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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Battlefords Bright Spots

Food, fun and Santa By Jayne Foster Staff Reporter

Winter Wonders A parade and a winter festival drew people to downtown North Battleford Saturday for an event that included street hockey games, sleigh rides and plenty of hot chocolate and marshmallowroasting. See Page 2 for more. Photo by John Cairns

‘Tis the season. There are many ways to support your community. One of them is to go out and have some fun at some of the ‘fun’draisers going on at this time of year. It will do yourself, and someone else, some good. Perhaps you could begin with this Saturday’s fundraiser for Midwest Food Resources, a local charity “working with community towards healthy food for all.” Programs run by Midwest Food Resources include adult and children’s cooking programs, a fresh food box program and community gardening. The plan for Saturday night, Nov. 30 is a community feast and fall supper featuring local foods, including homemade pies for dessert. The fun begins at 7 p.m at the lower level of the North Battleford Legion. There will be entertainment, including cowboy poets, hip hop, poetry reading and music. If you are interested in sharing your poetry or music at the event please contact Debbie at You can also arrange for tickets at that email address. They are $15 each. The evening will also feature a silent auction and there will be a cash bar. The annual Festival of Trees is on this weekend, with lots for the family to take in. There are events for the kids, and events for the adults. The opening is Friday evening starting at 5:30 at the Dekker

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Centre for the Performing Arts. This should prove to be a beautiful venue for one of the year’s most decorative events. Saturday the doors are open to everyone from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for viewing and bidding on the decorated items. Another aspect of the fundraiser is the elegant Saturday evening gourmet meal and entertainment. A $100 bill buys you a plate. Sunday will be breakfast with Santa, with lots for all ages, just $2 a person. Children three and under get in free. It’s a great way to celebrate the Christmas season and contribute toward the purchase of new equipment for the Battlefords Union Hospital. Once you’re done having breakfast with Santa Sunday, you can stop in at the Notre Dame Parish Multicultural Christmas Festival at the Knights of Columbus Hall. This event alternates years with the church’s dinner auction fundraiser. Look for a bake sale, raffles, cultural displays, the sale of international foods, multicultural entertainers, silent auction items and complimentary refreshments and desserts. It’s just $5 to attend and it runs from 1 to 4 p.m. For more seasonal celebration, head out to Meota for the Christmas Cheer Concert at the community complex. It starts at 7 p.m. All proceeds will go to the Battlefords food bank. Call for $10 advance tickets, 306-731-1901, or pay $13 at the door.

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Downtown North Battleford Celebrates Winter This was the scene Saturday afternoon in downtown North Battleford for the annual Santa Claus Parade. The parade was held in conjunction with a Winter Festival to promote downtown North Battleford, an event that included street hockey games, sleigh rides and plenty of hot chocolate and marshmallow-roasting. It turned out to be a bonechilling afternoon, but that did not dampen the spirits of those in attendance, with Santa’s arrival as the highlight of the day for the many families who showed up. Photos by John Cairns

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Mormon church reaches out to B’ford council By Jayne Foster Staff Reporter

Two young men dressed neatly in dark suits have been seen walking about Battleford lately, and last Monday night they visited Battleford town council at its regular meeting. With them was Blaine Sandberg, Battleford’s congregation leader for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, commonly known as Mormons. Sandberg brought with him two young elders, or missionaries, who are in the community for a few weeks of their two-year missionary service. “We are followers of Jesus Christ,” said Sandberg, adding the example they see within the scriptures of the New Testament is that He was a servant of all. “So that’s one of the key motivations within our church, is to serve,” he said. His companions at the meeting told council they have been volunteering in the community, at the food bank and library in North Battleford and at the Saskatchewan Museum Hall of Fame and Museum. Elder Patrick Rodgerson of Yuma, Ariz., has been serving about four months, and this is his second area. His first was Melville where he worked with Sarcan and its clients. He is enjoying his time in Saskatchewan, although the weather is quite

Elder Patrick Rodgerson of Yuma, Ariz., Elder Ryker Vause of Enterprise, Utah, Battleford mayor (and Rider fan) Derek Mahon and local congregational leader Blaine Sandberg at Monday’s town council meeting. Photo by Jayne Foster different from his home. “I’m still not acclimated yet.” About receiving his call to service, he said, ‘When I read Canada, I said, ‘Oh my goodness, I’m going to freeze to death,’ but I’m still alive.” He said he had no idea what the Battlefords was going to be like, but he was excited to come here. Elder Ryker Vause of Enterprise, Utah, has been serving about two months. He

said they have been volunteering at the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame, helping Executive Director Jane Shury. They have helped with upkeep, with preparing for the recent Welcome Home Andrew Albers banquet held to honour a local player who had made it to the major leagues, and helping with records of inductees. He and Elder Rodgerson have been staying in an apartment in Battleford. They

don’t use a car, but they get around very well on foot. They are also willing to help people out in any way they can. “If we can’t do it, teach us,” said Elder Rogerson. Sandberg said they are looking for places to volunteer. The missionaries can be reached at 306-480-8621 and Sandberg’s number is 306-937-7300. Sandberg said volunteering in the community is one

of the church’s tenants. Locally, some of the volunteer work done by the Mormon church includes visiting seniors’ homes, reading and helping with recreational activities. They also work with brain-injured people in care homes. They also clean up parks and green space. There are about 30 strong and able-bodied church members available to help out in various ways, said Sandberg. Shoveling snow

Small plane catches fire at the airport By John Cairns Staff Reporter

It was a scary situation for a pilot of a small singleengine passenger plane at Cameron McIntosh Airport Friday afternoon. The incident happened in the middle of the runway around 1:45 p.m. Immediately after the plane landed and as the pilot was readying to taxi in to the airport he said he heard a loud “pop” come from the engine. The pilot noticed the engine was on fire. “He pulled the plane to the side, he got out, the airport manager arrived on scene and they pulled out the extinguisher and started to fight the fire,” reported Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Steinborn. By the time fire crews arrived from North Battleford the situation was under control. Steinborn noted airport

manager Fran de Kock had done a good job of putting the fire out. The pilot was able to remove all his belongings and gear from the plane. All that was left was for the emergency crews to attend to the pilot, who Steinborn said had suffered some minor cuts to his hand. The pilot was treated at the scene and did not need to be transported to hospital. Emergency crews on the scene included the fire department, the RCMP and EMS. The pilot was the lone occupant of the aircraft at the time of the incident. It is not immediately known where the flight originated. Weather conditions were clear, but it was also cold. Environment Canada was reporting temperatures in North Battleford around -25C during the afternoon. He was “very lucky it didn’t happen in mid-air,” said Steinborn. A decision

The engine of this aircraft caught fire in the middle of the main runway right after the plane landed at Cameron McIntosh Airport Friday afternoon. Fortunately, the lone occupant of the aircraft escaped with only minor cuts to his hands. Photo courtesy Kevin Steinborn on whether there will be an investigation into what happened will be left up to NAV Canada, Steinborn said. This is the second notable emergency this year at Cameron McIntosh Airport.

In June a Piper PA-14 float plane destined for Calling Lake, Alta. crashed north of the main runway, killing a father and son from Whitehorse, Yukon. That plane had launched from a body of

water north of the main terminal building, but crashed and burst into flames only a short distance away. An ensuing investigation found no evidence of mechanical failure.

was one activity council members suggested. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is also known world-wide for volunteering when disaster strikes. Locally, said Sandberg, they helped with sandbagging in the Radisson and Borden areas during the flooding this spring. There were about 100 individuals helping out, he said. He, personally, was involved in efforts at High River, Alta., where he had lived for nine years. Thousands of church members from the area helped with the cleanup, he said. He also said 1,400 missionaries will be involved in cleanup and assistance in the Philippines. The church’s buildings there are built to North American standards, he said, and they stood up much better in the recent hurricane than most other buildings. They have been designated as gathering areas, he said. The church is very well organized, said Sandberg, and able to respond quickly. A large group of people can be organized quickly to help with disaster relief anywhere. Church-wide, he said, they supply medical kits and water purification systems to disaster areas. The women’s group here prepares hygiene kits, said Sandberg, containing basic things needed after a disaster such as a flood, including toothpaste, soap, a towel and a small amount of water. The church also teaches its members to be self-reliant. Most members have 72 hour emergency kits, based on knowing that in the event of a disaster, it could be 72 hours before government agencies or first responders can get to them. “If you look at Katrina, those people down there, if they had 72 hour kits, they would have been a lot better off,” he said. Battleford’s Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is located at 501 Riverbend Crescent, on property donated by the late Mike Gabruch. Sandberg said they have about 130 members, with 50 to 60 attending on a regular basis. The church does not have a paid ministry, said Sandberg, who works for Larry Gabruch as a sales manager for a valve-manufacturing firm. “Each of us are volunteers,” he said, “highly motivated volunteers.”


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I’m a little blue. City council has been talking trash lately, and I’m afraid it may impact my relationship with my beloved blue bin. Although I live in Battleford, I fear if the City decides to withdraw from its current relationship with the Loraas Environmental Services Ltd. single stream recycling program, my blue bin might be repossessed. I would be heartbroken. I love that blue bin. When recycling was first introduced several years ago with the introduction of self serve bins where we could go to deposit our “sorted” recyclables, I was all for it. I made frequent trips to the bins carefully depositing newspaper in the newsprint bins, tin cans in the can bins … you get the picture. Early on the abuse of the bins rankled me. Staff reporter Jayne Foster would make frequent forays into the recycling area with her camera documenting what “not” to deposit there. Alas, our education campaign was to no avail and my enthusiasm for recycling began to wane. I still recycled newspaper and cardboard, bringing it to the bins at our plant because I knew it was actually being recycled and not hauled to the dump because of contamination. The cans still went to the recycle depot, as did the milk jugs. These two bins seemed to suffer the least abuse. Everything else — box board, general paper, plastics —went into my garbage buddy. When a blue bin service was offered for a mere $100 a year, I jumped right on the bandwagon. That created some controversy as it was argued in my household that I could use the single stream recycling bins at no charge, but hey, I know my history. I knew where that was headed. Sure enough, even without the need to sort their recyclables community bin users still found a way to abuse the system. So, for over two years my blue bin and I have resided in perfect harmony. The naysayer in the household has even come to appreciate its convenience, which costs 27 cents a day, although there’s still some grumbling each year when renewal time comes around. Into the bin goes a whack of paper, newsprint, cardboard, plastic and tin cans. Much of which was making its way to the landfill via my garbage buddy prior to its acquisition. Continued abuse of the community bins and the reluctance of others to pay the price for blue bin convenience have the city taking another look at garbage collection and recycling. One part of that proposal is to do away with the blue bins and replace that system with bag pickup. And because what’s available to residents of the town tends to hinge on decisions across the river, I’m looking down the barrel of making another recycling adjustment. I’m not inflexible, but I do love that blue bin. I think anyone who has one would agree. Let’s hope city council takes our ardent affection into consideration when making their decisions during their “trash talks.”


Battlefords RCMP deserve our support Dear Editor I am the founder of the Facebook group North Battleford Victims of Crime. Our group has helped bring the crime problem to the forefront and I am very proud of that. Some will read this and disagree with my opinion because they might have had some bad experiences with the RCMP. I have been frustrated with the RCMP in the past, but that was before. Today is now and we need to support our law enforcement. We need to help them where we can by being observant, reporting crimes and suspicious activities. They cannot be everywhere. The reason for this letter is to give credit to our local RCMP detachment. They have been doing an unbelievable job in putting criminals behind bars and increasing their

presence on our city’s streets. I can’t express how grateful the citizens of North Battleford are for their tiring efforts. The RCMP press releases to the News-Optimist, which is printing it all (online) has shown everyone what goes on in a typical day and shows us some details of what our fine officers have to deal with every day they go to work. So next time you see an RCMP officer, you might want to take a minute and thank them for all they do. Day in and day out, they put their lives on the line for our safety. Once again, a big thank you to all RCMP and support staff for doing their best to take our city back. Guy Turcotte Founder North Battleford Victims of Crime ✓ Give my favourite charity a large donation. 5.9% ✓ None of the above. I’d go on a carefree spending spree. 8.2%

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North Battleford’s Community Plan

Officials from the City of North Battleford as well as from Crosby Hanna and Associates were on hand for the unveiling of the final drafts of the Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaw, as well as zoning maps, at a public open house at Don Ross Centre Room 107 Tuesday. Officials were available to answer questions and welcomed input on the drafts during the open house. The community plan has been three years in the making and is required under the Planning Act. Among those in attendance looking over the drafts were councillors Greg Lightfoot and Ryan Bater. Photos by John Cairns

Council briefs

Oct. robust month for building permits By John Cairns Staff Reporter

Building permits and permit values were up in the month of October in North Battleford. Based on numbers submitted by City Building Inspector Jerry Wintonyk to the City’s municipal services committee Monday, ten permits were issued for $7,302,000, which compares to nine for $987,500 for the same month last year. The bulk of the increase came from two commercial alterations for $6,611,000 from the Kramer Building project. In other categories, two permits were issued for new dwellings for $599,000, one garage/carport for $20,000, two residential alterations for $44,000, one industrial alteration for $15,000 and two removal/demolition permits for $13,000. Overall through October, there have been 106 building permits issued this year for a total of $19,309,400. That compares to 114 for $42,236,400 last year.

Community grant supports curling By John Cairns Staff Reporter

The North Battleford Parks and Recreation Committee approved three more community grant applications at their meeting Nov. 18. Twin Rivers Curling Club has been approved for $2,000 to go towards their junior curling program aimed at kids between five and 14. They had requested $5,000 but are being encouraged to make applications to some other available funding sources for the remaining amount. Skate Battlefords has been approved for $2,000 for their Region 10 and 13 skate competition. The organization had sought $11,347.50 but only a portion of their application met the SaskLotteries community grant criteria. McKitrick School has been approved for $700 for a Grade 5 ski program at Table Mountain. With these three latest approvals, the total remaining in the Community Grant Program until April 1, 2014 is $13,974.39.

Ritz welcomes cyberbullying legislation Staff Battlefords-Lloydminster MP Gerry Ritz is welcoming federal legislation announced last week to crack down on cyberbullying. “Our government is committed to helping ensure that our children are safe from online predators and from online exploitation,” said Ritz in a statement after legislation that targets the distribution of intimate images was announced by the government this week. According to a news release from Ritz’s office Wednesday, the legislation being proposed will ban the non-consensual distribution

of intimate images, empower the courts to order the removal of intimate images from the Internet, permit the court to seize the computer, cell phone or electronic device used in the offence, provide reimbursement for victims and impose a maximum penalty of five years in prison. The legislation comes during Bullying Awareness Week and on the heels of a number of anti-bullying awareness events around the country and also in North Battleford, where a weekend Bully Free Battlefords event drew around 500 people to the Don Ross Centre. It also comes in the wake of recent tragedies across the

country involving teens who have taken their own lives as a result of cyberbullying. A local teen, Todd Loik, took his own life this fall and his family has pointed to bullying as a factor. Ritz mentioned Loik’s family in his statement. “We have an obligation to help put an end to harmful online harassment and exploitation. We owe it the Loik family and to all families who have tragically lost loved ones, or who have been affected by such acts” said Ritz. The government has also pointed to other efforts and tools to stop cyberbullying in its news release, through

resources such as and the campaign. Ritz said this new legislation sends a message. “Through this legislation, our Conservative government is sending the message that the bullying and sexual exploitation of our children is a crime and will not be tolerated.”

Highway 16 west blocked Monday Staff Two jackknifed semis caused havoc with traffic west of the Battlefords early Monday morning. Battlefords RCMP responded to the scene 20 kilometres west on Highway 16 at 6:40 a.m. At that point the westbound lane was completely blocked. By 7 a.m. RCMP reported on westbound lane had been cleared and traffic was proceeding slowly.

Police Vehicles Rammed

Two police cruisers were rammed by a vehicle the RCMP were attempting to stop after a brief chase Thursday afternoon. Police say the RCMP attempted to stop a four-door Honda Civic at about 3:45 p.m. According to police the driver drove erratically and refused to stop. Police say members pursued the vehicle briefly south on Territorial Drive towards the Frontier Mall and that the driver made efforts to evade police.

The vehicle was stopped in between two marked police vehicles at the intersection of Territorial Drive and Highway 16 when the driver rammed both police vehicles and fled east on Highway 16 in the west bound lane. The vehicle continued on Highway 16 east after crossing the roadway and fleeing east towards Saskatoon. Police say no civilians or police were injured as a result of this incident and that the pursuit was not continued due to the risk to the public. The driver was the lone occupant of the vehicle and his identity has not been confirmed. Police are asking for the assistance of the public in providing information leading to the location of this vehicle, bearing Alberta licence plate BBP8635, and the driver. If sightings are confirmed please report to the nearest police service.

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Johnny Esaw: North Battleford’s sports icon By Richard W. Hiebert North Battleford Centennial Historical Committee

Donald Edward “Johnny” Esaw was born on June 11, 1925, one of four children, to Sam and Miriam Esaw at North Battleford. His parents had immigrated to an established Assyrian settlement near the city. Johnny received his elementary education at King Street School and completed his high school at the North Battleford Collegiate Institute. If you spent your Saturdays during the 1970s watching the ABC’s Wide World of Sports on CTV, you may not have known Johnny Esaw, who grew up in North Battleford, was responsible for this slickly produced broadcast with U.S. sports content. It’s generally well known now that Johnny Esaw built the CTV Sports franchise. Many middle-aged citizens will remember the North Battleford-born sports broadcaster for his colourful and engaging on-air persona, but few would know he was also a prominent, visionary television executive. Considering Johnny’s success and fame, it is difficult to reconcile that he came from humble beginnings. His family had little money. To supplement their income, Johnny’s father sold popcorn on King Street near the post office. As a young boy, Johnny helped out by chopping wood, doing yard work and running errands. Johnny got his start on radio in 1947 at the age of 22. His boyhood friend, Emile Francis, who was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the same year, earned money in the summers by managing the North Battleford Beavers, a semi-professional team in the Western Canada Baseball League. In the same year, Emile Francis negotiated broadcast rights with CJNB. Johnny was hired as sportscaster for the princely sum of $5 a gig. Emile later said of his friend, “He was a good, hard-working guy, that Johnny.” But Johnny was more than a sports announcer. He took on every job he could find. He even hauled his own equipment for remote broadcasts. More importantly, Johnny developed and honed his sports reporting and broadcasting skills at CJNB. He didn’t just read off the wires, he enhanced and tailored his broadcasts, making them uniquely his. The result was that he created an interest in amateur sports, and a personal following that grew exponentially over the years. In 1949, Johnny took the opportunity to move to CKRM Regina where he was a sportscaster until 1956. Johnny steadily climbed the ladder of success, taking on more responsibility and building his reputation. He left CKRM to accept the position of sports director with CKRC Winnipeg. Despite his talent and appeal, he presented some challenges at the radio station. He had a lot to say and was very connected in the sports world. Even so, his colleagues could see that he was destined for greatness. In 1960, Johnny made the move from radio to television as sports director for CFTO-TV in Toronto and was suddenly thrust into management, and into the big leagues. As with his radio career, Johnny took to television with the same work ethic, enthusiasm and analytic approach. As sports director, he worked closely with the CTV Television Network and with a team in the production of the CFL eastern teams’ football broadcasts, and the Grey Cup games in 1961 and ‘62. Johnny was also a key person in securing broadcasting rights for high profile venues including CFL football, Wide World of Sports, Sports Hotseat, international hockey and figure skating, as well as CTV’s first Winter Olympics broadcast in 1964. He also negotiated the rights to the 1972 Summer Olympics. Johnny and Lloyd Robertson teamed up for three Winter Olympics broadcasts in the 1980s – Lake Placid, Sarajevo and Calgary. The 1984 Sarajevo Games were logistically challenging because they were the first winter games to be hosted by a communist state. But Johnny took all of this in stride. According to Lloyd Robertson, he said, “OK boys, let’s barrel through this. We’ve got to get it done. No excuses.” Robertson remembers Johnny as aggressive, bold and tough, a front-line executive with the intensity and focus of an athlete. But despite this hard and

resolute side of his character, he was a team player and intensely loyal to his friends. Johnny would go to great lengths to help colleagues succeed in the business. CTV executive, Ken Newans, credited Johnny with building his career. Johnny was renowned for his resilience. CTV failed to win broadcast rights to the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics, but that did not deter Johnny. He and his colleague Ken Newans set up a mini Olympic village in a Toronto parking lot and broadcast from there. Sports fans thought CTV was covering the games direct from Los Angeles. With good reason, Ralph Mellanby, an Emmy Award winning director, described Johnny as “a genius.” The transition from radio to television fostered a different way of broadcasting, one that encouraged opinions in reporting sports. This style was tailor-made for Johnny. Importantly, during this time, Johnny forged a special camaraderie with athletes and coaches. Perhaps the defining moment of Johnny’s career occurred during Canada’s Summit Series with the Soviet Union in 1972. Johnny earned a cult following owing to his savvy interview with a dispirited Phil Esposito. The fans at Vancouver’s Pacific Coliseum booed Team Canada for a poor showing during game four. The Canadians were demoralized. Johnny gave Esposito an opportunity to speak – to vent his frustrations — uninterrupted. Montreal broadcaster Red Fisher said, “It stands out as the greatest interview I’ve ever heard.” Paul Henderson is revered to this day for scoring the winning goal in the last minute of game eight. Johnny’s remarkable interview with Phil Esposito did much to set up “the goal.” Indeed, the goal of all time. Johnny’s strong relationship with CTV led to the creation of the CTV Sports Department. He continued as sports director at CFTO and worked with the CTV Network until 1974 when he became vice-president of CTV Sports. Johnny held this position until he retired from the network in 1990. But the commonly accepted definition of “retirement” did not apply to Johnny. Within a few weeks of leaving CTV, he signed a contract with the Houston Group as vice-president, Broadcast Operations. He continued in this position after Edelman World Wide bought the Houston Group. Johnny involved himself in events including motor racing, tennis, golf and the du Maurier International at Spruce Meadows in Calgary. He was also an on-camera spokesman for the Royal Bank at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships. Johnny finally retired for good in 1996. His phenomenal half-century career involved virtually every Canadian sport. Jane Shury, CEO for the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame, noted, “He has been almost everywhere with almost every sport. The Battlefords are proud of him. He’s a home grown boy.” To catalogue every award that Johnny received over the years is beyond the scope of this article. To properly recognize and honour Johnny for his outstanding achievements, it is noted that he was recognized by seven Canadian Hall of Fame organizations. These include the Football Reporters of Canada Hall of Fame (1984), the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame (1991), Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame (1991), the Canadian Amateur Sports Hall of Fame (1991), the North Battleford Sports Hall of Fame (1992), the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame (1997) and the Canadian Figure Skating Hall of Fame (1997). In 2004, Johnny was awarded the Order of Canada, the greatest and most important honour that can be bestowed on a Canadian citizen. He was immensely proud of this award. It would be difficult to document Johnny’s many extraordinary achievements. After a life of great success, with his wife, June, and children, Patrick and Wendy, by his side, Johnny died on April 6, 2013 in Toronto. Johnny Esaw, a native son, was one of our city’s most illustrious citizens. He was brilliant, professional, confident, opinionated, a man of integrity, loyalty and compassion. On the occasion of North Battleford’s centennial, we say with consummate gratitude that Johnny Esaw brought honour and pride to our city. (Sources: News-Optimist; biographies: Pip Wedge, Canadian Communications Foundation; Toronto Star; Patricia Dawn Robertson, The Globe and Mail)

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North Stars sweep weekend series the game. Igor Leonenko got his eighth from Dillon Forbes and Blake Young at the 5:28 mark, and then Nick Fountain beat Buffalo, scoring from Heinrich at 6:02 to make it 2-0 North Stars. Flin Flon squandered whatever chance they had left when Austin Calladine took a roughing penalty with 2:20

By John Cairns Staff Reporter

There was a new look to the Battlefords North Stars this past home stand. A new goaltender was in net for their games against Notre Dame Hounds and Flin Flon Bombers. Making his first start of the season was Michael Gudmundson, who was in the North Stars and Humboldt Broncos organizations last season and was picked up from Neepawa of the MJHL. If he had any jitters, he didn’t show them as the North Stars put together two solid back-to-back wins, 5-2 Friday night versus the Hounds and then 2-0 Saturday against the Bombers. The Hounds ended up shelling the new North Stars goaltender, outshooting the North Stars 44-30 on the evening. Despite that, the scoreboard told a different story by the end of the night. Goals in the first by Taylor Reich, Blake Young and Brenden Heinrich (power play) put the North Stars up

Michael Gudmundson made his first two starts in net for the Battlefords North Stars good ones, beating Notre Dame on Friday and then shutting out Flin Flon (pictured) Saturday. Photo by John Cairns 3-0 in the first period. A penalty-filled second period saw Jared Martin cut the margin to 3-1 before Jake McMillen scored on the power play at 13:25 with Will Lightfoot in the box for boarding.

Martin and then McMillen traded goals in the third period to cap off a 5-2 North Stars victory. The following evening, Gudmundson got the start again as the North Stars took on the Bombers at the Civic

Don’t wake me up If this is a dream, don’t wake me up. The Saskatchewan Roughriders captured the 101st Grey Cup championship with a 45-23 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Sunday at Mosaic Stadium. Just like the week before, the score flattered their opponents. While it seemed for most of the season the Riders were on a collision course for their fourth CFL championship, it’s really hard to believe it has actually happened. I mean, it doesn’t usually happens this way for the Green and White. A storybook ending? That’s for storybooks. At least it has been for much of the franchise’s 103 years, but on one magical evening on the prairies, the impossible dream became a reality. And really, it still seems like a dream. When I awoke on game day morning, the snow that had accumulated during Grey Cup Week had melted away and was streaming off the roof. Could this be? Could the perfect scenario, the Riders winning the Grey Cup at home in ideal weather conditions, actually

ider Insider with 620 CKRM’s ‘Voice of the Riders’ Rod Pedersen happen? It did. And they did it in dominating fashion. The Riders led by as much as 31-6 over the Ticats, who did not put up much in the way of resistance. The fans were dialed in. The stadium was full as much as 30 minutes before the 5:36 pm kick-off time and it took very little to ignite them into boisterous ovations long before the team was introduced onto the field. And that, let me tell you, was a sight to behold as well. The Tiger-Cats were calmly introduced one-by-one, their starting defense, before a national TV audience. The CFL tried to do the same for the Riders, beginning with left tackle Xavier Fulton, but moments later the entirety of

Canada’s Team came bursting out of the tunnel all at once. It was a clear sign that nothing was going to stand in the way of this team romping to a championship, even if their entrance temporarily ruffled the feathers of league execs. The domination continued shortly after kickoff as Rider quarterback Darian Durant engineered a bevy of touchdown drives, including two scores by slotback Geroy Simon and running Kory Sheets along with end zone trips by Jock Sanders and Weston Dressler. The Riders kept coming in waves and they kept the pedal to the metal for the full 60 minutes. Continued on Page 8

Centre. The game turned out to be an old-fashioned goaltenders’ duel for much of the game, with he and Devin Buffalo of the Bombers both stopping every shot that came their way through two periods. Shots on goal were 23-20 for the North Stars through two periods. But in the third, the North Stars exploded in the shot count with 22 to the Bombers’ eight, and that proved to be the difference in

remaining, and the North Stars prevailed 2-0. The North Stars have now won three in a row and five in a row at home, and are up to 11-13-0-2 on the season. Their next action is Tuesday night when the North Stars make the long journey to Flin Flon to play the Bombers again at Whitney Forum.

by Gerry Bristow Doug Belyk kept to his winning ways Nov. 19 during action at the Northland Curling Centre. He stays on top of the New Horizons curling. He showed Bruce Chadwick how the game is to be played by racking up nine in the first two ends. On the sheet next to them it was Eugene Korpach who just edged out the Hall rink. It was close. The Dudek girls scored another six ender and they needed it for the 12/11 win over Alan Rogers. It took three on the final end for the Peever rink to get the win over Allie Raycraft. In the afternoon Ralph Hall got a win on the second game of the day by downing Horrell. Rod Forrester scored three in the seventh, which was enough to down the Krismer group after a long series of ones. Ed Kjargaard was not there, but his rink skipped by Wally Gordey chalked up two points over Bernie Gregoire. Is it Foster or is it Puff? They are both on the rink and they were good enough to down Lyle Darwent and his group on sheet six.

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Clubs sponsor public skating November 29 The Battlefords Bantam Barons have a home game at the Battleford Arena. Puck drop is 8:15 p.m.

November 29 In NSRHL action, Maidstone Jets will host the Meadow

Lake Stampeders. Game time is 9 p.m.

November 30 In NSRHL action, Edam 3 Stars are in town to face the St. Walburg Eagles. Game time is 8:30 p.m. The Wilkie

The City of North Battleford recognized the financial contribution Thursday of various area service clubs and organizations towards providing free skating programs in the city this year. Representatives at the Civic Centre included Harold Bishop of N.B. Lions, Shandon Reichert of the Kinsmen, Gwen Volk of Bonaventure Lions, Hugh Martin of Northwest Hockey, Ellie Mae Bishop of Bonaventure Lions, Gordon Mullett of N.B. Lions , Don Backus of Kiwanis Club, Zonie Krawchuk of Elks Lodge, Warren Williams of Battlefords Rotary, Gib Volk of N.B. Lions and John Welykochy of N.B. Lions. Photo by John Cairns

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A number of local service clubs were recognized last week for their participation in sponsoring public skating programs this season. Nine service clubs were recognized by the City of North Battleford, who note their support has allowed them to provide a number of programs at the City’s arenas free of charge. The service clubs stepping forward are Bonaventure

Lions Club, North Battleford Lions Club, Kiwanis Club of the Battlefords, North Battleford Kinsmen Club, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 70, North West Hockey Development, Rotary Club of the Battlefords, North Battleford Elks Club, and St. Josephs Knights of Columbus No. 7336. Representatives from the clubs were recognized at an event at the Civic Centre on Thursday afternoon. There, representatives were presented with City notepads as a token of appreciation.


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The programs they are sponsoring are Monday evening public skating at the Civic Centre, pre-school skating Wednesdays at the Civic Centre, pre-school skating at Don Ross Arena on Thursday mornings and afternoons, and extra holiday public skating including at Christmas and during spring break. There are plans to add more free public skating days for kids on professional development days or on other days where there is no school scheduled.


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Recreation services manager Robin Langille told reporters the “support of the service clubs offsets the cost of ice time ...” For some users, this will be the only time they will have an opportunity to go out on the ice or be involved in sports such as hockey or figure skating. The funding from the service clubs allows people to participate in skating without having to worry about the costs involved. “Really all they need is skates,” said Langille. He notes that the free programs are well utilized, with turnouts of 50 to 100 people at the Civic Centre for the Monday evening skates. Last season, the City, with the support of the service clubs, provided 158 hours of free ice programming at the three city rinks. The number of people who participated last year is estimated at 5,692. The closure of the Agriplex for this season has had an impact, however, as the free shinny hockey offered on Saturday evenings is not being offered this year.

Outlaws are in town to face the Meadow Lake Stampeders. Game time is 8:30 p.m. The Turtleford Tigers will host the Maidstone Jets at 8:30 p.m.

November 30 The Battlefords North Stars host Estevan at the Civic

Centre. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

November 30 The Battlefords Sharks host Weyburn at Battleford Arena. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

November 30 The Battleford Beaver Blues are in Shellbrook to take on the Silvertips. Game time is 8 p.m..

November 30 The Battlefords AAA Stars host Moose Jaw at 2 p.m. at the Civic Centre.

December 1 The Meota Combines play Glaslyn at the Civic Centre. The game starts at 8 p.m.

December 6 The Meota Combines play Hafford at the Civic Centre.

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December 12 The Battleford Beaver Blues host the Glaslyn North Stars

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December 14 The Meota Combines play Shellbrook at the Civic Centre. The game starts at 8:30 p.m.

December 20 The Meota Combines play Perdue at the Civic Centre. The game starts at 8:30 p.m. To submit an item for the Sports Calendar email, fax 306-445-3223 or call 306-445-7261.

Truly a storybook ending Continued from Page 7 It was as if all the hard lessons they’d learned over the rigours of an 11-7 season (which had plenty of ups and downs) were exactly that; lessons. In the end, CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon handed the Grey Cup to its rightful owner, Darian Durant, who smiled and pumped the trophy up and down as if it were as light as a feather. No one on that team wanted the trophy to go to anyone else. “Darian is nothing but a pro,” said Rider slotback Chris Getzlaf, who was named the game’s Top Canadian. “He got better every year and you can’t question his work ethic. No one deserves it more than he does.” We all know by now it was the biggest game in Roughrider history. That fact is undisputed. Sure the Riders had appeared in 18 Grey Cups before, winning three, but never had the team battled for the trophy at home.

Until now. Of course it was extra special for second-year Rider head coach Corey Chamblin who won the title for the first time as a head man. Oddly enough tears streamed down his face when the team won the West Final a week before in Calgary, but there were no waterworks this time around. Simply put, the job had been completed just as he expected it would. “I’m gonna tell you I never felt pressure of winning this game,” Chamblin asserted after the game. “I had anxiety to be a champion, nothing about (Hamilton coach) Kent Austin. I wanted to close it out in the right way. BC shook us up in the semifinal but from that point on the guys turned it up and what it took to win.” 2013 — The Year of the Rider. And the demons of the 13th Man in the 2009 Grey Cup were unceremoniously kicked to the curb never to be thought of again. And with 44,900 citizens of the

Rider Nation in attendance on Sunday, the fan base can truly bask in the glow. “The one thing that led us to a dominant performance was the fans,” Chamblin revealed. “They were unreal. I looked at Hamilton in warm ups and thought ‘I wouldn’t want to be you guys’. The stars aligned and it was a positive for us.” The Ticats made no secret of the fact they felt disrespected during the week’s festivities, referring to Thursday’s CFL Awards as nothing more than a “Rider pep rally.” In the end, I’d love to know what they expected, coming into the heartland of the CFL. For now Chamblin doesn’t care. Nor should he. As he stood up from a remarkably brief post game news conference, he muttered the only words that mattered. “That’s it,” Chamblin said. “We’re the champs.” A storybook ending indeed.

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Louie Anderson brings luck to Riders movies and quite often on late night talk shows, going back to the 1980s when he appeared on the Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. More consistently, the California-based comedian has been a regular performer for years in showrooms in Las Vegas. He is currently a regular featured headliner at the Plaza Hotel and Casino, but his performance resumé includes casinos all over Las Vegas – so many, in fact, that it’s probably easier to list the places he hasn’t done. Not surprisingly, given the number of showroom audiences he has performed for, Anderson had plenty of casino jokes as part of his act; about how he’s a terrible loser and so on. His latest casino tour included Dakota Dunes on Whitecap First Nation, and of course, this venue at the Gold Eagle which seemed to suit Anderson well on this night. Tables were set up throughout the hall to give the venue more of a comedy club feel. The bright lights of Hollywood or Las Vegas this was not, though. “I don’t know where I am but they brought me here,” Anderson said. That led straight into a lot of “cold” jokes, with Ander-

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It didn’t take long for the laughter to start from the audience attending the Louie Anderson show at the Gold Eagle Casino Friday night. Right after being introduced by Saskatoon comedian Myles Morrison, who was the warm-up act for the evening, the main headliner walked onto the Gold Ridge Centre stage wearing the most ridiculous-looking Saskatchewan Roughriders toque you could imagine, in anticipation of the Grey Cup game – or as Anderson called it, the Gravy Cup. “Who are you beating – the Tiger-Bears?” asked Anderson, who referred to the Honey Graham TigerBears in talking about the Roughriders’ opponents in the game. That was how things got started for Anderson before an appreciative North Battleford audience. Anderson, of course, is well known for his past gigs as host of Family Feud on TV and as the subject of the animated series Life with Louie. Recently he participated in the reality TV show Splash as a contestant. He has been seen in the

son joking about the bonechilling cold weather experienced that day in Saskatchewan. “I grew up in Minnesota but this is different” he remarked. Here, you needed “space gear,” he said. He had plenty of jokes about the airport and airport security, lots of jokes about his weight, and a lot — I mean a lot — of food references. Anderson spoke about his love for food. He talked about what the prices used to be at McDonalds in the day – 12 cents for hamburgers and eight cents for fries. Now they were eight cents a fry. “Worth every penny,” he said. To give you an idea of what a Louie Anderson show is like, imagine a combination of a physical humour and facial expressions, combined with some well-timed high pitched voices. Anderson isn’t one to scream at the top of his lungs at his audience, and you aren’t going to get much from him in the way of swearing or in the way of bathroom or gross-out humor. That’s part of his appeal – he is regarded as a “clean” comedian, most of the time, anyway.

Louie Anderson brought his routine, and his love for food, to the Gold Eagle Casino Friday night as part of his Saskatchewan tour. That allowed him to show off some of his new wardrobe — a Roughriders toque. Photos by John Cairns He did have a few jokes about marijuana, though, and about what might happen when it became legal. “Imagine how bad the traffic will be,” he said. He joked about his age –

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he just turned 60 – and also spoke of how when you’re young you want drugs so strong they can kill you, but now when you get older you want drugs that will keep you alive. Full circle, he said. He spoke of how drugstores are now the new Discos and then sang part of the Bee Gees’ Stayin Alive” to make his point. It was a fun-filled night for Louie Anderson fans in

North Battleford. The enduring memory people will have, though, is of Anderson doing his act, complete with goofy Roughriders hat, on what ended up being one of the most memorable weekends in Roughriders history. Maybe wearing that toque brought the team a little luck. For sure, though, Louie Anderson fans in North Battleford will never look at gravy the same way again.

St. Mary School students making a difference Hope for Malawi founder Peter Zakreski with St. Mary School students. Photo submitted

Submitted St. Mary School students are supporting children in the African nation of Malawi. Brittany Fedler, a teacher at St. Mary School, attended a conference where Hope For Malawi founders, Peter and Elaine Zakreski of Saskatoon, were presenting. Hope For Malawi is a non-profit charity whose hope is to make a difference in the lives of those who live in the challenging lands and times that is today’s Africa. Moved by the information, Fedler invited them to St. Mary School to share their information with her students. St. Mary students were inspired by the Zakreskis project, and they decided to make Hope For Malawi their We Day global project. Students raised money by making lip gloss and brace-

lets and through bake sales. Fedler’s class is also making books for the Zakreskis to take with them on their next trip to Malawi. “I am very impressed with how excited my class was to help and learn more and also how concerned they were for the children in Malawi,” said Fedler. She said she was also impressed with how her students understood the differences between their own and the Malawi children’s environments. “We made prayers of things we are thankful for. One of the students said thank you God for floors, as the students in Malawi sit on dirt. It was very nice to see them being thankful for all that we have. They realized that there are people in our world who have way less than us, but are much happier.”

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Royal Winnipeg Ballet reaches out to Saskatchewan By Jayne Foster Staff Reporter

After touring around Saskatchewan earlier this year in a residency program, ballet master Jaime Vargas has been back in the province to share with more dancers, including Dance Connection students in North Battleford. In a partnership between Dance Saskatchewan and Royal Winnipeg Ballet, where Mexican-born Vargas was principal dancer for many years, Vargas is sharing his knowledge with dancers at various Saskatchewan venues, teaching an intermediate and an advanced group at Dance Connection after an afternoon with students at McKitrick School. He found the Grade 6 class at McKitrick attentive and enthusiastic. He shared a little of what it means to be a professional body, such as preparing the body, conditioning, stretching, warming up, strengthen-

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ing. He showed them how, in a ballet class, they could learn specific movements to achieve specific outcomes, and he also did some choreography with them. “They did great,” he said. “They followed the whole sequence. It was quite fun and everybody was active.” From McKitrick, he went to Dance Connection to work with two of ballet director Margaret Stephen’s classes, also getting a chance to meet studio owner Virginia Winterhalt. There, he shared with the dancers ways to work from an energy movement point of view rather than a posing point of view, addressing energy patterns and stabilization. “I don’t really work on style,” he said, “it’s from the movement points of view.” Although Vargas did a residency in Saskatchewan in March of this year, also in partnership with Dance Saskatchewan, this is his first visit to the Battlefords. Dance Saskatchewan Executive Director Linda CoeKirkham of Battleford said it was one stop of many. “It’s a nice mix of urban and rural,” she said. Vargas would be working with young children to the university level. Stops on the tour were to be Lanigan, Prince Albert, the Battlefords, Saskatoon “and all parts in between,” said Co-Kirkham. Vargas has an extensive career in dance. Born in Mexico City, Vargas began dance training when he was 14 years old at the Centro de Arte y Ballet in his hometown. Studying with teachers Tita Ortega and his older brother Alejandro Vargas,

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he graduated with a RAD designation with honours in four years and received the prestigious Solo Seal Award, the highest vocational graded examination of the RADance, focusing on solo performance. Vargas also studied at the London Studio Centre in England, as well as the Australian Ballet School where he graduated from classical ballet studies. To further his studies, Vargas received scholarships and grants that gave him the opportunity to travel the world. He made his professional debut in 1989 with the Compania Nacional de Danza in Mexico City and has since performed with many other companies. Vargas joined the RWB as a principal dancer in July of 2004. During his time with the RWB, Vargas has danced various lead roles such as Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Bob in Val Caniparoli’s hit A Cinderella Story, Captain Hook in Jorden Morris’ Peter Pan, Tamino in Mark Godden’s The Magic Flute and the title role in Godden’s Dracula. During the 2007-08 season, Vargas took on the role of Don José, one of the male leads in Mauricio Wainrot’s world premiere of Carmen, the Passion. He also danced the roles of Prince Désiré in The Sleeping Beauty, the Prince in Nutcracker and received the praise of critics for his soloist performance in Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments. For the 200809 season, Vargas performed in Itzik Galili’s acclaimed Hikarizatto and Mark Godden’s As Above, So Below. Vargas has competed internationally and won several awards including the silver medal in 1992 during the Fifth International Dance Festival in Paris, France; finalist in the First and Second International Dance Competitions in Nagoya, Japan; and the silver medal in the First National Ballet Competition in Guadalajara, Mexico. The Mexican Union of Journalists and Critics in Theatre and Music also officially recognized him in 1994 for his contribution to the improvement of art in Mexico. Vargas was nominated for the Benois de la Danse prize for 2006 for his role of ‘Tamino’ in Mark Godden’s The Magic Flute. He also performed at the International Stars of Ballet 2006 performance in Fukuoka, Japan in 2006. In May 2007, Vargas travelled to Moscow to perform his nominated piece for the 15th Anniversary award ceremony held at the new Bolshoi Theatre. Also in 2007, along with his brother Alejandro, he organized and directed Soloists of the RWB, touring to six different cities in Mexico. He has danced the role of Basil in Okamoto Ballet’s production of Don Quixote in Fukuoka, Japan and was a guest artist with Compañía Nacional de Danza in their famous production of Carmina Burana. He also organized, along with Danza

Above, ballet master Jaime Vargas and Dance Connection director of ballet Margaret Stephen (centre, back row) with the intermediate class the former Winnipeg Royal Ballet principal dancer worked with Monday. Below, Vargas has dancers put energy into their movement. Photos by Jayne Foster Sin Fronteras and INBA, a shared performance between the RWB and Compañía Nacional de Danza de Mexico, held in Mexico City in the prestigious Palacio de Bellas Artes. This was a significant milestone in Vargas’ vision of developing a cultural exchange between these two companies. Vargas also enjoys teaching. For three consecutive years he taught ballet class, repertoire and pas de deux classes at a summer workshop for Ballet de Monterrey, run by Robert Hill. He also directed the summer workshop, Fopika 2005, organized by Nriko Seyama in Takasaki, Japan. Vargas debuted his 200910 season as Zidler in Jorden

Morris’ Moulin Rouge – The Ballet. He also danced as the evil Baron Von Rothbart in the quintessential classic

Swan Lake. He retired as principal dancer in 2011 and continues to coach and teach.

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Grade 6 students at McKitrick School spent an afternoon class with ballet master Jaime Vargas, who gave them an insight into the life of a professional dancer. Vargas was in the Battlefords Monday as a result of a partnership between Dance Saskatchewan and the Winnipeg Royal Ballet. Photos submitted

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OBITUARIES LYON: Robina “Ruby” Ritchie Lyon: September 10, 1919 – November 10, 2013. It is with sadness we announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother on Sunday November 10, 2013, at North Battleford, SK. Survived by her daughter Lynda Lyon-Walls( Jim) North Battleford, Arthur Lyon(Carmel) Adelaide, South Australia; Grandchildren: Jill Lyon, Sydney, Australia; Sheena Walls-Ingram(Daniel), Humboldt, SK; Andrew Walls ( Cassandra) Saskatoon, Sask; James Lyon, Adelaide South Australia( Jess Turner). Great-Grandchild: James ‘Jimmy” Ingram, Humboldt, Sask. She was pre-deceased by her husband, Arthur Lyon, parents: Isabella and Anderson Blyth, brothers: Hugh, Anderson, William, Robert, and sisters: Sadie MacKenzie, Hannah Howie, Betty Brooks. Ruby was born Sept 10, 1919 in Wishaw Scotland, and soon moved with her parents and eight siblings to Musselburgh, near Edinburgh, Scotland. It was here where Ruby spent all her childhood and teen years. She experienced a wonderful childhood playing on the beach beside her house, and close to the Musselburgh Harbour The things she loved as a child were the same things that brought her joy throughout life: family, children, warm friendships, backyard concerts, theatre,school, boats, beaches, books, movies, poetry, writing, knitting, sewing, sports (field-hockey as a girl), flowers, trees, cats, dogs, horses, music and love of Scottish history and culture. Ruby attended Campie Elementary School, and then Musselburgh Grammar School, in Scotland. Upon leaving school Ruby worked with the Scottish Motor Transport Company in Edinburgh during the war years; then Edinburgh Insurance, and Langham Woolen Mills. She married Arthur Lyon in Edinburgh, 1947. She and Arthur had two children, Lynda and Arthur. She and her small family emigrated to Saskatoon in October, 1957. Ruby soon adjusted to Canadian life, and was involved in many of her children’s pursuits, and various other organizations. She and her husband were two of the original parents instrumental in starting the Bonnie Bluebells Pipe Band in Saskatoon; she was a ‘Brownie Leader; volunteered with the Saskatoon FolkFest; recited many a poem at various concerts, and versed herself in Canadian history and culture. She was a devoted ‘mum’ to her two children, encouraging them in all their extra-curricular endeavors; ensuring that they too had a terrific childhood filled with imagination and wonder. When her grandchildren came along, Ruby enriched their childhoods by telling them stories, singing songs, providing them with hand-written letters and cards, crafting all sorts of toys and clothes for them, and always using ‘make-believe’ to enrich their lives. She valued childhood very much, and made a big deal of every single holiday; creating traditions in her family that will live on for generations. She loved being around lots of people, especially young people, who she always said made her feel young. Ruby worked for Early’s Seed and Feed, the YWCA, and Eaton’s Credit Office in Saskatoon. She loved to travel, and made a number of trips to Australia to visit her son, Arthur, his wife Carmel, her two grandchildren, Jill and James and other family members there. She also made several trips back to Scotland, and cherished her family there – her sister ‘Isobel (Bunt), her niece Margaret, and many other relatives. Although the last years of her life were compromised to a degree by Alzheimer’s Disease, Ruby fought valiantly to make the very best of her life. She lived with her daughter and son- in- law, Lynda and Jim for several years following the death of her husband Arthur. She later lived at River Heights Lodge in North Battleford, where she was lovingly cared for by the staff. Despite how much was taken away from Ruby due to Alzheimer’s Disease, she still had a wonderful sense of fun and humour, a strong love for children, especially her great-grandson Jimmy, or ‘That Wee Boy’ as she sometimes affectionately called him; and an appreciation for her family, friends, and all things ‘bright and beautiful’. The family extends a heartfelt thank you to family and friends who sent messages, cards, flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan; those who provided food, even house-cleaning, and visits of comfort during this sad time. Thank you also to Bob MacKay of the Battlefords Funeral Service for his diligence and kindness; St Andrews Church Ladies, for a lovely lunch; and especially River Heights Lodge for the kindness, compassion, and excellent care provided to our ‘Mum” over the past several years. Bless you all. ____________________________________________________

FISHER: John Ingram Fisher 1924-2013, John Ingram Fisher was born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan on June 15, 1924. As a teenager, John worked as an apprentice at Tucker’s Drugstore in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. He was advised by his father to register as an apprentice before he enlisted in the Air Force so he would have a career plan to fall back on when WWII concluded. Although John started his drugstore career sweeping floors and doing deliveries, he aspired to obtain a post-secondary education and to someday own a store of his own. John’s dream of becoming an entrepreneur was put on hold when he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1943. John received his training in Saskatoon, Davidson, and later on in Yorkton at the #11 Service Flying Training School where he learned to fly a Cessna twin engine airplane. John excelled in math, navigation, aircraft recognition, theory of flight, and physical endurance. He was moved to one of the leading navigation schools for pilots in Rivers, Manitoba when he became an officer and navigation instructor. John was given an officer’s commission as a Pilot Officer immediately after graduation. During WWII John was stationed in 17 locations and trained over 100 students to fly, to navigate, and to stay alive. John earned a Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and a War Medal 193945 for his service. After the war ended, John moved to Saskatoon to attend the University of Saskatchewan. John put himself through university by using the government re-establishment credits he had earned during the war, as well as through working at Tucker’s drugstore in the summertime. He earned the Charles E. Frosst Proficiency Award in the College of Pharmacy in 1946. John graduated with honours in 1949 with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. In 1951, John moved to North Battleford, Saskatchewan where his dream came to fruition when he purchased Harry Best’s Drugstore on 101st Street, which he owned and operated for the next 54 years under the name “Fisher’s Drugstore”. This drugstore has a history in the Battlefords dating back to 1904. Fisher’s Drugstore made the International and Canadian Rexall Honour Roll lists many times and was winner of the BBEX Heritage Award in 2000. John was a founder of the group “United Pharmacists”, which helped Saskatchewan pharmacists to prosper around the province. John specialized in selling cameras and had his own column in the News-Optimist paper entitled “Camera Clicks” for many years. John was known for his knowledge about animal health and because of his knowledge was occasionally referred to by customers as “Dr. Fisher”. Fisher’s Drugstore has been at four locations throughout the years: 101st Street, the Sayer Block, 91st Street, and now its current location on 100th Street. John built a strip mall to house the drugstore and later expanded through building a second strip mall across the street. John married the love of his life, Shirley Anne Aitken, in 1951. Shirley was originally from Edmonton, Alberta, but had moved to the Battlefords to run the Occupational Therapy Department at the Saskatchewan Hospital. The couple was married for 50 blissful years until Shirley passed away in 2001. “Marrying Shirley was the greatest accomplishment of my life,” says John. The couple were the proud parents of five children. John served on the North Battleford Collegiate Institute School Board District 12 between the years of 1964-1979, as well as on the North Battleford (Public) School Division Board between the years of 1979-1988. He was the Chairman of the North Battleford (Public) School Division Board of Education in 1984 when the Comprehensive High School was being designed. His vision was that every school should have a gymnasium and a library, and it should be a place that fosters success for all students. He strove to educate people according to their ability level and their desire to learn. John was instrumental in bringing in the International Baccalaureate Programme, adult education, and applied student programming such as welding, drafting, and motor mechanics into the Comprehensive High School. John also taught Sunday school at the United Church in the 1960s. John was one of the founders of the Reform Party and has written and published countless articles and has spoken about his political beliefs on national programs. John served on the North Battleford Board of Trade from 1957-1969. He served as the Chairman of the Retail Merchants Committee from 1957-1958 and on the membership and Finance Committee from 1963-1964. Fisher’s Drugstore has been a lifetime member of the Chamber of Commerce and John remained a personal member after retiring. He was honoured to receive the Rotary Club Integrity Award in 2008. However, this was no surprise to those who knew him as “Honest John”. John was an avid horse lover and an American Quarter Horse Association member. He raised and bred quarter horses that were the descendants of Poco Bueno, Docs Zimfandel and Corbett’s Housekeeper. He earned an AQHA certificate for 20 years of breeding between the years of 1969-1997. In 2012, John was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his dedicated service to his peers, to his community, and to Canada. John was a patriotic man who believed in the entrepreneurial spirit of our country. He contributed to the economic growth of North Battleford through the creation of jobs and industry. He was dedicated to the education of youth and took a great interest in the future of Saskatchewan. John passed away on November 11 at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan at the age of 89. His sense of humour, joyful nature, and passion for life will be dearly missed by his family, his friends, and the community. John is predeceased by his parents Violet and John, his wife Shirley, and daughter Kathleen. John is survived by his siblings Elaine, Robert, and Vivi-Anne; his children Marjory, Robert (Fiona), Thomas (Bruna), and Ian (Shelley); Kathleen’s husband Guy; and his grandchildren David, Guy-John, Laura (Jordan), Jane, John, Suzanne, Amy, James, Breanna, Lucas, Mallory, and Stephen. John Fisher’s Memorial Service will take place at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in North Battleford, Saskatchewan at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 6, 2013. The Fisher family is asking that in lieu of flowers memorial donations be sent to the Royal Canadian Legion, North Battlefords Branch 70, Box 777, North Battleford, SK, S9A 2X9 , on behalf of John Fisher’s legacy. Condolences to the family can be forwarded to Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Battlefords Funeral Service. 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OBITUARIES CAPLETTE: Mr. Lawrence Caplette of River Heights Lodge passed away peacefully on November 5, 2013 at the age of 85 years. Celebration of Life Service was held on Saturday, November 9, 2013 @ 1:00 p.m. from St. Joseph Calasanctius Roman Catholic Church with Reverend Father Anthony Afanagide officiating. Memorial Donations in Memory of Mr. Lawrence Caplette may be directed to the River Heights Lodge Auxillary, 200199th St. North Battleford, Saskatchewan. Lawrence is survived by his brothers and sisters, Muriel Minchin, Nelda Maryka, Ross (Jan) Caplette, Shirley (Harry) Yates, Bill (Helena) Caplette, Gwen (Paul) Baskey; brothers-in- law, Len (Joyce Tuttle) Gusikoski and Jim Jones; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Garnet & Mary Caplette; brother, Clifford; sisters, Joyce Gusikoski and Marie Scott; sister-in-law, Louise Caplette; brothers-in-law, Gordon Minchin, Walt Maryka, and Jack Scott. Arrangements were entrusted to Trevor Watts of Eternal Memories Funeral Service & Crematorium. Condolences for the family may be left at Lawrence was born on March 15,1928 in the Delmas area where he attended school until grade nine, then after his father suffered a stroke Lawrence left school to work the farm. He had an inquisitive mind and was blessed with talents to fix, build or repair almost anything. Although farm life kept him very busy he always found time to attend many dances in Paynton and Bresaylor and was no slouch on the dance floor. It is interesting that he remained a confirmed bachelor for his entire life. He loved to play the violin and guitar as neighbors would often gather for a jam session with his sisters chiming in on the piano and song. At the age of 30 Lawrence left for B.C to apprentice for an electrician however after 4 years his love for the land brought him back to farm with his Dad and brother Bill. He loved the animals as much as he loved the land where his skills were often put to use whether it be delivering calves, pulling porcupine quills from the dogs nose or butchering a hog - he did it all! In 1976 he sold his land to Bill and moved to Battleford where he built his own house and turned his hand to installing central vacuum cleaners. Soon business was thriving and he took great pride in providing excellent service to his customers. It was always a bonus when he was invited to stay for a home cooked meal - something he never refused. Lawrence was a meticulous housekeeper and just as particular with his backyard where no weeds dared to grow. Cherry trees, Saskatoon bushes and a marvelous garden all thrived plus his storage shelves were lined with jars of canned preserves. Even though Lawrence had left the farm the farm never left him. He was a weather watcher/predictor albeit some of his predictions were found out of sync with the actual. He maintained a very close relationship with his brother Bill on the farm often showing up to help when needed or just to visit to enjoy some of Helena’s home cooking. Never having a family of his own he was very close to his nieces and nephews. He shared his hunting expertise with nephew Garnet and Garnet can tell stories of their hunting trips which are so humorous. Even as a bachelor he loved to give advice in regards to rearing children, money management, marriage counselling and living healthy - most interesting coming from a bachelor? Having experienced the 30’s Lawrence’s philosophy in life was to be a good steward of the land, manage your money wisely, always be available to help family, friends and neighbors. He maintained a good sense of humor like the time he came for a special meal at sister Gwen’s & Paul’s bringing a bottle of wine with his hand written note attached which read “Man took rotten fruit and turned it into wine - The Lord took water and turned it into wine (ruined the water) - I’ve outdone them all - I took money and turned it into wine” Sadly in January, 2012 Lawrence suffered two strokes which changed him from the man we all knew and loved. He still had his speech and use of his limbs plus kept his sense of humor and storytelling ability, maybe not always that accurate. He had to abandon his home, his yard and his beloved Toyota Camry to move into River Heights Lodge. While there he and the staff developed a unique relationship. He tested their patience on many occasions by tampering with the alarms, asking for tools so he could fix their equipment or magically untying his restraining straps. He loved having the many female staff attending to him - it was a bachelor’s dream. As time passed his condition worsened such that we thank God for his kindness in taking Lawrence home I expect there is something in need of repair up there. Card of Thanks The family especially brother Bill and sister Gwen extend their thanks to the staff at River Heights Lodge for all the excellent loving care given to Lawrence and would also like to thank Nicole Welford and Trevor Watts and staff at Eternal Memories Funeral Service and Crematorium for their kindness and compassion they extended at this special time.

CARSTENSEN: William Clifford Carstensen, better known as Cliff, was born in the Gallivan district Feb. 9, 1929. He was an accomplished pianist, who could also entertain for hours on the piano accordion. He spent forty years as a truck driver, quitting in 1983 due to ill health. This did not curtail his passion for automobiles. Starting in 1954 with the help of friends, Dennis Roberts and Ian Shnack they built their first stock car, a bright yellow beauty with the number 700 boldly painted in black. They raced in Saskatoon. Lloydminster, Prince Albert, Rosetown and in the home oval in Battleford. After the stock car fever abated, Cliff used his knowledge, ability and love of vintage vehicles to restore many of them to original condition. One prized vehicle, which he drove in many parades, took to show and shine events, was his Plymouth. Most of his restored vehicles had names, this one was Hafford Helen, it was located sitting in a slough about 10 miles east of Hafford. Cliff and Elizabeth often shared a joke about Anastasia, his 1932 Chevy, that when he died the car would be his resting place - but first it would be filled with cement so no one would be tempted to dig it up. He was actively involved with every aspect of the service station at the Fred Light Museum, in planning and fund raising, this was Cliff’s brainchild, it is indeed sad that he will not see its completion. At an appointment in August of this year, when the doctor wanted him admitted to hospital, he replied that he would come for admission in two days as he could not miss the scheduled meeting of the car club regarding the service station. Cliff was an active volunteer at the Western Development Museum; a founding member of the Battlefords Vintage Car Club and a member of the Battlefords Northwest Historical Society. He enjoyed the coffee sessions with friends at Peter’s place and at the fire hall. He was admitted to Battlefords Union Hospital the evening of Sept. 23 after he had spent a full afternoon doing his usual visit to the building site of the service station. Service of Thanksgiving was held Thursday, November 21, 2013 from Third Avenue United Church, North Battleford, SK with Rev. Frances Patterson officiating. Interment took place at The City Cemetery, North Battleford, SK. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Battlefords Funeral Service. (306) 446-4200 ____________________________________________________ GANSAUGE: In Loving Memory of Barbara Jean Gansauge who was born June 6, 1926 at North Battleford, SK and passed away November 6, 2013 at North Battleford, SK. Jean is survived by her loving family: her husband of 63 years, Fred; children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Gary (Wendy) - Brandi (Cameron) Gartner: Tanner & Allie; Jamie (Kim) Gansauge: Jadynn, Tegan & Braelyn; Melanie (Chris) Biggart: TJ; Travis (Marie) Gansauge: Dexan; Kenneth (Sharen) – Laurie (Andy) Sneddon, Lee (Tanya) Gansauge: Ava, Caleb & Ivy, Logan (Eva) Gansauge: David, Drew & Madilyn; Kathy (Ron) Dmytryshyn - Cori (Chris) Hill: Ashlyn, Aiden & Devin, Allen (Anna) Dmytryshyn: Bethany & Rylan; sisters-in-law: Lou Tait, Peggy Tait & Gertrude DeLong; nieces and nephews. Jean was predeceased by her parents: Charles and Margaret Tait; brothers and sister-in-law, Donald (Jean) Tait, William Tait and Alan Tait. Service of Thanksgiving For Jean’s Life was held Monday, November 11, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. from Meota Community Complex, Meota, SK with Rev. Canon Donald Skinner, Turtle River Parish officiating. The Scripture Readers - Tanya Rowe Gansauge & Chris Biggart; Shared Memories – Brandi Gartner, Laurie Sneddon & Cori Hill; Poem – Tanner Gartner “Special Great-Grandma”. Gifts of Music by Musician - Melanie Biggart; Choir - Meota Lions Chorus; Hymn “In The Garden”; Soloists ~ Melanie Biggart - “On Eagles Wings” & Robert MacKay - “Where The Roses Never Fade”. The Honourary Pallbearers were “All Mom’s Friends” and Active Pallbearers were Jamie Gansauge, Travis Gansauge, Lee Gansauge, Logan Gansauge and Allen Dmytryshyn. Memorials are requested to River Heights Lodge - North Battleford, SK or Do Drop In - Meota SK. Interment followed at Meota Cemetery, Meota, SK. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Battlefords Funeral Service. (306) 4464200 Card of Thanks The family would like to thank everyone who expressed their sympathy by cards, flowers, food, visits, etc. Special thanks to Dr. Lipsett and the caregivers at River Heights Lodge, who did their best to make Grandma’s stay at the Lodge as comfortable as possible. Thanks to Bob MacKay for his compassion and kindness and to Rev. Don Skinner for his touching service. Most of all, thanks to the grandchildren and great-grandchildren who took part in the service, but more importantly were such a big part of Grandma’s life. She loved her family so very much. ____________________________________________________




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Duplex for Rent at 10919 Scott Drive, Side B, 3 bdrm 2 bath and 2 car garage 1,100 sq ft, best suited for non-smoking, working couple, no pets, Dec 1st possession Phone 306-445-5645 or 306-441-2758.

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HOUSES FOR RENT Available Dec. 1, 2 Bedroom house. Fenced yard. Working couple preferred. $750.00 per month. References required. Call 306-441-0258. Newly renovated 3 Bedroom, 1 bath House with W/D/F/S, fenced yard, single car garage, available immediately, working persons only, no pets. $1,200/monthly utilities not included. Call 1-587-273-4185. Small House for Rent just 5 minutes from North Battleford. Older couple preferred. Call Jeannie at 306-4412510

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For Quality handyman and reno services call 306-446-0443. Reasonable rates, jobs of all sizes MARKS MOBILE Dumpster, tree cutting, hedge trimming, leaf vacuuming & blowing, eavestroughs cleaning. Will load and haul anything to dump. Call 306-441-7530 Rob’s Snow Blowing Service including clearing of sidewalks and driveways call 445-2736.

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TJ LOGGING of Whitecourt, Alberta is now taking resumes for 2013 2014 logging season. Experienced buncher/skidder/limber/process operators required. Please fax resume to 780-778-2428.

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Bus Driver

Position Available Full-Time Maintenance Technician Qualifications:

Now Hiring

Northwest School Division No. 203 requires the service of a permanent FULL-TIME school bus driver for the area west of St. Walburg to St. Walburg School commencing immediately.

Manager and Personal Health Coach

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

The successful candidate must possess a school bus endorsement, a clean driving record, a clear criminal record and at least Àve years of driving experience.

Please submit resumés to: MACRO PROPERTIES 732B - 110th Street North Battleford, SK S9A 2G6

Please apply to:


(careers) - subject line Maintenance - NB




Rate of Pay: $50.85 per day plus 24 cents per km. Additional beneÀts and pension plan. Approximate length of Route: 150 kms/day. Applications will be received until a suitable pool of candidates is established.

Requirements • Previous sales and service experience in a retail, fitness, hospitality environment • Goals and results driven • Excellent interpersonal skills and communication skills • Great attitude, team oriented and hard working • Committed to health and wellness • Proven leadership skills • Must be able to work the centre hours: 9 am to 6 pm Monday Friday We Offer • Highly Rewarding Career with personal and professional satisfaction • Competitive Salary + Commission • Product & service discounts • Career advancement opportunities

Jacquie Taylor, Coordinator of Transportation Northwest School Division No. 203 Box 280, Turtleford, SK S0M 2Y0 Email: Phone: (306) 845-2150 Fax: (306) 845-3392


Interested in Making a Difference in People’s Lives, Please apply in person at 11204 Railway Ave. or email us at Visit

The Town of Maidstone is accepting applications for

Assistant Administrator Education requirement is Class “C” Urban Certificate and Municipal experience is desired. The Town of Maidstone offers an education and experience based wage, training programs and a benefit plan with pension. This position is part of a succession plan. Only suitable candidates will be contacted for an interview. Position will be filled once a suitable candidate is received. For more information regarding this position please contact the Administrator, Harold Trew at the Town Office 306–893-2373.


By December 11, 2013, interested and qualified candidates are invited to submit their resume by Mail, Fax or Email to the following:

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

at 306-445-7261



Town of Maidstone Attention Harold Trew, Administrator Box 208 Maidstone, Saskatchewan S0M 1M0 Phone: 306-893-2373 Fax: 306-893-4378 Email:

BATTLEFORDS PUBLISHING 892-104th Street, North Battleford, SK

Phone 306-445-7261



battlefords publishing ltd.

advertising sales REPRESENTATIVE This is a



Our company is looking for a person who is: • Self motivated and has great communication skills • Dedicated and enthusiastic with knowledge of the area retail market • Assertive and creative, with ability to meet stringent deadlines • Well-organized and able to work as a team player in a busy office • Website sales experience an asset • Has a valid driver’s license and owns a dependable vehicle. If you are looking for a rewarding career with an opportunity for advancement we would like to hear from you. We are willing to train the right individual. Our company offers: • Remuneration of a base salary, plus commissions • Extended health benefits • Great working environment Please forward resumé to,

Community Safety and Crime Prevention


Valorie Higgs, Sales Manager Battlefords Publishing Ltd., 892 - 104th Street, North Battleford, SK S9A 3E6 email:

Men have a responsibility to stop male violence against women.

No phone calls please.

A message from the Canada Safety Council

Application deadline: December 2, 2013 by 5:00 p.m.

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

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

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

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

Sunday, December 1

Monthly Community Events Calendar Every Week Day Mornings

3rd Wednesday of the Month

Play Pool at the Hillcrest Centre, 122 - 24th Street, Battleford at 8:00 a.m.

Genealogy at the North Battleford Library Board Room from 7:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. (except May to August & December). Contact Janice Walker at 306-445-5425 or Rosalie Jarvis 306-386-2127.

Tops Regular Weekly Meetings Please call for time and dates of meetings. Phone 306-937-2437.

4th & 5th Sunday of the Month (when applicable) Knights of Columbus Brunch at 1202 - 105 Street from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Sundays Music Jam at Pioneer Hall, 792 - 105th Street from October 6th to May 4th, 2014. Come sing, dance and enjoy. For more information call 306-445-5036.

Mondays Scrabble from 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. at the Hillcrest Centre, 122 - 24th Street, Battleford. Come join us. For more info call 306-937-2744.

Monday, Wednesday and Fridays

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

Lawn Bowling - free lessons, bowls provided starting at 6:30 p.m. For information call 306-445-8433 or 306-892-4770. Everyone welcome.

Sunday, December 1

2nd Monday of the Month

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

Retirees of B.U.H. meet at the Co-op Cafeteria for an informal gathering at 11:30 a.m. If stat holiday, move to 3rd Monday. For more info call 306-937-3318.

Monday, December 2

Waseca Rink Association at 107 - 1st Street West, Waseca at 7:30 p.m.

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

2nd Monday of the Month

Tuesdays & Thursdays

Monday, Wednesday & Thursday, December 2, 3 & 4

Circle of Learning at the Battlefords Family Health Care, 1192 - 101st Street from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Call Rose Favel at 306-937-6842.

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

Borden Senior’s Club Cards/Kaiser at 7:00 p.m. Kaiser Tournament every 2nd Tuesday.

Wednesday, December 4



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

Battlefords Art Club welcomes anyone interested in painting to join them from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Don Ross Centre Art Room. For more information phone Kathy at 306-937-3686.

Saturday, December 7


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

Saturday, December 7 Meota Seniors Christmas Supper starting at 5:30 p.m. Tickets will be available from club members until December 1.

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

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

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

Saturday, December 7 Topline Social Dance Club - Hamps at the Royal Canadian Legion, 1352 - 100th Street from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. with lunch. Phone Jean 306-445-8815, Sharon at 306-446-0446 or Leela 306-445-7240.

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

Tuesday, December 10 Seniors Fun Day - Bingo & Coffee, entertainment by Meota Hobby Band from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Hall, 1942 - 98th Street. Christmas Hot Supper at 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 11

TOPS - Take off Pounds Sensibly Meeting at the Living Faith Chapel, 103rd Street & 14th Avenue entrance. Weigh in from 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. Meeting 6:15 - 7:00 p.m. Phone Kay at 306-937-2780.

Tuesdays TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meeting. Weigh-in 6:00 - 6:45 p.m. Meeting 6:45 - 7:45 p.m. at the Hope Mennonite Fellowship, 1291 109th Street. Contact Lynn Fuchs at 445-4529 or Mary Johannesen at 306-446-3315.

Tuesdays Battlefords Blend Harmony Chorus at the Western Development Museum at 7:15 p.m. Phone 306-892-2196.

1st Tuesdays of the Month The Battlefords Photography Club meets downstairs at the Allan Sapp Gallery from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. For more information please phone Chris at 306-445-3909.

Last Tuesday of the Month Support group for families, friends and caregivers of persons with mental illness at Canadian Mental Health Association - Battleford Branch (CMHA), 1011 - 103rd Street, North Battleford. For more information phone Jane at 306-446-7177.

Wednesdays & Fridays Twin Rivers Curling Club Drop-In Curling from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Learn the game, sharpen your skills and join friends for refreshments.

Wednesdays Battlefords Horseshoe Club welcome anyone interested in playing horseshoes to join them at 1901 - 106th Street, North Battleford from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. For more information phone Marg at 306-445-5646.


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

Battlefords Toastmasters Meet in room #108 Don Ross Centre (enter the building via door #4) from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Check out Battlefords for more information.

Wednesday, December 11

2nd Wednesdays of the Month

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

Hillcrest Seniors Member Meeting at 10:30 a.m. at the Hillcrest Centre, 122 - 24th Street, Battleford. Coffee at 10:15 a.m.

This section, which will appear weekly in Tuesday's News-Optimist and Thursday’s Regional Optimist, is provided free-of-charge to non-profit organizations. To list the Community Calendar please call News-Optimist at 306-445-7261 or fax the information to 306-445-3223. Please provide complete information including event, time, date and location. Although we will do our utmost to make sure your event appears in this section, News-Optimist does not guarantee all submissions will appear. Deadline for submissions is 12:00 noon Friday prior for Tuesday's & Thursday’s publication.

2nd Wednesday of the Month Battlefords Wildlife Federation, Supper Meeting at the Wildlife Federation Building at 7:00 p.m.

3rd Wednesday of the Month Battlefords North West Historical Society Meeting at the Lions Club House, 22nd Street, Battleford at 1:30 p.m. Phone 306-445-3480.

3rd Wednesday of the Month Hillcrest Pot Luck Member Supper 5:30 p.m. at the Hillcrest Centre, 122 - 24th Street, Battleford. Entertainment to follow.

Thursdays Radisson TOPS #SK5243 Meeting at the Radisson Town Office at 9:00 a.m.

Thursdays Regular Bridge at the Pioneer Association at 7:00 p.m. Phone Margaret at 306-445-7615.

Thursdays Grief Share Support Group for those dealing with the death of a loved one at the Living Faith Chapel at 7:30 p.m. Pre-registration required. Phone Wendy at 306-445-7315 or Sue 306-445-6658.

Thursdays Library Day at the Paynton Library from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. Phone 306-895-2175.

Thursdays Blaine Lake Public Library is offering Craft N’ Chat for adults at Blaine Lake Library from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Phone 306-497-3130 for more information.

1st & 3rd Thursday of the Month Midwest Food Resoures - 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month order $10 or $15 fresh food boxes featuring local produce and organic grains. To order email us at or call us at 306-446-2684. Pick up on the 2nd & 4th Thursday at 10202 - 11th Avenue between 11:00 a.m. noon. This is a non-profit program.

2nd & 4th Thursdays of the Month Join us for Hillcrest Kaiser at 7:30 p.m. at the Hillcrest Centre, 122 24th Street, Battleford.

2nd & 4th Thursdays of the Month Hilldrest Knitting/Crochet from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the Hillcrest Centre, 122 - 24th Street, Battleford.

Fridays Hillcrest Singers from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the Hillcrest Centre, 122 - 24th Street, Battleford.

Fridays North Battleford Grand Squares Dance (Mainstream & Plus Levels) at the Ukrainian Senior Centre - Slava Center, 792 - 108th Street from 2:00 - 4:30 p.m. Phone Maurice & Arlene 306-445-4671 or Laura at 306-445-4676.

Fridays Blaine Lake Public Library - offering General Computer Help at the Blaine Lake Library from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Phone 306-497-3130 for more info.

1st Friday of the Month Retirees from Sask Hospital Lunch at the Kihiw Restaurant, Gold Eagle Casino at 11:45 a.m.

1st Friday of the Month Kaiser Tournament at the Action Now Senior Centre, 1501 - 101st Street at 7:30 p.m.

1st Friday of the Month The River’s Edge Quilt Guild at the Don Ross Craft Room at 1:00 p.m. from September 2013 to May 2014. New members and beginners are welcome. Phone Carol Johnson 306-445-4352, Darlene Hiltz 306-445-4403 or Barb Sealy 306-445-0486 for more information.

2nd Friday of the Month Olde Tyme Dance at the Pioneer Hall, 792 - 105th Street from 8:00 - 10:30 p.m. Pot Luck Lunch. Everyone welcome. For more info phone 306-445-5036.

2nd & 4th Friday of the Month Ukrainian Seniors Kaiser Tournament at the Battlefords Ukrainian Hall, 792 - 108th Street at 7:30 p.m. For further details phone 306-446-2269.

2nd Saturday of the Month Family Justice Services Parenting after Separation & Divorce Program from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. To register for these sessions call toll free 1-877-964-5501. Registration is mandatory. There is no fee. Registration deadline: Two days prior to the session. Location: will be advised when you register. Classes are for adults only. No child care is provided.

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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Hamilton sentenced for mischief, drug charges Staff Two individuals charged during the recent rash of crime incidents in the Battlefords saw their matters come up in this week. One, Chase Hamilton of North Battleford, entered guilty pleas to possession (crystal meth), mischief and breach of probation (alcohol). He was sentenced in North Battleford provincial court to 45 days concurrent on the mischief and breach charge and was fined $500 for the possession charge. He also was ordered to pay standalone restitution of $1,874.04 in connection to damage done to a vehicle in connection to the mischief count. The mischief and breach

charge dates back to June 30, while the drug charge is from Oct. 8. The crown withdrew a second breach charge. Crown and defence counsel all agreed that the proposed sentence was in the appropriate range. Hamilton’s appearance was by closed circuit TV from Saskatoon Correctional Centre. He currently is remanded in custody for several more serious charges he faces in Lloydminster provincial court stemming from a Sept. 27 alleged armed robbery there. The Lloydminster charges include using a firearm, committing aggravated assault, pointing a firearm, unlawful confinement, use of a weapon (bear spray) in committing an assault, use of a weapon

(knife), use of a weapon (wooden block), possessing a firearm without a licence, stealing a motor vehicle, choking, knowingly uttering a threat to cause death and use of a firearm while committing robbery with a weapon. Hamilton is due to appear in Lloydminster court on those counts Dec. 2. Another individual in custody, Chad Weasel, appeared by closed circuit TV from Saskatoon. He faces charges of sexual assault and of failure to comply with conditions of an undertaking, in connection to two alleged walking trail incidents in North Battleford on Sept. 28. Weasel’s matters have been adjourned to Dec. 4, again in provincial court. He remains in custody.

Impaired driving on 108th Street Staff Battlefords RCMP say they responded Wednesday to a single vehicle collision in the city, in which impaired driving may have been a factor. At around 12:35 p.m., Battlefords RCMP responded to a complaint of a single vehicle collision causing property damage on the 1200 block of 108th Street.

A vehicle and fence were damaged, according to police. However, the suspect vehicle was not located at that scene. Around 2:30 p.m., police investigated a complaint of a second collision into another vehicle, allegedly by an impaired driver. Following further investigation, RCMP say it was determined a 25-year-old man was responsible for this property damage. The man now faces charg-

es of impaired operation of a motor vehicle, obstruction, two counts of failure to report a motor vehicle accident and driving without a valid driver’s licence. He is scheduled for his first appearance in North Battleford Provincial Court Monday, Dec. 23 at 2 p.m.

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FUNERAL DIRECTORS Gordon Marshall Doug Hanley

One person was transported to Battlefords Union Hospital Sunday evening after a single vehicle rollover 14 kilometres east of the city on Highway 40. North Battleford Fire Department responded to the crash with three personnel and one rescue unit. WPD Ambulance treated the lone occupant of the vehicle at the scene before transporting that individual to hospital. Check out The Battlefords RCMP Daily Report on our website at

SASKFACT In 1941, the western red lily was chosen as the ofÀcial Áower of Saskatchewan. This lily grows in moist meadows and semiwooded areas. – Tourism Saskatchewan

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Making good trades and winning exchanges In sports, the trading of players from one team to another goes on all the time. Sometimes, it works out well. When Mark Messier was traded to the New York Rangers, he helped them win the Stanley Cup in 1994. And quarterback Doug Flutie was a great asset to every CFL team he played for, leading both the Calgary Stampeders and the Toronto Argonauts to Grey Cup victories. But there can be bad trades made, too, as well as helpful ones. In sports, players can be exchanged, or heaps of cash can be laid out, for an athlete who proves to be a disappointment and not a benefit. And let’s make the application to the spiritual realm. Instead of believing God’s warning, and steering clear of the forbidden fruit in Eden (Gen. 2:17), Adam and Eve listened to the devil’s lie that they could “be like God” by eating it (Gen. 3:5), and in so doing they brought a world of hurt, not only on themselves, but on the whole human family. “By man came death,” the Bible says. (I Cor. 15:21) When David and Bathsheba succumbed to temptation, their adulterous relationship began a trail of misery and death that cast a dark shadow

hymn about the blessings of prayer called “How Gentle God’s Commands.” He based it on First Peter 5:7, “casting all your care [or worries] upon Him, for He cares [is concerned] for you.” Dodderidge called his song, “God’s Care a Remedy for Ours,” but we now know it by the opening line. Philip Doddridge (1702-

Robert Cottrill, B.A., B.R.E. over the years to come (II Sam. 11:1-24; 12:1-12). And think of the folly of Judas Iscariot, turning his back on his dearest Friend, for a bit of cash, betraying the Lord Jesus for 30 pieces of silver (Matt. 26:14-16). Money he returned to the scheming Jewish leaders, before he committed suicide in black despair (Matt. 27:3-5). These and many other examples illustrate bad trades, foolish bargains that brought disaster and ruin. But what of the opposite? Surely, God’s plan of salvation involves the greatest trade in all the universe. The Word of God tells us that the Lord Jesus came “to give His life a ransom for many.” (Mk. 10:45) “Though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.” (II Cor. 8:9) Our sins were all laid on Christ. He died as our

Substitute, paying our debt of sin to a holy God. When we trust Him as Saviour, we are credited, in heaven, with the perfect righteousness of Christ. “For He [God the Father] made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (II Cor. 5:21) That’s some trade! Prayer involves a great exchange, too. We come to God’s throne of grace with our burdens, and lay them down. (I Pet. 5:7; cf. Ps. 55:22) In exchange, we receive mercy and grace [God’s strength and enablement] for the asking. (Heb. 5:14-16) And when we make our requests known to the Lord, “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard [our] hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:6-7). Another great trade! More that 250 years ago, Philip Doddridge wrote a

1751) was a pastor and hymn writer. A friend of both Isaac Watts and the Wesleys, he wrote more than 400 hymns himself. This one begins, “How gentle God’s commands, / How kind His precepts are! / Come, cast your burdens on the Lord, / And trust His constant care. / Why should this anxious load / Press down your weary

mind? / Haste to your heavenly Father’s throne, / And sweet refreshment find.” The hymn’s concluding couplet beautifully describe the great exchange that can take place in prayer. Pastor Doddridge says, “I’ll drop my burden at His feet, / And bear a song away.” May that be our personal experience.

Scorned for doing right This month we commemorated Remembrance Day, a time ranking next to Christmas and Easter in significance to me. Watching the annual parade of men and women dressed in their uniforms, medals proudly dangling from their chests, fills me with gratitude for their willingness to sacrifice so our country could be free. I pray I will never grow indifferent to the price they paid. It was with great appreciation, then, when I heard that one of our largest grocery stores would be closed on Nov. 11 out of respect for those who served and continue to serve in the Canadian armed forces. “Good for you,” I thought. “That way employees can attend the Remembrance Day service and

pay tribute at the Cenotaph. Not only that, the entire community will be reminded that respect and gratitude are alive and well where we live.” To see the manager of that store lay a wreath on behalf of the company brought another rush of pride that this retail outlet was part of our community. Wrongly assuming that the rest of our citizens felt that way, I was shocked and dismayed to learn that the next morning some individuals

phoned the store to denounce the manager for his decision. Scorn for doing wrong is one thing; scorn for doing right, that’s another. There were, after all, other options for shopping. Thank you Guy and employees for honouring our vets; thank you men and women who have stood for freedom and human rights. Above all, thank you Lord Jesus for the scorn you endured and the death You died so that we could have salvation. “The time is always right to do what is right.” Martin Luther King, Jr. “You were bought with a price … So then, honour God and bring glory to Him in your body.” I Corinthians 6:20

Spend some quality family time together. Worship at the church of your choice. Our community has a number of churches and a variety of denominations for you & your family. TERRITORIAL DRIVE ALLIANCE CHURCH Corner of Scott & Territorial Drive

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

Pastor: Rev. Allen Huckabay nd

1372 102 St 306-445-3009

Battle River Parish

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

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

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

OFFICE 306-445-3836

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


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


Pastors: Peter & Lydia LitchÀeld Members of Christian Ministers Association

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

Battlefords Seventh-Day Adventist Church

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

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

Trinity Baptist 1702 - 106th Street North Battleford

Rev. Dan Millard

306-445-4818 Email:


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

962A - 102 Street

Pastor Dave Miller

Sunday Service 6:00 p.m.

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

“Reclaiming Our Spiritual Heritage”

Phone 306-445-9096

Maidstone/Paynton United Church of Canada

Pastors Len Beaucage & Don Toovey For more info please call

Saturday Services

10:30 Service


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

Phone: 445-4338

Clergy Person: Rev. Ean Kasper

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

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

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

1371 - 103rd Street (Use East Door)

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

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

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

Everyone Welcome www.thirdavenueunitedchurch.


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