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Regina-based blues and rock n’ roll band Dead Levee has direct ties to Kamsack with band member “Boss Man” Rylan Klapatiuk, right. At left is Parker Cochrane, bass guitarist and centre is vocalist Dane Von Hagen while playing onstage at the Revival music room in Regina. Story and Photos on Pages 2 and 3.

Second annual Co-op Fuel Good Day benefits the Kamsack Volunteer Fire Department The residents of Kamsack were able to contribute to the Kamsack Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD) just by fuelling up their vehicles on September 18. More than 180 local organizations and causes across Western Canada are fuelling good after more than $600,000 in donations were generated from Co-op, said information on the Internet. The funds were raised as part of Fuel Good Day on September 18. During the day, a minimum of five cents of every litre of fuel sold at participating Co-op Gas Bars was donated to a local charity or nonprofit organization. In Kamsack, ten cents of every litre sold was donated to the KVFD. This was the second annual such event sponsored by the Co-op to give back to the community.

“Last year our donation benefited Paws and Claws, an organization that has branches in Yorkton and Kamsack,” said Amber Serverson, Co-op gas bar manager. “This year every penny raised stayed right here in Kamsack.” “Co-op’s Fuel Good Day is a rewarding effort that has now raised nearly $1.2 million for local organizations over the last two years,” said Cal Fichter, vice-president of energy with Federated Cooperatives Limited, which is owned by more than 170 independent retail co-operatives across Western Canada. “Co-op has a long history of serving Western Canada and we are proud to build on that with investments like this. With the help of Co-op members and customers, we are able to make a significant

contribution that will benefit communities of all sizes across Western Canada,” he said. More than 400 Co-op Gas Bars throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and northwest Ontario participated in this year’s Fuel Good Day. Ken Thopmson, acting fire chief, and Wayne Snyder, volunteer firefighter, were at Co-op on October 2 to receive a cheque in the amount of $1,371 which represented ten cents per litre of fuel sold on September 18 plus the proceeds from a breakfast and barbecue held in conjunjuntion with Fuel Good Day. “I’d like to thank the Co-op for this donation,” said Thompson. “We are debating on how to put the funds to the best use and have narrowed it down to help with the purchase of a chainsaw with a

Amber Severson (left), manager of the Yorkton Co-op Gas Bar and Convenience Store in Kamsack presented a cheque to Wayne Snyder (middle), volunteer firefighter, and Ken Thompson, acting fire chief of the Kamsack Volunteer Fire Department. carbide-tipped blade or a thermal imaging camera.” A complete list of charities and

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Former Kamsack resident member of Regina-based band poised to release second album A Regina-based blues and rock and roll band has a connection to Kamsack and a signature look: tailored jackets, leather overcoats, denim tuxedos, silk scarfs, bell-bottom trousers, ripped jeans, leather boots, collared shirts and Converse. The group is comprised of six young musicians, five of Saskatchewan and the sixth of Manitoba, and call themselves Dead Levee. Lead guitarist and vocalist Rylan Klapatiuk, 23, was born and raised in Kamsack, and is sometimes referred to as “the boss man” because he easily assumes a leadership role in the band, according to information found on Facebook. Klapatiuk admits that he writes the majority of the original lyrics and music for the band, but adds that everyone contributes. “We just click as a band. I may come up with ideas, but everyone contributes to the final product,” he said. “Our music is gritty and edgy rock and blues, inspired by old school 70s music that we have given our own new interpretation. “We exude attitude in our performances, and each member is in the spotlight during our performances.” Dane Von Hagen, 23, o f We y b u r n i s t h e l e a d vocalist. Rylan Dusyk, 23, of Montmartre plays both rhythm and slide guitar. Parker Cochrane, 23, of Odessa is bass guitarist and Preston Laschuk, 23, of Regina is drummer for the band.

A p h o to f ro m t h e g ro u p ’s Fa c e b o o k p a g e introduced Ray: song-writer and lead-guitarist of Dead Levee. The Boss Man “Ray” (Rylan Klapatiuk) was born and raised in Kamsack. The newest, and youngest member at 22 is Taylor Morgan of Carman, Man., on keyboard and vocals. The band had released a self-titled, full-length debut album in June and are working on a second. “The album was produced independently, said Klapatiuk. “We had lots of material from working in a previous band called Outskirts. We have a friend in Regina, Chris Dimas, who has a home studio and we had time booked. So we recoded three songs in December, three in January and three in March. Our album has nine songs which can be purchased through Apple iTunes, or played on streaming services like Google Play and Spotify.” The nine songs on the album are: Wash Your Hands, Train Song, Transistor Love (In Those Days), Outside the Lights, Retrospective, First Offence, Ballad, Girls Like You and Between the Sheets.

“We had some copies pressed but mostly rely on people to stream our songs from Internet sites,” Klapatiuk said. “We accumulate royalties when our songs are purchased through iTunes. We support ourselves and our band by playing live shows and doing odd jobs between gigs. “Our first big gig was opening for the band Whale and the Wolf, a group based out of Edmonton that is getting a fair amount of radio play in Regina. The venue was the Exchange, a live music club in Regina.” “Whale and the Wolf plays a style of music that it calls ‘erotic rock,’ which is just as well since the sound is seemingly drawn from enough places as to make it difficult to pigeonhole,” said information found on the Internet. “It’s one of those musical designations that you need to hear before you get it, and it’s part of a list of things that makes the

After a road tour in June, members of Dead Levee took a moment to relax before they played at the Radville Rodeo on June 15. band stand out.” “This summer we played at the Montmartre Folk Fest,” Klapatiuk said. “The crowd was fantastic and they were very receptive to our music. “On September 21 and 22 we played at the City Limits Inn in Yorkton to a full house both nights. For me it was the closest venue to my hometown that we’ve played and it felt good to see the great response from the Kamsack people who took in our show. “We were literally booted off the stage on Saturday night because it was time to quit playing and the crowd didn’t want us to stop,” he said. Although the band was only formed eight months ago, members are proud of

their accomplishments so far, Klapatiuk said. To have released an album with another on the way is keeping them in line with their expectations which members of the group first outlined when they got together this past December and formulated a business plan. Klapatiuk says the name Dead Levee was a fluke and has no particular meaning other than it just “sounded right” when someone said it

during a brainstorming session. “Our music is reflective of old school rock yet incorporates a new feel.” Although Klapatiuk has lived in Regina for the past five years he was raised in Kamsack. His parents are Janet and Tracy Klapatiuk of Kamsack, and he is a middle child with two bothers and one sister who have grown up and left the community. Continued on Page 3

Dead Levee released its first full-length album in late June. The band creates “music distilled for the eradication of seemingly incurable sadness.”

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Extensive power outage due to broken conductor At about 7:45 p.m. on September 30 the areas of Kamsack, Canora and Stenen were affected by a power outage which lasted until the following morning of October 1. Crews were dispatched and

a broken conductor was found and required specialized equipment due to the height of the line, said a release from SaskPower. The line was fixed early on the morning of October 1, but tripped again about 5 a.m. Crews

resumed work and the problem was fully repaired at around 8:35 a.m. “SaskPower removed a sample of the broken conductor and will perform a root cause analysis to understand the cause of failure in

order to reduce the risk of similar failures in the future,” said the release. “Equipment failures account for about 30 per cent of all outages in the province. SaskPower knows that power outages are

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an inconvenience and make it a priority to get power back on as quickly and safely as possible. Transmission outages are often complex to fix and sometimes require specialized equipment due to the height of the structures.”

Snow and cool weather continue to delay harvest Another significant dump of snow in the Norquay/Canora/ Preeceville/Kamsack region has resulted in further delays for area farmers who are getting understandably anxious about getting their crops harvested, said Liam O’Halloran, Prairie Soils agronomy manager last week. Many farmers had just re-started their harvest operations after previous weather delays when latest the snow came along in early October. The snow hit most of the region, with generally higher amounts south of a line from Canora to Kamsack, said O’Halloran. Overall, the harvest is still stuck around that area of one-third to one-half completed. Most producers

have finished their pea harvest, and the wheat crop harvest is about 50 per cent completed. The majority of canola crops are still in the field. In most cases, farmers are happy with the yields to this point. U n f o r t u n a t e l y, t h e y thought that harvest would be much further along by Thanksgiving, but they have not seen a good stretch of appropriate harvest weather lately. Of course, the longer the crops sit in the fields, the greater the risk of loss in crop quality. If farmers could get about a couple of weeks of sunny and warm weather with a drying breeze, it would be a great help in getting the harvest completed, said O’Halloran.

At this point, crops that are still standing are likely to dry out quicker than those in windrows, but standing crops are more likely to lodge under the weight of snow. Either way, many farmers will be making use of their grain dryers from now until the end of harvest, since there probably isn’t time to wait for the crops to dry out completely in the fields. O’Halloran said that one benefit of all the harvesting delays is that farmers have been able to get some application of anhydrous fertilizer done. He said the cool weather has lowered soil temperatures somewhat, which helps with the effectiveness of the application.

For the past several weeks area farmers have dealt with snow and rain as harvest has dragged on through late September into early October with very little progress. This picture was taken east of Canora on October 3 and is typical of many fields in the region.

Band with ties to Kamsack “exudes energy” Continued from Page 2

The members of the band Dead Levee shared a high-energy moment as they played onstage at the All Folk’d Up in Montmartre Folk Festival. “Kamsack was a great place to grow up and I have a lot of good memories,” Klapatiuk said. He attended Victoria School and graduated from Kamsack Comprehensive Institute. “My interest in music started when I was 13. I had to work all summer to buy my first guitar. I took lessons from Kevin Gorwill for 6 months, then I decided I just wanted to make music. I teamed up with a classmate, Joel Dietz who was a drummer and we played for

events and functions including school dances and at the Veregin Shishliki event. “I would love to play at a function in Kamsack if the opportunity presented itself,” he said. The group expects to release album number two early in the spring. “We are working with a new label out of Regina called Blue Wave Revolution. They have plans to sign a lot of artists, make a lot of connections and reboot the Saskatchewan music scene.

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“We’re going to record our second album at the CBC Studio in Regina where artists like Colter Wall and Dead South have recorded,” Klapatiuk said. The group will be appearing as special guests at the Hourhand EP release party on November 1 at the Revival Music Room in

Members of the Regina-based band Dead Levee, from left, were: Dane Von Hagen, Parker Cochrane, Rylan Dusyk, Rylan Klapatiuk (formerly of Kamsack) and Preston Laschuk. Photo by Chris Borshowa of Weyburn. Regina. More information about the group Dead Levee can be found on Facebook and Instagram.

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LOOKING BACK...

A Decade Ago

A former Kamsack resident, Samantha Routley, daughter of Karen and Jack Koreluik, was a member of the crew that produced the sixth and final season of Corner Gas, which is being touted as Canada’s number one hit comedy television series. ***** Shawn Sullivan, a journeyman mechanic with 20 years experience, opened Shawn Sullivan Auto Repair on Queen Elizabeth Boulevard. Having seen an ad on TV in Cornwall, Ont., “plugging the province,” Sullivan and his wife Tara decided move to Kamsack because they “couldn’t believe the price of housing.” ***** Mayor Amanda Burback of Togo made a special presentation to Roland “Rollie” Hamel, the man who was credited with being indispensable to the operation of the Village of Togo, in recognition of 30 years of services to the community. ***** Linda’s Garden Path sponsored an annual competition for growing the largest pumpkin and Dale Fesik of Kamsack won yet again for growing a 121-pound pumpkin, saying the only special treatment it was given was lots of rainwater. ***** Lydia Cherkas of Kamsack, president of the Kamsack Power House Museum, was among the representatives attending the Seneca Root networking meeting in Preeceville to meet with a representative of the Museums Association of Saskatchewan.

Trade deal crucial for Saskatchewan We have a trade deal and here in Saskatchewan that is a very big deal. Our livelihoods depend on trade. And that especially applies to trade with the United States, which is why the 11th hour United States-MexicoCanada (USMCA) agreement to replace the old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was so critical. In 2017, 55 per cent of all Saskatchewan exports went to the United States, $15.6 billion out of $28.5 billion. However, you may be surprised to know that 85 per cent of Saskatchewan imports in 2017 ($9.8 billion out of $11.5 billion) came from the U.S. You get the picture. Trade is one of those issues so critical to us all that politics needs to put aside in its discussions, although that certainly didn’t happen in either the lead up or aftermath of the recent USMCA deal. Both the federal Conservatives and NDP felt it necessary to chastise Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government for the deal it negotiated, a deal that surely seemed a near impossible one, given the outrageous demands from U.S. Donald Trump’s administration like forcing Canada to end supply management in Canada and eliminating dispute settlement mechanisms like NATFA’s chapter 19. In fairness, those of you with long memories will recall that the original Canada-U.S. free trade deal 30 years ago came with adamant Liberal and NDP opposition to Progressive Conservative Prime Minister Brian

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Mulroney’s free trade deal. We fought the 1988 election over this issue. Sadly, some things don’t change enough. But the fact of the matter is trade is as important for both our agriculture and trade-based economy now as it was back then. So notwithstanding the multiple reasons why western Canadians have legitimate reasons to be angry with the Trudeau government and policies like the carbon tax, we should be happy with what the federal government has accomplished. And credit Saskatchewan Party Premier Scott Moe for recognizing the importance of all this. “We are pleased with the way the negotiations have come out, to allow us access for our agriculture, manufacturing, our energy industry as well as our mining industry products to flow across North America,” Moe told reporters during a press conference last week after the signing of the deal. Admittedly, Moe and others do have legitimate reasons

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for misgivings, not the least of which is U.S. President Donald Trump’s use of Section 232 of his country’s Trade Expansion Act to still impose 25 per cent tariffs on Canadian steel for, allegedly, reasons of national security. For Moe, this remains disconcerting because it is having a big impact on Regina-based Evraz Steel. However, given the aforementioned imports from the U.S., Moe notes that such tariffs also have potential impact on Seed Hawk, Bourgault, Honey Bee and Morris Farm Industries, all farm implement manufacturers located in rural Saskatchewan that buy specialized steel and sell their products into U.S. markets. Such trade concerns flow throughout Saskatchewan’s economy. For example, the Saskatchewan Stock Growers’ Association noted the fall cattle run is just starting and losing duty-free access to the U.S., always a distinct possibility because it’s something that’s certainly happened in the recent past, is a frightening prospect. Approximately three quarters of all Canadian beef exports go the United States. “We’re coming into our busy time of year,” said Stock Growers general manager Chad MacPherson, adding that he has heard stories of disclaimers in contracts that could have rendered them “null and void” if there was market disruption through a failed trade deal. The main crux of it is that we maintain what we had, and we didn’t lose anything,” MacPherson said. Many are all too aware of how much not having a trade deal could cost us.

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World Teachers’ Day 2018 Opinion Editorial By Patrick Maze, President, Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation In the coming weeks, teachers from all over this province will meet together for discussions on a future vision for public education. It’s all part of Re-Imagine Education, the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation’s effort to prompt a wide-ranging public discussion about the role of our schools. We’re asking teachers and members of the general public to clarify the issues facing education today, imagine what future schools might look like in their communities and come up with a plan for making that vision a reality. Re-Imagine Education is

one of three separate planning exercises in the education sector; Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Education and school trustees are each conducting their own. The fact that three separate strategic planning and public engagement processes are taking place at the same time probably tells you all you need to know about the current state of relationships in the education sector. This is evidence of a fundamental disconnect among government, trustees and teachers. If we are to continue doing our best for students, parents and the broader society, this is a problem that has to be resolved. G o r d W y a n t , Saskatchewan’s minister

of education is keen to say he’s met with teachers and “things are well in the sector” (Hansard, May 17, 2018, pg. 4325). A teacher invited to the stage at an August 29 meeting in Saskatoon had a starkly different message for the minister: “The cuts are hurting.” Yes, government has put more money back into education. However, it’s still less than the $54 million taken out two years ago. Plus, there is the pressure of added enrollment. The pattern over the last two years is clear: 5,000 extra students, 24 million fewer operating dollars in education. The unmistakable signs of a system under stress can be heard as teachers recite their

lived experiences in the classroom. More students with fewer teachers. Less supports for those with special needs. Teacher shortages in northern Saskatchewan made worse by cuts which limit teacher recruitment and retention plus the cancellation of the NORTEP (Northern Teachers Education Program.) One teacher in Saskatoon said recently that cuts at her school are a drop in the bucket compared to what’s going on in the province as a whole. However, her students have nowhere else to go. “My kids have no backup plan. It’s heartbreaking.” When it comes to developing a strategic plan for the future of education, teacher voice has been largely

silenced. Most of the major decisions about the future are made by a little-known, but very powerful group of regional administrators known as the Provincial Leadership Team. Their mandate specifically excludes teachers from membership. Making decisions about the future of education without meaningful input from teachers is akin to driving without clearing the snow off your windshield. You don’t know where you’re going, you might not ever get to where you want to be and you’ll likely cause a lot of harm along the way. Witness the extremely modest progress that has been made on the goals set out in the Education Sector Strategic

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Plan. Teachers want to help students fully participate in Saskatchewan’s economic, cultural and intellectual life. Teachers picked this profession because they wanted to do something that made a difference. T h e t h e m e o f Wo r l d Teachers’ Day is “Teachers, the heartbeat of public education.” In order to bring meaning to that lofty sentiment, teachers in our province must be provided with the resources needed for a growing and diverse student population. They must be allowed a voice at the planning table. We must acknowledge their great work and continuing commitment to excellence in public education.

There are solutions to the fiscal woes if we can just move on them As I write this, Canada is having a good day, economically. That is, if you consider we just dodged, by the skin of our teeth, getting trampled by Donald Trump on NAFTA 2.0, the United States Mexico Canada Agreement. Also, within days, if not hours, the final go-ahead is expected to be announced for the first truly major liquefied natural gas (LNG) project to be built at Kitimat. It’s expected to come in at $40 billion, which includes its associated (gasp) pipeline. That is stupendous news, unless a meteor strikes between now and the time this goes to press. So after a summer of getting kicked in the teeth, particularly on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project and American aluminum and steel tariffs, maybe we have something to be thankful for. After all, that $40 billion is going to be a huge uplift to British Columbia. Maybe it will lead to more investments, and a whole new form of natural gas industry for Canada. But lurking in the background is the spectre of subnational debt; i.e. provinces going increasingly into debt after years of deficit spending. New Brunswick is going down the tubes in a hurry. Newfoundland has been bankrupting itself with the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project. Don’t get me started on Ontario. One of the few provinces to see recent surpluses has been Quebec, but that’s only because they get $11 billion per year in equalization payments. What is galling about all this is that many of these jurisdictions have the ability to help themselves a bit, if they just got their heads out of, well, you know. New Brunswick, for instance, has natural gas. But in recent

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years, they have banned fracking. So instead of allowing a new natural gas industry to develop there, and do this thing called pay royalties and taxes, and create jobs, they’d rather go down the whirlpool of bankruptcy. Quebec, too, has said no to fracking for natural gas, despite having its own resources. I’ve spoken to the guy leading the company who wants to develop it. They’ve been patient, but it seems they are getting nowhere. Yet in the meantime, Alberta, which does allow fracking, is paying to subsidize Quebec each and every day, while its own fiscal ability has suffered. Alberta is in a righteous fury over British Columbia and Quebec’s intransigence on pipelines. Northern Gateway was first. Then Energy East. Now it’s Trans Mountain. In the meantime, the price differential on Western Canadian Select compared to West Texas Intermediate is, as of October 1, -US$35.75 per barrel, giving an implied price of US$37.50. In other words, most of Alberta’s oil (and a good chunk of Saskatchewan’s) is going for just over half of WTI. I wish they sold vehicles that way. I could stand a new SUV

at half off. Yet this is how we are selling our oil, every day. When talking to Premier Scott Moe about this a month ago, I pointed out that the amount Saskatchewan is losing due to this differential, in taxes and royalties alone, would essentially wipe out our provincial deficit. He noted I was very astute, and correct. At the time, the number was $200 million per year. Since then, Moe has revised the lost revenue to $300 million per year. If the provinces don’t get their fiscal houses in order, they run the risk of going through something similar to Saskatchewan’s near-death experience with bankruptcy in the early 1990s. Those effects are still felt, today. It impacted my wife. The year she graduated nursing, they laid off 600 nurses. It was a year before she found work, in North Battleford. Shutting down the Plains Hospital 20 years ago has a big impact on hospital bed shortages today. Other provinces will soon feel this pain. Much of Canada could fix its financial woes if they stopped fighting everything and actually let people move this country ahead. That means allowing fracking in New Brunswick and Quebec. It means building Energy East, Northern Gateway and Trans Mountain, allowing that differential to shrink. It means letting one $40 billion LNG investment become many. It means stopping scaring away investment in the oilsands. It means allowing all these pipelines to be filled, at prices that aren’t discounted because we’re selling our oil to India and China. Many of the solutions are there. We just have to be willing to move on them.

Saving older genetics important to future survival If you are a regular reader of this space, and thanks to those who are, then you know I am a believer in maintaining older genetics, whether within a heritage breed of livestock, or in the plants from which our current crops evolved. The reasoning is simple enough, the world we live in changes, and that means what we grow today may not be well-suited for the world our children live in, or our grandchildren. For our scientists to be able to adapt crops and livestock for differing conditions we may need to be able to go back to the foundational building blocks and essentially start over in developing something that will fill those future needs. So I was more than a little interested when a release came via email from the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) dealing with the very topic. The article related, “plant genetic resources are any plant materials, such as seeds, fruits, cuttings, pollen, and other organs and tissues from which plants can be grown. The stewards are the breeders, researchers, farmers, gene bank staff, and many others who keep them safe and utilize them.” It went on to note Peter Bretting, a National Program Leader for the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, saying these plant genetic materials and those who care for them are important for human survival.

“These are the materials for crop breeding which play a role in food security and plant research,” he said in the article. “Crops make up the thin green line standing between humanity and calamity. To feed the growing world population, breeders must develop new crop types that yield more on less land with less material such as water and fertilizer.” Interestingly, the article also noted, “an important part of these plant genetic resources is crop wild relatives. These are closely related to crop species but have not been domesticated by humans. They are often related to crops eaten today in some way and provide useful material for breeding, study, and preservation, says Bretting. “For example, breeders might find they want a trait like drought tolerance in a specific crop. It may be a rare quality

only found in an ancestor. Luckily, breeders might be able to find what they need thanks to the stewards who are conserving the wild ancestors.” This is fascinating in the sense it ties in with the concept that every species of plant and animal is worth preserving because science may find in the future it contains some trait or gene which may have a dramatically positive effect for humanity. That vision dovetails with the recent recognition by CSSA in celebrating Crop Wild Relative Week September 22 to 29. The week was created by the scientific society to raise awareness of the valuable wild relatives of familiar crops. “The fruits, grains, and roots of crop wild relatives are not as large as domesticated crops. Some might be bitter or have poor texture. But these hardy plants have a natural and useful diversity of traits that helped them live in some harsh conditions. These traits are useful to breeders in the fight to create a sustainable and secure food supply,” noted an article on the week. So to be prepared for what might come tomorrow we need to maintain the materials to develop the crops we will need. Who knows, a weed today may tomorrow be a valued part of agriculture.

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The importance of active imagination By Kevin Sprong of the Westminster Memorial United Church Recently I heard a commentator say of the book of Revelation that it is impossible to understand without an active imagination. Many of us tend to think of imagination as ephemeral and insubstantial, a fantasy world. Facts seem to us more substantial and grounded and therefore far more dependable. Yet, I wonder if that commentator was not on to something by encouraging our imagination?

Actually, imagination has been responsible for the greatest and most radical changes in society of all time. If several inventors did not imagine that sound could be conveyed using electric wires we would never have the telecommunications we have today. If a philanthropist had not imagined a world without slavery, we would still be enslaving people today. If some brave women had not imagined that women were as capable as men

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in all areas of life, we would not have the liberties we all enjoy today. First of all, imagination had to be there. Then, hard work was needed to overcome prejudice and “we-have-always-done-itthis-way” mentality and finally, the imagined realities came about. Now they seem

pretty normal to us. What would you like to imagine as a present reality that seems impossible today? I imagine an end to poverty. I would love my great-grand-kids to ask me “what does poverty mean?” I would love the economy to reflect a life where the one per cent does not

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own more than 90 per cent of the wealth but it is freely shared, and I imagine a world where whatever your skill, your IQ or your creative ability, there would be resources for everyone to freely express their passion and capability. Impossible? Perhaps, but I am a Christian, which means I follow Jesus who believed in possibilities. Just read his own views about women and you will find that His Church took millennia to catch on to what he believed was

possible for women and all people. His economic views of sharing were so radical that 2,000 years later we still have trouble implementing them, except in tiny monastic communities. But, as a person of faith, I still hope and strive for the world that Jesus’ imagination set before us. One day, the Kingdom or Realm or Government of God, the one that Jesus imagined, could still become reality. Yet it won’t come about without some imagination on our part.

Veregin New Horizons committee continually fundraises By Jan Derwores Members of the committee which brought the Veregin Hall back to life are in fundraiser mode on a year-round basis. Many dozens of perogies are made, packaged and sold every month to raise funds for maintenance and restoration of the Hall, all with the help of willing volunteers, said Nadia Reibin, chair of the Veregin New Horizons Committee. Starting in 2015 the group decided to save the Veregin Hall from further disrepair, formed a committee and began fundraising. A “To Do” board was erected in the Hall and items are being steadily crossed off as the committee continues to work on projects such as windows, plumbing, electrical, painting and this summer, a new exterior of stucco and paint,” said Wendy Chernoff, committee vice-chair. The perogies are made

regularly and it is a three-day process: day one is for prepping dough and fillings; day two is for “pinching” where the dough is cut into rounds, filled with one of four fillings, and pinched closed, and day three is for packaging all the frozen perogies into bags of five dozen. “We use fillings of potatocheddar, potato-onion, sauerkraut and cottage cheese,” Chernoff said. “We find it hard to keep up with customer demand sometimes because we depend on volunteer labour. We are fortunate to have volunteers come from Canora and Kamsack on pinching day.” There are usually eight volunteers on day one, but 16 to 20 on day two for pinching. Packing is usually eight again. “We are always looking for volunteers, so if anyone would like to help just give us a call,” Chernoff said. “This spring the men volunteers planted a large plot of

NOTICE – October 5, 2018 The Good Spirit School Division No. 204 Board of Education approved a motion at their regular board meeting on Thursday, October 4, 2018 to consider school closure of Calder School located at Calder, Saskatchewan. The school was identified based on a set of criteria developed by the Board to assist in its school review process. The criteria help to identify areas that may limit or otherwise affect the school or division’s ability to deliver quality learning opportunities. And further take notice that the criteria for this review is as follows: o o o o o o o o o o

Enrolment – historical and projected Location Transportation Grade Configuration Appropriate Teaching Staff Operational Cost Physical Condition of the school Facilities Program Offerings Extra-Curricular Activities

Board Policy 17 School Review may be viewed at www.gssd.ca. The School Administration Regulations may be viewed on the Ministry website at www.saskatchewan.ca. You may obtain further information by contacting Quintin Robertson, Director of Education at 306-786-5500.

The Veregin Hall and New Horizons Coffee Shop before having the outside redone with stucco and paint this summer. dishwasher and the facility potatoes for us and they set disrepair when the commit- Chernoff said. The Hall seats 120 at ca- can be rented for events and up the lunch for the women tee took it over in 2015. “ T h e c o m m i t t e e a n d pacity, and 60 in the coffee functions such as elections, on perogy pinching day.” flu clinics, meetings and “Our two other main fun- volunteers just had to do shop side. “There was no ceiling at showers to name a few. draisers are a ham and per- something with this building Work on the building is ogy supper in January and because we saw potential. all in the kitchen area back a shishliki supper in April. There are two components in 2015, just to give you an ongoing and the floor will We time these events so they to the building now: the idea of what we had to work likely be the next project the don’t conflict with other Hall and kitchen and the with,” Chernoff said. “So we committee will tackle, it was events and we usually sell New Horizon Centre coffee started, and this is what we said. The exterior was given shop, and each section can have accomplished so far. a facelift earlier in the sumout quickly,” she said. “The men open the coffee mer, with new stucco and Built in the early 1900s, be rented individually or the Hall was in a state of altogether for larger events,” shop at seven a.m., six days paint. Chernoff built some a week and it fills up with large, wooden planters to sit the morning coffee crowd. in front and the name, Palace We’ve held birthday par- Gardens, has been restored ties in the coffee shop at 8 on the Hall, much to the sata.m. Where else can you do isfaction of the community. that?” “That was the original In the Hall, at the head name of the Hall and we for supporting our of neat rows of tables and couldn’t be happier to have TH 13 ANNUAL TEAM PENNING chairs, stands the dough it displayed once again,” it held on September 8. Without your roller, a stainless steel piece was said. generous donation this penning of mechanical equipment Donations and grants event would not be possible. purchased with a dona- have played a large part in tion that helps make dough having the renovation work D & M Accounting preparation efficient and is a accomplished. The commitPattison Agriculture labour saver. tee has started a donor wall RM of Cote #271 The dough cutter, also to acknowledge donations Kamsack Home Hardware purchased with a donation, received over a certain limit. Hawryluk Agencies is a time saver for the group One more wall figures Affinity Credit Union which needs to maximize prominently in the coffee OK Tire – Kreg’s Auto and Ag Parts labour and time for their shop. The wall is covered P & J Plumbing & Heating fundraising venture, as the with calendars donated Chester’s Place volunteers average over 200 for display by Sid Reilkoff Duck Mountain Ambulance dozen perogies for each o f K a m s a c k a n d e a c h Ritchie Industries batch made. calendar is from a past Veregin Co-op “We have come a long business in Veregin, from Prairie Soil Services - Norquay way since the days when 1944 to 1981. Norquay Co-op we used a tin can to cut and Anyone wishing to find Heartland Livestock Auction - Yorkton a rolling pin to roll,” said out more information or to Painted Hand Casino - Yorkton Chernoff. rent the Hall may contact SaskTel T h e k i t c h e n i s n o w Chernoff. equipped with a commercial More pictures on Page 7

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Making perogies requires workers of all ages

Wendy Chernoff, left, held the perogy dough cutter while standing beside the perogy dough roller with Nadia Reibin at the Veregin Hall.

Harper Chernoff, three, is one of the youngest helpers on perogy-making days, and Molly Poole, back left (seated) in her 80s, may be the oldest volunteer to help pinch perogies. Beside Harper is Janey Vanin, while a group of volunteers work together in the background.

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Nadia Reibin, left and Wendy Chernoff show off the display of vintage calendars of bygone Veregin businesses which hang on one wall of the Veregin New Horizons Community Centre.

The members of the Veregin New Horizons committee packed perogies into bags to be sold to raise funds to continue maintenance and restoration of the Veregin Hall. Clockwise from left, were: Nadia Reibin, Wendy Chernoff, Mary Perepelkin, Fay Bloudoff and Violet Cherewyk.

The committee to restore the Veregin Hall was responsible for having the outside of the building redone with stucco and paint earlier this summer. From left, were: Wendy Chernoff, Mary Perepelkin, Fay Bloudoff and Nadia Reibin.

Wendy Chernoff stands beside the “To Do” board that the committee started in 2015 to track the progress of the restoration of the Veregin Hall.

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Be a considerate neighbour and be worthy of public trust in livestock production By Christopher Pinno, P. Eng, Regional Specialist, Moose Jaw Nuisance from livestock operations can be caused by dust, noise, odour, smoke and other disturbances that can adversely affect the use and enjoyment of one’s property. This includes the spreading of livestock wastes such as manure and the management of mortalities, which can also cause environmental impacts. If you must apply manure near your neighbours, be sure to communicate with them to plan an appropriate time to spread the manure to minimize odour and nuisance issues; be a considerate neighbour. The Agricultural Operations Act plays multiple roles in livestock production. The purpose is to balance environmental and social responsibilities with the realities of agricultural production. The main provisions of the Act are to

provide a mechanism for resolving nuisance disputes between agricultural producers and their immediate neighbours, and protection of ground and surface water by proper management of manure and animal waste. It’s important to follow The Agricultural Operations Act and other provincial and municipal bylaws for your area. Some categories of livestock operations require approved plans under The Agricultural Operations Act. This will help ensure you manage manure and livestock wastes in an environmentally respons i b l e m a n n e r. C a l l t h e Agricultural Operations Unit or refer to the document “Does my Operation Require Approval” to determine if you require approval. In addition to following provincial and local rules, remember that livestock manure is a nutrient-rich, valuable fertilizer resource.

However, planned management is required to minimize nutrient and bacteria additions to waterways, and potential nuisance and odour concerns. Locate livestock operations and manure stockpiles away from watercourses. Apply manure as fertilizer at agronomic rates, and away from watercourses, neighbours, and recreational and other sensitive areas. Apply manure in the spring, summer or fall, avoiding application in winter or under frozen conditions. Fence off mortality disposal sites to deter scavenging, properly cover carcasses, and bury or compost mortalities in clay soils, keeping contaminated runoff out of waterways and groundwater. To l e a r n m o r e a b o u t the Nuisance Provisions or the Intensive Livestock Provisions, contact the Ministry of Agriculture’s Agricultural Operations Unit at 306-787-4680.

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Fall Clean-Up EXTENDED! We will be doing an extra pick-up of compostable items & yard until October 17th. No furniture or household objects please, just organic yard waste with all branches bundled up and stacked neatly, many thanks.

Upcoming Events: Oct. 11 - Kamsack RCMP detachment invite you to a town wide meeting to discuss recent bylaws at the Ukrainian Catholic Hall from 7pm. Oct. 12 - Chase the Ace – Kamkids fundraiser at the Legion – starts at 7pm, draw at 8:30pm. Oct.12&13 – SMALL FOOT is playing at the Playhouse Theatre, 7:30pm on both nights. Oct. 19 - Chase the Ace – Kamkids fundraiser at the Legion – starts at 7pm, draw at 8:30pm. Oct. 19&20 – THE NUN is playing at the Playhouse Theatre, 7:30pm on both nights. Oct. 21 - United Church Fall supper at the Ukrainian Catholic Hall, all are welcome from 5 to 7pm. Adults $15, 6-12 years $10 and Under 6’s are free. Oct. 26 - Chase the Ace – Kamkids fundraiser at the Legion – starts at 7pm, draw at 8:30pm. Oct. 27 - Kamsack Hospital Auxiliary Pie & Coffee Sale at the Legion Hall, all are welcome from 1:30 - 3:30pm. Oct. 27 - Kamsack Minor Hockey Halloween Party at the Broda Sportsplex mezzanine, so save the date! Nov. 30 - Moonlight Madness – save the date and enter a float!

Next Council Meeting: Mon., Oct. 9 - 6:30pm

NEW LANDFILL WINTER HOURS FROM OCTOBER 16th! Tues. and Fri. 1-5pm. Saturdays from 9am-1pm. Landfill tickets must be purchased in advance from the Town Office. If you have old tickets they are still good for use at our landfill. For information on our landfill fees and details you can call the Town Office at 542-2155. The 2018-19 season at the Broda Sportsplex will start in early October. The schedule with skate and shinny times is available on our website – www.kamsack.ca Look for the calendar in the middle of the page. You can rent the ice for birthday parties or extra practice time too! Roofing contractors are scheduled to start repairing the roof in mid-October the work should take approximately 6-10 days to complete, thanks for your patience. Friday, November 30th Moonlight Madness is coming back to Kamsack… Santa will be here! Sadly the reindeer will not but if you have any suggestions for the event or if your business or community group would like to enter a float in the Santa Claus parade, call Kev at the Town Office at 542-2044.

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Local teacher and mother of three runs marathon By Jan Derwores A Kamsack teacher and mother of three proved to herself that she is still able to run a 10-kilometre marathon in less than an hour. Chantel Kitchen completed the Queen City Marathon, held in Regina on September 9 with a time of 53:02. This finish saw her place 28/656 females, 5/96 in the female 30-34 division and 76/884 runners. “I decided to sign up for the Regina 10k race in the spring as a way to motivate myself to keep running over the summer,” Kitchen said. “I have a running partner, Monica, from September to June, which is a great motivator to get out of bed in the morning and run, but we both go away for the summer, so I have to find an alternate motivation. “In early July I broke my toe while participating in a Nerf gun fight with my children and their friends and I had to take a couple weeks off from running. At this point I decided the run would be purely for fun, as training was not going to be great. “I managed to work up to running 8k by the end of summer holidays and set a goal of simply finishing the Queen City Marathon without having to stop. “It was my slowest 10k finish to date, running it in 53:02, but I managed to accomplish my goal,” she said. Kitchen said she did not start out being “athletic” as a child, in fact quite the opposite. As a young child, when her family was living in Japan, she participated in a mandatory mini-marathon for all Grade 4 students, and finished “dead last.” “I was not ‘athletic’ let alone a good runner, and I never gave running a second thought after that

experience,” she said. Kitchen’s family was living in a new community, Meadow Lake, by the time she entered Grade 8. “I was an academic with a 95 per cent plus average, but my Phys. Ed. mark was always one of the lowest.” That year, the school program offered higher marks in Phys. Ed. for every sports team that a s t u d e n t t r i e d o u t f o r. Motivated to achieve a better grade, Kitchen tried out for and successfully made the volleyball and basketball teams. When track season approached, Kitchen made that team as well, but, lacking any particular talent, her coach suggested she try distance running. “There began my career a s a r u n n e r, ” s h e s a i d . From Grades 9 through 12 she attended cross-country and track-and-field provincials, with placings that ranged from eighth to 16th overall, and “loved every minute of it.” Kitchen had also be come an avid basketball player. “My older sister was playing for the University of Saskatchewan (U of S ) an d I h ad d r eams to do the same. However, I wasn’t quite as talented, and wasn’t quite as tall, so I was not recruited there. However, Lakeland College in Lloydminster recruited me to play. I had everything in place to do my first two years of university there.” On a whim Kitchen went on the U of S “Experience U S To u r ” w i t h s o m e friends, and while there, filled out some scholarship applications. A couple of months later she received a call that would change her earlier plans. “I got a phone call, letting me know I had received a $25,000 scholarship over four years (based

on school leadership, community involvement and a 95 per cent average) called the President’s First and Best Scholarship. It meant essentially tuition paid for four years of university. I was devastated to give up my basketball career, but who can walk away from school being completely paid for? So I called the Lakeland College coach to let her know and she was very understanding.” Kitchen joined the U of S cross-country and track-and-field teams. Although she never made nationals in either sport she developed a love for running and made many lifelong friends through that experience. “It was also the springboard to my husband, Kevin, and I starting up the Kamsack track-and-field team and coaching KCI’s (Kamsack Comprehensive Institute’s) track-and-field team. “The highlight of my university career was running 10k races. “My first 10k race was at the Saskatoon Marathon in 2005 in my 3rd year, where I placed first in the female category running a time of 41:15,” she said. A stress fracture of the femur resulted in Kitchen giving up running for a couple years. While living and teaching in Canora, Kitchen started coaching the crosscountry team at the high school, and began running for “fun” again. “In 2015, after having my second child, I decided to start training for a 10k race again. I spent my maternity leave running and doing workouts in my basement to train. I registered in both the Yorkton Charity Road Race and the Queen City Marathon 10k race. My goal was to run in under one hour”.

Chantel Kitchen, left, with fellow competitors in a pre-race photo on September 9 in Regina, where she later completed the Queen City Marathon 10k run in under one hour.

In Yorkton, that August, she placed 14th overall, and was the fourth female to finish in a time of 46:34 (in a field of 70 runners). In Regina, a month later, she finished the 10k race in 44:07, placing first overall for female (of 386) and sixth overall (of 519.) In 2016 she decided to up the challenge and run the half marathon at the Queen City Marathon. “Training for this race required intense dedication and higher mileage, but it was a good challenge. I completed the race in 1 hour 46 minutes, placing 41/1249 female, and 5/196 in my age group (30-34.) I found out the next day, that I was already, unexpectedly, a couple months pregnant with our third child. “We named him Miles when he was born. Many times I have been asked if that is because I ran a half marathon while pregnant with him, but that is a complete coincidence. “Miles was born in May of 2017, so I took that summer off from races, but started running again shortly after he was born. “I haven’t been training hard for any race in particular, but enjoy my daily morning runs with my running partner, Monica, as it is my ‘me time’ in the day, something I do just for me. I feel better on days we run, including the winter months in up to -35C wind-chills. “Knowing, that I can still run 10k in less than an hour, I am now motivated to try to improve my time again for next year. “I am taking Yoga classes and have a gym membership in Churchbridge (to work out while my daughter dances all day on Saturdays), all of which I hope will contribute to an improved time next year. “Running for 30 to 60 minutes is a hobby. I find it fun, it makes my body feel good and it’s sustainable, for me as a teacher of 36 students, coach of many and mom of three, among other commitments. “I try to spread my love for the sport through coaching the Solstice Program at Victoria School in the spring, coaching the Kamsack track-and-field club (January to June) and the KCI track team. “I was excited this past year to see my kids, Kacee and Emmett, take interest in my hobby, participating in a mini track meet in Saskatoon alongside many of my former university team mates’ children. “Its a great sport to get involved in, as it can be done lifelong and requires not much more than a pair of runners,” she concluded.

Chantel Kitchen, left, with Melissa Wasilow, former teacher at KCI (Kamsack Comprehensive Institute), in 2015 after running a 10k marathon.

In 2016, after running a 21.1k marathon, Chantel Kitchen enjoyed a moment with her children, Emmett and Kacee (standing.)

Emmett (left) and Kacee, Chantel Kitchen’s two oldest children, are showing an interest in the hobby that is their mother’s passion and competed in a mini track meet in Saskatoon this past December.


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KCI female golfer attends provincials The golf season at KCI (Kamsack Comprehensive Institute) has wrapped up, and one member of the team earned the right to compete in the provincial championships. The ECDAA (East Central District Athletic Association) senior golf championship was held at Madge Lake Golf Resort September 13. In total there were 31 male and 4 female golfers from Good Spirit School Division and Christ the Teacher School Division, according to Kevin Kitchen, a coach. The female golfer representing KCI was Sadie McGriskin, and the four male golfers were Curtis

McGriskin, Aidan Broda, Kade Wishnevetski, and Ethen Krawetz. “Sadie won a gold medal in the individual competition with a score of 97 over 18 holes, which earned her the right to compete in the SHSAA (Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association) provincial golf championship held in North Battleford on September 21 and 22,” Kitchen said. The KCI male team earned a bronze medal in the team competition with a combined score of 287. “Conditions were very poor in North Battleford for the provincial championships,” said David Placatka, KCI teacher and

Members of the KCI golf team, from left, were: (back), Aidan Broda, Kade Wishnevetski, Curtis McGriskin and Liam Lachambre, and (front) David Placatka (coach), Zach Zbeetnoff, Sadie McGriskin, Connor Bodnarek and Ethen Krawetz. golf coach who accompanied McGriskin to the tournament. “There was a lot of snow on Friday and it was

E l l i e K i l m i s t e r, 9 6 , a resident of the Eaglestone Lodge for two years, completed this cross-stitch work of art titled The Old Mill. Once she had the piece framed, Kilmister then donated the piece to the Lodge to be used as a prize in a fundraiser raffle for the Lodge. To find out more about the raffle, persons may contact the Eaglestone main office.

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CO-OP Week October 14 - 20 Thursday, October 18 Join us for FREE Coffee and Doughnuts at the KAMSACK FOOD STORE Yorkton Co-op has donated to the following Kamsack and area groups and organizations this year: • • • • • • • • •

Kamsack Air Cadets Kamsack Club 55 Curling Duck Mountain Derby Kamsack Eaglestone Lodge Kamsack Family Resource Centre Kamkids Daycare Kamsack Comprehensive Institute Keeseekoose Rally Kamsack Masonic Lodge

• Kamsack Minor Baseball • Kamsack Old Dog Run • Kamsack Pending Long Riders • Kamsack River Valley Archery Club • Kamsack Sadok Ukrainian Dance • Kamsack Ski Loppett • Kamsack Wheelchair Funspiel • Kamsack Fire Department

very cold on Saturday.” Held at the North Battleford Golf and Country Club, there were

Members of the KCI golf team who participated in the district championship tournament at Madge Lake Golf Resort on September 13, from left, were: Sadie McGriskin, Aidan Broda, Ethan Krawetz, David Placatka (coach), Kade Wishnevetski and Curtis McGriskin. 27 females and 67 males representing schools throughout the province from Grades 9 to 12.

“McGriskin played well and scored 106 and 123 for a total of 229, finishing 12th overall,” Placatka said.

Saskatchewan’s population keeps growing Saskatchewan’s population continues to grow, reaching 1,162,062 people as of July 1, according to new figures released today by Statistics Canada. That’s an increase of 3,226 people in the past quarter and 11,280 people in the past year. The new population figure is slightly lower than previous estimates from Statistics Canada due to the post-census revision that is done every five years, said a release from the

Saskatchewan government. The revised population estimates still show that Saskatchewan’s population has grown in every quarter for the past 49 consecutive quarters, the longest period of sustained growth since quarterly records were first kept beginning in 1971. “Saskatchewan’s population has grown for more than 49 consecutive quarters, showing that our province is the place to be to live, work a n d t o r a i s e a f a m i l y, ”

said Jeremy Harrison, immigration and career minister. “Newcomers to Saskatchewan are adding to the strength of our province and contributing to our growing economy.” During the second quarter of 2018 (April 1 to July 1), Saskatchewan’s population increase was made up of a natural increase (births minus deaths) of 1,659 and net international migration of 4,385, offset by net interprovincial migration of -2,818.

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Did you know that cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries? By following a few safety tips you can prevent these fires.

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Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.

Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.

If you have a small (grease) cooking fire and decide to fight the fire... On the stovetop, smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turning off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.

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People, animals, and property are in danger when fire breaks out on the farm. Inspect your barn and outbuildings for fire hazards to reduce the risk of tragic loss. Heat lamps and space heaters are kept a safe distance from anything that can burn.

FACTS Smoke alarms should be installed inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level. Smoke alarms should be connected so when one sounds, they all sound. Most homes do not have this level of protection. Roughly 3 out of 5 fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or the alarms are not working.

Heaters are on a sturdy surface and cannot fall over. Electrical equipment is labeled for agricultural or commercial use. All wiring is free from damage. Extension cords are not used in the barn. Lightbulbs have covers to protect them from dust, moisture, and breakage. Damage is identified quickly and repairs are completed with safety in mind.

If the CO alarm sounds, immediately move to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door. Make sure everyone inside the home is accounted for. Call for help from a fresh air location and stay there until emergency personnel declare that it is safe to reenter the home. If you need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Do not run a vehicle or other fueled engine or motor indoors, even if garage doors are open. Make sure the exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is not covered with snow. During and after a snowstorm, make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove, and fireplace are clear of snow build-up.

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Be Halloween Safe Halloween is a fun and spooky time of year for kids. Make trick-or-treating safe for your little monsters with a few easy safety tips.

Halloween Fire Safety Tips When choosing a costume, stay away from long trailing fabric. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can see out.

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Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume.

Oily rags are stored in a closed, metal container away from heat.

Exits are clearly marked and pathways are clear.

Use a battery-operated candle or glow stick in jacko-lanterns. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit. When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long, fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter. Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of the way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways and yards.

A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 3 metres (10 feet) from the stove.

Fire drills are held frequently with everyone who uses the barn.

Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.

Workers are trained to use fire extinguishers.

Make sure all smoke alarms in the home are working.

People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.

Everyone in the barn knows personal safety is the first priority if a fire breaks out.

Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

Hazard checks take place on a set schedule.

Tell children to stay away from open flames including jackolanterns with candles in them. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire. (Have them practice stopping immediately, dropping to the ground, covering their face with their hands, and rolling over and over to put the flames out.)

The barn is a smoke-free zone.

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Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper catch fire easily. Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters.

Feed, hay, straw, and flammable liquids are stored away from the main barn.

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A generator should be used in a well-ventilated location outdoors away from windows, doors and vent openings.

Dust and cobwebs around electrical outlets and lights are removed.

There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use both types of alarms in the home.

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Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.

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Often called the invisible killer, carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel can be sources of carbon monoxide.

If the audible trouble signal sounds, check for low batteries. If the battery is low, replace it. If it still sounds, call the fire department.

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Why commemorate the date of a fire that occurred in the United States? It seemed only logical for the two countries to pool their efforts to highlight the event on the same date. Thus, Fire Prevention Week has always been held in the first full week of October in the United States as well as in Canada.

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In Canada, it was Ontario that held the first provincial Fire Prevention Day, in 1916. The first national Fire Prevention Day was held in 1919. The Governor General of Canada proclaimed the first Fire Prevention Week in Canada in 1923. And the Ministère de la Sécurité publique du Québec has held a Fire Prevention Week since 1990.

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It was forty years later, in 1911, that the oldest member organization of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the Fire Marshals Association of North America, organized the first fire prevention day to commemorate the great Chicago fire. The event grew to such proportions that 11 years later, the first Fire Prevention Week was launched in the United States.

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It’s time for Fire Prevention Week, and the Kamsack Fire Department is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents ‘Every Second Counts – Plan 2 Ways Out!’ Fire Prevention Week is actively supported by fire departments across the country. Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record.

It is October 9, 1871, in Chicago. A major fire is raging. It is brought under control only 27 hours later, leaving only ruin and devastation in its wake. More than 250 people lost their lives/died and 100,000 others were left homeless. The fire destroyed more than 17,400 buildings and ravaged over 4,800 hectares of land.

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U of S start-up shows golden touch on Dragons’ Den A start-up company formed by University of Saskatchewan (U of S) researcher Stephen Foley, with two of his former students and a business partner, struck gold on CBC’s Dragons’ Den. The panel on the reality TV show offered to chip in a total $1 million for a stake in the venture, Excir Works, said a release from the U of S.

“In the end, all six dragons bought in, which was pretty cool,” said Foley, an associate chemistry professor in the College of Arts and Science, whose team has developed an innovative method to extract gold from electronic waste. Foley was convinced until almost the very end that their pitch to the Dragons’ Den panel had been “a train wreck,” especially when

panelist Lane Merrifield got up to confer with others. “I thought that was it. We were getting the boot quickly. Then they came back to say they all wanted in for three per cent each for 18 per cent of the company. It was overwhelming.” Dragons’ Den provides opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs to pitch their business ideas to the panel

of Canadian business moguls who have the money and connections to bring the ideas to fruition. Foley said he pursued the opportunity as “a lark” and applied online because Excir needed investors. By coincidence, some producers of the show came through Innovation Place the following week, and he pitched his concept successfully to the

producers. Excir, a U of S-incubated start-up, was founded in 2017 with Foley, former students Loghman Moradi and Hiwa Salimi, and investor Graham Fritz as partners. The company is based on an innovative, cheap, and environmentally benign solvent that Foley’s laboratory team developed in 2016 to rapidly and selectively extract thin layers of gold from circuit boards and other hardware components in electronic waste. Based on scaling up lab results, it’s anticipated that 100 litres of the recyclable solvent can process up to five tonnes of e-waste at a cost of $200, yielding about a kilogram of gold worth $50,000, Foley said. The new technology is expected to replace standard recovery and recycling methods that use toxic chemicals and heat. Innovation Enterprise (IE), a U of S commercialization office, has been involved from the inception by handling the patenting, company formation, holding a board seat, and working with the scientific founders to connect

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them with high-profile investors, the release said. Foley describes Chris Bowman, IE’s engineering and physical sciences portfolio manager who has been working closely with Excir, as “the fifth Beatle in our group” for his role in showing them the ropes, talking to investors, travelling with them to locate a plant and providing support. Financial details from the dragons’ offer are still to be worked out, Foley said, with due diligence required by all. Whether it’s the dragons or other investors, Excir needs money to hire an engineering company to design and build the reactors so that the processing facilities can be scaled up. “When we get the money, we’ll put our heads down, focus on getting this technology off the ground and go silent for the rest of 2018,” said Foley. “Then we will explode with it in 2019.” To watch the episode, visit https://www.cbc.ca/ dragonsden/ More on Foley’s research can be found here: Gold diggers.

(SUMA), said a release. The meeting included a presentation from Curtis Zablocki, RCMP assistant commissioner. “Safety is essential to providing the best quality of life for our residents,” said Randy Goulden, east central regional director and councillor for the City of Yorkton. “Our hometowns work to proactively prevent crime, but adequate police staffing is needed to assist with these efforts.” Representatives from Saskatchewan’s east central hometowns also received updates on topics including cannabis legalization, vehicle for hire regulations, and multi-material recycling, said the release. The east central regional meeting was one of seven regional meetings being hosted by SUMA from September 26 to October 4. “Regional meetings are an opportunity for municipal officials to discuss challenges and share ideas with fellow leaders from their region,” said Gordon Barnhart, SUMA president. Leaders who attended the east central regional meeting represented: Calder, Canora, Kamsack, Churchbridge, E s t e r h a z y, G r a y s o n , Invermay, Langenburg, Lemberg, Macnutt, Melville, Melville Beach, Rama, Saltcoats, Springside, Sturgis, Togo, West End and Yorkton.


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Our food has a story: celebrating Agriculture Month in Saskatchewan October has been proclaimed as Agriculture Month in Saskatchewan. Throughout the month people are encouraged to learn more about Saskatchewan agriculture and get involved in the conversation about modern food production. Keeping the momentum of previous years, the theme

for Agriculture Month is “Our Food Has a Story,” said a release from the ministry of agriculture. People are invited to share their unique food story to build a connection between how our food is produced and ends up on our plates. “Agriculture Month provides an opportunity for our

producers to show their passion for producing sustainable, healthy and affordable food,” said David Marit, agriculture minister. “By connecting with consumers about what we do, and why we do it, farmers and ranchers are building public trust and that is an important part of our industry in Saskatchewan.”

The ministry of agriculture and Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan are collaborating with Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan and Ag More Than Ever to engage industry throughout Agriculture Month to share food stories and encourage the public to learn about modern agriculture focusing

on health and nutrition, affordability, food safety, and sustainability. “I’m always excited when Agriculture Month rolls around as it gives everyone an opportunity to talk about food and farming,” said Erwin Hanley, Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan chair. “Consumers want

to know more about how their food is grown and the engaging stories, videos and pictures that are shared during the month of October aim to highlight food in this great province.” For a full list of Agriculture Month events or to learn how you can take part, visit www. OurFoodHasAStory.ca.

Minimum wage in Saskatchewan is $11.06 effective October 1 The province’s minimum wage will increase to $11.06 per hour, an increase that was announced in June 2018. This is the 10th increase to the minimum wage since 2007, when

minimum wage was $7.95, said a release from Labour Relations and Workplace Safety. E v e r y y e a r Saskatchewan’s minimum wage is calculated using an indexation formula

that gives equal weight to changes to the consumer price index and average hourly wage for Saskatchewan. “Since 2011, we have been able to provide predictable annual minimum

wage increases, allowing employers and employees to prepare and plan for change,” said Don Morgan Labour Relations and Workplace Safety minister. “Saskatchewan also has a low personal income tax

rate and low income tax credit, helping low income earners keep more money in their pockets.” The government introduced an indexation formula in 2010. Increases are announced by June 30

and take effect on October 1 of each year, the release said. There are approximately 49,500 minimum wage and low-wage earners in the province. Of that group, 57 per cent work part-time.

Distracted driving isn’t a good look on anyone On your phone while you drive? When you look down like that, it just looks, well, weird. And you’re not fooling anyone. Eating a messy burger or burrito? C’mon, with sauce dripping all over your face, hands, and steering wheel, that’s both gross and dangerous. Of course, it’s not all just about looks. If your attention isn’t on the task of driving, then you might not see that yield sign. Or that the light that just turned red. Or that

kid darting in front of you on her bicycle, said a release from SGI. Distracted drivers caused more than 6,000 collisions last year, resulting in 953 injuries and 26 deaths. Distracted driving is the leading cause of collisions in Saskatchewan and the second-highest factor in fatal collisions (behind impaired driving.) T h a t ’s w h y l a w e n forcement will be cracking down on distracted drivers

throughout October as part of the Traffic Safety Spotlight. “Police have plenty of ways to catch distracted drivers in the act,” said Penny McCune, chief operating officer of the auto fund, in the release. “They could be cruising through traffic in unmarked SUVS, they might be in plainclothes on the sidewalks, or maybe they’ll be watching from elevated vantage points overlooking busy thoroughfares. Pay attention: if you drive

distracted, you’re going to get caught.” Another reason distracted driving isn’t a good look? Your face when you realize you’re getting a $280 ticket (and that’s not including the financial penalties or loss of Safe Driver Recognition insurance discounts.) That will ruin your week quicker than you can post a sad selfie on Instagram. So keep your eyes on the road and keep your money in your wallet, the release said.

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Take care of your mental health With school back in session, parents and teachers are preparing children to learn but also to stay safe, most commonly from physical injuries and illnesses. However, a safety topic that too often goes overlooked is mental health, according to a release from the Canadian Mental Health Association. Recently, the topic of mental health has been treated more and more in the context of safety; but the subject matter is excluded from safety discussions by caregivers too often, frequently as a result of uncertainty in how to address it or unfamiliarity with mental health. This makes its place in the discussion that much more crucial. Not only does mental illness affect a child’s performance in school, but it can affect them to the point where they put themselves or others in physical danger or inflict harm. It’s an area in which discussion can benefit both child and caregiver. As the Canada Safety Council celebrates 100 years in safety our focus continues to be preventing avoidable injuries and fatalities. In the context of National School Safety Week, October 17 to 23, it is our responsibility as a society to ensure that everyone, including school-aged children, has access to the mental health resources they may need, said the release. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, children that have mental health illnesses often go undiagnosed; as few as one in five children with mental health issues seek medical help. And unfortunately, due

to a lack of awareness and education, many myths about mental health and its impact on children contribute to misinformation and misunderstanding. Here are a few pervasive myths and the truths behind them: Myth 1: Mental health issues are not real Mental health is just as real as getting a cold, breaking a leg, or any other short term or long term illness/injury. Physical illnesses and injuries have varied ranges of severity, duration and frequency. This is the same as mental health illnesses. Mental health is the state of one’s physical and emotional wellbeing. Mental health covers an umbrella of illnesses including: attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder. These illnesses vary in degree of severity, and can be controlled through medication and/or therapy. However, when these illnesses are not diagnosed or managed through treatment, those that are ill may possibly harm others or themselves, said the release. Myth 2: They will grow out of it Children will grow out of habits, clothing and “phases,” but mental health stays with a person for the duration of their life. When we use the term “grow out of,” it commonly refers to a growing pain that is meant to be temporary. This is a dangerous term to use regarding mental health because it suggests that mental health illnesses are not valid, preferring instead to treat it as an attentiongetting mechanism, perhaps, or a quirk to be

disregarded. According to a study by the government of Canada, 70 per cent of adults that suffer with a mental health illness showed signs that they were ill as a child or adolescent. A number of long-term illnesses can be treated successfully when treatment is sought out early. Myth 3: Bad parenting causes mental health illnesses There is no perfect recipe for parenting, and as a parent you shouldn’t see it as a failure if your child does have a mental health illness. Due to the variety of mental health illnesses, it is easy to miss the signs completely and this certainly is not caused by bad parenting. Parents with children that have a mental illness sometimes feel guilty because they feel responsible for missing the signs, or their child tried to express their pain and the parents minimized the situation, according to the release. Cases similar to these reinforce the need for additional discussion of mental health issues because they are rooted not in malice but more so in a lack of understanding. A child’s biochemistry and their environment are often responsible for the development of mental health illnesses. A few factors that can develop a mental health illness include stressful situations and/or exposure to harmful substances during infancy. This can disrupt the brain’s chemistry and some may be more prone to the effects of these factors due to their genetics. If you are concerned that your child may be at risk, there are ways

to address concerns before they become more pronounced. Start by seeking out your local mental health association, school counsellor, or doctor for more information. Myth 4: Seeking treatment makes the child worse Parents are often hesitant in consulting medical help out of fear that their child will receive unnecessary medication or waste time in therapy. It is important to remember that the combination of treatments a child may receive is specifically tailored to them. No brain chemistry is the same. Children with mental health illnesses may be fine with only receiving therapy, only receiving medication, or a combination of the two. There are professionals in the field of mental health that are trained to see warning signs and understand the benefits of therapy and prescription. We often put our trust in medical doctors who prescribe medication for physical illnesses; and just as we trust our doctors, we should trust mental health experts. Mental health isn’t easy and can even be worrisome when it comes to children. It’s essential for parents to start by having an open dialogue with their children, where both parties are able to express how they’re feeling. Starting a healthy conversation with children early on and providing a safe space may help them feel more comfortable to seek help. For guidance on how to start the conversation or engage your child, seek out external resources including your child’s school or doctor.

SaskEnergy applies for lowest commodity rate in 19 years SaskEnergy announced it has applied to the Saskatchewan Rate Review Panel to lower its commodity rate from $3.65/Gigajoule (GJ) to $2.65/GJ, effective April 1, 2019. SaskEnergy is also asking the Panel to approve a 3.7 per cent delivery service rate increase for April 1 2019. The two rate adjustments combined will see a total

bill decrease of 8.8 per cent for the average residential customer, or annual savings of $81, said a release from SaskEnergy. “We all know how vital reliable natural gas service is to the people and businesses of Saskatchewan. Natural gas is the choice of energy for our nearly 400,000 customers and we’re pleased to be able

to offer near record low commodity rates,” said Ken From, president and chief executive officer of SaskEnergy. “These low market prices speak to the efficiency of the natural gas industry and the abundance of this low-emissions fuel resource in Canada.” In addition, SaskEnergy has asked the Panel to support an interim rate of $2.95/

GJ, effective November 1. From said this will allow customers to take advantage of lower rates during the winter heating season, while also providing the Panel the necessary time it requires to analyze SaskEnergy’s application, and collect customer feedback. The proposed April 1 commodity rate of $2.65/ GJ is the lowest SaskEnergy

has offered customers since 1999. The proposed 3.7 per cent delivery service rate increase will provide additional funding for higher costs of safety and system integrity programs, and infrastructure investments for projects such as the relocation of major pipeline infrastructure outside of large urban centres.

Tw e n t y y e a r s a g o , the average home in Saskatchewan used approximately 130 GJs of natural gas a year. In recent years, that usage per household is down to about 100 GJs thanks to more energyefficient furnaces and water heaters, homes built to higher efficiency standards and homeowners managing their energy use.

Sask Wheat optimistic about new United States - Mexico - Canada Agreement The Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat) is optimistic about the new United States – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA), which will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) once it is ratified by the governments of all three countries,

according to a Sask Wheat news release. “The new free-trade agreement with Mexico and the United States will allow us to build on our excellent relationship with these two key trading partners,” said Sask Wheat Chair Laura Reiter. “The agreement updates NAFTA

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with key amendments that require more cooperation, transparency and sharing of resources between the three countries.” The USMCA includes a section devoted to grain trade, said the release. A key aspect will allow US-grown wheat delivered in Canada to be treated the same as

Canadian-grown wheat within our grading system. In addition, the new USMCA will require the countries to reduce the use of subsidies and agricultural safeguards for products traded between the three countries. The new agreement also addresses agricultural biotechnology, including plant breeding, and

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2. Voting will take place on Wednesday, the 24th day of October, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Rural Municipality of St. Philips No. 301 Municipal Office, 205 Main St., Pelly, SK. 3. I will declare the result of the election on the 25th day of October, 2018, at the hour of 11:00 a.m. at the Rural Municipality of St. Philips No. 301 Municipal Office, 205 Main St., Pelly, SK. Dated at Pelly this 27th day of September, 2018.

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requires the three countries to enhance their cooperation and exchange of information on biotechnology matters related to trade. Sask Wheat will be reviewing the wheat-related provisions in the USMCA, as more details become available, to determine specific implications for

Saskatchewan wheat producers, according to the release. “Once implemented, we expect the USMCA will provide more certainty to Canada’s wheat sector and will hopefully spur growth and new opportunities for Canadian producers within the United States and Mexico,” adds Reiter.

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PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that provision has been made for an advanced poll for electors who: 1. are physically disabled; 2. have been appointed as election officials; or 3. anticipate being unable to vote the day of election. Voting will take place on Saturday, the 20th day of October, 2018. from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the R.M. of St. Philips No. 301 Municipal Office, 205 Main St., Pelly, SK. Dated at Pelly this 27th day of September, 2018. Returning Officer Frances Olson


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HAWRYLUK, Norman born February 8, 1943 - September 26, 2018 aged 75 years. Norman was born to Paul and Pearl Hawryluk (nee Dola) in Gimli, MB, and was raised on the family farm near Winnipeg Beach. He later graduated high school and then in 1973, graduated from the University of Manitoba with a diploma in agriculture. Growing up on the farm, Norm’s sister, Lorraine, was best friends with Barbara Scraba. Lorraine would often have Barbara over to play and have sleepovers, all over the watchful eye, of brother Norman. One summer night, while at a wedding, Lorraine suddenly disappeared. This forced Norman and Barbara to talk and become better friends. Norman and Barbara were married February 27, 1965. Norman began his career with the Dept. of Ag. in Ste. Rose Du Lac, then later to Weyburn and Kamsack, where he was employed by the land bank. In 1984, while in Kamsack, Mr. Franko, a local insurance agency owner, proposed to Norman about purchasing his insurance agency, as he was wanting to retire. Norman took the leap and opened Hawryluk Agencies. The business became successful and flourished, and as a result, Barbara joined the agency. The business continued with insurance sales, real estate and later a travel agency. Norman and Barbara welcomed their first child Trevor, and later Tammy and Deanna. His family circle was complete when Norman became a “Grampee”, after the birth of his grandson, Connor. Norman loved spending time with his “Littleman”. Teaching him things from welding, to driving a boat, to fishing. Connor and Norman spent much time in Grampee’s Garage, as Norman offered him words of wisdom and teachings. Norm’s passion was fishing, making different recipes of sausages, corn beef, picking mushrooms and smoking fish. Norman was always a gracious host and loved to entertain family and friends. Many times offering samples of his latest sausages, smoked fish or his latest batch of homemade wine. There was always a story to be told. Once retired, Norman and Barbara moved to their new house at Madge Lake and later built a home in Guayabitos, Mexico, where they spent the winters. Being the social people that they are, Norman and Barbara made many new friends in Mexico. Friends and memories that they will forever cherish. Norman was also very active in the community with the Masons, Lions, Shriners, Town Councilor, board member with Dept. of Justice, Small Business Loans Assoc. and was treasure for the Duck Mountain Ski Hill. Norman is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Barbara, son Trevor, daughter Deanna (Tim) Bodnarek , his favourite “Littleman”, grandson Connor and by his extended family sister Lorraine (Lawrence) Schmidt, Marlene Naworynski (George), Dale (Lyle) Martin, Charlene (Darcy) Cockerill, mother-in-law Mary Scraba, as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and dear friends. Norman is predeceased by his parents, Paul and Pearl, daughter Tammy in infancy, father-in-law Mickey Scraba and brother-in-law Frank Naworynski. Celebration of life was held on October 1, 2018 from Westminster Memorial United Church, Kamsack with layperson Gwen Reilkoff officiating. Memorial donation in memory of Norm can be made to the Kamsack Hospital Ladies Auxiliary. To leave a note of condolence please visit Wolkowski.ca.

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SERDACHNY, Tena - Tena Serdachny of Norquay, SK, passed away peacefully at the Norquay Health Centre on September 29, 2018, at the age of 102 years. Tena was born on March 17, 1916, in the Woodlight District, SK, to Alexander and Maria (Dybowa) Auramenko. She attended school in the area and as the oldest girl of eight siblings, she learned to cook at an early age. Her family began attending Hyas Baptist Church, especially the annual conference and Thanksgiving services. Tena married George Hutzal in 1932. Unfortunately, George died of pneumonia in 1934. In 1941, Tena married John Serdachny and they raised their four children on the farm near Hyas, SK. As a housewife, she loved gardening and growing flowers. Every Sunday, when flowers were in season, she made floral arrangements for the Hyas Baptist Church. She was an avid member of Hyas Horticultural Club. She always had company, especially pastors and missionaries who enjoyed her wonderful meals. Friends and family remember her Sunday chicken dinners, pies, cinnamon buns and poppy chiffon cakes were always baked for her visitors. Later in life, she enjoyed travelling with her family. She travelled to Yellowknife, Vancouver, Palm Springs and the East Coast with her sisters. She especially enjoyed a trip to Ukraine with her brother Paul and family. She was able to visit the village where her parents had lived, meeting family for the first time. In later years, she lived with her daughter, Jocelyn, on the farm near Canora, SK. For the last three and a half years, she resided at the Norquay Health Centre. In her 100 plus years, she experienced great change. She was always interested in the local news and current world situations. She will remain with us in our memories and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Tena was predeceased by her parents, Alexander and Maria; first husband, George; husband and life partner, John; sons, Allan and Leonard, and son-in-law, Harold Gogol; granddaughter, Cheryl; brothers: Gordon, Paul, Dan and John and her sisters, Mary and Pauline. She is survived by her son, Edward of Hyas, SK; daughter, Jocelyn Gogol of Canora, SK and daughters-in-law, Carol Serdachny of Regina, SK and Sonia Serdachny (Wally) of Hyas, SK; grandchildren: Sherry Kowalchuk (Mike), Louan (Morley) Statchuk, Jon Serdachny, Melissa (Jaret) Lynnes, Shawna (Duane) Jenkins, Elicia (Collins) Gogol-Johnson Oje, Ian Gogol, and Nathan (Sheena) Gogol; great-grandchildren: Rebecca and Samantha Statchuk, Kali and Anna Lynnes, Quinlan and Jaxon Gogol, Ava Jenkins and Ellaya Johnson Oje; and her sister, Ann Halsey of Langley, BC and sister-in-law, Mary Auramenko of Canora, SK, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members. The Serdachny family expresses many thanks to the Norquay Health Centre for the care they provided Tena. The Centre was her home for the past few years. They especially appreciate the extra care and compassion during the last days of her life. Thank you to friends and neighbours for their tokens of remembrance and expressions of sympathy. In Tena’s honour, a Funeral Service was held on Friday, October 5, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Leson’s Funeral Home, Canora, SK, with Pastor Darrell Vion officiating. Interment followed at Stoney Creek Cemetery, between Stenen and Hyas, SK. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Stoney Creek Cemetery Fund or to the Norquay Health Centre, as tokens of remembrance, in memory of Tena Serdachny. Family and friends unable to attend are invited to sign an online guest book at www.lesonsfuneralhome.ca. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON’S FUNERAL HOME, Canora.

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PRAYER CORNER HOLY TRINITY ANGLICAN CHURCH Kamsack 306-542-2458 Sunday, October 14 Holy Communion 10 a.m. Rev. Nancy Brunt ST. THOMAS ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH Norquay, Sask. Phone: 548-2042 Pastor Fr. Michal Pajak, O.M.I. Saturday, October 13 Mass 4 p.m. Thursday, October 18 Mass 10 a.m. UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH Canora - Kamsack Swan River Fr. Michael Faryna Phone: (306) 563-5153 Saturday, October 13 Swan River 10 a.m. Sunday, October 14 Endeavour 10 a.m. EMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH Norquay, Sask. ST. STEPHEN’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH Father Franklin Emereuwa Phone: 542-2240 Sunday, October 14 Kamsack 11 a.m. (Children’s Liturgy) St. Philip’s 12:30 p.m. ST. JOSAPHAT UKRAINIAN CATHOLIC CHURCH Rev. Fr. Warren Dungen Cell: (306) 590-7900 Rent Hall: (306) 542-5670 Sundays Kamsack 9 a.m. Norquay 11a.m. For weekday services see website: http://kamsacknorquaydistrict.com WESTMINSTER MEMORIAL UNITED CHURCH Kamsack Church: 542-2600 Rev. Kevin Sprong Sunday Services 11 a.m. PARKLAND EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH Carment and Decorby Office: 542-4140 Pastor Stephen Ruten Phone: 542-3948 Sunday School for all ages 10 a.m. Worship Service 11a.m. Tuesday Youth 6 - 9 p.m. Wednesday Prayer Time 7 p.m.

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Hunting season adventure stories By Kaare Askildt Many of my friends are hunters, not African trophy hunters. They hunt to fill the freezer with moose, elk or deer meat for consumption during the winter months, and some Canada geese and ducks. Ducks and geese have bills, but the other animals run a tab at the bar. (Oh, don’t groan.) Ole and Sven were out in the bush hunting and were following some animal tracks into the wilderness. Ole was a novice hunter, but Sven had a lot of experience. “It’s a long way back to the truck,” said Ole. “I’m overweight at 275 pounds, and you’re a stout man tipping the scales at about 250 pounds. What would happen if I had a heart attack or broke both legs? How would you get me back to the truck?” “No problem,” said Sven, “last year I bagged a large 10-point buck, and I carried it back to the truck, no problem at all.” “Wow,” said Ole, “how did you manage that?” “It took me three trips, but I got it done.” They kept on following the animal tracks, but after a while Sven suggested LAND FOR SALE

that they split up to get a better chance at catching something. “I’ll go 20 feet off to the left,” said Sven, “and you go about 20 feet off to the right, and we both keep heading north. If you get lost, then shoot three times in the air every hour. That way I can pinpoint where you are and find you.” After about three hours Ole realized that he was really lost. He decided to shoot three times in the air as Sven had told him to do. Then he sat down on a rock and waited for an hour and shot three more times in the air. Ole repeated the procedure until he ran out. The next morning Sven alerted the forest ranger about Ole being missing, an d a s earch p ar ty w as organized. They fanned out searching for Ole. The ranger and Sven finally found him in the early afternoon, all confused, dishevelled and dehydrated. Sven took one look at Ole, shook his head and said, “ W h y d i d n ’t y o u s h o o t three times in the air as I told you?” “I did,” answered Ole, “I shot three times in the air every hour on the hour until I ran out of arrows.” LAND FOR SALE

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Two deer hunters, Knut and Anders met in the woods. “Man am I glad to see you,” said Knut. “I’ve been lost for hours.” “That’s nothing,” answered Anders, “I’ve been lost for a week already.” Wayward Inn Hunting Lodge was located in the Saskatchewan boreal forest. Per was a guest at the lodge. He had been out in the bush during the day looking for deer tracks but did not find any. Upon his return to the lodge he had a shower, cleaned up and went to the Buckshot Lounge for a drink. He was sitting at the bar nursing his first Moosehead beer when a woman dressed in hunter ’s attire sat down next to him and ordered a Moosehead beer. They were nursing their beers when the woman looked at Per and in an attempt at making conversation said, “So, I guess you hunt deer.” Per looked away while blushing and turning beet red. “Did I say something wrong?” asked the woman. “Oh no,” said Per, “I’m just not used to a woman calling me dear after only one beer.” Ole’s friend Karel had

arrived from Prague, and Ole was taking him bear hunting way up in northern Saskatchewan. As they were walking through the bush, a couple of huge bears came running at them and one of the bears devoured Ole’s friend in a single big gulp. Miraculously the swallowed hunter remained alive but was trapped in the belly of the grizzly. Ole ran to the ranger station and a rescue party was organized. They headed back into the bush armed with bear spray and high-powered rifles. They soon spotted the two bears and the ranger took aim at the bear closest to them. “No, no,” said Ole, “don’t shoot that one, t h a t ’s t h e f e m a l e . T h e Czech is in the male.” During the Sunday service that coincided with the last day of the hunting season, the pastor asked the congregation by show of hands, who had bagged a deer. No one raised a hand. “I don’t get it,” said the puzzled pastor. “Last Sunday many of you said you were unable to attend the service because of the hunting season, so I had the entire congregation pray for your deer.” “Well,” said Knut, “it

must have worked because they’re all safe.” Olaf and Petter were out in the bush hunting, when Olaf saw a deer. “Quick,” said Olaf, “shoot it.” “I can’t,” said Petter, “my gun isn’t loaded.” “Well,” said Olaf, “you know that, I know that, but the deer doesn’t.” They missed that deer but kept on going. “Did you see that?” asked Olaf. “No,” said Petter, “what was it?” “A bald eagle just flew overhead,” said Olaf. “Oh, wow,” said Petter. A couple of minutes later Olaf looked at Petter and said, “Did you see that?” “See what,” asked Petter while looking around. “Are you blind?” asked Olaf, “there was a big black bear walking on that hill up yonder.” “Oh, wow,” said Petter again. A few minutes later Olaf asked Petter again, “Did you see that?” By now Petter was getting very aggravated, so he answered, “Hell ya, I did see that.” Olaf just shook his head, smiled and asked, “Then why did you step in it?”

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To d a y ’s m e a g r e i n crease in the minimum wage to $11.06 per h o u r, t h e s e c o n d l o w est in the country, leaves Saskatchewan workers struggling to make ends meet. “When the minimum wage has been so low for so long, an extra dime an hour just doesn’t cut it,” s a i d Ry a n M e i l i , N D P leader and jobs critic, in a release. “People earning minimum wage work incredibly hard, and they’re still falling behind because of this conservative government’s inaction. No one should be working full time and still living in poverty.” Speaking at Saskatoon business, The Better Good, Meili committed to phasing in an increase in the minimum wage to $15 per hour within the first term of an NDP government. “The evidence is clear:

raising the minimum wage improves health outcomes, decreasing public costs for social supports, and improves the economy through increased local spending without negatively impact employment,” said Meili. “When workers earn enough to meet their families’ needs, everyone does b e t t e r, i n c l u d i n g l o c a l businesses,” said Laura Neufeld. Her small business, The Better Good, has been a “living wage” employer since 2014. “I’ve seen firsthand the positive difference paying good wages makes in both the success of my business and the lives of my employees.” Toronto-based econom i s t A r m i n e Ya l n i z y a n also touts the benefits of a higher minimum wage, the release said. “When lowerincome households see a sustained rise in incomes,

they spend virtually all of it, and almost all of this spending stays in the local economy,” said Yalnizyan. “Boost the minimum wage and you boost the economy from the bottom up.” Alberta, whose economy is growing much faster t h a n S a s k a t c h e w a n ’s , saw their minimum wage increase to $15 an hour recently. That means a full time worker in Alberta is seeing a larger monthly raise ($212) than a worker in our province will see all year ($182), the release said. “Slow-walking the minimum wage hurts people and stunts our economic g r o w t h , ” s a i d Wa r r e n McCall, labour relations critic “The Sask. Party government is ignoring this vital economic stimulus tool and the economy is suffering for it. Saskatchewan people deserve better.”


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Rare “blonde sparrow” sighted in Kamsack An unusually-coloured bird had one Kamsack homeowner wondering as to its identity, that is, until she consulted the Internet. Deb Barabash lives on Saskatchewan Street West and feeds the birds in her yard year round. “My husband and I have lived at this location for a number of years and we enjoy watching the birds that frequent our feeder,” Barabash said. “Then I spotted a bird that had unusual colouring, even though it was hanging out with the sparrows. I started to refer to her as ‘Blondie.’ “I was curious about what kind of bird she might be, so I started a search on the Internet. Results were instantaneous, and now I know this bird is a sparrow with an affliction called ‘leucism.’” Leucism, or leukism, is an abnormal plumage condition caused by a genetic mutation that prevents pigment, particularly melanin, from being properly deposited on a bird’s feathers, said information found on the Internet. As a result, the birds do not have the normal, classic plumage colours listed in field guides or seen in

most photos, and instead the plumage may have several colour changes, it said. The size and shape of the bird as well as its range, feeding habits, behaviour, and what other birds it associates or flocks with can be clear indicators of its species. While leucism can be unusual and exciting for a birder to see, birds with the condition face special challenges in the wild. Lighter plumage may rob the birds of protective camouflage and make them more vulnerable to predators such as hawks and feral cats. Because plumage colours play an important role in courtship rituals, birds with leucism may be unable to find strong, healthy mates. Melanin is also an important structural component of feathers, and birds with extensive leucism have weaker feathers. This means the leucistic feathers will wear out more swiftly, making flight more difficult and eliminating some of the bird’s insulation against harsh weather. White feathers also reflect heat more efficiently, which can be fatal for birds that rely on sunbathing and solar radiation to keep warm in northern

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This rare “Blonde Sparrow” has been sighted at a birdfeeder located at a home on Saskatchewan Street West in Kamsack. climates. Barabash feels that since she has a purple martin birdhouse in her yard which the sparrows utilize during the cold winter months it has given the more fragile, leucistic sparrow an edge

for survival. “The sparrows basically construct a tunnel-like trail to the martin house and habituate it during the coldest part of winter. We clean the house in the spring and it is packed full of

sparrow-nesting material,” she said. Barabash was delighted when she spotted “Blondie” at her feeder this fall, and was amazed to see that “Blondie” had brought a twin-coloured sparrow to

the feeder. It seems that the sparrow had successfully mated during the summer, and had brought an offspring to the wintering spot on Saskatchewan Street West, Barabash said.

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