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The 10 Biggest Myths about Weight Loss Surgery re i befo Pegg lbs 4 4 at 2 30-40 years ago, weight loss surgery was a high-risk operation. Today,

Myth: Weight loss surgery has high risks

REALITY: experienced surgeons can safely perform the bariatric procedures, with similar risks to any other routine surgery.

Myth: Surgery is the “easy way out”

REALITY: Taking the easy way out is to do nothing. For many severely overweight patients, weight loss surgery is the only viable option that can improve their health. Gaining permanent control over your weight requires a huge commitment to attending educational seminars, support groups and making lifestyle changes, and is a very brave and personal decision.

Myth: To qualify for weight loss surgery, you have to weigh over 300 pounds

REALITY: Weight loss surgery candidates are often considered by healthcare organizations according to individual health conditions and a calculation of Body Mass Index (BMI). People who are only 50 pounds overweight can qualify for the procedure, and studies show even moderately obese patients who undergo surgery have obvious health improvements.

Myth: You need serious health conditions to qualify for weight loss surgery

REALITY: Candidates are considered based on individual health conditions and BMI calculations. Because so many health problems are caused by obesity, weight loss surgery can be an excellent preventative measure.

Myth: To qualify for weight loss surgery, you have to be in perfect health

REALITY: While some cases are more advanced than others, many patients undergoing weight loss surgery have obesity-related health conditions. To find out if you qualify for weight loss surgery, Weight Loss Forever has an in-depth medical and psychological assessment that is required.

Myth: To qualify for weight loss surgery, you have to be a certain age

REALITY: The age range at most surgical centres can be as wide as 18 to 65, and studies show definite benefits for patients above and below that age range who undergo surgery.

Myth: After surgery, you’ll have a great big scar

REALITY: Over 99 per cent of our weight loss surgeries are performed laparoscopically, which means instead of making one great, big incision, surgeons will make several very small ones (less than one inch) along the abdomen.

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Myth: After weight loss surgery, it takes a long time to recover

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Myth: After weight loss surgery, you can’t eat anything “good”

REALITY: Most patients can eat a wide variety of food in small quantities after weight loss surgery. If you have any questions, feel free to contact a patient facilitator—tha ey have all had the surgery and have gone though what you are!

Myth: Except for looking better, weight loss surgery has no major benefits

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Weight Loss Forever ’s data shows a longer and more regimented preoperative dietary phase and a graduated postoperative diet is one of the most effective ways to minimize complications as well as increase patient compliance and long-term weight loss success.

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Weight Loss Forever’s average patient had an initial BMI of 41.7 and at 2 years post surgery, their average BMI was 25.7 with a total of 111.2 lbs lost on average, or 97.2% of their excess weight.

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t may seem like winter will never end, but spring is just around the corner. A busy season for everyone, spring is especially hectic for farmers.

Spring 2013

This issue, our team is happy to put out an agricultural feature. Near the back, you’ll discover the businesses that work with farmers to make the process a success.

Associate Editor

This issue’s town feature shines the light on Preeceville, which is easily worth the drive. A world champion dog racing family that lives just around the corner from you tells us about the sport. The new Saskatchewan-made movie Ferocious premieres to a sold out theatre in Saskatoon, and hockey legend Haley Wickenheiser talks about her journey. Enjoy reading about the people and businesses in your community. Thanks for having us in your homes—we’ll be back with a vivacious summer issue.

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1. Determine the required thickness (minimum) a. For cars and pick-ups 100 mm b. For light trucks 125 mm c. For occasional heavier trucks 150 mm (placed on competent subgrade) 2. Site preparation Concrete can be placed directly on uniform subgrade after removing the topsoil, or on deteriorated asphalt pavement. Excavate or bring to grade as necessary using granular ‘A’ as leveling course (typically 100 mm).

DO NOT ALLOW power floats or a.trowels Make sure subgrade is uniform, Do not allow power floats or to be used. Overworking the freshwell con-compacted and contains no frozen material. trowels to be used. Overworking crete scaling. causes This extra b.finishSlope away from buildings at 2%. the causes fresh concrete ingscaling. is not andis will reduce theisolation joints using asphalt c. Install Thisrequired extra finishing impregnated board strips (see Figure 1). not required reduce the durability of and thewill slab. durability of the slab.

d. To form driveway, use stiff wood forms kept in position with stakes not more than 1 metre apart. Top of stakes should be flush with, or slightly below the top of form at finished grade [see screeding—section 4(e)]. e. Plan exact position of concrete joints [see part 6] before starting the project and mark the locations on the formwork prior to concrete placement. 3. Plan your requirements for labour and material a. Concrete: Class C-2; 32 MPa; 0.45 w/cm ratio; 5%- 8% air entrainment; 100 mm slump (maximum), for all exterior slabs on grade as required by CAN/CSA-A23.1 & OBC using quality proven aggregate. 48 hours advance notice of delivery should be provided. b. For coloured concrete, it is recommended that the colour be integrally mixed with the concrete at the time of batching. Air entrainment (5%-8%) must be measured after the colour has been mixed in. c. Make sure adequate labour is on hand when concrete will be delivered— normally a minimum of 3 persons, but more for larger jobs or when placing on hot, dry days. d. Check list of tools and materials needed: § large roll of plastic sheeting (protection from rain) § wheelbarrows and shovels § water supply for curing and wetting subgrade § long handled bullfloat about 120 mm wide minimum (preferably


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wood or magnesium for air entrained concrete) straight rigid board for screeding vapour retardant concrete broom for texturing curing materials (burlap and water or chemical curing compounds).

4. Order and place concrete a. Dampen the subgrade without leaving freestanding water. Oil the forms before placing concrete. b. A 100 mm slump is adequate for placement. Adding water to increase the slump or workability has a very detrimental effect on both strength and durability of the concrete. c. Distribute concrete using wheelbarrows (or directly from concrete mixer truck if possible); use shovels to bring to rough grade avoiding segregation. d. Strike off the concrete to finish grade by using a straight board on edge between the forms—use “sawing” motion. Tap forms to consolidate the concrete. e. Screeding: Smooth the surface using the long handled bullfloat (use edging tool to finish edges)—do not use steel trowels. f. For final non-slip finish use a concrete broom, burlap drag, magnesium float or impressed mat finish. g. If placing on a hot, dry or windy day, take special precautions § protect fresh concrete from rapid moisture loss by covering with plastic after screeding to keep

surface moist, or use wind screens, fog nozzles, vapour retardants, etc. § be prepared for fast setting during warm weather § protect hardening concrete by curing concrete immediately after final finish h. During cold weather, longer time is required before performing final finish. Do not perform final finish while concrete is still bleeding. Note: Improper procedures can result in a poor quality job. 5. Curing and sealing a. For proper curing, moisture must be retained in the slab for an extended period. Curing must start immediately following final finish and is accomplished by using: i. curing membranes/compounds, which can be easily rolled or sprayed on as soon as the finishing operations are complete. Make sure that the manufacturers’ recommended dosage and coverage is observed. OR ii. wet burlap, soaking hoses, waterproof paper or polyethylene film to keep the surface CONSTANTLY wet for 7 days. Do not place hoses on surface. b. Do not apply de-icers (e.g. salt) until the concrete has gone through its first winter. Do not use ammonium based de-icers at any time. a. If the concrete is placed in the late part of the year below 5°C, use

polyethylene film or other cold weather curing methods. An air drying period of one month after the curing period is required before de-icing salts can be applied. A Penetrating Sealer can be applied as caution against chloride penetration. a. Under normal conditions the concrete may be sealed with a Penetrating Sealer according to the recommendations of the manufacturer: i. after 30 days if a curing membrane has been used ii. after a period of air drying if water-cured. 6. Control joints As concrete ages initially, it shrinks because of water evaporation and cooling of the concrete. CRACKS will occur at random locations unless they are controlled in a pre-determined manner. a. Control joints (preferably sawn) shall be: i. cut as soon as possible without pulling the aggregate out, usually within 4 to 12 hours after concrete has been placed (can be much longer in cold weather). ii. cut 1/4 the thickness of the slab – this is the minimum depth. iii. not more than 3 m apart for 100 mm thick slab, 4 m apart for 125 mm slabs, and 4.5 m apart for 150 mm or thicker slabs. (iv) control joints should be cut in a square pattern. FLP

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Grey BY KIMBERLY PATZER

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ou may have thought that grey was a cool colour, cold like winter. Well, I want to share something with you that will help shake off the winter blues—greige. For all you lovers, and soon to become lovers of grey, you will want to consider the alternative of greige for your decorating updates. I have fallen in love with this modern colour and I am excited to share with you just how wonderful it is! To give a bit of background, greige is actually a fabric that is an unfinished weave or a knitted cloth that has not been bleached or dyed. The fabric reminds me of a blank canvas waiting to be painted; you can put whatever colour you want on it to make it look beautiful. That’s how it is with the colour greige—it is the perfect backdrop because you are mixing grey with beige tones, creating a subtle yet gorgeous hue. Greige is the “new neutral” or as I like to call it, the “new grey.” By combining contemporary grey with earthy beige, you have either a warm grey or a cool beige. Greige is the perfect colour for the modern home, as it allows you to add any colour of accents.

Four Ways to Use Greige: Paint and Wall Finishes. Greige ties the room together, and is perfect as your main background colour. To create a tone-on-tone effect, use varying shades of greige on adjacent walls or in your décor. To let out your wild-side, add pops of colour such as yellow, turquoise or even hot pink into the décor. Greige, Black and White. These three colours paired with ample light are stunning. If you like drama use varying shades of black, slate and heather grey

with your background of greige. Another option is white linens, black accent cushions, chrome or metallic décor set up against a greige backdrop for a modern but minimal appeal. If it’s no drama for you, use varying shades of light greige with white to create a romantic and delicate ambiance in your space. Greige in Textiles. Fabric stores are full of greige. Textile designers are coming up with new greige fabrics for each season. You will find it in tweeds, cottons and micro-fiber fabrics. A cream-coloured sofa with varying shades of greige throw cushions and then a pop of yellow is so inviting. Use Greige as a Background. When used as the background colour on the walls and the drapery, it simply disappears against the vibrant colours that it is paired up with. Warm greige has a yellow undertone and needs to be joined with colours from the warm family—red, orange, yellow, and green. Cool greige has a blue undertone and is the perfect match for turquoise, royal blue or lilac. With greige the possibilities are endless. Whatever your style and choice of colour are, it has a place in your home. It can be used on everything from the ceiling to the baseboards and even the furniture. Depending on the season, change out the accents with different colours and see how greige will be the perfect blend every time. I hope that I have convinced you, or at least got you to consider, to use a neutral in your decorating plans. As someone who likes her colour, I have come to appreciate what greige can do for me and I know that I will be venturing out into the world of greige— hope to see you there. FLP


A GreAt PhotoGrAPher Not oNly CAPtures those MoMeNts, they helP CreAte theM By Julie Mushynsky Photos siMple shots by Jackie

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ackie Herman, owner and lead photographer of Simple Shots, was not always blessed to be living her dream job. Her father was diagnosed with terminal cancer and passed away at 47. Before he left her he had instilled the motto that “time waits for no one.” Those words have been Jackie’s drive and the motivation for her success. In 2010, award winning Saskatchewan photographer Michelle Strawford of Fotobella, viewed Jackie’s work and asked her to become part of her photography

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team. During this time, she worked with Michelle first-hand while developing her own creativity and perfecting her own style. After working with the company for a year, Jackie started her own photography business and left the Fotobella team. Jackie is renowned for her ability to capture those perfect moments: a baby’s subtle smirk, that immediate reaction when the groom sees his bride for the first time, even a pouting toddler. “I catch those moments as they happen. I capture who you really are, so when you look at that photo, you


feel the way you felt that day,” says Jackie. Her sessions are always full of laughter, spontaneity, fun and new friendships. It’s largely Jackie’s personality that enables her to create and catch those intimate moments. She meets with clients before the photoshoot to ensure people are stress-free and relaxed during the session. “I do what I need to do to create that atmosphere, even if it means playing tag with a fouryear-old before the session to get them more comfortable.” Jackie provides photography for all life’s events including wedding, engagement, graduation, lifestyle and family photography. “I love real expressions,” says Jackie. “I strive to make every photo a unique piece of art with genuine emotion. I love to tell a story with each session that I shoot.” To have Jackie share your story, contact her at 306.621.7913 and check out her work at facebook.com/ simpleshotsbyjackie. FLP Simple Shots by Jackie Rhein 306.273.4880 306.621.7913 jackiehermanphotos@yahoo.ca


Manage Your

STRESS By Nykea Marie Behiel

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hether you’re trying to get the crops in on time, valet the kids while getting your errands done or trying to handle an extra demanding workweek, stress has a way of creeping up on all of us. The negative effects have been well documented, affecting every aspect of our well-being. When you feel yourself starting to become overwhelmed, take some steps to avoid the ill effects of stress. Make a List That sensation of being overwhelmed often comes from feeling unorganized. Every morning make a to-do list and add to it throughout the day. Knowing you have the list will put your mind at ease; there’s no need to remember every task, give your brain that break. Check off items as you go—there is little more satisfying in life than looking at a completed list. I like to put some easy items on there as motivation: brush teeth, check; eat lunch, check.

Exercise You may feel like you have no time to lace up your runners or hit the gym, but this is the most important time to get your blood pumping. Do something you like and be sure to put it in your schedule. Whether that’s a game of basketball, hitting the racquetball courts or pumping some iron, focusing on moving your body will push all the day’s tasks out of your mind temporarily. Your brain will release endorphins, creating a sense of well-being and contentment in your body. When you do get back to that list, you’ll find you are more centred and able to tackle the items. An hour spent away from it and in exercise will likely prove more productive.


Sleep This has been drilled into all of us for ages, but is still worth mentioning. Get enough sleep. Cutting down on your sleep to get more done often results in higher anxiety and quicker burnout. That hour of exercise you got earlier should help knock you out, and make sure you’ve stopped working at least an hour before your head hits the pillow. If you still find yourself running through tasks that need to get done, sit up and write them all in a notebook beside your bed. Reward your brain for reminding you of what needs to get done, recognize you can do nothing about it now and relish in the fact there’s a reminder there for you in the morning.

Friends and Family You may think you’re too busy to meet a friend for lunch or go for coffee with your mom, but these are the people you rely on for support and happiness. Meet with them, or at least chat on the phone or skype. Friends and family are the people you can talk to about your stress and maybe even laugh about it. Laughing will, of course, help you make light of the situation and feel better. They don’t call it the best medicine for nothing.

Your Problems are Small Yes, they are tiny. And I don’t mean that in a bad way—in fact, it’s great! Step back and ask yourself if what you’re worried about now will matter to you in a year? Chances are it won’t, and you can revel in that. Remember, this too shall pass. If you are a surgeon, please disregard this—your problems are rather big.

Meditate Even if it is just for five minutes, take some time to meditate. Sit or lay down in a quiet space and clear your mind. Try to think in pictures rather than words, and put some calming music on if you like. Or, perhaps you like a more dynamic form of meditation like yoga or tai chi. Take a few minutes, or longer, to do something that makes you feel calm.

Eat Healthy While you likely want to reach for some deep-fried, carb-loaded and too-quick meals, recognize that this will not make you feel better. In fact, it will make you feel worse and have a negative impact on your productivity. Have you ever felt that mental clarity and alertness after scarfing a a fast food burger? Of course not; you felt tired and just generally gross. Fill your body with the nutrients and vitamins essential to take on the day.

Breathe Focus on the kind of deep-breathing that makes your stomach rise and fall. This will trigger neurological responses in your body that help foster a sense of serenity. No matter how you do it, take some reprieve from the stressful factors in your life. We all know how important it is to have a sense of balance, so make sure you take a step back from your (tiny) problems and enjoy this existence. FLP


50 Years of Dog racing BY Nykea Marie Behiel

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y grandfather used the sled dogs for trapping on his trap line in the 30s and 40s. My father Raymond took over the trap line dogs when my grandfather died,” explains Kevin Cook. In 1967, the year Kevin was born, his father took the dogs for a race in Fort Qu’Appelle. “He found out that trap line dogs weren’t fast enough to compete against racing sled dogs, so he started breeding faster dogs to be more competitive,” explains Kevin. The family has been racing ever since.

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Now Kevin, his wife Rhonda, and his son Wyatt all race dogs. Kevin’s daughter Shelby also races but is in her third year of university, so she has taken a bit of a reprieve. Kevin’s father Raymond also still takes part in the pursuit. The Cook family looks after a kennel of about 80 dogs, and compete in about seven races each year, travelling all over the country and Alaska. One of their favourite races is in their home of Preeceville— the Preeceville District Mushers Rendezvous. This world-class event functions because of dedicated volunteers and a passionate

community. The event features both six and 10 sled dog races, and is a fundraiser for the hospital building fund. “We’ve raised over $250 000 by using the sled dogs as an attraction,” says Kevin. “It’s an event to break up the winter and get the community together. It’s a really fun time.” The event is usually held the first weekend in February and includes other events for the family, including a talent show, suppers, dances, hockey games and children’s events. At this year’s race, Kevin, Wyatt, Rhonda and Raymond all took part. Wyatt, who is 18 years old, has been


racing for about 15 years by Kevin’s estimation. Rhonda, who raced in the six-dog event, came home with first. In the ten-dog event, Raymond came in third, Wyatt second and Kevin first—a successful family presence! Wyatt took Rhonda’s dog team to the world championship in The Pas Manitoba and won the six-dog event, and Kevin garnered another first in the ten-dog event. Raymond has won the world championship six times, and now his son Kevin has won it ten times. The Cook family is a formidable team. Kevin and the family also mentored a young girl in the community. “She was interested in the dogs, so this year she came and helped us feed and water and train. She raced in the junior race in Preeceville and in Manitoba and did very well,” remarks Kevin. Mentoring with a

racer or becoming a handler for someone is a good way to get involved in the sport. “I like working with the dogs, right from the breeding to the training and finally the racing. I also like the competition factor,” says Kevin. “I get to see a lot of the country and meet a lot of nice people.” If you’ve never been to a race, it’s quite an experience. “Here in Preeceville, there are about 20 teams in the ten dog race— 200 dogs in all. It’s deafening.” Once the green flag drops, the whole atmosphere changes. “It goes from factory level noise to almost complete silence.” The race in Preeceville is 23 miles, which is a good opportunity for the mushers to get an idea of how their dogs run before the 35-mile world championship in The Pas. Racers come from all over Canada, Alaska and the United States. FLP

Main picture after a win in the pas in 2001 top row L–r Syl Maksymetz, Gaylene Cook, Raymond Cook, Shelby Cook, Vivian Maksymetz BottoM row L–r Rhonda Cook, Kevin Cook, Wyatt Cook page 2 top Raymond Cook racing in Preeceville BottoM Left After another win in The Pas BottoM right Shelby Cook and dog Susie

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hether you’re from near or far, Yorkton’s Patrick Place Bed & Breakfast has something to offer everyone. The B&B, located in one of the city’s most unique and beautiful heritage homes, gives guests a one-of-akind lodging experience. Proprietor Shirley Billay has worked hard to make every guest’s stay at Patrick Place a special one. Five charming rooms await guests, each with their own amenities and distinct character, as well as creature comforts like televisions, fridges and Wi-Fi. Your stay is complete with a hearty, homemade breakfast with freshly squeezed juices, fresh fruit, muffins and hot choices such as eggs benedict, omelettes, pan home fries and back bacon. “I have always dreamed of owning my own B&B,” says Shirley, who has

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lived next door to Patrick Place for 30 years. “In 2011, my chance came, and I was able to buy the home from the previous owners.” Shirley has made Patrick Place her own, filling it with antiques and artwork and creating a welcoming atmosphere for all of her guests. Not only does the home boast several unique rooms and suites, the main floor houses an old-fashioned parlour, dining room, art gallery and wrap-around veranda. Tea is served every evening, and in the summer, guests can enjoy the back garden, complete with water fountain. Not only can you book a room or suite at Patrick Place, you can also rent out the entire house. “We offer the whole home for rent,” says Shirley. “We recently had

14 guests attending the same wedding here in Yorkton, all of who were from out of town. They were able to stay together and visit at the house, not just for a few hours at the wedding.” Shirley can organize a stay using the whole home for all kinds of purposes, from large groups travelling together to a girls’ getaway weekend. Patrick Place is also more than just a bed & breakfast. The historic home can also be rented for occasions such as bridal showers and business functions. “The main floor can be used to hold a variety of events,” remarks Shirley. “We can host just about anything, and we offer a full catering service.” Patrick Place is also a beautiful venue for photography. The home’s interior can provide gorgeous backdrops for photos, and in the summer,


the gardens are in full bloom, which are perfect for wedding pictures. Brides can book the home for photos and use the bridal suite for pre-wedding preparations on their big day. No matter the reason for your stay, just one night in one room or several in the whole house, Shirley is there to welcome you and make your stay one you won’t soon forget. “Owning Patrick Place is my dream come true, and it’s just so much fun,” says Shirley. “I look forward to meeting every guest and making sure they leave us happy.” For information, rates and reservations, call Patrick Place at 306.783.3762, visit patrickplace.com or email Shirley at Shirley@patrickplace.com. FLP

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Sold out theatre L–R Writer/director Robert Cuffley, Producers Anand Ramayya and Carolyn McMaster, Kim Coates and Stephen Huszar By Nykea Marie Behiel Photos heather Fritz

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askatchewan-born actor Kim Coates hasn’t completely exchanged tall wheat fields for skyscrapers, Tim Hortons double doubles for steamed, extra hot, nowhip, soy frapuccinos, or the Blades for the Kings—Coates returned to Saskatoon for the sold-out premiere of Ferocious.

cast and crew are Canadian, and most of them even Saskatchewan natives.

Shot on a tight 18-day schedule, the new thriller premiered in many Galaxy theatres across the country. All of the

“It’s very stylistic and gritty,” says executive producer Anand Ramayya of Karma Film in Saskatoon. “Creating this

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Ferocious is about a small-town girl, Leigh Parrish (played by Amanda Crew), who has made her mark on Hollywood. While on a brief stint visiting home, Leigh goes to drastic lengths to cover up a sordid mistake in her past.

film is one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. It was a film made on good will and passion.” Working on such a tight schedule and budget, the cast and crew became very close. Because the movie is a gritty, Tarintino-style thriller, the crew often found themselves in some of Saskatoon’s sleaziest buildings. “In the middle of a big day, the fire martial came and said we had to shut down because the building was not up to code,” says


CLOCKWISE Producer Anand Ramayya; Lifestyles editor, Nykea Marie Behiel and Kim Coates; Joel Dietrich; Michael Eklund

Ramayya. The producer pulled the fire martial aside and started trying to figure out a solution. Any delays would surely put them over budget. “I saw a smirk on his face, and finally I recognized it was Kim Coates’ best friend from childhood!” Coates had put him up to it. While Coates has a sense of humour off screen, he acts a perfect creep on set. He plays a grimy character that no one would want holding onto a scandalous piece of their past. Coates was thrilled to take on the part after reading Robert Cuffley’s script. “I just loved the story so much—it’s twisted, dark, tragic,” says Coates. He also spoke fondly of the cast and crew. “There are just as talented people here as there are in Hollywood. We’re all Canadian, and proud to be Canadian.” “The talent pool in Saskatchewan is so huge, I’m proud to be from here,” echoes Michael Eklund, who plays Eric, Leigh’s seedy-but-likeable ex-boyfriend. “I’m

proud to have come home and shot a film here. It doesn’t get any better than that—it’s a dream come true.” There was no question in Eklund’s mind about taking the part. “This is the second film I worked on with this director, and I will jump at the chance to work with him again.” Cuffley wrote the part of Eric with Eklund in mind. “I worked with him before, and I knew what he was capable of,” says Cuffley, who both wrote and directed the film. “I knew he could play all aspects of the bartender—people feel bad when he meets his demise.” Cuffley summed up the theme of the slowburning thriller—“how long can you deceive yourself before you have to face the music?” This eerie sentiment pushes Leigh through a dangerous and unexpected sequence of events. While it’s rare to see an independent Canadian film in the mainstream theatre, the sold out premiere of this

Saskatchewan-made thriller proves that that’s not for lack of interest. Coates was in both Saskatoon and Regina a few months ago collaborating with the Saskatchewan film industry to try to reinstate the Saskatchewan film tax credit. The Saskatchewan government has not yet replaced the credit, which makes films like Ferocious possible. Having had such an amazing experience making this film, the Ferocious crew hopes that they will have the opportunity to work together in Saskatchewan again. “Art always prevails,” says Eklund. Joel Dietrich teaches media at Evan Hardy School. Not only were his students able to see the process first hand, but they were also able to be involved. “It was an absolutely fantastic learning experience. Anand and Karma Film were fantastic to work with. The crew taught students live,” says Dietrich, appreciative for the opportunity. “I’m looking forward to the future, a rebirth of the industry.” FLP

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Cayambe Peak provides a dramatic backdrop for hikers in Ecuador.

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n a clear day, the flight into or out of Quito, Ecuador is stunning with snow-capped volcanoes surrounding the capital. Ecuador has a string of 14 volcanoes that rise 15,000 feet or more, and, among these mountains, are hidden verdant valleys that offer a rich natural experience intertwined with history and culture. I recently joined a Country Walkers hiking tour that started in the highlands just north of Quito. We were a group of avid American and Canadian hikers thrown together in an escorted hiking tour in the Andes of Ecuador. We walked six to 11 miles a day, and then relaxed and recuperated in historic haciendas at night. Our first lunch was set outdoors near Cayambe, a volcano that is 18,996 feet tall.

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There, along a creek, I noticed a woman walking toward me who was tending two milk cows. She was dressed in wool clothing in a style that dates from centuries ago. The first night we stayed in the Hacienda Zuleta, owned by a political family that produced two former presidents of Ecuador—first in 1902, and then in 1948. The oldest part of the hacienda is filled with antique furniture and a big fireplace, and all of the rooms are modern and comfortable. The hacienda is a working farm with its own dairy and egg production, so all of our food was fresh. Mornings started with sumptuous breakfasts and exotic fruits and juices. After breakfast, we laced up our boots and set out to hike to Cubilche Volcano. The distance was about six miles, and the terrain was moderate to challenging with a 2,425-foot elevation gain and loss.

That afternoon there was an optional walk to the Condor Project—a four-mile hike that was described as easy to moderate. But, instead of hiking to the Condor area, we rode horses past pre-Inca Indian mounds of the Caranqui people, who were an agrarian-based culture and the original inhabitants of the Zuleta Valley from 800 until the arrival of the Incas in the late 1400s. We saw two caged recuperating condors— the birds with the largest wingspan in the world—but we didn’t see any flying free. That evening, in the last rays of sunlight, we could see the volcano peak we had hiked that day off in the distance. Farther north, we stayed in Cusin Hacienda, owned by a British teacher who married into the Philip Morris family. Each hacienda has a garden area, and at Cusin, these gardens are large.


Generally we stayed two nights in each place. Our last stay was at the Hacienda Pinsaqui, located near a craft town called Otavalo. The hacienda was built alongside the old Pan American Highway—the one traversed by Simon Bolivar, who led the freedom fight from Spanish rule in the early 1800s. These hikes were challenging, and people moved at their own pace. One guide always walked in the rear, and each guide had binoculars to help identify birds and a book to help with botany. They knew the names of all the beautiful flowers we passed along the way. “It was invigorating,” says Bill Parker, a retired college professor from Mississippi, “with all the sights of colours, landscapes, people, livestock, clean air, beautiful sky and rugged mountains. And it was joyful interacting with happy people, despite a simple and difficult life.” In addition to the great physical exercise, we had some cultural interactions with the native Ecuadorians. Country Walkers provides interaction with local people for its clients, so we stopped briefly in a highland school classroom filled with roughly a dozen 6-year-olds. The children, including one boy with a greased-up Elvis hairstyle, greeted us with bright smiles. The maestro had the children sing two songs for us, and then he surprised us by asking if we would perform a song in exchange. Among our motley crew of semi-retired engineers and pharmaceutical salesmen was a young forester from Eureka, California, who stepped forward for a solo. Kameron Crocker barreled out America the Beautiful, Ray Charles style. When he finished, the second-grade class of the Luis Wandemberg School north of Quito burst into applause. Their inquisitive eyes took in almost every detail of the middle-aged Americans standing in front of them, festooned in hiking gear. We all had the option of only hiking in the morning and, after lunch, jumping into a van with the luggage and heading to the next hacienda—an option I admit to choosing more than once. Luckily, I did not miss the surprise interaction we had on another morning when we were walking halfway down the rural mountainside and ran into native Zuletas dressed in heavy woolen clothes, celebrating a baptism in

the church below. They distributed cups for a local alcoholic drink—something called “steeped from cactus”—and they motioned for us to join in the dance. They had an accordion player, a guitarist and a fiddler among their group. We exchanged smiles, accepted the drink and some among us, such as Dianne Fotiades, danced. When the trip ended, her husband, George Fotiades, said he most remembered the people who took pride in their customs— especially the colours of their dress—and lived off the land. “I remember their warmth and the special feeling of being welcomed into their baptism celebration with no fear or wariness of us, rather an embrace to share their simple fun.” The last day of the trip, the group stayed in the Hotel Patio Andaluz, the first boutique

hotel to open in Quito’s Old Town. The hotel is rich in colonial detail and comfort. Just two minutes away is Quito’s Plaza Independencia and, nearby that, the church of La Compania de Jesus, perhaps the finest church in all of Latin America. Joan and Roger Organ are active travelers in their 60s from Pagosa Springs, Colorado. “This was a really great vacation with amazing, spectacular scenery and beautiful people,” says Joan. “The overriding memory is of feeling like Gulliver in Lilliput on many occasions and also of wanting to very much go back.” FLP

TOP Native Zuletas from Ecuador attend a baptism celebration. BOTTOM A group of hikers makes a trek through the highlands of Ecuador.

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ention the name Hayley Wickenheiser anywhere near Shaunavon, and hearts swell with pride and awe. A four-time Olympic medalist, Hayley is considered to be one of the best female hockey players in the world. Born in Shaunavon, Hayley fell in love with hockey at an early age and hasn’t looked back.

“I guess it’s like any small town Canada story,” says Hayley. “My parents were both teachers in Shaunavon, where we lived, and we had a rink in our back yard. I asked my Dad if I could play hockey, and he said yes. I was one of the few females who played in the minor league with boys. My dad coached me until I was nine or ten years old, and in my early teens, we moved to Calgary.”


A Big Run It was at this point that Hayley was chosen for the Canadian Women’s National Team, and her hockey career launched full speed ahead. She led that team to six golds and one silver medal at the Women’s World Hockey Championships, and has attained great heights as an Olympian: a silver medal in 1998 and three gold medals in the 2002, 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics. She received tournament MVP awards in the 2002 and 2006 Olympics, as well as in many Esso Women’s Hockey Championships. Hayley’s run playing European men’s professional hockey is well known. In January 2003, she made hockey history when she became the first female hockey player to notch a point in a men’s professional game while playing with a Finnish second division team. During 2008-09, she played with a Swedish men’s professional division-one hockey team. About her lengthy and successful hockey career, Hayley modestly admits, “it’s been

a big run.” When asked about her top hockey career highlights to date, she lists: “the gold medal win in Salt Lake City in 2002, the Vancouver Olympic gold medal win in 2010, and playing professional men’s hockey in Europe. Those would be the top three.” Hayley admits that the 2010 Olympics really stand out for her. “It was really special being in Canada. It was unlike any other Olympics I’ve been in.” Not only has Hayley mastered hockey— she is also an elite softball player, and played with Team Canada in the 2000 Summer Olympics. She then worked as a softball analyst for CBC during the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. It’s a pretty impressive sports resumé for a small town girl who clearly remembers her early hockey days in Shaunavon. “We had Saturday morning practices that were two hours long, which is unheard of now. And I loved eating cheeseburgers and fries at the rink.”

Giving Back Beyond her passion for hockey and sports,

Hayley is also driven to give back to the community and organizations committed to youth, such as Right to Play, KidSport, Plan Canada’s Because I Am A Girl campaign, Clean Air Champions, Spread the Net and many others. “As an athlete, you should give back to your community,” Hayley adds. “I believe you should give where you live, and also be aware of what’s happening globally.” True to her word, Haley has twice travelled to Africa with Right to Play: in 2007, she travelled to Rwanda with a team of Canadian Olympic athletes, and in 2011, she took her son, Noah, on a similar good-will mission to Ghana. Hayley is especially passionate about The Wickenheiser Female World Hockey Festival, which provides mentoring opportunities for young athletes. “It’s my legacy project,” she says. “It aims to give kids a holistic development opportunity; they get skills, nutrition, equipment and the chance to be able to sit in front of some of the best hockey players in the world.”

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Now in its fourth year and fondly coined “WickFest”, this four-day hockey festival allows more than 1,200 young women from around the world to engage in world-class competition, make new friends and improve their hockey skills. The focus is on competing, connecting and building positive female hockey experiences across all levels, and Hayley is intimately involved in all aspects of the event—on and off the ice. “It’s a program that’s meant to develop the whole female hockey player,” Hayley adds. “It’s come full circle for me—fighting for the right to play as a young girl was always a challenge for me when I was growing up,” she admits, remembering being one of a few young girls in a male-dominated sport. “Now, these girls are sitting in front of some of the best hockey players in the world, and getting the respect that I never got.”

The Greatest Honour Respect is certainly not an issue that Hayley faces today—over the years, she has been highly awarded and honoured for her many accomplishments and contributions, and her prowess as an elite athlete has been widely recognized. Recently named among the Top 25 Toughest Athletes in the World by Sports Illustrated, Hayley is also a two-time finalist for the Women’s Sports Foundation Team Athlete of the Year. The Globe and Mail has twice named her among their “Power 50” influencers in sport, and QMI Agency included her in their top 10 “Greatest Female Athletes in the History of Sports.” In 2011, Hayley received one of Canada’s highest civilian honours when she was appointed to the Order of Canada for her athletic achievements and contributions to the growth of women’s hockey. “It was pretty amazing to be considered for the Order of Canada,” Hayley reminisces. “Some of us who were standing up there at the ceremony, along with many other distinguished and accomplished people, looked at each other, and said ‘what are we doing here?’” Setting aside her sense of disbelief, Hayley gratefully adds, “It was a real honour, we had a lot of fun, and I was able to share it with my family.” The honour that stands above all others, however, comes back to her hometown of

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Photo Crescent Point Wickenheiser Centre, courtesy of Grand Coteau Heritage and Cultural Centre

Shaunavon, where she set down hockey roots and still visits and has many friends today. “Having the new Shaunavon hockey arena named after me means so much to me, and I really appreciate it. It was pretty flattering,” says Hayley. “The biggest honour I could have received was having a rink named after me in my hometown.” The town’s new Crescent Point Wickenheiser Centre, is an impressive multi-purpose centre that replaced the aging Shaunavon arena and curling rink. “It’s great to see,” Hayley adds. “It was really needed, and is still the hub of the community.”

Forging Ahead Not one to rest on her laurels, Hayley is working toward her next set of goals. Currently attending the University of Calgary and playing for the Calgary Dinos Women’s hockey team, Hayley will graduate in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, with her sights firmly set on medical school. Amidst her studies and raising 12-year-old son, Noah—a competitive swimmer—

Hayley is already preparing for the next winter Olympics. “It’s busy. The 2014 Olympic Games are on the horizon, and I’m getting ready, getting myself in the best possible shape,” Hayley says. The Canadian Women’s Olympic team will start training intensely in May 2013 in Calgary, and then play a 60-game schedule between August 2013 and February 2014 leading up to the Olympics. Despite her busy schedule, Hayley hopes to get back to Shaunavon for the town’s 100Year celebration in July of this year. From long practices and cheeseburgers at the Shaunavon hockey rink as a young girl, to world-class athlete and community leader and contributor, Hayley continues to give her all while making a difference in the world. She serves as an inspiration and example to all of us to continually move forward and become better than we are. “I feel like I was born to play and to do this,” says Hayley. “I get to wake up and do this every day—be a professional athlete. I feel fortunate.” FLP


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ome things are just too important to forget. Memorials and monuments are reminders of those people and events that have passed. The right memorial not only reminds, but also embodies the history of that person or event and tells the story to those who view it. Sam Chupa, the branch manager of Remco Memorials in Yorkton, can help you capture and express those

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important memories in a meaningful way. A hairdresser for years, Sam made the leap to manage the Yorkton Remco two years ago. She lost both of her parents and understands the grieving process. “I know what it’s like to lose a loved one, and talking to people about it comes naturally to me,” says Sam. “I was very involved in my parents’ funerals and did the hair and makeup for both of them when they passed.” Sam’s first-hand experience and knowledge

enables her to easily provide the care and attention people need when they come into Remco. “I love my job. To some, it may sound like a sad job, but it’s not; it’s very satisfying,” explains Sam. Sam is able to connect with people, even during difficult times, and ends up establishing lasting friendships with most of her customers. In 1924, Remco founder Thomas L. Reeson stated that every life is worthy


of memorialisation. Remco has a wide range of significant ways to pay tribute to anyone, even to pets. They offer monuments, markers, urns and plaques with several design options for each. But what sets Remco apart is the quality. They use high-quality granite and marble, and their laser etching and custom work is outstanding, bringing your memories to life. The artwork and details are limitless and become masterpieces you have to see to believe. Recently, Remco started exhibiting Quick Response (QR) codes on their memorials. Once you scan the code with your smartphone, you are taken to various websites including obituary and historical sites, Facebook pages or links to funeral home websites. Remco offers an everlasting guarantee on their memorials. This ensures there is no loss of legibility and that the monument does not crack or disintegrate. Any defects in material or workmanship will be repaired. Remco has also embarked on several community projects. “With the many town centennials, communities are looking for ways to commemorate the past,� says Sam. Remco has produced memorial walls, granite statues and columbariums for several communities across Saskatchewan. They recently donated a sundial to the Yorkton legion and helped a recent high school graduating class select a granite bench to commemorate one of the students who passed away in a car accident. For assistance in creating that tangible memory, give Sam a call or visit her in the showroom. For people from out of town, she is also able to make arrangements via email. Be sure to visit the website to view some of Remco’s remarkable work. FLP

Remco Memorials Ltd. Sam Chupa 107 Broadway West Yorkton 306.783.4212 s.chupa@remco-memorials.ca www.remco-memorials.ca


MELVILLE’S BUSINESS VOICE BY TOBIE HAINSTOCK


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askatchewan’s economy continues to grow faster than ever. This economic growth has had some kind of effect on every community in the province and Melville is no exception. As the community grows and changes, the support and services of its citizens has never been more important. The support provided by the Melville Chamber of Commerce is important to the economic development of the city because of the services it provides to its members. President Tim Ziola explains who the Chamber of Commerce is and what they do. “We are a group of likeminded business and professional people who realize that what’s good for one business in our community and surrounding area is good for all. We are the voice of all business people in Melville and area.” The main purpose of the Chamber of Commerce is to be the voice for local businesses. “We meet every third Thursday of the month,” says Ziola who explains that at every Chamber meeting, a member of City Council is present. This is an opportunity for the board to bring forth any questions or concerns from Chamber members to city council to be addressed. Meetings are open to all members who wish to

attend. Ziola also points out that three times a year they bring in a special guest for an evening of education and networking. “On May 10, we have former Regina mayor Pat Fiacco speaking to us,” says Ziola, “Fiacco is now the new CEO of Tourism Saskatchewan and a dynamic speaker.” Another one of the functions of the Chamber of Commerce is to run a number of events throughout the year to benefit the Melville business community and fundraise for the Chamber. Such events include the Spring Trade Show and Sale and the annual Railway Days, which features a hugely popular street dance in the summer. In the past, the Chamber of Commerce membership numbers have been declining which makes it more difficult to find volunteers for events. This means having to cancel some functions such as the annual Christmas promotion. However, the membership decline has encouraged Ziola and the executive to make some changes that will help revitalize the organization. The best way to do that is by educating the people of the community about who the Chamber of Commerce is, what they do and

why it’s beneficial for businesses and professionals to become members. One of the ways this has been done was by sending out a new information package and portfolio to all of the businesses in Melville and surrounding area. “We also just redid our website to include up-to-date information of membership benefits and a list of the Chamber members including their contact information,” states Ziola. He goes on to outline what some of those benefits are. As a member of the Melville and District Chamber of Commerce, you have the advantage of group benefits and insurance for small businesses. There are many networking opportunities and business referrals available to members. Members also have advertising and sponsorship opportunities which allow your business to be seen by more people in the area. Ziola also explains that a well rounded membership base creates a strong voice for the community which can assist in enhancing Melville’s growth. “What’s good for Melville is good for all of us,” he comments. For more information about the Melville Chamber of Commerce, call 306.728.4177 or visit the website www.melvillechamber.com. FLP

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Get the RiGht GeaR For the Right Application By Nykea Marie Behiel Photos TJk DivisioNal services—ToDD kulcsar

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he Safety Warehouse 911 Inc. has emerged as southeast Saskatchewan’s newest health, safety and environmental supplies and equipment distributor serving the prairie provinces.

with 30 leading manufacturers in Canada, USA and Europe. “Our manufacturers offer exceptional quality products to the emergency service, industrial and construction industries,” says Ross.

CEO and retired deputy fire chief Ross Young set to work creating TSW911 Inc. after being asked by a couple manufacturers to represent and offer their product lines. With 22 years of experience in the emergency services industry and having completed a Canadian Registered Safety Professional designation, Ross negotiated directly

The Safety Warehouse constantly astonishes customers. “They’re amazed at the amount of information and the knowledge we have on all our products. We take in-depth training from all our manufacturers, so we know our products,” explains accounts manager Katherine Vandale. “We stock as many new and leading edge products in our

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showroom as possible so you can try them out or even try it on.” They explain how it works and spend the time to make you comfortable before you leave the store. With more than 350,000 products in their system, TSW911 Inc. can find the right product, for the right application at the right price. To protect you regardless of the workplace, site or industry, Katherine and the amiable team at the store can help outfit you with all your safety needs. They have everything—Hi-viz clothing, rainwear, boots and gloves, fall protection harnesses, lanyards and lifelines,


hard hats, earplugs and the coolest safety glasses, signs, Insurguard alarm systems, chemical response kits, first aid supplies and even ice water rescue gear just to name a few. All their supplies and equipment are selected based on real use experience and industry knowledge, and come from the most trusted and reputable manufacturers in the industry. Katherine and the team distribute a quarterly sales flyer highlighting specials for the store, and also have a 400-page colour catalogue. If you need to equip your business, worksite or home with the right gear in fire and life safety protection, call or email to get started as one of their customers. There are even opportunities for individuals to purchase products wholesale to offer them to their customer base. Aside from providing all the health, safety and environmental supply essentials, The Safety Warehouse 911 Inc. has partnered with Kames Safety Associates to provide professional occupational health and safety training, emergency response plans, program and policy development. “They provide us and our customers with

professional advice on OHS issues and concerns,” says Katherine. “With recent changes to the occupational health and safety act and regulations with respect to enforcement, providing relevant and correct information is what sets us apart from other companies selling similar products. We want our customers to be knowledgeable about their options before making an often costly decision,” says Ross. For all your health, safety and environmental needs, visit The Safety Warehouse 911 Inc. Their friendly and knowledgeable staff will provide you with professional service and answer your occupational health and safety compliance issues and concerns, ensuring a safe working environment for you, your co-workers and employees. Keep watching for the unveiling of their new website offering exceptional deals and savings in the next few weeks. FLP The Safety Warehouse 911 Inc 23 Smith St. West, Yorkton 306.782.7233 info@thesafetywarehouse911.ca www.thesafetywarehouse911.ca


SaSkatchewan hockey hall of fame: Passing the Puck By Trina annand photos John r. STaTTon

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or the last century, the Saskatchewan Hockey Association (SHA) has propelled youths forward on their journey to senior and professional hockey, and also supported the province’s love of the sport. Now, the newly-minted Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame (HHF) is carrying the hockey torch and celebrating the heroes of yesteryear. Through the HHF, the Saskatchewan Hockey Association is finally acknowledging its past. “In the past few years, we haven’t done a very good job of promoting

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the positive aspects of the sport. The opening of the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame allowed us to do that,” notes SHA general manager, Kelly McClintock. Though there was a sports hall of fame, there was no dedicated space to specifically celebrate hockey until September 2012, when the HHF opened in the Credit Union i-plex in Swift Current. One of the people who spearheaded this initiative was Marc Habschied, the current general manager and head coach of the Chilliwack Bruins. Habscheid owned the rights to the HHF, and decided to

donate the rights to the SHA only if the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame was established in Swift Current. George Bowditch, the HHF curator, operator and manager, underscores the importance of the facility. “The Hockey Hall of Fame brings back memories of days gone by, of heroes from your youth. It’s nice to honour the past—it is why we have a future and present,” notes Bowditch. The HHF is the crowning jewel of Swift Current’s Credit Union i-plex. Designed by P3 Architecture of Regina, the


facility was conceived with the Toronto Hockey Hall of Fame in mind. “We decided to make the facility interactive, to make it a top-notch facility. We believe it exceeds the expectations of all who enter,” remarks Swift Current mayor, Jerrod Schafer. The beautifully designed space features a wall of heroes and a hockey stick chandelier, both of which complement the treasures within. Inductees from 2012 include Mr. Hockey himself, Gordie Howe; Fred Sasakamoose, the first aboriginal hockey player in the NHL; and the Memorial Cup winning 1989 Swift Current Broncos, who hold the team record for most points, wins and goals in a season. The inaugural dinners held in July are set to move around Saskatchewan, and inductees are announced on January 20th: Hockey Day in the province. This year’s inductees include Clark Gillies, who won four consecutive Stanley Cups with the New York Islanders; Mick McGeough, who refereed more than 1,000 games during his career; and the 1914 Regina Victorias Hockey Club

that won the Allan Cup in the World Amateur Championships. Inductee Darren Kruger, of the 1989 Broncos and current coach of the Medicine Hat Tigers, never imagined that he would be inducted. “It was very humbling; it’s always an honour to be recognized with your teammates for a sport you’re passionate about,” remarks Kruger. The Swift Current boy is glad that the HHF is in his hometown. “Swift Current has such a rich history with hockey,” notes Kruger. The HHF will not only enrich the community’s relationship with hockey, but also make Swift Current a destination for hockey lovers of all ages. Swift Current’s Credit Union i-plex is now a complete facility, offering hockey and curling spaces, as well as the HHF. Mayor Schafer feels that the facility will have a great effect on the community, “It’s a great amenity that we can offer visitors and people who move or live here. It’s another attraction that makes Swift Current a great place to be.”

Hockey is a sport that crosses all races, genders and ages—a truly Canadian sport with a loyal following. “I love hockey because it’s a great team sport, you have to play the game as a team. It’s fast, fresh and exciting,” adds Bowditch. The people you meet come from every corner; you never know where you are going to meet your next hockey player. Hockey players usually give you the time of day; they’re down-to-earth and ready to talk. What’s great about my job is that I get to talk hockey and reminisce, to hear others’ stories of the greats that came from Saskatchewan.” Tour the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame at the Credit Union i-plex, 2001 Chaplin Street East in Swift Current, or call 306.741.2532. They are open Tuesday to Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and during Broncos game nights. Visit their website at www.saskhockeyhalloffame.com. FLP Above George Bowditch, curator, operator and manager

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Where I Want to Live—

YORKTON’S NEW LUXURY CONDOMINIUMS BY NYKEA MARIE BEHIEL


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s Yorkton matures, innovation flourishes. Corey Fransishyn decided to bring Yorkton the finest luxury condominiums that fuse the concepts of urban living and sustainability. The Adriatic Gardens development will take place in three phases. The first phase, which includes seven townhouses and 21 condominium units, is set to break ground this spring. The complete project will have 61 condominium units spanning four floors, and 17 north-facing townhouses in a single complex facing Morrison Drive. The implementation of innovative construction practices and leadership in design promises to make Adriatic Gardens the most exquisite living structure in Yorkton. Property buyers will have flexibility in the number of floor plans available— Adriatic Gardens provides their residents with choice. You can customize your home to suit your lifestyle, and will have a wide range of finishings to choose from —flooring, wallpaper, appliances, floor plans and more. In so many of those important little ways, the suite you buy can be tailored to suit your preferences and your needs.

How and wHy The City of Yorkton put out a request for multi-unit residential design, and Corey Holdings won the contract through their strength of design and the unique vision. The integrative practice and longterm performance outlook of Corey Holdings has proven their success time and again, ensuring Adriatic Gardens will be exemplary. Adriatic Gardens will help alleviate the community’s housing shortage by creating a unique and opulent residence. This is a tremendous opportunity for Yorkton to continue its growth through creativity and functionality. Corey Holdings is thrilled to have the opportunity to give back to the community. “It’s a great way for us to be able to help,” says Corey.

Inspired by the bright blue skies over Hvar, Croatia on the day of his wedding, Corey decided to bring the elegance of the Mediterranean to his home of Saskatchewan. The exterior of Adriatic Gardens uses stucco textures and a palette of warm colours to mirror this coastal ambiance. With turrets and plenty of green space, your home can be your oasis.

THe ProjecT Adriatic Gardens has the green thumb in mind: the townhouses on Morrison Drive are set back to allow for green space in the front. Set behind them, the four-storey condominium complex is attached by the second floor rooftop plaza built over the indoor parkade. With lots of space for a barbeque or even to take your dog for a walk, this European style garden space is enjoyable through any season. “The plaza has a Mediterranean feel with vines and fountains. The units on the second floor will be able to walk directly out onto the plaza,” says Corey. The project will be built using structural insulated panels, meaning the exterior walls will go up quicker and residents can get into their units earlier. This sustainable living concept brings luxury to various achievable price points. Tenants will be provided with an exterior green roof plaza, an indoor parkade, a fitness room and exquisite luxury finishings. While we may not have a Mediterranean climate, Saskatchewan people love to extend their outdoor season as long as possible. The rooftop plaza is a community space where residents can take advantage of the outdoors. “The plaza really fosters a sense of community,” says Corey. On the other end of the spectrum, having an indoor, heated parking space will extend the life of your vehicle while providing comfort for you with a warm car during winter. No more shovelling your car out or scraping an icy windshield.

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Corey Holdings sources materials from SECOND FLOOR the world’s best 0suppliers, and provides40' 5' 20' a vast array of selection to their customers. “We like amazing our customers by giving them what they want,” says Corey. “Our team benefits from both local and international experience. Our architects, interior designers and market professionals are constantly looking at new design trends and methods in housing design.” Over the past three years, Corey has had people searching the world to identify fine products and state-ofthe-art construction practices. “We’ve been to trade shows and factories on three continents,” explains Corey. “Some of the materials used for the construction and finishing of Adriatic Gardens will not be seen anywhere else.” Of utmost importance to the Adriatic Gardens is building a sense of community:

one of the essential elements of living in the Mediterranean is being part of a safe, friendly neighbourhood that is almost like family. The development is built to best suit the needs of its residents. Fully accessible, the gorgeous facilities are conducive to any lifestyle. From active young people looking to invest in their first home, to families, to empty nesters, Adriatic Gardens has units to accommodate everyone. The people living here can feel safe, embedded into a comfortable lifestyle with all amenities right at your fingertips. Adriatic Gardens is ideal for a healthy, active way of life. This space will provide a lowmaintenance lifestyle, a perfect supplement to your busy existence. You will even have access to laundry and maid services, as well as a meal service.

When you have someone to take care of the little things, you have more time to focus on what is important to you. Instead of hanging your whites and dicing onions, spend those hours with the people you care about. On the North end of Yorkton, this area is home to many families. The complex backs onto a park shared by two schools, and is near a community centre and recreation facility. While you have access to parks, walking paths and green space, you are still only a short stroll from shops and other conveniences. The Adriatic Gardens community caters to your needs both now and tomorrow. The complex is ideal for transitional lifestyles—you can grow and find units to suit each phase of your life. The diversity of living spaces within one well-appointed complex is unique.

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number Ten Number TEN Architectural Group is behind this progressive design. The group accountable for Regina’s trendy Centre Square Place condominiums, Number TEN and Corey Holdings are providing residents of Yorkton a modern, urbane living space. With offices in Regina, Winnipeg and Victoria, this distinguished firm is pioneering the way for modern architecture. For over 58 years, Number TEN has been designing various housing projects across Canada, including mixed-use housing, senior buildings and affordable housing units. Their renowned designs are known for the positive impact on those that occupy the space, others in the community and the environment. Mark Flasch, managing architect at Number TEN, is the lead on the Adriatic Gardens project. “It’s not your conventional condominium. It’s a unique design,” says Mark. “It’s luxurious, but affordable.” “We tried to scale the project appropriately for the streetscape,” explains Mark. Number TEN has a strong focus on sustainability. “We’re also creating a park-like setting on the street side, which will be good for the neighbourhood, another amenity.”

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To secure your spot in Adriatic Gardens, call the knowledgeable team at Corey Holdings. Contact them to set up an appointment to meet with a sales representative. A member of the team can come to your home to meet with you and discuss your options. When you buy one of their units, they will even help you sell your home. With Number TEN’s architectural vision and Corey Holdings backing and passion, the Adriatic Gardens is an opportunity for Yorkton to accommodate an upscale lifestyle. Don’t miss out on a chance to choose the home that’s right for you. Join the Adriatic Gardens community. FLP Corey Holdings PO Box 1180, Yorkton 306.783.9747 info@adriaticgardens.ca ch@coreyholdings.ca www.adriaticgardens.ca | TOP LEFT morrison drive RIGHT Plaza

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EXPERTAdvice Freedom 55: Reality or Fiction?

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Second, time provides the magic of compound interest. This means the interest you earn gets added to your original investment in order to then earn interest on itself. The earlier you get started investing, the more your interest will have time to compound. Time also allows for dividends to compound as well. Dividend reinvestment plans allow for the dividends you earn to automatically buy more shares in the company. Your investments can practically grow themselves.

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Most people are so happy to achieve investment growth or gains that they dismiss the little matter of how much tax they will be charged. Yet tax is the biggest bill you will ever pay, whether it’s on your investments, your income or eventually, your estate.

Time is important in three ways. First, take a long view. Select a company you believe will do well over time, buy and hold. As Warren Buffett likes to say, “the best time to sell a stock…is never.” Leave the market timing and constant buying and selling to the speculators and the day-traders. The exception is when it comes to keeping your portfolio balanced.

When you sell an investment outside an RRSP or a TFSA, the money you end up with is taxable. The amount of tax depends on what the investment has done—has it grown in capital gains, issued dividends or generated interest? Each of these will have an impact on your annual tax return. Taxes can also erode your retirement nest egg. When you reach retirement and begin withdrawing money as income, your advisor can help you to create an income withdrawal strategy that is tax-efficient, reducing taxes.

uccessful investing does not need to be obsessive stock selections; what’s going up, when to sell. In fact, building wealth has little to do with selecting the right stock and everything to do with time, tax efficiency and balance.

Balance can be even more important than choosing the right stocks; attaining the correct weighting in bonds with the remainder in equities and a small portion in cash. Over time, you will likely move from being an aggressive investor focused on growth and building wealth to being more conservative with a greater interest in preserving the capital. Annual reviews are important to make sure investments that have grown in value are not now dominating your portfolio. You want to maintain the overall asset allocation by selling off shares in securities that have grown and investing the profits into the area where your asset allocation needs a boost. This is called portfolio rebalancing and by doing this, you will always “sell high” and “buy low,” one of the most important factors in building wealth. So forget about all those complicated financial tables and the hot stock tips. Pay attention to these three factors— time, tax-efficiency and portfolio balance—and you will have an awesome head start in terms of retiring and getting your money to work for you. Your financial advisor can guide you through this process. FLP

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Making Your Living Space

Comfortable BY Brook ThalgoTT

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s summer approaches, Garett Adam, owner of JAGG Curb Appeal, knows that making your outdoor space as comfortable as your indoor space makes the warm season that much more enjoyable. “In addition to our sunrooms, we’re offering a couple of new products this year,” says Garett. “We’ve got a great selection of retractable screen rooms and doors that can make your patio, deck or garage even better for enjoying the outdoors.”

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JAGG is now offering screen rooms and sunrooms made by AAA Aluminum Products. These unique rooms can create an inviting outdoor space all year round. A screen-enclosed balcony or deck can be a great place for relaxing or entertaining, without some of the annoyances of the outdoors. You can sit outside and enjoy the fresh summer air, protected from the elements and not bothered by mosquitoes, wasps or other pests. Screen rooms provide more shelter

than an awning and are less enclosed than a sunroom, adding additional living space to your home. JAGG can create a screen room specific to your needs; every room is designed, engineered and manufactured to withstand a tough Canadian winter. For those looking for something a little simpler, JAGG also offers retractable screens doors. An exterior screen can turn your garage or covered deck into


a comfortable space to savour summer. These custom-made retractable shading systems can provide shade, energy savings, ventilation and protection from insects—all at the touch of a button. JAGG’s screen systems are designed to filter out the sun’s harmful effects while preserving your view and letting you control your indoor lighting. In addition to keeping bugs outside, JAGG’s screens also feature a Screen Clean system that brushes bugs and debris off the screen, making sure they don’t get inside your home or nest in the screen. JAGG Screen Systems are available in many fabrics, styles and colours to match any home. They can block the sun while keeping your view, or provide complete blackout. And, like screen room systems, they are designed to handle all kinds of weather, even prairie wind. Customers Colynda and Terry Anaka can attest to the work of the JAGG team. When the Anakas decided to purchase a hot tub for their home, they knew they needed to enclose it to enjoy it all year-round. JAGG replaced their existing deck and sunroom with a new three-season sunroom, and the Anakas

couldn’t be more pleased with the result. “The JAGG team was wonderful to work with. When we had questions they were happy to answer them right away, and everything ran smoothly,” says Colynda. “We recommend JAGG to anyone considering a similar renovation.” “No matter what you’re looking for—retractable screen, screen room or sunroom—we can provide you with a great new space for your home,”

says Garett. With spring fast approaching, now is the time to consider your outdoor space and how you can maximize your enjoyment of the outdoors this summer. FLP JAGG Curb Appeal Lumsden 306.536.5682 jagg@sasktel.net www.jagg.ca ABOVE Garett Adam, owner


Real Estate with CORE Values PhOtOs Carol’s PhotograPhy

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orey Werner has always been a hard-working go-getter. “I was able to see a number of different homes and also had the pleasure of meeting the people who owned them when I delivered their newspapers at the age of 10,” says Corey. During that time, he got to know Mr. Laube, a prominent real estate agent. Corey admired the man’s involvement in the community, his attentiveness with people and his dedication to family. These values remain integral in the foundation of Corey’s business. “As a young boy I looked up to Mr. Laube,” says Corey. “Later, my parents sold our home and I had the pleasure to watch how Mr. Laube made it all happen.” When most teenagers were

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worrying about acne or getting a date, Corey was planning his future. “I want to help people. At the time, the real estate industry in Yorkton was dominated by older real estate agents and someone was needed to relate to the younger buyers.” In 2002, Corey got his license and went to work. He was the youngest agent in the market and an innovator. Corey was the first local agent to use radio and TV as vehicles for personal advertising and he inspired other young people to see real estate as a career.

Birth of a Business “My dream was to own a real estate brokerage and my goal was to do it by

year 10,” Corey explains. Making the dream a reality, however, did not happen without some trepidation. “You know that feeling you get in your core and you don’t know if its fear or excitement,” asks Corey. “That is how I felt when I was making this decision. My wife Jeanie reassured me, ‘This is your purpose, go after it, have faith and believe in it.’” CORE Real Estate Inc. opened its doors exactly 10 years after Corey got into the business. “When you can listen to and help people it makes the whole experience exciting for everyone”


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“We strive to provide our clients with the highest level of business standards, serving them with knowledge, professionalism, trust, integrity and skill.”

Corey put a lot of effort into making the office a welcoming yet functional space, drawing on his aptitude for architecture and design.

Marketing, architecture and urban design are other interests Corey is using to build value in the CORE Real Estate brand.

“It had to be a place that people would enjoy and where they would be proud to work,” he says. “I like the big city vibe and I felt it was important to bring that feeling into our office environment.”

“My vision is to continue to build our company brand within Saskatchewan. I now have the ability to help guide others and allow them to see their full potential as real estate professionals. Being equipped with the right tools, office and training will build a solid foundation for these individuals.”

The CORE team Derilee Beck, director of financing. Jocelyne Hallett director of marketing and communications. Holly Hanley, administrative director. Gavin Konkel, agricultural specialist, agent. Brooke Niezgoda (a recent home purchaser herself), agent. Corey Werner, broker/owner, agent.

“It’s a great place where we can host client appreciation gatherings or training meetings and just enjoy great company. I saw the potential in Yorkton and never gave up on it. I’m proud to call Yorkton

my home. Thanks for believing in CORE Real Estate Inc.; we look forward to seeing you in the future.” FLP CORE Real Estate Inc. 5-3RD Avenue North, Yokton 306.782.9680 admin@teamcore.ca www.teamcore.ca

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Top QualiTy Work aT an affordable price by Nykea Marie Behiel photos SuSaN Gellert

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fter enjoying his work doing carpentry in the summers, Nathan Shindle decided to pursue it as a full-time trade. In April of 2011, Nathan decided to open his own business, and Ridgerunner Construction was born. Having always been interested in framing, after nearly a decade of working for another employer, he decided he was ready to turn the key on his own business. Now Springside and area has a knowledgeable, trustworthy and reliable framing business to depend on. “I really enjoy the challenges that come with the carpentry trade,” says Nathan. “When we leave a project it’s done properly and ready for the next trade to

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come in and do their work. We provide top quality work for your dollar.” This dedicated team completes each project as though they were the ones moving into the house. Framing is the bones of your house, providing the structural necessities for a solid home. Without sound framing, your house won’t look good or be the sturdy, long-standing structure you need it to be. It’s essential to hire reputable and wellinformed contractors to provide you with a rigid base. Ridgerunner Construction has taken framing on as their specialty, and are the best choice for the job. “We want our customers to feel relaxed and not have to worry if the job is getting done right,” says Nathan. With

Ridgerunner, you know the job is being performed to an elite set of standards. The company holds high expectations for themselves, well above industry regulations. The experienced team puts in this dedication because they value and appreciate each of their customers. “They’re our friends and neighbours,” says Nathan. Nathan and his team love to work in the Parkland area and are passionate about the community. “It’s a great area, nice and small,” says Nathan. “Everyone gets along.” These small town values are echoed in Ridgerunner’s own code of conduct. Most of their business comes through word-of-mouth referrals. Throughout the process, Ridgerunner will keep you abreast of what is going on.


Having an open line of communication is very important, and Nathan only hires personable and friendly staff. “Our staff are eager to learn, energetic and like to be outside,” remarks Nathan. The friendly staff are always working to expand their knowledge base and skill set. “We’re always up for a new challenge.” Whether you’re looking to build your first home or the house of your dreams, call Nathan and the amiable team at Ridgerunner Construction. With Ridgerunner, you can rest assured the job will be done right, on time and on budget. FLP

“Good, honest, hard-working, get-the-job-done-right people.” —Marty Sharp Ridgerunner Construction Springside 306.621.3299 ridgerunner_construction@hotmail.com

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The latest looks in cabinet woods, mouldings, hardwood floor, laminate floors and beautiful door options

Windsor Plywood

the experts you need to know! Hwy 10 East Yorkton | 306.782.2937 | Toll Free 1.800.458.9663 | winply@sasktel.net Monday - Friday 8am - 5:30pm • Saturday 8am - 5pm • Closed Sunday


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Making YOUR Living Space cOMfORtabLe All sunrooms installed by JAGG are custom-built to meet your exact needs. We are backed by over 55 years of experience. Great customer service and a superior product will make your experience

during installation pleasant and worry-free. JAGG will come to your home or cottage for a free estimate. We offer sunrooms, screen rooms, patio covers and railings.

JAGG Curb Appeal, Lumsden | 306.536.5682 | jagg@sasktel.net | www.jagg.ca


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PREECEVILLE: THE PLACE TO BE FOR ADVENTURE, Regardless of the Season BY: JULIE MUSHYNSKY

What I love about Preeceville is the access to the outdoors without having to drive anywhere. You can walk or bike to many fishing locations, snowmobile in the winter and quad in the summer right from your yard,” says Preeceville native Dallas Ingbrigtson.


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amed after the Preece family who homesteaded in the area, Preeceville, the headwaters of the Assiniboine, is a cozy little town with big adventure. Situated south of the Porcupine Provincial Forest and adjacent to the upper courses of the Assiniboine River, Preeceville offers a range of recreational activities for residents and visitors. Snowmobiling is a hugely popular activity in Preeceville for young and old. Whether it’s a leisurely ride with family or if you’re more of a boondocker, the rolling hills and river valleys surrounding the town offer trails for all different levels of experience. You can easily ride into a neighbouring town or municipality, or to the famous Ushta warm-up centre. With great scenery and serenity, the rides always prove exhilarating. Home to the Rough Riders Snowmobiling Club, the club organizes sledding events and rallies during the winter to scout out new scenery and forest trails. Each year, the Rough Riders and the Endeavour Lions Club organize a full-day, 70-mile snowmobile derby into the neighbouring town of Endeavour to experience small town hospitality at its best. Another major winter event in Preeceville is the Musher’s Rendezvous. Held in February of each year, this world-class event features six and 10 dogsled races, horse-drawn sleigh rides, fiddling and jigging, olde-tyme logging events, a talent show, suppers, dance and contests for children. It attracts competitors from as far as Minnesota, the Yukon and Alaska. All the money raised by this event goes to support the Preeceville healthcare centre. Summer is just as exciting in Preeceville. Summertime means fishing, swimming, hiking, boating, ball and other outdoor recreational activities and sports. With no big city in sight, the lakes that surround Preeceville are tranquil and quiet, and there


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are plenty to choose from. Nelson Lake is an excellent place to relax, fish and enjoy water sports. Then there are places like Lady Lake Regional Park, perfect for fishing, swimming and camping. Lady Lake is also a popular place for family reunions, with plenty of things to do for the entire family. Old Home Week is a week long summer festival and a Preeceville tradition. The practice originated in the New England region of the United States in the 19th century. It began as a municipal effort to invite former residents of a village, town or city to visit the “Old Home,” the parental household and home town. A Preeceville version is celebrated each year, where the town plans several events during a week in the summer for former residents and visitors. Past events include outdoor clay oven bread making at the Preeceville and District Heritage Museum and various events at the Legion and campgrounds. Western Days will be held July 12 to 14 this year and are often part of Old Home week. It’s a time for westerners to bring out the cowboy and cowgirl within, and support the Preeceville Lions Club while you’re at it. Events like the gymkana, chariots and chuck wagon races are conducted at the race tracks. You can often overhear the occasional exchange of friendly bets on the side. Saturday afternoon, enjoy the amazement and excitement of the horse trick riding. On Saturday night unwind at the open air dance with the band “Against the Grain” playing all the

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favourites. Start Sunday morning off with a pancake breakfast and a Christian Cowboy Service. Both Saturday and Sunday evening, try your luck at bingo under the big top tent. Slow-pitch and fastball tournaments are held during the weekend at the four Preeceville baseball diamonds. For those who prefer to be a spectator, the beer gardens and concessions are open. Aside from the activities, what makes Preeceville great are the people. Preeceville’s friendly atmosphere can be traced back to its beginning as a village in 1912. As the history goes, when railroad crews began constructing the Canadian Northern Railway, Mrs. Louise Esther Preece, Preeceville’s first homesteader, was known to feed the crews as they worked. Her home also became a place of refuge for early pioneers in need of food and shelter when they arrived in the area. You could say the spirit of Louise Preece still lives on. Today, the people in Preeceville are welcoming and willing to help anyone in need. For Dallas, he finds that the small town life means people have time to stop and talk to you. You are able to establish more personal relationships with local people rather than the quick “hey, how’s it going” of the fast-paced city life. For the people and the parties all year round, come out and take part in the best Preeceville has to offer. For more information visit the town website at www.townofpreeceville.ca FLP


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or anyone who thinks that the best place to shop is the big city, it’s time to take a look at small town options. Walk in the front door of X-cessories by Kerry and be prepared to be amazed, inspired and above all, welcomed. Nestled in the heart of Preeceville is a big city showroom with friendly hometown service. Entering X-cessories is like being in a metropolitan boutique with eye-catching colours and displays of the newest and trendiest products on the market. There’s also the added bonus of friendly and excited staff who are beyond pleased to help you find the treasures they have housed within their showroom. Kerry and her husband Derrick opened their store in 2005 with a 500 square foot showroom as a small addition to their Sears business. “In the beginning we wanted to bring something new to town. I enjoy people and I love the shopping so it was a good fit,” says Kerry. Indeed it was and continues to be a good fit as they quickly grew out of their first location and moved to their new space in 2009. After a few renovations, each time expanding, they now have a 6000 square foot building. They are also a

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Sears Hometown Dealer, with a great selection of appliances, electronics and lawn and garden equipment. Every corner of the showroom is packed with displays that tell a story and showcase a wide variety of products. From home décor and Ashley furniture, purses, scarves and jewellery to gourmet foods and Tea Forte, there is something for you and everyone you love. New to the store is trendy casual clothing with well-known brands such as Bench, Fox, Silver, Under Armour, Oakley, Sanuks, SAXX underwear, Farm Boy/Farm Girl, Yogini for children and Metal Mulisha. In case that isn’t enough to pique your interest, they have baby gifts and unique giftware for any and every occasion as well as cell phones and accessories. Everything you need to furnish, accent and finish your home and outfit you and your family can be found at X-cessories by Kerry. For Kerry and her staff everyday is Christmas, as they unpack new stock on a regular basis. This ensures that the displays and product are always changing so it is a new experience for the customer every time they come through the doors. “And it’s about more than the

product,” says Kerry. “We care about our customers, they become our friends and we go above and beyond to ensure people find what they need.” The staff is friendly and shopping at X-cessories by Kerry is a relaxing and comfortable shopping experience. Comments from clients are full of praise. “Beautifully displayed store with excellent customer service,” says one customer. “This is such a gem of a store—definitely worth the trip,” assures another. So call your friends and gather them together for a road trip to Preeceville to experience X-cessories by Kerry for yourself. Then you can add your rave reviews to all the others who make X-cessories by Kerry their choice for a number one shopping experience. FLP X-cessories by Kerry 204–1st Avenue NE, Preeceville 306.547.3285 second page left l-r Amanda Smith, Leanne Jakubowski second page right l-r Kerry and Derrick Wiwcharuk


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service,” states Barb. She adds that even on a busy day, they want their clients to feel welcome to stay and chat. Barb has been in the insurance industry since 1979. She always wanted to own a business, and when the opportunity arose in 2005 to purchase the local insurance agency, she bought the business and renamed it Preeceville Agencies Inc. Barb completed her insurance industry course in 2006 and received the Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker (CAIB) designation. Meaghan joined

the office in May of 2011 after she and her husband Shane moved back to Preeceville. “There isn’t a better place to grow up or live, and it’s the friendly small town atmosphere that brought us back,” says Meaghan. She also completed her insurance course with a CAIB designation in 2012. Preeceville Agencies is a small, independently owned business, and as a member of the Insurance Brokers Association of Saskatchewan they are able to provide their clients with the best possible service and coverage at the best possible price. Although


they deal primarily with Wawanesa Mutual Insurance and SGI Canada, they have access to a number of specialty companies and markets across the country. “We have markets for bonding, commercial property such as grocery stores, restaurants, and hair salons, commercial auto for truckers and oilfield services including consultants, welders, and crude haulers,” says Barb. Preeceville Agencies also handles specialty insurance for events such as weddings, tradeshows and concerts. Being in the heart of the Parkland places Preeceville Agencies close to activities like camping, hunting, swimming, golfing and fishing. They can provide insurance services for recreational property such

as motorcycles, cabin trailers, boats, snowmobiles, ATVs and cabins, as well as farm, tentant, residential and automobile insurance. For farmers who require crop insurance, they sell a full line of hail insurance products. In addition to property insurance they are also agents for Blue Cross, GMS and Travel Underwriters who can provide coverage for personal health insurance, travel insurance, trip cancellation, baggage and visitors to Canada policies. As an SGI Motor License Issuer, Preeceville Agencies is able to renew driver’s licenses and vehicle registrations. They are also pleased to offer renewals for Inter-Provincial Rated A Plates and give their clients the option of renewing their plates online.

While offering a wide variety of services is important to any business, for Barb and Meaghan, being a respected part of the community is a priority. Living and working in the area for 40 years, Barb, Morris and family have established roots in the community. These ties are very important on both the personal and the professional level. Barb truly values the relationships that she and her family have with their clients. FLP

Preeceville Agencies 111 Main Street Preeceville Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 306.547.2811 preecevilleagencies@sasktel.net www.preecevilleagencies.com

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aresh Kumar was running a restaurant in British Columbia with his business partner when they decided they wanted to bring their mouth-watering food to Saskatchewan. As fate would have it, the Lakeland Inn in Preeceville was for sale. “My partner and I jumped on the opportunity to buy the restaurant and the Preeceville Motel, so now here we are running a motel and

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a restaurant in Saskatchewan, as well as our restaurant in British Columbia,” remarks Naresh. The restaurant in B.C., Tandoori Kona, serves only East Indian foods. Having plenty of experience cooking Indian food, Naresh brought the cultural culinary experience to Saskatchewan. “We’ve had really good response selling

Indian food in Preeceville,” says Naresh. As the only restaurant within over 300km serving authentic Indian cuisine, Chris’s Place is always alive with people who love rich, savoury and delicious foods. Chris’s Place serves both Canadian and Indian cuisine. “The Indian food is cooked traditionally and professionally,” says


Naresh. “Our customers seem to favour the butter chicken, tikka masala, and the tandoori chicken.” These aromatic dishes all contain tender chicken, marinated until it hits its full flavour potential. “As for Canadian foods, the fish n’ chips, BBQ beef burger, pizza and daily soups are some of the most popular.” Not only is the food exceptional, but the portions are large and good for sharing. “We actually have people say that we give them too much food,” remarks Naresh. While both food genres are scrumptious, Chris’s Place also offers an inviting environment. “We make our customers feel welcome and comfortable,” explains Naresh. The atmosphere in Chris’s Place is perfect for an enjoyable evening out for supper, or even just to stop in and get some food for the road. The friendly staff serve up a delicious meal quickly, and can offer suggestions to anyone unsure of what to try. This same friendly ambiance can be found at the Lakeland Inn Motel as well. Naresh took over the Inn in 2012, and give it a whole new look, complete with flat screens, new beds, phones, coffee makers and all the amenities you need when you’re travelling. Whether you need a one night stay where you can get a good night of sleep, or you’re staying in town for a prolonged period of time, the Lakeland Inn Motel is the perfect place to unpack your bags. To sample the amazing cuisine of the East or just get some Canadianstyle cooking, stop in to Chris’s Place at the junction of highways nine and 49, or check out their takeout menu on the internet. And if you’re looking for somewhere to stay in Preeceville that is cozy, convenient and complete with modern conveniences, the staff at the Lakeland Inn Motel would love to help you with your reservation. FLP

Chris’s Place Preeceville 306.547.3333

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Everything you need for your health, your home, your family and your friends in one location. Paul’s Drugs— serving the community of Preeceville for over 75 years.

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Todd Jorgenson, manager with the regional services branch for the Ministry of Agriculture, elaborates on the diversity of Parkland crops. “The Parkland region contains a lot of black soil, which is fairly fertile,” explains Todd. “Soils vary throughout the Parkland, but some of the better agriculture soils in the province are the black soils, which tend to be very productive. Black loam soils have fairly good moisture-holding capability and are high in nutrients. The parkland region typically receives higher precipitation which leads to higher yields.” “Canola comes to mind first and foremost as a dominant crop. With two crushing plants in Yorkton, there are lots of canola acres, ” remarks Todd. The canola is used mainly for its worldrenown cooking oil, but is also used for biodiesel, and the crushed canola meal is an important livestock feed.

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he Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation (SCIC) is responsible for administering three programs: Crop Insurance, AgriStability and the Wildlife Damage Compensation Program. Crop Insurance provides insurance if crops experience a loss in yield, whether it is due to an insurable cause of loss in quality or quantity of the insured crop. Insurance covers customers in the case the crop fails to grow (establish) or excess moisture prevents a producer from being able to seed. Coverage levels from 50 to 80 per cent can be selected and production guarantee is based on a producer’s own growing experience. SCIC realizes that one insurance package does not suit everyone. For this reason, there are many options to choose from, allowing producers to tailor their insurance to their farm. AgriStability is a risk management tool designed to protect against large farm income declines. A program payment is triggered when a producer’s margin (allowable revenue less allowable expenses) in the program year drops below their average margin from previous years (reference margin). AgriStability advisors are available throughout the province to assist producers with their applications and any questions they may have. New participants have until April 30 to enrol in AgriStability. The Wildlife Damage Compensation Program is available to all producers in the province who suffer crop or livestock

losses due to wildlife. Affected producers do not have to be enrolled in AgriStability or a Crop Insurance contract holder to receive compensation. The Wildlife Damage Compensation Program has three components: crop damage, predation and prevention compensation. Compensation is paid at 100 per cent on claims over $150 for damage caused by white-tailed deer, mule deer, antelope, elk, bears, moose, bison, wild boars, ducks, geese, blackbirds, sand hill cranes, gophers, beavers or any species that have not been held in captivity. As well, compensation is available for cleaning excreta contaminated grain and alternative feeding systems. In instances where livestock are killed or injured by predators, compensation is available up to 100 per cent. SCIC also helps producers manage crop losses and predator attacks through various prevention control measures. In 1961, Crop Insurance was offered on three crops—wheat, oats and barley—to customers in selected areas of the province. Today, insurance is available province-wide and SCIC has enhanced its programs to keep pace with the changes in agriculture. In 1987, the Corporation moved its head office location from Regina to Melville. The Melville office has been newly expanded to accommodate the staff needed to administer all three programs. In addition, there are 21 offices located throughout the province. For more information on any of its programs or services, visit an office, call toll-free 1-888-935-000 or go online to www.saskcropinsurance.com. FLP

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he Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation (SCIC) delivers AgriStability, Crop Insurance and the Wildlife Damage Compensation Program to the province’s farmers and ranchers. With over 200 employees situated out of its head office in Melville and another 300 throughout the province, the Corporation has strong rural roots, well suited to those it serves. SCIC is focused on the producer. The Corporation is committed to providing ongoing enhanced customer service. This means a corporate workforce of people who are knowledgeable about SCIC’s business risk management programs and the agriculture industry.

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The dedication and awareness of SCIC’s staff ensures that Saskatchewan’s farmers and ranchers are receiving the best in customer service. Staff pride themselves on the connections they have to the land and its customers. They identify with the challenges in day-to-day farming operations because often they too are experiencing the same challenges on their own farms. “The majority of our staff are either farmers themselves or grew up on farms,” states Vice President of Operations, Jeff Morrow. “This is advantageous in understanding our customers and the agriculture issues

they face. With 21 offices located across the province, our staff are well connected to their local communities.” The Corporation’s workforce encompasses a variety of occupations and generations. “In addition to adjusters, there are many varied career opportunities,” comments VP of Corporate Services, Terri Kentel-Weinheimer. “We also employ accountants, agrologists, human resource and information technology professionals, as well as those with backgrounds in communications and project management.” The Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation sees its employees as


its most valuable asset. There are opportunities to build a life-long career and advance within the Corporation. The Corporation believes in investing in its employees, enabling staff to take courses related directly to the work they do. The well-being and work-life balance of all staff is also paramount to a healthy work culture. SCIC prides itself on its family–friendly workplace, and works with employees to succeed in the workplace. The Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation is an inclusive community, welcoming staff of all ethnicities. The Corporation is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from qualified people of aboriginal ancestry, people with disabilities, members of visible minorities and women seeking management and non-traditional roles. SCIC’s current senior management group includes an equal number of men and women.

The Corporation recognizes the importance of recruiting and retaining youth on its workforce. The Youth Task Force was implemented to identify and support the implementation of ideas that will ensure Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation has a stable and effective workforce for the future with a focus on youth. This committee supports cultural changes and links generations together in a productive manner, concentrating on contributing to the achievement of the Corporation’s strategic objectives while creating an environment that embraces the enthusiasm, creativity and ideas of current and future young employees. Many SCIC employees have enjoyed long, successful career paths. President and CEO, Shawn Jaques reflects, “In my experience, it is more than just a job. I have had the opportunity to grow a career and work alongside great people. It’s this supportive environment that has given me the greatest job satisfaction.”

The Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation head office is located at 484 Prince William Drive in Melville. For more information stop in or visit their website. FLP Saskatchewan Crop Insurance 484 Prince William Drive Melville 306.728.7200 www.saskcropinsurance.com

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and Saskatoon, and has been proudly serving the Parkland region for nearly thirty years. Value Tire & Battery offers Yorkton’s largest selection of tires, covering every type of vehicle—cars, trucks, SUVs, vans, semis, tractors—you name it, they’ve got it. “If we don’t have the tire you need, it’s not available in Yorkton,” says John. And not only does Value Tire & Battery offer the largest inventory of tires, they also back it up with exceptional customer

service. “We had a customer referred to us that had been all over town looking for tires for his truck,” says John. “Someone told him about us, and when he got here we had seven different makes of tire that would suit his truck. He left here with new tires, totally impressed at our selection.” With journeymen mechanics and a team of North American TIAtrained tire technicians, great service is something Value Tire & Battery prides


itself in. Value Tire & Battery’s newly renovated facility offers two drivethrough bays that can accommodate Super-B semis, and the largest fourwheel tractors on the market. There are six auto bays in total, so no matter what your vehicle, they can get it inside and work on it in no time. And if you need mobile service, Value Tire & Battery has two mobile service trucks at the ready. “Our service trucks can serve you no matter where you are—on the side of the road or in the field,” says John. “We’re fast too—we can get all eight tires on a tractor replaced in a half a day, which impresses our customers. We’ve even got people asking for our tire technicians by name.” No matter what you need—tires for your garden tractor, to your SUV, to your Super-B semi—Value Tire & Battery can supply it, and the service to boot. Open 8 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Monday to Friday and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m, the 16-strong team at Value Tire & Battery is ready to get you a great set of tires and back on the road as soon as they can. FLP Value Tire & Battery 470 Broadway St E Yorkton, Sk 306.783.1555 valuetire.ca |

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is the largest cost and we are here to minimize that. We keep a large parts inventory on hand, which is always changing and growing as needs and requirements change in the industry.” Truck Proz is also the only shop around who can build custom u-bolts on site, while you wait. The full service shop works closely with the efficient parts department, which is fully equipped with tools and state-of-the-art equipment to look after all your service needs. From specialized diagnostic equipment, laser wheel alignments, to the basic air

conditioning recharge, the team at Truck Proz can do it all. “A strong relationship with our vendors also plays a large role in keeping today’s trucks on the road,” explains Dean. “Recently we have teamed up with Cummins and have become a certified mid-range automotive dealer, the only one in Yorkton and area. Not only does it let us handle warranty work, but it brings a strong support system to keep your Cummins engines running smoothly.” This unparalleled service does not stop at Cummins—they also work and support


most other brands of engines including Caterpillar, Detroit and Mercedes Benz. Truck Proz carries trusted and reputable brands, including Espar heaters, Herd bumpers and Ace Manufacturing aluminum products. “We will ensure we get you the products to meet your exact requirements,” says Dean. The team at Truck Proz always puts your needs first. In the trucking industry, the variations of trucks and trailers are endless. Dealing with your needs at a reputable shop will put you at ease. Preventative maintenance is key to get the most longevity from your trucks and trailers and will reduce your overall maintenance costs in the long run. Truck Proz is an SGI accredited inspection station for medium and heavy duty trucks and trailers. “We also offer our own inspections tailored to your needs on your trucks or equipment which are vital to keep your equipment in good operating condition. All repairs on inspections are approved by you, the owner,” assures Dean. These inspections will catch the small issues before they become major issues. “Be reassured when we work on your equipment, we always have your best interests in mind to keep your equipment on the move.” “Heavy trucks and trailers are our specialty. We strive for excellence and perfection to keep them rolling— whether you use your truck every day, or for a short window during seeding and harvest.” Don’t be let down by inferior parts or service, call this eager team to experience the Truck Proz difference. FLP

Truck Proz 306.782.4313 truckproz@sasktel.net Highway 10 East in Yorkton

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fter working in a suffering agriculture industry, Ed Smith decided to create his own business and reinvent himself in the new economic times. In 1986 Smith and his wife, Carol, opened Smith Steel Inc. Now 27 years later, the business is flourishing, expanding from two to 14 full time staff members. Since 1989, the business has encompassed metal recycling, shipping thousands of tonnes of scrap metal a year, 60 tonnes at a time. “It’s important for the environment to recycle when we can. It’s steel we can use instead of stripping all the raw materials out of the earth to make it from scratch. Recycling metal saves time and money,” remarks Ed and Carol’s son, Michael Smith. Smith Steel is a true family affair with Smith’s brother and sister being shareholders in the company.

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At their large 28-acre location in Yorkton, Smith Steel provides a variety of products including steel, aluminum, stainless steel, pipe fittings, chain, trailer parts, fasteners and welding supplies. Smith Steel also offers customers custom metal working. Serving mainly agricultural clients, Smith Steel also services the mining, construction, oil and gas industries. “We want our customers to feel like family. We don’t discriminate between the lone farmer and our large corporate accounts. Everyone is treated the same,” remarks Michael. Maintaining the family feel of their business and ensuring great customer service is very important to Smith Steel. The company sponsors youth hockey teams, curling events and golf tournaments in an effort to give back to the community that gave so much to them. The family-run business also makes sure that


they are able to do same day deliveries on orders. There are no items or products set aside; it is a first come, first serve company that does its best to serve the customer. “I like making sure everyone is looked after, helping people who come in with whatever they are doing.

“We want to get people what they want, when they want it and we do it well,” notes Michael. Another keystone of Smith Steel’s success is competitive pricing, which is kept affordable through the availability of their recycled steel. The two sides of Smith Steel’s business are dependent on each other. “Without the scrap business we have no metal at all,” remarks Michael. The company purchases a variety of scrap metals for recycling including copper, brass, lead, stainless steel, radiators, agricultural equipment and vehicles. Smith Steel even offers a bin drop-off service for recycling in Yorkton. The family feel of Smith Steel also extends to their employees. Staff are treated like family, even giving employees time off to go to their children’s events. This approach has results; many of the staff members at Smith Steel have been working there for five and 10 years or more. “Generosity and good customer service start at the root. Hopefully our treatment of our employees shows through to the outside customer. Whether they are new off the street or a long-time repeat customer,” remarks Michael. FLP L–R Sales Team: Miranda Woloschuk, Tyler De Vries, Sherri Danchilla, Trish Davis

Smith Steel Inc. Hwy 52 W, Yorkton 306.783.6122 www.smithsteelservice.com

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argill’s motto is “helping farmers prosper,” because Cargill’s leaders don’t separate their success from the success of their customers. “We deal with all farmers, regardless of the size of their operations,” says general manager Sheldon Spearman. “The boardroom table, or the office, or the kitchen table— we meet them on their grounds.” Cargill, which opened in Iowa in 1865 as a frontier grain storage facility, expanded its business to Canada in 1928. They’re now an international corporation providing agricultural, industrial, food

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and financial services. Cargill locations are located across the globe; close to home, major branches operate in Clavet (canola processing), Biggar (malt) and Saskatoon (grain milling). Here in Yorkton, Cargill runs a retail crop input centre consisting of seed, crop protection products and fertilizer, as well as buying grain from local farmers and shipping it to Thunder Bay, Vancouver and other destinations to be further processed. Cargill is committed to providing a fair, competitive price to farmers. However, Cargill’s relationship with their

customers doesn’t begin and end with a transaction. Through their AgHorizons division, Cargill offers an array of farm care and consulting services— everything required to yield the best crop possible. Their specialized FarmLogics® line, for example, encompasses a variety of agronomy, grain marketing, and farm management services. Whether farmers want a handcrafted marketing plan; an expert’s advice deciding when and how to sow, reap and sell their crops; or professional assistance with the “fine print” of farming—hiring, protection of investments and so on—Cargill can help.


Cargill’s Grain Marketing Services Team is the largest in Canada, and offers many different grain marketing alternatives. These alternatives provide a safeguard that can help protect grain producers’ investments in a shifting market. “The neat thing about it,” says Sheldon, “is you can protect yourself on the upside or the downside of the market.” Although they’re the world’s largest wheat trader and Canada’s largest canola crusher, Cargill makes certain to connect with customers on a personal level. Their consulting and farm planning services are customizable, attuned to the needs of each individual customer. Cargill’s connection to the communities where they do business is also evident in the “Cargill Cares Council,” created to promote health, education, nutrition and the environment in areas where Cargill operates. One recent example of Cargill’s commitment to giving back is Prairie Malt Limited’s recent $25,000 donation towards the establishment of a new long-term care facility in Biggar. “As the world changes, agriculture changes,” says Sheldon. “You need a partner.” Cargill can provide farmers with the goods and guidance they need to produce a superior crop. And when it’s time to market that crop, Cargill can help with that too. They’ll work alongside you to create the best outcome for your farm, and, when you succeed, they’ll also celebrate. FLP

ContaCt: Sheldon Spearman General Manager Yorkton 306.782.1199 Dean Klippenstine Sales and Consulting Manager Yorkton 306.620.8569 Derek Sebastian Plant Manager Yorkton 306.782.1199 Ashten Thiedig Sales Yorkton South 306.621.4432 Lonnie Hinderager Sales Yorkton Central 306.316.0385 TBD Sales Yorkton North 306.621.5355 Chad Zavislak Agronomy Consultant Yorkton 306.621.2733 Dan Wilson Grain Marketing Consultant Yorkton 306.607.9114 Kevin Kirkwood Farm Marketing Services Yorkton 306.730.9445

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orkton Co-op is the place to buy your crop inputs, fertilizer, chemical, bins and fuel. With Agro locations in Yorkton and Ebenezer, we can fill all of your needs. The Ebenezer Agro Centre is located on highway nine at Ebenezer, just north of Yorkton. The high speed blending plant will have you in and out very quickly so you can spend your time on the fields, not waiting for product. Your fertilizer will be blended to your specs through a high through-put volumetric blending system. The qualified staff will ensure you get the right blend for your fields. Besides fertilizer, this location also carries a large inventory and full line

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of crop protection products, canola and forage seed, Westeel and Meridian corrugated and straight wall bins, gain bin parts and accessories. Our Co-op Ag Team also offers agronomic services including fertility analysis and field scouting. We work with financial institutions to offer flexible financing terms with AIM, FCC and Agri-Card. Spring seeding season is just around the corner, and we offer extended hours during the busy seasons. Stop in and speak with Glen, James or Jade for all your agronomy services, or call them at 306.782.7434, or toll free at 1.888.746.4600.


Providing numerous products to farmers, ranchers, truckers and other consumers, the Yorkton Agro Centre is located at 180 Hamilton Road. You can order all of your bulk petroleum requirements by calling 306.782.2451 or toll free at 1.888.795.9555. Special dating programs are available so that you don’t have to worry about coming in from the field to pay your bill. Talk to Greg or Richard at the Agro Centre for more details. Beside bulk fuel, this location also carries lubricants that meet or exceed all equipment standards. Farm hardware, livestock handling equipment, feed, fencing supplies, farm clothing, muck boots and lawn mowers are some of the other items at this location. Yorkton Co-op Agro Centre is also your one-stop-shop for propane. From 5lb bottles to bulk propane, we have you covered. We also have the facilities to handle vehicle propane, and we carry a full line of the most common parts for your propane requirements.

Yorkton Co-op is a part of a cardlock system spanning across Western Canada. With hundreds of locations across the west, you are sure to find a fuel stop any time of the day or night.

smartphone or iPad. Simply type “Coop” in the app search area and you will see the Co-op CRS app. This will allow you access to addresses of hundreds of Co-op facilities as well as directions.

There are many advantages to using Coop cardlocks. There is 24-hour access to gasoline and diesel fuel at our Hamilton Road, York Road and Theodore locations. Other advantages include high quality Co-op automotive and farm fuels, an itemized statement of your purchases, several payment options, special cardlock pricing and our unique equity and cash back programs. In 2012, the allocation of 8.5 per cent on fuel meant that members earned approximately 10 cents per litre in equity and cash back. Along with a two-cents a litre cost reduction at any Yorkton Co-op cardlock facilities, Co-op members enjoyed more than 12 cents per litre in discounts, equity and cash back.

Yorkton Co-op Agro Centre is open Monday through Saturday. FLP

Your Co-op cardlock card will also allow you access to hundreds of locations. For a complete listing of locations, a special Co-op app can be downloaded to any

Yorkton Co-op Gas Bar and Convenience Stores 306.783.5603 305 West Broadway, Yorkton 110 Palliser Way, Yorkton 695 Railway Street, Kamsack

main picture co-op Farm and agro drivers Ken Rathgeber, Dave Buckle, Angus Patterson, Calvin Kowaski, Derek Boehm top right co-op Farm and agro in-store staFF Richard Burym, Cathy Dierker Greg Pacholka, Janice Fenske, Wayne Arvay, Wade Pfeifer

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Parkland Contracting & Vac Services Ltd. has been serving Yorkton and the Parkland area for three years. Parkland Contracting & Vac Services Ltd. now offers more Utility and Excavating Services. Parkland Contracting & Vac Services Ltd.—your utility experts! UTILITY AND EXCAVATING SERVICES • Hydrovac Services • Line Locating & Daylighting • Hot Water Culvert De-icing • Mobile Pressure Washing • Piles • Backhoe • Trencher • Mini Excavator • Skidsteer • Line Locating Services

SEPTIC SERVICES • Car wash pits • Town Lift Stations • Sump Pits • Holding Tanks • Septic Tanks

Blair Cmoc, 621.7096 | Gary Lake, 621.3866 | pcvs@sasktel.net


PlEnTY of TirES, and So Much MorE Yorkton’s Value Tire & Battery boasts the largest selection of tires in town, but it’s more than just a tire shop. “We also offer a full mechanical service, with Journeymen mechanics on staff,” says John den Brok, of Value Tire & Battery. “We handle all kinds of auto repair and all your vehicle maintenance needs for domestic and most foreign makes and models.” The team at Value Tire & Battery can service your vehicle’s battery, shocks, struts and brakes, plus electrical, heating and cooling systems. If you need regular maintenance for your vehicle, like a tune-up or oil change, they do that too. With summer coming, John advises that a quick trip to have your vehicle checked out is a good idea. “We offer a 30-point inspection that can catch anything that might take you off the road during the summer driving season,” says John. “Just give us a call and make an appointment. We’ll make sure your vehicle is ready to take you wherever you need to go this summer.” Value Tire & Battery is there to get your vehicle maintained and ready for you in no time. Value Tire & Battery is open 8 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Monday to Friday and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Value Tire & Battery | 470 Broadway St E, Yorkton | 306.783.1555 | valuetire.ca |

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Truck Proz 306.782.4313 truckproz@sasktel.net Highway 10 East in Yorkton

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Cargo Control Secure your cargo with trusted and reliable products from Kinedyne. With everything from load straps, chains and boomers, Kinedyne has you covered. They provide the most efficient solution and the highest quality products in the industry.

Bumpers With a product focused on strength and reliability, Herd bumpers offers many choices to fit your style and budget. Providing a cost-effective solution against wildlife collisions, these bumpers are tough and effective and have the best fit and finish on the market.

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Michel’s Truck Proz is your local dealer for Michel’s belly augers for hopper trailers. The augers are available in both steel and aluminium, and have wireless control option. Filling your air drill can be a one person operation.

Did you know . . . That safety inspections are required on farm trucks and trailers when crossing any provincial borders?

That you can get extensions on your safety inspections on your truck/tractor units for up to one year if your mileage is less than 25 000 km/year*? Reap the benefits of making Truck Proz your first choice for all truck and trailer needs. FLP .


Hit tHe Road: Your Summer of RVing BY Cathie Watson

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iscovering the beauty that a Saskatchewan summer presents can be as easy as getting in, buckling up and letting the adventure begin. Well, it can be under the right circumstances. Now, I am not referring to cramming everyone in the family four-door sedan, where legs can not be stretched out for fear of tipping over the cooler (usually found crammed in between the back and front seats). With the kids fighting one another for leg and elbow room and the poor dog panting and whimpering, your trip can become a chore, not a pleasure, and rob you of the calm environment conducive to enjoying the scenery. Right? Sound familiar? Remind you of other trips you have taken? Then maybe it is time to head to an RV dealer and check out what options might exist to make your future road travels more comfortable, enjoyable and memorable. There are several things to keep in mind when you consider what type of RV would be appropriate for your needs. But before you get to choosing, there are some questions to ask yourself: • How many people do you need to accommodate?

• How many drivers will be sharing that duty and what equipment do they feel comfortable operating? • Will you primarily be making long or short trips (or a combo)? Or are you a “destination” vacationer with the desire for some sightseeing along the way? • How much storage room, especially refrigerated, do you require? • Will you be doing the majority of cooking inside the RV or on the outdoor barbecue? • What types of activities do you enjoy, and what equipment do you need to bring with you? • How will you keep the kids entertained during the trip and after you reach your destination? • In the event of poor weather, do you want to have entertainment in the RV (for example, a video game system, satellite TV or internet)? • What is the towing capacity of your vehicle? • What is your budget? Having considered your needs and wants, remember that there are two broad categories of RVs: towable and motorized. Each have distinct features, advantages and benefits.

Towable RVs are designed to be unhitched when you arrive at a campsite, which allows you use of your vehicle while on site. This option is great if you need to head into the closest town to pick up any necessities you either forgot or have run out of, or when you just want the freedom to explore locally at your own pace. Keep in mind the rated towing capacity of your vehicle—or be prepared to rent a suitable one if your unit is not sufficient. Motorized RVs combine transportation and living quarters, and offer the added benefit of allowing towing of your personal vehicle, boat, or trailer, but are less maneuverable in some areas and some operators may find them more difficult to handle. One important thing to consider when going with a motorized model is how you plan to get around when you arrive at your destination. A motorized RV may not be what you want to drive in remote areas or across poor roads. Once you consider what will meet your needs and what you are prepared to spend, then grab the family, cram them in the car and hit the local RV dealer. This time, however, you can promise them it could be the last time they need to travel this way. FLP

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COME SEE OUR SHOWHOME MODELS

Destination series trailers by Catalina are designed for use at permanent or semi-permanent seasonal lots. These are truly a home away from home and are available as one bedroom units or as two-room bunk models.

If you’re looking for mobility, Catalina trailers offer a variety of floorplans and sizes to suit your family. Two of last year’s best sellers are the 32bdhS and the 29rks—come see what model is right for you.

Come see our showhome models and order now for pre-camping season deliveries with special “ordered unit” pricing available.

Todd RV has two locations to better serve you. Stop in to see how we can outfit you for a much-anticipated camping season.

Kamsack, Saskatchewan 1.888.9.4.DEALS


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39BHTS—Bunk model with three slides

39FKDS—Complete with dual slides and a front kitchen with picture windows

Swan River, Manitoba 1-866 9-4-A-Deal | www.toddrv.ca |


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Amazing Menu. Amazing Atmosphere. ARIGATO SUSHI & RAYZR’S PUB

Fresh and authentic Japanese recipes located in the Yorkton Hotel. AMAZING MENUS – AMAZING ATMOSPHERES!

At Tantalize Tan you’ll find the Arigato Arigato Sushi Sushi Japanese finest inJapanese premium sun beds and 14 Avenue N 14 Second Second Avenue North North Yorkton Yorkton, SK S3N 1G2 306.783.8282 | professional skin care products. 1 306.783.8282 | Our professionally trained staff will ensure that you will achieve your tanning goals. By Nykea Marie Behiel

ew and old come together to create a dynamic business duo in downtown Yorkton. The 110-year-old Yorkton Hotel on Second Avenue has a long history of serving people, and has recently been revitalized to better suit the needs of its clientele. The renovations have brought the Yorkton Hotel to life. First time visitors come out of curiosity, then return for the great food, relaxed atmosphere, and friendly customer service.

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Japanese Restaurant and Rayzr’s pub. Although separate, these two businesses work together to address the growing demand of their sophisticated customers. These two establishments have heard the needs of the community, and provide what the citizens of Yorkton seek.

This unique old building houses two special businesses—Arigato Sushi

Oh Jin Kwon and his brother Kai came to Yorkton with plenty of experience from cities around the world. With over 10 years of experience, they have worked in Toronto, Vancouver, Japan, and Australia before coming here to open Yorkton’s first sushi restaurant. Although they have only been open six months, Jin has already had positive feedback and return customers. Everything is freshly made from high quality ingredients. Their focus on excellence and authentic Japanese recipes sets them apart from any other restaurant in Yorkton.

Tantalize Tanning Studio 77 Broadway Street West Yorkton, SK S3N 0L9 1 306.782.5757

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Authentic East Indian Cuisine

Serving Canadian and East Indian food cooked Two businesses working intraditionally tandemandproviding serv professionally. Come try the butter chicken, chicken tikka masala or the tandoori chicken. service for the Japanese restaurant and the restau Chris’s Place 306.547.3333

Fresh and authentic Japanese recipes. Arigato Sushi Japanese 14 Second Avenue North Yorkton, SK S3N 1G2 1 306.783.8282

We Saved you a Spot

Delicious Sunday Brunch

Mano’s Restaurant & Lounge 119–277 Broadway Street East, Yorkton | 306.786.7555

The York House Dining and Lounge 12-4th Ave North, Yorkton | 306.782.4333 www.yorkhousedining.ca

Rayzr’s Pub Yorkton Hotel

Saskatchewan’s Best Kept Secret

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Zeke’s Grill & Lounge Located in the former curling rink, Mikado, SK | 306.563.4955

For the love of good food, come in and experience our famous oven-roasted prime rib. Be sure to also check out the daily chef created lunch and dinner features.

Great Food...Excellent Come relax. Life is good. Great food, excellent value. Value...Come relax...Life good. is good. Good!

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Come join us on Sundays for home-cooked brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. We are open all day, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Located 13 kilometers east of Canora in the Hamlet of Mikado there is a wonderful surprise to be found.


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All About Flowers #6–146 Broadway Street East, Yorkton | 306.782.4222 www.yorktonflowers.com

Frozen Cactus 37 Broadway St East, Yorkton 306.783.0313

Love Sewing and Knitting?

One Stop Bridal Shop

Colette’s Sewing Machines Plus 206 Smith Street East, Yorkton | 306.782.3520 colettes.sewing@gmail.com

Memories to Last a Lifetime 33 Broadway Street East, Yorkton ||306.782.3424 306.782.3424 memories@mtlal.com

Personalized Quality Service

House of BBG Cosmetics

Stop in to All about Flowers for fresh flowers and arrangements for every occasion. Come in for the latest in purses and home decor.

We carry baby lock and Janome sewing machines and sergers, and a full line of yarn.

Parks Jewellery has it all—wedding and engagement rings, Canadian diamond jewellery, watches, giftware, marriage licenses, trophies and engraving. Parks Jewellery 26 Second Avenue North, Yorkton 306.782.2927

The season for weddings and wedding showers. Bridal registry available.

One Stop stop for all your wedding needs. From dresses and planning to rentals and decorations. Simplify your wedding with a stop at Memories to Last a Lifetime.

“Come get your Pretty Face on” in Yorkton, SK.

Pretty Face Makeup Studio 102 - 19 Broadway Street East, Yorkton | 306.783.6253 www.pfstudio.ca | pfstudio@sasktel.net

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Indescribable Fashion

Saddles & Steel Music Productions 182 Broadway Street, Yorkton ||306.738.4397 306.738.4397 www.saddlesandsteel.com ||saddlesandsteel@sasktel.net saddlesandsteel@sasktel.net

Sagebrush Studios 102 Vincent Ave, Churchbridge 306.896.2744

Featuring Tattoos by Adam Paton and JG

Various Catalina Trailers to Suit Your Family

Skin City Tattoos 14 Second Avenue, Yorkton | 306.621.0133 www.skincitytattoyorkton.com |

Todd RV 401 Queen Elizabeth Blvd, Kamsack | 1.888.542.2543 sales@toddrv.ca | www.toddrv.ca |

Perfect Style for Every Occasion

More Than Just an Adult Store

Tracy’s Ladies and Bridal Fashions 2-84 Broadway Street East, Yorkton | 306.783.6360 tracys.b@sasktel.net

Under the Covers 30 Betts Avenue, Yorkton | 306.782.7982 | 1.866.585.7982 www.underthecovers.ca

Music Store, store, special Special events, Events, DJs, DJs, professional Professional production. Production

Art from traditional tattooing to portraits. Walk-Ins welcome (time-pending). Best service and the best style. Come visit us, Tuesday to Saturday 12 to 7 p.m., or check us out on Facebook.

Tracy’s Ladies and Bridal Fashions, now carrying Mexx clothing.

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An absolutely amazing display featuring home decor, art, giftware, classic ladies fashion and accessories to complement your unique and exclusive style.

Change the way your family enjoys the lake. Outdoor kitchens are convenient and fun. No more running in and out of the trailer— everything you need is right outside. Enjoy the good life.

A gorgeous range of specialty sizes and styles of brassieres, lingerie, adult merchandise and more. Book your bachelorette party today. Mail order catalogues now available.


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Customize Your Space

Uptown Casuals 9C Broadway St East, Yorkton | 306.783.0303 |

Wagner’s Flooring Ltd. 46 Myrtle Avenue, Yorkton 306.783.8392

Let Us Inspire You

Join the Evolution of Dynamic Martial Arts

Welcome Home Gift Shop and Grower Direct 113 Smith Street East, Yorkton | 306.786.7673 welcomehome.growerdirect@sasktel.net |

Yorkton Martial Arts Training Center 306.621.1555 | 50B Broadway St. W, Yorkton (1 block east of McDonalds) ymatc@hotmail.com | www.ymatc.com | |

Our Members Matter

Locally Owned, International Quality

Yorkton Co-op 30 Argyle Street Yorkton | 306.783.3601 www.yorktoncoop.com

Fabricland 32 Betts Avenue, Yorkton 306.782.5544

Fashion boutique offering the best in designer fashions, premium denim, footwear and accessories for men and women. Located in the heart of downtown Yorkton.

For celebrating Mother’s Day or another great moment in someone’s life, we’ve got you covered. Like us on facebook at Yorkton Grower Direct and Welcome Home Gift Shop for great contests.

Become a member of Yorkton Co-op. Food stores, gas bars, convenience stores, agro centres and cardlocks. Membership Pays!

Service goes beyond the provision of quality products and sound advice. Come design your unique space with us at Wagner’s Flooring, where friends send friends.

We offer a variety of martial arts programs to suit everyone ages 3 to 93. Five different styles, eleven programs, eighteen classes per week, five days a week.

Full line of costume fabrics and regalia. Come in for sequins, hologram and foil material as well as fancies for all your costume needs.

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Your Full Service Jeweller

The Plum Tree 385 Broadway Street East, Yorkton | 306.786.5006 theplumtree@sasktel.net

Gifts of Gold Jewellers Suite 2-23 Broadway Street E, Yorkton | 306.783.5550 giftsofgold@sasktel.net | www.giftsofgold.ca

Seven-Day Whole Body Detoxification

So Much More Than Just a Western Store

Good Earths Shop 306.782.5300 goodearths@sasktel.net

Hitching Post 17 Betts Avenue, Yorkton | 306.783.5629 hitchingpost@sasktel.net

Hopping from Tot to Tween

Dress Trendy for Less

Joey Children’s Apparel 14–3rd Ave North, Yorkton | 306.782.1332 www.joeykids.com |

Losa Chic Boutique 29 B Broadway Street East, Yorkton | 306.621.2127 sara@losachicboutique.ca

Looking for fresh new colours and home decor to chase away the winter blahs? Shop The Plum Tree for all your decorating needs.

ReCleanse® has been formulated to support your body’s natural detoxifying process. It enables your body to heal and function optimally while promoting weight loss.

Clothing for infants through to youth as well as some for expecting and new moms; educational toys and special gifts for all the children in your life.

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Full range of gold and silver jewellery featuring Canadian Diamonds. In store repairs and custom casting. Getting married? Stop by for engagement and wedding bands.

Hitching Post has something for everyone—great selection of men’s ladies and children’s clothing, boots, hats, jewellery, home decor, tack and so much more. Check it out.

LosaChic has the look of an upscale boutique with affordable prices and small town personalized service. Come see our style!


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Truly Natural

Big City Showroom, Friendly Hometown Service

Kalaya Naturals TM Pure Emu Oil is food for your skin. With pharmaceutical grade, triple refined pure emu oil, this natural skin care product is safe for your dry, irritated and inflamed skin.

Home decor, purses, jewellery, cell phones and accessories, Bench, Fox, Silver, Tea Forte, Saxx underwear, Sanuks, Oakley, Under Armour, Ashley Furniture, friendly customer service and so much more. Worth the drive to Preeceville.

Foam Lake HomeHealth Care Ltd. 306.272.4443 www.flhhc.ca

X-cessories by Kerry 204 1st Ave NE, Preeceville | 306.547.3285 kwiw@sasktel.net | x-cessories.ca |

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Fuzztone Music 34–2nd Avenue North, Yorkton | 306.782.5355 www.fuzztonemusic.com | |

Interested in having your photography in Fine Lifestyles magazine? Contact the editor at nykea@finelifestyles.ca

Turning your dream into an address Nancy Johnson Re/Max Blue Chip Realty njohnson@remax-yorkton.ca

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Affordable Style for Every Family

Catering to all ages and styles, Hair-Is-Ma specializes in all things hair, offering unique cuts, colours and textures to best complement your look. Open Monday to Saturday, and late Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Serving Yorkton for Over 53 Years

Three generations of heating, plumbing and cooling services.

Hair-Is-Ma Bay 20-385 Broadway Street East, Yorkton 306.782.4247

Hancock Plumbing Ltd. 71 Broadway Street East, Yorkton | 306.783.3028 hancockplumbing@sasktel.net

Enhancing Lifestyles for Nearly 30 Years

The Hottest Fashions for your Windows

Harley-Davidson‰ of Yorkton 86–7th Avenue South, Yorkton | 306.783.1999 www.harleydavidsonofyorkton.com

Budget Blinds 44 Second Avenue, Yorkton | 306.783.1699 dlrampone@budgetblinds.com | budgetblinds.com

Helping Farmers Prosper

A Prairie Success Story

Cargill Yorkton | 306.782.1199 www.cargill.ca

EMW Industrial Bay H 132 Broadway Street West, Yorkton | 306.782.4945 www.emw.ca

This multi-time award winning motorcycle shop is a single line genuine Harley-Davidson® Dealership. Staffed with friendly, knowledgeable staff that live what they sell.

Our farm consulting services are unmatched in the industry. The success and prosperity of our customers is our top priority.

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No limits on design, colour, or style to dress up your windows. Call for your free in-home consultation today.

EMW Industrial offers world class quality, design, fabrication, installation and maintenance of equipment for agri-business and industrial clients.


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Everlast Your Home

Making Your Health and Fitness Goals Fun

Quality service, quality products and quality workmanship. Everlast is your best choice for maintenance-free exterior products for your home. Spring booking for PVC window and steel door replacement.

Forever Fit is dedicated to helping you find the healthier and more fit version of yourself. Enjoy gym access, unlimited group fitness classes and gym orientation in one very affordable membership.

Everlast Eaves & Exteriors Ltd. 130 Livingstone Street, Yorkton 306.786.7055

Forever Fit Ltd. 79 Broadway Street West, Yorkton | 306.621.5585 cam@myforeverfit.ca

Providing Financial Services for all Life Stages

Indulge Yourself

Horizon Credit Union Branches in Melville, Grayson, Grenfell, Neudorf and Wolseley www.horizoncu.ca | info@horizoncu.ca

From the Inside Out Beauty Salon 17 1st Ave North, Yorkton | 306.783.1054 frominsideoutsalon@gmail.com |

The Friendliest Staff In Town

A Solution Body, Mindfor & Soul All Your Skincare Needs

Kahkewistahaw Gas and Convenience Store 500 Broadway Street West, Yorkton 306.786.8832

Luna Experience ExperienceBody, Body,Mind Mind&&Soul Soul 42-6th 426thAvenue AvenueN, N Yorkton | 306.782.7685 ||1.877.782.7685 toll free 1.877.782.7685 toll free info@lunaexperience.com| |www.lunaexperience.com info@lunaexperience.com www.lunaexperience.com

Everyday our team of experts are making a difference by helping you with all your financial service needs. Today, Tomorrow, Together.

Kahkewistahaw Gas and Convenience Store has won numerous awards for outstanding service and commitment to employee development and is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

We encourage you to feel beautiful from the inside out. Come in and let us help you create your own definition of beautiful.

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Relax in the luxury, peace and serenity of Yorkton’s ultimate bed and breakfast. Rent the whole house for yourself and guests, or rent the sitting room to host an evening out, business meeting or group retreat.

Sales, Service and Installation

Serving the Yorkton and Canora area for over 40 years. Specializing in refrigeration services and in residential, commercial, industrial heating and cooling.

Patrick Place Bed and Breakfast 88 Fifth Avenue North, Yorkton | 306.783.3762 www.patrickplace.com | shirley@patrickplace.com

Penguin Refrigeration 5 Assiniboia Avenue, Yorkton | 306.782.1577 217 Railway Avenue, Canora | 306.563.5527

Integrity is the Heart of Our Business

Guaranteed Workmanship, Quality Product

Preeceville Agencies 111 Main St N, Preeceville | 306.547.2811 PreecevilleAgencies@sasktel.net | www.preecevilleagencies.com

Premier Cabinets 15 8th Avenue North, Yorkton 306.786.6607

Get Healthy, Stay Fit

For All Your Electrical and More

Locally owned and operated insurance agency with a long history in the community and superior customer service and community presence.

Come in and try our all-Canadian bodybuilding health and fitness supplements. These supplements have no additives or fillers and taste great. ReVive Spa & Supplements 75 Broadway Street West, Yorkton | 306.783.3344 www.revivespayorkton.com

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Let us design and build your dream kitchen.

Call us for residential, commercial, and industrial electrical and data/com services, in town and rural. Services include renovations and underground trenching, fibre optics, home automation and surveillance camera systems. RH Electric Ltd 657 Broadway St. W Yorkton | 306.782.5592 www.rh-electric.com


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Photography for Yorkton

Ridgerunner Construction Springside 306.621.3299

TJK Divisional Services Todd Kulcsar, Yorkton | 306.316.0130 tjkdivisional@gmail.com

Amazing Customer Service, Outstanding Quality

Steel Service Centre

Shear Bliss Salon Suite 104-19 Broadway St E, Yorkton | 306.782.7500 shearblissyorkton@gmail.com |

Smith Steel Inc. Hwy 52 W, Yorkton 306.783.6122 | www.smithsteelservice.com

Designing Kitchens

Your Premium Tan Headquarters

Knowledgeable, reliable, top-quality work. Call today.

Shear Bliss Salon is proud to boast a first class customer experience while providing outstanding quality in trends and styles for their clients.

Specializing in custom cabinetry from traditional to modern contemporary, quartz and granite counter tops, LED accent lighting. Terry’s Cabinets Jct Hwy 9 & 309, Ebenezer | 306-782-7147 16 km North of Yorkton | terryscabinets@gmail.com.

Providing Yorkton and area with photographic services for commercial work, weddings, engagments, graduation, portraits, photo booth rental and more.

Family owned and operated steel business with exceptional customer service. Satisfaction is our number one goal.

At Tantalize Tan you’ll find the finest in premium sun beds and professional skin care products. Our professionally trained staff will ensure that you will achieveTan your tanning goals. find the At Tantalize you’ll Tantalize Tanning Tanning Studio finest in Studio premium sun beds and 77 Broadway Street West Yorkton Yorkton, Sask professional skin care products. 306.782.5757 || Our professionally trained staff will ensure that you will achieve your tanning goals. FineLifestyles

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Creating a Truly “You-nique” Interior

Your Hearing is Our Concern

Truly You Interiors 306.621.9473 tyinteriors@gmail.com |

Yorkton Hearing Services #12-3rd Avenue North, Yorkton | 306.782.1793 www.yorktonhearing.com

Cupcake Spa HabitTherapy?

Discover all the Possibilities

Spa Habit 3 - 84 Broadway Street E, E. Yorkton ||306.786.3388 306.786.3388 info@spahabit.ca info@spahabit.ca | www.spahabit.ca www.spahabit.ca | www.spahabitbathboutique.ca www.spahabitbathboutique.ca

Sveinco Developments 24 Stilllwater Bay, Yorkton | 306.621.2140 www.sveinco.com | sveinco@sasktel.net |

Quality Work, Friendly Service

Making Your Living Space Comfortable

Talk to me about your 2013 commercial renovation plans. A fresh set of eyes can help to customize your decor, freeing up your time to focus on business. —Kimberly Patzer

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As a NAPA Auto Care Service Centre, full service automotive repair shop, and SGI inspection centre, we can get you back on the road. Sharp Automotive Repair Ltd. 278 Myrtle Avenue, Yorkton | 306.782.2396 sharpauto2000@gmail.com

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Honest, professional service, reliable products, all at an affordable price. Services provided by Marina Walls, Master’s Degree Audiologist.

Custom cabinets and millwork in every build.

Sunrooms, screen rooms, patio covers and railings—custom-built to meet your needs.  Pleasant and worry-free installation. Free estimates at your home or cottage.  JAGG Curb Appeal Lumsden | 306.536.5682 | jagg@sasktel.net www.jagg.ca


THE PARKLAND ’S AUTOMOTIVE SUPERSTORE

KIA Sorento

KIA Sportage

KIA Optima

KIA Soul

KIA Rio 5

DON’T MAKE A $3,000 MISTAKE. Whether it’s a new or a pre-owned vehicle you are in the market for, drop by Capital Kia and check out our inventory. Our non-commission sales staff are knowledgeable, highly trained with excellent customer service, and can help find you the perfect vehicle. We have fresh inventory arriving daily with the most competitive pricing in the province, and we offer financing plans for everybody! We respect your time and make purchasing a vehicle easy.

CAPITAL KIA YORKTON

134 BROADWAY ST E | 306.783.2772 | www.capitalkiayorkton.com


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