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Truck collides with train near Landis CN line. The truck was pushed across the roadway and into the ditch by the train, which stopped as soon as was possible. The

truck was later removed from the side of the train. Rail traffic was suspended until the semitruck and grain trailer

was pulled back from the edge of the tracks, and the train could move out of the affected rail area. CN officials examined the track


n the early morning hours of May 2, Unity RCMP were dispatched to a collision between a semi-truck and a train on the CN line four miles west of the town of Landis. There were no injuries to either the driver of the semi truck, or to the operators of the train, and EMS was not required. Wilkie Fire and Rescue responded to the collision and assisted in the cleanup of a ruptured fuel tank on the semi-unit, which spilled a partial tank of diesel fuel. Investigation revealed that the truck was northbound on Standard Road at the time of the collision and did not stop at the railcrossing and was struck by a westbound train on the

and determined there were no damages to the lines so rail traffic was able to resume. There was no damage to the rail cars; there were no goods spilled from the train, which was composed of cargo box cars, and container units. At the time of the collision the train was estimated to be travelling at a speed of approximately 45 miles per hour, and the truck was also travelling at a low

speed as the driver had just stopped to adjust the tarps on the grain trailer. At the time of the collision the truck made initial contact with the locomotive of the train. The truck and trailer were completely removed from the site by noon and rail traffic has resumed without any restrictions. A 56-year old male resident of the Landis district was charged with disobeying a railway stop signal.

Biggar RCMP seeking your assistance

Crushed fibreglass and twisted metal remain of a semi, dragged down the tracks by a CN train this past Friday. Fortunately, no one was injured. (RCMP submitted photo)

Biggar RCMP received a complaint of someone stealing a motor off of a boat located near Sonningdale. The incident happened between mid February and April 26, 2014. The boat motor is a grey 1993 30 horsepower Suzuki MCLP long shaft. If you have any information about the following, please contact the Biggar RCMP at 306-948-6600 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at

Rosetown celebrates long-term care facility grand opening R

esidents of Rosetown and area are benefiting from a new long-term care facility. Minister responsible for Rural and Remote Health Randy Weekes joined local residents at a grand opening ceremony to celebrate the completion of the Rosetown District Health Centre’s long-term care facility, Rose Villa. “The completion of Rose Vi l l a i s a s i g n i f i c a n t milestone in the renewal of long-term care facilities in our province,” Weekes said, Friday. “This project is another example of our government’s commitment to improving health care infrastructure in the province and providing a better quality of life for Saskatchewan seniors living in long-term care.” Rose Villa replaces the Wheatbelt Centennial Lodge and the Rosetown Health Centre Nursing Wing. Rose Villa has 54 longterm care beds and offers a comprehensive range of health services, larger private rooms, and state-ofthe-art equipment. Long-

term care residents moved into the facility in March 2014. “The completion of this new facility demonstrates how strong local, regional, and provincial partnerships result in better care for our residents,” Heartland Health Region Board Chair Richard Anderson said. “This modern building incorporates many features that support our staff to provide residentfocused care in a safe work environment.” “I would like to thank the citizens of Rosetown and our partner municipalities” Rosetown Mayor Brian Gerow said. “Their contributions made this a reality today. I would also like to thank the government for recognizing the need for change, and making it a reality today.” “There is much to celebrate about the opening of this grand senior’s home - the generosity of a community, the foresight of urban and rural municipalities and the long-term vision of our provincial government,”

Rosetown and District Health Foundation Chair Marcel Dubois said. In total, $152.8 million has been invested toward the replacement of 13 long-

term care facilities across the province. The provincial government, the Rosetown and District Health Foundation, and area

3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . . A Biggar Central School flinches as balsa cars jet their CO2, energizing them for the trip down track at the gymnasium, Monday. The racers went

municipalities together invested $24 million in this long-term care project. The provincial share is $19.2 million.

Biggar’s 54-bed long-term care home is currently under construction, and no definitive date has been set for its opening.

head-to-head with their classmates in a fun, hands-on learning of physics, engineering and design. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)


THURSDAY,, MAY 8,, 2014

The culmination of a lot of hard work came to a spectacular conclusion Sunday as the Biggar School of Dance held their year-end recital. Dancers from the local club held the Majestic Theatre audience’s attention with their high-à ying, high-energy art. The dancers were, as ever, entertaining and incredible - their talent is simply amazing! More pictures will be posted this Friday at (Independent Photos by Kevin Brautigam)



Saskatchewan increasing measles response Health officials are advising increased caution and encouraging vaccination in the wake of additional measles cases in Saskatchewan and other provinces. Prairie North Health Region has reported three probable measles cases in unimmunized children, in addition to one case in an unimmunized child reported on Friday. The health region issued a Public Health Notice that includes potential locations for public exposure and provides advice to residents. The Ministry of Health is working closely with the region on the public health response. Two doses of measles vaccine are required for maximum protection. Measles vaccine is usually offered in combination with mumps, rubella and varicella in one vaccine at 12 months and again at 18 months. In Saskatchewan, 89 per cent of children have received one dose of a measles vaccine by age

two, but only 75 per cent have received a second dose by their second birthday. “Saskatchewan’s current childhood vaccination rate is not high enough to prevent outbreaks,” Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab said. “Parents need to ensure their children have received two doses of measles vaccine by age two. If their children are running behind schedule, now is the time to make an appointment with public health.” Dr.Shahab recommends that children wait until 12 months for their first measles vaccine. However, given Alberta’s current outbreak, children from 6 to 12 months who are travelling to Calgary, Edmonton or central Alberta, or other parts of the world experiencing measles outbreaks, are able to get a measles vaccine earlier. Even with an early dose, children would still require their two routine

Those special ladies . . . Ruth Archdekin, left, and Agnes Small were two very special mothers recognized at the annual Mother of the Year Tea this past Tuesday. Held at the Biggar Community Hall, the event is a major fund raiser for Prairie Branches

(formerly, Biggar Community Connections). Ruth and Agnes were nominated by the Porter Community Club and Landis CWL, and St. Gabriel’s CWL respectively. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

doses of vaccine at 12 and 18 months. Measles is a highly infectious, potentially serious disease that can be easily transmitted through the air. Symptoms include high fever, cough and runny

when seeking medical advice, to avoid exposing others. People who wish to check their vaccination records should contact the public health office in the health region in which they

nose, followed by a rash. The rash generally starts on the face and then spreads to other parts of the body. People who develop symptoms are encouraged to call ahead to their health provider

were vaccinated. More information is available at immunization-records. To date, Saskatchewan has reported 12 confirmed and three probable cases of measles in 2014.

Heartland encourages all to support “Give Hunger a Voice” Hunger is an issue many people are uncomfortable discussing, so Hunger Awareness Week is a way to ensure the voice of hunger is loud and clear. That is the theme breaking the silence surrounding hunger in Canada during ‘Hunger Awareness Week’, May 5-9. Nearly 850,000 Canadians will visit a food bank for assistance this month and more than one-third helped

will be children. Many more people do not ask for assistance but are food insecure, not knowing where their next meal will come from. In Saskatchewan, nearly 23,000 people seek assistance from a food bank: 44 per cent are children. It can happen to anyone. The income source for 69 per cent of all Saskatchewan food bank clients is a pension, disability plan, or social assistance. One factor in being food

secure is that all people, at all times, have the physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life. Calculating food costs is one way to assess the affordability of nutritious food and monitor food security. In Saskatchewan, this information is collected every three years. The provincial report ‘The Cost of Healthy Eating

In Gratitude . . . In memory of George and Martha Domes, and a deep appreciation for the love, care and compassion given to them in there last three years, grandchildren Stacey Kolenosky, Michelle Bomok, Roxanne Wilkinson and John Domes (left to right) present a cheque of $1,000 to Jo Angelopoulous (centre) of the Biggar and District Health Services Foundation. From the community to the Domes family, thank you! It takes many to build a community, but only a few to tear it down. Your heartfelt donation - coming under the circumstances that transpired, is a recognition of two wonderful lives lived, two wonderful lives who will be missed. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

in Saskatchewan 2012’, provides individuals, families and organizations with a benchmark for the cost of healthy eating for various age and gender groups. It can be used to calculate a food budget, and provide guidance on the development of health, nutrition and social policies and programs. The report is hosted on Heartland Health ( and Saskatchewan Health ( The 2012 cost, for a Heartland family of four, to eat healthy is $216 for a week and $920 for a month, which is about the provincial average and a seven per cent increase since 2009. It is important to note that this does not cover personal, cleaning, toiletries or specialty foods (celiac, et cetera) nor does it cover the cost of transportation to drive to and from the grocer. For decades, many agencies, groups and communities have fed people who are hungry but it does not solve food insecurity and poverty. The findings in the report reinforce the importance of collaboration to help improve food security. The report also offers

more than 800 food banks and 2,900 agencies in communities across the country work to assist Canadians in need. Together, Canadians can make an impact and find solutions to hunger in communities across Canada.

practical suggestions for individuals, families and communities - such as gardening to grow your own food. Since 2006, food banks across the country have raised awareness about the solvable problem of hunger in Canada. Today,

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Letter to the Editor… Dear Editor: (I wrote the following letter 10 years ago hoping for a change in U.S. Policy. Sadly, this has not happened and the results are painfully evident. So hard to see!) War – what’s it good for? I am a former U.S. Citizen and a Korean War Vet. I moved my family from the U.S. Because of the insanity of the Vietnam War and to prevent my four sons from being asked to support the U.S. Policy of world dominance and empire-building.

When I volunteered as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army I was 18, naive and brain washed, wanting to do my “patriotic” duty. I gave several years of my life but now realize how wrong I was and hope that the current “crop” of young men will realize that the U.S. Policy of violence against violence only leads to further violence; that war can never solve problems; that there is no such thing as a just war; that God does not bless war. This violence is doomed to fail because it only stirs up further

violence and hate. In my opinion President Bush really “missed the boat” when he attacked Afghanistan after 9-11 instead of implementing international policies to overcome evil with goodness, not further evel. Young men everywhere – don’t be fooled! Think for yourself before it’s too late. There are so many opportunities to do good and help others in this world. Bob Wiseman Biggar

Plans to expand government pensions based on faulty assumptions by Philip Cross With talks to expand the Canada Pension Plan having stalled, the Ontario government has pledged to roll out its own provincial version. The impulse for a ‘big CPP’ hinges on the assumption that Canadians are too ignorant or misguided to plan for retirement themselves and the meddling hand of government bureaucrats can help them. In a new study published by the Fraser Institute, I question many of the assumptions behind the drive for ‘big CPP’ in Ontario and elsewhere. To begin, Canada’s current cohort of retirees aren’t facing a retirement income crisis. People are living longer, healthier and wealthier lives in retirement. The few pockets of poverty among seniors, such as single elderly women who have never worked, are best addressed by better targeting government benefits, not a wholesale expansion of the CPP. The crisis publicized by the pension ‘industry’

resides in the future and relies on assumptions and projections in models which are questionable. The model results are based on the traditional three pillars of Canada’s pension system—social security payments from government, the mandatory CPP, and voluntary pensions like RRSPs. This downplays the role of assets people hold in a fourth pillar outside the pension system, which total $8.6 trillion including real estate and various saving and investments, compared with $2.6 trillion held inside the pension system. And it completely ignores a largely undocumented but vital fifth pillar of support to retirees from family and friends; for example, 10 per cent of seniors live with their families, with unknown amounts of money and in-kind support flowing back and forth across generations, including inheritances. There are many problems with modelbased extrapolations of pension incomes

years in the future. For example, models assume that the replacement rate of working income with pension income is fixed over time, when it more likely declines as older age curtails spending on travel and entertainment. Banks routinely exhort retirees to replace 70 per cent or more of their working income, when some experts find 50 per cent would be adequate for most. But the fundamental problem with targeting replacement rates is that they are an opinion, not an observable fact. A prospective retiree can rationally choose to retire early, accepting a lower standard of living to spend more time pursuing leisure activities or with family. Another challenge with model-based projections results from a growing number of older Canadians staying in the labour force. Nearly half of Canadians over the age of 55 are still in the labour force, including one quarter aged 65 to 69 (a near doubling

of the rate over a short period). Canadians are increasingly working past what used to be the traditional (and often mandatory) age of retirement and this shift is playing havoc with forecasts of the labour force. This should give pause to anyone basing policy prescriptions that increase payroll taxes for virtually all working Canadians today on model simulations of the distant future. Every extra year elderly Canadians spend working generates more income and reduces the time savings are withdrawn for retirement. However, a major problem with using models to simulate the future of retirement is the underlying assumption that prospective retirees don’t understand their financial circumstances. In models, Canadians march towards retirement either blissfully unaware of the lower standard of living waiting for them or utterly incapable of altering their behaviour

by saving more or working longer in response to that knowledge. In real life, there’s ample evidence that Canadians alter their behaviour in response to a keen awareness of their circumstances and act decisively and rationally to control them. Some accept lower incomes in order to retire early while others work longer when circumstances dictate; they save less voluntarily when government increases mandatory saving; they save more in their own pension accounts when employerbased pension plan benefits erode; they elect to receive C/QPP benefits earlier or later than the traditional 65 years as they see fit; they shift consumption between the early and later stages of retirement; they save more in their later years to leave an inheritance; and they understand government will provide support as their health deteriorates in their final years. Canadians are anything but the robotic automatons

portrayed in models, doomed to endlessly repeat past patterns of behaviour, incapable of learning and adapting their lifestyle to the changing world around them. They are actively involved in making the myriad of decisions that affect their pensions and their retirement. If there is an expanded role for government to play in the future retirement system, it’s filling in the few cracks through which pensioners can fall into poverty. Philip Cross spent 36 years at Statistics Canada, the last few years as its Chief Economic Analyst. He wrote Statistics Canada’s monthly assessment of the economy for years, as well as many feature articles for the Canadian Economic Observer. After leaving Statistics Canada, he worked for the MacdonaldLaurier Institute. He is a member of the Business Cycle Dating Committee at the CD Howe Institute. He has been widely-quoted over the years, and now writes a bi-weekly oped for the National Post and other papers.

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Acacia members attend 98th Session A number of Acacia Chapter No. 3 OES members from Biggar attended the 98th Session of the Grand Chapter of Saskatchewan OES held in Saskatoon at the Travelodge on April 24, 25 and 26. The theme for this year’s session was “A Royal Garden Party” with Queen Elizabeth the Tooth making an appearance on Friday Evening at the banquet. Our own Vera McNeil was presented along with 24 other 50 year-plus Star members on Saturday afternoon. The average number of years that these 50 year-plus members have in Star was 57. Cora Gavel from Prince Albert has 70 years as a Star member.

Many donations were made during the three days over $10,000 being donated to the Learning Disabilities Council of Saskatchewan which was the Worthy Grand Matron and Worth GrandPatron’s project for their year. Our own member, Eric Rann was installed as Associate Grand Patron for the 2014-2015 year. At the banquet on Friday evening, the members were asked to wear hats with emphasis on fascinators because of the Royal Theme. The picture shows some of our members with their hats as they attended the “Royal Banquet” on Friday evening.

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PUBLIC NOTICE SPRING CLEAN UP WEEK Council have designated the week of May 11th - 17th, 2014 for the purpose of observing SPRING CLEAN UP WEEK in the Town of Biggar. This week will provide residents an opportunity to clean up their yards and alleys and to place this additional garbage, junk and white metals in the lane during this week for pick up by the Town. USED TIRES are not allowed in the landÀll and WILL NOT be picked up. HOUSEHOLD RENOVATION material will not be picked up -- it is the property owner’s responsibility to remove this material. During the work week of May 20st- 23th, 2014, the Town will provide extra men and equipment to carry out a one-time pick up of the garbage and junk material placed in the lane during spring clean up week. Additional garbage, junk and white metals placed in the lanes after May 23trd, 2014 will be the responsibility of the property owner to remove. Council would like to thank you for your co-operation and assistance in past years for spring clean up and we know that you will again make this year a success.

PERSONAL PROPERTY shall not be stored in lanes as the Town will be removing materials located in the lanes during clean up week. The Town will not be responsible for any PERSONAL PROPERTY left in the lanes and which is removed during clean up week. Acacia Chapter No. 3 members Nancy Pike, Sylvia Thomson, Vera McNeil, Rick Rann, Debbie Robinson, Jim Reid, Cheryl Rann, Elizabeth McMahon (left to right) are suitably attired for a Royal Garden Party this past April 24-26 at the Saskatoon Travelodge. (Submitted Photo)

style setters of this century. Peterkin, who bemoans the fact that he can’t grow a good one, takes a look and the phenomenon of what he terms “beard envy” -- the ability by some men to grow a long, thick beard. Still another theory is that men who grow beards are asserting their masculinity and in a way it is a backlash to feminism. Some feminists took a stand against certain articles of clothing in their stance; the beard is man’s way of stating the obvious -- their masculinity. Here’s some fun facts. • High ranking ancient Egyptians dyed their beards and painted them with gold thread. • A beard can be made into a rudimentary compass by sprinkling metal shavings into it and slightly dampening it. • Beards have been regarded as emblems of wisdom. “Lose your beard, and you lose

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I ran into a friend of mine the other day. Between schedules, events and other happenings we hadn’t seen each other in a couple of weeks, make that quite a few weeks. He was sporting some facial hair, or as it is more commonly known, a beard. Of course, I had to comment on it and asked him what was going on. To which one of his daughters replied, “He’s having a mid life crisis.” The other daughter also professed she did not like it but had no influence with regards to shaving it off. I decided to investigate a little more fully this urge by men to grow facial hair. Here’s what I found out. First,

facial hair is making a comeback. In fact there are instances where some men are resorting to facial hair transplants which comes with a hefty price tag of $8,500 U.S. Second, psychoanalysts have studied the tradition of growing beards quite extensively. There are many theories put forward by “shrinks”. Charles Berg, a British psychologist, draws a line from male puberty which causes hair to grow on the chin to the hair which appears on lower parts of the body. It’s a sign of manhood. While Berg professed his theories in the 1950s, more recently a Toronto psychiatrist Allan Peterkin equates the current trend to a “bit of performance of masculinity.” In his books he tells of kings and leaders who wore beards in the Victorian era but now it is celebrities which are sporting beards thus becoming the

your soul” was a famous saying. • The longest beard on a living person was six feet from the end of the chin to the tip. Shamsher Singh of Punjab, India has his beard officially measured in 1997. • Around 55 per cent of the male population worldwide sport some form of facial hair. • The number of whiskers on the face of an average man: 30,000. • There have been nine popes names Stephen. All of them had beards. So, while the experts may continue to analyze the reasons for beard growing it really comes down to individual taste.

“ . . . the male beard communicates an heroic image of the independent, sturdy and resourceful pioneer, ready, willing and able to do manly things.”


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by Bob Mason

Shades Yours Truly remembers distinctly hearing Pierre Berton (Canada’s most successful writer!) saying on a T.V. Program that he never felt so fulfilled in his life as when he was reciting “The Shooting of Dan McGrew”, by Robert Service: A bunch of the boys were whooping it up In the malumet Saloon And the kid who handled the music box Was playing a jag-time tune When out of the night, which was fifty below And into the din and glare. And right away Yours Truly remembered . . . He looked like a man with one foot in the grave And scarcely the

strength of a louse. Yet he tilted a poke of dust on the bar And called for “Drinks on the house!” Those kind of ribald verse had always appealed to Y.T. since way back in the cabin-building days up north. Yet he had forgotten most of them! Way, way back there, when young Bob was about 16 years old or so, one of his cousins had hauled some logs from Emma Lake and we were building a cabin. Somewhere he had found an old book by Robert Service and as it was the only one we had, as soon as we were doing hewing and hammering, we read it (well, it was the only reading we had!).

This is the law of the Yukon! Lo’ how she makes it plain! Send not your foolish and feeble Send me your strong and your sane! Yours Truly is a little sorry about this, but although we memorized quite a few verses, over the years, as mentioned above, we had forgotten most of them! Forgetting things gets to be quite a problem as we get older (at least for Y.T. it does!) and, looking back, regardless of the thousands we remember, we have to mourn a bit for the other thousands of things that we have forgotten! We like to think that when Berton came down to our level a bit (when he mentioned his passion for reciting Dan McGrew), he sure brought us up quite a bit when we realized that our own “memory” is one of life’s great assets! Many of us feel that it is impossible to remember everything, but, according to Wilder Penfield, that belief isn’t entirely true. Every though we have ever had has been recorded in the limitless volumes of our memory!

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while lifetime of his memories were in there, waiting to be told, and never would be! “My gosh!” Yours Truly thought, and kind of wondered! I think that all of us want to be remembered for something! All over the world, huge statues have been erected (one of them named “Ozymandias”), and all over the world “nothing besides remains” (pardon me Percy Bysshe Shelley), so on we go, eh? Sending in these boring pages in to The Independent, all the time knowing, as another great writer wrote: There are as bits of confetti To a world that will stumble the street, Meaning no more than a nuisance As it tramples them under it’s feet. Unheeding, unlearning, untrying These lines that I write will be lost. Unheeded, unheard in the crying That the greed of the future will cost! Unseen by a world that is busy Discarded, destroyed and disdained. But oh how I wish, as I read them That the old inspiration remained. Well, I didn’t say he was “good”! (Mebbe

“great” at 180 pounds!). Perhaps Yours Truly better stop drumming up a lot of this “theory” stuff, or he will end up confused as he has made the reader become. And just remember that he has a whole row of ring binders above his desk to remind him where he has been, and what he has done. Except that there is a lot of space in between his scribbled lines that doesn’t tell of those times that have “slipped his mind”! It’s kind of embarrassing, this “getting old” stuff, and sometimes Y.T. wonders if he’ll forget the things that he has marked down! As Berton pointed out, there are only a few things in life worth remembering anyway! Now let me see . . . I ducked my head as the lights went out, Two guns blazed in the dark, A woman screamed and the lights shot up, Two men lay stiff and stark. Pitched on his head and pumped full of lead Lay “Dangerous Dan” McGrew P.S.: I mustn’t forget to send this in to the superintendent, Indemnity, Indescribable . . . Okay, The Biggar Independent by Friday, eh?

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Often to flash through our minds as some long forgotten moment of our past! All of this psychological stuff aside though, our memories (or lack of them!) are great things! During The Great Depression, there must have been some awful time, but mercifully we have forgotten most of them. We only remember (with pride!) that sometimes we worked very hard for a measly $5 per month, and were happy! We must have spent many long, cold and dark nights in Europe during WWII, but can only remember a few of them! We’ve made a lot of fine friends over the years, but regrettably we have forgotten many of them, too! Mebbe the observations on that birthday card Jim Brown gave me on our 80th birthday are going to come true someday, but Y.T. isn’t looking forward to reading lines like: “You know you are getting old when . . .” Y.T. met an old friend some time ago. “Hullo,” I greeted him. “How the heck are you keeping?” The guy gave me a strange far away look and asked, “Who are you?” Sorry, sometime down the line something had happened to cut his whole memory off! Without a doubt, a

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by Karen Kammer What a couple of cool days we have had. We all wish the sun would come out soon so that we can get our vitamin D. We want to wish the farmers good luck in the upcoming seeding season. Monday at Diamond Lodge we started the week with exercises. The afternoon consisted of Bean Bag Toss. Tuesday was current events and

Blast From The Past later that day. Wednesday was our monthly Men’s Coffee Group. At 1 p.m. we loaded the handibus and took residents out for a drive. We got to see the town and even out in the country side. Then we made the best stop of them all . . . ice cream cones! Delicious treat for a warm day. The perfect combination.

Thursday was exercises and bingo. Friday was Barbecue Club and sing along. Home Sweet Home Bingo was the game played Saturday morning. The residents watched “Walk the Line.” Sunday was 1-1 time with residents and Church of God did our service. We hope everyone has a good day. Take care and see you soon.

NOTICE OF PREPARATION OF ASSESSMENT ROLL Rural Municipality of Grandview No. 349 Notice is hereby given that the assessment roll for the R.M. of Grandview No. 349 for the year of 2014 has been prepared and is open to inspection in the ofÀce of the assessor from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the following days: Monday to Friday, May 9th, 2014, to June 10th, 2014. A bylaw pursuant to Section 214 of The Municipalities Act has been passed and the assessment notices have been sent as required. Any person who wishes to appeal against his or her assessment is required to Àle his or her notice of appeal with: Shonda Toner, R.M. of Grandview No. 349, Box 39, KelÀeld, SK, S0K 2C0, by the 10th day of June, 2014. Dated this 8th day of May, 2014. Shonda Toner, Assessor



Council News for the Town of Asquith April 2014 Asquith Town Council held their regular council meeting on April 8, 2014. Attending were Mayor James Maddin, Councillors Sue Sawicki, Karen Gamble, Garry Dumont, Ross Beal, Don Lysyshyn and Gail Erhart. Resolution was made to accept the March 22 minutes. A motion was made to accept the March Statement of Receipts and Expenditures as well as the February 2014 bank reconciliations. The Accounts

Paid in the ammount of $25,118.08 and Accounts Payable in the amount of $141,008.90 were accepted as presented. Notification from the Potash Tax Sharing Board was received that the estimated potash tax sharing for the Town of Asquith will be going down $9,826.53 from the 2013 amount. As well, Revenue Sharing from the Province of Saskatchewan will be seeing a decrease of $3,777 from 2013. A letter was received from the Minister

of Government Relations informing Council that the education mill rates should be unchanged from 2013 levels. Building permit No. 1-2014 was issued to Cameron Gordon to build a duplex at 550 Andrew Street. Building permit No. 2-2014 was issued to Gurwinder Singh to build a duplex at 490 Cory Street. Councillor Gamble reported that she had attended to Annual Regional Parks Convention and found it very in-

formative. She submitted the 2013 Eagle Creek Regional Park’s annual report and financial. Ditmars Contracting was contracted to replace the shingles on the Town Office for $2,100 plus applicable taxes. Kelly Stack was awarded the Cemetery Maintenance Contract for 2014. Kelly and Jim have done a wonderful job at the cemetery in past years and I am sure they will continue to do so. There were no bids

For Health’s Sake! by Carmen B.S.P., Pharmasave

McGregor, Biggar

Heart Health – Lifestyle Risk Factors - 3 Heart Health Factors You Can Control

Being overweight, eating a high-fat diet, and not getting enough exercise can all increase your risk of heart disease and its complications (such as heart attacks and chest pain). But did you know that other parts of your lifestyle may also be putting your health at risk? Smoking (even secondhand smoke) increases your risk of heart disease

and its complications by increasing your blood pressure, reducing oxygen levels in your blood, and encouraging plaque build-up in your arteries. Excessive alcohol use raises your blood pressure and increases your risk of heart disease and its complications. High Stress Levels may increase blood pressure and cholesterol levels, which can contribute to heart disease and its complications Follow this action plan to help you manage these risk factors: Quit smoking: ask for

support from friends, family, or your pharmacy team; have a plan in place to handle cigarette cravings (e.g., deep breathing, drinking a glass of water, chewing on carrot sticks, taking a walk, nicotine replacement therapy); reward yourself for each day or week of being smoke free. Limit alcohol use: aim for no more than two drinks per day (maximum 10 per week) for women or three drinks per day (maximum 15 per week) for men. One drink equals: one bottle of beer (341 mL or 12 ounces),

one glass of wine (142 mL or 5 ounces), or 43 mL (1.5 ounces) of spirits. Try alternating alcoholic drinks with juice, water or other non-alcoholic beverages Manage stress:find ways that work for you to cope with stress. Meditation, yoga, going for walks, reading a book or just hanging out with friends are some strategies that may help. Learning to manage these risk factors and taking your medication as prescribed are important to achieve your goal of a healthy heart.

for the Sportsgrounds Maintenance Contract, so it will be retendered until April 28, 2014. Graham Contracting was contracted to perform street sweeping in the Town of Asquith for $2,300. The Asquith Town Council approved the temporary closure of a portion of the 600 Block of Main Street and a portion of Railway Avenue between Mainstreet and Charles Street for a front yard wedding at 635 Main Street on July 26, 2014 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The Town of Asquith contracted Associated Engineering to conduct a decommissioning review of the Asquith Landfill. Resolution was made to have Foreman Kraft fill in a large hole located in the alley west of

Main Street and South of Eagle Avenue. Permission was received from the Local Government Board to raise water utility rates in the Town of Asquith. The cost of 1,000 gallons will go from $8 to $8.50, raising a minimum utility bill from $24 to $25.50. The Town of Asquith Community Garage Sale will be held in May. A soup and sandwich lunch will be held at the Asquith Seniors that day, as well as a barbecue will be held by the LAS Travel Club. Indicate your participation in the Garage Sale by flying balloons at your property. Spring has finally sprung! Let us hope the April showers bring the May flowers!

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Recipient of The Edwards Undergrad Scholarship Jenna Munday of Lord Asquith School has been selected as one of the Edwards Undergraduate Scholarship recipients. This Scholarship valued at $24,000 is one of the University of Saskatchewan’s premier awards. Jenna is being recognized for her achievement in high academic standing in High School as she graduates in June 2014.

She has also earned a Guaranteed Entrance Scholarship on her admission to the U of S Edwards School of Business – Bachelor of Commerce for September 2014. Jenna is the daughter of Karen Gamble of Asquith and Craig Munday of Saskatoon. They are incredibly proud of Jenna’s achievements and excited for her future in Marketing upon securing her Commerce Degree.

Rural Municipality of Biggar No. 347 Notice is hereby given that the assessment roll of the Rural Municipality of Biggar No. 347 for the year 2014 has been prepared and is open to inspection in the ofÀce of the assessor from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the following days: Monday to Friday, all public holidays excepted, May 9th to June 9th 2014. A Bylaw pursuant to section 214 of The Municipalities Act has been passed and the assessment notices have been sent as required. Any person who wishes to appeal against his or her assessment is required to Àle his or her notice of appeal with: The Assessor, Rural Municipality of Biggar No. 347, Box 280, Biggar, SK, S0K 0M0, by the 9th day of June, 2014. Dated this 8th day of May, 2014. Tammy Knuttila, Assessor



Production versus legacy

by Calvin Daniels

It has become a muchheard comment about farming that their land is the most important aspect of the operation. That may seem like an obvious statement, but it at times seems to be lost on those not in the farm business. There seems to be a belief out there, at least among some, farmers are doing no more than mining their land for all it’s worth today, with little thought about the consequences tomorrow. What agriculture may not like to hear is that the concern over such actions might be warranted in more cases than agriculture would like to admit.

There are mounting influences which may be pushing farmers to maximize yields at all costs today, with lessening consideration of what the land might be able to produce in a decade, or two. The first is purely financial in nature. The debt load of farmers is high. Costs of production are high. The cost to expand is high. The result is a need to generate good returns on every acre available. That means doing whatever can reasonably be done to crop every acre, year-after-year. The result is marginal


land probably better suited to wetlands and bush are cleared for cultivation. Crop rotations are pushed in pursuit of the highest valued crops, think canola on much of the Canadian Prairies. Farmers are eager to adapt to genetically modified crops, again witness canola, again in pursuit of returns. Business is almost always profit driven, and farming is no more, or less, than big business today. That was less the case in the past. The farm was seen as a family legacy. When one envisions passing something on to the next generation it is generally cared for in the best possible way, whether it’s the family bible, a vintage car, or the family homestead. Today a farm is more likely to pass to someone from miles away, based on having the cash to buy out a modern, large scale farm, than it is to be passed on within the family.

Like it, or not, that may subtlety influence how one approaches farming. One is more apt to fix a hole in a radiator hose with pepper when selling the car to a stranger, whereas the hose gets replaced when it sells to a nephew. And then there is the

need to produce food for a growing population. It does not take much of a negative production glitch to alarmingly tighten supplies, or by contrast a record crop here last fall did not cause an outright price collapse because the world can utilize larger

supplies. The multiple modern realities on the farm have to be pressuring farmers in ways which might not be the best for the future, but are needed to operate successfully. That is a reality of the times.

Improved Farm Stewardship Program for producers Last week, Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced improvements to the Farm Stewardship Program. The program provides support for producers to adopt beneficial management practices that maintain or improve the quality of soil, water, air or biodiversity resources. “Farmers and producers have always been excellent stewards of our land, air and water resources,” said Ritz. “The changes being made to this program will enable them to continue producing

high-quality agricultural products in a way that is both environmentally responsible and sustainable in the long term.” “The Farm Stewardship Program recognizes that good environmental practices and a successful agriculture sector go hand-in-hand,” Stewart said. “Saskatchewan producers continue to be leaders in environmental stewardship and these improvements will help the industry continue to grow.” The Farm Stewardship Program, with an annual budget of $4.6 million, provides eligible Saskatchewan producers assistance to implement practices that ensure the long-term health and sustainability of their operations, positively impact economic and environmental viability and minimize negative impacts and risk to the environment. New beneficial management practices added to the Farm Stewardship Program will increase focus on important areas such as precision farming and land management. These include: • Riparian area grazing

management and fencing: funding 50 per cent of eligible costs (fencing and labour to establish riparian area grazing paddocks) to a maximum rebate of $5,000. • Used oil, filter and fluid storage: funding 50 per cent of eligible costs (engineering and construction of berm and pad for storage area) to a maximum rebate of $3,000. • Variable rate irrigation technology: funding 30 per cent of eligible costs (equipment to enable variable rate irrigation) to a maximum rebate of $15,000. • Variable rate mapping: funding 30 per cent of eligible costs (consulting fees to create zone maps for variable rate fertilizer and/or variable rate irrigation application) to a maximum rebate of $2,000. Funding for the Farm Stewardship Program is provided under the federal-provincial Growing Forward 2 framework, which will see the two levels of government invest $388 million in Saskatchewan on strategic initiatives over five years.

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Saskatchewan’s 2014 big game draw opens May 1

At school and play . . . New kindergarten students play together for the first time at Biggar Central School, April 30, as teacher Carolin Kapiniak watches closely. BCS held their Kindergarten registration on the day, giving the students a chance to interact with their new classmates as come September, school will become a big part of their lives. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

The big game draw will open on May 1, 2014. Hunters must have their big game draw applications completed before midnight of May 31, 2014 when the draw closes. “Thebiggamedrawisamuch-anticipated event each year and continues to grow in popularity,” Environment Minister Ken Cheveldayoff said. “The number of hunters applying for Saskatchewan’s most favourable hunting opportunities has increased significantly over the last 10 years. Hunters are advised to review all available draw opportunities and past draw results to assist in making their selections. Good luck to all applicants.” All hunters applying for the draw are required to provide their Hunting,Angling and Trapping Licence identification number (HAL ID). Registration for a HAL ID is a one-time requirement; if hunters have purchased a 2013 or 2014 angling, hunting or fur licence, or applied for the 2013 draw, they already have been assigned a HAL number. Hunters can get their HAL ID, and apply for a licence several ways: online at huntinganglinglicences; through private licence issuers, ministry offices and select

provincial park offices; or by phone at 1-855-848-4773 between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. Hunters requiring assistance with their identification can call 1-855-8484773 to ensure they do not create a second account. Licences will not be mailed to successful applicants. All awarded big game draw licences will be available through the automated licence system on the individual hunter’s HAL account. Hunters are reminded that wildlife management zones (WMZs) now follow easily identifiable features such as provincial highways, municipal roads or major water bodies where possible. Available WMZs, season dates, bag limits and quotas may have changed from previous years. Big game draw participants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the new map and 2014 Saskatchewan Resident Big Game Draw Supplement before they submit their applications. The 2014 Saskatchewan Resident Big Game Draw Supplement and the new WMZ boundary map are available at

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Future Grads . . . St. Gabriel School Kindergarten teacher, Katelynn Moldenhauer leads two of her new students through some gooey playdough fun last Wednesday, April 30. The day was for next year’s students to get a feel for a school they’ll be spending a lot of time at. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

Chow line . . . St. Gabriel School students McKenna Mair, Cara McRann, Sara Thompson and Summer Jimmy (right to left) serve up a tasty dinner feast at the Biggar New Horizons, Friday. The fund raiser was for the school, and gave folks an opportunity to visit, have something tasty, all in support of the school. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)



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Badminton Blazer off to Provincial play . . . Biggar Central School Senior Blazer, Clarke Sopczak has been on a mission of late, dominating the badminton court with solid play. He’ll take that determination to Provincial play in Warman this Saturday. Sopczak nabbed the honour by taking the top medal in Regionals this past weekend in Moose Jaw. Good Luck to you, Clarke! (Independent File Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

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Changes to the Àsheries regulations to promote and protect angling in Saskatchewan The Ministry of Environment has made changes for 2014 and onward to support fish conservation programs, client service and to ensure sustainability of the resource. “To ensure that fishing remains a popular and accessible activity in Saskatchewan, we need to plan for the future,” Environment Minister Ken Cheveldayoff said. “These changes to our regulations will help protect our fish populations and offer anglers a wider range of angling experiences.” A new one-day angling licence has been introduced as a convenience to occasional anglers in the southern and central zones. Automatic licence suspensions of one to five years for serious offences will be implemented in 2014 and fines for these offences will increase. In 2015, Saskatchewan will offer an additional free fishing weekend during the winter to encourage participation in ice fishing. Free fishing weekends will take place on July 12 and 13, 2014, and on February 14 to 16, 2015. To guard against the potential disease risk to fish populations, only leeches and crayfish originating within Saskatchewan may be used as

live bait. Non-resident anglers must now provide proof to an officer, upon request, that their live bait was purchased in Saskatchewan. A standard condition for competitive fishing event authorizations is that only fish listed in the regulations or on the licence are eligible to be kept and weighed in. This amendment clarifies that all fish species not authorized by the regulations or licence must be released immediately. In addition, an amendment to the definition of a tournament clarifies that fish caught must be released alive, to ensure that tournaments do not operate as derbies (catch and kill events). Nobody other than a First Nation or Métis person, or a member of their immediate family, may assist, aid, fish with, or possess fish taken by an individual fishing for food pursuant to their Aboriginal or Treaty rights. This amendment is intended to support recognition and respect for Treaty and Aboriginal rights to fish, and prevent nonAboriginals from taking or possessing more than their legal limit of fish. More information about angling regulations can be found in the Saskatchewan Anglers’ Guide, available online at

Jr Badminton Blazers medal at Districts The Biggar Blazer Junior Badminton season came to an end on May 3 with District play downs in Rosetown. The Blazers had four teams compete at the district level. Megan Taylor and Lara McCarty competed in girls doubles, as well

as Katelynn Zagoruy and Rayel Martin in girls doubles. Danessa Hollman competed in Girls singles, and Teagon Polsfut and Tyrelle Hooper in Boys doubles. All teams competed very hard and we were able to bring two district medals home. Tyrelle

and Teagon were crowned districts champions for boys doubles only losing two sets all day. Danessa Hollman went undefeated through out the day on her way to capturing the girls singles title.



Perdue bowlers celebrate season Perdue Community Bowling Awards Night was held on Monday, April 28. A number of this year’s bowlers were on hand to congratulate all the winners and receive their various awards. Congratulations to all the bowlers for a great season of bowling and to all the winners.

Ladies League: secretary Marilyn Moon. HS – Joey Levitt, 272; HT – Dorrie Laberswieler, 708; HA – Marilyn Moon, 168; Most Improved Bowler – Pam Winterhalt, +18. Team Winners: Other Frame – pin fall of 85,280, Joey Levitt, Elizabeth McMahon, Lorrie Riechert, Pam Winterhalt, Marilyn Moon.

Mixed League: secretary Arlene Bartley. Men’s: HS – Dennis Notschke, 301; HT – Al Levitt, 700; HA – George Bartley, 179; Most Improved – Bob Lemon, +11. Ladies: HS – Candice Elliot, 221; HT – Joey Levitt, 624; HA – Joyce Broeckel, 144; Most Improved – Candice Elliot, +17. Team Winners: DJ’s – pin fall of 86,307, Dennis Notschke, Deb Broeckel, Peter Hofmeister, Joyce Broeckel, Candice Elliot.

Club 55+: secretary Esther Nicholls. Men’s: HS – Gerald Nicholls, 214; HT – Jim Brown, 555; HA – John Latta, 159; Most Improved Bowler – John Latta, +13. Ladies: HS – Elizabeth McMahon, 228; HT – Dot Massini, 568; HA – Carol Lemon, 160; Most Improved Bowler – Elizabeth McMahon, +9. Club 55+ High Team: Hopefulls – pin fall of 84,814, Gerald Nichols, John Latta, Esther Nicholls, Carol Lemon, Jean Taylor.

Overall Bowler of the Month for the 2013-2014 Season: Candice Elliot.

Alley Katz Bowling scores (April 28-May 1) Tuesday Mixed League: MHS – Jason Raschke, 231; MHT – Jason Raschke, 644; WHS – Leisha Desrosiers, 253; WHT – Leisha Desrosiers, 528. New Horizons League: MHS – Gabe Silvernagle, 178; MHT – Gabe Silvernagle, 503; WHS – June Hoppe, 194; WHT – June Hoppe, 519. Y.B.C. League: Bowlasaurus: High Score – Tyson Irwin, 67. Pee Wee: High Score – Alara Ormiston, 98; High Score Double – Jailynn Irwin, 172. Bantam: High Score – Ella Genaille, 125; High Score Triple – Ella Genaille, 341. Juniors: High Score – Juston Otterson, 135; High Score Triple – Justin Otterson, 278.

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Y.B.C. League led by Gloria Notschke and Trudi McBeth. Team winners: Adam Munro, Emmet Hamilton, Rylee Moody, Ayden Moody. Junior Girls: HA – Dakota Anderson, 130; HS – Skylar Elliot, 212. Junior Boys: HS – Memphis Richards, 143; HS – Walker Baraniecki, 132. Bantam Girls: HS -Trystin Wegwitz, 133; HS – Jerzie Richards, 93; HS – Haven Richards, 86; HS – Cadence Watson, 104. Bantam Boys: HS – Adam Munro, 202; HS – Emmett Hamilton, 162; HS – Rylee Moody, 146; HS – Dawson Thingvold, 117. Bowlasaurus: HS – Haydyn Wegwitz, 75; HS – Ayden Moody, 86; HS – Mathew Watson, 27. Most Improved Girl: Jerzie Richards, +16. Most Improved Boy: Rylee Moody, +13.

Men’s League: secretary Al Levitt. HS – Jim Nicholls, 285; HT – George Bartley, 733; HA – Al Levit, 189; Most Improved Bowler – George Bartley, +4. Team Winners: WWF – pin fall of 59,325, Jim Brown, Dennis Notschke, Bob Lemon, Don Wilkinson (missing from the picture: Bob Lemon and Don Wilkinson).




Bicycle Safety Week 2014: ‘Biking through a Safe Summer’ May 12 – 18 The Saskatchewan Prevention Institute is excited to announce the 12th annual Bicycle Safety Week in Saskatchewan – ‘Biking thought a Safe Summer’ May 12 – 18, 2014. The Prevention Institute would like to take this opportunity to encourage support for safe cycling strategies and the prevention of bicycle-related injuries among Saskatchewan cyclists. Cycling is an activity that provides recreation and transportation for many Saskatchewan people. Cycling is a healthy and environmentally friendly activity but it is not without risks. In Saskatchewan in 2012, 144 people were injured

and one was killed as a result of bicycle-related collisions in urban centres. The citizens of Saskatchewan, like all Canadians, bear a significant financial burden associated with cycling-related injuries. Brain injury and death are unfortunate results of cycling-related injuries with direct medical costs that exceed $195 million per year in Canada. These injuries also result in an immeasurable burden on the injured individuals and their families, in terms of pain, suffering, and diminished quality of life. The good news is that these injuries are largely preventable. It is important that cyclists understand and respect

the risks associated with cycling, including the importance and fragility of their brain and the effects of brian injury. By wearing a properly fitted bicycle helmet, they can reduce their risk of head injury by up to 85 per cent. The risk of injury can further be reduced by practicing safe behaviours. Safe behaviours that are practiced by cyclists, motorists, and pedestrians, along with supportive infrastructure in a community, can reduce the risk of injury due to a cycling-related collision. The Saskatchewan Prevention Institute, a provincial, non-profit organization has been working since 1980 to raise awareness and

educate other about the prevention of disabling conditions in children. Funding for the Bicycle Safety Week is provided by the SGI/ ABI Community Grant Program. How can ‘Biking through a Safe Summer’ be achieved? Communities: Provide funding and/or support for safe cycling initiatives, such as: positive ticketing for helmet use, subsidized helmet cost programs, bike rodeos and other safety events, bike

repair clinics. Provide infrastructure to support safe cycling. Parents and Caregivers: Role model safe behaviours for children, including wearing a helmet every time you ride; teach children the necessary skills to safely cycle in their community; supervise children when they are learning new skills. Safe Behaviours: Whether you are biking in a rural setting or in an urban setting, the rules, skills, and best practices for bicycle

safety are the same. Ride in single file on the right hand side of the road. Use hand signals when turning, changing lanes, or stopping. Look both ways when crossing the road. Walk bikes across pedestrian crosswalks. Obey traffic lights and signs. Be aware of obstacles on the road such as potholes, loose gravel, and slippery surfaces. Avoid wearing headphones while cycling. Ride with caution. Wear a helmet on every ride.

Celebrates 90th

Monday at 5:00 p.m. is the deadline for ads and classiÀeds 2004 Chev Silverado ½ crew, black, only 11,972km, StkT14342A ......................................$18,900 2007 Chev Equinox LT AWD, slver, 142,757km, StkT14357C ............................................$ 9,900 2007 Buick Allure CX, white, 157,197km, StkT14295B .....................................................$ 9,900 2007 Chev Silverado ½ Reg Cab Z71, white, 181,302km, StkT14424A ..............................$10,900 2008 GMC ¾ Crew SLE 6.6T, white, 102,730km, StkT1547A ........................................ $29,900 2008 Ford Crown Victoria LX, gray, 67,306km, StkT14507A ......................................... $13,900 2008 Chev Uplander Ext sport van, charcoal, 118,00km, StkT13447A............................. $10,900 2008 Pontiac G6 SE, black, 85,306km, StkT13546C ...........................................................$11,900 2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL, blue, 102,286km, StkT14340A ................................................$21,900 SOLD 2009 GMC ½ Crew SLT 4x4, black, 145,667km, StkT1459A .......................................... $23,900 2009 Chev Equinox LT AWD, silver, 76,478km, StkT14581A ......................................... $16,900 SOLD 2009 GMC ½ Ext 4x4 SLE, red, 41,565km, StkT14555A ....................................................$20,900 2009 Ford Explorer XLT 4x4, white, 123,310km, StkT14573A...........................................$20,300 2009 Chev Silverado ¾ Crew 6.6T, white, 136,452km, StkT1510A................................. $29,900 2010 GMC ½ Ext SLE 4x4, silver, 50,341km, StkT14353A .................................................$23,900 2010 Chev Silverado ½ Crew LTZ 4x4, white, 52,548km, StkT14474A .............................$29,900 2010 Chev Silverado ½ Reg Cab Shortbox, silver, 46,000km, StkT14318A ........................$22,900 2010 Cadillac Escalade Luxury, silver, 78,142km, StkT14422A ...........................................$46,900 2010 Toyota Corolla, charcoal, 93,890km, StkT14338A ......................................................$12,900 2010 Honda CRV AWD, black, 50,141km, StkR5053A ........................................................$24,900 2011 Chev Silverado ¾ Crew LTZ GFX, white, 95,841km, StkT1513A........................... $43,900 2011 Chev ½ Silverado Crew LTZ, white, 91,382km, StkT14491B.....................................$31,900 2011 Chev Silverado ½ Crew 4x4, silver, 66,274km, StkT14370A ......................................$28,900 2012 Chev Silverado ¾ Crew LT, black, 55,183km, StkT14468A .................................... $47,900 2012 GMC ½ Crew Denali, white, 81,559km, StkT14476A ................................................$41,900 2012 Dodge Ram Laramie Longhorn ¾ Crew, pewter, 34,894km, StkT1507A ................ $52,900 2013 Yukon Denali AWD, white diamond, 26,000km, StkR5079 ................................... SOLD $64,900

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On Friday, April 11, seven members of Acacia Chapter No. 3, O.E.S. gathered together at the home of Vera McNeil, Worthy Matron of Acacia, to help Faith Weese celebrate her 90th Birthday. A time of visiting was enjoyed by all along with refreshments and birthday cake. Faith is doing very well and enjoys seeing and visiting with old friends.

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Lucky Toonie Winner! . . . Betty Mundt, left, receives a cheque for $79 from the Biggar Museum and Gallery’s Mary Lee Sapsford. The oddball amount doesn’t seem to work out with ‘Toonie’ but Betty was still pretty happy with the monthly contest win. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)



Financial Advice to make a positive difference by Kim Inglis, BCom, CIM, PFP, FCSI, AIFP | Investment Advisor and Portfolio Manager Canaccord Wealth Management TD Economics reports that more than 500,000 Canadians spend significant periods of time in the United States. These individuals may be unaware that a Canadian can be deemed a U.S. person and subject to U.S. tax filing requirements if holding certain investment vehicles. The definition of a U.S. person is quite broad. It generally includes U.S. citizens and residents, U.S. green card holders, anyone with a substantial connection to the U.S. and certain entities organized in the U.S. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) says anyone deemed to be a U.S. person holding certain investment vehicles is subject to Passive Foreign Investment Company (PFIC) rules. A PFIC is a non-U.S. corporation that has either 75 per cent or more of its gross income consisting of passive income or 50 per cent or more of the fair market value of its assets consisting of assets that produce passive income. According to an IRS directive, this means the majority of Canadian mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are PFICs. In some instances, certain public companies such as REITs are considered to be PFICs. PwC notes that PFIC rules are designed to prevent taxpayers from deferring tax on passive income earned through foreign corporations or converting this income into capital gains taxed at preferential rates. There is much debate whether Canadian funds belong in that category. The Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC) argues there is sufficient similarity between the tax treatment of mutual funds in Canada and the U.S. to support the exclusion of Canadian mutual funds from the PFIC rules. They have made a submission to U.S. congress to exclude Canadian mutual funds from

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Ham & cheddar scones for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and a great way to treat that special lady in your life is to make her breakfast in bed. One of my all time favourite breakfasts are the ham and cheddar scones that my wife Katherine makes for me. It is one that I request time and time again, and I am happy to share it with you. Anytime we have made these for anyone, they always get rave reviews. The biggest tip I can give you is to not over mix the dough - this will make them tough. Work the dough until it just holds together. Even if the dough looks a bit shaggy, that is okay . . . we call that “rustic” in the culinary world. Enjoy!

Ham and Cheddar Scones Recipe created by Katherine Desormeaux (Mrs. Chef Dez) Omit the ham to make cheese scones or omit both ham and cheese for plain scones. You can add raisins or fresh blueberries to the plain scones. Makes 12 scones 2 cups all purpose flour 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 tsp salt 1 tbsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 cup very cold or frozen butter 3/4 cup old cheddar, grated or cut into quarter inch cubes 3/4 cup ham cut into quarter-inch cubes 3/4 cup buttermilk 2 tbsp whipping cream, optional 1.) Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

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re-cut the scones on the score lines. Cool for five minutes on the pan. Send your food/cooking questions to dez@chefdez. com or P.O. Box 2674, Abbotsford, BC V2T 6R4. Chef Dez is a Food Columnist, Culinary Instructor and Cookbook Author. Visit him at

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OBITUARIES Rodney Ernest Howell Rodney Ernest Howell passed away peacefully at home on April 21, 2014 at the age of 60. He is predeceased by his mother, Doris; father, Fred; and two brothers, Glen and Bill. He is survived by his wife, Debbie; three children, Mark, Samantha and Christine; as well as three grandchildren, Alex, Ryan and Carley; brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and close friends. Rod will be sadly missed and forever in our hearts. At Rodney’s request no funeral service will be held. Memorial donations may be directed to the Canadian Cancer Society, #101-440-2nd Ave. North, Saskatoon, SK, S7K 2C3. Grondin Funeral Services, Biggar entrusted with arrangements, “Our family serving your family for 50 years”. 19gfsc2


CARD OF THANKS We would like to give a big thank you to the Biggar Fire Department and all the people who came to ¿ght the ¿re in our yard on April 29 when we were not home. Thank you to everyone who brought water tanks and water. A special thank you to Sarah and Jiles Tebb and Nancy Stewart for calling the ¿re department and our children at work to let them know. Without all of you good people who helped, we could have lost the whole yard and much more. So once again thank you so very much to all who came to help. Sandy and Glen Kisser and family 19p1 St. Jude…O Holy St. Jude, Apostle and Martyr, great in virtue and rich in miracle, neat kinsman of Jesus Christ, faithful intercessor of all who invoke Your special patronage in time of need. To you I have recourse from the depth of my heart and humbly beg you to whom God has given such great power to come to my assistance, help me in my present urgent petition. In return I promise to make Your name known and cause You to be invoked. Say three Our Fathers, three Hail Marys and Glorias. Publication must be promised. St. Jude pray for us and all who invoke Your aid. This novena has never been known to fail. The Novena must be said for nine consecutive days. Thanks St. Jude and Sacred Heart. 19p1

COMING EVENTS SUNDAYS in MAY: Presbyterians, Anglicans and Lutherans (PALs) will be worshipping at St. Paul’s Anglican Church at 10:30 a.m. May 25, potluck after service. Everyone is welcome. For more information or pastoral services, phone Pastor Mark Kleiner at 306-948-3731 or 306951-7122. 48/10tfn SUNDAYS… You are invited to the weekly services of Biggar Associated Gospel Church, corner of 8th and Quebec Street @ 10:50 a.m.; Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. Everyone is welcome to join us. Pastor Wicks can be reached in the of¿ce at 306948-3424, Tuesday through Thursday. 36tfn MAY 6 - 25: Biggar & District Arts Council invites art lovers to the Annual Adjudicated Show at Credit Union Gallery in Biggar Museum. Open Monday to Friday, 1 - 5 p.m. Adjudication by Regina artist Donna Kreikle, SATURDAY, MAY 24 at 1:30 p.m.; A Workshop on Colour will be presented by Kreikle, Friday, May 23, 6 - 9 p.m. continuing, Saturday, May 24, 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Cost $20, open to the public. 18c4 FRIDAY, MAY 9: PALS is hosting a Garage and Bake Sale at St. Paul’s Anglican from 5 to 9 p.m. SATURDAY, MAY 10, a Breakfast and the Garage and Bake Sale continues at St. Paul’s Anglican from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To donate, or for more information, phone Shirley Bennett at 306-948-2852. Proceeds to Outreach. 15c5 THURSDAY, MAY 22: 7 p.m., #300 Fisher Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron Annual Ceremonial Review and Change of Command BCS 2000. Everyone welcome. 19c3

COMING EVENTS May 30, 31 and June 1; Town and Country Fair Days, parade, food, church, rodeo queen crowning, ……. Watch paper for further happenings! 19c4 CANMORE EAGLES “ ROCKY MOUNTAIN” HOCKEY SCHOOL - August 11-15 or 18-22. Two on-ice sessions daily, lunch and jersey. Patrick Marleau con¿rmed for August 11-15. $450. Ages 5-16. More info at

GARAGE SALE FRIDAY, MAY 9 and SATURDAY, MAY 10: Biggar’s TOWN-WIDE GARAGE SALE. Addresses posted on boards located by Main St. Bulletin Board. 17p3

AUCTIONS AUCTION: Beautiful 6’-8’ Colorado Spruce Trees. Online Bidding at www., closes May 16, Noon. Large quantity in Regina and Saskatoon. 1-800263-4193. DL#319916. Box 3081. Regina, S4P3G7 G & D Dowhy Incredible Antique Auction Saturday, May 31, 10:00 am CST Moosomin Conexus Centre, Saskatchewan. Special private dispersal of prime glassware and furniture. See Websites: www. www. Murray Rankin Auctions, 204-534-7401 Lc. 313936. Ross Taylor Auction Service, 204-877-3834 Lc. 909917.

NOTICE 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. 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 web site at tfn Biggar Museum is accepting USED books for the Annual Summer Book Sale. Please call 306-948-3451 18c3

MISCELLANEOUS 317 John Deere garden tractor with 42 inch rototiller, $1200. Phone 306-984-3374 18p3 FASTER IN THE FIELD! Get more work done faster AND save on fuel. Chip Tuning SAFELY gives you 15% more power. AG equipment, Semis. 1-888-9201351. MASSIVE TREE SALE. Hardy tree, shrub, and berry seedlings. Perfect for shelterbelts or landscaping. Full boxes as low as $1/tree. Bundles of 10 as low as $1.29/tree. Free shipping. Replacement guarantee. 1-866873-3846 or P R O V I N C E - W I CLASSIFIEDS. Reach 550,000 readers weekly. this newspaper NOW or 649.1400 for details.

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WANTED Four Bourgault Titan II packer arms, 306-948-3474 40tfn Old battery collection, Fisher #300 Cadet Squadron. Drop off at the Biggar Land¿ll OR contact Quentin Sittler at 306-658-2132 3tfn Main Street Garage Sale is accepting donations of all items in clean and working condition. Please phone 306-948-1773 or 306-948-5393. Pickup available. 32tfn

CARS & TRUCKS 1997 Chev Monte Carlo, two door grey, 118,549km, well maintained, great condition. $3,200 obo Phone 306-9485472 19p3 Wrecking auto-trucks: Parts to ¿t over 500 trucks. Lots of Dodge, GMC, Ford, imports... We ship anywhere. Lots of Dodge, diesel, 4x4 stuff... Trucks up to 3 tons. North-East Recyclers 780875-0270 (Lloydminster). 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.

LIVESTOCK Registered yearling and 2-yr. old Black Angus bulls for sale. Moderate birth weights, quiet and easy to handle. Contact Mark Haynes, 306-948-2563 or 306-948-7621, Haynes Angus, Biggar, Sask. 15c6

LIVESTOCK 2-yr old Red Angus Bulls, semen tested. Clinton Weekes, 306948-5225/Doug Weekes, 306948-2077 19p4

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LAND FOR SALE For Sale… R.M. of Glenside #377, SE-23-38-13-W3, cottage, hay and hunting land, 160 acres with bush, sloughs and spring. $109,000 obo. Write, Box 103, Perdue, SK, S0K 3C0 19p3



LAND FOR SALE FARMLAND WANTED NO FEES OR COMMISSIONS! SUMMARY OF SOLD PROPERTIES Central - 201 1/4’s South - 75 1/4’s South East - 40 1/4’s South West - 65 1/4’s North - 6 1/4’s North East - 2 1/4’s North West - 12 1/4’s East - 51 1/4’s FARM AND PASTURE AVAILABLE



PURCHASING: SINGLE TO LARGE BLOCKS OF LAND. PREMIUM PRICES PAID WITH QUICK PAYMENT. RENT BACK AVAILABLE Call DOUG 306-955-2266 8.5 connected quarters of mixed farm land with options on a grazing lease not far from there. Deeded assessment is $536,400.00. Contact Neil at 587-889-3460.

HOUSES FOR RENT Two and Three-bedroom houses for rent. Close to downtown and school. Fridge and stove included. For viewing call 306948-3674 or 306-948-9517 or 306-948-7022. 50tfn

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Canadian built by Moduline 1520 sq. ft. Temora $99,900 1216 sq. ft. Oasis/Villa $79,900 960 sq. ft. Tuscan $69,900 Call Stan 306-496-7538 1-888-699-9280 www. Yorkton 420-2nd Ave. East, Biggar… 2 bdrm bungalow on well treed corner lot. Needs work, $64,500. Phone 306-948-5466 for details. 19p3

HOUSES FOR RENT Two-bedroom house with 1.5 bathrooms, $850/month plus utilities and damage deposit. Fridge, stove, dishwasher, washer and dryer included. Main Àoor laundry, basement could be turned into additional bedroom. Attached oversized, heated garage with door opener, newly renovated and very clean. Fenced yard with stone patio area. Available May 1st. Phone 306-220-7509 18p3 Two-bedroom house for rent, fridge/stove/washer/dryer included. $700/month. Phone 306-948-2284 17c3



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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Southshore Motor Lodge, Wynyard SK, is looking for fulltime Accountant/Bookkeeper. Contact Larry Bozek 554-7111.

POLAR PORK FARMS LTD. requires: • One full-time maintenance technician

OWNER OPERATORS REQUIRED Looking for owner operators to haul asphalt oil within MB, SK, AB, and North Dakota. Loaded and empty miles paid equally. Contact Tyler for details 204.571.0187

for new start-up venture situated 10 kms SW of Perdue, Sask. We are seeking a person with enthusiasm, a great attitude and the ability to work as a team. We offer… • Competitive wage • BeneÀt package • Bonus Program Please call Richard @ 306-921-4512 Email: EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY



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Pasture Land for Rent… RM Glenside #377, 130 acres, good water, 4 wire fencing. Call 306948-4045. 17p3

House for sale in Landis, Sask. Double corner lot, directly across from the school. Three bedrooms, full basement, good size kitchen with lots of cupboards; washer, dryer, fridge, stove, built in dishwasher and microwave included. Large shed with good garden spot; deck on back of house. REDUCED to $40,000 obo. Would make a great starter home or retirement home. For more information call (306) 948-7161. 38tfn SPRING SALE ON NOW!


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306.948.4141 - Sherry Thompson We have gifts and information Biggar & District Arts Council are available for bar tending services at your functions/events. Contact Denise at 306-948-2452. 40tfn Free 15 minute psychic reading for 1st time callers. Specializing in reuniting lovers. Answers to all life’s questions. Call free now Erica 877-992-2211 Nana 888222-3506 CUSTOM ROOFING INC. Full Service Roo¿ng. Great Rates! Residential & Commercial. 50 Years in Sask. Shingle - Tar & Gravel - Torch On Repairs. Full Liability & WCB - BBB Member FREE ESTIMATES 306-2444343

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY GM DEALER REQUIRES 3rd/4th/Journeyman Techs. GM/Diesel experience an asset. Competitive wages, full bene¿ts. Email resume to: or fax to 780-645-3564. Attention: Don. No phone calls please. Smyl Motors, St. Paul, Alberta. HOME BUILDING CENTRE, Red Deer Seeking experienced salespeople (contractor desk); also Project Estimator. Building supplies knowledge a must. Wage commensurate with experience. Email resume: 1-403343-6422. PUT YOUR EXPERIENCE to work The job service for people aged 45 and over across Canada. Free for candidates. Register now at: or Call Toll-Free: 1-855-286-0306. Reporter / Photographer required. Willing to train on the job, must have a valid driver’s license and a reliable vehicle. Full-time or part-time, wages commensurate with experience and education. Gas allowance, group bene¿ts and company pension plan.Send resume to Weyburn Review, Box 400, Weyburn, Sk S4H 2K4, email: or fax 306-842-0282.

The satisfaction of working with people with intellectual disabilities is immeasurable. We are looking for a SUMMER STUDENT – 40 HOURS PER WEEK, scheduled as per the needs of the clients and may include Days, Evenings and Weekends. Position runs from May 19 – August 29, 2014. This position is located in Biggar. Nature of duties: Reporting to the Program Coordinator, the successful candidate will, by following the established person-centered plan programs, provide support to participants in a manner that maximizes their potential and quality of life. Required quali¿cations: Must be registered in a recognized Post-Secondary Institution for the 2014/2015 School Year in applicable discipline. A valid Saskatchewan Driver’s license A current Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Check must be presented at time of application. Willing to work with adults with intellectual disabilities Knowledge of spoken and written English Applicants must provide documentation to indicate they meet the quali¿cations. Applications must be received before May 10, 2014

Wages: $15.51 - $16.16 per hour depending on education. Send resume and cover letter, or application form quoting Competition # 2014 – 20 Summer Student Biggar to: Human Resource Of¿ce Box 597, Wilkie, SK S0K 4W0 PH: 306-843-2088 FAX: 306-843-2085 E-mail:

ELEVATOR OPERATOR Louis Dreyfus, an international agricultural commodities trading Àrm, has an opening for a Full-time Elevator Operator to join our Inland Grain Terminal in WILKIE, Saskatchewan. The primary roll of this position is assisting unloading and loading trucks and rail cars, assist with repairs and maintenance of equipment used at the facility and assisting with other terminal operations. The ability to grade grain using CGC standards is an asset but not required. The successful candidate will be operating within a grain dust environment. Candidate must be able to multi-task in a fast pace environment. If you would like to work for a company that will rise to meet new opportunities, Louis Dreyfus WILKIE is the place for you. We offer competitive wages, health and retirement beneÀts. Please submit your resume to: Louis Dreyfus Commodities Canada Ltd. Attn: Jason Delainey Box 689 Wilkie, Saskatchewan S0K 4W0 Fax 306-843-2350 or email to Louis Dreyfus Commodities Canada is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly supports workforce diversity. We actively recruit members of designated employment equity groups (visible minorities, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal persons and women).




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The second Sunday is May is Mother’s Day and in 2014, the holiday falls on May 11. Mother’s Day became an official national holiday in the United States in 1914, making Mother’s Day 2014 the 100th official observance. * “Mothering Sunday” dates back to the 16th century and is considered a precursor to the modern Mother’s Day. It was observed on the fourth Sunday of Lent in Europe when people returned to their “mother church” and it evolved to include secular observances honoring mothers. This custom declined in popularity in the 1930’s. * Anna Jarvis is considered the founder of Mother’s Day in the United States when she sought in 1908 to honor her mother, who had died three years prior and who had organized “Mothers’ Friendship Day” in 1868

to promote reconciliation following the end of the Civil War. * President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation making Mother’s Day a national holiday in 1914, but senators on both sides of the aisle were not overly impressed by the idea at first. New Hampshire Senator Jacob Gallinger, a Republican, found the idea of limiting the celebration of his mother to just one day insulting. Senator Henry Moore Teller of Colorado, a Democrat, felt even more strongly, saying it was “absolutely absurd,” “puerile,” and “trifling.” Charming. * Jarvis was not a life-long supporter of the holiday because she disliked the commercialization that surrounded it. Around 1920 she starting urging people to stop buying flowers and cards for their mothers. Jarvis was

even arrested protesting Mother’s Day and said that she regretted creating the holiday. She eventually tried to have Mother’s Day abolished. * FTD (The Florist Telegraph Delivery) association offered Jarvis a commission on the sales of Mother’s Day carnations if she would resume her support of Mother’s Day, but she was not about to placated and was insulted by the offer. * Mother’s Day is in fact that proper name of the holiday, not Mothers’ Day. Jarvis wanted it to be a holiday to honor each individual’s mother, your mother, not all mothers. Thus, the name is singular, not plural. * It appears that FTD didn’t need Jarvis’ support, as people spend $1.9 billion annually on flowers for Mother’s Day and 69 per cent of all gifts given are flowers. Thirteen per cent of



moms buy themselves flowers for the occasion. * 133 million cards exchanged a n n u a l l y, according to Hallmark, making it the third-largest card-sending holiday in the U.S. * Phone calls increase up to 37 per cent on Mother’s Day, showing that not everything about the holiday commercial. * There are

approximately two billion mothers in the world, with four babies born each second.

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948-5052 (office) Cell 948-7995 Cari McCarty

Residential Sales

Biggar’s Top Performing Residential Agent This space in this directory is available for only

$161.20 plus gst…

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

113 - 3rd Ave. W., Biggar

one column x 2 inches for 26-week prepaid commitment

948-5052 (office) Cell 948-4478

(regular price is $19.88 per week = $516.88 plus gst)

Call 306-948-3344

Dave Molberg BSA

Exposure, Experience and Effort.

THE BIGGAR ¾ Auto & Home Insurance INDEPENDENT ¾ Farm & Commercial Insurance

¾ Health on & Travel Insurance ¾ Life Insurance & Investments NEWSSTANDS ¾ Farm Succession & Estate Planning ¾ Notary @ Publics • Esso Landis Of¿ce Hours: Biggar Of¿ce Hours…

Leslie’s Drugstore Monday -•Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. • Pharmasave 304 Main St., Biggar 100 - 2nd Ave. W., Landis • Quick Stop Phone: 306-948-2204 Phone: 306-658-2044 • Super A Foods Toll Free: 1-855-658-2044 Toll Free: 1-855-948-2204

Website: • Shop Easy FoodWebsite: Email: Email:

• Weasie’s Gourmet “We’ll getcha covered” Blends • Feudal Co-op, Perdue • The Store, Perdue

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

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


DMH ELECTRIC for all your electrical needs Construction, consulting and Maintenance Licensed Journeyman

Dion Harrabek 306-948-2657 cell: 306-948-9136

Helping you Help yourself Phone:

306-948-2295 Fax: 306-948-5050


• Residence • Commercial Wiring For free estimates Ph: 306-948-5393

Cell: 306-221-6888

Goldburg Electric Ltd.

Build fences and decks For all your fence and deck needs, give me a call…



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


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

Biggar, Sask.

306-948-3389 Journeymen Plumber, Gas Fitter, & Electrician on staff

Jacklin Andrews, MSW

Dan… 306-281-5090 Chad… 306-280-1524 Email: chadnixey@

Family Therapist and Marriage Commissioner (Wilkie)




Weight Loss & Wellness Centre

Services available…

Evening, Saturday and in-home appointments available. 306-948-2548 or 948-9710

Perdue Massage Clinic Registered Massage Therapist (MTAS) Evenings and Saturday appointments available.

Phone or Text:

306-321-4991 Website: www.perdue perduemassageclinic

New Beginnings Wellness Centre “Putting PERSONAL back into fitness training!” Wayne Baldwin, PFT, CPTA, CNHC

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


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

~ Gift CertiÅcates ~


• Five Inch Seamless • Fascia • Call now to secure your spot

Michelle Spuzak,

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

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






• ‘Ideal Protein’ Weight Loss • ‘Slender You’ Figure Salon

Offering… One-on-One Rehab & Therapy Sessions

Weight Loss Coach Anne G. Livingston 317 Main St., Biggar

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

• Residential • Commercial Contact Matt Craig



Where you can feel right at home!

Box 323, Biggar, SK S0K 0M0

Cell… 306-948-8048


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Nick Maguire 306-948-3325 (home) 306-948-4558 (cell)


Call Making Biggar Smaller!

306-951-7666, Murray; 306-948-2953, Walter (h)

306-948-4565 (c)


Visit us @ 114- 2nd Ave. W., Biggar Phone… 306-948-2548



• residential or acreage • FREE estimates and fence designing • full service or premade for the do-it-yourself handyman • tongue and groove style




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OFFICE HOURS Monday to Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone:306.882.2123 Emergency (after hours) 306.882.2006

BIGGAR DENTAL CLINIC 104 - 6 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. th

…owned and operated by Brett Barber

102 - 3rd Ave. W., Biggar


Stuart A. Busse, QC Larry A. Kirk, LL.B. 302 Main Street, Biggar, SK

306-948-3346 …serving your community since 1972

Roe & Peszko is a full service law office that practices… ¾ ¾ ¾ ¾

Criminal Law Commercial Law Real Estate Law Wills and Estate Law and our lawyers, William Roe, Q.C. Jason Peszko Lisa Watson look forward to assisting you and can be contacted at:


306-948-5352 or 306-244-9865


Hair Salons


Christina Prpick of

Garry A. Faye

P. O. Box 1480 Biggar, Sask.

• Taking appointments Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays. (Saturday and evenings on request) Contact Christina @

Phone: 306-948-5133


Chartered Accountant Notary Public 201B-2nd Ave. West

Mane Essence Hair Salon


223 Main Street Biggar

Photos by Jocelyn

Box 580 Biggar, SK SOK OMO

Portraits, Family, Weddings & Sports Photography


Email: Website:

Biggar, Sask.

306-948-2814 BOOKS

Kirk Ewen

Pat Wicks,

Doctor of Optometry

Living Books Distributor

Fitness Centre Healthy Lifestyle Weight Loss 30-minute Circuit Personal Training Fitness Classes


115 - 1st Avenue West 1 Rosetown, Sask.

body sculpting, strength training.

NOW SERVING THE BIGGAR AREA FREE ESTIMATES 5-inch continuous eavestrough

Derek Argue


CAMPBELL ACCOUNTING SERVICES In Biggar Every Tuesday. Biggar Professional Building, 223 Main Street, Biggar

For appointments… 1-855-651-3311

• Bookkeeping • Tax Returns • Financial Statements

Ph: 306-948-4430 or 306-948-4460 122 Main St., Biggar, SK

Please arrange to pick up your photos that have been submitted for publication. .…thanks, The Independent 122 Main St., Biggar

205-3rd Ave. East, Biggar Books, gifts, cards. Shop at my home! Call 306-948-3427 for appts.

This space in this directory is available for only $161.20 plus gst… one column x 2 inches for 26-week prepaid commitment (regular price is $19.88 per week = $516.88 plus gst)

Call 306-948-3344 CLASSIFIEDS WORK

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INVESTMENTS For all your investment needs, Visit…





Panasonic, Samsung,

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

~Brian and Cathy Fick~ Dean McCallum, CFP, CIM, FCSI

Lyndsey Poole

Investment Advisor Credential Securities Inc.

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

Cell: 306-948-7524

LG, Frigidaire, Shaw, Yamaha Audio Dealer;

216 Main St., Biggar


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


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

222 Main Street 306 948 5377

info@twhÀ www.twhÀ

306.948.3996 Open Monday-Friday Mike Nahorney, Interprovincial

Heavy Truck Repair

KRF Auto Centre “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 st

227 - 1 Ave. East, Biggar


after hours George: 948-4042


1st Ave. West, Biggar

McNULTY’S MOBILE SEED CLEANING Custom Cleaning of H.R.S. & C.P. S. Wheat


Phone: 306-948-5678

Your Auto Parts and Accessories Dealer

Wylie Farms Ltd.

Open: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Sat. • 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Let Vortex protect your truck and your investment with the Vortex Seamless Sprayed on Liner System Prairieland Collision Rosetown, Sask.


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

Hwy 14 East, Biggar 306-948-2109

Rebel Landscaping 306-948-2879, evenings 306-948-7207, daytime Ed Kolenosky • Driveways • Concrete • Garage Pads • Pruning • Planting

Troy May, owner/operator Fax: 306.237.TROY email: Super B outÀts hauling grain and fertilizer in Alberta and Saskatchewan


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




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

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

306- 948-2807 or 948-5609 948-5394

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

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

Ph/fax: 306-948-3856 or cell: 306-948-7896 J. G. Smith


• custom slaughter, cut and wrapping • sausage making, curing and smoking

• sides of Beef available


Biggar Sand & Gravel • trenching • trucking • water & sewer • sand & gravel • excavating OfÀce …




The Country Clipper

Bob Kobelsky

306-658-4474, Landis THUR-O CARPET & UPHOLSTERY CLEANING Cliff Forsyth Box 736, Biggar

• All Breed Dog Grooming • Boarding Kennels (Bordetella Mandatory) • Natural health care for pets • Massage “Acupressure”

For appointments and inquiries, call

306-948-2091 Mon. - Thurs., 7 a.m. - 5 pm. 2 mi. N. on Hwy #4, 2-½ mi. E. on Golf Course Rd.

Phone: 306-948-5600 A Sign of


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.

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

Jerry Muc Phone: 306-948-2958 Fax:


• Snow Removal • Fences …and much more

“Your complete decal and signage shop”

Modern Licenced Abbatoir

Owned & operated by Kevin Fick

306-948-3376 Corner of Main Street & 1st Avenue West, Biggar

Toll Free: 866-403-2298

Email: Website:


SGI Safety Inspection Auto Repair

100% handwash

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

222 Main St., Biggar

Tel: 306-986-2600

Heavy Duty Journeyman Mechanic




Gareth McKee


Mutual Fund Investment Specialist Credential Asset Management Inc.

Financial Planning Estate Planning Life Insurance

• Computer Sales • Support and Consultancy • Backup and Disaster Recovery • Email • Wired/Wireless Networking

and Your authorized


Pamela Eaton


Your authorized

SaskTel Mobility and High Speed Internet Dealer



Custom Embroidery Teams, Corporate and Personal Attire Judy Kahovec…

• Laser Engraving • Promotional products (mugs, mousepad, etc)

t Delivery

Ask Abou



Perdue 5-Star Service - Under NEW Management Esso Full Service Gas Bar & Restaurant 306-237-4363 Open: Monday-Sunday • 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Holidays: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Contact US for OFFICE SUPPLIES, FORMS and SERVICES… ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;

Faxing Photocopies Rubber Stamps Envelopes Letterheads Business Cards Receipts Invoices Statements Flyers Resumes Posters Menus Programs and Booklets Phamphlets Christmas letters File Folders Sticky Labels Address Labels Social Tickets Draw Tickets Calendars and Day Planners Presentations

Call us now for your FREE quote on all your printing needs.

Phone: 306-948-3344

306-882-4313, cell 306-831-7935

and more…

Anne G. Livingston

CertiÀed Custom Picture Framer • photographs • paintings • art prints • memorabilia • collages, etc. Call Anne @ 306-948-7274

Contact 306-948-3344 to have your business listed here, ask for special rates and sizes

ADVERTISING is an investment in your business.






Report from the Legislature by Randy Weekes, MLA, Biggar (30 April, 2014) Saskatchewan people deserve to keep more of what they earn and, as a government, our preference is to accommodate that by controlling spending and keeping taxes low. Despite revenue challenges, we accomplished just that with our 2014-15 provincial budget. Since 2007, Saskatchewan people have benefited from the largest income tax and education property tax cuts in our province’s history. As another tax season comes to a close, we remain committed to keeping taxes low, real action that helps Saskatchewan people. A Saskatchewan family of four with $50,000 in annual income will pay just $166 in provincial income tax in 2014, compared to $2,302 in 2007, representing tax savings of $2,136 annually. This same Saskatchewan family will pay $608 in total taxes this year, compared to $3,032 in Manitoba, $4,231 in British Columbia and $1,282 in Quebec. A Saskatchewan family of four or more with an income of $75,000 is once again expected to pay less in total provincial taxes and utilities in 2014 than their counterparts in any other province in Canada. Keeping our taxes low is a key part of The Saskatchewan Plan for Growth and we know it’s something Saskatchewan people appreciate, especially at this time of the year. One of the other benefits to living and working in Saskatchewan is wage growth. New data from Statistics Canada shows that average weekly earnings in our province were $961.90 in February 2014 – $37.07 higher than the national average. This shows that, to the benefit of Saskatchewan people, our employers are remaining competitive with other jurisdictions. Our government is committed to supporting a competitive and productive employment environment by encouraging healthy, safe and fair workplaces. To that end, updated labour legislation and regulations, now in effect, will ensure flexibility in the modern workplace. Changes include indexing the minimum wage, allowing employers and employees to agree to average

hours of work over one, two, three or four weeks, the ability to create a time bank for overtime and recognizing the rights and obligations of interns The Saskatchewan Employment Act also includes a placeholder section to be used when the Supreme Court of Canada provides guidance on how essential services should be delivered in Saskatchewan. You can learn more about the changes online at Our government is committed to improving the quality of life for all Saskatchewan people, including those living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). To that end, starting May 1, 2014, we are proud to provide coverage of a new oral medication to treat adult

patients who meet certain criteria. Tecfidera, which does not require injections, has the potential to reduce the number of relapses MS patients experience as well as slowing the progression of the neurological disease. Tecfidera was approved for use by Health Canada in 2013. MS patients seeking more information are encouraged to talk with their physicians or call the Saskatchewan MS Drugs Program. MS affects approximately 3,700 Saskatchewan people – a higher per capita rate than anywhere else in Canada. If you have a question about this Legislative report or any other matter, just contact Randy.

A peek and a boo for Mom . . . A Tiny Tot Nursery School performer plays peek-a-boo with her mom at the annual Mother of the Year SOLD Tea at the Biggar Community Hall, Tuesday. Tiny Tot were part of the special entertainment on the day to those special mother’s, making the hall a place filled with laughter and amusement at their antics. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)



Monday at 5:00 p.m. is the deadline for ads and classiÀeds

Duane Neufeldt

Saskatoon/Biggar 403 Main Street, Biggar


McCrea Acreage, RM Biggar, 72 acres, 1858 sq ft bungalow, 4 bd, 2 bath .........................................MLS $399,000 Martin Acreage, RM Biggar, 149 acres, 1435 sq ft. bungalow, 4 bd, 4 bath ........................................MLS $384.900 413 - 6th Ave. E., Biggar, 1766 sq. ft., 2-storey, 4 bd, 4 bath................................................................MLS $329,900 East Land, RM Marriott, 3 quarters ........................................................................................................MLS $300,000 419 - 6th Ave. E., Biggar, 1326 sq. ft.. 4-level split, 5 bd, 2 bath ..........................................................MLS $299,000 PENDING $239,000 119 Wright Cres., Biggar, 1204 sq. ft.. 4-level split, 3 bd, 3 bathSALE ........................................................MLS Perdue… 913 N Ave., 1136 sq ft. bungalow, 4 bd, 3 bath ....................................................................MLS $199,000 Perdue… 905 - 9th St., 1071 sq ft bungalow, 3 bd, 1 bath ..................................................................MLS $189,000 402 - 3rd Ave. E, Biggar, 1034 sq. ft. bungalow, 4 bd, 3 bath ..............................................................MLS $159,000 103 - 5th Ave. E., Biggar, 1440 sq. ft. 1-¾ storey character home, 4 bd, 1 bath ...............................MLS $157,000 #2 Plaza Park, RM Biggar, 1140 sq ft., 3bd, 2 bath modular home ..................................................MLS $139,000 SW 20-36-15-W3rd, R.M. Biggar, acreage development .....................................................................MLS $125,000 213 5th Ave. W., Biggar, 1277 sq ft bungalow, 2 bd 2 bath ..................................................................MLS $ 99,000 302 - 5th Ave. E., Biggar, 1450 sq. ft., 1-3/4 storey, 5 bd, 1 bath ......................................................... MLS $ 85,000 SE 06-35-14-W3rd, RM Biggar, acreage development ......................................................................... $ 59,000 SE 13-35-15-W3rd, RM Biggar, pasture land .......................................................................................MLS $ 50,000 SW 35-37-16-W3rd, RM Rosemount, pasture ......................................................................................MLS $ 35,000

SOLD Colour Impression . . . Mildred Fast looks over Delta Fay Cruickshank as the pair ‘talk shop’ during watercolour painting classes at the Biggar Museum REDUCED and Gallery last week. All the artists involved are creating artwork worthy of an exhibition, certainly worthy of praise as they refine their skills. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

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