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Weather systems storms through Biggar area It has been wetter than usual in and around the Biggar area due to a weather system last Tuesday (July 12) and early Thursday morning. The weather system being rain -- lots of it. Not only that but it came down with a driving force. The weather reporters call it severe in nature and that is what the thunderstorms and lightning were. Heavy rainfall was experienced in the slow moving storm. Landis reported two inches in town. Springwater was at five inches with some basements being flooded. One farmer southwest of Biggar said he had 4 1/2 inches by midnight and it rained all night. Other farmers recorded five inches and 6 1/2 inches. Hail fell in the Perdue area. tendency to fall down so there was lots of laughter as they crawled There were some sightings The letter “I” ... Participants at the preschool day camp were having fun out from under. The other group was taking their turn making lunch. of funnel clouds near Biggar learning all about the letter “I”. I is for igloo and that is what they are (Independent photo by Daryl Hasein) but none touched down, building with this large piece of cloth. Of course the sides and top have a however that was not the case in Delisle where a tornado did touch down. That town was hit with five inches of rain that fell in 15 minutes. Residents had flooded basements, trees were felled and gardens stripped. Crops in the area were flattened. The research station at in agriculture research which was slated for the some insights into future The US has approved Wednesday was relatively morning, was rescheduled farming trends on such camelina as a cattle feed Scott held its annual Field despite the wet weather of calm in this area but other for the afternoon. topics as weed control in supplement and the oil parts of the province Day on July 13 and farmers the previous night. Because S p e a k e r s p r o v i d e d pulses, barley varieties, produced is high in omega-3 showed up to hear the latest of the rainfall the crop tour, experienced another day wheat varieties, fungicide fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty of severe storms, mostly in applications, canola inputs acids are very beneficial the southern part. Weather for high yields, straight to health. watches and warnings were There are drawbacks, as cutting canola, fertilizer issued by Environment producers will point out. It safety, insects, salinity Canada. is a small seeded crop with mapping. Thursday residents woke poor weed competition Venkata Vakulabharanam up to gray skies and a spoke about a new crop in its early lifecycle. The light rain. Compared to v a r i e t y - - c a m e l i n a . seeding date plays a large the rain on Tuesday this Camelina is a member of role in crop production and was merely a mist. The the brassicaceae family, yield potential. sun shone through in the Farmers toured the fields more commonly known as afternoon causing a sort of in the afternoon to see flowering plants such as “mugginess”, in other words first hand the latest in mustards or crucifers. It is high humidity. farming methods. It was grown for its potential as Farmers are reporting also a chance to visit and a biofuel. serious crop damage. Fields discuss with colleagues the Montanna producers were flattened with very innovations. h a v e b e e n g r o w i n g little likelihood of recovery. Scott Research Farm is this crop recently as a On July 2, 1990 59 mm part of Western Applied biofuel. Studies show that of rain fell making this the Research Corporation, a camelina-based jet fuel can highest single day rainfall non-profi t producer based reduce carbon emissions to date. The record high organization. The group is from jets by about 80 per temp was July 16, 1919 at Testing for salinity ... It may have been a little wet at the Scott Field Day on July 13 associated with Agriculture cent. Both the US Navy and 37.8˚; record low July 24, but visitors had a chance to look over this machine which is a GPS mapping and soil and Agri-Food Canada and Air Force have been testing 1918, -2.8. The average July salinity tester. It measures the density conductivity of the soil and the research farm Saskatchewan Ministry of fuel from camelina the last high is 21.7 and average low is going to be doing some testing in this area. (Independent photo by Daryl Hasein) Agriculture. few years. is 10.4.

Field Day brings out farmers despite wet conditions


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Sports & Recreation Barracudas compete at meets Biggar meet July 9: 10 and under: Wyatt Aman -- DQ, 25 Fly; 27.41, 25 Free, 5th; 1:01.42, 50 Free, 5th; 2:28:98, 100 Free, 3rd; 32.47, 25 Back, 5th; 1:13.22, 50 Back, 3rd. 11-12 years: Jonathon Dearing -2:41.62, 50 Free, 9th; 5:41.38,100 Free, 9th. Zachary Dearing -2:17.75, 8th; 5:35.66, 100 Free, 8th. 7-8 years: Raeann Gidluck -39.12, DQ, 25 Fly; 49.41, DQ, 25 Breast; 31.97, 25 Free, 8th; 1:19.98, 50 Free, 8th; 37.47, 25 Back, 9th; 1:22.75, 50 Back, 4th. Kalin Harrabek -- 38.98, DQ, 25 Fly; 36.27, DQ, 25 Breast; 27.48, 25 Free, 5th; 1:1180, 50 Free, 7th; 34.24, 25 Back, 6th; DQ, 2:53.16, 100 IM. 15-17 years: Edyn Keith -- 2:55.69, 200 Free, 3rd; 42.40, 50 Fly, 3rd; 1:39.64, 100 Breast, 2nd; 35.35, 50 Free, 3rd; 1:20.96, 100 Free, 3rd; 1:26.62, 100 Back, 1st. 10 years and under: Emmett Keith -- 30.82, 25 Fly, DQ; 39.48, 25 Breast, 3rd; 26.13; 25 Free, 4th; 57.33, 50 Free, 4th; 2:17.87, 100 Free, 2nd; 31.16, 25 Back, 4th. 13-14 years: Tiara Keith -- 3:07.38, 200 Free, 2nd; 40.23, 50 Fly, 1st; 1:51.73, 100 Breast, 5th; 36.45, 50 Free, 4th; 1:25.08, 100 Free, 3rd; 1:47.33, 100 Back, 5th. Kelley Knox -- 3:06.80, 200 Free, 1st; 40.64, 50 Fly, 2nd; 1:46.90; 100 Breast, 2nd; 35.14, 50 Free, 1st; 1:20.52, 100 Free, 1st; 1:36.63, 100 Back, 3rd. 9 years and under: McKenna Mair -- 27.08, 25 Fly, 3rd; 29.71, 25 Breast, 4th; 1:07.73; 50 Breast, 4th; 22.11, 25 Free, 4th; 50.59, 50 Free, 4th; 56.24, 50 Back, 2nd.

7-8 years: Stratton Mair -- 36.71, 25 Free, 3rd; 1:31.56, 50 Free, 4th; 47.90, 25 Back, 5th. Jacob Miller -- 25.42, 25 Free, 3rd; 31.67, 25 Back, 2nd; NS, 50 Back. Shayla Nelson -- 37.43, 25 Free, 10th; 1:24.48, 50 Free, 9; 42.81, 25 Back, 10th; 1:31.98, 50 Back, 6th. 15-17 years: Bailey Seidl -- 2:48.72, 200 Free, 1st; 35.31, 50 Fly, 1st; 1:31.26, 100 Fly, 1st, 1:36.91, 100 Breast, 1st; 33.99, 50 Free, 2nd; 1:15.37, 100 Free, 1st.

Rosetown Royals Swim meet, July 10 10 and under: Wyatt Aman -- 2:32.85, 100 Free, 5th; 1:14.00, 50 Back, 4th; 1:09.19, 50 Free, 5th; 29.10, 25 Free, 5th. 7-8 years: Raeann Gidluck -1:15.87, 50 Free, 5th; 48.65, 25 Breast, 6th; 48.65, DQ, 25 Breast; 33.32, 25 Back, 4th; 32.94, 25 Free, 6th. Kalin Harrabek -1:07.65, 50 Free, 4th; 43.21, 25 Fly, 4th; 37.59, DQ, 25 Breast; 36.57, 25 Back, 6th; 30.22, 25 Free, 4th; 3:05.94, 100 IM, 3rd. 15-17 years: Edyn Keith -- 1:18.09, 100 Free, 3rd; 1:37.03, 100 Fly, 2nd; 45.52, 50 Breast, 2nd; 1:26.47, 100 Back, 2nd; 35.07, 50 Free, 3rd; 3:15.78, 200 IM, 3rd. 10 and under: Emmett Keith -- 2:17.89, 100 Free, 4th; 1:16.26, 50 Fly, 2nd; 34.14, 25 Breast, 3rd; 1;00.91, 50 Free, 4th; 2:42.32, DQ, 100 IM, 24.43, 25 Free, 4th. 13-14 years: Tiara Keith -- 1:23.66, 100 Free, 3rd; 1:38.22, 100 Fly, 2nd; 52.19, 50 Breast, 4th; 36.05, 50 Free, 2nd; 3:37.36, 200

Biggar Barracudas: left to right, back row -- Robyn Hawes (coach), Emmett Keith, Bailey Seidl, Edyn Keith, Kenzie Harrabek, Kelley Knox, Tiara Keith, Kris Doering; middle row -- Zak Dearing, Raeann Gidluck, Jaidyn Danilkewich, Shayla Nelson, Wyatt Aman, Jacob Miller, Layne Miller, Johnnie Dearing; front row -- Cindy Seidl, Cody Doering, Savanna Danilkewich, Tara Gidluck, Jacob Evanisky, Annica Evanisky, Emily Molberg. (Indpendent photo by Kevin Brautigam)

IM, 3rd; 16.59, 25 Free, 4th. Kelley Knox -- 1:19.29, 100 Free, 1st; 1:33.19, 100 Fly, 1st; 45.93, 50 Breast, 1st; 34.78, 50 Free, 1st; 3:19.78, 200 IM, 1st; 15.79, 25 Free, 2nd. 9 years and under: McKenna Mair -1:56.52, 100 Free, 6th; 28.66, 25 Breast, 5th; 56.69, 50 Back, 5th; 55.37, 50 Free, 6th; 2:18, 32, 100 IM, 6th; 22.20, 25 Free, 4th. 7-8 years: Stratton Mair -- 1:27.35, 50 Free, 3rd; 47.69, 25 Back, 5th; 36.98, 25 Free, 2nd. Jacob Miller -- 1:04.15, 50 Free, 2nd, 30.77, 25 Back, 2nd; 29.86, 25 Free. 15-17 years: Bailey Seidl -- 1:13.70, 100 Free, 1st, 1:24.76, 100 Fly, 1st; 44.81, 50 Breast, 1st; 1:25.98, 100 Back, 1st; 33.32, 50 Free, 1st, 3:04.22, 200 IM, 1st.

Meet the Barracudas

Hayden McMahon Age: 6 Why I joined Swim Club: I joined swim club because I love to swim and I wanted to learn how to swim better. Favourite Stroke: Front Crawl Things that interest me: Hockey, ball, camping, horses

Wyatt Aman

Wilks Aman

Age: 9 Why I joined Swim Club: I want to swim with my friends and I like the coaches. Favourite Stroke: Dolphin Kick Things that interest me: Quad riding and working with my Dad.

Age: 5 Why I joined Swim Club: I get to see Robyn Favourite Stroke: Kicking and holding the noodle Things that interest me: I like playing with friends and my farm toys.


MONDAY, JULY 18, 2011

Council Minute highlights Minutes of the regular meeting of Biggar town council held on Tuesday, June 21. Roll call: Mayor Ray Sadler; Councillors Arnold, Besse, Cleaveley, McCallum, Motruk, Sherbino and administrative staff. Reports received and approved: minutes of June 7 meeting; RCMP, R e c r e a t i o n D i r e c t o r, Town Foreman, minutes of June 10 committee meeting, minutes of June 14 committee meeting of council. Western Sales will repair the 855 John Deere tractor at a cost of $3,010.88. General accounts paid in the amount of $38,685.96 and general accounts payable in the amount of $17,999.86 were approved. Financial reports consisting of bank reconciliation and statement of receipts and expenditures (May 31) were accepted as presented. Correspondence: Municipal Affairs, revenue sharing grant, Flaman Investigations, dog reports; Biggar Library Board, minutes; Friends of the Lodge, Diamond Lodge report. Town will withhold taking title of Lot 23 Block 106 Plan 74S26264 for four months in order for legal action to proceed with foreclosure on subject premises. The owner of Lot 4 Block 36 plan G167 will be granted an extension to July 8 to remedy unsightly premises. Council approved the issuance of a Community Event Permit to Biggar SloPitch for a ball tournament to take place at the Biggar Recreation Complex for Saturday, July 2 from 12 noon to 10 p.m. The 10 per cent holdback of $11,912.20 will be paid to Madge Contracting. The balance owing to Signal Industries in the amount of $3,928.16 for the town office monument sign is to be paid. Catterall and Wright is to be paid $5,395.29 for expenses incurred for the Shaw Street watermain loop. Engineering services from Catterall and Wright for the curb and paving project in the amount of $46,843.68 was approved. Biggar Masonic Lodge was granted a municipal tax concession for 2011 on Lot 13 Block 27 plan D4770 in the amount of $1,248.


Wayne Meier, Pat Daley, Clayton Meier and Ryan Thiessen of MuniCode Services were appointed as the town’s residential building officials for 2011. Building permits issued: Ministry of Highways -equipment storage building addition; Ray Parker -detached garage; Andrea Craig -- detached garage; Ken Bates -- detached garage. The request from No. 300 Squadron Biggar Air Cadets for a rebate for the rental paid at the Community Hall on June 2 in the amount of $55 plus gst was approved. Southwest Paving be paid $200,000 plus gst as a progress payment for the paving and patching of the streets in Biggar to June 17. The conditional license to operate the water slide at the Biggar Aquatic Centre was filed. Lottery licenses issued to: Biggar Kayette Club, St. Gabriel Catholic Women’s League.

Moving to town ... This house attracted some onlookers as it was waiting for the overhead lines to be lifted. Such a juxtaposition of new (the house) and old (the church). Later in the day, the house was put Justina Robinson will be paid $4,070.43 for painting at Biggar Community Hall. A proposal will be sent to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, grant administration for their

consideration for grant funding for a new water treatment plant located in Biggar. OK Tire will be granted first right of refusal on 25’ of land directly east of their property with a one year

into place at its final resting stop the corner of 4th Ave. East and King Street. Eric and Kay Johannson will be making this their home in Biggar. (Independent photo by Urla Tyler)

time frame. Ray Parker met the requirements in the town’s new residential incentive guideline policy and therefore 100 per cent of the 2011 Municipal Tax

Levey on Lot 20 Block 30 Plan D4770 as well as further municipal taxes in the amount of $1,535.40 were cancelled. Meeting adjourned at 9:10 p.m.

of identity theft as the scammersmayhaveaccessed personal information. The BBB states this scam has been around since March 2010 in Canada and longer than that in Europe and Australia. Here are some tips: • Never respond to a telephone solicitation that offers to provide computer online services from any company regardless of the name and identifying information provided. Microsoft, AVG, Norton, Apple, Dell and other name brand suppliers will not solicit computer servicing in this manner. • Keep your anti-virus software up to date, and

run virus scans on a regular basis. • Do not give out credit card or personal information over the telephone in response to a third party call offering online services. Hang up your telephone because the offer is a scam. • If you think you might have computer performance issues, virus infections, spyware, or mal-ware on your home computer then identify reputable service providers in your community, look for the BBB accreditation, then call to obtain pricing information from multiple sources and schedule servicing of your computer with a reliable business.

Beware of computer virus scam Both the RCMP and Better Business Bureau are advising people to beware of a computer virus scam throughout the province. The scam involves the victim receiving an unsolicited phone call from someone claiming to be from an official sounding computer company. The suspect tells the victim they need to repair the victim’s computer because of error codes or viruses.The suspect offers to complete this repair over the internet or assist in having the

victim install a fix for the problem, but in following the suspect’s direction, the victim inadvertently installs a program or virus which allows the suspect remote access to the computer. At this time the contents of the computer including personal details and bank information become vulnerable. The suspect also obtains the victim’s credit card information to pay for this service. According to the BBB the caller convinces people this is a “convenient” service

offered by “knowledgeable” and “professional” representative of a “brand name” firm, which make it very appealing for home computer users who are traditionally novices around technology. The consumer is asked to provide credit card information to pay for the service usually between $119 to $149, an amount that seems reasonable. However the RCMP estimates the loss for each victim is between $60 and $349. The greater risk is that

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A new crop ... Venkata Vakulabharanan, one of the speakers, presents the scoop on camelina at the Scott Field Day. Farmers learned about the growing habits of this flowering plant that is in the same family as mustards. It is grown mainly for biofuel production. Farmers heard from other speakers about all aspects of agriculture from new varieties to insects to soils. (Independent photo by Daryl

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Opinions Letters to the Editor Dear Editor: Congratulations Biggar. To the Town council, Town employers and participating organizations and all those wonderful volunteers, thank you. What a wonderful 100 Year celebration! Ken Gidluck Biggar Dear Editor: CWB. Why is it beneficial to have a selling agency for potash, Canpotex? The entity provides protection for the provincial treasury and all potash producers who

mine potash in Saskatchewan. The fact that Canpotex has also committed $900 million to manufacturing 15 cargo vessels for international movement of their product, the first of three vessels, Sea Saskatchewan, was loaded with 58,000 Tm of potash in Vancouver in November 2010. Canpotex has signed an agreement for 630,000 Tm for the second half of the year 2011 with Ana. Grain producers of Saskatchewan should realize that we have a similar situations and opportunity. We have a provincial government

that sees the value of a setting agency (Canpotex) and a federal government that prevented the foreign takeover of our potash industry. If this type of system is important for a corporate owned and controlled company (Potash Corp of Saskatchewan) the majority of which is owned by American interest, why is it not good enough for Saskatchewan grain producers? It is my belief that grain producers deserve market power through the single desk for all the Canadian Wheat Board. Ken Gidluck, Biggar

Vandals strike again The celebration weekend is over but businesses were hoping to keep their flags flying for the remainder of the year. However, that is not going to be the case for some business owners whose flags were stolen sometime early next week (July 10 and on). Not only were they missing when owners came to work but in some cases the poles were destroyed. The flags cost money and were intended to show pride in our community, it is a pity some chose to show such disrespect. It is not only this most recent incident that has caused concern for residents. Many are reporting incidents of vandalism on their personal property such a solar lights being ripped out and smashed on the ground. Gardens have been raided. One has to wonder, why we have a curfew bylaw if it is not being enforced. P.H.

Public service unions will have to bite the bullet on pensions The speedy passage of a Bill ending the Canada Post lockout marked the beginning of a much larger battle to bring burgeoning public sector compensation costs under control. The key issue in the postal dispute was reform of the inflation indexed “defined benefit” pension plan that guarantees up to 70 per cent of earnings starting as early as age 55. The C.D Howe Institute warns that the unfunded pension liability for federal workers is some $65 billion higher than noted in the public accounts. And across the country, financiallystrapped provincial and municipal governments also face huge and growing pension liabilities as a wave of baby boomer public servants retire. Growing sense of unfairness There’s also a strong and growing sense of unfairness among the non-government electorate, two thirds of

whom don’t have any kind of employer-funded pension. And many of those who have employer pension plans have seen them converted to “defined contribution” plans, wherein the size of an employee’s pension depends on what the accumulated funds will buy at retirement. Implementation of this pay-as-you-go type of plan is the only way of getting government pension costs under control. Air Canada’s costly defined benefit pension plan, a legacy of its former crown corporation status, was also the main issue in the recent strike. CEO Calvin Rovinescu made it starkly clear why the airline has no choice but to move away from defined benefit pensions, “We are an airline of 26,000 employees supporting 29,000 retirees”. Air Canada’s pension deficit is already $2.1 billion, and it will have to fund another $1.5 billion over the next four years.

The main issue in both labour disputes may have been the same, but the reality facing Air Canada and its unions is drastically different than for postal workers. Westjet, Air Canada’s main domestic competitor, has a highly motivated non-union workforce, all of whom have an ownership stake as shareholders. Rather than a pension, employees earn a share of profits. Air Canada must compete, and that’s simply not possible unless it wins changes to its pension plan. Failure to achieve competitive compensation has forced many unionized businesses into bankruptcy. The result is a precipitous drop in Canadian private sector unionization rates, all the way down to 16 per cent. By contrast, public sector unionization rates have grown steadily to 71 per cent. Taxpayer funded monopoly status has empowered government unions to extract


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR are welcome. They MUST be signed, approximately 300 words in length and are subject to editing. ever more extravagant wages, benefits and even “no contracting out” clauses that block competition. Strikefearing governments have repeatedly capitulated to these demands. A recent study by The Frontier Centre for Public Policy found that the wages of federal public administration workers grew by 59 per cent between 1998 and 2009, twice as much as across the entire economy. Public service wages and benefits have mushroomed at all levels of government, and not just in Canada. A report earlier this year in the Economist stated that dangerous levels of debt and deficits throughout the OECD are leaving governments with no choice but “to stand and fight”. Here again, the most urgent battles will be over pensions. American states have a combined unfunded pension deficit of some US$5 trillion and many European Union countries also face debilitating unfunded pension liabilities. British Prime Minister David Cameron is determined to reduce the power of public sector unions by creating “a new presumption . . . that public services should be open to a range of providers competing to offer a better service. In future, the State would have to justify why it should ever have to operate a monopoly”. Private sector competition needed

Introducing private sector competition for governmentfunded services should also be a fundamental objective here in Canada. But even if that is done with vigour and determination, there are parts of government where contracting out is impractical. So what should the Harper government do to rebalance the unsustainable and unfair imbalance between public and private sector compensation? Here are two simple but powerful rebalancing measures that should be legislated by parliament: Classify public services that do not face significant private sector competition to be essential service monopolies, where strikes are forbidden and union/government disputes are settled by arbitration. Mandate that arbitrators must consider private sector wages and benefits, including pensions, as fundamental factors in their settlement rulings. These are patently fair measures, but they would be fiercely opposed by union leaders who never should have been allowed to extract such excessive compensation in the first place. The legacy of these excesses is that taxpayers are no longer willing and governments are no longer able to fund them. Gwyn Morgan is the retired founding CEO of EnCana Corp.


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Absolutely, bar none, the best food you’ve ever tasted in your life. It has something for everyone, and even if you’re not a barbecue fan, you can find something you can enjoy. ~ Bonnie Polverari Everyone loves a barbecue. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the backyard sitting around the dining table visiting with friends or neighbours or if you are camping in the outdoors sitting around a campfire. Barbecues appeal to our primitive inner selves. It’s a relaxing way to entertain -- I don’t even think the etiquette books have any rules when it comes to barbecues. However, barbecues are not the same everywhere. Each region swells with a sense of pride when talking about “their” cooking -- “you haven’t experienced a barbecue until you’ve visited .....”. In many southern states if you are having a barbecue you will be eating pork which was the main staple in those parts. The telling point is in the sauce and these also vary by region and are usually a combination of ketchup,


vinegar and various spices. Some of these recipes are handed down in the family and some are a closely guarded secret. Now, travel to the Lone Star State, Texas where everything is big. And the food revolves around beef, purportedly the best beef on the planet. Yet, even here there are regional differences, in fact Texas has four main barbecue styles with different cooking methods, flavours and ingredients. Korean barbecues, on the other hand, are more like a meal served at the table. The meat is served raw at a special table and guests cook their own meat which could be beef, pork or chicken, which has been marinated in a garlicsoy sauce mixture. Australians like to call it the “barbie’ and they love to barbecue. It is such a popular activity that many public spaces have coin-operated grills and cookouts are popular on the beaches. Australians love to cook beef and seafood but the “sausage sizzle” (grilled sausages put on white bread with onions and tomato sauce) is number one at fundraisers and school events. Mongolian barbecues


have sprung up in larger cities but strangely enough the food served at these restaurants is not the traditional dining experience. Stones are heated in a fire before being put into a pot with lamb or goat. After the meat is cooked, diners eat the food with their hands. Or if you are adventurous and want to try something really different, boodog, the meal served in most homes is marmot cooked whole over an open fire. I think I’ll just stick to Canadian fare. Beef, pork, chicken, seafood, (I have even cooked a turkey on the bbq in the summer), kebabs, vegetables, fruit. It’s all good. And grilling has become an art form. Somehow it’s become a man’s domain (which is fine with me). Again, it’s a matter of pride. The word barbecue has come to signify a social gathering and good times with lots of laughter, friends and family around. Somehow the food even seems to taste better cooked outside. I know some people cook on their barbecue all year long, but really the summer is the best time to enjoy this cultural tradition.

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Winner of last month’s Toonie Draw . . . Joshua Johnson, summer student at the Biggar Museum, presents the latest winner of the museum’s Toonie Draw, Michelle Rea. The takings this month were $208. Congratulations Michelle! (Independent photo by Daryl Hasein)

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Guess Who! by Bob Mason In an effort to up the family names a little bit, YT decided some time ago that he would rank our names as Bob Mason 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, (I watch golf on TV too y’know!) and that is the way we (ahem!) illuminate the family tree! YT being (ahem again!) Bob Mason the first. Almost like royalty, eh? I’m not sure where my parents got that name from. As far as I know, none of my ancestors on either side were named Robert. There was the hint of a Caledonian ancestry in there though. And mebbe the first names of Messrs. Burns, Bruce Macgregor, Locksley (Robin Hood) and Stevenson inspired them a little bit! (I dunno) Mebbe they hoped that I’d inherit a bit of Burns outlook when I grew up! (again I dunno!) I’m truly sorry man’s dominion Has broken nature’s social union And justifies that ill opinion That makes thee startle At me, thy poor, earthborn companion An’ fellow mortal! Some people tell that Yours Truly has a lot in common, physically, mentally and personalitywise with mice -- even a few traits like Burns himself although my looks aren’t one of them! (I can’t help it if that horse kicked me in the face!) Legend has it that Burns

when Howard that Walt (Sir Walter Sometimes I suspect and I were Scott) immortalized Rob, though, that he had one ice fishing on in a book he wrote and of our relations in mind he never mentioned us at when he penned Dr. Jekyll Sturgeon Lake. and Mr. Hyde! A n o t h e r all! Walt did mention I almost forgot to likeness (also according to Locksley (Robin Hood) mention Sir Robert Peel history) was that in Ivanhoe though, but here. I’m not exactly sure we both watched again my only claim to of all this, but Peel had a a spider trying to any relationship is a fairly lot to do with the notoriety climb his web. But weak one namely that of our name! Besides a Bob being a whereas Bruce both a Robin and myself finally defeated have a red breast! (As British shilling (which E n g l a n d ’ s for the “Hood” part of his incidentally, I didn’t have many of when a fellow said Edward, try as name, no wisecracks eh?) Robert Louis Stevenson “Hey Bob, loan me a Bob!) he might YT could never make also seems a good name And then embarrassment a decent living to claim relation to except when a corporal in that, as far as I know England sez “There’s a “History says that Bruce and his farming! men, won the battle of Bannock As for Rob Roy there is no connection Bobby here to see you Bob!” It didn’t help my ego Burn. Whereas YT burned the Macgregor, YT’s altogether. As children (some time much when, on consulting only claim to bannock pretty badly . . .” any family trait ago) we spent many hours the dictionary I find that a is that we were enthralled, by reading his “plum-bob” is a thing that wrote a small poem about more or less outlaws and stories about Treasure hangs straight down! (No our family once, The best laid schemes of the only difference being Island and Kidnapped. wisecracks here either, Mason men Gang oft agley And leave us not but grief and pain For promised joy! Of course when he wrote this, the Masons were poorer than mice, and then later when the family finally got wealthier, they changed the lines to “Mice and Men”! (that “agley” part is still with us though!) On the other hand, the name Robert Bruce seems to have influenced their choice quite a bit too. Scots wa’ hae, eh? And here we do have a little more in common. History says that Bruce and his men, won the Welcome . . . This tourist stopped by for a visit. He had a delicious lunch battle of Bannock Burn. of native greens and took a moment to watch some of the locals as they drove by. Whereas YT burned the One of the sights he especially enjoyed is the train (who doesn’t love a train), one bannock pretty badly of Biggar’s trademarks. (Independent photo by Daryl Hasein)

Making hats ... These girls are busy making paper hats, one of the projects participants at the summer day camp had fun doing. Held at the Jubilee Stadium during the summer, it gives kids a chance to visit

with friends while having a bit of fun. (Independent photo by Daryl Hasein)

eh!) Another one of my great ambitions, was to meet (pardon expression) Bob Hope. And, although that ambition was never realized, we did have something in common. They tell me that Hope used to golf a lot and (like YT), even golfed his age one time (although no one would believe that either of us was 115 years old!) I’m not sure that his practical math was that good either because he explained on TV one time, how easy it is to be worth 400 million dollars. “All you have to do” he sez, “is save a million dollars a year for 400 years!” (That kind of bookwork must prove something, eh?) This “Bob” name is a real good one (I think!) except when you have a ten dollar bill in your hand! At a Legion “drink in gathering, in Biggar one time, I had just changed a $20 dollar bill into tow tens, when a voice behind me pipes up: “Say Bob, can I borrow ten bucks from you?” There were half a dozen “Bobs” standing around, but YT was the only one who had a $10 bill in his hand, and I couldn’t very well say I was broke! Years later I asked that guy just when he was going to pay back that ten, but he gave me a scornful look and said, “I paid that back long ago!” I like to tell people that very few medical types are named Bob, because, with a name like that, equally understandable forward, backward and even upside down, it is pretty hard to make a professional, indecipherable signature that only a well trained pharmacist understands! Whew! Bob is a nice name though, and YT is quite happy with it even if some do that “dumb cluck”, “darn fool”, and “old bugger”, are a bit better. (Pretty good alliteration, eh?) We’ve had it for quite a few years now and although Sir Robert Mason Esq. sounds a little higher class, even it has its bad points. I met a fellow at the Oasis Golf Course one day: “Are you any relation to that Sir Robert Mason who plays here now and then?” he asked. “That stuck up clown” I replied, “I’m sure glad he’s no relation of mine!” We’ll just have to stick with simple old “Bob” I guess, eh!

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Diamond Lodge News becue, the table decorated with beautiful perennials from a surrounding area garden. Ten residents enjoyed the burgers and hot dogs. In the afternoon we sang along with Songs from the Heart. Then later we pulled up to the bar for Happy Hour. Saturday morning took advantage of the No License required on July 8 and July 9 in Saskatchewan. So we went fishing at the Diamond Lodge Fish Pond. We had so much fun fishing that we are still fishing tomorrow. Sunday turned out to be a rainy morning so we put on our gear to see if we could hook a “jack” on the line at the Diamond Lodge Fish Pond. Quite a few Cracker Jacks were caught over the two days. Everyone had a fun time trying to catch something on the line.

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For the fourth consecutive month, Saskatchewan has the lowest unemployment rate in Canada. Saskatchewan’s June unemployment rate of 4.9 per cent (seasonally adjusted) was well below the national average of 7.4 per cent. The number of unemployed was down by 3,600 (13.1 per cent) -- the third highest percentage decline among provinces. Unemployment rates in Regina (5.2 per cent) and Saskatoon (5.5 per cent) rank first and third among major Canadian cities. There were 537,200 people employed in Saskatchewan in June 2011, this included 1,400 more people who were employed full-time. Of note, off-reserve Aboriginal employment was up by 1,700 (4.4 per cent). Employment among Aboriginal youth was also up by 500 (5.1 per cent), marking 11 consecutive months of year-over-year increases.

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Agriculture Memories of summers of fairs By Calvin Daniels It seems every July I become reflective of my youth. I suppose most of us have fond memories of our summers when we were young since school was out and jobs were not yet a drag on us having fun for two solid months. In my case summer holidays were most memorable for times spent at summer fairs showing livestock.

It was interesting earlier this year to attend an event in Saskatoon at the exhibition grounds there and realize one of the buildings which was part of the livestock area is now a bar. And then of course there is the Yorkton Summer Fair. Saturday the car ended up parked down near the barn area, and I walked the road up to the grandstand for horse

racing. I found myself wondering how many times I had walked that piece of roadway over the years. I was probably about eight when we started showing stock in Yorkton, and did that into my 20s, and then as fate sometimes has things I ended up here as a journalist, and have trod the road for another 20 years in that role. I must say it was slightly more fun as a kid. The midway’s shiny lights and music had more of a siren call to them than they do today. The elephant ears and

spiral fries still taste great, but some of the polish has worn off through the years. There is however a sadness in the reflective walk, and that is how agriculture is all but gone from summer fairs. There was a time in Yorkton when farmers brought out their best beef and dairy cattle, swine, sheep, goats, draft and light horses. There were also elements of farming like large outdoor machinery displays and demonstrations. Over the years those

things have been lost. In Yorkton, and larger centres such as Regina and Saskatoon have seen the agriculture shows moved to fall with exhibitions such as Harvest Showdown and Agribition. Smaller summer shows, like the one held in Saltcoats have simply lost agriculture as the times have changed. Every farm no longer has livestock and there is less interest in the competition of having one’s stock judged against that of neighbours. It was great talking

farming with those walking through the barns when I was younger. I suspect I learned my outgoing nature, and perhaps that is why all these years later I remain connected to farming as I do. I do know that summer fairs still hold a special feeling for me, albeit the joy of youth is now tempered with the sadness associated with change.

not have a CWB permit, but grew wheat or barley within the last five years, can apply to be added to the voters’ list. Ballots must be returned by August 24. A letter to producers explaining why the CWB board of directors has decided to hold its own plebiscite on the future of wheat and barley marketing has been

posted on the website. Farmers across Western Canada will soon be receiving their new CWB photo calendar in the mail. The popular annual calendar features prizewinning photographs contributed by Prairie farm photographers. The grand prize shot, featured on the cover, was taken by Lisa Klassen of High Bluff, MB. The calendar is distributed as an insert to Grain Matters, the CWB’s bi-monthly publication for farmers. July 15 is the earlybird deadline for farmers to submit their variety surveys. Earlybird prizes include a WeatherFarm™ monitoring station, a GPS and a portable weather meter. The

survey asks farmers to indicate which varieties of wheat, durum and barley they have seeded. It takes only a few minutes to complete and helps the CWB market grain by providing early information to potential international buyers. Surveys can be submitted online or by mail, fax or phone. July 29 is the deadline for farmers to sign-up a 2010-11 Early Payment Option contract or lock in a price under the 201011 FlexPro program. Farmers are reminded to renew their CWB delivery permit for 2011-12. Permits can be renewed through CWB e-Services, at the local elevator or by calling the CWB at 1-800-275-4292.

An active CWB delivery permit and delivery contract are required to receive a cash ticket for grain delivered to an elevator. The CWB is asking farmers to deliver on their durum contracts. Due to flooding and wet conditions in much of the durum-growing area, many farmers have had trouble delivering sufficient volumes to meet customer demand. Delivery calls have been issued for all grades of durum and the elevator system has near-record space. The CWB is working to maximize deliveries before the end of the crop year on July 31, 2011.

CWB Bulletin At a glance CWB board chair Allen Oberg has launched a blog to discuss the future of the CWB. All producers, whether they prefer the single desk or the open market, Oberg argues, should face the realities of change with eyes wide open. The new blog can be found at cwbeyeswideopen. .

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Report from the Legislature by Randy Weekes, MLA Crop Insurance Strike Averted I am pleased to report that crop insurance claims will now be processed for farmers facing historic flooding. The Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation (SCIC) and the Saskatchewan Government and General Employees Union (SGEU) have reached a tentative agreement ending the recent strike forced by SGEU leaders. The terms of the fair, market competitive tentative agreement, include a 5.5 per cent general wage increase over three years, along with several other benefits. On June 21, SGEU directed Crop Insurance employees to walk off the job. Why? Well, according to SGEU President Bob Bymoen, it was because there was a “window of opportunity” to put pressure on their employer. Describing the devastating flooding that has wiped out fields and homes across the province this summer as a “window of opportunity” is appalling, deplorable and unconscionable. Premier Brad Wall called on Bymoen to end the strike within 24 hours. When that didn’t happen, the Premier took action to stand up for Saskatchewan farm and ranch families. P r e m i e r Wa l l a n nounced he was recalling the Legislature for a special sitting starting on June 27. Twenty-four hours later, SGEU and SCIC announced they

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had reached a tentative contract agreement, ending the three-day strike. Farm and ranch families across the province breathed a collective sigh of relief. So, where were the NDP on this? Leader Dwain

Lingenfelter refused to take a position, saying “I’m not in favour of what they’re (SGEU) saying or doing or opposed to it.” Regina MLA Kevin Yates even went so far as to say the strike wouldn’t actually make much of a dif-


ference for farmers. And Regina NDP candidate Yens Pedersen tweeted, “There’s no urgency to get Crop Insurance adjusters back to work. If a field is flooded, you can’t work it down, or reseed it anyway!” That’s like saying if your house burns down you shouldn’t get your insurance money right away, because you can’t live in it anyway! How out of touch can you get?

At the time of the strike, only 44 per cent of the crop had been seeded in south-east Saskatchewan and 6,000 unseeded acreage claims had already been submitted to Crop Insurance. The strike would have caused a significant delay in payments. Once again, the NDP turned its back on farmers and rural Saskatchewan just like they did during the 16 years

they were in government. In the months and years ahead, our government will continue to stand up for farm and ranch families and work with them so that we can move this province forward together – that’s the Saskatchewan Advantage. If you have a question about this Legislative Report or any other matter, just contact Randy Weekes MLA office.


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by Delta Fay Cruickshank, of The Independent Many have hockey and football heroes. I have gardening heroes. Two of my heroes are Gertrude Jekyll and William Robinson. Both are from England and each one gardened, designed and wrote during the late years of the 19th century and into the 20th. Together they changed the way gardens looked at that time, and their influence is still evident in our gardens. William Robinson (1838-1935), known as the “Father of the English Flower Garden”, is a big hero of mine. He wrote about and encouraged “wild gardens”. He was very instrumental in encouraging gardeners to use the native flowers and shrubs of southern England. The gardens at the time of Robinson’s early career were mass plantings of annuals within rigid borders. These annuals were all started in greenhouses and required a large work force to plant and maintain the public and large private gardens. He wrote extensively, declaring that “it was not easy to get away from all this false and hideous “art”.” His most famous book, “The English Flower Garden” is still in print, and I refer to my copy constantly for all kinds of practical advice on

Upton Grey Manor, was the home of Charles Holme, an important man in the Arts and Craft movement. Gertrude Jekyll, the First Lady of Gardening, designed the gardens in 1908. Jekyll is known for using native and hardy perennials and shrubs in her designs. (photo from

William Robinson, a fiery Irishman, was opinionated and vocal. During his life time as a gardener and writer he was instrumental in encouraging English gardeners to use the hardier native perennial plants, typical of peasant’s cottage garden. (photos from

geometry of carpet bedding and topiary and designed his gardens to be lush and diverse. These are his words . . . “The gardener must follow the true artist, however modestly, in his respect for things as they are, in delight in natural form and beauty of flower and tree, if we are to be free from barren geometry, and if our gardens are ever to be true pictures” His legacies are his





flowers. His inspiration was the old fashioned and simple cottage garden, full of ramblers and vines, combining ornamentals with woodland plants and native plants. He abhorred the straight

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Cosmically bubbly . . . Cameron Hardenne makes a magical soap bubble, Wednesday at Argo Bush. The St. Gabriel Grade 1 student, along with his fellow classmates were enjoying the morning at Argo with teacher, staff and parents, then the pool in the afternoon for a

field trip a bit closer to home. The short-lived bubble had kids trying to recreate their own monster while others made rockets, had a scavenger hunt, then later a barbecue, before hitting the pool. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

Water woes pose dire prospects for Prairie crops: CWB Unrelenting rain across large areas of Western Canada will severely impact grain production and leave more than six million acres unseeded this year, the CWB announced last week in its preliminary forecast. For the second year in a row, crop prospects are dismal on the Prairies. “Many farmers in the wettest areas have planted next to nothing this spring, while others are watching their newly emerged crops drown,” said Bruce Burnett, CWB director of weather and market analysis, at the CWB’s annual grain industry briefing, June 14. “This is occurring at a time when grain prices are extremely high, adding insult to injury.” In total, between six and eight million acres of farmland will go unseeded across the Prairies, according to the CWB.Wheat acres, only slightly larger than last year, will be the second-smallest since 1971 at 20.3 million acres, down 1.7 million acres from average. Durum area is pegged at 3.4 million acres. Seeded barley acres are projected at 6.7 million acres, although good weather in the next two weeks could see that

number rise. “Weather over the next two weeks will be critical if there is any hope of lifting expectations for seeding,” Burnett said. “On the whole, the Prairie crop has been seeded much later than last year, which is raising serious concerns about the potential for frost damage this fall from a late harvest.” The situation is particularly bad in southwestern Manitoba and southeastern Saskatchewan, where large areas of farmland have been abandoned. Pockets of severely wet areas dot the entire southern Prairies, from Manitoba’s Red River Valley to Lethbridge, Alberta. Overall across the Prairies, seeding of major crops is about 86 per cent complete. Normally at this time of year, seeding is entirely complete. Total all-wheat production is forecast at 20.3 million tonnes, including 3.8 million tonnes of durum, and barley production is forecast at 7.7 million tonnes. The all-wheat yield is projected at 37.9 bushels per acres, durum yields are forecast at 35.5 bushels per acre, and barley yields are projected to be 59.1 bushels per acre. Crop

development is significantly behind normal. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) last week forecast world wheat production at 664.3 million tonnes for 2011, the third largest on record. This number, however, does not account for the seeding difficulties on the Canadian Prairies and the northern tier of the United States.

CWB analysts also reported that the U.S. is harvesting a drought-reduced Kansas winter-wheat crop, while a major drought is affecting crops in Europe. Russia has seen some drought recovery but still needs timely moisture for its spring crops. North Africa is suffering from rain during harvest, while conditions are looking good for seeding in Australia.

Burnett said the big international story rests with serious difficulties in planting the U.S. corn crop.The USDA is projecting a decrease by the end of 2011 in corn stocks that are already in critically short supply. “Corn is a major focus because of the price ripple effect it has for all crops,” he said.

The Red Serge impresses . . . RCMP Musical Ride members peel off as they go through their routine, Thursday at the Biggar Rec Valley. Always impressive, the members and their horses, always leave people agape as the show is nothing short of spectacular, and nothing short of a Canadian icon. We’ll have more next week on the RCMP Musical Ride. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

Dave Curtiss and Ralph Crawford have been appointed to the Perdue Housing Authority Board of Directors. The announcement comes on the heels of Perdue Board members Elisabeth McMahon and Joyce Mathieu’s reappointments to the local housing authority. They all join Dennis Notschke on the Perdue Housing Authority. Mathieu is chairperson. She has served on the board of directors for the past three years, while McMahon has been on for the past nine years. The Perdue Housing Authority is a communitybased organization that provides daily management of 28 housing units constructed and operated under the terms of a federal-provincialmunicipal cost-sharing agreement. Social Services Minister, June Draude, paid tribute to the volunteers who manage the social housing projects in their community. “This local hands-on approach ensures that the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation responds effectively to the needs of each community,” Draude explained. Saskatchewan has a network of 276 housing authorities and more than 1,500 volunteer members who assist with management of housing units throughout the p r o v i n c e f o r s e n i o r s, low-income families and persons with disabilities. Persons interested in volunteering to serve on the board of directors for the Perdue Housing Authority are encouraged to contact the mayor of Perdue, Dave Miller. A local nominating committee recommends board members. Applications for accommodation are available from the manager of the Perdue Housing Authority.

many books, the magazine “The Garden”, the Royal Horticultural Society publishes a monthly by the same name, and his home, Gravetye Manor. In Sussex, England near the village of East Grinstead, this magnificent Elizabethan manor home is now a very posh country inn and hotel. I had the privilege of visiting this place several years ago, taken out for a very fancy (and expensive) lunch and then a wander down the hill to the lake, under the stone portico dripping with wisteria . . . well . . . I was thrilled! Robinson planted over 100,000 daffodils on the hill down to the lake, unfortunately they were not blooming when I was there. Whilst he lived there, many of his friends came to stay. He ran with a very talented crowd, people like John Singer Sargeant, Frederick Law

Olmstead, William Morris and my other gardening hero, Gertrude Jekyll. Miss Jekyll (1843-1932) was educated as a painter and a writer, and never

married. As she aged her eyesight weakened to the state that she could no longer paint, so she turned to gardening. As a young woman she

the rear, smaller plants in the front. Her borders were planned with colour, changing hues and seasons in mind. Native plants and old favourites were used. With careful planning and research, her gardens bloom constantly throughout the seasons, and are always colour coordinated. She designed over 300 gardens, many of her works were done in partnership with Edwin Lutyens, architect at the time. He designed the buildings and she did the garden. Only a few of her gardens survive still. Upton Gray, Hestercombe and her own home, Munstead Wood in Surrey, are some that have been restored and are open to the public. Her younger brother was close friends with an aspiring author at the time, Robert Louis Stevenson, who “borrowed”

Gravetye Manor, where Robinson lived, is in Sussex, England. He planted over a thousand native trees and 100,000 daffodils on the estate. The gardens are set in geometric plots, and yet flop over the edges with perennials and bulbs.

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admired the cottage gardens with her friend, the fiery Irishman, William Robinson. He affectionately called her “Auntie Bumps”. But, unlike Robinson, she designed her gardens with much more structure and planning than he did. Known as the “First Lady of Gardening” her specialty was the herbaceous border planted with great drifts of the same perennial plants, taller plants in

his friends name for his novel “Jekyll and Hyde”. “Planting ground is painting the landscape with living things.” is a famous quote of Jekyll as well as “There is no spot of ground, however arid, bare or ugly, that cannot be tamed into such a state as may give an impression of beauty and delight.” Thank you for listening to me go on about my heroes!

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Randy Weekes, M.L.A. Biggar Constituency 1-877-948-4880

OfÀce hours: Monday - Friday • 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 - 5 p.m. 106 - 3rd Ave. West, Biggar Phone 306-948-4880 Fax 306-948-4882 Email: Web site:

1-888-590-6555 / Fax: 975-5786 Biggar OfÀce: 948-2446 Wedesdays: 8:30 a.m. - noon and 1 - 4:30 p.m. 117 - 3rd Ave W. (New Horizons Centre), Biggar, SK S0K 0M0


MONDAY, JULY 18, 2011

4-H Demonstration Day held in Perdue Hosted by the Perdue Ag Society 4-H Demonstration Day is a day where local 4-H clubs demonstrate and display all of the opportunities they offer to youth and

families. Grade 4/5 students were invited to enjoy the displays and ask questions about being involved in a 4-H Club. On June 3, the Monarch,

Adam Munro, Grade 2 Perdue School gets up close and personal with a 4-H heifer from Monarch Club. (submitted photos)

Grandora and Vanscoy School and 4-H clubs were in Perdue to demonstrate projects such as Light Horse, Beef and Outdoor Adventure. The 4-H Council was in attendance to speak about other available projects and opportunities offered like camps, scholarships, exchanges, school credit, public speaking and much, much more. Grade 4/5 students from St. Gabriel School and Grade 4/5 from Vanscoy School and Grades 1-6 from Perdue School came out to see the demonstrations. The weather was sketchy in the morning but it turned into a nice day and everyone had a

great time and learned a little something as well. The children were given the opportunity to see 4-H members ride, groom and show their project animals. They were even allowed to groom the animals themselves in some cases. In addition to the livestock, there were displays of craft, sewing, outdoor adventure, and canine projects. Photo albums and Record Books were on hand for everyone to look through. A hot dog lunch was provided by the Perdue Ag Society to students, parents and teachers, as well as 4-H Clubs that provided projects for demonstration. We have received nothing but positive comments and may even consider making this a regular event! Thanks to all who volunteered to make it an enjoyable day!

Justin Zhong, Provincial 4-H Regional Specialist explains opportunities like camps, and scholarships to students.



Doreen’s Discount Day at



Kids get a horse grooming demonstration from Grandora Light Horse Club.

Asquith News

Perdue, Sask.

Neil Millard 329-4235 Don’t forget “Hamburger Night” will be held at the Senior Hall on Wednesday, July 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. Come one, come all! (Barbecue) The Eagle Creek Golf Tournament was held on Saturday, July 16. The Eagle Creek Jamboree was held on July 17 and 18. The Fire Department will hold their meeting on Tuesday, July 19. We all appreciate our local firefighters. Wilda Minty will be celebrating another birthday on July 20 “Happy

Birthday Wilda”. Wasn’t that a great All Star Competition and All Star Game! Go “Cano” and “American League”. Congratulations to Carol and Wayne Lake on their wedding anniversary on July 30. Tip of the Day: A month strengthens you with her prayers, blesses you with love and encourages you with hope. Found a small dog -- is it yours? Call 270-0553. It’s that time of season again! 5 ways to take the itch out of a bug, naturally.

• Mix baking soda and water, spread the paste over the bite. • Spread also over the affected area to soothe and reduce swelling. • Rub apple cider vinegar directly on the irritation. • Reduce inflammation with a dab of peppermint toothpaste. • Rub the bite with the soft, pulpy centre of a halved lemon. The storm on July 12 messed up the All Star Game! TV will show it again!

2010 Ford Escape scape Limited, loaded, black, 19K, warranty...............$ $28,900 2007 Ford Focus SE, 91 km, auto, red, SK Tax Pd .......................................... $ 8,500 2007 Avalanche LT, black, 20” rims, 107 km ...................................................... $21,900 2006 Dodge 1500, quad cab, 5.7 Hemi, 4x4, 06 km, tax pd ...................... $16,900 2006 Ford F-150 XLT, 4x4, 175 kms, black, aftermarket rims ..................... $16,900

Kids Fun Alley • 12 - 4 p.m. @ Perdue Fair Grounds

Admission…$5/hour per child, $10/all day per child; $25/family pass for 3 or more children

Fun Alley Events… • Face painting • Tattoos • Balloon Animals • Bungee Run • Finding Nemo Jumper • Choo-choo Train Jumper • Sand Dig Tasty Treats… • Snow Cones, $2 each • Popcorn, $1 each Extra Activities… • Dunk Tank (located at south grounds) …All proceeds of the fun alley donated to the Perdue Figure Skating Club

2002 PT Cruiser new windshield, battery, 2 sets of tires, very straight & clean, 300 Hwy kms, no tax…

$2,290 2004 GMC Sierra,


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MF 2300 ZT, 26 HP, 52”, 0-turn…$3,458.00

ext cab, 4x4, 200

km, 4.8 litre ....................................... $12,900 1991 Ford F-800, S/A, diesel, 6 spd c/w 20’ van c/w hyd. tail gate ................. $ 7,900 1970 F-250 c/w deck, rebuilt 390, 4 spd, good rubber, great fuel truck ............ $1,995

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MONDAY, JULY 18, 2011


Caution: Burrowing Owl crossing Around the end of June, following a hectic spring of birds finding mates and tending to eggs, the Prairies come alive with a new crop of young birds. Among these are the endangered Burrowing Owls. Known as the ‘Priests of the Prairie Dogs’ because they nest in abandoned prairie dog burrows, the Burrowing Owl is the only owl to nest underground. Measuring an average of 19 cm to 25 cm in length, this prairie owl weighs approximately 150 g and its cryptic brown and white plumage helps it to camouflage in its prairie environment. Burrowing Owls are often found in a variety of habitats, but they are thought to prefer wellgrazed native prairie. “The short grass allows the birds to keep watch for predators as they sit on the entrance to their burrow. Burrowing Owls are active both day and night, making predator awareness a key aspect

to their survival,” says Lacey Weekes, Habitat Stewardship Coordinator for Nature Saskatchewan’s Operation Burrowing Owl program. Burrowing Owls raise an average of 6 young per year. Although they are completely reliant upon their parents when they hatch, young Burrowing Owls grow quickly and take flight within a month. Country roadsides often attract these young owls, as their prey, mainly invertebrates and small vermin, congregate on these sun-warmed roads near dusk. “This can be a precarious time for these birds and many meet unfortunate ends when they collide with motor vehicles. Motorists are asked to slow down along roads in areas where Burrowing Owls are present and keep a watchful eye for lowflying owls that may be feeding,” notes Weekes. Nature Saskatchewan has been involved in help-

ing the Burrowing Owl and other species at risk since 1987, but its success would have been impossible without the help of rural landowners and the public. The Stewards of Saskatchewan projects sign voluntary stewardship agreements with participating landowners in an effort to preserve the remaining habitat of their target species, while also encouraging land uses that are beneficial for landowners. Furthermore, landowners with breeding Burrowing Owls on their land may qualify for cost-sharing opportunities to install wildlife-friendly fencing, plant native grass, and for alternative water development projects. Any person who knows of land where there has been a Burrowing Owl sighting is asked to call 1-800-667-HOOT (4668). Landowner information is completely confidential and never shared without permission.

Landis Locals Helen Buxton 658-2115 Pat and Dianna McCarty had a houseful of visitors over the Canada Day weekend. Son and daughter-in-law, Don and Kelly McCarty were here from Denver, Colorado. They were accompanied by Pat and Dianna’s grandchildren Jake McCarty, Devin Campbell, Carson Camppbell, Amy Khongrath and Taylor Alcantar, and greatgrandchild, Taya Campbell. Daughter Shannon Harte and grandson, Kale Harte, came from Alberta, accompanied by special friends Joey Kupka, Cameron Chaisson, and Vaughn Tesolin. The whole family were delighted to renew acquaintances at Biggar’s 100 birthday celebration, as well as Don’s thirty year school reunion. The highlight back in Landis was a ride around town on the Sizer Express with Don and Joan. The three generations had a great experience, and really appreciated Don Sizer doing this for them. He took anyone who wanted to go, into the engine with him, where they got to ring the bell. He then took time to explain how he built the train. The community always loves to hear the bell and the “chug-chug” and often hop on for a ride.

We had a heavy rain overnight (around two inches in town), July 1213, so crops should be well on their way, barring bugs and hail. After nine months in hospital, my sister, Phyllis, is recuperating at the home of her daughter, Theresa Johnson, in Brooks, Alberta. She hopes to feel well enough to come to Landis this weekend for the Munton family reunion. Get well wishes to

our old neighbour from the Handel area, Rose Hynne. Rose underwent surgery in Saskatoon a few weeks ago, and is now recovering at her home in Wilkie. Lavern and Dianne Skog and Jo Levitt traveled to Saskatoon a few weeks ago, and had an adventurous ride home in the heavy rain. Earlier in the week, Joan and Al were overnight guests with Lavern in her beautiful new mobile home.

Alex & Helen Serack

AUCTION 905 Ave. L., Perdue, Sask.

Sat., JULY 30 • 10 a.m. Real Estate sells at 2 p.m. Lot 32 & 33 w/60 ft. mobile home, garage off alley, well treed and landscaped; Lot 30 & 31 w/ small house (not liveable as is), well treed and landscaped, subject to owners approval. ‘90 Chrysler New Yorker 5th Ave., new motor & trans.; ‘92 Dodge Caravan LE; 12 ft fibreglass boat; Craftsman 20hp twin cyl. garden tractor & mower; 10 hp Craftsman snowblower; 5 hp Craftsman rototiller; AC 100 welder, 5 spd drill press; ½” impact wrench, bench grinder; four (4) skill saws; Drills; 24” Rigid pipe wrench; Socket & wrench sets, hyd. jacks (6); Acetylene set, floor jacks, angle, grinders; logging chains, boomers, hammers, jig saws; 2 garden sheds, skid gas tank; Banjo water pump, elec chain saw; New dark brown chesterfield, 21” & 32” TVs; Table & chairs, furniture, games, household, utensils, pots & pans, tupperware, etc. Antiques…books, magazines, coal oil lamp, trunk, ammunition box (44)), beam scale, wetstone w/seat, etc. See full listing on Web site:

Mierau Auction Service Richard Mierau P.L. 914867 Langham, Sask. 306-283-4662

(photo from

annual pre-harvest consignment equipment


KRAMER’S BIG BID BARN North Battleford, SK

Thursday July 28 8:00 am

ery Deliv line Dead20th July

Located 3 miles east of North Battleford on Hwy #16


INTERNET BIDDING AT 9:00 AM DELIVERY DEADLINE: Wed July 20 - 4:00 pm • DELIVERY TIMES: Mon to Fri 8:00 am-4:00 pm More items are being added daily, please visit for details.

HI-LITES INCLUDE: 4WD TRACTORS: 2000 Case IH 9330 4wd tractor, 12 spd powershift trans, 18.4-38 duals, 628 hrs showing; 1981 Case 4490 4wd tractor; JD 7520 4wd tractor; 2WD & MFWD TRACTORS: International 50 88 2wd; JD 4430 2wd; White 2-155 2wd tractor; JD 1030 2wd tractor; JD 3010 2wd tractor; 1986 Universal 850DT MFWD tractor w/KNW 950 high lift FEL; MF165 2wd tractor w/MF 235 FEL; Leon 1600 grapple; JD 3010 2wd tractor; ANTIQUE TRACTORS: JD 710 tractor; JD 80; JD B 2wd row crop tractor; JD MT 2wd row crop tractor; JD A 2wd row crop tractor; COMBINES: 2001 CAT Lexion 470 s/p combine; 2 - 1994 JD 9600 s/p combines; 1992 JD 9500 s/p combine; 1990 JD 9500 s/p combine; 1989 Case IH 1680; 1996 New Holland TR98; 1997 NH TR98; 1994 NH TR97; 1988 NH TR96; 1991 NH TX36; 1986 Massey Ferguson 860; 1986 JD 7721 Titan II; 1992 Case IH 1660 s/p combine w/1015 header & Swathmaster p/u, 1958 hrs showing; 1982 NH TR 85 s/p combine, 2940 hrs showing; 1982 NH TR85 s/p combine, 3840 hours showing; 1986 JD 7721 Titan II p/t combine; 1984 JD 7721 p/t combine; 1986 JD 7721 Titan II p/t combine; Case IH 1682 p/t combine; NH TR98 s/p combine, 1820 thr/3273 eng hrs showing; NH TR98 s/p combine, 2367 thr/3010 eng hrs showing; 1991 NH TX 36 s/p combine; 1983 International 1482 p/t combine; and numerous others; HEADERS: 99 Case IH 1042 36' header; 1999 Honey Bee 994 36' draper header; Honeybee SP30 30' header; 1993 Honeybee 30' str cut header; 2 - NH 973 24' flex headers; Case IH 1010 25' str cut header; Trailtech SS6000HT header transport; 1997 Honey Bee SP39 39' str cut header; JD 222 22' str cut header; NH 970 24' straight cut header; NH 971 24' straight cut header; MacDon 960 30' draper header; MacDon 960 25' draper header; and many more; PULL TYPE SWATHERS & ACCESSORIES: over 25 pt swathers including 1996 Case IH 8820 s/p swather; 1989 JD 2360 s/p swather; SELF PROPELLED SWATHERS: 1986 Massey Ferguson 885 s/p swather w/30' header, 1850 hrs showing; 2000 Case 8825 s/p 25' swather, 1738 hrs showing; and numerous others; SEEDING & TILLAGE: Allis Chalmers 18' tandem disc; Degelman R570S grd drive rockpicker; Morris Magnum CP631 cultivator; Kellobuilt 250 10' tandem disc; Rock o matic TM12 10' rock rake; Morris 8018 hoe drill; John Deere 235 22' tandem disc; and more; LARGE SELECTION OF AUGERS & GRAIN HANDLING EQUIPMENT: over 30 augers; SPRAYING: 1998 Wilmar Ranger 7200 90' s/p field sprayer, 2000 hrs showing; 1991 Spra-Coupe high clearance s/p sprayer; HAYING & LIVESTOCK: 1991 New Idea 5114 14' mower conditioner; NH 14' haybine; 1999 HighLine 6800 bale processor; 1998 Highline 6800 bale processor; 1984 NH 358 mixmill; 2001 HiQual portable loading chute; 2 - Elias Mfg. bale scale/mover; New Holland 354 mixmill; New Holland 1000 stackliner; 1999 HighLine 6800 bale processor; and much more; BALERS: 1999 Case IH RS 561 round baler; New Idea 4865 round baler; 1989 NH 853; NH 660 round baler; 2003 Case IH RBX562 round baler; HEAVY TRUCKS: 2000 International Eagle 9900i tandem axle highway tractor, 500hp Detroit engine, 13 spd o/d trans, 12x40 axles, aluminum rims,11x24.5 rubber, 51" mid rise sleeper, air ride suspension, Truck will be sold with recent Safety 919,135 km showing; 2004 Kenworth W900L highway tractor; 1992 Freightliner cabover truck; 2000 Peterbilt 377 tandem axle grain truck, 475 CAT, 13 spd trans, Ultracell box; 2002 Freightliner FL70 s/a grain truck, 3126 CAT diesel, 6 spd, New Courtney Berg 16' steel box; 1980 GMC Brigadier t/a grain truck; 1980 Chevrolet 60 single axle grain truck; 1978 International 1700 tandem axle grain truck; 1988 International S1900 Steamer Truck 466, 5 spd, Pressure Washer: Hotsy BTU; 1966 Ford 500 single axle grain truck; and more; LIGHT TRUCKS & CARS: 2004 Dodge Ram 3500 4x4 quad cab 1 ton dually w/ Cummins diesel, auto trans, leather interior, 109,019 kms showing; 2008 Ford XLT F150 4wd extended cab truck; 2002 Ford F150 Supercab 2wd; Numerous other vehicles; COLLECTIBLE VEHICLES: 1965 GMC 910 2wd regular cab truck, 4 spd manual, ORIGINAL CONDITION, 54,282 miles showing; TRAILERS: 2004 Doepker Tridem grain trailer, 3 centre dump hoppers Michel’s roll tarp, dual guages, aluminum wrap fenders; 2006 Lode King super B grain Trailers, current safety; 2010 Royal XR5 Cargo Trailer 5X10; 2009 Royal XR Extra Tall Cargo Trailer 7X16; 2009 Royal XR Extra Tall Cargo Trailer 7X16; 2009 Royal XR Car Hauler 8.5X22; 2010 Nash Car High Quality All Aluminum Enclosed Trailer, Length-22'+5' v-nose; 2010 Sure Trac Low Profile Deckover, Length-20', Width-8'5'; Southland 18' Flatdeck, Length-18'; Width-8'6"; Numerous other trailers; WELDER & WELDING SKID: 2006 Lincoln Classic 300D Welder (Kubota 35.5 hp diesel) & Welding Skid w/Custom Arc Dial, welding cables & reels, oxy/acetelyne hoses & guages, 2595 hrs showing; GOOD SELECTION OR LAWN & GARDEN EQUIPMENT; OTHER MISC EQUIPMENT: 30'x65'x15' High Ceiling Double Doored Storage Shelter; 2 - 20'x30'x12' Commercial Storage Canopies; 3 - 20'x 40' 4Sided Commercial Party Tents; 3 - 16'x22' Marquee Event Tents; HOLIDAY CAMPERS: 2006 Northshore 31FG-DSL 31' tandem axle holiday camper, dual slide-outs; 2008 Palomino Sabre 28 RETS 5th wheel hardwall holiday camper, powerjacks, 31', triple slides; 2004 Keystone Cougar 304 34' bumper holiday pull camper trailer, hardwall, sleeps 8, double slide; 1989 Mallard 24' 5th wheel holiday camper; ATVs & BOATS; TREES & SHRUBS; QTY OF NEW TIRES; NEW SHOP TOOLS & MISC and much more. COMPLETE DISPERSAL FOR DOUG DANIELS OF COCHIN - Contact: Doug Daniels 306-386-2532 or 306-374-2444: TRACTORS: 1998 Agco Allis 9735 MFWD tractor, 125 pto hp, 18/6 powershift trans w/shuttle shift, dual pto, 1588 hrs showing; JD 10' dozer blade; COMBINES & ACCESSORIES: 1994 Agco Gleaner R62 s/p combine, 285 hp Cummins diesel, spreader, Victory Super 8 p/u, chopper, 1667 thr/2133 eng hrs showing; Deutz Allis 324 24' straight cut header; SEEDING & TILLAGE: EzeeOn 3550 24' air drill w/EzeeOn 2210 pull behind cart; Rock O Matic 546 pto rockpicker; GRAIN HANDLING & STORAGE: Fieldking 740 7"x40' grain auger; SPRAYING: 2002 Flexicoil 67XL 90' single axle high clearance field sprayer; Brandt 60' t/a field sprayer; HEAVY TRUCKS: 1987 Ford LTL9000 t/a grain truck, 3406B CAT diesel, 13 spd trans, 20' Ultracell box w/roll tarp; 1966 International 1500 s/a grain truck; LIGHT TRUCKS & CARS: 1974 GMC Sierra Classis 15 4wd truck; and more. COMPLETE DISPERSAL FOR THE STAN BILLARD ESTATE - Contact: Barb Billard 306-445-0350: TRACTORS: 1997 Case IH 9350 4wd tractor, 310 eng hp M11 Cummins, 3000 hrs showing; 1959 JD 530 antique tractor; Case 730 Comfort King 2wd diesel tractor; SWATHERS: 1996 Case IH 8820 25' swather, UII p/u reel, 1390hrs showing; SEEDING & TILLAGE: 2006 Degelman Strawmaster 7000 50' heavy harrow bar, +/-1500 acres use; Morris 8900 41' air seeder cultivator; Flexicoil 1720 tow behind air tank; 1991 Case IH 8100 41' cultivator; Flexicoil System 95 50' harrow packer bar; Alteen 14' tandem disc; Rome Plow TMR-12 12' breaking plow; Convey-All hoppered fertilizer tank; GRAIN HANDLING & STORAGE: 3 - Twister 2300 bu hoppered grain bins; Westeel 2300 bu hoppered grain bin; Qty of other grain bins; 1999 Brandt 4500 grain vac; SPRAYING: Wilger 60' field sprayer; HAYING & LIVESTOCK: NH 273 square baler; HEAVY TRUCKS: Ford L9000 Custom Cab tandem axle grain truck, Detroit 6 cyl diesel, 10 spd trans, Renn 20' box; Ford 750 cabover s/a grain truck; LIGHT TRUCK: Ford F350 Custom 2wd truck; TRAILER: Rainbow 16' tandem axle car hauler trailer; SHOP TOOLS & MISC and much more. Partial listing only - See full list and pictures on the internet at or call 306-445-5000 for more information IMPORTANT NOTICE: This listing is only a guide and in no way a guarantee of size, description or year. Please inspect all equipment to your own satisfaction. Complete terms and conditions are available at bidder registration.

SK Provincial Licence #914618

1-800-529-9958 See more photos and information at


MONDAY, JULY 18, 2011

Order of the Eastern Star Life Member pins presented

On May 17, Worthy Grand Patron Gerald Busch, left, and Worthy Grand Matron Mary Heskett of the Grand Chapter of Saskatchewan Order of the Eastern Star, right, visited and presented Pat Wright of Acacia Chapter No. 3 with her 60year membership pin in the Order of the Eastern Star. (Submitted photo by Cheryl Rann)

Worthy Grand Matron Mary Heskett, left, presented Elaine Hammond, Past Matron, with her 50-year membership pin in the Order of the Eastern Star while Worthy Grand Patron Gerald Busch looks on. Also in attendance was Eileen Anderson, Past Matron, 50-plus member of Acacia Chapter No. 3. (Submited photo by Cheryl Rann)

Weekly crop report Saskatchewan livestock producers have eight per cent of the 2011 hay crop cut and two per cent baled or put into silage. Seventy-one per cent of the hay crop is rated as good to excellent in quality. Sixty-one per cent of


the fall cereals are in the heading stage, 60 per cent of the spring cereals are in the jointed to shotblade stage, 46 per cent of the canola and mustard is in the rosette stage, 71 per cent of the pulses are in the vegetative stage

and 47 per cent of the flax is in the seedling stage. Across the province, topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as 27 per cent surplus, 69 per cent adequate and four per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture

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

Farmland for Sale (MLS) Wardrop Vogel Pobran Weekes Dixon HillCor Gray Zenert Whitmore Holbrook Orton McKee Lalonde Green

RM 317 RM 068 RM 343 RM 347 RM 346 RM 466 RM 346 RM 342 RM 316 RM 280 RM 255 RM 376 RM 345 RM 317

2099 ac. 2071 ac. 1229 ac 1226 ac. 640 ac. 490 ac. 480 ac. 463 ac. 320 ac. 317 ac. 317 ac. 307 ac. 160 ac. 160 ac.

Acreages for Sale (MLS) Clarke Johannson Egert Krivoshein Fuster Jordan Kerr Hamilton Crozier Woods Road Rawson Unity Ac. Sutherland

Rosetown Asquith Biggar Arelee Stranraer Wilkie Biggar Dodsland Biggar Biggar Rosetown Unity Wilkie

$589,900 $399,000 *$290,000 $279,000 $269,900 $245,000 $235,000 $199,900 $199,900 $189,900 $189,000 $185,000 $85,000

Homes for Sale in Biggar (MLS) Current Listings

Out of Town Property

302 6th Ave W *new* $279,000 114 5th Ave W *new* $268,000 402 7th Ave E $228,900 212 3rd Ave E $227,000 2nd Ave W Condos *$198,900 313 6th Ave E $184,900

Perdue 801 Ave J $197,500 th Perdue 816 7 St.*new* $95,000 rd Kinley 518 3 St *new* $59,000 rd Landis 212 3 W *new* $49,900 Landis Lot $22,500 Wilkie Lot 204 2 St W $15,000

406 7th Ave E $178,900 102 5th Ave E $173,900 409 3rd Ave E $169,900 403 4th Ave E $88,900 204 5th Ave E $49,900 209 4th Ave W $33,000 104 6th Ave E (Lot) $30,000 206 4th Ave. W (Lot) $27,500

Kerr Acreage


$199,900 th

114 5 Ave. West

Recently Sold Holt Quill Lake Comm. Prop Dalmeny L&F Ranch RM 347 Vogel RM 097

Commercial Property (MLS) Demaine Hotel A & D Foods Howard Concave

Demaine Perdue Rosetown

$399,900 $179,900 $160,000

Tim Hammond Realty (results since January 1, 2011)

SOLD - 25 Farms (over 25,000 acres) SOLD - 4 Commercial Properties SOLD - 20 Homes in Biggar SOLD - 5 Acreages *denotes Exclusive Listing

313 6th Ave. East

Doreen’s Discount Day

Recently Sold!! 202 3rd Ave E Wilkie Lot 507 2


Ave W

$299,000 $15,000

Summer is sizzling and the market is hot!!! Put your cares aside and list your property with Biggar’s top selling brokerage, Tim Hammond Realty

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3 + 1 bedroom bungalow close to downtown! Featuring 2 and a 1/2 baths, spacious oak kitchen, bow window, single detached garage plus car port, fully fenced meticulously manicured yard located on a corner lot! Call today to view this fantastic home!!

$185,000 $60,000 1413 ac 1227 ac



Incredible 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom home on approx. 10 acres. Energy efficient 1500 sq ft bungalow home with a partially developed walk out basement. (36x24) Triple detached garage and (32x60) shed with workshop area. Located close to town. A must see!

Sale Pending Crozier

306.948.5052 Main Office 306.948.9168 Tim’s Cell 306.948.7995 Cari’s Cell 306.831.9214 Grant’s Cell 306.948.4478 Dave’s Cell

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Totally renovated inside and out. This 936 sq ft bungalow is rated 76% on the energuide and features 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a finished basement, fenced yard and single detached garage. Located close to the schools, parks and the pool. Call to view this turnkey home today!

is rated as 24 per cent surplus, 72 per cent adequate and four per cent short. Thunderstorms in some areas resulted in varying amounts of precipitation and high winds. Flooding and saturated conditions continue in the southern and southeastern regions, although some areas have dried up enough for producers to access unseeded acres in order to control weeds. Flooding, hail and disease are causing the majority of crop damage. Farmers are busy scouting crops, controlling disease and haying.


Healthy Restaurant Eating With vacations we find ourselves eating in restaurants more than normal. This can sometimes challenge our resolve to make healthy food choices. Restaurant portions are often larger than what we serve ourselves at home. You don’t need to eat everything on the plate. Eat only until full. Ask for whole grain options and ask for extras on the side. Swap the fries for a side salad occasionally. Check out the healthy options that many of the fast food outlets now have. Try an in season fruit dessert. For toll-free health information 24 hours a day. Please call 1-888-425-4444(TTY) if you have hearing or speech difficulties Smokers Helpline 1-877-513-5333 or Questions about Medication? Call 1-800-665-DRUG (3784). Ask questions online Mental Health & Addictions Centralized Intake Line 1-866-269-9139 Monday to Friday 8:00 am—4:30 pm

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MEMORIAMS MANTIE, Gordon: In loving memory of my dear husband who passed away July 17, 2010. “I remember the day I met you, The day God made you mine. I remember the day He took you, And will ‘till the end of time. Among my tears and heartache, There’s one thing that makes me glad; That you chose me to share, Those precious years we had.” Forever loved and in my heart, Betty 29p1 MANTIE, Gordon: In loving memory of dear husband, father and grandfather, who passed away July 17, 2010. THE BROKEN CHAIN “We little know that afternoon that God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone, For part of us went with you, the day God called you home. You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide, And though we cannot see you, you are always at our side. Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same, But as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.” Love you always and forever, Betty and family 29p1

CARD OF THANKS Biggar Museum and Gallery wish to extend a heartfelt thank you to all who attended our Centennial Breakfast and so generously supported our Museum throughout the weekend. We were thrilled to see so many new faces as well as so many familiar friends of the Museum. Thank you everyone! 29c1 We just want to say a “Big Thank You” to all our wonderful family, friends and neighbours for making our 25th Anniversary evening so very special. Special thanks to our wonderful three daughters for making this day so very special. Further thanks to everyone for all the wonderful gifts, cards, phone calls and well wishes. WE HAD A FUN AND VERY ENJOYABLE TIME! Darlene and Jordy Ries 29c1 Thank you to everyone who sent gifts, cards and best wishes on my Grade 12 graduation. Sincerely, Ian Blocha 29p1



JULY 11 - AUG 27: Annual Used Book Sale in The Credit Union Gallery at the Biggar Museum, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday 28c6

AUCTIONS AUCTION AUG. 31: 986 Versatile 1156 w/ Approx. $20,000 Work Orders in Last 3 Yrs., Versatile 900 w/ 903 Cummins D Eng. Call Hodgins Auctioneers 1-800667-2075. PL915407 TRACTOR AUCTION AUG. 31998 Gleaner R62 SP w/ Gleaner PU Header. Call Hodgins Auctioneers 1-800667-2075. PL915407 COMBINE AUCTION AUG. 3- 1996 40 Ft. Conservapack w/ Harmon 3100 Tow Between Air Cart. Call Hodgins Auctioneers 1-800-6672075. PL915407 AIR DRILL AUCTION OPENS JULY 21ST: On Behalf of David Toth & The Estate of Louis Toth of Watrous, SK. Items to Include Tractors, Dozer Blade, Combines, Swathers, Trucks, PLUS MORE!! Call Hodgins Auctioneers 1-800667-2075. PL915407


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THURSDAY, JULY 21: You are invited to attend a bridal shower for Sheena Kennon, brideelect of Dan Robillard, 7 p.m. in the Centennial Room at the Westwinds Motor Hotel. Cards in drugstores. Everyone welcome! 29p1

SUNDAY, JULY 24: In celebration of Raymond Souillet’s 90th birthday, the family would like to invite you to a Strawberry Social. Please join us from 2-4 p.m. at Biggar New Horizons Hall, 117 3rd Ave. West, Biggar 27c3

SATURDAY, JULY 30: The family of Berna Johnson request the honour of your presence to celebrate her 80th Birthday at a Come and Go Tea, 2 - 4 p.m. at Perdue New Horizons. In lieu of cards and gifts, a toonie donation would be greatly appreciated going towards the New Horizons. 28p3




Happy ry a Annivers

Lindsay& Josh Hooper

Love… Mom, Owen and family

MISCELLANEOUS STEEL BUILDING SALE... SPECIALS from $5 to $12/sq. ft. Great pricing on ABSOLUTELY every model, width and length. Example: 30’Wx50’Lx16’H. NOW $10,500.00. End walls included, doors optional. Pioneer Steel Manufacturers 1-800-6685422.


COMING EVENTS SUNDAYS in July: Presbyterians, Anglicans, Lutherans will be worshipping at Redeemer Lutheran Church at 10:30 a.m. Mark Kleiner will be preaching July 17, 24 and 30 at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome. 48/10tfn

Families, clubs, churches and businesses are invited to do a Heritage Page to be on permanent display at Biggar Museum. Share your history! Do yours prior to the centennial celebrations! For more information call 948-3451 or visit museum 1 - 5 p.m., Monday Friday. 7tfn This newspaper accepts advertisements in good faith. We advise that it is in your interest to investigate offers personally. Publications by this paper should not be taken as an endorsement of the product or service offered. tfn Advertisements and statements contained herein are the sole responsibility of the persons or entities that post the advertisement, and the Saskatchewan Weekly Newspaper Association and membership do not make any warranty as to the accuracy, completeness, truthfulness or reliability of such advertisements. For greater information on advertising conditions, please consult the Association’s Blanket Advertising Conditions on our website at tfn


Request for Quotes Food Services Sun West School Division invites quotes for the provision and set up of food services (including morning refreshments, lunch and afternoon refreshments) for the following dates: August 24, August 25, August 26 and September 26 Detailed specifications are available on our web site at www.sunwestsd. ca. Please contact Linda Klassen at 306-882-2677 or email linda.klassen@ if you have any questions. Quotes must be received by noon on July 29, 2011.

MISCELLANEOUS A FREE TELEPHONE SERVICE - Get Your First Month Free. Bad Credit, Don’t Sweat It. No Deposits. No Credit Checks. Call Freedom Phone Lines Today Toll-Free 1-866-884-7464. Advertisements and statements contained herein are the sole responsibility of the persons or entities that post the advertisement, and the Saskatchewan Weekly Newspaper Association and membership do not make any warranty as to the accuracy, completeness, truthfulness or reliability of such advertisements. For greater information on advertising conditions, please consult the Association’ s Blanket Advertising Conditions on our website at www.swna. com.

Diesel Engines Remanufactured. Save time, money and headaches. Most medium duty applications 5.9L, 8.3L, ISB, CAT, DT466, 6.0L. Ready to run. Call today 1-800-667-6879 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. GENERATOR SETS. Buy direct and save. Oilpatch, farm, cabin or residential. Buy or rent - you’ll get the best deal from DSG. 1-800-667-6879 www.dsgpower. com Coupon # SWANA G1101 Major engine manufacturers say that quality fuel treatments are an essential part of diesel engine protection. Get the best value with 4Plus 1-800-6676879 More Power Less Fuel for diesel farm equipment. Tractors, combines, sprayers or grain trucks. Find out about safe electronics from DSG. Call today 1-800-667-6879. www. NEVER SHOCK CHLORINATE AGAIN! New! Continuous Shock Chlorinator. Patent Pending Canada/U.S.A. No mess, effective year round for smell, iron bacteria, slime. Inexpensive. Phone 1-800-BIGIRON; P R O V I N C E - W I CLASSIFIEDS. Reach 330,000 readers weekly. this newspaper NOW or 649.1405 for details.

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Wanted: Massey #36 discers. Paying $100. Will pick up. Call Andrew 306-946-9669, leave message if no answer. 29p6 Old battery collection, Fisher #300 Cadet Squadron. Drop off at the Biggar Land¿ll OR contact Quentin Sittler at 658-2132 3tfn Main Street Garage Sale is accepting donations of all items in clean and working condition. Please phone 948-1773 or 9485393. Pickup available. 32tfn

CARS & TRUCKS 1990 Pontiac Bonnyville. Phone 948-5371 28p3 Guaranteed approval drive away today! We lend money to everyone. Fast approvals, best interest rates. Over 500 vehicles sale priced for immediate delivery OAC. 1-877-796-0514.

RECREATION 1982 350 Chevy Empress motorhome, bunk beds, sleeps 6, fridge, stove and oven, furnace, brand new tires, low mileage, towing pkg, new awning, $5,900.00, call 9481726 28p3

MACHINERY Three (3) rototillers, two (2) lawn mowers, patio table and umbrella. Phone 948-3774. 29p3


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For sale, 500 acres of standing alfalfa and grass. Phone 9482395. 21tfn


PERSONAL $500 Loan and +. No Credit Refused. Fast, Easy, 100% Secure. 1-877-7761660. DATING SERVICE. Long-term/ short-term relationships, Free to try! 1-877-297-9883. Intimate conversation, Call #4011 or 1-888-534-6984. Live 1on1 Call 1-866-311-9640 or #4010. Meet local single ladies. 1-877-8045381. (18+)


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY LEASE OPERATORS Big Sky Farms, one of Canada’s largest hog producers, are expanding their livestock transportation fleet and are looking for qualified owner-operators for Western Canada.

For more information call Cliff at (306) 682-7244 or email resume to:

Real Estate LANE REALTY CORP. For the most exposure that you deserve in the marketing of your farm or ranch property. Contact your local agent:

KEVIN JARRETT (306) 441-4152 To view full colour feature sheets for all of our CURRENT LISTINGS, visit our Website at

LANE REALTY CORP. Saskatchewan’s Farm & Ranch Specialists™

Ph:(306) 569-3380 Email:“ Now representing purchasers from across Canada, the United Kingdom and Mainland Europe!” Two serviced lots, side by side in Biggar, 100’x140’, $79,900. Call 717-4681 (cell) 5tfn “Land of Orchards, Vineyards & Tides” in Nova Scotia’s beautiful Annapolis Valley. Live! Work! Bring Business! Free Brochure Website: Email: mmacdonald@kingsrda. ca Toll - free: 1-888-865-4647.

HOUSES FOR SALE 119 2nd Ave. East, Biggar… triple lot, 2 bdrm house, inside completely redone, $118,500. Call 948-4288, 948-5477 or 306692-3750. 28c9

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

948-3820 302 - 8th Ave. W. • Biggar


55 PLUS ACTIVE ADULT Living. Large Ground Level Townhomes. 306 241 0123 LAKEVIEW HOMES & Lots Vernon BC. Lake Okanagan. Private Beach. Dock. Trees. Meadows. WildÀowers. Birds. Trails. Reasonably priced custom home construction. Architectural Guidelines. Build now or later. Ten minutes to town-center. Lots from $219,000. Houses from $499,000. Vendor ¿nancing available. Call Scott 250.558.4795 www.


LOST LOST: I was in Biggar for the Centennial Celebration. It was great. However, somewhere along Main Street on Saturday afternoon (either in a store or on the street). I lost a small blue decorated change purse, containing bills and change. I would really appreciate getting it back. If you happen to ¿nd it, please phone 306-882-3090 (on reverse if you wish). Thank you, Pat. 28p3

Required immediately Class 1A driver and bobcat operator. Fax resume with referenced to: Prairie Boyz Excavating, 306934-6692. 27p3 NEED A HOME PHONE? Cable TV or High Speed Internet? We Can Help. Everyone Approved. Call Today. 1-877-852-1122 Protel Reconnect.

SOUTH ROCK LTD. has available positions for road construction, Heavy Duty Mechanic, General Labourers, Flaggers, Heavy Equipment Operators. Forward resume to: Fax 403-568-1327; www.southrock. ca.



HOUSES FOR RENT Three bedroom house available July 1, 2011. $800/month, $500 damage deposit, all appliances included. Phone 306-480-8842, 306-760-1355. 27p3 Three bedroom home (fully modern). Available January 31, 2011. For viewing, contact 9483674 or 948-7022 or 948-9517 2tfn

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If YOU are… • Moving • Expecting a Baby • Planning a Wedding • Anticipating Retirement Call WELCOME WAGON at 948-2563 - Lisa Haynes We have gifts and information

Leslie’s Drugstore

Biggar • 948-3397 Stop in to… 1st Ave. West, Biggar 948-2700



Newly constructed 1470 square feet R.T.M. home located on desirable Turnbull Avenue with excellent neighbours! New playground across the street and an excellent view of the valley behind the home. 2-½ bathrooms on main level with custom tile Áooring. Main bathroom features jacuzzi bathtub. Larger main bedroom includes walk-in 10’ x 6’ closet and ensuite bathroom with over-sized shower. Upgrades featured on this modern energy efÀcient home include front yard underground sprinklers, new grass turf, 16’ x 28’ attached garage, 10’ height concrete basement walls with framed walls, front and rear decks with beautiful white aluminum railing. Amazing custom built kitchen cabinets, walk-in pantry, counter tops and raised bar installed by Ashley Cabinets. This home also features a ceiling fan and all the blinds are included. Priceed to sell $270,000.00. Contact Jayson via internet


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MONDAY, JULY 18, 2011


Business & Professional … FOR RENT



Saskatoon DUANE NEUFELDT Serving BIGGAR and Area

Licensed For: • Residential • Acreage • Farm

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

The sign you want. The agent you need.

Tim Hammond Realty Licenced for:

Housing for families and seniors Rent based on income

Call: 948-2101

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Bear Hills Rural Development Corporation

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

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

948-5052 (office) Cell 948-9168

Tim Hammond, BSA, P.Ag., Broker

Proud to handle Biggar’s Real Estate Needs

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


Tim Hammond Realty Licenced for: •Residential

9Residential 9Commercial 9Automotive

113 - 3rd Ave. W., Biggar

948-5052 (office) Cell 948-7995

Cari McCarty Residential Sales

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

104 - 2nd Ave. West Biggar

Biggar’s Top Performing Residential Agent


Tim Hammond Realty


Licenced for: •Farm •Acreage •Residential • Commercial

A Sign of Qualilty!


113 - 3 Ave. W., Biggar

948-5052 (office) Cell 948-4478 Dave Molberg BSA

Exposure, Experience and Effort.

of The Battlefords Independently Owned and Operated

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


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

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

Authorized Appliance Depot Electrical Wiring Trenching Licensed Journeyman Adrian de Haan

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

Cell: 306-221-6888

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

Jerry Muc Phone: 948-2958 Fax:


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

Phone: 948-4844 Fax: 948-4845



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

Biggar, Sask.

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


Helping you Help yourself

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

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


available to do…

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

Call Jim @ 948-3333

Northland Foaming

Spray Foam Insulation

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

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

SEED CLEANING IT’S ALL INCLUDED! Canadian Seed Institute Accredited Pedigree, Commercial & Custom Cleaning FULL line of Cleaning Equipment including Gravity Table

Excellent Quality at a Reasonable Price! For all your Cereal and Pulse Cleaning

948-2807 or

Call: Bill: Dale:

948-5609 948-5394

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

Phoenix M4 Mobile Grain cleaning and sizing


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



Phone: 948-5678

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

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

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

306-948-3408 EYE CARE

Kirk Ewen Doctor of Optometry

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

948-2548 or 948-9710

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


Wylie Farms Ltd.

Box 327 Biggar, SK S0K 0M0

•Farm •Residential •Commercial •Acreage

113 - 3rd Ave. W., Biggar


Cell… 948-8048

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

For appointments… 1-855-651-3311

LACK OF ADVERTISING is like winking at a pretty girl in the dark…YOU KNOW what you’re doing, BUT NO ONE ELSE DOES!


MONDAY, JULY 18, 2011

Business & Professional LEGAL SERVICES



223 Main Street Biggar

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

Box 580 Biggar, SK SOK OMO

302 Main Street, Biggar, SK

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

948-3346 …serving your community since 1972


Roe & Company

306-948-5352 or 306-244-9865


Email: Website:


948-3376 after hours George: 948-7533 Corner of Main Street & 1st Avenue West, Biggar


301 - 1 Ave. E, Biggar

948-3996 Open Monday-Saturday

Heavy Truck Repair


FFinancialPlan nning EstatePlann ning LifeInsuran nce 

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

Mike Nahorney, Interprovincial Heavy Duty Journeyman Mechanic


222 220MainStreet 7 3069485377 


SGI Safety Inspection Auto Repair

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



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

304 Main St., Biggar

948-2222 or 948-2029

Without advertising, nothing happens!!!

Anne G. Livingston

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

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

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

For appointments and inquiries, call Janet at 948-2091

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

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

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

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


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


YH Truck, Ag & Auto

Photos by Jocelyn Portraits, Family, Weddings & Sports Photography

Biggar, Sask.

306-948-2814 Small Ads Work… You’re reading this one!!!

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

521 Main St., Biggar 948-2109

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




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

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

Beadle’s Computer Solutions Sales & Service Call Steven 948-2489 Your authorized

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



Phillips Radio Shop

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Battery Chargers Electric Fencers Repaired/Rebuilt/ Built

Pssst...Did you hear that you can still buy REGAL? Contact Nancy Duns Independent Rep Ph: 237-4777



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

• Snow Removal • Fences …and much more

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



Phone: 948-5133

Tree services available…


in Biggar Insurance Bldg.

Phone: 948-2204 or 948-3886

P. O. Box 1480 Biggar, Sask.


Your Auto Parts and Accessories Dealer Open: Mon.-Fri.

201B-2nd Ave. West

Ivan Young,



Chartered Accountant Notary Public

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

1st Ave. West, Biggar

Phone: 244-7464 for appointment

Garry A. Faye

• Driveways • Concrete • Garage Pads • Pruning • Planting


227 - 1st Ave. East, Biggar

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


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


Owned & operated by Kevin Fick


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


Rebel Landscaping


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



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Residential Commercial Automotive

For FREE estimates or enquiries CALL Wayne or Dorothy at


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

• sides of Pork & Beef available

948-3384 This space available for… our 26-week commitment in this directory $ 2.89/week = $75 + g.s.t. (regular price $9.52 per week) One column x 1 inch size Call


109 Main St., Biggar



Fax: 948-2484


658-4474, Landis, SK COURIER/HAULING

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

~Brian and Cathy Fick~

Cell: 306-948-7524


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

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

Rockin D Trucking & Cattle

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


MONDAY, JULY 18, 2011


Safe summer travels With the summer travel season here, CAA Saskatchewan is reminding drivers of some important road safety tips. “Planning ahead and staying attentive are the key factors to staying safe on the road this summer,” says Lisa Wilson-Sturm, Director of Communications for CAA Saskatchewan. “SGI statistics show that driver distraction and inattention are major contributing factors in close to 40% of casualty collisions on Saskatchewan roads.” To ensure you stay safe on your summer travels, follow these tips: Plan ahead: • Ensure your vehicle is in top operating condition. • Chart your route to allow time to travel safely, and check road construction to avoid delays. • Pack an emergency

vehicle kit. (i.e. flashlight, booster cables, first-aid kit, flares, drinking water etc.) • Ensure children have games, books and other activities to keep them entertained. Stay alert: • Get enough sleep the night before you have to drive and travel at times when you are normally awake. • Take regular breaks and stay overnight rather than driving straight through. Reduce driver distractions: • Pull over to read a map, make a phone call or text, smoke, or tend to children, and stop to eat. • Pre-set musical systems before you start driving and keep volume low. • Keep conversation with passengers light and to a minimum.

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Slow Down • Obey the speed limit. It will not only improve your safety, but also save you money at the gas pumps. • You are required by law to slow to 60 km/hour when passing tow trucks or emergency vehicles assisting motorists or when passing construction crews on Saskatchewan roads. “Of course, don’t drink and drive,” says WilsonSturm. “According to SGI, impaired driving remains the number one contributing factor in fatal collisions in the province. CAA Saskatchewan urges drivers to be responsible and stay sober behind the wheel.”

****PUBLIC NOTICE**** Please be advised that a two dimensional (2D) seismic exploration program is planned for the Saskatoon area (see map below). This regional seismic program is being conducted on behalf of BHP Billiton Canada Inc. by RPS Boyd PetroSearch in order to assess potential potash mineralization. The seismic process involves sending vibrations into the earth and measuring the returning waves. The energy source is vibroseis (vibrator trucks) and the program will mainly be conducted on road allowance. We ask that you consider your safety as well as the safety of our workers. Please slow down around our worksites. If you would like more information, please contact our landowner liaison, Garry Wahl. Please note that unless you are contacted, your lands are not being entered. No private property will be accessed without prior consent.

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Exploration Company: RPS Boyd PetroSearch Field Operations: May through to mid-September 2011 Program Names: 2011 Wolverine 2D, 2011 Asquith 2D, 2011 South Boulder 2D and 2011 South Young 2D


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

Maddie Mailey Permit Administrator Toll Free: 1.800.663.8943


MONDAY, JULY 18, 2011


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July 18 independent

issue 29  

July 18 independent