013 2014 logging season. Experienced buncher/skidder/limber/process operators required. Please fax resume to 780-778-2428.

TRADES HELP 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.

Meota Seniors Christmas Supper starting at 5:30 p.m. Tickets will be available from club members until December 1.

Saturday, December 7 Borden Farmer’s Market Sale & Trade Fair at Borden Community Centre from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Grad 2014 have lunch available.

Saturday, December 7 Third Avenue United Church Christmas Tea & Bake Sale at 1301 - 102nd Street from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Everyone welcome.

Saturday, December 7 Christmas Crafts Family Program at the North Battleford Library from 2:00 4:00 p.m. For more information phone 306-445-3206.

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Battleford 2000 Lions Christmas Bazaar at the Alex Dillabough Centre from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 7 Club 70 - The Hamps at the Royal Canadian Legion, 1352 - 100th Street from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. with lunch. Phone Lorraine at 306-937-3461 for more info.

Sunday, December 8 Radisson Lutheran Church Carols, Candles & Cookies at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 10 Guest Performers Lana Quinn, Tristen Durocher, Jeff Arndt

Seniors Fun Day - Bingo & Coffee, entertainment by Meota Hobby Band from 2:00 4:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Hall, 1942 - 98th Street. Christmas Hot Supper at 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 10 Borden Senior’s Christmas Supper & Program at the Club Room at 6:00 p.m.


Tuesday, December 10

Celebrating A Centennial Christmas Show and Sale

Seniors Christmas Party at St. Joseph Hall, 1942 - 98th Street. Starting at 2:00 with Bingo & Coffee. Entertainment by Meota Hobby Band. Christmas supper at 4:00 p.m. All seniors welcome. Turkey pot pies will be available for sale.

at Dekker Centre

Sunday, December 8, 2013 Doors open at 12:30 pm for the Silent Auction and Sale Show starts at 2:00 pm Tickets available at the Dekker Centre box office Adults $21 + GST Children and seniors $15 + GST

Sale features, Arbonne, Epicure, Stella & Dot, Pampered Chef, PartyLite, Learning Adventures Toys and Games, Grace & Adele, Tombi and contributions to breast cancer, home baked goods, hand crafted items, centennial souvenirs and numerous silent auction items. Also A CHANCE to WIN TICKETS to Las Vegas, - 3 days, 2 nights

Battlefords Blend would like to THANK their sponsors for this event: • Silvester RV Centre • Saskatchewan Lotteries • Innovation Credit Union • Battlefords Flooring Center • Norsask Farm Equipment Ltd. • AMD Construction Ltd. • Battlefords and District Co-operative Ltd. • Bee Safe Security • Battlefords Furniture Ltd. • Gold Eagle Lodge • NAPA Auto Parts •Ultra Print Services Ltd. • Beauty Designs by Brandi •Milbanks Flowers & Home Decor • Creative Interiors by The Designer Gals Inc. • Investors Group Financial Service Inc. •Western Development Museum •Fabricland •Canadian Tire Associate Store • Zeke’s Jewellers •Blue Rentals •Tim Hortons •CAA

Wednesday, December 11 Christmas Carols with the Hillcrest Singers at the North Battleford Library at 2:00 p.m. For more information phone 306-445-3206.

Wednesday, December 11 Kids Lego Club at the North Battleford Library from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. For more information phone 306-445-3206.

Wednesday, December 11 Christmas Carols with the Hillcrest Singers at the North Battleford Library at 2:00 p.m. For more information phone 306-445-3206.

Saturday, December 14 Family Movie at the North Battleford Library at 2:30 p.m. For more information phone 306-445-3206.

Saturday, December 14 SOLD OUT - Topline Social Dance Club - The Hamps at the Royal Canadian Legion, 1352 - 100th Street from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. with lunch. Phone Jean 306-445-8815, Sharon at 306-446-0446 or Leela 306-445-7240.

Saturday, December 14 Radisson Santa Claus Day, RP Tea & Bake Sale at Radisson Hall at 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 15 Borden United Church Service at 4:00 p.m. in the Church, United and Riverbend Fellowship Churches Potluck Supper & Program in Borden Community Centre at 5:30 p.m. Food Bank donations. 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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Cor Safety OILFIELD SERVICES SAFETY WATCH Looking for interested people to get involved in the oilfield.

email: phone: 1-780-808-9364 13121DF01

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY The Town of Maidstone is accepting applications for

Assistant Administrator Education requirement is Class “C” Urban Certificate and Municipal experience is desired. The Town of Maidstone offers an education and experience based wage, training programs and a benefit plan with pension. This position is part of a succession plan.


Only suitable candidates will be contacted for an interview. Position will be filled once a suitable candidate is received. For more information regarding this position please contact the Administrator, Harold Trew at the Town Office 306–893-2373. By December 11, 2013, interested and qualified candidates are invited to submit their resume by Mail, Fax or Email to the following: Town of Maidstone Attention Harold Trew, Administrator Box 208 Maidstone, Saskatchewan S0M 1M0 Phone: 306-893-2373 Fax: 306-893-4378 Email:


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Position Available Full-Time Maintenance Technician Qualifications: -

Two years’s experience in the maintenance field Must possess Fireman’s Certificate Must have a valid driver’s license Responsible for preventive and on-going maintenance with HVAC systems - Basic plumbing, carpentry and painting skills - Responsible for daily completion of maintenance for all 16 buildings

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Preserving city’s story

PUZZLE NO. 647 23. 26. 27. 29. 30. 31. 33. 34. 35. 37. 39. 40. 44. 45.

Gambler's place Subside Defect Voted into office Morning beverage Ease "____ Street" Voyage Augusta's locale Depleted Tut's place Staffer Dent Small explosion

Copyright © 2012 by Penny Press

ACROSS 1. 5. 9. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 22. 24. 25. 27.

Freight barge Vagrant Important time Pulled apart Baking chamber Smoked salmon Newspaper notice Husband or wife Jar lid Raw mineral deposit Hair goo Long scarf Ballerina Wicked Sculpture At liberty

28. 30. 32. 35. 36. 38. 40. 41. 42. 43. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49.

Solar ray Paper holder Most melancholy Apollo landing site Seniors Astir Statute Maple-syrup source No ____, ands, or buts Fail to mention Put down asphalt First named Produced Warning Morn plus 12 hours

50. Raised setters 51. Hit repeatedly

DOWN 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 19. 21.

Waited in line Hooded snakes Acquaint Very damp Baseball thrill Track shape "You ____ Your Life" Wallet items Nook Hockey player Kick out Costume Phrased


Members of the City of North Battleford Historic Archives will celebrate Archives Week in February by setting up displays at both malls in the city. Members will be on hand to educate the public about the archives. Photo submitted

By Ken Holliday Archives Member

In 1988, the Council of the City of North Battleford authorized the formation

RCMP seek perpetrator of identity theft Staff RCMP have dropped charges against a young man who, it turns out, has been the victim of identify theft. Late in the summer of this year, North Battleford

RCMP had advised the public of a man wanted for failing to appear in court in response to a shoplifting charge stemming from an incident on July 31. Tesler Mosquito, 22 was originally reported as being the subject of the warrant. It

has now been confirmed Tesler Mosquito was not involved in the matter, and had in fact been the victim of an identity fraud. Further investigation has shown the person responsible for the initial incident to be Tyson Mosquito, 23, of North

Battleford, who is currently wanted on charges of theft under $5,000, obstruction, identity fraud and two counts of failing to comply with probation. All charges against Tesler Mosquito have been withdrawn.

City of North Battleford Historic Archives

of a Committee to develop and oversee a new entity, the North Battleford City Archives. The first committee was composed of Bob Clipperton (president), John Jansen (recording secretary), Ivor Newsham (treasurer), Anne Marie Hillson, Julie Stroo, Dick Bunce and Connie Wilson. Years later, to better reflect the historic content of its holdings, the Archives name

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Trucks, Backhoes - Gravel Supply & Delivery BILL PIKE Res. 306-893-2362 Cell. 306-893-7614

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Barristers and Solicitors Sallows Building 1391 - 101st Street, North Battleford, Saskatchewan, S9A 2Y8 Telephone: (306) 445-4436 Fax: (306) 445-6444 Kevan M. Migneault, B.A., LL.B. Murray E. Greenwood, B.A., J.D. Monte M. Migneault, B.A., LL.B.

MAIDSTONE OFFICE: Murray E. Greenwood attends at Elliot Insurance Offices every Thursday afternoon Telephone: 306-893-2461

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Place your business card on this page CALL VALORIE HIGGS 1-866-549-9979 Fax: 306-445-1977 Email:

Fax: 306-248-3339


Murray E. Greenwood attends every second and fourth Tuesday afternoons at the R.M. of Cut Knife building. Telephone: 306-398-2353

FUNERAL DIRECTORS Gordon Marshall Doug Hanley

changed to become the City of North Battleford Historic Archives. The archives continuously collects, computer catalogues and maintains historic papers, documents and photographs depicting the developing history of the city of North Battleford. At present the archives holdings’ consist of over 400 individual collections donated by citizens and city organizations. These collections contain approximately 8,900 records and a collection of over 7,000 photographs. The processing of these items is supervised by a part-time city archivist assisted by nine volunteer committee members. The archives provides support for provincial and community celebrations, business conferences, trade shows and classroom history presentations. The archives is actively involved in the City of North Battleford’s 2013 centennial celebrations. The archives team used the photographic collection to produce a centennial book, Reflections of North Battleford, commissioned by the City of North Battleford. This photo collection also provided the inspiration for many of the sketches and stories by Julian Sadlowski (1935-2012) in his centennial book, Pictorial History of North Battleford 100 Years 1913-2013, just recently released. The archives will be celebrating Archives Week in the province Feb. 2-8 by presenting displays of historical significance in our local malls. The viewing public will have an opportunity to visit our displays and talk with committee members about personal collections that could be valuable additions to our present collection. The City of North Battleford Historic Archives is located in the Don Ross Centre, Room 111, and can be contacted at 306-445-1786 or City Hall 306-445-1719. A link to the archives is found on the city website at under City Government.

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Each life needs the guidance of a good pilot Debate continues as to who is (or was) the best fighter pilot in wartime. Certainly, the notorious Red Baron in the First World War is a candidate. But it’s like comparing apples and oranges to rate a man in a slow and flimsy Sopwith Camel to one in a Second World War plane. And how can we compare the planes of the 1940s with those flying today, sleek, missile-laden machines capable of flying over 1,000 km/h? Outside of armed conflict, most of us have had to rely, at one time or another, on the skill of a pilot – either one in the cockpit of a commercial aircraft, or one at the helm of an ocean liner. It’s the tragic accidents that make the news, but they are relatively rare. Though the thought of some possible mishap may make us nervous, hundreds of thousands of hours in the air or on the sea are travelled without any serious problem. In checking the dictionary definition of the word “pilot,” I noticed a repeated phrase. He or she is: a person who is qualified to steer or guide a ship or a plane. Qualified. We have right to expect that the one taking us to our destination has the proper knowledge and skill to do so

on the sea (Matt. 14:24-25). Inspired by this amazing miracle, brash Peter asked if the Lord would allow him to do that too, and Christ said, “Come.” (vs. 28-29) “But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, ‘Lord,

Robert Cottrill, B.A., B.R.E.

save me!’ And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?’” (vs. 30-31) Emily Wilson wrote both words and music for the hymn,I Will Pilot Thee. The song begins, “Sometimes,

when my faith would falter / And no sunlight I can see; / I just lift mine eyes to Jesus / And I whisper, ‘Pilot me.’” Christ responds, in the refrain, “‘Fear thou not, for I’ll be with thee / I will still thy Pilot be; / Never mind the tossing billows, / Take My hand and trust in Me.’” safely and efficiently. In the spiritual realm, we also need someone who can lead and guide us safely, someone who is qualified to do so. The Bible makes it clear that the Lord is infinitely able to do that. “He leads me,” says the psalmist twice, in Psalm 23 (vs 2-3). And He can do something an ordinary human pilot cannot. He is the sovereign Ruler of life’s storms. Nothing happens that is beyond His control. “Even the wind and the sea obey Him.” (Mk. 4:41) Little wonder that the people of God appeal to Him for guidance. The psalmist David prays, “Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness [i.e. on to smooth ground].” (Ps. 143:10) And the Lord promises, in another place, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you

should go.” (Ps. 32:8) Emily Divine Wilson (1865-1942) was the wife of a pastor. He acknowledged that he drew much inspiration from her music, and her gifts were a blessing in each church they served. John and Emily were also well known at the Methodist camp meetings at Ocean Grove, N.J. It was there she met hymn writer Eliza Hewitt and the two combined their skills in 1898 to write the gospel song, When We All Get to Heaven. Mrs. Wilson has given us a beautiful hymn picturing the Lord Jesus as our Pilot. Jesus and His disciples travelled many times on the Sea of Galilee, a body of water known for its sudden tempests. Perhaps, in the author’s mind, was the time when the disciples were caught in such a storm, and Christ came to them, walking

Cheering on the team Writing weekly articles normally attracts my complete attention. Today, however, the annual Grey Cup supersedes all other afternoon thoughts. It’s currently half time, the Riders are ahead and I’m seeing Green. I honestly felt bad to see an orange-garbed player from Ontario injured and hope he recovers fully and quickly, but in spite of my genuine concern for his well being, my loyalties lie with the home team. In all honesty I’ve never watched a complete football game but I sure keep my eyes on the score board; furthermore, I have no idea who the players, refs or owners are but I know the team is based out of Saskatchewan and I love that province.

Crazy reasoning for loudly proclaiming my allegiance, I know, but I have chosen to support them and I’ll do it with all my might. No matter how good a team there is something powerful about knowing you’ve got thousands of people cheering you on. Win or lose, hearing a packed stadium of people roaring their support sends a rush of energy into what is a physically tiring four quarters of play. I am incredibly grateful for

the cheerleaders who have graced my life: those who believed in me when I wasn’t sure I believed in myself; those faithful friends who loved me enough to correct me when I needed it; and, those brothers and sisters in Christ who have prayed for me over the years. If I have one desire in my life it is to live a life that cheers and inspires others around me. “Therefore encourage (admonish, exhort) one another and edify (strengthen and build up) one another, just as you are doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11 - Amplified Version) “I’ll lift you and you lift me, and we’ll both ascend together.” John Greenleaf Whittier PS: The Riders won!

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


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


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


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

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

Trinity Baptist 1702 - 106th Street North Battleford

Rev. Dan Millard

306-445-4818 Email:


Sunday 11:00 a.m. Come join us this Sunday!

962A - 102 Street

Pastor Dave Miller

Sunday Service 6:00 p.m.

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

“Reclaiming Our Spiritual Heritage”

Phone 306-445-9096

Maidstone/Paynton United Church of Canada

Pastors Len Beaucage & Don Toovey For more info please call

Saturday Services

10:30 Service


Bible Study - 10:00 a.m. Worship Service - 11:00 a.m.

Phone: 445-4338

Clergy Person: Rev. Ean Kasper

Church & CE Wing: 306-893-2611 For booking the Wing: 306-893-4465

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

Sunday Evening Service 7:00 p.m. Bible Study Wednesday 7:30 p.m.

1371 - 103rd Street (Use East Door)

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. 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

Everyone Welcome www.thirdavenueunitedchurch.

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