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inter has settled over the Parkland, bringing with it thoughts of Christmas, cold-weather recreation and the creature comforts of our warm homes and winter dining. This issue is truly a celebration of what it is to be a Parklander, from holiday homecoming to exploring the beauty of our landscape. We visit two jewels of the Parkland, Churchbridge and Langenburg, and discover again the value of community by seeing what can be achieved when many people work together. Multi-faceted, these communities reflect the brilliance of diversity in their pursuits of culture, recreation, education and health. In further exploration of our area, we are excited to bring you a special feature: Snowmobiling in the Parkland. Truly, what could be better than a day of powder and trails, encountering the gems of our winter landscape? Here, snowmobile clubs use their shared love of the sport to support local causes, like Easter Seals. In business, prairie-style work ethic and determination have put former Clodhopper’s Candy founders back in production with OMG’s Candy. As recent guests of the Yorkton Chamber of Commerce, Winnipeg’s Chris Emery and Larry Finnson share their story of pitching to the Dragon’s Den and coming out with a new partner and a new company. To celebrate the season, we share with you enticing recipes from Gordon Ramsay, the Wine Guy and Megan Lust. Yorkton columnist, Kimberly Patzer, guides us through the steps of preparing the Christmas table. Thus, with this issue, we at Fine Lifestyles wish you a safe holiday and a joyful new year.

Winter 2013 VOlUMe 2 ISSUe 6 www.finelifestyles.ca Associate Editor Michelle Hatzel michelleh@finelifestyles.ca

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Dean Renwick Fashion Myths

52 Snowmobiling in the Parkland

22 Megan Lust on Dietary Restrictions

66 Kim Patzer Sets the Christmas Table

34 Gordon Ramsay’s Chocolate Marquise

78 OMG’s Candy

42 Seasonal Beverages

82 RE/MAX Blue Chip Realty Cover Story

46 The Wine Guy’s Winter Reds

114 Jewels of the Parkland

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FASHION

MYTHS AND FACTS and your age. Unless you have legs like Tina Turner, avoid the mini-skirt. Myth 5: Don’t wear sequins during the day. Wear your bling during the day, but keep it to a minimum. At night knock yourself out, and be a disco ball if you want.

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rowing up, we all took fashion advice from well-meaning family members and other “trendy tell-alls.” The fashion world is rapidly changing; what was once taboo is now considered chic. It can be confusing. How do you know what the fashion rules are? It’s time to separate the facts from the myths with these hot tips. Myth 1: No white after Labour Day. It’s now totally acceptable to wear white any time of the year. Stay away from wearing white bottoms in winter; you don’t want to look like you only have half a torso. Myth 2: Dark colours for fall and winter. Not at all! Bright colours are a must for those seasons. On cloudy days, they add a splash of sun, and always bring out more brightness.

Myth 6: Showing skin is sexy or sophisticated. Take the occasion into consideration and use discretion and taste. On the right dress, a well placed “peek-a-boo” can be both sexy and sophisticated. Myth 7: Don’t clash your colours. This is an old rule you can ignore. Make a statement in a hot pink dress with a bright orange jacket, if you’re so inclined. Just remember to make sure all your colours are in the same intensity range. Myth 8: Match, match, match. Your grandmother might have taught you to match the purse, shoes, lipstick, nail polish and hat, but it’s much more fun to mix it up a bit. Your accessories should go together nicely, but don’t have to match.

Myth 3: Black makes you look slimmer. Sorry ladies, this is simply not the case. Black is not slimming, it just makes you look older and frumpier.

Myth 9: Don’t mix your patterns. Patterns that you were once told not to mix can now be thrown together in a great way. For example, try a large floral blouse with a striped jacket. As long as some of the colours in the patterns go with each other, then go for it. The matching colours will pull everything together in a fantastic way

Myth 4: If you wore it once, you can wear it again. Don’t kid yourself: just because it’s become trendy again, it doesn’t mean you can still wear it. Unfortunately, time plays mean tricks on our bodies, so wear what’s appropriate for your body type

Myth 10. Long dresses on short women don’t always work. If you keep to an empire style, you will visually elongate the torso. Top it off with a comfortable height-adding shoe, and you will look like a tall drink of water.

NOW FOR SOME FACTS. Fact 1. Never wear denim with denim. Stay away from denim on denim, unless you’re wearing different colours of denim, and something else in-between to break it up. Fact 2. Not all sizes are the same. Each clothing manufacturer and each style within that manufacturer can be different. You must try everything on, and have a good alterationist on speed dial. Fact 3. Black tights don’t make your legs look thinner. In fact, unless you are a skinny 12-year old, they make your legs look like stovepipes. The same goes for white tights: stay away from them. Fact 4. The neutral colours are white, black, navy, taupe, beige and grey. Any colours will coordinate with these. If you need to wear your grey suit for that court date, dress it up with a yellow top, red heels and a turquoise bag. You’ll look great! Fact 5. Always invest in one or two good suits. They will become a staple in your wardrobe. You don’t have to wear the pieces together; tear the suits apart and wear as separates. Doing this will double your wardrobe and you will get more out of your investment. Just remember to dry clean all the pieces at the same time to keep them looking the same. Above all, remember to have fun. Fashion is not something to be taken too seriously. Take note of what others are wearing and how they are wearing it. It just might open your world and wardrobe to a whole new way of self expression.

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Let Us Inspire You We're a locally owned, full service flower and gift shop serving Yorkton and area for over 12 years. We're proud to present our floral designs and fantastic gift ideas for the 2013 Christmas season.

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You'll find poinsettias, fresh floral centerpieces, hand tied bouquets, custom gift baskets, Kameleon jewellery and Fruits & Passion body care line. We also carry a diverse selection of home and garden decor and seven trees beautifully decorated with unique Christmas ornaments! We'll have weekly specials from now through Christmas as well as gift certificates that can be purchased for the flower and gift shop or for our massage therapy clinic.

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Jewellery is an emotional investment. No matter the monetary value, the piece is meaningful and sentimental to the owner. Gifts of Gold Jewellers would love to help you choose the perfect gift for your loved ones this Christmas. Watch her eye’s widen with sparkle and joy with a piece of jewellery from our newest collection!

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A Fairytale

about Flowers, Gifts and a Steaming Hot Cup of Coffee By Tonya LamberT Photos JuLie Shiner

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nce upon a time, there was a beautiful woman named Gina Hiebert, who desired to open a business in her hometown of Grandview, Manitoba. Nestled between the Duck Mountains to the north and the Riding Mountains to the south, this fairytale village of 800 people was in need of a new owner for its floral shop. “I am going to buy that shop,” thought the enterprising Gina, “and transform it into a magical place where people can come to shop, visit and enjoy a cup of coffee with their neighbours.” The adventure was about to begin.

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Gina set about with the help of her family and friends, including her ‘fairy godmother’ Ardithe McNabb, to make her dream a reality. Through a combination of elbow grease and laughter, Pink Petals and The Black Bean was born in July 2009. An enchanting blend of fine floral designs, great giftware and creamy cappuccinos, Pink Petals and The Black Bean quickly cast a spell over the people of Grandview, becoming a hub of the local community. People of all ages gather at the shop to relax, visit and enjoy a tasty beverage. The

coffee bar serves a variety of aromatic potions, including coffees, cappuccinos, espressos, lattes, steamers, iced coffees, herbal teas and biscotti. The friendly, welcoming atmosphere is enhanced by the display of captivating watercolours by local artist and schoolteacher, Barbara Grexton. Those on a quest for the perfect present are likely to find whatever it is that their heart desires at Pink Petals and The Black Bean. “Wow! I always make time to stop by Pink Petals and The Black Bean when passing through Grandview. You have


the neatest things and make the most perfect latte,” says one out-of-town customer. The shop carries an eclectic selection of giftware from edgy, modern Umbra home decor to a wide variety of sparkling jewellery and whimsical keepsakes. There is something at Pink Petals and The Black Bean for every taste — modern, rustic or antique. Gina carries inspirational books and cards to soothe the soul and Gourmet Village dips, sauces, chutneys, salsas and drink mixes to fill the belly. Gourmet chocolates and cookies will be arriving at the store in time to fill local Christmas stockings. In October 2013, another damsel joined Gina at the shop. Kayla Luky is a talented singer and songwriter whose dazzling personality adds to the charm of this place. The musical endeavours of this damsel and her band, Kayla Luky ‘n’ Boots, can be found on the shop’s shelves in the form of several CDs. And so, the story of this legendary shop filled with romantic roses, glittering gifts and creative coffees continues. Wise women Gina, Ardithe and Kayla would like to thank the people of Grandview and area for helping to make Pink Petals and The Black Bean a success. She would also like to wish everyone “a happily ever after” for 2014! Pink Petals and The Black Bean 403 Main Street Grandview 204.546.2044 gerber@mts.net ABOVE RIGHT Gina Hiebert, owner RIGHT Royal blue bracelets commemorate the life of Brock Pulock, best friend of Gina’s eldest son, who was killed in a rollover accident in 2010; proceeds from the sale of the bracelets are donated to the Brock Pulock Memorial Fund, which helps fund local sports-related activities.


Keeping Traditional Hometown Values at Roblin Work and Sport Den

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magine a simpler time. A time when a trip “uptown” included a stop at the general store or trading post, where you could find a wide variety of items: a new sweater for Mom, a work jacket for Dad, ice fishing supplies for your brother and a hockey stick for your nephew. Paints a pleasant picture, doesn’t it? Well, this is exactly the picture the Roblin Work and Sport Den is creates, with the Parkland as it’s canvas. It was in early 2008 that my wife Melissa and I had the opportunity to return to our hometown of Roblin and purchase

the Sport Den. We have spent the last five plus years establishing ourselves as a shopping destination for our beautiful region. A jingle and a slogan we have been playfully using has been, “from boots to bikes, tees to tackle, we’ve got you covered!” It is fun to say, but even more fun to make that statement a reality. We carry casual and work wear for men, women and youth: footwear, accessories, sporting goods (from fishing to hunting to hockey and most things in between),

camping, boating and outdoor living. We also provide custom cresting for teams, businesses or special occasions. For every experience possible in the Parkland, we try to provide a means to make it easier or more enjoyable with our quality products and brands. Words are only as good as the experiences to which they lead. Let these words guide you here, and we will provide the experience.

139 Main Street, Roblin, Manitoba | p: 204-937-3618 | e: rwsd@mts.net |

— Mark Moffit, owner, Roblin Work and Sport Den


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For more than 35 years Mark’s has been the place to go for clothes that work as hard as you do and as hard as industry demands. With a wide assortment of rugged industrial work wear including Carhartt, the best cotton duck product in the industry; Helly Hansen, the warmest in the business; and the Dakota brand, a universal workwear line that surpasses all competition. Dakota is exclusively sold at Mark’s and comes with a 100% quality guarantee. From coveralls and work boots to slacks and dress wear, Mark’s has what you need to get work done. With a 100% satisfaction and price guarantee, Mark’s is hard to beat! Be ready for anything the day may throw at you with Mark’s.

220 Broadway St East, Yorkton | 306.782.1414


It Feels Like Home

Ever get the feeling you are where you belong? When you walk into The Secret Butterfly Boutique in Roblin, you get that feeling, it feels like home. For the past three years it has provided its customers an inviting place to look for gift ideas, decorate their home, prepare for that birthday party, rent items for a wedding or find that unique piece of jewellery or handbag for that special occasion. Angela Martens, who grew up in Roblin, along with her daughter Melissa wanted to provide an environment where their community could have their needs met in an atmosphere that was more than just commerce. “We want our customers to feel like friends, because they are. We are here to care for them and meet their needs as best we can. We are continually focused on providing our customers not only a positive shopping experience, but a place to come to have their day brightened. A place where they can receive a smile and be encouraged.� When you walk into The Secret Butterfly Boutique, besides commenting on how good it smells from the various home scent options to the candle selections, you will discover a place where it feels like you are visiting family. A place where you want to stay! 293 Main Street NW, Roblin, MB | 204.937.8048 | thesecretbutterflyboutique@hotmail.com Facebook/TheSecretButterflyBoutique | @sbutterflyb


Parkland Source for Sports:

Bigger is Better by Tonya LamberT

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ometimes bigger definitely is better. This is certainly the case with the new location of Parkland Source for Sports in Dauphin. In August, the store moved into its new location in a 1930s heritage building on 1st Avenue SW. With three stories, the store offers 12,500 sq ft of retail space divided between lifestyle clothing and footwear on the main floor and sporting equipment on the second floor. With its

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ever-expanding inventory, the business had outgrown its old location. “We were getting pretty cramped for space at our previous location,” says owner and general manager Dave Campbell. “Now we are able to spread out our inventory and showcase our products better. We’ve essentially tripled our retail space.” Dave chose to highlight the historic appeal of the building, which has

beautiful hardwood floors and old-style brick walls. “The building oozes history and character,” notes Dave. Outside, a 10-foot series of illuminated paintings of NHL hockey players grace the building. Dave Campbell has been in the sporting goods business for nearly 20 years. He started out working at Sports Traders in 1995 and bought the business 10 years later. In 2008, Dave made the decision


to switch to the much larger company, Source for Sports, in order to access their wider selection of products and to join the largest family of independent sporting goods retailers in Canada. “It was the best decision I ever made. It truly is a family, with all the stores working together to provide the best for all our customers across the country,” he says. Parkland Source for Sports carries not only a vast array of sporting equipment for all winter and summer activities, they also stock an extensive line of lifestyle clothing. They carry over 300 styles of footwear, including winter boots, running shoes, cross-trainers and casual footwear in such brand names as New Balance, Nike, Columbia, Sorel, Skechers and many more. This year, Parkland Source for Sports has added Canada Goose winter coats to their clothing selection. These stylish coats are guaranteed to keep you warm on even the coldest days of the long Canadian winter. The store has clothing for every member of your family — infants, children, men and ladies. In addition to Canada Goose, there is Fox, DC, Oakley, Billabong, Quicksilver and Under Armour to name just a few of the top-quality clothing lines to be found in the store. “We have the brands you want at the prices you like,” says Dave. “When you walk in the store Dave and his staff have a smile and are very helpful. The new store is so spacious and has a great selection. It is the go-to place for all our sports needs and much more,” says Jennifer Christensen, a customer. “We are so much more than just hockey sticks and skates,” notes Dave. “Our inventory is huge; we have between 3,000 and 5,000 pairs of shoes in the store at any given time. We try to provide the best selection and the best customer service to go along with it for the entire Parkland area.” As customer Terri Rampton notes, “Parkland Source for Sports has everything that you would find in a larger centre so there really is no excuse to leave home.” Parkland Source for Sports 6 - 1st Avenue SW Dauphin 204.638.7057 parkland@sourceforsports.ca parkland.sourceforsports.com


How to Accommodate Dietary Restrictions

with Ease BY MEGAN LUST


Sharing a dinner table, let alone a family feast, with someone who has special dietary requirements can be a challenge. It can be downright nerve-wracking. Put those fears behind you and embrace your next family dinner with an arsenal of tips and recipes for a happy and festive feast for all. Be Aware of CrossContamination

If you’re serving a guest with celiac disease or a serious gluten intolerance, cross-contamination can be a very real threat. Kindly educate the guests on the importance of not double-dipping or using the same utensils for spreading, dipping, scooping which have touched something with gluten or other allergens.

Know What You’re Serving

If you’re making Auntie Greta’s famous pumpkin pie, make sure you know what ingredients are in it for all guests invited. Some of your dinner guests may have dairy, egg, gluten or other allergies that you’re not aware of. If you’ve purchased a food item, it might help to keep the ingredients list handy for any who may need to check it (though you might not be able to pass off a store-bought pumpkin pie as your own homemade this way!).

Be Inclusive

Nobody likes to be the odd person out at the dinner table. Nor does a person enjoy feeling awkward for having special dietary requirements. Providing a few special glutenfree and plant-based dishes for everyone to enjoy, especially those who might not be able to partake in anything else, is a wonderful way to share your hospitality.

Make It Fun!

It might seem like a lot of extra work to prepare an entirely separate menu of glutenfree vegan items but with a bit of advance planning you may find that with a few substitutions to your regular recipes they can easily become gluten-free and/or vegan and still taste amazing. Why not share the load and ask other family members or guests to each prepare a single dish to bring to share? Of course, you can choose to create an entire meal that is completely gluten-free and plant-based! Traditional autumn and winter family feasts generally include things like turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy with stuffing. There’s no need to try and replace the turkey with a faux meat substitute that’s not gluten-free when you can serve up something hearty and satisfying, and equally as festive, as Wild Rice & Pear Stuffed Acorn Squash. Enjoy the following recipe and over a dozen more gluten-free and plant-based recipes, appetizers, soups, side dishes, gravy, desserts, and much more in my complementary Family Feasts Cookbook available for download at www.TheGlutenFreeVegan.com.

Megan Lust is a freelance writer and foodie, with a focus on gluten-free and vegan recipes. Visit her blog at theglutenfreevegan.com or her FB page for more healthy eating ideas and recipes. megan@theglutenfreevegan.com

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Wild Rice & Pear Stuffed Acorn Squash A hearty and flavourful vegan and gluten-free main course so filling you won’t miss the turkey. Serves six to eight people. INGREDIENTS

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4 acorn squashes 1 tablespoon olive oil Salt and pepper, sprinkled 1 cup brown and wild rice mix ¼ cup wild rice ½ cup red lentils 2 ¼ cups vegetable broth 1 teaspoon olive oil 1 rib celery, chopped ½ large white onion, chopped finely 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 large, firm Bartlett pear, unpeeled, chopped finely ¼ cup dried cherries, chopped ½ cup hazelnuts (or pecans), chopped 2 - 3 sprigs of fresh thyme (or ½ teaspoon dried thyme) Salt and pepper, to taste

1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment. 2. Cut acorn squashes in half width wise and scoop out and discard the seeds and stringy bits. Drizzle the first amount of olive oil over the flesh side of the squash halves. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place squash flesh side down on the baking sheet and cover tightly with foil. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and reduce heat to 350°F. 3. Meanwhile prepare the stuffing mixture by first rinsing the rice and lentils using a sieve to remove any extra starch and any foreign materials. In a large saucepan heat vegetable broth to a boil over medium-high heat and add the rice and red lentils. Let boil, uncovered, until the liquid is just barely below the rice, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low and cover. Let simmer until all liquid is absorbed. This should take about 20 to 25 minutes in total. 4. While the rice is boiling, heat the second amount of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute onions, garlic and celery until they begin to soften ¬ about 6 to 8 minutes. Add in pear, dried cherries and hazelnuts. Sauté an additional 3 minutes. Do not let the pear get too soft. Add thyme, salt and pepper. 5. Add the cooked rice and lentil mixture to the skillet. Toss to combine all the flavors. 6. Stuff the cooked squash halves evenly with the mixture. Place in a large baking dish, cover with foil and bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Serve hot with your favourite side dishes.


THE VALUE OF BUILDING POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS BY TONYA LAMBERT PHOTOS CAROL’S PHOTOGRAPHY

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urtis and Tracy Loucks and their staff at Loucks Pharmacy have been going the extra mile to meet the pharmaceutical needs of the people of Yorkton and area for over 20 years. Curtis and Tracy opened the pharmacy in May 1990 with a strong commitment to serve their clients with integrity, honesty and respect, and have since strived in every way possible to meet this goal. “People come to a pharmacy when they have health challenges. Knowing

that we can help and make a difference for people is what truly matters to us,” declares Curtis. The staff at Loucks Pharmacy understands that everyone’s needs and circumstances are different, and they do their best to adapt to meet the specific needs of each client. Realizing the importance of taking medication on time, the pharmacy offers free delivery to clients who are unable to make it in to the store to pick up their prescriptions. In-home consultations and

delivery are also available in sensitive situations where the client feels more comfortable discussing their health issues in the privacy of their own home. “As a community pharmacy sometimes we have to bring the pharmacy to the community,” notes Curtis. As well, there is a private counselling area in the store to ensure client confidentiality. Curtis strongly believes in a holistic approach to health and the pharmacy works closely with an established group

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of health care professionals to see that all the needs of their clients are being addressed. Loucks Pharmacy has four to five pharmacists in the store at any given time, as well as a full support staff of technicians, thereby ensuring their clients receive the personalized care they need and deserve. “We encourage collaboration and sharing of expertise,” says Curtis. “We draw on people’s strengths and the belief that each staff member has something valuable to add to the quality of our patient care.” Staff are encouraged and given the time to do research in order to help find solutions to clients’ concerns. Curtis and Tracy feel very blessed with their staff and that they have a large number of long-term dedicated employees. This provides their clients with a continuity of care and expertise. Curtis, a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, is an active member of the


medical profession. Currently, he is serving as vice-chairperson of the Pharmacists’ Association of Saskatchewan. He has also been a member of the Board of Directors for PharmaChoice Western and United Pharmacists Enterprise, as well as a councillor with the Saskatchewan College of Pharmacists. Locally, he contributes his time to being on committees with the Sunrise Health Region. Curtis’ participation in so many associations, both provincially and locally, is just another way in which he works to improve the quality of health care for his clients and the people of Saskatchewan. Curtis has spent a lot of time developing new policies and procedures to streamline medication and review processes in longterm care facilities. His efforts have created

a network of professionals that work well together to provide quality resident care. The compliance packaging for medications that is now standard practice in care homes and long term care facilities is also offered by the staff at Loucks Pharmacy to clients still residing in their own homes. The store has also installed new technology to provide higher quality service to the longterm care facilities they serve. When Curtis and Tracy opened Loucks Pharmacy, it was just the two of them. Today, they have a staff of 15 and have expanded their store from 600 square feet to 2,200 square feet. Loucks Pharmacy also sells Sigvaris compression stockings and has three certified fitters on staff. They also provide education and supplies for those with sports-related injuries. In July, Curtis

and Tracy made the decision to merge with Rubicon Pharmacies, believing that by doing so it would help them to further their commitment to providing the best possible health care for their clients. Relationships are the core of Loucks Pharmacy and the cornerstone for how Curtis, Tracy and their team make a difference for their clients. “We wanted to bring in a level of care that would make a difference in people’s lives. We have been so grateful for the support and encouragement of the whole community,” says Tracy.

Loucks Medi-Health Pharmacy 115 - 41 Broadway St. W Yorkton 306.786.6636


YORKTON’S NEW PREMIERE ATHLETIC FACILITY GYM PHTOS DARCY ZAHARIA PHOTOGRAPHY ALICIA’S PHOTO GLEN GRANT PHOTOGRAPHY

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t took a long three years to get the Pumphouse Athletic Club’s doors open, but on Nov. 1, owner Alicia Simoneau was able to show the city of Yorkton what her passion for the fitness industry looks like. She had a vision for the ultimate workout environment, and the PAC is exactly that. This 12,000 square foot, all-inclusive fitness facility showcases the highest quality in fitness equipment. Everything was custommade specifically for the PAC by Legend Fitness in Tennessee. The equipment is what makes this gym stand out as one of the best gyms in the province and rivals any of the big city gyms. The 14-piece cardio theatre features high-end, ecofriendly equipment from SportsArt

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Fitness and is the best option for cardio training on the market today.

end balls and a separate skipping and stretching area.

The PAC group fitness room is large and bright and offers a comfortable and inviting atmosphere for members to participate in programs such as yoga, group circuit, boot camp and the everpopular Zumba. All classes are included with every membership.

For members who want to practice powerlifting and Olympic lifting, Alicia has what she calls the Sports Specific Training Zone, with bumper plates, Olympic bars, medicine balls, foam rollers, wobble boards, agility ladders and hand chalk.

Members have access to a separate 1,000 square foot boxing area, which offers professional grade equipment imported directly from Title Boxing. You will find four genuine leather 200 lb professional heavy bags, two Thai bags, two speed bags and two double

The pro shop is stocked with the best brands in sports nutrition, including protein powder, mass gainers, pre-workouts, amino acids, protein bars and recovery products. If you want to grab a quick protein shake pre or post-workout, the smoothie bar is there to accommodate your busy schedule. Staff


can mix up a fresh smoothie right after your workout with frozen berries, bananas, protein powder and recovery amino acids such as glutamine. Alicia is very excited to provide an indoor archery range for Yorkton’s fellow archers. As a bow hunter herself, she wanted to create a place to shoot indoors. The PAC has a four lane range separate from the rest of the gym for target shooting. Range access is included with all memberships. Alicia is a certified personal trainer and she employs two other full-time certified personal trainers to help members achieve their fitness goals. “All three of us have personal experience and knowledge in the fitness industry, and I honestly believe the PAC has the best team of trainers available in Yorkton. Whether you are an experienced lifter or a beginner looking for fitness guidance, we can help you. Fitness is all we do. It’s truly our passion.” The PAC is open Monday to Saturday 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. All hours are staffed and there is always a certified personal trainer on duty to assist you with anything you need. Stop in and take a tour and as always, your first drop-in workout is free for you to try. Check them out online at www.pumphouseathleticclub.com or like them on Facebook.

Alicia Simoneau, owner

Pumphouse Athletic Club 27 - 2nd Avenue North, Yorkton 306.783.2400 www.pumphouseathleticclub.com Located in the lower level of the former Fields Building


Yorkton’s Experts Offer Benefits of

Smart tanning by CandaCe Fox photoS Simple ShotS by JaCkie

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antalize Tanning Studio is Yorkton’s progressive tanning salon offering the latest in technology, products and experience. With a unique “big city” atmosphere, Tantalize provides clients with the best in tanning options, lotions and after-tan care. The studio’s staff also takes time to educate clients on the overall health and lifestyle benefits of tanning, while providing beautifully bronzed skin. Any product you put on your skin should benefit you in some way, says Jesse Kwasnicia, owner and operator of Tantalize Tanning Studio. “We closely

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watch the trends and reports on new products,” he says, adding that the salon brings in a variety of award-winning lotions beneficial for their customers’ health, including those with all-natural ingredients. They also seek products that are gluten-free, vitamin-infused, antiaging, anti-oxidant promoting and ultrahydrating, says Kwasnicia. Big-name brands include Designer Skin, HEMPZ, Tan Incorporated and Swedish Beauty BOTANICA. “I have made some really great relationships with my distributors, which allow me access to products that wouldn’t necessarily get shipped to rural Saskatchewan,” says Kwasnicia. “I make

the effort to ensure my customers have the best in the industry.” Working hard to address the negative stigma attached to tanning, Kwasnicia and his staff educate clients, and assess the needs of their customers before they begin the tanning process. “People hear one negative media story or read a dramatic newspaper heading and that’s it… they believe it to be the truth, and it’s disappointing,” says Kwasnicia, who believes there are many benefits to tanning — especially for prairie inhabitants who get limited amounts of sun exposure.


If travelling south, tanning consistently for a period beforehand can ensure a good base tan, which reduces vacation down-time spent attending to burns and tender skin, says Kwasnicia. Tantalize offers tanning packages and access to a bed equipped with special lighting that mimics the sun’s rays in those hot vacation destinations. Kwasnicia also says that tanning consistently all winter long can help to beat the winter blues, offering a dose of Vitamin D to supplement the reduced amount of outdoor sunlight received during our short winter days. For those looking for a darker complexion in mere minutes, Mystic Tan is yet another option at Tantalize Tanning Studio. The all-natural formula is hypoallergenic and safe for all ages to use, points out Kwasnicia. Kwasnicia says he and his staff do their best each day to offer clients a unique and positive experience at Tantalize. Because

they are trying to promote a healthy and happy lifestyle, the team loves receiving customer feedback and seeing happy faces; also, they are pleased to hear their service technician report that Tantalize is among the cleanest tanning salons he enters. “The everyday interactions with my customers are the greatest, hearing that they appreciate the complimentary bottled water or how clean it always is… even how relaxed they feel after a tan… makes me feel great about what we are doing,” says Kwasnicia. With winter upon us, Tantalize welcomes customers to drop in — no appointment necessary — for an escape from the cold. If you’re looking for gift ideas and stocking stuffers, the staff can help you find just the thing!

Tantalize Tanning Studio 77 Broadway St. W. Yorkton 306.782.5757

opposite Jesse Kwasnicia, owner; and client top Ulyana Bolanna middle Chantelle Washek

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Jen

“I can pay my journey forward!” Although I was overweight, I was lucky to never have any healthrelated issues. But it constantly was embarrassing to be the overweight wife, married to a healthy fit, good-looking husband! I hated to meet new people. I figured everyone would look at us and think, “Why is he married to this fat woman?” When my son was about to start kindergarten, I dreaded being the “fat mom” at school. I never wanted either of them to be ashamed of me. When I heard about WLF, I thought, “OMG, it’s in Mexico! That can’t be safe!” After someone I know an amazing transformation with WLF, I started doing my research. Then I knew WLF was going to be my best chance at the life I always wanted. WLF is 100 per cent hands down the best team out there. My facilitator Julie has been incredible throughout my whole journey. Now eight months out, if I need anything at all she’s just a phone call away. When people ask me how I am doing now, all I can say is amazing. My whole family is all starting to eat better and make healthier choices. I love waking up in the morning and not feeling tired, depressed and angry about life. I can exercise. In fact, I’ve started running and soon I’m doing a five kilometre race. Something silly that I can do now is sit with my knees up by my chest. I could never do that before! I love life now and I can pay my journey forward! I have been blessed to become an independent WLF facilitator. By sharing my story with others, I can help someone else achieve this level of happiness. WLF saved me. Jen

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Physician, heal thyself – with help from WLF I’m a family physician. Like many of my patients, I have struggled with weight for a long time, despite trying many diets and exercise to lose weight. I had hypertension, daily heartburn and shortness of breath with any exertion. As a physician, I knew well the health risks of obesity. Melanie and Dr. Pompa have changed many lives. Now I have had over 100 of my own patients who had surgery through WLF. Having gone through the weight loss surgery myself makes a huge difference in how I counsel patients struggling with obesity. I understand what hard work it is to go through this process, but patients can also see the difference it made in me. I can more easily discuss with patients my experience with Dr. Pompa and her staff at the hospital. I am also able to help patients through the post op stages. It brings me great joy to see the trust that patients have in me when they realize that I was a patient myself. It feels good to have patients and friends compliment me on how well I look now. I enjoy having more energy and being able to exercise without limitation. Going up and down stairs is easy! It is wonderful to be off my blood pressure medication, to have no heartburn (which I had daily before!) and to have a normal cholesterol level again. Surgery seems like a drastic procedure to lose weight, but doing it with the support of the team at WLF and Dr. Pompa, this has been a success when nothing else worked before. I am forever grateful for this opportunity to improve my life and health, and to continue to support and counsel my patients who struggle with obesity.

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from the Management and Staff at Painted Hand Casino

STANDING L-R Jeff Wilson –Games Manager, Dale St. Pierre – HR Manager, Lyndon Watson – Guest Services Manager, Gale Pelletier – A/General Manager, Ed Lenartowych – Food & Beverage Manager, Jason Leclerc – Security Manager, Rob Bear – Operations Manager SITTING L-T (Laura Pelletier – Cage Manager, Memory Antoine – Finance Manager, Katelyn Wilson – Marketing Manager, Sheri Sparvier – A/Facilities Manager, Sandra Littlechief – Surveillance Manager

HOLIDAY CASINO HOURS:

HOLIDAY LEGENDS RESTAURANT HOURS:

DECEMBER 24 (9 a.m. – 10 p.m.) DECEMBER 25 (12 p.m. – 4 a.m.)

DECEMBER 24 (11 a.m. – 10 p.m.) DECEMBER 25 (12 p.m. – 10 p.m.)


SHARING THE PASSION BY TOBIE HAINSTOCK PHOTOS UNIQUITY PHOTOGRAPHY

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an Layh has been creating visual images as long as she can remember. After her first child was born Layh started working more diligently at developing her craft. She is completely self-taught and notes that experience and much practice has been her guide. Jan and her husband, Don, live on the Assinaboine River Valley east of Langenburg. Her love for that area and for the prairies in general comes through in her art. “I started out in water colours and worked with that medium for about 15 years,” explains

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Layh. Eventually she switched to acrylic for larger scale paintings that more aptly capture the vastness of the prairie landscape. About eight years ago, she switched from using a brush to working solely with a palette knife. Two years ago she began working in oil using that medium for her landscape studies. Layh recently began to paint portraits; a very new and difficult subject for her. She humbly states “I have a lot to learn.” “I know that each new medium and each new subject helps to inform my work.” Layh points out that she still uses each medium for different reasons and

to get different results. For example, she uses only watercolours for her travel journals. Layh recently retired from teaching Arts Education at Langenburg High School. Her experience as an artist and her enthusiasm for sharing her passion has helped to encourage many young, emerging artists. Layh continues to give encouragement and mentorship to artists. Her drawing and painting workshops attract artists of all ages and abilities. “I love to share my passion,” says Layh, “I’m a born teacher and I am inspired by the artists with whom


I work.” Layh encourages her students to ‘push’ their art and not be afraid to make mistakes, stating that it’s all part of the learning process. “Each time you try something new, you learn something about your art,” she says. Since 1988, Layh has worked with the Saskatchewan Teachers Federation as an Educational Facilitator. She has presented workshops on leadership, instructional strategies, evaluation and policy writing across the province, across Canada and twice in India. Presently, her role as a consultant involves facilitating art workshops as well as facilitating Succession and Strategic Planning workshops for arts councils in the province. As president of the Langenburg Arts Council, Layh has had an influential role in the development of the various arts in the area. Organizing art shows and other cultural events continue to be an important part of her life. Layh encourages fellow artists to attend workshops and retreats whenever possible. Since 1997 she has organized the Shellmouth Summer Art Retreat. Shellmouth, situated in the Assiniboine River Valley 20 minutes from Russell, Manitoba is the perfect retreat location. For one week every year people gather to spend time working on their craft. “It is a non-instructive retreat,” explains Layh, “we are all instructors and we learn from each other.” The retreat is open to a variety of creative people including musicians, song writers, sculptors, painters and more. Although she is an active consultant and facilitator, her true love is painting. Layh’s artwork can be found in collections across Canada. More locally, Jan shows her work at the two Layh & Associates Law Offices — one housed in the historic Smellie Block in Russell, Manitoba; the other located in the historic John Deere building in Langenburg,  Saskatchewan.  Viewing is possible during business hours or by appointment.  Jan’s work can also be viewed on her website: www.janlayhstudio.ca. Jan Layh Artist and Consultant 204.773.2814 janlayhstudio.ca


PARKLAND ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR Winter 2013

DECEMBER/FEBRUARY

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December 6 Melville Moonlight Madness and Parade of Lights

December 14 Yorkton Ukrainian Orthodox Auditorium Dinner Theatre and Jaywalkers Cabaret

December 7 to 8 Yorkton’s Yorkdale Central Student Centre Three Wise Women Gift Market

December 19 Yorkton Public Library Family Christmas Movie

December 11 Strengthening Families Together Yorkton Mental Health Drop-in Centre

December 20 Yorkton Newcomer Welcome Centre Christmas Social

December 13 and 14 Yorkton Parkland Mall Pictures with Santa

December 23 Melville Agri-park Holiday Homecoming Cabaret


January 10 Yorkton’s St. Mary’s Cultural Centre Monique Marvez

February 8 to 9 Yorkton’s St. Mary’s Cultural Centre Farm Toy and Collectible Show

January 18 Melville Minor Hockey Sports Banquet and Auction

February 22 Yorkton Prairie Sun Seed Festival

February 1 Yorkton Regional High School Prairie Debut of Musica Intima

February 22 to 23 Yorkton Gun Show

February 8 Melville Community Works JJ Vos

February 27 Melville Community Works John Gracie

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Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Latte 10 tbs of pumpkin puree 8 tbs of vanilla 2 tsp of cinnamon 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice 5 cups of strongly brewed coffee 6 cups of milk 8 tbs of brown sugar Whipped Cream Cinnamon sticks Combine the milk and coffee, and pour into the crockpot. Whip together the other ingredients, not including the cinnamon sticks and whipped cream. Pour into the crockpot and mix together well Cover the crockpot and cook on high for two hours. Garnish with whipped cream, cinnamon stick, and a dash of cinnamon.


Cranberry Mojitos

IngredIents • • • • • • • •

8 oz. fresh cranberries 1 C sugar 1 C water 20 mint leaves 2 tbsp lime juice Ice 4 oz. rum 4–6 oz. soda water

1. Place cranberries, sugar, and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Then lower the heat a bit to medium-low and continue to cook for about 10 minutes, before your berries start bursting. Remove from heat. 2. Once the berry mixture has cooled, you can strain them. If you prefer, you can keep the mixture in the fridge for a couple hours or overnight before straining. 3. Put about 10 leaves of mint and a tbsp of lime juice in each glass. With the back of a wooden spoon or a muddler mash the mint up. 4. Put ice in each glass and pour 2 oz. of the cranberry syrup and 2 oz. rum into each glass. 5. Top off each glass with soda water. And sprinkle some fresh cranberries in for garnish.


the parkland’s Best kept secret By Apolline lucyk photos Simple ShotS by JAckie

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n the small town of Mikado, Saskatchewan, just 40 minutes north east of Yorkton, in the community’s former curling rink, is a vibrant restaurant with a great atmosphere, great people and great food: Zeke’s Grill and Lounge. In the two years since its opening, Zeke’s has gained a reputation for “well, just being absolutely amazing!” says one long-time customer.

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Take their menu for example. “Our menu selection is quite large, and even though our name indicates that we might be closer to a bar in our menu choices, we actually have a really refined menu, and have become a bit of a destination for foodies,” remarks owner, Sandy Zielinski. “Also, because we care so much about our customers and due to our unwavering dedication to quality and excellence, heat-and-serve convenience

foods are severely frowned upon here at Zeke’s.” What that means is, as much food as possible is made right from scratch, in-house, with fresh ingredients when you order it. Very popular is their food challenge: the Dirty Burger. The Dirty Burger is a one-pound burger with onion rings, bacon, cheese, and a soft fried egg on it. To “Do the Dirty,” challengers must


left Sandy Zielinski, owner

eat the whole plate including sides of fries and coleslaw in 12 minutes or less! Successful contestants win a Zeke’s shirt which says “I did the dirty at Zeke’s, and it only took me 12 minutes!” All who attempt the challenge get their picture on the “Dirty Wall”, on either the “Fame” or “Shame” side. Nearly 100 people have taken the challenge, and about half have actually succeeded. Another outstanding facet of Zeke’s is its staff. Every single staff member is 100 per cent committed. “Nobody here comes to work just for the paycheck,” says Zielinski. The staff look forward to work every day, and that excitement translates into authentic, genuine interactions with the customers. “Our customers’ loyalty is due equally to our staff as to our food.”

Zeke’s is continually growing. “At this time, Zeke’s is open Thursdays through Sundays, but we are introducing exclusive evenings outside of our regular hours where our clientele can participate in exploring new foods, new drinks and live music,” says Zielinski. Zeke’s is also working towards establishing itself as a leader in the area for craft beer selection. They are starting by bringing in a selection of Paddock Wood craft beer as well as Müs Knuckle craft beer. Zeke’s is very important for the local snowmobiling community: “Almost all of the trail ways lead to us,” Zielinski says. “We have a groomed trail right to our doorstep.” The restaurant will also be hosting the Easter Seals Snowarama

luncheon this year on February 8th, which they are very excited about. To get Zeke’s latest news, from Dirty winners to the menu and hours of operation, like them on Facebook. If you don’t know where Mikado is, you can find it on Highway 5, just between Kamsack and Canora.

Zeke’s Grill & Lounge The Curling Rink Mikado 306.563.4955

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Why Whine at Winter When You Have

WINTER WINE? A

ll around the Northern hemisphere, wine and food lovers are finally letting go of the last few straws of warm sunshine, crisp, clean whites and BBQ marinades, and instead looking towards a future filled with red wine and roasts. For those of us living north of the 49th parallel, the phrase “winter warmers” certainly means more than most others places where snow is just for Christmas! So, what is a winter warmer? Think deep luscious wines, the equivalent of a hearty bowl of soup, with the comforting ability to both warm and nourish the soul on particularly blustery days. Winter wines are those that will help take the nip out of the air, giving you a toasty warm feeling all over. You might go for an elegant, full-bodied and deeptannined Cabernet Sauvignon from California. French Cabernets are always good, but recent vintages coming out of Napa, in particular, have an awesome amount of fruit. Some prefer an earthy Argentinian Malbec, with a hint of dusty saddle. My personal winter favourite is the dark, sumptuous fruit of an Aussie Shiraz . . . mostly to remind me of the heat of the summer sun! Reisling, particularly German, is another fine choice when it comes to winter wines. While still crisp and fruity as you would expect from a summer choice, it is intense with a typically rounded finish ― perfect for those late winter lunches on the weekend when you’ve slept in and decided to spend all day inside. While still served slightly chilled, it’s a perfect match for seafood or shellfish, or for when you want to just nibble some cheese in front of the fire. Of course, being stuck inside all day is not just an excuse for drinking more wine. It is also a great opportunity to hone your culinary skills. Most winter dishes require some intense work at the beginning, followed by a long, relaxed period of cooking which, of course, is when you get to drink the wine!


Roast of Lamb This is possibly my favourite roast dinner, not only because of the wonderful meal at the end of it, but also because of the wonderful aromas that fill the house while it is cooking, and the perfect excuse to open a bottle of winter–warming wine.

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PREPARATION

 1 leg

Set the oven at 425°F. While it is warming up, take a small knife and make inch deep insertions into the fatty side of the lamb in a grid pattern, leaving gaps between of a couple inches or so. The idea is to cover as much of the surface as you can. Into each slit, tuck a sprig of rosemary and a sliver of garlic. I like to then rub the whole leg with a decent extra virgin olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.

of lamb, bone in, weighing 4 or 5 lbs., room temperature

 1 bag of potatoes, preferably from the garden,

peeled and cubed into half inch pieces  fresh

rosemary, some chopped and some left on the sprigs

 dried sage, about a handful  1 head of garlic, half of the cloves peeled and

sliced, half of the cloves left full  salt and pepper

Place the prepared leg into a roasting dish, along with the full cloves of garlic and any remaining rosemary, then into the oven for 30 minutes to sear. Drop the cubed potato into a pot of simmering water along with the dried sage. Reduce the oven to 300°F, and cook for 20 minutes per pound, plus an additional 20 minutes until the core temperature reaches 250°F. Meanwhile, drain the potatoes and place them onto a roasting pan, spreading the sage amongst them. Let them dry for the next hour, and once dry, drizzle generously with oil. Throw into the oven for the last hour, or until the outsides have nicely browned. Take the lamb out of the oven and let rest for another 20 minutes. This should cook the lamb to a very English medium-rare. The pan should also be full of juicy bits for making au jus; just add red wine, stir and reduce by half. As a final indulgence, a little bit of mint sauce on the side is never a bad thing. The Wine Guy is a recent immigrant to Saskatoon (he fell in love with a Saskatchewan gal) and is delighted at the range of wines available here. His observations have been featured in publications such as Wine Spectator, Food & Wine Magazine, a variety of Sunday supplements and various blogs. The Wine Guy is fully committed to the grape cause.


A New TAke oN PersoNAl TrAiNiNg ANd FiTNess By Tori STafford PhoTos Simple ShoTS by Jackie

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lthough being active and keeping fit is important, for many, the idea of going to a gym to work out is simply uncomfortable. Beginners can feel intimidated, others are apprehensive about using equipment or undertaking a class due to inexperience or preexisting physical conditions — some simply don’t want the eyes of 100 people on them.

This is something Lynndell Popoff noticed when she was working for one of the big chain gyms. “I found that not everyone is comfortable training in a gym full of people,” says Popoff, a personal trainer and the owner of ReFLEXions Personal Training Studio. Popoff knows, however, that one-onone personal training can be expensive.

That’s why ReFLEXions offers group fitness options with smaller class sizes, where individualized training is still a large component of the workout. Also, because it’s a private gym, the classes aren’t in front of an ever-changing mass of people. “Within the classes, I still try to individualize the training,” Popoff explains. “Everything we do takes into above front centre Lynndell Popoff and clientele

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consideration each client’s individual fitness level, and their specific goals.” ReFLEXions offers two levels of fitness boot camps that combine the concept of military-style workout regimes with fitness-minded training. The 45-minute classes involve body weight exercises, plyometrics, cardio, strength and core work training. Classes incorporate weights, kettle bells and other gym equipment, explains Popoff. “The Boot Camp classes are still designed so that they are able to adapt to all fitness levels,” she says. “It’s all about making it entertaining and making sure everyone in the class feels like they got a good workout.” ReFLEXions also offers kickboxing classes. Popoff runs her kickboxing classes is an MMA style rather than an aerobic style, she says, and is good for

total body conditioning — increasing muscle definition, core strength, and muscle endurance. Perfect for beginners, ReFLEXions also has TRX classes. These classes utilize the TRX Suspension Trainer, which is a piece of fitness equipment that is designed to deliver a total-body workout using the client’s own body weight. “It’s definitely something that any fitness level can do,” says Popoff, noting that TRX classes are a safe way to increase muscle strength because they don’t allow the client to exert themselves beyond their limits. “The feedback that I get about the TRX classes is that it’s very easy to pick up and it’s not intimidating at all. You can take breaks if you need to, you can do less reps if you need to, or more if you want, and you can increase the intensity by adding a hop or a jump into it.”

ReFLEXions also offers hot yoga, a low impact class that increases flexibility and balance, and Zumba, which is a Latin dance-inspired aerobic work-out. All of these classes are offered within the comfort of a private gym. “Our clients feel comfortable here,” says Popoff, “and that’s important.” To find out more about ReFLEXions Personal Training Studio, the classes they offer, scheduling and membership information, call 306.783.3539 or visit www.reflexionsyorkton.com. The studio is located at 3 Broadway St. W. in Yorkton. ReFLEXions Personal Training Studio 3 Broadway St. W. Yorkton 306.783.3539 www.reflexionsyorkton.com

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LIFELONG Benefits

OF FUN & GAMES BY ERIN LEGG

2 M

om, I’m bored.” These three words are dreaded by every parent. Kids by nature are curious creatures filled to the brim with energy. Piquing a child’s interest with a new activity is not only a great way to ensure those dreaded words are never spoken (or whined), but gives the child a new outlet for creativity or physicality. “

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Creative Play

Sometimes all it takes to beat boredom is let your child explore a new craft, game or imaginative activity. Creative play benefits kids by developing his or her imaginative curiosity, critical thinking skills, fine motor skills and overall intellectual wellbeing. Creative activities are a great outlet for children’s emotions and for learning the oh-so-essential skill of perseverance.

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Physical Activity

About one-third of Canadian children and adolescents are overweight or obese. These kids are more likely than children with healthy weights to grow up to be overweight or obese adults. A healthy lifestyle learned at a young age has lifelong effects. In addition to teaching your child healthy eating habits, let him or her explore various forms of physical activity. Not only does physical activity burn energy, it allows for strengthened muscles, improved flexibility and coordination, better sleep habits and overall emotional wellness. Research shows that children who learn new skills and teamwork from group-orientated sports have higher confidence, develop a greater ease of learning later in life, and have improved relationships with peers. Encouraging children to explore different types of creative and physical play opens up a world of endless learning and developmental possibilities. Life really is about fun and games!


May peace be your gift of Christmas and your blessing all year through. Warmest Christmas Greetings from SasKam Sportsman in Kamsack.

Sophia Thomas, Brian Caldwell, Wayne Sas, Morgan Sas

Sas-Kam Sportsman Ltd. 446 3rd Ave S (Main St.) Kamsack, SK 306.542.4224 | saskam@sasktel.net saskamsports.com

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SNOWMOBILING in the parkland

BLAZING the Trails of the Parkland BY TOBIE HAINSTOCK

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or the winter adventurer there’s no greater thrill than blazing through the back country on the sled of your dreams. The crisp winter air softly nibbles at your face as you travel over the snowy terrain. You take in the scenic countryside and experience the freshness of the season. This is living! All across the Parkland Region riders can experience the beauty and freshness of the winter season while enjoying a ride over the many well-groomed snowmobile trails in the area. Stretching from Dauphin to Yorkton and including surrounding areas — such as Good Spirit Lake, Duck Mountain Provincial Park and Riding Mountain Provincial Park — this vast region provides riders with stunning scenery and a nice variance in terrain for enjoyable trail riding. With more than 500 kilometres of groomed trail, including Rhein and Springside, the Yorkton area is considered by many Saskatchewan snowmobilers as a destination of choice. “We have a lot to offer people with excellent accommodations and some of the best scenery in the area,” states Barry Bradshaw, chairperson of the Saskatchewan Snowmobiling Association. The Manitoba Parkland area is also a very popular location for snowmobile riders. “Dauphin is a good central location offering riders everything they need with all major dealerships close by,” comments Sylvain Paquet, vice-president of Snoman Manitoba.


Yorkton and Dauphin are great locations with lots of amenities for riders, including hotels on the edge of town that have easy access to trails. Events throughout the season are also great attractions for snowmobilers. Paquet explains that not only are the events fun and entertaining, they also serve as fundraisers for the provincial associations and the local clubs. Among the many events that take place in Saskatchewan is the Provincial Festival which is held at the end of February every year. The event features a banquet and trophies for clubs and club members. Communities bid on the opportunity to host the event. “We are pleased that Yorkton will be hosting the 2015 Festival,” states Bradshaw.

The warm-up shelters are essential in case of sudden high winds, drops in temperature or unexpected storms. They can also be a fun part of a day providing a place for families and friends to meet and do some riding or tobogganing. “Families can bring some food and enjoy a great time on the trail together,” suggests Bradshaw. Reciprocity between the Manitoba and Saskatchewan clubs means that they work together. “We can ride each other’s trails without buying separate trail passes,” states Bradshaw. Because rider safety is a major priority for both associations, safety programs are offered. Details about these programs, which are offered both in classrooms and on-line, can be found on their websites.

According to Paquet, the Manitoba club is also busy with events throughout the year. “Our club stays together all year long and puts on a number of events,” he says. Safe Grad Derby, Year End Derby, Sweetheart Derby and Meltdown Derby are some of the great times to be had by snowmobilers in the Dauphin area. Other events include the Landowner’s Appreciation Dinner and Dance and participation in Country Fest. Funds that are raised through events, memberships, trail passes and other means go towards the grooming and maintenance of trails.

In Saskatchewan trail pass fees are mandatory and provide some financial means to assist the clubs in meeting their goals; $70 of every sled registration goes to the Saskatchewan Snowmobiling Association. Paquet explains that this is yet to take place in Manitoba but is hopeful that it will in the near future. “It will help snowmobile clubs in the Manitoba Parkland with the upgrade of old groomers, repair and build shelters, purchase proper trail signs, maintain existing trails and maybe connect a few more communities that don’t have designated groomed trails.”

Both organizations are primarily volunteer-run and are dedicated to developing and maintaining safe snowmobile trails. Trails are evaluated on a regular basis for safety and must meet certain criteria. Proper signage and well-kept warm-up shelters are key elements in rider safety. Trails are numbered and mapped, making it easier for riders to find their way to their destination.

The beauty of the area combined with the dedication and hospitality of the clubs are strong reasons why the Parkland is such an attractive snowmobiling destination. For more information about snowmobiling in your area, visit www. sasksnowmobiling.sk.ca or www.snoman.mb.ca.


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SNOWMOBILING in the parkland

Edfield Motors Ltd. 13 km north of Foam Lake Highway 310

306.272.3832 edfieldmotors@sasktel.net


Saskatchewan’s Best Kept Secret — Come Find Out What You’ve Been Missing! — Located 13 km east of Canora in the hamlet of Mikado is the Parkland’s best kept secret. But don’t take our word for it, come and see for yourself. Amazing food, great fun and incredible service create the Zeke’s experience that will turn you into one of our many loyal customers. • Groomed Trail Right To Door • Full Menu • Wing Night

• Check Out Facebook Page For Announcements • Lunch Host To Snowarama 2014 Sledders

The Curling Rink Mikado, Saskatchewan 306.563.4955 |


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midst the hurry-scurry of everyday life, it’s important to escape the city every now and then, for the weekend or the afternoon, and relax against the striking backdrop of the Saskatchewan landscape. Whether you are into hunting, fishing, hiking, snowmobiling, skiing or just relaxing in front of the fire, Fisherman’s Cove at Greenwater Provincial Park can provide comfortable accommodations and delicious home cooking to make any getaway relaxing and enjoyable. No matter

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the season, if you are seeking fun together as a family, some outdoor adventure or a relaxing weekend away, Fisherman’s Cove has something for everybody, all year round. Fisherman’s Cove is a top spot for snowmobilers, who have praised the Greenwater Provincial Park trails for their powdered fields. “The destination for snow is right here,” says owner Darlene Kormos, who recently purchased Fisherman’s Cove

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with her husband, Rick. Darlene explains that Fisherman’s Cove is conveniently located in the midst of endless trails leading to the Cove and offers visitors a place to stop for lunch or to refuel. “We are basically a piece of paradise with all trails leading to us.” Guests can also stay the night in Fisherman’s Cove’s newly updated hotel and cabin accommodations, and shop at a fully-stocked convenience


store. Fisherman’s Cove hosts hunters, skiers, fishers, weekend vacationers, snowmobilers and golfers, and also acts as a venue for meetings, weddings and reunions. The main attraction at Fisherman’s Cove, however, is their delicious, home-cooked food, served in their restaurant and lounge. “We have a brand new chef on site, who comes to us with a lot of culinary experience… we’ve got a great menu of warm, homemade, comfort food,” says Darlene, noting they make their burgers, dry ribs, soups and various entrées all from scratch. Previously a full-time caterer, Darlene not only knows great food, but understands the effect of an inviting atmosphere. She is proud to say that ambiance is not in short supply at Fisherman’s Cove. “We’re always trying to make everybody’s visit or stay here a memorable one.” While getting a bite to eat, visitors can keep warm in front of the wood-burning fireplace in the Cove’s lodge. “It’s great for people to be able come in and sit down by the fireplace, have a drink, have a meal, sit back and relax,” says Darlene, adding that the fireplace is just one feature that gives their beautiful log lodge its warm, welcoming feeling. “It’s a great way to spend family time and a great way to get into the outdoors,” Darlene. “Our typical customers are families who sled here, or vacation at the lake… we’re always welcoming new people to come challenge the snow, or the lake.” The next time you’re looking for a relaxing weekend away or some outdoor family recreation, stop in and pay a visit at Fisherman’s Cove. Daily specials, as well as entertainment scheduling — including DJs and dance nights — can be found on their Facebook page.

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t’s that time of year again; the snow is flying and people are getting out their winter gear. It is also time for Easter Seals’ most popular winter event, Snowarama. For 36 years the event has been a huge success, thanks to the generosity of snowmobilers throughout Western Canada, raising over $1.7 million to help children with disabilities. With a strong fan following already, Snowarama 2014 looks to be Easter Seal’s best yet. S n o w a ra m a chairperson and Saskatchewan Snowmobile Association president, Barry Bradshaw, is a perennial participant in the event; “every year the event grew and we saw the countless benefits that were being provided to children. We knew the event would continue to be successful so we kept going.” The funds raised from Snowarama help kids with disabilities lead a more independent and social life. With programs like Camp Easter Seal, Summer Fun and Adaptive Technology Services, Easter Seals is ensuring

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children with disabilities have access to as many opportunities as possible. At Camp Easter Seal children enjoy five days of fun in a zero-barrier environment where anything is possible. It costs $1500 to send one child to Camp Easter Seal. With corporate donations and successful fundraising events, such as Snowarama, Camp Easter Seal is offered fully subsidized to each camper. Last year Snowarama sent 112 children to camp. Through several successful fundraisers and community support over 800 children attended Camp Easter Seal in 2013. They enjoy all the perks of camp: games, water fun, cookouts, horses and so much more. Young camper and Snowarama ambassador, Brooke Perepeluk, knows all the benefits of camp, “I have been to camp twice and I can’t wait to go back! I love everything about camp — the water tubing, wagon rides and horseback riding.” The Summer Fun Program allows children, youths and young adults to come together, take

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part in recreation and leisure activities and truly enjoy the summer. Adaptive Technology Services opens the door to educational and social opportunities by providing electronic and computer assessment services. “Camp is usually that first bit of freedom; kids get to leave their parents and just be kids. Childhood is the best part of your life — we really take it for granted — at Camp Easter Seal we can give back because the barriers are all minimized,” remarks community relations coordinator Deana Jesmer. When looking for winter fun, look no further than Snowarama, where you can enjoy your winter while helping kids enjoy their summer.

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Come join fellow snowmobile riders for some camaraderie and fun in the snow at Snowarama and support a great cause. For every $150 raised in support of Camp Easter Seal, participants will be entered to win a 2014 Polaris INDY 550 144 ES valued at $8,800. Choose from two beautifully manicured trails and ride the day away, then top your evening off with an awards banquet. The event includes a live auction, raffle and special awards for riders and fundraisers. Make your next group snowmobile trip be for a cause; kids with disabilities go to camp.

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Ride Begins: 10:00 a.m. Short Trail Lunch and Refuel stop: Good Spirit Lake Rec Hall 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Long Trail Lunch and Refuel stop: Zeke’s Grill & Lounge in Mikado 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Awards Banquet: 5:30 p.m.

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Yorkton Sno-Riders is a strong, family-oriented club with over 115 family memberships. Members share a common

goal of providing the safest and highest level of quality groomed trails on a trail system maintained using the latest and most upto-date grooming equipment. Along the club’s 400 km trails are 9 clean and well-maintained warm-up shelters strategically placed for family enjoyment. In the late 1990’s, the Yorkton Sno-Riders worked strategically with the City of Yorkton to have two trails enter the city, directly in the east and west areas, linking local and visiting snowmobilers to food, gas and lodging. This partnership was the first of its kind in the province and continues today to bring increased tourist traffic to Yorkton. Family memberships are $25.00 and can be purchased from any local snowmobile dealer. Recently named Provincial 2013 Outstanding Club of the Year by Saskatchewan Snowmobile Association.

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he wondrous scents of Christmas waft through the house, filling the air with festive delights. You eagerly await your guests to arrive so that together, everyone can enjoy the turkey with all its trimmings. There is something sacred about sharing a meal with others. Meals are a time for celebration and a time to share love and laughter. Those who come to eat at your table are there because they are special to you; there is no better reason than that to take special care and thought in decorating the dining room table. Allow your style to influence the final outcome of how you dress your table. Do not feel confined to the traditional red and green; choose colours that will enhance your space without creating a distraction. A simple colour palette that is both elegant and classy, and that will enhance any style, is green, gold and white. To create a formal atmosphere, use a white tablecloth to lend sophistication and a sense of occasion. If you wish, add a table runner to top the tablecloth. You may choose a more casual setting with a table runner alone, or even less with only placemats. The atmosphere that you

select is entirely up to you, but remember that atmosphere is everything. You are now ready to set the table. A great table setting enhances your formal or casual atmosphere with festivity, but what does it mean to “set a table?” To set a table is to properly place dishes, flatware and glassware. A basic formal setting looks elegant, but allows guests to feel at home. Place the dinner plates two inches from the table’s edge. If you are serving soup, place a soup bowl on each dinner plate. The bread plate goes slightly above the fork to the left of the dinner plate with a butter knife set across it. The cutlery or flatware is set out in the order that the guests will use it, working from the outside in. Forks are on the left side while the knives and spoons are on the right side. You can either place the dessert fork at the top of the plate or on the left side closest to the plate. A water glass is placed above the dinner knife while a wine glass or two is staggered around the water glass. A napkin is either placed to the left of the plate under the forks, tucked inside a drinking glass or rolled into a log and set on the plate encompassed by a napkin ring. You now have a beautifully set table awaiting only the final touches for

entertaining your guests. Choose a centrepiece that is in keeping with your colour palette and your style. Some examples are glittered candles of varying sizes and shapes, an evergreen arrangement, tree ornaments in a glass bowl or a simple, yet elegant, bouquet of fresh flowers. The sky is the limit! To honour your guests, give each setting a place card with a guest’s name on it and set it either on the plate or just above. Again, depending on your style, you could attach each place card with a pine cone in dazzling gold glitter, a glass tree ornament, or with a napkin and greenery (like cedar) wrapped in gold thread. Lastly, to finish off your masterpiece, decorate each chair in keeping with your overall theme. You may choose a chair slip cover, a simple bow with a mistletoe or some tinsel with jingle bells. I have given you a frame to work with, and now you can let your creativity take over to create an atmosphere that you, your family and your friends can enjoy as you share this special meal together. From my dining room table to yours: Merry Christmas!

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Ethics and ExpErtisE with RE/MAX Blue Chip Realty By Courtney tait photos Carol’s PhotograPhy

Carmen Baines Carlyle area 306.241.0580

Florence Christianson Wadena area 306.338.7632

Mel Cole Grenfell area 306.451.7677

Kathy Fehr-Yung Yorkton area 306.620.8677

Bill Harrison Yorkton area 306.621.8007


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or the owners and sales team of RE/MAX Blue Chip Realty, one of the first steps in giving their clients outstanding service is ensuring they are matched with the right agent. “We ask clients basic questions to try to determine what type of agent will suit them best,” says Doris Shank, coowner of RE/MAX Blue Chip Realty “We try to match their personalities with our agents.” The 37 sales associates at the agency were all hired because they showed strong ethics and prioritize service over sales. When Shank and co-owner Jack Wruth took over RE/MAX Blue Chip Realty in 2005, they restructured it into four segments: city residential, rural residential, agricultural and commercial, serving Yorkton and its surrounding areas. Each sales associate specializes in one of these four segments, enabling them to focus on and gain expertise in a particular area. The agency has 22 agents serving its residential clients, with 10 in Yorkton and 12 in surrounding rural areas. People in Yorkton and its neighbouring communities looking to buy or sell their home benefit from RE/MAX Blue Chip Realty associates’ expertise and emphasis on service. “Listening and communication allows me to make the experience entirely about the client,” says Cheryl Kustra, sales associate for Yorkton residential clients. “Calm, positive transactions are my main focus and making a perfect match is the result. Years of experience in organization and customer service allow me to provide the high standard of service I always strive for.” Sales associates such as Kustra at RE/MAX Blue Chip Realty benefit from the agency’s prioritizing of teamwork.

Nancy Johnson Esterhazy area 306.745.7578

“The agents are supportive of each other,” says Shank. For sales associates, this means that their successes are celebrated, and when they need help, it’s available. Shank fields 20 to 30 calls each day from agents, assisting them with various aspects of the sales process. “Everyone can come into the office for help,” she says. “We look after them.” For clients, having an agent with extra team support ensures any questions they have will be answered quickly, and any issues that come up will be dealt with effectively.

Tyler Kilbach Esterhazy area 306.331.9223

Lisa Kirkwood Melville area 306.728.6789

The team approach has proven successful, with annual gross sales increasing from $3.7 million to $90 million since Wruth and Shank bought the agency nearly nine years ago. Monthly meetings bring the agents together to discuss topics ranging from how to operate a business to how to be a better listener. The team’s dedication to honest, ethical service is continually reinforced. “When a client comes to me, they can expect total honesty, and I will do my utmost to get them into the right

Cheryl Kustra Yorkton area 306.621.4454

Stacy Neufeld Yorkton area 306.621.3680


at all inspections, following up with the bank and documentation, and ensuring all is done within a timely manner,” says Johnson. “I earn the respect of my sellers and buyers through hard work and determination. It is up to us as agents to deliver the professionalism and integrity which the RE/MAX® brand carries.” Along with team support, there are several other factors that make a RE/MAX Blue Chip Realty sales associate a realtor of choice. To help you sell your home quickly and for the best possible price, effective management of the transaction throughout the process is essential. RE/MAX Blue Chip Realty residential agents’ knowledge of the market, correct home pricing, home staging to draw buyers and ability to negotiate offers that deliver strong returns assists home sellers in navigating the process successfully.

home for them,” says Bill Harrison, sales associate for Yorkton residential clients. “I work my hardest to match each person to the right home.”

agents’ success and helps them become stronger leaders. “Given the challenge, many people will rise to the occasion,” says Wruth.

Ongoing education is encouraged at RE/MAX Blue Chip Realty, from pursuing broker’s licenses to hearing speakers address issues such as motivation and prospecting. Wruth and Shank offer support for the associates’ personal and business development, often paying for training that contributes to

For Nancy Johnson, a rural residential sales associate, rising to the occasion means going beyond the call of duty for her clients. “It’s everything from advising my sellers on current market prices and getting the best price possible for their home, to searching for the right home for my buyers, arranging and being present

Rolna Pranke Moosomin area 306.435.7343

Pat Pugh Yorkton area 306.621.1119

Diane Rusnak Yorkton area 306.621.1535

RE/MAX® sales associates average more sales than other real estate agents, an outcome of providing clients with the best service possible. RE/MAX Blue Chip Realty’s emphasis on education benefits every client they serve, and enables them to offer the most up-to-date information and home buying and selling methods. Areas of specialized education include foreclosures, relocations, the luxury home market and working with firsttime buyers. Drawing on their education and the overall training of the team, agents can customize their service to each individual buyer or seller. “Each client I work with receives a personalized service to their specific needs,” says Fawn Wickham, a rural residential Sales Associate. “I am always professional, ethical and dedicated to the people I serve.”

Gladys Secondiak Canora area 306.620.9700

Lloyd Seymour Yorkton area 306.621.4310


Closing residential sales requires indepth knowledge that RE/MAX Blue Chip Realty agents provide. Several details remain after an offer is accepted; the agency’s sales associates can ensure these are attended to in a way that makes transactions smooth and successful. RE/MAX Blue Chip Realty agents’ explanations of contingencies and closing loopholes assists their clients in evaluating offers so they get the best terms possible. After an agreement has been reached, other items may arise such as home inspections, resolution deadlines, mortgage lender appraisals and more. RE/MAX Blue Chip Realty sales associates provide guidance throughout, so that their clients can close with confidence. “When a client comes to me they are promised dedication and professionalism,” says Lisa Kirkwood, a rural residential sales associate. These qualities are found not only in Kirkwood, but in the entire RE/MAX Blue Chip Realty team, a result of the agency’s emphasis on hiring exceptional people in each community they serve.

RE/MAX Blue Chip Realty 269 Hamilton Road, Yorkton P: 306.783.6666 | F: 306.782.4446 office@remax-yorkton.ca www.remax-bluechip-yorkton-sk.ca

top l–r Doris Shank, Jack Wruth right Bill Harrison and client

Sandi Shewchuk Yorkton area 306.621.9015

Fawn Wickham Langenburg area 306.743.7921

Elyce Wilson Esterhazy area 306.745.0994


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hether you are building a new home or updating the one that you already live in, SveinCo Developments makes the process easy for homeowners. Providing customers with expert advice and quality, custom service for both residential and commercial construction projects, SveinCo offers everything from custom cabinets and new home development to commercial general contracting. No matter what the job, customers rely on SveinCo Developments for a commitment to quality from start to finish.

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“We have a well-organized process that allows customers to be able to become part of the design process, and work with a staff that’s able to meet their needs,” says owner and operator, Marty Sveinbjornson. At SveinCo Developments they encourage creating customized designs for every client’s individual style and space, allowing homeowners to feel truly satisfied with the aesthetics that they and their family will be surrounded by for years to come.

“We take pride in style of homes…we like to stay on top of design and modern conveniences that make the finishings of a new home not just about drywall and paint, but add all those extra touches that make you love your home that much more,” says Sveinbjornson. With exper tise in basement developments, commercial buildings, ICF basement foundations, framing, finishing and millwork, every department within SveinCo Developments consists of knowledgeable employees with their


own specialized area of expertise. They also have their own in-house custom millwork shop. Whether the desired style is contemporary or classic or something in between, SveinCo can use their creative expertise to suit every personality, and allow clients to incorporate their own vision into unique designs. One of Sveinbjornson’s specialties is custom cabinets. Having been immersed in the construction business from an early age, Sveinbjornson opened his own custom cabinet shop in 2006. Through his years of experience, he has developed a keen eye for detail, which allows him to provide customers with excellent quality service that has not gone overlooked. Along with constructing cabinets for residential and commercial spaces, Sveinbjornson also specializes in new residential and commercial construction. SveinCo Developments incorporates the latest energy efficient products and building methods in their standard building practices, including Logix Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) foundations, to make every SveinCo home the best in energy efficiency. Whether you are building or updating your residential or commercial space, SveinCo’s professional service, skilled craftsmanship and expert advice can help make your next construction or home-improvement project less stressful and more personal. Sveinco Yorkton 306.621.2140 www.sveinco.com L TO R Mark Leik, Wade Allin, Ryley Popowich, Colton McKenzie, Lane Kawa, Brogan Legebokoff, Duke Godwin, Brian Legebokoff, Austin Boychuk, Rick Vaughan, Rod Gamracy, Brinton Hall, Colin Ethier, Marty Sveinbjornson, Taylor Klingspon Missing: Aaron Sweeney, Brandon Allin, Colby Melnechenko, Jasen Rohatinsky, Josh Gazdewich, Theodore Putland


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Making EvEry Job PErsonal: Powering the Parkland One Job at a Time by Trina annand Photos Simple ShoTS by Jackie

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s a society we are obsessed with electricity; it is something we all use, but do not think about until we don’t have it. Daily life is literally thrown into chaos when the power is out. At Pure Power Electrical Services, the staff knows the important role that electricity plays in everyday life. With a dedication to their customers that is second to none, the company is quickly making a name for themselves across southern Saskatchewan.

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“From the beginning we decided on 24 hour service; it was something that was lacking in our area. Times have changed and businesses don’t run nine to five anymore; the world is working 24 hours a day. Our clients need someone they can rely on, someone who will come out in the night and fix a problem,” notes Colin Popoff, owner. In business and agriculture, loss of power means loss of productivity and money. By providing the best possible service with a team

of journeypersons, electricians and apprentices, Pure Power has created a culture of care where each and every job receives personalized service. “Our team approaches every job as if it is in their own business or home. They make sure a job is done right the first time, helping the clients make the important decisions,” remarks Popoff. By recruiting staff from a wide variety of backgrounds, Pure Power ensures


that they can handle a job of any size or type from residential to commercial and agricultural. “We are a small company right now, but we focus on customer satisfaction, quality work and we are not afraid to expand our business to any field. Our expansion has been focused on better serving our customers. We are creating a company that will stand the test of time,” remarks Popoff. Born and raised in southern Saskatchewan, Popoff is dedicated to building a better community. Both he and his wife, Lynndell, are local business owners who understand what makes their community great. Pure Power sponsors a number of hockey teams, charities and clubs. This belief in community is shared with the staff of Pure Power, who build a better community every day, one job at a time, ensuring that the infrastructure of the community is stronger than ever.

“I love that I can go to work every day and actually enjoy what I do. Every day is different because of the work we are able to do and the clients we work with. Every single person here takes pride in their work and love what they do here. You can always tell when someone loves what they are doing,” says Popoff. When looking for a company to do electrical work, think local. The team at Pure Power is dedicated to their community and giving customers the best service in the industry; what is important to you is important to them. “We don’t skimp on supplies or time to simply get a job done and move on to another one. Our work speaks for itself,” says Popoff. Pure Power Electrical Services 67 Ross Drive, Yorkton 306.621.8049

opposite l–r Jamie Witzko, Craig Kuemper, Colin Popoff, James McDonald, Jesse Cobb top l–r Jamie Witzko, James McDonald, Jamie Witzko, James McDonald middle Jamie Witzko, James McDonald, and Colin Popoff ABove l–r Craig Kuemper, Jesse Cobb

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Making Chocolates WITH A DRAGON BY SUSAN GELLERT PHOTOS SIMPLE SHOTS BY JACKIE

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MG’s is the perfect name for the delectable and mouth-watering chocolate created by Chris Emery and Larry Finnson. Their name is also an apt way to describe their journey to the top of the candy making heap. They wanted to work together. They had the drive to be successful, Chris’s grandma’s chocolate recipe, and a goal to make a million dollars. For high school buddies, Chris and Larry, failure was not an option. With a vision, strong work ethic and families that believed in them, Chris and Larry took the family recipe and turned it into the well-known chocolate brand, Clodhoppers. With grit, determination and a whole lot of setbacks, Clodhoppers became a top 20 chocolate brand. In 2006 the Clodhoppers board of directors made a decision to sell the company to Brookside foods. “We did not have board control so we had no control over the decision to sell the company. There is mixed emotions in that you put your heart and soul in something and then you have to let it go,” says Chris. After waiting out a five year noncompeting clause, Chris and Larry were back at the drawing board and back at making chocolates. Determined to take ten years of experience and make something great, they stuck to what they knew. “When people eat candy it makes them happy and we like making people happy,” laughs Larry. Armed with experience, a new

product and single-minded focus they entered the Dragon’s Den. Putting pride and their business bottom line on the line, they pitched their new product based on past experience. They hoped to secure funding and business advice from one of Canada’s top financial gurus. Chris and Larry had faith in their product and their abilities but they needed brand awareness and a great marketing campaign. In short, they needed Arlene Dickenson. OMG’s Candy — its product and Chris and Larry — caught the attention and the backing of Arlene. As she stated on the show, “they are the real deal.” Of Arlene, Chris and Larry say she is the perfect partner for many reasons. “In addition to everything else she brings to us, Arlene falls into our target market (women) and brings so much brand awareness. She raises the credibility of OMG’s.” OMG’s Candy is a premium chocolate product with chocolaty graham clusters mixed with toffee bits, peanuts or almonds. It comes in resealable bags with bright eye-catching packaging and is available at chain stores and independent retailers across North America. Through the power of partnership and collaboration as well as planning, conviction and focus, OMG’s is set to take over the candy world. The product is an addictive delicious treat, their partner is a marketing dragon and Chris and Larry are focused and fun-loving with big dreams and goals for their candy. “What M and M’s were to the 20th century we want OMG’s to be to the 21st century,” says Chris. Open a bag for yourself and discover the OMG’s difference and then prepare a space in your kitchen, your purse and your car because you won’t want to be without them again.

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TOP Chris Emery, Sherry MacDonald, Amie Zamonsky, Juanita Polegi and Larry Finnson LEFT Bruce Croxon RIGHT Chris Emery

Yorkton Chamber of Commerce “The voice of business in Yorkton,” the Yorkton Chamber of Commerce is a non-partisan, non-secular organization of over 450 members. Governed by a 16-member board, it employs two full-time staff. The Chamber’s mission statement is “To promote and protect the interests of members and businesses in Yorkton and district” and does so by examining issues and opportunities to determine their effect on the Yorkton and district business community. Chamber activities and events include • All Candidates’ Forums during municipal, provincial or federal elections • Celebrate Success Business Awards • Employee Recognition Event

• Chamber Business Dinner • Chamber Business Breakfasts and Lunches that provide educational and networking opportunities for members • Partnership with various organizations and agencies to bring conferences and workshops to Yorkton. In partnership with Yorkton Tribal Council and DREAMBuilders Learning Centre, the Chamber hosted the recent TransACTIONS for Youth Conference on Business for high school students interested in learning about owning a business and being an entrepreneur • Monthly newsletters distributed to all Yorkton businesses • Scholarship for a business student at Parkland College

306.783.4368 | info@yorktonchamber.com www.yorktonchamber.com |


Back row: Brett Wiley, Mitchell Holland, Dean Katzberg, Adam Hautz, Darren Jones, Kyle Roberts. Upper Middle Row: Mike McNabb, Dougall Todd, Shawna Kriger-Kemp, Paddy Sanderson. Lower Middle Row: Mike Holowaty, Ian Steciuk, Sean White, Brent Holland, Kirbdog Litzenberger. Bottom Row: Randy "R.H." Hrywkiw, Luanne Hrywkiw, Jason Hrywkiw, Colin Hrywkiw, Brock Hrywkiw. Missing: Mitch Bodnarik, Ryan Thurlow, Ryan Rhinas, Sheldon Wasylenchuk

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VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and a New Year ďŹ lled with peace and prosperity As the Christmas Season is upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and on those who have helped to shape our business in a most significant way. We value our relationship with you and look forward to working with you in the year to come.

Family run, community minded, trusted since 1983

Yorkton 306.782.5592 | www.rh-electric.com | Melville 306.728.5585


A ReAl estAte Agency BAsed on teAmwoRk By Courtney tait Photos Carol’s PhotograPhy

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hen Jack Wruth and Doris Shank bought Yorkton’s RE/MAX Blue Chip Realty in 2005, their goals for the business were clear: elevate the professionalism of agents, emphasize ethics and morals, be profitable and have market share. Nearly nine years later, the agency has grown from a team of five to 37 sales associates, and its annual gross sales have increased from $3.7 million to $90 million. “Our No.1 priority is hiring great people,” says Wruth. “The most distinguished thing about this company is that we

learned how to find and retain people who are ethical and trustworthy. We look for people who are service focused rather than sales focused.” Wruth worked with the brokerage for nearly a decade before he and Shank bought it. Together, they saw several ways in which to increase the company’s success. Along with recruiting outstanding people, the pair restructured the company into four segments: city residential, rural residential, agricultural and commercial, serving Yorkton and its surrounding areas. Every agent on the

team specializes in one of the four areas, with 50 per cent of the business’s sales made through the residential segment, and the other half through agricultural and commercial. The approach enables agents to focus on and gain expertise in a specific area, making them more valuable to their clients. An essential element of RE/MAX Blue Chip Realty’s success is its culture of teamwork. “We emphasize that you need to be a team player,” says Shank. “If someone has a problem, they can call another agent and get help.” A top l–r Doris Shank, Jack Wruth

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group is based out of the Yorkton office, while 25 other associates work out of their respective communities. Monthly meetings, staff barbecues and potlucks bring the team together, along with functions in the agents’ individual communities. A highlight for the brokerage is its annual awards dinner and banquet. “The emphasis that evening is on people who help the most in contributing to the company,” says Shank. Past awards have included a twoweek vacation to Victoria, B.C., tickets to the 50 yard line at a Grey Cup game, and flights to anywhere in the world that WestJet flies. “It’s recognition for doing outstanding work,” says Wruth. “We reward excellence.” Ongoing education and training is encouraged for RE/MAX Blue Chip Realty’s sales associates, from pursuing broker’s licenses to engaging with RE/MAX University webinars. Monthly meetings touch on topics such as how

to operate a business and how to be a community leader. “We spend a lot of time working with people’s business development,” says Wruth. “If people show they have leadership skills, we’ll make financial and personal efforts to give them that kind of role.” Wruth says there is no magic to RE/MAX Blue Chip Realty’s success, but that it stems from the simple approach of being nice, honest and making sure clients are getting their money’s worth. In an industry where agents are often competing with each other, RE/MAX Blue Chip Realty’s emphasis on teamwork sets it apart. “Everyone is supportive of each other and revels in each other’s successes,” says Shank. RE/MAX Blue Chip Realty 269 Hamilton Road, Yorkton P: 306.783.6666 | F: 306.782.4446 office@remax-yorkton.ca www.remax-bluechip-yorkton-sk.ca

FIrSt roW l–r Jennifer Gillis, Mel Cole, Bill Harrison, Jack Wruth, Doris Shank, Merv Secondiak, Brent Haas, Chantel Balaberda SECoND roW l–r Audrey Kemp, Lisa Kirkwood, Jackie Berube, Florence Christianson, Rolna Pranke, Pat Pugh, Elyce Wilson, Carmen Baines, Cheryl Kustra, Nancy Johnson, Fawn Wickham, Barb Haas, Sandi Shewchuk, Gladys Secondiak tHIrD roW l–r Diane Rusnak, Ted Cawkwell, Marcel DeCorby, Evan Johnson, Kathy Fehr-Yung, Stacy Neufeld, Shawn Pryhitka, Scott Comfort, Doug Jonassen FoUrtH roW l–r Rod Vanjoff, Trent Hickie, Ray Nordin, Tyler Kilbach, Bob Steil, Frank Su, Mark Balog, Paul Born, Lloyd Seymour, Garry Beckett

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Merry Christmas Luke 2:11 (NIV)

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.

Greg Ottenbreit, MLA Yorkton Constituency yorkton.mla@sasktel.net www.gregottenbreit.ca @Greg Ottenbreit

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Lotsa heart Join us in the heart of the community for year ‘round gift certificates that give lotsa shopping joy to those you love! Available in denominations of $5, $10, $20 and $25 from the Parkland Mall Administration Office.

www.parklandmall.net 306.782.2132 Extended Holiday Hours starting December 4th: Weekdays 9:30a.m. - 9:00p.m., Saturday 9:30a.m. - 6:00p.m., Sunday 12:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.

Season’s Greetings Sending warm greetings and thanks to our clients during the holidays. From Corey and Jeanie Werner

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SMART SHOPPING with the Co-op Coupon App PHOTOS CAROL’S PHOTOGRAPHY

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nterest in the Co-op CRS mobile app has shot up recently following the mid-July launch of the coupon feature in the latest version. The coupon feature is also now available for BlackBerry 10 customers. “We’ve definitely seen a spike in the number of people downloading the app from the site,” said Jody Washkosky, Federated Co-operatives Limited’s web and communications writer supervisor. “Even before the Android version was

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launched, there was a couponing Facebook page that was talking about the app. People are out there looking for deals, and we’re happy to offer some great ones.” After downloading or updating the app, users will have access to exclusive opportunities to save on groceries with weekly coupons for products or discounts off total purchases. In the four days following the release of the latest version for all operating

systems, there were over 900 new downloads. The coupon function led to an 80 per cent increase in downloads in two weeks with a total of 12,400 downloads since the app was launched in November 2012. About 1,600 coupons are redeemed every week and this number continues to grow. “The coupons are an attractive feature,” Washkosky said. “There aren’t many grocery stores making it so quick and convenient to get savings like these.”


The app initially provided basic information on store locations, hours of operations and services offered. Washkosky said having these details in one place went “above and beyond anything we’ve ever been able to offer before.” And while feedback on the app was positive, he admitted its usefulness was dependent on the users’ expectations and needs. “People appreciate the information we’re providing, but now we’re able to offer them something exciting. The coupons provide a very tangible benefit to the end user.” Still, there are always technical issues to resolve and content to update. Washkosky said the web applications team is working on expanding content for agro and home centres and looking at improving the design and functionality for users.

The new CO-OP App has saved me money every week since I started using it. Victoria

“An app is never really finished. It’s an evolution. We fully acknowledge we can make things like the flyer better to improve the user experience,” Washkosky said. The Co-op CRS app is available on four operating systems: Apple, Android, Blackberry and Windows. The need for evolution is shown by the latest BlackBerry smartphone, which requires a whole new version of the app to be created; the coupon feature is now available, with the remaining functions to be launched this fall. Updates to Apple’s operating system may also lead to design changes in the future. To download the app on your smartphone, you can visit mobileapp.coopconnection.ca.

Yorkton COOP Administration 30 Argyle Street Yorkton 306.783.3601

It only takes a minute to check before you go for groceries and see what the coupon or offer is for that week. And it pays off at the till. Don and Beth


I WANT A HIPPOPOTAMUS FOR CHRISTMAS

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ead home for the holidays and celebrate at Yorkton’s newest hotel, Home Inn & Suites. Join us as we celebrate the New Year with exciting activities and events your whole family will enjoy.

STAY, PLAY AND DINE Take advantage of the Stay, Play and Dine package exclusive to Home Inn & Suites. Package includes special stay rates, $10 Free Play at Painted Hand Casino and $5 off at Legends Restaurant. Choose from a variety of room types, which include extended stay suites featuring full kitchens, free breakfast with hot items, pool, waterslide and whirlpool and fitness facilities.

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HIPPOPOTAMUS FUNDRAISER Like the old song, “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas,” this year we are encouraging people to GIVE a hippo. For every hippo you purchase for $10 at the hotel, we will donate a hippo to local children in need. If you have a children’s organization in Yorkton or the surrounding community who could benefit from the donation of these adorable hippos, please contact Aimee Ritz at 306.249.2882.

CLEAN THE WORLD Home Hotels is proud to partner with Clean the World to collect and recycle soap and shampoo products discarded by the guests of the hotel. Once cleaned,

the hygienic products are donated to impoverished people around the world, preventing the millions of deaths caused by hygiene-related illnesses. With so much to do, plan a fun staycation at the Home Inn & Suites. For more information, please visit www. homeinnyk.ca or call 306.782.7829

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THE SPA It may sound obvious but taking time for yourself is not an indulgence, it’s a necessity. Over the busy winter season, take time to reconnect with yourself at The SPA at Home Inn & Suites — Yorkton.

BUDGET-FRIENDLY Anti-Fatigue Foot Soak and Massage: This treatment will relieve your tired feet and calves from a long day of shopping. It includes a foot soak, sugar scrub and massage on the lower legs and feet for just $38. Men’s and Women’s Haircut and Style: Enjoy a scalp massage with essential oils before any salon treatment followed by a shampoo with the refreshing Aveda hair care line. Prices start at $28.

EXCLUSIVE TO YORKTON Thai Herbal Compress Massage: This massage technique dates back several thousand years and incorporates knowledge gathered and passed on for generations concerning the medicinal effects of plants through application to the body. A rich blend of herbs is used

to lightly release muscle tension. 60 minutes for only $85. Home Suites Signature Facial: Designed for all skin types, this hydrating facial uses only natural organic skin products and the Clarisonic skin rejuvenator applicator. Leaves your skin hydrated, nourished and luminous. 75 minutes for $80.

PACKAGES Customize your package to suit your needs. We have side-by-side treatments available for couples so take time with your best friend or significant other.

GIFTS The Spa has a multitude of gifts available for last minute shopping including gift certificates and gift packages which are up to 40% off regular retail prices. Book your mini Spa-cation today and escape from the daily stresses of life! The SPA at Home Inn & Suites 506 Broadway St W Yorkton, SK S3N 0P3 306.782.7825 www.SpaHome.ca

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CONCRETE PROMISES Constructing Customer Comfort BY ALYSSA RUDYCK PHOTOS CAROL’S PHOTOGRAPHY

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n 1908 a young Ukrainian man named John Fedorowich immigrated to Canada and began supplying goods for various building projects in the Yorkton community. Over 100 years later, his legacy lives on through members of his family who have evolved the company over time. Today, Fedorowich Construction continues to provide quality products and expert services to Yorkton and the surrounding area. Paving has become a specialty of Fedorowich Construction Ltd. Whether that means building roads, commercial parking lots, or industrial

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site development, at Fedorowich Construction they do everything from excavating the soils to supplying and installing the subbase and base materials necessary, engineered to specification. “The best part [about us] is our experience, [and] the length of time that we’ve been in business,” says Ron Fedorowich, general manager and grandson of the company’s founder. Other members of the Fedorowich family involved in the company include president Lionel Fedorowich, office manager Wanda Fedorowich and safety manager Laurie Fedorowich.

Ron Fedorowich attributes the company’s quality service to their experience and extensive knowledge in the industry. This includes not only the Fedorowich family, but their employees as well, many of whom have been with the company for decades. “You can’t just go into paving without knowing what you’re doing,” says Fedorowich. “It’s a very specialized industry, and unless you’ve got the experience, you’re not going to be able to deliver a quality product.” A large part of their business is road construction. While doing projects for


the City of Yorkton, Fedorowich notes that a substantial amount of their repeat business comes from surrounding towns and villages. “They call on us…because they know that we’re going to deliver what they expect, and that they can rely on us and trust us,” Fedorowich explains. “They don’t have the budgets that a larger city would [to get] a consultant or an engineer involved, but they know that coming to us they can bypass some of that, because [of] our expertise.” To ensure that they are always in control of their product quality, Fedorowich Construction provides all their own material for paving, which means crushing and splitting the aggregates at their crushing plant, and then recombining these materials to engineered specifications at their asphalt plant to make quality hot-mix asphalt. As well as installing their own asphalt material, they also supply their product to other paving companies in surrounding towns and cities, and to the Department of Highways. Recognizing that it can be difficult for customers to find someone they trust, Fedorowich Construction strives to provide customers with realistic time frames and expectations. “We want people out there to feel comfortable dealing with us, and [to know] they can expect a standard of quality service,” he explains. “A lot of it comes back to how our [employees] portray themselves.” At Fedorowich Construction, everyone strives to “treat customers with respect, and help them through the process.” With a century of experience and knowledge behind them, Fedorowich Construction is well-situated to achieve their goals of high-quality care and service. Fedorowich Construction 516 Broadway Street East, Yorkton 306.783.3037 www.fedorowichconstruction.com STAFF PICTURE BACK ROW L–R Wayne Shumay, Josh Ruttig, Derrick Turcotte, Lloyd Smith, Greg Atkins, Jordan Daigneault, Brendon Mack MIDDLE L–R John Shumay, Ryan Musey, Orlen Parnetta, Ron Fedorowich, Lionel Fedorowich, Wanda Fedorowich, Laurie Fedorowich, Dean Gable, Courtney Reddom FRONT ROW L–R Zach Bida, Joey Spilchen, Jared Ramanda, Megel Aichele RIGHT L–R Owners; Laurie Fedorowich, Wanda Fedorowich, Lionel Fedorowich, Ron Fedorowich


SWEET SUCCESS BY APOLLINE LUCYK PHOTOS TJK PHOTOGRAPHY

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asha Howland began working with the bees at her father’s beekeeping operation during the summer of 1999 between semesters of University. Her husband, Danny Wasylenchuk, took a summer hiatus from his work at Yorkton Aircraft Service as an Aviation Maintenance Engineer in 2003 in order to give bee work a try. He returned the following year and has worked at Howland’s Honey ever since. Now, with over a decade of experience in the beekeeping business, Sasha and Danny own and operate Howland’s Honey (Howland Enterprises Inc.), a company

that sells premium Saskatchewan honey at shops and markets around Saskatchewan, and to wholesalers in Regina and Saskatoon. The Howlands’ honey operation began in 1979 when Sasha’s father, Wink, took up his father’s hobby of beekeeping and gradually expanded the operation into a full-time, full-scale beekeeping operation. For over 30 years, Wink was a familiar and friendly face, the Honey Man, at farmers’ markets throughout the province. “His outgoing nature and effervescent personality brightened many a person’s day,” says Sasha.

When Sasha and Danny joined the team, they divided the key beekeeping responsibilities among the three of them: Sasha, Danny and Wink. Wink concentrated on the markets and the books, Danny put his mechanical skills to work running the field crew and maintaining all the equipment in the shop, and Sasha was in charge of the queen rearing section of the operation. From the construction of new infrastructure to continued increases in bees and equipment, as well as a continued increase in sales, Howland’s Honey has had some exciting expansions

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BOTTOM LEFT Nate Wasylenchuk with a bee. BOTTOM RIGHT Danny and Sasha Wasylenchuk.

in the past few years. Since Sasha and Danny took over the company, Howland’s Honey continues to sell its high-quality white honey across the country, and the operation is as successful as ever. Sasha and Danny currently manage an operation of 1,000 honey-producing colonies. “During the production season, we run a staff of 12 employees and if we are lucky, we can produce a crop of over 350,000 pounds of honey,” says Sasha. Howland’s Honey is a one-source honey harvested entirely from colonies within a 30 mile radius of Good Spirit Lake and area. Saskatchewan honey is one of the best in the world, most often having a light mild taste and a beautiful white colour. The nectar that makes up this first class honey derives from the flowers of clover, alfalfa, canola and local wildflowers.

Sasha and Danny raise their own replacement stock of bees and queens each year, which are selected from the best genetics in their operation. By rearing their own queens, they continually strive to strengthen their bee population, better adapting them to the local environment. This would be a difficult goal to attain if they purchased bees cross-border. “It is crucial to the sustainability of our bees and industry,” says Sasha. “Due to the increasing factors threatening the health of honey bees and air-born pollinators over recent years, it is becoming very difficult to simply keep bees alive and healthy.” Because they take the time to rear their own stock, Howland’s is not only a healthy product, but sustainable, bee-friendly honey as well. Sasha and Danny are settled a mile south of Good Spirit Lake with their

three children, Keyan, Ethan and Nate, and their bees. Their honey can be found across the province: in Yorkton (Yorkton Co-op, Parkland Sobeys, Nutter’s Bulk and Natural Foods, Yorkton Farmers’ Market in Parkland Mall), Melville (Carmen’s Petals, Plants and Flowers), Regina (Costco, Old Fashioned Foods and Regina Farmers’ Market), Saskatoon (Sangster’s Organic Market on Broadway, Costco), Canora (Co-op), Sturgis (Dmytrash One Stop Fuel Shop), Weyburn (Old Fashioned Foods), and Kenosee (Flea Market at the Red Barn). Howland’s Honey R.R. #2, Canora 306.792.2044 sasha@howlandshoney.com www.howlandshoney.com |

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We sell Attention by Mike StackhouSe photos SiMple ShotS by Jackie

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irk and Sheri Weinmaster have been in the embroidery and screen printing business since the mid-1990s. Source Embroidery and Screenprinting has been evolving into a well-rounded company offering solutions for all forms of signage. “Sheri and I pride ourselves on being creative and that’s been one of our main motivators all along. It’s one thing to slap a logo on the front of a jacket, but something else altogether to create a visual graphic that makes people stop and look. After all, that’s what our clients want. They want to advertise and

advertising doesn’t work if people aren’t paying attention,” says Kirk. The vinyl part of the business has been a major key to selling attention. “Screen printing to embroidery was a natural progression, but we were actually at a trade show in 2006 when someone asked why we weren’t in the vinyl business. We didn’t have a good answer for that. In fact, we didn’t like saying ‘no’ to our customers, and soon realized the possibilities were endless,” says Sheri. You will find Source Embroidery fingerprints all over Saskatchewan, from

highway billboards for real estate agents to rink boards and in-ice logos at all junior hockey centres. Lucky raffle draw winners may be in possession of a fully wrapped fridge from Source Embroidery. “The fridge wraps are really popular for service groups looking to make money without having to go door-to-door selling chocolate bars or collecting bottles,” says Kirk. Kirk has pride in the company being well-rounded. “We don’t ever say ‘no’ anymore without providing an alternative for our customer. We do everything and most of what is produced is done right ABOVE Kirk and Sheri Weinmaster

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in the store,” says Kirk. “We are as much advisors as we are a retail outlet that simply prints logos. We value servicing the customer and providing them with something they can use. Ideally, we hope some of our own customers will read this and come to understand we do so much more than what they even thought.” In addition to having the standard embroidery and screen printing equipment, Source Embroidery also employs as many as three graphic artists who work two wide-format printers that are recognized as being top-ofthe-line with the latest cutting edge digital technology. “I’d like to see us evolve into a marketing company where we totally look after our customers and offer them advice on how to better maximize advertising dollars. We are often asked about how busy we are with sports teams and schools. The

reality is that while we appreciate their business, we are most successful at helping the corporate community.” “It’s been a good day when we find out we have a new customer because of something that’s been seen somewhere that we’ve been responsible for,” says Sheri. A more recent piece of work was laying floor and stair graphics at the Farrell Agencies Arena for the Painted Hand Casino. After all, putting a logo on the front of a step doesn’t do anyone much good if it can’t be seen. Source Embroidery has also had a long standing relationship with Seed Hawk. This relationship has been so successful that Seed Hawk recently had a run of four straight “Booth of the Year” awards at the Farm Progress Show. Source Embroidery’s contribution includes, but isn’t limited to, decals on ABOVE RiGHT Mike Stackhouse


air-seeders, staff and customer clothing, all promotional giveaway items, flags, banners, and outdoor tent set-ups, as well as their actual booth itself. Another company that has a major presence in southern Saskatchewan is Restorex. All of their trailers are head turners with the fire and water design. The graphics for all their trailers and trucks were created, printed and installed by Source Embroidery. Hunters have even flocked to Source Embroidery to learn more about the camouflage designs that have been cropping up on the Yorkton Dodge Ram trucks over the last year. “It’s a great value-added program for them,” says Kirk. Source Embroidery, boasting 6,000 square feet and two locations, is a big store when compared to similar businesses. “A lot of companies will try to do what we offer by operating out of their home or the trunk of a car. We employ as many as nine people at our peak. We also employ a full-time sales person because we believe in practicing what we preach. The business won’t come to you, you have to seek it out and grab people’s attention,” pointed out Sheri. Source Embroidery & Screenprinting 31–2nd Ave N Yorkton 306.783.0660 info@sourcepromo.ca www.sourcepromo.ca | All images on this page are courtesy of Source Embroidery & Screenprinting


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One of the real joys of the Holiday Season is the opportunity to say thank you and to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a New Year of health, happiness and prosperity.

P.O. Box 639 | 340 Ball Road, Yorkton SK

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CATALYST CREDIT UNION BIG PLANS FOR PARKLAND PHOTOS PEDERSON PHOTOGRAPHIC

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hen Dauphin Plains, Ethelbert and Roblin credit unions united this past summer to form a new, $350-million cooperative financial institution, the name they chose was Catalyst.

unions all have long histories of making a real difference in their communities, of being there to support families, producers and businesses, and of providing that spark you sometimes need to get things going.”

providing impeccable service to their members. And the strong community roots that were so important to Dauphin Plains, Ethelbert and Roblin credit unions form an equally significant part of Catalyst’s core identity.

“I think the name communicates extremely well what we want our new credit union to be,” said Richard Dereniwski, chairman of Catalyst Credit Union’s board. “Our three legacy credit

A Strong History of Commitment

“As a cooperative, Catalyst has more than 13,000 member-owners and we’re responsible to every one of them,” said Dereniwski. “We consider it our job to make our communities better places to live.”

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Before the amalgamation, which took effect July 1, all three credit unions had earned long-standing reputations for


Dauphin Plains Credit Union Dauphin Plains Credit Union (DPCU) was established in 1940 when 16 founding members deposited a total of $11.50. An office was opened in the Mayo Building in 1948, the same year chequing accounts were introduced to members. The following decades were marked by steady growth, with Gilbert Plains (in 1967) and Winnipegosis (1970) credit unions joining the family. In 1974, DPCU moved from its offices at 305 Main Street North to a modern new building at 505 Main Street North. The 1980’s saw more growth and new technology for DPCU. Members of Sifton Credit Union were welcomed in 1985 and DPCU now offered ATM, INTERAC and telephone banking services. Internet banking would be introduced in the 1990s. DPCU’s steady growth continued, with assets reaching $50 million in 1996, $100 million in 2005 and $200 million in 2012. Substantial investments in Credit Union Place and Dauphin’s community cinema, and sponsorships of Countryfest and other events, are just a few examples of DPCU’s support for the community.

Roblin Credit Union Roblin Credit Union got its start in the Tummel community hall in 1941, when a group of citizens decided to learn more about the credit union movement that was emerging throughout Manitoba — while, at the same time, similar discussions were taking place in Roblin. Roblin Credit Union’s charter was signed by the Provincial Secretary on July 25, 1941, and officially registered on August 14. Tummel and Roblin Credit Unions worked cooperatively together until July 13, 1944, when they amalgamated to become Roblin and District Credit Union.

As the years passed, the credit union grew, and so did its use of technology. In September 1982, all loans transactions were computerized. By the close of the 1980s, Roblin Credit Union held over $14 million in assets and served almost 3,000 members. On September 26, 1988 a new building opened for business. Community involvement was always a priority for the credit union. Promoting youth events such as golf tournaments and 4-H clubs, and offering scholarships and other incentives to enterprising young people were some of the many ways Roblin Credit Union supported the area.

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Ethelbert Credit Union Ethelbert Credit Union got its start in the mid1940s. The fledgling credit union was run from the homes of various area residents until 1951, when an office was opened in the R.M. of Ethelbert building with William Paziuk serving as manager. As the financial institution grew over the years, the office moved to Burdeny Garage, then the National Grain elevator. In the fall of 1964 a building was constructed that would be home to the Ethelbert Credit Union for years to come. In the decades that followed, Ethelbert Credit Union flourished — as an active member of the community, involved in events and supporting the people of the area, and as a provider of a wide range of financial services to its members.

Combining the Best of Each The decision to amalgamate wasn’t one that was arrived at lightly. Catalyst president and general manager Ron Hedley explains. “Sustainability —making sure we’re well positioned for generations to come — was a huge factor in our decision to amalgamate. Our industry is very competitive, highly regulated and becoming more technology-driven every day. The advantages of scale had become too significant to disregard, and our members agreed that joining forces was the best way to go (by voting overwhelmingly in favour last fall).” “It’s also about working together to provide excellent services and the latest in technology,” he adds. “We looked at the strengths we each brought to the table and built on them. Some of our members will have access to services that weren’t available to them before, like e-statements and mobile banking.” While being a larger financial institution allows Catalyst to stay on the leading edge in offering the latest and best services, they are still agile enough to be responsive to each member’s personal

Richard Dereniwski (Chairperson of Catalyst Credit Union Board


needs. “We’re committed to maintaining the personal touch that our members have become used to over the years,” Hedley says. Hedley and Dereniwski both credit the staff for what has been a smooth transition. “We now have 90 talented and well-trained employees who can offer expert services to our members,” notes Dereniwski. Although staff members have been able to keep their positions and continue to work in their home communities, amalgamation also provides new opportunities for advancement and further training in their field of choice — which will mean more defined help in areas such as loans and deposits that might not have been available before.

Continued Commitment to Community The management and staff of Catalyst Credit Union remain dedicated to the people of their community. Credit union employees have a history of generosity and contributing their time as volunteers remains a priority. Participation and financial support for local events, youth programs and clubs will be maintained. “Commitment to community is one of the Cooperative Principles, and ours is stronger than it’s ever been,” says Hedley. “Catalyst Credit Union will continue to lead the way and make things happen in every community we serve. That’s what a catalyst does.” For more information about Catalyst Credit Union, call 204.622.4500.

Catalyst Credit Union: you belong here. Dauphin 505 Main Street N T 204.622.4500 Ethelbert 9 Railway Avenue T 204.742.3529

Pine River 1st Avenue T 204.263.2166

Gilbert Plains 36 Main Street N T 204.548.3000

Roblin 266 Main Street W T 204.937.2156

Inglis 116 Main Stret N T 204.564.2401

Winnipegosis 228 -1st Street N T 204.656.5050

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veryone has financial dreams — to build a new home, or to put away enough for a comfortable retirement, to be debt-free, maybe to have a million dollars in the bank by a certain age. Whatever your dream, Catalyst Credit Union wants to help you make it come true.

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“Our Dream One account is an innovative way to manage your money that could save you tens of thousands of dollars in interest, without increasing your monthly payments,” says president and general manager Ron Hedley. “And you could be debt-free years sooner, too.”

“We sit down with our members and talk about what their financial goals are, and look at how we can work together to realize them,” explains vice-president of lending, Gerry Wieler. “Our goal is to help you understand your current financial situation and plan a journey to take you where you want to be.”


Most members have multiple bank accounts including savings, chequing, investment, mortgage, line of credit and sometimes others. “Dream One brings all of a member’s accounts together, applying the money on deposit against their debt,” says Hedley. “Money on deposit is still yours to spend — but, until you do, it reduces what you owe. So you pay interest on a smaller balance and, because all your debt is consolidated in one place, we can offer very attractive rates.” “Dream One is not just a financial product tied up in a neat little box,” notes Wieler. “It’s customized for you and your situation. No two members will have exactly the same Dream One account — everything is based on the individual needs of each member who qualifies.” Even though some members may not qualify for a Dream One account, Catalyst Credit Union is dedicated to assisting everyone in realizing their financial goals. “We are going to find solutions for all of our members,” says Wieler. “Our member services representatives are always happy to help and, by taking the time to listen to your wants and needs, we can help you find solutions to pay down debt faster, build credit and manage your cash flow better. “We’re here to help you find the right option, one that will enhance your quality of life and put your mind at ease,” adds Hedley. “A better quality of life is on everyone’s dream list.” For more information about Dream One or the many other financial services available at Catalyst Credit Union, call 204.622.4500.

Dauphin 505 Main Street N T 204.622.4500 Ethelbert 9 Railway Avenue T 204.742.3529

Pine River 1st Avenue T 204.263.2166

Gilbert Plains 36 Main Street N T 204.548.3000

Roblin 266 Main Street W T 204.937.2156

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e want to really go out of our way to make our customers feel comfortable,” comments Keith Fast, General Manager of Roblin Ford, “we want to be very accessible and are happy to help them out any time.” He goes on to say that the staff is what really makes your experience at Roblin Ford unique. “Every car dealership has vehicles to sell but it’s our great staff that sets us apart.” You won’t find any high pressure sales gimmicks here, but what you will find is friendly professionals who

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will help you get into the vehicle that suits your needs. With almost 100 new and pre-owned vehicles on the lot at any given time, you can count on Roblin Ford to offer a wide selection of quality cars, trucks and SUVs. It is very important to Fast and the rest of the team that the vehicle buying process be very easy and comfortable for you. To add to the convenience, Roblin Ford offers on-location financing with a full-time finance manager who

can work with you no matter what kind of credit you may have. “We provide financing from any of the major banks and finance companies,” says Fast. Sales department hours are Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Roblin Ford also provides a top-grade Service Department featuring seven service bays. With five journeyperson technicians, two of which are diesel specialized, the service team is pleased


to offer their expertise to keep your vehicle running great. By offering shuttle service and courtesy cars, you can be sure you’ll be able to get where you need to go while your vehicle is being serviced. The highly trained Parts Department staff will get you the parts you need quickly and efficiently. The Parts and Service Department hours are Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Also, with three highly trained and experienced journeyperson autobody technicians, Roblin Ford’s Collision Centre will get your vehicle looking like new again. SGI and MPI accredited, you can trust the professionals to treat you and your vehicle right. Being part of the community and supporting local charities and nonprofits through fundraising is important to everyone on staff at Roblin Ford. The entire staff takes value in being members of the Roblin area; Fast and his team have a number of initiatives throughout the year to assist in giving back to the community. Fill the Fusion for the Food Bank is one program that offers support. According to Fast, ten dollars from every vehicle sold goes to purchasing nonperishable food items that will be stored in the Fusion until December 31. Roblin Ford is also serving as a drop-off point for those wishing to donate items. “We don’t want to see anyone go hungry this Christmas,” he says. Drive One for your School and Drive One for the Community are Ford of Canada programs that donate money to the local school and various non-profit Canadian organizations with every test drive. “We invest in our community and want to see it flourish,” expresses Fast. Experience the professional courteous staff of Roblin Ford.

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What are You Waiting For? Hyundai’s Genesis Sedan Delivers on All Fronts by Erin LEgg Photos courtesy of Hyundai


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decade ago, it was a mere concept, and after years of design and development (including 12.8 million test kilometres), it was born. J.D. Power labelled it the Highest Ranked Midsize Premium Car in Initial Quality, outranking the coveted BMW 5 Series and the Jaguar XF. Canadian Black Book bestowed upon it the Highest Retained Resale Value Award. It accelerates zero to 100 km/h faster than a Porsche Panamera S — 5.3 seconds — and costs less than half the price. It is Hyundai’s Genesis. This premium sports sedan rivals the Audi A6, Lexus GS 350 and Cadillac XTS; in fact, Consumer Reports named the Hyundai Genesis as the top-rated vehicle in their Upscale Sedan category. Designed for drivers who appreciate a good-looking ride as well as a reliable one, the Genesis performs with precision. Let’s take a closer look at this premium vehicle. The Genesis sedan is available with a 3.8-litre V6 Lambda engine, which has direct injection technology and can output 333 horsepower. There is also the sportier option Genesis with a 5.0 R-Spec 5.0-litre Tau V8 capable of 429 horsepower (the engine that has earned a spot on Ward’s 10 Best Engines list). With lowemissions and optimal fuel economy, the Genesis is an efficient ride. Both engines have 8-speed automatic transmission with Shiftronic automatic and manual override transmission. The sedan’s performance on various road surfaces and the ease of driver handling is attributed to advanced suspension technology and the hydraulic shock system. The sleek, elegant exterior commands attention. Drivers appreciate the adaptive HID Xenon headlights with available LED — between the fluctuating weights of different passengers and storage, the headlights continuously adjust to remain parallel to the road. The Genesis is available with 19-inch alloy wheels, and comes complete with such features as keyless entry and ignition, heated mirrors and dual exhaust. Room for five, the spacious cabin caters for both the driver’s and the passengers’ comfort. The Genesis features standard leather heated front seats, and has available heated rear seats and cooled front seats — essential for our extreme weather. With automatic wipers when rain is detected, a power rear sunshade and antifog and humidity sensors, driving in all conditions is made comfortable. Hyundai also ensures your drive, no matter how far or near, can be entertaining: the Genesis sedan incorporates an exclusive Lexicon 7.1 Discrete Logic 7 Surround Sound system, complete with 17 speakers. Its navigation control system has touchscreen technology, XM Satellite Radio and a rearview display when in reverse. Safety ratings complement the Genesis well. The Genesis was made the Top Safety Pick by the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and it’s a well-earned title. In addition to the anti-lock braking system, traction and stability control, and eight standard airbags (front and rear side impact bags as well as side curtain air bags), the sedan has a “smart” cruise control system that adjusts speeds accordingly. The Genesis 5.0 features a hillhold function, eight ultrasonic park-assist sensors for both the front and rear of the vehicle, and a lane departure warning system. Throw into the mix the longest warranty available in its class — five year/100,000 kilometre comprehensive — and you’ll be asking yourself, “What am I waiting for?”

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HYUNDAI WITH HEART A Dealership That Makes a Difference PHOTOS SIMPLE SHOTS BY JACKIE

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hen Ron Kaban established Yorkton Hyundai almost four years ago, no one could have expected the success that was to come. Since opening, Yorkton Hyundai has solidified a spot as one of the top 10 Hyundai dealerships in Canada. Considering that there are more than 200 dealerships in the country, this ranking is a major feat. In 2012, Yorkton Hyundai was awarded the President’s Award — it was a great accomplishment for a dealership in Saskatchewan, signalling excellence in community and customer service as well as sales momentum and growth. The awards

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and accomplishments indicate that Yorkton Hyundai is on the right path to proving they are a strong dealership with heart and community spirit in spades. A huge supporter of the local community, Yorkton Hyundai is always willing to support and lend a hand to local organizations. “We are supported by our community, so we consider it a privilege to give back,” says dealer principal Ron Kaban. Hyundai for Habitat has been an amazing partnership, beginning with the donation of a new 2013 Hyundai vehicle sponsored by Hyundai Auto Canada

and Yorkton Hyundai. Last year, Habitat for Humanity raised $25,000 through vehicle ticket sales. This year, the target is $50,000. “Our long-term goal is to support a Hyundai for Habitat house, right here in Yorkton,” says Kaban. Kidsport has also been the recipient of this dealership’s huge giving heart. With a donation of $5020 in 2012, this year the dealership has raised $13,265 through Hyundai Hockey Helpers. Kidsport takes those donations and helps to suit up and pay fees for children who otherwise wouldn’t be able to play the game.


Hyundai for Hunger started last year when the staff heard that the local Soup Haven’s shelves were running low. “We were absolutely amazed at the local businesses and people coming in with bags and boxes of food for the food drive. The food drive was truly an inspiring event to be a part of, and we have decided to continue supporting the Yorkton Soup Haven,” says Kimberly Hamilton from Yorkton Hyundai. The second annual Hyundai for Hunger is on now with non-perishable food donations being accepted until Dec. 20. As you drive around Yorkton and area, you will quickly notice all the Hyundais

on the road. The Elantra being named North American as well as Canadian Car of the Year in 2012, and the Santa Fe winning the 2013 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year, have been a great boost for Yorkton Hyundai. With its many other awards and its superior warranty and service program, Hyundai has made huge leaps and bounds from where they were 20 years ago. Yorkton Hyundai also brings all the little extras to the forefront. From client appreciation nights, photos and cards for new owners, to being greeted like an old friend when you walk through the door, Yorkton Hyundai has created

an environment of first class customer service. Welcome to Hyundai — New Thinking New Possibilities. Yorkton Hyundai 115 Palliser Way, Yorkton, SK 1.888.716.3703 306.783.8080 www.yorktonhyundai.com

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n most respects, Cross-Town Motors is extremely modern. Their stock is eye-catching; they’ve recently renovated; their website is easily navigated. Scratch the surface at Cross-Town Motors, however, and you’ll discover one thing that hasn’t changed since they opened. That’s the dealership’s conviction that, as Cross-Town’s Jana Knight says, “Our customers are our neighbours” — no matter where they’re from. Jana’s great-grandfather founded Cross-Town Motors, which now offers Chevrolet, Buick and GMC models, almost 90 years ago. “It’s gone from generation to generation since 1924,” says Jana, whose grandfather,

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Harry, and father, Bob, both helmed the dealership. “We’re the oldest family-owned GM dealership in Western Canada.” Maintaining that legacy of integrity is of paramount importance to Colin and Jana Knight. “We service a farming community. Those values are part of how we run things,” says Jana. “We’ve built a relationship of trust with our customers going from generation to generation.” In today’s landscape, Jana explains, dealerships run by families rather than

corporate dealer groups are uncommon, but that’s just what Cross-Town Motors is. Now, after decades of service to the community, their clientele isn’t confined to Roblin; it’s country-wide. Customers’ children or grandchildren


may call from almost anywhere in order to purchase a vehicle from Cross-Town. “We’ve created a family,” says Colin. He and Jana are confident that CrossTown’s prices are competitive. “It makes sense to buy a car in a small town,” Jana says. “We purchase our vehicles for the same price as city dealerships, but we have lower overhead costs,” so customers receive better deals. “Chances are, we can sell cheaper than any city dealer,” Colin agrees. They also know Cross-Town Motors must maintain impressive selection to bring in city business, and they’ve met the challenge. “We have over 100 vehicles on our lot,” Colin says. They hint that the current truck lineup is especially enticing. “We have a brand new Sierra and Silverado. They’re 100 per cent redesigned trucks, and they’re fantastic. Very quiet to drive — the quietest truck out there.” Cross-Town Motors also offers preowned stock. “We’re a certified used dealer,” says Colin, noting that each

previously owned model receives a 150-point inspection to ensure roadreadiness. “When our used vehicles hit the lot, they’re clean, safe vehicles we stand behind.” Cross-Town Motors also specializes in custom trucks, as well as having a fully stocked pro shop. Finally, says Colin, “If we don’t have what you’re looking for on the lot, we’ll find it for you.” You may peruse Cross-Town Motors’ stock by visiting their website. The site lists every model on the lot, complete with unique shots of each. “You can look at pictures of the vehicle you’re interested in, not stock photographs.” When clients visit in person, Colin and Jana are confident they’ll receive service matching the quality of the merchandise. “Everybody here is young and passionate about cars,” Colin says; staff are enthusiastic, not aggressive. Once clients choose a model, financing is simple. “We can take care of your insurance, your warranties — everything — right in the building.”

When you return to Cross-Town Motors for servicing, your vehicle’s in good hands. “Our award-winning technicians continually train to meet the industry’s needs,” says Jana. “They’re talented, take pride in their work, and we’re proud to have them on our team.” Of her employees, Jana muses, “Would I consider them my family? Absolutely.” After all, “family” is Cross-Town Motors’ way.

Cross-Town Motors Highway 5 East Roblin 800.305.3313 www.crosstownmotors.com colin@crosstownmotors.com jana@crosstownmotors.com

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he town of Churchbridge is situated halfway between the city of Yorkton, Saskatchewan, and the Saskatchewan-Manitoba border along the Yellowhead Highway 16. It is located in the beautiful Parkland region of the province, the area which boasts several lakes and parks that can be enjoyed yearround. The Churchbridge Campground, located south of town on Highway 80, has 33 sites, including 29 electrified ones. Visitors traveling through Churchbridge will notice the six-foot diameter replica of the 1992 Canadian dollar coin south of the highway. The design chosen for this special coin commemorating the nation’s 125th birthday was the work of local artist Rita Swanson. She is also responsible for the mural that graces the local Wall of Honour in the Churchbridge Community Centre and Town Hall. This wall features

a plaque hung in memory of each local citizen who served in the Canadian army, navy or air force during World War I, World War II and the Korean War. A hidden jewel of the Parkland, Churchbridge, abounds with murals painted on the sides of buildings throughout the town. Especially intriguing are those formed like postage stamps on the front wall of the community centre. Churchbridge is a growing community, with many of its families finding employment in the agricultural and mining sectors. Mosaic has two potash mines in the area with a third under construction. This vibrant community of 800 boasts a wide variety of businesses and recreational facilities (arena, curling club, dance studio, fitness centre, ball diamonds and new outdoor beach entrance $1-million pool), a volunteer fire department, library, daycare, K-12 school

and post office. Settlers began arriving in the area in the late 19th century, many immigrating with the assistance of the Anglican Colonization Society. The town’s name is a combination of ‘church’ to honour this society and ‘bridge’ in memory of the late Rev. Robert Bridger. Today, the community is home to several churches.

Langenburg Continuing south along the Yellowhead, you come to another veiled gem of the Parkland — Langenburg, Saskatchewan. At 1400 people, it is nearly twice the size of its neighbour to the north. Like its sister community, the town’s economy, which is largely based on the potash mining industry and farming, is thriving and the local business sector is growing. The town saw the opening on a new clothing store and a new garage door company in Photos this page courtesy of Town of Churchbridge

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2013, as well as the significant expansion of a local car dealership in 2011. A Subway franchise is scheduled to open in the upcoming year. In addition, the town has been awarded a provincial grant to build a big new school. This school will house all grades under one roof and will replace the existing K-4 and 5-12 schools. Construction on the new school building will begin in the fall of 2014, with an opening tentatively scheduled for 2016.

clothes, cars and groceries to hardware, sporting goods and giftware. There are gas sales, grain terminal and veterinarian to support the local farmers.

Langenburg boasts a full array of services. There is a health care center with a fulltime physician and nurse practitioner as well as two part-time doctors. The town has a pharmacy, an ambulance service, fire department and police station. Additional services include accountants, lawyers, real estate agents, electricians, plumbers, mechanics, beauticians, florist and funeral director. There are a wide range of retailers, selling everything from

Langenburg, along with Churchbridge and other communities, organized the Olde Tyme Harvest for Hunger in August 2013. The event was designed to raise money to help provide food to povertystricken areas of the world while at the same time educating people about the importance of agriculture and the farming methods used in the past. Forty-one threshing machines were in operation all at the same time, establishing a new

Visitors to Langenburg will notice three large mosaic tiles on the north side of the Yellowhead. The tiles depict facets of the community’s culture — its history, business and agriculture. There is also the eye-catching Goliath, a huge red swing, the largest in the world.

world record! Attendance was high and $100,000 was raised for the charity. Langenburg is known for its arts council. The arts council was involved in purchasing a new digital projector this year, enabling the theatre in Langenburg to remain in operation. Residents of the town also enjoy the use of a library, swimming pool, skating and curling rinks, sports grounds and bowling alley. Nearby Carlton Trail Regional Park boasts a nine-hole grass greens golf course while Asessippi Ski Hill is only 20 minutes away. Churchbridge and Langenburg are just two of the treasures to be found among the forests and fields of Saskatchewan’s Parkland. The lush richness of the area’s natural environment is reflected in the blossoming abundance of the local economy and the high quality of life enjoyed by the residents of these two communities. Photos this page courtesy of Town of Langenburg

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From Desserts to Designs Specializing in One-of-a-Kind

Michelle Provali opened her one-of-a-kind restaurant in 2004. Five years later, Save Room for Dessert expanded into a retail store. An exclusive retailer for many of its unique hand-crafted items and brands, Save Room for Dessert now features Saskatchewan and BC designed children’s and women’s apparel, as well as high-quality Canadian-made jewellery, many in one-of-a-kind designs.

Save Room for Dessert

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here are not many car dealerships that have been owned and operated by the same individuals for more than three decades. Such longevity is a sign of success, brought about by the sale of quality products at competitive prices and backed by excellent service. You know when you buy a car or truck from Paragon Sales Ltd. that you are getting good value for your hard-earned dollar. Warren Schappert, along with a partner, opened the doors of Paragon Sales Ltd. in Langenburg in August of 1981 when he was only 23 years old. At the time, he was the youngest first-generation GM dealer in all of western Canada. “We started at a time when many dealers and

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other businesses disappeared due to record high borrowing rates. Against all odds, I was determined to make it work!” says Schappert. He and his wife Karen assumed full ownership in 1996. Over the past 31 years, Paragon has been selling new GMs and quality pre-owned vehicles to customers from near and far. “Obviously, the immediate areas are our primary focus, but our very visible location on Hwy 16 has enabled us to retail vehicles from BC to Newfoundland. The highway splits our two lots right down the middle, so when you drive in on the Yellowhead, you come right to the store. We stock very aggressively, carrying upwards of 150 vehicles at any given time,” says Schappert.

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The business has not only survived the ups and downs of the economy over the years, but it has thrived. In 2011, Paragon Sales expanded. A new 15,000-squarefoot building was erected adjacent to the original dealership. It includes a four-car showroom, a four-bay drive-thru service reception area and a 10-bay shop with brand new, state-of-the-art equipment. The original building is being used for detailing. “It was a major decision, but one that Karen and I are very glad we made. It and the buoyant local economy are major reasons for a substantial increase in business.” The dealership employs 18 full-time staff. “We have many long-term employees. I am very proud of the job they do for our


customers, day in and day out. We have a very low turnover rate. Our technicians have all been home-grown and are GM factory-trained experts. In fact, our most senior technician has been with me since day one. We’re very happy to have added our daughter Aubrey to the staff. She handles the entire accounting function,” notes Schappert. Jonathon Monro is one of Paragon’s satisfied loyal customers. He testifies to the high quality of service provided there: “The Paragon service department is excellent. Mel Schaab and his service team always accommodate me, knowing how important my vehicle is for my job. I am always greeted with a smile. Thanks, Paragon!” Over the years, Paragon has been the recipient of many GM awards, including the highest recognition — the GM Triple Crown. “A new state-of-the-art facility and great staff are key ingredients to our on-going success, but that would mean nothing without our loyal customers. We appreciate their on-going support very much,” states Schappert. Warren, Karen and staff are very excited about the future of the dealership and the great General Motors lineup. They would welcome the opportunity to add you to their growing list of satisfied customers. Paragon Sales Ltd. 103 Kaiser William Ave W   Highway #16 Langenburg, SK S0A 2A0 Phone: 306.743.5430 Toll Free: 1.888.246.1761 paragon.service@sasktel.net paragon.parts@sasktel.net www.paragonsalesgm.com TOP L-R Ted Falloon (sales), Randy Mc Donell (sales); Karen Schappert, Warren Schappert, Aubrey Thorpe (accounting); Allison Buchberger (financial services); Sharon Mc Cullough (reception) ACROSS Service: Justin Hemauer (detailer); Warren Schappert, Devin Nerbas (apprentice tech;) Gordon de Vries (technician); Mel Schaab (service manager); Michael Moskaluke (detailer); Kelly Schwindt (parts manager); Stacey Morin (service advisor); Jeff Mitschke (technician). In truck box: Jon Holovach (technician); Colin McCorkindale (apprentice tech). Missing: Austin Schrader(technician); Dallas Zimmer (service advisor).

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amily and Friends Community Foundation was established in 2003 in order to offer the people of Langenburg, Churchbridge and Spy Hill the opportunity to financially support local projects that directly benefit their own communities. About a decade ago, a few members of the Langenburg community noticed that people of the community were making generous financial donations to charities and organizations, but “these donations were leaving the community, leaving the province, leaving the country, and money

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was being given away to organizations who weren’t giving to the community,” remarks Warren Kotzer, vice chairperson of the foundation’s board of directors, and original member of the foundation’s steering committee. In response, members of the Langenburg community grouped together to build a foundation to which people could donate that would be entirely devoted to supporting their local communities.

Killarney on how to operate a foundation and make it work, and then after the first year, we established the foundation, got incorporated, and got registered as a non-profit organization through the CRA [Canadian Revenue Agency],” says Warren. “Since then, we have a number of estates that have been donated to the foundation, and that money is now staying in the community, and helping the community for years and years to come.”

It took a year to get the foundation established. “We had meetings with other foundations in Winnipeg and

Family and Friends Community Foundation is a locally-run public foundation that builds and manages

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Family & Friends Community Foundation is a locally-run public foundation that builds and manages endowment funds to support charitable events and activities in the local area.

endowment funds to support charitable events and activities in the local area. It is autonomous and governed by a volunteer board of local community leaders from all three municipalities. Family and Friends Community Foundation pools the charitable funds of its donors to create permanent, incomeearning endowment funds, which generate interest that the foundation uses to create grants to support deserving projects in the community. They have many different endowment funds people can contribute to, each with a different theme or focus. For example, there is a Health and Palliative Care Fund, which generates funds to support the health and palliative care facilities in Langenburg, Churchbridge and Spy Hill. There are also Cemetery funds, which support the upkeep and maintenance of cemeteries in the area. Over the past five years, the foundation has donated approximately $400,000

in upgrades to the Langenburg Care Home. “They’ve got it upgraded to very good standards now. They’ve brought equipment in like lifts and tubs, they have all automatic beds, and the kitchen has been totally redone to the tune of about $40,000,” says Mervin Kendel, chairperson of the board. Funds can be donated to the foundation in perpetuity or flow-through donations. Donations in perpetuity are added to an endowment fund in the form of principal, and help to generate more income for the foundation’s grants. Flow-through donations, on the other hand, are donations that are transferred to a project in full, ones that simply ‘flow through’ the foundation. Cherryl Kotzer, the foundation’s program administrator, advises that donors can do flow-through donations to a specific initiative that they want to support. “Quite often people have a specific project in mind before they donate to the

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foundation.” For example, one gentleman donated $300,000 to renovations at Langenburg’s community theatre through a flow-through donation. “The $300,000 was put within the foundation, and then as the building and the renovations proceeded, the foundation paid out the applicable bills,” Cherryl says. “So that’s how we have a huge, beautiful addition onto our theatre. Through that kind, flowthrough donation.” The board of directors for Family and Friends Community Foundation is made up of active members of all three participating communities: Langenburg, Churchbridge and Spy Hill. The foundation welcomes grant applications for community projects for all three areas, and accepts donations year-round. For more information visit their website, www.familyandfriendsfoundation.com or contact a member of the board.

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ver a century ago, several fires ravaged farms in the Hoffenthal district northeast of Langenburg, Sask., and since no one had insurance, neighbours and community members were generous enough to help the affected families. It was a terrible loss for the community, but this incident led to the development of a fund which would insure the community for decades to come. In the spring of 1909, “a group of farmers got together and pooled their money together in a little fund, so if someone’s house burnt down, or a farm burnt

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down, there was this pool of money that they could dip into to help pay for the loss,” says Lorinda Buchberger, general manager of Germania Mutual Insurance. “And so that started the mutuality between all these people, and it just grew from there.” As history has a way of repeating itself, Germania relocated in 2007 to an office which happens to be in the same building where its first annual meeting was held in 1909. Germania Mutual Insurance is a “proud little insurance company” which provides

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home and farm insurance through brokers all around Saskatchewan. Run by an active board of directors as well as a staff of four hard-working women, Germania is known for its excellent service and personable staff. Although Germania is small in comparison to the larger insurance companies across the country, it has grown greatly. “I truly think that people living in rural Saskatchewan want to deal with small town people and that’s what this mutual insurance company is, and that is why we have grown. In 1999, the company was receiving $140,000


in premiums, and today, at the end of 2012, we were at over 3.2 million,” says Buchberger. Specializing in home and farm insurance, Germania Mutual Insurance has fantastic packages for homeowners, tenants, condominium owners, mobile home owners, rental dwellings and seasonal dwellings, farm owners, farm tenants and farm insurance. Their farm insurance coverage protects farming operations from loss or damage to homes, outbuildings, farm machinery and equipment, livestock and produce plus much more. Last year, the Insurance Brokers Association of Saskatchewan (IBAS) survey ranked Germania best overall in personal product and pricing, personal policy service, billing, personal quoting and accommodation and claims handling. “We excel in the personal aspect of the business,” says Buchberger. “We’re people — not technology —and we treat our policyholders really well.” Germania has a small but vital staff: Lorinda Buchberger, general manager; Maxine Bourgette, claims manager, retiring end of 2013; Tracey Yont, new claims manager-in-training; and Tammy Putland, underwriting manager. The board of directors is also essential to the company’s success. It is led by Chairman Shawn Patenaude, Ron Buchberger, Michele Yeske, Kent Weir, Melissa Ingjaldson and Scott Pratt, and together they ensure the company continues to provide quality insurance for its policyholders. Germania offers insurance only through brokers, which are located all over Saskatchewan. “We have 27 brokers who sell our insurance, all in Saskatchewan,” says Buchberger. Brokers are located in communities such as Langenburg and SpyHill (Mainline Insurance), Esterhazy (Zaparaniuk Agencies), Yorkton (L.R. Future Insurance), Buchanan (Shewchuk Insurance), Kamsack (Hawryluk Agency), Melville (Mark’s Agency), Watrous (Tri-Central Insurance), Wadena (Wadena Insurance) and many more. A complete list can be found on Germania’s website. Throughout the years, Germania has remained true to its mission statement: “To provide secure insurance coverage

for our policyholders and ensure prudent long-term growth while preserving our rural Saskatchewan roots.” For quality insurance from people you can trust, contact a Saskatchewan broker about Germania Mutual Insurance today. Germania Mutual Insurance Co. Box 477, Langenburg 306.743.5363 www.germaniainsurance.ca germania@sasktel.net opposite RiGHt L–R Tracey Yont; Lorinda Buchberger, general manager; Maxine Bourgette; Tammy Putland

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Authentic East Indian Cuisine

European Master Pastry Chef in Yorkton

Chris’s Place Preeceville | 306.547.3333

Wanders Sweet Discoveries 11–2nd Avenue North, Yorkton | 306.782.0183 hwanders@sasktel.net

We Saved You a Spot

Rayzr’s Pub Yorkton Hotel

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

Yorkton Hotel Hotel Yorkton 14 2nd 2nd Avenue Avenue North, Yorkton 14 Yorkton Hotel N. Yorkton Yorkton, |SK 306.782.2947 | 306.782.2947 306.782.2947 14 2nd Avenue N. Yorkton | 306.782.2947

Serving Canadian and East Indian food cooked traditionally and professionally. Come try the butter chicken, chicken tikka masala or the tandoori chicken.

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.

Light lunches in an open, cozy atmosphere. Made from scratch lunches, desserts and pastries with a large variety of tea, coffee and specialty drinks. Open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

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Big Portions, Personal Service

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week with the biggest menu in town, Melrose is sure to have what you want. Melrose Place 516 Broadway Street West, Yorkton 306.782.7667

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Quality Products For Healthy Living

Quilting Expert in Yorkton

Foam Lake HomeHealth Care Ltd PO Box 970, 314 Main St, Foam Lake p: 306.272.4443 | f: 306.272.4314 | c: 306.269.7252

Colette’s Sewing Machines Plus 206 Smith St E Yorkton 306.782.3520

Home of the $18.18 Roses

Take a Drive in the Country

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

The Craft Shack 19 km West of Yorkton Hwy 16, 7 km North and 2 km East 306 782-3478 | thecraftshack@live.com

Canada’s Store

Create and Combine with Pandora

Canadian Tire Parkland Mall, 277 Broadway Street East, Yorkton | 306.783.9733 www.canadiantire.ca |

Frozen Cactus 37 Broadway St East, Yorkton 306.783.0313

We believe in healthy living, providing you with tested and proven products that destroy bacteria, viruses and fungi. Check out our new product line Luobuma Tea.

All About Flowers is not only all about flowers. Now carrying fire pots in many shapes and sizes, gourmet baskets, home decor and still home of the $18.18 roses.

Open Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Colette’s Sewing Machines Plus. Stop in for creative gifts for the people in your life that quilt and sew.

Take a stroll through our country shop, featuring unique home and garden decor, country prints, candles and rustic barnyard treasures.

Tell your story and wear your memories with Pandora jewellery, available at Frozen Cactus. Now a silver Pandora dealer, they have an even bigger selection of jewellery to choose from.

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Your Friendly Neighbourhood Music Store

Dress Trendy for Less

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

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

Much More Than Just a Western Store

Smart Clothes for Everyday Living

Hitching Post 17 Betts Avenue, Yorkton 306.783.5629

Mark’s Work Wearhouse 220A Broadway St E, Yorkton | 306.782.1414 www.marks.com |

Helping Make Your Dreams Come True

One Stop Bridal Shop

Lolos Events and Fashion Kamsack 306.542.1222

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

Guitars, basses, drums, keyboards, PA systems and all the accessories.

Hitching Post has something for everyone: a great selection of mens, ladies and childrens clothing, boots, hats, jewellery, home decor, tack and so much more. City or country living, there is something for everyone.

Bridal wear, bridesmaid, prom and grad dresses, tuxedo rentals, event planning and rentals, current fashions and footwear. Some of the finest designers in the industry at very competitive prices, all under one roof.

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LosaChic has the look of an upscale boutique with affordable prices and small town personalized service.

Clothes and footwear for men and ladies; workwear, embroidery and promotional products under one roof. Brands you love and people who care.

One 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.


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For All the Good Stuff

Indescribable Fashion

Merv’s 601 Main St, Swan River 204.734.3252

Sagebrush Studios 102 Vincent Ave, Churchbridge 306.896.2744

House of BBG Cosmetics

All Seasons All the Time

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

SasKam Sportsman Kamsack 306.542.4000

Safety First

Computer Service and Solutions with Microage

The Safety Warehouse 911 Inc. 23 Smith St. West, Yorkton | 306.782.7233 www.thesafetywarehouse911.ca | info@thesafetywarehouse911.ca

MicroAge Yorkton 324 Broadway St W, Yorkton | 306.782.0344 sales@microageyorkton.com | www.microageyorkton.com

Swan River’s electronic retailer supplying all the latest technology in TVs, home theatre and all things electronic. MTS dealer for cell phones and accessories. For all the good stuff shop Merv’s in Swan River.

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

Your full line safety equipment and training distributor, stocking major name brands like North, Sperian, MSA, Pioneer, Viking, Howard Leight, Blaklader, Bob Dale Gloves plus many more.

Come visit us for the most unique shopping experience ever. Full of temptations of the very best kind.

Whatever your favourite sport or activity, you can get the gear and accessories you need anytime of the year at SasKam sportsman in Kamsack. Serving the Parkland area for 35 years — great since ‘78.

Microage provides complete network design, installation and monitoring services as well as sales, leasing and service of laptops, tablets, desktop computers, servers, printers and most software.

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The Appliance Guys

It Feels Like Home

Thorsness Appliance 14 Betts Avenue, Yorkton | 306.786.7676 www.thorsnessappliance.com

The Secret Butterfly Boutique 293 Main Street NW, Roblin, MB | 204.937.8048 thesecretbutterflyboutique@hotmail.com | |

Quality Tanning Products And Service

The Rapture of Fashion Therapy

Tantalize Tanning Studio 77 Broadway St. W., Yorkton 306.782.5757

The Vintage Vault 105-19 Broadway Street East, Yorkton 306.782.3000

Perfect Style for Every Occasion

New Location, Same Great Service

Tracy’s on Broadway and Tracy’s Bridal #2-84 Broadway St E, Yorkton | 306.783.6360 tracys.b@sasktel.net

Wagners Flooring Canada 464 Broadway Street East, Yorkton 306.783.8392

Specializing in major appliance sales and service with brand names like Maytag, Whirlpool, KitchenAid, JennAir and Amana. Competitive pricing, friendly service.

Yorkton’s cutting edge tanning salon featuring three intensity levels of tanning beds to meet all tanning needs. Standing bed available! Lotions and sprays to fit all needs Jaco hybrid training clothing available here.

Come in to Yorkton’s newly renovated and widely expanded women’s clothing and bridal shop. For Dazzling Dresses and Forward Fashion shop Tracy’s Bridal and Tracy’s on Broadway.

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Ever get the feeling you are where you belong? When you walk into The Secret Butterfly Boutique in Roblin, you get that feeling it feels like home.

Not only a place to shop and recycle your wardrobe, but The Vintage Vault is also a social outing and an affirmation of one’s inner self.

Service goes beyond the provision of quality products and sound advice. At Wagners we believe in the community and in you, our customers. Come design your unique space with us. Where friends send friends.


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Let Us Inspire You

100% Pure Saskatchewan Honey

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

Howland’s Honey R.R. #2, Canora | 306.792.2044 | sasha@howlandshoney.com www.howlandshoney.com |

Big City Showroom, Friendly Hometown Service

Sales with a Smile

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

Kimberly Hamilton - Product Specialist, Yorkton Hyundai 306.322.7573 khamilton@yorktonhyundai.com

Unique floral arrangements, home decor and gift ideas for celebrating all of life’s great moments. Like us on facebook at Yorkton Grower Direct and Welcome Home Gift Shop for great ideas and contests.

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.

Sweetening your day since 1979. Howland’s Honey is a one source honey produced from colonies near Good Spirit Lake. Look for Howland’s Honey at retailers throughout Saskatchewan.

Product specialist with more than two years’ experience and more than 250 vehicles sold. Honest, to the point and ready to help with your vehicle purchasing needs.

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Summertime Dreams For Sale

Aurora Beach lakefront property for sale (Margo Lake). Come and enjoy the peace and quiet. Real peace . . . real quiet . . . real life.

Helping Farmers Prosper

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

Aurora Beach Developments 306.324.4514

Cargill Yorkton | 306.782.1199 www.cargill.ca

The Hottest Fashions for Your Windows

Better Outdoor Living Friendly Finances

Sophisticate your windows by adding modern, stylish window shutters. Call Lina to book your free consultation.

These aesthetically durable sunroomsbased protect you Churchbridge Creditpleasing Union isand a strong community from the wind, hotoffers sun, rain and and the nuisance of annoying organization that friendly professional service toand their dangerouswhile insects. members assisting them in all areas of their finances.

Budget Blinds 44 Second Avenue, Yorkton 306.783.1699

Churchbridge Credit Union Suncoast Screen Enclosures 306.896.2797 306.761.1801 | dgl.inc@sasktel.net www.churchbridgecu.ca | www.suncoastenclosures.com

All Your Covering Requirements

Committed to Quality

Canora Weaving and Manufacturing 811-4th Street, Canora | 306.563.4443 canoraweaving@sasktel.net

Collingridge Construction Ltd. PO Box 48, Mikado | 306.563.5355 collingridgeconst@gmail.com

From polyester webbing for tie-on straps to covers of all types, Canora Weaving and Manufacturing provides solutions for all your needs.

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As a leader of quality and service in the construction industry, people say “Want a job done right? Collingridge is the company you go with.�


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World Class Beauty Salon and Spa

Full spa services including manicures, pedicures, massage, facials, waxing, eyebrow/eyelash tinting as well as complete hair services including extensions. A taste of Hollywood right in Melville.

Canadian Immigration and Consulting Office Our goal is to support a better Saskatchewan and all of Canada by assisting employers and foreign nationals with genuine immigration services.

Danello Beauty Center 209 Main St, Melville | 306.728.2335 www.danellobeauty.com

LINTS International 1.306.782.1833 | info@lintsinternational.ca www.linsinternational.ca

Affordable Style for Every Family

We’ve Got You Covered

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

LR Futures #7 Broadway St. W, Yorkton 306.783.7737

Serving Yorkton for Over 53 Years

Locally Owned, Quality Workmanship

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

Three generations of heating, plumbing and cooling services.

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

We are grateful to provide quality investment and insurance so everyone has peace of mind. Empowerment means the choice is yours. We do our best to provide a well-rounded list of quality options.

Full construction, foundations and flatwork, renovations, Rockford Steel Buildings, overhead doors - anything and everything you need. We have new divisions to serve you better. NL Construction 306.783.1443 n.l.construction@hotmail.ca

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A Warm Welcome Awaits

Healing Hands

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

Healing Garden Massage Studio 14, 2nd Ave N., Yorkton 306.316.0420 or 306.783.3344

Integrity is the Heart of Our Business

For All Your Electrical and More

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

RH Electric Ltd 657 Broadway St. W Yorkton | 306.782.5592 www.rh-electric.com

Guaranteed Workmanship, Quality Product

Framing is Our Specialty

Premier Cabinets 15 8th Avenue North, Yorkton | 306.786.6607 www.premiercabinetsltd.ca

Ridgerunner Construction Springside 306.621.3299

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.

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

Let us design and build your dream kitchen.

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Tara Brown, Registered Massage Therapist moved from ReVive Spa & Supplements. Please contact her at new location of the Healing Garden Massage Studio.

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.

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


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Quality Work, Friendly Service

Steel Service Centre

Sharp Automotive Repair Ltd. 278 Myrtle Avenue, Yorkton | 306.782.2396 sharpauto2000@gmail.com | www.sharpauto.mechanicnet.com

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

New Face of Law

Cupcake Therapy?

Shawn Patenaude Law #9-259 Hamilton Road, Yorkton | 306.782.4901 reception@shawnpatenaudelaw.com | www.shawnpatenaudelaw.com

Spa Habit 10-84 Broadway Street, Yorkton | 306.786.3388 info@spahabit.ca | www.spahabit.ca | www.spahabitbathboutique.ca

Capturing Life

Discover All the Possibilities

As a NAPA Auto Pro Centre, full service automotive repair shop and SGI inspection centre, we can get you back on the road.

Real estate, wills and estates, corporate and business law, agricultural law. Conveniently located on Hamilton Road with ample parking and ground-level accessibility.

Memories are made every moment.

Simple Shots by Jackie Jackie Herman, photographer | 306.621.7913 jackiehermanphotos@yahoo.ca |

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

Relax in the welcoming environment of Spa Habit and then take home signature spa products to continue your spa treatment at home.

Sveinco provides quality from start to finish with custom cabinets and millwork in every build. Let Sveinco Developments help you discover all the possibilities for your new home. Sveinco Developments Ltd. Yorkton | 306.621.2140 www.sveinco.com

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Designing Kitchens

From the Everyday to the Extraordinary

Terry’s Cabinets Jct Hwy 9 & 309, Ebenezer | 306.782.7147 16 km North of Yorkton | terryscabinets@gmail.com

York - Sask Dry Cleaners Ltd. 14 1st Avenue N, Yorkton 306.782.2647

Small Town, Big Charm

Your Hearing is Our Concern

Town of Canora Town Office: 418 Main Street, Canora | 306.563.5773 www.canora.com |

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

A Fresh Set of Eyes Makes All the Difference

The Ultimate Fitness Environment

Truly You Interiors 306.621.9473

Pumphouse Athletic Club 27 - 2nd Avenue North, Yorkton | 306.783.2400 www.pumphouseathleticclub.com |

Specializing in custom cabinetry from traditional to modern contemporary, quartz and granite counter tops, LED accent lighting.

Only half an hour from Yorkton, Canora offers scenic walks, fun events and a special small town charm. It’s worth the drive.

Make sure you are seeing all the possibilities your space has to offer. For your home or your commercial decorating, design or staging needs call Kimberly Patzer at Truly You Interiors.

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In the dry cleaning business for 37 years. Let us take care of all your dry cleaning needs with same day service available on most items. Alterations also available in store.

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

Something for everyone, the PAC provides the ultimate atmosphere for a great workout. Just a walk around our sprawling 12,000 sq.ft. facility is a workout in itself! Join the PAC - your future self will thank you!


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Strong Rural Roots Benefit All 35 years in Agriculture = the experience, the understanding and the background you are looking for in an Ag Specialist.

RE/MAX Blue Chip Realty Marcel Decorby

mdecorby@remax-yorkton.ca

306.745.7755

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

306.745.7578

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More Than You Expect More value. More service. More experience. RE/MAX Blue Chip Realty Cheryl Kustra

Gladys and Mervin Secondiak RE/MAX Blue Chip Realty

269 Hamilton Road, Yorkton ckustra@remax-yorkton.ca

306.621.4454

Gladys: 306.620.9700 Mervin: 306.621.6084

L–R Pat Pugh, Mel Cole, Nancy Johnson

L–R Tyler Kilbach, Carmen Baines, Rolna Pranke, Bill Harrison

A Real Estate Company Based on Teamwork

A Real Estate Company Based on Teamwork

Pat Pugh, Yorkton 307.621.1119 Nancy Johnson, Esterhazy 306.745.7578 Mel Cole, Grenfell area 306.451.7677 blue chip realty

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Rural agents + rural values = rural results. Serving Canora, Kamsack, Buchanan, Preeceville and area.

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Tyler Kilbach, Esterhazy 306.331.9223 Carmen Baines, Carlyle 306.241.0580 Rolna Pranke, Moosomin 306.435.7343 Bill Harrison, Yorkton 306.621.8007 blue chip realty


Bring a little Christmas home with a visit to

Flower House Florist and Garden Design in Kamsack.

Floral design for all occasions and events

Christmas poinsettias grown by Barb and BJ Tropical and succulent holiday planters Authorized men’s and ladies’ Bench clothing Several other fashion brands and accessories Unique cement and cast iron garden architecture pieces Specialty home decor and Christmas ornaments

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