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Last Mountain Serving The Last Mountain Area Since 1908

Volume 103, No 29

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

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Nokomis without long weekend Hendry in Stanley Cup finals water and sewer service

It’s every young hockey two games of the series in player’s dream – to play in the Chicago. Stanley Cup final and have a Jordan Hendry was raised chance to win it all and hoist in Nokomis and began his Lord Stanley’s cup in victory! career as a young athlete That dream is one step closer playing minor hockey there. and within reach for local As a Bantam he played AA player Jordan Hendry, as the Bantam in Naicam, followed Chicago Blackhawks defeat- by a year as AAA Midget in Tisdale. He then ed the San Jose Sharks in four ...a chance to moved on to Jr. in North Battlgames straight win it all and hoist A eford and then to to move into the final round Lord Stanley’s cup Alaska on scholarship. His next of the Stanley in victory! step was to the Cup playoffs. Hendry’s NHL career has AHL with Norfolk in 2006. included 92 regular season Jordan became a free agent games with three goals and signed to a two year contract nine assists for 12 points in the NHL by the Chicago and 36 penalty minutes. The Blackhawks in July 2006. He 26 year old defenseman has was re-signed in June 2008 averaged eight minutes 15 for a second two year contract seconds of ice time per game and becomes a restricted free during the playoffs, with five agent at the end of the 2010 shots on goal, having played season. Hendry’s parents Lois 12 games as of the end of the third round of playoffs against Mortenson and Ron Hendry both reside in Nokomis, the San Jose Sharks. Hendry and the Chicago and without a doubt, all eyes Blackhawks host the Phila- in the community and Last delphia Flyers in the final Mountain area will be glued round of the run for the glory to TVs throughout the series, on May 29 and 31 in the first cheering him on with pride!

The two pumps being repaired at the sewage lift station are at the bottom of this twenty-foot deep concrete shaft beneath the lift station. More pictures on page 4. “It was an unfortunate combination of circumstances,” explained Nokomis Mayor Fred Wright. “With all the rain we’ve been having recently, there’s been a lot of water flowing through the storm drains and sewer system, and then people have been running their sump pumps to drain off extra water. Add to this the fact that sometime prior to this, one of the two pumps in the sewage lift station had quit, leaving only one pump to handle all the extra load. And then, that single pump gave out on Saturday. It was just a bit of bad luck that it happened on a long weekend.” As a result of the pump breakdown at the Nokomis sewage lift station, the town had to shut off the water supply to residents and businesses to prevent more water from being drained into the sewer system while repair parts were being shipped in from out of province. The national long weekend holiday resulted in shipping delays, so as a result, on Thursday, May 27, the town was still waiting for some parts to arrive. The town had contracted with Acme Sewer Services out of Regina to pump sewage from the system to help keep up with the outflow from the town. To accommodate residents and businesses who required water to remain open, the town turned the water supply on for several hours

each day, and then turned it off again over night, as the town’s maintenance personnel continued to work on fixing the pumps. Mid-afternoon Wednesday, May 26 the water was turned on again, and then turned off at about 8:00 p.m. in the evening. It was turned on again Thursday morning at about 8:00 a.m. Mayor Wright said (as of noon Thursday) the plan was to leave the water turned on as staff worked on repairing the lift station pumps. A ‘boil water advisory’ was delivered to town residents and businesses on Thursday afternoon. Mayor Wright emphasized that there was not a problem with the water quality, but that the Saskatoon Health Region’s policy in such cases is to err on the side of caution, and advise residents to boil water for drinking until water quality tests can confirm that the water is indeed safe. The lack of water over the May long weekend, and extending into May 25, 26 and 27 placed a significant burden on the staff and patients at the Nokomis Health Centre, as they struggled to keep up with the inconvenience of not having running water. The manager of the Health Centre told Last Mountain Times that the staff did an extraordinary job of maintaining services, using bottled water for drinking and food preparation; and hauled-in bulk water was heated on stoves by the

staff, and then used to give patients warm bed-baths. Bucket water was used for flushing the toilets. Fortunately the staff was able to keep up with the workload, and although the lack of running water was a huge inconvenience the patients were never in danger, and none had to be moved to other facilities. The students at Nokomis School were the unexpected

beneficiaries of the water situation. Classes were cancelled on May 25 and 26 while the water was turned off, but it was back to the books on the 27th. School officials say the water fountains will be turned off, and the students will drink bottled water during the ‘boil water advisory’ period, and there will be additional use of hand sanitizers and extra caution in general.

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Silton Silhouettes present ‘Cirque du Silton’

Silton Silhouettes dance club enjoyed another successful season of dance, culminating in the annual recital ‘Cirque Photo by The Natural Look - Photography by Lavonne Gorrill. du Silton’ in early May. Story and more pictures on page 10.



Silton Silhouettes dance club presents ‘Cirque du Silton’ It was once again another fun-filled year of dance. Elsa McKenzie has become a true asset to the Silton Silhouettes Dance Club with her ability to think outside the box. Her dance ideas and her ideas to keep the dancers motivated about learning, and bringing in some of her friends to share their experience with the dancers, and her going that extra mile, all contribute to the Club’s success. The Club had a welcome growth in enrolment this past season, with lots of new, young energy. Amanda Willcox returned for her third year teaching and the dancers truly made her work, as the beginner combo class grew to 14 young students. She was also very willing to give a lot of herself this past year as she took on an extra dancer late in the year. The Club had a few fundraisers over the year, and one of the most popular was once again the ‘Mom’s Pan-

try’. It has become a twice a year event because it goes over so well. The food is so good it sells itself and the Club makes a tidy sum to help keep enrolment costs down. We also can’t forget the Lions Carnival where the Club puts on the breakfast for many of the 24 hour curlers and spectators. We certainly appreciate the many locals who come out to support the Club. Elsa also came up with the idea to put on a Christmas party to show off just what the students had been working on. And they held a dance camp earlier in the year. This year the older dancers approached the instructors and parents and asked if they could attend an extra competition as the Club normally only goes to two competitions in a season. The teachers supported the dancers, and let the parents decide as they would be responsible for getting the dancers to the event. Every-

one did a really good job! At the Pulse Competition in Regina, in Solo and Duet categories, there were one first place, two second place and three third place awards taken home. In the Group category, there were four second place and one third place awards. The youngest dancers only attend one competition and it is the Invitational Dance Showcase, also in Regina. In the Solo and Duet category, the girls brought home two first place, three second, two third place, one fourth and three fifth place awards. In the Group category, they all did really well, taking three first place, four second place and one fourth place awards. The last competition was the one all the dancers and Moms look forward to: the Moose Jaw Invitational Dance Carnival. Again, for Solo and Duets, our dancers took one first place, three second place, one third,

three fourth and three fifth place awards. To wrap it all up, the Group competitors brought back one second, three third place, two fourth and one fifth place awards. Every dance year wraps

up after the recital in Strasbourg, and the Club holds their annual potluck supper for the dancers and their families, and the dancers receive their dance certifi-

cates. It is an opportunity for everyone to wind down and enjoy the fact that they had another fun, successful season. -submitted by Corri Gorrill


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Garner, Carol, Rhonda, Tracy, Darla & Jackie Justin Shewchuk Bryksa Justin Shewchuk Bryksa, of Strasbourg, was born January 26, 1992. His parents are Rob Kurbis of Holdfast, and Sonya Shewchuk Bryksa of Strasbourg. He has an older brother Jesse and younger sister Rebecca. Justin went to school in Bulyea from Kindergarten to Grade 3 and then attended William Derby School in Strasbourg, where he has participated in volleyball, badminton, track, golf and SRC. He also enjoys snowboarding, surfing, traveling, and extreme table tennis. Future plans are to attend the University of Regina in Business Administration for the next five years, work for Sunshine and Ski and hopefully get into the Co-op program for business.

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Jonah Buzila Jonah Nathan Buzila was born February 10, 1992. He lives on an acreage with his parents Jon and Holly Buzila. He has an older sister Raven and a younger brother Noah. Jonah attended school in Bulyea from Kindergarten to Grade 6 and then came to Strasbourg for Grades 7 through 12. He took part in volleyball and badminton. His other interests are soccer and sledding. Future plans are to attend the University of Saskatchewan in Engineering.

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Brittany Cameron Brittany Dawn Cameron was born December 14, 1992. She is the daughter of Darren and Shelley Cameron of Bulyea. Brittany has taken all of her schooling at William Derby School. She has participated in drama. She enjoys viewing and creating art. Brittany’s future plans are to attend Marvel Beauty School in Regina.

Leah Cameron Leah Skylar Katherine Cameron was born July 19, 1992. She lives on a farm with her parents Kevin and Rhonda Cameron. She has an older sister Sarah. Leah attended Bulyea Elementary School and then came to WDS in Strasbourg. During school Leah participated in drama. She has been involved with the Silton Silhouettes Dance Club, 4-H and the BGS Figure Skating Club. She also enjoys concerts, anything that involves art or music and traveling. Leah plans to go into interior design and decorating and she hopes to end up in Europe.

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Chris Cardiff Christopher Ryan Cardiff was born February 1, 1992 to Eugene and Brenda Cardiff who farm near Govan. He has two older sisters Erin and Jenn. Chris attended Carl Frederickson School in Govan until the end of Grade 7 and then WDS in Strasbourg to the end of Grade 12. During school he participated in track and field, volleyball, badminton and floor hockey. Other interests include hunting, fishing, dirt biking, hockey, farming and hanging out with friends. Chris plans to seek employment.

Janelle Cardiff Janelle Courtney Cardiff was born August 1, 1992. She is the daughter of Kevin and Sheryl Cardiff of Govan. She has an older sister Kayla and two younger brothers Chad and Mason. Janelle attended Carl Frederickson School from Kindergarten to Grade 8 and then came to WDS in Strasbourg for Grades 9 through 12. During school she participated in volleyball, badminton and track and field. Her other interests include: camping, swimming and hanging out with friends. Janelle plans to attend the University of Saskatchewan in Arts and Science.

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Cody Christoph Cody Ryan Christoph was born September 13, 1991. His parents are Lawrence and Valerie Christoph who live at Silton. Cody has an older sister Caitlin. Cody attended Bulyea Elementary School from Kindergarten to Grade 6 and then came to WDS to complete his Grades 7 to 12. He participated in drama. His other interests are video games. Cody plans to attend the University of Regina in Mechanical Engineering.

Jocelyn de Hoop Jocelyn Adrianne de Hoop was born November 5, 1992 to John and Rhonda de Hoop of Strasbourg. She has an older sister Allison and a younger sister Karleen. Jocelyn took all of her schooling at William Derby School. She participated in drama, volleyball, track and field and golf. Her other interests are dance. Jocelyn’s future plans are to work for the summer and then attend SIAST in Saskatoon for a business course.


Zachary Gorrill Zachary James Gorrill was born April 27, 1992. His parents are James Schulz and Vernalynn Gorrill of Strasbourg. He has a younger brother Xavier. Zak has taken all of his schooling at WDS in Strasbourg. He participated in volleyball, badminton and track and field. He is also interested in hockey and baseball. Zak plans to work in construction, get all the hours needed and then go to school for carpentry.

Kyle Hardy Kyle Ian Hardy was born August 31, 1992. His parents are Pam Bender of Duval and Ian Hardy of Govan. He has two younger brothers Cole and Austin. Kyle attended Govan school from Kindergarten to Grade 8 and took his Grades 9 through 12 at William Derby School. He has participated in badminton, volleyball and basketball at school. He has also played Maroon hockey for eight years. Future plans are to enrol at the University of Saskatchewan in the Engineering program.

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Connie Hoffman Connie Victoria Hoffman was born April 20, 1992. She lives in Strasbourg with her parents Melvin and Gladys Hoffman. She has two older brothers, John and Edward. Connie has taken all of her schooling in Strasbourg. Here she has particpated in yearbook, SRC and track and field. Connie also enjoys going for walks, listening to music, watching movies, reading books, riding horses, and going for bike rides. She plans to work for awhile following graduation and then continue with school to become a massage therapist.

Kaesha Kastning Kaesha Dawn Kastning, of Craven, was born September 6, 1992. Her parents are Steve Kastning and Dawn Galt. She has one younger brother Logan. Kaesha has attended school in Govan and Strasbourg. She has participated in volleyball, badminton, track and field, floor hockey, intramurals and club volleyball. Kaesha plans to attend Marvel Beauty School in Regina starting in September.

Dillon Kelln Dillon Robert Kelln, who lives on a farm north of Duval, was born January 21, 1992. His parents are Doug and Marla Kelln. He has one older sister Kasie, a twin brother Kolton and younger brothers Lucas, Liam and Dawson. He has taken all of his schooling at William Derby School where he participated in badminton, hockey, intramurals and archery. Other interests include hockey, hunting, women, cars, and being with friends. Future plans are to attend the University of Saskatchewan in Kinesiology and then get accepted into a Prosthetics and Orthotics program.

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Hillary Kelln Hillary Jennifer Angela Kelln was born February 2, 1991. She lives on a farm near Duval with her father Ron Kelln. Her mother is Carla Kelln of Regina. She has an older sister Jessica and older brother Christopher. Hillary has attended William Derby School and also Thom Collegiate in Regina. At Thom she participated in the one act plays and school musicals and was a member of the ACT! Club. She has volunteered for the track and field day at WDS. Her other interests are reading, writing, music, computer and video games, singing and acting. Her future plans are to work for a year before attending university for a Fine Arts degree. She would like to publish her series of novels and hopefully get into an acting career.


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Kolton Kelln Kolton Douglas Kelln was born January 21, 1992. His parents are Marla and Doug Kelln who farm north of Duval. He has an older sister Kasie, younger twin brother Dillon, and younger brothers Lucas, Liam, and Dawson. Kolton has taken all of his schooling in Strasbourg. He has participated in intramurals, and played hockey with Strasbourg and Cupar. He also enjoys sledding, farming and being with his friends. Kolton plans to take a year off and then further his education.

Morgan Kuntz Morgan Victoria Kuntz of Saskatchewan Beach, was born April 15, 1992. Her parents are Bev and Lorne Kuntz. She has an older sister Heather, and younger brother Jake. Morgan has attended school in Bulyea from Kindergarten to Grade 6 and then in Strasbourg from Grades 7 through 12. In her free time she enjoys hanging out at the beach. Future plans are to attend the University of Regina for Pre-Occupational Therapy.

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Lauren Magel Lauren Kate Magel was born January 1, 1992. She lives on a farm near Duval with her parents Allan and Johanne Magel. She has one younger brother Landon. Lauren has taken all of her schooling at William Derby School actively participating in curling, golf, volleyball, track and dance. Other interests are the outdoors, camping, hunting, and horseback riding. Lauren plans to work for a year and then further her education.

Andrew Matheson Andrew Emile Connor Matheson of Strasbourg was born November 18, 1992. His parents are Don and Christina Matheson. He has two younger brothers Brandon and Christopher. While attending William Derby School Andrew has been SRC vice-president, worked on the WDS yearbook in advertising, production and photography, and participated in band. Andrew also enjoys being a volunteer junior firefighter. Andrew’s future plans are to go to school to become a primary care paramedic and later go back to school to further his knowledge with emergency services. He would also like to attend Vermilion Lakeland College for firefighting.

Rebecca McDermit Rebecca Mary McDermit was born October 23, 1992. Her parents are Stan and Kelly Willcox who farm near Silton. She has an older brother Tyler, older sister Amanda, younger brother Josh and younger sister Katie. Rebecca has attended school in Bulyea and Strasbourg. She has participated in basketball, volleyball and track. Her future plans are to attend university and obtain a degree in education.

Amanda Mitchell Amanda Erika Mitchell was born November 19, 1992. She is the daughter of Colleen and Laurie Mitchell who farm north of Govan. She has one older sister Tara. Amanda went to school in Govan from Kindergarten to Grade 8 and then took Grades 9 through 12 in Strasbourg. She participated in SRC, track, badminton, basketball, drama, school and club volleyball. Amanda will be working at Last Mountain Regional Park for the summer and then further her education at the University of Saskatchewan.

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Lucas Pangracs Lucas Mathew Pangracs of Alta Vista Beach, was born on July 2, 1992. He is the son of Rodney and Sandra Pangracs. He has two older sisters Jenna and Kyleen. Lucas attended school in Bulyea from Kindergarten to Grade 6 and then in Strasbourg for Grades 7 through 12. During school he has participated in basketball, and also enjoys soccer and football. His plans are to take civil engineering at SIAST in Moose Jaw.

Molly Schnell Molly Rose Schnell was born February 5, 1992. She is the daughter of Gary and Geralyn Schnell of Kannata Valley. She has one older brother Owen. Molly attended Bulyea Elementary School and William Derby School. She has participated in volleyball, track, and badminton. Her other interests include travelling, going to the beach, hanging out with friends and club volleyball. Molly plans to work and travel for a year and then further her education.

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Your child has made it to employment. It can be a very Grade 12, will be graduating, wise move to work for a year, and has the marks to proceed grow up a little more, and reto post-secondary education. ally reflect on your future. You should be happy, but he This is particularly true if one or she has decided to take a does not have a burning deyear off from school. Panic sire for any particular field. might set in. Your thoughts There is also much to be said may include the following: for continuing with a general if they stop school now, they education, to see what areas may never go back; it will be may hold interest. Not everyone harder to start can know with classes and Psychology certainty at age studying after for 17 or 18, what being away Living they want to do from it for a with the rest of year; they might their lives. If a not want to give student chooses up the job and to take a year the money and off, it is reasonrevert to being able to expect a poor student; that they will they will get work and put in with people money aside for who are not infurther educaterested in further education, and will lose tion, and help out around the house. Parental support durinterest themselves. These are all valid points, ing this one year is greatly apbut it is not fair to general- preciated, and it works when ize to all students. Sometimes the agreement is that it is just these fears set in, and parents for the year. If, on the other hand, as try to control the student by making it difficult for them. student has not demonstrated The stage is set for a power a high level of responsibility, struggle. This does not need and wants a year to pick up where the grad party left off, to happen. Let’s look at some guide- this is another matter. If they lines. If the student has do not want to work, or will generally been responsible work but want to spend freely throughout high school, it is on fun things, then it is reaunlikely that upon graduation sonable for parents to disconthey will become totally ir- tinue financial support. This responsible. Remember, that, could mean either paying rent as parents of these children, or moving out. Once you have graduated, we came up through a system that advocated work before you are an adult. If the choice play, keeping our nose to the is to party all night and sleep grindstone, working hard and all day, then it is that person’s achieving results. Our chil- responsibility to support that dren have watched our gener- lifestyle themselves. Parents ation get stressed out, burned who support this lifestyle are out, phased out, downsized, or enabling their children to relaid off. Many of them are not main irresponsible children. exactly chomping at the bit The important thing is to have to jump into that world. They a clear understanding now, know that they will have to about next year. That way, earn a living, but they want to everyone can make informed choices, and it will save a lot have a life as well. It is very difficult to de- of hassle later on. Gwen Randall-Young is an cide what to do after graduauthor and award-winning ation when there are so few Psychotherapist based guarantees about subsequent out of Alberta.

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Caitlin Sharpe Caitlin Melissa Sharpe was born January 17, 1992. Her parents are Wanda Konanz of Strasbourg and Dave Sharpe of Winnipeg, MB. She has two younger sisters Lauren Sharpe and Savannah Parisien, and a younger brother Stephen Parisien. She attended Medicine Hat High School before coming to William Derby School. During school she has participated in drama club and track. She also enjoys traveling, photography and art. Future plans are to move to Alberta, take a year off and then continue with schooling in photography or interior design.

Dustin Sjodin Dustin William Sjodin of Strasbourg, was born April 10, 1992. His parents are Tim and Jackie Sjodin. The family is in the process of moving to Moose Jaw. Dustin has one older sister Samantha. Dustin has gone to school in Strasbourg from Kindergarten through Grade 12. He has participated in drama and SRC. He also enjoys hunting, fishing, partying, woodworking and cruising in the Maro. Dustin’s plans are to move to Moose Jaw and work for a year and then further his education.

Laura Swanston Laura Marie Swanston of Strasbourg, was born June 8, 1992. Her parents are Ken and Janice Swanston. She has an older brother Andrew. Laura went to school in Regina, North Battleford and Strasbourg. She has actively participated in curling, track, basketball, SRC, volleyball and badminton. Her other interests include being at the lake and spending time with her friends. Her future plans are to attend the University of Regina and earn a degree from the Faculty of Education.

Randell Thompson Randell Lynn Thompson was born December 18, 1992. She is the youngest daughter of Kristalee and Glen Thompson of Strasbourg. She has one older sister Morgan. Randee has taken all of her schooling at William Derby School where she has participated in SRC, yearbook and drama. Her other interests are being with her friends, music and art. Future plans are to attend the University of Regina for a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Video Production.

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To the community and businesses of Strasbourg: a HUGE congratulations! Almost the entire business community felt it was important to step up and congratulate the Grads by participating in our special congratulations section in this issue of the Last Mountain Times. What community spirit!! And what a boost to all the Graduates of William Derby School to see that the community is behind them and wishes them well as they move into a new phase of their lives! Even if the graduates do not spend the rest of their adult lives in the Strasbourg area, they will certainly remember this gesture of congratulations and good will from their community and their friends and neighbours. As well, a big THANK YOU from the management and staff at the Last Mountain Times for all those who helped to make our special Grad section a success!! -Vicki and Lance Cornwell, Publishers

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by Kevin Hursh Wanted: Accurate weather forecasts Talking about the weather is a Canadian pastime, a Saskatchewan mainstay and an obsession among grain producers. There’s been a lot to talk about this spring, with a big low pressure system often following close on the heels of the last. There’s been an amazing amount of precipitation. Areas that were bone dry are now saturated. Not surprisingly, Saskatchewan seeding progress is lagging far behind normal and there’s a significant danger of many acres going unseeded. The latest crop report from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture estimates that 28 per cent of the provincial crop was seeded as of May 18. The five-year average for that date is 60 per cent. At no time in the past ten years has seeding been so late. You can probably tack on another 10 or 15 per cent to account for progress since May 18, but with further wet weather, progress is lagging even further behind the norm. Within the northeast and east central regions of the grain belt, there are crop districts with very little seed in the ground. As farmers gather and commiserate about seeding delays, they quote from the latest Environment Canada forecasts and what they’ve seen and heard on The Weather Network. Increasingly, producers are also discussing what World Weather Inc. is predicting. Based out of Kansas, this private forecasting company is quickly gaining a loyal follow-

ing. For the past few years, Larry Weber of Weber Commodities in Saskatoon has raved about Drew Lerner of World Weather Inc. Now, many producers are paying the fee to subscribe to Lerner’s daily report. I’m a subscriber and I’ve been impressed. In most cases, Lerner has been days ahead of Environment Canada in predicting major precipitation events. With these last big rains, World Weather Inc. was predicting significant rainfall amounts when Environment Canada was still forecasting a probability of showers. Lerner provides a description of where the systems are tracking and what they’re likely to do. With Environment Canada, you get little of the background. Some say it doesn’t matter. The weather is going to happen and as a farmer you just have to adjust. I disagree. Increasing the reliability of seven and ten-day forecasts helps with all kinds of growing season management decisions. It would be great to have even longer range forecasts with reasonable accuracy, but I’m not convinced that is possible. The people who count 90 days after major fogs to predict rainfall events may beg to differ. This year, there were heavy fogs in the late winter that have corresponded to big rains a certain number of days later. However, there are other years when fogs and precipitation events seem largely uncorrelated. The fog theories are more believable than the Farmers’ Almanac or dissecting pig spleens, but long range forecasting still seems to be a shot in the dark whether you’re using science or folklore. Medium-term forecasts in the seven to ten day range have typically had limited reliability too, but the track record for World Weather Inc. is impressive. Perhaps Environment Canada could be providing a similar level of accuracy without a subscription fee if they weren’t so starved for funding and people. 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.

Crop Report THE WEEKLY

Saskatchewan farmers have 55 per cent of the 2010 crop seeded, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report for the week ending May 24. The fiveyear average for this time of year is 81 per cent complete. Seeding has progressed the most in the north eastern and east-central regions, where 43 and 39 per cent of the respective crops have been seeded. Rain late in the week slowed seeding throughout most of the province. Some areas in the Last Mountain Region reported upwards of 70mm of rain, and severe wind damage. Seeding is 70 per cent complete in the northwest; 43 per cent complete in the northeast; 65 and 39 per cent complete in the west-central and east-central regions respectively; 60 per cent complete in the southwest and 61 per cent complete in the

southeast. Across the province, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 46 per cent surplus and 54 per cent adequate. The north eastern and east-central regions are reporting cropland topsoil moisture as 77 and 70 per cent surplus respectively. Topsoil moisture on hay land and pasture is rated as 22 per cent surplus, 77 per cent adequate and one per cent short. Thanks to all the rain, pasture conditions have improved since last month, and are now rated as 39 per cent excellent, 53 per cent good and eight per cent fair. Ninetysix per cent of livestock producers have adequate water supplies for their livestock, while four per cent are short of water for their animals. Crops are continuing to emerge, despite the very cool weather. The majority of the reported crop damage is due to flooding.

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Calvert’s hockey choice pays off Most sports stories don’t always have such happy endings. Babe Ruth didn’t always call his shot, Jim Brown sometimes tripped and fell coming out of the backfield. Greg Maddox occasionally walked two in a row. But this sports story had a beginning, a middle and an ending, and for a junior hockey player from Brandon, it was like a dream come true — with a small blip at the end. Still, Hollywood would approve of the script. Matt Calvert plays left wing for the Brandon Wheat Kings and has overcome adversity his whole career. He was completely overlooked in the Western Hockey League bantam draft, an omission that usually relegates a player to hockey’s scrap heap, or at least a regular shift in a beer league. But Calvert persevered. He finally made it as a 15year-old with the Wheat Kings AAA Midget team, but his slight stature made him a junior hockey longshot. At 17, after finally starting to grow, he was a midget-league star. The major junior Wheat Kings listed him as a free agent and at 18, he made the big club. He was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets, defying the odds once again. At 19, he was a prolific scorer in the Western Hockey League and the Blue Jackets offered him a professional contract at the age of 20. He could have opted for the money — probably $70,000 or so to play in the minors; $750,000 or so if he stayed with the NHL team — but his Wheat Kings were hosting the Memorial Cup this spring and Calvert, as a potential over-age player for Brandon, desperately wanted to give the top junior hockey prize a shot in his hometown. Long story short: He eschewed the pro contract offer; spent one more year riding the buses across Western

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My taste in reading material has changed lately. Naturally, many of the activities we used to enjoy, like late night parties, lose their appeal as we age. But reading does not require any physical effort except keeping the eyes open. Why, then, a change of taste for literary fodder? I think the reason is that I now choose books from our library in the Tower. Why make a trip downtown when the public library sends us a fresh batch every three months? Of course this limits the choice to the kind of books the staff at the public library send us. Quite a few are westerns, and romances featuring nurses or teachers. The reasoning is probably that they will be popular because so many women our age are retired teachers or nurses. We allot a separate shelf to the westerns so the men, who are vastly outnumbered, won’t have to wade through all the romances to find them. Westerns and romances aren’t my thing, but there are many other books of general interest. A lot of them are British. They involve much leisurely visiting and innumerable cups of tea. I particularly like the ones in which the heroine becomes the owner of a house, usually through


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Provincial news briefs Attempted murder near Southey The RCMP have charged a 52 year old male with the attempted murder of a 58 year old Southey area man. The investigation began late in the morning on May 24, after police and EMS received a report that there had been a shooting at a farm south of Southey. The victim was transported to hospital in Regina, where he underwent emergency surgery and is expected to survive his injuries. A search was immediately launched for the suspect by Southey Detachment members, with the assistance of members from the Regina and Lumsden RCMP Detachments and the RCMP’s Police Service Dog Section. The suspect was arrested without incident and the firearm was recovered by police. Police did not release any information on a potential motive for the crime. The man arrested was identified as Arnett Cyril Langfried, also of the rural Southey area. He made his first court appearance in Regina Provincial Court on May 26, 2010. The investigation is continuing with the assistance of members from the Southey RCMP Detachment, Regina and Yorkton Forensic Identification Sections, and Firearm Experts from the Forensic Laboratory based in Regina. Governments co-operate to protect temporary foreign workers Information sharing to strengthen the protection of temporary foreign workers will be facilitated through a Letter of Understanding between the governments of Canada and Saskatchewan. Representatives of both levels of government signed the agreement last week. Through this agreement the two governments will be able to share information that improves the protection of foreign workers’ rights and make certain that employers are fulfilling their responsibilities. As well, the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) has instituted a Code of Conduct and Applicant Declaration form, which lays out the minimum standards immigration representatives must abide by and ensures applicants to the SINP are aware of their representative’s responsibilities. The two governments also collaborate on outreach activities and share communications tools that help inform both employers

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Apprenticeship program receives generous contribution More companies and industry organizations are getting on side with the Saskatchewan Youth Apprenticeship Industry Scholarship Program that supports youth choosing careers in the skilled trades. Last week PCL Construction Management Inc. announced a $100,000 contribution to the scholarship fund. “The trades industry in Sas-

katchewan has been an integral part of the PCL tradition in this province for more than one hundred years,” PCL Construction Management Inc. (Saskatchewan) District Manager Kris Hildebrand said. “PCL is very proud to enhance and continue this partnership through this donation.” At least forty $1,000 scholarships are awarded each June to selected, eligible high school graduates who have completed the Saskatchewan Youth Apprenticeship (SYA) program. Since the SYA program began in 2006, almost 240 schools are participating, approximately 5,300 students are currently registered, more than 1,500 graduates have completed and more than 200 graduates have registered apprenticeship agreements. EECOL Electric was the first company to contribute $100,000 in December 2009.

katchewan would actually drop from its 2005 level of 994,000. There are now more than 1,038,000 people who call Saskatchewan home and a new report released last week by Statistics Canada projects that number to grow by anywhere from 82,000 to 260,000 over the next 26 years. The 2005 population estimate was issued before the provincial economy began its current upward trajectory in 2006 and early 2007. The report presents three different scenarios for population growth in Saskatchewan. The high-growth scenario projects Saskatchewan’s population to grow to 1,298,200 by 2036. The medium-growth scenario would see Saskatchewan’s population jump to 1,207,000 by 2036, and the low-growth scenario projects the population to grow to 1,120,000 in that same period.

StatsCan predicts continued growth In 2005, Statistics Canada released its 26-year population estimates and projected that the number of people living in Sas-

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and temporary foreign workers about their rights and responsibilities. Foreign workers are only allowed to be hired when Canadians or permanent residents are not readily available. Employers must demonstrate that sincere efforts were made to hire Canadians before they are authorized to hire temporary foreign workers and wages and working conditions offered to foreign workers must be comparable to those offered to Canadians or permanent residents. Temporary foreign workers have the same rights and protections as Canadian workers.

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Phone 528-2020 Mary Wiens is home from British Columbia. Ilona Pfrieger is the new employee at the Drake village office. Since the flags and flagpole came down during the very high winds a week ago or so, Stu Jantz and Ron Kiefer diligently spent many hours positioning a huge rock on the northeast corner of the village office lawn. A brick pad surrounds it which now sports two flags and flagpoles. Friday, May 21, many folks remarked they were glad the flags were up as it tells which way the wind blows. Was it fate that intervened that our village of Drake was to erect a rock for a plaque display in celebration of the RM of Usborne 310 in 2010? Anne Braun is visiting Trevor and Janet Wenzel and grandchildren Bailey and Tamera in Langham. Anne is feeling better and goes for short walks. Come late June she is moving into Wheatland Manor, a low rental unit. Did you know birds walk, hop and can fly? Robins just walk and fly. Blackbirds bob their heads forward when they walk and they also twitch their tail when they chirp and fly. On May 21, there were folks from Jansen, Drake, Guernsey and of course Lanigan for the noon soup, bun and dressings, dessert, water, juice, coffee and tea in the Knox United Church in Lanigan. I trust Ben and Susan Neufeld are feeling better. Also thinking of Anna Dyck at home and Frank Dyck who is in the

Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon. Glad to see Ruby Braun back in Drake again as she is recuperating from a stay in the hospital. Sympathy is extended to Don and Esther Laskowski and family on the passing of Esther’s sister-in-law Agnes Paetkau of Three Hills, AB. The Mennonite congregation sang happy birthday to Pastor Henry Funk on the occasion of his 87th birthday Sunday, May 23. Pastor Emily Toews arrived back in Drake Monday, May 24. She visited family in Leamington, ON. May 24, 1986, was the Montreal Canadiens’ 23rd Stanley Cup. Last time for Montreal to win the Stanley Cup was 1993. May 24, 1988, the Stanley Cup playoffs experienced a power failure. There was more rain May 25. Jan. 20, 2010, my diary says we had fog and Jan. 24 there was a mountain of snow on the south side of my pad and up against the door. It would not open. Kerri, Krishia and Kenadi McLaren were in Calgary over the long weekend where the girls competed at the American Dance Awards. Kenadi received four gold medals, Krishia got two golds and three ultimate gold medals. Krishia was awarded the second runner-up amongst the female dancers aged 16 to 19. Dawn McLaren was there to watch her nieces dance. A good time was had by all. - Dorothy Wolter

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Sask workers see largest earnings increase Saskatchewan workers led the nation this past March with average weekly earnings increasing 4.8 per cent over the same month last year. According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan’s 4.8 per cent increase was tied with New-

2010 June Skies On June 1, the waning Moon rises around 1:00 a.m., and sets in the west shortly after sunrise. On June 14 after sunset, the thin sliver of the very new Moon hangs in the west next to Venus and M44, the Beehive Cluster. Watch for Mars next to the Moon in the southwest on the 16th. Saturn and the first-quarter Moon brush by each other on the evening of the 18th – look straight south at 9:00 p.m. By the 24th, Antares, the giant red carbon star, and the Moon are within a degree of each other. The Moon is full on the 26th; a partial eclipse in the eastern hemisphere. Mercury is an early morning object during the first half of the month. As its name implies, you have to be very quick to see the fleet Mercury for a few minutes before sunrise. By the 20th, the innermost planet is circling behind the Sun and is lost in its glare. The prolific R.H. McNaught discovered another comet (one of 45 to his name!) last year, and it is now visible in the sky. You’ll probably need binoculars to view it right now, but it promises to be a naked-eye brightness later on. Look in the east-northeast after midnight for the comet officially named C/2009 R1; by the 21st it closes in on the bright star, Capella, in the constellation Auriga. This particular comet is a ‘one off,’ briefly visiting the Solar System on a hyper-

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bolic orbit, and then blasting off into space, never to be seen again. Venus brightens up the western sky – you can’t miss it, so enjoy the ‘Evening Star’ all summer. As mentioned above in the Moon section, Venus and Luna are close on the 14th, and on the next night, Venus is less than a degree from M44, the Beehive Cluster. Mars is in Leo, The Lion, as the month opens. As the Red Planet makes its eastern progress across the south-western sky after sundown, it brushes by the star Regulus, Latin for Little King. This is one of the few bright stars that can be occulted by Venus. The last such instance was on 1959 July 7; the next occurrence is 2044 October 1. Jupiter rises in the early morning – about 3:00, brightening the eastern sky for a couple of hours before sunrise. The last-quarter Moon

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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. 528-2204. 5ctf

WANTED– To rent July 23rd weekend... camper or trailer for family reunion. Just need extra sleeping space. Call 306-586-5997. 29-30c(6t)

Pasture Pipeline Systems. Tired of hauling water to your cattle? We can install 1 1/2” & 2” pipeline to your pastures. Improved health, weight gains, reduced foot rot. Complete installation of shallow buried pipeline. Call Howard Ganske phone 204-529-2464 (cell 204-825-7592) or email 29p

DAVE’S AUTOWRECKING & TOWING– 24 Hr. Towing Service - Auto Club approved. Call us for all your used car and truck part needsmotors, body parts, etc. Small tractor and farm machinery hauling available. Used Cars and Trucks for Sale. Call 306725-3450. 22ctf FOR SALE– 1999 Olds Alero, blue, 4 door, V-6, loaded, including remote start. New struts, very good tires. Only 143,000 kms (89,000 miles). Asking $4,000. Will consider reasonable offers. 306-5397549. Please leave a message if there’s no answer.

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– XBOX 360 Arcade plus games. Includes 256MB memory card, wireless controller & cables, and original packaging. System is in like-new condition; very lightly used for 1 year. Games: Gears of War 2 (special edition - metal case, artwork, 2 discs), Fable 2, Mass Effect, Halo 3, Grid, Ninja Gaiden 2, Project Gotham 4, NHL 2008, GTA 4, UFC 2009 Undisputed, XBOX Arcade Disc. Asking $220 obo. Call: 306-737-7901 (Govan). ctf FOR SALE– Kenmore Heavy Duty washer and Inglis Sterling Series dryer, both in very good shape. Priced right! Phone 528-2185. 27-30c(5t) FOR SALE– Why Pay More Elsewhere? “Everyday Low Price”. All major appliances selling at cost + $10. Watrous Furniture & Appliances, 9463542. 25ctf


1975 Anchor boat, 14 foot, 50 hp Johnson motor, Bergen trailer. Asking $2,000. Call 528-4505, 374-1410 or 2275721. 26-30c(5t) Happy Trails Tent Trailer & Boat Rentals Etc. A safe, easy, affordable family vacation. You bring food, clothing, bedding, and we supply almost everything else! Daily, weekend, and weekly rates. All units are 2010 models. Serving Regina and area. www.happytrailsetc. com 28-32c DAYCARE

Strasbourg Tiny Tots and Helping Hands Day Care Inc., a government licensed centre, have child care spots available. Call the Day Care to obtain an application and answer any of your questions 725-3321. 27&29&31&33ctf


Danceland, Manitou Beach offers entertainment for: June 12 – The Badlanders, oldtime, 8:00 to 12:00 midnight; June 18 – Urban Outlaws, modern country, 9:30 to 2:00. Buffets before each dance from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. except on June 18. Phone 1-800-2675037 for info or reservations. Check our website for updated schedule: www. or e-mail: 29c Interlake Human Resources Corporation announces their Annual General Meeting on June 23, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Watrous Interlake building, 116 Main Street. Everyone is welcome. 29-31c Come and Go Bridal Shower for Tamara Peeke, Saturday, June 5, Semans United Church lower hall, 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. 29p


LAND FOR SALE– in the RM of Wreford #280, SW 1428-23 W2. 160 acres of good hayland with an excellent chance of a great hay crop this year, $50,000.00. Phone 9632731, Imperial, SK. 26-29c FOR SALE – 3 quarters seeded, 7-1/2 rented. Full line of 80s machinery, good condition. 2 miles NW of Strasbourg, SK. $450,000.00 Phone 306-725-7588. 29-30p(6t) CARDS OF THANKS

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Donny Parenteau and his Band – 7 pm Recreation Center, Nokomis, SK. Opening for the Govan Fiddle Festival. $20 at the door or $35 Weekend pass. Call 306-484-4380.

Saturday, July 3 Govan Fiddle Festival. Doors open at 8 am. Pancake breakfast and open jam session. Guest artists showcasing all styles of fiddling throughout the day. Govan Fiddle Contest. SK Fiddlers Championships Dance to Patti Lamoureux & Friends Recreation Center, Nokomis, SK Call 306-484-4380

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MULTI-FAMILY GARAGE SALE– Hendrickson Farm, Saturday, June 5, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 6, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 29p GARAGE SALE– 223 King St., Semans, Friday, June 4, Noon to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 5, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 29p

ctf LAND FOR SALE in the RM of Last Mountain Valley #250, NE 14-23-25, 160 acres with 150 acres cultivated. $75,000.00 O.B.O. Also S 1/2 17-22-25 with 320 acres of pasture or hayland, $120,000.00 O.B.O. Phone 306-725-4027, Strasbourg, SK. 17,19,21,23,25,27,29,31,33, 35,37,39p FOR SALE – 200 Gastle St., Strasbourg, 1000 sq. ft. bungalow, 2 bedrooms main, one lower, detached garage. Numerous recent upgrades. Appliances negotiable. Phone John or Rhonda 725-4360 after 5:00 p.m. 29-30p



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Obituary Betty Beug

After more than one inch of rain on Saturday and extreme winds on Sunday, May 23, 2010, this old tree on Main Street in Semans toppled in front of the Semans United Church.

Elizabeth Margaret (Betty) Beug passed away peacefully on May 21, 2010 at the Regina Lutheran Home. She was predeceased by: her parents, Roland and Anne Dinwoodie; her husband, Harry; two sisters, Nettie and Kae; and a great-grandson Eric. Betty is survived by: her sister, Barbara; sister-in-law, Beatrice (Fred) Hughes; daughter, Marilyne McClughan; son, Elwood (Roberta) Beug; daughter, Sharon Church; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one greatgreat-granddaughter, Kayla Grace; and many nieces and nephews. Betty was born on the family farm at Govan on August 25, 1916. She attended Swanson School and then completed her Grade 10 by correspondence. Her first employment was working for friends and neighbors in the area as a housekeeper. Betty married her beloved husband Harry on November 11, 1935. They moved to Punnichy and later to Semans where they farmed for many years, later moving to Semans. In 2005, Betty moved to Queen Victoria Estates in Regina and later moved to Regina Lutheran Home. For the most part, Betty was a stay at home Mom. In the 60s she became a clerk at the Co-op store in Semans. She enjoyed quilting, knitting and gardening. Betty was in the Semans United Church Choir for years and also an active member of the church. She was actively involved in the Semans History Book. At this time, we know that Betty is now with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and reunited with many family and friends. We are thankful for the good health she maintained and the 93 years she had here on earth. We are happy to be part of celebrating her life. “The world is like a mirror – if you smile, a smile will return to you.”

Organic lawn care

The former Semans MacLeods store which has been vacant for many years, is being demolished.

Keeping your lawn green in a more sustainable fashion is without doubt one of the best choices you can make! In the landscape, the lawn is the biggest consumer of water, fertilizer and time – however, by changing the way you maintain your lawn can save you time, money and help to make our world a better place to live. Mowing is one of the biggest chores in keeping a lawn healthy. We often will cut our lawns too short which will leave the turf more susceptible to damage by drought. Mow high (7.5cm to 10cm), mow often (taking up to one third of the grass blade at each cutting) and leave the clippings on the lawn. Always keep your mower blades sharp as a sharp blade will make a clean cut on each individual blade or grass. Dull blades will damage the turf, making it more susceptible to disease problems. Lawns take lots of water in

order to keep actively growing. It is essential to water deeply and thoroughly in order to encourage deep rooting that will help sustain your lawn during drier periods. A good guideline is about 2.5 cm (one inch) of water each week. A lawn will naturally go into dormancy when it does not get enough water and the upper growth (the green part above ground) will turn brown. However the underground parts are still alive and the grass will green up once there is sufficient moisture. Fertilization is essential for a healthy lawn. Remember that a healthy lawn is more disease resistant and is also able to beat out weeds by simply being too competitive for the weeds to survive. Using a natural fertilizer is without doubt the best choice for a lawn that thrives. A natural fertilizer may be either organic (plant or animal product) or mineral (crushed stone) that has not been chemically

HELP WANTED The R.M. of Mount Hope No. 279 is accepting applications for the position of


Photos by Lance Cornwell

R.M. of Mount Hope No. 279 Box 190, Semans, SK S0A 3S0 Fax: 306-524-4526 Phone: 306-524-2055 Email: We thank all those who apply, but only those selected for consideration will be contacted.


Who would have guessed that those rubber mats they use to smooth the approach to rail crossings are part of a huge block of solid rubber weighing in at over 100 lbs!! Last Mountain Times owner Lance CornwelI was heading back from Semans on Highway 15 on May 17 when he came across this large chunk of rubber at the level crossing west of Semans. The block had apparently been dislodged by a heavy truck bouncing over the tracks at the crossing. Several drivers stopped to help and it took six men, a large mallet, and a pry bar to get the piece back into place. Those who stopped to help included Bill Isherwood, of Nokomis, Ed Ladner of Semans, Harvey and Herbie Hehn of the Raymore area, and Scott Hickman of Semans. CN was called and advised of the problem and that it had been temporarily repaired. Not more that five minutes after the men finished working, a train passed by heading towards Nokomis. Can you imagine what kind of damage this large chunk of material would cause if a vehicle struck it? Good work, gentlemen!

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Eden, Skye and the South Wind Eden and her dog Skye stood on the patio of Grandpa and Grandma’s house and shivered. “It’s supposed to be spring,” Eden grumbled. “Grandpa said it is time to plant flowers and that he should be cutting grass, but he can’t because there is still snow on the ground.” Skye sniffed the cold air, snapped his tail on the ground, and blew a snort of agreement. Then pricking up his ears he turned his attention to the south. He could hear something. The sound he heard drew closer and became a buzz, and then a tappety tap, and then a clatter, clatter. Skye inched closer to Eden, the hair on the back of his neck rising. He growled to show he was ready to protect her. The sound became louder and louder. On the horizon, an arrow shaped mass of bees was heading towards them. Behind the bees came squadrons of dragonfly helicopters and all manner of insects marching and beating drums. Skye whined, growled, and then decided to hide behind a chair. He knew it was not a happy sound and he was frightened. As Eden and her dog watched, the formations of bees and flying insects turned to the right and headed towards the garden gate. Eden leaned forward to see where the bees and insects were going and suddenly knew that she too could fly by jumping as high as she could. Skye, barking and whining, stretched his ears sideways for balance and jumped as high as he could, following her. He was not a happy dog. Skye did not like riding in the back of grandpa’s truck and he knew he would not like flying either. But... magic is magic.

The two adventurers followed the bees and then, as if given a command, the bees dived into a gopher hole beside the big maple tree. The entrance was guarded by field mice armed with saw-grass swords. The mice ignored Eden, stared at Skye, and raised their swords. A mouse in a tall hat spoke to somebody on a cell phone, and nodding to the guards allowing them to pass. Round and round and down and down they went, along corridors lit with rays of sunlight, past alcoves strung with cobweb pictures attached to the roots of pansies and Shasta daisies and walls covered with leaves from last summer’s trees. Floors perfumed with rose petals surrounded them. Eden laughed and said to Skye, “Wait till I tell Nana that the perennials are strung with firefly-lights and the daisy’s roots are woven into pictures and that the fork she lost last summer is being used as a hat rack for spiders.” The music stopped. Eden and Skye were in a large assembly hall. Stacked against the walls were cribs with wee baby ants and bees and spiders and seeds and bulbs all fussing for attention. Nurse ants wearing white hats and nurse bees wearing yellow hats hurried to and fro feeding the crying babies. Doctor Hiram Rabbit scurried back and forth with his stethoscope dangling from his neck, covering and patting tiny bottoms and covering waving antennas. His efforts were to no avail. Even the three blind mice singing lullabies could not sooth the crying babies. Eden saw a tear course down the doctor’s cheek. A gopher wearing horn

rimmed glasses, a bow tie and a plaid waistcoat mounted the stage. He harrumphed, lowered his glasses to the end of his nose, and cleared his throat. In a voice filled with pain he explained the situation. “The South wind is ill and unable to travel. We have all these babies and spring life to take care of. We are in a situation we have not seen for at least a million years. I am at a loss. I do not know what to do. I am asking for help.” His plea was met with silence. Even the babies ceased crying. “What can we do?” Eden asked. No one answered. The sound of sobbing was heard through out the room. Eden flew to the ceiling, faced the stage and, speaking in the polite manner her Nana taught her to when asking questions, Eden said, “Does the doctor have any medicine for the south wind?” Doctor Hiram Rabbit nodded a yes and, reaching into his black bag he took out a pill as big as a baseball and held it up for all to see. “This pill” he explained “is filled with sweet honey from the bees, golden spider webs, baby bird birth shells, worm eggs, newts’ eyes and bat dung, which,” he said “is a sure cure for what ails the south wind.” A great groan filled the hall. The pill was far too heavy for anyone of them to carry. Eden held up her hand, palm out, the way she did at school when answering a question and said, “Skye, and I, will take the medicine to the south wind.” Skye curled his tail between his legs and mumbled about how he hated long journeys. A roar of thanks and clapping from beetle and bug wings arose when the purse

with the pill in it, bobbing on a gust of wind, was tossed from the stage and caught by Eden. Hugging it close to her chest she swooped round the hall waving to the crowd and promising to come back soon. Skye, grumbling and drooling, followed her. Back, down and up and around the twisting corridors on a cushion of soft warm clouds, the little girl and her dog left the gopher hole to be greeted with a smile from the sun peeking through clouds waiting to return to Canada. Away they went, over snow covered land and gray cold oceans, across the Equator and into the lands where summer spends her winter. In Australia the clouds lowered them into a garden for a rest and a kangaroo wearing a frilled head-band asked them if they would like tea. Eden nodded a yes and Skye hung out his tongue. “With milk, without milk, or with lemon?” the kangaroo asked. “I like my tea with milk and sugar. Please.” Eden whispered back. The kangaroo lifted her apron, opened her pouch and revealed a tray with tea cups, a milk jug, a sugar bowl and half a lemon in a bowl of water. After drinking three cups of tea with milk and sugar, Eden thanked the lady kangaroo. Skye shook a paw. The cloud picked them up once again and the two travelers fell fast asleep. Skye was the first to wake up. He licked Eden’s face and whimpered a... “Wake up please. I don’t know where we are.” They were in a garden perfumed with every flower that grew; marigolds and pansies, tulips and daisies, and

trees short and bushy, tall and leafy. There was green grass and a thousand birds singing in harmony all conducted by a weaving cobra. A camel walked slowly to where Eden and Skye were resting and in a refined voice asked, “Do you smoke?” Skye growled and Eden tossed her head and answered sharply, “Definitely not!” “Come this way please. Her Majesty, South Wind is waiting for you. Oh, and be sure to blow your nose and wash your face, neck and hands before you present yourselves. And wait until you are spoken to before speaking. And don’t forget to curtsy. YOU.” She pointed to Skye, “Keep quiet.” The room where the south wind lay in bed was dark. All the curtains were drawn and the air smelled stale. All the flowers in the pots were dead or dying. Eden curtsied and Skye touched his nose to the ground. A bowl of water was on a stand and Eden washed her face, neck and hands, drying them on a towel of rose petals. Skye dipped his tongue in the water and licked his paws. The South Wind snuffled a question. “What do you want? Can’t you see I am unwell?” Eden bowed, curtsied and opened the purse with the pill in it. “Please, your majesty, may I talk?” The South Wind nodded. “Doctor Hiram Rabbit sent us. The pill in this purse will make you well and strong again.” She handed the purse to the south wind. The south wind tipped up the bag and swallowed the pill without any water. Then she laughed, jumped from bed to chair to the ceiling and back to the bed, blew a picture of her

cousin the North Wind off the bureau, blew back the drapes and began to sing a summer wind song. The south wind’s breath was warm and sweet. Up and away the trio flew. Over the warming lands, dipping and diving touching the new-born grasses over oceans where porpoises leaped a greeting and whales beat the water with their tails and birds waiting to fly north sang a greeting. The South Wind kissed the ground in South America and then flew nonstop straight to the prairies and the gopher hole. The bees hummed and bugs rattled. The salmon in the creeks jumped, dove and spawned. New grasses waved, and trees with leaf swollen limbs reached for the sky. Red breasted robins hopped with glee. Down the gopher hole once again and up, up and then... STOP!!! Skye growled. A hungry coyote‘s nose was in the gopher hole and was ready to eat anything that came out of the hole. Skye was tired. He’d had enough and was in no mood for any more. So, without thinking about being scared, he snapped his mouth onto the end of the coyote’s nose. The coyote yelped, and ran. Skye and Eden ran to the porch and joined Grandpa and Nana. “Did you see the coyote run, Grandpa?” Eden asked. Grandpa chuckled, shook his head and said, “No dear, I must have fallen asleep. It is so nice and warm now that the south wind has returned.” Eden and Sky and Grandpa and Nana sat on the patio enjoying the gentle kiss of the South Wind. Betty Ramshaw Nokomis, SK

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June Munroe 528-2951 Nokomis District Museum is open for the summer on June 1. Come meet the staff and check out the sale on Nokomis t-shirts, water bottles and bags. Sale is June 1 to 4. 29p

McNICHOL Big brothers Camden and Jase are proud to announce the safe arrival of their sister, Skyla Rae, born April 20, 2010 at 8:00 a.m., weighing 7 lbs 4 ozs and 19 3/4 inches long. Parents are Jake and Terra McNichol of Nokomis. Proud Grandparents are Maureen Rattai of Strasbourg and Claude and Ruth McNichol of Nokomis and Great-Grandmother Alwyne Vyvyan of Wynyard.

A bridal shower honouring Leona Magnes will be held on Saturday, June 5, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. at the Nokomis Centennial Hall. Please bring Leona one of your favourite recipes. 29p You are invited to a Volunteer Appreciation Afternoon at the Nokomis District Museum on June 9 at 2:00 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering, please attend. 29-30p

Barrie with her garage sale on Saturday. Rosalinde Doneson from Regina was in town on Wednesday, May 26 visiting her mom, Lylie Herman. On May 26, Art and Betty Ramshaw travelled to Regina

where Art had a hearing test and eye surgery. Bev and Harvey Schroeder from Prince George, BC, are visiting Bev’s mom and dad, Art and Betty Ramshaw. They have been busy installing a new walk-in shower for her parents.

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Next Regular Legion Meeting to be held on Thursday, June 10 at 7:30 p.m. in order to finalize the upcoming Flag Day on Sunday, June 13. 29-30c Gary and Leah Edwards and family of Regina were home for the long weekend visiting with Ken and Ruth Edwards and Bev and Wilf Hulan. Edith Willer, of Regina, spent the Victoria Day Weekend in Nokomis, staying with Barrie McClughan and helping

Friday, June 11

This is a familiar scene to Nokomis folks – the highway direction sign and railroad crossing warning sign have been laying on the shoulder of Highway 20 at the junction of Highways 20 and 15 at Nokomis since April 9 when that late winter wind, snow and rain storm blew through the Last Mountain area. As of May 30, the signs are still laying on the shoulder of the highway, along with about 20 other highway signs between Nokomis and Lumsden. A spokesperson for the Department of Highways told the Last Mountain Times that about 350 highway signs were knocked down or damaged in the wind storm, in the area from Sintaluta in the east, to Chaplin in the west, and Yellow Grass in the south to Davidson in the north. Officials say it will take a couple of months to get to the entire area. Priority is being given to repairing the sign damage on the primary highways, including Highways 1, 11, 6, 39, 2 and 10, with repairs on the secondary system will follow. An estimate of the cost for these sign repairs was not available, but readers will agree that it is important to get the signs back up, considering that tourism season is already upon us.

Annual Fiddle Festival preparation continues


Volunteers are working feverishly to put all the details in place for the annual Govan Fiddle Festival, being held for the second year in Nokomis. Organizer Carolyn Mortenson said she is very pleased that the Festival has been able to book some exceptional guest artists for this year’s event, including British Columbia’s Patti Lamoureux. “Often referred to as one the smoothest fiddle players in North America, Patti is known for her effortless delivery of some of the best traditional Canadian fiddle music of all time. Everything she plays, every phrase is absolutely musical to ear, heart, and foot,” Mortenson said. “Patti was the very first guest entertainer at the Govan Fiddle Festival 25 years ago, so we’re very pleased to have her back this year to entertain, judge, and lead the dance music at the Festival in Nokomis this July,” Mortenson added. Patti is a regular performer and special guest at music camps and festivals across North America and is one of only a handful of Canadian musicians to be asked to judge the renowned U.S. Grand National Fiddle Championship in Weiser, Idaho. She is also the host of a popular ra-

Nokomis Legion members have been attending regular monthly meetings at the Legion Hall. Attendance each month has been wonderful. Comrades attending help organize, make decisions and contribute to Legion activities. A most remarkable photo book of veterans from the Lockwood District was put together and donated to the Legion by Larry Morningstar and family. Comrades have worked hard at gathering information on the purchase of an automated external defibrillator (AED) for community use. Training of the machine will be provided in the near future and personnel with First Aid/ CPR/AED tickets will have the ability to use the machine if ever necessary. The AED will be located at the Nokomis Health Centre for easy accessibility. Maintenance and upkeep (as used) require additional funding and the Legion welcomes and appreciates donations or contributions for the costs at anytime. Further information on training will follow in a future edition of Last Mountain Times. The Nokomis Legion donated $100 in an effort to assist in the Haiti disaster and the Red Cross Relief Fund matched our donation. Comrades have spent time cleaning the Legion hall; washing curtains, floors and general tidying in a continuous effort to keep the hall clean as the building addition continues. The plumbing and electrical work is now completed. The drywall and insulation is the next big step. The hall already looks so much

bigger and should be fully operational in the near future. Legion members made a motion to donate two tables to the Nokomis Centennial Hall as they are replacing tables for community use. A beautiful piano was donated to the Legion by Kay Hamilton in memory of her uncle, a most wonderful addition to our hall. A purchase of 24 lightweight resin chairs for the hall was made with some assistance of the Saskatchewan Lotteries Program. Zone Commander Bud O’Connor attended our May meeting with information on the upcoming Dominion Convention being held in Winnipeg, hoping Nokomis Legion members may be able to attend. Plans were made for the upcoming Flag Day services. See our ad below for date and times. Best get well wishes go out to the following Comrades as we hope for a quick and healthy recovery: Bill Hendry, Ward Mortenson, Ann Cheetham, Doreen Riach and Richard Coleman. Comrades enjoy their lunch of yummy sandwiches and delicious desserts each evening following the meetings. Providing the lunch for our members at our monthly meetings this year were: Joyce and Ray Hards, Shirley Kirschman, Barrie McClughan, Shirley Smith, Dwayne Steve, Alvina and Lavern Sobus, Colleen and Robert McNichol, Mary and Daryl Strudwick and Doug and Kerry Sather. - Penny O’Carroll Secretary/Treasurer

Nokomis Legion Branch #290 celebrates

FLAG DAY Sunday, June 13, 2010 Please join the members of the Nokomis Legion at the following locations and times to place flags in memory of our veterans.

• Flags will be placed at the Lockwood Cemetery at 9:30 a.m. • Flags will be placed at the Govan Cemetery at 11:30 a.m. • Flags will be placed at the Nokomis Legion Cenotaph at 2:30 p.m. – followed by flags being placed at the Nokomis Cemetery. Patti Lamoureux. dio morning show with her husband Joel and hosts one of Canada’s only weekly 100 per cent Canadian Fiddle music radio shows in Campbell River, BC. The Fiddle Festival is being hosted by the community of Nokomis again in 2010 after a successful run in 2009. The festival was moved from Govan to Nokomis in 2009 after the organizing committee ran into problems concerning the use of the former Govan School as a venue for the event. As usual, the annual event will feature an age-ranked fiddling contest, the Saskatchewan Fiddlers Championships and special guest artists during its two day run, July 2 and 3 at the Nokomis Rec Centre.

Lunch and Coffee to follow at the Nokomis Centennial Hall

Anyone wishing to place the flag in the memorial cross of a veteran, please contact Ray at 528-4601, Doreen at 528-4621 or Chris at 484-2017


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• HANGING BASKETS • FLOWER BOWLS • SEED GERANIUMS • MARTHA WASHINGTONS • BEGONIAS • WAVE PETUNIAS The outhouse at the Nokomis Campground on the north end of town was a very popular place on the May long weekend, as residents coped with the water being turned off, and not being able to use their flush toilets. Unfortunately we couldn’t find any residents willing to pose at the outhouse.


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Angela’s Dance Academy presents ‘Dance Fantasy 2010’ (29th annual) on Saturday, June 5 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 6 at 7:00 p.m. at Strasbourg Memorial Hall. Tickets now available at the Cornwell Centre in Strasbourg until showtime. 27-29c

‘A Day of Honour,’ – Strasbourg Museum Board is hosting a tea at the old school in honour of Strasbourg, Bulyea, Silton, Duval and Govan veterans. The unveiling of the WDS plaques honoring servicemen who gave their lives in WWII will be held Saturday, June 5, 2:00 p.m. as we remember the sacrifices made by these men and their families. 29c

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WDS Art and Music Coffeehouse on Monday, June 7, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Admission by donation. Coffee/dessert $4.00. Delectable delights, drumming, dancing, singing and visual art. Come celebrate the arts at WDS! 28-29c The Govan Seniors hosted an afternoon of bridge on Thursday, May 20. Bridge players from Duval, Cymric, Nokomis, as well as Govan, made up three tables of very competitive bridge players. Winning first prize was Vi Hemingway, Ruth McKay was second and Ray Graham third. A very enjoyable afternoon was had by all. A drop-off box is located in the Last Mountain Co-op Store in Govan, so that people can drop off their news items for publication in the Last Mountain Times. Looking for some extra copies of this week’s newspaper? Pick some up at the Govan Co-op! A reminder – Be sure to include your name when submitting news, so we may clarify facts if necessary.

Spruce budworm aerial spraying to begin Aerial spraying to control spruce budworm infestations in selected areas of the provincial forests will continue for the next week to ten days, weather permitting. The Ministry of Environment will treat approximately 10,000 hectares of forest land in the Hudson Bay area of northeastern Saskatchewan. The biological pesticide, Btk, a naturallyoccurring soil bacterium is being used. Btk has been safely used around the world for more than 40 years. When consumed, Btk is deadly to certain types of caterpillars; it is not harmful to other insects (including bees), fish, birds or wildlife and poses no human health hazard. Btk does not build up in the environment, surviving only a few days after application if it is not eaten by the target insect, the budworm. Results of the program are monitored and reported. The provincial spruce budworm management program has been operating since 1992.

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Duval News Strasbourg Office 725-3030 Duval Homecoming Meeting, Wednesday, June 2, at Duval Hall, 8:00 p.m. Homecoming starts one month after this meeting! 28-29p ‘A Day of Honour,’ – Strasbourg Museum Board is hosting a tea at the old school in honour of Strasbourg, Bulyea, Silton, Duval and Govan veterans. The unveiling of the WDS plaques honoring servicemen who gave their lives in WWII will be held Saturday, June 5, 2:00 p.m. as we remember the sacrifices made by these men and their families. 29c Roast Beef Pit Barbecue, Saturday, June 5, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Duval Community Hall. Prices: Adults: $10, ages 6-12: $5.00, 5 and under free. Proceeds to community projects. Everyone Welcome! Sponsored by Duval Optimist Club. 29p Angela’s Dance Academy presents ‘Dance Fantasy 2010’ (29th annual) on Saturday, June 5 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 6 at 7:00 p.m. at Strasbourg Memorial Hall. Tickets now available at the Cornwell Centre in Strasbourg until showtime. 27-29c WDS Art and Music Coffeehouse on Monday, June 7, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Admission by donation. Coffee/dessert $4.00. Delectable delights, drumming, dancing, singing and visual art. Come celebrate the arts at WDS! 28-29c

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Strasbourg News New Strasbourg Golf Club sign Phone 725-3030 ‘Giggles & Grins & Mommy Wins!’ Play dates at Strasbourg Tiny Tots and Helping Hands Day Care Inc. the first Wednesday of every month, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Cost $10/session. While parents enjoy a well deserved break, the children will be experiencing creative play, socializing with other children and having fun! Pre-registration is required by calling 7253321. 29c Spring/Fall Clean Up, also grass cutting in Strasbourg. Call Brian 725-4991 or 7258283. 26-29p Angela’s Dance Academy presents ‘Dance Fantasy 2010’ (29th annual) on Saturday, June 5 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 6 at 7:00 p.m. at Strasbourg Memorial Hall. Tickets now available at the Cornwell Centre in Strasbourg until showtime. 27-29c ‘A Day of Honour,’ – Strasbourg Museum Board is hosting a tea at the old school in honour of Strasbourg, Bulyea, Silton, Duval and Govan veterans. The unveiling of the WDS plaques honoring servicemen who gave their lives in WWII will be held Saturday, June 5, 2:00 p.m. as we remember the sacrifices made by these men and their families. 29c Roast Beef Pit Barbecue, Saturday, June 5, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Duval Community Hall. Prices: Adults: $10, ages 6-12: $5.00, 5 and under free. Proceeds to community projects. Everyone Welcome! Sponsored by Duval Optimist Club. 29p

WDS Art and Music Coffeehouse on Monday, June 7, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Admission by donation. Coffee/dessert $4.00. Delectable delights, drumming, dancing, singing and visual art. Come celebrate the arts at WDS! 28-29c Heart & Stroke Big Bike Ride is coming to Strasbourg again, Thursday, June 10, 6:00 p.m. at the Museum. Get your pledge forms from Carol at RBC. The bike holds 30 riders, so let’s fill it! Need to raise $50 minimum to ride. BBQ that night cooked by Strasbourg Lions Club. Sponsored by Strasbourg Rec Board. 28-29c Farmers Market, Saturday, June 12, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Wildlife Hall. Phone Roberta 725-4570 to book tables. Lunch served by Angela’s Dance Parent Club. 29-30p Standard First Aid/CPR and AED course, June 19 and 20, Strasbourg Lions Den, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. To pre-register by June 15 call 306-726-7437. Instructor Cheryl Basey, Certified Health and Safety Consultant, Certified Ergonomist Specialist, National Construction Safety Officer. 29c The community sends get well wishes to Jim Hilderman who is in the General Hospital in Regina. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Jim during your recovery. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Brent Johnson at this time.



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donated in memory of Harry Hansen The Strasbourg Golf Club held its annual Open House Fun Golf on Sunday, May 16. The afternoon was spent golfing and socializing. A dedication of the new Strasbourg Golf Club sign was made in memory of Harry Hansen. A number of the Hansen family members were on hand. Mona Hansen thanked the Golf Club on behalf of the family and presented a further donation.

The new Strasbourg Golf Club sign. Members of the Hansen family were in attendance for the dedication of the new Strasbourg Golf Club sign in memory of Harry Hansen. Pictured (left to right) Guy Hansen, Kelly Holbrook, Marj Hansen, Janelle Frizzell, Mona Hansen, Arlee and Ken Hogbin.

Early detection of speech/language delays in children Early detection and treatment of delays in language and speech is the main focus for Speech/Language Pathologists who work with preschool children. There is increasing proof that when treatment for language delay begins in the first three years of a preschooler’s life, results are more positive for children and their families. Having good language skills is critical for being successful in school. Delayed language skills are commonly seen as the central issue for most children with developmental delays. The number of words a child uses and how he speaks when he enters kindergarten can predict his success in school. Early treatment can prevent or reduce the severity of a child’s language delay, and could mean starting school healthy with the skills, knowledge and experiences needed to be successful learners. A child’s ability to learn language is solidified by the age of three years. Research shows that experiences during the preschool years affect brain development, speech and language development, and lasts a lifetime. For children with language delays, there are many benefits of having therapy prior to starting school. They are more likely to graduate from high school which leads to better independent living skills, higher self-esteem and better relationships as adults. They may also obtain and hold better jobs, and lower the risk of getting into trouble with the law. It is estimated that for every one dollar spent on early treatment, there will be seven dollars saved in lifelong costs such as special education, the legal system and

welfare. These positive results could potentially save society anywhere from $30,000 to $100,000 per child. Finding children with delays in language development is not uncommon. Up to 15 per cent of preschool children may have language delays, and that rate can be higher in communities with lower income. If your baby shows any of these general signs, a referral to a Speech/Language Pathologist is recommended: • No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions such as cooing, by the age of six months or later. • No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles or other facial expressions by nine months or later. • Problems with feeding, swallowing, or large amounts of drooling. • No back-and-forth gestures such as pointing, showing, reaching or waving by 12 months. • No words by 12 months. • No two-word meaningful phrases (without repeating or imitating) by 20 months. • Less than 100 words in speaking vocabulary at 24 months. • ANY loss of spoken words or social skills at ANY age. If you have concerns about your child’s speech or language development at any age, a referral to the Speech/ Language Pathologist is advised. For more information, contact Public Health Services at (306) 655-4700. Karen Wasylenko Wasylenko is a Speech/ Language Pathologist with the Parenting Program, Saskatoon Health Region – Public Health Services.

Mona Hansen presents Larry Borschowa with a further donation to the Strasbourg Golf Club in memory of Harry Hansen.

Office Services Clerk The Town of Strasbourg and the Rural Municipality of McKillop No. 220 invite applications for the full-time position of Office Services Clerk. The successful applicant shall have several years of office experience including strong interpersonal, computer and communication skills. Primary responsibilities include: customer service, dealing with public enquiries, performing clerical duties and other office functions as assigned by the Administrator. Additional information may be obtained from the Administration Office at 725-3707. Applications will be accepted until June 4th, 2010 and may be forwarded to: The Administrator Box 369 Strasbourg, SK S0G 4V0 Fax: 725-3613 E-Mail:


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Family walks for MS research Lewis Creek plan expands

On May 15, (left to right) Tracy Edwards and Donita Fichter of Strasbourg, Holly Findling of Cupar and Travis Edwards of Strasbourg participated in the MS walk in Melfort. These four family members were among 49 walkers registered in the event, which was a 5.5 km walk to raise money for MS research and programs. Walks for MS are held all across Canada, with over $18,000 raised at the Melfort walk alone. It was a beautiful day and a great walk through a lovely community. Following the event, the group ended with a visit with their nephew Aaron Small and his family – his wife Erin and sons, Luke and Ethan, who reside near Tisdale.

The Lewis Creek Agri-Environmental Group Plan has expanded its borders to encompass the whole Last Mountain Lake Watershed. The group’s Technical Advisor, Colleen Fennig announced last week that producers in the RMs of Arm River, Big Arm, Last Mountain Valley, Craik, Sarnia, McKillop, Longlaketon, Dufferin , and Lumsden are now eligible to apply for cost shared funding under the Canada-Saskatchewan Farm Stewardship Program. Fennig said applications will be considered for four broad areas of environmental work: improved livestock site management; improved land management; improved manure management; and water well management. In announcing the expanded coverage area for the Lewis Creek Plan, Fennig emphasized that under the Agri-Environmental Group Plan producers have a voice for their concerns regarding their watershed area. “As active participants they can receive information on how their farming practices impact the environment and cost-shared funding to help implement beneficial management practices to protect the environment and watershed. This funding through the Canada-Saskatchewan Farm Stewardship Program (CSFSP) is available to those both producers with or without an individual Environmental Farm Plan cer-

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tificate,” Fennig said. “Implementing beneficial management practices to help protect valley and coulee areas and ground water supplies benefits not only the environment, but also the quality of lives of residents and visitors, as well as the tourist and service industries,” Fennig added. Concerns that can be addressed through an Agri-Environmental Group Plan are contamination of ground and surface water supplies by agricultural by-products such as manure and fertilizers; the degradation of water bodies by intensive agricultural practices; and the effects of wind and water erosion. New boundaries of the Lewis Creek Agri-Environmental Group Plan

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Bulyea News Corri Gorrill • 725-4329 ‘A Day of Honour,’ – Strasbourg Museum Board is hosting a tea at the old school in honour of Strasbourg, Bulyea, Silton, Duval and Govan veterans. The unveiling of the WDS plaques honoring servicemen who gave their lives in WWII will be held Saturday, June 5, 2:00 p.m. as we remember the sacrifices made by these men and their families. 29c Roast Beef Pit Barbecue, Saturday, June 5, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Duval Community Hall. Prices: Adults: $10, ages 6-12: $5.00, 5 and under free. Proceeds to community projects. Everyone Welcome! Sponsored by Duval Optimist Club. 29c

WDS Art and Music Coffeehouse on Monday, June 7, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Admission by donation. Coffee/dessert $4.00. Delectable delights, drumming, dancing, singing and visual art. Come celebrate the arts at WDS! 28-29c Deepest condolences go to Myrt McLeod and her family in the passing of her daughter Deb, who fought a brave fight with illness for just over two years. Deb will be missed by so many.

It’s always bustling around The Eddy Volunteers help make The Eddy a successful course The ‘Eddy’ as everyone calls the Eddy Golf Course, situated between Earl Grey and Bulyea, is a nonprofit organization. The Eddy is a family course and members work on the premise that it is ‘everyone’s course.’ The membership is always growing, with 41 new members during the 2009 season. The club is run entirely on volunteer help and in June The Eddy is holding an appreciation day for all the people who volunteer their time in any way to the suc-

cess of the course. A round of golf followed by supper will make an enjoyable day. With the completion of the shed for golf carts, the jobs around the Eddy continue on with projects such as drilling for a new well, new cupboards and flooring for the clubhouse kitchen, and revamping some of the greens. The job list is never done and with everyone’s help, golfers from the area will continue to enjoy The Eddy. RC

The bricks awaiting installation for the floor of the new clubhouse.

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The Local Dump, Stuff, and Faith “What does visiting the local dump have to do with a youth confirmation class?” That was a question my parishioners asked me when I scheduled a guided tour to the local dump recently for our youth. It might sound strange at first, but that question has everything to do with a youth’s decision to begin taking responsibility for their spiritual and psychological growth to adulthood. To become an adult is not necessarily a matter of chronological age. It requires spiritual growth to be an adult – to develop compassion, the capacity to forgive, awareness of our own imperfections and those of others, the knowledge of gratitude, remorse and humility. It also requires psychological growth – accepting responsibilities, developing social and moral consciousness, and taking a stand where it matters. As a youth, I remember taking confirmation classes which were all classroom oriented. That made it hard to relate to the truths I was learning, and left me wanting in my faith. I think faith needs to be more of an embodied, affective form of knowledge, than a calculated knowledge coming from careful, rational assessments of God. To have faith is to be passionately drawn to a divine reality that you are persuaded is beautiful, and that you desire to be near, and even to live within. This beautiful faith is inescapably a practiced, lived faith. Visiting the dump inescapably brought into view, something of how our materials economy works, the way we live, and the decisions we make every day about our relationship with the earth. It was incredible to see all the stuff we throw out – some of it perfectly good to use, and some of it recyclable! As I walked around the dump site, it was a reminder that everything there has its own life story of recycling or pollution long after we leave our trash. That story tells about

our participation in creation’s Life and where we stand in relation to it. Whether we go to church or not, whether we believe in God or not, we are part of ‘Life’ in creation that is beyond ourselves, yet one we are vitally connected to. Throwing our stuff out doesn’t diminish that connection, only changes its form which somehow will need to be dealt with eventually. We’re all in this world together – something we are seeing in a very real way as we witness the Gulf oil spill disaster. If becoming an adult is about taking responsibility for our spiritual and psychological growth, then bringing the dump into view shows our culture could use a confirmational refresher, learning alongside our children. Some youth are learning to change their world, knowing that we all need to make decisions and take actions that might seem to work against our own instincts and interests; and calling for change to our lifestyle demand for cheap consumer throw-awaygoods, built with planned and perceived obsolescence. Next trip to the dump, you might like to think twice about what you are throwing out. Submitted by Rev. Shirley Kamphuis Crossroads Pastoral Charge Raymore, Semans and Govan United Churches

A crew get together to install the new floor.

It’s break time for the volunteers.

THANK YOU To the following businesses and individuals for your support and for donations throughout the year. Without you, it would not be possible for the Eddy Golf Club to operate.

Phil Sutyla (left) and Reg Cummins erecting the partition walls.

Earl Grey News Phone • 725-3030 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, lmt@sasktel. net, 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.

Reg Cummins putting on the finishing touches on the cart shed. The cart shed holds eight golf carts, with individual steel roll up doors. The floor is cement with partition walls between each stall, as well as electricity. All spaces are rented out and generate $2,000 a year in revenue for the golf club.

Fries Tallman Lumber (1976) Ltd Cummins & Son Excavating Ltd. Mountain Motor Products Ltd. Strasbourg Agencies Ltd. Brewster Farms Ltd. Dale & Lee Curtis Anlin Welding & Steel Fab Ltd. Harry Hoe Construction Bulyea Co-op Gescan Electrical Anytime Honey & Sporting Goods Craven Motor Inn K&D Inns Pioneer Grain Ray & Lesley Parkin Earl Grey Credit Union Floyd & Cynthia Pieper Jay’s Moving Darlene’s Pizza & Family Restaurant Friends Of Nite Golf M&T Electric Hacker’s Annual Golf

Redhead Equipment Ltd. Don Renwick Flaman Sales Ltd. Affinity Credit Union Reg & Linda Cummins Phil Sutyla Darrell Wilson Richard Fyfe Darcy Hubick Bob Guinn Dave Piller Gary Strickland Lawrence Christoff Kelly Hackman Diane Hackman Butch Grieves Randy Myers Les & Betty Banford Joe Gebhart Guy Hansen F.P. Genetics - Canola & Pedigree Seed

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Silton / Sask Beach / Kannata Valley News Mae Clarke • 729-3014 ‘A Day of Honour,’ – Strasbourg Museum Board is hosting a tea at the old school in honour of Strasbourg, Bulyea, Silton, Duval and Govan veterans. The unveiling of the WDS plaques honoring servicemen who gave their lives in WWII will be held Saturday, June 5, 2:00 p.m. as we remember the sacrifices made by these men and their families. 29c WDS Art and Music Coffeehouse on Monday, June 7, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Admission by donation. Coffee/dessert $4.00. Delectable delights, drumming, dancing, singing and visual art. Come celebrate the arts at WDS! 28-29c Spring is a wonderful time of year. Most of the birds have returned and are busy building nests, the lilacs and ornamental flowering

crabapple trees are in full bloom. The monsoon rains over the last week have been great, however, enough is enough already, as there are still some farmers who need to finish seeding. Those individuals like myself who already have their planters and pots outside, we now need some heat to dry out the soil. The water level for Last Mountain lake is high according to all reports and the channel between Lumsden and Craven is full. Our rain gauge since last Thursday, May 20 registered three inches in our area. Not much for news this week, people are just going about their everyday lives, planting gardens and flowers and trying to stay dry. Many families in the area were busy on the long weekend getting their boat lifts and docks in the water and I did notice a few sea-doos and boats on the lake over the weekend. Again, the high winds and waves hampered much of the lake activity and I suspect many campers at the provin-

cial parks went home cold and wet. Brings back many memories of our camping days, if it wasn’t May long weekend we got drowned out, it was July 1 for sure, but, somehow we did this year after

year and thought we had a great time! Now we sit in the comfort of our cozy warm cottages and homes and reminisce about the many scary thunder storms during our camping days. But, like most working

folks, we would do anything to get away from the city for a long weekend with family and friends. The residents of Sask Beach are very pleased with their new paved road through the village. Something long

overdue and an asset to the village as well. - Mae Clarke Photos submitted by Mae Clarke.

A robin decided to nest on this hose holder.

The geese always enjoy a nice, refreshing swim when there is water in the farmers’ fields.

A bee in some flowering crab.

It’s that time of year again, when the lilacs begin to bloom.

A downie woodpecker.

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