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The driver of a stolen truck involved in a fatal collision on Highway 16 that killed three Edmonton women has been sentenced to 10 years in a federal penitentiary. Brandon Stucka, 27, was sentenced at Queen’s Bench court in Battleford Friday. Sentencing took place for nine counts to which Stucka had pled guilty in late May. The charges were in connection to events that took place on Sept. 22 last year. The most seri-

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ous charges were three counts of criminal negligence causing death and one count of criminal negligence causing bodily harm, stemming from the collision on Highway 16 in which three women were killed and one more was seriously injured. For those four counts, Justice Gerald Allbright imposed a sentence of eight years concurrent for each one. Stucka was also sentenced to a one-year consecutive jail sentence for evading a police officer while operating a motor vehicle. He also received an additional one-year consecutive jail sentence for failing to stay at the scene of an accident and failure to offer assistance to a person involved in an accident. On counts of breaking and entering and possess-

ing a stolen vehicle, Stucka received one-year concurrent sentences each. Stucka also received three months incarceration, concurrent, for breach of curfew. Stucka was credited for 432 days remand time, or 14 months, calculated at 1.5 to one. That means Stucka still has another eight years and 10 months left to serve in a federal penitentiary. Justice Allbright also imposed a driving prohibition of 10 years. This is less than what the Crown had called for, but Justice Allbright was reluctant to impose a harsher prohibition, noting that at some point Stucka would return to society. A DNA order was also imposed. In imposing sentence Justice Allbright denounced the actions of Stucka behind the wheel.

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“In this instance the vehicle became a lethal weapon,” said Allbright. “That is something that

has a high degree of moral culpability associated with it.” Allbright also de-

nounced the decisions Stucka made leading up to the collision. Continued on Page 3

routes are being dropped in response to a 41 per cent decline in ridership since 2010. “This decision is regrettable and is due to a challenging transportation environment that is characterized by declining ridership in rural communities, increased competition from subsidized national and inter-regional passenger transportation services, the new entry of ultra-low-

cost carriers, regulatory constraints and increased car travel,” the company stated in a news release. The company also stated that despite a number of cost reduction steps the downward trajectory continued. “It is with a heavy heart that we announce these service impacts for the end of October,” said Stuart Kendrick, senior vice-president, Greyhound

Canada in a statement. “We understand that these route changes are difficult for our customers. Despite best efforts over several years, ridership has dropped nearly 41 per cent across the country since 2010 within a changing and increasingly challenging transportation environment. Simply put, we can no longer operate unsustainable routes. Continued on Page 5

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Greyhound Canada is the latest bus company to pull its routes out of North Battleford and the surrounding area. In a news release Monday, the company announced it will be discontinuing all its routes outside of Ontario and Quebec, with the exception of its Canada-U.S. route in

British Columbia, effective Oct. 31. Routes to several northern Ontario communities are also being discontinued on that date. In Saskatchewan, the Saskatoon-Edmonton and Winnipeg-Saskatoon routes are both being discontinued. The SaskatoonEdmonton route is the only Greyhound route through North Battleford. According to a statement from Greyhound the



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Statements ‘manifestation of grace’: Allbright Continued from Front “Every step of the way, your decision was the wrong decision,” said Allbright. The Crown and defence each made separate submissions on sentencing. Crown prosecutor Mitch Piche had called for a 12year global sentence on the criminal negligence and other counts, and had called for imposition of a 20-year driving prohibition. Stucka’s lawyer Andrew Lyster called for a prison sentence of six to seven years, and a shorter length to the driving prohibition. While briefer than what the Crown proposed, Lyster submitted this was within the range. According to the facts outlined in court by Piche, Stucka and accomplices had broken into businesses in the RM of Wilton sometime before 3 a.m. on Sept. 22, 2017, and four vehicles were stolen, including a white Dodge Ram one-ton truck with a digger on it, driven by Stucka. A high-speed chase then ensued in which Stucka was pursued by the RCMP, but that chase was eventually called off for public safety reasons. The victims’ vehicle, a Dodge Caravan, was driving eastbound east of Lloydminster, travelling from Edmonton. According to the facts submitted, Stucka crossed the westbound lanes on Highway 16 where he should have turned north, and turned against traffic to the eastbound lane, travelling westbound for 3.6 kilometres. The vehicle then collided with the Dodge Caravan head-on. Three women in the Dodge Caravan died: the driver Jeannette Wright,

large contingent of family members and family supporters who had travelled to Battleford for the sentencing, Justice Allbright said he would impose sentence that day, so there could be closure of the judicial process.

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Above, Thomas Bumbeh of the Edmonton Liberian Society spoke to media after providing a victim impact statement during the Stucka sentencing. Above right, Crown prosecutor Mitch Piche speaks to reporters following sentencing. Photos by John Cairns

Eva Tumbay and Glorious David, all of Edmonton. A fourth occupant, Janet Gaye, suffered major injuries. The victims were members of Edmonton’s Liberian community and had been en route to Minnesota. According to the facts, the combined impact speed of the collision was 137 km/h. The time of the collision was 3:05 a.m. on Sept. 22. Stucka did not remain at the scene, but ran off in a southerly direction. He was found in a pump shack nearby. Stucka did not have a valid driver’s licence. He did have a learner’s licence from British Columbia. Piche described Stucka’s driving in the wrong lane as “extremely, grossly negligent and verging on intentional.” Photos from the crash scene showing the devastation to the minivan were entered. According to Piche, the offences were described at the “high end” of the sentencing scale. Aggravating factors included Stucka in

Greyhound pulls out of N. B’ford Continued from Front “We are committed to keeping customers informed and will continue to provide fair and open communications to ensure that adequate notice is given.” This is the second year in a row North Battleford has been rocked by news that it is losing a bus line. Last year, North Battleford was impacted by the province-wide closure of Saskatchewan Transportation Company, whose final stop in the city took place May 31, 2017.

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I choose to speak because I wanted to look at you and tell you, you left a vacuum in our family. The main reason I wanted to speak to you is to say I forgive you. - Pastor Glory Blamo there were guilty pleas entered, saving the court the time and expense of a trial, which Piche said would have been long and complex. Piche went extensively into the sentencing case law and pointed to the consequences: that three people were killed.

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The victim impact statements were then entered in court. One came from Janet Gaye, the sole survivor from the minivan. Another written statement came from the husband of the late Eva Tumbay, which stated she had fled from Liberia’s civil war. “That heart-rending day ... changed my life forever,” he wrote. The churches attended by the victims also filed statements. The most emo-

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“The life of the church hasn’t been the same since the passing of our sisters,” said Wilson. Thomas Bumbeh, representing the Edmonton Liberian community, read a victim impact statement on behalf of his organization. He spoke at length of the impact of the loss of these three individuals on the organization, emotionally and financially. “We’ve lost three prominent members of the association. It’s a great loss,” Bumbeh told the court. “We hope no community would ever have to experience this.” The husband of Glorious David, Pastor Glory Blamo, also spoke. “I choose to speak because I wanted to look at you and tell you, you left a vacuum in our family,” said Blamo, who then looked di-

rectly at the accused. “The main reason I wanted to speak to you is to say I forgive you.” Following the reading of victim impact statements, defence lawyer Lyster outlined more details about Stucka’s background. He noted that Stucka has had a troubled life, having been sexually abused as a child and having serious problems with drug use, including cocaine and meth. Lyster also said Stucka was diagnosed as schizophrenic at age 16. Letters of support were filed in court for Stucka as well. Mitigating factors Lyster pointed to included an early guilty plea and no preliminary inquiry and no trial. Lyster also said Stucka was “very remorseful for his actions,” noting he was crying during reading of the victim impact statements. “He feels horrible about what he’s done and how he’s affected the lives of these four families,” said Lyster. “He will have to live with it for the rest of his life.” Lyster also spoke extensively on the case law. One notable case he cited was the locally notorious Norma Jean Mooswa case in which the accused received 10 years in the deaths of six people in Cochin on July 1, 2004. Lyster said he understood the reasons the Crown was seeking a sentence of 12 years, but emphasized six to seven years was within the range. In recognition of the

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He then asked Stucka if he wished to speak before he imposed sentence. At that point Stucka turned towards the victims’ family members in the gallery and read a written statement. Stucka said he was “so sorry for the inexcusable acts that have occurred” and apologized for all the hurt he had caused. “I’m sorry,” Stucka said. Afterwards, Justice Allbright turned to Stucka and asked him if he understood the “manifestation of grace” and forgiveness that had been shown to him. Stucka said he understood. After Allbright imposed the 10-year sentence on Stucka, prosecutor Piche told reporters he believed the justice system had worked. “Individual members of the community came forward to speak and directed their words to the accused. Many of these had suffered deaths personally of other family members. And they forgave him, and I found that very moving. And of course the judge asked Mr. Stucka to recognize the grace that had been shown to him by these people,” said Piche. “To me this is an example — and I know our justice system comes under a lot of fire — of the justice system actually working. I think Mr. Stucka himself recognizes something good has happened to him here even though he’s going to jail for 10 years, and the people are healing and some of them have told me that, that they felt the process itself was something that healed. So I think the system worked today.” Pastor Blamo expressed his respect for the sentencing decision of the court. “Thank God that justice was served,” said Blamo. “Maybe it might not be what I desire, but at least we went through the due process, and I feel relief.”



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If you don’t own a vehicle, or are unable to drive for any reason, it’s time to start doing some thumb calisthenics. This week came the stunning announcement that Greyhound, with the exception of some international routes in British Columbia, will cease operations in Western Canada as of Oct. 31. The Saskatchewan routes cancelled were Winnipeg to Saskatoon and Saskatoon to Edmonton. While both routes are available on Via Rail and by plane, alternatives for bus users are slim to none, especially in Saskatchewan where budget cuts in 2017 saw the annihilation of the Saskatchewan Transportation Company. And STC won’t be resuscitated according to Premier Scott Moe, who says it would take $80 million in subsidies over the next five years to revive the service. In the wake of STC’s closure there was a brief flurry of interest in private concerns filling the void, but there haven’t been any significant developments in that quarter. Alberta also has train service and Red Arrow Transportation, an intercity bus service, but Saskatchewan residents, especially in rural areas, have no alternatives. Greyhound says ridership has dropped 14 per cent since 2010 and the cancelled routes were no longer viable. Included were some routes serving Northern Ontario. Obviously it’s a business decision. If your company is bleeding money you look for ways to staunch the flow. Unfortunately, as was the case in deep sixing STC, those business decisions can hurt society’s most vulnerable people. In Manitoba, for example, many northern First Nation people relied on Greyhound for transportation to medical appointments. The loss of public transit is a step back, but to expect a company to shore up a business model impacted by shrinking ridership is unrealistic. Perhaps our governments need to adopt the attitude of Cuba. Hitchhiking is huge in that country, and more than that, it is mandated by law that hitchhikers be given a ride. The law stems from a period after the collapse of the Berlin Wall when oil supplies to Cuba dried up. As a consequence the public transportation system deteriorated and ultimately collapsed. There are few privately owned vehicles in that country. Owning a private car without a licence from the government only became legal in January 2014. Consequently traffic evolved to the point where only government vehicles were on the road. A system of nationalized hitchhiking was established, with the government vehicles legally required to stop for hitchhikers. Sounds a bit extreme, but for travellers with no alternatives, we might have to adopt a more liberal stance when it comes to picking up those with their thumbs out.

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Hints on coal were there, if you looked The writing was on the wall, now that I think of it, and it has been for quite a while. I’m talking about the announcement July 9 that SaskPower would not be proceeding with carbon capture retrofits on Boundary Dam Power Station Units 4 and 5 (BD4 and BD5). I think back to the conversation I had with a SaskPower vice-president (whose name escapes me) over a lunch during one of the numerous tours I’ve taken part of the BD3 carbon capture facility. He noted it might make more sense to install carbon capture on one of the larger coal fire units, such as Poplar River or Shand, than it would to install it on BD4 and BD5. Then there was the time I asked the previous CEO of SaskPower, Robert Watson, about the longimpending decision to go ahead with BD4 and BD5, and he basically said they would push those deci-

sions back as long as they possibly could. Apparently they did. Then there was two weeks ago, when Minister of Environment and Minister Responsible for SaskPower Dustin Duncan addressed the Estevan Chamber of Commerce. He made the not-so-subtle point that natural gas prices are at historic lows, and have been for a long time. As in, it’s really hard not to consider natural gas for new power plants. I made the point to him that everyone in the room was concerned that if we lose the coal mines and coal-fired power plants at Estevan, we would each lose $100,000 value on our houses. And I might have been underestimating that. So BD4 and BD5 will close. But we do not yet have that much-ballyhooed fleet-wide equivalency agreement on CCS with the federal government; the one I, and many others, thought was in the

bag years ago. Turns out, the provincial government has been talking about it, but the feds appear to not have been very receptive, to date, to doing anything about it. Will SaskPower closing two units finally give the feds the impetus to sign on? The reality is that a few years ago, Boundary Dam Power Station was a sixunit station, with two 75 megawatt units, three 150 megawatt units and one 300 megawatt unit. (These are round numbers usually quoted by government sources. SaskPower’s own website refers to Units 4 and 5, as Unit 3 was


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before it, as 139 megawatts apiece.) Units 1 and 2 were retired at the age of 50 years due to carbon dioxide emissions regulations and Unit 4 and Unit 5, in 2021 and 2024, respectively, will be retired. But that’s only if we get that equivalency agreement. If we don’t, they close at the end of 2019. The net result is that a power plant that used to produce more than 800 megawatts of power will soon produce more like 450 megawatts gross. And when you reduce the power produced by half, you reduce the amount of coal consumed by half,

too. That inevitably means fewer coal miners, fewer direct jobs, fewer spin off jobs and lower house values. That won’t be half of the area’s total coal production overall, as there’s still the charcoal plant and Shand’s consumption for 276 megawatts (often rounded up to 300 megawatts). You’ll note there was no mention of converting BD4 and BD5 to natural gas consumption. If that were to happen, they would be simple cycle, not combined cycle, natural gas – not nearly as efficient. Ergo, converting them to natural gas wouldn’t see huge savings in emissions, and that’s likely why it won’t be done. It’ll also likely be easier to build new than retrofit an old plant. Besides, if SaskPower were to build natural gas power plants, I hate to say it, but it won’t be at Estevan. It will be close to demand centres – Regina

and Saskatoon. Yes, there are already power lines running from Estevan, but the line loss due to electrical resistance over those distances is not insignificant, and would be neverending. It would require more power production at the power station end of the line (and more emissions) for the same result at the consumption end. No, if SaskPower builds new gas-fired power plants, you can bet your bottom dollar you will be able to see them from the edges of either Regina or Saskatoon, where line losses will be negligible. They’ve already done it at North Battleford, and are building one for Swift Current. Maybe some day Yorkton will get one. The federal government is getting its way. Coal is being pushed out, slowly but surely. — Brian Zinchuk is editor of Pipeline News. He can be reached at

Subsequent to that report, RCMP say another complaint of shots fired at an apartment in the Winder Crescent apartment block were recived. According to police, the victim at BUH had a serious injury that appeared consistent with a small calibre firearm. The victim was stabilized and the transported to Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon for further medical care and is now recovering, a press release states. Police report the investigation revealed a person

known to the victim and others inside the apartment had discharged a firearm. David Soonias was located and arrested later that day. A number of firearms have been recovered and seized as evidence. Soonias appeared in North Battleford Provincial Court Monday to face charges of discharging a firearm with intent, discharging a firearm while being reckless, aggravated assault, possession of a restricted firearm, possession of a restricted firearm while prohibited and possession

of weapons contrary to a prohibition order. Also on Saturday, Battlefords RCMP responded to a weapons complaint at a residence in the 400 block of 33rd Street, Battleford. Police say the investigation resulted in four persons being taken into custody for offences involving possession of prohibited weapons and possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking. A quantity of cash was also seized. The four charged appeared in court Monday.

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A recent report found the Battlefords-Lloydminster federal riding is in the top 20 of highest levels of child poverty, compared to 338 federal ridings. Campaign 2000 — “a public education movement” with a goal to build Canadian awareness and support for the 1989 allparty House of Commons resolution to end child poverty in Canada by the year 2000 — found 30.4 per cent of children aged zero to 17 within the Battlefords-Lloydminster

riding live in poverty. According to its website, Campaign 2000 is nonpartisan. “The latest data paint a stark portrait of inequality in Canada with high- and low-income families living in close proximity while divided by wide social and economic gaps that leave too many children hungry, sick and stressed beyond their years,” states the 2018 report. The report collected data from all federal ridings. Data comes from income taxes for 2015. According to the report, poverty statistics take a long

time to be released. The areas with the highest levels of child and family poverty, the report states, “are home to a higher proportion of Indigenous, racialized and immigrant communities and lone-parent led families.” “This correlation signals the persistence of discrimination and systemic inequalities that translates to higher unemployment, lower labour market participation rates and higher proportions of renters and people spending more than 30 per cent of their income on housing.” Continued on Page 7

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Child poverty ... 30.4% Continued from Page 6 The Battlefords-Lloydminster riding runs north of St. Walburg, including part of Onion Lake Cree Nation, along the Saskatchewan-Alberta border south of Dodsland and Plenty (though still north of Kindersley), and as far east as Rabbit Lake, with steplike separations north and south. First Nations in the area include Thunderchild, Little Pine, Poundmaker, Sweetgrass, Saulteaux, Moosomin, Red Pheasant and Mosquito-Grizzly Bear’s Head-Lean Man. A child poverty rate of 30.4 per cent in the Battlefords-Lloydminster riding was obtained by dividing the number of low-income children by total children. A total of 20,620 children were in the riding (aged zero to 17), and 6,260 were considered to be in low-

income situations. Five of the top 30 ridings with the highest child poverty rates are in Saskatchewan, with DesnethéMissinippi- Churchill River, which encompasses much of the province north of Prince Albert, being the Country’s highest at 57.8 per cent. The Campaign 2000 report proposes a number of solutions: legislating poverty reduction strategies “to prevent undoing by future governments,” stabilizing transfer payments, increasing the base amount of Canadian Child Benefit and increasing EI benefits and dividends for those living below the poverty line. For eradicating poverty among Indigenous peoples, the report’s proposals include full compliance with the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruling by

providing equitable funding to First Nation child and family services on reserve, implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action, increasing discretion of First Nation governments over poverty reduction expenditures and nation-to-nation collaboration.
 Some scholars argue poverty among First Nation people is a result in part of a historical lack of access. Dr. Sheelah McLean, who gave a presentation at Sakewew High School in February, said at various points in Canadian history, First Nation people weren’t permitted to possess title to land, couldn’t sell wheat freely, couldn’t take out personal loans and their lands were dispossessed. Continued on Page 8

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Demand for programs providing foods grows Continued from Page 7 A pass system acted to prevent easy access, and Status Indians couldn’t vote until 1960 unless they gave up treaty rights and Indian status.

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Nicole Combres, executive director of the Battlefords Boys and Girls Club, said she isn’t surprised by the comparatively elevated child poverty level in the federal riding, as indicated by to the demand for food at the Boys and Girls Club. The Boys and Girls Club is a nonprofit that’s been in the community for more than 40 years. The organization provides programming to children and youth aged five to 14, in the form of activities af-

ter school and during evenings and weekends. “We help families of our community meet the basic needs of their children and youth that maybe they aren’t able to do due to their personal circumstances,� Combres said. The Boys and Girls Club also provides nutrition to area youth. “What we see from the club’s perspective is there are a large number of children and youth that we feed meals and snacks to who are asking to take home food, that say that they’re hungry, [who] make comments that there are family members in the home who are also hungry and that they need food,� Combres said.

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The organization recently started a program called Project Backpack, which aims to address food security issues by providing food to youth over weekends. Some area schools have lunch or breakfast programs, and Combres said the goal of the program is to provide when those meals aren’t available. While providing nutrition to participants is a common goal of most Boys and Girls clubs, often in the form of after-school snacks, Combres said the North Battleford location is “kind of an exception, not the rule� regarding the amount of meals served. In Combres’ three years as executive direc-

tor, the amount of meals and snacks the Boys and Girls Club provides has increased. In 2015, 16,256 meals and snacks were provided, the next year numbers rose to 17,146, and to 18,125 in 2017. Former executive director of the Empty Stocking Fund and the Battlefords and District Food and Resource Centre Bill Hall told the News-Optimist in June that use of the food bank increased during the time he was involved with the organizations. Food for the Boys and Girls Club comes from a number of sources in the area, including the food bank and a number of restaurants. Innovation Credit

Union sponsors a homecooked meal one night a week. Combres said she thinks part of the rising demand for food has been the effects of the economy in this region, incomes not keeping up with rises in costs of living, job loss and an increased difficulty for some to find jobs. While demand for food at the Boys and Girls Club has increased, revenues have decreased. Combres said the Boys and Girls Club doesn’t receive core guaranteed funding and receives much of its funding from grants, donations and fundraising. Funding has been denied from some benefactors “because they now

have to spread their dollars to more people,� Combres said, and people aren’t able to donate as much money. Meanwhile, expenses have increased, Combres said, due to a number of factors including water bills, property tax, groceries expenses and the need for staff as Boys and Girls Club participants have increased. For Combres, possible solutions to reducing poverty in the area include helping people find employment and retain employment. The Boys and Girls Club has two major fundraisers per year, including an annual gala event in November.

Broncos bus crash investigation leads to arrest By Josh Greschner Staff Reporter

Three months after the Humboldt Broncos team bus crash, RCMP have laid charges. At a press conference Friday, RCMP representatives said Jaskirat Sidhu, 29, is charged with 16 counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death and 13 counts of dangerous op-

eration of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm. The bus crash took place on April 6 at an intersection of Highway 35 and Highway 335 between Tisdale and Nipawin. Sidhu, who according to RCMP is from Calgary, Alta., was arrested Friday morning without incident. Sidhu was remanded to custody. Sidhu’s first court appearance was in Melfort Provincial Court Tuesday.

“It was difficult for many to await the outcome of the investigation,� Assistant Commissioner Curtis Zablocki said, adding the time taken was necessary for police. Superintendent Derek Williams, officer in charge of F Division Major Crimes Unit, said a number of aspects of the collision were under investigation, and the time between the crash and the charges was due to


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amount of traffic that at the time is or might reasonably be expected to be at that place.� The maximum sentence for dangerous operation causing bodily harm is 10 years, while the maximum sentence for causing death is 14 years. Williams said a core team of 20 investigators was supplemented by 100 other investigators. A collision reenactment

took place in April, and RCMP conducted more than 60 interviews, took more than 6,000 photographs and analyzed all available documentation, including the driver log book, Williams said. RCMP also considered, Williams said, point of impact, position of the vehicles, impairment, road and weather conditions and witness evidence. Continued on Page 9



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Working from morning ‘til night Running a small-town Saskatchewan hotel back in the early 1900s was hard work. The hotel staff usually consisted of at least two chambermaids and a cook who worked from morning until night, cleaning the guest rooms, doing the laundry, and washing dishes. Chambermaid Maria’s work day at the Herbert Hotel started at 6 a.m. and ended at 9 p.m. for which she was paid $10 per month, plus room and board. The porter at the Griffin Hotel not only assisted hotel guests with their luggage, he also washed dishes, milked the two cows that supplied the milk for the hotel and did all the odd jobs. Children of hotel owners had to share in the

Railway and Main By Joan Champ work. Leo Buehler, whose parents owned the hotel in Fairlight south of Moosomin, recalls that during the 1920s, the kids were expected to help with the housekeeping. “At noon, you had to take your turn at washing the dishes before going back to school,” he recalled. “My sister, Irma, served as a waitress in the dining room when she was barely taller than the table tops.” Henry, son of the owner of the Herbert

Hotel, had to carry wood and water to the hotel when needed, and carry out ashes. On Mondays, he always had to skip school to turn the handle on the washing machine. Henry earned an extra dollar teaching the Chinese cook how to speak English.” The Ferrie family ran the hotel at Invermay for 28 years. In the 1950s, the four Ferrie boys worked shifts hauling great loads of wood to keep the hotel’s

Criminal code charges Continued from Page 8 RCMP officials met with families Friday morning in Saskatoon, Edmonton and via video stream, Williams said, to inform family members of the investigation’s outcome. Williams took questions from reporters. One reporter asked for the difference between the offences of “driving without due care and attention” and “dangerous

operation of a motor vehicle.” The former is “a traffic offence,” Williams said (which is found in provincial legislation), while the latter is a violation of the criminal code. One reporter asked what someone must do to warrant such charges, as opposed to comparably less severe traffic violations. “The circumstances of just driving through [a

stop sign] are different,” Williams said. “The circumstances of the evidence in the investigation and our consultation with [the Crown] that led us to laying criminal charges in this case.” Williams didn’t elaborate on the circumstances, and didn’t answer a number of questions from reporters, saying the case is “before the courts.”

Owners and staff members at the Savoy Hotel in Marshall circa 1910. Photo courtesy University of Alberta, Peel Prairie Postcard collection

furnace running 24 hours a day during the winter months. As Ben Ferrie recalls in the Invermay local history book: “It was the boys’ job to fire the wood-burning furnace. This meant rising about three a.m. and again at six to stoke the furnace …. We were responsible for bringing in blocks of ice and snow to melt for the daily wash. We hauled our drinking water from the town well. A familiar sight around town was our Scotch collie, Don, pulling the sleigh loaded with cans of water.”

Packing ice in the winter was quite an experience. It was necessary to put up about 30 tons of ice to provide year-round cold storage for the hotel kitchen. Hotel owners would often hire a farmer to cut the ice from a nearby river or lake and haul it in with teams and a sleigh, which would take several days. Wash days – usually Mondays – were an ordeal, especially in winter. Washing bedding and clothes was often a twoday proposition. Water had to be hauled and then heated in tubs the night

before. Start-up time was set for 5 or 6 a.m. and the laundry process quite often ran into the afternoon. The next day, one of the maids would run the clothes and sheets through a mangle, a machine used to wring water out of wet laundry. Most small-town Saskatchewan hotels did not get running water until the 1940s or 1950s, so water had to be hauled from a well in the summer. In the winter, hotels used melted ice and snow, or water that had been collected in rain barrels during the previous summer.

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Radisson jam session Sunday By Lorraine Olinyk Correspondent

Radisson Seniors’ Club hosted more than 70 from Borden, Maymont and Radisson for supper and a program July 5 at the Goodrich Centre in Radisson. Door prizes were given to Mary Scott, Wendy Sherlock and Mary Carpentier from Maymont and Mary Thiessen and Heather Silcox from Borden. The 50/50 of $90.50 was won by Gary Whitt of Radisson. Gerald Wiebe played guitar and sang many tunes, some of which he had written.Tina Hessell related a few humorous stories. The Maymont and Borden club presidents thanked Radisson for a great meal and


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enjoyable entertainment. Upcoming is a jam session Sunday, July 15. It will be an afternoon of good time music starting at noon with food available all day, at the home of Phyliss Blakeney at the west end of Radisson on Railroad Avenue. There is no cost, but those attending should bring lawn chairs. Members of Crown Hill 4-H Beef Club are busy showing their animals this week at the Saskatoon Junior Ag Showcase. In the Sheep classes Zayne Let-

Rachel Sutherland with champion other breeds yearling heifer at the Saskatoon Junior Ag Showcase with her brother Duncan holding her prize.

Justin Yasieniuk with reserve champion Angus heifer at the Saskatoon Junior Ag Showcase.


keman had the champion female and Caybri Letkeman had the reserve market lamb, which were sold by auction July 9 prior to the finished beef sale. Ribbons were awarded in the Showcase of Arts: scrapbooking - Caybri Letkeman first in Cloverbuds, Hannah Remus first and fourth in intermediates and third in sewing; crafts - Abigail Roth first, Hunter Reid third and Taylor Reid fifth; art work - Zayne Letkeman second and Hannah second; woodworking - Taylor Reid second and Hannah third; welding Hannah first; photography - Abigail Roth first in other and people and a second in nature, Hannah fourth for people and Hunter Reid first in nature. In team grooming the junior team of Taylor Reid, Keardyn Cairns and a Saskatoon member placed fourth. In judging, junior Shalaya Umperville Bear was sixth, in intermediates Courtney Yasieniuk was sixth and in seniors Ariana Verbonac was fourth, Rachel Sutherland sixth and Kolten Yasieniuk 10th. In the Angus yearling heifer class 1.11, Justin Yasieniuk was second and reserve champion, Abigail Roth was fourth and Cheyanne Roth was seventh. In Angus 1.12, Jamie Attrux was eighth. In club calf class, Cole Reid was second and reserve champion and Hunter Reid was sixth. In other breeds, Rachel Sutherland was first and champion, Anna Verbonac was sixth and Boden Letkeman ninth. In Class 1 of Red Angus, Cody Shumanski was fifth and in Class 2 Red Angus, Hannah Remus was seventh. In Simmentals, Kolten Yasieniuk was second, Tyler Yasieniuk third and Jes-

Graham Sargent speaking to some of those joining in the Borden Museum Historic Walking tour Sunday. Photos by Lorraine Olinyk

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Funnel clouds encore to welcome rainfall By Sherri Solomko



Funnel clouds were spotted around Unity July 3 and 4. Although the promised rains in the forecast haven’t been as heavy as folks were hoping for, it was nice to get moisture. The community was saddened to learn of JP Boser’s passing. JP is a member of the Unity sports hall of fame with multiple golf successes into his 90s. He loved family time, watching curling and keep-

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ing the most immaculate yard on 7th Avenue West. He was a longtime Legion member and also shared his musical talents. His infectious smile and kindness will be fondly remembered and sadly missed The ball diamonds won’t be quiet for long as Unity will play host to ma-

Prairie auction tradition upheld By Corrina Murdoch Correspondent

After an exciting Canada Day celebration, Medstead ebbed back into summer routine. Gardens are flourishing and the village is seeing enough moisture to keep a fire ban at bay. Of course, summer excitement has not slowed to a halt. The fundraiser for new playground equipment continues to go strong as donations roll in to MADRA and the village office to make the venture happen. In other news, the village hall hosted an auction July 7 through Boechler Schira Auction. The items were brought forth by the Desmarais family, with a note that they have relocated and are looking to downsize. From appliances to antiques, the hall was filled with items and eager auction goers purchased, at a reasonable cost, items that would otherwise not be accessible. Due to the layout of primarily rural areas, it makes the traditional yard sale more difficult with the lack of foot traffic. So, auctions are held, bringing people together for a group event. Owned by Kelly Schneider and Fred Walter, the auction company has strong ties to the Medstead area. While the auction

company has been around for many years, the tradition of auctions themselves has roots in distant history of more than 2,500 years. Ancient Greece began the tradition of auctions when women were auctioned as wives. Since that time, the practice has taken on many other formats. Carrying the auction tradition through ups and downs and economic hardship worldwide, these events have become a strong tradition across the globe. The Saskatchewan Auctioneers Association was founded in 1976 due to the need for auctioneers to have input on legislative matters concerning auctions. With an initial board and membership in 1975 of 58 members, the association has seen enrolment as high as 220, though officially notes that “membership has levelled off at 170 to180 members per year.” The auction of July 7 was a successful endeavour, bringing together folk from many communities to support the locals relocating and purchase many items otherwise difficult to access.


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jor events the next three weekends in a row. The Unity mosquito and bantam baseball provincial events take place July 20 to 22. Midget baseball plays host July 27 to 29 and the U19 Girls’ Softball Western Canadians will be held August long weekend. Committees will still happily accept volunteers for these events and you can contact the town office to connect you with the right people. Chase the Ace has gone another week without this elusive black card being found which means the jackpot has grown again. Come on out to the Legion Hall each Wednesday for food, drinks and your chance to win some money or find the ace. Garden produce has become more regular at the weekly farmers market at Adanac Hall, much to the happiness of those who don’t or aren’t able to grow gardens. The new Kin Club has already made their pres-

Around 6:30 p.m. July 3, residents began to notice this funnel cloud developing in the south sky. Photo by Sherri Solomko

ence known by helping to erect new equipment at the Kinsmen Park bordering Centennial Crescent and Jubilee Bay. They have contributed many hours to the removal and installation of new equipment.. Coffee row folks know the months of June to August offer much delight,

activity and summer fun, while also understanding how quickly summer passes by. Those who are around in the summer happily review activity that has taken place in the community while anxiously anticipating events still to come. They also love to talk about their summer travels and

summer visitors. Local ball teams and the Riders are the hot sports topic and rest assured the odd golf game is mulled over. So you can see life is full of fun and activity in Unity with our friends at coffee row sharing this traditional part of our community culture. Until next time …

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NW football all-stars play in Can Am Bowl By Helena Long

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Shellbrook’s Nathan Anderson and Hafford’s Lane Dubyk and Wyatt Radics were chosen to play for Canada in the 22nd annual CanAm Bowl, played in Kerrobert July 7. The CanAm Bowl is an annual six-man football game played between graduating Grade 12 allstar players from the United States and Canada. The game is hosted by Saskatchewan high schools each year, and this was Kerrobert’s second year to host, also hosting in 2017. Hafford was the hosting school in 2016. Although the U.S. team won the game 68-30, the Canadian athletes will all remember representing their country in Team Canada uniforms, as well as the friendships they forged with their American counterparts during a week of pre-game activities. In the game itself, Team Canada suffered intercepted passes and quarterback sacks along with as a dominant American offence throughout much of the game. Early in the game, Canada was only trailing 14-8 but were behind 22-8 by the end of the first quarter. Although they found the end zone once in the second quarter, the U.S. defence blocked their con-

vert attempt. At half-time, the Americans led 46-14 and 60-14 by the end of the third. The Canadians were able to give the hometown crowd something to cheer about in the final 15 minutes, holding the U.S. to one touchdown and putting up 16 points of their own in the fourth quarter, to end the game with the 68-30 score. Former Hafford Viking Dubyk had a lot of playing time on offence in the game, including a number of carries. The game will undoubtedly become a highlight of his football career, along with being named Viking MVP and team captain in both 2016 and ’17. He was also selected by Football Saskatchewan for the Senior Bowl. Defensive player Anderson also saw action in the CanAm Bowl. He holds the W.P. Sandin School record for most tackles in a game – 21 – and led the high school team in interceptions in both Grades 11 and 12. He was named Best Defensive Back at Husky Summer Camp and played in the North Saskatchewan Bowl. Radics played four years of six-man football with the Hafford Vikings. He was named Rookie of the Year in 2014, won Most Improved Player and Fighting Heart awards in

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2016 and the Most Dedicated Award in 2017. He did not play in the Bowl game. Others playing for Canada came from Kerrobert, Dodsland, Hanley, Raymore, Rosetown, Plenty, Ituna, Caronport and from Alberta. U.S. players hailed primarily from Montana but also Wyoming and Nebraska. For those interested in seeing the game, camera crews were present and it

will be available on SaskTel Max on demand. Living Sky School Division’s Ryan Kobelsky also live streamed the game. The CanAm Bowl began in July of 1997 when an American all-star team made the trip to Canada to play a Saskatchewan all-star team in Porcupine Plain. The United States won that inaugural game 40-22 and has now won 18 of the 22 total games played.

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Head coach Ryan Marsden and the Olds College Broncos men’s volleyball coaching staff have been busy recruiting a strong freshmen class of seven athletes from across the world to complement the eight returning studentathletes. A trio of student-athletes from Saskatchewan is among the players recruited. The three volleyball players, Thundersky Walkingbear, River Thomas and Tyler Donnally, are close friends who say they are honoured to come out of their communities and want to represent their community and make them proud. Thundersky Walkingbear of Thunderchild First Nation is a hitter who plays right side and left side. He is 6’ 3”. He attended high school at Mount Royal Collegiate in Saskatoon and his most recent club is the 18 U Huskies Volleyball Club. Walkingbear will study business management,

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sports management. He has been named Sask Volleyball 2017 Beach Male Athlete of the Year Youth, and has earned 18U provincials gold, North American Indigenous Games 19U gold and Sask Cup 1 and 2 gold. “Thundersky is a huge recruit for our program. He has a massive vertical and hits the ball extremely high,” says Marsden. “He never seems to crack under pressure and is such a good team player. His positive attitude was evident every time that I watched him perform. His immediate impact to the program will make us competitive.” River Thomas, at 6’5”, is well suited for the middle position on a volleyball court. Thomas is from North Battleford and attended John Paul II Collegiate. He will be in an open studies program at Olds College. Thomas is a corporal with the Combat Engineers within the Canadian Military and serves in the reserves with 38 CER in Saskatoon. “I’m excited to take my skills to the next level, maximize my potential and work alongside a prestigious coach and be playing with my best friends,” Thomas says.

Marsden admires Thomas’s size. “He is tall, but also very physical. His maturity will be a welcome addition to our program. We expect River to make an immediate difference within our team. His calm demeanor on the court will help those around him.” Tyler Donnally is a 6’ outside hitter from Lloydminster who attended Eagleview Composite High School. His most recent team is the Rustlers Volleyball Club. He will study sports management at Olds College “I’m excited to be a Bronco because this is where some of my role models growing up had played,” Donnally says. “Me and a few of my really good friends from back home will be starting our college volleyball together. The coaching staff is amazing, as well as the beautiful town of Olds is a reason I’m excited to a part of this program.” “Tyler jumps well. His passing and defence are his biggest strengths,” says Marsden. “His ability to pass a large portion of the court will be helpful for the Broncos. He is a great team player, but expects hard work from both himself and those around him.”

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Battleford golfer Colby Friedrich has stayed close to the leaders this week at the 92nd Saskatchewan Junior Men’s Championships at Moon Lake Golf and Country Club. In round one Friedrich birdied holes 4, 7 and 15, but had double-bogeyed the first hole as he ultimately scored a four-over 76. He followed that with a one-over 73 in the second round for a two-round total of 149, plus 5. Through two rounds Friedrich was in fifth place in the 42-player field. He was five shots behind Josh Nagy of Saskatoon who was at even par through two rounds. Bradley Moser of Saskatoon, Braden O’Grady of Edmonton and Connor Scissons of Saskatoon were close behind at plus 3, plus 4 and plus 4. The third and final round was scheduled to go Wednesday.


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Playoff matchups set in NSRBL By John Cairns Staff Reporter

It was a hectic last few games to wrap up the regular season in the North Saskatchewan River Baseball League this past week. Wednesday night saw the North Battleford Beavers defeat the Unity Cardinals 3-2. A run in the sixth inning put North Battleford ahead to stay. Kyle Palmer pitched seven innings and had two RBIs and four strikeouts in the win. Other games from Wednesday saw Wilkie beat the Battlefords Trappers 10-6, Macklin beat the Lloydminster Twins 6-5 and Meadow Lake crush Edam 9-0. Thursday action saw the Beavers lose 11-10 on the road to Macklin, Standard Hill won 11-1 at home over Border City, Mervin beat Edam 9-4 and the Trappers wrapped up their

regular season with a 5-4 loss to Unity on the road. Friday night was the last game of the regular season for the Beavers, who hosted Wilkie. The game was a close one throughout and needed extra innings to decide the contest. A five-run explosion in the top of the ninth inning put the Brewers ahead to stay. The Beavers did load up the bases in the bottom of the ninth inning to make things interesting. A twoout base hit brought home two runs, but a throw to third forced the third out to end the game. The final score was 8-5 Wilkie. Gavin Wourms went the full nine innings to get the win for the Brewers. The loss dropped the Beavers to 9-5 and into a tie with the Border City Blue Jays and Meadow Lake Sox in the final standings, three games behind first-place Lloydmin-

ster Twins who finished the season 12-2. The final games of the regular season were concluded on Monday night, with the Unity Cardinals beating Wilkie 6-4. The win also pulled Unity into a four-way tie with a record of 9-5. The other game saw Mervin beat St. Walburg 8 to 4. The results mean the playoff matchups are now set in the league. The 12-2 Twins will take on the 6-8 St. Walburg Reds in one first-round matchup. The others see the 9-5 Blue Jays play 7-7 Standard Hill, the 9-5 Meadow Lake Sox versus 8-6 Wilkie and North Battleford will take on Unity, both teams at 9-5. Playoff action was scheduled to begin with Wilkie in Meadow Lake Wednesday. They were due to play again Thursday night in Wilkie.

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Despite some threatening skies the game between the North Battleford Beavers and Wilkie Brewers went ahead Friday at Beaver Lions Stadium. Gavin Wourms went the full nine innings pitching for Wilkie, who scored five runs in extra innings to pull out an 8-5 win. Photo by John Cairns

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Sask. Baseball Hall of Fame

The late Harvey Johnson of Regina will be inducted into the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame, Individual Category, as a Player/Builder, on Saturday, Aug. 18 in Battleford, for his contribution to Saskatchewan baseball history. Johnson was born in Churchbridge. In 1952, he moved to Regina with his mother, who wanted him to achieve a good education as well as being able to compete in higher calibre baseball. He attended Balfour Collegiate for high school, where he adopted as his mentor Gordon Currie, his teacher who later was his coach with the Regina Red Sox. Currie taught his charges to be winners. Continued on Page 15

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Arnold Lund coached the Lampman A’s to several provincial titles in the late 1980s and early ‘90s. Photo submitted


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Arnold Lund of Lloydminster, Alta. will be inducted into the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame, Individual Category, as a Builder, Saturday, Aug. 18 in Battleford. Lund was born in Elkhorn, Man. Dec. 29, 1945, where he played minor baseball and was a member of the senior team when they won the provincial title. Employed with Imperial Oil, he moved to Estevan and while there, coached minor baseball. In 1974, Lund moved to Lampman, where he start-

ed coaching midget ball. As these players graduated from high school and discovered there was no room on the roster of the senior team, they asked Arnold to start a second senior team in Lampman. Lampman A’s baseball emerged. For the first few years for the Lampman A’s tournament and league games, resulted in early exits with few wins, however, under the guidance of Lund, the team improved each year, winning the Saskota Baseball League Championship. This team entered the provincial playoffs for the first time in 1986. The A’s were provin-

cial senior D champions in 1986, ’87, ’88, ’92 and ’93 and provincial C champions in ’94. Lund coached this team until 1996, when his work took him to live in Lloydminster. There he was immediately recruited to coach the senior team. From 1997 to 2007 he guided the Lloydminster Twins to two provincial finals. Lund was president of the Saskota Baseball League for seven years, attending meetings and promoting baseball in Southeast Saskatchewan. While in Lampman, Lund spearheaded the construction of a second baseball diamond. Upon completion of this field, Lund successfully turned his efforts into making the local sports day into a two-day event, with 16 teams. He was instrumental in getting the support of the local Lions Club to offer a larger cash prize, resulting in baseball teams from Manitoba and North Dakota competing. Lund and his wife, Bernadette, spend their summers at the lake north of Lloydminster, and the winters in Phoenix, Ariz., playing golf, socializing and watching major league teams go through spring training.


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Hall of Fame: Harvey Johnson Continued from Page 14 Johnson’s baseball talents surfaced at an early age. He joined the Regina Junior Cardinals for the 1953-54 seasons, playing third base. The Junior Cardinals were champions each year Johnson was a team member. Si xt e en-yea r- old Johnson was featured in the Regina Leader Post sports section when he was invited to play with the Regina Capitals at the prestigious Indian Head baseball tournament that featured teams from Canada and the United States. First prize was $1,000. Johnson performed well, playing short stop and as a switch hitter, and contributed heavily with the bat. After the demise of the Regina Capitals in 1956, Johnson rejoined the Regina Junior Cardinals until 1958 when he joined the Regina Red Sox. The Red Sox had been playing out of Southey, but in 1959 played out of Taylor Field,

then later at Currie Field. Johnson had caught the eye of an American college coach and was granted a scholarship to Coalinga Junior College in California. While there, playing third base, Coalinga became state champions. Johnson believed he was the first Saskatchewan-born baseball player to be awarded a scholarship to an American college. After two years with Coalinga, Johnson spent the last two years at San Jose State University, again playing third base during a 16-game schedule. Graduating with a journalism degree, Johnson returned to Regina instead of a pursuing a pro baseball career. He rejoined the Regina Red Sox in 1964 through to the end of the 1969 season when he retired. The Regina Red Sox captured the Southern League championship in 1964 and ‘69, and were runnersup in 1965, ‘66, ‘67 and ‘68. Legend has it Johnson

was born with a baseball in each hand. He was an exceptionally skilled, competitive player, having fun and enjoying playing the game. He was a great teammate and winning was paramount for him. According to Al Herback, a former team member, Johnson had immense baseball talent and a cannon for an arm, scooping the ball at third, firing it to him at first with a flip of the wrist in a straight line about three to four feet off the ground with great accuracy. After retirement Johnson continued to give to the game and to the Red Sox, serving on the executive of the Red Sox organization and the South Saskatchewan Baseball League. He served as the public relations person for Ranch Ehrlo for a time. He also spent years in both print and radio media and was the official voice of the Roughriders. Johnson died May 7, 2018.

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There’s a song that goes, “Oh what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day!” and these perfect summer days in this wonderful part of the world just make you glad to be alive. To be up in an airplane to see the fields in all their colourful glory, at this time, would be a wonder. It is indeed breathtaking to witness the crops as they come along so rapidly. The canola is blooming, the grain crops are in shot blade or even headed out and all look promising. There are a few fields with pulse crops that I cannot identify, except for the pea crops, and they aren’t in bloom yet. If you live in the city do take time for a drive into the countryside, even a short drive will be most rewarding. The bright and noisy storm that went through this area Friday, July 6, late evening, was something to see, as reported by folks out driving at the time. We saw flashes and heard lots of thunder, but were not out where we could see the action. Many claim it’s the biggest lightning storm they have ever seen. One fellow described the lightning, as they watched from shore, as making a big “V” and creating a

rainbow when it struck the water more than once. We wonder if it killed any fish. The wind here was not too bad, but at Edam they lost many of the big old trees with the strong winds. There were branches and limbs laying everywhere, but we didn’t hear of any roofs being caved in or vehicles damaged. Trees did fall across the power lines and many were without power for quite some time. I expect it was the tail end of the storm that took its fury out on Emma Lake Campground. There, trees fell on campers and vehicles and there were several cases where people were trapped inside a camper and couldn’t get out until help came. New buoys have been placed in the Sparrow area of the lake to keep the boats out of the swimming area and make it safer for children. The Cottage, Skin and Nail Care sign is up at a new salon in downtown Meota, and Meg is planning to open in the near future. Two new businesses this summer and new pavement is really great for

the village. A reader from Denholm has identified Eurasian collared doves in this area, not Turtle doves. They were introduced to Florida in the 1980s and have spread across America and Canada. These are included in the newer bird books. There are about a dozen that stay in Denholm through the winter though they are a warmer climate bird, originally, but have become residents now. I hear the farmers are not that fond of them around their grain piles and some people don’t like the cooing that is constant. Contract bridge was played in the Do Drop In July 2 with top score going to Jette Da Silva. Second was Lucille Gregoire. Duplicate bridge at the same center July 3 found top score going to Vern Iverson and Eric Callbeck. Next were Cletus Scherman and Catriona Winterholt and third were Jette and Terence Da Silva. Hope a report of the tournament held in town this past weekend, finds its way to the paper. Steven Munn and his family travelled from Georgia to the Battlefords where they attended the 50th anniversary of his parents, Joyce and Rod Munn, in North Battleford July 7. He also visited his grandmother, Helen Munn,

A lovely birthday party was held in the seniors’ hall in Edam July 7, honouring Marion Ottas. The evening was spent dancing to the live music of Ray Cox of North Battleford and Frank Hundt of Mervin along with much visiting among folks. A tasty lunch was enjoyed during a break the entertainers took and she opened her many cards. Her pretty carrot cake was cut and shared along with drinks. It was a very pleasant time for all present. Photo by Lorna Pearson

in Harwood Manor and took her out for lunch. Now on the endangered species list is the bumble bee. When did you last see one? Another clean-up took place at the Meota Cemetery recently and the whole grove of caraganas along the west side were trimmed down to about a foot tall. They had become so overgrown the roadway was affected. The spruce trees were also trimmed so the mowers could get around them better. The semi-monthly mowing

took place June 28 and the place looks lovely all summer this way. The Meota Catholic Church held their annual fundraiser garage and bake sale July 6 and again it was a successful venture. Hours of work put in by the many volunteers paid off, but it surely is a pile of work, for which we applaud them. The community hall was the scene of another Meewasinota Craft and Trade Sale with the room filled with quality displays July 7. The handcrafted or baked items always draw

my attention as so much work goes into them. It’s always good to see products that are new and different. Jennifer Fisher has retired from her job at the village office and will be replaced. We are still hoping the monthly community calendar can be issued. There have been no meeting reports online since March and we hope that will change also. Welcome home to Mary Shury after another surgery in hospital in Saskatoon for a broken hip. We wish her well in her recovery. Florence Bru is still having problems after her mishap as the amount of damage is unknown, as yet. Swimming lessons taking place at Meota Beach are the weeks of July 23 to 29, July 30 to Aug. 5 and Aug. 13 to 19. Cost is $50 per child. Levels 8, 9 and 10 are from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. , levels 5, 6 and 7 from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m., levels 3and 4 are noon to 12:45 p.m., level 2 from 1:45 to 2:15 p.m. and level 1 from 2:30 to 3 p.m. and 3 to 3:30 p.m.. For more information call Brittany at 306-4809592. I’m afraid the flowers planted in the little park didn’t get water when they needed it, but hoping they’ll revive now with two good rains.

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Doris Dillabough was born on September 9th, 1942 in Battleford, Sask. She married Gordon Dillabough in 1959. They made their home in the Battlefords, first on a farm in the Drummond Creek area, and then in the house they built in Battleford. Together they raised 4 daughters. Doris passed away, surrounded by family, at BUH on May 25th, 2018. Her Celebration of Life was held at Battleford United Church on May 31st. Left to remember Doris is her loving husband of 58 years, Gordon Dillabough; her daughters Marilyn (Tom) Tenetuik, Wanda Wolf, Kathy (Brian) Hirschfeld, and Dale (Rob) Young; 11 Grandchildren- Shane (Lindsey) Tenetuik, Kyle (Jonaya) Tenetuik, Cole (Alison Ingram) Tenetuik, Tanya (Landon) Hoffman, Randi (Kyle Walden) Wolf, Dustin (Christie) Wolf, Justine (Kyle) Dyck, Joshua (Hayleigh) Hirschfeld, Natasha Hirschfeld, Blake (Brittany Lacoursiere) Young, and Jared Young; 10 Great Grandchildren - Layla, Jenna and Arlee Tenetuik, Rhett, Kate and Kara Hoffman, Mason and MacKenzie Brackley, and Dawson and Alivia Dyck. Left to remember her are her brothers Bill and Lloyd Summerfelt, stepbrother Edward Kopp (Regina) and sisters in law, Violet, Rose and Joyce Kopp. Brother in law Allan Dillabough, Sister in laws Ida Dillabough, Valerie Sehn, Donna Smith and Bonnie Cook. Mourning her loss are numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Jack and Nettie Summerfelt, her stepmother Mary Summerfelt, and her siblings: Noreen Gavin, Lyle Summerfelt, Gordon Summerfelt, Howard Summerfelt, Raymond Kopp, Joseph Kopp, Bud Kopp and brother in law Ernest Gavin, and sister in law Marge Summerfelt. CARD OF THANKS We would like to thank all the friends and family who visited Doris while in hospital. She was blessed to have so many visitors to brighten her days and you gave her courage to battle the cancer. Thank you to Reverend Gayle Wensley for leading the Celebration of Life and to the United Church ladies for the lunch. Thank you to Dr. Moolah for Doris’ life care and to Dr. Campbell for her end of life care. Our deepest thank you to the staff of the Palliative Unit at BUH who took such tender care of her and made this journey easier for her. Thank you to those who sent flowers, cards and food to the family home. A special thank you to all those who donated to BUH Palliative Unit in lieu of flowers. Thank you to Doris’ grandchildren for the special memories of Grandma that were shared. Thank you to Matthew and Wayne Kopp for sharing the gift of your voices before the service, and to Brian Hirschfeld, Natasha Hirschfeld and Justine Dyck for your beautiful song. Thank you to Mason Brackley, Lindsey Tenetuik, Debbie Bruynooghe and Shelley Boutin-Gervais for your special contributions to the service. We also would like to extend special recognition to Trevor Watts and Derek Mann of Eternal Memories Funeral Service for their compassion and excellent attention to detail for the Service. __________________________________________________


OBITUARIES Fitzsimonds: On Saturday, July 7, 2018 Thelma Fitzsimonds of Lloydminster, formerly of North Battleford, passed away in the Lloydminster Hospital at the age of 89 years. Thelma will be forever loved and missed by her Children Lorna Hollington of Lloydminster, Janis (Laurent) Lavoie of Lone Rock, Ray (Patty) Fitzsimonds of Lone Rock, and Donna Matthiesen (Allan) of Lashburn; Grandchildren Sheila (Lance) Schooley of Lloydminster, Jerry (Daphne) Hollington of Marwayne, Rhonda (Crystal) Lavoie of Saskatoon, Christopher (Mindy) Lavoie of Lloydminster, Raylene (John) Reynolds of Lac La Biche, Rhymer Fitzsimonds of Lloydminster; Great-Grandchildren Kyle, Taya, Pierce, Brielle, Tyneal, Kypton, Juliana, Aime, Jocelyn, John and Sayra; Sister Irene Fleming of Edmonton; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family. She was predeceased by her Husband Loran Fitzsimonds; Son In-Law Tom Hollington, Parents Walter and Elsie Pilling; Infant Brother Albert; Sisters Annie Degenstein and Helen Schuck. A private family interment is being held followed with a Memorial Luncheon at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at the United Church Hall, Lloydminster. If so desired donations in memory of Thelma may be made to the Lloydminster Palliative Care Fund, Canadian Cancer Society or charity of choice. __________________________________________________ Arnold (A.J) Gantefoer died peacefully on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at River Heights Lodge in North Battleford, SK. He was born in Saskatoon, SK on July 27, 1920 and within a year his family moved to Bruno, SK where he received his elementary and part of his High School education. An employment opportunity brought him to North Battleford in 1942. He graduated as an RPN at the Saskatchewan Hospital in 1945. He is survived by his children; Mary Lynn Gantefoer (Edmonton, AB), Glen (Cheryl) Gantefoer (North Battleford, SK) and Susan (Vance) Lavalle (Leduc, AB) ; grandchildren Darby (Anita) Smith (North Battleford, SK), Joelle (Brad) Kuntz (Battleford, SK), Aaron Lavalle (Vancouver, BC), Adam Lavalle (Edmonton, AB), Jordan Lavalle (Edmonton, AB), Jessie (Jon Paul) Blenkie (Leduc, AB) and Sarah Lavalle (Leduc, AB); great-grandchildren Bentley Kuntz, Evie Blenkie, Isla Blenkie and numerous nieces and nephews. Arnold is predeceased by his wife Magdeline (Monnie); his infant daughter Cathy; his parents Frederick and Mary Gantefoer; his brothers Ernest and Roman; and his sister Agnes Hebert. Arnold worked as an RPN at the Saskatchewan Hospital for 36 years. He served as an Elected Trustee on the Catholic Board of Education for 31 years (25 years as Chairman of the Board). He spent countless volunteer hours in Notre Dame Parish, Knights of Columbus, Marian Press (Our Family Magazine, Battleford) and Home Care. Prayer service was held Thursday July 5, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. with Deacon Ghislain Bellevance presiding. Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday July 6, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. from the Notre Dame de Lourdes Parish with Most Reverend Albert Thèvenot, M.Afr. Bishop at Prince Albert and Reverend Father Greg Elder as celebrants. Interment took place at the City of North Battleford Cemetery. Memorial donations in memory of Mr. Arnold Gantefoer may be directed to the Light of Christ Catholic School- Enrichment Fund 9301 19th Ave North Battleford, SK S9A 3N5 . 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.




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MEMORIAL SERVICES Pauline Page Memorial graveside Service Saturday July 21 @ 11:00 am Mullingar Cemetery . Please bring your own lawn chair. Lunch to follow.

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OBITUARIES Nyholt: It is with great devastation that the family of Wayne Allan Nyholt announces his sudden tragic passing on June 19th,2018 in Edmonton Alberta. Wayne is survived by his wife Mildred Nyholt, as well as his children Darlene (Curtis) Wilson, Dawn (Joe) Herle and Joseph Nyholt. Wayne will be greatly missed by his grandchildren, Ceajay, Cypp, Cartyr and Cayden Wilson. Kaybree Herle, Hunter and Holden Nyholt. Wayne will be remembered by his siblings Lillian Nyholt, Alvin Nyholt, Idamarie (Bob) Zimmerman, Francis (Elaine) Nyholt, Marlene (Allen) Sanderson, as well as his numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and his friends. Wayne was pre-deceased by his mother Margaret Nyholt and his father Allan Nyholt. Wayne was very passionate about his family, grandchildren, farming, camping and fishing. He was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus. A Funeral Service will take place on June 23rd, 2018 at 11:00am at the St. Louis Parish Church officiating is Father Rene Realuyo. There will be a lunch to follow at the St. Louis Parish Hall. A burial will take place at a later date. __________________________________________________ Sister Mary Kate Corrigan sej (Mary Assumpta) Peacefully on Monday July 2, 2018 at Lion’s Gate Hospital, North Vancouver, BC, Canada, Sister Mary Kate Corrigan, aged 84 years passed away. Sister Mary Kate was born on July 30, 1933 to Katherine Reynolds and Daniel Corrigan in Knockadoon, Co. Westmeath, Ireland. She attended the primary grades in the National School, Carpenterstown and secondary school at St. Brigid’s, Convent of Mercy, Callan, Co. Kilkenny. She entered the Sisters of the Child Jesus in Le Puy, Haute Loire, France on September 23, 1951, took the Holy Habit on August 14, 1952 and was given the name Sister Mary Assumpta. She made First Vows on August 14, 1954. She came to Canada on August 16, 1955 with her good friend Sister Margaret Hickey. Both made Final Vows on August 14, 1959 at the Provincial House in North Vancouver, BC. Sister Mary Kate served as supervisor and teacher in Williams Lake, St. Paul’s, North Vancouver, Burns Lake and Chemainus and taught a further 26 years in North Battleford at St. John’s and Holy Family School. In 1998 she retired from teaching after which she spent one year at All Hallows College Dublin completing a Renewal for a Ministry Program. During her time in North Vancouver she served as a catechist and assisted with RCIA at St. Edmund’s Parish. She also served as Extraordinary Minister of Communion for many years. Although she is gone from us, she will forever remain in our memories. We, the Sisters of the Child Jesus recognize the tremendous contribution that Sister Mary Kate has made to the field of education, to community life and to parish ministry. Thank you Mary Kate. “Well done good and faithful servant”. Predeceased by her parents and brother, Patrick. Left to mourn her passing are The Sisters of the Child Jesus and many cousins and friends in Ireland, Canada and the USA. Prayers were held on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 7 pm and the Funeral Mass on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 10:30 am. Both services were celebrated at St. Edmund’s Church, North Vancouver, BC, Canada. Condolences may be left at

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In the Estate of DENNIS BRIAN DENEIKO, late of North Battleford, Saskatchewan, deceased. ALL CLAIMS against the above estate, duly verified by statutory declaration and with particulars and valuation of security held, if any, must be sent to the undersigned before the 27th day of July, 2018. Demmans Baldwin Friedman Frank Barristers & Solicitors 201, 1291 - 102nd Street North Battleford, Saskatchewan Solicitors for the Executor


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FUNERAL SERVICES ZULYNIK: It is with sadness the family of Patricia (Pat) Zulynik, beloved wife of Mervin Zulynik, resident of North Battleford, announce her passing Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at the Battlefords Union Hospital with family at her side. Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving for Pat’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 16, 2018 from Third Avenue United Church with Rev. Fred J. Tinio officiating. Interment will take place at the City Cemetery. Condolences can be sent to m a i l @ b a t t l e f o r d s f u n e r a l s e Arrangements have been entrusted to Battlefords Funeral Service (306-446-4200).

IN THE ESTATE OF LENA ALBERT, late of Sweetgrass First Nation, in the Province of Saskatchewan, deceased. ALL CLAIMS against the above estate, duly verified by statutory declaration and with particulars and valuation of security held, if any, must be sent to the undersigned before the 15th day of August, 2018. CeCe Baptiste 454 Costigan Road SASKATOON SK S7J 3P8 Executor





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INTENT: The proposed ZB amendment will stipulate what is considered a prohibited use; provide regulations for retaining walls; create a LD3 – Lakeshore Mixed Use District; and rezone Parcel S, Plan 102142235 into the proposed LD3 zoning district to accommodate a 172-lot subdivision and marina as shown below. AFFECTED LAND: The affected lands of these amendments are all lands lying within the jurisdiction of the RM of Meota No. 468. REASON: The reason for the ZB amendment is to provide the following: 1. Stipulate that if a land use is not specifically referenced as a permitted or discretionary use, it is considered prohibited within the bylaw. 2. Provide regulations regarding retaining walls, such as exemption from setback requirements. 3. Create a new zoning district titled: “LD3 – Lakeshore Mixed-Use District” and associated regulations to accommodate a proposed 172-lot for a marina, RV titled sites, and commercial properties. 4. Rezone Parcel S, Plan 102142235 within SE ¼ Section 18-47-17-W3M, to accommodate the proposed subdivision as shown.

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


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

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Public Notice of Discretionary Use Subdivision Public notice is hereby given that pursuant to section 55 of the Planning and Development Act, 2007 that the RM of Meota No. 468 has received an application for a discretionary use parcel subdivision. The application includes the creation of one (1) parcel for the intended use of singleparcel country residential development within the NW ¼ Section 18-47-16-W3M, represented by Parcel E, as shown. This is currently permitted as a discretionary use in the Agricultural District – Section 5.3.2 of Bylaw 02-2011 known as the Zoning Bylaw.

INTENT: The proposed ZB amendment will regulate the use of Recreational Vehicles (RV) for sleeping accommodations on Lakeshore Residential lots. AFFECTED LAND: The affected lands of these amendments are all lands lying within the jurisdiction of the RM of Meota No. 468, specifically lands zoned in the LR1 and LR2 – Lakeshore Residential Districts. REASON: The reason for the ZB amendment is to provide the following: 1) Allow for the placement of a RV for sleeping accommodations without a permit where there is an existing principal dwelling on site, but the RV shall not have any decks or other structural attachments. 2) Allow for the placement of a RV for sleeping accommodations during construction of a principal building. 3) Where clause (1) and (2) apply, stipulate a maximum of one (1) RV for sleeping accommodations per parcel. PUBLIC INSPECTION: Any person may inspect the bylaw at the RM of Meota No. 468 office between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. excluding statutory holidays. Copies are available at cost. PUBLIC HEARING: Council will hold a public hearing on August 11, 2018 from 10 AM to noon Do Drop In – Seniors Centre located at 365 Main St. W, Meota, SK, S0M 1X0 to hear any person or group that wants to comment on the proposed ZB amendment. Council will also consider written comments received by the undersigned by August 7, 2018. For additional information, please contact (306) 845-6702 or Issued at the Village of Meota this 06 day of July 2018. S. Yvonne Prusak, MCIP, RPP Development Officer RM of Meota No. 468

PUBLIC INSPECTION: Any person may inspect the bylaw at the RM of Meota No. 468 office between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. excluding statutory holidays. Copies are available at cost. PUBLIC HEARING: Council will hold a public hearing on August 11, 2018 from 1-3 PM Do Drop In – Seniors Centre located at 365 Main St. W, Meota, SK, S0M 1X0 to hear any person or group that wants to comment on the proposed ZB amendment. Council will also consider written comments received by the undersigned by August 7, 2018. For additional information, please contact (306) 845-6702 or yvonne@ Issued at the Village of Meota this 06 day of July 2018. S. Yvonne Prusak, MCIP, RPP Development Officer RM of Meota No. 468

Council will consider this application at the regular scheduled Council meeting on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 4:00 pm in the RM of Meota office. If you wish to comment on these proposals, please do so in writing prior to Monday, July 30, 2018 to Box 80, Meota, SK, S0M IX0. For additional information please visit or contact the Municipal Planner at (306) 845-6702 or at S. Yvonne Prusak, BASc, MA, MCIP, RPP Municipal Planner July 6, 2018

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Saturday, August 18th Glaslyn, SK

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Saturday, August 25th Leoville, SK

Estate of Lee Hoffman

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PROVINCE OF SASKATCHEWAN Notice is hereby given under The Tax Enforcement Act that unless the arrears and costs appearing opposite the land and title number described in the following list are fully paid before the August 24, 2018, an interest based on a tax lien will be registered against the land. NOTE: A sum for costs in an amount required by subsection 4(3) of The Tax Enforcement Act is included in the amount shown against each parcel.


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2nd Monday of the Month

Cancer Survivor Support Group - A self-help group for people with cancer, their families and friends meet at the Third Avenue United Church, 1301 - 102nd Street at 7:00 p.m. The strength of one is the strength of all. All are welcome. For further information call Myrna 306-445-2328 or Ken 306-481-4137.


North Battleford Table Tennis Club at the Living Faith Chapel gym, 1371- 103rd Street at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays only until beginning of September. Accompanied youth (13+) and adults. All skills levels are welcome and the facilities are accessible. Drop-ins welcome.

July and August

July 1st Frenchman Butte Heritage Center and Museum Summer Hours - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. Exhibit tours of our 8 display buildings with an experienced guide; lunch, snacks, and refreshments in our renown Log Cabin Teahouse; Minigolf, and playground! Only 45 minutes drive N.E. Lloydminster, right in Frenchman Butte. Full service R.V. campground on-site (reservations, 306-344-4478). check us out online at

Saturday, July 14

Family Justice Services Offers A Parenting After Separation and Divorce Program. These public information sessions are intended to help people who are considering or may be in the Separation/ Divorce process. Sessions will be offered in North Battleford from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Registration is mandatory. There is no fee for these sessions. To register call 1-877-964-5501. Location will be advised when you register.

Thursday - Sunday, July 19 - 22

Living Stone Featuring Randy & Evangeline Jackson in Concert. Thursday - Red Pheasant First Nation - Glen Keskotagen Memorial Hall at 6:00 p.m.. Friday Moosomin First Nation - Moosomin Band Hall at 6:00 p.m. Saturday - North Battleford - Territorial Drive Alliance Church at 7:00 p.m. Sunday - Sweetgrass First Nation Sweetgrass Band Hall at 6:00 p.m.

Friday, July 27

Living Faith Chapel - North Battleford Apostolic Church of Pentecost Special Meeting with Rev. Tunde Bolonta at Living Faith Chapel, 1371 - 103rd Street at 7:00 p.m. For more info phone 306-445-3009 or email 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.

Fostering Dignity, Responsibility & Self-Reliance In The Individuals We Serve

The Maidstone Group Home Society, Inc. is a Non-Profit, Community Based Organization that provides services to mentally and physically disabled adults by means of two residential homes and a day program.


EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Location: Maidstone, Saskatchewan Remuneration: Negotiable with experience and education Posted Date: June 26, 2018 Closing Date: July 31, 2018 Job Type: Full Time Monday - Friday Job Specifications: The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors. He/She directs all operations with respect to financial, administration, human resources and service activities, ensuring alignment with Maidstone Group Home Society’s mission and vision in compliance with established strategic direction, policy, legal and funding requirements. •Manages a $1.2 Million Assets plus a $ 1.0 annual budget •Plays a key role in funding and government relations. •Provides sector leadership through Maidstone Group Home operations, reflected in a solid reputation that supports partnership and special initiatives. •Provides recommendations and advice to the Board. For the incumbent an undergraduate degree would be an asset but an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. Knowledge and Experience in the ACCPAC accounting software program would be beneficial and experience with other similar Financial Software programs would also be an asset. A full job description is available by emailing or calling Beverly at 306-893-4126 by July 31, 2018. To apply, send your resumé and cover letter, to: Beverly Trahan, Maidstone Group Home Society Box 195 Maidstone, Saskatchewan, S0M 1M0 We thank all applicants in advance for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Battle River Treaty 6 Health Centre Inc.


is recruiting for the following position

Battlefords AAA Sharks invites interested individuals to apply for the MANAGER and TRAINER paid positions for

Environmental Health Officer - Infection Control Deadline: July 19, 2018

the Battlefords AAA Sharks Female Midget hockey team.

Please view the full job advertisement in its entirety in the careers section on our community website.

Please email your resumé to by July 30, 2018.

Tingley’s Harvest Center in North Battleford, SK is hiring FULL-TIME

Now Hiring Part-Time School Bus Drivers

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At First Student, our Bus Drivers are an integral part of the communities they serve. They are committed to safety, customer service and have genuine, caring attitudes for children. We are your friends, family 18072DF0 and neighbours! We are proud to offer:

Dave Amson, Battlefords AAA Sharks Director at 306-221-7228.

This position offers: • a competitive wage • full benefits package • training opportunities • a company RRSP program


Qualifications and Skills • 4th year apprentice or Journeyman Heavy Equipment Technician • Previous agriculture experience or background is an asset, but not required. Job Type: Full-time Apply: Please send resumés to:

Apply at, call 306-445-6660 or visit us at 71-5th Ave. W, Battleford. We are an equal opportunity employer that values a diverse workforce.

an interview will be contacted. For more information please contact

Previous agriculture experience or background would be an asset, but not required.

Tingley’s Harvest Center is a full line CLAAS dealership with locations in North Battleford, Lloydminster and Vegreville. They provide sales, service and parts for CLAAS along with JCB and other short line implements.

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Perfect cribbage score recorded By Dorothy Schwartz Correspondent

Above, Norma Sherman presents “Rhubarb Ruby” Margaret Siegel with the first place rolling pin. At right, Win, place and draw — Joanie, Margaret and Karen Kuffert were the pie baking finalists. Photos by Alan Laughlin

Annual museum church service draws 40 worshippers for its finishing touches. June 7, a small group of volunteers did a museum cleanup. Each month the Rabbit Lake Library draws for a treat of the month. In May the winner was Margaret Siegel. The June winner was Lorraine Scott. It is good to see Don Unger, George Clarkson and Alan Dietz feeling better and back to their old selves again. Congratulations to Hanna Dzialo Hansen on winning an academic award at Medstead School Award night. Great job, Hanna. Volunteer groups from the community have been busy keeping the cemeteries mowed and tidy. Where would small towns be without the cadre of volunteers? Special thanks to the co-ordinators of the work groups, Nancy Penley (Rabbit Lake Village/RM of Roundhill Cemetery), Kathy Aumack (Pleasantsite Cemetery) and George Hildebrand (Hoffnungsfelder Mennonite Church Cemetery). Sandwith Hall Board hosted its annual Father’s

Events mark Canada Day By Dorothy Schwartz Correspondent

MAIDSTONE – July 1 started with pouring rain until about 10 a.m., when it cleared up and they day morphed into a sunny one. The parade master was Bill Foster, who organized a lengthy parade led by RCMP Cst. Kelan Henderson in his red serge uniform. Christine Carlson judged the entries, with first place going to the Village of Waseca float. Second place went to SGI and third to Maidstone Red Hat Society. The convertible they were riding in broke down partway through the parade route and had to be towed to the

finish line by a tow truck, much to the amusement of the spectators. Honourable mention should go to the Lloydminster air cadet bagpipe band. Children along the route enjoyed picking up the candy thrown by the parade participants. Children on decorated bikes rounded out the entries. The opening ceremonies started with a welcome by Councillor Eleanor Pegg for the Town of Maidstone and Reeve Garry Taylor for the RM of Eldon. Judging the decorated bikes were Cst. Kelan Henderson and Cst. Ryan Fraser. First place went to Waylon Lott, second to Ev-

elyn Telenga and third to Lily Lott. On the lawn in front of the museum station, a variety of children’s games and face painting were available organized by Cathy Utri on behalf of the museum. The event was well attended with everyone winning a prize. The slow tractor race was organized by Richard Meynberg with 12 tractors entered. The first race was under two mph, with first place going to Al Schmitt of Edgerton, Alta. driving a Cockshut tractor. In second was William Cocker of Vermilion, Alta. driving a John Deere 630. In third was Dewey Taylor of Paynton driving a Cockshut 30. Continued on Page 27

among five people. Lunch was provided by Joan Smith and Sharon Lund. Bev Stewart’s family hosted her 80th birthday come and go tea at the centre June 23, with a huge crowd in attendance, including 14 relatives from High River, Alta. Bev has been a valued member of the seniors’ centre for many hears and has always stepped up and done her part in all events. Best wishes, Bev. Cribbage was played June 25 with high score going to Jean Hartman and low to Lois Myer. Lunch was provided by Dorothy Schwartz. Bingo was played June 17 with Jean Smith and Bev Stewart doing the calling. Lunch was provided by Verla Mitchell and Joan Smith. July 2, cribbage was played with high score going to Dorothy Schwartz and low to Lois Myer. July 4 card bingo was played with all players winning some money.


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So that was June — hot, dry, windy, more wind, rain and hail. Unlike Newfoundland, we did not have snow! June was a busy month in Rabbit Lake. Both on the land and in the village, people have been busy getting over spring and getting ready for summer. Meeting Lake Regional Park is now open at full capacity and hosted an eventful Canada Day in the Park. Although it would not quit raining, the day ended with the usual fireworks. The park was full of campers and the smell of campfires filled the air. June 10, the Rabbit Lake and District Museum Committee hosted the annual church service in the museum church, formerly Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church. About 40 people attended the service and enjoyed the special music provided by Glenn and Cathy Cherry. After the service a barbecue lunch was held at the Senior Sunrise Centre as it was too unpleasant outside to have the picnic at the museum. Since then the former Acton teacherage, which is now at the museum, has been painted and is ready

Miller came from Kamloops for the wedding. Congratulation go out to Aleah McNabb. Aleah has been playing softball for the last couple of years with the Prince Albert Aces 16 and under softball club. This year the girls won the Sherwood Park softball tournament for the second year. Aleah’s sister Sarah also plays but in the 14 and under division. It’s time to start thinking about Rabbit Lake Day, which will be happening Aug. 18. Get your bunnock teams lined up!

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Day brunch June 17. The food was great and there was lots of it. Those who attended had a good time visiting with friends and neighbours. June 20 was the fourth annual Rhubarb Fest sponsored by the Rabbit Lake Museum and the Rabbit Lake Senior Sunrise Circle. A few games were played and then about 50 people enjoyed a potluck supper followed by a rhubarb pie auction. Each year the winner of the rhubarb pie contest is named “Rhubarb Ruby” for the following year. This year the reigning “Rhubarb Ruby” is Margaret Siegel. Runnersup to Margaret were Karen Kuffert and Joanie from Spiritwood. Out of town guests came from Spiritwood and Radisson and even one international visitor from France. June 21, the Rabbit Lake Senior Sunrise Circle hosted Mykal Gumbell, a musician who performed gospel music. Before the concert a supper was provided by the Rabbit Lake Hall Board. June is the month for weddings and Rabbit Lake had theirs. Congratulations to Codey Miller and Shalynn Gatzke who were married on June 30 at Meeting Lake Regional Park. Codey is the son of Gerry and Cindy Miller. Brooks

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MAIDSTONE – Cribbage was played at the Maidstone Drop In Centre June 11 with high score going to Dorothy Schwartz, who had a perfect score for the five rounds played. Low was shared by Bev Stewart and Denise Newton. Bev Stewart supplied lunch. Bingo was played June 13 with Joan Smith doing the calling. Lunch was provided by Margaret MacEachern. The monthly meeting followed with Dorothy Schwartz chairing. There will be no meetings during July and August. The next meeting will be at 2 p.m. Sept. 12. Movie night was held at the centre June 15. The show was Paddington 2 with 23 in attendance. Popcorn and pop were available. The movies will start again in September. Watch for dates. Cribbage was played June 28 with high score going to Dorothy Harmel and low to Denise Newton, who also supplied lunch. Bingo was played June 24 with Joan Smith and Bev Stewart doing the calling. The loonie pot was divided

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Every weekend a long weekend for retirees “You retired people have a long weekend every week,” Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan told me yesterday. He was all geared up for celebrating the July 1 long weekend with his family in Edmonton. When Ed called, he and Ruby were driving to Edmonton. Ruby was driving and Ed was trying out Ruby’s new smartphone. He was feeling confident about her new phone, which he plans to borrow often rather than getting his own. I told Ed long weekends come and go and they are enjoyed best by those who have an extra day off work to relax and enjoy themselves. Retired folks do have every day

to relax and enjoy without paying jobs. Ed has the idea his future retirement will give him endless days of self-indulgence and joyful freedom. I have asked Ed, “How long do you think Ruby will put up with you lying on the couch drinking beer and smoking cigars? If you aren’t free to do either now, why will things change in retirement? Because you are no longer working does not mean the crooked can be made straight and what is lacking can be counted. With much free time comes much vexation knowing the limitations of your fixed income.” As pleasant as a long weekend may seem, few are remembered. The

same weather, excellent or bad, blesses or detracts from everyone’s day. Traffic backups and accidents happen to some travelling down the highway. Apart from God, who can find enjoyment with and without his work? Here in the Fraser Valley, the long weekend has many events and festivals for Canada Day with

crowds looking for entertainment and pleasure. In the Bible, Jesus attracted crowds because he could help people by healing the sick both in their body and soul. Jairus, a ruler of a synagogue, came to ask Jesus to heal his little daughter. As Jesus went with Jairus, to help his daughter, crowds followed and thronged

about Jesus. In the group, was a woman who had suffered a discharge of blood for 12 years. She had suffered much under many physicians and her condition was not better, but worse. She had spent all she had on doctors who could not help her. She was seeking help and healing. Seeing Jesus, she thought if she touched his garments, she would be healed. She got close behind Jesus and touched his garments and was healed. Jesus turned around and asked who had touched him for healing. The woman admitted it was she and told him her story. He told her to go in peace in her thankfulness and joy at being

healed. With Jesus, the crooked could be made straight and what was lacking could be counted. With Jesus work and leisure, long weekends, long workweeks and no work at all can all become times of joy. Here in Chilliwack, we have a vast fireworks display to honour Canada Day. It is spectacular, but brief. Holiday Mondays, when we have them, always seem too short and workweeks too long. Many believe retirement will be their freedom. Seek God all your days for work, holidays, pleasure and freedom are brief, like life. With God love and life endure forever.

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

(RC) St. Joseph Calasanctius Parish 1942 - 98th Street, North Battleford, SK S9A 0N4 306-446-1695

PASTOR: Fr. Anthony Afangide, M.S.P.

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

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

Battlefords Grace Community Church

1401 - 98th St., North Battleford, 306-445-5901

Summer Services on July 8 & 22 & August 12 & 26

Pastor: Bill Hall

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

SUNDAY 10:30 a.m.

WORSHIP SERVICES - 11 a.m. Sunday

Everyone Welcome

Everyone Welcome

Hope Mennonite Fellowship

Pastor Patrick Carty

Sunday Worship 10:30 am

1291 - 109th Street, North Battleford

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

Weekly programs to resume in the fall 1231 - 104th Street North Battleford “A Community of believers seeking Phone 306-445-7777 more of God’s presence”

Pastor Gerhard Luitjens & Abel & Sonya Zabaleta (Spanish Ministry)

Church Phone 306-445-4181

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

DIVINE LITURGY Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.

Pastor: Rev. Allen Huckabay

1372 102 St 306-445-3009 nd

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

TerriTorial Drive alliance church

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

Phone 306-937-7340 PASTOR - Fr. Roque S. Concepcion Saturday Evening Mass - 5:00 p.m. Sunday Mass - 10:30 a.m.

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

306-937-3177 Rev. Gayle Wensley


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

Everyone Welcome Email:


Living Water Ministry

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

1371 - 103rd Street (Use East Door)

Battlefords Seventh-Day Adventist Church

SUNDAY SERVICES Rev. Trevor Malyon

St. George’s Anglican Church - 10:00 a.m. 191 - 24th Street West, Battleford, SK

St. Paul’s Anglican Church - 11:00 a.m. 1302 - 99th Street North Battleford, SK

St. Jean Baptiste de la Salle Roman Catholic Church DELMAS - Fr. Roque S. Concepcion SUNDAY MASS - 9:00 a.m.

Box 10, Delmas, SK

S0M 0P0

Phone 306-937-7340

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

1702 - 106th Street, North Battleford

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

Pastor James Kwon

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

Phone 306-445-9096

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

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Events mark Canada Day

Anne Anne Van Nortwick, second from the right, has been recognized for 30 years of service with the Mayfair Housing Authority. Other dedicated members of the board are Alice Gregor, Ellyn Scott, Sally Salisbury and Heather Welsh. Photo submitted

Board member honoured for 30 years service Submitted MAYFAIR — Mayfair Housing Authority is acknowledging Anne Van Nortwick for her 30 years of service as vice-chairperson of the Mayfair board. Nortwick began her term on this committee on March 11, 1987 when Mayfair Evergreen Manor opened its doors. During those 30 years she rarely missed a meeting and has been a dedicated volunteer. She officially retired on April 30, 2017. On April

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25, 2018 she was presented with a clock by the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation. 2017 was also a milestone year for the other members of the Mayfair housing board. Alice Grigor has served as chairperson for 30 years, Ellyn Scotton has been the secretary for 20 years, Sally Salisbury spent 15 years as a director and Heather Welsh has served as a director for five years. The Mayfair Housing

Authority is a communitybased organization that provides daily management of a dwelling that has four units. For the last 15 years the board has worked with manager Judy Kennedy. In a release, the Mayfair Housing board expresses gratitude to all board members, past and present, for their years of service and to the managers who have worked with the board to meet the needs of the community.

Continued from Page 25 In the over two mph category, first place was won by Bill McLaren of Maidstone driving a John Deere 70. Richard Meynberge of Paynton driving a John Deere H was second and third place when to Troy Bohn of Paynton driving an International Harvester WH. The lawn and garden tractor event saw first place going to the Corker brothers from Vermilion, Alta. with a John Deere 112. In second place was Richard Meynberge of Paynton with a John Deere 110 and in third were the Corker brothers with a Minneapolis Molene. During the day, Christine Carlson and Sandra Sutherland conducted tours of the museum village buildings. The United Church ladies hosted a food booth and museum members also served food. The slo-pitch volunteers served lunch at the beer garden tent. Rodney Marfleet organized the eight teams that entered the horseshoe tournament. A side was won by Doug Sayers and Ben Bishop. B side was won by Herman Grey and Greg Amson. Thank you to all who participated in a new event called disc golf organized by Dave Speirs, with 20 participants during the

day. His son, Mathew, designed a course in Delfrari Park as part of his leadership class. This new sport is free everyday at the park. You can bring your own disc or rent one from AG Foods. One of the many attractions was the threshing demonstration of the Red River Special machine owned by Allen Hinde of Waseca. The machine was run by a 1530 McCormick Deering tractor operated and owned by Vince Gerlinsky. Wheat bundles were fed to the threshing machine by field pitchers George Bray of Maidstone and a gentleman from Davidson. Allen explained in detail the working of the machine. He also demonstrated his 10-foot McCormick Deering power binder driven by a small McCormick Deering WH operated and owned by Troy Bohn of Paynton. Straw threshed was used in the children’s straw scramble. Foot races and sack and three-legged races for different age groups were hosted after by Bill McGillvary and Jullie Maxwell. Stage entertainment followed featuring Garry Taylor and Vince Gerlinsky singing western music

and gospel songs. From 4 to 6 p.m., bingo, arranged by Dorothy Schwartz with assistance from Bev Stewart and Dorothy Harmel, attracted a good number of players. The slo-pitch participants hosted a two-day tournament Saturday and Sunday. Volunteers looked after the beer gardens and supplied barbecued food both days. The 20 teams that entered had players from North Battleford, Lloydminster, Lashburn, Waseca, Paynton, Cut Knife, Unity, Turtleford, St. Walburg, Paradise Hill and Maidstone, organized by Doug Sayers. The winning A side team were the D and B Chiefs of Onion Lake. In second place were Long Barrel Rifles from Little Pine. B side winners were Grant of Lloydminster and C side winners were Get in Get Out of Lloydminster. Families with their children camped overnight at Delfrari Park and took part in other events. This full-day event ended with entertaining fireworks at about 11 p.m. Cost was divided by the Town of Maidstone and the RM of Eldon. Thank you to all the other many volunteers not mentioned, who made this an enjoyable day for those attending. See you next year


OPEN HOUSE Dee Valley II SAGD Commercial Project Township 48 Range 23W3M Wednesday, August 1st, 2018 Royal Canadian Legion Branch 142 111 Main Street Maidstone, Saskatchewan 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM (CST) Husky Energy is planning to build a second Central Processing Facility (CPF) for its SAGD Project in the Dee Valley area named Dee Valley II. This project is located in the RM of Eldon No. 471, NE ¼ of Section 23-48-23W3M. Oil produced from the CPF will be tied into Husky’s sales oil network via pipeline. A pipeline will transport raw water to the CPF in the NE ¼ of Section 23-48-23W3M. This raw water is withdrawn from the North Saskatchewan River through a Direct Intake system located at SW 19-51-24 W3M. Representatives from Health, Safety, Environment, Facility Construction, Surface Land, Regulatory, Operations, Downstream and the Business Unit will be available to answer your questions and concerns. For more information, contact Jasmine Lee at (403) 464-4476, Wayne Nielsen at (306) 820-4430 or Mel Duvall at (403) 513-7602.

Open House Reford SAGD Project Section 6 Township 38 Range 19 W3M Wednesday, July 18, 2018 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Supper from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saskcan Community Centre 301-5th Street West Wilkie, Saskatchewan Broadview Energy Ltd. is planning to construct and operate a new SAGD central processing facility and well pads located in the RM of Redford. Raw water for the new facility will be pipelined from a water source located in section 12 township 38 range 18 W3M. Sales oil will be trucked to Unity, Saskatchewan. Broadview will have representatives knowledgeable about all aspects of the Reford SAGD Project available at the open house to answer any questions. Questions or inquiries? Phone toll free @


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