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Vol. 103 No. 18

MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2012

Biggar, Saskatchewan

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Technicolor Glory . . . Prairie Malt is basked in the glow of the day’s final light, Monday. A beautifully warm, summer-like day made way for cooler temperatures and wet weather by the weekend. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

BCS, Landis and North West Central Grade 10 students to participate in PARTY program Students in Grade 10 from BCS 2000, Landis and North West Central School will participate in the PARTY (Prevent Alcohol and Risk Related Trauma

in Youth) program on May 9 in Biggar. Staff from Heartland Health Region, Sun West School Division and volunteers and

Pooch with a view . . . Just chillin’, catching a little air, this dog popped his head out for a moment, April 20. The dog - perhaps belonging to the little Dutch boy who saved Holland by plugging the dike - wasn’t stuck, rather, enjoying the fresh air. (Independent Photo by Daryl Hasein)

professionals from the community will offer the program in Biggar. The professionals and volunteers are very passionate about the messages they send to the students with their presentations. The greatest incidence of serious injury and death is the 15 to 24 year old age group. Dangerous behaviour such as speeding, drinking and driving, not wearing a seatbelt or other protective equipment, reckless skiing or diving into shallow water can have tragic consequences. Consequences that often could have been prevented. Promoting injury prevention through reality education can decrease the number of teens killed or disabled in our community. Early education about consequences of risktaking behaviours can change behaviour. Rather than discouraging kids

from participating in fun activities, PA R T Y e n c o u r a g e s the consideration of consequences. The Grade 10 students will follow the path of an injury survivor and meet the professionals who would be involved with them in a trauma situation. Emergency S e r v i c e s , R C M P, Therapists, Emergency room nurses, the Funeral

Home and Addictions counsellors assist the students to experience the difficult journey of a trauma patient. Facts are presented about brain and spinal cord injury and the students have hands on experience with the equipment used in trauma care and rehabilitation. The students are challenged at lunchtime as the volunteers in the program assist the

students to simulate a “disability’” This is intended to provide some difficulty to the students as they eat their lunch and to remind them that we often take simple tasks for granted. The students will also have a chance to listen to an injury survivor talk about their personal experience. Thank you to our sponsors for helping with the students for the day.

Heartland Health Region receives funding to support surgical care The Heartland Health Region is receiving $552,900 from the Saskatchewan government to improve patients’ access to surgical care. The funding will enable the health region to perform more surgeries, enhance home care services, and help patients recover from surgery they received in

tertiary centres. “This additional funding will support improvements that lead to a better experience and more timely access to quality surgical services for patients and residents from the Heartland region,” said Heartland CEO Greg Cummings, Monday.

The investment is part of $60.5 million in additional funding for the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative, announced in the March 21 provincial budget. The funding will help health regions collectively complete an additional 4,380 surgeries in 2012-13 and support …see Heartland pg 17


MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2012

‘Embodied Presence’ at Biggar Museum and Gallery

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Michel Boutin, Whole Earth II, enamel on canvas, 2009. Holly Fay, pod/path 3, oil on paper, 2005 Embodied Presence presents the work of two established, contemporary Saskatchewan artists at the Biggar Museum’s Credit Union Gallery. The work inserts new voices into the dialogue surrounding landscape painting and provides a new perspective on personal and collective connections with place. The work of French Canadian Metis artist Michel Boutin, responds

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to the overwhelming influence of the Kenderdine School on landscape painting, particularly in Prince Albert, where landscape has been used as an armature for abstraction. Presenting an indigenous voice and perspective, through overlaying symbols, sigils and markings over abstracted landscape imagery, Boutin’s works reflect humanity’s trace in the natural world and attempt to capture a sense of spirituality in terms of a human presence within the landscape. In her work, Holly Fay does not seek to represent nature as traditionally observed, but rather deals with our lived-bodily presence in the world. Fay explores

February retail sales hit record numbers Saskatchewan’s retail sales took a jump in February with a 6.2 per cent increase in February 2012 over February 2011 totalling $1.38 billion, the highest ever for the month.

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the way memory and history embodies place, environment, landscape, and how sensory experience creates meaning. This interest has led her to explore our connections to biological and botanical environments, using biomorphic shapes and abstracted imagery of cellular forms to draw parallels between plant and human forms, reflecting on how both impact the natural environment and our relationship to place. Embodied Presence comes to the Biggar Museum and Gallery’s Credit Union Gallery, curated by Jenifer Schell McRorie, and is organized by the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils (OSAC) touring program, Arts on the Move.

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Saskatchewan had the third highest percentage increase in Canada over this period. “Families have a high degree of confidence in their personal finances and that is resulting in an increase in retail sales,” Enterprise Minister Jeremy Harrison said. “Add to that overall consumer confidence about the Saskatchewan economy and it is no surprise that we are hitting record figures.” Retail sales rose by 0.7 per cent in February 2012 when compared to January 2012. Saskatchewan had the highest percentage increase in Canada during this period. Nationally, sales dropped by 0.2 per cent. “Today’s retail sales continue to support the fact that we have a strong economy in the province that is leading the nation on a number of fronts,” Harrison said Tuesday. “With impressive retail and wholesale trade sales, we are building a solid economic foundation for our province.”


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Council Minute highlights The regular meeting of Biggar Town Council was held April 3, at 7:15 p.m. in the Council Chambers. Attending the meeting were Mayor Ray Sadler, Aldermen Jim Besse, Don Cleaveley, Penny McCallum, Eugene Motruk, and Kirk Sherbino. Council resolved that Bylaw No 12-729, a bylaw to provide for borrowing the sum of $1,750,000 by way of debentures for the purpose of jointly financing the cost of the construction of the new 54-bed long-term care facility, be read three times and adopted. Council resolved that the General Accounts Paid in the amount of $112,639.64, and the General Accounts Payable in the amount of $17,230.62, be approved. Council resolved that the sponsorship letter f r o m Te r r y B r a m a n regarding the Can-Am Bowl to be held in Biggar in July, be received and further, that the Town be a ‘quarterback’ sponsor in the amount of $2,500. Council resolved that the minute books for the years 1997 to 2011 be bound at Universal Bindery at a cost of $34 each plus taxes and shipping, be approved. Council resolved that the annual water and sewer infrastructure levy authorized by Bylaw No. 07-674 be transferred at December 31 to the utility reserve to be used for future water and sewer infrastructure renewal and replacement. Also, that the 2011 infrastructure levy in the amount of $24,084.35 be transferred to utility reserve. Council resolved that the Town support the Community Safety Net

Program by purchasing online recognition for a cost of $157.50 in the Child’s Safety Book. Council resolved that a formal committee of Council be known as the “Project Committee” with the following members of Council being appointed to it: Ray Sadler, Jim Besse, Eugene Motruk. Council resolved that Catterall and Wright prepare a tender for installation of water and sewer mains on the service road fronting the land being purchased by YH Truck and Trailer Repair, and that they be asked for the cost of staking the road extension required for this development, and further that Silver Eagle Excavation and Contracting be contacted to provide a cost estimate for constructing the road. • Meeting adjourned at 10:10 p.m.

The Government of Saskatchewan is asking school divisions to look for savings through efficiencies that will not affect frontline services. The efforts are being made to ensure the future sustainability of education programming in the province. The government made the request as part of their commitment to a quality education system. The Ministry of Education and its education partners are undertaking an efficiency initiative to better align resources to support teachers and students in the classroom. To this end, the ministry is conducting a third-party

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own author, Alice Ellis, and acclaimed writers, Judith Silverthorne and Jeyn Roberts to the school to talk everything books. Check out our free photo gallery at this Wednesday for more pictures. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

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Kick up your heels . . . Award winning country music singer/songwriter, Codie Prevost, gets the Biggar Central School gymnasium a rockin’, Thursday, during the annual Authors’ Showcase. Prevost brought the house down, wrapping a full day that included Biggar’s

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look for ways to expand them,” Harpauer said. “School divisions are doing similar types of administrative functions in some cases, such as payroll and purchasing. These are some of the areas where we can focus our attention as part of the efficiency initiative.” The Ministry of Education will work with its sector partners to determine the efficiency targets, which will be reinvested in the education system. Besides increased student achievement, the ministry’s efficiency initiative is also intended to improve accountability and governance in the Saskatchewan education system. Similar to the efforts that have taken place in the Ministry of Health, the Lean initiative is one of many tools that the education sector can use when increasing e f f i c i e n c y. L e a n is a clientfocused approach to evaluating Practice makes perfect . . . EMS workers Doug Beeson, right, and Bill Roenspies s e r v i c e d e l i v e r y faux-stabilize a Biggar volunteer fire fighter, filling in as an accident victim, Monday. in a workplace to The fire fighters and ambulance crews were practising vehicle extraction techniques. improve processes Give them all a pat on the back - they do a lot more than you think in keeping us all safe and procedures. and sound. Check out our free photo gallery at this Wednesday for more pictures. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

review to help understand where efficiencies can be realized, as well as h o w s ch o o l d i v i s i o n s can achieve increased efficiencies in their operations. “Improving student outcomes is the focus of the education system and we need to take a critical look at existing expenditures and determine whether they ultimately benefit students in Saskatchewan,” Education Minister

Donna Harpauer said. “We need to ensure we have the proper supports in place in order for students to achieve.” The Ministry of Education has approached the Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA), Saskatchewan Association of School Business Officials (SASBO) and the League of Educational Administrators, Directors and Superintendents (LEADS) to participate

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in the work to select an external resource to conduct the efficiency review. The consultant is expected to be in place by July, with work on the review slated to begin in September. The final report will be submitted to the ministry by February 2013. “There is some very positive work already being done by school divisions to find efficiencies, so we will take advantage of these approaches and

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Opinions To succeed you must work at it Saskatchewan is no longer a background player but rather front and centre. It is not uncommon for the province to be featured on the national news scene or on business channels. The latest figures released by Statistics Canada bears out that fact. Saskatchewan’s economy grew by 4.8 per cent in 2011. You can’t argue with statistics. Our neighouring province of Alberta grew its economy by 5.2 per cent. Both of these Prairie provinces outpaced the Canadian economy which only saw an increase of 2.6 per cent. We are well above average. Which, anyone from Saskatchewan will tell you: we are well above average in everything we do. These stats have caught the eye of the Conference Board of Canada which is hosting a forum focusing on the future in terms of investment, future workforce, infrastructure -- all with notable speakers from across the country and the world. Not bad for a province that didn’t even factor on the radar screen of the Conference Board a few years ago. Statistics Canada also projects an increase in private sector investment in the province to the tune of $16.8 billion in 2012. Notice that’s billion with a B not million. Both Hitachi and BHP have announced their head offices will be located in Saskatoon. Just an hour away from us and the way Saskatoon is expanding to the west maybe only 45 minutes in the future. That means Biggar is poised for its own expansion. That is, if we work at it. We can’t just sit back and wait for it to happen but need to actively promote our town and work hard to convince people we have a lot to offer. We can do it -- with a positive outlook and some good leadership.

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The cost of propping up the CBC pension plan CBC employees contributed $26.9 million to their pensions in 2010, but taxpayers were on the hook for another $51.2 million by Bill Tufts, Founder, Fair Pensions for All The federal government recently announced cuts to the CBC budget of $27.8 million this year increasing to $115 million by 2014-15. The CBC budget for 2011 was $1.1 billion. These cuts, however, pale in comparison to the costs of propping up the CBC’s pension ponzi scheme. How will it fund its current pension solvency deficit of $801 million (2010) up from $382 million the previous year? Employees off the hook In 2010, CBC employees contributed $26.9 million to their pension, but $51.2 million was added by taxpayers. While the split is supposed to be 50/50, CBC has chosen to ask taxpayers to fund the deficit without asking employees to contribute more. To properly fund the pension solvency shortfall, the CBC, under normal accounting rules, would be required to fund an extra $160 mil-

lion each year over the next five years. The CBC pension is a mature plan: more than 9,066 retirees are receiving money from the plan but only 8,086 employees paying into it. Every employee fired from CBC increases the cash required from taxpayers to prop up a plan that is flawed by design. Much of CBC’s pension problem can be attributed to a highly-controversial decision to allow “retroactive” pensions to employees who previously did not qualify for them. Under a program called “buy-backs,” starting in the early 2000s, members of the ACTRA union were allowed to purchase pension credits in the CBC plan, triggering a lucrative - but underfunded - guaranteed pension. In a new report we released on the CBC pension plan we discovered that employees invested only $68 million for the ACTRA buy-back but will get an estimated

$461million in additional retirement income. Our Federal, Provincial and Municipal governments need to reform the public sector plans. This includes eliminating early retirement and keeping employees working longer to reduce the number of retirement years. The average age of retirement for CBC employees is 58.3 years, compared to the recent increase in Old Age Security (OAS) to age 67. One option would be to reduce employee compensation to allow all employees to keep their jobs. Rather than cut five per cent of the workforce, creating unemployment and adding to the pension shortfalls, existing workers should take a five per cent wage cut to keep full employment. This was done with great success at the non-union Hamilton’s Arcelor-Mittal Dofasco plant during the economic slowdown in 2009. Another solution, popular for pension plans with

problems like those at CBC, is a hybrid pension. United States federal employees have been offered this plan since 1983. California Governor Brown recently recommended a hybrid as part of his pension reforms package and Rhode Island introduced a new plan with Canadian insurer Great West Life being one of the finalists to manage it. Currently the typical public sector defined benefit plan pays two per cent of final average salary times the number of years worked so that 35 years times two per cent reaches the 70 per cent replacement income. The CBC plan has minimal employee contributions at 6.67 per cent and relies on high investment returns to fully fund the plan. These types of plans are vulnerable to poor returns, aging demographics and staff cutbacks. They have become obsolete in the private sector, with both General Motors and ArcelorMittal forcing existing



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employees out of defined benefit plans into defined contribution. The Hybrid plan offers a guarantee of one per cent of the employee’s salary and a contribution-based top-up that is funded on a flexible basis with employees deciding how much they want to contribute, matched by the employer. The defined contribution portion has a contribution limit designed to replace 1 per cent of income. In September 2011, arbitrator Kevin Burkett resolved a long-standing pension dispute at Air Canada by choosing a union offer to accept a hybrid pension. The change in plan design will cut the pension shortfall in half and limit the company’s future risk. Younger generation worried about their pensions For employees locked into a twp per cent pension plan in which they are mandated to contribute half the costs for fund deficits created by earlier

generations, annual costs are skyrocketing. The Ontario Municipal Worker’s Pension (OMERS) recently forced both sides to increase their contributions, with employees and taxpayers both funding 14 per cent of salary, up from 10.7 per cent just five years ago. Despite this large increase the OMERS deficit rose by $2.7 billion in 2011, adding to an existing $4.5 billion pension shortfall. Many younger employees are questioning the value of these high contributions to pay pensions for retired employees at the same time shortfalls increase, leaving doubt in their mind if the pension will be there for them at retirement. Stay tuned to your radio to see how CBC will solve its financial problems. Bill Tufts is the founder of Fair Pensions for All and co-author of Pension Ponzi: How Public Sector Unions are Bankrupting Canada’s Health Care, Education and Your Pension.


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An Eastern Star 50-year membership pin presentation was made to Marion Kupczyk by Bob Anderson, right, in Penticton, B.C. Marion has been a member of Acacia Chapter No. 3, Order of the Eastern Star in Biggar, Sask. since 1961. (submitted photo)

SARCAN signs four-year contract with Ministry of Environment SARCAN Recycling and Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Environment is celebrating a 24-year long partnership with the commitment of a new four-year operating contract. The ceremonial contract signing took place April 20 at the Grand Opening of SARCAN’s newest depot expansion, located on Rochdale Boulevard in Regina’s emerging North West community. “The Government of Saskatchewan is committed to working with communities and industry to reduce waste and improve recycling opportunities in the province,” Environment Minister Dustin Duncan said. “This four-year funding agreement helps the Saskatchewan Association of Rehabilitation Centres (SARC) to develop longer-term plans for SARCAN, so they can better serve the recycling needs of Saskatchewan

communities.” “SARC, and our recycling division SARCAN, are pleased with the signing of a four-year contract,” S A R C / S A R CA N Executive Director Amy McNeil said. “The commitment shown by the Government of Saskatchewan provides stability, allows for further system improvements, and enables SARCAN to continue to offer the province one of the most efficient and effective beverage container recycling programs in the country.” As SARCAN looks ahead to its 25th anniversary, opportunities for growth and expansion are possible thanks to the long-term commitment from the Ministry of Environment. “With a network of 71 depots in 65 communities across the province, Saskatchewan residents are amongst the most

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Travelling is fun. For a lot of reasons. You get to experience other cultures, try new things, new experiences. It’s a chance to do a bit of sightseeing and see other sites, terrain and views. The thought of an elevator as a vacation destination is not at the top of the list. After all, an elevator is a necessary means of getting from one floor to another. Just to dump off your suitcase before taking off on an adventure. But, one day while searching for a vacation spot I came across a website that touted some top elevator rides that you shouldn’t miss. First on the list was the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri. If you’ve ever travelled to this part of the country you know you can see the Arch for miles and miles. It’s huge. Maybe a bit futuristic but Eero Saarinen, the architect knew his stuff. It’s a bit of a modern design with glass doors which reveal the mechanical complexity of the structure’s interior. You

can watch the cars as they make their way to the observation deck some 630 feet overhead. The ride takes only four minutes before the doors open and visitors are treated to a magnificent view of the Mississippi River. For those of you who like to take frequent trips to Sin City (aka Las Vegas), next time check out the Inclinator at the Luxor. This hotel is built in the shape of a pyramid so transporting guests to various floors is a feat indeed. While the “inclinators”, as they are called, do not travel to great heights (there are only 30 floors) they do travel up the walls of the hotel at a sharp 39 degree angle. There are no observation windows on this one. New Zealand is known for its extreme sports such as bungi jumping, shotover jet boat rides and luging. And, if you’ve ever been to Auckland chances are you will have taken the elevator ride to the top of the Sky Tower (by the way, you can bungi jump off this tower). The glass-fronted

elevators take you to the observation level some 610 feet above in 40 seconds. You not only have a view of the harbour and the cityscape but also the countryside. For an extra thrill, look down instead of out -- the ground speeds away from you on the ascent and comes rushing back towards you on the descent. Taking a trip to New York? Make sure you ride the Long Island City Business Center elevator in Queens. Forget the view outside, this elevator has its attraction on the inside. The outside doors are boring like any other business facade but inside the elevator near the entrance on 31st Street is painted with a massive, twisted image of a grinning dragon with 3-D beasts bursting from its eye sockets. Quite a ride indeed. So, as you can see you can experience an adventure in even the most ordinary spaces. The lesson is when you travel keep your mind open and just enjoy.


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The Technologist by Bob Mason Rather than think that he is old and useless anymore, Yours Truly (YT) tried for some time to drum up a few technical things that he had done in his debatable past, but darn it all, try as he might he couldn’t think of anything that would be of interest to the young people all around him! Mebbe some of those youngsters running past (and ‘past’sure seems to be the right word!) do look like YT used to look in his youth (two eyes, one nose, 10 fingers and all that stuff!) in addition to coming from pretty good stock. But, because of the annular rings on his trunk, YT was beginning to feel he was being left out now and then! In frustration he fled up here to his writing room, sat down at his desk, picked up a blank piece of paper and tried to console himself by jotting a short treatise on the technology of his times. This might not be the

thing to do on a public used to finding new technological interests every day. But darn it all (again!) the following bit, to us at least, was one of the great scientific accomplishments of our day! Mebbe the younger types don’t even want to be bothered by this stuff, but YT is going to write about it anyway! The young people don’t seem to be impressed with our crude attempts to make things better, for it seems

Showcase highlights songwriter, Prevost . . . Country music singer/songwriter, Codie Prevost strums a a few chords, sings a few lyrics, as Biggar Central School students co-operatively work on

a tune. Prevost helped the school celebrate their annual Authors’ Showcase, Thursday, leading some future balladeers in a master class on songwriting.

that almost anything is possible anymore! Technology has progressed way out ahead of society, I feel! We travel long distances, but often we don’t understand how our modern modes of travel work! (planes, ships,

work with!’’ . . . and having formalized a plan of procedure commensurate to it and our factual observations, proceeded to inaugurate (Phew!). Before the reader runs off to get a lawyer to interpret this stuff, it means we were ready to start working. In those years we sure didn’t have much dough, although, as is oblivious above, we did have a dictionary! Dictionaries aren’t much help though when it comes to hammering nails and sawing boards, so we had to ‘make-do’ (you understand that expression, eh?) with what we had.’ One of our neighbours was tearing down his big stable, so he gave us a bit of his one-inch sling rope. We nailed three layers of boards together and with a lot of cutting and rasping, fashioned a 30 inch wheel for that rope to run on. We used angle irons from an old cot we had and made a cage to stand in and rails to run on, poured a huge cement block as a counterweight and voila - a real technical accomplishment, eh? We used that old lift for years!’ Stand aside Bill Gates!’ A fellow could write on and on about that homemade hoist. Telling about a few adventures we had on it and drum up a few laughs about what some other people did. That wouldn’t be the point of this, ahem, treatise! The point - kind of obscure - is that we did our own thing in our own way and didn’t call on some faroff type to solve our problem for us!’ Mebbe we didn’t do very much, but we knew what we had done. And sometimes we fear about the future! So, even after all these

The Blues weeps for me, for you . . . Blues guitarist, Suzie Vinnick, plays for the kids at St. Gabriel School, Wednesday. Vinnick later put on a fantastic show at the Majestic Theatre, all part of the final show of their performance season. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

automobiles, et cetera). On television we see earthquake damage from the other side of the world in a few minutes, yet most of us can’t explain how TV does it!. We have many other technical gadgets that give us information in seconds. When Phyllis and YT first moved onto our small V.L.A. (Veteran’s Land Act!) farm in 1948, the little shack was so small we could hardly move around in it. That little place had long been the home of a bachelor Boer War veteran who had come out West in the early 1900s, hung his hat on SE27-34-11W3rd,survived the Depression, and eventually moved to the coast. It sure didn’t have many 1948 (ahem!) amenities!’ Being a veteran himself, Frank insisted that he would only sell his land to a return man, so with both Depression andWWII being over, and Walt and myself newly married, pulled up stakes and headed west. Being young, and full of whatever young people are full of, we rolled up our sleeves and started to make plans. We decided to add a couple of lean-tos to the shack, and after the folks helped us dig a full size basement under the whole works, started to build. It still seemed a little too small though, so instead of cutting a stairway down, we designed and built an elevator (our first effort at attacking technology (ahem, again!)’ ‘Originally we initiated an assessment of what systematic machinations were readily available and the concluding consequences of our terminal analysis (pretty technical talk, eh?) Meaning we darn well looked around for stuff to

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sentimental, philosophical scribblings, the young people still walk by us almost as though we weren’t there. Mebbe it’s our fault, I dunno, but somehow things don’t seem the same!’ There are that younger generation in our worldsociety, who are going to represent us in the future. Yet YT often feels that they are woefully unprepared to face the problems even of our time!’ There is an old saying about the future being found by looking at our past. Although our world seems to be in good hands, sometimes we older types wonder!’ One almost hates to put international thinking on a page like this, but the way many of us see it, the huge consortiums that direct much of the modern world’s activities, also have the huge responsibility of caring for the rest of us. After all, as an ‘also ran’ YT almost hesitates to point out that one of ‘mankind’s’ greatest goals is to lead a full and meaning life, no matter what else we do!’ There are possibly many people who would like to argue with ‘YT’s Idees’; (rhyming again, eh?), but nevertheless to many of us, the route offered our future society, isn’t going to be enough! Creation has given us arms, legs and brains, however small, to use! Do something! Dig. Run. Think! Find an objective and work toward it. (YT just writes!). Why wait for Christmas to come with its yearly Peace on Earth and Goodwill toward men! We’re here right now why wait! Best wishes, eh?

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Diamond Lodge News Greetings from the Residents and Staff at Diamond Lodge. We had a busy week at the lodge. We kicked off the week on Monday morning with exercises and in the afternoon we played Wheel of Fortune. Tuesday morning Donna got us caught up on current events. In the afternoon we played trivia, learning the history of Saskatchewan. Wednesday morning we played card games. In

Cyberbulling expert talks to area students . . . Retired Saskatoon Police Sergeant, Brian Trainor speaks to Biggar Central School Grade 4-11 students last Tuesday. Trainor talks to kids across the country on the topic of bullying, specifically, cyberbullying - its emotional and legal effects, emphasizing good decision making. (Photo for The Independent by Kim Fick)

Ancient Echoes receives prestigious award . . .

David Neufeld, centre, received on behalf of Ancient Echoes Interpretative Centre, the Land of Living Skies Award. Neufeld is joined by Byrna Barclay, Chair of the Saskatchewan Arts Board, and RCMP volunteer, Cst. Elena Kondratoff. The award, sponsored by the Arts Board, recognizes a tourism business that respects the three pillars of sustainable tourism development: economic viability, environmental sustainability, and cultural appropriateness. (Photo for The Independent by Calvin Fehr Photography)

280 positions offered to skilled Irish workers Saskatchewan employers have offered more than 280 positions to skilled workers as a result of the March 2012 mission to Ireland. This means that the goal of this recruitment mission has already surpassed its objective of 275 jobs being offered. The delegation, which included 27 Saskatchewan employers, took part in recruitment fairs in Dublin and Cork. The employer-driven mission included both Premier Brad Wall and Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration Minister Rob Norris. The Government of Saskatchewan provided on-the-ground advice to Saskatchewan employers and assistance to potential candidates. “The response from Ireland was both positive and sobering,” Norris said, Tuesday. “While thousands of people in Ireland continue to look for opportunities in Canada and elsewhere, we are pleased to be able to

invite more than 280 of the skilled applicants to come and discover the Saskatchewan Advantage.” The mission has left a positive impression, with Saskatchewan being recognized as a great place to live, work and raise a family. An initial result of the delegation has been an increase in interest regarding the saskjobs. ca Web site this past month. In March 2012

alone there were 13,706 visits from Ireland, compared to 9,312 visits from Ireland in 2011. Saskatchewan’s proactive approach to labour recruitment was lauded by Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney as an example of the positive impact the provincial nominee program can have on regional economies.

the afternoon a few of us enjoyed getting out to the Jam Session at the New Horizons. Thursday morning we were stretching and exercising. In the afternoon we enjoyed our always favourite game Bingo. Friday we enjoyed eating fully loaded hamburgers and hot dogs at the Barbecue Club. We also enjoyed the ice-cream cart coming around in the afternoon to treat us to sundaes. On Saturday morning

we played Home Sweet Home Bingo. In the afternoon the residents watched the movie War Horse and ate some popcorn. Sunday morning we had Spa and 1-1’s. In the afternoon the church service was conducted by the Church of God. As we look forward to the next week to follow, we thank all out visitors. You help make our time here memorable and help break up the days. Keep coming in to visit.

New Horizons Activities The New Horizons building has been busy this past week with many hall rentals and of course of our usual activities. Our monthly Jam Session was held on April 18 with 66 in attendance. Gord Besse was once again the MC for the afternoon with Josie Kerr greeting guests at the door. Lunch was provided by Josie Kerr and Emily Liska. The musicians for the afternoon were Mark Kleiner, Wilf and Joan Rice, Stan Gardiner, Gary Donahue, Dennis Cratty, Bernard Ochs, Don Ewson and Gordon Laycock. Wednesday morning the New Horizons bowling took place on April 18 with Donna Eckhart winning both LHS and LHT with scores of 196 and 520. Glenn Shockey was the men’s winner with MHS and LHT with scores of 219 and 554. The Wednesday evening Kaiser had 12 people in attendance. First place to Geoff Cooke, second to Marie Roesch, third to Reg Turner, and fourth to Ray Silbernagle. Shuffleboard was played on April 19 with eight in attendance. First place winner was Mildred Henne and Pat Turner. Second place winner was

Gladys Schell and Marie Roesch. Lunch and host for the afternoon was Pat Turner. Kaiser was played on April 20 with eight in attendance. The host for the afternoon was Reg Turner with Joyce Colbert providing the lunch. First place to Grant Gamble, second place to Joyce Colbert, third place to Marie Roesch, and fourth place to Phyllis Martin. Monday afternoon Kaiser scores for April 23 were Joyce Colbert, Reg

Turner, Evelyn Potter, Agnes Watson. Highest scoring game was Reg Turner and Agnes Watson. The carpet bowling w i n d u p wa s h e l d a t Hannigans on April 24. Winners of most games throughout the year were Pat Turner, Marie Roesch, Ed Smith and Florence Johnson. These names will be put on the plaque for the 2011-2012 season. We are always happy to have new players join us. We have a lot of fun.

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by Alice Ellis Life Goes On met at the United Church on April 10. Gladys lit the remembrance candle. The ladies agreed on a group blessing in the future. A discussion was held on future birthday gifts. The birthdays will be celebrated at the annual picnic. Gladys was thanked for her selections over

the years. The topic of the day was gratitude. Each member gave five things for which they were grateful, followed by discussion. The gift of gratitude enriches our lives in so many ways. The pot luck was enjoyed by all. A cheerful social hour followed.

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Agriculture Genetically Modified still to be realized by Calvin Daniels The future of agriculture has long looked bright. I recall futurist and economist Lowell Catlett spoke in Yorkton years ago with a presentation he titled ‘The Future Is So Bright You’ll Have to Wear Shades’. It was an impassioned talk which left an indelible impression on this writer. I was enthralled by the ideas Catlett spoke of, in particular with what he saw as the future associated with genetic modification. The idea of GM has been something many in the world balk at, but hearing ideas from Catlett including some still more fiction that science probably struck a chord for me because

of my love of speculative fiction. Still the idea of goats being modified to have high-value cheetah skin has stuck with me. Now of course GM hasn’t evolved that far yet. But listening to Robert Saik CEO with the AgriTrend group of companies speak to the Yorkton Rotary Club Farmer Appreciation Night, the importance of GM is still to be fully realized. Saik is definitely a man who sees a farm future which is blazingly bright. In fact he looks at most things in the world and finds the silver lining.

It’s hard to argue with his rationale. Saik points to some rather compelling statistics including the longer life expectancy of almost everyone in the world. That factor alone speaks to humanity d o i n g something right. When you add in, as Saik did, the sheer volume of knowledge being created daily in our world you tend to hold out hope the cracks which are showing in the world can be fixed. The problem may simply be the will and to focus that knowledge to effect the changes we need.

Global climate change is a fact, whether you believe it’s a natural evolution of things, or caused by humanity. Either way, some of what humanity does has its impact, but at present the world can’t even get on side with regards to what needs to be done, and when it needs to be done? The United States, which is a leader in the world, has balked at the cost associated with truly addressing greenhouse gas emissions. A stance Canada has been sadly eager to mimic. Until countries such as the U.S. and China take the leap change will not occur. Of course even if the U.S. finally found a conscience,their economy

is in such bad shape, affording the massive change needed would be a massive challenge. Back to farming directly, there are limited regions of the world capable of producing enough grain to export, the Canadian Prairies being a leader amongst those. As population grows, so does food demand, which will challenge farmers to grow production to meet those needs. Precision farming, allowing precise applications of nutrients and crop protection products, coupled with GM hold the hope of meeting increased production needs. But precision farming, while offering in crop savings does come with an implementation cost,

which somewhere along the way the consumer needs to pay. In North America and Europe that might be all right, although shaky U.S. and European economies suggest short term concerns too, but much of the world struggles to afford food. Some way of equalizing wealth is something hardly anyone talks about, although the rich continue to get richer and the poor are left even further behind. Living longer and having access to a growing volume of knowledge is great, but humanity has to work harder to address the hard issues ahead, or the good times hungry mouths could mean for farming may never be realized.

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from the company’s annual report, tabled in the Saskatchewan Legislature, Tuesday. Throughout the year, SaskEnergy added more than 5,800 new distribution customers and saw increased demand for natural gas transmission volumes from the Saskatchewan industrial sector, while continuing to provide customers with the lowest residential delivery rate in Canada and the lowest commodity rate since 2000. SaskEnergy’s financial results were also strong in 2011, with $84 million in operational net earnings (income


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before unrealized market adjustments), an improvement of $16 million from 2010. Two negative, noncash adjustments (a $34 million fair value adjustment and a $24 million revaluation of natural gas in storage) resulted in consolidated net income of $26 million for 2011. Based on 2011 operational net earnings, SaskEnergy declared a dividend of $39 million to Crown Investments Corporation (CIC), compared to $49 million in 2010. “SaskEnergy served the people of Saskatchewan by delivering high quality, accessible and affordable services in 2011, while investing in core business operations and services,” Minister responsible for SaskEnergy Dustin Duncan said. “As part of the company’s commitment to the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas, these investments included a $6.5 million distribution service integrity enhancement program, bringing SaskEnergy’s total pipeline integrity budget to more than $79 million for 2012.”

With provincial natural gas drilling rates declining throughout the last few years, SaskEnergy continued to leverage its existing pipeline infrastructure in 2011, to ensure continued future supply to the province. By reducing the need for new pipelines, these innovative solutions will play a key role in the company’s ability to maintain competitive rates. “SaskEnergy will continue to execute on its strategic plans in the coming years, while evaluating the business horizon to ensure that the company is meeting the changing needs of its customers across Saskatchewan,” Duncan said. Other 2011 operational highlights include: • Excellent customer satisfaction results, with 91 per cent of residential customers surveyed rating their “overall satisfaction with SaskEnergy” as a five, six, or seven on a seven-point scale, and TransGas achieving a 93 per cent level of satisfaction in its annual survey of commercial

customers. • Divestiture of S a s k E n e r g y ’ s international holdings, allowing the Corporation to increase its efforts on Saskatchewan-focused growth. • Productivity and efficiency savings of $6.0 million, bringing total savings in this area to $16 million since 2009. • Synchronization of the waste heat recovery (WHR) system at the TransGas Rosetown Compressor Station with the SaskPower electrical grid. The system marks the first step toward electrical “net zero” status for SaskEnergy, through the use of innovative technology that converts waste heat from compressor stations into emissionfree electricity. • SaskEnergy’s best corporate safety performance in 15 years. The corporation’s 2011 Preventable Vehicle Collision Frequency Rate (PVCR) was its lowest since 1997, while the Total Recordable Injury Rate (TRIR) result was the second-lowest recorded over that time.

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Asquith Council news Asquith Town Council held its regular council meeting on April 10. Notice has been given by the Potash Tax Sharing Board that the town’s estimate for 2012 will be $30,764.13, an increase of $4,893.75 over last year. Jim Stack was awarded the contract for cemetery maintenance for the 2012 season; Graham Contracting was awarded the contract for street sweeping. Bylaw No. 1-2012, a Bylaw which changes the title of Administrator to Chief Administrative Officer, was passed. Bylaw No. 2-2012, a Bylaw which requires a criminal record check to be submitted along with Nomination forms for municipal election, was passed. Council has proclaimed May 29, 2012 as the third annual “Day of the Honey Bee” to raise awareness of the plight of the honey bee. A community event license was issued to the Asquith Community Development Corporation for a beer garden to be held at the Pro Bull Riding event on Thursday, May 31. An extension to the Noise Bylaw was also given for this event. The 2012 school mill rate will be the same as 2011: Agricultural property 3.91 mills, Residential property 9.51 mills, Commercial property with an assessment of less than $500,000 12.25 mills and Commercial property with an assessment of more than $500,000 ranges between 12.25 mills to 18.55 mills. There has been formal notice also given by the Provincial Government that as of January 1, 2013 there will no longer be any discounts given on any school taxes paid. The sports grounds maintenance contract was tendered and all

quotes have to be received by April 24. The Asquith Co-operative Association will be planting some trees at the Asquith Cemetery as part of a Legacy Project. The town will also be planting some trees around town on boulevards, in the sports grounds and in the cemetery. Once the streets have been swept and the Town Maintenance crew has

cold mix asphalt delivered, pothole patching will occur throughout Town. A Recycling Stewardship Program will be in Town in a few weeks to do a cardboard audit on how much cardboard the Town is recycling throughits carts. This will be done by randomly picking carts to see how much cardboard is included with other recycling.

Lord Asquith School news Take a Learning Journey with your child Again this year, students from Kindergarten to Grade 4 will be participating in Learning Journeys every month. A learning Journey is the opportunity for students to go to other classes to see what those students have been learning. It also provides the opportunity for some of the students to share what they have learned. This is an excellent way for parents to stay informed about what is going on, not only in their child’s classroom, but in other classes as well. Our next Learning Journey will take place on April 26, from 1-2 p.m. and will involve students in Grades 1,3 and 4.

Grade 4 news The Grade 4 class is always hopping. The Grade 4 and 5 are now swimming at the Shaw Centre on Mondays and Fridays. We are busy writing mixed up Fairy Tales that we will publish in a book. Each year we make a class quilt and give it away as a random act of kindness. Our quilt is being sewn and will be on display on our bulletin board soon. We are still working on the fronts of our pillows, and we are looking for a few volunteers to help us sew these up. If you are a Grade 4 parent or not, and you ar willing to help, just let Karen Addley know. The big project in May will be a Science Fair, so watch for details.

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Landis Locals Helen Buxton 658-2115 Spring is here! The snowbirds are back! Pat and Diana McCarty have returned form their winter home in the sunny south. Surprisingly, a flock of pink flamingoes must have become lost, and ended up on their front lawn. Welcome home! Our deepest sympathy goes out to Dan and Bob Gruber and their families on the sad and unexpected loss of their

brother Gordon Gruber. His funeral service was held in Lethbridge, Alberta, on April 26. Our condolences also go to his wife and daughters. Last Sunday, my children and I, and special guest, Marie Scott, all met in Saskatoon. After enjoying a meal with my son Doug and his wife, Wanda, we went to the Persephone Theatre performance of “Hank Williams, The Show He

Never Gave”. The young man who portrayed Hank was the only actor, supported by a three-piece band. He did an excellent job - we enjoyed every minute of it. The village has hired Courtney Rea to work for the summer. She will be helping Ross with mowing, garbage pickup , and so on.

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Report from the Legislature by Randy Weekes, MLA, Biggar (19 April, 2012) Healthcare and transportation improvements Our government is moving forward on another commitment to improve healthcare in Saskatchewan. Last week, Moose Jaw received some long awaited news from the Five Hills Health Region on the site of the new hospital. The Health Region has purchased 30 acres of land on Diefenbaker Drive; this location is close to Highway 1 and 2 which will allow for good trafďŹ c ow, future growth and parking. This new hospital will incorporate the LEAN principles of design and be a patient-centered facility. The funding for this hospital will fall under the new model where the province funds 80 per cent and the local communities will be responsible for 20 per cent, this is a signiďŹ cant change from the old model where local communities were responsible to pay 35 per cent.

Our government has made improving healthcare throughout Saskatchewan a priority which is further reflected in our commitment to reduce wait times for surgery. The Victoria Hospital Department of Orthopedics in Prince Albert has introduced a “pooled referralâ€? process that gives patients the option of seeing the next available specialist who is qualified to treat their condition, rather than waiting for a particular specialist. This process will work to reduce the bottleneck in the wait-times for particular specialist and improve over all wait time outcomes. This “pooled referralâ€? system is being implemented in other healthcare areas, and is one more way our government is working towards our commitment of providing all patients the opportunity to have surgery within three months by 2014. As our province grows, so do the challenges for our transportation infrastructure. Heavy truck trafďŹ c is

one of those challenges. One way our government is addressing that challenge is by providing $700,000 in funding to 11 shortline railways through the Shortline Railway Sustainability Program. This will provide funding to improve provinciallyregulated shortline railways, and can be used for projects such as track maintenance, railway tie replacements and bridge repairs. This is an alternative means of transportation for grain producers and other shippers to get their products to market, and in turn reduces heavy truck traffic on our highways. Work on these railways began in 2008; up to $5.8 million will be invested in these railways by the end of this ďŹ scal year. This is an important element in our ever growing transportation sector. Another signal that Saskatchewan is the place to be is the announcement of a major investment by Canada’s largest privately owned transportation and

logistics service. Consolidated Fastfrate is preparing to build a cross dock facility that will be 10,000 square feet, and be co-located with the Canadian PaciďŹ c’s intermodal rail yard. Construction is scheduled to start this spring at the Global Transportation Hub, just west of Regina.

There’s more good news to report this week about Saskatchewan’s economy. According to Statistics Canada, our merchandise exports continue to increase. In February 2012, we had $2.62 billion in exports, a 22.2 per cent increase from the year before. The growth in our exports shows that the

world wants what Saskatchewan has to offer, and is a good indication of what our future holds. This type of growth is one of the reasons Saskatchewan is expected to lead the country in economic growth, it also reects the high level of confidence investors have in what the future holds for our province.

Audrey Mason News from Perdue My family, with the exception of Maureen, who was working, were all here for Easter, including Micha, the pet dog. My sister, Leona, arrived on April 4, from British Columbia and left April 12. The weather for her visit home was perfect! As usual, she stayed with Harry and Gladys. It’s all on the one oor there so no stairs to contend with. They met her plane, too. On Saturday, April 7, Melody cooked a turkey, Ken a pork roast, and we enjoyed a delicious supper. Harry and Gladys joined

us, too. Of course for the Ukrainian tradition, there was an egg colouring business that morning, as well. They were quite beautiful and I enjoyed watching the young ones decorate, as they do every year. Easter Sunday Jeff picked up aunt Nonie for a scrumptious breakfast. The table was loaded - Ken and Melody are good cooks! Later, little Easter treats were exchanged. That afternoon, Leona enjoyed more good feasting and visiting at Grant and Shelley Eaton’s. It was good!

Leona came up here on Tuesday afternoon. Gregg brought her and took her home. We had yummy leftovers and a visit. The next day she accompanied Gregg and I to Biggar for an appointment. Too soon, she was catching a plane back to British Columbia. However, she enjoyed good weather while here and saw everybody. What gorgeous weather for April, eh? It was 27˚C on Monday, April 23 - just like summer! It was an ‘easy’ winter too. Good old Saskatchewan!


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THE INDEPENDENT, BIGGAR, SK - 11 Imagine, pancake syrup made from the most unlikely ingredient, found right in your front lawn! Readily available, a constant supply, and for each batch you make, 250 plants cannot produce seeds to create thousands more plants! (Photos from metro-creatives. com)

by Delta Fay Cruickshank, of The Independent It is that time of year again; the snow is gone, the groves of trees on the landscape are showing a hint of green, the geese are flocking in the fields, and yet, there still isn’t much colour out there! But, yesterday I did get a wonderful, welcome blast of colour for these winter-weary eyes! Bright yellow beaming against a wall, beautiful! Again, the muchmaligned dandelion brightened my day! Dandelions are like children, so much potential, beautiful and bright. And yet, if their potential is not encouraged, they run

very edible, their leaves, flowers and roots have tremendous health benefits. The Latin name is Taraxacum officinale. The genus name could come from the Greek word taraxo, meaning “I have cause”, and achos, meaning “pain”. This is because they have so many healing properties, and, I guess, that they can be a pain! The common name is a corruption of the Old French for “tooth of a lion”, a reference to their jagged leaves. Another old name for a dandelion is “piddley bed”, referring to their property as a potent diuretic! Tinctures and

Loves me, loves me not, loves me little or loves me a lot! The seedhead of the dandelion can answer this question for you! amuck, and can cause a lot of trouble, showing up in places where they shouldn’t be, and getting out of control. This weed (don’t forget, weeds are plants, just out of place) is so very, very useful. Our ancestors harvested them as a spring tonic, the first fresh greens, crisp and tender, and dried the roots as a coffee substitute. But, not only are they

teas made from the plants roots and tops are used to treat kidney and liver diseases, as well as to increase mobility and reduce stiffness from joint diseases! A welcome relief, I imagine, to many an arthritis sufferer! The young tender leaves are delicious in salads, or stir fried. The flower heads taste like oysters when dipped in batter and deep fried. I have been on

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the Internet, and found some more recipes. This one tickled my fancy, a dandelion pancake syrup! Here is the recipe, this would make fantastic gifts for friends and family . . . they likely will not have any in their refrigerators! Put 250 dandelion flower heads* in a large kettle. Squeeze the juice of one lemon into the kettle, and add four cups of water. Bring to a boil, cover kettle, and simmer for one hour. Remove from heat and leave the kettle covered overnight. Strain the dandelion mixture and add two pounds of white sugar to the remaining liquid. Boil for one and a half hours to a syrup consistency. Wipe any spills from the stove immediately (or you’ll need a chisel to remove it!) Store in a tightly sealed jar in the refrigerator. Folklore offers many other uses for the dandelion. The most popular one is as a clock and a barometer!

Shepherds watched the flowers, they open at about 5 a.m. and close near 8 p.m.! It’s what you do when you don’t have a clock to watch! When the flower head has reached the fluffy stage, in fine weather the ball extends to the full, but when rain is near, it shuts like an umbrella. If it will be a showery day, it will stay shut all day. The globe of seeds can also determine whether or not you are loved! If you can blow all the seeds off with one blow, then you are loved with a

passionate love. If some seeds remain, then your lover has reservations about the relationship. If a lot of seeds still remain on the globe, then you are not loved at all, or very little! I have to share a hardearned lesson with you! I started my sweet peas indoors in lovely trays, complete with clear plastic lids, like a mini greenhouse. They were doing wonderfully, almost 90 per cent germination, looking robust and green! When the weather warmed a

little, I settled the trays outside, and just covered them with the clear lid at night. One morning I forgot to remove the lid, the sun came out, the temperature likely rose to great heights during the day under the lid, and the result is; all my lovely sweet pea plants got fried! Sigh . . . replanting straight into the garden now! Disappointments are just part of it all. * Use only dandelions that have never been sprayed with herbicides!

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Sports & Recreation Western Sales wraps up successful lottery On Friday, March 30, Western Sales completed a very successful community lottery. Western Sales donated a John Deere Gator, John Deere lawn tractor, and John Deere snowblower worth approximately $25,000 dollars. With this donation our communities were able to turn $25,000 into $58,545. This $58,545 is going directly back into 48 community groups within our trade area. We would like to thank all of the community groups for their support, making this lottery such a huge success. Because of the favorable results and positive feedback we have received from the community, Western Sales intends to make this an annual lottery enabling more groups to participate and generate even more money for our com-

munities. • First prize – the gator went to Dean & Krista Remeshylo of Biggar. The Biggar Curling Rink sold the ticket. • Second Prize – the lawn tractor went to Richard Livingston of Biggar. The Biggar Museum sold the ticket. • Third Prize – the snow blower went to Trevor Wall of Craik. The Craik Memorial Rink sold him the ticket. Western Sales is conscious of the support it receives from the communities we serve and we make it a priority to support projects, recreation and culture events throughout our trade area as a matter of civic and cultural duty. Western Sales has six locations to serve you better – Rosetown, Elrose, Biggar, Outlook, Davidson, and Central Butte.

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Vancouver’s Jeyn Roberts reads from her book, ‘Dark Inside’, Thursday at the Authors’ Showcase. Her tome is receiving critical praise - it certainly held the students attention. (Independent Photo by Kevin

tral School teachers, Cheryl Isinger, left, and Natalie Chupik, right, accept cheques from the Biggar Credit Union’s Cathy Archibald (second from left) for $500, and the School Community Council’s Tammy Ramsay for $600. The donations were invaluable in making the annual event possible. Other’s that deserve recognition for their contributions are Biggar Super A Foods, the Biggar Kayettes, Biggar Vet Clinic, and Biggar Shop Easy Foods. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)


Judith Silverthorne (right photo) has the attention of several budding authors. The Regina-based writer gave the future authors an idea of how a book goes from thought to reality. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

First prize: the gator went to Dean (Jared pictured) and Krista Remeshylo of Biggar. The Biggar Curling Rink sold the ticket. (Submitted photos)

Second prize: The lawn tractor went to Richard Livingston of Biggar. The Biggar Museum sold the ticket.

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Third prize: The snow blower went to Trevor Wall of Craik. The Craik Memorial Rink sold him the ticket.

tended the 27th Annual Genbukai Canada Karate Championship on Saturday, March 21st at Holy Rosary High School in Lloydminster. There were over 300 competitors participating in Kata, Weapons Kata and Kumite events. The results are as follows: Benson Garchinski, Silver - Kumite; Rick Garchinski, Bronze Kumite. Members of the Biggar Karate Club will be testing in early May for belt promotion and several may participate in the

Sensei Bev Barth, Rick Garchinski, Benson Garchinski. (Submitted photos) Shihan Demura Seminars May 19 and 20 in Lloydminster. Shihan Demura is the Master

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Healthy Solutions by Diane Larouche-Ellard, Thin and Healthy Total Solution Ah, spring is in the air . . . . finally! It’s a time for renewal. I always feel like I get a fresh start every spring, just like the plants around me. Thank goodness for spring. Stats show that the average person in North America has been on 1020 diets in the past five to 10 years. I’ve said it before, diets don’t work, but every year we hear about new ones. If they worked, we wouldn’t need new ones every year. What we need is help finding the motivation to keep on making positive lifestyle changes, even when it gets tough, or boring, or we really, really want that poutine. We need three things to successfully get to our healthy body weight: the right fuel, cardio vascular (or I like to call it Fat Burning) exercise, and

resistance or strength training (lean muscle building). Okay, that’s not bad, just three simple things. When we start out on a new path towards health, focus is easy. We are highly motivated, and excited to be doing something new. We focus mostly on the “how” part. By that I mean, we focus on the food plan and/or exercise, it’s new and exciting. Somewhere along the way, maybe a month later, we might lose focus and back slide a little or maybe a lot. This is where the going gets tough for most people. The problem may be that instead of focusing on “how” to get healthy we need to focus on “why”. We need motivation. Winston Churchill said, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue

that counts”. Brilliant! He also said, “Never, never, never give up.” Here’s the thing - nobody is perfect. I very often see my members struggle with the all or nothing concept. You know that thing we tell ourselves, it goes a little like, “Well I’ve had this cookie now my diet is blown, so I may as well just give up and have whatever I want for the rest of the day, or week or month . . . ” It’s amazing what we can make ourselves believe when we lose focus. Think about it, a cookie, even a huge cookie, might have 150-200 calories . . . is that worth the extra calories we might end up with if we step right off the wagon? No, of course not. We need the courage to start get back on track, and that’s tough.

Okay, so what do we do to keep focused and motivated? First of all, remind yourself every day WHY you want to lose weight, or stop smoking or start exercising, et cetera. I’ve said it many times to my members, it’s “Your Powerful Why” that will keep you making the right choices and help you when you stumble. Of course you are going to stumble, you are human. It’s what you do after you stumble that counts, not what lead you to it, or how badly you tripped. What’s “your powerful why”? Well, it’s whatever has the most meaning for you. It could be being

able to love shopping for clothes again, being able to go up and down stairs without pain, or enjoying intimacy with your partner . . . whatever you really want. There are a million reasons to get healthy, but only one that has real meaning for you, that’s “your powerful why”. The thing to remember is that there are three basic things that influence our health (Okay, maybe there are more, but bear with me), our genetics, how we were brought up, and choice. It’s my twist on the old nature vs nurture argument. Of the three, I say choice is

the one that counts. It’s certainly the only one we have any power to control. Our genetics, and experiences, like how we learned to eat and move and think as we grew up, made us who we are today. What we choose to do right now, will make us who we will be from now on. General George S. Patton said, “I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs, but by how high he bounces when he hits bottom”. So remember, spring is a time of hope and renewal, make it your year to succeed.


Rural Municipality of Mountain View No. 318 Notice is hereby given that the assessment roll of The Rural Municipality of Mountain View No. 318 for the year 2012 has been prepared and is open to inspection at the ofÀce of the Assessor from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the following days: Monday to Friday, April 30th, 2012 to June 1st, 2012. A Bylaw pursuant to Section 214 of The Municipalities Act has been passed and assessment notices have been sent as required. Any person who wishes to appeal against his or her assessment is required to Àle his or her notice of appeal with: The Assessor Rural Municipality of Mountain View No. 318 Box 130 Herschel, SK S0L 1L0 by the 1st day of June, 2012. Dated this 30th day of April, 2012. Karen F. Martin, Assessor



MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012

First Saskatchewan Lutheran Church (with excerpts from The First Saskatchewan Story by Rick Hordern) Submitted by Lillian Demyen The First Saskatchewan Lutheran Church is located between the towns of Asquith and Langham on the corner of Range Road 3082 and Township 382 (the Lutheran Road).

The first homesteaders in the area came about 1902. These were mostly Scandinavians and Norwegians from Minnesota and North Dakota. Including names like Severson, Anderson, Lindgren, Sukke, Thue, Olson, Johnson, Sandahl,

Chappell, Gordon, Drury, Knutson, McRae, Larson, Hamre, Westad and Sandal. The congregation was formed September 7, 1903 by Pastor Hans Christian Holm, along with interested families. It was first known as First Saskatchewan Norwegian Lutheran Church; the word Norwegian was dropped at a later date. At first, worship services were held in surrounding schools and members homes. The building of the present church followed. Outside of worship, life in the congregation revolved around Ladies Aid, annual picnics,handicraft sales, fall suppers, Young Peoples, choir rehearsals and socials, Throughout the years the Ladies Aid contributed greatly to needed repairs and furnishings for the church. During the 1930’s life in the congregation did not slow down. In fact, any form of social gathering was welcome. There were years when the church flourished in memberships and attendance, and there were

lean years with trials when the congregation declined. For over 30 years first Saskatchewan and St. Pauls Lutheran Church in Radisson have worked together as a two-point parish. In August 2003, first Saskatchewan celebrated 100 years existence as a congregation. Presently First Sas-

katchewan and St. Paul’s share Pastor Wallace Bornhuse. At First Saskatchewan, worship services are held each Sunday year round at 9 a.m. with Sunday school, and at St. Paul’s at 11 a.m. God continues to bless us with a vibrant young congregation which offers several different ministries reaching out to all age groups and sharing the good

news. Active are the choir, Sunday school, confirmation classes, Youth Group, Bible Study Group, Young family ministry an Secret Sisters (women’s group). In our Sunday morning worship children’s story, Pastor Wallace and his special colleague Pastor Bear share the good news in very creative ways, bringing excitement and laughter to the children.

Asquith News Neil Millard 329-4235 The S.S.A.I. for 2012 have a Walkathon Record Sheet that the local seniors are participating in this season. I have started raking the yard and riding my riding bike. Wasn’t that a beautiful day for the Alberta election? It was really like a July day here. I took part in the memorial service for John Leroy Strate in Perdue on Saturday, April 21. A large crowd of people attended. Sincere sympathy to the Strate family. Who Said It? “If I were playing third base and my mother were rounding third with the run that

was going to beat us, I’d trip her. Oh, I’d pick her up and brush her off and say, ‘Sorry, Mom,’ but nobody beats me.” - Leo Duroher. Tip of the Day; Kick off your shoes. Forgo the shoes and walk barefoot in the grass. Let the warm, soft earth caress your feet. The Seniors bingo was held on Friday, April 27. The Eagle Creek Wildlife Federation is holding their supper on Sunday, April 29. Thought for Today: If you could ask God one question, what would it be? The District No. Asquith 13 S.S.A.I. held their meeting in Asquith on Wednesday, April 18, along with

Asquith, Delisle, Perdue and Vanscoy Clubs. Each club presented their reports. The meeting was chaired by Marvin Gilbertson of Delisle who did a fine job. Marvin is the Director of Region E. I am leaving for Moose Jaw so I can take a few boxes and items in the car to the condo. We will also see the game between the Moose Jaw Warriors and the Edmonton Oil Kings. It will indeed be an uphill battle for the Moose Jaw squad! Another Tip of the Day: Get involved with your local government. As someone once said, “Politics is too important to be left to the politicians”.


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OBITUARIES ‘Gwen’ Gwendolyn Joyce Foster March 23, 1936 - April 19, 2012 Mom passed away April 19, 2012 after a brief battle with cancer at the age of 76 years. She was born March 23, 1936 in Biggar, Sask. to Robert and Vera Booth. As a young girl, Mom enjoyed many activities including Girl Guides and the church choir. On July 4, 1956, Mom married Dad, James Foster. They raised four children. When we were small, she became a Cub Scout Leader which led to some crazy adventures. She was also involved with the Anglican Church Ladies group and spent many a long hour planting and maintaining the sign park. Later in life, she taught herself to paint. Mom always had a passion for gardening. What started as a small vegetable garden Àourished into a backyard greenhouse business. Dad used to call Mom “The Crazy Gardening Lady” because whatever the weather she would spend sunup to sundown in her yard. Her greatest gardening accomplishment was having her yard featured in the Gardens West magazine. No matter how many hours she put in her yard in a day, she always had time for her children and grandchildren. Happy Gardening Mom. We miss you already. Left to cherish her memory are her four children, daughter, Mona (Jim) Pendergast of Red Deer, Alta. and their children, Kim, Kevin and Sean; son , Robert Foster of Biggar, Sask. and stepchildren, Chelsea Edwards, Jared (Carman) Edwards and their son, Weston; son, Kelly Foster of Saskatoon, Sask.; son, Jaime Foster of Edmonton, Alta.; her mother, Vera Booth of Biggar, Sask.; sister, June (Dennis) Wapple of Saskatoon, Sask., brother, Larry (Chris) Booth of Kelowna, B.C., sister, Dorothy (Ken) Facer of Mississauga, Ont., brother, Wayne (Ellen) Booth of Victoria, B.C., brother, Dale (Patti) Booth of Saskatoon, Sask.; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends. She was predeceased by her husband, Jim Foster (October 13, 2000); father, Robert Booth (October 1993); and her sister, Roberta (May 1993) Ross; brother-in-law, Steele Ross, April 2006. Memorial Service was held Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 2:00


OBITUARIES p.m. from St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Biggar, Sask. with Rev. Mark Kleiner of¿ciating. Active Urn Bearer was Bob Foster. Tributes in Gwen’s memory may be directed to Canadian Cancer Society, #101-440-2nd Ave. North, Saskatoon, SK, S7K 2C3 or Alzheimer’s Association of Sask., #301-2550-12th Ave., Regina, SK, S4P 3X1 Grondin Funeral Service, Biggar entrusted with arrangements, “Our family serving your family since 1963”. gfsc1

CARD OF THANKS The family of Gwen Foster would like to thank the following people who helped us through our mom’s sudden passing; to the ladies of Sunshine Nursing home for their loving care; to the nurses at Biggar Hospital for their compassionate care; to Pastor Mark for the wonderful service; to the Anglican Ladies for their excellent lunch and to Grondin Funeral Services for taking care of all the details of mom’s funeral. Thank you everyone. 18p1 The Foster family would like to thank all of their friends and relatives who sent food, Àowers, cards and their loving prayers during our mother’s sudden passing. Thank You 18p1 We send hearty thanks to everyone who supported the bene¿t supper on April 18 at New Horizons. Thank you to PALS for their hard work in promoting and putting on the supper. And thank you to everyone who participated. Your gifts are a great send-off as we leave in June for a weeklong stay in Guatemala. The dedication of the Pokomchi New Testament will be held in San Cristobal Verapaz on June 30. We will remember you all as we visit “the land of eternal spring”. Ted and Gloria Engel 18p1

COMING EVENTS FRIDAY, MAY 4 and SATURDAY, MAY 5: St. Gabriel CWL Clothing Drive and Garage Sale at St. Gabriel Church. Drop off: Friday - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday - 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Sales: Friday 1 - 5 p.m. and Saturday - 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Proceeds go to the Food Bank and KidSport. 16c3 TUESDAY, MAY 8: Biggar Wildlife Federation meeting, 7:30 p.m. at the Westwinds. 18c1 SATURDAY, MAY 12: The Biggar Air Cadets bottle drive, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The public can also drop off their bottles at the rink parking lot that day if they wish. 18c1 MONDAY, MAY 14: 7 p.m., Biggar & District Family Centre Annual General Meeting at the Family Centre. 17c3


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COMING EVENTS SUNDAYS in May: Presbyterians, Anglicans, Lutherans will be worshipping at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 319-7th Ave. E., Biggar at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome. For more information or pastoral services, phone Rev. Mark Kleiner at 306-951-7122. 48/10tfn TUESDAY, MAY 1: 2 p.m., ‘Mother of the Year Tea’ at Biggar Community Hall. Sponsored by Biggar Community Connections. Come honour the Mothers of the Year! Open to everyone. Silver Collection. 16c3 MAY 1 - 23: Embodied Presence, Michel Boutin and Holly Fay, showing in the Credit Union Gallery at The Biggar Museum & Gallery, 105-3rd Ave. West, 1 - 5 p.m. Monday-Friday 18c3 WEDNESDAY, MAY 2: BCS 2000 Kindergarten Registration Day, 9 - 11 a.m. and 1 - 3 p.m. This is a great chance for you and your child to meet school staff and other Kindergarten students, and to see what Kindergarten at BCS has to offer. We look forward to seeing you there! 948-2117 for more information. 18c1 WEDNESDAY, MAY 2: St. Gabriel Kindergarten Registration Day, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. and 1 - 3 p.m. You and your child are invited to spend this time getting to know the teacher, other classmates and learning more about the St. Gabriel Family! Further information, 948-3612. 18c1


Town Wide Garage Sale FRIDAY, May 11 from 4 - 8 p.m. and SATURDAY, May 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Let’s all have our garage sales at the same time!! 18p2

ANNOUNCEMENTS Calling all emerging artists! Enter your works in Biggar Arts Council Local Adjudication. Entry forms available at Biggar Museum. Call 948-3451. Deadline for entries May 26, Adjudicator Alexander Gaspar. 17c5

NOTICE Families, clubs, churches and businesses are invited to do a Heritage Page to be on permanent display at Biggar Museum. Share your history! For more information call 9483451 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. tfn Advertisements and statements contained herein are the sole responsibility of the persons or entities that post the advertisement, and the Saskatchewan Weekly Newspaper Association and membership do not make any warranty as to the accuracy, completeness, truthfulness or reliability of such advertisements. For greater information on advertising conditions, please consult the Association’s Blanket Advertising Conditions on our website at tfn


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Wanted…Apartment size washer and dryer. Phone 948-2027. 18p1 Wanted… 4 litre ice cream pails. Drop off at Snow White Family Restaurant, Biggar 17c3 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 WANTED: Buying all wild fur, Beavers etc, Shed Antlers and old traps. Phone Bryon at 306278-2425 or Phil at 306-2782299.

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RECREATION 1985 Yamaha Virago, 1,000 cc, new rubber, carbs and forks redone. Phone 948-7521. 36tfn 1981 18 ft. Okanagan motorhome; stove, fridge, heater, toilet and sink; table and benches convert to single bed; over the cab converts to king size bed; combination gas and propane; propane tanks certi¿ed May of 2008; 21,819 kms; asking $3,500; phone 9485497 18p1

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BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY Alley Katz Bowl for sale… $235,000. 6-fully computerized wood lane; licensed lounge; 5400 sq ft cinder block building with 17 ft ceilings; maintenance free metal roof; energy ef¿cient radiant heat; licensed to serve food; games room with pool table 3 car games and 4 leased games; satellite TV; glow bowling; snack bar; of¿ce equipment and furniture; shows consistent growth for past 18 months. Call 948-4633. 17c4

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Perdue Daycare, Perdue, Sask. is hiring full-time Early Childhood Educator to start immediately. Please call Amber at 306237-4403 for more info. Email resume to perduedaycare@ or mail to Box 142, Perdue, SK, S0K 3C0 18c3

Western Sales, a busy multi- location John Deere Dealership is looking for a full time Parts people for our Biggar, Outlook, Elrose and Davidson locations to handle everyday customer needs. The right candidates role will be to sell, receive, deliver parts and accessories, handle promotions and take care of stocking duties. The candidate must have basic keyboard skills, parts and machinery knowledge and work well with a team. Will be required to work extended hours during seeding and harvest. Experience is an asset but will be willing to train the right candidate. We offer an excellent benefit package. Compensation will depend on parts experience. Forward your resume to or fax to 306-882-3389. Only qualifed applicants will be contacted.

SUMMER WORK $15.50 base appt. Immdiate College/University student openings. Flexible schedules, conditions apply, customer sales/service, no experience needed, training given. Apply and train in Saskatoon, work in local city. Call 306-955-1935 Biggar Hotel… --part-time help wanted for Beverage Room, days, evenings and weekends available. Must be 19 years of age. --Part-time cleaning person needed for mornings. Please apply in person with resume to Tammy or Monty. 17c4 Biggar Museum & Gallery invites student applications for summer employment for the position of Museum Research & Collections Assistant. Apply in person with resume to: Looking for a weekly housekeeper (approx. 5 hours per week). Hourly rate negotiable. Call 948-2106 or 948-7321. 17c3 Summer employment needed at the beach side store in Battlefords Provincial Park. Émail resumes to: 17c3 Part-time help needed at Sears Hometown Store. Drop off resume to 222 Main Street, Biggar. Further info available after 6:00 p.m. @ 306-9483629. 16c3 123 Care For Me Daycare, Sturgis, SK is seeking applicants for Center Director, Supervisor and Full Time ECE’s. For information, call Jennifer at 5482133 or email 123careforme@

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Administrative Support II Job ID: 18848 Location: Steelman, SK Primary Focus Responsible for providing administrative support to the Steelman ¿eld of¿ce as well as administrative support for the Area Supervisor, Area Coordinators and ¿eld employees. Primary Responsibilities Carry out ¿eld of¿ce duties, which include working with the accounting, engineering, compliance, measurement, operations and technical departments. As well as having to communicate with other oil companies to relay messages to and from ¿eld employees to maintain an ef¿cient Àow of oil. Responsibilities would include general administrative duties and assisting co-workers as required. Other duties would include ordering of¿ce supplies, arrange of¿ce meetings, book travel arrangements, budget forecasting, quarterly updates, sorting and coding invoices. Quali¿cations Grade 12 Diploma Business Administration Diploma is an asset Solid communications and computer skills Good written/verbal communication If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please apply online through our website at www. in complete con¿dence before May 1, 2012, 12 midnight Eastern Time, quoting JO # 18848. Only candidates being considered for interviews will be contacted. Enbridge, where energy meets people, was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers and Alberta’s Top 50 Employers for 2011


AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE TECHNICIANS Country Ford, a new dealership of the FFun Motor Group, is inviting inquiries/applications from Automotive Service Technicians for a fulltime AST position. Minimum qualiÀcations include 4th year or Journey-person status with general repair experience - Diesel Mechanics preferred. Country Ford is a full-service dealership with a busy service department The actual Pay Plan will depend on the level of the candidate and could be either hourly rate or Áat rate. Become a part of the exciting future of the FFun Motor Group. Ask about our relocation or travel incentive. Canadian permanent residents only please. Please forward resume to: or Fax to: (306) 843-2757 WILKIE



PARTS & SERVICE ADVISOR Country Ford, a new division of FFun Enterprises, is in need of another PARTS & SERVICE ADVISOR to join our team. The Parts & Service Advisor is a customer service specialist, sourcing and selling automotive parts and accessories to internal, external, retail and wholesale customers. Working in harmony with the Service Department the Parts Advisor ensures the rapid turnaround of mechanical and body shop repair orders. Other duties may include: shipping & receiving, inventory control, displays, sales promotions, taking enquiries and orders over the phone, fax, email, etc. Doubling as a Service Advisor you are the contact person and liaison between the dealership’s service and repair customers and the service shop. You book appointments, coordinate service/repair orders, communicate with customers in person and over the phone and computers, estimate repair time and costs, assign repair orders to technicians, receive payments, sell service, repairs and accessories, advise customers about needed repairs, etc. WHAT YOU NEED • Related experience in automotive environment preferred but we will train someone with the right attitude and retail sales experience. • Knowledge of the automotive maintenance and repair business preferred. • Sincere customer service focus and excellent people skills. • Love of cars and a desire to have a career in the Automotive Industry. WHAT WE OFFER • Generous pay plan - commensurate with experience • Full company beneÀts and perks • Factory training and certiÀcation • Fun and friendly working environment • Opportunity for advancement • A job and a company you can take pride in. ASK ABOUT OUR RELOCATION OR TRAVEL INCENTIVE.


Please forward resume to: or Fax to: (306) 843-2757 Contact: GREG at Country Ford Toll Free @ 1-888-252-8888 213 - 2nd Avenue E., Wilkie, Saskatchewan


EXECUTIVE SALES REP Country Ford, a new dealership of the FFun Motor Group, is looking for a mature, experienced, self-disciplined Executive Sales Rep to expand Country Ford’s traditional market area. If you live in Biggar, Unity, Wilkie or North Battleford areas, this may be the automotive sale opportunity of a lifetime. You can work from home, or coffee row, as long as you’re making sales. There’s no expectation that you live in Wilkie or commute to Wilkie daily. There’s no requirement to put in hours at the Dealership waiting for customers to show up. Periodic attendance at the Dealership in Wilkie would be required for meetings, training, etc. This is a very rare opportunity for an experienced automotive sales representative looking for some Áexibility and freedom. Your success will be measured by what you produce. Minimum sales volume targets will be established. QUALIFIED APPLICANTS MUST: • Have several years [minimum] of productive auto sales experience [cars, trucks, SUVs, etc.] Ford experience preferred. • Be mature, self-disciplined, well organized, focused and hard working. • Be effective at prospecting and lead generation. • Be an effective closer. • Be willing and able to mine their own network to Ànd buyers. • & Be productive and effective in an unstructured, minimally supervised role. Please forward resume to: or Fax to: (306) 843-2757

Call Greg at Country Ford 1-888-252-8888 for an interview.


Contact Greg @ Country Ford 1-888-252-8888 for more information.

Tell us what it will take to attract you to the FFun Motor Group! Discretion is assured - your inquiry will be kept conÀdential.

EXPERIENCED WINCH TRACTOR and Bed Truck Drivers for drilling, rig moving trucking company. Phone, fax, email or mail. Email: rigmove@ Phone 780-842-6444. Fax 780-842-6581. H & E Oil¿eld Services Ltd., 2202 - 1 Ave., Wainwright, AB, T9W 1L7. Kingland Ford Hay River, NT seeking Experienced Ford Certi¿ed Partsperson with ADP/ MicoCat, Long term employment, teamplayer. $34.50-$36.50hrly wage with bene¿ts and pension plan. Email:employment@

…Heartland Funding, cont. from front page innovations that improve surgical care. Heartland Health Region is currently meeting the Surgical Initiative’s Year 2 target of having no patients wait more than 12 months for surgery. By 2014, the province’s goal is to provide all patients with the option of having surgery within three months. Saskatchewan has made it a priority to provide sooner, safer, smarter care that results in shorter wait times and a better surgical experience for patients,” Randy Weekes, MLA for Biggar said on behalf of Health Minister Don McMorris.“We appreciate the strong support of Heartland Health Region in improving access to surgical services and helping us put patients first.” The Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative began in April 2010. Since then, wait times have dropped dramatically. The number of patients waiting over 18 months

for surgery has dropped 85 per cent, the number waiting 12 months for surgery has decreased 74 per cent, and the number waiting over six months has dropped 53 per cent. The number of people waiting more than three months is down 39 per cent.


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Seeding begins for the province Warm and favourable weather has allowed some producers to begin seeding, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report for the period April 17 to 23. Peas and lentils are being seeded in some southern areas; however, the majority of producers will be waiting a few more weeks for the soil to dry up before they can begin seeding. The eastcentral and southeastern regions have received the greatest amount of precipitation in the past week, up to 41 millimetres in some areas.

With a few exceptions, there is adequate topsoil moisture in the majority of crops districts. Crop reporters in some east-central areas are indicating a surplus of moisture and some areas in the west-central and northwest regions are short of topsoil moisture on cropland, hay land and pasture. Pasture conditions in most crop districts are good to excellent, and there is an adequate supply of water for livestock. Farmers are busy seeding, calving and controlling weeds.

SOUTH ROCK has positions for road construction workers, BASE - heavy equipment operators (Finish Grader Op). Asphalt (paver, roller, screed, raker). Heavy Duty Mechanic (service truck). General labourers. Forward resume to: careers@ Fax 403-5681327; NEED A HOME PHONE? Cable TV or High Speed Internet? We Can Help. Everyone Approved. Call Today. 1-877-852-1122 Protel Reconnect

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Tim Hammond Realty Licenced for:

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113 - 3rd Ave. W., Biggar

948-5052 (office) Cell 948-9168

Tim Hammond, BSA, P.Ag., Broker

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

DUANE NEUFELDT Licensed For: • Residential • Acreage • Farm

MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2012

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

Cell: 306-221-6888


Proud to handle Biggar’s Real Estate Needs

Tim Hammond Realty Licenced for: •Residential rd

113 - 3 Ave. W., Biggar

948-5052 (office) Cell 948-7995

Cari McCarty Residential Sales

Biggar’s Top Performing Residential Agent

Tim Hammond Realty Licenced for: •Farm •Acreage •Residential • Commercial


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

Biggar, Sask.


Cell 948-4478 Dave Molberg BSA

Exposure, Experience and Effort.

PLUMBING, HEATING & GASFITTING 114 - 1st Ave. E., Rosetown, Sask.

306.882.3535 Email:

of The Battlefords Independently Owned and Operated

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

FOR RENT BIGGAR HOUSING AUTHORITY Housing for families and seniors Rent based on income

Call: 948-2101

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Bear Hills Rural Development Corporation Box 327 Biggar, SK S0K 0M0 Helping you Help yourself

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

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

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

Residential - Commercial Heating Cooling - Plumbing Central Vacuum Systems Gas Fitting - Sheet Metal

Inc. FRE 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

MADGE 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

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available to do…

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

Call Jim @ 306-948-3333

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

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Fortney Enterprises Contracting • New Construction • Renovations • Residential • Commercial



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Call Greg Fortney


Ladies Only

30 min. Circuit Gym Located in the Nova Wood Centre (back entrance) 104 - 6th Ave. E., Biggar


Weight Loss & Wellness Centre

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

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

GEORGE STAHL (306) 948-3776 cell: (306) 260-6503 Ph:


Specializing in Exclusive Seasonal Personal Training Sessions! …for weight loss,

Spray Foam

Visit us @ 114- 2nd Ave. W., Biggar

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

Small Ads Work… You’re reading this one!!!

948-2548 or 948-9710


Kirk Ewen Doctor of Optometry

In Biggar Every Tuesday.

For appointments… 1-855-651-3311


Photos by Jocelyn Portraits, Family, Weddings & Sports Photography Biggar, Sask.



Wylie Farms Ltd. SEED CLEANING Canadian Seed Institute Accredited Pedigree, Commercial & Custom Cleaning FULL line of Cleaning Equipment including Gravity Table

Excellent Quality at a Reasonable Price! For all your Cereal and Pulse Cleaning Call: Bill: Dale:

Where you can feel right at home! Phone… 948-2548 Cell… 948-8048


948-2807 or 948-5609 948-5394

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

Phoenix M4 Mobile Grain cleaning and sizing

Offering… One-on-One Rehab & Therapy Sessions

Northland Foaming

306-948-2805 Cell: 306-948-6062

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

body sculpting, strength training.

* Limited Memberships available to fully equipped Private Fitness Studio & Cardio Room Gift Certificates available


• Shamanic Healing • Psychosomatic Therapy • Massage • Emotional Release Therapy

…owned and operated by Diane Larouche Ellard

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

Wood and Steel Buildings Floor & Trusses

Services available…

Biggar Professional Building, 223 Main Street, Biggar

Your Healthy Living

“Building Trust from Start to Finish”

R.M.T. (NHPC member) Located @ New Beginnings Wellness Centre, 114 - 2nd Ave. W., BIGGAR

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

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




…Financing Available Quality Service • Quick Completion • Low Cost Maintenance • Renovations • New Construction C



Journeymen Plumber, Gas Fitter, & Electrician on staff

113 - 3rd Ave. W., Biggar

948-5052 (office)



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


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

Phone: 948-5678

MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2012






PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION Barristers & Solicitors Stuart A. Busse, QC Larry A. Kirk, LL.B. 302 Main Street, Biggar, SK

948-3346 …serving your community since 1972

Roe & Company 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 Lisa Watson Sheri Woods look forward to assisting you and can be contacted at:

• Notary Publics • Home & Agro Insurance • Auto & Commerical Insurance • Health Insurance • Motor Licence Issuer Office Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday 304 Main Street • Biggar

Phone: 948-2204 or 948-3886


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 Financial Planning Estate Planning Life Insurance


222 Main Street 306 948 5377

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

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KRF Automotive Detail Centre

Panasonic, Samsung,


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 Owned & operated by Kevin Fick

227 - 1st Ave. East, Biggar


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

521 Main St., Biggar 948-2109


P. O. Box 1480 Biggar, Sask.

Phone: 948-5133

223 Main Street Biggar Box 580 Biggar, SK SOK OMO

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

948-2183 Email: Website: 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

216 Main St., Biggar


Monday to Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.




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

• sides of Pork & Beef available



Battery Chargers Electric Fencers Repaired/Rebuilt/ Built

Garry A. Faye

201B-2nd Ave. West


BIGGAR ACCOUNTING SERVICES Chartered Accountant Notary Public

LG, Frigidaire, Shaw, Bell, Yamaha AudioDealer; and Your authorized SaskTel Mobility and High Speed Internet Dealer


Phone: 882-2123 Emergency (after hours) 882-2006

306-948-5352 or 306-244-9865

Your authorized

Call me to Ànd out more about how The Plan™ can help you prosper now …and over time.

JIM VANCHA, PAg Consultant (306) 948-4393 jim.vancha@

COMING SOON to BIGGAR Kurulak Investment & Insurance Corp.

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

after hours George: 948-4042 Corner of Main Street & 1st Avenue West, Biggar 1st Ave. West, Biggar

948-2700 Your Auto Parts and Accessories Dealer

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


Rosetown, Sask.


M & N REPAIR 701 - 4th Ave. E., Biggar

948-3996 Open Monday-Saturday Dean McCallum, CFP, CIM, FCSI

Lyndsey Sacher

Investment Advisor Credential Securities Inc.

Mutual Fund Investment Specialist, Wealth Consultant Credential Asset Management Inc.

Pamela Eaton

Robert Hoesgen, CFP

Mutual Fund Investment Specialist Credential Asset Management Inc.

Mutual Fund Investment Specialist Credential Asset Management Inc.

Mike Nahorney, Interprovincial Heavy Duty Journeyman Mechanic

Heavy Truck Repair SGI Safety Inspection Auto Repair TIRES

Located at the Biggar & District Credit Union 302 Main Street, Biggar, SK • 306-948-3352 Mutual funds are offered through Credential Asset Management Inc., and mutual funds and other securities are offered through Credential Securities Inc. ®Credential is a registered mark owned by Credential Financial Inc. and is used under license.



…call 948-3344


Fax: 948-2484


230 - 1st Ave. W., Biggar Phone: 948-7117 email:

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

A Sign of Qualilty! • Wood, metal, plastic signs • Vehicle & window graphics • Banners, stickers and Magnetic signs

Jerry Muc Phone: 948-2958 Fax:



~Brian and Cathy Fick~

Cell: 306-948-7524

Biggar Tree services available…

Sewing & Embroidery

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


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

Ivan Young,

Open: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Sat. • 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

‰ CWB CertiÀed ‰ Light Fabrication ‰ Mobile Welding

109 Main St., Biggar



For all your investment needs, Visit…

Phillips Radio Shop


Residential Commercial Automotive

For FREE estimates or enquiries CALL Wayne or Dorothy at



658-4474, Landis, SK

• 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. Anne G. Livingston

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

Rebel Landscaping 948-2879, evenings 948-7207, daytime Ed Kolenosky • Driveways • Concrete • Garage Pads • Pruning • Planting

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

• Snow Removal • Fences …and much more


Custom Grain Hauling 306-948-9278 Landis, Sask.

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.

HAULS TO THE DUMP Small moves and deliveries with ½ ton truck

Ph/fax: 948-3856 or cell: 948-7896 Sales Consultant J. G. Smith

For FAX service, see us at The Independent, 102 - 3rd Ave. West, Biggar

MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2012



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