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CARNDUFF AND CARLYLE TOWN FEATURES LOCAL AUTHOR ANNE LAZURKO REDVERS OIL SHOW FEATURE


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eyburn resident Natalie Gray has been a Budget Blinds consultant for two years. A one time hairstylist, Gray reports that skills from her former trade provide unique advantages at Budget Blinds: “Having a background in colour theory, style, design and flow has been very helpful,” she explains. For Gray, on-the-job success is a matter of understanding clients’ needs, hopes and decor, then producing the window coverings that suit their home and routines ‘to a T.’ “I don’t see myself as a salesperson,” she says. “My job is to help clients find the best window coverings, and I do that by getting to know them a little bit first.”

As the Budget Blinds consultant for Saskatchewan’s southeast, Natalie Gray regularly visits rural clients’ residences to deliver free in-home consultations. Having herself been raised in the small town of Zenon Park, Gray recognizes that Budget Blinds’ accessibility to country and metropolitan clients alike is truly exceptional. “Budget Blinds offers great customer service and a variety of custom window coverings to people, no matter where they are,” she affirms. “That’s important to me.”

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his edition, we’re proud to feature the towns of Carlyle and Carnduff, and everything they have to offer. It was a joy to work with the residents and business owners of these areas as we put this issue together.

With summer just around the corner, excitement is growing as people gear up to make plans. Take a look at our spotlight on “Summer Fun in Saskatchewan” to find inspiration on how to make the most of the warm weather. And, so you can get a head start on a beautiful summer yard, columnist Ken Beattie gives tips on how to make the most of growing season. In the first of several artist profiles to come, we feature Weyburn writer Anne Lazurko, whose first novel was nominated for a Saskatchewan Book Award. In an area with an abundant oil and gas sector, we’re happy to feature several wonderful businesses as the community gears up for the Redvers Oil Show.

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contents MAY/JUNE 2014

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Lisa Drader-Murphy: Brimming with Love for Hats

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

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The Vast World of Alternative Health Part 2 of 3

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Community Spotlight: Envision Counselling and Support

ARTS, DINING AND ENTERTAINMENT 25

Event Calendar

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Author Profile: Anne Lazurko

SPORTS, RECREATION AND TRAVEL 30

Summer Fun in Saskatchewan

HOUSE AND HOME 34

Your Bedroom Sanctuary

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Ken Beattie: Get Ready for Growing Season

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Carlyle Town Feature

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Carnduff Town Feature

BUSINESS 114

Understanding Investments: Getting Started

128 Growing Success: Weybex Awards

OIL & GAS 134 A Legacy of Community Service: Estevan Oilfield Technical Society 139 Redvers Oil Show Feature

WHEELS 158 Selecting the Perfect Machine for Work and Play

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Brimming WITH LOVE

FOR HATS By Lisa Drader-Murphy National Fashion Columnist Photos Geoffrey Creighton

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recently had the pleasure of exploring my “hat personality” with famous Canadian Milliner, Edie Orenstein. Imagine my surprise to stumble upon her opulent display of hand-made hats while wandering the Seaport Market in Halifax! I had first become familiar with Edie’s work years prior at her iconic Granville Island, Vancouver store, which I made a point of visiting every time my travels led me to the west coast. With Edie’s creative genius guiding me, I had so much fun exploring the variety of looks and styles for spring. We narrowed the vast hat-wearing opportunities down to five different looks. Surely every woman will find one of these to suit her lifestyle and aesthetic. Iconic—I loved wearing this style! The Panama-style hat exudes confidence, yet the brim is wide enough to provide a hint of privacy. This style conjurs visions of the English manor house, surrounding

gardens and nearby stables. It exudes taste, sophistication and elegance. “Iconic hats and clothing connect us with our history. Collectively, personally, books, movies, world events... We attach our dreams and alter egos to stories of history.” – Edie Orenstein, Milliner Gatsby—The flapper girl of the roaring 20s is the independent, unattached, unrestricted, flamboyant woman, not having to adhere to the rules. The “cloche” that topped the sweet pin curls and finger waves of the girls of this era has been a style that has endured the test of time and to this day is the most popular selling shape in women’s hats. It’s one of my favourite sassy silhouettes to pull off the “I’m sweet, and a little bit mischievous” look!

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Romantic—The romantic hat harkens back to an innocent time. Pure, lovely, uncomplicated, these hats are everything feminine, natural, and emotionally driven. You may don a romantic hat whenever you’re in the mood for it, not just for the garden party. Wear this look when shielding oneself from the harshness of life. “Romantic fashion and hats transport us to a gentler, magical place, where things are simpler.” – Edie Orenstein, Milliner Travel & Leisure—The fedora is one of the easiest styles to wear. It is casual and comfortable, yet chic with its multinational flavour. It’s pack-ability and versatility transforms day to night looks. The style is light-hearted, playful, and somewhat androgynous. I love the juxtaposition of the masculine structure adorned with feathers, flowers and ribbon. Occasion—Some hats “rise to the occasion,” like a tuxedo or uniform. There is no mistaking that this is a special event. Imagine horse races, weddings, bar mitzvahs, elegant luncheons, cocktails; occasion-style hats mark formal events of any sort.

“Fashion is the non-verbal language of humanity (society) past and present. Hats are the accent, the flourish, and the poetry of that language regionally and globally.” – Edie Orenstein, Milliner “Fashion, like any language, and the use of it, is affected by culture, religion, politics, education, station, experience, personal identification of “tribe.” It all adds up to expression — personal, collective, conscious and unconscious. It says, “I belong,” “I am different,” or even “I’m trying to hide or disappear.” – Edie Orenstein, Milliner Lisa Drader-Murphy is one of Canada’s preeminent fashion designers, and presides over one of the few remaining fashion houses in the country to design, cut, and sew all of their own garments. Proudly selfdescribed as “an entrepreneur who happens to design women’s clothing,” she has been the creative and driving force behind the celebrated “Turbine” label for more than 17 years, as well as the new and exclusive “Lisa Drader-Murphy” line.

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BY SARAH VERMETTE

t’s not uncommon to find certain alternative therapies being offered in hospitals and conventional health programs, such as cancer clinics offering meditation and acupuncture, to help patients manage pain and side effects of treatment. In part two of this three-part series, we’re looking at four alternative therapies that are often used as complementar y approaches in conjunction with western medicine. Each of these can also be widely beneficial as stand alone therapies.

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Acupuncture Acupuncture began in China and has been used there for over 2,000 years. It is one of the oldest medical procedures in the world that is still being practiced. Though acupuncture has been used in North America for a few hundred years, it has only become popular in the past few decades. An acupuncturist inserts very thin needles through the skin at certain points on the body to help restore the flow of energy, called qi (pronounced chee). Sometimes the needles are connected to a small machine that emits electrical pulses through the tips. Qi, the vital energy (life force), flows through the body along a network of channels called meridians, and affects a person's spiritual, emotional, mental and physical health. Qi has two life forces, called yin and yang, which are opposite forces that work together to form a whole.

Biofeedback The word "biofeedback" was coined in the late 1960s to describe laboratory procedures then being used. Biofeedback is a technique in which people are trained to improve their health by using signals from their own bodies. Clinicians rely on machines that act as a kind of sixth sense, allowing patients to recognize activity inside their bodies. One commonly used type of machine picks up electrical signals in the muscles and translates these signals into a form, such as a flashing light, that the client and practitioner can detect. The practitioner then works with the patient until they learn how to adjust their internal responses. Clients can be taught relaxation exercises, learn how to identify what triggers their symptoms, and how to avoid or cope with stressful events. Biofeedback helps clients learn how to remedy some physical ailments and empowers them to take responsibility for maintaining their own health.

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Osteopathy Osteopathic philosophy embraces the notion that the body is naturally able to heal itself. The practitioner of traditional osteopathy works with the body to enhance this natural ability to self-regulate and self-heal. Palpation is a diagnostic skill that the practitioner uses to feel or sense the state of the tissues or systems being examined. This sense encompasses the many sensory aspects of touch, such as the ability to detect moisture, texture, temperature and subtle motion. With experience, practitioners learn to palpate not just superficially, but also very deeply within the body. The ability to detect a variety of compromised tissue qualities allows the practitioner to prioritize a patient's course of treatment. It is this sensing of the quality of the tissue, in combination with the position, mobility and vitality of the tissues, that allows the osteopathic practitioner to determine the tissues or systems that need immediate attention.

Reiki Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Reiki treats the whole person, including body, emotions, mind and spirit, creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and well-being. It is administered by laying on hands, and is based on the idea that an unseen life force energy flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's life force energy is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and selfimprovement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.

Be sure to check the next issue for part three of this series, where we will discuss alternative therapies that treat a wide array of symptoms with the use of ingested or inhaled substances.

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ExpErt Advice Deworming in Horses

Dr. Karly lanz, DVM Prairie Animal Health Centre 108 Breeze Street, Estevan 306.634.7123 www.prairieanimalhealthcentre.com 416 7 Street West, Weyburn 306.842.7677 www.prairieanimalhealthweyburn.com 202 2nd Street East, Carnduff 306.482.5252

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eworming horses is a controversial topic — opinions vary greatly, depending who you talk to. When I was a kid, my Dad and I would deworm our horses every three months. Since then, things sure have changed, as we’ve learned horses do not need to be dewormed four times a year. Resistance to certain deworming medications from overuse is a great possibility and is reported in certain geographical areas. In an ideal world, every horse would have a fecal floatation examination performed prior to deworming. The fecal floatation exam gives a value of the Fecal Egg Count (FEC). An FEC less than 200 — as you will find in a

healthy horse — indicates the horse may not have an issue with parasites. Without testing the FEC, you may end up giving dewormer to a horse that does not actually need it. This test also gives you information with respect to the type of parasite your horse has, and therefore, it helps you choose the best medication for your horse. Two problems arise with deworming in horses, the first being that a fecal flotation examination costs money. It may be practical to do this on every horse you own if you have a small herd, however, it is not practical in larger horse herds due to costs. Therefore, herd fecal floatation exams are not routinely performed, even though this is the gold standard to guide how often you deworm your horse and what product you use. The second problem is that deworming products are widely available over-thecounter. Therefore, people commonly buy deworming products without veterinary recommendation. The current practice I preach for horses older than one year is to deworm twice a year: • In the Fall (October/November) — this is the time to deworm with

a product that kills tapeworms. Deworm with a product containing Ivermectin or Moxidectin, and Praziquantel, such as Eqvalan Gold or Quest Plus. If your herd does not have a tapeworm issue, it is fine to use a product containing only Ivermectin or Moxidectin. • In the Spring (April/May) — use a broad spectrum product, such as Ivermectin or Moxidectin (for example, Eqvalan or Quest). Other things to take into consideration are the age and health of the horse. Both of these factors may affect the type of products you choose, as well as the frequency of treatment. For example, foals require a different deworming schedule than your adult horse. If you have a foal or a horse with an underlying medical issue, consult your veterinarian. I recommend these general guidelines for deworming in healthy horses. If you have any questions regarding deworming, please consult with your veterinarian, who can discuss this with you in more detail.

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ENVISION COUNSELLING AND SUPPORT CENTRE

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llisa (name changed) arrived from Nova Scotia this winter with her husband and their two teenaged sons to work as a safety coordinator at an oilfield company. Adjustment was difficult for them, and after her oldest son ran away for a few days, she could see the family was out of control and in crisis. She was ready to give up. Then she saw an ad for Envision Counselling and Support Centre. It was a local number, and it offered help for families — free and confidential. “That phone call changed my life,” admits Allisa. Her children were able to see someone specializing in teen issues, and she and her husband started couples counselling, with the goal of family counselling down the road. “People fall through the cracks,” says Allisa. “They look like everyone else on the outside, with jobs and children in school, but nobody could see that my life was a lie. Just the chance to talk to someone lifted me up, gave me the courage to say that we can do better.” The family was given tools to make healthy decisions and was offered support on communication and parenting. Envision Counselling and Support Centre started in 1994 in Estevan, with three employees who focused on counselling abused women and their children. But it has since become much more. Ten years ago,

Envision began expanding programming to include counselling for couples, individuals and families with non-abuse issues. They’ve grown to three offices in the southeast: Estevan, Weyburn and Carlyle. The nonprofit organization employs more than 35 people and has a roster of 24 volunteers who field calls on their 24-hour abuse/ sexual assault support line. “If you need emotional support for yourself, your relationship, your children or your family, we can likely help,” says Patt Lenover-Adams, executive director of Envision. She feels due to the boom in the energy sector, now more than ever counselling needs to be more inclusive, concentrating on healing the whole family, not just individuals within the family. This in turn impacts the entire community. “Although Envision has experienced a great deal of growth, it’s important that we continue to build programming, reach further, and take risks in order to meet community needs in the future,” says Lenover-Adams. Help for CHildren—LenoverAdams says most people don’t know counselling is available for children and youth in Estevan. In 2008, Envision received funding for a Children Exposed to Violence Program. “We are thrilled to provide age appropriate counselling in a safe and therapeutic environment,” she says.

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PREVIOUS PAGE Christa Daku, Counselling Supervisor at Envision, with a client TOP Counsellor at work in the child therapy room. AbOVE Some of the many resources available at Envision.

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TOP Women and families are welcome at Envision. LEFT Counselling sessions are confidential and free

Lenover-Adams says Envision appreciates the 20 years of generous community support. Many individuals, organizations, service groups and local businesses in the southeast donate to Envision. For example, the United Way of Estevan and Weyburn provide annual funding for Envision’s volunteer and outreach programs.

In 2012, with financial support from the Estevan branch of Quota International, a children’s therapy room was created. Currently, it is only available in Estevan but Lenover-Adams hopes to see this program come to Weyburn and Carlyle in the future.

campaigns. As well, outreach staff are available to give presentations to service groups, organizations and businesses.”

in tHe Community—“Part of the growth of Envision in the past decade has been the emergence of education and awareness in the community,” says Lenover-Adams. “We travel to schools with educational presentations, and are a presence at health and wellness fairs. We participate in awareness weeks and other community

“In addition, our growth has gone digital,” says Lenover-Adams. “We’ve spent the past year updating our website, which still describes all our services, but now we’ve made the resource materials easy to access. If someone doesn’t feel ready to come in, I would encourage them to scroll through our website.”

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In this school year alone, Envision will give more than 100 classroom presentations to students in the Southeast, on topics ranging from healthy relationships to self-esteem.

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As for Allisa and her family, they’ve found some coping strategies and peace. The children are more successful in school and happy at home, and Allisa’s relationship with her husband has improved. “I know I feel more relaxed now, and I am physically and emotionally healthier than I have ever been,” she says. When people find the courage to phone, like Allisa did, Envision is ready to help them explore their options, develop new skills and improve their relationships so that they can live happier lives.

Envision Counselling and Support Centre Inc. Estevan, Weyburn & Carlyle 24-Hour Abuse/Sexual Assault Support Line 1.800.214.7083 www.envisioncounsellingcentre.com


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Lapband Surgery Not as Safe as it Sounds

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ieting can help people lose a significant amount of weight but it does not help them keep it off. Almost all people who lose weight through dieting (95 per cent) regain those pounds within the next five years. Indeed, the US Food and Drug Administration stated in 2009 that not a single diet company was able to show evidence of long-term success. For morbidly obese people who want to lose a lot of weight and keep that weight off, bariatric surgery is the only effective method according to the Canadian Medical Association. WLF Medical is a Canadian company that specializes in bariatric surgery. It is one of

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the top 10 bariatric clinics in the world and has been named an International Center of Excellence for Bariatric Surgery by the Surgical Review Corporation. WLF Medical performs all three types of bariatric surgical procedures for weight loss: lapband surgery, gastric sleeve surgery and gastric bypass surgery. All three procedures are more effective than dieting as a means of extreme weight loss, but not all procedures are equally effective. Lapband surgery is a sub-optimal initial choice for bariatric surgery, according to Melanie Wildman, president and owner of WLF Medical. Lapband surgery involves the laparoscopic placement of

an adjustable silicone band around the upper portion of the stomach. The band is slowly tightened through the injection of a saline solution via a needle into an internal port. Lapband surgery results in the least amount of weight loss of all gastric surgeries with 40 to 50 per cent excess weight loss after one year, compared to 60 to 77 per cent with gastric sleeve surgery and 70 per cent with gastric bypass surgery. Lapband surgery is perceived by many as reversible, less invasive and as the safest medical option. However, this is not the case. Lapband surgery actually has the highest risk of complication of any bariatric surgical procedure, as adjusting


of the band makes tissue scarring and adhesions inevitable. With lapband surgery there is also the possibility of complications arising involving the internal access port where saline solution is added with a needle to tighten the band. These include disconnection of the port from the tubing, port displacement and port-site infection. Half of all patients with lapbands end up having it removed. Since lapband surgery does not affect a person’s hormones or metabolism and is completely reliant upon restricting the amount of food one can eat, removal of the band invariably results in the patient regaining all the weight that had been lost. As a result, many lapband patients choose to try gastric sleeve or gastric bypass surgery at a later date. Unfortunately, the scarring that results from having had a lapband greatly increases the chances of medical complications occurring during gastric sleeve or gastric bypass surgery; such a patient is five times more likely to

experience complications than a patient who has not had a lapband previously. Gastric sleeve surgery is the most effective and safest type of bariatric weight loss surgery. Wildman states, “Our patients say they appreciate the simplicity of the sleeve and the fact that it does not involve rerouting intestines or require a medical procedure.� WLF Medical provides patients with ongoing support through comprehensive preoperative education and post-operative follow-ups. Book an appointment with WLF Medical today and start exploring the different options for weight loss surgery.

WLF Medical Toll Free: 1.877.306.8891 Phone: 306.665.8891 patientservices@wlfmedical.ca wlfmedical.ca

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to aid several health conditions as well as support a healthy metabolism. Together, the ingredients of Skinny Fiber work to promote better health, increased energy and leaner bodies. For those interested in trying Skinny Fiber, the company recommends embarking on its 90-day challenge. The first step is to set goals related to your health and weight, and make a personal commitment to sticking with Skinny Fiber for 90 days. You can then order your supply through the website of your chosen distributor. A tracking system on the site enables you to record your measurements and weight, so you can track your progress. Krystle Colbow, also a distributor on the Skinny Body Care team, says that committing to 90 days gives the body the time it needs to detoxify prior to losing weight. “You’ve got to train your body to adapt to what you’re doing,” says Krystle, who lost 26 inches during her 90-day challenge. “It doesn’t happen overnight.” Along with weight loss, Krystle has experienced an improved body image, enhanced confidence and an increase in energy since taking Skinny Fiber.

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hile the name Skinny Fiber may bring to mind a product solely aimed at releasing weight, this enzyme-rich detoxifier is also known to boost energy, ease chronic pain, and even minimize the symptoms of menopause. “It makes a difference,” says Gaylene Wyatt, one of a group of four local distributors who are part of the Skinny Body Care team. “It targets so many things in helping make people healthier.” Available for men, women and teens, Skinny Fiber comes in pill form and works as a detoxifier, helping the body release toxins that inhibit it from weight loss. Skinny Body Care is founded on the belief that most people don’t get enough enzymes from their food to digest what they eat properly. This can create toxins, which result in excess fat and a weakened immune system. “By rebuilding enzymes, that’s how the body starts working properly to help with weight management,” says

Lucinda Milford, another distributor on the Skinny Body Care team. Skinny Fiber is a blend of seven enzyme powders that breaks down carbohydrates into energy, starch to glucose, and helps with the digestion of proteins. Along with these enzymes, Skinny Fiber is made up of three key natural ingredients. The first is glucomannan, a soluble dietary fibre, which comes from the dried root of the amorphophallus konjac plant. Glucomannan expands in the stomach, which makes people feel full, thus preventing them from overeating. Drinking plenty of water is essential when taking Skinny Fiber, as water is what makes the fibre expand. Another natural appetite suppressant in Skinny Fiber is carralluma, a plant in the cactus family, which has been used historically in India to stave off hunger and enhance endurance. The last component is the Brazilian plant Chá de Bugre, thought

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symptoms of her arthritis. After suffering for the last few years with chronic pain from the condition, she has been without pain since she started taking Skinny Fiber. “I went from being hunched over at a 30-degree angle to being pain-free,” says Linda. “You can take chemical pills to alleviate pain, but if you can take a natural supplement and be pain-free, it’s beneficial.” When taking Skinny Fiber, it’s important to ensure you are also eating healthy foods. While the product works in part as an appetite suppressant, it is designed to prevent overeating, not to replace the intake of a proper diet. “You need to be ready to take the steps to eat healthy and exercise,” says Linda.

Also available from Skinny Body Care is a new product called Ageless — an anti-aging serum designed to enhance complexion and promote youthful skin. Ingredients such as aloe vera, elastin, collagen and extracts from 13 fruits and vegetables work together to improve skin imperfections and minimize fine lines and wrinkles. In two months of using Ageless, Krystle says she has seen her acne clear up and smile and forehead lines diminish. Interested in learning more about Skinny Body Care, or trying the products for yourself ? You can contact Gaylene, Lucinda, Krystle or Linda to get started on reaching your health and weight loss goals.

The suggested quantity of Skinny Fiber is four pills per day, with two taken before lunch and two before dinner. Local distributor Linda Holden says compared to other weight loss programs, Skinny Fiber is easy to follow. “You don’t have to choke down shakes or count calories,” says Linda, who lost 15 lb. in her first two months on the product. In addition to weight loss, Linda experienced a dramatic improvement to the

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ESTEVAN WEYBURN CARNDUFF Entertainment Calendar MAY/JUNE 2014

MAY/JUNE May 2-3 Second Hand Rose Boutique CE Building, Carnduff

June 16-18 Estevan Midway/Fair

May 3 Pitchfork Fondue Arena Fundraiser Fast Centennial Arena, Carnduff

June 21 Car Show Weyburn Car Club

May 12 Create Curiosity Sell Saskatchewan Estevan

June 30 Annual Sidewalk Sale Carnduff

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Reading from her novel Dollybird at McNally Robinson bookstore in Saskatoon

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started out with no knowledge of where it would go,” explains Weyburn writer Anne Lazurko, reflecting on the inception of her first novel Dollybird, a critically-acclaimed work of historical fiction that’s nominated this year for a Saskatchewan Book Award, in the SaskPower Fiction Award category.

“To be honest, I was winging it initially, but then as time went on and I kept writing I thought ‘Oh God, here I am. I’m writing a novel’,” she says with a laugh. With several awards already under her belt for her non-fiction contributions to national and provincial magazines, and creative forays into poetry and short story writing, Lazurko is no novice when it comes to writing. But when she speaks

about her first novel, she does so with a charming mix of modesty and pride. “It’s quite gratifying to be nominated,” she explains. “You hope that it will happen, and certainly I have been fortunate to have many great reviews, but it’s great to get this kind of recognition from your peers.” Dollybird has clearly been a labour of love for Lazurko, its creation spanning several years from the first seeds of inspiration to the completed manuscript, which was published by Coteau Books and released in August of 2013. The idea for the novel came, in part, from a visit to a prairie graveyard, where headstones told a sobering story of misfortunes that befell early settlers — not just difficulties in childbirth, which killed so many women

and children, but also the numerous diseases that infected people and the lack of medical means to cure them. The plot and characters also grew from Lazurko overhearing and pondering the term “dollybird,” a single woman who acted as a live-in housekeeper for male homesteaders. Whether she was regarded as just a housekeeper or something less innocent was a question that helped spark

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On April 26, the 21st Saskatchewan Book Awards honoured Saskatchewan writers in 13 categories, giving recognition to some of the province’s most talented novelists, poets, children’s authors and non-fiction writers. “I can’t emphasize enough the talent that’s out there,” says the awards’ director, Carol Todd. For information visit www.bookawards.sk.ca Lazurko is herself a farmer and a mother of four, and has spent most of her adult life focused on those roles while the passion for writing burned quietly in the background. But she maintains that the fierce and sacrificing Moira isn’t autobiographical. Rather she, like all of Lazurko’s characters, is “a sort of mash of many people you know.” Moira’s strength, however, is modelled in some ways after Lazurko’s five sisters, who she describes as “women who use intelligence and skill in innovative ways to find their way to joy in their lives.” Since making the decision to devote herself fully to writing, Lazurko has had enduring support from family and friends. She says she’s been pleasantly surprised at how many cheerleaders she has in her own community of Weyburn. “I never dreamed people would be so excited — I really wasn’t expecting that. It’s unbelievable how much support I’ve had.”

the creation of the novel’s protagonist — Moira, a 20 year-old unwed, pregnant woman forced to halt her medical training in Newfoundland when she is banished to Saskatchewan in 1906. Stories of the struggles of prairie homesteaders abound in Canadian fiction, but Lazurko’s novel has been praised for its ability to avoid cliché. So how does an author set her novel in such a familiar time and place, yet create something truly original?

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“My focus is on the characters and how they cope with their circumstances, in this case the forces of both nature and neighbours. I hoped that by focusing on the characters first I could avoid doing what’s been done many times before,” explains Lazurko. “Moira is a strong female character. I think her story is a unique and more gritty account of how the west was settled: by both men and women and through great struggle.”

Feedback on the novel has come from across the country and around the globe in the form of encouraging comments on Lazurko’s blog, friendly phone calls from fans, and curious e-mails from readers wondering what Lazurko is working on next. Is she writing a sequel to this muchloved novel, and what will happen next for the rich cast of characters she’s created? “No, there’s not going to be a sequel,” she explains. “I am working on a new novel, but as for these characters, I think I’ve sent them on their way in the world, and I’ll leave it up to readers to decide what they think happens next.” www.annelazurko.com


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Summer Fun in SaSkatchewan By Apolline Lucyk

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he summer is upon us, and now is the perfect time to start enjoying the outdoors again after a long winter of keeping warm under blankets. Besides all of the great things we can do around our houses and cabins, it’s great to think about all of exciting activities Saskatchewan and its cities have to offer in the summer months. Plan a camPing triP—Camping is an easy way to take advantage of the weather during a short warm season. There are many wonderful places to camp around Saskatchewan, and even right in southeastern Saskatchewan. There are few things more enjoyable or exciting than being out in the elements and sleeping under the stars. If you plan on going camping this summer, make sure you are

stocked up on all the gear you will need to have a fun trip. ExPlorE thE SaSkatchEwan countrySidE on whEElS— It is equally enjoyable to explore the countryside in a recreational vehicle (RV), such as a motorhome or camper trailer. The great thing about travelling in/with an RV is that you can tailor your trip as you go, and are never left without a bed to sleep in. If you enjoy a city more than expected, you can simply stay another day. There are many great RV dealers around southern Saskatchewan, selling RVs of varying sizes and prices, and many that offer RV rental options as well. rElax at a cabin—Cabins are fantastic places to get away in the summer

for a few days or a weekend, and require less planning and preparation than camping or hitting the road in an RV. A cabin can be the perfect place for hosting gatherings, or just for catching up on some down time in the hot summer sun. If you don’t own a cabin, search for opportunities to rent. If the dream is to own, now is as good a time as any to consider investing in a family retreat to enjoy during the summer months. There are many beautiful lakes around the province, and many of them have cabins for sale or new developments being built. If you are interested in purchasing a cabin or cottage, it is important to know what you’re looking for and take the time to research what is available.

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ExPEriEncE SaSkatchEwan’S bEautiful golf courSES— Golfing is an excellent way to spend time under the sun without time-consuming planning. Saskatchewan has many beautiful golf courses, which give you the option of staying close to home or making it a day trip. There are many golfing sites that have other exciting attractions nearby, such as Kenosee and White Bear Lakes that have water parks, making it easy to plan a family event. There are also beautiful golf courses at Katepwa Beach, Echo Valley, Carnduff, Regina Beach, Redvers, Carlyle, Indian Head, Whitewood, and a number of other rural communities. Saskatchewan’s championship 18 hole golf courses include; Weyburn Golf Club,

Estevan Woodlawn Golf Club, Mainprize Regional Park & Golf Course, Golf Kenosee in Moose Mountain Provincial Park, and White Bear Lake Golf Course. ViSit SomE brEathtaking ParkS—Saskatchewan has some spectacular scenery, especially in the summer when everything is in bloom. From the rolling hills and scenic lakes of the Qu’Appelle Valley, to the beautiful high country of Moose Mountain Provincial Park, and the interesting rock formations of Roche Percee in the Souris Valley, there are many diverse scenic areas to explore around the province. Saskatchewan also has a number of interesting provincial historic parks including Cannington Manor and Last

ABOVE weyburn Golf course BELOW Motherwell homestead national historic Site © Parks canada/ Greg huszar

Mountain House, as well as Motherwell Homestead National Historic Park, which are all very interesting to visit, and offer the opportunity to get a little better acquainted with our province’s intriguing history. Some other fantastic things to see and do in southeast Saskatchewan include Cannington Manor Provincial Historic Park, Craven Country Jamboree, Last Mountain House Provincial Historic Site, Moose Mountain Provincial Park, Motherwell Homestead National Historic Site, Rowan’s Ravine Provincial Park, Saskatchewan Potash Interpretive Centre, Souris Valley Theatre, Wolseley Heritage Tour & Swinging Bridge, and Whitewood Heritage Centre & Fleur-de-Lis Gift Shop. With so much to offer, Saskatchewan is ready for you!

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f all the rooms in your home, the master bedroom offers the greatest opportunity for rest and rejuvenation. It’s a place to ease the stresses of the day, indulge in self-care and discover a sense of calm amidst a busy life. From Egyptian sheets to en suite soaking tubs, options abound for transforming your sleeping space into a serene sanctuary. Colour Me PeaCeful—A peaceful mood can be evoked with a colour palette that makes you feel relaxed. While cool shades such as blue, green and grey tend to evoke a calm feeling, warm colours such as red and yellow — while sometimes overstimulating — can make for a cozy atmosphere if used in moderation (used on just one wall or with accent pieces such as cushions.) Start by creating a colour file with images you gather online. Hone in on three to four colours you are most drawn to, then choose one as a base. From there you can build on the palette with similar hues, a contrasting tone (warm if your base is cool, and vice versa) and an accent shade. This palette will be your guide when choosing furniture, bedding, rugs and lighting. For walls that promote rest, consider using cool, light neutrals within your palette for a clean look that will help to clear your mind. Want to experiment before deciding? Paint a large square of each colour you’re considering on one wall, and keep the samples up for a few days, noting how the colours look at different times of day. Once you’ve chosen, paint the entire wall that colour; if you’re still in love, you’ve likely found the perfect hue.

Blissful Bedding—A bedding upgrade is the quickest way to a good night’s rest. If you don’t yet have a memory foam mattress, consider making the switch. Aside from being ultra-comfortable, memory foam helps to support the body and ease pain, which can minimize the amount you wake through the night. Even if you don’t opt for this particular style, it’s important to your sleep health to invest in a quality mattress that suits your needs. If your current mattress is over a decade old, you’re due for a new one! A down featherbed is the next step to bed bliss. This goes beneath your fitted sheet, creating a plush, billowy layer. Another option (if you’re not ready for the full memory foam mattress upgrade) is a memory foam topper. Whatever you choose, make sure you flip and rotate the topper every three months to preserve its lifespan.

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into it, you might opt for roller shades that manage light and control glare. If it’s bright in the morning (and the light wakes you earlier than you’d like) you’ll want ample coverage so you can sleep soundly. Window treatments such as silk drapery panels, pleated floor-to-ceiling drapes and sheer fabrics (all in your palette, of course) can add romance and luxury. adding aMBienCe to your Walls—Now it’s time to add more personality through wall decor. While patterned wallpaper is likely too busy for an entire room, one dramatic wall papered with a design that blends with your palette can bring interest and dimension to the space.

For the ultimate sleep, try Egyptian bedding. It has the longest cotton fibers available, making sheets, blankets and pillowcases both strong and extremely soft, so you can drift into dreamland quickly and easily. luxury lighting—Nothing creates a soothing ambience as effectively as soft, sophisticated lighting. One option is to add wall sconces to either side of your bed’s headboard. From antique to modern, sconces are available in a range of styles, and can replace nightstand lamps, simultaneously de-cluttering your bedside table and framing your bed beautifully. Consider your overhead lighting to be both functional and mood-setting. A plain fixture can be given a stylish boost by covering it with a paper lantern or replacing it with an elegant chandelier. And don’t forget the power of candlelight! Try scented soy or beeswax candles for a natural dose of calm. WindoW Coverings for W e l l B e i n g — When choosing window coverings, assess what kind of light the room has. If streetlights shine

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For artwork, choose imagery that relaxes rather than stimulates you. Naturethemed paintings typically evoke feelings of peace and serenity, and abstract art can loosen the mind, with a focus on colour and texture rather than detail. Have a favourite place you’ve travelled to? Choose a couple photos from the trip, and get them professionally framed or printed on canvas. Lastly, experiment with hanging mirrors to reflect light and open up your

bedroom. This will give you a feeling of relaxed expansiveness. serene soaking—An ideal bedroom sanctuary includes an en suite space to soak, where you can release tension and relax before bed. Soaking tubs come in four general styles. Free-standing includes the old-fashioned clawfoot and pedestal kind, as well as modern versions. Framed soaking tubs are supported by a wood or metal frame, and commonly seen in minimalist bathrooms. A drop-in soaking tub is designed for an enclosure that’s typically flush with the bathroom floor. Corner baths are generally larger than other soaking tubs, and work well in corners with windows, so you can enjoy natural light or starry views. Most of these soaking tubs are available with massage and bubble jets — a must for those who are serious about serenity. However you go about creating a more peaceful bedroom atmosphere, remember that proper rest is essential to your wellbeing. Approach this project with the knowledge that it’s an investment in your health and happiness, and get ready to unwind.


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IN-HOME HELPERS. Specialized cleaning solvents are obviously available, but household substances can serve just as well. A combination of vinegar and water is one widely recommended cleanser. BEST FOR: horizontal shades in areas prone to becoming soiled, moldy or mildewed — i.e., bathrooms and kitchens. LOOT THE LAUNDRY ROOM. Unfortunately, you can’t just pop blinds in the washer (although sometimes you can launder drapery). However, there is a way to boost blinds with help from the laundry room: skim them lightly with a dryer sheet to delay dust’s return. BEST FOR: horizontal shades and fabric shades — for example, Budget Blinds’ exclusive Murano shades.

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inding that perfect piece of furniture to finish a room or a unique gift for that special person on your list can prove challenging. In a world where massproduced items and big-box stores have invaded every portion of our lives, small local shops are becoming more important to the community as a whole. Mabel and Martha’s Vintage Style Décor is a locally owned shop that focuses on making a house a home with cozy one-of-a-kind finds. The shop and its owners have received a warm welcome and rave reviews since opening their doors in November of 2013. Business partners, Dianna Nelson and Barb Broda, always dreamed of using their creativity to start a business together. They have known each other for almost 20 years, and wanted to create a place where people can come and leave their troubles at the door, unwind and linger. Many of the furniture pieces at the shop have been rescued and reimagined by Broda and Nelson, creating pieces that your neighbour won’t have, but will definitely want. The experienced crafters have succeeded in creating a shop where everyone can feel comfortable and welcome. Mabel and Martha’s is your quintessential home décor store and more. With a lot of focus on seasonal items, you are sure to draw inspiration from their displays. You will also find furniture (old and new), unique lighting, inspirational artwork, yummy scented candles, bed and table linens, braided rugs and table mats, vintage style clothing, and accessories, including jewellery, scarves and

leather satchels/handbags. They are Regina’s exclusive retailer for CeCe Caldwell’s Paints™ — a natural chalk and clay paint. They carry a full line of the paints and finishes and also offer classes in using the product. Nelson and Broda like to think of vintage as a style that provides a feeling of coziness, of being at home. They feel it connects with our souls and reminds us of family and friends and enjoying life’s simple pleasures. Set in the historic warehouse district of Regina, the space is warm and inviting with large windows, architectural details and exposed brick walls. Mabel and Martha’s Vintage Style Décor carries many oneof-a-kind items that are timeless. The friends believe that vintage style can find a place in any home, creating a more lived in space where everyone can feel comfortable. For the amateur or seasoned designer, the store is set up in room vignettes so clients can envision items in their own home and gather inspiration that will help them create their own unique space. Whether you are looking for the perfect gift, antique or vintage-style furniture, or just want to escape from the hustle and bustle of the everyday world, Mabel and Martha’s Vintage Style Décor is the perfect destination. Open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Mabel and Martha’s Vintage Style Décor 1916 Dewdney Avenue, Regina 306.569.9882 mabelandmarthas@gmail.com |

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o cheating now! It’s only the final weeks of winter and not a great time to plant just yet; ok, maybe a few things for those of you who are keeners. I will offer some tips a bit later in this article for early seed starting and the like. For those of you who are following my travel articles in Fine Lifestyles, you will know that I’m basking in the heat of the Caribbean sun this month, enjoying the lushness of foliage only imagined in Canada. Perhaps you will consider joining me on one of these fantastic excursions one day. The mention of tropical foliage actually twigged a notion for me and that is to incorporate some more unusual plants in my garden this season. Actually, as I travelled around the prairie provinces last summer, I did see some pretty creative use of tropical plants in municipal gardens and street planters. This is the time of the year to do some serious planning for the upcoming garden season, so let’s go with that. First of all do not be frightened by palms; they are much tougher than most give them credit for. Depending on the time of year that you purchase them, their price ranges in the neighbourhood of a large hanging basket of annuals. Naturally, palms are not hardy in mid-western Canada, so they too are considered annuals, unless you have a substantial amount of room in the house or a greenhouse to overwinter them. Perhaps the most commonly found palm is the Areca, usually sold in 10- to 14-inch black containers. As with most tropical plants, the growing media is very light, insisting that there is ample water at regular and frequent intervals. The reason the media

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is so light is that these plants are mass produced in the “deep south” under shade cloths and almost constant irrigation. Force feeding and abundant moisture stimulates rapid growth in a very short period of time and increases the profit margin of the grower also. Keeping this in mind, you may well want to plant the palms into a more moisture-retentive mix, much like Pro-Mix BX. I have had great success using this media accompanied by regular feeding with a soluble plant food. Remember that even though these palms come from the sunny south, they have been grown in shade, so they must be acclimated to our sun. Areca palms, as with most palms, will tolerate moderate to deep shade in Canada, but perform best in good light. If you intend to have your planters in full sun, set the containers into progressively stronger light, otherwise the palms will brown terribly. This won’t kill the plant, however, with a short growing season they look a bit “tattered” for a good part of the season. I have used

palms as accents in the garden in tall, slender containers as well as planting them directly into my garden. If you plant directly into the garden, amend the soil so that it has oodles of peat moss, compost or other such organic matter; Areca as well as other palms just love this addition, and it helps with your watering schedule too. Other notable tropicals include Hibiscus, Dipladenia or Mandevilla, Jasmine and, of course, Calla lilies. These characters have become staples in the garden centre “exotic” sections and are actually rather easy to grow. Again, remember to acclimatize these plants as they are sun lovers, but grow fast and furious in shadier exposures. Consider them to be like you taking a sunny vacation in the south, without proper sunblock or gradual exposure to the sunshine: your skin will burn. Now, for the seed sowers in the crowd — as well as the “early birds.” Tomato and green pepper seeds can be started anytime now, with a good date to remember being

St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. Keeping this in mind, it is indeed time to order your supplies. Crucial to successful germination and healthy seedlings is sterilized media and good air circulation. These two points of concern are easily attended to if proper equipment is used. Venting the seed beds by simply uncovering the container for a few minutes daily will allow fresh air into the germination area. Some retail germination kits will have a lid for the container with venting capabilities. A good preventative for fungal infections on these seed beds is to dust the surface of the media lightly with baking powder. This abates most of the common fungal issues encountered in a moist, warm and humid condition. Bear in mind that very few seeds require light to germinate, however light is essential in gradual doses after germination as well. Enjoy this time of the year as we prepare for the grand growing season ahead. Best of luck. Ken Beattie is the Manager of Habitat Programs with the Canadian Wildlife Federation kenb@cwf-fcf.org.

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Building Top Quality Homes

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or the majority of us, a home is the largest investment we will ever make. To ensure we make a sound investment, it’s essential to choose the right contractor for the build. Gary Garbe, owner and operator of Lakehouse Enterprises Inc. has some tips on what you should look for when choosing a custom homebuilder. • It’s important to choose someone educated in the field of construction such as a journeyman carpenter who has a combination of schooling and job site experience.

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• You want an expert to build your home, and hiring a contractor with years of experience will maximize the ability to complete the project on time, within budget, and most importantly, to a high quality standard. • Meet with the prospective builder and ask plenty of questions before committing. You will be spending several months with this person and a good rapport is essential. • Not to be overlooked is the importance of a warranty. Think of the products you buy that come with a warranty;

cameras, appliances, computers, phones, vehicles, tools and much more. “Give yourself the peace of mind that your biggest asset will be protected, not by a contractor’s word, but by the Saskatchewan New Home Warranty Program,” says Gary. Inspectors from the NHWP are on-site at every stage of building to ensure things are done right. Once your home is complete, the NHWP guarantees the warranty obligations will be performed should the builder default. While there’s a lot to take into consideration, Gary is proof that it is possible to find a


RIGHT concise workmanship in every area of the house. BOTTOM Gary Garbe, owner and operator of Lakehouse enterprises inc. general contractor who possesses all of these qualities and more. Gary has a history in the construction industry that dates back to his childhood. Working alongside his grandfather who was a carpenter began the development of his skills in the trade. 29 years ago he completed his Civil Engineering Diploma (structural option) from Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary. His journeyman carpentry ticket followed shortly thereafter. Gary worked as a residential and commercial framer and custom homebuilder for many years in Calgary. Looking for a little excitement and an opportunity to do some travelling, Gary ventured to Japan and spent two years building houses for a Japanese company where he developed a work ethic and quality in his work that is second to none. Prior to the commencement of Lakehouse Enterprises three years ago, Gary was employed for 15 years as a building inspector; first for MD of Rockyview in Calgary, and most recently for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC) in Regina. Working with SHC, Gary participated in numerous training sessions and seminars, which kept him updated and educated in current building codes, mold remediation, asbestos abatement and indoor air quality. Gary has a vast understanding of plumbing and electrical, is no stranger to dry walling and painting, and specializes in interior finishing. As a general contractor, this experience and knowledge allows for an extremely high level of quality control when dealing with all trades people. “I know what top quality workmanship is; and I insist on it from anyone working on or in my houses,” says Gary. A great working relationship has already been developed between Gary and many of the trades’ people in Weyburn. Lakehouse Enterprises Inc. is a member of the Saskatchewan New Home Warranty Program, is an approved builder for Riverwood Development in Weyburn, and will be building this spring in The Creeks Development in Weyburn. If you are in the market for your dream home, contact Gary today.

Gary Garbe, general contractor Lakehouse Enterprises Inc. 306.861.5615 lakehouse@sasktel.net

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The Charm

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e says he hates to sound cliché, but when Don Shirley ponders what it is that makes Carlyle a great place to live, the answer has to be “the people.” Shirley is the Mayor of picturesque Carlyle, Saskatchewan — a town of 1,500 that continues to flourish thanks in large part to the region’s active oil and gas sector. “We’re a growing community that has a small-town feel,” he says. “I think that’s why most people like it here.” Born and raised in the area, Shirley has had the opportunity to witness the town evolve over the past few decades from a local hub of the farming community, into a destination for tourists and new residents alike. He says the town’s growth — both in population and in diversity — over the past 20 years is one of the things in which he takes pride. “The new Canadians we have coming to live and work in our community, they appreciate the Canadian way of living so much. They just add so much to the community and they have such a huge sense of optimism.” There is much to be optimistic about. The town calls itself “the cornerstone of southeast Saskatchewan,” and it is true there is a solid foundation of booming business, natural beauty, and community spirit that keeps it thriving.

months, skiers and snowmobilers take advantage of the parks’ scenic trails, while the sunny summer months bring countless golfers, campers, hikers and boaters. The nearby Bear Claw Casino and Hotel, and three hotels located in town, ensure visitors have a comfortable place to stay while they explore all the area has to offer. Local eateries that boast both international and classic Canadian cuisine offer tasty food and a friendly atmosphere. Since 2002, Carlyle has also hosted the only Dickens Festival in Canada, which pays tribute to British author Charles Dickens each December. Visitors and locals — many in traditional Victorian dress — celebrate the festive season with a play by local theatre company Cornerstone Theater, as well as a high tea, special sales from street vendors, carollers and street performers, and a lighted parade. Under the summer sun, Carlyle revs up for Boogiefest — the largest motorcycle rally in the region. The event is a fundraiser for the community pool and attracts thousands of riders and bike enthusiasts every June. But you don’t have to be a biker to appreciate a day of fun, food, music and dancing.

Situated near the beautiful Moose Mountain Provincial Park and Kenosee Lake, Carlyle is a popular stop for wildlife enthusiasts all year-round. In the winter

With so much going on, Mayor Shirley is a busy man, but not too busy to reflect on where his town has been and where it’s going. “We’re still an agricultural town, but we have a lot happening,” he says. “The future from our corner of the province looks bright.”

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Carlyle’s Automotive Sales and Service Specialists By Tori Stafford Photos Kevin Dyck

When you need a new vehicle or automotive service work, you want a dependable, dedicated team of professionals you know you can trust. For those in Carlyle, the place to go to find such service is Merit Ford, a full-service Ford dealership that has long been a staple of the local community. With two locations in southern Saskatchewan, Merit Ford is committed to excellence in customer service and dedicated to making sure their customers hit the road, safely and efficiently. Whether you’re looking for a new or used vehicle, parts or products for your vehicle, or a full-service garage for everything from oil changes to safety inspections, Merit Ford delivers. 56

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ith 10 years of business in Carlyle, and 20 years at their location in Esterhazy, Merit Ford offers expertise and reliability in new Ford sales. With a wide selection of new Ford cars, trucks and SUVs, the professionals at Merit Ford can help you find the vehicle that meets all your needs, and suits your lifestyle. From the iconic Mustang to the ever-popular and award winning F-150, Merit is the local place for all things Ford. In keeping with local demand, Merit Ford is southern Saskatchewan’s place of expertise for all truck needs, owner Hal Moffat explains. “We don’t sell a lot of cars in this this area,” he says, “So we are definitely a truck store, that’s for sure!”

With a small-town-service approach to sales, those at Merit Ford treat clients the way they themselves would like to be treated, Moffat expresses. This no-pressure sales approach provides customers with a laid-back and stress-free environment when considering a vehicle. Not limited to new vehicle sales, the company also offers a variety of used vehicles in many makes and models. Their fully trained service technicians make their service department a reliable choice for all service needs, including tire rotations and detailing. Having a dedicated team of professionals working with him everyday is something Moffat says he appreciates and values — as do the loyal customers. “I’m so thankful for the amazing staff we have here,” he says,

noting the hardworking team makes Merit Ford not only a great place to work, but also a great place for customer experience. “It’s all about providing the best service possible to those in the community,” says Moffat. Those at Merit Ford believe in supporting the community that supports their business, and the team at Merit Ford is proud to be involved in supporting local charities and community organizations. “This isn’t a big town by any means, and people in this area are always doing something new to keep the community strong,” Moffat notes, adding that Merit Ford has supported numerous causes, from the local 4H and Lions Clubs to athletic organizations and charity fundraisers. “It’s definitely very important and we get involved whenever possible.” Merit Ford Highway #9 North, Carlyle 306.453.4444 meritfd@sasktel.net www.meritford.com Back Row L–R: Digittee Morrisseau, Julieann Lee, Ellen Windjack, Josey Cuddington, Clay Moffat Front row L–R: Kirk Himmelspach, Cody Egan, Justin Cowan, Woodrow Calbay, Jamie Leptich, Hal Moffat, Jeremy Sugden, Taylor Hoey, Faron Biesentahal Missing: Brian West and Matt Beaulieu

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Environmental protection plans/Impact & pre-site assessments, Rare flora & fauna assessments, Environmental audits and assessments (Phase 1-3), Well site and battery abandonment, Flare pit decommissioning, Gas migration/LEL monitoring, Electro-magnetic surveys, Pre/post water well tests, Drilling waste management, Environmental monitoring.

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Providing Safety and Efficiency in Saskatchewan’s Oilfields By Alyssa Rudyck Photos Brent Hume

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ner-Test Well Servicing and Rentals Ltd. is a certified, 100 per cent Saskatchewan owned and operated production testing

company that specializes in managing returns from oil wells, oilfield equipment rental, production, completions, work-

overs and abandonments in the oilfield, including swabbing, bleed-offs, nitrogen, sand, foam, acid, metal and frac flow-back. They also manage and burn off sour gas and fluid, ensuring people working on-site or living nearby are not exposed to H2S (hydrogen sulphide). “Safety is the main goal,” says manager Dale Paslawski. “We go out there to be safe, to be efficient, and to make sure whichever oil company we are working with is successful in their endeavours.” In his nine years as a tester for the company, Paslawski has earned the reputation of a hard working

manager, thanks to his hands-on approach to business. “I have a large, vested interest in the safety and success of our company, and make sure I am out in the field,” says Paslawski. “My employees are very well-trained, experienced testers…and the success my company has had in Saskatchewan and Manitoba is due to their competence and hard work.” Paslawski also attributes their success to a very large and loyal customer base, and notes that going the extra mile for clients has proven to pay dividends. He is currently in the process of continuing to expand his fleet, and is always on the lookout for qualified employees. Ener-Test Well Servicing and Rentals Ltd. LampmanSK 306.861.3635 mdpaslawski@yourlink.ca

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A Veterinary Clinic Focused on the Needs of the Southeast By Henny Buffinga Photos Kevin Dyck

Head for the Hills Veterinary Health Services and Pet Crematorium is a clinic that provides a full range of modern medical services for both large and small animals, including vaccinations, x-rays, dentistry, cruciate surgeries, cremation, and bull collection and freezing. With locations in the rural towns of Carlyle, Kipling and Redvers, they treat beloved pets as well as farm animals such as cattle and horses. 60

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think there’s a misconception that people need to go to the big city to get care for their small animals,” says owner Christine Ewert Hill. “We offer the best of modern veterinary services with the added benefit of being close knit with the community.” After completing their veterinary training, Drs. Christine and Clarke Hill decided to move back to Saskatchewan to raise their kids in a rural setting. “I grew up in southern Saskatchewan where we had a mixed farm. We raised purebred Quarter horses, ran a P.M.U. (pregnant mares’ urine) operation, had cattle and goats, and bred Australian shepherd dogs,” says Christine. “I feel that I can do a better job relating to my clients because I know firsthand what they are going through.” The vets and staff love getting to know the families as well as their patients. “We try to build a relationship and get to know the patient’s background so we can help them as best we can,” Christine says. Studies show that often people mourn the loss of a pet as much as they would a family member. Head for the Hills is keenly aware of the emotional turmoil following the death of a pet. Offering pet cremation was one way Head for the Hills could help provide a much needed service to their customers. “That was something that was really lacking in our area,” Christine says. “We wanted to help people through the hard time of losing a pet who was part of the family.” Head for the Hills offers different options for urns, including photo boxes, garden stones and lockets to better honour their memory. Another service they offer is bull collection and freezing for on-farm use. “We are able to freeze bull semen for artificial insemination,” Clarke says. “A lot of purebred breeders use this option

because it gives them insurance. If a bull is injured they still have some of their genetic material.” Commercial or purebred breeders may have a bull with traits they value and opt to preserve his bloodlines for use beyond the lifespan of the bull. For cattlemen, bulls are a huge investment, and this process offers some piece of mind. The relatively low price of this service is ultimately worth it to protect and add value to their investment. “We are dedicated to providing comprehensive veterinary services to our area as a way of contributing to the preservation of the rural way of life. We offer veterinary services that you can get in the big city, but we can provide it on a more personal level,” Christine says. “People appreciate having local services

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available to them, whether it be for their farming or ranching business, or care for their small animal companions.” Head for the Hills Veterinary Health Services and Pet Crematorium www.headforthehillsvhs.com Carlyle Clinic Hwy #13 N, Carlyle 306.453.2446 Kipling Clinic 905 Main St, Kipling 306.736.2516 Redvers Clinic 1 Service Rd, Redvers 306.452.3558 Main picture L–R Dr. Anna Stansbery, Jenna Powell, Hayley Down (R.A.H.T.), Sarah Grimes Top: Dr. Clarke Hill, co-owner Bottom: Dr. Christine Ewert Hill, co-owner

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ou could say it’s always been Denise Anderson’s dream to make people happy. Her own journey to find spiritual happiness started more than two decades ago, and prompted her to obtain education in life coaching, energy healing and biogesture treatments. Her new business, Awakening Consciousness — which she has been running from her home in Carlyle, Saskatchewan for the past several months — is not just a job. It’s her way to show people the real life benefits that come with relieving stress and anxiety by discovering self-awareness and relaxation. “I’ve always been passionate about helping people to live their best life,” explains Anderson. “This is not about alternative

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treatments, but about people doing the best for their own bodies and minds.” A treatment in Anderson’s clinic is different for each client, as it’s designed based on the needs and desires of each individual. Anderson says there are no boundaries on who those clients can be, and everyone from teenagers to elderly people, both male and female and from every walk of life, have come through the doors of Awakening Consciousness.

“Happy is our natural state and these therapies are a way to unravel all the things that cover up our happiness.” One of the newest, and most popular treatments offered at Awakening Consciousness is flotation therapy. Clients climb into a tank filled with 10 inches of water and 700 pounds of Epsom and sea salts. The water is at body temperature, and because of the salt content, the client floats easily for an hour. The experience, Anderson explains, provides deep relaxation and meditation and can help relieve muscle

tension and pain, lower high blood-pressure, reduce the frequency of migraine headaches and insomnia, and increase concentration and mental performance. Anderson says the best thing about flotation treatment is the more you do it, the more benefits there are, because “regular floating produces cumulative benefits as the body learns to relax deeply.” Biogesture treatment, another service Anderson offers, includes light touch and massage, as well as intuitive readings and guided relaxation, to help break down barriers that a person might be feeling related to career, health, personal life, emotions and physical or mental trauma.

session, to answer any questions and alleviate any anxieties a potential client might have. “The greatest pleasure for me, and the reason I do what I do, is to see the results my clients experience,” shares Anderson. “Happy is our natural state and these therapies are a way to unravel all the things that cover up our happiness.” Awakening Consciousness, Carlyle 306.577.9622 denise.anderson@sasktel.net www.deniseanderson.ca

With consciousness coaching, Anderson uses conversation to help clients discover where they are in their lives, and where they wish to go, and how getting stuck on things in their past, or anxiety about the future, might be negatively impacting these goals and dreams. Coaching sessions can be done privately, one-on-one or via Skype, or as part of weekly group coaching sessions. Anderson says she understands that even for those interested in trying one or all of her therapeutic treatments, the idea can be somewhat intimidating. She says she is always willing to consult by phone prior to a Denise Anderson

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A Home AwAy From Home By Kim Mannix Vermette Photos Kevin Dyck

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t the junction of Highways 9 and 13, in the southeast corner of Saskatchewan, there is a hotel that prides itself on making every visitor feel welcome. The Skyline Motor Inn, a destination for visitors to the Carlyle area since 1977, aims to provide something you don’t often fine in most chain hotels — a place where you can feel truly at home.

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“The best thing about my job is seeing happy customers,” says Skyline Motor Inn’s manager, Dolores Young. “I want everyone who arrives here to have the comfort of coming to a hotel that’s like home, and know that they are leaving satisfied with our service.” But it’s not just the warm and friendly smiles from Young or one of her 50 staff

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members that draw guests to the Skyline. There are several places on-site where guests and members of the community can enjoy great coffee, food and atmosphere. Patrons can sit down for a delicious Angus steak, grab a drink with friends, or enjoy a tasty but casual dining experience in the hotel’s Fireside Lounge, Fireside Dining Room, Sportsman’s Pub and licensed coffee shop. Sundays are always a busy


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time at Skyline, when hungry visitors come from near and far to indulge in the famous brunch. “It’s kind of known in the community, and we have lots of selection for people to choose from,” explains Young. “People sometimes drive out all the way from Regina, just because they know it’s good food at a good price.” Young says while the dining establishments have always been popular, it’s her goal to further improve the food and the service, which means unveiling a brand-new menu this April. The restaurant will soon be offering food delivery service to nearby communities, as well as burger and beer specials, steak and lobster nights, and special events such as ladies’ nights and pool tournaments.

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The Skyline has long been a popular venue for families and business travellers looking for a comfortable and convenient place to stay. The original promoters of the Skyline project were Ted Brady, Bruce Preston and Herb Ast — also the first manager. Under the guidance of contractors Birger and Finn Rasmussen, the sod was turned in September of 1976, and the motel opened in 1977. In its original day the building included a dining and convention room, the Fireside Lounge and a coffee shop, as well as 20 rooms, a swimming pool, sauna and whirlpool. A major expansion took place in 1985 with the addition of 33 more rooms, office space and redesigning of the lobby. Currently, the hotel has 53 rooms, all with wireless Internet access, cable TV

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and direct dial phones. Also available are meeting rooms, convention and private function spaces. Guests can easily enjoy the region’s many beautiful parks, lakes and golf courses, which are conveniently located close to the hotel. For those wanting fun and relaxation, there is an indoor heated pool, whirlpool and sauna, which Young notes will be upgraded later this season. The renovations are just the first step in Young’s mission to make the Skyline even better. She describes her vision for the hotel as a community place where local customers can come for great food and entertainment, and overnight patrons can come for a pleasant, restful stay. “I always ask ‘how was everything?’ and I really want to know the answer,” says Young with a laugh. “We’re striving to be better and to give people what they’re wanting, and the best way to do that is by listening.” Skyline Motor Inn Junction of Highways #9 and #13, Carlyle, SK 306.453.6745 skylinemotorinn@hotmail.com


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Moose Mountain Woodworks:

CABINETRY Built Your Way By Tobie Hainstock Photos Kevin Dyck

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hether you’re building or renovating; add some pizzazz to your kitchen, bathroom or family room with stunning custom cabinets from Moose Mountain Woodworks. Imagine the thrill of being the envy of friends and neighbours with beautifully unique cabinetry that’s not only serviceable, but also long-lasting and breathtaking. Partners Ashton Lisitza and Cary Chatterson welcome customers into their showroom to look over samples of the high quality workmanship of their team. “We talk to our customers and go over their plans with them,” says Chatterson, “if they don’t have plans drawn up, we will take care of that for them.” Once the plans are satisfactory, clients then have the chance to meet with Lisitza or Chatterson and go through a 3D modelling computer program. “The program helps customers see what the cabinets will actually look like before they’re built,” explains Chatterson. He notes this provides an opportunity for any additional design changes. From choosing the colour to the countertop, at Moose Mountain Woodworks your wish is their command. The team consists of nine highly qualified and talented craftsmen who pay close attention to every detail. Their goal is to create lovely yet functional cabinets that will be as pleasing to use as they are to look at. Make your home the best it can be by choosing the impeccable quality craftsmanship of Moose Mountain Woodworks.

L-R John Caldwell, Jesse Twietmeyer, Katherine Mageau, Cary Chatterson, Ashton Lisitza, Rhose Balbada, Diego Garcia, Linda Jordens, Sheena Hatch

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Sharing the Energy

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Neighbourly Approach By Henny Buffinga Photos Brent Hume

Carlyle Home Hardware isn’t your typical hardware store. When Nancy Matthewson and her husband Gilles decided to purchase their local Home Hardware nine years ago, it seemed like the perfect fit for Gilles, a construction worker by trade who owns his own construction company. However, with the housing industry being extremely busy, the responsibilities of the store fell to Nancy. Despite not having an extensive background in the hardware retail sector, she quickly adapted. 70

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chip rack, and for the second year, their garden center will come alive with hanging baskets, patio planters and annuals. Located near two lakes, Carlyle Home Hardware caters to the personal needs of cottagers who return each year and who will be looking for home basics, as well as recreational necessities. Also, Nancy tries to anticipate the needs of the growing population of workers in the nearby oil fields.

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business owner and operator for over 25 years, Nancy transferred her business acumen, community spirit and personal interests into this new challenge. By adding products of personal interest, including jewelry, scarves, babywear and giftware, Nancy transformed her store into an excellent place for women and men alike to shop for their home projects and more. Not only did Nancy quickly excel in her new role, but the Carlyle Home Hardware has also been awarded the Top Home Hardware Store in Saskatchewan two years in a row — and awarded Gold Store Status. This award is based on branding and customer experience among other things. “It’s exciting for the staff because they work really hard,” says Nancy, who takes

pride in her friendly staff and spotless aisles. “There are many customers that we know well,” says Nancy. “It’s a small town. Sometimes we see customers every day as they work on their projects, which is nice.” Carlyle Home Hardware’s success led to expansion, and a few years ago they moved into a new location. Not only is everything brand new, but at 9000 sq. ft. it is almost triple the space of their first location and is now the size of the average city store. This has enabled their selection to grow exponentially, and you can find anything you need for a home project, new décor, furniture, gifts, or just odds and ends. Nancy’s store is constantly expanding and improving their displays and merchandise. Their Beauti-Tone Paint line is coming out with a new colour and design system paint

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Overall, Nancy is most proud of her excellent standard of customer service and her supportive team, who work well together and keep the store in top shape. “We keep our store clean, open and bright,” says Nancy. “We always greet our customers and help them as much as we can.” For more information about the store, visit Nancy and her team at Carlyle Home Hardware, and keep an eye out for her in the Home Hardware commercial coming out this Christmas. Carlyle Home Hardware 110 Railway Ave East, Carlyle 306.453.2242 www.homehardware.ca Staff picture L–R Duane Lahoda, Joanne Lahoda, Leslie Moore, Katie Matthewson, Nancy Matthewson, Nikki Caldwell, Dion Cochrane and Robin Shackleton

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t New Dimension Hair Studio, “we do pedicures, manicures, massage therapy, eyelashes, waxing, facials,” recites owner Donna Brown. And those are just the treatments you can fit into a breath: laser therapies, tinting and tanning round out the menu. The remarkable assortment of services is thanks to New Dimensions’ five technicians. “I’m lucky to have those girls,” Donna says. “They’re easygoing and very professional.” The staff ’s expertise, says Donna, rests largely on the strength of

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their education. “Alicia and I just came back from training in Tulum, Mexico […] and the girls also sign up for classes on their days off.” Stylists Alicia Brown and Chae-Lyn Shier provide haircuts and colour to patrons. After almost five years as a Carlyle stylist, Alicia has attracted numerous regulars: “I kind of have a relationship with each and every one,” she says. Yet a familiar face doesn’t necessarily mean a familiar style. “I’m always up for a change and a challenge.” Alicia also provides hair extensions and JB Lashes eyelash extensions.

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Chae-Lyn has excelled in her craft since her schooldays: “In high school, I did a couple competitions,” she says, noting she placed in the top three at a nationwide contest. Asked about her favourite aspects of her work, Chae-Lyn first says, “Making people feel great.” Seeing the satisfaction her handiwork can bring about, she says, “Is better than any paycheque.” Before choosing her profession, “I knew I wanted to be in the medical field, and wanted to help people,” says Jade Roettger. Now, New Dimension’s resident massage therapist, Jade, provides relaxation,


A HAVEN FOR BRIDAL PARTIES “During wedding bookings, we shut the salon to the public; the bridal party has run of the place,” Donna says. She notes that the salon’s multi-room layout makes it ideal for wedding prep: “They can even leave in their wedding dress.” therapeutic and TMJ-focused massage, plus pedicures. She says massage is capable of easing numerous medical concerns: “Most benefits [plans] now actually recognize massage as health care.” Joanne Howard performs skin rejuvenation and laser hair removal at New Dimension. Skin rejuvenation, she says, addresses “Facial veins [… and] sun damage,” whereas laser hair removal “Potentially permanently removes the hair.” Optimal results generally entail multiple sessions, so Joanne says she “[has] implemented a reducing price line.” Facials, pedicures and manicures — including gel nails — are performed by Donna herself. The former homemaker undertook SIAST’s Nail Technician program as her children entered adulthood: “It was something for me,” she laughs. “I never dreamt it would turn into a salon!” New Dimension also provides waxing and a tanning bed, and retails hair and nail merchandise by brands including Joico, Moroccanoil and CND. The studio also offers jewellery, as well as a variety of toiletries, hats and accessories. Donna notes that, since clients frequently wish to indulge in multiple services on a single occasion, “The girls are very accommodating about scheduling clients for everything they require in one stop. We try to make it a special experience.” A fifth birthday is nearing for New Dimension, and Donna attributes that longevity to public support. “We’ve met great people in the last five years. Our success is based on them,” she says appreciatively. “If they’re happy, and have a great experience here, then we’re happy.” ABOVE JoAnne Howard Jae Roettger, Donna Brown, Alicia Brown, Chae-Lyn Shier

New Dimension Hair Studio 120 Main Street, Carlyle 306.453.2499

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everal years ago, clothing store owner Ken King was shopping in a small hardware store in a neighbouring community to his own town of Carlyle. The shop owner was so affable, that within minutes he and King were having an enjoyable chat about hunting and fishing — laughing as though they had known one another for years. When it was time for King to buy the small item he came for, the shop owner told him it was no trouble, and to just take it. It was only a few dollars worth of merchandise, but the gesture was priceless. It’s an experience King remembers fondly to this day, and one that has influenced his own approach to customer service.

“He felt like a friend in a matter of minutes, and that’s what I want to do for our customers. But you have to be sincere. You have to love it,” explains King. For the past 32 years, King has been the friendly face of King’s Department Store, and it’s newer sister store 122 Main, which specializes in ladies apparel. The store, which stocks clothing and accessories for infants, children, teens, men and women, is a fixture on Carlyle’s main street, and a shopping destination for many people in southeastern Saskatchewan — whether they’re making a pit-stop during a road trip or popping in from the nearby campgrounds and provincial parks. In the 5,000 sq. ft. of retail space, you’ll find hot brands like Silver and FDJ jeans, Nixon watches, Nike shoes, Bench casual clothing, Tribal street wear, The North Face outerwear and many more. But while you might come for the trendy styles, you will come back for the experience and the knowledge that your patronage is truly appreciated by King and his helpful staff.

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AOVE L-R Shiela Menard, Samantha Greenbank, Ken King, Bertha Drumm, Shania Brown, Jasmine Pylatuik

“Every retailer claims to have superior service, but it really is important to me,” explains King. “I want to earn every dollar that comes through our cash register.” He says his philosophy of making sure that every customer feels valued isn’t one he formally trains his staff to follow — but they do follow it nonetheless, learning by the example he tries to set, and because they are naturally friendly and knowledgeable. It’s an approach to retail service that customers take notice of, including Gayle Graves, who describes King as a “prime example of the belief that customers matter.” “He is always welcoming, knows customers by name and is a caring, community-committed person,” she adds. With high quality service often comes high prices, but King says he is always asking

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“What’s fair?” when it comes to setting his prices, and regularly sells items at a lower cost than other retailers. In addition, the store often has big sales, including their summer blowout, which happens the second Wednesday in July. King calls it “the big one” and says customers lineup around the corner before the store opens its doors. “We do try to have fair prices, but I don’t want to compete on price. I want to compete on atmosphere and service,” he says. That warm atmosphere is one of the reasons King still enjoys coming to work every day. And that means customers will have a pleasant, affordable and stylish place to shop for many years to come. King’s Department Store 122 & 124 Main Street, Carlyle 306.453.6337

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ou want to do it and you know it’s good for you, but it’s a challenge to find the time. Between work, household chores, meetings, driving the kids to soccer and more, by the time you have a spare minute to exercise, the gym is closed. Built 4 Life in Carlyle is always open to its members. “For a small deposit, members are given a pass key that allows them 24-hour access to the fitness centre,” comments owner, Jenna Jensen. Perfect for shift workers, busy professionals or anyone else who is looking for time to exercise. Built 4 Life offers a number of membership options, including yearly, monthly, dropin day passes, couples, students, senior and family memberships. “We also offer a 12 visit drop in package where we load 12 visits on a key and the member can used them any time,” Jensen explains. With personal trainers Adam Swanson and Andrea Kosior, members can enjoy their workouts under expert eyes. Whether you’re a beginner or a professional athlete, it’s always smart to have the watchful eye of trained professionals. “We try to create a welcoming and fun atmosphere that’s appealing to all ages,” says Jensen. Gone are the days when the gym was designed for an elite group of super athletes who follow their workout routines to the letter. Jensen is pleased

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that members of all fitness levels can feel welcome and relaxed. Talk to the staff at Built 4 Life about their wide range of supplements including preworkout, vitamins, protein bars and more. “We will even prepare protein shakes for you to enjoy after your workout,” states Jensen. Looking for that golden glow? Built 4 Life’s intensity turbo tanning bed will give you that outdoorsy look in no time. Jensen and her team offer a wide variety of fitness classes, including yoga, crossfit, zumba, Kettlebell, Boot Camp and more. For those tired muscles after a long day or intense workout, make an appointment with massage therapist Brittany Dalziel. “We are also very excited about our new H2O Massage Bed,” expresses Jensen. She explains that, as you lay face up, rotary jets massage the back of the body from head to toe. The warmth of the water provides peaceful relaxation. There are many benefits to this type of massage, including stress reduction, deep-muscle

stimulation, increased circulation, reduced fatigue and tension and total relaxation. The advantages of a regular exercise program are numerous. According to the Mayo Clinic, there are seven top benefits: • •

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Helps control your weight. Combats a number of health conditions, such as type two diabetes, arthritis, certain types of cancer, high blood pressure and more. Improves your mood and gives you an emotional boost. Adds some fun to your day. Boosts your energy. Promotes better sleep. Puts some spark back in your love life.

Jensen encourages people of all ages to take part in some sort of fitness program or daily physical activity. “All you have to commit to is about 45-minutes, three times a week to start,” she remarks,” It’s surprising how just a few healthy changes can make such a big difference in how you look and feel.”

BELOW Jenna Jensen, owner; Brittany Dalziel, registered massage therapist, yoga instructor; Adam Swanson, personal trainer; Jenna Shire, Zumba instructor; Cam Jarvis, CrossFit instructor; Andrea Kosior, personal trainer; Scott Nicholson, Jiu Jitsu instructor; Mandy Rushfeldt, fitness class instructor

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hat people want in a pharmacy is quality, dependability and selection — what people get at Carlyle Pharmasave is all of that and more. That’s because Jolyn and Steve Schultz, co-owners of Carlyle Pharmasave, have served this community for over a decade. Their knowledge of and commitment to customer ser-

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vice and satisfaction starts with a warm smile and a friendly hello from one of their team members, but it doesn’t stop there.

Although they take pride in their business being Carlyle’s place for nearly all pharmaceutical and personal care needs, they are also proud of the relationships they’ve built with their clientele over the

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past 11 years.“We hope our customers feel like they’re all a big extension of our family,” says Steve, pointing out that the staff is always chatting and joking with customers. “This is a professional service that Jolyn and the rest of the pharmacy staff provide, but we have a nice, casual environment, and we try to go out of our way to make people feel comfortable here.”


BELOW L- R Ashley Dupas, Donna Drapeau, Jennifer Bettschen, Audrey Cooper, Megan McAuley, Jolyn Schultz, Shannon Sedger, Mandy Kirk

Carlyle Pharmasave is a fully stocked pharmacy with health and wellness goods. From vitamins to pain-killers, and everything in between, the Schultz’s work hard to ensure they stock everything to meet the needs of local customers, as well as those traveling in and through the area. “With Moose Mountain Provincial Park about 15 minutes away to the north of us, there are a lot of campers and a seasonal population,” Steve explains, noting that the nearest large city is about two hours away. “So we make sure that we have a lot of things in stock that people who are spending a weekend, a couple weeks or a month at the lake would be looking for.” Carlyle Pharmasave is proud to offer Pharmasave brand items, which provide top quality products more than comparable to name brand items at great prices. The pharmacy also boasts an extensive giftware section with a wide confectionary selection for those on the go. “It’s the go to place in Carlyle to stock up on all the things you’d buy in the big city, without actually having to go to the big city,” Steve expresses. “Other than groceries, we hope we have everything else you need,” he says. Because the couple value the community their pharmacy serves, they and their team at Carlyle Pharmasave try to give back whenever possible. “It’s important to us to be able to do that for the community,” says Jolyn. “We really like to be involved in the community and we do what we can to support different groups and charities,” adds Steve. “Jolyn has lived here all of her life and I’ve been here at least 18 years, so we’re proud to serve and be a part of this community.”

Carlyle Pharmasave 218 Main Street, Carlyle 306.453.4466 ps439@sasktel.net www.pharmasave.com

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Your Big City Shop

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“Your big city shop in the heart of a small town.” That’s been Carlyle Collision’s saying since the beginning — over ten years ago.

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he concept of Carlyle Collision actually came into being several years before the business itself, beginning with a persistent idea in Chad Delorme’s mind. Having worked in the auto body industry for 16 years, Delorme aspired to start up his own shop. Originally from Estevan, he

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attended SIAST’s Motor Vehicle Body Repair program in Moose Jaw, obtaining his journeyman certificate in 1999. Chad knew that he had the ambition and practical experience to run a shop. But he also knew he needed help in other aspects of starting and running a business. That’s where the support of his entire family kicked in. In

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one way or another, every family member contributed — by partnering together, providing guidance and mentorship, running errands, doing books, or bringing home-cooked meals to the shop when work stretched into longer hours or weekends. Whatever support was needed to get the business off the ground, it was given.


Starting a business can be exciting, but daunting, and Carlyle Collision was primarily family-run in the beginning. However, the local and surrounding communities were receptive and supportive of ‘the new kid on the block,’ and for that, the Carlyle Collision team is grateful. They’ve even had the good fortune to expand their business, attracting excellent employees to be part of their team. Part of the learning cur ve of entrepreneurship is realizing the importance of diversifying a business’ services. Chad’s brother, Darren Delorme, made a valuable contribution to that end, bolstering the continued success of Carlyle Collision. Darren, who possesses a lengthy oilfield background, recognized the need for a local spool coating service. With some brainstorming, research and optimism,

2006 saw Carlyle Collision venture into that world — and find that the industry was receptive. Since then, Carlyle Collision has refined and streamlined its coating process, building many good working relationships with local oil and service companies. Carlyle Collision takes pride in providing this quality service to customers in a timely, cost-effective manner. 10 years into their business, those at Carlyle Collision can reflect upon their accomplishments, remembering where they started and recognizing where they are today. Many entrepreneurs can attest running a business isn’t always easy. However, a good team can help work through difficult times, with the knowledge that those experiences only make them stronger. Today, Carlyle Collision has a friendly, dedicated staff its owners are proud of. The company possesses a combined 74 years

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of auto body service, as well as eight years of coating. Their systems are supported by state-of-the-art technology, and their knowledgeable team provide clients with the best possible results for their needs. Back to the Carlyle Collision saying — they “offer the services of a big city shop, but in a heart of a small town.” The team at Carlyle Collision know they’re in business because of their customers, and they’re looking forward to serving Carlyle for many years to come. And since they’re open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m to 5 p.m., there’s plenty of time for you to stop in and see them. Carlyle Collision 109 Railway Avenue East, Carlyle 306.453.6712 Main PIcture L–R: Cody Chorney; Marshall Delorme; Darren Delorme, owner; Tracy Delorme-Beaulieu, owner; Mariah Brown; Mike Heidinger; Kent Brown; Chad Delorme, owner

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Prairie Powerhouse Serves Rig Clients Across the Continent “

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e have 51 rigs now, and [we’re] operating in three different countries,” says Mike Smith, general manager/vice president of CanElson Drilling Inc. Nevertheless, the prairies remain the company’s home base. After all, “Carlyle […] is where the whole idea of CanElson Drilling started,” says Smith, who established CanElson with his uncle, Elson McDougald. Since CanElson’s 2008 inception, says Smith, the company has flourished. “Our growth rate in five years has been phenomenal,” he says, and the upcoming targets Smith outlines reflect that

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exceptionality. “Our vision, and mission, is to become a one billion dollar energy services company within five years.” CanElson seeks “hardworking individuals who take pride in the company,” says Smith. “We want our employees to have ownership, and take ownership, in the rigs they work on.” To that end, staff are protected by CanElson’s stringent safety practices and afforded perks. A conviction in philanthropy runs strong at CanElson, with local teams and charities such as SJHL, MJHL, aquatic facilities and STARS receiving much support from the company. “[We] try to be involved wherever we can,” says Smith.

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CanElson’s rigs are now in action from Canada to Mexico, but the company’s philosophy retains a personal ring: “We believe we build rigs that are made to fit our customers for each area that we work in […] we feel that we offer the benefits of a large company, but we keep the small company atmosphere,” says Smith. “We like to think we stay involved with our customers, and helping them with solutions.”

CanElson Drilling West of 8th St. West, Carlyle 306.453.2506 www.canelsondrilling.com


Heavy Duty Truck Repair • Safety Inspections • Truck Parts

Family Owned and Operated Highway #13, Bay 7 & 8 Carlyle 306.453.6738

Wilnick R e Pa I R S e R v I c e

Owners Fred and Nicki, and their staff, are happy to serve you. HWY #13, caRlYle | 306.453.6300

THE CARLYLE GOLF CLUB

We are a 9-hole par 35 grass green golf course with some of the best greens in southern Saskatchewan. Visit our pro-shop and fully licensed clubhouse and deck, which offers bar service and a small food menu. Mens’ and ladies’ right and lefthanded club rentals are available.

Mens’ night Mondays 5 p.m., shotgun start GREEN FEES (GST included) Adult 9 holes $23 / 18 holes $35 Juniors 9 holes $15 / 18 holes $23 Power Cart Rentals (must have a valid driver’s license) 9 holes $10 per rider YEARLY MEMBERSHIPS

Pairs’ night Thursdays 5 p.m., shotgun start Senior men Tuesday mornings Afternoon ladies Wednesday afternoons

Family $950 • Adult $550 • Student (under 18) $250

Corner of Highways #13 and #9 south

Phone for tee times 306.453.6344

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Tucked in the southeast corner of the province, edged by the scenic Antler River valley, Carnduff is a small town that makes a big impression. t least it did to current mayor Ross Apperley, when he first moved to the community as a child in 1967. With two schools, a swimming pool, a skating rink, a movie theater, and bustling businesses lining the paved Main Street, Carnduff seemed like a great place to call home.

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kiddie water park. There are great restaurants, tennis courts, a golf course, a hockey rink and curling rink, a five-pin bowling alley, a rodeo ring and a first-class five-diamond softball facility and campground, ensuring residents and visitors are never left looking for something to do.

Now, 47 years later, Apperley is still impressed by his town — a community of more than 1,000 that offers recreation facilities most towns of its size could not sustain. The swimming pool is so popular it’s been newly renovated and now has an additional

Carnduff is the only non-city community to host the Men’s and Ladies Senior Fast Pitch championship not once, but twice. It’s something Apperley is especially proud of because it reflects just how much the townspeople love their home.

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“All these facilities and events cannot happen in small town Canada without the work of volunteers — not only the individuals needed to fill all the required jobs and tasks, but the companies that give generously of their time,” says Apperley. Singing the praises of the community members is something Tara Beck, Carnduff ’s economic development officer, is also quick to do. “Our local business owners are fantastic supporters in our community, and in contributing to fundraising, helping out with events, you name it,” she says. Beck adds that it is the local business owners who also play a key role in building the town by acting as ambassadors. “They are the best at attracting and keeping people in the community. They’re the people who know the people, and one of the reasons people love living here.”

Carnduff. Beck, a mother of four, says she can’t think of a better place to raise kids and the opportunities for families are likely to grow along with the town’s economy. Much of the town’s business sector operates in the oil and gas industry, but as Beck points out, it’s not just in industry development, but also in maintenance, which means long-term sustainable jobs. Apperley says he’s proud of all the businesses, big or small, and pleased with the recent expansion of the town’s industrial park, active residential development, and the construction of a new, 65-room hotel.

Many people who grew up in town chose to stay and raise their own families in

The town motto is “a community on the move”, and to Apperley this means “growing, progressive, active. We are always looking for what’s next and trying to go after it. We don’t sit back.”

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Fast Trucking Service

LOYALTY IS THE KEY

Fast Trucking Service Ltd. is a family business that was established in 1957 by Tony Day and wife Vi, along with their daughters Linda and Teresa, still runs the business side of Fast Trucking. Fast Trucking moves oil rigs and it moves a lot of them — over 1,000 a year. The company has come a long way since Tony Day bought his first water truck in 1957. They now have roughly 360 people working under the Fast Trucking umbrella. The Days have built this business up from the ground floor with the aim of creating a homegrown business that would help Carnduff — a small community of 1200 — to thrive.

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ony says family values and team work are the foundation of Fast Trucking. “It’s what this family stands for that makes this company stand apart.” Even into his 80s, Tony Day is still involved in the business, offering his years of experience to his sons, Dennis and Larry, who now run the business. Tony’s wife Vi, along with their daughter Linda, still runs the business side of Fast Trucking. Larry’s wife, Lori, also helps out on the office side of things, along with Tony and Vi’s nephew and long-time employee, Laurie Connelly. Laurie started out with Fast Trucking as a driver in the

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1980s before venturing out on his own successful business venture for a few years. He returned to Fast Tucking five years ago to help out with dispatching and permits. General Manager, Dennis Day, says, “We watched and learned from two great role models, Tony and Vi. We saw at a very early stage in our lives what it took to succeed in the business. Tony and Vi started this company from nothing. They have been through some very tough times and have made Fast Trucking into what it is today because of their work ethic and integrity.” Echoes his brother Larry, “Ever since I can remember, Dad would be working the rigs

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during the day, then come home and go out to the shop until he went to bed. Then, he would start the same thing over the next day. Mom ran the house, us kids and the business — now, that’s a handful. So it’s not surprising they are still working with us. It’s just in their DNA.” Dennis Day continues, “The reason Fast Trucking has been as successful as it has been is because of our loyal customers and employees. We have good people who do a great job for us. When you see the same guys working right beside you for 30 years, it says something about their character and the character of the company.”


TOP Garth Sapara MIDDLE Dennis Day, Darwin and Agnes Duncombe BOTTOM Employees and their families at the company’s annual hockey game, The Fastly Cup.

One of those familiar faces is dispatcher Darwin Duncombe, who celebrates his 30th anniversary with Fast Trucking this year. He says, “The thing about Fast Trucking is that they treat you like family. We have worked through the tough years and flourished in the good years side by side. I can’t imagine working for any other company, nor would I want to.” Darwin’s loyalty to the company extends to his wife, Agnes, who on many occasions can be heard answering Darwin’s phone when he is on call. “There are not too many days that Darwin isn’t up by 4 a.m., and the phone doesn’t stop ringing when he goes

to bed, so I try to answer the odd call for him,” explains Agnes.

the employees to their families and other members of the community.

Greg Wall, another long-time employee, was originally hired as a driver and then promoted to truck push supervising rig moves. Greg recently moved over to help out with dispatching and permits in order to lighten some of the workload on Larry, Darwin and Laurie. Greg has quickly fit in and found his role in the office. It wasn’t long after he started in the office that he heard his wife, Jodie, answering calls for Fast Trucking while he was on call too. It isn’t hard to find examples that the success of the business extends beyond

The longest serving employee is Jamie Jones, a truck push who has been part of the Fast family for 32 years. “It’s the kind of job that gets in your blood and you don’t want to do anything else. Plus, working for a company that treats you as well as Fast Trucking does makes it that much more rewarding,” says Jones. Another long serving employee is Kelly Krupka who has been with the company for 30 years. “He’s our longest serving truck push and one of the best in the industry,” says Dennis.

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Right now, the economic climate in southeastern Saskatchewan is at an alltime high, with new construction, business expansion and job growth due primarily to the oil industry. The prospect of having a well-paying job, plus a good quality of life, has helped the community of Carnduff attract many new businesses and workers in recent years. Leading the way with those opportunities is Fast Trucking. Dennis says that it all starts with the community’s strong work ethic, which is exactly aligned with the Fast Trucking way of doing things.

in 2009, he was inducted into the Oil and Gas Hall of Fame.

The oil business has been good to Tony, his family and his employees. Tony has seen a lot of booms and busts in the oil field, but he was able to weather them all. In 1999, he was named the South East Saskatchewan Oil and Gas Man of the Year;10 years later,

The Day family’s generosity is obvious everywhere in town. Tony and Vi’s names are on the Regional Library attached to the recently built school. Tony’s name is on the brand new medical clinic, and Fast Trucking recently entered into a five-year

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“This community has been very good to our family and we feel it’s our responsibility to give back. Why wouldn’t we? ” Tony asks. “We have established deep family roots here. We have our third generation working in the family business now. I love this place. It’s my home, and any chance I have to help make it a better place to live, I’m all in. Giving back to the community is just our family’s way of saying thank you.”

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agreement to have their name attached to the Fast Centennial Arena. “It’s nice we are in a position to help, but I think a lot of people in the community are doing just as much by volunteering their time and efforts,” says Larry. Fast Trucking is successfully leading the way in the rig moving business in Saskatchewan with no signs of slowing down. According to Dennis, “It is one thing to be successful but to do it with your family and friends and watch as the community prospers alongside the business… well, there’s nothing better.’’ Fast Trucking Service Ltd. Fast Lane, Carnduff 306.482.3244 www.fasttruckingservice.com


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Kevin and Gail Spencer

Spencer’S FoodS, A one Stop Shop Spencer’s Foods, situated on Carnduff’s main shopping street, is a busy modern grocery store complete with an extensively stocked liquor and beer franchise. Newly renovated, their most recent changes have involved a liquor expansion, new energy efficient freezers and coolers, and overhead lighting. They bake fresh muffins, cookies, strudels and donuts, and carry a wide variety of bake at home items such as cinnamon buns, pizza dough, dinner buns and breads. Spencer’s also specializes in hard to find items and will

try to get anything customers request. They have a complete section dedicated to gluten-free food items and provide health conscious items such as organic quinoa, coconut oil, coconut water, hemp hearts and herbal teas to name a few. Spencer’s Foods, which originated in 1884, has been family run since 1946 and owned by current owners Kevin and Gail Spencer since 1981. Kevin and Gail enjoy the rewards of owning a business and are proud to say their staff is dedicated to customer service.

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The Competitive Advantage Photos Doug Sully and courtesy Competition Environmental

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ompetition Environmental was founded in 1996 by Dennis Day to meet the changing needs of drillers in the Estevan and Carnduff areas. In the early 1990s, drillers of conventional oil wells were beginning to switch to the use of tanks rather than sumps. The use of tanks required the fluid be disposed of by spreading it on cultivated land with a vacuum truck or wagon pulled by a four-wheel drive tractor. “In 1996, we were one of the first companies to provide this type of service,” says Dennis. “We started our fleet off with one tandem drive vacuum truck and three tractor-pulled wagons. It was a modest beginning.”

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In the first 10 years of operation, business was steady for Competition Environmental. Then, in 2006, things really took off in the oil industry in southeast Saskatchewan, and the company began to experience substantial growth. “When I started in 2006, we had five vacuum trucks and eight tractor-wagon combinations with about 20 employees,” says Jason Hollinger, finance and HSE (health, safety and environmental) coordinator. “Today, we have doubled our vacuum truck fleet, as well as added a couple of semi-vacs and a hydro-vac.” The company now employs close to 50 people. In 2010, Competition Environmental purchased their current shop and office space on the north side of Carnduff, just off of

Highway 318. This new, much larger location has attracted the attention of new clients, with increased foot traffic and phone calls coming into the office. The additional office space allowed Competition Environmental to add more office staff. Peggy Dumelie joined the team as the assistant HSE coordinator in charge of employee training and field inspections while Tanya Hollinger became the office administrator, providing support for invoicing as well as accounts payable and receivable.

Charlie Bayliss joined the company in 1998 as the manager looking after dayto-day operations and has been with the company ever since. He is currently the vice-president of operations.

Growing a business requires exceptional long-term employees. Greg “Henry” Wang, the current operations manager, has been with Competition Environmental from the very beginning, having originally been hired to operate the new equipment.

Kevin Belmore and Lance Merkowsky have been working for Competition Environmental for 10 and seven years respectively. Both started out operating vacuum trucks, but they now work in the shop coordinating the maintenance of the company’s large fleet. “Kevin and Lance keep our fleet running at peak performance and provide back-up dispatching when required,” says Charlie. “Those two make certain our equipment is operating efficiently so that our jobs get done well and on time.” Henry adds, “Two of our original employees, Jeff Dumaine

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and Gerry Taylor, are still working here to this day. They are well-known to our clients who have come to rely on their dependable service, often specifically asking for them.” The staff members at Competition Environmental work closely with one another, forming a tight-knit group. “It is like a large family here,” explains Kevin. “Many of us go on vacations together during spring break. When you work with people day-in and day-out for many years, it is hard to not feel like family.” Competition Environmental has always been a proud supporter of the community, and its staff members actively participate in community events. The company was one of the first to advertise on the ice surface of the Fast Centennial Arena in Carnduff.

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Competition Environmental also donates thousands of dollars to the community each year. The majority of these donations go to the arena and swimming pool, along with the Carnduff Red Devils senior hockey team and other minor sports. Dennis, Charlie and Jason are all big sports fans and that is one of the reasons for directing their donations to these teams and sporting facilities. In addition to financial aid, staff members at Competition Environmental also donate of their time and talent. “My passion is hockey and the arena,” says Jason. “I have been on the Arena Board for four years, focusing my time on the financial side of things. It is a huge commitment timewise, and I am extremely grateful for the flexibility in my hours that Competition Environmental offers me.”

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Competition Environmental prides itself on its support of the local community and on providing a family-orientated atmosphere at work. The creation of such a positive work environment has allowed them to retain quality employees and to provide exceptional industry-leading service to their clients. Competition Environmental is committed to its employees, its clients and to the community and plans to continue to do so for many years to come. Competition Environmental 502 Highway 318, Carnduff 306.482.3558 PAGE 2 Top Left: Peggy Dumelie and Tanya Hollinger Bottom Left: Day Construction 30 year celebration; Jeff Dumaine (left) with Tony Day Right: Ronald Rondeau and Dale Crow PAGE 3 Bottom Left: Greg “Henry” Wang


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eneral Well Servicing (GWS) is owned and operated by the Day family of Carnduff. GWS operates four service rigs and four swab vessels out of the Fast Trucking Service Ltd. shop.

service rig he could use on his own wells as well as those belonging to others, he went to an auction sale and purchased three Franks service rigs — one he sold, another was stolen, and the last one he brought home to work on his own wells.

In the mid-1980s, Tony Day, owner of GWS, drilled his first oil well just south of Carnduff. Over the years, he has acquired many wells, some through drilling and others through purchase from other oil companies. Tony always tried to find ways to improve the production of his wells by trying new work-over techniques and found the service rigs were a major expense. Deciding he needed to acquire a

Tony eventually decided to trade this small rig for a carrier. The carrier he acquired lacked a derrick, but he knew there was an old abandoned derrick at the bottom of a gravel pit near Oxbow. He bought that derrick, lengthened out the carrier and made the rig free standing. It was one of the first double-triple freestanding service rigs in the area.

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The GWS fleet grew from that first rig in the 1990s to four rigs in 2014. Each of the four rigs has a different crew. Rig 1 is managed by Chris St. Louis and is contracted out to do work for various oil companies. Rig 2, which has worked for Tundra Oil and Gas since 2005, is managed by Eric Ohnander and Darcy Skayman. Rig 3 is run by Darren Elliot and has been with NAL since 2005. Byron Jameson runs rig 4, which joined the GWS fleet in 2011 and has also been with the NAL for the past year. Louis Chicoine acts as the safety supervisor for all the service rigs of GWS. GWS also has four test vessels, which are run by Kevin McCannell, Hartley Toms, and Denis Quennelle.


rigs and equipment are well maintained and in excellent condition. A preventative maintenance system is in place, and the staff is encouraged to maintain a high standard of care,” states McCannell. “Safety is an important issue in today’s energy industry. We provide ongoing training for our employees in all the required safety courses.”

GWS has grown and expanded over the years. Innovative thought, quality equipment and hard working, dependable employees have all played important roles in this growth. Several members of the GWS team have been with the company for many years. For example, field supervisor Curtis Schnell and general

manager Kevin McCannell have both worked for GWS since 1998. In addition, the managers of each of the company’s four rigs have all been with GWS for many years and they are proud of the work they do with various oil companies. GWS is an active member of the Canadian Association of Drilling Contractors. “Our

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The team at GWS consistently delivers safe, top quality servicing of oil wells for companies in the southeast corner of the province. While the company has expanded over the years, they are happy to note that they are still small enough to be able to offer personalized service for their clients. LEFT Laurie Connely, Nathan Day, Dennis Day, Larry Day, Kevin McCannell, Curtis Schnell, Louis Chicoine, Harly Day, and Tony Day

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Day Construction:

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married in 1960. Throughout the many decades that followed, Vi has worked alongside her husband, building the business and raising a family of two sons and two daughters.

It was during this time Tony Day met Vi Bayliss of Carnduff, and the two were

As more and more people sought out the services of Day Construction, the business grew, and with it, the Day family. From living in a small trailer by the rig, Tony and Vi moved onto some land they purchased one mile west of Carnduff. Here, the Day family lived in a house trailer before building a new home on the same site. Eventually, this house was converted into

n the early years while he was slowly building up his business, Tony Day also worked on the oil rigs as a roughneck, mechanic and welder. He used both the money he earned and the skills he developed while working on the rigs to expand and grow his business. In 1957, he bought a single-axle, 50-barrel water truck and started hauling water on the rig while still performing his other duties. Later, he bought a larger truck which he used to help move the rigs to different sites.

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an office building and, to this day, is the hub of Day Construction. Day Construction continued to grow over the years through the hard work and supervision of Tony and Vi Day and their staff. The couple’s sons Dennis and Larry, and daughter Linda Apperley, are all involved in the business, as is Larry’s wife Lori. Together, Linda and Lori handle the administrative aspects of the company. Foreman Nigel Spittal, along with Field Foreman Alvin Wilson and his son Shawn, help to manage the business.


LEFT A Day Construction build on the east side of Carnduff TOP Nigel Spittal BOTTOM L-R Shawn Wilson, Alvin Wilson

Day Construction is fully equipped to handle a multitude of construction needs. The company has a wide variety of equipment available for use, including D6, D7 and D8 Cats. Their D9 Cat is nicknamed Thunder because it is so big and powerful — Thunder is used to help clean up train derailments across Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Day Construction also has several graders, track hoes, rubber-tired hoes and a mulcher. The company’s gravel trucks and trailers are used in road construction and for transporting contaminated soil, while

their rock trucks haul clay to build leases and roads in soft ground conditions. Day Construction has always been a strong supporter of projects and events in Carnduff and the surrounding communities. One of the larger projects Day Construction was involved in was the building of new ball diamonds in Carnduff back in 1992. To help it take shape, the company’s employees spent countless hours moving dirt with a TS 14 buggy, and landscaping the grounds for what would turn into one of the nicest softball facilities in the province.

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Day Construction is a company built upon the values of family, hard work and commitment to the community. Throughout the years, the company has employed many local people, and they credit the success of the business to the dedication and commitment of these employees, many of whom have worked for the company for several years.

Day Construction Carnduff, SK 306.482.3244

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Affinity Personalized Banking That Puts You in Charge By Trina Annand Photos Doug Sully

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ime is money and everyone works hard for their money. This is why it is important to trust the financial institutions that hold and invest it for you. In recent years, credit unions have been receiving renewed interest from consumers looking for more personalized hands-on money management services. In Carnduff, the newest members of the Affinity Credit Union family are busily transforming their facility into a modern space. Those on staff are no strangers to Affinity’s approach to member service and

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already exemplify the high standards of the brand with their friendly communityminded approach to banking. “We are a very community-based team,” says branch manager, Gail Goertz. “We are focused on building a better world for our members every day and work together as partners and investors to achieve this — it’s much more than a job.” “How we invest and operate affects our community’s well-being,” adds financial services supervisor, Nancy Elton. “When

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our members bank with us, those dollars are re-invested and circulated back into our local communities. These deposits provide loans for local residents, businesses, farmers and community-based organizations. The deposits also provide economic stimulus, with members and their families benefitting directly from the services, facilities and businesses their deposits help to build.” The beauty of Affinity is that it is also a member-owned and democratically


operated co-operative. Members help shape the future of Affinity Credit Union by electing delegates who represent their interest locally and participate in Board of Director elections. It is not a faceless corporate entity; it is rooted in the community to serve the needs of members. Affinity invested $1.9 million last year in community development throughout the province, through sponsorships, donations, and grants for ommunity projects. Members of Affinity also enjoy the latest banking innovations and Carnduff members will soon be benefitting from new services like remote deposit capture, where cheques can be deposited via smartphones. “We don’t overwhelm our clients with services they will never use. We tailor our approach to banking to best

serve our clients,” says Nancy. “Right now we are in a construction zone. We’re pretty excited about the transition. It’s going to be beautiful when it’s done and we’re very proud that Affinity has put this investment into Carnduff.” With its new face, Affinity Credit Union will approach every day with the same commitment they always have — ensuring a better future for everyone in the community every day. Group L–r Kristen Boyle, Brianne Fitzpatrick, Cynthia Paradis, Gail Goertz, Marcia Greenwood, Lisa Cowan, Sherry Labelle, Deann Ratzlaff, Nancy Elton

Affinity Credit Union 119 Broadway Street Carnduff 306.482.3681 www.affinitycu.ca

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n April 2005, Lynn Connelly opened Prairie Winds Advertising & Sales, in Carnduff Saskatchewan, with the goal of making advertising and promotion easy — a task business owners often find overwhelming. Connelly works full-time as the owner and manager, overseeing everyday business operations. Prairie Winds supplies a variety of promotional merchandise to help businesses and sports teams in the community and surrounding areas with their advertising needs.

Connelly’s vision was to open a store that would offer small town service and an unexpected, broad selection of merchandise. Though the business was first located on the west side of Carnduff, in 2011

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Connelly opted for a centrally located brand new building. In her thriving business she now employs two full-time employees and two part-time employees. Her friend, Marjie McMillen, has been a full-time employee from the beginning, and has been a huge asset to the company. McMillen uses her talents in the area of embroidery, and her dedication to serving the needs of customers has greatly contributed to the growth of the business.

the bulk of business would be fulfilling the needs of basic business advertising, such as displaying their logo on clothing and promotional items. To meet demand, the business soon expanded, and now carries a large variety of clothing, including top name brands such as Ten Tree, Bench and MPG. Located in the heart of an oil country, Prairie Winds also provides in-stock items for the oil patch workers, such as fire retardant coveralls, jackets and toques.

T he store displays a wide range of promotional ideas and samples, including some from top brands like Stormtech, Trimark, Ash City, AJM, Fersten and Kobe. When Prairie Winds opened their doors nine years ago, it was anticipated

The company’s capability to decorate clothing and promotional items is always expanding. They currently provide inhouse embroidery, hot pressing, laser engraving and garment printing. “There have been many trials and errors, and

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on staff enjoy the challenge of creating the perfect promotional giveaway, clothing and other promotional items. TOP Lacee Connelly BOTTOM Lynn Connelly, owner

Prairie Winds Advertising & Sales 110 Broadway Street, Carnduff 306.482.3395 www.prairiewindsadvertisingandsales.ca

learning experiences, but our success comes from always listening to our customers’ needs,” says Connelly. “Our ability to adapt in the ever-changing economy has helped establish our superior reputation.”

The staff takes pride in supplying short turn-around and delivery of product, along with understanding the need to deliver topquality products. Whether you already have a logo or need advice in designing one, the staff at Prairie Wind can help. There are many unique ways of displaying your logo, and you don’t have to be a large organization to take advantage of Prairie Wind’s services. “The option for individuals who want to express themselves or their ideas on just one or two items is available,” explains Connelly. The store offers countless options to further personalize personal items. No matter what your budget, or whether it’s for business needs or personal pleasure, Prairie Winds Advertising & Sales can add a personal touch to your advertising. Those

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years ago, in 1994, the Carnduff District Business O rg an i z at i on aske d experienced business owners, Bob and Lorna Lachambre, to fill the community’s need for a pharmacy. The Estevan couple accepted the request and opened Carnduff Drug Mart (CDM) in a historical building, which they first renovated and then purchased a year later. For the past two decades, town residents

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have steadily appreciated CDM’s warm personal service, as well as the broad selection and competitive prices. CDM has established itself as a dynamic business, always meeting the needs of its customers. As the staff likes to say, “If you want it, we’ll do our best to get it!” Customers will find a qualified team of staff at CDM. At the pharmacy are pharmacists Bob, Nola and Amanda, as well as pharmacy technicians Ashley

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and Kathy. Front of store staff include Agnes, Mona and Rhonda, and the office is managed by Lorna. To assist with a variety of needs is Cory, rounding out the customer service team. CDM offers a full-range of all modern drugstore needs, including sections dedicated to toys, greeting cards, household supplies, giftware, hair care, cough and cold, vitamins, stationary and baby supplies. It’s in the drugstore’s


OPPOSITE PAGE BAck rOw L-r Nola Barnes, Bob Lachambre, Ashley Sedor, Kathy Peet FrOnT rOw L-r Cory Fitzpatrick, Rhonda Belmore, Mona Sykes, Agnes Douglas rIGHT Bob and Lorna Lachambre

pharmaceutical services to both the Sunset Haven Nursing Home of Carnduff and the Gainsborough Health Centre where customers truly experience the team’s dedication to service. Working in collaboration with doctors and nursing home staff is key to providing accurate medication and counselling on a daily basis. As well, blister packaging of medication is available for customers who request this service. A private consultation room has been constructed for counselling and medication reviews. Committed to the community, CDM has held various community fundraisers in support of various causes, such as the Community Theatre, Centennial Arena, Sunset Haven Nursing Home and Gainsborough Health Centre. CDM also supports various local sports associations and donate door prizes when needed. In 2013, Bob won the Bowl of Hygeia Award, an honour recognizing him as the province’s community pharmacist of the year. With the support and praises of his peers, employees and customers, Bob graciously accepted the award as both a personal and professional milestone. Bob and Lorna would like to thank the residents of Carnduff and surrounding areas for their continued patronage. Come celebrate Carnduff Drug Mart’s 20th year in operation this summer. Store hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. A senior discount is always available for regular priced merchandise. Carnduff Drug Mart 101 Broadway Street 306.482.3637

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35 Years of Friendly and Excellent Service By Tobie Hainstock Photos Doug Sully

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hether you’re buying a new car, moving, travelling or starting a business, you are going to need someone you can trust to help you with what you need. Since 1979, Carnduff Agencies has been offering a wide selection of insurance products and services in a friendly and welcoming environment. In fact, it’s important to John Young, his daughter, Trina Barber, and their staff that customers feel welcome when they walk into their office. “We are informative, helpful and

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willing to go out of our way to assist our clients,” states Barber.

Agencies offers realtor services in the Carnduff and Estevan areas.

According to Young, Carnduff Agencies offers an extensive array of services, including; motor license issuing, auto, farm and homeowner packages, passport and VISA photos, hail insurance, and more. “We also offer travel agency services to help our customers plan their vacations,” he states. “With that, we have a tanning bed and tanning products.”

On January 1, 2012, Carnduff Agencies purchased A&H Farm Supplies and Insurance in Gainsborough. By opening an office in the community, they are able offer services to a larger area.

Looking to buy or sell a home? As an independent real estate agent, Carnduff

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You can also turn to Carnduff Agencies for financial investments. In partnership with Dejardins Financial Security, Carnduff Agencies can assist you with your retirement planning, TFSAs, RRIFs, GICs and other products you may be


interested in. Let them help you reach your financial goals. With a “small town” office environment and top-of-the-line professionalism, Carnduff Agencies offers the best of both worlds. With a strong commitment to continuing education, the team is dedicated to offering customers the most up-to-date products, technology and information available. Because of Saskatchewan’s growth, it’s a priority for Carnduff Agencies to be aware of various cultures entering the area. Barber notes that the entire staff is sensitive to the needs and concerns of new international residents. “We know that it can often be confusing and a bit intimidating for newcomers,” she acknowledges. “We try to educate them through the process and provide them with reassurance.” Carnduff Agencies makes every effort to make new people in the area feel welcome by offering a friendly, open, helpful and encouraging atmosphere. “We are often the first people in the area that they meet, and we want to give them a good impression,” she adds. While offering a wide variety of products and services is important to any business, the team at Carnduff Agencies believes being a respected part of the community is a priority. “We believe in giving back to our community in a number of ways,” states Young. As active members of the community, the Carnduff Agencies team try to spread their support to different clubs, organizations and causes. “We like to offer support to the different events and fundraisers,” says Barber. After 35 years of service, Young and the rest of the team are thankful to their patrons for their loyalty. “It’s nice to deal with three generations of a family,” comments Young. “We have watched many families grow.” Carnduff Agencies continues to serve faithfully with the same friendliness and expertise that everyone has come to expect. 109 Broadway Street, Carnduff 306.482.3638 TF 1.888.482.3638

702 Railway Street, Gainsborough 306.685.2155 www.carnduffagencies.ca

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Back Row L-R Vicki Hayward, Eliza Belke, Allan Potapinski, Vicky Hamilton, Trina Barber Sitting Cheryl Young, John Young

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The Strength of Family Success from the ground up

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hen the phone rings at Swayze Concrete, they are ready for anything. It might be a simple construction order for a foundation pour, or it might be an urgent call from a harried small-town official faced with a waterline break. The caller might be looking for a short bit of trenching, or he might be calling from a large oil company with a rush order for dozens of truckloads of aggregate stone to stabilize a well site. The team at Swayze Concrete Ltd. has seen it all. Swayze Concrete Ltd. is owned by Jerry Swayze and his sons Randy, Ryan and

Colby. The three sons, along with several key managers, split up responsibilities while Jerry oversees the entire operation, which includes concrete supply and pumping, aggregate supply, hauling and crushing, sewer and water installation and repair, trenching and excavating, contaminant hauling, snow removal, and road gravelling. With that much on the go, Ryan is quick to credit the dedication of the firm’s more than 85 employees. “We would never be where we are without our staff. They are the ones that put their nose to the grindstone and get it done every day.”

The company that today covers most of southern Saskatchewan and some of Manitoba started very modestly. Orvil and Mae Swayze started Swayze Red-E-Mix Ltd. out of their home in Carnduff with a small mixer and trailer. It wasn’t long before they had their first concrete plant north of town and were helping build up town amenities and area businesses. Sons Russell and Jerry chipped in during the labour intensive early years. In 1988 a second plant was purchased in Wawota and the trajectory of the company was set. Over the coming years it would expand to Weyburn, Radville, Ogema,

ABOVE Jerry Swayze, Colby Swayze, Ryan Swayze, Randy Swayze

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Assiniboia, Gravelbourg and Redvers. Over the past decade alone, Swayze Concrete Ltd. has gone from 10 employees to more than 100 at peak times. With a canny eye for spotting growth opportunities, the company has also purchased two other businesses. “We’ve shown growth even through the years when everyone else hasn’t, which is due to our diversity,” says Ryan. “We haven’t slowed down in the last eight years, and we’re just continuing to diversify and try to expand in the areas that are being called upon, such as infrastructure projects.” The safety of its employees, clients and the public is a huge priority for Swayze Concrete Ltd. The firm has a dedicated safety co-ordinator whose job is to ensure the company maintains its Certificate of Recognition certification — which is the national standard for construction industry safety — and keep the firm’s employees current on safety orientations required by its various customers. “We’re a family business and that’s how we think of our staff. These people put their heart and soul into it for us, and I think that’s why we’re successful. They treat the business as if it were their own,” says Ryan. He says he has often seen his co-workers put in the extra mile and do whatever it takes to get the job done. It’s all part of the pride and work ethic of small town Saskatchewan that can still be found in the company. Swayze Concrete Ltd. Highway 318 North, Carnduff 306.428.3617 BELOW Tom Sanders, Tammy Sprecken, Randy Swayze, Jerry Swayze, Ryan Swayze, Dennis Jones, Verdeen Matthewson and Bernard Fouillard

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Shop Local and Feel at Home At Carnduff Co-Op

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nder the national chain of Co-op stores you'll find the Carnduff Co-op, which has been in operation and serving its members for 65 years. It's a community minded, locally invested business where members receive lifetime membership benefits through the cooperative retailing system (CRS) — a unique business model where the Co-ops' profits are the members’ profits. The Co-op grocery store on Main Street carries everything from fresh produce through to household essentials. In the frozen food sections you'll find Co-op brands such as Centsibles and Co-op Gold. Staff will take notes on items

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you would like to see in the store, and savings on everyday and seasonal essentials management tries to accommodate as throughout the year. Make sure to check many requests as possible. The friendly your weekly flyer to benefit from great staff at Co-op is always ready to greet you savings, and be sure to watch for manager with a smile, and happy to help you find items. Carnduff Co-op appreciates the The store has carryout local support and enjoys meeting service for customers, the needs of customers with great and will even deliver groceries if required. service and selection. Catering service, such specials, which are always available as fruit and vegetable trays, are available throughout the store. Downloading the Coon request. op app will allow you to access savings and The Carnduff Co-op runs pantry flyer coupons on-the-go. sales, warehouse sales, "10 for 10" sales, Carnduff Co-op has a full-serve gas bar BOGO (buy one get one free) sales and takes part in price drops, offering great open from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m., Monday

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to Saturday. They offer oil and lubricants, some hardware items, and also have bulk fuel delivery for both farm and commercial use. The CRS is a proud partner with the Roughriders, and the Co-op offers many game day approved products for Rider fans, in support of "Rider Country." As a member of the Carnduff and Business District Organization, Carnduff Co-op supports and promotes their "Think Local, Shop Local" campaign. Carnduff Co-op appreciates the local support and enjoys meeting the needs of customers with great service and selection. Remember to shop at the Carnduff Co-op to take advantage of lifetime membership benefits. Not yet a member? The staff will be happy to help you sign up. The staff of Carnduff Co-op wants you to feel at home and to keep coming back — they enjoy your visits. L-R Lynda Sopp, Julie Dixon, Pat Sidey, Reta Murray, Kennedy Kerr, Julie Dixon BELOW David Sveinson

Carnduff Co-op 106 Broadway Street Store Hours: Mon - Sat 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (open until 6 p.m. on Thurs) Gas Bar Hours: Mon - Sat 7 a.m - 6 p.m.

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Petals to the Metal Flower Shoppe 1205 4th St. Estevan 306.634.4688

flower shop corporate gifts special order baskets a seasonal Christmas Wonderland jewellery candles home décor fashions antiques tea room ...and more

Petals Boutique 400 King St. Estevan 306.634.8383

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Visit our 50s Diner – Open 7 Days a Week Sunday Brunch – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Friday Night – Rack of Ribs | Saturday – Steak Night

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Zaanti Relaxation Spa Provides Hair, Esthetic and Therapeutic Services. With peace and enlightenment, we aim to improve the health of our clients in Carnduff and surrounding areas.

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POWELL AUTOBODY Celebrating 20 Years in Business

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CNC Plasma Cutting 6 Hwy 18, Carnduff | 306.482.1222 | www.bettsdrilling.ca

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f you have questions about investing, don’t worry! Fine Lifestyles is asking them for you. Join us for the next couple of issues as we explore investing and get a better understanding of how it works. For those who are unfamiliar with the ropes of the financial world, starting an investment portfolio can be a daunting prospect, and also very easy to put off. “Getting started is always the biggest challenge,” comments vice president and investment advisor Jerrod Shafer of National Bank Financial in Swift Current. The common factor for everyone is that we all have financial goals of some sort — whether it’s buying a home, building a retirement nest egg, saving for our children’s education or anything else we can dream of. We have to start somewhere, so pick your target and stick to it. There are many misconceptions about starting an investment portfolio. Many think that if you want to be serious about investing, you need a large lump sum of money to get the ball rolling. “You can get started with mutual funds for as little as $50 a month,” says Shafer. “You can start out small and build from there.” Shafer advises that the first step to take is to find a financial professional you trust. “Rely on your professional to help you choose the best funds to meet your goal, and let him/her look after it for you.” You don’t have to be a stock market expert and you don’t need to be on the phone with them telling them when to buy and sell — your portfolio manager will look after that for you. Financial goals change during different stages of our lives. In the same vein, there are different levels of risk that we can endure along the way. For example, a person in their 20s looking to save for retirement can handle a higher-risk element than someone in their late 40s. The key is to understand what kind

of risk you can absorb. Your financial professional can assist with that. “If you feel you want to invest in some more risky funds, only invest what you are prepared to lose,” explains Shafer. This way, if you make extra money on the risk, you are ahead, but if you lose money, you won’t find it financially draining. Keep realistic goals and perspective. Don’t be fooled by the romantic notion that you will buy a fund and it will split, making you a fortune. Strong long-term investments typically give back about a 10 per cent return for your money. Once you have your investments set up, you can let your portfolio manager look after everything. Remember that your investments will go up and down in value over time, so don’t get discouraged or fearful if you see a dip in your statement. If uneducated in the world of finances, it’s a good idea to trust the recommendations of your financial advisor. “You have the advantage of sheltering your investments from tax through an RSP or a Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA),” says Shafer. “These are two great tools available for you.” What’s the difference between an RSP and a TFSA? According to Revenue Canada, an RSP contribution is tax deductible while the withdrawal is taxable income. Contributions made into a TFSA are not tax deductible, but withdrawing money from the account is not taxable. When it comes to getting your investment portfolio started, Shafer encourages everyone to use the KISS (Keep It Simple Sweetie) strategy. “It’s never too late to get started,” he states. Once you get started on your investments, you will wonder why you put it off. Check back with Fine Lifestyles next issue, as we look further into how your investments work for you. www.canada.gc.ca www.nbf.ca

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Dealing with Life's Big Events When life changes, so does your financial situation. In fact, life's major events often call for adjustments in financial strategy, changing your spending, saving, investing, insurance and estate planning. Consider your financial picture when you encounter: • Marriage

• Children leaving home

• Buying a house

• Retirement

• Birth of a child

• Divorce

• A pay raise

• Job loss

• An inheritance

• Major illness

When you face these or other life-altering developments, it's a good time to sit down with your financial advisor. With professional help you can make the most of what life has in store.

Tyler Knibbs, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones Unit 3 - 461 King Street, Estevan 306.634.4870 • www.edwardjones.com MKT-7395-C_BULLETIN

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EXPERT ADVICE Photos for SGI Personal Injury Claims

JON GILLIES B.F.A., B.Ed SGI Personal Injury Photographer Images By Gillies 306.861.4504 imagesbygillies@gmail.com www.imagesbygillies.com

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fter an accident you need to take time to heal and recover. Once that is underway, the process of a claim can begin. This is where a recognized personal injury photographer, such as myself, can help. I am able to provide you with the photographic documentation an insurance company, such as Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI), requires in order to process a claim. When you are making a personal injury claim with SGI, they require you to wait for a period of time after the accident before you can submit documentation on your personal injuries. You will be

asked to make an appointment with your doctor and a recognized professional photographer. Both your doctor and photographer will document and measure affected areas. The photographic evidence and medical documentation will provide you with the information you need to process your claim.

prior to taking the needed photos. For this, I draw on my experience of over 400 preschool photo sessions. As a male I do understand there are some injuries that may require a female photographer and for that I do have a female photographer available.

When you come to Images By Gillies you will find that we are sensitive to your unique issues. Our goal is to make the process as easy as possible. Prior to starting a session, I take the time to discuss the process with clients so there are no surprises. An average session will take less than 20 minutes of studio time, which can be scheduled to your convenience.

Drawing from years of experience, advanced photographic training, a background in biology and specialized photographic equipment, I am able to record the affected areas with ease. I then spend some time editing the photos to SGI’s specific requirements. Within a week you will have a package to pick up that will include exactly what is needed to process your claim. In most cases I am able to directly bill SGI.

As a personal injury photographer, I work with males and females of all ages. For very young clients, it may be necessary to take time to play and help them feel relaxed

Feel free to contact me when you are ready, and I will walk you through the photographic portion of your accident insurance claim. Take care out there!

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Building a Stronger Community ONE PERSON AT A TIME By Trina Annand Photos Images by Gillies

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community is most productive when every one of its members is able to contribute and be an active participant. This participation can prove more challenging for people with intellectual and physical disabilities who are often vulnerable to being marginalized by society. The Weyburn Wor-Kin Shop Corp takes an active role in making sure that these people are not simply cast aside by helping them reach their goals and dreams, increasing their potential through much needed support.

“We support people who are considered to be the most vulnerable in the community. People who are not able to do things or participate like the rest of us are. We are their voice, their means to live life like everyone else and have the same opportunities,” notes executive director Andria Brady. Everyday at WorKin, participants develop skills, retain previous skills, increase their health, well-being, develop lifetime friendships and learn in a way that works for them and is tailored to their specific challenges. W orking with adults who have intellectual and physical disabilities, Weyburn Wor-Kin is able to help those from 18 to 80 and beyond. Since 1971, the non-profit organization has been an integral part of the community. A member of the Saskatchewan Association of Rehabilitation Centres (SARC), which was originally formed in the late

1960s by parents concerned that their children with disabilities had no voice in the community, the agency is partially funded by the provincial government and develops the rest of its funding through various social enterprises in the community. “This job is so much more than running a business. Everyday I get up and advocate for these people so they can get what they deserve in life,” remarks Brady.

Currently serving 35 clients, some of whom have been with the program almost since its founding, the agency has an additional 25 to 30 people on its upcoming needs list. As demand for service increased, so did the range of services offered. A plan was developed and put in motion to create a new space for the group, which currently occupies the warehouse formerly used by the Saskatchewan Brewer’s Association. The new facility plan calls for three separate buildings, which will contain the SARCAN recycling depot, a woodworking shop, employment training and day programs in a barrier-free environment tailored to client’s needs. The new Sarcan Depot and the Vocational Training Centre have already broken ground and will be ready to move into this fall. “Hundreds of people have come through our doors over the last 43 years and as a group we are constantly changing to better serve them. Everyday I am able to see the difference we make in people’s lives and it is very rewarding,” says Brady.

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L-r Andria Brady, Cindy Mack, Sijo Joseph, Genara Pinon, Leslie Epp, Ellaine Fesalbon, Brittany Nightingale, Carol Leslie, Tammy Reddick, Theresa Siba, Haley Sander.

The SARCAN Recycling Depot recycles nearly eight million containers, 120,000 pounds of electronics and 2,500 gallons of paint a year, diverting this waste from landfills. The depot functions as a part of WorKin’s job training division. Other vocational training options include confidential document shredding (last year the facility processed over 28,000 pounds of paper), cardboard recycling (processing 200 metric tons of product annually), all-season yard care, supported employment and a wood shop. The shop manufactures stakes and lath for survey companies, pallets, crates, rough boxes for funerary use and birdhouses. “We are seeing more and more young people — their goals and needs are changing. They are looking for community-based employment opportunities. They are moving out of their parents homes just like any other youth in the community,” notes Brady. What truly makes Weyburn Wor-Kin a special place is the interaction between staff, volunteers and clients. “When I come to work everyday there are happy clients. I always get a hug and it’s very rewarding to brighten someone’s day. They really appreciate everything we do and our staff has built genuine relationships with them. We have fantastic staff who don’t see this merely as a job, they genuinely care about our clients,” notes Brady. As a non-profit organization and registered charity, Weyburn Wor-Kin is always willing to accept donations and new volunteers who are interested in sharing their time and unique skills. With an eye to the future Weyburn Wor-Kin is expanding to serve not only its clients, but the greater community as a whole. Through various programs and services the agency is able to help build a stronger community, allowing the community to be at its best. In a strong community every person counts and great things happen when everyone works together. Weyburn Wor-Kin Shop Corp 1720 East Avenue, Weyburn 306.842.3411 www.wor-kin.com

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ExpErt Advice A Note to Professional Drivers

professional?” You will probably be able to think of something, even if it seems minor.

Cliff Reaney owner CR Safety Ltd. 64 3rd Street NE, Weyburn 306.861.9966 creaney@sasktel.net crsafetyltd.ca

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f you are a professional driver, operating large trucks and buses, you know the job can be dangerous and comes with great responsibility.

The general public looks to you to set the example of good driving. They expect you to have the knowledge and attitude required to prevent collisions, in spite of the actions of others and the conditions you encounter daily. How many of you have seen a professional driver do something unprofessional, possibly even angering another driver to the point of doing something dangerous? Now ask yourself, “Have I done anything that went against what I was trained to do as a

Perhaps you walked around your unit to make sure it was safe to back up, climbed into the driver’s seat, did a few seconds of paperwork, and then backed up. While this is likely not how you were trained, you saw no danger in taking a few seconds for the paperwork, right? In those few seconds, someone can park a vehicle behind you, which you may then hit when you back up. There are courses available to give you new techniques and refresh the ones you may have forgotten. Consistently using these techniques helps prevent collisions, save lives and maintain a good driving record. The use of these techniques can also lead to drivers around you treating you with more respect and courtesy, further reducing the risk of collisions and aggressive driving. Taking one of these courses does not mean you are a bad driver, it means just the opposite. Professionals in all walks of life continually look for ways to improve themselves.

If you are involved in a collision and it has been decided you are not legally at fault, does that mean you couldn’t have prevented it? A preventable collision is one in which you did everything reasonable to avoid it. This means consistently applying all the principles of defensive driving. One of those principles is being 100 per cent prepared to yield — even if you have the right-of-way. The key is to make safety the priority — being right has little to do with it. The Canada Safety Council has taken information from professional drivers across the country and, along with other sources, developed it into the Professional Driver Improvement Course. The course has been designed to help professional drivers become even better and safer at their jobs. Taking this course can benefit both you and those around you. Be better – Be safer – Be professional..

CR SAFETY LTD. COURSE SCHEDULE MAY: First Aid: 21/22; 24/25; 27/28

Defensive Driving Course: 13th

Professional Driver Improvement Course: 16th

JUN: First Aid: 10/11; 14/15; 23/24

Defensive Driving Course: 02nd

Professional Driver Improvement Course: 06th

JUL: First Aid: 08/09; 16/17; 19/20

Defensive Driving Course: 07th

Professional Driver Improvement Course: 11th

A more detailed schedule can be found at www.crsafetyltd.ca Call if alternate dates required.

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ot everyone has access to wellmaintained laundry facilities. You might be faced with a musty, shared laundry room, living on a work site, or simply unable to get your laundry done. Whatever the situation, Busy Bee Laundromat can help you take care of all your laundering needs, offering access to up-to-date facilities, quality machines, and prompt, professional services.

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“The community really needed [a new Laundromat], and we wanted to be able to offer the drop-and-go service,” explains Jennifer May, who manages the Busy Bee Laundromat under the ownership of her father, Barry May. “Everything here is brand new, and there is usually someone here, but if not, I am just a phone call away.” Busy Bee Laundromat is not only bright, spacious and secure, but comes equipped with 24 brand new, top-of-the-line washers

and dryers, which May says they could not be happier with. Besides being easy to operate, these machines let customers know how long each load is going to take, counting down the time until it is finished. According to May, people who come in for a quick wash and dry, with clothes that are not heavily soiled, are usually in and out in just over an hour. Busy Bee Laundromat is also known for their handy drop-and-go service, which


allows customers to drop off items to be cleaned and folded, usually within a 24- hour period. May explains they get a wide range of drop-and-go customers, including Weyburn residents who are too busy to do their own laundry, or prefer not to, as well as rig workers and people from rural areas and hotels. “We do everything from blankets and sheets to coveralls and rig gloves. People love the convenience of it,” says May, adding that they also offer pick-up and delivery service for anyone who is unable to come to them. Like their drop-and-go service, pick-up and delivery is usually ready to go the same or next day. Although they have just reached their oneyear milestone, Busy Bee Laundromat has already acquired several regular customers and continue to build their client base everyday. May accredits this success to the fact that they have had so many satisfied customers. “We have a reputation for always keeping everything very clean…and having excellent customer service. Word gets out that you’re doing a good job, and I’ve always been told it’s very professionally done,” says May, adding that she always goes the extra mile for her customers, taking the initiative to make things as easy as possible for them. This might mean carefully repacking a traveler’s suitcase so that they are ready to go, or separating the clothes of each family member so that they are ready to be put away when they get home. Busy Bee Laundromat is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, with last load at 8 p.m. When you stop by, make sure to use the west entrance, where you will find plenty of parking, and bring along loonies and quarters for the machines. ABOVE Jennifer May, manager

Busy Bee Laundromat Corner of Railway and 7th Street Weyburn 306.842.5501 |

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T e d C aw k w e l l

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askatchewan was built on the principles of hard work, determination and resilience. With the shifting economy these values are more important than ever. The new focus of the economy has led many family farms to evaluate their future, as they decide whether to expand or shut down. When choosing to buy or sell land in the province, one name stands out as a leader in the field: RE/MAX®, the number one real estate company world-wide. Realtor Ted Cawkwell is a rising star in the

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company’s ranks, using his unique blend of experience and customer service to find the perfect agricultural property or price for his clients. Having grown up on a generational farm near Nut Mountain, Cawkwell learned what it takes to run a farm from the bottom up. “Through farming I learned a very strong work ethic and developed a strong character built on integrity and honesty,” states Cawkwell. His road to real estate led him through many different agriculture- and people-related industries,

which continually added to the experience he now brings to each and every client. “I worked as a farmer, with farmers and for farmers, so I understand the farming industry, the business model and all aspects of the agriculture industry. I am not your average realtor in many ways. My experience and background gives me a unique perspective,” remarks Cawkwell. Equally comfortable in a suit and tie, or jeans and a ball cap, the realtor dedicates himself to each and every client, whether they are a local farmer or a large


corporation. “My clients are my number one priority. I travel 6,000 kilometres in a month for them. Working with local clients or investors, my goals are the same: to make them feel understood and important, providing them with whatever support they need,” notes Cawkwell. To ensure superior service for his clients, the realtor has two assistants so he can focus exclusively on getting a job done, down to the very last detail - a winning approach made evident by his many awards, including becoming the 11th-ranking commercial realtor for RE/MAX® in Canada for 2013. Trust, honesty and hard work are the realtor’s guiding principles for ensuring success, and these attributes also extend to Cawkwell’s charitable efforts. Donating to charities of a client’s choice for sales, purchases and referrals, the realtor even hosts an annual childrens’ fishing event. He is continually focused on making the province a better place anyway he can. Whether buying or selling farmland, trust Cawkwell to provide exemplary customer service, ensuring you the best value, the best experience and the best results. Ted Cawkwell is an expert in his field — let him be an expert in yours.

“You are seriously the most professional realtor I have ever encountered. Glad you are on our side.”

Top L - R Ted Cawkwell and Kevin Fidelack, client and friend

Ian Sutherland (Partner - McDougall Gauley LLP Barristers and Solicitors)

Ted Cawkwell RE/MAX Blue Chip Realty Kelvington 306.327.7661 www.tedcawkwell.com |

“Thank you very much for everything. You made this as easy as possible for us and we couldn’t have done it without your help.You are one amazing real estate agent.” Sarah Hardy (Seller)

“Nice job, Ted. I like your commitment to service and information.” Greg Traweer (Buyer)

RIGHT A history in agriculture - Four generations of Farmers - Ted with his dad and grandpa and great grandpa on both sides of his family.

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ExpErt AdviCe A Financial Partner for Business Success

FroNt row Seated Collin Sather - Comm/Ag Act Manager (Weyburn Credit Union), Greg Happ - Comm/Ag Lending Manager (Weyburn Credit Union), Sean PurdueWealth Advisor (Credential Securities inc.), Marliss Gilchrist - Comm/Ag Act Manager (Weyburn Credit Union), StaNdiNg iN the Back Charles Ries - Comm/Ag Act Manager (Weyburn Credit Union), Tony Gill - Wealth Advisor (Credential Securities inc.), Ron Swan - insurance Specialist (Credential Financial Strategies inc.), Jim Paul - Comm/Ag Act Manager (Weyburn Credit Union), Alan isaacson - Business Succession Specialist (Credential Financial Strategies inc.), Randy Geisler - vP of Lending (Weyburn Credit Union). Photo: Lois Adam

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Comm/Ag Account Manager

Weyburn Credit Union Credential Financial Strategies Inc. Credential Securities Inc. Credential Asset Management Inc. 205 Coteau Avenue 306.842.9511

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enerally speaking, entrepreneurs go into business because they have a passion for a particular service or product. Passion gives them the drive to be successful, but they also have to be a strong leader, self-motivator, have a high level of risk tolerance, adaptability, and so much more. The many challenges of managing and operating a business may result in a business owner overlooking certain financial decisions to the detriment of their business. Consulting a financial specialist early on can help you avoid common oversights.

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Weyburn Credit Union Limited has specialists who are familiar with the four stages in a business’s life cycle and can help in every stage of this cycle. The first stage of a business’s life cycle is called the “start-up.” Here, the entrepreneur’s main concerns are securing financing, establishing relationships with vendors and clients, preparing a physical location for business operations, assessing competition and marketing. During this stage, we can provide insight into your business plan, provide advice on how to transact business between your clients and suppliers, and provide a source of financing for buildings and equipment. The second stage is called “growth” or “expansion.” The most critical factor in a successful growth plan is available working capital to reinvest in the business’s demands for new property and equipment. This means managing the growth at an affordable pace. During this stage, we can provide expertise and lending to help with success in the expansion phase. At “maturity” — the third stage — the main question of the business owner is: “I have profits — now what do I do with them?” There are many different options at

this point. During this stage, we can create an individualized investment portfolio to meet the specific risk tolerance of the business, along with minimizing tax issues, whether these profits remain in the business or are withdrawn by the owners. “Exit” or “succession” is the final stage of the business life cycle. There are two options for the business at this point. The first would be to sell the business and the second would be to transition the business to a new generation of owners. Without guidance, a business owner can unnecessarily put themselves at risk of paying more taxes, cause conflict amongst family, and can lose experienced staff or income. Before a business enters into this stage, a comprehensive succession/exit plan should be in place to help minimize these risks. We have specialists in this area who have over 25 years of experience and can help make this transition tailored specifically to each business.

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Growing Success Author Mark Goram said,

“Leaders live by choice, not by accident.”

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By Brandi Parnell

ou may know that Weyburn is the ninth-largest city in Saskatchewan. You may know that it was legally constituted a village in 1900. But what you may not know is that the area is ripe with homegrown success. No other time in history has the city of Weyburn witnessed business growth like it does today. With the city’s mission to provide leadership for the creation of a common vision and goals for planned economic growth, the world is looking to southeast Saskatchewan as a center for business distinction.

To celebrate the success of local leaders, the Weyburn Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual Weybex Awards. Weyburn Chamber of Commerce manager Jeff Richards says, “There are so many stories of business success in the Weyburn region that are worthy of recognition. The Weybex Awards Gala Event is an opportunity to take a moment to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of business people in the community.” The Weybex Awards are open to businesses, organizations and individuals in the City of Weyburn and the immediate area, to be awarded to the business that exemplifies entrepreneurial spirit,


has demonstrated outstanding achievement, commitment to excellence, and quality in their field. A nominee may be nominated in more than one category but may only win in one. Membership in the Weyburn Chamber of Commerce is not mandatory to participate in this awards program. Award categories are as follows: Business of the Year — Patron Sponsor, Business Leader of the Year, Golden Service, Community Involvement, New or Expanded Business, and Business Hall of Fame. “We anticipate that the New or Expanded Business category will be our largest this year with the continued growth we see in the community,” says Richards. Winners from 2012 include, Business of The Year — Souris Valley Industries, Golden Service — Home Hardware, Community Involvement — The Mainil Family of Companies, New or Expanded — Souris Valley Industries, Business Leader of the Year — Kim Thorson, and Business Hall of Fame — Access Communications, John Georgacacos, and RBC Royal Bank, Weyburn. Dennis Mainil of The Mainil Family of Companies says, “As a family it has always been our commitment to support our community — it’s just what you do. We want to see Weyburn grow and flourish.” While investing in the future of Weyburn is a collective effort, supporting local initiatives and recognizing first class organizations is a choice. Nominations are accepted until April 30, 2014 and can be submitted by a third party or a business can nominate itself. Nominations are forwarded to an independent auditing firm in Regina, where winners are determined with the use of set criteria. The awards gala is an exciting and entertaining celebration of all nominees. The awards ceremony will be held at McKenna Hall May 23, 2014. For further information please contact the Weyburn Chamber of Commerce at 306.842.4738.

OPPOSITE PAGE Some of the attendees representing the Mainil Family of business who won the community involvement award TOP Souris Valley Industries accepting their award for Business of the year in 2012 MIDDLE Jim and Linda McDonald of Big Jim’s brew shop were nominated for New or Expanded Business. In this picture with Cory Harkness of Sunrise Community Futures who sponsored the award LEFT Twila Walkeden & Deana Mainil at the nominees reception.

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Customers love the convenience of our made-in-store seasoned and ready-to-cook value-added products, such as steaks and roasts. The community has enjoyed our burgers, available in four flavours, on the Community Events Deck for the past

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haring mealtime with family and friends deserves the finest your table has to offer. At Co-op we are proud to offer Guaranteed Gold Quality AA 14-day (or better) aged western Canadian beef, Canadian pork and poultry in a wide assortment of daily fresh-cut steaks, roasts and chops. We also provide fresh regular and lean ground beef, prepared three times daily in a controlled environment by our knowledgeable staff. Pack sizes include single-serving, family and warehouse proportions. Special custom meat packs are available and can be made to your specifications. If you don’t see a cut of meat that suits your requirements, ask one of our meat cutting staff and we will prepare to your specifications.


Group photo L - r Ben Pasloski, Aaron Larose, Tyson Browatzke, Bonnie Seitz, Craig Robson, manager

14 years. Other selections include fresh sausage (maple, German, farmer and garlic), and six varieties of chicken and pork in flavours such as peppercorn, Greek, smokey sweet and more.

In addition to our fresh program we also carry four varieties of Johnsonville breakfast sausage and four selections of bratwurst. Marc Angelo souvlaki and kebobs products are also a pre-seasoned favourite for the barbecue. If seafood is what you love, you will find product from around the world in our frozen fish and seafood section. Watch our weekly flyer for fresh fish selections throughout the year.

Those with a busy lifestyle can rely on our signature line of Country Morning Gold boxed entrees and finger foods, a label that guarantees the finest quality on the market today. Family favourites — such as wings, drumsticks, chicken strips and more — are great options for easy heat-and-eat suppers or casual gatherings. Our 24 ft. smoked meat case is full of options for packed lunches and lunch-on-the-run. We offer smoked chubs, rings, sliced meats, more than 18 varieties of bacon and an assortment of hams, making us Weyburn’s most complete onestop meat shop.

Prairie Sky Co-op is proud of the active role it plays in the community, partnering in meal preparation with many community groups, such as the Young Fellows Club and Knights of Columbus. In 2013 we prepped and delivered in excess of 6,000 lb. of meat for various fowl suppers, school groups and a variety of business functions. Let us assist with your next special event, large or small. For large events, cuts of roasts and other meats can be prepped, cooked and delivered along with any other food items you may need. Simply tell us the number of people attending and leave the rest to us. Hours Monday - Friday Saturday Sunday

8 a.m. - 7 p.m. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Market Place Butcher Shoppe Prairie Sky Co-op 215 2nd Street North East Weyburn 306.848.3665 www.weyburncoop.com

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Legendary Hospitality Feel at Home at the Ramada and Canalta Hotels in Weyburn By Henny Buffinga

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f you’re looking for a spot to stay in Weyburn, Sask., look no further than the Ramada and Canalta hotels. With legendary customer service and team members who care about every guest, these hotels are unparalleled. Canalta manages 38 properties across Alberta and Saskatchewan, including Canalta Hotels, Super 8, and Ramada Inn and Suites. Canalta is a family owned business based out of Drumheller, AB. “The Christianson family have a shared vision,” says Weyburn Canalta general manager, Marla Aldred. “They pride themselves on providing legendary customer service and a commitment to excellence.”

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The Weyburn Ramada is a 78-room hotel that opened in 2008, and features a pool and water slide, a 24-hour fitness centre, and a mini-mart perfect for any late night snacking. They have 11 room types, ranging from a standard room to a Jacuzzi suite. “We go above and beyond for our guests,” says Ramada general manager, Cindy Swanson. “Our team members want to get to know our guests and form a relationship with them, and they will ensure that they see to our guests’ every need.” The Canalta was built next door a year later, and they offer many of the same amenities and snacks as the Ramada, including 37” flat screen TVs, DVD players, robes, irons, fridges and microwaves. Their main floor rooms have doors that open to the parking

lot, as well as doors that open into the hotel for the convenience of their customers. The hotels have barrier-free rooms reserved for guests who require assistance. They both offer a continental breakfast, as well as fresh baked cookies and popcorn for guests to enjoy daily. They also have a free customer reception once a week to show their appreciation for their guests. Both hotels offer spacious rooms and value for the quality of service offered. Guests can participate in their rewards programs. “At Canalta, they have Canalta Rewards points, and of course the Ramada is under the Wyndham Rewards program, so you can redeem your points for a free one night stay,” says Swanson. Both managers are very committed to giving back to the community, sponsoring


local teams like the Weyburn Beavers, the Saskatchewan Roughriders, the SJHL, including sponsoring the Canalta Cup itself — they also support the Chamber of Commerce. Canalta cares about ensuring they are as green as possible; they recycle everything they can to minimize their carbon footprint and participate in the Clean the World project, a program that collects all soap and bottled conditioners that are left in hotels, takes the untouched part of the soap, processes and donates them to people in need in third world countries. “The number one cause of death is lack of hygiene over there,” says Swanson. “This soap and shampoo increases their chances against viruses and diseases.” The level of commitment and care that these two managers and their team members take is quite extraordinary. “It’s the people that make the difference,” says Swanson. “Our guests remember us for the extra mile that we go for them.” For truly legendary hospitality and a trip to remember, contact the Weyburn Canalta and Ramada today. Weyburn Ramada Hotel 1420 Sims Ave, Weyburn 306.842.4994 canaltahotels.com/our-properties/ weyburn-ramada Weyburn Canalta Hotel 1360 Sims Ave, Weyburn 306.842.8000 canaltahotels.com/our-properties/ weyburn-canalta

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Known as “The Energy City”, Estevan is a community built on the industries that help our country run. Behind those industries are the people who work tirelessly to continue to fuel our nation, among them the countless oilfield workers who call Estevan and area 'home.' For over 50 years, those workers have had one organization behind them, working to provide a means for oilfield workers to come together, share ideas, celebrate successes and look to the future— The Estevan Oilfield Technical Society (OTS). 134

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ormed in 1962, the OTS is a notfor-profit organization that unites local oilfield workers by hosting major events and social functions annually. The Oilmen's Bonspiel and the Oilmen's Golf Tournament bring together those from every aspect of oilfield work, and allow for both social and professional growth and networking that might otherwise not take place. Brett Campbell, president of the OTS, expresses the importance of these events and the unique opportunities these functions provide. “You've got oilfield workers, support staff, drilling rig workers, cementers, and oil


company owners and operators, all curling in these events... there's no other event that is around here that has that kind of exposure to the oil patch,” says Campbell. “Everyone comes together, and they talk, and make business arrangements... it's a good sense of camaraderie.” While these events certainly unite oilfield workers, they also serve a distinct objective for the OTS, which is fundraising in order to give back to the community. With up to 256 people participating in the annual curling bonspiel, and about 400 turning out for the golf tournament, the OTS raises funds through entrance fees. These fees, and other funds raised throughout the year, allow the OTS to donate to worthy causes locally, as well as fund projects of their own to benefit the community. Every year, the OTS awards up to two scholarships to a student going into a field of study relevant to oilfield work, such as petroleum engineering. They also offer a full scholarship to an at-risk high school student annually. And it doesn't stop there. With meetings held throughout the year, the OTS decides which projects and charities to fund by determining what is most needed in the community. In 2011, the group directed over $15,000 to help deal with local devastation due to record-level flooding. When the local chapter of The Elks needed a new television, the OTS delivered one, free of charge. And when a new bylaw saw the use of snow fencing enforced at local events, the OTS purchased a complete fencing system that is free to use for any community event, which not only does away with the eyesore of the orange fencing, but is safer and more secure. More recently, the OTS pledged to donate $10,000 to the building of a new children's playground at the Woodlawn Regional Park Boundry Dam site. “If we see something that is needed in the community, we tend to take a vote on it; everything is done on a committee, so important issues get brought up at our meetings and we take a vote to see which issues we are going to take on,” Campbell expresses. “Anything we can do to help the community, we will look into it.” Community support from the OTS is not limited to financial donations, nor their commitment to the community. Each year, in keeping with the two main directives the OTS has upheld for over half a century, a member of the local oilfield workers community is honoured for their outstanding efforts, with the annual Lifetime Achievement Award. “Every year, we make a point to honour somebody who has given a lifetime to the community, basically,” says Campbell. “The award is given to someone who has contributed above and beyond what the typical person has, and without whom the Estevan oil patch wouldn't be the way it is today.” As Campbell points out, there is a need for camaraderie and honour amongst those who work hard every day in the oilfield. The OTS provides that service in a way Campbell says he's experienced nowhere else, and it is a service that cannot be underestimated. “There are a multitude of different oilfield workers and oil companies here, and being able to actually meet and socialize with all of these people in one place is really great,” he says. “At the same time, we are giving back to the community we live in...and helping the community we work in.” www.estevanots.com

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Taking Care of All Your Trucking Needs By Henny Buffinga Photos Images by Gillies

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ith sunny skies and warm weather ahead, the distinctive trucks from DFA Transport look

better than ever rolling down the highway. For all your trucking needs and services look no further than DFA Transport Ltd. and DFA Tire Ltd.

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Servicing the Bakken Oilfield and conveniently located in Stoughton, Sask. these growing companies are owned by Brett Molde and Donevan Hextall, and can service anyone out in the oilfield. “We cater to the specific needs of our clients,” says owner Brett Molde. “We don’t just do a general service. We always try to go above and beyond for our clients.”

DFA Transport and DFA Tire are complementary companies servicing the needs of oil and frac companies in the oilfield. DFA Transport has tank trailers, pneumatic trailers and flat decks. They do service work for service rigs, filling frac tanks every day with fresh water, and taking away the dirty fluid to disposal. Their tank trailers can haul crude oil,


produced water and fresh water. Their pneumatic trailers haul frac sand, which they can deliver anywhere in Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan and unload as they frac. “All our trucks are built to be very functional, yet noticeable as they roll down the road,” Molde says. DFA Tire Ltd. is a full commercial truck and trailer shop, offering complete computer diagnostics as well as safety inspections. They have a tire bay where they fix and sell tires, they employ fulltime polishers, and their mechanics can fix anything from a simple wiring to tearing apart and inframing an engine. They also stock and sell parts on-site. Safety is very important to DFA Transport and DFA Tire. “I’m very proud of our safety programs,” says Molde. “It’s something you don’t see in smaller companies to the extent that we have.” Their employees work hard, get the job done and always come home safe. Their staff is highly trained and carefully selected. “We have thorough and experienced drivers,” says Molde. “There is a great sense of teamwork with them. For example, there will be six to eight trucks on any given job and they will work together to make sure it gets done and to help each other out, and that’s really nice to see.” Their service is superior because their staff works as a team. They are a very tight group, with low turnover. DFA takes care to train new employees carefully to ensure top quality end product. Molde’s background in education comes through in his emphasis on training as an essential ingredient to superior service. “I just want people to know that we are proud of our work,” says Molde. “We take it home with us on a nightly basis, and I’m hoping that our level of commitment shows through in the way we operate.” Molde grew up on a farm, loving trucks and big machines, and this business seemed like a natural fit for him. “I was trucking alongside Donevan [Hextall] and we noticed a niche for quality service that wasn’t being fulfilled,” says Molde. “Basically, trying to find a way to accommodate that need is how we got

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our start.” Between the two partners, their experience in trucking and operating a business allowed them to flourish. The company was founded in 2010, and although it is relatively young it is growing steadily. With 35 employees, and over 20 drivers, they can accommodate all of their customers’ needs. The community of Stoughton is located in the centre of the oilfield, making it a strategic location for the company, both for business and community sustainability. The companies sponsor many local events and fundraisers. “We love giving back to the community,” says Molde. DFA wants to be noticed; the colour and style of their trucks can’t be missed on the road or in the field. But more than that, they are very proud of the company and the quality of services they offer. “I want people to remember us for being honest and sincere,” says Molde. With experienced staff and excellent products and services, these companies are a safe bet. To find out more about what DFA Transport and DFA Tire can do for you, call them today. DFA Transport Ltd. Stoughton, SK Dispatch: 306.897.8880 Office: 306.842.9477 DFA Tire Ltd. 585 Maple Wind Road Stoughton, SK 306.457.8252

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Boom & Boon Leveraging a resource to HeLp tHe entire community By Paul Sinkewicz

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hen you talk about Redvers, the numbers get big pretty quickly. 2014 marks the 110th year of this southeast Saskatchewan town. While there are roughly 1,000 people currently making it their home, that number is growing. The exponential growth in oilfield activity in the area is worth millions of dollars, and that oil being sought is part of the Bakken formation, deposited more than 300 million years ago and estimated to hold billions of barrels. It’s all part of the economic transformation of the area, and the biannual Redvers & District Oil Showcase is helping to make it happen. This year the event will be held May 8 and 9 at the Redvers Recreation Centre. “One of the main goals of the show when it was started in 2007 was to make people aware that Redvers is a thriving community, and to bring more people in to see and to recognize that it’s a great place to be,” says Leta Brisebois, one of the organizers. “It’s our way of putting ourselves on the map.” The event begins on Thursday, May 8, with the trade show opening to the public at noon, a guest speaker in the afternoon, followed by the featured supper event. This year the keynote speaker will be Tim McMillan, minister responsible for energy and resources. “There are a lot of different exhibitors this year, including many of the bigger companies,” says Brisebois. “They will get a lot of good contacts with the rental and supply companies from the area that maybe they didn’t know were there.” The oil showcase is always a boon for local companies that make connections with those larger players. It means more employment and income for the local economy. The show has grown each time it is held. It began in 2007 with a small group of local leaders in the oil industry who saw the potential for promoting the area. After 2008, it moved to a biannual format for 2010 and 2012. The 2012 oil show was a tremendous success with Patrick Ward, president and CEO of Painted Pony Petroleum Ltd., serving as keynote speaker to a sold out

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crowd at the banquet, and close to 1,500 patrons took in 137 exhibits.

with more interest we can definitely make bigger things happen.”

“With Redvers being situated right in the middle of the Bakken play, this makes it a perfect location to showcase existing and upcoming technology for the oilfield and related industries,” says Brisebois. The event is popular because it features items and exhibits of interest to everyone from company officers, engineers, consultants, drillers, land people and many others who work in the oil industry.

The four previous Redvers & District Oil Showcases have benefitted area residents, thanks to donations to public facilities, organizations and service clubs. After 2012, sizeable donations were made to the Redvers Art Centre and Redvers Rec Center, along with additional donations to Redvers Tourism for a Canada Day fireworks display and the Redvers Early Learning and Childcare Centre, as well as many others. In all, more than $35,000 has gone back directly to area organizations from the most recent oil showcase and various events.

“We get a lot of pull from Manitoba and their oil patch, which is booming as well,” says Brisebois, who adds the show will undoubtedly grow. “We’ve only got so much space for our inside groups, but it can still get bigger. Our outside area is pretty much sold out for this year, but

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“We have a couple scholarships that we present every year — one in Redvers and one in the surrounding area,” says

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Brisebois. “The school playground needed a facelift and the golf course needed a new clubhouse. Our art centre is always looking for funds and we were able to help them upgrade their projector system.” They also have a golf tournament and curling bonspiel every year, and with those two events, along with the oil show, all the revenues go back to the community.” Last year, the Redvers Library and Redvers Curling Club received much-needed donations, thanks to the year-round efforts of the Oil Showcase committee. But its key focus is nurturing local businesses connected to the oilfield sector. “It does its job extremely well,” says Mark Wolensky, president of the Oil Show Committee. “It helps local businesses in Redvers and the surrounding area,


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REDVERS OIL SHOW within the oilfield industry get their name out and promote their business.” Other members of the Redvers & District Oil Showcase Committee are Brian LeNouail, who serves as chair, Brian Dangstorp, Matt Axten, Dellan Matthewson, Trent Dumaine, Marius Erickson, Daniel Henrion and Aaron Mohrbutter. Wolensky says the event also helps promote a general understanding of the industry. “Redevers is a community with a strong agricultural background, as is the same with a lot of communities that were there before the oilfield boom. So you get lots of locals, and those in farming community, who come and see what oil businesses have to do and offer in their industry.” Wolensky said a recent talk by a representative from Enbridge was very well attended because of interest in the pipeline they were building, and helped demystify their plans and processes. The Oil Showcase also helps by giving those involved in oil production a chance to take a pause and catch up on innovations. “Sometimes with it being busy you get caught up in your own little world, so to speak,” says Wolensky. “But with an opportunity like this oil show, it gives you a chance to get out of that zone and see what else is happening and what other companies are doing. You look for solutions or you look for ideas for areas in which you are also involved in your own company.” Wolensky is excited about the crosspollination of ideas that can happen at the show. “All of the exhibitors who come to the oil show are very good representatives for their companies and will explain in detail their operations or products, and therefore get good feedback on how people are operating in the area,” he says. “It’s a very open exchange of ideas and a great environment.” rigHt L–r Pat Ward–CEO of Painted Pony, guest speaker 2013 and Brian LeNouail–the Redvers Oil Show chair for 2012

Redvers Oil Show May 8th & 9th, 2014 Rec Centre, Redvers 306.452.3225 redversoilshow@hotmail.ca |

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I HAVE BEEN WITH SOUTHERN RANGE FOR FIVE OF THE 12 YEARS THAT I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON SERVICE RIGS, AND CERTAINLY ENJOY WORKING HERE.

There is a real family atmosphere within the company, with high morale and camaraderie amongst co-workers. We have great field support staff, from welders to mechanics and field supervisors. The company also keeps a very high standard in regard to its equipment, and is always willing to spend the money needed to keep this high standard. I would definitely recommend Southern Range Well Servicing as a great place to start or continue a highly fulfilling career in the oil and gas industry. - Ryan Shipowich, toolpush

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TOP-BOTTOM Al Vilcu, Ron Newett, co-owners

The Benefits of Spring Breakup

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f there is a reset button in the oilfield, spring breakup is it. This is more than a time when road bans come into effect causing heavy service rig equipment to sit. It’s a time to take a deep breath and gain perspective on the past and look forward to the upcoming season. Repairs and maintenance continue in the earnest effort to do it all over again at a pace only those in the oilfield can truly understand. As days turn to weeks, the equipment gets a thorough scrubbing, vehicles are inspected and repaired as needed, parts get painted, and equipment gets certified as required.

WHAT DOES BREAK UP MEAN TO YOU?

As the Southern Range yard becomes a hive of activity, we asked our employees:

Southern Range Well Servicing is dedicated to providing quality service

“Time to reflect on a busy season.” -Matt Lawrence, toolpush “It’s like the start of a new year; finish up and get ready for the next year.” -Matt Yee, toolpush “It provides downtime to spend with family after the hectic winter pace.” -Daniel Koszman, toolpush “It’s a time to perform maintenance on each piece of equipment, which helps the new hands learn the mechanics of the rigs.” -Al Vilcu, co-owner

and outstanding workmanship that is unparalleled in the industry. With an impeccable safety record and great employees, this company works hard to maintain a reputation for quality work. Southern Range Well Servicing would like to thank all customers for their continued support and wish everyone the best as spring turns to summer and a new season begins.

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ith strategic locations in Medicine Hat, Swift Current, Estevan, Weyburn, Shaunavon and Kindersley, Sonic Oilfield Services Ltd. is a leader in the oilfield industry. Taking care to provide the best service and a safe work environment, Sonic employs only the most qualified and dedicated workers for their staff. Sonic is a fast growing trucking company with over 85 trucks that work across three prairie provinces.

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The company offers five divisions of service: tank truck, pressure truck, acid truck, heating, and product sales. “The primary service we offer is tank truck services,” says Ken Walter, the terminal manager of Estevan and Weyburn. “This includes production hauling, blowback recovery, frac fluid hauling and methanol hauling.” In the tank truck division they have over 50 trucks available. Sonic has water trailers and oil trailers, and their acid division includes blending services, product sales and acid body jobs. They have 20 acid trucks available and they are all equipped with acid pumps and emergency showers. “We can handle any size of job for our customers,” says Ken. Their 10K pressure trucks are state-of-theart, and they even have 5000 lb pressure trucks as well. Their one tonne pressure trucks aren’t restricted during spring break, the time of the year when the road bans go in effect, so they can be used all year round.

Sonic is one of the largest suppliers of KCL for the oil patch. They blend acid according to the percentage the client requires, as well as deliver it directly to the frac site. Sonic also carries a 50/50 blend of methanol, which they rent or sell depending on their customer’s requirements. A big part of providing safe work conditions is making sure their staff is well trained and experienced with the job at hand. “We put the confidence in our customers that we will do the job safely. This puts their mind at ease and lets them know that when they hire Sonic, the job will get done properly and it will get done safely,” says Ken. While they are always looking for great driver, Sonic takes great care in selecting and training their employees, as well as cross training them to be able to handle all aspects of the job. “Sonic has a deep interest in our employees,” says Ken. “Our staff always does just a little bit extra. They look at the big picture, beyond the job at hand, and try to find what they can do for the client down the road.”

For all your needs in the oilfield, look to Sonic. Sonic Oilfield Service Ltd. 1.888.767.4285 www.sonicoilfield.com Estevan/Weyburn Highway 39 W – 3 Breeze Street, Estevan 306.634.0070 Kindersley 1416 8th Avenue E, Kindersley 306.463.1551 Medicine Hat Bay 8, 1771 30th Street SW, Medicine Hat 403.504.0678 Swift Current/Shaunavon 2190 South Railway Street E, Swift Current 306.773.9731 Calgary 403.816.1249 Main Picture: Cory Dearsley, dispatch Top Left: Tim Rizaev, driver Top Right: Courtney Dyer Bottom Right L–R: Ken Walter, manager; Rick Murray, safety manager

They provide heating units and hot oilers, which come with very experienced operators, and can meet all of their customers heating requirements. They also have 40 million BTU super-heaters for fracking.

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INNOVATION, SMART BUSINESS & COMMUNITY SERVICE

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or Weyburn based United Centrifuge Ltd., which specializes in oilfield equipment rentals, it’s all about providing the best quality equipment and the best service possible to customers. The success of the company can be credited to the strong working relationships that have been

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established with drilling engineers and contractors, together with its excellent reputation for trustworthiness and reliability. Established in 2002 by Wayne Ebel, with partners Tim Bowers and Ed Lantz, United Centrifuge Ltd. began operating out of a small shop in Midale, Sask.


“It’s back to the basics of providing real good equipment and real good service,” Wayne Ebel, president

L-R Tim Bowers, operations manager and Wayne Ebel, president

currently looking to expand to other locations as well. United Centrifuge Ltd. owns more than 100 pieces of equipment, including SS1000 centrifuges, SS2000 centrifuges, EZ Load Systems, Hydraulic Stands, polymer injection tanks, pre-mix tanks, rig matting, cone tanks and shale bins. The services the company offers include dewatering, solids control, underbalanced drilling solids processing, pre-well and preproject planning, on-site equipment installation and on-site supervision, technical assistance, trouble shooting, plus 24/7 emergency service. Safety is the foundation of the company’s operations; as a top priority it is intended to protect employees, clients, property, the public and the environment.

To meet the needs of a rapidly expanding oilfield customer base and demand for its product lines, the company moved to Weyburn in 2004, where it opened a new office and repair facility in 2005. United Centrifuge Ltd. is now Saskatchewan’s largest locally owned and operated supplier of solids control and dewatering equipment, serving southeast Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The company is

The company is a member of the Saskatchewan Safety Council, HSE Registry, ISNetworld, ComplyWorks, Weyburn Oil Show Board and PSAC’s Community Partners Program. The company has also maintained a safety Certificate of Recognition since 2006. In 2008, to better serve customers, United Centrifuge developed the E-Z Load Hydra-Lift tank system, which

provides a complete dewatering tank system and centrifuge in just one load. The centrifuge can be raised or lowered by the hydraulic arms enclosed in the legs of the main platform. The system eliminates the use of a picker, and reduces the number of loads from two to one. “This is a superior solution for a number of reasons,” says Ebel. “It addresses safety concerns while reducing trucking costs for customers at the same time.” In 2010, United Centrifuge Ltd. was awarded the Weyburn Chamber of Commerce Weybex Award for community involvement, in recognition of the company’s enthusiastic support for a wide range of community projects. “We are very proud to have won the Weybex Award. We think it is very important to do what we can to support the community, not only by way of financial support but also volunteering time to different events,”says Ebel.

United Centrifuge Ltd. 1560 New City Garden Rd. Box 1266 Weyburn 306.842.2378 www.unitedcentrifuge.ca

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PERFECT MACHINE FOR WORK AND PLAY By Trina Annand

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As the snow melts and temperatures rise, housebound Canadians feel the draw of the outdoors stronger than ever. With such a short summer season, warm weather activities often call for a journey as exciting as the destination.

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hether exploring a local forest, a farm acreage, mudding, hunting or even fishing in lake country, All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) or Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTVs) can turn a good day into a great day with friends and family. The line between ATVs and UTVs is blurring everyday with motor enthusiasts wanting more for their money, and not wanting to limit performance simply to carry passengers. Traditionally, ATVs have been more nimble than UTVs and enjoy an avid racing circuit. A versatile ATV for those not racing in their spare time is the Argo. Available in eight and six- wheel versions, the Argo can also be converted to accommodate tracks. The vehicle’s most unique feature is its fully sealed body, which allows for amphibious travel crossing swamps, mucky areas, streams and small lakes with ease, making it a true all-terrain vehicle. The low wheel base of the Argo provides less impact on the ground, avoiding sticky situations. The Argo is also a great farm vehicle with towing capabilities of up to 2000 lb., winch accessories, bush guards and seating for four. The latest in ATV technology can be found on the Polaris Sportsman WV850 with Terrainarmor. The non-pneumatic tire’s unique cell design and resilient rubber formula means it is capable of traversing the roughest terrain. The never-flat tire is both tough and supple, withstanding .50 calibre, M4 and AK47 ballistic damage, and penetration by a railroad spike. With all-wheel drive, active-descent

control and upgraded shocks, riders can experience a smoother ride regardless of the destination. The single person vehicle is also perfect for transporting loads to remote cabins and cottages with 600 lb. of carrying potential and the ability to carry twice the fuel of its competitors. UTVs are most tempting for explorers that have work to do, as they usually feature the most space for loads and passengers. UTVs offer a wide variety of customization and accessories, from rear-dumping cargo holds, cab kits, in-cab heaters and even high-tech stereo systems. UTVs are a great vehicle for family fun when children are too young to ride on their own, and can easily transport pets as well. UTVs have also been undergoing a redesign with sport models. You can now find racing style one-person units that provide the comfort and safety of a UTV, but with the speed, agility and narrow wheelbase of an ATV. UTVs for work can be fitted with tracks rather than wheels to increase their performance and have also been used professionally by search and rescue groups, as well as military. The most important thing to remember when choosing an ATV or a UTV is what it will be used for. It is possible to combine working power and leisure activities in one vehicle, but careful research is required. Whether you are planning a simple day trip with friends or a week-long camping and fishing trip with family, there is a vehicle for every adventure. Canada is an amazing place — why not explore the great outdoors in style?

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Automotive

Fountain of Youth Restoration Firm Preserves History By Paul Sinkewicz

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hen a project vehicle rolls into the garage at Carnduff Carriage Works, which is owned and operated by Keith and Denise Neufeld, it won’t drive out until it’s perfect. On a typical day, it’s not unusual to see Denise tracking down parts for a car that was built before Carnduff got its first telephone line, or to see Keith taking the last piece off the frame of an old, rusty pickup truck, which is destined to look as if it has just rolled off the assembly line. Together they preserve automotive history one creation at a time.

“This is not like one of those restoration shops that you see on television,” says Keith. “There’s a huge difference when it comes to the quality and craftsmanship that comes out of my shop. I’m not cranking them out for resale or to turn a quick buck at auction. Generally the vehicles we build are for the client’s personal collection.” The Neufelds get many of their clients by word-of-mouth referrals and make connections over the Internet. Shipping a vehicle to a quiet shop, in a town of

just over 1,000 people, in an out-of-theway corner of Saskatchewan may seem counterintuitive, but when you have a reputation for authenticity and quality, the clients seek you out. The couple opened Carnduff Carriage Works in 2006. Keith is a fourthgeneration mechanic who rebuilt his first car at 12 years old. His grandfather owned a Chrysler dealership, and his father built a drag car while his mother was pregnant with him. “Vintage cars have just always been in the blood,” he says. Now 35, Keith

ABOVE 1967 Dodge Coronet “Dreamer II”- Owner, Boyd Dayman, Grenfell SK.

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LEFT 1973 Dodge Charger (interior) Owner, Terry Theil, Minot ND. SECOND ROW 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner - Owner, Schad Richea, Calgary AB. THIRD ROW 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner- Owner, “DOC” Dale Hayes, Brandon MB. 1951 Chevrolet PickupOwner Elson McDougald, Drumheller AB. BOTTOM Keith and Denise Neufeld, with their children Damen, Abby and Nash.

has been a licenced and certified mechanic since the age of 20, and worked for 13 years as a flat-rate technician in Brandon. When the couple decided to build their own shop, they looked to Denise’s hometown of Carnduff to raise their family. Keith uses old-fashioned techniques to achieve more permanent solutions with his restorations. “The benefit of repairing cars the way I do it, with lead and old-fashioned metal finishing techniques, is that you’re going to end up with a car that’s more pure, more correct. The restoration itself is going to last much longer,” says Keith. The Neufelds are currently enjoying restoring a car for Elson McDougald, who was raised in the Carnduff/Carievale area and has been involved in the oil industry for more than 50 years. McDougald gave Keith his first opportunity to do a highend rebuild and has come back twice more — this time with a 1931 Chevrolet sedan. If a part can’t be located, the Neufelds make what they need using a CNC plasma cutting table, which Denise operates. They also do custom cut metal for other applications, like farm and business signs, steel barbecue rings, or artistic pieces envisioned by their customers. A restored 1967 Dodge Coronet the Neufelds finished in 2011 won Western Canada Nationals, and is featured in PPG’s 2014 national calendar. Keith is intensely proud to be a Canadian putting out a world-class product. He will do restorations, rat-rods, street rods — pretty much anything a client will request — but the quality factor has to be part of the bargain. “What we’re looking for is the type of customer that is a true car person that wants to take a project a little further. My work speaks for itself.” Carnduff Carriage Works 102 Grid Road East Carnduff 306.482.3351 carnduffcarriageworks.com

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We started out downtown on 2nd Street as the “Funky little store in downtown Weyburn.” Eight years later we expanded and moved our business to a historic building on 6th Street, which is our current location. In this two-story building The Void features a baby boutique on the main floor, and home décor, candles, jewellery and accessories on the second floor. We would like to extend a huge thank you to Weyburn and surrounding area for supporting us during the past ten years. We look forward to growing with you and being a part of the community for many more years to come.

L-R Denise Bakken, Alicia Reger, Anita Brown - Owner, Chantal Brown - Owner/Manager, Sarah DeMarchi, Danielle McKenzie, Maddie Rubin

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