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North and south - new places to shop Giant Tiger new downtown anchor By John Cairns Staff Reporter

The latest major retail outlet to set up in North Battleford’s downtown core is now open. The new Giant Tiger store at the corner of 11th Avenue and 102nd Street held its grand opening ceremonies on Saturday morning. The store saw long lines of customers early on, as local residents looked to capitalize on deals the store had going. The store had provided some giveaway gift cards to those in attendance. “We have lineups in the store about 40 to 50 deep and we have six tills open,” said Steve Gray, the store manager. The ribbon cutting was held Saturday and attended by dignitaries including Mayor Ryan Bater. The company’s mascot, Friendly, the Giant Tiger, also attended.

Battleford residents had been counting the days until Thursday for the opening of Discovery Co-op’s new food store and pharmacy at the location of the former Super A building. Photo by Averil Hall

Giant Tiger opened in downtown North Battleford Saturday. Store Manager Steve Gray poses with Friendly, the Giant Tiger, during a friends and family pre-opening event Friday. Photo by Averil Hall

Representatives from The Lighthouse Serving the Battlefords received a cheque for $1,000 from Giant Tiger. The Lighthouse also held a fund-raising barbeque at the location during the day. The store is the latest location for Giant Tiger, a privately-held Canadian company with over 250 locations and 8,500 employees across the country. Civic officials have counted on the arrival of

their latest location as a cornerstone of their ongoing downtown revitalization efforts. The city had performed major upgrades on nearby 101st Street over the past couple of years, and more upgrades are coming to 100th Street this year. Already, downtown has attracted one major new development. A new Magic Lantern Theatre, called the Capitol Annex, opened up Continued on Page 2




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Staff Discovery Co-op’s new food store and pharmacy in Battleford opened its doors at 9 a.m. Thursday. The newly renovated store, located in the old Super A building, boasts a large selection of fresh, quality meats and produce, along with freshly made bakery products, says a release from Discovery Co-

op. Hours of operation of the food store are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The pharmacy located in the new food store will feature a selection of health and beauty products along with a full-time pharmacist. Pharmacy hours of operation are Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon Continued on Page 3



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Continued from Page 1 on 101st Street just a month ago. Part of the revitalization effort has included the introduction of downtown tax incentives to spur on development. The Giant Tiger build is one of those to receive an incentive. The property’s developer CR Developments Inc. applied for and was granted the downtown tax incentive in December 2018 for 100 percent of municipal taxes for the first three years, with 75 per cent abated in year four and 50 per cent in year five. The project value was estimated at $2.5 million. At the time Mayor Bater justified the incentive by saying it was a “big investment by the city, but it’s also a big investment by this company.” The new Giant Tiger is located on land once occupied by the infamous building that residents referred to as the “Pigeon Hotel.” That structure had been a symbol for urban blight in the downtown core before it was demolished in 2015. The land then stood vacant until 2018, when construction began on the new 15,785-square foot retail property. The new store has meant new jobs in the city. A job fair was held in early April and 40 when local staff were hired. The store itself is described as a family discount store, stocked with

“affordable, on-trend home and family fashions, brand-name groceries and everyday necessities at low prices,” according to a company news release. Gray described the products as “good value for good prices – we keep our prices low so we’re very competitive with the market.” As for why the store opted to locate on 102nd Street, Gray said a number of feasibility studies pointed to the need for a downtown location. In particular, a retail

void could be filled for local residents, particularly seniors in the highrise residential buildings just a few blocks away. “There are a lot of elderly in the area that are in need of our services, so we were happy to come downtown,” said Gray. Gray pointed to the food aspect of the store as something that would benefit seniors in the community. He said their products were fresh and competitively priced, and the store will be open seven days a week.

Chris Beblow, Saskatchewan Regional Manager, and Steve Gray North Battleford store manager, welcome shoppers into the new Giant Tiger Store. Photo by Averil Hall

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Co-op opens in B’fd Continued from Page 1 and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, closed. As part of Discovery Co-op’s community commitment, says the release, a fundraiser barbecue was scheduled to held Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the parking lot, hosted by the Discovery Coop maintenance crew, with all proceeds going to the Battleford Volunteer Fire Department.

Interior views of the new Discovery Co-op Food Store and Pharmacy in Battleford. Photos by Averil Hall

Students make pitch to ban plastic bags By John Cairns Staff Reporter

Two local students made their pitch for a citywide plastic bags ban to North Battleford city council Monday. Leah Beausoleil and Addyson Nyholt, Grade 6 students at École Monseigneur Blaise Morand, had put on a class project at Territorial Place Mall informing the public about the dangers of plastic bags and to promote the use of reusable grocery bags. It was part of their class project on how to change the world. Their display caught the attention of local city councillor Kent Lindgren who encouraged them to

make a presentation to the entire council. In speaking to council, the two students called for a plastic bags ban across the city. They made the point that plastic was harmful to the planet, that a trillion bags are wasted around the world, and that it takes more than 400 years for them to break down. In response to the presentation, Mayor Ryan Bater noted the issue of single-use plastic bags was “timely” for council. He noted the recycling company they work with has been unable to take plastic bags for recycling because there was no longer a market for them, so plastic bags are now going in the grey bins and headed

straight to the landfill. “This is posing a challenge to the community, and this is happening all across Canada,” said Bater. Bater added that it was worthwhile to look at what other cities were doing. He noted that both City Manager Randy Patrick and himself were heading to a City Mayor’s Caucus meeting in Estevan for discussions the next day. Bater pledged to raise the issue there, and suggested something could happen on a provincial level. In general, the reaction of council was positive to the presentation from the two students. “It’s really great to see two young leaders in our community,” said Councillor Lindgren.

Local students Leah Beausoleil and Addyson Nyholt made a presentation calling for a plastic bags ban across the city. Photo by John Cairns

entrance. Ray’s request was for compensation to Minisapoy Café Inc. for the period of the Aquatic Centre’s partial shutdown. The request was for an exemption to rent for the period of the breakdown plus one month thereafter, plus $2,500 per month in recognition of lost revenue. Ray made the point that revenues had taken a huge hit. “Our revenue is down 54 per cent since the

mechanical breakdown,” Ray told council. Another bone of contention for Ray was the recent decision by city administration to end “Toonie Tuesdays” and replace it with “2 for 1 Tuesdays” at the aquatic centre. Ray said that decision was made “with no consultation at all with us.” Total revenue was down $5,300 since that change, he said. He also pointed out the

Minisapoy Café was the only entity in the CUplex “not subsidized directly or indirectly” by the city. Ray also made the point that if nothing is done there would be no Minisapoy Café in the CUplex, and noted the space was already up for sale right now. Mayor Ryan Bater said the issue will be referred to city administration. He later told reporters the relationship with Minisapoy Café is guided by contract.

Minisapoy Café loses out over pool’s partial shutdown By John Cairns Staff Reporter

The operational issues at the Aquatic Centre have impacted the Minisapoy Café. On Monday, council heard an earful from Wayne Ray, proprietor of the café, about financial losses suffered by the business during the recent Aquatic Centre partial shutdown. The Minisapoy Café is located within the Aquatic Centre, near the

Wayne Ray was at a meeting of North Battleford city council Monday outlining the financial woes of the Minisapoy Café located in the Aquatic Centre. The business has suffered due to the Aquatic Centre’s recent partial shutdown. Photo by John Cairns

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Future generations will pay higher taxes to finance today’s debt growth. And what has this record debt brought us? By Jake Fuss and Milagros Palacios


Throughout its mandate, rather than acting to reduce the federal budget deficit, the Liberal government has made “investments” in the form of more and more spending. Of course, this plan relies on a wave of good fortune – with positive economic growth and higher-than-expected revenues each year – to finance the government’s proclivity for spending. However, recent information from the Parliamentary Budget Officer and Statistics Canada casts serious doubt on the viability of this plan moving forward. According to the PBO, the 2018-19 deficit in Ottawa will be $800 million higher than projected in the government’s latest budget released in March. The PBO projects a drop in expected revenues. So the government can’t count on its original revenue projections – let alone higher-than-expected revenues – to fund its penchant for spending. But last year’s higher-than-anticipated deficit shouldn’t come as a surprise. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has spent more money (on a per-person inflation-adjusted basis) than any prime minister in Canadian history. Federal per-person program spending reached an alltime high at $8,869 in 2018-19. The previous per-person high ($8,847) was recorded during the Great Recession in 2009. More spending means more new debt. By the end of his term this fall, Trudeau will have increased federal debt by 5.6 per cent, which is more than any other prime minister who did not experience a world war or recession while in office. Trudeau is the only prime minister since 1895 to increase the per-person debt burden without presiding over a global conflict or economic downturn. Four consecutive federal deficits have meant that each Canadian has acquired $1,725 more in federal debt since this government took office. Future generations will ulti-


mately pay higher taxes to finance today’s debt growth. What has this record accumulation of spending and debt brought us? For starters, recent sluggish economic growth. StatsCan reveals that the Canadian economy contracted by 0.1 per cent in February. Falling resource production in mining and oil and gas caused those sectors to shrink for the sixth consecutive month. Output in the finance and manufacturing sectors dropped as well. The economy has now shrunk in four of the past six months. There’s now a heightened risk of recession in the near future. And that could pose serious problems for Canada’s fiscal situation. In our recent study, we estimated that the federal deficit could eclipse $34 billion before any stimulus measures were introduced if an economic downturn occurred this year. And the negative effects on federal finances could last much longer. Depending on the severity of the recession, the accumulated deficit over the next five years could total $115 billion to $142 billion. The debt burden for Canadians would continue to grow. Massive and repeated spending increases, accompanied by rapidly accumulating debt, have defined this

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government’s fiscal policy. Clearly, it can’t continue down this path, hoping the good times will roll forever. Economic growth is waning and government revenues won’t always exceed expectations. Trying to balance the budget on a wing and a prayer is destined for failure. Jake Fuss and Milagros Palacios are economists at the Fraser Institute.

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Low impact gardening. As in, I don’t do much these days From the top

Today, at 24 C, it seems like spring finally arrived. The green thumbs must be in their glory. A bit of rain last night, warm weather today, ah! What more could a person ask for? In my case, someone else to do the yard work. I’m sure my late grandparents would not be impressed, but several years ago I gave up on gardening. Oh, we used to plant a garden. In North Battleford. When we first bought a house in 2001, I was all over it. I even built a little chicken wire

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protector for my pathetic little strawberry patch. But I think buying several bags of sheep manure resulted in a several year, losing war with portulaca. It was like the war on terror. There is no end.


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And there was none in the portulaca war, either, until we sold the house. Perhaps you could consider that a surrender. I believe the current owners do not have a garden there anymore, so perhaps in the intervening years one of the owners of that place conquered the weed, or surrendered and laid sod. We tried to have a garden in Estevan for a few years. But when planting the garden resulted in one of the worst arguments of our soon-to-be 20-year marriage, I gave up and let it grow in as grass. Thankfully, we are still married. Better to buy frozen vegetables than pay for a divorce lawyer. These days, most of my efforts have been repeatedly asking the daughter to cut the grass. Eventually, she does. Eventually. Today I saw two of my former boss’s weed control trucks driving around Estevan. He used to be my publisher, but a few years ago, he and his brotherin-law went into the weed control business, principally in the oilpatch. They bought out an established outfit, spending their summers going from lease to lease, spraying noxious weeds. You want to lose a lot of weight? Forget the keto diet. Buy a spraying business. Last year I glommed onto the fact that they also do weed control in town on days when it’s


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New Holiday Inn will add to capacity to host more and larger events

The Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies Career Centre has supplied a large portion of the local labour for the construction of the new Holiday Inn Express and Suites Hotel.

By John Cairns Staff Reporter

Construction continues at a steady clip as the new Holiday Inn Express and Suites hotel moves towards completion in North Battleford. According to Gary Brar of Western Star Hotels, the new hotel is expected to be completed in the first week of July, at which time a soft opening is planned. In the meantime, work goes on to complete the 89-room hotel, with 30 per cent of the rooms to be suites. Brar said the hotel will have “all the modern amenities.” A swimming pool area with sauna, slides and hot tub, an exercise room, a meeting room and continental breakfast area will also be part of the finished

structure. Construction began last August and most of the structure is already up, with local as well as Indigenous involvement in getting the new hotel built. Brar has credited the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies Career Centre for training and supplying a large portion of the local labour for the project. Brar estimates there have been well over 40 workers on the construction. About half have been referrals from SIIT Career Centre. Others are Brar’s own workers and other subcontractors.     It’s been a good relationship with the career centre, said Brar. “During the early stages, from foundation to framing, they have sent a number of individuals here. They have learned a lot from us. They were pretty well trained people themselves, too, and we’ve got a few of those still working here.” “I’ve seen a lot of people from our career centre

The new hotel is expected to be completed in the first week of July, at which time a soft opening is planned. “Location-wise, we could not ask for better,” says owner Gary Brar.

get employed here,” said Grant Beaudry, jobs coach at SIIT Career Centre. Just as the project was starting, Brar paid a visit to the centre, asked them what they offered, and then started reviewing resumes and hiring. The plan is for more hirings to happen through the career centre before construction is done. There are also plans for the relationship to continue even after completion. Brar is already looking to hire full and part time staff for the hotel from a new SIIT program aimed towards the hospitality industry. “Presently we’re running a guest services representative program at our training centre,” said Paul Ledoux, manager of SIIT Career Centre in North Battleford. They would be qualified to work in any role at the hotel, he said. That program is presently running and the completion date is July 19. They plan to hold it again this fall. “We look forward to

seeing our graduates, probably a majority of them, working in this new establishment here.” Once it opens the new hotel is expected to have between 15 to 20 staff, including full and part time. As a token of his appreciation, Brar presented a cheque to SIIT Career Centre for $1,000. “I just want to help these guys out. They have done a lot for us to provide a really good work force during the construction of the hotel, and they still keep providing.” In addition to providing jobs, there is also been an Indigenous connection to the new hotel’s financing, through Peace Hills Trust, which is First Nationsowned. The hotel is slated to be the northernmost property for Western Star Hotels so far. The company has nine other hotels, mainly in southeast Saskatchewan. This project is a major investment for Brar’s company, estimated to be close to $12 million. Construction seems to be right on schedule with

Gary Brar (right), owner of the new Holiday Inn Express and Suites Hotel being built in North Battleford, presents a cheque for $1,000 to Paul Ledoux (centre) and Grant Beaudry (left) of Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies Career Centre, in appreciation of the labour that was supplied for the construction. Photos by John Cairns

only minor delays. Unlike the Comfort Inn and Suites construction, which saw pre-fabricated units built in Alberta and shipped to the Battlefords to be put in place, this was a more traditional “stick” build which utilized local labour and materials on site throughout the construction. Right now, the carpeting is being put in to the units and other things need to arrive as well. They are looking at a full month of cleanup before the property opens up.  Brar expects the hotel will be open just in time for the summer traffic. The plan is to open a couple of floors as part of the soft opening, and to work out the kinks before the entire hotel is opened up. “We love the location, we have most of the restaurants here,” said Brar. “Location-wise, we could not ask for better.” The land was bought from the city, and Brar particularly thanked Jennifer

Niesink, the director of planning and development for the city, for her help in getting the project moving.   Brar is confident the new hotel will carve out its own niche in the Battlefords market. The market has already seen the arrival of one new hotel, the Comfort Inn and Suites, in the last year and he believes there is room for one more. “I definitely feel like there’s enough traffic going through North Battleford,” said Brar, who pointed to the diversified economy as well as a lot of sports and corporate clients coming in. He also feels the addition of the two new hotels to the city will add to the hotel capacity and allow the city to be able to host more sports events and conferences. “It will open up the doors to handling bigger events in the Battlefords,” said Brar. “This will be a different level of play we can offer.” 

hauling crude oil. There was as a small amount of oil spillage on the road, states a release from the RCMP. The driver of the semi

sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to hospital by EMS. The rollover is still under investigation.

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On Wednesday last week at 1:30 p.m., Battlefords RCMP located a stolen vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. The vehicle fled from police in to a rural area but ended up getting stuck in a ditch. The occupants of the vehicle fled on foot. All four suspects involved with this incident were located and taken into custody for a variety of criminal offences including outstanding warrants for arrest. Search of the vehicle incident to arrest led to the discovery of two firearms and a quantity of drugs. The suspects arrested are all facing charges in relation to the stolen property, firearms and drugs.

Further investigation confirmed that the two firearms recovered in the stolen vehicle were in fact the firearms stolen from a residence in on the 1800 block of 102nd Street in North Battleford on April 20. The break and enter occurred between the times of 4 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Numerous firearms were stolen at that time The four suspects have been remanded in custody and further details regarding charges and identity will be forthcoming once charges have been filed with the courts. The RCMP would like to thank those members of the public who continue to provide timely and detailed information on suspicious and criminal activity.

Monday at 6:16 p.m., Battlefords RCMP responded to a single vehicle rollover involving a semi

NB man charged with accessing child pornography Staff A North Battleford man has been charged by the Saskatchewan Internet Child Exploitation unit. According to a release, on May 9, members of the Saskatchewan ICE unit and members of the North Battleford RCMP General Investigations Unit executed a search warrant at a residence in North Battleford in relation to an investigation involving

the possession and accessing of child pornography between January and May 2019. Several computers and digital storage devices were seized during the search warrant for further forensic examination. Cameron Froese, age 54, of North Battleford was arrested at the scene and has been charged with: Accessing child pornography – Sec. 163.1 (4.1) C.C. He was released on May

9, before a Justice of the Peace and will be appearing in North Battleford Provincial Court on June 3 at 2 pm. The Saskatchewan ICE Unit is comprised of investigators from the RCMP, Regina Police Service, Saskatoon Police Service, and Prince Albert Police Service. Their mandate is to investigate crimes involving the abuse and/or exploitation of children on the Internet.

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New location for NB farmers’ market By John Cairns Staff Reporter

A major move is happening for the Battlefords and District Farmers’ Market. Starting May 18, the farmer’s market will be located at the Living Faith Chapel parking lot, across

from Central Park and the library. It is a major change from their longtime location in the Carousel Bingo lot across from SaskTel on 100th Street, where they were located for some 25 years. The new location will be larger, but the main

advantage will be the surrounding amenities. According to the farmers’ market manager, Alanna Priel, the idea is for patrons to “take advantage of the park and the library there, so it kind of makes it more of an event.” The idea is to encourage more families to come

down to the location and make a day of it in the park, rather than simply pick up items and then leave. Priel also pointed to the potential for tie-ins to Living Faith Chapel’s efforts with the “Better Together” community initiative. The farmer’s market will run Saturdays from

8:30 a.m. to noon. The season runs from now until Thanksgiving in October, weather permitting. As for vendors, the focus is on “keeping the market authentic in that you must make it, bake it or grow it,” said Priel. A number of new vendors are coming on board

in addition to returning ones, she said. Normally around a dozen regular vendors show up, though Priel says there is room to grow. She anticipates it will be a bit slow to start at the new location, but expects business to pick up into the summer months.

the adults, who then have a chance to view the museum on their own. The adults also like the idea of the “I Spy” program for themselves, as it tends to slow them down and cause them to take better look at all the showcases. This year, there’s a plan to add camps for adults as well as children, also conducted by Andersen and volunteers, in which women (in their own camp) will built a wine rack, and the men (also in their own camp) will build a backyard personal beverage and food server. There will be room for eight people in each camp. Last year, the museum had 2,223 visitors, not including the camps. Entrance continues to be by donation and Leslie says she is pleased with how it is working out. Patrons also seem to appreciate it. One year they tried charging

a set fee and some came to the door and turned around. With donations, she said, people give what they can. “Some are generous and some not so much.” Additional plans for this year include the Aug. 9 old fashioned family picnic, running from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be games for children, vendors, horse wagon rides, the Balloon Man, face painting and a nail hammering contest, The Lions will have a food booth, so patrons can bring a picnic meal or buy it there. It’s timed to coincide with the Battleford parade. The museum is also involved in an Honour Our Veterans program which will see banners featuring local veterans up on 22nd Street light poles by Remembrance Day. Watch for more information on this program in future issues of the News-Optimist.

FLM manager celebrating 40 years of service By Jayne Foster Editor

It’s been 40 years, 64 summer students, six mayors and four administrators. Bernadette Leslie has been working at the Fred Light Museum in Battleford since its beginnings. She worked many years with the museum’s namesake, who passed away in 1998, and who she has always and will always refer to as Mr. Light. “I guess I’m old school,” she has said. The museum’s origins date back to Light turning his collection of firearms and artifacts over to the Town of Battleford in order to see them preserved in a museum setting. Leslie started working there as a summer student. Now she is the curator-manager, and the museum has grown not only in its collection, but in buildings and capacity as well. The museum, in addition to the former St. Vital School building, also has a replica fire hall, a woodworking shop and exhibit, a replica of the Fred Light’s garage and, in its latest development, a blacksmith’s shop. A bigger museum means more work, so Leslie is now working 10 months each year. It helps her get much more done, such as applying for grants (which previously would have been missed out on due to the timing of the grant intakes), changing displays and dealing with incoming artifacts, plus paperwork. “It also helps my pension plan,” she adds. She does intend to retire some-

Fred Light Museum Manager Bernadette Leslie’s current favourite display is the general store. A tea honouring her anniversary will be held at the museum Wednesday, May 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. Photo by Jayne Foster

day, probably in three more years, but she is also saying, “We’ll see.” She also has a bucket list. It includes a trip to the Maritimes. Travelling is something she and husband Lyle haven’t been able to indulge in, as for the last 20 years they have been running a care home, a 24/7 endeavour. When Leslie retires, they will also retire from the care home operation. They presently have three guests. Keen bicyclists (Leslie usually rides around six miles a day), She and Lyle hope to travel to various Canadian provinces and tour around on their bikes. She would also like to return to Ireland to her father’s family’s roots. It would be Lyle’s first trip to Ireland, and her second. But until retirement comes around, there is still lots to do and lots going on at the museum to keep Leslie, three summer

students and 25 volunteers busy. Over the last three years, the museum, which is overseen by a board of directors, has brought in day camps for children. They have been popular enough to create waiting lists. About 80 children aged six to 12 have been attending each summer. They tour the museum to find suggested items and they’ve built birdhouses with the assistance of board member and woodworker Floyd Andersen and other volunteers. Last year, says Leslie. they had a visit from the Saskatchewan Archeological Society caravan. It travels to a different reagion each year and should be back in a few years. It was extremely popular, says Leslie. They also have a program they call “I Spy” for children who visit. They are sent on a quest

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Ten years of Champions of Mental Health By John Cairns Staff Reporter

It was an unusual format to the 10th annual Champions of Mental Health banquet. Normally, the banquet has been a mainstay of Mental Health Week, closing out the week with an awards presentation saluting those who made a positive difference for mental health in the community. However, it has been decided to conclude the annual event with this year’s banquet, due mainly to increasing challenges of organizing the gala every year. While this was not mentioned explicitly Saturday night at the Western Development Museum, the whole event nevertheless had the feel of a farewell. “This is really a bittersweet year for members of the Champions of Mental Health awards committee,” said Linda Shynkaruk, director of Saskatchewan Hospital, in her remarks. There was also a departure in the awards presentation itself. Instead of handing out several awards to individuals or businesses, this time Kathy Watson stood to announce there would be only one award winner this year.

Saturday night wrapped up 10 years of the Champions of Mental Health awards in the Battlefords. It was a night of nostalgia and entertainment as they looked back on a decade of celebrating mental health in the Battlefords. One of the musical performances was from Linda Shynkaruk, Cammie Vany and Dean Brick, who sang John Lennon’s “Imagine” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

The “champions of mental health 2019 are you, the citizens of North Battleford, the town of Battleford and surrounding rural municipalities,” she said. “Congratulations and well done.” The community was being recognized, said Watson, for “over a century of excellence in mental health care.” In particular, Watson pointed to reducing the stigma, for advocating,

educating, for being a supportive community and for normalizing core mental health care. “From this supportive past, our communities will continue this practice for excellence in mental health care into the decades to come.” Watson also paid tribute to the history of the Champions of Mental Health event itself. A main reason why it was created 19053PS0 19053PS1

was “to challenge and change the negative image of mental health care in the Battlefords by recognizing and drawing attention to what was positive in mental health care and mental health care practice in the area.” A total of 48 “Champions of Mental Health” awards were handed out over the past ten years. Watson noted these represent just a “small number when we think of the tremendous support for mental health in the Battlefords and surrounding area.”

It was also a night of laughter. Big Daddy Tazz, who had been the headline entertainer at this event on previous occasion, returned one more time with a routine that mixed comedy with a positive message on mental health issues.

North Battleford City Councillor Kent Lindgren served as MC. Photos by John Cairns

Battlefords MS Walk set for May 26 Submitted

On Sunday, May 26th in the Battlefords, families, friends and neighbors will come together for the Saskatchewan Blue Cross MS Walk to demonstrate their solidarity in helping to change the lives of Canadians affected by MS. Taking place in the Battlefords and eight additional locations across the province with over 1,500 total participants, the Saskatchewan Blue Cross MS Walk offers individuals and teams the chance to celebrate hope and join the fight against MS, while raising crucial funds for the cause. The Battlefords walk takes place at Lawrence Elementary School. Register at noon for the 1 p.m. walk. “Getting involved in the MS community has allowed me to feel normal and understood. Events like MS Walk make us feel like we aren’t alone,” says Joni Straker, the 2019 Saskatchewan Blue Cross MS Walk Ambassador, who was diagnosed with MS in 2017. This will be her second MS Walk. “I was

hesitant to sign up for the MS Walk last year since I was newly diagnosed, but I’m so glad I did. Watching my boys and my husband put on their signs of who they walk for: ‘Mom’ and ‘Wife’ brought tears to my eyes. I didn’t feel strong enough to wear my own MS sign last year, but this year I do.” Straker says the decision to be the 2019 Saskatchewan Blue Cross MS Walk Ambassador was an easy one. “As a person with MS, I want to be involved with an amazing organization that shares the same goals I do: live a better life, help others, share knowledge and see advancements in the medical community. It’s only a matter of time before another breakthrough occurs, and I want to be part of that.” The MS Society is dedicated to funding research and services that empower Canadians affected by multiple sclerosis. Money raised through the MS Walk will help fund things such as: • MS research -Research into causes and risk factors, stem cells,

Vitamin D, diet, exercise, treatments for progressive forms of MS, translational research and scholarships. • Programs and services - A variety of programs and services that help people affected by MS effectively manage and cope with the disease, such as support groups and fitness programs. • Advocacy work - Lobbying for more flexible income and employment supports for Canadians affected by MS, caregiver supports, coordinated care, and an increased investment in MS research from our governments. All MS Walk events have routes of varying lengths, including wheelchair-accessible routes. Participants will also have the opportunity to join in on start/finish line activities as well as hear inspiring speeches from people living with MS. For a complete list of events and to register, the public may visit mswalks. ca or call 1-800-268-7582. To learn more about MS and the activities of the MS Society of Canada, the public may visit mssociety. ca.




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sports NSRBL 2019 season is on Staff The baseball season is on for the North Saskatchewan River Baseball League in 2019. The expanded league returned to action Monday night with a game in Lloydminster between the defending champion Border City Blue Jays and the Battlefords Trappers. The Blue Jays ended up winning that contest 5-3. This year’s league features 14 teams, including three from the Battlefords. The league has been bolstered by the addition of two Midget-level teams that will play in the senior league this season from North Battleford and Unity. The Unity Midgets

play their first game on the road Tuesday against Meadow Lake and were to play their first home game Wednesday against Lloydminster Twins. The North Battleford Midgets’ first home game is Thursday versus Standard Hill. The two other teams in the league from the Battlefords are the North Battleford Beavers and the Battlefords Trappers. The Beavers play their first road game May 22 in Edam and their first home game May 23 against Mervin. The Trappers play again next Tuesday in St. Walburg and Wednesday in Macklin, and their first home game is May 29 against the Unity Midgets.

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In boys’ singles, Luke Fennig finished with a Competitors from bronze medal for North North Battleford high Battleford Comprehenschools finished in the medals at the provincial sive High School. A total of 64 combadminton championship petitors from across the on the weekend in Swift province competed at the Current. event. Medals were up for In girls’ doubles, grabs in boys’ singles and Guiel Salunga and Kaitlyn Tarasoff finished doubles, girls’ singles and doubles the mixed with the bronze medal for 1 5/13/2019 8:40:25 and AM John Paul II Collegiate. competition.

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Co-op Aquatic Centre now back to full operations By John Cairns Staff Reporter

The Battlefords Co-op Aquatic Centre is back in full operation. Director of Leisure Services Cheryl DeNeire made the announcement at

city council Monday. The Aquatic Centre began with a “soft start” on Monday, and was set to resume its regular schedule Tuesday. To get the word out, Tim Hortons is sponsoring free swims on the long week-

end at the facility, she said. More details are expected to be posted on the City of North Battleford’s website. The partial shutdown had lasted 33 days at the facility, due to a mechanical failure that impacted

the wave pool, lazy river and slides. The shutdown lasted only about four weeks and not the six or seven that had been expected, so the aquatic centre is back to full operation ahead of schedule.

Cup champions celebrate season

“We are the Champions!” The Battlefords North Stars wrapped up their 2018-19 season with a community send-off barbeque event at the Civic Centre last Wednesday afternoon. It was a final chance to celebrate the Canalta Cup title and to thank the players on an outstanding season. Outside, plenty of burgers and hot dogs were cooked up. Inside, members of the North Stars posed with the Canalta Cup and signed autographs for the enthusiastic fans. See our website for more photos from the sendoff. Photos by John Cairns

Glow disc golf scheduled for June By John Cairns Staff Reporter

A unique glow-in-thedark disc golf event is coming soon to Centennial Park. City council has given the go-ahead to an event planned for that location on

Thursday, June 20, in conjunction with another gathering happening in the city. The Saskatchewan High School Athletics Association is holding its AGM in North Battleford that day. As part of the activities, the Battlefords Disc Golf Club is inviting about 100

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delegates to take part in the glow disc golf at Centennial Park between 10 p.m. and midnight, as a way to promote the sport in the community. In preparation for that event, a request came in to City Hall to waive restrictions under the Noise By-

law for that event, mainly to accommodate the possibility there might be raised voices during play. That request carried at Monday’s meeting. However, it is noted that all efforts will be made to curtail excessive noise, with no music planned.

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Hometown Heroes

Prizes from the Lions

If your group or institution has been the recipient of a donation or gift, or if you have made a donation to your community, we’d be happy to let our readers know. Send a photo to our email address: Please include names of those in the photo and the details of the donation or gift. See some of our Hometown Heroes below.

Wayne Pruden Memorial Golf Tournament June 3

The North Battleford Bonaventure Lions awarded prizes from their fundraiser draw May 3. Kali Weber, general manager at the Dekker Centre, made the draw as donor of the two gift certificates. Winning a $200 certificate was Elma Laski of North Battleford. Winning a $150 certificate was Vergil Trytten of Meota. Winning an afghan donated by Linda Laycock was Ivan Iwanchuk of North Battleford. Photo submitted

Chad Gartner of Innovation Credit Union presented $6,000 to the Wayne Pruden Memorial Golf Tournament Wednesday last week at the North Battleford Golf and Country Club. The tournament takes place June 3 this year. The upcoming golf tournament will be the 23rd annual. To date, the tournament has raised more than $500,000 for health care in the Battlefords and surrounding communities. Proceeds from the 2019 tournament will go toward purchasing a new blood bank fridge for the lab at the Battlefords Union Hospital. The blood products must be readily available for motor vehicle victims, cancer patients and surgical patients. Tracy Voigt, executive committee member of the Battlefords Union Hospital foundation’s Board of Directors, welcomed Chad Gartner, Vice President - Financial Advisors at Innovation Credit Union, a sponsor which has been part of the tournament since its inception.The tournament begins at 11 a.m., Monday June 3 at the North Battleford Golf and Country Club. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Western Development Museum. Registration costs $125. Early Bird registration deadline is May 17. Voigt said the tournament will be a “great day to come and hang out with your friends and support a great cause.” Photo by Josh Greschner

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The Battlefords Union Hospital Foundation is the recent recipient of funds from the Nico Hawryliw Fund through the Battlefords and District Community Foundation. The donation of $1,216 will be directed toward the purchase of new pediatric thermometers for outpatient day surgery at BUH. Pictured are: Allison Hawryliw, holding a photo of Nico; Shauna McGifford, BUH Foundation; and Lionel Hawryliw, presenting the cheque. Photo submitted

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Preeceville’s Golden West Hotel is unique One of the most unique old hotels I have visited is the one in Preeceville. The town is located in the rolling hills of eastcentral Saskatchewan, approximately 100 kilometres north of Yorkton at the junction of Highways 49, 47 and 9. The Preeceville hotel is unique because it is the only one I know of that had porches and verandahs added rather than removed during its lifetime. In addition, while there have been several serious fires on Preeceville’s Main Street over the years, this large wooden structure

Railway and Main By Joan Champ has managed to escape the flames, mainly because of the wide spaces between the hotel and neighbouring buildings. The three-storey Golden West Hotel was built in 1912 by Scott Rattray.

According to Preeceville’s history book, Lines of the Past (1982), the basement excavation had to be abandoned the previous fall, “due to frost that even defied an attempt to blast with stumping powder.”

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Before the hotel opened, Rattray sold it to Rudy Ramsland, followed by Jack Lynch. In 1911, Swan Carlson and his wife Emma moved to Preeceville and bought the Temperance Hotel where they set up a soda fountain and restaurant. After their business was destroyed by fire in December 1914, the Carlsons bought the Golden West Hotel which they operated until 1917. They then built a general store in town, which they operated until 1938 when they moved to San Diego, California. In 1929, the Mattison family bought the Golden West Hotel for $5,000. Oscar and Clara Mattison, born in Norway, had come to Preeceville from Minnesota in 1913. Family members recall in the town’s history book that only one room in the hotel had linoleum flooring. “The lobby had an oiled board floor. The kitchen and dining-room floors were not painted and had to be scrubbed weekly,” the Mattisons write. Water works were not installed

until the 1940s, so water was drawn from a cistern in the hotel’s kitchen. “Every day pails of water were carried upstairs to fill the large pitchers. Each bedroom was equipped with a wash basin and water pitcher. … The toilet facilities consisted of a commode. It had to be emptied two or three times daily, thoroughly rinsed and sterilized. A septic tank was installed in the backyard.” The only bathtub in the hotel was in the upstairs linen closet for family use only. The water was heated on the kitchen stove and carried upstairs. For about a year, the Mattisons managed to meet the payments on the hotel. Then the Depression of the 1930s hit, and for many years the owners were only able to pay the interest and taxes. To help make ends meet, Mrs. Mattison made all the bread for the hotel. She also kept a couple of cows for milk until about 1938. The Mattison family continued to operate the Golden West Hotel until 1968 when they sold it after 39 years of

ownership. Roger and Shannon Prestie became the owners of Preeceville’s hotel in 1991. In January, 2001, Shannon Prestie was recognized by the Stanford Who’s Who, an elite organization of selected executives, professionals and entrepreneurs from around the world, as a leading professional for her work in the hospitality industry. The press release reads: “As owner of Golden West Hotel for the past 21 years, Shannon has consistently demonstrated the vision, dedication and diligence necessary to be successful in the business world. It is the only historical business in the [Preeceville] area operating as it was originally built.” The Golden West Hotel continues to operate on the corner of Main Street and Highway 49 in Preeceville. The hotel features six guest rooms and two light housekeeping suites. There is full food service in 150seat bar with daily specials. The hotel was listed for sale by Shannon Prestie in 2018. 190536G0 190536G1

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Service of Thanksgiving for the life of William (Bill) Reader beloved husband of Jean Reader resident of Saskatoon and formerly of Hudson Bay, Regina and Cochin will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, May 18th, 2019 from St. Paul’s Anglican Church - 1302 99th Street, North Battleford, SK with Reverend Trevor Malyon officiating. Donations in Bills Memory are requested to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Kidney Foundation. Condolences can be sent to Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Battlefords Funeral Service (306) 446-4200.

HEMMERLING: Arnold Martin Hemmerling was born November 8, 1934, at home (Sec. 36, Tp. 38, Rge. 18, W3rd), to Pearl and Martin Hemmerling, and passed into the presence of his Lord on May 2, 2019. He was the oldest of 5 children, Jennette, Ruby, Iver and Dwight. The family lived on a small farm, working the land before our technological era, engraining in Arnold a sense of discipline and hard work, which he did his best to instill in all of us! He accepted Christ as a young boy under the ministry of Budd and Evelyn Chartier. This changed the trajectory and focus of his life sending him to Life Bible College in Vancouver BC, where he met his love, Norma, in 1956. They started dating just after Christmas that year and they were married on June 22, 1957. In the first ten years of their marriage, they spent time in both SK and BC, before settling permanently on their farm 20 miles south of Battleford in 1968. They had four children: Trudy, Sandra, Duncan and Lori and feeling they had more to give made James, Milton, Roxanne, Norville, and Preston their own. Over the time of Arnold’s life, he wore many hats including mill worker, mechanic, school bus driver, pastor and farmer. There were some things Arnold Hemmerling definitely was. First and foremost, he was a man of God. If his life could make a statement it would be this: God loves you. He wants to have a relationship with you, and through knowing and believing in Jesus you can have eternal life. Arnold and Norma lived their lives serving God in whatever ways they could, ministering in places such as Maymont, North Battleford, Wilkie, Sonningdale, Red Pheasant, Mosquito and Little Pine. They cultivated a life full of Godly friendships throughout their many years. It is a legacy from which the family have all been blessed. Arnold loved his family. It was a deep love, sometimes one for which he held on too tightly. But it is from that deep love that our family is bound. It makes us a Hemmerling and if you mess with one of us you will mess with us all. He had a big heart and a great sense of humor and loved to tell jokes and tease. How many of us have rolled our eyes at one of them or said, “Thanks, Grandpa (Dad),” in a sarcastic tone after. It amused him greatly though and so it amused us. We will miss the twinkle in his eye and the grin upon his face as he found himself hilarious! He loved to tell stories, and listen to and sing silly obscure songs, as well as hymns. He taught many of us how ride a horse, drive a tractor and shoot a gun. He was also stubborn, quick tempered, and opinionated; however, as we see these traits in ourselves, I think we can all agree it is what gives us part of our strength and keeps us going when others might quit. The greatest lesson he taught us was not anything temporal but the importance of eternal things! He lived his convictions until the very end still preaching the Word of God at age 84, with his beloved Sonningdale Pentecostal Church family. Arnold was one of a kind; his handshake, his hug, his voice all gave us a sense he was unbreakable, a pillar that would be there forever. He is deeply loved, and will be dearly missed by his children Trudy (Gordon) Unger, Sandra Baptiste, James Oxebin (Joyce), Duncan (Debbie) Hemmerling, Milton Oxebin, Lori (Lloyd) Bargen, Roxanne (Chris) Oxebin-Warner, Norville Oxebin (Nicole), Preston Oxebin; Sister - Jennette Beckman (John); Brothers - Iver (Darleene) Hemmerling, Dwight (Ida) Hemmerling; 36 beloved grandchildren and 24 precious great-grandchildren. We will try to carry on his legacy, faithful to the call, till we meet again. Arnold is now reunited with his wife of 56 years, Norma. He was predeceased by Norma, his parents Martin and Pearl Hemmerling, sister Ruby Beckman, and by 3 grandchildren, Micheal Oxebin, Joshua and Colson Bargen. __________________________________________________

Shelley Ann Sylvia St. Marie October 1, 1962 ~April 17, 2019 (AGE 56) It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Shelley St. Marie (nee Miller). Born on October 01, 1962 in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Shelley passed away peacefully on April 17, 2019 with her husband and loved ones by her side. She is survived by her loving husband, Dan St. Marie; her stepson, Jake (Venus) and grandchildren Lily, Violet and David, her mother, Sylvia Miller (Winston Leney); brother, Derwin (Anna, Martina); nephew, Dalton; her mother in law, Ruth St. Marie; brothers in law ,Kelly, Kim, and Cameron (Allison) St. Marie, sisters in law, Valerie Kutney (Blaine); Colleen Mahon (John), Laurel Dansereau-McCabe (Ross), Charlotte McKay (Terry), Vera Fischer (Ken), Heather Beatch (Shane), Vanessa Nyssen (Jim) as well as numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Shelley was predeceased by her father, Allen Miller; father in law Joseph St. Marie; brother in law, Leon Dansereau and sister in law Laurel-Lee St. Marie. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday May 18, 2019 at 11:00 am at the Catholic Church of the Ascension in Parksville. Donations can be made in memory of Shelley to Nanaimo Hospital Palliative Care. __________________________________________________ SMITH, JACQUELINE 1937 – 2019 Marie Marguerite Jacqueline Smith (Jackie), of Regina, Saskatchewan, passed away on April 29, 2019, at the age of 81, with her family by her side. She was predeceased by her parents. Jackie is survived and will be dearly missed by her husband of 61 years, William (Bill) Smith; her children, David Smith (Nancy), Diane Bodnarchuk (Kerry), Denise Gerein (Anthony), Debbie Johnson (Will); her grandchildren, Chad, Jordan/Kassia, An, Grace, Jason/Chelsey, Matt/Chrissy, Alexander, Jenna, Amy, and Elizabeth; and great-grandchildren Grayson, Calleigh, Zyhler, Ellie, Teilan, Hunter, and Arlin. Jackie was born in Ottawa, Ontario, to Antonio and Angele Racine on September 21, 1937. An only child, she had the undivided attention of her parents and brought them endless joy. Raised in a French Roman Catholic family, Jackie attended school at an all-girls convent. Following graduation, she worked for Metropolitan Life. Jackie met Bill Smith, an RCMP recruit, on a blind date and four years later, on April 12, 1958, they were married. So began their exciting life in the RCMP, with postings in Ontario, Alberta, Prince Edward Island, and finally Saskatchewan. While raising their four children, Jackie attended Reeves Business College in North Battleford, SK, obtaining her administrative certificate. She then worked as a Detachment Clerk for the RCMP for 20 years. Jackie was a member of the CWL, Beta Sigma Phi, the Shrine Ladies’ Auxiliary and the RCMP Veteran Wives’ Auxiliary. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, gardening, shopping, music, reading and travelling. Most of all, she found great joy spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She cherished the annual family Lobster Party and all the family holiday gatherings. Jackie loved her family deeply and instilled the importance of family and faith in each of her children. They have carried that and passed it on to their children and grandchildren. That is Jackie’s greatest legacy. She was also a great source of strength to her many friends over the years. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff in the Medical ICU at the Regina General Hospital for the wonderful care given to Jackie in her final days. Funeral Mass will be held at Resurrection Roman Catholic Parish, 3155 Windsor Park Road, Regina, on Monday, May 6, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. followed by a celebration lunch in the church hall. A private family interment will be held at the RCMP Depot Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, through the Wa Wa Shriners in Regina ( To leave an online message of condolence please visit

ZUCHOTZKI, Randy John (Bear) Passed away peacefully in the Kelowna General Hospital on April 19th 2019. He was born Oct 16, 1957 at Goodsoil Hospital. He is survived by his Mother, Agnes, His loving daughter Laura, Her Husband Mark, two grandsons, Bentley and Kashtyn. His sister Sylvia (Kenny), brothers, Jerome & Rick. 3 nieces, Pam, Toni-lyn, Jamie and one nephew, Mitchell. He is predeced by his father Peter Zuchotzki. He grew up in Goodsoil and worked on the farm. Moved to the city and began his career in the construction trade where he worked until his heath (diabetes) cause him to stop working. After a long battle with the disease he passed away. With heartfelt thank to Doctors, nurses, and staff for great care they gave Randy at Kelowna Hospital. __________________________________________________ OSTER James (Jim) Michael Jim was born May 21, 1937 in Rabbit Lake, Sk., the first child of Joe and Bessie Oster. He passed away, age 81, at his farm home in the Medstead area on April 11, 2019. Jim lived in the Carrollton School District, east of Medstead, all his life, attending school there until the end of grade eight, at which point farming became his passion. Black Aberdeen Angus were his cattle. Barley, oats, hay, and later canola, were his field crops. Tinkering in the farm shop and inventing farm-help equipment were his forte. In the early 1960s he joined two 8N Ford tractors together: two engines, four tires, and lots of hand controls turned the Fords into a little powerhouse. From feeding horses for the threshing crews to GPScompatible combines, Jim experienced a wide range of farming innovations. When he was 15, after a summer of fixing the old Massey combine, his dad told him: “You fixed it, you drive it.” That was the first of 66 years of combine driving. His most recent comment on the newer combines was that they had “too many buttons and not enough levers”. Jim married Wanda Kozloski in August 1967. They had three sons: Greg, Doug and Stephen. Jim was an active member of St. Rita Roman Catholic Church, Medstead. A rare event for him and his family to miss a Sunday Mass. Faith, family, and farm were his three priorities in life. Jim’s favorite Beatitude was “Blessed are they who go around in circles, for they shall be called wheels”. In 1977 Jim became a councillor for the Rural Municipality of Medstead. He served the community as Division 3 councillor for 28 years. Wiener Roasts were a favorite summer event. For the last 13 years Jim and Wanda hosted these enjoyable family gettogethers at their farm.Jim is survived by his loving family: wife Wanda; sons Greg (Alexandra) Oster of Saskatoon, Doug Oster of Medstead, and Stephen (Angela) Oster of Osler; and granddaughters Gabrielle and Sarah Oster of Osler. His siblings: Joan (Ed) Seidle, Medstead; John (Bev) Oster, Edmonton; Pat (Jim) Exley, Wilkie; Tess Kenney, Saskatoon. Jim will be sadly missed by numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Jim was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Elizabeth Oster; his sister Mary Ann Lavoie; his brothers-in-law Gary Kenney and Andy Lavoie; and his parents-in-law, Frank and Dorothy Kozloski. Mass of Christian Burial was held 2 p.m., April 16, 2019 in Medstead Community Hall with Rev. Father Peter Nnanga, MSP officiating. Interment was in the Medstead Municipal Cemetery. Memorial Donations can be directed to the Medstead and District Firefighters or STARS Air Ambulance. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Mark Muir of Beau “Lac” Funeral Home, Spiritwood. __________________________________________________ 892-104th Street | North Battleford | 306-445-7261



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OBITUARIES LUMGAIR: Sandra “Arlee” Lumgair passed away at the Meadow Lake Hospital, Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, March 14, 2019 at the age of 70 years. Arlee is lovingly remembered by: her daughters, Kellee (Jim) Lacombe, Shawna Lumgair and Tracey (Dustin) Calvert; her son, Arthur Lumgair (Jenell Krykowski); her grandchildren, Mikayla Myette, Tom Lumgair, Nathan Lacombe, Luke Lacombe, Jessica (Riley) Pinceman, Arlan Lumgair, Tyra Krykowski-Lumgair, Hunter Krykowski-Lumgair, Lane Calvert and Katie Calvert; her greatgrandchildren, Macy, Jax and Harrison; her sisters, Gwen Laughlin and Dorothy Kivimaa; her brother, Jim (Delores) Doolittle; and numerous nieces and nephews. Arlee was predeceased by: her husband, Norman; her grandson, Jagger; her parents, Russell and Winnifred Doolittle; her sisters, Lorna McKechnie, Hazel Mackie, Gail Morgan and Noreen Clarke; her brothers, Edward Doolittle and David Doolittle. The Memorial Service for Arlee was conducted from the Waseca Memorial Hall , Waseca, Saskatchewan on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 2:00 PM with Alan Laughlin as leader of service. The eulogy was given by Jim Doolittle. The reading was presented by Jaco Coetzee. Special memories were presented by Georgina Pilling and Bev Hult. The hymns sung were, “Amazing Grace” and “Old Rugged Cross”, accompanied by pianist, Frances Wright. The urnbearers were Kellee Lacombe, Shawna Lumgair, Arthur Lumgair, and Tracey Calvert. The honorary pallbearers were all of Sandra’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The interment was held at the Waseca Cemetery, Waseca, Saskatchewan. Donations in memory of Arlee may be made to the Maidstone Group Home Society or the Canadian Cancer Society. McCaw Funeral Service Ltd., of Lloydminster, Alberta administered the funeral arrangements. Card of Thanks We would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who has helped us during the past year and a half. To the communities and the people who make them great - your love and support will never be forgotten. For the visits, texts and phone calls that brightened many days for us. For the cards and donations in Mom’s memory, the baking and flowers - thank you. To McCaws, Alan Laughlin, Francis Wright, Jaco Coetzee, Bev Hult and Georgina Pilling for making a Mom’s Celebration of Life perfect. Thank you to the Waseca Hall Board for the lunch. Last but not least to everyone who came to share memories, laughs and tears - thank you. Tracey, Dustin, Lane and Katie. Arthur, Jenell, Tyra and Hunter. Shawna, Arlan, Jessica, Riley and Harrison. Kellee, Jim, Mikayla, Tom, Nathan, Luke, Macy and Jax. __________________________________________________

IN MEMORIAM I still miss you every day, but I’m thankful for every day I got to have with you. Pain still exists because I lost you, but so too does the joy that came from knowing you. I’m unlucky to have had to say goodbye, but I’m luckier because I had someone who made saying goodbye so hard. - Tommy Cotton

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NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Battlefords Boys and Girls Club Will be holding their AGM on

Tuesday, May 21st - 7:00 p.m. 1301-104th Street, North Battleford. For more information call


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Annual General Meeting Wednesday, May 22 6:30 p.m. Don Ross Room 101


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GARAGE SALE 2522 Blue Jay Cres Killdeer, North Battleford.

3 year old pure bred Black Angus Bull. For sale $3800 OBO. Call 306-480-8503

Everything for $2.00 or less. Friday, May 17, 2019 8:00am -7:00pm. Saturday May 18, 2019 8:00 am-2:00pm. Cloths, books, Skylander Galore, outdoor pillows, shoes (new), scentsy, essential oils. *Wii system* Higher priced items - Ski boots, snowboard boots, rugs, bread maker, juicer, academic books $500.00 value on for $40.00 (in Math and Social Studies and Language) Outdoor cushions (set of 8 for $40.00) (burnt orange) Pier 1 cushions

Black and Red Angus yearling and 2 year old Bulls on moderate growing ration - Performance info available. Adrian or Brian and Elaine Edwards. Valleyhills Angus - Glaslyn, SK. 306-441-0946 or 306-342-4407.

Yard sale Atton Farm. Sat, Sun, Mon. From Gallican on highway 40 2km East, 3km North on Riding Hill Road. Duetz Dx 160, Case 4494, IH 350 tractor, 1996 olds 98, 97 chev Blazzer, Camper, Lahtronics Moisture Test. Phone 3982739 or 398-7839

Simmental Bulls for sale - 2 year old bulls, pure bred, strong and sound. Ready to go into the pasture and work. Contact Cindon Farms at 1-306-441-8679 or by email

One Bedroom suite, in a quiet adult complex. Total reno’s. Available June 1. Security $750.00 Rent $750.00. Call to View. 306-481-2836

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Friday May 24

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4th Annual Spring Fling at the Battleford Legion Hall, 262-22nd Street, Battleford. 4:30 p.m. Happy Hour. 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Supper. Advance tickets only $15.00. Deadline to purchase May 22nd - 4:00 p.m. Call 306-446-1983. Door prize, raffle, 50/50. Table tennis competition free. Sponsored by the Saskatchewan Baseball Museum, Battleford.

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Saturday May 25

Topline Social Dance Club will be hosting a dance at The Royal Canadian Legion Hall, 1352 - 100th Street in North Battleford on May 25, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m., lunch served. Harry Startup as entertainment for the night. Members $10.00. Guests $12.00, minimum age of 19, dress casual. For more information please contact Sharon at 306-445-7240 or Jean at 306-445-8815.

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

Al-anon Family Groups

If someone’s drinking troubles, attending Al-Anon Family Group provides understanding and support. Meetings Monday at 7:00 p.m. and Friday at 10:00 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church, corner of 15th Ave. & 108th Street. Contacts 306-937-7765, 306-937-7289 or 306-441-9324.

Tuesdays & Thursdays

Cocktails - 5:00 pm • Supper - 6:00 pm $50 for steak & lobster $40 for steak only or lobster only Ice Surface Northland Power Curling Club

Tuesdays and Thursdays from at 1371 - 103rd Street (Living Faith Chapel Gym - use parking lot doors off 102nd). All ages – youth to senior, all skill levels. Annual membership fee $125.00 (or $5.00 drop-in fee per night) plus a $5.00 fee for the Table Tennis Saskatchewan membership/insurance.


Peer to Peer Support Group for Mental Health meets mornings @ 9:30 am at 1602 103rd Street in North . We welcome you to join us as we work towards recovery, and support one another. You will be warmly welcomed by all.

Wednesday May 22

Join us at the library for an important documentary. Under Our Skin 2: Emergence, the sequel to Under Our Skin. This film discusses the cases of Lyme Disease around the world. Admission is by donation to the Saskatchewan Lyme Disease Association. Begins at 7:00 p.m.

Make and Take Home Wood Sign Fundraiser at the Don Ross Centre - 891 - 99th Street, Room #107 at 1:00 p.m. Check out Concern For Youth Facebook Page and look under events. Register by May 17 at 5:00 p.m. by emailing or call 306-445-1020.

Sunday May 26

Turtleford Baptist Church Gospel Music Night. Last Sunday of every month at 6:00 p.m. Come and participate...Sing, Play, Humm. Everyone welcome.

Sunday May 26

Walk for Lupus. Come walk with Alayna to raise funds for lupus awareness, support services and research. Saskatoon Walk for Lupus will be held at the River Landing Aphitheatre. Registration at 12:30 p.m. walk to being at 1:00 p.m. To receive your pledge sheet, sponsor a walker or for more information please contact Irene Driedger by email at or by cell at 306-227-9562. Regina walk to be held Saturday June 8, 2019.

Tuesday May 27

Adult Book Club at the North Battleford Library. Join us for a discussion of The Good Earth by Pearl Buck at 7:00 p.m. Refreshments provided. Copies of the book available at the library.

Wednesday May 29

Travel Talk: Limerick. Join us at the North Battleford Library for a travel talk by our very own assistant librarian, Candice Foress, as she discusses her brief trip to Limerick, Ireland. Begins at 7:00 p.m. Refreshments to follow.

Wednesday May 29

Teen Book Club. Our teen book club will be reading Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo for May. We will meet at 4:00 p.m. at the North Battleford Library.

Friday May 31 and Saturday June 1

A Taste of Culture 2019 at the Western Development Museum Multicultural event which features international food, marketplace items and entertainment from different cultures from 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

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Public Notice of Discretionary Use Development Application Public notice is hereby given that pursuant to Zoning Bylaw regulations of the Zoning Bylaw No. 02-2011 that the RM of Meota No. 468 has received an application for a discretionary use development permit. The application includes the creation of a private campground consisting of five (5) camp sites within the NW ¼ Section 18-47-16-W3M, located outside, but adjacent to the organized Hamlet of Day’s Beach as shown in “Schedule A”. This is currently permitted as a discretionary use in the Agricultural District – Section 5(5.2)(4)(h) of the Zoning Bylaw. SCHEDULE A


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RM of Meota No. 468 Public Notice – Zoning Bylaw Amendment


Public Notice is hereby given that the Council of the Rural Municipality of Meota No. 468 (RM) intends to adopt two (2) bylaws under the Planning and Development Act, 2007 (PDA), to amend Bylaw No. 02-2011, known as the Zoning Bylaw (ZB).

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INTENT: The intent of the first proposed amendment is to clarify when a Real Property Surveyor’s Report is required, to introduce provisions for the administration and regulation of retaining walls, and correct a numbering error. The intent of the second proposed amendment is to provide administration and regulatory provisions regarding the placement of recreational vehicles on certain sites, and to clarify discretionary use evaluation criteria in lakeshore districts.


REASON: The RM wishes to provide better guidance and regulation as to the placement of retaining walls and recreational vehicles in an effort to accommodate and legitimize demanded forms of development, to minimize potential land use conflict, and to help ensure people and property are not negatively affected by certain forms of new development. PUBLIC INSPECTION: Any person may inspect the proposed bylaws at the RM office between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. daily, excluding statutory holidays. Draft copies of the proposed bylaw are available from the RM office (hard copy at cost). The RM office is located at 300 1st Street East, Meota, SK S0M 1X0.


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PUBLIC HEARING: Council will hold a public hearing on June 5, 2019, at 3 PM in the RM office to hear any person or group that wants to comment on the proposed ZB amendment. Council will also consider written comments received by the undersigned by May 31, 2019. For additional information, please contact (306) 397-1000 or (306) 892-2061 or

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Council will consider this application at the regular scheduled Council meeting on June 5th, 2019 at 3:00 pm in the RM of Meota office. If you wish to comment on these proposals, please do so in writing prior to Monday, June 3rd, 2019 to the RM of Meota No. 468, Box 80, Meota, SK, S0M 1X0. For additional information please contact the office at (306) 397-1000 or at




S.Yvonne Prusak, MCIP, RPP Development Officer RM of Meota No. 468


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IN THE ESTATE of DENNIS ELDON BERG, late of Aquadeo, in the Province of Saskatchewan, deceased. ALL CLAIMS against the above estate, duly verified by statutory declaration and with particulars and valuation of security held, if any, must be sent to the undersigned before the 22nd day of May, 2019. Darren G. Berg Executor 10927, Scott Drive North Battleford, SK S9A 3N2

AFFECTED LAND: All lands within the RM are affected by the proposed general provisions in the amendments. Regulation of retaining walls and recreational vehicles directly affects lands within the A1 – Agricultural District, and the LR1 and LR2 Lakeshore Residential Districts.

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Hometown Heroes

If your group or institution has been the recipient of a donation or gift, or if you have made a donation to your community, we’d be happy to let our readers know. Send a photo to our email address: Please include names of those in the photo and the details of the donation or gift. See some of our Hometown Heroes below.

Knights of Columbus Make Community Donations Battlefords District Care Centre CAREER OPPORTUNITIES


The North Battleford Knights of Columbus Council 2094, through the sale of tickets and a grant from Saskatchewan Lotteries, has made local donations to various charities. Remember, says the council, when you buy lottery tickets you are supporting community culture and recreation. The donations, presented by Grand Knight John Vany and Financial Secretary Thomas Schwab, include:

MEMBER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE Permanent Part-time THE POSITION: Reporting to the Office Manager, this position will provide members and prospective members with a variety of services, and will promote and sell cash and non-cash related deposit products and services with professionalism and accuracy. CLOSING DATE: May 31st 2019 Please go to for more details. Please submit resume to: Turtleford Credit Union Limited P.O. Box 370 Turtleford SK S0M 2Y0 Ph: (306)845-2105 Fx: (306)845-3035 Email:

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Assistant Administrator R.M. of Meota No. 468

The R.M. of Meota No. 468 invites applications from qualified persons for the position of Assistant Administrator. The R.M. of Meota No. 468 is a progressive municipality located in northwest Saskatchewan and includes a large agricultural base, 12 Organized Hamlets on Jackfish and Murray Lakes and relatively recent commercial developments focused in the energy sector. The municipal office is located in the Village of Meota situated on Jackfish Lake, 37 kms northwest of North Battleford. The preferred candidate will have experience in municipal administration, bylaw development and land use planning and will possess management, interpersonal, communication and organization skills. Our candidate will work closely with the Administrative team to develop bylaws, policies and apply best practices in the general management and operation of the municipality and will work closely with ratepayers, staff and stakeholders in a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship. The preferred candidate will possess a minimum Class “C” certificate. Experience with Munisoft software is an asset and is preferred. The RM of Meota may consider applicants who do not currently possess a Class C certificate but who are currently enrolled in or eligible to enroll in the Local Government Administration Program through the University of Saskatchewan. The R.M. of Meota No. 468 offers a comprehensive benefits package. Salary is dependent upon qualifications and experience. Interested candidates are invited to submit a covering letter, copy of certificate(s) and a resume. These must include education, experience, certification held, expected salary and current references. Application for this position will be received until Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Please forward your application package to: Assistant Administrator Position c/o Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) R.M. of Meota Box 80 Meota, SK. S0M 1X0 EMAIL: We thank all applicants for their interest in this position. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Catholic Family Services River Heights Lodge NOTICES / NOMINATIONS

Request for Proposal (RFP)

Driver Education Services Light of Christ Catholic Schools (LOCCS) is requesting Proposals from qualified Contractors to supply driver education services. Detailed RFP documentation can be downloaded from the SaskTenders website: or picked up at the LOCCS Administration Office located at 9301 19th Ave, North Battleford, SK.

Notre Dame Parish

Deadline for proposal submission is 2:00 PM on Tuesday, June 4, 2019.


CALL 306-445-7261 John Paul II Collegiate In addition, donations were also made to the Empty Stocking Fund, Saskatchewan Knights of Columbus Charitable Foundation, Bishop Missions Fund, Saskatchewan Special Olympics and other projects. Photos submitted

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You find the lost when it is too late I had a gym card and lost it. It vanished like a ghost never to be seen again, it seemed. To replace the card, it cost me five dollars. Once I had paid for a replacement, I shuffled some books on my desk and there was my lost gym card, waving hello to me. Ed, my old neighbour had no sympathy for me as he said, “That is just the first time you have lost that card, you are forever losing keys, glasses, cards and even your ball cap.” When you want a little encouragement, it is hard to find. It was one of those weeks when I felt like I was drowning in com-

why she showed me mercy and didn’t charge me. I told Ed that it felt strange that the librarian was kind to me. He agreed that when others don’t demand a payment from us as According to Ed they could, we do feel conBy Raymond Maher fused. Our everyday world does not encourage us to be merciful or forbearing when it comes to collecting what others owe us. puter problems. I use my Usually what I lose does When I need my sick computer happily, until it show up eventually, but computer checked and freezes, or it crashes, or it I did have a library book restored to life, I pay for is scammed, or it is hacked, that I could not find as it the help of others and then I need help and feel went extinct while under their experience to fix it. that all hope is gone for me my care. I offered to pay I do not expect unlimited and my computer, maybe for my lost book, but the kindness when it comes to forever. My solution is to librarian graciously let me money owed for fixing my take it to those who can go without paying for its computer, as it would be a restore my computer to life. replacement. I do not know fast root to bankruptcy for


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those who fixed it. They deserve to be paid for their work on my computer. Most would agree that is only right and fair. Here on earth we sin and can’t fix it, so that we ourselves, others and all things are not totally right and fair. Jesus set God’s way of being right and fair through God’s grace and mercy before us. Grace is God’s undeserved gift for us. Grace and mercy tend to go against the grain of our lives. We want others to get what they deserve. We are quick to say that it is your own fault. Others must suffer the consequences of their actions.

When we are pulled over by the police for speeding, we are not quick to say to the officer; “It is my own fault give me a ticket and let me pay my fine right now!” We are hoping for grace and mercy from the police officer. We hope to be let go without a ticket and paying a fine. God wants us to know that in Jesus He gives us grace, undeserved forgiveness, and He does not give us hell as we deserve as sinners. Some argue that they never speed, and some argue that they never sin. We are all sinners guilty before God. God wants to give us His grace or undeserved forgiveness.

Worship Together Spend some quality family time together. Worship at the church of your choice. Our community has a number of churches and a variety of denominations for you & your family.

(RC) St. Joseph Calasanctius Parish 1942 - 98th Street, North Battleford, SK S9A 0N4

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PASTOR: Rev. Phinh Do

DAILY: Tues., Wed., Thurs. & Fri. - 9 a.m. unless otherwise noted WEEKEND MASS TIMES: Saturdays - 7:30 p.m. Sundays -9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church



St. George’s Anglican Church - 9:30 a.m.

1401 - 98th Street, North Battleford, SK

SUNDAY SERVICES Rev. Trevor Malyon

SUNDAY 10:30 a.m.

191 - 24th Street West, Battleford, SK

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

Everyone Welcome

1302 - 99th Street, North Battleford, SK

Hope Mennonite Fellowship

Battlefords Grace Community Church

1291 - 109th Street, North Battleford

SUNDAY - 11:00 a.m. - Worship Service

Pastor: Bill Hall

Pastor Gerhard Luitjens & Abel & Sonya Zabaleta (Mission Partners)

191 - 24th Street W., Battleford, Sk. 306-937-7575

WORSHIP SERVICES - 11 a.m. Sunday

Church Phone 306-445-4181

Everyone Welcome

Living Water Ministry

Sr. Pastor Brian Arcand Pastor Anand George Phone: 306-445-3803 Cell: 306-441-9385 Fax: 306-445-4385

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

1371 - 103rd Street (Use East Door)

All Saints Ukrainian Catholic Parish 902 - 108th Street, North Battleford

DIVINE LITURGY Sundays at 10:00 a.m. Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m.

Contact: Fr. Ivan Derkach 306-937-3767 or 306-317-8138

Battleford United Church 52 - 4th Avenue West Battleford, SK

306-937-3177 Rev. Gayle Wensley


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

Everyone Welcome Email:

ROMAN CATHOLIC ST. VITAL’S 11 - 18th Street, Battleford, SK

Phone 306-937-7340 PASTOR - Fr. Sebastian Kunnath

Saturday Evening Mass - 5:00 p.m. Sunday Mass - 10:30 a.m.


1372 102nd St 306-445-3009

St. Jean Baptiste de la Salle Roman Catholic Church SUNDAY MASS - 9:00 a.m.

S0M 0P0

Phone 306-937-7340

Maidstone/Paynton United Church of Canada Phone: 306-445-4338

Clergy Person: Rev. Ean Kasper

10:30 a.m.Service

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

Various Weekly Programs

Battlefords Seventh-Day Adventist Church

DELMAS - Fr. Sebastian Kunnath Box 10, Delmas, SK

Sunday Services 10:30 am

1702 - 106th Street, North Battleford

Come Join Us Sundays at 11:00 am Loving God Growing Together Serving Others Phone Church: 306-445-4818 Fax: 306-445-8895 Email:

Pastor James Kwon

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

Phone 306-445-9096

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

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Important contributions of women to the RCMP National Police Week was created in 1970 as a way to honour the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and create awareness about the services they provide. In honour of this year’s National Police Week (May 12 to 18, 2019), we’re highlighting the contributions of women officers to the RCMP. Women’s early roles in the RCMP In the 1890s, before women were allowed to join the force, the RCMP employed women as matrons and jailers to help care for female prisoners. One of these women was Katherine Ryan — better known as “Klondike Kate” — who was eventually hired by the RCMP in the Northwest Territories as a spe-

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In the early 1900s, the RCMP began hiring women as fingerprint and lab technicians. In 1946, the pioneering criminologist Frances McGill was appointed as an honorary surgeon of the RCMP, making her one of the force’s first official female members. Dr. McGill was sometimes known as the “Sherlock Holmes of Saskatchewan” because of the importance of her forensic work for solving crimes.

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In honour of National Police Week 2019, take the time to thank the police officers in your communities for the essential role they play in keeping Canadians safe.

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Reading challenge among happenings at Borden By Lorraine Olinyk Correspondent

The Borden Lions held a Mother’s Day Brunch in the Borden Community Centre on Sunday, May 12, with plenty of food but not a real good crowd to partake of it. Winning the Mother’s Day basket full of goodies was Vera Friesen of Radisson. The profit from the brunch will be sent to Diabetes Research. The Borden Care Home Auxiliary held a spring tea at the care home Friday, May 10, with a good crowd on hand to enjoy lunch and listen to Celtic Country play some older tunes. The door prizes of a potted pansy went to Janna Newman and the bouquet of flowers to Darlene Pearce. The profit from the tea will go to buy flowers to put in the flower pots and beds around the care home. A new bench, made of oak by Ed Neufeld, has been placed in the entranceway for people to sit down to take off or put on their shoes and a raised part for the guest book to be set on. On the auxiliary committee are Jean Sawchyn, Bev Assman, Bev Hrynuik, Audrey Baker, Celiidh Auger-Day, Brenda Roenspies and Irene Hamp. Librarian Linda Yuskiw held a Spring Reading Challenge for students at Borden School in K to Grade 8, and 56 students read 2,055 books in seven weeks, from March to


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May. Students explored the whole library – non-fiction, fiction and easy sections – and each received a READ card similar to bingo with 28 spaces on each card to fill in. Each time they read a book they coloured in a space and added a leaf to the reading tree. When their card was filled they could add a cherry blossom to the tree. Thirty students filled in one or more cards and each participant received a prize and a freezie. Picking their prize first were the students who read the most books and then down the list until the last ones were those who read the least number of books. Congratulations to Donald and Claudia Dyck of Saskatoon who have a new great-granddaughter – Katherine Ann Rebecca, born April 10 to Kristina and Jeff Olson of Aberdeen. Condolences are extended to the families of Joan Maxwell of Radisson – Kim, Kirk, Kelly and Kaylla. Joan passed away May 8 at the age of 89. She was in Spruce Manor Care Home in Dalmeny, but had been in Radisson living with her daughter Kaylla until the last few months. There will be no funeral service, just a fam-

ily graveside service at a later date. The Borden Lions have been busy with catering to the Assman Farm Auction and the Mother’s Day Brunch for Diabetes and upcoming is the garage sale of donated items on Saturday, May 18 at the acreage shop of Jim and Lorraine Olinyk, half a mile west of Borden, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pancake Breakfast at Diefenbaker Daze on June 1 in the Community Centre from 8 to 11 a.m., the Ride for Dog Guides will stop at Borden at 9 a.m. on June 2 by the Community Centre, when the Borden Lions will present $200 plus other donations, and are catering to the grad banquet on June 7. Donations given out were $50 to Borden School for Awards Night, $150 to the Beautiful Borden flower barrels committee, and the $500 post-secondary scholarship still has to be presented to Graham Sargent. Ed Neufeld and Archie Wainwright have built four wagons pulled by a garden tractor for children to ride in at Diefenbaker Daze and there will be local advertising mounted on these wagons. At the Borden Friendship Club business meeting held May 8, $200 was donated to the committee for the flower barrels around the village. Some of the ladies have finished a queen size quilt, and this along with a patchwork throw and quilted hot pads donated by Evelyn Skarra, will

be raffled off Oct. 10, with the proceeds going to Borden Care Home and Borden Fire and Rescue. Tickets will be on sale at the Farmers’ Market on Fridays and by club members. Members of the club are going on a bus trip to Hague

Museum, Wanuskewin and the Ukrainian Museum on May 25. Pick up at Borden is 8:30 a.m. and in to Saskatoon to pick up members before heading out north. There are still seats available so if anyone from other towns would like to go,

call Florence at 306-9972130. The club holds their May potluck supper on the 29th at 5:45 p.m., is hosting other clubs for supper and program on June 3 and will be doing lunch for the memorial service for Wynona Taylor on June 8.

Borden School Reading Challenge participants.

Above, the Borden Care Home Auxiliary with the new bench – Irene Hamp, Jean Sawchyn, Ed Neufeld, Audrey Baker, Ceilidh Auger-Day, Brenda Roenspies and Bev Assman. Right, Ed Neufeld with the bench he made for the Borden Care Home.

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Lions Brunch - Anne Palmer and Audrey Baker selling tickets for Mother’s Day basket won by Vera Friesen.

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Final eight weeks of school filled with activity By Sherri Solomko Correspondent

May long weekend and you know what that means? In addition to an extra day off for many people it means the highways are busier with long weekend travelers and that will include RV traffic as well as farm traffic as they prepare for seeding. It is more important to arrive safely than to try and hurry your trip. UCHS has so many things on their agenda for the last eight weeks of school so staff and students are committed to staying on track for all of it. Congratulations to Raydon Brown and Luke Sperle who advanced undefeated from badminton regionals to advance to provincials May 11 weekend, stay tuned for results. A big thank you to staff and senior high students who welcome incoming soonto-be Grade 7s at Newcomer’s night on May 9. Warrior football held their spring camp May 7-9, with many players also taking part in the football camp that was held in North Battleford May 11. This week on Tuesday May 14 was junior track and field day. Everyone will enjoy the long weekend May 22 and get right back at it May 23. Remember the grad ecumenical church service will be May 28 at St. Peter’s church. Grade 9s will get to experience “take your kids to work day” on May 29. June’s list of “to do’s” include: UCHS awards night June 6, Living Sky awards night June 19 and exams begin June 20 with grad cap and gown service at 10 a.m. on June 28. All of this is in addition to the last stages of classroom work before the year ends. UPS has plenty on the go for their last eight weeks of school. Grades 4 and 5 got to participate in the Unity Ag Society Farm Safety Days on May 8. May 13 and 14 students will be part of farm safety presentations. The Grade 6s will play in the annual Grade 6 soccer tournament. Track and field will take place on May 31, with June 4 alternate day if weather does not permit. Field trips begin on June 7 and continue much of June. June 18 the UPS Kindergartens will enjoy a year end celebration and June 24 will be the Grade 6 year end celebration. St. Peter’s staff and students were excited to learn of the newest addition to Principal Volk’s family – a new little baby boy. Grades 4 and 5 go to enjoy Ag Safety day at the AGriplex on May 8. Grade


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6 students took part in the newcomer’s night on May 9 at UCHS where they will be heading in the fall. May 15 some fun was had with Grade 6s hosting an evening of improv as they raise funds for their year end celebrations. Audience members had the pleasure of the band performing at this event, too. May 23 is the date sent for division track and field for Grades 4 to 6. May 24 is the Grade 6 soccer tournament in Cut Knife. Students will be part of World Catholic Education Day for mass, lunch and activities with Father Greg at the Holy Rosary Shrine at Reward. A big thank you out to the Unity Ag Society for hosting Ag Safety Education Day on May 8 and to all the presenters who helped teach the kids about safety on the farm, in the yard, in the community and at home. Pickleball continues to grow. Wednesdays and Thursdays are full of enthusiastic participants of all skill levels and all generations. Come on out to the Unity curling rink and try your hand at this growing sport. Equipment is provided. For now, the schedule will continue each week on Wednesdays and Thursdays until the last week in June, and then, plans are being put together for a wind up fun tournament. Hopes are that players will continue in the Outdoor Rec Venue when they are able and plans are being scoped out about utilizing one of the school gyms for the winter. This Saturday, join Unity United Church and neighbours in wishing Mary Burton Lesson fond farewell and best wishes in her move at a come and go event at Unity United Church on Saturday, May 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. Next weekend is the community-wide garage sale on May 25. Parkview Place is seeking donations for this event to help with their activities fundraising. You can pick up a map from the town office. As well, if you are extra shopenthusiastic you can head to Wilkie as they also hold their town wide garage sale the same day. Next weekend, put May 26 on your calendar as it is the annual minor ball day with every team in every division hosting a game. The booth will be open and there is plenty of room for fans in the stands. Come

and support your favorite player and/or team and enjoy cheering for some ball games with other community ball enthusiasts. You can also support Unity Minor Ball by purchasing one of their sports trip tickets, available from any player. You can also check out the NSRBL schedule on their website or see the May 10 issues of the PressHerald that lists home games for both the Midget Cardinals and the senior men’s Cards. Swimming lesson registration opened yesterday and will continue today until 7 p.m. at the Unity curling rink lobby. As well, all lessons can be registered for May 22 and May 23 in this same location. It’s getting close to swimming season folks. Watch for updates on opening dates of the Unity Credit Union Aquatic Centre. Soccer has begun on UPS and UCHS fields. Come and cheer on your favourite player and team. The Unity Soccer Club is hosting a fundraising barbecue at AG Foods on May 23 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Registration forms are now available through the Town of Unity website or by emailing for the second annual “Unity Roadster Classic” 3 on 3 ball hockey tournament with funds earmarked once again for the Richardson Pioneer Outdoor Rec Venue development. Cost is $100 per team, guaranteed three games. Age categories five to adult. The event also includes awesome raffle table, door prizes, kids zone with bouncy houses, the Balloon Man, face painting, photo booth and more. Everyone is welcome to the UCHS grad ecumenical church service is slated for May 28 at 7 p.m. at St. Peter’s church. Mental Wellness support group continues to meet Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in the hospital boardroom. Anyone is welcome to join in. Follow the Mental Wellness group on Facebook for updates. Try your hand at Lady Luck. The Chase the Ace fundraising lotto, hosted by the Unity Lions Club, has begun again at the Legion Hall each Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. with four community groups benefitting from the proceeds. The Unity Farmer’s Market will start again soon. May 23 is the opening date at the Adanac Hall and will run every other week featuring a lunch catered by Jan Taylor. Contact Carmen Bowker at 306-210-7733 for details or to book a table.

A great view of the Richardson Pioneer outdoor rec venue now that the unsightly old fence has been removed. Residents will see more progress on this venue in the days ahead as basketball hoop poles and nets will soon be installed as well as phase two tender process will happen soon. Stay tuned for the what’s up next for this outdoor recreation space in Unity that saw a high volume of users over the winter. This recreation space is thanks to the Richardson Pioneer corporate sponsorship as well as fundraisers that have taken place and funds that have been donated to the development of this place for the enjoyment of residents.

While the museum pancake brunches may be over the activity at the museum is not. Coming up is the Hobby Show next weekend as well as opening day activity. Please encourage visitors to come and view this fine facility in Unity that so many hands have helped create, maintain and showcase for everyone’s enjoyment. Coffee row folks are full of enthusiasm for all that is on tap for upcoming events in Unity. They are sharing their pride in our community spaces and places and continual line up of activities that take place here. Rain, there is always talk about rain and lack of and hopes for when it will come again as April showers did not bring May flowers in Unity. Local sports activity also keeps the topic table full of lively conversation. So you can see life is full of fun and activity in Unity and our friends at coffee row sharing this traditional part of our community culture. Until next time ...

April showers did not bring May flowers as the saying goes. Evidence by sparse perennial bed around these finally blooming tulips showed that the extended cold this winter and extremely dry spring has affected gardeners’ blooming buds. Photos by Sherri Solomko


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Quilters’ year end supper planned for May 31 By Linda Welford May 3 was the last scheduled meeting for Rivers’ Edge Quilters for our 2018-2019 year. Irene Greer has found another interesting technique to teach the quilters. We have a class scheduled on Thursday, May 10, and we will be working on a stack and



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Dignity shirts are worn over our “Sunday go to meeting” shirts to keep the crumbs off our dress up clothes.

will be exhibiting work at the Chapel Gallery from April 17 to May 19. Congratulations Heather! April classes included a day of sewing dignity shirts. These are worn over our “Sunday go to meeting” shirts to keep the crumbs off our dress up clothes. Thanks, Cheryl Thompson. Several members also

made mermaid dolls. Each doll was unique and sported various hairstyles and “Mer” outfits. These will be given to children who need something to hug and each and everyone will be loved. Thanks, Darlene Hiltz. Bunnies for boys were also donated. Comfort Quilts. These are quilts that are made and donated by the guild

Mermaid dolls are each unique and sport various hairstyles and “Mer” outfits.

members. Several quilts were shown and put in the comfort cupboard. The quilts stay in their cupboard until someone needs to be wrapped in a quilt. Our Year End Supper is May 31 at 5:50 p.m. Remember to bring along your “What is Old is New Again” project. If you would like to

learn to quilt, drop by the Don Ross craft room Monday, Thursday or Friday between nine and four o’clock and check us out. If you know how to quilt, great, and if you don’t, we have several members who would help you learn the craft. To contact the guild, phone 306-937-7471 or 306-4807797.

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News ‘n’ views from Baljennie - Pritchard history By Dorothy M. Mills

Sometimes the winds does blow things out of passing vehicles and you never know what you might find. When I lived on the farm, every day I used to walk up to six miles, and all the things you can find would really surprise you. Lots of garbage as well. When our children were younger they would walk the ditches looking for pop and beer bottles. They would come home and get them all washed up before taking them to the exchange depots for money. They were happy as that was their spending money. It has been a late, cold dry spring. About all that is green so far is the grass. The trees are in bud ready to leaf out. A few look a little green. There needs to be more sunny warm days. In spite of this cold spring, pretty well all the farmers are out on the land, starting to seed their


The spring has been rather chilly with the winds blowing each day, it seems. There have been a lot of tumbleweeds rolling by. On the farm, we call them Russian thistles. With every bounce, seeds get shaken out to start more new plants. The winds are enough to scatter light garbage and rubbish all over the place on our streets and highways leading into Battleford. A big thank you goes out to a resident of Battlefords Bridge Road Condos who has spent many hours out gathering up all the trash. He walks out through rain or shine. It’s one way to get your daily exercise. You are doing a great job, Paul, just keep it up and many thanks. It does look good out there. Makes you wonder why so many people toss out so much trash.

crops. The crop report talks of a low percentage of the seeding being done so far. Each week, that report will change. Now that the weather has got mild enough for the highways department to do their annual highway repair work, some major repairs are being done on the Battle River Bridge on Highway 40 west of Battleford. There is one-lane traffic. Work is to be done on the North Saskatchewan River bridges. Repect the workers and take care. These areas have all been posted with signed. Also, watch out the moving of wide farm machinery. Every day something is being moved. Just

slow down and take care while passing. On a recent phone call from a resident of North Battleford, he wanted to know if I knew where Willowfield area was. The answer was, “Yes, I do.” He went on to tell how, about three weeks ago, an out-of-control fire had engulfed what used to be called Pritchard’s Camp in the Willowfieldarea and pretty well all the old vacant houses and buildings were burned. After the fire, the family went back to rummage through the remains of where George Pritchard’s old home was. They found an old tobacco tin, with the lid still intact. Taking off the lid, they found a roll of store receipts written in pencil, tarnished with age and with burned spots from the fire, but there were still legible. They all dated back to the 1960s for George Pritchard, Norman Falcon, Pat Whitford,

Morris Falcon and Willard Ouellet. They had all come from K.J. Mitchell store in Baljennie. Willowfield was just on the west edge of the RM of Glenside, where only a school was open from 1939 to 1952. After it closed, all the buildings, school, teacherage and barn were sold and moved away. The Pritchard Camp was not too far from the school. George Pritchard came from Pake Pelltier in southern Saskatchewan. He moved to Turtle Lake, then to Willowfield where he bought a homestead in the 1920s. He married Mary Percell and they raised a family of 15 children. Some of his children went to Willowfield School until it closed. He then bought a section of land, still in the RM of Glenside, in the Baljennie area only three or four miles from the old Baljennie School. Most of the students all

walked to school, but were driven by a team of horses and a sleigh in the winter months. They all made good friends with all the other school children and all had some happy times. George Pritchard hired a lot of men to help him do his business of picking rocks and cutting firewood for the different local people and he kept them well-employed all the time. They also had families that all came to Baljennie School. George also had a small herd of cattle and horses on the farm. He liked to do a lot of horse trading. In 1973, he sold his land in Baljennie and moved back to the homestead at Willowfield, close to Cando. As he aged, he had some health problems, but did live to celebrate his 106th birthday in March of 2004. When he passed away in August of 2004, he was laid to rest in the Battleford Cemetery.

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MAIDSTONE – The spring meeting of the North West Museum Association was held Saturday, May 4

at Goodsoil. We were welcomed by museum chairperson Alex Schamber. He introduced long time mayor, Jack Purves. The Town of Goodsoil has a population of about 300

residents. Nearby is a huge lake named Lac des Isle on which are several lakeside development, summer and all year round homes of another 1,000 residents. The rural municipality area has another 500 residents. Available is an 18-hole golf course rated by Trip Advisor as number one in Saskatchewan in 2019. Museum representatives in attendance were from Maidstone, Wilkie, Bresaylor, Lashburn, Loon Lake, Glasln, Rabbit Lake, St. Walburg, Meadow Lake and Goodsoil. Missing were Spiritwood, Neilburg, Cut Knife and Frenchman Butte. A bountiful lunch and beverages were available to all on arrival.

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A number of seniors attended the soup and sandwich lunch and bake sale sponsored by the Catholic Altar Society ladies at noon on Wednesday, May 1. Bingo was played Wednesday, May 1 with Joan Smith and Bev Stewart doing the calling. Lunch was provided by Dorothy Schwartz. Usual caller Margaret MacEachern was in a Saskatoon hospital. Best wishes for a speedy recovery go to her. Cards were played Monday, May 6 with high score going to Denise Newton. Lunch was provided by Margaret MacEachern. Bingo was played Wednesday, May 8 with Joan Smith calling and providing lunch. Bev Stewart called the last half. The monthly meeting following bingo with Shannon Ruud chairing. Denise Newton gave a report on the SSAI meeting held at Cut Knife. May 22 there will be a speaker at the centre on the subject of Lyme disease and ticks. May and June potluck birthday noon luncheon will be on June 19. Next meeting will be June 12 at 2:45 following bingo. No meetings in July or August.

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Seniors remain busy with activities at the lake By Lorna Pearson Correspondent

Lawrie Ward’s 80 birthday party took place in the Do Drop In May 11 with a good crowd of folks to wish him well, with a happy healthy future for many more years. Lawrie is very active with the Lions Club in Meota, helps out at the seniors’ hall, takes part in both the Hobby Band and Lions chorus, leads the bottle drives and many other fundraisers for the Lions. His family was in attendance and several picture posters showed his full and busy life with family and community. Even his baby book was on display. The family’s nickname for Lawrie is Papa Smurf. The Meota Hobby Band entertained at Caleb Village the afternoon of May13. This is always enjoyed by everyone attend-


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ing. Thanks, guys! The Meota Lions Chorus will be in the Lady Minto Health Center in Edam, May 27, and at Villa Pascal May 30. Drop by to listen. The Sons of Norway wind-up bowling event was held in St. Walburg, May 7, with a happy time there. The new bar in Edam opened to the public April 26 and served a full house of local folks. Duplicate bridge was played at the Pioneer Hall in the city May 7 with the scores in order - Jette and Terence Dasilva, Margaret Dyck and Ron Inkster, Mary Phelps and Gerry

Craig. May 9 saw top mark go to Margaret Dyck and Jean Lawes, Catriona Winterholt and Cletus Scherman, and finally Linda Ard and Robert Iverson. Swimming lessons will be offered at Meota beach this summer again, by Brittany Nedelec. Watch for her posters with dates and times. The monthly meeting of the Do Drop In was held May 10 with a good turnout of interested members. The Wellness Clinic was held April 18. The library report stated that 177 people used the library in April and two new cards were issued. Twelve children and caregivers attended Story Time’ in April. There was a good turnout of seniors from Edam who joined our group April 15 to partake of a noon buffet meal and spend the afternoon play-

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Diane Lines performed to an enthusiastic crowd at the Dekker Centre last Thursday night, and impressed former mayor Ian Hamilton, who lined up for an autograph after the show. Bassist Jen Hodge is pictured along with Lines and Hamilton. Photo by Josh Greschner

Shirley and Lawrie Ward on the occasion of his 80 birthday party May 11. Photo submitted

ing games. Twelve members have signed up to attend the Playhouse on June 26. The plan is to meet at Valley Ford and travel by rented van, together. Maureen is in charge of these arrangements. Both flags need to be replaced and this is being looked into. We need two delegates to go to the Provincial SSAI convention and info was handed out, hoping a couple folks will volunteer to go. Hotel expenses and registration will be paid by the club, all in the Heritage Inn, June 5 and 6. Chat and Chew will not continue once the concession at the beach opens May 24 or the local cafe opens. Expenses and compensation involved with work done at the Do Drop In will be reimbursed. A silent auction item will be bought for under $40, to be turned in at the convention for a fundraiser for the event. The seniors hall will be closed for a couple weeks while work is done on the floor during

a slack time this summer. Walkathon miles are to be phoned in to Vivianne at 306-386-3229 before May 25. Leave a message if no answer. It was suggested that the next event we host that we cook bison rather than turkey or beef, for a change. Next meeting will be June 14 at 10:30 followed by a pot-luck lunch. Following the tasty luncheon all enjoyed, 13

seniors stayed on to hear the presentation by Phil Bourrier and his wife from Edam who explained what Shaw TV has to offer the local area. Since Access TV doesn’t offer a menu or listing channel, there is no way to see what they are offering at any time, and many folks, seniors especially, feel they can’t manage without it, so are looking for an alternative.


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About Face looks back at viewers By Josh Greschner Staff Reporter

In their Chapel Gallery exhibit, Chris Hodge (above) and Heather Hochbaum (far right) produce, and reproduce, a variety of faces of a variety of people, existent and non-existent.

Self-portrait by Chris Hodge

You probably won’t win a blinking contest against some recently presented works at Chapel Gallery. About Face is a show featuring work by local artists Heather Hochbaum and Chris Hodge. An exhibition reception took place Thursday, May 9, and the show runs until May 19. Faces are a recurring theme of the exhibit, and works were painted, sculpted and stitched. Heather Hochbaum grew up in the Cando district and now lives in Battleford. She works in fibre art, painting, and is a selftaught quilter. Hodge, who hails from Hamilton, Ont., but now calls North Battleford home, has worked various different jobs including a mechanical technician and computer programmer. He’s influenced by prairie surroundings. The idea for the show, Hochbaum said, was Hodge was doing figurative work she found interesting. “We thought it’d be kind of cool if we did just the faces,” Hochbaum said, and director/curator of galleries for the City of North Battleford Leah Garven was receptive to the idea.

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Two self-portraits, one of each artist, are the first images viewers see when looking at the exhibit on one of the Chapel Gallery’s rounded walls. Hodge said he thinks Hochbaum is more organized than he is in his work. He works from photographs, and plays with Photoshop before painting. His works shows brushstrokes of acrylic paint, which he said he finds easier to work with than watercolour. “I can do watercolour but I don’t enjoy doing it,” Hodge said, adding changes are difficult with watercolour, and that he likes playing with paint. Hochbaum also has paintings in the exhibit, and some work results from exercises in painting images upside down. She painted shapes, and “you don’t have a preconceived notion of what a face should look like.” In Hodge’s work, some of the people depicted are friends of friends, a California artist, Joe Campbell, and someone who Hodge has never met in his life. Hochbaum’s work The Grand Jury features a free technique in which a sewing machine is treated as a pencil. Hochbaum began with shapes and faces emerged. Other work features shapes made of various stitches on jean squares. Why the theme of faces? One reason is that they’re instantly recognizable, according to the exhibit’s description. “It is amazing that we can recognize the face in differing forms of its portrayal from caricature, cartoons, impressions, to simple line drawings and abstractions.”

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