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Volume 105, No. 9
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
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As we start a new publication year at Last Mountain Times, we felt it was an appropriate time to also introduce our ‘new look’ for the paper ...a look that we feel is appropriate for a newspaper going into its 103rd year of publication, but also a refreshing ‘modern’ look to recognize that we are, after all, living in the 21st century! Your feedback would be interesting to hear. We are fortunate to be starting off the new year with some of the mildest late December and early January weather on record. Although it would be nice to have more snow for the outdoor sports enthusiasts, most would agree that the ‘just above and below’ freezing temperatures of the past number of week has been a rare treat indeed, and one that was greatly appreciated over the Holiday Season. And, so you can be better aware of upcoming weather trends, we have added a weather forecast feature in the bottom left-hand corner on the front page. -Editor
Nokomis School Review update The Nokomis School Community Council is working diligently towards a late January deadline to submit its documentation to Horizon School Division in an attempt to save Nokomis School from class discontinuation or closure. Council chair David Mark met last week with Arm River Watrous MLA Greg Brkich in attempt to enlist his support for the retention of the school. “Mr. Brkich was very supportive of the work being done by the committee and community in its efforts to complete the current school review,” Mark said. “Results from the public meeting on November 30, 2011 were shared, as well as plans for the completion of the report and meeting with the Hori-
zon School Division on January 30.”
other school in the province has been reviewed as many times in as short a period of time as Nokomis School.” Mr. Mark said that the Regina Public School Board is not considered a school
tee agreed but also shared the concerns it has with how input from the community is being used, or not used in the Board’s decision-making process. In a discussion with Last
putting Nokomis School in the unique position being the ‘most reviewed school’ in Saskatchewan...”
David Mark “Mr. Brkich listened to our concerns and was able to provide some useful input for our work,” Mark added. “He pointed out that, other than Dieppe School in Regina, no
district and therefore is not obligated to follow the Legislated review process, thus putting Nokomis School in the unique position being the ‘most reviewed school’ in Saskatchewan. He said Brkich encouraged the committee to argue its case and to try to gain the support of individual board representatives. The review commit-
Mountain Times, Nokomis SCC chair Mark also spoke of Mr. Brkich’s experiences working with neighboring school division, Sun West. One example he used was the work the division implemented to help smaller communities keep schools open: distance learning programs to help increase access, and other available tools to meet
demands in smaller communities. “It was encouraging to hear about a school board operating in a different way and working with the needs of the division. The committee would like an opportunity to work with the Horizon School Division to create similar strategies to sustain access to local education. Especially in places like Nokomis, where, even under the continued scrutiny of four reviews in ﬁve years, it continues to grow and be viable,” Mark concluded. Bulyea School was also placed under review last fall, and their local School Community Council will be holding a Public Input and Information meeting in Bulyea on the evening of January 11.
Highlights of local, community and provincial news published in Last Mountain Times from Calendar Year 2011
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Provincial news briefs School Boards concerned about lack of government consultation “For the second time in the past six weeks the Government of Saskatchewan has announced a change in education policy without consulting with the locally-elected school boards of Saskatchewan,” said Sandi Urban-Hall, President of the Saskatchewan School Boards Association. “In the newspaper, we read that the Government intends to increase funding for independent schools to 50 per cent and associate schools to 80 per cent of the provincial average per student,” said Urban-Hall. “This raises a number of questions for boards of education, such as,
‘What affect will this change to private schools have on the funding available for children who attend publicly-funded schools? Will there be any impact on the equity of educational opportunities provided to all Saskatchewan students? These are the kinds of questions and issues that should be discussed before any signiﬁcant announcements are made.” Urban-Hall says the school boards of Saskatchewan are anxious to work with the Government of Saskatchewan to improve student outcomes and to make our province a leader in publicly-funded education. “In that regard, however, we are calling upon the Government to commit to a culture of con-
by All this ‘going green’ that people seem to think is a new idea really isn’t – we were ‘green’ years ago. We weren’t thinking of saving the environment – which we assumed would go on forever – as much as simply getting along as best we could with what we had in the years of the Great Depression, followed by the injunction to ‘use it up, wear it out, make it do’ in the war. The result of all this lasted for some time. We returned milk, pop and beer bottles for the supplier to wash and sterilize for reuse. Nurses autoclaved instruments instead of throwing them away after one use. We recycled pens, ﬁlling fountain pens with ink from a bottle, and when ballpoint pens came in, bought reﬁlls. We even had reﬁlls for lipsticks, whereas now we simply toss everything that’s worn in the garbage and buy new ones. That includes the socks and shoes we used to darn or take to be resoled. Men bought new blades for their safety razors, and their wives used the old ones to undo stitches in order to turn collars and alter clothes for the kids. In the kitchens, moms stirred, mashed and chopped by hand because mixers and food processors hadn’t been invented yet, and in any case each room usually had only one electrical outlet, if that. The use
of electricity to power all sorts of labour-saving appliances had not yet occurred to us. Similarly, we used our feet, public transit or bikes rather than cars. Cars were a luxury to be used for Sunday drives, vacation visits to family or out of necessity by farmers. We washed diapers and hung them on the line for the sun and wind to dry. Now the word ‘disposable’has become a way of life, and we’re trying to ‘go green’ by using solar panels and wind power to create the electricity we need for all our computerized gadgets. But it will take awhile to convert experimentation into general use. In the meantime, people my age love to look back and remember when we were ‘green’ too. Martha can be reached at email@example.com or check out her new website online at www.marthamorgan.ca Disclaimer: the opinions expressed are those of the writer.
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NOKOMIS June Munroe • 528-2951
With our deadline approaching fast, we would appreciate receiving any signed letters of support for our school from businesses and from individuals by January 18. We are also still accepting any monetary donations to assist with our costs in preparing our argument to the Division Board to keep our school open. Any letters of support can be mailed to Box 64, Nokomis, SK, S0G 3R0 or dropped off at Afﬁnity Credit Union – Nokomis Branch. Monetary donations can be made at the Town Ofﬁce. We thank everyone for their continued support! -Nokomis School 9c Review Committee Merlin Landstrom, formerly of the Hatﬁeld area, passed away in the Cottonwoods Care Centre at Kelowna, B.C. on December 26, 2011 at the age of 69. Home for the holidays were Kevin and Timothy Kuntz of Edmonton, Adam Kuntz now stationed at Provost, AB, John Harding, Mekka and Reagan of Saskatoon. Visiting with Adam Kuntz and Kendall were Kendall’s mother Sharon and sister Taylor Atikins of Calgary. Harry Hine and Ilene Harding visited relatives at Leask,
SK and Prince Albert during the holidays. Out of town visitors with Hazel Chute over the holidays were: Barrie McClughan of Regina; Jim Chute and Brenda Olde of Nipawin; Colin and Lori Gallins and three daughters of Meath Park; Sharon and Wayne Sundquist of Sherwood Park, AB; Noreen Walker of Govan; Kirk, Julie, Preston and Blake Cassell of Strasbourg; Kyle, Sara and Jaxon Frohaug of Christopher Lake. Did we miss reporting on an activity, event or function? Our volunteer community correspondents can’t be everywhere, so we also look for contributions from other community members as well. Please contact us at the Last Mountain Times directly at the above number, or contact us at: 725-3030, 528-2020, lmt@ sasktel.net, by fax at 5282090, or by mail at Box 340, Nokomis. S0G 3R0. Be sure to include your contact information so we can clarify facts if necessary. ________________ Looking for some extra copies of this week’s newspaper? Pick some up at the Nokomis Co-op Grocery Store, Nokomis Pharmacy or the Last Mountain Times ofﬁce!
Two die in accident On January 3, at approximately 9:00 p.m., Warman RCMP, Saskatoon Fire and MD Ambulance responded to a head-on collision between two vehicles on Highway 14 near the Village of Grandora, 14 kms west of Saskatoon. An eastbound grey Honda Civic collided with a westbound grey Nissan pick-up truck. The occupants of the truck were transported to Royal University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The two occupants of the other vehicle, a 40 year old Langham woman and her 8 year-old daughter, were deceased at the scene. Next of kin have been notiﬁed, however names are not being released to the public. Police have brought in a collision analyst and are still investigating the circumstances of the collision. It is believed that alcohol was not a factor. Police are investigating the possibility that the driver of the smaller vehicle was using a cellular telephone at the time of the collision. Anyone who may have witnessed the collision is asked to contact the Warman RCMP at 975-1670.
Earl Grey accident victim On December 27, Fort Qu’Appelle RCMP were called to a single vehicle collision at approximately 2:49 a.m. near the Highway 22 and 35 Junction North. Upon arrival, they found one deceased male, the only occupant of the vehicle. Highway 22 and 35 North, known as the Lipton turnoff was blocked for several hours. The victim in the accident was later identiﬁed as 18 year old Tyson Sievert from Earl Grey. Fort Qu’Appelle RCMP are continuing their investigation. Street fatality in Watrous On December 21, at 8:15 a.m., Watrous RCMP attended to the scene of a vehicle pedestrian accident in Watrous. Preliminary investigation has determined that the pedestrian had slipped on ice and was then run over by a vehicle. Alcohol and speed have been ruled out as contributing factors. The pedestrian that was injured has been transported to hospital in Saskatoon and later died. No charges are being laid against the driver. The RCMP is reminding all drivers to stay alert while on the roads and to always be aware of their surroundings.
Break and enter The Southey RCMP is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the persons responsible for the break and enter to a residence on Piapot First Nation. Sometime between December 22 and December 29, 2011, a residence was broken into and many items were stolen including electronics, food and tools. Vehicle thefts and vandalism The Rose Valley RCMP and Crime Stoppers are seeking assistance from the public in solving a crime which happened between 12:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on December 1, 2011. A white 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Diesel truck was stolen from the RM of Star City. The truck was later recovered on the Yellow Quill Fist Nations by the police. The occupants of the truck have not been identiﬁed. And, sometime between 10:30 p.m. on December 31 and January 1, a pick-up truck with a Saskatchewan license plate of 213 BDF, was stolen in Rose Valley, SK. The truck is a burgundy 1980 Chevrolet ½ ton, 4x4, with box rails and black rims. On December 1, a black
SUV that was parked behind the Kelvington Hotel was subject to malicious vandalism that caused severe damage to the windows and body panels of the vehicle. The Rose Valley RCMP and Crime Stoppers are seeking assistance from the public in solving the incident. The Kelvington/Rose Valley RCMP are requesting the public’s assistance locating the persons responsible for stealing a 2011 red and black Ski-Doo Renegade snowmobile from an acreage East of Lintlaw, SK, sometime between October 19 and November 23, 2011. Theft in Southey The Southey RCMP detachment is presently investigating an incident that occurred in the Town of Southey. Between December 21 and December 23, 2011, gifts, electronic devices and audio equipment had been stolen from a vehicle located on the north end of town.
Justice is a temporary thing that must at last come to an end; but the conscience is eternal and will never die. -Martin Luther King Jr.
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Canadian seniors are vulnerable to dangers within their own homes due to minimal awareness of household perils among them and their loved ones. The concerning trend was revealed through a recent survey of Canadians that highlighted a minimal awareness of common household risks to seniors and, in turn, little pro-activity in addressing them. The survey, commissioned by We Care Home Health Services, shows only 54 per cent of Canadians correctly identified falling down as the most common household injury among seniors while only one-third thought that slips in the bath were the most common household peril.
However, nearly two-thirds know someone over the age of 65 who has injured him or herself in a household accident. Only 34 per cent have removed slipping or tripping hazards from within the home of a senior over the age of 65 and only 39 per cent have arranged the installation of bath rails or seats in the shower or bathtub. “There’s no question that due to the overwhelming lack of awareness about common household hazards for seniors, many of us aren’t taking the necessary steps to protect them,” says spokesperson Sue Kelly. “We need to be more vigilant when it comes to the safety of our loved ones, but we also need to help them learn how they too can take an active role in preventing injury.” Kelly adds that many seniors are fairly proactive in some respects but fail to recognize some of the less obvious dangers that lurk within the household. Only 25 per cent have installed
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bath rails or seats in their shower or bathtub while only 26 per cent have a fire escape plan. Meanwhile, the survey found that less than two-thirds have a properly installed fire alarm and only 38 per cent Kelly notes that many of Canada’s senior population can realize a greater level of independence by proactively removing household hazards. “The reality is that as we age, our sense of smell, touch, taste and sound decrease as does our coordination. The more seniors can do today to prevent common hazards, the longer they’ll be able to maintain an independent lifestyle and remain in their home as long as possible.” Falls are currently a major cause of injury among seniors and account for more than half of all injuries suffered by the elderly. Moreover, seniors who are injured from a fall seldom fully recover.
Nokomis United Church January 15
Monday (January 16) Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be celebrated in the U.S.
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Almost $1.9 million in grants Moving forward Was your past year a year of struggles and challenges. After being under Egyptian bondage for over 400 years, the day finally came when Moses led the children of Israel out of a life of slavery. The Israelites had not gone far, however, before it seemed as though they were caught between a rock and a hard place. Pharaoh and his army were behind them, mountains and hills were on both sides of them, and the Red Sea was in front of them. No matter which way they turned, it didn’t look good. Their hope for a better future quickly faded. If we are not careful a hope for a better future can quickly fade from our outlook. When the Israelites left Egypt, their focus was on their deliverance from slavery. But as they ran into hardships, they lost focus and began whining and complaining. “Why did you bring us out of Egypt to die in the wilderness?” they cried out to Moses (Exod. 14:11). Suddenly being overcome with fear, the oppressive life didn’t look so bad, Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again” (Exod. 14:13). The most important thing to remember when circumstances, trials, come against us is not to fear. If we let fear grab hold of us it will always paralyzes us, causing us to not move forward in what God has for us. Fear never fights it only looks at the situation and trembles. Moses went on to say, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still” (Exod. 14:14). All too often, we try to fight the battles in our own strength. When we do that, we’ll lose every time. Jesus won our battles when He went to the cross, so we don’t have to fight. And we should never worry, fret, or complain. We need only to rest in the everlasting arms of Jesus and let Him take care of our problems. In Exodus 14:15, the Lord told Moses to tell the Israelites to ‘move on’ even though their situation hadn’t changed, with the Red Sea on one side and an army on the other side. In our own lives, the Lord often tells us to ‘move on’ when a financial need or some sickness maybe in front of us; when the temptation, circumstances, and trials are still there. Moving forward may look as if we are walking into destruction. But remember God will help us to walk through to victory! When we stare at the problem in front of us, focusing on what’s behind us, or say, “I don’t see any way out,” we will be defeated. But when we look to God and move on, we will walk through adversity and into victory. The Israelites had to walk through what seemed like impossible circumstances to see their deliverance. It’s time for us to move forward in God. Trust God to part the barriers that confront us and walk through to victory. Remember this wonderful promise in Ps. 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength a very present help in trouble.” Pastor Ken Bruvold Semans Pentecostal Church
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The Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) has announced that 88 Saskatchewan non-profit and volunteer organizations are collectively getting almost $1.9 million in grants to help deliver their community projects. In the Last Mountain area, the Nokomis Playground Committee received $9,525 for its Kiddieland Park Revitalization project; and the BGS Skating Rink / Village of Bulyea received $23,900 for its metal clad roof replacement project. The 64 capital project
grants total $1,461,429 and the 24 community pride projects and events grants total $420,222. CIF’s Community Vitality Program is designed to respond to community priorities by helping volunteer and non-profit organizations deliver community projects that benefit Saskatchewan residents. The Program has two components: Small Capital and Community Pride Projects and Events. Small capital projects could include renovations to community halls, rinks or pools, or improve accessibility
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KENASTON: 1241.83 ac.- Certiﬁed Organic - 865 cult., 8 1/4’s fenced, well, hydrants, watering bowls, 28,620 bu. steel grain storage, misc. feed bins, shed, shops, barn, cattle shelter, 2,000 sq ft 1 1/2 storey home. Optional - 320 ac. lease, 60 cows, farm equipment. PUNNICHY: 21.87 ac.- adjacent to Punnichy, 18 ac. hay with some bush, well, shop, 1 1/4 storey home. RAYMORE: 316.16 ac.- 274 cult., avg. new scale assess. 48,850 per 1/4, dugout. RAYMORE: 318.66 ac.- 260 cult., chem-fallowed & burned in 2011, sloughs, avg. new scale assess. 43,350 per 1/4. 1 1/2 miles off Hwy #6! SEMANS: 477.95 ac.- 155 cult. + 155 tame grass (fenced), well, watering bowls, barn, corrals, railway car, bungalow home.
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STRASBOURG: 16.19 ac.- well, barn, serviced yard (power/phone/nat. gas), 1 1/2 storey house (older, vacant). Close to Rowans Ravine Provincial Park! STRASBOURG: 465.89 ac.- 150 cult. + 366 brome/alfalfa, two 1/4s fenced, avg. new scale assess. 36,470/160 ac., dugout, 1,350 bu. steel grain bin. STRASBOURG: 477.92 ac.- 461 cult. (alfalfa/grass), two 1/4s fenced, avg. new scale assess. 47,265 per 1/4, dugout, corral and loading facilities, nat. gas crosses property, power 1/4 mile to property. TUXFORD: 10.68 ac.- City of Moose Jaw water line, dugout, quonset, corrals, 1,400 sq ft bungalow. On Hwy #2. 15 min. to Moose Jaw, 10 min. to Buffalo Pound Provincial Park, 5 min. to Buffalo Pound Lake!
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Apartments harder to ﬁnd, harder to afford Tenants of Saskatchewan Housing Corporation’s affordable housing units are about to see another leap in rent while a report released last week shows that Regina has the worst vacancy rate in the country. “Rent increases are out-ofcontrol and ﬁnding another, more affordable home isn’t much of an option when there are no units available,” said David Forbes, NDP critic for housing. “This conﬁrms that the Sask. Party government is failing in the area of affordable housing, leaving renters nowhere to turn.” The latest Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) report shows that Regina’s vacancy rate dropped to just 0.6 per cent in October from one per cent a year earlier. That represents the worst in the nation and the only municipality of more than 10,000 with a vacancy rate of less than one per cent. Saskatchewan as a whole has fewer rental units available than the national average with 1.9 per cent. The Cana-
dian average vacancy rate for October was 2.5 per cent. Rent prices are also rising, according to the report. The average two bedroom unit in the province now costs $913 – more than the national average of $856. Average prices are even higher in Regina and Saskatoon. “Even affordable housing is unaffordable for some families,” said Forbes, who added that regional housing authorities have been required by the province to jack up their rates. The Moose Jaw Housing Authority has been forced to raise rates by 22 per cent in one year, the Battlefords Housing Authority foisted a 20 per cent increase on their clients over one year and clients of Saskatoon’s low-income housing will pay 18 per cent more compared to just over a year ago. “If these tenants received a 20 per cent increase in income, they likely wouldn’t qualify for low-income housing anymore,” said Forbes. “This fails both economic sense and common sense.”
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James Edgar 2012 January Skies The New Year opens with the Moon at ﬁrst quarter, and, a day later, it hangs right by Jupiter in the southern evening sky. The Moon is full on the 9th; hard by Mars in the early morning sky on 14th; two degrees away from the bright star, Spica, on the 16th; six degrees north of Saturn that same morning; seven degrees south of Venus in the western evening sky on the 25th; and back to ﬁve degrees away from Jupiter again on the 30th. Mercury is visible in the southeastern dawn in the early part of the month. The speedy planet is the subject of close scrutiny from NASA’s Messenger spacecraft, which is the ﬁrst to orbit Mercury. Much solid science is being learned from the information radioed back to Earth. Venus brightens the western twilight sky as the Evening Star, although not a star at all. The cloud tops of this second rock from the Sun reﬂect almost all the sunlight they receive, making Venus one of the brightest objects in the sky. Pretty to look at, but most inhospitable – the surface temperatures are hot enough to melt lead! None of the Venera landers sent there by the former Soviet Union lasted more than two hours – the temperature and pressure were too much to withstand. Watch for a crescent Moon nearby on the 25th. Mars appears in late evening at the southeastern horizon, crossing the sky through the night. Our speedier orbit around the Sun makes Mars appear to stop moving eastward, then begin retrograde motion on the 25th. The Moon and the Red Planet share the sky on the 14th. Jupiter, the king of planets, has been retrograding since late 2011, and it begins proper motion in the early evening sky. Jupiter sets shortly after midnight. Watch for two close encounters with our satellite
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WEEK OF JANUARY 8 TO 14, 2012 LUCKIEST SIGNS THIS WEEK: SCORPIO, SAGITTARIUS & CAPRICORN ARIES A naturally proud person, you will have the opportunity this week to demonstrate your full potential either at work or with your loved ones. TAURUS You and your family may be feeling a little bit of seasonal depression. You have the gift of a good imagination; use it to ﬁnd a way to raise people’s spirits. GEMINI If you want others to take you seriously, stick to your New Year’s resolutions. If you promised you would take care of your health; get out there and start training. CANCER You might be tempted by a hard sell, but don’t buy anything you don’t need. Take your time and gather information. Above all, evaluate whether you are addressing a want or a need. LEO As a rather romantic and passionate person, it is particularly important that you spend some quality time with your relationship partner. Try a new activity that you will both enjoy. VIRGO Don’t be afraid to spoil yourself: buy some new clothes, get a massage, and relax a little. Taking care of yourself right now will positively aﬀect your health. LIBRA Your social life will be incredibly busy this week, with a lot of attention turned your way. If you are single, your dates will go well.
SAGITTARIUS A traveller at heart, you know how to get a last minute deal! This is the right time to ﬁnd something good for the whole family, even if it’s only a weekend getaway to the countryside.
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on the 2nd and the 30 – exactly one month apart. Saturn rises in the constellation Virgo, The Maiden, in the early morning, hanging near the bright star, Spica, all through the year. Remember that Saturn only moves very slowly against the background stars because of its large orbital period – 29.3 years to go once around the Sun. Uranus is in the western sky in Pisces, The Fish, setting late in the evening. For the past 40 years, Uranus has been south of the celestial equator. Late in January, it crosses to the northern celestial hemisphere, where it remains until midcentury. Neptune, always a challenge, is low in the western evening sky at sundown; closing in on the Sun nearing conjunction at month’s end. 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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Strasbourg Maroons Senior Hockey Club, Maroons vs Lumsden Monarchs, Saturday, January 14, 8:00 p.m. Come and support your team! 9c Strasbourg Curling Club SENIOR SPIEL – January 17 & 18 – Daytime Curling. Start time is 9:30 a.m. Two 8-end games / day. Entry fee – $100 / team. Pay per win – $20. Wednesday afternoon luncheon and bar. Entries to: Ray Craswell 725-3236 or enter at the rink. Entry deadline: January 15 at 6:00 p.m. 9c Strasbourg Recreation Board is accepting applications for 2012 Community Lottery Grant. Call Carol at 725-3360 to receive an application form. Deadline to apply January 31, 2012. 8,9,11c Some members of the community attended the funeral service for Ernie Audette of Milestone who passed away on December 29 in Regina. Ernie was a town administrator for the Town of Strasbourg in the ‘70s and the Audette family kept in touch with
many in this community over the years. Our sympathy to his wife Carol and all the family and friends. He was an active member of the Milestone community and will certainly be missed. Condolences to the family of Evelyn Erhardt with her recent passing, her son Larry and wife Rose, and daughter Deanna Fisher and husband Jim and their families. Also sympathy to other family and her friends in the area. Word has been received of the passing of Ken Arneson of Assiniboia. Ken was a former resident of Strasbourg and always kept in close touch with his ‘home community.’ Sympathy to his friends and family.
Cora Hansen on her 111th birthday, March 25, 2010. Cora Hansen of Medicine Hat, AB is now the oldest person living in Canada and the only one born in the 19th century. Born March 25, 1899, in Bagley, Minnesota, USA, to Norwegian immigrants Elling and Else Clausen, she was the youngest in a family of ten. The family moved to Jenner, AB in 1912. Her brothers Arnt and Claus Clausen had been
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6:45 p.m. • CIRCUIT geared towards improving your cardiovascular ﬁtness, strengthening and toning all your muscles. 7:45 p.m. - FLEXIBILITY/BALANCE similar to yoga, work on core stability through balancing and ﬂoor work. These are both full body workouts and you’re sure to feel results! Both classes will count as an activity towards the 12 week challenge. Looking forward to seeing some new faces this year! Contact Certiﬁed Kinesiologist, Jenna Johnson 725-3228 or lastmountainﬁtness@hotmail.ca for more information or to register.
farming in the Govan area since 1905. She and her husband Richard farmed in Jenner until their retirement to Elkwater in 1972. Following the death of her husband, she lived by herself until the age of 100. At this time she went to live with her daughter and son-in-law. In 2005 Cora entered Valleyview Nursing Home in Medicine Hat. Her health has been extremely well until recently. She has now been bed ridden for the past six months, is deaf and her eyesight is deteriorating. To communicate she uses a dry erase board. Her family consists of her daughter Eleanor and her husband Alistair MacArthur, grandson Jim and his wife Pat, granddaughter Alyson and husband Obi Saddin and their son Brooks, all of Medicine Hat. Nieces and nephews are Emma Skogen of Strasbourg, Else Sharp and Alfred Clausen of Toronto and Charlie Fishburn in California.
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sick loved one at home Caregivers are being asked to consider eight tips when caring for a chronically ill loved one at home. The tips are part of a new initiative called The Caregiver Compass, which provides informal caregivers with tools and resources to help them provide the best care possible for their loved ones and themselves. These tips can help you improve the care you are giving to your loved one: 1. Don’t be afraid to ask your family and friends to help. Often, family and friends wish to help out but do not know where to start. Be speciﬁc about how they can help and remember to stay positive. 2. Check your eligibility for the Federal Government’s Compassionate Care Leave Program, which provides ﬁnancial assistance for people caring for gravely ill family members. 3. Don’t rely on your memory – create a list of your loved one’s important documents and note the location of each. Include identiﬁcation documents, ﬁnancial documents, and wills and Power of Attorney documents. This will save time and frustration should an emergency arise. 4. If you are experiencing ﬁnancial distress, ask your health care provider to refer you to a social worker who may be able to help address ﬁnancial and other issues you are facing as a caregiver. 5. Ask your Pharmacist to prepare medication blister packs to help you keep track of the prescription medications you have to administer. 6. Give your loved one a sense of independence by encouraging them to complete grooming tasks on their own if possible, even if it would be quicker for you to do it for them. 7. To prevent falls in the bathroom, make sure there are at least two grab bars in the tub area and that the bath mat outside the tub has a rubber backing. 8. If your loved one cannot move in a bed, ensure that you turn them at least every two hours throughout the day to prevent bedsores. What you should know about caregiver burnout Caring for your children and your elderly parents? You are not alone. More
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than one in ﬁve working Canadians belong to the ‘Sandwich Generation,’ where the dual responsibilities of caring for both children and parents often leads to stress and burnout. With competing family and workplace responsibilities, caregivers need to be aware of and be vigilant about the symptoms of caregiver burnout. Caregiver burnout occurs when caregivers feel unable to continue to provide the best care for their loved one because they are emotionally or physically spent. Caregivers who feel that they are being pulled in too many directions, who feel trapped in their role as caregiver, and who don’t feel like they are getting support from others are at risk of burning out. A deterioration of the health of the caregiver or of the person being cared for may also be a sign that the caregiver is experiencing burnout. As a caregiver, it is important for you to identify the major sources of stress in your life. Concentrate on addressing stressors you can control instead of spending energy focussing on stressors you cannot control (such as your loved one’s medical condition). Asking for help is also important for avoiding burnout. Caregivers should not be afraid to ask family and friends to help, and should be as speciﬁc as possible about what kind of help they need. Often, family and friends wish to help out but do not know how. Betty, a caregiver to her adult son with Down’s syndrome, understands the importance of accepting help and using it to take care of herself. “I take advantage of the regularly scheduled times where I can have some respite care” she says. “During this time I do things that I enjoy, things that make me feel good.” If you are experiencing caregiver burnout, explore the many resources available to you, including caregiver support groups, online resources, and government programs. Services can range from meal programs and adult day centres, to housework assistance and nursing care.
They, along with their parents Darryl & Rita Kerr and Tom & Loretta Nattrass, want to invite you to an open house on Saturday, January 14 in the Strasbourg Memorial Hall beginning at 7:30 p.m. 9c
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Norrona Sunday School holds annual Christmas program On the evening of Sunday, December 18, the Norrona Sunday School held their annual Christmas program. There is quite a large group of kids taking part this year since the St. John children have joined in with the Norrona children. Teresa Kuski at Norrona and Jennifer Tammlin at St. John were both in need of help with teaching so they decided to
join together. Twenty-ﬁve kids took part in the program, with ages ranging from pre-school up to 13. The ladies also get help from Heidi Clay with the music part of their class. It’s always a nice night out with some entertainment, singing and fellowship. It is such a quaint little country church and when they turn off the lights to sing Silent
Night by candle light you can’t help but get a warm feeling of peace and tranquility, it is just the perfect way to end the program. After the concert, everyone headed downstairs for hot apple cider dainties and catching up with friends and family home for the holidays. -article and photos submitted by Corri Gorrill
The kids were dressed up very nicely for the concert. Teresa and Jen are great for including all the kids. Everyone who wanted a part was assigned one.
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Great crowd for Silton Silhouettes ‘Winter Wonderland’ The Silton Silhouettes held their annual ‘Winter Wonderland’ Christmas concert on December 18 at the Bulyea hall. As usual, there was standing room only. There are a lot of dancers this year and all of their family and friends wanted too have a glimpse at what they have been learning. It was a great way to get everyone into the Christmas spirit. The lack of snow this year has really changed peoples’ moods towards the season.
Over the summer, Miss Elsa and her co-teachers Miss Kasey-Jae and Miss Lauren held a dance school which introduced lyrical to the juniors and ballet to everyone. The students had showed some interest so they decided to add a few extra classes. After the Christmas concert came to an end, everyone enjoyed hot chocolate, coffee and an endless supply of homemade goodies from the dance moms. The club had also made trays of dainties
The new senior dance group danced to ‘Little Drummer Boy.’
to sell and they chose, once again, to donate the proceeds to the scholarship funds of Joel Thompson, as well as Laura Holgate’s stepson who also passed away. Sadly there has been another loss to touch the Silhouettes dance club – Miss Kasey-Jae’s brother was killed in a car accident over the Christmas season. Our hearts go out to her and her family at this very sad time. The afternoon ended with a very controlled gift exchange between the dancers so they could see who their secret Santa was, and then of course the big guy himself made an appearance giving all the dancers a cute little bag for their dancing gear. Conveniently, they all have their names on them so they would know who the bag belonged to if left in the hall. What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon! -article and photos submitted by Corri Gorrill
The junior tap class danced to ‘Deck the Halls.’
One of the groups that stole the show was the beginner ballet class dancing to ‘Jingle Bell Beat.’
Miss Elsa and Miss Lauren closed out the show with their own dance.
Junior jazz danced to ‘Christmas Love.’
The new junior lyrical class danced to ‘A Merry Little Christmas.’
The beginner combo class that work on jazz and tap chose to dance to ‘Marshmallow Magic.’
Senior jazz group dancing to ‘Seasonal Style.’
The junior hip hop class got down to the ‘Drummer Boy Remix.’
Another group to steal the show were the toddlers who danced to ‘Santa’s Little Helper.’
SEND US The majority of the club for this year gathered for a photo.
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Everyone had a great time visiting after the show!
The seniors have been doing lyrical for quite some time. They danced to ‘’Tis The Season.’
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Highlights of local, community and provincial news published in Last Mountain Times from Calendar Year 2011
• A second resident, a 94 year old woman, died on January 5 following a carbon monoxide leak at St. Mary’s Villa in Humboldt on December 26, 2010. A male resident died in hospital December 26 as a result of the incident. • New local road-naming signs are erected in the Nokomis area, marking Lee Road, Downey Road, Taylor Road, Well Road, Hatﬁeld Road, Regional Park Road, and Lane Road. • The provincial government announced that two new anti-smoking drugs are now covered under the provincial drug plan. • Melfort business, Soap Nuts Laundry Detergent, is selected to appear on the CBC TV program Dragon’s Den. • Nokomis Housing Authority board members Mary Hodgins and Lawrence Beeler receive Long Service pins and certiﬁcates from provincial government. (photo) • Former Nokomis resident Gladys Greensides passes away January 5 in Assiniboia. • Reagan Harding, grandson of Ilene Harding, receives full academic and athletic scholarship to Lake Erie University. • Alex Monroe celebrated his 85th birthday on December 31. Phyllis Konschuh celebrated her 90th birth on December 4. • Former area resident Vera Cardiff passed away on December 28; former area resident Louis Turner passed away December 26 in Ottawa. Earl Cochrane passed away on December 21 at LMPH. • Last Mountain Pioneer Home foundation hosts annual Winter Walk fundraiser. • Bulyea community has busy late fall, hosting Community Theatre performance of Homecoming; and Elementary School Christmas concert with Frosty the Snowman theme. As well, Silton Silhouettes perform annual Christmas show in Bulyea. • Brooke Mutch plays on winning team in 2010-2011 Mac’s World Invitational AAA Midget Hockey Tournament. • NDP Opposition Leader Dwain Lingenfelter visits LMT ofﬁce in Nokomis for exclusive interview and discussion of 2010 fall Legislative session. • Blizzard hits Last Mountain area and southern Saskatchewan on January 12, blocking roads and restricting trafﬁc on major highways. • Nokomis hosts annual Minor Hockey Day on January 8. (photo) • Long-time NDP MLA and former cabinet minister Pat Atkinson announces retirement. • Gerrit and Shirley Kamphius arrive back from a family visit to Cuba, visiting their son-in-law and family. • Nokomis Curling Club activity still on hold, awaiting preparation of the new ice surface after installation of a new concrete base. • Local organizations receive more than $6000 in donations from Afﬁnity Credit Union. • Long-time Govan area resident Richard Cardiff passes away December 22. Other former Govan residents Shirley Olson (Dec. 3) and John Turnbull (Dec. 10) also pass away. Strasbourg resident Norman Dickie passed away December 30. Mary (Mae) Gorrill passed away January 9 at LMPH. Donald Thompson of Semans passed away January 4. • Govan Gym Committee receives $700 donation from Investors Group. • Silton Seniors host annual Turkey Dinner and card tournament December 30, 2011. • Corinthian Chapter OES reports annual activities and new member installations. • Strasbourg Pee wee Maroons take second place at tournament in Bismarck, North Dakota. • Horizon School Division celebrates 5th Anniversary, after formation in 2006. • MP Lynn Yelich visits Drake during 10th annual winter tour of her federal constituency. • Lanigan, Wynyard and Punnichy RCMP investigate rash of vehicle thefts and vandalism. • Strasbourg Curling Rink hosts 16 teams at annual Seniors Bonspiel January 18 and 19. • Last Mountain area in grip of cold snap, with -40 degree temps and -47 degree windchills. • Sask Party government accepts court decision that the government is required to have marriage commissioners perform same-sex marriages. • Stats Canada reports that Saskatchewan had highest new car sales in Canada during month of November, 2010. • Semans area resident Ethel Kells passes away at age 97 on January 14. Former area resident Gus Gustavson passes away in Calgary, and former area resident Gary Roth passed away January 12 in Breton, AB. • Harper government announces plans to spend $55 million to expand prison facilities in Saskatchewan and Alberta. • Nokomis Curling season ﬁnally underway January 18 as new ice surface is completed. • Govan curling team of Chad Cardiff, Josh Gottslieg, Kendi Danbrook and Jodi Mortenson place third in Regina Youth Bonspiel. • Bulyea Curling Club in full operation for winter season, with 10 rinks curling. • Bands with local connections (Streetheart and Middle of Nowhere) announced as talent in upcoming Telemiracle 35. • Between Friends Quilt Guild meet in Lockwood. • Busy year shaping up for Strasbourg Maroons Minor Hockey, with Novice, Atom, Pee Wee, Bantam and two Initiation teams on the go. • Prairie Women on Snowmobiles annual ride for cancer research travels through local area, stopping in Lanigan and Raymore. • Jack Robson ordained as Deacon in Last Mountain Anglican Parish, January 16 in Nokomis.
• Provincial government reaches tentative four-year contract with doctors, providing 11 per cent fee increase for physician services. • Duval Ladies Night for Cancer committee hosts Wear Pink fundraising event on January 22. • Nokomis-based Little Miss Higgins announced as one of the headliners at Telemiracle 35. • Town of Nokomis announces beginning of strategic planning process, with initial focus on beautifying the business district. • RCMP announce changes in local policing arrangements, with Watrous detachment now responsible for policing in Nokomis and Lockwood areas. • Nine members of Nokomis Legion’s Ducks Unlimited committee attend DU work shop in Regina to plan for 2011 event in Nokomis. Duval DU committee members also attend. • Third resident of St. Mary’s Villa in Humboldt dies from carbon monoxide incident on December 26, 2010. • Lakeshore W.I. meets January17. Agenda includes plan to donate photo albums to Govan Library. • Former Govan Curling Club member Rachel Fritzler competes in Junior Women’s Provincial Playdowns in Nipawin. (photo)
• NDP candidate for the Regina Lumsden – Lake Centre federal constituency, Brian Sklar, visits LMT ofﬁce as pre-election campaigning begins for 2011 Federal Election. • The Drake Silver Sages supper was held January 19 with twenty members in attendance. On January 21 and 22 the Drake Rink hosted the Quill Plains Regional Invitational Skating Competition, with Lockwood skaters Brooke and Kristie Pederson, Kelsey, Jayden and Cally Morningstar taking part. • Groundhogs predict early spring on annual Groundhog Day, February 2. • Strasbourg Mini Mosaic attracts impressive crowds to Strasbourg Hall. Local Rec Board talks of making it an annual event. (photo) • Jansen potash project moves into advanced stages of BHP’s lengthy approval process. More than $240 million spent on project to date. • Sask Party government tells SUMA it will keep promise to provide revenue sharing equal to 1 full point of the PST. • 96 year old Nokomis resident Albert Edwards passes away on January 28. Cindy Coutts of Bulyea passed away on January 30. David Martin of Strasbourg passed away January 27. Margaret Fraser passed away December 30 at her home in Strasbourg. • Govan Centennial and Homecoming committee meets to continue planning for event on August long weekend. • William Derby School in Strasbourg stages annual Family Literacy Day for students in grades 1 through 9 on January 27. • Last Mountain Boys stage successful gospel concert at Strasbourg Alliance Church, January 23. • David Small and Celeste Hutchinson exchange wedding vows in Costa Rica on January 6. Vicki and Lance Cornwell of Strasbourg, and other family members attend. • Former Drake area resident Tina Ewert passed away January 30 in Saskatoon. • Last Mountain Touchwood MLA Glen Hart announces innovative energy program for community rinks at SUMA convention. • Rumours of signiﬁcant impending changes to Last Mountain Co-operative’s local operations neither conﬁrmed nor denied by Board Chairman Jerry Orthner. • Nokomis Chiefs Initiation Team hosts Strasbourg and Raymore at local Rec Centre. • Nokomis Ladies Bonspiel, Feb. 4 and 5, won by Linda Smith rink. • Govan Senior Bonspiel held February 1 and 2 with eight teams competing. • MacKenzie Art Gallery visits William Derby School in Strasbourg, as part of ‘Saskatchewan Art Progress Show’. (photo) • Think Pink for Cancer ladies bonspiel holds successful event at Strasbourg Curling Club, February 4 and 5. • Surprise 90th birthday party held for Eric Danielson in Strasbourg on January 1. • Longlaketon 4-H Cooking Class takes ﬁeld trip to big city supermarket, January 26. • RM of Longlaketon No. 219 celebrates 100th anniversary at Earl Grey Community Hall • Long-serving MLA Glen Hart faces nomination challenge in Last Mountain – Touchwood constituency. • Cupar Mayor Don Jeworski gets nod for NDP nomination in Last Mountain – Touchwood for fall 2011 provincial election. • Iva Hillis, of Semans, passes away at age 87 on January 17. • Nokomis Seniors Cash Spiel held February 8 and 9 at Nokomis Curling Club. • Sask. Badminton Association holds clinic at William Derby School, Strasbourg. • Town of Nokomis receives automated external deﬁb unit in donation from Nokomis Legion. • Govan Fiddle Festival announces end to annual event that began in 1985, organizers thank fans and participants for successful run. • Potash Corp announces details of pledge to Saskatchewan, in wake of earlier takeover bid by BHP Billiton. • Nokomis Hotel hosts successful Poker Derby as fundraiser for Telemiracle. • Little Miss Higgins nominated in Blues Album category in 10th Annual Independent Music Awards. • Joan Frei (Plaster) passes away February 11 at age 67. • Nokomis Legion donates $3,000 for new playground equipment at Kinsmen Playground; $1,500 from Penny O’Carroll Memorial Fund. • Govan Optimist Club donates $2,000 to Centennial Committee as plans proceed for summer celebration. • Russell Young celebrates 90th birthday, as 70 attend celebration in Govan. • Former Strasbourg resident Ruth Johnson passes away in White Rock, B.C. on February 12. • Strasbourg, Bulyea, Southey and Lumsden Girls Guides, Brownies, Sparks and Pathﬁnders attend crafting and curling event in Lumsden. • Bulyea Curling Club hosts annual Winter Carnival February 4 to 6 as twelve teams participate in 24 hour bonspiel. • Regina Lumsden – Lake Centre Conservative MP Tom Lukiwski interviewed in Last Mountain Times. “We don’t want an election right now”, Lukiwski says in response to early election rumours. • Second annual Robbie Burns Night held at Silton Community Hall, February 12.
• Provincial government announces new funding formula for regional health projects, increasing provincial share to 80 per cent. • Record snowfall in Last Mountain area keeps snow removal crews busy. Sask Watershed Authority places Last Mountain in high runoff forecast zone. • Lorena Bartel, of Drake, celebrates 90th birth day with family and friends. • In preparation for fall 2011 provincial election, NDP promises to introduce rent controls if reelected. • Former Nokomis – Lockwood resident Richard Coleman passes away in Saskatoon on Feb. 18. • Nokomis Town Council meets with local businesses to discuss downtown beautiﬁcation proposals. • Former Duval – Govan area resident Clifford Olson celebrates 100th birthday at Porcupine Plain. • Glenn Boughton, Govan member of Corinthian Chapter #89, OES nominated to receive 33rd Degree in Scottish Rite. (photo) • Last Mountain Scouting organization meets in Strasbourg to plan upcoming spring and summer activities.
• Strasbourg Curling Club hosts Regional Tim Horton’s Youth Spiel. • Incumbent MLA for Last Mountain Touchwood, Glenn Hart, easily wins contested nomination. • Province announces $22 million fund for spring ﬂood preparations. Federal-Provincial aid announced for cattle producers in anticipation of feed shortages. • Raymore School newsletter details students’ winter activities, including curling, skiing, ﬁeld trips and Raymore’s selection to host Can-Am Bowl XV all-star football game this summer. • 2011 Sask Crop Insurance details announced. Coverage levels increased by $42 per acre to average of $173 per acre. • Former Drake area resident Don Douglas passes away at age 64. • Provincial government announces $2.5 million in fee increases, including more than $1 million from agriculture sector. • Calligraphy instruction session attracts artistic crowd to Strasbourg Parkland Regional Library branch. • Drake Meats selected to take part in interprovincial meat trade pilot project. • Nokomis Chiefs Initiation Team takes on The Moms in exhibition game February 25 at Nokomis Rec Centre. • Semans area resident John Williams passes away February 25 at age 62. • Nokomis School celebrates Saskatchewan Aboriginal Storytelling month with facilitator Simon Moccasin. • Huge ﬁre destroys turkey barn near Stalwart; 7,000 young turkeys lost in blaze. • Minor derailment on CP rail line near Cymric delays rail trafﬁc. • Duval Optimists host snowmobile Poker Derby to raise funds for Telemiracle. (photo) • Nokomis Beautiﬁcation Committee seeks community input on planned playground upgrades. • Last Mountain Regional park board announces plans for upcoming season, including July 1 ﬁftieth anniversary and Canada Celebrations. • Jerky Boys Meats meat shop closes operations at Strasbourg location, saying low business volumes hampered success; will continue operating from base store in Lumsden. • Last Mountain Theatre Company hosts directing workshop in Strasbourg in preparation for upcoming season. • Strasbourg Pee Wee Maroons proceed to round four of south Provincial ‘C’ SHA playoffs. • Don Jeworksi, Cupar mayor, and NDP Candidate for Last Mountain – Touchwood, says he is ‘cautiously optimistic’ about his chances in November provincial election. • Former Hatﬁeld resident, and accomplished agricultural biologist, Dr. Ruby Larson, passes away February 13 in Alberta at age 96. • In Silton and beach area news, Mary Massier celebrates 89th birthday on February 28. Bulyea hosts 15th Annual Luteﬁsk Supper on February 26. Kannata Valley / Rockridge Acres Indy 100 snowmobile event attracts young and old alike for fun day at the beach. • Provincial government announces ﬁnal stage of Education Property Tax reform, reducing agricultural mill rate from 7.08 to 3.91. • Strasbourg Recreation Board marks half-way point of ‘In Motion 12 Week Challenge’ with afternoon groomed trail walk on March 6. • Local musicians entertain at Telemiracle 35. Little Miss Higgins, Middle of Nowhere, and Kenny Shields help raise more than $4.6 million. • Semans Legion #108 donates $1,350 to Nokomis Health Centre, Last Mountain Pioneer Home, Wascana Rehab Centre, and Raymore Silver Heights Auxliary. • Govan Centennial Committee continues planning for August long weekend event, discusses erecting highway signs to advertise celebration. • Strasbourg Rec Board hosts grant & proposal writing workshop for local recreation board members. • Strasbourg Curling Club hosts annual Bonspiel March 3 through 6 with eight rinks entered. • Nokomis Rec Centre hosts Learn to Skate, and Power Skating Show Sunday March 6. • Crews begin winter work project – replacing bridge at Craven prior to spring breakup. • Former Venn area resident Raymond Harding passes away at age 76 on March 5. • Raymore Silver Heights Auxiliary hosts successful fundraiser to buy new bathtub for Special Care Home. • Angry co-op members protest planned closures of Last Mountain Co-op facilities and attend packed information meetings in Semans, Nokomis and Govan. • Province sends money to aid in earthquake and tsunami cleanup in Japan. • Nokomis Curling Club hosts Open Bonspiel March 11 through 13 with teams entered from Nokomis, Lanigan, Imperial, Simpson, Raymore and Punnichy. • Nokomis student Daniel Pratchler receives certiﬁcate and cash prize in Royal Canadian Legion’s annual Literary and Poster contest. (photo) • St. John Lutheran Church is Strasbourg hosts Shrove Tuesday pancake supper March 9 for 120 guests. • Southey RCMP investigate theft of almost $8,000 worth of canola from a farm in the Strasbourg area. • Provincial government calls off planned merger of Carlton Trail Regional College and St. Peter’s College in Humboldt following unresolved controversy. • Bulyea seniors enjoy bridge tournament March 5. Curling Club hosts annual Seniors Spiel with ﬁve local teams and other teams from Nokomis, Govan and Strasbourg. • Strasbourg Pee Wee Maroons move on to play Kamsack in SHA south Provincial C ﬁnal series. • Raymore School junior grades enjoy mid-February Mission Ridge ski trip. Eighty guests attend special Grandparents’ Tea at Raymore School. • Former Lockwood area resident Bob Wood passes away at age 91 on March 5 in Watrous. • Harper government defeated March 25 on non-conﬁdence vote; election called for May 2. • Sask Party provincial budget presentation promises lower taxes, improved services, less debt. • Raymore Skating Club hosts Ice Carnival, Banquet and Awards night on March 12 and 15. • Nokomis Beautiﬁcation / Playground Revitalization committee meets, agrees to proceed with Phase 1 of plan: building new gazebo for playground. • Nokomis Asset Mapping Committee meets for fourth time, decides to focus efforts on getting a seniors assisted living complex for community. • Nokomis seniors celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with soup and sandwich luncheon at Drop In Centre. • Global engineering and construction contractor SNC Lavalin signs contract with BHP Billiton for work on Jansen potash project. • Former area resident Ethel Kratz celebrates 90th birthday with family and friends in Regina. • Govan Centennial Committee moves forward with event plans; requests Last Mountain Co-op delay planned closure of Govan Co-op Food Store in order to accommodate visitors.
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• Angela’s Dance Academy members participate at Riderville Dance Competition March 19, as Academy begins 30th year. • Strasbourg Pee Wee Maroons win LMMHL league title March 21 against Lanigan Pirates. • Strasbourg Rec Board sponsors well-attended St. Patrick’s Day pot luck supper at Strasbourg Wildlife Hall March 17, following St. Pat’s Tea at Last Mountain Pioneer Home. • Silton Hall Committee feeds more than 110 at March 19 Irish Stew and Suds supper. • Longlaketon Multiple 4-H Club hosts public speaking competition at Silton Hall, March 6. • Members of Carlton Trail 4-H Beef and Horse Clubs compete in District 43 public speaking competitions in Drake, March 5. • Former Semans area resident Ruth Dufﬁeld passes away at age 85 on March 9. • Major snowstorm across south and central Saskatchewan March 22 through 27 causes trafﬁc delays and major road blockages. RCMP struggle to keep up with accident coverage. • Former Lanigan and Guernsey area resident Vera Cressman passes away at age 78 on March 14. • Punnichy Co-op members get bad news at March 24 information meeting, as Last Mountain Co-op announces planned closure of retail fuel and agro centre services.
APRIL • Last Mountain Co-operatives board faces hostile crowd at huge information meeting in Raymore, March 29. Members demand board changes, question ﬁnancial reports and projections, threaten boycotts. Board agrees to consider moratorium on closures at next meeting. • Strasbourg and RM 220 Fire Department stage controlled burn of old farmhouse west of Bulyea. (photo) • Strasbourg Pee Wee Maroons end successful season, placing second to Kamsack Flyers in SHA Provincial C ﬁnals. Cupar Canucks Bantams win Provincial C ﬁnals, defeating St. Brieux. • Sixth annual Schultz 4 on 4 Hockey Tournament April 18 and 19 in Strasbourg raises funds for Strasbourg and District Recreation Centre; honours the late Frank Wirll. • Bulyea School children travel to Mission Ridge for ski outing. • Raymore Rockets defeat Strasbourg Atom Maroons to win Last Mountain Minor Hockey League championship on March 23. Raymore Rockets novice team enjoys fun game with parents at Semans arena. • Girl Guides and Pathﬁnders visit Last Mountain Pioneer Home with baby lambs to entertain residents. • Strasbourg Curling Clubs hosts wind-up fun spiel with 14 rinks competing. March 14 through 17. • Lockwood’s Read Smith selected to play on Zone 5 Midget team in Sask First Hockey Tournament. • Former Imperial resident Emiel Dahms passes away March 20 at age 87. • Between Friends Quilting Guild hold annual Spring Retreat at Strasbourg Bible Camp March 18, 19 and 20. • Incumbent Regina Lumsden – Lake Centre Conservative MP Tom Lukiwski interviewed on campaign trail. Says voter turnout will be a concern in campaign. • Northeast Regional 4-H public speaking competition held in Jansen. Provincial ﬁnals scheduled for April in Delisle. • Embattled Last Mountain Co-operatives Board president Jerry Orthner declines to seek re-election and resigns his position at April 4 meeting in Raymore. Association delegates to chose replacement. • Regina Lumsden – Lake Centre candidate Brian Sklar calls foul as incumbent Tom Lukiwski sends out MP ﬂyer during election campaign. • Fifth annual Strasbourg Idol competition is won by Lynn Wagner, with Elton John tribute. (photo) • Raymore Rockets host annual Ladies Night Out fundraiser on April 2. • Sask Party government continues tobacco sales restrictions, removing tobacco from sale in pharmacies, or stores with pharmacy on premises. • Little Miss Higgins wins 2011 Independent Music award for album Across the Plains. • Raymore School donates $750 to Telemiracle 35; money raised through movie night and bake sale. • Community of Semans welcomes Finnish and Danish farm trainees to area, to work with the Saul and Gettis families. • Angela’s Dance Academy hosts 21st Dance Alive presentation in Strasbourg with 250 dancers competing. • Hoop dancer Teddy Anderson entertains students at William Derby School. Students from Bulyea and Drake attend event. • Strasbourg scouting leader John Emery receives Scouting Medal of Merit and 15 Year Service Pin at presentation on March 26. • Drake area resident Ruby Anne Janzen passes away March 15 at age 45. • New bridge ﬁnally in place at Craven as spring ﬂoodwaters rise. • Last Mountain area dealing with heavy road damage due to ﬂooding. Highway 15 near Semans closed, and Hwy 220 west of Bulyea too soft for heavy vehicles. (photo) • Ilene Harding wins Nokomis Seniors 500 card party on April 12. • Nokomis Branch of Royal Canadian Legion hosts Zone Rally, with Zone Commander Bud O’Connor in attendance. • RM of Last Mountain Valley #250 declares flood disaster and applies for provincial assistance. Sixteen roads closed due to flooding, washouts on 12 other roads, water running over roads in 13 other locations. • Spring bake / craft / trade show held at Govan Gym, with 20 exhibitors showing their wares. • Melron Services delivers 12 loads of gravel to Last Mountain Regional Park as work continues to upgrade park roads for upcoming camping season. • Strasbourg resident Elsie Duke passes away at age 73. • Elsa McKenzie and Tracy Kondratiuk re-unite with curling hero Jeff Stoughton at World Curling Championships in Regina, ten years after ﬁrst meeting him at the 2000 Brier in Saskatoon. • Twin girls born to Aaron and Erin Small of Tisdale on Valentine’s Day. Grandparents are Vicki and Lance Cornwell of Strasbourg, and Rita and Gord Garinger of Ridgedale. • Saskatchewan Party’s Last Mountain – Touchwood constituency association meets in Strasbourg Wildlife Hall, as plans continue for fall 2011 provincial election.
• Former Drake area resident Elsie Krause passes away April 5 at age 69. • NDP candidate for Regina Lumsden – Lake Centre federal constituency, Brian Sklar, says main election issues are high cost of living, and health care, in exclusive interview with Last Mountain Times. • Lumsden and Craven rural areas under water, as Qu’Appelle River overﬂows it banks from rising spring run-off. • Canpotex plans to build $55 million railcar maintenance facility southwest of Lanigan. • Highway 15 west of Nokomis closed due to ﬂooding. Department of Highways crews maintains 24 hour watch on ﬂooded section. • Last Mountain Co-op selects Jim Frohaug as new President, re-visits issue of planned store closures and agrees to put off closures of some facilities in Nokomis, Govan, Semans and Punnichy. Frohaug cautions that ﬁnancial situation still precarious. • Last Mountain Theatre Company stages three-act comedy Character Flaws to enthusiastic local audiences. • Former NDP Premier Allan Blakeney passes away April 16 after battle with cancer. • Nokomis Asset Mapping Committee decides to do telephone survey to gather input on ideas for town upgrades and beautiﬁcation. • Nokomis Ag Society hosts successful Annual Spring Fling fundraiser April 16. • Strasbourg’s Angela’s Dance Academy students attend Dance Extravaganza at Regina’s Campbell Collegiate, April 8 through 10. • Strasbourg and Bulyea Sparks and Brownies attend Cool Science Sleepover at the Strasbourg Wildlife Hall, March 25 and 26. • RBC Strasbourg branch celebrates 100 years of banking service in the community, with open house and presentations from Town and LMVBA, April 15. • Kannata Valley residents scramble to ﬁll sandbags as rising waters of Last Mountain Lake continue to threaten homes and properties: highest ﬂood levels since 1974. RCMP dispatch boat patrols to check on residents and properties. • Touchwood Hills Wildlife Federation holds annual banquet and awards night. • Several houses in Semans experience ﬂooded basements as waters rise in area. Local power outage at Semans caused by power poles tipping under pressure from moving iceﬂows. Power outage impacts annual Alphabet Players presentation.
• Teachers vote 95 per cent in favour of job action to support lagging contract negotiations. • Local ﬂood protection and prevention projects approved for provincial funding, as province receives more than 700 requests for assistance. • Nokomis Seniors bridge tournament attracts players from local area, as well as Lanigan, Watrous, Imperial, Davidson, Cymric, Govan, Duval. April 21. Earlier, Nokomis Seniors hosted the Region G, District 20 Grand Finale. • Nokomis Golf Club meets April 20; elects new ofﬁcers, plans for upcoming golﬁng season. • Flood protection work continues on properties at Last Mountain Regional Park. • Govan Anglican Church celebrates 100th Anniversary with special service, banquet and dessert. • Bulyea Co-op Association holds annual meeting, and selects directors. General manager Peter Barry receives 10 year service pin. • Grade four student at William Derby School, Courtney Decker, wins ﬁrst place at Carlton Trail Regional Science Fair, with spongy grass project. (photo) • Country Women’s Network hosts Ladies Day in Bulyea. Former area resident Betty Ann Heggie is guest speaker. • Area farmers still dealing with ﬂooded land and washed out roads, as seeding plans put on hold. • Ross and Verna Morningstar descendants host reunion gathering at Lockwood area Morningstar farm. Thirty-six relatives attend two day event. • Harper Conservative government wins majority in May 2 election. NDP becomes ofﬁcial opposition; Liberals decimated. • Water levels on Last Mountain Lake continue rise, as narrow band of sandbags hold back wind-driven ice and water. • Last Mountain Times announces subscriber contest with $10,000 in prize money available. Contest ends mid-July. • Thirty-two gather at Nokomis Seniors Welcome Inn April 29 to celebrate three birthdays: Ilene Harding, Ida Landstrom, and Doreen Riach. • Govan residence of Tyler Hilderman destroyed by ﬁre on May 2 as result of ruptured gas line. • Govan imposes $10 garbage collection fee to offset cost of new garbage disposal system put in place in fall, 2010. • Ira Travis, Govan resident, celebrates 85th birthday, as family members put on comeand-go-tea and evening celebration. • Thieves attempt to disable alarm system before breaking into Strasbourg Pharmacy. Front window smashed as thieves escape with unknown quantity of retail goods. • St. Rita Catholic Church moved off site May 2 in preparation for arrival of replacement church arriving from Lipton. • Last Mountain Pioneer Home Foundation annual meeting reports donations received for year totaling $4,392, plans to allocate $12,000 to LMPH in 2011. • Duval Optimists makes donation to Strasbourg and District Health Centre. Fund used to purchase two pulse oximeters. • Drake area resident Keith Kabernack passes away at age 63. • Nokomis School grads congratulated in two-page newspaper spread: Holly Hobman, Zach Markwart, Brooke Mutch, Tessa Turner. • RM of Mount Hope at Semans declares local emergency as ﬂood roads remain impassable, and those that are passable are subject to damage from heavy loads. Field work still delayed by ﬂooding. • Former Glen Harbor resident Humphrey Flavel passes away April 28 at age 84. • Two-year-old bitten by rabid skunk at Duval. Carson Pieper bit on leg, undergoes lengthy course of anti-rabies injections. • Arlington Beach cottagers continue to struggle with rising ﬂood waters on Last Mountain Lake. • Sixteen Nokomis Playschool Students and chaperons drop into Last Mountain Times ofﬁce, as part of business tour in Nokomis. • Nokomis Cemetery Committee meets, asks Town to enforce bylaw regarding alignment of cemetery plots. • Nokomis Health Centre Auxiliary hosts successful Mother’s Day Tea and Cakewalk at Centennial Hall. • June and Alex Munroe receive surprise Mother’s Day visit from daughter Cynthia Skubicky from Brighton, Ontario. • Chris Lekness celebrates 90th birthday in Govan with family and friends. • Govan Centennial Committee continues planning for July 29, 30 and 31 event. Committee views newly made 4’ x 8’ highway signs that will soon be erected to promote event. Denise King elected new committee chair. • Local Girl Guides and Brownies pitch in for community cleanup in Strasbourg. • Strasbourg Rec Board hosts wind-up dance and award presentations after successful InMotion 12 Week Challenge event. • 29 dogs rescued from distress situation on rural property near Bulyea May 12. RCMP and SPCA ofﬁcers continue investigation. • Nokomis Chiefs hold annual awards night, Justin Popadynec receives MVP award. • Former Semans area resident Leonard Kopp passes away May 2 at age 90. • Silton Community Centre completes extensive ﬂood damage repairs and renovations. Panther Pool League hosts wind-up event May 7 at Fay’s with nearly 50 participants. • Spring Legislative session ends May 19, last session before provincial election scheduled for November 7.
Highlights of local, community and provincial news published in Last Mountain Times from Calendar Year 2011
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• Nokomis Whitehawks baseball team travels to Middle Lake May 11 for ﬁrst game of season.(photo) • Nokomis H e a l t h Centre Auxiliary donates reclining leather love seat for enjoyment of Centre residents. • Little Miss Higgins returns from successful U.K. tour, announces plans to return to UK to open for k d lang. Long-time Govan resident Bill (Billy) Acton passes away suddenly May 2 at age 65. Former Lestock resident Larry Focht passes away May 11 at age 57. Strasbourg area resident Bernice Scott celebrates 80th birthday, many family members attend banquet and roast. Rescued dogs from Bulyea area acreage put up for adoption by SPCA. Former TV entertainers Lee and Sandy Paley put on show for Bulyea School students, sign autographs after show. Former Strasbourg area resident Maidie Flavel passes away May 2 at age 97, after almost 13 years in Last Mountain Pioneer Home. Arm River – Watrous Sask Party MLA Greg Brkich says spring Legislative session as success, pleased with new budget, in exclusive interview with Last Mountain Times. Angela’s Dance Academy in Strasbourg celebrates 30 years of dance training. Three page colour spread in May 24 Last Mountain Times. High winds cause near panic on Last Mountain Lake May 16, as ﬂood waters threaten to breach ﬂood protection along east shore. Last Mountain Bird Observatory opens for spring season. Species counting and monitoring begins anew. Fertilizer transport tanker truck overturns at Raymore on May 17. Anhydrous ammonia cargo contained, and safely transferred to another vehicle. Strasbourg selected as site for windpower demonstration project: project will supply power to Strasbourg Recreation Center, tower will be located just southwest of town. Strasbourg home on Pearson Street raided in drug bust. Local man arrested and charged. Raymore School Dinner Theatre performs TxT U Later for receptive crowds. Sam and Judy Guan, along with daughter Nina, celebrate their receipt of Canadian Citizenship at ceremony in Regina on May 24. The Guans operate Kuan’s Café on mainstreet in Nokomis. Former Govan resident sends 1912 photo of mother’s house on Elgin Street. House is still standing and looks much the same 94 years later! Strasbourg Rec Board hosts Tai Chi class, fourteen residents take part. Pieper Family Foods ofﬁcially opens in Strasbourg May 24. Former Big Way Foods outlet changes names and suppliers, still operated by Floyd and Cynthia Pieper. Raymore School grads featured in May 31 issue center spread of Last Mountain Times, with 19 students graduating in 2011. • Local Raymore author Betty Terschuur visits Grade 2 class at Raymore School to participate in reading of new, unpublished works. Illustrator Edie Marshall takes part via online hook-up. • Kannata Valley kicks off summer season with plans for community garage sale. • Local group meets in Nokomis to discuss and compare notes on controversial liberation treatment for people with MS. Former Drake area resident Annie Funk passes away at age 96 on May 24. Ed and Joyce Wilker of Strasbourg are proud recipients of Century Family Farm award, the family having farmed the same land for 100 years.
• Canada Post workers start rotating strike action. Rural post ofﬁces not yet impacted, but soon are when mail deliveries slow to trickle. • Nineteen William Derby School students prepare for ﬁnal exams, and annual Grad Ceremonies. • Gina Marie Kelln of Strasbourg convocates from U of S with BSc in Agriculture and Bioresources, June 1. • Nokomis & District Museum opens June 1 for the 2011 season, with Melissa Styles and Jason Henry on staff as tour guides. • Nokomis Seniors Host Region G district meeting, with SSAI president Len Fallows in attendance May 26. • Seniors birthday party of the month honours Carol Wright and Earle Mansell. • Former Cymric and Govan resident Elroy (Ozzie) Kelln passes away May 4 at age 81. • Strasbourg Rec Board and LMVBA’s annual Dash n’ Dine event attracts group of enthusiastic diners May 26. • Regina – Qu’Appelle Conservative MP Andrew Scheer elected Speaker of House of Commons June 1. • Day of Dance at William Derby School sponsored by Duval Optimist Club. • Sask Crop Insurance Corp. extends seeding deadlines as wet conditions continue to slow seeding progress. • Former Drake area resident George Friesen passes away May 28 at age 85. Former Semans are resident Ellen Becker, age 79, passes away at Nokomis Health Centre May 27. • Canada Post labour talks stall, as rotating strikes continue across Canada. • Health bargaining talks break down between SAHO and 3,000 member Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan. • Highway crews continue to struggle with crumbling road beds as ﬂooding conditions persist in Last Mountain area. Repair work on Highway 20 and Highway 15 is temporary at best. • New church building for St. Rita’s Catholic Church arrives in Strasbourg from Lipton on June 20. • Amanda Halstead, of Nokomis, convocates from U of S with BSc in Agribusiness, June 1.
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• Craven Jamboree organizers receive $1.5 million in ﬂood assistance, as Jamboree site struggles with ﬂood waters. • Province receives $1.1 billion more revenue than budget forecasts; increased tax revenue credited for windfall. • Doug Edwards elected to ﬁll vacant Nokomis Town Council seat June 28, defeating Merle Williams in two-way race. • Nokomis School holds annual Awards Day June 20, as school winds down for another year. • RCMP investigate reported break-in at Govan Hotel June 24-25, public asked for assistance. • Mail begins to ﬂow again, as Canada Post workers return to the job across the country. • Govan Housing Authority members Glen Hancock and Marg Roland recognized in presentation from Provincial Government. • Local Strasboug students convocate from University of Regina: Brittany Krivoshein with Bachelor of Business Admin; Elise Sammons with double BA’s in History and Political Science; Jon Josephson with Bachelor of Business Admin.
AUGUST • Drake resident Shirley Birtles wins $500 in Last Mountain Times ‘Subscribe to Win’ contest. • BHP Billiton hosts local supplier information session in Lanigan to update local businesses and introduce primary contractor SNC Lavalin. • Federal and provincial government announce $448 million in additional funding to support farmers impacted by ﬂooding conditions. • Dennis and Sylvia Simpson of Nokomis celebrate 40th Wedding Anniversary with family and friends in Ardrossan, Alberta. • Forty-six players compete in annual Nokomis Golf Club Partners Tournament, Sunday July 31. • Nokomis resident Wayne Busch ‘outs the outhouse’ left behind by highway workers along highway 20 south of Nokomis. • Waterfowl hunter, Tim Billado, from Plentywood Montana, begins campaign against planned changes and fee increases for out-of-province hunters. • Last Mountain Regional Park receives deﬁb unit thanks to donations from Duval and Govan Optimist Clubs, and Govan Ski Wizzards, thanks to suggestion from Paula and Carly Erhardt of Duval. • Forty golfers turnout for annual Govan Seniors Golf Tournament, August 3. • Former Strasbourg resident Velda Johnson passes away at age 88. Mathilda Schneider passed away July 22 at age 92. Wayne Wagner of Silton passed away. Martin Wagner of Strasbourg passes away on
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July 29 at age 91. Rufﬁna Rasmussen, formerly of Strasbourg, passes away July 20 at age 67. Lanigan feedlot operator Brad Wildeman elected chairman of Canada Beef Inc., the beef industry’s national marketing, promotion and research association. Karen Klevgaard new administrator of Resort Village of Kannata Valley, following retirement of Arnie Flegel. Sask Beach Dell family presented with $1,000 from community fundraising after losing home to ﬁre. More community fundraising planned. 23 year old Brad Johnson dies in drowning incident July 26 off Fox Point on Last Mountain Lake. RCMP issue warning that convicted sex offender Murray Hill is living in Village of Quinton. Former Semans district farmer Norman Shier passes away July 24 at age 74. 2011 Grasslands Canadian Classic sheep show and sale held in Drake July 22 to 24. Nokomis Fair held Saturday, July 30 following colourful downtown parade. (photo) Nokomis contracts surveyor to stake out potential new housing subdivision on northwest edge of town. Strasbourg and RM 220 Fire and Rescue take delivery of new $250,000 tanker pumper truck. Group of 47 gather August 1 at Last Mountain Regional Park to help celebrate Harry Hine’s birthday (age not disclosed!) Nokomis Senior Golf Tournament held August 9; John McGeough of Govan almost gets hole-in-one. David Small, formerly of Strasbourg, convocates with MA in Psychology from City University in Calgary. • German tourist, 71 year old Johan Lebert, drowns in Last Mountain Lake in boating accident August 8. • F o r m e r Nokomis and Watrous area resident Edna faBlackport passed away August 1.
• Work begins in preparation for installation of wind turbine project south of Strasbourg. (photo) • Strasbourg’s Annual Summer Event’s Day attracts crowds; Gainer the Gopher feature attraction. • Teachers announce August 19 that new tentative collective bargaining agreement has been reached, members to vote on ratiﬁcation. • Granddaughter of former Nokomis Times owner James McGowan, Bev Gordon of Surrey, BC, visits Nokomis. • New gazebo erected in Kinsmen Kiddieland Park in Nokomis, phase one of beautiﬁcation plan. • Highway patchup work continues on #20 south of Nokomis, in preparation for fall re-paving. • Govan Co-op Food Store advertises for new manager, pending retirement of long-time Manager L y n n Johnson. • Austin and A n g e l a Mayor of S t r a s b o u rg attend Pulse Dance Convention in New York City. • Schneider family celebrate 100 years of farming in the Strasbourg area, with gathering of family and friends July 30. • Former Strasbourg student Janet Thiessen convocates from U of S with Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Science degrees. • Bulyea Lions Club has successful battery collection day, raising $3,500 for their efforts. • Last Mountain Pioneer Home receives new patio furniture, purchased with annual garage sale proceeds. • More than 130 gather August 13 at McKenzie farm west of Strasbourg for outdoor Garden Concert, entertainment by Colleen MacDonald, Leandra Cameron, Renee Sherrett and Lois Mullin. • August 14 Sask Beach fundraiser raises more than $6,000 for Dell family ﬁre fund. • Strasbourg Golf Club hosts annual Hole-in-One Tournament, with 22 teams registered. • Dale Dreger of Strasbourg lands 21 pound jackﬁsh at Rowan’s Ravine. • Former Raymore area resident Paul Ruckle passes away August 18 at age 89. Former Drake area resident Alex Youck passes away in Regina at age 88. • National NDP Leader Jack Layton passes away August 22 at age 61 after long battle with cancer. • Sask Party government adds $46 million to highway budget to handle ﬂoodforced road repairs. • LMVBA hosts annual Show and Shine event in Strasbourg. • National Portraits of Honour tour stops in Raymore August 24; late Corporal David Braun honoured • Nokomis Old Tyme Picnic provides late summer entertainment for young and old alike, August 21. • Strasbourg Rec Centre receives deﬁb unit, a complimentary gift from the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games. • Last Mountain Lake area Swanston Ranch celebrates more than 100 years of history; second memorial time capsule dedicated at family gathering. • Semans area auction sale for the Oblander, Marshall and Belvoir families attracts large crowd August 20. • Cleanup day at Kannata Valley Beach attracts more than 40 volunteers to remove ﬂood debris from beach and park areas. (photo) • Village of Earl Grey and RM of Longlaketon take delivery of new ﬁretruck.
Year in Review for the months of September, October, November and December to be continued in January 17 issue of Last Mountain Times. Disclaimer: Please note that due to the nature of our printing schedule, and the fact that many of our community news items are submitted after the events have occurred, the items mentioned in our Annual Review may not be in chronological order, or even listed in the month they actually occurred.
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• WDS in Strasbourg hosts awards night to honour student achievements throughout 2010-2011 school year, June 2. • Amanda Brown convocates with degree in Business Admin from U of R. June 8. Katelyn Small of Strasbourg convocates from U of R with Business Admin degree, June 8. • Lumsden resident Sean Brimacombe wins $1 million Scratch and Win Lotto prize. • Kannata Valley community garage sale raises $1,171 for community improvement projects June 4. • Drake students James and William Bartel convocate at University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon. • Interest groups react as Harper government re-introduces pre-election budget document. Local MP Tom Lukiwski says budget will have positive impact for Saskatchewan. • RCMP report crime spree in Strasbourg, with six businesses broken into on June 12 and 13. Police suspect professionals targeted community on grad weekend. • Another major drug bust in Last Mountain area on June 10, as police raid marijuana grow op in Bulyea. One man charged. • Province commits $45 million for Highway 15 improvements, but nothing for local area: all funds will be spent between the junction of Highways 2 and 15 south of Watrous, and the town of Kenaston. • Local Nokomis United Church members bid farewell June 3 to Garrett and Shirley Kamphuis as they head off to their new home in Alberta. • Kuan’s Café in Nokomis celebrates 2nd anniversary, as new owners Sam and Judy Guan settle in to operating the former Atlantic Café. • Govan Co-op members disappointed June 13 to see store hours cut, with Monday closure, and opening at 10:30 a.m. other days. Last Mountain Co-op still struggles with ﬁnancial situation. • Regional planning session held in Nokomis June 14 as part of long-range planning for potential area growth as a result of BHP Billiton potash developments in the area. • Local reps, Carolyn Mortenson and Marg Roland attend Saskatchewan Women’s Institute 100th Anniversary conference and celebration in Regina. • Strasbourg Rec Board kicks off Recreation and Parks month with old fashioned family picnic. • William Derby School, Strasbourg hosts Arts Night and Coffee House to display students’ visual art works. • Semans-based Mishell’s Angels reports annual fundraising total of more than $17,000 for MS research. • Patti McLeod retires June 10 from Bulyea after 24 years of dedicated service. Retirement party hosted by co-workers. (photo) • Bulyea Co-op Assocation awards scholarships to Abbey Wild and Matthew Ritter, both students at WDS in Strasbourg. • Silton Silhouettes perform major show and recital as dance year wraps up. • Tara Mitchell, of Govan, convocates from U of S with Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. • Raymore School archers compete at Yorkton Regional 4th Annual Archery Shoot. • Sask Crop Insurance workers end strike June 24, under provincial government threat of back to work legislation. • Nokomis Mayor Fred Wright attends BHP info session in LeRoy; buoyed by prospect of spinoff beneﬁts for Nokomis and area. • Govan Centennial Celebration highway signs erected south and north of Govan along Highway 20. (photo) • Former Semans area resident Ursula Nichol passes away at age 73 on June df13 at Nokomis Health Centre. • aNokomis School sdDrama Club performs two comedies in wellattended d e s s e r t theatre event. • aNokomis Legion celebrates Flag Day sdJune 12 in Nokomis, Lockwood and Govan. • Strasbourg and area Sparks and Brownies, and Bulyea Brownies enjoy weekend camp outs at Arlington Beach. • Strasbourg Seniors Golf Tournament June 13 attracts 35 golfers from around the area. • Longlaketon 4-H Club holds achievement day June 12, receives $1,000 donation from Brad Hanmer and Pioneer Hi-bred Seeds. • Village of Bulyea battered by hail storm on Father’s Day; students and staff from Bulyea School assist with clean-up efforts. • Former Semans student Megan Macomber convocates at U of R with certiﬁcate in Local Government Authority.
• Kazakhstan family settles in Strasbourg: Makhmud and Lubov Aliev, along with their two sons welcomed to community, sponsored by Strasbourg Alliance Church. • Sixty ratepayers attend Kannata Valley Resort Village annual meeting; Arnie Flegel recognized for 15 years of service as Administrator/Manager. • CWB announces farmers to hold own non-binding plebiscite ofn future of single-desk selling agency. • Local baseball player / coach, the late Bill Erhardt, to be inducted into Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame August 20 in Battleford. • Semans girl Kiyara Linford wins award at showcase dance competition at Performing Arts Centre in Regina. (photo) • Teachers and special mediator come to agreement on tentative contract terms as pressure mounts to reach settlement before fall term begins. • APAS calls for a new rapid response strategy to get ﬁnancial assistance into hands of producers in view of continuing ﬂood concerns. • Contract awarded for water system improvements at Rowan’s Ravine Provincial park in time for 2012 camping season. • Afﬁnity Credit Union donates $10,000 towards improvements and operating costs at Last Mountain Regional Park. • Nokomis property tax notices provide surprise for residents: property tax increases of 21 per cent or more for some residents and business owners. Town sites needed infrastructure and street repairs as cause. • Nokomis resident Lawrence Beeler returns from successful CCSVI MS treatment in California. • Nokomis seniors bid farewell June 24 to resident Barrie McClughan as she moves to new home in Regina. • Calvin Harding and Lylie Herman travel to Alberta to help celebrate Bob and Evelyn Harding’s 50th Anniversary. • Canada Day celebrated at Last Mountain Regional Park as record crowds enjoy seasonal weather and traditional evening ﬁreworks show. • Former Cymric / Duval area resident George Herber passes away June 5 in Regina at age 85. • Eric Danielson snags 14 pound pike off marina at Rowan’s Ravine. Fishing is good when the water is high. (photo) • Young and old alike enjoy annual Games Day at Strasbourg Museum July 2. • Tornado warning issued for Semans and Raymore area on Sunday, July 3. No touchdowns reported, however high winds knock down trees in Strasbourg. • Kannata Valley and Sask Beach Canada Day celebrations another huge success. • Silton Silhouettes dance club fundraises at Lumsden Relay for Life event: perform as entertainers and walk the relay. • Former Semans area resident Dr. Misha Newman passes away at retirement home in Las Vegas. Former Drake resident Norman Ewert passes away in Saskatoon June 29 at age 89. • Tentative agreement reached in SAHO / Health Sciences workers, ofﬁcials now await result of member vote. • Local resident surveys condition of Highway 20, reports 68 major pot holes and 184 warning signs on section between Strasbourg and Nokomis. • New Nokomis District Museum Calendar released, features early photo of Hendry’s Western Service Station. • Nokomis Show and Shine 2011 attracts exhibitors from local area and Regina, organized by Darwin and Rose Johnson. • Former Govan resident Ken (Pat) Farrar passes away in Westlock, Alberta. • Kiddie’s Day celebrated at Strasbourg Splash Park. • Buylea Community Hall hosts memorial crib tournament to honour the late Charlie Keyser and Eli Kropf, two long-time Strasbourg area residents. • Local winner in 4-H fundraiser: Kelly Holbrook wins $500 gift certiﬁcate. • Govan Centennial Celebration special centre spread feature for July 29-31 event. • Long-time Raymore area resident Margaret Digney passes away June 29 at age 88 at Raymore Silver Heights Special Care Home. • Dell home at Saskatchewan Beach destroyed by early morning ﬁre, Sunday July 10. • Bulyea Community Hall receives $12,949 and Silton Sunshine Club receives $15,000 from Saskatchewan’s Community Initiatives fund. • New RCMP constable Brendan Fonteyne takes up duties at Watrous RCMP Detachment.
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Hockey Standings Last Mountain Minor Hockey League Standings as of January 3, 2012
TEAM Lanigan Raymore Watrous 2 Humboldt VicCo 2 ViCo 1 Strasbourg Watrous 1
G 7 7 5 4 4 5 3 5
W 7 4 3 3 1 1 0 0
L 0 2 1 1 3 4 3 5
PEE WEE TEAM Watrous Strasbourg Humboldt Lanigan Raymore Viscount
G 7 8 7 7 7 6
W 4 3 3 2 1 1
L 0 1 1 3 4 5
BANTAM TEAM Wynyard Strasbourg Lake Lenore Humboldt Kelvington Wadena Foam Lake Muenster Watrous Lanigan
G 13 10 9 10 13 11 9 10 10 9
W 10 7 6 5 4 4 4 4 0 1
T PTS 0 14 1 9 1 7 0 6 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 T PTS 3 11 4 10 3 9 2 6 2 4 0 2
L 1 1 3 3 6 5 4 6 8 8
T PTS 2 22 2 16 0 12 2 12 3 11 2 10 1 9 0 8 2 2 0 2
L 1 1 0 5 6 6 9 10
T PTS 1 21 1 19 2 18 1 9 0 8 1 5 2 4 2 2
MIDGET TEAM Drake Wynyard Watrous Muenster Lanigan Kenaston Wadena Humboldt
G 12 11 10 10 10 9 12 12
W 10 9 8 4 4 2 1 0
Highway Hockey League Standings as of January 3, 2012 TEAM W Strasbourg 10 Cupar 7 Wynyard 6 Southey 4 Raymore 5 Avonlea 4 Lumsden 2 Bethune 3
L 0 1 4 5 4 6 8 9
OTL 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
PTS 20 15 12 11 10 9 5 4
SCORING LEADERS NAME
TEAM GP G A PTS
Bryan Kauk Neil Kodman Brady Heintz Aaron Lindal Kellen Sillinger Tyler Stewart Tyrell Shulko Eric Schultz Derek Back Gavin Mievre
Wyn Str Str Wyn Avon Cup Ray Str Str Avon
10 10 9 10 10 9 9 10 8 10
16 16 11 5 5 9 8 5 8 8
21 19 18 18 15 9 10 13 9 9
37 35 29 23 20 18 18 18 17 17
GOAL TENDING LEADERS NAME TEAM GA MP AVG Jamie Wutke Cup 9 240 2.25 Warren Niekamp Cup 16 301 3.19 Nathan Fischl Ray 27 480 3.38 Tyler Kifferling Str 41 604 4.07 Ryan Senft Sou 47 580 4.86 Ryan Seibel Beth 49 600 4.90 Justin Mrazek Avon 59 663 5.34 Trevor Thiessen Lum 30 336 5.37 Adam Jordan Wyn 48 510 5.65 Barry Herman H.H.L. Stats
Long Lake Hockey League Standings as of January 3, 2012 TEAM Davidson Watrous Drake Lanigan Nokomis Leroy
G 10 12 12 11 10 11
W L O/TL PTS 10 0 0 20 6 4 1 14 6 5 1 13 5 4 1 12 6 4 0 12 0 11 0 0
SCORING LEADERS NAME TEAM GP G A PTS Steven Dasilva Dav 10 16 25 41 Josh Sim Dav 10 16 24 40 Ryan DePape Wat 12 17 16 33 Keegan Dansereau Wat 12 14 19 33 Carter Smith Dav 10 14 17 31 Travis Eggum Wat 12 17 13 30 Derek Allan Dav 9 11 18 29 Adam Hendry Nok 10 10 14 24 Justin Popadynec Nok 9 10 12 22 Zach Sim Dav 9 4 18 22 GOAL TENDERS NAME TEAM M/P GA Brady Wilner Dav 207 13 Mark Zoerb Dav 374 27 David Spooner Drk 601 44 Adam Isherwood Wat 290 22 Evan Reifferscheid Wat 444 35
Avg 3.77 4.33 4.39 4.55 4.73
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Ferrari has high hopes for Canadian teens Just call Lance Stroll the Test Tube Driver. Canada’s most famous 13year-old athlete might be better known in Italy than in Toronto’s Little Italy; his name and face more recognized in Rome than in Regina. But then again, Stroll doesn’t play hockey or golf or baseball or football or one of the traditional Canadian sports. Rather, the son of a Montreal car dealer is being groomed as the next superstar Formula One driver by Ferrari, one of the world’s top racing companies. Still three years away from being able to legally drive on Canadian highways, Stroll – though currently being allowed to train at relatively safe speeds in the 130-150 km/h range – will soon be racing at breath-taking speeds as high as 300 km/h (185 miles per hour) against the world’s best drivers. The Toronto Globe and
Mail featured Stroll in a recent sports-front feature, telling the tale of Ferrari discovering him after he’d had a series of successes on the North American go-kart circuit when he was nine years old. At that age, the Globe story said, he was winning as many as 70 per cent of his races (a ridiculously high ratio) against racers three and four years older. As fate would have it, Ferrari was planning a program to mould a future champion driver from a young age. Ferrari’s plan and Stroll’s success ﬁt together about as perfectly as a driver squeezing into a Formula One vehicle cockpit. Stroll’s family is wealthy, which allowed him to participate in a rather expensive sport as a pre-teen, but they’re also not dumb. They realize the dangers inherent in racing at speeds approaching 300 km/h, and are aware that 45 drivers have died in the 61-year history of the sport. “You watch him
and you watch him and you begin to ﬁnd a comfort level over time,” the Globe story quoted his father, Lawrence, as saying. “(The worry) is never gone, but you just learn to live with that.” At the Ferrari driving academy in Italy, Lance works daily with gymnastics experts who deal with co-ordination and muscle-building, nutritionists, racing strategists and then spends time in the “mind room,” where, the Globe story says, he is taught ”to stay calm under pressure.” Will it all pay off? The results of Ferrari’s efforts won’t be known for ﬁve or six years, but if Lance Stroll becomes an F1 champion driver, mark it down to human laboratory success. • R.J. Currie of sportsdeke. com: Three things NASA discovered on Kepler-22b, an Earth-like planet 600 light years away: 3) Temperate climate; 2) Large bodies of water; 1) Alex
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Shelby Riess and the Rebels win ﬁrst Mac’s Tournament Over the holidays it was a thrilling Mac’s AAA Tournament in Calgary for the Regina Rebels Midget Female Hockey Team. Many in the Strasbourg area were cheering on the girls in the televised ﬁnal January 1! Shelby Riess, daughter of Darcy Riess of Regina, and granddaughter of Marion Riess of Strasbourg is a member of this exciting team. The Rebels beat the Edmonton Thunder 3-2 in overtime for the gold medal. The Thunder were the only team to defeat the Rebels in round robin play. This was the ﬁrst time the Rebels have won the female division of this prestigious tournament. Saskatchewan has won the female division, seven of the eight years since the girls’ division was introduced into the Mac’s Tournament. Shelby and her team were honoured at the beginning of the Regina Pats WHL hockey game on January 4 at the Brandt Cen-
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A thrilled Shelby Riess, right, and teammate Nikki Watters-Matthes hold the Mac’s Tournament Championship trophy which the Regina Rebels won for the ﬁrst time.
tre. Many from the Strasbourg area took in this game, and were happy to congratulate Shelby and her team!
from the sidelines Ovechkin’s scoring touch. • Comedy writer Jim Barach: “Khloe Kardashian’s husband, basketball player Lamar Odom has been traded from the Lakers to the Dallas Mavericks. Meanwhile Kim’s husband Kris Humphries has been placed by his wife on waivers.” • At SportsPickle.com: “$55 million federal investigation successfully forces Barry Bonds to watch TV at home for 30 days.” • Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle, after Warriors guard Charlie Bell showed up drunk in court for his DUI hearing: “Memo to NBAers: ‘Order in the court’ does not mean ‘What’ll you have’?” • Comedian Argus Hamilton, on the aura of Tim Tebow: “Before last Sunday’s game, Tim Tebow had a little talk with Jesus, and Jesus walked away a better man.” • Ex-reliever John Rocker, to NYbaseballDigest.com, not proud that he used steroids during his playing days: “I wish the 37-year-old John Rocker could
go back and punch 23-year-old John Rocker in the face.” • At Fark.com: “Pujols to become Angel in L.A., Devil in St. Louis.” • R.J. Currie again: “Quarterback Ricky Ray, from Happy Camp, California, was traded to the Argos. He’s no longer a happy camper.” • Ostlser says golfer Luke Donald is the ﬁrst athlete to claim he was ‘mistweeted’... by himself: “Donald tweeted that Rory McIlroy was the most talented player he had ever seen. Then, fearing the wrath of Tiger Woods, Donald tweeted, ‘A few people aren’t understanding what I meant’.” • Ostler again: “Albert Pujols signs a 10-year, $254 million contract, and wise-guy reader Ben Woods wonders, “Are there any incentive clauses in the deal?” • Norman Chad of the Washington Post: “Good news for Chris Paul: He’s going to L.A. Bad news for Chris Paul: He’s a Clipper!” • Another one from Currie:: “Alex Ovechkin is dating tennis pro Maria Kirilenko. She
by Bruce Penton makes money not hitting the net. So does Ovechkin.” • Barach again: “World Poker Champ Jonathan Duhamel says he was the victim of a violent home invasion. He didn’t say how much was taken, only that he no longer has a full house.” • Another one from Chad, on New York Jets coach Rex Ryan: “Sure, he’s mildly entertaining, but so is a myna bird that can rap ‘Figaro.’ And, sure, he’s a better-thanaverage coach, but he walks around like he parted the Red Sea on third and long.” Care to comment? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Disclaimer: the opinions expressed are those of the writer
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Retaining older workers
Psychology for Living
In a discussion paper released earlier this month, Incenting Seniors to Continue Working, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce reinforces the argument that retaining older workers in the workforce is part of the solution to avoid the skills crisis Canada is on the verge of experiencing. The time is right to look at removing disincentives that discourage seniors from working. The paper examines key concerns that need to be addressed in order to pave the way for retention of older workers. “By the start of the next decade, people old enough to leave the labour force will outnumber those old enough to join it. In Canada, we predict a labour shortage of nearly one million people by 2020”, said Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. “We have been talking about this challenge for years, it’s time to start looking at concrete solutions.” Seniors represent a constituency that needs to be better integrated into the workforce. They possess the essential skills employers need. Many want to continue working and view work as an important part of their life balance. In order to draw more attention to the seriousness of the demographics issue, last October the Canadian Chamber of Commerce released a report entitled: Canada’s Demographic Crunch: Can underrepresented workers save us? The new report provides some answers. The Canadian Chamber believes that a new business culture aimed at retaining, rather than replacing, senior workers is the correct approach to pursue.
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by Gwen Randall-Young Feeling sad, frustrated, discouraged, down in the dumps? Wish you could be happier, but do not know how to shift your energy? Sometimes we have major issues in our lives which need to be addressed, or problems for which there is not immediate solution. At such times, joy seems elusive. There is a quick ﬁx. I had better qualify that right away. There may not be a quick ﬁx to your problem, but there is a quick way to give yourself some good feelings. It is to do something for someone else. When we are feeling badly, it is because we are focusing our attention on ourselves: on what is missing
from or wrong with our lives. The longer we keep our focus there, the longer we will be unhappy. The longer we are unhappy, the more we tend to focus on our problems. It is a vicious cycle. We can break out of that cycle by doing something kind or helpful to another. The more unexpected, or out of character our good deed, the more satisfaction it will bring. Yes, you could empty the dishwasher for mom because she always wants you to, but you usually forget. That would be nice. But what if she came home to an empty dishwasher, the table set, dinner cooking on the stove and you telling her to put her feet up and relax? Or what if you surprise the neighbors and they arrive home to a driveway freshly shoveled? Perhaps there is someone on the street who lives alone, or is getting older, and you offer to put up their Christmas lights. Maybe as you leave work, you brush the snow off of another car, whether you know the owner
or not. Sometimes it is the random acts of kindness which bring the most joy because they are freely given, with no expectation of thanks or recognition. It is virtually impossible to feel completely negative while you are planning or carrying out an act of kindness. The side effect of all this is that the more good energy you are putting out into the world, the more good energy comes back to you, one way or another. (Yes, the reverse is also true). Good deeds may be to feeling down what aspirins are to a headache. Do two good deeds and see how you feel. Repeat every four hours until you feel better. No maximum daily dose, no harmful side effects. Gwen Randall-Young is an author and award-winning Psychotherapist based out of Alberta. www.gwen.ca Disclaimer: the opinions expressed are those of the writer.
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Hilton Hughes accompanied Judy and Ken Dumanski to Edmonton to spend Christmas with the Kris Dumanski family. Visiting at the Lil James home for Christmas were:
Fischer, Marina and Georgia James of Winnipeg, Allison and Brandon, Theodore, and Walker and Alexis from Regina. Visiting at the Hilton Hughes home over the holi-
days were: June and Jim Reid of Medicine Hat, Bob and Shirley Gordon of Saskatoon, Bob and Ida McLaren of Drake, Josh Hughes and friend Mallory of Regina and Ern Hughes of Balcarres.
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Approximately 40 members of the Lockwood community gathered at the Lockwood Community Hall on Sunday, December 18 for a Christmas celebration. Everyone enjoyed a potluck meal and gift giving. Santa found his way and the young kids were very excited to see him, while the adults were happy to see the smiles on the children’s faces. A great time was had by all! -submitted by Sheri Pedersen -photo courtesy of Susan Smith
Barry Schmidt of Medicine Hat, AB, was here to visit Mary Schmidt and others. Visiting at the Tina Peyton home were her parents Earl and Phyllis Larson of Strasbourg, also Alex and Matt and Zack and Alex, brother Kevin of Regina and sister Eileen Schultz and a friend. Kaitlyn and dad Cal Peyton were to Calgary over Christmas. Don Bergen in Winnipeg had Bob Bergen for a visit. Philip Bartel was to Drake for a week to visit his mom Mary Anne Bartel over Christmas. Les and Anita Jantz of Langley, BC, send greetings to anyone who remembers them. Les is 88 and Anita 86. Sometime ago Les and Anita were missionaries in Brazil. Both have certain daily chores and they are in fair to good health. In September 2012 they will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. Visiting Margaret (Marge) Bartel in the villa December 20 to January 3 were Peggy from Waldheim and Tom and Gloria Bartel from Lock Port Road, MB, from December 30 to January 1. Other guests were Stacey and Lisa and twins Eric and Angela most of those days. They were joined by other members of the family for New Year’s namely
(Melissa) Bergen and Quinton and Joanne Bartel, children James, Dustin, Erica and Mitchell all of Drake. On January 3, the Nokomis Chiefs and Drake Canucks graced the sportsplex. Nokomis was ﬁrst to score at 2.54 and at 10.80 in the second period. At the 15-minute mark of the ﬁrst period Kyle Bergen with help from Scott Schroeder and Taylor Watt netted Drake’s ﬁrst goal and followed with a second goal (still in the ﬁrst period) by Taylor Watt with Matt Rintoul and Kyle Bergen assisting at 18.03 to tie the score. In the second period Taylor Watt scored again with Kyle Bergen assisting at 8.23. There was no scoring in the third period. The score was 3-2 for Drake. Shots on goal were 43-35. Bob Bergen was the 50/50 winner and Dorothy won on the score sheet. You know that this game was more interesting than the Canada and Russia game on TV. We were at the Sportsplex. School started in Drake Elementary on January 4. I trust the students will have a good year. Lorena Bartel was to Edmonton over the Christmas holidays to visit Audrey and other family members. Get well wishes, thinking of and prayers for Wally (Lenora) Penner. Betty Manyk, Isabel Krieger, H. Kornelsen and Ed Kornelsen, also to doctors, nurses and caregivers, folks in the hospital and lodges and to anyone at home who is not feeling up to par. Many rich blessings to all in 2012.
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Top talent getting harder to ﬁnd When it comes to seeking out and securing great staff, 69 per cent of Canadian small business owners are conﬁdent in their ability to attract and keep good employees; however, when hiring, one in 10 reported never ﬁnding the right person and 28 per cent had the job open for up to three months before ﬁnding the appropriate candidate. The quarterly American Express Small Business Monitor reveals that almost three-quarters (74 per cent) believe it is getting harder to ﬁnd good employees and 64 per cent of small business operators believe the demands of today’s job applicants exceed their qualiﬁcations. The majority (84 per cent) of small business owners do believe they keep their best and brightest employees, but fewer (64 per cent) say they consistently hire the best and brightest in their industry. In fact, only 11 per cent of respondents strongly agreed that they were able to do so. The results couldn’t be timelier. With much of the Baby Boomer generation set to retire, nearly half (46 per cent) of Canada’s small business owners anticipate a shortage of qualiﬁed job applicants in the coming years. A further 32 per cent are concerned about the impact this will have on their operations and 23 per cent expect to replace a signiﬁcant proportion of their employees during this time frame. “Strong talent is the cornerstone of good business, especially small business, where the right people can mean the difference between a loyal customer and high turnover,” said Abhijeet Rege, Director of Small Business Services, American Express Canada. “But the survey also suggests that businesses should start looking to the future by thinking about the void that will be left as skilled workers start to exit these higher-level positions.”
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Agriculture news & views Ritz speaks at WCWG CWB announces ﬁnal payments convention Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz addressed an enthusiastic audience last week at the Western Canadian Wheat Growers 42nd Annual Convention in Moose Jaw. “We promised to give Western wheat and barley farmers marketing freedom and we have delivered,” said Minister Ritz. “The Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act positions the entire grain sector for the future - one that is better able to attract investment and encourage farm industry entrepreneurs to seize new markets, increase sales and drive our economy.” “Western wheat and barley farmers now have the freedom to forward contract for the delivery of wheat and barley to the Canadian Wheat Board or the buyer of their choice for delivery after August 1, 2012,” Ritz added. “We remain focused on supporting the grain industry through innovation, improved market access and a more efﬁcient rail
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Directors for CWB Democracy instruct legal team The battle over the Harper government’s pre-Christmas passing of the Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act is continuing, as the recently-ﬁred board members vow to continue court action. “We feel that asking a Federal Court Justice to quash the government’s appeal of the December 7 decision is appropriate”, said Allen Oberg, former Chair of the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB). “By ignoring the Federal Court of Canada decision the Harper government has again left us with no alternative.” In December of 2011 Federal Court Justice Campbell ruled that the government is bound by the CWB’s democratic process established by Parliament in 1998. Justice Campbell said that “(T) he minister must act democratically... Not adhering to these values is not only disrespectful, it is contrary to law.” The intent of Parliament was “not to alter this structure without consultation and consent” according to Justice Campbell. Immediately after the ruling however, the Harper government stated that it would not be bound by the law or the courts and the government moved ahead to implement Bill C-18. There have apparently been three times in Canadian history when the Federal government has ignored a ruling from the Federal Court, and all three have occurred since 2006 under the Harper government. “Our legal counsel tell us that the Harper government should have to choose – either the government moves ahead to dismantle the CWB without a vote of farmers, or they continue with their efforts to reverse the decision at appeal – but they should not be able to do both at the same time,” continued Bill Toews, farmer in Manitoba and former CWB Director.
First WGRF Graduate Scholarship winner announced Western Grains Research Foundation has announced that the University of Manitoba has selected Sean Asselin as the recipient of the ﬁrst ever WGRF Graduate Scholarship. The WGRF Graduate Scholarship will help and encourage top students to further their studies in crop research. WGRF sees great value in attracting the best minds to crop research to generate improved technology and productivity for western crop producers. The WGRF Graduate Scholarships are administered on a rotating between the University of Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan. Each university will receive $100,000 every three years and can choose to fund one Ph.D. student at a rate of $33,000 per year for three years or two Master students at $25,000
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A new year has arrived, ﬁlled each fall with a couple with produce in the fall. Still seed catalogues are and that leaves most of us of dozen feed bags ﬁlled with thinking about the passage potatoes, carrots wrapped in of interest to many. There of time. For most of us, the newspaper, parsnips, turnips is something of a renapassage of time is marked and shelves of canned fruit, scence in terms of gardenby things we do more than jam, and jelly. And that full ing. It is less about ﬁlling the ﬂipping of a page on a cellar started with the arrival the cellar and deep freeze as a stable of calendar. Getting out on the “...Today the family garden is much the food supply, golf course, or more a rarity than it was when I was and more about taste experiencdropping a hook a child...” es. Today many in the water the gardeners are looking to day ﬁshing season opens of the seed catalogues. It wasn’t that our garden grow fruits and vegetables is a better mark of the arrival of spring than hitting was ﬁlled with new and dif- not normally grown on ferent things. The tried and the Canadian Prairies. We a date on the calendar. So January is here. One true ﬁlled the cellar, and I have seen the emergence of the usual signs of a can’t say our table was a of grapes, cherries and new year I can clearly re- place of particularly adven- even apricots being grown member from when I was turous meals. There was one here. That’s far different a young child on the farm year kohlrabi was tried, and from strawberries, currents was the arrival of seed I vaguely recall it grew like a and raspberries which were catalogues early in the new weed, but I can’t say I recall staples of my grandparents year. It seemed that when it on the table. That might fruit patch. Gardeners are also more the Christmas tree went be a case of a youngster beout, and life settled into the ing fussy, or just that it was apt to opt for heritage vamonotony of the long days not something anyone liked, rieties of vegetables, seekof January, the catalogues and it ended up being a treat ing eating experiences would start to arrive. For for the livestock. But there that remind of past days, a child, the books didn’t were certainly lots of discus- or because they deem mean all that much, but I sions about new varieties. It them more ﬂavourful than can certainly remember my wasn’t unusual for long tele- more recently developed grandparents and mother phone talks to take place with hybrids. Living in a suite neighbours, a seed catalogue means no garden these pouring over the pages. days, but when a new year My grandparents lived in close at hand. Today the family garden arrives, thoughts do turn to town as I grew a bit older, but the garden was still es- is much more a rarity than it growing food that always sential. It was both hobby, was when I was a child. Back seems to taste better than and a way to produce food. then everyone had one as a that bought in a store. Calvin Daniels is a Living on a farm, a garden matter of course. That isn’t Yorkton-based ag was something that was a the case now. You can drive columnist and writer. cornerstone of what ended a lot of back alleys in a town Disclaimer: the opinions up on the kitchen table all to ﬁnd a garden that actually expressed are those of the writer. year long. A root cellar was means ﬁlling a deep freeze
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Obituary Louis Degelman Aloysius (Louis) William Degelman of Raymore, SK passed away December 10, 2011 at his residence at the age of 89 years. Louis was born on the family farm south of Raymore to Anton and Anastasia Degelman. He was the youngest of a family of ten. He attended Wallenstein School as a child and was raised on the farm and lived there until 1947. On November 18, 1946 Louis married Elizabeth Lloyd, daughter of George and Elizabeth Lloyd, formerly of Punnichy, SK. Together they lived on Louis’ parents’ farm for one year. The farm was then sold and they moved to Raymore where Louis bought the draying business from Philip Armbruster. He later sold out the business and purchased a truck and stayed in the trucking business for 28 years. He then worked with his sons’ construction business for a number of years. He was predeceased by his wife Elizabeth in 2002 and his son Edwin in March 2011, his siblings Lawrence, Michael, Frank, Herman, Max, Ferdinand, Anton, Rose Wallace and Kate Focht. He is survived by his children Brian (Barb); Tim (Bev); Ken (Shiela); Denise (Doug) Baker and by his daughter-in-law Eva: his grandchildren JoAnn (Keith) Purdue, Glen (Sandra) Dodd, Sherry (Barry) Laic, Darcy Dodd, Cory (Candida), Kelly (Monique), Kirk (Erin), Chad (Amanda), Scott (Channing), Chloreese, Kenton Degelman and Kolten, Erin and Tessa Baker. Survived by his precious great grandchildren: Jasmine, Kayla and Eddie Dodd, Brandon and Shayne Purdue, Emily, Kaleb, Max, Preslie and Harlen Degelman. Also surviving is his brother-inlaw Lorne Wallace and sister-in-law Alice Willison. Funeral Service was held Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Raymore with Father Francis Plaparampil as celebrant. Interment at Sacred Heart Parish Cemetery, Raymore. Arrangements were entrusted to Terry Tompkins Funeral Home, Wadena, SK. In lieu of ﬂowers, donations in Louis’ memory may be made to Silver Heights Memorial Fund, Box 549, Raymore, SK, S0A 3J0. Nothing can ever take away The love a heart holds dear Fond memories linger every day Remembrance keeps him near.
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Elzina was born on March 7, 1920 to John and Eva Russell in the Strasbourg District. She grew up on the family farm and attended the Pengarth School. Elzina married Robert Hamilton on September 23, 1944 in Strasbourg. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, sewing, braiding rugs and reading in her spare time. Family was always the most important thing to Elzina and she loved to visit with friends. Elzina passed away peacefully at the age of 91 years on December 1, 2011 at her home in Semans. Elzina was predeceased by: her parents John and Eva Russell; her husband Robert Hamilton; brother Jack Russell and sister-in-law Ina; brother-in-law Corbet Anderson and niece Lana Anderson. She is survived by: her sons Russell (Phoebe) Hamilton of Nanaimo, Grant (Joanne) Hamilton of Semans; and daughters Elva (Don) Turner of Watrous, Sheila Hamilton of Regina; grandchildren Craig (Karla) Hamilton, Tara (Jack) Hawes, Bradley Hamilton, Amanda (Justin) Muirhead, Marcella, Scott (Mia) Turner, Tammy (Rob) Krieger; ﬁve great-grandchildren Austin, Brynn, Jared, Brendan and Luke; her sister Doris Anderson; and many nieces, nephews and extended family. A funeral service was held at Semans United Church, Semans Saskatchewan, on Friday, December 16 at 2:00 p.m. Ofﬁciant was Rev. Alison West. Register attendants were Edna Peeke and Bertha Paproski. Organist was Josephine Richardson. Pallbearers were Gordon MacMurchy, Norman Warriner, Craig Hamilton, Lawrence Anderson, Scott Turner and Rob Krieger. Interment at Semans Cemetery. A lunch was held in the lower level of the church following the graveside service. Fotheringham – McDougall Funeral Service of Watrous and Nokomis in care of arrangements.
Top 10 stolen vehicles Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has released its annual list of the top 10 most frequently stolen vehicles in Canada. Many of are showing up in the local market and not necessarily being exported out of Canada. In these cases, the vehicles are often re-sold to unsuspecting consumers. This year there is a new hot target for thieves – the 2009 Toyota Venza. It replaces the 2000 Honda Civic SiR, which was last year’s number one stolen vehicle. The top 10 most frequently stolen vehicles in Canada are: 1) 2009 Toyota Venza 4-door 2) 1999 Honda Civic SiR 2-door 3) 2000 Honda Civic SiR 2-door 4) 2006 Ford F350 Pickup Truck 4WD 5) 2002 Cadillac Escalade EXT 4-door AWD 6) 2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer SS 4-door 4WD 7) 2007 Ford F350 Pickup Truck 4WD 8) 2001 Pontiac Aztek 4-door AWD 9) 1998 Acura Integra 2-door 10) 1999 Acura Integra 2-door
April 22, 1933 – January 3, 2012
Glen (Chic) Wheatley slipped away very peacefully in the wee hours of Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at Grace Hospice. He was predeceased by: his parents Charlie and Betty; sister Beth; and brothers Stewart, Duncan and Gordon. Glen is survived by: his loving wife Norma; daughter Carla (Allan) Stanish; sons Grant (Mary Lou), Scott and Darin (Tanya); grandchildren Evan and Connor, Brittani and Christopher (Heather), and Karlee and Jordan; great-granddaughter Ava; as well as many nieces, nephews and loving friends. Glen was born and grew up in Semans, SK. As a young man, Glen was the star goalkeeper for the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame Semans Wheat Kings. He and Norma were married in 1957 after a whirlwind (three month) romance. Glen and his dad Charlie were the proud proprietors of Wheatley’s Barbering, Bowling and Billiards Emporium for many years. In 1964, he moved his family to Regina where he became the successful owner of Deluxe Painting and Decorating Company. In 1978, Glen and Norma moved to Melfort where he carried on his painting business until 1987, when they relocated back to Regina. Glen then took on the most challenging job of his career – the painting and decorating of the Ramada Hotel and Convention Centre. Retirement followed and so did the purchase of a cottage at Last Mountain Regional Park, where many good friendships were formed and happy times abounded. Glen was an artist, painting wildlife and prairie scenes. He appreciated nature and the birds in his backyard were the best fed birds in Regina. He loved to ﬁsh and hunt and cherished the times spent at Llewisyn Lodge with his buddies, Claude and Tim. He spent hours puttering in the garage, always ﬁxing something. He had an appreciation for times and things of the past, collecting many antiques and vintage family photos. Glen was a proud English gentleman who enjoyed the simpler things in life, being with his family and friends, but never comfortable with being the center of attention. Therefore, Glen’s request was that there be no funeral service. Please hold your memories of Glen close in your heart. A private family interment will take place at a later date. Family and friends are invited to sign the online obituary and tributes page at www.regina-memorial.ca Angler’s Prayer God grant that I may live to ﬁsh, until my dying day, And when it comes to my last cast, I then most humbly pray, When in the Lord’s safe landing net, I’m peacefully asleep, That in his mercy I be judged As big enough to keep. Arrangements entrusted to Regina Funeral Home (306) 7898850.
Aeration projects can result in thin ice The Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation is advising people to be cautious on all frozen water bodies, especially those that have aeration systems. Aerating a water body helps prevent winterkill, which occurs when aquatic plants either die or reduce their oxygen production, leading to fish kill. Aeration systems circulate fresh air into small, shallow fish bearing water bodies that are vulnerable to winterkill. As a result of the air bubbling up to the surface, there is often thin ice and open water near an aeration system. Water bodies with aeration systems are posted with warning signs and people are advised to stay clear of these posted areas. Aeration systems usually operate between December and March. A list of water bodies with aeration systems and contact names is attached. Changing temperatures, combined with the amount of snowfall and slush in some areas, can also contribute to unsafe ice conditions. Extreme caution should be taken while traveling on the ice this winter.