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By Jeanette Stewart When it came time to choose a new home, nearby schools were top priority for Lorie Nickason and her family.

Her young son Brock, 7, attends Dundonald School and Jake, 4, will start kindergarten this fall. What was once the farthest development on the northwestern edge of the city has grown into a populated area with more residents than the

city of Humboldt. Nickason’s husband Cory is a realtor and always on the hunt for new homes, but Lorie says the neighbourhood meets their needs right now.

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Q: Other than the schools, what appealed to you? A: (There is a) huge park. There’s soccer fields, baseball diamonds, a pond, walking trails in there. It’s quiet.

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Q: What’s your favourite part of the neighbourhood? A: Being close to the school. That is my huge number 1. You get to walk to school. Q: Would you change anything? A: It’s getting big. The school is getting very, very full. I would want another school in Hampton Village. I think Dundonald is the biggest elementary school in the city — over 700 kids this fall. They just added three more portables on this summer. I wish it was a smaller school now. Q: Do you have any areas you’d still like to explore? A: We’ve pretty much been to it all. There’s a corner store, there’s little strip mall not far from our house that we can walk or bike to that has a pizza place, hair styling clinic, a medi-clinic that just opened up in the last year.

Q: Is there anything you would change? A: I wish there were more restaurants. Q: Are there any nearby recreational facilities you use? A: We’re close to the Shaw Centre, only a five-minute drive there, and Cosmo Civic Centre is close. The north end stuff is really close to us too. We pretty much have our pick of whatever leisure centres to go to. Q: Do you plan on living there for a long time? A: Yes. My husband is a realtor, so he’s always on the lookout for other houses, but my No. 1 reason for moving would be walking distance to school. I like this area. We lived in Parkridge before this. After we’re done elementary I wouldn’t really have a preference.

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Ronan Inkster is excited to start Grade 2 this fall. “You get to learn new things,” explained the seven-year-old. Ronan prefers colourful clothes, as well as his Adidas track suit. He trusts his mom to help him pick out what looks good. “It’s actually really hard to find stuff for boys. Wherever you go it’s always rows and rows of girl’s stuff. For boys it’s pretty basic,” said Inkster’s mother Macarena Yanez. Her own style is all about comfort. As the creative force behind Maki Photos in Saskatoon, she works with lots of different local designers and stylists. While the models sport high fashion, she must be free to move around to get the perfect shot. “In the studio or on location I do wear jeans,” she said. “I have to get on my knees, lay on the ground. All sorts of crazy stuff.” Yanez helped her son put together a back to school outfit that features one of his favourite shirts.




Ronan: 1. Button up shirt: “It looks cool. Mom picked it for me.” 2. Guitar T-shirt: The Children’s Place. “I do have some instruments.” 3. Backpack: Joe Fresh. 4. Jeans: Joe Fresh. “I think he looks pretty good in a boot cut jean,” said Yanez. 5. Shoes: Sport sandals. Wal-Mart.





1. Hair: Kara at Magnolia Salon. 2. Glasses: Clearly Contacts: “I’m all about the hair and the glasses and the accessories. I have four pairs of glasses. They’re fairly inexpensive on Clearly Contacts.” 3. Earrings: Jessica Wynne Designs. “I like to support local artists.”


4. Shirt: Joe Fresh. “It’s convenient, when you’re shopping for groceries, it’s all one stop. The prices are good. Kids wear their clothes out so fast and I hope to raise a non-name brand child, although I’m sure that’s going to be starting soon. He has no idea, but when they’re in school things change.” 5. Pants: Reitmans. 6.

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I’d like to see everyone have a fun time at school. I’d like to see more activities, spirit days and that kind of thing. — Bryn Olson

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The many sides of back to school The nights are cooler and the days are getting shorter. By this time next week, Saskatchewan children, teens and university students will be in school. We spoke to a range of people to hear their thoughts on going back. From a precocious 13-year-old to a wizened third-year university student, the advice and insights were far-reaching.

Bryn Olson By Andrew Matte Bryn Olson is about to begin her final year as an elementary school student. The 13-year-old begins her oneyear term as president of the student leadership council at Pilot Butte Elementary School, which is responsible for decisions that affect grades 5 to 8 students in this busy K-8 school.

Q: What are you doing to prepare for the new school year? A: Every year, we buy a whole bunch of stuff. And at the end of the school year, my brothers and I usually have lots of leftovers. We have a big bin so we throw all the extra stuff in there. There is stuff we don’t even use, so we can just use them for next year. For instance, I have used the same binder for the last three years. So there’s lots of stuff that we don’t need to buy because we already have them. As for clothes, I dress pretty conservatively. Q: What sorts of things have you done this summer? A: We went to Calaway Park in Calgary. And we spent a lot of time at our family’s cottage at Barrier Lake. I love wakeboarding. I also like suntanning. We also redid my bedroom. There’s new flooring and everything. Q: What were your favourite subjects last year? A: I really liked math and art. In the

first term, I got 99 per cent. And I was happy. I really liked social this year, too. We learned about different countries, child labour and that sort of thing.

Q: Why did you want to become president of the student leadership council? A: I know quite a few of the kids at the school. So it wasn’t just a matter of thinking that the kids might respect me, but it was also because I thought they might be comfortable about speaking to me about how they think we can make our school better. Instead of not doing anything, I wanted to do something. I didn’t want to just sit around. Q: So what do you hope to accomplish? A: I want to see everyone like coming to school. I don’t like it when students say, “This is so dumb that we have to come here.” I’d like to see everyone have a fun time at school. I’d like to see more activities, spirit days and that kind of thing. Q: So you don’t like it when people have bad attitudes? A: Not really, no. Negative people give off a bad vibe. And they can make other people grumpy. If you have one person who likes doing something, that can rub off on the rest of the group. Q: It sounds like it will be lots of work. A: I have about eight hours of dance a week and ringette and homework. I will be busy but that’s OK. Q: Who is your favourite teacher? A: Mr. Weibe. He teaches Grade 8 and he is a homeroom teacher. But he also teaches gym and track and field. He is an extracurricular teacher. Q: Mr. Weibe sounds like one of those people with positive attitudes you like. A: Yes, he is. I had him this year for

Bryn Olson, second from left, along with her brothers Gage, from left, Tate and Dane at Pilot Butte School . Bridges Photo by Troy Fleece

French and science. I like his personality and his teaching style. He doesn’t waste time and he gets the job done. All of the assignments are fun. We did lots of labs this year. So instead of taking notes and learning about stuff, we did real experiments.

A: I don’t like taking notes.

Q: Is there anything that you aren’t looking forward to about returning to school? A: Not being able to sleep in.

Shaya Henry of east Regina is about to enter a new chapter of her life, not just a new school. As a rookie high school student, she’ll be attending Grade 9 classes at Miller Comprehensive High School this fall, leaving behind her life of an elementary school student. The 14-year-old admits she’s a tad nervous about attending a school with far more students than she was used to at St. Teresa School in Glen-

Q: What time did you wake up today? A: 11:30 a.m. When I go to school, I like to be up by 7 a.m. because I like to get ready slowly. Q: Is there anything about school that you aren’t looking forward to?

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cairn, but she’s eager to take classes in new subjects. She’s also looking forward to seeing all of her friends.

Q: What are you looking forward to most about going back to school? A: I’m looking forward to getting back to school because I haven’t seen my friends in a while. I don’t see all my friends over the summer because they’re either camping or at their cabin and that sort of thing. Q: On a scale of one to 10, how excited are you about returning to school? A: About a seven. Maybe a 7.5. Q: Why isn’t your answer nine or 10? A: School is boring a lot of the time. The work is boring sometimes. Continued on Page 8

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I have friends who are in Grade 10 who say that there’s a lot more work in Grade 9 than there was in Grade 8. I’m a little nervous about that. — Shaya Henry

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Q: Are you excited or nervous about going back to school? A: I’m looking forward to it, actually. But I am kind of nervous. For one thing, I don’t know how to use a combination lock. Q: What did you like most about elementary school? A: My favourite thing about St. Teresa School was the teachers. I learned a lot while I was there. Q: What did you enjoy the least? A: The thing I liked least about the school was all of the homework and the “incompletes.” Incompletes happen when you don’t get your work done. You get an email sent home. I got a lot of those last year. Q: Are you worried about whether Grade 9 will be more work than Grade 8? A: I have friends who are in Grade 10 who say that there’s a lot more work in Grade 9 than there was in Grade 8. I’m a little nervous about that. Q: Do teachers fail students these days?

A: In Grade 8, no. But in high school, I think so. Q: What sorts of supplies do you need for high school? A: We can’t use art supplies like markers and things like that. Other than that, the school supplies are pretty much the same things like binders, looseleaf paper and pens.

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Q: Do you get to go shopping for back-to-school clothes? A: As far as clothes go, we haven’t gone shopping yet. When we do, I don’t look for anything special. I stick to jeans, runners and shirts. Q: What is your favourite subject? A: My favourite subject was French mostly because I really liked my French teacher Q: Do you plan on taking French at Miller? A: No. I plan on taking home economics. We have a choice between home economics, French and mechanics. And I like cosmetology. I want to learn how to do nails, hair, makeup and that kind of thing. I know how to do that already but it will be fun to take a class about it.

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Paul Herrem By Jeanette Stewart Paul Herrem grew up in Saskatoon and decided to head to the University of Saskatchewan after high school. Drama was the obvious choice and the talented thespian has already starred in a mainstage production at Greystone Theatre, playing Mozart in last year’s production of Amadeus. Herrem, 21, is expecting his workload as a third-year student to become even more intense.

Q: How do you find time to act, study and work? A: When you’re doing a mainstage at school, you have rehearsal pretty much every day. Basically, it’s every day after school and most of the weekends, too. This is my first year that’s going to be intensively the drama program. I’ve heard that it’s really difficult to have a job at the same time as that, so I guess we’ll see. I just got a job at Louis’ as a server, so I guess they’re good for students’ schedules and it’s right on campus, so that’ll be nice and easy. Q: How do you balance having a social life with being a university student? A: There isn’t a balance. Sometimes it’s easy, sometimes the studying just comes to you and it’s really easy. Sometimes it feels next to impossible. Sometimes they all mesh in together as one thing. Q: What’s your favourite and least favourite thing about school? A: My favourite thing is all the people that are around. I really like seeing lots of people. I like big cities and big crowds. That’s really exciting, seeing everyone bustling about, whether or not I actually like them. My least favourite thing is sometimes the same thing. Lineups, unnecessary people traffic when I’m in a rush and feeling grouchy. Also, lack of money. Q: Do you have any tips for how to remember where your classes are? A: Definitely go look to see which classroom it is before the class starts. You get over it, but it’s really embarrassing when you’re sitting in the wrong class for about half an hour. Not that it’s happened to me, but it’s happened to other people I’ve been in a class with. People say you don’t have to go to the first class, but it’s always fun to go to the first class, check it out.

Q: How do you prepare to go back to school? A: I ravage my bookshelf looking for empty binders and blank sheets of paper. I collect random things, instead of spending a dollar at the store on a new pack. Collecting pens in different nooks and crannies. Cleaning out my backpack. I just kind of show up, you know. I try not to prepare too much, otherwise I get anxious. Q: What scares you about going back to school? A: Failing. I’m afraid of failing. Being overwhelmed and stressed out. Crying and not getting anything done. Q: Who is your favourite professor? A: I think Julia Jamison. She’s hard, but she’s super great. They’re all so good. Q: Do you have a favourite spot on campus? A: My favourite spot on campus is the little bench that’s in front of the windows behind the koi fish pond in the Biology building. It’s just the nicest little nook. Q: If you could go back to your first year of university what would you do over? A: I don’t know. I wouldn’t have lived in a party house. Not that I regret that, but they should have just happened at two different times. I’m trying to say I would have tried harder, but I don’t know. If I was back there again I probably wouldn’t have.

Erin Moats By Ashley Martin Erin Moats teaches Grade 1 French immersion at Ecole Wilfrid Walker in Regina. In her eight-year career, she has taught children from kindergarten to Grade 8, but says Grade 1 is a lot of fun. “They’re really enthusiastic and it’s a whole new experience because they have to start full days instead of their half days. It’s a good year.” The first day back for Regina public teachers was Aug. 29, while students return on Sept. 4. Moats was not dreading the end of her summer vacation — in fact, she was excited for the day to arrive.

Q: What’s your favourite part about going back to school? A: I think it’s the first day of school because you get to see a fresh batch of faces. I get excited leading up to school and when the day finally arrives and you get started, it’s always Paul Herrem on the U of S campus, where he is a fine arts student. Bridges photo by Andrew Spearin an exciting time.


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I get excited leading up to school and when the day finally arrives and you get started, it’s always an exciting time. — Erin Moats

Q: What’s your least favourite part about going back? A: It’s probably the getting up in the morning. Getting up early and getting back to the routine of things. Q: How do you prepare for back-to-school? A: Usually, I’ll start thinking about it in August. I’ll get ideas every now and then that I’ll just jot down or get them ready now because during the school year you’re pretty busy. I have to switch a few things around (in the classroom). I can’t leave everything in the same position as years before because it would get too routine. I’ll go back and just arrange desks and I’m going to put up some new billboards, replace some stuff that’s a little bit worn. Q: Do you decorate the room to stimulate the kids, or leave things plain? A: There’s different theories of thought on that one. Some people go with a minimalist approach, take away the bright

colours and the stimuli to try to calm them down, and I’m kind of middle ground. I’ll put things up like the calendar and a hundred chart, just the tools that we’re going to need throughout the year.

Q: Where do you buy your supplies? A: There’s Home and School Connection in the north end and there’s Helping Hands in the south end. I’ve hit them up already. I’m stocked up this year, but usually I’ll hit Walmart or Michaels (for craft supplies). Q: What does the school supply for you? A: When it comes to decorating, mostly it’s out of your pocket. Anything you buy for billboards or things like that, the teachers pay for. The school provides resources and supplies for us and will support us in any way they can. It’s hugely expensive if you’re just starting out. You just collect as you go and then eventually you have so many things

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FOR UNIVERSITY STUDENTS Paul Herrem: “Reuse stuff. You do not need one big binder for every class, unlike high school. Maybe you do, I don’t know how organized you kids are. You’re going to lose all your pens anyways, so don’t spend $10 on them. Go to grocery store garbage cans. Go Dumpster diving. Practice your freeganism and eat out as little as possible no matter how good and tempting it looks. Bring lunch to school as often as you can. You’ll feel good about it and you’ll probably eat healthier that way, too. Bike. Don’t try to park on campus. Don’t get used to that. You’re paying for the bus so use it even if you have to wait.” Are there any free food hot spots on campus? “One time I was in the Engineering building and they were just giving out huge tins of lasagna. Hang out in the Engineering building and you might get free lasagna.”

By Jenn Sharp Bryn Rawlyk is a stay-at-home dad in Saskatoon to three boys, Oliver, Holden, Etienne. In addition to building tree forts with the boys, he’s an insatiable foodie and baker. The avid cyclist makes most of the family’s meals from scratch whenever possible. While he’s sad to see summer’s lazy days end, he’s excited to get back into a routine.

Q: How are the boys feeling about going back to school? A: I think they’ll enjoy it. This is Oliver’s first year of preschool so he’s pretty excited about it. Holden is going into the big time, all day Grade 1, and Etienne is mostly excited about seeing his friends.


Q: Where did you go shopping for school supplies? A: Beth (his wife) did that while I stayed home with Oliver. I think she went to Staples — onestop shopping.

Erin Moats: “Reuse old school supplies. Check for sales. Just hit up the sales. Back-to-school’s expensive, there’s no way around it.”

Q: Getting new supplies was always my favourite part of going back to school — new paper and pens . . . . A: (Oliver): And also scissors! (Bryn): Oliver got school supplies even though he doesn’t need school supplies (laughs). Q: How do you feel about them going back to school and summer coming to an end? A: We’ve been really enjoying summer. We’ve been doing a lot of relaxing. We did swimming lessons and Etienne had basketball camp for one week but that was it. We’ve been doing things like wearing pyjamas until we have to go somewhere. I’m not excited about not being able to relax and sleep in until 8 a.m. Our whole house is really chilled out that way. But I am excited about the routine of school. My wife is still working and all of us are at home, wondering what day it is. We’ve been floating on vacation. It’ll be nice to get back into a routine — where the weekend is the weekend. Q: Do you have any favourite memories from your summer with the boys? A: We built a tree fort. That was pretty awesome. It’s not quite finished but it’s safe enough to play on. We had a lot of barbecues. We do a lot of meandering around the neighbourhood; just walking for walking’s sake. We explore playgrounds.

Bryn Rawlyk:

“Make lunches and prepare snacks in bulk in advance (freeze cookies, make a muffin mix, that sort of thing). Also, definitely planning the use of your time helps avoid bad budget choices. Planning things in advance, like lunches, meals, programs/activities and getting school supplies early, will help alleviate stress in the family house. That, in turn, just makes everything run smooth. And you aren’t running to drop off a bought lunch at school.”

FOR NEW TEACHERS Erin Moats: “Don’t go spend all your money on a whole bunch of different borders for billboards or posters or things like that. Just get them as you go and then you’ll actually be sure that you’re using the stuff that you’re getting; you’re not just buying a whole bunch of stuff to make the class look good and then all of a sudden you realize, ‘I don’t need that.’ ”


Q: What’s your least favourite aspect of the kids going back to school? A: The busyness. All of a sudden, the daytime is completely occupied by school and after school is occupied by somehow feeding them and getting them to activities. It’s taxing as a parent to figure out the logistics.

Books, binders and ballpoint pens can add up quickly for families preparing children to head back to the classroom in the fall. Bridges went shopping at one office supply store to check out just how much parents are expected to shell out in September. Families can likely save a bundle by shopping around, avoiding name brands, buying second hand or reusing items. Sometimes it might be better to buy a high-quality binder or backpack once instead of having to pick up new ones year after year. That’s if parents can resist the pressure from a child who wants something new. We estimated parents would spend about $40 for new running shoes and $20 for a backpack. Prices can be much higher or lower. The following is a supply list for a Grade 3 student at a public school on Saskatoon’s east side. A Grade 6 student at the same school requires more supplies (a dictionary, thesaurus and geometry set), pushing the total up to about $171 plus $25 band fees.

Q: Do you get the kids new outfits for back to school? A: No, we don’t do that. Unless, I’m sure someday they’ll get interested in that sort of thing. (Oliver): I want to go to preschool right now!

Backpack/school bag — $19.98 Pencils (HB) — .99 for 30 Metal pencil sharpener w/shavings collector — $8.92 for two Erasers (white Staedler) — $3.04 for four

Bryn Rawlyk with his sons Holden (left) and Oliver.  ridges photo by Andrew Spearin B

Q: Are you doing anything to prepare for going back to school? A: School is a busy time for us with activities that go around the school year. Up until now, I’ve been quite laissez-faire about meal planning. I’ll have to make two lunches now this year so I’m coming up with an attack plan for meal preparation. They have different tastes so I need to find some food blogs about lunch ideas.

Pens (Blue) — $2.76 for three Pens (Red) — $1.84 for two Fine tip permanent marker — $1.06 Scissors (Fiskars) — $3.99 Ruler (30 cm) — .99 Glue stick (large) — $4.47 for three Glue (white- bottled)— .74 Pencil case (large zippered) — $5.99 Pencil case (hard plastic) — $2.96 Pencil crayons — $1.25 Mr. Sketch markers — $6.96 Highlighters — $1.48 for two Wax crayons (+24 pack) — .70 Kleenex (large box) — $4.50 for three Indoor running shoes (with non-marking soles) — $40 Ziploc bags (medium size box) — $3 Notebooks (Hilroy — no coil) — .75 for five 80page notebooks, .70 for five 32-page notebooks and $6.50 for five 72-page notebooks for a total of $7.95 Loose leaf — $1.50 Duo Tangs (packages of four) — $1.60 for 12 Binders (1-inch only) — $4.66 for basic binder Subject dividers — .88 for two packages Calculator — $3.99 TOTAL: $136.20

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“My fav memory is my daughter finally being able to manoeuvre all the different kinds of monkey bars on the park play structure, by herself, and the look on her face when she realized it too!” — Bridget S. “There are so many good memories of this summer, it’s hard to choose just one! A full day at the Queen City Ex, a trip to Regina Beach, a campfire in the back yard and spending time with friends and family are just a few. Watching the kids raid the strawberry patch every morning before daycare and seeing their delight at watching the garden grow and new flowers bloom is a special moment for me.” — Carla Contreras “My favourite memory of this summer is Christmas in August! Since winter is tough for my family to travel due to distance, we all met midway and for three days had a fantastic time. Chinese gift exchange, water fights, Cirque du Soleil, great food and, most important, having the whole family together.” — Alysia Czmuchalek “My favourite memories this summer probably came from when we were camping. We did numerous trips and always had a good time because our kids were having fun outside and we went with great friends each time and the weather co-operated too.” — Nikki Melnyk “Some of my best memories of this summer include a road trip to Vancouver with my son to

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spend time with my brother and his family, and spending a one-on-one weekend with my daughter away from home. Even though I received a pretty nasty sunburn, the best memory I will carry with me for a long, long time is attending an international level horse jumping show at Spruce Meadows, just south of Calgary. That has been on my bucket list since high school when I spent tons of time helping my friend clean out her horses’ box stalls and prep for her own shows.” — Judy S. “It would either be my stepson wearing his Star Wars mask around the Fringe or dancing with him at the exit of the Ex to a random guy rapping on a portable mic!” — Janis Riise “Taking our 2½-year-old to the Vancouver Aquarium.” — Ashley Pratt “We had an awesome summer. My husband works in construction and is often gone on the weekends so the kids and I spent lots of time with just the three of us. Highlights were horseback riding, Wake Ride in Saskatoon, bike rides to the beach and for ice cream, afternoons in the hammock and evenings barbecuing in the backyard. They went to their grandparents for a few weeks, which was great for everyone. Their grandparents got to spend time with them without the parents’ rules and we got some much-needed alone time. When they came back, I noticed how grown up they had become. It’s amazing how fast kids change.” — Brenda Thompson

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Barry Heath owns several classic cars but he never thought he’d own a ’63 Corvette. A dream he’s had since high school came true earlier this year when he found the car he had been searching for in Ontario and brought it home to Saskatoon.

Q: Describe your ride: A: It’s a Corvette Stingray. If you tell anybody you own a split window, you don’t have to say Corvette, you don’t have to say ’63, you don’t have to say coupe — they know exactly what you mean. It was the only year they made the split window. It was a new styling in ’63. After ’63 the rear window was just one window because people complained about visibility in the back. In ’63 they made 10,000 coupes and 10,000 convertibles. Only 57 out of the 20,000 cars had power windows and this is one of them. They all came with a 327 motor. This is the high-performance 340 horsepower. The colour is great — Daytona Blue they call it. This car has less than 58,000 miles and it will be 50 years old this fall! Q: Where did you get it from? A: A guy in Brighton, Ontario — Tom Parkinson. He’s owned it since 1981. He had done a few things to it over the years. He gave me a binder full of all the things he had done to it. Not that the car had any problems but just minor repairs. I’m pretty sure he never painted it, that’s how original it is. The numbers match and all that stuff. Q: What does that mean? A: Well for guys that collect cars it’s pretty important if the stamp on the casting for the motor, the differential and the chassis says that it was the original stamp from the manufacturer, when this car was made in November of ’62. All the stampings match that date that the car came out of the factory. Except for the gear ratio in the

Barry Heath and his ’63 Corvette Stingray.  ridges photos by Andrew Spearin B

rear end, nothing’s been replaced.

Q: Is the visibility an issue for you? A: It doesn’t bother me. This is the car I wanted since I drove one in high school. I only got to drive it for about a block. A girl’s dad that I knew had it — it was black with a red interior. He let me sit in it and drive it down the block. It was an automatic so it was easy to drive. This is a four-speed. Q: So this has been a lifelong dream come true for you? A: Ya, but I’ve never talked about it too much. I just figured it was out of reach.

top convertible. A guy came along wearing a Corvette Club hat and he happened to be from Ontario. He said, ‘I know where you can get a coupe in Ontario.’ I contacted the owner that night; he sent me pictures in an email and the day after that I sent him the money. This was in February. The car arrived here the last day of April. Ironically enough, it cost exactly $1,963 to ship it here.

Q: How did you find this car? A: We go to Palm Springs in the winter and last year I bought a car at the auction there — a ’66 Mustang GT. It was baby blue in colour. I’ve owned a ’55 Chevy for 25 years so I’m kinda into antique cars but I never thought I would find one of these. So I’m at the Palm Springs auction and there’s wasn’t a ’63 coupe for sale but there was a ’63 hard-

Q: What do you love about this car? A: It reminds me of the ’60s when I went to high school and everybody had lots of testosterone. The car I drove was my parent’s ’54 Oldsmobile — there wasn’t a whole lot of testosterone in that! When boomers get older they think back to the ’60s and all the things that turned them on — Mustangs and Corvettes and ’57 Chevys.

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English garden reminds Becks of home By Andrew Matte WHO? Marion Beck of Hudson Drive in southwest Regina. WHAT? Beck’s prized English garden, which features a lawn surrounded by flower beds filled mostly with flowers and miscellaneous plants. “There are lots of perennials, so lots of the flowers have gone already. It’s not as nice now as it was.” One of Marion’s favourite parts of her yard is the modest patio. “We don’t have a deck. But we have a brick patio. We put an extension on the house, which is a threebedroom bungalow that was built in 1968. The patio is rather plain and runs off the addition. It’s not fancy. But I like the red brick, especially in the winter when there is no snow on it.” WHEN? Marian Beck and her husband have lived in their home since it was built. “This was one of the last houses built on the street.” WHY? Beck has been fiddling with her English garden for years, adding colourful plants and flowers over the seasons because it links her with her English homeland. “It’s a very English garden. I came from England many years ago. I tell people I come from Manchester but I really come from the edges of Bronte Country. I actually come from Rossendale Valley. So it’s essentially an English garden with a large lawn and lots of flower beds.” She doesn’t like annuals as much as perennials, because “annuals require splitting and they spread all over the place. The flowers go along the back fence and around the side. I have all sorts of things growing. In fact, I have a poetry book out about gardens. It is about the frustrations of the urban gardener.” She also makes a point of planting vegetables and raspberries, which encourages visits from her winged neighbours. “I have a vegetable garden at the far end. There are tomatoes and herbs. There are lots of tomatoes and peppers already. The peppers are small but they’re there. I have also been picking raspberries for about three weeks and fighting with the birds. The sparrows love me and my raspberries. I just try to get as many raspberries as I can and then let the birds peck away at them.” HOW? Marian is the one who takes care of things in the backyard. Her husband isn’t quite as interested. “My husband goes crazy over me going crazy for my garden. My husband isn’t a gardener. He hates gardening.” Bridges Photos by Bryan Schlosser

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The Hard Ramblers from Swift Current play a show at the Scarth Street summer stage on the F.W. Hill Mall in Regina on August 09. (L-R) Eliza Doyle on banjo, Jody Weger on guitar and Paula McGuigan on upright bass.  c photo by Don Healy q

By Ashley Martin The Hard Ramblers have nothing to hide, which is probably for the best: When you’re a bluegrass three-piece, there’s not much to hide behind. “It’s just banjo, guitar, upright bass. That’s why people are drawn to the sound too, because it’s really just real and honest,” said Eliza Doyle, who plays banjo and sings in the Swift Currentbased band. “You can’t hide behind an amp or a drum kit or fancy effects.” “It’s nice to have a three-piece band that sounds so full. We can play bars or we can headline festivals or whatever. It’s a big sound for three people,” adds Paula McGuigan, who plays upright bass and sings.

The band, which formed in October 2010, is rounded out by guitarist/singer Jody Weger, who is also Doyle’s partner. Though their sound is rooted in traditional bluegrass and their name is inspired by a Woody Guthrie song, The Hard Ramblers are doing some untraditional things. In a recent live show in Regina, they pulled off a happiersounding version of Ozzy Osbourne’s Crazy Train, Doyle hammering out that recognizable solo on her banjo. Doyle and McGuigan are not new to the Canadian folk scene, Doyle having found success with Saskatoon’s The Cracker Cats and McGuigan with the Victoria-based Barley Wik. When McGuigan returned home to Cabri, she contacted Doyle, who had

moved to Swift Current to work as a high school teacher. With Weger, they soon began playing together and recording their debut album at Dahl Street Records, his home studio in Swift Current. It was released last summer. This summer the band played festivals in Montmartre, Ness Creek and Big River. “For now it’s kind of more of a holiday thing,” said Weger, who works as a geologist in the oilfield. Being able to play when they want to is just fine by them. With The Cracker Cats, “We did a lot of touring, so you basically spent six months a year with somebody living in a van 24/7,” said Doyle. “I’m a teacher so I get summers off and holidays, so we basically pick our shows, we don’t

have to play the bars till two in the morning sleeping on old hotel beds.” McGuigan feels the same, after touring steadily for eight years with Barley Wik. “We had to go through that whole circuit of bars and late nights and driving and being broke and all those things. This is nice because we can all work and play weekends and it works really well,” said McGuigan, who owns a painting business in Cabri. Of course, “It would be nice to play big shows and make lots of money, but it’s tough without radio support to get there,” said Doyle. “If someone said, ‘Hey I’ve got a tour booked for you, go down to the States, fly over to Europe and at the end of it all you’ll be making 30-grand,’ yeah I’d go, but I don’t know

if that’s realistic in the Canadian music scene. Not in the folk scene.” The Hard Ramblers haven’t written off touring, but since “booking a tour is a full-time job on its own,” said McGuigan, they prefer to wait until they have at least another record done. Doyle and McGuigan are busy enough as it is: They play in another band, The Midnight Roses, which won Big Dog 92.7’s Next Big Thing contest in June. The Hard Ramblers are working on new material and hope to record a new album this winter. For now, you can buy their debut at You can also catch them in Saskatoon at The Bassment on Dec. 21. They promise to be back in Regina this fall too, but no date is confirmed.


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In the Temple of the Rain God With misgivings, but assured that the crossing was safe, the young Irishman put his team and buggy into the icy creek on a cold Sunday in November, 1914. Soon one horse foundered and the driver had to enter the waist-deep water to help it to its feet, then break the ice ahead of the team to the far bank. Back in the buggy and finally clear of the creek, but soaking wet to his armpits in freezing weather, the Irishman was in serious trouble. Spotting smoke from a homestead shack he headed for it at a gallop. The homesteader took in the situation at a glance, handed the shivering Irishman a suit of underwear and took the team to his barn. That afternoon, after his visitor’s cloth-

ing had dried, the homesteader invited him to join in a cross country walk for Sunday dinner at the home of his parents, also homesteaders. There the Irishman was introduced to the daughter, a school teacher, and knew at that first meeting that he had found his wife. They were married two years later in that primitive home south of LaFleche. Thus my parents met and began a life that mirrored the early years in Saskatchewan’s south country, that area south of the CPR main line. Twenty years later they were prosperous and enjoying winter vacations at Victoria’s Empress Hotel. Five years after that they were engulfed by the Depression, the 10year drought and collapse of grain

and cattle prices that will forever be known as the Dirty Thirties. Charles Wilson, my father, immigrated from Ireland in 1905 and his new life mirrored the unfolding of the new province. Beginning as a farm labourer, he moved to elevator construction to grain buyer to homesteader to business to politics. When the farm debt crisis struck in the early 1930s, he became a leading spokesman calling for the reduction of farm debt and served for seven years on the board of review under the Farmers’ Creditors Arrangement Act, an almost forgotten agency that sliced away nearly half of Saskatchewan’s farm liabilities. In the Temple of the Rain God recounts how governments and

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Good karma keeps Karma safe and well By Jeanette Stewart Karma the dog has defied death several times. If karma is at work, her many lives may be attributed to all the joy she brings into owner Kathy Rosko’s life. Karma is as sweet as her moniker suggests and happily chased her yellow rubber ducky around the park while Rosko shared some of her dog’s unique quirks. Rosko got Karma five years ago as a puppy. She’s become very popular among Rosko’s friends — Rosko has a wait list of people who want to look after Karma while her owner is travelling.

Q: Why did you decide to get a dog? A: I’m a lifelong dog person. I’ve had a dog my entire life. I’ve always had big, big dogs. I had one previous little dog before this but he died a tragic death to the Nintendo Wii. He was sitting on the couch and someone swung their arm bowling and smacked him in the head. Christmas Eve. I decided not to get another dog because I was heartbroken. But when I saw her . . . Q: What kind of dog is she? A: She’s a boodle. Half-poodle, half-Bichon. So I made up the word boodle. I’ve owned a bazillion dogs, I grew up with them. She is the nuttiest little thing in the world. Q: What is it that makes her so nutty? A: She loves margaritas. She has cheated death about eight times. She ate a Toblerone chocolate bar. You know those giant ones? She ate the entire thing when she was a puppy. That should have killed her. I take her to the dog park. She picks fights. About three months ago she picked a fight at the dog park and this Boxer picked her up and ran away with her. She was f lailing and she bit him on the nose and he dropped her. She ran away once in

Karma is a boodle — half-poodle, half-Bichon. Bridges photo by Andrew Spearin

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Q: Do you have any nicknames for her? A: Crazy Karma, good Karma, bad Karma, Karma girl, Karma cat. A combination of both our names.


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Forever Young Army & Navy Veterans Club, 359 First Ave. N. Neil Roston McNally Robinson, 3130 Eighth St. E. At the Hop Show and Dance w/ England and a Johnny Cash tribute Nutana Legion, 3021 Louise St. 911 Turbo German Techno The Fez, 834B Broadway Ave.

Rory Allen will perform at the Dakota Dunes Casino Aug. 30 Jett Run Stan’s Place, 106-110 Ruth St. E.

Band in the USA Nutana Legion, 3021 Louise St.

Mikal Gamble Somewhere Else Pub and Grill, 2605 Broadway Ave.

Jett Run Stan’s Place, 106-110 Ruth St. E.

Sa turday, Se pte m be r 1 Rippertrain Buds on Broadway, 817 Broadway Ave. Slow Down, Molasses w/ Young Benjamins Amigos Cantina, 632 10th St. E. 911 Turbo German Techno The Fez, 834B Broadway Ave.

Mikal Gamble Somewhere Else Pub and Grill, 2605 Broadway Ave. Sunday, Se pte m be r 2 Blues Jam Vangelis Tavern, 801 Broadway Ave. Tonight It’s Poetry Lydia’s Pub, 650 Broadway Ave. Tu esday, Se pte m be r 4

Forever Young Army & Navy Veterans Club, 359 First Ave. N.

Karaoke Deathstar The Fez, 834B Broadway Ave.

No Hurry Trio McNally Robinson, 3130 Eighth St. E.

Open Mic Lydia’s Pub, 650 Broadway Ave.

Mendel Art Gallery There is one week left to see the 75th anniversary exhibition of the Saskatoon Camera Club. It closes September 7. The other exhibitions remain on view until September 16. They include Edo, featuring historical art from Japan’s last Shogun age; Where It’s At, a comprehensive permanent collection exhibition; and Artists by Artists, displaying works by Biliana Velkova and her mentor, David LaRiviere. The Mendel, at 950 Spadina Crescent East, is open 9-9 daily. Admission is free. Visit for details. Meewasin Valley Centre Gallery Until Aug. 30 at 402 Third Ave. S. Portraits of Survivors by Linda Moskalyk. Images of large trees emerge through layers of acrylic paint and collage on stretched canvas. Rouge Gallery Until Aug. 31 at 200-245 Third Ave. S. A Touch of Rouge, the gallery’s annual group show. Parkridge Centre Until Aug. 31 at 110 Gropper Cres. Art in the Centre, with works by Mayfair Artists. Saskatoon City Hospital Gallery on the Bridges Through August in the Atrium at Saskatoon City Hospital. Floral watercolours by Saskatoon artist Samaya Chase, landscape and floral photography by Brynn Krysa, a variety of work in various

media by 14 members of the Diff’rent Strokes Artist Group, and photography of favourite places by Saskatoon photographer Sharon Ceslak. Watrous Library Through August in Watrous. In the Moment, mixed media works by Crystal Baschak orf Manitou Beach. Black Spruce Gallery Until Sept. 3 at 305 Main St., Christopher Lake, on Route 263. Points North, new works by gallery artists. The art focuses on the rugged beauty of the northern boreal forest. Favourite works by gallery artists as well, including landscapes, abstracts and character work. This is the final show of the season. SCYAP Gallery Until Sept. 6 at 253 Third Ave. S. Alveolus by Kathryn Trembach, featuring Candice Grosenick. A series of macabre still life photos. With a painting inspired by photos from Candice Grosenick’s Playing Dolls series. Sept. 10 to 29, We Needdi Graffiti III. A collaborative art show featuring local urban and graffiti style artists. A reception will be held Sept. 14, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Gallery, Frances Morrison Library Until Sept. 6 at 311 21st St. E. Monique Martin: Evince. Holding books and reading written words on paper influenced this series. With new technology making pageturning obsolete, has the tactile experience of reading changed forever? St. Thomas More Gallery Until Sept. 14 at 1437 College Dr. Recent photographs by Michael Cuggy and Otto. A closing reception will be held Sept. 14, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.


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EVENTS Paved Arts/AKA Gallery Sept. 14 to Oct. 20 at 424 20th St. W. Every Line & Every Other Line, works by Bruce LaBruce, Cathy Busby, Brendan Fernandes, Suzy Lake and Arthur Renwick. An opening reception will be held Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. A public discussion will be lead by curator J.J. Kegan McFadden and artist Cathy Busby, Sept. 15. Affinity Gallery (Saskatchewan Craft Council): Until Sept. 23 at 813 Broadway Ave. Silk paintings and soft furnishings by Susan Clark von Saskatoon. Botanical works, drawing inspiration from gardens and flowers. Handmade House Showcase Gallery Until Sept. 29 at 710 Broadway Ave. Miniatures with Stitchery and Beadwork by Margot Lindsay. Centre East Galleries Until Oct. 21 at The Centre at Circle and Eighth. Photography by Scott Chapman of Lithic Images. Western Development Museum Until Oct. 27 at 2610 Lorne Ave. S. Two Views, a collection of photographs by renowned photographers Ansel Adams and Leonard Frank. Pacific Gallery At #204-2750 Faithfull Ave. Scenes of playing children by Katerina Mertikas. Also enjoy a summer sale of 30 per cent off all Bernie Brown framed prints and 20 per cent off of custom framing.


Saskatoon Proms! — Last Night Aug. 30, 7 p.m., at Third Av-

Speedway Dakota Dunes WCSLMCS Series Sept. 1, 6 p.m., at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway, Hwy 12 North. Featuring Super Late, Pro Truck, Mini. Lingerie Football League: Saskatoon Sirens vs. B.C. Angels Sept. 1, 8 p.m., at Credit Union Centre. One of the fastest growing sports in North America.

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Galaxy Cinemas 347 Second Ave. S. Centre Cinemas 3510 Eighth St. E. The skies will light up with the Potash Corp Fireworks Festival Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, 5 p.m., at River Landing. File Photo enue United Church. Accessible, charming, emotional and exciting music every Thursday evening. Broadway’s Live at Lunch Series Aug. 31, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Victoria School’s Little Stone Stage on Broadway Avenue. Showcasing local musical talent in Saskatoon. Featuring The Forks, Megan Nash and Veronique Poulin. Potash Corp Fireworks Festival Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, 5 p.m., at River Landing. Featuring cultural shows, live bands, family games and activities, beer gardens and unique fireworks. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. both nights. Vendors will be onsite. The PotashCorp Country Music Week Mall Concert Series Sept. 1, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at The Centre at Circle and Eighth. Hosted by 92.9FM The Bull and the Saskatchewan Country Music Association. Featuring Jay Semko, Larry Krause, Alex Runions,

Ray Whitton. Audiences at the mall concert series will have an opportunity to enter a contest to win tickets to the Rock’N Country Cabaret and the CCMA Great Guitar Pull, all part of the PotashCorp Country Music Week, Sept. 6-9. Show and Dance: Danceland at Manitou Beach Sept. 1, 8 p.m. to 12 a.m., at Danceland, Manitou Beach. Featuring Karl Roth on violin and vocals. A big band sound which includes swing jazz, Latin, contemporary and popular dance standards. With Skip Kutz on bass, Glenn Ens on drums, BJ Harris and Shelley Ewing on vocals and Ross Nykiforuk on keyboards. Swingin’ on the Saskatchewan Sept. 4 at the River Landing amphitheatre. A group of volunteers with Saskatoon Lindy Hop who love swing dance offer a free beginner lesson and swing dance every Tuesday evening all until Sept. 25 (weather permitting). All skill levels and ages

welcome. Beginner lesson, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dancing, 8p.m. to 10 p.m.

#T H E A T R E Every Little Crook & Nanny Until Sept. 2, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., at The Barn Playhouse. Begin with a lovable retired nanny who runs a boardinghouse to make ends meet. Mix in the police chief’s daughter, a suspicious fiancé and a half-pint brat who can and will get into anything. Throw in the tomfoolery of two bumbling crooks that rent a room at the boardinghouse in order to rob the corner bank, only to find out that the bank has already been robbed. This zany comedy is the recipe for a classic “whodunit” where nobody is above suspicion.

#S P O R T S Live Thoroughbred Racing Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, 7 p.m., at Marquis Downs. An actionpacked season of horse racing. Auto Clearing Motor

The Possession A young girl buys an antique box at a yard sale, unaware that inside the collectible lives a malicious ancient spirit. The girl’s father teams with his ex-wife to find a way to end the curse upon their child. The Roxy Theatre 320 20th St. W. Where Do We Go Now A serio-comic fable of a community beset by conflict between two faiths. In a remote village where a Christian church and Muslim mosque stand side by side, the town’s women, heartsick over sons, husbands and fathers lost to previous flareups, unite to distract their men with a variety of clever ruses, to keep them from starting a religious war. Derby, Baby! One show only on Aug. 31. A film about roller derby; how it became the fastest growing sport in the world, and its growth over the last 80 years. The story of women’s roller derby is covered from both a national and international perspective.

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Shady and dry — a troublesome combination By Erl Svendsen Shade is one thing, but when combined with dry conditions, it can be a challenge for even the most experienced gardener. It can be a literal wasteland where not even weeds will grow. But it need not be a dark, dusty and empty space. There are techniques that will reduce the effects of drought. And there are perennials available that will tolerate both conditions. Dry shade is usually encountered under thick impenetrable tree canopies such as Colorado blue spruce, under roof and porch overhangs, or on the east and north sides of buildings (most of our summer rains come from the west or south). One of the first things to do is to improve the moisture holding capacity of the soil by amending it with organic matter such as compost, peat moss or well-rotted manure. What little moisture that falls there naturally will be held in the ground longer. In areas under trees, you may not be able to add a lot of organic matter to the soil because of dense shallow root systems. In this case, when planting,


make a hole between large surface roots and add organic matter to the planting hole. Irrigation is an obvious strategy and there are several options. If you have underground sprinklers, you can redirect some of the heads to reach the dry shady areas. You can also add an extra zone that only waters this area. Use a combination of micro-sprinklers/sprayers, bubblers, drip and weeping hose to suit your needs. If you don’t have a sprinkler system, consider just using a weeping hose attached to your water tap and weave it in and around your plants in the bed. The third strategy is to add a layer of organic mulch (three to four inches deep) to trap moisture in the soil and to prevent it from simply evaporating. The mulch will also keep the root systems cool in the summer and protected in winter. Mulch will hide much of your irrigation system. Keep the mulch away from direct contact with tree trunks. Too much moisture may cause tree bark to root, leading to poor vigour and even death of your trees. Combine all three practices for the best results. The following herbaceous peren-

Barren strawberry will perform well in dry shade. Photo by Sarah Williams

nials will survive dry shade, but will generally perform better when provided with additional moisture: Barren strawberry (Waldsteinia fragarioides): Low (six inches), spreading ground cover with yellow flowers in early spring. While the plant and growth habit resembles a strawberry, no edible fruit is produced, hence the common name, barren strawberry. Barrenwort or bishop’s hat (Epimedium rubrum): Low (eight to 10 inches) clump or carpet forming with bronzy-green, heart-shaped

leaves ringed by red in spring; loose, dainty pink or white flower clusters appear in late spring overtopping the leaves. Some winter protection may be necessary. Lily-of-the-valley (Convallaria majalis): Fragrant spring flowering plant that gardeners either hate (because it spreads) or love (because it survives the toughest conditions). Reaches six inches tall, each stem with one or two light green leaves; flowers are small white bells arranged along spike (raceme). Can form large colonies. Bigroot cranesbill geranium (Geranium macrorrhizum): This one grows seemingly anywhere: sun, shade, dry, moist. Clump-forming perennial with deep green leaves; reaches 12 to 18 inches (depending on cultivar); lose clusters of red or pink in mid- to late summer. Deer tolerant. Coral bells (Heuchera sp.): Clump forming perennial, six to eight inches tall overtopped by red, pink or white flower clusters (some showier than others, depending on cultivar) for an additional six inches. Leaves are typically medium to dark green, but recent introductions have added dark

purple, red, bronze, chartreuse and variegated forms. Deer resistant. This column is provided by the Saskatchewan Perennial Society (www14. b r i n k s t e r. c o m / s a s k p e r re n n i a l ; Upcoming events: Sept. 8, 9 a.m.: Labour & Learn. Come help keep a beautiful public garden looking its best. Meet at the Robin Smith Meditation Garden and adjoining Heritage Rose Garden at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo. Bring insect repellent, favourite tools and gloves. The gate keepers will let you in for free if you tell them you’re there to work on the gardens. Everyone welcome. (Bernadette, 343-7077) Sept. 9, 1 p.m.: Saskatchewan Perennial Society semi-annual plant exchange. Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo hall (next to the main parking lot). Bring perennials (please mark with name and growing conditions) from your garden and/or a desert to share. Fall bulbs also available for sale. A member’s only event, but memberships can be purchased at the door, $10.

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For week of Aug. 26, 2012 By Holiday Mathis Checking the air in a tire lets a little of it out. Heat is sure to escape if you peek in on a baking cake. According to the observe effect, the act of observation itself often causes changes to the phenomenon being observed. This Virgo solar transit favours careful observation, which should by no means be considered passive. The end of the week brings movement, too, thanks to the full Pisces moon and Mercury’s shift into Virgo. ARIES (March 21-April 19). It’s

entirely possible that when Leonardo da Vinci put the final touches on the Mona Lisa, he was thinking, “This could be better.” You driven Aries people can be perfectionists! But at some point you have to stop working the masterpiece and let it be what it wants to be.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20).

It will be on you to decide what has to happen and who has to do each job to get to that outcome. Someone will want you to jump into the fire and shoot from the hip instead. Maybe this person is being impatient, or maybe they correctly sense that you’ll make stellar decisions when the pressure is on. GEMINI (May 21-June 21).

Your knack for riding trends effectively has something to do with knowing just when to get in and, more importantly, when to get out. And though you’ll lean on this awesome talent this week, don’t discount the power of tenacity. Some gains will only be obtained by fighting the good fight and staying at it. CANCER (June 22-July 22).

Internally, you may feel like you don’t know what you’re doing or have no idea what

to do next. Start with the “why.” When you know why you want to do something, it will be easier to find concrete goals that are a good fit. As for the rest, you’ll figure it out as you go. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Life gets better when you stop taking things so seriously. Someone may seem as though they are judging you, but really they are just reacting to the world as they see it. It’s nothing personal. You could take what you learn from their reaction and play things differently if you so choose. Or you could just move on. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). It’s unusual for you, but you may not feel like working on your mind as much this week, as your body cries out for more attention. Whether it’s pampering, human touch or exercise that you need most, focusing your self-care on your mortal coil will lead to

higher thoughts and clarity in the later week. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23).

Fishermen are precise about where they fish, what they fish for, how they fish and with whom, because precision of approach makes all the difference between salmon and mackerel. You’ll spend most of your time this week deciding what you’d like to hook, and the rest of the process will be easy. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21).

Your time-travelling ways could interfere with your fun if you let them. Sometimes you have to coax yourself out of some snarly historic scene in order to join what’s going on now. Other times, it’s a matter of forcing yourself back from the future. Though living this moment is not always second nature, it’s where the joy is. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). There’s something about

the group dynamic that makes everything easier for you this week. When you share with others — whether you are sharing work, stories, food or support — you feel more vital and capable of making a positive difference in your own life and the world at large. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Positive thinking isn’t

always the way. If you deny the negativity, it could grow or act out to get your attention. Acknowledge your true feelings whatever they may be. Dealing in what is gives you real power. You’ll be able to ratchet up your mood one notch at a time.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18).

You’ve heard many wildly successful people say, “I started from nothing.” The “nothing” is relative, though. Everyone has something. Gather, account for and be grateful for your many

resources this week. This ensures that you’ll have the best start of all on your journey toward a gleaming goal. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20).

The typically easy task of discerning between what’s crucial and what’s not will be your biggest challenge as nonessentials go masquerading as luxuries and vice versa this week. Your imagination helps you when logic fails. Your success depends on accurately projecting the future outcome of possible actions. THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAYS:

You have several passions. And though life might be simpler if you were to choose your niche and stick with it, each of your various talents and interests beg to be explored. So follow your bliss with abandon. In October, a project on the horizon will incorporate many facets of your personality at once. November brings increased


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Chefs dish on school lunches By Jenn Sharp

I looked forward to lunchtime at school every day (actually, I still do.) My stomach would usually start gurgling around 11 a.m. Thus began the countdown to noon when I could open my pink My Little Pony lunch box and see what mom had sent that day. Some days, it was pure joy. Ham and cheese on a homemade white bun with butter, or a salmon and mayo sandwich with lettuce. Other days, it was a let down. A dry bun with a slice of mozzarella cheese. Looking back, I realized that mom didn’t have time to get to the grocery store. This is something I’m now experiencing, as a stepmother to two wonderful young children. It takes a lot of planning to send a well-balanced and healthy lunch that your kids will actually eat. Mom would always include fruit or a juice box. I would often get a homemade chocolate chip cookie. My fondest memories though are of the notes she would sometimes send, wishing me a good day at school or saying she was excitedly waiting for me to come home. I think of her when I pack lunches for the kids now. Several local chefs were happy to share what they send to school with their own children for lunch. Some even included their fondest school lunch memories. Enjoy.

Malcolm Craig, executive chef at Regina’s Beer Brothers Gastropub & Deli: “I remember most of the things I used to get for packups. Not all of them were brilliant. My step-mum used to give us this fish paste in our sandwiches which at first was not too bad, but when that was all we would get for weeks on end, every day, the novelty soon wore off. I do remember the fresh cooked ham that my dad would prepare and then we would get that in our sand-

wiches, usually with a bag of crisps, an apple and some kind of granola or candy bar. We would always get a flask of tea in our backpacks too, hot (and looking back) sickly sweet. For a treat, we were given a couple of quid to buy a bag of chips (fries) and gravy/curry sauce from the local chippy. I think this is where my passion for greasy foods started! We try and give our girl the healthy options along with bits that we think she might like. The funniest thing I think we tried on her was avocado. The face she pulled when trying that was priceless! As far as what we feed her, she will mostly devour just about anything. We are lucky to come away from the high chair with our fingers still attached. At breakfast she will usually have a couple of slices of brown toast with a little butter and jam, followed by some kind of fresh fruit, usually a banana. She does like raspberry (fresh that we have picked the day before) pancakes with a one egg omelette and a smattering of organic maple syrup. Lunch is usually taken care of by the day care and is quite varied, ranging from pastas to stroganoffs. Dinner is usually some kind of fish, chicken, pork or beef dish with fresh veggies and a dessert. She is quite into the Jell-O puddings right now and likes to throw it all over the house and herself.” Anthony McCarthy, executive chef at the Saskatoon Club: “The day and fridge stock is dependent on what Jacob gets! When we are on the ball though we send him any pre-cut fruit or veg that has a dip to go with it. Yogurt dip and hummus works well. Also, if time permits, I have him help cut the fruit or veg. It seems to make it more appealing. In the wintertime, we send some stew or bolognaise sauce tossed with pasta noodles. Perogies are also a favourite. We try to change it up often. He always has water for a beverage. Sometimes we’ll send a sweet treat, but usually that is eaten first. Then

the ‘good’ stuff gets picked over, resulting in half a lunch bag coming home. Although that does then become the after-school snack.” Eddie Guerrero, executive chef at the Saskatoon Golf and Country Club: “Austen’s lunch is pretty basic. It consists of a main, fruit or veggies, a treat and a drink. His main meal are common things, nothing expensive or difficult to make. I have a very picky son so I must work with that limitation. He gets ravioli (canned), spaghetti, macaroni, cold meat sandwiches with cheese, and sometimes leftovers from dinner (lasagna, stirfry, pork chops, sausages, hotdogs, chicken, fried fish and his favourite, pizza. Now that I think about it, that doesn’t sound so picky. For veggies, he likes only celery and cucumber slices with vinegar and salt. He is not a fan of salad dressings. As for drinks he gets juice boxes or Kool-Aid bags. The school encourages parents not to send recyclable drinks, unfortunately that wasn’t working very well. Austen kept los-

ing or breaking the containers. And last but not least, he takes a big water bottle.” Milton Rebello, executive chef at Regina’s Hotel Saskatchewan: “When I was a child my ma had some stunning ideas how to make health food fashionable and tasty. It’s been more than 30 years since my school days, but I still have great memories of my school lunch boxes. My ma sure knew what my little tummy loved. Ma prepared these whole wheat flat breads (paratas) and stuffed them with spiced potato and cauliflower before she rolled and cooked them on an iron skillet with homemade butter (ghee). These would go great with her spicy carrot pickle or her mouth-watering sweet and sour mango chutney. My ma’s family had a strong Portuguese background and there is a Portuguese snack that was perfected by my grandma — spiced ground beef encased with mashed potatoes, egg wash and rolled in either bread crumbs or semolina and shallow fried, accompanied with ma’s home-

made chili tomato ketchup. I have duplicated this dish several times with different stuffings like spiced lamb or pickled baby shrimp. It is going to be really interesting when my two-year-old is ready for school. My wife and I are both foodies and health nuts, and have a diverse background (my wife is of Chinese origin and I’m from a Portuguese/Indian heritage). We have explored the globe, which has influenced what we love to cook these days. I would love to make healthy food fun. Kids eat more with their eyes and love to show off their lunch boxes. Baby loves pasta and we cook a lot of pasta at home. I would definitely make homemade gnocchi and ravioli for her lunch. Fruit is always healthy and gives them the sugar to keep them pumped up ’til they return home. I would have fancy cut fruit with berry honey dip. Crunchy carrot, celery, radish, cherry tomatoes and carrots as snacks, carved, with some vegetable dip. Baby loves rice and beans — I guess that’s the Asian in her! I could go on forever on this topic.”

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Everyone needs to sample Oregon vineyard’s wares By James Romanow In case you haven’t heard, the Willamette Valley in particular and other Oregon appellations in general are on every winemaker’s radar and often on their tongues. The most valued part of the valley is the Dundee Hills, maybe 40 minutes outside of Portland. And here in the very heart of the Dundee Hills you’ll find the Sokol Blosser vineyard. The Dundee Hills is Pinot Noir territory attracting attention and buyers from around the world, not least the Burgundians. The flagship wines of Sokol Blosser are Pinot, both Noir and Gris. Pinot Gris is a rare and sadly unloved style of wines these days. (You can still find some examples in the Okanagan.) Most consumers are more attracted to the rather pedestrian fruitforward Grigio style. Pinot Gris is a bit thicker and a lot more complex, mostly due to greater contact with the skins. Pinot Noir is everyone’s heart throb at the moment. If you really want to figure out why I would suggest you need to visit Portland and stop by Sokol Blosser. Aside from Burgundy, this is the place. I can go on about balance, varietal expression and the care with which S-B wines are made, but that’s all rather beside the point. It’s great


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wine and everyone needs to drink some. The SLGA has purged their Oregon wines but Willow Park has several examples. Four Sokol Blosser wines are available, two easy drinking blends and a couple of pure varietals. If you want to learn more about these wines — or drink even more interesting small production versions — I suggest you hop on down to Portland and rent a car or bicycle. The food and wine are first rate. Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir, Oregon, USA. ***** Sokol Blosser Pinot Gris, Oregon, USA. *****

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