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Sask. economy sets records, attracts investment in 2011

Hard to believe it’s winter . . . This pair of deer aren’t quite in the alarm posture, but they are checking out the intrusion of their domain south of Biggar last week. With

Saskatchewan’s economy had a banner year in 2011 and the New Year is projected to be even better. The province set records for investment and population growth in 2011 and two independent forecasters are predicting that Saskatchewan will continue to lead Canada and set records in 2012. “The statistics are good, but even better is the fact that people and investors recognize the real growth yet to come and know that Saskatchewan is becoming the leading place to do business in Canada,” Enterprise Minister Jeremy Harrison said December 29. “This year we have had many new businesses start in the province, businesses move from other locations and existing businesses expanding in all corners of the province.” Two major forecasters, RBC and the Conference Board of Canada have predicted that Saskatchewan will lead economic growth this year at 4.5 per cent and 5.1

per cent respectively. An average of seven forecasters predict Saskatchewan will have the second fastest growing economy in Canada in 2011. And while other jurisdictions are seeing their credit ratings slide, Saskatchewan received a boost to AAA by the international credit rating firm of Standard and Poor’s. “The progress we have made this year is great, but what is more important is the potential for future investment capital, with about $50 billion in the next 20 years in the works for the mining industry,” Harrison said. “There are many long term projects, most of them in potash, that look particularly bright.” Private and public investment is expected to reach $17 billion in 2011, an all-time record for the province. Population levels are growing at rates the province has not experienced for decades and hit record levels in 2011, with 1,063,535 people now living in Saskatchewan.

students into those schools with a goal of providing educational excellence,” said Wotherspoon. Other jurisdictions offer solutions for building diversity and diverse values into the public system. For example, Toronto’s school board offers after-

school classes for minority language instruction. “The Sask Party plan will be fragmenting, piecemealing and eroding education instead of providing a vision, plan and resources to ensure delivery of high quality education to all Saskatchewan students.”

The NDP is also concerned that such a fundamental change to education in Saskatchewan wasn’t discussed with the people of the province during the recent election campaign and was made without consulting the education sector.

Municipality on reaching this milestone. Keith Aldridge was recognized for his 38 years of service as Councillor for Division 2 and received an engraved plaque from the RM and a Public Service award from SARM. Joy Aldridge was given a bouquet of roses for her support of Keith over the past many years on council. They both ably responded with some humorous stories about Keith’s years both as an employee of the RM and later a council member. Then Keith and Joy unveiled a large wall plaque in the shape of the Municipality, which he had made. On it are engraved

plates with the names of all the past members of council and administrative staff from 1911 to present day. This beautiful piece of woodwork will be displayed in the Municipal office in Kelfield. Councillor Jeffrey Hoogeveen gave a tribute to the many families throughout the municipality that had been awarded the Century Farm Award and outlined the process by which the award is presented. Congratulatory messages from the Honourable Gerry Ritz and MLA Randy Weekes were read by Reeve Sally Germsheid and throughout the

evening she shared “Did you know?” moments and noteworthy resolutions passed over the last 100 years. Richard Burton, Aubrey Wood, Jeffrey Wheaton and Larry Toner addressed the gathering and spoke of the respect and pride they felt for the people, some family members, who were instrumental in forming the municipality. The evening concluded with visiting and discussions around the many displays of historical memorabilia including a1923 engineer’s rendering of the roads in the RM on a hand-written wall map.

little to zero snow on the ground, the days seem more like fall. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

Two dead in Grandora collision On January 2, at approximately 8 p.m. Warman RCMP, RCMP collision analyst and Saskatoon Fire department responded to a two vehicle motor vehicle

collision on Highway 14 west of Saskatoon near Grandora. A pick up travelling westbound bound collided with a car travelling

eastbound. The driver and passenger of the car were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the pick up was transported to a Saskatoon hospital

to be treated for non-life threatening injuries. The collision is still under investigation. Deceased are Brenda and Julie Scarfe.

Cost too steep for Sask Party’s independent school funding: The Sask Party’s plan to divert funding to independent faithbased schools will erode education, according to NDP education critic Trent Wotherspoon. Wotherspoon used the early days of the new year to consult with stakeholders

impacted by the decision. “Diverting already-thin dollars away from students will move Saskatchewan backwards,” said Wotherspoon, January 5. He consulted with leadership in the education sector, the Saskatchewan School Boards Association and the

Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation, as well as with parents after hearing the government’s plan to begin funding private, faithbased schools classified as independent. “We should aim to improve the existing education system and welcome all

Over 90 people attended the 100th Anniversary Dinner and Program of

the Rural Municipality of Grandview No. 349 on Saturday, December 10,

one day short of the actual anniversary date. Earlier in the day an open house was held at the office and shop where many items of interest from the past were displayed. The evening attendees were first treated to a delicious meal served by Cando Caterers in the Kelfield Community Hall which was beautifully decorated in a Christmas and Golden anniversary theme. David Marit, President of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities and Darryl Senecal SARM Director for Division 6 attended and personally congratulated the

RM of Grandview celebrates 100 years

Daryl Senecal, Reeve Sally Germsheid, David Marit (left to right) hold the framed memento recognizing the rural municipality for 100 years. Keith Aldridge, Dave Marit – Public Service Award (inset picture). Submitted Photos)



The Independent’s Urla Tyler and Daryl Hasein present Melody Oesch, right, with her 42” Panasonic TV.

Pat Turner was the lucky winner of the $300 gift certificate. Independent Christmas promotion puts smiles on faces of some lucky residents . . . The Biggar Independent’s Christmas promotion came to another happy ending for some lucky folks. Thanks to all who participated, especially our local businesses. Left top photo: Urla Tyler of The Independent congratulates Rita Tavanetz, right, on winning the La-Z-Boy leather rocker/ recliner.

Urla Tyler hands a gift certificate worth $500 to Adrian de Haan, left.

TOWN OF BIGGAR, SASKATCHEWAN ASPHALTIC CONCRETE RESURFACING -TURNBULL AVE. - RESIDENTIAL NOTICE OF LOCAL IMPROVEMENT SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS AND BOARD OF REVISION SITTING Notice is given that: 1. The council of the Town of Biggar has prepared a special assessment roll for the following local improvements: Local Improvement Number: 2011 - 1 Description of Work: Asphaltic Concrete Surfacing -- Turnbull Ave. Residential

Location Turnbull Ave.

From Saskatchewan Street

To 158.54 meters east

and proposes to levy a part of the cost of this local improvement against the lands which beneÀted. 2. The special assessment roll is open for inspection at the ofÀce of the assessor of the municipality during regular hours until 3:30 o’clock p.m. on the 10 day of February, 2012, at the Biggar Town OfÀce, 202 Third Avenue West. 3. Any person who desires to appeal a proposed special assessment must submit an appeal in writing, stating the grounds of the appeal, at the ofÀce of the assessor during regular ofÀce hours not later than 3:30 o’clock p.m. on the 10 day of February, 2012, at the Biggar Town OfÀce, 202 Third Avenue West. 4. The Board of Revision will sit to hear any appeals of proposed special assessments received by the time and date indicated above at 2:00 o’clock p.m., on the 14 day of February, 2012, at the Biggar Town OfÀce Council Chambers. Dated at Biggar, Saskatchewan, this 9 day of January, 2012. Barb Barteski Chief Administrative OfÀcer

Left bottom photo: Delta Fay Cruickshank of The Independent hands the gift certificate for a queensized Sealy Posturepedic mattress set, courtesy of Battleford Furniture, to Emily Liska, left.

TOWN OF BIGGAR, SASKATCHEWAN ASPHALTIC CONCRETE RESURFACING -TURNBULL AVE. - COMMERCIAL NOTICE OF LOCAL IMPROVEMENT SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS AND BOARD OF REVISION SITTING Notice is given that: 1. The council of the Town of Biggar has prepared a special assessment roll for the following local improvements: Local Improvement Number: 2011 - 2 Description of Work: Asphaltic Concrete Surfacing -- Turnbull Ave. - Commercial Location From To Turnbull Ave. Main Street 158.54 meters east of Saskatchewan Street and proposes to levy a part of the cost of this local improvement against the lands which beneÀted. 2. The special assessment roll is open for inspection at the ofÀce of the assessor of the municipality during regular hours until 3:30 o’clock p.m. on the 10 day of February, 2012, at the Biggar Town OfÀce, 202 Third Avenue West. 3. Any person who desires to appeal a proposed special assessment must submit an appeal in writing, stating the grounds of the appeal, at the ofÀce of the assessor during regular ofÀce hours not later than 3:30 o’clock p.m. on the 10 day of February, 2012, at the Biggar Town OfÀce, 202 Third Avenue West. 4. The Board of Revision will sit to hear any appeals of proposed special assessments received by the time and date indicated above at 2:00 o’clock p.m., on the 14 day of February, 2012, at the Biggar Town OfÀce Council Chambers. Dated at Biggar, Saskatchewan, this 9 day of January, 2012. Barb Barteski Chief Administrative OfÀcer



Council Minute highlights

Setting for the day . . . The sun sets on another day as temperatures continue to stay warm. For most people, the winter has been a mild experience - for others, zero to little snow means no skiing, no ski-dooing, no tobogganing, no fun, just icy patches and confused weathermen. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

Charges laid in assault case On December 28, North Battleford RCMP responded to a shots fired call on the Red Pheasant First Nation located approximately 30 kilometres south of North Battleford. When officers arrived, they found a 36-yearold woman had been assaulted with a shot

gun. Emergency Health Services attended and transported the injured person to hospital for treatment. The investigation is in the early stages and investigators are speaking with neighbours and potential witnesses about what they heard and saw.

GAS PRICES AT THE PUMP… Friday, January 6, 11:30 A.M. (stations randomly selected)

Biggar ....................................... 115.9¢/L Duperow Cardlock ................... 113.9¢/L Perdue… ................................... 113.9¢/L Landis… ................................... 113.9¢/L Rosetown… .............................. 113.9¢/L North Battleford…................... 116.9¢/L Unity ........................................ 115.9¢/L Saskatoon ................................. 115.9¢/L

Lottery Numbers


649 - Wednesday, Jan. 04 01, 08, 11, 21, 24, 41 Bonus 45 Extra 5141941 649 - Saturday, Dec. 31 02, 11, 21, 28, 31, 44 Bonus 36 Extra 5118246


Western 649 - Wednesday, Jan. 04 09, 10, 13, 14, 15, 41 Bonus 33 Western 649 - Saturday, Dec. 31 13, 18, 19, 41, 45, 49 Bonus 32 Lotto Max - Friday, Dec. 30 02, 13, 22, 28, 35, 41, 42 Bonus 04 Extra 2740345

The RCMP have laid the following charges a g a i n s t 3 4 - y e a r- o l d Robin Wuttunee (male) and 22-year-old Ashley Wu t t u n e e ( m a l e ) i n connection with this occurrence: possession of a weapon for the dangerous purpose; point firearm; assault with a weapon; careless use of a firearm; unauthorized possession of a firearm; possession of a firearm contrary to prohibition order; mischief under $5,000. Arrest warrants have been issued for Robin Wuttunee and Ashley Wuttunee. The public is asked not to approach these individuals and to call 911 if they see either of these individuals. If you have any information please contact the North Battleford RCMP Detachment at 306-446-1720 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-2228477.

The regular meeting of Biggar Town Council was held December 6,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 Bylaw No. 11-723, a bylaw respecting the Biggar Waterworks Public Utility Service, be given three readings at this meeting and adopted. Council resolved that the General Accounts Paid in the amount of $126,171.11, and the General Accounts Payable in the amount of $41,640.29, be approved. Council resolved that the following amounts be transferred to reserves for 2011: Diamond Lodge Project - $250,000; Fire Truck - $25,000; Fire Department Computer $1,000; Fire Department Hose/Valves - $5,000; Future Town Celebrations - $2,000; SCBA Replacements $10,000; Recreation Pool Slide - $5,000; Little Apple Park - $17,000; Recreation Department Truck - $5,000. Total = $320,000. Also resolved were the following amounts transferred from reserves for 2011: Office Renovations - $77,000; Council Chambers Carpet

- $2,000; 100th Celebration - $5,000; Office Sign $2,500; Fire Department, R e s c u e S u i t s / Ve s t s - $2,947.20; Pavement $425,000; McPhee Street Subdivision - $20,000; Community Hall Kitchen - $14,000; Recreation Pool Slide - $10,500; Little Apple Park - $47,000; Recreation Half-Ton Truck - $10,000; Recreation Mower - $20,000. Total = $635,947.20. Council resolved that the Water and Sewer Line Private Connection Policy being reviewed, be tabled to the December 20, 2011 regular meeting of Council. Council resolved that the correspondence from Hayter Drilling, quoting the cost to rehab Well No. 5 for $15,230 plus GST, be approved. Council resolved that the quote from K and S Contracting to repair the inside wall of the Biggar Community Hall, be approved and that they be notified to start the repairs in January of 2012. Council resolved that the discretionary use development permit application by Henry Rowsell to allow a homebased martial arts club in R1-Low Density Residential District, be advertised in accordance with Zoning Bylaw No. 01-632. Council resolved that the

Town of Biggar’s signing authorities duly execute the Memorandum of Understanding for funding of the long-term care facility with the Heartland Regional Health Authority. Council resolved that invoice No. 1850, in the amount of $1,449.50 from AirScapes International for digital aerial photos of the Town of Biggar, be approved for payment. Council resolved that application be made to the Local Government Committee for permission to borrow the sum of $1,750,000 in 2012 payable over a period of 10 years, for the purpose of the Town’s contribution to the construction of a new longterm care home, and that the amount of the said debt shall be payable in 10 instalments of $208,834.55 in the years 2013 to 2022 inclusive with interest payable at a rate of 3.35 per cent per annum payable at least annually. Council resolved that the Town of Biggar commit to pay the cost of up to $15,000 to the West Central Enterprise Region to cover the costs of the development of our District Official Community Plans and Zoning Bylaws. • Meeting adjourned at 9:12 p.m.

‘Human Statues’ at Majestic this Sunday It will be a unique show this Sunday at the Majestic Theatre as the wildly talented Human Statues play the fourth show in the Biggar and District Arts Council concert season. Described as a ‘gorgeously bright, jubilant pop’, The Human Statues are comprised of Jeff Bryant and Zack Stevenson. Originally from Vancouver Island, the duo are on a mission to spread “jubilation” across the nation. Whether it’s playing high-energy band shows at festivals such as the Ottawa Blues Fest, or intimate acoustic

performances in theatres across the country, Bryant and Stevenson are committed to connecting with people through humour, authenticity and a love of music and live performance. The Human Statues blend an energetic pop sensibility with lyrical depth and love of vocal harmony. The Human Statues plays the Majestic Theatre this Sunday. Show time is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are still available from de Moissac Jewellers.

Zack Stevenson and Jeff Bryant of the Human Statues will bring their unique show to the Majestic Theatre this Sunday evening. (Photo for The Independent by Adam and Kev Photography, Vancouver)

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This Week . . . Opinions ............................................................ 4 Agriculture ...................................................... 8 Classifieds ............................................... 14 - 15 Business & Professional Directory...........17 - 18



Opinions The Weather This year the only topic on the tongues of Biggarites is the weather. No one can believe the warm temps we are experiencing especially because it is the first month of the year. January is traditionally considered the coldest month of the year. While I was doing some research I came across some New Year’s superstitions and this one about the weather was quite interesting. Examine the weather in the early hours of New Year’s Day. If the wind blows from the south, there will be fine weather and prosperous times in the year ahead. If it comes from the north, it will be a year of bad weather. The wind blowing from the east brings famine and calamities. Strangest of all, if the wind blows from the west, the year will witness plentiful supplies of milk and fish but will also see the death of a very important person. If there’s no wind at all, a joyful and prosperous year may be expected by all. Whether you believe in superstitions or not it does give some food for thought. We have had many customers who came in this last week to renew their subscription before taking off on a winter holiday. Some remarked that they look forward to a reprieve from cold temps and try to get away in January for a bit of a break but that just isn’t the case this year. Still a holiday is a welcome break. However, there is a flip side to the coin. Those who like to indulge in winter sports such as skiing and snowmobiling aren’t as happy with the weatherman. For these people snow is a must. It is hard to please everyone, especially if you are in charge of predicting weather but then the only one in control here is Mother Nature. Enjoy the season.

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Is Canada a big polluter? It’s all a matter of perspective by Benjamin Gillies, Columnist Distributed by Troy Media, Well, it's official: Canada is out of Kyoto. While critics were quick to chastise our government for its decision to withdraw from the international accord, supporters have passionately jumped to Ottawa’s defense, arguing it really makes no difference whether we are involved in the agreement. After all, they say, our country is responsible for only about 1.85 per cent of global emissions, which makes Canada an insignificant source of carbon pollution. As is often the case with statistics, however, whether our country is a big CO2 emitter is a matter of perspective because our seemingly paltry less than two per cent of global emissions

are enough to make Canada the eighth-largest overall greenhouse gas-producing nation in the world. Canada one of the bad guys To put that another way, if the 184 lowest-emitting countries banded together against just the top 10 worst polluters on the planet, Canada would be one of the bad guys. So while our 1.85 per cent does not look troublesome in isolation, it does make the great white north a larger contributor to the problem than almost all other countries on earth. Currently, China is the world’s largest national polluter, pouring a whopping 23 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. The Asian giant is followed by the United States at about 20 per cent, India at 5.7

per cent and Russia at approximately 5.6 per cent. Undoubtedly, there will never be a meaningful reduction in total CO2 output without action on the part of these nations. Still, though per capita American emissions are higher than those north of the border, in Russia they are only about half the Canadian total, while Chinese and Indian carbon output per person is just one third and one-tenth the Canadian figure, respectively. With only 0.49 per cent of the world’s population, our 1.85 per cent of global emissions is about 3.7 times more than what could be considered our fair share. As such, it is rather hypocritical of us to tell the Chinese (or Russians or Indians) that they should significantly reduce their emissions without working to bring down our own

per capita pollution. Citizens of those countries are likely to question why they should undertake the effort and expense of reducing their emissions, while we can burn carbon in excess. How is it just, they may ask, that a typical Canadian is allowed to pollute far more than the average Chinese citizen, simply by virtue of the fact they were born in a country with a much smaller population? When our contribution to the problem is greater relative to our size, expecting changes from others while staying our own carbon-intensive course can only be perceived as unfair, and our demands will likely be ignored. Of course, some defenders of the status quo suggest the reason we emit so much is because Canada produces the energy supplies other countries



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crave - and certainly, this does play a role in our pollution rate. Yet, Saudi Arabia, responsible for over 11 per cent of global oil production versus Canada’s 4.3 per cent, generates only 1.45 per cent of all CO2 emissions. Similarly, Norway produces about four times the amount of oil per citizen as we do, but is responsible for just 0.17 per cent of world greenhouse gases and has per capita emissions half those of Canada. Whether the Kyoto Accord is the best vehicle for reducing the global carbon footprint is in doubt, with good reason. Nevertheless, while no longer part of the treaty, Canadians should not become complacent about our impact on pollution simply because it is ‘only’ two per cent of the world total. Canadians must become part of the solution

We are not the very worst offenders, but we still emit 370 per cent more CO2 than is our fair share. Perhaps this is because our lifestyle is overly pollutant, compared to those of our global counterparts, or because our energy sector is considerably dirtier than those of other nations - as environmentalists have been arguing all along. Either way, if Canadians believe reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a valid environmental challenge, then there is ample reason for us to make a concerted effort to be part of the solution. Benjamin Gillies is a political economy graduate from the University of Manitoba, where he focused on urban development and energy policy. He works as a consultant in Winnipeg.


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It’s January, the beginning of a new year and the calendars have all turned over to, not only to a new month but yes, a new year. It always takes a few days (sometimes weeks) for customers to remember to write 2012 instead of 2011. By now, everyone has gotten a handful of calendars from various businesses and maybe even have been given a special one as a present. There are some great choices out there -- landscape, cartoon characters, flowers, inspirational -- you name it. Loosely defined a calendar is a tool or a system of organizing days for social events, a sort of administrative function. In theory that is how a calendar should work but it is up to you, the person, to mark the dates and remember to keep the appointments. Even those high tech electronic ones on your computer or smart phone will only set off the alarm if you have programmed it. The very beginnings of keeping track of time originated some 6,000 plus years ago during the time of Julius


Caesar. At that time the passing of time was governed by the cycle of the night and day, keeping a close eye on the moon and watching the seasons pass. Astronomy also played a factor -- the Earth, sun and moon -- culminating in the lunar month which is measured by the phases of the moon. The cycle of the seasons was once called the tropical year. Thirty days has September, April, June and November All the rest have 31 except February which alone has 28 And in a leap year 29. This little jingle which we learned in grade school has come in so handy over the years. Even today if someone asks me how many days in a particular month, the jingle comes to mind. Today we use the Gregorian calendar which is recognized as the international standard, oddly enough even in China and India. So we live by the number of days forming 12 months which equal the year. A total of 365 days (366 in a leap year). The Chinese calendar

calculates the years in cycles and names each year -- Year of the Rat, Year of the Snake. Other cultures name their years after historical or legendary events. But there are solar calendars that are based on seasonal changes. Some calendars sync to the motion of Venus. The lunar calendar follows the motion of the moon. I came across this discussion about a proposal of a new calendar that would supposedly simplify the time keeping process. It proposes a 13 month calendar, adding the month of Sol after June. Each month is exactly four weeks long and an extra day is added at the end of the year. Now, what would that do to the little jingle! I have to confess I am not a fan of calendar reform. I say let’s just keep what we’ve got and use it. It is hard enough to keep track of time without having to change the whole process at this stage of the game. Subscribe at 948-3344

Kits at Grape Moments in The Independent, ent, 102-3rd Ave. W. Biggar, SK continues to be Saskatchewan’s largest career matching Web site with more jobs posted in 2011 than ever before. In 2011, there were more than 150,000 vacancies posted to the site, an increase of more than 39,000 positions compared to the 2010 postings. “In 2011, the site served more employers and received more visitors than ever before,” Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration Minister Rob Norris saidThursday. “With Saskatchewan

Deadline for classifieds is every Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.

“Biggar Community Christmas” Organizing Committee would like to thank all the organizations and individuals for supporting the 4th Annual Community Christmas.

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Jeff and Zach, a folk/pop duo, blending an energetic pop sensibility with lyrical depth and love of vocal harmony.

posting one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country and an unprecedented record of economic growth, will continue to serve the needs of Saskatchewan employers and job seekers in 2012.” The site hosted a record 9.8 million visits in 2011 compared to 8.9 million visits in 2010. finished with strong numbers in December 2011: • There were 11,890 jobs posted, a 43 per cent increase over December 2010.

Monday, January 16th 10:00 am to 11:00 am Ruthilda-Hotel 8:00 am to 8:30 am 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm Rosetown-A&W Arlee-RM Office 9:00 am to 10:00 am 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm Fiske-Rink Sonningdale Pensioners & Pioneers 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm Community Hall Stranraer-Post Office 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm Herschel-Herschel Hall

Thursday, January 19th

Tuesday, January 17th

7:30 am to 8:30 am Grandora-Sandy Ridge Gas & Grocery

8:00 am to 8:30 am Tessier-Post Office 8:45 am to 9:30 am Harris-Senior’s Centre 10:00 am to 10:30 am Sovereign-Post Office 10:45 am to 11:30 am Zealandia-Post Office Wednesday, January 18th 8:30 am to 9:00 am Duperow-Duperow Coop 9:30 am to 10:00 am Springwater Community Hall


• More than 70 per cent of jobs posted last month were full-time positions. • Jobs were posted in 284 communities in Saskatchewan. • There were more than 700,000 visits to the site in December. • The majority of positions were posted in the following categories: Trades, Transport and Equipment Operators; Sales and Service; and Business, Finance and Administration. Today, there are more than 8,000 jobs available on

9:00 am to 10:00 am Kinley-Village Hall 10:30 am to 11:30 am Perdue-5 Star 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm Biggar-New Horizons 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm Asquith-New Horizons Friday, January 20th 9:30 am to 10:15 am Delisle-Sister’s Two 10:30 am to 11:30 am Vanscoy-Robin’s Nest

7:30 p.m. The Majestic Theatre, Biggar

Tickets available at de Moissac Jewellers…

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The Year of the Laugh by Bob Mason It has always bothered me that in China, they dedicate the name of each New Year to something - and we don’t! (I understand that the year coming up will be the year of the Dragon!) Not to be undone by the population of a mere few million, Yours Truly, regardless of what many Oriental types may say. This is not in challenge to the same society that invented both type and paper, but because for some time now YT hasn’t heard a deep, down belly laugh like the one we so all need! There is no overcomplimenting the value of a good laugh intended to lessen the tensions that we all have. Many and many a tense situation has been solved because someone has nade a comical comment just before another solution has been found! It seems kind of silly of me to mention any of those situations here, but they happened many times during WWII and I’m going to tell about a couple anyway. The Scout Platoon had snuck up to the Soeste River, just this side of Friesoythe, Germany, found it well defended. Just before they had got killed, Welby Patterson M.M. B139427, wisecracked “I’ll bet if we cross that river a half mile upstream, we’ll be able to laugh all the way to Berlin!:

We did cross the river half a mile upstream and never lost a man, though we didn’t laugh all the way Berlin! Sergeant Jack G (who was full of bullet holes), looked YT in the eye and said “Pretty high class, eh? Go get those guys from the other side!” Phyllis got a book the other day, written by one of the greatest c o n t e m p o r a r y comedians, and after the Christmas cheering and yelling had died down, YT got a chance to read. He only got it nicely opened and read a few lines when he realized how much most of us had missed out on in the last few years - for he had laughed a half dozen times! Quote. Paragraph one from the book, “Motherhood, The second oldest profession! by Erma Bombeck: “I was one of the lucky women who came to motherhood with some experiences (I’d owned a Shropshire Terrier for three years!) At ten months all my kids could “Stay” and “Heel”! At twelve months they could catch a Frisbee in their teeth in mid air! And

Outdoors in the wide-open . . .

The outdoor skating rink was a busy place over the holiday season, as dreams of hockey glory abounded. The warm weather made for some pretty sweet conditions, but the ice is taking a beating. (Photo for The Independent by Gord Besse)

at fifteen months, after weeks of rubbing their noses in it and putting them outside for awhile, they were all “paper trained”.” Was it me, who said humour is disappearing? Much as Yours Truly claims that an odd laugh, now and then, is needed in our humourless society he doesn’t see a lot of it on that birthday card I got from Jim Brown: “You know you are getting old when your back goes out a lot more than you do?” Funny?

$2 Million Goal!!!

“Achieving Success by Degrees with Everyone’s Help” to the NEW Long Term Care Facility

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Or on that Bumper Sticker they gave me: “The reason I’m speeding is because I have to get there before I forget where I’m going! Humour? Or that sign on the wall that sez “The trouble with being retired is that one never gets a day off!” (Kind of Cynical,eh?) The odd story does seem to hit me right though. One of the Argyll Pipers wrote in a newsletter YT got: “Being an old bagpiper I was asked to play them at the graveside service of a fellow being buried in a brand new cemetery in Northern Ontario. It being in a very remote area, I got lost and arrived an hour late, there were a few men sitting around having lunch, beside the backhoe, and a big hole. I swaggered over to the grave and played the best that I had for years. Some


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of the men, stood around eating their lunch, were almost in tears. As I was leaving I heard one man say to another “That was the best piping I’ve ever hear - but it was kind of odd and I’ve been putting in Septic tanks for twenty years!” Humour sure clears the mind, I think, many a public speaker, before giving some solemn address, likes to make the audience laugh. YT went to hear Stephen Leacock give an address. Leacock was a very learned man, and was a professor of Political Science at McGill University. Having a sort of warped view of things, I forget what his main speech was about, but I do remember this! “Having many degrees after his name, Leacock, while making an ocean voyage, was listed as “Dr.” Leacock. When a rap came on his cabin door, a breathless deckhand told him that a stewardess had slipped on the deck sprained her knee and she wanted a “Doctor” to look at it! Leacock said he raced out to the deck where the stewardess lay - but another “Doctor” had gotten there first and was examining her leg - a D.D. (Doctor of Divinty!)” And I can’t forget John Diefenbaker speech when they dedicated the Saskatchewan Dam: “I wanted them to call it “The Diefenbaker Dam”, he complained, “but they

named the lake after me instead, now when my political opponents are in Sasktachewan I ask them to ‘Drop In’” Everybody laughed, even his political opponents! There are kinds of humour. The Bob Hope Quickie: “When I was born, my Dad looked into the cradle and said, “My Gosh. They’ve taken the baby and left the stork!” YT missed the next two jokes because he took time out to laugh at that one!) The Far Side: I still can’t see how come the cartoon of a horse, a side hill and a cowboy are so doggone funny! And the L.L. (Local Lady): YT (to LL): “Have you heard about the guy who walked into a bar and said “Ouch!” LL: “Why would anyone walk into a bar and say “Ouch”? YT (a kind of smart alec): “Well, you’d say “ouch” if you walked into a bar! Are you sure you weren’t a blonde one time?” - Ouch again, eh? YT searched all through the row of books on the shelf above his desk and found that “humour” isn’t included in today’s ratrace. While Keynes and Roosevelt were trying to solve the economy of the 1930’s mebbe humour was necessary to entertain the millions waiting for good times to come again! And now they’re here, eh?



Saskatchewan taxpayers protected from inflation ewan’s income tax system is fully indexed to inflation each and every year helps to keep provincial taxes as low as possible,” Finance Minister Ken Krawetz said. “It’s part of the Saskatchewan Advantage.” In 2008, the provincial government introduced significant income tax reductions for all Saskatchewan taxpayers through increased personal exemption amounts and

low-income tax credit enhancements. In addition, Saskatchewan introduced the Active Families Benefit in 2009 as a refundable income tax credit to rebate up to $150 per child for cultural, recreational and sports activity fees for children aged 6 to 14 (the age of eligibility is being expanded in 2012 to children 17 and under. And in 2011, the government again enhanced

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hospitals have completed more than 48,200 surgeries in the last six months, 7.5 per cent more (almost 3,400 cases) than during the same period last year. The number of people waiting for surgery in a Saskatchewan hospital is at its lowest level - about 22,400 cases - since the current data measurement system was put in place in 2004. Surgery within 18 months (Wait Time Goal) - 99 per cent (Surgeries completed at Oct. 31, 2011); Surgery within 12 months - 96 per cent; Surgery within 6 months - 87 per cent; Surgery within 3 months - 75 per cent. By the end of 2011-12, the SkSI’s goal is to provide all patients with the opportunity to have surgery within 12 months of a specialist referral. Six of the 10 health regions that perform surgery

are currently achieving that goal for 100 per cent of surgeries they provide. Provincially, 96 per cent of surgeries are now completed within 12 months. The Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative was created to improve the surgical patient experience from referral through recovery. Its goal is to provide all patients with an opportunity to have surgery within three months by 2014. It is championing projects such as an online

have saved more than $10,000 through our government’s income tax reductions,” Krawetz said. “Lower taxes are the best way to make life more affordable for Saskatchewan families.” The income tax brackets, basic and spousal credits, senior supplement, dependent child credit, age credit, disability-related credits, medical expense credit and the Saskatchewan Low-Income Tax Credit are all subject to indexation.

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Saskatchewan patients are getting quicker access to surgery as wait times continue to drop The Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative (SkSI) emphasis on sooner, safer, smarter surgical care is resulting in more surgeries being provided, fewer “long waiters”, and better surgical patient experiences. “Saskatchewan has set some of the most ambitious surgical wait time goals in the country,” Health Minister Don McMorris said. “Our latest monthly data shows that right now, 99 per cent of all surgeries are being completed within 18 months and 96 per cent within 12 months. We’re clearly heading in the right direction thanks to the combined efforts of health providers, surgical teams and managers across the province.” Since November 2007, the number of patients waiting longer than 18 months for surgery has dropped 83 per cent, the number waiting over 12 months has dropped 68 per cent and the number waiting more than six months has declined 49 per cent. These figures represent improvements of three per cent, three per cent and six per cent respectively since the previous monthly data update. Data to October 31, 2011, shows that Saskatchewan

the personal income tax exemption amounts. When combined with indexation, a single person with $25,000 annual income will pay $801 less in income tax in 2012 than in 2007. A family of four with $50,000 combined income will pay $2,595 less in 2012 compared to 2007 while a family of four with $75,000 combined income will pay $2,386 less. “By the end of 2012, a family of four with $50,000 income will

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Saskatchewan residents will see an additional $25.2 million in annual tax savings as a result of the indexation of the provincial income tax system in 2012. As a result, an individual taxpayer now pays no Saskatchewan income tax on his or her first $18,075 of income, while a family of four pays no income tax on their first $46,850 of income. Indexation protects

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Agriculture New Year - New hopes at the farmgate by Calvin Daniels A new year has arrived, and that leaves most of us thinking about the passage of time. For most of us the passage of time is marked by things we do more than the flipping of a page on a calendar. Getting out on the golf course, or dropping a hook in the water the day fishing season opens is a better mark of the arrival of spring than hitting a date on the calendar. So January 1, is here. One of the usual signs of a new year I can clearly remember from when I was a young child on the farm was the arrival of seed catalogues early in the new year. It seemed that when the Christmas tree went

out, and life settled into the monotony of the long days of January, the catalogues would start to arrive. For a child the books didn’t mean all that much, but I can certainly remember my grandparents and mother pouring over the pages. My grandparents lived in town as I grew a bit older, but the garden was still essential. It was both hobby, and a way to produce food. Living on a farm a garden was something that was a cornerstone of what ended up on the kitchen table all year long. A root cellar was filled each fall with a couple of dozen feed bags filled with potatoes, carrots

wrapped in newspaper, parsnips, turnips and shelves of canned fruit, jam, and jelly. And that full cellar started with the arrival of the seed catalogues. It wasn’t that our garden was filled with new and different things. The tried and true filled the cellar, and I can’t say our table was a place of particularly adventurous meals. There was one year kohlrabi was tried, and I vaguely recall it grew like a weed, but I can’t

say I recall it on the table. That might be a case of a youngster being fussy, or just that it was not something a n y o n e liked, and it ended up being a treat for the livestock. But there w e r e certainly lots of discussions about new varieties. It wasn’t unusual for long telephone talks to take place with neighbours, a seed catalogue close at hand. Today the family garden is much more a rarity than it was when

I was a child. Back then everyone had one as a matter of course. That isn’t the case now. You can drive a lot of back alleys in a town to find a garden that actually means filling a deep freeze with produce in the fall. Still seed catalogues are of interest to many. There is something of a renascence in terms of gardening. It is less about filling the cellar and deep freeze as a stable of the food supply, and more about taste experiences. Today many gardeners are looking to grow fruits and vegetables not normally grown on the Canadian Prairies. We have seen the emergence of grapes, cherries and even apricots being

grown here. That’s far different from strawberries, currents and raspberries which were staples of my grandparents fruit patch. Gardeners are also more apt to opt for heritage varieties of vegetables, seeking eating experiences that remind of past days, or because they deem them more flavourful than more recently developed hybrids. Living in a suite means no garden these days, but when a new year arrives, thoughts do turn to growing food that always seems to taste better than that bought in a store.

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2010-11 crop year. These payments represent the balance of the money owing to farmers after their grain has been marketed through the CWB pools,

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and after operating costs have been deducted. Direct deposits will be made to farmers’ accounts on December 22. Farmers who receive payment by cheque can expect to begin receiving them in the mail on December 30. Final payments, in dollars per tonne, for the base grades in each pool account are listed below. The total payment is based on the value of grain in store at Vancouver or the St. Lawrence. • No. 1 Canada Western Red Spring Wheat 12.5: Initial Payment - $286, Interim Payment $10.50, Final Payment

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Report from the Legislature by Randy Weekes, MLA, Biggar (15 December, 2011) With the short but important fall session of the legislature behind us, our thoughts now turn to what is truly important: time with friends and family over the holidays. It reminds all of us of why we chose a life of public service. While MLAs come from all walks of life, we have one thing in common: the desire to serve the people of Saskatchewan as best we can. Over the last two weeks, our government laid out the steps we will take over the next four years to continue to move Saskatchewan forward. In the speech from the Throne, we reaffirmed our commitments to responsibly manage the province’s historic growth, improve the quality of life for all Saskatchewan people, make life more affordable and to be accountable to you: the electorate. Over the course of the legislative session, our government kept several promises we made during the recent election cam-

paign through the introduction of several pieces of important legislation. We followed through on our promise to provide more support for people with diabetes, by moving two long-acting insulins from Exception Drug Status onto the provincial drug formula and to expand the Children’s Insulin Pump Program to cover residents up to the age of 25. We did what we said we would do. With the large increase in economic activity in Saskatchewan in recent years, we introduced a motion regarding the creation of a lobbyist registry. With historic growth come new challenges, including paid government lobbyists playing a greater role in our province. We also promised during the campaign to continue to improve the quality of life for Saskatchewan people with disabilities through further enhancements to the Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID) program. Starting in January, more than

3,000 SAID recipients who live in residential care settings will receive a $50 per month increase to their benefits. Over the next four years benefits for those living independently will increase by $350 per month. Legislation was introduced to make a getting a university degree more accessible. Currently, only the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina can issue degrees. Under this new legislation, degreegranting status could be expanded to other post-secondary institutions in the province. With more and more of Saskatchewan’s young people choosing to start careers and raise families here, it’s important they be provided with every available educational opportunity. We kept our word on an important promises we made that will help first-time home buyers and families. Effective January 1, the First-Time Homebuyers Tax Credit comes into effect. It will provide a $1,100 nonrefundable tax credit by

applying a provincial tax credit of 11 per cent to the first $10,000 of an eligible home purchase. Also becoming effective in the New Year is an expansion of the Active Families Benefit. It has been expanded to include all children under the age of 18. The Active Families Benefit provides an income tax benefit of up to $150 per child to help with the costs of cultural, recreational and sports activities. And, finally, we introduced legislation that keeps the Premier’s commitment for the 2012-13 school year to begin after the Labour Day long weekend. Amendments to The Education Act, 1995, mean the earliest students will begin the school year is the first day following Labour Day and the school year will end by June 30. Over the coming weeks, the world slows down providing us with an opportunity to reflect and give thanks. While

I am always thankful for the love and support of friends and family, I would be remiss if I did not also thank you for your support. On November 7, 2011, you made history by giving the Saskatchewan Party a strong mandate to lead our province into the future.

Over the next four years, I will do everything in my power to honour that trust, each and every day. Thank you and Merry Christmas! If you have a question about this Legislative report or any other matter, just contact Randy.

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they will stain, or may even rot! Therefore, watering from the bottom is a good way to irrigate. That is, fill the saucer the pot sits in, allow the water to be absorbed by the plant for about half an hour, and then pour out the excess. Fertilize young plants

Cape primrose. Same relatively easy care, and yet different flowers. The cape primrose comes in almost every colour, except orange! A happy plant will bloom most of the year! The blooms are long, slender stalks over less ‘furry’ leaves then their cousins, African violet and gloxinia. I love gloxinias. My granny grew them, lots of them. Big velvety

with a nitrogen rich fertilizer, as they age, and are blooming, feed them with a floweringplant type of fertilizer, rich in phosphorous. There are several kinds of fertilizers created especially for African violets. Reduce the recommended rate of dilution by a quarter and use this mixture with

trumpets in so many different colours, with white stripes and bands or solid colours . . . beautiful. Like its cousins, it likes lots of light, but nothing direct! It needs to be slightly moist, but not soggy wet, don’t ever let it dry out like a desert, it will not like it.

by Delta Fay Cruickshank, of The Independent The holidays are over. The decorations are coming down. Friends and family have left for their own homes and back to work. As I closed the door, I sighed, I listened to the silence. Looking around, gone are all the bright Christmas colours, and the house is looking a little drab. What would bring some colour and life for the rest of the winter? Blooming houseplants! There are easy to care for houseplants, but most of them are mainly green. The blooming plants need a little bit more attention, but then the efforts are rewarded with bright colours! There is a family of plants that make absolutely beautiful blooming houseplants, and really are not that fussy to care for. It is the Gesneriaceae family. There are three members of this family that are beautiful plants and will bloom for ages! The most familiar plant in this family are the African Violets, also known as Saintpaulia. Native to Tanzania, African violets love our nice warm homes. They will tolerate low light, and yet thrive in as much bright light as you can give it! But don’t set them in direct light, they don’t like that. In late spring and early fall look for an area in your home that gets bright light most of the day, and full sun in the afternoon. My south and east facing living room will be perfect. In the winter, move them closer to an east or south window, but at least a metre away from the window. They do not like the cold coming through the window. Keep an eye on the plant. If the leaves are long, and bending toward the sun or if there are no blooms, well, it is not getting enough light. On the other hand, if the leaves are tight and small, and bleached, it is getting too much light! The plant will tell you, just ‘listen’. Water when the soil feels dry, keep in mind that they prefer a slightly moist, not wet, environment. The leaves do not like getting wet,


Family and friends have left now the holidays are over. Now it is time to invite members of the Gesneriaceae family into your home. This family will bloom away the gloom! African violet, top, Gloxinia, left and Streptocarpus, also known as the Cape Primrose, are outstanding members of this African family. They all really like our warm homes, just don’t let the sun shine directly on them! (photos from

MOBILEWEB every watering. There are hundreds of different colour varieties to chose from. Pick one, or a dozen. from a good source in whatever colours appeals to you the most, bring it home, and watch it grow and bloom. It is so simple to start new ones . . . break off a leave, stick this into some growing medium like sand, perlite, or even a purchased starter soil mix, and eventually a wee baby leave will sprout up! Then maybe you can graduate to raising other members of their family; the gloxinia and the Streptocarpus or

It likes it warm, whilst it is blooming. It performs well in 70˚F, doesn’t like cold at all, but will appreciate some time at 50˚F after blooming going into a period of dormancy. Gloxinias grow from a tuber, like a begonia, so needs some time to rest before setting off again into leaves and blooms. One day this lovely warm and sunny spell will be over, and we will be back to the cold, white winter, with cold sunshine . . . invite some members of the Gesneriaceae family into your home to bloom away the gloom!



How to get a home organized When colder weather arrives, many people stay indoors and fight the harsh weather with hot chocolate and heating systems. It’s no surprise, then, that most homes accumulate quite the

amount of clutter over the course of a typical winter. The more time we spend indoors, the more junk we seem to amass. Clutter can contribute to the sense of cabin fever many people begin

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When the cold weather gets here, we will all be spending more time indoors. The more time spent indoors means more clutter. More clutter may lead to a “cabin fever” feeling. To prevent this, here are some steps to reduce clutter. Above is one tip, hanging 2 closet rods rather than leaving one at the top of the closet, will use the space more efficiently, and avoid clutter in the closets.


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in a sea of throw pillows that, while decorative, serve little purpose. Don’t overdo it with throw pillows and designate an area for all those remote controls. • Clean out the refrigerator. Another culprit when it comes to clutter is the family refrigerator. Half-eaten meals or expired items can be found in almost every refrigerator on the planet. If you’re putting leftovers in the fridge after every meal, then chances are you have lots of leftovers that have passed their prime. Have a potluck night where you eat all of the leftovers. Clean out the refrigerator once a week to ensure that it only contains fresh foods, beverages and additional items. • Add storage space. Using drawers and only drawers for storage is a great way to become disorganized. If you have any bare walls, particularly in the kitchen, use them to hang shelves you can use for storage. If the walls are full or not sturdy enough to hang a storage shelf, install an extra shelf or two in the pantry.

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to find and will likely prevent you from just adding random items to desk drawers. • Bundle all those cords. Nowadays, the average television has roughly one dozen cords attached to it. HDMI cables, video game consoles, DVD players, home theater systems, and, of course, the television cord itself are among the many cords that can make a mess near your television. Bundle these cords with a cord organizer to make wires and plugs much more manageable. • Toss the junk mail. Thanks to paperless bank statements and online billing, many people no longer receive important documents through the mail. Instead, mailboxes are filled with junk mail such as advertisements or menus from local restaurants. Rather than placing junk mail on the kitchen counter or storing it in the desk drawer, throw it out as you receive it and you will no doubt notice considerably less clutter almost instantly. • Stop losing things to the couch. Few things are as frustrating as a missing remote control. Too often remotes get lost


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about everyone bundles up in a warm coat once the temperatures dip. But once you get home and the warm air inside welcomes you, the first instinct is to take the coat off and lay it down on the first chair you see. Instead of tossing all those coats on an armchair or a bench in the kitchen, buy a coat rack and place it just inside the main entrance. This way you will always know where your coat is, and the house won’t look so messy with coats strewn about in a variety of places. • Have a tray set aside for keys. As clutter accumulates throughout the winter, the chances your keys will go missing increase. Save yourself the frantic search for keys in the morning by setting a tray aside for keys or just hanging a hook on the wall where everyone places their keys. • Partition desk drawers. It’s easy to fill a desk drawer. It’s much harder to remember a drawer’s contents. Save yourself the stress of rooting through desk drawers by installing partitions so everything is not just lumped in together. This will make things easier

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In accordance with the Municipalities Act and Public Notice Policy Bylaw No. 2-2005, public notice is hereby given that the Village intends to borrow up to $100,000.00 for infrastructure replacement. This borrowing is based on costs associated with recent sewer and water line replacement on 9th Street and Avenue J. The funds will be borrowed over a term of three (3) years payable in equal monthly installments of principal and interest. Funds to repay the loan will come from the tax levy. Council will be considering a formal resolution/bylaw as to proceeding with the borrowing at a regular meeting of Council to be held on Tuesday, January 17, 2012. Dated at Perdue, Saskatchewan, this 4th day of January, 2012 Nancy Duns, Chief Administrative OfÀcer

For the past 35 years, the Saskatchewan Junior Citizen program has been recognizing the outstanding youth of Saskatchewan. This year four deserving youth, aged between 8 and 18 years old, will receive $3000 bursaries to help pay for their future post-secondary education. Someone you nominate could be one of them. Visit for more information and nomination forms or call Nicole Nater at 1-800-661-7962 Nomination closes April 30, 2012.



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Weekly on Thursday, January 12 to January 30, 2012 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. • Biggar Hospital Board Room

Helen Buxton 658-2115 Happy New Year everyone! We have enjoyed beautiful weather throughout the holiday season. Unfortunately, quite a few people were victims of a flu bug. We hope everyone is soon well again. I accompanied my daughter, Carol, to Marsden on Friday, and spent a day with Jimmy and Trina Czernick and family. Then on Saturday, Carol took me to Doug and Wanda Buxton’s in Lloydminster to see the New Year in with them. Doug had to return to Saskatoon on Monday to continue cancer treatment, so they brought me to Landis on their way. Don Sizer has received word of the sudden and

unexpected death of his sister-in-law, Jenny Prignitz. Jenny, and her husband, Hino, both taught at Landis School in the 1960’s, and their children attended school here. Deepest sympathy to Hino and his family. Jim Buxton and Joyce Manns spent the weekend at Flin Flon with Joyce’s sister, Janice and Jim Cassidy. Marie Scott and I visited Bill and Jessie Miller in Popular Courts on Tuesday. They are both well, and really enjoy company. Landis Mixed Bonspiel runs January 12, 13 and 14. Must be one member of the opposite sex. Cash prizes. Come on out and curl, or come and watch.

Four weeks of FREE workshops in Biggar about diabetes for people with diabetes and their families. Some or all of these classes will be of interest to those newly diagnosed, and those who have been living with diabetes. Please call Bev at 948-3323 ext 250 to REGISTER. Please leave a message with your name and phone number if she is away from the ofÀce. Registration Deadline is January 10, 2012. Please feel free to attend all or some of the classes, according to your schedule and needs.

Kent Ferguson (right) a representative of Friends of the Lodge, accepts a cheque for $10,000 from Landis Credit Union manager, Owen Nicklin. (Submitted photo)

Cars need washing in winter If you think a car wash is only for sunny summer days, think again. Washing a car in the winter months can help it operate at peak capacity despite harsh weather. People take different tactics when it comes to washing their cars. Some prefer to hand wash their vehicles, taking care to primp and polish. While this might be easy when it is warm outside, cold weather can quickly zap ambition and actually make it downright painful to do so. Also, environmental experts tend to frown upon washing the car in the driveway because of the water waste and chemical detergents running into storm sewe r s. C o m m e r c i a l c a r washes recycle and filter their water. Preventative car care is especially important when the cold weather sets in. The road additives -- such as salt and sand -- can wreak havoc on a car’s paint, corrode the undercarriage of the vehicle and potentially rust the wheel wells.

Keeping the car clean and waxed can protect the finish and help protect against scratches and marring from any winter road debris. Car corrosion damage is especially common during the winter months. Prevention remains the best solution to corrosion, and a car wash is a preventative measure that takes little effort. Automatic car washes are a convenient way to clean a vehicle in the winter. However, these facilities tend to use harsh chemicals that eat through debris. This can result in swirling patterns and spotting on some cars. An alternative is to head to one of the self-wash carwash bays and bring along your own products or rely on theirs so that you will have a high-powered water supply for rinsing. Even if you cannot do the cleaning job you would in the warmer weather, rinsing some of the salt and grime from the car, expecially underneath, can go a long way toward

preventing corrosion. Before the snowy season sets in, it’s a good idea to do a thorough washing of the car and apply a new coat of a highquality wax. The wax will serve as an extra barrier against grime. Before and after washing the car when it’s below freezing, it’s adviseable to use a de-icing product on the doors and windows. If

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Tim Hammond Realty 113 3rd Ave. W. Biggar, SK Tim Hammond, BSA, P.Ag. Owner - Broker Cari McCarty - Residential Grant Anderson – Farms Dave Molberg – Farms

Farmland for Sale (MLS) Wardrop Irrigation Pobran Weekes Atkinson Yurchuk Dixon HillCor Gray Whitmore Holbrook Swanson Green Krchov

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Randy Weekes, M.L.A. for the Biggar Constituency 1-877-948-4880 OfÀce Hours: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 - 5 p.m. Phone: 306-948-4880 106 - 3rd Ave. West, Biggar Fax: 306-948-4882 e-mail:

It’s essential to wash away road salt and other grime of the cold-weather season. Otherwise, drivers risk damage to the car’s enamel and corrosion of its undercarriage.

not, the windows might get stuck. Washing a car in a cold climate is not something many people enjoy, but it’s a good way to keep a car running strong and looking good.

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Clarke Egert Fuster Kerr Jordan Hamilton Perdue Ac. Unity Ac. Woods Road Dodsland Rawson Dzialo Sutherland Elliott

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Langham 207 2nd $274,900 Landis 102 3rd E $149,000 Rosetown Condo $98,900 Perdue 909 8th St $89,900 Perdue *new* 9th St. $54,900 rd Landis 212 3 W $49,900 Landis Lot $22,500 Wilkie Lot 204 2 St W $15,000

Fantastic 588 ft2 4 bdrm Home! Main flr features kitchen, living room, master bedroom & 3 piece bathroom. The upper level serves as a loft bedroom; the lower level has 2 bdrms, 2 pc bath plus shower room, laundry area and a cold room. Exterior boasts vinyl siding & windows, metal fascia & soffit. Single detached garage.

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302 6th Ave W $296,500 102 6th Ave E $268,900 205 Turnbull Ave $257,000 402 7th Ave E *$223,900 2nd Ave W Condos *$198,900 406 7th Ave E $178,900 313 6th Ave E $175,000 412 3rd Ave E $124,900 219 4th Ave E $116,999 308 6th Ave E $84,900 224 2nd Ave W $43,500 104 6th Ave E (Lot) $30,000

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Clarence James Guran Mr. Clarence James Guran passed away on Saturday, Christmas Eve, December 24, 2011 at his home in Regina, Sask., at the age of 73 years. He was the second youngest of eight children born to Joseph and Marie Guran of Marriott Valley Centre district: George, Frank, Agnes, Alice “Kelly”, Margaret, Joey, and Edwin. Clarence was born December 18, 1938 at Rosetown Hospital, and raised on the farm, north of Rosetown, in the Marriott School district. He attended Marriott School to grade eight then started to farm with his dad and brothers. He enjoyed farming very much for many years; going to auction sales; wheeling and dealing at Saskatoon Pawn Shop; playing the lotteries; buying and selling scrap metals in Regina; playing “Kaiser” with his friends; volunteering at Regina Salvation Army Stores; and the highlight of his life, was a trip to the Philippine Island, on

December 13th, 2010 with his special friends Don and Violet McBride of Calgary, Alberta. He was predeceased by his infant brother George, Mom and Dad, sister Margaret Sander, niece Donna Hazzard, and nephew Darrel Guran; Clarence is survived by his brothers, Frank (Agnes) of Biggar, Joey (Rose) of Cando and Ed (Carin) of Rosetown; sisters, Agnes (Don) of Esterhazy, Alice “Kelly” of Calgary; brother-inlaw, Fred Sander of Battleford; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Memorial services will be held on SATURDAY, JANUARY 14, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Rosetown Elks Hall, Highway #4 North, Rosetown, Sask. with Reverend Jo-Ann Hills of¿ciating. Urn bearer: Gary Guran, Flower bearer: Debra Lynn Simpson, Ushers: Raymond Miller and Jack Pich, Memorial register attendant: Nadine Hipkiss, Eulogy: Stan Stanek, Don McBride and Kelly Flemming. Donations in memory of Clarence may be directed to Rosetown & District Health Centre Foundation. Arrangements entrusted to Pierre A. Charpentier, Shanidar Funeral Services, Rosetown, Sask. 2c1

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Eileen C. Johnson April 12, 1941 December 21, 2011 It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Eileen C. Johnson (nee Dekteroff) at the Strathcona Alzheimer Care Centre in Sherwood Park, Alta. on December 21, 2011. Eileen is lovingly survived by Iver, her husband of 49 years, of Sherwood Park, as well as her four children and 11 grandchildren: Scot Johnson, wife Chris and kids Kyle and Brett of Saskatoon, Sask.; Trent Johnson, wife Lori and kids Courtney, Nicole and Matthew of Sherwood Park; Chad Johnson, wife Angela and children Keighden, Natalia and Ayva of Kelowna, B.C.; and Pamela McRae, husband Keith and children Keiran, Kailea, and Finley of North Vancouver, B.C. Eileen was born in Biggar, Sask. In 1962, she married Iver and over the next 49 years they resided in Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Alberta. Eileen was a very loving and generous woman to whom family was the most important thing in her life. Eileen’s immediate family gathered to celebrate her life in Sherwood Park on December 23, 2011. Visit guest book at Eileen’s family would like to express their gratitude for all the kindness and compassion shown to her by the staff of the Strathcona Alzheimer Care Centre. 2c1

MEMORIAMS TROJAN: In loving memory of Arthur, who passed away January 8, 1990 “He suffered much He earned his rest The Lord took him for He knew best A greater gain and sacri¿ce.” Lovingly remembered by his family 2p1

CARD OF THANKS To our friends and co-workers, we extend our heartfelt thanks for the many acts of kindnesses received on the loss of our mother. Your visits to the funeral home and the condolences offered will never be forgotten. Sincerely, The Raddysh and Beeson families 2p1 Many thanks to the coordinators, donors, volunteers and participants who made the Community Christmas at New Horizons on December 25th such a great occasion. Marie Winsel, Louis St. Jean, Mildred Henne, Helen and Alex Serak 2p1

COMING EVENTS TUESDAY, JANUARY 10: Biggar Gymnastics Club are currently accepting new and returning registrations. Classes start January 10. For info call Melissa 948-2251. 1c2

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COMING EVENTS SUNDAYS in January: Presbyterians, Anglicans, Lutherans will be worshipping at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Biggar at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome. January 15, the service will be at 4 p.m. with ordination and installation of Pastor Mark Kleiner. Supper to follow at Biggar New Horizons. Mark’s phone number is 9517122 if you have questions or need pastoral support. 48/10tfn SUNDAY, JANUARY 15: Biggar & District Arts Council presents… ”Human Statues”, 7:30 p.m. at The Majestic Theatre, Biggar. Advance tickets available at de Moissac Jewellers. Adults/ Seniors, $25 at the door, advance $20; Students, $15 at the door, advance $12; children 12 and under, $5. 2c1 SUNDAY, JANUARY 15: DANCE, 2 - 5 p.m. with Saskatoon Rythmaires at Biggar Community Hall. Admission $10 includes lunch and door prizes. 948-2913/948-2922 2p1 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3: Biggar & District Arts Council presents… “Belle Plaine”, 7:30 p.m. at The Majestic Theatre, Biggar. Advance tickets available at de Moissac Jewellers. Adults/ Seniors, $25 at the door, advance, $20; Students, $15 at the door, advance $12; children 12 and under, $5. 2c4

INVITATIONS SATURDAY, JANUARY 14: Baby shower for Ronan, son of Amanda (Delainey) and Shawn Whyte, 2 - 4 p.m. at the home of Bruce and Helen Delainey, 5.5 km west on Hwy 51. 2p1

NOTICE Families, clubs, churches and businesses are invited to do a Heritage Page to be on permanent display at Biggar Museum. Share your history! Do yours prior to the centennial celebrations! For more information call 948-3451 or visit museum 1 - 5 p.m., Monday Friday. 7tfn This newspaper accepts advertisements in good faith. We advise that it is in your interest to investigate offers personally. Publications by this paper should not be taken as an endorsement of the product or service offered. 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 WORK WANTED… resume and references available. Phone Nick Maguire, 948-3325 or 9484558. 50p3 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 coyotes etc, Antlers and old traps. Phone Bryon at 306-2782425 or Phil at 306-278-2299.

CARS & TRUCKS Guaranteed approval drive away today! We lend money to everyone. Fast approvals, best interest rates. Over 500 vehicles sale priced for immediate delivery OAC. 1-877-796-0514. 06 Cadillac STS. This car is in Great Condition! Good ext. w/ tanned leather interior, loaded, nav & power everything. $16,500. Saskatoon. Call Dennis 1-306-291-6906. 2010 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab, Gas. Loaded with power options. Gold with Tan/Blk cloth int. 99K. $19,500. Saskatoon. 1-306-291-6909 After 6.

RECREATION 1985 Yamaha Virago, 1,000 cc, new rubber, carbs and forks redone. Phone 948-7521. 36tfn

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REAL ESTATE LAKEVIEW HOMES & Lots Vernon BC. Lake Okanagan. Private Beach. Dock. Trees. Meadows. WildÀowers. Birds. Trails. Reasonably priced custom home construction. Architectural Guidelines. Build now or later. Ten minutes to town-center. Lots from $219,000. Houses from $499,000. Vendor ¿nancing available. Call Scott 250.558.4795 www. U.S DISTRESSED PROPERTY. Phoenix Area. Prices are so low. Pre-Foreclosures, bank repos. Great deals happening now! Gloria & Ted MacKay. Gloria@ mackay¿ 602315-2402. BIG BUILDING SALE... “CLEARANCE SALE YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS!” 20X26 $4995. 25X34 $6460. 30X44 $9640. 40X70 $17,945. 47X90 $22,600. One end included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422. Two serviced lots, side by side in Biggar, 100’x140’, $79,900. Call 717-4681 (cell) 5tfn

LAND FOR SALE PURCHASING: SINGLE TO LARGE BLKS OF LAND. PREMIUM PRICES PAID WITH QUICK PAYMENT. SOLD EXAMPLES Bengough - 22 1/4’s Bethune - 2 1/4’s Blaine Lake - 245 acres Cupar - 5 1/4s Davidson - 6 1/4’s Elfross – 18 1/4’s Emerald – 22 1/4’s Eastend - 2 1/4’s Grenfell - 3 1/4’s Harwarden - 1 1/4’s Lestock - 5 1/4’s Lake Alma – 9 1/4’s Marcelin - 7 1/4’s Moose Jaw - 8 1/4’s Nokomis - 8 1/4’s Ogema - 36 1/4’s Prince Albert - 1 1/4’s Saskatoon - 2 1/4's Semans - 7 1/4’s Simpson - 10 acres Viscount - 3 1/2 Wadena - 4 1/4’s Wakaw West - 41/4’s Watrous/Young 30 1/2 Mobile Home Park Weyburn - 21 1/4’s Call DOUG 306-955-2266 EMAIL: Letter of Appreciation When we were approached by Mr. Doug Rue of Freshwater Holdings in July 2011, it was an opportunity for us to sell our farmland at a very fair price. Mr. Rue visited our home and he explained the process, w h i c h went forward very quickly. We received payment on September 15, 2011. We appreciated Mr. Rue’s friendly and understanding manner. There were no difficulties and he kept in touch throughout the transaction.

Tim Hammond Realty 877 acres with 700 cultivated acres NW of Springwater, SK. Total 2011 Asmt. $230,072 (Avg. 41.971/quarter), 1 x 2,700 bu. steel bin, Tenant has ROFR. Asking $640,000 MLS #417570. Call Kevin Jarrett 306-441-4152 50c4

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CITY OF YELLOWKNIFE The City of Yellowknife invites applications from quali¿ed candidates for the following positions: Senior Engineering Technologist Public Works Department Competition #902154 Closes: January 20, 2012. Municipal Enforcement Of¿cer - Public Safety Department Competition #220-103 Closes: January 20, 2012 Submit resumes in con¿dence by the closing date, to: Human Resources Division, City of Yellowknife, P.O. Box 580, Yellowknife, NT., X1A 2N4; Fax (867) 669-3471 or Email: hr@ Please direct all inquiries to the above listed email address. For more information on these positions, including the required quali¿cations, please refer to the City of Yellowknife’ s web page at: www.yellowknife. ca or contact Human Resources at (867) 920-5603.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Part-time dishwasher/kitchen help wanted. Apply to Maggie at Snow White Restaurant, Biggar. 2c3 Eagle Creek Regional Park requires a mature person to manage and maintain the park, May 1 - Sept. 30, 2012. For more info: 306-237-4815. send resume by January 15, 2012 to Box 359, Perdue, SK, S0K 3C0 51c3 SASKATCHEWAN WORKERS WANTED CARSON ENERGY SERVICES, a Flint Company is seeking workers. Carson is hiring trade professionals for various locations in Saskatchewan. We offer competitive wages and bene¿ts! Please apply at www. À or call (866)463-5468 All CDLDrivers Wanted: Excellent mileage pay + bonuses. Require valid passport. Deliver new & used vehicles long haul in U.S. & Canada. Piggyback training available. Toll-Free 1-855-7813787. EXPERIENCE FINISH Grader Operator and Field Mechanic required for Hwy Basework. Competitive wages and living allowance. Email resume: or fax 780-928-3656. FULL-TIME MEAT CUTTER required at Sobeys in Olds, Alberta. 40 hours per week. Bene¿ts. Fax resume to 1-403-556-8652 or email to: HUGHSON TRUCKING INC. requires Class 1 drivers and lease operators for highway and oil¿eld. Pay hourly or mileage. Bonuses and bene¿ts. Travel assistance provided. Fax resume 403-647-2763. Email:

Speedway Moving Systems Requires O/O for our 1 ton and 3 ton Àeets to transport RVs throughout N. America. We offer competitive rates and Co. Fuel cards. Paid twice monthlydirect deposit. Must have clean abstract and ability to cross border. 1-866-736-6483; www.

Canada Malting, Watrous seeking contractor to manage ground preparation and concrete work for small scale addition at elevator. Spring completion preferable or ¿rst week of August. Brian Jennett, Manager 306-946-2826, 306-716-4160 brian.jennett@canadamalting. com.


ALBERTA MASSAGE TRAINING STUDY WHILE YOU WORK 30 WEEKS, 8 WEEKENDS OF ATTENDANCE Classes held at Lakeland College, Lloydminster Phone: (780) 874-9075 Toll Free 1-877-768-8400

Classes start January 14, 2012

LOCAL ROCKY Mountain House company looking for day rate and hourly Vacuum Truck Operator. Must have current oil¿eld tickets and up-to-date drivers abstract. Bene¿t package. Fax 403-8453903. DOG LOVERS! Enjoy a healthy, pro¿table career as a professional dog trainer. Government accredited program - student loans + grants available. www. 1-800-961-6616 SASKATOON HOTSHOT TRANSPORTER is now hiring 3/4 and 1 TON trucks for R.V. hauling throughout Canada and the U.S. Year round work, lots of miles and home time, fuel subsidies, bene¿ts, excellent earnings. 306-653-8675 www.

Stop in to… 1st Ave. West, Biggar 948-2700

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.


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



ALL Subscriptions now due (Dec. 31, 2011). Please renew!!! Pickup … $28.00 + $1.40 gst = $29.40 Within 40-mile radius OR on-line … $33.00 + $1.65 gst = $34.65 Outside 40-mile radius … $38.00 + 1.90 gst = $39.90 The Biggar Independent 102 - 3rd Ave. West, Biggar Mail to: Box 40, Biggar, SK S0K 0M0 Visa or MasterCard accepted Phone 306.948.3344 Email:

Cont us for Contact offi ficce supplies, forms and services… at The he Independent, 102 - 3rd Ave. West, Biggar • 948-3344 •

SERVE YOUR OWN… Wine and Beer Kits, corks, labels, Àlters, shrink wraps, yeast, etc. FOR SALE. Filter Machine and Corker for rent.

If you DO NOT receive your Independent in a timely manner, please call your local post office or Canada Post @ 1-866-607-6301

; Fa ;Faxing ;Photocopies ; Ph ;Envelopes ;Letterheads ;Business Cards ;Invoices ;Phamphlets ;File folders ;Statements ;Receipts ;Social Tickets ;Draw Tickets ;Posters

;Menus ;Flyers ;Rubber Stamps ;Programs and Booklets ;Christmas letters ;Resumes ;Sticky Labels ;Address Labels ;Calendars and Day Planners ;Wedding and Anniversary INVITATIONS and more…

Call now for your FREE quote on all your printing needs. phone: 948-3344 fax: 306-948-2133 email: Box 40, Biggar, SK S0K 0M0



Business & Professional … FOR RENT




Housing for families and seniors Rent based on income

Call: 948-2101

DUANE NEUFELDT Licensed For: • Residential • Acreage • Farm

Serving BIGGAR and Area




Fax: 306-948-2763

The sign you want. The agent you need.

Authorized Appliance Depot Electrical Wiring Trenching Licensed Journeyman Adrian de Haan

Tim Hammond Realty Licenced for:

•Farm •Residential •Commercial •Acreage rd

113 - 3 Ave. W., Biggar


948-5052 (office)


Cell 948-9168

Tim Hammond, BSA, P.Ag., Broker

Proud to handle Biggar’s Real Estate Needs

Tim Hammond Realty

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


Residential & Commercial Painting contact… NCM Home Maintenance - Nick Maguire -

948-3325 948-4558 (cell) or The Design Goddess - Heather Hawkins -

948-3702 948-7958 (cell) McCARTY CONSTRUCTION • Commercial • Residential • Design Builder • Insurance Claims • Renovations • Drafting Service

“Big or Small -We Do Them All”

113 - 3rd Ave. W., Biggar

Licenced Journeyman Carpenters Troy McCarty 948-5627 (H) 948-9280 (C) Mitch McCarty 373-8254 (H) Serving Biggar ... Since 1968

948-5052 (office)

Northland Foaming

Licenced for: •Residential

Cell: 306-221-6888

Spray Foam

Cell 948-7995

Cari McCarty Residential Sales

Biggar’s Top Performing Residential Agent

Tim Hammond Realty


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

Licenced for: •Farm •Acreage •Residential • Commercial

113 - 3rd Ave. W., Biggar

Biggar, Sask.

948-5052 (office)


Cell 948-4478

Journeymen Plumber, Gas Fitter, & Electrician on staff

Dave Molberg BSA

Exposure, Experience and Effort.

of The Battlefords Independently Owned and Operated

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

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Bear Hills Rural Development Corporation Box 327 Biggar, SK S0K 0M0


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

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


9Residential 9Commercial 9Automotive 9We tint vehicles too!

Helping you Help yourself

For all your glass needs,

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

104 - 2 Ave. West Biggar nd

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


available to do…

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


Call Jim @ 948-3333


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

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

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


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

ADVERTISING is an investment in your business.

MANUFACTURING ‰ CWB CertiÀed ‰ Light Fabrication ‰ Mobile Welding

HEALTH/ WELLNESS Your Healthy Living

Weight Loss & Wellness Centre

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


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

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

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

948-2807 or

Call: Bill: Dale:

948-5609 948-5394

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

Phoenix M4 Mobile Grain cleaning and sizing

Michelle Spuzak, R.M.T. (NHPC member) NEW LOCATION… 114 - 2nd Ave. W., BIGGAR

Services available… • Shamanic Healing • Psychosomatic Therapy • Massage • Emotional Release Therapy

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

948-2548 or 948-9710


Wayne Dollansky 306-948-7247 Custom Combining JD9770 - together with -

with draper or hydraÁex headers


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

Phone: 948-5678

DENTAL DR. GLENN RIEKMAN Dentist 115 - 1st Ave. W. Rosetown, Sask.

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

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

Ladies Only

30 min. Circuit Gym …owned and operated by Diane Larouche Ellard

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

948-2208 NEW BEGINNINGS WELLNESS CENTRE “Putting PERSONAL back into fitness training!” Wayne Baldwin, W

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

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

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


Kirk Ewen Doctor of Optometry


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

Jerry Muc Phone: 948-2958 Fax:


Contact 948-3344 to have your business listed, ask for SPECIAL rates

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

For appointments… 1-855-651-3311



Business & Professional LEGAL SERVICES




Rebel Landscaping

BUSSE LAW 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, Treena Sikora look forward to assisting you and can be contacted at:

306-948-5352 or 306-244-9865

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:


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

948-3376 after hours George: 948-4042 Corner of Main Street & 1st Avenue West, Biggar

948-3996 Open Monday-Saturday Mike Nahorney, Interprovincial

SGI Safety Inspection Auto Repair

222 Main Street 306 948 5377

info@twhÀ www.twhÀ



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

948-1722 1st Ave. West, Biggar

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


Phone: 244-7464 for appointment

Your Auto Parts and Accessories Dealer


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


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

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Ivan Young, Biggar Tree services available… • cut trim and removal • post holes • landscaping • cement removal • trenching • holes for piles • driveways • garage pads • basements

948-3381 NORTHLAND PAINTING and SANDBLASTING •Texas Gates •Spray Foam Insulation •Sandblasting & Painting •Internal Coatings •Rock Guard Coatings g

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

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

Phone: 948-5133

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


948-2222 or 948-2029

To fax…stop in at The Independent

Prairieland Collision Rosetown, Sask.


YH Truck, Ag & Auto

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


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

521 Main St., Biggar 948-2109

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

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Residential Commercial Automotive

For FREE estimates or enquiries CALL Wayne or Dorothy at



Sales & Service Call Steven 948-2489

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

Bob Kobelsky


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

Pssst...Did you hear that you can still buy REGAL?

Box 736, Biggar


Mr. John G. Smith Handyman/Drayman Available for … Local Moving/Hauling jobs

Phone: 948-3856

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

~Brian and Cathy Fick~

Cell: 306-948-7524


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

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

Rockin D Trucking & Cattle

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

• sides of Pork & Beef available



For appointments and inquiries, call Janet at 948-2091



Fax: 948-2484

Cliff Forsyth


Beadle’s Computer Solutions



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

216 Main St., Biggar

109 Main St., Biggar

• Jackets • Windsuits • Shirts • Hunting Gear • Bunnyhugs • Caps • Toques • Bags


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


Phillips Radio Shop

Ph: 237-4777

Wood and Steel Buildings Floor & Trusses

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

Battery Chargers Electric Fencers Repaired/Rebuilt/ Built

in Biggar Insurance Bldg.


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

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

Independent Rep


Garry A. Faye

Anne G. Livingston

CertiÀed Custom Picture Framer

Contact Nancy Duns

304 Main St., Biggar

Your authorized


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Phone: 948-2204 or 948-3886


• Snow Removal • Fences …and much more

Sewing & Embroidery

227 - 1st Ave. East, Biggar


• Driveways • Concrete • Garage Pads • Pruning • Planting

301 - 1st Ave. E, Biggar

Heavy Truck Repair

Financial Planning Estate Planning Life Insurance

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


Heavy Duty Journeyman Mechanic


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



• 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.


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




Winter Grilling Tips & Tricks (MS) -- Barbecuing isn’t just for the lazy days of summer. Delicious grilled meals are easy to prepare year-round. Here are a few tips for winter barbecuing that are important to remember before you get the snow shovel out. • Always pre-heat your barbecue. Pre-heat to 400˚ F -- 450˚ F at minimum, and adjust the temperature from there. Remember, if food doesn’t sizzle when you put it on

the grill, your barbecue is not hot enough. • If you are grilling with charcoal, include more charcoal for increased pre-heating time and extra heat while grilling. • Cooking times may change with extreme cold. Always use an instant read thermometer to ensure that foods are cooked thoroughly. • Grill with the lid down. Heat loss on a cold day is significantly greater than

a warm summer day, and keeping your barbecue at a consistent temperature will be very difficult with the lid open. • When grilling on a windy day, try to reduce your exposure to the wind. If grilling at lower temperatures, keep an eye on your barbecue to ensure that it does not blow out. If you do need to move your barbecue out of the wind, keep minimum clearances in

mind to avoid damaging your deck or home. • Clear a work area around your barbecue. This won’t impact cooking time, but having enough room to work without filling your boots with snow makes for a much more enjoyable barbecue experience and avoids any untimely slips or falls. • Several lighting options are available. Some barbecues have built in

lighting, and add-on handle lights are available so you’re not grilling in the dark. • Never use your barbecue indoors, in your

garage or in an enclosed area. Carbon Monoxide accumulation, accidental fire damage, and smoke damage are all possible -- it’s not worth the risk.

Serve your own! Wine kits and supplies available at

Grape Moments in The Independent 102-3rd Ave.W. Biggar, SK 948-3344

Healthy Body Image Eating disorders are illnesses influenced by emotional and cultural factors. They are not a choice. People are being affected by eating disorders at an earlier age than ever before. Talk about healthy living to your kids – not about weight. Model a healthy lifestyle for them. Help your kids develop self esteem on qualities other than appearance. Talk to your kids about what they are seeing portrayed as normal in the media and by culture. End the cycle of negative attitudes surrounding weight and food.

Asquith Council News for December

For toll-free health information 24 hours a day. Please call 1-888-425-4444(TTY) if you have hearing or speech difficulties Smokers Helpline 1-877-513-5333 or

Asquith Town Council held its regular December Council meeting on December 13. The Asquith Fire Department has been responding to quite a few fires and motor vehicle accidents. The new water plant is now fully operational, and all Building Canada Grant deadlines have been met. The water quality from the new plant is very good, with levels of iron and manganese now testing at or around 0 mg/litre. The Town of Asquith will be sponsoring the Royal Canadian Legion Remembrance Book again by purchasing an eighth page of advertisement for $195. A reserve was created to cover the decommissioning of old wells within Town in the 2012 fiscal year. This was budgeted for in 2011, but the project timeline on the water plant meant that the decommissioning could not be completed this year.

Owen Gentes, Andrea Ganchar and Kathy Picketts have been appointed to the Asquith Community Rink Board. Bylaw No. 7-2011, a Bylaw to Repeal Outdated Bylaws was passed, Bylaw No. 8-2011, a Bylaw

to Exempt the Mason’s Lodge from Taxation was passed, and Bylaw No. 9-2011, a Bylaw to Amend the Utility Bylaw was passed. The amendment to the Utility Bylaw dealt with the costs of having one’s water ser-

vice turned back on during the off hours of the employee. This rate has gone from $30 to $50. The Asquith Town Office was closed from December 22 to 27.

Questions about Medication? Call 1-800-665-DRUG (3784). Ask questions online Mental Health & Addictions Centralized Intake Line 1-866-268-9139 Monday to Friday 8:00 am—4:30 pm

Heartland Health Region




Working Hard for You!

2008 GMC Envoy 4WD ebony leather, silver in colour, sunroof, 83,200km.


For only………………


For more information contact Ron Amy at the dealership toll free

1-877-979-7999 or 948-9605

Rosetown Mainline Motor Products Ltd.

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The Battlefords Regional Optimist, North Battleford, Sask.



2011 Model Model

CLEARANCE Battleford Furniture is clearing out all 2011 model appliances, T.V.’s, Bedroom Sets, Dining Sets, Sleep Sets, Sofa Sets, Coffee & End Tables, Entertainment Units, Fireplace Units... Every 2011 models priced to sell. Inventory is limited to in-stock quantities only. Shop early to avoid disappointment! All prices are cash & carry for immediate pick-up or delivery is available. Whirlpool Tall Tub

Self Clean



with Clean Bake and Accubake Your choice of stainless steel, white or black

Model GU2275TVQ & GU2300XTVB/S



$49999Stainless Steel

14 cu. ft.

Whirlpool Frost Free Fridges

Every remaining

2011 Panasonic priced to move

from only

42” from $449 32” from $32999



Front Load

Top Load

Laundry Sets



from only for the set

Model 1V4500X priced from




1500 Watt Infrared Quartz Heaters



6 piece

7 piece

Bedroom Set

Bedroom Set

Dresser, Mirror, Head board, Footboard, Rails, Night Stand only

Check Out this

Defehr Fireplace for only


4 piece

Defehr Entertainment


Dresser, Mirror, Headbard, Footboard, Rails, 2 Night Stands




Every 2011 Sleep Set is on sale. Check out this Euro pillowtop mattress for only

$39999 Check out storage



in the store is on sale with a minimum extra



Coffee & End Tables Your choice of 2 piece sets. Priced from


7 piece

Pub Set or 7 piece

Dining Set


Located at 192-24th Street West, Battleford - 2 Blocks north of the Post OfÀce in the Town of Battleford • Toll Free 1-877-937-7474 • Local 937-7474 • Fax 937-7676 Check us out at



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