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The Meridian Canadian Open curling event is over and Mayor Ryan Bater couldn’t be happier about how it turned out.

“It was rather amazing,” a beaming Bater said at city council Monday about the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling tournament. “I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am of our

community,” said Bater. “The effort that was put in to attract that event, organizing that event and hosting that event was nothing short of tremendous.” He said the tournament attracted people from Sas-

katchewan, Alberta and across the country, and included a national broadcast that people across the country watched. Bater noted the feedback about North Battleford was very positive. “The commentators on Sportsnet were saying glowing things about the work that was done and just the state of the community,” said Bater. The mayor also thanked the 150 volunteers for their efforts, and also paid tribute to the efforts of City staff who worked hard on the event during the week. “I haven’t heard a single negative thing. Not one,” said Bater. Councillor Len Taylor added his thanks to City staff. “That was just an awesome, awesome show and I want to thank personally all of those people who work for the City for their support,” said Taylor. City Manager Jim Puffalt noted the staff were

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Oh what a feeling … curling rocks! Dear Editor It was painful, but splendid in so many ways after recently watching the terrific competition at the Grand Slam of Curling Canadian Open Meridian Classic at the Civic Centre in North Battleford. The writer got to know those hard wooden bench seats at the Civic Centre intimately and, sure enough, by the end of the weekend, this man’s butt was flamingly sore. The curling was packed with fantastic shot making and this made the pain easier, as I squirmed incessantly in those hard seats. It is too bad the City is in so much debt, because a new arena is obviously in order. However, we will struggle with its current state for perhaps another decade. Enough of that! The staging of the event was second to none. In fact it was superb. We owe a debt of gratitude to the organizers of the event and to the volunteers who worked themselves ragged during the course of the tournament. They really did a fine job and are to be commended. This event brought together 16 men’s and 16 women’s teams from across the globe. It was a treat to view Team Tirinzoni from Switzerland, Team Sidorova from Russia, Teams Hasselborg and Edin from Sweden, Team Wang from China and Team Smith from Scotland. In addition, we saw a field that included Teams Shuster and McCormick from the United States. The display of curling we witnessed from these teams was remarkable. In addition, we were able to experience the excellence of curlers such as Brad Gushue, John Morris, Brad Jacobs and Kevin Koe on the men’s side. Saskatchewan was represented by the Steve Laycock and Kevin Korte foursomes. They played well and made us all proud. On the women’s side, we were able to see the likes of Jennifer Jones, Rachel Homan and Val Sweeting, amongst other heralded skips. The writer enjoyed his time in the arena, often arriving early for the draws. This gave him a chance to sit down at ice level and marvel at the preparation for each draw, by both the players and the volunteers. It made him appreciate the time and effort that was required to put on such a world-class event. There was also time to chat with some of the curlers who were accommodating. This wasn’t so surprising. Curling is not a rich person’s game as professional sports go. These individuals love to compete, but were, in general, pretty down to earth and did not let their egos get in the way of talking to people who came out to experience this fine game. From the very first draw, the writer fell in love with the Swiss women’s team, as they played with a combined sense of love of the game and a pure competitiveness that made you aware they were trying their very best. Team Tirinzoni had fun on the ice. The second on the team, Esther Neuenschwander, and third, Cathy OvertonClapham, took the time to express their appreciation for the people who had paid to come and see them play. Cathy, a fellow Canuck, was subbing for the regular third on the rink, who was injured. Skip Silvana Tirinzoni and lead Marlene Albrecht also took the time to complete the signing of the autographs for the entire team. There was another Canadian connection to the team, as Gerry Adam was the coach of the foursome. If you ever want to see a wide grin, Gerry has one. What a nice man. Needless to say, I followed the play of Team Tirinzoni for the entire week. They were remarkable.

Casey Scheidegger’s rink out of Lethbridge ultimately won the event with a huge upset over Team Tirinzoni in the final. However, Scheidegger had been a giant killer during the course of the week, so it may not have been that big of an upset. That team seemed destined to win. This writer will be following the exploits of Team Tirinzoni as it is anticipated they will be the representatives of Switzerland at the world championships later this winter. Switzerland and Canada, two of the best countries in the world to visit. The men’s side of the Canada Cup saw stellar efforts from teams such as Edin, Jacobs, Morris and Gushue. That being said, all of the teams played well during the course of the week. The difference between winning and losing is razor thin. Our teams from Saskatchewan — Teams Laycock and Korte — made us all proud and hopeful that one day soon we can win a Canadian championship, something which has not been done since the 1980s when Rick Folk took home the hardware. At the end of the competition, the final saw two giants face off, Team Edin vs Team Gushue. On this day, Gushue prevailed with a surprisingly lopsided victory. The lasting impression of that game would be a very sportsmanlike spinerama shot (ala Jeff Stoughton) by Edin on the final shot of the game when he knew Gushue had wrapped up the victory. The smiles on everyone’s faces on the ice and in the stands showed what the game of curling is truly about. It oozes integrity and respect. The community of the Battlefords should be proud of

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hosting such a fine event. The curlers and television network representatives the writer was able to talk to were complementary about the crowds. Even though the Civic Centre is not state of the art, John Morris loved the intimacy of the arena, and he noted he thought it was great and he smiled when he described it as an “old barn.” Thank you to the volunteers who made this event possible. They are the members of this community who will “make North Battleford great again.” We need to hold these events to restore our tattered reputation. No longer should we be satisfied with mediocrity. The people who put this event together are leaders in our community. We need leadership and based on that which was shown with regard to the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling’s Meridian Canadian Open event, we are in good hands with regard to future events in our beautiful city. And, by the way, a huge tip of the cap to the folks who had to sit beside and in front of me for all the draws during the course of the week. The fellow in front of me must have bruises on his back due to the writer’s 37-inch inseam that I tried to shorten, but failed. Bravo to all the curlers who came to North Battleford and showed their warmth and expertise. You all were appreciated! If you get a chance to put your kids into curling, don’t hesitate. It’s a great game and it has good folks participating. Curling rocks! Garnet Elmer North Battleford

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Staples closed, and I want to weep The sign on the door hit me like a ton of bricks. “Dear Customers, “On Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, this Staples location will close. We encourage you to shop with us online at, where you will continue to find a full assortment of Staples products and services. We thank you for your continued business. Sincerely, Mary Sagat, president, Staples Canada; Barb Dolski, district manager.” I wanted to cry. Only a few minutes earlier, I had heard a rumour about the store closing. I needed to buy a USB drive, so I swung by. To my horror, it was true. This was not unexpected, however. There were


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Association 2012 Columnist of the Year many times over the last year where I would walk into the store and I might be the only customer there. Three or four staff members would hover around, occasionally, politely, asking if they could be of assistance. Nearly always, the answer was “No,” as I probably knew the store better than some of them. In recent years Staples Last week’s News-Optimist online poll:

Which rinks will you be cheering for during the Meridian Canadian Open at this Civic Centre this week? • A Saskatchewan rink. 33% • A Canadian rink. 25% • A rink from elsewhere in the world. 6% • I’m just hoping for good curling. 35%

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had announced several rounds of store closures, prompted in large part by people ordering their office supplies online. The oil bust in Estevan over the last two years surely didn’t help matters, either. I first experienced Staples when I moved to Saskatoon in 1993. For a nerdy kid from Yorkton, the collection of computer gear and office stuff was spectacular. Around 2006, they opened one in North Battleford, my home at the time. I was there opening day. As a ninth-order geek, Staples has been my Mecca. That Boxing Day, I put on my long underwear, three layers of shirts, parka and heavy gloves to sit in my cold camper van in the parking lot at 6:15 a.m. I was not the first, if I recall. By around 7 a.m. we started lining up outside, freezing in temperatures around -20 C while making sure no one else jostled their positions. That day I picked up three laptops, one for $97, and two for $200 each, on clearance, a scanner and a printer. It was my best Boxing Day haul ever. I wrote a story about it, and the store put it on the wall for at least a year. In subsequent years I found the Boxing Day experience to be waning. I didn’t even go this year, because, well, there’s not much I need that I don’t have, technology-wise. How many printers do I really need? Aren’t 10 enough? Doing my books for my photography business made me realize they were one of my prime vendors. I would spend thousands each year on

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Often I’ll need just little things – a few USB drives, or an ink cartridge, for instance. I loved picking through the clearance items. But these things rarely would warrant paying for shipping, nor would they be high enough in price to trigger free shipping. The very real effect of Staples closing in Estevan is I now need to keep more things in inventory, just in case. There will be much less casual shopping for me now, and a lot more online

orders. These orders tend to be more considered, especially as shipping is an issue. I signed up for Amazon Prime, which covers shipping, so I guess we’ll see how much Staples’ closure pushes me into Amazon’s arms. I’ll miss you, Staples. And to Todd, the former manager in North Battleford, wherever you are, I’ll miss you, too. — Brian Zinchuk is editor of Pipeline News. He can be reached at brian.

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Except for utilities, 2017 budget is adopted By John Cairns Staff Reporter

Aside from utility rates, the 2017 budget for North Battleford has been adopted by city council. Council unanimously passed a motion adopting the 2017 budget at council Monday, with the utilities portion to come back for a final discussion and vote Jan. 23. The resolution that passed unanimously Monday covers the general operating fund, UPAR (Underground Parks and Roads) fund and five-year capital plan and includes the following: • An increase of three per cent in general taxation; • An increase of $1 per month per bin for garbage collection; • An increase of 60 cents per month per bin for recycling collection; • An increase in the Waste Management Facility tipping fees to $125 per tonne; Removal of the 30 per cent commercial discount (excluding waste haulers) at the Waste Management Facility. Not included in the resolution were the final rate increases for water and sewer, which is the last piece of unfinished business to be decided on the

budget. Council must still make a decision on whether to stick with the original proposal to raise water and sewer base and consumption rates by three per cent, or to go with a proposal from Councillor Greg Lightfoot to increase the rates by another 1.5 per cent, to 4.5 per cent. The rationale for the higher increase was so the City could get away from using debt for the maintenance of City utilities. “I have such a tough time using debt for maintenance of a utility that’s going to have some huge, huge projects coming forward in the next three to five years,” said Lightfoot. He proposed using the additional 1.5 per cent increase to cover off the maintenance costs instead of using debt. The impact would be an additional $10 to the average household bill per year, for an overall utility increase of $30. As of now, council is leaning heavily towards going with the 4.5 per cent utility increase, with at least five councillors and Mayor Ryan Bater in favor. But councillors Don Buglas and Len Taylor said they believe more time is needed to consider the increase. Buglas was the one councillor who was undecided on the issue,

and he expressed the most discomfort about rushing ahead with a decision that evening. “In principle I agree,” Buglas said of the proposal. “Right this second, I don’t know that that’s the direction I would vote. I just need some time to digest a little more.” On the other hand, administration officials made clear they needed budget decisions right away so bylaws could be prepared and projects could go out to tender. “More time would start to be problematic,” said Director of Finance David Gillan, who urged council to approve “what we can approve” that evening. There was a suggestion by Bater that a special meeting could be called on the utilities issue, but it was decided that won’t be necessary. Utilities will be dealt with at the next council meeting in two weeks, at the same time that bylaws are presented. City Manager Jim Puffalt indicated bylaw documents could be prepared and be ready for the Jan. 23 meeting, taking into account either the three per cent increase or 4.5 per cent increase options. A number of decisions were finalized Monday with respect to capital proj-

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ects and third-party grants. The first items dealt with were the grants, and council passed two resolutions. The first approved the following third-party grants: transit expansion continuation $259,280; handi bus $92,865; Humane Society $72,000; Lakeland Library $350,186; North Battleford Library $138,505; Dekker Centre $220,000; and North Battleford Golf and Country Club $50,000, subject to presentation of five-year capital plan and approved by council. The City also approved grants under the Community Development Financial Assistance Program in the following amounts for 2017: Battlefords Boys and Girls Club $25,000, plus an additional $5,000 towards assisting them in finding core funding; Battlefords Concern for Youth $25,000; Battlefords Sexual Assault Centre $8,607; Battlefords Empty Stocking Fund $6,000; Battlefords Catholic Family Services $2,500; and Battlefords Allied Arts Council $8,450. There is also approval for the North Battleford

Golf and Country Club for $2,000 for a specific children’s golf program, but that is conditional upon the outcome of their application for lotteries funding through the community grant program. If lotteries funding is unavailable, that $2,000 grant would go through. Afterwards council moved into discussion of the budget as a whole. The utility rate issue was discussed, but council also finalized a number of decisions they had previously agreed to in December with respect to several capital projects. Gillan reported a number of capital items had been moved into the “unfunded” category, which allowed the City to come in under the $45 million debt limit for 2017. As well, it meant an amount between $200,000 to $300,000 could be set aside for debt repayment. The items moved into the “unfunded” category for 2017 include the east entry and north entry features and a sewer jet machine. Unfunded for 2020 is the Don Ross Arena

heating system project (which Puffalt said will likely be presented again at the next budget cycle), as well as the F.E. Holliday riverbank stabilization project, which will be further reviewed. Also moved into the “unfunded” column for 2017 is a $170,000 bike park project. This does not mean the project is dead. Instead, the plan is for the City to kick in $40,000 in funds already in reserves and to offer the land and long-term maintenance to an interested community group, who would then raise funds for the balance of the project. Director of Leisure Services Bill Samborski said that plan had been presented to the bike park proponents and he reported to council the “resolve was still there” to go forward with it. With adoption of most of the 2017 budget Monday, the finish line is finally in sight for the budget process at City Hall, with a final decision on the increase in utility rates at the next meeting.

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ethylbenzene and xylenes and F1 to F4 petroleum hydrocarbons, would be $168 per test, plus taxes. Tests for PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) would be $208 per test, plus taxes. It would amount to once a month during the winter when there is ice buildup, and then once every two weeks when it is not frozen. These new tests are all required under the City’s revised Permit to Operate a Waterworks from the Water Security Agency in effect since Dec. 1. The requirements are in the wake of the Husky oil

spill and contamination in the river, and are in addition to the wide range of water testing already required. Schafer also confirmed to council that Husky Energy will be responsible for paying for the costs of the testing to the City. These are just the lab costs, Schafer emphasized. In response to a question from Councillor Greg Lightfoot, the operations director confirmed the City is also going to incur additional expenses for labour and for the costs of providing and transporting the samples for testing.

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The chairs of the Light of Christ and the Living Sky school boards have issued a joint statement in support of locally elected school trustees. They also made clear they are no fans of more school division amalgamations, as they spoke to reporters at the Living Sky offices Monday in North Battleford. The news conference was held as the province proceeds with a review of public education governance, part of the “transformational change” discussions happening in the province. A provincial advisory panel is conducting that education review this month, in response to an Educational Governance Review Report by Dan Perrins released in December. There had been talk in recent months that the review might propose doing away with locally elected school boards, and go with appointed boards instead. There has also been talk about reducing the number of existing boards.

Monday, both Living Sky board chair Ronna Pethick and Light of Christ chair Glen Gantefoer outlined why they are in favour of continuing with elected boards. “Our education system has worked and is working with locally elected trustees and boards of education,” said Pethick. A number of reasons were cited, but the point was made that locally elected boards provide a voice for the local community and provide accountability. They noted there was a strong connection between effective boards, “informed by local community voices,” and the improvement of student achievement. They also noted decisions were best made at the grassroots level and that school boards have credibility and relationships with their communities. Yet despite their support for elected boards, a number of current Living Sky and Light of Christ board members took their seats for the current term without needing a trip to the polls. Last fall’s vote saw

much of the Living Sky and Light of Christ board returned by acclamation, with contested elections happening in only a few districts. Pethick and Gantefoer acknowledged the challenges of getting people interested in running for board elections, but made clear they didn’t think it warranted doing away with elected boards. Pethick pointed out elections mean more accountability. “Trustees who are elected locally have that connection to the community, because they live in those communities and have that accountability to the people who elect them,” said Pethick. It was noted most of the acclamations involve incumbents, and respect for the incumbents was cited as one reason for the seats not being contested. Gantefoer also pointed out that whenever someone retires from that position, “you’ll notice a lot of names come forward,” pointing to competitive contests for seats last fall where incumbents had departed. Continued on Page 8


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Cabaret with songs highlighting a local man’s singing career comes to the Dekker Centre By Shannon Kovalsky

After performing with Dianne Gryba’s Christmas all-ages choir, Wintersong, this past holiday season, Matthew Armet and Gryba are teaming up once again for Timelines Timelines is a cabaret inspired by his journey from the Battlefords to working in theatre professionally, with songs and dance taken from Armet’s repertoire, along with some extras. “The idea of naming the concert Timelines was to go through to my childhood all the way up to now of songs that I’ve performed,” says Armet. “[Some] songs I’ve performed when I was a kid in town here, there’s a bunch of songs that have personal meaning to me from different parts of my life, songs that I’ve performed professionally and there’s songs from musicals I haven’t been in but that I’d love to be a part of someday,” in-

cluding a section from The Book of Mormon. While not everyone is familiar with The Book of Mormon, Armet says he hopes the show will provide an opportunity to both introduce people to music and offer a selection of well-known favourites, including a medley of songs by The Beatles and Over the Rainbow made famous by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz. Armet, a former voice student of Gryba’s, took lessons in North Battleford for eight years before heading to the Canadian College of Performing Arts in 2004 and then made his way east to join the Stratford Festival theatre company in Stratford, Ont. Since then, Armet has returned to North Battleford every year, usually around Christmas, and often finds himself performing in Gryba’s shows. For Timelines the cast is relatively small compared to other shows Armet and Gryba have

done together in the past, with Tyrell Witherspoon singing and dancing and Bonnie Nicholson accompanying on piano and performing duets with Gryba. Although his family has since moved away, Armet still considers North Battleford home and enjoys returning to perform pieces

Continued from Page 7 “I don’t like it when people come to the conclusion that because there are folks acclaimed that the system isn’t working,” said Gantefoer. Reducing school boards through amalgamation is a process both school boards have ample experience with in the past.

The last province-wide amalgamation happened a decade ago when the number of boards in the province was reduced from 96 to 28. Neither board chair expressed much enthusiasm for going through that process again. Pethick noted the challenges that Living Sky School Division had

after it was created 10 years ago. “It takes years to create a culture where everyone comes together and believes there is one ‘Living Sky,’” said Pethick. “I know over the last 10 years it took a number of years to bring everyone together and under one culture, because amalgamations are very difficult.”

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he’s learned back in Stratford. “Most of the work I’ve done has been so far out east and very rarely do people get to come see me out there, so it’s very nice to come home and perform,” says Armet. At Stratford, Armet most recently appeared in

A Chorus Line, a song of which will also be incorporated into Timelines. If you haven’t been able to head to Stratford Festival, your chance to see Armet perform is Satur-

day at 7 p.m. at the Dekker Centre. Tickets are $20, $15 for students, and are available through the Dekker Centre box office at 306-4457700 Ext. 2.

Dianne Gryba, left, and Matthew Armet, above, are teaming up once again to bring their latest collaboration, Timelines, to the Dekker Centre Saturday, Jan. 14. News-Optimist file photos

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While Pethick says he believes Living Sky worked well for the students, she did note there were concerns expressed from the public that the previous Living Sky amalgamation had been “too big.” Gantefoer also acknowledged the difficulties. “The last round of amalgamations that occurred were forced,” said

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Winter Games preparations well underway By John Cairns Staff Reporter

North Battleford may have closed the book on one big event, but another big one is coming. The 2018 Saskatchewan Winter Games is the major event on the horizon for next year. Winter Games co-chairs Rob Rongve and David Schell appeared before council Monday and had news to share on some of the ongoing preparations for that major event. Among those was news that a Winter Games manager has been hired. Nicole Clow was introduced at Monday’s meeting. Clow has considerable experience including running the Saskatchewan Summer Games in Estevan, and she was also involved in the winter games in Prince Albert. Clow was hired in November. There have been some adjustments to the committee structure with a number of volunteers and co-chairs stepping up. Rongve noted Councillor Kevin Steinborn and Jerry Wintonyk have agreed to head up the logistics committee while Councillor Kent Lindgren, who agreed to volunteer before being elected to council, is working with the volunteer division and is in charge of training the hundreds of volunteers. Getting the Games off the ground has been a gargantuan effort already.

“We knew it would be a lot of work, but I think we underestimated exactly how much it was to kind of get the ball rolling,” Rongve said. Now the work has begun, and with Clow now on board as manager, it is “definitely going a lot better,” he said. A games slogan has been chosen — “Celebrate Winter’s Best.” Rongve explained they wanted to keep it simple with a slogan that is a nod both to the “best venues” as well as the “best athletes.” It is also a nod to the host committee’s commitment to making the games “the best ever.” The mission statement for the host committee is “to host a successful Winter Games that celebrates athletic excellence through culture, competition and community.” These Games will make history on a couple of fronts. Rongve confirmd it is the first-ever Saskatchewan Winter Games to host para-sports. Para-nordic will be one of the events. The 2018 Games will also be the first Saskatchewan Winter Games to host snowboard cross and ski cross at Table Mountain. Both Rongve and Schell are continuing to seek volunteers and sought council’s help in seeking out potential volunteers. They are also going to be starting a fi-

David Schell and Rob Rongve address council Monday with an update on the preparations for the Saskatchewan Winter Games. Photo by John Cairns

nancial campaign. Rongve estimates the budget will be in excess of $1 million and anticipates the benefit to the community will be $5 million. They are also looking into putting together a donor wall that could perma-

nently recognize donors to the games effort, with Rongve suggesting it could possibly be installed at the CUplex. But plans are preliminary and the committee is seeking council’s input into where this recognition wall could go.

Bater draws first Snow Angel of ‘17 By John Cairns Staff Reporter

The Snow Angel program is back for another year. The City of North Battleford’s program to rec-

ognize those who would help neighbours clear the snow from their sidewalks and properties has returned. Five nominations have been submitted of “snow angels” who will receive a signed certificate

from Mayor Ryan Bater, and also be entered into a monthly draw for a $50 Visa card sponsored by Crown Cab and the Battlefords Mosque. Nominated are Tim Yeaman, Joe Palmer, Jodi

Nolin, Greg Dudar and Jim Couperthwaite. Bater drew the first $50 Visa card winner for 2017 and the winner this month is Jodi Nolin. To nominate a Snow Angel contact City Hall.

2017 board and committee appointments By John Cairns Staff Reporter

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$46,224; Village of Edam - resurface Main Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue $15,914; Village of Glenside - rebuild Islay Street, $3,369; Town of Hafford - upgrade and resurface streets, $70,500; Village of Krydor - construct walking paths and sidewalks, $3,000;

Village of Leoville resurface Main Street, $108,116; Village of Meota - sand seal 1.6 kilometres of road on 1st Street West and 2nd Avenue West, $64,980; Village of Mervin - reconstruct 1.5 kilometres of road, $15,000; Village of Paradise Hill, Pave 880 metres of Second Street, $115,000.

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costs, another $160 million per year spent on information technology across the health system (RHAs, Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, eHealth Saskatchewan and 3sHealth), and $9 million from the consolidation of information technology for RHAs. A reduction in salary

expenses for senior executive level positions is also anticipated, though exact numbers are still to be determined. In a news release, Health Minister Jim Reiter noted the potential cost savings are an early estimate. Reiter also pledged the needs of patients would be a priority. “As work begins on the transition, our goal is to ensure implementation occurs seamlessly and that the needs of patients are always our top priority,” Reiter said in a statement. “This is a significant change and there is a lot of work to be done. Our government is taking a thoughtful and planned approach to ensure this is done right.” Reiter also emphasized that cost savings are not their primary objective. “The move to a single provincial health authority is being driven by our government’s continued commitment to improving front-line patient care for people across the province,” he said.

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Young dancer makes audition cut: raising funds for foundation Saskatchewan’s JJ Guy, left, and Troy MacGillivray, right, will be performing as Twin Fiddles at The Gog, Saturday, Jan. 14. Photos submitted

Canadian fiddlers to play The Gog Saturday Staff

The Gog has lined up another musical evening following a show just last week. This week, Kelly Waters welcomes Twin Fiddles to her digs for a performance Saturday, Jan. 14. Like their name suggests, Twin Fiddles is composed of two fiddlers,

Saskatchewan’s JJ Guy and Nova Scotian Troy MacGillivray. Joining Guy and MacGillivray is Cathy Sproule accompanying on piano. Sproule, based in Saskatoon and herself a fiddler, has been playing traditional fiddle accompaniment for more than a decade. Twin Fiddles performs original music in the traditional mold and their

live performances include stories and audience participation. Doors open at 7 p.m., with the show starting at approximately 7:30 p.m. Cost is $20 and all money goes toward the performers. There will also be a donation jar to cover food and drink costs. RSVP for Twin Fiddles at or text Waters at 306-481-3656.

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For the past 40 years,during the first weekend in March, televisions across Saskatchewan tune in to the Kinsmen and Kinette Telemiracle telethon. This year, Ava Zoller, an eight-year-old dancer from North Battleford, will head to Saskatoon to perform at the annual marathon fundraiser. Both Ava and her sister, Electra, train at Dance Connection in North Battleford and it was Electra who first got the idea to audition. In the end, only Ava was selected to perform, but Kristin Zoller, the girls’

mother, says both girls are still excited and were motivated to audition for one special reason. “When I was younger, I had to be brought back by ambulance from Lloydminster to Saskatoon. I was 18 at the time, I didn’t have income and I was pregnant with [my first child.]. Telemiracle actually paid for it,” says Zoller. The Zollers will be fundraising prior to the telethon March 4 and 5 on Facebook and hope to have a cheque for Ava to present on air. Zoller says she was informed Potash Corp. has agreed to match all donations made by performers of the telethon.

“It’s exciting to fundraise money for Ava to participate in this and give back,” says Zoller. “I always remember the letter I received from them stating that they were going to help me and pay for the ambulance and how that alleviated a lot of pressure on me as a young adult and new single parent.” Proceeds from the 20-hour broadcast, interspersed with performances from national and local artists, benefit the Telemiracle Foundation. Last year’s Telemiracle raised more than $5 million and to date the telethon has raised more than $100 million for the foundation.

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Reid commits to North Dakota By Lucas Punkari Sports Reporter

Luke Reid made his first-ever tweet Tuesday. In it, the Battlefords AAA Stars defenceman officially announced that he had committed to the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks men’s hockey program. “I’m super excited about it,” Reid said. “The entire program in Grand Forks is incredible. They have a great facility, a great coaching staff and so many great players that have played at the school over the years.” The 15-year-old from Warman wasn’t actively looking at the college hockey route, especially after he was drafted in the second round by the Victoria Royals in last year’s Western Hockey League Bantam Draft. That changed dramati-

cally when the Fighting Hawks contacted him and his family. “I had talked to some schools here and there but there wasn’t really any major discussions with them, as I had always thought about playing in the WHL,” Reid said. “When North Dakota got in contact after seeing me in a couple of games, we started to look more seriously at playing in the NCAA.” The Fighting Hawks, who play in the National College Hockey Conference, have won eight national championships with their most recent title coming last spring. Some of the notable alumni that have played at the school include Ed Belfour, T.J. Oshie, Zach Parise and Jonathan Towes. “It was a mix of everything that stood out for me when I made my decision,”

“My rights aren’t currently held by any teams in those leagues, so we’ll kind of figure things out as it goes and the staff at North Dakota will help me out with deciding what’s best for me, along with my family advisor,” Reid said. “The biggest thing I’ll be working on here before that happens is to improve my speed and work on my hockey IQ. As I move up to higher levels of hockey, it’ll be very important to be better in that part of the game.” When it comes to the present, Reid will be looking to help the 12-16-2 Stars clinch a playoff spot, as they are currently locked in a four-way tie for sixth place in the standings. They picked up a 7-2 road win over the Swift Current Legionnaires Thursday, but dropped 8-4 and 6-1 affairs to the host Regina Pat Canadians on

Second year Battlefords AAA Stars Luke Reid announced his commitment to the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks program Tuesday. Photo by Lucas Punkari

Reid said. “The arena they play in (the Ralph Engelstadt Arena) is incredible and the team is always in the mix to win it all every year.” “My mom’s family is from the Minot area so they are very familiar with the North Dakota program. They’ll drive a couple of hours to see games sometimes, so it just felt right to head there.” Reid has 14 points in 25

games in his second season for the Stars, which is just one point off of his total from his rookie campaign in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League. Since he’s not expected to head to North Dakota for a couple of more seasons, Reid plans to start off his junior hockey career next year in either the British Columbia Hockey League or the United States Hockey League.

Saturday and Sunday. “We played really well in the games in Swift Current, and although we had a tough time in Regina, I felt like we took a lot of positives out of those two games,” Reid said. “We were only the second team to score four or more goals against Regina this season, and that says a lot about our team.” Jaden Shewchuk and Logan Spence both scored twice for the Stars in Swift Current, while Jordan Mish and Tyson Myers each had three-point nights. Shewchuk had two goals and an assist Saturday in Regina and also had the lone goal Sunday. The Stars will conclude their road swing Thursday, as they’ll pay a visit to the Prince Albert Mintos. They’ll return to the Civic Centre Sunday for a 2 p.m. battle with the Notre Dame Hounds.

Thank You!... The North Battleford Lions together with Battlefords KidSport have hosted another successful year of Operation Red Nose during the holiday season. We would like to thank the North Battleford detachment of the RCMP, SGI and Val Wasmuth at Western Financial Group for their assistance in the success of the campaign. A large thank you to the following Corporate Sponsors for their generous donations both financially and by providing free services and products. Thank you to the following volunteers who called to volunteer their time with driving and other activities, we could not succeed without your many hours of co-operation: Eric Bilanski, Clare Seeney, Bruce Friesen, Siobhan Gormley, Korrine Heyden, Barbara Kirby, Curtis Knorr, Richard Lamb, Donna Lavin, Ron Leitner, Kelly Murdoch, Colleen Milman, Trina Campbell, Michele Rogers, David Schell, Paula Schmidt, Glen Schneider, Lacey Taylor, Jane Zielke de Montbrun, Wendy McGuinty, Grace Bowman, Gold Eagle Casino volunteers including Melanie Trach, Val Bolig, Trina Thunder, Joseph Kewistep, Jewelene Ironstand, Lions members Ellen Mae Bishop, Harold Bishop, Gordon Mullett, Marc Bonneau, Brian Frijouf, Vladimir Cordas and Bill Bowman. Last but far from least we would like to thank the business clients who contacted us to provide safe rides home for their staff and to all our clients who made the wise decision to “not drink & drive” and contacted us for a safe ride home for them & their vehicle. Battlefords KidSport are the recipients of your generous donations in 2016. We look forward to everyone’s continued support in 2017 for our 9th year of Operation Red Nose

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St. Walburg rink just misses playoffs at junior provincials Staff Although his rink missed out on making the playoffs, Jonathan Zuchotzki’s St. Walburg Curling Club foursome showed they could compete with the top junior men’s rinks in Saskatchewan. Zuchotzki, who curls with third Evan Schmidt, second Sheldon Manners and lead Doug Sroka, finished in third place in Pool B with a 2-3 record at the Jiffy Lube Junior Men’s Provincials in Melfort last week. The top two rinks in each six-team pool made it to the playoffs.

The Zuchotzki rink started off the tournament with a pair of wins. They edged Brandon Myers from the Callie Club in Regina by a score of 4-3 Wednesday night, and followed that with a convincing 9-3 triumph over Mitchell Dales’ rink from the Nutana Curling Club in Saskatoon. Friday saw the St. Walburg squad suffer a pair of losses to rinks from the Sutherland Curling Club in Saskatoon. They dropped a 9-7 extra-end affair to Carson Ackerman in the morning draw and then fell 7-4 to Rylan Kleiter. Zuchotzki still had a

chance to make it to the playoffs in his last roundrobin game Saturday morning, but lost a 9-6 contest to Chad Lang’s Nutana squad. Kleiter, who was the runner-up at last year’s playdowns to Jacob Hersikorn, went a perfect 7-0 on his way to winning the title. The women’s title went to Regina’s Kaitlyn Jones, who has Sandra Schmirler’s daughter Sara England throwing third stones. Both rinks will represent Saskatchewan at the Canadian Juniors in Esquimalt, B.C. from Jan. 21 to 29.



The Battlefords North Stars made a pair of deals with Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League teams Tuesday during the Canadian Junior Hockey League’s trade deadline. Their first move came in the morning as they acquired forward Jared Blaquiere and Zach Nedelac from the La Ronge Ice Wolves in exchange for Austin Shumanski, MacKenzie Donovan, Shane Hounsell, a first round pick in the 2017 SJHL Bantam Draft and a player development fee. Blaquiere, a 20-yearold from Edam, led the Ice Wolves in scoring with 23 points in 31 games and had 50 points last year. Nedelec, who is also from Edam and 20 years of age, had four points in 26 games in his third campaign with the Ice Wolves. The three players the North Stars gave up were all prospects. Shumanski, a 17-yearold defenceman from Haf-

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Curling may have taken over the Civic Centre this past week, but there was still plenty of hockey to watch for local fans over at the Battleford Arena. The Saskatchewan Prairie Hockey League was in action Friday night and it was the hometown Battleford Beaver Blues who prevailed over the Glaslyn North Stars, despite giving up the first goal of the game. Early on in the first pe-


riod it was Trent Macnab who put Glaslyn on the board first. But Mike George tied it at the 6:27 mark and goals by Jon Kachur, Brent Salzl and Cody Danberg made it 4-1 Blues through one. Traye Tkatchuk and Salzl again added to the Blues’ lead in the second as goaltender Geoff Lang kept Glaslyn off the scoreboard in the period. The third period saw Glaslyn come to life to make the game competitive. Goals from Kris Bloom










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and Joel Jullion made it 6-3, but Battleford answered back with their seventh of the game from Salzl for the hat trick. Ty Anderson cut it to 7-4 before Keegan Sparrow’s goal restored the Blues’ four-goal cushion. A scrap late in the third between Kelsey Sproule of the Blues and Kris Bloom of the Stars put the exclamation mark on an 8-4 Blues win. In other action Friday, the Shellbrook Silvertips went to Maymont and beat the Settlers 6-2, the Edam Three Stars beat the visiting Radisson Wheatkings 11-2, and the Cut Knife Colts edged the visiting Spiritwood Timberwolves 7-6 in overtime. Saturday, the Beaver Blues were on the road against the Maymont Settlers and finished on the losing end of a 5-4 final score. Other scores from Saturday included Cut Knife defeating Shellbrook 3-2, the Hafford Hawks beating the Edam Three Stars 5-1 and Glaslyn edging Spiritwood in a 6-5 affair. SPHL action resumed Wednesday night when Radisson hosted Glaslyn. Three games are slated for Friday with Battleford playing in Hafford, the Meota Combines in Maymont and Spiritwood in Radisson. The Combines will also be on the road Saturday night, as they will be taking on the Radisson Wheat Kings. The other games that night will see Shellbrook host Hafford and Cut Knife pay a visit to the Glasyn North Stars.

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Having grown up in Maryfield, Val Sweeting knows what to expect when she curls in Saskatchewan. With that said, Sweeting and her Edmonton rink were impressed with what they saw at the North Battleford Civic Centre during the Pinty’s Grand

Slam of Curling’s Meridian Canadian Open last week. “The crowds for the 8 a.m. draws were fantastic and they were very supportive no matter who’s playing out there,” Sweeting said. “There’s always great support in Saskatchewan and I love curling in my home province.” The Civic Centre was

packed all the way through the tournament, which lasted from Jan. 3 to 8, and was said to be one of the best-attended events in tour history. “This week exceeded all of our expectations,” Grand Slam of Curling events manager Jennifer Kjell said. “We knew that this was going to be a good week here in North Bat-

tleford, but this has been fantastic.” “Nothing is set in stone by any stretch, but given the great support we’ve seen here this week, we’ll hopefully be back here in the future.” Helping with the huge crowds was where the fans came from, with tickets being purchased from various locations in Alberta

and Saskatchewan. “That was a pleasant surprise,” Kjell said. “Saskatchewan never disappoints when it comes to these events, but it was nice to see how many people were driving for a couple of hours each day to see this.” The on-ice product had a number of twists and turns, which was highlighted by

an upset win from Lethbridge’ Casey Scheidegger on the women’s side. “Personally, I love seeing the new teams making their way through the ranks,” Kjell said. “But we also had our usual strong teams play well, so it was a nice balance of familar faces and surprising ones.” St. John’s Brad Gushue won the men’s title.

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Happy new year, from the Rivers’ Edge quilters. Various agenda items were discussed at the guild’s first meeting of 2017, on Jan. 6. The “Fabrications” exhibit, which opened Nov. 17 at the Chapel Gallery, concluded Jan. 8. It was deemed a delightful success. The trunk show of fabulous “paper-pieced” quilts, had 70 guests and more than 60 people attended the vendors’ trade show, held in the craft room. The two workshops went well and the participants were challenged to complete their projects by summer. As well, in the spirit of giving, with the sewing machines humming along, a total of 25 comfort quilts were given to the Empty Stocking Fund campaign,

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estival Fanfare Arpil 2-8, 2017 Battlefords Kiwanis Musical Festival furthering their education elsewhere, but still supported by parents living in the Battlefords district. The discipline areas include voice, piano, strings and band or instrumental. Further information about regional and provincial music festivals can be found on the Saskatchewan Music Festival’s website Our local area entry secretary, Melissa Hutchison can also be contacted by email at melissahutchison2003@ Correspondence can also be directed to Box 1301, North Battleford, S9A 3L8. Entries will be accepted online or in person Jan. 21 at EMBM school between 1 and 3 p.m.   Solo participants are asked to email the com-

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Upcoming Lakeland Library Region programming highlights for 2017 include the addition of Makerkits that focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education. These kits will cover such topics as electronics, designing structures, basic computing and 3D design. Once launched, they will be rotated throughout the library region to both city and rural branches. In addition to these, the region will also be unveiling a 3D printer available for patron use. Policies and procedures are being finalized so keep an eye out for future updates. We are excited to be able to bring this technology to communities throughout the region; as it helps bridge the digital divide by providing equal access to those who may not have the opportunity to access the latest trends in technology. Looking beyond 2017, Lakeland is launching a new website to include many new and improved

the committee is always looking for more parents, grandparents and community-minded people to step forward and say, “How can I help?” If you have any interest in offering support, contact a committee member or indicate your interest on your child’s registration form. If your time is not available, but you or your business would like to support the festival monetarily, consider sponsoring an award to be presented at the final gala event, or sponsoring a ses-

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Leko’s Conservation Corner

Ice fishing: a time-honoured prairie tradition By Lindsey Leko

Ministry of Environment

Now that we have some colder weather, the thpught of getting out on the ice to do some ice fishing seems a bit more popular. Every year officers get asked questions related to ice fishing. Some rules are a bit different, but the majority are the same. Limits do not change, but the methods do. Most people have now moved from open water to the confines of an icefishing shack. Some of these shacks are elaborate and elegantly equipped with couches, chairs, beds and other amenities. If you have any type of shack that you plan to leave on the ice, you must make sure you mark your shack with your name, address and phone number on the outside in a manner that is easily read. Make sure it’s marked in a way that won’t get blown off or fade from the sun. If you plan to haul your shack home with you after fishing, then you do not need to mark it with your name.

All shacks south of Highway 16 must be removed from the ice by March 15 and by March 31 for shacks north of Highway 16. Failure to do so may result in charges and your shack will be seized. It is always a good idea to monitor ice and melting conditions as winter nears its end to ensure you can get your shack off the ice without too much difficulty. While some folks like to cut large holes in the ice when fishing in shallow water, you need to exercise caution, especially if you have small children with you. Also be aware of large chunks of ice. When you discard it outside, make sure you mark it so other users can see it and not run into it with a vehicle or snowmobile. Littering is another issue we sometimes see. Some people empty their wood stove onto the ice or toss empty containers and other garbage onto the ice. Remember this material all ends up back in the water, so it’s up to you to ensure you haven’t left anything on the ice when you leave.

Lindsey Leko During ice fishing season you are allowed to use two lines. The catch here is that these lines must be within 25 metres of you and must be in your view at all times. This is so you can quickly determine you have a fish on, and get to it quickly. Use of bait is no different than in the open water season. Baits such as commercially packaged minnows, maggots, meal worms and leeches are all useful for winter fishing. Even parts of the fish may be used such as the eyes or belly. Any fish with parts removed to use as bait must

I write like I dance I was once asked to help put together an article on dancing for our dance studio. As I was talking to the lady from our dance studio, who helped to arrange this article to promote awareness on the many benefits of dancing, she said to me, “I didn’t know you were good at writing.” I just laughed and replied, “Well, I don’t know if I’m good at it or



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be included in your daily limit. Whole sport fish such as small perch may not be used as bait. Getting a large lake trout, burbot or pike out of an eight-inch hole may be a challenge, so it is lawful to use a gaff to get them out of the water. This gaff can be no longer than 1.5 metres in length and must have a “J” hook at the end. Can I use a lure that has a light attached to it or that strobes in the water? Lights may not be used to attract fish, but lights that are part of the actual lure are legal. This lure must also be attached to the fishing line while angling. Is chumming legal? There are no rules or regulations surrounding chumming or using fish parts, bone and blood to attract fish. Can I ice fish at night? There are no issues with fishing at night. Some of our best predatory fish such as the walleye are active at night. Can I drink alcohol in my ice shack if it has a bed?

No, the ice shack is not considered a dwelling and is considered a public place. Please leave all alcohol at home. Are there any lures or tools that are unlawful to use while ice fishing? Most lures that you normally use are all legal. Lures that have items such as spring-loaded hooks, spring-loaded gaffs and spear guns are all unlawful items. Long-handled spears or forked spears are unlawful. These are sometimes used illegally in shacks that have a large hole in the ice in shallow water. Remember that use and possession of any of these items is also unlawful. Is there any restriction as to the size of hole a person can fish out of? There is nothing in the Saskatchewan fisheries regulations that restricts the size of a hole you can fish out of. But remember, you are responsible for that hole and the large chunk of ice that was pulled out of it. It’s best to mark the area to make others aware of the potential hazard.

What are the best sport fish species to catch during ice fishing season? We are fortunate in Saskatchewan to have so many sport fish species to choose from. The most popular species include walleye, yellow perch and northern pike. Many lakes also have great trout fishing in the winter. But please also don’t forget about the burbot. Although ugly, the taste of this fish cannot be beat. My advice is don’t waste the taste! Most of the regulations are in the Saskatchewan Anglers’ Guide available at fishing, but if you are not sure, please contact a Saskatchewan conservation officer. Enjoy yourself on the frozen water and always remember ice safety. Until next time, keep your rod tip up! — Ministry of Environment conservation officer Lindsey Leko has spent more than 25 years as a conservation officer in Saskatchewan. If you have questions, please contact

ing are almost synonymous to me. Both activities breathe life into my soul. The only difference? I can write for free. And without a partner.

 No matter what surprises my budget throws my way, I can write. I can write any time I wish or not at all. There are no demands on my writing skills. I have taken a class but perfecting the art of writing was not what I was after. It would take away the spontaneity.

 Writing and dancing are both therapeutic. They provide an outlet for whatever may be going on within.

 Dancing provides many opportunities for laughter. Laughter releases stress, strengthens the stomach muscles and releases toxins from the body. Dancing provides human contact, moving to the beat of the music and letting my feet and body do the talking.

 Writing provides an

outlet for whatever may be going on within. Sometimes I have no idea what my fingers will come up with when I sit down in front of an empty computer screen. There is a subconscious connection from my brain to my fingers. Sometimes I even surprise myself. 
I profess to be nothing more than I am.

 I am a person who enjoys dancing because it is fun. I like to challenge myself. Combining something I love with learning has proven to be a mood booster for me. Becoming “the best” is not what I’m after. I’m content with being the best I can be.

 I write for similar reasons. I don’t need to be a professional writer. I’m

content with being a real life person who has stories and thoughts others can relate to. The biggest compliment I can receive is when someone reads something I write and says “I feel exactly the same way!” If I can write something that makes someone “feel” anything, my work here is done.

 It is rewarding for me when someone can benefit from something I enjoy doing.

 Am I good at writing and/or dancing? Good enough, I suppose. I write and dance because they are CPR for my soul. My only hope is that the enjoyment factor shines through. That defines success to me.

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Braden Cubbon, Unity Curling Club league curler, was a volunteer at the event for the week enjoying the best seat in the house while looking after his volunteer duties. Photos by Sherri Solomko

By Sherri Solomko Correspondent

It’s mid January already. How has your new year measured up so far? And say this in your best Ukrainian accent, happy new year to those who celebrate under the Julian calendar. The Unity Community Resource Centre is a great place to take your excess clothing that results from purging post Christmas. They accept a great variety of second-hand clothing and goods. They have a list of what they can and cannot accept on their Facebook page or you can contact the UCRC directly. They appreciate the help and support from the community. Celebrate Unity is always a terrific event. If you know of a business that has gone above and beyond or someone who has contributed significant time and dedication to community activities, groups, events or organizations, nominate them for recognition. Deadline for nominations

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is Feb. 6. Call or text Helena at 306-228-8780 Plenty of curling fans were able to take in the Pinty’s Meridian Canadian Open Grand Slam curling event in North Battleford and enjoy these elite curlers in competitive action. Some community members volunteered at the event. We are fortunate to have a big ticket sporting event take place so close to home. Just a week back and UCHS has returned to a high-paced schedule. Thursday is the dessert theatre and last night of Little Shop of Horrors at the senior gym at 7 p.m. The drama team is already at work on a regional drama festival production coming up in April that UCHS will host. Semester one exams take place next week. Jan 9, UCHS played host to a

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Telemiracle kickoff with the campaign called Unite for a Miracle that included a fundraising barbecue. UCHS now also plays host to the after-school Steve Nash basketball program. Unity Public School continues to work on their reading and writing goals. UPS is also excited to be part of Unite for a Miracle, and they will participate in three town-wide fundraisers — Friday, Jan. 13, Jersey/Pajama Day; Friday, Jan. 27, Hat Day; Tuesday, Feb. 14, Red and Pink Day. UPS will also be celebrating Literacy Day on Jan. 27 with a special assembly. This assembly is based on The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires. St. Peter’s Grade 6 band students will join the Grade 7/8 band students to play the theme song to Little Shop of Horrors at the UCHS drama evening Jan.11 and 12. The annual Knights of Columbus basketball free throw competition will be Thursday, Jan. 26, at 11:45 a.m. in the school gym. All boys

and girls ages nine to 15 are welcome. Winners of each group will receive a basketball and advance to districts. Telemiracle 41 is quickly approaching and this year’s event is going to be even bigger than before. St. Peter’s are excited to join our fellow schools and businesses to engage in town-wide fundraising over the next few months to raise funds. To begin this endeavor students attended a kickoff party Jan. 9 in the UCHS gymnasium. The school’s first few fundraisers will include the town-wide spirit days. This weekend marks the end of Minor Hockey Week in Saskatchewan. Shake the hand of a coach, manager, co-ordinator or other Unity Minor Hockey volunteer and say thank you for their commitment to the development and skill building in our young hockey players. The Midget AA Lazers will host a two-game home series this weekend. The curling club is accepting registrations for the annual JayDee Ag Tech Men’s Open Bonspiel. Reply through the UCC Facebook page, register at the rink or call 306-228-2212.

Unity Curling Club was well represented at the Meridan Canadian Open curling event in North Battleford. Landon Solomko, league and high school curler, enjoyed meeting some of his favourite curlers following Jan. 3 action.

The Little Theatre group has “regrouped” and are in the rehearsal stages of their production that will play March 31 and April 1 benefiting KC Rescue and the Unity Community Resource Centre. Coffee row folk are previewing 2017 and what it might look like in both our community and our province. Topics have now

turned back to local sports at the rink, tuning into their favourite teams or players. While some miss the hustle and bustle that December brings, others cherish the quieter schedules and activities of January. So, you see, we keep busy in Unity with activities and wisdom from our friends on coffee row. Until next time …

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2017, the agency says in a release. While the later part of October and the first few weeks of November leading up to freeze-up were relatively dry, soil moisture levels and wetland storage remain at or near capacity over much of the province. At the end of October, most indicator stations across the province were experiencing record stream flows going into winter freeze-up, which is an indication of how wet the fall was, the report

says. For example, Moose Jaw and area saw roughly 100 millimetres of precipitation in total, which is the most ever recorded for the month of October. The Swift Current Creek, Wood River, Notekeu Creek, lower Carrot River, Red Deer River, upper Assiniboine River and Swan River basins all have above normal moisture conditions. These regions received above normal summer precipitation, as well as above normal precipitation in October.


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• After the Christmas Break, we are back in the swing of things at the Club. We look forward to seeing all our members again and want to wish everyone a Happy New Year’s! • Wednesday, January 11th is Minute to Win It at the Main Site. Come down for some FUN! • Programming on Friday, January 13th will conclude at 5:00 pm. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. • We are CLOSED on Saturday, January 14th. Again, we are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. • Our Indoor Hockey League starts Sunday, January 15th. We are excited to see all our hockey players once again this year! • Wednesday, January 25th is Popcorn Olympics also at the Main Site. We look forward to seeing you all there! • Supper Program runs Tuesday to Friday each week from 5 pm to 6 pm at the Club. Thank you again to our donors! • Please visit our Facebook Page and Website for more information about the Club and four our monthly programming calendars. AD SPONSORED BY

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2016 year in review Students using

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A new village office was officially opened in the spring of 2016. Village administrator Denise Bernier has now achieved Local Government Authority certification. Election brought us a new councillor, Mel Deagnon. Other council members are John Delong, Bob McLeod and Brian Ducharme. Carol Deagnon is mayor. Still under construction is the GrainsConnect Canada grain terminal. Construction started in the spring and will hopefully be completed late 2017. Sod turning was July 12. The terminal is being built on the CNR’s Prairie North Line (Maymont). GrainsConnect is a joint venture

aymont News between Australia’s Grain Corp and Japanese Cooperative Zen-Noh. Storage for the facility will be 35,000 tonnes with a 130-hopper car loop. The Village of Maymont is part of the 16-43 Waste Management Corporation. We will still have our waste transfer station, but will be using Waste Management 16-43 to pick up garbage and recycle bins. Maymont Seniors’ Center renovations under a New Horizon Grant included eavestrough installed on the north side of building, old sealed

exterior entrance door replaced, a new exterior furnace room door, LED ceiling fixtures in the main hall and enlarged kitchen with new sub floor and floor covering. Wheelchair accessible, handicap friendly bathrooms were built. There are new carpet, baseboards and trim boards, in the back room. A new storage closet was built and an east window was removed and reinstalled in the south wall. Maymont Hall hosted several roast beef suppers and two musical events, one featuring Jim Beaudoin and the other Country Cousins. A second new furnace was installed and the back of the hall was painted. Our thoughts and prayers to those who lost loved ones in 2016.

Students and staff returned to classes Jan. 4. Many students were wearing the new clothes that they received for Christmas. Many students had the opportunity to talk or write about their Christmases and the many gifts they received. Some of this year’s popular items were s t u f f e d animals, watches, Xboxes, hover boards a n d Pokém o n products. One student reported their family was gifted with two gerbils, which they named Scooter and Gizmo. The ice is ready in the attached skating rink, so students have been skating and playing broomball during their physical education classes. The rink is also open and supervised on Friday at noon for a free skate. Students are fortunate to have access to such a great facility. Mr. Nickell, Ms. Gillatt, Kari Gray, Christine Combres and curling

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coach, Dennis Wawryk, along with 30 students had the opportunity to attend

the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling at the Civic Center in North Battleford. The school received 35 free tickets to watch the 11:30 a.m. draw Jan. 5. It was a great opportunity for students to watch world-class curling so close to home. Our curling teams were picking up pointers and hopefully other students will develop an interest in the sport. The elementary students have started play-

ing floor hockey in their noon hour house league program. They finished indoor soccer right before Christmas. Semester one is quickly coming to an end. High school students will spend the next few weeks finishing semester one classes, reviewing what they’ve learned and writing exams. Semester two begins Monday, Jan. 30. When semester two begins, Mrs. Heather Cardin will return to Maymont School to teach art and English classes. Mrs. Cardin plans to retire at the end of June. Katy Schmidt, a former student, is doing a four-week practicum at the school during January. Katy is currently working towards a certificate. Our deepest sympathy is expressed to vice-principal Jean Brehon, her husband Doug, and their children, Sean and Meghan, on the recent passing of Doug’s mother, Anna Brehon. Our thoughts are with you all.

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Community luncheon a chance to visit

Above, New Zealand youth exchange students Sean Millward and Libby Harris. Above right, exchange host Colleen Cole accepting certificate of appreciation from Exchange co-ordinator Marie Milnthorpe with her student Libby Harris.

By Lorna Pearson Correspondent

We may be having cool days recently but we don’t have much snow to contend with. While the fields are covered we don’t need that much moisture in the spring. There is too much

in so many places. The next community luncheon will be Jan. 20. This is always a good meal and great fellowship. Meet your neighbour you haven’t had a chance to visit all winter. I have enjoyed watching some of the junior hockey

Exchange co-ordinator Marie Milnthorpe presents a certificate of appreciation to Meota Lion Lawrie Ward. Photos by Lorna Pearson

games. I can’t watch the men’s games any more. They are too violent. The later games were so close and both teams deserved to win, but only one could. Cribbage and pool are starting up again at the Do Drop In at 1:30 p.m. on Mondays. We hope to see some folks out for that. It will help pass the short winter days. The Woodland Dance Club is offering dance classes in the Livelong Community Hall starting Friday, Jan. 6 for $10 per night. Taught are traditional old time, jive and ballroom dance. This runs for six Fridays until Feb. 10. For information call 306-845-2643 or 306-8457840. The baby shower for Haena Kim from the store is Sunday, Jan. 15, from 2-4 p.m. at the Do Drop In. Three tables of Norwegian whist were played last Friday at the Do Drop In, with top score by Muriel Tebay. Second high was Yvonne MacPherson,

third was Albert Huys and fourth was Arlene Walker. The next game will be Jan. 20 at 1:30 p.m. at the Do Drop In. The next monthly meeting at the Do Drop In is on Friday at 10:30 a.m., followed by a potluck luncheon and birthday cake. Canasta is that evening at 7 p.m. See you there. Residents of Churchill, Man. leave their cars unlocked so if a person meets up with a polar bear they have somewhere safe to go. Gerry Goodheart earned first prize in the Christmas lighting contest. Second was Wayne Tindall and third was Maurice Bru. It was nice to drive around and see the lights around the village and on the power poles. Gladys Lehman is spending some time in

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Back into the deep freeze: grin and bear it By Elaine Woloshyn Correspondent

Marie Milnthorpe, program co-ordinator, with Sean Millward and Libby Harris, presenting a scroll sent from the New Zealand Lions Club to Lawrie Ward of the Meota Lions Club. Photo by Lorna Pearson

Learning new customs Continued from Page 24 When asked would he like a “pop,” he frowned at the new word. They refer to pop as fizzies. Sean plays the piano well, and had a few opportunities to do so. It was a new experience as they learned our customs, language and food and we learned about theirs, too. Both host family mothers spoke about the experience and what it meant to them, and recom-

mended that others take part in this educational and interesting experience. Libby and Sean expressed their appreciation and gratitude to their host families and the Meota Lions Club for organizing the program and to everyone who played a part in their experience here. Lifelong friendships develop from these times together and usually contact is kept up for years. There are summer ex-

changes available, too. Anyone interested can phone the co-ordinator, Marie Milnthorpe. She’s more than happy to share her knowledge as she’s done it for many years. She talks of quitting, but it’s hard to let go of a “hobby” she enjoys so much. Another advantage of hosting these youth from foreign countries is that if you have travels in your future plans, it’s great to have contacts in other lands.


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Here we are again in the deep freeze that Old Man Winter has conjured up — frigid, bone chilling winds, tons of snow shoveling, vehicles that were supposed to have been plugged in and do not start and, of course, turning up the thermostat in the house in order to keep warm. There is always a spike in electrical and fuel bills. We have learned to live with the ups and downs of winter, so none of this is a surprise. Grin and bear the challenge. By now we certainly get in tune with the brisk temperatures. The loss of an elderly person is always sad news. Nellie Adamus formerly from Mayfair passed away Jan. 2. She was a resident at North Battleford River Heights Lodge for the last few years. Nellie and her husband Joe (deceased) raised a family of eight children on a farm at Lorenzo east of Mayfair. Their daughter, Dorothy (Jim) Lehman always lived in close proximity, but over the last decade or so Shirley relocated from British Columbia, then daughter Elaine Fleury from Manitoba and another daughter, Elizabeth (Ken) Buchinski from Saskatoon all moved to the Meota area. Daughter-in-law, Gail (Edward deceased) moved to Battleford and Ted (Carla), the youngest son from Edmonton, Alta., purchased a cabin at Meota. Nellie had many family members visiting her often. The count in the immediate family became 65 within the last two weeks when another great-granddaughter was born to Jody (Dorothy’s son) and his wife. Morris (Sonia) Prescesky from Mayfair also recently lost his

ayfair ayfair News News mother Mary Prescesky Dec. 29. Mary was also a resident of River Heights Lodge, but previously resided in her own house in North Battleford for many years. Condolences to the Adamus and Prescesky families who are mourning their loved ones. Before Christmas Jeanette Swistun along with her siblings, Randy (Cathy) Aumack and Susan (Brian) Doell visited their sister Glenda (Dick) Starycki who resides in Surrey, B.C They usually get together as a group a couple times a year. Congratulations to Adam Pollard and Chandra on becoming first time parents to a baby boy at the beginning of December. Proud grandparents are Darrell and Bev Pollard. Adam and Chandra now reside on the same yard as his dad. Greatgrandparents Orville and Anne Pollard from Saskatoon stayed for a few days during Christmas, also on their original farm site. Different business cards get hung up on the outside bulletin board near May-

fair’s post office. Recently a new one — KW Excavating with owner being Kris Wappel — appeared. The business advertises snow clearing, corral cleaning, post hole drilling and back fill. There will be burger nights at the Rabbit Lake rink starting Monday, Jan. 9 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the arena. If you don’t feel like cooking supper and have the urge for a rink burger, then on Mondays Rabbit Lake is the place to be. The same day there is also public skating and skating lessons. For more information call Crystal at 306-480-2185 or Chrissy at 306-441-1166. The oldest resident in Maymont moved into River Heights Lodge before Christmas as her family felt she needed more care. Sara Beaudoin has adjusted nicely to her new environment and would love to have her many friends come to visit. She is a real delight to spend time with. Often we get so wrapped up with the busyness of our lives, that we do not make time for the elderly. During the bleak, cold winter days many of them wish to stay inside, so a cheery hello and a few minutes of conversation can make a difference. It is not a difficult task to bring joy to others.



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JEAN PAUL CÔTÉ Jean was born on December 8th, 1928 in Delmas, SK. He Passed away peacefully December 30th, 2016.

Jean leaves to mourn his wife Yvonne (Sayers) of 61 years and 7 children: Sharon (Barry) Walker, Debbie (Leo) Bernier, Jenny (Ted) Bugg, Colleen (Deceased), Brent (Lila) Côté, Kevin (Colleen) Côté, Elosie (Andy) Ramstad. As well, 13 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. As per Jean’s request, no funeral services. Family will celebrate his life privately at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to charity of your choice. OBITUARIES JACK ELIAS: Family of Jack Elias sadly announce his passing January 2nd 2017 at Kelowna B.C. , formally of Robinhood/Sandwith area, at 76 years of age. He was predeceased by his wife Isabel and son Kelly. Left to remember him is son Roger, grandsons Colin and Sean, sister Helen, brothers Gordon and Randy and families. Burial is at later date. __________________________________________________________

FLORY: Sister Marianne (Sister Mary Margaret). Peacefully on Tuesday January 3, 2017 at Eagle Ridge Hospital in Maple Ridge BC, Sister Marianne aged 86 years went to her true home in heaven. Marianne, only child of Margaret and Fred Flory, was born in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, where she received her first eleven years of schooling. After graduating from Sion Academy in Saskatoon, Marianne obtained both her B.A. and B.Ed. from the U. of S. After three years of teaching high school, Marianne joined the Sisters of the Child Jesus in 1955, making her postulancy in North Vancouver and her novitiate in Sherbrooke, Quebec. After profession in 1958, Marianne spent the next 15 years teaching either in North Vancouver BC or in North Battleford SK. In 1976 she received an MA in spirituality from Duquesne University, after which she became involved in a variety of ministries, both ongoing formation and pastoral ministry. The highlight of her latter years was when she was coordinator of the Saskatoon Diocesan Synod from 19881993. In all of these ministries she lived the charism of our foundress Anne Marie Martel: a presence of love to the Father and her brothers and sisters for the awakening and deepening of the faith. She made Anne Marie’s prayer her own: “May my only pleasure be to please you.” Remaining to forever cherish her memory are the Sisters of the Child Jesus, numerous cousins, among them her cousin Elaine’s husband Bob Hardstaff and their sons Michael and Scott, former students and friends. Prayers will be held on Sunday, January 8th, 2017 at 7:00 pm and the Funeral Mass Monday, January 9th, 2017 at 10:30 am. Both services are at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 315 Walker Street, Coquitlam. Kearney’s Columbia-Bowell Chapel 604-521-4881 ___________________________________________________


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OBITUARIES SPRATT: Mr. Tim Spratt of Battleford, Saskatchewan passed away on December 23, 2016 at the Battlefords Union Hospital. A Celebration of Life service was held on Friday, December 30, 2016 @ 2:00 p.m. from the Battleford United Church with Reverend Gayle Wensley officiating. Left to cherish Tim’s memory is his loving spouse Debbie Spratt; Daughters - Jennifer Scotton (Bucky Wildey) and their children Jenessa, Landin, Daxon and Bentley; Jamie LaRose (Jay Crockett) and Jamie’s children Lyric and Ty; Jodie Spratt (James Seed) and their children Kenon and Lucas; Jessie Rokosh (Kurt) and their children Bronson and Meyer. Son - Sean (Candice) Deobald and their child Trey. Father - Peter Spratt; Brothers: Terry (Roxanne) Spratt, Reg (Patricia) Spratt and Rick Spratt; Brothers-In-Law Kelly Kipp, Joe Kipp, Guy Kipp, Ken Kipp, Duncan Banting; SonIn-Law - Mike LaRose, numerous neices and nephews; Special Family Friends - Todd and Betty Patterson and Bob Davis; and Myron and Robin Cooper. Tim was predeceased by his mother Louise Spratt, sister Elizabeth Banting and nephew Pearce Banting. Memorial donations in memory of Tim may be directed to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 70 1352-100th St, S9A-0V8 or to the Canadian Liver Foundation 355 Adelaide Street West Ground Floor Toronto, ON, M5V 1S2 . For those wishing to leave a condolence you may do so at Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Trevor Watts of Eternal Memories Funeral Service & Crematorium. We Sat Beside Your Bedside We sat beside your bedside, Our hearts were crushed and sore; We did our duty to the end, Til we could do no more. In tears we watched you sinking, We watched you fade away; And though our hearts were breaking, We knew you could not stay. You left behind some aching hearts, That loved you most sincere; We never shall and never will, Forget you, father dear CARD OF THANKS The Spratt family would like to thank Cindy Landrie and the Palliative Care team at the Battlefords Union Hospital. Also, thanks to family and friends who have helped in so many ways over the past few months.

ROGERS: It is with the hope of the resurrection that the family announces the passing away of Phoebe Rogers of Mayfair, Sask. on Dec. 22, 2016 at the nursing home in Spiritwood. Mom was born in the Woodbend area near Edmonton, Alberta on June 18, 1920 (Her birth certificate says July 2, 1920, but that is likely the day it was registered). Mom was number 7 in a family of 10. 1920 was also the year that our police force was given the name of RCMP, the founding of the League of Nations and the first news broadcast on the radio. Mom grew up on the family farm helping with the various household duties and farm chores. This gave her a very rounded education in the practical things of life. Even at a young age mom was very conscientious. When she was 12 years old she publicly took her stand for Christ by being baptized. She always wanted to do what she felt was right, and never wanted to offend or hurt anybody. She took her elementary schooling in the Woodbend one room country school, high-school in Edmonton and a year of college at Canadian Junior College at Lacombe, Alberta. At college she met our dad Audley Rogers, and they were married October 31, 1942. This union was blessed with four children, Ernie, Earl, Dale and Dave. The family lived in various places in Alberta, Saskatchewan and BC doing different things. Then in 1954 we all moved to a farm in the Mayfair area as Mom and Dad thought the farm would be a better place to raise the children. Mom enjoyed quite good health throughout her life with very few stays in a hospital, and was able to stay in her own home with some extra help, until she took a bad fall in the summer of 2012. After that she needed someone to help take care of her full time. Her two daughter-in-laws Greta and Eunice did a fantastic job of taking care of Mom by alternating responsibilities back and forth every 1-4 weeks. Even though Mom’s memory was failing, yet she could still sing from memory a favourite song that she had learned in childhood, “There’s No Disappointment in Heaven”. In September 2016 Mom lost all ability to walk, and was failing generally. On November 28th we took Mom to the nursing home in Spiritwood. On December 22nd she quietly passed away after having been put to bed for the night. The funeral service was held on Dec.30,2016 at Battlefords Funeral Service Garden Chapel, and the Interment was at the Woodlawn Cemetery near Neilburg beside Dad who was laid to rest in 2007. Mom was predeceased by her parents, her husband, all of her brothers and sisters, her son Ernie, and her grandchildren Evelyn and Gordon. She is survived by her sons: Earl (Joan), Dale (Eunice), Dave (Greta) Rogers; daughter-in-law, Edna Rogers; 10 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, and 4 greatgreat-grandchildren. We have many good memories of our loving Christian mother as she set us a good example in many ways, and always tried to teach us to do what was right. Arrangements were entrusted to Battlefords Funeral Service. ___________________________________________________



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SENGER: In loving memory of Rose Ann Senger. Born November 5th, 1931 - Deceased December 11, 2016. Rose is predeceased by (Husband) George Joseph, (Parents) Anton and Agnes Herscmiller, (Brothers) Ray George (Sister) Martha. Rose is survived by (Brothers) Tony Herschmiller, (Wife) Maribelle, Ben Herschmillar (Wife) Marilynn, Bill Herschmillar (Wife) Marilynn, (Sisters) Eva Mitchelmore, Regina Olenberger (Husband) Jake, Christina Lang (Husband) Bert, Florence Lang, Ann Vetter (Husband) David. (Daughters) Judy Neufeld, Melissa, Brock.Shari Reach (Husband) Glen Christa, Jessica. Darlene Sutton (Husband) Rick, Kayla,Sarah, Micheal, Chelsea. (Sons) Edward Senger (Wife) Annette, Jeremy, Jonathan. Greg Senger (Wife) Della, Alexandria, Barry Senger (Wife) Eduarda, and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. God has taken you into his arms and welcomes you with endless love and serenity. Rose will be dearly loved and missed by all family and friends. Roses cremation and interment arrangements were handled by: Sallows & Mc Donald Wilson & Zehner Funeral Home.

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COMING EVENTS MCEWAN: “Loving wife, supportive Mom, friendly, warm and interested in all things” describe Heather McEwen (nee Reid) who passed away peacefully at age 76 on December 29, 2016. Courted through her teen-age years by Doug McEwen, she married her husband of 55 years on August 5, 1961. Heather was predeceased by her parents, Bill and Beth Reid, her brother Bill, and her teenaged daughter, Allyson, who died in December of 1977. Direct family, son Brian McEwen with wife Melanie and granddaughter Zoë who reside in Beijing; daughter Cathi Cowie with husband, Stacey and grandchildren, Emma and Liam, along with husband, Doug, sister-in-law, Margaret, sister, Doreen including nieces, nephews, and cousins all continue to celebrate her life. At Heather’s request, no formal ceremony is planned although discussions are underway about possible family gatherings in Winnipeg, the Muskokas and/or Edmonton during the coming year. Heather chose to have Home Care and thus passed away at home under the care of Nurse Practitioner, Paula Bodnarek. The family thank Paula and all the other Edmonton Home Care personnel for their loving attention over the past several months. Those wishing to further remember Heather, are encouraged to donate memorial gifts to the Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Association of Northern Alberta (SBHANA) or another charity of their choice. ___________________________________________________ PRESCESKY: In Loving Memory of Mary Prescesky, born November 24, 1924 Near the Town Of Tarnapol, Western Ukraine, passed away December 29, 2016 at River Heights Lodge, North Battleford, Saskatchewan. She will be missed by her Children: Morris (Sonia), Helen (Ewald) and Dennis (Carmelle); Grandchildren: David (Lisa), Danny (Trish), Gordon (Shannon), Johnny (Kristy), Anita (Reggie), Leona (Scott), Ben (Meagan), Tim (Jenni), Leon (Anne), Eric (Kasey), Curtis (Danielle) and 25 Great-Grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters: Pearl, Helen, Katy (Johnny), Elsie (Bob); her brothers: Mike, George (Frances) and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents: Alexander and Katherine Demchuk, her husband of 27 years Ephraim Prescesky and brother Walter in infancy and grandson Thomas in infancy. Funeral Service was held on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. from “The Garden Chapel” - Battlefords Funeral Service, North Battleford, Saskatchewan with Officiant Mrs. Joyce Salie. Shared Memories were given by Morris, Helen and Dennis. Music: Mrs. M. Junice Headley – Pianist; Robert MacKay – Soloist “On Eagles Wings”; Hymn Selection: “In The Bulb There Is A Flower.” Honourary Pallbearers were All who shared Mary’s life. Pallbearers were David Prescesky, John Prescesky, Ben Weber, Tim Weber, Leon Prescesky and Eric Prescesky. Interment was at Garden Of Christus - Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, North Battleford, Saskatchewan. Arrangements were entrusted to Battlefords Funeral Service. __________________________________________________




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OBITUARIES MEENA: In Loving Memory of Harold Eldon Meena, born May 6, 1936 at Maymont, SK., passed away December 30, 2016 in North Battleford, SK. Lovingly remembered by his children and their families: Gwen (Darcy) Wood & family: Krista, Ashley (Wes) Dust-Grayson & Brielle and Kelsey; Carla (Darren) Wilkie & family: Kyla (Trevor), Alyssa and Jenica; Kurt (Tracey) Meena & family: Jared & Addison; brother, Ken Meena, sister Eileen (Vernon) Curry; in-laws: Laurienne Meena, Barb (Don) Tatchell, Bernice Sharp, Inez Harris, Muriel Miller’ nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by his loving wife, Treva Meena (Nov. 5, 2016); his parents, Everett & Gladys Meena; brothers: Ron & Glen Meena; in-laws, Frank & Cora “Cosy” Miller, Shirley Meena, Doug Sharp, Eileen & Edward Draeger, Melvin Harris, Leland Miller. Service Of Thanksgiving For Harold’s Life was held on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. from the Western Development Museum, North Battleford, Saskatchewan with Officiant Rev. Fred J. Tinio. Family Shared Memories were given followed by a Video Tribute. Music Selections were: “Kiss An Angel Good Morning”, “Daddy’s Hands”, “Grandpa, Tell Me About The Good Old Days” & “Forever Country.” Honourary Pallbearers were All who shared Dad’s life. Urn Bearers were Jared, Grayson, Addison and Brielle. Harold Eldon Meena, our grandpa, was born in Maymont on May 6th, 1936 to Everett and Gladys Meena. He was born the younger brother to Ron and Ken and would become the older brother to Eileen and Glen. As a boy, grandpa was always trying to keep up to his older brothers which ended up getting him into a few predicaments that he wasn’t quite old enough to be in. Through his younger years grandpa attended Harringay school and later, Ruddell school once the family moved to the current family farm site. We have been told that Grandpa did very well at school, receiving a camera and special book on different occasions for his excellent grades. Grandpa left home at an early age to go hauling gravel and later hauling oil in northern Saskatchewan. In 1956, when his father suffered a heart attack, grandpa returned to the farm in Ruddell to help out and begin his farming career. Grandpa married the love of his life Treva Miller on July 1, 1961. They were able to build their own home on the family farm in Ruddell, enough to live in anyway, shortly after they were married. Over several years and as money allowed, they were able to add on bit by bit until it was finally complete. Life on the farm was tough and there wasn’t much time off in the early years as there was always a cow to milk, chickens to feed, as well as the grain farming duties to complete. But giving up was never in grandpa’s thoughts. He never worried about grimy, tattered overalls, dirt on his face, or that his hat was on slightly askew. There were more important things to take care of and he understood that you had to “make hay while the sun shines”. In 1965, they were blessed with their first daughter, Gwen followed by their second daughter, Carla in 1969 and finally by their son, Kurt, in 1977. Grandpa used to say “I was always worried about having more kids than I could feed”, then in later years wished they would have had more. Nothing was more important to grandpa than his family. Taking care of them the best that he knew how took priority over everything else. He would drop anything, except during harvest, to help or do things for his family. Whether it be helping move dad and mom to new towns for work or babysitting the grandkids, he would be there without question. Visits to grandpa’s were never complete until you called and told him you made it home. If you didn’t, the phone would be ringing soon after the time you were expected to arrive home. Grandpa enjoyed taking his family on many vacations. They went to BC, Yellowstone and their favorite, Disneyland. Grandpa wanted to make sure his grandkids had the opportunity to go to Disneyland giving many cattle and grain cheques over the years for them to save enough to go with their parents. On one vacation after the children had grown, grandpa and grandma went to Hawaii with Michael and Lynne. Grandpa was not one for sun and sand, or swimwear, or in his words “beach britches and sea slippers.” His first time out in his brand new pair of blue beach britches he went into the ocean up to his ankles and then quickly headed for the hot tub, where the chemicals in the water turned his blue trunks pink. It was a good laugh but we think it might be the last time he ever wore beach britches. Grandpa was noted for having a memory like a steel trap. He could recite the birthdays and anniversaries of all of his nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, cousins as well as his children and grandchildren. If you were unsure of an event, grandpa could give you the details, even if it was back in the spring of ’59. He could remember the weather and crop conditions for the past 60 years. It was amazing. Grandpa was hard working and loved the simple farming life. He never stopped worrying about the crops or caring for the farm. He could fix or fabricate anything he set his mind to. His favorite meals were always meat and potatoes. Grandpa also loved visiting with family and friends, playing cards and possibly having a rum and the occasional cigarette. Grandpa and grandma bought a house and moved into North Battleford in 2003 but he could never really stop farming. Even though grandpa had many health concerns, nothing could keep him from the farm as he would continue to drive out to the farm six days a week, seven during the busy season. If grandma hadn’t made him stay home once a week, he would have made the trip seven days a week all year round. Even though he started later in life, Grandpa enjoyed fishing. Whenever the farming schedule allowed, he would try to get away fishing with family or friends for a few days at the lake. And once, at the young age of 75, he traveled with Kurt, Darcy and Darren to Ubiquity lake in northern Saskatchewan on a fly in fishing trip. Luck was usually not on grandpa’s side when it came to catching the fish though. He would use the same rod, line, lure and fish out of the same side of the boat but could never catch as many fish as the others he fished with. This never bothered him if he was with his grandkids though, as he was happy just to be able to watch them catch their fish and enjoy the day. He was a proud father and grandfather as his face would light up whenever his kids or grandkids would enter the room. Nothing made him happier than attending his kids and grandkids special events and he beamed even brighter when recalling and sharing their stories with others. He loved slowly walking around the farmyard, grandkids holding his hands, searching for baby kittens, showing them the newborn calves and making the occasional trip into the barn loft for their amusement. We will always remember grandpa as a kind, caring, generous, hard working man wearing his old dirty coveralls holding a little kids hand and who loved us unconditionally. Memorial Donations are requested to Ruddell Cemetery Fund, Box 26, Ruddell, SK S0M 2S0. Private Interment was at Ruddell Cemetery, Ruddell, SK. Arrangements were entrusted to Battlefords Funeral Service. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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DUPLEXES FOR RENT Duplex for Rent - 10919 Scott Drive Side B, 1100 Sq.Ft, 1 and a half bath, 3 bedroom, c/w fridge and stove. 2 car insulated garage. Best suited for non smoking, working couple. No pets, must have references, $1200 per month. Available Feb 1/17. Call 306-4412758

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2 bedroom basement suite for rent. 1632 101st street. Fridge and stove and W/D. References required. Call 306-446-8866 or 306441-1554.

FEED & SEED NORTH EAST PRAIRIE GRAIN INC. Currently Buying: Soybeans, Feed Barley, Wheat and Oats. OFFERING: Competitive Prices, On Farm Pickup & Prompt Payment! CALL: 1-306-873-3551, WEBSITE:


NutraSun Foods Ltd of Regina wants to buy your Organic Hard Red Spring and Conventional Hard White Wheat. Please contact Abe Ens at 306-751-2440.

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

STEEL BUILDING SALE ...�REALLY BIG SALE IS BACK EXTRA WINTER DISCOUNT ON NOW!� 20X19 $5,145 25X27 $5,997 28x27 $6,773 30X31 $8,110 35X33 $11,37640X43 $13,978. One End wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-855-212-7036

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Beekeepers Wanted for the upcoming 2017 beekeeping season (April to November) in rural Battleford area. Wages start at $11.00/hr. Willing to train applicants, but experience would be an asset. Job requires heavy lifting, applicants must be physically fit and possess a good work ethic. Please reply to or fax 306 937 2095, attention Stuart Mature dependable trustowrthy indivual looking to house sit. Willing to care of pets and to negotiate other tasks. For more information call 306-937-2151 preferrably after 8pm.



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FORM H (Section 66 of the Act)





PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that nominations of Public  Notice  of  Discretionary  Use  Subdivision   candidates for the office of: Councillor: Division No. 2 will be received by the undersigned on the 1st day of February, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Public  notice  is  hereby  given  that  pursuant  to  section   Municipal 55   of  Office. the  Planning   and   Development   Act,   2007   that   the  

use  Egeland of   single-­�parcel   country   residential   development   Christin Returning Officerthe   SW   Ÿ   Section   34-­�52-­�20-­�W3M,   within  

represented  by   Parcel   A,   as   shown         This  is  currently  permitted  as  a  discretionary  use  in  the   RURALDistrict   MUNICIPALITY Agricultural      Schedule   A,   section   (B)(f)   of   Bylaw  94-­�4  known  as  the  Zoning  Bylaw.  


Public Notice of Council  will   consider   this   application   at   the   regular   Discretionary scheduled  Council  mUse eeting  Subdivision on  Tuesday,  January  24th,  

2017  at  11:00  am  in  the  RM  of  Mervin  office.    If  you   Public notice is hereby given that pursuant to section 55to  ofcomment   the Planning andproposal,   Development Act, wish   on   this   please   do   so   in   2007writing   that theprior   RM of Mervin No. 499 has received th o  the  RM   to  Friday,  January  20 ,  2017  tan application for aNo.   discretionary use parcel subdivision. of   Mervin   499,   Box   130,   Turtleford,   SK   S0M   2Y0.     The application the creation RURAL  includes MUNICIPALITY   OF  MERVIN   No.  499  of three (3) For   additional   information,   please   visit   parcels for the intended use of single-parcel country Public  Notice  of  Discretionary  Use  Subdivision   or   contact   the   Municipal   residential development within the SE 1â „4 Section Public  notice  is  hereby  given  that  pursuant  to  section  55  of  the   Planning  and  Development  Act,  2007  that  the   Planner   at   (306)   by Lots 845-­â€?7333   or   at   27-5219-W3M, represented 1-3, Block RM  of  Mervin  No.  499  has  received  an  application  for  a  discretionary  use  parcel  subdivision.    The  application   1,creation   as shown in “Schedule “Aâ€?. This is currently includes   the   of   three   (3)   parcels   for   the   intended   use   of   single-­â€?parcel   country   residential     development   within   the   SE  as Âź   Section   27-­â€?52-­â€?19-­â€?W3M,   represented   by   Lots   1-­â€?3,   Block   1,   as   shown   in   permitted a discretionary use in the Agricultural                         Schedule  A,   District -4-­â€?4  Schedule A, Bsection (B)(f) of RBylaw S.  Y9vonne   rusak,   MCIP,   PP   94-4 section  (B)(f)   of  Bylaw   known  P as   the  Zoning   BASc,   ylaw.   MA,   known as the Zoning Bylaw. Municipal   Planner   Schedule  A   January  3,  2017  Schedule A


will consider this application the regular consider  this   application  at  the  regular  scheduled   Council   mat eeting  on  Tuesday,  January   24th,   Dale L. Cameron, CPA, CA Council  will  Council am  in  the  RM  oCouncil f  Mervin  office.    If  you  wish  to  on comment   on  this  proposal,   please  do  so  in  writing   scheduled meeting Tuesday, January Suzanne L. Odishaw, CPA, CA 2017  at  11:00   th,  2017  to  the  RM  of  Mervin  No.  499,  Box  130,  Turtleford,  SK  S0M  2Y0.    For   Jacques la Cock, CPA, CA prior  to  Friday,  January  20 24th, 2017 at 11:00 am in the RM of Mervin office. If additional  information,  please  visit  or  contact  the  Municipal  Planner  at  (306)  845-­� Derek Sieben, CPA, CA wish to comment   on this proposal, please do so 7333  or  at  you   Stephen Mann, CPA, CA in writing prior to Friday, January 20th, 2017 to the

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January,of  2017. Datedincludes   this 12th day the  cofreation   one  (1)  parcel  for  the  intended  

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• Fridge, stove, washer, dryer • Some are air conditioned Rental rate: $650 to $1,200 per month Complete application: 1441 - 100th Street Or Phone 306-445-8571 or 306-441-0950


1 Bedroom Apartment for rent in Battleford, quiet working adults, no pets, no children, no smoking, reference required. Must be employed. Phone 445-2943


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S.  Yvonne  Prusak,  BASc,  MA,  MCIP,  RPP   Municipal  PRM lanner  of Mervin No. January  3,  2017  

499, Box 130, Turtleford, SK S0M 2Y0. For additional information, please visit www. or contact the Municipal Planner at (306) 845-7333 or at planner.rm499@rmofmervin. com.

S. Yvonne Prusak, BASc, MA, MCIP, RPP Municipal Planner January 3, 2017

Public notice is hereby given that pursuant to section 55 of the Planning and Development Act, 2007 that the RM of Mervin No. 499 has received an application for a discretionary use parcel subdivision. The application includes the creation of one (1) parcel for the intended use of single-parcel country residential development within the SW 1⠄4 Section 34-52-20-W3M, represented by Parcel A, as shown in “Schedule A�. This is currently permitted as a discretionary use in the Agricultural District Schedule A, section (B)(f) of Bylaw 94-4 known as the Zoning Bylaw. Council will consider this application at the regular scheduled Council meeting on Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 at 11:00 am in the RM of Mervin office. If you wish to comment on this proposal, please do so in writing prior to Friday, January 20th, 2017 to the RM of Mervin No. 499, Box 130, Turtleford, SK S0M 2Y0. For additional information, please visit or contact the Municipal Planner at (306) 845-7333 or at S. Yvonne Prusak, BASc, MA, MCIP, RPP Municipal Planner January 3, 2017

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The Rural Municipality of Eldon No. 471 has the following parcel of land for lease to existing R.M. of Eldon taxpayers: • All of Section 21-48-22-W3



Hey guys my name is Ayla and some really nice people brought me into the shelter out of the cold so I could find my forever home and family. I was cold and hungry when I came in but now I am doing just fine and it’s time for me to start my journey in this world. I am super sweet and affectionate and have quite the personality. I am loving and snuggly and can’t seem to get enough attention. If your thinking of adding a new furr baby to your home and family then come on down to the shelter today. Hey guys my name is Baxter and I was found wandering around town searching for a home and family and a second chance at love. I am a really sweet kind gentle giant that just loves to be around people and see them smile and laugh. I am pretty laid back and am quite happy and content to just lay down and nap as long as I am in the same area or room as you. If your thinking about a new furr baby to your home and family then come on down to the shelter today. PLEASE SPAY OR NEUTER YOUR PETS! Check out all our Shelter animals in need of homes at:

Tenders from existing R.M. of Eldon taxpayers shall be submitted in writing clearly stating the legal description of the parcel of land and the annual rental that is being tendered.

January 18, 1942 - January 11, 2016 It broke our hearts to lose you, but you did not go alone. For part of us went with you, the day God called you home. You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide. And though we cannot see you, you are always by our side.

Love you always Your Family

Tenders shall be enclosed in a sealed envelope clearly marked “Municipal Land Lease Tender”. Tenders shall be received at the R.M. of Eldon No. 471 municipal office at Maidstone, SK no later than 12:00 NOON local time on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. The highest or any tender is not necessarily accepted. The R.M. of Eldon No. 471 reserves the right to refuse and reject any and/or all tenders and may withhold any land from lease.

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Application for Re: Liquor Permit (Under the provisions of The Alcohol and Gaming Regulations Act, 1997) Notice is hereby given that Candace Koller has applied to the Liquor and Gaming Authority for a Tavern & Retail Store Permit to sell alcohol in premises known as Livelong Tavern at Main Street, Livelong, SK. Written objections to the granting of the permit may be filed with SLGA not more than two weeks from the date of publication of this notice. Every person filing a written objection with SLGA shall state their name, address and telephone number in printed form, as well as the grounds for the objection(s). Petitions must name a contact person, state grounds and be legible. Each signatory to the petition and the contact person must provide an address and telephone number. Frivolous, vexatious, or competition-based objections within the beverage alcohol industry may not be considered and may be rejected by the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Licensing Commission, who may refuse to hold a hearing. Write to: Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority Box 5054 Regina, SK S4P 3M3

For further information please contact: Ken E. Reiter, Administrator R.M. of Eldon No. 471 PO Box 130 Maidstone, SK S0M 1M0

Phone: (306) 893-2391 Fax: (306) 893-4644 Email:


TAKE NOTICE that a legal action in the Court of Queen’s Bench for Saskatchewan, number QBG 215/16, in the Judicial Centre of Battleford, has been commenced against you by Synergy Credit Union Ltd.


Note: Leaseholders are responsible for payment of the property taxes and for negotiating and making settlement with the previous lease holder for any fences and improvements.

Pursuant to the Order granted by Justice R.D. Maher on October 28, 2016, you have 20 days from the date of this notice within which to file a Statement of Defence or Demand for Notice. If you fail to file a Statement of Defence or Demand for Notice within the required time, Synergy Credit Union Ltd. will be at liberty to note you in default without further Court Order. To obtain a copy of the Statement of Claim and Notice to Defendant, please contact the solicitors for Synergy Credit Union Ltd., Politeski Strilchuk Milen, PO Box 20, 5009 47 Street, Lloydminster, SK/AB; phone: (780) 875-2288, immediately.

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The Rural Municipality of Eldon No. 471 has the following parcel of land for lease to existing R.M. of Eldon taxpayers: • SE 16-48-22-W3 Tenders from existing R.M. of Eldon taxpayers shall be submitted in writing clearly stating the legal description of the parcel of land and the annual rental that is being tendered. Tenders shall be enclosed in a sealed envelope clearly marked “Municipal Land Lease Tender”. Tenders shall be received at the R.M. of Eldon No. 471 municipal office at Maidstone, SK no later than 12:00 NOON local time on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. The highest or any tender is not necessarily accepted. The R.M. of Eldon No. 471 reserves the right to refuse and reject any and/or all tenders and may withhold any land from lease. Note: Leaseholders are responsible for payment of the property taxes and for negotiating and making settlement with the previous lease holder for any fences and improvements. For further information please contact: Ken E. Reiter, Administrator R.M. of Eldon No. 471 PO Box 130 Maidstone, SK S0M 1M0

Phone: (306) 893-2391 Fax: (306) 893-4644 Email:

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Battlefords & Disctrict Community Foundation Battlefords and District Community Foundation Inc.


ANNUAL Funds GENERAL MEETING BDCF manages funds that have been established to benefit local agencies. Battlefords Boys and Girls Club receives annual income from the Edwards Irwin Fund and the Caring for Kids Fund. The Peggy Westwood Fund has been established to benefit Battlefords and Area Sexual Assault Centre. Marylou and Panos Antoniades created an endowment that provides yearly funding to nine groups including: St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Battlefords Humane Society and the recreation department of Battlefords District Care Centre. As a donor, you can create a designated fund that will help the causes that you care about. Forever. Contact us to find out how. 306-441-2961 or

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at Noon RBC Dominion Securities Board Room 1101-101st Street, 6th Floor North Battleford


BDCF currently has 19 funds providing annual support to groups from health care and recreation to post-secondary scholarships.


Hilda Irwin

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Seasonal Grader Operator The R.M. of Meota No. 468

is currently accepting applications for the position of Seasonal Grader Operator with duties to commence April 1st, 2017.


The Municipal Shop is located outside the Village of Meota which is approximately 35 kms North of North Battleford on highway Number 26.

We are looking for a motivated, friendly, conscientious STORE MANAGER for our store at:

Applicants must hold a valid driver’s license, Criminal Record Check and drivers abstract will be required, experience running a Motor Grader, Operator Certificate and having a basic mechanical aptitude would be an asset.

312 Territorial Drive, North Battleford Must be able to work a flexible schedule that includes days, evenings and weekends.

Class 1A TRUCK DRIVER required to haul grain and fertilizer in Saskatchewan and Alberta. Please apply to Box 401, North Battleford, SK S9A 2Y4 with resumé and driver’s abstract. Must have experience.

The successful candidate must be able to work independently as well as take direction from Foreman.

Please email your resume to

Salary will be based on experience and qualifications. The RM offers a comprehensive benefits package Please forward resumé, stating experience and qualifications, along with 3 references. Submission by January 25th, 2017 at 4:00 pm

For more information, please contact the R.M. office at 306-892-2061. Email:





We are looking to lease our restaurant out. The Restaurant is part of the Hotel and serves also the lounge area as well. The Restaurant seats 66 people, plus the lounge (seats 106) so things can get busy at times. Restaurant is ready for business. Experience will be an asset, but not totally a must. For more information, please contact Clay by phone or email. Bus. 306•893•2242 Cell 306•893-7161 or email

WANTED Route 50A

4th Ave., Janet Drive, Riverbend Cresent, All of 38th Street • 112 papers •

Route 53

29th Street - 200 - 400 Block 30th Street - 200 - 400 Block • 93 papers •

Route 57

All 23rd Street, All 24th Street

• 66 papers •

Route 63

Battlesprings Way, Battleriver Place, Battleford Place, Battlesprings Lane, Battlespring Place, Battlespring Dr., Battlesprings Cove

• 81 papers •

FOR MORE DETAILS CALL CHUCK Monday to Friday ~ 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

at 306-445-7261 OR Leave Message if after hours or weekends

892-104th Street, North Battleford, SK


Reporter Correspondents required for all rural areas

• • • • • • • •

All District First Nations Cando Cochin Cut Knife Glaslyn Hafford Lashburn Livelong

• Mervin • North of the Gully • • • • •


Maidstone Paradise Hill Medstead St. Walburg Turtleford

NOTE: These are freelance opportunities, not salaried positions. Ideally, reporter correspondents should reside within the communities listed above.

For more information contact:

Becky Doig (Editor)

email: or toll free 1-866-549-9979

Foreman/Operator The R.M. of Meota No. 468

requires a full time municipal foreman/operator to oversee the Transportation Services and work closely with the Council and Administrator. Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to: • Lead an outside work force of 2-3 employees in the day-to-day operations of the municipality. • Provide hands-on leadership by establishing clear expectations. • Demonstrate high standards of work practices. • Co-ordination of day to day operations of the municipality. • Schedule workloads to maximize productivity and efficiency and quality of work. • Lead by positive example and encourage improvement in shop operations and practices. • Manage training needs, performance evaluations and guidance sessions • Time card management. • Promote and participate in workplace safety and best practices. The candidate must possess: • A valid class 5 driver’s license, Class 1A would be an asset. • Heavy Duty Operator Certificate • Provide Clean Drivers Abstract and Criminal Record Check • Minimum 5 years’ experience • Mechanical skills – heavy duty mechanic experience would be an asset. • Knowledge of and ability to operate graders, scrapers, tractors and other light, medium and heavy equipment. • Self-motivation and the ability to manage multiple projects over the construction season. • Leadership, supervisory, organizational, communication and record keeping skills. Applicants are invited to submit a cover letter and resumé including: • Past and present work experience. • Education and skills. • Years of experience in construction / municipal fields. • Current drivers abstract. • Three references. • Salary expectations. Please forward resumé, stating experience and qualifications, along with 3 references. Submission by January 25th, 2017 at 4:00 pm

For more information, please contact the R.M. office at 306-892-2061. Email:

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


Battlefords Humane Society Chase the Ace Diamond in the Ruff Lottery. Tickets $5 each or 3 for $10. Weekly winner gets 20% of that week’s sales plus CHANCE TO WIN 30% progressive jackpot! Tickets must be purchased weekly to WIN! Don’t miss a draw weekly subscriptions available. All proceeds to Shelter-Us Building Fund. Draws every Tuesday morning, 9:00 a.m., Lakeland Vet Clinic. Call The Shelter for more details 306-937-MEOW (6369). Lottery licence LR15-0091.

Tuesdays, January 10 - February 14

LiveWell with Chronic Conditions Workshop at the North Battleford Library at 1:00 p.m. Self management workshop for individuals with chronic (ongoing) health conditions. We meet for 2 1/2 hours a week for 6 weeks. Very interactive program facilitated by trained leaders. Topics discussed; getting a good nights sleep, healthy eating, keeping active, problem solving, action plans, decision making and communication. Family members and caregivers are welcome. For more information phone 306-446-8613.

Tuesday, January 10

Borden Kaiser Tournament in Borden at the Community Center in the Seniors Room at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesdays, January 11 - March 29

Time for Tots at the North Battleford Library at 10:45 a.m. at the North Battleford Library. Come and enjoy 30 minutes of simple stories, rhymes and finger plays for ages 18 months to 3 years and their parents or caregivers.

Wednesday, January 11

Financial Planning 101 at the North Battleford Library at 7:00 p.m. Designed for individuals and families. We will take you through the fundamental elements required in putting together a solid financial plan: things to consider, questions to ask yourself and what action steps are required. In addition, we will review some of the more popular government sponsored savings vehicles (RRSP, TFSA, etc.), discuss how to create and stick to a budget and share tips on paying down debt faster.

Thursdays, January 12 - March 30

LEGO Club at the North Battleford Library from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Join our Kids Lego Club where you can create, build and use your imagination. Lego provided.

Fridays, January 13 - March 31

Tales and More at the North Battleford Library at 10:45 a.m. Come and enjoy 45 minutes of stories, rhymes and finger plays for ages 3 to 5 years.

Tuesdays, January 17 - February 14

Heart to Heart is a Heart and Stroke Foundation program, working in partnership with Prairie North Health Region to offer cardiac patient and their partners the answers to their questions about heart health. Patients learn about coping with health programs, making healthy eating choices, the role of exercise in heart health and how to manage stress at the Primary Health Center from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. To find out more or to register, call Kellie at 306-446-6424 or email Please leave a daytime phone number if leaving a message.

Wednesday, January 18

Bingo in Borden at the Community Center in the Seniors Room at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 21

Texas Hold’em Tournament at the Royal Canadian Legion #142 in the Maidstone Legion Clubroom. Registration 6:00 p.m. Tournament 7:00 p.m. To register call Royal Canadian Legion Clubroom at 306-893-4048.

Saturday, January 21

Green Screen Fun at the North Battleford Library - come and play with our new green screen and see yourself in ways you never imagined from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 21

Club 70 Dance - Cherokee Rose at the Royal Canadian Legion, 1352 - 100th Street, North Battleford from 8:00 p.m. to 12 midnight. Lunch served at 12 midnight. Everyone welcome.

Saturday, January 21

Snowmobile Rally in Borden at the Community Center starting at 10:00 a.m. last rider out at 2:00 p.m. Chili lunch will be provided, as well as ham supper. Sponsored by Radisson Senior Hockey. This section, which will appear weekly in Tuesday's News-Optimist and Thursday’s Regional Optimist, is provided free-of-charge to non-profit organizations. To list the Community Calendar please call News-Optimist at 306-445-7261 or fax the information to 306-445-3223. Please provide complete information including event, time, date and location. Although we will do our utmost to make sure your event appears in this section, News-Optimist does not guarantee all submissions will appear. Deadline for submissions is 5:00 p.m. Thursday prior for Tuesday's & Thursday’s publication.

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3. Caribbean, e.g. 4. Registers 5. Close, once 6. Adjust to surroundings 7. Unit of heat 8. Happen 9. Dates

Make a resolution with a goal of lifelong learning ing with these literacy tips from ABC Life Literacy Canada: • Take a course or upgrade your skills. People with higher literacy skills earn more income, are less likely to be unemployed and are more likely to find full-time work. To find help with reading, writing and math, visit www.
 • Read aloud together, no matter how old you are. Reading ability is like a muscle, if you don’t exercise it often, you may not be able to maintain the same level of reading ability as you age. Encourage all family members to read and discuss items from newspapers and websites to keep up-to-date on what is happening around the

 • Exercise your mind. Challenge yourself by doing the daily crossword or sudoku puzzle.
 • Write on. Keep a journal to express your thoughts and help polish your writing skills. Or, send a handwritten letter or thank you note to a friend, family member or co-worker.
 • Be a mentor. Offer to proofread homework or verify math answers after


your child has done the work.
 • Give the gift of words. Need inspiration for birthday, wedding or anniversary gifts this year? Why not give magazine subscriptions, books, or make a donation to a literacy organization in your community?
 • Start a book club. Spend time with some of your favourite people talking about some of your favourite characters. Go online for tips on how to get

 • Participate in Family Literacy Day. On Jan. 27, thousands of Canadians will take part in Family Literacy Day events in schools, libraries, literacy organizations and homes across the country. Find out how to join in at www. For more fun literacy tips and activities to help you keep your skills sharp year round, visit www.

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Setting fees to cover the expense of planning By S. Yvonne Prusak Municipal Planner

Within the municipal world there is a delicate balance between time and money. Hiring professional planners to assist administration with planning-related topics isn’t free, so how does a municipality encourage planned development, but also keep that bottom line in mind? Municipal administrators have a difficult job running a municipality, facilitating infrastructure maintenance, dealing with ratepayer concerns, balancing budgets and organizing councils. To be required to drop everything and review a subdivision or a development permit application within a timely fashion for the developer adds to the burden. The knowledge expected of administrators is also expanding, as they are expected to provide insight to council into engineering for roads and drainage, and understand the complete legislation of the Municipalities Act, and the Planning and Development Act. This is a

tough job for the many one-person offices in rural Saskatchewan. Fortunately, section 51 of the PDA allows a municipality to set permit rates for the expense of reviewing development to cover administration time and council time, if necessary. Currently the going rate for municipalities is to charge $100 for permitted uses and $200 for discretionary uses, but there is a value range throughout the area. The municipality should have a development permit application fee rationale that defends the permit rates, because the rates are not meant to be a revenue generator, but to cover the basic costs of reviewing the application. When it comes to subdivision applications from Community Planning, section 172 of the PDA allows a municipality to request the developer sign a servicing agreement to cover some municipal expenses associated with the costs of reviewing the subdivision, among other costs, such as infrastructure construction and upgrades. The option of asking for a servicing

agreement is always available, and is strongly encouraged by professional planners. It’s an effective tool that allows the municipality to participate in planned development, assist administration through this time, but solely on a need-only basis as the subdivisions arrive. Some municipalities have taken this one step further, and adopted professional planning service policies to state what amount of costs will be paid by a ratepayer when accessing the services associated with the municipality. Some of this stems

from the concern the subdivision may never be completed by the developer, at which point the municipality may not be able to bill those costs back to the ratepayer for the professional services through the requirement of a servicing agreement. For example, some policies state all costs associated with the professional services will be back to the ratepayer in a timely fashion (on a monthly basis). This option ensures the municipality, which may be on a thin budget, participates in planned development, but at the developer’s cost. Alternatively, a munici-

Sask. doctors volunteer in Haiti Submitted

specifically to the Saskatoon mission team’s efforts. Money raised go toward the costs associated with performing acute care and education in Haiti.

Team Broken Earth Saskatoon

One trip wasn’t enough: that was clear to physicians who volunteered in Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010. Team Broken Earth Saskatoon first travelled to Haiti in March of 2016, and is scheduled to return in January of 2017. They are looking forward to their next mission. “We focus our efforts in three areas … acute care, complicated surgeries and education of Haitian medical professionals in best practices,” says Dr. Chris Thomson, a Saskatoon plastic surgeon and one of the members of team to Haiti Jan. 10 to 17. Team Broken Earth Saskatoon has performed surgery for congenital defects, tumours, trauma and orthopedic surgery as well as reconstructive surgery for burns. They were also able to provide pathologic tissue diagnoses for local patients. “Each time we go to Haiti, we are able to help change people’s lives with surgery, medical care and upgrading of skills they aren’t able to receive otherwise,” adds Thomson. January will be the second time the team travels to Haiti. Started by St John’s, N.L. physicians Dr. Andrew Furey and Dr. Art Rideout after the first Haiti mission, Broken Earth has since grown to involve teams from many centres across Canada, including Saskatoon, Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa, Halifax

pality may assume payment up to a certain dollar amount in an attempt to encourage proper planning and development, but keep developers concise and on track with their dealings with the professional. This option recognizes contact between the developer and the planner will create a better submission to the municipality and reduce time and headaches at a later date as both parties pay for services. Finally, some municipalities don’t charge planning costs to the developer because it is viewed as a cost-saving initiative. The planner is assisting by taking some of the pressure off administration so they can complete other tasks. This option shows the

municipality is open for planned development, and the municipality will be “paid back” through taxation as subdivisions increase the number of properties that can be taxed, and hopefully the future improvements constructed upon the subdivision. Any of these options are effective and assist municipalities in achieving planned development and take some of the workload off an already-taxed administrator in an affordable fashion. — S. Yvonne Prusak, BASc, MA, MCIP, RPP, is a municipal planner with municipalities and communities in Northwest Saskatchewan. She specializes in land use planning and development.

Student of the Week Brady Hintz — Grade 12; favourite subject – gym; favourite food – steak; favourite app – Snapchat; last book read – John Wilson; future occupation – truck driver. Photo submitted

OPEN HOUSE Dee Valley SAGD Commercial Project Township 48 Range 23W3M Wednesday, January 25 Royal Canadian Legion Branch 142 111 Main Street Maidstone, Saskatchewan 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM (MST) Saskatchewan doctors who are members of Team Broken Earth Saskatoon are travelling to Haiti in January. Photo submitted

and more. Team Broken Earth Saskatoon is part of this volunteer group composed of physicians, nurses, and allied health care professionals from across Canada who are committed to delivering and improving health care in Haiti through collaboration with local Haitian health care professionals.

The medical staff is involved in fundraising for the Bernard Mevs Hospital in Haiti, and they volunteer their own time and funds to go to Haiti. People interested in donating to Team Broken Earth Saskatoon can go to mission-teams/ and choose Team Saskatoon to donate

Mental Illness in Canada – Did you know?

Likelihood that people with mental illness will commit violent acts: No greater than the general population. Likelihood that people with mental illness will be victims of crime: 2.5 times that of the general population.

Husky Energy is planning to build a new Central Processing Facility (CPF) for its SAGD Project at Dee Valley. The project is located in the RM of Eldon in Section 26-48-23W3M. Sales oil produced from the CPF will be tied into Husky’s existing sales oil network via pipeline. A pipeline will transport raw water to the CPF in the NW 1/4 of Section 26-48-23W3M. This raw water originates from the North Saskatchewan River and is withdrawn by a water intake system within the SW 1/4 Section 19-51-24W3M. Representatives from Health, Safety, Environment, Facility Construction, Surface Land, Regulatory, Operations, Downstream and the Business Unit will be available to provide information on the project and answer your questions.

For more information, contact James Brown at (403) 513-7695, Brian Davies at (306) 825-1114 or Kim Guttormson at (403) 298-7088.

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Never too late for Auld Lang Syne A cup of kindness is not what I thought about giving Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan. It was at midnight on New Year’s Eve when Ed called from Melville. He yelled, “happy new year,” into the telephone. He wanted me to hear Auld Lang Syne being played traditionally in the background on the bagpipes. Ed was not sorry that he woke me up as, he declared, “You need to start the new year right by seeing 2017 in its infancy. It proves you are getting your name in for good health, prosperity and happiness before the supplies are gone.” It

took a while to convince Ed that I needed to hang up and get my sleep because New Year’s Day was also Sunday and I was preaching in the morning. For the sake of old times, with Ed being my old neighbour for a decade, we said our goodbyes with mutual best wishes for the coming year. Old years slip away and new years come but friendships last as long, as we live. At the start of the new year, there is no shortage of free advice to consider. Advice and resolutions are like quicksand to me. Instead of getting me going in

eighbourly Advice According to Ed

By Raymond Maher

a new direction, I more often end up stuck deeper in old habits. I excel at good intents, but my best intentions can pop at any time like balloons at a birthday party. One year can end up being pretty much like the last one with a sense of treading water and not reaching the shore. Every day in

any year I intend to do the wise and right things, according to God’s word, but my sinful nature also wants me to do the unwise and wrong things to satisfy it. God’s word describes it this way, in the words of Paul: “I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law but in the sinful

nature a slave to the law of sin. When I want to do good evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law, but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members.” Thanks, be to God there is a rescue from our split loyalties between God’s good will and the pull our sinful nature. There is no condemnation for those who have faith in Christ Jesus. For old times sake the fall into sin by Adam and Eve, God gave Jesus

Christ his Son to be a sin offering for us here on Earth. Jesus was able to be sinless as he lived here and he died as a sinless sacrifice for the punishment of our sins. Those who believe in Jesus are not condemned for their sins. God does not count their sins against them for the sake of their faith in Jesus. Every year there will be a struggle between God’s will and the tug of our sinful nature. Will we live in faith in the kindness of God for us in Jesus? Will we be God’s children? Will we sin and self destruct in our sinful nature?

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Chronicling the stories of Canada’s First Nations Paul Kane (1810–1871) Painter In the nineteenth century, Paul Kane sketched, painted and wrote about First Nations people and the vast Canadian landscape. He was the most prominent painter in Upper Canada in his time and may have been the first Canadian painter to earn a living from his artwork alone. His works represent a piece of Canadian history that can’t be found elsewhere. Born in Ireland in 1810, Paul immigrated to Toronto—then called York—with his parents and siblings in 1819. Though primarily a self-taught artist, he did study painting to some extent at Upper Canada College. His first exhibition of nine paintings in 1834 showed much promise, and he eventually made his way to Europe to study the works of the masters. It was during this tour that he met George Catlin, a lecturer and painter. Catlin felt it was important to capture the life and experiences of First Nations people—whose culture he believed to be on the brink of extinction—in the United States. Kane, inspired by the idea, decided to return to Canada and do a similar thing for the First Nations tribes of the Canadian northwest. Kane conducted two lengthy trips to Canada during which he witnessed, sketched and wrote about more than 80 First Nations tribes. The first trip took him from Toronto to Sault Ste. Marie and back; the second brought him as far west as Victoria. This cross-country excursion took him two years to complete and required that he travel by canoe, horseback, snowshoe and on foot. Upon his return to Toronto, Kane began the work of transforming over 700 sketches into vivid paintings that embodied a European esthetic. While the sketches were recordings of what Kane saw, the paintings were interpretative and often favoured the creation of dramatic scenes. The works proved to be popular and he sold many of them, including 12 that were purchased for display inside the Canadian Parliament. Kane also wrote a memoir of his travels that was published in 1859 and is now considered a Canadian literary classic. In 1871, just over a decade after his ailing eyesight forced him to abandon painting, Paul Kane passed away in his Toronto home. He was declared a National Historic Person in 1937, and in 1971 Canada Post issued a postage stamp in his honour. Today, his works can be viewed at the Royal Ontario Museum and the National Gallery of Canada.


CANADA’S HUNGARIAN COMMUNITY Writer George Jonas, film producer Robert Lanos, and musician Alanis Morissette are among the better-known Hungarian-Canadians of today, but many more have contributed to our national culture. Canadians of Hungarian ancestry have influenced our country’s identity across multiple spheres including the arts, science, business and music. According to the 2011 Census, 316,765 Canadians claim some Hungarian ancestry, making them the 23rd largest ethnic group in Canada. Hungarians started to immigrate into Canada in the 1800s and up until the First World War, this first wave settled mainly on the Prairies where they became homesteaders, miners and loggers. Later migrants, those from the 1920s onward, more commonly made the cities and towns of southern Ontario their homes. Today, one out of two Hungarian-Canadians lives in Ontario. The largest influx of Hungarians into Canada—37,000 of them—occurred from 1956 to 1957 due to a large uprising in Hungary against the Soviet regime. This last wave contained a wealthier and more educated demographic. Hungarian-Canadians have preserved their cultural heritage in Canada in a number of ways including via the publication of several Hungarian newspapers and the establishment of Hungarian schooling at all levels including a Hungarian Studies program at the University of Toronto.


Question 1:

Which contemporary film actor is the son of stage actress Shirley Douglas and grandson of Tommy Douglas, founder of the NDP?

Question 2:

What city is home to Canada’s largest port?

Question 3:

The world’s first commercial oil well was dug in 1858. What was the name of the southern Ontario dig site?

Question 4:

This racecar driver became the first Canadian to win the overall Formula One championship in 1997.





ANSWERS 1: Kiefer Sutherland 2: Vancouver, British Columbia 3: Oil Springs 4: Jacques Villeneuve

Canadian treasures



ONTARIO’S FLAG Ontario’s provincial flag was adopted in 1965, just a year after Canada controversially debuted its new maple leafadorned national flag. The red ensign depicts the Union Jack and the Ontario shield of arms with three golden maple leaves on a green background topped by the cross of St. George.


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