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Volume 105, No 7
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Tuesday, December 13, 2011
CP Holiday Train stops in Strasbourg New owners
The Canadian Paciﬁc Holiday Train made a one hour stop in Strasbourg on Tuesday, December 6, long enough for Santa to make a quick visit with many of the local and area residents who turned out to greet the train and enjoy the entertainment offered. Shown above, a local youngster ran up to Santa to give a big hug of appreciation. “The goal of the Holiday Train is to collect food and money for local food banks and to raise awareness in the ﬁght against hunger. At each event, the Holiday Train provides a box car stage, a line up of great musical talents and a corporate contribution to the local food bank. The community, in turn, is encouraged to donate food and funds, all of which stays in the community,” a CP spokesman said. Since the program’s inception back in 1999, more than $5.6 million and over 2.45 million pounds of food has been collected in Canada and the United States. More photos and details on Page 10. -LMT staff
Court rules: Harper government broke the law A ruling issued in Winnipeg last Wednesday by Justice Douglas Campbell of the Federal Court of Canada, agreed with the Canadian Wheat Board that Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz broke the law when he failed to consult with the CWB board of directors and hold a vote among producers before taking steps to dismantle the single-desk marketing mandate of the CWB. “The change process is threatening and should be approached with caution,”
As of December 1, the Last Mountain Times weekly newspaper has changed ownership. The newspaper has been purchased by David and Linda Degenstien of Govan, SK. “The Last Mountain Times, and its sister publication The Market Connection, have been serving Nokomis, Strasbourg, the Last Mountain and central Saskatchewan areas since 1908, and I look forward to continuing the tradition of providing local and provincial news, interesting and entertaining information, and advertising services to the communities and businesses in this area,” new owner-publisher-editor David Degenstien said. “I am pleased to have my daughter Teri, as well as Stacy Kirk, Linda Lanigan, and Roberta Orban remain as staff members of the Last Mountain Times. Our experienced team will continue to produce an informative, communityfocused publication each week for the paper’s loyal readers and advertisers,” he added. David has more than thirty years of experience in the communication and marketing ﬁelds, having started his communications career in radio back in the early 1970’s. He has been working with Last Mountain Times as the Assistant Editor since June of 2007. The newspaper will maintain its administration and sales ofﬁce in Strasbourg, with production based out of its Nokomis ofﬁce. The Degenstiens purchased the Last Mountain Times from Lance and Vicki Cornwell, of Strasbourg. The Cornwells, who will continue to operate their other business interests in Strasbourg, bought the Last Mountain Times in March, 2007 from the previous long-time owners Lyle and Shirley Emmons of Nokomis.
Nokomis Chiefs vs Lanigan Pirates novice
the judge wrote in his decision. “Generally speaking, when advancing a signiﬁcant change to an established management scheme, the failure to provide a meaningful opportunity for dissenting voices to be heard and accommodated forces resort to legal means to have them heard. Had a meaningful consultative process been engaged to ﬁnd a solution which meets the concerns of the majority, the present legal action might not have been necessary.” Continued on page 4.
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On December 3, the Nokomis Chiefs novice team travelled to north to Lanigan to play a game against the Pirates. Keith Braun snapped this above photo as Chief’s goalie gets ready to block a shot from one of the Pirates. More photos on Sports Page (11).
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by I don’t like the idea of Holiday cards or Holiday trees. I’m a ﬁrm believer in “when in Rome do as the Romans do”. After all, what would be the fun if all countries were the same? Experiencing the differences in climate, scenery and cultures are the main reasons why we travel in the ﬁrst place. So what’s the point of turning our traditional Christmas into just another holiday? Whatever our religious beliefs, those of us who are now over the hill have memories the present generation will not have if we continue on the present course. No doubt commerce will see to it that Santa Claus survives, but in many European countries, the Christ Child was an important ﬁgure, in some actually being the person who brought gifts. Having emigrated from Germany in l929 with my parents (back in antiquity, that is) I was a ﬁrm believer in the Christ child, visualizing him as someone like Wee Willie Winkie, running around town in his nightgown. There was even an extra place set for him at the table, in case he should decide to drop in, which he never did of course. Children weren’t supposed to see him. We also had St. Nicholas, who became Santa Claus in Canada, and my father at our house. We didn’t have a ﬁreplace, so ‘Santa’ rang the doorbell, which my mother
always answered. I was nine years old (a slow developer, obviously) when it ﬁnally dawned on me that my father was never around when the bell rang. One of the nice things about those old fashioned Christmases was the fact that Visa and MasterCard hadn’t been invented yet. It never occurred to anyone to go into debt to give presents. Nobody asked “what do you want for Christmas?” Men were happy with a tie or handkerchiefs, women with a collar and cuff set or pincushion. The fun was in being together and opening parcels. Yes, those were the days. We’d have to ﬁnd a substitute for the hankies and pincushions, but maybe sanity will return some day and something like those days will come back. Martha can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out her new website online at www.marthamorgan.ca Disclaimer: the opinions expressed are those of the writer.
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News briefs Throne speech keeps election commitments Fulﬁlling its election commitments, living within its means and keeping the province moving forward – those are the principles outlined last week by the Saskatchewan government in the ﬁrst Throne Speech of its second term of ofﬁce. Premier Brad Wall said the Throne Speech outlines the government’s plan to keep the commitments it made in the recent provincial election campaign. Election commitments reconﬁrmed in the speech include: further improvements to Saskatchewan’s highways; improving the availability and affordability of housing; introducing a new Saskatchewan First-Time Homebuyers Tax Credit; increasing support for low-income seniors through the Seniors Income Plan; introducing a new Seniors Personal Care Home Beneﬁt; adding 2,000 new childcare spaces; improving support for persons with disabilities; improving access to health care services in rural communities;mimproving services for persons with diabetes; introducing a new $2,500 per year Community Rinks Affordability Grant. “These measures will keep our province moving forward and will make life more affordable for Saskatchewan people,” Wall said. “Most importantly, they are sustainable and will be achieved within a balanced budget.” The Throne Speech also outlined the government’s legislative priorities, which includes legislation to: strengthen the enforcement of maintenance orders; increase penalties for those who fail to pay ﬁnes; and strengthen the ability of corrections ofﬁcers to crack down on drug-related, gang-related and other illegal activity within our correctional institutions. The Opposition NDP said healthcare was an area woefully under-addressed in the Throne Speech. “The economy is strong enough to get those rural emergency rooms open and expand FAITH HOPE SINCERITY Find Them In Church
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Building permits high Construction in Saskatchewan continues to rise at a rapid pace according to the October building permit statistics released last week by Statistics Canada. Saskatchewan’s building permits are up by 22.4 per cent in October 2011 over October 2010, ten times higher than the national average of 2.2 per cent and the highest increase among the provinces. On a monthly basis, building permits were up 24.5 per cent October 2011 over September 2011, the third-highest best in the nation and more than double the 11.9 per cent increase recorded nationally. Highway Hotline upgraded The Highway Hotline has launched an upgraded Internet map that allows motorists to see road conditions from four cameras and to customize the information they want. The upgraded map shows the locations of national and provincial parks, border crossings, ferry crossings, road
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Nokomis News June Munroe 528-2951 Santa Day is Sunday, December 18 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the rec centre. Free skating, wiener roast and bonﬁre. See you there! 7c CORRECTION: In the December 6 issue of Last Mountain Times, the 1st place winners of the cribbage tournament were missed. Winners were Harry Hine and Lavern Sobus of Nokomis. Also, the ‘cribbage table’ photo should have gone with the Nokomis Seniors Christmas and birthday party article. Sorry for any confusion.
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Obituary Paul Shalapata Paul passed away peacefully at age 87 on November 22, 2011 at the Sunnybrook Veterans Wing after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. Dad was born on the family homestead in Nokomis, Saskatchewan in 1924 to Alexander and Anastasia Shalapata. Pre-deceased by Mary, his loving wife of 57 years, son Clarke and granddaughter Amanda as well as brothers Joe, Mike, Roy, Steve and sisters Julie and Tilly. Paul will be greatly missed by his children Paula (Bryon) Curt (Sheila), Sandra, Ian (Ilene) and Neil, as well as his grandchildren Jeremy (Jackie), Beth (Henry), Siobhan (John), Alex and Paul, and his great-grandchildren Mary Beth, Abby, Maddy, Clark, Hudson and MacLean. He is survived by his sisters Maria, Irene, Anne and Patricia, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Paul joined the Canadian Army in May 1943, ﬁrst with the Regina Riﬂes then as part of a reinforcement draft to the Canadian Scottish Regiment in Belgium in October of 1944. Dad served with the Canadian Provo Corps as part of the Allied Occupation Force in Germany until his discharge in August of 1946. Dad had a 42 year career in a job he loved with the Meteorological Services of the federal Ministry of Transportation and then the Ministry of the Environment. While posted to the Yukon in the 1950s, he also found time to serve as a Justice of the Peace and Coroner for the territory. He also served as a Sergeant in the Army Reserves (Militia) from 1962 to 1967 with the Loyal Edmonton Regiment, 18th Field Artillery, and the 48th Highlanders of Canada. Paul enjoyed many pastimes over the years, including hunting and curling, and had a passion for opera, gardening, and building from scratch anything from recycled materials. The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Williams and nurses Julie, Jan, Delores and May, of K2E, for the care they provided over the past two years. They would also like to thank their cousin Margret for the time she spent with Paul over many a lunch at Sunnybrook. A Memorial Visitation for friends and family took place at the R. S. Kane Funeral Home 6150 Young Street North York, on Saturday, November 26, 2011. Cremation followed. In lieu of ﬂowers, the family would ask that a donation be made to Sunnybrook’s McDermott House Canada palliative care unit at www.mcdermotthousecanada.org in Paul’s name.
Principal’s Message December is upon us and the holiday season is just a few short weeks away. The ﬁrst four months of the school year sure have gone by quickly. I would like to commend staff and students for their hard work over the past few months, as well as the parents for their willingness to support their kids in all school related activities that have gone on. Volleyball tournaments, the open house, the welcome back barbecue, the community lunch, and parent/teacher interviews were all very well attended. In addition, it sure was nice to see such a large turnout, 131 strong, to our recent public meeting in support of the hard work that the Review Committee is undertaking. The support for our small school is very evident. Everyone has something to be proud of as we are all testament to how a small school can work. With this being the last newsletter in 2011, I would like to wish everyone an enjoyable and restful holiday season. Be safe and keep warm. - Mr. Koenig Kindergarten, Grade 1 and 2 News Well, November was a very busy and productive month! On the 9th of November, we attended the Remembrance Day Service that was held in the gym. Local Legion members put on the service for us, and the older kids made a slideshow to watch that was very good. Parent/Teacher Interviews were also held this month and they went off without a hitch. Students and staff enjoyed a much needed extra-long weekend after that! On the 17th, Kerry Sather and David Mark came to the school to launch their new book, Bee Yourself. Students had the book read to them and then were able to ask questions. It was a very nice experience for the kids to get to see how Kerry and David took the book all the way from an idea to a published piece of work. Bee Yourself was added to our library and is the hot ticket book right now! Lastly, on November 22, the Grade 1 to 5 students traveled to Regina to watch the production, Robin Hood, at the Globe Theatre. It was a great play and everyone enjoyed themselves. The teachers always appreciate the drivers and parent volunteers! While the Kindergartens have not been ‘jet setting’ off to as many places as the 1-2’s, they have been busy working on their letters and numbers. They have been doing a lot of seasonal art work and have been spending some time working on joint projects with the 1-2’s. The Kindergartens are also quickly learning the ‘rules’ of the snow hill and how it is ﬁrst come, ﬁrst serve for the crazy carpets! All in all, November was a great month and December is shaping up to be as busy and as great! - Mrs. Hendry Grade 3, 4, and 5 News The month of December is now upon us! We’re all excited about some “cool” December activities. Keeping with tradition, the students have sketched their window designs and creatively painted their Christmas ideas for all to appreciate. We are also enjoying our novel study The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, as we discover how the worst kids in the history of the world can actually ﬁnd the true meaning of Christmas. We have just recently begun rehearsing for the Community Christmas program. Hopefully everyone will enjoy a ‘twist’ on Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol.
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Grade 6, 7, and 8 News November ﬂew by and I’m sure December will do the same! We enjoyed attending Agribition in Regina to watch Tylan and Chase compete in the High School Rodeo; it was fun watching the boys participate! It was nice of Ty’s mom, Kelly, to help explain the rules for rodeo events! In ELA, we read the novel The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I’ve never seen students as excited about reading a book as they were reading this one! We all enjoyed it very much and can hardly wait to read the next two books in the series. In Health, we continue to learn about relationships and how to differentiate healthy from unhealthy relationships. In Science we are learning about electricity. The students made wonderful glogs that can be found at the following link. http://motait.edu.glogster.com Check them out and see what your children have been doing! In Math, both the Grade 7’s and 8’s are learning about per cent. There will be Math exams early next week for both grades. Daegan is learning about very small numbers and how to multiply and divide decimals. Birthday wishes go out to Daegan on the 2nd and Nina on the 17th, and a very merry Christmas to all! - Mrs. Tait Greetings from Mrs. Stratton December is upon us again and what a fun-ﬁlled busy month it will be. There was a School and Community Lunch hosted by the Graduating Class of 2012 on December 1 in the school gym. There were 121 lunches sold. The Christmas Dinner Basket rafﬂe tickets will be on sale until December 19. Tickets are available at the school, Nokomis Credit Union, and Nokomis Co-op Hardware Store. The school will be bustling with activities and school work all month. Here is what we’ve been up to lately: The ELA A30 students are reading their ﬁction novel study The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence, and will be starting Unit Two part way through the month. ELA 20 students will be ﬁnishing up their novel study To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, while the ELA A10 students also ﬁnish up their non-ﬁction novel The Great Escape by Paul Brickhill and will be moving on to Unit Two midway through the month. ELA 9 is reading a ﬁction novel called The Pigman by Paul Zindel. History 30 students are working on Unit Two focusing on the time period after Confederation. Social 9 students are working on Unit Two: Change and learning about medieval society. Communication Media students are ﬁnishing up their video project called Investigative Study: What Makes Nokomis School Great? and Law 30 students will be starting Unit Two – Civil Law. On the Nokomis School website, on the right hand side, there is a new section for parents and students (Grade 9-12) called Coming Up In Class – updates about assignments and tests in Mrs. Stratton and Mr. Koenig’s classes. Check it out! I look forward to seeing everyone out for the upcoming events in the school and around the community! Take care on the break and have a wonderful Christmas holiday season! - Mrs. Stratton Yearbook We had a few glitches, but the yearbook is ﬁnally at the publisher, and should be here in the next couple of weeks. If you’re interested in a yearbook, please send a cheque for $25.00 made payable to Nokomis School SRC. The school appreciates your support.
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We really appreciate Rhonda and Gord Walker, Michele CruisePratchler, Jeff Edwards, Nina Moskal-Braun and Dale Knouse for transporting all of us to Regina to the Globe Theatre production of Robin Hood. I’d like to wish everyone a joyous holiday season as you spend time with family and friends. - Mrs. Koenig
Christmas Concert The Nokomis aSchool Christmas Concert and Community Carol Festival will take place at Nokomis Centennial Hall will be held this month. Come out and enjoy some great Christmas singing, acting, and piano playing. Food Bank Donations The school will once again be accepting donations to the food bank. Students are encouraged to bring food items to the school and place them under the Christmas tree that will be set up in the hallway. We will then look after delivery to the food bank. The support is appreciated. Christmas Dinner The staff will once again sponsor and prepare a Christmas dinner for all students, at a later date this month. Students will enjoy a turkey dinner with all the ﬁxings at lunch hour. Semester Exams and Report Cards Semester classes for the high school end in the week of January 2327. Exam week will commence on Tuesday, January 24. Semester 2 begins on Monday, January 30. Term 2 report cards for Grades 6-12 will go out on Wednesday, February 1. Term 2 report cards will go out in early March for Kindergarten to Grade 5. We would like to thank everyone who came out and helped support our graduation by attending the community lunch on December 1. It was a huge success with 121 lunches sold. Your support is greatly appreciated! Thank you, Nokomis 2012 Graduation Class
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Another pioneer passes on Eric Jeschke came into the Last Mountain Times ofﬁce in Nokomis last week, as he has been known to do, for a chat and a few jibes about newspaper content, and other issues of the day. During the discussion, Eric noted that his elderly aunt, Mary Nunn (formerly Penner) had passed away in early October at the age of 96 in a nursing home in St. Catherines, Ontario. After a somewhat confusing and inconclusive discussion about how a man Eric’s age could have an aunt that old, Eric shared a few more details with us. He recalls that Mary Penner was born three-quarters of a mile northwest of Nokomis to pioneers Martha and John Penner ...on the quarter section currently owned by Beeler Farms. He added that she moved off to Ontario in her late teens after attending Nokomis School, and later married a trucking company fellow named Ira Nunn. Eric says Mary’s sister Ruth is still living, as is her son Ron, along with other nephews Alfred Jeschke in Nokomis, Arnold Jeschke in Oregon, and Dr. Ronald Jeschke in Costa Rica. It’s always nice to remember the pioneers of the area, and we appreciate Eric bringing this information to our readers’ attention. -Editor
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Court rules: Harper government broke the law continued from front page The chair of the CWB’s farmer-controlled board of directors is calling on the federal government to respect the federal court’s ruling that the Minister acted illegally in denying Prairie farmers a vote on the CWB. “We call on Minister Ritz to comply with the spirit of this ruling and immediately cease actions that would strip away Prairie farmers’ single-desk marketing system without ﬁrst allowing a vote by affected producers,” Allen Oberg said from Ottawa, where he was preparing to address a Senate commit-
tee, asking senators to halt passage of Bill C-18. The legislation, if passed, would enable the government to dismantle the CWB single desk for western Canadian wheat and barley, without ﬁrst having held a producer plebiscite as required under Section 47.1 of the Canadian Wheat Board Act. “The Minister now needs to do the right thing, obey the law and hold a vote – as he should have done from the beginning,” Oberg added. Liberal Deputy Leader and former Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board Ralph Goodale had the following reaction to the
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court’s ruling: “We have said time and time again that Prairie grain farmers must be permitted to decide the future of the Canadian Wheat Board, a farmer-controlled, $6-billion business, and this judgement conﬁrms that fact. The Conservative government must respect this ruling, immediately halt consideration of Bill C-18 in the Senate, and commit that any future legislation involving the CWB will be done in a manner that respects the government’s legal obligations.” A federal government spokesman indicated that the government plans to appeal the court ruling.
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SCORING LEADERS NAME TEAM GP G A PTS Steven Dasilva Dav 8 13 22 35 Josh Sim Dav 8 12 18 30 Derek Allan Dav 8 9 17 26 Carter Smith Dav 8 12 12 24 Zach Sim Dav 7 4 15 19 Chris Babiy Dav 8 7 9 16 Dean Beuker Lan 8 6 10 16 Evan Bryksa Lan 6 4 5 9 Josh Richardson Dav 7 4 5 9 Chad Bartel Drk 5 2 7 9 GOAL TENDERS NAME TEAM M/P GA Trevor Bergen Drk 60 3 David Spooner Drk 428 25 Brady Wilner Dav 147 10 Matt Shenher Nok 367 27 Adam Isherwood Wat 170 13 Mark Zoerb Dav 314 24
Avg 3.00 3.50 4.08 4.41 4.59 4.59
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Little Miss (Jolene) Higgins visited Nokomis School on Wednesday, November 30, so the students could help her write the lyrics for her newest song! All the students gathered in the library and Jolene had them write responses to ﬁve prompts. The students only had a few minutes before moving on to the next prompt. They were then asked to think about the sounds, smells, sights and feelings that went with one response and elaborated on it to create a poem. It was great to see them engaged in the activity and to be part of the song writing process. Jolene took all the ideas and will use them to create a song! Jolene plans on returning to the school to have some of the students once again participate by singing parts of the song. Lisa Bart has agreed to use her talent and do the recording. The students eagerly look forward to the end result, but know it is a time consuming process, and will wait patiently. -submitted by Maureen Tait
on this day in history
December 13, 1905 Walter Scott leads the Liberal Party to victory in the ﬁrst Saskatchewan provincial election, winning 17 out of 25 seats.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2011
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SaskPower reminds customers to warm their homes safely this winter As the weather turns colder throughout Saskatchewan, SaskPower is reminding customers to have a licensed gas contractor check their furnaces, chimneys and gas ﬁreplaces. “Poorly maintained gas appliances can lead to malfunctions that release carbon monoxide, an odourless, colourless, tasteless and potentially deadly gas. But annual maintenance is often overlooked as the ﬁrst line of defense in preventing carbon monoxide poisoning,” said Robert Watson, SaskPower President and Chief Executive Ofﬁcer. “Carbon monoxide detectors, while a good safety back-up, are not a proper substitute for regular maintenance,” Watson said. “They may help you feel secure because they can alert you to danger, but they do not replace your responsibility in maintaining a safe home.” To stay safe and warm this winter season, SaskPower urges customers to keep the following safety tips in mind: • Once a year, have a licensed gas contractor check your gas appliances. Find one in the Yellow Pages under Heating Contractors. • Have them show you how to check your chimney and side wall vents yourself. Check them monthly for snow and ice build-up that can result in blockages. • If you remove the glass screen from an indoor gas ﬁreplace for cleaning, be sure that it seals tight against the gaskets when replacing it. • If everyone in the home is suffering ﬂu-like symptoms, or your carbon monoxide detector alarms while someone is experiencing symptoms, ensure everyone moves to a safe location outside of your home and phone 9-1-1. For more information on preventing carbon monoxide poisoning, and to view videos on how to safely clean your gas ﬁreplace and furnace exhaust vents, visit saskpower.com
Oldest Holocaust survivor
Enhanced support for people with diabetes The Saskatchewan government announced last week that two long-acting insulins will be moved from Exception Drug Status listing to full formulary listing, and the insulin pump program will be expanded to cover residents up to the age of 25. Effective immediately, patients do not need to meet any medical criteria to receive coverage for Lantus and Levemir. The amount a patient will pay for their insulin will be determined by their level of coverage under the Drug Plan. Currently, only children under the age of 18 with type 1 diabetes are covered under the Children’s Insulin Pump Program. Starting January 1, 2012, the new Saskatchewan Insulin Pump Program will expand its coverage to include young type 1 diabetic adults 25 years of age and under. The Saskatchewan Insulin Pump Program will cover insulin pumps up to $6,300 and also help patients with the cost of insulin pump supplies, which cost approximately $250 per month. Insulin pumps regulate blood sugar levels by delivering insulin at a steady rate. This in turn helps to prevent manylong-term complications associated with
diabetes, such as stroke, kidney failure, heart disease, blindness and amputation. “Increasing access to longlasting insulins, as well as expanding insulin pump coverage, are two strong moves in the right direction for the more than 75,000 Saskatchewan residents living with diabetes,” Canadian Diabetes Association in Saskatchewan Regional Director Warren Wagner said. It is estimated these changes will cost the government approximately $2.5 million annually. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in Saskatchewan.
Alice Herz-Sommer, the renowned Czech pianist and the oldest known survivor of the Holocaust and the Theresienstadt (Terezin) concentration camp, celebrated her 108th birthday on November 22. To honour her extra-ordinary life, a video archive has been released of Herz-Sommer’s ﬁrst-hand experiences at Theresienstadt and how music helped her survive. The video stories are available free of charge for everyone to view at http://webofstories.com. The Theresienstadt camp opened on November 24, 1941 and operated for three-and-a-half years, serving as a transit camp for Czech Jews who were artistically and culturally talented. It was used in a propaganda function as a ’show camp’ for the Germans to justify to the rest of the world the deportation or re-settlement of Jews from Germany to the east. In reality, it served as a ghetto, a concentration camp and a holding bank for Jews before their deportation to killing centres in Eastern Europe. Four years ago, at the age of 104, Herz-Sommer published a book called A Garden of Eden in Hell, where she recalls her time in Theresienstadt and how she was forced to play over a hundred concerts inside the concentration camp. Despite the terrible atrocities she and her family not only witnessed but also endured, she still maintains that the Nazis were ‘only human’.
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HILL Greg and Breeanna are pleased to announce the birth of their son Emmett Gregory Hill. Emmett was born on September 13, 2011 weighing 7 lbs. 7 ozs., and was 21-3/4 inches long. Proud grandparents are Ina Hill and Debbie and Fred Kelln.
Enjoyable evening at Duval Turkey Bingo
Turkey Bingo was held Friday, December 2 at 7:00 p.m. at Duval Hall. There was a trip rafﬂe draw and many $1.00 rafﬂes. Proceeds went to community projects and youth programs. The event was Sponsored by Duval Optimist Photo by June Munroe. Club.
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Strasbourg News Phone 725-3030 Strasbourg Adult Day Program will once again be making large Christmas baking trays. Deadline to order: December 14. Trays: $22.00 each. Our annual Open House December 20, 11:00 - 4:00 p.m. where you may come to pick up your trays and visit. We will have dainties and cider. Delivery available in Strasbourg. Christmas wrapping also available for a donation. Christine 725-3499, Bev 520-7709, Andrew 725-8227. 7c Register now! ‘Christmas is for Kids,’ Wednesday, December 14 at Strasbourg Tiny Tots and Helping Hands Day Care. Visit from Blossom the Clown, decorate homemade cookies, many more fun and educational activities! $10.00/day drop. Call 7253321. 7c Irene Schultz turns 85 this year. Her children invite you to join them for a Come and Go Tea in her honour December 17, 2011 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Queen Victoria Estates, 2025 Heseltine Road, Regina SK. Your presence is your gift. 7p
Christmas Food Hampers are being assembled again this year by the Ministerial Association. Donations gratefully received at local grocery stores. If you would appreciate receiving a hamper please speak to any one of the Strasbourg Pastors by December 18. 6-7c LMPH Foundation Board, join us for ‘First Day of Winter Walk’ December 21. Meet at Strasbourg Rec Centre, 6:00 p.m. $10 registration call Carol 725-3360. Pick up pledge sheets at RBC or Afﬁnity CU, Strasbourg. Funds go towards LMPH projects. Donation receipts issued. 6-7c Christmas dinner will be served at 12:30 p.m., December 25 to anyone who spends Christmas day alone. For take out orders or a ride to Wildlife Hall in Strasbourg phone 725-4570. 7-8p Strasbourg Recreation Centre Free Family Boxing Day Skating at the rink December 26, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. No sticks or pucks, everyone welcome to come out and skate. 7-8c
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Christmas Worship Schedule St. John - Norrona Lutheran Parish Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Services at St. John 4:00 p.m. Early Candlelight Service with Communion 7:30 p.m. Late Candlelight Service with Communion
Dec. 25 Christmas Day Service at Norrona 10:00 a.m. Regular Service with Communion
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Derwood Aden Gieb Derwood passed away on Thursday, November 24, 2011 at the age of 71 years; beloved husband of the late Regina Gieb. Left to cherish his memory, his daughter Terrylynn (Gerry) Harpell and family; son Dale (Donna) Miller and family; sister Velma (Bob) Gustavson and special friend Joyce Wagner and family. Derwood, was predeceased by his wife Regina, an infant son, his father Frank Gieb, mother and stepfather Violet and Caswell Glendinning, and in-laws Peter and Katherine Miller. Derwood was born on July 16, 1940 in Strasbourg. Growing up he attended school, played hockey and was part of a small band. He moved to Medicine Hat, AB and worked for a plumbing company. He met and married Regina Miller and together they raised two children, Terrylynn (Gerry) Harpell and Dale (Donna) Miller. He was fond of gardening, camping, ﬁshing, golﬁng and curling and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren were special to him. A celebration of Derwood’s life was held on Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. in the Strasbourg Memorial Hall. A private interment will take place at Hillside Cemetery in Medicine Hat, AB. Funeral arrangements by Hansen’s Funeral Home in Strasbourg. Carol Gorrill ofﬁciated.
Maroons on a roll! After many years, the bick, Eric Schultz and Anton Strasbourg Maroons Senior Skulski. Also Derek Back, Hockey Club have a ﬁrst Kurtis Decker and Linden place standing in the High- Wilcock, have family and way Hockey League. The lots of relatives in the StrasMaroons are in top spot with bourg area to cheer them a 5-0-0 record as of Decem- on as a Maroon. Scot Sauer ber 8. Goalie Tyler Kifferling leads the ...the team have the top league with ﬁve wins. The Strasbourg Ma- power play in the league roons have a long his- and are second as the tory with the Highway least penalized team... Hockey League. Only a few years back, the team folded for a couple of and Tyler Kifferling from years, and then entered the the Earl Grey/Southey area Long Lake Hockey League played in the Southey Minor for a couple of years. This is Hockey system. Along with now their second season back Kodman, the team also inin the Highway League. cludes Rob Beaudry, Quinn Along with the ﬁrst place MacIntosh and Daryl Knaus. standing, Neil Kodman and The longest serving Maroon Brady Heintz from the Ma- on the team is Larry Dohm. roons are second and third in All these players, who scoring. The team have the have chosen to play for the top power play in the league Maroons Senior Team, have and are second as the least had a big impact on the atpenalized team. tendance at the senior games This year’s Maroons have this year. Come out to the added a few new players and rink to watch great hockey the team is coached by Gar- and cheer your local team net Hubick, assisted by Dar- on! rell Orban and Hugh Heintz, -LMT staff with Ron Hilderman as manager. It is nice to have ‘local players’ who had played in the Strasbourg Minor Hockey system: Brady Heintz, Tyson Orban, Chris Cardiff, Garret Johnson, Shay Wirll, Larry Dohm, Trent Hilderman, Owen Schnell, Mitchell Myers, Evan Myers, Lloyd Hodgins, Dillan Hu-
Last Mountain Minor Last Mountain Minor Hockey League Hockey League Standings as of December 5, 2011
STANDINGS ATOM TEAM Raymore Lanigan Watrous 2 Humboldt VicCo 1 Strasbourg ViCo 2 Watrous 1
G 6 3 4 3 3 2 2 3
W 4 3 2 2 1 0 0 0
L 1 0 1 1 2 2 2 3
PEE WEE TEAM Humboldt Strasbourg Watrous Lanigan Raymore Viscount
G 5 6 3 4 4 4
W 3 2 2 1 1 0
L 0 1 0 2 2 4
T PTS 2 8 3 7 1 5 1 3 1 3 0 0
L 0 1 1 3 1 2 5 3 3 3
T PTS 2 12 1 9 1 9 2 6 1 5 0 4 1 3 2 2 0 2 0 2
L 0 1 1 4 5 2 2 2
T PTS 2 10 1 9 1 9 0 4 2 4 1 3 1 3 2 2
BANTAM TEAM Wynyard Strasbourg Foam Lake Kelvington Humboldt Lake Lenore Wadena Watrous Lanigan Muenster
G 7 6 6 7 4 4 7 5 4 4
W 5 4 4 2 2 2 1 0 1 1
T PTS 1 9 0 6 1 5 0 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
MIDGET TEAM Watrous Drake Wynyard Lanigan Wadena Kenaston Muenster Humboldt
G 6 6 6 6 8 4 4 4
W 4 4 4 2 1 1 1 0
Standings as of December 5, 2011 TEAM W Strasbourg 5 Cupar 4 Raymore 4 Wynyard 4 Southey 2 Avonlea 2 Lumsden 1 Bethune 0
L 0 0 2 3 2 3 3 6
OTL 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0
PTS 10 9 8 8 5 4 3 0
SCORING LEADERS NAME
TEAM GP G A PTS
Bryan Kauk Neil Kodman Brady Heintz Aaron Lindal Todd MacMurchy Tyrell Shulko Dallas Thiessen Kellen Sillinger Josh Jordan Derek Back Mike Kesserling Kevin Falloon
Wyn Str Str Wyn Ray Ray Ray Avon Ray Str Wyn Wyn
7 5 5 7 5 6 6 5 6 4 6 6
12 7 8 5 6 6 4 4 4 5 8 5
16 13 10 12 8 8 8 7 7 5 2 5
28 20 18 17 14 14 12 11 11 10 10 10
GOAL TENDING LEADERS NAME TEAM GA MP AVG Jamie Wutke Cup 2 120 1.00 Warren Niekamp Cup 10 181 3.31Nathan Fischl Ray 17 300 3.40 Tyler Kifferling Str 22 300 4.40 Ryan Senft Sou 19 241 4.74 Justin Mrazek Avon 24 299 4.82 Trevor Thiessen Lum 13 156 5.02 Ryan Seibel Beth 28 300 5.60
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St. Rita’s Catholic Church in Strasbourg holds a beautiful grand opening On the evening of Saturday, November 26, 2011, St. Rita’s Roman Catholic Church in Strasbourg, held its grand opening. The Very Reverend Father Lorne Crozon, the Vicar General of the Diocese, was present to give the special blessing of the new church. Mass was con-celebrated by Father Lorne and Monseigneur Rey. Rose Fries did the readings, her last ofﬁcial service with the church before their move to Regina. All churches from the town
of Strasbourg were represented, and also many visitors from Southey’s St. James, and Cupar’s St. Patrick’s Catholic churches. The occasion was blessed by having visitors from the now decommissioned Sacred Heart Church in Lipton. They expressed their delight in seeing how alive and rejuvenated their old church building looked. Following the mass, everyone enjoyed fellowship and lunch.
WEEK OF DECEMBER 11 TO DECEMBER 17, 2011 BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: DECEMBER 12 – DIONNE WARWICK DECEMBER 13 – JAMIE FOXX ARIES Feel free to think about success, because you are heading towards some winning situations. That may come as a bit of a surprise to you, but just enjoy everything you achieve. TAURUS This week you might thing about moving. Weigh the pros and cons thoughtfully, and be particularly careful not to go into debt. That would be a big mistake for you. GEMINI This week teaches you to have more self-conﬁdence, especially in your emotional life. You might question yourself about several things, and you have every reason to do so. CANCER The inﬂuence of Mars brings you a lot of willpower. You are capable of better managing your professional life. You really want everything to be fair between yourself and others. LEO This week you will learn to concentrate on what is most important to you in your life. If you are married, your thoughts will be primarily focused on your marriage.
The santuary of St. Rita’s Catholic Church in Strasbourg before the grand opening on November 26.
The altar servers Natashia Apangchan (left), Vanessa Pratchler (back) and Kianna Hack, enter the church, followed by the Celebrants.
VIRGO You are on the verge of better understanding what is happening around you. You know how to bring serenity to your working environment. You don’t like it when others act unfairly towards you. LIBRA This week brings you some magniﬁcent things. You are close to really understanding what is essential in your life. You deeply love the people who share your need to improve things. SCORPIO This week gives you a lot of emotional strength and a strong sense of your values. You won’t want to waste your time in dead-end situations. SAGITTARIUS The Sun causes you to be very realistic about yourself and other people, although you still see the good in others. This helps you to live a better life. Know that you are appreciated.
Priest of St. Rita’s Catholic Church, Father Rey assisted during the service.
Lighting of the charcoal for the incense by Bobbi Racette (left) and Roberta Orban.
CAPRICORN This week gives you lots of energy where your friendships are concerned. You might be called on to talk about and do things that will be useful to others. If you feel panicked by this, just breathe and relax. AQUARIUS You will be able to assert your inner self and this gives you the power to act. Don’t be negligent in any way, as this would be a mistake. PISCES This week you will have a great opportunity to experience success. You might see some projects from the past come back into your life. This will be great for you.
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The commissioning of the new sacramentary by Very Rev. Lorne Crozon.
The Consecration of the Bread and Wine.
$10 million for breast cancer research and projects The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Prairies/NWT Region has announced the funding of 36 research and community projects. Totaling $10 million, the funds support initiatives in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Northwest Territories. Of the funding total, over $8.3 million was allocated to support 24 research grants, seven in Saskatchewan. An additional $1.7 million was awarded through the Region’s Community and Opportunity grants streams to support the delivery of education and awareness projects across the Region. “Every donor, volunteer, individual and community or corporate partner who chooses to support the Region in the search for a brighter future free of breast cancer is responsible for this record funding success,” says Trish Bronsch, CEO Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - Prairies/NWT Region. The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Prairies/NWT Region has a structured allocations program, inviting applications for its two distinct grant programs: Research and Community. Impartial, expert peer reviews thoroughly evaluate, rate and rank the proposals against standardized criteria in both grant programs. Researchers with the University of Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Cancer Agency have been particularly successful this year, securing seven of the 24 grants funded this year, totaling close to $2.5 million.
The Grand Prize Winner $1200.00 cash Allan Krentz Early Bird Winners of $100.00: Grace Hoﬀman • Rhonda Schulz
Wayne Hilderman • Jane Campbell • Holly Buzila Darrel Dutchak • Barb Griﬃn • Darrell Orban Barb Griﬃn • Sharon Jauck • Scott Royan Matthew Hilderman, Thad & Macy Haliday Austin Erhardt • Brian Flavel • Emogene Hilderman Marion Riess • Sylvia Paluck • Marian Magel Trina & Gord Dayman • Myrana & Lyle Mohr Elinor Belcourt • Darrell Orban
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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2011
Commentary More common sense is needed in our schools
Safety ﬁrst, common sense last. That seems to be the motto when it comes to public schools these days. Earlier this month, the principal of a Public School in Toronto sent a letter to parents informing them that hard balls such as soccer balls, volleyballs, tennis balls, and footballs were now banned from school property. “Any balls brought will be conﬁscated and may be retrieved by parents from the ofﬁce. The only kind of ball allowed with be nerf balls or sponge balls,” explained the letter. Although the principal’s decision is extreme, it is typical of the lack of common sense in public schools. Such an overarching emphasis on student safety makes little allowance for any activity that involves some level of risk and results in nonsensical decisions such as the one described above. The trend toward safer but blander school playgrounds reﬂects an obsession with safety. Most adults today probably remember playing on the merry-go-round and teeter totter when they attended school. Unfortunately, these devices have been removed from most playgrounds over concerns that they are too dangerous. Swings, slides, and monkey bars have not been spared. While they still remain at some schools, they have been redesigned to be safer and more boring. The exaggerated emphasis on safety has unhealthy consequences. A recent article by psychologists Ellen Sandseter and Leif Kennair argues that experiencing moderate levels of risk and danger helps children overcome their natural fears. These psychologists suggest that we can expect “an increased neuroticism or psychopathology in society if children are hindered from partaking in age adequate risky play.” There are legitimate health concerns. The focus on safety also affects what students may eat in school. Given the prevalence of allergies to peanuts among students, many schools have been declared “nut-free.” In these schools, parents are told to make sure their children do not bring to school lunches that contain peanuts or peanut products. While such rules can be frustrating for those who like peanut butter sandwiches, the life threatening nature of some nut allergies makes it understandable to enact this ban. However, the decision of a school board in London, Ontario, recently to also ban peanut butter substitutes is simply ridiculous. Although it tastes exactly like peanut butter, WowButter is a product developed by Hilton Soy Foods that has no peanuts in it. Nevertheless, the school board decided to ban WowButter from schools because students and teachers might mistake it for real peanut butter! It’s one thing to ban peanut products from a school out of a desire to protect allergic students from exposure to peanuts. It’s another thing entirely to ban a peanut-free product from the school just because it looks like peanut butter. This type of ban does nothing to make anyone safer and simply frustrates parents who want to provide healthy lunches for their children. While it would be nice if the situations I just described were merely isolated examples, the overemphasis on safety can be found at schools right across North America. The Manitoba government has joined in. It has expanded the scope of the Workplace Safety and Health Act so that it now applies to all school divisions in the province. As a result, every school division must establish a workplace health and safety committee with representation from each of its employee groups. At least four health and safety inspections of each workplace must take place every year. Along with their many other responsibilities, Manitoba school principals are now swamped in safety rules regulating everything from the proper placement of extension cords in classrooms to the use of microwaves during lunch. Apparently, students can no longer be trusted to do something as simple as heat up their own lunch in the microwave without an adult supervisor standing right next to them. There seems to be no end to examples of safety silliness. Some elementary schools in the United States have banned playing tag because students might get injured if they bump into each other. Even skipping ropes have been subjected to bans in some schools. When students aren’t allowed to kick a soccer ball, play a game of tag, heat their lunch in the microwave, or use a skipping rope, then we know that a safetyobsessed culture has gone off the rails. While safety is important, so is common sense. It’s time we bring some common sense back to our schools. - by Michael Zwaagstra, research associate with the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, and a Manitoba high school teacher Disclaimer: the opinions express are those of the writer.
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The Strasbourg & RM220 Fire Department’s ﬁreﬁghting equipment: (left to right) the Rescue / Command vehicle, the new tanker truck, and the pumper truck. Photo Credits: The Natural Look – Photography by Lavonne Gorrill
sessions at various locations around the province to which we try to send up to 6 members providing they need the courses offered at those times. And, the Saskatchewan Association of Fire Chiefs offers additional educational opportunities at the spring conference to which we will send 2 or 3 members depending on our member’s needs. We currently have 2 members taking the Fire Investigation training course from the Ofﬁce of the Commissioner. The ﬁre department does training in-house with the same curriculum as the SVFFA published by IFSTA (International Fire Service Training Association). Something new in the next several months will be training with the STARS air ambulance service that is coming to our province. As well, the Strasbourg & RM 220 Fire Department will be helping with the landing of the helicopters STARS uses by controlling the landing zone and any trafﬁc or people in the area in conjunction with the ambulance staff and RCMP.” As with most ﬁre departments, Strasbourg & RM 220 Fire Department’s primary job is ﬁre suppression, ﬁre investigation (with assistance of the Ofﬁce of the Commissioner as required), vehicle extrication or rescue (commonly referred to as “Jaws of Life” service) with a small amount of hazardous goods responses thrown into the mix. The area the Strasbourg & RM 220 Fire Department covers includes: Town of Strasbourg; R.M. of Mckillop #220; Village of Bulyea; Resort Village of Island View; Resort Village of Glen Harbour; Rowan’s Ravine Provincial Park; Collingwood Lakeshore Estates; Maple Grove; Sunset Resort; North Colesdale Park; Colesdale Park;Green Acres; Spring Bay; Gibb’s Beach; Mohr’s Beach; Shoreline Resort;Clearview Resort; Sorenson’s Beach; Heritage Valley; Sundale Resort; Alta Vista; Shore Acres; Uhl’s Bay; and R.M. of Last Mountain Valley #250 (south end). “We have mutual aid agreements with surrounding municipalities so that if a large event were to occur, we will respond to help each other because none of the municipalities are able to provide the equipment or man power for all possible situations,” Chief Grifﬁn said. When there is an emergency and 911 is called, members of the Strasbourg & RM 220 Fire Department are alerted simultaneously by a radio dispatcher based in Regina. Callers must give the dispatcher ALL the information; who, what, and where including a very speciﬁc street address or land location, or miles from a speciﬁc town. If you provide very good information you will receive a quicker response from all emergency services involved.
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The Strasbourg & RM 220 Fire Department has put its new water tanker into service for the beneﬁt of local ratepayers and contracted communities. “The truck is able to load water from a ﬁre hydrant, overhead ﬁll, dugout or slough that has sufﬁcient water, and can be used on its own in ﬁghting structure ﬁres as well as grass and stubble ﬁres. This tanker will provide us with improved water capacity, ease of operation and ﬁre ﬁghting capabilities, all with better overall safety for the ﬁre ﬁghters,” Fire Chief Ron Grifﬁn said. The new unit replaces a 1979 Ford tanker that was purchased in 1982 and has served the communities well over the years. The old truck was originally used in the Alberta oil patch and has been used locally to ﬁght many ﬁres, and has been modiﬁed several times to meet local needs as they have changed over time. “The new truck was built using speciﬁcations put together by a committee of ﬁve of our ﬁreﬁghters during a 2 year time frame. A great deal of time, reOne of the many corporate donations received by the De- search and planning went into partment came from Richardson Pioneer Ltd. In the photo this project with many long disabove, Glen Thompson is shown presenting their cheque cussions to try to meet the stanto Fire Chief Ron Grifﬁn. Ross Parkin is on the right. dards of today and anticipate our needs for the next 20 years or more,” Grifﬁn said. The truck was ordered in July of 2010 and took just over a year to build and deliver. The truck was built by Rosenbauer of America and purchased through Rocky Mountain Phoenix Emergency Vehicles of Red Deer, Alberta. Grifﬁn says the old Ford truck will be put up for tender in the near future and the proceeds from the sale will help pay for the new equipment. The new truck is located in the Village of Bulyea in the same location the outgoing truck has been since 1982. “We would like to take this opportunity to give our ratepayers a little insight into what their ﬁre department does and when and how we operate,” Grifﬁn continued. “Your Fire Department presently consists of 23 men, women and students from our local high school. These volunteers are everyone from farmers, self-employed people and employees from a wide variety of occupations. Meetings and training sessions take place on the second Thursday of every month with a couple extra dates for additional training. The Saskatchewan Volunteer Fire Fighter’s Association (SVFFA) also provides spring and fall training
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PIER addresses housing shortages The Prairie Innovation Enterprise Region (PIER) is about to launch Phase II of an initiative aimed at addressing housing shortages within the Region. Phase I was funded through the federal Community Development Program and resulted in an Industry Housing Tool Kit that assists industry in their preparation of housing business plans aimed at alleviating employee housing shortages. Phase II has three components: a) apply the Tool Kit to industry within the PIER region, b) develop a regional needs/demand assessment that includes all segments of housing, and c) develop a business plan for a ﬁnancial management mechanism that will deliver housing projects and allow communities and industry to invest in housing at ‘arms length’. Signiﬁcant private sector investment in resources, agriculture and manufacturing within the PIER region are forecasted. “This will generate new jobs and additional private sector spending, and result in incremental demand for housing. We have listened to industry and stakeholders within our region and have heard how they want to be involved in alleviating the housing shortages. This Regional Housing Initiative is a tailored made solution for the PIER Region,” said PIER Board’s Interim Housing Committee Chair Islay Ehlert. Phase II is funded by the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation Summit Action Fund, Saskatchewan Economic Development Association, Enterprise Saskatchewan and PIER. The project will be conducted by McNair Business Development Inc. together with Associated Engineering and is scheduled for completion in May of 2012. PIER is a provincially established Enterprise Region and represents the diverse eco-
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by Gwen Randall-Young
Ashton Gorrill Bulyea School
When you think of family violence, you may think that this applies to other people for whom things get out of hand. But changing the world begins with changing ourselves, and so we may need to look at any aspects of ourselves which may be adding to the violence in the world. Most of us certainly do not think of ourselves as violent, but what happens if we look a little closer? The world ‘violence’ comes from the world ‘violate’. One of the definitions of ‘violate’ is ‘to treat with disrespect or contempt.’ It often happens in families, that things are said to family members which would never be said to friends or co-workers. Sometimes disrespect and contempt are expressed freely within families, and this may well be the root of family violence. Just because a person
is our child, parent or sibling, does that really give us the freedom to violate another human being? If we see family members as less deserving of respect than others, how is that different than mistreating any other member of society? Well, the way it is usually justified is by the belief that the other person’s behavior provoked our disrespect, that is, they deserve it. So the teenager can verbally abuse the parents because their rules are ridiculous, or the parents can speak with contempt to the child because they’ve told them the same thing so many times before. And so it goes that the person ‘made me angry’, and that’s why I said/did/thought the things I did. However, we can no longer bury our heads in the sand with this kind of logic. Because the next step is ‘she made me so mad that I hit her.’ So if we are serious about doing something about family violence, we must intervene at a much earlier stage in the process. Whether or not it escalates to physical violence is not the point. We cannot say that it’s O.K. to steal little things but not big things. Nor can we say that it’s O.K. to violate someone in some ways but not others,
or that it’s O.K. to violate some people but not others. If we violate our children, or if adults violate each other in the presence of children, then they are being taught violence. And if we truly want to end family violence, we must demonstrate daily, through our actions that it is not O.K. to violate other human beings, period. Not even when we’re angry. And if we are unable to communicate what we need, or to resolve issues in families without resorting to disrespect and contempt, we must do whatever it takes to learn how. This might mean taking a course, reading some books, going for counseling, or seeking spiritual guidance. So if the stories in the papers upset you, or the growing need for women’s shelters concern you at all, make a commitment to look at, and talk about the subtle ways that we may be condoning violence in families. Once we see it, we can begin to do something about it. Gwen Randall-Young is an author and award-winning Psychotherapist based out of Alberta. www.gwen.ca Disclaimer: the opinions expressed are those of the writer.
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CP Holiday Train stops in Strasbourg continued from front page
On December 3, Keith Braun of St. Brieux, SK, captured the above photo of a Snowy Owl along Highway 368 near Lake Lenore. Snowy owls measure between 51-69 cm and often winter in the grasslands and farmlands of Saskatchewan. Snowy Owls are active during the daytime, from dawn to dusk. They make short ﬂights, close to the ground, from perch to perch, and usually perch on the ground or a low post.
The CP Holiday Train was originally scheduled to make only a “whistle stop” in Strasbourg, however due to the large turnout, the crew made a quick decision to make a longer stop and provide a shorter version of the entertainment program they usually perform in larger centres. Canadian Paciﬁc’s Holiday Train Program began in 1999 with a handful of communities and a few lights on a freight train. Today, with its hundreds of thousands of festive lights and a live show featuring well known performers, it’s one of CP’s main ambassadors in working with communities in Canada and the United States and is the only fundraiser of its kind for food banks in North America. Since the program’s inception, more than $5.6 million and over 2.45 million pounds of food has been collected for local food banks in Canada and the United States.
A featured entertainer on the western Canada leg of Holiday Train is crowd pleasing legendary Canadian folk music performer Valdy. Through 40 years
of recording and touring, Valdy remains at the heart of Canada’s musical landscape. Many Canadians at home and abroad have grown up listening to his music and songs on
Easy to spot in the Holiday Train crowd with holiday antlers, staff from the Strasbourg Town Ofﬁce (left to right) Alison Steﬁuk, Sandy Frison and Nola Schulz enjoyed a quick visit with entertainer Valdy, as he mingled with the onlookers after ﬁnishing his stage performance.
the radio and on stage. Valdy remains a proliﬁc singer, musician and performer, best known for his early ‘70s hit song Play Me a Rock’n’Roll Song, which he performed for the gathering in Strasbourg. A master at weaving stories and tales of life, love and battles won and lost, he has performed his music in a dozen different countries, from Denmark to Australia. Valdy continues to play some 200 shows a year, including festivals, theatres and smaller shows. Another well-known Canadian performer at the Strasbourg event was Tracey Brown, a member of Canada’s most awarded country group, Family Brown. Over her career, Tracey Brown has released more than 20 albums and was nominated for a Juno as Best Country Female Vocalist in 1999. She and husband, Randall Prescott have been actively involved in the Holiday Train since 2004.
Photo by: The Natural Look – Photography by Lavonne Gorrill
2011 has been a special year and we would like to take this opportunity to thank: the Town of Strasbourg and R.M. of McKillop No. 220 councils for their support; the Truck Committee comprised of Glen Thompson, Greg Yung, Brian Gorrill, Darryl Kerr, Ron Griﬃn; and Ross Parkin our Fundraising Coordinator for their hard work and dedication.
Valdy and Tracey Brown entertain the crowd.
The ﬁre department wishes to give a special thanks to a great group of good corporate citizens who contributed both large and small: (in no speciﬁc order) The Natural Look – Photography by Lavonne Gorrill Tranquility Homes Fries Tallman Flaman Sales Jay’s Moving and Storage Ltd. Schulte Industries Ltd. FP Genetics Performance Marine & Leisure Manz’s Auctioneering Service Watrous Mainline Motors
Canadian Paciﬁc Railway Santana Realty Ltd. Tom Lukiwski Vipond Fire Protection Southey Motors The Richardson Foundation South Country Equipment Bulyea Coop Aﬃnity Credit Union – Strasbourg Aﬃnity Credit Union – Bulyea MG Construction and Millwork
Many local folks turned out to see the Holiday Train and listen to the entertainers.
Please remember to check your smoke detectors and have a plan in place for your families for when you have an emergency. Have a safe and wonderful Christmas seasoon.
-Strasbourg & RM 220 Fire Dept.
Valdy sang his 1970s hit Play Me a Rock ‘n’ Roll Song. -LMT Staff
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December 3 at Lanigan
Photos by Keith Braun.
How good is Crosby? We’ll ﬁnd out Can Sidney Crosby win the National Hockey League scoring title this year? Wow, what an accomplishment that would be, considering he missed the ﬁrst 20 games of the 82-game schedule amid suggestions he may miss the whole season, or – perish the thought – never play again. But there he was on November 21, back to his old swashbuckling self, skating circles, winning battles for the puck in the corners, bumping into opponents, taking a couple of hard hits and dominating the game as he did for half of last season when he racked up 66 points by early January and was running away with the scoring race. The Kid’s comeback game was spectacular: Crosby scored twice and set up two others against the Islanders. He was blanked in his second game, but then picked up three points in his third outing.
Through seven games, he had 12 points. Taking that average (1.714 points per game) for the remainder of the season (another 55 games) would leave Crosby with 106 points and an outside chance for the Pittsburgh Penguins’ superstar to win a scoring title. Toronto’s Phil Kessel and Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux, the NHL points leaders on the night of Crosby’s return, are on pace for around 105 points. Normally, expecting anyone to overcome a 30-point head start with one-quarter of the season gone would be foolhardy to suggest, but when you’re dealing with one of the game’s all-time greats – yes, Crosby truly belongs in the hockey stratosphere with Gretzky, Orr, Lemieux and Howe – anything is possible. Winning a scoring title in spite of missing 20 games would only add to The Kid’s legend. Wrote Michael Grange of Rogers Sportsnet: “He spent 11 months sidelined, waiting for
his clearly special brain to heal. Meanwhile, the hockey world was holding their own hopes for his safe return as dearly as a cup of arena hot chocolate on a cold morning. And now No. 87 was back. And Crosby, a great one, put on a show.” Hockey fans everywhere hope the show rolls on. A scoring title would be nice. A Stanley Cup would be wonderful. But a healthy Sid for the rest of the season, and beyond, would be the best hockey gift of all. • Headline at TheOnion.com: “NHL’s critics ﬁnd no evidence that penalty box reforms players.” • Found in Steve Harvey’s ‘Bottom Ten’: Actor Tim Allen, as the dad on the sitcom, ‘Last Man Standing’: “College is important. Without college there’d be no college football.” • Harvey again: “Ex-NFL QB Joe Kapp, age 73, knocked down former rival Angelo Mosca at a Canadian Football League annual alumni luncheon, then
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from the sidelines kicked him. Kapp is expected to be suspended from the next two annual alumni luncheons.” • R.J Currie of sportsdeke. com: “The posted speed limit on Ole Miss campus is 18 mph – the jersey number of ex-Rebels football great Archie Manning. Let’s be thankful Wayne Gretzky never played college hockey.” • Currie again: “Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will be out six weeks after breaking one of his thumbs. In a related story, the Broncos released Kyle Orton after six weeks of twiddling his.” • Question from a reader to Norman Chad of the Washington Post: “If the NBA season had been completely lost, would tattoo shop owners have been eligible for a federal bailout?” • Good question from Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times: “Three NHL coaches got ﬁred in three days, raising the question: In a sport with ice, do they call it a hot seat or a wet one?” • Comedy writer Alan Ray, on why Kris Humphries’ divorce from Kim Kardashian might take a while: “As a New Jersey Net, he’s not used to initiating a fast break.”
• Headline at Fark.com: “Superfan has worn a Colts shirt for the last 3,000 consecutive days. Still doesn’t stink as badly as the Colts.” • Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle: “The season will start with a televised triple-header on Christmas Day and because the NBA is sensitive to family issues, the actual Christmas holiday has been rescheduled for Feb. 19.” • Ostler again: “NBA players, like newborns, desperately need assistance. The typical NBA player has no clue how to check into a hotel. Tell a player, ‘You must get from your hotel to the arena on your own,’ and you are looking at Robinson Crusoe.” • Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel on the possibility NBA star Dwight Howard might leave the Magic and sign with the L.A. Clippers: “Geez, how humiliating would that be for Magic fans? Dwight bolting Orlando for the Clippers would be like your wife leaving you for Arnold Horshack.” • Janice Hough of leftcoastsportsbabe.com: “A windstorm in Northern California resulted in more than 20,000 residents
by Bruce Penton still being without power. On a brighter note, they were all named honourary San Francisco Giants.” • Hough again: “The Chicago Cubs are apparently in the running for Albert Pujols. Guess new GM Theo Epstein ﬁgures now that Pujols has a ring, he might want to spend more time with his family and have Octobers off.” • Headline at the onionsportsnetwork.com: “Rex Ryan Clothes Hundreds of Needy Children With Donation of Sweater Vest.” Care to comment? Email: email@example.com
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2012 SaskEnergy Hockey Day SaskEnergy has announced it will renew its commitment as title sponsor of the annual SaskEnergy Hockey Day in Saskatchewan this coming January. The ofﬁcial date set for the 5th annual province-wide event is January 21, 2012, where the City of Melville will be the host community. SaskEnergy Hockey Day in Saskatchewan is dedicated to celebrating and promoting the game of hockey throughout the Province while also serving to strengthen community rink spirit. The Saskatchewan Hockey Association (SHA) and SaskEnergy are encouraging all minor hockey associations to organize an event in their own community the weekend of January 20 - 22, for children and adults of all ages who share a passion for the game. The promotion provides associations a platform to fundraise and keep rinks thriving in Saskatchewan communities by making the local arena the main hub of activity for the weekend and generating local support. In the ﬁrst four years
of the event, host communities have raised a total of $250,000 to direct toward local rink improvement projects. SaskEnergy also announced the Western Hockey League (WHL) Youth Experience Contest is now open to receive applications. As part of the 2012 Hockey Day celebrations, SaskEnergy will send selected minor hockey teams to a WHL game in each of Saskatchewan’s WHL cities during the weekend activities. The WHL Youth Experience Contest has allowed more than 200 minor hockey players and coaches to attend live WHL action.
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Silton / Sask Beach / Kannata Valley News Mae Clarke • 729-3014 The Silton Recreation Board is hosting regular badminton two nights a week at the Silton Community Hall. Come out and join in the fun for a small fee. The Bulyea Curling Rink is now in full swing. The curling rink has a new look with a new carpet installed in the ice area. The mini cash spiel began December 6 and regular curling will begin the ﬁrst week in January. Early in the summer the Al Pinch family of Sask Beach donated a memorial bench for the park area at Sask Beach. As well, the Chapman family donated a memorial table and benches for the park. There were also community donations of cans/bottles as well as several private donations of bottles and cans. These funds were used to purchase two more tables and benches for the park at Sask Beach. Not being a resident of Sask Beach, these little things go unnoticed and I was pleased to hear that some small little donations such as this, can be put to such a good cause, good job! Just so you are aware, there is also a group of volunteers at Sask Beach who are First Responders in an emergency situation. With many older residents in the area, and permanent residents as well, it is helpful to know that during an medical emergency, dial 911 and the EMS will dispatch an ambulance and local First Responders. These people are all trained and equipped with a specialized ﬁrst-aid and oxygen unit. Sask Beach also has a deﬁbrillator for use in case of cardiac arrest. The Regina Training Centre of St. John Ambulance is urging people to sign up for training as First Responders. There is a desperate need for this, especially in rural areas such as ours. If you are willing and want to be of some assistance in an emergency this would be a great opportunity for you, prior to the arrival of the ambulance, which in some cases (weather permitting, etc.), can be a signiﬁcant amount of time. Patty Coons, a resident of the area is a contact person if you are interested and wish to become a First Responder. Your assistance would be very much appreciated. Also, the Silton Fire Department welcomes any young capable bodies who would like to volunteer their time in case of a ﬁre. There are several volunteers on the ﬁre department, however, several are older retired fellas, and we do
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need to get the younger fellas involved in case of emergencies. Steve Wallace, ﬁre chief for the Silton Fire department, tries to meet monthly at the Silton Fire Hall, so, if you wish to lend a handle and get involved, Steve Wallace would greatly appreciate your call. We all know this past spring was very disastrous to many properties on the waterfront, not only personally, but as well, the municipal reserve areas for both villages of Sask Beach and Kannata Valley. With the beautiful weather there has been bank and shoreline repair done at Sask Beach and is being done at Kannata Valley as we speak. This has been a huge expense for both beaches, however, a very necessary project to help with erosion control and to try and save the areas from further erosion next spring. We understand the water levels are not going to be much different from the past spring so prepare now, just in case. We trust everyone is enjoying our nice weather and all the Christmas parties. Drive carefully and stay safe. Remember the village speed limits at the beaches is 30 km and with the streets so icy, at times that is too fast, so be careful and let’s keep our community accident free. Get your shopping done and your gifts wrapped as there are only a few more days before Santa arrives. Until next week, enjoy and be happy!
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SAUER Danny & Heidi Sauer of Earl Grey, along with big sister Karlee Rae, are pleased to announce the arrival of Jaxon Ty. Jaxon was born on July 11, 2011. He weighed 9 lbs, 9 ozs. and was 20-3/4 inches long. Proud grandparents are Don & Cathy Sauer and Kevin & Marla Moulton, all of Earl Grey.
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As we come to the end of our journey with Last Mountain Times, we gratefully acknowledge the dedication, creativity and skill of our staﬀ: Stacy Kirk, Teri Degenstien, Linda Lanigan, Roberta Orban, Lynn Sonmor and Dave Degenstien. Your talents and resourcefulness have enabled us to grow and develop Last Mountain Times over the past ﬁve years – we will miss working with you! Thanks also to our labeller-sorters: Alyson Edwards, Laura Edwards, Dane Fichter and Julia Edwards - your enthusiasm and work ethics are to be admired. Our appreciation to our community correspondents: Mae Clarke, Corri Gorrill, June Munroe, Barb Sentes and Dorothy Wolter; and to the many contributors of columns, photographs and regular news items. Your submissions allow Last Mountain Times to cover a wide variety of topics of interest to our diverse readership. To our readers and advertisers we say a heartfelt thanks for your ongoing support and encouragement. We hope you have enjoyed reading Last Mountain Times as much as we have enjoyed producing it for you. We wish new owners Dave and Linda Degenstien all the best, and hope you will continue to support them and your local newspaper into the future. Vicki & Lance Cornwell
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RCMP report Contraband Cigarette Seizure and Charges On November 28 charges were laid against a Moose Jaw man, as well as a man and woman from the Mortlach District under the Tobacco Tax Act as well as the Excise Act, 2001. The charges were laid as a result of a long term investigation into the possession and distribution of contraband cigarettes in Moose Jaw. Police say contraband cigarettes were being sold by a man from a residence in Moose Jaw.
On Wednesday, September 21, members of the Regina Border Integrity Section assisted by the Saskatoon Border Integrity Section and investigators with the Moose Jaw Police Service, Moose Jaw Detachment of the RCMP, and the Provincial Revenue Enforcement Unit, conducted searches of a residence in Moose Jaw and a farm located in the Mortlach district. A total of 214,932 cigarettes were seized, as well as a truck and trailer used to haul the contraband. The individuals charged are Calvin Turner, 60 of Moose Jaw, and Lori Herbert, 51 and Lional Herbert, 51 of the Mortlach District. The ﬁrst Court appearance for all three accused is on December 21, at Moose Jaw Provincial Court.
Attempted Break and Enter The Lumsden RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in locating the persons responsible for the attempted break in at a business located on Highway 20 in Craven. A call was received at 3:10 a.m. on December 4 advising of an intrusion alarm at the business. Upon arrival at the scene, it was noted that the persons did not gain entry but did cause damage to the door. It appears as though there were two persons involved and they were travelling in a smaller sized vehicle. Lumsden RCMP is asking anyone who sees suspicious activity or persons committing a crime, to gather as many details as they can and contact police.
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What do I like about winter? What is it with our Decembers and Januaries that make these cold, dark months the dearest and fondest for me? How can it be that 40 below temperatures and heavy blowing snow have a warm spot in my heart? And what about the Canadian Farmers’ Almanac? It is forecasting unusually cold and stormy weather, and for some parts of the country frigid climate with lots of wind and snow. The weather ofﬁce is forecasting the upcoming winter will be cold to very cold, from Alberta east across Saskatchewan and Manitoba. As I asked earlier, what do I like about winter? I think back to my youth and how some of my best times came in the winter: outdoor activities, skating and making forts, the Christmas program at school, the Christmas Eve service at church with the brown paper bags ﬁlled with peanuts, Mandarin Oranges and red and white striped hard candies, and the excitement of Christmas morning, giving gifts and opening presents, family visits with aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. And the food: I remember the great food in the Decembers and Januaries. In my home and in my life, I was blessed to have a mother and grandmother and aunts who loved cooking. The dishes that were my favorite dinners and suppers then are my favorite meals today. But what is it about these icy Decembers and Januaries that we are so dependent on and appreciative of? This time of year tugs at the sentimental parts of our beings. It is the joy and excitement of Christmases of our youths, the wonderful introduction to classical music with the Skater’s Waltz played over the loudspeakers at our outdoor neighbourhood skating rink, and the sheer joy of having a mother, father, sister, a brother, some aunts and uncles, cousins and school friends especially during the Saskatchewan Decembers and Januaries that I remember from my youth. Pastor Rey Dahlen St. Martin’s Anglican, Raymore Trinity Lutheran, Quinton Prince of Peace Lutheran, Govan St. Paul Lutheran, Duval
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The Saskatchewan Roughriders and their fans have come to the rescue of hospital patients in need this CFL season. The second year of the Bleed Green campaign has been another success, with Rider faithful rolling up their sleeves in impressive numbers. The season-long partnership between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Canadian Blood Services encouraged fans to prove their Rider Pride by ‘bleeding green’ through blood donation. During this year’s 6-month long campaign, Canadian Blood Services had more than 2,000 additional blood donation appointments than during the same time-frame last year. The impact of this number is signiﬁcant, as it often takes an entire community of people to save one life – 2,000 blood donations means: 250 leukemia patients will receive treatment; or 400 patients with internal bleeding will be helped; or 40 people injured in serious collisions will be saved. A key component of the Bleed Green campaign was an opportunity for blood donors to help carry a giant Canadian ﬂag onto Taylor ﬁeld during Rider home games. A total of 494 participants, representing 30 different Saskatchewan communities were involved in this year’s ﬂag ceremony. Twelve blood recipients were also involved in the pre-game ceremonies, from 2-year old twins who received transfusions at birth, to cancer survivors, stem cell transplant patients and trauma patients. “The opportunity to feature blood recipients as part of this year’s Bleed Green campaign was very special,” says Canadian Blood Services spokesperson Glenda Kolynchuk-Simpson. “Thanks to donations from Rider fans this season, the lives of many other people will be saved. We’re extremely grateful to the Riders for their partnership, and to everyone who rolled up their sleeves to ‘bleed green’ this season.” Canadian Blood Services is hoping fans keep the pride going throughout the off-season. This December, Canadian Blood Services needs to collect more than 5,000 blood donations in Saskatchewan.
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TRAILER– Large utility trailer. Suitable for hauling bales or bulk products. 20 feet long, 8 feet wide. Heavy duty steel frame, with 2 x 10 wood decking and sides, tandem axles, heavy duty tires and ball hitch. Electric brake capable. Call 484-2246 to view or for more details. Asking $3,800. 45ctf(9ctf)
FOR RENT– Senior Social Housing and one three-bedroom Family Housing. Rent is based on income. For information, contact Nokomis Housing Authority, 528-2204. 3ctf
FOR SALE– Why Pay More Elsewhere? “Everyday Low Price”. All major appliances selling at cost + $10. Watrous Furniture & Appliances, 9463542. 25ctf JEWELRY– One-of-a-kind and custom made! Local artist, Teri Degenstien (Govan, SK). See ad at bottom right! 7ctf
INTERLAKE HUMAN RESOURCES GROUP HOME OPERATORS– Interlake invites applications for fulltime and casual positions at Cathy’s Place, Nokomis. Cathy’s Place is a group living facility for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The full-time position is an 11 or 12 hour shift model, averaging 79 hours in a two-week period. The casual position is based on the above shift model and is on a call in basis. Qualiﬁcations: experience providing support to adults with disabilities would be an asset – training available to right applicant; First Aid and CPR would be an asset; valid driver’s license; must provide a criminal record check. Submit resumes by December 16 to Deborah Farago, Manager, Interlake Human Resources, P.O. Box 1076, Watrous, SK, S0K 4T0. Any questions, please call 946-2577. 6-7c
FOR SALE–1986 Ford F-150 XL pickup; 79,000 km; $450 or best offer; call Lyle at 5282986 or 528-7820 (cell). 6-7p(2t)
Our sincere thanks for the D UN and kindness shown support FO towardsLaus the loss of st with in nta Derwood Gieb. u my brother o s M ime Special Tthanks for phone calls, visits, cards, food and ﬂowers. We thank Carol Gorrill for ofﬁciating at the funeral and to Hansen’s Funeral Home for arrangements. Velma and Bob Gustavson 7p Thank you to my family and friends for your support, encouragement and help with my move to Regina. Words can’t express my gratitude to you all. Thank you to Strasbourg Housing Authority for your well wishes, gift certiﬁcates and friendship, it is greatly appreciated. Special thanks to the Strasbourg and District Health Centre Board and staff for your patience and understanding as I make this transition. Thank you to the community of Strasbourg. It has been a pleasure to live here the last 22 years. Strasbourg is the place I will always call home. God Bless. 7p Mona Hansen
FARM LAND WANTED Farm land wanted to rent or buy in RMs 218 or 219. Phone 939-4565 or 537-1539. 4-7c(2t)
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FARMS FOR SALE– 1750 acres, R.M. #250, organic. Asking $650,000.00 ($372.00 per acre.) Wheatland Realty Ltd. Contact George Harvey 306-757-9817. 6-8c(2t) LOOKING TO CASH RENT GRAIN LAND. Might consider crop share. Phone (306) 746-4626. Leave message. 5-8c(2t) RECREATION
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Santa shares some of his letters online
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Afﬁnity Credit Union, Semans Branch Community Funding
Afﬁnity Credit Union Community Funding takes place each year, when Afﬁnity gives back three per cent of its pre-tax proﬁt of those 12 months. The below photos are from the presentations at the Semans Branch.
Gaylene Sundquist (right), Business Development Manager, Afﬁnity Credit Union, Watrous Branch, presents Callie Greenshields of Semans Gym Committee with a cheque of $1500.
Phyllis James of Parkland Regional Library receives a cheque of $1000 from Gaylene.
Santa is overjoyed with all the mail he is receiving! The season’s most popular pen pal is very grateful for the wonderful letters he receives from children all around the world. Last week he read a few of those letters online. Thousands of letters are arriving at the North Pole Post Ofﬁce every day. “Santa’s Post Ofﬁce is almost as busy as Santa’s Toy Shop,” says Sally, Santa’s chief postal elf. Among the letters shared is one from 6-year-old Sienna, who lives in Ottawa. Sienna has her room decorated for Christmas and is already listening to holiday music. She would like a camera for Christmas – to take pictures of her family – and wanted Santa to know she is working hard at school. She also wanted to make sure Santa brought a gift for her sister, noting that otherwise her sister “will take all of my stuff!” Daniel, writing from Nova Scotia, gave Santa a chuckle with his letter when he wrote, “Last year I think you got stuck in our chimney a bit because there were dirty footprints on our carpet!” Daniel also seems to have sibling concerns, telling Santa it’s hard for him to always be good because, “my little brother bugs me all the time. Santa he really is a pest, but no one other than me seems to know it.” Santa had some sage advice for Daniel on his video. Children are encouraged to send letters to Santa soon, to give him enough time to respond, and are reminded to include their return address. This year, Santa is set to receive his 20 millionth letter since Canada Post began, 30 years ago, counting the mail he receives. To help Santa manage the expected 1.25 million letters he’ll receive this year, he has enlisted some 9,000 volunteer postal elves who will ensure his holiday greetings are delivered before the big day.
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With the fall sitting of the Saskatchewan Legislature underway, long-serving Last Mountain – Touchwood MLA Glen Hart has been elected as Deputy Speaker, a back-up position to new Speaker Dan D’Autremont. D’Autremont replaces former Speaker, Don Toth. Other changes include Jeremy Harrison becoming the new Government House Leader, replacing D’Autremont in that role. Glen Hart, MLA. Gord Wyant takes over from Harrison as Deputy House Leader. Randy Weekes will continue as Government Whip while Greg Ottenbreit becomes the new Deputy Whip.
Government to study lobbyist legislation The Sask Party government will refer the issue of lobbyist legislation to the Standing Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs and Justice for review and to report back to the Legislative Assembly. With the large increase in economic activity in Saskatchewan over the past several years, the government says it recognizes that paid lobbyists may seek to play a greater role in the province. The Committee has been asked to research models for new lobbyist legislation in Saskatchewan and to report their conclusions back to the Legislative Assembly. The committee will review how lobbying is addressed in other provinces and by the federal government. The committee
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Gaylene presents Gordon MacMurchy of Semans Arena Committee with a cheque of $2211.
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Visiting with Daryl and Laurie at the Drake Happy Shopper were Bryce and Danica and their son Jaxson John who was born November 18. There is a gentleman who walks to Drake and back home on a mild day. He walked on December 5 and a few times a week. His wife does too, but maybe not as often. They live 1/2 to 3/4 miles south of the village. Dorothy Wolter enjoyed Monday as it was a great winter day with sunshine and the light south wind. The Watrous Winterhawk Midgets were in Drake Sportsplex on December 2. The game ended with six goals for each team. Maverick Gusikoski netted the first goal with Colton Blair and Bradley Krause assisting. Next Tyson Ediger scored two goals with Nolan Blair and Chase Holbrook assisting the first goal and Chase Holbrook assisting on the second. Nolan Blair netted the next two goals with Joel Styles and Tyson Ediger assisting on the first and Chase Holbrooke helping on the second goal. Mitchell Bar-
tel found the net and scored the very last goal with Nolan Blair. Keeran Ingram assisted three Watrous Winterhawk goals. Announcer was Jean Blair and Renee McWillie won the 50/50 jackpot. On December 4 two games were played. First the Initiation against the Humboldt Broncos at 12:30 p.m. They are fun to watch. The Drake team lost both periods they played. Kaelan Wolfe refereed. The winner of the 50/50 was Karen Tucker of Moose Jaw. The Tuckers were visiting in Humboldt. The next game was December 4th at 2:30 p.m. The Drake Canucks won over LeRoy Braves 4-3. Kyle Bergen assisted by Brandon Arnst and Jesse Ewen scored the first goal. The second goal by Derek Eberle was unassisted and Nick Kalnicki netted the last two goals with Brandon Arnst assisting on the first one and Jordan Schindel on the last one at 15:08 of the 3rd period. Shots on goal were 52 for Drake and 37 for LeRoy. Ed Bergen was the announcer and the winner of the 50/50 was Edward Anderson.
Shane Wolfe continues to do an excellent job at the Sportsplex. That zamboni is still making straight lines when flooding the ice. After the LeRoy Braves and Drake Canucks game on Sunday, December 4, people congregated at the Drake Community Centre for a beef on the bun supper; always good. Each Drake Canuck of the senior team was given a special recognition. There really is a person under all that sport suit, equipment and clothing. They race up and down the ice to score and win the hearts of the members and families of the community. Go, Canucks go. On December 6, the Drake community services for seniors was held in the Villa for 2011 and will continue to mid January 2012. Twentyone people attended. Get well wishes, thinking of and prayers for Wally (Lenora) Penner, Betty Manyk and Isabel Kreiger, Jansen; and families that mourn the loss of a loved one. Also doctors, nurses, caregivers, folks in the hospitals and lodges and to anyone that is not feeling up to par.
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NOTE: the final episode it out by hand later on, and so Next the kids got to actually of In Real Life airs Monday, she was in last place. Although drive the train engine! They December 12, so by the time scared and upset at being last, used it to ‘kick’ a train car you read this, the winner will this motivated her to do better down the track. They gunned have been revealed. the engine hard to push the in the next challenges. After the Pizza challenge in The second challenge was car, and then quickly braked New Jersey, the four remain- being a conductor and direct- to release the car and let it roll ing kids flew to Califordown the track. The car nia, and were settled in “...Located in the California had to roll far enough to a ribbon stretched to a residence hotel in desert, it was over 40°C the break Sacramento, where they across the track. Again lazed around the pool for whole time they were tap- Sydney did well enough to stay out of last place. 4 whole days, waiting for The final race to the all the crew and equip- ing....” ment to drive across America. ing the train engineer using finish was straightforward What star treatment!!! So they hand signals. Just before they with little risk of getting lost, were well rested to go into the started, the kids were told the so no one changed places. Allast challenge that will decide challenge – changing the order though Sydney was in third, of two train cars, by moving that was good enough to take who is in the final show! This challenge was Railway them back and forth between her to the final show!!!! Woo Workers at the Modoc Rail- two tracks. Some of the kids hoo!!! road Academy which trains struggled with the signals and So its Sydney, Zach and Abmen and women for railway the puzzle, but Sydney seemed hinav in the finale, which will work. Located in the Califor- to figure out her plan right be flying stunt planes doing nia desert, it was over 40°C away and directed the engi- aerobatics in the air!!! Hold the whole time they were tap- neer through the steps. She on to your stomachs, it will be ing. They actually had to do an said it reminded her of mov- a wild ride! -submitted by extra day of taping since the ing vehicles between fields on Janice Reynolds heat was affecting the equip- the farm, and she certainly has lots of practice directing her ment. The first challenge was the dad in hooking up the trailer! Viewers can watch episodes most physically grueling of She was second fastest in that online by going to www.ytv. the season. They had to re- challenge and got herself out com and following the links. place railway ties by digging of last place. out the gravel bed, dragging the new tie in and under the rails, slipping in metal plates and then driving spikes to hold it all together. They only allowed the kids to work in the sun for about 20 minutes at a time. Then they’d stop the clock and make them rest in the shade and drink water, before starting again, so it took over three hours for them to complete the job! You could see the sweat and dirt on their faces. Sydney tried to cut corners by not removing her gravel bed first, but this cost her time as she had to scrape Sydney replacing a railway tie.
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AGRICULTURE pa ge More than $50 billion of capital investment Canada’s mining industry has the potential to make almost $140 billion of capital investment in Canada over the next ﬁve years and it’s anticipated Saskatchewan will beneﬁt from more than $50 billion of capital investment over the next two decades. Mining is a $7.1 billion industry in Saskatchewan and the province beneﬁted from $3.1 billion in capital expenditures in 2010, the largest recipient of mining investment in Canada last year. Those are two of the messages Pierre Gratton, President and CEO of The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) and Pam Schwann, Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Mining Association delivered last week at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Saskatoon. “Canada and Saskatchewan are blessed with a diverse abundance of natural resources that are in demand from growing global economies, positioning both province and country for contin-
ued long-term growth,” says Gratton. “However, our focus cannot solely rest on the economic beneﬁts mining brings. Our industry must continue its commitment to building a responsible and sustainable industry that meets the highest standards of social and environmental stewardship.” The value of mineral production has tripled in the last decade and was valued by the Government of Saskatchewan at more than $6.8 billion in 2010, with mineral exploration expenditures at $319 million. Mineral exploration spending intentions in 2011 are estimated at approximately $280 million and potash companies have announced almost $13 billion worth of expansions to their existing mines by 2020. “Saskatchewan is a resource-rich powerhouse in mineral production, both in Canada and globally,” says Schwann. “Potash is Canada’s number one mineral being produced by value of production, and potash pro-
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ducers account for more than 30 per cent of global production. We’re the world’s second leading producer of uranium, being home to the richest uranium deposits in the world and responsible for approximately 20 per cent of worldwide production. And we’re the third largest producer of coal in Canada, with a growing number of gold mines.” The mining industry is a key driver in the growth of the provincial economy, serving as an economic development engine for rural and northern communities through employment and business opportunities. Currently 27 mine facilities operate in Saskatchewan and the sector provides more than 30,500 direct and indirect jobs, with mining-related employment accounting for one in 16 jobs in the province. Within the next ten years, the Saskatchewan Mining Association anticipates the industry will require 15,000 additional workers.
Saskatchewan Pulse Growers election closes The Saskatchewan Pulse Growers (SPG) election came to a close last week, as one of the candidates withdrew her name. Cynthia Edwards, one of four candidates running for three open positions on the SPG Board pulled out of the campaign on November 30. As a result, the remaining three candidates will win seats on the SPG Board by acclamation. In January 2012, SPG will welcome Shawn Buhr of Lucky Lake, Jim Moen of Cabri, and Bert Vandenberg of Saskatoon to the Board of Directors. SPG represents over 18,000 pulse crop producers in Saskatchewan. Accountable to growers and funded through a mandatory, non-refundable check-off, SPG has a producer-elected Board of Directors comprised of seven pulse growers. A Director’s term is three years in length.
Farm optimism strengthens in November According to the latest Monthly Agriculture Business Barometer Index from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), agri-business conﬁdence has rebounded to early 2011 levels and is ahead of the national average of 63.7. The Index reveals optimism among its agricultural members increased 6.2 points to 64.5 in November 2011 from 58.3 in October 2011. “For the ﬁrst time in three years, we are seeing our farm members’ optimism levels above the national average for all sectors,” said CFIB spokesperson Virginia Labbie. “It is also encouraging to see optimism levels on an upward trend from mid-2009
index levels which hovered around the low-to-mid 40’s. While agriculture is certainly not immune to the global economic challenges of recent months, this is positive news. We encourage federal and provincial governments to implement policies that help to improve the overall competitiveness of the sector.” Federal, Provincial and Territorial Agriculture Ministers are currently working to ﬁnalize Growing Forward 2, a 5-year policy agreement to replace the current agreement, Growing Forward. Growing Forward expires on March 31, 2013 and the next agreement must be ready for implementation on April 1, 2013.
“As we head into the third round of industry consultations in spring 2012, we hope governments are ready to tackle our competitive challenges and develop policies that will remove barriers to growth in the industry,” said Labbie. In a recent CFIB survey on the Future of Agriculture Policy, farmers were asked to prioritize how governments could improve the agriculture sector’s overall competitiveness. The top three priorities for government action included: focusing on regulatory reform and reducing red tape, reducing the total tax burden, and improving market access for Canadian agricultural products.
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The Saskatchewan 4-H Council was named the 2011 recipient of the prestigious Donner Award for Education in Toronto on December 2. It marks the second consecutive win for the organization, which provides hands-on learning and personal development opportunities for Saskatchewan youth aged 6 to 21. “This evaluation and recognition is incredibly valuable for an organization like ours,” said Valerie Pearson, executive director of the Saskatchewan 4-H Council. “We are trying to make a difference in the lives of young people who really are the most valuable resource we have as a society. When you are a Donner recipient, it makes it easier for people to donate money to help make that happen. It shows you are managing very limited resources well, and are deserving of support.” Seven non-proﬁt social service agencies were recognized as the best-run in the country at the Donner Canadian Foundation Awards for Excellence in the Delivery of Social Services. The annual awards are sponsored by the Donner Canadian Foundation and administered by the Fraser Institute. They recognize excellence in providing programs by non-proﬁt organizations across the country. Awards of $5,000 were given to each of the winners. The 4-H Saskatchewan program includes more than 3,000 youth in all areas of the province. Its participants are members of their local club and choose a project to work on each year. In rural areas many 4-H members learn about ﬁeld crops, raise farm animals or participate in horseback riding. Many urban club members do projects like crafts, car care and photography. All 4-H members participate in public speaking, maintain a record book and learn about citizenship and volunteering. They also get opportunities to travel, earn high school credits and win scholarships.
by Calvin Daniels
An interesting anniversary rather humble beginnings, but covered by weather-based was celebrated last week in the trial year was enough to insurance products.” What is the province as the Saskatch- show crop insurance was both also interesting is how the inewan – Crop Insurance Cor- wanted, more than 400 appli- surance program has diversiporation hit 50 years. The idea cants that ﬁrst year showed that, ﬁed as have farmers. The trial of crop insurance has come a and that it could work in terms run before 1961 covered only of providing farmers with some three cereal crops. long way in ﬁve decades. Today the list “Before 1961, crop insurance “...Farming has changed in 50- of crops is long, such was offered on an years, signiﬁcantly so, and the SCIC covering crops as canary area basis through triticale, the Prairie Farm has played a role in allowing that to seed, faba beans, camAssistance Act. happen....” elina, corriander, Premiums were based on a percentage of level of security in regards to wild rice, vegetables and even sales: the higher the yield, the their main farm crops. That is honey. Farming has changed higher the premium. Cover- really what insurance comes in 50-years, signiﬁcantly so, age was the same across the down too. You invest some dol- and the SCIC has played a role province resulting in town- lars in a program which kicks in allowing that to happen. By ships with low average yields in as a safety net in times of diversifying what it covers in paying lower premiums but distress, whether car insurance recent years, it has become receiving indemnities more and you are in an accident, ﬁre more relevant as a safety often than townships with insurance if a home burns, and net program for producers higher yields,” detailed the crop insurance if drought or oth- who have evolved into much er problem impacts production. more diverse producers. The SCIC website. “In 1961, the federal and Like any insurance, crop insur- SCIC has grown and evolved provincial governments ance is not perfect, in respect to and been there for farmers granted permission to oper- covering every producer for ev- through a number of federal ate a pilot program in 25 ar- ery problem which might arise, and provincial governments, eas of the province, mainly in at least in terms of making them and while most of the time the east and northeast. (That a proﬁt, but it does provide a farm programs get buried in year) 194 producer applica- rather stable base safety net for paperwork and ultimately fail, GRIP, NISA and others tions were accepted from a the majority of producers. So fast forward to 2006 and come to mind, crop insurance total of 439 province-wide.” “Approximately 31,700 numbers on the SCIC website, has been a shining example of acres and three insurable where it states “SCIC insured what can be achieved. crops were covered. Wheat, 66 per cent of all land seeded Calvin Daniels is a oats and barley were insur- in Saskatchewan, with approxiYorkton-based ag able with a coverage of 60 per mately 28,200 customers insurcolumnist and writer. cent of the long term average ing 22.1 million annual acres Disclaimer: the opinions yield. The price option was and 500,000 forage acres under expressed are those of the writer. the multi-peril programs. An ad$1/bushel for spring wheat.” In retrospect, those are ditional 2.5 million acres were
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