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Fresh | Local | Living1 ReFined WEYBURN & AREA

Local Decisions for Local Business

We’re not your average bank we’re your business


Why not partner with a financial institution that understands the unique challenges and opportunities of owning a business in your community - and is committed to your success? Through our specialized Commercial & Ag Solutions Centre, we offer the advice and solutions you are looking for to help manage your business. We do a great job because we have great people. They are not only some of the most professional and well-trained in the industry, but they are your friends and neighbors so they care about you, your dreams, and your community. So if you’re ready to bank better, stop by your local branch or give us a call. We’re here to help.

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We are local. When decisions are made, they aren’t made in a skyscraper in Toronto. They are made locally where we have the best interests of our members and our community at heart. We are different by design. Because our members are also our owners, our members always come first. So walk in like you own the place, because you actually do. Our Credit Union is owned by the people who bank with us. We put people before profits. Our profits have a higher purpose - they’re returned to you in the form of bonuses and rebates, great rates and better service, and are put back into the communities where you live and work to do good. We believe in working together to build a stronger community. We put our money where our mouth is. We invest time, energy and money in initiatives that have real impact in our community. We choose Main Street, not Wall Street.

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he Christmas season is my favourite time of the year! This is going to be an extra special Christmas for my family and I because we will be sharing it with our new baby girl!


Volume 2 Issue 1


Tonya Lambert

As the holiday season is upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and those who have helped to shape our business. We at ReFINEd want to thank our customers and readers. We wouldn’t be moving into our second year without your dedicated support! You motivate us to work hard and come up with fresh ideas every issue. We look forward to meeting with you and being a part of your marketing plan for 2017.


The cover features five different business owners that all work with their spouses. As you read their stories, you will learn about the enjoyment they get out of working together and how they’ve learned to run a successful business as a team.

GM Images By Gillies

Within this issue of ReFINEd, you will read lovely holiday messages from businesses talking about their appreciation for their clients. I love the editorial on helping fight off cold and flu season naturally. The fireplaces editorial highlights the benefits that will help you make your decision when considering a new fireplace, and the winter tire editorial is extremely informative and explains their importance. We hope you try some of the great holiday recipes throughout these pages. Make your life a bit simpler this season by shopping locally at the fantastic local businesses featured in this issue. They offer great selection as well as the best possible customer service and individualized care. This Christmas be grateful for all you have, share blessings with those in need and fulfill others’ hopes and dreams for the holidays by giving back. Remember all things are possible to those who believe.

DeAnne Bell Jade Danyluik



CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Brook Thalgott Chelsea Wahl Dawna Watson Susan Gellert Tonya Lambert

MARKETING EXECUTIVES Britany Culham 306.861.1255

Monica Gilchrist 306.861.0943


Brooke Ward 306.551.4789


Have a beautiful holiday season & happy reading!


Brooke Ward, Publisher ReFINEd Weyburn & Area is published by ReFINEd Lifestyles Magazine Ltd. ReFINEd Weyburn & Area is independently owned and operated. Opinions expressed in ReFINEd Weyburn & Area are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher or advertisers. ReFINEd Weyburn & Area does not assume liability for content. All rights reserved © ReFINEd Lifestyles Magazine Ltd. Reproduction in whole or part without permission is prohibited. For permission contact the publisher.

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STYLE & BEAUTY Celebrate the Holidays in Style


YOUR HEALTH Grandma Knows Best: Home Remedies for the Common Cold and Flu


FOCUS ON FAMILY The Family Place: Community and Caring



FOOD & DRINK Food and Wine Pairing 101

all different in our own


TRAVELSCAPES Say ‘Ciao’ to Italy

beautiful way




COVER FEATURE A Successful Team Beats with One Heart


AT HOME Fireplaces: Add a Touch of Warmth to Your Home


BUSINESS & INDUSTRY It’s a Family Affair: Working Together to Build a Better Business


MOTORING Winter Tires: Are They Worth the Cost?

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GET INSPIRED Fashion, fun and all the coolest things for the little ones in your universe. Stop by The Void today and get inspired this holiday season. Home Decor • Jewellery • Baby Boutique THE VOID • 38 6th Street Weyburn • 306.842.4499 •


Ctheelebrate Holidays In Style

By Susan Gellert and Sarah Jakubiec

Photo Credit: Dex

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s the holiday season approaches, invitations to parties and get-togethers will start to roll in. Work, community and family gatherings during this busy time may require a bit of added “glitz and glam” to create a holiday look. Remember that showcasing your personality through your wardrobe choices allows people to meet the real you. Why not sparkle just as brightly as your holiday lights? The easiest way to add holiday style without breaking the bank is to transition your everyday wardrobe. Try adding a velvet choker or sequined shoes, or consider a sequined or sheer lace top with a simple black skirt to create an elegant look. If a new look is what you’re after, this season’s fashion is dominated by the timeless look of lace and velvet. Velvet will make you feel fantastic and is perfect for the holiday party circuit, when you’re bundled up out of necessity but still want to look stylish and sexy. Luckily, these days you can find velvet versions of literally everything you’d ever want to wear, from shoes to slip dresses to boxy jackets. Choose velvets in jewel tones that flatter every skin tone — ruby, emerald, sapphire, amethyst and turquoise are great options. To add pizazz, sequins are on the rise this season, along with sheer peekaboo accents on traditional skirts, dresses and blouses. Sparkle is always a favourite way to dress up for the holidays. You

can mix your metallics, as they are all neutrals, but you’ll want to offset those pieces with subtle accessories. The slip dress continues its reign into the holiday season. Go for a silhouette with a little flair in the form of a ruffled hemline, or lace overlay. Sequined embellishments are also showing up on sheer jackets, which can be slipped over a simple single-coloured slip dress for a fun holiday twist. Pair a lace blouse with a leather mini skirt for the ultimate naughtymeets-nice contrast. Looking for a pants idea rather than a skirt? Leather or faux leather leggings make a great alternative to denim if you want something a little edgier. Try pleather pants with a furtrimmed side slit jacket, and pair it with sparkly shoes for a fun look. Skip the ugly Christmas sweater if you can, and opt for a different woven look. Knitwear is interesting and sophisticated this season: long cardigans to replace coats, intricate stitching and sharper silhouettes. Look for added lace or tie-up details in tops to complete the soft on-trend look. When it comes to shoes, heels do make a difference. Here’s a good place to push the envelope and make a fashion statement — be it colour, texture, pattern or shine. Whatever holiday style you choose this season, keep it fresh, creative and bold, and be yourself.




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‘Tis the season to sparkle with exquisitely-made Canadian jewellery. This expansive collection of rings, pendants, earrings and bracelets are truly fascinating and ever-evolving. Every piece is meticulously made, with the intent to remain as a special keepsake.


Looking for a unique gift? Look no further. These neon clocks made the perfect present.


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Santa’s Inspiration village moves and lights up as it plays a medley of eight favourite holiday songs.


The Nightmare Before Christmas Cuckoo Clock is sure to please all ages. At the flip of a switch, brilliant LED lights illuminate the windows of Jack’s Tower, the ghosts and the pumpkins. On the hour, the clock plays “This is Halloween” while Zero pops in and out of the doors atop the Town Hall.



The Grant Filter Set is essential for your utilitarian style. With a hint of tint, you can alter the colourwaves of your Grant sport chronograph. From bezel to strap, you can mix and match the materials to suit your style from a casual to sport bezel or steel bracelet to a black or dark brown strap.

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Let Rodeo Dawg help you find the perfect gift this Christmas!

Happy Holidays from the management and staff at Rodeo Dawg!

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Merry Christmas from all of us to all of you. May your New Year be filled with blessings and joy!

“Christmas my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.” -Dale Evans Rogers Gift cards available for 2017 programs: Anti-Bullying, Leadership and Life Skills. We also have specialized programs for families, couples, youth and corporate.

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From all the girls at Silver Rose we wish you a very merry Christmas and want to thank you for your past years business.

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EXPERIENCE ReFINEd Weyburn & Area magazine is just that - refined. My experience with the magazine has been a fine one. The magazine provides a means of advertising that does not go unnoticed. We continually have customers coming into the store and complimenting the ad or excited to learn about new products we carry. We are constantly welcoming new customers as a result of our advertisements, even months after an issue has been released. It’s the perfect solution to keep a wide variety of folks up-to-date on the products and goods we offer. The shelf life of the magazine is a positive factor, as well. I constantly see the magazine in local establishments. The fact that the magazine is also available to view online is wonderful. With the types of products that we carry, the magazine is the perfect place to showcase them. I would highly recommend ReFINEd as a means of advertising. It is unique and provides the impact that we are looking for. – Chantal Brown The Void


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This cat trees offers a whimsical design that includes a platform perch, lounging lookout and scratching post.


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Great for senior dogs and cats, an elevated pet bed helps to eliminate the pressure put on their hips and joints. It also keeps odour down in the house while keeping your pets cooler in the summer and off the cold floor in the winter.


The Cat Cube will soon become your cat’s favourite hangout.



The famous Turbo Scratcher is an interactive cat toy offering hours of fun and exercise for your cat while satisfying your cat’s natural scratching instincts. Catnip and ball included. Scratch pad is replaceable.

Stella & Chewy’s Freeze-Dried Dinner Patties combine the convenience of dry food with the benefits of a raw diet.


This recipe embraces holistic pet nutrition, focusing on functional, whole foods plus added antioxidants that help with immune system function.



Pet Valu has a self-serve dog wash station. Bring in your dog and wash them in one of our two large wash areas that are lined with non-slip tiles. We supply towels, shampoo, brushes, treats and even a blow dryer. We also do all the clean-up afterwards!


We have a groomer who comes into the store once a month to do nail trims, face trims and foot trims. Please check in store for details.


We’re now hosting pet birthday parties! Call us about booking your pet’s special day.

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Grandma Knows Best

Home Remedies for the Common Cold and Flu By: Tonya Lambert

When there’s a chill in the air and snow on the ground, you can be sure that somewhere nearby a person with a cold or flu can be found. No one likes having the runny nose or sore throat that accompanies the common cold. Nobody wants to suffer the aches and pains and fever of a flu. Now is the time to stock your pantry and medicine cabinet with foods and herbal remedies. Here is a shopping list of ingredients to help prevent catching these seasonal maladies or, at least, to lessen your symptoms if you do succumb.

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Ginger Echinacea

Echinacea, or purple coneflower, is well known for its immune-boosting capacity. According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology Therapy (2004), it does this by stimulating the production of white blood cells, T cells, macrophage and interferon activity. Many people take this herbal supplement to help prevent catching a cold. If taken at the early onset of a cold, it will greatly lessen the symptoms.

Gingerroot is great for combatting congestion and calming an upset stomach. Eat a small amount of grated ginger or drink any of a number of gingerbased teas. Do NOT consume ginger if you take aspirin, as both of these are blood thinners.

Every grandma knows that chicken soup is the best thing to eat when you have a cold or flu. An anti-inflammatory, chicken soup helps to relieve congestion in the chest. Add some chopped up raw garlic for an extra punch. Miso-vegetable soup is the perfect substitute for vegetarians.

Oil of Oregano

At the first sign of a cold or flu, rub this oil into the bottom of your feet. Oil of oregano may not taste good but it can help to prevent a cold or ease a sore throat. Add a few drops to your vaporizer and inhale for a few minutes or mix a few drops with water or juice to relieve a sore throat. Be sure to use it only in diluted form and for no more than a week.


Garlic has proven antibacterial properties. Eaten regularly (and preferably raw), it will greatly lessen the chance of getting sick. You can use it to flavour almost any dish or, if you feel a cold coming on, just pop a clove in your mouth and eat it. It is especially good for chest colds as it dilates the bronchioles decreasing congestion.

Chicken Soup


As far back as the ancient Greeks, the healing capacity of honey was well known. Put honey’s antibacterial properties to work for you this winter by spreading it on a slice of bread, adding it to a cup of tea, or enjoying a hot toddy. Mix two teaspoons of honey and two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with one cup of hot water and drink three times a day to ease congestion.


Researchers at Dartmouth College found that sucking on zinc lozenges significantly decreased the length of a cold. Just remember to keep your daily dose of zinc to under 50mg.




From the Swiss Alps to the Canadian Prairies For centuries, people in Switzerland have relied on elderberries to stimulate their immune systems and maintain healthy breathing passages. Now, the antioxidant-boosting capacities of these incredible berries are available in Canada. Choose from:

Dr. Dünner Sambu® Elderberry Concentrate, Dr. Dünner Sambu® Guard for Kids, and Dr. Dünner Sambu® Guard. Each of these delicious tasting syrups is made from a combination of elderberries and other immune-enhancing ingredients. Be sure to have some on hand to take at the first sign of a cold or flu.

Stay healthy naturally this winter.

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Wishing you a Merry Christmas and all the best in 2017.

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Great Plains Ford

Commitment to Serving Our Community

May all the beauty and blessings this Christmas season has to offer be with you and your family.

Jeff Tosczak, Owner

Thank you to our amazing clients for their past year of business and to our wonderful staff for all their hard work! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


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THE FAMILY PLACE Community & Caring By Tonya Lambert

The Family Place is a space like no other. It is a home away from home, a place of refuge, relaxation and childrens voices and laughter echoeing through the building. When you walk in the door, you are greeted with a smile and a hug from someone who is genuinely happy to see you. “The name speaks for itself,” says Corrine Calder. “It’s like being a part of one big family all looking out and caring for one another.” 22    ReFined WEYBURN & AREA



he Family Place opened in 1995 to provide a place where families and children in need could go for help, advice and support. It’s mission statement is “to improve the quality of life for children and families” and it does this through a variety of programs, most of which are available at no cost. Dedicated to providing cultural, parental, social and material support for families, The Family Place is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. During the winter, it is also open from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturdays. Parents and young children can stop by anytime to visit and play. There are two large playrooms equipped with slides, swings, scooters, climbing equipment, kitchen set and many, many toys. It is the perfect place for an outing on a cold winter’s day. The Jodi Abel Snoezelen Room has been specially designed to provide a calming and soothing environment for people of any age who are experiencing sensory overload. The space is outfitted with, among other things, a bubble tube, hanging swing and ball pit — all donated by the Weyburn Comprehensive School. People with autism, developmental disabilities, dementia or any variety of sensory issues benefit from utilizing the facilities. The Family Place also offers structured programming. Little Learners 3 is a preschool program focusing on the abilities and needs of three-year-olds. It runs on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. Little Learners 4 is available on alternate afternoons. Vulnerable children who require a little extra support in their early years can apply to attend Mini Go Monday-Thursday mornings. For older children, The Family Place offers a babysitting course (12+) and a home alone course (10+). In addition, there are two course options for parents: 1-2-3 Magic Parenting and Parenting through Separation and Divorce. Check the website or Facebook for times and registration information. The Family Place is a charitable organization funded through community donations and government grants. The centre accepts donations of all kinds, monetary or material. Tax receipts are issued for monetary donations. Material donations of clothes for children or

expectant mothers are kept in “The Clothes Closet” where families can come and take what they need for free. Donations of housewares and furniture are stored for The Family Place’s annual garage sale, a major fundraiser, to be held this year on April 9–12. Its other big fundraiser is The Festival of Trees in November. “Stronger families will build a better community, a better province and a better Canada,” explains Darla Peterson. “I am proud that Weyburn has placed families as a priority!” The Family Place 24 - 4th Street Phone: 306.842.7477




Hope Renewed Lives Transformed

L–R: Lois Duncan, Marilou Mowchenko, Robin Williams, Helen Orsted, Kathy Diemert, Julie Milton, Morley Orsted; photo by Images by Gillies

By Chelsea Wahl Photography Images By Gillies


hoose Life Ministry, a nonprofit organization that provides young women support towards freedom from life-altering challenges, was founded in 2012 by Shelley Boyes following a sixyear journey. Boyes openly shares her family’s personal story — a car accident in 2006 claimed the life of a daughter which turned her family’s life upside down. Her two youngest daughters, struggling to deal with the death of their sister, turned to drugs and alcohol to numb their pain. Boyes desperately searched for a support

program that was not located in the USA and did not cost $20,000, which was way out of her budget. Boyes was passionate in her search for help. She found an established program that had recently expanded to British Columbia and excitedly met with them hoping to bring the program to Saskatchewan. However, after setbacks regarding regulations, the idea was shelved and Boyes thought her plan was not meant to be. But a friend encouraged Boyes not to give up, but to use other ministry programs as a model for something new and needed here. Shelley Boyes; photo by David Willberg of Estevan Mercury

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Boyes remembers saying, “Do you have any idea how much work that is going to be?” But she felt led and after just “dipping her toes in the water,” it was quickly confirmed that she was meant to do this. Currently, Choose Life Ministry is working towards establishing a residence for young women between the ages of 18 and 29 to find freedom from countless lifealtering challenges like substance abuse, mental illness, unexpected pregnancy, physical, sexual and mental abuse, eating disorders and self-harm behaviours. Their goal is to provide a free-of-charge residential program for healing, lasting a minimum of six months. The program is set to take place at the Choose Life Ministry House which is currently being renovated in preparation to take in women and provide them with Christian faith, biblically-based counseling, healthyliving training, practical life skills education and individualized educational opportunities. Boyes says the Choose Life Ministry house, on its 160acre property near Gainsborough, is very close to opening but as a non-profit the only funding received is through private donations, which are always much needed. While funds are extremely necessary, so are volunteers. “Not only have our volunteers helped prepare our Choose Life Ministry house, they are integral to the success of our three thrift stores” explains Boyes. Their first ‘Second Chance’ thrift store opened in Estevan, followed by one in Carlyle and the newest opened recently in Weyburn. The Weyburn store will celebrate their grand opening on December 2nd from 10-5 pm with cake, refreshments and special promotions. All stores accept donations during their store hours. The Second Chance thrift stores have been so successful that Choose Life Ministry hopes to open more across the province. Individuals searching for support are encouraged to find the intake form online (at and complete it in their own handwriting, as Boyes says this shows that the individual herself wants to be there. Those looking to provide support can donate funds online, donate items to or shop at any Second Chance store or get in contact with Boyes to volunteer in another capacity. Choose Life Ministry Glen Ewen 306.485.7590 Weyburn Thrift Store: 115 2nd Street 306.842.5557 Estevan Thrift Store: 1224 4th Street 306.634.7410 Carlyle Thrift Store: 127 Main Street 306.453.5557.


What does a Child Sleep Consultant do?

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s a SleepWell Baby Certified Child Sleep Consultant, I will provide you with hands-on solutions to help your family rest easy. I am trained in all sleep methods, and I work with your family to provide a customized sleep plan that helps you teach your baby, toddler or child (up to 8 years) how to become an independent sleeper. I invest time with your family. I learn about your parenting style and what works for you so that this process is successful. I educate you on the science of sleep and the patterns you can expect to see as you make progress and your child grows. Lastly, I support you! MY BABY WILL NOT SLEEP. WHAT CAN I DO? There are no quick and easy fixes to sleep. Sleep is complex, but a great place to start is to evaluate your sleep environment to ensure it is conducive to sleep. You want a cave-like dark room, cool (19 to 22 degrees Celsius) with pure white noise on for the entire time spent sleeping. Nap and bedtime routines

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are crucial to prepare your child to know that sleep is coming. Keep it simple and fun. HOW MUCH SLEEP DOES MY CHILD NEED? Children need more sleep than most people think! Babies under 3 months old require 16-18 hours, babies 3 to 6 months old need at least 15 hours, babies 6 to 12 months old require around 14 hours, toddlers and pre-schoolers age need 12 to 13 hours and school age children need 10 to 12 hours. DO YOU ONLY HELP CHILDREN? Through SleepWell Corporate, I can assist your human resources or safety departments in promoting fatigue management so your employees can become happier, healthier, safer and more effective on the job. Through SleepWell Performance, I can assist sports teams or individual athletes on their quest to excel by ensuring they are getting the proper rest and recovery through quality sleep.


CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE Mix in a Jar Gift Packaging ready-made baking mixes in jars for gifts isn’t a new idea by any means, but it never seems to get old. Try out this classic chocolate chip cookie mix in a jar recipe!


1¼ cups all-purpose flour ¾ tsp baking soda ¾ tsp salt ½ cup granulated sugar ¾ cup packed brown sugar 1½ cups (9oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 quart size Mason jar

DIRECTIONS Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Place mixture in one quart jar. Use the back of a spoon to pack the flour down inside the jar. This will make your mix look ‘pretty’. Add the brown sugar next, using the same method to pack it down. Finish by adding the sugar and top with the chocolate chips. Put the lid on and write out the baking directions below on a small card. Tie the card and ribbon onto the jar and your gift is ready to go.






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Season’s Greetings

From Western Prime Meat Processors

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FOOD & WINE Pairing 101


Pair with

Pinot Noir · Gamay · Zweigelt


• white meat • cured meat • truffles

• swiss

Earthy Moody



• red meat • braised dishes • potatoes

Pair with

Sherry · Port · Madeira


• gorgonzola

• walnuts • desserts • chocolate

• stilton


• white meat • salad • mushrooms


• creamy sauce • buttery fish • pasta salad

Light Tangy




• seafood • white meat • citrus

• gouda

• red meat • blue cheese





Chardonnay · Voignier · Roussanne






Rich Savory


Pinot Grigio · Sauvignon Blanc



• spicy foods • raw fish • oysters


Light Salty




• bbq sauce • smoked foods • salty foods


• camembert

Cabernet Sauvignon · Bordeaux · Merlot






Riesling · Moscato · Gewurztraminer

Fatty Creamy



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FROM PIZZA AND BURGERS TO FINE DINING EXPERIENCES Whether it’s a night out with family and friends you want, or you are just passing through, check out Weyburn’s dining options.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at Pumpjacks. We look forward to serving you in the new year!

PUMPJACKS. SALOON & STEAKHOUSE 596 18 Street, Weyburn | 306.842.3838

Saturday: 11am–4 pm Hand-crafted Bacon Cheese Burger, housemade fries with purchase of beverage. $6 Monday: 6 pm–close Men’s Night Buy your first drink at regular price and the second one is FREE (one time only). Wednesday: 4 pm–close Wing Night Schooner $8 and $.50 wings Thursday: 6 pm–close Steak Night Ladies’ Night Ladies, buy your first drink at regular price and the second one is FREE (one time only). Ladies’ drink specials — ask your server for details. Ladies’ giveaway — One lucky lady will be randomly drawn at 9 pm to win a gift certificate for $75.

Hours: Mon, Tues and Wed 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. Thurs 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Fri & Sat 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Sun 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sports teams in groups of four or more, remember to ask your server about our team specials. FOOD & DRINK

Lunch has never been easier! Come check out our new half-the-time lunch menu. We’ll have you back in the office in no time. Boston Pizza Weyburn 35 Riverview Drive, Weyburn


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Cocoa Mix


INGREDIENTS • 1 pkg (30oz) instant chocolate drink mix • 1 pkg (25.6oz) non-fat dry milk powder • 2 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar • 1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer • 25 peppermint candies, crushed

DIRECTIONS 1 In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to six months. 2 Stir into warm milk and enjoy. 3 Divide mint cocoa mix into pretty glass containers and give away as small gifts of appreciation through the holidays. 4 Yield: 53 servings



Say ‘Ciao’ to Italy By Tammy Biblow


he world loves Italy ~ its passion, its fashion, its monuments, art and food. There is nowhere else on Earth that feels so alive, so grand and so majestic. This beautifully rugged land has been touched by some of the greatest civilizations. It is no surprise then that Italy is home to more UNESCO World Heritage Sites then any other country. The so-called art cities are living museums; Rome, Florence and Venice are the best known but Pisa, Assisi, Genoa and Verona, to name a few, are also magical. ROME Ancient ruins, incredible art and al fresco dining are among the many reasons why millions of tourists visit Rome each year. The Vatican Museum, Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, Pantheon and Trevi Fountain are all must-see attractions in the Eternal City. Plus, Rome makes an excellent base for touring other popular sites in surrounding areas. VENICE Venice defies description. Many have tried, but it has to be seen, felt and wandered through to be believed. Delve into the cat’s cradle of intertwined lanes and waterways and be rewarded with

unique buildings, piazzas and discoveries that are celebrations of this great city. FLORENCE Home to Michelangelo’s David, Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and Raphael’s Madonnas, Florence is the city of the Renaissance. Lose yourself to the famous Duomo, the Ponte Vecchio and the two must-see galleries of degli Uffizi and dell’Academia. NAPLES Naples claims the creation of the pizza. It also claims a history, language and culture unique in Italy, going all the way back to the ancient Greeks, as well as glorious piazzas, stunning castles and people with a spirit that is hard to match. Italy’s great food, beautiful countryside, fabulous wine, and long history make it an excellent country to visit. No life is complete without a trip to Italy. Fall in love with it every time you visit. You will love the vineyards in Florence, the ancient streets in Rome, the laid-back nature of Southern Italy, the gorgeous Cinque Terre and romantic Venice. Italy leaves no one underwhelmed. There’s so much to do in Italy that it would take a lifetime to finish.




Happy Holidays


We hope you enjoy the festive season. Be sure to check out everything that Weyburn has to offer. Visit our website and like us on Facebook to find out about upcoming events in the city. Weyburn Tourism

11 – 3rd Street Weyburn, SK 306.842.4738


SATURDAYS NOV 26 TO DEC 17 Indoor Winter Market Weyburn’s Open Air Indoor Market Weyburn Credit Union, Community Room



NOVEMBER 26 Treasures of Home Craft Sale & Trade Show Cugnet Centre DECEMBER 1 Parade of Lights Downtown Weyburn DECEMBER 10 Griffin Santa Day and Pancake Breakfast Griffin Rec Center DECEMBER 15 CP Holiday Train 512 Railway Street JANUARY 28 Weyburn Red Wings 13th Annual Sportsman Dinner Cugnet Centre FEBRUARY 15 Regina Symphony Orchestra Weyburn Concert Series The Cugnet Centre Go to and let us know about your events.

ReFINEd Weyburn & Area want to thank our readers and customers for making our first year in business a success. We appreciate your support! We wish you a very Merry Christmas surrounded by the ones you love. May you have a peaceful and prosperous New Year!

Brooke, Monica & Britany

Share the Experience!


ON THE ICE It’s a game night in Weyburn! The bleachers at Crescent Point are packed with fans—familiar faces and new fans greet the team as they take the ice. Air horns and cow bells ring out as the Red Wings dominate the ice, swerving and saving, shooting and scoring! Go Wings Go! But that’s not all that’s happening at the game. One young hockey player is the 7th man, joining the starting line up with the team at the blue line. Other future Red Wings are playing in the 5-minute mini-game during the first intermission. One lucky young fan is chosen to interview a player before every game, which is aired on the big screen during the second intermission. And all the fans get the opportunity to win prizes and meet the players after the game, when three players come out to sign autographs. Get your game tickets or sign your child up for one of these opportunities, and share the experience!

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IN THE COMMUNITY Almost every morning, these young men can be found at the rink practicing for these action-packed games. But do you know where else they can be found? Wherever you go in Weyburn. This is because every Red Wings player is committed to the community. Weyburn is their home. It is where they work and where they play, where they live and where they learn. Six of the team’s players—Tyran Brown, Blake Dempsey, Ben Hiltz, Donovan Lumb, Braden Mellon and Jarrett Metheral—grew up in the Weyburn area and have always called it home. Other players have found employment within their adopted home. Mike Eskra and Cole Woodliffe work at Fountain Tire, Jeremy Lagler and Donovan Lumb at Weimer’s Hometown. Landon Walters and Noah Wozney are employed by WesTom Eavestroughs while Ian Parker and Jake Wozney work for Pyett Construction.

the students to ask questions, and it lets the players share their experiences playing with the Red Wings. Include the team in your next event. Book your child’s birthday party at a home game and meet the players afterwards. Or your organization can book a time for members to “Skate with the Wings” or have the players help with your next project. Simply contact the office to make arrangements. Weyburn Red Wings 327 Mergens Street, Weyburn 306.842.2212



The Red Wings participate in community events throughout the year. The Red Wings have helped unload the food donations for the Salvation Army as part of the FCC Drive Away Hunger Event and took part in the JDRF Walk for the Cure. They are always happy to help whenever needed. “It’s great getting involved in the city. One of the best parts is going for a school visit or volunteering and seeing the excitement on the faces of the people or kids that are there,” comments Connor Burk, now in his third season with the team. The players serve as great role models for the young people in the area. Each year, players visit local area schools to read, skate or play other sports with the students. It is a great opportunity for

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rom Masterworks to Pops, the atmosphere is nothing short of electric from the moment Gordon Gerrard steps onto his podium until the end of each concert this season. The change created by the Regina Symphony Orchestra’s (RSO) new conductor has created excitement among patrons; it something you need to see to believe. Even with momentum ceaselessly building at home, Gerrard and the RSO have no intention of limiting the orchestral experience to their Regina fans only. As part of the RSO’s “Music on the Road” program, the RSO will be participating in a four-concert tour, with Weyburn being one of its stops. For the first time ever,

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Weyburn Concert Series will be hosting the symphony on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. at the Cugnet Centre. This will be a 24-member RSO chamber orchestra, who will perform known classics to more familiar popular pieces…a broad range of music appealing to many tastes. Gerrard couldn’t be more thrilled to be bringing orchestral music to audiences across southern Saskatchewan as part of the tour. “The greatest privilege, that comes along with this crazy life, is the chance to connect with people from every walk of life, to pass on to them some of the magical meaning hidden inside the notes, and to touch peoples’


lives in that mysterious and indescribable way that only great music can,” explains Gerrard. “This is my remarkable gift, and it has always been my intention to share it with everyone I can.”. Tickets available at Old Fashioned Foods 122 3rd St. N. E., Weyburn Weyburn Review/ Weyburn This Week 904 East Ave., Weyburn Music Craft 215 Railway Ave., Weyburn For further information contact: Linda Aitken: 1.303.842.5043

Happy Holidays from all of us at the Royal Canadian Legion #47 Call the Legion today at 306.842.4258 to book your next event. Whether it is a wedding reception, Christmas party, banquet, trade show or seminar they can cater to your specific needs.

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150 3rd Street, Weyburn




EXPERIENCE My experience with ReFINEd Weyburn & Area Magazine has been very rewarding. My job, which I find so fulfilling, is to help people reduce or even get rid of pain and recover faster naturally using low intensity laser therapy. While not a well-known practice, more and more people are considering low intensity laser therapy as an option. Since I have been advertising in ReFINEd Weyburn & Area Magazine explaining what laser therapy is and what it can treat, I have noticed my clientele has increased significantly and I have received numerous phone calls from curious people asking for further information. They start by telling me, “I was reading your ad in ReFINEd and wanted to see if you could help me.” There is nothing I love more than helping people and this ad alone has helped me to reach out to so many. The entire magazine is so well done. I am very proud and happy to be a part of it because I know that everyone who receives this magazine reads it cover-tocover and learns more about what is available in their community. –Lydia Niemegeers Low Intensity Laser Therapy


DATE! Our next show will be

June 1 & 2


EXHIBITOR REGISTRATION AVAILABLE ONLINE! Any new exhibitors are welcome to register online at Online registration for attendees will be available on our website starting May 2017. Exhibitor space available. View schedule of events and registered exhibitors on our website. WE ARE CURRENTLY WORKING ON SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES. Anyone interested please contact Tanya Hulbert, Show Manager,

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

L–R: Dale and Dennis Mainil of Jerry Mainil LTD; Scott Moffat and Dale Renz from Weyburn & District Hospital Foundation; Jeff Hayward, Weyburn & District Hospital Foundation board member

In appreciation of all our clients, the management and staff of Jerry Mainil Ltd. is proud to support the Weyburn & District Hospital Foundation.

For all of your oilfield construction and maintenance needs, we would be proud to serve you. Phone 306.842.5412 | Fax: 306.842.6560 | Website:

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from Mryglod Steel & Metals Inc. 1305 Railway Avenue, Weyburn | 306.842.4185 |


A SUCCESSFUL TEAM Beats with One Heart By Brook Thalgott Photos Images by Gillies


eyburn’s Cogent Chartered Professional Accountants LLP is more than just an accounting firm. Cogent is a family, figuratively and literally. In this company, you’ll find relationships beyond just colleagues. Partner Mike Melanson and administrative assistant Colleen Melanson not only work together—they’re also partners in life. Married for 37 years, Mike and Colleen have been colleagues for fifteen years. “Being married and also working together can be a challenge for couples,” says Mike. “Not everyone can do it, but we’ve made it work and work well.” Colleen joined the practice as temporary part-time help when Mike and the Cogent team needed an extra set of professional hands. That part-time work soon blossomed into a full-time permanent position. “Our success working together comes from having personalities that click at work,” says Colleen. “Plus, we have well-defined roles at Cogent and act as colleagues at work, not spouses.” The other secret to Mike and Colleen’s working life is that they have lives outside the office. They have made having a work/ life balance a priority. While it’s often tempting to “talk shop” at home, Mike and Colleen make sure to have fulfilling activities at home and in the community. Mike and Colleen enjoy golfing and taking their grandchild public skating. Mike also plays hockey.

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They both love to spend time with their children and grandchild. Mike and Colleen’s work at Cogent has even inspired one of their children—Britany—to join the business. Britany Burnett, Mike and Colleen’s daughter, is an accountant and joined the Cogent team in 2007. She’s also acquired her CPA and MPAcc degree since joining the company six years ago. Mike, Colleen and Britany aren’t the only family working at Cogent. Ted and Rhonda Hillstead also share a working life and a home life. Ted is a partner with Cogent, and Rhonda is the company’s office manager. Married since 1980, they have been working together for 22 years and haven’t looked back. Rhonda started just helping out after her work day at the hospital. As the work load increased, Rhonda’s help turned into a full time position. For Ted and Rhonda, their success as colleagues comes from having the same ideas about goals and seeing the business thrive. “We have a good relationship at work because we have the same thoughts on what we like to accomplish in the business,” says Rhonda. “That makes working together towards that end easy.” Ted agrees. “We don’t stress about any of the day-to-day stuff,” says Ted. “People have commented on our recent flood issues and asked why we aren’t stressed about it. We both reply that stressing about it just doesn’t help. We just always find a solution and work toward it.”



BELOW: Ted Hillstead, Bradley Hillstead and Rhonda Hillstead

ABOVE: Mike Melanson, Britany Burnett and Colleen Melanson





Ted and Rhonda have also maintained their good working relationship by having a life outside Cogent. They admit it’s easy to talk about work when they’re away from the office, but they manage to keep work at work most of the time. “When we head off to the cottage, we sometimes talk about work, but we’re doing it while relaxing on the deck,” laughs Rhonda. In addition to trips to the family cottage, Ted and Rhonda enjoy spending time with their grandchildren. “For us, we make time for the things we love outside of work,” says Rhonda. “Work/life balance is so important to staying happy in all facets of your life.” The Hillsteads, like the Melansons, have made Cogent a family affair. In the Weyburn office, Ted and Rhonda’s son Brad has joined the firm. Daughter Randie has helped out Cogent during tax season, and daughter Jessica works at Cogent’s Regina location in Human Resources. “We’re so pleased our children have joined the ‘family business’,” says Rhonda. “It’s nice to share a wonderful working experience with our kids.”

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Looking back over their years of working together, Mike, Colleen, Ted and Rhonda have some advice for anyone thinking about working with family. “It’s all about good communication,” say Mike. “Communicating well with your spouse at work and at home makes all the difference.” Colleen agrees. “Defined roles at work help. We work together as colleagues, not spouses,” says Colleen. Rhonda shares a similar viewpoint. “Always realize that your relationship comes first,” says Rhonda. “That can make the workplace fun, not somewhere you HAVE to be each day.” Ted echoes that sentiment. “A workplace needs to have a sense of fun and who better to have that with than your spouse and kids,” says Ted. “With the right frame of mind, your work and family life can blend together with great success.” Cogent Chartered Professional Accountants LLP 206 Hill Ave Weyburn 306.842.8123




SPRUCE UP YOUR HOME for the Holidays By Tonya Lambert Photo Images by Gillies


hristmas is about family. It is about gathering together to share stories and laughter, to reminisce and create new memories. Brothers and sisters and cousins race to the living room on Christmas morning to open gifts and giggle. In the evening, everyone gathers around the dining room table to enjoy a fabulous home-cooked meal. No one understands the importance of family gatherings better than Brent and Gayleen Stephanson at Weimer’s Hometown. The store has been in the family for 46 years and, for every one of those years, their family has been helping other families in the Weyburn area to create a more comfortable space for families to come together. Opened in 1970 by Lawrence and Phyllis Weimer, Weimer’s Radio & TV originally focused exclusively on electronics. In 1997, son Doug Weimer and son-in-law Brent Stephanson purchased the business and ran it together for two years before Doug left to teach electronics for SIAST. In 2003, Brent and his wife Gayleen made the decision to expand. They purchased Hometown Furniture and changed the name of the store to Weimer’s Hometown in recognition of the two earlier businesses. With the store dramatically increasing in size, Brent needed someone to help manage it. He didn’t have to look far to find the perfect choice. His wife Gayleen had grown up with the business and had retail experience. They also obviously knew each other very well, which Brent says is one of the benefits of working with your spouse.

Leather Event FEBRUARY 13th to 29th


Glacier Bay leather swivel glider recliner


The store will be hosting some exclusive Black Friday specials Palliser leather furniture this year. There will be more savings store-wide throughout the

“We decided early on who was going to be in charge of what,” explains Gayleen. Brent looks after the electronics and appliances while Gayleen handles the accessories, bedding and furniture. Both spouses work in the office and on the floor, teaming up on the displays. A REFLECTION OF YOUR

“The trick is to keep work and home separate PERSONAL which canSTYLE be hard at . times,” says Gayleen. “It’s also important,” adds Brent, “that each person has their own space, their own time and their own hobbies and other things to do.”

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Christmas season. In December, Weimer’s Hometown will be open seven days a week for your shopping convenience. Brent, Gayleen and staff would like to thank everyone in the Weyburn area for supporting Weimer’s Hometown and other local businesses this fall. They also extend best wishes for the holiday season and the coming year from their family to yours.

The store’s two large attractively-designated showrooms are a testament to the couple’s ability to work together. Wander through the two large showrooms at Weimer’s Hometown and check out top-of-the-line furniture from such well-respected brands as Palliser, Ashley, Best, DeFehr and America. Admire appliances by Amana, Whirlpool and Maytag. Try out a Sealy, Tempurpedic or Kingsdown mattress and feel the difference a good night’s sleep can make. They also have clocks, wall art and other eye-catching accessories to make a home feel warm and welcoming.

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Weimer’s Hometown Electronics – Bedding – Furniture – Appliances – Home Accessories 39 Riverview Drive, Weyburn 39 Riverview Dr., Weyburn, SK S4H 3B4 306.842.6441 Kelowna leather sectional 306.842.6441 HOURS: Monday to Saturday – 9 am to 5:30 pm Thursday – 9 am to 9 pm





Committed to the Community By Tonya Lambert Photo Images by Gillies


n June 2007, Shane and Shelley Dammann purchased the Dairy Queen in Weyburn from Brian Bakken. They were coming home. After spending several years away working, the couple wanted to return to their hometown. Their young family was growing, and they wanted their children — Megan, Jake and Callie — to grow up surrounded by family and friends. The first few years were not easy. “The hardest part for us when we started with a young family was the long hours we had to put in,” explains Shane. He covered the day shift while Shelley took the evening one. They laugh that they would high five each other as they went through the door. Owning Dairy Queen was the couple’s first business venture together. Fortunately, their strengths complement each other well with Shane being more involved with human resources and operations while Shelley handles the books Nevertheless, the family needed to achieve a better work/life balance. To that end, they decided to hire a general manager, Murray Edwards. As general manager, Edwards has played a key part in helping the Dammanns to attain and maintain a good work/life balance. Shane and Shelley volunteer with many different organizations. Shane has been a past president for the Weyburn Young Fellows Club, while also helping coach hockey. Shelley volunteers as a coach for the Weyburn Synchro Stars Club and is part of the Queen Elizabeth School Community Council.

For the Dammanns, being part of the community does not end with volunteering. As the owners of Dairy Queen, they sponsor local 4-H clubs, sports teams and tournaments in Weyburn and the surrounding communities. They also participate in several charitable events. Each year, in August, Dairy Queen hosts Miracle Treat Day where proceeds through Blizzards sales go toward the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan. In 2016, over $300,000 was raised across Saskatchewan. Also, in December, Dairy Queen once again will be part of Angels Anonymous with the Salvation Army. People can come into Dairy Queen and choose a tag from the Christmas tree. On the tag is written the age and gender of a child in need. An appropriate gift is then purchased for the child and placed under the tree where it will be picked up by volunteers and delivered to the child in time for Christmas. Dairy Queen has a great selection of Christmas-themed ice cream cakes for the holidays. A delicious Candy Cane and Oreo Blizzard is also available till the end of December. Treat your family to one this season. Don’t forget to get some gift cards while you’re there. Dairy Queen gifts cards make the perfect stocking stuffers. Shane and Shelley, their family and the staff at Dairy Queen would like to extend wishes for a very happy holiday season to everyone in Weyburn and area. It is a pleasure to be part of such a wonderful community! Dairy Queen 20 Railway Avenue, Weyburn 306.842.4721


MUTUAL RESPECT AND CAREFUL COMMUNICATION On Working and Living Together By Tonya Lambert Photo Images by Gillies


hroughout much of history, couples and families working together was the norm. Farms, shops and estate management were all family affairs. No line was drawn separating work from family life, the two were closely intertwined. For some couples, like Paul and Lisa Blanchard, this is still the case today. “It is important to maintain balance,” says Paul. “However, we don’t draw artificial lines, such as only discussing business at the store or vice versa. You can’t compartmentalize your life; things in one part of your life affect the other parts. Nevertheless, you have to try to find balance. Some days this is harder than others, depending on what is happening at work or at home.” The Blanchards, who live in Weyburn and own the local Canadian Tire, have known each other since they were 16 and have been in business together since 2009. “When we were considering going into business together, I went to work with Paul for a few months to see how it would be working together,” explains Lisa. “When you work together, you have to respect each other’s space, opinions and ideas, you need to listen to each other and always communicate.” Since taking over the Canadian Tire in Weyburn, the Blanchards have made several changes to the store. Canadian Tire has expanded the housewares department and new lines of hockey, baseball and soccer equipment. In the enlarged paint department, the store now carries the new Premier line of paints with its amazing selection of colours. “I am so excited about all the toys we have in for Christmas!” Laughs Lisa. “Star Wars, Disney and Avengers toys, board games, Lego and so much more!”

Local young shopper Gage Hennie exclaims, “My favourite toy is the mega nerf gun because it can shoot hundreds of darts really fast. If Santa can’t make one then he should buy one at Canadian Tire. Actually, Santa should set up his toy shop at Canadian Tire because there are so many toys!” Canadian Tire will be holding special sales on Red Thursday and Black Friday. They will also be hosting another Teacher Appreciation Night for local educators and support staff in early December. “Canadian Tire is one of our favorite places to shop,” say Lee and Shayne Parent, “and when Paul and Lisa took over the store, we saw immediate improvements. Since they both believe in service ‘above and beyond expectations’, staff members followed their example; shopping there is really enjoyable. The selection of products improved greatly and we go there first for many household staples. The Blanchards have been a great

addition to the community, getting involved in local causes and organizations. We’re glad they chose Weyburn!” “We are fortunate that people in Weyburn have been so friendly,” says Paul. “When the staff and customers are so welcoming, it makes working together as a couple that much easier.” The Blanchards, their daughters and all the staff at Canadian Tire would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year.

Canadian Tire 1240 Sims Avenue, Weyburn 306.842.4600

Product available at your local Canadian Tire. See Wow Guide for more details.


Working Together at Horner Law Photo Images by Gillies


on and Diane Horner have worked together ever since they met in 1979. Don was working as an economist with the City of Edmonton and Diane had moved out from Ottawa to take a position with the City as a city planner. They were married in 1981 and have raised a family of two daughters, Jenny and Susan, and a son, Andrew. In recent years, they have been joined by two sons-in-law Terrell (Jenny) and Ryan (Susan) and by a granddaughter, Avery, and a grandson, Jack. Don says, “We worked together very well right from the start. Both being Tauruses—we were born one day apart in the same year—sometimes things get a bit feisty but the result has always been a great product.” Shortly after they were married, Diane enrolled at the University of Calgary. For the next 18 months, the couple took turns travelling between Edmonton and Calgary on the weekends until Diane completed her masters degree in Environmental Design. In 1985, the family moved from Edmonton to Toronto where Don earned his law degree at the University of Toronto while Diane worked, first, for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and, later, at the City of Mississauga. After finishing his degree, Don, assisted by Diane, opened a solo practice in Oakville, Ontario. In 1996, they decided to head back to the farm near Creelman on which Don was raised. Don says, “Farming was pretty tough then, and it didn’t take us long to realize that we would have to do more than just farm to send our kids off to university.” So, Don returned to practicing law, joining Kim Thorson in Weyburn in 1998. Don and Kim practiced together in partnership as Thorson and Horner for nearly 15 years, until Kim retired at the end of 2012. Since then, Don and Diane have worked together at Horner Law Office. Don is a lawyer and practices mainly in the areas of farm and residential real estate, mineral and surface lease negotiations, business and corporate law, and estate planning (wills, powers of attorney and health care directives) and estate administration (applications for letters probate and letters of administration). Diane is the office manager. She handles the office accounting and most of the corporate business. Diane says, “For us, it is just natural to work together. We have much the same temperaments and we have a lot of fun. That’s the secret, you have to have fun in what you do.” Don agrees. “Retirement is supposed to be when you are able to take time as a couple to be together,” he chuckles. “If that’s the case, I don’t suppose we’ll ever retire!” Horner Law Office 21 5th Street, Weyburn 306.842.2722

Wishing all our clients peace, joy and all the best as we welcome the New Year. May this incredible time of giving and spending time with family bring you happiness that lasts throughout the year. Thank you for your business this past year. We’re looking forward to working with you in 2017!

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Add a Touch of Warmth to Your Home By: Tonya Lambert

Comfort and cheer. Warmth and welcome. A fireplace is all of these and so much more. A fireplace is togetherness, the place where friends and family gather to visit on a cold winter’s evening. A fireplace is relaxation, where you curl up with a good book to read. A fireplace is romance, the spot where you and your partner cuddle and enjoy a glass of wine. A fireplace is the heart of the home.



riginally, all fireplaces burned wood and were made from stacked stones. They were used for cooking and heating. Now, most fireplaces are more decorative than functional, meaning there is a greater variety in size and materials, and mantels have become optional. Mantels, however, can serve to tie together a room’s overall aesthetic and can be made from wood, stone, stainless steel, copper, marble, stucco or tiles. Will you choose a wood burning, natural gas or electric fireplace? Will it be single faced or multi-faced? Do you want a fireplace that is big and bold to serve as the focal point of the room or would you rather something more subtle that blends into its surroundings. There are many things to consider when choosing which type of fireplace is right for you. The first thing to consider is where you live. If you are in an apartment, a small, portable electric fireplace or a ventless gas fireplace is perfect for capturing that sense of serenity that a fireplace gives. If you are considering having a fireplace installed in your home, you need to contemplate location, heating needs, cost and aesthetic preferences. Traditionally, fireplaces were single faced. Today, you can choose a multi-faced option, such as see-through or freestanding fireplaces. These allow you to enjoy the dancing flames in more than one room. For example, you can install

a see-through fireplace in the wall between your kitchen and living room. Considering cost, wood-burning fireplaces are the most expensive and require the most maintenance, including annual chimney cleaning and the cost of wood. Nonetheless, many people still prefer the captivating aroma and crackles of a wood fire. Furthermore, an air-tight, high-efficiency wood-burning fireplace can heat your whole home. Natural gas fireplaces are not as expensive as wood-burning, though the cost will rise if you need to run in a natural gas line. A gas fireplace provides some heat in the immediate vicinity but not enough to heat a house. A nice option to some gas fireplaces is automatic timers, remote controls and temperature controls. Electric fireplaces are the most economical option. There are stove, traditional, wall mount and insert varieties. The flames do not look as realistic as with wood or gas fireplaces, although they have improved greatly over time and now include pulsating and crackling wood. A nice feature of electric and gas fireplaces is that they start instantly; there is no need to build a fire from scratch like in a wood-burning fireplace. Whatever type you choose, enjoy relaxation and romance, coziness and camaraderie around your fireplace this winter.

Making Dreams a Reality As Christmas and the New Year approaches, we want to take the time to tell you how blessed we feel to have clients like you. HERE’S TO WISHING YOU A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND AMAZING NEW YEAR.

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WHAT CAUSES IT? The moisture in the air causes condensation. The insulation and construction materials used today are designed to keep cold air outside. While energyefficient window designs and weather-stripping keep cold air outside, they also keep warm moist air inside. Older windows were less efficient and consequently allowed moisture to escape. If you don’t have as much condensation now as you did before you replaced your old windows, it’s probably because they were drafty. Good windows and insulation all create barriers to the air exchange of a home. When combined with the additional water vapor from showers, cooking or clothes dryers not vented to the outside, the result is excess moisture and a high relative indoor humidity level.

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Season’s Greetings

from your Century 21 Hometown team AS YOUR PREFERRED REAL ESTATE TEAM, Century 21 Hometown would like to extend a Merry Christmas and a happy, successful and healthy New Year! This past year has seen many exciting changes at Century 21 Hometown. New owners Erik Anderson, Rob Jordens, and Chris Moser provide experience, expertise, guidance and leadership which definitely benefit all our valued clients. Also, we recently welcomed Melanie Bonic and Alvena Dubnyk to our team. Melanie and Alvena have been a perfect fit and have brought amazing skill sets and dedication. These changes greatly benefit our current and future clients by providing a one-stop access to the top performing area REALTORSÂŽ! The New Year will continue to see market fluctuations. Rest assured that as the market around you changes, Century 21 Hometown will evolve for you, ensuring that you continue to receive service which is second to none. We look forward to a seeing you in the New Year!

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Craftsmanship & Quality W

hen we decided to do some renovations on our house, we had Tyler and his crew from VennX come in. On the outside, they replaced all of the windows and doors. They also put on new siding, soffit and fascia. Inside, they knocked down a wall to open up the living room and kitchen. They also built us a pantry that we love. They replaced all the doors inside the house and installed new flooring in the kitchen and living room. Tyler was very good and open-minded; he gave us very good suggestions and information. We have had so many people telling us how good our house looks and asking who did it. We are very happy and pleased with the work that VennX did. We would have them come in again anytime. We also recommend them to other people. Trent & Joanne Daunheimer


yler brought expertise to work on our house. He and his staff worked very hard and were courteous and respectful. He listened to our ideas and offered suggestions when needed. He did everything we asked, from shingling, siding, finishing a bathroom and any other jobs we asked of him. I thought he was reasonable on his rates and kept to estimates. We are pleased with the work. Jeff Robinson

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IT’S A FAMILY AFFAIR Working Together to Build a Better Business


By Tonya Lambert

ust as few people will ever know you as well as your parents do, you know your parents in ways that their friends and colleagues do not. The loyalty, respect and trust between parents and children is especially strong. This special bond presents unique benefits and challenges for parents and their adult children when they go into business together. Knowing each other’s strengths and weaknesses so well can be a huge benefit when it comes to running a successful business. Experience working together on other types of projects makes for fewer surprises. All parents and children are subject to the usual generational disagreements and it can sometimes be difficult to switch from a

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more hierarchical familial relationship to an equitable partnership at work. However, differing points of view can be very beneficial. Parents need to learn to listen to their adult children while the younger generation can’t be afraid to speak up, state their own opinions or disagree with their parent. Parents can benefit from the new perspectives and skills of their adult children while children can learn from their parents’ years of business and life experience. To make things work, it is important for parents and their adult children to sit down and lay out some clear guidelines and boundaries. Expectations and responsibilities need to be understood. If this is done, things will run more smoothly and many disputes can be avoided.



YEARS of Stability and Security

By Tonya Lambert Photography Images By Gillies


tability, it means having the strength to stand and endure. It is the perfect word to describe Weyburn Security. Throughout the ups and downs of the past 90 years, Weyburn Security has stood strong for its clients, withstanding every challenge through a unique blending of ingenuity with experience, agility with continuity. Weyburn Security Bank was founded in 1910 by a group of American investors. Within a year, it had become the first chartered bank in the

province. In 1931, the banking portion of the company was purchased by Imperial Bank, but the previously incorporated Weyburn Security Co. Ltd. (1926) continued. Focusing exclusively on investments and hail insurance at first, Weyburn Security has expanded its operations over the years to include general insurance, mineral rights management and property management—an example of their blending of adaptability with stability that works so well. For much of the company’s long history, the Onstad family has been at its heart. Albert Onstad, grandfather of the current managing director Jim Onstad, came to Saskatchewan from Minnesota to work at the McTaggart branch of the bank in the late 1920s. In the 1930s, Albert moved to Weyburn, where he continued to work for the company, becoming managing director of Weyburn Security and Mayor of Weyburn from 1960–1962. His son Jack likewise worked his way up in the firm to become managing director after his father. ABOVE: Michael Onstad and Jim Onstad





Jack’s son Jim was offered a hockey scholarship to the University of Denver where he earned a degree in management returning home during the summers to work at the firm. “When I started with the company, my dad put me in accounting,” says Jim. “It was one of the best decisions he ever made. It gave me a very solid understanding of the works of the company.” Jim returned from Denver excited about the new computer technology. “I brought back a computer program from the university and wanted to transfer the company’s manual spreadsheets onto the computer. My dad didn’t know much about computers but had the foresight to allow me to automate the company’s manual tasks. Computers were made for accounting. It lets us do the transactions much quicker with more reports. Jim was now working full-time with his father. As a parent and child, the dynamic was different than when two spouses work side-by-side. “When you work with a parent or a child, there is going to be some head-butting as there always is between the generations,” explains Jim. “But you have to be open to new ideas and be willing to trust the younger generation. As soon as I am unwilling to try new things, I should get out of the business.” Taking over the position of managing director from his father in 2000, Jim now finds himself on the opposite side of

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the parent-child relationship. For several summers, both his daughter Meagan and his son Mike worked at the office, with Mike deciding to work for the firm full-time as an investment advisor upon completing a degree in finance from the University of Regina. Today, Mike serves as an assistant manager with Weyburn Security while working towards his certificate in financial planning. The incredible wealth of experience at Weyburn Security together with the regular infusion of new ideas allows them to put together investment portfolios and insurance packages that have been carefully crafted to best suit the needs of each individual client. A private company, Weyburn Security has an independence when it comes to investing that banks simply do not possess. “We are an independent broker of investments, not relying on selling quotas or being paid to sell proprietary products like some institutions. We match products to our client’s risk tolerances and give independent financial advice,” says Jim.


ABOVE: Jack Onstad TOP RIGHT: Albert Onstad MIDDLE L–R: Desiree Rainey, Jennifer Ward and Marie Verhaeghe BOTTOM L–R: Gwen Paterson, Rhonda Logel and Fran Birrell

I WOULD LOVE FOR MY GRANDFATHER TO SEE HOW THE BUSINESS HAS EVOLVED. The same is true when it comes to insurance. Weyburn Security is not tied to any one insurance company but instead acts as a broker researching the various policies available from many insurance companies—home, auto, commercial, farm or life and disability— and then presenting their clients with the best options. The company has many years of experience when negotiating mineral rights for freehold mineral owners. Weyburn Security uses a custom mineral lease to maximize client interests with oil companies. “I think I have the best job in the world,” says Jim. “There is lots of variety in my work and it’s all very interesting. We have had experienced, knowledgeable support staff over the years which is a tremendous asset in keeping the business operating successfully. I would love for my grandfather to see how the business has evolved.” Weyburn Security Co. Ltd. 111 2 St. NE, Weyburn 306.842.2841


Start the New Year Off Right

Teresa LaFoy Business Analyst Community Futures Sunrise 11 3rd Street, Weyburn 1.877.851.9997 Serving Southeast Saskatchewan


new year, a new you! Have you been thinking about starting up your own small business in 2017? The knowledgeable staff at Community Futures (CF) Sunrise can help you switch gears from employment to self-employment as you enter the world of business. Providing business loans, advice and support to entrepreneurs in southeast Saskatchewan, CF Sunrise can help make your New Year’s resolution a reality! Teresa LaFoy, business analyst at CF Sunrise in Weyburn, counsels many entrepreneurs in her office. All come with ideas, enthusiasm and great questions. “Whether a client is starting up a company, purchasing an existing business or expanding their operations, CF Sunrise can steer them in the right direction,” says LaFoy. “Finding financing can be a big hurdle to the growth of a small business. CF

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L–R: Teresa LaFoy, Verna O’Neill, Marion Scott

Sunrise can lend up to $150,000 to entrepreneurs as they start or expand their businesses in the southeast.” Sarah Siwy and Francis Lessard, owners of Brady’s House of Flowers, can attest to the importance of the right financing and business advice. Sarah comments, “Right from the start CF Sunrise worked hand-inhand with our bank to get us the financing required to purchase our business. Over the last two years, we have always been able to go to Sunrise with any questions we have had or ask for advice we have needed. Without CF Sunrise we wouldn’t be where we are today!” Not only can CF Sunrise help you with business financing, they also offer business advice and information to entrepreneurs. “We have a lot of business resources that are easily accessible by calling our office or visiting our website. Starting off on the right foot is very important and having your paperwork in order can help you avoid mistakes in the long run,” comments Marion Scott, office administrator. “We’re happy to help small business owners as they start and grow their businesses.” “We also offer business training sessions in the southeast Saskatchewan region, all with the aim of helping


entrepreneurs meet the challenges they face,” comments Verna O’Neill, general manager at CF Sunrise. “Attending these business training sessions helps business owners answer questions, create new ideas, talk with other entrepreneurs, and keep up with new trends in the region and marketplace. We have an ever-growing list of clients that ask to be alerted every time we offer a business training session. Knowledge is power in business!” So if your future includes starting or expanding a business, if you have questions about licencing and registrations or you want to find out more about CF Sunrise’s business training sessions in the region, give their friendly and helpful staff a call.


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Taking Care of Business By Ardell Waldner Photography Images By Gillies

Where did the time go? Yesterday, it was spring; today, it’s December, and we are faced with yet another year end. Was this year better than the last? What were my sales? What was my profit? What do I owe? These are questions most business owners are asking themselves right now. A bookkeeper can help you with all this and more.

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A bookkeeper can help you get started. Are you a DIYer trying to attack all the tasks of your business, including your bookkeeping and record keeping. Have you ever sat beside your computer and not known where to start? Bookkeepers are trained to know where to start.


A bookkeeper can help you organize your company. Not sure of how to handle all the tasks of your business? Not sure which systems to use to track all the information needed to file taxes and keep track of inventory, invoicing, paying cheques? Bookkeepers are trained to know how to handle this.


A bookkeeper can do the job faster than you can. You pick up a receipt ready to enter it and find yourself unsure of how to categorize it. Now, you need to do some research, maybe phone someone or use the internet, all of which is very time consuming. Bookkeepers are trained to know where different items belong, that is, whether they are an asset or expense, income or liability.


A bookkeeper understands sales taxes. There are different rules regarding provincial sales tax and the GST. Different taxes apply to different situations. A bookkeeper is trained to understand these rules.


A bookkeeper can help you control your paper flow. As a business, you are always fighting a large paper flow. A bookkeeper can help you set up filing systems to keep everything well organized. This will also free up your time so you can focus on your business, spend time with your family or enjoy some down time.


A bookkeeper understands the numbers. Not sure of how it all works? How do you make a profit? What expenses can you control? A bookkeeper can help you to understand what your numbers mean.


A bookkeeper knows how to pay your employees. TD1, T4, income tax, CPP, EI‌ the list goes on and it can be intimidating to the untrained. A bookkeeper knows when reports and remittances are due and how to file them.


A bookkeeper can file your WCB annual and semi-annual reports. In February, Saskatchewan Workers Compensation Board requires an annual report and, in July, a semi- annual update. Using your bookkeeping from the previous year, a bookkeeper can accurately file this report for you.


A bookkeeper can help you with cash flow. By tracking income and expenses in reports, a bookkeeper can quickly help you to see when cash flow gets tight and then help you to decide whether you need to pay things differently through the month or find different ways to increase your cash flow.


A bookkeeper can give you piece of mind.

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We wish you a Merry Christmas! Thank you to our customers for your past year of business. We look forward to serving you in the new year.

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WINTER TIRES Are They Worth the Cost? By Tonya Lambert

SASKATCHEWAN WINTERS CAN BE TOUGH. Heavy snowfall, minus 40 degrees Celsius temperatures and bitter winds would make anyone think twice before going outside. Yet, everyday people in Saskatchewan jump into their vehicles and make the drive to work. They take their kids to hockey practice and piano lessons. They head downtown and to the mall to get their Christmas shopping done. And, according to a 2011 survey commissioned by Canadian Tire, only 40 percent of them do so in vehicles equipped with winter tires.


nlike in Quebec, winter tires are not mandatory in Saskatchewan. Nonetheless, Transport Canada, the Saskatchewan Safety Council, SGI and CAA all strongly recommend using them. According to the Traffic Industry Research Foundation, numerous studies have shown that winter tires have better traction, cornering and braking in cold weather better than all-season or summer tires. In addition, a 2009 study conducted by Continental Corporation found that switching between summer and winter tires reduced fuel consumption by five percent as opposed to leaving on all-season tires year-round. Winter tires are made from a different type of rubber that is more flexible than that used in summer or all-season tires. “The rubber in all-season tires starts to lose elasticity and harden at around seven degrees Celsius, significantly reducing the tire’s ability to grip the road,” says Christine Niemczyk, Director, Communications, CAA Saskatchewan. This is the temperature when the heightened traction of winter tires starts to become apparent, according to the Rubber Association of Canada. The increased elasticity of the rubber makes it easier for winter tires to grip the small bumps on an icy road. Winter tires also have a deeper tread than all-season tires, enabling them to get down through the snow and grip the road better, lessening brake times by 30-40 percent. “The deep tread design provides up to 50 percent better traction on winter roads,” states Niemczyk. In addition, winter tires have many small grooves or ‘sipes’ in the tread. “These sipes are breaks within the tread pattern which allows further movement of the rubber,” explains Lee Carlson, Safety Consultant/Instructor, Saskatchewan Safety Council. “Think of it as individual fingers of rubber all flexing trying to grip the surface.” Winter tires should be narrower than summer tires by at least one size. Narrower tires concentrate the pressure on a smaller area making it more forceful and thus able to grip better. All winter tires are marked by a snowflake on a three-peaked mountain, meaning they have been approved by Transport

Canada for winter driving conditions. However, not all winter tires preform equally well on winter roads. Premium tires have even more flexible rubber and better treads than economy tires which can increase traction up to 15 percent. Many people who do not use winter tires cite cost as a key factor. Some people try to cut costs by installing only two winter tires. However, studies have shown that this simply is nowhere near as effective as four winter tires. Carlson, who developed and instructs the Skid Smart driving program, notes that, over the past 13 years, participants in the program have compared the relative performances of winter tires and all-season tires. “Drivers who have experienced winter tires for the first time say they would never go back to all- season tires for winter driving.” If you haven’t tried winter tires yet, maybe this is the year you should.

Style Doesn’t Have to be Sacrificed When it Comes to Wheel Fashion Knight Dodge has a full line up of winter tire packages. We offer no charge change out and storage on tire and rim packages purchased at Knight Dodge in Weyburn.

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