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A birthday, an anniversary and a fond farewell


HERE HAVE BEEN a couple of milestones in my family during the past couple of months. My mother and father celebrated their 60th anniversary on Nov. 28. My father turns 85 on Jan. 8. A year ago he suffered a heart attack and a stroke right around Christmas. That is a nasty one-two punch. Now he is, as we say in hockey, back at full strength. On Christmas Eve I shook hands with him. First his right. Then his left. His left was the Editor stronger by about 3.2 per cent. It was the one affected by the stroke. Next year I will hug him. Those who know John Hutchinson have seen him display his mental and physical toughness. He has always been a fighter. His trigger is quicker than Billy the Kid’s. Not long ago a guy came about a nerve short of having an 84-year-old in his face. I travelled to Mesa, Arizona, for my father’s 70th and 75th birthdays. Both were surprise visits. I knocked on the back door of his winter home the first time. The second

time, I think (my memory isn’t what it used to be) I showed up at his birthday dinner. One of the things I do remember about No. 75 was my flight to Phoenix. When I got to my row on the plane, there was a woman in the aisle seat. During our pre-flight chat she said she was a white-knuckler with anxiety issues. I told her we would get along just fine. It was like we were going to be three-hour soul mates. I was sure we were going to join the Mile Cry Club. “If I grab you, please don’t be alarmed,” she said. “If I grab you, please don’t call the police,” I replied. There was, as we say in hockey, some clutching, but no grabbing. I missed Dad’s 80th, but he is home for his 85th. I am thankful I have both my parents, and we have Sandy’s as well. Happy Birthday, Dad.


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he entertainment calendar for the first part of 2014 is quickly filling up. Here are 10 considerations that prove variety is the spice of life. All promise to be delivered with style. • The Lyell Gustin Recital Series is beginning its 10th season on Jan. 10 at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Its promoters have landed another gem of a pianist, Nikolai Choubine, who comes with international credentials. Born in Krasnador, Russia, he gained degrees in piano performance and pedagogy in Moscow, and then moved to the United States where he earned a doctor of music in Piano Performance from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. He has been a prize winner at international festivals and has taught piano and chamber music at Canadian and American schools. His home base is currently Saint People Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. His program is called Glories of Piano’s Golden Age. He will perform Chaconne of Bach-Busoni, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, and romantic selections by Tchaikovsky and Chopin. Rika Asai Choubine, originally from Saskatoon, will give the preconcert talk at 6:45. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. • The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is returning to TCU Place on Jan. 14-15 with the exquisite classic, Romeo and Juliet. Nothing can be finer for Saskatoon dance enthusiasts than to see a homegrown product, Tristan Dobrowney, performing. A dancer since the age of six, Dobrowney pursued his dance education with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division, graduating in 2008. The great romantic work by Shakespeare is set against a backdrop of music by Prokofiev. The performance is a lingering tribute to Rudi van Dantzig, who has been called by RWB’s artistic Andrew Lewis “an artist of the rarest calibre, whose aesthetic instincts were matched only by his strong opinions and political voice.” Dantzig’s production, first done in Winnipeg in 1981, transports audiences to 16th century Verona with opulent costumes and beautiful set pieces. There are two performances in Saskatoon, with each at 8 p.m. (Saskatoon dancer comes home. Page 8) • The Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra takes another pops plunge on Jan. 18 at TCU Place, hooking up with familiar partners from Jeans ‘n Classics to present The Music of Pink Floyd. Featured will be 16 selections from The Wall and Dark Side of the Moon. Peter Brennan is the guitarist and founder of Jeans ‘n Classics, which started as a seven-person group on a nervous one-nighter and has grown into a company of 29 representing 45 different pop-rock productions touring in Canada


Liang Xing and Amanda Green are Romeo + Juliet (Photo Supplied) and the United States. Born in England, he was influenced by the Beatles and now lives in London, Ont. Among the eight performing in Saskatoon will be Jean Meilleur, lead vocalist and now in his 16th year with the company, and Katalin Kiss, a featured vocalist. As in the past, it promises to be another happy reunion with Mathieu Pouliot, principal percussionist with the Saskatoon Symphony since 2011 and the guest conductor again. It’s a 7:30 p.m. start. • The Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of trumpeter Dean McNeill, is going to play tribute to the music of Duke Ellington at the Broadway Theatre on Jan. 26. It will Fabian Belmonte and Roxana Callegari are tango dancers in Quartango (Photo Supplied)

play Ellington’s arrangement of Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite, two Ellington originals, Suite Thursday (based on John Steinbeck’s Sweet Thursday) and Such Sweet Thunder Suite (based from a line in A Midsummer Night’s Dream). Brad Shigeta, who once played trombone in Ellington bands, will bring his talent to the lineup. Also featured will be Saskatchewan-born pianist Jeff McLeod, saxophonist Mark DeJong and drummer Jon McCaslin. Joining the lineup will be conductor Darrin Oehlerking and vocalist Michelle Auser. Throw in some big-band favourites, and it will be a busy night for the regular 17-member band. Doors open at 2 p.m., and the show starts at 3 p.m. • The West Side Story remains a Broadway spectacle filled with memorable music and a great love story. It has undergone some reshaping since 2009, and a touring company comes to TCU Place in Saskatoon for a multiple run: (Continued on page 4)


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irst things first: Happy New Year! turned into luge runs and our power bills While every day is a new into second mortgages (though thankfully, beginning, there’s something we have had consistent power, unlike our tantalizing about the bright white canvas friends in the east). stretching out from Jan. 1. The 12-month Anyway, while flight delays and bad mark, whether it’s our birthday or the customer service appear to be a daily calendar’s, is a pat way to measure our Canadian airport occurrence, one story progress and achievements stood out as truly incredulous. while daydreaming about Air Canada, hardly the those to come. May every day harbinger of flawlessly executed bring you happiness in 2014. flight bookings or stellar And may every week bring customer service, got busted last you a crisp new edition of the week for an embarrassingly outSaskatoon Express to enjoy. of-date policy. You know when they make ***************** that sickening call to antsy Have you heard the latest on departing lounge passengers Air Canada? that the flight is overbooked, If you’re an avid Twitterer, so if anyone wants to volunteer it seems like this winter is to fly later, they’ll get a flight Columnist the winter to tweet every last voucher? Calgary man Chris single detail of your travel Turner did it, and received the voucher woes. Forgive me for not breaking out for future Air Canada travel. A sucker for the Kleenex if you’re not getting back punishment, some might say, but props to from the Caribbean on time. Back home him for stepping up. in Saskatoon our frozen bridges have


Turner wanted to transfer his travel I’ll never forget that. In 2003 another voucher into his wife’s name and put it woman thought a woman keeping her against her flight. Sounds easy enough, maiden surname after marriage was illegal. right? WestJet does it all the time. It allows I think I stared at her for a full minute travellers to transfer credits to absolutely before explaining that no, I was not legally anyone of their choosing, family or bound or otherwise to change it. otherwise. I’m no suffragette though. While I Well, not Air Canada. At Air Canada, have no conscious memory of deliberately the transferee must share the same family executing the change, I eventually evolved name as the transferrer, and Turner’s wife from Tammy Nicklas to Tammy Robert. kept her last name. Therefore, they would Having my son in 2004 had a lot to do not allow Turner to transfer his credit to with it, if I remember correctly. Now with his liberated wife. two little Robert boys to my name, there’s I remember when I got married way no doubt I’ll keep it. back in 2003 that I didn’t bother changing Necessary? No. Just a choice. my name on my bank account and a few Back to Air Canada. The airline seems other key business accounts. Living in a to believe a woman isn’t really married small town, however, most of the bank unless she’s a Mrs. This is just another staff had been at my wedding, so they chip in the seemingly out-of-touch airline’s made helpful attempts to go ahead and broken down armour. It claims the familychange it anyway. name rule is a fraud-prevention tactic. When I explained to the bank teller that Come on. In a world where airline I wasn’t changing it at that time, she was security runs rampant in the name of flabbergasted. protecting passengers, even that one isn’t “Don’t you have to?” she asked. LS908449.A06 going to fly.


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Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 1 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 2 at 2 and 7 p.m. Still very much in place is the powerful, poignant story by Arthur Laurents, along with timeless Leonard Bernstein-Stephen Sondheim songs, including Tonight, America, Maria, I Feel Pretty and Somewhere. This is all combined with the energy Jerome Robbins has given to theatrical dance. • Canadian pianist Jon Kimura Parker has released a CD, Rite, which is intended to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. The Toronto Star calls the CD an amazing and stunning way to celebrate the anniversary. Originally from Vancouver, Parker has played Carnegie Hall, toured Europe with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Andre Previn, shared a Berlin stage with Jessye Norman and given a command performance for Queen Elizabeth. The credits are a mile long. He’s going to play at the Roxy Theatre on Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. It is part of a series which Mark Turner initiated under the label of TAC Concerts before becoming interim general manager of the Saskatoon Symphony. Turner calls the Roxy “an underused gem.” • Buffy Sainte-Marie is making a return to Saskatchewan. Born on the Piapot Cree Reserve in the Qu’Appelle Valley in 1941, she gained her education and musical training in Massachusetts, and became a voice of pacifism in the United States and Canada. Her song Until It’s Time To Go was recorded by Elvis Presley, Bobby Darin, Barbra Streisand and Cher. Her song Universal Soldier became the theme of the American peace movement. A 2008 CD release, Running to the Drum, led to a Juno Award and her entry into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. Her Saskatoon date is at the Broadway Theatre on March 10. She’ll be accompanied by three aboriginal musicians who she says set the energy for works like Starwalker and No Noi Keshagesh. Show time is 7:30 p.m. • Canadian singer Sheila Jordan once said Diana Panton ”sounds like the sweetest bird you’ll ever hear.” Many will agree. She was clearly a favourite with the Saskatoon Jazz Society crowd when she appeared just over a year ago. The Toronto singer is coming back to The Bassment on March 15, bringing along an all-star cast of instrumentalists, and promising some songs from Red, her November CD release. Cuts on the CD include You’re My Thrill, Make Yourself Comfortable, That’s All, 24 Hours a Day, and I Know Why and So Do You. And if you like something from her past releases, she may lean back to Christmas

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Oliver Jones will be at The Bassment on May 24 (Photo Supplied) Kiss and to Brazil with Love. Show time is 9 p.m. • In the mix of inspiring entertainment which the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra brings to Saskatoon, there’s an eye-opener in store for the crowd at TCU Place on April 26. The music of Quartango is one thing, blessed with Stephane Aubin on piano, Jonathon Goldman on bandoneon, Rene Gosselin on double bass and Antoine Bareil on violin, all backed by the lush sounds of the orchestra. But the show reaches the eye-catching limits with the appearances of Argentine tango dancers Roxana and Fabian going through their intricate sensual steps. It is another in the Conexus Pops Series. Show time is 7:30 p.m. • Once taught by Oscar Peterson’s sister, Daisy Sweeney, and encouraged by Peterson himself, Oliver Jones of Montreal has become a recognizable force as a jazz pianist for six decades. He’s covered a lot of musical territory in the studios: from Live at Biddell’s in 1983 until Pleased to Meet You in 2009. Jones is returning to play The Bassment, home of the Saskatoon Jazz Society, on May 24. He has a special affection for Saskatoon audiences, having played at the first jazz festival in 1987, and having played a commissioned piece, Saskatchewan Suite, at the festival in June 2012. He’s won four Juno awards and has been honoured with the Order of Canada. It’s a Saturday date with a 9 p.m. start, and it’s never too early to book tickets for what will surely be a sell-out.

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Dennis Beerling named CTV Citizen of the Year


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hen Dennis Beerling embraced a community project in Saskatoon, it was a safe bet he was there for the long term. Consider more than 40 years in track and field. Or 37 years with Gateway Players after being one of its founders. Or 27 years as a Boy Scout leader. Or being the first president of the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame and still being actively engaged at the annual banquet 28 years later. And there are his contributions to softball and basketball, usually filling a need in the community at the appropriate time. Beerling, who spent 31 years of his life as an elementary school teacher (including 20 as a principal), was named on New Year’s Eve as the 2013 CTV Citizen of the Year. “You can always find time to do things if you believe in them and want to do them,” said Beerling. “Many of the roles couldn’t have happened without the support of my wife, Toni. And even in the Boy Scout days she spent more time in the service than I did. We’re nudging up towards our 49th anniversary. Sometimes you get involved because of your children — Colleen is an elementary school teacher, Ryan is in fire services — and sometimes you see the needs of a community from where I worked at the school. That’s where you often do your first coaching, and you try your best to help.” Beerling, 73, has often expressed surprise at where his interests have taken him. “In track and field I’d go to the clinics for officials. By 1976 I was chosen as a track and field umpire at the Olympic Games in Montreal. Working in front of crowds of over 70,000 was overwhelming.

As a first-time event in Canada, it was a tremendous spectacle.” For most of his career as an official he was a starter, with pistol in hand. “I’ll never forget the semifinals of the 100 metres at the Commonwealth Games in 1994. Linford Christie of Britain was in the field. Most people remember the finishes; I remember the starts. That race with Christie in it was as close to a perfect start that I’ve ever had,” said Beerling, who also remembers having American star Marion Jones in starting lineups at the world championships in Edmonton. In softball, he took a Bar K junior women’s team to the national playoffs in 1979, took the Phantom bantams to a Western Canadian championship in 1991. He treasures the founding of the Charlie Brown’s All-Stars teams, formed from westside neighbourhoods. Seven of those teams won provincials. In basketball, he was coaching school teams when he “saw the need for basketball opportunities for both boys and girls in the 11-and-12 age classes. And that was the beginning of the middy and bantam leagues. A lot of boys wanted an alternative to hockey. The growth has been tremendous.” Beerling was on a Saskatoon Field House committee, along with Howard Nixon and Donna Birkmaier, in 1984 when discussions began about the facility being a potential home for a sports hall of fame. “Dick DuWors told Howard that we needed a hall of fame. We had the wall space at the Field House to hang the pictures. As a councillor, Howard carried the ball at City Hall. It was two years in the planning, and I became president for the first six years.” With the boy scouts, “I was invited by my dad’s cousin, Charlie, to help reorganize the troop at St. Thomas Wesley Church.” He notes with pride that in 1972 “we began a pilot project for co-ed

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Regrettably, Gateway folded two years ago, leaving Beerling wondering: “Where will our young people learn to act and get better at it?” He still does an annual dinner theatre for Mayfair United Church. “I try to instill in my casts to do as professional a job as possible — and especially in dinner theatre, where the audiences want to get their money’s worth.” Beerling’s track record, say his friends, stands tall in loyalty, perseverance, dedication and belief in the community. All of which fit the CTV requirements for “excellence in community service.”

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Fitness buff Heart attack changes his life

Blake Parker has lost 40 pounds since his heart attack

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t was a hockey game like most others for Blake Parker. Maybe he was a bit more tired than usual after every shift, but he thought little of it. He was 52 after all. After the game he started to feel light-headed. Then he was sick to his stomach. He started to feel better, so he decided to have a shower before heading home. “My jaw and neck started hurting, and I couldn’t squeeze a fist in my left hand.” Parker was having a heart attack. He is grateful Dr. Paul Weckworth, a Saskatoon urologist, was a teammate on the Canadiens, a team in a 50-and-over league. “He phoned the hospital and told them he was bringing a guy in who is having a heart attack,” Parker said. “He drove me (from Schroh Arena) to University Hospital, and they were waiting for me. They got me in right away and put three stints in the artery that was blocked. And the rest is history.” That night on Feb. 1, 2012 was life-altering. There is no doubt. After his heart event, as Parker jokingly calls it, he entered the renowned cardiac program at the Field House. Like hundreds and hundreds before him, he started with a yellow shirt and then graduated to a red one. “I had no idea what I could do and what I should or shouldn’t do. Can I lift weight? Can I not? They explain everything. They say, ‘Take your time; we’re not in a hurry.’ They were always watching you. And you had a monitor on so you didn’t overdo it or let your heart rate get higher than they wanted it to get or it should have been. They were excellent.” Parker wasn’t going to go from red shirt to couch spud. Parker knew it. His son Aaron made sure of it. Aaron is a member of Reebok Crossfit 306. “He competes. He’s in phenomenal shape. He just kept on my butt: ‘You have to come to the gym, you have to come to the gym,’” Aaron told his father. In May 2012, four months after his heart attack, Parker went to the gym. “He’s been my most motivating factor,” Parker said. “Obviously I had to do something different.” Watching Parker work out is quite something. He is toned and muscular. At 53, he can pull himself up on gymnastic rings and pose in an L shape. He tosses bar bells around and hoists kettle bells like nobody’s business. “When I first started I was weaker than weak,” he said. “I was watching Aaron do this and I’m thinking, ‘There is no way a guy my age can do this.’ We started out slow. I couldn’t do half the stuff; I JW11254.A06 didn’t have any stamina, energy and had even less strength.


Blake Parker credits his son for getting him to join a gym (Photos by Sandy Hutchinson) “I was lifting weight that a 10-year-old girl could lift, but it was a big deal for me,” he said with a laugh. “A heart attack takes a lot more out of you than a guy thinks. You have to start slow and progress slow.” It didn’t hurt having Aaron by his side. “My son was a big part of it. It didn’t matter what little accomplishment I had, he was always ‘Right on; way to go.’” Parker also credits Crossfit 306 owners/trainers Jason Cain and Rebecca Winterhalt for his success. “Jason and Rebecca were awesome. They said, ‘Go slow, do what you can.’ They never put too much weight on. You do all the same movements. You just do them lighter, with things you can do.” Parker is hesitant to give advice to others. “I am fairly proud of what I have accomplished. It’s losing weight and getting into better shape. You have to change your mindset.” Parker, a former smoker, has lost approximately 40 pounds since having his heart attack. “I was never one to do weightlifting and go to a gym, because I didn’t know how and had never done it before. Now I feel guilty if I miss a couple of days.” He said his hockey game has improved since he

began his fitness program. He never was or will be a big goal scorer, he said. “This year hockey has been 10 times easier. Now I can skate up and down the ice a couple times and go off, and in 30 seconds be ready to go back on. Before you keep your head down for four minutes so the guy on the ice doesn’t look at you because he wants to change,” he said with a laugh. “The recovery time is unbelievably different. I feel the same at the end of the game as I do at the start of the game. I am not exhausted. Before I would feel like I had run a marathon after a game. It has made a huge huge difference.” At the time of the year when people are getting into gym routines, Parker advises people to stick with a program. “If I can do it, anybody can. You don’t need a lot of expensive equipment to be active and increase your cardio by tenfold. You just have to be committed to do it. “I don’t give people advice on what they should be doing and what they shouldn’t, because I was the same guy. I was the same way.” There is life after a heart attack. Parker is living proof.

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arning: This article contains your good luck in the year ahead. (There Christian religious content. aren’t many men in today’s Ukrainian Reader discretion is advised. families that would have the courage to try For most, the Christmas season has this and still hope for a joyous Christmas.) come and gone. The bright lights and Three-tiered kolachi (decorated breads) glitter that seemed so festive a couple of will be featured on the table representing weeks ago are looking tired and tacky and the Holy Trinity and topped with a white ready to be packed away for another year. candle. The combination represents Christ The spirit of Christmas present has joined as the light of the world and bread of life. the rank and file of Christmas past, saving Although the menu will vary slightly in this year’s memories, both good different households, most will and bad, to be revisited in the include borshch (soup), holubtsi years ahead. You have probably (cabbage rolls), bowls of varealready stood in line in stores to nyky (perogies) with various return the items you lined up to fillings, fish dishes, beans, purchase a short time ago, askmushrooms and vegetables. The ing yourself about the futility of feast will end with stewed fruit the whole exercise. and poppyseed cake. (And I But for those Canadians of wonder why I’m rotund!) Ukrainian extraction that follow This symbolic meal has been the Julian calendar, Christmas celebrated by Ukrainian famiis still on the horizon. The comlies for generations. It is culture mon refrain is “Ho, Ho, Ho; woven with faith. Ukrainian Columnist Christmas comes but twice a costumes will be donned, and year.” pride of heritage will prevail, encouragFor Ukrainians, English Christmas is ing the next generation to continue with about Santa Claus, gift giving and social- the traditions. Family members who have izing. It is the warm-up to the one true passed on will be remembered in stories Christmas where the focus is celebrating from celebrations of yesteryear. The gifts the birth of Christ. And the celebration is of a Ukrainian Christmas are the joys of steeped in tradition. family, food, faith and remembrance. And On Jan. 6 (Ukrainian Christmas Eve) for Ukrainian children, the bonus is an young children will be kept busy watching extra day off school. out the window looking for the first star, Political correctness falls by the wayreadying themselves for family and friends side. The celebration will not be diluted who are expected to arrive before the star with Season’s Greetings, Happy Holidays appears. In keeping with tradition, hay will or any other yuletide salutations. Ukraibe scattered under the table with the hope nian Christians will greet each other with for an abundant harvest — and for some, Khrystos rodyvsia (Christ is born) and rein recognition of the birth of the Christ ply with Slavim Yoho (Let us glorify him). child in a stable. The Babas will be busy in Ukrainian Christmas, like the English, the kitchen preparing 12 traditional meat- is a season that brings out the best in less dishes, symbolic of the 12 apostles. people. It is a time of generosity and goodAnd what a dinner it will be. will towards one another. There is sincerity The meal will start with kutia, a wheat in wishing mankind happiness, peace and and honey dish. In our family it will be joy. It makes you wonder what a wondermixed with poppy seed and nuts. The ful world it would be if this attitude could wheat represents the staff of life and the be carried on year round. honey the spirit of Christ. It symbolizes I missed wishing all of you a Merry peace, prosperity and good health. In days Christmas in December. So I take this opof old the head of the family (usually the portunity to share our Christmas with you Dad) would toss a spoonful of kutia at the and to wish you and your families a happy ceiling. According to folklore, the more and healthy 2014. kernels that stuck to the roof, the better


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Amati Quartet going for gold with Beethoven collection


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he University of Saskatchewan’s Amati Quartet is reaching for new heights in 2014. “It’s an Olympic year, so we wanted to take on an Olympic-sized challenge,” said Marla Cole, founding member, first violinist and artistic director with the quartet. Together with Rudolf Sternadel (violin), Geoff Cole (viola) and Terence Sturge (cello), Cole has announced the quartet’s intention to cycle through all 16 of Ludwig Beethoven’s string quartets. “Beethoven wrote 16 string quartets, spanning his lifetime,” said Cole. “When you perform the cycle, you can hear the evolution of him as a composer and a person. As a string player in a string quartet, it’s the ultimate achievement. We said this is it: 2014 is the year.” The six-concert cycle begins Saturday Jan. 11 at Third Avenue United Church at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The first of the six concerts features three of Beethoven’s quartets. Each presents a unique insight into the legendary composer’s life. “I can see why Hollywood makes movies about him,” said Cole, who has devoted much of her time to studying the man behind the music in preparation for the series. In their first concert, the Amati Quartet will be performing Beethoven’s String Quartet in E flat Major, Opus 127. “It’s from part of the late period of Beethoven’s life,” said Cole. “It was

a piece commissioned by a Russian prince.” Next up will be Beethoven’s String Quartet in F major, Opus 18, Number 1. “In the margins of the manuscript you can see Beethoven’s handwriting, which states the piece is about two lovers on the verge of separating,” said Cole. “He said the music represents the scene of the tomb in Romeo and Juliet.” Then the quartet will perform Beethoven’s String Quartet in C major, Opus 59, Number 3. “It’s quite autobiographical,” said Cole. “Each movement can be seen to represent a certain portion of his life. At the point of writing this piece he was already deaf.” Studying the man behind the music is so important for professional musicians, said Cole. “You can get a lot of insight into Beethoven, thanks to his conversation notebooks,” she said. “After he went deaf, people would write down what they wanted to talk about with him, and he would either reply in the notebook or verbally. As musicians performing his work we first need to study all of his music and his life. We read his letters and notebooks to get as much insight as possible into everything about his life.” The Amati Quartet’s Beethoven Cycle – Concert No. 1: Saturday, Jan. 11, Third Avenue United Church, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $30 adult, $25 seniors (65+), $15 students. Available at In person: Remai Arts Centre, 100 Spadina Crescent East (306-384-7727).

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Off the bridge, but not off the table

uestion: How do you find out when something happens in the city, such as the car going off the bridge and into the river? Do you get a special call on something like that? Mayor Atchison: I receive a phone call, an urgent email or a text from senior administration officials. That message would not only go to me, but to councillors as well. Question: Does that happen fairly quickly? Mayor Atchison: As quickly as is possible. City officials want to make sure they have the correct information and aren’t making assumptions. It is more about being factual than anything. Once they have that together, it is sent to us. I have yet to receive a phone call from the media about an incident that I haven’t been Ask the informed about by the administration already. Question: Can you talk about the incident on the bridge? Mayor Atchison: The most important part is that the driver is alive and not seriously hurt. That is number one. City crews sanded the bridge 90 minutes prior to the incident. In really icy weather, crews sand the bridge every two hours. Immediately after the incident I spoke with City Manager Murray Totland about our policies regarding bridges and snow removal. I

know the city’s first response is to make the bridge safe. Then we look at policy changes. Question: Do you want to say anything about the first responders, including StarPhoenix photographer Greg Pender, who went onto the ice to help the young woman to safety. Mayor Atchison: MD Ambulance has an award for those who go beyond the call of duty, and so does the police service. I think Greg should be recognized for his heroism and his special efforts. I can’t imagine walking out onto that ice not knowing how thick it is. Rescuing this young woman just speaks to the people of Saskatoon. We are a caring community. Question: From what I’ve heard and read, the overlying Mayor belief is your pre-election promise was to have the north bridge completed by 2016. Now with the project “off the table,” it’s interesting to note this commitment appears to have been made without due diligence and assuring all funding was in place. Don’t you think having the necessary funding in place first before making promises to the public was important? Why would a P3 Canada application even be sent without first performing all the required funding due diligence? Mayor Atchison: First of all, I don’t


make promises. I set goals and objectives. If you don’t have a goal or objective, you will never get to the other end. If we hadn’t talked about 2016, we’d still be talking. Second, the project isn’t “off the table.” The application is before PPP Canada. Our business case has been prepared and sent to them for review. We should hear from PPP Canada early this year. We are still hopeful the provincial government will come on board in the near future. The whole purpose of this application is to get the funding in place. It would be a partnership among the city, the federal government, perhaps the province and the private sector. So this application to PPP Canada is for the funding. Once that is given the OK then we can send out ‘Requests for Qualifications’ and finally ‘Requests for Proposals’ for a contractor to construct the two bridges and roadways. Everyone is talking about the Parkway Bridge, but we can’t forget about the Traffic Bridge. It is going to handle between 15,000 and 20,000 vehicles a day. The City Centre Plan sets a goal of 35,000 people living in the downtown area. With repairs to our other bridges coming in the years ahead, it is critical that we have the Traffic Bridge in place, too. Question: Do members of city council have to vote on every issue when they are in the council chambers? Mayor Atchison: Yes they do. You cannot abstain. What you can do is declare a

conflict of interest. I had a perceived conflict of interest with prayer. So I abstained from the vote to chose the person for that committee. Other than that, in 19 years I have voted on every single issue. Question: Could you elaborate on your perceived conflict? Mayor Atchison: A gentleman went to the Human Rights Commission and said he didn’t like what was transpiring with the Saskatoon Prayer Breakfast. He applied for a position on a commission so I stepped aside on that vote. I didn’t want it to be said that I voted against him because he had filed a complaint with the Human Rights Commission. Question: Are councillors allowed to pre-vote on an issue when they know they won’t be at a meeting? Mayor Atchison: Absolutely not. You are elected to be in council chambers, and that is why I haven’t missed in 19 years. I made that commitment when I became a councillor and then mayor. For me it has been exceedingly important to be there. And there are things in a meeting that perhaps change your mind. You are supposed to come to council with an open mind; open to persuasion and new information. You can’t pre-vote because you would have pre-judged the scenario before it was heard in council chambers. (Have a question for Mayor Atchison? Send it to editorial@saskatoonexpress. com. Please put “Mayor” in the subject line.)

Romeo + Juliet

City dancer comes home to perform in classic ballet


Ned Powers Saskatoon Express

s a 25-year-old member of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB), Tristan Dobrowney still gets a charge out of making a hometown appearance in Saskatoon. The Royal Winnipeg Ballet will be staging Romeo + Juliet, its classic and timeless tale of love, loyalty and fate at TCU Place on Jan. 14-15. Based on the cast lists, Dobrowney will be dancing the role of Benvolio in each performance. Dobrowney has enjoyed some special moments since joining the RWB company in 2008. He has appeared in the story ballets like Peter Pan, Nutcracker, Dracula, Moulin Rouge – The Ballet, Swan Lake and Cinderella Story. His last visit to Saskatoon was for Sleeping Beauty. Dobrowney, who made a quick visit home during the holidays, said one of the most whirlwind trips came during the 2010 Winter Olympics at Vancouver. “We had been performing Cinderella on a fiveweek tour in the United States, and we were invited to do two pieces, along with the National Ballet of Canada, at the Cultural Olympiad at Vancouver. “We just had a day to put it together, but it was exciting to work in front of 20,000 people on a street stage. You could feel the Olympic spirit in the air wherever you went. It was amazing. Just as quickly, we were back on the road in Western Canada for Moulin Rouge.” A trip to the Winter Olympics in Russia isn’t in the plans, Dobrowney said, adding he has had an Olympic moment recently. “We just did Nutcracker in Winnipeg and

Jennifer Jones, the women’s curling skip, did a walk-on.” Coming from a Ukrainian background, it was a natural for Dobrowney to engage in cultural dancing. He started at the age of six in Saskatoon. He first performed with Sonja’s School of Dance and Vesnianka. “My early experience as a Ukrainian dancer really helped develop my career. You learn the folk movements, how to build the characters from stories from the 1700s and 1800s, and you come away with a sense and style of dance.” He began ballet at 12. A teacher, Diane Will, convinced him that he should attend auditions for the Royal Winnipeg school. He was accepted in 2000. It was a rigorous schedule with classes in the morning, ballet training from 2:45 to 5:30 in the afternoon and living among 50 students in residence. He has won awards, including the school’s Prince Edward Award. He received one of the developing-artists grants in 2008 from the Hnatyshyn Foundation. As his talent grew, so did the opportunities, A year ago he performed in a three-city tour of Israel as part of the company’s 70th anniversary. In addition to being cast in Carmina Burana, Quantz by Quanz, As Above, So Below, he was selected in May 2013 by Peter Quanz to perform in the choreographer’s intimate triple-bill titled Q Dance. “The secret is being healthy, enjoying every moment, and trusting in the artistic director (Andrew Lewis) and his staff. They know your strengths, your weaknesses and they tend to find the right match-ups for you,” said Dobrowney.

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Yesteryear glamour still inspires today


ur first fashion feature of the year celebrates the femininity of 1950’s glamour. Following the war, women were encouraged to exit the workplace and return to their domestic routines at home. Famed French designer Christian Dior mirrored this cultural shift when he debuted his New Look collection in 1947. The dresses of the New Look emphasized a narrow hour-glass waist, soft shoulders and full skirts. Female consumers were ready for a change from the strong, masculine silhouettes of the 1940s and eager to embrace clothing that didn’t require fabric rationing. Dior’s dresses instigated a major shift in post-war fashion and also revitalized the Frenchfashion industry. They had a strong influence on the look we typically associate with 1950’s fashion and continue to inspire designers today. If you’re looking for a dress to take you beyond the work-day routine, Modern Dame has an outfit that will make you feel like a lady and look like a woman. There’s no shortage of supply or variety at this locally-owned boutique Fashion Editor (107 Third Ave. South). With dresses and separates from labels like Stop Staring, Bettie Page, Deadly Dames, Queen of Hearts and Hell Bunny, you’re bound to find something for your next night on the town or special event. Modern Dame stocks foundation garments: garter belts, stockings, gloves and vintage-inspired handbags to supplement your look from top to bottom. Owner Meagan provided the striking dresses for our photo shoot, as well as Gillian’s black dress coat with tone-on-tone embroidered trim. If you were a woman in the ’50s, it’s unlikely you left the house without the perfect topper. Wearing hats became de rigueur for good reason: it’s impossible to find an accessory

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Photos by Tyler Harris that completes your look with the same level of panache. For those who dress to impress, Sova Millinery (245 Third Ave. South) carries a collection of exquisite, high-quality wool felt hats as well as sinamay and crin fascinators. Proprietor and hat designer Sherri Hrycay sources her materials from Europe and has studied in France with the Queen’s milliners. We were excited to be able to use her hats for the fashion feature this month. You can view a more complete selection of her designs at Perhaps authentic vintage pieces such as Cierra’s luxurious grey Persian lamb coat are what you wish for. If so, look

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Turkish Cyprus: a Fantasy Island for foodies


ORTHERN CYPRUS - Located sausage made from a mixture of ground in the Mediterranean Sea, just 113 goat or sheep meat, finely chopped onions, kilometres off the southern coast of parsley and other herbs all wrapped into Turkey and 120 kilometres west of Syria, caul fat. They are cooked over hot coals the island of Cyprus is blessed with plenty until they turn golden brown. of sunshine and fresh sea breezes. Cypriots have a sweet The northern part of the island tooth, and desserts are a is under Turkish Cypriot rule. welcome addition to any meal Like the Greek-Cypriot southern here. One of my favourites is part of the island, it has long been the Ekmek Kadayifi, a nevera popular tourist destination for to-be-forgotten sweet dessert. sun-seekers. The Turkish RepubThe traditional bread pudding lic of Northern Cyprus has many is made from two layers of attractions for visitors, including bread with a mixture of soft its beaches, a backdrop of history cheese, crushed almonds and — complete with castles, monascinnamon. It is then cooked teries and ancient ruins — and its on a low heat as syrup is friendly residents. slowly poured over it. After Travel If you’re a foodie, you’ll be cooling in a refrigerator, it is especially impressed with the ready to serve. mouth-watering culinary offerings in restaurants and the array of fresh products available in the region’s markets. After all, if you’re going to explore places like the beautiful Kyrenia (Girne) Harbour, the famous Bellapaise Abby, tour the isolated A platter of mezes – and no Karpaz Peninsula in the east, or just lounge time to think of waistlines. on one of the many beaches, you’ll need something to nourish your body. And there’s an abundance of delicious dishes from which to choose. If you’re a cheese fan, you will be impressed by the range available here. Goat, sheep and cow-milk cheese varieties are inexpensive and delicious. A unique Cypriot cheese is Hellim, a traditional sheep or goat cheese that is grilled or pan-fried. It is a favourite for breakfast. A popular local pastry is also made with this cheese. Firin Kebap (also known as Thieves Kebap) is a traditional dish featuring pieces of lamb or young goat meat cooked with potatoes in traditional jar-shaped ovens. Served with strained yogurt, onions and cracked wheat pilaf, it is a memorable feast. Pirohu is another local dish made with a mixture of cheese and dried mint stuffed into small pastry sacks which are boiled and served with a generous portion of grated Hellim on top. Mezes are a variety of cold or hot dishes served as appetizers before the main meal. These will include hummus, tahini, pickled capers and celery, fried hellim, cakistes (cracked green olives marinated in olive oil, lemon, garlic and coriander seeds) and pastirma (spicy sausage). Seftali Kebap is an authentic Cypriot


We are going to provide recipes for nutritious soups this month. This one features cumin, a super herb. Cumin is an excellent source of iron, which is lacking in the diet of many women. It benefits the digestive system, stimulating the enzymes in the pancreas. Cumin also helps the liver with its detoxifying processes. Enjoy!

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4 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced 1 teaspoon curry powder 1 teaspoon ground cumin oon freshly ground black pepper teasp 1/2 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped

except cilantro. Bring mixture to a In a large saucepan combine all ingredients tes or until carrots are tender. Cool boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minu r or blender in small batches. Purée slightly. Transfer mixture to food processo until smooth. Stir in chopped cilantro

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Please think of the kids and back off


ear Lianne, I am dating a guy who has children that are six and nine. He gets them every second weekend. I don’t like children — and especially his kids. They are demanding and want all of his attention. I sit there like a third wheel. I want to see him every second weekend, but this is really getting on my nerves. — Not Their Mom Dear Not Their Mom, You should not see him at all. SS50526.A06 His first responsibility is to his James children. Can you imagine when

you were a young girl having reduced time with your dad? Now try to imagine having to compete for his attention with a selfish girlfriend who didn’t like you. That is way too much for a child to handle. You should find a man who has no children and can devote all his attention to you. In your current case, please think of these children and back out of their lives. Dear Lianne, I am a 50-year-old woman who is confused. I recently



bumped into my former best friend. She and I were very close during high school and have drifted apart over the years. She turned her back on me when I found myself alone and pregnant. When I saw her the other day, I was sad and became quite confused with my feelings. I have tried to reach out to her in the past, and it has not got me far. We have never had a falling out. I am not sure why I was so sad. — Shouldn’t I Know Better? Dear Better, I can understand from where those feelings are coming. Seeing her brought back memories of losing your friendship. You needed her when you had your child and

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There’s another world

under the snow I By Bradley Muir

Having emerged from a snow tunnel, this vole is under a bird feeder sampling the scattered seed (Photo by Jason Ahrns) at the bottom of the snowpack make it easier for small mammals tunnelling in search of food and grassy nests. This is where the small mammals find winterlong refuge from bitter cold. Beneath 15 centimetres (about the thickness of a loaf of bread) or more of snow, air temperature can hover around -5C all winter, even though above the snow it might be -40C and windy. Some small mammals even find the conditions so tolerable they can mate and raise young. There is a fascinating link between the worlds beneath and above the snow. If it wasn’t for the population of voles, mice and shrews scurrying in the subnivian all winter, larger animals that hunt

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ere are some of my New Year’s travel resolutions: • I will remember to bring made-at-home sandwiches on every flight I take. I will no longer condemn myself to the prices and ingredients of airline food. • I will make every effort to rent a spacious, comfortable apartment rather than a hotel room at my vacation destinations. I will thereby save a great deal of money, but also will enjoy more room, more facilities, and the chance to prepare an occasional meal or snack. • I will prepare for international trips by reading in advance about the history, culture and current politics of the destinations I am visiting. I will no longer show up in overseas cities as an untutored ignoramus, confused and bewildered about what I am seeing. • On those occasions when I stay at a hotel, I will remember to tip the chambermaid upon exiting my room.

them, such as red fox and several kinds of owls, could starve. Understanding the survival strategy of small mammals explodes the myth that snow is a changeless, death-like shroud on the landscape. In fact it is constantly changing. It is as responsible for the survival of some wildlife through the cold as it is for challenging survival. The next time you bundle up in your cozy micro-environment and take a walk in winter, remember all the lives being lived beneath the snow. Bradley Muir writes for the Saskatoon Nature Society. The SNS website is at, or you can visit the SNS on Facebook at and the SASKATOON



• I will no longer book car rentals directly with the major car-rental companies, but will contact the various car discounters first. I have recently concluded that the major car-rental companies are currently assigning a portion of their fleet to these discounters — at lower rental rates — in order to better assure their entire fleet will be rented. Recently I saved $300 on a nine-day rental by using a discounter of which I had never previously heard. • I will resist the appeals of the cruise lines to book their expensive (and often totally unnecessary) shore excursions. I will leave the ship on foot, and book a cab if I later determine that a simple walking tour is insufficient. •I will remember to bring a charger for my cellphone, and a plug into which the charger fits. I will thus remedy the most frequent oversight that many travellers make in packing for travel. (c) 2014 by Arthur Frommer Distributed by King Features Syndicate

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t is -34°C in the forest. There is not a breath of wind. Daylight is about to peek over the horizon, but it will be another couple of hours before the ball of the sun makes it to the treetops. Spruce boughs droop under the weight of snow. The white blanket lays knee-deep on the ground. Inside the cabin the fire in the woodstove crackles. It is just starting to help the cabin shed the cool of last night. I pull on a thick fleece sweater. Before I go outside there will be many more layers of clothing over that sweater. I will have to create a cozy space next to my body to cope with the deep freeze. That cozy space is what a winter ecologist calls a “micro-environment.” Locating or creating micro-environments within a certain range of temperatures is what people and wildlife must do to survive. If you are small enough, then snow can be one of your greatest allies in the quest for a livable micro-environment. How small is small enough? Think the size of a computer mouse. Animals that fit into the palm of your hand such as voles, mice, shrews, lemmings and even the smallest of weasels don’t hibernate. Their small bodies and thin layers of fur make them susceptible to the deep cold. They are active throughout winter and Nature Notes exploit snow to survive.    It begins with falling snow. The flakes are actually dozens of individual snow crystals clinging together. They arrive as six-sided stars and plates, columns, needles, pellets — exquisite beauty! Instantly, those trillions of crystals start changing: decaying, shrinking, vaporizing. Buried by more snow, the original crystals reform into completely new, delicate, cup-shaped crystals at the bottom of the snowpack. This so-called subnivian or under-snow world is almost an oasis compared to the wider world above the snow. There are four reasons for this. First, snow is a wonderful insulator in the same way a down-filled parka keeps you warm. Both are filled with dead-air spaces that prevent the loss of heat by convection. Second, there is no wind chill under the snow. Next, snow also works like a reflective space blanket, reducing radiant-energy loss. Finally, the fragile, ladder-like crystals

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Metabolic syndrome:


the girth of a nation

ost of you began reading this • HDL cholesterol less than 1 mmol/L newspaper feeling healthy and in men and 1.3 mmol/L in women: HDL happy. My job today is to make is the good (happy) cholesterol that can be you feel otherwise. Twenty-five per cent of increased through regular exercise. you will close the paper sicker than before • Hypertension: Blood pressure consisyou opened it, diagnosed with a new medi- tently greater than130/85. cal condition you were unaware you had. • Belt size greater than 102 centimetres It might be prudent of you to stop in men and 88 centimetres in women: Inreading now and fast forward to some of creasing the length of your belt means dethe more pleasant aspects of this paper, creasing the length of your life. Eighty-five and then make an origami sailboat of this per cent of pre-diabetics are overweight or newspaper, and send it far off into the obese, the so-called “diabesity” iceberg so sunset. prevalent in North America. In 1900 the average life These are vital stats that expectancy in North America you should be able to quote was 47. Thanks primarily to as readily as if they were the the likes of vaccination and phone number of the local antibiotics our life expectancy pizza delivery. The first four has now increased to 74. But require a visit to a good doctor for the first time ever there has and the last a visit to an honest been a projected decrease in tailor. life expectancy for those born Simply by having three of today compared to those born five you are suddenly at four a generation ago. The reason is times the risk of having a heart that many of us, unknowingly, attack or stroke. You may feel Doctor have metabolic syndrome. perfectly fine, with perhaps the Metabolic sin-drome — as only symptom being a touch of fatigue, in the sin of gluttony — increases morbid- but under the surface is an iceberg about to ity and mortality: Thou shalt not increase bring down HMS YOU. thy girth innumerable cubits by gorging So please don’t get diabetes. And try to thyself at the manna buffet. avoid its precursor: metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a precursor to It is primarily your decision whether or diabetes, which in turn is a precursor to not you are going to be diabetic. If you do heart attacks and strokes, which are prehave metabolic syndrome, then you need cursors to death. treatment in the form of medication and There are five vital facts about your lifestyle change. health that you should be able to recite Learning to make the healthy choice the cold. You need to know your fasting blood easy choice is the key to lifestyle change. sugar, your HDL, your triglycerides, your For example, having healthy food like blood pressure and your belt size. vegetables, fruits and Snickers in the house If you have any three of the following rather than cookies, chips and kale means five problems, then you have metabolic sin-drome, a nasty diagnosis that does not that it is easy to make the right choice when the midnight snacker invades your bode well for the quality or quantity of pang centre. your future. Current gas prices may be a blessing • Fasting blood sugar above 6.1 in disguise if that makes us get out of our mmol/L: While 6.1 is not quite sweet Explorers and Pathfinders and start explorenough to be considered diabetic, it is ing and finding paths for our Super Flyer knocking on the door. • Triglycerides greater than 1.7 mmol/L: two-wheeler. Exercising 150 minutes a week needs to be a priority. These are your serum fat levels, also Now go and sin-drome no more. known as your Krispy Kreme count.

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Movies for Mommies expands


askatoon is having a baby boom. Movies for Mommies, a business that facilitates outings for mothers and their babies, is expanding to a second theatre. In addition to its weekly Thursday afternoon film at Rainbow Cinemas, Movies for Mommies will have screenings at the Roxy Theatre as well. The grand opening is Jan. 14 at the iconic 20th Street theatre. Movies will be shown at the Roxy at 1 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month. Movies for Mommies is also adding a date night every third Wednesday to its program at the Roxy. Shows begin at 7 p.m. This is a chance for couples to go to

a movie, take their infant and watch a film in an environment where babies can cry and fuss. That’s what babies do. Movies are shown with the volume turned down somewhat to protect the ears of babies. There will be a change table and complimentary diapers and wipes in the theatre. Bottle warming and stroller parking are also provided. The Wednesday evening movies are a great chance for parents to meet other new parents. Other family members and friends are welcome at these screenings. For more information email Jennie Vessey at or go to Movies for Mommies is also on Facebook.

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Cam Hutchinson & Friends:

Views of the World

NBA star plays field while Boise QB dribbles

• From Janice Hough: “A 2009 video has emerged of Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame saying men should marry girls that are about 15 or 16. But ‘you need to check with mom and dad about that of course,’ he said. Ah, family values.” • One third of Americans don’t believe in evolution. The other two thirds watch Duck Dynasty. • A brain is approximately 70 cent water. I’m thinking Justin Bieber has an ocean between his ears. • From Torben Rolfsen: “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey topped the list of 2013’s most pirated movies. Least pirated:

Madea Goes Surfing.” • Hough, on Toronto Mayor Rob Ford filing papers to run for re-election: “Not sure about the citizens of Toronto, but this is excellent news for comedy writers.” • There were five human species on Earth 30,000 years ago. The one that survived is the LarryKingsapiens. • Ninety per cent of species that became extinct are birds or Nicholas Cage’s career. • From Bill Littlejohn: “A high school two-sport star in Iowa was injured during a basketball team photo shoot. Would that be a tripod double?”

Twerking, scoring and other news from down under By RJ Currie

• Three possible NHL New Year’s

resolutions: 3. Patrick Roy: Find anger management; 2. Joe Thorton: Don’t find your stroke; 1. Brian Burke: Find a barber. • A rumoured dust-up at Hollywood’s Christmas Jingle Ball, where Miley Cyrus was reportedly seen twerking St. Nick. Sources say this got a rise out of Santa’s little helper. • ESPN reported Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova renewed their “rivalry” at Brisbane. It was Sharapova’s 14th straight loss to Williams. That’s like calling a fly a rival to a windshield. • Pope Francis has been named 2013’s Person of the Year by Time Magazine. Hmmm. I was sure he’d win the Papal’s Choice Award. • It was reportedly -53 C with wind chill when the Winnipeg Jets hosted Buffalo on New Years Eve. MTS Centre hasn’t seen cold like that since the Olympic curling trials when Kevin Martin shook hands with John Morris. • Alex Ovechkin snapped his longest drought in years, four games without a point. “Big deal,” say Chicago Cubs fans. “Our whole team has been pointless for over a century.” • Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers

has publicly denied recent speculation that he is gay. Mind you, he has made 2,955 passes at men. • The winner of Howard Stern’s “Get My Grandpa Laid” contest was reportedly minutes away from ending his drought when he choked to death. Anybody else just think of the Dallas Cowboys? • A Wendy’s employee was fired after a customer found a partially-smoked marijuana cigarette her meal. Talk about a burger joint. • According to a new study, fits of laughter can lead to fatal asthma attacks, heart ruptures and seizures. More bad news for Maple Leafs fans. • A priest in Poland faces 12 years in prison for DUI and running over a parishioner. He’s lucky it didn’t happen in Texas; they’d have given him the electric pew. • At the recent Formula One Grand Prix in Texas, drivers and their cars were introduced by the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. I bet that started their engines. • Many Canadians think the singer in Tim Horton’s A Little Taste of Home commercial sounds like Bruce Springsteen. Yep, nothing says Canada like Mr. Born in the USA.

One million visitors and counting for BHP Billiton Enchanted Forest


he one millionth visitor to the BHP Billiton Enchanted Forest passed through the gates last week. Luke Sheard and his family were pulled over in front of the Forestry Farm House and invited in for hot chocolate. Luke did not know he was the lucky winner of a trip for two to Las Vegas until Steve Shannon, CEO of the Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation, informed him. Chris Ryder, VP External Affairs with BHP Billiton, presented Luke with a Saskatchewan Roughrider jersey with the number “1 Million” printed on the front. “What a great surprise!” Sheard said. “We heard about the contest on the radio about a week ago and never thought we would win. We enjoy coming to the BHP Billiton Enchanted Forest as a family Steve Shannon (left) and Chris Ryder every year. Being the one millionth visitor made the presentation to Luke Sheard is something special.” (Photo Supplied) The BHP Billiton Enchanted Forest Proceeds go to the Saskatoon City continues until Jan. 11 at the Saskatoon Hospital Foundation and the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park. It is open from 5:30 Zoo Foundation. p.m. to 11 p.m. nightly.

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• Hough, on Michael Vick saying he expects to start at quarterback in 2014: “Hmm. Wonder if there are any openings in the CFL?” • The average German eats 114 chocolate bars per year. The average American eats 51. The average editor of the Saskatoon Express eats 365. • I saw the other day the first photo of a hockey team. The shot was taken of the McGill University team in 1881 in Montreal. I loved the striped uniforms, the hat the coach was wearing and seeing Chris Chelios when he was a college student. • From Littlejohn: “An Alabama couple named their newborn Krimson Tide. It was either that or Bare Bryant.” • A study found men’s hair grows faster when they anticipate sex. I’m thinking this explains all those bald-headed married guys out there. • Hough, on Dwyane Wade recently becoming a father for the third time, but not with the woman he proposed to last week: “The baby was conceived while he and Gabrielle Union were on a break. Kind of explains the 8.5-carat engagement ring. (Wonder if Dwayne got it from Kobe Bryant’s jeweller.)” • Rolfsen, on Tim Tebow being hired as a TV analyst by the SEC Network: “Not sure how much screen time Tebow will get, but SEC Network jerseys are flying off the shelves.” • Littlejohn, on Boise State QB Joe Southwick being suspended and sent home for peeing off of a hotel balcony, leaving junior Grant Hedrick to call signals against Oregon State in the Hawaii Bowl: “With Hedrick at QB, the game had a different flow.” • It has been reported that seven Viagra tablets are sold every second. I won’t argue. Those are the hard facts. • I’m thinking the only reason TSN televises the Spengler Cup is to give Paul Romanuk a week of work every year. • Hough, on five NFL coaches being fired at the end of the season: “They’re dropping faster than Taylor Swift’s boyfriends.” • I am not saying Dana White lacks depth in the women’s division of the JW11274.A06 UFC, but I am already looking forward to Rousey-Tate 43. James

• A woman said she hopes Anderson Silva has saved his UFC earnings. What a joke. If Silva wanted to make money, he would have played in the CFL.

• From Hough: “Last week Minnesota Vikings’ linebacker Erin Henderson talked about his DUI arrest Nov. 19 and said, ‘You start to learn a lot about yourself when things can go wrong or bad, if you’re willing to try to learn, if you’re willing to look in the mirror and figure things out. And I think I was able to do that.’ Two days later Henderson was arrested again for DUI. Even Lindsay Lohan is thinking that’s a slow learning curve.” • Please talking heads and writing heads: It’s snow, not white stuff. Hockey players get assists on goals, not helpers.

• Rolfsen, on the Cleveland Cavaliers suspending Andrew Bynum indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team: “What? Stepping on the court?” • From Littlejohn: “It’s fitting that Kyle Orton threw a pick in the closing minutes that ended Dallas’ season; Tony Romo would’ve wanted it that way.” • From Hough: “Wonder how many people who were travelling or otherwise busy saw the headline ‘Cowboys lose on late pick’ and thought, ‘Wow, so Romo was able to play after all.’”

• There is a new Tikker watch that counts down the estimated time until the user’s death. “Thank goodness mine’s running slow,” said Keith Richards.

• From Rolfsen: “You might have a hockey problem if you were PVRing Spengler Cup games Canada wasn’t involved in.” • The Ford Focus was the top model in the U.S. in 2013. The top foreign model was Adriana Lima.

• From Hough: “ESPN headline: ‘Jadeveon Clowney ready to make impact in the NFL.’ Considering his being caught twice driving faster than 100 mph, let’s hope that impact isn’t in a vehicle.” • Kim Kardashian released a video detailing her one-year romance with Kanye West. This is not to be confused with the video detailing her one-hour romance with Ray J.

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League WHL: 55 GP • 0 Goals • 4 Assists • 8 PIM

Favorite hockey memory Memorial Cup

Best part of my game Defensive play, skating & vision Favorite Pro Athlete Matt Pufahl Any nicknames? Noge

My last meal would be... Burger & Fries Worst habit Seen/Saw Biggest pet peeve Talking to people who don’t listen Favorite holiday destination The Rink or Mexico

Blades Home Games This Week: Wednesday, January 8 @ 7:05 p.m. vs Calgary Hitmen Saturday, January 11 @ 7:05 p.m. vs Regina Pats

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Sweet solutions

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ello Reena, I cannot keep my packet of brown sugar soft. It always goes hard and lumpy, and then I have to throw it away. I keep it sealed and in a dry cupboard. I seem to remember my mother saying to put something in with it to prevent hardening, but I can’t recall what she advised. Do you have any suggestions? — Carol

rid of blood stains. Since the stains remain, your best bet is to purchase Rit dye remover, and use it according to the directions on the box. The blood has dyed your duvet; Rit will extract the dye. Places such as Michaels carry this product.

Feedback from a Reader Who Cares: Re: Cleaning computer and television screens Coatings on computer and TV Dear Carol, screens are similar to eyeglass The most common solutions coatings, so we recommend are to store pieces of bread or using eyeglass cleaning wipes. halved apples with brown sugar Liquid eyeglass cleaner is also to prevent hardening. But the OK as long as it is sprayed onto best little gadget for this softena cloth rather than directly on the ing is a little piece of moistened screen. — Erik, an IT manager clay. These can be purchased at Re: Uses for cornstarch most stores that sell household items. Extra Tip: In order to Hi Reena, soften brown sugar, put it in a Household I have a Kitchen Aid range Solutions container, and place it in the miwith a white glass cooktop. Any crowave with a small bowl full boil-overs or spills are critical to of water beside it. Microwave for about one clean up quickly, but the burner stays hot for minute. If it is still hard, microwave for an so long it isn’t practical. Here’s what I use. additional 30 seconds. Repeat until sugar is Mix two heaping tbsp cornstarch in one soft, being careful not to burn the sugar. cup cold water. Mix two tbsp lye in another cup of cold water (extreme caution should Dear Reena, be used when working with lye). Combine I read the item about using used cofboth into a larger jar and stir. It will become fee grounds to keep cats away from the like jelly and will feel warm. Wearing rubber Christmas tree. Will this work to keep cats gloves, brush onto the surface to be cleaned. from scratching behind furniture? Do the Leave one hour, then brush or sponge away, grounds have to be kept moist, or can they cleaning with warm soapy water. I have also be dry? — Heather used this successfully on Corning Ware, enamel ware, La Creuset skillets and an old Dear Heather, roaster with a history of years of past roasts. The aroma of dry coffee grounds has the It can’t be used on aluminum. — Mary capacity to keep some cats away, while others don’t mind the smell. Positioning a catTips for Cleaning Water Bottles scratching tree near the furniture is another Fill the bottle with a small amount of great deterrent for cats that like to scratch. vinegar, dish soap and water. Close the lid If cats tend to jump on furniture while you and shake (not yourself, the bottle). Open are away, lay strips of aluminum foil on the lid and rinse. furniture. Or cut up plastic computer floor Plastic bottles: Use a long knife with a mats, and place them on the furniture with rounded end to dig out any stuck-on food. the spikes up. Cats won`t like the feeling on Rinse with water. their paws. Metal bottles: Use a rubber band to secure a small rag onto the end of a narrow Dear Reena, handle of a plastic spatula. Scrub the bottom I had some bleeding as a result of surof the bottle and rinse with water. gery. Now my white cotton duvet cover has Do not use boiling water on metal some blood stains on it. I have tried hydro- bottles. Doing this may misshape the bottle. gen peroxide, both dabbing and soaking the If cleaning water bottles is an ongoing spots, but to no avail. chore. Purchase a baby bottle brush to clean What am I doing wrong? What else your water bottle. should I try? — Moira I enjoy your questions and tips; keep them coming. Missed a column? Can’t Hi Moira, remember a solution? Need a motivational Normally either head & shoulders sham- speaker for an upcoming event? Check out poo or three per cent hydrogen peroxide are my website: the best products on the market for getting


Building permits issued hit record dollar value


ity of Saskatoon Building Standards issued building permits valuing $1.1 billion in 2013. The total exceeded the record total permit value by 0.6 per cent.  The dollar figure translates to 5,020 permits issued, which was close to the record total of 5,196 set in 2012.  “The housing and construction industry remains extremely strong which is excellent news for Saskatoon,” building standards director Bob Baran said in a news release. Permits issued for residential construction projects — new builds and improvements — make up approximately 82 per cent (4,092) of all building permits issued in 2013, and approximately 57 per cent ($619.5 million) of the construction value. “These include one- and two-unit






dwellings as well as secondary suites, apartments and row-housing projects,” Baran said. “This is a slight decrease in permits of approximately 0.3 percent from 2012.”



Additionally, 12 building permits issued exceed a construction value of $10 million, compared to only five permits in 2012.There were 116 permits that had a value of construction between $1 million and $10 million.

City Manager Murray Totland called the record a “sign of a thriving city. It is reflective of the tremendous growth and change that Saskatoon is experiencing.

“The record breaking construction also indicates the City of Saskatoon continues to support its vision of becoming a 21st century city.”


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Noah Rossmo and Allie Perrin opened Green Art Collected Home on 20th Street West (Photo by Sandy Hutchinson)

Green Ark Collected Homes New store a treat for senses


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t’s part gallery, part showroom and all beautiful. Green Ark Collected Home is a treat for the senses. Located on the ever-blossoming business district of 20th Street West, the stunningly curated collection of new and repurposed furniture and home decor is the brainchild of Noah Rossmo and Allie Perrin. Their store, which opened in late November, is a perfect reflection of the burgeoning spirit of Riversdale. “We couldn’t imagine being anywhere else,” said Perrin. “The space is eclectic in nature, which in turn has helped us open a shop that has an array of interesting eclectic things and not be confused about it. There is texture here that you cannot find anywhere else.” The building, which boasts many of the original details from its early 20th-century construction, feels both prairie-old and edgily sophisticated. The original windows and much of the plank-board woodwork mingle with the clean lines of Rossmo’s designs, as well as with the new home furnishings and designer lines the pair bring in to their shop, which also houses a small gallery in the back. Perrin, whose background is in urban planning with a degree in Urban and Regional Development from the U of S, grew up in Saskatoon. Her partner, Rossmo, a journeyman carpenter, has spent the greater part of the last decade rescuing unloved pieces and materials in order to create custom-built furniture and finishings. Rossmo’s love of rustic wood and reworked design, combined with Perrin’s passion for visualizing creative spaces, was the perfect foundation for launching Green Ark Collected Home. “We share a great love for eclectic old finds, salvaging, and finding innovative new furnishings,” said Perrin. “It’s

about having an understanding that living healthy is a combination of appreciating what is around you and taking the initiative to be globally responsible.” Rossmo’s company, Ark Construction, and the environmentally-responsible green aspect to the business generated the name Green Ark Collected Home. “We source reclaimed materials for our repurposed pieces from absolutely anywhere we can find it within the region,” said Perrin. The new home lines in the store are scouted as diligently as the repurposed materials. “All are brought in after meeting certain criteria: they have to be interesting, and if they have a recycled quality to them, all the better,” said Perrin. “Our upholstered furniture is done by our supplier, Cisco Brothers out of Los Angeles. They use chemical-free, natural finer fills, linens, cottons and are extremely customizable. Cisco has so many choices, fabrics and finishes, with both traditional and modern lines. It’s organic furniture mixed with unique designs.” Green Ark also offers custom designs. “Custom builds are a large part of our business,” said Perrin. “Our goal is to help people be creative in their pursuits of planning their spaces and to be an outlet for eco-responsible furnishings. We want to be ahead of our time by bringing in product built with reclaimed material and repurposing pieces. We intend to celebrate what we have locally and get people to see the value in that. “By providing both new custom designs as well as reworked pieces, our mission is to put global consciousness before consumerism in our pursuit to furnish Saskatoon.” 212 20th Street West Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and by appointment.









SASKATOONEXPRESS - January 6-12, 2014 - Page 19 ***** University of Saskatchewan Amati Quartet (Marla Cole – violin; Rudolf Sternadel – violin; Geoff Cole – viola; Terence Sturge – cello). Concerts at Third Avenue United Church at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $30 adult, $25 seniors (65+), $15 students. Online: www.persephonetheatre. org. In person: Remai Arts Centre, 100 Spadina Crescent East, 306384-7727. Two-for-one appetizers at The Ivy Lounge, 306-384-4444 (just show your tickets)

Jan. 12 What: Dean McNeill leads a discussion, The History of the Jazz Trumpet: Conversation and Emulation, and then a group of players, including Mark DeJohn, Jon McCaslin, Soren Nissen, Erika Rybinski and Graham Pritchard will deliver the recital. Lecturerecital at 7:30 p.m. Where: Convocation Hall, University of Saskatchewan. Admission is free


Jan. 11 Canadian Federation of University Women. January Luncheon, German Cultural Centre Guest Speaker: Barbara Sapergia on The Future of Book Publishing. Tickets are $25 from Jean at 306373-2925 or Gladys at 306- 2426668. ***** Saskatoon Amateur Radio Club presents its Basic Amateur Radio Class series. 14 Saturday mornings, 9 a.m. until noon. Western Development Museum. Adults $100. Student and family rates available. Email: for details, Web Page: ve5aa.dyndns. org/ ***** MENSA is an international, nonprofit society for people who score among the top two per cent of the general population on a standardized IQ test. A supervised IQ testing session is being held in Saskatoon on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 2 p.m. The cost is $90, or $70 for students. If you are interested in attending this session, please call Tim at 306-242-7408 or email trf674@

Jan. 13 The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. The festival is held every fall in Banff. The World Tour then hits the road, bringing a collection of inspiring action, environmental and adventure films Jan. 10 from that festival to 400 communiWhat: International pianist Nikolai Choubine performs music ties and 35 countries across the written or arranged during the 19th planet. The Saskatoon event will century in the Lyell Gustin Recital be held at TCU Place. Doors open series. Among the featured works at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or will be Chaconne of Bach-Busoni $18 at the door, and are available and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Where: St. Andrew’s at McNally Robinson, Outter Limits, Grip It Climbing, the Bike Doctor, Presbyterian Church. Tickets: Eb’s Source for Adventure, Table $30 and $25 Mountain and Escape Sports. ***** What: Kacy and Clayton, still Jan. 16 in their teens, are releasing their Saskatoon Nature Society meeting, latest CD, The Day is Passed featuring Nettie Wiebe. 7:30 p.m. and Gone, and among them will at the Biology Bldg, Rm 106 U of be four originals and a sampling S campus. What: Breadbasket or of traditional folk tunes. Where: Barren Land? Farming the Fragile The Bassment, 202 4th Avenue Prairies. North. Tickets: $17 for SJS members, $23 for non-members. Jan. 18 Prairie Hospice Society’s Jan. 11 Volunteer Training Program What: Martin Janovsky is starts Jan. 18.   For further inforat the piano, leading some of mation call 306 249-5554 or visit Saskatoon’s best musicians in a repertoire of blues, jazz and rock music. Show time is 9 p.m. Where: Jan. 30 The Bassment, 202 4th Avenue A look at kidney disease. Anyone North. Tickets: $17 for SJS mem- over the age of 18 is invited to bers, $23 for non-members. attend. Find out what causes and


how to prevent kidney disease. Where: Station 20 West (2061120 20th Street West), multipurpose room south. When: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. There is no charge to attend.

Feb. 1 Autism Services of Saskatoon is hosting Gatsby Night for Autism, a 1930’s themed casino and swing dance party, in Boom Town at the WDM, on Feb. 1. The evening will feature The Toon Town Big Band. Included will be a cocktail reception, hot hors d’oeuvres, a fun casino, plus a live and silent auction. Tickets are available online at or call 665-7013 ext. 0. Tickets are $75 each. For more information contact: Autism Services at 665-7013 ext. 226 or email

you need understanding support, contact Carol at 306-249-0693, Linda at 306-933-2085, Lois at 306-242-7670 or e-mail fromisk@

spouses/partners/caregivers. We meet monthly for sharing, for support, and for information. Location: W.A. Edwards Centre, 333 – 4th Avenue North.

First and Third Sunday of each month What: Pet Loss Support Group, Support and comfort to people who are struggling with the loss of a beloved companion animal due to old age, sickness or other sad reasons. The no-obligation support group meets the first and third Sunday of every month 2 p.m. at the W.A. Edwards Centre, 333 4th Avenue North, Saskatoon. For more information or telephone support, call 306-343-5322.

Every Second Wednesday What: Friendship Force International, Saskatoon and Area Club. We are a non-profit cultural exchange organization promoting friendship and goodwill through a program of homestay exchanges. We are an organization of more than 360 clubs in more than 50 countries throughout the world. FFI allows you to enjoy economical travel while forging new friendships with club members from around the world. Visit our website at www.thefriendshipforce. org Find out more about us or come join us at our next meeting by contacting Bill Gulka at 306249-0243 or by email w.gulka@

Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays What: Free art drop-in at the Feb. 4 SCYAP Art Centre. All ages Justice Rising presents Love! welcome, all materials supplied, The Art of Changing Lives. Gala no registration required. Every Dinner, Silent Auction and Dessert Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m., Auction. German Cultural Centre, Thursday 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m., and LS908466.A06 6 p.m. We appreciate all donations Saturday 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. Liza for the auctions as well as financial

Every Tuesday and Thursday Bridge City Senioraction Inc: Classes every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Registration is $20, dropin fee is $2. For information, call Sheila at 306-931-8053 or Kathy at 306-244-0587. ***** MAKE 2014 ALL ABOUT YOU! Skating Do not let another year slip by with out The Clarence Downey Speed becoming your happiest and healthiest. Skating Oval is open for the Worried it won’t work - TRY OUR PROGRAM FREE FOR 7 DAYS! 2013-2014 season. Public skating hours are as follows:  Monday OFFER ONLY AVAILABLE AT: U Weight Loss Clinic to Thursday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. 106-3521 8th St. East, Saskatoon, Sk 306-931-4222 • and Saturday and Sunday from 10:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free and all skating skill levels are welcome to enjoy the 400-metre outdoor oval; speed skates are not donations. We would have your Every Thursday necessary.  A modern warm-up logo and name visible on event What: Depression Support Group building provides change rooms, materials. Financial donations will — free group runs on the first and public washrooms and an area to receive a charitable receipt through third Thursday of each month, from lace-up skates in comfort. our partnership with Hope for the 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. This is open to Nations. anyone struggling with depression and family members wanting to support them. Where: 311 – 38th Street East. This is a wheelchair First Saturday of every month accessible building. For more info What: The MindFULL Café, part call 270-9181. of the international Alzheimer Café Every Wednesday movement, is an opportunity to The Saskatoon Mood disorder meet in a relaxed social setting for persons with dementia, family, support group for people with care partners and other interested bi-polar, depression and other related mental health problem people. The Café is a two-hour meets at the Zion Evangelical get together with refreshments, Saturday, April 12th, 2014 Lutheran Church at 323 4th Ave. entertainment and information. First Saturday of the month from 3 South (south entrance) at 7:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Where: Sherbrooke p.m. For more information call Al at 306-716-0836 or Lindi at 306Community Centre. 491-9398. Every Tuesday ***** Tops #5273 meets at St. Mathews What: Singles Social Group - “All Hall (135-109th Street West). About Us” for people in their 50s Weigh-in from 5:45 p.m. to 6:15. and 60s. Events such as Meeting from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 weekly Wednesday restaurant supp.m. Experience a healthy weight pers, monthly Sunday brunches, loss. For more information call movie nights, dances, pot luck and 306- 249-2029 or 306-931-3286. more. Meet new friends. No membership dues. For more information First Monday of every email month Saskatoon Ostomy Association or phone (306) 978-0813. meetings. 7:30 p.m. at Mayfair



United Church. We meet the first Monday of the month except when there is a holiday. Then it is the second Monday.

Third Tuesday of the Month What: Monthly Drop-In Caregiver Support Group. Who: Caregivers for adult family members or First Tuesday of every friends. Cost:  Free (presented month by Saskatoon Health Region). To What:  FROMI - Friends and Relatives of People with Mental Register: Jeanne (306-655-3426) Illness. These meetings run from or Karen (306-655-3427). **** 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Where:  W.A. The Saskatoon Prostate Cancer Edwards Family Centre, 333 Fourth Support Group is a local commuAvenue North (wheelchair accesnity group of men who have or who sible).If you have a loved one or have had prostate cancer, and their friend with a mental illness and






































































































































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