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Last Mountain Serving The Last Mountain Area Since 1908

Volume 103, No 35

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Rare F3 tornado brings destruction

A devastating tornado touched down late afternoon, Friday, July 2, wreaking havoc in its path. According to Environment Canada, the twister touched down between Govan and Semans and then carved a path of destruction eastward, running just north of Raymore, and

then hitting Kawacatoose First Nation. Dan Kulak, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, said the tornado caused extensive destruction over an area half a kilometre wide and at least 45 kilometres long, remaining on the ground for close to

an hour. Kulak said that for part of that time the tornado reached F3 status, with wind speeds reaching between 253 and 331 kilometres per hour. There were no serious personal injuries reported. Although the bulk of the media attention has been focused on the destruction of more than

15 homes on the Kawacatoose First Nation, there was also considerable damage to many farm properties in the path of the tornado. According to comments from those impacted by the storm, much of the farm property and machinery destroyed was not covered by insurance. In true

rural-Saskatchewan spirit, volunteers were out immediately following the storm, helping friends and neighbours with the clean-up, as the rubble must be removed from fields before any work can be done with equipment that could be damaged by the debris.

Farm aid package Help is on the way for prairie farmers dealing with excess moisture and flooding. As announced on July 8, the Governments of Canada, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba, will make up to $450 million available to help farmers take immediate steps to protect and restore damaged cropland. Producers will receive $30 per acre in assistance to adopt measures to protect, rehabilitate and manage affected cropland. The assistance is contingent on governments finalizing program authorities. Farmers will be informed in due course about program parameters and application details. “Farmers are resilient when dealing with weather, but recent record flooding has proved difficult to navigate,” said federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. “Governments are responding with the largest and fastest AgriRecovery relief package to date.” “Having toured many of the flooded areas and seen the impact of the extremely wet conditions first-hand, we realized the urgent need for this additional support,” said Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Bob Bjornerud. SARM president David Marit welcomed the announcement. “We very much appreciate this announcement. The money will never replace the lost crops, but it will enable farmers to keep their land in good condition as they look for a better crop next year,” Marit said.

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July 19 to August 2 Summer Hours: Our last day open in July is the 16th. Before holidays, we will be working on the Last Mountain Times AND The Market Connection issues that will come out on July 20. Deadline for those issues is July 14. Our offices will open to the public again on August 3, and we will be working on the issue that will be published on August 10. *Please note that ad copy deadline for that issue is Thursday, August 5 at 12 noon.

The July 1 tornado did an incredible amount of damage to many homes in the Raymore, Semans and Kawacatoose areas, including the farm of Gerald Merkel, where a metal quonset was ripped from its concrete floor and tossed on top of other buildings. The machinery inside, including this combine, was thrown about the yard like children’s toys. More pictures on page 15.


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Silton / Sask Beach / Kannata Valley News Mae Clarke • 729-3014 Silton Craft Sale and Flea Market, Saturday, July 24, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 35c Canada Day at Sask Beach on July 1, was another beautiful day in the valley. Many folks gathered at the beach in the afternoon to play horseshoes, watch the kids and some adults have fun with face painting and games. They also enjoyed listing to the music of three local gals Colleen MacDonald, Renee Sherratt and Leandra Cameron as they sang for two hours or more, entertaining the crowd prior to supper. This was their first performance together in public and they did a tremendous job.

A lovely supper was served to approximately 140 plus people and according to all comments it was a great meal. Charlotte’s Catering from Moose Jaw prepared a wonderful roast beef supper complete with mashed potatoes and gravy, kernel corn and at least seven or more salads, buns and pickles. There were also three different desserts to choose from and a Canada Day cake of which all appeared to enjoy. - article and photos submitted by Mae Clarke Looking for some extra copies of this week’s newspaper? Pick some up at DiGer’s, or Last Mountain Times (Strasbourg) office!

Dean Clarke of Airdrie, AB, in his Rider gear, ready to cheer the Riders on to a victory.

Greg Upshaw, recording artist from Regina, Janet Macleod on the guitar, Colleen MacDonald, Leandra Cameron, and Renee Sheratt on the keyboard, entertaining the crowd at the Sask Beach Canada Day Celebration. The ladies have all sung with different family musical groups, Colleen with the Weber family from Southey, Leandra with the Alvin Kelln family from Strasbourg and Renee with the musical group now known as Faster Gun.

Norm Gray congratulating Pat and Brenda Ogilvie winning the A-side final.

B-side finals won by Kerri and Kathy Wotherspoon. Norm Gray congratulating them on their win.

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Dean Clarke, a true Rider fan since the early age of 14, posing with Mae Clarke, as they show off their patriotism to our country and the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Village of Silton Public Notice Public notice is hereby given that the Council of the Village of Silton intends to consider adopting a bylaw under the Planning and Development Act 2007 to amend the Zoning Bylaw.

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Colton and Makenna Clarke, from Airdrie, AB, visiting with Grandma and Grandpa, took part in the face painting.

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SASKATCHEWAN BASEBALL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES Hugh Huck Hugh Huck will be inducted into the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame on Saturday, August 21, 2010, at Battleford, SK. Hugh was born in Vibank, SK, on October 25, 1936. When he was 12 years old the family moved to Regina where Hugh later attended Loretto High School and played centre field for the baseball team coached by Sully Glasser. During this same time, he also played with the Regina Pat Juniors from 1952 to 1954, playing each year in the Provincial Championships. Speed in the field and a strong throwing arm were his trademarks. He played third base occasionally, but his bat and speed on the bases were always a threat. From 1954 to 1958, Hugh attended Notre Dame College in Wilcox, playing baseball

with the Hounds in the tough Southern League that included Regina, Moose Jaw, Swift Current, Weyburn, Estevan and Assiniboia. Notre Dame played countless tournament and exhibition games across Saskatchewan and Alberta. During the summer of 1955 alone, the team played 87 ball games. Hugh was considered the top centre fielder in the league and was selected for the Southern Baseball League’s All-Star Team. While playing with the Notre Dame Hounds in 1957, Hugh played against Satchel Paige’s Touring Team in Pense, SK. He hit Satchel’s first pitch for a solid single. Hugh played in the renowned Indian Head Tournament and the highly touted Lacombe Tournament. In those days, winning $1000 prize money

for 1st place was very serious business. After the Lacombe Tournament in 1957, Hugh was recruited by the Lethbridge White Sox to play in the Alberta Baseball League. Hugh started his teaching career at St. Louis College, Moose Jaw in 1960. He moved to Notre Dame College in 1961, where he taught, played and coached hockey. In1964 he became Athletic Director. In 1974, Hugh, Pat and family of four, moved to Regina where he taught at LeBoldus until he retired in 1990. They moved to Calgary in 2006. Hugh was a great athlete, excelling in playing and coaching in several other sports in the community. A great competitor, hustleman, team player and leader with a positive attitude. An outstanding athlete!

Jay-Dell Mah Jay-Dell Mah is considered to be one of the leading baseball historians in Canada. His contributions to the game will be recognized with his induction into the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame on August 21 in Battleford. Jay-Dell started his long involvement with baseball in the mid 1950s as a bat boy for the Lloydminster Meridians. He would wash socks, shine shoes, keep score and chase balls. And, as a youngster he wrote his first game reports for the Lloydminster Times. As an adult went on to work in Toronto as a reporter for the CBC at city hall, retiring in 1995. At that time he found a box of Western Canada League memorabilia. There was an autograph book, a signed ball, many newspaper clippings and two thick scrapbooks in this box. With

this find in hand, he decided to start an internet site called At The Plate: Western Canada Baseball League ( He has been adding information to the site for 15 years, including information from teams from 1946 to 1966. These were known as ‘The Golden Days’ of baseball in Saskatchewan. It has information on Negro Leaguers, college players who spent their summers in Saskatchewan and with the many local Saskatchewan players. League standings, statistics and game reports are covered. The site has many pictures. Recently he expanded the site to include the early Western Canada League of 1907 to1921. Other Saskatchewan Leagues covered are the Western Canada League; the Canadian-American League; the Saskatchewan League; the

Southern League; the Manitoba-Saskatchewan League; the Saskatoon and District League; the Northern Saskatchewan League; the Indian Head Rockets; the Florida Rockets and the Ligon Colored All-Stars, named after founder George Ligon. Jay-Dell has not only documented the history of baseball in Saskatchewan: in 2009, he co-wrote a book called Black Baseball Players in Canada, a Biographical Dictionary, 1881-1960. The book lists all the Black and Caribbean players that graced the fields of Saskatchewan and lists players highlights. The book is considered a black history book by McFarland Publishing of North Carolina, USA. The book can be found in the Canadian and American Baseball Halls of Fame.

Albert ‘AB’ Bidart The late Albert “AB” Bidart, of North Battleford, will be inducted, posthumously, into the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame on August 21. Albert “Ab” Bidart was born January 22, 1909, and grew up in North Battleford participating in school sports, later becoming active in baseball as a player, coach and umpire for over 50 years. He played senior baseball with the North Battleford UCT team in 1938 and 1939, before serving in the Canadian Army overseas. Returning from the

war, he then played with the North Battleford Beavers from 1945 through 1949, and in the early 1950s, alongside his nephew, Emile Francis. After his playing years, he served many years in most capacities on the executive of the North Battleford Beaver Baseball Club. In 1953 Ab joined the newly formed Western Canada Baseball League, and for 25 years umpired regular scheduled games, play-offs and tournaments, along with local umpires Moe George and Ed Robbins. He umpired in the

Northern Baseball League until 1972. During his career, he umpired several Canadian National Championships, including the Canadian National Junior Baseball Championships in 1971, and the Canadian National Beaver Championships in 1973. Ab died June 14, 1977. On October 17, 1998, he was inducted posthumously into the North Battleford Sports Hall of Fame, as a builder, then again in 2002, as the coach of the 1949 North Battleford Red Sox Ladies Softball Champions.

from the sidelines Votto beats depression, and NL pitchers After overcoming severe, debilitating bouts of depression last year, one of Canada’s best baseball players is making life miserable for Major League Baseball pitchers. Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds might rank behind B.C. boys Justin Morneau of Minnesota Twins and Jason Bay of the Mets on the awareness charts of Canadian baseball fans, but the Toronto native is backing up his breakout 2009 season with another outstanding campaign. Votto is the offensive catalyst for the Reds, who have surprised many experts with their long stay in first place in the National League Central Division this year. As of early July, Votto put together a streak of reaching base in 41 consecutive games, the NL’s high for 2010. The streak was snapped July 4 when Votto was ejected after arguing a first-inning thirdstrike call. Early in 2009, the Reds didn’t know whether Votto could be counted on for anything other than unpredictability. His father’s death at age 52 sent Votto into a severe, mentally damaging funk, and he had to spend time on the disabled list while he dealt with his depression. At one point, while the team was on the road and Votto was on the DL, he had such a severe anxiety attack, he wound up in the hospital. “It was just a very, very scary and crazy night where I had to call 911 at like three or four in the morning,” Votto said. “It was probably the scariest moment I had ever dealt with in my life.” “I couldn’t take it. It got to the point where I thought I was going to die.” That was 2009. This is 2010. And Votto is on a tear. As of July 4, he was

batting .312 with a teamleading 19 home runs and 57 runs batted in. “He’s not batting third in this lineup for nothing,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said of Votto. Votto has beaten tremendous odds in two areas of note: That a Canadian can make a serious mark among Major League Baseball sluggers; and that he is living proof that depression is treatable, and can be overcome. He is a role model for Canadians on and off the field. • Norman Chad of the Washington Post tells his favourite sports gambling story: “There’s a fellow who bets football every weekend, and for three straight months he loses every weekend. He’s a bookie’s dream. Then, when football season ends, the bookie – fearful of losing his best customer – tells him he can bet hockey. “Hockey?!?” the man exclaims. “What do I know about hockey?” • Chad again: “This year, NASCAR decided to let its drivers race even more roughhouse to give fans more bang – and banging – for their buck. Robin Pemberton, NASCAR’s vice president of competition, said they wanted to put racing ‘back in the hands of the drivers, and we will say, ‘Boys, have at it.’ ’ Boys, have at it? That’s like the National Rifle Association asking gun owners to be a little more trigger-happy.” • Janice Hough, of “The 49ers filed a claim with the city of San Francisco, asking for a rent decrease because Candlestick Park is in such bad disrepair. On behalf of Candlestick Park, the city filed a counter claim, saying the same thing could be said about the 49ers. • Brad Dickson in the Omaha World-Herald writes, on the 2012 London Olympics keeping BP as a major sponsor: “The Games

by Bruce Penton are scheduled to go off on schedule, but afterward the cleanup will take 16 years.” • Ex-NFL lineman Conrad Dobler, to the L.A. Times, on fellow Wyoming alumnus Dick Cheney: “When he was there, he wrote a book; when I was there, I read one.” • Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni, to ESPN, on his team’s sales pitch to freeagent prize LeBron James: “You mean after the groveling?” • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun on former Blue Jay pitcher A.J. Burnett, now with the Yankees: “Burnett is a .500 pitcher with .750 stuff and a .250 brain.” • Vancouver comic Torben Rolfsen, after Nigerian midfielder Sani Kaita received more than 1,000 e-mail death threats from his fellow citizens after getting red-carded in a World Cup defeat: “The good news is none of them asked for his bank-account number.” • Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle: “The Pirates fired their pierogi – a man who dresses like a piece of Polish fried meat-filled dough and races other ‘foods’ at the ballpark – because he criticized the team’s general manager and manager on his Facebook page. The Pirates should have just sent him down to the minors for more seasoning.” Care to comment? Email: Disclaimer: the opinions expressed are those of the writer.

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AGRICULTURE Canadian Wheat Board turns 75 The Canadian Wheat Board marked its 75th birthday on July 5. “This milestone is particularly significant to many international customers, who view our longevity as a sign of stability in an often volatile world market environment,” said Allen Oberg, a farmer from Forestburg, Alberta, who chairs the CWB’s farmer-controlled board of directors. “We have come a long way over the years, but we must continue to evolve. We need to ensure that farm-

ers are firmly in control of their marketing organization. We must also continue to strive to ensure that CWB programs are meeting farmers’ needs, and we need to better demonstrate the value that the CWB adds to farm businesses,” Oberg added. Prairie grain farmers’ marketing organization has undergone major change since its inception in 1935. The most important of these changes occurred when farmers assumed control of their marketing organiza-

tion. The first farmer-controlled board of directors assumed responsibility on December 31, 1998, replacing government-appointed commissioners. The CWB’s 75th anniversary is being marked with events and activities for farmers and customers: the creation of a customer-focussed video, a contest for farmers, an online photo gallery, and a special reception in Shanghai, China, for valued grain customers and government officials.

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HURSH on Ag Issues

by Kevin Hursh Carbon credit market in doubt With almost no fanfare, Saskatchewan has passed a new greenhouse gas bill that should theoretically provide a mechanism for farmers to be paid for carbon credits. However, the devil will be in the details and the regulations for the bill have yet to be established. Observers worry that when the dust clears, farmers will not be playing a significant role in meeting the provincial commitments for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. For the last ten or 15 years, there have been discussions and proposals about farmers being paid for carbon credits, specifically for minimum tillage and direct seeding. There is no doubt that the now dominant seeding methods which generate minimal soil disturbance also sequester carbon in the soil. Over the years, groups such as the Saskatchewan Soil Conservation Association have believed this could and should be a significant source of new revenue for producers. There has been some trading of voluntary carbon credits from Saskatchewan farms through the Chicago Climate Exchange, but for the most part farmers have seen limited benefit from their carbon storage. A few years ago, Alberta initiated a program whereby that province’s large emitters can purchase carbon credits as part of their reduction in emissions. A number of companies are acting as aggregators, gathering up the carbon credits from producers and then selling them to the large emitters, all within Alberta. For an Alberta farmer practicing direct seeding, the payments per acre have not been large, but with the retroactivity of the program, larger-acreage producers have received some significant cheques. It isn’t clear whether Saskatchewan producers will benefit to the same extent from

the new bill passed here. The way the system has been structured, there may be more incentive for large Saskatchewan emitters to pay money into a Tech Fund and then remove the money for approved carbon reduction projects rather than buying carbon credits. There has been little indication that big players like SaskPower and Mosaic will be interested in buying credits from farmers. As well, the issue of retroactivity hasn’t been resolved. How far back will producers be able to go to accumulate marketable carbon credits? There’s also the overriding reality of supply and demand. Saskatchewan doesn’t have nearly as many large carbon emitters as Alberta, but we have a lot more farmland and a greater adoption of direct seeding practices. Our supply of carbon credits is large while demand is small on a comparative basis. A number of provincial farm organizations are suggesting the system would be wellserved by having Saskatchewan Crop Insurance become a registry of the carbon credits accumulated by each individual producer. That seems to make a great deal of sense since crop insurance already has a lot of the information required for the job. Saskatchewan has an opportunity to learn from Alberta’s experience and having Saskatchewan Crop Insurance as a carbon credit registry would be an easily-implemented improvement. However, it remains to be seen whether a carbon credit market is actually going to be fostered in this province. Saskatchewan is a world leader in direct seeding and visionaries here have long promoted the possible benefits to producers and society from a properly structured carbon credit trading system. The provincial government doesn’t seem to have been paying much attention. Carbon sequestration isn’t a priority for the Environment Ministry. As well, Environment doesn’t seem to communicate well with the Agriculture Ministry. There’s still an opportunity to get it right with the proper regulations to accompany the new greenhouse gas bill, but that doesn’t appear promising at the moment. Farmers and their lobby organizations are spending their time pressing governments for help to deal with the wash-out of the 2010 growing season. The carbon credit opportunity has been all but forgotten. Kevin Hursh is a consulting agrologist from Saskatoon who farms near Cabri. He can be reached at Disclaimer: the opinions expressed are those of the writer.

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The barns at the Dominion Experimental Station in Scott, Saskatchewan, in 1939. An aerial view of the Scott Research Farm in 2008. Agriculture Canada’s Scott Research Farm, located south of Wilkie, will celebrate its centennial anniversary on July 16. As part of the Saskatoon Research Centre, the Scott Research Farm focuses on four program areas: cultivar evaluation, soil and crop management, weed management and pesticide minor use. The Scott Research Farm was established in 1910 under the Dominion Experimental Farms Service to serve farmers in western Saskatchewan, from the South Saskatchewan River to the forest of the north, as well as a portion of northeastern Alberta. The Farm currently has 800 acres of cropland and 13 full-time staff, with the staffing levels more than doubling in the growing season with the employment of seasonal workers and summer students. The first 25 years of the Scott Research Farm were

focused on the planting of orchards, testing of cereal and horticulture crops, and the introduction of a cattle herd, a poultry flock, and sheep and swine. A purebred breeding program of dual-purpose Shorthorn cattle was initiated in 1921. Considerable success was achieved with two cows producing milk records. The Farm was important in demonstrating practices to reduce the severe soil erosion that occurred during the dustbowls of the 1930’s. The ‘Rescue’ crab apple, one of the most common crab apple cultivars on the Prairies, was selected at the Scott Research Farm. In the 1935-1960 period weed control practices were refined and research work on herbicides, such as 2,4-D, was initiated. Evaluation of perennial forages resulted in a viable bromegrass seed production industry in the area. In 1955, Scott was cho-

sen as the ‘Potato Isolation Station’ of the Prairies. Two potato cultivars ‘Batoche’ and ‘Carlton’ were licensed from selections made at the Research Farm. And the apple cultivar ‘Norland’ was developed. In later years research on nitrogen fertilizer application and placement resulted in improved crop yields and more efficient use of nitrogen application. Weed control research during this time resulted in recommendations to growers so they could achieve cost-effective weed control while minimizing environmental impact. As well, the Research Farm played a prominent role in the development of Conservation Tillage Technology through research on crop rotations, fertility management and weed control. The Scott Research Farm became the Prairie test site for the Minor Use Pesticide Program.

Crop Report THE WEEKLY

Saskatchewan livestock producers have six per cent of the 2010 hay crop cut and one per cent baled, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report. The majority of hay is rated as good to excellent. Thunderstorms, heavy rain and, in some areas, hail continue to cause crop damage. Leaf diseases are causing crop damage as well. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 48 per cent surplus, 51 per cent adequate and one per cent short. Topsoil moisture on hay land and pasture is rated as 31 per cent surplus, 68 per cent adequate and one per cent short. Crops are behind normal in development. Sixty-three per cent of the fall cereals are in the heading stage of development, compared to 70 per cent at this time last year. Forty-one and 33 per cent of the

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Truth and Reconciliation (based on 1 Kings 21) I grew up on a farm in Ontario about an hour east of Toronto. When I was a teenager, Ontario Hydro built the Darlington Nuclear Station on the shores of Lake Ontario. At the same time, a new power line was constructed. It came north from the lake and turned in the middle of the woodlot that was part of my father’s farm. My father was paid for the land that was taken; but he wasn’t given a choice. His land was expropriated by the government of Ontario. Naboth was in a similar situation. King Ahab wanted his vineyard and he was willing to pay him for it. But Naboth was Jewish and he believed that his family’s land was held in trust for God. Naboth refused to give up his inheritance. So King Ahab’s wife, Jezebel, devised a plan to have Naboth killed. Once Naboth was dead, Ahab quickly stepped in to take the vineyard. Obviously what Jezebel and Ahab did was wrong. Our history is filled with stories of conspiracy, theft and murder and many of them involve the taking of land. One of the great injustices of this country is the way that we treated the people who lived here when we (the Europeans) arrived. Many First Nations people were killed with our bullets or died from our diseases. Eventually we signed land treaties and failed to keep them. Then our churches and our government built residential schools with the purpose of assimilation. When King Ahab took Naboth’s land he was faced with a truth-teller, a prophet. Elijah followed a call from God and arrived at Naboth’s ANSWER TO PUZZLE NO. 517

vineyard to tell Ahab that what he and Jezebel had done was wrong. In Canada, the truth of the residential schools is now starting to come to light. The first major meeting of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada took place a couple of weeks ago. Truth is the starting point for both justice and forgiveness. Once Elijah told the truth, Ahab expressed his regret by wearing sackcloth and fasting. The United Church of Canada apologized to our First Nations people back in 1986. The other churches and the Canadian government have also expressed their regret. Apology is the second step in justice and forgiveness. The third step is action. We can only imagine what Ahab and Jezebel could have done to avert disaster for their kingdom. Maybe they could have offered Naboth’s family some compensation or listened as they described the impact of his death on their lives. In Canada, the churches and our government have offered financial settlements to residential school survivors and are now supporting the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The work of healing has just begun; there is still much to do. We all have within us the ability to do evil and to act unjustly. We also have within us the ability to follow God’s call and to speak the difficult truth. It is up to us to recognize the unjust and to do what is needed for true reconciliation.

Mishell’s Angels walk to Update on seeded help find a cure for MS acreage estimates as recounted by Michelle Wilda Well we did it again! Mishell’s Angels raised the bar for this years’ 2010 MS Walk in Regina on April 25 and we exceeded it, as I knew we would! This year our goal was to raise $10,000 and have a few more members. We raised over $10,500 and had 50 registered members at the walk. This does not include the Angels that could not make it this year. Mishell’s Angels rock! We had a fantastic day even though the weather was cold and windy. My Angels were the largest family team this year so we won a trip to and from the walk in a stretch limo! And was it ever a stretch limo, it was a bus for goodness sakes. We got to go for breakfast before the walk and we arrived like celebrities! We made sure that all the Angels got to have a ride in the stretch bus. It seemed like the children really enjoyed it! Mishell’s Angels were also recognized as the biggest family and friends team! The Angels came from all over the province this year. Lots of local families from Semans, Raymore, Govan, Duval and Stasbourg areas plus Esterhazy, North Battleford, Saskatoon and Regina. We even had 19 Angels in the Yorkton MS Walk that raised $1300. We are also international. Our friends in Sweden have taken up the cause and have started there own MS Walk and raised $500 to help us reach our goal. How amazing is that?! I am a very grateful woman to have such amazing friends that come together to support the fight against Multiple Sclerosis. We have decided to add a few events this year so everyone can have fun and support a great cause. We are very fortunate to have had Jordan Hendry of the Stanley Cup winning Chicago Blackhawks NHL team donate a hockey jersey in memory of his grandpa, Russ Hendry, who had Multiple Sclerosis. We will be raffling

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off this jersey with all proceeds going to the 2011 MS Walk. The draw for this jersey will take place in August. Another event we are planning is the first annual Mishell’s Angels golf tournament at Last Mountain Regional Park where all proceeds will be donated to the 2011 MS Walk. There will be something to everyone, so even if you are not a golfer, you can still come out a enjoy the day! Watch the paper for more information on this event. And yes, we have one more event in the works! Mishell’s Angels are planning a Boxing Day Bash at the Semans gym. It will be a great time to get together with friends that are home for the holidays, as everyone can visit everyone in one place! And all proceeds go to the 2011 MS Walk. It amazes me that Mishell’s Angels started four years ago with only four good friends wanting to join in a walk to cure Multiple Sclerosis. In these four years we have raised over $19,000 to help find a cure and have grown to over 50 members! It all starts with an idea and a person asking for help. It is overwhelming the response you will receive! We hope to see you at one of our up-coming fundraisers. Remember, all proceeds go to help find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis!

Viterra has announced that total seeded acreage in Western Canada is estimated to be 50 to 52 million compared to the 5-year average of 60 million acres. The estimated decline in acreage is a result of weather-related planting constraints due to unprecedented rainfall in May and June, the primary seeding period for Prairie growers. Statistics Canada is scheduled to release its seeded acreage estimates on August 20, 2010. Viterra estimates that farmers in Western Canada typically spend between $70 and $110 per acre depending on the types of crops grown and the areas in which they are seeded. Approximately eight million acres went unseeded, and additionally, about 2 million seeded acres were lost to excess rains. Western Canadian agri-product sales average approximately $4.6 billion annually. With the loss of acreage this year, the company expects industry sales to decline by 15 per cent to 17 per cent in fiscal 2010, with the largest declines in fertilizer and chemical sales.

CWB Signs $130 million deal with China Western Canadian farmers are poised to make their largest wheat sales to China in five years. The Canadian Wheat Board has signed a memorandum of agreement with China’s largest grain importer for 500,000 tonnes of Canada Western Red Spring wheat. The deal between western Canadian farmers and China is worth about $130 million at current market values. “This is an important agreement that builds on a 50-year history of sales and

cooperation between Prairie farmers and our valued Chinese partners,” said Ian White, CWB president and CEO. The deal is to be executed before the end of 2011. The wheat deal comes on the heels of the largest long-term agreement ever for malting barley, which was signed in April between China and western Canadian farmers. In April, a deal was inked that will see guaranteed minimum sales of 500 000 tonnes of malting barley over three years to China.

Semans News Phone 528-2020 The Semans Seniors held a ‘Hamburger Day’ on Wednesday, June 23. The draw for their 50/50 was also made. It was well supported. B. Paproski

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Tornado aftermath Continued from front page

The following is a gallery of photos taken after the devastating tornado that touched down late afternoon, Friday July 2. According to Environment Canada, the twister touched down between Govan and Semans and then carved a path of destruction eastward, running just north of Raymore, and then hitting Kawacatoose First Nation. The Canadian Red Cross offices in Saskatchewan are helping out with the relief efforts for victims of the July 2 tornado in the Raymore area. Those wishing to donate and help out can contact the Canadian Red Cross at 1-800-418-1111, or they can go online at: From there, click on How We Help, and from that drop-down menu, click on Appeals. On the new page, scroll down to Western Canada Severe Weather, click on Donate Now! You can also contact the local Red Cross office in Regina, Saskatoon, or Prince Albert. Cheques should be made payable to the Canadian Red Cross, earmarked “Western Canada Severe Weather” and mailed to the Canadian Red Cross National Office, 170 Metcalfe Street, Suite 300, Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 2P2. The Red Cross accepts only money donations, and does not accept donations of food, clothing or other goods.

A truck from the Oehler yard demolished as it was blown into the field, and the engine block in the background tossed approximately 100 yards from the truck body.

Oehler’s yard outside of Semans and land close by.

Reg Day’s destroyed home on Highway 15 between Semans and Raymore. Reg and three others took shelter in the basement.

Cars were demolished by the wind at the home of Reg Day. Volunteers from Viterra and the community at large are in the background, picking up debris.

A quonset was torn off its cement pad at the Gerald Merkel farm north of Raymore. The metal from the quonset was twisted and bent, and the combine inside was dropped on top of the rubble.

Destruction on Stan Mountstephen’s land. Their home is still standing and was reshingled on the weekend after the damage. Bins, shop, vehicles and farm equipment were all destroyed.

Gerald Merkel’s home was completely destroyed.

More damage on Stan Mountstephen’s land.

Many grain bins were destroyed.

A combine on a pile of rubble at Gerald Merkel’s farm.

A semi blown on its side at the Merkel farm.

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Backyard Strawberry Production

By Gwen Randall-Young

Living happily ever after Psychology for Living

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” - Maria Robinson Perhaps you are not particularly happy with some aspect of your life, or maybe even disappointed with it in general. You are not where you thought you would be, not who you thought you would be, and not living the life you thought you would live. This can lead to feelings of sadness, depression and negativity. Some get stuck in this sense of disappointment and live life lamenting what might have been. They feel they cannot be happy because of what has not happened or is not there. They conclude the rest of their life will not be any happier or any better: the die has been cast. There is a better way to deal with this. If our goal is to be happy and enjoy life, it is really a matter of deciding to be happy and deciding to enjoy life. Note that in this case the

There is something wonderful about strawberries that are available in your own backyard. Sweet, succulent berries that not only smell wonderful but taste like a bite of summer. If you would like to grow strawberries it is not difficult – you simply need a small bit of garden that is exposed to full sun. Before purchasing the plant itself it is important to know a little bit about the different types of plants available. June-bearing strawberries are the typical choice for anyone wishing a big berry that is fruiting for a finite bit of summer. For example, this type of strawberry will be in peak production for a short period of time usually for us on the prairies in July. Typically commercial producers will choose this berry as it produces a lot of berries that are large in a short period of time. This would also be a good choice for those home gardeners wishing to put berries away or process them into jam or other products. Common cultivars that do well with our climatic conditions include: ‘Kent’, ‘Bounty’ and ‘Redcoat’. The next type of strawberry is what is termed everbearing. These strawberries are not really everbearing but will produce the biggest part of the crop in July but then will also produce a second, smaller crop in September. A couple of good cultivars to try are ‘Ogallala’ and ‘Fort Laramie’. Both these types of strawberries are what is termed photoperiodically sensitive. What this means is the plants

stimulus for being happy comes from inside of us rather than outside. Being happy now does not depend on certain conditions being met in the outside world. There are too many variables out there that we cannot control, so we must learn to be happy in spite of what is or is not in our lives. How do we do this? Simple as it might sound, it really is a matter of focusing on what we do have in our lives, rather than what we perceive to be missing. I once had a poster on my office wall that said, “It’s not how much we have, but how much we enjoy that creates happiness.” So if you have been down in the dumps, figuring you lost the ‘good life’ lottery, it is time to think again. Make a list of everything that is not wrong in your world. Add to it everything that is good, and that you really ought to be thankful for. Then make a list of all of the things you can do that are enjoyable, and all the thoughts you could think that would make you feel happy. If you do this for the rest of your life, you actually could live ‘happily ever after.’ Gwen Randall-Young is an author and award-winning Psychotherapist based out of Alberta.

notice the changing daylengths which triggers them to go through their annual sequence of developmental stages. The long days of summer (daylengths of 14 – 16 hours) trigger the strawberries to produce a multitude of runners. Once the daylength drops below 14 hours the plants will focus their growth on producing the next year’s flower buds. One would never notice unless you look very closely as these buds are almost invisible, tucked deeply into the crown of the plants. It is these buds that will be next season’s fruit crop. My favourite type of strawberry is the day neutral type. These strawberries pay

no real attention to the length of the day thus produces fruit as soon as they are mature right through to the killing frost in fall. These strawberries will also set fruit the first year they are planted and often gardeners will find fruit is produced on the runners as well. The best cultivars are ‘Fern’, ‘Hecker’ and ‘Tri-Star’. As long as your patch is in full sun, the soil is not so important. However, they will grow best in a well-drained sandy loam soil. Ensure that the patch is weed-free prior to planting for the best experience for you the gardener. Be especially careful to eradicate any perennial weeds as strawberries are not good

competitors. Amend the soil with a good supply of organic matter if possible the year prior to planting. This will ensure the organic matter is well broken down and ready to supply nutrients to your strawberries. Fertilize your patch in the spring to ensure good production. A complete fertilizer such as 10-20-20 is the best choice for strawberries. Last but not least if Mother Nature does not supply consistent rainfall then water your patch to ensure the fruit sizes up to its potential. Enjoy your strawberries fresh, or sliced fresh with cream or ice cream, or converted into a multitude of sinfully delicious desserts! Patricia Hanbidge, Horticulturist, Saskatoon School of Horticulture

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Thanks to my family, friends, fans and anyone that helped organize the Stanley Cup event. All the support from Nokomis is amazing. Thank you. 35c Jordan Hendry The Ladies Auxiliary to Last Mountain Pioneer Home say Thank You to all who attended their Strawberry Tea, ordered take-outs and gave donations of money. Thank you for your continued support. 35p Thanks to our son-in-law! Michael, you did such a wonderful job helping to organize our 60th Wedding Anniversary …everything from arranging for the VIP greetings (even from the Queen, no less!!), to sending a write-up and photo to the newspaper. We’re so sad you weren’t able to attend and enjoy the event along with everyone else. Perhaps you should mark your calendar now, for our 75th!! June & Alex Munroe, 35p Nokomis Congratulations to the residents of Duval and community on the well-planned Centennial Celebration. The three days that were packed with special events and visiting with relatives and friends, gave us the opportunity to step back in time and recall the Duval community spirit that we enjoyed for so many years. A fantastic celebration. Thanks for the memories! Allan & Mabel Essery and Allan & Brenda Brigden 35c


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DRESCHER, Shannon December 6, 1974 – July 10, 1994. They say there is a reason They say that time will heal, But neither time nor reason, Will change the way we feel. Lovingly remembered by Mom, Dad, 35p Kent and Shayne In memory of my family, on their July 12 wedding anniversary, mother Mary Wallbridge Schwandt, father Charles Frederick Schwandt. In memory also, of my only sibling, my brother Edward Tracy Schwandt. i carry your heart with me by ee cummings i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart)… here is the deepest secret nobody knows (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide) and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

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Drake News

Drake celebrations a success

Dorothy Wolter 363-2148 Florence Boechler moved to Drake July 1, 2008. Florence was the seventh of eight children of Clark and Eva (Croft) Wilson and was born southwest of Jansen. She lives in the Villa and moved here from Calgary. A happy anniversary to her. Aaron Willems was hired to help with summer maintenance in the Village of Drake. Thinking of Frank Dyck, Ben Neufeld & Susan, and Kate Bartel who is now in Central Parkland Lodge. The wild roses are blooming now. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day for the Drake and RM of Usborne 100th Celebration on July 1. Some folks here to celebrate our 100th Anniversary were Margaret Gerbrandt, David & Hertha Bartel, Norman & Doreen Ediger, Debra & Wayne McFarland, Victor Lynn, Isabel Nixon, Reg & Collene Gerbrandt, Ed & Mary Schroeder, Ella & Henry Funk, Helen Janzen, Mrs. Edna Weninger (Emil was the former Administrator of the RM of Usborne). I believe all are from Saskatoon. Ruth Ewen, Gudrun Blackport, Walter & Beatrice Bowman, Don & Pat Shantz, Melony Harris, Eugene Schroeder (Watrous), Orren & Emma Bartel (Regina), Ed & Lila Kornelsen (Watrous and Saskatoon), Larry & Donna Balon (Warman), Ben Funk, Tessie Ingham, Lorna & Laverne Jantz, Lloyd & Ann Bartel (Regina). Also here for the celebrations were Ross & Betty Shantz, and Mary Harrison of Jansen, daughter of Florence Boechler. Pastor John & Martha Bergen are here visiting from Winkler, Manitoba. Visiting with Margaret Bartel were Edgar & Helen

Bartel and Vic Neufeld, and old friend, all of Saskatoon. Here to visit Agnes Ewert was Myrna Remple of Laird. Stopping in to visit Laurie & Daryl at the Happy Shopper store was an old friend of Laurie, Joan Ooms (daughter of Emil & Gwen Meisner) from Washington State. With her was her fiance Dwayne, and Joan’s nephew Patrick Harriett (grandson of Claire & Joy Harriett.) Jim & Belle Mullet were to Montana, USA to help Ruby Stanley celebrate a 90th birthday a week ago. There were a lot of celebrations at Rosthern Junior College on June 26, along with the Grade 12 graduating class. Every spring, decade grads of the school gather to renew acquaintances, enjoy good food and celebrate. Marie Fast and Eileen Ewert joined 39 other classmates who had graduated 50 years ago, some who had not returned since 1960! Agnes Ewert, at 103 years young, the oldest graduate present, spoke at the alumni banquet. She related her experience of obtaining an education in the 1920s. Of special significance was the fact that her daughter, Lorna Ewert Sawatsky of Waterloo, Ontario, was there for her 50 year grad reunion, her son Randy Ewert of Martensville was there for his 40 year grad reunion, her granddaughter Denise Dick for her 30 year grad reunion and another granddaughter, Natash Krahn for her 20 year grad reunion. Rosthern Junior College was established in 1905 by Mennonite pioneers to provide an opportunity for high school education that was not available in the area at that time. - Dorothy Wolter

July 1, 2010 dawned a sunny day as many gathered for a free pancake and sausage breakfast to start the day of celebration. It was Canada Day, and as well, the Village of Drake and the RM of Usborne No. 310 were celebrating 100 years. A parade followed, with entries from the area in which many businesses, organizations or individuals were on decorated floats, horse, cattle, antique cars, motorcycles or other vehicles. The children, to their delight, were showered with candy. The clown was enjoyed by all, as he wandered through the crowd. Five teams of slow pitch ball challenged each other throughout the day. The concession booth fed the hungry with burgers, hot dogs, fries and ice cream treats. A few games of Bingo were enjoyed in the afternoon. Prizes were donated by local businesses. Children were entertained with a Bounce On Slide obstacle course, fish pond, balloons and face painting. Some local firemen and others braved the cold water in the dunk tank. Beer gardens under the tent were open in the hot afternoon and people could watch the dunk tank activity. Throughout the day, people walked down Memory Lane and checked each yard as it had a list of names of everyone who had lived in that house, or occupied that business over the years. There were also displays set up at the Sportsplex – histories of different businesses, churches and schools, a new clothing line and a beautiful collection of quilts was displayed. Several tables of donated door prizes brought people in to decide in which pail to put their free tickets. A catered supper was enjoyed by over 400 people at the Community Centre. Cupcakes and coffee were then served at the Sportsplex. The program consisted of greetings from the Mayor of Drake, representatives from both the provincial and federal governments and District 5 Rep from SARM. Several

Lockwood News Phone 528-2020 Visiting at the Larry Morningstar home and taking in the 100th anniversary celebrations at Drake on July 1 were Cheryl Hughes of Balcarrres and Lori, Morgan, Lane and Shelby Bexson of Lashburn. They also went to see Jordan Hendry and the Stanley Cup in Nokomis. Lane had his picture taken! Ryan and Lisa Morningstar were in Black Diamond, AB, to attend Cori Bartel’s wedding where Lisa was one of Cori’s attendants. __________________ Looking for some extra copies of this week’s newspaper? Pick some up at the Nokomis Pharmacy, or the Last Mountain Times office!

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SUPERINTENDENT OF FACILITIES Horizon School Division # 205 is seeking an experienced candidate to provide leadership to the School Division in the effective and efficient use of the facilities that our students attend. The candidate is a positive, service oriented leader able to make clear decisions and take decisive actions while maintaining positive internal and external relationships. The Facilities Department has a strong support system comprised of a Manager of Facilities and secretarial support. This is a continuing position commencing on or about August 3, 2010. Requirements for the position: • A minimum 5 years experience in municipal, government, or school division experience • An undergrad degree in Commerce, Business Administration, Project Management Professional credential, or eligible for membership in the Saskatchewan Applied Science Technologists and Technicians as Applied Science Technologists. • A combination of relevant education, training, and experience is also acceptable. Please send a resume that includes at least three professional references to the undersigned by July 21, 2010. Mrs. Marrion Wolff, Superintendent of Human Resources Horizon School Division # 205 Box 100, Lanigan SK S0K 2M0 Phone: (306) 365-4888 Fax: (306) 365-2808 E-mail:

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Working at the registration table were (left to right) Irene Bartel, Stu Jantz and Barb Gibney.

Jean Blair (nee Edwards) of Drake (formerly of Nokomis) rides alongside her husband Trevor Blair who drove the float in the parade for her business Jean’s Scissor Shop. Photos courtesy of Linda Mallett, Lanigan Advisor.

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stories were told by local residents and some reminiscing of the highlights of the past 100 years was done. Several local dancers entertained us. A powerpoint presentation of ‘Then and Now’ showed pictures of life in Drake and in the RM as far back as pictures were available and to the present time. A great display of fireworks lit up the sky to end a full day. Most people were home before Nature’s display of light lit up the sky! - Drake Centennial Committee

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I saw a letter the other day to ‘Annie’s Mailbox’ – the advice column taken over by two former assistants to Dear Abby, from a woman who was upset because a guest washed his hands in her kitchen sink instead of in the bathroom. I’m not exactly a fan of Annie’s Mailbox, but I read it if it’s in the same section as the crossword puzzle, and I get a kick out of the inane things people write in about. Most of them have simple solutions that one would think they’d figure out for themselves. This particular woman, for instance, could have scoured her sink with Comet or Javex. Her guest had only come in from playing golf. I could see cause for concern if he’d been mucking out a stable. In that case, I would have preferred him to do a preliminary wash-up in a pail of water outside. But a game of golf would hardly put more germs in her sink that the veggies and dirty pots it deals with every day. Many people my age can remember when the kitchen sink was the only place where we washed not only our hands but took piecemeal sponge baths too, between Saturday night immersions in Mom’s laundry tub. If we didn’t have a sink, we’d haul water from a pump or well.


Usually there was a tin cup hanging by the pump, and everybody drank from it. That wasn’t very hygienic, but somehow we survived. So do the kids who drink from the garden hose when their parents aren’t watching. Maybe this woman grew up in a super-fastidious household, or maybe she herself had to wash in the kitchen sink as a girl and vowed never to do so again. Whatever her motivation, it’s obvious she has lost her sense of proportion. In a world where millions of people have to walk for miles to fetch their water, you’d think those of us who have it piped into our homes would be grateful. I know I am. I’m so grateful, I wouldn’t care if you washed your socks in my kitchen sink. Martha can be reached at or check out her new website online at

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Provincial news briefs Premier proclaims year of the RCMP in Saskatchewan Saskatchewan has proclaimed 2010 as Year of the RCMP in recognition of the 125th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Academy in Regina, commonly known as ‘Depot’ Division. “The RCMP and Depot are an integral part of the history and development of our province and our country,” Premier Wall said. “It is with great pride that I sign this proclamation to mark this historic milestone and demonstrate our appreciation for 125 years of training and service excellence from Depot and its members.” To commemorate the occasion, Wall has presented Her Majesty The Queen with an official gift from the province while the Queen was in Ottawa. Depot Division in Regina has trained 57,000 officers since 1885. It is the oldest RCMP Division and boasts the oldest standing building in Regina. It has served as headquarters of the North West Mounted Police and then the Royal North West Mounted Police. Building permits soar Construction site activity picked up in Saskatchewan during the month of May according to a report released by Statistics Canada. On a seasonally-adjusted basis, building permits in the province were up by 16 per cent between April 2010 and May 2010, the second highest percentage increase among the provinces. Only three provinces had a positive increase over this period, while nationally, permits dropped by 10.8 per cent. Non-residential construc-

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from Nokomis will apparently be addressed by maintenance rather than reconstruction. An exact time-table for the Highway 6 and Highway 22 work has not been announced. “Over the past three construction seasons, our government has invested $1.7 billion, including $113 million in federal stimulus funding, for maintenance and new construction on our provincial highway system,” Reiter said. “Our current highway’s capital budget of $250 million is going to continue that momentum. Projects are chosen for the five-year plan based on economics, safety, traffic, road purpose such as hospital or school bus routes and other factors.” Medical residents get break on student loans The provincial government has announced approximately $450,000 in short-term funding to help medical residents with their student loans. Funding comes from the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Ad-

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Nokomis News

Seniors’ birthdays celebrated The June and July Senior birthday celebrations were held on June 25 at Nokomis Senior Centre. There was a program that consisted of a short story by Betty Ramshaw followed with a sing-a-long accompanied by Lorna Mansell. A delicious lunch was served. The June birthday gals were: Ruth Edwards, Barrie McClughan and Violet Hemingway and the July birthdays were Sharon Isherwood and Hazel Chute-Mollison.

June Munroe 528-2951 The Nokomis Chiefs are cooking Pit Beef on Saturday, July 24, 2010 and Saturday, August 21, 2010. If interested in purchasing a roast please leave a message with Tina at 528-4344. All orders must be placed at least one week prior to the date. 35-36c Bridal shower in honour of Kristin Hendry on Monday, July 26 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Nokomis Centennial Hall. Everyone welcome. 35-36p Nokomis Agricultural Society Inc. Work Bee, Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. at Nokomis Fair Grounds. Please bring your mowers, trimmers, and other grass-cutting equipment. 35-36c The Nokomis Agricultural Society Inc. is looking for volunteers to work in the food booths on fair day, Saturday, July 31. Please contact Dale Knouse at 528-4402. 35-36c Your donations of pies or desserts, delivered to the food booth on fair day, Saturday, July 31, would be greatly appreciated by the Nokomis Agricultural Society Inc. Any pies entered as exhibit in the fair may also be donated at the booth. 35-36c Wow, what a dream come true for Jordan Hendry!

Jordan’s friends, relatives and fans helped him celebrate with the Stanley Cup in Nokomis on July 1. With poise and dignity, Jordan Hendry, #6 with the Chicago Blackhawks National Hockey League team gave the crowd at the Nokomis Rec Centre what they wanted – a picture of, and with, a true gentleman. Any team in the NHL would be lucky to have such a fine ambassador for the sport. After taking in the 100th Celebration for Duval, Fay and Walter Bitter visited with Earle and Lorna Mansell over the rest of the weekend. Fay had just returned from a three-week visit to England and Norway, so was still suffering from jet lag! Rick Harding, Archie, Marj and Clayton Artymovich and Kelsea Feist of Kindersley were here visiting Calvin Harding and Lylie Herman on July 1 and taking in the special day with Jordan Hendry and the Stanley Cup. They also visited with Wayne Harding and Sheila Smith of Govan. Your news is important – be sure to send it in! Please remember to include your name when submitting news. If you don’t want your name published along with your submitted news, just let us know! Looking for some extra copies of this week’s newspaper? Pick some up at the Nokomis Pharmacy or the Last Mountain Times office!

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Nokomis Seniors meet Nokomis Seniors met at the Welcome Inn on June 29 with nine members present. The meeting was opened with the singing of O Canada and then a moment of Memorial Silence. The secretary then read the minutes of the last meeting. Hazel Eddy gave the treasurer’s report. Revenue was still more than our expenditures this past month. Under old business, acceptance of Palmer Unseth and

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Sharon Isherwood’s memberships was moved. Also according to the constitutions and bylaws, any person who does not want to be a member of the seniors, must put in writing and send it to the secretary. Ilene Harding and Lylie Herman gave a short report about the convention in Saskatoon in June. Plans were finalized for the Strawberry Tea in July. In new business, it was noted that there will not be any

The Saskatchewan Outdoor and Environmental Education Association is planning an Eco-tour in the Last Mountain Lake area for August 13 to 15. The group will be visiting the Last Mountain Bird Observatory in Last Mountain Regional Park to participate in bird banding, and will also travel to the Wildlife Area and Bird Sanctuary for tours and activities. The tour will be based out of Nokomis, where the group will host an information evening and social on August 13. Other activities associated with the Eco-tour include a geocaching event and a wrapup social. This is the 16th annual Eco-tour hosted by Saskatchewan Outdoor and Environmental Education Association.

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Friends of Jordan Hendry travelled long distances from as far away as Edmonton, Alaska and California to come to Nokomis on July 1 to help him celebrate winning the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks on June 9, 2010. Pictured above are: (back row, left to right) Kelly Czuy, Teitianna Vladiemaoun, Chelsea Merritt, Jennifer Wilson and Don Johnson; (front row) T.J. Campbell (left) and Nathan Fornataro.

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Hendry shares the Stanley Cup with hometown fans Canada Day was celebrated in true Canadian style on July 1, as Nokomis hosted Nokomis native, Blackhawks defenceman Jordan Hendry and the Stanley Cup in a celebration befitting the national sport’s highest achievement. The excitement had not yet died down following the Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup victory on June 9, when the call came that The Cup would be making a visit to Nokomis in the very near future. Immediately, the community shifted into high gear, and plans were underway. Volunteers were lined up and preparations made and on July 1, the much anticipated arrival of the cup was celebrated as Jordan took advantage of the opportunity to share his team’s win with his home town. MC Tom Edwards, Jordan’s uncle, opened the evening by giving a history of Jordan’s

career, which was followed by a rousing rendition of O Canada led by Ruth Anne Richter. Tom then introduced Nokomis Mayor Fred Wright and Greg Brkich, MLA for Arm-River Watrous, who each in turn welcomed everyone and gave congratulatory messages filled with pride and admiration for the hometown hero. A slideshow presentation prepared by Janelle Edwards, featuring highlights in Jordan’s career, followed; along with an invitation to stay for the cabaret and dance following the formal part of the evening. Tom then introduced “Number Six on the Blackhawks, Number One in our hearts!”– Jordan Hendry – bringing the crowd to their feet. Jordan modestly thanked the large gathering for attending and for the support shown

to him. After a brief wait for the arrival of the tardy chalice, Jordan hoisted hockey’s holy grail and made his way through the crowd amid cheers and shouts of praise. Jordan graciously autographed jerseys, hats, sticks and pictures and posed for photos for awe-struck youngsters and excited sports fans of all ages from near and far in a line-up that appeared to have no end. Between photo ops and signing sticks, Jordan made time to answer some burning questions every aspiring NHL hopeful must know the answer to. When asked what went through his mind as he saw the puck go in the net for that winning overtime goal, Jordan smiled as he reminisced, “I just couldn’t really believe it, we just won the Stanley Cup. It gives (me) chills just

Many young fans waited patiently in line to receive autographs from Jordan. Pictured above are Brett, Tyson and Jaeden, children of former Nokomis residents Marcel and Donna Simpson.

thinking about it again. When you are a kid you always dream of winning the Stanley Cup and then it comes down to just one goal in one game. It’s the most amazing feeling you can have.” The excitement of playing in the Stanley Cup final, with everything on the line, is the emotion that every young hockey player hopes to experience. Jordon spoke to the importance of staying in the moment. “You have to stay focused because at the end of the day, it’s just another hockey game – that’s how you’ve got to treat it, but it is hard not to get caught up in it because you know it’s the Stanley Cup finals and you could win the Stanley Cup that game. You do have a lot of nerves and you know you’ve gotta calm those nerves.” Jordan and his teammates felt they had a shot at the glory from the beginning of the season. “Right at the very start of the season, we knew we had a team with a good mix of guys, a lot of talent, a lot of grit, and great goaltending too,” he said. “We all thought we could win the Stanley Cup, we just had to put it all together and we were fortunate enough that we did.” Becoming a professional athlete and being successful in a chosen sport does not come easily. It takes the support and commitment of many people along the way to achieve those goals. “I immediately thought of my mom and my dad and all they have sacrificed to let me play hockey throughout my life...

Proud family, friends and fans cheered Jordan on as he carried the cup into the rink from the east door. to keep me in the sport and give me every opportunity to succeed,” he said. He added that a lot of coaches helped him out along the way. “As a player, you take a little or a lot from everybody that you interact with along the way, that’s what makes a good player.” He continued, “I had some really good coaches in college hockey... and I credit them for helping me to believe in myself and that I could actually make it to the next level and go on to the pro ranks.” He talked about his roots and how that has affected his goals, growing up and playing minor hockey in Nokomis, in the small town lifestyle. “You grow up with all your best friends and your buddies – you’re always out playing street hockey, shooting around in the local rink. There’s lots

of free time on the ice here; and that goes a long way to helping kids in Canada and especially in small towns be successful, with the amount of time they can spend skating and playing hockey.” His advice to aspiring NHL hopefuls – “You’ve got to have fun, you’ve got to want to do it. Spend as much time as you can playing, handling the stick, and skating, but most of all, the biggest thing is to have fun when you play and you’ll have success.” Great advice for young hockey players who dream of seeing themselves in Jordan’s place, and wise words indeed from a young man who has learned much about life as he has pursued his dream in the NHL. - Editor Photos by Dennis Simpson, June Munroe and Lance Cornwell.

June Munroe was happy to have her photo taken with Jordan, the Cup, and the man who brought the Cup to Nokomis, Walt Neubrand of Hamilton, ON. Walt is a school teacher in Mississauga and is employed for the summer by the Hockey Hall of Fame as the official chaperone for the Cup. Jordan spent several hours signing shirts, hats, hockey sticks, pictures, etc. for friends and fans.

Cynthia Skubicky of Trenton, ON has a short visit with Jordan while receiving an autograph.

Many Nokomis fans had their photo taken with Jordan and the cup. Pictured are (left to right) Brooke Mutch, Jennifer Tran and Lacey Zdunich.

Andrew Simpson and daughter Avery of Sherwood Park, AB, were home for the occasion and took the opportunity to get a photo with Jordan and the cup.

People of all ages truly were thrilled to get the opportunity to meet with Jordan. Dorothy McNichol, long time friend of the families involved in the celebration, drove from Kerrobert, SK, with her son Rick, her granddaughter Thea and brother Bill Thompson. Dorothy was pictured getting an autographed picture to take home to her husband Mac (Jerome) who was too ill to attend.

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Garbage disposal in Govan The Town of Govan has given advance notice to residents that there will soon be major restrictions on the way residents deal with garbage disposal. The town is in the process of finalizing a contractual arrangement with Loraas Disposal whereby Loraas will place large dumpsters at the existing Govan Landfill site. The town will continue to collect household garbage on the existing collection schedule. The town will place the garbage in the Loraas bins, and Loraas will haul the garbage away to another landfill location. This new arrangement is planned to be in place by September 1, at which time the gates to the Govan Landfill will be kept locked. Town residents will still be allowed to haul trees, grass clippings and scrap metal to the landfill on a designated schedule. Kelly Holbrook, Govan’s Town Administrator, said residents will be kept updated as this new arrangement is being finalized.

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Folks will have noticed crews working on power poles in the area, and are likely wondering what’s going on. Well, here’s the scoop. The work being done by a company called GENICS, contracted to SaskPower, is designed to check the condition of, and prolong the life of wooden power poles. With most poles having a normal life span of up to 50 years, it is important to keep them in

Storm blows through Govan

This is what the storm looked like as it blew through Govan at approximately 5:00 p.m. on July 2. These are some of the many golf-ball size hailstones that fell in the Govan area as the storm passed through.

Whooping cough on the rise Officials with the Saskatoon Health Region say one elementary school in Saskatoon has reported at least sixteen cases of whooping cough in recent weeks. As a result, the provincial Health Ministry is advising mothers of newborns to get their children vaccinated against the disease. Whooping cough is a bacterial infection of the respiratory tract and is most likely to affect infants. It can lead to pneumonia and even death if not treated in time. One infant death from whooping cough has been reported this year. The Health Region is sending letters to new mothers, asking them to visit immunization clinics. In the past year, there have also been 14 cases of whooping cough (pertussis) reported in the Prince Albert Health Region. Health offi-

good condition and monitor that condition to ensure poles don’t weaken with age, due to rot or other damage. Serge Martin (left) and Janine Hamilton are part of a crew working in the Govan and Strasbourg area this summer. They will be checking as many as 3,500 wooden power poles, and treating the base of the poles to ensure the poles reach their maximum life expectancy.

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Entertainment galore at the 2010 Govan Fiddle Festival The 25th Annual Govan Fiddle Festival, held at the Nokomis Recreation Centre for the second year on July 2 and 3, was a blast. The Friday night concert by Donny Parenteau was wellattended, and everyone enjoyed the great entertainment, and the opportunity to visit with old friends from previous Fiddle Festival events. Saturday morning began with a pancake breakfast followed by registration for the competition. At around 11 a.m., host and master of ceremonies Freddie Pelletier kicked off the fiddle contest, with Ivonne Hernandez, Rodney Krip and Patti Lamoureux judging. Sheila Pelletier had originally been scheduled to co-host with husband Freddie, but couldn’t make it at the last minute. The 20 contestants were accompanied by Trent Bruner on keyboard. The 70 plus Golden age group included: Bill Ripa from Canora; Harold Anderson from Battleford; Rudy Szakacs from Regina; Francis Bouchard Freddie Pelletier from Kerrobert; John Kovach from Canora; and Jim Maddock from Moosomin. Winner: Rudy Szakacs. The Oldest Fiddler award went to John Kovach.

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In the Senior class, Daniel Farkas of Dubuc, SK was the only contestant. Daniel won in this class and also received the Harold Chute Memorial Trophy. He was accompanied on keyboard by Eleanor Govan of Quill Lake. Eleanor is a relative of Walter Govan, who lent his name to the Town of Govan. Celine Hounjet from Grandora, played next in the Junior age class, followed by Hogne Midtboe/Vevle from Valestrand, Daniel Farkas Norway, and Raymond Knorr from Regina. Raymond was accompanied by his brother Benjamin on guitar. Winner: Hogne Midtboe/Vevle. Hogne also won for Best Waltz.

one by her friend Frank Rogers, which was a Ukrainian song called Fiddle Tune. Ivonne got the audience involved in this song by counting them in to shout, “Hoy!” Ivonne received a wellearned round of applause at the end of her performance. Following Ivonne’s set, the Govan Award competitions resumed with the Junior-Junior class competition. The 12 and under fiddlers were Skylar Spence and her younger brothGuest artist, Ivonne Hernandez, er, Logan Spence, from accompanied by Trent Bruner. Battleford. They are both students of Harold Anderson, one of the Golden age fiddlers. Winner: Logan Spence. Logan also won for Youngest Fiddler. In the Open/ Championship competition, nine fiddlers competed. Cathy Sproule from Saskatoon went first, then Walter Skylar Spence Logan Spence Kuzyk from Portage la Prairie. The next four competitors were all of the Smith family from Allan. Celeste played first, with her father Charlie accompanying her on keyboard. Then Charlie played with Celeste on keyboard. Jodie Smith and Eric Smith followed. James Steele from Saskatoon, Al Procyshyn from Revelstoke, and Kelly McIvor from Saskatoon were the remaining competitors. Winner: Kelly McIvor.

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Hogne performed was called Goat in the Boat. This special entertainment session became a family affair as Trent’s young daughter Hannah eventually made her way on to the stage to play a short fiddle tune for the audience. The awards and cash prizes for the morning and afternoon competitions were presented at about 4:00 p.m. The Festival was adjourned for the supper hour and competitors and spectators alike enjoyed a delicious cold-plate supper catered by the Nokomis Hotel. After supper, judges for the day Ivonne Hernandez, Rodney Kripp and Patti Lamoureux played on stage for the Judges Patti Lamoureuz (left), Rodney Festival audiKripp (center), and Ivonne Hernandez. ence. Partway Photo: Cyndie Knorr, Regina through, Ivonne did some tap-dancing while Patti and Rodney accompanied her on their fiddles. Following their performance at around quarter to six, Emcee Freddie Pelletier and Festival volunteers made draws for several prizes donated by sponsors. The final phase of competition was the Saskatchewan Championship, which started with the Sask. Senior Class. Harold Anderson was up first, followed by Rudy Szakacs. Winner: Rudy Szakacs. Celine Hounjet and Raymond SK Senior Class Champ, Knorr went next as they com- Rudy Szakacs. Photo: Cyndie Knorr, Regina peted for the Sask. Junior Championship title. Winner: Raymond Knorr. In the Sask. Grand Championship, the competition rules changed a bit. Previously, competitors were to play three short selections of music – a jig, a waltz and another style of their choice. The Grand Championship contestants James Steele and Celeste Smith now had to add on a fourth tune of their choice, which was neither a jig nor a waltz, but one that fits in with the traditional fiddle style. SK Junior Class Champ, Winner: James Steele. Raymond Knorr. The Traditional ChampiPhoto: Cyndie Knorr, Regina onship was the last category of the weekend and there were three contestants (four, but Jim Maddock wasn’t there). In this category, fiddlers were to keep time by tapping along with their foot or feet. Walter Kuzyk played first, tapping with his right foot. Celeste Smith went next, using her left foot to keep time. Al Procyshyn played last and used both of his feet to keep time. Procyshyn’s choice

Hogne Midtboe/Vevle Raymond Knorr In the Twin Fiddling category, John Kovach from Canora, Each contestant played three short selections for the and Harold Anderson from Battleford, paired up. They were judges. followed by Charlie and Eric Smith of Allan, with Celeste Following the morning Govan Award competitions, every- on keyboard. When they were done, Jodie and Celeste Smith one stopped for a burger and fries lunch at the Rec Centre paired up while their dad accompanyed them on guitar. The lunch counter, manned by local volunteers. last twin fiddlers were Al Procyshyn and James Steele. WinThe afternoon started with guest entertainer Ivonne Her- ners: James Steele and Al Procyshyn. nandez performing a set of selections written by Canadian At around 3:30 in the afternoon, Norwegian fiddler and spemusicians as well as cial guest artist Hogne Midtsome jigs, accompanied boe/Vevle got up on stage for SK Grand Champ, James Steele. by Freddie Pelletier and a performance with his stepPhoto: Cyndie Knorr, Regina Trent Bruner. She fol- father Trent Bruner. Hogne lowed those up with Fes- played some tunes on the trawas the right one, as he won tival Waltz, a fiddle tune ditional Norwegain Hardanger the competition. that she used to previ- fiddle. The Hardanger fiddle Once they were done, ously play as a contestant is very similar to the violin, awards were handed out. at fiddle competitions. although it has eight strings Freddie welcomed all contesIvonne then switched it and thinner wood. Four of the tants up on stage to play along up a bit, tuning her fiddle strings are strung and played with Trent Bruner in a freeso it was out of tune for like a violin, while the other Guest artist, Ivonne Hernandez a French-Canadian song four strings resonate under Guest artist, SK Traditional Champ, for-all. It was in itself a festiAl Procyshyn. val of entertainment. An eveHangman’s Reel. She also did some toe-tapping to that same the influence of the top four, Hogne Midtboe/Vevle. Photo: Cyndie Knorr, Regina ning dance followed the day’s Photo: June Munroe, Nokomis tune, which sounded like a horse galloping. Next was a folk providing a pleasant haunting, tune from Quebec, where Ivonne mixed her professional fid- echo-like sound. The handmade instrument played by Hogne competitions, with music performed by Patti Lamoureux and dling with French lyrics – the first verse is a man asking a is valued at around $7000. One of the Norwegian fiddle songs friends. For video, visit: woman to dance, the second verse is the woman saying “yes”. Ivonne then did a swing tune called Kansas City Kitty. She noted that it was not normally a fiddle tune, but it’s a song she likes, so she ‘fiddlefied’ it. Freddie helped out with a couple of fine guitar solos during the song. Next, Ivonne played some Celtic tunes, Cape Breton-style, which she mentioned she loved doing, especially since she has travelled to the U.K. and Scotland area this past March and April. The There was a good turnout for this year’s festival, slightly larger than the 2009 turnout, and by all reports everyone had a good time and thoroughly last tune Ivonne played was enjoyed the two day event.

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Strasbourg Office 725-3030 Sizzle up your summer with ‘Summer Meltdown 2010’ at Angela’s Dance Academy from August 9 to 12. This summer school is open to all seasoned dancers from ages seven and older. Guest instructors: Elsa McKenzie and Jake Wagner. Classes offered in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, street jazz, musical theatre. For further information please call Angela Mayor at 725-4167 (home) or 7253710 (studio). Registration Deadline: July 15. Register early to ensure class placement! 33&35c If you would like to submit news, please contact us directly 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.

EDITOR Dear Editor: A celebration parallel to the ‘Oscars’ in the states, took place in the little town of Duval from July 2 to 4. The people responsible deserve tremendous credit for an event that will live in the lives of many, as one of the best celebrations they have taken part in. I lived in Duval for 30 years and coming back after 10 years, seeing so many familiar and dear faces, was one of the best days of my life. A huge bouquet to the people of Duval for hosting an event that won’t be forgotten. Irene Sowtis Regina, SK Irene is a former Duval news correspondent for Last Mountain Times.

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Sizzle up your summer with ‘Summer Meltdown 2010’ at Angela’s Dance Academy from August 9 to 12. This summer school is open to all seasoned dancers from ages seven and older. Guest instructors: Elsa McKenzie and Jake Wagner. Classes offered in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, street jazz, musical theatre. For further information please call Angela Mayor at 725-4167 (home) or 7253710 (studio). Registration Deadline: July 15. Register early to ensure class placement! 33&35c Spring/Fall Clean Up, also grass cutting in Strasbourg. Call Brian 725-4991 or 725-8283. 35-38p The community is saddened to hear of the passing of Fred Uhl of Regina, who had lived west of Strabourg for many years. Sympathy to his daughter Lorrie Andrews of Strasbourg and her siblings, as well as his brother and sisters and other family members who live in the Strasbourg community. __________________ Looking for some extra copies of this week’s newspaper? Pick some up at DiGer’s, or Last Mountain Times (Strasbourg) office!

Floyd and Cynthia Pieper celebrated 15 years in Strasbourg, as the owners of Bigway Foods, with a customer appreciation barbecue on July 7. Floyd serves up a burger to former employee, Brenda Kerth.

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July 27, 28, 29 • Summer Youth Program

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Sponsored by Strasbourg Rec Board Strasbourg Lions Den • 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon

Duval’s 100th Anniversary Celebration,

Ages 5-12 years - Call to register by July 23 to 725-3360. Any allergies must be noted. Parents will need to sign consent form first day of program. Free to all youth.

I would like to thank the Planning Committee for the wonderful job they did in hosting this memorable event.

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• Strasbourg Golf Course • Free to all youth • Shotgun start - 10:00 a.m. • Hot dog lunch • Prizes provided for all golfers For more information contact 725-3360

Hope you had a good laugh on your birthday, Katelyn!

The many hours of meetings and the attention to even the smallest detail resulted in a delightful weekend of fellowship and a trip down memory lane.

August 14 • Communities in Bloom As a community registered in Communities in Bloom come and tour some of the yards in Strasbourg. Meet at Town Office, 2:00 p.m. to begin tour. Refreshments served at final stop.

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Watch next week for more detailed schedule in Last Mountain Times and The Market Connection

TUESDAY, JULY 13, 2010


The curse of the Creeping Bellflower Creeping bellflower (Campanula rapunculoides) is a member of a large, varied and occasionally boisterous genus that contains a number of very attractive, desirable ornamental species. While creeping bellflower is unquestionably attractive, its desirability is another matter entirely. The species originates in Eurasia. How it arrived on the Prairies is unknown, but it was undoubtedly introduced by enthusiastic, if woefully misguided horticulturists who valued its toughness and prolific blooms over its less admirable qualities. And it is very tough, surviving the most brutal winters with insouciance, and tolerating a wide range of much less than ideal growing conditions. It is most often found in older neighbourhoods, though is by no means exclusive to these areas. Creeping bellflower, contrary to what the name might suggest, is a tall, upright perennial, growing anywhere

from 40 to 100 centimetres (16 to 40 inches) tall. The leaves are alternate and rather coarse-textured, with fine, irregular serrations along their margins. The shape changes depending on their position on the plant: relatively narrow on the upper growth, broader and more heart-shaped on the lower parts of the plant. If they are not growing in a lawn and being mowed regularly, they eventually produce stalks of slender purplish-blue bells, each about 2 to 2.5 centimetres (3/4 to 1 inch) long, formed from five, partially fused petals. The flowering stalk is one-sided and usually unbranched, and the plant may bloom sporadically from mid-summer through early autumn. The flowers mature to form small, spherical capsules, each containing a few seeds. Creeping bellflower can self-seed quite generously and should always be deadheaded after flowering. However, the primary method by which this spe-

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cies propagates is by means of its aggressively spreading, rhizomatous roots— the ‘creeping’ part of its common name. Personally, I think ‘creeping’ does it a gross injustice. Roving bellflower, another common name, much better reflects its true, rampant nature. The main rhizomes can become quite large, like pale, misshapen carrots. From deep underground, it can send out slender, spreading shoots for metres in all directions, which eventually give rise to a host of new plants above ground. You can easily dig out individual plants, but unless you eliminate the parent rhizome, it will just send up new shoots, and if you break up the rhizomes while excavating the plants, you may inadvertently propagate them. Careful digging may successfully control bellflower if there are only a few, isolated plants, but it is very difficult to eliminate a large, well established stand by this method. If you are willing to invest the time, you can try thickly mulching the affected area and zealously

New Governor General selected The Prime Minister’s Office announced last Thursday that David Johnston has been selected to become Canada’s new Governor General. His selection was approved by the Queen during her recent visit. Johnston’s appointment will become official on October 1 when current Governor General Michaëlle Jean’s term ends. Johnston is currently the president of the University of Waterloo. “He represents hard work, dedication, public service and humility,” the prime minister said in his statement announcing the appointment. “I am confident he will

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removing any bellflower shoot that emerges above ground until the rhizomes are literally starved to death — this requires considerable diligence and perhaps more than a single growing season. The simplest method requires the use of chemical herbicides, the best bet being a broad spectrum product like Roundup®, or similar glyphosate-based formulations. Of course, if the infested area is a lawn, this will take out your turf grass as well and require replanting. And even glyphosate is rarely a one-time cure. From my personal experience, a minimum of two blanket applications is required, about ten to fourteen days apart, with sometimes a third, spot treatment needed to eliminate particularly refractory specimens. You can try controlling it with a lawn-friendly herbicide, but creeping bellflower is resistant to 2,4-D and most other broadleaf herbicides registered for home use. Herbicides containing dicamba, such as Killex® and Weedout®, are some of the only selective herbicides that will

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continue to embody these traits in his new role as the Crown’s representative in Canada.” Johnston, 69, was born in Sudbury, Ontario. He is an expert in constitutional law and has served on numerous provincial and federal task forces and committees. The governor general is appointed by the Queen on the advice of the prime minister and acts as the Queen’s representative in Canada. The appointment term is five years and can be extended to seven.

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help manage creeping bellflower in home lawns without damaging the grass. Be aware that dicamba can be carried through the soil by water movement, and can cause serious injury or death to ornamentals and trees, so label instructions must be followed very carefully. When controlling perennial broadleaf weeds in lawns, it’s generally recommended

to apply the herbicide in late spring or early autumn. As with glyphosate-based products, repeat applications will likely be required, spaced about a week to ten days apart, as the roots send up new growth. When using any pesticide, always read and follow label instructions, and wear the appropriate protective clothing. Maureen Troesch

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A ‘little digger’ in danger After making the journey from their wintering grounds in Southern California and Mexico, the endangered Burrowing Owl will start to nest in the open prairie grasslands of Southern Saskatchewan. These stubby little birds of prey stand only about nine inches tall, have a mottled light and dark brown back and a tan or white belly. They are often characterized by their unusually long legs, white eyebrows and bright yellow eyes. Unlike many other owls, they have round heads with no ear tufts. These birds will nest in burrows under the prairie grasses throughout the summer before returning to the warmth of the South again this fall. Though their scientific name Athene cunicularia means ‘little diggers’, they will likely not dig their own burrows. Rather, the burrowing owls take over the abandoned burrows of prairie dogs, ground squirrels and badgers. They prey mainly on grasshoppers and other invertebrates, but also hunt for mice, voles, toads and snakes. Their burrows are often lined with cow manure to attract tasty insects, mask the owls’ scent to predators, regulate burrow temperature and drain excess moisture.

The female burrowing owl will lay her eggs in May and raise the young for a short period after hatching in June. Once they are developed enough for flight, the young will disperse to separate burrows away from the main burrow. This ensures that a burrow invasion by a predator will not eradicate the entire family. Apart from predatory threats, burrowing owl populations are negatively affected by agriculture and rural development projects that destroy their native habitat. They are often hit by cars on rural roads and are sometimes choked out of their burrows by pesticide spraying. Despite these things, it is not impossible for the owls to live and thrive near human populations. Cattle grazing in the native pastures where the owls live is actually a good thing for their population restoration! The owls prefer shorter, grazed grasses around their burrows so that they can watch for approaching predators. Nature Saskatchewan has been involved in helping the burrowing owls for over 23 years, but its success would have been impossible without the help of rural landowners and the public. The Operation Burrowing


Owl project signs voluntary agreements with participating landowners in an effort to preserve the native habitat of the species, while also using the land in a beneficial way for the landowner. Any person who knows of land where there has been a burrowing owl sighting is asked to call our toll-free Hoot Line at 1-800-667-HOOT (4668). Landowner information is completely confidential and never shared without permission. Nature Saskatchewan The Voice of Nature for Saskatchewan

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