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Staff Amalgamation of the Town of Battleford and City of North Battleford is a nonissue according to mayors of both communities. For more and Facebook reactions to the idea, turn to
Page 3. Murray Mandryk’s Provincial Scene column returns to the pages of the News-Optimist after a lengthy hiatus. For his commentary on provincial politics turn to Page 4. Keith Anderson,
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
executive director of the Prairie Chapter of the International Society of Arborculture says he’s seen an escalation in tree removal in North Battleford. Read Roots, Shoots and Suckers on Page 14. The Rivers’ Edge
Quilt Guild members will soon be winding down activities for the summer, but at a recent meeting they elected a new executive and participated in a show and tell session. Read about that on Page 7.
Treasure Hunt The first-ever Battlefords Treasures craft show took place this past weekend at the Northland Power Curling Centre. There were 31 vendors on hand offering handcrafts, artwork, jewelry, clothing and other interesting items. Battlefords residents welcomed the opportunity to see a major craft show return to the community after the demise of the Saskatchewan Handcraft Festival following its 2016 show. Above, author Dave Perrin, billing himself as Canada’s James Herriot, interacts with craft show visitors. For more photos turn to Page 2. Photo by John Cairns
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Battlefords Treasurers drew shoppers to Northland Curling Centre over three days this past weekend, as a major craft market returned to the Battlefords. Spearheaded by long-time Saskatchewan Handcraft Festival participants Randy and Sharon Cross of Ontario, the market featured 31 exhibitors, 25 of them new. The wide-ranging wares on offer drew an enthusiastic crowd. Show patrons described the event as “fabulous” and said the selection was more varied than what was being offered at the SHF over the past few years. Photos by John Cairns
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Amalgamation a dead issue at state of City/Town address By John Cairns Staff Reporter
Don’t expect to see a study done anytime soon on potential benefits of amalgamating Battleford and North Battleford. Both Mayor Ames Leslie of Battleford and Mayor Ryan Bater of North Battleford closed the door on any amalgamation talk during the state of the City/ Town address hosted by the Battlefords Chamber of
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Commerce May 8. “There is absolutely no conversation to be had,” said Leslie to reporters following the address. The issue has come up before at past City/Town addresses. Two years ago, Mayor Ian Hamilton expressed support for a study to look into potential benefits of joining the two communities. At Tuesday’s event at the Western Development Museum, an audience member
asked the mayors if they had looked into the benefits of a feasibility study. Mayor Ryan Bater responded, “the short answer is, ‘no.’” Bater did say the City was “open to investigating any efficiencies possible with any of our neighbours,” something Leslie also expressed support for. But Bater acknowledged Battleford had no interest in pursuing amalgamation. “The direction from the
town has been pretty clear, that they are not open or at least haven’t been open to support amalgamation. We respect that. As a good neighbour we don’t want to be stubborn about it,” said Bater. In his response, Leslie made clear his council in Battleford would not pursue any amalgamation discussion this term. “It is not a question that will even be brought up,” said Leslie.
Mike Moate: “North Battleford Needs To Put Up A Toll Booth.....As that town uses alot of this cities infrastructure as do surrounding reserves and RMs.....the people that live in the city of N.B have to pay the way.....Hence The Roads in this city ...Everyone of them are complete garbage....this city will never catch up paying for the Freeloading that it has been paying for.. ....#PUTUPATOLLBOOTHMAYORBATER......”s Mitch Wood: “Lol anyone from NB/Battleford knows that you go back and forth from both towns probably daily (More so Battleford to NB) and you won’t get a single person supporting a stupid toll booth.” Randie J Wasson-Woytiuk: “North Battleford would benefit, but not Battleford. Leave it alone.”
Bridges must be addressed: Leslie By John Cairns Staff Reporter
News the old Battleford bridges are “no longer safe,” in the words of Mayor Ames Leslie, surprised Battleford residents in the audience of the recent state of the City/Town address at the Western Development Museum. Leslie told the audience the bridge, which serves as the lone artery to Finlayson Island, needs urgent attention. He said town council will need to make decisions within the “next six months” as to what the viability of the bridges will be. Decisions town council will make on that issue will have wide reach, as Finlayson Island is a prominent attraction for those who like nature and the outdoors in the Battlefords. There are implications for tourism marketing for both Battleford and North Battleford, who share respon-
A business owner was assaulted by a man wielding a hatchet during a robbery of a business on the 1100 block of 107th Street Thursday at about 9:45 p.m., according to Battlefords RCMP. The business owner sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was treated at the hospital, police say. The lone man who entered the store was wearing a faded grey hoodie with the word RAW in large letters on the front, a red bandana around his neck, a red ball cap with black brim, black sweat pants, white Nike running shoes and was carrying a small purple back pack.
Last week’s News-Optimist online poll:
Are you concerned about wildfires?
• Yes, we always seem to get fires this time of year. 43% • Yes, our community is full of people who like to start fires. 36% • No, I’m confident we’ll get rain soon.
15% • No, fire bans should keep us safe.
This week’s News-Optimist online poll: The old bridges that connect to Finlayson Island have been in poor conditions for many years. Now the Town of Battleford is commissioning a study to gauge the feasibility of keeping the south bridge open to vehicle traffic. What’s your opinion? • It’s time to stop pouring money down that hole. Close the south bridge and ensure it is safe for pedestrian traffic. • Finlayson Island isn’t that important. Close both bridges entirely. • I’m an avid cross-country skier. I would be devastated if the City was unable to get to the island to set the trails. • Get money from the province to pay for bridge repairs. It is too important an asset to the community.
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This is a view of the South Bridge from Finlayson Island to Battleford. Concerns about the state of the bridge have prompted town council to initiate an engineering study of the bridge. Watch for more details on bridge woes and plans in the Thursday Regional-Optimist or visit www.newsoptimist.ca. Photo by John Cairns
sibility for the river valley. The immediate focus of attention is on the south bridge, which connects Battleford to Finlayson Island. This is the only portion by
which vehicular traffic can access the island. But deterioration is evident. Cracked asphalt and potholes can be found on the south bridge.
As for the north bridge, which connects North Battleford to the island, it was closed to vehicles years ago, with only foot and cycle traffic allowed there.
Business owner attacked with hatchet Staff
Police say he is approximately 5’8”, slim, 140 lbs, thick shoulder-length hair that appeared to have been dyed red at some point. The perpetrator is reported to have made off with a small quantity of merchandise.
Battlefords RCMP are warning the public to be on the lookout for a jewelry sales scam. Since last week. Battlefords RCMP say the detachment has received several calls about a group of people selling fake gold jewelry in parking lots of businesses in the Battlefords. Police say the perpetrators approach victims saying they are looking
to sell some gold jewelry to get money to get back home. According to the RCMP, the jewelry appears to be gold, but has little to no value and is of poor quality. Several victims have been identified so far and a fraud investigation has been initiated into the complaints.
The fraudsters were last seen in a black 2018 Dodge Charger with a Manitoba licence plate. Investigation has confirmed there are at least three couples involved in pedalling the fake merchandise. The public is advised not to buy the jewelry and report the matter to police immediately.
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Do you text and drive? Do you talk on your hand-held phone and drive? If you habitually do these things or engage in any other activities that take your mind off the task at hand, chances are good you will eventually pay the price, in the form of a ticket or a crash. According to SGI, police are ridiculously good at catching distracted drivers. In a March blitz dubbed Operation Bus Cop, police agencies set a traffic safety spotlight record for distracted driving with 711 offences cited that month. Of those 583 were cellphone tickets. Police agencies used a variety of tactics — cruising through traffic in unmarked SUVs, positioning plainclothes officers on sidewalks and watching from elevated vantage points overlooking busy thoroughfares. It’s a safe bet that each of those 711 people would have rather spent $280 on something other than a ticket. The fine also carries four demerit points and a potential one-week vehicle impoundment for a second cellphone ticket in a year. Those are high prices to pay, but the cost could be higher. In 2016, distracted driving was a factor in nearly 8,300 collisions contributing to the deaths of 42 people and more than 1,200 injuries.
NDP leader Meili appears to have tougher task It would seem counter intuitive, but the job of Opposition leader in Saskatchewan may now be a lot harder than the job of premier. That shouldn’t make any sense because the premier bears responsibility for tough spending decisions. Oppositions can’t even propose spending bills in the legislature. And the burden of being premier is much more complicated than that, extending to virtually every tough situation — some of which he inherits and some of which a premier has no control over. For example, immediately after being selected Saskatchewan Party leader and premier, Moe faced the aftermath of the Gerald Stanley verdict and the Humboldt Broncos bus crash. Both would have been exceedingly stressful for any leader. Sandwiched around these events were a provincial 2018-19 budget, then the inherited problems of former cabinet minister Bill Boyd’s Environment Act charges and the ongoing controversies of land purchases at the Global Transportation Hub. The above are inherited problems from the former premier Brad Wall’s administration. Moe and the Sask. Party may claim this is a new administration, but that really isn’t fooling anyone. Even if you are a new premier, you carry on with the baggage of your entire government. Maybe an opposition leader also inherits some baggage from the past when his party was in power, but the weight of that baggage is simply not comparable. All this said, it seems that in Saskatchewan right now,
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firstname.lastname@example.org it’s NDP Opposition leader Ryan Meili struggling significantly more than Scott Moe. And those with even a rudimentary knowledge of politics will understand why. For starters, while Moe competed with five others (notwithstanding Rob Clarke’s last-minute departure from the race) for the Sask. Party leadership and while it took five ballots and Moe had less than 25 per cent support on the first ballot, he actually had the support of a majority of caucus members. Meili’s only competitor was Trent Wotherspoon, but the now NDP leader had the support of only one other caucus member. And that split and tension is a defining element of the NDP of late. In fairness to Meili, he has actually gone to great lengths to modify his policies to make them more palatable in Saskatchewan. But for most of the past 50 years, the NDP has struggled with the reality that they are simply no longer
Saskatchewan’s natural governing party. Since the demise of the Tommy Douglas’s CCF in 1964, Saskatchewan has now spent more days under the rule of the right-wing alternative than under an NDP administration. This would include the last 10-plus years under the Sask. Party that enjoyed the biggest popular vote wins in the province’s history. Add to the fact this province did not elect an NDP MP for 15 years prior to the 2015 election. (And judging by the way the federal NDP caucus has handled Regina Lewvan MP Erin Weir’s situation) the federal party may be in for another drought. The point being, this is no longer an NDP province and what tolerance there has been for NDP governments in the last 50 years has been a result of them being comparatively pragmatic. Meili may have modified his positions, but he is still considered left wing. He supports a $15-an-hour minimum wage (a tough sell in rural Saskatchewan where there are many small businesses). And Meili has expressed some level of support for a carbon tax of some sort. Moe has been lobbying hard against the carbon tax and in support of the Trans Mountain pipeline opposed by the B.C. NDP government. And both those positions seem wildly popular with provincial voters. Sometimes, premiers simply do have more favourable policy positions. And that’s likely why Moe’s job seems a bit easier right now. Gordon Brewerton Senior Group Publisher
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Wages and jobs a prime topic of debate Wages and jobs were a prime focus of debate in the Saskatchewan legislature recently. The issue of wage levels that came up Monday, April 30 in question period. Opposition leader Ryan Meili raised the issue with Premier Scott Moe, and that exchange is recorded in Hansard. Mr. Meili: — My question today for the premier is, does he believe that someone who is working full-time hours in Saskatchewan should be earning enough that they don’t need to count on supports like the food bank and other social services just to make ends meet? The Speaker: — I recognize the Premier. Hon. Mr. Moe: — Mr. Speaker, over the last decade it’s been this government, a Saskatchewan Party government under Premier Wall, and all of the members and others on this side of the house that have consistently and repeatedly advocated for a stronger economy here in the province of Saskatchewan. Mr. Speaker, they have advocated for that to some success, I might put forward, with some 62,000plus jobs here in the province of Saskatchewan, in communities right across this province, in communities where I live, in communities in the north and in all corners of the province of Saskatchewan, Mr. Speaker. … This is our growth agenda, Mr. Speaker. This is our plan for growth. This is the Saskatchewan
advantage and this is the path that we’ll continue on, Mr. Speaker. The Speaker: — I recognize the Leader of the Opposition. Mr. Meili: — Fifteen per cent of those who use food banks in the province cite wages as their main source of income. Does the premier believe that people working full time should be earning enough to have incomes that lift them over the poverty line? The Speaker: — I recognize the Premier. Hon. Mr. Moe: — Mr. Speaker, as I said, as we continue to advocate for a stronger economy here, wages continue to increase in the province of Saskatchewan, Mr. Speaker. And in fact since February of 2007 our wages, average weekly earnings in this province are up some 38 per cent to $730.24, Mr. Speaker. … Meili also brought up the issue of the minimum wage and called for it to be raised to $15 an hour. Mr. Meili: — … Mr. Speaker, no one who’s working full time should have to choose between paying their rent, feeding their family, or keeping the lights on. Responsibility for this injustice, Mr. Speaker, rests with the premier. It rests with his cabinet. They set the minimum wage and, after a decade in power, they’ve allowed workers in our province to fall further and further behind. Many are calling … for the minimum wage to be raised to $15 an hour. But at the rate we’re going, Saskatchewan
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won’t have a $15-an-hour minimum wage for 17 more years. This inaction hurts people and it stunts our economic growth. The premier has admitted there is more to do. Will the premier commit to raising the minimum wage enough to lift hard-working Saskatchewan people out of poverty? The Speaker: — I recognize the Premier. Hon. Mr. Moe: — Mr. Speaker, since 2007 minimum wage in this province has been raised some 10 times, up some 37 per cent in just over a decade. We committed to a process a few years ago. That process involved indexing our minimum wage to a formula that we put forward at that point in time and consulted on, that was weighted on the average increase of the consumer price index as well as the average hourly wage for Saskatchewan people. This has been the position of this government since we introduced that. It was a formula that was put forward at that point in time. We stand by it. And I guess my question to the members opposite: are they committed to a $15 minimum wage here in the province of Sask-
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Tarrant Cross Child was the guest speaker at a Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast in North Battleford Saturday. Mayor Ryan Bater of North Battleford and Mayor Ames Leslie of Battleford both attended the event. Cross Child’s message was one of hope, as he recounted his battle with addicition and depression. For more details see the Thursday edition of the Regional Optimist or visit www. newsoptimist.ca. Photo by John Cairns
atchewan? I think employers in this province would like to know. Two days later Meili raised the topic of the minimum wage again , but Premier Moe’s response wasn’t much different from before. Mr. Meili: — … Mr. Speaker, will the premier commit to doing the right thing and the smart thing? Will he raise the minimum wage to a level that will help working people get out of poverty? The Speaker: — I recognize the Premier. Hon. Mr. Moe: — Mr. Speaker, we’ve been doing that for a number of years now with a formula that we put forward a few years ago, and we continue to follow here in the province of Saskatchewan. And I think the member opposite should ensure that when he is talking about the affordability of Saskatchewan families and in particular those Saskatchewan families that are at the lower income earning levels, he takes into account all of the affordability factors, minimum wage being but one of them. Because the fact of the matter is this, a family of four in this province with a $50,000 income level is still going to pay $2,300 less each and every year than they did when members opposite were on this side of the house, Mr. Speaker.
Understanding there is more to do, Mr. Speaker, we need to ensure that we have a strong economy so that people have every opportunity to expand . . . [Interjections] The Speaker: — I recognize the Premier. Hon. Mr. Moe: — Mr. Speaker, we also need to ensure that we have a strong economy here in the province of Saskatchewan so that people, individuals, families across this province, have every opportunity to further their career choices, have every opportunity to find a better life here in the province of Saskatchewan, a better career, Mr. Speaker, and ensure that our level of affordability is strong here, Mr. Speaker. Mining layoffs of up to 1,300 workers at Nutrien were also in the news. On May 1, Saskatoon Fairview MLA Vicki Mowat raised that issue with Minister of Trade, Jeremy Harrison. In that exchange Mowat noted another item that made news: the recently departed former premier had just landed a new consulting gig with a Calgary law firm. Ms. Mowat: — There are hundreds of layoffs coming to workers of two different mines. That’s hundreds of families all within entire communities of Allan and Vanscoy that will be impacted by these layoffs. This is a significant hit to our province’s economy. Saskatchewan’s job growth is one of the slowest in the country, and recent reports show that other than Newfoundland and Labrador, Saskatchewan has the slowest growth in weekly earnings since last year. So the premier really had to twist those facts
yesterday to highlight the exact opposite. In reality, people are leaving to find opportunities elsewhere. Even Brad Wall had to go all the way to Calgary to find a job. So what’s the plan to get our economy back on track and to ensure jobs for the people of the province? The Speaker: — I recognize the Minister of Trade. Hon. Mr. Harrison: — Well personally, M, I think it’s a ridiculous cheap shot from the NDP about our former premier who served this province with a huge amount of dedication and integrity over the course of the last decade. [Interjections] The Speaker: — I recognize the minister. Hon. Mr. Harrison: —As I said, a ridiculous cheap shot from the members opposite. The former premier is going to continue to reside in Saskatchewan. He’s working for a national law firm, and we wish him the very best. And I would hope that all members would ... wish him the very best in his future endeavours. With regard to the member’s question, the reality is, on average weekly earnings we’ve seen an increase over the course of the last decade of over 38 per cent. An increase in average weekly earnings, the second-highest percentage growth in the entire country. We’ve also seen the second-highest growth rate of job creation in the entire country. We know that they only have one economic policy opposite, that they’ve put on the record. And that one policy is a carbon tax and that policy will kill jobs.
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You would be hardpressed to find anyone who knows more about North Battleford’s history, and the people of North Battleford, than Leola Macdonald. Macdonald, nee Minette, has lived in North Battleford for almost her entire life, which explains her extensive knowledge of the city and its residents. She has deep connections to Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford. She grew up on the hospital grounds and later went on to become a psychiatric nurse, graduating in 1951. In those days of the early-to-mid 20th century, life on the hospital grounds was unique — it was a community in itself. In a publication she submitted to the City of North Battleford Historic Archives in May 2010, Macdonald detailed what life was like there. She noted many had questions about “Shacktown” and where it was located on the grounds of the hospital. “Apparently during the building of the hospital from 1911-13, workers lived in temporary accommodation below where a winding low stone wall was later built. Married staff then started to live there. My parents were married in 1924. They bought a previously-owned house at the bottom of the walls. There were few if any fences, no electricity. They used coal oil and gas lamps, heated with coal and wood stoves and heaters. Water was carried from a tap on a small wellhouse. Most houses grew gardens and had cellars where they stored their vegetables.” It was the house in Shacktown that Leola returned to as a newborn baby after she was born at the Notre Dame Hospital in North Battleford. Macdonald described the Sask. Hospital grounds as a “close-knit community” and “the occasional trip to town was a noteworthy event, involving an eightmile walk or the expenditure of a day’s pay for taxi fare.” About 21 brick or stucco cottages were built for married staff, and then in 1929 an apartment block was built with 42 suites, a mix of one, two or three bedroom units. Macdonald’s family moved to the northeast corner of that apartment block, which she described as overlooking the barns, sheep pen, clotheslines and staff garden plots. Later, the family moved to the southwest corner to a suite there.
On the grounds, the sound of the whistle would signal meal times and change of shifts. Macdonald recalls the whistles could be heard in North Battleford itself. In speaking to the NewsOptimist, she recalled the Shacktown area was “a wonderful place for sleigh riding — the sandpit was the most beautiful sand.” For school, Macdonald took the bus back and forth to Battleford, which is where people on the Sask. Hospital grounds received their education in those days. “We had a school at Saskatchewan Hospital and it went up to Grade 8, and after that we went to Battleford - BCI,” Macdonald recalls. “And that was a government thing, the government would pay for it.” She also knew the family of the future mayor of North Battleford, Ian Hamilton, who also grew up on the Sask. Hospital grounds. Macdonald recalled the Hamiltons lived in an apartment across from them. “Jim and Hugh … one was in the army and one was in the air force,” said Macdonald. “And Hughie was killed overseas. It was a very, very sad time. I think it was 13 or 14 boys killed.” A cenotaph stands at the entrance to the hospital grounds in their memory. Macdonald wrote that Shacktown eventually disappeared sometime in the 1940s, with families moving to North Battleford, Battleford or elsewhere and many of the houses moved to other locations. Today, the houses of Shacktown are gone. Several of the houses ultimately wound up as cottages at Jackfish Lake, including the one Macdonald lived in
as a baby. Much later, in the 1960s, she and her husband Douglas John Macdonald, nicknamed “Mac,” purchased that same relocated house at Jackfish Lake and owned it until 2004. “We had a real good life,” said Macdonald about her time on the Sask. Hospital grounds. Ultimately, Macdonald
the Battlefords. If there was any information about family members or the Saskatchewan Hospital, she could be counted on to have it. Once a woman from England, Margaret Usher, came to the archives department with photos featuring the Illingworth family from the Battlefords.
hind putting together a disShe had also been inByvarious JoshcorGreschner play about the volved in the genealogical ner stores that had been in society, which provided her firstname.lastname@example.org business across the city. with a fountain of knowlA public call went out edge for her work on the for submissions or infor- archives committee when mation in documenting she joined. these stores that used to Outside of the archives dot the North Battleford committee, Leola has been streets and neighbour- a tireless supporter of the Battlefords hoods through the years, community. By Jayne Foster but which mostly disap- Union Hospital recognized peared email@example.com upon arrival of the her support for the Every Little Bit Counts capital big chain grocery stores. “Do you remember the campaign for new ear, nose bell that rang when you en- and throat equipment in tered the store, the coiled 2017. Her contributions to sticky paper hanging from the ceiling to help control the city archives, and the the flies and the string and community at large, were recognized roll of brown paper By used Becky Doig May 8 at River for wrapping?” Macdonald Heights Lodge, where a firstname.lastname@example.org wrote in a submission to gathering was held in her the News-Optimist in De- honour. Macdonald was awarded a lifetime memcember 2015. “Remember too that bership in the City of North each order was written by Battleford Historic Arthe clerk – totalled in their chives as recognition for head and they retained a her years of service. Her recognition coincarbon copy of every receipt. There was the scale, cides with a historic year of meat slicer, rolls of cheese, change at the Saskatchewan cash register, adding ma- Hospital grounds, as it is chines, the glass display expected the new hospital case and the counter. There will finally be completed were shelves of canned in the fall. In her archives goods. Milk and pop were in glass bottles. Apples, piece from May 2010, pears, peaches, apricots Macdonald wrote that she came in season and moth- looked forward to the day ers were kept busy can- when the new hospital was ning. The boxes from the finally built. “There have been many fruit were recycled, making many handy articles. The changes over nearly 100 bags from the flour and years. The nurses’ home is sugar also had many uses.” gone, as are the H Hut, the Macdonald recalls she barns, some of the cottages, and one of her colleagues the chicken farm to name a on the committee went out few and Shacktown is comto the various locations pletely overgrown. “One thing that has not in the city, to track down changed is the excellent where the old stores were. “We drove around nursing care provided by town finding where these a caring staff. Many upstores had been, and that grades have been done to was an adventure,” said the Saskatchewan Hospital in recent years but we need Macdonald. “And every few min- a new hospital. I hope and utes she’d say ‘we’ve got to pray work begins soon on stop and have an ice cream a new facility, the mentally cone.’ And I haven’t had ill of our province deserve it.” that ice cream cone yet!”
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studied nursing in Saskatoon and graduated in 1951. When she returned home to North Battleford, she worked at both Notre Dame Hospital and the Saskatchewan Hospital. Her husband also worked at Sask. Hospital. Together they raised three sons and two daughters. Around 2009, Macdonald became a volunteer with the City of North Battleford Historic Archives, where she’s been a valued member ever since. What prompted her to join was a deep interest in history. “Just really interested in history, and local history,” said Macdonald. Those involved in the committee credit Macdonald for knowing every historical family in
Macdonald had known the Illingworths and was able to share her information about the family. She was recognized for her efforts to help the city celebrate the 2013 centennial year. Leola was one of three people involved in putting together a scrapbook about the city’s 100 years of history. Macdonald also created a huge scrapbook about Saskatchewan Hospital, which is in the archives collection. Macdonald is also actively involved in creating an annual display to promote the City of North Battleford Historic Archives during Archives Week. Perhaps her most ambitious undertaking was a corner stores project in 2015. Leola is credited with being the driving force be-
Top photo, newly minted Registered Nurse Leola MacDonald in 1951. Above is MacDonald with components of a corner stores project she devoted many hours to compiling. Photo by John Cairns
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Guild elects executive “Quilting is powerful! It banishes depression, relieves anxiety and improves creative thinking. Be powerful!” — Pinterest By Rita Broshko The monthly meeting of the Rivers’ Edge Quilt Guild, held May 4 at the Don Ross craft room, saw Leslie McFarlane elected as president. Bonnie Flahr will serve as secretary and Pat Geddes is treasurer. Members of the guild joined forces and made two quilts for two special people — the two men who
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treat members so nicely and keep the craft room neat and clean. Thank you so much for all you do for the quilting guild. Upcoming events include a fidget quilt session
Thursday. Please come and sew. May 25, the craft room will host the year-end supper at 6 p.m. Wanda Klee, the “Bag Lady,” will present her collection to members June 1. There will be no sewing at this session. The meeting included show and tell featuring a large array of different articles made by the members.
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North Stars hold prospect camp in Saskatoon By Lucas Punkari Sports Reporter
While the Battlefords North Stars’ organization is still searching for their next head coach and general manager to replace Brandon Heck, the future of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League club was on full display this weekend in Saskatoon. A group of 119 players were invited to take to the ice over the course of three days at the Agriplace Ice Sports Arena as the team held their annual spring prospects camp for players born between the years of 1999 and 2004. “There’s always confidence in what the hockey staff is able to bring in for recruits, but you never really know how things will go until the camp begins,” North Stars assistant coach Boyd Wakelin said. “As a whole, I thought it was a really good weekend from everyone here. I especially thought the bantam age group had some really intense games, as there was a lot of hard hitting and highly skilled hockey all weekend.” Wakelin, assistant general manager Wylie Riendeau and goaltending coach Travis Harrington kept a close eye on the action over the weekend, with some help from a number of neutral observers along the way. “Bryden Serafini, Les Trach, Blake Tatchell and Martin Smith were all here
Edmonton’s Briar Whyte reaches for a loose puck as he shoves Evan Pakkala of Cayley, Alta. aside during a scrimmage at the Battlefords North Stars spring prospect camp in Saskatoon. Photo by Lucas Punkari
and it was great to have them here as they all have a high hockey IQ and we can bounce ideas off one another when it comes to scouting players,” Wakelin said. Having been held in town last year during the middle of the North Stars’ run to the Canalta Cup championship, the decision was made to move the prospects camp into May this season, which also meant that it would be taking place outside of North Battleford as the ice is taken out of the Civic Cen-
tre in the middle of April ahead of the annual Kinsmen Indoor Rodeo. “I think the biggest reason that we did it in Saskatoon is the fact that it’s a more centralized location for everyone,” Riendeau said. “When you have players flying in or driving in from out of the province, it just makes things easier for everyone to arrive. “Plus, the later date gives us a better opportunity to see more players that we may not have had a chance to see, as many leagues are finishing up
New Horizons golf update Submitted by Bernie Meisner After a long winter, New Horizons opened their golf season Monday, May 7, with 28 golfers participating at the North Battleford Golf and Country Club. The weather was perfect for golf and allowed the golfers to settle in for a fun morning. First place was taken by the foresome of Bill Swiderski, Allie Raycraft,
Dave Page and Don Dill with a score of 37. John Yarske led his team of Diana Griffiths, Norm Soiseth and Barry Werth to a second place finish with a score of 38. The consolation honours were taken by Glenn Hunter, Jim Fraser, Ken Holliday and Nester Brunwald. When it came to individual accolades, Bruce Chadwick was closest to the pin on the eighth hole,
while the longest putt on the ninth green was made by Ken Holliday. New Horizons returned to the links Monday morning, but details from that round were not known as of press time. After taking next Monday off for the Victoria Day long weekend, the league will resume play Thursday, May 24 at 8:30 a.m. The season runs until Sept. 24.
in April. Due to those reasons, I think that’s why our numbers were up for this year’s camp.” While the majority of the roster came from Saskatchewan, a variety of players from North America turned out to impress the North Stars brass. “The crop of kids from Alberta was strong and we were really pleased to see the number of players that we had here from British Columbia, as we often don’t see guys from there until the main camp,” Riendeau said.
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“We also had guys here from Alaska, Ohio and Wisconsin, and those are players that had been watched at different showcases throughout the year or that reached out to us and said that they wanted to come here.” Following three days of scrimmages, the camp wrapped up Sunday with a game between two bantam age teams and a contest between the top 40 players from the weekend that are eligible to play in the SJHL next season. “We’re looking to see
who stands out from the guys that we’ve kept an eye out for throughout the season and how they match up against tough competition,” Wakelin said. “It’s not just for putting together a roster for next season, but also to see those who will be coming up for the next few years. “Plus, this is the first time for many players that they’ve been on the ice since their season ended, so it’s good to see which guys have been keeping their training up and which players have been sitting on the couch.” Players from this weekend’s camp will be invited to the North Stars’ training camp in late August, with an exact date to be determined once a new head coach and general manager is hired. Meanwhile, the bantamaged players have a chance to be selected by the team during the SJHL’s Bantam Draft next month. A date for this year’s draft, which has usually taken place during the league’s annual meeting in early June, has yet to be announced. “With the bus accident involving the Humboldt Broncos, everything has really been put on hold when it comes to that,” Riendeau said. “Everyone’s just waiting to see what the team and the league has planned for putting together their roster for next year before moving forward.”
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SOLE-stice Classic introduces youth to track
The 60-metre dash and standing long jump events were among the competitions that took place during the SOLE-stice Classic meet at the North Battleford city track Saturday. Photos by Lucas Punkari
By Lucas Punkari Sports Reporter
One of the biggest keys for making sure people get involved in sports is to have them take part in an event at a young age. That’s the main goal of the SOLE-stice Classic track and field meet, which was held at the North Battleford city track Saturday afternoon. “We’ve been doing it for four years here now and the region used to run from Meadow Lake and all the
way down to Kindersley,” North Battleford Legion Track Club head coach and meet organizer Karen Wharington said. “It’s a grassroot event for all levels of youth that were born from 2005 to 2010. We want to get people involved in track and field, so we don’t have anyone taking part with spiked shoes or anything like that.” The 2018 meet proved to be a big hit when it came to the number of athletes, as 45 competitors took to
the track. “We were around 18 athletes until the last few days, which was when we got a late push from online entries,” Wharington said. “We had a big group from Turtleford that signed up, along with a strong group from Hafford and North Battleford.” The SOLE-stice Classic is a series of meets held throughout the province for young athletes to get involved in running, jumping and throwing competitions.
The program is put together via a joint partnership by Aboriginal Track & Field of Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Athletics. The term “SOLE-stice” comes from the idea that the “final meet” will be held near the longest day of the year. The meets are geared for younger athletes who may not get many opportunities to compete against others their age in their region or from across the province.
“The main goals is to make sure that everyone is having fun and trying to improve upon their personal goals that they have set for themselves,” Wharington said. “Not only are they competing with their friends, but they are also learning about the sport. It doesn’t cost anything to take part in this meet and, as a whole, all you need to take part in track and field is a pair of running shoes.” The running events that occured during the meet
were the 50-metre, 60m, 80m, 100m and 150m dashes, and a 600m race. Meanwhile, the field events that took place were the standing long jump, softball throw and running long jump competitions. The top two athletes from the regional meet are now eligible to take part in the provincial championship, which will be held in Saskatoon June 16. “That’s a great chance for many to take part in a big event for the first time,” Wharington said.
Broncos to return to the ice next season Staff The Humboldt Broncos are planning to be back in action in time for the 201819 Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League season. The team announced in a statement Friday that they are in the process of hiring a head coach and general manager to take over the role that was held by Darcy Haugan, who lost his life along with 15 others in a bus accident last month. “Darcy Haugan was selfless, inspirational and motivating, building up his players to be great ambassadors and role models both on the ice and in the community,” Broncos team president Kevin Garinger said. “He took our team to new heights. It will be in-
credibly difficult to find someone that can rise to his standards.” he Broncos are also holding a invite-only camp for 80 players in Saskatoon from May 25 to 27, while season tickets are expected to go on sale soon. Meanwhile, Broncos forward and former Battlefords AAA Stars player Kaleb Dahlgren, who was injured in the bus accident, has signed a letter of intent in U Sports with York University. Dahlgren hopes to be in the lineup for the Lions when the season begins, but the school plans to honour his committment for whenever he’s ready to take to the ice. In other SJHL news, Battlefords North Stars Layne Young was topped by Chris Van Os-Shaw of
the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Spruce Grove Saints in voting for the Canadian Junior Hockey League’s top forward award. Young and Van OsShaw, who previously played in the SJHL for the Weyburn Red Wings and the Broncos, are also finalists for the CJHL’s most valuable player award, along with Jasper Weatherby of the British Columbia Hockey League’s Wenatchee Wild, Dexter Kuczek of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Winnipeg Blues and Andrew Petrucci of the Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Toronto Patriots. The winner of that award is expected to be announced during the course of this week’s RBC Cup, in Chilliwack, B.C.
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OBITUARIES HUARD: It is with sadness the family of Mrs. Hilda May Huard, resident of North Battleford Sk., announce her passing, with family at her side and in their hearts, on Friday, April 27, 2018 at the Battlefords Union Hospital. Hilda was born on May 15, 1927 in London, Ontario to Carrie Esther and Constantine Mattson. It was there she met and married Charles (Bud) Huard in September, 1951. They moved out west and lived in the house on the farm for several years. With an expanding family they moved to North Battleford making do with small spaces until they finally settled on 97th Street. This home became the Center of life for family and friends. This was where Hilda and Bud raised their 8 children. Both lived there until their death. While the west became home for Hilda, she never lost her love for Ontario and her family that lived there. Children were very important to Hilda and her life was spent caring for her own family (grandchildren included) as well as the numerous friends of her children, nieces and nephews that visited the home often. She was often called Grandma Hilda, Auntie Hilda or blue eyed grandma by those children related or not. She did, however, find time to master the games of bowling, bridge, scrabble, Yahtzee, and in later years golf. She also worked at the Dairy Queen and a jewellery store once her kids were in school. It was noted by one of her former neighbours that she had great gardening skills and as a result the garden was raided frequently by the neighbourhood kids. Hilda is survived by her children and their families: Randy (Kathy) Huard - David; Cheryl (Bernie) Nolin – Shannon (Todd) Stone - Briana and Kiara, Christopher Nolin - Ethan, Taylor and Hadley; Linda (+Dennis) Cameron, Tina Cameron - Dakota and Danielle, Tracy Cameron - Kincaid and Noah; Donna Lee (Wayne) Hnatyshin - Danny and Steven; Heather (+Richard) Rorke - Becky (Mark) Gantz - Lily and Jasper, Katie (Jonathan Sattin) Rorke, Jimmy (Braidee Cameron) Rorke; David (Pat) Huard - Kendra (Tanner Polishuk) Tyler and Devin; Bob Huard – Aimee (Jeff Proulx) Huard - Darien, Jessica Huard; Janet (Stan)Wasilewski - Amanda Wasilewski, Jeffrey (Cassandra) Wasilewski - Helena, Isabella and Jett, Thomas (Erin Pylypow) Wasilewski; numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her Mother, Carrie Esther Mattson; Father, Constantine Mattson; by her loving husband, Charles (Bud) William Huard; brothers and sisters: Ken (+Trudy) Mattson, Norman (+Dolly) Mattson, Ted (+Betty) Mattson, Jack (+Eva) Mattson and Helen (+Doug) Cooke. The Funeral Service was held Friday, May 4, 2018 at 2:00 pm from ‘The Garden Chapel’ - Battlefords Funeral Service with Father Anthony Afangide MSP Celebrant. Honourary Pallbearers were Shirley Michnik, Leona (Lee) Halter, Cathy Turner, Marion McEachern. Private Internment followed at Garden of Christus - Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, North Battleford, Sk. For those who wish, please forward donations in lieu of flowers to the Sandra Schmirler Foundation, 18 Burndale Road, Ottawa, ON K1B 3Y5 or to the Donor’s Choice. Thank-you to Dr. Holtzhausen, Dr. Lipsett, the nursing and dietary staff on second and third floors as well as the therapists at the Battlefords Union Hospital for the excellent care and support provided. Special thanks go out to Jostin, Mary, Travis and Jamie who went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure our mother’s comfort. You are our heroes and we take pride in having met you. Thank-you to Hilda’s grandchildren, Kendra Huard, Amanda Wasilewski, Devin Huard, Chris Nolin for the readings and son-in-law, Stan Wasilewski for the eulogy at the service. Job well done. Thank-you to the music ministry - M. Junice Headley and Robert MacKay. Thank-you to the staff of Battlefords Funeral Service for their kindness and services provided. Mom you are loved by all and will be greatly missed. Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to Battlefords Funeral Service. __________________________________________________
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Jean Lousie Forbes-King (nee Louden) July 16, 1935 – November 30, 2017 Jean Louise Forbes-King passed away at the Ridge Meadows Hospital, Maple Ridge, BC on November 30, 2017, at the age of 82 years. She was the loving wife of the late Bill Forbes-King, who passed in October of 2012 in Saskatoon, SK. She was also the loving mother of, Darrell (Stamford, Connecticut, USA), and Gregory (Maple Ridge, BC); she will be dearly missed by her 3 grandchildren, Tyler, Victoria Lynn, and James; she is also lovingly remembered by her twin sister, Joan (George) Sinclair and family (Oakville, ON); her brother, Don (Inez) Louden and family (Saanichton, BC); her sister, Audrey Sadler and family (Saskatoon, SK); and all of her friends and family with whom she graced by her kind and loving presence. Jean was a loving mother, a devoted wife, and because of her Christian kindness, and quiet wisdom, made better the lives of all she came in contact with. She will be sorely missed by her family and friends. God bless. A Celebration of Jean’s Life was held Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Hillcrest Funeral Home. Arrangements entrusted to Lisa Bos. A full obituary, and condolence messages may be left for the family, by visiting www.hillcrestmemorial.ca __________________________________________________
In Loving Memory of Elaine Florence Eisenkirch, November 28, 1947 – May 5, 2018. It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Elaine Florence Eisenkirch nee Whittles, late of the Baljennie District on Saturday May 5, 2018 after a short battle with cancer. Elaine was surrounded with family at the time of her passing at the Battlefords Union Hospital at the age of 70 years. Elaine was born in Battleford, SK on November 28, 1947. Left to cherish her memory are her Children; Grant (Bailey), Battleford, SK; Alana, Eatonia, SK; Mark (Michelle), Battleford, SK; Grandchildren; Skylor, Jesse, Austin, Ashley, Jordan; Brothers: Bruce (Gladys), Wilfred (Gladys), Dale (Shirley) all of the Battlefords; Sisters in Law Phyllis, Regina, SK; Brother in Law Mike, Windsor, ON, and George, Regina, SK, as well as many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and many wonderful friends. Elaine was met at the Gates of Heaven by her infant daughter Sheri-Lyn, her husband Wilfred, mother Mary, father Raymond, sister Jean; sisters-in-law Elizabeth, Margaret, and Diane; brothers-in -law Dan and Cliff; grandparents Russel and Lucy Waines as well as many aunts uncles, nieces and nephews. Elaine grew up on the family farm south of Battleford where her strong love for animals, farming and family began. This was apparent throughout her life. Elaine married Wilfred on November 7, 1970 where they lived in Regina, SK. They welcomed their first child Sheri-Lyn December 2, 1973. Grant would follow March 16, 1975. Sadly Sheri-Lyn would pass at the tender age of 23 months. Alana was born May 9, 1977. They moved to the farm and Mark came along March 21, 1979. Elaine enjoyed doing things with her children; 4H, curling, football, she was always there. She decided one day she needed a job, so she applied at Gainers which eventually became Maple Leaf Meats. She worked there from the 1st day they opened their doors until the day they closed in 2014. The love Elaine had for her children was only dimmed by the immense love she had for her grandchildren. They were her world and brought her so much happiness and joy. When Elaine retired she enjoyed going on trips with her friends and living at the farm where she had many birds to feed, her dogs Rambo and Buddy that were always by her side, horses, and her cats Cuddles and the psycho Rocky. She enjoyed gardening and her flowers. She was not in pain in the end for which we are all very grateful. She was able to leave this world as beautiful as she was while she lived in it. The family has asked in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Canadian Cancer Society 101 440 2nd Avenue North Saskatoon, SK S7K 2C3 or any Animal Rescue. Interment of the cremated remains will take place at a later date. For those wishing to leave a condolence, you may do so at www.eternalmemoriesfuneral.ca Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Trevor Watts of Eternal Memories Funeral Service & Crematorium.
Cliffford William Roy Lavallee Sr. April 23, 1943 – May 4, 2018 Cliff was born in Prince Albert, SK on April 23, 1943 to Frank and Lena Lavallee. Cliff spent his school years in Meadow Lake, SK. He then worked road construction throughout his young adult life. While in Prince George, BC visiting his cousin, Cliff met his soulmate, a beautiful redhead named Peggy. They were married in Edmonton a short time later, October 21, 1974. Peggy had two young daughters, Terrie and Debbie, who Cliff loved and adopted as his own. Shortly after they were married, Clifford Jr. and Amanda were born. In 1979, Cliff moved his family from Alberta to Saskatchewan, where Cliff held numerous jobs as a heavy duty mechanic. Once all the kids finished high school, Cliff returned to construction work, specifically in the field of Pipeline Construction. Peggy retired from her work as an Early Childhood Educator and joined Cliff on the road with his crew as they travelled across Canada. When Cliff was 65 years old, he began his journey with Alzheimer’s Disease. Alzheimer’s is a family diagnosis. The effects of the disease extends beyond the individual to those that love them. In January 2012, Peggy moved to North Battleford to FUNERAL SERVICES MONUMENTS be closer to the kids and Cliff became a loved resident of the Battlefords District Care Centre. This became “home” to Clifford Rose City for 6 years, where he received amazing care/visits from so many Rose City incredible people. He remained at BDCC until his passing on Memorials Memorials Ltd. May 4th, 2018. Cliff loved Jesus and was incredibly grateful that Ltd. a kind Pastor name Henry was willing to share his faith and disGranite Monument PRODUCTION PLANT ciple his heart. Cliff celebrates in Heaven today, free of disease Professional Services Provided AND INDOOR SHOWROOM and life’s burdens. Clifford is lovingly remembered by his wife of Specialists with Heart and Compassion 44 years, Peggy; His children, Terrie(Rob) Lindsay – Brendan, Dedicated to Quality, 102 Canola Cres. Cole; Deb(Aaron) McNabb – Shallen(Devin), Jesse; Cliff Jr.(ReCut Knife, SK 0N0 Craftsmanship andS0M Service ROBERT MACKAY gan) Lavallee – Chloe, Mya; Amanda(Eric)Paulsen – Astra, Lu306-398-4717 GEORGE HAEGEBAERT na. Cliff’s cremated remains will be scattered this summer at the 306-398-4717 firstname.lastname@example.org Crooked Trees near Speers, SK. Clifford loved music by Con102 Canola Cres. www.rosecitymemorials.com P.O. Box 806 way Twitty and many other country artists from the 70’s and Cut Knife, SK North Battleford, SK S9A 2Z3 80’s. Conway Twitty once said, “A good country song takes a Check out our new website page out of somebody’s life and puts it to music.” In his song, www.rosecitymemorials.com Three Times a Lady, he wrote “If I had my life to live over, I’d spend every moment with you.” Cliff will be sadly missed and never forgotten. Donations may be may be made memory of LOST LIVESTOCK Cliff to Battleford District Care, Unit 1, 1308 Winnipeg Street, Rose City Memorials.indd 1 18-02-26 2:26 PM Battleford, SK. S0M 0E0. Sallows & McDonald – Wilson & $100 Reward. Cat Lost Black and Red Angus yearling and He is a male persian, dark 2 year old Bulls on moderate Zehner Funeral Home, North Battleford, SK. Wally Markegrey/black cat, He should have a growing ration - Performance Info wich in care of arrangements. 306-445-2418
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BROWN: With great sadness we announce the passing of William Grandville Brown, born September 19, 1939. Passed away peacefully May 8, 2018 with his family by his side. William will be sadly missed by his wife Patricia of 57 years, his Son, Ken (Lenore) Brown – their children: Lisa (Mark) Parker – Emily & Jolene; Tarrah (Cody) Frickelton – Lila; Kerstyn Brown (Mark Spencer); his Daughter, Cheryl Brown (Moon) – her children: Lloyd Elias – Avery, Nathan; Trish Elias (Andrew) – Kai, Rylin, Harper; Carl Whiting (Jisteen) – Briar, Frankie; Sister-in-law Mary Klassen; along with numerous nieces & nephews. William was predeceased by his Parents, Bill & Reta Brown; sister, Edith Sarkany. William grew up & went to school in Fielding. On November 4, 1961 he married the love of his life Patricia Thompson. They started their life together in Maymont where William worked as a mechanic in Fielding, Maymont, North Battleford and for Department of Highways. William & Patricia moved to the family farm in Fielding and farmed for over 20 years. His son Ken took over the farm. William then opened up Brown’s Axles in North Battleford. He retired in 2010. William was very active in his children’s lives, coaching baseball and hockey for Ken and attended all figure skating, 4-H events and team rodeo events with Cheryl. William loved summer. He took the family to many places. He and Patricia went on a European tour where they saw the Pope give the Christmas speech from the Vatican. A Private Graveside Service was held at the Maymont Cemetery. We ask that donations be made to the BUH Foundation (designate to the Palliative Care Unit) or to the donor’s choice. We would like to express our thanks to Dr. Johnson and Gilbert & staff at BUH Palliative Care Unit. Condolences can be sent to email@example.com Arrangements are entrusted to Battlefords Funeral Service (306-4464200) __________________________________________________
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Contract Documents will be available for pickup by interested General Contractors at the offices of Associated Engineering, 1-2225 Northridge Drive, Saskatoon, SK S7L 6X6 on or after Tuesday, May 15, 2018 upon deposit of $200.00 per set, GST included. Deposit will be refunded if Bid Documents are returned complete, undamaged, unmarked and reusable within seven (7) days of bid submission. Failure to comply will result in forfeiture of deposit. Technical inquiries by bidders are to be directed to Jared Suwala, P.Eng. at (306) 653-4969 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Bidders’ Briefing is scheduled for Friday, May 18, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. It is in the best interest of the Bidder to attend this briefing. The lowest or any bid will not necessarily be accepted Owner Contact Information Living Sky School Division #202 509 Pioneer Avenue North Battleford, SK S9A 4A5 Tel: (306) 937-7702 Fax: (306) 937-7721 Contact: Brian Bossaer Facilities Manager
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Community Events Calendar Alcoholics Anonymous Please call our 24 hour helpline at 306-446-6166 for support or information.
Al-anon Family Groups If someone’s drinking troubles, attending Al-Anon Family Group provides understanding and support. Meetings Monday at 7:00 p.m. and Friday at 10:00 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church, corner of 15th Ave. & 108th Street. Contacts 306-937-7765, 306-937-7289 or 306-441-9324.
Tuesdays & Thursdays North Battleford Table Tennis at the Living Faith Chapel gym, 1371- 103rd Street at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Accompanied youth (13+) and adults. All skill levels are welcome and the facilities are accessible. Drop-ins welcome
Relay for Life - Friday, June 8 Relay for Life on June 8 at the North Battleford City Track - it’s not to early to start getting your teams together or register as a survivor. For more information call Laura at 306-481-5395.
Saturdays, May 12, June 9, July 14 Parenting after separation and divorce program from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Registration is mandatory. There is no fee for these sessions. To register call 1-877-964-5501. Location will be advised when you register.
Friday, May 18 3rd Annual “Spring Fling” BBQ Steak Supper at the Battleford Legion Hall. Happy Hour 4:30 p.m. Supper 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.Advance tickets - to purchase call 306-446-1983 by May 16 at 4:00 p.m. Raffles, games, 50/50. Sponsored by the Saskatchewan Baseball Museum.
Friday, May 18 Scott Woods Fiddling up a Storm at the Medstead Community Hall, Medstead at 7:00 p.m. Purchase tickets in advance at Hometown Grocery in Medstead 306-342-4711, Glaslyn Credit Union 306-342-2145 or by phoning Richard & Sandra Sommerfeld at 306-342-2143 or Scott Woods Band Office 1-855-726-8896.
Wednesday, May 23
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Flexible, Reliable, Hardworking Individuals who are willing to work NIGHTS and WEEKENDS. Willing to be called in, and able to handle cash. Must have valid driver’s license and your own working vehicle to be a driver. Apply in person with resumé and or application. Contact Kaelyn (cook) Ryan (driver).
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Thinking of Quitting? It is a 6 week, smoking cessation program held in North Battleford, led by the Clinical Nurse Educators out of the Primary Health Centre from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Primary Health Centre. To register call 306-446-8635.
Saturday, May 26 Topline Social Dance Club with Harry Startup at the Sloan Auditorium Royal Canadian Legion Hall, 1352 - 100th Street from 8;00 p.m. to midnight. Contact Sharon 306-446-0446, Leela 306445-7240 or Jean 306-445-8815.
Saturday, May 26 Spring Tea & Bake Sale at St.Vital Parish Center, 11 - 18th Street, Battleford from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Door prizes. Everyone welcome.
Tuesday, May 29 Paint Nite at the Blend Restaurant & Bar at 7:00 p.m. Visit PaintNite.com to view this painting, access event details and to purchase tickets. Use coupon code SAVESK to save 40% on your tickets!
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Thursday & Friday, May 31 & June 1 St. Paul’s Anglican Church Garage Sale at 1302 - 99th Street, North Battleford from 12:00 - 6:00 p.m., Upper Hall. Something for everyone.
Garden Days an opportunity to grow
anbidge on Horticulture
By Patricia Hanbidge
Mark your calendars now for June 16 to 24 and help celebrate Garden Days in your community. You may now be asking, “What is Garden Days?” It is an annual celebration of Canada’s garden culture that began in 2013. It was modeled after the American Public Gardens Association that has a National Public Gardens Day annually in May. Recognizing May is much too early to showcase gardens and gardening in Canada and putting the focus on the vital role gardens and gardening has in our lives, this nine-day program of activities and events is for gardening enthusiasts, families, schools and tourists alike. Garden Days is an opportunity for Canadians to enjoy their own garden, visit or take part in their favourite garden experience, get inspired at their local garden centre or travel to a nearby destination to enjoy their favourite garden. National Gardening Day is June 16, which is the beginning of our 10-day celebration, so start planning now to make 2018 the best Garden Days ever. If you have an activity already planned during those days then you can easily register them on the Garden Days website http:// gardendays.ca/for no charge. Consider this article your personal initiation to get involved. It does not matter if you are part of a horticultural society, a garden club or even a group of school children with a teacher who has a green thumb, Garden Days is for all of us. A couple of weeks ago, I was asked to volunteer my time to participate and become the spokesperson for Saskatchewan. In the interest of gardeners and those who want to be across the province, I decided to donate just a bit more time to the gardening world. If you have an idea, I am here to help you to make your community a grand participant of Garden Days. Simply reach out to me and we can get this show on the road. Activities that range from a workshop to a children’s treasure hunt are all possibilities. Have a look at the website and scroll through the many activities that are already registered. The activities you will see come from garden centres, schools, garden clubs, municipalities, community gardens, wineries, churches, private citizens and more. We hope to reach the 400 activity milestone this year. It is also my hope to get as many of our communities as possible to declare their own official Garden Day. We even have a downloadable copy of a proclamation template that can be easily used by your community regardless of the size or population. Saskatchewan was just included this year, so let’s show some good old Saskatchewan pride and show all of Canada what we are made of. I look forward to helping you out with any and all your Garden Day activities. Let’s get gardening, — Hanbidge is a horticulturist with the Saskatoon School of Horticulture and can be reached at 306-931GROW(4769); by email at firstname.lastname@example.org; facebook: school of horticulture; twitter: @hortiuclturepat; instagram: patyplant or check out at saskhort.com.
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Celebrate Garden Days June 16 to 24. There’s still time to organize an event. Photo submitted by Patricia Hanbidge
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Tree removal rates have escalated in NB Urban forestry Part 1
The City of North Battleford has had a reputation as being a green city on the prairies for several decades. Thanks to the foresight of some past politicians and administrators, along with some dedicated foremen and staff, the City maintained and expanded the urban forest to level that was exemplary to other prairie municipalities. An urban forestry definition, adopted by Canadian Urban Forest Network at the U. of Toronto and Tree Canada in Ottawa, is: “Urban forestry is the sustained planning, planting, protection, maintenance and care of trees, forests, green space and related resources in and around cities and communities for economic, environmental, social and public health benefits for people.” The definition includes retaining trees and forest cover as urban populations expand into surrounding rural areas and restoring critical parts of the urban environment after construction. In addition, urban and community forestry includes the development of citizen involvement and support for investments in long-term on-going tree planting, protection and care programs. Urban forestry in growing zone No. 2 is challenging to say the least. Not only are we limited in the tree species we can
By Keith Anderson
Executive Director Prairie Chapter, International Society of Arborculture
successfully grow here, we also experience harsh winters and short growing seasons with minimal precipitation. The resulting growth rate of prairie trees is painstakingly slow. It takes several decades to get a tree to a size that provides a canopy. Many prairie cities including North Battleford have or had, tree removal policies that consider the length of time it takes to grow a tree. The policy generally would have guidelines such as, if a tree is dead, severely diseased or dangerous, it will be removed, however, if it has 40 per cent or less deadwood, it is a candidate for pruning and maintaining as opposed to removal. It seems as though these guidelines are receiving less priority recently as there have been many total tree removals, which in the past, would have just had the deadwood removed. Tree planting and replacement does not seem to be keeping pace with the number of trees removed. Further, trees are made up of approximately 60
per cent water. In these drought years, it takes many seasons of dedicated supplemental watering to keep trees healthy and growing. Mother Nature always gets the last word. If it’s droughty, you better get watering to retain the needed water content. Trees that were planted in the last 10 years are now showing severe signs of decline due to the effects of drought and insufficient supplemental watering. The bottom line is, it takes minutes to cut down a tree that took decades to grow. Tree removal may be necessary at times for safety reasons or for forest health and disease reasons, however it must be managed through the sustained planning, planting, protection, maintenance and care of trees. Trees on the prairies, that take this long to grow, deserve the benefit of the doubt and removal should be considered a last resort as opposed to a first response. “The best time to plant a tree is 30 years ago, the second best time is right now.”
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We each have only so much time given to us Time’s up! The phrase has been around for at least seven centuries. It indicates some deadline has been reached, that the allotted time for something has run out. One place the phrase is used is at the writing of examinations. I’ve heard it many times in school, and spoken the words in college exams I have set. Stop writing, that’s all the time you get. Limited time is a factor in many scientific experiments as well. As instruments get more sophisticated, they can measure shorter and shorter periods, calling for new names to identify what is meant. An attosecond is one quintillionth of a second. In British measurement a quintillion is a one followed by 30 zeros. And the shortest time recently measured is 12 attoseconds, the time it takes for light to travel the length of two hydrogen atoms. It may be surprising to discover how much the Bible has to say about time. From Genesis to Revelation, in the majority of Bible books, something is said about it. In a much quoted passage in Ecclesiastes, (Ecc. 3:1-8) King Solomon reminds us, “To everything there is a season ... a time to be
born, a time to die.” Psalm 90 seems to set a limit on this mortal life: “The days of our lives are 70 years; and if by reason of strength they are 80 years, yet their boast is only labour and sorrow.” (vs. 10) That’s perhaps a limit we can apply generally. However, the psalm was written by Moses, during the 40 years the Israelites spent in the wilderness. For him and the people of that day, it may have had a more specific application. Because of unbelief, the men of that generation were condemned to die in the wilderness (Num. 26:64-65), and life spans were shortened because of the judgment of God. Men became soldiers at the age of 20. (Num. 1:3) The youngest among them would be dead at or before the age of 60. For the older ones, the age of 70 or 80 was the limit. Whatever time God gives us, we’re to seek to “gain a heart of wisdom,” (Ps. 90:12) to redeem the time, recognizing that the days are evil. (Eph. 5:16) And we need to realize God has given us this time to prepare for eternity. “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (II Cor.
Robert Cottrill, B.A., B.R.E. http://wordwisehymns.com/ www.Wordwise‐Bible‐Studies.com
6:2) Though our time on Earth may be brief, there is an eternity beyond for which to prepare. (Jn. 3:16) One man who utterly ignored that is a charac-
ter in a story Jesus told. (Lk. 12:16-21) When he had an abundant crop, he decided to tear down his old barns and build bigger ones, saying to himself, “You have many
goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.” (vs. 19) But God labeled him a fool, saying, “This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?” (vs. 20) The urgent need to be ready for our eternal destiny is behind an anonymous gospel song published in 1893. It reminds us to get right with God, while He graciously gives us time. Our eternal destiny is at stake. Many times, over the years, I can recall my own
All that I need The wisdom of Agur, the son of Jakeh – a truly modest beginning to a chapter filled with truth. It is believed Agur lived in the same era as Solomon, but the only thing we know about him is found in the 30th chapter of Proverbs. His name comes from the Hebrew meaning “collector” and some Bible scholars believe the names that follow, Ithiel and Ucal, refer to Hebraic terms meaning, “I am weary, I am tired out.” Ever felt that way? I
resting his life on the truth of God’s words (vv. 5-6). This entire chapter is filled with practical advice for godly and meaningful living, but I want to focus on verses 7-9 by referring to my own experience. I often find myself humming this chorus from my childhood days: “All that I need, He will certainly have! always be; all that I need Agur claims no high status, but what we glean ‘til His face I see; all that from his words are pow- I need through eternity; Jesus is all that I need.” erful exhortations as to Too often my (and how we are to live. dare I say, our) prayer Agur was a humble requests are filled with man, not given to lofty requests for “me, myself estimations of his own wisdom (vv. 2-4), instead and I” when, in fact,
mother quoting the first two lines. They sound an ominous and sobering word of warning. “Life at best is very brief, / Like the falling of a leaf, / Like the binding of a sheaf, / Be in time. / Fleeting days are telling fast / That the die will soon be cast, / And the fatal line be passed, / Be in time. / Be in time, be in time, / While the voice of Jesus calls you, be in time. / If in sin you longer wait, / You may find no open gate, / And your cry be just too late, be in time.”
we’re exhorted to thank Him for meeting our needs, then encouraged to reach out to help others in their needs. Even in our most challenging times, we are blessed beyond the imagination of millions of people around the world. Here’s how Agur prayed: “Two things I request of You, remove falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches … lest I be full and deny you … or lest I be poor and steal.” (vv.7-9) That’s true Christianity in action!
Worship Together Spend some quality family time together. Worship at the church of your choice. Our community has a number of churches and a variety of denominations for you & your family.
ANGLICAN PARISH SUNDAY SERVICES Rev. Trevor Malyon
St. George’s Anglican Church - 9:00 a.m. 191 - 24th Street West, Battleford, SK
Pastor: Rev. Allen Huckabay
St. Paul’s Anglican Church - 11:00 a.m.
1372 102 St 306-445-3009 nd
1302 - 99th Street North Battleford, SK
Living Water Ministry
Sr. Pastor Brian Arcand Pastor Anand George Phone: 306-445-3803 Cell: 306-441-9385 Fax: 306-445-4385
Sunday Evening Service 7:00 p.m.
Bible Study Wednesday 7:30 p.m.
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Battlefords Seventh-Day Adventist Church
TerriTorial Drive alliance church
Pastor James Kwon
Clergy Person: Rev. Ean Kasper
Corner 16th Ave. & 93rd Street, North Battleford
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Saturday Services Bible Study - 10:00 a.m. Worship Service - 11:00 a.m.
Maidstone/ Paynton United Church of Canada
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Third Avenue United Church Sunday Worship Service - 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 1301 - 102nd Street, Phone 306-445-8171 Rev. Frances Patterson
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