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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Community meeting attracts large turnout

The Nokomis School Community Council was pleased with the huge turn-out to its public meeting Wednesday, November 30. More than 130 concerned residents (not all of whom appear in the photo) went to the Nokomis Centennial Hall to hear presentations and provide input for the Council. Shown above, facilitator Murray Hildebaugh guided the group through a discussion exercise to identify their major points of concern around the Nokomis School Review. At the end of the session, - LMT Photo residents were asked to fill out a survey form and provide further feedback to the Council. More than 130 local and area residents turned out to the Nokomis School Community Council’s public meeting in Nokomis on Wednesday evening, November 30 to once again hear impassioned pleas to save the Nokomis School from being closed or down-sized. School Council members Tim Hendry and David Mark conducted the meeting, with the assistance of facilitator Murray Hildebaugh, a former recreation and tourism instructor at SIAST. Mayor Fred Wright was the first to speak on the School Review issue. “Here we are again. It seems like this fight just keeps going on and on,” Wright said. “I’d like to state publicly that the Nokomis Town Council stands behind the Nokomis School Community Council one-hundred per cent. We’ve even suggested that they acquire the services of a lawyer to help them out.” “I’ll tell you right now, this town is no good without its school. Our school is very,

very important to our town,” Wright said. “How can we entice families to move here if we don’t have a school? How can we entice new businesses to come here if we don’t have a school? It’s so obvious to us! In addition, I don’t think it’s in the best interests of our school children to be bussed an hour plus – every morning and night – and missing all the activities and events they would not have time for, if they were being bussed to Lanigan. So, on behalf of Council, let’s take the fight!!” It seemed a little out of place when Ev Edwards was introduced to do a presentation on the proposed Bridge Road Seniors Housing Complex, but soon after she began speaking, you could see heads nodding in agreement across the packed community hall. “A group of Nokomis residents and organizations have been meeting to help develop a solution to the housing shortage in Nokomis,” Edwards told the gathering. “We’ve looked at a variety of

models and opportunities, and have now narrowed our focus to one particular opportunity. After meeting with Bridge Road Developments Ltd, we are looking at construction of an 18 unit adult living complex. The suites would be fully accessible and selfcontained, with a full service common area.” “The two principal ideas

behind this project are to provide a maintenance-free, active, adult living complex in Nokomis, and to free up existing housing that would be appropriate for families to purchase so they could live in our community,” Edwards said. “We expect that a minimum of 12 to 14 houses could become available locally.” Edwards said the project

would be a ‘win-win-win’ when considered from a school enrolment perspective. She noted that the community of Redvers (population approx. 900) experienced a population increase of about 100 as the result of a similar housing project, and another 18 unit complex is now in the process of being built there. She added that potential in-

vestors are being confirmed, and once things become a little more firmed up, the group will be hosting a community information meeting, possibly as early as this coming January. If everything goes as planned, the project could be completed as early as the summer of 2013. Story continued on page 3.

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by Medical care has changed over the years. So has shopping. You practically have to take a magnifying glass along to read the small print about the contents of tins and packages. Many of the brands you were used to have disappeared. Young people wear peculiar clothes and hairdos, as well as tattoos and nose rings. Technology you can’t understand has arrived. You feel as though everything in your world is different now. It’s well to remember though that you yourself have changed too. Your body and your mind have battled constantly for supremacy. You have gone full circle back to the days of infancy. When you were born, your body was the boss. Your mind may have been aware that through no fault of your own you were suddenly yanked from your comfortable, dark floating space into a noisy world of bright lights. Naturally you resented this, but your body took over. When it was hungry, needed to be burped or have its diaper changed, it howled. It gave the process no thought. It was simply reacting to discomfort. This state of affairs lasted for some time. Even when you were a toddler, the body was in control. It would break loose and run without a thought of danger while someone hurried to pick it up. Finally you reached the age

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Provincial news briefs 2011-12 mid year report The Sask Party government says it remains on track to balance the provincial budget, despite increased flooding expenses and an uncertain global economy. The government’s 2011-2012 Mid-Year Report anticipates a pre-transfer surplus of $25 million and a balance in the Growth and Financial Security Fund of $694 million at year end. Overall expenses are expected to be up $246.8 million to $10.926 billion, while revenues are expected to be up by $156.8 million to $10.951 billion, leaving a $25 million surplus. Flooding costs are estimated to be in excess of $240 million, offset by approximately $109 million in federal contributions. “We are extremely fortunate that we have the resources to respond to a second consecutive year of extensive flooding,” Finance Minister Ken Krawetz said. “Our government has ensured we have an appropriate reserve in the Growth and Financial Security Fund and it remains in place to respond to such challenges.” Krawetz said flooding costs are offset by the current strength in the potash sector, where royalties are expected to exceed earlier estimates by $207 million as a result of higher prices and volumes. “We anticipate continued volatility in the global economy in the months ahead. Our government will be mindful of this as we prepare our upcoming budget,” Krawetz added. FAITH  HOPE  SINCERITY Find Them In Church

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Three western provinces support CWB dissolution Last week Agriculture Ministers from Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia expressed their support for the dissolution of the Canadian Wheat Board in anticipation of the third reading of Bill C-18, The Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act. The federal government has stated their intention is to pass this legislation by the end of the year. The historic House of Commons vote is a major step toward providing western Canadian grain farmers with the option to market their own wheat and barley. Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia together produce more than 80 per cent of the wheat and 90 per cent of the barley grown in

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Nokomis Annual Carol Festival – Tuesday, December 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Nokomis Centennial Hall. Sponsored by the Nokomis School and Public Library. Silver collection at the door. Get into the Christmas spirit and sing, and enjoy our entertainment! (Plus we have a special visitor coming!!!) 6c See the Ag Page (19) for a photo of Elwood Smith who was presented a 2011 Honoury President for the Saskatchewan Angus Association plaque at Agribition.

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continued from front page “Those of us involved in this project understand that a definitive school closure would impact this project, just as the project itself would impact

classes or close the school. If the decision is for closure, then the school would be closed at the end of the school year in June and the Division would implement a transition plan for the students and the facility. If the Division chooses to stop the review process and leave the school open, they can do so at the April 30 point as well. Vice-Chair David Mark then addressed the group to explain why the Council has chosen to retain the services of a lawyer as they go through the review process. “The School Review Legislation is very complicated, and the more we know the better we will be prepared to deal with the process,” Mark explained. “As the community well knows, Nokomis School has gone through the review process four times since 2006 and the community has always shown overwhelming support for the school. And, over 90 per cent of that support indicates that the community wants to keep its K to 12 school,” Mark

the primary role of education is that there are 21 children in in Nokomis? What happens pre-school. Our concern is that, if there is only a K ...90 per cent believe that to 9 school, or no school at all? What the school is necessary for would happen to continued community the students and sustainability... community if there was only a K to 9 school, or no perhaps if the right data was school at all? provided to Board members, The comments reported back the outcome of their decision to the main group were some- would have been different. An what repetitive, but were main- important question to ask is ly centered around the follow- ‘why were those numbers dising themes: education should regarded?’ ” be designed to prepare the stuMark also noted that another dents for the future, and that can main concern that should play best be done in their own com- in favour of Nokomis is the fact munity; a K to 9 school, or no that Nokomis is geographically Ev Edwards, of Green Teal school at all is not a viable op- isolated. The community is far Insurance, made a very intion for the community; there is enough away from other comteresting presentation on no win-win in any scenario that munities and service centres the proposed Bridge Road reduces the educational options that it can sustain itself with its Developments Seniors in the community; bussing stu- local trading area. He said that Complex. dents elsewhere is a total waste due to this isolation factor, the school enrolment in Nokomis,” of students time, and financial Nokomis School should be desEdwards added. “The investors resources; lack of full K to 12 ignated a ‘school of necessity’, to date are concerned about facilities in Nokomis will be which is defined in legislation building a viable project, but detrimental to the community, as a school that is 40 kilomealso concerned about building and will deter future growth. tres away from a similar-sized a project that helps maintain As the small discussion facility. a viable community, with the groups reported back to the It was also reiterated that main audience, a strong theme provincial legislation allows quickly became apparent: this the Horizon School Division ...[Investors are] concerned about isn’t really a “school viability” fairly broad latitude in its apbuilding a project that helps maintain a review process as much as it is plication of the School Review viable community, with the school being a “community viability” review Guidelines: the school ‘may’ an integral part of the community... process where, in fact, when a (not ‘must’) initiate a review if school is determined not to be it falls under the minimum enschool being an integral part of said. “Through discussions and viable, it ultimately ends up rolment guidelines; the board the community.” meetings, we know that the being a determination that the can set less stringent requireTim Hendry thanked sev- community feels the consistent community itself is not viable. ments; and the school of neceseral members of the Nokomis pressure from the School Board Past experience has proven, sity guideline can be less than School staff for attending has created animosity on both over and over again, that when 30 kilometres. the meeting, and noted for sides of the debate, and we feel a community’s the crowd’s information that that animosity is hampering the school is killed off, should be school staff are prohibited from process, and its effectiveness.” the community itdesigned to prepare the participating in the School ReMark pointed out some of self will eventually students for the future, and view Process, or making any the comments made during wither and die. statements regarding the pro- past reviews: ‘small schools that can best be done in Vice-Chair David cess. He then briefly explained and the education they pro- Mark then spoke their own community... the School Review process and vide have a valid place in rural of major concerns timelines to the audience, not- Saskatchewan life’; ‘the Town that the School Community In closing off the public ing that the Horizon School Di- of Nokomis has large growth Council has already discussed meeting, an appeal was issued vision will likely deal with the potential, and this is not the in preparation to put its report for donations to a fund to help Council’s report near the end time to consider closing the together. After the planned re- pay for the retention of a lawof next January, and as early school’; ‘90 per cent believe view announced in the fall of yer to assist the Council in its as February 1 the Division will that the school is necessary for 2010 was cancelled due to Ho- work. David Mark and Jolene make its decision regarding the continued community sustain- rizon School Division’s failure Higgins made the initial donafuture of Nokomis School. Hen- ability’; ‘survey results clearly to follow proper procedures, tion of $500 to the fund. The dry explained that the Division indicate continued support the Council went ahead and Nokomis Town Office is accan make two choices: close for the school from both con- prepared a submission to the cepting contributions to the lethe school or discontinue some cerned parents and community Board in hopes of staving off gal aid fund. classes; or stop the review pro- members’. an early future review. They Tracy Flavel and Amy cess and keep the school open. Vice-chair Mark noted MLA presented their report at the end McLeod of Bulyea attended If the decision goes against the Greg Brkich had Wednesday’s meeting ...The use of incorrect enrolment as well, in preparation school, the Division must hold been invited to a meeting of local electors and the end the meet- data, and the disregard for the data for their own work receive additional submissions ing, but was un- they received from the community on the Bulyea School and delegations until March 31. available due to Review report. Alraises some serious issues... The Division has until April 30 commitments at though the Horizon to decide again whether to keep the Provincial Legislature. He of March, 2011 but the Board School Division did not send a the school open, or discontinue added that he had the oppor- completely ignored the Coun- representative to the meeting, tunity to talk to MLA Brkich cil’s work when two and a half there was a resource person during the recent provincial months later it chose to use its there from the Department of election campaign, and Brkich own projections to judge the Education. However, he did agreed that it is not the time school’s viability. not actively participate in the for Nokomis School to be shut “The use of incorrect enrol- discussion. down. He committed to provide ment data, and the disregard for The Nokomis School Coma letter of support to include in the data they received from the munity Council consists of the Council’s report, and to do community raises some serious Tim Hendry, chair; David as much advocacy work as he issues,” Mark stated. “One of Mark, vice-chair; Michele can in support of keeping the those issues is, whether it was Cruise-Pratchler, secretary; school open. knowingly done, or unknow- Betty Styles, community memMurray Hildebaugh, a former ingly done, the Board was pre- ber; Jake McNichol, town of educator and community recre- sented data that precipitated the Nokomis rep; Lois Mortenson, ation development professional decision to continue the review RM of Wreford rep; Ian Mcthen facilitated a small group process on Nokomis School. Nichol, R.M. of Mount Hope brain-storming session that will I wouldn’t really blame the rep; Sandy Braun, community provide the Council with valu- Board for making that deci- member; Nina Moskal-Braun, able input into its formal report sion based on the incorrect data research. Iv Kane, of Kane that will be submitted to Hori- they received. When you see Communications, is working zon School Division’s Board in figures indicating zero children with the Council to assemble the New Year. The groups were in pre-school, it doesn’t look the Council’s report to the asked to discuss and report on very promising. But the reality School Division. the three questions: What is of the situation, given our data, -Editor



News from the Nokomis Seniors Monthly meeting

Heing and Justine Heese from Winnipeg were recent visitors to Margaret Pankretz at the Nokomis Health Centre. They often combine the visit to Justine’s mother with a visit to Ike and Linda Pankretz of Watrous. -photo by June Munroe

The monthly meeting of the Nokomis Seniors was held on November 29 at the Welcome Inn with five members present. The meeting opened with O Canada followed by a minute of Memorial Silence. The secretary read the minutes of the October meeting and the treasurer gave her report and stated they are a little ahead in their revenues. Correspondence: There was no correspondence within this last month. Old Business: The club decided to buy Dwayne Stewert his membership in the Nokomis Seniors for the work he did at installing the door on the furnace room. Committee Report: Hazel Chute said she sent Hazel Eddy a sympathy card. There were two tables at the 500 card party. The cribbage tournament had seven tables and an extra couple for playing. New Business: A motion was made to charge $4.00 if you bring food and $7.00 if you don’t bring food to the Christmas potluck supper. A decision was made to hold the 500 card party in December, but not to hold a bridge party. A motion was made to close the center for January, February and March due to so many people going away for the entire winter. The meeting was adjourned and closed with God Save the Queen. -L.H.

Nokomis Seniors Christmas and birthday party

Palmer Unseth with his birthday cake. Approximately 30 people sat down to a very delicious potluck supper at the Seniors Welcome Inn on the evening

of November 29. The evening started off with Al Shumaker and his wife Eva from Lanigan, entertaining for awhile. Happy Birthday was sung to Palmer Unseth, whose birthday is December 3. After supper was finished, Al and Eva entertained with some Christmas music. At different intervals, Vi Hemingway read some humourous jokes and presents were handed out to everyone present. When the main program was finished, some folks went home, while others decided to stay and play cards. There were three tables of 500 played. A lovely evening came to a close. -L.H.

Cribbage tournament 4 – This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: 5 – “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. 6 – Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. 7 – Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” -Jeremiah 29: 4-7 God is speaking to Israel at a difficult time. They have been carried off into exile, and are living far from home, far from the familiar sights and sounds, and they have been forced to do so by a foreign government who moved them by force, not by friendship. Israel is struggling to deal with their relocation and all the change that goes with it. They’re angry, unsettled, and longing for the good old days in Jerusalem. God, however, who knows all, sees all, hears all, and understands all, speaks to his people through the prophet Isaiah. His words are clear, but for the people of Israel, they came as a well deserved yet unexpected slap in the face. God says to Israel, “I brought you here!” in verse 4. His clarification in verse 4 is for a purpose – to remind the people that He is in control, and that He knows what is happening. He brought them to Babylon, and He will decide when it is time for them to return. His sovereignty rules over all things; Israel’s true Almighty King is in charge, and they need to realize it. God then gives Israel the road map to accepting the changes. He tells them to settle in, stop looking backward, and move forward. They were to build, plant, marry, grow, and stop sulking and wallowing in their own self pity. They were implored to pray for the nation that held them captive, for as they went, so went Israel! Are you facing change? Wallowing in your own special brand of self-pity? Reminiscing about what life used to be like before “the bottom fell out”? God has a message for you: STOP, DROP AND ROLL! STOP being angry; DROP living in the past; and ROLL on into the life God has prepared for you! Pastor Doug Armbruster Raymore Baptist Church

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A very successful cribbage tournament was held on November 22, with enough for seven tables and one extra couple. A lot of laughter and visiting could be heard for the entire day under the capable hands of Fred Wright. Graham Thomson, who was Fred’s tournament partner, politely reminded Fred that he should have lost a bit of weight if he expected Graham to carry him all day. A lovely noon lunch was served to everyone present. The prizes were handed out to the following players: Second prize went to David and Evelyn Black of Porcupine Plain, SK; Third prize went to Darwin McNichol of Nokomis and Shirley Birtles of Drake, SK; and the skunk pot went to Alex Munroe and Lylie Herman. More visiting and refreshments were enjoyed after it was all over. -L.H.




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The annual Govan Christmas Craft & Trade Show was held in the Govan Gym on Saturday, November 26. Although the day started off a bit slowly, groups of people eventually drifted into the gym, and there was a steady stream of traffic until the show closed down at 3:00 p.m. This year’s event attracted 22 exhibitors from the Last Mountain area, including: Avon – Heather Watkins; Baking – Judy Fortin; Baking/Quilting – Amy Dickson & Donna Skoropata; BeautiControl – Lilly Kremer–O’Brien; Kerry Sather – Bee Yourself Book; Decker’s Crafts – Keith Decker; Epicure – Nettie Pearce; Fifth Avenue Jewellery – Cindy Willms; Girl Guides – Cookies; Govan Sew ‘n’ Sews; Granny’s Soaps – Janet Danis; JBH Designs – Chantelle Letourneau; Jockey P2P Clothing – Sarah Angell; Last Mountain Scouting – Popcorn and Hot Chocolate; Metal Majesty – Jennifer Briere; Norwex – Carol Wright; Sweet Treats Baking and Crochet – Linda Degenstien; Simply Elegant Jewelry Collection – Kristy McNichol; The Painted Lady – Mary Whitehouse; The Pampered Chef – Donna Kelln; Tupperware – Linda Grabarczyk; and ViSalus – Michelle Hassman. The lunch counter and coffee area was a popular place for shoppers to rest and visit for a while. The Lunch Counter served food made by Sue King’s Govan Youth Cooking Class, and proceeds will be used to support future classes. The Govan First Responders received $86.25 from donations at the tea and coffee counter.

Twenty vendors set up their colourful displays in the Govan Gym.

Hope your holidays are filled with joy!

Sue King’s Govan Youth Cooking class took a short break from their kitchen duties to pose for a group photo. Pictured: (left to right) McKenzie Acton, Hailey Acton, Shyanne Acton, Marcia Hilderman, Sue King and Aiden Pense (front). Missing from photo is Jeremy Yauck.

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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! 6c CP Holiday Train will be stopping at Strasbourg Museum at 3:10 p.m., Tuesday December 6. Performance will be a 15 minute Stop and Go with performers singing from train. Dress warm, and come out and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Holiday Train! 5-6c

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Last Mountain Theatre Company, WDS Jr. Choir, Angela’s School of Dance, Pastor Glen, and the Fuller family, present ‘Christmas Around the World,’ Saturday, December 10, 7:00 p.m. in the upper Strasbourg Hall. Silver collection, with proceeds going to the local Ministerial Christmas hampers. 6c If you would like to submit news, please contact Last Mountain Times directly at the above number, or contact us at: 528-2020, lmt@sasktel. net, by fax at 528-2090, or by mail at Box 340, Nokomis. S0G 3R0. Be sure to include your contact information so we can clarify facts if necessary.

Zamboni correction The letter reproduced below was sent to Last Mountain Times as the result of an article printed in our October 4, 2011 issue. The article (Duval brothers head El Paso hockey program) included a photograph of Dave Herman, formerly of Duval, operating an ice resurfacing machine. In the article, the machine is identified (incorrectly) as a ‘zamboni’. That error came to the attention of Zamboni Company, and prompted them to write the following letter: We apologize to the company for the accidental misuse of their trademarked name. And we are quite flattered now to have an original letter, signed by Mr. Frank J. Zamboni !! -Editor

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Strasbourg News Phone 725-3030 Congratulations to the winners of the Strasbourg Lions Club Grey Cup Pool: 1st quarter - Carol Schultz, 2nd quarter - Bob Sikma, 3rd quarter - Kris Thompson, 4th quarter - Lorne Gottselig. 6c 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! 6c CP Holiday Train will be stopping at Strasbourg Museum at 3:10 p.m., Tuesday December 6. Performance will be a 15 minute Stop and Go with performers singing from train. Dress warm, and come out and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Holiday Train! 5-6c Last Mountain Theatre Company, WDS Jr. Choir, Angela’s School of Dance, Pastor Glen, and the Fuller family, present ‘Christmas Around the World,’ Saturday, December 10, 7:00 p.m. in the upper Strasbourg Hall. Silver collection, with proceeds going to the local Ministerial Christmas hampers. 6c Farmers Market, Saturday, December 10, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Wildlife Hall. Phone Roberta at 725-4570 to book tables. Lunch by Pioneer Home Foundation. 5-6p

Last Mountain Valley Business Association Christmas Gift Basket Final Draw, Saturday, December 10. Enter now at participating businesses in the area! 5-6p 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 Condolences to the special friends and family of Derwin Gieb who suddenly passed away. Our thoughts are with all of you. Ed and Rose Fries have now moved to Regina. We wish them well in their new condo. We hope they will come ‘home’ lots to visit! See the Sports Page (13) for an article on Nick Schultz of the Minnesota Wild who recently skated in his 700th game.

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Bob Kerr celebrates 80 years Strasbourg United Church was the setting for a Come and Go Tea on November 19, 2011. Approximately 135 friends and family signed the guestbook to honour Bob Kerr on reaching the 80 years young milestone. Grandchildren Stuart, Michelle and Samuel Dickie, Robert and Kevin Trueblood and Justin Kerr and fiancé Kathy Nattrass welcomed guests. The hall was suitably decorated for the occasion with a timeline of Bob’s life prepared by daughter Sheila. There were handshakes, hugs, and good wishes as Bob and Bertha received guests. There were some light-hearted jabs as well. Bob would expect nothing less. After wishing the birthday boy well, those in attendance were served refreshments by the United Church ladies. A birthday cake decorated by daughter-in-law Rita was served by Bob and Bertha’s children; Darryl and Rita Kerr, Sheila Kerr and fiancé Carl Klein and Arla and Brian Trueblood. Special guests in attendance were Bob’s three precious greatgrandchildren; Harlow and Tyrus Lees, with parents Jamie and Tom, and Bentley Thiessen with parents Janet and Christopher. Extended family and friends travelled from all over southern Saskatchewan and Alberta for the event. It was noted that the opportunity to gather under happy circumstances was not to be missed. The afternoon was spent visiting and reminiscing, with lots of laughter thrown in. Bob also received many telephone calls and messages from those unable to attend, including granddaughter Leah Trueblood in London, U.K. The celebration continued with a delicious family supper catered by Roberta Bender. Bob thanked his family for hosting the event and for making his 80th birthday party a day to remember. -article and photo submitted by Arla (Kerr) Trueblood

Bob with his 80th birthday cake.

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NDP clarifies policy statement NDP Finance Critic Trent Wotherspoon last week clarified a statement he made earlier in the week concerning the NDP’s policy of pursuing a possible resource revenue sharing arrangement with Saskatchewan’s First Nations. Wotherspoon clarified that NDP policies are constructed through

a democratic process, and that First Nations resource revenue sharing remains the policy of the NDP. He also reiterated the Official Opposition’s desire to see First Nations and Métis inequality in our province addressed, the Treaties honoured, and he called for action from the Sask Party government on

The Strasbourg Curling Rink is in full swing again for 2011. It started off with an Opening Cash Spiel from October 24 to 26. Regular curling started Monday, October 31 with nine rinks, Tuesday competitive curling has eight rinks, and Thursday afternoon curling has seven rinks, the most ever! Youth curling on Thursday after school has approximately 15 to 20 young curlers coming. Under the instruction of Larry Doetzel, and helper Ray Craswell, they are definitely an asset to keeping up our future of curling. On Saturday, November 26, the rink hosted a Grey Cup Fun Spiel two man tuff with six rinks. It’s never too late to sign up to curl. Come out and enjoy some fresh air and good times.

this front. “In the recent election, the NDP proposed a possible resource revenue sharing arrangement with First Nations communities,” Wotherspoon said. “The response to this particular proposal was mixed, we recognize that there are concerns about it, and we will take the time to work with First Nations and all Saskatchewan people to develop and strengthen our policy ideas. But there’s

no question that there are very real challenges that need to be addressed in our province.” Wotherspoon said the NDP Official Opposition will continue pressing the Sask Party government to take action and will work to ensure that Treaties are honoured, that poverty and inequality are addressed, and that the provincial government’s relationship with First Nations and Métis people is based on respect.

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Commentary Wall’s Road Ahead Put yourself in Premier Brad Wall’s shoes for a moment. You’ve just won one of the largest majorities in Saskatchewan history, the provincial government is rolling in resource revenues and more and more people are investing in and moving back to Saskatchewan every day. So now what should you do to make things even better? First, it would be wise to pause for a moment and reflect on why Saskatchewan is doing so well. The ‘Saskaboom’ can be largely traced back to two significant factors – lower rates charged by the government on companies that pull resources from the ground and lower taxes. Think about it. Potash, oil and other resources have always been in the ground, so why have they suddenly become huge industries in Saskatchewan? There are a few reasons why, but the most significant is that the former NDP government reduced rates that they charged businesses for extracting and selling resources like oil and potash. As a result, private businesses have invested hundreds of millions in Saskatchewan, hired thousands of workers and paid billions to the government in additional taxes and fees. Tax reductions by the former NDP provincial government, and the Wall govern-

ment went hand in hand with the new royalty structure. By reducing taxes, the province was able to lure investors and workers, as well as keeping existing ones in the province. For example, over the past decade, the business tax rate has dropped from 17 per cent to 12 and the small business tax rate is now just two per cent. Both moves helped Saskatchewan close the gap with provinces that were charging lower tax rates or dropping their rates at the same time. Thus, it also helped Saskatchewan businesses improve their competitiveness. On an individual level, taxpayers have saved thousands through lower personal income taxes, school taxes and through a lower sales tax. That has not only made Saskatchewan a more attractive place to live, it has given Saskatchewan entrepreneurs a solid crop of good workers who are no longer fleeing the province. That brings us to the second point number for the premier to consider – there’s more work to do. Yes, Saskatchewan’s school taxes, business taxes, sales tax and personal income taxes are lower than they were five years ago, but they’re still higher than Alberta’s rates. Closing the tax gap will help ensure Saskatchewan businesses compete, attract more businesses

and keep people in the province. One way for the government to do that is to continue to focus on debt repayment. After all, once the provincial government’s general revenue fund debt is paid off, it will free up over $400 million in annual interest charges. It’s very similar to paying off your credit card and no longer having monthly charges. Just imagine if the province was able to put $400 million back in taxpayers’ pockets on an annual basis. That brings us to the final major consideration – spending. Next door in Alberta, they were able to pay off their debt and drop taxes to some of the lowest rates in Canada, but they also increased spending. And boy did they ever! Over the past decade spending in Alberta has skyrocketed. So much so that when the revenue slowed down, the government couldn’t close the spending taps; they’ve rung up almost $7.5 billion in deficits over the last three years alone. Learn from the past, continue to close the tax gap and be mindful of Alberta’s mistakes. If Mr. Wall can do that, the road ahead will be smooth for Sask taxpayers. - Colin Craig, Prairie Director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation Disclaimer: the views expressed are those of the writer.

Conference participants learn from prominent speakers The Farm Animal Council of Saskatchewan (FACS) fulfills its leadership role by exploring the transformation of animal agriculture at the annual ‘Fence Lines to Corporate Board Rooms’ conference. Opportunities for producers and others to learn begin with a special bull management session, the afternoon of December 7, then continue with FACS 20th Annual General Meeting that evening and the conference, December 8, all at the Saskatoon Inn. “Recognizing the importance of understanding growing consumer curiosity regarding food production, we proudly present several prominent well-informed speakers with interesting perspectives based on their diverse experiences,” says Adele Buettner, FACS Executive Director. “Conference participants are unlikely to hear most of the speakers, elsewhere.” Speakers for the 2011 ‘Fence Lines to Corporate Board Rooms’ conference are: Tim Hortons’ Director of Sustainability and Responsibility Tim Faveri; Director of Communications for Cargill, Michael Martin; and other prominent speakers from Canada and the USA. “Producers, industry representatives, government officials, scientists and educators return to FACS ‘Fence Lines to Corporate Board Rooms’ conference, year after year, because of the opportunity to learn both from knowledgeable speakers and networking. Although the focus is provincial, the annual event attracts people from across Canada and often the United States,” Beuttner added. FACS is the only member-based, industry-led non-profit organization advancing animal responsible animal care for livestock and poultry in Saskatchewan.

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He’s large and round, Red and white, Has a deep voice. He flies a sleigh pulled by reindeer, Has a cherry red nose, And dimples to love. He lives in the North Pole, With many happy elves. There is only one person he could be, Santa, of course. The jolly old man that’s delivered presents for years. He has come once again to deliver our presents, And make it a happy holiday for everyone. I watch him from the stairs. We have never been so close. I go down another stair. He turns at the sound of the creek, Smiling at the sight of me, Grabbing a cookie from the plate, He leaves but turns back to say, “Ho, Ho, Ho, Merry Christmas!” Cara Henry Nokomis School

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I love to make cookies on Chistmas Eve I invite my whole family, even Uncle Steve We make gingerbread because they are the best A few cookies for Santa, we will eat the rest They come in many different shapes, one looks like my kitty Later we decorate them so they will look neat and pretty Icing is my favourite part, pink, green and blue It sticks to our Christmas cookies just like glue When we are finished, it is time to clean up We wash every dish, down to the last measuring cup I eat a few cookies and put some on a plate I do this now before it is too late The next morning, the cookies are gone Reindeer tracks are all over my lawn I found a note saying, “The cookies were yummy!” I think of the cookies filling his tummy Santa was here, I know this for sure I cannot wait for next year so I can make some more! Savanna Kautz Nokomis School

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3 balls of snow One big, One medium, One small, Big to small, 2 coal eyes, One carrot (uneaten), A scarf, A pipe, A top hat, To finish it off, A couple of magic words, That’s all it takes for a friend this winter, But honestly, Who has a top hat anymore? Daniel Pratchler Nokomis School


Cold brisk mornings Bright colourful nights Snowman rolled around and around. Orange people here Shots ripple through the quiet sound Someone just got a deer. Christmas is here Let’s all cheer It’s almost the start of a new year. Everyone makes a new goal Maybe learn how to play rock ‘n’ roll Time to go back to school. Kids are showing off their new toys From Transformers to sweaters Everyone’s full of joys. Cylus Zdunich Nokomis School

WEEK OF DECEMBER 4 TO DECEMBER 10, 2011 BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: DECEMBER 4 – MARISA TOMEI DECEMBER 7 – HARRY CHAPIN ARIES Many of your worries are disappearing, and you are ready to do some terrific things. You are feeling wonderfully energetic again. This is great, as you know how to make the most of it. TAURUS Don’t be too hard on yourself. Learn to trust yourself more. Ensure that all your actions are noble, and others will respect you more. You will understand this more clearly in the future. GEMINI Saturn causes you to be able to solidify your projects. This brings you a lot of self-confidence. You love feeling optimistic, and you have a lot of love to give. CANCER Neptune’s influence causes you to do some profound thinking this week. You will not allow yourself to be influenced in any way by anyone. You need others to feel comfortable with you. LEO This is an extraordinary week in your personal life. You are starting a phase in which you will be very happy, as several problems from the past disappear. You will feel the benefits of this. VIRGO You will have some very humorous encounters this week. You might have to face up to some hard things, but you will see their funny sides. You yourself will make others laugh, too, which is great for everybody. LIBRA You might learn some things from or about friends that evoke strong reactions in your. You don’t want others to manipulate you. You like to protect your private life, and you are right to do so. SCORPIO This week Venus will bring you happiness. You feel very close to the person who is dear to you. This changes a lot of things in your life. Remain sure of yourself. SAGITTARIUS Your joy for life will be brought out by some experiences this week. That will help you achieve some terrific things, and you will be emotionally fulfilled. You truly want to live in a way that is worthy. CAPRICORN This week the South Node (the Moon’s descending node) compels you to think about making some changes regarding the things that preoccupy you. This affects you greatly. AQUARIUS This week you will be able to surpass yourself in your professional life. You can achieve many things that will have a profound impact on the people close to you. PISCES This week will bring you some great hopes in your professional life. You are heading towards situations where your ideas will be accepted and respected. You can do a lot of good for others.



Psychology for Living

Healthy ways to deal with in-laws

by Gwen Randall-Young I have been asked to write something about in-laws, particularly as a time of family gatherings approaches. This is a complicated topic to address, because there are so many dimensions to it, depending on the individual situation. I will use the example of daughters-in-law. When a son marries, his parents gain a daughter, his siblings, a sister, grandparents, a grandaughter and so on. His wife, in choosing to marry him, takes on a myriad of other roles, and, accept it or

not, she is evaluated for all of them. It sometimes happens that everyone loves her, she loves everyone, and they all live happily ever after. Usually it’s not so perfect, and no matter how wonderful she might be, her very presence changes relationships across the board. For example, the son now is closer to his wife than to his mother, and his mother is no longer the first one he turns to when he needs a woman’s point of view. Mother’s birthday is still important, but it is his wife’s that for sure he’d better not forget. Mothers can feel displaced by this ‘other woman’, and there can be some hurt and resentment, even though the son is just trying to be a good husband. If mother makes the son feel guilty, he is going to resent her for not understanding. If she makes snide or critical

comments about his wife, she sets up a no-win situation. If the daughter-in-law senses the judgment, then she is hurt, angry and defensive, because she knows she cannot compete with a man’s mother. She feels like an outsider, may be withdrawn and distant in order to protect herself, and this only brings more criticism. The vicious cycle is in full swing. The only way to avoid all of this is to honor our children, and respect their right to choose who they want in their lives. We must make every effort to be patient and kind with this person, for she is the one our son has invited to share his life. Prejudice does not happen only along racial lines, it can happen in families. If a new family member is ‘rejected’, however subtle that process might be, a majority-minority mentality is

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created. The majority may discuss her behind her back, she becomes the minority, and a process of discrimination ensues. She may be held up to scrutiny, with every move analyzed and discussed. Even if there are faults, difficulties in her personality, a warm hand of friendship and acceptance will bring more change than all the criticism in the world. It’s not about who’s right or wrong, it’s about creating harmony in our relationships, so we can be close to those we love. Gwen Randall-Young is an author and award-winning Psychotherapist based out of Alberta.

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James Edgar 2011 December Skies December opens with the Moon at first quarter on the 2nd, meaning it is seven days (and a little bit) from new. Seven days (and a little bit) later will be full Moon, and this particular full Moon on the 10th lines up with the Earth’s shadow – a lunar eclipse, which will be visible from most of North America. The eclipse will still be in its central phase as the Moon sets in the west at sunrise. A few days earlier, on the 6th, Jupiter will be within a few degrees of the Moon; on the 17th, eight degrees north of Mars; on the 20th, seven degrees north of Saturn; Mercury three degrees north on the 23rd; new Moon on the 24th; and Venus within six degrees on the 27th. Mercury will be in front of the Sun (inferior conjunction) in the early part of the month, and will begin showing up in the eastern early morning by mid-December. Venus is that bright light in the southwestern horizon at dusk. Watch for a thin crescent Moon hovering nearby on the 26th and 27th. Mars rises in the east shortly after midnight, and fades away in the bright early morning daylight. The Red Planet appears tiny compared to Venus and the gas-giant planets; it’s a long way off yet, making its closest approach in early March 2012. During

December, Mars averages 1.2 astronomical units away from Earth – a little more than our distance from the Sun. To get a feel for how large Mars appears, consider that the Moon is a half a degree in diameter, where Mars displays an angular size of nine arcseconds. Even though Mars is actually twice the diameter of the Moon, distance is everything; the Moon’s apparent half degree equals 30 arcminutes, or 1800 arcseconds – appearing 200 times larger than Mars! Jupiter is well placed during December for evening viewing, continuing in retrograde motion (westward) until the 26th, when it appears to stop and then begin moving eastward again. Don’t forget that it’s us doing the moving, rounding our orbit much more rapidly than Jupiter – 12 times faster, in fact. Get out the binoculars or a small telescope to watch the daily dance of the Galilean moons, and watch the planet slowly spin on its axis. Over the course of a couple of hours, Jupiter revolves considerably – quite noticeable to the observant eye. Saturn rises in the east in the early morning hours, hovering all month near the bright star, Spica, and then the Ringed Planet gets quickly swallowed up in the Sun’s glare. Watch for a waning crescent Moon nearby on the 19th and 20th. Uranus and Neptune rise during daylight and set near midnight in the west. James Edgar James Edgar has had an interest in the night sky all his life. He joined The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada in 2000 and quickly became involved in the Society. He is Editor’s Assistant and a contributor to the renowned Observer’s Handbook, Production Manager of the bimonthly RASC Journal, and is the Society’s National Secretary.

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In Real Life: Sydney makes it to individual competition! by Kelly Kirk

Kelly Kirk If you’re reading this, that means it’s December. Yes, that’s right, it’s December out there, where the grass, dirt and temperatures around zero are. It’s hard to believe but I had my gold truck operational yesterday. It took one kick of the choke and it fired right up with a crankcase full of 20w50. Thinking about it now, it must be nice out, as that truck is in one piece, and it’s been a few winters since that was true. Also in my possession is a vintage subcompact that will one day see the chopping block, which is where the inspiration

for this article came from – as this month, I’m talking about Nash. Some of you may be familiar with them, some may not. They started life in 1916 in the USA, and by 1938 they had acquired the Kelvinator Corporation (yes, the refrigerator company) and changed their name to the Nash Kelvinator Corporation. By the time 1954 rolled around Nash was a part of American Motors, lasting only until 1957 when they kept only the Metropolitan name and their own Rambler. With a short life like that, it might seem they were a failure, but it’s quite the contrary. In the 1930’s, Nash ran a straight eight engine which featured overhead valves and twin spark plugs per cylinder (much like a modern Hemi). In 1938 they added an air conditioning system that drew air from the outside of the vehicle and a rear cabin vent, thus helping with humidity and cabin pressure. In 1939, a thermostat was added to the very same system naming it the ‘Weather Eye’. Keep in mind, your modern day vehicle uses these same basic ideas. The car in the picture is a funny story… I spotted it at

The Goodguys Great Northwest Nationals in Spokane, Washington this summer. At first glance, it looks like a candy red upside down bathtub. At second glance, it’s a 50’s car that someone cut the bottom off and removed the wheels and tires. As a matter of fact, it’s neither. My memory escapes me as to the exact year and model, but I believe it started life as a Nash Rambler (early 50’s). From factory, the front and rear fenders had a factory ‘skirt’ built into them, meaning you couldn’t see the entire tire or wheel, as it was tucked up into the car. The gentleman who owned this car simply extended the skirt until it was flush with the bottom of the car, then added adjustable air ride to lower it deep into the grass, leaving the impression that it hovers. He went a few steps further as well, as the front and rear bumper were deleted and the body was moulded right around, the doors opened suicide style and the hood opened sideways, revealing the LS series Corvette engine that powers it. I know right? It’s wretched excess at its finest, it’s raw yet refined, it’s statistically impossible, it’s a hot rod! I never thought to ask the owner how he puts the wheels and tires on it, as I’m still stumped without guessing that some chassis disassembly takes place, but I did get a chance to see it driving across the parking lot, and let me tell you, it looked like something from the Jetsons. We must keep in mind, that this car is far from anything Nash brought out of the showroom, but beneath that paint there is still 50’s innovation at its finest in that steel. Kelly Kirk Nokomis, SK Disclaimer: the opinions expressed are those of the writer.

Episode 8 – Pizza Makers Sydney is now on her own, one by one and only added in individual competition! salt. Her first sample was corRather than being scared, rect and she was the first to Sydney said she was looking finish! The third challenge forward to competing indi- was actually making and vidually, instead of having baking pizza in a wood-fired to be dependent on another oven. Many kids had trouble person’s performance for her with the dough sticking to outcome. With three boys the table or paddle. Sydney and two girls left, they took on the ...I have no doubt that Sydjob of Pizza Mak- ney’s dough was the best ers in New Jersey, and were trained quality. She’s made pizza and judged by a several times in Mrs. Tait’s real Italian pizza class, and we bake and chef. make homemade pizza at The first challenge was mak- home... ing the dough. Sydney took already knew to use flour to her time and measured care- prevent this, and after a few fully, and because she was false starts, she was again the slow and methodical, she was first to finish. Finally they navigated the last to finish. But they were surprised to learn there through the streets of New was a 10 second time bonus Jersey to deliver two pizzas for the best quality dough, to a house. With her lead, and Sydney won it! This Sydney finished first and was important, as she was now faster than her old partner Abs, won the use of their Wrench, and then used it to give him a penalty! I have no doubt that Sydney’s dough was the best quality. She’s made pizza several times in Mrs. Tait’s class, and we bake and make homemade pizza at home. I do think our rural culture of homemade food helped Sydney a lot in this challenge. Sydney said she remembered my lessons of “baking is about precise measuring, cooking is about tasting” when doing the challenges. In the second challenge, they had to make pizza sauce but were not told the ingredients, and only had a sample cup of finished sauce to taste and copy. Sydney methodically tasted all possible ingredients (onion, garlic, basil, sugar and salt) and remembered Sabrina’s instructions that the sauce was ‘simple’, so she eliminated each choice

selected the ‘Big Reward’. Everyone has been asking “Why didn’t she pick the Wrench, which would have given her the power to give a penalty to someone in the next episode?” Sydney says “I wanted to prove that if I made it to the finale I made it there competing as myself with no help from anyone or anything, even if it meant possibly getting Wrenched myself!” Next episode – the final four kids compete as Railway Workers. Growing up in Nokomis, with trains passing through everyday on the busy CN and CP rail lines, will Sydney have an advantage??? -submitted by Janice Reynolds Viewers can watch episodes online by going to www.ytv. com and following the links.

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Kids and gifts: How many is too much?

Despite the many messages from all corners promoting a ‘more is better’ philosophy when it comes to holiday gifts, the truth is far more complex – especially for children. While most parents work hard to give their kids everything they need and much of what they want, it is often hard to draw the line, prompting many well-intentioned moms and dads to ask, “How much is too much?â€? In general, the answer lies within each family. Parents should purchase what makes sense to them and what they believe their children will use and appreciate. However, in recent years, child psychologists and experts in child development have returned to these questions as economic conditions have forced many families to scale back, both throughout the year and during the holiday season. Books such as The Pampered Child Syndrome (Jessica Kingsley, 2006) by Maggie Mamen and Give Me, Get Me, Buy Me (HCI, 2010) by Donna Corwin and several others on the same topic offer similar conclusions: When children are given too much over the course of their childhoods, they can develop a serious case of entitlement, become unappreciative of what they have and begin to equate love with ‘stuff.’ And for younger children, receiving a huge pile of gifts in one sitting can be both overwhelming and overstimulating. If you have been wondering about these issues, here are some general guidelines for having a fun-ďŹ lled holiday with just enough stuff.

Gifts to make foodies say “Mmmmm� Cooking is a rewarding hobby and meals, when shared with friends and family, are a great opportunity to sit down and stay abreast of all the goings-on in the lives of your loved ones. For some, however, food is more than just a hobby, it’s a passion. Those especially passionate about their food are affec-

tionately known as ‘foodies.’ Foodies can be meat lovers, vegetarians or even vegans. All it really takes is a love of food. This holiday season, gift the foodie in your life with any of the following food-oriented gift ideas. Cooking class Know a foodie who is just

Club membership Monthly clubs, such as pastry-of-the-month or coffee-of-the-month, are wildly popular among foodies. Memberships are relatively inexpensive, and each month your loved one will receive a new item, whether it’s an old favourite or a new one they have never tried before. This is a great way for foodies to try new things, and it truly is the gift that keeps on giving, as most memberships last a full year.

Make a gift plan Before setting out on your ďŹ rst shopping expedition, devise a plan that makes sense for your family. If you have younger children, decide on the number of gifts for each. With older children, you might want to establish a dollar amount rather than a gift amount. Once you’ve made the plan, stick to it – no matter what. Draw names Particularly in bigger families, gift-giving can become a ďŹ nancial and emotional burden if everyone buys for everyone. Drawing names not only reduces those burdens, but often results in more meaningful gifts all around.

beginning a love affair with food? Or one who has recently discovered a particular type of cuisine, such as Thai or Indian? Help cultivate this newfound love by treating them to a cooking class that helps them learn all about the cuisine and how to make certain dishes for themselves. Such classes are not too difďŹ cult to ďŹ nd, and you might even be treated to a delicious, home-cooked meal once your loved one has completed the class.

A night out at a trendy new hotspot is one gift no foodie can refuse.

Opt for a shared experience Consider pooling the money you would have spent on individual gifts and putting it toward a special outing, vacation or shared item for your home. Long after the toys have broken and the electronics have stopped working, your children will cherish their memories of a holiday that focused on sharing time together. Communicate If Grandpa Mike or Aunt Emily has a reputation for heaping on the presents at Christmas or Chanukah, let them know ahead of time that one will do, then offer a suggestion that is sure to please your son or daughter. If they insist that they want to do more, consider asking them to make a donation in your child's name to a charitable organization or to purchase a gift for a local child in need. Collaborate Sometimes one big gift makes a lot more sense. If your child would love a new bike or a trampoline or horseback riding lessons, consider asking extended family members to contribute to that item or to items that go with it, such as a helmet or other gear.

Gadgets Not all foodies love to cook, but those who do may love to unwrap some gadgets that can help around the kitchen. A digital kitchen scale makes measuring ingredients

a snap, while an electric wine opener makes it easier than ever before to uncork a bottle of wine to serve with dinner. Whatever a foodie’s taste or personal preference, chances are there’s a corresponding gadget that can make a meal that much easier to prepare. A night out Of course, some foodies love to eat but aren’t so enamored with cooking. For those who prefer the restaurant route, peruse the local Sunday newspaper to learn about the newest culinary hotspots. Then purchase a gift certiďŹ cate for two so your loved one can indulge his or her love of food without having to worry about who’s washing the dishes. Get your hands dirty Perhaps nothing will delight a foodie more than a homecooked meal, especially after the hectic holiday season when most people want nothing more than to kick their heels up and spend a night in. Once the holiday season has come and gone, invite your favourite foodie over for a homecooked meal of his or her choosing. Unless he or she insists, don’t let the night’s guest of honour do any of the work.

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Silton / Sask Beach / Kannata Valley News Mae Clarke • 729-3014 The community sends condolences to the Middleton family. Bob and Val were permanent residents of Kannata Valley. Bob passed away Saturday, November 19, 2011. The Saturday, November 26 Regina Leader Post had a very interesting article about another resident of Kannata Valley. Dave and Myrtle Surjik have been seasonal residents of Kannata Valley for many years. The LeaderPost had a full page article in it’s Grey Cup 2011 section. I found it very interesting, and since the Surjik’s live in our village and many of us know them, I thought I would share some of the article with you, just in case you missed this tidbit of news. The Grey Cup 2011 news column reported that Myrtle Bainbridge (now Myrtle Surjik), was Miss Saskatchewan Roughrider in 1951 and went on to become the first Miss Grey Cup, crowned 60 years ago! At the time, 18 year old Myrtle had graduated from Central Collegiate High School and took a secretarial course. While there she won the Miss Balfour Tech competition. After being named Miss Balfour Tech, she competed at different levels and was chosen as Miss Saskatchewan Roughrider. The Grey Cup was held in Toronto that year and her mother accompanied her as a chaperone for her trip to the competition. Miss America crowned Myrtle as Miss Grey Cup. She then became part of a parade through downtown Toronto. The crown of Miss Saskatchewan Roughrider as Miss Grey Cup, was Saskatchewan’s only win that weekend. The Riders, quarterbacked by Glenn Dobbs lost 21-14 to the Ottawa Roughriders. Once home Surjik’s life was very busy. She was active in

sports, modeling, real estate and the airline industry. She was a flight attendant with Canadian Pacific Airlines from 1952 to 1955 while based in Vancouver. She came back to Regina where she met and married Dave Surjik in 1956.

Myrtle Surjik (78 years young this year) was Miss Grey Cup 1951. Dave and Myrtle live in Regina and spend their summers at Kannata Valley at their cottage on the waterfront. Myrtle Surjik pursued a degree in social work from the University of Regina. She received the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1996. Myrtle became an active volunteer with the Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan. Her work in that area was recognized in 1992, when she received Health and Welfare Canada’s Volunteer Award. She has also been involved with the Regina Council of Women, the Voice of Women and the Family Planning Association and ran twice for Regina city council. The entire article was very interesting. Being a very young gal growing up in

the 50s, I can totally relate to some of Surjik’s comments and how overwhelming this entire ordeal would have been. Comments were made about her mother, who accompanied her as a chaperone so she wouldn’t be involved in any wild partying or carousing! When you consider everything Surjik has accomplished in her rich life, the Miss Grey Cup pageant is merely a blip, and now the event is but a memory. The final Miss Grey Cup was crowned in 1991. With the beautiful weather hanging around for the past few weeks there is still lots of active happenings in the valley. A new home is under construction in High Country Estates with the basement just being poured and the RTM is being built and moved on site sometime in the New Year. Also, another new home is in the makings here in the village, cement work (footings), etc. being completed before we are blessed with any seriously cold weather. Residents along the waterfront have had some huge equipment moving rocks. This is an attempt to keep the shoreline in front of their property from eroding again next spring, in case the water levels continue to be as high as they were this past spring. Christmas decorations are starting to beautify the village and the Christmas parties are fast approaching. With those thoughts in mind, let’s all be responsible, remember ‘Don’t Drink and Drive’ as the fellas in uniform are out and about, and when you least expect it, there they are! Get out your dancing shoes and that nice Christmas outfit for the Last Mountain Lake Community Association Christmas Supper and Dance. Come out, enjoy, and have a good time with your neighbors and friends.

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Scientific evidence supports breast cancer screening for women in their 40s Strong scientific evidence and public demand exists for screening Canadian women aged 40-49 for breast cancer, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) says in response to new screening guidelines released by the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care. “The fact is scientific evidence demonstrates that earlier detection and diagnosis can save lives among women 40-49 by at least 25 per cent,” said Sandra Palmaro, CEO, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Ontario Region. Palmaro added that screening can help find cancers that are smaller and haven’t spread, which can allow for better treatment options and reduced disability and death from breast cancer. Breast cancer continues to be the most frequently diagnosed cancer among Canadian women. One of CBCF’s most significant concerns about the Task Force report is that it relied heavily on old data from “randomized controlled trials” (RCT’s) related to breast cancer screening and mammography, some of which are 25 - 40 years old and were based on equipment that is now outdated. There has been an enormous change in breast imaging since that time, including significant improvements to analog technology, and the continued adoption of digital mammography across Canada. Digital mammography has

been shown to increase accuracy in younger women pre- and peri-menopausal women, and women with dense breasts, the group the Task Force recommends be excluded,” Palmero said. “It’s critically important to consider these issues in the context of today’s technology and in terms of the real life experiences of Canadian women. That evidence strongly supports screening women beginning at age 40,” said Gordon. “Our own data from BC show 25-39 per cent mortality reduction among screened women aged 40-49. And these data were derived even before widespread implementation of digital mammography.” CBCF is encouraging the six provinces and territories where women 40-49 are not eligible to participate in their organized screening program – Ontario, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Quebec and Saskatchewan – to take a first step in allowing women 40-49 access to organized screening programs where possible and if recommended by a health care provider. CBCF’s position is also consistent with the breast cancer screening guidelines from the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, all of which recommend that women begin screening at 40 years of age.

Request for CCSVI research proposals The federal government and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) have announced that CIHR is ready to accept research proposals for the Phase I/II clinical trial on Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency (CCSVI). This next step will help identify a proposed clinical trial which can then undergo ethical review. The request for research proposals was available on CIHR’s website on November 30. The request for research proposals is a collaborative initiative between the CIHR and the MS Society of ...The research evidence Canada. CIHR will also continue to work with the to-date is so mixed that the provinces and territories as it moves forward with only way to get to the bottom this initiative. “Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects thousands of of this is to conduct a wellCanadians and their families. It is imperative given designed clinical trial with the uncertainties related to CCSVI and its potential relationship to MS that CIHR support ethical appropriate stringent patient research based on international standards of excel- safety considerations faclence to help us better understand what impact ve- tored in... nous angioplasty procedures have on the clinical outcomes and quality of life of MS patients,” said Dr. Beaudet. “The research evidence to-date is so mixed that the only way to get to the bottom of this is to conduct a well-designed clinical trial with appropriate stringent patient safety considerations factored in.” The main objective of the trial is to determine the safety of venous angioplasty and better evidence on patient outcomes. CIHR will announce the successful research team in March 2012. The applications received will undergo rigorous review by an international peer review committee that will be established over the coming weeks. The selected team will then need to obtain ethics approval from relevant institutional research ethics board(s) before conducting the trial.

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Hockey Standings Long Lake Hockey League

Highway Hockey League

Standings as of November 29, 2011

Standings as of November 28, 2011

TEAM Davidson Lanigan Nokomis Drake Watrous Leroy

TEAM W Cupar 4 Strasbourg 3 Raymore 3 Wynyard 2 Avonlea 2 Southey 1 Bethune 0 Lumsden 0

G 5 6 5 6 6 6

W 5 3 4 3 2 0

L O/TL PTS 0 0 10 1 1 8 1 0 8 2 1 7 3 0 5 6 0 0

SCORING LEADERS NAME TEAM GP G A PTS Steven Dasilva Dav 5 8 11 19 Josh Sim Dav 5 7 10 17 Derek Allan Dav 5 7 8 15 Adam Hendry Nok 5 6 7 13 Brett Leedahl Nok 5 7 5 12 Ryan Depage Wat 6 6 5 11 Justin Popadynec Nok 5 5 6 11 Keegan Dansereau Wat 6 5 6 11 Dean Beuker Lan 6 4 7 11 Carter Smith Dav 5 5 5 10 GOAL TENDERS NAME TEAM M/P GA Brady Wilner Dav 120 5 David Spooner Drk 368 22 Matt Shenher Nok 307 22 Mark Zoerb Dav 180 13 Sharrod Failler Lan 124 9

Avg 2.50 3.59 4.30 4.33 4.35

L 0 0 1 2 3 1 4 2

OTL 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0

PTS 8 6 6 4 4 3 1 0



Bryan Kauk Aaron Lindal Kellen Sillinger Neil Kodman Jared Molnar Brady Heintz Tyrell Shulko Josh Jordan Tyler Stewart Kevin Falloon Dallas Thiessen

Wyn Wyn Avon Str Avon Str Ray Ray Cup Wyn Ray

4 4 5 3 5 3 4 4 4 4 4

6 4 4 3 4 4 4 3 5 4 1

9 9 7 7 5 4 4 5 2 3 6

15 13 11 10 9 8 8 8 7 7 7

GOAL TENDING LEADERS NAME TEAM GA MP AVG Jamie Wutke Cup 2 120 1.00 Warren Niekamp Cup 6 121 2.99 Ryan Senft Sou 9 181 2.99 Nathan Fischl Ray 12 240 3.00 Terrian Harreson Beth 4 65 3.71 Trevor Thiessen Lum 4 60 4.00 Justin Mrazek Avon 24 299 4.82 Tyler Kifferling Str 15 185 4.87 Barry Herman H.H.L. Stats

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STANDINGS ATOM TEAM Lanigan Raymore Humboldt Watrous 2 VicCo 1 ViCo 2 Watrous 1 Strasbourg

G 3 4 3 3 1 1 1 2

W 3 2 2 1 0 0 0 0

L 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 2

T PTS 0 6 1 5 0 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

L 0 0 2 2 0 3

T PTS 2 8 3 7 1 3 1 3 1 1 0 0

L 0 1 0 2 1 3 1 3 2 2

T PTS 1 9 0 8 1 5 0 4 1 3 0 2 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0

L 0 1 0 3 3 2 1 2

T PTS 1 7 0 6 1 5 0 4 1 3 0 2 1 1 0 0

PEE WEE TEAM Humboldt Strasbourg Lanigan Raymore Watrous Viscount

G 5 5 4 4 1 3

W 3 2 1 1 0 0

BANTAM TEAM Strasbourg Foam Lake Wynyard Kelvington Humboldt Wadena Lake Lenore Watrous Lanigan Muenster

G 5 5 3 4 3 4 2 4 2 2

W 4 4 2 2 1 1 1 0 0 0

MIDGET TEAM Wynyard Drake Watrous Lanigan Wadena Muenster Humboldt Kenaston

G 4 4 3 5 5 3 2 2

W 3 3 2 2 1 1 0 0

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Obscurity no concern to Garrison, Panthers Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and Nick Lidstrom are among the most famous names in the National Hockey League, but if you were looking to find the most obscure, you might not be too far wrong to suggest it’s Jason Garrison. Jason Garrison? Who? Exactly. You might be surprised to learn that Jason Garrison, a native of White Rock, BC, who played Junior A in Nanaimo and then spent three years at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, is one of the top scorers on one of the NHL’s best teams this year. That would be the Florida Panthers, of course. Which fits perfectly with the obscure Garrison because of the NHL’s 30 teams, Florida is certainly among the most obscure, even to their dozens of fans in football-mad Florida. Garrison and the Panthers are rising at the same time,

which is probably not a coincidence. When the U.S. celebrated its Thanksgiving holiday in late November, the Panthers had the best winning percentage in the Eastern Conference, a few ticks ahead of Pittsburgh, whose engine was revving again with Crosby back in the lineup. Florida was not the only relatively obscure team to lead a conference. The best record in the West at U.S. Thanksgiving was Minnesota Wild. Hockey fans all over North America – except perhaps in the hockeymad state Minnesota – were yawning at the possibility of a Minnesota-Florida Stanley Cup final. But we digress. Back to Harrison... sorry, Garrison. Jason Garrison. The 27-year-old, playing his second full season with the Panthers, led all NHL defencemen in goals with eight, leaving Drew Doughty, Lidstrom, Dion Phaneuf, Dustin Byfuglien and other more fa-

mous defenders in the dust. He wasn’t alone with his scoring exploits from the blueline, however, since five of Florida’s top nine point-getters were defencemen. The Panthers offensive charge was being led by castoff forwards Kris Versteeg and Tomas Fleischmann and goaltender Jose Theodore, a former Hart and Vezina trophy winner with the Habs. The Panthers are guided by rookie coach Kevin Dineen, one of the early leaders in coach-ofthe-year discussions. Dineen had a great six-year run in the American Hockey League, winning 111 more games than he lost. Along the way, he nurtured guys like Jason Garrison, who are quietly – and quite anonymously – skating their way toward a possible flirtation with the Stanley Cup. • Comedy writer Jim Barach: The Houston Astros will move into the American League West from the National League Cen-

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Schultz plays 700th career game Ten years ago, Nick Schultz had a baby face like Jared Spurgeon. Ten years ago, Schultz was as wide-eyed as Nate Prosser and walked with an extra hop in his step like Marco Scandella. These days, Schultz has a bristly face, a receding hairline and is a laid-back, savvy vet. “He’s the old man back there,” coach Mike Yeo said, laughing. As hard as it is to believe, Schultz is the old man of the Wild Blue line – 29 years old, but an old man nonetheless, as the lone veteran still standing on the youngest blue line in the NHL. Thursday night against the Colorado Avalanche, Schultz, the all-time Wild games played leader, skated in his 700th game. Only 10 NHL defensemen have played more games since Schultz enterted the league in 2001-02. His mother, Carol, attended the game, and hours before, Schultz reflected on his career. He recalled his first NHL game against Edmonton on October 14, 2001, a boxscore that remains framed at home. He recalled his first NHL goal against Florida on November 29, 2001, a game his late father, Robert, attended. To put Schultz’s longevity in perspective, because of a run of

injuries, the Wild’s other five blue liners – Sporgeon, Prosser, Clayton Stoner. Justin Falk and Kris Fredheim – have combined to play 202. “You look around, to be in one spot your whole career, I’m pretty blessed. Couple years left – hopefully – on my contract,” Schultz said, chuckling at the “hopefully.” “I’ve been fortunate, I enjoy it here, my family enjoys it here.” With Scandella and veteran Marek Zidlicky concussed, veteran Greg Zanon out because of a groin injury and Mike Lundin working toward his debut from a season-long back injury, Schultz’s role has become

even more valuable because of the inexperienced cast he’s surrounded by. Yeo relies on Schultz in “every key situation, playing against key players, top players, when the game’s on the line.” Yeo says it’s no coincidence the Wild started playing well when Schultz’s game rebounded from a slow start. Schultz missed much of training camp trying to shake off the cobwebs from a season-ending concussion. “Hopefully I’ve gotten past the early-season hiccups,” Schultz said. Originally published in the November 17, 2011 edition of the Minneapolis StarTribune. Reprinted with permission.

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from the sidelines tral division next year. The fans aren’t concerned about American vs. National. They are just glad no one has seen fit to put the team where they belong: In Double A. • Rick Reilly of, comparing the last two Green Bay quarterbacks: “(Brett) Favre... is Halle Berry in a bikini. But (Aaron) Rodgers is Halle Berry in a bikini carrying an ice-cold 12-pack and the keys to a free Maserati.” • This week’s groaner, from R.J. Currie: “Pius Heinz, a 22-year-old German, won the $8.72-million prize at the World Series of Poker. Once he got ahead, Heinz had his opponents playing ketchup.” • From Steve Harvey’s Bottom 10: “And, so, the number of sidelined quarterbacks grew, including Houston’s Matt Schaub (bad foot), Chicago’s Jay Cutler (bad thumb) and Washington’s John Beck (bad passes).” • Barach again: “The wife of an Illinois high school football coach was caught changing the grades of some of the team’s players. Remember when the economy was good and coaches could just reward players

with money under the table?” • Janice Hough of “The Kansas City Chiefs signed Kyle Orton off waivers, and the Chicago Bears signed Josh McCown. That’s it, Brett Favre is officially ‘chopped liver’.” • After Dustin Brown of the LA Kings made YouTube history by hilariously squirting water out of the bottom of the bottle after holding it upside down, he tweeted: “Heading to the rink early today have to help the trainers mark all the water bottles with arrows.” • R.J. Currie again: “The Saints beat the Falcons in overtime after Atlanta got stuffed going for it on fourth down at their own 29. Can’t imagine a more questionable gamble — unless another guy agrees to marry Kim Kardashian.” • Steve Schrader of the Detroit Free Press, on the Tigers’ Justin Verlander winning the AL Cy Young Award by a 28-0 vote: “Wow. If they can get 28 sportswriters to agree on something, how come Congress can’t work like that?” • Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times on recent NFL fines:

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by Bruce Penton “Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford’s fine for grabbing an opponent’s helmet and throwing him to the ground: $7,500. Bears receiver Earl Bennett’s fine for wearing orange shoes: $10,000. Moral of the story: Good thing for Stafford he wasn’t wearing orange shoes when he did it.” • Ian Hamilton of the Regina Leader-Post: “As part of their divorce settlement, Dodgers owner Frank McCourt has to pay his ex-wife Jamie $131 million. Through force of habit, the Yankees offered her $175 million.” Care to comment? Email: Disclaimer: the opinions expressed are those of the writer






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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)

HOUSE FOR RENT IN EARL GREY– 2 bedroom, 1 bath, single detached garage and large fenced yard. Rent to own a possibility. Call 9394523. ctf 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

Grain/seed farm seeking immediate full-time employee, capable of operating and maintaining all farm equipment. 1A license an asset. Wages negotiable with experience. Contact Kevin at 484-4555 or email 3-6c HELP WANTED– Caretaker/ Maintenance person for Govan Housing Authority, starting January 1, 2012. Anyone interested can get details by contacting Sue King, Housing Manager, at 484-2013 or Glen Hancock at 484-2254. 5-6c 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

HAMILTON, Robert December 10, 2001 Loving Father & Grandfather

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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) WANTED

WANTED– pair or set of four 205-75R-14 all-season or good winter tires. Call 5397549 (Govan). 47ctf

VEHICLES FOR SALE FOR SALE– 2000 Hyundai Elantra VE – four door, AC, power windows, good fuel economy, cruise, very good condition. Asking $2100. Call Jeannie at 567-4764. 4-6p 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)

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Thank you for your continued support of the Community Spirit (Birthday) Calendar which enables youth to participate in community leadership and program activities. Early bird winners: Calendar – Rhonda Frizzell, Mary Peterson. Cookies: Lions Club, Jeff Jones. Popcorn: Jackie Schultz. Strasbourg Girl Guides 6p Last Mountain Scouting To the people of Nokomis and surrounding area: I regret to inform you that I will no longer be serving the community as your pharmacist. Thank you for welcoming me into your community– I have enjoyed getting to know all of you. I will miss being part of this community, but will always remember my time here. Thank you for your support. Sincerely, 6p Carrie Hodgson Heartfelt thanks to my family for putting on the tea in honour of my 80th birthday. It was a wonderful afternoon. Thank you to the relatives, friends and neighbours who came from near and far as well as those who remembered me with cards, e-mails and phone calls. Lesley and her kitchen crew did a fine job of supplying and serving the food and refreshments at the tea. Thank you to Roberta and her helpers for a delicious supper. It was all greatly appreciated. 6p Bob Kerr I wish to thank everyone who came to my 100th birthday celebration. Thanks for all the cards, gifts and flowers. God Bless you all. 6c Mary Heintz

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HELP WANTED Grain and Seed Farm located near Govan looking for employee. Farming experience an asset. To apply phone: 484-2010 or 725-7908 fax 484-4612 or e-mail 6-8c(2t)


Ten years since the sad day The one we loved was taken away No one knows how much we miss you No one knows the bitter pain We have suffered since we lost you Life has never been the same Your strength, love and warm embrace Your smiling face and tender heart What we would give to have you home again Our hearts still ache with sadness And silent tears still flow For what it meant to lose you No one will forever know The things we feel so deeply And the hardest things to say But we your family love you so In a very special way.

Lovingly remembered & missed by Grant, Joanne, Brad, 6p Amanda & Marcella HAMILTON, Robert (Bert)– In loving memory of my dad who passed away December 10, 2011. The day is remembered and quietly kept No words are needed, we shall not forget For those we love don’t go away They walk beside us every day. Always loved, remembered & missed by daughter Sheila 6p SCHULZ, Dale Robert – December 5, 2006 He had a nature you could not help loving, And a heart that was purer than gold. And to those who knew him and loved him, The memory will never grow old.



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Love Nola, Corey, Leanne, Bree, Chloe Dale Jennifer, Ryan, Rhae Amanda, Chad, Preslie Dale and Harlen 6p Cole and Rebecca ROMICH– Siegfried, who passed away suddenly on December 6, 2008. One more Holiday season is under way, Our pain has lessened day by day. Cherished memories we hold dear, In our thoughts you’re always near. Little things our young ones say or do, Gently remind us of times spent with you. We smile at all the good years that we had, And as always here’s “Cheers” to you, Dad. Lovingly remembered by: Kim, Donna, Gennine, Garrett, Nyla and Hudson, Danielle, Barry, Matthew, 6c Hayley and Darren EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Coram Construction is hiring Carpenters and concrete finishers to work PCL sites in Saskatchewan. $28.50$30.40/hr, Good benefits, 3-5 years experience. Join, fit and install formwork. E-mail: Fax: 306-525-0990 Mail: 205-845 Broad Street Regina, SK S4R8G9 6p

Love Nola, Corey, Leanne, Bree, Chloe Dale Jennifer, Ryan, Rhae Amanda, Chad, Preslie Dale, and Harlen 6p Cole and Rebecca KLIWOWSKY, (nee RIESS) Linda Diane – December 11, 2007 In our hearts your memory lingers, Sweetly tender, fond and true There is many a day, dear Linda, That we think of you. Love Nola, Corey, Leanne, Bree, Chloe Dale Jennifer, Ryan, Rhae Amanda, Chad, Preslie Dale and Harlen 6p Cole and Rebecca


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On November 20, a 95th birthday luncheon was hosted for Dorcas (Holyoak) Nicolson by her son, Calvin and daughter-in-law, Gay, at their home in Oak Bay, BC. A very pleasant time was enjoyed by family, friends and neighbours to honor Dorcas on this special occasion. Dorcas and her late husband, William Nicolson, farmed south of Semans before moving to Victoria in 1970. -submitted by Ida Waylett The community congratulates Mary Heintz on her 100th birthday. A celebration

was held for Mary in the beautifully decorated Manor in Raymore. She received greetings from Raymore, Semans, Strasbourg, Southey, Earl Grey, Wynyard, Regina, Weyburn, Moose Jaw, Saskatoon, Medicine Hat, Edmonton, Lacombe, Alberta, Brandon and Texas. Her nephew Dennis Heintz, a retired Seventh Day Adventist minister, asked the blessing and read greetings from the Prime Minister and the Queen and many more. Cake was served, followed by lunch, with Bob making the best cup of coffee!

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Barb Sentes • 746-4382

I’ve just read the last newsy issue of the Times. There was a lot of news, and I enjoyed the letter to David Brightman of the Tate Cemetery Committee. I gave him the news of Eugenie Sanderson’s death on September 26. She and Roy were born and raised in the Tate District and later lived in Estevan. Roy died on March 2, 2009. Their daughter Pat also lives in Estevan. She is going to send me some information, and David may also have a lot of the history in the records of our meetings as the Historical Society, as well as in the Tate History Book. When I get the information, I will try to compose a worthy report. We are still proud to have lived in the Tate and Semans District. I am the former Marjorie Wilkinson of Semans and I taught at Killarney School in 1942. Keep up the good work!! Marjorie Smith Saskatoon

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY BUCHANAN LUMBER, High Prairie, Alberta. Certified Heavy Duty (Truck) Mechanic /Working Shop Supervisor. Repair/ replace, & test mechanical components. Must be certified. Experienced Class #1 Truck Drivers. Needed drivers to haul chips or logs. Winter & year round work, accommodations available. Experienced Button-Top & Processor Operators. Cut to length bush operation; shift work. Experienced Welder. Certified or in an apprentice program. Competitive wages dependent on experience & benefit package offered. Town of High Prairie located near Slave Lake, Alberta. Surrounded by lakes, fishing, hunting, horse activities, & quadding. Spectacular area for outdoor enthusiasts. Accommodations available. Email: nben dbloomfield@buchanan Fax: 780-523-5422 / 780-523-5910. HEAVY EQUIPMENT REPAIR in Slave Lake, Alberta requires heavy duty mechanic and industrial parts person. Experienced apprentices may apply. Call Herb 780-849-0416. Fax resume to 780-8494453.

MEAT CUTTER and Sausage Maker. Fulltime employment. $18.50/hour. Benefit plan. Accommodations available. Monday to Friday. Contact Provost Packers 780-753-2415 or fax 780-753-2413.



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Drake News Dorothy Wolter • 363-2148

Sympathy is extended to the Sylvester Funk families in the passing of Anna Funk on November 23 in Peter Lougheed Hospital in Calgary. She was 93, funeral was held in Saskatoon. Syl and Anna were residents of Drake in the 40’s. Sympathy is also extended to the family of Emil Boe of Lanigan. Emil died in the Nokomis Heath Centre November 23 at age 88. His funeral was held in Lanigan November 28. A meeting of the Villa and Manor residents and the board members was held November 25 in the Villa common area. Board members present were: Stu and Colleen Jantz, Jim and Eileen Ewert, Mary Weins, Rosella Eby, Vic and Marilyn Kline and Tina Peyton and friend, Gordon and Diana Seigfried, Dorothy Wolter was absent. Freida Friesen told me that she has been in Canada for 61 years on November 27. Get well wishes, thinking of and prayers for Wally (Lenora) Penner, Betty Manyk, Jansen and families that mourn the loss of a loved one. Also doctors, nurses, caregivers, folks in hospitals and lodges and to anyone that is not feeling up to par. It is good to see my aunt Evelyn Friesen out and about for her walk every day now. Sympathy is extended to Reuben, Irene and Nathan Proseilo in the passing of Irene’s brother John. On November 26, the initiation Drake Canucks played the Humboldt Broncos and lost 6-16. The initiation players are Ryan Hein, Tate Schmidt, Marly Dumanski, Austin Seigfried, Abigal Dumanski, Hunter Bartel, Bauer Dumanski. Humboldt had 11 players while Drake had 7. On Saturday the 26, a Novice game was played at 1:00 p.m. between the Drake Canucks and Watrous Winterhawks with Drake losing 6-16. Scoring for Drake was Ty Sundholm and Bauer Dumanski, each had 3 goals. Watrous had 11 players and Drake had 7. Betty Styles announced the game. The Drake players are Dalton Wolfe, Bauer Dumanski, Ty Sundholm, Renee Wolfe, Gyphun Mayer, Tristen Scheckerowski, Samantha Meirke. Coaches are Eric Sundholm, Wayne Scheckerowski, Jason Dumanski and Shawn Wolfe is the manager. At 8:00 p.m. on November 26, the LeRoy Braves seniors ventured out to Drake and encountered the Drake Canucks and lost 3-1 with Ed Bergen announcing. Bill Bergen won the 50/50. Scoring were Nick Kalnicki with Brad Schroeder and Chad Bartel assisting. Spencer Braaton made the second goal with Brad Schroeder and Derek Eberle assisting.

Kyle Bergen scored the 3rd goal with Brennen Ewen and Rick Toman assisting. Shots on goal were 31 for Drake and 25 for LeRoy. Drake Canucks Midgets met the Wadena Wild Cats November 25th at the Drake Sportsplex and won 14-0. Maverick Gusikoski scored 3 goals; the last one unassisted. Nolan Blair had 3 goals and 2 assists, Mackenzie MacMillan had two goals and 1 assist, Tyson Ediger had 2 goals and 1 assist, Jayden Romick had 2 goals. Others scoring were Colton Blair 1, Christine Kline and Chase Holbrook, Brad Krause, 3 assists. Others assisting were Christine Kline, Tyson Hunter, and Darren Braun. Brynn Sundholm announced the game. Another Midget game between the Drake Canucks and the Lanigan Pirates played in the Sportsplex was November 29 with Drake coming out to win 10-2. Tyson Ediger scored first with Nolan Blair assisting. Joel Styles netted the second goal with Nolan Blair and Chase Holbrook assisting. MacKenzie MacMillan scored the 3rd goal with Maverick Gusikoski assisting. The 4th goal was scored by Christine Kline unassisted in the second period. Bradley Krause netted the 3rd last goal with Tyson Ediger and Mitch Bartel assisting. The last 2 goals by Colton Blair and Maverick Gusikoski were unassisted. For Lanigan Pirates, Josh Stephan and Kyle Murfitt scored both unassisted. Betty Styles announced the game while Kevin Blair won the pot of gold. With Lanigan having 18 players to 15 Drake players. I wondered what the outcome would be.

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Hilton Hughes and Lil James journeyed to Medicine Hat, AB, to visit with June and Jim Reid. Ryan, Lisa, Kelsey, Jayden and Cally Morningstar spent the weekend with Lori and Vern Bexson and family at Lashburn. While there, they went and watched Cori (Bartel) Morris curl in a bonspiel in Lloydminster.

Two deaths at Earl Grey At about 7:30 in the morning on November 27, members of the Southey RCMP Detachment responded to a 911 call in a rural location near Earl Grey. A family member at the residence said he saw another male drive into the yard and enter the house. The family member heard loud noises come from the house and went to see what was going on. When he entered the house, he discovered that his relative had suffered a serious gunshot wound. At that time, the family member did not know where the other male’s location was, so the scene was contained and the RCMP Emergency Response Team (ERT) was deployed to the residence. The team made a tactical entry into the residence, and discovered two deceased males. The scene was secured, while RCMP Forensic Identification members continued to examine the scene. Also assisting the Major Crimes South unit was the RCMP Police Dog Section and neighbouring RCMP detachments. The RCMP also used special equipment, including an RCMP Remote controlled helicopter to assist in their search of the immediate area. Later, the police received permission from the families to release the names of the two men found deceased: 34 year old Jeff Mohr of Earl Grey, and 32 year old Brad McLay of Regina. Investigation has revealed that both men apparently received gunshot wounds, however the circumstances surrounding their deaths still has to be clarified. Autopsies for the two men were set for Thursday, December 1 in Saskatoon. Body found near Rosetown On the morning of November 26, the body of an 18 year old female, previously from Rosetown, was found in a field near Highway 7 just east of Rosetown. The Rosetown Detachment, Major Crimes Unit South, Forensic Identification Section, Saskatoon Traffic Services, and Saskatoon General Investigation Section spent the weekend investigating the circumstances that lead to this discovery. The investigation team interviewed several of the female’s friends and family to establish where she was and what she was doing prior to her death. An autopsy was performed on November 29. On November 30, RCMP announced that they had completed their investigation and the family had consented to the release of Dana Chantel LeMaigre’s name to the media. The cause of her death will not be released. Theft at Southey Motors On Tuesday, November 22, Southey RCMP were notified by Southey Motors that a tailgate was stolen off

a white 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 truck. The serial number 1C6RD7LT2CS136012 can be located on the tailgate. As well, a tailgate was stolen off a silver 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 and at transfer case, and the two drive shafts were stolen out of the box of the truck. If anyone knows anything, or has any information that can assist police, they are encouraged to call the Southey RCMP at 306-726-5230 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222(TIPS) 1-800222-8477. Moustache update RCMP ‘Depot’ Division held a special cheque presentation on December 1 to highlight the 2011 ‘Movember’ campaign. During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in Canada and around the world. This year, every troop wore their moustaches very proudly as they raised money for the fight against prostate cancer and increased awareness of men’s health issues. The final amount that was collected was revealed during the presentation. Each troop also selected among them who they think has the best and the worst mustache. Guest judges were invited for the occasion. Protect yourself while on-line shopping this holiday season With the ever increasing use of the internet to get the best

possible deal, and the convenience of shopping online while everyone is busy around the holidays, the RCMP’s F Division Commercial Crime Section is advising the public to use caution when online shopping this holiday season. One of the top three mass marketing frauds in Saskatchewan continues to be the ‘merchandise purchased but not received’ scam. This involves buying items online through common classified ad websites. In these cases, the seller (fraudster) generally instructs the purchaser (victim) to send payment via a commercial money transfer service (which does not have buyer ‘protection’). In the end, the seller never sends the item to the purchaser. Be aware that should the transaction be determined to be fraudulent, you will not likely recover your money. Some signs a purchaser can watch for which indicate the transaction could be fraudulent include that the item is normally a high priced item but the selling price is unusually low, or that there is an urgency to sell the item quickly. “Even when making online purchases from brand-name companies, before you enter your personal and financial information, ensure that the website is secure,” says Constable Tyler Buchanan, Mass Marketing Fraud Coordinator for the Saskatoon Office. “You can tell a website is secure by looking at the website’s address bar. Look for the closed padlock or

a URL address that begins with https.” Another prevalent mass marketing fraud involves selling merchandise online. The seller (victim) places an item for sale listing a certain price. The buyer (fraudster) contacts the seller willing to purchase the merchandise, and eventually sends payment (usually in the form of a cheque/money order) for an amount exceeding the asking price, citing varying reasons for the ‘overpayment’. The victim is instructed to send the extra money back to the fraudster usually through a commercial money transfer service, does so, and later finds out that the cheque/money order is fraudulent. In the end, ask yourself, is this deal too good to be true? If it sounds like it might be, then it probably is. Fraud Awareness is part of a national crime prevention campaign to increase Canadians’ awareness of and knowledge about different types of fraud in order to help citizens to not become fraud victims. RCMP Saskatchewan’s ‘F’ Division Commercial Crime Section has offices in Regina and Saskatoon.


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AGRICULTURE pa ge CWB directors meet for last time before being fired The CWB’s farmer-controlled board of directors is alerting farmers that the Government of Canada intends to expropriate assets worth over $200 million that farmers have paid for, financed or generated through activity surrounding their grain sales. “The CWB’s assets and fund money belong to Prairie farmers. The government should not use them to finance its ill-conceived plan to destroy the single desk,” Alan Oberg said, following a board meeting that may have been its last as a farmer-controlled entity. “This was not farmers’ idea, they don’t support it, and they shouldn’t be forced to pay for it.” The board passed a resolution that farmers must be completely reimbursed and compensated for the loss of their assets caused by removing their single-desk marketing system for wheat and barley. Assets include a contingency fund of up to $200 million, as well as assets with an estimated value of approximately $80 million, including the CWB’s fleet of 3,400 rail hopper cars and an eight-storey Winnipeg office building.

In addition, farmers will have paid $28 million towards the cost of two new laker vessels by August 1, 2012 (when the government plans to close down the current CWB), with no chance for them to realize the long-term revenue and cost-savings benefits the ships were to generate. Minister Gerry Ritz has stated that the government will use the contingency fund to help finance wind-up costs of the current CWB. Enabling legislation, soon to be tabled in the Senate, would immediately fire all the farmer-elected directors on the CWB’s board upon Royal Assent, leaving five government-appointees in charge. The government last month raised the cap on the contingency fund to $200 million from the previous limit of $60 million. It also issued a directive that prevents the CWB’s board of directors from acting to return any surplus program funds to farmers. The fund was set up in 2000-01 to manage risk associated with operation of newly created CWB Producer Payment Options and is also used to backstop more recent cash-trading pro-

grams. The board is demanding the Minister use federal government money to pay all costs of winding down the current organization, as well as the costs associated with transitioning the CWB to a voluntary organization in accordance with government plans. The CWB has launched legal action against the federal government’s introduction of Bill C-18. The case will be heard starting today at Federal Court in Winnipeg.

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The world’s economy believe agriculture might be fleeting for farmers the last seems to be teetering on buffered from a recession, at two decades, and world recession based on econo- least past the short-term re- population has climbed mies bathed in red ink and action of markets. According steadily over that period. little idea of how to turn the to a Western Producer story, While supply and demand tide. We see that south of Perez Dominguez of the Or- is a commodity driver, the our own border, where the ganization for Economic unwritten policy of low food prices in American economy is stagnate, ...There are those who believe ag- countries such as the United and the ability riculture might be buffered from a States drags on of the federal government to recession, at least past the short- that driver. So too does the influence it is term reaction of markets... fact much of greatly hamthe demand lies strung by its massive debt Co-operation and Development told a meeting held with the poorest countries, and continuing deficits. The situation in Europe during the Agritechnica farm which are not in a position is not much better. We have show in Hanover last week, to pay high prices regardseen the situation in Greece that fears of food prices fall- less of the supply situation. nearly topple a government, ing because of recession are That is a situation of world and threatens to shake the unfounded because of fun- wealth distribution, somevery concept of the Euro- damental strengths in global thing which is basically pean Union. The great con- supply and demand. “There ignored when world leaders cern with Greece is that the is increasing pressure on a meet. Dominquez is correct situation there may only be limited land base, higher dethat agricultural commodithe first glimpse of a very mands being placed on every large iceberg of problems, hectare to produce more and ties should be better able which could spread as other the technology that has been to withstand economic upcountries face financial improving yields is delivering heavals because they are problems, including Italy smaller and smaller gains,” he essential to survival, and one day that will be the reand Portugal. If one coun- said in the article. Dominquez is correct about ality of things, but that may try were to default it could send a domino effect across the growing food requirements not be the reality just yet, so Western Europe. If that of a growing population hav- farmers will want to watch were to happen, it could ing to come from what is ba- how the world economy resignal a reccessionary pe- sically a finite land resource. acts to the uncertainty that riod which will have effects The truth of the situation is is out there. for farming, which at pres- one experts have pointed to Calvin Daniels is a ent is experiencing good for as long as I have been a Yorkton-based ag prices across almost every farm journalist (22 years), columnist and writer. commodity from the Cana- as the reason agriculture has Disclaimer: the opinions a bright future. For the most dian Prairies. expressed are those of the writer. There are those who part, the good times have been




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