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Fire crews from Osler and Warman responded to a house fire on Maple Court in Osler during the early morning hours of Thursday, April 12. While the exact cause of the blaze has yet to be determined, preliminary investigation indicates it may have started in the garage. The fire spread from the garage through the roof of the structure and the entire house was fully engulfed in a matter of minutes. erything so fast.” Pauls said the home had smoke alarms, and they likely played a role in alerting the residents. “Everybody had been evacuated from the home and also from the neighbouring homes,” he confirmed. “No one was injured.” Pauls said a North Corman Park Fire Chiefs Association agreement between the fire departments in Osler, Warman, Martensville, Dalmeny and Langham pays off in situations like this. “Thankfully we have our Mutual Aid Agreement,” he said. “That’s been a Godsend for us. We had two guys from Warman that got rolling as soon as I called them.” Three pumper trucks and two emergency medical response vehicles from the Warman and Osler fire departments responded to the blaze along with Warman RCMP. Pauls said although the




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a.m., and were still spraying down the smoking wreckage of the building at 9:30 a.m. Residents of Osler stepped in quickly to try and help the owners of the home. However, a fundraising supper that was being organized to help the family will not be necessary, according to community members.

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fire that began early Thursday morning completely destroyed a home in Osler. Osler and Warman fire crews responded to the blaze, which began around 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 12. No one was injured in the incident, although friends of the family that owned the home say everything was lost in the fire. The couple that owned the home and their young daughter were able to get out of the house safely. According to Osler Fire Chief Jason Pauls, the fire department was on the scene in a matter of minutes after receiving the call, but the fire was already spreading rapidly through the house, located on Maple Court. “When we arrived on scene, we found the side of the garage and the roof already fully engulfed in flames,” said Pauls. “We started with a four-man crew, and Warman (firefighters) came shortly after that, but the fire just spread through the roof and kept on going.” Pauls said while it was fairly clear the fire likely started in the garage area, the exact cause of the blaze was not yet determined. “We’ll have to get the fire investigator out to determine the cause,” he said. Pauls said it was fortunate the wind that morning was from the east. While the strong breeze fanned the flames and accelerated the spread of the fire, there were no buildings directly west of the burning home, located at the western end of the quiet residential cul-de-sac. Houses on the north and south side of the fire were able to be saved. “We got everything wet on both of the other houses and tried to protect the exposures once we realized we weren’t going to be able to save the home,” said Pauls. “We don’t have enough water to calm down a fire like that when it gets going because it’s just pushing through ev-



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Warman student inks basketball Radisson gearing up scholarship with Montana college to celebrate in 2013 By TERRY PUGH


ith Radisson’s 100th anniversary just around the corner in 2013, preparations are already underway to make it a party to remember, according to the town’s mayor, Walter Kyliuk. A committee was struck earlier this month to plan a series of events for the celebration marking the centennial of the town’s founding. The weekend celebration will coincide with the town’s annual agricultural fair, which is scheduled for the second weekend in August, 2013. At a town meeting on April 4, residents of Radisson and district heard a presentation from the mayor of Ituna detailing how that town attracted roughly 1500 current and former residents when it held its centennial in 2010. Glenn Leontowich told the meeting that the three-day celebration in Ituna left a lasting legacy in the community, and provided a shot in the arm for the businesses, volunteer organizations, and the 700 or so residents of the town, located on the CN Rail mainline near Melville. “We started planning our celebration about a year and a half in advance,” Leontowich said. “We started with fewer than ten people, and most of the volunteers who came out were seniors. But it really snowballed. We got the whole community involved, we pulled in about 1500 people for the weekend, and we ended up making about $72,000 on an event where we had originally hoped just to break even.” Leontowich said the community was able to access some provincial grant money to help cover necessary expenses, and even after purchasing essential materials and pay-

Renowned artist Richard Widdifield holds his original sketch of the Saskatchewan Commemorative Mural “Open Skies...And Hearts” as he explains his proposal to paint a similar mural for Radisson’s 100th anniversary

ing fair rental value for civic-owned facilities, the funds generated during the weekend exceeded everyone’s expectations. “It was a lot of work, but it was definitely worth it,” said Leontowich. “The pride it genereated in our community was amazing.” Leontowich outlined the ideas that worked at the Ituna celebration, providing a solid foundation for the Radisson committee to start from. Volunteers signed up after the meeting to help out, and additional volunteers will be enlisted over the coming months. The annual agricultural fair in August, 2013 provides the ideal time to stage the celebration, noted Kyliuk, since families and former residents have a tradition of returning to the town at that time. The town has already booked the Skyhawks parachute team for the occasion, and the musical entertainment will be virtually non-stop over the weekend.

MURAL PROJECT One of the ideas to come out of the meeting was a proposal to commission a community-based mural painting by Richard Widdifield, a nationally-renowned artist and painter who lives in Radisson. Widdifield’s “Saskatchewan Commemorative Mural” was commissioned by the Government of Saskatchewan in 2005 on the occasion of the province’s 100th anniversary. The resulting mural, which depicts not only scenes from Saskatchewan’s history but also contemporary events and personalities, is on permanent display at the conference centre in Regina’s exhibition grounds. The mural, an oil on canvas painting which measures 7 feet by 11 feet, was the product of many accumulated years of research and took an entire additional year in the design, drawing and painting stages. An ambitious project, the mural combines in its main central panel over 130 images, objects, poems, portraits, maps and metaphors in just the upper sky vista alone, with another 80 elements combining in the lower landscape. Widdifield proposed to do a similar mural painting, although smaller in size, depicting historical and contemporary images of Radisson. The mural would be unveiled at the town’s 100th anniversary celebration. Reproductions of the mural would also be available for visitors to the centennial celebration. Widdifield will be seeking historical photos from area residents as a basis for images on the mural. Donations toward the mural project are welcome, and can be sent to the centennial planning committee in care of the Radisson town office.

Grade 12 grad looks forward to life this fall with Little Big Horn College’s Lady Rams By TERRY PUGH


he next time Peyton Hardes of Warman hits the hardwood, she’ll be suiting up for the Little Big Horn College Lady Rams in Montana. The 17-year old Warman High School (WHS) student received a scholarship to play basketball in the United States while working toward her degree in pscychology. She signed the papers commiting to play for the Little Big Horn College team, coached by Mark Stordahl, in the gym at WHS on Monday, April 16. “I”m pretty excited to go,” said Hardes, one of the top players on the WHS senior girls basketball team over the past several seasons. “It’s a great opportunity and I’m really looking forward to the experience.” The College campus is located in the town of Crow Agency on the banks of the Little Big Horn River, near Billings, Montana. Founded in 1980, the college promotes high academic and athletic standards, something that appeals to Hardes. “I have an opportunity to take psychology classes for my chosen career, and to combine that with playing basketball at a high level is something I really want to do,” she said. “I know it’s going to be hard work, but that’s okay.” Hardes was among the standouts for the WHS senior girls basketball team over the past couple of years because of her size, grit and skill. WHS Principal Michael Collins said it was obvious that Hardes has had a passion for the game for many years. “She’s always practicing in the gym or the outdoor courts before and after class,” said Collins. “She’s a leader on the team. She’s got a great work ethic and she’s passionate about playing the game at a high level. I think the folks in Montana recognized that and that’s why they wanted her so bad.” Peyton’s father, Peter Hardes, started coaching her when she was in Grade 7. He’s very proud of what his daughter has acomplished. “I spent a lot of time with Peyton to teach her the skills,” said Peter Hardes. “She’s got the same passion for the sport that I do, and she’s so hard to defend against because she’s so strong and competitive. She’s also such a great defensive player and we’re looking forward to seeing her succeed in a US college basketball program.” Peter Hardes said he made a

Peyton Hardes, a Grade 12 student at Warman High School and a leader on the senior girls basketball team, will be headed to Montana in the fall to pursue a college basketball career

Peyton Hardes signs the scholarship papers while Warman Mayor Sheryl Spence (left), WHS Seniors Girls Basketball Coach Betty Bird and WHS Principal Michael Collins look on short video of Peyton, showing clips from games over the past couple of years, and sent it to several colleges in the states. “About ten colleges were very interested, but we decided on Little Big Horn because of its program and also because it’s the closest one to home,” he said. “But she’ll be playing in league games and tournaments all across the US.” Warman Mayor Sheryl Spence

said she sent a note of congratulations to the family when she heard of the scholarship. “We’re very proud of the kids in our school and our community, and when they succeed on this level we went to let them know that,” she said. “This is a wonderful family and the parents, Peter and Shelley, have supported all three of their kids in all their endeavours. We’re very happy for them.”

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Firefighters battle wildfire near Borden, flames destroy equipment By TERRY PUGH


random lightning strike was the most-likely cause of a massive wildfire that burned hundreds of acres of sandy pasture-land about 2 miles southwest of Borden late last week. The fire burned through the night of Thursday, April 12 and into the morning of Friday, April 13, fanned by brisk 25 kilometer per hour winds. The blaze spread quickly because of the dry conditions, burning an area approximately 1 mile long and half a mile wide, and consuming dry grass, trees and brush. No one was injured in the fire, and there were no reports of damage to buildings in the area. A caterpillar tractor owned by the RM of Great Bend that was being used to contain the blaze was destroyed after it caught fire. Borden Deputy Fire Chief Ian Wainwright said the fire’s location in a relatively inaccessible area in the sand hills about a mile and a half south of the SandCastle Resort guest house complicated firefighters’ efforts. He added that the darkness and heavy smoke also added to the challenge. “It was very disorienting,” Wainwright said. “It was hard to get a good bearing on where you were and which direction you were going.” While there was sufficient water to combat the fire, the lack of road access made it impossible to use the trucks directly. Firefighters used backpacks filled with water

to battle the blaze, as well as a couple of four-wheel quads supplied by volunteers. Tractors, backhoes and graders were also used to contain the fire and build barriers. The efforts of the volunteer firefighters were bolstered by personnel from the RM of Great Bend, local farmers and contractors from Borden. A full crew of 15 firefighters from Borden were backed up by a large contingent from the Radisson fire department. Dave Buckingham, mayor of Borden and a member of the village’s fire department, said the call came in about 10:00 pm, although the fire likely started earlier that evening. “I think there was one bolt of lightning that accompanied a light shower of rain that came through that evening, and it may have started the fire,” said Buckingham in a phone interview Monday, April 16. “It was extremely rugged territory and very difficult to access.” Buckingham said firefighters got the fire well under control about 2 o’clock in the morning, and at that point the Radisson contingent were sent home. A couple of hours later, however, the RM caterpillar tractor accidentally caught fire and burned. The operator of the cat was able to escape without injury. Barry Hvidson, Administrator with the RM of Great Bend, said the tractor was being used to clean up a burned out area. “It was probably about 4 o’clock or 4:30 in the morning,” said Hvidson in a phone interview from the RM office in Borden on Monday, April

16. “Some embers or sparks must have got caught in the track and came up and ignited something flammable. We don’t know for sure, but the operator smelled it right away and jumped off and yelled that the cat was on fire.” But by the time firefighters in the area rushed in to help, it was already ablaze and they were not able to extinguish it. When the tractor’s fuel tank exploded about 6:30 am that morning, it apparently made a pretty impressive sight, but did little damage to the already burned-out area. The tractor burned through the weekend and was still smouldering on Monday morning. Hvidson said while the machine was insured by the RM, it isn’t likely they’ll receive the full replacement value. “It was a 1976 model, and even though it was in great shape, we’ll be hard-pressed to find a replacement that we can afford,” he said. “It extremely well-maintained. We had just done a bunch of work to it last week to get it ready for the season. The RM was planning to do a considerable amount of road construction this summer to finish fixing the flooddamaged roads and also build up some of the backroads as well.” Hvidson said even though the loss of the cat will make a dent in the RM’s resources, he said the bottom line is that no one was injured and no lives were lost. “You can always replace equipment, but you can’t replace a human life,” he said. Firefighters finally had


A Caterpiller bulldozer tractor owned by the RM of Great Bend lights up the night as it burns after catching fire early Friday morning, April 13. The machine was being used to clean up a burned-out area. (Photo submitted by Dave Buckingham)

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No parking zone implemented beside Warman condo complex Street repairs underway, spring clean-up dates set in Warman By TERRY PUGH


portion of the west side of 1st Avenue North across from the SuperValu store in Warman is now a no-parking zone. The decision was made at the April 3 meeting of Warman Town Council to declare the portion of the street in front of the Savannah Estates condominium complex a 24-hour no-parking zone. The main concern, according to the council’s transportation committee, was safety. Another factor was access for condominium residents to and from the underground parking garage, accessible only from 1st Avenue North. Signs indicating the new regulations were installed on Thursday, April 12. According to Wade Eberle, Bylaw Enforcement Officer for the Town of Warman, the new regulation became effective that day. Tyler Wiebe, a Warman town councilor and member of the traffic committee, told the council meeting that the committee had considered 1 or 2 hour parking limits, but ruled that out as ineffective and unenforceable. “During the day, having vehicles parked on the west side of the street does hinder traffic entering and leaving the condominium, and

we needed to come up with a solution,” he said. In addition to the no-parking zone on the west side of 1st Avenue, a portion of the curb on the east side of the street will also be painted yellow and parking prohibited to allow traffic entering and leaving the grocery store parking lot better visibility.

STREET REPAIRS Warmer weather means the frost is coming out on the streets of Warman, resulting in the normal crop of potholes, according to Frank Guenther, Director of Public Works and Utilities for the community. Guenther told the council that the widespread presence of alkali in the ground aggravates the problem. “We do have some major work on some of our streets,” Guenther said, noting that the appearance of a “spidery” pattern in the pavement and the presence of moisture indicates an underlying problem. “It varies because of soil conditions and the height of the water table. Even in those areas where we have put in weeping tile and fixed the roads we still have some water coming up. People wonder if we have a water main break, but it’s really just the alkali coming through the pavement.” Guenther said some of the worst-affected streets are 8th Avenue North, and also 1st Avenue North in the Rockwood neighbourhood, partly because of the heavy truck


Wade Eberle, Bylaw Enforcement Officer for the Town of Warman, stands beside a newly-installed “No Parking” sign on the west side of 1st Avenue North in Warman. The parking prohibition is designed to increase traffic safety. Residents of Savannah Estates condominium complex have experienced difficulty entering and exiting the underground parking facility at the building. Parking restrictions will also be introduced on the east side of 1st Avenue to allow better visibility for traffic entering and exiting the Super-Valu grocery store parking lot. (Clark’s Crossing Gazette photo by Terry Pugh)

traffic in the growing area. Guenther said the public works department is working to address the problem.

SPRING CLEANUP DATES The twice-annual back-alley cleanup in Warman will run from May 14 through 25. The program allows residents to leave larger items in the alley behind their residence to be picked up by the municipality’s public works employees. The cleanup programs runs in the spring and fall. The program is divided into three sections, with areas

south of Central Street scheduled for May 14 to 16. All items must be out by 7:00 am on May 14. The area north of Central and West of Centennial runs May 17, 18 and 22, with all items needing to be out by 7:00 am on May 17. The final area is that north of Central and east of Centennial, which runs May 23 to 25. All items must be out by 7:00 am on May 23. Complete details on the cleanup program are available from the Warman town office.

Clarkboro Ferry sets sail for the season By TERRY PUGH


he Clarkboro Ferry is back in business. The most heavilyused ferry in the 12-vessel provincial river-crossing fleet was launched successfully at 2:15 pm on Thursday, April 12.

Ministry of Highways employees had been working to get the ferry in shape for the season for the past several weeks. On Thursday morning, ties were laid on the approach road on the east bank of the river. A large tractor was used to maneuver the 38 ton (34.5 tonne) flat-decked ferry into

position before pushing it into the water. Despite ice remnants along both east and west banks of the river, the current itself is essentially free of floating ice, allowing the ferry to operate. The Clarkboro Ferry, which is accessed by Township Road 390 (also known as

RM of Aberdeen ratepayers hold AGM By PAT PECKOVER


he Rural Municipality (RM) of Aberdeen held its annual ratepayers meeting on April 3 with about 200 people in attendance. The meeting featured reports from Bruce Voldeng, the mayor of Aberdeen, Martin Bettker, the reeve of the RM, Kim Huffman of the Hwy. 41 Water Utility, Ron Stevens, the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) Director for Division No. 5, and the recognition of several residents of the RM for their services to the community. Voldeng brought greetings from the town and congratulated the RM of its population growth of 32 per cent in the last five years. The town itself saw five new housing starts in 2011 and handed out 11 renovation permits, he noted. As well, the town hired a new public works manager and has hired Hanna Crosby to help them develop a new community plan. Aberdeen has also implemented a new Go Green recycling program with multi-use bins, has worked on a Main St. Improvement project, and expanded the water plant in cooperation with the Hwy. 41 Water Utility. “There are a lot of things happening in town,” Voldeng said. Stevens reported on SARM’s work with the province on funding changes in the last provincial budget, including an increase for the rat eradication program. As


Nettie Theissen (right) is presented with the RM of Aberdeen’s 2011 Citizen of the Year award by Reeve Martin Bettker at the RM’s annual ratepayers supper held April 3 in Aberdeen. Theissen was born and raised in the RM and has been involved in many different community organizations over the years. well, permanent registration for two per cent liquid strychnine for gopher control was achieved. The federal budget was a disappointment, Stevens said, with nothing but cuts for agriculture, including the loss of jobs in the department as well as the Scott experimental station being turned over to a private company. Kim Huffman with the Hwy. 41 Water Utility reported that they are nearing the end of the pipeline construction and a few leaks have been repaired. He asked for patience from the water line subscribers as it has taken longer than they expected to complete the line,

at least partly because of the weather. Right now, 166 subscribers are getting water from the line of the 434 total subscribers. The utility has 400 kilometres of pipeline running in the RMs of Aberdeen, Grant, Blucher, Fish Creek, and Corman Park, he noted. “This line has brought a reliable and safe source of water to the area,” Huffman said. Reeve Martin Bettker acknowledged the large donation to Telemiracle by Roy Wudrick, a farmer from the RM who died last year, who bequeathed $1.46 million in his will. Wudrick’s son and Continued on Page 7 Please see “RATEPAYERS”

Grid 784 or the Warman Ferry Road) connects Warman to Aberdeen. The 60 foot long vessel measures 20 feet wide and is capable of handling up to 6 cars. The ferry is estimated to carry close to 60,000 vehicles per season. Normal hours of operation for the Clarkboro Ferry are 5:00 am to midnight. The Hague Ferry is not yet in operation.

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he Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) will launch its first Saskatchewan base on Monday, April 30 in Regina. Beginning at 12 p.m. (noon), STARS will be ready to provide safe, rapid medical transport for critically ill and injured patients in southern Saskatchewan. “We’re very excited that helicopter air medical service will soon be in place for people across southern Saskatchewan,” Health Minister Don McMorris said. “STARS will give patients another option for specialized care and transport in emergency situations. It will save lives.” “We’re really pleased with our progress in Saskatchewan,” said Ron Dufresne, vice president STARS Saskatchewan operations. “We will begin flying missions from the Regina base during daylight hours and transition to a 24/7

operation late this summer. Right now, we are looking after the final preparations in order to get ready for the arrival of the BK117 helicopter.” Dufresne added the support of key partners like ground EMS, dispatch agencies, police, fire and other service providers has been very encouraging. “Everyone is committed to delivering the best emergency care and transport system possible.” STARS is a charitable, non-profit organization that provides rapid and specialized emergency medical care and transportation for critically ill and injured patients. STARS has flown more than 22,000 missions across Alberta and eastern British Columbia since 1985 from bases in Calgary, Edmonton and Grande Prairie. In 2011 STARS began responding to emergencies in Manitoba from a base located in Winnipeg.



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Access to surgery continues to improve in Saskatchewan

New surgical data shows that Saskatchewan continues to make progress improving access to surgery for patients. Since 2007, there has been a 90 per cent drop in the number of Saskatchewan patients waiting more than NANCY HEPPNER Martensville MLA 18 months for surgery and a 79 per cent decrease in the number waiting more than 12 months. By the end of 2012-13, the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative’s target is to reduce all surgical wait times to less than six months. By 2014, the goal is to provide all patients with an opportunity to have surgery within three months. Currently, 99 per cent of surgeries are completed within 18 months, 96 per cent within 12 months, 87 per cent within six months and 76 per cent within three months. The number of patients waiting remains at the lowest level since the current data measurement system was introduced in late 2004. The 2012-13 provincial budget included a further $60.5 million investment in the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative. Health regions will use the funding to improve access to surgery by providing additional surgeries to patients and introducing innovations that enhance surgical care. We have also increasing funding for the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency. Our commitment this year to the Cancer Agency is $113.8 million, an almost 14 per cent increase from 2011-12. In 2012-13, it is expected this funding will provide 30,000 cancer drug treatments, 39,000 mammograms and 6,000 new patient appointments at the cancer centres in Saskatoon and Regina. The latest data shows the number of people waiting to see a medical oncologist in Saskatchewan is down almost 50 per cent and that almost no cancer patient is waiting longer than eight weeks for their first appointment. Also in this year’s budget, the colorectal screening program will go province-wide to improve early detection and survival rates and there is a further $5.5 million for the STARS air ambulance. Your Saskatchewan Party government is working hard to strengthen the services that matter the most to you.

For some, there’s never a great time to revisit an unpopular idea ... or so the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce may soon find out if it pushes its idea of municipal amalgamation much further. The Chamber may find that the notion is no more popular than it was in 2000 when University of Saskatchewan political science professor Joe Garcea released his report on the Task Force on Municipal Legislative Renewal - work that was financed by the NDP government’s Municipal Affairs department. Garcea’s report 12 years ago recommended that the 1,006 local governments at the time (rural and urban municipalities, hospital boards, school boards, etc.) be dissolved and replaced by 125 municipal districts. You may also recall that the idea was met with a firestorm of protest - much of it from the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities who proposed a referendum on whether rural citizens favoured “forced amalgamation.” (Generally, people don’t favour being “forced” to do anything.) But equally adamant was the then Sask. Party Opposition. Then Opposition MLA Bob Bjornerud suggested that: “Garcea never did one bit of homework to find out if we save one dollar by what he is talking about.” (Really? The Sask. Party couldn’t see saving in reducing bureaucracy back then when its own budget is now cutting programs and reducing the number of civil servants by 16 per cent?)


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Well, fast-forward 12 more years and what’s intriguing is how much has changed in the rural Saskatchewan economy and how little has changed in local governance. For example, the timing of the Garcea report coincided with the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool’s “Project Horizons” that closed 235 local elevators. Yet at this year’s 107th annual SARM convention, we didn’t see many less rural municipalities than the 297 RMs that were around during the controversy of the Garcea report. In other words, if local governments don’t like forced amalgamation, they don’t seem particularly eager to do it on a voluntary basis, either. But given the Sask. Party’s past positions and close alignment with SARM, it would seem doubtful that the government will have much interest in “forcing” the issue. All this makes the timing of the Chamber of Commerce’s bold proposal to reduce the 800-odd urban and rural municipal governments to a more manageable number that much more intriguing. Interestingly, the Chamber’s arguments are similar to what was presented by Garcea more than a decade ago. There are surely cost-savings and other efficiencies to be found - especially since a lot RMs don’t have much responsibility

opportunities lost or services that can’t be delivered because their jurisdictions are just too small and disjointed. In fairness to the RMs and smaller municipalities, there is a lot of creativity and innovation at the grassroots level something I see every year as a judge for the Saskatchewan Municipal Awards. What’s also evident, however, is that there is still too much local squabbling and too little co-operation. It is for that reason the Sask. Party government should at least examine the Chamber’s amalgamation proposal. Sure, some find amalgamation unpopular. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth a serious look.

Week honours volunteers

Dear Editor: National Volunteer Week is a week-long celebration where Canadians pause to applaud hardworking volunteers in their communities who support many worthwhile causes. This year, National Volunteer Week will be celebrated from April 15-21, 2012. It provides an opportunity to recognize and honour the individuals who donate their time, energy and skills to their community because they have a sincere desire to make a difference. Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is incredibly fortunate to count 6,600 dedicated people as our volunteers. This number has grown substantially since the first handful of volunteers established DUC almost 75 years ago to save dwindling wetlands on the drought-stricken Canadian prairies. Since then, we’ve built a strong community of

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beyond gravel and pest control and haven’t had much of role in rural governance for 40plus years. But what may be most interesting in the Chamber’s proposal - to be voted on a resolution at its annual gathering May 9 to 10 - is the argument about the untold lost economic opportunity. Also interesting is SARM President Dave Marit’s argument: “Nobody’s been able to prove it’s going to more efficient.” It’s near identical to what we heard from his predecessor Sinclair Harrison and Bjornerud a decade ago. Again, it would seem relatively easy to find efficiencies in reducing government size. What is truly tougher, however, is identifying the economic

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people with varying interests, united in a common purpose of conserving wetlands for waterfowl, other wildlife, the environment and people. DUC salutes our volunteers for their dedication to wetland conservation and for inspiring other Canadians to help conserve wetland habitat across this great country. By conserving wetlands, they are helping provide essential habitat for thousands of species of plants and animals. These wetlands also help filter our water, store harmful greenhouse gasses and moderate the effects of flood, drought and erosion. What’s shocking is, despite their many benefits, Canada loses 80 acres of wetlands every day. This is the equivalent of about 45 soccer fields every 24 hours. Today, our volunteers help us fundraise by organizing community banquets, special events and auctions. They also help teach our youth

about the many values of wetlands. Our volunteers spread the word about the need for wetland conservation by encouraging their colleagues to give through our workplace fundraising program, and help cultivate major gift donations from local businesses and organizations. Additionally, they help us to advance government policies that help conserve wetlands. Volunteers are truly great DUC ambassadors. To honour our volunteers during National Volunteer Week, we have created a volunteer appreciation video especially for them. To view the video - titled Our Habitat Heroes: DUC’s Volunteers - visit DUC is always looking for more volunteers to join our team. To find out more, visit Yours in conservation, Tom Worden, President Ducks Unlimited Canada


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Bethany Sports Camp announces head coach for Volleyball Camp 2012 coaching 12 seasons of competitive high school volleyball, 6 seasons of competitive club erek Zacharias is ex- volleyball, 3 seasons of junior tremely excited about the high volleyball and 5 seasons opportunity to be head of recreational volleyball. instructor at the 2012 Betha- In the course of his coaching career, his ny Sports Camp teams have earned (BSC) Volleyball 7 provincial high experience. school medals, 2 Derek’s pasjunior high consion for the game ference championof volleyball is ships, and many matched with his top 5 finishes at passion for workthe club provincial ing with youth level. to pass along the Derek beskill and characlieves that the deter traits needvelopment of a pered to excel at son’s character is the game. Derek comes to camp with 18 Derek Zacharias critical to their development as an athyears of coaching exlete. Therefore, relationships perience comprised of By WES ENNS

Athletic & Recreation Director Bethany College


RATEPAYERS Continued from Page 5 daughter-in-law were at the meeting. Bettker talked about the population increase in the RM, explaining that it has increased 251 from the 2006 census to 1,016 residents. He noted that the RM had 28 new home starts and 29 renovation permits issued in 2011, valued at over $11 million. The RM is also fixing and upgrading a lot of roads to accommodate the growth, including new and replacement culverts in many areas. “We have a positive outlook ahead,” Bettker said. Bettker also recognized former reeve Real Hamoline who served four terms in total on council. As well, Lawrence Dyck, the former outside foreman was recognized for his 25 years of service. Dyck was hired as a patrol operator in 1986 and eventually became foreman, retiring on December 31, 2011, Bettker explained. Paul Martens was recognized for his 30 years on the Aberdeen volunteer fire department. Don Jones was recognized for his 22 years with the Aberdeen First Responders. The families of the First Responders were also thanked for their support. The RM then handed out their 2011 Citizen of the Year award, an award that was implemented in 1982. “This award goes to an individual who goes above and beyond what is expected of

them,” explained Bettker. This year’s winner was Nettie Theissen, a long-time resident of the RM. An anonymous letter nominated Theissen for the award, stating that she was born near Aberdeen and grew up in the area and has worked in many areas to improve the community. She worked at the senior’s complex, organized and delivered Meals on Wheels, worked on the Aberdeen Community Hall committee, was on the Mennonite Church board, and worked with MCC and the food bank. Theissen opened her acceptance speech with a bit of humour saying that her clothes were by Sears and her hair was by Magic Cuts. “It’s kind of nice to have someone speak or write on your behalf,” Theissen said of her nomination. She called the award “an overwhelming and humbling experience and honour.” She thanked the RM council for their tireless efforts to bring the community together. “It takes a lot of people to build a community. It takes all of you,” Theissen told the crowd. “In the early 1900s, our relatives came here to build a community for themselves and for future generations. We need to continue to do this, build for future generations.” Theissen thanked everyone for their support. “This will hang on my wall, but you are all part of it,” she said.


that mentor youth and build into the lives of the athletes and coaches alike are a primary focus of his teams and approach to the game. Derek’s perspective on life and sports has been impacted by two major influences, his relationship with his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ as well as by his family. Derek is a proud husband and father of four fantastic girls. As many people know, Derek’s oldest daughter, Jordan, passed

away this last December, as a result of cancer. Derek will share many of the life lessons his family learned as they walked with Jordan throughout her journey with cancer, as well as strive to inspire the athletes and staff as they hear Jordan’s story of excellence in volleyball and life. Bethany College has been providing a top-notch BSC for over 17 years. Young people from Grades 7-12 experience a full week of solid sport in-

struction from highly trained Christian coaches. It is our desire to see campers develop their athletic skills in the sport they love, while enjoying an overnight camp setting that encourages integrating faith and athletics. All our staff members are passionate about using their gift of sport to glorify the Lord. Volleyball camp runs July 9th –13th and is divided into two levels of instruction to better equip our campers. To learn

more about BSC Volleyball and Basketball Camps, please visit Bethany College invites the public to come join our year end events: JABULANI! African Praise, a Concert Choir presentation, Knox United Church, 2:30 pm April 21, 2012. COMMENCEMENT SERVICE, Sunday April 22nd, 2012, 2:30pm, at Bethany Place, Bethany College Campus, Hepburn, Saskatchewan. For information visit:

Bethany College Recognizes Student Excellence in Team Awards BETHANY COLLEGE ANNUAL AWARDS

Each year Bethany Students are recognized for the individual contributions they make within their Athletic and Ministry Teams. 2012 Award recipients are pictured in no specific order. Athletic Team Awards: Men’s Volleyball: CLA - Andrew Reddekopp, MVP - Craig Pudlas MIP - Ryan Bright, Women’s Volleyball CLA Jill Wikkerink, MVP - Jaymie Baumann, MIP - Tamara Wall, Men’s Basketball: CLA - Craig Pudlas, MVP - Kendell Wiens, MIP Matt Boettcher, Women’s Basketball: CLA - Erin Bader, MVP - Tamara Wall, MIP - Dynel Weber, Men’s Hockey: CLA - Evan Peters (not pictured), MVP - Aaron Willems, MIP - Ben Thielmann, Men’s Indoor Soccer: CLA - Erick Penner, MVP - Kendell Wiens, MIP - Luke Gruenhage, Women’s Indoor Soccer: CLA - Kaylee Buhler (not pictured), MVP - Tasha Chernesky, MIP - Sidney Knull, Ministry Team Awards: Fixed on Faith Team Builder - Stephanie Chase, Most Improved - Jessica Esau, Spiritual Guide - Ryan Bright, The Bethany Players: Team Builder – Kaylee Buhler, Most Improved - Rachel Quapp, Spiritual Guide - Carley Snaith, Point of Impact: Team Builder – Spencer Nikkel, Most Improved – Jaymie Baumann, Spiritual Guide - Cameron Kerney (Photo submitted by Darlene Dyck, Bethany College)




Bethany Hosts Alumni Awards Chapel By DARLENE DYCK

Communications Co-ordinator Bethany College


n Monday March 19, Bethany College hosted its annual Alumni Awards Chapel. This is a time for past Bethany students, alumni, to bring not only an encouraging word to current students, but also to bless them with some much needed funds. The chapel began with Rob Neufeld, Director of Donor Relations presenting three scholarships. Rob always has an encouraging word to Bethany’s current student body from the alumni he meets with regularly, and this year was no different. He had recently visited with a dear alumnus, Anna Ens. Incidentally; she is in fact the oldest alumnus on record, turning the young age of 105 on February 4, 2012! She said, “I really remember Bethany. God has blessed me abundantly. At Bethany College, I came to understand the Bible for myself. I had such a wonderful time there. I am thankful for Bethany.” Dr. Rueben M. Baerg Scholarship

Dr. Rueben M. Baerg was a teacher, professor, and pastor of many schools, colleges, and churches in Canada and the US. His late wife, Emma Lepp, had been a career missionary to India. Both were Bethany alumni. This scholarship of $1,000 was awarded to second year student, Evan Peters. The late Henry & Luella Krahn Scholarship

The late Henry & Luella Krahn were friends of the College. They placed a very high value on relationships with people, demonstrating sincere

care and love in a variety of ways. Of particular concern for them was the spiritual life of other people around them. The Krahns sought to model the essence of I Thessalonians 5:11, 16-18 “…Encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing…Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” This scholarship of $1000 was awarded to another second year student, Austin Gagne. $500 College Alumni Scholarship(s)

The final award presented by the College’s alumni, this is a scholarship of $500. It is presented to a first-year student who is seeking to live out Christ’s teaching in Matthew 20:27-28 in serving the Lord by serving others; striving for academic excellence and is experiencing financial need. This year, with additional alumni funding, two Scholarships of $500 were awarded to Stephanie Chase and Sidney Knull. The scholarship presentation was followed by a challenging message from a recent alumnus, Colin Enns, who is on staff at the Bridge in Saskatoon. He recounted his own encounter with God while at Bethany and encouraged students in their pursuit of knowledge to not forget the importance of building relationships with others as God gives them opportunity to do so. To use the circumstances of daily life, to lift one another up and encourage those who cross our paths, for it isn’t by chance, but by God’s design. Student response was immediate, and they began by praying for each other

Alumni Awards Chapel Scholarship Recipients Pictured l-r: Rob Neufeld, Austin Gagne, Evan Peters, Sidney Knull and Stephanie Chase.

at the end of chapel. We welcome you to come meet our students at the spring graduation weekend events: Bethany College Spring Concert, “Jubulani”, Knox United Church, 838 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon at 2:30 pm April 21, 2012, and Bethany College Commencement, Hepburn SK, 2:30 pm April 22, 2012. More information on these and other upcoming events are available on the website: .

Bethany concert, commencement ceremonies this weekend Bethany College Concert Choir presents; “JABULANI! African Praise”, Knox United Church, 2:30 pm April 21, 2012. Come enjoy a program of the rich and vibrant sounds of Africa, featuring the Canadian premiere of “Afro-Caribbean Mass” by Fred Onovwerosuoke. Free admission. For information visit: Bethany College invites the public to come join our annual Commencement Service, Sunday April 22nd, 2012, 2:30pm, at Bethany Place, Bethany College Campus, Hepburn, Saskatchewan. For information visit:

Wagner, Neil Lloyd

In Loving Memory

July 27, 1957 -April 21, 2010

Ever Remembered Ever Loved Only God knows how much you are missed! Frances, Hailly, Raichelle & Jay, & Nathaniel


For the past 35 years, the Saskatchewan Junior Citizen program has been recognizing the outstanding youth of Saskatchewan. This year four deserving youth, aged between 8 and 18 years old, will receive $3000 bursaries to help pay for their future post-secondary education. Someone you nominate could be one of them. Visit for more information and nomination forms or call Nicole Nater at 1-800-661-7962 Nomination closes April 30, 2012.

Written by Janyne Johnson for a class Sherwood Park, AB Age 10 (at the time of Neil’s passing)

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Team Work Community involvement earns Dalmeny couple Citizens of the Year award By TERRY PUGH


hen George and Darlene Zwack moved to Dalmeny from Prince Albert in January, 2006, they made a commitment that they were going to get involved in their new community. Seven years later, that involvement has earned them the honour of being the first couple to be named Dalmeny Citizens of the Year for 2011 It was an award that caught them both by surprise. “We had no idea we were even being considered,” said Darlene Zwack. “It was a total shock.” A plaque and certificate were awarded to the couple at a regular gathering of the Dalmeny Seniors Club on Tuesday, April 10. Pat Schultz, the seniors’ club representative on the community’s Recreation Board, made the presentation. “George and Darlene are people who have good ideas and also work to bring these ideas to fruition,” said Schultz. “The best part about working with George and Darlene is their positive attitude and their willingness to work at any task – big or small. They are truly people who inspire others and thus embody the spirit of the Citizens of the Year award.” George Zwack said he and his wife had always wanted to live in a small town, so when he retired in 2004, the couple spent a long time looking for a community where they would feel at home. “We thought we’d like to find a place near Saskatoon so that we could access health care services as we got older,” said George. “We spent a couple years scouting the towns in the area, and we found that Dalmeny had a very friendly feeling about it. And with the exception of a gas station, it has all the amenities you really need.” Darlene said she had always wanted to return to a small town, having been born and raised in Pleasantdale, south of Melfort. “In a small town you know everybody and you pitch in and help out when you can,” she said. “That’s the kind of community where I wanted to live, and Dalmeny just fits that like a glove.” Shortly after they moved to Dalmeny, they each took part-time jobs in the grocery store and drug store, which allowed them to get acquainted with just about everyone in town. They also joined the seniors club, even though they were still in their 50s. “We were considered ‘junior seniors’,” said George. “Membership is open to anyone 50 years and older. And we had lots of energy so we got involved as the social convenors. When we first arrived the club was raising funds to repair the roof for the seniors’ centre. We organized a raffle and helped finish off the fundraising goal for that project. It was fun, and thanks to a lot of people who helped out, it was a success.” Darlene said the following year, the club began a tradition of organizing an annual public concert to raise funds for the club. “The first year we brought in a country music band from Manitoba called ‘Country Blend’,” she said. “The second year we booked ‘Cash Back’, and the third year we brought in ‘Country Blend’ again. Until this year, that annual fundraising concert has been held in conjunction with the Dalmeny Days celebration in early June. “This year, Anne and Doug Wilson took on the project and they brought in Colby Nargang to perform in

Geroge and Darlene Zwack were honoured with the Dalmeny “Citizen of the Year” award last week in recognition of their contributions to the community over the years. It was the first time the award has gone to a couple. February, and that went very well,” said Darlene. Over the years, the couple organized many social events for the seniors club, including tours, suppers, and even “mini-Octoberfests.” George also helped organize a cross-country ski club whose members use the old Carlton Trail railway line as a ski trail. For several years, they helped out with the Dalmeny Fury

senior hockey club by taking tickets at the door for games. Last December, George and Darlene helped resurrect the community’s Christmas carnival. Originally known as Midnight Madness and organized under the auspices of the local business community, the event evolved into a children’s-oriented event at the JJ Loewen Centre. Outdoor

wagon rides, an appearance by Santa Claus, and indoor ‘fun day’ booths were set up in the JJ Loewen Hall. The Dalmeny High School Travel Club was brought on board to help run the various children’s events, and money raised at the carnival went toward the travel club. It was a successful event that saw seniors and teenagers working together to entertain youngsters. The mer-

chants in town also contributed to the carnival. The Zwacks, who have four grandchildren - all under 4 years old - say they will continue to be very involved in the Seniors Club and the community, even though more of their time is devoted to the little ones when they come to visit. “It’s our home, and we really love it here,” concluded Darlene.

Saskatchewan cancer patients will have improved access to cancer care and services, thanks to a funding increase this year to the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency. The provincial government committed $138.8 million for the agency in the 2012-13 Budget, an increase of $16.9 million (nearly 14 per cent) over 2011-12. It will be used to enhance access to cancer screening, cancer drugs and oncologists. “We’re committed to giving Saskatchewan people the

best cancer care available anywhere,” Health Minister Don McMorris said. Between April 2010 and February 2012, the number of people waiting to see a medical oncologist in Saskatchewan dropped almost 50 per cent. The number waiting for a first appointment at a cancer centre dropped 64.5 per cent during the same period. No cancer patient currently waits longer than eight weeks for a first appointment. “Although we have im-

proved access, we know there is more work to do with our partners in health care,” Cancer Agency Board Chair Dr. Stewart McMillan said. “Ensuring clients, patients and their families have access to the care and services they need is our top priority.” The funding increase will support approximately 30,000 cancer drug treatment visits, 39,000 mammograms, and about 6,000 new patient appointments at the cancer centres in Saskatoon and Regina in 2012-13. It

will also enable expansion of the Screening Program for Colorectal Cancer to all health regions in the province. “The Canadian Cancer Society is pleased with the attention that has been given to cancer care and is particularly encouraged that the government is supportive of policies that will prevent cancer and of early detection programs that will save lives,” Canadian Cancer Society’s Saskatchewan Division Executive Director Keith Karasin said.

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Golfers turn out in droves as Legends opens for the season Despite cold weather, course booked solid for opening day By TERRY PUGH


ith membership numbers in the Legends Golf Club increasing by about 30 percent over last year, it’s shaping up to be a very exciting season, according to Jody Dueck, head professional at the Legends Golf Course in Warman. “We’ve gained about 100 new members so far this season,” said Dueck in an interview at the Legends clubhouse. “That brings the total membership up to about 300, which is a huge increase.” Dueck said about 80 of the new members came over from the Greenbryre

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Golf and Country Club in Saskatoon, as a result of that course temporarily closing to undergo redevelopment this year. “It’s nice to see them coming out here,” said Dueck. “We certainly welcome them to our club.” The Legends opened for the season on Friday, April 13, and even though the weather was cold and blustery, it didn’t stop golfers from hitting the links. About 150 players teed off on opening day and Saturday, but a snowfall on Sunday put a damper on things. “We started taking teetime bookings on Monday morning at 9 o’clock, and by 9:15 the first two hours were already booked solid,” said Dueck. “Even if it’s not great weather, it seems like when its the start of the season, people will play golf no matter what the weather throws at them. We’re just hoping the snow stays away.” The course itself is in good shape for this time of year, notes Dueck. “We had to do some pumping to drain a bit of excess surface water and a bit of fertilizing, but the course wintered really well. The tee-markers were put out and the greens have been cut once, and it looks good.” The club will be building additional storage space to accommodate the additional members. In addition to the Legends Open and numerous private company golf tournaments, the Legends Golf Club is also gearing up to host the Saskatchewan Junior Men’s and Junior Women’s Tournament at the beginning of July, noted Dueck. The tournament, which runs July 2-4, will see the best young golfers in the province take on the challenging course. A major focus this season will be on youth, noted Dueck. He said the newest addition to the Pro Shop staff, CPGA Professional Ashley Olynick, is one of the top female golfers in the


(Top) Golfers (left to right) Ron Fouquette, John Stephenson and Ann Kirkland braved chilly weather to tee off at the Legends first hole as the course opened for the season on Friday, April 13. (Lower) Legends Head Professional Jody Dueck (centre) and Assistant Pro Devin Fehr (right) help club member Leonard Kirkland get set up for his round on opening day at the Legends Clubhouse pro shop. province, and she’ll be working extensively with young athletes. “We’re hoping she can get a lot more junior players out here, especially junior women,” he said. “She is very keen to promote the game among youth.” Olynick joins Dueck and Assistant Professionals Craig Prentice and Devin Fehr on the staff. In addition to working 40 to 50 hours each in the pro shop every week, the staff pros teach golf lessons through the season. “We’re busy, but we try to get a few rounds in with the members when we can,” said Dueck with a grin. “We love working here.” The Legends’ second sea-

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olf Saskatchewan announced major changes to four provincial championships beginning with the 2012 tournament season. Beginning this year, the SGI CANADA Saskatchewan Junior Men’s Championship, the SGI CANADA Saskatchewan Junior Women’s Championship, the Saskatchewan Amateur Women’s Championship, and the Saskatchewan Mid-Amateur Men’s Championship will move from previous four-day formats to now operate under three-day formats. “As an association we continually to strive to evolve based on the feedback we receive,” said Dan Ukrainetz, Manager of Tournaments and Player Services for Golf Saskatchewan. “Consistently what we have heard is that the players would prefer a three-day format for these tournaments. It will mean less cost for the players during the tournament and for many people it will mean tak-

Ron Fouquette tees off at the Legends Golf Club first tee-box on Friday, April 13. Fouquette was one of about 150 golfers to try out the course during its opening day as the Legends began its second full season.

ing less time off of work. “We anticipate that the size of the fields will continue to grow with players from across the province.” In addition, each provincial championship tourna-

ment, including the Amateur Men’s Championship and the Senior Men’s & Women’s Championships, will begin competitive play on the Monday of the tournament week. The Amateur Men’s Championship will remain as a fourday event, while the Senior Men’s & Women’s Championships will continue to operate as a three-day event, having previously changed in 2007. The final two tournaments of the Golf Saskatchewan tournaments season are the Saskatchewan Women’s Rosebowl Championship and the Saskatchewan Mixed Team Championship. The Women’s Rosebowl Championship will continue to operate as a mid-week event in early August. The Mixed Team Championship once again will close out the Golf Saskatchewan tournament schedule on the final weekend of August. Registration for all Golf Saskatchewan championships begins April 15th.

2012 Golf Saskatchewan Championship Schedule

2012 SGI CANADA Saskatchewan Junior Men’s & Women’s Championships Monday, July 2nd – Wednesday, July 4th at The Legends, Warman, SK 2012 Sask Mid-Amateur Men’s & Amateur Women’s Championships Monday, July 9th – Wednesday, July 11th at The Willows Golf & Country Club, Saskatoon, SK 2012 Sask Amateur Men’s Championship Monday, July 16th – Thursday, July 19th at Deer Park Municipal Golf Course, Yorkton, SK 2012 Sask Senior Men’s & Women’s Championships Monday, July 23rd – Wednesday, July 25th at Melfort Golf & Country Club, Melfort, SK 2012 Sask Women’s Rosebowl Championship Wednesday, Aug. 8th – Thursday, Aug. 9th at Rolling Pines Golf & Country Resort, Nipawin, SK 2012 Saskatchewan Mixed Team Championship Saturday, Aug. 25th – Sunday, Aug. 26th at Elmwood Golf & Country Club, Swift Current, SK

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hen Wade Wohlford went to France in 2007, one of his goals was to visit the Vimy Memorial and pay his respects to the thousands of Canadian soldiers who perished during that battle – a turning point in the First World War. The experience of seeing the massive memorial – where 11,285 young men from across Canada died – made a huge impression on him. Five years later, he’s hoping to share the message with others in a novel way. The Warman resident is a member of the Saskatoon Stock Car Racers Association (SSCRA), the club which owns and operates Auto Clearing Motor Speedway. Every year, his Pro Truck carries a different look as he finds a fresh theme for his racing vehicle to set it apart from the pack. This season, to mark the 95th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, Wohlford has transformed his Pro Truck into an incredible pictorial of the Vimy Memorial. Every part of the vehicle depicts a

part of the giant memorial – the hood shows the twin towers, the tailgate portrays the tragic male and female statues at the base of the stairs leading up to the memorial. The solemn memorial plaque at the base of the steps is at the centre of the tailgate, and all around the vehicle –from stem to stern – is row upon row of bright red poppies. For Wohlford, who spent his youth as a member of the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets, the tribute to soldiers who died almost a century ago honours their sacrifice. “It’s pretty sobering when you walk around the monument and you see it up close,” said Wohlford during an interview at the unveiling of the truck April 12. “It’s dedicated to the soldiers who lost their lives. It’s not about victory or about conquering the enemy. It’s all about loss. Strictly about loss. There were 60 thousand soldiers who were killed in the First World War.” Wohlford said while all the veterans of World War I have since passed on, it’s important to keep their memory alive. “I’m trying to make sure that no one ever forgets,” he said. “This is one way of bringing

Wade Wohlford (above) took photos of the Vimy Memorial when he was in France in 2007. The photos were used to make the images on the truck. Wohlford will be racing the vehicle this season.

that reminder to people.” The illustrations were made by graphic designer Sean Heitmar of Wolfecraft Signs, who spent about 30 hours using “photoshop magic” to transfer the images in Wohlford’s photographs onto “vehicle conform vinyl” and then installing the vinyl onto the truck. “It was a challenge, but it meant so much to Wade, that I wanted it to look perfect,” said Heitmar. “He had a vision of what it should look like, and I worked hard to make that vision happen. It turned out pretty nice.” The truck is currently on display in the showroom of Wheaton Pontiac, a dealership in Saskatoon which sponsors Wohlford’s truck in the Pro Truck racing series. It’s a good opportunity to see it before it gets scratched up,” said Wohlford. “It’s a race truck, and I’m going to be looking to win the series, so it won’t look nearly as nice by the end of the season.”



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Season kicks off with a huge Mother’s Day celebration at the track on Sunday, May 12th


ifty years ago, a group of friends who were into racing cars decided to start a club and drive around in circles really fast. When the Saskatoon Stock Car Racers Association (SSCRA) started up in 1962, nobody could have predict-

ed it would still be around half a century later. And nobody could have foreseen that they’d have one of the best short tracks in the country, that they’d be hosting a major NASCAR series race, or that thousands of fans would flock to their facility every weekend. But that’s what happened, and when the starter’s flag drops for the opening races on Saturday, May 12, the new season will be one of the best in the club’s history, says Herm Hordal, publicity direc-

tor of the SSCRA. “It’s phenomenal that the club has been around as long as it has,” said Hordal in an interview April 12. “There are still a lot of people who were part of that original group, including Al Bakke, Mike Gustus, the Hill family and the Shirley family, to name just a few. There’s been several generations of racers that have been part of this club, and it’s a tribute to all the members of the club that it’s become as successful as it has.” Hordal said it’s been a long

winter, and racing fever has definitely spread among the stock car racing community. The schedule for Auto Clearing Motor Speedway is set and available online at The action begins May 12 and goes right through until September 29. “We’re kicking things off with a big Mother’s Day celebration at the races on May 12,” said Hordal, adding the five-month, 22-race day schedule will be capped off with the annual “Enduro” race at the

end of September. “It’s a full season,” he said. “We’re expecting close to 100 registered cars and trucks, and that doesn’t include the touring series like the Legends, the Super Trucks, the Dakota Dunes Western Canadian Super Late Model series, and of course the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.” The NASCAR series runs Tuesday, July 24 and Wednesday, July 24. Hordal said there are some changes in store this season, as race organizers


won’t be trying to put too many events into a single evening. “We’re going with three division races on race nights,” he said. “So that could be Mini-Stocks, Pro Trucks and Super Late Models, or it could be the Thunders, the Streets and the Legends. We’re going to increase the number of laps they do, so you’re going to see more intense racing. Most of the divisions are going to be running a minimum of nine races and in some cases 10 races over the season.”




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ROYAL PURPLE Radisson Royal Purple held their monthly meeting on April 2nd with seven members present, 100th RP pins for the 100th anniversary of Royal Purple in Canada happens in 2014 were bought by the ladies, plans were finalized for the District # 9 annual meeting, and the nominating committee to finalize their officers for the ensuing year. The raffle was won by the Lodge and the next meeting is on May 7th with the election and installation of Officers. On April 14th Radisson Lodge hosted the District Annual meeting in the Radisson Seniors Room with 25 ladies

present from Allan, Asquith, Saskatoon and Radisson Lodges and the meeting was chaired by Past HRL Lorraine Olinyk. The ladies enjoyed lunch of open faced buns, veggie tray, cheese & pickles along with a sundae bar for dessert. During the meeting, the Saskatoon Drill team led in the marches, Irene Turner from Saskatoon was pianist and Saskatoon ladies performed the Draping of the Charter in memory of four departed sisters of Saskatoon Lodge #46. Friendship Night, when the lodges meet for supper and entertainment, will be June 13th at Asquith, and each lodge provides items for the program. Ten door prizes donated by the Radisson ladies were handed out to visiting ladies and the raffle prize of a gardening basket valued at $45 went to Diane Malakoe of Saskatoon and a framed dried flower picture went to Terri Lorman of Saskatoon. Before leaving for home the ladies all enjoyed coffee and dainties.

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CO-OP ANNUAL MEETING Starting April 16, the Borden Co-op grocery will be open 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Mondays to Fridays and on Saturday 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. The Co-op supper (advance tickets @ $6) and annual meeting is April 19 at 6 p.m. in the Borden Community Centre. Affinity Credit Union supper(advance tickets only @ $6) and information meeting is April 24 in Dalmeny Community Hall at 6 p.m. with door prizes and the Prairie Spirit Jazz Band will be performing. FARMERS MARKET Borden Farmers’ Market held their annual meeting on April 10th in the Borden Se-

nior’s Room with 9 members present. Reports were heard from President Lorraine Olinyk on the 2011 successful year and from treasurer Connie Kenakin. The opening date for the summer markets was set for May 4th in the Borden Fire Hall and every Friday until Thanksgiving with hours from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.( some vendors may stay until 6 p.m. if feel it is warranted). Election of directors was held with president Lorraine Olinyk, Vice President Helen Sutherland, Treasurer Connie Kenakin, member Rita Shukin and the secretary and on the board will be Karen Kerr replacing Mandy Tracksell who wanted to retire from the board. The membership fee remains at $5.00, but the annual dues and weekly stall rental were raised to $4.00. One new vendor was approved and most

of the ones from last year will be returning –Shukins, Kenakins, Karen Kerr, Helen Sutherland, Lillian Hamilton, Gayle & Jesse Wensley, Lorraine Olinyk, Eileen Petrun, Marlene Matthews and Natalie Gramiak. We will miss Sandi Bader who has opened up her New & Olde Shoppe down the street from the Fire Hall. Condolences were also sent to Elaine Parsons on the passing of her husband Weldon Parsons of Blaine Lake who were members of our market.

DANCE CLUB The Borden Dance Club, with dancers from Borden, Langham and Radisson, were in competitions at Aberdeen this past week-end and their own recital in the Borden Community Centre will be Saturday, April 21st at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday April 22nd at 2 p.m. with lunch to follow both performances, then the

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REAL ESTATE: Homes/Condos for Sale.......... 601 Homes/Condos For Rent........ 602 Apartments For Rent............... 603 Land For Sale........................... 604 Commercial Property.............. 605 Recreation Property................ 606 Property Wanted..................... 607 Land For Rent........................... 608 Wanted to Rent....................... 609 TRANSPORTATION: Autos For Sale..........................701 Vehicles Wanted......................702 Motorcycles/ATVs....................703 Recreational Vehicles............. 704 Boats/Motors.......................... 705 Snowmobiles........................... 706 Auto Parts.................................707 EMPLOYMENT: Employment Wanted.............. 801 Child Care................................. 802 Business Opportunities.......... 803 Career Training........................ 804 Careers..................................... 805 AUCTIONS: Auction Sales........................... 901


THANK YOU The Langham Curling Club would like to thank the following The Town of Langham The RM of Corman Park Affinity Credit Union Nemanishen Contracting Ltd for their generous donations Our past season would not have been successful withour our members as well, a BIG thank you to everyone for all your volunteer hours. A small club such as ours would not operate without volunteers. The Spring AGM will be held on April 25 at 7:00pm. at the Curling Club.

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Warman students aiming for cover on Holiday Guide Students attending Warman High School will be artistically working to reveal their interpretation of ‘local’ and are vying for Cover Page placement on the fall issue of the LocalSask Holiday Guide. The local movement has become more prominent in recent years and is planning to further encourage and simplify the search for local goods by publishing twenty-five thousand Holiday Guides. ‘Made in Saskatchewan’ products and businesses will be displayed in a catalogue style setting, with complete details, photos and ordering information. ‘Involving the students in the design of the cover page and seeing what ‘local’ as a concept means to them is a natural extension of what we are trying to achieve,’ says Marsha Lemon, the entrepreneur behind ‘The local movement includes more than just the foods we eat and also takes into account our artisans, crafters, authors and musicians.’ A total of twelve schools within Saskatchewan were randomly chosen to participate and will include submissions from Buffalo Narrows, Carrot River, Cut Knife, Delisle, Glentworth, Hudson Bay, Meadow Lake, Montmartre, Prince Albert, Warman and Young. One selected image will become the cover page of the guide, with the four runner ups guaranteed a ¼ page spread within the publication itself. Artists will retain their own copyright and will not be restricted when it comes to the future sales of the image or original artwork. ‘The potential exposure for the artists is exceptional,’ says Lemon. Twenty thousand issues will be distributed through the two large provincial daily newspapers with the remaining five thousand to be direct mailed and distributed at tradeshows throughout Saskatchewan. The guide will also be available online. All images submitted will be posted to and the Facebook page after June 2, 2012. The public is encouraged to support the emerging artists by viewing, sharing and commenting on images shown . To request a copy of the holiday guide for yourself when available, visit http://www.




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BORDEN SCHOOL NEWS After the Easter break the students will be in to Badminton playoffs with the Juniors slated to play first round on April 17th at Leask, second round on April 19th in Warman and finals are at Rosthern on April 21st. For the Seniors they start playoffs at VCA in Osler on April 24th, then April 26th and Finals April 28th. Then all the athletes will be in to Track and Field and there is a Clinic at Borden on April 26th and on May 8th and if they wish to compete at Conference meet on May 16/17 they have to attend these clinics. Congrats to the band members who placed first at Dalmeny Music Festival and to the Senior and Jazz band that performed well at the International Band Festival in Edmonton. The Prairie Spirit(West) Jazz band had gigs at The Bassment March 30th, on April 24th will be playing at the Affinity Credit Union supper and information meeting in Dalmeny and then at a Superannuated Teachers event June 13th. The final concert of the year for the Bands will be June 6th at 7 p.m. at Walter W. Brown School in Langham. Borden students in the bands are Sarah S. in Ju-

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nior, Michael Crabb, George Hembery, Tyrell Sargent and Aryn Polichuk in Senior and Jazz. High School students are planning a 30 hour famine for May 4th & 5th. The Borden School Community Council will hold their annual meeting on April 23rd at 7 p.m. in the School Science lab and parents are encouraged to attend and to fill positions on the council.

Wiebe, who is marrying Gordon Neufeld of Borden, will be held April 23rd at 7 p.m. in the Borden Senior’s Room and a card is at the Co-op Grocery for those wishing to sign.

COMMUNITY CENTRE Borden Community Centre Preservation Committee held their 2nd annual Borden’s Got Talent Event on April 15th in the Centre, with 9 performances . Each FRIENDSHIP CLUB The Borden Friendship Club performer(s) did two sets held their monthly business and first up was the quarand annual meeting on April tet of Ty Sargent, George 11th and elected for the ensu- Hembery, Michael Crabb ing year is President Eileen and Aryn Polichuk playing Petrun, Vice-president Lottie on garbage cans with drum Petriew, Secretary Lorraine sticks and they played Fresh Olinyk, Treasurer Florence Trash, 2nd up was Chloe Neufeld. The annual fee to Redhead and Sadie Funk belong remains at $10 pp, and who did a dance routine with the committees remained props doing About Me(Rock) the same except convenor of then Elmo & I Know It, next the Lunch Committee is Au- up was Rose Mandziak who drey Baker taking over from sang City Lights and SomeElizabeth Derksen. The Club day You Will Want Me, folset the date of June 12th at lowed by Clayton Wiebe 2:30 p.m. to invite neighbor- playing piano solos – Sliping Senior Clubs and the en- ping Around and Beach tertainment at the April 25th Buggy Boogie, then the rock Potluck supper will be the band “26 Pledge” with Avery Julseth Family of Borden. Fairbrother on guitar & soloThe club donated $80 to the ist, Dylan Sargent on drums Beautiful Borden committee & George Hembery on bass to put soil and flowers in 4 guitar & back up singing barrels around town and and for their sets they peralso sent $300 to the SOS Vil- formed songs they had comlages to sponsor a village in posed - Take Some Time and Goodbye. JaeLynn Rempel Mombasa, South Africa. sang I’ll Always Love You BRIDAL SHOWER and Independence Day, Aryn A bridal shower for Danielle Polichuk had two piano solos – The Last Lullaby and Turkish Rondo, followed by Lyndon and Tarrell Block doing Musical Comedy – To All the Beautiful Women(in the room) then sang humorous words about Days of the Week looking ahead to a fun Week-end. Last performance was by the Rock & Roll band “Jam” – with Matt Fairbrother singing, Avery Fairbrother and Jamie Branderick Melissa Saunders (far left) was presented with the Provincial 4-H on guitars & back Speaking Competition first place ribbon. She is pictured here with all of up singers and the other first and second place winners.

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The Town of Warman was born when the Canad ian National (Canadian Northern) Railway running from Humb oldt to North Battleford intersected with the Canadian Pacific Railway running from Regina to Prince Alber t. This took place in the fall of 1904.


The original name of the town was called Diamo nd, be cause the crossing of the two railroad lines create d a diamond shape. Soon the name of the town was chang ed to Warman, named after Cy Warman (1855-1914), a journalist who followed asnd recorded the construction of the Canadian National Railway. In 1905 there was a huge influx of settlers so that in 1906, Warman was organized as a village. By 1927, the population had dropped to 148 peopl e so that the village council decided to disorganize and return to hamlet status. For the next 35 years, the affairs of the hamle t were handled by the Rural Municipality of Warman, which had its office in Warman.

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In the early 1950s, Warman began to grow again . Families chose to live in Warman rather than in Saskatoon, where many of them were employed. By 1961, the popu lation of Warman had reached 659, so it was decided in 1962 to incorporate again as a village. By 1966, Warman had grown so much that they were granted status as a town. The Town of Warman has since become a prosperous town of 4,655 peo ple (2006 census) and continues to grow. (The 2011 census put the population at 7,084 - and council voted to apply for city status in 2012.) This in turn has encouraged businesses to start and prosper, making it the thriving town it is today. -Leonard Doell Town of Warman Website

journalist, novelist, poet, songwriter, railroader, adventurer and incurable romantic By TERRY PUGH


arman will soon become Saskatchewan’s 18th city. But not very many people have ever heard of Cy Warman, the man for whom the community was named. His life-story reads a lot like one of his novels. Cy Warman was born in June, 1855, and raised on a dirt-poor homestead in Illinois, USA. A self-taught man who never had much formal education, Warman worked his way across the US and Canada, equally at home in a wilderness mining camp, windswept prairie railway line or genteel New York publishers’ office. He became a respected journalist and a best-selling author by telling true stories of the real world. By the time he passed away on April 11, 1914 in London, Ontario, at the age of 59, he had published more than a dozen novels and volumes of short stories, poems, and songs. These books, and his many newspaper and magazine articles, were widely read throughout North America. He was a regular contributor to the most influential newspapers and magazines of the period, including McClure’s. Contributors to Mc-

Clure’s in the 1890s included Cy Warman, Robert Louis Stephenson, Stephen Crane and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

EARLY RAILROAD YEARS Warman got his first job at the age of 5, when he started as a waterboy for a railroad construction crew that was working near his family’s farm home in Illinois. According to biographical information posted on, Warman later tried his hand as a wheat speculator in his youthful years. He already knew from experience that wheat growing wasn’t a paying proposition, but he found out quickly that the trading floor was just as harsh an environment as the endless prairie fields he worked in his childhood. He apparently invested $1000 in a single deal, and lost all but 50 cents when the market crashed. After working at several other jobs in Illinois in the late 1870s, Warman’s world collapsed around him when his first wife and two children died suddenly, although no record exists of where and how they passed away. Warman decided to pack up and try a new start out west. He made his way out to Colorado in 1880. He helped plant an orchard in Canon

City, and then took a job working 12-hour shifts in a silver smelter. Colorado at that time was in the midst of a railroadbuilding boom, and the 25year old Warman decided to become a locomotive engineer. He got hired by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad as a general labourer. His second day on the job, doing a particularly hot and dirty task, he impressed the foreman, who recommended that he be promoted to fireman. Three years later, Warman was an engineer on what he called “The Perpendicular Run” from Salida to Leadville. It only took one trip to convince him that being an engineer in the dangerous western mountains wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. But his experiences on the railroad during those years furnished him with plenty of material for his future livelihood as a writer. He recounted the noises, sights, humour and romance of railroading in a flowing style that resonated with readers across the country. Still, it took a while to build up a reputation as a writer. His first venture was

a small magazine in Denver called The Frog, which quickly went under. In 1888, he became editor of the Western Railway Magazine, a semimonthly, but that publication also failed. He was hired by the Rocky Mountain News to report on railroads, crimes and politics, but he wanted to edit his own paper, and moved to a silver mining boom town called Creede, Colorado. Silver was discovered there in 1890, and when the railway reached the remote mining camp in 1891, the population exploded. It went from just a few souls to 10,000 people in a matter of months. It looked like a promising place to be in business. Warman started the Creede Chronicle in March, 1892, and the journal quickly gained a reputation as one of the best mining-camp newspapers in the state. He also became a regular contributor to the New York Sun, and earned the moniker of “Poet of the Rockies”. He was close friends with Eugene Field, a famous poet, and Charles Dana, editor of the New York Sun.

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music by Raymon Moore, lyrics by Cy Warman (1893) I’ve a secret in my heart, Sweet Marie -A tale I would impart, Love, to thee. Every daisy in the dell Knows my secret, knows it well, And yet I dare not tell Sweet Marie. When I hold your hand in mine, Sweet Marie, A feeling most divine comes to me. All the world is full of spring, All the warblers on the wing, And I listen while they sing, Sweet Marie. (Chorus)

Come to me, Sweet Marie. Sweet Marie, come to me. Not because your face is fair, Love, to see. But your soul, so pure and sweet, Makes my happiness complete, Makes me falter at your feet, Sweet Marie. In the morn’ when I awake, Sweet Marie, Seems to me my heart will break, Love, for thee. Every wave that shakes the shore Seems to sing it o’er and o’er, Seems to say that I adore Sweet Marie.

When the sunset tints the west, Sweet Marie, And I sit down to rest, Love, with thee, Every star that studs the sky Seems to stand and wonder why. They’re so dimmer than your eye, Sweet Marie. (Chorus) Come to me, Sweet Marie. Sweet Marie, come to me. Not because your face is fair, Love, to see. But your soul, so pure and sweet, Makes my happiness complete, Makes me falter at your feet, Sweet Marie.

Creede was home to some notorious outlaws of the old west, and Warman would certainly have written about the almostdaily robberies and murders that took place in that mining camp metropolis. Robert Ford, the man who shot Jesse James in Missouri in April, 1882, was among the gangsters who were attracted by the easy money in Creede. Ford had been a member of Jesse James’ gang. He established a saloon in Creede in May, 1892; and was himself murdered, while sitting at a table in his own saloon, by another outlaw named Edward O’Kelley on June 8, 1892. Another shady character in Creede at that time was Jefferson (Soapy) Smith, whose violent gang preyed on the miners who flocked to the community in droves. Smith later became notorious for similar activties in Skagway, Alaska during the Klondike gold rush in the late 1890s and early 1900s. COLORADO TO CANADA While Warman had plenty of talent and wrote great copy while covering the silver boom in Creede, he was always short of money. The Chronicle ceased publication in September, 1892, just before the silver boom went bust; and Warman moved to Colorado Springs where he took a regular job as a reporter for the Rocky Mountain News. But it wasn’t long before he got restless and followed the railway line - first to Washington - and then to Canada. In 1893, he was living in London, Ontario, when he fell in love with a young woman from Kansas. Her name was Marie, and she was a student at the Convent of the Sacred Heart, a Catholic school in London. One night Warman was walking through London’s Victoria Park when he jotted down a few lines of rhyme. Within a few minutes he had composed “Sweet Marie” - a poem that he read to his girlfriend as his marriage proposal. She accepted. They were married and settled down in London where they raised their four children.

rie’s heart was set to music by Raymon Moore, an American composer. According to an account published in a book called “The Alabama folk lyric: a study in origins and media of dissemination” by Ray Broadus Browne, Moore himself sang the song in a musical stage production called “Africa” which opened in the Euclid Opera House in Cleveland in 1893. Moore’s version was less than memorable, but when the same show opened a little later in Pittsburgh, a singer named Charles Hopper performed the song and made it an immediate hit. A contemporary report in the press of the day stated that Sweet Marie “was an immediate success and soon the whole country was singing and whistling its dainty measures.” Its wide popularity, particularly among the southern Appalachian mountain region of the United States, led to a number of parody songs based on it. The song was so popular that when Willard Chocolates began production of a candy bar line in 1914, the company simply appropriated the name “Sweet Marie” for to capitalize on the popular title. Willard was bought out by Neilsen and later by Cadbury, but the chocolate bar is still in production. In 1947, the song, “Sweet Marie”, was included in the soundtrack for the Academy Award-nominated movie, Life with Father, starring Elizabeth Taylor, William Powell and Irene Dunne. WRITING THE RAILS After their marriage, Cy and Marie Warman left Canada for Europe. They lived there for several years in the 1890s while he wrote at length about European and Asian railroads during the boom in construction on that continent. His first book of poems, entitled “Mountain Melodies” was sold on trains, at news stands and tourist stops for 50 cents a copy. He wrote his first successful book, “Tales of an Engineer” in Paris in 1895, and found a ready market for his work. He also wrote both

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the Century, and McClure’s Magazine, the leading periodicals of the day, and was a prolific contributor to countless tourist, railway and sportsmen’s pamphlets. Rare copies of his books are still available. HEADING WEST After moving back to London, Ontario, Cy and Marie Warman built a house near the University of Western Ontario campus in 1899. The house was used as a sorority residence from 1945 to 2010, and is still a popular tourist attraction in London. During his years in London, Cy Warman got politically involved with the Liberal Party, and eventually became fairly well-connected with some of the bigwigs in high places. He was regarded highly by Frank Oliver, who became the federal Minister of the Interior in 1905. In political circles of that era, the pork barrel was king, and one way to get a job was to have the right connections. Warman’s solid skills as a journalist, as well as his high public profile as an author, made him the perfect candidate for the federal gov-

ernment’s publicity campaign to boost settlement in western Canada. The railway boom was on, and the Canadian Northern line was being built through the newly-created provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta. Frank Oliver decided to increase the federal government’s grant to the Western Canada Immigration Association on the understanding that the increase would be used to hire Warman as a staff writer. Warman spent some time in 1905 chronicling the construction of the Canadian Northern main line. In appreciation for his work, the CNR named stations in Saskatchewan for both him and one of his daughters. The town of Vonda was named after his daughter. Cy Warman passed away on April 11, 1914. Three years before his death, he published a poem called “Will the Lights be White,” which has appeared in recent editions of Bartlett’s Quotations, the longest-running book of quotations in the world, first published in 1855 and updated in 2003. Marie Warman continued to live in London, ON until her death in 1945.

Will the lights be white? Oft, when I feel my engine swerve, As o’er strange rails we fare, I strain my eyes around the curve For what awaits us there. When swift and free she carries me Through yards unknown at night, I look along the line to see That all the lamps are white The blue light marks the crippled car, The green light signals slow; The red light is a danger light, The white light, “Let her go.” Again the open fields we roam,

And, when the night is fair, I look up in the starry dome And wonder what’s up there. For who can speak for those who dwell Behind the curving sky? No man has ever lived to tell Just what it means to die. Swift toward life’s terminal I trend, The run seems short to-night; God only knows what’s at the end -I hope the lamps are white. -Songs of Cy Warman, 1911

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Books by Cy Warman

Mountain Melodies [1892] Tales Of An Engineer, With Rhymes Of The Rail [1895] The Express Messenger, And Other Tales Of The Rail [1897] Frontier Stories [1898] The White Mail [1899] Snow On The Headlight: A Story Of The Great Burlington Strike [1900] Short Rails [1900] At The Rainbow’s Tip [1905] The White Elephant [1905] The Last Spike, And Other Railroad Stories [1906] Weiga Of Temagami, And Other Indian Tales [1908] Ol’ Quebec [1908] Songs Of Cy Warman [1911]

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Young musicians who take music lessons at the Hawk’s Nest Music Studio in Warman did well at the recent Sask Valley Music Festival in Rosthern. (Rear, left to right) Isaac Risling, Elliott Gusaas, Mia Novecosky, Adin Dereniwski (Teacher and owner of Hawk’s Nest Studio) (Front, left to right) Micheline Corsar, Sam Risling. Elliott Klassen tied for second place in Recital Class. Mia Novekoskyreceived an “A” in pre-Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) level. Micheline Corsar placed second in Introductory RCM Level. Sam Risling received several 1st place prizes including Piano Solo - Sonata, Sonatina, Repertoire 9 years & under class, Piano Solo - RCM.CC Pre Grade/Introductory Any Age, Sonatina. Sam also won the Audrey Watson Sonatina Scholarship for 12 & Under and a Trophy. Isaac Risling received 2 first places and seconds, including Piano Solo - Contemporay Idioms, Grade 2 - Any Age, Piano Solo - Recital GAZETTE PHOTO BY TERRY PUGH Piece 13 years and under.


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