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Canada Music Week concert to benefit Majestic Theatre Show this Tuesday A celebration of music will benefit the Majestic Theatre this Tuesday evening, as Biggar and area helps celebrate Canada Music Week. Honouring the nation’s composers, local musicians, singers and choirs will take the the Majestic Theatre stage at 7 p.m. for the unique fund raising event. This year’s lineup will feature performers from Biggar, Asquith, Plenty and Saskatoon. It is a showcase of eclectic performances and musical styles from various singers, instrumentalists, composers and storytellers. Hitting the stage will be Jeff Gosselin, performing his new classical guitar composition, ‘Lament’. The MacIntyre Brothers - Phil on steel guitar, and John on acoustic and vocals - will be making two selections, accompanied by Ian Gilchrist on bass. They’ll perform some Stan Rogers and Humphrey and the Dumptrucks. The New Musettes, a group of six teens, directed and accompanied by Louise Souillet Hawkins, will perform ‘I Dream of Rain’. Kelsey Hammond and

Kathryn Aldridge will perform vocal solos, while Brock Thomson will play his original piano composition that won the Saskatchewan Registered Music Teachers’ Association (SRMTA) music writing competition. Prairie Notes, directed by Cathy Donahue and accompanied by Peggy L’Hoir and Lauren Epp, will be performing two Angie Tysseland pieces: ‘Heart Song’, lyrics by John Oldham, and ‘Refiner’s Fire’, the title song from Tysseland’s oratorio of the same name. Daughter/Father duos, Destiny and Bill Hammel (two guitars/vocal), and Jessi and Ian Gilchrist (sax and double bass), will also thrill. Piano trio Alexis Epp, Kelsey Hammond and Destiny Hammel will also provide some virtuosity. The wee-ones will also impress - Tiny Tots Nursery will put a smile on every face. These 4-year-olds will sing ‘I am a Pizza’, a Charlotte Diamond song, and ‘Boogers’, a poem from Biggar’s own, Susan Lehnert. St. Gabriel School Grade 1 class,

Remember . . . Biggar Cadet, Natalie Wong hands a wreath, at the Community Hall, November 11. Residents in Biggar, Perdue, Landis, Asquith, and across the country,

took time to remember those who sacrificed during times of war and conflict, all for the freedoms we have today.

directed by teacher Karen Jiricka will sing Angie Tysseland’s ‘The River’, and ‘Spider on the Floor’ by children’s entertainer, Raffi. ‘The Group’ - a combined 200 years of musical experience - brings their love of music and a sense of adventure for trying something new to the stage. Gerri Angelopoulos, Terry and Kathy Epp, John MacIntyre, Liam Mair, Ian Gilchrist, Susan and Graham Lehnert, and Peggy L’Hoir, will perform ‘Heart of Gold’,

are often about getting along in this world with one another, with nature or even monsters under your bed - humorous tales (Logan loves to laugh), adventuresome tales (she likes to travel), and gross stories (she has

Woody’s a Hollerin’ . . . Woody Holler and his Orchestra hit the Biggar Community Hall, November 12, for the third concert of the Biggar and District Arts Council season. The yodelling performer mixed some shuffling beats with a fantastic stage show - a big hit with the full house. (Independent Photo by Daryl Hasein)

‘Four Strong Winds’, ‘If I Had A Million Dollars’. Completing the lineup, Saskatoon storyteller, Bonnie Logan will take people on a journey using folk tales, cantefables, literary and original stories. Logan’s stories

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a strong stomach), her tales are something you don’t want to miss. The Canada Music Week celebrations, a fund raiser for the theatre, is this Tuesday, 7 p.m. at the Majestic Theatre.

Landmark report released on Compassionate Care L a s t T h u r s d a y, t h e Parliamentary Committee on Palliative and Compassionate Care (PCPCC), involving over 55 Members of Parliament, released a historical report urging specific policy action on disability issues, elder abuse, suicide prevention and palliative care. Saskatoon-RosetownBiggar MP, Kelly Block played a key role in the report’s findings. The report titled “Not to be Forgotten” is the product of a culmination of a series of consultations, discussions, and extensive research with medical stakeholders and constituents across the country. It aims to promote awareness, while effectively proposing policies with a constructive framework that deals with

long-term health issues in Canada. “We have a responsibility t o c a r e f o r C a n a d a ’s vulnerable citizens of all ages,” Block explained. “Statistics surrounding Canadians’ access to palliative care and the rising issues of suicide and elder abuse are very concerning, but we have an opportunity to make positive change.” The report is divided into three sections: the first highlights research, education and eldercare training, as well as innovative program training for medical students in the area of palliative care. The second illuminates facts on suicide rates in Canada and proposes a comprehensive national

suicide strategy. The third outlines how Canada can establish a coherent system of intervention of elder abuse. “Members of Parliament from across party lines have stepped up to better the lives of Canadians for a healthier and stronger future. I am honoured to be one of them,” Block added. Founded in 2010 by co-chairs, Kelly Block, Joe Comartin, MP for W i n d s o r- Te c u m s e h , Harold Albrecht, MP for Kitchener-Conestoga, Michelle Simson, MP for Scarborough Southwest, and Frank Valeriote, MP for Guelph, the PCPCC is a cross-partisan, ad-hoc committee of the House of Commons.



Health ofÀcials are urging people to ensure their measles immunizations are up-to-date Health officials are strongly encouraging Saskatchewan residents to ensure their measles immunizations are upto-date as two more cases of measles have recently been confirmed in Regina.

There have been six cases of measles so far in Saskatchewan in 2011, all in Regina. Two cases were in unimmunized children under the age of five years, two were in unimmunized young adults, and two were in



middle age adults who may have received one dose of measles vaccine in childhood. Measles cases are usually very rare in Canada, but they do occur. Currently there is a measles outbreak in Quebec, while United States, Europe and Australia are also seeing an increase in measles cases. Measles is a viral infection that can spread


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easily from person to person through coughing or sneezing (airborne), as well as indirect contact with contaminated articles. “Because measles is a serious illness and so infectious, we are urging parents in Saskatchewan to ensure that their children are up-to-date with their immunizations,” Saskatchewan Deputy Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab said, November 14. “All children in Saskatchewan 18 years and under should have received two doses of a measles containing vaccine - MR (Measles, Rubella) or MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella).” Most adults should be immune after having


received the vaccine or having had the disease. Persons born in 1970 or before are considered to have naturally acquired immunity. Persons who have contracted measles usually have the following symptoms: • fever (38.3 C or greater); • cough; • spots in the mouth appearing one to two days before the rash; • a red blotchy rash appearing on days three to five and usually lasting for four to seven days; • runny nose; and • redness of the eyes and inner eyelids and/or light sensitivity. Symptoms usually occur within eight to 12 days after exposure but Subscribe at 948-3344

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RID expands provincewide People all over Saskatchewan can help keep roads safe now that the Report Impaired Drivers (RID) program is in effect across the province. RID encourages the public to call 911 if they see a driver they suspect is impaired. “Sixty people are killed and another 800 are injured in our province each year due to impaired d r i v i n g c o l l i s i o n s,” Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) and the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) Tim McMillan said, Wednesday. “With the support of the RCMP and a whole province behind it, the RID program helps remove impaired drivers from our roads, preventing these senseless collisions from happening in the first place.” RID is a partnership led by SGI, SLGA and the RCMP, with support from Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Students Against Drinking and Driving. It began as a pilot program in Saskatoon in March 2010, expanded to Regina in September 2010, to Moose Jaw and Prince Albert in March and to Weyburn and Estevan in September. Since then, police say RID calls have led to 300 impaired driving charges. Police have also

Check-out . . . Biggar Central School senior, Aaron Beeson, right, rings a customer through last week during the school’s Scholastic Book Fair. The fair was a chance for kids (and kids at heart) to pick up a sent warning letters to more than 2,100 vehicle owners, advising them their vehicle was reported as being operated by a suspected impaired driver. These results show that public awareness of the program is quite high. In fact, a recent survey conducted by Insightrix Research Inc. found that two thirds of respondents were aware of the RID program. “We are very pleased to partner with SGI and SLGA to expand the RID program provincewide,” Officer in Charge of RCMP ‘F’ Division

Traffic Services Insp. Andy Landers said. “The RCMP and SGI share the common goal

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of enhanced safety on Saskatchewan roads, and with the public’s support of the RID program, we

are one step closer to reaching that goal.” It is recommended that drivers pull over safely

to the side of the road before dialling, or have a passenger make the 911 call.

CWB chair responds to Minister’s “slanderous” comments The chair of the CWB’s, November 11 issued the following statement in response to comments made yesterday by Minister Gerry Ritz, which were circulated to media by the Minister’s director of communications. “Irresponsible statements made yesterday [Nov. 10] by

Stars of tomorrow . . . Biggar Novice Nationals hosted rival Macklin, November 12. Macklin was a little better on the day, going home with a 8-6 win from a fierce Nat squad. (Independent Photo by Daryl Hasein)


few books as gifts, or a good read come the holidays. (Independent

Minister Ritz, directly accusing me of ‘stealing’ farmers’ money, are clearly slanderous and unworthy of a cabinet minister. I call on the Minister to retract those statements. Unless he does so, I am personally considering whether to take legal action. His accusation is a serious one. “This is another glaring example of the bullying tactics that this government consistently employs. My sole motivation is to act in the best interests of the farmers of Western Canada - of which I am one. The Minister has grossly twisted this by issuing a defamatory statement to serve his own political agenda. “More important than my personal reputation is what the statements say about Minister Ritz and the Harper government’s attitude towards Prairie farmers on the issue of the Canadian Wheat Board. They have shown

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nothing but contempt for farmers and their elected board members, including myself, which has made it exceedingly difficult to work collaboratively with government on a path forward. The Minister’s heavy-handed rhetoric cannot disguise the fact that he is destroying the CWB against farmers’ wishes, and he knows it. “All we want is for farmers to be allowed to decide the future of

the CWB, through a fair process that is set out by law. Instead, the government is bent on steamrolling over farmers’ rights and the Parliamentary process in order to get its way. Now, the Minister is resorting to the worst sort of personal attacks. Canadians should be very alarmed that this is the way their government does business.”

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Opinions Putting unions on the same playing field as charities by Gregory Thomas, Canadian Taxpayers Federation The Income Tax Act gives tax breaks to Canadians for various purposes. However, there are two major groups in particular who benefit most directly from tax breaks within the Income Tax Act. One is registered charities, the second is labour unions. While both groups benefit from taxpayer-aided income tax laws, the way they disclose to the public what they do with the money is very different. A new private members’ bill in Parliament seeks to change this. Charities in Canada receive a pretty decent taxpayer-funded advantage. If you donate money to a registered charity, you get to claim a hefty tax credit when you file your annual return. In return for this favoured tax treatment, charities are required, by law, under the Income Tax Act, to make annual financial filings, and disclose their salaries, revenues and expenses. In fact, you can look at every charity’s filing online on the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) website. And well people should want this type of disclosure. The Finance Department estimates charitable tax credits cut federal government revenues by over $2.1 billion a year. This means taxpayers across Canada have to chip in more each paycheque to cover the shortfall left by public assistance for charities. Yet, if you want to know how much the top executive at the Terry Fox Foundation earns, or how much they spent on advertising, or fund-raising, or cancer research, you can log on to the CRA web site, and it’s all there: you can compare the Fox foundation with the Canadian Cancer Society, or the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Nature Conservancy. Labour unions also receive a pretty decent taxpayer-funded advantage. If you pay union dues, you also get to deduct them from your taxable income - last year, the deduction for union and professional dues reduced federal revenues by $745 million. Moreover, if you are paid strike pay, you don’t have to pay taxes on that money, unlike your normal paycheque. The union itself is exempt from tax, even on its investment income. However, despite their tax-advantaged status, Canada’s unions are currently not required to submit any public financial disclosures to the CRA, let alone the public. The new private members’ bill proposes amendments to the Income Tax Act to make it mandatory for Canada’s unions to make detailed annual financial filings covering salaries, revenues and expenses – similar to charities. The information would all be posted, similar to charitable filings, on the CRA website, for anyone to read. This reform is long overdue. Some unionized workers have spent thousands of dollars and big chunks of their lives, battling to get a look at their union’s books. In B.C., the United Food and Commercial Workers Union fought these workers in multiple labour relations board and court hearings, in a bid to deny them five years of financial statements. The case raged on for years. When it was finally decided in the Supreme Court of B.C., it came to light that the financial statements for 2002 through to 2007 weren’t even compiled until the end of 2007 and early 2008. So the spending, the salaries, the relative costs and benefits of belonging to different unions will be out in the open for all to see. To the extent that costs prove to be reasonable, leaders’ salaries are fair and unions are shown to be providing good value in exchange for the dues they charge, this bill could be the most prounion legislation produced by Parliament in a good long time. Even where financial information proves embarrassing (or worse) for some union leaders - as it has for some Nova Scotia MLAs, some aboriginal leaders and some corporate welfare recipients, the end result is positive: corruption and waste is exposed, good leaders are identified and honoured, systems and practices get an overhaul and ordinary unionized workers benefit. If a union is spending a lot of money on political campaigns, as they have recently in the Ontario provincial election, as opposed to representing workers in disputes and bargaining for the next contract, that’s valuable information for the people paying the dues. These reforms shouldn’t be controversial. A national survey conducted by Nanos this past August showed 83 per cent of Canadians favour mandatory public disclosure of union finances, including 86 per cent of currently unionized Canadians. Charities already do it. Unionized workers want it. This bill is a no-brainer.

Letter to the Editor Dear Editor: I am very disappointed in our elected representatives behaviour toward removing the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB). Our federal government is acting in a ruthless fashion akin to a dictatorship. The majority of farmers do not agree with bill C-18 introduced by the federal government to dismantle the CWB. The Harper government claims the majority win in the May 2011 election gives them the mandate to remove the CWB. How can this be when only 39.6 per cent of ballots cast in the federal election supported the Conservatives? Considering the results of the 2011 CWB plebiscite (where the majority of farmers voted to keep the CWB) and the federal election, one would expect a more sincere debate about the details of bill C-18. Unfortunately, the Harper government is determined to have this new bill to dismantle the CWB approved before Christmas. What has been a much debated issue over the past several decades will be completely changed by bill C-18 - a bill that is being pushed through with unprecedented speed or debate. Clearly the Harper government does not know what democracy means. Equally troubling is the lack of



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support or discussion from the newly elected Saskatchewan provincial government. It appears that introducing bill C-18 at a time when the largest grain growing province was in the midst of a provincial election was quite convenient. The Brad Wall Sask Party stood up for the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan in the fall of 2010 arguing that there was “no net benefit” for the people of Saskatchewan in the BHP takeover deal. Most farmers agree that reckless changes to the CWB with no plan for farmer owned hopper cars, producer loading sites, and the port of Churchill is certainly “no net benefit” to Saskatchewan or Canada for that matter. Where is Brad Wall now? Considering the importance of this issue to prairie farmers why doesn’t he stand up for democracy? Even if CWB reforms were required it should be done in an orderly and democratic manner that follows due process. People know that democracy requires participation, representation, and debate. If the elected officials are not willing to do that for the benefit of the people, we need to elect different representatives. Sincerely, Glenn Wright, P. Eng, Vanscoy former Biggar Constituency NDP candidate


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We hear lots about the “wonders” of the world -- you know those phenomena that are either courtesy of Mother Nature or man made engineered structures that supposedly defy gravity. At any rate there have been many lists made -- Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Medieval World, the Modern World, the Natural World, the Underwater World -- and so on. Sure some of these architectural feats are indeed wondrous. The Great Pyramid of Giza is the only wonder of the ancient world still in existence. The others were Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, Mausoleum of Maussollos at Halicarnassus, Colossus of Rhodes, Lighthouse of Alexandria. These were all dubbed as wonders way back in 305 BCE by some

of the scholars of the day. By the 19th century, a new list was compiled and included Stonehenge, Great Wall of China, Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Taj Mahal, Cluny Abbey to name a few. If you want to dive into the deep blue sea, oceanographers have come up with their own list of wonders. These include the Belize Barrier Reef, Palau, Great Barrier Reef, Deep Sea Vents, Galapagos Islands, Lake Bailkal, Northern Red Sea. These wonders were chosen by a panel of marine scientists and the results were announced by the television star of Sea Hunt, Lloyd Bridges. As the world continues to evolve, new wonders are created. The American Society of Civil Engineers compiled a recent list -- Channel Tunnel, CN Tower, Golden Gate Bridge,


Panama Canal and others. In 2001 the New7Wonders Foundation formed to choose from amongst 200 monuments worldwide. Of course this caused some consternation from Egypt who did not agree that the Great Pyramid of Giza would have to compete with a host of other choices. To calm the waters, the Foundation agreed to name Giza an honorary candidate. Closer to home we have our very own wonders in Canada. Included on this list is the Skywalk Network in Calgary touted as the world’s most extensive pedestrian system off the ground with a total of 16 km and 59 bridges in all. The Olympic Stadium in Montreal was built for the 1976 Summer Olympics with the largest seating capacity in the country and a tower that boasts

the tallest incline at 175 metres. Ottawa’s Rideau Canal was built in 1832 as protection against a possible U.S. war but today it is one of the most popular tourist attractions, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The CN Tower in Toronto is the tallest free standing structure in the Western Hemisphere. It is 553.3 metres tall. Over to the Maritimes where the Confederation Bridge connects Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. The bridge has the most expensive tolls in North America. The Rogers Centre was the first stadium to have a fully retractable and motorized roof. The Montreal housing complex Habitat 67 was built for Expo 67 and features interlocking homes with private gardens. I have been most fortunate to have seen five out of the seven making me realize we do have great things to see right here at home.

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Friends of the Lodge gets help from St. Paul’s . . . Friends of the Lodge, Jo Angelopoulos, centre, accepts a cheque for $1,000 from St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Margaret Cooke, left, and Maxine Sully. The money will go to the Diamond Lodge long-term care replacement facility, and was raised by the church through banquets, catering, and various other fund raising efforts.

Friends gets one-up from One-Stop . . . One-Stop Home Improvement Centre’s Emil Itterman gives a cheque to Jo Angelopoulos of the Friends of the Lodge. The Diamond Lodge long-term care replacement facility received a much-needed $1,200, all raised from One-Stop’s 2010 Christmas tree sales. One-Stop will be donating the proceeds of the 2011 Christmas tree sale to charity, as well, so pick one up.



Sticks and Stones! by Bob Mason Names, all kinds of names, have always seemed some kind of an attraction to me, especially since, as a small boy, I remember one of the neighbours calling my Dad “Mister Mason”! Dad’s real given name was “Walter” (which had been a family name for years!) and though his children always call him “Dad”, for him to be called “Mister” seemed almost like some kind of a respectful compliment, and YT never forgot that! Actually, to be called “Mister” as being a weekend form of “Master”, and the dictionary has a lot to say about it. All the way from “Master-at-arms” to “Master Touch”, and “mister” can’t help but be a compliment, eh? I’m not sure that even if Dad did know it was that way, he never let any adulation go to his head. He always was just “Dad” to us! Our father always carried himself with a kind of friendly dignity that we all respected, and as we grew up we always looked forward to being called “Mister” someday ourselves! Mebbe Yours Truly is getting somewhat disillusioned in his old age, but often, it seems to him, that this kind of regard is slowly disappearing in our society! One rarely hears a compliment like that, given anymore! Most older people are like that! After they age a bit, they often seem to be a kind of drag on the younger set, whose “Go, Go, Go” ambitions don’t include “sitting back to smell the roses!” Oh, oh! YT started out to jot this little bit about names and here we are, halfway down the page! Times really have changed though, and part of the problem, I think, is that “oldtimers” haven’t changed with them! All of us want to be

recognized for something, anything, and calling a person Mr. or Mrs. sure helps an older person feel like they are somebody. Being a kind of smartalec type, some years ago YT signed his name in a golf club guest book as “Sir Robert Mason, Esq”, in an effort to up his (he thought) logging respect. And it was sure surprising how many people since then have called him Sir Robert. It’s a good thing (as a knight) that he didn’t have an iron suit of armour on back in September, eh? We all know that the fellow pushing this darn near dry pen has not, nor ever will be, dubbed as a knight! But the feeling of being addressed as “Sir” is sure good! In comparison, mebbe a fellow should tell here, about the times he has been called something else - and “something else” includes lines like “Hey Bud”, “C’mere Mac”, and “You old @#*!, which really don’t have any person charisma at all! In contrast to that again, I sure remember the reaction of one of my brothers as we were leaving the midway on the Exhibition in Saskatoon. Just before he took down his tent, one of the barkers tried to haul in one more sucker . . . “Hey Good Lookin’, “ he hollered at us, “Come on over and try your luck!” Of course we ignored his flattery, so he came over and pulled on Walt’s arm.

Walt (who sure had strong arms) grabbed the guy by the shirt collar and backed him up to the bench. “Look,” sez Walt, “Next time, just called me Mister!” And no one hollered “Hey Rube”! We all have made mistakes in the past, (that is how a lot of us learn thing!), and one doesn’t expect to be congratulated for making them. But sometimes it brings some of our lowerclass bosses to the points where they address you as: “You dumb old so and so” or just plan @#*!” A fellow might feel good when he is congratulated on doing a good job, but he sure feels awful when he is bawled out for doing a poor one, especially in front of a few co-workers. This happened to L105485 Pte Mason R.G. (known in this column as YT) until the army lowered his rank down to Pte again, where it was in the first place! Oh, the army was sure something else! I think that this YT guy has mentioned this military maneuver before on time, but it won’t hurt to tell it again. YT was only in the army for a few hours before he met that oh so hated and yet so unforgettable Sergeant! We had already been given that old talk about “If you play ball with the army, they will play ball with you!”, and been told about the “Bird and Bees” (Army style), asked to form up in threes on the parade square. And then we met him! A guy with three hooks on his sleeve strutted out and addressed us! “You are by far the stupidest bunch of lowdown, no-goods that I have ever seen,” he barked,”but we’re going to change that. By the time you are through Basic Training, you are going to hate me and every word that I say!”

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And he was right! By the time we had run for miles, tumbled and marched for hours, stood at attention for what seemed days, ran some more, tumbled some more, and marched some more, every one of us hated that guy! But get this! As a group we had all come from different ways of life, had different values, had different ideas about right and wrong, and not one common goal! But in those few weeks (name calling or not!) we developed

one thing! We all hated that Sergeant. Because we all did have one common goal, started to be soldiers! Mebbe that “Tough Sergeant” trick is one of the forces worst kept secrets. It did change that “Stupid bunch of no-goods” into a group of Canada’s proudest soldiers! P.S. When started to jot this column, he meant to mention a whole bunch of names he had been called,or had to deal with in the past:

“Workaholics”, “alcoholics”, “Good time Charlies”, “Big Time Operators”, “CEOs”, “The Brass”, “One pip wonders” and even my very own “#L105485”. But he suffers from a bad case of “Ballpointpenitis” (which calls for a lot of special therapy) so he had to stop! If that Ballpointpenitis disease isn’t fatal, mebbe we’ll finish up these names sometime! If it is a terminal thing checkwithTheIndependent people, eh?

This school won twice . . . Crystal Evanisky, left, representing St. Gabriel School Council, handed out some much sought-for gifts, all part of the “School Wins Twice” incentive draws. Evanisky is holding a television won by St. Gab student, Minjun Kim. Tristan Cirrico ($5 Subway card), Connor Sunderland (two $5 and a $25 Subway card), Jannuela Villanueva ($5 Subway card), and Alexandria Larochelle (iPod Touch) were the other big winners. Missing from the picture was Michael Applegate ($5 Subway card).

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Saturday morning we enjoyed a game of Scattergories. This is a word game, with the answers to the clues being of a certain letter. We do a lot of thinking in this game, as each answer is different to the clue, as we change the letters. In the afternoon we watched the movie The Wizard of Oz, with Judy Garland. We watched The Beverly Hillbillies, the series, on Sunday morning. Some of

the ladies got their nails painted, or their hair done. The Redeemer Lutheran Church conducted our Sunday service. Every morning some of the ladies come into the activity room to fold some towels and washcloths, and the gentlemen drop by to read the various papers we receive. That is our news for the week. We hope you all have a great week ahead.

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22 • 7 p.m. at The Majestic Theatre, Biggar Silver Collection (All proÀts go to the Biggar Majestic Theatre)

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Hello from the residents and staff of the Diamond Lodge. Another week has flown by, and we have had a busy week. We started our week with exercises Monday morning. We stretch our muscles, and then use our hands when we toss and catch the exercise ball, then we get the large exercise ball out, and kick it back and forth around the circle. It is fun trying to keep it moving, some of our residents have a really good kick! After lunch we played a game of Jackpot Bingo. On Tuesday morning we met in the activity room for current events. We like to catch up on the latest news from the various papers we receive. A good discussion always follows this activity. In the afternoon we played a game of Swing Bowl. We enjoy playing this game, and we do a lot of cheering and laughing. Wednesday morning we met in the activity room again, and played some cards. Some of us also played a game of Yahtzee, with a couple of us getting some very lucky dice rolls. We met in the activity lounge after lunch to participate in our Remembrance Day Service. We had a few readings, and had a minute of silence to honour our fallen soldiers. On Thursday we met in the activity lounge for another set of exercises. We try and do our exercise program at least twice a week. After lunch we participated in games of bingo! After we selected our lucky cards we hoped the caller would call some of the lucky numbers. There were no activities on Friday.

couldn’t have been pulled off without the many student volunteers who were eager to miss class to help out. Thanks also goes out to our parent volunteers for giving up a morning, afternoon, or evening to supervise in the library. We hope everybody has a great long weekend this is your last one till Christmas break!

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and basketball beginning for all teams early next week. Sort of sports related, we’d like to send a big thank you out to Dylan Haynes who is organizing our annual Dodgeball Tournament. Play is scheduled to start on Monday! Following dodgeball, we’ve heard through the grapevine that the pressure is on Sam Mao to plan a ping pong tourny for later in the year - and he intends to take home the gold (unless Danton has anything to say about it). Aside from athletics, the Scholastic Book Fair took place this week. It was a great success, and


Giving-kids, giving to other kids . . . Biggar Central School students, with teacher Jackie Zagoruy, show off the efforts of their shoebox campaign. The boxes, as well as $60, will go to kids in need in Third World countries, and Teacher Tubs will help kids with so little, receive an education. Good job, everyone!

by Tayler McCarty & Taylor Darroch Well folks . . . it’s time to bundle up with your winter jackets and toques because this weekend is supposed to be a cold one! Going along with the whole winter theme, as of today there are less than 40 days until Christmas, so its time to start your shopping! We are hoping you have been good this year so Santa doesn’t leave you a lump of coal in your stocking. All fall, sports teams have wound down for the year with the exception of the Senior Boys Volleyball team which is headed to La Loche for a regional tournament early Friday morning. Good luck boys! As we head into the snowy season, our winter sports are getting going with curling starting this week

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Agriculture A horse isn’t just a horse, of course by Calvin Daniels There is something about being around draft horses which I have always enjoyed. It probably goes back to stories my Dad used to tell about how he quit school in Grade 8 to stay home and work the big horses in the field. When I was a youngster, a few decades ago now, the stories were most intriguing because of the prospect of quitting school, but as I grew older I came to understand my Dad’s love of the big horses. At the Grain Millers Harvest Showdown in Yorkton recently it was great to see the gentle giants as part of the event, especially when

the draft horse show has been eliminated from Canadian Western Agribition. I have to think that is a mistake by the CWA given how impressive a ring full of four and six-horse hitches are. It is sad that has been lost at what we often hear referred to as the premier livestock show in Canada. In the case of the Yorkton show one of the most amazing moments for me was to watch young school students gathered around the massive draft horses. The children were in awe, but also so excited to be able to reach out and pet the big horses which took the attention in their usual docile

nature. That is perhaps the most amazing thing about draft horses, how the powerful horses are so amazingly calm. The s e e m i n g opposites come into focus when watching the horse pull competition. Between pulls the horses stand quietly on the sidelines. Once they are hooked to the pulling sled there is an explosion of power as the horses get down to the business of pulling. To see the horse pulling up to 10,000 pounds shows their great power,

and how it was that much of the Canadian Prairies was transformed to farmland through the sweat of horses such as those now relegated to pulling show wagons and competitive pulling as they have given way to mechanization. It is good though that breeders are keeping draft breeds alive, and in terms of raising top animals the Canadian Prairies certainly excel. An example of the quality was seen at the recent World Clydesdale Show held in Wisconsin. Donegal Dr. Pepper was

recently named Supreme Champion Clydesdale of the world at the show. The six-year-old stallion was raised by Greg Gallagher of Canora and was chosen Grand Champion Stallion of the show for his current owners Bob and Laura Gookin of Boulevard, California. He topped a field of 108 stallions which were eligible for the title. The championship was one of several top-10 class finishes to come back to Western Canada. And in 2012 it will be the Belgian breed’s time to shine as their world show is held in Brandon, an event high on my ‘must attend’ list for next year. No doubt Western

Canadian bloodlines will once again shine. Certainly draft horses are integral to our farm heritage, and any effort to maintain the breeds gets my applause. In that same vein it’s hats off Merlin Ford of the Kuroki area and his ongoing efforts to chronicle the history of draft horses in a new book. Check it out For me the big horses are a living connection to the farm efforts of my Grandfather and my Dad, and that will always make them special, and an element of any agricultural event I will be drawn to.

farmer-elected directors held a media event on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Nov. 15. Ian White, President and CEO of the Canadian Wheat Board, will serve as part of the Crop Logistics Working Group announced by Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. The group will undertake to share ideas and develop strategies and plans that will maximize supply chain efficiencies in Western Canada. This will be a forum to consider the performance of the supply chain for grains, and consider the best solutions to the issues for the benefit of all stakeholders. The outcome of this work will be invaluable for all Western Canadian

farmers and Ian looks forward to participating in productive, forwardlooking discussions with all committee members. The CWB’s Farm Business Team (FBT), which manages phone calls and e-mails inquiries from Prairie producers, is changing its hours of operation. Effective Nov. 14, the FBT will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CT (previous hours were 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.). This change is being made to better align business hours to farmer calling patterns, allowing the CWB to serve farmers effectively during the times they most need assistance. To contact the FBT, call 1-800-275-4292 or e-mail

Canadian Wheat Board Bulletin (Dated November 14) At a glance The Federal Court will hear the CWB’s lawsuit to uphold farmers’ democratic rights on

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New Horizons News Bowling Results Perdue Community Bowl Club 55: MHS, Al Levitt, 219; LHS, Carol Lemon, 182; MHT, Tom Davies, 573; LHT, Carol Lemon, 496; THS; Hopefuls, 1,088; THT; Unpredictables, 3,092; MHA, Tom Davies, 186; LHA, Carol Lemon, 163. Ladies: LHS, Marilyn Moon, 238; LHT, Sandra Pavloff, 593; THS, Other

Frame, 1,127; THT, Other Frame, 3,239; LHA, Dorrie Laberswieler, 177. Mens: MHS, Jim Nicholls, 284; MHT, Jim Nicholls, 651; THS, JAG, 803; THT, WWF, 2,193; MHA, Jim Nicholls, 187. Mixed: MHS, Curtis Watson, 212; LHS, Joey Levitt, 216; MHT, Curtis Watson, 571; LHT, Joey

Levitt, 580; THS; Chai & DJ’s, 1,022; THT; Smilin’ 5, 2,977; MHA; Chai Senglow, 204; LHA; Joey Levitt, 187. YBC: Junior H.S.; Levi Mantie, 152; Junior H.D.; Danielle Munro, 291. Bantam H.S.; Dakota Anderson, 117. Bantam H.D.; Dakota Anderson, 225.

Wednesday YBC: Girls: HS, Hailey Boobyer, 160; HT, Hailey Boobyer, 325. Bantam: HS, Justin Cirrico, 128; HT, Justin Cirrico, 334.

Thursday afternoon m i x e d : M H S, G l e n Shockey, 243; MHT, Glen Shockey, 552; LHS, Donna Eckart, 215; LHT, Donna Eckart, 520.

Alley Katz results Monday night mixed league: MHS, Calvin Boobyer, 229; MHT, Calvin Boobyer, 567; LHS, Krista Remeshylo, 203; MHT, Krista Remeshylo, 502.

New Horizons bowling results MHT, Geoff Cooke - 226; MHT, Geoff Cooke - 540; LHS, June Hoppe - 163; LHT, June Hoppe - 446.

by Karen Itterman Greeting from the New Horizons Wednesday evening kaiser club on November 9 had the following results: Ray Silbernagle first place, Ken Pearce second place, Reg Turner third place and Ron Arnold fourth place. The monthly board meeting of the New Horizons was held on Thursday, Nov. 10. Our regular scheduled bingo was held in the afternoon of Nov. 10 with 13 players in attendance. The caller was Agnes Small with Betty Mundt collecting the tickets and Ron Arnold giving out the prizes. Agnes Small provided the lunch. Our next bingo is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 24. The November potluck birthday party was held on Monday Nov. 14 with 55 people attendance. The

musical entertainment was provided by the New Mussettes under the direction of Louise Souillet Hawkins. These young people truly have great talent and we appreciated the opportunity to have them entertain at the New Horizons. The Mussette members are Graham Lehnert, Kelsey Hammond, Taylor Darroch, Mallory McCarty, Tayler McCarty and Tyler McCarty. We were also treated to musical selections, which included Susan Lehnert and Cari McCarty. Josie Kerr provided the cake for the potluck with Don Sinclair acting as MC for the event. Myrtle Althouse sold half-andhalf tickets as well as our Christmas Raffle tickets. Our early bird Christmas draw took place with Marg Irven winning a $25 gift certificate from Biggar

Flower and Gift Shop. Congratulations to Marg. The game of carpet bowling was played on Tuesday, Nov. 15 with three teams playing. Aileen Smith’s team with teammates June Hoppe and Barb Swyryda came in first place. The second place team was Florence Hammond’s team with Dinah Kegler and Blanche Borchardt as her teammates. The New Horizons has been a busy place in the last few weeks with the flu clinics and the advance poll taking place in the main hall. As I write this report the members are preparing for our monthly Jam Session that will take place this afternoon in the hall. We always look forward to the talented people who come and make this afternoon enjoyable for those who attend.

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News from Perdue Audrey Mason news by Audrey Mason A month ago, my daughter, Melody Lozinsky of Regina came for a three day visit. It ended too soon! She arrived with a complete thanksgiving supper for Gregg and I. Of course there were leftovers for us to enjoy later. As always, she tidied up as well as doing a bit at the farm. In a few days, my “northern” daughter came for about four days. After her usual trek south (in the fall) to Regina and Melfort, visiting family and friends, she ended up here. The weather was beautiful! My flowers were still not frozen!

She loves to walk, so a sweater was her garb. Like her sister, the suppers were super good. My girls are both good cooks. Finally, the day she departed for home, my “young ones” came. Alec had to work, but Tania, Jeff and Melissa, plus Shelby came for the weekend. They enjoyed a visit to the market here, as well as the farm. Then they got supper! I just visited! Jeff cooked eggs and bacon for breakfast. He knows how I love bacon! He took four years of cooking in high school, so

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it paid off! His dad, Ken also enjoys cooking. While he peeled potatoes and cooked some, the girls made gravy, salads, et cetera. Before leaving Sunday, Jeff gathered up eight bags of leaves off my lawn and took them away. Tania did laundry and Melissa, dishes. Again, I just talked! The weather for their trip was good, and I appreciated them coming. My family spoil me! My good friend, Bessie Johnstone, has moved to Saskatoon. She may return in the spring for the summer and to plant her flowers. What a wonderful fall we had! Some days it was 90˚F. Now, we’ve snow, but who would not live in Saskatchewan, eh? It was beautiful weather for the harvesting - probably the nicest in my memory. So we can be thankful! We have a new store helper in Perdue - Chuck Strate and family. I wish him well, we need a store here.


PERDUE… Thursday, December 8 • 7:00 p.m. Perdue United Church (all religious denominations welcome) Local enquiries: Grondin Funeral Services • 948-2669 “Our family serving your family since 1963”

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Winter weights in effect December 1 Truckers are advised winter weights will come into effect Dec. 1. The ministry allows winter weights on applicable provincial highways as early as Nov. 16 or as late as Dec. 1, depending on weather. With this fall’s mild weather, road structures are not yet cold enough to allow winter weights. Winter weights remain in effect until March 14 but may be restricted to the last day of February, depending on weather and road conditions. As

of March 15, or the last day of the winter weight season, the allowable weights will revert back down to normal summer weights or to spring ban weight restriction, depending on current conditions. Truckers can find the latest road restriction orders and related information online at highways. or by calling the Highway Hotline as follows: Regina and area at 787-7623; Saskatoon and area at 933-8333; across Canada

at 1-888-335-7623; and on the SaskTel Cellular Network at *ROAD. For technical and regulatory information during the winter weight season, commercial carriers within Saskatchewan can also telephone the Transport Compliance Branch Inquiry Line at 1-866-933-5290. Truckers outside of Saskatchewan can call the same line at (306) 933-5290. The line operates weekdays, except statuary holidays, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Landis Locals Helen Buxton 658-2115 Landis School held a very moving service for Remembrance Day. Local Air Cadets, in full dress uniform marched on the colours. Tom Ehry and Brittany Hirschfeld welcomed everyone then Doug Drover played “The Last Post”, and after the two minute silence, he played Reveille on the bugle. Each Elementary classroom made a presentation of appropriate poetry or writing, followed by the laying of wreaths. Jayden Sittler played “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes. It was great to have “live” music for the service; it really added to the program. Parents of pre-schoolers - if you’re interested in having a story hour, followed by craft times, on either Tuesdays or Thursdays, at the library,

call Vera Halter. If enough people are interested, it will be at 11 a.m. on one of those days each week. Kimberley and oneyear-old, Aubree, were

weekend visitors at Jim Buxton and Joyce Mann’s home. Little ones are so interesting when they are learning to walk and talk.

Landis Good news by Don Sizer The good news is that there are many activities going on now that harvest is complete. The Complex is being well used. The seniors are having a soup and sandwich on December 7. This also includes the school, as the high school students help out and the younger students come to entertain with carols. The ice will be going in at the curling rink very soon. We are fortunate to have a facility such as

the Landis Complex. This building was constructed with a lot of volunteer help; completed in 1981. I think I prefer the good old days when you didn’t need liability insurance. You just got the work done; if hurt you got a bandaid and went right back to the job. The bad news this week is that there has been a rash of stolen vehicles and other things in the area. It seems the crowbar hotel is not a deterrent anymore.


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Origins of a holiday staple The thick, spiced drink eggnog has essentially holiday brew. Although eggnog is we know as eggnog has remained unchanged b e c o m e s y n o n y m o u s throughout the centu- widely enjoyed throughwith the holidays. It is so ries. It consists of beaten out the holiday season, in linked with the Christ- eggs, cream or milk and the past it was served at mas season that a person sugar mixed with some special events and social may be hard-pressed to sort of alcoholic spirit. occasions. As a warmed beverage it find it sold can easily in the superchase away market any winter’s other time chill. This is of the year. how it may But egghave come nog wasn’t to be enjoyed always the primarily holiday bevduring the erage it has holidays. become. Love it Eggnog is or hate it, believed to eggnog is a have origidrink that nated in can evoke 17th centustrong feelry Europe, ings of the primarily holidays as a drink within minfor the elite, utes. There since the inare variagredients in tions of the beverage eggnog sold were hard commerto come by c i a l l y, b u t and thusly many peorelegated ple swear by to the very homemade rich. versions for There are d i f f e r e n t Homemade eggnog will be sure to warm your holi- their taste and authentheories on day guests. (Photo from t i c i t y. T r y the origins your own of the word eggnog itself. Some be- The Old English were homemade eggnog with lieve it has gotten its believed to mix it with this recipe, courtesy of name from the Old Eng- wine, though once the lish word “nog,” which drink was brought to Holiday Eggnog meant “strong beer.” The the New World, colonists (Spirited) “egg” refers to one of the substituted rum for the ingredients in the bever- wine. Rum was readily 1 dozen eggs age, fresh eggs. Others available through trades- 1 pound powdered sugar surmise that it comes man running between the 1/2 teaspoon salt from the word “noggin,” Americas and the Carib- 1/4 cup vanilla which was a vessel for bean and therefore less 8 cups evaporated milk serving drinks in taverns. expensive than another 3 cups water The drink was called spirit. As America grew 1 quart spiced rum “egg in a noggin,” which and eggnog was enjoyed Nutmeg, to garnish was shortened to “egg- in different parts of the Beat eggs until light nog.” Still, there are oth- country, the rum was in colour, gradually add ers who say its name is replaced with regional sugar, salt and vanilla. derived from the term spirits, including bourbon Then add milk and wa“grog,” which was another or grain alcohol. Other ter. Stir in rum (brandy, term for booze. “Egg n’ ingredients were also bourbon or rye may also grog” was eventually ab- added to give it a custom- be used). Cover the nog breviated to “eggnog.” ized flavour. However, the and ripen for 24 hours Although there is little use of nutmeg, cinnamon in the refrigerator. Stir certainty to the origins of and cloves has become again and serve sprinthe name, the recipe for traditional flavors for the kled with nutmeg.



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OBITUARIES Mary Johns April 18, 1921 November 3, 2011 Mary Johns passed away November 3, 2011 in Biggar, Sask. at the age of 90 years. Mary was born April 18, 1921 in Winkler Man. A memorial tea was held on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 from Biggar New Horizons Hall. Honourary bearers were all those who shared in Mary’s life. Interment followed at Biggar Cemetery, Biggar, Sask. Mary is survived by her children, June (Bob) Mantie of Baldwinton, Sask. and children, Maxine (Brad) and their children, Krista, Brandi and Ty, Jeff (Angie) and their children Lexi, Jayden and Ashton; Richard (Yvonne) of Prince George, B.C. and children, Vickie (Keith) Milne and their children, Keira and Ryder, Jason (Susan) and their children Asa and Chole; Judith (Duane) Wegleitner of Humboldt, Sask. and children Darcy (Steve) and their children Zade and Quinn; Ruth Domes of Biggar, Sask. and children Roxanne (Gerry) and their children Nicole and Megan, Cory; Bob (Sharon) of Saskatoon, Sask. and children Dena and Jay (Janet); Peggy Mantie of Battleford, Sask. and daughter Cindy (Mark); two brothers, Pete and Cornie; two sisters, Anne and Helen; along with several nieces and nephews and extended family members. Mary was predeceased by her husband Victor in 2005 and sonsin-law, Doug Mantie and Richard Domes. Tributes may be made to Biggar Ambulance, Box 130, Biggar, SK, S0K 0M0 or Heart & Stroke Foundation, 279-3rd Ave. N., Saskatoon, SK, S7K 2H8 Grondin Funeral Services, Biggar entrusted with arrangements, “Our family serving your family since 1963”. gfsc1

Thelma June Saunders June 7, 1928 November 4, 2011 June Saunders passed away on November 4, 2011, at the age of 83, in the loving presence of her family. June was born on June 7, 1928 on the family farm in Lydden, Sask., one of seven children born to Harry and Marion Thomson. After attending the local country school for her early school years, June moved to Biggar to attend high school. After high school she began working at Luxton’s Ladies Wear in Biggar, Sask. Mom met Dad at a local dance and they were married on July 8, 1953 on the Thomson farm. For their honeymoon they went on Mom’s ¿rst trip outside the province to Vancouver and Seattle. A year later Dad joined the Army and they moved to Vancouver where they lived for next few years. In 1957 they moved back to Biggar and began a family with the arrival of their ¿rst son, Darcie, followed shortly thereafter by Shawn, Sandra and Darla. They took a break and because they were not busy enough they welcomed Scott and Daina. June was dedicated to her children supporting them at hockey, ¿gure skating, ringette, lacrosse, Brownies, Scouts, Air Cadets and musical pursuits. With a family of six it is hard to imagine how June continued to be such a talented and productive seamstress and knitter. She could take multiple patterns and combine them to ¿t an individual’s style, size and taste. There are treasured family photos in which all family members are wearing custom tailored, matching ensembles. Many a young girl was made to feel special as she was ¿tted by mom for a one-of-a-kind skating or dance costume, wedding or bridesmaid dress. June made Thanksgiving and Christmas very special celebrations, often preparing a delicious feast for 40 or more guests in her tiny kitchen. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed nurturing a fruitful garden each year. Her dilled carrots were always a family favourite. In her retirement years, June was very excited to travel, especially enjoying her many trips to the Maritimes with Dad. She achieved a lifelong dream when they travelled to Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii. They also enjoyed a memorable Alaskan Cruise. June will be remembered in the community for comforting babies and providing timely advice on everything from home remedies to housekeeping and gardening tips. June will be dearly missed by the love of her life and husband of 58 years Don; her children, Darcie (Pam) of Saskatoon, Sask. and son Jared; Shawn (Shauneen) of Saskatoon, Sask. and sons, Matthew and Adam; Sandra (Ted) Wall of Calgary, Alta. and children, Sarah, Brendan, Dale (Carrie), and children, Samatha, Kailea, Johnathon, McKenzie; Scott of Calgary, Alta. and children Jessica, Shane, Tyler; Darla

OBITUARIES Saunders (Bruce Harrison) of Saskatoon, Sask. and their daughter, Heather; Daina (Shaune) Lapworth of La Ronge, Sask. and children, Justen and Alana; her sisters, Zella (Russ) Purdy of Moose Jaw, Sask. and Darlene Atkinson of Victoria, B.C.; her brother, Colin (Marion) Thomson of Lethbridge, Alta.; nieces, nephews; her dear friend, Dene. and extended family. She was predeceased by her parents; sisters, Virgina, Catherine, Carolyn; and brother, Roderick. The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Anton Muller and the staff at Diamond Lodge. The Funeral Service was held on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 2 p.m. from Biggar Community Hall, Biggar, Sask. with Rev. Ann Marie Nicklin of¿ciating. Organist was Doreen Dubreuil. Honourary bearers were all those who shared in June’s life. Active Urn Bearers were Sarah Wall, Justen Lapworth, Matthew Saunders, Shane Saunders and Jessica Saunders. Interment followed in Biggar Cemetery. Tributes may be directed to Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), Saskatchewan Division, 1705 McKercher Drive, Saskatoon, SK, S7H 5N6 Grondin Funeral Services, Biggar were entrusted with arrangements, “Our family serving your family since 1963”. gfsc1

Robert Earl Danychuk March 6, 1926 November 3, 2011 “Earl” passed away quietly November 3, 2011 at the Sherbrooke Centre Veteran’s Village in Saskatoon at the age of 85. Earl was born south of Biggar, Sask. (NW 19-35-15W3, R.M. of Biggar, Sask.) on March 6, 1926 to Emily (Hack) and Steven Danychuk. Younger brother to George, the boys would later welcome sisters Joyce and Pearl. Earl attended school in Biggar, then hired on with CN in 1942 at the age of 16. In 1943 he enlisted with the Royal Canadian Navy and was deployed on a mine sweeper in the Atlantic Ocean during WWII. When he returned to Biggar in 1945, Earl rejoined CN and worked there until he began farming, ¿rst with his brother George in 1950, then on his own in 1951. Earl met Delilah Slager in 1959 and courted her a short time before they were married on December 15, 1959. Earl continued to farm south of Biggar and became involved in championing Medicare in Saskatchewan. In the next ¿ve years he and Lila welcomed three sons, Robert (1961), George (1962) and Harry (1964). Earl spent his life engrossed in farming, the markets and politics. Sadly he was widowed when Lila passed away suddenly in 1996. Earl was fond of his cattle, a good poker game, and the occasional beer, but his greatest joy in his twilight years was his grandchildren. Earl very much enjoyed hearing about



their interests and attending their activities, and was tickled pink when he became a great grandfather in recent years. Earl was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Delilah; Delilah’s parents and stepmother; sisters, Joyce and Pearl; and brothers-in-law, Harry Coote and Larry Watt. He is survived by his brother, George (Rose); sister-in-law, Dorothy (Cliff); and brother-in-law, Don; as well as his sons, Rob (Tammy), their children Shawn (Kiera), Mathew (Michelle), Chris, and great-grandchildren Mya and Myles; George (Channone), their children Chase and Sutter; and Harry (Mary Jo), and their children Cody, Braden and Areanna. Funeral Service was held on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. from St. Gabriel Roman Catholic Church, Biggar, Saskatchewan with Father Ray Senger as celebrant and Lucie de Bussac as presider. Music was supplied by Michelle Danychuck, violin; Karen Jiricka, pianist and St. Gabriel Church Choir. Bagpiper was Gordon Laycock. Honourary Casket Bearers were Shawn Danychuk, Mathew Danychuk, Chris Danychuk, Cody Danychuk, Braden Danychuk, Areanna Danychuk, Chase Danychuk, Sutter Danychuk; Honour Guard was Royal Canadian Legion Biggar Branch. Interment was at Biggar Cemetery. In lieu of Àowers, donations may be directed to Friends of the Lodge Fund, c/o Biggar & District Community Foundation, Box 489, Biggar, SK, S0K 0M0 or Saskatchewan Heart & Stroke Foundation, 279-3rd Ave. N., Saskatoon, SK, S7K 2H8 or Canadian Diabetes Association. Grondin Funeral Services, Biggar entrusted with arrangements, “Our family serving your family since 1963”. gfsc1

Del was born to farm but before he settled down on his father’s homestead he tried his hand at “cat skinning” (driving the road maintainer) for the municipality, and then mining in Thompson, Man. in the winter of 1959. He started farming full time in 1960. In this same year, he got his pilot’s license and later became a member of the Flying Farmers. Del married his wife, Fay Sittler (nee Turner) on October 9, 1965. Together they raised four boys who married four good women: Quentin (and Melanie Schreiner), Clayton (and Wanda Wandler), Blake (and Brooke Heintz), and Jarrid (and Teresa Goertz). Del was an active member of his community. He sat on the provincial health board in the 1980’s, and locally volunteered with the Knights of Columbus, the Lions, Our Lady of Fatima Parish Council, and the Co-op Store Board. Del loved hunting deer, geese and ducks and enjoyed ¿shing up north with his sons, especially on Wollaston, Chitek, and Pelican Narrows. Del enjoyed time with his family especially Christmas time when he could offer his family and friends halva, macaroons and a glass of rum. On one of his last nights, Del gathered his family around his bed and told them that he had no regrets and that he had lived a good life. Del is mourned by his wife, children, 12 grandchildren: Adam, Josh, Regan, Jayden, Payton, Justis, Gabriel, Elizabeth, Reuben, Oscar, Kenya and Malena; as well as his siblings, Rita (Joe) Deck, Wilma Sittler, Lorna Sharpe, Ed (Marg) Sittler, Lynda (Marty) Grealish, Carol (Gary) Grif¿n, and Gordon Sittler. Prayers were held Monday, November 7, 2011 at 7 p.m. with Bishop Don Bolen and Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. with Father Raymond Senger, both from Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church, Landis, Sask. Readers were Joe Deck and Vera Halter; Eucharistic Ministers were Michael Knobel, Val and Bernie Heintz; Offeratory Gifts were his grandchildren; eulogist was Jarrid Sittler; Intercession by Kathy Kuypers; music by Landis Community Choir. Pallbearers were Adam Sittler, Joshua Sittler, Gabriel Sittler, Regan Sittler, Jayden Sittler and Nyle Williams. Honour Guard was the Knights of Columbus; ushers were Craig Suter and James Bauml. Interment followed at Landis Cemetery, Landis, Sask. Grondin Funeral Services, Biggar entrusted with arrangements, “Our family serving your family since 1963”. gfsc1

Delroy Donovon Sittler March 3, 1938 November 1, 2011 Delroy Sittler—born Donavan Roy Sittler—was raised in Landis, Sask. by Charlie and Mary (nee Kobelsky) Sittler.




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CARD OF THANKS The family of Earl Danychuk would like to say thank you to each of their families and friends for all the cards, food, visits, donations, thoughts of sympathy and especially the special stories of Earl that everyone shared with us. Thank you to the doctors and staff at the Diamond Lodge and Biggar Hospital for all the care and enjoyment you gave Earl on his many stays over the years. Also thank you to the staff of Sherwood Veteran’s Home where Earl had spent his last months. You all touched his heart in a special way. Thank you to Michelle Danychuk and Karen Jiricka for the violin and piano music, Catholic Church choir and CWL for the lunch. Thank you to Lucie de Bussac for presiding over the church service on such short notice; Ed Young and the Legion members for the honour guard; and Gordon Laycock for bugling The Last Post. Earl would be very honoured to have you attend. Thank you to Bob Clothier and Grondin Funeral Services for all the arrangements and making things much easier. Rob and Tammy; George and Channone; Harry and Mary-Jo; and families 47gfsc1 The family of Mary Johns would like to thank everyone for their expressions of sympathy, and also for the food and goodies sent to the house. Thank you to Grondin Funeral Services for their assistance and help with all the arrangements. A special thanks to the doctors, nurses and all the staff at the Biggar Hospital for their care of Mom, as well as their concern for the rest of the family. A big thanks to the dedicated ambulance staff. Thank you to the New Horizons for the luncheon at the memorial held November 8th. Our many thanks to everyone. gfsc1 A very special thank you to everyone who came to my bridal shower. Thanks for the useful gifts and money that will be put to good use. Thanks to my sister and mom for all the work that went to putting it on, you are my very special people. Thanks again, Stephanie Buxton 47c1

CARD OF THANKS I would like to say thank you to family and friends for helping with Stephanie’s bridal shower. Thanks again, Trudy Buxton 47c1

COMING EVENTS SUNDAYS in November: Presbyterians, Anglicans, Lutherans will be worshipping at Redeemer Lutheran Church, corner of 7th Ave. East and Ontario St., Biggar at 10:30 a.m. Baptism and Communion on November 13. Pot Luck and Redeemer Annual meeting after church on the 27th. Everyone is welcome. 48/10tfn NOVEMBER 7 - DECEMBER 10: Biggar Museum & Gallery’s Annual Christmas Magic Silent Auction held in The Credit Union Gallery in the Biggar Museum. Open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. through noon hour for your bidding convenience. Bid often on this year’s fantastic items and purchase your half and half ticket. 44c6 THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24: 6 p.m., Vegetarian Dinner Club at Biggar New Horizons, $5 per person. For more info contact Fran at 306-237-4429 (home) or Wednesday/Thursday 948-2446 (work). Everyone welcome! 46p2 THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24 and FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25: Biggar Museum & Gallery’s annual Cookie Sale fundraiser. Available a the Credit Union, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Cookie Trays, $10. 45c3 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25: Biggar Museum & Gallery’s Festival of Lights Celebration, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. FREE hot chocolate, Hot Dogs, $3. Christmas Cookie Trays available for $10. Silent Auction, Half and Half draw! 45c3 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25 and SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26: St. Gabriel CWL Clothing Drive and Garage Sale at St. Gabriel Church. Drop off: Friday, 9 a.m. 5 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. - 12 noon; Sales: Friday, 1 - 5 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Proceeds go to the Food Bank and KidSport. 45c3 WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30: St. Paul’s Church Tea & Bake Sale, 2 - 3:30 p.m. at Biggar New Horizons. Truden Books in attendance. 46p3 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6: The annual Carol Festival at The Majestic Theatre at 12 noon featuring school groups AND an evening concert at 7 p.m. featuring community groups and church choirs. Please join us in Celebrating the Season! Noon performance, $2/person (bag lunches are available, $4/bag). Evening concert, $5/person and a food bank item. Proceeds go to the Spring Music Festival 47c3 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10: Join us for an afternoon of entertainment in The Credit Union Gallery at the closing of Biggar Museum’s 12th Annual Christmas Magic Silent Auction. Bidding closes at 3:00 p.m. Half and Half draw. Be in attendance for door prizes. 47c3 SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11: Prairie Notes Community Choir and Friends present Happy Holidays, 2:30 p.m. at The Majestic Theatre, Biggar, an afternoon of Christmas music with special guests, Christina Bakanec and Katie Finch, cellists. Admission $10. Everyone welcome! 47c3

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INVITATIONS Baby Shower SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26: You are invited to a Come & Go Baby Shower for Madyx Humeniuk, son of Kelsey (Steeg) and Jeremy Humeniuk at 409 - 7th Ave. West, Biggar from 2 - 5 p.m. Cards in drugstore. Everyone welcome. 47p1

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

ENGAGEMENT Dale and Trudy Buxton and Doug and Ann Weekes would like to announce the upcoming marriage of their children, Stephanie Dale Buxton to Clinton Doug Weekes on December 10, 2011. 47c1



MISCELLANEOUS Snowblower, 24”, 5 HP, good working condition. Phone 9482296 47c3 BOSCH 800 watt Mixer $459, LEFSE Grills, Dehydrators, Breadmakers $99, Port Ice Makers $189 Margaritaville Blender $199 Call Hometech Regina toll Free 1-888-6926724 BUILDING SALE... FINAL CLEARANCE. “ROCK BOTTOM PRICES” 25x40x12 $7350. 30x60x15 $12,700. 35x70x16 $15,250. 40x80x16 $20,990. 47x100x18 $25,800. 60x140x20 $50,600. End walls included, doors optional. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422. DISCONNECTED PHONE? ChoiceTel Home Phone Service. No One Refused! Low Monthly Rate! Calling Features and Unlimited Long Distance Available. Call ChoiceTel Today! 1-888-333-1405. www.choicetel. ca. FACTORY REPOSSESSED PREFAB’S! Must sell: 50% off pre-insulated panel home shell packages. Pre-manufactured SIP wall/roof/Àoor components Build better/faster. R2000+ energy saving foam. Toll free 1-855-INSUL-WALL (467-8592);

Shawn and Amanda Whyte are pleased to announce the arrival of their son,

Ronan Carman. Proud grandparents are Bruce and Helen Delainey, Carman and Evelyn Whyte of Rosetown; great-grandmas are Amelia Gerlinsky and Regina Delainey of Wilkie; Ivy Whyte of Rosetown and Tina Kabatoff of Regina.

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

Approximately 70 fancy black Angus bred heifers, calving date end of March; bred polled Hereford and Angus. Price $1,500 per head. Call Duane Neufeldt at 948-8055. 45c3


REAL ESTATE Two serviced lots, side by side in Biggar, 100’x140’, $79,900. Call 717-4681 (cell) 5tfn FOR SALE: 55 PLUS ACTIVE ADULT Living. Large Ground Level Townhomes. 306-2410123.

TENDER Tim Hammond Realty FOR SALE BY TENDER, 6 quarters mixed farmland 20 km S of Elrose. 850 total acres with 251 cult. acres, owner has seeded up to 686 acres including lake bottom. Pasture fenced and cross fenced. Closes 5:00 p.m., December 2, 2011. Excl. listing. 306-948-5052. http://Mercier. 46c3

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948-3820 302 - 8th Ave. W. • Biggar BEDROOMS FOR RENT at Gopherville Lodge, Langenburg, SK. Rooms Include: Double bed, satellite TV, wireless Internet, fridge, microwave. Weekly or monthly rates. Phone 306-7435041.

LAND FOR SALE GRASSLAND WANTED… Looking for grazing/hay land for lease or rent. RMs of Biggar, Glenside or Rosemount. Cash rent, per cow per day or shares of hay from hay land. Longer rental deals preferred. Contact Ian 948-7284 or Cathy 9487758 with details. 45p3


NEED FINANCING for CATTLE PURCHASES Contact Jim @ 948-5472 and join your local Feeder Co-operative




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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Part-time help needed, please drop resume off at de Moissac Jewellers, Biggar 47c3 Hallcon Crew Transport DRIVERS WANTED: in Biggar and surrounding area. Must have Class 4 or willing to upgrade. Clean abstract, hauling CN and CP rail crews, 24 hrs/day/7 days/week. DOT regulated, 24 hr call out. Equipment supplied, Training available. Email…; cell… 306-203-1275. 47p3 MEAT CUTTER and Sausage Maker. Full-time employment. $18.50/hour. Bene¿t plan. Accommodations available. Monday to Friday. Contact Provost Packers 780-753-2415 or fax 780-753-2413.

W1167 Coram Construction is hiring Carpenters and concrete ¿nishers to work PCL sites in Saskatchewan. $28.50-$30.40/ hr, Good bene¿ts, 3-5 years experience. Join, ¿t and install formwork. E-mail: rlakeman@ Fax: 306-525-0990 Mail: 205-845 Broad Street Regina, SK S4R-8G9

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SASKATCHEWAN TRADE WORKERS WANTED. Carson Energy Services, a division of Flint Energy Services is hiring trade professionals for various locations in Saskatchewan. We offer competitive wages and bene¿ts! Please apply at www. À or call 1-(866)463-5468 NEED A HOME PHONE? Cable TV or High Speed Internet? We Can Help. Everyone Approved. Call Today. 1-877-852-1122 Protel Reconnect.

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by Randy Weekes, MLA, Biggar (11 November, 2011) On Monday, November 7 Saskatchewan people made a clear choice. They chose to keep our province moving forward with Premier Brad Wall and the Saskatchewan Party. On behalf of the entire Saskatchewan Party Caucus, thank you for your support. The election took place at a very important time of the year. On Remembrance Day, we remember those who gave their lives to give us the gifts of freedom and democracy. We honour those gifts every time we vote. Saskatchewan people did just that when they cast their ballot. Many of them voted for tomorrow – to move Saskatchewan forward. They chose a plan that will build on our government’s record over the past four years. They entrusted and charged the 49 men and women elected to continue to provide balanced budgets that commit to helping students, families and seniors. They voted for a vision of Saskatchewan in which people with disabilities receive the support they both need and deserve. They opted for our government’s commitment to better health care and to better education and to continue dealing with our infrastructure deficit. They chose a Saskatchewan that will be 1.1 million people by 2015 and debt free. Our government is committed to keeping Saskatchewan the best place in the country to live, work, invest and raise a family. We will work hard, keep our promises and take responsibility for our mistakes – we will do what we said we would

do. It is thanks to you and the blessings of good fortune that we live in a new Saskatchewan. Today in Saskatchewan, our economy is leading the nation, there are 26,400 more jobs than just four years ago, our unemployment rate is the lowest in Canada and there are more people living here than ever before in our province’s history. We are taking advantage of that growth by shortening surgical wait times, hiring more doctors and nurses, investing in highways and infrastructure, and paying down $3 billion in provincial debt. These examples are just a part of the new Saskatchewan that you voted for. Today in Saskatchewan, after years of losing our young people to other provinces, our population is growing and our young people are coming home. After years of being a have-not

province, Saskatchewan is a have province. We are leading the nation. Where there was once fear of the future, there is now hope. Where there was once doubt, there is now confidence. This new Saskatchewan is stronger and prouder and better than she has ever been and we are not going back. Saskatchewan is becoming what it was meant to be. We have chosen to move forward, to be a national leader, and to not be the place to be from, but the place to be. There is still work to do, but we are up to the challenge because Saskatchewan people are facing their future with hope and optimism. For they know that the only day better than today in Saskatchewan, is tomorrow in Saskatchewan. If you have a question about this Legislative report or any other matter, just contact Randy.

Manufacturing shipments and new vehicle sales up Saskatchewan manufacturing sales and new vehicle sales were both up according to reports released by Statistics Canada last Tuesday. “Both of these indicators are a good sign that our economy continues to move forward, well ahead of most other provinces,” Enterprise Minister Jeremy Harrison said. “The manufacturing sector is an increasingly important part of our provincial economy and we expect that growth to continue.” Manufacturing sales increased by 24 per cent in September 2011 when compared with Septem-

ber 2010, and more than double the 10.8 per cent recorded on a national basis (seasonally adjusted). Saskatchewan had the highest percentage increase in the nation over this period. New motor vehicle sales were up 0.9 per cent in September when compared with last year, and well ahead of the 0.4 per cent decline experienced nationally. “Consumer confidence is vital to economic growth,” Harrison said. “With lower taxes and the many jobs available across the province, Saskatchewan people are feeling confident in their future.”



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

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

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Cell: 306-221-6888

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Cari McCarty Residential Sales

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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

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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


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For all your glass needs,

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104 - 2nd Ave. West Biggar

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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

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


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

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

948-2807 or 948-5609 948-5394

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


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


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

Jerry Muc Phone: 948-2958 Fax:


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

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

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

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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.


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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 Natural Health Consultant, E P O Physical 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

Fax: 948-4845

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

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

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Weight Loss Clinic

Phone: 948-4844



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

For appointments… 1-855-651-3311

To advertise in this directory, please call Urla at The Independent • 948-3344 • This feature will appear Weekly. ASK ABOUT OUR SPECIAL DIRECTORY RATES.



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Rebel Landscaping


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

Box 580 Biggar, SK SOK OMO

302 Main Street, Biggar, SK

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

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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:

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

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


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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

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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.

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

Phone: 948-3856

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

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Wood and Steel Buildings Floor & Trusses


Phillips Radio Shop


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

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

Battery Chargers Electric Fencers Repaired/Rebuilt/ Built

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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


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227 - 1st Ave. East, Biggar


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


Heavy Truck Repair


• 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

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

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Lord Asquith School newsletter Principal’s message by Donna McTavish Did you know? ... Our fruit and cookie dough fund raiser made a profit of $2,703. 25. A huge thank you goes to our coordinator, Mrs. Ablass! The top seller was Jamie Wolfe from Grade 9 with $913 worth of sales. The Grade 6 classroom sold $1,740.00 worth of product. The top sellers in each grade and the Grade 6 students will be having a pizza party on Monday, November 14, at noon. The staff would like to thank all of our students and community for their support. We will be using this money to help us purchase a new stage and an electric piano for our school. Thanks to Mr. Walker, Mr. Munday, Mr. Holmes, Ms. Stack and Mr. Cook for the countless volunteer hours they have spent helping our students develop their

volleyball skills this year. Thanks to Mrs. Molnar for coordinating our Remembrance Day Program and to Pastor Goetz and Mr. Rob Walker for providing prayers and the sound of bagpipes to make our Remembrance service complete. Thank you also to Mrs. Kucherhan, Mrs. Campbell, Mrs. Johnson and the Grade 10 Commercial Cooking Class for organizing the tea. Our basketball coaches this season are Ms. Wickett, Mr. and Mrs. Quittenbaum, Coach Tyson and Mrs. Dufort. Our games will be posted on our LAS Web site and in our newsletters. We invite all of our students and community members to come and support our teams! Our Grade 6, 7 and 8 students and staff are participating in our Health Promoting Schools initiative. Our

health nurse, Ann Nelson, and our student leaders plan each week’s healthy eating/lifestyles challenge. Each class tabulates their points weekly and the class with the most points by Dec. 9 will be treated to a pizza and chocolate fruit fondue at lunch on Dec. 13. Second and third prizes will be vegetable and fruit trays. We would like to thank Mrs. Nelson and Saskatoon District Health for their support! Parent-StudentTeacher interviews for Prekindergarten to Grade 12 will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 16 and 17. Our next School Community Council meeting will be held on Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the staff room. This is a great opportunity for all community members to become informed about school division

policy and procedures and curriculum renewal that affect our children’s learning. For more information about the SCC, call Jacquie Stobbe at 975-9383. If you require babysitting, please call the school so that we can make the necessary arrangements. There is no charge for this service. Health promoting schools challenge The Grade 6, 7 and 8 classes are participating in a Health Promoting Schools challenge starting October 6 to Feb. 17. Every week the students are presented with a challenge and class scores are tabulated by the team leaders. This week’s challenge for the student is the eat food with no artificial colouring or flavours. The next week is yet to be determined. The grade with the highest score at the end of the challenge will win lunch

protect each person’s dignity. Applicants are screened to ensure that help is directed where most needed. All requests for hampers must be turned in to the Asquith Town Office by December 9, 2011. If you are wanting to donate a small gift for a child, this must be turned in to the Town office prior to the Dec. 9 deadline. We are appealing to our entire community to be a part of this. We would like to thank you for any help you might be able to give, be it in the form of a food drive for donated grocery items or a cash donation. We do not give

cash out to families or individuals, rather all cash donations are used to purchase appropriate hamper items locally. For more information regarding Operation Santa, please contact Holly at 329-4341 or Gail at 329-4370.

on December 13 with pizza and a chocolate and fruit fondue in the Home Ec. Lab. Second place winners will served a veggie tray in their classroom at noon. Third place winners will be served a fruit platter in their classroom at noon. School Community Council The SCC has changed

Heartland Health Region encourages patients and families to take an active role in their care. If something doesn’t seem right while receiving your health care, ask questions, listen to the answers, and talk about your concerns. If you are taking medications, ask your healthcare provider: x How will this medication help me? x What are its benefits? x Are there any side effects? x How much should I take and when? x Can I take my other medications while I am taking this? Good communication will help avoid medication errors. For toll-free health information 24 hours a day. Please call 1-888-425-4444(TTY) if you have hearing or speech difficulties

Operation Santa Asquith’s Operation Santa is a Christmas Hamper program that was formed by a group of concerned citizens in Asquith who wanted to help needy people. The program is starting its 13th year. Every year, the community of Asquith and area is generous in their support, both monetary and in donated grocery items. Gifts for the children of the needy families have been donated in past years, as well as lovely hand-knitted toques and mittens for the children. Last year, the program provided hampers

and groceries to six family units, in which there were 17 children. Thanks to the generosity of the community, a small gift for each child was also provided with the hamper. The program is being run again this year, with a goal to provide grocery and Christmas meal hampers, as well as small gifts for the children, to the families that are needy. Request forms are available at the Asquith Co-op, the General Store, the post office and the town office. All recipients’ names are very confidential; we

Asquith News Neil Millard 329-4235 Tip of the Day: It is now the time to go to the dresser drawer and get those Stanfields out and put them on! A smaller crowd of seniors attended the potluck supper on Monday the 14th, but we all had a lot of fun and as always the food was good! Who said it? “You miss 100 per cent of the shots you never take. (Wayne Gretzky). While there’s snow on the roof, it doesn’t mean the fire has gone out in the furnace. (John G. Deifenbaker). The streets are really slippery now. So take it easy walking. The town has put gravel by the stop signs so that helps. Take care out there!

Soup and Sandwich Day will be held on Friday, November 18. Let’s all try to be there. Write down the date now of the Senior’s Christmas Party, and the visiting couple with all the flowers and singing will be our guests. There will be no exchange of gifts this year. “Skye Sterling” will be there! Don’t forget the Wellness Clinic for Seniors on Tuesday, Dec. 13. The Royal Purple will hold their meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 14. They are still gathering up pennies - so please help them. Christmas, Dec. 25 this year is on a Sunday. Are you getting ready yet or have you started? I have

always said that June and December really go by quickly. I started writing out my Christmas letter a few days ago and mailed it to my son in Calgary. So that is one chore over with. When I was in Moose Jaw I attended the Nov. 11 Remembrance Service in the new Mosiac Place and it is beautiful! Also saw two hockey games in Caronport.

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Have you ever wondered where jojoba oil comes from? The bean or seed of the jojoba tree, native to the southwest deserts of America, is pressed to process the oil. Plantations are now planted in Mexico, the U.S.A. and Palestine. The oil, that is actually a wax, replaces sperm whale oil in the cosmetic industry. It resembles the same wax that our bodies produce to keep our skin lubricated! (Photos from

by Delta Fay Cruickshank, of The Independent This winterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s predictions are for very cold temperatures. Colder than normal! As it gets colder, the furnace is coming on more. The combination of dry cold and dry heat creates really dry, itchy skin. It can keep me awake at night, scratching the fronts of my legs. Even my belly

gets really itchy! A solution for this condition is to have some open crocks of water in the house, or a humidiďŹ er on the furnace, and use a good moisturizing cream after a shower. But what cream? Checking out the shelves in the drugstores . . . what a puzzling array of lotions and potions! Of

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Arizona in the U.S.A. The Red Indians from this area have used the oil for centuries for food and for medicinal uses. In the 1970â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, the harvest of the sperm whale had to be controlled before the mammal was completely eliminated from the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oceans. The cosmetic and automotive industries needed a substitute for the sperm whaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oil. This is why the ancient practice of creating the oil from the jojoba tree was investigated. Actually, it was discovered that the plantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oil performed far better than the oil from the hunted out mammal! Ah gees, all those majestic mammals gone, slaughtered for their oil, when all along, a seed could of been planted! Sad! The oil pressed from the jojoba seed is actually a wax that closely resembles human sebum, the oily/waxy matter used to lubricate


and waterproof our skin! Jojoba oil will not clog our skin pores, is nontoxic and non-allergenic. It is safe to use on the delicate skin around our eyes, and does not cause a greasy feeling! Sounds like the best stuff for dry, itchy skin! The jojoba trees resemble olive trees. They are grown in plantations in Mexico, Palestine and the southern U.S.A. It seems they prefer to grow on marginal land in harsh desert conditions. They can take some frost, but the yield will be reduced. So, once again, deďŹ nitely not a Saskatchewan native! Not many insects bother this tree, so insecticides are not an issue. The seeds are usually collected by hand, thus providing jobs for many. So, there we go, a lovely little tree that can produce oil that resembles our own skinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oil. Isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the world of plants interesting?!

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