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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Saskatoon’s St. Paul’s Hospital closed to visitors until further notice More new cases of diarrhea and vomiting among patients and staff at St. Paul’s Hospital has forced Saskatoon Health Region to take extraordinary measures to try to contain the outbreak of the gastro-intestinal virus. As of December 11, the Health Region has requested that visitors not to visit the hospital. “Members of the public who are scheduled for day surgeries and day procedures should still keep their appointments but understand that they will be restricted to their care area,” a Health Region spokesperson said in a media notice. “Urgent and emergency surgeries will proceed. Patients will be notified of any changes to their scheduled procedure. The emergency department will remain open but people are urged to use the department for true emergencies only.” Continued on page 18

This idyllic scene was photographed near Govan. “It was almost one of those once-in-lifetime photo opportunities,” local resident Lori Degenstien said. “We were out ski-dooing and all of a sudden, in the near distance, this deer stepped out from behind a clump of trees. The scene was really amazing and the picture somehow doesn’t do it justice – the majestic elms draped in hoar frost, and the deer standing there in the tall frost-laden weeds. I think she heard the ski-doo and was curious. As we drove by, she turned and galloped back behind the trees where there was a small herd of deer grazing in the stubble. Perhaps it was her turn to be the look out.”

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Power rates going up The Sask Party government announced last week that it will allow SaskPower to proceed with a 4.9 per cent rate increase, effective Jan. 1, 2013. As a result, Saskatchewan residential customers will see their bills increase by between $4-6 per month on average. SaskPower has not raised its rates since August, 2010. Officials said the rate increase is needed to fund investments in the province’s electrical system and keep up with Saskatchewan’s growing economy. Over the next 10 years, SaskPower plans to invest $10 billion on the province’s electrical system to meet increased electricity demand and renew aging infrastructure. Another $3 bil-

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lion has been earmarked for Power Purchase Agreements. “I would like to personally thank the members of the Rate Review Panel for their thorough analysis and consideration of SaskPower’s rate application, and the provincial government for its approval of the case we presented,” SaskPower President and CEO Robert Watson said. Watson said customers can help manage the increase by taking part in electricity conservation programs, such as SaskPower’s fridge recycling program, lighting exchanges and discounts, and the block heater timer program. “By 2017, it’s expected that customers will achieve enough savings through SaskPower’s energy-efficiency program-

ming to power 100,000 homes,” Watson added. Meanwhile, the NDP Opposition says the Sask Party’s approval of the rate hike is a direct result of its raid on the Crown last year. “The Sask Party government took $120 million from SaskPower’s bank accounts last year. Now, businesses and families will pay $90.8 million more for power in 2013,” MLA Trent Wotherspoon said. “SaskPower has been forced to turn to the wallets of everyday families to cover for the Sask. Party’s budget mistakes.” Wotherspoon said that current demands on SaskPower mean the Crown should retain its own funds to reinvest in infrastructure and improved services.

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Several community-minded volunteers helped out on Saturday, December 8 as the Last Mountain Valley Business Association sponsored its annual preChristmas event in Strasbourg. Left to right: Marilyn Danielson, Candice Preuter and Donna Lonie lent their voices to the group of carolers who entertained shoppers along main street. More details and photos on page 11.

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opinions – letters – comments

commentary The rise of the political attack ad All political parties are children of an American activist and writer named Saul Alinsky. I will get to justifying that statement a little further on, but let me start by explaining the difference between a negative political ad and a political attack ad. Let’s first take a look at the early political career of one of Canada’s most famous Canadian Prime Ministers: Sir Wilfrid Laurier. In 1877, Laurier had to stand for re-election after he was appointed to Cabinet by Prime Minister Alexander Mackenzie. Until 1930, you see, MPs who were appointed to cabinet had to resign their seats and stand for re-election in a ministerial byelection. Laurier lost. How? Dirty politics. His Conservative opponents spread the rumour that ‘Not one of the Lauriers’ children has been baptized.’ In the staunchly Catholic rural Quebec of 1877, this was a scandal of epic proportions and proved fatal to Laurier’s reelection. The rumour was also misleading misrepresentation,

or a selected portion of the truth. You see, Wilfrid Laurier and his wife had no children. And that’s where the difference between a negative ad and an attack ad comes in: a negative ad will tell an inconvenient or unpleasant truth about something that happened, but ‘tweaking’ it to distort what happened turns it into an attack ad. Attack ads don’t uncover flaws, they create them. Political parties of all ideologies justify using attack ads by saying they help uncover candidates’ flaws, helping voters with their decision. But that’s true only when the ad doesn’t distort or mislead. Attack ads rely on our belief that “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.” Just remember that attack ads are more likely to be smoke bombs than fires. Deceptive tactics and personality-based political attacks are nothing new, and are not limited to any one country or culture. What is new, however, is the unrelenting cruelty of the attacks. When one attack is shown to be factually

Merry Christmas There have been times when I thought it would be nice to have an important holiday like Christmas in summer instead of winter – like when I worried about relatives driving in stormy weather, saw people on TV sleeping in airports because of delayed flights, or struggled through snowdrifts with a load of packages. However, somebody somewhere has to have Christmas in winter. We can’t all spend the day having a picnic on the beach like in Australia. There have been attempts, ever since 35 A.D., to pin down the actual date of the birth of Christ from known events recorded in the Bible, but the closest result was that Christmas comes in December, possibly the 25th. However, even in Pagan times there was a holiday in the middle of winter. It seems it

was just as hard then as now to get through a long bleak winter without a break. There was another reason too. The holiday was held at the time of the Winter Solstice, which meant the days would gradually become longer than the nights. Spring, the season of new crops, was on the way. Agriculture and history were very tied together, and still are in some parts of the world. We’re fortunate here in Canada. We have access to many different foods, no matter what the season, and a booming poultry industry. Canadians used three million turkeys per home at Thanksgiving in 2011 and 4.4 million at Christmas. There is a belief that turkeys became popular because of the first thanksgiving dinner the Pilgrims had in North America. However, that may just have been because the wild geese had all flown south,

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untrue, it is replaced with multiple malicious attacks. When you look behind the politics of personal destruction, you’ll find two guiding ideas: (1) ‘We’re right; they’re wrong;’ and (2) the end justifies the means. And that leads us to Saul Alinsky, an American community organizer and writer. Barack Obama taught Alinsky’s community-organizing tactics before he became President. Alinsky set out his power tactics in his book Rules for Radicals. As Alinksy wrote, “The most effective means are whatever will achieve the desired results.” One of Alinsky’s rules, “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it,” gave rise to today’s attack ads. Don’t talk about the issues, focus instead on how bad your opposition is. That’s why any question about policies or events is answered with an attack on the person rather than on the desirability of the policy. Attack ads don’t want you thinking about the issues; they just want to get you mad. So what can we do when we’re faced with an attack ad? We can ignore it. If someone repeats an attack ad, we can ask what the source of the information is. If it’s “Somebody told me,” or “I heard that...,” we can safely set it aside as unreliable. We can

also ask for more details. For example, in the case of Laurier, asking “Which children weren’t baptized?” If we’re discussing an issue and the other person starts playing the Blame Game, we can politely say, “Sorry. I didn’t ask who was to blame, I asked what happened.” If we’re watching a talk show and they start avoiding the question, we can change the channel. If we’re at a townhall meeting and the speaker starts the Blame Game, we can get up and walk out. We don’t have to accept what they’re saying, and we certainly don’t have to listen to a verbal brawl. Attack ads and dirty tricks might be part of the political game, but we don’t have to listen to them, and we certainly don’t have to accept what they tell us. Anne McTavish Calgary-based conflict coach and lawyer Disclaimer: the opinions expressed are those of the writer.

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and pork, a favourite for roasts, was unavailable. All sorts of meats were used in the past, and geese are still more popular than turkeys in Europe and Britain. I came from Germany as a child. We always had goose, with a fruit stuffing. When I was invited to a friend’s house for a chicken dinner here in Canada, her mother dumped a large spoonful of bread stuffing on something will come along, like my plate. I like spicy Canadian an earthquake, so I’ll never have stuffing now, but I didn’t then. I to do the rest. ate it quickly to get rid of it, and Merry Christmas! first thing I knew, my hostess Martha can be reached at or check out had kindly replaced it with anher new website online at other huge gob. If that taught me anything, I guess it was to do the Disclaimer: the opinions expressed are those of the writer. things I like to do first, in hopes

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Harper’s Nexen decision couched in a ‘bold-faced lie’ Prime Minister Stephen Harper is saying what Canadians want to hear while doing what they don’t want. Harper’s supposedly “tough new conditions” for foreign takeovers are nothing more than a public relations ploy aimed at masking the fact that he has just allowed a foreign government to seize unprecedented control over Canada’s energy resources. In his announcement late Friday, December 7, Prime Minister Stephen Harper greenlit Chinese oil giant CNOOC’s $15-billion takeover of Albertabased Nexen, but claimed that new conditions would prevent such deals in the future. The Conservatives are spinning this as a ‘sweeping overhaul’ of foreign investment rules. However, the new ‘guidelines’ for foreign takeover decisions will still see the process take place behind closed doors and be conducted by the Industry Minister. The ‘new process’ Harper has proposed is the same as the old process, which just brought us the largest foreign oil patch takeover in Canadian history. They’re saying what Canadians want to hear, but doing exactly what Canadians don’t want. It’s the Republican Tea-Party playbook: tell a bald-faced lie, and hope no one questions you. Under the new conditions proposed, the federal government will weigh how much influence state-owned foreign takeovers will have over their acquisitions and an industry, and how much control over Canadian resources this will give the foreign government. Regulators will examine this in private, behind closed doors, and with no public input required. How do you measure this influence? What is the measurement on which this will be evaluated? These are meaningless rules - it’s just a smokescreen. SINOPEC only has a nine per cent stake in Syncrude, but they have already used that nine per cent stake to veto upgrading projects. Is there a measurement of how bad that is for Canada? The proposed CNOOC takeover has been criticized by Canadians across a broad political spectrum, including Preston

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provincial news briefs Province, PotashCorp commit $50 million to food security The Province of Saskatchewan, the University of Saskatchewan and Potash Corpo-

ration of Saskatchewan Inc. last week formally launched the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) to develop Saskatchewan-led solutions to

feed a growing world population. With initial commitments of up to $35 million from PotashCorp and $15 million from the province over the next

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seven years, the institute will apply Saskatchewan’s unique resources, innovation and expertise to address the increasing global demand for safe, reliable food. PotashCorp’s investment represents the largest donation in the company’s history and is one of the largest corporate donations for university research in Canada. “Food security remains our biggest challenge as populations increase and diets change, putting immense strain on food production,” PotashCorp President and CEO Bill Doyle said. “We need to help farmers around the world produce more food, ensure it’s safe and nutritious, and get it efficiently to those who need it. As the world’s largest producer of crop nutrients, supporting food production is a mandate for our company and we believe this institute can play an important role in improving global food security.” The institute will be based at the University of Saskatchewan, a world-renowned centre of excellence in agriculture and food-system related research. “Over the past century, the University of Saskatchewan has led far-sighted research and innovation to help grow a province and feed a growing nation,” University of Saskatchewan President Dr. Ilene BuschVishniac said. “Now, through this innovative partnership and its bold vision, we will build on our strengths and provide new research solutions across the food supply system to help feed a growing world. This collaborative institute will create unique opportunities for cutting-edge science and policy research that will attract top faculty and students and put Saskatchewan on the global map for food security research.” The institute will build on Saskatchewan’s existing

3C strength in crop production systems through new investments in technological, economic, nutritional and environmental improvements to the food supply system at home and around the world. The partners have signed a Memorandum of Agreement outlining the institute’s mandate, funding, structure and governance. A search for the institute’s initial executive director and CEO is underway. 46 residents receive medal Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield and Provincial Secretary Wayne Elhard presented 25 Saskatchewan residents with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal at Government House in Regina on December 11 and an additional 21 medals were awarded during a ceremony in Saskatoon on December 12. “The Queen has chosen the theme of service for this milestone year and so it is most appropriate that Canada created a Diamond Jubilee Medal which celebrates both Her Majesty’s lifetime of service and the outstanding contributions of deserving citizens,” Solomon Schofield said. “On behalf of our sovereign, I thank each medal recipient for their commitment to the greater good.” Those receiving medals on December 11 and 12 were: Susan Amrud, Q.C.; Jo-anne Bannatyne-Cugnet & Kenney

Cugnet; Grayson Beaudin; Vern Bell; Inspector (Ret’d) Ken Black; Allan Brigden; Barry Brown; Lacey Corey; Nancy Croll; Willem de Lint, C.M.; Dr. D. Grant Devine, S.O.M., F.A.I.C.; J.P. Ellson; David Johnston; Harvey Linnen; Jerry Mainil; Gregory P. Marchildon; Doug Moen, Q.C.; Dan Perrins; Claudia Poirier; Neil Robertson, Q.C.; Lorne Scott, C.M., S.O.M.; Gordon Staseson, C.M., S.O.M., LL.D.;Kim Sutherland; Dr. Ronald Young; Pat Youzwa; Jim Angus; Chief Perry Bellegarde; Easter Bluett; Inspector Brian Bonkowski; Maria Campbell, O.C., S.O.M.; Dr. James Dosman, O.C., S.O.M., F.R.C.P. (C); Rose Fleury; Lyle Karasiuk; Allan Kopelchuk; Alex Kovar; Assistant Commissioner (Ret’d) Darrell McFayden; Sergeant (Ret’d) Michael Morrissey; Winnie Philips; Father Andre Poilièvre, C.M.; Ainsley Robertson; Sergeant (Ret’d) Arthur Schussler, C.D.; Alan Sellers; David Stack; Christopher Stoicheff; Guy Vanderhaeghe, O.C., S.O.M.; Dr. Ernest G. Walker, C.M., S.O.M. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee began in February 2012 in celebration of the 60-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II. The Royal Canadian Mint created 60,000 medals which will be awarded to outstanding Canadians of all ages and from all walks of life across the country.

Nokomis Town Council meeting notes Nokomis Town Council moved their regular Council meeting to December 12 this month, to accommodate scheduling conflicts. As well, the January meeting has been moved to January 23 from January 16. The January and February meetings will begin at 4:30 in the afternoon, rather than at 7:00 PM. At the December 12 meeting, Council finalized a program that will facilitate residents delivering scrap furniture items to the land fill. A notice will be sent to residents providing details of the new fee-for-service program.

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NEWS NOKOMIS Lylie Herman • 528-4404

Nokomis Health Centre residents Christmas Twinkle Tour will take place in the early evening on December 19. For more info, contact the Health Centre – 5282114. 7c We don’t like to refer to it as gossiping. We simply consider it “ Sharing our opinions about other people’s life choices...” I am very happy to report that Bob Hendry is home and feeling much better. Keep it up, Bob. The weekend of December 8, Lylie Herman and Calvin Harding had Eugene and Maxine Zelionka, Rosalinde Herman and Ken Mittleholtz, all of Regina, visiting in Nokomis. Results from the Nokomis Seniors monthly 500 card party were: 1st – Vi Hemingway, 2nd – Ilene Harding and 3rd – Sharon Isherwood. Sharon also won the door prize. Due to other commitments, I will not be able to take any news from December 28 to January 15. Would you please drop off, e-mail or phone in your news directly to Last Mountain Times while I’m

away – e-mail to: or phone 528-2020. We all know there is going to be lots of Christmas visiting and such, so let me know before the 28th. Thank you. Life may not be the party we hoped for... but while we are here, we might as well dance. Lylie Herman 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, inbox@, by fax at 528-2090, or by mail at Box 340, Nokomis. S0G 3R0. Be sure to include your contact information so we can clarify facts if necessary. ________________ 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!

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Kirk’s Hardware hosts Customer Appreciation Day On Saturday, December 8, Kirk’s Hardware and Supply in Nokomis held a Customer Appreciation Day. Local and nonlocal customers filled the store from 8:00 a.m. to Noon and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. to enjoy coffee, goodies and visiting, as well as the 10% off deals on almost everything in stock and larger discounts on selected items. Everyone who visited the store was also free to enter either the ‘Kids’ or ‘Adult’ draws for several different items, which were carried out at the end of the day.

Dave Smith (left) and Jerry Langteigne enjoy coffee and visiting, along with Jerry’s great-grandson Blake Langteigne. Donna and Lawrence Edwards make a purchase.

Jeff Allport and Kara Uzelman have a look around the store.

Hardware employee Lisa Biccum (left) shows Jolene Higgins the paint samples.

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Shirley Kirk (left), Karen Kirk (centre) and Lorry Walker enjoy coffee and visiting.

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The Royal Canadian Legion Nokomis Branch #290 has been very busy with the Legion/ Ducks Unlimited fundraiser, Poppy Campaign and Remembrance Day services. On December 10, members enjoyed a delicious Christmas supper at the Legion Hall. Following the supper, the regular December meeting was held. In October, Sharon Russell was installed as a new member. Bud O’Connor, Zone Commander was in attendance at that meeting. The Nokomis School students again took part in the Remembrance Day literary program. There were many excellent submissions. The first place winners have been sent on to the zone level. The branch is giving a donation from their Poppy Trust Fund to the Afghanistan Repatriation memorial which is

being constructed on the Bay of Quinte, near CFB Trenton and the start of the Highway of Heroes. The local Cadets will also receive a donation from the Poppy Trust Fund. The branch also received some donations. Dennis and Carol Kresier donated a set of tea cups that were used by soldiers during WWII. A plaque was received from Sybil McNichol that had been presented to her in memory of her husband R.H. McNichol who was killed in action in WWII. The Nokomis branch is selling Christmas trees from Kirk’s Hardware store. They are also delivering Meals on Wheels for the month of December. Christmas baskets will be delivered to Veterans in long-term care and those who are shut-ins. Members are saddened by the loss of Veteran Floyd Watkins and active member Shirley

Smith. Some of the members will be leaving soon for warmer climates without snow. Ray Hards will fill in for Alvina Sobus in looking after the hall and Doug Potter will fill in for Fred Wright as Membership Chairman. Election of Officers was held with only a few changes. Derek Schmidt will be first vice-president and Bob Halstead will be second vice-president. We wish all a Blessed Christmas! Colleen McNichol Secretary RCL Nokomis Branch #290

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Cyclones over Chiefs 3-2 It was a disappointing result for the Nokomis Chiefs as they went down to defeat 3 -2 at the hands of the Davidson Cylones, in a game in Nokomis on December 7. As indicated in these photos by Dennis Simpson of Nokomis, there was a lot of action around the Chiefs’ goalie net, and not so much action around the Cyclones’ net. Hilton Hughes looks suitably disappointed with the outcome of the Chiefs’ home game.

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Sports news & commentary

Hockey Standings Long Lake Hockey League

Highway Hockey League

Standings & Statistics as of December 11, 2012

Standings & Statistics as of December 11, 2012

TEAM Watrous Leroy Lanigan Davidson Drake Nokomis

G 8 8 8 7 8 7

W 6 6 6 3 2 0

L O/TL PTS 1 0 13 2 0 12 2 0 12 4 0 6 6 0 4 6 1 1

SCORING LEADERS NAME TEAM GP G A PTS Jarrid Dowhay Ler 8 8 12 20 Travis Eggum Wat 8 11 8 19 Ryan MacDonald Ler 8 8 11 19 Steven Dasilva Dav 7 12 6 18 Brent Twordik Lan 8 7 10 17 Pay Cey Dav 7 6 11 17 Dean Beuker Lan 8 6 9 15 Derek Allan Dav 7 3 12 15 Trey Daelick Lan 8 8 4 12 Josh Elder Wat 8 7 5 12 GOAL TENDERS NAME TEAM M/P GA Adam Bartko Wat 305 12 Mark Brenner Lan 245 10 Blair Miskolczi Ler 207 11 Evan Reifferscheid Wat 181 10 Brady Wilnner Dav 180 12

Avg 2.36 2.45 3.19 3.31 4.00

See page 8 for the

TEAM W Cupar 8 Wynyard 5 Strasbourg 4 Bethune 4 Raymore 3 Southey 2 Avonlea 1 Lumsden 0

L 1 1 2 2 3 4 5 6

OTL 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0

PTS 16 11 9 8 6 4 3 0



Kyle Ross Lucas Ulmer Tyler Stewart Quinn McIntosh Justin Schulhauser Dustin McAngus Greg Ferguson Bryan Kauk Brady Heintz Jacob Ulmer

Cup Beth Cup Str Cup Beth Str Wyn Str Beth

9 6 9 7 9 6 7 7 7 6

9 6 8 10 10 7 6 5 3 5

11 13 10 6 6 9 10 11 13 9

20 19 18 16 16 16 16 16 16 14

GOAL TENDING LEADERS NAME TEAM GA MP AVG Jeremy Kwansy Wyn 5 120 2.50 Nathan Fischl Ray 16 315 3.05 David Perkin Wyn 18 305 3.54 Ryan Seibel Beth 18 300 3.60 Jamie Wutke Cup 30 480 3.75 Harreson Terriann Beth 4 60 4.00 Colby Miller Cup 4 60 4.00 Warren Niekamp Ray 3 45 4.00 Ryan Senft Sou 26 300 5.20 Barry Herman HHL Stats

Last Mountain Minor Hockey League Standings as of December 11, 2012

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

G W 5 4 4 4 5 3 3 1 3 1 4 1 5 0 5 0

L 0 0 2 1 1 3 3 4

T PTS 1 9 0 8 0 6 1 3 1 3 0 2 2 2 1 1

L 0 1 2 2 1 2 3 5 6

T PTS 0 14 0 8 0 6 0 6 0 4 0 2 0 2 0 2 0 0

L 1 1 2 1 4 3 2 3 3 5

T PTS 0 12 1 11 0 8 0 6 0 6 1 5 2 4 1 3 1 1 0 0

PEE WEE TEAM Wynyard Englefeld Kel/Wad Ray/Str Humboldt Lanigan ViCo Watrous Foam Lake

G W 7 7 5 4 5 3 5 3 3 2 3 1 4 1 6 1 6 0

BANTAM TEAM G W Wynyard 7 6 Kelvington 7 5 Lanigan 6 4 Muenster 4 3 Humboldt 2 7 3 Wad/Rose Val 6 2 Humboldt 1 5 1 Ray/Str 5 1 Watrous 4 0 Engle/Quill Lake 5 0

MIDGET TEAM Wynyard Drake Watrous Wadena Lanigan Kenaston Muenster Naicam Lake Lenore Humboldt

G W L T PTS 7 6 0 1 13 5 4 0 1 9 6 4 2 0 8 7 3 3 1 7 7 2 3 2 6 5 2 3 0 4 3 1 1 1 3 5 0 3 2 2 6 0 4 2 2 3 0 3 0 0 Barry Herman LMMHL Stats

On Saturday, December 8, Nokomis Chiefs hosted a Novice hockey tournament. Teams participating were: Nokomis, Drake, Strasbourg and Raymore.


Photos by Keith Braun.

Seahawks’ Wilson making a big impact This year’s crop of rookie quarterbacks in the National Football League might be one of the best ever and while Andrew Luck of Indianapolis Colts and Robert Griffin III (RGIII) of Washington Redskins are getting most of the ink and airplay, a 5-foot-11 scrambler with a strong arm in Seattle might be the best of the bunch. Russell Wilson has guided the Seahawks to the verge of a playoff spot and for a guy who was flying so far under the draft radar that his knees were dragging on the ground, it’s been quite a first pro season. Wilson, or so the unofficial NFL wisdom would have you believe, is too small to be a QB in the NFL. A guy 5-foot-11 supposedly can’t see downfield over the behemoths on the defensive line and such a small body, say the experts, will be beaten and battered and flattened by mid-season. Well, it hasn’t happened.

Game after game, Wilson – who led Wisconsin to an 11-3 record and a Rose Bowl appearance (losing to Oregon) last year – has defied conventional wisdom. He’s an elusive runner and regularly scrambles for first downs; he throws on the run; he’s savvy far beyond what you might expect from his level of experience. In a crucial earlyDecember game in Chicago’s Soldier Field, Wilson led a late fourth-quarter drive from his own three-yard line to force overtime; and then drove the length of the field in OT for the game-winning touchdown. Being drafted 75th overall (the hype from Luck going No. 1 and Griffin No. 2 had long since died down by the time Wilson was picked in Round 3) rarely translates to a starting job at quarterback in the NFL. Further diminishing Wilson’s chances to start was the Seahawks’ predraft signing of former Packer QB Matt Flynn to a threeyear, $26 million contract. In the NFL, the big-bucks boys

almost automatically get the starting jobs, if for no other reason than to justify the general manager’s expendi-


ture. In Seattle’s case, the $3 million rookie (Wilson) simply beat out the high-priced $8.67 million dollar man, leaving the high-priced quarterback holding a clipboard on the sideline while the unheralded freshman becomes more heralded with every start. • Ian Hamilton of the Leader-Post: “The latest suggestion to end the hockey lockout would see owners and players meeting without league or union officials in the room. Here’s hoping a bench-clearing brawl breaks out.” • Among the top 10 signs you’re not cut out to be a race-car driver, from CBS’s David Letterman:

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by Bruce Penton • Hamilton again, after Tufts University rescinded the honourary degree it bestowed on disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong: “No, the degree was not in chemistry.” • Norman Chad of the Washington Post: “Going to Verizon Center for a Wizards game is roughly equivalent to going to Kohl’s for a tubesock sale – you just hope there’s not a whole lot of traffic because, once you arrive, there’s not a whole lot of excitement.” • Humourist Steve Burgess on Facebook: “After daylong meetings, NHL owners and players reach agreement:

The royal baby should be nicknamed either ‘Willzy’ or ‘Kater’.” • Sportswriting legend Frank Deford: “Modern golfers have kryptonite drivers with club heads as large as prize pumpkins, and steroid balls that would not pass the drug test, even if the hapless International Cycling Union were doing the random sampling.” • Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle: “Red Wings prospect Riley Sheahan was arrested under Michigan’s ‘super drunk’ designation. He’ll get jail time and a T-shirt with a big, blurry ‘S’ on the front. When arrested, Sheahan was wearing a Teletubby costume. Apparently he was a little Dipsy.” • Comedy writer Jim Barach: “Don Larsen has auctioned off the uniform he wore while pitching the only World Series perfect game for $756,000. Or as today’s players call $756,000, the fourth inning.” • R.J. Currie of sportsdeke. com: “According to Forbes, the Toronto Maple Leafs are the first NHL team valued at a $1 billion. This just in: there’s been a jump in the price of laughing stock.” • Another one from Chad: “The (Washington) Wizards’ malaise is more than a gen-

eration old, but the current decline began in 2008 when the team insanely gave Gilbert Arenas a six-year, $111 million contract. This would be like the Vatican elevating Father Guido Sarducci to cardinal for life.” • Headline at TheOnion. com: “Robert Griffin III sends receivers on routes that will get them out of his way.” • Comedy writer Jerry Perisho, on when baseball commissioner Bud Selig plans to revisit video replay: “Once he figures out how to pry ‘Field of Dreams’ out of his VHS machine.” • Comedy writer Alan Ray, on the windfall from the Notre Dame-Alabama football title game: “Each school will receive $2 million. The players will get a commemorative tote bag.” • Comedy writer Alex Kaseberg: “New York Yankee aging-star, Alex Rodriguez, is scheduled to undergo hip surgery; apparently A-Rod’s hip couldn’t withstand the punishment of years of pounding from an over-weight wallet.” Care to comment? Email: Disclaimer: the opinions expressed are those of the writer.

Phone 528-2020 • 725-3030 or use the drop-box at the Govan Co-op

Last Mountain Pioneer Home ‘First Day of Winter Walk’ fundraiser for the Pioneer Home – Friday, December 21 at 6:00 p.m. Registration $10 to take part and sheets available at RBC and Affinity CU Strasbourg and Bulyea. Meet at the walking trails at the Pioneer Home for the walk – all ages welcome and all funds raised go to projects for the residents in the Pioneer Home. If you would like to leave a financial donation, please drop off at RBC or Affinity and receipts will be issued by the

Foundation. Thanks for your support, as our residents deserve the best. 7c The regular Govan Town Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday evening, December 11 had to be cancelled due the snow and blowing snow storm that developed on Tuesday afternoon. At week’s end, council was trying to reschedule the meeting for early this week (week of December 17). The first council meeting of the New Year will be held Tuesday, January 8 and a report will follow in the January 15 issue of the newspaper.

CIF awards almost $3.33 million in grants The Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) last week announced approval of 251 grants totaling $3,329,680 toward its continued investment in Saskatchewan communities. CIF programs support locally-led projects that enhance the capacity for development, inclusion, leadership and vitality in all Saskatchewan communities. CIF’s 117 Community Grant Program grants totaling $1,592,017 support the health and wellbeing of Saskatchewan’s vulnerable children, youth and families. Grants through its Community Vitality Program total $1,654,978 for 131 small capital projects and celebrations of community pride and diversity. One grant through each of the Physical Activity Grant Program and the Problem Gambling Prevention Program total $57,685. An additional Youth Leadership grant adds $25,000 more to CIF’s overall contribution to Saskatchewan residents’ quality of life. There are two CIF grant application deadlines each year: April 1 and October 1. No communities in the Last Mountain area were awarded grants in this announcement.

Strasbourg Girl Guides host Celebration Tea Strasbourg Girl Guides held a Celebration Tea on Saturday, November 24 at the Wildlife Hall for their Canada Cord recipients – Vanessa Pratchler and Rebecca Shewchuk Bryksa. Bonnie Pratchler was the MC for the afternoon. Ken Swanston, Mayor of Strasbourg, brought greetings from the town, and congratulated the girls on their achievements. One of the highlights of the afternoon was an amazing slide show created by Bonnie Pratchler which showed how the girls have grown through their involvement in Guiding. Janice Graessli, Long Lake District Commissioner and Connie Feussel, a leader from Southey and her daughter also congratulated the girls, and thanked them for being role models in the community. Each leader in the Strasbourg Guiding Unit from Sparks – Brenda Laliberte; Brownies – Jo Ann Scott-Hodgins; Guides – Barb Boughner and Lorna Gritzfeldt; and Pathfinders –

Rebecca Shewchuk Bryksa (left) and Vanessa Pratcher.

Make money: Advertise your business in Last Mountain Times The delicious ice cream cake was enjoyed by all at the tea.


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Pull up your pants! And, I could see his white boxers sticking out. I said, “Do you normally show up for a job interview with your underwear climbing out of your pants?” He just kind of chuckled and shrugged it off... “It’s comfortable this way.” I made it clear that that was not the image I desired for my company and that he really needed to dress properly. Jeans are fine, but pull them up, okay? As time went on, the kid just didn’t get it. After about the fifth time asking (actually telling him) to pull up his pants, I’d had enough. He was sent home for good. Being 20 and wanting to “be comfortable” doesn’t cut it in the adult world. Get your act together or don’t try to fit into the “big boy” work force. Live in your mother’s basement and eat Kraft Dinner for the rest of your life! Or, buy the no name crap at the dollar store. It’s only .50 a box. It was kind of a bummer (yes, pun intended) to lose the kid because he was a good cameraman and an even better editor. But, that’s too damn bad. I found someone else who actu-

Bonnie Pratchler had an opportunity to talk and share memories of each of the girls while they were in their units. The younger Guiding girls in Sparks, Brownies and Guides were able to get a glimpse of what Guiding has to offer them in the future. Rebecca and Vanessa were each presented a citizenship certificate for completion of their citizenship badge. Rebecca and Vanessa then took the stage and gave a speech about how much fun they had in Pathfinders. They thanked everyone who had helped them and presented their leaders and family members with beautiful pink roses. After all the speeches, everyone enjoyed ice cream cake, dainties, coffee, tea and juice. Everyone visited afterwards. The love and support of family and friends was felt through the encouragement of all those who attended. -article and photos submitted by Vanessa Pratchler & Rebecca Shewchuk Bryksa 1st year Rangers

A display of newspaper clippings and photos showing Rebecca and Vanessa’s “Journey to the Canada Cord.”


I’ll bet this one will connect with anyone over the age of 30... or maybe even 25. But, likely not dudes who are 17 or 18. Or, even 20... It’s about their pants. And, their underpants! It drives me nuts when I see some kid walking around with his pants hanging off his hips, or most often below his hips. Dude, we really don’t want to see your underwear. Or, your “vertical smile.” For some stupid reason there are plenty of young guys who think that walking around with their pants half way off is cool. Really? When I was a kid, sure, we had our cool clothes and certain ways of wearing them. I remember jeans of certain brands that were cool and you were uncool if you did not have a pair. Let’s face it... high school years can be pretty tough on teenagers as peer pressure is intense. But, we actually wore those pants... we didn’t have them hanging off of us. And, our discharge ports weren’t there for all to see. About five years ago I hired a guy, about 20 or so, who had recently graduated from the film and broadcast program at the local college. He was a smart kid, talented, friendly and good natured. Incredibly, the day he showed up to meet me and my production manager, he walked in wearing a pair of jeans that were halfway down his ass.


ally knows how to get dressed before they leave the house in the morning. There’s no reason for walking around with your underwear sticking out and your pants halfway down to your knees. One of these days, I swear, I’m going walk up behind one of these stupid kids and pull his pants and his underwear down to his ankles. We’ll see how cool he looks then... standing there in the middle of the mall with his little mandigit sticking out. I wonder if he’ll still be “comfortable” then. And, I wonder if “the chicks” will think he’s cool? Grow up... and pull up your blankety blanking pants! Rugged Dude (RD) Carson is an award-winning Ontario-based comedy writer and multi-media personality.

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Last Mountain Pioneer Home ‘First Day of Winter Walk’ fundraiser for the Pioneer Home – Friday, December 21 at 6:00 p.m. Registration $10 to take part and sheets available at RBC and Affinity CU Strasbourg and Bulyea. Meet at the walking trails at the Pioneer Home for the walk – all ages welcome and all funds raised go to projects for the residents in the Pioneer Home. If you would like to leave a financial donation, please drop off at RBC or Affinity and receipts will be issued by the Foundation. Thanks for your support, as our residents deserve the best. 7c

Strasbourg Recreation Centre Boxing Day Family Skating at the Strasbourg Recreation Centre 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Come out and enjoy an afternoon of skating. Free for all skaters. 7c

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December Worship Services

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Form B [Subsection 160.15(1) of the Act]

NOTICE OF CALL FOR NOMINATIONS R.M. OF LAST MOUNTAIN VALLEY NO. 250 PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that the nominations of candidates for the office of: Councillor for Division No 2 will be received by the undersigned at the municipal office during normal office hours until Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. Nomination forms may be obtained from the municipal office. Dated this 18th day of December, 2012. 7c

Kelly Holbrook Returning Officer


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REPORT I will start this week’s column by recognizing Richard Keith, David Maisonneuve and Chris Pinno who were kind enough to answer the call 15 minutes before game time in Lumsden on the evening of Friday, December 7. Mistakes happen and I apologize, but we were lucky enough to have these gentlemen available to officiate the Strasbourg/Lumsden game. The game was done in less than one hour and 50 minutes and they did a great job! Lumsden grabbed a 2-0 lead on goals from Brady Aulie and Lance Morrison but that would be it for Monarch leads as Strasbourg would get goals from Brady Heintz (PPG), Quinn McIntosh and Greg Ferguson to take a 4-2 lead into the second period. Quinn McIntosh would complete the hat trick in the second period to make it 6-2 with one period to play. Jon Kress with a power play goal got the Monarchs to within 3 before Aaron Decorby made it 7-3. Lance Morrison would score twice late including a six on five goal before McIntosh would get his fourth goal of the game into the empty net making the final score 8-5. Tyler Kifferling picked up the win in net for the Maroons while Jordan Wiest was in net for the Monarchs. The Maroons had four minor penalties while the Monarchs had just one penalty. In Southey, the Bethune Bulldogs came back with two goals in the third period to defeat the hometown Marlins 5-4. You might say this was the tale of two special teams... the Marlins scored three shorthanded goals in a period of five and a half minutes and the Bulldogs scored three power play goals in this game. The Bulldogs scored in the first minute of the first period on a goal by Dustin McAngus and Marlin goalie Ryan Senft stopped a lot of shots to keep the score close... 1-0 after one for the Bulldogs. In the second period, Devin Hillier scored early to tie the game and then the Marlins got into penalty trouble which did something as the Marlins picked up three shorthanded goals... two from Pat Thompson-Gale, and one from Mike Vondoellan. The Bulldogs would then answer with two power play goals from Joel Cot and trailed the Marlins 4-3 going into the third period. Kayne Ulmer would tie the game with a power play goal early in the third period and then the winner would come from Kayne Ulmer with 12 minutes remaining. There were a lot of penalties in this game with Southey taking 13 minor penalties and three misconducts and Bethune taking nine minor penalties, a match and three misconducts. Six minor penalties, six misconducts and the match all happened as time concluded in this game. As a result of the match, Jacob Ulmer received the first suspension in the League this year, three games. Harreson Terriann picked up his first win in net for the Bulldogs while Ryan Senft was in net for the Marlins. It was a tamer affair

down in Avonlea where the first place Cupar Canucks overcame a 2-1 deficit in the second period and then cruised to a 6-3 win over the struggling Avonlea Arrows. Tyler Stewart scored for the Canucks and James Ardelan scored for the Arrows in the first period. In the second period the Arrows took the lead on a goal from Calvin Watson. The Canucks tied the game halfway through the second period on a goal by Kyle Ermel. Early in the third period, Corey Haines and Shea Van Luven scored on the power play to give the Canucks a 4-2 lead. The Arrows responded with a goal from Stuart Holland but Donovan Chow would score for the Canucks and then Tyler Stewart would get a shorthanded goal to make the final 6-3 for the Canucks. Jamie Wutke picked up the win in net for the Canucks while Justin Mrazek was in net for the Arrows. Both teams had and five minor penalties and had one misconduct. On the evening of Saturday, December 8, there was some scoring. Bethune blasted Lumsden 8-2... and Cupar outlasted Strasbourg 10-8... in Raymore the Wynyard Monarchs defeated the Raymore Rockets 3-2. In Bethune, Denny Joyal scored both of the Monarch goals including the first goal of the game. His second goal came while the Monarchs were shorthanded. Bethune scored five goals in the second period and two more in the third period. Travis Holt had a hat trick in this game. Other Bethune scorers were Dustin McAngus with two power play goals, Joel Kot, Kayne Ulmer and Lucas Ulmer who also had four assists. Bethune had nine minor penalties while Lumsden had eight. Ryan Seibel picked up the win in net for the Bulldogs and Jordan Wiest was in net for the Monarchs. In Raymore, Dylan Bentz scored with just over six minutes left in the game to propel the Monarchs to a 3-2 victory over the Rockets. Other Monarchs scoring came from Derek Halldorson (PPG) and Dale Spelchen. Raymore’s scorers were Tyrell Shulko and Dallas Thiessen. David Perkin picked up the win in net for Wynyard and new Rocket Warren Niekamp and Nathan Fischl were in net for the Rockets. The Rockets had six minor penalties while the Monarchs had four. In Cupar, this game looked like it was over midway through the third period with the score 9-5 but once again the Strasbourg Maroons made a game out of it closing the gap to 9-8 with just 40 seconds left... in horseracing some race in front and some come from behind... and obviously some get nipped at the wire when they lead and some don’t quite get there when they come from behind. The Maroons didn’t quite make it and the Canucks held on at the wire (maybe try seven furlongs in the next “race”). Once again Strasbourg showed that even though they no longer have the services of 2012 MVP Neil Kod-

man, they have plenty of scoring power to win games. The Canucks were led by Shea Van Luven and Kyle Ross (1-PPG) with two goals and two assists and by Justin Schulhauser (1SHG) and Justin Bernhardt with two goals and one assist. Bernhardt scored his first two HHL goals on this evening. Tyler Stewart and Davis Brown also scored for the Canucks. The Maroons got scoring from Tanner Exner with three goals and an assist, Quinn McIntosh with two goals, Greg Ferguson with a goal and two assists, Brendan Sentes with a goal and two assists and Daryl Knaus with a goal. Jamie Wutke picked up the win in net for the Canucks and Tyler Kifferling was in the net for the Maroons. The Canucks had six minor penalties and the Maroons had four. On the afternoon of Sunday,

December 9, Wynyard Monarchs defeated the Avonlea Arrows 11-4. The Monarchs were led by Bryan Kauk with three goals and three assists, Mike Anderson with a hat trick, Brett Leffler with two goals and four assist and Derek Halldorson with a goal and two assists. Jordan Karakochuk and Donovan Hall also scored for Wynyard. James Ardelan figured in on all four Avonlea goals with a goal and three assists. Shay Neufeld had two goals and two assists and Gavin Mievre had a goal and an assist. There was only one power play goal in the game and that was scored by Mike Anderson. Avonlea had five minor penalties and Wynyard had three. Jeremy Kwasny picked up his second win of the year for the Monarchs. Justin Mrazek was in net for the Arrows. Continued on page 16


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Last Mountain Pioneer Home ‘First Day of Winter Walk’ fundraiser for the Pioneer Home – Friday, December 21 at 6:00 p.m. Registration $10 to take part and sheets available at RBC and Affinity CU Strasbourg and Bulyea. Meet at the walking trails at the Pioneer Home for the walk – all ages welcome and all funds raised go to projects for the residents in the Pioneer Home. If you would like to leave a financial donation, please drop off at RBC or Affinity and receipts will be issued by the Foundation. Thanks for your

support, as our residents deserve the best. 7c Strasbourg Recreation Centre Boxing Day Family Skating at the Strasbourg Recreation Centre 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Come out and enjoy an afternoon of skating. Free for all skaters. 7c Do you have community news you would like to see in the paper? Email us at: inbox@ or call us! Looking for some extra copies of this week’s newspaper? Pick some up at DiGer’s, or at the Last Mountain Times (Strasbourg) office!

Saskatchewan Pulse Growers announce election results

and so long …

To all the loyal customers, friends and neighbours of Decker’s Rug & Upholstery Cleaning over the past 40 years, a heartfelt THANK YOU! for your business, your loyalty and friendship.

Pulse growers in Saskatchewan have chosen their 2013 Board of Directors. With 2,995 votes cast from 1,589 ballots, John Bennett of Biggar and Vicki Dutton of Paynton were elected to the two open spots on the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers (SPG) Board of Directors. John Bennett farms with his wife Shirley in the Biggar area. John previously served on the SPG Board of Directors from 2006 - 2011. Vicki Dutton is returning to the Board for a second consecutive term. Vicki and her family farm 5,400 acres in the Paynton area. The new Board members will assume responsibility following SPG’s Annual General Meeting on Monday, January 7, during Pulse Days 2013. Accountable to and funded by growers, SPG’s strategic direction is guided by a seven-member, producer-elected Board of Directors. SPG’s mandate is to provide leadership for a profitable Saskatchewan pulse industry through research, market development, and communications.

I’m sad to notify you that, due to health reasons, I’m closing my business at the end of this year. It’s a mixed blessing really – less time cleaning and more time for carving! I look forward to seeing you at the local craft shows, and perhaps we’ll meet over coffee sometime soon. Sincerely,

Keith Decker Strasbourg


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World Series baseball

CLOSED Saturday, December 22 to Tuesday, January 1 inclusive.

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Last Mountain Pioneer Home ‘First Day of Winter Walk’ fundraiser for the Pioneer Home – Friday, December 21 at 6:00 p.m. Registration $10 to take part and sheets available at RBC and Affinity CU Strasbourg and Bulyea. Meet at the walking trails at the Pioneer Home for the walk – all ages welcome and all funds raised go to projects for the residents in the Pioneer Home. If you would like to leave a financial donation, please drop off at RBC or Affinity and receipts will be issued by the Foundation. Thanks for your support, as our residents deserve the best. 7c The winners of the Last Mountain Pioneer Home Auxiliary baskets are Darlene Seminuk and Randy Kitchen. Thank you to all who purchased tickets. 7p “The Fuller Brass” in concert at the Strasbourg Alliance Church on Friday, December 21 at 7:00 p.m. Everyone welcome. 7c Strasbourg Maroons Senior Hockey Club, Maroons vs. Bethune Bulldogs, Saturday, December 22, 8:00 p.m.

at Strasbourg Rec Centre. Come out and support your team! 7c

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Affinity Credit Unions supports community projects Affinity Credit Union, through its local branches in Strasbourg and Bulyea, recently made significant contributions to local groups and organizations through the Credit Union’s Com-

St. Rita Catholic Church Christmas Mass will be held at 8:00 p.m. on December 24. Everyone is welcome. 7c Christmas Dinner will be served at 3:00 p.m. December 25th to anyone who spends Christmas Day alone. For take-out orders or a ride to the Wildlife Hall in Strasbourg, phone 725-4570. 6-7p Strasbourg Curling Club Boxing Spiel – Wednesday, December 26, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Two four-end games, entry fee $20/team. Enter at rink or phone Ray Craswell at 725-3236. 7c Strasbourg Recreation Centre Boxing Day Family Skating at the Strasbourg Recreation Centre 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Come out and enjoy an afternoon of skating. Free for all skaters. 7c Strasbourg Maroons Senior Hockey Club, Maroons vs. Avonlea Arrows, Friday, January 4, 8:00 p.m. at Strasbourg Rec Centre. Come out and support your team! 7c

Obituary Anna Marie Wagner

Ann passed away peacefully on November 29, 2012 at the Regina General Hospital, at the age of 76 years. Ann was born on July 14, 1936. She was the only daughter to Mary Bennefeld and Joe Statler and sister to Mickey Statler. Ann grew up on the Bennefeld farm east of Strasbourg. She took her schooling in Strasbourg. Ann and her brother Mickey walked to school from the farm in the spring, summer, fall and winter. Ann was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church. In November of 1953 she married Martin Wagner. They raised their four children, Carol Schultz (late Robert Schultz), Deb Mysko (Pete), Wes (Brenda) and Lana Hilderman (Trent Johnson). Ann took pride in her home and mastering the art of becoming an excellent cook. Her renowned “Flapper Pie”, cabbage rolls, apple strudel, lettuce and cream salad, roast beef and mashed potatoes, potato pancakes and sauerkraut were only a few of her specialties. Each one of these items was a favorite not only to family members, but to friends and relatives as well. Her kitchen was always ready for whoever came to visit and everyone was always welcome. At family meals Ann would sit at the bread board so there was room at the table for everyone else to sit. Ann worked at Strasbourg Shop Rite as a cashier and her customer service and care for each customer was a quality she displayed day in and day out. She loved her curling, playing cards and visiting with everyone she met. Her phone calls with family and friends were such an important part of her life. Ann never wanted to lose contact with people in her life that mattered to her. A phone call was more valuable than any gift she could have received. The daily 2:30 coffee with the group of ladies that were her support before and after Martin passed away in 2011 were very important people to her. They looked out for each other. The fun they had around the table was part of a routine she never missed. Ann was proud of her family, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, siblings, nieces and nephews and given the opportunity she would gladly tell you all about them. The one thing she did not want to talk about was her own health, but would comment “oh those golden years.” Ann passed away suddenly following a heart attack and open heart surgery. Her family was by her side. In passing, Ann leaves to fondly cherish her memories: Carol (late Robert), Kris, Sara, Leila, Lincoln, Lennox, Terrence, Karla, Makayla, Carter, Nicholas, Jessica, Jake, Brooke and Sydney Schultz; Deb, Pete, Zak, Cole, Kaitlyn and Chelsey Mysko; Wes, Brenda, Lindsay and Lynden Wagner; Lana, Trent, Bethany, Tyler, Kylie, Greg and Corey Hilderman; brother Mickey (Louise) Statler; sister-in-law Catherine Fuller; brother-in-law Lawrence (Erma) Wagner; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Ann was predeceased by: her mother Mary Bennefeld, husband Martin Wagner and son-in-law Robert Schultz. Ann’s family thanks everyone for the love and friendship given to their mother, the mom that “Lived, Laughed and Loved”. Rest in Peace Mom


Sandra Smith (center), on behalf of Last Mountain Regional Park, received a cheque for $550 for the purchase of two picnic tables for the Park. Left, District Council Delegate and Chair Larry Doetzel, right, Tyson Klapak, Business Development Manager.


munity Development Fund. This year’s contributions totaled over $16,500 and went to support such diverse initiatives as the Strasbourg Memorial Hall passenger elevator project, exercise equipment for William Derby School, picnic tables for Last Mountain Regional Park, pathways and seating for the Eddy Golf Course, and exterior renovations to the East shore Wildlife Hall, and other community sponsorships.

The East shore Wildlife Hall received a contribution of $1,500 to offset the cost of exterior renovations to the hall. Nola Schulz (center) accepted the cheque for the Hall committee.

Adriaan Teunis Pieter (Peter) Hofland

Our hearts are filled with deepest sorrow to announce that Adriaan Teunis Pieter (Peter) Hofland, late of Strasbourg, SK, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at the age of 81. Peter was born September 10, 1931 in Gravenhage (the Hague), Holland. He was predeceased by his wife Joanne (nee Young), his brother Johannes (Jan) Cornelis Hofland, his mother Christina Johanna Oldhoven – van der Bend and his father Johannes Cornelis (J.C.) Hofland. Peter is survived by: his children, Linda (Joe) Birns and their children, Melanie (Tyrone) and Stefanie; Allan (Tammy) Hofland and their children, Jordi, Braelyn and Declan; Tina (Darcy) Orb and their children, Jamie (Curtis), Jarret and Nicolle. He also leaves to mourn: his stepchildren, including Terry (Loretta) Young, Yvonne (Ken) Seitz, Eldon (Kim) Young and step-grandchildren, Darby-Leigh, Bailey and Hunter, as well as great-grandchildren, Austin, Tyrell, Sophia, Arlie and Kaiden; stepbrother-in-law, Stanley (Audrey) Hall and his very dear nephew from Holland, Johan Hofland (Marjon Beense-Hofland) and their children, Peter`s nieces Christine (Ineke) Hofland and Everdien Hofland. Left also to mourn were other extended family and stepchildren and stepgrandchildren, as well as many others who knew and loved Peter. A Memorial Service in his Honour was held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 14, 2012 at the Strasbourg Lutheran Church. Private family interment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Eastshore Wildlife Federation or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. “His nature was loving and giving, His heart was made of pure gold, And to us who truly love him, His memory will never grow old. You will always be in our hearts.”

Terry Leibel (center), of William Derby School in Strasbourg accepts a cheque in the amount of $792. The money was for the purchase of three stationary exercise bikes for the school.

Schultz receives Leadership Award RBC staff: Manager Marni Pettigrew, Customer Service Representative Carol Schultz, and Strasbourg RBC Branch Manager Garner Weeks.

Former Strasbourg Mayor Carol Schultz has been awarded recognition by her employ-

Alora Biram with U of R cheer team wins National Cheerleading Championship

Alora Biram (top row, far right), granddaughter of Laura Cochrane of Strasbourg, and her teammates from the University of Regina Cheer Team recently won the National Cheerleading Championship title. Alora is part of the 27-member small co-ed cheer team that competed in Brampton, Ontario December 1. The competition was fierce, competing against the University of Montreal, University of Waterloo, Carleton University, University of Saskatchewan and McMaster University. The U of R cheer team has placed in the top three at Nationals every year since 2005 and this year the victory was theirs. Alora and her team will be competing in Orlando, Florida in January 2013 for the -submitted by Sandra Cochrane Biram World title.

er for the leadership role she has play in her community. Schultz was recently given the RBC Regional President’s Community Leadership Award, which consists of a $1,000 prize that Schultz will donate to a local non-profit organization of her choice. Her decision was to donate to the Last Mountain Pioneer Home Foundation. “This is a small gesture of gratitude for all that you do to make the communities we live and work in a better place to be,” RBC spokesperson Marni Pettigrew said. “We value your outstanding dedication and commitment to our communities, clients and colleagues. Thank you for making a positive difference in the lives of others.” A longtime Strasbourg Town Council member, and mayor for several terms, Schultz is a full-time client services representative at the RBC branch in Strasbourg. She has received numerous awards from RBC over the years, and was recently awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal. She has also received recognition from SUMA, Theatre Saskatchewan Inc., and from the Province. Carol Schultz was nominated for this RBC Award by fellow RBC employee Rhonda Schulz (not related).

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Dixon wins RM 220 byelection

Strasbourg Guiding Unit enrollment ceremonies held

LMVBA Christmas Basket winner

The Strasbourg Guiding Unit held their enrollment ceremonies on December 4. A well packed hall watched as Sparks travelled over the rainbow and Brownies frolicked in enchanted forests. With radiant faces, they accepted their pins and certificates while cameras flashed over and over again. A candle was lit by District Commissioner Janice Graessli as she explained it’s importance in guiding. Then to the delighted surprise of all, the guides hip-hopped and rapped their way through the guiding law. The Rangers program, which was initiated and carried out all on their own, was simply beautiful. At the end of the night, Janice was presented with a guiding staff (walking stick) on behalf of the Long Lake District for her continued immeasurable support. Four lucky people went home with door prize treasures. Everyone went home with lifelong memories. 2012-2013 Strasbourg Guiding Unit members include: Sparks – Alyssa Angell, Patrishia Apangchan, Tianna Brown, Madisson Giesbrecht, Katherine Kozachuk, Alexis Panio, Olivia Panio, Alynna Rostia, Guider (Sparkle) Brenda Laliberte; Brownies – Grace Edwards, Kaylie Giesbrecht, Hannah Kozachuk, Gabriel Panio, Rebecca Tamlin, Guider (Brown Owl) JoAnn Scott-Hodgins; Guides – Montana Holmes, Darby Hansen, Guider Barb Boughner; Rangers – Vanessa Pratchler, Rebecca ShewchukBryksa, Natashia Apangcha and Guider Bonnie Pratchler. -article and photos submitted by Barb Boughner Guider

The first of two LMVBA sponsored Christmas Baskets was won by Maureen Rattai. User Friendly Computers in Strasbourg was selected as the business to make the Basket draw, and as such they win free advertising in the Last Mountain Times, complete with a picture of the basket presentation. The second basket was drawn after end of business, Saturday December 15.

Garry Dixon handily won the December 12 byelection for the councillor position in Division 4 of the Rural Municipality of McKillop #220. The unofficial results show Dixon with 91 votes and challenger Andrew Kuderewko with 42 votes. Seventy-seven of the votes were cast in the advance poll, and the balance were cast on December 12. Candidate Andrew Kuderewko, in an email to Last Mountain Times, said he may contest the results based on allegations that several irregularities took place at the Advance Poll in Regina on December 8, and he will be weighing his options on whether or not file an objection to the vote results.

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Roland Richter

Overheard at the coffee shop

So has anyone else glommed on to the fact that it’s almost Christmas? Kind of sneaks up on you in some ways, but when they start putting out the Christmas decorations alongside the Halloween stuff, it should be plenty of notice. Of course it’s at this time that one thinks, aw I’ve got lots of time, which is what throws a person off in the first place. Actually, I do have the gift getting thing pretty well in hand. You see, the missus and I each made some rather pricey purchases in regards to our hobbies earlier in the year, so we agreed that it would be small potatoes under the tree for each other this year. So it’s basically stocking stuffers that are the focus and I have that

pretty much under control. Actually, the thing that is sort of brought to my attention is the whole picture taking rig a ma role. Don’t even know if I spelled that right. Anyway, at every Christmas, at least in my family, there was always the need for taking pictures. Lots of pictures. Some were just of the candid variety. You know the ones. They’re taken, kind of on the sly, just when you were opening something and it wasn’t really what you were expecting. But I have to say that pretty much everything I’ve gotten over the years has been good stuff, and I can’t really remember anything that I haven’t liked. The pictures that have given me trouble are the posed ones. I don’t really take pictures that well. You can see that there is a new photo that goes with my column. I happened to be in the Times office for something and Dave brought out the camera and suggested we take a picture. I was all for it because I always thought my original picture made me look like a doofus. Not sure if the new one changes much, but it is a better one. We took another one of me smiling, but we both agreed that the doofus thing was still there, so we went with this one. Dave was very kind

in his critique of that one. So, essentially, that has been the downfall of my picture taking. The smile. Generally it looks like I’ve either got gas pains or there’s something wrong with me. My family is of no real help. When we see the latest batch of photos, it’s usually comments of “Oh that is such a nice picture. See how good everyone looks. Oh, and there’s Dad and his dopey smile.” Which is true. Everyone else does look really nice. Some people can take a good picture. Not one of my talents. So I usually do the passport photo thing. No smile, no expression. People will wonder who the goon is, but at least they won’t wonder who the doofus is. But, years later, when you have a good mug of coffee in your hand and you’re paging through the photo albums, all that doesn’t really matter. What matters is that they are pictures of happy times and it doesn’t really matter in the least what anyone looks like. What matters is that they were there. So from my family to yours, have a very Merry Christmas and God bless you all. Roland Richter Nokomis, SK Disclaimer: the opinions expressed are those of the writer.

Affinity Credit Union is proud to be a part of the communities we represent and offer support to local groups and organizations for their community projects through our Community Development Fund (CDF). The following is a list of the initiatives supported in 2012 by the CDF in our local District: $6,743 to the Strasbourg Memorial Hall Elevator Fund $792 to William Derby School for the purchase of 3 stationary exercise bikes $550 to Last Mountain Regional Park for the purchase of 2 picnic tables on behalf of Strasbourg & Bulyea $1,500 to the East Shore Wildlife Hall for exterior renovations $3,000 to the Eddy Golf Course for a cement pathway and seating area project PLUS over $4,000 in other community sponsorships and initiatives through the Strasbourg and Bulyea branches, for total support of over $16,500

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Strasbourg Town Council meeting notes Strasbourg Town Council held its regular monthly meeting Wednesday evening, December 12 with all council members present. Notes The Town will continue to receive its allocation from the Gas Tax Rebate. In the past these funds have been used for roof repairs on the Town Office, Community Hall repairs, and work on Currie Crescent. Kelvin Schapansky was appointed and sworn in as Deputy Mayor. The Town will renew its full page colour ad in the 2013 Saskatchewan Vacation Guide. Council Members reviewed the preliminary 2013 Town Budget information. The budget will be finalized in February. Even though the provincial program is ending on December 31, the Town decided to extend for one more year the rebate program for the installation of low-flow toilets. Discussions The administration was asked to explore the possibility of changing the way budgeted expenditures are documented for Council so as to make easier to compare to actual budgeted amounts. It was reported that the budget is ‘on target’. The Community Hall passenger elevator project will be retendered on an “invitation to tender” basis, as only one response was received to the previous tender call. A separate tender will also be issued for washroom renovations / upgrades in the Community Hall. There was some discussion as to whether or not the tender should specify that the elevator be built on the inside of the hall, or on the outside. Hall Fundraising committee member Don Josephson was there to push for the inside option, stating that the it would not be as expensive as some people believed it would. He said the architect’s estimate for do the project on the inside of the hall was about $100,000 above what the actual cost might be. Unfortunately, Mr. Josephson was not able to get on the Council’s Agenda prior to the meeting, so his full concerns were not presented. Council discussed amending the snow removal policy to make the cleaning of main street (Mountain Street) the top early morning priority following a snowfall, with access to Pioneer Home, the Health Clinic, the ambulance service, and the business back lanes the next priorities, in that order. There was also discussion surrounding the cleaning of the sidewalk on the north side of Mountain Street, west to the corner of Prospect Ave., past the carwash. Council again discussed extensively the situation regarding the requirement to upgrade the Town’s sewage system. Several members of Council will attend the upcoming meeting of the Last Mountain Waste Management Committee to gain a better understanding of what the other communities and RMs in the area are planning, before making any further decisions on the matter.

LMVBA stages Strasbourg Christmas celebration A Christmas Celebration, organized by members of the Last Mountain Valley Business Association, and supported by community volunteers, took place in Strasbourg on Saturday, December 8. After marshalling at the Cornwell Centre, several community volunteers formed two groups and went caroling on the streets of Strasbourg with goodies and gifts to hand out to the shoppers on the street. The two groups went in separate directions after they had covered the downtown, with some singing at the Last Mountain Pioneer Home for the residents there, and others singing at the Seniors Manor. Hot chocolate was served during the caroling event and afterwards. By all reports, it was a fun and festive time. This year’s activity replaced the usual Live Nativity event that had been staged in previous years. -info and photos submitted by Joanna Krentz, Strasbourg


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Ken Swanston, new Mayor of Strasbourg

a used car salesman trying to sell his own car. It’s doable, but it has a way of being read wrong. Having said that, I’m always on this thing, even since before becoming mayor. As past president of the Last Mountain Valley Business Association, I was part of a team that constantly wracks its brain about ways to make business happen, bigger and more successfully. We send

out business directories every two years, bag up business calling-card items for the Lake area – anything we can to remind people that you don’t have to travel far too get things you need or need done. You can’t be in business and not know that when one business wins, it helps everyone. And that isn’t limited to one town, one province, or even one country.” Continued on page 14.

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bylaws is going to take some time, but we’ll keep chipping away at it.” How was the public turnout for your election? “Huge, better than Regina, from what I hear. We were around 50%, while Regina was at 33%. In both places, the numbers were up, which means a heightened awareness of community in people’s minds. That’s always good.” Any bad feeling between you and the guy who also tossed his hat in the ring? “Harry Schmidt? No, he took it real well, congratulated me, everything. He is a really nice guy. No, this job is not a prestige posting. It’s certainly not a money maker, either. Councillors make $125 bucks a month. I think I make $150. I’m not complaining, but that’s certainly not what we’re in this for. Harry would have said the same thing. Can’t sweat the small stuff, and as important as this job is, landing it is certainly not something Harry or I would sweat.” I’m hearing talk about the town sewer system. “Well, we’re doing everything we can to attract a 15-unit condo project into Strasbourg. The builders don’t just pick a place

and make it happen. They look for towns that are moving forward, willing to put in the effort to see things come together. In this case, we have a lagoon system that won’t meet specs for the influx of 15 new residences, so we need to upgrade. We’ve known about this since 2001. Environment told us we needed a second cell for our lagoon, regardless of any new development. This just pushes up our deadline to move the town ahead.” How often do you and council meet? “The second Wednesday of every month, and emergency meetings on an as-needed basis. Again, it’s not about having meetings, but making sure we act on what our meetings decide, and making decisions that cause us to act. I think we have that mindset on our council. We’re ready to make things happen.” Big part of your job must be figuring out how to attract new business. “That’s true. The more businesses, the more work opportunity, the more people, the more business. It’s a growth cycle that every town in the world is either moving forward or backward on. We want to move it forward around here.” So what are you doing? “I’m a facilitator, ready to smooth the way for anything that starts moving in the right direction, but what we really need is to budget for a professional marketer. For me as mayor to sell our town is like



Like Regina, Strasbourg has a new mayor with big shoes to fill. Expectations are always high in the wake of respected leaders that have moved on to other things. Mayor Carol apparently hit some resonating notes in her 12 years as a leader in a town that wants to keep growing. Tough act to follow. New mayor Ken Swanston is very aware of all that. “Carol was great for this town, taking it a long way during her tenure. But I’m not trying to fill anyone’s shoes. I am who am I am, and I bring everything to the table I can bring. I haven’t met anyone who wants me to be another Carol,


Ken Swanston

but if they’re out there, I may have to disappoint them. I’m just me. In the meantime, I hope to get some things done that need doing around here.” Sitting with Ken in the office of his day job at Strasbourg Agencies, I sense that he is a leader who is comfortable in his own skin, without any fancy illusions of being the perfect mayor. And in my books – even though I’m from elsewhere – that is a good thing. Moreover, the activity in his office is humming – and it’s a cold winter day out there. Ken’s business has the atmosphere of, well, getting things done. So what’s one thing you and the new council have accomplished so far? “We’re taking a hard look at all the old bylaws on our books. There’s a bunch of them we need to change,” Ken affirms, matter-of-factly. “We had one bylaw that made the resident responsible for any line repairs – sewer, water, electrical, that kind of thing – even on town property. So if a sewer main busted in the middle of the street, the closest resident was expected to foot the bill. That may have worked half a century ago, but not anymore. Revamping the

The group of volunteers included (left to right): Isabella Oblander, Deirdre Oblander, Santa, Marilyn Danielson, Candice Preuter, Donna Lonie, Lynn Hilderman, Julie Kent, Ken Swanston, Vicki Cornwell, Nola Schulz and Don Hilderman. The little boy in front (back to camera) who can’t seem to take his eyes off Santa, is Nathaniel Preuter.

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Agriculture news & views Federal government moves to strengthen rail freight service On December 11, the federal government announced the introduction of the Fair Rail Freight Service Act bill to give companies that ship goods by rail the right to a service agreement with railways. It will also create an arbitration process to establish an agreement when commercial negotiations fail. This announcement fulfills a government commitment following the recommendations made by the Rail Freight Service Review Panel in 2011. The Panel’s report encouraged the use of bilateral service agreements between shippers and railways as an effective way of bringing more clarity, predictability and reliability to rail service. The government says most shippers acknowledge there has been improvement in rail service since the Review began, and the new legislative provision builds upon that progress, and will help solidify these gains.

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The new process will create a strong incentive for shippers and railways to negotiate service agreements commercially. If these negotiations are not successful, shippers will be able to trigger an arbitration process with the Canadian Transportation Agency. The arbitrator will have the mandate to establish terms and conditions of service based on the shipper’s needs, as well as the railways’ requirement to provide adequate and suitable service to all the other customers. Strong enforcement mechanisms will hold railways to account for obligations imposed by an arbitrator. An administrative monetary penalty of up to $100,000 could be issued by the Canadian Transportation Agency for each violation of an arbitrated service level agreement. This is in addition to other existing remedies in the Act to ensure railways meet their service obligations. The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association says it is pleased the federal government has taken legislative action to improve accountability in rail service for grain and other commodities. “These measures will create the conditions for improved railway performance and accountability,” says Kevin Bender, President of the Wheat Growers. “It will help ensure all shippers can gain access to an adequate level of service.” The Wheat Growers noted the penalty clauses in any negotiated service agreement may never be invoked if railways

and shippers honour their service commitments. Canadian Pacific also commented on the federal government’s action saying CP has maintained there is no need for additional regulation between railways and shippers as it is the company’s belief that commercial undertakings, coupled with a stable regulatory regime, remain the best approach to promote supply chain coordination and investment. “The proposed legislation contains key elements of the Dinning Report,” said CP Presi-

dent and CEO, E. Hunter Harrison. “We firmly agree that improvement in Canada’s world class rail supply chain will best be achieved through offsetting commercial undertakings, in particular, better traffic forecasting and more certainty on traffic volumes. Canada is fortunate to already have the best rail system in the world from which to build upon, and CP continues to make across-theboard service improvements where customers are benefiting from more consistent, safe and efficient service.”

Cavendish Farms expands to western Canada Cavendish Farms announced last week that it had concluded an agreement to buy the assets of Maple Leaf Potatoes, the frozen potato business of Maple Leaf Foods Inc., including a 142,000 sq. ft. processing facility in Lethbridge, Alberta. The transaction is expected to close by year-end 2012. The company expects to retain all employees currently working at the Lethbridge plant in addition to international employees, and Cavendish Farms says it will continue to produce and market all products formerly offered by Maple Leaf Potatoes in the near term and will seek to retain all existing customer relationships. The Lethbridge plant currently produces a variety of products, including frozen French fries and other

SIPA holds 17th Annual Meeting The Saskatchewan Irrigation Projects Association (SIPA) held its 17th Annual Meeting held in Moose Jaw on December 4. “It was a great opportunity for irrigators to discuss pressing issues, receive updates on SIPA’s activities and learn about new developments from both government and industry”. Roger Pederson, Chair said. The meetings began with the issue facing the irrigators in the southwest on the divestiture of the Agriculture Environment Services Branch of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s 6 irrigation projects comprised of 20,000 acres. Laurie Tollefson from the Canada Saskatchewan Irrigation Diversitification Centre spoke on how the Centre had been supporting irrigators since 1949 with research on new crops and best practices. Tollefson outlined the evolution of the various partnerships involved in CSIDC to its current framework of AAFC, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation Crop Diversification Corporation, University of Saskatchewan and SIPA. Gordon Kent, Director of the Riverhurst Irrigation District, talked about the key highlights on the SIPA 2012 Upper Qu’Appelle Water Supply Tour. Stops included the Belle Plaine Hutterite Colony vegetable production facility, and Terra Grains Ethanol Plant located along the Moose Jaw-Regina Industrial Corridor. Participants also observed the harvesting of Saskatoon berries at Prairie Berries orchard and processing facility near Keeler. The tour ended at Riverhurst where local potato and bean growers talked about how irrigation had changed the crop diversity and improved net profits for farmers. The marketers impressed upon everyone the importance of “critical mass” to build an industry around a new crop. The potential economic impact from the proposed Upper Qu’Appelle Water Supply project was presented by Graham Parsons of Clifton and Associates. Parsons spoke about the multi-faceted benefits and opportunities around this project including industrial, agricultural, recreation, environmental and water for communities emphasizing water as a key economic driver.

specialty potato products. The Lethbridge plant is strategically located in close proximity to Southern Alberta’s prime agricultural region, renowned for its high yields of quality potatoes ideal for French fry production. Cavendish Farms operates three state-of-the-art potato processing plants - two on Prince Edward Island and the other in Jamestown, North Dakota. It also operates a fourth plant specializing in appetizer products in Wheatley, Ontario.

Worried about wheat midge? From drought to excess moisture to disease pressure, 2012 offered a variety of cropping challenges across the Prairies. However, a growing number of farmers are putting at least one worry aside – damage from wheat midge. “Midge tolerant wheat varieties are the answer for us,” says Blair Rempel, a farmer and seed grower near Nipawin, SK. Rempel had his first plot of midge tolerant wheat in 2009, and in 2012, seeded all of his wheat acres with midge tolerant varieties. We originally discovered that we had a midge problem in the early 80’s and, after a few years, started using insecticides for control. However, it requires very careful monitoring and you’re never really totally sure if you are going to get value out of spraying or not.” When Rempel was in his first few years trying the technology, the midge tolerant varieties always stood out from the others whenever he did a comparison in yield. “I was very happy with their performance again this year,” he says. “For the wet year that we had, the wheat was the outstanding crop – averaging about 48 bushels per acre with good quality.” “The biggest benefit for us is to not have to worry

so much about midge and potential problems from it. They’re just real good yielding varieties so there is no downside to growing the technology.” Brad Basset, who farms near Bruno, SK, also started growing midge tolerant wheat four years ago for peace of mind. “Spraying is so busy all the time, so the midge tolerant wheat gives you a bit of relief because you don’t have to be there at the perfect time,” says Basset. “There was one year where the midge pressure was so bad and everyone else was spraying that we were tempted to spray our midge tolerant wheat acres too,” he says. “However when we went in the field you could only find the odd midge, and it turned out not to hurt the grade or yield.” While this new technology is very effective, it does require proper stewardship in order to keep it viable for future generations. Farmers are required to sign a Midge Tolerant Wheat Stewardship Agreement, which limits the use of farm-saved seed to one generation past Certified seed. This step keeps the interspersed refuge at the desired level of 10% of the plant population, preventing a build-up of resistant midge.


by Calvin Daniels

Any regular reader will know I have a soft spot for draft horses. I must say the interest is one which surprises me a little given that on the farm as a kid there were no horses, if you don’t count Trixie, a rather small Shetland Pony which ate hay and grain but never seemed to be of much use beyond that. Of course there were my father’s stories about working horses when he himself was a school-aged boy. He loved working in the field when he was barely a teenager behind a team of horses. His love was deep enough he quit school part way through Grade 8 to work the fields. I suspect those stories were the kernel which sprouted my interest in draft horses. Then as a youngster I spent many summers showing livestock at summer fairs. When you are just a kid there is no way that walking through a barn full of draft horses their sheer size left me in awe. And once those horses were in a showring, the silver on their harness shining, it was a

spectacle which always caught my attention. Even today I am in awe of the big horses, and still love watching them. It amazes me to watch the horses at work, in particular the draft horse pulls at the annual Grain Millers Harvest Showdown. Watching a well-trained team leaning into the harness, and pulling two, three times their own weight is actually aweinspiring. So a couple of years ago when I heard Merlin Ford was working toward a book on the influence draft horses have had in the development of Saskatchewan, I was immediately intrigued. I met with Merlin back then, and found him a definite kindred spirit when it came to draft horses. He was a man with a respect for the big horses and their contribution to not just farm, but in logging, cartage in our towns and cities and just about every other aspect of provincial development requiring a power source. It took Merlin a long time to ferret out draft horse history from across Saskatchewan, but he kept at it, and recently released Horses, Harness and Homesteads. The book is loaded

with information, and more importantly page-after-page of historic pictures. It was a major undertaking given the draft horse has been part of developing Saskatchewan from the time of the earliest settlers before the region was actually a province. “One of the challenges in compiling this book has been the amount of information that could be included. Horses played such a vital role in our history that it would be virtually impossible to cover it extensively in a book of this length,” noted Merlin in the forward to the book. The book is one anyone with an interest in horses, the early days of our province, and rural history will want to check out. I tip my hat to Merlin for his hard work in gathering this history before it was lost forever. Check out or you can email him at clippity.clop1@gmail or call 338-2132. Calvin Daniels is a Yorkton-based ag columnist and writer. Disclaimer: the opinions expressed are those of the writer.


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Muriel Murney celebrates 80 years!


NEWS raymore

Lynn Gettis • 524-4924

Alicia Bains recently passed the CAIB II course in Humboldt. Alicia is employed at TriCentral Insurance in Semans. Good job, Alicia! Sheena Gettis from Calgary, along with two of her cousins, Michelle Harder of Whitecourt, AB and Jodie Bernard of Ham-

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ilton, ON ran in the Rock and Roll Marathon in Las Vegas on December 2. Sheena did a full marathon and Michelle and Jodie did a half marathon. The marathon was run in the evening so the girls got to see the bright lights of Vegas for a few miles. -Lynn Gettis

Barb Sentes • 746-4382

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Affinity Credit Union Community Spirit Fund

Margaret Benson

November 8, 1916 – December 8, 2012

Originally from Semans, Muriel Murney celebrated her 80th birthday on Sunday, December 9, 2012 in Regina. Friends and family listened to JD Greenshields and Luz Marina sing and play some wonderful music. Friends that travelled to help celebrate included: Bertha Paproski, Muriel Chymko, Mary and Kelly Murney, JD and Elaine Greenshields and Luz and Mick Marina. Muriel’s husband John and daughters Linda, Coreen and Karlene and families all attended. Following the music, everyone enjoyed a delicious chicken dinner and scrumptious -submitted by Gail Sorensen birthday cake.

Memories from Raymore School’s Christmas concert

December 13, 2012 Each year Affinity Credit Union donates $200 on behalf of its employees and elected officials. Pictured above: top photo – Semans Branch District Council Delegate Grant Greenshields presents his cheque to Joyce Warriner of Semans 1st Responders who plan to use the money to purchase a new Blood Glucose Meter and AED Battery for their Defibrillator; bottom photo – Affinity Employee Delores Challand (right) presents her cheque to Louise Eggleton of the Silver Heights Auxiliary to purchase folding chairs for Special Activities with their money. -submitted by Delores Challand, Member Services Representative Affinity Credit Union

Muskowekwan potash mine project

MACOMBER Lyndon and Marci Macomber are delighted to announce the early but safe arrival of their precious baby boy, Sebastian George. Born on August 17, 2012 in Saskatoon, Sebastian weighed 3lbs 8ozs. Proud grandparents are Shaun & Terry Macomber (Semans), Dale Landstrom (Nokomis), and Audrey Hemingway & Bob Hendry (Nokomis). Great-grandparents are Wes and Irene Macomber (Semans), Margaret Roland (Regina), Ida Landstrom (Nokomis) and Violet Hemingway (Nokomis). Special thanks are due to the NICU staff at Royal University Hospital. 7c

First Potash Ventures is proposing the construction, operation and later decommissioning of a potash mine on Muskowekwan Reserve lands in the Raymore area. Lands selected under the Treaty Land Entitlement Framework Agreement, and lands adjacent to the reserve that are owned by Muskowekwan First Nation are also intended to become part of the reserve lands. The project would comprise a solution mine producing approximately 2.8 million tonnes of potash per year for a predicted mine life of 50 years. As part of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012) the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency must determine whether a federal environmental assessment is required for the proposed Muskowekwan Potash Mine Project in Saskatchewan. To assist it in making its decision, the Agency is seeking comments from the public on the project and its potential effects on the environment.

Watch for these photos & more in colour – on our Facebook page! Photos submitted by C. Kozak, Raymore.

Margaret Ada Benson was born on November 8, 1916 to John and Mildred (McKears) Graham in the Kamantha district of Saskatchewan, and celebrated life for a full 96 years, passing peacefully December 8, 2012 at Grace Hospice, in the William Booth Special Care Home, Regina. Margaret attended school at Collingwood, Normal School in Regina, and by the age of 18 was teaching grades 1 to 8 in a oneroom country school. Margaret married Donald Benson in 1941, and after a short time Regina, they began farming on the Benson homestead north of Booth Siding, between Raymore and Semans. They raised seven children and enjoyed an active community life. Margaret participated in the local Homemakers service club, taught Sunday School for many years, was active for 60 years in Eastern Star, as well as in numerous church activities. She served on the Home Care Board, as well as the local museum board. Many people referred to Margaret as “the kindest person ever”. She always considered others before herself. Whatever she agreed to do, she gave it her all. Her happiest times were spent with her family and friends. The family, and often the whole community, enjoyed her wonderful baking. Margaret leaves behind many family members, friends and relatives to remember her life. Her family includes: Lloyd (Sandra), Edna (Ken), Howard (Pat), Barry, Donna, Thomas (Linda), 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Margaret was predeceased by: her sister Mildred in 1940; husband Donald in 2000; daughter Marjorie in 2010; step-brother Doug (Erna); and step-sister Elsie (Neil). Also left to mourn are: sister-in-law Marjory Potter; her step-family – George (Edith) Okell, Norma (Donald) Page, John (Peggy) Okell and Walter (Nola) Okell. A celebration of Margaret’s life was held Friday, December 14 at 11:00 a.m. at All Saints Anglican Church, 142 Massey Rd., Regina. The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Victoria Park Personal Care, the Palliative Care Unit at the Pasqua Hospital and Grace Hospice for the kindness and care they provided Margaret. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Martin’s Anglican Church, Box 612, Raymore, S0A 3J0, or the Grace Hospice, 50 Angus Rd, Regina, S4R 8P6.

Obituary Lillian Beatrice Swanson

Lillian Beatrice Swanson (Felton) passed away peacefully on December 3, 2012 at the Silver Heights Special Care Home, Raymore, Saskatchewan at the age of 89 years. Lillian was the youngest child of George and Amy Felton (Alton). Lillian was born at the Felton farm north of Semans on April 8, 1923. Lillian took all of her schooling in the Semans area, followed by Secretarial School in Regina. She worked for Gus Mackay in Semans until she fell in love and married Raymond Swanson in 1942. Lillian (and Raymond) raised four children on a farm south of Semans and moved from the farm into Semans in the fall of 1974. Lillian was very active in her children’s activities, and was on the board of numerous community organizations throughout her life. Lillian was predeceased by her parents and in-laws, four brothers, five sisters and their spouses. Also numerous nephews, nieces, and one granddaughter Deena Battenfelder (Swanson). Lillian leaves to mourn: her Husband of 70 years and two months – Raymond Swanson; her Children – Gail (John) Kluth, Grant (Cathy) Swanson, Lana (Howard) Tonge and Lynn (Kevin) Gettis; her Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren – Guy (Sue) Loucks and Annastasia; Lisa (Bill) Loucks and Tyris (Matt), Riliegh, Shai; Austin Battenfelder; Delee Swanson; Craig (Ashley) Swanson and Kaden; Clinton (Melissa) Tonge and Coen, Finn, Emmett; Travis (Miranda) Tonge and Ryker; Shaun (Angela) Gettis and Meadow; Jade (Jason) Van Damme and Mackenzie, Rylee, Preston; Nolan (Jennifer) Gettis and Alexa; and Sheena Gettis. Lillian lived many years struggling with Alzheimer’s disease. For the last seven years she was cared for with love and respect at both the Last Mountain Pioneer Home in Strasbourg and for her remaining five and a half years at the Silver Heights Special Care Home in Raymore. The kindness and love given to Lillian by the staff at both facilities was greatly appreciated by Raymond and Family. Hansen’s Funeral Home assisted with the Funeral arrangements; Reverend Jack Robson officiated and Betty Terschuur was the pianist at Lillian’s service and her celebration of life. Lillian was laid to rest on December 10, 2012 in the family plot at the Semans Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Silver Heights Special Care Home in Raymore, Saskatchewan or the Semans Cemetery Fund, or a charity of your choice.

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at local businesses and community leaders

Cont’d from page 11

Ken Swanston, new Mayor of Strasbourg

So, I’m guessing you don’t do all your shopping in WalMart North, Regina. Ken laughs. “I’d rather have a root canal than travel to Regina. My kids, who live in the city, rib me about that all the time.” I hope your dentist isn’t in, well, Regina. What’s one thing you’re grateful Strasbourg is doing? “Our recreation board is amazing. They keep that Community Hall hopping. Last November, they had Rory Allan, a famous Elvis tribute artist. Awesome show. I don’t know how they got him to come here. They’ve also had Jeffrey Straker and the Regina Symphony. That’s the kind of effort and community involvement that’s going to help us all enjoy the town we live in.” What else is council gearing up for? “Well, government grants are another thing. They aren’t granted to towns that just have their hand out, waiting. There needs to be a plan in place, facts and figures for how that grant is to be used. The lagoon project is one solid example, and we need to get our heads together and make sure we’ve got something to present when grant time comes.” Which is when? “Hard to say. The government doesn’t hang a billboard when they’re ready to grant. That would be counterproductive for everyone. You have to keep your nose in the air, and your ducks lined up. Different agencies of the government will pop up from time to time with a new program, or a new chapter of an old one. When the grant opportunity comes up, you’re either ready for it, or you get passed by. We want to be the former, not the latter.” Well, Ken, you haven’t been in office long enough yet to do everything you hope to, obviously. If the paper asks me to do another interview someday, you know I’ll be asking about action, right? Ken nods, smiling. “Bring it on. We’ll have something to talk about.” _______________________ The interviewer and writer is Manfred Koehler who lives in Foam Lake, SK. Although relatively new to the newspaper business, Mr. Koehler brings to the work a keen sense of observation, a sometimes subtle sense of humour, and a sincere interest in the work and lives of the people he writes about.

Migrant rights activists denounce government move Migrant worker advocates are angered and shocked to learn that the Federal Government has attacked one of Canada’s most vulnerable populations. The Federal Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development (HRSD) announced on December 6 the elimination of Employment Insurance special benefits such as parental, maternal and compassionate benefits for migrant workers employed under Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker program. Despite the elimination of benefits, these workers will be required to continue to pay into this social protection fund, as they have been doing so since 1966. “It is estimated that migrant workers have contributed $ 3.4 million annually into Canada’s Employment Insurance program. However it was not until 2002 that some migrant workers started to access special benefits. Over the last ten years, workers from the Caribbean and Mexico have benefited from parental benefits to provide much needed support for their newly born children. By eliminating this benefit the federal government is in fact eliminating one of the few income supports that are available to mi-

grant workers employed under Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Programs,” Adriana Paz Ramirez, of Justicica for Migrant Workers, said. “For over forty years migrant workers have been subsidizing Canada’s EI fund yet have been ‘ineligible’ to receive full benefits, and now they are being completely stripped away from the few special benefits they were able to access. This is completely unjust and outrageous.” added Paz Ramirez. “Given this situation, the fight right now should be to restore this benefit and to fully include migrant workers into social protection programs rather than eliminating access and reinforcing a system that perpetuates exclusion and marginalization of migrant workers”.

on this day in history

RCMP report Strasbourg office now staffed The Strasbourg RCMP Detachment now has a steno working in the Office. Nola Schulz started in the position on December 3, 2012. Nola will be working Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to noon. The public can stop in or call the Strasbourg office at 725-3520 during these times should they require police assistance. Calls outside these hours will be directed to the Divisional Operations Communications Center and dispatched to the local members for follow up. Fatality near Parkbeg The Moose Jaw RCMP detachment was on scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident

on Highway 1, five kilometers west of Parkberg at 11:30 p.m. on December 13, 2012. The accident was described as a single vehicle rollover. One elderly male died at the scene, while an elderly female has been taken to hospital with serious injuries. The SUV type vehicle was traveling west on Highway 1 at the time of the accident, and is registered in Alberta. The roadway was described as frosty, however, the cause of the accident is not known at this time. Names of those involved in the accident are not being released at this time, and notification of next of kin is in process. The passing lane of the westbound lanes of Highway 1 was closed, and motorists were advised to expect delays through this area.

December 18, 1946 Four German prisoners of war are hanged at the Lethbridge Provincial Jail for the Sept. 1944 murder of a fellow prisoner at the Medicine Hat POW camp.

Automotive Review: 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 The 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is all about numbers bestowed upon it by an engineering team concerned with your bragging rights. Namely, you get a 6.2L “LSA” V8 good for 580 horses and the better part of 560 lb-ft of torque. That’s thanks, in part, to a belt-driven Eaton supercharger the size of a toaster oven. Some serious output Owning a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is sort of like owning a bazooka. Both use combustion to propel metal quickly through the air, and can be dangerous to operate. Neither are useful, but, man oh man, if you had a bazooka, you just know some cool stuff would happen. So, the 2013 Camaro ZL1 has a whole lot of power. Enough to, say, put you sideways through an intersection if you (theoretically) dropped your right foot to clear a (theoretical) yellow traffic light on a midfall morning while the road’s surface was a bit on the cold side. Did I mention the ZL1’s traction control is a bit on the “relaxed” side? Tame, as needed On the one hand, the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 can be remarkably tame and uneventful. Clutch take-up is firm and easy, if a little heavy. You could take off in fourth in the Camaro ZL1, if you want-

ed. You can even get an automatic transmission (don’t). The engine makes scarcely more than a muted, crackling burble when driven gently through traffic. Gears shift easily and with minimal effort. When driving the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 gently, the tremendous amount of unused power translates into a sheer sense of effortlessness and unused awesomeness. Driving the ZL1 modestly is like going to a steakhouse and having a salad. It’s easygoing on board, too. Terrible outward visibility and cheap trim aside, there’s decent at-hand storage in the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, a very modern touchscreen radio, a great stereo, and fairly logical control layout. The big, comfortable seats are superb, even for very large folks. You can relax in here, even if you’re north of 300 and afraid of celery. The ZL1 even rides nicely, thanks to a fantastically tuned Magnetic Ride Control suspension system borrowed from the Corvette. Lurking performance However, those 580 horses are always there; as is the handling tuned to benchmark the Corvette Grand Sport. And the fact that available performance figures will embarrass AMGs and Porsches costing numerous times as much. And the 2013 Camaro ZL1 always tells you that (while you’re behaving yourself) you’re wasting its

potential. The 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 fires up with a nearly distasteful belch. You can hear the gears engaging and the rear differential whining. Ditto for the pebbles and sand as it’s flung from gummy-bear-sticky tires against the wheel wells. Should a bump in the road cause a sudden poke on the throttle, the Camaro ZL1 leaps forward as if it’s been rear-ended by a rhinoceros. Translation? The 2013 Camarao ZL1 can play nice – but it never really lets you forget that it’s ready to go. It’s always inviting you to open it up. Careful... Accept the invitation by hammering down in first on some bare, warm pavement, and it lurches ahead in a startlingly way as if it’s had a cattle prod shoved into its backside. Usually, there’s no squirming or sliding, just traction, grip, a massive increase in speed, and NASCAR sound effects pumped thickly into the cabin. Get to banging some gears in the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, and mere seconds separate you from “step out of the car please” territory should you wind up on the wrong end of a radar gun. Mind you, massive Brembo brakes make decelerating just as instantaneous and abrupt in the Camaro ZL1 as getting up to speed. A good stab on the middle pedal will get you

out of demerit-point territory in quick order when the radar detector goes off. Steering, handling, grip and even highspeed brake-system durability are all right there, too. Too Much Unmistakably, this is a car with performance far exceeding what any driver needs on a public road. Realistically, on said public roads, you can drive the bejesus out of the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in brief, carefully dosed chunks

when nobody’s looking. The rest of the time, you enjoy the looks and noises, and the flocks of nearby youngsters loudly demanding to see a burnout or hear the supercharger. The 2013 Camaro ZL1, like the even more powerful and license-threatening new Mustang Shelby GT500, demands massive respect. And forget that the Chevrolet doesn’t smash the 600-horsepower mark, because anything beyond about 500 ponies on the road is way too much, anyhow.

For both Chevrolet and Ford, the power alone is going to sell a lot of units. Is the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 an insane thing to drive? Is it unmanageable? Scary? Menacing? Will it get your driver’s license shredded by an angry radar-cop with a thick moustache and set of Ray-Bans? That’s largely up to the communication between your right foot and the warm, grey mass between your ears. Justin Pritchard

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REPORT Cont’d from page 8 Kyle Ross from Cupar leads all scorers in the League with 20 points in nine games. Bulldog Lucas Ulmer is next with 19 points in six games and Canucks Tyler Stewart is third with 18 points in nine games. There are six players tied with 16 points for fourth place... Quinn McIntosh and Greg Ferguson from Strasbourg, Justin Schulhauser from Cupar, Dustin McAngus from Bethune and Bryan Kauk from Wynyard. The scoring race isinteresting to watch this year. Jamie Wutke from the Canucks leads all goalies with 7 wins and 480 minutes played. Jeremy Kwasny from Wynyard has a 2.50 GAA and a 2-0-0 record. Nathan Fischl from Raymore (3.05 GAA), David Perkin from Wynyard (3.54 GAA) and Ryan Seibel from the Bulldogs (3.60 GAA) are all in the top five of GAA. Cupar leads all teams on the power play with a 30% success rate. Wynyard is next at 26.7% and then Raymore at 25.9%. The top penalty killing unit belongs to Wynyard who have killed off 92.7% of power plays against them. Bethune Bulldogs are next at 84.8 % and they are followed by Raymore at 83.3%. The Southey Marlins average the most penalty minutes per game at 23.3 minutes. The Bethune Bulldogs are next at 23.2 minutes and they are followed by the Lumsden Monarchs at 19.3 minutes. The least penalized teams in the League are last year’s finalists... Strasbourg at 10.4 minutes per game and Avonlea at 12.3 minutes per game. All statistics are up under the Statistics tab. There are three pages for you to peruse. Also, remember that Barry has 25 years of player statistics up under the Archives tab on the website... very interesting to read... check out the lifetime HHL stats on two more 2012 retirees... Lanny Flichel from the Bethune Bulldogs (13 years!) and Darren Agopsowicz (14 years!) from the Lumsden Monarchs... very interesting. Gerry Tomkins President, Highway Hockey League

Strasbourg Town Council meeting notes continued from page 11 Delegations The Strasbourg Bridge Road Development investors group, led by Ken Danielson, made a presentation to Council, stressing their frustration with the amount of time it is taking Council to make a parcel of land available for the developers to purchase. They indicated that they needed to have some concrete forward action taken by very early in January, 2013 or the entire project may be in jeopardy. Council explained that the piece of land under consideration (Parcel C), according to Provincial regulations, had to be officially appraised before it could be offered for sale. That appraisal process is currently underway, and Council expects to be able to finalize the sale later this month, even if a special Council meeting is required to expedite the process. Danielson indicated that a delay beyond early January would significantly impact the estimated cost of the development, due to rapidy increasing construction costs. Danielson also impressed upon Council the

urgency for providing additional housing options in the community, noting there is a waiting list of 37 for space in Centennial Manor. The Strasbourg Lion’s Club approached Council requesting a downward adjustment to the rent the Club

pays for its Lion’s Den space in the Community. The space is used by many other community organizations. In recognition and appreciation for the amount of fundraising and other community service the Club provides, Council agree to lower the

annual rent $1000. In return, the Club committed to donate a similar amount to the Hall Elevator Project. The next regular meeting of Strasbourg Town Council will be on Wednesday, January 9, 2013. -Editor

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The family of Ann Wagner can not thank everyone enough for the outpouring of love shown to us on mom’s sudden passing. Thank you to Strasbourg EMS, Regina General Hospital SICU, Hansen’s Funeral Home, St. John Lutheran Church and SO many family and friends. The phone calls, all the food, memorial donations, flowers, hugs and visits were so comforting during this very emotional time. God bless each and everyone of you for all your compassion shown to our entire family and for the love and friendship to our “mom.” Carol Schultz & family Deb & Pete Mysko & family Wes & Brenda Wagner & family Lana Hilderman, Trent 7c & family Thank you for all the cards and phone calls I received while I was in the hospital, and also thank you to the staff at the Nokomis Heath Centre. 7p Leif Nordal We would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to everyone for their prayers, kind words, phone calls, emails, flowers, food, donations and visits as we celebrated the life of our dear Wife, Mother, Grandmother & Great-Grandmother – Lillian Swanson. Thanks also to the Last Mountain Pioneer Home and the Silver Heights Special Care Home for the kind and loving care they gave Lillian during the last years of her life; Hansen’s Funeral Home for their professional support; to Dena Benn and Connie Bolt for attending the register; to Reverend Jack Robson for officiating; to Pianist Betty Terschuur; to the Semans UCW for the luncheon following the service; and to Lynn and Jannie of the Brickhouse for catering the family supper. Having this wonderful support of family, friends and community has helped us tremendously in dealing with our loss. Raymond Swanson, Gail (John), Grant (Cathy), Lana (Howard), Lynn (Kevin) 7c & Families

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American hunter fined for unlawful hunting An American hunter pleaded guilty to four charges under the Saskatchewan Wildlife Act and Regulations and was fined $7,139 in provincial court in Swift Current last week. David Hamby of Townville, South Carolina was convicted of two counts of unlawfully purchasing a Canadian resident deer license, unlawfully using another person’s license and unlawfully exporting wildlife without an export permit. In addition to the fines, he was suspended from hunting for one year and

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seized items were ordered forfeited to the crown. The charges were laid as the result of an investigation by Ministry of Environment. Conservation officers which determined that the hunter had unlawfully purchased Canadian resident white-tailed deer licenses in 2009 and 2010 and had harvested a deer with each license in southern Saskatchewan. Officials said the 2009 deer was illegally exported without a license and the 2010 deer was unlawfully tagged using a Saskatchewan resident deer license.

Weyburn Mayor to seek SUMA position Debra Button has declared her intention to seek the leadership of the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association at the organization’s annual meeting in the coming year. Now in her third term as Weyburn’s mayor, Button has actively addressed civic affairs at the local, national and international level. Now she intends to turn her attention to advancing issues of importance to local administrations to the provincial scene. Button identified four key or foundational issues she would champion as SUMA Chairperson: infrastructure; Municopal Revenue Sharing;

housing; and environmental challenges for local government. “Each of these issues is large and represents significant challenges for all orders of government but nowhere is that more evident than on the municipal scene,” she said in declaring her interest in the role of SUMA chair. “My involvement with FCM (Federation of Canadian Municipalities) over the past three years has given me a sound understanding of the issues and how they impact local government whether that is in Weyburn, throughout the province or across Canada.”

Sask leads in urban housing starts

New figures released by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation show urban housing starts in November of 2012 were up by 53.6% over November of last year, ranking Saskatchewan first among the provinces in terms of percentage growth. On a national basis, housing starts were only up 3.7%. The majority of the increase occurred in multiple units which increased by 92.9% on a year-over-year basis from 254 units to 490 units. Single family units were also up, rising 16.4% over last year.

Saskatoon’s St. Paul’s Hospital closed to visitors until further notice The gastro-intestinal illness is striking people very quickly which means often people don’t know they’re carrying a virus until they begin to show symptoms. This virus is also in the community, not just the hospital. That means anyone can bring it into the hospital. The close quarters of a hospital ward make the spread much easier. Everyone is urged to wash their hands at all the crucial times: after using the toilet, before and after handling food, after sneezing or coughing into their hands, after assisting someone who is ill, after coming home from a public area. These measures will help reduce the spread of both gastro-intestinal and respiratory illnesses. Individuals with extraordinary need to visit, such as visiting a palliative family member, should contact the nursing unit affected.

Churchill Port reports a successful year The first year of the Churchill Port Utilisation Program (CPUP) saw traffic shipments through the Manitoba facility remain strong. The program was introduced last April as a transitional measure to maintain shipment levels of grain close to historical averages through the Port of Churchill, Canada’s deep water Arctic port. The 2012 shipping season saw some 432,434 tonnes move through Churchill compared with the 10-year historical average of just over 450,000. These totals include wheat and durum as was the case in 2011, and also include barley and canola shipments In previous years, the CWB was the primary shipper using the Churchill port but this year the CPUP helped attract two new shippers - Richardson International and Nearco Transportation Consulting. The CPUP supports shipments of a variety of grains through the Port of Churchill by providing an economic incentive of up to $25 million over five years. This was part of the changes in the Western Canadian grain sector that began with the coming into force of the new Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act last December and the official arrival of the open market on August 1, 2012.

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by Kelly Kirk “Got them 20’s on there, them 20’s, I just got them.” -Day-Day from the movie “Next Friday” It’s hardly been ten years since 20’s became the new “Wheel to have” on your car. Brand, finish, style, etc. didn’t matter so much as the size, they had to be 20’s. This trend has straightened out a little bit, with some folks stepping up to the wheels they want in a 20”, and not stepping up into the 20” that fits their car and budget at the drop of a hat. I honestly don’t know how many companies make wheels anymore, or how many styles are out there, or how many are going into the red in the time it takes you to read this little column, but I do know what I like, and what’s been around forever, standing

the test of time. Take a look at a muscle car... Nope, scratch that... Take a look at ten muscle cars. Don’t look at the stripe package, the color, the option sheet, the engine, the chrome or the genuine imitation walnut steering wheel, but rather look at the wheels. What are they made of? What size are they? What style? Do they look right on the car? Out of the ten, are the same wheels on five of them, and last but not least, do they have a blue symbol with an S/S on the center cap? If so, you are looking at an awesome piece of history, an epic trend that still marches forward today, the Cragar S/S. We’ve all seen them, heck, let’s face it, we’ve all owned them (except me). The Cragar S/S was introduced in 1964 by Cragar, who previous to that had manufactured cylinder heads.

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One of the partners had the name “Crane Gartz”, which is where the company name came from. This was in 1930. Although most do not know this, the Compton, California company was responsible for much more than just wheels. Cleaning products, helmets, headers, exhaust systems, ignition systems, steering wheels, even superchargers were leaving the factory with Cragar’s name proudly stamped on the box. Although most call them “Mag” wheels, which is short for magnesium, the Cragar S/S was a two-piece wheel, utilizing an aluminum center with a steel rim. Since both pieces were assembled and then chromed, they always had trouble with the chrome flaking off, especially the aluminum center. They actually released a few different versions, some with painted cen-

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ters, some polished, some shotpeened, but all seemed to give trouble of some sort. The good news is, however, that this did not negatively influence sales, making the S/S a popular choice to this day and beyond. I have never, owned a single Cragar S/S, nope, not even one. I almost bought a set at the

Week of Dec. 16 - 22, 2012 ARIES - March 21 - April 20

Aries, you may need to take a leap of faith when someone close to you asks for your assistance. Act first and ask questions later. It will be worth it.

TAURUS - April 21 - May 21

Taurus, there is bound to be a learning curve when you begin a new job or a new task. Do not be hard on yourself if it takes you a little longer.

GEMINI - May 22 - June 21

Gemini, thoughtful reflection certainly may provide some of the answers you seek. But another way is to simply get out there and ask other people what they think.

CANCER - June 22 - July 22

Cancer, sad situations may come up, but you have a way of deflecting the situation and showcasing the bright side of things. You may find you are a person providing support this week.

LEO - July 23 - August 23

Leo, many opportunities to entertain family and friends are on the horizon. Honor all of your commitments and enjoy all of the festivities.

VIRGO - August 24 - September 22

Virgo, while you aspire to have many friends, you just may find that there are only a few special people who hold the strings to your heart. It is okay to keep them close.

LIBRA - September 23 - October 23

Libra, sit down and enjoy some peace and quiet. You may enjoy the break from the frenetic pace you have been keeping the last few months.

SCORPIO - October 24 - November 22

Ever an ideas person, Scorpio, now you have to put some followthrough into those plans. You can likely find a few friends to join you on your next adventure.

SAGITTARIUS - November 23 - December 21

Sagittarius, things certainly go on when you’re not around, but others may notice they just may not be as fun. You often lend joviality to anything you attend so spread your cheer.

CAPRICORN - December 22 - Jan 20

Capricorn, bide your time and you just may end the year on a bang. Don’t be afraid to add other things to your last-minute wish list because your goals just may be met.

AQUARIUS - January 21 - February 18

Aquarius, you enjoy social situations but that doesn’t mean you have to be the life of the party. Keep this in mind as you attend holiday gatherings.

PISCES - February 19 - March 20

Pisces, while others are thinking about what presents they want under the tree, you may be thinking of how to give back to others.


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DECEMBER 20 Jonah Hill, Actor (29)

DECEMBER 17 Bill Pullman, Actor (59)

DECEMBER 21 Ray Romano, Comic Actor (55)

DECEMBER 18 Christina Aguilera, Singer (32)

DECEMBER 22 Diane Sawyer, News Anchor (67)

Goodguys event in Spokane, Washington last year. They were narrow 14” versions that were peeling pretty bad, but they had awesome narrow slicks mounted to them, for cheap! Not cheap enough though, as I left them there. The good news is, if I, or anyone else, feels the need to own a set, they still

Kelly Kirk sell them brand new. Nothing has changed on the standard S/S, so don’t get used to the chrome finish, as it won’t be around long. hey do make an all aluminum version, however, and apparently they aren’t chromed, so it’s just a matter of polishing them periodically. I hear they even make them in a 20”... Kelly Kirk Nokomis, SK Disclaimer: the opinions expressed are those of the writer.

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NEWS silton / sask beach / kannata valley Mae Clarke • 729-3014

Last Mountain Pioneer Home ‘First Day of Winter Walk’ fundraiser for the Pioneer Home – Friday, December 21 at 6:00 p.m. Registration $10 to take part and sheets available at RBC and Affinity CU Strasbourg and Bulyea. Meet at the walking trails at the Pioneer Home for the walk – all ages welcome and all funds raised go to projects for the residents in the Pioneer Home. If you would like to leave a financial donation, please drop off at RBC or Affinity and receipts will be issued by the Foundation. Thanks for your support, as our residents deserve the best. 7c It is with deep sadness we announce the sudden passing of Ivan Banford. Ivan and Joan Banford of Islandview were on their way home from a day at the Silton Community Craft show when Ivan suffered a heart attack. The community sends heartfelt sympathy to Joan and family, also to Les and Betty Banford and Noreen Banford. Our thoughts and prayers got out to each and every one of you at this sad time. On Saturday, December 8, the Silton Community Hall hosted the annual Craft Show. There were many tables of crafts, homemade clay pottery, stained glass, paintings and pictures of all kinds, Christmas wreaths, homemade toques, mitts, etc. Lunch was available throughout the day with coffee and homemade pies. The show was well attended and well worth seeing. The Last Mountain Lake

Community Association (LMLCA) Christmas Supper and Dance held Saturday, December 1 was a huge success with a packed hall of 130 people in attendance. Carmen’s Catering did a great job again – supper was wonderful! Many door prizes were drawn throughout the evening while the crowd danced and enjoyed socializing with neighbours and friends. The 50/50 draw was won by Doug Hesterman of Silton. The large door prize of the evening was a one night stay at the Mineral Spa in Moose Jaw won by Brenda Schlosser of Sask Beach. Santa was unable to attend this year, however, he was passing through town and left a bag of treats for the kids and a stuffed toy animal. The kids enjoyed their bags of treats – “thank you, Santa.” Morgan Eady won the draw for the stuffed toy. The LMLCA committee sends a huge bouquet to all those who helped clean up that evening. It was wonderful not having to return to the hall in the morning to finish taking down decorations, stack tables and chairs and wash the floor. Many hands make light work – cheers to all of you!! The evening was a total success – same time, same place next year! Merry Christmas everyone and a safe and Happy New Year!! Mae Clarke ______________________ Looking for some extra copies of this week’s newspaper? Pick some up at DiGer’s, Pieper Family Foods, or Last Mountain Times (Strasbourg) office!

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Silton Seniors Sunshine Club hosts potluck luncheon On Wednesday, December 12, the Silton Seniors Sunshine Club held their annual potluck luncheon. The hall was decorated with the Christmas theme, Christmas tree and presents and coloured tablecloths for the occasion. There were approximately 50-plus in attendance and a lovely potluck luncheon of many different dishes and desserts was served. Fay Wilcox said grace and was the MC for the afternoon. Al Laatsch donated a beautiful poinsettia for the event and this, along with many other presents, were taken home by some of the lucky attendees. Renee Sherratt again blessed everyone with music and song. Several of the Christmas carols were very familiar and everyone had a great afternoon singing along. -article and photos by Mae Clarke

by Reena Nerbas Dear Reena, With Christmas just around the corner, I am planning to cook a turkey for my family. How big of a turkey should I buy for 20 people? Henry Dear Henry, Here are a few of my favorite turkey making hints! Before you cook the turkey, season the outside as well as the inside with salt and pepper. Brush a light coating of olive oil onto the outside; this will give the meat great flavor and a golden brown appearance. An option is to push herbs under the turkey skin such as: rosemary, sage, bay leaves, thyme or a combination of herbs. Add two halves of an apple to the inside. If the turkey is frozen, allow at least five hours thawing time per pound in your fridge. Push your oven safe thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh. Cook the turkey un-

Dear Reena, We have a two year old bench made out of wrought iron, it is in good shape and we would like to prevent rust from forming. What is the best way to clean and care for wrought iron? Betty Dear Betty, Either spray the bench with a garden hose or pressure washer to get rid of dust, spider webs and dirt. Using dish soap and water scrub the bench and rinse with vinegar or water. If the surface is very dirty, use an abrasive cloth to tackle those areas. After the bench is clean, in a ventilated area spray the bench with WD-40 to prevent rust from

Some of the local seniors preparing to partake in another fantastic potluck luncheon.

Renee Sherratt, one of the founding members of “Time of our Lives”. The other ladies, Colleen and Leanndra, could not be in attendance due to “other work duties!”

Myrt Macleod and Avril Williams

NEWS Obituary earl grey Phone 725-3030

Last Mountain Pioneer Home ‘First Day of Winter Walk’ fundraiser for the Pioneer Home – Friday, December 21 at 6:00 p.m. Registration $10 to take part and sheets available at RBC and Affinity CU Strasbourg and Bulyea. Meet at the walking trails at the Pioneer Home for the walk – all ages welcome and all funds raised go to projects for the residents in the Pioneer Home. If you

Solutions & Substitutions Column covered in a preheated oven at 325°. If certain parts of the meat are browning, cover those areas with foil. An unstuffed turkey is ready when it has reached 170° Fahrenheit and 180° Fahrenheit for a stuffed turkey. A 14 pound turkey takes approximately three and a half to four hours to cook. Estimate one or one and a half pounds of turkey per person depending on whether or not you are feeding big eaters. Delicious leftovers can be gobbled up or frozen.

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forming. Use a cloth to make sure that WD-40 hits each part of the bench. Dear Reena, Can you please provide me with a homemade carpet shampoo that is effective for spot cleaning my carpet? I really don’t want to pay to rent a machine. Do you have any suggestions? Rachelle Dear Rachelle, Hold onto your hat because this formula is powerful and easy to make. Into a mixing bowl combine; 3 tbsp. dish soap, 1 tbsp. white vinegar and quarter to half tsp. household ammonia. Beat until foamy. Add half cup water and beat for a few seconds. Dip a sponge into the foam of the solution and scrub it onto your carpet to remove dirt. If you have a foam soap dispenser, pour the ingredients into the dispenser and spray it onto your carpet. Spray and scrub. Always test on an inconspicuous area first. Feedback from Reader Who Cares: Dear Reena, In a former column, Man-

would like to leave a financial donation, please drop off at RBC or Affinity and receipts will be issued by the Foundation. Thanks for your support, as our residents deserve the best. 7c

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preet said he had a problem with smelly drains and also mentioned that the hot water from the tap smelt as well. In my experience I would advise him to check the rods that hang inside the hot water tank. The material that some of these rods are made of tend to make the hot water smell like rotten eggs, or maybe a little worse. A plug at the top of the hot water tank can be unscrewed and these rods can be cut off and discarded. What purpose they serve is unknown to me but the tank works okay without the rod and most of us can get along quite fine without the smell. It is a good idea to let a licensed plumber do this job. Hope this helps, John ______________________

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Ivan Banford

Ivan Raymond Banford was born to Jim and Myrtle Banford (both deceased) on a farm near Earl Grey, SK on June 28, 1935, the youngest of a family of eight siblings, Margaret Grant (Charlie) nee Banford (both deceased), William Banford (Edna) (both deceased), Alan Banford (deceased), Leslie Banford (Betty), Edward Banford (Verna), Earl Banford (Helen) (both deceased) and Noreen Banford. Ivan passed away suddenly This photo was taken of Ivan on December 8, 2012 at age 77 on the afternoon very shortly years. He is survived by his lovbefore his passing by ing wife of 53 years, Joan Banphotographer Don Fairbairn, ford, son Rhory Banford (ConSaskatchewan Beach, SK. nie), grandchildren Raymond Banford and Shelley Banford and daughter Dale Switzer, grandchildren Trevor Switzer, Calvin Church, Christopher Rederberg and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Ivan was an employee of the Government of Saskatchewan where he helped administer The Companies Act and The Societies Act for 34 years until retirement in 1987. He helped form the Organized Hamlet of Strasbourg Beach, Sask., 1990 and supervised its incorporation as a Resort Village of Island View, heading up the first council as mayor in 1994. Ivan loved sports. He loved gardening. He enjoyed playing cards with friends and he enjoyed good humour. He enjoyed last winter in Arizona. He was creative and demonstrated many times his ability to accomplish whatever he applied himself to, in later years producing several unique works in clay. Ivan supported animal rights groups promoting kinder treatment and responsible long-term commitment towards the animals under people’s care. Ivan was a quiet, gentle, kind, caring person with a great love for people. Ivan is sorely missed by Joan and he will be greatly missed by his family, his many friends and acquaintances. A Service of Celebration of his life was held at the Regina Funeral Home on Highway 1 East on Monday, December 17 at 1:00 p.m. followed by lunch. Internment took place in the Earl Grey, SK cemetery shortly thereafter. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Children’s Hospital fund. How much do I love You...? I cannot say how much, or why, nor do I know if we can have forever. But surely then this must be true, for we have grown old together. -Joan Banford nee Halton

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