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Dead trees could be sorry sight come Centennial Celebrations Dead trees at the Sandra Schmirler Olympic Gold Park has started a rallying cry for donations as Biggar approaches its Centennial celebration. Fourteen trees in the park were removed last week, generously free of charge by Ivan Young, as what could hopefully be the first of many donations to get the park back up to pristine shape. On May 9, a professional from Lake Shore Nursery was brought to Biggar to review the condition of the Sandra Schmirler Olympic Gold Park, and investigate why so many trees have perished in such a short time. Suggestions have ranged from over-spraying, poor top soil, water leaching, or winter kill. It is unusual to lose so many trees at one time. A more pressing issue is the upcoming Biggar Centennial Celebrations, June 30 to July 3. With most of the trees dying surrounding the gazebo area, the focal point of the park will be a sorry sight come Biggar’s grand party. Committee members have chosen not to approach the community for support because they were not aware until now how much it would cost for professional replacement. That cost will prove to be a determent to the fund allocated to park maintenance. A contingency fund has carried the park for the past 11 years -- $20,000 remains. The tree replacement will cost $8,500 -- the cost of labour alone is $4,000. Park committee members are asking residents, businesses to help in the cost of donations. Sponsor a tree for $500 (or half a tree for $250) or simply give a donation of any kind. The committee is also looking at buying the replacement trees and finding volunteers to help with the labour of planting. The request, once again, is immediate as the 100th birthday is rapidly approaching. If you can help, call Judy Redlick at 948-2395 or drop off a donation to the Sandra Schmirler Olympic Gold Park at the Biggar Credit Union.

Ivan Young removes dead and dying trees near the gazebo at the Sandra Schmirler Olympic Gold Park last Thursday. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

Teachers to strike this Wednesday, Thursday The Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation has provided notice of a general, province-wide two-day strike this May 25 and 26. The announcement, made May 20, affects Sun West, Prairie Spirit, and Greater Saskatoon Catholic schools (BCS2000, Landis School, Lord Asquith School, Perdue School, St. Gabriel School). No bus transportation will be available on the two-day strike. After-school extracurricular activities and teacher-led activities outside of regular school hours, are

also cancelled. Regular classes, with normal transportation, will resume on Friday, May 27. Should the status of the strike change, parents are encouraged to check Web sites at Sun West School Division (, Prairie Spirit School Division (, and Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools ( The Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation is at

What are the alternatives to drugs and alcohol? by Delta Fay Cruickshank for the Independent Do we need drugs or alcohol to have fun? What else is there? A new club and committee have been formed to address these questions. Led by Dan Chegus, the Biggar

Activity Creation Committee (BACC) meets every second Thursday at the Wellness in BCS2000. At these meetings concerned citizens, who are willing to give a little of their time, come up with ideas and events to encourage the youth of Biggar to participate

Dan Chegus, left, Biggar’s Youth Outreach worker, addresses members of the Biggar Youth Activity Club. (submitted photo)

and enjoy themselves. The mandate of the committee is to create healthy and fun alternatives to substance abuse. These ideas are then presented to the Biggar Youth Activity Club. The youths involved select which activities, then get to work on the planning and executing of the ideas created by the committee. The implementing of these ideas and creation of the events encourage youth to take healthy risks. Dan Chegus is an experienced Drug and Alcohol Counselor. Just recently he was awarded the permanent position of Youth Outreach Worker. He brings with him concern and compassion for the youth of Biggar. A survey was done in February 2011 by over 700 people in Biggar,

focussed on substance use and entertainment. The survey results prompted the creation of the committee and the club. His perseverance has found a meeting place, has established the committee and the club and now the next event is about to take place. BACC will be presenting ‘Biggar Idol’. Does Biggar have talent? Of course it does! Register by May 23 to participate. Auditions start May 25 and 26 at MacPherson Hall (the old Elks Hall) at 7 p.m. Another young member of BACC is looking at various venues in town for free Yoga lessons for youths. Other members of the committee are devoting time, energy and their place for an event.

Some members bring experience with treating and caring for individuals who seek to treat their drug or alcohol addiction. Everyone involved remembers what it is like to be a youth, and wants to create healthier avenues to direct youthful energies. Driving around in vehicles to drink is dangerous and has killed too many young people from our town lately. It is so sad to see these young people, with so much potential ahead of them, to see their lives snuffed out whilst they thought they were having fun?! There are healthier alternatives! If, like Dan, you want to be part of the creation of healthy alternatives for the youth of Biggar, call him at 948-3323 ext. 230.


TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011


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RM of Biggar council minute highlights The regular meeting of the RM of Biggar No. 347 was held April 12 at the municipal offi ce at 8 a.m. Attending were Reeve Louise Singer, Councillors Brian Fick (Division 1), Robert Danychuk (Division 2), Kent Dubreuil (Division 3), Calvin Poletz (Division 4), Fred Hydomako (Division 5), and Brad Heather (Division 6). The following are some highlights of the meeting. Council agreed that the minutes of the March 15, 2011, regular meetings of council be approved. Council agreed that the Summary Statement of Financial Activities for the month ended March 31, 2011, be accepted as presented. Council agreed that the accounts for payment be approved and that a list of the cheques in the amount of $67,567.25 and month end payroll in the amount of $8,101.09 be annexed to and form a part of these minutes. Council agreed that in addition to Resolution 42.11, the Pest Control Officer and Weed Inspector will be reimbursed cell phone bills upon submission of the bill as well as the cost of the Commercial Pesticide Applicator course when completed. A review will be done at the July regular meeting of council with the Pest Control Officer and Weed Inspector to discuss any sites of concern. Council agreed that council allow primary weights on Triumph Road for the first quarter mile west of Highway 4. Council agreed that council authorize the Administrator to purchase a new typewriter for the municipal office. Council agreed that council pay the 2011 Membership fee of $885 for the Agriculture Health and Safety Network. Council agreed to approve the development permit submitted by Cody Grasdal for a new RTM home at SE 07-3714-W3. Council agreed to approve the development permit submitted by Golden View Colony to


replace an existing storage building on SE 1336-17-W3. Council agreed to approve the development permit submitted by Larry Kreutzer for a personal workshop on Pt NE 24-35-15-W3. Council agreed to provide a municipal overweight transportation permit to Silver Eagle Excavation and Contracting to move from NW 12 -35-17-W3 to Highway 4 on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 with a condition to not exceed 60 km/h and any road damage costs be the responsibility of Silver Eagle Excavation and Contracting. • Meeting adjourned at 4:45 p.m.

Sci-Fi Wonder . . . St. Gabriel School student Junel Villanueva, centre, watches as University of Saskatchewan Sci-Fi instructor, Dwight Younge, right, shows just how to balance a bottle of pop with a small

board, and fellow U of S Sci-Fi’s Heidi Connor looks on. The school was buzzing with applied science for the day, as the U of S Sci-Fi camps get ready to run this summer. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

Saskatchewan Advantage budget was the highlight of Spring Session: Wall Lower taxes, less debt and a growing economy mean province is moving forward Premier Brad Wall said the “Saskatchewan Advantage” budget was the highlight of a productive legislative session which ended last Thursday. “Saskatchewan’s economy is moving forward and that has allowed our government to lower taxes, reduce debt and keep making important investments in people and in infrastructure,” Wall said. “Lower taxes, less debt and the strongest economy in Canada -- that’s the Saskatchewan Advantage. “During this session, we also saw the reopening of the Prince Albert pulp mill, with no direct investment of taxpayers’ money. This is a huge step forward for the City of Prince Albert and the

forestry industry in the surrounding area.” Wall said another highlight was the introduction of the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) program, which will provide medical helicopter emergency services throughout the province. Wall said over the summer, he plans to visit at least 20 rural and northern constituencies throughout the province in addition to spending time in the larger centres -- Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert and Moose Jaw. This will start with Wall touring the northern constituencies of Cumberland and Athabasca on May 30 and 31, then attending the Weyburn Oil and Gas Show on June 1 and visiting Can-

nington constituency on June 2. The following week, Wall will visit The Battlefords and Melville-Saltcoats constituencies. “While the session is important, it does re-

“Our government has worked hard to represent both rural and urban Saskatchewan, and we are working hard to make sure all of Saskatchewan keeps moving forward.”

quire me to spend the majority of my time in Regina,” Wall said. “Now that session is over, I am able to get to different parts of the province and discuss the concerns of people in those areas.

Wall Gov’t sets dangerous precedent by cutting Mosquito Control Program: NDP The Wall government has set a dangerous precedent by once again cutting funding for the mosquito control program NDP Leader Dwain Lingenfelter said. “Last year Saskatchewan families suffered the consequences of the Wall government’s delayed funding for mosquito control. Now our health is being put at risk once again as funding for mos-

quito control is offloaded on to cash-strapped municipalities,” he explained last Monday. “Last year the Wall government stated mosquito control funding was going to be a one-time funding outlay. Now we see the effects of this decision as municipalities are scrambling to cope on a slashed budget. Regina, for example, is spending only 60 per cent of what the normal budget is for

mosquito control,” Lingenfelter noted. Saskatchewan, Lingenfelter added, has an extremely high incidence rate of West Nile infections, and to offload funding completely on to municipalities is totally unacceptable. Faced with wet, mosquito-friendly conditions, this season’s levels could be higher than usual, and the subsequent risk of West Nile even higher.

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Track day, rainy day . . . Local and visiting athletes hit the Biggar Rec Complex for Sectional track meet, Wednesday. The weather was cool and wet, but it didn’t stop the athletes from posting some personal bests and strong performances.

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Opinions SK: Teachers Union Entitlements Are Unaffordable by: Colin Craig, Saskatchewan Taxpayers Federation Did your salary go up by 12 per cent this year? If it didn’t, how on earth can you afford the 12 per cent pay increase the Saskatchewan Teachers Federation is demanding? Clearly, the union’s demand is unreasonable. There’s no doubt that teachers should be offered appropriate salaries for the work they do. Like the saying goes, ‘you get what you pay for.’ Or at least you should. Interestingly enough, what the teachers union doesn’t talk about is that many teachers have been receiving very generous pay increases every year. You see, if you pull out the teachers union contract, you’ll see that a typical teacher starting out in 2007 would have made $43,124. Yet for their second year of service, they would have automatically graduated to pay level two, which paid them $47,412. That’s a 9.9 per cent increase in just one year. By year three (2009), that same teacher would have automatically graduated into the level three pay category; which paid out $51,724. For those scorekeeping at home, that’s an overall increase of 19.9 per cent in just two years. The automatic pay increases occur during the first ten years of service and an additional increase on a teacher’s 15th year; when salaries currently max out at $73,036. What’s really striking about the teacher pay system is that it completely ignores performance in the classroom. You could be the best teacher in the division, but because you only have five years experience, you would make far less than a mediocre teacher with 15 years experience. That’s why the best teachers out there should push for something the State of Indiana is doing right now. Indiana just passed legislation to move to a system whereby teachers are paid for their performance. According to State of Indiana’s web site, legislation was just passed that will see teachers “receive pay increases based on their level of responsibility, students’ needs and their effectiveness - instead of just based on their years of experience and/or the additional degrees they earn.” An Associated Press story about the reform noted “under the bill, teachers would be evaluated annually, and those in the bottom two of four categories would not be eligible for automatic pay raises. Local districts would create their own evaluations, but would have to include objective measures of student achievement, such as test scores.” In other words, not giving every teacher an automatic increase is going to help control costs and give mediocre teachers the incentive to work harder to improve student performance. Why shouldn’t Saskatchewan look at the same approach? Some suggest evaluating teachers is too hard to do as student performance depends on many things outside of the classroom. However, mankind has put a man on the moon; surely we can come up with a fair method of evaluating teacher performance. In fact, if you pull a veteran teacher or principal aside and ask them who the best teachers are in their school, they can tell you. So why not consider making peer review and principals’ judgements part of a new system for evaluating teachers? One thing is for certain, the Sask teachers’ union’s demands are unaffordable and outdated. It’s time for a new system that puts students, top teachers and taxpayers first.

Canada Post: opening up to competition: Part 2 This Economic Note was prepared by Vincent Geloso and Youri Chassin, respectively economist and research coordinator at the Montreal Economic Institute. Having had to surmount challenges similar to those now faced by Canada Post, many countries around the globe chose to liberalize and privatize their postal services. It is therefore useful to study the experiences of these countries in order to identify reform ideas that will allow us to improve the quality of our postal services while reducing costs. In Europe, under the initiative of the European Commission, the postal market has been gradually liberalized since 1997. The postal monopolies of all member states must be abolished before January 1, 2013. Other countries around the world, like New Zealand, also opted to liberalize. Unlike Austria, Germany and the Netherlands, however, New Zealand and Sweden have not privatized their postal operators, even though they have had fully liberalized postal markets for over a decade. In 1988, New Zealand Post lost its government subsidies to cover operating shortfalls. During the 1990s, this country’s postal market was progressively opened to competition. Faced with such challenges, the public corpora tion managed to reduce its workforce by 40%, mostly by attrition and by offering incentive packages for early retire ment, while doubling its overall productivity13 (revenue divided by number of employees). In the ten years following the reform,thisimprovedperformance allowed the corporation to pass on to consumers savings of 30 percent on the price of a stamp in real terms. In Sweden, the government decided to promptly abolish the monopolistic privileges of its postal operator, Posten AB, in 1992. Following this opening up to competition, Posten AB’s main competitor, Bring Citymail, captured a respectable share of the market and was able to deliver mail to just over half of Swedish households.14 This fierce competition has pushed Posten AB to enact important reforms to lower its costs: it reduced its workforce by 30% and increased productivity by 32%.15 Prices for bulk mail, (mail that is rated for postage partly by weight and partly by the number of pieces in the mailing), which constitute 73% of the total mail volume,


have declined in real terms since liberalization, although the price for singlepiece letters has increased. Nevertheless, “postal consumers found that the operators’ quality was high and that they were willing to adjust to consumer demands more than before liberalization.” As for Germany and the Netherlands, they opted to privatize their postal operators, in part or in full.17 In the meantime, they opened their postal services markets to competitors, who were able to compete in several segments of the markets, even those believed to be the hardest to enter. Facing pressures both from increased competition and from shareholders, these two former monopolies were forced to enact important changes in order to keep their customers. In Germany, Deutsche Post managed, mainly through attrition, gradually to reduce the size of the workforce by 38%. After its privatization in 2000, the company continued to cut costs in its mail division, and by 2010, it had increased its productivity by 20%.19 In the Netherlands, in the ten years following the first wave of privatization of PTT Post (today TNT Post), the company succeeded in limiting its labour costs, which fell from 55% of total costs in 1994 to 41% in 2004.20 Over the same period, productivity increased by 16%. In Austria, the government decided in 2006 to sell a minority stake in Österreichische PostAG to private investors.21 Moreover, on January 1, 2011, the liberalization of the Austrian postal market that began in 1998 was fully completed. Österreichische Post AG shrunk its workforce by 25% in ten years, and investments in new equipment were made to improve both productivity and service quality. Over the same period, labour costs dropped from 64% of total expenditures to 50%.22 As for productivity, it nearly doubled. Thanks to these cost-cutting approaches, significant savings have been passed on to customers. In the three countries examined which privatized their postal operator, prices for single-piece letters have fallen in real terms in the years following privatization. Toward a free postal service market A plan for reforming Canada Post could start with an employeeshare ownership program, as

proposed by the strategic review of Canada Post, after which a plan for progressive liberalization and further privatization would be announced. This first step would allow employees to benefit fully from productivity increases as shareholders and not only as workers. With the prospect of liberalization, the necessity of becoming more productive would be clear. The issue of regional segmentation of postal services, which is often raised as a justification for keeping the monopoly in place, should not be an obstacle to reform. It is true that the costs of services are higher in sparsely populated outlying regions. But postal companies will deliver to all regions of the country as long as they can adapt their prices and frequency of service to reflect their greater costs.25 In order to allow for true competition, it would thus be necessary to eliminate uniform pricing and allow companies to charge higher prices in certain regions. Individuals who chose to live in rural regions – where housing prices are lower and where there is less traffic and air pollution – must also accept that there are downsides to this choice, such as higher prices and reduced access for some products and services. Even if we truly wish to ensure that every Canadian consumer has the same access to postal service, there is no need to subsidize it through regulation, which hides its real cost. Direct compensation to the individuals concerned would be more effective and less expensive. For example, since prices are higher in the northern regions, compensation could take the form of a more generous Northern Residents Tax Deduction. To meet its modern challenges, the government should allow Canada Post to evolve into a modern postal operator. What should be front and center in reforming Canada Post is the pursuit of the best service at the best price for customers. In light of foreign experiments, the most effective way to attain this goal is to liberalize the postal service market and to consider the privatization of Canada Post. The Montreal Economic Institute is an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit research and educational organization. Through its publications, media appearances and conferences, the MEI stimulates debate on public policies in Quebec and across Canada by proposing wealthcreating reforms based on market mechanisms. It does not accept any government funding.


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TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011

The Town of Biggar and Rural Municipality of Biggar are celebrating 100 years in 2011 and of course there is going to be a celebration. Here in the newsroom we are busy compiling an anniversary edition. Trying to compile 100 years of history into a 40 page book is a daunting task. There is so much to tell. So many memories to relive. Even in our small community there are dark secrets (like being a hotbed for the KKK). And, then there are the people. It’s difficult to reduce history to dates and facts when those events impacted the lives of the very citizens who settled here. So, we reached out to residents and asked them to tell their stories. How interesting those remembrances are. There’s the volunteer involved in Guiding who had her underwear flying on the flag pole. Or an archived copy of the impressions of our very first citizens who set up their homes in a tent. But, my favourite is


the story from the wife of the Reeve who bought a bicycle so she could deliver messages to her husband relating to RM business. I can see her driving down country roads, spotting her husband in the field just to tell him a ratepayer had called to let him know there was a big hole in the road. Fast forward to 2011 and I had another missive from the aforementioned cousin. This time titled: You know you are living in 2011 when ... 1. You accidentally enter your PIN on the microwave. 2. You haven’t played solitaire with real cards in years. 3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three. 4. You email and text the person who works at the desk next to you. 5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don’t have email or text addresses. 6. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to

help you carry in the groceries. 7. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn’t even have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it. 8. You get up in the morning and go online before getting your coffee. 9. You’re reading this and nodding and laughing. 10. You’re reading this and you know exactly who this applies to and who you are going to share it with. Imagine how much easier life would have been for that councillor’s wife if she had been able to use a cell phone to contact her husband. But, life still went on even though we weren’t “connected”. People still got their messages and were kept in the loop. No doubt taking a bike ride kept her in good shape. Life marches on and you can’t stop progress. I sometimes wonder though whether we have given up too much in the name of technology.

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March vehicle sales continue positive news for Saskatchewan With the coming of spring, sales were blossoming at Saskatchewan’s automotive dealerships in March according to Statistics Canada’s latest report on figures for new vehicle sales. In March 2011 compared to March 2010 (seasonally-adjusted), new motor vehicle sales in Saskatchewan increased by 13.6 per cent, ranking Saskatchewan second in terms of growth rate among the provinces. On a seasonally-adjusted basis, Saskatchewan was fourth in terms of percentage change among the provinces with a five per cent increase in new vehicle sales in March 2011 compared to February 2011. “These increases are very much a sign of the

times in Saskatchewan,” E n t e r p r i s e Saskatchewan Minister Jeremy Harrison said, May 13. “Statistics Canada recently released that Saskatchewan had a very strong 2010 and forecasters are predicting we will lead the country in economic growth in 2011. With our province’s robust statistics for new vehicle sales, our strong numbers for urban housing starts, the lowest unemployment rate in Canada, and two of Canada’s top three cities in economic growth rates, Saskatchewan is enjoying a period of unprecedented prosperity.” In seasonally unadjusted terms, new motor vehicle sales in Saskatchewan increased

by 18 per cent in March 2011 compared to March 2010, good for second place. In the first three months of 2011, sales in Saskatchewan increased by 4.9 per cent (seasonally unadjusted), ranking the province third in terms of growth rate among the provinces compared to the same period in 2010.



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On Friday, June 3, after 32 years of service at the Biggar & District Credit Union, Bernadette Blocha will be retiring. She will be missed by the many members she has served over the years, as well as her co-workers. Biggar & District Credit Union Board, Management & Staff congratulate Bernadette on a successful career, and wish her all the best in retirement!


TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011

A.W.L. - (Absent With Leave) by Bob Mason There have been pages and pages written about the war. In this case W.W.II, 1939-1945, who won it, what was it all about, when, where, and why -- the whole W%, eh! But not very much has been recorded about the leaves that all soldiers get! We can all understand the need for one to get away from the pressure of things, and that is how come soldiers got those things in the first place. In the second, and thankfully the last case, many young people, being away from the domestic pressures of home for the first time, often felt that they just had to go out and do

part too far, eh? From the time that he first joined up in His Majestic Forces, YT (Yours Truly) looked forward to those “leaves”, not so much that he needed them, but because he wanted to see if they were the evero v e r- e x c i t i n g things that the barrack-room “We can all understand the need gossip said they for one to get away from the were! pressure of things, and that is how Sorry! It was come soldiers got those things in about this time the first place.” he realized (like everywhere something, anything -else!) one has to make on their own! Mebbe we their own “fun” (if “fun” shouldn’t go into that is the right word!)

That first midnight pass, downtown in Prince Albert was sure a disillusioning one! When we finally got seated in the crowded Lincoln Hotel barroom, we found that the man sitting across the table from us was also the one in the cot next to us back at camp -- and five of his friends! “Hello Mason you old bugger,” he shouts, as though he hadn’t seen me for years, “siddown and buy us a round, eh?” Beer cost 10¢ a glass back at that time! “I’ve only got 50¢ on me,” I said. “No problem!” he shouts, like the big spender he had suddenly become, and threw another dime down beside my pitiful,

Butterflies are a Spring Spectacle the wings to expand them. It also needs to get Few harbingers of spring used to flying. A recently are more spectacular to hatched butterfly is look at than the variety very vulnerable until its of butterflies that take wings are ready and dry. to the skies after they 8. An adult butterfly eats emerge from chrysalis. nectar and reproduces to Although it is widely begin the life cycle anew. known that butterflies Relatively speaking, a and moths go through a butterfl y has a short life metamorphosis to turn span. Some species live into their finished forms, only a few days. Others many are unaware just may live up to a year. This how many steps it takes can make viewing for a butterfly to be a spectacularly ready to fly. hued butterfly in 1. A butterfly a spring garden begins its life as even more an egg, which a poignant for the female butterfly observer. lays on a particular More than plant that the 700 species of species of butterfly butterfl ies are prefers to eat. This found in North is called a host America. In order plant. Butterflies to attract them are very particular to the backyard, about the type of homeowners can plant that they eat. plant wildlife Certain species will that nurtures only eat one type all stages of the of plant or closely metamorphosis. related varieties. Butterfl ies undergo an amazing transformation into the delicate, Adult butterflies 2. When a winged creature that graces spring days. looking for nectar butterfly hatches will seek out from the egg, it is plants in the called a larva, or and may have different sunlight; rarely do they are also forming. The a first instar caterpillar. pupa stage is not merely feed in the shade. Plants The insect is very small colors and features. 5. During the fi nal a hibernation for the should have red, yellow, and does nothing but eat molt, the discarded skin caterpillar. It is a time of orange, pink, or purple from the host plant. will become part of the blossoms. Flat-topped very active growth. 3. Caterpillars are chrysalis that will house or clustered flowers are 7. About 10 to 14 days voracious eaters, and the caterpillar as it preferred, as are short later the butterfl y they grow very quickly. pupates. The caterpillar fl ower tubes that enable will emerge from the The trouble is that their spins a silk girdle that the butterfl y’s proboscis chrysalis. Upon doing so skin cannot grow. A new, larger skin must be attaches it to a particular the wings will be wet and to fit in easily. formed. To do this the location, either on a tree small. The butterfly then pumps fluids through caterpillar must molt branch or a plant stem. its old skin so that the new, larger skin can emerge. As it eats, a caterpillar will go through a few stages depending on the species. It may become a second, third, fourth, and fifth instar caterpillar. 4. A caterpillar that has molted several times may look very different from its initial larval form. It will be much larger

6. Contrary to popular belief, butterflies are not formed in cocoons. Their pupa is called a chrysalis. Only some varieties of moths transform inside of a cocoon. In the chrysalis, the caterpillar is undergoing a rapid transformation. The chewing mouthparts are turning into the sucking mouthparts of a butterfly. Wings and antennae

change. “Bring us another round!” he yells at the water passing by. The fifty cents that I had counted on lasting all night only lasted a few minutes before my next-cot comrade” and his half stoned friends decided to move to another hotel and pick up some ‘broads’! Being broke, YT made his way back to Camp wondering if he had been wise to pledge so much of his “1.39 per diem”, over to Victory Bonds He found out later on! The Army had quite a few different kinds of leaves, and over his years in the forces, YT took quite a few himself! Some fairly good and some not so good. Like that time when we went to Toronto and spent three days playing Chinese Checkers with one of the family’s maiden aunts! Having more-or-less been “broken in”, (passwise) by a few 98-hour leaves in P.A.,when we moved to advance training in Camp Shilo, Manitoba, we found that military holidays there were something else! Besides knowing more about machine guns, mines, mortars, grenades and assorted explosives, one was expected to have a lot more knowledge about how leaves should be spent. Jammed-full railway cars dropped us off at Brandon or Winnipeg stations where somehow or huge assortment of girls just happened to be most of them over-willing to show Shilo’s soon-to-be heroes the finer sights of Manitoba! It is reported that the “Picadilly Commandos” inflicted quite a few of the wounds on the London Casualty List, but I’m sure that those Winnipeg types weren’t very far behind. Often, on our midnight leaves in Brandon, saluting officers were almost, because one salute could lead to 50 salutes and some officer’s arms couldn’t take it! I’m not sure where the high-priced help went to in Winnipeg, but neither did we care, for the Service Centre in the Eaton’s Annex supplied all the entertainment we needed! Sleeping was another matter entirely, and many times the floors of the YMCA were

covered with sleeping soldiers form the nearby camps, who had run out of money! As YT scrawls this so-called “memoir” of his military leaves, he knows darn well that there isn’t room on most large pages to print them all. Also, I’m afraid that Yours Truly wasn’t much of a military-leave-taker, having spent many hours dutifully playing Chinese Checkers with that maiden-aunt in Toronto, sightseeing here and there, and taking care of Comrades who had imbibed too much! We finally did end up on an O.S. (Overseas!) draft though and got,not one, but three embarkation leaves taken amid “Goodbye” tears on the platform of the old C.P.R. station in Saskatoon! Having been posted to the Argylls, (infantry with tanks!) gone into action a few times, and become an old soldier almost overnight, H.Q. (Headquarters) saw fit to send Wilf Day and YT to Brussells for some R and R (Rest and Relaxation!) while the Army Engineers were building a few temporary bridges over the Rhine River. (Some years ago, YT wrote an article entitled “Brussels”!) “Leaves” were really something! I heard about a fellow who applied for a leave to Paris in France and ended up in Paris, Ontario, and another guy who joined up in 1940, went A.W.O.L. (Absent Without Leave) and never showed up until late 1945, when he was fined 2,000 days pay! YT mostly played by the leave-taking rules though, although he did break them a few times (well, we are a Democracy, eh?) After the war was over, we eventually got discharged and have been on leave ever since! If I fell like lying down, I just darn well work. Conscientiously (some word, eh?) Pte. YT still has to toe the line now and then though, especially when the family Amazonian outranks him and sez things like: “You’re going golfing again today? When are you going to plant potatoes,” or “If you feel so active, why don’t you clean the basement?” Grim show, eh?

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BCS News

Will Johnson, right, and Mark Jackson, centre, talk with an ofďŹ cial, May 14 during Biggar Central School’s successful hosting of the Saskatchewan Provincial Badminton championships. Johnson and Jackson, along with many other BCS teachers, staff, students and community volunteers, made for a very successful weekend of intense badminton. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

Diamond Lodge News The Diamond Lodge was a hub of activity this week, with various programs we enjoy. Since the weather has been warmer, more visitors stop by to say hello, and it is so nice to see them. Monday morning we met in the TV room, and did some stretches and kicked around the exercise ball. This ball is a favourite of many, and we enjoy the movement, either kicking or batting the ball. After lunch we played a fun game of Swing Bowl. Tuesday morning we dropped by for coffee, and one of our volunteers read to us from the few newspapers that we get. We also have a discussion period after, asking questions and some give their opinions. In the afternoon we watched a movie and munched on some popcorn. Resident Council meeting was on the agenda for Wednesday morning. We gathered around the table, and discussed some

issues that needed attention. All in all it was a very positive meeting. A few residents boarded the bus after lunch for a drive around town and a stop for ice cream. The rest of us gathered in the Activity Room, where we enjoyed ice cream sundaes. This is a favourite summertime activity, and the turnout was super. On Thursday we did our exercises again. Without realizing the time, we spent 50 minutes stretching, then kicking the exercise ball. Time flies when you are having fun. Our regular bingo activity happens every Thursday afternoon. Friday was our first barbecue of the season, and ten residents enjoyed hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad and coleslaw.

After lunch we enjoyed a sing-song. We met for coffee and company on Saturday morning. Every day there are a few ladies that fold the towels and washcloths, and some come in to read the daily paper. A Charlie Pride music video was played in the afternoon, and we enjoyed some snacks. Sunday morning, some of the ladies had their nails painted, and some came in for coffee and a visit. The Associated Gospel Church conducted our church service in the afternoon. We had a busy week, but we enjoyed the activities, and all the company that was here during the week. We are looking forward to next week, talk to you then.

by Kennedy Keith Hello again everyone! Sorry for being MIA the last couple weeks, but Mrs.J got my butt into gear so I was all over it for this week! BCS 2000 has been pretty busy in the halls lately as the school year quickly comes to an end with only a few weeks left! Seems like just yesterday we were all dragging our feet back into the building to start another year! This past weekend was also very busy for Mr.Johnson as we hosted Badminton Provincials; everything went as planned and the day was a very big success! All of our hard work paid off and it was a Provincials to remember! Thanks to all the staff and volunteers who signed up and helped with weeks of preparations and the day itself! We couldn’t have done it without you! With Grad plans underway and SRC elections on the go, everyone has been

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clean-up, raising money for Cancer. They raised over $1,000 -- Congrats team! The SRC has been buzzing in the halls as elections are coming up soon! Nominations were due Wednesday and everyone running for executive positions met with Mrs. Johnson to discuss speech requirements. Wednesday was also a big day for our Track atheletes! The Central Zone meet was held here; it was a rainy day, but that’s May for ya! All athletes did very well despite the cold and their next stop is Districts on May 28 in Saskatoon, then off to Provincials on June 3 and 4 in Regina! Our annual oor hockey tournament is well under way and teams are playing their hearts out. It’s pretty competitive out there. That’s all for this week in BCS. There is no school on Monday so enjoy the long weekend and the beautiful weather!

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by Delta Fay Cruickshank, of The Independent chart, it was a good weekend to plant all crops that grow below the surface of the soil, like potatoes. Speaking of soil, did you augment your soil before planting? I planted my brand new haskap or honeyberry bushes awhile ago. I dug a hole larger than the size of the pot, and added compost to fill in around the root ball of the bush. I had made the compost over the winter in my little black plastic composter. Handy Compost, gardeners’ black gold, little thing, that pretty well makes itself in the I filled with the black plastic composter in my kitchen scraps backyard. (photos from wikepe- like potato peels, egg shells, lettuce leaves et cetera. I never be selling out of tools, it put anything like meat will be a long weekend or cheese scraps in the of frenzied planting, compost pail. weeding and digging! Over the winter, all For some . . . I took the these scraps turned weekend off and went into rich black soil! All away visiting. I had to do was pull up According to the moon Have you got your vegetable garden planted? According to local legend, actually all over Canada, gardens get planted on the long weekend in May. What a great idea! The garden centres will be packed, the hardware stores will

This year’s experiment in our backyard. I just planted the haskap berry. I have never tasted these . . . sure looking forward to a taste at the end of June! bottom slat and there it was, compost! Full of nutrients, loose and moist and ready to augment the soil. I create my own compost because I believe this little rhyme I learned years ago, “What we take from Mother Earth, we must replace, plus a little more”. I use this rich soil to put around the flowers as a mulch and for a fertilizer. One year I laid my compost all over my huge herb garden. After that job I expected the plants to become robust, green and full of the essentials oils that make herbs so tasty, but the opposite happened. They all looked tired and dried out! What had happened? So I got on the Internet and went to the Royal Horticultural

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whoever, what was wrong with my garden? They all answered back, and had the same answer. It was because my compost was too dry and it acted like a sponge and sucked up all the moisture out of garden! So, I went out, dug in the compost, watered very well and then watched the herbs get robust, green and full of essentials oils! Let this be a lesson to all! The Town of Biggar creates compost on a very large scale. It is wonderful stuff, and we must be very grateful for this service. My neighbour used it in his brand new vegetable garden. He had a wonderful garden, almost weed free, well, it was just a thing of joy and beauty! Back to the haskap berries (a.k.a. honey berries). Now, I have never tried them myself. But I trust everything I have heard or read about them. Apparently they are an edible honeysuckle, that tastes like seedless raspberries, blueberries, blackberry and saskatoons, or combination of all! I am looking forward to this experience. The plants I bought were already blooming. These plants are hardy to -45˚C and will be ready before strawberries! We went up to North Battleford to a nursery there to

buy the bushes. It made for a wonderful day of lunch out and a tour of the Allen Sap Gallery, very nice! But look out on the way up there, the highway has some wash out areas and gravel and bumps, et cetera. Is it me, or does there seem to be more predatory birds like red tail hawks, cooper hawks et cetera out there hunting this year? Normally, our backyard is full of bird song. But we have guests, a pair of mating cooper hawks. The little hawks sure scare away the sparrows and other little birds. Now, I do miss the song, and yet, I don’t believe I should interfere with nature’s way. So, I wait. Surely the hawks will move away soon. Driving around on the highways, seems we are always seeing an unusually large number of hawks hunting over the fields. There is another little rhyme that I read almost everyday. “When the world wearies and society ceases to satisfy, there is always the Garden” by Minnie Aumônier. Everyday the garden can teach me new lessons. The connection to the earth can really soothe most of my emotional upsets. The garden soothes, feeds and heals . . . it is a good place to hang out!



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Province to be flexible with sales tax filers hit by flooding Saskatchewan businesses affected by flooding may be eligible for relief from penalty and interest charges that result from filing late sales tax returns. The Ministry of Finance has announced that if businesses are unable to file their provincial tax


return by the required date because of flooding, they may submit a request to have the penalty and interest charges waived. Affected businesses must submit a written request to the ministry, including the location of the business and details

about the flooding that prevented them from filing their sales tax returns on time. Businesses are required to file a tax return either on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis depending on the amount of tax collected or payable. Returns are due by the

20th day of the month following the end of the reporting period. In the past, Finance has adopted a flexible approach to dealing with businesses affected by natural disasters and other difficulties with tax filings. The ministry wants taxpayers to know

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Agriculture Seeding frustration by Kevin Hursh For farmers, it’s the season of hope and fear. Hope that they’ll get a crop seeded in a timely fashion and fear that the weather won’t cooperate. On my moderate-sized operation in southwest Saskatchewan, we finished seeding on May 15, but the stress continues because spraying operations to control weeds have been delayed for days due to high winds. If too much time elapses, the crop will be emerging and a pre-emergent application of glyphosate herbicide will not be possible. Already, the window of opportunity has been missed on the canola. It’s poking through the ground. However, canola has good in-crop weed control options so preemergent control isn’t quite as vital. The chickpeas and lentils are a different story. In-crop weed control is

limited and missing the pre-emergent application will mean weedy fields and yield losses. On the land seeded to canaryseed and the land seeded to durum, weed control with glyphosate and Av a d e x ( r e sidual wild oat c o n t r o l ) wa s accomplished before seeding so that provides some peace of mind. On the fields seeded to oriental mustard, the glyphosate went on just in time. A few mustard plants were emerging and will be lost, but this is a reasonable trade off in a crop with limited options for in-crop broadleaf weed control. There have been some early mornings getting up before 4:30 to have the sprayer rolling by 5:30 to get some spraying accomplished before


the wind rises, but for the past couple days, the wind has been blowing non-stop. I can’t remember such strong and sustained easterly winds. Usually the big blows come out of the west. The blessing is that the wind isn’t causing serious soil erosion. Back in the days of extensive tillage, the air would be black with topsoil after this amount of wind. As of the middle of May, seeding is perhaps 60 per cent complete in this localized region, the most advanced of anywhere in the province. My seeding is finished because of a relatively small land base and ample labour this spring. In retrospect, we should have done more spraying sooner, even if it meant slowing down the seeding operation.

As I helplessly listen to the wind howling outside, I’m fully aware that thousands of producers on the eastern Prairies would gladly exchange their problems for mine. For a second year in a row, excess moisture problems are likely to mean millions of unseeded acres. In these regions, seeding is a nightmare. Producers are picking their driest fields, but just getting to them is often an adventure with roads washed out or under water. For a significant acreage, seeding will be delayed until June, if it happens at all. June seeded crops typically yield less and are at much greater risk of frost damage in the

fall. One more spring storm with rain and/or snow could dash all hopes of growing much crop this year over a large portion of southeastern Saskatchewan and Manitoba. When and if the weather does finally cooperate, valuable time can be easily squandered. The seeding operation requires the tractor, seeder, grain trucks, and grain augers to all be working. Any hiccup can bring seeding to a halt. The sprayer is also prone to problems. Technology has come a long way, but can also be a frustration. When the GPS auto-steer system isn’t working on your seeding tractor, you can

still pilot it manually. If the GPS system isn’t working on your sprayer, that isn’t typically an option. There isn’t usually an alternate marking system to tell you where you’ve sprayed. So while producers hope the weather will cooperate in the weeks ahead, there’s growing fear over the closing window of opportunity for seeding. If the weather does cooperate, there will be little margin for equipment failure. Kevin Hursh is a consulting agrologist and farmer based in Saskatoon. His farm is located near Cabri, Saskatchewan.

Population increase could strain agriculture by Calvin Daniels When it comes to agriculture there are two important things which should combine to ensure an enhanced future, albeit it might still be some years down the road. On the one hand the trend which will continue to move upwards is world population growth. Nothing shy of something horrifically devastating on a world wide scale will alter the trend. While high incomes tend to move population increases nearer zero, so

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few countries fit that model that they do little to balance continuing growth in the rest of the world. The trends suggest millions will be added to world population moving forward, and those mouths will need to be fed from the existing land base. There is little expectation of the amount of farmland actually growing. While we could clear more land, there is growing awareness of the need for forests to create regular air exchange, so acres are generally replanted. In some cases technology may allow crops grown on land currently not adaptable to farming today, such as creating crops for saline soils. However, erosion, urban sprawl and other factors are stealing acres too. So to feed more people, the answer is not coming from a larger land base. So for farmers to meet the growing demands of population expansion, and cash in on that demand financially, the answer must come from technological advancement. Some of those advancements may be in global positioning technology to maximize fertilizer and chemical use.

However most of the advancements are going to come in terms of better crop varieties. We need to find ways to grow yields across a range of crops. Farmers only need to look south to the United States where both corn and soybean varietal development has done two things for those crops. On one hand yields have increased in general terms. Farmers harvest more bushels off the same acres than they did a decade ago. Equally important we see the two crops growing in regions that were not thought possible even a few years earlier. Soybeans are now grown in east central Saskatchewan which was not so long ago thought impossible. Corn is now encroaching on new acres too, thanks to varieties which have shorter growing seasons, or require less heat units than corn varieties in the past. A spring like this, where the possibility of crop disease in heightened due to wet conditions, and a tightened seeding season, will make farmers appreciate the strides variety development has made over the years. But to feed the world in the years ahead the next generation of research is going to have to continue to boost yields and expand cropping ranges.

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Twenty-three per cent of the 2011 crop has been seeded, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report for the period May 10 to 16. The five year (20062010) average for this time of year is approximately 44 per cent seeded. Significant seeding progress was made in western regions during the past week. Producers in the eastern regions are just starting to get into their fields. The southeast is reporting eight per cent seeded, the southwest 36 per cent, the east-central

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11 per cent, the west central 30 per cent, the northeast 14 per cent and the northwest 41 per cent. Across the province, 46 per cent of the field peas, 35 per cent of the lentils, 28 per cent of the durum, 22 per cent of the spring wheat and 20 per cent


of the canola has been seeded. Many crop reporters are indicating that fields are very wet, especially in the eastern regions of the province. Cropland topsoil moisture across the province is rated as 36 per cent surplus, 62 per cent adequate and

two per cent dry. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 30 per cent surplus, 65 per cent adequate and five per cent short. Farmers are busy seeding, calving, hauling cattle to pasture and controlling weeds.


TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011

Sports & Recreation BCS Hosts Provincial Badminton This past Saturday, finals wrapped up about 6 the crowd could not look May 14, BCS hosted Bad- p.m., with the medals be- away for a second or they minton Provincials. ing presented at the end might miss something. The day started off with of play. There were many Every part of the day a great nutritious break- tight and exciting games. went well with many fast for all of positive the athletes comments sponsored being reby our SRC, ceived from SCC and the players, local busicoaches and nesses. parents We t h e n about our had the openschool, our ing ceremostudents nies in the and our gym with the communielementary ty. It was a choir singing school and O’ Canada community and Mayor effort with Ray giving Biggar Central School teacher, Terry Epp, directs a e v e r y o n e an interest- competitor to her court, May 14. Although no Biggar pitching in. ing welcome athletes made the provincial final, athletes, staff and Many hands to the day. teachers were on the top of their games, hosting this make light T h e b e s t year’s event. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam) work. badminton Thank you play in the province start- Most games went right to everyone for a great ed at 10 a.m. and the down to the wire and weekend.

Relay for Life cleans up! A Saskatchewan badminton provincial competitor makes a return during the action at Biggar Central School, May 14. BCS hosted the best from Saskatchewan as provincial play decided the top badminton players for the year. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

(Submitted photos) Saturday, May 14, BCS2000 students and staff were out in the community doing their annual “clean-up” raising money for the Canadian Cancer Society. The BCS “Warriors”, the name they have given themselves to represent “Fighting Cancer”, will be off to Saskatoon on June 10 to participate in Relay for Life, the 12hour relay to support cancer research. Thank you to the many people and businesses that hired the team to wash windows, rake leaves, sweep parking lots, and clean up garbage. The BCS team collected over $1,000 on Saturday.

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Local Stars attend Grand Chapter The 95th Annual Grand Chapter of Saskatchewan OES held their sessions in Moose Jaw from April 28 to April 30. The sessions were under the capable leadership of Worthy Grand Matron Bev Otsuka and Worthy Grand Patron Maurice Cassavant. Several members of Acacia Chapter No. 3 OES Biggar were in attendance. They were Elizabeth McMahon, Grand Ruth; Vera McNeil, Donna Sweet, Sylvia Thomson and Nancy Pike as Grand Pages; Debbie Robinson as a Teller; Rick Rann, Assistant Grand Sentinel; and Cheryl Rann on Credentials. We were very privileged to have the Most Worthy Grand Matron, Rennie Ofton and he Acting Most Worthy Grand Patron, John Crobler from the United STates attend our sessions. The Worthy Grand Matron and Patron project for this year was autism

and through numerous money-making projects they were able to donate over $6,000 for research for autism. Another very worthwhile project supported by the Order of Eastern STar is the support given to persons through the Estral (Eastern Star Training for Religious Awards and Leadership) program to help them in their studies to become ministers. We were given a presentation on how dogs are trained for blind people, matched up with their future owners and how the two become as one. Michelle Busch and ‘Jimmy’, her seeing eye dog, did a wonderful job explaining all about the program. The sessions were attended by many people from the United States as well as from coast to coast in Canada. A great time was had by all renewing old acquaintances and making new ones.

Several Acacia members who attended and/or worked at the 95th Grand Chapter in Moose Jaw were (left to right) Vera McNeil, Sylvia Thomson, Elizabeth

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Crime Prevention Week With the high cost of gasoline, theft of fuel (gas and go/gas an dash) is on the rise. The public can help combat this problem with a few preventative steps: 1.) Place a locking gas cap on to your vehicle. Siphoning of fuel becomes problematic as gas prices increase. 2.) Store your sled, boat and lawn mower gas containers in a secure, exterior, ventilated structure away from your residence. 3.) Purchase tamper proof screws to attach your licence plate to your vehicle. Why? Because it has occurred where a suspect vehicle has gassed up at a gas station and fled without paying only to find out that the recorded licence plate was stolen off of another vehicle. 4.) Local gas stations are encouraged to use and install video surveillance systems to record the licence plates, vehicles and motorists gassing up at their businesses. 5.) Local gas retailers are encouraged to implement a pre pay policy to ensure fuel purchases are pre paid prior to filling. This is easily done with more and more pumps having credit card/debit card payment options. 6.) When the pumps are busy, long weekends and rush hour, be extra vigilant for the vehicles that will take advantage by sneaking off without paying.

7.) If you have a gas and dash collect as much information as possible including vehicle description, licence plate, direction of travel, occupants and so forth.

The profit margins on gasoline are small for retailers. One $75 tank of stolen fuel takes several fills to replace. Like any other retailer affected by theft, we all end up paying


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ebrations are planned throughout the summer. Those celebrations, in addition to upgrades the Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport has done in the past few years, will help provide an excellent visitor ex-


perience. “Our provincial parks continue to be some of the most beautiful places to visit in Saskatchewan,” Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Bill Hutchinson said, May 13. “This year we are celebrating the 80th anniversary of the provincial park system, and by fall of this year we will meet, and slightly exceed, our promise to add electrical service to 1,000 campsites over four years.” In preparation for the May long weekend, there are some things campers need to know: • Most campground offices across Saskatchewan’s provincial parks and recreation sites will open on May 19, 2011. Park visitors are encouraged to visit saskparks. net to see what services are available and to determine whether the water system is functioning, if ice is off the lake, if the docks are in and the hours of operation. • The Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport is again instituting a special campsite allocation draw to accommodate the first initial

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but with reduced services. Campers with reservations and seasonal campers who may be impacted by this will be contacted. Information and updates about Saskatchewan’s provincial parks are always available at

Open fires banned in Provincial Forest Due to extreme fire hazards, the Ministry of Environment has issued a ban on all open fires in or within 4.5 kilometres of the Provincial Forest south of the Churchill River system. This includes all provincial parks and recreation sites within the fire ban area, as well as Clearwater River Provincial Park. Self-contained heating devices, pressurised stoves, or charcoal bri-

quettes used in a ministry approved firebox will be permitted for cooking or heating purposes for the duration of the ban. All burning permits are suspended and notification numbers will not be issued until the ban has been lifted. The ban will remain in effect until public notification by the Ministry of Environment. A complete list of parks and recreation sites affected by the ban can be

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rush of campers wishing to spend the May long weekend in Emma Lake Recreation Site and Makwa Lake Provincial Park. Information on the draw process can be found on the parks Web site. • Campers are reminded there is a ban on alcohol in campgrounds and picnic areas within provincial parks and recreation sites during the May long weekend (from Thursday, May 19 until 11 p.m. Monday, May 23, inclusive). Cottages and

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Saskatchewan to share information on criminal property forfeiture cases with other provinces Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The detailed agreement sets out the process for jurisdictions to share records, as well as personal and other information that could assist in civil forfeiture cases. The agreement recognizes the need to respect each province’s privacy laws. In Saskatchewan, civil property forfeiture is covered by The Seizure of Criminal Property Act. This legislation is intend-

ed to seize the proceeds of crime so they cannot be used for further criminal activity. “Collaboration and information sharing are essential in our fight against organized crime,” Morgan said. “This agreement can only help strengthen the joint efforts of the provinces to enhance the safety and security of our communities.”

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TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011

Province first to license Made-In-Saskatchewan blood test for Colorectal Cancer risk Detecting colorectal cancer in its early, curable, stages is the goal behind Phenomenome Discoveries Inc.’s licensing of a diagnostic blood test in Saskatchewan. Colorectal cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in both men

and women. Every year approximately 650 people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer in this province and 250 people die from the disease. Phenomenome Discoveries Inc.’s test measures blood levels of a novel metabolite that is low in people with colorectal cancer.

“This is an encouraging development right here in Saskatchewan that will help with the early detection of cancer,” Premier Brad Wall said last Monday. “This has the potential to make a big difference to Saskatchewan people dealing with cancer.” “Determining cancer

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available for colorectal cancer. “Colorectal cancer is more than 90 per cent preventable and easily treated when found in the early stages,” Saskatchewan Cancer Agency Chief Executive Officer Scott Livingstone said. “Finding ways to detect and prevent the disease is an important aspect of our work in the fight against cancer.” “We are pleased to be able to detect such high rates of early stage colorectal cancer using a non-invasive blood test,

and that Saskatchewan will be the first province to license the right to use it,” Phenomenome Discoveries Inc. Chief Executive Officer Dr. Dayan Goodenowe said. Saskatchewan has made reducing colorectal cancer mortality a priority. Continuing to expand screening programs that detect early stage cancer is the best way to achieve this goal, allowing Saskatchewan to maintain a leadership role in cancer screening.

TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011


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A year-long trend -Number of EI recipients has dropped once again The number of Saskatchewan people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits has dropped for a 12th consecutive month. Saskatchewan also had the second fewest claimants in Canada on a per capita basis at 1.4 per cent, well below the national average of 2.2 per cent. There were 10,890 Saskatchewan people receiving regular EI benefits in March 2011, a y e a r- o v e r- y e a r d e crease of 1,890. Saskatchewan’s 14.8 per cent decrease was the third best among the provinces -- well ahead of the national average decrease of 9.9 per cent. On a month-overmonth basis, Saskatchewan saw a drop of 190, or 1.7 per cent from February of this year.

“With the lowest unemployment rate in the country, one of the fastest growing economies in the country and a growing population, people around our province are realizing the Saskatchewan Adv a n t a g e ,” A d v a n c e d Education, Employment and Immigration Minister Rob Norris said, Thursday. “Workers and employers alike are finding quality op-


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portunities right here at home.” Saskatchewan’s largest cities showed strength in March. Regina saw a 26.8 per cent drop in EI recipients (unadjusted), while Saskatoon dropped by 20.4 per cent. “While we are encouraged with the progress we’ve seen over the past year, we remain committed to working

with those people who are affected by unemployment,” Norris said. “Our Can-Sask Offices and Rapid Response Teams stand ready to provide assistance.” Norris also pointed to the growing number of opportunities on -- a number that now stands at more than 8,700, as a sign of growing opportunity in the province.

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****PUBLIC NOTICE**** Please be advised that a two dimensional (2D) seismic exploration program is planned for the Saskatoon area (see map below). This regional seismic program is being conducted on behalf of BHP Billiton Canada Inc. by RPS Boyd PetroSearch in order to assess potential potash mineralization. The seismic process involves sending vibrations into the earth and measuring the returning waves. The energy source is vibroseis and the program will mainly be conducted on road allowance. Our crews will be working on highways and roadways in your area. We ask that you please slow down around our workers. Please note that unless you are contacted, your lands are not being entered. No private property will be accessed without prior consent. Exploration Company: RPS Boyd PetroSearch Field Operations: From about May 16 through to mid-September 2011 Program Names: 2011 Wolverine 2D, 2011 Asquith 2D, 2011 South Boulder 2D and 2011 South Young 2D

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Wed., JUNE 1st • 10 a.m. Full list and pictures on Web Site Hutch Master 18 ft off set tandem disc; Case 970 tractor, 18.4x38 power shift; NH 855 round baler, chain type; MF 18 ft 775 sp swather, hydrostatic; MF 25 ft #35 pto swather; IH 24 ft deep tillage w/harrows; Pool 8”x50 ft pto auger; Several MF #36 discers and packers; 1991 Dodge Ram 250 Cummins diesel; Ford 800 cab over steel B&H (not running); School buses for parts, Parts combines; 955 Cat tracovator w/pup motor w/loader; Cat for collectors; JD “R” diesel, JD “60” complete; M.M. 6704 tractor w/front wheel assist; Allis Chalmers “B”; Parts tractors…Case DC, MH #30, MF 97, Case 970, MF 1135, W4, Cockshutt 40 & 570, MM 6705, JD “AR”, AC “B” plus several other for parts; B&D valve grinder, Westward drill press, porta power, lg. power hacksaw, MIG welder, acetylene torch. See full listing on Web site:

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Should you have any questions, please contact: Garry Wahl – Landowner Liaison Phone: 306.536.1863

Maddie Mailey – Permit Administrator Toll Free: 1.800.663.8943

TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011


Canadian Wheat Board Bulletin (Dated May 16) At a glance The CWB has sent a recommendation to the federal government for additional increases to the 2010-11 initial payments for wheat. If approved by government, this recommendation would further increase the payment for the base grade of wheat (1 CWRS 12.5) by approximately $27 per tonne, with a range of increases for other grades. Timing of payments cannot be confirmed until government approval is received, according to a process set out by the CWB Act. Favourable weather in Alberta and western

Saskatchewan, as well as in parts of eastern Saskatchewan, led to a dramatic increase in seeding progress on the Prairies last week, which is now being estimated at about 20 per cent complete by CWB weather and crop analysts (up from four per cent last Monday). Farmers in drier areas of Manitoba, mainly in south central and southeastern parts of the province, have also begun to plant. However, producers in many parts of Manitoba and southeastern Saskatchewan will need another week of dry weather before seeding can begin. Aside from a

system that may create scattered showers in Alberta and parts of southern Saskatchewan, the forecast looks good for seeding into the long weekend. Normally, the Prairies are just over 50 per cent seeded by this time of year. Flood conditions continue to affect rail freight service in Manitoba, but there have been minimal impacts on the CWB’s grain movement program. However, soft farm yards and flooded municipal roads are affecting farmer deliveries to grain elevators. The CP line between Napinka and Killarney, Manitoba remains out of service

due to high water and soft track conditions. Local CP operations yards in Brandon are open, although conditions are causing some service delays. The CP Emerson corridor reopened May 10 and is now back to normal operating levels. Neither CP nor CN expect adverse effects to its Manitoba operations from the controlled dike release near Portage la Prairie. The CN border crossing with BNSF at Emerson remains closed, with affected traffic rerouted through Fort Frances, Ontario. Two new CWB Farm Business Representatives (FBRs) are ready to

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Homes for Sale in Biggar (MLS)

Farmland for Sale (MLS) Wardrop Vogel Vogel Pobran Stephan Dixon HillCor Gray Whitmore Holbrook Orton McKee Lalonde Robinson Martin Green

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Acreages for Sale (MLS) Clarke Krivoshein Egert Jordan Kerr Crozier Woods Road Serson Unity Ac.

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Current Listings 105 8th Ave W 202 3rd Ave E 212 3rd Ave E 320 2nd Ave E 402 7th Ave E

2nd Ave W Condos *$198,900 114 7th Ave W $189,000 313 6th Ave E $184,900 406 7th Ave E $178,900 102 5th Ave E $173,900 409 3rd Ave E $169,900 403 4th Ave E $88,900 th

307 6 Ave E 204 5th Ave E 201 5th Ave E

$79,900 $49,900 $35,000

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RM 488 RM 347 RM 40 RM 280 RM 346 RM 377 RM 349 RM 347 Rosetown

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Commercial Property (MLS) Demaine Hotel Nickells & Diamonds

A & D Foods Howard Concave Comm. Property

Demaine Rosetown Perdue Rosetown Dalmeny

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209 4th Ave E $33,000 104 6th Ave E (Lot) $30,000 206 4th Ave. W (Lot) $27,500 201 6th Ave W $20,000

Out of Town Property Perdue 801 Ave J $197,500 th Perdue 816 7 St.*new* $98,000 rd Kinley 518 3 St *new* $59,000 Landis Lot $22,500 Wilkie Lot 507 2 Ave W $15,000 Wilkie Lot 204 2 St W $15,000


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The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) advises that two deregistered Western wheat varieties are eligible for top grades until the end of the current crop year. Deliveries of Snowhite475 and Snowhite476 will be eligible in the Canada Prairie Spring White (CPSW) class for grade Nos. 1 and 2 until July 31, 2011. For more information, go to An interactive soilmoisture map has been added to WeatherFarm’s core line-up of farm decision-making tools. This new weather-based model illustrates soil conditions throughout the entire Prairie region, providing farmers with useful insights on precipitation, evaporation, moisture stress, growth stages, soil moisture and projected maturity dates for various crops. It can generate both current and forward-looking reports. To view the soilmoisture model, go to

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serve producers in Saskatchewan. Tom Viczko now assists producers in the Tisdale area and can be reached at (306) 244-5719 or Pat Eskra serves farmers in the Wynyard area and can be contacted at (306) 328-2040 or at FBRs work for farmers in communities across Western Canada, serving as a link between producers and the CWB. They can visit farms to discuss issues, explain CWB programs, host or attend conferences and public-speaking engagements, arrange meetings with elected CWB directors, arrange tours, help navigate online services and troubleshoot concerns with contracts, permit books or deliveries. To find other FBRs, please visit our interactive map at CWB offices were closed Monday, May 23 for the Victoria Day holiday. Farmers are reminded that May 31 is the 201011 Series C sign-up deadline for wheat.

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Elizabeth (Lil) Edwards A Memorial Service for Elizabeth (Lil) Edwards, born Keller, formerly of Battleford and Plenty, Sask., who passed away on January 11, 2011 in Red Deer, Alta. will be held on SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at the Battleford United Church, 52-4th Avenue, Battleford, Sask. The Rev. Nora Borgeson will be of¿ciating. Left to cherish Lil’s memory are her loving family: children, Shirley (Bill) Elmhurst, Lorne (Georgina) Edwards, Dave (Karen) Edwards, Holly Edwards (François LaRochelle); grandchildren, Shelly Elmhurst, Penny Peterkin (Albert) Aker, Tammy (Darren) Mcllwain, Tim (Michelle) Elmhurst. Chris (Parichat) Edwards, Shari Edwards, Brent Edwards, Brandy (Chris) David, Jeanne LaRochelle; great-grandchildren, Jamie (Caroline), Shawn, Jody, Carly, Austin, Braydon, Tristan, Ryan, Ronin, Yvonne, twins Aleesha and Anata and greatgreat-grandchildren, Elizabeth and Eleanor.

OBITUARIES Lil was predeceased by her husband, Wilfred; and her son, Douglas. Interment will take place at the Battleford Cemetery. Following the Memorial Service, a Come and Go Tea will be held at the Battleford United Church. In lieu of Àowers, the family would appreciate memorial donations to the Saskatchewan Association for Community Living (SACL), 3031 Louise St., Saskatoon, SK, S7J 3L1 or through www.sacl. org. Arrangements are entrusted to Battlefords Funeral Service (446-4200). 21c1

Edward Tederoff Edward Tederoff went to his home in Heaven on May 13, 2011 at the age of 74. Edward was born to Nicholas and Mary Tederoff of Perdue, Sask. on November 30, 1936 as the youngest of four children. Edward was predeceased by his parents; his brother Walter; his sister, Elvina, and his brother-




in-law, Roderick Thomson. He leaves to mourn his sister, Marion Thomson of Saskatoon, Sask. and his nephew, Theodore Tederoff and his wife, Shannon of Edmonton, Alta. Also left to cherish his memory are Theodore and Shannon’s children, Natalie, Meagan, Rebecca, Caleb, and Amy; sister-in-law, Vera Tederoff; and many cousins. Edward attended Wheat¿eld School north of Perdue, Sask. with his siblings. After he ¿nished school, Ed started farming with his parents. He enjoyed farming and he was a modern, progressive farmer who used new crop varieties, had good machinery, and he had the joy of many “bumper” high yield crops. Ed was a good son, kind brother, uncle and great uncle. He loved family and appreciated relatives, friends, and neighbors. Ed enjoyed the company of his nephew Ted, who spent many summers at Ed’s farm while growing up. He was a caring person with a ready smile and cheerful greeting. Ed was active in the community and in younger years he enjoyed playing sports. He especially enjoyed playing second base for the Perdue Playmores for many years. Ed had a quiet personality and a good sense of humor. He retired from farming in 2003 and moved to Saskatoon where he lived until his passing. Ed will be sadly missed. He was a beloved brother. The Funeral Service was held on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 2:00 pm at Fellowship Baptist Church, 905 Taylor Street East, Saskatoon, with Pastor Archie Jantzen of¿ciating. In lieu of Àowers donations may be sent to the Parkinson Society, 103 Hospital Drive, Saskatoon, SK S7N 0W8 or to the Mennonite Central Committee, 600-45th St. West, Saskatoon, SK S7L 5W9. Interment took place in Arelee, Sask. at the Mennonite Brethren Cemetery. Condolences may be left for the family by visiting www. acadiamckaguesfuneralcentre. com Arrangements were entrusted to Acadia-McKague’s Funeral Centre, 955-1600. 21c1

Edmonton. Alice was born on her parent’s farm, 14 miles west of Biggar, Sask. She received her early education at the local country school, Conway, and completed high school in Biggar. After graduating as a stenographer from business school in Saskatoon, Sask., Alice started work with he Bank of Commerce where she stayed for two years and then transferred to a country branch in Vonda, Sask. Alice met her husband, Jeff, at a ball game in his home town of Elstow, Sask. They were married a year and a half later in Edmonton where they made their home. Alice was widowed in 1953 and returned to work as a telephone operator for the Canadian Paci¿c Telegraph Company for two years. She then transferred to the CPR freight of¿ce where she worked for 17 years until her retirement in 1976. A Memorial Service to celebrate Alice’s life will be held at Hainstock’s Funeral Home, 9810 - 34th Avenue, Edmonton on SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of Àowers, donations may be made in Alice’s name to The Good Samaritan Society of Edmonton, 8861 - 75h St. N.W., Edmonton, AB, T6C 4G8. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to all the staff in Rosewood Gardens at St. Joseph’s Auxiliary Hospital in Edmonton, for the exceptional care and kindness shown to Mom over the past 18 months. 21c1

Alice Agnes Brown (nee Schnedar) January 21, 1911 May 12, 2011 Alice died peacefully at St. Joseph’s Auxiliary Hospital on May 12, 2011. She leaves to mourn her loss her three sons, Jack (Valerie) of Calgary, Alta., Bill (Geri) of Edmonton, Alta. and Gerald (Carol) of Wetaskiwin, Alta.; eight grandchildren, Brian (Barbara) of North Delta, B.C., Susan Brown (Keith Stephenson) of Calgary, Teri Dean (Douglas MacIntyre) of Winnipeg, Man., Lori Martens (Wade) of Edmonton, Cathy Redmond of Edmonton, Bob of Edmonton, Jeff (Debbi) of Okotoks and Doug of Edmonton; 14 great-grandchildren, William and Scott Brown of North Delta, B.C., Alexandra, Wyatt and Jacqueline Getty of Calgary, Ashley Smith and Ryan Dean of Edmonton, Jennifer and Jason Martens of Edmonton, Rodney, Matthew and Jacklynn Redmond of Edmonton, Erin Brown of Edmonton and Kim Brown of Okotoks; and four great-greatgrandchildren; special nephew, Gary (Irene) Hart of Edmonton, good friend, Joyce (Bill) Carrington of Edmonton; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Alice was predeceased by her husband, Jeff in 1953; her parents, Mike and Frances Schnedar of Biggar, Sask., brother, Clarence (Marge) Schnedar of Toronto, Ont.; sisters, Evelyn (Clare) Therrien of Rossland, B.C., Madlen (Bob) McAmmond of Spokane, Wash., and Gladys (Henry) Stamp of

MEMORIAMS With Love and In memory of …

Mark Anderson Edwards April 4, 1961 - May 24, 1997 “I pray you’ll be alright And watch us where we goAnd help us to be wise In times when we don’t know. Let this be our prayer When we lose our way Lead us to a place, Guide us with your grace Give us faith, so we’ll be safe.”

Judi, Chelsea and Jared


CELEBRATION of the LIFE of ‘INA MILLER’ There wil be a Memorial Service for our Mom on SATURDAY, JUNE 4 at 2:00 p.m. at Perdue Recreation Complex. Lunch will be provided immediately after the service.

Private Inurnment. “When the meadowlarks sing…”

Gerry, Arlene, Howard, Chris, Jim.


Dennis Irven

Deep in our hearts you are fondly remembered, Sweet, happy memories cling ‘round your name; True hearts that loved you with deepest affection Always will love you in death the same.” Lovingly remembered by Marg, Tammy, Neil and families

Classi¿eds Work Phone 948-3344

John Edward Sagon In loving memory of our brother, son, grandson and friend, September 11, 1979 - May 25, 2001 “On Earth we loved you dearly, In Heaven we love you still. In our hearts you hold a special place That no one else could ever Àll. It broke our hearts to lose you, But you didn’t go alone. For part of us went with you the day God took you home.”

Never forgotten for stories untold and memories shared. Live life to the fullest, work hard but play hard. We love and miss you always, JJSM Forever. With love…Dad, Mom, Jennifer, Steven, Mark, Grandma, Grandpa, family and friends.

COMING EVENTS SUNDAYS in May: Presbyterians, Anglicans, Lutherans will be meeting for worship at 10:30 a.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church. Everyone is welcome. 48/10tfn

TUESDAY, MAY 24: Biggar Youth Travellers Club Bottle Drive, 5 - 8 p.m. Farm families can call Melody Oesch, 9485130 for pick up or bottles can be dropped off at 218 - 4th Ave. East, Biggar. 19p3 THURSDAY, MAY 26: 7:30 p.m., The New Musettes invite you to their spring recital at the Lutheran Church. Come and enjoy. Desserts to follow. Silver collection. 19c3 THURSDAY, MAY 26: Vegetarian Dinner Club, 6 p.m. @ Biggar New Horizons. Pot luck, $3 per person. Contact Fran Gorbenko @ 306-237-4429 home/9482446 work on Wednesdays. Everyone welcome! 20c2 MONDAY, MAY 30: Come out and enjoy “Music Under the Maples” featuring students and friends of Peggy L’Hoir, 7 p.m. at Third Avenue Park (in case of bad weather, move to theare). Everyone welcome. 21p2 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1: 8 A.M.…Leney Cemetery Cleanup. Please come and help us to keep your community cemetery looking neat and tidy. Many volunteers make a lot less work for everyone. The ANNUAL MEETING will follow the cleanup. 20p3 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1: Poitras Music Studio presents their Year End Recital , 7:00 p.m. at The Majestic Theatre, Biggar. Silver Collection. 21c2 FRIDAY, JUNE 3: Poitras Music Studio presents their ‘farewell’ show, “Land of a Thousand Beats”, 7:00 p.m. at The Majestic Theatre, Biggar. Tickets available at The Independent, $15/seat. 21c2

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SATURDAY, MAY 28 Lia Sophia Jewelery

OPEN HOUSE 2 - 5 p.m. 106 - 3rd Ave. West (building beside Independent) -enter by back alley and then through the garage Stephanie Rogal, Lia Sophia Advisor

SATURDAY, JUNE 4 The family of

Pearl Silvernagle request the honour of your presence to celebrate her

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FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 6 - 9 p.m. and SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 9 a.m. - 12 noon: Biggar Arts Council presentation Drawing Workshop (all skill levels). Carol Shiffman, instructor, $20.00 per person. Register at the Biggar Museum, 948-3451 19c4 SATURDAY, JUNE 4: Adjudication, Calling all emerging artists! Enter your works in Biggar Arts Council Local Adjudication. Entry forms available at Biggar Museum. Deadline for entries, May 28th, 948-3451 19c4 SATURDAY, JUNE 4: Dance to the music of “Three For the Show”, 8 p.m. to 12 midnight at Biggar Community Hall. Sponsored by Minus One. 21p2 SATURDAY, JUNE 4: 2 p.m. Adjudication and Open House in the Credit Union Gallery at the Biggar Museum. Refreshments served. Everyone welcome. 20c3 FRIDAY, JUNE 10: Tea and Bake Sale at Biggar Diamond Lodge, 2 - 3:30 p.m. All proceeds to resident activity fund. Thank you for your support. 21c3 JUNE 30: Biggar & District Arts Council Season tickets available. Early bird ends June 30. Reserve Seating. Tickets available at de Moissac Jewellers. 20c6

Come and Go Tea,

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2 - 4 p.m. at Centennial Room at the Westwinds Motor Hotel. In lieu of cards and gifts, a Toonie donation would be greatly appreciated, going towards a local charity.

AUCTIONS UNRESERVED ACREAGE AUCTION Katepwa Lake, SK. Sweet Grass Ridge. 10 Lakefront Acreage Homesites and 13 Lakeview Acreage Homesites, 1.08 up to 3.46 +/acres. Selling at Saskatoon Public Auction, June 23. Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, 1-800-4914494;

INVITATIONS SATURDAY, JULY 30 and SUNDAY, JULY 31: SONNINGDALE REUNION, Sonningdale Community Centre. Saturday…registration, 3 p.m.; supper, 6 p.m., music by Les Barrington to follow. Sunday…church service, 10 a.m. in hall; brunch, 11 a.m., gospel music by Les Barrington to follow. Registration fee covers all events, $20/person, 12 and under free. Please register by June 30 to caradonelliott@ or Box 36, Sonningdale, SK, S0K 4B0. For more info contact Sharon, 306237-4829. See you there! 19c6

HOT TUB COVERS & Accessories. Lowest price, highest quality. All sizes and colours available. Call 1-888-6117660. www.spasuppliesonline. ca. Major engine manufacturers say that quality fuel treatments are an essential part of diesel engine protection. Get the best value with 4Plus 1-800-6676879 More Power Less Fuel for diesel farm equipment. Tractors, combines, sprayers or grain trucks. Find out about safe electronics from DSG. Call today 1-800-667-6879. www. NEVER SHOCK CHLORINATE AGAIN! New! Continuous Shock Chlorinator. Patent Pending Canada/U.S.A. No mess, effective year round for smell, iron bacteria, slime. Inexpensive. Phone 1-800-BIGIRON;

SATURDAY, JUNE 11: You are invited to a Bridal Shower for Kiley Sarvas, bride-elect of Sever Ellis, 2:00 p.m., Centennial Room, Westwinds Motor Hotel. Please bring your favourite recipe or Kiley. Cards in drugstores. Everyone welcome! 21p3

BUILDING SALE... “Rock Bottom Prices!”. 25x40 $7995. 30x40 $9840. 35x50 $12,995. 40x80 $18,700. 47x100 $29,890. Ends included. Many others. Pioneer Steel Manufacturers since 1980. Call 1-800-668-5422.

ANNOUNCEMENTS ATTENTION RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL SURVIVORS! If you received the CEP (Common Experience Payment), you may be eligible for further Cash Compensation. To see if you qualify, phone toll free 1-877988-1145 now. Free service!

WANTED Accepting donations, new and handmade for Biggar & District Arts Council/Museum Centennial Silent Auction on July 1 and 2. Please drop off at the Museum by June 15. 15c10 Old battery collection, Fisher #300 Cadet Squadron. Drop off at the Biggar Land¿ll OR contact Quentin Sittler at 658-2132 3tfn Main Street Garage Sale is accepting donations of all items in clean and working condition. Please phone 948-1773 or 9485393. Pickup available. 32tfn



We are happy to announce the safe arival of

Mazie May Haichert, born March 10, 2011 in Swift Current, Sask. weighing 6 lb. 11 oz. Proud parents are Teejay and Chris Haichert of Swift Current, Sask. Proud grandparents are Wayne and Terry Surik of Biggar, Sask. and Charles and Sandra Haichert of Saskatoon, Sask.

NOTICE Families, clubs, churches and businesses are invited to do a Heritage Page to be on permanent display at Biggar Museum. Share your history! Do yours prior to the centennial celebrations! For more information call 948-3451 or visit museum 1 - 5 p.m., Monday Friday. 7tfn This newspaper accepts advertisements in good faith. We advise that it is in your interest to investigate offers personally. Publications by this paper should not be taken as an endorsement of the product or service offered. 31tfn

SEED & FEED For sale, 500 acres of standing alfalfa and grass. Phone 9482395. 21tfn Standing forage; 100 acres cattlemens mix standing hay and 600 acres of alfalfa. Phone 228-3727 13p12 Alfalfa or hay hard core round bales, John Deere cover wrap, approx 1500 lb. Loading and trucking available, Unity, 306228-3727. 18c4 H EATED CANOLA WANTED!! - GREEN CANOLA - SPRING THRASHED - DAMAGED CANOLA FEED OATS WANTED!! - BARLEY, OATS, WHT - LIGHT OR TOUGH - SPRING THRASHED HEATED FLAX WANTED!! HEATED PEAS HEATED LENTILS "ON FARM PICKUP" d Westcan Feed & Grain 1-877-250-5252

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For Sale…2008 KIA Sportage LX, SUV, V6 2.7L, 76,000 km, warranty remaining, well maintained, $14,500. 948-2811 evenings. 19p3 Guaranteed approval drive away today! We lend money to everyone. Fast approvals, best interest rates. Over 500 vehicles sale priced for immediate delivery OAC. 1-877-796-0514.


REAL ESTATE Two serviced lots, side by side in Biggar, 100’x140’, $79,900. Call 717-4681 (cell) 5tfn LAKEVIEW HOMES & Lots Vernon BC. Lake Okanagan. Private Beach. Dock. Trees. Meadows. WildÀowers. Birds. Trails. Reasonably priced custom home construction. Architectural Guidelines. Build now or later. Ten minutes to town-center. Lots from $219,000. Houses from $499,000. Vendor ¿nancing available. Call Scott 250.558.4795 www. REGISTER NOW! Saskatoon Active Adult Large Ground Level Townhomes www.diamondplace. ca

LAND FOR SALE/RENT Pasture for sale by tender, RM of Rosemount #378, SW 8-3817-W3rd, 88 acres. Highest or any tender not necessarily accepted. Tenders close May 31, 2011. Submit tenders to Box 79, Landis, SK, S0K 2K0 18p4


For PROFESSIONAL printing… contact The Biggar Independent, 948-3344

Two bedroom house, four appliances, 1200 sq ft., 1-1/2 baths. 220-4th Ave. East $50,000, 948-2704 21p3 Three bedroom home with single attached garage, ¿ve newer appliances, new furnace and water heater, new Àooring, 417 - 5th Ave. East, Biggar. Phone 306-760-1355 19p3 For Sale…Character home, new kitchen, hardwood Àoors, gas ¿replace, 3 bdrm, 1-1/2 bath, ¿nished basement, garage/ shop, fenced/landscaped yard. For more info call 948-5490 41tfn

Charter/ Sherwood Apartments

RV…19987 27 ft Comfort Class A motorhome, hard body, good shape, very clean, 454 GMC, 66,000 miles, sleeps 5, rear bedroom, stove with oven, microwave, good size fridge, shower, toilet and sink, $12,000 or offers. New solar panel, Àooring and mattress. Phone 306-237-4689 20p3 1975 5th Wheel Camper, 23’, very good condition, $3,000 obo. Phone 948-6107, ask for Roger. 20p3

40 ft. Bourgault air seeder with 11 in. Knock-on shovels and 3-bar harrows, 8 in. spacing and 3195 tank. Phone 306-2374410. 21p3



DO-IT-YOURSELF STEEL BUILDINGS PRICED TO CLEAR Make an offer! Ask about FREE DELIVERY, most areas! CALL FOR QUICK QUOTE and FREE BROCHURE - 1-800-668-5111 ext. 170.

YARD/GARAGE SALES FRIDAY, MAY 27 and SATURDAY, MAY 28: Main Street Garage Sale, 202 Main Street, Biggar, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Donations of articles and baking gratefully accepted. Proceeds to Biggar Arts Council. 18c4 SATURDAY, MAY 28: Garage Sale, 8:30 a.m.@ 201 - 7th Ave. West, Biggar. 21c1


HOUSES FOR RENT Three bedroom home (fully modern). Available January 31, 2011. For viewing, contact 9483674 or 948-7022 or 948-9517 2tfn

1 Bedroom, 2 Bedroom Heat and water supplied, wired for cable TV and satellite systems, laundry facilities, appliances, some suites with dishwashers, air conditioning, parking with plug-ins. For more information call:

948-3820 302 - 8th Ave. W. • Biggar Brand new 3-bedroom, 3 bath townhouse for rent. All appliances, garage, 1200 sq ft. No smoking, No pets, No parties. Starting at $1100/month. Call Dave 306-221-6888. Available October 1, 2010. 41tfn

PETS Free to a good home, two mature Ragdoll cats. Phone 948-5259 20tfn


If YOU are… • Moving • Expecting a Baby • Planning a Wedding • Anticipating Retirement Call WELCOME WAGON at 948-2563 - Lisa Haynes We have gifts and information Accent Home Maintenance… lawns mowed, edges, trimmed, general yard cleaning, rubbish removal, gutters cleaned. 9483325 or 948-4558 (cell) 19p3 DEBT CONSOLIDATION PROGRAM Helping Canadians repay debts, reduce/eliminate interest, regardless of credit. Steady Income? You may qualify for instant help. Considering Bankruptcy? Call:1-877-2203328 FREE Consultation Government Approved, BBB Member $500 Loan and +. No Credit Refused. Fast, Easy, 100% Secure. 1-877-7761660.


TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011




Monarch Trailer Factory, c/o National Marine Ltd. at Bear Hills Road N., Perdue, SK S0K 3C0 needs

30 full-time GENERAL LABOURERS. Wage: $15/hour. Job duties include attaching wiring harness to utility trailer frame with zip ties and other fasteners; securing brake light assemblies; applying decals on trailers; touching up trailer paint jobs; performing other labouring and elemental activities. No education or experience needed, on the job training provided. Transport to and from the job site can be arranged; assistance provided in Ànding accommodation. To apply call Vern Paproski by phone: 306-237-4748, fax: 306-237-9100; email:; or in person at above address.

Prairie Mud Service, a Saskatchewan based company since 1976 requires a Class 1 driver/warehouse person for our Kindersley SK warehouse. We offer a competitive compensation package. Require a valid Class 1, some computer skills, oil¿eld tickets preferred; however the right person would be trained. Thanks to all applicants, only those considered will be contacted. Fax resume to 403-263-7355 or email glen.

DATING SERVICE. Long-term/ short-term relationships, Free to try! 1-877-297-9883. Intimate conversation, Call #4011 or 1-888-534-6984. Live 1on1 Call 1-866-311-9640 or #4010. Meet local single ladies. 1-877-8045381. (18+)

TRAVEL CRIMINAL RECORD? Guaranteed Record Removal. 100% Free Information Booklet. 1-8-Now-Pardon (1-866-972-7366). Speak with a Specialist- No Obligation. www.PardonServicesCanada. com. A+BBB Rating. 20+ Yrs Experience. Con¿dential. Fast. Affordable.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY 5000 SF Renovated restaurant & lounge for lease or sale. Prime location along main artery in Nipawin, SK. Call 306-8628382 HOME BASED BUSINESS. Established franchise network, serving the legal profession, seeks self-motivated individuals. No up-front fees. Exclusive territory. Complete training. Continuous Operational Advertising Support; www. Licensed family restaurant located in the heart of the SE oil patch. A great opportunity offered at $100,000. For details call Frank 306-525-2427. Fortune four Realty. 5000 SF Renov. restaurant & lounge for lease or sale. Prime location along main artery in Nipawin, SK. Call 306-8628382

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Health Professionals required immediately to complete insurance medicals. Call 1-800665-0020 16p6

WELDERS - seeking welders for custom manufacturing environment. Competitive wages, Bene¿ts, RRSP’s & Apprenticeship opportunities. Apply to: Do All Metal Fabricating, Estevan, SK. Email: jhoward@ Fax: 306-6348389

We will certify you to work with our clients, teaching them the beneÀts of exercise. Part time -- possibly more as the company grows. Call Diane at 948-7967, by May 27, 2011.

J2 Glass is looking for an individual for parttime/full time for spring, summer and fall. Applicants must carry a valid driver’s licence and be able to read a tape measure. Please submit resumes to j2glass@, mail to Box 696, Biggar, SK, S0K 0M0 or dropped off at 104 - 2nd Ave. West, Biggar.

Biggar Commnity Connections is dedicated to providing programs and services that will make a difference in the lives of adults with disabilities. A Part time Activity Worker position is available. Hours of work are Saturday, 1- 4 p.m. and Sunday, 1-4 p.m., alternating weekends. Starting wage is $12.38 per hour. If you are interested in becoming part of this team, apply online to or fax to 948-3426 or mail to Box 1690, Biggar, SK, S0K 0M0. Contact Lynn at 948-3472 for more informaton. Biggar Community Connections is dedicated to providing programs and services that will make a difference in the lives of adults with disabilities. Temporary, full time shift operator is available. Position will consist of 12 hr. shifts, nights and days. Successful applicants will provide day to day care to residents, and assist in enriching their lives. Starting wage is $13.00 per hour with competitive beneÀts . If you are interested in becoming part of this team, apply online to or fax to 948-3426 or mail to Box 1690, Biggar, SK, S0K 0M0. Contact Lynn at 948-3472 for more information.

Permanent full-time parts person. Knowledge of auto, agricultural parts and oil¿eld industry would be an asset. Computer skills an asset. Will train. Offer bene¿ts & competitive wages. Apply to ph. 306-457-2601 fax 306-457-2773 email jmcintosh@napacanada. com

VERMILION CHRYSLER requires experienced Auto Technician. 2nd, 3rd year Apprentice or Journeyman. Bene¿t package, competitive wages. Send resume: vcparts@ Fax 780-853-4753.

must be caring, positive and possess high energy.

Biggar Community Connections is dedicated to providing programs and services that will make a difference in the lives of adults with disabilities. A Home Support position is available. Hours of work are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.. An Activity Worker position is also available. Hours of work are Monday to Friday, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Starting wage for both positions is $12.38 per hour with competitive beneÀts. If you are interested in becoming part of this team, apply online to or fax to 948-3426 or mail to Box 1690, Biggar, SK, S0K 0M0. Contact Lynn at 9483472 for more information.

Looking for child care to come into my house to babysit three kids ages, 7, 5 and 1. Five hours/day, June 29 - August 19. Not limited to students. Email: for more info or call Crystal, 948-3474. 20tfn Bookkeeper needed for volunteer position with the Biggar Air Cadets starting asap. Time commitment is minimal and mentorship is available. Please call Elizabeth at 948-2601. 19c3 BUSY AUTOMOTIVE DEALER expanding operations seeking competent people to ¿ll the following positions: Service Adviser, Service Technician, Shop Foreman, Parts Technician, Sales Consultant. If you have a proven track record in the automotive industry then we want to add you to our winning team. Email resume to: alberta.

ROADEX SERVICES LTD. We require immediately O/O Semis for our RV and general freight deck division to haul throughout N. America. Paid 2X monthly direct deposit, bene¿ts, subsidized insurance and company fuel cards. Must be able to cross border with valid passport. 1-800-867-6233; www.




Biggar Community Connections is dedicated to providing programs and services that will make a difference in the lives of adults with disabilities. Casual Shift Operator positions are available. Position will consist of 12 hr. shifts, nights and days. Successful applicants will provide day to day care to residents, and assist in enriching their lives. Starting wage is $13.00 per hour. If you are interested in becoming part of this team, apply online to or fax to 948-3426 or mail to Box 1690, Biggar, SK, S0K 0M0. Contact Lynn at 948-3472 for more information. NEED A HOME PHONE? Cable TV or High Speed Internet? We Can Help. Everyone Approved. Call Today. 1-77-852-1122 Protel Reconnect

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West Central Pelleting Ltd. is a livestock feed Company operating facilities at Wilkie and Wolseley, Saskatchewan.

W.C.P is looking to hire: Full-Time and Seasonal, Entry Level positions at our Wilkie and Wolseley facilities. Shift work is involved including working

WW11263 weekends. We offer competitive benefits

and wages, as well as a friendly team orientated environment.

Blanket ClassiÀed Ads can reach more than 520,000 potential customers One phone call covers the entire province Expand your market and increase your proÀts

Phone 948-3344

Forward applications to: West Central Pelleting Ltd. Box 298 Wilkie, Sk. S0K 4W0 Attn. Plant Manager or e-mail Wilkie: Wolseley:

Biggar Independent Biggar, SK

Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.



The Independent HOURS… Monday to Thursday… 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday… 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Leslie’s Drugstore • Pharmasave • Super A Foods • Shop Easy Food • Quick Stop • Esso 414 • Weasie’s Gourmet Blends • Feudal Co-op, Perdue • A & D Foods, Perdue

Heartland Health Region Board Meeting The next Board meeting will be held Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 in Rosetown. Board packages can be obtained from the Regional Corporate Office within one week of the meeting. Please call the office to arrange for printing and pick up. Contact Caron Keens at 306-882-4111 ext 236 or by e-mail

Food Allergy Awareness Many Heartlanders have food allergies. Reactions can range from minor discomforts such as hives to life threatening ones. Anaphylactic is one example, which cuts off your air supply. If you suspect you suffer from a food allergy, consult your doctor to help determine the cause and severity of your reaction. For serious food allergies, wear a medical information product and keep your prescribed medication with you at all times. Inform your family, friends and co-workers of your allergy and tell them what they can do in case of a reaction.

The Independent is now available on the internet Call 948-3344 to subscribe!

For toll-free health information 24 hours a day. Please call 1-888-425-4444(TTY) if you have hearing or speech difficulties Smokers Helpline 1-877-513-5333 or Questions about Medication? Call 1-800-665-DRUG (3784). Ask questions online Mental Health & Addictions Centralized Intake Line 1-866-269-9139 Monday to Friday 8:00 am—4:30 pm

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306-948-8055 Fax: 306-948-2763

The sign you want. The agent you need.

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Call: 948-2101

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Bear Hills Rural Development Corporation

HOME IMPROVEMENTS McCARTY CONSTRUCTION • Commercial • Residential • Design Builder • Insurance Claims • Renovations • Drafting Service

“Big or Small -We Do Them All” Licenced Journeyman Carpenters Troy McCarty 948-5627 (H) 948-9280 (C) Mitch McCarty 373-8254 (H) Serving Biggar ... Since 1968

948-5052 (office) Cell 948-9168

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Proud to handle Biggar’s Real Estate Needs

Kent Dubreuil, E.D.O. Phone: 306-948-2295 Fax: 306-948-5050


Tim Hammond Realty Licenced for: •Residential

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113 - 3rd Ave. W., Biggar

948-5052 (office) Cell 948-7995

Cari McCarty Residential Sales

Biggar’s Top Performing Residential Agent

Tim Hammond Realty

For all your glass needs …owned and operated by Matt Poitras

104 - 2nd Ave. West Biggar

948-4846 MANUFACTURING A Sign of Qualilty!


113 - 3 Ave. W., Biggar

Cell 948-4478 Dave Molberg


of The Battlefords Independently Owned and Operated

FOR ALL YOUR REAL ESTATE NEEDS… • Selling/Buying • Residental • Farm/Acreage • Commercial • Recreational


Wally Lorenz Sales Associate 1391 - 100th St. North Battleford, SK S9A 0V9 Day or Night

Cell: (306) 843-7898 Bus: (306) 446-8800

948-5291 PHILLIPS ELECTRIC • Residence • Commercial Wiring For free estimates Ph: 948-5393

Cell: 306-221-6888

Jerry Muc Phone: 948-2958 948-5699

Bear Hills Rentals & Machine Works • Machine Shop Service • Rentals • MASTER FEEDS dealer • COMMERCIAL SOLUTION Ag Parts dealer • Drive line parts & service • KANE VET supplier

Phone: 948-4844 Fax: 948-4845


BIGGAR ELECTRICAL & REFRIGERATION SERVICES Authorized Appliance Depot Electrical Wiring Trenching Licensed Journeyman Adrian de Haan

• Wood, metal, plastic signs • Vehicle & window graphics • Banners, stickers and Magnetic signs


Exposure, Experience and Effort.



PHILLIPS FLOORS & MORE Flooring, Appliances, Custom Cabinets, Electrolux, Paint and supplies 204 Main St. • Biggar

available to do…

• painting & Ӿnishing • decks & small buildings • light plumbing • windows & doors • small rooӾng jobs • laminate & hardwood ӿoors • general repairs

For all your home, business and rural needs Owners/Operators • Travis Young • Dallas Young • Claude Young

Biggar, Sask.

948-3389 Journeymen Plumber, Gas Fitter, & Electrician on staff

306-717-2818 www.madgerooÀ Biggar, Sask.

Canadian Seed Institute Accredited Pedigree, Commercial & Custom Cleaning FULL line of Cleaning Equipment including Gravity Table

Excellent Quality at a Reasonable Price!

948-2807 or

Call: Bill: Dale:

948-5609 948-5394

Plant located 8 miles south of Biggar on Hwy #4, ¼ mile west on Triumph Rd.

Custom Cleaning of H.R.S. & C.P. S. Wheat

Mundt’s Mobile Custom Grain Cleaning


9LHZVUHISLYH[LZ For bookings, call Jason

948-2887VY JLSS948-6969


IT’S ALL INCLUDED! • 5 Year manufacturer’s warranty on all Oticon Hearing Aids • 5 Year supply of batteries • 5 Year premium service plan • Risk-free ZERO MONEY DOWN trial period


1-877-979-4543 #16-1945 McKercher Drive, Saskatoon


Call Jim @ 948-3333

Northland Foaming


Spray Foam Insulation

306-948-2805 Cell: 306-948-6062 Email: Want to insulate your quonset, farm/commercial buildings, house or cabin? Lower your heating and cooling costs and add strength to your buildings!

SEED CLEANING Phoenix M4 Mobile Grain cleaning and sizing


Wayne Dollansky 306-948-7247 Custom Combining JD9770 with draper or hydraÁex headers

Kirk Ewen Doctor of Optometry

For all your Cereal and Pulse Cleaning

115 - 1st Ave. W. Rosetown, Sask.

CONTRACTING LTD. For all your rooÀng needs… ¬New Construction ¬Metal ¬Torch-on ¬Re-roofs ¬Tile ¬Asphalt ¬All repairs ¬Shakes We offer 10 Year Workmanship Warranty and Liability/Torch On Insurance Excellent Local References For a FREE estimate please call… 306-948-5453





Phone: 948-5678 E Es

timat Call us for… es • Insurance jobs • Renovations • New home building • Drywall & Painting • Flooring (hardwood, ceramic, etc.) • Residential/Commercial • CertiÀed installer for Logix ICF


Licenced for: •Farm •Acreage •Residential

948-5052 (office)


Helping you Help yourself


Wylie Farms Ltd.


Box 327 Biggar, SK S0K 0M0

•Farm •Residential •Commercial •Acreage

113 - 3rd Ave. W., Biggar


Monday to Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone: 882-2123 Emergency (after hours) 882-2006

BIGGAR DENTAL CLINIC 104 - 6th Ave. East, Biggar, Sask. Southeast entrance of Nova Wood Bldg. Hours… Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.

306-948-3408 Without Advertising, Nothing would happen!!!

In Biggar Every Tuesday. Biggar Professional Building, 223 Main Street, Biggar

For appointments… 1-855-651-3311

HEALTH/ WELLNESS “Annie Things Possible” Health, Beauty & Spa

Weight Loss Clinic Consultant & Coach Anne G. Livingston •Ideal Protein Weight Loss Clinic •Epicure Selections •Walden Farms Products •Young Living Essential Oils •Beauticontrol Skin Care

Located in Angie’s Hair Salon 219 Main St., Biggar Call 948-7274 or 948-3696

Michelle Spuzak, R.M.T. (NHPC member) NEW LOCATION… 219 - 4th Ave. E., BIGGAR

Other Services available… • ParafÅn Wax • Thai Herbal Massage • ReÆexology • Hot Stone Massage • Engergy Work

~ Gift CertiÅcates ~ Evening, Saturday and in-home appointments available.

948-2548 or 948-9710

Ladies Only 30 min. Workout …owned and operated by Diane Larouche Ellard, Can-Fit-Pro Certi¿ed Personal Trainer

in Nova Wood Centre 104 - 6th Ave. E., Biggar

948-7967 NEW BEGINNINGS WELLNESS CENTRE “Putting PERSONAL back into fitness training!” Wayne Baldwin, W

NO Certified Fitness Trainer, N Health Consultant, OPE NaturalPhysical Therapy Aide Over 20 years resistance training experience!

• Personalized Fitness/Nutrition Programs • One-on-One PersonalTraining • Injury Prevention and Rehab • Active Isolated Stretching • Limited Memberships to Private Fitness Studio Gift Certificates available.

Visit us @ 219 - 4th Ave. East, Biggar Where you can feel right at home! Phone… 948-2548 Cell… 948-8048

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TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011

Business & Professional LEGAL SERVICES



223 Main Street Biggar

Stuart A. Busse, QC Larry A. Kirk, LL.B.

Box 580 Biggar, SK SOK OMO

302 Main Street, Biggar, SK

OPEN: Mon.-Fri. • 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday • 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

948-3346 …serving your community since 1972


Roe & Company

306-948-5352 or 306-244-9865

Email: Website:



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M & N REPAIR 301 - 1st Ave. E, Biggar

948-3996 Open Monday-Saturday

SGI Safety Inspection Auto Repair

KRF Automotive Detail Centre 100% handwash “Where we do it all for you!!” • Detailing • Vortex Spray-In Box Liners • Granitex Baked-on Coatings for Decks and Cement Flooring • Auto Accessories • Trailer Rentals

1st Ave. West, Biggar

Your Auto Parts and Accessories Dealer Open: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Sat. • 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

in Biggar Insurance Bldg.


YH Truck, Ag & Auto • Heavy truck parts • Agriculture parts • Automotive parts & accessories

• Snow Removal • Fences …and much more

Anne G. Livingston

CertiÀed Custom Picture Framer • photographs • paintings • art prints • memorabilia • collages, etc. Call Anne @ 948-7274

• cut trim and removal • post holes • landscaping • cement removal • trenching • holes for piles • driveways • garage pads • basements

Mobile Units Office: 948-2805 05 Cell: 948-6062 email:

CRT WELDING of Biggar, SK > CWB certified > Portable truck Phone: 306-948-5286 or 306-948-2401 Cell: 306-948-7354 or 306-948-7790 Email:

Rosetown, Sask.



Sewing & Embroidery • Jackets • Windsuits • Shirts • Hunting Gear • Bunnyhugs • Caps • Toques • Bags Check out our new website: Judy Judy Kahovec: Kahovec… 882-4313, Cellcell 831-7935 306-882-4313, 831-7935 Carey Krchov: 882-3213 Carey Krchov…882-3213

The Country Clipper • All Breed Dog Grooming • Boarding Kennels (Bordetella Mandatory) • Pet Supplies • Saleboard for dog and cat related items

For appointments and inquiries, call Janet at 948-2091

Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 6 pm. 2 mi N on Hwy #4, 2-½ mi E on Golf Course Rd.

Pssst...Did you hear that you can still buy REGAL? Contact Nancy Duns Independent Rep

Wood and Steel Buildings Floor & Trusses GEORGE STAHL (306) 948-3776 cell: (306) 260-6503 Ph:

Photos by Jocelyn Portraits, Family, Weddings & Sports Photography

P. O. Box 1480 Biggar, Sask.

Phone: 948-5133

Biggar, Sask.



Chartered Accountant Credit Union Building 302 Main Street P. O. Box 1750 Biggar, SK S0K 0M0


…call 948-3344 This space available for… our 26-week commitment in this directory $ 2.89/week = $75 + g.s.t. (regular price $9.52 per week) One column x 1 inch size Call


To fax…stop in at The Independent

MR. JOHN G. SMITH * Local Handyman/ Drayman plus Independent Sales Consultant for SWEPCO Building Products & Lubricant Phone: (306) 948-3856 Mobile: (306) 948-7896 Email: johngsmith1@




Sales & Service Call Steven 948-2489 Your authorized

Panasonic, StarChoice, Bell, Xplornet Internet dealer and Your authorized SaskTel Mobility and High Speed Internet Dealer



109 Main St., Biggar



Fax: 948-2484


658-4474, Landis, SK COURIER/HAULING

BIGGAR COURIER • Biggar to Saskatoon • Same day Service • Monday to Friday • 24-hour Answering Service

~Brian and Cathy Fick~

Cell: 306-948-7524


Ph: 237-4777

Custom Grain Hauling

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Prairieland Collision

Beadle’s Computer Solutions

Phillips Radio Shop

NORTHLAND PAINTING and SANDBLASTING •Texas Gates •Spray Foam Insulation •Sandblasting & Painting •Internal Coatings g •Rock Guard Coatings


Battery Chargers Electric Fencers Repaired/Rebuilt/ Built

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Residential Commercial Automotive

For FREE estimates or enquiries CALL Wayne or Dorothy at


201B-2nd Ave. West

nothing happens!!!

Tree services available…

Let Vortex protect your truck and your investment with the Vortex Seamless Sprayed on Liner System

521 Main St., Biggar 948-2109

Chartered Accountant Notary Public




304 Main St., Biggar

• Topsoil • Lawn Care • Leveling • Sod • Patio Blocks

Ivan Young,


Phone: 948-2204 or 948-3886


• Driveways • Concrete • Garage Pads • Pruning • Planting




948-2222 or 948-2029

948-2879, evenings 948-7207, daytime Ed Kolenosky


Owned & operated by Kevin Fick


Garry A. Faye

Corner of Main Street & 1st Avenue West, Biggar

227 - 1st Ave. East, Biggar

Phone: 244-7464 for appointment


after hours George: 948-7533

Heavy Truck Repair




Heavy Duty Journeyman Mechanic


Anita Silvernagle, Lisa Haynes (Notary Publics) • Home & Agro, Auto & Commerical Insurance • Blue Cross • Motor Licence Issuer Office Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday 304 Main Street • Biggar

Service Truck Full Mechanical Service Mon - Fri • 8 a.m.-5 p.m. phone: George

Mike Nahorney, Interprovincial



100-128-4th Ave. South, Saskatoon, SK S7K 1M8


Rebel Landscaping


is a full service law office that practices… ¾Family and Criminal law ¾Commercial law ¾Real Estate ¾Wills and Estate, and our lawyers, William Roe, Q.C. Jason Peszko, Ian Mokuruk, Treena Sikora look forward to assisting you and can be contacted at:



MONARCH MEATS Modern Licenced Abbatoir • custom slaughter, cut and wrapping • sausage making, curing and smoking

• sides of Pork & Beef available


available at Grape Moments located in The Independent, 102 - 3rd Ave. West, Biggar


Landis, Sask.

Atkinson Trucking Landis, Sask. …For all your Local Grain Hauling Needs Bailen Atkinson 658-4460 or 948-4450

Rockin D Trucking & Cattle

• Cattle hauling with 21 ft. gooseneck trailer • round and large square bale hauling with step-deck or highboy semi-trailers • also buying and selling straw and forage • also machinery hauling Home • 306-948-2037 Alex • 306-948-7291 Dan • 306-948-7843 Biggar, Sask.


TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011


Shorter wait times for patients One year update shows big reduction in long waiting patients, says gov’t

Saskatchewan’s efforts to provide sooner, safer, smarter surgical care are translating into shorter wait times for patients and improved surgical processes. Since the Surgical Initiative was launched in April 2010, the number of patients waiting more than 18 months has dropped 57 per cent (907 cases). The number waiting more than 12 months has declined 37 per cent (1,495 cases). Data to March 31, 2011 shows that of the 24,366 people currently waiting for surgery, about three per cent (683 cases) have waited longer than 18 months. A year one update on the four-year Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative (SkSI) was presented to Health Minister Don McMorris May 17 by physician leader Dr. David Kopriva. It shows that surgical wait times continue to drop, though the initiative did not fully meet its year-end target. “Addressing a major

patient initiative, year one of the Surgical Initiative was about ramping up surgical capacity and building momentum to achieve an ambitious four-year goal,” McMorris said. “I am encouraged by the progress made by health regions in reducing the number of long waiters on the wait list. Improvements are also underway to help ensure safer and smarter care that improves patients’ surgical experiences.” “The Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative is a rare opportunity to achieve lasting change through sooner, safer and smarter surgical care,” Dr. Kopriva said. “It’s inspiring to see the dedication of everyone involved in the initiative, as they strive to improve patient care every day.” Current SkSI initiatives include: • an online Specialist Directory to help physicians and patients choose the most appropriate surgeon; • patient “pathways” that streamline care for patients with hip, knee or spine problems, and those with prostate or

gynaecological cancer; • quality improvement programs (Releasing Time to Care and Lean) to increase efficiency; • expansion of the electronic Surgical Information System in hospitals, which coordinates supplies, staff and scheduling for surgeries, improving efficiency; • third party delivery of selected day surgeries and CT services, to speed up access for patients; • funding for increased surgical capacity in regional hospitals; • full implementation of surgical safety checklists in operating rooms; • training programs for additional operating room nurses; • enhanced home care and post-operative rehabilitation services; and • efforts to improve children’s oral health. “It’s reassuring for patients to see everyone, including patients and families, working together to improve surgical care,” SkSI patient representative Lori Bresciani said. “The Surgical Initiative is different, because every aspect of it focuses on

patients.” The overall provincial surgical wait list is currently at its lowest level since the current data measurement system was put in place in 2004. Since 2007, the number of patients waiting longer than 18 months for surgery has dropped 75 per cent (2,026 cases) and the number waiting more than 12 months has dropped 55 per cent (3,014 cases).

The Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative was created as a result of recommendations of the 2009 Patient First Review. The Initiative’s goals are to transform the surgical patient experience, and to ensure that by 2014, no surgical patient in Saskatchewan waits more than three months for surgery. The goal for year two of the Surgical Initiative (2011-12) is that all patients have

the opportunity to have their surgery within 12 months. In February, the province committed an additional $40.4 million to the Surgical Initiative to enable health regions to provide about 5,700 additional surgeries this fiscal year. A copy of the progress report and more information about the initiative is available at saskatchewan-surgicalinitiative.

Manufacturing shipments improve in March New statistics from the monthly survey of manufacturing for March were released Monday which show a rise in shipments for Saskatchewan. According to the survey, manufacturing shipments were up by 14.3 per cent in March 2011 over March 2010 (seasonally adjusted). This was the fifth highest percentage increase among the provinces and well above the national average increase.

Shipments were also up from February 2011, rising nine per cent (fourth highest increase in the nation), well above the 1.9 per cent national average. “Saskatchewan’s manufacturing sector is a vital part of our economy and produces a wide variety of goods that supply customers all over the world,” Enterprise Saskatchewan Minister Jeremy Harrison said. “The increased numbers are good news

-- and translate into jobs and investments in communities right across the province.”

Classifieds Sell! Get your ads in by Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.!

Asquith News Neil Millard 329-4235 Bike Safety week in Saskatchewan was held from May 15 to the 21. did you know that people riding bicycles are to stop at stop signs as well as vehicles? I am sure that everyone in town enjoyed the fun and fellowship with all the people on Saturday, May 14, regarding the town-wide garage sales. I was present at seven different places and really enjoyed the whole day. It was even difficult to park your car! The Senior’s held a very tasty lunch and

homemade soup and sandwiches topped off with homemade pie. A set of keys have been found -- inquire at the post office. Also, a cell phone has been found. Phone 329-4446. Spiritual Munching: Never underestimate the power of prayer! If there is any Church news in town please contact me. Now . . . about baseball! Brett Lawrie, 21-yearold of Langley, British Columbia, and Toronto Blue Jays prospect, has been tearing up triple-A pitching with the Las


Vegas 5/s of the Pacific Coast League. He has been hitting .345 with four home runs, nine doubles and two triples. People are gradually planting their gardens now. The light rain we had o May 17 helps a little bit. Best wishes and congratulations go out to Nola Listoen and Al Neufeld who were married on Sunday, May 15 in the Milden Alliance Church. A lovely banquet was served following the wedding.

The Town of Biggar Council would like to thank all the volunteers who helped in the Community Clean-Up on May 10. Council would also like to offer our gratutude to the Biggar and District Credit Union for organizing this event. With the continued support of everyone in Biggar, our Town will be clean and ready for our 100th Birthday!!! Thank you all once again! Biggar Town Council

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