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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Battlefords Bright Spots

Ignore the cold. On to 2014! By Jayne Foster Staff Reporter

Grey Cup Visits B’fords Saskatchewan Roughriders running back Kory Sheets wades through the crowd of students as he carries the Grey Cup to the stage at Battleford Central School. Ten Roughriders players were there as part of their Grey Cup tour of the province. Stops were scheduled for two other schools as well as at the NationsWEST Field House later in the day. Photo by John Cairns

The holiday season is winding down for another year, and thanks to the Battlefords and area, 382 local families had a better season than they might have without the help of the Empty Stocking Fund. Bill Hall, executive director, tells us 1,243 people were helped over Christmas 2013, about the same as last year. Of those, 638 children under 16 were part of the families who received hampers, an 11 per cent increase over last year. Food raising efforts resulted in more food donated this year than in years past. The fundraising efforts raised around $100,000, which was the goal for 2013, and there are still more donations coming in. Hall says it’s about a 10 per cent decrease from last year, but that has been offset by fundraising throughout the rest of the year having gone up. Also, says Hall, PotashCorp will again be matching what was raised during the Christmas season (up to $1 million provincially by all food banks). On to 2014. It may be cold, but that doesn’t keep Saskatchewan down. There are things to do and places to be despite the deep freeze, although the powers that be would have us believe it will warm up later this week. Top on the list of things to do for blood donors is Wednesday, Jan. 8. Book your appointment by calling 1-888-2DONATE (1-888-236-6283). A clinic will run 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Don Ross Centre,

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sponsored by the North Battleford Lions Club. That evening, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m., head out to the Battleford Arena for a special hockey game. The Battleford Central School Me to We Club is presenting a game between the Battlefords AA Pee Wee Barons and BCS staff and friends. School staff will welcome special guests: Rod Leniuk, Greg Schmidt, Rocky Omelchenko, Martin Smith, Brett Payne, Derek Mahon, Jim Shevchuk, Ashley Gauthier, Kevin Russell, Girls’ AAA Sharks and RCMP members. It promises to be a thoroughly entertaining game. Admission is $5 per person or $10 per family. All proceeds will be donated to Canadian Tire Jumpstart. It’s a big weekend coming up for the Battlefords North Stars. Saturday, Jan. 11 is the club’s 40th Anniversary Alumni Celebration. There will be a catered meal for alumni members and a social following the Battlefords North Stars game against the Yorkton Terriers in the Prism Cable Hot Stove Lounge at the Civic Centre. Game time is 7:30 p.m. Any alumni members who aren’t already involved are encouraged to call the North Stars office at 306-445-7827 or email office@ The following weekend, Friday, Jan. 17, players will be auctioned off in the Prism Cable Hot Stove Lounge during the two intermissions in the game against the Notre Dame Hounds and they will compete in the shootout following the game. The purchaser of the winning player will receive half the profit.

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Centennial year winds up

Volunteer appreciation, time capsule focus of closing event By John Cairns Staff Reporter

Centennial committee member Darren Olson is seen here thanking just a few of the many who worked on the Centennial committee efforts in 2013. The Centennial closing ceremonies were held at the Dekker Centre on Tuesday and provided a chance to reflect on the successes of the Centennial year and pay tribute to the volunteers who made it happen. Photos by John Cairns

On display for that closing celebration were the numerous items that are to go into a time capsule and be sealed for the next 100 years. Among the items was a shirt commemorating the winning Saskatchewan Roughriders Grey Cup championship team of 2013.

A year of celebration and reflection came to a conclusion New Year’s Eve at the North Battleford centennial closing ceremonies. The event was a luncheon held at the Dekker Centre and served as a formal recognition and thank you to the numerous centennial committee volunteers, sponsors and others who had worked tirelessly on the various events and projects that made up the anniversary year. The events began with a New Year’s Eve bash at the Civic Centre and continued on with the May 1 anniversary ceremonies at Central Park and July 1 Canada Day celebrations at the Ag Society grounds, which included the staging of the North Battleford version of the Amazing Race. The May 1 event included a performance by Kurtis Kopp of the official song of the centennial year called Centennial Begins. Kopp was back performing that same tune again at the event Tuesday at the Dekker Centre. There were several other events held that year including one Sept. 28 which marked the recreation of the famous 1938 “Four Corners” photograph taken at 101st Street and 11th Avenue. The 2013 version was shot by local photographer Paul Sayers, and copies of that photo were presented to all those in attendance at the luncheon. The year also saw the compilation of the Reflections of North Battleford book as well as the Pictorial Story of North Battleford book by Julian Sadlowski, a project that was five years in the making. Tribute was paid to Sadlowski, as well as all those who collaborated on the Reflections book.

The event also provided one more opportunity for local musician Kurtis Kopp to perform his rendition of Centennial Begins, the official North Battleford centennial song. Another important part of the year was the 52 North Battleford “notables” by Richard Hiebert in collaboration with the City of North Battleford 2013 Centennial Historic Committee that were an ongoing series in the News-Optimist throughout 2013. At the closing ceremonies, Mayor Ian Hamilton suggested there should be a 53rd notable write up — that of Tammy Donahue-Buziak, for her work in chairing and leading the centennial efforts in 2013. Hamilton, as well as centennial special events chair Sharon Mohagen, were emo-

tional on stage Tuesday as they thanked the volunteers for their efforts in the centennial year. MLA Herb Cox also expressed the government’s congratulations to the committee who worked so hard on the centennial efforts. Cox noted there was some interesting weather that accompanied the various events, with the July 1 event happening on the warmest day of the year while the May 1 event, attended by Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Schofield, happened on one of the coldest. “I remember sitting out in the park and watching our Lieutenant Governor almost turn blue,” Cox recounted. As it turned out the final centennial celebrations of 2013 coincided with a shivering -30 C day outside. Fortunately, all the events of this final centennial celebration were indoors. The final act of the centennial year is the closing of the time capsule. Several items that are to go in that capsule were on display at the closing ceremonies. Among the items are a Saskatchewan Roughriders 2013 Grey Cup shirt, a North Battleford centennial jacket, correspondence from the office of Lt.-Gov. Vaughn Schofield and various books, certificates and other memorabilia, including the centennial pin. Numerous envelopes with submissions from the general public were also provided for the time capsule. About 10 containers were to be filled with those items. Plans are to bury those containers in Central Park in May, with plans not to open them again until the city commemorates the North Battleford bicentennial of 2113.

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Keeping N. B’ford streets safe By John Cairns Staff Reporter

The City of North Battleford announced Friday that 56 people were recognized as Snow Angels in December. That swells the total number of nominations to 80 since the program was launched in October. The program recognizes individuals who help clear snow for others. “If someone living within the city helped clear your snow, send us a note about them,” urges City Marketing and Communications Coordinator Mike Halstead. The City will send them a thank you and enter them into the monthly draw for a VISA gift card courtesy of the City of North Battleford.

Drawn as the December winners are Colin, Joey and Luke Keller, who were nominated by Ronnie Zakresky. “I have had the good fortune of having others help keep the sidewalks clean and safe,” said Zakresky. “The Kellers are among those who have been so kind as to clear

the snow from my walks and driveway.” You can nominate a Snow Angel, including their name and address, by emailing it to Or you can send it by mail or drop it off at City Hall, 1291-101st Street.

Fire destroys vehicle Staff A vehicle burned in the RM of North Battleford on New Year’s Eve, resulting in an estimated $10,000 in damage. North Battleford Fire Department responded to the call at about 7:05 p.m. with one fire truck and four firefighters, who were on the scene for just over 20 minutes. NBFD investigated the cause of the blaze, but its originremains undetermined, according to a NBFD press release.

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Building in 2013

CUplex complete, one step closer to Sask. Hospital By John Cairns Staff Reporter

The year 2013 proved to be an important one as far as building projects were concerned in the Battlefords. Several noteworthy projects were completed and had their grand openings in 2013 while others saw shovels in the ground. The Credit Union CUplex was finally completed in 2013 with the opening of the new field house. There had been hopes that facility would be ready in time to host the New Year’s Eve Centennial party, but the NationsWEST Field House did not open officially until March. Another major community project in 2013 was the new Battlefords Boys and Girls Club building on 104th Street. The new building was ready in time for summer programming and a grand opening event was held in September. A major item on the agenda of city council in 2013 was a pocket housing project at 1322 - 103rd St. Despite a petition signed by some 21 local residents, the eight-unit transitional housing project moved forward and shovels were in the ground in a ceremony in December. Battlefords Residential Services Inc. opened two new group homes to house its clients in 2013: Meadow Manor at 1731-102nd St. and Yvonne’s Home at 2431 Kildeer Dr. The latter was named in honour of BRSI board chair and longtime vol-

unteer Yvonne Nyholt. The provincial Ministry of Social Services provided $550,000 in capital funding for construction and $864,472 in operating funding for the current fiscal year for the facilities, which will be home to 11 people. Affordable housing got another boost in the Battlefords as two four-plexes were completed on the 1000 block of 104th Street. It was known as Project 104 and will house eight rental units aimed at those with low to moderate incomes. The federal government contributed through the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation and the province through Saskatchewan Housing Corporation. The official ribbon cutting happened in July. The long-awaited and much anticipated Northland Power natural gas-fired plant, known as the North Battleford Energy Centre, was commissioned this past spring and went into operation, culminating three years of construction. The plant began operation June 5 and an official ribbon cutting for the new 260 megawatt base load plant took place in September. The event included local officials as well as executives from Northland Power. No review of the building activities in 2013 can proceed without discussion of the major progress in development in Battleford West. Coming to fruition is the new Kramer Ltd. site next to Highway 16, as well as the

Assault charges laid Staff A 26-year-old Cut Knife man, who turned himself in to Battlefords RCMP Friday, is being held on a charge of aggravated assault. The man, whom police were seeking in connection with an alleged stabbing incident on 104th Street in North Battleford at about 11:40 a.m. Dec. 27, contacted the RCMP after learning they were looking for him. At the time of the incident, one male victim was found

to be suffering from a single stab wound to the chest area. A second male victim was suffering from injuries to the head and face from some type of blunt instrument, police report. Both were treated at Battlefords Union Hospital for their injuries, but at the time neither victim nor witnesses were co-operative with the police investigation. The man charged made his first appearance in North Battleford Provincial Court Monday.

Connaught hallways get a second shower Staff Connaught School hallways have been given another shower as a result of a malfunctioning sprinkler system. In March of 2012, the North Battleford Fire Department responded to a call at the school, where a broken sprinkler line had caused flooding. It was déjà vu for firefighters Thursday, as they were

again called to the school and found an almost identical situation. The call reporting alarms ringing at the school came in at about 4:15 p.m. NBFD officials report a large amount of water had flooded one classroom and a hallway. Firefighters, four of whom responded to the call, shut down the sprinkler system. Modern Janitorial and River City Plumbing were called in to deal with the aftermath.

In September, Battlefords Residential Services Inc. opened two new group homes to house its clients — Meadow Manor at 1731-102nd St. and Yvonne’s Home at 2431 Kildeer Dr. NewsOptimist file photo new and long-awaited Tim Hortons location at Highway 4 and 29th Street West. The Tim Hortons location, the first one in Battleford and the third in the Battlefords, opened for business in December and quickly became

a popular spot for Battleford residents seeking their fix of Tims coffee and donuts. Plans are afoot for more development in the area as Battlefords Co-op plans to build close by. A new seniors’ development is also in

the works for the Battleford West area. Several other efforts are still in the works as 2013 came to a close. Fundraising efforts continue towards a new Battlefords Trade and Education Centre building

to be located at the corner of 105th Street and Railway Avenue. Construction got underway on Frontier Way for the new Northwest Community Futures building project to be located there. Last but not least are the efforts towards a new Saskatchewan Hospital. Hospital staff were engaged in what was called the 3P Lean process — the three Ps referring to Production, Preparation and Process — over two separate weeks during the summer. Staff members provided input and brainstormed on how the new hospital should be designed to meet the patients’ needs. They came back with design mockups that planners would use for the entire hospital. The next step in the process in 2013 was further review periods before the project can proceed to the detail design phase.

One injured in Battleford Road crash Thurs.

This was the scene at the junction of Battleford Road and Highway 16 where emergency crews were on hand to deal with a two-vehicle collision. Photo by John Cairns

Staff One person was sent to hospital following a twovehicle collision at the intersection of Highway 16 and Battleford Road Thursday. North Battleford Fire Department responded to the call at about 3 p.m. and four firefighters were on the scene for about 40 minutes. NBFD reports both vehicles sustained extensive damage and the severity of the injuries to the person transported to hospital are unknown.

RCMP Run Out of Tweets An RCMP initiative to communicate through Twitter the calls received over the

course of News Year’s Eve and into New Year’s day was somewhat thwarted by a lack of tweet capacity. The substance of all 911 calls were broadcast through the RCMP’s English and French Twitter accounts starting at 10 p.m. Dec. 31. The tweets continued until 2 a.m. when the maximum limit for transmissions was reached. According to the police, the calls for service around the province included numerous assaults (with and without weapons), stranded motorists requiring assistance, reports of stolen vehicles, mischief, fireworks complaints and welfare checks. Those who were participating in or watching the

President’s banquet Jan. 16 Staff Jan. 16 has been set as the date for Ryan Moe to be officially inducted as president of the Battlefords Chamber of Commerce. That is when the 108th annual president’s banquet is to be held at the Tropical Inn. The reception begins at 6 p.m. and program commences at 6:45 p.m. The guest speaker for this year’s induction will be Steve McClellan, president and

CEO of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce. Moe, of G & C Asphalt Ltd., will be taking over the president’s role from Sharon Mohagen, who has served in that capacity for the last year. Mohagen will be continuing on the board of directors as past president. Tickets are still available for the event and those interested can reserve tickets by calling the Chamber office at 306-445-6226 or by email at

Twitter event would have noted that there were numerous complaints where alcohol was involved, the RCMP say in a press release. There were also a couple of calls which were made through the 911 emergency line and should not have been made. One person called through wishing the police a

happy New Year and another person called reporting their hotel room had bed bugs. The RCMP remind the public that 911 should be used in emergency situations only and calls are made to 911 that are non-emergent in nature take away from real emergencies other people could be experiencing. Last week’s News-Optimist online poll: The New Year is upon us. What will you resolve to do in 2014? ✓ To live a healthier lifestyle. 22.2% ✓ To be a kinder, more forgiving person. 4.8% ✓ To pay more attention to the important people in my life. 23.8% ✓ To tone down the road rage. 16% ✓ To make no resolutions. 47.6%

This week’s News-Optimist online poll: Now we want your opinion. What was the top news story of the year in the Battlefords in 2013? ✓ Shootings/stabbing/crime severity provokes concern in North Battleford. ✓ Paul Leroux guilty in Beauval Res. School indecent assault trial in Battleford ✓ North Battleford fights the flood. ✓ Two people killed in a float plane crash in North Battleford. ✓ North Battleford celebrates centennial year.

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The slobification of society began in the ‘60s protest era By William Wardill You won’t find slobification in anybody’s official dictionary, but if you are observant and have respectable dress code yourself you will know what my word means. In its simplest sense, it means not dressing for the occasion. Among the odds and ends of my inheritance are dozens of ambrotype and daguerreotype portraits. Perhaps they were people of my clan, but I have no way of identifying them. Some were young and some were old. Some had work-worn hands and time-worn faces, but they all shared one attribute. They wore their very best finery to visit the photographer’s studio. Having a posed photograph made by a man who understood the wizardry of cameras was an occasion. They dressed for it. I have copies of many other old portraits in a bulging genealogical record compiled by an English cousin. Every one was identified and every one was dressed for the occasion. There were cricket team uniforms, soccer team uniforms and the uniforms of soldiers and sailors. They were dressed for a sporting event or a war. Mostly, however, they were civilians, men, women and children dressed in their very best. Some of the women were beautiful. There was no need to prove it by exposing more than face and small portions of elegant arms and legs. They dressed respectably. The most poignant photograph in my cousin’s book portrays two sickly little boys playing with hoops and sticks. They are dressed in suits, shirts with Eton collars and identical caps. There is no joy in their faces. In the caption

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my cousin wrote: “They were typical delicate children, all too common at the time, who merely came, played awhile and then departed.” As a boy, I understood there was an item of clothing called a Sunday suit. The first one a young man owned was for wooing and wedding. The second one, owned by an older man was to be worn for special occasions, including his own funeral. I can’t pinpoint the exact time when the old sartorial order began to change. I think it was when folksingers and their music were at the heart of the protest movement that ended the war in Vietnam and caused a U.S. president to decide against seeking re-election. The thousand of protestors, those who sang and those

who listened, had a cause. They wanted to bring the slaughter in Vietnam to an end. They wanted the threat of global nuclear destruction to go away. In doing so, they made themselves look different from the men in expensive suits who were misusing their powers. Politicians and government officials wore suits. So did spies. So did the operatives of Senator Joseph McCarthy’s House Un-American Activities Committee, which saw communists hiding under every bed. The purposes and idealism of the musical protestors showed not only in their songs, but in their faces. Songs such as Blowing in the Wind, Where Have All the Flowers Gone and Eve of Destruction have survived. They are music with a soul. Flipping through a cable menu now, we see neatly dressed people on the news and weather channels. Finding them on the entertainment channels is more difficult. Most of those whose dress is reminiscent of the 1960s protestors have no cause other than to make obscenely large incomes by glorifying ugliness seen and ugliness heard. They are agents of slobification. Three months ago, I gave away a suit that had grown too large for me. I have one left. It is my Sunday suit and is always suitable for the occasion. My mortal remains will wear it. The upper crust among the ancient Egyptians took rich treasures with them into the hereafter. This is an acceptable custom. I have no gold or jewels. I will take a suit, a shirt and a stylish necktie.

A bouquet to the City’s Parks and Recreation employees for all their hard work, especially in the freezing cold weather! Thanks! A bouquet to the huge number of individuals who were honoured New Year’s Eve at the Dekker Centre. Those called to the podium to be recognized for their contributions to the City of North Battleford’s centennial celebrations throughout 2013 deserve our praise, admiration and thanks. A boot to the weatherman. Enough deep freeze already. We’re getting tired of bragging about how tough we are when it gets this cold.

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Leah Milton:

‘This is absolutely home’

Pump House Ltd., What do you do when you find your by Jayne Foster owned by Howard forever home? You give back to it. y, Kirb ron Sha and That’s Leah Milton’s belief, and she topped her list. In has been living that belief in the Bat2013, in addition to s. year 20 tlefords now for almost take and they celebrating 30 years day, and will be it.” this to ds frien “I feel very fortunate to have had rebest my Ltd. se are Hou p in business, Anderson Pum the opportunity to move here,” says As a member of the Batthe Bat- forever.” ceived the BBEX Heritage Award at k itric new ’s McK Ltd. of l se cipa Hou prin p as ed Pum n retir erso ner X And BBE tlefords community, Milton Her part tlefords Chamber of Commerce 2013 Milton has always chosen to give ago, s year Five ago. s year six was customer and employee experience ool and rd Sch - Awards ceremony in North Battlefo d with breast cancer, and Ridley, back, and over the years she manager. “This is home, this is abso into the Saskatchewan Business Hall was diagnose cted indu devoted has been on numerous come.” lutely hom atoon. in his retirement, spent an entire year of Fame at the ABEX awards in Sask trips to mittees and boards. y dail and ery surg ugh thro The Battlefords became Milton’s s,” to her care ron Kirby for many year Sha wn kno e “I’v comains expl she otherapy. “I’ve always believed if you live in a weekend home in 1995. As “and Howard through the com- Saskatoon for chem on, Milt says e to be ce don den need resi have you , up who you le took to it, her belongings munity that is good “I have talked to peop ity. They have an amazing reputation.” mun l “and cipa on, prin ol Milt scho says ,” ner, own part r .” her cus- their drives on thei here with good to it back Milton says, knowing they treat their its, it erpeople.’ I couldn’t have ‘sup es them Just before she became sick, she adm George Ridley, when he moved here loye call emp I r thei of t mos that and well ers tom on r ing thei serv t mee was to for work. For them both was probably excessive – she e for a long time, they had ev- done that.” ther been had and ld job was wou nt time he tme full a trea knew plus the she professional goals, 18 or 20 committees, Milton says for her erything on her wish list. and physically drain- a home life. ally tion emo g, said have to go where his work was, but ustin and exha ard How up ned “So I actually pho hs. tions to “That’s definitely changed,” she laug she could continue in her chosen field ing. She also experienced allergic reac have coffee with him.” and over e com I can her ing start t.” story some of the medicines. of project management by “It’s down to seven or eigh She arrived at his office, told him her years a of me for a care d goo very took d orge She has just finished more than 10 she’ own consultancy, which didn’t need “Ge said and t she was looking for, wha and r of mbe Cha rds lefo . Batt base the e with hom permanent involvement opportunity to join whole year.” any was e ther if led thril be She 0. She Bat 201 She commuted between the Commerce, serving as president in She also has thanks for her doctors. the team there. erdoc- was also chair of Battlefords Tourism for four “sup her on sels Hes rey Jeff she Dr. tlefords and clients in Saskatoon and s ron, call He went home and talked to Sha Talk of Regina, contracting with firms such years and she hosted local cable show got together tor.” they later ks wee few a and , says I she and m elf, who mys er. p with canc lum , got the che d she l Tou foun as Deloitte the Town unti She says, “I and talked again. s and next day and he said come in the inhim She was also involved with the Boy to had a 10-year employment record, and ned n pho grow has se Hou p Pum n erso And has and well tor, as , ribu man MacPherson Leslie and Tyer Girls Club, as BTC was a cont employees in North Battleford and right away.” 30 e clud the of on end year the last at the t in spen her n as smaller clients. since resigned. She He was able to get in Prince Albert, says Milton, and whe 16 mitded com ultra al an deci enni she then , , cent ever ram rd’s how mog lefo s, Batt mam year th a After six City of Nor to focus November for you get to that size you need someone ’t like what they saw, so she tee as finance chair. didn y The ered d. she’d spent enough time on the road and fost soun has that ure cult the for on maintaining was her “I enjoyed that very much.” began to look around the Battlefords was sent to Saskatoon for a biopsy. It th. grow that lved eld. 21. Milton also loves the arts and got invo something in her fi a wonderful culture here,” says Milton. birthday, Jan. “It’s ing er, rais agecanc fund man was lity ect it faci proj , e knew says rpos they she , , tipu At that time with the mul Within 10 days them not to lose that to nt orta imp ly real “It’s ” rd ago. s lefo n.” ned North Batt committee “way back when, 10 year ment was “still kind of an unknow grow so customers needs and Dr. Hesselson pho to inue cont they t, as mos on ody the Milt nob me ef. ted but Reti Dr. Malcom She says, “The theatre exci “I had lots of interviews, and, just as importantly, the em- general surgeon met g bein are she who ” or me, doct with zing do ama ” to ning, describes him as another because I love arts. really knew what ployees want to come to work in the mor rds day. e sam the She has been involved with the Battlefo in laughs. Fortunately, she says, having been her t fi e.” leng chal a and ting exci it g ndin fi ral seve and ing . for District Community Foundation contracted to do some computer train She and Ridley went in at 4:30 p.m ted a new position for crea ys Kirb The She l e. unti they ativ n ed initi whe wait rd y that years and is still active with for the City of North Battlefo with the title the waiting room was full. The s, Milton, with Sharon coming up ent. When he is also still active with Lend A Paw. pati last the was . She ager . were switching from DOS to Window p.m Man 7 ce erien the Customer and Employee Exp to worry about “I’ve always loved animals.” the economic development person of tion,” says Milton, came out, he told them not posi cal typi r you “not It’s had al Trib rds lefo Batt try she d este . sugg tive She grew up on a farm that always time the time new age of creating posi the ws follo it but and resrs prog hou e very thre e cats. Council because “they wer “If we have to sit here for Nov. 12. ” they experiences. She began work for three hours here sit will we this, t very “Our farm had two roads, in and out, abou am sive in economic development and “I talk . says been wonderful,” she “It’s and , ” cats me. d hire . love to I them able knew be told ple to he ” gh “Peo this, many and talk about says Milton. were large enou happy here and excited for what the next ost no cancer in her family, “It Mom and Dad were very kind-hearted and alm h She was hired by BTC Management Inc. Wit .” here me for e stor in a years have rred to me,” she says. “All would never hurt anything. Many a night, in June 2001 as a consultant to develop and Ridley enjoy their home in never even occu ton Mil t Firs k that at one o’clock, we’d hear a vehicle come for re cent ent training and employm of a sudden you get that news, that shoc th Battleford. Nor its went in slow down and then take off. The next I me y. beca awa 2 me 200 in blew it and er, ple, Nations peo a nice, big house, and it’s full,” you’ve got canc have “We a cat morning there’d be a new bundle of full time director. into full panic, the whole works.” ect!” coll “We . says she , ce offi says the she s, left rate s in It had very high success or a family.” But, she says, by the time they She has a grown stepson who live fed rate, her fear was gone. ing, At one time, they had 18 cats. She even pointing to a 75 per cent graduation that Saskatoon. es e nam ing hom t had mov wen she I ants e, icip and , denc part hand its confi of by h cent each of them “I had so muc with 75 per adorable three-yearly lute abso an have “I but are, educ galo ecting and slept like a baby that night.” for all of them. There were cats into employment or on to further old granddaughter and they are exp ery. surg had she a g 9, . the family only ever had one dog. bein Feb tion. one,” Milton says. “I love ther ano of and ent er, ernm emb gov Nov ral of fede end the When one of the farm cats had a litter At its initiation, “I found out at the dma.” gran the h se, ons, oug hou Nati [alth t the free of Firs er for well canc ing dow ady train win alre on the in by Feb. 9 I was kittens in had a focus She also has two older brothers who live ernto have chemo.] To me, it’s such family dog set about protecting them. When , had ews still neph but over so many years, federal gov she and es niec t ltan resu the er Regina, and k, the the cats were attacked by a rabid skun ment tends to move on. It became hard a little tiny pocket of time.” n. grow also was ing it . train but shot , the be time for to t ing had shor a h of dog was bitten, and It may have been and harder to get fund “I was raised on a farm 50 miles sout in the Continued on Page 10 . ging near y, chan centre, she says, then, events with lifePerr ed call n tow a Regina, by a little of n atio form the in evlted te resu valu cil re-e u coun “Yo tribal train- Avonlea.” - erything in your life,” second council and, unfortunately, the she approached teenage years, the fam As ina. says Milton. “It really ing centre was lost. started spending the winters in Reg ily area ent agem man the into ed be near does change your whole “I was mov Her father was ill and they needed to ber.” Octo past this l unti e ther ked and wor in school sys- life whe n som ethi ng ctor a hospital. With the difference Milton, who became the executive dire in Regina like that happens. I’d al- tems, it was decided she should stay of BTC, says, “There are two things I’ve never wish that on anyhing to go to school. I l unti e ways believed in life. I don’t believe anyt body, but, at the same ther ked wor and ina “I lived in Reg on reas a ys alwa e’s ther ce; chan by happens time, I’m grateful for 1995.” my moved my possessions here in only was for everything. And I’ve always followed the time it allowed me and Because she was commuting tely edia to think through a lot intuition; it’s been pretty spot on.” imm ’t didn e” on weekends, she “hom l triba the with met rst fi I en the Bat- of things in my life and She says, “Wh have the opportunity to get to know conto ed need I who ’s that knew I realize you can’t take council, to be, tlefords. ing com st, life for granted.” centrate on, that’s where I was supposed “I didn’t know how I would adju city ller This Feb. 9 will be sma and I’m very happy that I went there.” a to ina a city the size of Reg from ition intu her t poin e som at , But, she says Milton’s five year an... like North Battleford.” now ge chan for time “It’s ng, year sayi niversary and she destarted But the gradual move over her sixaptrue a scribes herself as “very it’s a time for new opportunities.” lop e on, commute allowed her to deve to has She says, “I knew it was time to mov city healthy.” ller sma a t what preciation of the things like gs, Milton says she has thin so I sat down and really thought abou ious obv the just offer, and it wasn’t do.” to ted wan I a weaker immune sysit was ed traffic, she says. to d foun She’d never worked for a privately own tem, and she doesn’t ys “The people here I have alwa how d, dere think she ever got over business and that intrigued her. won had I for be absolutely amazing. that eate She had a shopping list. She was looking the exhaustion of it recr you do how , d cus- do you start over goo with e rpris ente ed own you ately totally, but, she says, a priv people that es well, kind of friendship with new r neve just “If that’s the only side tomer service that treated its employe was ? It that has had so long somewhere else g nnin begi effect, I’m happy to knowing such a business will be one the at le e. I met great peop invariably done well. Anderson an issu

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BNS sweep home‐and‐home with the division‐leading Broncos By Brett Smith Sports Reporter

Regan Yew scored twice to lead the Battlefords North Stars to a 5-3 win over the Humboldt Broncos Saturday night at the Civic Centre. The North Stars swept the homeand-home series against the division-leading Broncos. Martin Smith was behind the bench for the second straight game. The AAA Stars’ coach was filling in for Kevin Hasselberg who was still away with Team West at the World Under 17 Championships. Humboldt had the first scoring chance of the game early in the opening frame. Broncos forward Rhett Blackmur was alone in front of the net, but his shot floated over the net on North Stars goaltender Michael Gudmandson’s glove hand. The North Stars got on the board first, five minutes into the period. With Stuart Symenuk in the box for the Broncos, Nick Fountain’s

shot caused a scramble in front of the net. Ryne Keller found the rebound and netted the puck to give the North Stars a 1-0 lead. Battlefords kept up the pressure and were rewarded with a goal a minute later. Jack Petrino got in behind the Broncos’ defence, deked to his left and beat Humboldt goaltender Cade Spencer with a backhand shot. The Broncos took advantage of a power play to cut into the North Stars’ lead. Austin Evans was sent off for cross checking with 12:24 to play in the period. Gudmandson stopped Cody Pongracz’s shot, but the North Stars goalie could not control the rebound. Logan Sproule was at the edge of the crease and potted the rebound to make a 2-1 hockey game. Yew gave the North Stars another two-goal lead with less than five minutes to play in the first period. He beat Spencer in tight and was cross-checked by Symenuk as he began to celebrate the goal with his teammates.

North Stars forwards Regan Yew (left) and Reed Delainey (right) celebrate after Yew’s second goal of the night in the second period of Battlefords’ 5-3 Saturday. Photo by Brett Smith Symenuk was given a penalty for cross checking, but Battlefords did not take advantage. The Broncos gained some momentum back late in the










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first. After a bad change by the North Stars, Matthew Audette went in on a breakaway and beat Gudmandson with 19 seconds left in the period, cutting the North Stars lead to 3-2. In the second, Gudmandson preserved the Battlefords’ lead in the early moments. He stopped Blackmur on a breakaway to keep the North Stars up one. The North Stars extended their lead again 4:27 into the period. Yew finished off a cross-crease pass from Reed Delainey. Josh LaFramboise, called up from the AAA Stars for the game, registered his first point in the SJHL with an assist on the goal. But Battlefords did not keep the two-goal lead for long. With Petrino serving a two-minute minor for tripping, the Broncos scored

again with the man advantage. Gudmandson made the initial save on Pongracz’s shot, but could not keep it in his trapper. Gray Marr pounced on the rebound to make the score 4-3. The North Stars claimed their third two-goal lead of the game with eight minutes left in the second period. While Braden Lacoursiere was in the box for tripping, Blake Young and Petrino broke into the Broncos’ zone on a shorthanded rush. Young chipped the puck over a Humboldt defenceman’s head to Petrino, whose shot was stopped. The rebound found Young’s stick, who buried the rebound to give the North Stars a 5-3 lead. Frustrations between the two teams showed with six minutes left. Battlefords defenceman Kendall Fransoo

and Symenuk squared off for a fight. Symenuk got the take down and both men served five minutes for fighting. The third period belonged to Gudmandson. Less than two minutes into the period, he stopped Pongracz on a partial breakaway. Gudmandson made a couple of good saves during a Humboldt power play. He was able to keep the puck out of his goal as Humboldt players buzzed in front of Gudmandson and hacked at a loose puck. On the same power play, a strange bounce off the end boards led to a chance in the slot for former North Star Brandon Long. Gudmandson made the save to preserve the two-goal lead. The North Stars goalie came up big in the final two minutes. Jarrett Fontaine redirected a point shot in front of the net, but Gudmandson stopped the puck with his pad. Gudmandson made another big save with his glove off a quick shot from Pongracz after a faceoff. Gudmandson made 34 saves against his former team, picking up his ninth win of the season. Spencer stopped 26 shots en route to his eighth loss of the season. The North Stars (20-16-02) are now six points behind Humboldt (22-11-1-3) and Kindersley for first place in the SJHL’s Kramer division. Battlefords’ next two games are in La Ronge against the Ice Wolves on Wednesday and Thursday night. The North Stars return home Jan. 11 to face off against the Yorkton Terriers. Game time is 7:30 p.m. at the Civic Centre.

Beaver Blues sneak by Mustangs By Brett Smith Sports Reporter

Brent Salzl scored two goals in two minutes midway through the third period to give the Battleford Beaver Blues a 3-2 win over the Hafford Mustangs at the Battleford Arena Thursday night. The Mustangs struck eight minutes into the first period when Hafford captain Scott Linnell scored the game’s first goal. The Beaver Blues tied the game near the end of the first period. Brett Michnik beat Mustangs goaltender Mitchell Wintonyk with two minutes left in the frame. Hafford regained the lead near the end of the second. Patrick Gauthier put the puck past Beaver Blues goaltender

Mitch Hawtin to give the Mustangs a 2-1 lead with 3:27 left in the period. Salzl took the game over in the third period. He scored his first goal of the game with over 13 minutes to play to tie the game. Salzl gave the Beaver Blues the 3-2 advantage with 11:28 to play.

Wintonyk dropped his third contest for the Mustangs (3-6). Hawtin picked up his fifth win of the season for the Beaver Blues (5-2). He has been in net for all seven of Battleford’s games. The Beaver Blues have won three of their last five games.

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Streifel, Hartung to represent Saskatchewan at Junior Nationals By Brett Smith Sports Reporter

The rinks that will represent Saskatchewan at the 2014 Canadian Junior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships have been decided. Ty l e r H a r t u n g ’s Langenburg rink and Kristen Streifel’s Saskatoon Nutana rink won their respective provincial championships Dec. 31 at the Northland Power Curling Centre. In the women’s final, Streifel defeated defending provincial champion Jessica Hanson 8-7 in extra ends. Hanson took the early advantage, going up 3-1 after scoring two in the third end. The two rinks traded points until the seventh end. Streifel

The Streifel rink (left) defeated defending provincial champions Team Hanson in extra ends to earn their trip to nationals. Team Hartung (right) beat Chad Lang’s Saskatoon rink to earn their trip to Liverpool, N.S. Photos by Brett Smith stole three to lead 6-4 with three ends left to play. “I think that was a huge momentum shift,” said skip Streifel. “We had been trailing the entire game. We were

trying to catch up and keeping it really close. We didn’t let them get too far ahead.” Streifel added a point in the eighth to go ahead by three, but Hanson fought

back. Hanson’s rink scored two in the ninth and stole a point in the 10th to force extra ends. In the 11th end, Streifel had the hammer and had two

Gudmandson leads North Stars to first win of 2014 By Brett Smith Sports Reporter

Michael Gudmandson got the Battlefords North Stars off to a great start in 2014. Gudmandson made 37 saves to earn his third shutout of the season in a 4-0 win over the Broncos in Humboldt Friday night. Taylor Reich had a goal and an assist to lead the offensive charge for Battlefords. Martin Smith, head coach of the AAA Stars, was behind the bench for the North Stars as Kevin Hasselberg was still with Team West at the World Under 17 Championships. It was a slow start to the first period as both teams were playing their first game after the Christmas break. There was only one shot on net registered during the first six and a half minutes of the game. Former North Star Brandon Long had the best chance early for the Broncos. After a weird bounce off a stanchion, Long tried to jam a puck home but Gudmandson got across to make the save. Battlefords opened the scoring after the Broncos were stuck on the ice after an icing call. Ben Greenaway snapped a puck sharp side over Pashovitz’s glove after a turnover. It was Greenaway’s first point since Nov. 16, which was also in Humboldt. Battlefords defenceman Dillon Forbes set a career high for points in a season with an assist on the goal. During a Kendall Fransoo penalty for elbowing early in the second, the Broncos looked strong but were unable to get a puck past Gudmandson. The North Stars extended their lead with six minutes left in the period. Battlefords defenceman Kyle Schmidt drove two Broncos’ defencemen deep into the zone. Ryne Keller picked up the bouncing puck and beat Pashovitz over his glove. It was only the ninth shot of the period for Battlefords. Gudmandson continued his strong play in the third period. Long’s centring pass

bounced off a skate in front of the net, but Gudmandson made the save. Later in the period, Battlefords defenceman Dillon Forbes’ point shot was

stopped, but Pashovitz gave up a rebound. Greenaway, Jack Petrino and Nick Fountain all had opportunities to whack away at the puck, but no one could knock it in.

Battlefords scored again with 3:29 left to play in the period. Fountain separated Broncos forward Jarrett Fontaine from the puck. Petrino picked it up. His shot hit the post then bounced in off Pashovitz to give the North Stars a 3-0 lead. The North Stars sealed it 27 seconds later. Battlefords forward Taylor Reich pushed the puck over the goal line after Pashovitz made the initial save and could not locate the rebound. It was the first time in his 15 games played Pashovitz allowed four goals in a game. He made 26 saves in a losing effort for the Broncos.

close to the button. Hanson needed a perfect tap to get her last rock into scoring position, but was unable to make the shot. “We were just looking for any type shot that we would have if she made that perfect tap,” said Streifel of her mindset as Hanson’s rock slid slowly down the sheet. “My mind was definitely still in the game and just focusing on that next rock.” Streifel won the provincial championship in 2012 and looks forward to representing Saskatchewan again. “I don’t think there is any better feeling than wearing that green and white and knowing that you’re representing such a great province where there’s so many good curlers,” said Streifel. After beating defending champion Brady Scharback in the semifinal, Chad Lang’s Saskatoon Nutana rink squared off against Hartung in the final.

Hartung held on to beat Lang 9-7. The teams exchanged twos in the first two ends, but Hartung took control in the third. His rink put up four in the third end, giving his team a 6-2 lead. “It was actually one of our worst ends of the game,” said skip Hartung of the third end. Lang started to chip away at the lead, earning a point in the fourth and fifth end. He cut the score to 8-7 following scoring two in the ninth. Hartung gave his opponent credit for his play during the game. “Chad made incredible shots to force us down to one and battled all the way through until the last shot.” The Hartung rink put the game away in the 10th, scoring a single to win the provincial championship. Hartung said it’s an incredible feeling to be representing his province at the upcoming national championship. “This is my eighth provincial and my last one. It’s been well worth the wait,” said Hartung. “I can’t wait to represent Saskatchewan and give it all we’ve got.” Cole Tenetuik, from the Battlefords and curling out of Moose Jaw, lost 7-4 in the page playoffs to Lang’s rink. Hartung and Streifel will travel to Liverpool, N.S. to take part in the 2014 Canadian Junior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championship Jan. 18-26.

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OBITUARIES BURDEN: In loving memory of Arnold Burden born Nov. 21st, 1942, passed away at BUH on Dec. 24th, 2013. Lovingly remembered by his wife Marie; Son Derek (Monika) Burden, their children Gregory and Victor; Stacey Burden and her children Rebecca, Ryan and Matthew; Brother-in-law Neil Johnson; Nephew Scott (Nicole) Johnson and family. At his request no funeral will be held at this time. Arrangements were entrusted to Trevor Watts of Eternal Memories Crematorium Memorials in tribute to Arnold Burden may be made to the Palliative Care Unit of Battlefords Union Hospital. Card of Thanks The family wishes to send a special thanks to friends, family and caregivers for their loving support, visits, gifts and care over the time of his illness. SCHULTZ, Arthur John: John Schultz passed away on Dec 5th, 2013, in Ponoka, Alberta. He was born on January 12th, 1932 in Laird, Saskatchewan. John is survived by his three children, Gregory (Carol) of Red Deer, Tara (Bob) of Whitehorse and Dana (Duncan) of Stettler and 8 grandchildren as well as his exwife, Ella (Hansen) of Red Deer. John served with the Royal Canadian Ordinance Corp from 1951 to 1962 with service in Korea, Belgium and Edmonton (Griesbach). From 1967 to 1979 he was a warehouseman with Parks Canada, which found him living in Elk Island National Park, Pacific Rim National Park and Wood Buffalo National Park. He later worked at the Kananaskis Provincial Park from 1979 until his retirement in 1987. Retirement found him living in Brooks, Alberta until he returned to Saskatchewan. He resided in the family home in Paynton from 1993 to 2001, when he moved to Maidstone. John was a quiet man who enjoyed telling a good joke or hearing one. Over the years he spent a lot of hours at the local curling rink, golf course or Legion. His sense of humour remained intact until the end. He is predeceased by his parents, Anganetha & Peter as well as his siblings, Edna, Irene & Elmer. At John’s request, no formal service will be held. ____________________________________________________ PETHICK: Mr. Ronald Pethick of Mayfair, Saskatchewan passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 22, 2013 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan at the age of 80 years. Ronald is lovingly remembered by his companion, Julie; his son, Les (Wendy) and his sons, Jason (Rebecca) and their children, Katelyn and Jacob, Jeremy (Dani) and their children, Sienna and Ryder; his daughter, Donna (Roger) and her daughters, Misty and Nikki; siblings, Ervin (Helen), Dorothy, Bonnie, Gordon (Desiree); sisters-in-law, Anne and Jean; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Alice; parents, Tommy and Rhoda; sisters, Ilene and Evelyn; and brothers-in-law, Bob, Jack, Victor, Joe, and Pat. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. from St. Joseph Calasanctius Roman Catholic Church with Reverend Father Anthony Afanagide officiating. Interment followed the service at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in North Battleford. Memorial Donations in memory of the late Mr. Ronald Pethick may be directed to a charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences for the family may be left at Trevor Watts of Eternal Memories Funeral Service has been entrusted with the arrangements. Card of Thanks The family would like to thank doctors, staff and social workers of 2nd W and ICU, Battlefords Union Hospital and ICU, St. Paul’s Hospital; WPD Ambulance; Trevor & staff at Eternal Memories; Fr. Anthony & Mrs. Hood at St. Joseph’s Church; Lisa, Jaki & company for the music ministry and Mrs. Day for the lunch; also, thank you to everyone for your wishes and prayers, cards, flowers, donations in memory and all your help through this difficult time.

SIMONOT: Frank Marie Claude Simonot of St. Walburg passed away on Friday, December 20, 2013 at the age of 77 years. Francois Marie Claude Simonot was born in Wakaw, Saskatchewan on September 8, 1936 to Louis Simonot and Georgine Reynaud. He grew up on the family farm at Bonne Madone, SK, always considering himself a true farmer at heart. He began his schooling in a one room school in Bonne Madone. By Christmas time, both he and his brother, Marcel, were enrolled in the Convent at St. Louis. He then attended College Mathieu in Gravelbourg for eight years. He earned his Bachelor of Arts and Education after attending the Universities of Saskatchewan and Ottawa. In 1960, he was hired by the Turtleford School District to teach in St. Walburg where he taught for 31 years, 17 of those as principal. He touched many lives as an educator and was friends with many of his former students. In 1964, he married Marie Larre and they enjoyed 49 years together. They were blessed with five daughters and 12 grandchildren. Frank was very involved in his community and parish. He served on Parish Council, Knights of Columbus, Town Council, SWEDCO, St. Walburg Fire Department, North Central Transportation Planning Committee and on the board for the Northwest Community Futures. Frank loved and was proud to live in St. Walburg and volunteered with many projects that made his home an even better place to live. His most recent project was the planting of the trees at the ball diamonds. Frank had a love of hunting, fishing and sports, especially hockey and his beloved Montreal Canadiens. He was an inaugural member of the St. Walburg Eagles and played with them and coached them for many seasons. Frank loved music and he taught himself to play the piano beautifully. He also sang a strong bass with the Roman Catholic Church choir and was a member of the Tipsy Trio. He has left us many wonderful memories and will be missed greatly. Francois is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Marie; his five daughters: Suzanne, Paulette (Kurtis), Lucille (Darren), Juliette (Gerald), and Louise (Udell). He also created many memories with his grandchildren: Kelsey, Emily, Kate, Elise, Abby, Adam, Ethan, Justin, Ben, Ryan, Noah, and Amelia. He also leaves his brothers, Marcel (Albertine), and Denis (Pauline); and his sister, Yvette Sander (Gus). He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Jeanette Seguin; his brothers-in-law, Gabe Larre, Leo Larre, Fr. Lucien Larre and numerous nieces and nephews. The Vigil of Prayer for Frank was conducted from the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. with Reverend Father Richard Doll officiating. The Mass of Christian Burial was on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Father Lucien Larre, Reverend Father Richard Doll O.M.I., and Reverend Father Daniel Yasinski officiating. Carlo Simonot, Alain Simonot, Roger Larre, Rolly Larre, George Larre, Henry Seguin, Colin Robertson, and Peter Stolniuk were the pallbearers. All of Frank’s Family and Friends were the honorary bearers. St. Walburg Knights of Columbus and St. Walburg Fire Department were the honour guard. The Larre Girls were the gift bearers, Bernadette Wilson played the cello, Lucienne Holzman was the organist, and Dave Yasinski and Dianne Roesler were the readers. Interment followed in the St. Walburg Catholic Cemetery. MARSHALL’S FUNERAL HOME LTD. of St. Walburg, Saskatchewan administered the funeral arrangements. Donations in memory of Frank may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Condolences may be emailed at Thank You Note for Francois Simonot The Family of the late Francois Simonot would like to thank family, friends, and the entire community of St. Walburg for the love and acts of kindness shown to all of us during this difficult time. We were overwhelmed by the amount of support we received through phone calls, visits, emails, floral tributes, food, masses offered in Dad’s name, prayers and donations to the Canadian Cancer Society. A special thank you to Eileen Robertson for her love and the constant support she gave Dad while he was sick. Thank you also to the doctors, nurses and staff at the Turtleford Hospital for their care of Dad while he was there. To our Larre Family, a huge thank you for the lunch provided after prayers. Thank you to Fr. Doll, Fr. Larre and Fr. Yasinski and altar servers for presiding at the mass. Thank you to nieces Lucienne Holzman and Bernadette Wilson for providing the music, to the Pall Bearers for being a part of the celebration of Dad’s life. To the St. Walburg Firemen and Knights of Columbus, thank you for providing the honour guard. Thank you to the Royal Purple ladies for serving the lunch and for the use of the Elk’s Hall. Also, to Gordie and Dad’s friends at Marshall’s Funeral Home, thank you for the guidance and kindness shown to us during this difficult time. You have all touched our hearts and souls and it won’t be forgotten. Marie Simonot and Family ____________________________________________________


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STEEL BUILDINGS/GRANARIES STEEL BUILDINGS/METAL BUILDINGS 60% OFF! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-457-2206 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.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Please call our 24 hour helpline at 306-446-6166 for support or information.

Tuesday, January 14, 21 & 28 Time for Tots at the North Battleford Library at 11:00 a.m. Phone 306-445-3206.

Wednesday, January 15, 22 & 29 Preschool Storytime at the North Battleford Library at 11:00 a.m. Phone 306-445-3206.

Thursdays, January 16, 23 & 30 Preschool Storytime at the North Battleford Library at 2:00 p.m. Phone 306-445-3206. Fluoride Varnish Drop-in Clinic - Fluoride varnish will be offered at no charge to all children ages 6 months to 4 years old at the Primary Health Centre. No appointment necessary. Fluoride varnish is a protective coating that is painted on teeth to prevent cavities. It can slow down or help stop cavities from getting bigger. For more information please contact Wendy at 306-446-6422.

Saturday, January 11

QualiÀed applicants send their resumé along with 3 professional references, a Criminal Record Check and an Automated Client Index Check to: B.T.C. Human Services Corp. P.O. Box 1426, North Battleford, Sk. S9A 3M1 OR e-mail to: OR drop off at 691 – 109th street, North Battleford, Sk.

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

Tuesday, January 14 Seniors Fun Day at St. Joseph Hall, 1942 - 98th Street from 2:00 4:00 p.m. Entertainment by Lowens Orchestra. Lunch and Bingo to follow. All seniors welcome.

Tuesday, January 14 Senior’s Kaiser Tournament at the Club Room at 7:00 p.m. at Borden.

Wednesday, January 15 & 29 Kids’ Lego Club at the North Battleford Library from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Phone 306-445-3206.


Genealogy at the North Battleford Library Board Room at 7:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Contact Janice Walker at 306-445-5425 or Rosalie Jarvis at 306-386-2127.

Saturday, January 18 Club 70 - at the North Battleford Royal Canadian Legion, 1352 - 100th Street from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. with lunch. Phone Les & Donna at 306-845-3772 for more info. Everyone welcome.

Saturday, January 18 Borden Community Centre Preservation Committee Snowmobile Rally at 10:00 a.m. at Centre, last rider out at 2:00 p.m. Chili lunch to 4:30 p.m. and ham supper from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 23 Senior’s Cash Bingo in the Club Room at 7:00 p.m. at Borden.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, January 24, 25 & 26 The Hafford & District Recreation Association hosting its 24th Annual Winterama Festival in Hafford. Weekend activities include a family fun night, Áoor curling, kaiser, ice hockey, sleigh rides and other activities plus silent auction.

Saturday, January 25 Family Literacy Day Celebration at the North Battleford Library at 2:00 p.m. For more information phone 306-445-3206.


Professional D I R E C T O R Y

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Deadline for applicants: January 17, 2014

Friday, January 10

Wednesday, January 15

1282 - 101st Street North Battleford, Sask. Telephone 306-445-0488 Facsimile 306-446-3155

B.T.C. Human Services Corp. offers competitive salary packages, an incredible work environment.

Monday, Wednesday & Thursday, January 13, 15 & 16


Chartered Accountants

B.T.C. Human Services Corp. requires an Executive Director to report to the Board of Directors, and is chieÁy responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and organizational objectives. The Executive Director’s major mandate is to ensure that the organization has a long-range strategy which achieves its mission, and toward which it makes consistent and timely progress on its goals. Other key responsibilities include program development and administration, allowing for the optimal use of organizational Ànances, staff and resources. This individual will also provide Ànancial leadership by managing budgets and monitoring long-term strategic Àscal plans.

Free Health Education Exercise Program at the Meota Complex on Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. Featuring Understanding Health Care Directives/Grief class on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Phone Carmen for more information at 306-892-2218.

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


Employment Opportunity EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


COUNSELLOR TRAINING ONLINE, Register before January 15 at, Mental Health Counsellor Certificate/Diploma, Recognized. Available: Supervision, Membership, Insurance, Employment/Placement Assistance, Client Referrals.


BAERT CAMERON ODISHAW LA COCK Chartered Accountants 300 - 1291 - 102nd Street North Battleford, Sask. Phone: 306-445-6234 Fax: 306-445-0245 —PARTNERS— Al L. Baert, CA Dale L. Cameron, CA Suzanne L. Odishaw, CA Jacques la Cock, CA

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Fax: 306-445-1977 Email:

Saturday, January 25 Teen Comic Book and Graphic Novel Club at the North Battleford Library at 3:00 p.m. For more information phone 306-445-3206.

Monday, January 27 Adult Book Club at the North Battleford Library at 7:00 p.m. For more information phone 306-445-3206.

January 28, February 4, 11, 18 & 24 Heart to Heart is a Heart and Stroke Foundation program, working in partnership with Prairie North Health Region to offer cardiac patients and their partners the answers to their questions about heart health. Through these 5 sessions, patients learn about coping with health problems, making healthy eating choices, the role of exercise in heart health and how to manage stress. Classes will be held on January 28, February 4, 11, 18 & 24 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at the Primary Health Center. To Ànd out more or to register, call Kellie Heidel 306446-6424 or email Please leave a daytime phone number if leaving a message.

Cargill is a respected leader in world agriculture with a network of 74 farm service centers across Canada. Cargill has an opening for a Seasonal Labourer at our facility in North Battleford, SK

Seasonal Labourer Cargill is seeking a Seasonal Labourer for the spring 2014 season. Seasonal Labourer duties at our North Battleford site include working at the Crop Inputs Site and Grain Terminal. Crop Input duties consist of blending bulk fertilizer (dry and liquid), working in the chemical warehouse and bulk seed site. Bobcat and forklift operation, as well as other yard duties and housekeeping activities as required. Basic computer skills would be an asset but not required. Grain Terminal duties consist of receiving grain, housekeeping and loading rail cars. Strong customer service and teamwork skills are required, must be able to handle the physical labour requirements of the job, and be able to work extended hours including evenings and weekends. Cargill emphasizes integrity, safety and customer service in a team-based environment. Please drop off your application at the facility, email or fax: Attention: Wade Sebastian - Plant Manager 12202 Durum Avenue Box 584 North Battleford, SK S9A 2Y8 E-mail Phone (306) 445-3621 Fax (306) 445-0101 We thank all those who apply but will only contact those selected for interviews. Cargill is an Equal Opportunity Employer. To learn more about Cargill please visit

Wednesday, January 27 Senior’s Potluck Supper and Birthdays at 5:45 p.m. in the Club Room at Borden.

Wednesday, January 29 Travel Program - ‘Following in the Goldminer’s Footsteps: Hiking the Chilroot Trail - present by Donna DesRoches at 1:30 p.m. at the North Battleford Library. For more information phone 306-445-3206. 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.


Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - PAGE 10

Everybody Has a Story Continued from Page 5 “Our entire family was so devastated, we couldn’t get another dog. It broke our hearts.” Nowadays, Milton and Ridley have a four-pound miniature poodle, who Milton says has been running their household for the last 12 years. One cold and snowy day,

a BTC staff member heard whining at her back door and opened it to find a tiny puppy, frozen and starving and crying. She brought it to work until she could figure out what to do with it. When she had to go into a meeting, so she asked Milton if she would mind taking care of the dog. “This little dog would not go anywhere except my lap,”

said Milton. At the end of day, the staff member couldn’t take it home because she had kids and cats at home, and asked if Milton could. The next day, Friday, she and Ridley put up signs and had announcements made on the radio. Nobody called so they had to take her home for the weekend. “She won both of our hearts from day one … by Sunday that was it, I fell in love and she’s been with us

ever since.” Named Butterscotch after the butterscotch colouring of her baby coat, which has since matured to white, she was a comfort to Milton when she was recovering from cancer. She always knew when I was having a bad day,” she says. “She was right there.” Milton reckons Butterscotch has a vocabulary of 250 words. “Sometimes I feel like I’m chatting with her and I

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can read her mind through her eyes, answering me.” Butterscotch is also a favourite of Milton’s mother. Charlotte Rasmussen moved from Regina to a personal care home in North Battleford a year and a half ago. “Butterscotch just waits for Friday after work because I go pick up Mom and bring her home for the weekend. ” Milton’s home and her office, and even the fence in her yard, are decorated with artwork done by her mother. It started with a painting class during a period of grief. “Dad passed away when he was fairly young,” says Milton. “For two years, everyday, we’d visit Dad in either home or hospital.” After someone passes away, what do you do with all that time that had been dedicated to one task, she asks. Having always been amazed at her mother’s ability to “doodle” entire scenes while talking on the phone, she signed her mother up for an art class. “She is a natural. She fell in love with it,” says Milton. Although she can’t see as well now, she still paints. Birds and scenery are her favourite. The seniors home she lived in in Regina even commissioned her to do a painting for the lobby. Milton says she didn’t inherit her mother’s gift. “I can’t do freehand art like she does.” They did, however, paint a back fence mural together featuring Fort Battleford. She and her mother also love cooking and baking. “She taught me how to cook and bake and now before Christmas we still get together and do baking for Christmas.” Now that Christmas is over, Milton will be changing out her Christmas décor for the next of the several themes she decorates for each year. Themes, she says, are among the things she collects. “I love themes. My house changes every three months. Now it’s Christmas. But then it will be Valentines, then Easter, then two or three themes over

the summer, then Halloween, then it starts all over again.” The themes are found inside and out. “George has created a beautiful back yard with a waterfall and flowers, so I accessorize spring to fall,” laughs Milton. There are other collectibles. “I love every girly thing you can imagine, hats, jewelry, purses, shoes, anything that sparkles.” She has five pairs of eyeglasses, all the same prescription. She also enjoyed a variety in her hairstyles and hair colour over the years. “That goes with my short attention span and a great hairdresser,” laughs Milton. Krisy Wandler has been her hairstylist for a long time. “Before I got cancer, I thought I had found the perfect hair, perfect colour perfect length,” says Milton. “And then I went bald.” Milton says, “Me being me, I went on to eBay … and started buying wigs. I bought every colour, every length, curly, straight, you name it, I decided just to have fun with it.” She went a whole year with a different hair style every day. In fact, she had her head shaved before she started chemo. Her hair was very thick and she didn’t want to go through the process of it falling out. Thinking it would be too traumatic to have it done in a public salon, she went to the home of a friend, Nora Rongve. Fortunately, Milton says, her hair came back even fuller than before. What has brought her to her hairstyle of today, says Milton, was the platinum Marilyn Monroe look she loved during her year of many hairstyles. With a new job and new year starting, Milton is looking forward. “I firmly believe the Battlefords has been wonderful to me. That’s why I want to make it my permanent forever home. And if that’s the case I need to give back.”


Employment Opportunity

1A Truck Driver 2 Full-time Positions Competitive salary & full benefits package Home every night Monday to Friday Sucessful applicants must possess and produce • Valid 1A licence • Current driver’s abstract • Resumé with 3 working references • Super B experience an asset Resumés can be mailed to: Box 848, North Battleford, SK S9A 2Z3 Faxed to (306) 445-1650 E-mailed:

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Each new day is like the dawning of creation On Christmas Eve, in 1968, the spacecraft Apollo 8 orbited the rocky surface of the moon. With the earth in view out the porthole, a tiny gem in the blackness of space, the three astronauts on board read to us the opening verses of the book of Genesis, stirring words describing the dawn of creation. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth. The Earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light;’ and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. So the evening and the morning were the first day,” (Gen. 1:1-5) Did you ever imagine what it would have been like to be there? To watch and wonder as, first there was nothing, and then there was something? The Bible says God “calls into existence the things that do not exist.” (Rom. 4:17, ESV) “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.” (Heb. 11:3) The

Blackbird has spoken like the first bird. / Praise for the singing! Praise for the morning! / Praise for them springing fresh from the Word! / Mine is the sunlight! Mine is the morning, / Born of the one light Eden saw play! / Praise with elation, praise ev’ry morning, / God’s recreation

Robert Cottrill, B.A., B.R.E. Latin term for that is creation ex nihilo (out of nothing). By His almighty word, the Lord God called into being the elements that make up our material universe, fashioning and forming them, according to His will. “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on Earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.” (Col. 1:16) “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.” (Ps. 19:1) To deny His eternal power and Godhead is utter folly. (Ps. 14:1; cf. Rom. 1:20) A new hymnal was in preparation in 1931. The editors wanted to make use of an old Gaelic melody, but could find no suitable words to fit. They turned to Eleanor Farjeon, asking her to write a poem

of thankfulness for the new day. Miss Farjeon was the daughter of English novelist Benjamin Farjeon. She was a journalist, also writing poems, novels, plays (even an opera libretto) and children’s books. In 1959 she received the Regina Medal for her work with children. The author pondered the words of Genesis 1:5, which describes the first day of creation: “God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.” And perhaps we capture something of that beginning of all things when we step outside into the warm morning sunshine and relish the shear joy of the dawning of a beautiful new day. Eleanor Farjeon seems to have felt that way, and she put the experience into words. She wrote: “Morning has broken like the first morning, /

of the new day!” Both of the stanzas quoted end with a recognition that the Lord (“the Word,” cf. Jn. 1:1) not only created the morning to begin with, but He sustains the orderly cycles of nature by His almighty power. The Bible says, “He is before all things, and in Him all things

consist [they endure, or are held together].” (Col. 1:17) And He is “upholding [supporting and sustaining] all things by the word of His power.” (Heb. 1:3) So, in a sense, each new day is an echo of the dawn of creation, awakening fresh praise from our hearts.

We’re all part of the family I admit that my attention was somewhat divided in the early part of this morning’s church service. After greeting family and friends I settled beside Hubby in our usual seating spots, but instead of concentrating on the imminent expressions of worship, I found myself looking around at the diversity of our congregation. There was a good number of teens, young couples, babies and children, middle aged folk, both single or couples, and then like us, the grey-haired contingent. Breaking down the demographics in more detail, however, gave me even greater cause to rejoice. Every week is somewhat different, but here’s how this Sunday’s assembly looked. There are some regular attendees with physical and/ or intellectual disabilities

ranging from mild to severe. They’re loved and incorporated as much as possible into every part of church life. When it comes to cultural diversity there were those in attendance representing the Asian, First Nations, Italian, German, French and who knows what other, communities; we all brought our unique culture, traditions and mores to the melting pot of fellowship. When it came to attire, that ranged from blue jeans to dress pants and from baggy sweaters to suits or dresses.

Various physical ailments were represented by canes and limps. This morning a visit by new friends meant we were graced with the presence of a guide dog. How grateful I am for the privilege of interacting with individuals who have committed themselves to the practice of retaining their distinctiveness without disrupting the principles of community. What’s the point in my mentioning these differences? Simply this, there should be no exclusivity in the company of believers. During those “distracted moments” this morning I looked back on 2013 with thanksgiving and forward to 2014 with excitement. “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.”

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

962A - 102 Street

Pastor Dave Miller

Sunday Service: 6:00 p.m.

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

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


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!

Phone 306-445-9096

Maidstone/Paynton United Church of Canada

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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