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Last Mountain Serving The Last Mountain Area Since 1908

Volume 103, No 17

Publishers Lance and Vicki Cornwell Box 340, Nokomis, SK. S0G 3R0 Single copy price: $1.00

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

During Bulyea’s recent winter carnival weekend, Bulyea and Strasbourg Girl Guides units got together to celebrate the 100th year of Girl Guides by building an ice sculpture of the number ‘100’ on the Bulyea School grounds. See page 7 for article.

Saskatchewan’s fiscal position improves According to the Sask Party government’s Third Quarter Financial Report, Saskatchewan’s fiscal position has seen some improvement as the province experienced an overall revenue increase since mid-2009. The report released last week shows revenue is up since mid-year due to higher oil revenue, Crown Land sales and additional taxes generated from stronger-than-anticipated income growth. This increase has offset further declines in potash revenue, which saw an unprecedented decline in sales volumes in 2009. The potash forecast is now negative. At the end of March 2009, the potash industry made installment payments equal to 25 per cent of their full calendar year profit estimates. These estimates were too optimistic and, as a result, these payments have to be refunded. The refunds will exceed revenues collected this year by $203.9 million. However, the net result shows revenue at third quarter is forecast to be $153.8 million (1.6 per cent) higher than at mid-year, thanks mainly to increases in oil and tax revenues. “Saskatchewan’s financial picture is improving after we experienced a significant revenue decline at the mid-way mark last November,” Finance Minister Rod Gantefoer said. “This is the first time we have seen potash drop to a negative figure, but I’m pleased our diverse economy has managed to lessen the impact.”

Rod Gantefoer Debt levels remained unchanged at $4.2 billion, and the third quarter report projects a General Revenue Fund surplus of $424.5 million, also unchanged and requiring a lesser drawdown from the Growth and Financial Security Fund (GFSF) than previously forecast at mid-year. The year-end GFSF balance is now projected at $705 million, an increase of $54.2 million since mid-year. Expenses are anticipated to increase by $99.6 million from mid-year to address specific priorities and pressures mainly at Health, Municipal Affairs, the Public Service Commission and Social Services. Gantefoer also announced that the province’s 2010-11 Budget will be delivered on March 24, 2010.

Federal budget highlights The Harper federal government says it will freeze departmental operating budgets, and the total amount spent on salaries, administration and overhead. In reading the throne speech on March 3, Gov. Gen Michaelle Jean said, “Canadians realize that a balanced budget is not an end in itself, but the foundation of a strong and resilient economy. Balancing the nation’s books will not come at the expense of the pensioners. It will not come by cutting transfer payments for heath care and education, or by raising taxes on hardworking Canadians.” The next day, March 4, Jim Flaherty, Federal Minister of Finance, tabled a budget plan that promises to build on Canada’s economic recovery with action to create jobs and growth, sustain

Canada’s economic advantages and include a disciplined plan to return to balanced budgets. “We present today a jobs and growth budget,” said Minister Flaherty. “In this budget, we are completing our Economic Action Plan to create jobs now. We are taking additional measures to protect existing jobs and create new jobs. We are also looking ahead to secure our long-term economic growth.” Flaherty said Budget 2010 will help solidify Canada’s economic recovery and sustain our economic advantage now and for the future. The Harper government’s budget plan has three key objectives. First, it confirms $19 billion in new federal stimulus under Year 2 of Canada’s Economic Action Plan to create and protect jobs. This new stimulus

will be complemented by $6 billion from provinces, territories, municipalities and other partners. The new stimulus for 2010–11 includes: $3.2 billion in personal income tax relief; over $4 billion in additional benefits, training opportunities and Employment Insurance premium relief to help unemployed Canadians; $7.7 billion in infrastructure stimulus to create jobs; $1.9 billion to create the economy of tomorrow; $2.2 billion to support industries and communities. Second, Flaherty’s new budget invests in a limited number of new, targeted initiatives to build jobs and growth for the economy of tomorrow, harness Canadian innovation, and make Canada a destination of choice for new business investment. Measures include: over $100 million to

protect jobs by extending the maximum length for work-sharing agreements; $108 million to support young workers through internships and skills development to help them find jobs and to support Aboriginal students; over $600 million to help develop and attract talented people, to strengthen our capacity for world-leading research and development, and to improve the commercialization of research; making Canada a tariff-free zone for manufacturers, by eliminating all remaining tariffs on machinery and equipment and goods imported for further manufacturing in Canada; establishing a Red Tape Reduction Commission to reduce paperwork for businesses; measures to support investment in clean energy generation. (continued on next page)

On Saturday, February 27, the Nokomis Chiefs Initiation team battled their Moms in a hockey game at the Nokomis Rec Centre. Here, the pressure is on, with the shot about to be fired in the net! More pictures on Photo by Dennis Simpson. page 20.


Universal library card Officials gathered at the Regina Public Library’s George Bothwell branch last week to celebrate the implementation of the new Single Integrated Library System, and to view a demonstration of the new system. “Sixteen months ago, I announced funding of $5.2 million for a new Single Integrated Library System,” Education Minister Ken Krawetz said. “I am pleased that we are well on our way toward fully implementing a more convenient, cost-effective and accessible library system for residents across Saskatchewan.” When the project is complete, the Single Integrated Library System will connect all of the province’s 306 public libraries and ensure that each offers patrons the same access to information and services, regardless of where the library is located. Library patrons will be able to use the same library card throughout Saskatchewan. Over the past few months, Saskatoon Public Library, Palliser Regional Library, Southeast Regional Library and Regina Public Library have moved to the new system. The remainder of the public library systems, as well as the Ministry’s of Education’s Provincial Library, will be up and running on the new system by the end of 2010. Along with the province, the regional northern and municipal library boards are also major contributors to the new system. Through the integrated system, each public library system collaborates on joint projects and purchases, to the benefit of all library users in the province. The group includes the 10 public library systems in Saskatchewan, as well as the Provincial Library, a branch of the Ministry of Education.

By Gwen Randall-Young


Psychology for Living

When we decide to start a family, the usual picture in our mind is of cute little babies, and maybe playful toddlers. We don’t typically envision gangly pre-teens or rebellious adolescents. Consequently we may begin preparing too late. If you want your children to listen to you when they are older, you must begin when they are very young. This is as much about training yourself as it is about training your children. It is about taking the time to be clear about what you want to teach your child, being as patient and kind as you can be, and being consistent and following through. It may seem like a big hassle when they are little and you have your hands full, and there may be times when you want to say “Do it because I said so!” However, if you are not assisting them to develop self-disci-

pline and to take responsibility, and instead you are relying on the authority (power) that you have over them, you will be left stranded if they reach a point when they no longer respect your authority. So if you say it is time to pick up the toys, then it is time to pick up the toys. Even if you have to stand there with them, or help to get them going, the toys must be picked up. If you say it’s time to pick up the toys, and you say it fifteen times over a two hour period, and go about your other work in between, then you are teaching them that you are not really serious. And ten years later they won’t believe that you’re serious about their curfew either. This is not so much about being stern and rigid, or creating a me-against-you power struggle, as it is about mutual co-operation and respect. It’s also about flexibility in creating win-win outcomes. For example: “You don’t want to put the puzzle away because it’s not finished yet. How about if we just move it out of the way, and put all the other toys away.” If your children know that they can tell you what they need, and that you will listen, they will be more open and less defiant later on. Many parents are so good to their children, perhaps catering too much to them so that

they have almost everything they want. Parents feel that the children will really appreciate all of this as they get older and realize that they have had more than others. These parents also imagine that they will be spared the trials that other parents go through, because their children will like them so much. Sadly, this often backfires. Children who are used to getting what they want as youngsters become frustrated and angry when suddenly parents are saying “No.” They may want to start staying out late, dating, going to parties, etc. before parents feel they are ready. They may be sullen and demanding, and this is very painful for parents who feel they have given so much to their children. Not wanting to lose their affection, they may end up giving in to unrealistic demands, and then things rapidly slip out of control. So enjoy the little ones, and let them grow at their own pace. But once in a while, look at them as though they were ‘teenagers in training’. Ask yourself if the defiant little “No!” that is so cute now, will still be cute in 10 or 15 years. Attention to detail now, will pay huge dividends later on. Gwen Randall-Young is an author and award-winning Psychotherapist based out of Alberta.

Peacekeeper pilot project The provincial government, in partnership with Public Safety Canada and the File Hills Tribal Council has announced a pilot project that will introduce

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Their role will be to support the seven officers currently on the police service by developing crime prevention and public awareness programs that speak to the needs of the community for greater involvement and cultural awareness. File Hills First Nations Police Service is currently the only First Nations selfadministered police service in Saskatchewan. The cost of the project is $300,000 annually for two years. Public Safety Canada pays 52 per cent and the province pays 48 per cent.

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INTERESTING FACT: There are an estimated 500,000 detectable earthquakes in the world each year.

We’re Twin Girls! ERFLE Born to Shannon and Devin of Calgary, AB, on Monday, January 4, 2010, twin girls Sophie Olivia, weighing 6 lbs. 7 ozs. and Emerson Zoe, weighing 6 lbs. 6 ozs. Excited family include: older brother Merrik, grandparents Ray and Lesley Parkin of Bulyea, and Lyle and Janice Erfle of Assiniboia, great-grandmas Margaret Karst, of Moose Jaw, Marjorie Erfle, of Assiniboia and Bertha Parkin of Regina; special Aunt and Uncle Les and Betty Banford of 17p Strasbourg.

KEMPTON Born to Colleen and Tim of Langenburg, SK, on Tuesday, February 16, 2010, a daughter Juno Patricia, weighing 6 lbs. 6 ozs., a sister for Berkeley. Excited family include: grandparents Ray and Lesley Parkin of Bulyea, and Lloyd and Joan Kempton of Semans, great-grandma Bertha Parkin of Regina and special Aunt and Uncle Les and Betty Banford of Strasbourg. 17p

Norrona Lutheran receives Heritage Grant Norrona Lutheran Church, west of Bulyea, was awarded a Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation Grant in 2009 in order to proceed with painting the exterior of the building. In preparation for the 100th anniversary celebrations in 2010, it had been decided by the congregation a couple of years ago that it was time for another exterior paint job. Funded by a combination of fundraising efforts, donations and the grant available from the Heritage Foundation, the exterior of the church was scraped and repainted in the summer of 2009. It is interesting to note that the grant money received was the result of a partnership between the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation and the J.M. Kaplan Fund of New York. The J.M. Kaplan Fund had approached the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation a few years ago with funds to be used specifically for preservation and maintenance of churches and other heritage buildings in the northern Great Plains area of North America. The funds received from the J.M. Kaplan Fund have amounted to a considerable sum since then and allowed the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation to stretch their budget considerably in order to preserve and maintain these historical buildings throughout this province. This is the second time that Norrona Church has been awarded a grant through this process with the first project being the replacement of the cedar


shingles on the entire roof a few years ago. The building is definitely ready to be the site of the congregation’s planned 100th anniversary celebration on the long weekend of August in 2010, as well as continue to serve parishioners for many years to come! From information from its website, “The J.M. Kaplan Fund, established in 1944 and based in New York has provided financial assistance to a wide range of activities including art, architecture, publishing, design preservation of historic buildings, community economic development and human rights and social justice.” Most of the projects receiving Kaplan monies have been rural churches, but other site types have benefited as well. Since 2002, approximately 100 projects have received some level of Kaplan support.” The Heritage Foundation states this has been a very valuable alliance to them in being able to distribute more funds than they could possibly have done without the J.M. Kaplan Fund. They are expecting that this has been the last year for allocations from the fund, probably due to the economic conditions the last while. Hopefully they may return again sometime in the future. CN

The church before it was painted.

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A message from the Principal Satellite service was installed at the school and we have enjoyed cheering on our Canadian athletes as they competed in Vancouver. Since the beginning of January, our school has been discussing the Olympics. We have learned many interesting facts about the winter Olympics, the flags of other countries and the different sporting events. Our own ‘Mini Olympic’ meet went well. The students and staff participated in a variety of activities, such as the ‘Torch Bearer’ relay, Biathalon, Crazy Carpet for accuracy and swooshing races. Bulyea School will be holding a second set of parentteacher-interviews on the evenings of Tuesday, March 16 and Wednesday, March 17. On the evening of Wednesday, February 10 the Bulyea School Community Council held their annual meeting and elections. New members, Tracy Flavel, Dean Hack, Amy Kirchhofer and Gerald Willcox join Michel Sorensen, Corri Gorrill, Cyndee Lovequist, and myself. Tammy Hack and Scott Flavel have stepped down from their roles on the SCC following years of dedicated service. - Mr. Hassman

Ms. Lovequist’s Bits and Pieces March 17 will be fast upon us and construction will be starting soon on our Leprechaun traps. We have been trying for years to catch one of the wee folk of Ireland and with our economy being in a bit of a slump, I can think of nothing better that to try and get some Leprechaun gold. Easter will once again mean an Easter Brunch with the whole school being invited to participate. An Irish Blessing from me to you: Here’s to lying, stealing and cheating! May you lie to save a friend; May you steal the heart of the one you love; And may you cheat death. - Ms. Lovequist Grade 3 and 4 February has been a very busy month. The Olympics have added a lot of excitement to our classroom from our Olympic Reading Challenge to the mini outdoor Olympics we held on February 12. We spent a lot of time watching and talking about the different events. It was very interesting. Even with all this going on, we still found time to keep up

with our ELA novel study of ‘Weather’ in Science and our ‘Treaty’ studies in Social.

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Grade 5 and 6 The grade 5 and 6 students have been busy doing Olympic activities. We have been able to watch some of the Olympic events due to new satellite dish that we got in our school. We are still working on our novel study – Island of the Blue Dolphins. Once again this year we have registered for the World Math Day competition. The students have had a chance to compete against students from all over the world. Some have competed against students in the UK, Australia, Spain, Greece as well as students from their own school. Get Hearts Pumping! Bulyea School is excited to be participating in the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Jump Rope for Heart – a program that gets students active and promotes healthy living. There are terrific thank you prizes and an opportunity to win a Nintendo Wii Fit pack. Your support helps earn HeartSmart Points for our school. These points can be redeemed for items such as school supplies, electronics and sports equipment.

Clean and rinse. After the painting was completed.

Domed stadium receives positive review According to a study released last week, the cost estimate for the proposed domed multipurpose entertainment facility in downtown Regina is $386.2 million, including construction, land, consultants’ fees and ancillary items; plus furniture, fixtures and equipment. The study says a fully retractable roof would add $45 million to the project’s cost. The study also concludes it is technically feasible to build a

multi-purpose entertainment facility in downtown Regina that can generate a modest operating surplus and will help continue to revitalize and integrate downtown Regina and the Warehouse District, making it a year-round place to gather. The report indicates that a new facility has the “potential to complement the other Regina venues and could be a catalyst for the continued revitalization of the Regina downtown and the

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Warehouse District, including the growing entertainment district along Dewdney Avenue.” In addition, the report concludes that the proposed facility would open the door for commercial and residential development and would likely attract more Grey Cups as the only covered facility between Vancouver and Toronto. The CFL has already endorsed the proposed facility as a potential Grey Cup venue.

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presents... Kim Kirstein of the Raymore Skating Club presents Rich Lang of the Raymore Pool Arena board a cheque for $4000.00 to help with the cost of replacing the waiting room chairs and other planned improvements to the arena and swimming pool. The skating club raises money throughout the year with ticket sales and the community calendar sales.

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AGRICULTURE Oil seed research funding The federal government announced last week that it will provide up to $19 million for the Canola Council of Canada to undertake research in partnership with the Flax Council of Canada, industry scientists and universities. An investment of $14.5 million will bring together the best scientific expertise for the Canola Cluster to focus research and innovation on three areas: oil nutrition, meal nutrition and production, to enable the industry to expand the profile of canola oils as a healthy oil while increasing the value of the meal. Industry partnership is an important element of this initiative and the Canola Council of Canada says it will invest another $5 million to help them reach the ambitious growth targets they have set for 2015.

“We welcome these substantial investments from the Government of Canada in the future of these important crops, such as canola,” said JoAnne Buth, president of the Canola Council of Canada. “The science clusters demonstrate the value of government, industry and farmers working together to increase agricultural production and demand.” The Cluster will also prove beneficial for the flax industry as it will focus on nutritional benefits of flax for humans and animals. The planned clinical trials are aimed to move the flax industry closer to its goal of attaining health claims in its target markets. “The Flax Council of Canada is very pleased to partner with the Government of Canada and the industry to

undertake important clinical research on flax in several areas of human health,” said Barry Hall, President of the Flax Council of Canada. “Scientific substantiation of health benefits is a cornerstone in which Canadian flaxseed is marketed globally and the results that will arise from this research will be invaluable to our industry across the value chain.” Canola is one of Canada’s most valuable single field crops, generating more than $4.9 billion in farm gate receipts in 2008. It accounts for more than 216,000 jobs in Canada in production, transportation, crushing, refining, food production and manufacturing. Flax represents another $346 million in farm gate value.

HURSH on Ag Issues

by Kevin Hursh AgriStability feedback If you’re going to give any praise a farm safety net program that’s been steadily criticized over the years, you have to expect some feedback. Interestingly and significantly, most of the emails have come from outside the province. In my last column, I took the unusual stance of pointing out the benefits of AgriStability. The program has not worked well for livestock producers suffering years of poor margins. Nor is it very useful for grain producers who haven’t been making money. But a lot of Saskatchewan grain farmers have had some good years and they’ve built up strong AgriStability reference margins. For those producers, the program is providing a great deal of protection going into the 2010 growing season. There was an error in the previous column. I didn’t describe the reference margin calculation properly. An Olympic average is used, meaning the high year and the low year of the last five are removed. If the best three years could be used, grain producers would have even better reference margins. While grain producers in Saskatchewan were largely silent over the premise of the column, grain producers in Ontario sent emails claiming they haven’t been doing well and therefore AgriStability is not providing much support. With different crops and much higher costs in Ontario, they classify AgriStability as a complete failure. There’s also interesting politics at play in Ontario, politics that could affect farm safety net programming for the whole country. Grain and oilseed farmers in Ontario lobbied hard for a Risk Management Program (RMP) that was implemented within that province back in 2007. However, it was supported by only the Ontario government. On-

tario and its farmers have been pressing ever since to have the federal government contribute its traditional share of funding. Although some Ontario producers deny that RMP is a cost of production program, that’s exactly how it’s described by the Ontario government. To be eligible, however, producers have to participate in production insurance and the AgriStability program. RMP support prices are established for each eligible crop based on production costs. Producers pay premiums depending upon which percentage of the support price they want to insure. A few short years ago on an Ontario grain farm, Stephen Harper said a Conservative government would scrap the CAIS program (the predecessor to AgriStability). That won the Conservatives farmer votes in rural Ontario. Now the feds are refusing to participate in RMP and a lot of farmers in Ontario are ripping mad. Here on the Prairies, most producers will tell you that a program covering the cost of production would be wonderful. But there’s little expectation that it will ever come to pass. Such a program would no doubt be subject to international trade action. Plus, the program would be open to all sorts of abuse. Expectations are different in Ontario. Maybe it’s the influence of having such a large supply managed dairy sector where prices are based on a cost of production formula. Maybe, it’s because producers in neighbouring Quebec have long had much more lucrative farm programs than anywhere else in the nation. And maybe it’s because Ontario farmers feel that they have some political power. On the Prairies, the Conservatives have a virtual lock on the farm vote. When producers think of the Liberals, they remember the policies of Pierre Trudeau and much more recent fiascos such as the long gun registry. Ontario farm votes, on the other hand, are up for grabs and can be enough to swing entire ridings. The squeaky wheel gets the grease and Ontario farmers are squeaking loudly. In the past, Prairie grain farmers have sometimes benefited from federal efforts aimed at appeasing Ontario grain producers. That could happen again. Kevin Hursh is a consulting agrologist and farmer based in Saskatoon. He can be reached at Disclaimer: the opinions expressed are those of the writer.

March is Rural Women’s Month The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed the month of March as Rural Women’s Month in Saskatchewan. Rural Women’s Month will be observed in conjunction with events held in March by various women’s groups in communities across the province. Some of these events are organized in association with the United Nation’s International Women’s Day on March 8. “The hard work and leadership of rural women are vital to the progress of this province,” Agriculture Minister Bob Bjornerud said. “Throughout our history, rural women have played a valuable role in their family farms, local communities and the growth of our province and agriculture industry.”

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Licensed Embalmers and Funeral Directors

Earl, Marianne, Al and Dave Phone: 528-2007 P.O. Box 337 Nokomis SK S0G 3R0

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Watrous Eye Care Dr. Russ Schultz - Optometrist Open Wednesdays For appointments call Monday to Friday — 946-2166

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Chuck and Albert to entertain at Watrous Civic Centre Chuck and Albert are Canadian Comedy Award and East Coast Music Award nominees, and winners of the Touring Performers Award for 2009. Soon, they will be in Watrous thanks to the Watrous and Area Arts Council. They are total entertainment multi-instrumentalists, promising a show of high-energy, comedy, dancing, singing and a playful attitude. This Acadian duo has played to standing ovations at home in P.E.I., across Canada and in 15 countries overseas. Cheryl Sheridan, producer of Kinsmen Telemiracle 31 said, “Chuck and Albert did a great job for us. What funny guys, love to see them doing shows in Saskatchewan.” Check out their website at contest

Lockwood News Phone 528-2020 Nokomis United Church Men’s Annual Pancake Supper, Tuesday, March 9, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in United Church basement. Everyone welcome. 16-17c

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Drake News Phone 528-2020 Thank you to my friends, Marjorie Smith and Dorothy Wolter, for the phone calls when my brother, Steve Shalapata, passed away. 17p Patti Shalapata Pastor Emily Toews had her sister Ruth Toews from Winnipeg for a visit. She stayed for a week. Canada’s 14 gold medals ranked first overall for the most gold medals won by one country in an Olympic games. I heard one comment on TV that they could have sold the men’s hockey tickets 18 times over. Who else heard that? One day yours truly received a letter in the mail but I had trouble making out the return address. It was from Nokomis, that much I could make out. I found a cheque inside from the Nokomis Senior Hockey Club. I had won twice on the pool board. What a nice surprise! That other word on the envelope was Chiefs. How come I cannot win in my hometown? I missed Jeff Hein in the list of hockey players I named in the last news. I have not heard from him for a while. Prayers and thoughts go out to Jake and Ruth Sawatzky, Freida Friesen, Elsie Schroeder, Nikki, Belle Mullet and others. Imagine, it was 12°C in Stoney Rapids and La Ronge was 7°C on March 2. Fort McMurray was 13°C on March 3. There was a house fire about five miles north of Drake and Drake Fire Department responded at about 7:00 a.m. The family that was forced out of their home on Tuesday and are now residents of Drake and have set up household in the old North Star Country Church once owned by Marie Funk. It is along Railway Ave. The fire truck also had a call southeast of Drake. Both were

on Tuesday, March 2. On Sunday morning I had the misfortune of falling in church. I missed either the second last step or the last step going down. Now I have a sore left shoulder and sporting red, purple and blue toes. That will all heal in time, thanks to the fact that I was wearing a thick heavy coat and high men’s winter boots, as it could have been much worse. For now I can walk and use my hands. A pot and two cookie sheets were left at the community centre and are now at the Happy Shopper store. If they belong to you please pick them up, otherwise you will have to purchase them from the Lanigan Thrift Store. Jessie and Heather Bergen of Saskatoon were seen at the Sportsplex with parents Vic and Chris Bergen recently watching a hockey game. Jessie and Heather have a twomonth-old son named Ty. Home after a hot/warm two-week holiday in the Dominican Republic are Peter and Mary Jean Nicholson and Joel and Lois Ewert. Our weather in Drake has been spring-like. The Elizabeth Friesen house situated along the Lockwood Grid #668 on the way to Watrous succumbed to a fire March 2. A bus load of parents and students from the surrounding area went to Mexico a short while ago and built a hall for youth, I believe. I would appreciate it if anyone in the group would give me more input in a report as to how many, were you all from Drake, how long were you gone on this mission etc. and other details of importance. Did you know a smile is the best anti-aging beauty treatment available? A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks. - Dorothy Wolter




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Cupar Plus 50 Club hosts shuffleboard tournament

Something missing from the community news column? Please contact us at the Last Mountain Times directly at the above number, or contact us at: 528-2020,, by fax at 528-2090, or by mail at Box 340, Nokomis. S0G 3R0. Be sure to include your contact information so we can clarify facts if necessary. Cupar Plus 50 Club hosted a shuffleboard tournament on Saturday, February 27 with 32 participants – 28 from Cupar and four from Dysart. First to fourth place winners were: (back row, left to right) 1st place – Lucy Stuermer and Helen Lipinski, 2nd place – Margaret Sakal and Irene Benko, (front row, left to right) 3rd place – Lois Munn and Mary Chernick, 4th place – Anne Reiss and Ernie Gebhart.

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Health Regions facing deficits Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region officials say they may be facing a $4 million deficit for the current fiscal year, but are looking at making strategic spending reductions to minimize the deficit, and at the same time avoid cutting jobs.

The Health Region, which has more than 5,000 employees, operates on an annual budget of $785 million. Officials say they will attempt to handle the situation by finding savings in all non-salaryrelated items like travel, consulting services, profes-

sional services, utilities, and overtime. The Saskatoon Health Region earlier confirmed that it planned to cut 21 jobs in order to manage a projected $7 million deficit on its annual $830 million operating budget. The health regions receive 90 per cent of their funding from the provincial government.

Coming in fifth to eight place were: (back row, left to right) 5th place – Steve Domokos and Ed Lipinski (missing), 6th place – Joe Lipinski and Charlotte Hart, (front row, left to right) 7th place – Willie Gibson and Doreen Hall, 8th place – Elizabeth Nameth and Helen Ermel. Also enjoying the food, fun and laughter were: Helen Bereti, Alma Tudore, Olga Kalcsits, Ernie Weisbrod, Lawrence Geber, Mary Benko, Joe Buki, Margaret Buckshaw, Ann Lucas, Greta Gebhart, Meade McSweeney, Joe Tuttosi and Joe Santo, all of Cupar; and Ken Thomoas, Bill Harrison and Keith Hanson all of Dysart. Anne Reiss and Joyce Dahroug were the game coordinators. Submitted by Anne Reiss.



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We are currently looking for COMPANY DRIVERS Working in our Ray’s Transport Fleet, these drivers will be hauling grain, fertilizer & livestock feed throughout Sask, Manitoba and Alberta. This position offers a very busy, year-round employment opportunity! All applicants must have a valid Class 1A license with a clean driver abstract and have at least 2 years driving experience with past Super B grain/ fertilizer, being a definite asset. If you are interested in these opportunitities, you can contact Eddy at 306-651-3540 or Apply by sending resume, along with references to: or fax 306-242-9470




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March is National Engineering Month Design the future March is National Engineering Month (NEM) in Canada and a national celebration of engineering technology. There are currently more than 160,000 engineers in Canada. Whether we’re on our way to school or to work, no matter how we spend our leisure time, how we travel and the way we choose to get there, engineering will have had a hand in making it possible. From hockey helmets to software and space technology, engineers use their skills to better our lives on a daily basis. Engineering is a broadly diversified discipline which encompasses many divisions such as civil engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, and



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Immediate opening AG SALESMAN - Southey Location With the changing farm environment, South Country Equipment is changing to meet the new needs of today's farm customer. This is a great opportunity to join this progressive John Deere dealership, in the area of sales and customer relations. South Country Equipment is an 8 store organization on the road to becoming the largest John Deere AG dealership in Canada. Don't miss your opportunity to be a part of the growth, and with that establish a fulfilling, stable career! This exciting position offers a competitive compensation structure, excellent benefits, and unlimited commission potential. SCE's commitment to skill development is industry leading, utilizing John Deere and outside sourced professional training. We are looking for someone who: is self motivated, professional, and driven to sell is knowledgeable in the area of today's farming technology and computer skills is able to build relationships before and after a sale is motivated by a personal selling approach which occurs mainly in the field, with limited time in store. If this is the opportunity you've been waiting for, please reply by email or in writing to: or South Country Equipment Box 129 Southey, Sask S0G 4P0 RE: Sales Position Attention: Jim Nikolejsin Fax:(306)726-4370 16&17c



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FOR RENT– Senior Social Housing. Rent is based on income. For information, contact Nokomis Housing Authority, Box 26, Nokomis, SK, S0G 3R0. 5ctf

BUILDING FOR SALE OR MAIN FLOOR FOR RENT – Great location for starting your own business. 101 Mountain St., Strasbourg. 940 sq. ft. on each level, full basement and 3-bedroom suite on second floor. Must be seen to be appreciated. Suite is presently rented. Call for viewing 725-4145 days or 725-4595 evenings.

FOR SALE– 2 year old purebred black angus bulls, bred for calving ease and fed for durability. Call David or Pat 306-963-2639. 16-25c FOR SALE– Forden Simmentals, Punnichy, SK, is consigning red, black and percentage Fleckvieh bulls to the Best of the Breed Bull Sale at Leross on Sunday, March 28 at 2:00 p.m. Some bulls also available at the farm. For information contact Ken Forden at (306) 835-2645 or (306) 835-7597. 17-19c(3t)

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Danceland, Manitou Beach offers entertainment for: March 13 – ‘Phoenix’ – part of the Frank Ball Band Dance, 8 to 12 midnight, buffet 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Phone 1-800267-5037 for info or reservations. Check our website for updated schedule: www. or e-mail: 17c Raymore Figure Skating Club presents ‘Colours of the Olympics,’ on Friday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m. Raffles, 50/50, and lots of local talent. 16-17c The Drake Skating Club proudly presents: ‘2010 Winter Olympics’ Skate With Us Program, Friday, March 19, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Drake Sportsplex. Silver Collection proceeds going to the Drake Figure Skating Club. The Sportsplex kitchen will be open. Come to the rink for supper! 17-18c Liberty Ducks Unlimited Banquet and Auction, Saturday, March 20, 2010 in the Liberty Memorial Hall. Cocktails at 5:30 p.m., Dinner at 6:30 p.m., Auction to follow. Tickets $25.00. Contact Jim at 847-2114, Lisa at 847-2155 or Leslie at 847-4401. 16-18c St. John Lutheran Church Ethnic Supper, Saturday, March 27, lower Strasbourg Memorial Hall. Supper: 5:30 p.m. Entertainment/Silent Auction. Tickets: $15/person, students $5.00, pre-school free. Tickets available: Affinity Credit Union – Strasbourg, Every Little Thing or Doreen 7254044. 17p

HELP WANTED– Nokomis District Museum requires students for two full-time summer staff positions. Requirements: enrolling in post-secondary education or students continuing postsecondary education. Applicants must be able to work well with the public and have computer skills. Please send resume to: Nokomis District Museum, Box 417, Nokomis, SK, S0G 3R0 by March 23, 2010. 16-17c(3t)

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Thanks to everyone for your many acts of kindness during my stay in hospital. It was very much appreciated. 17c Avril Williams We, the family of Earl Schmidt, would like to express our thanks to all of our friends and family for all their support during this sad time. To everyone, your visits, kind words, hugs, phone calls, cards, flowers, prayers, and gifts of food, were really appreciated. A special thank you to the girls who put on the lunch for dinner and supper for the family. Thank you to Dr. Lim and nursing staff at Nokomis Health Centre for the care given to Earl in his last month. A very special thank you to LaVerne and Lorna for all they did; LaVerne and Pastor Emily for the service. To Al at Fotheringham–McDougall Funeral Service for support while making arrangements. Thank you for donations to the Cancer Society and Nokomis Health Centre. Linda, Chris, Kirby, 17p Kelly and families Thank you to family and friends for phone calls and food during my stay in hospital. 17p John Holmes

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Provincial news briefs Federal budget highlights Government, SGEU reach tentative agreement A tentative agreement has been reached between the Government of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Government and General Employees’ Union (SGEU) public service bargaining unit. “I’d like to thank the bargaining committee for their hard work in achieving this tentative settlement,” SGEU Public Service Negotiating Committee Chair Barry Nowoselsky said. “We will now be sending this to the membership for their consideration.” The agreement is subject to ratification over the next month, which will include membership meetings by the SGEU. No details will be released until that process is complete. The SGEU represents about 10,000 employees in government ministries who work in a wide range of roles, from agrologists to social service and corrections workers and highway maintenance crews. Pharmacists’ prescribing authority to be broadened The Sask Party government last week announced the intent to expand prescribing authority for Saskatchewan pharmacists. Proposed regulatory amendments to The Pharmacy Act bylaws will recognize the ability of pharmacists to improve health care delivery in the province, working in collaboration with doctors and other health care professionals. Expected to take effect by summer, the amendments will authorize pharmacists to provide services such as extending refills during a physician’s absence and providing emergency supplies of prescribed medications. This enhanced prescribing authority sets the foundation for future expansion, whereby in collaboration with physicians, pharmacists who acquire additional training, will have the authority to alter dosages or formulas, or prescribe certain medications for minor ailments. “We are very pleased with the move to enhanced prescribing authority,” Saskatchewan College of Pharmacists Registrar Ray Joubert said. “It culminates a journey that began several years ago and follows recommendations from various inquiries and reviews of the health care system. Over the last three or more years we consulted with our professional colleagues, including physicians and nurses, to develop this collaborative framework. It reflects our belief in collaboration and promoting an optimal role for the pharmacist as a member of the health care team in the public interest.” There are approximately 1,300 pharmacists practising in Saskatchewan. SaskPower selects carbon capture technology SaskPower has chosen SNC Lavalin-Cansolv to provide the carbon dioxide (CO2) capture system for the Boundary Dam Integrated Carbon Capture and Sequestration Demonstration Project. SNC Lavalin-Cansolv’s proposal

was selected after a rigorous evaluation of three proposals shortlisted by SaskPower in February 2009. The evaluation was undertaken by SaskPower and an independent consultant, Stantec Engineering. Should it proceed, the carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) project would transform an aging unit at Boundary Dam Power Station near Estevan into a reliable, long-term producer of 115 megawatts of clean baseload electricity, while enhancing provincial oil production and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The federal government will provide a $240-million investment in the project. SaskPower will make a final decision on whether to proceed with the Boundary Dam Integrated Carbon Capture and Sequestration Demonstration Project later this year. There remains important work to do in the areas of finalizing project cost estimates, securing customers for the captured CO2, and making an assessment of the timing and extent of CO2 emissions regulations.

Continued from front page And Budget 2010 outlines the Harper government’s three-point plan for returning to budget balance once the economy has recovered. First, the Government will follow through with the exit strategy built into the Economic Action Plan. Temporary measures in the Action Plan will be wound down as planned. Second, the Government will restrain spending through targeted reductions. Towards achieving this objective, Budget 2010 proposes $17.6 billion in savings over five years. Third, the Government will undertake a comprehensive review of government administrative functions and overhead costs to identify additional savings and improve service delivery. The Government, in making


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Recession? What recession? Concerns about the lingering recession and slowlybuilding economic recovery were eased somewhat in the past week, with the announcement of significant profits at all four of Canada’s major banks. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce was the first to report its first-quarter financial results, saying that it earned $652-million, up from $147-million a year ago. The bulk of the bank’s profits came from basic Canadian consumer banking, the business that CIBC has chosen to concentrate on in the wake of the credit crisis. Profit at Canada’s biggest bank, the Royal Bank, rose

35 percent in its first quarter as loan losses decreased, but the results were weaker than forecasters were expecting. On March 4, Toronto-Dominion Bank posted a profit of $1.3-billion in its most recent quarter. TD Bank turned in its record performance based on both its Canadian personal and commercial banking divisions, and the bank’s provisions for loan losses were also less than anticipated. And Bank of Montreal (BMO) reported a first-quarter profit of $657-million, up $432-million from a year ago. Like the other Canadian banks the bulk of BMO’s earnings came from Canadian business and consumer lending operations.

SaskWater announces rate increase SaskWater will be raising rates effective for the April 2010 billing period. The provincial agency says it needs the rate increase to continue to meet customer needs in the province for safe, reliable, quality water. SaskWater did not have a rate increase in 2008 or 2009. SaskWater’s last rate increase was on May 1, 2007. The 2010 increase affects customers who do not have scheduled annual rate adjustments as a part of their agreement; this includes 26 communities, 49 rural pipeline groups, 35 industrial customers and approximately 200 other rural users. These customers will see the increase on their April invoice. Rates will increase by nine per cent for potable water

customers and 5.9 to nine per cent for non-potable water customers. As a result, the increase to potable customers will be a maximum of 20 cents per cubic metre (1,000 litres) and the increase to non-potable customers will be a maximum of five cents per cubic metre. The recommended increase will result in the average household bill increasing anywhere from $4.14 to $6.24 a month for SaskWater’s direct connection rural customers. Whether this increase is directly and equally transferred to municipal and rural pipeline groups’ customers is at their discretion. Communities in the local area that will see the water rate increase include: Lanigan and Guernsey.

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Report from the Legislature by Greg Brkich, MLA Arm River-Watrous Constituency As the 2010 Spring Session of the Saskatchewan Legislature begins, I look forward to addressing the concerns of Arm River-Watrous constituents as well as the many issues at the provincial level. I would like to begin my report by offering my congratulations to all the Canadian Olympians, especially the Saskatchewan Olympians, who have just finished competing in Vancouver. We can be very proud of their historic achievements in the 2010 Winter Olympics having won 26 medals including a record-breaking 14 gold medals. Across Canada, we can all be proud. The past couple of months have seen our Government Caucus working hard on the 2010 Provincial Budget. Premier Wall and all the government MLA’s have been working hard towards keeping Saskatchewan’s economy in good shape going forward. Recently the Premier, current chair of the Council of the Federation, and other Canadian Premiers, traveled to Washington, D.C. There, they met with the National Governors Association and senior officials from the White House. The Premier has been working hard to keep trade relations strong. A great deal of progress was made to ensure that Saskatchewan is recognized as a leader on both the national and international stages. If you have any questions or concerns, please call my office at 1-800-539-3979 or visit

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Nokomis office 528-2020 Nokomis United Church Men’s Annual Pancake Supper, Tuesday, March 9, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in United Church basement. Everyone welcome. 16-17c Thank you to my friends, Marjorie Smith and Dorothy Wolter, for the phone calls when my brother, Steve Shalapata, passed away. 17p Patti Shalapata Your news is important – be sure to send it in!

EDWARDS Sean and Angela, along with big brother Hunter, are pleased to announce the arrival of Tanner James on Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 8:46 p.m. at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon. He weighed 8 lbs. 11 ozs. and measured 21 inches long. Proud grandparents are Doug and Sherry Hobman, Wayne Harding, Doug and Janice Edwards, all of Nokomis. Great-grandparents are Maxine and Russell Hallborg of Watrous and Bob Edwards, Jim and Anne Hendry and Calvin Harding of Nokomis. 17p

Linda Thomson Linda Irene Thomson’s struggle with multiple myeloma ended on January 15, 2010. Linda was born on April 30, 1949 in Canora, SK, and learned to love family, animals and the land, with the guidance of her parents Robert and Jean Graham and the encouragement of her siblings Margaret, Myrtle, Verna, Bob and Reg. She attended, without enthusiasm, Chain-of-Lakes and Invermay schools, but her interests were clearly elsewhere – most often in farming activities. Baling beat literature every time. Linda married Graham Thomson on July 6, 1968, and together they raised four kids and roamed the countryside. Moving more than a dozen times in the first 10 years of marriage meant that Linda developed an uncanny talent for packing and kept track of time by remembering who was in diapers at what house. Every house was full of friends and every yard trimmed to within an inch of its life. The moves ended in 1977 when the family settled in Nokomis. Settling in Nokomis meant involvement in community activities, most of which involved the kids. Scouts, hockey, ball, school sports, ropings and driving the school bus kept her on the road for most of the ‘80s, but in 1987 she found her own niche. Completing her home care/special care aide course meant that she could now focus her considerable energy on caring for the most vulnerable among us with dignity and compassion. Her work at Silver Heights Special Care Home in Raymore, Nokomis Health Centre and home care was a source of joy and fulfillment. It is what she was meant to do. Having children at a young age meant that Linda was able to be a young and active grandmother. A stop at the house meant photos and stories of the latest exploits of Grady, Raina, Victoria, Dillon and Shane. The only thing that made her happier than their birth was when they stayed at Grandma’s house and followed her to NHC to meet the staff or to the farm to meet a new foal (her four-legged grandchildren) or played in the yard while Grandma gardened. Linda is remembered by a grateful family including: her husband Graham; children Monty, Rolly (Angie), Sherri and Shawna (Clayton); grandchildren Grady and Raina Thomson and Victoria, Dillon and Shane Sanborn; mother Jean; sisters Margaret (Bob), Myrtle (Leonard) and Verna (Walter); brother Reg; sisters-in-law Gail (Bob) and Glenelda (Ray); and a herd of beloved nieces, nephews and friends. Linda was predeceased by: her dad Robert Graham; brother Bob Graham; parents-in-law Ida and William Thomson and brothers-in-law Steve Panchyk and Jim McCutcheon. A memorial service was held at the Nokomis Centennial Hall on January 18, 2010, conducted by ministers Jim Atcheson, Ruth Sinclair and Agnes Smiley. Guest book attendants were Karen Lee and Sandy Lewis. David Herauf, Stacey Oliver and Vern Bexson were the ushers. Eulogy was given by Sandy Lewis and Myrtle Pilkey. Janice Cobb was pianist and special music was by Braden Pihrag, Karen McCrae, Lynn Higgins and Sherrie Gullacher. Memorial donations directed to the Nokomis Hospital Auxiliary or the Sandra Schmirler Foundation would be appreciated.

Something new will happen in my household soon. Well, at least we are expecting it at the moment, by the time you read this, we should have a new child. A baby, which will change the dynamics of our household. The one I worry about the most is our daughter Amanda, who is at the moment, our only child. Certainly she says she is ready for her new sibling, but the reality may be another story. With this infant, the amount of attention will change and our schedules will be different. Nothing will be the same, and that is good. Often we like to have our routines. We like to have a standard wake up time. Our work is done in a prescribed order so you do not forget something. If everything is done in a standard way, then you can remember how to do it next time, and you get faster at it. There is a catch: nothing stays the same. We certainly want it to, but nothing does. Life certainly continued on for a number of years until Jesus came. The Son of God who walked among us; very much God and yet still a man. As he lived, died on the cross and rose from the grave, so everything changed. We have a peace with God that comes through his work. A work that is for all people who accept him. Consider what the apostle Paul wrote: And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he

might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. - Colossians 1:18-20 (ESV) This is something that has changed everything. The world has met God in Jesus and we have a clear way of understanding God. This is what truly makes Christianity different from all other religions: God came in Jesus. We have the wondrous change in our lives because we have the opportunity to know him. Moreover, through Jesus we have peace with God. This is important, it is part of how the world has changed, and it is an important part. While our lives may fall apart in many ways, Jesus has reconciled us to God which is the good news. The question is are we willing to accept it. I started by wondering how my daughter will adjust to her new sibling; in a similar way, how have we adjusted to this good news? It is life changing. It is my prayer that this affects your life in a positive way. For some the change in your life will be minor, for some it will be profound. No matter how strong the effects are, change has come. May God help us all to understand him through Jesus each and every day. Submitted by Pastor Rick Shott Nokomis Baptist Church

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David McDade once again the central band has been working on new music pieces for the 2010 season. The group has 15 members from the communities of Holdfast, Imperial, Nokomis, and Watrous. They regularly meet every Wednesday afternoon and evening at Imperial school for a combined practise. The Band Auxilary has planned a band tour to Edmonton for May 1-4 with a number of performances, and excursions for the students. The recently formed Garage Band from Winston High School will also be joining the tour. This should provide a varied presentation to the venues. In order to finance this tour the students’ families have a number of fundraising projects that they are required to take part in, including Mom’s Pantry, a spring bottle drive in Watrous and a battery recycling program. The Imperial Service Club is also planning an evening of music and dance with Saskatoon’s Stone Frigate Band at Imperial on midApril. The Horizon Winds has a clinic with some of those musicians that afternoon and then performs some musical pieces with them that night. Following their band tour, the ensemble will be performing at the Moose Jaw Festival on May 19, while Watrous will be the location of their final concert on May 16. The spring season is certainly shaping up to be a busy one for the band. They are an enthusiastic group of young musicians that music patrons would enjoy hearing. Local students include Holly Hobman and Cory Bart. Take time to attend one or more of their performances and support our young musicians! -RB


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operates and we have a great day of skiing. We are coming to the end of certain subject areas: Writing – Dictionary Skills; ELA (Grade 3) – Super Senses; ELA (Grade 4/5) – Why Are You Laughing?; Math (Gr ade 3) – Number Strand: Addition & Subtraction; Math (Grade 4) – Number Strand – Multiplication & Division; Arts Education – Dance Unit. We continue with: Science – Predicting Weather; Health – Digestive System; Writing – Six Traits – Organization; Social Studies – Saskatchewan Cities. - Mrs. Koenig Grade 6, 7, and 8 News The students are progressing well, especially in math. Ty and Savanna will be starting the unit on Fractions, Ratios and Percents. Sydney will soon be starting the unit on Circles. Cara, Daniel, Cylus and Adam will be starting the unit on Volume. There will be a Science exam in the near future and then we will move on to the unit on Cells, Tissues, Organs and Systems. ‘Treaties’ is going to be the focus in Social Studies for the month of March, and in PAA the student are working on computer generated floor plans. We are focussing on reading and writing strategies in ELA, and will also be improving our vocabulary by playing the great comparison game ‘Apples to Apples.’ A potluck lunch is planned for Wednesday, March 10. – Mrs. Tait Greetings from Mrs. Stratton The grade 9-12 students at-

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Birthday Celebration Planning continues for Govan’s 100th Birthday Celebration, coming up in 2011. Following an initial public meeting on February 25, it was decided to send out a survey form to Govan and area residents. The survey asks if residents are actually interested in staging a celebration, and if they are interested in taking part in the organizing process. Respondents are being encouraged to drop their survey forms off at the Town Office by March 16. The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing. -Albert Einstein oldie, but a goodie...

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Northern Lights Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music made a stop at the Govan Community Hall on Monday evening, March 1. The three-member musical group is on an early March tour of Saskatchewan, and will also be appearing in Big River, Nipawin, Tisdale and Saskatoon. The evening of entertainment began with a concert starting at 7:30 p.m., and gave the attendees the chance to

Duval News Strasbourg Office 725-3030 DUVAL HOMECOMING Meeting, Wednesday, March 10 at 8:00 p.m. at the Duval Hall. 16-17p Dance Alive 2010 (20th Anniversary) hosted by Angela’s Dance Academy takes place Saturday, March 13 at Strasbourg Memorial Hall. Group competition begins at 9:00 a.m. and Solo/Duo competition starts at 3:00 p.m. Dancers will be competing in the disciplines of tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, musical theatre, hip hop and production. Come out and cheer on your local dancers! Admission at the door. 17c

have a good listen to the three masters of multiple instruments. Led by internationally renowned fiddler Gordon Stobbe, who currently hails from the Maritimes but is originally from Saskatchewan, the band also consists of JJ Guy, a professional fiddler and instructor from Lintlaw, SK, and Troy MacGillivray, pianist and fiddler. All three musicians have travelled Canada’s coast to coast, teaching fiddling and dancing, and wowing audiences across the nation. During the intermission, the chairs were pushed to the sidelines, the dancing shoes were slipped on, and everyone had the opportunity to start moving the toes they’d been tapping since the night began. By all accounts, everyone enjoyed the evening. The Northern Lights Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music Society received funding from the Saskatchewan Arts Board and Canadian Heritage to take live old time music on the road for school workshops and evening community concerts and dances.

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Strasbourg rink advances Good info at 55 Alive Dominion Region Playdowns held in Strasbourg Refresher Course The Strasbourg Curling team entered our region playClub hosted the Dominion Region Playdowns, February 27 and 28. In its second year, this is an annual event for the men’s and women’s curling teams who have won their respective local championships. Each affiliated curling club may declare a men’s team and a women’s team to represent their respective region playdown. Only one player on the team can have participated in the 2008/2009 or 2009/2010 curling seasons in provincial mens, womens, or seniors or in a world curling tour event. Because only one ladies

down, that team from Humboldt advances to Provincials in Regina, March 25 to 29. Teams from Humboldt, Watrous and Strasbourg entered the men’s competition in our region. The team from Strasbourg won the competition and will advance to the Provincials in Regina as well. The team from Strasbourg was skipped by David Craswell, with third Larry Doetzel, second Kevin Craswell, and lead substitute Justin Kerr for Ray Craswell. LD

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Girl Guides A 100 year old tradition still relevant What may have started out as a protest is now a 100 year old tradition. In 1909, there was a Scouting Rally at the Crystal Palace in London, England, which was organized by Lord Baden-Powell and to his surprise, a large number of girls showed up to join the 11,000 boys already assembled.

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Strasbourg and District Museum hosted its annual Hobby Show on Saturday, February 27 at the Strasbourg Wildlife Hall. Danielle Uhl (right) admires the photography of Lisa Cornish at one of the tables.

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Sask Olympic wrap up The 2010 Winter Olympic Games wrapped up in Vancouver Sunday evening, February 28 with a nail-biter, Canada-winning hockey game, and an equally impressive closing ceremony. Saskatchewan athletes carried home an impressive 11 medals in total: nine gold, one silver and one bronze. Medal recipients from Saskatchewan included: • Corinne Bartel (Humboldt), Silver in Women’s Curling • Ryan Getzlaf (Regina), Gold in Men’s Ice Hockey • Ben Hebert (Regina), Gold in Men’s Curling • Gina Kingsbury (Uranium City), Gold in Women’s Ice Hockey • Lucas Makowsky (Regina), Gold in Speed Skating Team Pursuit • Patrick Marleau (Aneroid), Gold in Men’s Ice Hockey • Meaghan Mikkelson (Regina), Gold in Women’s Ice Hockey • Brenden Morrow (Carlyle), Gold in Men’s Ice Hockey • Lyndon Rush (Humboldt), Bronze in Men’s Bobsleigh • Colleen Sostorics (Kennedy), Gold in Women’s Ice Hockey • Hayley Wickenheiser (Shaunavon), Gold in Women’s Ice Hockey Premier Brad Wall congratulated all of the Saskatchewan athletes, volunteers and other participants on a very successful Olympic showing. “I want to say a heartfelt congratulations to all our Saskatchewan athletes,” Wall said. “They represented our province and our country incredibly

well. We are proud to call you our own.” The Saskatchewan Pavilion was open for 17 days at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. More than 120,000 people passed through the pavilion over the course of the Games. “We had people from Australia, China, Germany, Poland, Saudi Arabia – literally from all over the world – visit our pavilion,” Wall said. “We told an international audience that Saskatchewan is a great place to make a living and to make a life. Visitors were exposed to all aspects of Saskatchewan, including the province’s economy, industry, food and entertainment. They were also greeted by friendly staff and volunteers who were from Saskatchewan. I want to say a big thank you to all our volunteers – a 150 in total – and to our dedicated staff,” Wall said. “Our core team worked hard for more than a month straight to ensure our pavilion was a success, and I can say that it absolutely was, so thank you. Saskatchewan people were also involved in other ways at the games as officials, coaches and in other roles. Congratulations to the officials, coaches and others from Saskatchewan who were involved in the Olympics. Each of you have also made Saskatchewan proud.” “This was an incredible experience,” Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Dustin Duncan said. “I can’t believe it is over. We put on a fantastic show and I am proud of our team and proud to be from Saskatchewan.”



Canadian Olympic Team records best-ever Winter Games The Canadian Olympic Team closed out the third Olympic Games held in Canada with the most medals it has ever won, 26, and a new alltime high of 14 gold medals to lead all countries in gold medals for any nation at a Winter Games. Figure skater Joannie Rochette was elected Canada’s Flag Bearer at the Closing Ceremony. Just days after the tragic death of her mother, Thérèse, Rochette captured a bronze medal in the singles competition at Pacific Coliseum. She is Canada’s first women’s singles medalist since 1988. Her ability to rise to such a difficult occasion, with two figure skating programs sure to live on in Canadian sports lore, is an inspiration well beyond the boundaries of sport. The 24-year-old from Île Dupas, Quebec, was also awarded the Vancouver 2010 Terry Fox Award – an international award for those who showed determination and character at the 2010 Olympic Games. The Canadian Olympic Team’s 26 medals marks its most successful Winter Games ever, eclipsing the previous record of 24 in Turin in 2006. The 14 gold medals are the most at the 2010 Games, and

A new beginning for Mark McGwire Spring is a time for new beginnings, and so it is, too, for Mark McGwire. The baseball slugger. who in 1998 was the first to exceed Roger Maris’s revered single-season home run record of 61, established a new record (since broken by Barry Bonds) of 70 and who finished with a Hall-of-Fame-worthy total of 538 for his career, is back in the game after being run over by the performanceenhancing-drug truck (PEDs, or steroids, for short). McGwire went into selfexile after testifying about the use of steroids in baseball before Congress five years ago. His infamous ‘I don’t want to talk about the past’ answers to Congressional inquisitions basically made him persona non grata in the world of baseball, and Hall of Fame voters confirmed that unwritten blacklisting by leaving him hundreds of votes short of the number required for induction.

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exceeds the all-time record set by the Soviet Union in 1976 and Norway in 2002. “We are so proud of all Canadian Olympians who have both rewritten history and contributed to an exceptional Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games,” said Michael Chambers, president of the Canadian Olympic Committee. “Our team is indebted to Canadians from coast to coast to coast for painting the town red while embracing these Games and delivering an incredible jolt of patriotism that our athletes certainly felt while competing. The gold medals speak volumes about where Canada is headed at future Winter Games and about the strong sport system now firmly established in Canada.” “It’s been my honour to live with our Olympic athletes and witness first-hand their skill, dedication and professionalism as they carried Canada’s hopes on their shoulders,” said Nathalie Lambert, Canada’s 2010 Chef de Mission. “There were such amazing moments here and you could actually feel the momentum building for our team as the Games went on. It’s truly a testament to the training and preparation that went into this Canadian Olym-

pic Team, and especially for Own the Podium. We watched how that special program lifted our athletes to new heights and record achievements.” The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games were filled with many highlights for Canadian athletes. They include: • Alex Bilodeau won Canada’s first gold medal on Canadian soil, in freestyle moguls. • Maëlle Ricker is Canada’s first female gold medallist on Canadian soil, after winning the snowboard cross competition. • Clara Hughes (speed skating) won her sixth career medal (bronze), tying Cindy Klassen for the most all-time by a Canadian. • François-Louis Tremblay (short track) captured his fourth and fifth career medals, putting him second all-time. • Jean Philippe Le Guellec (biathlon) set three individual records for a Canadian man: 6th in sprint, 11th in pursuit, 13th in individual. He became the first Canadian to compete in the mass start elite event and helped the relay team finish a best-ever (10th). • The women’s hockey team won its third straight Olympic title. • Jasey-Jay Anderson, four-

time world champion, fourtime Olympian, captured gold in snowboard’s parallel giant slalom. • Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse won gold in bobsleigh while Helen Upperton and Shelley-Ann Brown won silver – the first Canadian women to reach the podium in this sport. • Lyndon Rush guided the Canada 1 four-man bobsled to a bronze medal, the first such medal in 46 years. • Canada’s men’s crosscountry skiers had six recordbreaking top-7 results, led by Ivan Babikov’s 5th place result in the 30 km classic. • Jenn Heil is a double Olympic medallist in moguls, winning silver in 2010 and gold in 2006. • Sam Edney finished 7th in luge, the best-ever mark for a Canadian man, and ties Canada’s best-ever luge mark. • Both the long and short track speed skating teams collected five medals apiece to lead all sports. • The men’s curling team won gold, the women’s team silver, meaning Canada has reached the podium at each Games since the sport was reintroduced in 1998. - CNW Group Ltd.

from the sidelines Beach recently: For sale, a home on the 18th fairway at Pebble. Four bedrooms, $35 million. Monthly payment: $158,980.92. “I hope some old coot buys the house. Fifty times a day, he will run onto his front porch, waving his cane and yelling, ‘You kids get off my lawn!’ • Comedy writer Jerry Perisho: “A Pennsylvania woman is accused of missing twice, but finally striking, her 21-year-old son with a Louisville Slugger baseball bat. Her .333 average prompted the Pirates to give her a spring tryout. • Ex-Maple Leafs GM Gord Stellick, to the Toronto Sun, on the late Harold Ballard, the team’s tightwad owner: “I had a salary cap before anyone else ever heard of a salary cap.” • Golfer John Daly, to the San Francisco Chronicle, on the downside of shedding more than 100 pounds: “With the putting, I don’t have anywhere to put my elbows now.” • Journeyman pro golfer Paul Goydos, telling Scott Ostler about his role as a pro: “(Tiger Woods) has to have somebody to beat, and in all

my tournaments against Tiger, I believe I’ve fulfilled my role well.” • Comedy writer Jim Barach: “Forbes Magazine has ranked Cleveland as the most miserable city in the U.S. Except during baseball season when Chicago gets the nod.” • Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel on the Tiger Woods’ announcement, on the question America really wanted answered by Tiger: “Seriously, why the Perkins waitress?” • Toronto comedian Frenchie McFarlane: “Former CFL star quarterback Tracy Ham is to be inducted into CFL Hall of Fame. Big question now is: If he goes in as an Alouette, will Quebec language laws (Bill 101) force him to be inducted as Tracy “Jambon”? • Comedy writer Jerry Perisho: “Walter Morrison, the man who invented the Frisbee, died at age 90. The deceased will be buried in the toy box in the garage under the deflated volleyballs.” • Or, as Jonathan Harwell noted on The New York Times’ LaughLines blog: “The body will lie in state on the roof of Mr. Morrison’s

by Bruce Penton neighbour’s garage.” • Mike Bianchi: “If I write something that makes you mad, just remember this quote: “The job of the sports columnist is to watch the battle from the mountaintop and then ride down and bayonet the wounded.” • Michael Farber on, after U.S. goalie Ryan Miller stoned Canada in a 5-3 round-robin win and then blanked the Swiss 2-0: “His marvelous goaltending had the tweeters all asking Do You Believe in Miller-cles? Care to comment? Email: brucepenton2003@ Disclaimer: the opinions expressed are those of the writer.






Gold medal win at Winter Games Local female hockey players win Humboldt rink has great week in Moose Jaw Bronze at Winter Games

The Prairie Central curling team from the Humboldt Curling Club were Gold Medal winners at the 2010 Saskatchewan Winter Games which were held in Moose Jaw from February 14 to 20. This team made of local players: skip Dean Jaeb, third Jason Fleischhacker, both from Humboldt, second Spencer Hilderman from Duval and lead

Justin Hanmer from Lanigan, is coached by Lorne Hilderman. Playing at the Bushell Curling Club, February 14 to 17, the rink was undefeated in their pool, finishing first with a record of 6-0. The boys had very tough competition including a strong team from Saskatoon which they had to defeat twice. They will now start a nine month training program as the

top four teams from the Saskatchewan Winter Games prepare for playoffs in Saskatoon in December to see who will be the Saskatchewan rep at the 2011 Canadian Winter Games in Halifax. Photos submitted by Stacey Hanmer.

The Saskatchewan Winter Games is an opportunity for young athletes to reach for new levels of excellence. The 2010 games were held in Moose Jaw. For over 1,000 participants, the games represent an important step in their athletic careers. Representing our local zone (previously Zone 5), which is

now called Prairie Central, were female hockey players: Charlie Elke of Jansen, Alex Blair of Drake and Brooke Mutch of Nokomis. The Prairie Central team competed in games on February 18, 19 and 20. Scores for Prairie Central were as follows: Saskatoon 2 – Prairie Central 2; Prairie Central 1 –

Sweeping a rock down the ice is Jason Fleischhacker (left), throwing the rock is Spencer Hilderman, and also sweeping is Justin Hanmer (right).

Pictured above (left to right) with their medals are: Alex Blair, Brooke Mutch and Charlie Elke.

Team Prairie Central on the podium receiving their Gold medals at the Saskatchewan Winter Games in Moose Jaw (left to right): skip Dean Jaeb, third Jason Fleischhacker, second Spencer Hilderman, and lead Justin Hanmer and their coach Lorne Hilderman.

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Sweeping, Justin Hanmer (left), Dean Jaeb throwing the rock, and Spencer Hilderman (right).

Lakeland 0; Prairie Central 2 – South East 3; Prairie Central 5 – Rivers West 1. They ended the games as Bronze Medal winners. -submitted by Lila Haskey-Mutch

Photos submitted by Lila Haskey-Mutch.