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Sask. firms team up to provide additional COVID-19 testing By Brian Zinchuk, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Nobel HSSE Management Ltd., based in Oxbow and Regina, and Saskatoon-based Quantum Genetix are teaming up to provide supplementary COVID-19 testing capacity within Saskatchewan. The fee-for-service testing is being aimed at companies who are looking toward testing for their workforce, people who are about to travel internationally and need a negative COVID-19 test, or members of the public who are asymptomatic and are seeking a quicker testing option than what is offered through the provincial health system, which prioritizes people with symptoms. Shirley Galloway, president and chief nursing officer of Nobel, said they will be offering the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing, which is the same “gold-standard” level of testing used by the Roy Romanow Provincial Laboratory. This particular ser-

vice is not offering the antigen quick test at this time. That test looks for antigens, and provides results very quickly, but can have a high false negative rate. That means negative tests on the antigen test must still be confirmed by a PCR test like the one they will be offering. “This is lab-based testing,” she said by phone from Oxbow. Even a small amount of the virus’ RNA can be detected. Quantum Genetix will be providing the lab testing and reporting, while Nobel will be doing the field collection, using qualified medical professionals in full personal protection garb to collect samples. These are the same swab-upthe-nose tests, known as nasopharyngeal swab collection, done by the health system. Galloway said they have testers for Saskatoon, Regina, Swift Current, Tisdale and southeast Saskatchewan, including Weyburn, Estevan and Oxbow for now, but they are looking for a few more. Quantum is an ag-

ricultural genetics company in operation since 2003 and has been doing PCR testing within that field for 15 years now, she noted. Galloway gave an example of a mining operation that had to shut down for four days, at great expense, after a few COVID-19 cases showed up. Their service will allow companies like that to quickly test their entire staff and get back up and running again. “They can arrange to have one of our testers come out and do testing on asymptomatic individuals at the workplace, to ensure that people who are coming into the workplace are COVIDfree. The results are available in 24 hours, but we can do a 12-hour rush, if they want, but of course, that costs more money,” she explained. Members of the public could either come to one of their locations for a test, or have a tester come to their house. An example would be if someone wanted to know if they were an asymptomatic carrier.

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Choose Life Ministry having a big impact By Deb Andrew Everyone has an opportunity to share their blessings in the Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser being held around the country, but this year one is close to home in Estevan. Shelley Boyes, founder of the successful Choose Life Ministry, which is based out of southeast Saskatchewan, reflected on how far they have come as she explained their new fundraising idea since COVID 19. Choose Life was developed from Boyes’ need for people she knew and loved to get help with many of the struggles in life. Drugs and alcohol, self-harm, eating disorders, abusive relationships – all of these things and more can actually start off as a seemingly harmless pleasure to be enjoyed that takes us into places we never thought we would be without a way to get out. “The original fundraising banquet in 2012 was a huge, elegant affair that was held to see if anyone would come alongside this need I had to help young women struggling in all areas of life who had nowhere to go,” Boyes explained. “Our first year the budget was $19,000 and we raised $12,000 at that banquet.” A board of directors guided and suggested new ideas to Boyes as she walked step by step in her dream to help others. “When I first started to take steps in this area, a lot of doors seemed to close and I let it go for a while, but when God wants something done the nudging just doesn’t go away,” Boyes mused. “As afraid as I was of

the hugeness of the project, I decided to say, ‘I will just do the next thing I need to do and see what happens.’ “I had a great board of directors that helped me see ways it could be done that were not in my plans, such as starting something independent of a large international organization, designing the program and starting it an old, beautiful stone home that had not been lived in for 25 years.” In an effort to get this amazing dream launched with a new building that could house 20 young women, Boyes and her board went out to look at the property where some noticed the old stone house standing there empty and neglected. Seeing the potential, her board encouraged her to investigate the structure and start sooner with fewer girls. Although in Boyes’ mind, that was impossible her board helped her to inspect, renovate and restore the building in which six young women moved into for the first time in 2018. When asked about the actual program and what the

young ladies ‘do’ while at the homestead, Boyes shared, “We introduce them to Jesus, the only One who can heal them.” Although that might mean a lot of things to a lot of people, Boyes shared the programs they have discovered and developed to walk through with the girls including a 12-step Christian program and an authentic living life plan for building their new future. Everything they do immerses the young women in God’s love and reinforces that love as they reveal their true identity, they renew their minds with truth, and they learn how to forgive and be free. “We know that if we can get to the root of the issues the symptoms will fall away. In the end, the symptoms are all just a way to escape or I guess, cover up or medicate the pain that they are going through.” Although they have had girls from all over the country stay at the homestead, seven young women have completed the entire six months and graduated from the program

to go on to live new, joyful, successful lives. “They keep in touch with us after they leave the homestead as they build other supports in their communities and it is wonderful to hear how well they are doing,” Boyes said. “It is an intense program that takes a lot of perseverance and needing to walk through many things they do not want to deal with.” Initially, the ministry relied on donations and fundraising for its entire support. In 2014 a friend of Boyes’ came to her and asked about the idea of opening a thrift store to help raise money to cover the growing budget. While she thought this was a good idea she simply did not have time so left it in their capable hands. As of today, there are thrift stores in Estevan, Carlyle, Fort Qu’Appelle, Whitewood and most recently, in the height of COVID, Carnduff. Because they cannot do their annual banquet which raised much needed funds, the ministry has partnered with Coldest Night of the Year to make up the gather-

ing’s shortfall. With a goal of $20,000, the nine teams, with a total of 55 people will walk two kilometres and five kilometres in Estevan on Feb. 20. Boyes explained the wisdom in needing this fundraiser and continuing to figure out new ways to raise money as the budget has soared to $769,000 this year in meeting the needs of the young women coming into the program and maintaining 27 employees between the five thrift stores and the staff at the homestead. “I am in awe of everything God has done and all I did was take the next step,” she gratefully explained. Choose Life Ministry deals with the much needed, mental health and emotional health side of life where the system falls short. We could use more of these homesteads in the province to help young people pick up the pieces of their lives and walk in the freedom and purpose they were meant to live. Please consider donating to Choose Life Ministries at cnoy.org


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Candlelight skiing at Moose Mountain Provincial Park By Laura Kish Candlelight skiing has been going on at Moose Mountain Provincial Park for the past 10 years, although there were a few years during that time in which the event was not held. Normally the candlelight skiing is held only once every winter, but this year the park is offering it three times so that there are more dates to choose from, and not everyone has to come on the same night. This will cut down on the crowds and will make it easier for people to social distance due to COVID-19. This annual event attracts visitors from far and wide. “We have had skiers travel from a few hours

away, and it makes for a great reason to come and stay in the park at the Kenosee Inn and make a weekend out of it,” explains Ainsley Sauter, park administrative supervisor at Moose Mountain Provincial Park. There is no charge as long as you have a valid park entry permit. Permits are valid all year round, so if someone didn’t purchase one in the summer or they threw it out, a day permit is $10 per vehicle. “All ages take part. We’ve had skiers come out with infants strapped to their backs,” explains Sauter. Many restrictions are in place due to COVID-19 as compared to other years.

Candlelight skiing in 2019 at Moose Mountain Provincial Park. Photo submitted Sauter goes on to explain: “Other than having three dates to choose

from to thin out the number of visitors each night, another change

is that there is no longer hot chocolate/hot dogs available. We also ask that visitors keep the proper social distancing from other visitors in the parking lot and on the trails. We make each group wait until the group ahead of them is far enough ahead before they can go, and there is a strict flow of traffic on the tracks to avoid people running into each other. You stay on one track going out, and come back on the opposite track.” The trail is a total of 3.2 kilometres to shelter 1 and back. “If you do not have cross country skis, we will allow walkers/ snowshoes on the trail for this event only. For this event we ask walk-

ers and snowshoers to stay in the middle, off to the side or wherever they can keep off the set ski tracks and keep their distance from other groups. Any other time, we have designated walking and snowshoe trails elsewhere in the park,” explains Sauter. Some other stipulations to keep in mind: dogs and other pets are not allowed for this event. There are cross country ski rentals available at the Kenosee Inn on a first-come, firstserve basis only. There are no pre-bookings or reservations. It costs $15 per day day and cash only. People do not need to register for this event, it is a come-and-go activity.

Newborn calves kept warm in Arcola rancher’s home Chris Lees had some special guests in his home Feb. 14, but it had nothing to do with Valentine’s Day. The Arcola-area rancher brought three newborn calves from his farm into his house, giving them a chance to warm up and stay out of the extreme cold. The calves were born earlier in the day. “We’re just starting to calve, and quite often a group of cows will just decide it’s the day to calve, and it’s a bit of a weather change,” Lees told the Observer. “I guess they just decided the last day of the really cold weather, they were all going to calve.” The barn was full and the hot box where the Lees would typically put calves to warm up also had no vacancies, so it seemed like the easiest thing to do was bring the three animals in the house, warm them up for a couple of hours, allow them to dry off and take

them back to their mothers. “When they’re fresh born, they’re wet and they can freeze really quick,” said Lees. “A real good mom will get her calf up and going, but at 40 below, it’s tough on you and me, and we’re dressed for the worst weather possible. They’re out there in the elements, with wet hair and what have you, and they need to get dried off and they need to get warmed up.” This isn’t the first time that he has brought newborn calves into his home, but he’s never had three in the house at the same time. In fact, he can’t recall having more than one calf in there at once. Lees knows of other cattle farmers who have kept newborn calves into their house or heated shop for a short period of time so they can stay warm. “It’s our life and it’s our passion, raising cattle,

and you need to get these calves warmed up, and happy and healthy, so they can go back and be with their moms,” said Lees. He even compared it to having your dog or your cat in the house. The calves are doing well now, and they’re happy the temperatures have warmed up. It was still pretty cold outside on Tuesday and Wednesday, but it felt a lot warmer compared to -30 C with a strong northwest wind. Lees, who is the board president for the Canadian Western Agribition, sent a photo of the cattle to Agribition’s CEO, noting that housing the calves was his family’s activity for Valentine’s Day. The photo was then posted on social media, which brought lots of attention to Lees’ gesture. He’s been receiving lots of calls since then, and he’s okay with the added recognition.

Three newborn calves stayed warm in the home of Arcola rancher Chris Lees on Feb. 14. Photo by Chris Lees

Redvers man charged for allegedly promoting hate A Redvers man has been charged with willful promotion of hate under the Criminal Code, following an investigation that lasted nearly two years. According to a news release from the Saskatchewan RCMP issued Wednesday morning, in June 2019, Carlyle RCMP received a report from the Canadian Anti-Hate Network regarding an alleged anti-Semitic video on YouTube called Beware the Parasitic Tribe. The video features Travis Patron of Redvers, who is the leader of the Canadian Nationalist Party.

The Carlyle RCMP detachment launched an investigation with the assistance of the Saskatchewan RCMP Major Crimes Unit, the Saskatchewan RCMP National Security Section and the British Columbia RCMP Hate Crimes Unit. All of the evidence gathered by police was reviewed and forwarded to the Saskatchewan Attorney General, which is a requirement for the charge of willful promotion of hate to be laid under Sec. 319(2) of the Criminal Code of Canada. From April 2020 to July

2020, the Carlyle RCMP says it received four additional reports of new alleged anti-Semitic videos and hate speech by Patron. Police are still investigating each of these reports. On Feb. 15, Carlyle RCMP were given direction from the Attorney General of Saskatchewan to arrest and charge Patron, 29, under Sec. 319(2) of the Criminal Code of Canada for willfully promoting hatred to an identifiable group. Patron, age 29, was arrested by Carlyle RCMP that day. He made his first court ap-

pearance on Feb. 16 in Weyburn Provincial Court via telephone. He is scheduled to appear next in Regina Provincial Court on Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. Patron ran in SourisMoose Mountain in the 2019 federal election for the Canadian Nationalist Party. He finished sixth in the six-candidate field. Patron also has outstanding, unrelated charges of aggravated assault and assault causing bodily harm, as well as breaching a probation order, stemming from an alleged inci-

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Moe’s decision to extend restrictions a tough one By Murray Mandryk Politicians seldom get enough credit for making the tough decisions they don’t want to make or that they know people won’t like. So perhaps Premier Scott Moe deserves more credit than he’s getting for his decision to prolong current restrictions to fight COVID-19 to March 19. Those fed up with not seeing hockey in their communities or not being able to freely go to bars and casinos will not be happy that Moe decided not to lift any more restrictions. In many cases, it’s unhappiness based on personal selfishness than a legitimate fear of more job losses for friends, family and neighbours. You may see the current measures as completely unnecessary because of low case counts in your area. Unless you are involved in the health system, it is pretty hard to see the impact of something that hits in pockets and is most deadly to the elderly. However, those opposing lockdowns or further restrictions do not have the monopoly on fear and frustration in this debate. Those watching Saskatchewan’s daily new case count hover in the triple digits as a more infectious strain of the virus hits this province and elsewhere also have reason to be scared and frustrated. They view Moe’s unwillingness to impose stricter restrictions as political stubbornness stemming from his stated position at the end of the provincial election campaign last October that he would not lockdown the province again. They argue that had Moe and his government simply imposed more stringent lockdowns earlier, we would not have had the prolonged restrictions we are currently enduring. They further argued its worse that businesses like bars and restaurants have been allowed to stay open under circumstances where it’s exceedingly difficult for them to make any money because of limitation of the number of customers they can seat. That Moe does badly wants to re-open Saskatchewan seems obvious. So about the best he could do was put a brave face on things, urging Saskatchewan people to “stick it out”. Moe again held out hope that “vaccines are going to ramp up in later March”. Whether Moe is making the exact right decision with what seems to be a middle-ground compromise is questionable. Certainly, it won’t make either extreme in this debate very happy. But as such, it might be helpful to add a little perspective. It can be argued we’ve had fewer restrictions that were imposed much later. Take mandatory masks being imposed province-wide on Nov. 27.  People in Winnipeg have been forced to wear masks since late September. Manitoba and Alberta were already prohibiting all indoor gatherings and limiting outdoor gatherings long before we were here in Saskatchewan.  Similarly, Manitoba and Alberta closed bars and limited restaurants to takeout, something we haven’t done here since the spring. And restrictions to store capacity in those provinces also came much more quickly in a more severe way. One can argue based on total per capita cases and total deaths, we have fared better than our immediate neighbours. At mid month, Saskatchewan had 354 deaths compared with 871 in Manitoba and 1,722 in Alberta. Yet by further comparison, Nova Scotia (with 979,115 people) has had just 65 deaths and only 1,597 cases compared with Saskatchewan’s 26,829 total cases. It’s food for thought for those quick to criticize Moe for either doing too much or too little.

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Shelley Luedtke In our house it’s usually Scattergories, Sequence, Uno or one of a myriad of trivia games that find their way to the kitchen table when we want to play a board game. The titles change over time. With children you might move from Connect 4 to Go Fish, to games that build on spelling and counting skills. As children get older the opportunity to try more involved games becomes possible. We have games that require us to sing, draw, buy, sell, build, strategize or test our knowledge of favorite TV shows. We also had a few notable years when the movie High School Musical was the biggest thing going and among its huge merchandising empire was its own board game. It featured sound clips of the movie’s songs requiring players to finish lyrics or copy dance moves. I can only imagine how long it took our kids to erase the image of mom


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Friday, February 19, 2021

Municipalities of Saskatchewan convention goes virtual The Municipalities of Saskatchewan’s 116th annual convention was held online from Feb. 7–10. With the uncertainty of COVID-19, the convention’s planning committee made the decision to transition to a virtual event for 2021 to ensure that representatives from Saskatchewan’s hometowns can still come together to network. They expected maybe 500 people to register for the virtual convention but had over 900 registered including many from the local area. Windthorst Mayor David Lowenberg and administrator Harley McCarthy both registered. Lowenberg attended his first convention in person two years ago in Saskatoon, but this is the first virtual convention for all. It was definitely different sitting in a room all by yourself for the four-day convention listening to the speakers and taking it all in through your computer. Lowenberg took helpful information away from the convention that he could bring back to the Village. “Grants and getting ideas that other communities are doing with infrastructure,” says Lowenberg “As long as you bring back one thing from the convention, it’s worthwhile.” “There was a lot of time spent talking about COVID and what are our plans of action,” he said. “Having a virtual convention is absolutely nothing like being there in person. People couldn’t

make the connections like they normally would have,” Lowenberg explains. “The networking wasn’t there and the trade show just wasn’t the same as the live show.” For a non-typer, Lowenberg states with a chuckle he’s just not going to communicate with others by pecking at the keys. The tone of the written word is just not the same. You miss out on seeing facial expressions and such through the virtual convention. “You wouldn’t go out of your way to introduce yourself to someone online but in person if you’re walking by or standing in a lineup together you strike up a conversation,” explains Lowenberg. “It’s great to have the younger members on council. Sometimes they have new ideas,” Lowenberg said, and adds, “Just because it’s not done the way it’s always been done, doesn’t mean it’s wrong.” Lowenberg says through the convention he found helpful hints that could be brought back to Windthorst. He has a couple of good ideas from the City of Lloydminster. It’s more for the underground sewer. They were having trouble with grease building up in their sewer and they actually got an award for their ‘Grease Monster’. More preventative measures such as public education have to be taken in order to solve the problem. Just sending out the message for residents not to pour grease down your drain. In the past couple of years, Windthorst has also had to deal with grease plugging up

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the sewer lines. They have used an enzyme to pour down the drains to break up the grease. “It was disappointing to have to do the convention virtually…it’s hard to stay engaged when you’re sitting in a room staring at a computer screen,” states Lowenberg. “But on the positive side of things…this kept the costs down for every municipality with no travel costs and room fees.” Others taking part included Kipling Mayor Pat Jackson, chief administrative officer Gail Dakue, and Councillors Don Johnson, Colby Sproat and Makyla Stender. “It was quite different taking part in the virtual convention this year rather than in person,” states Jackson. “The biggest thing for me was that normally between sessions you’re visiting with people from all over the province. That just wasn’t quite as available.” Anyone who was

registered for the ‘Videos on Demand’ could tap into theses over the next month to view them. A variety of topics were discussed including tourism – how to attract visitors to your community. Wednesday is traditionally the day that the provincial government is available for questions. From 9-10:30 a.m., there are sessions of dialogues with cabinet ministers. This year they had the minister of highways and Infrastructure, and the minister of SaskBuilds and procurement session which was facilitated by Jackson. Others included the minister of health and the minister of northern and rural health, and the minister of government affairs. Following the dialogues, the ministers were all available to answer questions in the bear pit session. Topics also included talking about revenue sharing, grants, infra-

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structure and even how rules and regulations put out by either the federal or provincial governments are going to be handled by municipalities because often times the municipalities get instructions that ‘this is the way it is’. “Even though it was virtual we still had a trade show where you could go into a discussion room. You could click on twominute videos,” explains Jackson. “Something that the Town of Kipling looked at a year ago, we held off this past year because nobody knew what the impact of COVID was going to be. I spoke with one of them and said ‘Hey we looked at this last year… what’s the change in price?’ just so we know what we’re dealing with.” “I’m really hopeful that we can go to next year’s convention in person,” says Jackson. “I’m encouraging all council members to attend. You’ll get a whole different perspective on the convention in person.”


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Jackson’s suggestion to the younger council members “Go and plan on taking in as much as you can.” Jackson goes to explain: “Those social things are far more than just eating, drinking and dancing. Sometimes you end up exchanging business cards and discuss ideas with many other communities as how to better your own. A lot of education this year was aimed at the new councilors, to help them learn what their role is. There are a lot of connections that we try to make through the convention with all of the people across the province and Canada.” Jackson has also attended two Manitoba conventions in the past so she says ‘we’ve got connections’. For instance if there were four education sessions on, Jackson explains that they tried to make sure that they were going to different ones so they could collect many ideas, not just one.


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Thirsty fish and standing on holy ground By Ken Rolheiser “I laugh when I hear that the fish in the water are thirsty. You don’t grasp the fact that what is

most alive of all is inside your own house, and so you walk from one holy city to the next with a confused look.” (Bhagat Kabir 1398-1518).

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he seemed to have had an enviable grasp of the meaning of life. COVID-19 has us very familiar with the inside of our homes. We

may have enough practice being at home that we don’t have to wonder, “What will I wear to the living room today?” But do we know how sacred

that living room is? We go the post office with our masks, and I wonder how many of us realize what a sacred meeting place that is? I saw three old friends at the post office and counted myself blessed when I got home. True, they were members of several different organizations including church, but how wonderful that I got to share smiles (behind the masks) and love in that short exchange. I even walked to the other post office entrance to greet one of them and to try to catch up to a second to share another comment. When I got home, and I realized that I had walked on holy ground. We meet Christ in our fellow guests on this earth and are not always amazed at the privilege. And it is not just the post office, but every place we may meet others. In 2005, David Foster Wallace gave a graduation address at Kenyon College and began with this parable: “There are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, ‘Morning, boys. How’s the water?’ And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes, ‘What the hell is water?’” The most obvious, important realities are often the hardest to see and talk about. Often our day-to-day exchanges which appear as boring platitudes can have a life or death importance. Near the end of his speech Wallace said that the real value of a real education has nothing to do with knowledge and everything to do with awareness of what is real and essential, hidden in plain sight around us so we need to remind ourselves over and over: this is water. This is water. How do we recognize when we are on holy ground? Karen Hardin lists seven signs: it is Passover related, our willingness to look deeper, it marks a transition, it involves a task or mission, includes a passing over or through, humility and hinges on worship. Understanding our thirst, we realize that we are a eucharistic people forever entering new life. Our deeper thirst is for meaning and the change that attends it. Our mission is to humbly follow Jesus, sharing the good news. Though we may worship at the temple’s inner shrine on Sundays, we walk through many holy cities on our weekly journey.


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Maryfield’s Rachel Erickson heads to Scotties By Laura Kish

The 2021 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Canada's national women's curling championship, is happening from Feb. 19 to 28 at the Markin McPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary. Rachel Erickson, 22, from Manor, who grew up in Maryfield and curls out of the Maryfield Curling Club is going to be at the Scotties. Erickson threw her first curling rock at age six in the Little Rockers program in Maryfield. It was something to do after school with her friends, although when she was 14 she started taking it bit more seriously and more competitively. “I’ve been hooked ever since,” states Erickson. Many curling rinks were not even able to open up this season due to the pandemic. “I was fortunate

enough to get some time on the ice in Estevan but it’s been pretty slim pickings for everyone,” says Erickson. Erickson was asked to be the alternate for the wildcard 2 team out of Altona, Man., for the Scotties. The team is skipped by Mackenzie Zacharias, Karlee Burgess (third), Emily Zacharias (second), and Lauren Lenentine (lead). Sheldon Zacharias is their coach. Erickson went as alternate with Team Zacharias to World Junior’s in Russia last year where they won the gold medals. She had always been a rival of this team in the past but had been asked to play as alternate in Russia and the same opportunity came up again this year to curl with this team. “When I was asked to join the team to head to the Scotties,” explains Erickson “my answer was obviously ‘yes’…it’s pretty hard

The 2020 World Junior Curling Championships in Krasnoyarsk, Russia where the team won Gold. From left, Rachel Erickson (alternate), Lauren Lenentine (lead), Emily Zacharias (second), Karlee Burgess (third) and Mackenzie Zacharias (skip). to turn that down. That was an easy yes for me. I was very excited but also very surprised just because of how this season went. It ended kind of abruptly and I kind of thought that was it. “My team here in Saskatchewan, we knew we wouldn’t qualify on points. So being a wildcard team, none of that really came into play for us because this

is our first year playing together. We are starting from scratch with the point system. “So it was a huge surprise to hear from the girls (Team Zacharias),” explains Erickson. “But it was a good one. I’m so excited!” During Erickson’s curling career, her most memorable moments include the 2019 Canadian Juniors in Prince Albert.



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Heidi Munro returning to the southeast to perform By Laura Kish Heidi Munro, who is originally from Kennedy, has recently been nominated for the Saskatchewan Country Music Awards’ (SCMA) Country Music Person of the Year, and her music partner Scott Patrick has also been nominated for Guitar Player of the Year. Together the two of them have been nominated for Group of the Year and Interactive Artists of the Year. A few of Munro’s accolades include: multiple SCMA awards, national MuchMusic vocal awards winner, recording artist, songwriter, performances for national television, numerous stages, festi-

vals and theatres across Canada, international corporate events, as well as opening performances for international artists. Scott Patrick is an eight-time SCMA award winner and lead singer/ guitarist/songwriter for the Canadian country rock group Wyatt, which garnered two top-40 singles on Canadian country radio.“We’ve been really busy … music has probably been 75 per cent of my living,” explains Munro. She also does recording session work and vocal coaching. Munro mentors other artists on how to get started and how to get their promotional packages together. It’s a great way of passing her knowledge along

to the newcomers in the business. Munro and Patrick started working together approximately three years ago and started writing together as well. “We made really great music together,” says Munro. “Scott and I work on many projects together with a focus on our duo and original work. We are very grateful to have opportunities for these shows, especially during the pandemic.” “Our album is coming out on Spotify and Apple Music and all of those platforms just after we perform at The Happy Nun Café in Forget but we will have copies for digital download at The Nun. We are super

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excited. We are having our video released of the title track a week prior to heading out to The Nun.” “Gayla and Leon (owners Gayla and Leon Gilbertson) at The Happy Nun Café have really gone above and beyond to keep supporting the arts,” explains a very grateful Munro. “I’m so happy to be going back to my home stomping grounds,” states Munro as she thinks about performing at the Happy Nun Café in Forget in March. “I’m quite excited … Scott and I are very happy to share our music…. it’s all we’ve ever done,” says Munro. Munro got an early start with her singing career. “I remember my Dad and Mom talking and Dad was telling Mom ‘You better get that girl singing’,” she explains. Munro’s first public performance was at age 10. “I was 13 or 14 when I got my first paying gig; I think I made 50 bucks which was absolutely wonderful,” reminisces Munro. “I also did some work with an old-time band out of Moosomin and Lane Easton and Eli Barsi. Lane and I spent many years singing together through high school. We did shows together. We had a lot of fun.” Over the past 30 years, Heidi has embraced the stage with fellow entertainers at music

Scott Patrick and Heidi Munro are scheduled to perform at The Happy Nun Café in March. Photo submitted festivals, highlighted in venues and put on some memorable concerts including The Big Valley Jamboree, Toronto, Calgary Stampede, Klondike Days, TCU Place, performs at the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival and done some recording down in Nashville. “All of that history years and years ago is great and wonderful but as artists we tend to concentrate what is happening in the moment. The industry is much different now than it was then.” Although Munro has loved having her music career she says “sometimes it frustrates the hell out of me.” She goes on to explain “There are


times you feel totally burnt out. The business end of it is exhausting.” “If we could spend as much time on our music as we have to on the business end of it, the social media end of it, the organizing and the promoting, etc., the rehearsal and the technical end of everything it’s just mind-blowing some days and it gets very, very stressful.” Munro and Patrick are scheduled to perform March 19 and 20 at The Happy Nun Café in Forget. The Café was nominated as Music Venue of the Year for the SCMAs. The second performance is sold out but tickets are still available for the first.


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Friday, February 19, 2021

Cornerstone highlights data-backed information One of the most important system goals embedded in the South East Cornerstone Public School Division is simply noted as System Goal No. 3. But, what comes with that No. 3 placement could arguably be a firstplace priority. The school division is data driven by its own admission and Goal 3 describes to the effect they use information gathered to measure, monitor and report continuous improvement within the student body, and by design, the teams that deliver those educational standards. Superintendents Gord Husband, Kevin Hengen and Shelley Sargent were joined by director of education Lynn Little to deliver a package of system Goal 3 information to board members on Feb. 10. The one-hour presentation was part of the board’s monthly public business meeting that was once again held in an online format due to the need to respect health and safety guidelines. Chairwoman Audrey Trombley was in the divi-

sion’s head office conference room along with a few administration personnel, and she called on Little to start the presentation that included a host of research-based information that is used by the educational leaders to provide systemwide improvements in the teaching and learning processes. “It shows us where targets are met and where there is room for improvement,” said Little in her opening remarks. Husband explained the first strand of the data gathering system, entitled SKOPUS which is a warehouse for student information. The system allows for the gathering of student information from the schools and their achievement data. “This year has been significantly different. But we have the tools,” Husband said. Student profiles, reports and dashboard items such as attendance and other outcomes are gathered for each student. Report cards, previous report cards, data management and analysis are all within the SKOPUS embrace to help

build the data wall, he explained. Husband said “we needed to take a snapshot in time when schools closed,” referring to the mid-March 2020 closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Using a Grade 3 sample, Husband showed how 80 per cent of the Cornerstone students were at or well above expected achievement levels and then indicated where and how those who needed and agreed to supplemental learning, were assisted by the gathering of vital information that could be used for introductions into a new grade level. A chart for middle years schooling was extrapolated to include supplemental learning and Husband noted that chart was a little deceiving since not all students chose to engage in the supplemental learning process after classes were reverted to online messaging. The focus was on transitions so students could start the year off in a positive fashion, Husband said. A third chart showed

the data gathering system as it was used in a high school (Grade 10) math program. Again, he noted the data was limited since some students had only engaged in about 20 inclass teaching days prior to the shutdown. The information gathered subsequently though, identifies the needs for school level instruction and student needs heading into the next academic year. “We identify the learning needs of our students,” Husband said in the concluding remarks for his opening segment of the presentation. Hengen introduced the STAR or universal screen assessment system used by the division. Known as the Renaissance Assessments, Hengen said, “it’s an easy system to use,” and gives the principals and teachers a snap shot of student progress. Again, using charts and graphs, the system’s use for reading skills, early literacy and math were displayed and that helped educators lean into the diagnostics to discern, “what needs more attention or inter-

Gifted service by sharing love

Linda Wegner

Words of Worth Probably, if not certainly, the thing I’ve struggled with more than anything during this past year, has been the removal of so many areas of service from my life. Once a member of a number of organizations and board positions in our town, a combination of aging and the need for more intensive care for my husband has resulted in a resignation from them all. Then, not being able to attend church services in person means I am no longer able to play the piano while the congregation sings along; not only that, but I am no longer able to entertain seniors in the two care homes in our community. Both those losses are keenly felt. As hard to believe as it might be for some folks, I truly miss my morning bus rides. I formed friendships with regular riders like myself. After arriving in town, I’d hurry over to our local Tim Hortons, have tea with another group of friends and then

catch a second bus for a ride around town before the trip back home. What has been torn from my life these past nearly 12 months, have been opportunities to share kindness, to answer questions regarding my faith in Christ and to encourage folks who needed some brightness in their lives. All gone, it seems, for now. God personally encouraged me this week, however, as I slogged my way through the books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy which described the Old Testament responsibilities of those chosen to prepare, care for and transport the tabernacle of God. A light went on. I’m surrounded by

neighbours and walking friends who bless me daily; to bless them, my responsibility. It’s about simply sharing love wherever I am.

vention,” he said. Assessments are carried out three times during the school year. An example chart of a Grade 5 math tracking system was shown, indicating a colour-coded sample for individual ranks. In response to a question, Hengen said this tracking can be done in an online system as well as within a classroom but “we haven’t assessed current results versus previous results yet.” Sargent spoke next and her subject matter was universal behaviour. She said all students from Grades 4-12 were assessed each fall, with students being asked to provide some self-assessments while homeroom, or other educators with a steady exposure to the student, are being asked to do an assessment of individual students. These assessments give leaders a look at potential risk levels regarding behaviour and emotions. “We compare how they see themselves with how the teacher sees them,” said Sargent. A data analysis sample was provided to the board members showing the various questions that are asked on the survey

dealing with such things as mood changes, selfcontrol, ability to work with others, tension, attention spans and abilities to reach out to help others or to accept help. “Again, the current year is unique so we reevaluate how we identify students of concern,” Sargent added. The school counsellors’ caseloads are based on data like this and students are re-screened in the spring and often “this helps fill gaps in students’ mental health needs,” Sargent said. The colour-coded charts indicate that students situated in the yellow or red zones, signals that the school needs to dig into the data to discover where the educators can help. “It’s often just one step at a time,” she said. On this topic, Little said this segment of data gathering could be compared with a pothole in the highway. “We can drive carefully around it. It slows us down, but it will be repaired.” With that note, the trio of presenters were thanked by Trombley for the expertise and information they brought to the session.

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Celebrating a dedicated family in our community By Deb Andrew It is not often that the local newspaper gets a call for notification of a family leaving the community that will be greatly missed, to share that news with everyone and celebrate their contributions. Sometimes gratitude just needs to be declared. Christy Jarvis was honoured and humbled when asked about the story of their moving from Carlyle to Calgary to be closer to family. Gord and Christy have lived here for over 50 years and have loved raising their three children in the area and calling Carlyle home. Like many long-term residents, they have been a huge part of the community in many ways. Gord Jarvis was known as Mr. Jarvis to many students in both middle years and high school classes for 30 years. He has participated in and coached many community sports teams as well as numerous school teams

over those years, most recently with his grandsons Max and Reeve. The Jarvises love of golf had them both involved with Carlyle Golf Club, with Gord as the ‘tree man’ for 20 years. Planning, planting and caring for the healthy trees you see on the course today is a huge job needing devoted time and effort. As Christy reminisced about their lives here, she spoke of her 36 years with the Royal Bank of Canada in town and her many years being actively involved with all the United Church growth and developments. Children are always a conduit for getting involved in your community, so because of their three, Kelly, Shalan and Cameron, Christy was able to participate in coaching minor ball, and volunteering with Brownies, Girl Guides and Air Cadets, to name a few. “It is difficult to look back at that many years and see all the things you were involved in. There are so many great things,” Christy shared.

“Most recently I had joined the Carlyle Golf Club and will be done there as well.” She may have only been a part of this board for about a year, but that didn’t stop her from heading up the renovations out there for the coming year with a team from the board and spending hours this fall cleaning, painting and rearranging. The Jarvis’s appreciate the teams they have been able to be a part of. “Bertha Isleifson was instrumental in founding the Friends of Moose Mountain about five years ago and I have served as both treasurer and president of that group,” Christy explained. This group focuses solely on how to care for residents of the Moose Mountain Lodge long-term care home along with the families and staff. A little shocked that their house on Sixth Street West in Carlyle sold within a week, Gord and Christy will be moving the first week of

Gord Jarvis, left, and Christy Jarvis have been a big part of life in Carlyle for over 50 years. Photos submitted March. Although they will be greatly missed,

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their efforts in the community are appreciated and will be picked up by the families now calling Carlyle home permanently. Take the time to congratulate and encourage the Jarvis fam-

ily on this new move in their journey. We at the Observer take this time to celebrate and cheer on the families in the southeast who continue to make Carlyle and area a great place to live.

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NOTICE OF CHANGE OF MEETING DATE TAKE NOTE THAT the Regular (Public) Meeting of the Board of Education of South East Cornerstone Public School Division previously scheduled for March 24, 2021 has been rescheduled to March 17, 2021 commencing at 1:00 PM at the school division office located at 80A-18th Street N.E., Weyburn, SK.

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Just for Paws is there for canine friends By Lisa McCullough Andrea McEwen lived in Brandon, Man., where the amenities of training one’s dogs were thoroughly available. So, when she moved to Carlyle, a smaller community, she realized that she had taken for granted all the things she had to help aid her and her dogs in the big city lifestyle. So, she had to find a new way. “I went from training my dog three times a week to having to drive two hours to Regina or Brandon once a week” McEwen explains. She noticed that the dogs that joined her fam-

ily after she moved to Carlyle were missing out on key socialization and it seemed to show when she took them to dog shows. “Socialization for a puppy at a young age helps set the foundation for a confident, safe, stable and enjoyable adult canine companion. This is because they're more comfortable in a wide variety of situations than a poorly socialized dog … they are less likely to behave in a fearful or aggressive matter when faced with something new,” McEwen goes on to state. It is because of all this that Just Fur Paws was created. McEwen wanted

a safe and educational place where people could bring their dogs and learn how to train and socialize them successfully. “Due to the pandemic, there has been an increase of new puppy owners but with that, finding a safe environment to properly socialize your new family member has proven difficult. Our goal is to ensure these puppies are ready for the world when things become normal again and people go back to work,” McEwen explains. Just Fur Paws has puppy kindergarten classes that start when the puppies are 12 weeks of age and go until they

are 12 months. This course turns your puppy into a happy well rounded dog. McEwen explains that all classes are taught with positive reinforced training methods that teach the basics such as sit, lay down, come, leave it and loose leash walking exercises. “A big part of our

class is dedicated to socializing with other puppies, dogs and people. They learn dog language by playing with other puppies and well-mannered adult dogs,” McEwen says. The best part of Just Fur Paws is that it does not stop after puppy kindergarten. McEwen also

offers basic obedience, advanced canine good neighbour prep, trick dog training and beginner barn hunt. If you would like more information on any of these programs you can get in touch with Just Fur Paws at (306)5758940 or email justfurpaws@hotmail.com.

TAX ENFORCEMENT LIST FORM 2 (Section 4) VILLAGE OF WINDTHORST 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 20th day of April, 2021, 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. Description of Property Lot





Title No.

N2139 149465841

Total Arrears

Costs Total Arrears Advertising and Costs




149465863 149465896 149465908 18 - 19


N2139 137199167 137199190




19-20&25 04

N2139 123274953




126333019 126333053

Fleet brought her bunny Borley to puppy socialization class. Photo by Andrea McEwen

Dated 19th day of Feb, 2021


Sheila Ziehl, Treasurer

Notice is hereby given under The Tax Enforcement Act that unless the arrears and costs appearing opposite the land described in the following list are fully paid before May 19, 2021, a tax lien will be registered against the land. Description of Property LOT BLOCK PLAN

11 1 15 33 13 3 E 6 18 8 8 6 8 7 8 9 10 10 10 4 9 1 10 18 10 19 10 15 41 18 41 35 41 6 54 16 54 P

B83493 102040782 B83493 102012166 AH6426 G2879 G2879 G2879 G2879 G2879 G2879 G2879 G2879 G2879 67R39390 67R39390 67R39390 99SE16456 99SE16456 102193635


147018955 151208288 149492605 141350420 145573803 151448878 150718439 150718462 143978541 143978675 145886574 143728421 128733273 128733251 142558454 134646341 134646295 153281572 145818715 149637976

Dated this 9 day of February, 2021 R.C. Miskolczi, Town Administrator th

Total Arrears

880.22 585.21 609.58 26779.09 1646.23 1633.68 3633.74 2635.85 1565.75 2076.94 1398.98 493.66 2857.05 2107.29 583.12 739.34

Advertising Total Arrears Cost and Cost

8.65 888.87 8.65 593.86 8.65 618.23 8.65 26787.74 8.65 1654.88 8.65 1642.33 16.13 3694.88 16.13 8.65 8.65 16.13 8.65 16.13 8.65 8.65 8.65

2651.98 1574.40 2085.59 1415.11

Town of Carlyle 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 23rd day of April, 2021, 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. DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY Part of Lot

S 1/2

S 1/2

502.31 2873.18 2115.94 591.77 747.99


FORM 2 (Section 4)





Title Number

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102006593 164659999 101981213 164438770



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Dated this 12th day of February, 2020

Total Arrears and Costs $1,365.33 $851.03 $851.02 $851.02 $1,706.69 $1,852.96 $1,189.90 $1,189.90 $1,810.54 $736.88 $736.88 $1,909.63 $2,345.63 $2,709.71 $3,638.93 $2,191.01 $4,398.70 $4,145.29 $23,424.88 $7,235.06 $2,900.67 $2,476.75 $2,434.09 $5,906.47

Natalie Miller, Treasurer


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Alida news - great meals for Valentine’s Day Submitted by Edel Cowan

The Alida community extends sincere sympathy to Barry Miller on the passing of his sister Lynne Haatvedt of Strathmore, Alta., on Feb. 7 at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary at the age of 69 years. She was the daughter of the late Truman and Violet Miller of Redvers and she leaves to mourn her death a daughter Shannon (Moosomin) and brother Barry. A celebration of Lynne’s life will be held at a later date. Colby and Celine Potapinski welcomed their precious little bundle of joy, Walker Kenneth Potapinski on Feb. 11, when he arrived safe and sound. His arrival also present-

ed Ken and Diane Potapinski as first time grandparents, as well as first time uncle Johnathon, aunties Julie and Sadie. Congratulations and best wishes to everyone. Enjoy the sweet little fella and watch him grow. A Valentine’s Day special supper of a rack of ribs, choice of potato, salad and dessert was held on Feb. 12 at Café 361 (this also included take outs). It was a great special Lori – very delicious as always. Another Valentine’s Day supper special was offered here at Alida on Feb. 14 by the Alida Ladies Auxiliary members. It was a delicious supper of lemon butter chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables and a chocolate dessert that was picked up at the Alida Rink. Great job ladies as al-

ways can hardly wait until the next one. Hope you all had a Happy Valentine’s Day and of course treated your significant other. Feb. 15 was Family Day, a long weekend and the beginning of the February school break. Enjoy your break students and staff – you have all earned it. The sun is shining brightly most days but it’s still been very chilly. If you go out and about do dress warmly and stay safe. Please remember folks to keep me posted whenever you have news – simply contact me anytime, either call me at 306-443-2496, text 306485-8561 or e-mail g.cowan@ sasktel.net on the happenings that are going on in and around Alida as well as within

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It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Joan, dearly loved by her family. Joan Eaton (nee Heaslip) was born in Port Alberni, BC and grew up in the logging camp of Great Central Lake. She was the only daughter of John Wesley and Ellen Beulah (nee Knight) Heaslip. Joan was predeceased by her parents; her husband Jim; son Brian; and only brother Dick Heaslip. She is survived by her children Sheila (Ken) Hunter, Patricia (Peter) Eaton, Carole (Ralph) Eaton, Malcolm (Carol) Eaton, Bruce (Darlene) Eaton and Stuart (Kathy) Eaton. Joan will be greatly missed by her grandchildren Demian (Ken) Richardson, Tristan (Jonathan) Schindlbeck, Janel (Steve) Morrison, Katie (Sheldon) Nedjelski, Michael Eaton, Miles (Jaimie) Hunter, Joey (April) Eaton, Sasha (Vance) Ash, Patrick (Hannah) Eaton, and Bryden Eaton. Also missing their great-grandmother are Kendal and Gavin Morrison, Zoey and Oliver Hunter, Nahanni and Talli Richardson, Erin Schindlbeck, Ben and Finley Nedjelski, Dannie and Griffin Eaton, and Merrick and Nola Ash. Nana will be remembered by the Sanche family Shea (Trish) and Rene, and their children Adam, Jordyn, Jesse and twins Hailey and Charley. Mum will also be missed by her nieces, nephew and their children, and cousin Lois Needham. Mother spent an idyllic childhood immersed in the beauty of the West Coast. She met her husband Jim (Jimmy), a farm boy from Saskatchewan, when he was in the RCAF, stationed at Ucluelet during WWII. As they told the story Mum was meeting someone named Jimmy at a cafe on a blind date. Our father took one look at her, sent the other Jimmy packing, and passed himself off as her date. A few years after they married Jim and Joan moved to Saskatchewan eventually settling in Carlyle where they raised seven children and formed many lifelong friendships. Mum was a proud Air Cadet mother to her four sons. She loved spending time at the family cottage on White Bear Lake. Mum remained an island girl at heart and never lost her homesickness for BC. We all grew up with tales of a magical place that sounded like something out of a storybook. Mum was known for her beauty and style, her great love of shoes and flowers, especially pink roses, and cats of every size and description. She will also be remembered for her pies, Nanaimo bars, butter tarts and Christmas pudding, and happily shared recipes and techniques. Living in a small town Mum’s lifeline to the world was CBC Radio. She listened to Peter Gzowski every day and loved Danny Finkleman’s Forty Fives. When she moved into a Care Home at 96 years of age she started catching up on her reading and managed to plow through The Handmaid’s Tale. She maintained a lively curiosity about the world, was a big Roughrider fan, and insisted on voting in the last federal election. She spent her days reading, eating Rogers chocolates, watching the birds, checking CBC for “breaking news” and waiting for the mail which was bound to contain cards and letters from her large family. She loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and instinctively knew what little whimsical gift would bring joy. Mum taught her grandchildren the importance of great shoes, fancy skin cream, cashmere sweaters and how to ride a city bus. She celebrated their achievements and loved them all equally. A visit to Nana’s house meant tea with sugar cubes in a special china cup, playing with her collection of stuffed animals, being careful of her African violets, munching cookies and listening to cat stories – apparently nasty cats are the best cats. And when Nana hugged you - you knew you were loved! We would like to thank Isabelle Newton who was Mum’s dear friend and confidant. We are so grateful and thankful to Michelle Albeck and the wonderful staff at Sunset Place Care Home who made Mum’s transition into assisted living as seamless as possible and who provided such loving care. We especially want to thank Susan with whom Mum shared a special bond. Susan occupied a mighty space in Mum’s heart. We also thank Mum’s fellow residents at Sunset for their welcoming friendship. Our Mother has been cremated and her ashes will be scattered at her favorite places on the West Coast. The family plans a private memorial when the time permits. To leave an online message of condolence, please visit www.speersfuneralchapel.com

Charles George Duncan late of Weyburn, Saskatchewan, born December 25, 1933 passed away on February 8, 2021 at the age of 87 years. George was predeceased by his parents, George Sr. & Edna Charles; infant son, Wes K Charles; sister, Iona (John) Lake; and brother, Gilbert (Marney) Charles. George will be lovingly remembered by his son, Garry Charles of Grande Prairie, AB; grandson, Heath and his son, Ty; daughter, Debbie (Ernie) Kohonick of Weyburn, SK grandchildren, Dave (Trudy) Kohonick & children, Riley and Tegan; Chris Kohonick (Ella Nnadi); Melissa Kohonick (David Spencer) and Miranda Kohonick (Donny Loomis) & son, Jaxson; daughter, Laurie Anna (Bill) Georgacacos of Weyburn, SK and grandchildren, Yianni (Lindsay) Georgacacos and son, Luke; Kosta (Karen) Georgacacos & daughter, Sophia; George Michael Georgacacos (Richelle Edgington) and daughters, Arianna and Gabriella and Nikolas Georgacacos; son, Brian Charles of Weyburn, SK; daughter, Linda (Robert) Hofmann of California and granddaughter, Alleyna; son, John Charles (Daphne Merke) of Stoughton, SK; son, David Charles (Trinity Slykhuis) of Stoughton, SK and granddaughter, Oaklyn; sister, Donna (Rudy) Hartenberger; brothers, Boyd (Gloria) Charles & Burton Charles (Joyce Kostuik); mothers of his children, Norma Charles & Anne Kernaleguen as well as many loved, nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and beloved family and friends. A Private Family Funeral Service was held at Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, Saskatchewan on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend M. Barnabas officiating. Interment followed at Stoughton Cemetery, Stoughton, Saskatchewan. Pallbearers were Brian Charles, Michael Georgacacos, Christopher Kohonick, Clinton Charles, Ernie Kohonick, and Bob Lake. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in memory of George may be sent to the Alzheimer Society of Canada. Condolences may be left at: www.fletcherfuneralchapel.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services Weyburn, Saskatchewan (306) 842-5432

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Submitted by Betty Walker The first of the month brought the annual tenant's meeting where, by vote, I became the new president and also will continue as reporter. Thank you for your votes and I will do my best. We also received our first COVID-19 vaccine dose; sometimes it pays to be in the "older'' range. All was good and we look forward to the second one to ensure more

protection. We had a couple of sing-a-longs with Judy Skiba at the piano, and during one, we included a farewell to Tina Tiessen with good wishes and a little gift. We will all miss her. We now have two empty rooms due to Freda and Clifford being moved to facilities where they will receive more medical care. Our good wishes go out to them. We received many Valentine’s Day cookies, decorated and with

icing and sprinkles and they tasted so good. Also some nice Valentine’s placemats to all residents from United Church Sunday school. All these treats made us feel special and thank you to all involved. We are all enjoying the better temperature after that bitter cold snap and so grateful to our staff for braving many cold trips to care for us. I leave you this week looking forward to better news to come.


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SAGITTARIUS – Nov 23/Dec 21

Aries, you may be falling behind on keeping resolutions, but that is alright. It’s easy to get back on track once you set your mind to it. Ask a friend to keep you accountable.

Leo, figure out how to align your priorities with what you do for a living. It could mean changing careers. Even though it may seem risky right now, start exploring the waters.

The early part of the week may be pretty uneventful, but things heat up as the week progresses, Sagittarius. You may not have time to do everything you desire.

TAURUS – Apr 21/May 21

VIRGO – Aug 24/Sept 22

CAPRICORN – Dec 22/Jan 20

Taurus, right now your mind is focused on “the more the merrier” but you have to find ways to safely connect with others. Keep everyone’s health in mind.

Virgo, some down time and R& R can do a body good. Ask your partner to cover for you and then reciprocate so you can both unplug and refresh.

Boredom isn’t a bad thing, Capricorn. While others may be looking for ways to chase away cabin fever, you may be perfectly content snuggling in.

GEMINI – May 22/Jun 21

LIBRA – Sept 23/Oct 23

AQUARIUS – Jan 21/Feb 18

It may have seemed like the last few months of 2020 flew by, Gemini. A new year provides a chance to restart, slow down and smell the proverbial roses.

Libra, a midweek business proposition or a real estate endeavor may present itself. This could lead to some exciting changes for your family.

Unexpected partnerships can yield some amazing results, Aquarius. This may be the opportunity you are looking for. Push ahead for the time being.

CANCER – Jun 22/Jul 22

SCORPIO – Oct 24/Nov 22

PISCES – Feb 19/Mar 20

This week can prove to be epic if you just go with the flow a little bit, Cancer. Let others take the lead and simply follow along. You never know where things will lead.

You don’t mind defending your opinions or your ideals, Scorpio. In fact, you are highly skilled at constructive conversation. Your negotiation tactics may be put to the test.

Pisces, momentum swings in your favor and you can sail through all of your tasks and goals in record time. Enjoy the ride.

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