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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Battlefords Bright Spots

Get ready to hit the streets By Jayne Foster Staff Reporter

Spring Training A volunteer coach teaches the players from the Grades 5 and 6 group proper blocking technique during a Battlefords Minor Football practice Wednesday night. There were more than 60 players from this age group at the practice. For more information and pictures from BMF practices, check out Thursday’s Regional Optimist. Photo by Brett Smith

The North Battleford International Street Festival is preparing for its first year and it is to become an annual event to share the love of arts, culture and street performing within the community. Organizers describe the event as one of a kind in Saskatchewan. Street performers from all over the world have been contracted by the artistic producer of the Edmonton International Street Festival to host a three-day festival, July 25, 26, and 27 in downtown North Battleford. It’s expected more than 3,500 people will attend the festival over the three days. Numerous events will take place the week preceding the festival all over North Battleford to promote the businesses and amenities North Battleford has to offer. The festival’s motto is “Fun and Free.” The NB Street Festival committee sees a need to attract people to the community to stay, play and shop as well as giving local residents something to do

and be proud of. The festivals primary objective is to welcome visitors to North Battleford and offer them world class entertainment. The success of the festival will rely largely on the support of local businesses. The NB Street Festival committee is recruiting sponsors at numerous levels to help with portions of the expenses of the festival. If you would like to get involved, email nbstreetfestival@gmail.com or call Lisa McEachern, board chair, at 306-4417178, or Donnica Bernier, sponsorship chair at 306-441-3936. In other “downtown” news, Downtown North Battleford’s executive director, the Lisa McEachern mentioned above, says the group is extremely pleased that the Battlefords Boys and Girls Club have decided to host their annual soapbox derby downtown. The event takes place Saturday, May 24. To register a participant, contact the Boys and Girls Club. This year there will also be adult races at the end of the day. The board and staff of Downtown North Battleford have entered a team and they challenge all other downtown businesses to do the same!

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Afghanistan mission commemorated in NB By John Cairns Staff Reporter

Veterans in North Battleford gathered Friday afternoon to commemorate and remember those who made sacrifices serving Canada in the mission in Afghanistan. The brief ceremony at the cenotaph in North Battleford was part of the National Day of Honour to pay tribute to Afghanistan veterans. Similar ceremonies were held around the country including Ottawa where the prime minister and governor general attended. The ceremonies at the cenotaph were organized by Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 70. Branch president Oral Fladeland admitted the local ceremony was organized at the last minute at the request of the federal government — mirroring similar concerns expressed by the national Legion, who say they received little advance notice to properly organize tributes across the country. “There was some scrambling going on,” said Fladeland. However, in the end there was a good turnout to the ceremony of local legion members and others, including Mayor Ian Hamilton and Battlefords-Lloydminster MP Gerry Ritz. There was general agreement at the event that the contributions of those who served in Afghanistan are worth remembering, and Fladeland said it would be “an annual event from now on.” Two veterans of the Afghan mission, Master Cpl. Byron Rodriguez and Cpl. Mike Pratt, joined in laying wreaths honouring those who died in the mission. Pratt was an infantryman while Rodriguez, who lives in Hafford, served in Afghanistan as a medic in 2008, 2009 and 2010. He was a group commander in back-to-back tours of duty with the Queen’s Response force there. “My job was, if a unit went out and got in trouble, my job was to go and bring them home, in whatever pieces you came back with, that was my job.” As a result he has seen some hair-raising things there. “2008, I lost 15 good friends; 12 of them I put in body bags to send home.” He has been wounded himself, having his nose partially amputated and having been shot in the leg. Rodriguez earned a Sacrifice Medal as a result, among a number of his honours. The ceremony brought back a flood of emotions, he told reporters. While Rodriguez lost many friends there, he felt it was worth it and that Afghanistan has changed for the better because of Canada’s involvement. “I know there was a reason why we went there, there was a purpose why we went there. And I’m so proud that our government actually chose for us to go there. We’ve done a lot of good,” he said. “People don’t realize that, but we have changed that nation. They needed us to be there. We provided medical help, which they never had before. We built their schools … housing, schools, hospitals, we paved their roads. We give them some education. We built water-purifying units. We did so much and tried to give the people a chance to be like us — we didn’t want to change them, but just show them there was a better way to do things. And that’s why we were in Afghanistan.” Rodriguez also has little use for critics of the mission, such

Afghanistan mission veterans Mst. Cpl. Byron Rodriguez and Cpl. Mike Pratt laid a wreath at the North Battleford Cenotaph in memory of those Canadians who served and died in the mission there. It was part of the National Day of Honour held across the country to honour Afghan veterans. Among those at the ceremonies Friday were Battlefords-Lloydminster MP Gerry Ritz and Mayor Ian Hamilton. Photos by John Cairns as one author who put out a book last fall claiming Canada lost the war. “He wasn’t there,” Rodriguez said. “He was here at home with a beer in one hand watching the football game. But we were out there fighting, it makes a difference.” Another Afghanistan veteran at the ceremony was Gordon Whitton. He served on Task Force Orion in 2003 and on Operation Enduring Freedom in 2006, in reconnaissance both times. Now a parks foreman with the city, Whitton admits the experience was a tough one. “You think about it every day,” said Whitton. “I think about Afghanistan like it was last week.” His tour lost 18 people and then another 100 were wounded, “some serious, like no legs, to the odd scratch.” He lost many of his good friends on the tours afterwards. Whitton remembers teaching in Wainwright, Alta. and hearing on the news about people who were killed. “They tell you the name and sometimes you find out it’s a really good friend of yours,” said Whitton. As for whether it was worth it, it all came down to an individual perspective, he said. But he points to the good that came of it, including the efforts to help build Afghanistan’s army to allow it to become self-sufficient so that the other forces could leave. “You know, we did do some good. My commander said because of every tour that goes in there Afghanistan’s a better place, and he’s right.”

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B’fords champions of mental health celebrated By John Cairns Staff Reporter

Excellence in the mental health field was celebrated Saturday at the Champions of Mental Health awards banquet. The event, held at the Dekker Centre, was sponsored by the North Battleford branch of the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan. Recognized were those who have made a positive impact on those living with mental health, as well as promoting mental health awareness in the community. The well-attended event also included a silent auction with proceeds going to Camp Cosmo. Four Champions of Mental Health awards were presented. A Mental Health Employee Award went to Pam Hanna, who was honoured for her work in the KidsFirst program. Her work included providing education and awareness programs for parents on a wide range of topics. Carol Funk, who presented the award, said “her warmth sincerity and caring draw people to her as she offers them support and direction to resources available.” She also piloted a project at KidsFirst focusing on maternal mental health, bringing maternal mental health tool kits to the area through the Prevention Institute. The kits are available to frontline health-care personnel and home visiting agencies who identify mothers suffering from post-partum depression.

The Mental Health Volunteer Award was presented to Helmay and Arnie Loewen, who share their musical talents at various events around the community. With Helmay singing and playing the guitar and Arnie playing the fiddle, both have performed for Battlefords Mental Health Association clients, as well as at nursing homes and elsewhere. Lucy Bendall said the Loewen’s initial reaction on receiving the award was “we don’t need an award, we love what we do.” Receiving the award in the category of Community Based Organization was the Prairie Employment Program. According to award presenter Marion Palidwor, it is a non-profit organization with a mandate to provide pre-employment counselling services, including capacities programs, skills training enhancement programs and work placements for those with difficulty finding or keeping employment. Ray Fox accepted the award on behalf of the program. Finally, a second Mental Health Employee Award was presented to Cathy Watson, whose varied career included stints as an RPN at Saskatchewan Hospital, in acute care in Prince Albert, in Lloydminster at the Dr. Cooke long term care facility and the Battlefords District Care Centre, where she works today. Her generosity, and that of her husband George, was cited as well, as they would dress up every year as Santa and Mrs. Claus and distribute gifts on Christmas Day. Cathy was described as highly respected and loved

Pam Hanna was presented a Mental Health Employee Award by Carol Funk.

Helmay and Arnie Loewen were presented their Volunteer award by Lucy Bendall (centre).

Mental Health Employee Award was presented to Cathy Watson by Judy Lavoie. Photos by John Cairns by her coworkers and resi- presenter Judy Lavoie, was dents, going “above and “resident and family first, beyond” in enhancing the long before it was the buzzimage of psychiatric nursing. word of today.” Her approach, according to

Funds for storm sewer replacement at airport By John Cairns Staff Reporter

North Battleford is getting provincial funding help towards storm sewer replacement at the Cameron McIntosh Airport. On Friday the provincial government’s Highways and Infrastructure branch announced in a news release that $80,000 will be going to

the storm sewer replacement at that airport as part of its Community Airport Partnership (CAP) program. That funding will cover 50 per cent of the cost. The City of North Battleford will be funding the other 50 per cent as part of the cost-sharing program. North Battleford city council applied for the CAP funding in March. Public Works Director Stewart Schafer

Grass fire keeps two departments busy Staff The North Battleford Fire Department, Battleford Fire Department and the RCMP responded to a mixed grass and brush fire Saturday that was extinguished with the help of local farmers. The call came in at 3:51 p.m. regarding a fire 17 kilometres east on Wearing Road. North Battleford Fire Department responded with one pumper, two rush fire

units, one tanker, one command unit and 13 personnel, along with the Battleford Fire Department with one tanker, a wild land unit, command unit and eight personnel. Local farmers also assisted with tractors, graders and a large water tanker. The fire was brought under control in approximately three hours. A fire watch was set for the evening and an investigation into the cause was initiated.

told reporters at the time that work was needed to repair the piping system underneath the airport. A total of $700,000 is being allocated to 15 airports. With municipalities kicking in the additional 50 per cent, that brings the total to $1.4 million going towards airport repairs and upgrades across the province. Other Northwest communities are also in line for funds. Unity is receiving $15,000

from the province for runway chip seal and asphalt patching at its airport, while Maidstone is receiving $16,250 for GPS and a weather tracking system. The money to Maidstone is a first-time grant under the program. Luseland is receiving $44,940 for crack filling at its airport as well. The largest allocation went to Shellbrook, with $99,390 going to drainage repairs and runway upgrades.

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Prairie Employment Centre received the Community Based Organization award. Marion Palidwor presented the award, accepted by Ray Fox.

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Commentary

Epidemics scary enough with anti‐vaccine movement The topic of my column this month is epidemics. No, I’m not writing about the crime epidemic in North Battleford. Instead, I’m focusing on a more relevant topic, and that is infectious diseases. This column comes in the wake of the recent measles outbreak that has ordinary people freaked out in the Northwest region and elsewhere. The outbreak hit Alberta hard and spread just over the border with five cases identified in Saskatchewan. Personally, I ought to be fine against the measles. I was given my shots years ago. Still, I was concerned when I heard stories about measles hitting the Lloydminster area. I worried whether my immunity will still hold up, all these years later. This outbreak has also reignited the whole debate about vaccinating people in general. Many are saying the reason measles is making a comeback is many people didn’t bother with childhood vaccinations in the first place. Personally, I feel getting vaccinated, whether it’s the annual flu shot or for these other awful diseases when you are a kid, is the responsible thing to do to protect yourself and others. Unfortunately, a big ugly debate that has erupted, with famous people such as Jenny McCarthy going around trashing vaccinations and blaming it for autism and other disorders. You have many people believing this stuff, and the debate has become political. The autism link, by the way, has been shot down by all kinds of credible scientific sources. There is nothing I can say to change the minds of these “conscientious objectors,” people who will stand on principle and refuse to get vaccinations. What I get mad about, though, are the other people – the ones who think vaccinations are probably a good thing, but decide they cannot be bothered. The consequences of this can be horrific, especially when it comes to stamping out those horrible diseases that ought to be consigned forever to the dustbin of history. Look at how hard it is just to wipe out polio, for example. That disease is very close to being eradicated right around the world – almost, but not quite. Whenever I go to cover a Rotary meeting they would talk about massive vaccination efforts in places like India, where the volunteers sweep into a community and massvaccinate all the kids to stop polio in its tracks. Despite these massive efforts, we’re hearing troubling stories about polio making a comeback in places like Pakistan, Cameroon and Syria, among others. Last week the World Health Organization sounded the alarm saying vaccination rates in some of these places needed to increase, and soon. This is my concern – there is a sense of complacency out there. People ought to be hearing these stories in the media,

newsoptimist.john@sasktel.net and ought to be worried about polio, measles, whooping cough, diphtheria and other scary diseases making a comeback and wreaking havoc. Besides, the health care professionals have enough to deal with without having to worry about these diseases coming back, too. There are enough health concerns in the world to worry about – such as, of course, Ebola. Surely you are familiar with Ebola. That virus, which has particularly ravaged people in western Africa in recent weeks, causes horrific bleeding and the death rate is through the roof. There was a report back in March of someone in the hospital in Saskatoon who had travelled to Africa and was being tested for Ebola. The tests came back negative, but not before lots of people were panicking about the possible arrival of Ebola in Saskatchewan. This was scary business. Another coronavirus getting a lot of press is MERS - Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. That’s that respiratory infection mainly afflicting people in the Middle East. There’ve been reports of a spike in cases in the past few weeks and the death rate is high. People are scared that

this terrible epidemic will spread to other countries, like the United States, where a health-care worker came home infected. This is closely related to the SARS outbreak that was seen in Asia and made its way to Toronto a decade ago. That experience freaked me out to the point where I was questioning whether to shop at any pharmacies, or travel on buses or subway trains, out of fear of encountering someone with SARS unwittingly spreading the virus around. Having experienced first-hand the worry that ordinary people felt there, not to mention the negative economic impact, let me say this is the type of thing Canadians don’t need to experience again. Another scary situation when it first came out was H1N1, the notorious Swine Flu. The pandemic hit Mexico hard in 2009 before spreading to other countries. That news had all the Mexican vacationers in a panic. Not long after this, we heard of reports of the H1N1 flu hitting the Battlefords – which made perfect sense, because many from Battlefords go to Mexico on vacation. Someone was bound to bring this virus back. Thanks a lot, eh? Because the strain was brand-new, no flu shot could protect you, nothing. That was another situation where I was avoiding drug stores and, for that matter, all people. The threat of another pandemic sweeping the globe has me thinking that I really ought to have some sort of “survivalist” plan ready for such a situation. I really ought to set up a bunker somewhere in a remote area, and stock up on non-perishable food items so I am able to wait out and survive the big pandemic that is surely coming. I could go on and talk about how antibiotics are now losing the battle against the “superbugs,” but I think I have cheered up enough of you for one day.

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Pitching In

Volunteers swarmed into North Battleford streets for the annual Battlefords United Way Spring Clean-up Day. The event began in Central Park and saw volunteers spread across the city, picking up litter wherever it could be found. Volunteers were most noticeable along Railway Avenue and Territorial Drive where they could be seen in the ditches and fields removing litter and making North Battleford shine. Photos by John Cairns

Man remanded for carrying WDM program earns award gun around Battleford Staff

Staff A man remains in custody following a complaint made to RCMP about a man carrying a firearm on Second Avenue in the town of Battleford. The incident is alleged to have happened April 28. According to the RCMP, members of Battlefords Rural Detachment responded and located the individual. He was arrested without incident for multiple weapons and drug offences. A 34-year-old man, later identified by

police as Laurence Falcon of Battleford, was held for an appearance in North Battleford Provincial Court May 1. He was charged with: possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possession of a firearm when knowing possession was unauthorized, possession of a weapon/ammunition while prohibited (three counts) and possession of marijuana exceeding 30 grams Falcon was remanded for a 30-day psychiatric assessment and is due back in North Battleford Provincial Court May 29 at 9:30 a.m.

Missing valve lids and catch basins

Western Development Museum and the Saskatchewan Environmental Society were recognized last week for a program to educate students about sustainable buildings. The Smarter Science Better Buildings program for Grade 7 is a joint venture of the two organizations, and was being recognized May 7 at Government House in Regina at the sixth RCE Saskatchewan Education for Sustainable Development Recognition Event. Among those scheduled to attend was Lieutenant-Governor Vaughn Schofield. “The Western Development Museum is honoured to receive this award with our partners at the Saskatchewan Environmental Society,” said WDM Director of Education, Corinne Daelick in a statement. “We thank them for sharing their expertise and knowledge. We also wish to recognize our volunteers who played a huge role in the construction of the program workstations.”

Where there’s steam ... Staff Valve lids and catch basin covers recovered by Department of Public Works and Engineering employees. Photo submitted

Staff An individual, or individuals, with a strange interest in collecting hardware is causing concerns for the City of North Battleford’s Public Works and Engineering Department. According to a city press release, numerous metal

valve lids and catch basins have gone missing since March throughout the city. When valve lids and catch basins are removed, a danger is posed to the public because holes are then left on curbs and on streets, the release states. Replacement is also expensive. The City is asking anyone who notices suspicious activ-

ity to notify the Battlefords RCMP with as many details as possible — description of the person, location, description of vehicle and licence plate number. Anyone who notices areas where valve lids and catch basins are missing can notify the Department of Public Works and Engineering at 306-445-1730.

A blown radiator hose was reported as a vehicle fire Friday, with the North Battleford Fire Department attending. The incident was reported at 10:32 p.m. as steam, vapor or fog thought to be smoke. NBFD responded with one vehicle and four personal to the site seven kilometres east of the city on Highway 16. RCMP also attended. There was no damage and no injuries.

The program dates back to 2011 when WDM and the Saskatchewan Environmental Society, along with assistance of VerEco Homes, Saskatoon Public Schools and Sunridge Residential Inc., began a partnership. The idea was to link the science of building sustainable homes with historical examples of energy efficiency. According to the WDM, the Smarter Science Better Buildings program has two components, the first consist-

ing of six hands-on workstations that encourage students to think and talk about energy efficiency and sustainable living. The second component is a museum gallery tour that allows students to look at historical examples of energy efficiency and inefficiency. The first program was offered to students at Saskatoon WDM in 2013. Beginning in 2014, it is also offered at WDM locations in Moose Jaw, North Battleford and Yorkton.

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Last week’s News-Optimist online poll: It has been announced the new Saskatchewan Hospital project will include a 96-room adult correctional facility that will share services with the hospital, although the two populations will be housed separately. What’s your reaction? ✓ All for it. It will save taxpayer dollars and provide employment. 45.0% ✓ I’d be for it if it wasn’t going to be done as a P3 project. 17.0% ✓ However it’s funded, I don’t want another correctional facility in my community. 12.0% ✓ Hurray! Let’s get on with it. 26.0%

This week’s News-Optimist online poll: Saturday was clean up day in North Battleford. Volunteers were out picking up litter and trash left by others. What do you think is the worst source of littering? ✓ People who have no pride in their community and dump their garbage anywhere. ✓ Drivers who think it’s okay to throw garbage out their windows. ✓ Commercial establishments that don’t control their trash well enough. ✓ The high cost of taking trash to the dump. ✓ Just plain laziness.

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Martin Smith:

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Local dancers honoured at Battlefords Dance Festival Staff A number of local dance students took scholarships, trophies and awards home from the 34th Battlefords Dance Festival held over the Easter break week at the Dekker Centre. Local studios Dance Connection and Annette’s School of Dance were two of 10 dance schools participating in the event. Also participating were JD Dance of Rosetown, Revolution Dance of Unity, Rhythm Works Dance Studio of Shellbrook, Saskatchewan Express Musical Theatre Studio of Regina, Warman Dance Club Inc., Wilkie School of Dance and, from Saskatoon, Studio One and La Danse School of Dance Arts. Among the local scholarship winners was Phaedra Mannix of Dance Connection who earned a scholarship for highest mark in demi-pointe ballet, 10 years. Dante Bacchetto of Dance Connection was awarded a scholarship for a promising contestant in character ballet, 11-12 years. Derian Nachtegaele of Dance Connection also earned a scholarship for promising contestant in character ballet, 11-12 years, plus the Valerie Armet Memorial Scholarship for a solo performer who has competed in two more solos, who exudes a strong heart, passion and dedication for performing. Rebecca Davies and Allie Degenstein of Dance Connection were awarded a scholarship for a promising duo / trio in ballet, any form, any age. A Dance Connection small group, performing Courtship, was awarded a scholarship for promising small character ballet group, 14 years and under. Dancing Courtship were Dante Bacchetto, Sierra Grill, Jade Menssa, Tayllor Priddle, Nicholas Turuk, Chloe Winterhalt, Courtney Wouters and Kaitlyn Yockey. A scholarship for promising large or line character ballet group 11, years and under was awarded to the Dance Connection group performing Happy Working Song. The dancers were Taylyn Bird, Malora Bruynooghe, Taryn Hannah, Hayley Heidel, Tory Hildebrand, Caitlin Kramm, Alyssa Poitras, Zwyneth Rono, Alyssa Rowley, Jessica Ryan, Daivan Scherman and Electra Zoller. In the jazz categories, Dance Connection dancers Chloe Sememiuk, 6, Hayley Scherman, 7, Electra Zoller, 8, Janaya Nachtegaele, 9, and Nicholas Turuk, 14, earned the highest marks in their age groups. Macey Odishaw, Caitlin Kramm and Jenna Wolfe of Dance Connection won promising contestant scholarships in jazz, 8 years and under, 9 years and 10 years, respectively. A Dance Connections group performing Fever earned a scholarship for small jazz group with the highest mark, 12-14 years. Dancing Fever were Alex Chmelnyk, Sierra Grill, Jade Menssa, Hannah Oxebin, Tayllor Priddle, Nicholas Turuk, Chloe Winterhalt, Courtney Wouters and Kaitlyn Yockey. The Dance Connections group performing Something New earned a promising performer scholarship for large jazz group, 9-11 years. Dancers were Ava Bahrey, Delaney Cheyne, Sara Edwards, Dominique Heidel, Jenessa Leibel, Janaya Nachtegaele, Brynne Nachtegaele, Jayden Nelson, Alex Northcott, Comfort Oyewole, Kaffyna Santos, Marusia Shevchuk, Lexi Sims, Taylor Swistun, Jenna Wolfe and Emma Yockey. In the tap category, Derian Nachtegaele of Dance Connection won a scholarship for highest mark in tap, 11 years. Derian Nachtegaele, Alex Chmelnyk and Bridgitte Campbell of Dance Connection earned a scholarship for promising tap trio, any age. A group from Annette’s School of Dance performing Tight Rope won a scholarship for promising small tap group,

9-11 years. The dancers were Tori Abbott, Tyrza Barthel, Jael Basaraba, Lexea Fauth, Makenzie McConnell, Abigail Peterson, Sara-lee Reimer, Chayse Riglin and Morgan Wuttunee. A Dance Connection group performing Wait a Minute earned a scholarship for promising small tap group, 12 years and over. Dancers were Sierra Grill, Brooklynn Lees, Jade Menssa, Kimberley Milnthorp, Tayllor Priddle, Nicholas Turuk, Chloe Winterhalt and Courtney Wouters. A Dance Connection group performing What I Like earned a scholarship for large tap group highest mark, 11 years and under. Dancing What I Like were Ava Bahrey, Delaney Cheyne, Dominique Heidel, Jenessa Leibel, Janaya Nachtegaele, Brynne Nachtegaele, Comfort Oyewole, Marusia Shevchuk, Jenna Wolfe and Emma Yockey. In the Musical Theatre categories, Ava Bahrey of Dance Connection earned a scholarship for the highest mark in musical theatre, 12 years and under. Jordyn Nachtegaele, also of Dance Connection, earned a scholarship for the highest mark in musical theatre, 13-14 years. She was also awarded an Adjudicator’s Choice award for any age for tuition to the Dance Connection Summer School 2014. The Dance Connection group performing Matilda earned a scholarship for the group with the highest mark in musical theatre, any age, any size. The dancers were Kylee Aimoe, Brooklyn Bartkewich, Bridgitte Campbell, Kendra Deline, Carlie Hornsby, Ryleigh Kramer, Jenessa Leibel, Jordyn Nachtegaele, Derian Nachtegaele, Taylor Swistun, Chloe Winterhalt and Courtney Wouters. In the lyrical category, Natalya Shevchuk of Dance Connection was the contestant with the highest mark in lyrical, 14 years. The Dance Connection group performing Imagine earned a scholarship for large group with the highest mark in lyrical, 9-11 years. Dancing were Kylee Aimoe, Ava Bahrey, Brooklyn Bartkewich, Delaney Cheyne, Sara Edwards, Dominique Heidel, Carlie Hornsby, Ryleigh Kramer, Derian Nachtegaele, Janaya Nachtegaele, Brynne Nachtegaele, Katrina Senger, Natasha Senger, Marusia Shevchuk, Ashley Swistun, Jenna Wolfe and Emma Yockey. In the hip hop category, Hayley Scherman and Nicholas Turuk of Dance Connection earned scholarships for the highest mark in hip hop, 10 years and under and 13-14 years, respectively. Nicholas was also awarded the Dawn Palmer Memorial Scholarship given, at the adjudicator’s choice, to a dancer in any form, any age, displaying showmanship and enthusiasm for dance. The Dance Connection group performing Like This earned a scholarship for promising small hip hop group, 12 years and over. The dancers were Jessica Geiger, Bailee George, Shaelyn Harper, Madison Jack, Andie Lefevre, Taylor McDonald, Amy Miller, Taneasha Pooyak and Matea Steinborn. The Dance Connection group performing Girls Just Gotta to Have Fun earned a scholarship for promising large hip hop group, 11 years and under. The dancers were Ava Bahrey, Delaney Cheyne, Jenessa Leibel, Phaedra Mannix, Janaya Nachtegaele, Brynne Nachtegaele, Jayden Nelson, Alex Northcott, Comfort Oyewole, Caitlyn Sequeira, Marusia Shevchuk, Lexi Sims, Taylor Swistun, Jenna Wolfe and Emma Yockey. Meagan Houle of Annette’s School of Dance earned a scholarship for promising contestant in hip hop 15-16 years. Annette School of Dance choreographer of Streets, Kelly Woodley, received an Adjudicator’s Choice Award for excellence in choreography. Dancing in Streets were Tori Abbott, Paisley Armstrong, Meagen Houle, Taylor Kozlowski, Sierah Lehman and Khoniss Wuttunee.

John Price of North Battleford is $14,235 richer after picking the winner of 10 hockey games played April 4 and 5. Photo submitted

NB man wins big with sports ticket Submitted John Price was keeping a close eye on the hockey scores – and for good reason. Once the games were complete, the outcomes meant the North Battleford man was $14,235 richer. Price picked the winner of 10 hockey games played April 4 and 5 and won on

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neared the end, but both of his chosen teams ended up scoring to win. Price’s ticket was the only one across the Prairies and the North to match the correct result on all 10 games, winning the entire $14,235 prize pool. The winner said he plans to use his windfall to buy a new vehicle.


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Asparagus: a perennial vegetable worth the wait By Jackie Bantle Avid vegetable gardeners go through a series of rituals every spring, the most important of which is selecting and purchasing new vegetable seeds. Asparagus, a longlived perennial vegetable, is an exception to that ritual. Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) is native to most of Europe, northern Africa and western Asia. It grows best in cooler climates with warm summers and cold winters. You can start asparagus from seed directly in ground, but it’s best to start them indoors in February. But since we’re well past that, check out your local garden centre now for asparagus transplants or year-old crowns. Because asparagus is perennial, it is very important to prepare the soil with care and attention. If possible, choose a well-drained area with loam to sandy-loam soil as asparagus planted into poorly drained soil is prone to disease. Prior to planting, add a layer of well-rotted manure (at least 5 cm/2 in. deep). Incorporate the manure into the soil and ensure the area to be planted is well worked. Weed control is essential during the first years. Asparagus seeds, transplants and crowns should be planted in spring or early summer. Planting can occur as soon as the ground has

thawed and the soil is easily worked. Dig a trench at least 20 cm (8 in.) deep. Plant seeds, crowns or transplants in the trench, covering them with 5 cm (2 in.) of soil. As the season progresses, fill in the furrow a little every few weeks, covering part of the plant but never burying it. By the end of the growing season, the trench should be level with the surrounding soil. Space plants 30 cm (12 in.) within-the-row and 2m (6 ft.) between rows. After planting roots or transplants, water them in with 10-52-10 fertilizer mixed according to label directions. This fertilizer is high in phosphorous and encourages root growth. While the new transplants or seedlings need moisture for good growth, it is important not to overwater a new asparagus patch. It is best to water deeply but less frequently, allowing at least the top 2.5 cm of soil to dry thoroughly before rewatering. Patience is said to be a virtue and with new asparagus plantings, that old saw

applies in spades when it comes to waiting for the first harvest: do not harvest for the first two years. During the third year, you can harvest for two weeks. Starting with the fourth year, you can harvest for the full four- to six-week period, until the end of June. Spears can be cut when they are about 15 cm tall. Cut the spear 2.5 cm below ground, taking care to avoid damaging new shoots yet to emerge. In a productive patch, you could be harvesting as often as every other day. After July 1 through to frost, top growth (1 – 1.5 m tall ferns) must be allowed to rebuild crown energy reserves that have been drawn down from the harvest. Harvesting past July 1 weakens plants and leads to reduced harvest in the following year. Ferns can be left standing over winter to trap snow. Since the crown is covered with several inches of soil, mulching is usually not required. But if in an open area, a 20 cm mulch layer will reduce winterkill. Guelph Millennium is a male hybrid with good yield, excellent flavour and disease resistance. It was developed in Canada and is dependably hardy on the prairies. Two other cultivars that I’d recommend are Jersey Knight and Jersey Supreme; both

are male hybrids with good yield. — Bantle is a horticulturist who gardens in Saskatoon. Have a gardening question?

Contact GardenLine, 306966-5865 or gardenline@ usask.ca. This column is provided courtesy of the Saskatchewan Perennial So-

ciety (www.saskperennial. ca; hortscene@yahoo.com). Check out our Bulletin Board or Calendar for upcoming horticulture events in May.

These asparagus spears are ready to be picked. Photo by Rob Ireton

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Herman Humpback was a happy whale. There were more of his kind. There were Hubert and Henry and Homer and Humperdinck swimming close by. He liked to surface to see the girl whales blowing. There was Helen and Helga and Hilda and Hermione and Hazel. They were all frolicking in the water that makes a clear, blue wedge from the Pacific Ocean into the Great Bear Basin. He often saw the small creatures walking upright on two legs along the beach. He didn’t know that they were the same kind of creatures in concrete canyons far away who were telling the world Herman and his friends had become so numerous they were no longer in danger of becoming extinct. He didn’t know there were two-legged creatures in the concrete canyons who wanted to bring two big pipes carrying crude oil and condensate to the place called Kitimat. He didn’t know the announcement that he had many more friends was cause for rejoicing. He didn’t know it carried with it the unspoken message that, if he and some of his friends were smothered by crude oil Check out The Battlefords RCMP Daily Report on our website at

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from a fractured pipeline or a foundered oil tanker, it wouldn’t matter because the spill could never kill all of his species. Those who died would, without their knowledge or consent, pay the price of progress. Other animals knew nothing about what the creatures in the concrete canyons were planning. The bears thought they and their kind would always be able to come down to the water to fish. The caribou thought they would always be able to browse on the land. The mountain lions thought they would always eat hoary marmots and the marmots thought they would always eat mountain grasses. Animals avoid danger, if they can, but they can neither see nor understand the danger that is approaching. The only ones who understand are the other two-legged land dwellers who are close at hand. These are the people who were here long before Europeans came to lay claim to the land called Canada. For centuries their necessities for living and for cultural belief and expression came from the sea and

the river, the forests and the mountain meadows. The creatures in the concrete canyons take their necessities for living and cultural beliefs from endless progressions of electronic gimmicks and food in jars and cans and plastic bubbles. They think the First Nations people should follow their unhealthy example. Long ago, the poet William Wordsworth said “little we see in nature that is ours.” He was seeing with European eyes. People of the First Nations have a long tradition of seeing all of the natural world and of being a part of it. In British Columbia they have their own proposal for the export of refined, rather than crude, oil. Will the creatures in the concrete canyons listen to them? It seems unlikely. Canada has plummeted from a high place in the ranks of environmentally aware nations to a very low one. It could plummet even further. When the first pipeline ruptures or the first tanker founders, I hope Herman Humpback and his friends are far along on their annual migration to Hawaii.


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Hunger Awareness Barbecue

It was Hunger Awareness Week in the Battlefords, and once again Battlefords and District Food and Resource Centre were holding their annual barbecue promoting awareness of the issue. It was held Thursday at noon on the lot of CJNB radio. Food bank executive director Bill Hall was there cooking up hamburgers and smokies. Combined with a drink and treat, the main course was sold for $6, or $5 if a non-perishable food donation was made. Photos by John Cairns

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It’s not easy being green Kermit the Minnesota Frog debuted Vikings, all the song It’s with picks Not Easy Bein the top ing Green in 10, were 1970, in which linked to a ENC he laments the quarterback fact his skin is early in the the “colour of draft. If you the leaves.” He listened to also says being most of the By Brett Smith green allows experts, it him to blend was hard to in with “so many ordinary imagine Manziel not being participants in the annual things.” selected early in the draft by slide, both of whom were Some of the players in one of those teams. quarterbacks. the green room at the NFL As current ESPN analyst Texas A&M’s Johnny Draft may have wished they Manziel and Louisville’s and former coach of the blended into the scenery Buccaneers Jon Gruden Teddy Bridgewater both and away from the cameras. saw themselves free-fall made the case for Manziel One of the traditions of to be selected No. 1 by the through the first round of the NFL Draft is watchthe draft. Prior to the start of Texans, his co-panelists said ing a player invited to be South Carolina defensive the college football season in New York to come from lineman Jadeveon Clowney last fall, Bridgewater was the green room when their expected to be in contention was the way go. The Texans name is called. They’re the listened to the old saying for the first overall pick. players with the highest that defence wins chamWhile Bridgewater had name recognition of the pionships and went with poor pro days and comincoming crop of college Clowney. bine numbers that saw his athletes ready to see their With each pick in the draft stock fall before the NFL careers unfold. top 10, Gruden made the draft, Manziel was more However, there always surprising. Mock drafts saw case for the team to pick seems to be one player that Manziel. Gruden was so “Johnny Football” being slips through the cracks and selected in the top 10. The high on Manziel because of doesn’t get picked into, if the time they spent together Houston Texans, Jacksonthey’re lucky, late in the filming his quarterback ville Jaguars, Cleveland first round. camp show for draft prosBrowns, Oakland Raiders, This year had two Tampa Bay Buccaneers and pects. He seemed shocked

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The Battlefords Rubby Rollers fell in their home-opening bout to the Norsask Diefen-Break-Hers Saturday night at the Civic Centre. Photo by John Cairns when the Jaguars went with a different quarterback, Blake Bortles from Central Florida, instead of his – and the media’s – golden boy. Cleveland was the next logical place for Manziel to land. He would be the saviour of the franchise, leading a revitalized offence as the Browns’ defence continues to improve. Instead, the Browns traded their pick with the Bills. With their franchise quarterback in place already, the Bills went with a wideout Sammy Watkins. The Browns passed on him again with the pick they acquired from the Bills. The Vikings, who have no legitimate starting quarterback, passed on him as well. As Manziel fell out of the top 10, the lights in the green room began to shine brighter. Each time he was passed, the broadcast would cut to Manziel’s reaction. He seemed calm for the camera, taking a sip of water from a clear plastic cup after each team passed him over. Just like when his instincts to scramble kicked in as an opposing lineman chased him down from his blind side, Manziel had a second sense for when he was on screen. Any sadness disappeared as he flashed a smile for the camera crews. Mike Evans, one of Manziel’s wideouts in college, was picked seventh overall. Manziel went over to celebrate with his former teammate. Bridgewater was rarely shown. Then, in what seemed to be a pre-draft dream scenario for the media, Manziel was still on the board when the Cowboys picked at No. 16. Manziel, who is from a small town in Texas, would’ve been the heir apparent to Tony Romo. But, the Cowboys passed on Manziel and the

media circus that would’ve followed. Manziel suggested the world would not be able to handle him playing for the Cowboys. Manziel and Bridgewater slid out of the top 20. ESPN kept putting Manziel on screen and he kept flashing his trademark smile. Then, Manziel’s time to escape the green room came when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell called his name at the 22nd overall pick. Johnny Football was going to become Johnny Cleveland after the Browns traded up to make their second selection in the first round. He walked on stage to loud cheers from Cleveland fans in the crowd as he dropped his trademark “show me the money” celebration. That left Bridgewater alone in the green room as the major name not selected. There were 10 picks remaining before the end of the first round. The Minnesota Vikings eventually traded for the 32nd and final pick of the first round to snatch Bridgewater. The pre-

season No. 1 almost fell out of the first round all together. This wasn’t the first nor will it be the last time someone in the green room at the NFL Draft will slide. In 2005, quarterback Aaron Rodgers slid from being the projected first overall pick to the 24th overall selection by the Green Bay Packers. He responded by becoming a consistent threat to win the league’s MVP award. However, the opposite can happen. In 2007, quarterback Brady Quinn slid through most of the first round until, like Manziel, the Browns traded up to take Quinn with the 22nd pick. He’s been on six teams in seven seasons. The green room can add sympathy to a player’s story. They have a chip on their shoulder now and will probably remember every team that passed on them. But the draft is over. Manziel and Bridgewater now have a chance to prove to those teams that passed made a mistake.

May 20 The Battlefords AAA Stars host their annual general meeting at the Alex Dillabough Centre. The meeting gets underway at 7 p.m.

May 28 The North Battleford Beavers open their NSRBL season at home against the Meadow Lake Sox. First pitch at Beaver Lions Stadium is 7:30 p.m.

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OBITUARIES FRIESEN: In loving memory of Rudolph (Rudy) Friesen, age 75, who was born on Oct. 21, 1938, at Hepburn, SK and passed away suddenly April 3rd, 2014, in North Battleford, SK. Left to cherish his memories are Special friend and fiancée Ada; Children Lori B.C., Judy (Barry) Medstead, SK, Wayne (Ivy) Lloydminster, AB, Colleen (Tom) Lloydminster, SK, Kathy (Patty) B.C., Kevin, Lloydminster, AB; Stepson Randy, Saskatoon, SK, Stepdaughter Nina (Doyle), Glaslyn, SK; Sister Grace, Waldheim, SK; Brother Helmut (Doris) Pincher Creek, AB., 33 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Rudy was predeceased by his mother Aganetha, father Daniel, Sister Aganeta, Brothers Daniel, Win, Len, Cornie, wife Eileen, daughter Jody and stepdaughter Bonnie. Funeral Service held April 9, 2014, Wilkie Community Hall, Wilkie, SK. Officiant Rev. Rick Martin from Prince Albert, SK. Eulogists Raymond Leger and Colleen Bendall. Readings Gary Neighum and Ralph Finch. Music by Country Cousins. Honorary Bearers: all those who shared in Rudy’s life as well as John Veit, Kasper Bachman, Raymond Leger, Pat Hobbs, Robert Barrington, Lloyd Schmidt, Steve Jones, Jack Nelson and Bert Carpentier. Active urn bearers: Wayne Manix, Judy, Colleen, Kathy and Kevin. Ushers: Kyle Bendall and Justin Kirkland. Rudy was a jack of all trades. He grew up on the farm at Hepburn. After leaving the farm, he drove truck for many years. He ran the Pop Shop in N.B., then moved north to Glaslyn where he had a hobby farm. He loved his many different animals, cattle, etc. He enjoyed riding his Tennessee walking horse. Rudy loved to build and fix things up (and he was so good at that). Rudy moved to Wilkie eight years ago. Rudy and Eileen and I were friends for 15 years. I came into Rudy’s life two and a half years ago. I am so blessed to have had such a wonderful life with such a special man. We have spent many great days enjoying our wood fireplace, just talking, laughing, playing cards and having family and friends over. The glow and warmth I’ll never forget. We did everything together. Whether in the kitchen, finishing the basement, building and fixing the back yard or watching TV together. Last summer going up to our place in Glenbush. Travelling to Montana to Sleeping Buffalo Hot Springs. Visiting many wonderful friends. Rudy looked so forward to going to “Cowboy Church.” Rudy enjoyed the gospel hymns and your message, “Rev. Rick,” the visiting and lunch after with many friends. These things will always be wonderful memories I’ll keep close to my heart. “Love ya honey.” Ada. Card of Thanks We the family of “Ruby Friesen” would like to express our heartfelt thank you to all our relatives and friends for your love and support shown through visits, phone calls, caring messages, through prayer, comfort and help at this difficult time. Special thanks to Annamarie, Lorraine, Georgina and Annette, all who helped and brought goodies. My special friend Irene from Montana who stayed with me for two weeks. The staff at Country Cuisine, nurse and Doug Heartfelt, ambulance attendants, the ladies from the support team at the hospital. George and Carol and Rev. Rick who were there for me. Rev. Rick Martin for the outstanding and compassionate service shown to us all. Those who travelled so far, Country Cousins for the music. Raymond and Colleen for the Eulogy. Gary and Ralph for the reading. Honorary Bearers and Urn Bearers. To all who sent floral arrangements, cards, goodies and have helped me and anyone we may have missed. Thank you, Grondin Funeral Services from Wilkie for the compassionate service shown to us at this difficult time. Tributes to Heart & Stroke Foundation, 279 3rd Ave N., Saskatoon, SK or Battleford Cowboy Church, c/o Shirley Smith, Box 33, Battleford, SK, SOM OEO.

BILLINGS: Lester Charles “Charlie”. It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Charlie Billings, during the early hours of April 30, 2014, at Kelowna Hospice House, age of 97 years. Charlie is survived by his daughter Evelyn (Jack) Dart, son Mel (Ann) Billings, grandchildren Trever, Kim, Mat, Mike, Glenda, and Garth, and by great grandchildren Eric, Monica, Nathan, Charlie, Reegan, Tyson, Allison, and David, numerous nieces and nephews, along with family in Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Florida. He was predeceased by his wife, Anna Louise Billings (nee Boutilier), daughter Jean (Abe) Kroeger, parents Lester and Elizabeth, stepmother Isabelle, brothers Bert, who lost his life in France during WW2, Vic, and sisters Dorothy and Bessie. Charlie was born in Saskatoon, SK on June 13, 1916 to Lester and Elizabeth (Tomilison) Billings. He grew up on a farm near Richard, SK. where he met his wife, Anna Louise. They first lived together on a farm near Richard, and then moved to Saskatoon. Charlie enlisted in the army and in 1940 joined the Number 1 Road Construction Company, Royal Canadian Engineers, as a Sapper, or combat engineer. He served in Canada, the UK, and France. It was in France where he suffered a leg injury which impacted him for the remainder of his life. Charlie spent the remainder of his career working for Henry Birks & Sons in Saskatoon. Charlie’s interests included curling, gardening, woodworking, travel, his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He had the ability to create something special out of nothing. He had a great sense of humour, an attention to detail, and a very sharp mind, right to the end. A service will be held at a later date, in Richard SK, jointly for Charlie, and his wife, Anna Louise. Thanks to the caring people at the Chatsworth, Kelowna General Hospital, and Kelowna Hospice House. Special thanks to Dr. Bernard Lewke, and to a very special volunteer by the name of Francis, who helped sit vigil with him during his final hours. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.mem.com, click on stories and type in Lester Billings. Arrangements entrusted with First Memorial Funeral Services, Kelowna, BC. ____________________________________________________

ESQUIROL: It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Denis Henri Esquirol, of North Battleford. Denis was born on September 22, 1923 in Edam, Saskatchewan and passed away on April 30, 2014 in North Battleford. Left to cherish Denis’ memory are his wife Leona, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren: Sue (Hugh) McIvor, their children: Craig (Kris) Klassen and their children: Gabrielle, Grace, Shasta and Jami; José Pruden (Jes Kohut), and Slade; Matthew (Lori) Pruden, their children: Zenya and Cash; Stefan Pruden, his children: Sheona and Alesiah; Louise (Grant) Esquirol Gordon; Julie (Bob) Tokar their children: Trevor Tokar; Shawn Tokar (Tegan Holinaty) their children: Blake, Jonathan and Trinity; Jacquie Esquirol; Paul Esquirol; Roland (Tracy) Esquirol, their children: Melanie (Ryan) Reid, their child Hailey; Devin Esquirol; Lindsay (Danny) Woodrow, their child: Declan; Joseph (Jaki) Esquirol, their children: Benjamin, Morgan, Noah and Dominique; Brenda Esquirol, her children Garrett and Reid; sisters: Henriette Bru and Emilienne (Don) Mighton; sisters-in-law and brothers-inlaw: Jeanne Weinzierl, Sister Dorothy Becotte S.C.J. Noela and Marcel Cossette, Beatrice and Lawrence Nordstrom, and many more family, friends and numerous nieces and nephews. Denis was predeceased by his parents: Henri and Albanie Esquirol; in-laws: Alberta and Arthur Becotte; son: Mich Esquirol; son-in-law: Wayne Pruden; brother-in-law: Charles Bru; cousins and best friends: Estelle and Elie Esquirol. Denis was a farmer through and through. He had a great love of all people and the land he laboured over. The Esquirol family would like to thank all of his wonderful friends from the Battlefords, Jackfish,Cavalier, Meota, VAawn, Edam and Glaslyn. To the Parish family, many relatives and family; thank you for caring and for your support, cards, phone calls and gifts of food. Thank you to the staff at Harwood Manor and the Palliative Care Unit Battlefords Union Hospital for your compassionate care. To Father Greg for the hospital visit and to Father Gerard for the visit and meaningful Funeral Service, to Jean for leading the Prayer Service and to Trevor and his caring staff at Eternal Memories Funeral Service, a special thank you. To the music ministry and soloists, you were amazing, thank you for sharing your gifts. Any donations in memory of Denis can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society:1141-101st St, North Battleford, SK S9A 0Z5 phone (306)4453339 or The Alzheimers Society at donorserve@alzheimers.ca phone: 1(800)616-8816. ____________________________________________________

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OBITUARIES FRANCIS: Laurie Jean Francis passed away on Sunday, April 20, 2014 at the Battlefords District Care Centre following a lengthy illness. Jean was born on July 17th, 1918 at home which was situated at 130 – 4th Avenue N.E. in Dauphin, Manitoba to Arthur Yates Macpherson and Greta Grant Macpherson (nee Murray) from Port Hawkesbury and Port Richmond, Nova Scotia respectively. Jean was predeceased by her beloved husband, Phil in 2011; her eldest brother, Hugh Macpherson; her elder sister, Rena Tennessy; her younger brothers, Murray, Donald and Stanley; her sisters-in-law, Mildred (Mike) Macpherson, Margaret Bridgeman, Margaret (Peggy) Francis; brothers-in-law, Tony Tennessy, Octavius (Jack) Bridgeman, Manley Francis and Tom Francis, and her nephew, Colin David Macpherson. Jean is survived by her brother, Fred Macpherson from Edmonton, Alberta, and many nieces and nephews and their families including Charleen Wiley and Katrice Balmer both from Vancouver, B.C., Tony Tennessy, Jr. from Burnaby, B.C., Timothy Tennessy from Prince George, B.C. and Michael Tennessy from Thornhill, B.C., Hugh Macpherson (Susan), Laurie Macpherson from Virginia Beach, Virginia, U.S.A., Barbara (Steve) Reyelts from Duluth, Minnesota, U.S.A., Morag Macpherson from Yellowknife, N.W.T., Donna Thachuk (Steve), Margo (Richard) Kolada and Karen Macpherson from Edmonton, Alberta, and Stuart Macpherson. Jean is also survived by Phil’s nieces, Linda Dustan Selinger (Patrick) from Brandon, Manitoba, Marilyn Francis (Detlef) from Qualicum Beach, B.C.; great-nieces, Leanne Dustan (Mike Brazil) and their daughter, Ruby from Ottawa, Ontario, Lori Dustan Lafond (Darrell) and their daughters, Ayla, Riley and Maya from Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Lisa Dustan (Charles-Andre Maille) from San Diego, California. Jean relayed the story of being delivered at home by the doctor’s wife; a nurse named Jean Patrick and that she was named after her. Jean’s older brother, Hugh born in 1914 and older sister, Rena born in 1916 were also born in Dauphin, Manitoba. Previously, and before any of the children were born, Jean’s father was a steam shovel operator working on the Panama Canal and her mother had operated a business college in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. Subsequently, her parents moved from Nova Scotia to Manitoba as her father was employed as a brakeman and then as a conductor for Canadian National Railways. When Jean was less than two years of age, the family moved to Prince Albert, Saskatchewan as it was closer to Mr. Macpherson’s train run. Four more brothers were born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, namely, Stanley in 1920, Donald in 1922, Murray in 1924 and Fred in 1926. Murray died on September 23, 1926 from Meningitis. On November 22, 1928, Jean’s father also died of Meningitis. Jean’s mother had six children to care for who ranged in age from 14 to 2 and 1/2 years of age. Mrs. Macpherson’s resolve was truly inspirational and Jean admired her greatly. Her organizational skills were exceptional and she modeled amazing strength in the face of adversity. Jean recalled her mother praying every night following the untimely death of her husband. Within a very short while she told her children that she was going to open a business school in Prince Albert. Indeed in 1929, Mrs. Macpherson opened the Syllabic Shorthand and Business College which she operated for approximately 20 years. At the same time, various students and various employees boarded at the Macpherson residence which was situated at 1919 Central Avenue in Prince Albert. Jean was a natural athlete and played the position of center field in softball and the position of guard in basketball. In addition, Jean was an accomplished skater, a swimmer and a diver and she admired her sister, Rena who could turn cartwheels on a high diving board. Jean learned to cook and clean from a young age and often said that she was one of the few women who knew how to cook before they got married! She learned her typing skills and her budgeting and accounting skills from her mother; she took piano lessons; went to the Presbyterian Sunday School and received a Bible in 1925 for perfect attendance. Jean graduated from Prince Albert Collegiate Institute in 1937 and went on to graduate as a registered nurse from Toronto General Hospital in 1941. Following that, she worked at the Toronto General Hospital for 18 months and then applied for her registration in Saskatchewan and continued her nursing career at the Royal Victoria hospital in Prince Albert. Wishing to contribute to the war effort, Jean took further training at the Canadian Forces Base in Dundurn, Saskatchewan and then attained the rank of 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Medical Army Corps as a Nursing Sister. Her first posting was in Saskatoon which involved standard nursing and then she was posted to the Military Hospital in Prince Albert looking after young soldiers while working both day and night shifts. Jean had met her future husband John Philip “Phil” Wiseman Francis in 1931. He was attending St. George’s College and then went on to graduate from Prince Albert Collegiate Institute in 1932. Phil and Jean both went on to establish their careers. Her career was in nursing and his was in aviation, Phil returned home after the war in October of 1945 and on January 11, 1946, Phil and Jean were married. They were married for over sixty five years and they were a team. It wasn’t that they never argued, but each of them seemed to know when to give way. Solutions were never thought of in win-lose terms. They were affectionate and would often be observed holding hands while they watched television together -- usually watching their beloved Saskatchewan Roughriders or Toronto Maple Leafs! Phil and Jean had moved to the Francis farm following their marriage and helped in the operation of the farm and the care of Phil’s mother, Lucy Francis, who was 64 years of age at the time. From 1950 to 1952, Phil and Jean moved to Lac La Ronge, Saskatchewan where Phil was employed as a bush pilot with Saskatchewan Government Airways. They moved back to the farm and remained in the farming business in partnership with Phil’s brother, Tom Francis for many years. Jean was blessed with an outgoing personality, a wonderful sense of humour and a clever and inquiring mind. She made friends easily and had your back when things needed to be confronted or others needed an advocate. Jean described her favourite colors as red and blue; her favourite flowers as yellow roses and sunflowers. She loved to dance and enjoyed any kind of music. She continued to like all sports including, but not limited to, Canadian football, hockey and baseball. In later years in North Battleford, she helped special needs children with their swimming classes. She also curled for several winters and participated in the ladies mixed bonspiels. Phil and Jean identified with Phil’s brother Tom’s passion for curling and made a point of attending the Curling Brier regardless of where it was held. Jean enjoyed reading and her favourite genres were history and mystery and she said that “she read everything in sight.” She also enjoyed playing bridge and gardening. She planted a large garden every year and maintained the perennial border at the farm and mowed acres of grass! Her late father-in-law. Mr. John Francis wanted the flowers to be tended to as they used to do back in England. Jean found the life of farming to be quite a transition from urban living. Although trained as a nurse, Jean had well developed accounting skills and often said that “she liked working with numbers.” She maintained all the farm books and did the income tax every year. Phil and Jean moved into a home that they built in Battleford in 1980. In 1993, they moved into a spacious condo, with a fantastic view from the third floor, at Ridgepoint Place which would continue to be their home until Phil passed away on July 10, 2011. Phil was a natural handyman and helped with many duties around the condo. Jean maintained her position as the treasurer at the condo for 17 years. Marilyn and Linda were the only two nieces on Phil’s side of the family and both had the privilege of living in close proximity to Auntie Jean and Uncle Phil during their childhood and describe some of their more memorable experiences including the opportunity to get involved in baking or cooking; playing a game if she was up for it (because Jean ran the farm administration, there were a lot of supplies that could be used for a game of “Office”); or persuading Auntie Jean to go outside and turn a cartwheel or two for their entertainment. Auntie Jean always shared the news and photos and excitedly talked about all her Macpherson family. Her ability to remember detail about their latest adventures and accomplishments was amazing! Her nursing skills were put to use, patching up wounds, caring for various members of the family when they were ill and providing help and support to friends and neighbours when they or their families had need of it. Along with Mrs. Jean Bridge she taught Home Nursing to the girls in the local 4-H Homecraft club. While Grandma Francis (Phil’s mother) ran a Sunday School from her own home on the property, Jean and Phil’s kitchen became a Sunday morning gathering place while parents waited for their children to be dismissed from Sunday School. The kids of Marilyn and Linda’s generation in the district knew Jean and Phil as Auntie Jean and Uncle Phil. As the years went by they also became Auntie and Uncle to the kids’ kids, and Jean kept track of their lives, even as they grew up and moved away. Jean was there for family and friends and gave her time and attention so generously; we will all miss her dearly. Jean was a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #9. The interment was held in the Legion Section, Town of Battleford Cemetery, Battleford, Saskatchewan. Memorials and Special Thanks The family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation for the excellent care provided to Jean from August, 2011 to April, 2014 by Mrs. Maureen Tatchell, R.N. and all the staff on ward 3 of the Battlefords District Care Centre; the care of Dr. Morton; the love of special friends including Bob and Betty Davidson, Shirley Spence, Gwen Ashley, Frances Mitchell, Betty Nelson, Margaret Kite, Albie Cave, Rob and Wendy Florence, Donna Light, Betty Ann Smart and Connie Mackrell and many, many others who regularly visited and helped and encouraged Jean in so many different ways to make her days a little brighter when her family was unable to be there. Jean’s funeral was held at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in North Battleford, Saskatchewan on May 2, 2014. The urn bearers were great-nieces Leanne Dustan, Lori Dustan Lafond and Lisa Dustan. We extend special thanks to Bob MacKay and all the staff at Battlefords Funeral Service for their excellent help, and to Canon Peter Norman for officiating the Funeral Service. We also extend special thanks to President Esther Delainey of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #9 and to the veterans and comrades from Battleford Branch #9 and North Battleford Branch #70 of the Royal Canadian Legion who formed the honour guard and participated in the Funeral Service. A special thank you is extended to Bob Davidson in his delivery of the eulogy; the music ministry of Mrs. M. Junice Headley, organist and the St. Paul’s Choir; Tricia Florence for her superb solo “In the Garden”; Bob MacKay for his solo “The Day Thou Gavest” and Gwen Ashley for the reading of Psalm 121. Donations in memory of Laurie Jean Francis may be made to the C.N.I.B. or to the Arthritis Research Foundation. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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HARTMAN ~ Raymond Adalbert Hartman passed away at the Maidstone Health Complex, Maidstone, Saskatchewan on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at the age of eighty-six years. Raymond was born near Kelfield, Saskatchewan on March 11, 1928 to Adelaide and Leo Hartman. Raymond leaves to mourn his passing: his loving wife, Jean; three children: Gerald (Marie) Hartman, Wayne (Carolyn) Hartman and Keith (Dawn) Hartman; eleven grandchildren: Kurt (Gina) Hartman, Chris (Kim) Hartman, Keith (Nikayla) Hartman, Melanie (Shawn) Konynenberg, Steven Hartman, Lindsay (Jared) Yakimyshyn, Brandy Trombley, Jason (Amanda) Hartman, Jeffrey (Melissa) Hartman, Spencer (Jenny) Trombley and Shawn Hartman; twelve great-grandchildren; siblings: Lou (Del) Hartman, Eileen (Allan) Noyes, Bertha Ulrich, Leo (Mary Ann) Hartman, Adelaide Eberle, Ed (Jenny) Hartman and Rita (Gordon) Morrison. Raymond was predeceased by three siblings: Gabe, Mary and Christina. The Memorial Service for Raymond Hartman was conducted from Maidstone Legion Hall, Maidstone, Saskatchewan on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. with Joyce Carson and Dale Brook officiating. The hymns sung were, “In The Garden” and “Amazing Grace” accompanied by organist, Frances Wright. A solo was performed by Melanie Konynenberg. Interment was held in the Maidstone Cemetery. Donations in memory of Raymond may be made to the Saskatoon Cancer Clinic or to the Maidstone Seniors Drop-In Centre. McCaw Funeral Service Ltd., of Lloydminster, Alberta administered the funeral arrangements. Card of Thanks Thank you to the Doctors, Nurses, Home Care and Staff at the Maidstone Health Complex. The family would like to express their thanks for the cards, flowers, food, donations and support after Ray’s passing. Jean, Gerald (Marie), Wayne (Carolyn), Keith (Dawn) and Families. ____________________________________________________

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Common #1 Smooth Brome, Meadow Brome, Timothy, Crested Wheat, Yellow Clover, Cicer Milkvetch, Alfalfa. Also have Certified Seed. Grower Direct. Blending and Delivery available. Competitive Prices. Call Siklenka Seeds, 306-3424290, 306-342-7688, Glaslyn Sask.

When was the last time you bought from Regal? Since 1928. 100’s of unique products. View all Regal products at: www.schatzie.shopregal.ca. Great fundraising ideas too.p Wrecking auto-trucks: Parts to fit over 500 trucks. Lots of Dodge, GMC, Ford, imports... We ship anywhere. Lots of Dodge, diesel, 4x4 stuff... Trucks up to 3 tons. NorthEast Recyclers 780-875-0270 (Lloydminster).

HOUSES FOR RENT 2 bedroom house with single car garage, W/D/F/S, $800/month plus damage deposit, utilities not included, available June 1, working person only, contact 587-273-4185 House for Rent Near B.U.H., F/R/W/D, working couple, no pets. References required. Also Furnished 1 Person Suite. Phone 306-445-5108.

GARAGE SALES

Small 1 bedroom house for rent, W/D/F/S, $550.00/month, plus damage deposit, utilities not included, available June 15, working person only, contact 587-273-4185

GARAGE SALE AND SILENT AUCTION BORDEN COMMUNITY CENTRE FRIDAY, MAY 23, 3 pm – 8 pm SATURDAY, MAY 24, 10 am – 4 pm PROCEEDS TO BORDEN COMMUNITY CENTRE LUNCH AVAILABLE SATURDAY

One Furnished Bachelor Suite and One Furnished Luxury Upper Floor of Country Estate. Sat T.V, Internet, W/D. Private outside entrance, starting $300/per month. Call 306-9377187

SUITES FOR RENT

SERVICES FOR HIRE A-1 Service, Will Shingle, build fences, decks, interior painting, metal fascia soffit, home renovations, etc. Phone 306-445-8439 CUSTOM ROOFING INC. Full Service Roofing. Great Rates! Residential & Commercial. 50 Years in Sask. Shingle - Tar & Gravel - Torch On Repairs. Full Liability & WCB - BBB Member FREE ESTIMATES 306244-4343 MARKS MOBILE Dumpster. Will load and haul anything to dump. Tree cutting, hedge trimming, leaf vacuuming & blowing, eavestroughs cleaning. Free estimates. Call 306441-7530 Rob’s Lawn and Yard Care. Grass cutting, roto tilling, general yard maintenance. Book early for the season. Phone 306-445-2736 or 306-441-5677. Will do rototilling at reasonable rate. Phone 306-441-7579, leave message if no answer.

DOMESTIC CARS Guaranteed approval drive away today! We lend money to everyone. Fast approvals, best interest rates. Over 500 vehicles sale priced for immediate delivery OAC. 1-877-7960514. www.yourapprovedonline.com.

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FARM IMPLEMENTS For Sale Ezee-on front end loader, grapple forks, 6ft bucket. Mounting brackets included. Forks, buckets, Hydraulic hoses and ends in good condition, $5,000.00. Phone 306883-7524/306-824-4438

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Battlefords Minor Hockey Association Inc.

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COACHES

Black Angus 2 year old bulls and yearlings. 4 yearling heifers for Sale. Phone 306-892-2119 or 306-8924342.

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Black Angus and Red Angus Bulls Performance info available. Adrian, Brian or Elaine Edwards, Valleyhills Angus, Glaslyn, SK. Phone 306342-4407

COMING EVENTS CANMORE EAGLES “ ROCKY MOUNTAIN” HOCKEY SCHOOL \endash August 11-15 or 18-22. Two on-ice sessions daily, lunch and jersey. Patrick Marleau confirmed for August 11-15. $450. Ages 5-16. More info at canmoreeagles.com

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BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES GET FREE VENDING MACHINES Can Earn $100,000.00 + Per Year. All Cash-Retire in Just 3 Years. Protected Territories. Full Details CALL NOW 1-866-668-6629 Website WWW.TCVEND.COM

Battle River Treaty 6 Health Centre Inc. is seeking a

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HOUSES FOR SALE Character home in Cut Knife $70,000, 305 Broad Street. Well kept! Priced to sell immediately! Open house May 17, 10am-2pm. Call 306-398-4711 or 306-937-3151

LAND FOR SALE For Sale 1 lot 60 x 130, 1 lot 70 x 130. Full services, water levy paid, 2 blocks west of Hotel. 306-445-4674 or 780-690-5288

MOBILE/MANUFACTURED HOMES FOR SALE

PROPERTY AUCTION Harold Naprawa, May 30, 2014 6pm. 7 Main St., Otthon, SK. 1176 sq. ft. bungalow, misc. garage and household items. www.ukrainetzauction.com Karla’s Auction 306-782-0787

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1520 sq. ft. Temora $99,900 1216 sq. ft. Oasis/Villa $79,900 960 sq. ft. Tuscan $69,900

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TRAVEL

From the family of Katie Violet “Vi” Fiddler

MOTORCYCLES 2005 Suzuki Boulevard 800 CC low rider, leather saddle bag, excellent condition, 15,000 kms, asking $5,000.00. Phone 306-386-3367

Buying/Selling FEED GRAINS heated / damaged CANOLA/FLAX Top price paid FOB FARM

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FIDDLER: Katie Violet “Vi”: We are deeply thankful for the kindness and support received from our family and friends after Mom passed away. The flowers and cards helped lift our spirits; the food, visits and phone calls were much appreciated. Sincere thanks to all who participated in and attended the funeral service – you helped to make the day memorable. “Thank-you sincerely for sharing our sorrow – your thoughtfulness is appreciated and will always be remembered”

Forage seed for sale: Organic and conventional: Sweet Clover, Alfalfa, Red Clover, Smooth Brome, Meadow Brome, Crested Wheatgrass, Timothy, etc. Free Delivery! Birch Rose Acres Ltd. 306-863-2900

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ATTENTION REGISTERED NURSES An exciting nursing opportunity in a supportive environment

Battle River Treaty 6 Health Centre Inc. is recruiting a

Community Health Nurse for Moosomin First Nation. This is a full-time term position with a strong possibility the position may become permanent. Qualifications: • Registered Nurse in good standing (or eligible to become registered) with Sask. Registered Nurses Association • BScN or diploma in community health • Community health nursing experience in First Nations community an asset • Good understanding of population health principles and concepts • Excellent interpersonal communication skills • Valid driver’s license • Knowledge of Plains Cree Language is a definite asset Hours of Work: 8:30 to 4:30 Monday to Friday. Vehicle provided.

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1984 Dutch Mobile Home, 14x76 sqft plus 10x14 attached porch. New water heater. Good condition, perfect for home/cabin, $17,000.00 OBO. Phone 306-883-7524

MASSIVE TREE SALE. Hardy tree, shrub, and berry seedlings. Perfect for shelterbelts or landscaping. Full boxes as low as $1/tree. Bundles of 10 as low as $1.29/tree. Free shipping. Replacement guarantee. 1-866-873-3846 or treetime.ca.

MODULINE MANUFACTURED HOME “Mansura” Eclipse reduced for immediate sale. Tons of options. To see this home call 1-855-3802266. See this on our Craigs Home website; www.craigshomesales.com.

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Competitive salary and benefits. For more information, contact Adele Sperle at (306) 937-6700 Submit resumé, with cover letter, by May 26th, 2014 to: Patricia Ironstand, Executive Director Battle River Treaty 6 Health Centre Inc. P.O. Box 1658 North Battleford, Sask. S9A 3W2 Phone: (306) 937-6700 Fax: (306)445-8355 Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Battle River Treaty 6 Health Centre is an accredited health care organization providing a wide range of services on-reserve to seven member First Nations including Little Pine, Lucky Man, Moosomin, Mosquito, Poundmaker, Red Pheasant and Sweetgrass. Battle River Treaty 6 Health Centre is currently seeking applications for a temporary full-time Youth Wellness Counsellor contract ends March 31, 2015. We are looking for candidates with strong interpersonal communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively with youth. Possess knowledge of and understanding of the health and social issues of First Nations communities. The Youth Wellness Counsellor will be expected to serve as a role model and to abide by standards of professionalism. This position will also participate on the crisis response team. Competencies and Qualifications: • Knowledgeable in both mental health and addictions services • Degree in a social sciences and related experience • Ability to work well with other professionals and advocate for clients • Experience facilitating groups • Good communication skills, both written and verbal • Skilled in conflict resolution and management • Ability to function as an effective team member • Ability to work independently, in a self motivated manner • Ability to work flexible hours • Ability to adhere to confidential guidelines • Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of traditional aboriginal values, beliefs and healing approaches • Ability to speak Cree is a definite asset • Valid driver’s license • All employees are subject to a criminal record check including a vulnerable sector query and child abuse registry check Deadline for applications: May 16, 2014 by 4:00 pm Submit complete information including training and experience and 3 professional references to: Patti Whitecalf-Ironstand, Executive Director Battle River Treaty 6 Health Centre Inc. P.O. Box 1658 North Battleford, Sask. S9A 3W2 Fax: (306)445-3612 email: Jose.Pruden@BRT6HC.ca Battle River Treaty 6 Health Centre wishes to thank all applicants. Only successful candidates will be contacted.


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RVs / CAMPERS / TRAILERS

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

1976 Citation 26 foot motor home, sleeps 7, $2, 895. 1979 Ford camper van, sleeps 4, nice interior $3,150. Call 306-441-9520 or 306445-0343.

Conacher Contracting Services Ltd two vacancies for General Farm Labourers. Duties will include working as part of a team during seeding, spraying and harvesting operations. You will also be responsible for maintaining inventories, supervising part-time farm hands as well as performing general farm duties. Specific Duties include: - Operating farm equipment (Air seeders, sprayers, swatters, combines) - Maintaining farm equipment - Cleaning farm equipment and - Perform general farm maintenance - Perform other farm duties, as directed Qualifications: The successful candidate(s) should have a minimum of 1-2 years related farming experience in addition to the essential skills below: Essential Skills and Abilities - Job task planning and organizing - Critical thinking - Problem solving - Working with others - Ability to coordinate numerous activities in an organized manner. Wage Expectation $16-19 per hour, depending on experience. Job Requirements - Experience with farm equipment - Class 1A driver’s license will be an asset Apply with resume to conser@sasktel.net or by mail to Box 84 Turtleford, Sask. S0M 2Y0

1991 Prowler fifth wheel 25.5 foot EXCELLENT condition *MUST SELL* First $4,500.00 takes home. MUST SEE! Call 306-317-8318

STEEL BUILDINGS/GRANARIES

Bond Industrial SEA Containers Selling New Used and Modified Sea Containers for storage. Guaranteed wind water and rodent proof. Delivery available. Ask about modifications eg. doors, windows, insulation, new paint, power, etc. Modify your container for your specific needs. Call Bond Industrial at 306-373-2236 email joe@bondind.com or visit our website at www.bondind.com.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Heavy Equipment Operators for late model CAT equip: motor scrapers (cushion ride), dozers, excavators, rock trucks, graders (trim operators). Camp job. Competitive wages plus R & B. Valid drivers license req’d. Send resume and work references to: Bryden Construction and Transport Co. Inc. Box 100, Arborfield, Sk. S0E 0A0; Fax: 306-769-8844 Email: brydenconstruct@ xplornet.ca

OWNER OPERATORS REQUIRED Looking for owner operators to haul asphalt oil within MB, SK, AB, and North Dakota. Loaded and empty miles paid equally. Contact Tyler for details 204.571.0187 theuchert@renaissancetrans.ca 101026887 Saskatchewan Ltd o/a Tim Hortons 9803 Territorial Drive and 11402 Railway Ave. North Battleford and 92 Battleford Crossing, Hwy 4 and 29th St Battleford requires 30 Food Counter Attendants full-time/part-time work for evenings/overnights/early mornings and weekends. $11.00 per hour plus benefits. Shift premium for nights AUTOMOTIVE or HEAVY DUTY TECHNICIAN and/or Third or Fourth Year Apprentice Wanted. Contact Ivan @ 780-499-2504 OR ivan@vimydiesel.com Temporary Accommodations Available

Gardener’s wanted! We are looking for an enthusiastic, positive, self-motivated person passionate about gardening, who would like to share that passion with others in a retail setting in North Battleford. The contract position begins in early May and lasts till October. Pay rate is $12/hour. Hours are self-directed and vary based on weather and sales. All training provided. No previous retail experience necessary. Contact Steven (306)229-5605 (text preferred) or email resume to hillcountryfarms1steven@sasktel.net Mistawasis First Nation is hiring for a full-time Home Care Nurse position. Please visit www.sktc.sk.ca for full details and how to apply. PUT YOUR EXPERIENCE to work The job service for people aged 45 and over across Canada. Free for candidates. Register now at: www.thirdquarter.ca or Call TollFree: 1-855-286-0306. Reporter/Photographer required. Willing to train on the job, must have a valid driver’s license and a reliable vehicle. Full-time or part-time, wages commensurate with experience and education. Gas allowance, group benefits and company pension plan. Send resume to Weyburn Review, Box 400, Weyburn, Sk S4H 2K4, email: dward@weyburnreview.com or fax 306-842-0282. WINCH TRACTOR OPERATORS. Must have experience operating a winch. To apply fax, email or drop off resume at the office. Phone 780842-6444. Fax 780-842-6581. Email: rigmove@telus.net. Mail: H&E Oilfield Services Ltd., 2202 - 1 Ave., Wainwright, AB, T9W 1L7. For more employment information see our webpage: www.heoil.com

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April 29 - June 3 LiveWell with Chronic Conditions Program - Are you living with a chronic (ongoing health condition)? Would you like to learn better coping skills? Prairie North Health Region is offering a FREE workshop at the North Battleford Library, Board Room from 1:00 3:30 p.m. For more information and to register call 306-446-8613 or 1-888-922-5867 or email margaret.maunula@pnrha.ca.

Saturday, May 17 Garage Sale Time in Blaine Lake and area from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Blaine Lake Library, Main St. & Railway Ave. Blaine Lake Library is having a BBQ / Book Sale Fundraiser. Burgers or smokies on a bun & ice cream treats! Visit the library & local museum while you’re there. Hundreds of gently used books, DVD’s and VHS collectible tapes for tots, teens and adults, a wide variety of fiction & non-fiction.

Friday, May 23 BCCPC Garage sale & silent auction – Borden Community Centre from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Friday, May 23 Relay For Life BBQ - River Heights Lodge East Patio from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Burger, salad, drink & dessert. Pre-orders - U-Pick-Up - accepted up till 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 22. Phone 306-445-5235 or 306-937-7184.

Saturday, May 24 Speers United Church Annual Spring Tea - Plant sale (Denise Taylor’s Greenhouse); Bake Sale; New To You Sale & Raffle from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Speers Rec Centre.

Saturday, May 24 Garage Sale – Borden Community Centre – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Silent auction of more valuable items closes at 3 p.m.

Saturday, May 24 Topline Social Dance Club - Saskatoon Rhythmaires at the Royal Canadian Legion, 1352 - 100th Street from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. with lunch. Min. age 19. Phone Jean 306-445-8815, Sharon at 306446-0446 or Leela 306-445-7240.

Wednesday, May 28, June 3, 10, 17 & 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 this program, 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 May 28, June 3, 10, 17 & 24 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at the Primary Health Center. To find out more or to register, call Kellie Heidel 306446-6424 or email kellie.heidel@pnrha.ca. Please leave a daytime phone number if leaving a message.

Thursday & Friday, May 29 & 30 Garage Sale at St. Paul’s Anglican Church Hall, 1302 - 99th Street, North Battleford from 1:00 - 7:00 p.m. Something for everyone. Proceeds to St. Paul’s Anglican Church. 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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MY LIFE

By Kim B. Miller

PUZZLE NO. 708

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Drivers invited to take road safety challenge Submitted Saskatchewan drivers are being challenged to reduce the number of deaths and injuries due to vehicle collisions on our roads. The Road Safety Challenge aims to make drivers think about simple changes they can make to improve safety on provincial roads and highways, and help meet the target of a 10 per cent reduction in deaths and injuries by Saskatchewan Day 2015 and a 20 per cent reduction by Saskatchewan Day 2017. “It’s easy to blame the ‘other driver’ for the behaviours causing collisions on Saskatchewan roads and highways,” Minister responsible for SGI Donna Harpauer said. “We’re challenging all drivers to take personal responsibility, and do their part by making simple changes in their driving habits that can lead to big safety benefits. Changes could include volunteering to be the designated driver, always wearing a seatbelt, easing off the gas pedal, and putting down the distractions like cellphones while driving. Small changes can have a big impact.” In 2012 in Saskatchewan, there were 184 deaths and 7,311 injuries due to vehicle collisions. The Saskatchewan Road Safety Challenge encourages everyone to identify the changes they can make in their driving habits to make our roads safer. A series of ads running on television, radio and online will challenge drivers to modify their driving behaviour – by slowing down, putting down that phone, and planning a safe ride home after drinking alcohol. Drivers are also encouraged to share their safe driving behaviour changes and ideas on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #wecandrivebetter. “Governments can make stronger rules and tougher sanctions,” Chair of the allparty Special Committee on Traffic Safety Darryl Hickie said. “But the only way to make our roads safer is for drivers to think about the choices they can make to prevent crashes. That’s why increasing traffic safety awareness was also a big part of our recommendations. This challenge is designed to get you talking about safe driving and how you can make a difference.”

“Changing driver behaviour is a little like moving a boulder,” Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police President Chief Troy Hagen said. “We can either make a handful of people move a boulder up a hill, or we can ask 800,000 people to each carry a pebble. Neither police nor legislators can do this alone. But, if each driver makes a personal commitment together, we can reduce collisions.” The Road Safety Challenge focuses on the most common high-risk driving behaviours and encompasses a variety of ongoing initiatives focused on traffic safety, including “We can do better” streeter ads, monthly traffic safety spotlights, car seat clinics and ads about upcoming changes to traffic safety laws. For more information visit www.sgi.sk.ca.

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What the Bible has to say about weddings Perhaps there’s a wedding in your past. If so, it may have taken place quite recently. Or, like mine, it may be an event that occurred many years ago. In any case, memories linger, of a sacred time when vows were made. A time of romance and of hope, blended with fits of nervousness, and maybe moments of hilarity and fun. It is sobering to consider that this uniting of husband and wife has been taking place for thousands of years. Though precise traditions may differ, millions of wedding ceremonies have occurred down through history, all over the world. Who officiated at the very first wedding? God did. The Lord realized that man (Adam) needed a companion, one like him in some ways, yet also compatible and complementary to him (Gen. 2:18, 20) So, from a part of Adam’s own body, God formed a woman (Eve), “a helper comparable [suited] to him.” (vs. 20) Then we read, “He brought her to the man.” (vs. 22) In a real sense, that was the first marriage. And the Word of God declares that, in such a union, “A man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” (vs.

ding hymn that is virtually unknown today. In it he unites past, present, and future, summoning the three Persons of the Trinity to bless a marriage. The hymn begins, “The voice that breathed o’er Eden, that earliest wedding day, / The primal wedding blessing, it hath not passed away.

Robert Cottrill, B.A., B.R.E. http://wordwisehymns.com/ www.WordwiseBibleStudies.com 24) In this union there is both a leaving and a cleaving (the latter word is used by the King James Version of 1611). There is a departure from the former family unit to start a whole new family unit. The Hebrew word for “cleave” (be joined or united) is dabaq. It indicates a bonding that is so powerful it cannot be broken apart without serious damage to both parts – like two pieces of wood fastened together with some kind of super glue. In the book of Job, the word is used to describe the scales of a sea monster called Leviathan. His scales “are joined [dabaq] one to another, they stick together and cannot be parted.” (Job 41:17) In the Bible, marriage is presented as a permanent relationship – in the words of the traditional ceremony, “as long as they both shall live.” (cf. Mk. 19:8-9) Death certainly breaks the bond, and

sadly, so does divorce. God hates divorce (Mal. 2:16); it’s not His ideal. Yet, because of marital unfaithfulness, spousal abuse or desertion, it is sometimes considered to be the best of two painful options. Divorce is hurtful because it is destructive of the family unit, tearing apart that which God has joined together. The Bible accommodates these destructive effects of sin, in allowing for a marriage break up in certain cases (cf. Matt. 19:7-9; I Cor. 7:12, 15). Even so, the couple should first make every attempt to restore a loving relationship and a happy home. John Keble (1792-1866) was an Anglican clergyman in England. Though a brilliant scholar, and an Oxford professor, he was a humble and unassuming man. Keble authored several hymns that are still in use. But in 1857 he created a beautiful wed-

Still in the pure espousal of Christian man and maid / The Holy Three are with us, the threefold grace is said.” The hymn carries us from the past, in Eden, through current marriage ceremonies, and on into eternity. Keble writes, “Be present, Holy Spirit, to bless them as they kneel, / As Thou for Christ, the Bride-

groom, the heav’nly Spouse dost seal.” He’s referring to the time when Christ, the Lamb of God, will be united with His Bride, the church, in heaven, an event called “the Marriage of the Lamb.” (Rev. 19:7-9; cf. II Cor. 11:2) God is present, and sovereign over this special union, from beginning to end.

Learning to say it better If you ask for buzzwords in today’s business world, you’ll always hear the terms “networking” and “communication.” This weekend I had the pleasure of attending a convention dedicated to both these concepts. Nearly 10 years ago I stepped tentatively into my first Toastmaster meeting, somewhat assured that I was a good communicator, but far less confident that I was ready for what was involved. I’ve never been disappointed that I made the decision to hand over my money and begin my journey. As a business owner, the knowledge and practise I’ve had in communicating my message has opened doors to work opportunities; as an individual, I’ve learned how to express my thoughts more clearly. I’ve

even gained the confidence I formerly lacked when setting personal boundaries. Above everything else, though, has come the realization that when it comes to conveying any message it’s the ability to touch the hearts as well as the minds that really matters. Case in point: the winner of the weekend’s international speech contest was an older gentleman, a successful businessman and experienced speaker. He wowed the audience with his presentation. The third

place winner, by contrast, has been a Toastmaster for less than six months, was in his 20s and just beginning his professional career. He was loud and expressive. His message left us with mouths opened and hearts touched deeply. I came home determined to keep learning but even more, to set my heart on living in such a way that the words I say are authenticated by the life I live. “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my [firm, impenetrable] Rock and my Redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14 Amplified Version) PS: I’m giving a speech tomorrow evening, time to go practise vocal variety and body gestures.

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.

Pastor: Rev. Allen Huckabay nd

1372 102 St 306-445-3009

Notre Dame (RC) Parish

ANGLICAN 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

306-445-5079

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

306-441-1041

Phone 306-445-9096

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

Email: notredame.nb@gmail.com www.notredameparish.ca EVERYONE WELCOME

Maidstone/ Paynton United Church of Canada

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

Phone: 306-445-4338 Clergy Person: Rev. Ean Kasper

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

10:30 Service Church & CE Wing: 306-893-2611 For booking the Wing: 306-893-4465

CHURCH SERVICE Sunday 11:00 a.m.

April 18 - Good Friday Service 11:00 a.m. 1702 - 106th Street, North Battleford Rev. Dan Millard Phone: 306-445-4818 Email: tbcnb@sasktel.net Website: www.trinitybaptistchurch.ca Come join us this Sunday!

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. www.battlefordslutheran.sk.ca Pastor Sheldon Gattinger Everyone Welcome

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

(YHU\RQH:HOFRPH www.thirdavenueunitedchurchnb.ca Email: thirdaveunited@sasktel.net


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