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Vol. 103 No. 26

MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2012

Biggar, Saskatchewan

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Thieves nabbed in Biggar/Perdue stolen car spree Between June 13 and 16, Biggar RCMP received numerous complaints in Biggar and Perdue about stolen vehicles and theft from vehicles. The suspects had searched through at least 13 vehicles to steal various personal belongings including electronic devices and cash. The suspects had also stolen six vehicles during this time period. All of the stolen vehicles have now been recovered. Members from Biggar Detachment arrested three males in the early morning hours on June 16 in Biggar after locating one of the stolen vehicles driving on Main Street. Two of the three males are 17 years old. The third male is 18 year old Cole Galongo. All three males are from Saskatoon. They were brought before a justice of the peace and released on conditions and are now charged for possession of stolen property and flight from police. Members from Saskatoon Forensic Identification Section have been called to assist in these investigations. Additional charges may be pending based on the results of these investigations. The males will be appearing in Provincial Court on Monday, August 13 at 10 a.m. in Biggar for their first appearance to the charges.

Tornados ravage area . . . Tossed like toys, bins lie crushed and crushing a tractor trailer unit at the Byron Redlick farm, Friday. Many tornados formed with several touching down causing extensive damage to homes

and yards. Fortunately, nobody was injured. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

Prairie Spirit approves 2012/13 school division budget The Prairie Spirit Board of Education approved the 2012/13 school division budget at its meeting, June 18. The budget will now be submitted to the provincial Ministry of Education for its review and approval. The balanced budget represents an increase of 4.31 per cent in operating costs to $106.6 million, to cover the increased costs for collective bargaining agreements and other

programming. John Kuzbik, Director of Education, said the budget reflects the board’s commitment to supporting high levels of learning for all students throughout the division. He said the budget process has been comprehensive. “The budget is a major undertaking. We reviewed every program and determined our commitments. We had thorough and open

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale . . . One day after tornados hit the area, a pleasant and rain free day out on Springwater Lake. The weather didn’t get rough, the tiny ship wasn’t tossed, and the fearless crew (Gilligan or the Skipper - you pick) wasn’t lost. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

discussion to come to our decisions,” he said. In designing this year’s budget, the board restated its commitment to programming equity for all students. In addition, the board directed that the budget reflect its support for innovative ways of incorporating real-life learning with academics, with a goal of providing apprenticeship opportunities to senior high school students. As part of the budget plan, surplus school division funds designated for programming equity will be used to expand band/music programming to the entire division. The board approved the use of $445,000 for the initial costs of expanding the band program, including the purchase of band equipment, a study of the current band program in the division and an examination of other innovations in music instruction for 21st century learners. A division-wide band/music program is expected to be ready for fall, 2013. Currently, band

programming is offered to students in the east and west parts of the division, but is not available for students in the northern part of the division. “I believe this takes us one step closer to full amalgamation and will ensure equity of p r o g r a m m i n g,” s a i d Trustee Sam Dyck. “I believe this plan will be well received.” T h e d i v i s i o n ’s p l a n for supporting an apprenticeship program envisions combining core academic learning at school with learning experiences in the workplace. For example, students might

have the opportunity to begin an apprenticeship program while still in high school. “We believe that learners who have exposure to relevant and authentic learning will be more engaged learners. As a result, they will achieve better results overall,” Kuzbik said. Kuzbik reported that preliminary work on this project has begun, with the goal of having a pilot program prepared by November, 2012. This work will also involve and rely on partnerships with local businesses.

Senior Villa project approved by Biggar Town Council Planning and construction of the 24-unit senior villa for Biggar is now ready to begin. Start of construction on the three-story complex is planned for this fall at the Third Avenue East location, better known as the Third Avenue Park, and should be ready for

occupancy by the fall of 2013. The ‘treed’ portion of the park remains with only the eastern portion used for the upcoming facility. Investors are still required for the project to proceed. If you are interested in being an investor, contact Emil at 948-5226.


MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2012

New trade rules benefit Saskatchewan Minister responsible for Trade Tim McMillan is pleased with new trade rules that will help open up markets across Canada for Saskatchewan businesses and producers. The rules were agreed to June 14 by federal, provincial and territorial internal trade ministers. Ministers approved changes to the national Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) that will provide Canadians and Canadian businesses with a more effective process for dealing with barriers that restrict economic growth in Canada. For the first time since

the AIT was signed in 1995, governments and the private sector can challenge barriers to an open and fair marketplace in Canada through a credible and enforceable process. “Saskatchewan is particularly proud to have chaired the committee that completed the overhaul of the AIT’s dispute rules,” McMillan said. “These changes will benefit the many Saskatchewan producers, businesses and consumers that rely on access to other markets in Canada, helping our growing economy. “We recognize the im-

portance of removing trade barriers across the country and the positive effect is has on not only

Saskatchewan, but the rest of the provinces as well. Our government has made it very clear

Graduation is a farewell, not a goodbye . . . St. Gabriel School Grade 9 students hit a unique point in their lives, Thursday: graduation. The moment, celebrated at St. Gabriel’s Church, sends them on their way. Front row, left to right: Shadi Achkar, Jesse


that economic development and the strengthened trade relationships that come with it benefit

the entire country, rather than any one province or region.”

Mallas, Braydon Voll, Alexandria Larochelle. Back: Jan Carlo Villanueva, Luke Remeshylo, Timothy Cusker, Cody Thompson. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)


MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2012

Council Minute highlights The regular meeting of Biggar Town Council was held June 5, at 7:15 p.m. in the Council Chambers. Attending the meeting were Mayor Ray Sadler, Aldermen Ron Arnold, Jim Besse, Don Cleaveley, Penny McCallum, Eugene Motruk, and Kirk Sherbino. Council resolved that the minutes of the May 28 Biggar and District Recreation Board were accepted as presented, and the recommendations contained were approved. Members of the public were present at the meeting to hear comments with respect to the discretionary use permit application from Bridge Road Land Management for a senior citizens housing project on Lots 11-20 Block 12 Plan D4770 (Third Avenue East). Council reviewed a petition from individuals opposed to Council approving the application as well as a list of signatures from individuals supporting approval of this discretionary use in a CS-Community Service District. Five individuals present at the meeting made oral presentations regarding the application as well. Art Beadle spoke first and outlined that he was against Council approving the discretionary use and stated that locating the project on this site would diminish the green space in town. Justina Robinson expressed her views on the benefits of the project for the community. Shirley Kegler then stated her opposition to Council approving the application. Emil Itterman then spoke in favour of Council granting approval for the discretionary use and that at present, in the developers opinion, this was the only suitable location for the project. F i n a l l y, V i c B e s s e stated his opposition to the discretionary use application. Council resolved that as a discretionary use application by Bridge Road Land Management has been advertised in accordance with the Town’s Zoning bylaw, and as numerous written and verbal representations, both for and against, have been received with respect to this application,


that this discretionary use application be tabled and decided upon at the next regular meeting of Council to be held on June 19 (see front page story ‘Senior Villa project approved by Biggar Town Council’). Council resolved that a 2012 JCB 426ZX loader be purchased from Wajax Equipment at the quoted price of $127,000 plus applicable taxes. Council resolved that a 2012 Schulte snow blower be purchased from All West Sales at the quoted price of $13,617.76 plus applicable taxes. Council resolved that the General Accounts Pa i d i n t h e a m o u n t of $191,805.19, and the General Accounts Payable in the amount of $69,512.81, be approved. Council resolved that the progress certificate from Catterall and Wright for the backwash pump replacement in the amount of $43,409.10, be authorized and made payable to Bridge City Mechanical. Council resolved that payment be approved in the amount of $669.40, which represents the Town’s five per cent share of the operating loss for 2011 on the financial operations of the Biggar Housing Authority. Council resolved that the request from No. 300 Fisher Squadron, Biggar Air Cadets, for a rebate for the Community Hall rental on May 24, as per the Community Organization Refund Policy, be approved in the amount of $55 plus

Golden moment . . . St. Gabriel School Grade 9 students pose for pictures, Thursday, as they celebrated a landmark moment in their lives - graduation. The students held the annual celebration of their time at St. Gabriel School; a farewell, not a goodbye. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam) GST. Council resolved that the request from the Biggar New Horizons Project to have their 2012 municipal taxes cancelled, in the amount

of $3,156, be approved. Council resolved that the invoice from Pinter and Associates in the amount of $2,458.82 for services regarding a confined space entry

amount of $58,316.67 for the water slide at the Biggar Aquatic Centre, be approved for payment. • Meeting adjourned at 9:10 p.m.

plan into the filters as the water treatment plant, be approved. Council resolved that the invoice from Park N Play Design, in the

Saskatchewan grows by nearly 20,000 people in past year Most growth in Saskatchewan in more than 80 years Saskatchewan’s population grew by 19,642 people between April 1, 2011 and April 1, 2012 the most growth in any one-year period since 1930. New population estimates released Thursday by Statistics C a n a d a s h o w Saskatchewan grew by 4,470 people in the

first quarter of 2012 (January 1 to April 1, 2012). Saskatchewan’s annual and quarterly growth rates of 1.87 per cent and 0.42 per cent respectively are both the second-highest among the provinces, behind only Alberta. There were 1,072,082 people living in Saskatchewan on April 1, 2012.

Economy Minister Bill Boyd said Saskatchewan continues to benefit from a strong and growing economy. “Saskatchewan’s economy is firing on all cylinders and that means our province is growing at its fastest pace in more than 80 years,” Boyd said. “Our government is committed to ensuring that this growth continues and to meeting the challenges and opportunities of a growing province.” Saskatchewan’s strong

growth in the first quarter of 2012 was driven by immigration, with net international in-migration (number of people moving in minus people moving out) of 3,436. Saskatchewan also saw a natural increase (birth minus deaths) of 1,043 and a very small net interprovincial outmigration of nine people. Saskatchewan has grown by more than 75,000 people in the past five years.

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Thank you, Mr. T . . . Biggar Central School Principal, Elwood Torgunrud, left, is congratulated by vice-principals Kim Fick and Terry Braman, Tuesday. A wonderful man, Mr. Torgunrud will be missed by the school population, having left an indelible mark on BCS and the community. With his retirement, Kim Fick will be principal, and Terry Braman, vice-principal - big shoes to fill for both, but one they both will, no doubt, excel at. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

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Opinions Happy Canada Day This week is especially busy -- grads, grads, grads. Not only Grade 12 but Kindergarten at both schools, awards days and lots of year end windup stuff. In addition there is the preparation for the annual Canada Day weekend. Quite a few will be going away for the weekend and still more will be starting vacations. No school so summer activities around town will be gearing up. I have noticed in recent years more and more items are available for celebrating the birth of of our country. Napkins. Balloons. Blankets. Candles. All with the maple leaf featured prominently. Lots of flags too. It was February 15, 1965 that Canada’s new flag was raised for the first time on Parliament Hill. The speaker of the house at that time was Maurice Bourget who had these words to say, “The flag is the symbol of the nation’s unity, for it, beyond any doubt, represents all the citizens of Canada without distinction, language, belief or opinion.” The flag flies at the top of the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The 2.25 metre by 4.5 metre flag is changed on a daily basis. Flags on the East and West Block are changed weekly. Some of us remember the quest for a new flag for our country. The search for a new flag actually started in 1925 by a committee of the Privy Council. That never saw fruition. Again in 1946 another parliamentary committee was appointed but was not successful. In 1964 the search was reignited. This time the committee shortlisted three designs: a Red Ensign with the fleur-de-lys and the Union Jack, a design incorporating three red maple leafs and a red flag with a single, stylized red maple leaf on a white square. (There were some that preferred blue borders). So, everyone agreed on the flag design we have today. And, it has been flown ever since at national events, sporting events (such as the Olympics), and in towns across the country. After listening to the news and hearing the happenings in Europe regarding their finances, the troubles in the Middle East, and the unrest elsewhere, I think we are certainly lucky to be living in Canada. While it is not perfect it is the best place to live in the world today. Enjoy and celebrate Canada Day. P.H.

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Ag and food groups applaud Canada’s participation in TPP trade talks by Alan MacKenzie, Reporter, Troy Media Canada’s agriculture and meat industries are praising Tuesday’s announcement that Canada has been invited into the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the announcement at the G-20 Leaders’ Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico. Canada is the 11th country to join the freetrade talks. Mexico was invited to join Monday. Other countries involved in the free trade agreement currently under negotiation are Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam. Japan has also expressed interest in joining the negotiations. The current TPP membership represents

a market of 510 million people and a GDP of $17.6 trillion. With the participation of Canada and Mexico the market will comprise 658 million people and a GDP of $20.5 trillion. Ron Bonnett, president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA), said the TPP opens a gateway to AsiaPacific markets, and represents significant market opportunities for Canadian farmers and a strong boost to the Canadian economy. “There are many important markets to Canadian farmers within the Asia-Pacific region,” Bonnett stated in a release. “Considering the economic growth rate in Asia-Pacific, TPP membership is an important strategic decision for our country’s long-term economic growth and prosperity. Both the United States and

Australia are members of the TPP. To remain on the same playing field and maintain our competitiveness, this is a logical and essential step.” “As in past bilateral trade deals, we expect the government to maintain its stated position and strong support for supply management and to ensure the necessary measures for its success,” he added. The CFA said it will monitor the negotiations as they move forward and will continue to work with the government to secure the best deal for Canadian farmers. The Canadian Meat Council (CMC) said Canada’s participation in the TPP is of “vital importance” to beef and pork trade. “Of the 11 other countries that have joined or are prospective


members of the TPP negotiations, 10 are already destinations for Canadian meat products. It is vitally important for Canada’s exportdependent livestock and meat sector that this country maintain competitive access to these critical markets,” CMC executive director James Laws stated Tuesday. Laws said that Canadian meat exports would have become progressively disadvantaged in Canada’s absence in the negotiations. “The ultimate result would have been reduced competitiveness, lower investment and lost jobs in not only all segments of Canada’s highlyintegrated livestock and meat chain from cow-calf producers to feedlot operators, meat processors, truck and rail transporters and port operators, but


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also within the many companies that provide inputs to each link of the chain,” Laws stated. “It is for these reasons that Canada’s meat processors have been urging the Canadian government to join the ambitious TPP negotiations at the earliest possible opportunity.” According to the CMC, Canada currently provides tariff-free unlimited access to pork and horsemeat imports from all countries of the world. Beef and veal products are imported duty-free from existing free trade partners the United States, Mexico and Chile. Beef and veal imports from other countries that exceed a tariff-rate quota of 76,409 tonnes are subject to an import duty of 26.5 per cent. The Canadian beef industry is prepared to offer open and tariff-free

access to the Canadian market in exchange for similar concessions from the other TPP member countries. Canada announced its interest in joining the TPP at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit in November 2011. Since then, Canada has held consultations with all nine TPP member countries in order to gain their support. Canada will enter the talks at the earliest opportunity, after each country has its own domestic process to ratify Canada’s participation – likely early this fall. TPP negotiations continue with the next round scheduled for July 2 to 10 in San Diego, California. Alan MacKenzie is a reporter for Troy Media and Canadian Meat Business.


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MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2012

July 1 is coming up and many of us look forward to the national holiday especially if it coincides with a long weekend. There are lots and lots of ways to celebrate the day (and weekend) from attending festivals in the park to camping to private functions but for the most part, the day ends with a fireworks display. On this day Canadians celebrate the founding of our country: July 1, 1867 which means this year we are 145 years young. Of course in early times (and many of you may still remember this) July 1 was dubbed Dominion Day. It wasn’t until 1982 that the name was officially changed. I may be dating myself but I remember the Centennial year (1967) quite well. That was the year of Expo 67 in Montreal which was heralded as one of the most successful World’s Fair ever (up to that point). At our school we gathered in the gym for a number of special events and each one of us received those little stick pins with the Centennial year logo. For my husband it was a milestone year because that year his hockey team, the Toronto Maple Leafs won their 13th and last Stanley Cup. In the spirit of Canada Day here are some Did You Know facts.

• Canada is divided into 10 provinces and three territories. Name them. • Canada has more doughnut shops per capita than the United States does. • Canada’s national animal is the beaver. • Canada’s two official sports are lacrosse and hockey. • Canadians consume more Kraft Dinner per capita than any other nationality on earth. • A Canadian invented Standard Time. • The Hudson’s Bay Company (The Bay) is the world’s oldest company. • The average dog sled team can kill and devour a full grown human in under three minutes. • Canadians invented: ski-doos, jetski, Velcro, zippers, insulin, penicillin, Zambonis, Superman and the telephone. • Colour television was first introduced to Canada on Canada Day in 1967. • O Canada became the official national anthem on Canada Day in 1980. • Since 2006 Canada Day has also been celebrated at London’s Trafalgar Square in the United Kingdom. • In 1917 the new Centre Block of the Parliament Buildings was dedicated as a memorial to the Fathers of Confederation and to the bravery of Canadians fighting in


World War 1. • There is a Celebrate Canada Committee in each province and territory providing Canadians with the opportunity to share their pride in their country. • Since the 1950s, the cross-border cousin cities of Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario have celebrated Canada Day and the United States Independence Day with the International Freedom Fireworks Festival. The Detroit River (the strait that separated the two cities by less than one mile) comes alive as fireworks explode over the waters. Canada has its share of famous people -entertainers, authors, businesspeople, inventors, sports figures and politicians. Even though we are such a large and diverse country with many regional differences, at the end of the day we are all equally proud Canadians. Have a great holiday weekend.

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Steven Dollansky, B.Sc. (2009), J.D. (2012) received his Juris Doctor from the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta. He will begin his legal career as a student-at-law with McLennan Ross LLP’s Edmonton office in July. Steven is the son of Wayne and Tracy Dollansky of Biggar.

Lisa Dollansy received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, convocating with Distinction from the University of Alberta. She has accepted a nursing position with the U of A Stollery Children’s Hospital in Pediatric Cardiology. Lisa is the daughter of Wayne and Tracy Dollansky of Biggar.

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Small People: Big World by Bob Mason There are a lot of things about the climate change of our planet, that we don’t know (nor are we meant to!), and the way that Yours Truly sees it, there is not a lot that we (humanity) can do about it either! It is very true that over the last long time, we have adapted to world changes quite a bit (good for us!), and books are full of mans many accomplishments (good for us, again, eh?). But the very fact that we have adapted to those changes so successfully has almost made us feel that we are in control of things . . . and we’re not! Many years ago, Mr. Ponce De Leon (about 1510) figured that he could make a great scientific breakthrough by discovering a legendary “Fountain of Youth” in Florida, but finally had to settle by growing old like all the rest of us! Mebbe it’s just as good that he didn’t locate it, or there, would have been standing room only signs all over the place! In many other ways, “mankind” in its eternal egotism, has come to believe that they control everything - Sorry! Lately there has been a lot of discussion about Global Warming. Huge (man-thoughtup) international organizations have been formed in an effort to do something about it. And although the weather scientists have a lot of information about it too, YT often wonders how much effect small “us”

are going to have on the Earth’s million year plan of things. I also wonder how much things have changed since Mr. Shakespeare wrote “Much ado about nothing!” The geological people, claim to have found three-foot in diameter, fossilized trees in the rocks of Banks Island just north of Canada, proving in spite of our sophisticated know how, that there were forests in the Arctic a long time ago. Real Global Warming, eh? I also understand from my American-oriented encyclopedia, that coal (the making of which is a multi-million year process!) has been found in Alaska and the State of Washington, proving again that at one time we had really warm weather up here and beyond the Arctic Circle! (that encyclopedia doesn’t explain how come this coal making process stopped at the Canadian border though!) That book does tell me though during the last ice age there were between 8,000 and 10,000 feet of

ice over this part of the continent - but I’m not sure that it was because Parliament’s opposition finally had their say, nor do I know that the partisan-politics of our time had much to do with it! The run-off melt-water from that huge slab of ice cut deep river valleys and left large lakes all over northern North America, that were used for mans enterprising fur traders, until some cities were built on them. Then along came floods, to prove again, that man’s levee and dam builders aren’t the ones in charge either! And what’s more, some scientists claim that when that ice-cap melted, the world’s oceans rose some hundreds of feet all without the help of some massive man-made pumps, International Decrees and Royal Commissions! As for air pollution, et cetera, somehow in those long eons before human analytical minds came along, and despite continuous volcanism, nature stored up an almost endless amount of oxygen (YT’s favourite gas) which we have become used to breathing, although Mr. Heilbronere records there is only enough to last until the world population reaches five billion! (mebbe it is time for this all knowing “man” guy, to arrange for a little bit more, eh?) There is an old saying: “Judge not, lest ye be judged!” YT knows that these mixed-up kind of thoughts are almost an

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impossible dream, but we must respect these other powers around us! The plans of humankind can’t possibly compete with that Great Endless Power all around us! Regardless of all our schemes all around us! Regardless of all our schemes for ‘man-made’ progress, at some time in the mebbe far off future, we are bound to realize that our goals in life are not exactly what we have envisioned. We will be bound to go with what we get! The world’s time just isn’t that way! We think in terms of one lifetime or a few centuries, whereas world time is reckoned in millions of years - or it could all end tomorrow! Mebbe Yours Truly is going to sound a little religious here, but what

hope can we hold for this unknown future, if it isn’t through the belief in our gods? There have been many efforts made in the past to control the weather, like cloud seeding, Kings keeping tides back et cetera (Canute), and all kind of assorted stuff, but only a few reports of success can be found anywhere (Matthew 8:23-27, Mark 4:35-39 and Luke : 8: 22-24) Yet I’m pretty sure that most of us don’t qualify for that kind of influence! As most of us in our old age, the best bet (at least considering weather!) is just to “go with the flow”, accept what we get or adapt to its changes as we always have! I suppose the snowbird people really enjoy getting away from it all

as they go south for the winter (grudge, grudge!), but at least they can’t come back and talk about the terrible storms we’ve had. Or, being oldtimers, tell their grandchildren about the awful storms of “The Good Old Days!” P.S.: A fellow should mebbe tell her about the “Rain Dance” that a bunch of us had while working on road construction west of Prince Albert. We whooped and danced all over the campsite, and it rained for three days! The whole crew never turned a wheel for most of a week! We darn near got fired! When it comes to controlling the weather, let sleeping dogs lie, eh?

A bit of Museum mugging . . . A quick stop before work, these guys get a quick photo made at the Biggar Museum and Gallery, in turn getting photographed by The Independent. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

Bob and Phyllis Mason Congratulations on your

65th Wedding Anniversary June 25, Mom and Dad! You are truly an inspiration to all of us. Love, your family

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Diamond Lodge News Hello everyone from the residents and staff from

the Diamond Lodge. On Monday we had one


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on ones. On Tuesday we did one on ones and played crib. In the afternoon we played Wheel of Fortune. Wednesday we had a lazy day. Thursday in the morning we played crib and exercised. In the afternoon we had bingo. Friday morning we played crib and had Barbecue Club at noon with lots of good eating. In the afternoon we had Happy Hour and lots of excitement with the weather. Saturday we watched a movie. Sunday we had a Father’s Day coffee party in the morning, with muffins and good visiting, mostly about Friday’s weather. In the afternoon we had church with The Church of God.

and Geoff Cooke as Past Chairperson. Committees will be as follows: Courtesy car Ron Arnold, Jim Tapp & Betty Mundt. Building Bernard Zimmer, Ron Arnold, Aubrey Wood, Emily Liska, Gladys Schell and Joanne Kral. Bus trips Geoff Cooke, Joanne Kral, Marie Winsel, Emily Liska and Gladys Schell. The courtesy car for the month of May made 525 trips. May 22 the courtesy car driver Pat Turner made 36 trips being the most for the month. Have a great week everyone!

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tions in Bellevue for a Passion Play production and the annual Mystery Tour will take place on August 8. If anyone is interested on coming on these trips please feel free to book your seat at the New Horizons office. The organizational meeting of the New Horizons board took place on June 14 with all members in attendance. Don Swyryda was elected Chairperson, Margaret Molberg as Recording Secretary, Ron Arnold as First Vice-Chairperson, Bernard Zimmer as Second Vice-Chairperson


Park receives nom de guerre . . . Biggar Mayor Ray Sadler congratulates Tacey Bartusek on her winning entry for the town’s name the park contest. Tacey’s ‘Little Apple Park’ will be the tag for the new park on Eighth Avenue West. (Independent

by Karen Itterman Greetings from everyone at the New Horizons. The New Horizons Annual meeting was held on May 30 with Ron Arnold as Chairperson and Donna Hoogeveen as Recording Secretary. The board members for the 2012-2013 are Myrtle Althouse, Ron Arnold, Geoff Cooke, Joanne Kral, Emily Liska, Margaret Molberg, Betty Mundt, Gladys Schell, Don Swyryda, Jim Tapp, Marie Winsel, Aubrey Wood and Bernard Zimmer. The New Horizons has two bus trips planned. On July 22 the bus will go to the Mission Hill Produc-

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Agriculture Hog world goes hog wild on industry perceptions by Calvin Daniels The World Pork Expo in Des Moine, Iowa is, as you might expect is an event where the industry has a chance to crystal ball its future. It is a chance to see what lies ahead for an agricultural sector which has been battered by low prices for too much of the last decade. It was a decade here in Saskatchewan which took the hog industry from being the poster child of farm diversification, to one pretty much on life support. The processing of pork has basically been moved out of Saskatchewan, and the largest producers ended up needing to restructure debt with those owed money getting

far less than they would have wanted in order to buoy the barns. It was actually interesting how the fate of the sector changed so quickly. H o g productions looked like the perfect enterprise for Saskatchewan as a way to value-add to cereal grains which had long faced low prices made worth by the distance to ocean export position. Things have stabilized a bit the last couple of years, but there are indications that prices may be back on their way back down, and that won’t be good news for the sector. But prices are cyclical, and the sector knows that. What is more interesting out of this year’s World

Expo is a discussion taking place in the United States about the fate of individual sow stalls. The stalls have become one of the main concerns for many consumer groups regarding how hogs are raised. Those with a concern suggest the gestation stalls are far too limiting in their allowed movement for the sow. The move is to group housing, with a number of producers already taking that step. But there is a feeling it may become a legislated

change, one pushed through government by consumer demand. The issue though is whether the concern is one of perception the sow is better off in a loose housing situation, or not. Having grown up a pig farm, in an era before farrowing crates were evenly widely used, and most gestating sows were housed in outdoor lots, I can attest to the fact sows housed together in loose lots do not get along well. Larger sows are quite willing to bully smaller ones at the feed

trough, and they are not gentle in doing so. Individual sows stall allow greater customization of feeding for sows, which has its merits. Of course the science of things means little to consumers. They work on emotion and perception, and are vocal in regards to both. Consumers are voters, with far more of them out there than farmers, so politicians tend to listen to them. That is where legislation can happen which has little to do with common sense - the

ban on horse slaughter in the U.S. a glaring example of such bad decision by government based on misplaced consumer pressure. Moving forward the hog, poultry and other farm sectors, even grain production in terms of chemical application on genetically modified varieties, will face more interference from such regulations and legislation. And that should be a future the World Pork Expo, and all farm meetings looking ahead should be discussing.

Province launches international Market Development Program At last Tuesday’s opening ceremonies of Canada’s Farm Progress Show, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced a new $1 million International Market Development Program. “Saskatchewan provides safe, reliable agriculture products and some of the most innovative farm equipment to the world,” Stewart said. “Increasing international market access for our products continues to be a priority for our government. This program will help to expand these opportunities and ensure agriculture continues to play a vital role in

our growing provincial economy.” The International Market Development Program is designed to help industry establish, maintain and expand international market presence; increase the number and value of trade missions coming in to Saskatchewan; and open, protect and expand market access for Saskatchewan products. The program is open to Saskatchewan businesses, industry, organizations and agriculture shows such as the Farm Progress Show. Approved applicants can receive funding for up to 50 per

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exceeded $10 billion in agri-food exports and has surpassed Ontario as the top agri-food exporting province in Canada. In the last five years, Saskatchewan agriculture exports have increased by $3.8 billion, or nearly 60 per cent. Pulse crop exports now total nearly $1.85 billion and canola seed exports have increased by 150 per cent from $856 million in 2007 to more than $2.1 billion in 2011.

Viterra and CWB announce partnership on grain handling Viterra Inc. (Viterra) (TSX:VT) (ASX:VTA) and the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) Thursday announced a grainhandling agreement to serve farmers and enduse customers in the new Western Canadian grainmarketing environment beginning August 1. “We are very pleased to forge a new alliance with Viterra that will greatly assist the CWB in marketing farmers’ grain through our pool programs,” said CWB president and CEO Ian White. “Access to Viterra facilities means farmers now have a wide range

of locations to deliver the grain they contract with CWB.” Under the commercial agreement, Viterra will accept deliveries of grain that farmers commit to CWB contracts at all Viterra locations across Western Canada. The agreement also includes port handling services. “This agreement provides growers with access to the CWB pool programs for wheat, durum, and barley, and to Viterra’s comprehensive logistics network across Western Canada,”said Fran Malecha, Viterra COO, Grain.

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Report from the Legislature by Randy Weekes, MLA, Biggar (20 June, 2012) Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship Graduation season is upon us. This used to be a bittersweet time of the year in Saskatchewan. While we were excited for our kids and grandkids, we also knew that many of them would leave our province to continue their education or find work. Not anymore. For the first time in decades, our young people are choosing to stay – and it’s important as a government we take action to support that decision. The new Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship is one way we are doing that. First announced as a campaign promise in the 2011 election, this new program will provide Saskatchewan Grade 12 graduates who have enrolled in a post-secondary institution at home with up to $500 a year to a lifetime maximum of $2,000 over 10 years. This will provide roughly 8,450 high school and GED graduates with scholarships each year. That Saskatchewan Advantage scholarship is not the only way we’re supporting post-secondary students. There’s also the Saskatchewan Advantage Grant for Education – under this new program, we will provide a contribution

to a Registered Education Savings Plan at a rate of 10 per cent of annual contributions to maximum of $250 per child per year. The Saskatchewan Student Loan Forgiveness Program specifically targets doctors, nurses and nurse practitioners, by forgiving part of their Saskatchewan Student Loan if they choose to practice in rural and remote Saskatchewan - $120,000 over five years for doctors and $20,000 over five years for nurses and nurse practitioners. We anticipate these two new programs will be implemented in the coming months. Message to the Class of 2012 To the Class of 2012: congratulations. You live in a province where your future is indeed bright. Our economy is strong, employment is at a record high and our population is growing faster than it has in more than 50 years. While other provinces and countries struggle under the crushing weight of debt and deficits, the 201213 Saskatchewan budget is balanced – as a matter of fact, we are the only province with balanced budget. At the same time, our government is making sustainable spending investments in programs and services important to you and your family such

as the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative, to reduce wait times and more funding the SAID program, which will people with disabilities to live with independence and dignity.

Market opens for the season . . . The Tuesday afternoon Farmers’ Market has opened once again for the season. Held at the McPherson Hall on First Avenue, The important question now is: how do we maintain that growth? Over the course of the summer, MLAs will fan out across the province to ask you: Government Seeks Public Input What should the govern-

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Band Awards… back row, l to r: Jessica Carruthers, Most Improved Stage Band; Marcus Schommer, Most Valuable Stage Band; Kelsey Hammond, Most Valuable Senior Band; Tiara Keith, Most Improved Senior Band; Danessa Hollman, Most Valuable Grade 7; Doug Schmeiser (presenter); front: Brock Thomson, Most Improved Grade 7; Tyrus Thomson, Most Valuable Grade 8; Calvin Lichkowski, Most Improved Grade 8.

Sask. Youth Apprenticeship Awards… Linden Newton, Jessica Thornton, Wesley Tornberg (also received $1,000 Scholarship), Natalie Chupik (presenter).

Golden Hammer Award… Catlin Heather, Mr. Darren Kurulak (presenter), Devyn Hammel.

Track Awards… Mr. TJ Wright (presenter), Tiara Keith (Rookie of the Year), Nicholas Garchinski (Corinne Herzberg Memorial Trophy), Dylan Haynes (Most Improved), Mrs. Theresa Newton (presenter).

Junior Girls Volleyball Awards… Danessa Hollman, Josie Hooper, Tiara Keith, Ms. Mallory Antonenko (presenter).

Junior Badminton Awards… Tyrelle Hooper, Danessa Hollman, Mazie Hooper, Tiara Keith, Mr. Will Johnson (presenter).

Yearbook Award… Alexis Epp and Mrs. Jacqueline Zagoruy (presenter)

Art Awards… Nicholas Garchinski, Natalie Wong, Mrs. Carrie Gosselin, (presenter), missing, Marisol Romero.

Junior Curling Awards… Zackary Gosselin (Most Improved), Tiara Keith (Best Rookie), Mitch Lehnert (Most Valuable).

Football Awards… Derek de Vries, Wesley Tornberg, Dylan Haynes, Mr. Terry Braman (presenter).

Senior Boys Volleyball Awards… Mrs. Sharon Hollman (presenter), Michael Muller, Ms. Anne Cote (presenter), Joseph Silbernagel, Danton Hollman.

Senior Badminton Awards… Linden Newton, Clarke Sopczak, Danton Hollman, Mr. Will Johnson (presenter).

Teacher Recognition Awards… Mrs. Denaye McMahon (10 years), Mr. Will Johnson (20 years).

John Sagon Memorial Scholarship… Jean Sagon-Cameron (presenter); Aaron Beeson, Jennifer Mundt (presenter).

Barry Kennedy Award… Stephanie Lichkowski and Mr. Terry Epp (presenter)

Junior Basketball Awards… Liam Mair, Jake Lehnert, Mr. Will Johnson (presenter).

Cross Country Awards… Mrs. Theresa Newton (presenter), Nicholas Garchinski (rookie of the year), Danton Hollman (Kevin Westman Memorial X-Country Award), Carlyn Brandt (Most improved), Mrs. Sharon Hollman (presenter).

Junior Boys Volleyball Awards… Mitch Lehnert, Tyrelle Hooper, Liam Mair, Mrs. Kim Fick (presenter).

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planting, pruning & puttering . . . planting by Delta Fay Cruickshank of The Independent

There was finally a break in the monsoon type weather last week. Time to go visit the Biggar Wildlife Sanctuary! Grandson and I gathered bottles of water, camera and binoculars; maybe we could see a fox, or something! The dog had her ball and we were on our way! The road wasn’t too bad. One slippery, muddy patch where the water was getting dangerously close to the road, but we made it, albeit the car needs a shampoo! Arrived at the entrance of the sanctuary, and out we all bound . . . wahoo! Well, that excitement lasted about one minute! We were probably the first warm bodies out there in ages! Were the mosquitoes every happy to see us! Within 10 minutes the grandson was beginning to whimper and I had to forego the fox hunt! It is amazing how many of those flying, buzzing varmints can sneak into a vehicle in the seconds it takes to get in! So, we slipped and slid through the mud puddle and left, disappointed and swatting! But, I did manage to notice that the wolf willow was blooming! Actually, I smelled it first. It sort of smells of lilies. Now, wolf willow isn’t even a willow, it’s proper name is Elaeagnus commutata, and it is also known as ‘silverberry’. It has a vigorous root system, that fixes nitrogen in the soil, thus enriching it. It can get very invasive, and yet, because it does not have a very thick, dense canopy, it does allow other plants to grow with it. Homesteaders, Metis and First Nations all found this plant very useful, as a food, as medicine and for decorations. The seeds, after drying, boiling and making holes in them can be strung as necklaces and bracelets. Many homesteaders were taught the art, made necklaces and sent them back to families, far, far away! The bark was used to make strong baskets,

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Dragonflies are natural predators of the annoying mosquitoes. Ponds in our backyards will attract dragonflies, but the water has to kept moving as mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant water. The wolf willow is blooming, such a sweet smell. The seeds from the plant have been used to make necklaces. Right photo - Wolf willow necklaces made by Mary Conway and Lawrie Barkwell - Metis Council

but not for firewood. It has a very unpleasant smell when burned. The berries aren’t very pleasant either, but mixed with grease or sugar, they become a bit more palatable. A very strong concoction made from the bark will treat frostbite. Mosquitoes, the bane of everyone! They can really spoil a summer day in nature or in your own backyard. They do have natural predators, like bats and dragonflies. Putting up a bat house in your backyard and creating a little pond that will encourage dragon flies, may help reduce the mosquito population. But, because mosquitoes like to lay their eggs on stagnant waters, the pond water has to be kept moving with a fountain or something. Plants growing alongside the little pond will encourage the dragonflies to hang around longer too. As will a flat rock that can be warmed by the sun. Encouraging birds in your backyard by setting up feeders will help keep the swarms in control as well. Dragonflies hang out in my wee pond. We don’t have a bat house, yet, there seems to be bats in the neighbourhood

already. I know how beneficial bats are, but, I sure don’t like them in my house! A bat house is quite easy to build, plans are on the Internet. Purple martins are the best birds to control mosquitoes, but they need a large open backyard, something our backyard is not. There are hundreds of mosquito repellents out there, some work, others don’t. A friend of mine is a geologist, and spends summers on the Ungava Peninsula in Quebec. You can imagine the mosquito and black fly population out there in the wild! Co-workers have had to be air-vaced out; the constant barrage of buzzing, biting insects actually drove them temporarily insane! Until they found out that Avon Skin So Soft, applied directly to the exposed skin, regularly, actually worked! That and netting over their hats! Tea tree oil will reduce the itching. Mosquitoes are likely going to be a real pain this summer, but, being Canadian, and in Saskatchewan, we will toughen up and endure! Some people seem to attract more mosquitoes than others, so sit beside them! Enjoy the great outdoors anyway!

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Biggar Nats come away with league championship . . .

Grand Champion steer with owner, Austin Garrett

Handel Multiple 4-H News On June 5 and 6, Handel 4-H beef club went to the district show in Kerrobert. We started off on the 5th where we weighed our steers and did judging cards. The next day we went to the barns early to wash our animals and then started the day with team grooming. Our senior team which included Dustin and Cody Garrett placed first, our intermediate team which included Austin Garrett along with juniors Ko-

ralie and Wyatt Huber placed fourth, and our clover bud team which included Ross Toner and Scott Huber with some help from Casey Toner and Myla Huber groomed their steer really well. Showmanship: Dustin Garrett placed fourth in seniors, Austin Garrett place 4th in intermediate; Koralie Huber placed second in 11-12 junior age class, and Wyatt Huber placed fifth in 9-10 junior age class. Ross Toner and Scott Huber did a great job showing their steers

Biggar Pee Wee Nationals celebrate the winning run last Wednesday, mobbing Gavin Boyle at home plate after the Nats defeated visiting Kindersley in extra innings, 11-10.

and all the clover buds won prizes for a job well done. Next we had our finished market steer weight classes. Cody Garrett, Wyatt Huber and Austin Garrett’s steers all came out in the top of their weight classes. All 10 winning steers of their classes went back into the ring. Out of that group, Austin Garrett’s steer was chosen as grand champion steer. In the Rate of Gain competition, which is where your steer’s average weight of gain is the largest from the start of the year to the sale day, Austin Garrett’s steer placed first and Koralie Huber and Dustin Garrett’s tied for second.

A close call at second, Kindersley rallied to take the lead away from the Nats, who regrouped for the win. (Independent Photos by Kevin Brautigam)

Little Clover Buds left to right, Myla Huber, Scott Huber, Cacey Toner and Ross Toner in the white cowboy hat.

Intermediate team; Wyatt Huber bending down, Koralie Huber and Austin Garrett on the right.

A helmeted Lara McCarty receives congratulations for her game winning RBI.

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New funding for swine biosecurity program Thursday, federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced an investment of $150,000 for Sask Pork to implement the Canadian Swine Health Board’s National Swine Farm-Level Biosecurity Program in Saskatchewan. “Our producers take great pride in their operations and work hard to prevent the introduction and spread of swine diseases,” said Ritz. “This investment will help strengthen on-farm biosecurity practices, ensuring our herds remain healthy and producers remain profitable.” “This funding will help prevent diseases from entering hog farms in

Saskatchewan pork producers in implementing biosecurity sanitation improvements on their farms. Funding will be provided for quality assurance training, biosecurity action plans, “This program will assist Saskatchewan pork producers in veterinary implementing biosecurity sanitation improvements on their site assessfarms. Funding will be provided for quality assurance training, ments, anibiosecurity action plans, veterinary site assessments, animal mal transtransportation planning, water treatment monitoring equipment, portation pest control devices and other equipment.” planning, Saskatchewan,” Stewart in making our food even water treatment monisaid. “Biosecurity pro- safer and our industry toring equipment, pest control devices and other gramming and education stronger.” This program will assist equipment. By encouragplay an important role

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ing best practices that reduce the possibility of introducing and spreading swine diseases, the health of the entire Canadian swine population will be protected. The program will be administered in Saskatchewan by Sask Pork. Sask Pork Chairman, Jay McGrath, applauded the commitment from both levels of government for advancing on-farm biosecurity initiatives. “We’re proud of the high

quality hogs we raise in Saskatchewan,” McGrath said. “The consistent high-health status of our herds has resulted in global demand for our animals and meat products. This funding assists with vital operational changes and enhanced veterinary care necessary to further safeguard the health of our livestock.” This investment is being provided under the federal-provincial Growing Forward framework.



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Government of Saskatchewan funds upgrades in three Provincial Parks Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Kevin Doherty announced June 15 that construction will start this fall on four new service centres in Pike Lake, Katepwa Point and Buffalo Pound Provincial Parks. “Over the past four years, our government has invested significantly into upgrading our provincial parks, including adding electrical service to almost 1,100 campsites,” Doherty said. “This most recent investment of approximately $2.6 million will help improve our quality

of life, grow our parks and guarantee a more enjoyable park experience for visitors.” A new swimming pool change room and washroom facility at Pike Lake Provincial Park will replace the existing facility. Katepwa Point Provincial Park will replace its dayuse change house and washroom facility with a new change house and also upgrade its potable water system. Two new service centres will be built at Buffalo Pound Provincial Park.

A BIG thank you from Handel 4-H Beef Club to the buyers of our 4-H steers… • Austin Garrett/Grand Champion of Kerrobert District - Kerrobert Sand and Gravel; • Koralie Huber/Grand Champion of Handel 4-H Club Lorne Sittler; • Wyatt Huber - Landis Producer Co-op and R. Roth Enterprises, Landis • Scott Huber - Novlan Bros. Sales, Paradise Hill • Ross Toner - Kindersley Packers and Prairie Carpet Shoppe, Kindersley • Cody Garrett - G-Mac Ag Team, Plenty • Dustin Garrett - West Central Pelleting Ltd., Wilkie

One new facility will replace the existing service centre in Maple Vale campground. The second service centre will replace the day-use facility at Buffalo Pound’s swimming pool. Construction will take

place throughout the fall and winter of 2012/13 with all facilities ready for the 2013 park season. Over the past four years, the government has invested $33 million to improve Saskatchewan’s pro-

vincial parks. This benefits many visitors each year. In 2011, Saskatchewan provincial parks reported a record breaking 3.37 million visits. The government will

continue to invest in our parks. Provincial parks will be provided with an additional $10 million for capital improvements over the next four years.

Record wholesale trade in April Agricultural supplies boosted April wholesale trade in Saskatchewan, according to a report released by Statistics Canada, Tuesday. Wholesale trade increased by 6.7 per cent between March 2012 and April 2012, the highest increase among the provinces, and well ahead of the 1.5 per cent rise nationally. Wholesale trade totalled $2.1 billion in April, the highest on record for that month. “Agriculture is an important sector in the Saskatchewan economy, and the increase in ag purchases have made a significant contribution to the wholesale numbers announced today,” Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. “Aside from agriculture, the strong performance in other major industries including mining, construction and manufacturing are bal-

ancing out what is a strong and vibrant Saskatchewan economy.” Wholesale trade was up by 18.8 per cent on a year-overyear basis, more than two and a half times the 7.6 per

cent recorded nationally, and the second highest percentage increase in Canada. “The record wholesale trade in April is a good indication that the economy is on track to continue steady

growth,” Boyd said. “This also helps boost confidence which creates more investment, more jobs and, more importantly prosperity for the businesses and people of Saskatchewan.”

Bringing a fire hose to a water fight . . . Biggar Firefighters practice Monday with an impromptu battle with the ultimate water guns. The exercise - fun in nature, still stressed how to handle and control the hoses. Who says you can’t have a bit of fun while learning? (Independent Photo by Daryl Hasein)

Landis Locals by Irene Turner Landis School was the place of a tailgate party on June 13. The food was supplied by the School Community Council, the proceeds going to needed items at the school. Hamburgers, hot dogs, salads and cookies were on the menu for supper. There was also a silent auction of arts and crafts, that the school children made. We have very talented children.

Helen Buxton 658-2115 T h e r e wa s a v i d e o playing in Miss Vavra’s room, showing our teenagers making the school grounds beautiful. Way to go, young people! There were between 70 and 80 people in attendance for the proceedings. The Wheatland Regional Library has a display of Aboriginal and Metis books and crafts. Everyone is invited to drop in and see this. National Aboriginal Day is Thursday,

June 21. The museum will be open Sundays for the summer months. If anyone would like to see the museum beyond those times, please contact Helen Buxton, Claire Miller or Sharon Clay. The Landis Producers Co-op held a board meeting on June 14, followed by a delicious steak supper, which was open to the general public. There were about 70 people in attendance.

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Cecilia Theresa Komadoski (nee Reiniger) May 13, 1925 - May 12, 2012 Cecilia passed away suddenly at the Diamond Lodge in Biggar, Sask. on May 12, 2012. Cecilia was born May 13, 1925 in Scott, Sask. to Frank and Agnes Reiniger. She went to school in Medina. Cecilia worked at St. Margaret’s Hospital in Biggar. She contributed many years to housekeeping and caring for a number of priests. In 1969 she worked at the Diamond Lodge and cared for her aged father until his death. She married John Komadoski in June of 1974. Cecilia was involved with activities of St. Gabriel Parish; CWL serving as president, sacristan for many years, and Biggar New Horizons Association. She lived at Bethany in Wilkie for three years and moved to Diamond Lodge until her passing. Cecilia was predeceased by

her husband, John; parents, Frank and Agnes; and two brothers, Alois and Henry. She is survived by her extended family, Jarmin and Reiniger families and the family of the late John Komadoski. Prayers were held Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Gabriel Roman Catholic Church, Biggar Sask. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. from St. Gabriel Roman Catholic Church with celebrant Father Albert Ulrich and Monsignor Ray Senger as con-celebrant. Readers were Beth Young and Sr. Rosetta Reiniger. Honour Guard was St. Gabriel CWL. Honourary Pall bearers were all those who shared in Cecilia’s life. The active pallbearers were Gerald Malazdrewich, Ed. Young, Mel Husdal, Leo Schwebius, Gregory Eppich, Todd Miller. The burial was at Carmelheim Cemetery where she is laid to rest with her family. Grondin Funeral Services were entrusted with arrangements, “Our family serving your family since 1963.” A sincere thank you to everyone who helped and cared for Cecilia in any way! 26gfsc1

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Dorothy Olive Dennis Dorothy Olive Dennis passed away peacefully June 16, 2012 at the Biggar Diamond Lodge at the age of 83 years. Dorothy is survived by her husband, John of 50 years; son, Gaylord and his daughter, Haydyn; daughter, Shelby (Darren) Wenzel (her favourite son-in-law) and their children, Keaton, Taylor and Taryn (her sweet peas); brother-in-law, Gary (Ruby) Dennis; and sister-in-law, Darlene Boyd; and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her mother and father, Alex and Violet Robertson; brother, Jim; and sisters, Phyllis Hoffman and Hazel Munro. Mom requested a Private Family Funeral and we followed through with her wishes. A Celebration of Life Tea was held on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Perdue Complex, Perdue, Sask. Memorial donation in Dorothy’s memory may be directed to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to Leney Cemetery. “Remembering Mom will be easy, for those we love don’t go away; they walk beside us every day. Her memory will be deep in our hearts forever.” Grondin Funeral Services, Biggar entrusted with the arrangements, Bob Clothier, Director, 306-948-2669. gfsc1


Loving Ron Ives who passed away June 25, 2007.

“Five years have passed and gone Since one we loved so well Was taken from our home on earth, With Jesus Christ to dwell. The flowers we place upon his grave May wither and decay, But the love for him who sleeps beneath Shall never fade away.” Lovingly remembered by his loving wife, Eileen; Brian, Brenda, Roxanna and Rhonda and grandchildren.

Dearest Mom, Miss your smile, laugh and long conversations. You sure had a way of making all your hard work in life, look effortless. Giving you respect today and always comforting to know That you are resting in your Celestial home. Love your daughter and son-in-law


CARD OF THANKS Jim McKay and his family thank you for attending his 80th Birthday Party. Thanks for the generous donations for Biggar’s new care facility, Friends of the Lodge; also for the many cards and gifts. God bless you all 26p1

COMING EVENTS SUNDAYS in July: Presbyterians, Anglicans, Lutherans will be worshipping at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 10:30 a.m. on July 1st, 8th and 15th. JULY 22nd: Potluck Picnic at north church, (weather permitting). For rides or guides, meet at Redeemer at 9:30 a.m. If rained out, service will be held at Redeemer. Everyone Welcome. For more information or pastoral services, phone church at 306948-3731. 48/10tfn SUNDAYS… You are invited to the weekly services of Biggar Associated Gospel Church, corner Quebec St. and 8th Ave. West. Sunday Worship service is at 10:50 a.m. and everyone is welcome. Come and worship with us, Rev. Terry Wicks, Pastor. 23c12 JUNE 30: Biggar & District Arts Council Season Tickets available. Early bird ends June 30. Reserved seating. Tickets available at de Moissac Jewellers, Biggar. 21c6


Anna Beverly Haynes born April 30, 2012 in Edmonton, Alta. Lovingly welcomed by … Mom and Dad (Dana Wylie and Eric Haynes; Grandmas, Bobbie Haynes and Carol Wylie; Grandpas, Doug Haynes and Dale Wylie; Great-grandparents, Jeanette Ferrie, Doreen Wylie and Jack and Beverly Schiffman.

NOTICE NOTICE TO CREDITORS In the Estate of CECELIA THERESA KOMADOSKI, late of Biggar, in the Province of Saskatchewan, Retired, deceased. All claims against the above estate, duly veriÀed by Statutory Declaration, and with particulars and valuation of security held, if any, must be sent to the undersigned before July 9, 2012. Concentra Trust Co-Executors 333-3rd Avenue North SASKATOON, SK S7K 2M2 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

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PURCHASING: SINGLE TO LARGE BLKS OF LAND. PREMIUM PRICES PAID WITH QUICK PAYMENT. SOLD EXAMPLES Aberdeen - 1 1/4’s Bengough - 22 1/4’s Bedson 2 1/4’s Bethune - 2 1/4’s Blaine Lake - 245 acres Bruno 14 1/4’s Cupar - 5 1/4s Davidson - 6 1/4’s Eastend - 2 1/4’s Elfros – 26 1/4’s Emerald – 22 1/4’s Eastend - 2 1/4’s Foam Lake - 7 1/4’s Grenfell - 3 1/4’s Kelliher - 10 1/4’s Harwarden - 1 1/4’s Lestock - 21 1/4’s Lake Alma – 14 1/4’s Marcelin - 7 1/4’s Moose Jaw - 8 1/4’s Nokomis - 8 1/4’s Ogema - 56 1/4’s Prince Albert - 1 1/4’s Punnichy - 5 1/4’s Saskatoon - 2 1/4's Semans - 12 1/4’s Simpson - 10 acres Viscount - 5 1/2 Wadena - 4 1/4’s Wakaw - 5 1/4’s Watrous/Young 31 1/2 Mobile Home Park Weyburn - 21 1/4’s Call DOUG 306-955-2266 EMAIL: Letter of appreciation: I have sold some land to Doug Rue in 2011. I am looking forward to selling more with him in 2012. I have made a new trusted friend. Ed P.


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MANAGER OF TRACK POSITION. Kelowna Paci¿c Railway Ltd (KPR) has an immediate opening for our Manager of Track position. The successful candidate will become part of an experienced management team and will oversee track maintenance and track capital work while insuring regulatory compliance and safe work practices and must have a minimum of 5 years of experience as a track supervisor. KPR operates on 120 miles of Class 1 and Class 2 track in British Columbia’ s Okanagan Valley, between Kelowna and Kamloops. This position works out of our Vernon, BC of¿ces. Please submit resumes and any questions you may have regarding this position to: info@


















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MATCO. Class 1 Household Goods Drivers 2 years experience required. $5000 sign-on bonus. *Terms and conditions apply*. Competitive Wages Contact: Dana Watson, Fax 780-484-8800 OIL BURNER TECHNICIAN Plumber/Gas¿tter, 4th Class Power Engineer required in Yellowknife, NT. Journeyperson, bondable and own hand tools. Resume to: k.leonardis@ TECHS LIVE LARGE in Alberta! Moving/training/tool allowances. Great wages. Full bene¿ts. Investment program. Go Auto has 30 dealerships/18 brands. Apply now! Careers@goauto. ca. DRIVERS WANTED: Terri¿c career opportunity outstanding growth potential to learn how to locate rail defects. No Experience Needed!! Extensive paid travel, meal allowance, 4 wks. vacation & bene¿ts pkg. Skills Needed - Ability to travel 3 months at a time Valid License w/ air brake endorsement. High School Diploma or GED. Apply at under careers, keyword Driver. DO NOT FILL IN CITY OR STATE NEED A HOME PHONE? Cable TV or High Speed Internet? We Can Help. Everyone Approved. Call Today. 1-877-852-1122 Protel Reconnect Elkwater Lake Lodge requires Full Time Housekeepers to begin immediately. Ideal candidates will be energetic, Àexible and hard-working. Wage + Bonus. Email resume to

Cook Position Full Time Biggar and District Daycare requires an energetic and enthusiastic person who enjoys cooking for children. Applicants must have, or be willing to obtain the following: - CPR C and First Aid - Criminal Record Check - Food Safe Course - TB Test Please send your applications: Attention: Tammy Desrosiers Biggar and District Daycare Inc. Box 128 Biggar, SK S0K 0M0

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Child Care Supervisor Position: 15 hours per week Biggar After-School Program requires an energetic and enthusiastic person who enjoys working with children, organizing activities, and supervising other staff. Responsibilities will include supervision of children and staff, scheduling of staff, planning for daily activities, reporting to the Biggar After-School Program board, and various other responsibilities as needed. The following are not required, but will be an asset to applicants … - Current CPR B and First Aid - Early Childhood Education Level 1 or equivalency

The Independent HOURS… Monday to Thursday… 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed 12 - 1 p.m. Friday… 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A current Criminal Record Check will be required. Position to start August 29, 2012. Please send a resume, complete with references by July 4, 2012 to the following … Biggar After-School Program Box 1693 Biggar, SK S0K 0M0

Please arrange to pick up your photos that have been submitted for publication. .…thanks, The Independent

Record retail sales and fewer collecting EI Great news on the economic front last week from Statistics Canada - retail sales are up and the number of people collecting employment insurance is down. “There are connections to both of these economic indicators that make sense,” Economy Minister Bill Boyd said, Thursday. “When you have more people in the workforce, there is more money out there to be spent. Both of these indicators are bolstering a Saskatchewan economy that is creating jobs, supporting new and expanding businesses and improving quality of life.” Retail sales were up 6.9 per cent in April 2012 over April last year, twice the national average of 3.4 per cent. On a monthly basis, retail sales increased by 0.7 per cent between March 2012 and April 2012, the third highest increase among the provinces and well ahead of the 0.5 decline on a national front. April retail sales totalled $1.4 billion, the highest ever on record for the month of April. The number of Employment Insurance (EI) recipients is down by 6.4 per cent between

March 2012 and April 2012. Annually, the number of EI recipients dropped by 15 per cent. Only 9,220

people collected EI in Saskatchewan in the month of April. “These are record

retail numbers, and are up for the third straight month,” Boyd said. “The rising consumer

confidence, the new opportunities that are expanding our workforce and other positive

signs are making sure Saskatchewan’s economy continues to grow.”

Record manufacturing levels in April Saskatchewan’s manufacturing shipments totalled $1.1 billion in April 2012, a record for the month of April according to a report released by Statistics Canada, June 15. Shipments increased by 15.7 per cent in April when compared to April 2011, the second highest percentage increase among the provinces and well ahead of the 5.8 per cent rise nationally. “Saskatchewan has what the rest of the world wants and needs, and manufacturing businesses across the province are working hard to ensure those products keep rolling out,” Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. “Manufacturing is a cornerstone of our economy that contributes to our expanding export market and creates jobs and other opportunities in communities across the province.” While seven provinces had a decrease in

manufacturing shipments between March 2012 and April 2012, Saskatchewan actually increased by 2.1 per cent. It was the third

best performance in the nation during that period. “With a vibrant and thriving manufacturing sector that includes a

wide variety of goods ranging from food to farm equipment, we are in a good position to see continued growth,” Boyd said. “Saskatchewan’s

economy is moving forward, and we are building a foundation that will ensure our province has a prosperous future.”

Surgery wait times not improving with Sask Party, says NDP The Sask Party government is not improving surgical wait times, according to the independent Canadian Wait Times Alliance (WTA) annual report, said NDP health critic, Cam Broten. The Sask Party touts for-profit clinics as a solution, but Saskatchewan’s grades have not improved in any category compared to the last two years, he added. In knee surgery wait times, Saskatchewan gets a ‘D’ from the wellrespected physicians’ organization. “A ‘D’ in kneesurgery wait times is unacceptable,” said Broten. “This is a

quality of life issue for Saskatchewan families and they deserve much better.” Broten was also disappointed with the ‘C’ grades given in cataract and hip replacement surgery. In both of those categories, Saskatchewan has moved farther away from target wait times in the last two years. “Revenue is high and government spending is higher than ever before in Saskatchewan,” said Broten. “It should be a top priority of government to get health care right, but we’re not seeing results under the Sask Party’s plan. Instead of redirecting dollars

to the for-profit sector, we should be building capacity in our public system. We know this is a problem because as we’ve seen in the past months, existing operating rooms in the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region have actually been sitting idle.” The WTA annual report grades provinces on their wait times compared to standard benchmarks. Saskatchewan’s grade on hip replacement surgeries has dropped to a C in 2012 from a B in 2011. The province’s grade for cataract surgeries has also dropped to a C in 2011 and 2012 from an A in 2010. Other grades are

unchanged compared to the last two years.


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9LHZVUHISLYH[LZ For bookings, call Jason

948-2548 or 948-9710

948-2887VY JLSS948-6969

Contact 948-3344


to have your business listed here, ask for special rates and sizes

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

Phone: 948-5678

MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2012






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

948-3346 …serving your community since 1972

Garry A. Faye Chartered Accountant Notary Public 201B-2nd Ave. West P. O. Box 1480 Biggar, Sask.

Phone: 948-5133

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:

306-948-5352 or 306-244-9865 To advertise in this directory, please call Urla at The Independent

• 948-3344 • This feature will appear Weekly. ASK ABOUT OUR SPECIAL DIRECTORY RATES.

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.


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 DR. GLENN RIEKMAN Dentist

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


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

• 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


Are you looking for Life, Living Benefits Insurance and/or Investment Strategies? Do you just want to know if your premiums are fair with the right coverage?

222 Main Street 306 948 5377

info@twhÀ www.twhÀ

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



YH Truck, Ag & Auto

Biggar Sand & Gravel

• Heavy truck parts • Agriculture parts • Automotive parts & accessories

521 Main St., Biggar 948-2109

• trenching • trucking • water & sewer • sand & gravel • excavating Call Colin Graham at 948-5455 Your authorized

Panasonic, Samsung,


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


948-3376 Corner of Main Street & 1st Avenue 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


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

109 Main St., Biggar


Fax: 948-2484

MANUFACTURING ‰ CWB CertiÀed ‰ Light Fabrication ‰ Mobile Welding

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

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Residential Commercial Automotive

For FREE estimates or enquiries CALL Wayne or Dorothy at

Rosetown, Sask.



Lyndsey Sacher


Pamela Eaton

Robert Hoesgen, CFP

701 - 4th Ave. E., Biggar

Mutual Fund Investment Specialist Credential Asset Management Inc.

Mutual Fund Investment Specialist Credential Asset Management Inc.

948-3996 Open Monday-Saturday Mike Nahorney, Interprovincial Heavy Duty Journeyman Mechanic

Heavy Truck Repair SGI Safety Inspection Auto Repair TIRES CLASSIFIEDS WORK

…call 948-3344

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

Bob Kobelsky

658-4474, Landis, SK

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

Jerry Muc Phone: 948-2958 Fax:



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

~Brian and Cathy Fick~

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

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

For appointments and inquiries, call Janet at 948-2091

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

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

A Sign of

Cell: 306-948-7524


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

Anne G. Livingston

CertiÀed Custom Picture Framer


Prairieland Collision

Investment Advisor Credential Securities Inc.


• sides of Pork & Beef available

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

Box 736, Biggar


after hours George: 948-4042

Dean McCallum, CFP, CIM, FCSI

available at… Grape Moments located in The Independent, 102 - 3rd Ave. West, Biggar 948-3344


Cliff Forsyth

For all your investment needs, Visit…


Tree services available…


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.

Phillips Radio Shop

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


Located at the Biggar & District Credit Union 302 Main Street, Biggar, SK • 306-948-3352

227 - 1st Ave. East, Biggar

Battery Chargers Electric Fencers Repaired/Rebuilt/ Built


Kevin Kurulak Investment Rep Insurance Broker P. 306 948 5200 F. 306 948 5207 Appointments Preferred

Owned & operated by Kevin Fick



216 Main St., Biggar

1st Ave. West, Biggar

Financial Planning Estate Planning Life Insurance

• Detailing • Vortex Spray-In Box Liners • Granitex Baked-on Coatings for Decks and Cement Flooring • Auto Accessories • Trailer Rentals


403 Main Street, Biggar Want a truly independent advisor who will find your unique solution?

100% handwash “Where we do it all for you!!”



Ivan Young,

KRF Auto Centre

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

Email: Website:




• 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


MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2012

issue 26  

the independent

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