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Local youth helps Terriers win big at Minot tournament Playing at a tournament in Minot this weekend, the Yorkton DQ/ATP Provincial Terriers team took home the Gold medal win of the 2020 Minot Bantam Border Cup. Levi Erhardt, left, was photographed holding the winners’ trophy. At right, the Terriers team posed on the ice in Minot. Photos by Loretta Erhardt. Story on Page 3.

Enjoy world class entertainment and support the Dive In Campaign Valentines Day is quickly approaching and so is Date Night. T h e K a m s a c k Recreation Board has been busy planning the fundraiser to be held on February 14 at the OCC Hall in support of the Kamsack swimming pool expansion, according to Shanley Allard, Kamsack’s recreation director. The Canadian duo of Brian Burn and Jamie Mahn, who go by the name Burn ‘N’ Mahn, have captivated audiences around the globe for years with their interactive allrequest piano shows, The Dueling Pianos Extreme, and they will be the featured entertainment for Date Night. “The feedback on this entertainment has been nothing but positive so we are really excited for them

to perform at our event!” said Allard. This duo covers every style of music from 1920s tunes to current top 40 hits and uses a variety of instruments, with their instrument of choice being the piano, said a release. All songs are by audience request and feature a wide variety of styles, sounds and instruments as well as sing-along and interaction with the crowd. They also provide a stadium level laser light show, video screens and concert hall sound quality. Burn has been playing professionally for more than 30 years, touring Canada and the U.S. from end to end many times, the release said. He has won C.C.M.A.’s (Canadian Country Music Association’s) Back-Up Band of the Year award

The Dueling Pianos Extreme show will feature the Canadian duo of Brian Burn and Jamie Mahn onstage at the OCC Hall on February 14. twice. Over the years he has played with many artists including Julian

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Kamsack mayor excited for 2020 after a strong 2019 By Nancy Brunt, Mayor of Kamsack 2019 was a strong year for our community with a clear focus on diversity, environmental services, protective services and local opportunities for community engagement. The community of Kamsack elected its first Aboriginal representative, Karen Tourangeau. The historical impact and significance of her election cannot be understated as Town Council now moves forward with greater diversity and perspectives. Karen states, “I will do my best to support our community during my time on Town Council, with special attention given to my work with Kamsack’s youth. Young people are our future”. We look forward to Karen’s continued influence. Regarding our environmental impact, Town Council passed a zero per cent increase on residential and business taxes for 2019 due to the uncertainty

of the Carbon Tax and its impact. We are happy to report on our improved services. Municipal services were studied and improved upon to maintain our environmental stewardship. The primary lagoon was dredged to remove solid buildup, providing a longer life for our water treatment processes. In addition, the adapter in the second water well was replaced and the ground water was sampled to ensure its safety. An engineering study, meant to determine the remaining capacity of the landfill and prolong its use, was also completed to ensure this service remains available for years to come. Kamsack is, and remains, a strong environmental partner as we strive to provide quality services to our residents and the surrounding areas in a way that is both sustainable and environmentally friendly. Building upon the goal of upgraded

municipal services, we also saw improvements in our fire department. The Kamsack Volunteer Fire Department received important recognitions and equipment in 2019. Captain Mark Forsythe received an award recognizing his 25 Years of Exemplary Service, and Lieutenant Kristin Solvieg Johnson received the 2019 Fire Fighter of the Year Award. The department also welcomed four new volunteers. We are truly indebted to these tremendous volunteers as they work tirelessly to protect our community. To assist in their undertakings, Pumper Truck Number 4 was replaced with a new 2018 Rosenbaum Pumper Truck. Beyond improved services, Kamsack also saw increased opportunities for community engagement. Canada Day celebrations were very successful as residents and visitors alike enjoyed a parade, delicious

food and drink, a variety of outdoor and recreation activities, live music and fireworks. We were also able to host the first ever Summer Street Fair, with a focus on local artisans and a performance by Sask Express. And, most recently, we were able to host Moonlight Madness, which included the Santa parade, live entertainment, sweet desserts and drinks. We thank everyone who made these outstanding events possible and everyone who celebrated with us. With such a strong foundation, we are very excited for 2020! As we look forward, Town Council has a number of ambitious goals to improve our community and the opportunities experienced by our residents. These undertakings are primarily focused on increased accessibility as well as improved com munity infrastructure and programs. In regards to increased

a c c e s s i b i l i t y, w e w a n t everyone to enjoy our wonderful facilities to the greatest extent possible. To achieve this goal, we are adding a zero-depth entry and a toddler pool to the swimming pool as well as a chair lift to the Broda Sportsplex. After each project is completed, these facilities will be easily available to many more people. The Recreation Department is also exploring options for accessible washrooms at the Broda Sportsplex. In line with these improvements, Town Council is pursuing enhanced infrastructure and community undertakings. A s a l w a y s , To w n Council remains committed to maintaining and upgrading municipal systems and buildings in a cost-effective manner to secure the wellbeing of our community now and well into the future. As such, we continue to prioritize the asset management tracking system

and its ongoing use. Town Council is pursuing a municipal drug strategy with our First Nations neighbours and local health care providers to establish a grass roots solution to turn the tide of the opioid crisis impacting our community and the country as a whole. We will also welcome a new doctor to our community shortly as we strive to employ four full-time physicians at the health clinic and provide the local population with the opportunity to access a family doctor. Town Council will be exploring ways to utilize vacant space at the Crowstand Centre to increase access to arts and culture programming very soon. To l e a r n m o r e a b o u t 2020 and to have your voice heard, please reach out to the Town office or Town Council. Together we make our community stronger and our vision for 2020 only benefits from increased engagement.

Campaign to support swimming pool expansion Continued from Front Page He went on to playing and managing entertainment at dueling piano bars across the world including clubs in Holland and Singapore. In 2013 the pair joined forces and have since performed over 675 shows. “An elegant four-course meal will be prepared by Darrell Lomenda,” Allard continued. “The meal boasts of mouth-watering appetizers, a specialty

strawberry spinach salad, followed by a delicious Saltimbocca Chicken as the main dish and will finish off with a delightful dessert. “This meal will definitely be a treat and we have heard that many guests are looking forward to Darrell’s cooking. Darrell has donated his time to help with the fundraiser. “A few of our past lifeguards, firefighters and members from

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our community have also volunteered their time to help. “The Silent Auction table is looking great, with many donations from businesses coming in,” she said. “Prizes include Winnipeg Jets game tickets along with accommodations, a signed “Reed” Saskatchewan Roughriders j e r s e y, m o v i e p a s s e s , Kamsack Arts Council show tickets, gift baskets and much more. It’s really

great to see businesses, community groups and community members pull together to help us fundraise for the swimming pool.” The Dive In Campaign was launched earlier in 2019, when it was announced that a 1,700 square foot expansion to the existing pool was underway. “Our current swimming pool liner has been leaking for a few years,”

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The Kamsack Nursing Home Auxiliary would like to thank family and friends for your donations in 2019 to the Memorial Fund in loving memory of:

Nellie Rezansoff Florence Paluck Evelyn Koroluk James Konkin Marjorie Calder Eugene Kiwaluk Mabel Laevens Walter Tomilin Arnold Hausermann John Berezowski We wish to acknowledge personal donations from the following:

Bryan Cottenie Chernoff Family Foundation Frank Hudye Robert Tomilin All donations are used to enhance the lives of Nursing Home Residents. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Burn ‘N’ Mahn have performed for large stadium audiences while on tour. said Allard. “Because of the age and condition of the current liner it cannot be repaired properly anymore and needed to be replaced. “It was decided to make our pool safer with more accessibility by adding a zero-depth, beach entry at the same time as the liner replacement. There is a huge cost savings in doing both simultaneously. Expansion will include a toddler area and a few spray features, making the pool accessible and safe for everyone.”

“Date Night is a great opportunity to treat yourself and your ‘valentine’ to a night out, while supporting a worthwhile community cause,” Allard concluded. Ta b l e b o o k i n g s a r e available. Advance ticket sales are available at the town office. To learn more or make a donation, please visit the Town website at http:// www.kamsack.ca/dive-in. html. The evening will include Safe Rides home sponsored by SGI.

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Investigation leads Yorkton RCMP to seize large quantity of illegal cigarettes Yo r k t o n P r o v i n c i a l General Investigation Section (GIS), in partnership with Kamsack RCMP, the Saskatchewan RCMP Criminal Analytical Section and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Finance, have laid charges in connection to illegal tobacco sales out of a business in Pelly. A four-month investigation resulted in the execution of six search warrants in

Pelly and Hyas, on January 2. Investigators seized approximately 227,000 illegal cigarettes, 25 lbs of looseleaf tobacco and approximately $1800 in Canadian currency. Brian Clough, Brittany Clough, and Andrew Popoff, of the Hyas and Pelly area, were arrested and are facing the following charges: • Possession for the purpose to sell unstamped

tobacco products and raw leaf tobacco, contrary to Section 121.1(1) of the Criminal Code. • Sell, offer for sale, or possess unstamped tobacco products, contrary to Section 32(1) of the Excise Act. • Importation of tobacco without a required notice, contrary to Section 8(1)(a) of the Tobacco Tax Act. • Sale, possession, storage or transportation of tobacco

that is not marked in the prescribed manner, contrary to Section 11(2) of the Tobacco Tax Act. • Sale, possession, storage or transportation of tobacco that is not marked in the prescribed manner, contrary to Section 11(2) of the Tobacco Tax Act. All charged individuals are scheduled to appear in Kamsack Provincial Court on February 11.

Sadok welcomes guest instructor originally of Ukraine On January 3, nine intermediate and senior Ukrainian dancers from Sadok in Kamsack were treated to a special dance workshop. Serhiy Zabutnyy of Regina who is originally of Ukraine, spent the day with the Sadok students teaching them a dance from the Volyn Region. “Ukraine has very distinct regions which have specific architecture, food traditions, music, clothing and dance styles,” said AnnaLee Parnetta, S a d o k i n s t r u c t o r. “ T h e Volyn region is located in

the northwest corner of Ukraine and the music is very quick and energetic. The steps of the region are similar to the Poltava region but involve more of a flex foot in the steps versus a pointed foot. With this regions’ location being close to Russia there are some Russian influences to the clothing, music and dance steps of this region. “The guest instructor for this workshop, Serhiy Zabutnyy, is a formally trained Ukrainian dance instructor originally from Ukraine,” Parnetta continued. “He and his

wife Lianna have performed professionally with Nazbruchanka Ukrainian Folk Dance Ensemble from Ternopol, Ukraine. “In 2003 Serhiy came to Canada and began teaching with the Regina Ukrainian Dance Ensemble. Along with his wife Lianna and son Maksym, he owns and administers the Zabutnyy Ukrainian Dance Company in Regina. “Serhiy, along with his wife Lianna, also teaches Ukrainian dance to students in the clubs located in Norquay, Canora, Yorkton Kalyna, Yorkton Troyanda

Terriers win gold at Minot Bantam Border Cup tournament Continued from Page 1 The Yorkton DQ/ATP Provincial Terriers team were in Minot, N.D., to play in an eight-team hockey tournament last weekend. The players were undefeated in the round robin portion, with wins against the Regina Blues, Williston, N.D., and Bismarck, N.D., resulting in a berth in the

A side semi-finals against Regina Royals. “With a 5-2 win, Yo r k t o n p r o c e e d e d t o the A side final against Aberdeen, Minnesota, on Sunday and with a 5-1 win took home the Gold medal win of the 2020 Minot Bantam Border Cup,” said Loretta Erhard, whose son Levi plays with the

Yorkton team as bantam defenceman, jersey No. 89. “This is Levi’s first year on this Yorkton Provincial team, and its first games as a team starting off the season,” she continued. “He summed up the weekend by saying, ‘We stormed into Minot for the weekend and showed them how Canada plays hockey.’”

Saskatchewan continues to grow Saskatchewan’s population grew by another 4,195 people in the third quarter of 2019, to an all-time high of 1,178,657 people. This represents the 54th consecutive quarter of population growth in Saskatchewan, according to a release. “Saskatchewan continues to enjoy the longest and strongest period of sustained population growth since the 1920s,” said Jeremy Harrison, trade and export development minister. “Since our government took office in 2007, Saskatchewan has now grown by nearly 170,000 people.” Recently, Premier Scott Moe released the government’s new Growth Plan to ensure the 2020s are another

decade of strong growth for the province, continued the release. “Our new Growth Plan includes goals of 1.4 million people living in Saskatchewan and 100,000

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and Weyburn. He is sought after by clubs because of his expertise in the various regions of Ukrainian dance and his ability to work well with any age of dancer,” she said. The Sadok dancers learned a full Volyn dance during a four hour workshop and the dance is now part of the 2019/2020 dance repertoire for the dance year. The students will perfect the dance over the next four months and will perform it at the Sadok concert set for April 19, and at the Ukrainian Dance Festival in Brandon, Man., and in Yorkton. “Sadok would like to

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Don’t let local government hide Opinion Editoral by Tim Shoults Vice President, Content and Audience Development Glacier Media Group Edgar Allen Poe wrote in The Purloined Letter: “The best place to hide is in plain sight.” Sadly, Saskatchewan’s municipal governments appear to be taking that to heart, and the province might just let them get away with it. The provincial government is now studying a bill to change the law which currently requires municipal

and regional governments to advertise public notices in a newspaper. Those public notices can have major impacts on your lives. They let you know if your neighbor will be allowed to open a business on your street that impacts you, or if your town council will be making decisions that cost you tax dollars. Why is the government considering this? It’s in response to a demand from the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) and the Saskatchewan Association

of Regional Municipalities (SARM), which represent the province’s local governments. They claim it’s to “create administrative efficiencies” and to ensure public notices get to areas in the province that are not covered by a newspaper. There’s one problem with that argument: there are no such areas. Every municipality or regional district in Saskatchewan has access to at least one community or daily newspaper. The real effect of this law is that municipalities would

have the option of publishing public notices in their local newspaper or publishing them on their own municipal websites. Have you ever looked for a public notice on a municipal website? What will happen? Public notices that the government wants the public to actually know about, ones that put them in a good light, will probably be advertised. Those that they don’t want you to know about will be “advertised” on their websites; hidden, as we said, in plain sight.

Without these public notices appearing in your community newspaper, two things will happen. You will be less informed about things that directly affect you, and community newspapers in Saskatchewan will close. That’s because public notices are a significant source of revenue for many community newspapers. In some cases, that revenue represents the difference between a paper being a viable business or not. And with local newspapers closing, you will be less

informed than ever before. Social media and the Internet are great for some kinds of news. But when you get to a certain size of community, the only information source is your community newspaper. Good governance depends on a well-informed public, and a well-informed public needs viable local media. Please speak to your local MLA and let them know that when it comes to being informed by your local government, you want to read it here, not have it hidden.

A Ratepayer’s Response to RM of Keys letter A letter sent to ratepayers of the RM of Keys the week of December 2 continues to attempt to blame a group of ratepayers (Friends of the Aquifers - FOTA) for the conflict that exists about development in the RM and also for the legal costs being incurred regarding action concerning Bylaw 03-2018, which would allow collective living anywhere in the RM without control by the RM as to where projects would be built.

The situation began early in 2018 when the RM decided to approve the construction of a Hutterite colony town site and an Intensive Livestock Operation (ILO) in the most heavily populated division of the RM and right on top of two freshwater aquifers. The Hutterian Brethren Church (HBC) purchased many parcels of farm land in the RM seven years ago and certainly has the right to live in this area. This is not

disputed. However, a huge concern for many ratepayers is the location of the proposed colony/ILO. Water is Life. Jeopardizing a major supply of water is unacceptable. Attempts were made to get the RM Council at the time to reconsider its decision about the location. Unfortunately, the RM was convinced there was no danger of contamination of the water supply or of the surrounding environment for the following reasons: • The HBC would be using

state of the art liners for the human sewage lagoon; • The mortality pit that would hold up to 10,000 composting birds would be filled mostly with quickly composting chick carcasses and • The barns would have concrete floors. The oil industry uses state of the art liners that breach often and pollute groundwater. Nothing is failsafe which, to me, is very disturbing when we’re talking about a

water supply. These aquifers supply water to the Canora Rural Public Utility Board for distribution to a wide area and, eventually, this water supply will be affected. The FOTA group is exactly what the name says, Friends of the Aquifers. The group represents hundreds of concerned citizens and has been consistent with its commitment to protect the water supply. Group members have been libeled, called bigots

and Hutterite haters. There is nothing further from the truth. What it is doing is taking the only legal actions available to get the development moved, to rescind the Bylaw. There is no appeal process for the ILO approval. It is what is known as a discretionary use and the RM was able to approve that after government departments approved water supply and other permits. The FOTA group thinks the government was short-sighted and erred Continued on Page 5

Old political assumptions need re-thinking A killer drone 10,200 kilometres away could have a big impact on the Saskatchewan election still eight months from now. That drone that took out Qassim Suleimani, an Iranian general, said to be the second most powerful person in the state that’s long been American’s enemy, could yet have a profound effect on politics in many parts of the world, including here at home. However, how much of an effect it will have and whether it will affect us as much it might have are now two big questions. The pleasing thing is we might not be quite as vulnerable to such events as we once were. Of course, the political turmoil in the Middle East won’t have a direct effect on Premier Scott Moe’s political fortunes in the October 26 election, or at least, it won’t have the direct impact it might have on U.S. President Donald Trump’s election just eight days later. However, political instability in the Middle East has traditionally had a big effect on something very important to both the Saskatchewan economy and its politics: the price of oil. As of the writing of this column, the West Texas Intermediate price of oil was $62.02 US a barrel, better than both the initial Saskatchewan 2019-20 budget projection ($59.27 US a barrel) and the slightly downgraded mid-year projection ($57.03 US a barrel). An increase in the oil price has generally been good for both the Saskatchewan economy and budget revenues, which, in turn, is really good for the political fortunes of the government of the

Murray Mandryk is a political columnist with the Leader-Post

day. But maybe it’s here where it would to be best to be careful about old assumptions. Things are changing in this world and it might even be that the rise and fall of oil prices isn’t quite the big deal it used to be. To begin with, the oil market instability expected to follow the assassination, and Iran’s retaliatory missile attack hasn’t happened, at least not yet. Sure, oil prices have increased slightly, but (as of this writing) by only a modest 1.5 per cent. Things could change quickly if oil flow is disrupted, something that could happen if Iran continues to retaliate by doing things like limiting shipping through the Strait of Hormuz in the Persia Gulf. (As suggested earlier, things 10,000 kilometres away have a way of impacting us here.) But, so far, that’s not been the case.

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And even if it were, there are other factors in play. For example, if there is a boom in oil prices it will certainly benefit the economy in certain parts of rural Saskatchewan. However, rural Saskatchewan is already firmly supporting the Saskatchewan Party, whether it’s good economic times or not. Politically speaking, it’s unlikely that there will be much of an effect here. Of course, the indirect political effect of increasing oil revenue will afford the provincial government the luxury of spending more. That could appease some voters frustrated by 2017 budget cuts. But those frustrated with the Sask. Party administration these past 12 years might not be satisfied by a bit of additional government spending in an election year. Moreover, an oil windfall isn’t quite the big deal it once was. Much to the credit of Finance Minister Donna Harpauer and the Sask. Party government, the financing of the provincial budget has been rejigged in a more manageable way. As of the mid-year update of the 2019-20 budget, about half the revenue for the province comes from taxes and only 12 per cent comes from non-renewable resources. Essentially, this has sheltered Saskatchewan taxpayers from things beyond their control, including what’s now going on in the Middle East. We aren’t completely immune, but we are less vulnerable to things we can’t control than we once were.

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Boxes are an alternative to plastic bags for packing groceries Living in east central Saskatchewan is an adventure, and somewhat of a challenge. For those of us who have lived here for quite some time, we have developed our own unique systems of planning when it comes to keeping the household stocked with the necessities, especially food products. When relatives from larger centers such as Edmonton, Vancouver or Toronto make the trek to our beautiful, unspoiled neck of the woods, for a visit and possibly to help celebrate a family event, they seem to expect that there should be a Costco somewhere nearby. After all, people have gotten somewhat used to having a Costco (or two) close at hand. It comes as somewhat of a shock for some visitors to learn that the nearest Costco is three hours away, in Regina. There are no plastic bags at the checkouts at Costco. While shopping, one is able to scope out the various bins, placed strategically throughout the store, and pick out boxes in which to pack your items at checkout. Alternatively, the cheerful staff will nab some boxes at the checkout and put the smaller items therein. I can remember a time when plastic bags were not at the checkouts of any store. Groceries were packed in paper bags

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or boxes. Just ask anyone who had a job as a grocery-packer as a teenager in the 60s and early 70s. “Will that be bags or boxes?” was a phrase that they repeated often during a shift. I’m not sure why boxes have fallen out of favour for packing groceries. Recently, while having a conversation, a comment was made that since a lot of stores have begun charging a fee for plastic grocery bags, maybe putting out boxes for packing groceries would be appreciated by patrons. I never thought of that. But the individual to whom I was speaking had once been a “grocery packer” at a large grocery chain “back in the day,” and it was his memories of that job as a teenager which elicited his comments. The grocery chain, Sobeys, announced plans to remove

plastic bags from all its grocery stores in Canada by the end of January. The company, headquartered in Stellarton, N.S., said in a news release it’s the first national grocery store to eliminate plastic bags, saying that their customers and employees have been requesting this for some time. The chain said removing the bags from its 255 locations will take 225 million plastic grocery bags out of circulation each year, and Sobeys believes that the move will improve sustainability and help the environment, without bumping up the price of groceries. The company said paper bags will be made available, but it hopes customers will bring reusable bags. Sobeys made no mention of using boxes as Costco does. Speaking of Costco, I do like the shopping experience at that particular store. I can’t define why. It could be the huge selection, the prices which seem so reasonable when looking at the quantity, the samples which are cheerfully dispensed, or the amazingly yummy food at the lunch counter. Whatever it is, I usually load up my carts and hope that my car will hold it all. So far I’ve been lucky, and I am most grateful for my Ford Flex, which is “the car that thinks it’s a truck.”

Will baptism save the faithful followers of Christ? By Rev. Nancy Brunt Holy Trinity Anglican Church and New Sumner Parish In just one week, 2020 has already turned into an overwhelming year. The new decade has arrived with suffering, suspicion, and sedition. The beginning of Jesus’ public ministry arrives three decades after the guiding light of the wise men’s star. As momentous as they had been at the time, Joseph’s dreams and Mary’s confidence may have already seemed like glimmers of hope from long ago. It was a long time ago in a Galilee far, far away, (yes, my requisite nod to Star Wars fans), yet religious practitioners were no less divided, distracted, and distraught. There is value in explaining how the practices to which we hold dear reveal the presence and faithfulness of God. For Christians, every practice or ritual, from the sacraments to our social systems can offer disruptive reminders that God is with us. This question may be the one most burning in our hearts today: Is there any awe left in simply being witnesses within the Christian community? I’m not talking about the kind of media attention one expects when targeting military rivals, organizing political standoffs, or posing in public prayers. What reports arise from your

A Voice from the Church – Column by members of the Kamsack Ministerial Association

community that acknowledge the undeniable yet mysterious arrival of what can only be described as the God narrated by the biblical witness? Have we lost the ability to recognize glimpses of glory because our attention is drawn to charisma, glamour, and affluence? Matthew’s story of the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist in the River Jordan (Matthew 3:13-17) is an unusual story because, depending on what you think about baptism, there doesn’t seem to be any reason for Jesus to be baptized. There’s a little confusion about baptism. Some people think it’s the event that makes one a Christian. I’ll ask people if they are Christ-followers and they’ll say, “Well, I was baptized when I was seven.” Being baptized when you’re seven is okay, but Scripture doesn’t teach that baptism saves you. W h e n w e a t t e n d t o G o d ’s r e i g n o n e a r t h , o u r

confidence in political and economic systems may be challenged. When we gather as those baptized in Jesus’ name, we learn to deny the allure of consumerism, racism, sexism, and tribalism. These are the false gods in our lives today from which we must turn away. Baptism still signals a denial of the power of sin over humanity generally, and a refusal to bow before any power but God, including the powers of empire that dominate society. The story is not over yet. I wish I could say that hearing a heavenly voice confirms our identity as children of God will end our suffering, answer all our questions, and silence our enemies. Baptism signals a journey that begins at a fork in the road where one path is chosen and another is rejected. It is our surrender to God’s righteousness that is not merely individual moral conduct but a focus on relationships restored. Treating one another rightly restores relationships. God’s intention remains to draw from every nation, tribe, and tongue a people who demonstrate the righteousness of God’s reign. May your words today continue to prepare the imaginations of your congregation to be people who seek and see the glory of God in unexpected places.

Seniors track and field, why not try it? Seniors in the Parkland, By Dave Weiman You’re kidding, right? Well not really. Track and field events hold so many possibilities. There is something for everyone. Throwing events include discus, shot put, hammer and javelin. Jumping events involve long jump, high jump and triple jump. Running events can be short or long distance, relays and pre-determined walk. At my age, seriously, I can’t do these type of activities. If I can, I can’t do them very

well so what is the use? Well, Olga Kotelko, born in Smuts, Saskatchewan, never started track and field until she was 77 years of age. She passed away at the age of 95 in 2014, at which time she held world records in all the track and field events she participated in, winning 750 gold medals in total! Now, not everyone is an Olga Kotelko but we all can get involved at whatever level we like. For instance, the pre-determined walk is a very interesting event.

Dave Weiman It involves estimating how long it will take you to walk 400 meters or 1,000 meters. Whoever is closest to their estimated time wins the

event. The trick here is to set a cadence and stay with it, a talent on its own. Two athletes in the Parkland Valley who always do well in the pre-determined walk are from Melville, Anita Bella and Ilene Kolynchuk. Another great asset here in the Parkland is Bob Edwards, who has competed nationally in various events. He now spends time with young and old teaching them technique, particularly in the throwing events. Over the last several years there have been several new

participants in the track and field district event held in Melville. In fact, in the SSFA (Saskatchewan Senior Fitness Association) events, the fastest growing event other than pickleball would be track and field. I suspect, as mentioned above, that would be because of the diversity of events one can enter. The events in track and field need little equipment, which for the most part is readily available. It is always inspiring to me to see the local seniors come out for our district

track and field day. Some have practised with intentions of going on to provincials and nationals. Some come to just see what it is all about and then with encouragement from the others, give it a try. See that wasn’t so bad. Oh, you kind of liked it. Well, give this event a try as well. Thus we add another Parkland Senior to an event he/she thought was not a possibility. Think of your school days. Were not those field days a lot of fun?

RM needs to pay attention to rate payer concerns Continued from Page 4 seriously by approving the permits required for this project. The only way to bring about “sober second thought” was to try to have the Bylaw rescinded and then have the RM re-approve the bylaw and,

this time, insert location controls into it. The colony and ILO could certainly be built in the RM but in another location, away from the aquifers. Twice the group offered an option of financial support to the RM to hire a professional planner to work with council

and ratepayers to create a long term, well thought out development plan for the RM. I was very disappointed that the RM Council did not think it was important to get input from ratepayers before such a huge change in the composition of the RM was

to take place. While the RM is correct in saying that the strictest requirements regarding notification about the change were adhered to (letters sent to five ratepayers within a onemile radius of the proposed location), it was a serious breach of trust to proceed

without input from the hundreds of ratepayers who live just outside of the required radius as well as everyone else in the RM. It is unfortunate that this process has been lengthy but also very disturbing that it isn’t really “if” but “when”

contamination of the water supply will occur. It may not be in my life time but for certain it will affect future generations and I, for one, am saddened by that. Judith Young, Ratepayer Division 6, RM of Keys #303

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Teachers take the stage during Victoria School Christmas pageant During the annual Christmas pageant at Victoria School on December 19, members of the staff entertained the audience by singing Christmas carols.

Norquay Health Centre grateful for many blessings The Norquay Health Centre staff and residents were feeling the blessings of small town Saskatchewan this Christmas when a number of activities positively impacted the facility. “The Norquay Health Center is grateful to the community of Norquay and surrounding area for bringing cheer and happiness to the seniors in our town and at our home at the Norquay Lodge,” said Teresa Luedemann, recreation co-ordinator

o f t h e C e n t e r. “ M o n a Zubko shared her idea of ‘decorating a door ’ this year which helped raise funds for the recreation department. “The town, families, friends and businesses were involved in the picking of a door to decorate in our health center and paying recreation $10 per door as a great fundraiser. “The residents were to vote on first, second, and third place winners. When it came down to it they are all so good and a great job done by all that they all get first place in the residents’ eyes,” Luedemann

said. The Centre as also grateful to Sleigh Bells for Seniors once again t h i s y e a r, w i t h K a e l y Kish and all of her elves, Luedemann continued. This initiative has individuals who “adopt a senior” at Christmas, and furnish hand-picked, hand-delivered gifts from “Santa Claus.” “Last but not least I wish to acknowledge the door decorators, the Norquay Legion, CCA’s, LPN’s, R.N.’s and staff of the Norquay Health Center, R.B.’s restaurant, SGI, Corner Gas, Co-op,

Prairie Soil, Hospital auxiliary, local churches, Norquay School, residents’ family members and friends and the Credit Union for providing a grant of $200. These are truly the blessings of small town Saskatchewan,” she concluded.

These doors decorated at the Norquay Health Centre before Christmas, helped to raise funds for the recreation department.

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Successful Hockey Day in Togo held at the Centennial Arena

Scenes from Hockey Day in Togo.

The Togo Centennial Arena was the host venue for Hockey Day in Togo on January 3, with the Yorkton DQ/ATP Nutrition Bantam A Terriers. Photos by Kate Erhardt

The Togo Centennial Arena was the venue for To g o H o c k e y D a y o n January 3, and there were lots of events for all ages. Arranged as a fundraiser for the Raise the Rink Roof Project, the day was organized by Jason Gordon (coach) of Yorkton and the Togo Centennial Committee. “Hockey Day in Togo was a dream revitalized with the opportunity to connect with the community and small-town hockey,” said Gordon. Gordon is coaching the Yorkton DQ/ATP Nutrition Bantam A Terriers, a provincial minor hockey team of Yorkton, and Levi Erhardt of Togo is one of the members of the team. “Gina Flett is our Yorkton minor hockey executive director, and was a significant inspiration in planning the day,” he said. “She was one of the original planners of Hockey Day in Togo when her son Mackenzie (Moose) Flett and Jeff Flett were coaching in his minor years. The Erhardt family, led by Stacey and Loretta, Togo’s mayor, were fundamental in getting the day organized for the community of Togo to enjoy, Gordon said. “Loretta opened her community to our team and gave all of our families a smalltown hockey experience. It was amazing to be in Togo for the day as our team split up into three family-based teams and played a threeon-three mini tournament, with younger and older siblings joining in the fun. “It was a full family event from start to finish. The community of Togo is raising money for arena

improvements and we wanted to be a part of helping as a group.” The event finished with a skills competition. “ Tr u e t o h o m e f a s h ion, hometown boy Levi Erhardt won our faster skate competition,” Gordon said. “Brandon Spilchen was our top passer, Ryder Todosichuk won the hardest shot and Jack Puckett was a breakaway King. “ T h e Yo r k t o n D Q / AT P N u t r i t i o n B a n t a m Terriers ultimate goal is chasing a SHA Provincial Championship,” he said. The team’s first games

took place in Minot on January 10 to 12, and closer to home it will play in a Bantam A showcase in Canora on January 31 to February 2. The Showcase will be the final tune-up leading into the SHA Bantam A Provincial Championship. The Terriers brought home gold from their weekend in Minot. There were pre-game and post-game events for all at Togo Hockey Day. In the evening, the Togo Terriers mens recreational hockey team, took to the ice in a regular season game against the Roblin Hawgs.

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“Roblin won in a double shoot-out,” said Dustin Wilson who plays centre for the Togo team. “There was a good attendance at the game, which turned out to be quite interesting. At the beginning of the first period, Togo was up by four to zip, but Roblin tied us by the end of the first. In the second, Roblin was up by three, but we managed to dominate the second half and were up by one goal when they tied with only a minuteand-a-half left in play. “This put the game into overtime, and in the first shoot-out, both teams were tied, but Roblin took the

win in the second shoot-out. “Togo is such a fun arena to play in and the fans are really supportive. Right now the Terriers are prepping for a six-team home tournament coming up on January 17 and 18.We will be welcoming teams from Bredenbury, Rhein, Calder, Yorkton and Grandview, Manitoba.” The Togo Terriers are again planning to go to Phoenix, Ariz., from April 3 to 5 to participate in a Phoenix Cup mens recreational hockey tournament at the Ice Den, home of the Arizona Coyotes. “We’re hoping that Darcy

Hordichuk, who is based out of Phoenix, will play with our team at the tournament,” Wilson said. “Our team has around five new players this year, and we have a really good group.” “The day in Togo was all about giving families an incredible hockey experience and memories that will be cherished forever,” Gordon said. “Most of our hockey players have never experienced natural ice and small town arenas. It was truly an amazing day. Thanks again to everyone in Togo for welcoming our team,” he concluded.

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2019 Year in Review (continuation from last week) (EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article includes highlights of some events which were reported in the Kamsack Times during the course of 2019. Dates refer to the publication dates and not necessarily to the dates of the events.) SEPTEMBER, (continued from last week) September 12- The candidates, including Chief George Cote, who were successful in their bid to hold a position on the governing body of the Cote First Nation (FN) took the oath of office…Members of the Kamsack Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD) held an open house at the Kamsack Fire Hall. September 19- The sixth annual Hint of Garlic Festival and Trade Show was well attended… The second annual SasKam Open Disc Golf Tournament was held at the Kamsack course, attracting local golfers along with players from Yorkton, Regina, and Inglis, Man. September 26- Jason Scott brought his Diamond Forever, a celebration of Neil Diamond tribute show to the Kamsack Legion Hall… An annual event, Fuel Good Day, sponsored by the Legacy Co-op

at gas bar/convenience store locations was held in Kamsack… The Friends of Madge Lake (FOML) organization made a donation of $5,000 to the Duck Mountain Ski Area. OCTOBER

Michelle Guillet was the winner of the Chase the Ace jackpot, taking home a prize of $2,377. October 3- Louie Bakopoulos and Stan Ricci, both of Regina, took home a total of $6,800 in cash and prizes at the third annual Madge Lake Walleye Cup (MLWC)…Victoria School recognized and honoured residential school survivors and their families during Orange Shirt Day…The 24-member Victoria School cross country team had been practicing hard and attending meets, along with coaches Chantel Kitchen, Rhonda Thomsen, Desiree Lorenzo and Kim Hudye… October 10- Lorne’s Butcher Block opened up on Main Street right

across the street from the Affinity Credit Union… Athletes from Norquay School participated in the district cross-country meet at Cherrydale in Yorkton with Jordyn Severson, district champion, finishing in first place in peewee girls. October 17- KCI Athlete Sadie McGriskin placed eighth in the females category at the SHSAA (Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association) provincial golf championships…Members of the community, representatives of the school and Good Spirit School Division (GSSD), Yorkton Tribal Council (YTC), Chiefs, council members and Elders of Cote, Keeseekoose and The Key First Nations (FNs) joined with KCI students to hold a grand opening event for the Indigenous Student Centre. October 24- Shae Peterson of Sturgis was selected to play with the Spartans Elite 16U Saskatoon Field Lacrosse Association (SFLA) Saskatchewan team in the Great Pumpkin Shootout junior varsity lacrosse tournament held in Minneapolis, Minnesota…Dereck Wolkowski volunteered his time to call bingo numbers at the KamKids Daycare

fundraising bingo held at the OCC Hall. October 31- A Kamsack audience of around 100 people reaped the ben efits of a “win” at a concert at the Playhouse when an up-and-coming band, Dead Levee with Rylan “Ray” Klapatiuk, who was born and raised in Kamsack, performed an inaugural concert…Kamsack Comprehensive Institute (KCI) was overrun with a crowd of costumed fun seekers during the KCI Fun Night graduating class fundraiser. NOVEMBER

Chris Funk the Wonderist, in a performance presented by the Kamsack Arts Council, used his skills with a violin to complete a magic trick onstage at the Kamsack Playhouse. N o v e m b e r 7 Chris Nykolaishen of Nykolaishen Holdings and Raymond Reibin formed

a partnership and opened Kamtronics, a Source dealer…Norquay School junior boys volleyball team placed first at the Yorkdale Central School junior boys volleyball tournament in Yorkton… Victoria School in Kamsack celebrated Education Week and held special events. November 14- KCI track and field athlete Curtis McGriskin was honoured with a presentation of a SHSAA provincial track and field banner by Kevin Kitchen, coach…Members of the Kamsack Royal Canadian Legion held their annual tea and cookie walk… Jayden Heskin was emcee as members of the Norquay branch of the Royal Canadian Legion helped Norquay School present a Remembrance Day program. November 21- Deanna and Rod Ratcliffe own and operate the Duck Mountain Coffee Roasting Company, and have their product for sale at different outlets in the area, including at Lorne’s Butcher Block… The Kamsack Recreation Board has created the Dive In Fundraising Campaign to help fund the cost of the expansion at the Kamsack swimming pool. November 28- Published

author Lorraine Johnson of Yorkton was at the Kamsack branch of the P arkland Regional Library… A fundraiser spaghetti supper, sponsored by the Kamsack air cadets was held at the Legion…The annual sale of crafts and products sold by home-based businesses known as Christmas in November was held at the OCC Hall…Events were held across Canada to celebrate National Child Day, and one such event was held at the Family Resource Centre in Kamsack. DECEMBER

The group of students from Chief Gabriel Cote Education Complex spent the day touring the University of Toronto campus while on a trip to meet the cast and crew of the TV series Coroner. December 5- Santa lent his “jolly shenanigans” to the Moonlight Madness parade, an event to herald in the Christmas season... Continued on Page 10

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Annual Norquay Glow Bonspiel held at Communiplex The Norquay Curling Club held its Glow Bonspiel on December 27 to 28, 2019. “ O n l y 1 2 t e a m s p a rticipated this year which is down from the previous year,” said Rubieann Kluke, an organizer. “Youth 18 and under curl for free and we had 14 kids participating in the spiel. Everyone had fun and it brought people out during the holiday season,” she concluded. The winner of the first event was the Tyson Lasko Rink from Pelly, defeating the Evan Rostotski Rink from Norquay. The winning team was skipped b y We s t o n K e l l e r w i t h

Tyson Lasko (third), Austin Auchstaetter (second) and Dustin Shankowsky (lead). First pace in the second event went to the Knutson Rink from Norquay, defeating the Val Mitchell Rink from Swan River. Chelsea Brock was the winning skip along with Lacey Millions (third), Bowdrie Northrop. (second) and Bronsyn Brock (lead). The third event winner was the Storym Osatchuk Rink from Benito, defeating the Ken Newell Rink from Norquay. Seth Harris (skip), Storym Osatchuk (third), Kaden Blosha (second) and Wade Hack (lead) rounded out the foursome.

Taking first place in the Norquay Glow Bonspiel, from left, were: Weston K e l l e r ( s k i p ) , Tys o n L asko (third), Austin Auchstaetter (second), and Dustin Shankowsky (lead).

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Third place in the Norquay Glow Bonspiel was captured by, from left: Seth Harris (skip), Storym Osatchuk (third), Kaden Blosha (second) and alternate Jessica Hack, standing in photo for Wade Hack (lead).

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Adolf Sushko of Pelly was pleasantly surprised during the last gardening season when he unearthed a carrot which measured 18 inches in length. Keeping it in his freezer until before Christmas, the remarkable root became the subject of several conversations. Photos submitted.

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