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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Housing project sparks interest About 15 people braved the frigid weather to attend an information and discussion session at the Nokomis Centennial Hall last Wednesday evening, as work continues on the exploration of the possibility of having a group of investors build an 18 unit adult housing complex in Nokomis. An informal local group, headed up by Evelyn Edwards has been working with BridgeRoad Developments Corporation, based in southern Manitoba, to explore the potential interest in the housing project in Nokomis. This is the third such meeting held in Nokomis. The project would be built on vacant town-owned land near the downtown area of Nokomis, and would be targeted at adults without children, and older couples and individuals. “The purpose of a housing project in Nokomis is to get us another housing option for mainly our seniors, and to free up other housing for younger, working people,” Edwards said. “About 15 years ago we tried doing something along these lines, and at the time it was going to cost about $120,000 to build a condo, but our houses were worth only $30,000. The project fell flat because people would need the money from selling their homes to buy the condos, and the difference was just too great. But now, times have changed a bit, and home values are considerably better now.” Edwards noted that the BridgeRoad style of project allows some flexibility within the 18 unit minimum size concept. Suites can range in size from 800 square feet up to 1400 square within the same three story building. “The minimum size that they will build is an 18 unit project in order to make it financially viable. There would be six suites on each floor, there would be elevators, and the units would be completely accessible with wide doors, there would be underground, secure parking,” Edwards said. “The complex would cost about $4 million to build, and units would rent for about $1,400 per month, give or take, based on the square footage on the particular unit. The units are all self-contained, with all appliances, including washer and dryer, and the monthly payment will include rent, heat, electricity, water, taxes, and maintenance,” Ed-

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wards added. “As well, there would be a common area on each floor of the building, and all outside maintenance is included grass to cut, or snow to shovel.” After Edwards made her opening comments, there were numerous questions asked around the financing of the project, how the units are assigned or made available to each individual renter on a first come – first serve basis, and whether the proposed rental rates were competitive with the cost of remain-

ing in one’s own home. With amount of interest shown at Wednesday’s informal meeting, Edwards is confident that the project can move forward to the next phase, which will be getting the developer to sit down with potential renters in the community to see if there is enough serious interest to proceed. This type of project is not new to the market – BridgeRoad Development has more than 15 such projects on the go, or completed in southern Saskatchewan (including

Moosomin, Oxbow and Redvers), and others in Brandon, Dauphin, Neepawa, Portage la Prairie, and Headingly Manitoba. Other communities in Saskatchewan are also considering this model to add to their housing options. An

information meeting was held in Strasbourg on Saturday, January 21 to gauge interest in that community. There will be a report on the Strasbourg meeting in a future issue of Last Mountain Times. -editor

Last Mountain Co-op planning for future The Last Mountain Co-op Association’s board of directors met in Raymore Tuesday evening, January 17, with 22 of the Association’s employees to review future plans. The LMCA is still reeling somewhat from the reaction to its planned closure of some facilities as announced early last year. Largely as a result of the backlash from its membership, the Association put-off some of the announced closures, and at the same time reduced hours of service and staffing at some locations. This year, LMCA president Jim Frohaug is more optimistic about the future. “The outlook has to be positive,” Frohaug said in an in-

terview with Last Mountain Times. “We aren’t talking closures in the foreseeable future, let’s put it that way.” Frohaug noted that the Association held its five Year Planning Session in early December and gathered input from current staff members, with the assistance of a business consultant. “Our number one priority is good quality products and service for our membership and customers. This does come at a cost to the Association, however the Board is committed to give the membership an opportu-

nity to show that they value their communities by supporting their local co-operatives, including the bulk fuel department,” Frohaug said. “Membership purchases play a vital role in the viability of our cooperative, and positive attitudes on the part of our staff go a long way to support member confidence in our business operations.” Commenting on some of the changes made over the past year, including the reduction of hours of service at some locations, Frohaug noted that those decisions

were designed to reduce costs, and the fact that they may have resulted in less opportunity for members to patronize those locations was an unfortunate by-product of those decisions. “The board is doing its best to get the co-operative turned around to a more positive direction, and even though the yearend statement does not look great, one of our priorities will be to focus on the deferred, over-age payments,” Frohaug added. The LMCA will hold its annual membership information meetings early in April, and dates for those meetings will be announced in the near future. -editor

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Provincial news briefs

Cold snap spikes electricity use On January 18, Saskatchewan set a new record for electricity use – a total of 3,265 megawatts (MW) were used at 6:37 p.m. The previous consumption record was 3,231 MW, set in December 14, 2009. SaskPower President Robert Watson said the company has a long-term plan to have power more generation capacity in place, and also ensure that SaskPower’s system of 157,000 km of power lines is in peak condition to deliver that power to customers. $3.5 million for livestock industry Last week, provincial and federal agriculture officials announced $3.5 million in livestock and forage-related research funding from the Saskatchewan Agriculture Development Fund (ADF). This funding is being

awarded to 26 livestock and forage-related research projects. In addition, annual operational funding will continue to be provided from ADF to the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization; the Prairie Swine Centre; and the Western Beef Development Centre. Livestock and forage-related research projects receiving funding in 2012 include: genetic improvements to forage crops; analyzing corn grazing methods to extend the grazing season; analyzing mineral levels in pastures to determine mineral supplement programs; controlling prevalent and emerging diseases in poultry, cattle and swine; pellet quality, diet analysis and nutritional enhancements for cattle and bison; improving radio frequency identification tag retention in cattle; and improving feed intake and growth of piglets. “We appreciate this research

by When I was young and didn’t know any better, I decided I would age gracefully like Jeanette MacDonald in the movies. Jeanette MacDonald always looked as if she had a hairdresser follow her around through cyclones, woods and ocean voyages, which she probably did. Her hair looked as good first thing in the morning when she got up as it did at a ball the night before, every curl in place, every ringlet casually draped over her shoulder. Why I thought I would ever achieve such perfection, I have no idea, except that I was using Princess Alexandra Kropotkin’s recipe for a face mask guaranteed to keep wrinkles from forming, ever. Princess Alexandra was one of the White Russians who escaped the revolution of 1917 and proliferated all over Europe and North America. She probably wasn’t royal at all, but I dutifully lay down with the salt and milk paste on my face until my friend tried it and didn’t speak to me for years. How was I to know she was sunburned at the time? The mask worked quite well, and I might have avoided wrinkling like a prune in old age, but it’s hard to say. I was young then, and still had no wrinkles when I had six kids and forgot all about it. By the time I remembered, it

was too late. I did not look like Jeanette MacDonald, who had gone on to international fame in operas after Nelson Eddy was shot by her jealous courtier. Naturally, Jeanette never married but was looked after by her faithful maid until she was too old to do anything but sit in her garden looking beautiful with talcum powder on her hair. Eventually Nelson appeared in the mist, singing Maytime with a full orchestra backing him up. She got up and joined him, wearing a hoop skirt and leaving her old body behind for the maid to deal with. I tell myself there are all sorts of wrinkles, and mine are laugh lines, not frown lines. Martha can be reached at or check out her new website online at Disclaimer: the opinions expressed are those of the writer.

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funding to benefit cattle producers,” Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association Chair Jack Hextall said. “Improving feed quality, grazing methods, disease control, and tag retention in cattle will ultimately lead to increased returns at the farm gate.” “These research projects will lead to new innovations and technologies to help cow-calf producers improve their production, lower costs and increase profits,” Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association President Harold Martens said. NDP Agriculture Critic Cathy Sproule says the announcement failed to address the serious issue of declining numbers of livestock in the province. Sproule say the total number of cattle on Saskatchewan farms has dropped by 370,000 head to 3.06 million in July, down from 3.43 million in July, 2007, and the number of pigs has also dropped dramatically, now only 825,000, representing a steady decline from more than 1.3 million in 2007. “Fortunately, cattle prices are strong and Saskatchewan is the home of some of the best beef in the world,” said Sproule. “But our producers and our province aren’t going to benefit with a shrinking inventory and rising input costs. Alberta is surging ahead with an increase in their cattle population putting that province’s inventory at 5.5 million head.”

Work continues to reduce tobacco use In recognition of National Non-Smoking Week last week, the Government of Saskatchewan has reaffirmed its commitment to reduce tobacco use in the province, protect people from environmental tobacco smoke and assist those who want to quit using tobacco. Beginning January 1, the View and Vote program started rolling out in schools across the province. View and Vote is offered bi-annually by the Ministry of Health to encourage young people to think critically about tobacco use. It gives students in Grades 6-12 a chance to view some of the world’s best tobacco prevention television advertising. The students then select the ad they believe is the most effective in making them think about quitting or keeping them from starting to use tobacco. This year’s View and Vote was launched on January 1 and the

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NEWS NOKOMIS June Munroe • 528-2951

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Nokomis Health Centre Auxiliary news by Glenda Konschuh The Nokomis Health Centre Auxiliary ladies were busy in November helping with the u clinic (the nurses were hoping for 200 people, and they had approximately 237) and also busy in December organizing the Christmas Greetings Board plus baking cookies and squares for the Nokomis Christmas Craft and Trade Show – two of their main fundraisers each year. Both were a success once again. The most recent item the auxiliary has purchased for the

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Secrets to taking better pictures It used to be that the art of picture taking was something only hobbyists and professionals worried about, but today most cell phones and smartphones have built-in cameras that border on the quality of the top cameras of only a few years ago. So, basically, everyone has gotten into the act. Judy Holmes and Greg Baer think most people could use a little help, and, in some cases, a lot of help. Judy Holmes has been a professional outdoor photographer for 20 years, specializing in capturing nature’s motion and magic, and Greg Baer has been a professional photographer for over 15 years, with photos published in magazines, calendars and cards. “Taking good pictures is about so much more than pointing and shooting,â€? said Holmes. She and co-author Greg Baer have just written the friendly, no-nonsense, how-to book: That Picture Stinks! “While there are many things that make a bad picture, there are three things that jump to mind: they’re too light or dark, the composition is poor or people don’t use the ash enough,â€? added co-author Baer. “The results can range from lousy to boring to, well,

embarrassing. With just a few basics, people can dramatically improve the quality of their pictures and ensure that they capture memories worth preserving in a manner that’s worth showing.â€? Holmes’s and Baer’s tips include: • Too light or too dark – Too many people see the program mode or auto mode on the camera and think, “That’s for me!â€? It isn’t. The auto mode should be the last mode anyone thinks of using. If you want that beautiful sunrise or sunset to be all it shouldn’t be, or that winter wonderland to look more like nuclear fallout, by all means use the auto function! Otherwise, learn where to point the camera to “foolâ€? it and give you the perfect exposure. Hint: Want the sunset deep and dark? Baer says point at the lightest area. Want the snow nice and bright? Point at the darkest area. • Photo by Godzilla – Sometimes people take bad pictures of their kids, and they know the shots are bad, but they can’t put their ďŹ nger on why they’re bad. The primary reason kids’ photos turn out bad is that, as grown-ups, we usually take pictures of our kids from the angle of looking down on them. After

all, they’re small and we’re tall. As a result, we create all kinds of shadows, awkward poses and perspective issues that make it look like Godzilla is towering over them, grabbing a shot of them with our iPhone for a Facebook page. If you want to take consistently better pictures of your kids, get down on the oor and take pictures head-on from their level. You’ll get more of them in the shot, their eyes won’t be squinting from looking up at you into the sun, and the perspective will show a normally proportioned child (instead of this tiny creature with a huge head, skinny arms and feet that poke out from under their pants). Do the same with your pet pictures for an “Ahhâ€? reaction. • A little more light please – Adding a ash to outdoor photographs, especially with people

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Travellers along Highway 20 north and south of Nokomis can be forgiven for doing a double-take when they see the new sign corridors established by the Town of Nokomis. Late last fall, the town maintenance crew moved the signs much closer to town. “The closer locations, with the north and south sign corridors now being less than 2 kilometres from town, will give the travelling public a better view of the various signs promoting our businesses and services. The old sign corridors were just too far away,� Nokomis Administrator Joanne Hamilton said. The sign corridor west of town on Highway 15 will remain as-is. Businesses in Nokomis can put 4 by 8 signs in the corridors for the cost of having the signs made, and the minimal fee of $40 paid to the town, including installation of the signs by the town crew. The posts have already been installed in preparation for more signs to come.

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in them, is one of the quickest ways to look like a genius. Taking pictures in the bright sun can cause horrible dark shadows on your subject or worse, make them squint so they go blind. Turning the ash on instead of “auto ashâ€? will help in these situations. It can help to lighten the shadows and balance the picture and if you move your subjects into a more shady area, using the ash will light up their faces. If you think that’s cool, just wait until you show off that picture. Then you’ll really see their faces light up! “There are a lot more ways people can improve the quality of their photography, just by tapping on a few icons on their point and shoot,â€? Holmes added. “However, if they can follow these three basic rules, they’ll produce a lot fewer stinky pictures!â€?

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silton / sask beach / kannata valley Mae Clarke • 729-3014

Strasbourg Recreation Board is sponsoring a ‘Family Sweetheart Dance,’ Sunday, February 12, 2:00 p.m. in lower Strasbourg Hall. Music by Dennis and Curtis Ficor. $10 adult, $5 - 17 and under, 12 and under free. Refreshments and sweetheart basket draw. 11&13c Old Man Winter has finally hit the province, with temperatures going from the +’s to -29 degrees. Weather is something that we have no control over,

but, we can certainly appreciate and enjoy the nice days during the winter months. With the weather having been so nice, it was certainly an asset when it came to the construction business and contractors working outside. In the area, there are nine or more new homes under construction within the last six to eight months and three new RTM’s since October. The Robbie Burns Night is in the planning stages for February. Watch for posters

A couple of the new houses being built in the area. Above house is being constructed at Sask Beach and the one below at High Country Estates.

Psychology for Living fortable with your own feelings or behaviors and have to say something to make yourself look better. It is still a lie. And perhaps that is why people feel uncomfortable when they tell ‘white lies.’ They are compromising their own integrity, and disby Gwen Randall-Young honoring the other. These lies hardly ever work either, beThe meaning behind a cause most people beyond the little white lie age of five know when they The other day my are being fed a line. There are youngest daughter asked often discernable physiologime the meaning of the cal signs such as blushing, term ‘white lie.’ It really facial twitching or avoiding got me thinking. eye contact that act as flashing Historically, a white lie lights drawing attention to the has referred to withhold- dishonesty. Even if the lie is ing or misrepresenting the not detected, damage is done truth, often in an effort to nonetheless. spare the recipient some On the deepest levels of pain or discomfort. “Sorry, our consciousness, we know I have other plans” is of- those who protect the integfered in place of “I really rity of their relationships, and don’t want to spend time those who are only too willwith you.” “I gave at the ing to sacrifice that integrity office” might mean “I for their own perceived gain. don’t want to give at all, We learn not to trust the latbut I’m embarrassed to say ter, and ultimately they realize that.” A white lie, it would that their relationships are suseem then, is a lie that you perficial, because they are not tell when you are not com- being authentic with anyone.

tuesday, january 24, 2012 • last mountain times as they should be up shortly. The Silton Hall only holds so many people and this event is usually a sell-out. The senior spiels are underway, this past week in Strasbourg with a full house of 16 rinks. It is so good to get out and re-acquaint with folks that we have not seen since last year’s spiels. Of course the highlight of the curling is the excellent rink food, homemade soups and Roberta Bender’s homemade pies! The Bulyea Annual Bonspiel is underway with eight rinks playing. The Govan Senior Spiel takes place in early February where the Govan ladies serve the best homemade burgers. Yours truly sends a huge bouquet to Josh Flavell. Wouldn’t you know it, the temperatures outside zoom to -29 degrees, and we awake to the fireplace running and the inside house temperature of 65 degrees. Anyway... a telephone call to Josh and when we arrived home later that day, after curling in the seniors spiel in Strasbourg, the temperatures were back to normal and we were toasty warm. Much appreciated, Josh, and all the best to you in your Plumbing & Heating Business. Silton United Church had a beautiful Christmas Eve service with approximately 60 people attending. The Silton United Church held their annual meeting January 15. -article and photos by Mae Clarke

It also becomes easier and easier for them to begin lying about big things as well. So what advice do I give my daughter? I say that differentiating between big lies and little lies misses the point. Without honesty there can be no virtue, and lies violate the self as much as the other. Lying to protect someone is like fighting for peace: the contradiction is glaring. So I suggest that it’s better not to do things that we have to lie about, and when speaking our truth might be difficult for someone, to do it with as much gentleness and love as is possible. Lying poisons a relationship, and repeated lying destroys it. Being in our truth is empowering and it fosters self-respect. It also makes it easier to look in the mirror. Gwen Randall-Young is an author and award-winning Psychotherapist based out of Alberta. Disclaimer: the opinions expressed are those of the writer.

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‘Twas the month after Christmas and all through the house nothing would fit me, not even a blouse. The cookies I’d nibbled, the eggnog I’d taste at the holiday parties had gone to my waist. When I got on the scale, there arose such a number. When I walked to the store (less a walk than a lumber). I remember the marvelous meals I’d prepared, the gravies and sauces and beef nicely rare, the wine and the rum balls, the bread and the cheese and the way I’d never say, “no thank you, please.” As I dressed myself in my husband’s old shirt and prepared once again to do battle with dirt. I said to myself, as only I can you can’t spend the winter disguised as a man. So away with the last of the sour cream dip, get rid of the fruit cake and every last chip. I won’t have a cookie, not even a lick, I want only to chew on a long celery stick. I won’t have hot biscuits or corn bread or pie, I’ll munch on a carrot and quietly cry. I’m hungry, I’m lonesome and life is a bore But isn’t that what January is for. Unable to giggle, no longer a riot. “Happy New Year” to all, and to all a good diet. -unknown author (submitted by Ilene Harding, Nokomis)

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Effective deer repellent With winter on our door steps you’re probably thinking you’re out of the woods when it comes to deer damage in your backyard landscapes. Wrong. Actually, winter marks the beginning of the worst season for deer damage. Deer will eat just about anything – if their food supply is very low, they won’t be choosy. If they are hungry enough, they will eat vegetation that they ordinarily would not choose to eat. The most important thing to understand about fighting deer is that it’s easier to prevent damage than to react to it. So it behooves you to know your enemy and stay at least one step ahead of them. Deer are creatures of habit – they establish feeding patterns and return to the same spot over and over again, even when that same spot stops offering enough food for them. Testing by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station revealed one deer repellent to be more effective than nine other commercial deer repellents in the marketplace (including coyote urine). This one repellent received a 93 per cent protection index, second only to a tall fence at 100 per cent. Now available in Canada, Bobbex Deer Repellent (BDR)

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In motion challenge Voting began last Tuesday, January 17 in the $10,000 in motion 2012 Community Pledge Challenge. Saskatchewan in motion announced the six Saskatchewan communities registered in the in motion Community Pledge Challenge have now moved on to the final round. Those communities include Craven, Elbow, James Smith Cree Nation, Leader, Swift Current, and Unity. The winner of the $10,000 grand prize will be chosen through an online public vote which ends January 29, 2012. Voters can vote for their favourite community by visiting, and clicking ‘Vote Now’. The winner will be announced January 30th during the Saskatchewan in motion luncheon at the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) Conference in Regina. A total of 23 Saskatchewan communities registered and pledged to increase the physical activity of the kids in their communities. Of this group, 11 completed the process by providing a written or video submission that outlined how they would spend the prize money to help kids move more. A panel of judges scored each submission based on the number

of pledges received and the strength of their submission. As a result of a tie in the scoring, Saskatchewan in motion put six communities through to the final round, rather than the planned five. During the challenge, individuals and families made more than 3,100 pledges to do just one thing to make physical activity the easy choice for the kids they care about. The volunteer judges were very pleased with the amount of time and work dedicated to the submissions and remarked on the display of strong, engaged, committed community involvement. According to one of the judges, “There is a lot of community spirit and connectedness. We are inspired by the forwardlooking plans of these Saskatchewan communities that really want to work together to make sure the kids they care about get the required 60 minutes of daily physical activity they need each and every day.” The in motion Community Pledge Challenge is designed to get communities working together to make a positive difference and make physical activity the easy choice for our province’s children and youth.

A brand new year – 2012, it seems like yesterday we were worrying about the millennium. With a brand new year comes dreams and goals. Yes and new year’s resolutions, whether we keep them or not is entirely up to us. The gift is not to set the expectations too high or the goals unreasonable, then if they are not attainable, we will not carry the guilt of being a failure. God only asks that we do our best and as the old saying goes – God never gives us more than we can handle. I am sure there are times that we question this. My mom had a saying that our lives are like new fallen snow, be careful how you tread it as every step will show. When I think of this, it is an imagery to keep in our hearts and minds as we journey this new year. How we treat our sisters and brothers will not only show in their lives, but in our lives also. Kindness and respect go a long way as we journey together. Sometimes it is very hard to walk in God’s love, when our lives are in a turmoil and our world is going the wrong way. Remember at these times that God is walking right beside us and sometimes God carries us until we can continue our journey on our own. Our world is so filled with anger, hate, greed and war, that perhaps my moms saying should be in all our leaders minds and hearts as they govern their countries. The world would be a wonderful place if there was peace and harmony, but you and I know that is not reality. But you and I cannot give up, we can do our share to try and bring some kind of peace and harmony to our own communities. We can share with the less fortunate, respect each other, show compassion and love and just be there!! I know sometimes our lives are so busy and filled to capacity that we feel that we cannot do another thing. Guess what, a simple smile can bring joy or help soften a sad or difficult time. Our lives are filled with so many good things; families, little ones (grandchildren give so much love), neighbors and friends. As we look around, we have to be thankful for the gifts we have. As we journey into this brand new year may our footprints show love, respect, care and compassion. And may God bless each one of you. Mary Anne Grand Layperson Raymore United Church

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Although Azheimer’s disease affects 500,000 Canadians at the present time, the general population still knows relatively little about this progressive, degenerative illness. January, Alzheimer Awareness Month, is a perfect time to find out more about the way memory loss affects those touched by the disease and their families. Over the years many myths have evolved about Alzheimer’s. Unfortunately, these myths have only added to the stigma attached to the illness and stand in the way of our ability to understand and help its victims. It is a commonly held belief that Alzheimer’s is

Canada’s youngest caregiver advocate, Brett Bayda, has teamed up with a group of healthcare professionals to start a new company called to increase awareness of the importance of planning for aging. Their website creates a ‘one-stop shop’ for adults with aging parents to receive free information to educate themselves before caring for a parent turns into a burden. “Millions of baby boomers are neglecting the reality that caring for an aging parent is in the near future. This unwillingness to accept and embrace the responsibility is leaving boomers unprepared and ill-equipped when a crisis hits,” Bayda says. “Fear is the number one reason why adult children end up in a difficult position as their parent’s care provider…fear of openly communicating with their parents about their wants and wishes before they become incognisant or injured. Only by developing a plan before crisis, can you ensure to meet your parent’s wishes, and reduce your own emotional stress.” A recent study by Home Instead found that 73 per cent of adult children admitted they had neither thought about nor planned for the care of their aging parents or relatives. has several resources that will help baby boomers make a plan, including an online teaching course that allows baby boomers to be proactive and make a plan before they find themselves in crisis.



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Arrest at Bulyea house

An early morning fire call came in just after 1:00 a.m. on January 17. The house owner’s car was found burning in front of his home in Bulyea. A neighbour reported hearing a loud bang and went to investigate, he then called in the fire. Neighbours also said they heard shots being fired and saw at the scene. “The police have been at this home more than once in the past while, and just recently on Christmas day,” Bulyea resident Corri Gorrill said. “On December 25, a young woman came to my house to use the phone. Shortly after, an RCMP car drove in to my driveway, and then a few minutes later another pair of RCMP officers and a K9 unit showed up. Not long afterward, the officers, using the dog, caught the young woman in the field were the corn maze normally grows just west of Bulyea.” “I don’t know if this incident was related to Lloyd Meyers getting his truck and trailer stolen Christmas morning. It was gone by 8:00 a.m., and they found the trailer near Greg Coutts’ house and then the truck was found in Saskatoon,” Gorrill added. RCMP say there were no shots fired during the January 17 incident, and there were no firearms found during their The street in front of Curtis Daechert’s house and the search of the premises. As a result of the incident, Bulyea Affinity Credit Union were covered in ice after fire resident Curtis Daechert has been charged with breaching a fighters extinguished an early morning fire vehicle fire court order, and with possession of morphine. on January 17.


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Dear Editor: The William Derby School Community Council supports both Nokomis and Bulyea Schools and recognizes the quality education they have provided, and would continue to provide in the future. At the January 17th review meeting, Tracy Flavel, Chair of the Bulyea School Community Council and Bulyea School Review Committee addressed those in attendance, reminding them that the issue is between the Bulyea School and the Horizon School Division Board, and in no way did the committee in-

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cluding the interior rooms and classrooms have been inspected by professionals, including SunCorp, and are all safe for students and staff. If anyone has questions or concerns regarding William Derby School, we ask that you contact Principal Deb Schwandt-Kelln. Ronni Nordal Chairperson William Derby School Council Disclaimer: the information provided and opinions expressed in the above letter are those of the writer.

CLARIFICATION For our readers’ information, please note that the article published on pages 1 and 9 of the January 17 issue, ‘Community fights back: Bulyea School Review’ was based, in part, on a submission by Corri Gorrill, as our Bulyea Correspondent. Corrie attended the January 11 Bulyea School meeting. Some of the information in the article reflects Corri’s personal views and opinions (as most of our community correspondent reports do) and not those of anyone else, including the Bulyea School Community Council nor Bulyea School Review Committee. -Editor

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Agriculture news & views

Farmers optimistic

Optimism among Canadian agriculture producers and agribusiness owners is at an all-time high, according to the fifth annual Farm Credit Canada (FCC) national Vision Panel Survey. A full 80 per cent say that their farm or business will be better off in five years – a shift from 76 per cent in 2010. Further evidence of this optimistic attitude is demonstrated in additional survey findings which show that more Canadian producers report being better off today than they were five years ago – 77 per cent compared to 67 per cent in 2010; 58 per cent of producers plan to expand or diversify their operations within the next five years; and seven in ten producers would encourage a friend or relative to pursue a career in primary production. “The results are great news,” says FCC President and CEO Greg Stewart. “Producers said their optimism is driven by their expectation of profitability over the next five years, increasing global demand for food and the fact that they have either recently, or expect to, reduce their debt over the next five years. At the same time, they expressed caution due to factors beyond their control such as weather, unpredictable economic conditions and potential rising interest rates, which makes perfect sense.” “Following a few years of economic uncertainty and challenging weather in some parts of Canada, the results demonstrate the ongoing resiliency

of Canadian producers and the agriculture industry,” said JeanPhilippe Gervais, FCC’s Senior Agriculture Economist. “In an online discussion, producers said their expected profitability stemmed from a strong position of major agriculture market drivers such as increases in farmland values, higher commodity and red meat prices, and current interest rates.” Across Canada, producers in Saskatchewan are more likely to be optimistic about the future (82 per cent) than other producers (79 per cent). Crop and dairy

producers across the country consistently report high levels of optimism, and optimism among beef producers ranges from a low of 59 per cent in Quebec to a high of 87 per cent in Manitoba. FCC Vision Panel members – over 9,000 producers and agribusiness and agri-food operators – were asked in the fall about their views on the state of agriculture. Nearly 4,500 producers participated. The margin of error for this survey is +/-1.4 per cent, 19 times out of 20 on a sample of this size.

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The Farm Animal Council of Saskatchewan (FACS) and Saskatchewan Horse Federation (SHF) will soon acknowledge individuals, organizations and companies for excellence in equine welfare. FACS and SHF are accepting nominations for the ‘Awards of Distinction for Equine Welfare’ until January 31, 2012. Recipients will be recognized as guests of honor, March 10 at the SHF conference in Regina. “The Saskatchewan Horse Federation partnership with the Farm Animal Council of Saskatchewan fulfills two purposes: showing appreciation to the recipients, and serving as a reminder regarding the importance of providing exceptional care to animals,” says Mae Smith, SHF Executive Director. “Through the ‘Awards of Distinction for Equine Welfare,’ the Farm Animal Council of Saskatchewan is pleased to recognize owners, riders, drivers and others within the provincial equine industry for their ongoing commitment to responsible animal care,” says Adele Buettner, Executive Director of FACS. FACS and SHF are seeking nominations for ‘Awards of Distinction for Equine Welfare’ in four categories: Equine Welfare Innovation; Equine Welfare Leadership; Equine Welfare Communication; and Equine Welfare Young Steward of the Future.


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Farm leaders from the Keystone Agricultural Producers of Manitoba (KAP), the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS), and Alberta’s Wild Rose Agricultural Producers (WRAP) met in Edmonton last week to discuss agricultural issues of interest to prairie farmers. A key topic on the agenda was the federal government's next suite of agricultural programs – Growing Forward 2 (GF2) – slated to be launched in April 2013. “It is important that producers play a role in shaping what these programs will look like,” stated Lynn Jacobson, the newly-elected President of WRAP. “Ongoing producer consultations in the months ahead in conjunction with the timely implementation of GF2 will provide some much needed stability to the industry.” Funding for the Western Grains Research Foundation and the Canadian International Grains Institute is also of importance to producers in all three Prairie Provinces according to Norm Hall, President of APAS. “With the changes to the Canadian Left to right: Norm Hall, APAS; Lynn Jacobson, Wheat Board, we cannot afford to WRAP; and Doug Chorney, KAP. lose sight of the need for solid research to ensure that Canadian grains remain competitive in the world market," Hall said. "Sustainable funding levels for these organizations should be assured.” Doug Chorney, KAP President, noted, “Producer payment security under the Canada Grain Act is an area that may present opportunities for improvement in the future. However, until such time as something superior can be developed, the existing system needs to stay in place." APAS, KAP and WRAP say they will continue to work together to provide a unified voice for agriculture and to highlight the issues that are important to Prairie farmers.


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Sometimes there is a ries outside of Canada, you of that region. There is a feeling we live in a vac- see clouds of uncertainty very real concern Greece uum in this world, and hanging over world econo- is only the visible exbeing on the Canadian mies. For farmers, that is ample of troubles which troublesome, ripple through the region. Prairies, and in particu- particularly The one region which lar Saskatchewan, right since world economies dicnow is one of those times. tate prices for grains and seemed to be holding things steady was the Far Certainly driving around oilseeds. East, where the local community, you “...When you have an economy China, Korea, India and Japan see signs all cooking, and jobs plentiful, it should were bustling. over looking Japan has been for staff. They be a time of great optimism...” hit by natural may not be We only need to look disaster, and India is in a jobs which pay the wages to match rising home south to the United States spiral too. The rupee fell some costs, but at least there to see an economy in turare jobs to be had, and moil at best. In fairness, if 20 per cent against the they did not have their ten- US dollar in the last half lots of them. Look across the econo- tacles so entwined around of 2011, and the US dolmy and things are gener- the world, they would be lar isn’t exactly a bullet ally strong. Oil, gas, min- in collapse. The debt on the proof right now either. ing and agriculture are all federal, state and local mu- When the rupee gets hit, steady, with several of the nicipal levels would have the ability to buy import areas coming off some bankrupted a country with goods declines. For a record, and near record less political influence. That Prairie farmer, that could prices. When you have is bad news for Canada, mean less interest in our an economy cooking, and since they are this country’s pulse crops, which has to jobs plentiful, it should major trading partner. It is be in their minds as they be a time of great opti- doubly worrisome since the plan 2012 cropping inmism. Certainly locally, Americans tend to become tentions. So while things that optimism is being increasingly protectionist in look good close to home, manifested in an expected times of economic distress, it may be a case of being busy construction season meaning import goods are at the calm centre of a in Yorkton. There are at often the focus of unwar- growing economic storm present two car dealer- ranted consumer and politi- around the world. ships, three strip malls, cal backlash. Calvin Daniels is a Turn to Europe and the two hotels, and a number Yorkton-based ag of other businesses with situation late last year in columnist and writer. announced construction Greece, is all one needs Disclaimer: the opinions planned for 2012. But to think about to become expressed are those of the writer. every time you pick up a somewhat concerned about newspaper covering sto- the economic underpinnings

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RCMP report

NEWS Page 13

semans Phone 528-2020

Lumsden break and enter solved On January 1 at 3:44 a.m., Lumsden RCMP were advised of another intrusion alarm at a retail clothing business located in the 200 block of James St. N within the town of Lumsden. This was the same business which had been broken into on December 13, 2011. Members were advised that the break and enter was in progress at the time that the call was dispatched. RCMP members arrived soon after and the culprit was seen exiting the building and using a vehicle to flee the scene. In addition to the Break and Enter related offences, the culprit committed numerous serious criminal code driving offences within the town of Lumsden and en route to the city of Regina. The culprit evaded police and apprehension at the time of the initial call. The investigation which involved Lumsden RCMP detachment, Regina RCMP Police Dog Services, Regina RCMP detachment, Indian Head RCMP detachment, Regina RCMP General Investigation Section, led to the arrest of Aaron Steven Comis on the morning of January 1 in Vibank, SK. Further investigation and the execution of two search warrants, enabled the RCMP to solve two other breakins in Lumsden and Craven which occurred on December 13, 2011. 18-year-old Aaron Steven comis faces nime charges in relation to the incidents, while Kristopher Alan Lewis, also 18, faces one charge. Aaron Comis is currently at large and wanted by police for breaching two of his release conditions.

Fatal fall at Yorkton On the afternoon of January 12, a 48-year-old Yorkton resident was working on a roof in Yorkton. The man was injured as a result of his ladder slipping causing him fall to the ground from the roof. He was transported by ambulance to the Yorkton Hospital and then later airlifted to Regina General Hospital. He later succumbed to his injuries as a result of the fall. Cause of death is yet to be determined. Yorkton Municipal Detachment continues to investigate the incident. No foul play is suspected. Permission has not been received from family for the release of the deceased man’s name. Hospital fire On Monday January 16 at 4:42 p.m., RCMP accompanied the Nipawin Fire Department in responding to a call of smoke being detected in the Nipawin Hospital. Emergency personnel arrived on scene to find smoke in the emergency department of the hospital. Fire department staff investigated to find the source of the smoke as a burnt out fan motor. The hospital’s emergency department is temporarily closed until the hospital’s air exchanger cleared the smoke. Approximately 20 patients were temporarily moved to another area of the hospital. No one was injured as a result of the incident. Computer virus scam The Lumsden RCMP are advising people to beware of a ‘computer virus’ scam currently affecting area residents. The scam begins when the victim receives an unsolicited phone call from someone claiming to be from an official sounding computer company (ie, Micrsoft / Windows / Online PC Care). The caller tells the victim

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their computer will need to be repaired due to error codes or viruses. The caller offers to complete this repair over the internet or will have the victim install a ‘fix’ for the problem. By following the caller’s direction, the victim installs a program or virus which then allows the caller remote access to the computer. Sensitive data, such as personal details and banking information, may be captured by this newly installed software. The caller will also attempt to obtain the victim’s credit card information to pay for this ‘service’. If you have suffered a financial loss as a result of this type of scam, or allowed individuals access to your computer, you can report the incident to your local RCMP detachment or the municipal police force in your area. Traffic collisions last weekend As colder weather moved into southern Saskatchewan early last week, RCMP members were kept busy with traffic collisions. A total of 42 traffic collisions were reported throughout the province of Saskatchewan from Friday, January 13 at 4:00 p.m. to Monday, January 16 at 6:00 a.m. Four collisions were classified as injury collisions; 23 of the collisions were reported as property damage; and 15 of the collisions were reported as minor property damage. Almost half of the 42 collisions occurred on Saturday, January 14. Collisions occurred throughout all areas of the province. With the onset of colder weather, as well as snow in some parts of the province, motorists are reminded to drive according to current highway and weather conditions. Always check the Highway Hotline before traveling. Animals huge part of RCMP workload RCMP responded to over 239,000 calls for service last year across the province of Saskatchewan. The calls are often very diverse in nature. While the public often realize the role of police in traffic enforcement and investigation of criminal offences, this is only one part of their job on a day-to-day basis. Many other calls for

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assistance and/or investigations are carried out by the RCMP. All complaints require follow-up by the assigned officer to report on the action taken and may include referral and follow up from policing partners. To illustrate the variety of complaints from just one category, here’s a typical week of animal calls that were reported to RCMP detachments in Saskatchewan. Oftentimes, some seemingly simple calls for service (like animals on the highway) can lead to serious public safety issues for the public. January 7 – Three horses reported to be on Highway 10 just east of Yorkton. Complaint of three dogs running loose and barking constantly in Green Lake. Request to locate a big dog that was running loose near the community of La Loche. Request to investigate the circumstances involving an injured dog in Kamsack. January 8 – Request to put down a dog that had been severely injured after being struck by a car in Beauval. Request to attend to an injured dog in a ditch west of Broadview. Request to attend to an injured deer on the side of Highway 39 near Weyburn. Request to locate a missing and ill dog that had wandered off near the community of Marshall. January 9: Report of coyotes and dogs barking and an unknown male yelling at the animals in North Battleford. Report of a dead deer on Highway 10 in the eastbound lane and that another vehicle had run over the same deer. Report of a dead deer on Highway 8 near Moosomin. Report of a lost cocker spaniel puppy in Canoe Narrows. January 10 – Report of an aggressive dog reported to Canora detachment. Report of an aggressive dog in North Battleford. Report of a found dog turned in to Nipawin detachment. January 1 – Report of a barking dog that sounds as though its distressed, caller concerned about the dog’s well-being in Yorkton. Report of a mistreated dog that looks like it is always cold near Estevan. Report of a strange puppy near a residence in Kamsack. January 12 – Report of two horses that were loose in Swift Current. Report of a wandering cow near Lake of the Rivers. Deer struck by vehicle on Highway 16 required to be put down near Mozart. January 13 – Deer struck by vehicle on Highway 11 required to be put down near Dundurn. Deer struck by vehicle on Highway 7 near Delisle caused property damage to vehicle; deer ran away. And that’s just one week!!

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WEEK OF JANUARY 22 TO 28, 2012 LUCKIEST SIGNS THIS WEEK: TAURUS, GEMINI & CANCER ARIES Throughout the week you will be surrounded by a lot of people, which may raise your stress level. Set time aside to unwind on the weekend. TAURUS Even if you are ready to fight tooth and nail to get ahead this week, you might be glad to hear that it won’t be necessary: your hard work and effort will be rewarded. GEMINI You are beginning to think about a trip away for your next vacation. A new family situation will lead you to consider moving to a more suitable location. CANCER Your adventuresome spirit is alive this week, and you can’t wait to get out and explore the world. Indeed, you will have to negotiate with people not familiar to you, at work or elsewhere. LEO There is lots to take care of this week, but take your time and see things through to the end. A financial matter will finally be concluded, perhaps one concerning insurance. VIRGO You will find yourself in a confusing situation this week. The incident will become a great anecdote that will make people laugh and that you will be telling for a long time to come. LIBRA Although you feel the urge to focus your attention on home and family right now, you really need to be taking care of yourself. Try to have some fun and don’t feel guilty about pampering yourself. SCORPIO Your emotions are governing you this week: you need affection now! If you are single, you might come across a special someone who is ready for a long term commitment. SAGITTARIUS There is plenty of action coming down the pipe. Your family and friends need you to lend a hand, which might mean a lot of driving around. They will be more than grateful for your help. CAPRICORN Your strong interpersonal skills will come in handy this week when you need to be persuasive. You will organize a family gathering that will be exceptionally successful. AQUARIUS So much is going on at once: your week is filled with twists and turns, at times incredibly surprising. One of your biggest goals is to become more reachable. PISCES Because of some fatigue at the begging of the week, you will need to take drastic measures to feel better. Your physical and mental health will benefit.

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LAND FOR SALE RM of Mount Hope #279 – Accepting offers to purchase NW 34-30-21-W2 and NE 3430-21-W2. Each quarter has approximately 155 cultivated acres. Tenders to close midnight January 29, 2012. Highest or any tender not necessarily accepted. Mail tenders to Box 55, Invermay, SK, S0A 1M0. Phone 306-593-4887. 9-11c

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CARDS OF THANKS Thank you to those who sent flowers, food, donations to the Legion, cards and well wishes on the passing of our mother and (great) grandmother, Lynn Scott on January 4. Your kind words and visits brought more comfort than you know. Ev. & Bill Edwards; Sarah & Eric; Derek, Laura & Sophie; Basil & Lauren; 11c & Tamara Irene Schulz and her family wish to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who attended Irene’s 85th birthday celebration or sent best wishes. All are greatly appreciated. 11p We wish to express our sincere thanks to friends and relatives for phone calls, flowers, donations and food dropped off when Bernie passed away. Your kindness and thoughts and prayers were greatly appreciated. Theresa and all the children 11p and families

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Dorothy Wolter • 363-2148

Four teams took part in minor hockey week in Drake January 14. Nokomis Chiefs graced the sportsplex and played the Drake Canucks Initiation team first. Ruth Gibney won the 50/50. I am short on details. At 1:00 p.m., the Nokomis Chiefs novice played the Drake Canucks novice. Dalton Wolfe was the goalie for Drake while Kayden Senner was defending the Nokomis goal. Nokomis had 10 players and Drake had eight. The score was 20-1. Referee was Tyson Hunter. Bauer Dumanski and Ty Sundholm scored eight times. Hadley Schmidt scored five times. Others scoring were Samantha Mierke, Renee Wolf and Tristan Schickerowski. Bill Bergen won the pot of gold. The Nokomis players are Kayden Senner, Caiden Hendry, Tyler Walker, Cole Edwards, Jayda Braun, Aidan Emmerson, Owen Edwards, Rebecka Braun, Cam McNichol and Jase McNichol. Jake McNichol is the coach, Tim Hendry is the assistant coach and the manager is Jeff Edwards. The Wynyard Monarch midgets drifted into Drake and played at 5:00 p.m. They won 4-2. Nolan Blair scored the first goal for Drake with Tyson Ediger and Mitchell Bartel assisting. Chase Holbrook netted the second goal with Darren Braun assisting. There was no scoring in the first period. Adam Willems was in goal. Winning the 50/50 was Gloria Krause of Jansen. Betty Styles does a great job announcing. The fourth game was between Davidson Cyclones and Drake Canucks at 8:00 p.m. Matt Rintoul scored twice in the first period, with Nick Kalnicki helping in the first goal and Jordan Schindel and Rick Toman helping in the second. Scott Schroeder found the net at 6:55 with Nick Kalnicki and Brad Schroeder helping out. Then at 17:14 Nick Kalnicki scored with Chad Bartel and Brad Schroeder assisting. In the second period, Rick Toman scored the first goal with Jordan Schindel assisting. Nick Kalnicki with the assist of Chad Bartel scored. In the third period Rick Toman netted the last goal with Taylor Watt at :42 (second). Score was 7-7. Davidson won 8-7 in overtime. Dave Spooner defended the goal. Shots on goal were 47 to 59. Elaine Bartel won the 50/50. Melisa Lloyd and Dean Ewen sold the tickets. Announcing was Ed Bergen. On January 16, the villa members gathered for a domino game and then were served a piece of angel food cake to celebrate Mary Bergen’s birthday. A noon meal was served to 20 seniors by the Drake Community Services for seniors January 17 in the villa. Saturday night, January 14 into Sunday morning, January 15, our village was hit with a blizzard and high winds piling snow into drifts. It looks lovely. Because of losing one million in their postal strike the public is to blame and a stamp is now 61¢. A good number of patrons showed up Jan. 16 in the morning as Lynne Yelich of Blackstrap paid a visit to Drake at the Happy Shopper. Lynne was to call in Lanigan that afternoon. Condolences to the family of Alvin Briske of Jansen who passed away January 13 at the age of 86. The funeral service was held Saturday, January 21 at Malinoski and Danyluik Funeral Home in Humboldt officiated by Pastor Lisa Skogsrud. Thinking of and get well wishes and prayers for Wally (Lenora) Penner, Isabel Krieger, H. Kornelsen, Ed Kornelsen, Harvey Bartel, all doctors, nurses caregivers, folks in the hospital, in lodges and anyone home and just not feeling up to par.

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Shirley Birtles spent Christmas at the Troy Birtles and family home in Whitecourt, AB, along with Leah Martindale

and family and then went with Leah back to Rocky Mountain House, AB, for about 10 days before returning home.

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REPORT Two more victories for the Strasbourg Maroons the weekend of Friday, January 13, and they are now a perfect 14-0-0. It was third period heroics once again for the Maroons as they overcame a 5-4 deficit on Friday evening in Southey by scoring three goals in a span of 3:34 in the third to win 7-5 over the Marlins and then on Saturday evening they trailed Lumsden 3-1 and scored four times in the first nine minutes of the third period to win 5-4. In Southey, Darryl Knaus scored twice, while Neil Kodman and Derek Back each had a goal and three assists. Also scoring for the Maroons were Kurtis Decker, Rob Beaudry and Brady Heintz with the winner. Tyler Kifferling picked up his 12th win of the year in net. Southey got scoring from five different players – Dan Morin, Shea Van Luven, Mackenzie Hubick, Jaret Ross and Mike Nowosad. Pat Thompson-Gale had three assists. Ryan Senft was in net for the Marlins. On Saturday evening, Lumsden got scoring from Lance Tabin in the first and a pair of goals from Lance Morrison while Neil Kodman scored for the Maroons in the second and the Monarchs carried a 3-1 lead into the third period. Starting at the 1:47 mark and finishing at the 8:51 mark, the Maroons got goals from Tyson Orban, another from Kodman, Quinn McIntosh and Eric Schultz to take a 5-3 lead. Jesse Matlock scored a shorthanded goal with seven minutes left to get the Monarchs within one but the 5-4 score would hold up. Kifferling picked up his 13th win in net and Jordan Wiest was in net for the Monarchs. On Friday night, there were a couple of other games played that were very exciting for the fans. In Raymore, the Rockets won in a shootout 5-4 over the Cupar Canucks. In the first period, Evan Mohr scored to put the Canucks up 1-0, but just 25 seconds later, Josh Belair scored to even things up. In the second period, Kyle Schmalenburg scored to put the Rockets up 2-1 after two periods. Catlin Sich scored early in the third period to give the Rockets a 3-1 lead before Tyler Stewart scored the first of two goals by him eleven minutes into the third period. Four minutes later, Tyson Melynchuk scored for the Canucks to tie this game up. Stewart’s second goal of the game with 45 seconds left on the power play and that put the Canucks up 4-3. With just 15 seconds left in the third period, Shane Baum scored to put the game into overtime. Nothing was decided in OT and we do not have the shoot out details other than the Rockets prevailed. In addition to scoring a goal, Shane Baum had three assists and was in on all four Raymore goals. Dallas Thiessen had three assists for the Rockets. Nathan Fischl picked up the win for the Rockets and Warren Niekamp was in net for the Canucks. Just as exciting a game was happening in Lumsden where the home town Monarchs defeated the visiting Monarchs 7-6 in overtime. In this game, Jesse Matlock and David Fisher scored to get the Monarchs up 2-0, but Bryan Kauk scored on the power play and Mike Bzdel scored late in the first frame and the game was tied 2-2 after one period. In the second period, the Lumsden Monarchs got a goal from Tyson Getzinger and that was answered by Bryan Kauk with his second and third goals, but Steve Eberts scored on the power play in the last minute of the period and the game was tied at 4 after two periods. In the third Cody Straker scored for Wynyard and that goal was answered by Lance Morrison. With just under nine minutes left in the game, Mike Bzdel scored on the power play and Wynyard had a 6-5 lead. With one second left in the game, Lance Morrison scored his second goal of the game to send this game into overtime. Morrison completed the natural hat trick with a goal 3:53 into overtime and the southern Monarchs pulled out a 7-6 victory. Despite the thirteen goals both Trevor Thiessen from Lumsden and Adam Jordan from Wynyard made key saves to keep the game close throughout. Of note in this game, Aaron Lindal had four assists and each team had two power play goals. One other game was played on Saturday evening as the Cupar Canucks defeated the Southey Marlins 5-1 in Cupar. Jordan Morgan had two goals for the Canucks, including the winning goal. Ryan Bahan had a goal and three assists while Curtis Markwart and Donovan Chow also scored. Shea Van Luven had the lone Marlin goal. Warren Niekamp picked up his sixth win of the season in net for the Canucks. Ryan Senft was in net for the Marlins. Due to a scheduling conflict with referees, the Avonlea at Bethune game was cancelled. The league had things rearranged but had to cancel earlier as they could not confirm to teams in time for travel. This game along with games that are going to be rescheduled as a result of Provincials will be posted online. The Bethune at Lumsden game scheduled for this past Friday, January 20 and the Southey at Bethune game scheduled for Saturday were cancelled. On Tuesday, January 17, the Raymore Rockets (7-5-0) were in Southey to meet the Marlins (4-8-1). The Marlins have lost five straight games. The Rockets are 3-1-0 in their last four games. On

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Friday, January 20, the fifth place Avonlea Arrows (5-7-1) were in Raymore, the second place Cupar Canucks (9-1-2) were in Wynyard to meet the fourth place Monarchs (6-6-1) and the first place Strasbourg Maroons (14-0-0) were at home to the Southey Marlins. On Saturday, January 21, Strasbourg were in Avonlea and Raymore were in Wynyard. In Provincials, the Cupar Canucks were in Balcarres on Saturday, January 20. On Sunday, the Lumsden Monarchs were in Bredenbury for a 4:00 p.m. start and the Avonlea Arrows were in Bienfait for a 7:00 p.m. game. See an upcoming issue of Last Mountain Times for results from these games. There is lots of hockey, so please get out to a game near you. The Highway Hockey League appreciates your support! Gerry Tomkins President

Hockey Standings Long Lake Hockey League

Standings as of January 17, 2012

TEAM Davidson Drake Lanigan Watrous Nokomis Leroy

G 16 17 15 17 14 13

W L O/TL PTS 15 1 0 30 10 5 2 22 8 5 1 18 7 7 2 17 6 6 1 14 0 13 0 0

SCORING LEADERS NAME TEAM GP G A PTS Steven Dasilva Dav 16 26 33 59 Josh Sim Dav 16 22 35 57 Derek Allan Dav 15 21 23 44 Carter Smith Dav 16 19 21 40 Ryan DePape Wat 17 19 20 39 Adam Hendry Nok 14 13 26 39 Travis Eggum Wat 17 23 15 38 Justin Podadynec Nok 13 15 19 34 Keegan Dansereau Wat 14 14 19 33 Dean Beuker Lan 15 16 16 32 GOAL TENDERS NAME TEAM M/P GA David Spooner Drk 845 59 Mark Zoerb Dav 683 48 Brady Wilner Dav 267 19 Adam Isherwood Wat 350 28 Sharrod Failler Lan 425 34

Avg 4.19 4.22 4.27 4.80 4.80

Highway Hockey League

Standings as of January 17, 2012 TEAM W Strasbourg 14 Cupar 9 Raymore 7 Wynyard 6 Avonlea 5 Southey 4 Lumsden 3 Bethune 4 NAME

L 0 1 5 6 7 8 9 9

OTL 0 2 0 1 1 1 2 0

PTS 28 20 14 13 11 11 8 6

Last Mountain Minor Hockey League Standings as of January 17, 2012


TEAM Lanigan Raymore Watrous 2 Humboldt Viscount 1 Strasbourg Viscount 2 Watrous 1

21 19 14 7 12 7 11 10 9 8 6

24 25 24 23 15 17 11 11 12 13 15

45 44 38 30 27 24 22 21 21 21 21

L 0 2 3 2 5 6 7 8

T PTS 0 22 1 15 1 9 0 8 0 8 0 4 0 2 0 0

L 1 1 1 4 5 8

T PTS 3 15 5 15 4 12 2 8 4 6 0 2

L 1 1 6 5 6 8 7 7 10 12

T PTS 3 29 2 26 1 17 2 14 1 13 0 12 4 12 2 10 1 9 2 2

L 1 0 2 6 7 9 11 13

T PTS 3 27 2 26 3 23 1 11 3 11 0 10 2 4 2 2

W 11 7 4 4 4 2 1 0

G 10 11 9 9 10 9

W 6 5 4 3 1 1


TEAM Wynyard Strasbourg Foam Lake Humboldt Lake Lenore Muenster Kelvington Wadena Lanigan Watrous TEAM Wynyard Watrous Drake Muenster Kenaston Lanigan Wadena Humboldt

G 17 15 15 13 13 14 15 13 15 14

W 13 12 8 6 6 6 4 4 4 0

MIDGET G 16 14 15 12 14 14 14 15

W 12 12 10 5 4 5 1 0

Barry Herman LMMHL Stats


13 14 13 13 12 12 11 10 13 13 14

G 11 10 8 6 9 8 8 8


TEAM Watrous Strasbourg Humboldt Lanigan Raymore Viscount


Bryan Kauk Wyn Neil Kodman Str Brady Heintz Str Aaron Lindal Wyn Derek Back Str Kellen Sillinger Avon Tyler Stewart Cup Ryan Bahan Cup Pat Thompson-Gale Sou Quinn McIntosh Str Eric Schultz Str


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GOAL TENDING LEADERS NAME TEAM GA MP AVG Jamie Wutke Cup 9 240 2.25 Warren Niekamp Cup 23 486 2.84 Nathan Fischl Ray 40 665 3.61 Tyler Kifferling Str 53 784 4.06 Ryan Seibel Beth 54 661 4.91 Ryan Senft Sou 64 760 5.05 Justin Mrazek Avon 69 783 5.29 Trevor Thiessen Lum 38 420 5.44 Adam Jordan Wyn 64 694 5.54 Barry Herman H.H.L. Stats

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New banners raised in Strasbourg rink

The Strasbourg Pee Wee Maroons won first place in the LMMHL 2010-11 year, as well as coming out as Provincial C Finalists in the 2010-11 year. The banners shown below were recently put up in the Strasbourg Rink, among other banners -submitted by Jessica Dreger showing past victories.

UPCOMING Nokomis Chiefs Novice shots from December games SPORTS EVENTS

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Drake sports news from Dorothy Wolter found on page 15.

Photos by Keith Braun, St. Brieux, SK.

Hall of fame for only two? Guess who! OK, so there’s a baseball hall of fame and a football hall of fame and one honouring hockey players, one that fetes surfers, another one for the game’s best basketball players. And dozens more. But just think for a minute if there was a North American Sports Hall of Fame with room for only two people. Who would they be? Where would you start? Wayne Gretzky, regrettably, wouldn’t make it. He’s certainly the Great One, but not great enough to be one of two people in our all-time Sports Hall of Fame. Vince Lombardi is perhaps the name one associates most with the game of U.S. pro football, but, sorry Packer fans, he’s on the outside looking in, too. Golf offers Arnie, Jack, Tiger and the great Bobby Jones, but they don’t make our exclusive hall. Love basketball? Wilt the Stilt? Magic? Michael Jordan? Great players all, but not up

to snuff in our two-person All Time Sports Hall of Fame. Who would you pick? Soccer player Pele? If this was a nonNorth American sports column, Pele would make the Big Two, but not here. Sorry. Joe DiMaggio? Mickey Mantle? Cy Young? Bobby Orr? The Ro cket? Gordie Howe? Red Grange? Joe Montana? Johnny U? Sorry, over and over again. There is room in my All-Time Sports Hall of Fame for only two busts, and they belong to, in no particular order, Babe Ruth and Muhammad Ali. Surprised? You shouldn’t be. Don’t agree? That’s OK, it’s a free country, but name another athlete who would bump either of those iconic superstars from their pedestals. In their primes, they were beyond sports figures and the most famous people in the world. When you think of baseball figures, Babe Ruth stands above all. Yankee Stadium was the House that Ruth Built. He famously made more

money per year than the President of the U.S. Heck, he had a candy bar named after him. He put the ‘roar’ in the Roaring Twenties. Ali, heavyweight boxing’s gold medalist in the 1960 Summer Olympics, met with world leaders, fought all over the world and made headlines on the front pages by being found guilty of draft evasion charges, refusing induction into the U.S. military by famously saying “I ain’t got no quarrel with the Viet Cong.” He was stripped of his boxing title, and was out of the sport for four years while fighting his legal battles. Then he came back to the sport and was a four-time heavyweight champion. Ali was simply ‘The Greatest’ (Gretzky was merely ‘great’) and he joins the Babe in this most exclusive Halls of Sports Fame. • R.J. Currie of sportsdeke. com: “The Columbus Blue Jackets, in their short history, have changed numerous head coaches, assistant coaches,

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from the sidelines made the playoffs just once and sit in the NHL basement. Maybe they should be called the Strait Jackets.” • From Dwight Perry’s Sideline Chatter in the Seattle Times: “Spotted on the readerboard at Nashville’s Grace Cumberland Presbyterian Church: ‘God has no favourites. Our sign guy does – go Preds’.” • Blogger Chad Picasner, on why a $13.9 million luxury-tax bill is no big deal to the Yankees: “Same as they pay a utility infielder.” • Steve Simmons of “The nickname going around about Mike Cammalleri tells you all you need to know about the traded Canadien. He was known as ‘Me, Myself and Mike,’ which is how a lot of underproducing goal scorers are perceived on teams.” • Comedy writer Jerry Perisho: “The Walt Disney Company is ready to submit a bid in the latest reported attempt to purchase the Los Angeles Dodgers. So, the Dodgers may still suck, but at least the bathrooms will be clean.” • And on the same subject,

Perisho says: “Goofy has been running the team the last few years and he is in the middle of divorcing Grumpy.” • Another one from Perry: “Oregon football player Mark Asper, attending a pre-Rose Bowl function at an L.A. restaurant, might have saved a choking diner’s life when he applied the Heimlich manoeuvre. Making him the first offensive lineman ever celebrated for holding.” • Currie again: “Dennis Rodman announced plans to coach a new topless women’s basketball team. There will be a short preseason followed by a full slate of exhibitionist games.” • Another one from Currie: “Despite rumours to the contrary, God did not send Tim Tebow to Denver because it’s the closet NFL city to heaven.” • Among the top 10 littleknown facts about Tim Tebow, from CBS’s David Letterman: - “Fell to Earth after his home planet Krypton exploded.” - “Can turn water into Gatorade.” • Perry again: “Rangers coach Rangers coach John Tortorella apologized for trashing

by Bruce Penton officials after the Winter Classic. The NHL then apologized for fining him $30,000.” • Tiger Woods, to reporters, offering up a Christmas present for PGA Tour galleries: “I’m swinging the club well enough that you don’t need to walk out there with hockey helmets on.” • Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel: “Will everybody please stop all of this crazy talk about Peyton Manning going to the New York Jets? This would be like Einstein enrolling at Mississippi State.” Care to comment? Email: Disclaimer: the opinions expressed are those of the writer


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