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Volume 105, No 8

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Fall sitting ends

There was standing room only at the Nokomis School / Nokomis Library Christmas Program held Tuesday, December 13 at Nokomis Centennial Hall. This year’s program included a school play, vocal performances, school band performances, piano solos and duets, as well as community singing, but the most important part of the evening for all of the children is always their visit with Santa. Pictured above on Santa’s knee is an excited Carter Kuntz. Kayden Senner happily waits his turn to visit with Santa next. Story and more photos on page 10. -photo by Dennis Simpson

Bill C-18 now law The Harper government has succeeded in having its legislation to change the Canadian Wheat Board’s marketing mandate passed into law, in spite of protests from the CWB and its supporters. Bill C-18 received Royal Assent late Thursday night, December 15 as the Governor General ignored a plea from CWB chair Allen Oberg to delay giving Royal Assent because of a recent Federal Court ruling that the legislation was illegal. Governor General

Johnson gave no reason for disregarding the CWB’s request. Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz attended a media event at Balgonie on Friday morning, December 16 to celebrate the bill’s passage. “The Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act repositions the entire grain sector for the future - one that is better able to attract investment and allow farm and industry entrepreneurs to seize new markets, increase sales and drive our

Last Mountain Times Holiday Schedule Nokomis & Strasbourg Offices closed: December 19 to January 2 inclusive Offices open January 3 Next issue will be published on January 10 Get your news in early! Deadline for January 10 issue is January 5.

economy,” said Minister Ritz. “Today and every day, the Harper Government is standing up for farmers, delivering on our promises and working with industry to make Canada a better place to live and work.” “Working with the CWB, farmers, the grain value chain and provincial partners, the Government of Canada is implementing an orderly transition to market freedom which includes a viable, voluntary CWB, as part of an open and competitive Canadian grain market,” Ritz added. Farmer-elected directors of the Canadian Wheat Board announced last Wednesday (December 14) that they have launched legal action to stop implementation of federal legislation to dismantle the CWB. “Farmers were promised by successive federal governments - including the current Minister and his predecessor that any changes to the CWB’s marketing mandate would be put to a producer vote, as required by law,” CWB chair Allen Oberg said at a news conference. “The Harper government has reneged on that promise. It is now breaking the law and ignoring an order of

the Federal Court. This must stop. We want farmers’ democratic rights to be respected and the government to stop acting as if it is above the law.”

Premier Brad Wall said the eight-day fall sitting of the new Legislative Assembly was brief but very productive. “Our government laid out our vision for a growing, vibrant province in the Throne Speech and we introduced 36 pieces of legislation,” Wall said. “We made some very clear commitments during the election and we have already kept many of those commitments.” During the short session, the government implemented several of its recent election promises, and introduced legislation for other new or revised programs, including: improved assistance for persons with disabilities by increasing benefits and expanding the number of people covered by the Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID) program; improved services for persons with diabetes; introduced the First Time Homebuyers Tax Credit, effective January 1, 2012; expanded the Active Families Benefit to cover all children under 18, effective January 1, 2012; introduced legislation to standardize the start of the school year on the Tuesday following Labour Day each year; and introduced legislation to extend

the notice period for rent increases. The NDP Opposition used December 15, the last sitting day of the fall sitting, to introduce Jimmy’s Law - which aims to protect workers’ physical safety during latenight shifts. “With so much to be done on worker safety, this brief session of the legislature shouldn’t pass without putting a draft of Jimmy’s Law on the table,” said David Forbes, the NDP critic for labour who sponsored the bill. “Our caucus is proud to stand up for the protection of workers.” Jimmy’s Law is proposed as an amendment to the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The changes would mean that employers would need to either schedule a minimum of two employees for late night shifts or ensure that an individual worker is safe behind a locked door or barrier. The bill stems from the death of Jimmy Wiebe, who was shot twice during his night shift at a gas station in Yorkton in June, 2011. The legislative session will resume in the spring with further debate on the new legislation and the presentation of the 2012-13 provincial budget.

The CWB filed an application in Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench, asking it to rule Bill C-18 invalid because it violates the rule of law. The

CWB is also asking the court to issue an order preventing implementation of Bill C-18 until it makes a decision on the validity of the Bill.

Local girl places second in national TV competition

Sydney Reynolds, of Nokomis, in the cockpit of the airplane she helped pilot into the last episode of the youth reality TV show In Real Life. Although Sydney didn’t place first, she had the experience of a lifetime. See the complete story on page 3.



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by Ignorance, they say, is bliss. Maybe that’s why we are so worried nowadays about all the additives in the products we buy. Years ago, when I was buying groceries to feed my family, I didn’t bother reading the labels because there weren’t all the laws yet about telling people what was inside. I thought I was doing a good job cooking nutritious meals. I didn’t know any better, so I was happy. We were content with having certain fruits and vegetables in season and looked forward to them. We relished the peach juice running down our chins when the fruit came fresh from trees instead of unripe from refrigeration at all times of the year and turning tasteless when they became too hard to eat. We were also blissful when we drove our cars. We were thankful we no longer had to crank them. Before anyone thought of putting radios in cars, we actually looked at the scenery and chatted as we drove, and we stuck our hands out to signal a turn because turn signals weren’t invented until 1938. It wasn’t so long ago, either, that we fully expected to have our windshield cleaned, our oil and the air in our tires checked every time we stopped for gas. Now we often have to do the filling up ourselves and then pay a guy who is sitting in a nice warm

booth. For air conditioning, we opened windows and hung our bathing suits on the handles; this not only dried them – it told everybody we’d been having fun at the beach. We could open windows on buses and trains too. On trains we’d sometimes get a face full of soot from the coal-burning engine up ahead. But we were happy. We didn’t know any better and we were young. Maybe it’s the youthful energy we miss now rather than those ‘good old days’ we keep getting e-mails about. After all, if we didn’t have computers we wouldn’t bother writing so many letters about them. So perhaps we should just enjoy the modern conveniences we have. There are quite a few, after all. Martha can be reached at or check out her new website online at Disclaimer: the opinions expressed are those of the writer.

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Provincial news briefs RID program now in effect The Report Impaired Drivers (RID) program is in effect across the province. RID encourages members of the public to call 911 if they see a driver they suspect is impaired. The program is a partnership led by SGI, Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA), and the RCMP, with support from Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Students Against Drinking and Driving. Sixty people are killed and another 800 are injured in Saskatchewan each year due to impaired driving collisions. RID began as a pilot program in Saskatoon in March 2010, expanded to Regina in September 2010, to Moose Jaw and Prince Albert in March and to Weyburn and Estevan in September. Since then, police say RID calls have led to 300 impaired driving charges. Police have also sent warning letters to more than 2,100 vehicle owners, advising them their vehicle was reported as being operated by a suspected impaired driver. These results show that public awareness of the program is quite high. A recent survey conducted by Insightrix Research Inc. found that two thirds of respondents were aware of the RID program. “We are very pleased to partner with SGI and SLGA to expand the RID program province-wide,” RCMP spokesman Insp. Andy Landers said. “The RCMP and SGI share the common goal of enhanced safety on SasFAITH  HOPE  SINCERITY Find Them In Church

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from an incident that occurred near Southey on December 17, 2007. A crew from Rock Hard Concrete was working under contract for Jeffrey and Donna Wilcocks. A worker made contact with a metal reinforced gas line and was fatally electrocuted. Farnham was acquitted on four other charges relating to this incident. Jeffery and Donna Wilcocks were also charged in relation to the same incident. Jeffery Wilcocks pleaded guilty to one count under the OHS Act related to failure to ensure that every exposed metal part of portable electrical equipment was supplied through a Class A ground fault circuit interrupter. Wilcocks was fined $8,400. Two other charges against him were stayed. Three charges

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Nokomis News June Munroe 528-2951 On November 10, Lylie Herman, Ilene Harding, Vi Hemingway and Hazel Chute motored to Regina to visit Barrie McClughan in her new home. Her place is lovely. After supper, they brought Barrie back to Nokomis for a couple of days so that she could take part in the Legion activities on Remembrance Day. While here, she also enjoyed visiting with all of her old friends and neighbours. She stayed with Hazel Chute and returned to Regina on Sunday, November 13 with Lylie’s daughter and son-in-law, Jean and Eugene Zelionka. See page 10 for an article and photos from the 2011 Nokomis Remembrance Day service.

CORRECTION The ‘Report from Nokomis Seniors monthly meeting’ article in the November 15 issue of Last Mountain Times stated that Dwayne Stewart did all of the work at the Seniors Centre, when actually, Harry Hine of the property committee put the new door knob on the front door, while Dwayne did the work on the back furnace door. Also missed from the report: Ilene reported while holidaying in Vancouver in October that they visited with Kay Hamilton. She reported finding Kay very happy and looking well and beautiful. Kay wished to be remembered by all the seniors and her Nokomis friends.

Sydney’s In Real Life Episode 6 – Marine Survival The four remaining teams ming lessons this spring, and flew across the continent she was one of the strongest from Squamish, BC to Dart- swimmers of the challengers. mouth, NS, bringing total But this pool created huge km’s travelled so far to over waves, the water was freez10,000 km, not including all ing cold and there was a huge wind machine. Sydney didn’t the ground travel! This episode was taped like not being able to see the where they do training for bottom or control herself in people working in the water the rough water. The first challenge had like the Coast Guard, offshore oil rigs, etc. Appar- them in full-body survival ently this training ...I remember talking to has “made grown “ Sydney on the phone after men cry”! and the kids soon see this episode – she was so why. This was pumped! ... ” the most physically challenging, tiring, and suits, jumping into the stormy scariest, of all the episodes, water from the height of an and possibly the scariest in ice-breaker, swimming over the history of the show. Syd- to an inflated raft, flipping ney had just completed her it over, climbing in, pulling last (highest level) in swim- themselves and the raft back

by rope, and then taking turns to climb back up on a rope net. Sydney was the first up, but her partner tried and fell twice, and then gave up so they got the maximum time penalty. One other team also wasn’t able to finish, but the two other teams did. The second challenge, with Sydney’s team now in last place, was escaping a submerged helicopter. They were belted into a training module and the module was lowered into the pool where it immediately flipped upside down. They had to wait 10 seconds while the module filled completely with water, then open the window, unbelt themselves, climb out and surface. Sydney had to be assisted by the divers – she couldn’t get

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her belt undone. Her partner Abs panicked and went out the back, before they were even submerged, so again they received the maximum time penalty! Sydney was NOT impressed and you couldn’t miss her on-camera eye roll!!! The last challenge was a rescue on an oil rig. They did well and gained time, but remained in last place going into the Race to the Finish. Luckily all the teams were very close, just a few seconds apart. It would have been a running race to the finish line, but her partner Abs bluffed the Pink team and sent them the other way, and unfortunately for Pink, they believed him. Sydney had no idea what Abs had done until after the finish. I remember talking to Sydney on the phone after this episode – she was so pumped! That must have been an amazing feeling to have looked fear in the eye and survived. If you missed it, you really need to watch this episode online, or read Sydney’s blog. Next Episode – New York City and the Broadway show Stomp – and it may be the start of individual competition for six remaining contestants. -submitted by Janice Reynolds Viewers can watch episodes online by going to www.ytv. com and following the links.

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Nokomis Legion awards and banquet years); Bill Riach (60 years); Chris Lekness (57 years); Ira Travis (57 years); Art Ramshaw (54 years); Palmer Unseth (53 years); and Ray Hards (38 years). A moment of silence was observed in remembrance of Kenneth (Pat) Farrar who passed away earlier this year. He had been a Legion member for 53 years. Nokomis Mayor, and Legion membership chairman, Fred Wright spoke briefly and acknowledged new members Greg Kane, Iv Kane, and Harry Hine. Palmer Unseth presented pins to long-standing members recognizing their many years of service to the Legion: Bill Riach (60); Dave Morgan (10); Lavern Sobus (10); Doreen Riach (10); Bonnie Hansen (20); Mike Hansen (20); Joan Hasz (20); Orville Paige (30); Ryan Harley

June Munroe and Dave Degenstien (right) present Doug Potter with the framed Silver Memorial Cross.

(5); and Dwayne Steve (5). Following the presentations to those members attending, Legion President Doug Potter read letters of remembrance from Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and from Premier Brad Wall. To close out the evening, Govan resident (and Last Mountain Times assistant editor) Dave Degenstien made a presentation to the Legion on behalf of himself, his wife Linda, and Legion member June Munroe. Mr. Degenstien explained that in November of 2010, he was contacted by a man named David Thomson, from St. George, Ontario who has made it his life hobby to track down misplaced war medals and get them returned to the proper community or family members. The fellow had found a Silver Memorial Cross for sale in an internet auction. The medal had been awarded to the family of Private Charles Allen, of Govan, after Mr. Allen had been killed in action near the end of the first world war. Somehow, the medal ended up in a coin shop in Surrey, B.C. and was being auctioned-off to war memorabilia collectors. Mr. Degenstien said he made a few calls to see if anyone locally was interested in either buying the medal to give to the Allen family, or perhaps to donate to the Legion. He said he ended up talking to June Munroe, and the two of them agreed to share the cost of submitting the winning bid in the auction.

Local business celebrates 30 years

The bid was won, and Mr. Degenstien received the medal in the mail a few days later. He later mounted the medal in a shadow-box frame, along

with a copy of Pte. Allen’s enlistment document. Mr. Degenstien and June Munroe presented the framed medal to Legion President

Doug Potter, with the understanding that it should be displayed at the Legion until it can be returned to a member of Pte. Allen’s family.

Palmer Unseth (left) presented long-standDoreen Riach receives a pin for her 10 years ing Legion members with pins. Above, Lawith the Legion. vern Sobus receives a pin for his 10 years as a member.

Long-standing member, Orville Paige, re- Bill Riach receives his very impressive 60ceives his pin for his 30 years as a mem- year pin from Palmer. -photos by Dennis Simpson ber.

WEEKLY c r o s s w o r d PUZZLE NO. 583

Buds & Blossoms was busy on November 18 with the Open House and 30th Anniversary Sale. (L to R): Donna Edwards, Darlene Jones, and customers Allan Horbul and Glenda Konschuh. On Friday, November 18, the Nokomis flower and gift shop known as Buds & Blossoms celebrated its 30th Anniversary, with owners Darlene Jones and Donna Edwards hosting many local friends, neighbours and longtime customers to serve them with special deals, refreshments, and a good measure of visiting. Buds & Blossoms has been operating in Nokomis since 1981, when Darlene Jones and sister Donna Edwards decided to open a business. They started in the building next door to the present location, which was purchased in 1995 and renovated into a flower shop. They moved into the new location that same year, bringing along the Sears Catalogue outlet franchise. Darlene also represents Watrous Travel as a travel agent. In a chat with Last Mountain Times last year Darlene ‘blamed’ her sister Donna for wanting to start the flower shop as a way to create employment for the two of them, and said, with her typical dry wit: “And now look who’s doing all the work!” The former Beeler girls use the business as an outlet for their creativity, and at no time of the year is that more evident than at Christmas time, when the shop is transformed into a wonderland of poinsettias, Christmas decorations and seasonal giftware. It has long been a Buds & Blossoms annual tradition to have a fall Open House both as a customer appreciation event, and as an opportunity for new and existing customers to see the new items on display in the shop. “We’ve never missed a year with our Open House, with our own baking of homemade cookies, and Christmas goodies, cranberry cider and coffee,” Darlene said. This year customers will notice something new in the window – a ‘For Sale’ sign. Darlene says the sign ‘may’ be an indication that she is thinking about retirement, and when asked what she might be planning to do, should she retire, she gives a typical ‘Darlene Jones answer’ (of course, with a mischievous twinkle in her eye): “It’s a secret!”

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Following the traditional Remembrance Day service earlier in the day, the Nokomis Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion held their annual Legion Banquet on Friday evening, November 11 at the Nokomis Centennial Hall. The evening began with entertainment by the trio ‘3 of Hearts’ from Watrous. The group performed musical standards from the 40’s and 50’s for about an hour before the banquet began at 5:45 p.m. with Grace read by Pastor Rick Shott. The attendees enjoyed a roast pork meal prepared and served by Nokomis Community Catering. Following the meal, emcee Doug Potter recognized the eight members of the local legion who hold lifetime memberships: Marvin Potter (71 years); Ward Mortenson (67

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The Final Inspection The soldier stood and faced God, Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shining, Just as brightly as his brass. “Step forward now, you soldier, How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek? To My Church have you been true?”

What kinds of things make you really angry? There is an interesting approach to understanding anger which suggests that what annoys us most are those people or situations that mirror back some aspect of ourselves. That might not, at first glance, appear to make a lot of sense. We generally tend to be more accepting of those who are like us, than those who are different, so

The soldier squared his shoulders and said, “No, Lord, I guess I ain’t, Because those of us who carry guns, Can’t always be a saint.

why would we get angry if an aspect of ourselves was being reflected back to us? This is where it gets a little complicated. We don’t recognize that aspect of ourselves in the other person, because it is an aspect that we possess, but are in denial about. Why are we in denial about it? Probably because it isn’t something that we’re proud of. “Who me? I’m not like that!” Let’s look at a few examples. A father might be really annoyed at his son for not being assertive and standing up for himself. He may call him a wimp, and be on his case all the time. In this case, the father is bothered because he does not feel strong and confident himself, and can’t stand to see those traits in his son.

romantic anymore and doesn’t do all the little things that he used to. She may be feeling that she wants more romance in her life, but blames him, rather than noticing that she has become more wrapped up in work or children, and is not as romantic as she used to be either. While anger is a natural and acceptable emotion, it is important for us to look deeply into the reasons for our anger before we vent it inappropriately. Gwen Randall-Young is an author and award-winning Psychotherapist based out of Alberta. Disclaimer: the opinions expressed are those of the writer.

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LIBRA You have great hopes. You are capable of being a winner, even in the most difficult of situations. You are feeling strong and won’t let yourself be upset by trivial things. SCORPIO This week brings you lots of good morale, as you are in a phase that is really great for you. You know how to be dignified in every situation. SAGITTARIUS Neptune causes you to completely rethink certain situations in your life. You wish to remain clear-sighted in several areas, and this will protect you from errors in judgement. CAPRICORN You are on the verge of understanding that the effort you put into your work brings you luck. You’re astonished by this realization. You enjoy taking on challenges and feel that you can surpass yourself. AQUARIUS This week you are really able to defend your rights. You know what belongs to you. You have great hopes where your professional life is concerned, as well as in your love life. PISCES You are able to better able handle your workload, which lets you give a lot more time to your family. You are better able to express your feelings as well.



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The 2011 crop being harvested. This year we planted a crop of Roundup Ready Canola on our plot of 80 acres on the west side of Strasbourg. With the help of a large donated air drill and tractor the crop was seeded May 21. Although it was planted into very wet ground it developed well and was swathed in late August. Combining happened on a beautiful September 26 day with three combines harvesting 3232 bushels of canola delivered to LM Terminal, in Southey. Financial highlights for 2011: value of crop delivered $36,532.83. Sent to Canadian Food Bank after expenses and donations $33,000.00. We gratefully received in kind donations of seed, chemi-

cal and a portion of the fertilizer, fuel and hail insurance which make our final contribution more substantial. Our contribution of $33,000 to the CFGB is matched 4:1 by the Canadian International Development Agency, so $165,000 can be available to the overseas development arms of our four partnering churches. We held an appreciation and information luncheon on November 15 at the Strasbourg Alliance Church. About 40 people enjoyed a pancake and sausage lunch. Certificates of appreciation were given to various businesses who donated inputs to our project. As well, thanks were given to all who contributed to the project

in any way. Anyone interested was encouraged to join in on our 2012 project. The guest speaker was Dave Meiers of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB). He showed a video of a Kenyan water development program supported by our donation. Highlights of the 2010 year were $10.5 million given for famine relief in the horn of Africa. That was among the 108 CFGB projects in 35 countries in 2010. Our 2011 crop will feed 5,100 people for six months. That in itself is our reward and the reason to continue the project. Ernie Gritzfeldt Secretary Local Foodgrains Committee

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Locals attend Billy Bishop Goes to War in Regina Billy Bishop Goes to War was presented by The Golden Apple Theatre in Regina November 9-13 and 15-20, with cast members Ryland Alexander and Wayne Gwillim. Alexander, who plays Billy Bishop, is a recently returned Regina-based artist. Gwillim is a Torontobased musician who has roots in the Strasbourg-Duval area, having grown up on the farm with his parents Barb and Barrie Gwillim and brother Kevin. He attended school at William Derby in Strasbourg and is a graduate of Luther College High School in Regina. Following graduation, he pursued studies at University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. Wayne has had extensive experience with musical and theatrical organizations and is now a freelance music director, arranger and vocal coach. His recent credits include: assistant music direc-

tor for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of The Sound of Music (Mirvish Productions), alternate keyboardist/vocalist for Jersey Boys (Dancap Productions), and several seasons at the Shaw Festival. Billy Bishop Goes to War,

written by John Gray and Eric Peterson, is a classic Canadian piece that has received praise wherever it is shown. The phenomenal performances by Ryland Alexander and Wayne Gwillim were no exception. The audience was taken on a

roller-coaster ride of emotion ranging from humour to deepest sorrow and despair as the pair traced the experiences of a young Billy Bishop as a schoolboy to a sometimes reluctant war hero and icon. Costuming for the play was

the responsibility of Donna Rumpel of Earl Grey. She has been involved with her local community theatre, as well as costuming for theatre groups including Regina Little Theatre, Regina Summer Stage, Regina Lyric Musical Theatre and Do

It With Class Young People’s Theatre. Pictured are some of the enthusiastic and appreciative supporters who attended the November 11 show, along with Alexander, kneeling (far left) next to Gwillim, kneeling.

WDS hosts meaningful Remembrance Day service William Derby School in Strasbourg held their annual Remembrance Day Service on Thursday, November 10 at 10:45 a.m. The program entitled We Remember began with the entrance of the Colour Party which included Royal Canadian Legion members, a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Strasbourg Guides and Scouts along with dignitaries. Masters of ceremonies Mackenzie Kelln and Noah Buzila asked everyone to stand and join in the singing of O Canada with the Senior Choir, accompanied by the WDS Senior Band. Pastor Donna Rumpel lead the opening prayer. The traditional laying of the wreaths followed. Wreaths were placed by: Mr. George Burgess on behalf of the Silton Legion #33, Mr. Tom Lukiwski on behalf of the Government of Canada, Strasbourg Mayor Carol Schultz, students: Emily Hubick and Aiden Pence from Division 1, Chase Flavel and Kayla Adelman from Division 2, Eric Flavel and Avery Schulz from Division 3, Dillon O’Dell and Jordana Gorrill on behalf of Division 4, on behalf of WDS staff Mrs. Sheila Krivoshein and Mrs. Marilyn Cross, Mr. John Emery on behalf of the Strasbourg Lions Club, Mr. Doug Slough on behalf of the Bulyea Lions Club, Mr. Dennis Hodgins on behalf of the Duval Optimist Club, Darby Hansen and Kayli Reimer on behalf of the Strasbourg Guides, and Levi Panio and Corey Maynard on behalf of Strasbourg Scouting. President of the Silton Legion, Mrs. Linda Glass read the Honour Roll of those in the area who lost their lives serving their country during the wars. The Last Post, played by Nolan Fuller, was followed by two minutes of silence. Nolan then played The Rouse*. Linda Glass did the reading of They Shall Grow Not Old. Mrs. Kent’s grade 1 class presented the poppies they made to Legion members and special guests in attendance.

Remarks were given by: MP for Regina–Lumsden– Lake Centre, Mr. Tom Lukiwski; Carol Schultz, mayor of Strasbourg; and Legion member, Linda Glass. Mrs. Glass thanked the WDS SRC and staff for taking care of the poppy drive again this year. The WDS drama club performed a very meaningful Remembrance vignette. This was followed by the senior choir who sang In Flanders Fields. Lacey Zdunich and Ryan Turnbull read of the life of Dr. John McCrae during a video presentation. Closing remarks were given by WDS principal, Ms. Deb Schwandt-Kelln who spoke of Canada’s Highway of Heroes. To end the program, God Save the Queen was sung by Courtney Decker, accompanied by Marilyn Danielson. WDS gym was beautifully decorated with art work done by the students for the Legion poster competition. The program also featured art work from Isabella Wishlow, Katie Willcox and Kianna Hack. William Derby School students and staff continue to organize a meaningful Remembrance Day program. Mr. Lukiwski comments every year that this is one of the best services he attends. There is also a wonderful turnout yearly from the community who truly appreciate the participation of the school and community in this service.

The front cover of the program featured this artwork by Isabella Wishlow.

* Did you know... The Rouse is a bugle call most often associated with the military in Commonwealth countries. It is commonly played following The Last Post at military services, and is often mistakenly referred to as Reveille. The Rouse is actually a separate piece of music. While Reveille is a bugle call played in the morning to wake soldiers up, The Rouse is played to get the soldiers out of bed. --source: wikipedia


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Magic at Bulyea Elementary School Open House In spite of competition from two other local events, and the candidates election forum in Earl Grey on the evening of Wednesday, October 16, there was still a great turnout for the Bulyea Elementary School Open House. The school always enjoys jazzing things up and having some fun, so for this year’s Open House, they invited Richy Roy, the well known Saskatchewan-based magician and balloon artist. When Richy enters a room, it is really hard to miss him with his bright red suit and glowing yellow tie. He needed a few volunteers throughout the evening, and his first subject was Colin McLeod – who seems to be more on the quiet side of things. Richy tried to teach Colin how to be a magician, and when that didn’t work, he tried to teach him to be a balloonist, and when that also failed, there was only one thing left to do – stick a sword through his neck!! Needless to say, some of

the students were very worried for Colin. Since Richy is a professional, there really wasn’t anything to worry about... or was there? Richy attached a collar around Colin’s neck and then proceeded to seem to pass a very large sword through the back of his neck. Of course, it

was just an illusion, and Colin was fine. This was just one of Richy’s amazing illusions. Everyone had a blast. After his show, Richy stayed for about a half hour to visit and make each student a balloon animal to take home. Then everyone stayed for cof-

fee and cookies and to have a look around the school. It was great to have so many people visiting at the school, and since it is under review again, the school needs all the interest and help it can get. -article and photos by Corri Gorrill

Ashton Gorrill was given a pair of fairy wings from Richy.

The students and staff said goodbye to Mrs. McLeod as she is no longer an EA with the school, although she is still driving bus.

Jayna Hack received a lovely flower. Evan Foster with his alien.

Letter to the Editor I am writing to inform the communities at large of the Horizon School Division’s decision to place the Bulyea Elementary School under review with the possibility of closure in June 2012. The main trigger for this review is that our existing enrollment of 35 students is below the current provincial guideline of 37 students for a Kindergarten to Grade 6 school. The Bulyea School Review Committee is currently working to gather information, documentation and support to prove the viability of the Bulyea Elementary School. Specifically, we are in the process of tabulating and verifying the actual number of children under school age, as the projected enrolment numbers provided by the Horizon School Division are severely underestimated. To use the inaccurate projections during a review process is extremely detrimental to our viability. To date, our research has shown a significant increase in young couples and families, changing the demographics within the school’s attendance area. For example, within the Village of Bulyea itself at least six homes have been purchased within the last three years by young (under age 35) people who have or plan to have children. Additionally, young couples are relocating to family farms in the area and beginning their own families. They are engaged in community activities and support local businesses, and as such would enrol their children in the Bulyea Elementary School. Development along the east shore of Last Mountain Lake continues with a significant increase in the number of homes being built in this area. Although there is uncertainty regarding how many additional students this may bring to Bulyea Elementary School, it is a considerable development within the Bulyea attendance area that

should be recognized. The Bulyea Elementary school continues to provide a high quality of educational programming. It is a smaller school and it fosters a family spirit, where the older kids step-up and help the younger ones. This teaches the importance of helping others and the humility to ask and accept help from someone who cares. Although some people disagree with or don’t understand multiple grades in one classroom, there are significant benefits such as fostering independent thinking and responsibility to complete assigned work while the teacher is working with another grade. It gives the teacher flexibility to tailor learning opportunities appropriate to the student’s abilities. An example would be if a grade 1 student is excelling in one area of study, they may easily participate in the Grade 2 curriculum as they are in the same classroom. In addition, it provides opportunities for inquisitive kids to ask questions at an appropriate time about information presented to another grade. The current staff are very skilled individuals who enjoy teaching and being a part of the community. They show a personal interest in the students’ lives both during school hours and after. It is not uncommon to see our teachers at non-school activities that our students participate in such as hockey, dance recitals, ball games, etc. The students, parents and community always appreciate this effort. Recent studies indicate Bulyea Elementary School is a building that is sound in structure, equipped with all the modern conveniences and not overwhelming in size. There is natural lighting, high ceilings for good air flow, an ample sized gym for indoor activities, a large well-maintained outdoor school yard, a fully stocked resource

center, computer workstations and smart boards. It is conveniently located near the skating rink, curling rink and community hall which allows these facilities to be used for school programming. All buildings require operation and maintenance funding so any work needed for the Bulyea Elementary School should be considered a cost of doing business and not a rationale for school closure. For the last two years, our Horizon School Division Trustee, has not been engaged with our local School Community Council (SCC). With this absence, there has been a lack of guidance, information sharing and feedback to the SCC, creating a communications breakdown between the local council and the Horizon School Division. With the Bulyea Elementary School now under review, this is an unfair and significant detriment to the knowledge base of the decision-makers on the Horizon Board of Education. Our committee is encouraging anyone who has concerns to make them known to the Horizon School Division and Bulyea School Review Committee as soon as possible as decisions will be made early in the new year. Once a school is closed, it would be nearly impossible to re-open! Letters or e-mails of support, questions or names of pre-kindergarten aged children within the Bulyea attendance area can be directed to me as chair of the Bulyea School Review Committee. Thank you for your interest and support. Sincerely, Tracy Flavel, Chairperson Bulyea School Review Committee Box 142 Bulyea, SK S0G 0L0 725-4408

There was a great turnout for the Open House.

Colin just couldn’t figure out the ballooning.

Richy gets ready to put the sword through Colin’s neck.

Bulyea SCC working to save school The Bulyea School Community Council (SCC) is now working on its presentation to Horizon School Division as it attempts to make its case to keep Bulyea School open. As part of that process, last month members of the committee attended the pre-election candidates forum in Earl Grey. Tracy Flavel, Bulyea SCC president, along with Amy McLeod, decided that it was in the school’s best interest for them to confront the candidates with a few good questions on how they were planning on helping keep our rural schools open, and how they are going to fund rural schools. With the tax money no longer staying in the areas it is collected, nothing is a guarantee. Sadly, they came away with nothing concrete, as was expected. But they did get their concerns out there, they also got some encouragement from some of the people in the audience, considering that it wasn’t too long ago that they closed down Earl Grey’s school. Sadly for Earl Grey there are so many new families with young children that have recently moved into town, that they would have more than enough students to sustain a school now. But as we have been told, once they close a school, it is impossible to reopen it. The Bulyea School Review committee consists of the school SCC, one elected member of the Town of Bulyea, one appointed committee member from the town, and also one elected and one appointed member of the RM. They are working at coming up with strategies and getting ready for the upcoming public forum. It is such a stressful time for everyone. I really feel sorry for the teachers, as they are not allowed to say anything, and it’s their jobs and livelihood at stake. They are not guaranteed a job in their area if their school closes, however, they are guaranteed a job in the ‘school division’. That is a huge area, so these people who have set up their families and become part of our families may have everything they have worked for taken away from them. It is really scary when other people have control of your life! It’s a good thing that we are able to have some fun with different events at the school and keep the children and ourselves distracted if only for just a bit. -submitted by Corri Gorrill



Bulyea Elementary School holds Remembrance Day service Not a year goes by that the students and staff of the Bulyea Elementary School don’t give thanks. The local Legion members and the community are invited to a service to give thanks to our fallen, but not forgotten, soldiers that gave so much so that we could be free. At this year’s service, the honour guard consisted of Stuart Stobart and his wife Mickey Stobart. It is always a nice program. This year, Ms. Lovequist’s Kindergarten, Grade 1 and 2 class sang a song and recited a poem for the Legion members. Mr. Hassman’s Grade 3 and 4 class also recited a poem, and then the entire school came together to sing a song as Ms. Gorrill showed a slideshow depicting how sad war is. Nolen Fuller was nice enough to entertain with his trumpet talents while Linda Glass, the president of the Silton Legion, read the roll call. It has become tradition while Mrs. Glass reads the names of the fallen soldiers that a candle is lit for each soldier lost. It’s great that the school keeps up the tradition so the younger children learn and won’t forget to be thankful that they live in such a wonderful country. -article and photos by Corri Gorrill

Nolan Fuller played the trumpet while Linda Glass reflected.

J’Lynn McLeod, Denny Slough and William Mansbridge-Goldie lit candles for all of the fallen soldiers from the Bulyea and Silton area.

Every year the students take part in a poster and poem contest for the Legion. Pictured above are some of the poster entries.

Emily Whitrow and Jacob Wilcox laid a wreath for the students and staff of the Bulyea school.

The Grade 3 and 4 class recited a poem.

Carson and Jayna Hack laid a wreath for the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides.

Sydney Wild and Eden Foster read the poem In Flanders Fields.

The honour guard consisted of Stuart Stobart and his wife Mickey Stobart.

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Nokomis Legion Remembrance Day service Veterans, their families, and members of the community gathered at the Nokomis Centennial Community Hall for the annual Royal Canadian Legion Remembrance Day Service on Friday, November 11. Doug Potter, President of Nokomis Legion Branch #290 acted as master of ceremonies and welcomed the gathering. Chaplain Rick Shott gave the invocation and Scripture reading, followed by a solo performed by Eric Jeschke. Chaplain Shott then gave the main Remembrance Service address. The hymns Be Thou My Vision, Holy, Holy Holy and Great is Thy Faithfulness were sung during the service. Following the Roll Call, and Reveille, Doug Potter read the Legion Prayer: They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them. The Laying of the Wreaths then took place, prior to service ending and lunch being served in the hall. Students from Nokomis School had their Remembrance Day drawings on display at the Hall. A supper and service awards presentation was held at the hall in the evening.

Photos by Dennis Simpson.



Between Friends Quilt Guild holds Fall Retreat   On November 4, thirtyone members of the Between Friends Quilt Guild gathered at the Strasbourg Bible Camp for their Fall Retreat. On Friday evening they held their meeting to finalize plans for their Quilt Show and also to plan their January meetings. They were also able to agree on plans for all future Retreats.   On Saturday morning, Julie Josephson taught a paper pieced version of the Mariner’s Compass block to approximately 12 ladies, while the rest worked on various other projects. There were Hopscotch quilts, Christmas quilts and runners, a quilt with horses on it, a beautiful Bargello quilt, snowmen, pumpkins, stars and a whole

lot more.   For the last year, the guild has had a contest to see who could complete the most UFO’s (Unfinished objects) or even some PHD’s (half done projects). Once completed, their names would be put in for a draw for a gift certificate from a quilt shop. On Sunday morning, Julie Josephson drew Sherri Stuart’s name – and doesn’t she looked excited?! (see photo). Eva Gorrill was the winner of the Creative Memories gift provided by Peggy Gwillim.   It was a wonderful weekend of learning, sewing, great, great food, fun and fellowship! Can’t wait ‘til the next one! -article and photos submitted by Donna Morningstar

The ladies hard at work on their quilts.

Janet Potter working on her quilt.

Iris Horn created this cute little snowman quilt.

Janet Potter (left), Julie Josephson (center) and Ruth Farebrother stop for a break and a visit.

Sherri Stuart and her fancy quilt.

Peggy Gwillim and Eva Gorrill enjoy a visit.

Carol Wright poses with her gorgeous quilt.

The quilts are created in a variety of different shapes and sizes. Kathleen Defoe holds up her unique quilt. Colleen McNichol holds up her Autumn-themed quilt.

Linda Helgson did a fantastic job on her quilt.

Elaine Bartel with her lovely quilt. Lesley Parkin holds up her beautiful wintery quilt.

Janet Potter did a great job on this quilt.

Deb Fiessel and Marion Birkett perfect their quilts.

Sherri Stuart (left) was ecstatic when her name was drawn by Julie Josephson to win the quilt shop gift certificate.



Silton / Sask Beach / Kannata Valley News Mae Clarke • 729-3014 Country Vista Alpacas in Strasbourg at Cornwell Centre, Wednesdays, 1:00–5:00 p.m. Other times by appointment. Come see the new lines of alpaca, emu and tea products. Enter draw for alpaca teddy bear! 4c The community extends their love and gratitude to the Martin family who flew to Vancouver over the past week to attend a

memorial service for Joe Martin’s brother who passed away in June. Also, sincere sympathy goes out from the community to the Penny Plosz family on the recent passing of Penny’s father. Penny’s father lived in Edmonton. The Bulyea Curling Rink Annual Meeting was held Tuesday, November 15. The curling ice is in the making and new carpet will be going in, once the ice is

complete. Curling will begin in early December with a cash spiel. We hope to see some new faces at the rink this year! Winter can be long and dragged out without some physical activity in your life. Dust off those curling shoes and your brooms and hopefully we will see you at the rink! Folks are looking forward to the Christmas Supper and Dance at the Silton Hall in early December.

Gun registry claims off target In a reaction to the introduction of Bill C-19, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code and Firearms Act, spokespersons for the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, anti-gun groups and opposition parties have stated that the elimination of the long gun registry will rob police of a valuable tool to keep track of guns in Canada, and leave them with ‘nothing to check’. “We find it very disturbing that these groups would make such blatantly false statements”, said Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation (SWF) Provincial Firearms Chair, Greg Illerbrun. In a recent interview, the President of the Canadian Police Association commented that police have sources of information other than the long gun registry that enables them

to keep track of what they consider to be firearms threats. The information available through firearms licensing alone ensures that police will know who is legal to own firearms in Canada. According to Illerbrun, CPIC, the National Information Centre, maintains registries of restricted and prohibited long guns and handguns, which are not affected by Bill C-19, information that exists in local or provincial databases, and databases maintained by the RCMP and other federal agencies will still be available. The SWF also notes that the Saskatchewan Federation of Police Officers and the Government of Saskatchewan has long held positions in opposition to the long gun registry. “The gun registry has always targeted the law abiding gun owner. The solution has

always been that the enforcement focus should be on those who shouldn’t have guns, not those who have demonstrated, through training, safe storage and safe use, that they pose no threat to public safety. These groups should be supporting the creation of a database that tracks people who shouldn’t have guns, those who have committed crimes with firearms, who have been charged with domestic violence, or for other reasons have been ruled ineligible to qualify for a firearms license,” Illerbrun goes on to say. The Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation (SWF) represents over 30,000 members from 120 branches across Saskatchewan and is considered to be, per capita, the largest wildlife conservation organization of its kind in the world.

Prairie Valley chair re-elected An organizational meeting of the Prairie Valley School Division Board of Education was held on November 9, 2011. Ed Geall was re-elected Chair acclamation, and Allan LaRose was re-elected by acclamation to the position of Vice-Chair. Ed Geall is a professional engineer, farmer and retired SaskTel manager who has been involved in school board, university and community-based organizations. Allan LaRose operates a family farm and is the Reeve

of the R.M. of Hazelwood #94. He is also Chair of the Kipling District Health Foundation, and a rural advisor to the Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency. In addition, committee members were chosen to represent various Board committees established by the Board to assist in work of an on-going or recurring nature on key issues. Committees include: Finance and Risk Management, Capital, Student Achievement, and

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Lions whimper, then roar down the stretch So, here’s some early strategy for getting to the Grey Cup Game, which has become almost a national holiday in Canada: Start your season 0-5, then 1-6, then start getting serious. Usually, 0-5 means at least three things: 1) Player personnel is pathetic; 2) Fans quit showing up for games; 3) The coach gets fired. In British Columbia, evidently, it’s called warming up. Unbelievably, the B.C. Lions were 1-6 on August 13, after a 30-17 homefield defeat at the hands of Winnipeg Blue Bombers and now, about three months and 11 games later, they are likely to be overwhelming favourites to win the Grey Cup when it’s played this weekend in B.C. Place. (The Lions had one obstacle in their way en route to the Grey Cup Game, the Edmonton Eskimos, in the Western final held this past weekend.)

Vegas oddsmakers would have laughed at anybody putting serious Grey Cup money on a team languishing at 1-6 one-third of the way into the season. But the last laugh would go to a B.C. believer, one of whom was veteran head coach Wally Buono, who saw that three of those first six losses were by less than a touchdown and that quarterback Travis Lulay was improving with every game. In July and August, Lulay was Ordinary Joe. In September and October, he was Super Joe, throwing 25 TD passes and only three interceptions in the Lions’10-1 rush down the stretch. When voting took place for Most Outstanding Player in the Western Conference, Lulay was lionized by the voters: He won in a walk. Which is what most observers think the Lions should do this Sunday in Vancouver, when 60,000plus fans jam into B.C. Place and millions of TV viewers across the country tune in to

watch what could be, well, a contest similar to the Christians being fed to the lions in ancient Rome. The Christians, in this case, will be the Eastern Conference rep, either Winnipeg or Hamilton, neither of whom scared too many people – other than their own coaches and fans – down the CFL stretch. The Bombers lost seven of their last 11 while limping to the East pennant; the Ti-Cats had similar problems, losing four of their last five (finishing with an uninspiring 8-10 overall) before escaping with an overtime win over Montreal in the East semifinal. If the Lions win the Cup Sunday, other coaches around the CFL will have a new answer to critics complaining about poor starts to seasons. “Just pulling a Buono,” they’ll say. • Comedy writer Jim Barach: “St. Louis Cardinal Albert Pujols unveiled a statue of himself outside his restaurant. David Wells

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from the sidelines once thought he had a statue of himself outside a restaurant but found out the place was just a Big Boy.” • Barach again: “NASCAR driver Kyle Busch has written a letter of apology for intentionally causing a wreck during a race. Racing fans were surprised. NASCAR drivers can write?” • R.J.Currie of “Saskatchewan Roughriders punter Chris Milo tied a CFL record with a 108-yard boot for a single. Call it the punt of no return.” • Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times: “John Daly, who walked out in the middle of his round at the Australian Open after halfheartedly hitting all his balls into a water hazard, can always say the devil made him do it. Daly’s latest world ranking: 666th.” • Budd Bailey of the Buffalo News, after NHL Hall of Famer Mark Messier ran the New York Marathon in four hours, 14 minutes, 21 seconds: “And that includes four minutes for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct along the way.” • Kevin Gleason of the

Middletown (N.Y.) Times Herald-Record, on tinkering with the outfield dimensions at Citi Field: “The Mets do know the other team gets to play with the fences in as well, right?” • After No. 1- and No. 2-ranked Louisiana State and Alabama played a 9-6 football ‘thriller’, Gene Wojciechowski of ESPN. com wrote: “If that was The Game of the Century, then I want my 100 years back. So let’s get this out of the way right now: These two teams deserve a BCS-championship rematch like Kim Kardashian deserves to keep her wedding gifts.” • Janice Hough of “If that was the “Game of the Century,” then in the 1900s the Cubs were the “Team of the Century.” • Brad Dickson of the Omaha World-Herald weighs in on the debate about Canada replacing the beaver as its national symbol. “How can a country obsessed with hockey have a mascot with teeth?” • Another one from Dwight Perry: “The Toronto Maple Leafs are off to

by Bruce Penton a 9-4-1 start and leading their division? Looks like that guy who keeps predicting the world is about to end finally nailed it this time.” • Headline in the Onion. com: “Celebratory Jets Dump Cooler Of Soap And Water On Rex Ryan.” • Columnist Bob McCown in Sportsnet magazine, answering a reader question about whether tennis star Novak Djokovic is on drugs: “Djokovic weighs about 80 pounds and his arms are like pipecleaners. The only drugs it looks like he’s on are laxatives.” Care to comment? Email: Disclaimer: the opinions expressed are those of the writer






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Raymore Elementary School Remembrance Day Service On Thursday, November 10, at 11:00 a.m. the Raymore School held their annual Remembrance Day program. Veterans’ week is a time to recognize and honour the men and women who served during times of war, military conflict and peace around the world. It is also a time to pay tribute to war veterans and think about the importance of peace and freedom in our lives. The school was fortunate to have the following seven veterans in attendance for the program: Father Roy, Bill Gotto, Syd Dudley, Connie Hopkinson, Ken Duffield, Dave MacDonald and Tom Anderson. Constable Dane Sackney was flag bearer. He led special

Corporal Dane Sackney of the Punnichy RCMP was flagbearer.

guests into the gym and then everyone joined the school band and choir in singing O Canada. The MCs for the program were Tyler Hachkewich (president of the RSA) and Amy McDade (member of the Jr. SRC). Many classes participated in the Legion poster, poems and essay contest. The following students read their poems throughout our program: Mathieu Mahalizc, Kelsey Bentz, Stephanie Frankl, Sam Anderson, Carrie Warriner, Paige Sebastian, Astrid Liska, Catherine Fendelet and Levi Brenner. The elementary students sang a song called Who’s That Man? written by Marny Duncan-Cary of Lumsden. It told the story of a young boy who met his dad for the first time at age four. His dad went off to serve his country before he was born. There was a video to go along with the song, so while the children sang, the audience enjoyed the video and there were a few tears shed. Amy McDade played the piano and sang along with Raine Gray to a very beautiful song called Travellin’ Soldier. It was a very appropriate song for our program. The following students laid wreaths in honor of our country, our province and our school: Darceelee Brenner, Courtney Bentz, Morgan Mann, Austin Linnen, Chase Gray and Jaimiee Brenner.

Mrs. Braun usually lays the wreath in honor of mother’s who have lost their children to war, however; she has been named the National Silver Cross Mother, so she was in Ottawa laying the wreath at the National War Memorial on behalf of all Canadian Mothers who have lost their sons or daughters to war. She performed her duties very well and we are all very proud of her.

Following the program, the staff provided lunch for our special guests (Veterans, legion members, cadets and RCMP). Following the lunch, the cadets marched to the cenotaph to lay wreaths in honor of the fallen soldiers. It was great to see so many members of the community join in honoring our veterans. Lest we forget! -article and photos submitted by Tyleen Cox

MCs for the program were Tyler Hachkewich (president of the RSA) and Amy McDade (member of the Jr. SRC). The school choir and band performed.

Amy McDade and Raine Gray sang Travellin’ Soldier.

Semans Remembrance Day Service The Royal Canadian Legion, Semans Branch #108 held their annual Remembrance Day Service at the Semans Gymnasium on the morning of November 11. Mark Ladner and Iain Richardson performed the ‘March on the Colours’ prior to the call to order by Duane Linford. Sergeant at Arms Tom Anderson ‘Deposited the Colours’. Reveille was performed by John Richardson. Wreaths were placed by Constable Sarah Thurmeier, RCMP; Luella Ruchle; Duane Linford; and Ken Duffield. Following placing of the wreathes, Brenda Grant and Beth Anderson did the Roll Call for the Semans, reading off the names of the 36 deceased soldiers of the First World War, and the 18 from the Second World War; Darlene Schindelka did the Roll Call for the 16 deceased soldiers from Raymore, eight from World War One; seven from World War Two, and one from the Afganistan conflict. The service that followed included Father Francis Plaparampil of Raymore, Rev. Alison West of Watrous, and Pastor Rey Dahlen from the Quad Country Parishes. Pastor Dahlen gave an inspirational address entitled ‘Remembering the War Years’. The Choir performed As With Silent Hearts. A solo by Padre Doug’s wife Joycelyn Armbruster feature the song Standing Strong and Free. Two students from Raymore School, Carrie Warriner and Samuel Anderson, recited their essays and poems. Samuel, a Grade 8 student, read his essay How we Remember and Carrie, a Grade 10 student, read her poem Please Remember. After the formal services, Rev. Ken Bruvoldt said Grace, and the gathering of about 120 people enjoyed a beef-on-a-bun lunch. Entertainment was provided by Mary Murney, Cal Pickeral, Chris Macomber and Sylvia Schultz. Later in the day, the wreaths were taken to the Cenotaph by the Legion members with assistance from the Wynyard Cadets.

Letter of I read the November 1, 2011 edition of the Last Mountain Times and was most pleased to read the article ‘History and report on the Tate Cemetery.’ My Hancock grandparents are buried there along with my greatuncle Rufus Rix and many others whom I knew while growing up. My father, Lorne Hancock, passed away in March of 2003. My mother resides in the Parkridge Centre here in Saskatoon. My parents moved to Saskatoon from Nokomis in 1997 with many, many fond memories of their lifetime on the farm at Tate and in Nokomis. Sometime in the summer of 2000 I drove Mom and Dad on a day trip to Nokomis, Tate and Govan. My father was most concerned with the condition of the cemetery due to the caraganas and lilacs

that were spreading and growing over a number of gravesites. After that trip he approached the Ball family here in Saskatoon. He asked if their construction company might help to remove those trees. Unfortunately that didn’t happen and Dad spent time worrying about the cemetery, frustrated because he could no longer do anything to help. For the benefit of the younger people in the area, the Ball brothers’ grandmother was Pearl Graham Ball, sister to Gertrude Graham Fleming Hancock, both of whom are buried in the Tate Cemetery. Pearl & Gertrude grew up on the Graham family farm near the Garland School site. On behalf of the Lorne Hancock family – my mother Haldis, my brother Terry and his family, my brother Lyle, and my family


– I wish to say a very heartfelt thank you to the Semans Cemetery Volunteers for the work done at the Tate cemetery. Your work and that of the caretakers are appreciated by the descendents of those pioneers and community residents who are buried there. A grateful thank you goes also to the current caretakers – Dave and Irma Brightman, Bruce & Lisa Bailey, Joel and Daniel, Ida, Cal and Abby Sadowski. Lastly, thank you to the Semans Branch of the Last Mountain Coop for donating the funds raised at Equity Days to the Tate Cemetery Committee. The article and photos certainly reminded me that, if I have expectations that the Tate Cemetery will continue to be cared for, it is part of my responsibility to help ensure that it hap-

pens. I have been working on family history for more than 20 years and have spent many hours in cemeteries from BC to PEI and several of our bordering US states. It is much nicer to visit a wellcared-for cemetery than one that has been allowed to fall into disrepair. I will be forwarding some donations to Mr. Brightman, Secretary/Treasurer of the Tate Cemetery Committee. Hopefully other former residents of Tate will also follow through. Sincerely, Diane (Hancock) Berg # 445-325 Keevil Crescent Saskatoon, SK S7N 4R8 Phone #: 306-373-3156

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Marny Duncan-Cary visits Raymore Elementary School

Marny Duncan-Cary On Wednesday, November 2, Marny Duncan-Cary, the author of the book Who’s That

Man?, visited Raymore Elementary School. Marny lives in Lumsden. Marny was very excited to hear that the students were going to sing the words from her book at their Remembrance Day program. Marny talked to the students about what it is like to be an author/songwriter. She explained that it was the events of 911 that inspired her to write this book. Marny also showed her grandfather’s war medals and shared with stories that her father had told her about growing up without a dad. -article and photo submitted by Tyleen Cox




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MANAGER School bus accident Wanted: Massey #36 Discers. Will pay 16, up to Yorkton On November $100; Will pick up. Andrew 306-946-9669, Municipal RCMP investileave messagewere if no answer. gating a collision that happened at the intersection of Lawrence and Broadway in Yorkton. The collision involved a semitrailer unit carrying wheat, and a school bus that was at an intersection. The investigation is still ongoing to determine how the collision occurred, but the bus suffered damage to the front end and the semi had some damage to the trailer. The female driver of the school bus was taken to hospital with minor injuries and the lone child that was a passenger on the bus was not hurt. The male driver of the semi was not injured. Police say road conditions at the time of the collision were good.

Young Hotel fire update Watrous RCMP say they have completed their investigation into the fire that destroyed the Young Hotel and bar. The initial investigation by the Fire Commissioners Office deemed that the fire was suspicious in nature and appeared to have been deliberately set. Subsequent investigation by the Watrous RCMP resulted in two female youths, age 10 and

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but was seldom in it. As soon as the opposition was moving to the Drake goal, Bauer would skate to the Drake net. Drake players, three at a time, skated down to the opposition end, and tried to score, many times missing the net. It was amazing that Drake came out on top, as Drake had only seven players – Lanigan had more. The coaches must encourage the players to pass the puck to the others. Bauer scored three times. It was a fun game. Come out to watch next time. Peggy Bartel was here to spend a few days with her mom Margaret Bartel and Mary Ann Bartel had Phil home on the long weekend. Peggy and Phil live in Garden Place Menno Home of Sask Inc. in Waldheim, SK. Get well wishes, thinking of and prayers for Wally (Lenora) Penner, Herb Friesen and those in lodges, hospi-

tals, doctors, nurses and caregivers and everyone at home and just not feeling well. Also thinking of all families and friends who mourn the loss of a family member recently. The Ladies Aid held their meeting in the Villa on November 15. Present were: Edna Meikle, Margaret Bartel, Doreen Snider, Florence Boechler, Lorena Bartel and Katherine Funk. Dorothy Wolter joined them for coffee and cake to celebrate Edna’s birthday (which is on November 26 – she will be 92 years). The group also played dominoes. Dawn, Marty and Rylee visited Bob and Ida McLaren on the Remembrance Day weekend. Some took in an underground mine tour on Sunday afternoon. Melody of Prince George, BC, spent a week at the Grace Strong residence.

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Earlier this month, Randy Morningstar of Winnipeg, visited at the Larry and Donna, Ryan and Lisa Morningstar homes. While he was here, Randy and Donna visited with Darrell and Myrna Bridges, Carla and Brian Dagdick and Cheryl Hughes at Craven. Ryan and Lisa Morningstar and girls spent the Remembrance Day weekend visiting friends in Calgary.

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RCMP report 12 coming forward and admitting responsibility. Police say the two youths had snuck out of their parents’ home at approximately 2:00 a.m. They then went to the post office and took some flyers back to the hotel where they lit a small fire to warm up. They then returned home leaving the fire unattended. The hotel, which has been closed since summer, was completely destroyed in the blaze. The owners report that fire insurance was not in place on the property. The 12 year old youth has been charged with mischief over $5000.00, and will be dealt with through the Youth Alternative Measures Program. The 10 year old, who cannot be charged has offered apologies to all those affected by this incident. “The Watrous RCMP would like to remind the public that while this was a very unfortunate incident it was lucky that no one was injured,” Sgt. Sean Porter said. “The youths involved made errors in judgment, however they accepted responsibility for their actions. I encourage parents to speak with their children in regards to fire safety.”

Youth killed in saw accident The Melville/Ituna RCMP report the tragic death of a 17 year old youth on a farm near Melville. On Saturday afternoon, November 12, the youth was assisting family members in sawing fire wood. The flywheel on the mandrel saw broke apart and struck the young man causing injuries to his head and leg. He was taken to St. Peter’s hospital in Melville, then transferred to the Regina General Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The accident was investigated by the Melville/Ituna RCMP Detachment and the Saskatchewan Occupational Health and Safety department. Investigators have concluded that it was tragic ‘freak accident’. The flywheel on the saw was a heavy cast iron steel wheel that kept the momentum of the saw blade turning. The flywheel broke apart in several pieces while spinning at high speeds. At the request of the family the name of the youth has not been released. Charges Laid The Yorkton Municipal RCMP have charged a 16 year old male in connection to sever-

al instances of vandalism, theft, and break and enters since September 1 this year. Since this date, the RCMP have received a large volume of complaints from the public surrounding thefts from motor vehicles, mischief to motor vehicles and personal property as well as break and enters to garages and residences. All the offences occurred in the City of Yorkton. The cost of damages and loss of property is undetermined at this time, but is estimated to be in the thousands. The 16 year old male was arrested over the weekend and held in police custody to make his first court appearance. A total of 54 charges have been laid against the 16 year old and the investigations are still ongoing. The name of the youth cannot be released due to the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Camper vandalized Southey RCMP report that on October 30, a camper trailer stored in a farm yard near Govan was damaged, and several items were stolen from trailer. Police asking the public for any information they may have about the incident.

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AGRICULTURE pa ge High School Rodeo makes first ever Agribition appearance

On Monday, November 21, the Saskatchewan High School Rodeo Association (SHSRA) made history at Canadian Western Agribition, giving youth from across the province a chance to showcase their talents. “This is the first time in the 20-year history of the SHSRA that we have been invited to compete at Agribition,” said Howard Floyd, the association’s director on the National High School Rodeo Association board. “We can’t think of a better venue to bring you the best of the best. These young competitors are the future of rodeo in this province, and in Canada.” Throughout the day, starting at 11:00 a.m., the participants competed in barrel racing, pole bending, break away roping, team roping, goat tying, saddle bronc, bareback, tie-down roping, steer wrestling and junior bull riding. Junior High members (Grades 6-8) competed first, followed by those in the High School Division. The contestants in each event of the High School Division and the top six from Agribition’s ‘Build A Cowboy Program’ returned later for a special evening performance. “These young people provided an impressive display of rodeo skills,” said Howard Floyd, National Director. “The action was fast, exciting and competitive, and compelling to watch.”

Ag Notes There is something about being around draft horses which I have always enjoyed. It probably goes back to stories my Dad used to tell about how he quit school in Grade 8 to stay home and work the big horses in the field. When I was a youngster, a few decades ago now, the stories were most intriguing because of the prospect of quitting school, but as I grew older I came to understand my Dad’s love of the big horses. At the Grain Millers Harvest Showdown in Yorkton recently, it was great to see the gentle giants as part of the event, especially when the draft horse show has been eliminated from Canadian Western Agribition. I have to think that is a mistake by the CWA, given how impressive a ring full of four and six-horse hitches are. It is sad that has been lost at what we often hear referred to as the premier livestock show in Canada. In the case of the Yorkton show, one of the most amazing moments for me was to watch young school students gathered around the massive draft horses. The children were in awe, but also so excited to be able to reach out and pet the big horses which took the attention in their usual docile nature. That is perhaps the most amazing thing about draft horses, how the powerful horses are so amazingly calm. The seeming opposites come into focus when watching the horse pull competition. Between pulls, the horses stand quietly on the sidelines. Once they are hooked to the pulling sled, there is an explosion of power as the horses get down to the business of pulling. To see the horse pulling up to 10,000 pounds shows their great power, and how it was that much of the Canadian Prairies was transformed to farmland through the sweat of horses

by Calvin Daniels such as those now relegated to pulling show wagons and competitive pulling as they have given way to mechanization. It is good though that breeders are keeping draft breeds alive, and in terms of raising top animals the Canadian Prairies certainly excel. An example of the quality was seen at the recent World Clydesdale Show held in Wisconsin. Donegal Dr. Pepper was recently named Supreme Champion Clydesdale of the world at the show. The sixyear-old stallion was raised by Greg Gallagher of Canora and was chosen Grand Champion Stallion of the show for his current owners Bob and Laura Gookin of Boulevard, Cal. He topped a field of 108 stallions which were eligible for the title. The championship was one of several top-10 class finishes to come back to Western Canada. And in 2012 it will be the Belgian breed’s time to shine, as their world show is held in Brandon, an event high on my ‘must attend’ list for next year. No doubt Western Canadian bloodlines will once again shine. Certainly draft horses are integral to our farm heritage, and any effort to maintain the breeds gets my applause. In that same vein, it’s hats off Merlin Ford of the Kuroki area and his ongoing efforts to chronicle the history of draft horses in a new book. Check it out For me, the big horses are a living connection to the farm efforts of my Grandfather and my Dad, and that will always make them special, and an element of any agricultural event I will be drawn to. Calvin Daniels is a Yorkton-based ag columnist and writer. Disclaimer: the opinions expressed are those of the writer.

Court to hear CWB lawsuit against gov’t The Federal Court will hear the Canadian Wheat Board’s lawsuit against the federal government on December 6 in Winnipeg. The CWB is asking the court to rule on the legality of the federal government’s October 18 decision to introduce Bill C-18 into the House of Commons without having first consulted with the CWB board of directors and without conducting a

farmer plebiscite as required by Section 47.1 of the CWB Act. A similar case launched by the farmer group, Friends of the CWB, is scheduled to be heard at the same time. Bill C-18, which eliminates the CWB’s single-desk marketing structure, is now in third reading in Ottawa and could soon be introduced to the Senate. The CWB’s farmer-elected directors held

a media event on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on November 15 in support of their position. In a related development, Ian White, President and CEO of the Canadian Wheat Board, will serve as part of the Crop Logistics Working Group announced recently by Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. The group will undertake to share ideas and

Delegation on to Ottawa On Monday, November 14 a delegation of 24 grain farmers and academics from across the west travelled to Ottawa to meet with Senators, their staff, and others to inform them how Bill C-18 will affect farmers and their communities. “I’m very pleased we have a delegation with a wide range of experience, age, and farm backgrounds” said Bill Gehl, chairperson of the Canadian Wheat Board Alliance. “We have farmers here who represent everything from feed barley producers who seldom have permit books, to farmers who invested in producer car loading and short line railways, and mega-farm operations raising durum and wheat. They all want to make sure the Senators understand the negative implications of this piece of legislation for their farming operations.” “We have a farmer-controlled democracy at our Canadian Wheat Board. We will be asking the Senators to hear from farmers across the west by conducting hearings of the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry into this legislation which will over-throw our elected CWB Directors and give our $6 billion dollar a year organization to the five giant multinational corporations which control the rest of the planet’s grain,” Gehl added. The CWB Alliance is a politically non-partisan organization focused specifically on the Canadian Wheat Board. The Alliance draws membership from throughout the west.

Saskatchewan farmland values rise again, says FCC According to a new FCC Farmland Values Report, the average value of farmland in Saskatchewan increased by 11.6 per cent during the first half of 2011. In the previous two sixmonth periods, farmland values increased by 2.7 and 2.9 per cent respectively. Saskatchewan farmland values have been rising steadily since 2002. Comparatively, the average value of Canadian farmland increased by only 7.4 per cent during the first six months of 2011, following gains of 2.1 and 3.0 per cent in the previous two sixmonth periods. Farmland values remained stable or increased in all provinces. Saskatchewan experienced the highest average increase at 11.6 per cent. The Saskatchewan results appear to mirror the U.S. situation, where double-digit increases in farmland values have been reported in several corn and soybean states. Two contributing factors to the current value increase are the ongoing strength of commodity prices, combined with land values that previously increased at a slower rate than in other areas of the country. “Farmland is more than a production resource – it’s a source of wealth for farmland own-

ers. So it’s not surprising that changes in the price of farmland generate interest from producers and others in the industry,” says FCC spokesman Michael Hoffort. “The upward trend in farmland values appears to have accelerated. Canadian farmland values have risen steadily during the last decade. Previously, the highest semi-annual average national increase was 7.7 per cent in 2008. The last time the

average value decreased was in 2000, when it dropped by -0.6 per cent.” The average national price of farmland has increased by about eight percent annually since the commodity price increase began in 2006. That’s about twice the rate observed in the first part of the decade. Near-historic highs in crop prices and lows in interest rates are other factors supporting higher land prices.

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