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Vol. 105 No. 02


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Biggar Minor Hockey product follows her dream.

Digital Projector Fund climbs More support still needed T he

Biggar Majestic Theatre’s new digital projector is meeting with all the “oohs” and “aahs” you would come to expect from hi-definition wonder, clarity and visual grandeur. Theatre members are extremely grateful to the wonderous support lent to modernizing the Majestic’s movie ability, pulling in to date $24,000 - a little over one-fourth of the way to the ultimate goal of $94,000. The generous corporate, small business and individual support continues, and again, the Majestic Theatre is appreciative and indebted to all those involved. Bringing in the digital movie experience was the only option left to the theatre board, as the old ‘analog’ medium of film is rapidly becoming harder - if not impossible - to support, as movie companies move to the “instantaneous” and visually spectacular high-def digital sytems. If you want to support the digital fund, and keep the movie experience i n B i g g a r, s e n d y o u r donations to the: Biggar Majestic Theatre, Box 384, Biggar, Sask., S0K 0M0. No amount is too small or too large!

Jaeda Hoppe. (Submitted Photo

It all started with a little girls dream to play AAA hockey Ja e d a Ly n n e H o p p e played all her early years of minor hockey with the boys and her best friend ‘T’ (Tiara Keith) in Biggar Jubilee. The 15year-old recently played experienced the ultimate in Midget AAA hockey, the prestigious Mac’s Tournament in Calgary, suiting up for the Swift Current Diamond Energy W i l d c a t s. T h e Wo r l d Invitational tourney over the Christmas break had the Speedy Creek squad coming in a respectable fifth. The dream to play at higher and higher levels continues - a long road, well travelled, and played hard. In Grade 8 Jaeda joined her first female team in Rosetown. By Grade 9

Songbook concert for all ages Mark Kleiner clearly remembers the moment when he got into songwriting: “It was sometime in

1977 or early ‘78, and my brother John Paul and I, along with our buddy from church, Bruce Essenberg, had this rock group called

Back to the books . . . Biggar Central School student, Jessica Sherburne looks for that special colour, Monday as kids and teachers were falling into the learning routine. Nothing routine about learning - the basics of

Outta Site,” he says. “We were scheduled to perform at a variety night in the basement of our church in Saskatoon, so we learned

Jaeda played AA in Delisle Again with her best friend ‘T’, And a few other local female hockey players Eden Keith and Bailey Seidl, and we must not forget her awesome coach “Rusty” (David Keith)! Jaeda now hangs her helmet in Fairview West Arena in Swift Current. After spring tryouts in April Jaeda was invited back for fall invite only tryout camp on August 17 and 18. At that time coach Terry Pavely and assistant coach Jay Brown decided she had what it takes. Jaeda packed her bags and move to Swift Current. Jaeda lives with A billet family and attends Swift current high, and she is enjoying a great season of hockey with the Wildcats. The Wildcats are members o f t h e S a s k a t ch e wa n Female Midget AAA Hockey League (SFMAAAHL). Along with Battleford Sharks, Melville Prairie Fire, Notre Dame Hounds, P r i n c e A l b e r t B e a r s,

Regina Rebels, Saskatoon Stars, And Weyburn Gold Wings. The Wildcats keep a busy sched, practising Monday Tuesday and Thursday and have dry ice Wednesdays. Dry ice consists of gym workouts, team runs, Jazzercise and fitness stations. The Wildcats are very busy with games Saturdays and Sundays, putting in 28 regular season games and between 10 and 20 exhibition contests, as playoffs. They play 28 regular season games and between 10 to 20 exhibition games as well as playoffs, totalling 45 to 50 games a season. Jaeda and the Wildcats will be at the Biggar Jubilee Friday, January 17 at 8 p.m. for a practice before heading off to play the North Battleford Sharks, January 18 in St. Walburg, 1 p.m., and then in North Battleford on Sunday, January 19 at the Battleford Arena at 12 p.m.

a cover of Kiss’ ‘Calling Doctor Love’ for the occasion. When our parents heard us rehearse, they were horrified, and told

us there was absolutely no way we would ever perform that song in the church. “We were more or less screwed – our entire repertoire consisted of that one Kiss tune. So, my brother and I sat down and wrote our own song for the show,” Kleiner recalls. And so began Kleiner’s decades-long odyssey as a songwriter. On Saturday, January 18 at the Majestic Theatre, he presents songs from this journey, and while the song written from that church variety night is not among them, other songs in the show date back to the early 1990s, and several others will be having their live performance debut. Entitled The Mark Kleiner Songbook, the evening features vocals and instrumentation by The Group, the 11piece ‘lazy baker’s dozen’ of friends with whom Kleiner regularly performs in the Biggar area, as well as several special guest vocalists and instrumentalists, and a …see Songbook, pg 3

understanding begin here, and the proper guidance will set them for life. See Page 2 for more pictures. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)



It was back to school for students around the province, and for Biggar, the kids of BCS2000 and St. Gabriel School were learning and laughing, telling friends of the Christmas joy they experienced over their break. Students and staff at both schools may have been a wee bit sad to be back, but never fear, the school year is roughly half over. (Independent Photos by Kevin Brautigam)



Council Minutes highlights The regular meeting of Biggar Town Council was held December 3, at 7:15 p.m. in the Council Chambers. Attending the meeting were Mayor Ray Sadler, Aldermen Ron Arnold, Jim Besse, Alan Boyle, Penny McCallum, Eugene Motruk, and Kirk Sherbino. Council resolved that the minutes of the November 19 regular meeting of Council be accepted as presented. Council resolved that the following minutes be accepted as presented: November 25 with committee meeting with SARCAN representatives; November 26 committee meeting of Council. The following reports were accepted by Council: Recreation Director’s Report for the month of December; the minutes of the Biggar and District Recreation Board’s November 25

meeting; Town Foreman’s Report to November 30; Fire Chief’s Report and the monthly payroll for November. Council resolved that the General Accounts Paid in the amount of $106,873.58, and the General Accounts Payable in the amount of $40,012.22, be accepted. Council resolved that the request from the Monarch Multiple 4-H Club for the exchange of a shed for garbage pickup services, to be determined at a later date, be accepted. Council resolved that the request from the Royal Canadian Air Cadets No. 300 Fisher Squadron for a refund of the Community Hall rental for the date of November 23, be received and that the request be approved in the amount of $195 plus GST in accordance with the Town’s policy. • Meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

Dig our new digs . . . Big changes for The Independent this 2014 - we’ve moved to our new location at 122 Main Street, just beside Canada Post. A big thank you to Brett Barber as she embarks on renovations to our former location, 102 Third Avenue

West, soon to be New U Fitness’ location. A massive thank you to you, our readers, as we sort ourselves, fret over lost or misplaced items and generally run round in every tightening circles of frustration! Come visit us! (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

Public reminded to take steps to avoid flu Health officials recommend that Saskatchewan residents protect themselves against influenza in light of increasing flu activity in the province. This year, influenza season started late in Saskatchewan, but has already resulted in hospitalization for some people with severe illness. The level of influenza activity is expected to increase into the new year. “Getting vaccinated is an effective way to avoid illness from influenza,” Deputy Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Denise Werker said. “We encourage Saskatchewan residents to get a flu shot if they haven’t already done so, and practice good hand hygiene to help them avoid getting sick.” In Saskatchewan and across Canada, H1N1 is the predominant strain causing illness this flu season. This strain is included in this year’s flu vaccine. The influenza vaccine is available through public health clinics and some physicians’ and nurse practitioners’ offices. Health regions are prepared to schedule additional public health clinics as needed. People can call HealthLine 811 or their health region for specific information.

The influenza vaccine is strongly recommended for people at high risk of influenza-related complications or hospitalization. High

risk groups include: • people with chronic health conditions; • people 65 and older; • residents of long-term care facilities;

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… Songbook, cont. from front page troupe of 10 dancers working under the watchful eye of head choreographer Susan Lehnert (watch for Kleiner and Lehnert’s appearance on CTV’s News at Noon this Monday, January 13 to promote the concert). Together, the performers are putting together an evening of entertainment “modelled loosely on the old Muppet Show,” Kleiner explains, “in that we are staging a performance for people of all ages, with theatrics, music, dance, and a few surprises.” Biggar’s own Czar Bomba opens the evening with a set of their original tunes. All proceeds from the event go to help pay for the theatre’s new digital projector. Over the years, Kleiner’s songs have been placed in movies and on television. One CD earned a Western Canada Music Awards nomination for Album of the Year, and he had the opportunity to open

concerts for some of his musical heroes. “There were some amazing and bizarre moments,” Kleiner reflects, looking back over his musical career. “But for the longest time, I saw it as more or less a colossal failure, until I realized my optics were all wrong. In music, in life, in faith, it’s way more about how you see things than what you see, or even what you

believe.” The Mark Kleiner Songbook, with special Guests Czar Bomba, 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 18 at the Majestic Theatre. Licensed all ages event. Advance tickets available for $15 ($20 at the door) from Weasie’s, deMoissac Jewellers, and Sheila Itterman. All proceeds to the theatre digital projection fund.

Vaccine is also recommended for health care workers and volunteers, household and close contacts of the above high risk groups, those in contact with babies under six months, individuals who provide regular child care to children under five years of age, people who work with poultry or hogs and

health science students (human and animal health). For more information on influenza immunization, symptoms and self-care, call HealthLine 811 or visit, Healthline Online at, or your health region’s Web site.

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Weather is unpredictable Here we are into the first part of January and we are in the middle of winter. January is always an unpredictable month where temperatures can be mild and seasonal or the mercury can drop to record lows prompting people to bundle up and mutter “gee, it’s cold out.” Nothing new for those who live in this country as we can cope. But this year a “polar vortex” has gripped the country and caused extremely cold temperatures and wind chills. This weather has caused many to rethink their daily routines. What’s more the arctic weather has affected warmer climates -- even Hawaii. Most notable in all this volatile weather has been the disruption at the Toronto Airport where a “ground stop” was issued this week. Now normally we would not be concerned about Toronto’s problems but cancelling flights in and out of Toronto caused a major disruption to services across the country. Flight cancellations meant that people could not make connecting flights, and there were long lines at the Toronto Airport. With that many people congregating in one small area there are bound to be some tempers and the security staff, not to mention airline staff, probably had their hands full. One has to wonder if it is really in the best interest to have one major hub for an entire country. If the air traffic were to be dispersed to other airports one wonders if the meltdown effect would have been as severe as it was. As it is airport officials estimate it will take at least three to five days for a return to normal operations. There is no way to control the weather -- we just have to learn to live with it. By the time the weekend arrives the weatherman is predicting warmer temps. Everyone here is looking forward to our annual January thaw.

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Why Canadian travel costs so much by Mark Milke, Fraser Institute Distributed by Troy Media, For those returning home after the holidays, here’s a question you might have pondered: Why does it cost so much to travel? Answer: government policy. Consider two examples, starting first with taxi fares. Across Canada, cities limit the number of taxi licences available. This, we are told, allows drivers to make a decent living and consumers to know the cabs they step into are safe. Nonsense. An open market in taxicabs, where anyone or any company who wants a licence can get one (subject to reasonable safety requirements of course), would not only reduce fares, but wouldn’t automatically mean drivers make less. Those who choose to drive solo, or formed co-ops, or started a smaller cab company, might well make more money even while passenger fares were reduced. This, in fact, was the model in existence a few years back when I was in Washington, D.C. One driver who picked me up owned his own cab. He did not work for a taxi company nor did he take dispatch calls; he made his living solely from picking passengers up off the street. He preferred this to working for some company because his income was greater and he could also set his own hours. When cities limit the number of taxi licences, the price of such licences increases to levels that only a select few can afford. In turn, a high price for a taxi licence means drivers are forced to pay substantial rents to the licence owners. The last time I talked to a cab driver about his costs, drivers paid several hundred dollars per week (one fellow paid close to $400 weekly) to the cab company,

plus fuel, for the privilege of driving a taxi. In other words, cut out the middlemen and drivers could make more even as fares are reduced for the public. As for quality and safety, a competitive taxicab market need not sacrifice security. Drivers and their vehicles could still be licenced and regulated by cities with requirements that address the driver’s character (i.e., no criminal record), safety of the vehicle and so on. Reform would be useful. On taxis, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) surveyed 17 countries back in 2007. It found that those which had “removed or loosened supply restrictions on taxis” ended up with strongly positive results: “Reduced waiting times, increased consumer satisfaction and, in many cases, falling prices being observed.” That’s one example of how governments artificially inflate travel costs. Here’s another: airline fares. Back in 2012, I compared European countries, Canada and the United States on kilometre-forkilometre flights costs. I compared five return domestic flights of roughly similar kilometres with a total of 5,400 kilometres flown (and within the same jurisdiction, i.e., just in Canada, or in the United States, or in a select European country). The five European tickets cost just $689.68 with taxes and fees at 36 per cent of the total fare price; the U.S. total was $841.10 with taxes and fees at 16 per cent; the Canadian five fares cost $1,815.14, including taxes and fees at 28 per cent. When I performed the same calculations on crossborder return flights of similar individual distances

(Canada-U.S. flights versus cross-border flights in the European Union), the five-fare bill for the 10,000 total kilometres flown was $1,277.94 in Europe. That included 43 per cent in taxes and fees. In North America, the five return fares with 9,660 kilometres flown would set back a passenger $2,266.13 with taxes/fees at 22 per cent of the total. Given that taxes and fees are higher in Europe, there must be another factor to help explain the lower European fares: competition. Europe’s pro-consumer ticket prices exist because European airlines and even airports have fiercely competed for passengers ever since the European Union air travel market was opened up to full competition in 1997. Any carrier from any member country can pick up and drop off passengers anywhere, regardless of the airline’s home country. That policy, known as “cabotage” or open skies, is in distinct contrast to North America where both U.S. and Canadian governments still prohibit “foreignowned” airlines from offering wholly domestic flights in our markets. Because neither the United States nor Canada allows “foreign” carriers to pick up and drop off customers in their respective countries (they can do only one or the other), competition is less than it would be if the European approach was in play. That results in higher airline fares. If governments embraced competition more robustly, consumers would have nothing to lose but their overpriced taxi fares and high-priced airline tickets. Mark Milke is a Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute @milke.mark

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“Why don’t you come up for supper Sunday night. I’ll make a turkey,” I said to my brother. “Okay,” he says. Two days later I get a text message: “Can you make me a flapper pie?” A flapper pie. It’s just not a pie I have ever made nor am I quite sure how to make it. Mom used to make this pie and I remember it as


being a vanilla custardy sort topped with meringue. It is also my brother’s favourite. So, I decide to use my favourite Internet tool -- Google. Apparently a flapper pie is unique to the Prairies. One blogger had this to say, “I can’t describe this pie, but trust me, it is THE BEST PIE ever! It originates mostly on the

Prairies, as people in BC here think I am nuts when I say I like flapper pie, but boy they don’t know what they are missing!” Further history shows that this graham cracker cream pie dates back to the 19th century but became a fixture in Western Canada in the 20th century and was then called flapper pie. It was considered a

Alley Katz Bowling scores (December 16-19) Tuesday Mixed League: MHS – Gerry Devenny, 203; MHM – John Hammond, 526; WHS – Leisha Desrosiers, 213; WHM – Leisha Desrosiers, 527. New Horizons League: MHS – Glen Shockey, 294; MHM – Glen Shockey, 577; WHS – Donna Eckart, 169; WHM –

Barb Archibald, 450. Thursday Senior’s League: No scores this week. Y.B.C. League: Bowlasaurus: High Score – Sawyer Heimbecker, 75. Peewee: High Score – Maggie Genaille, 95; High Score Double – Maggie Genaille, 182. Bantam: High Score –

Jayla Boobyer, 143; High Score Triple – Jayla Boobyer, 399. Juniors: High Score – Justin Otterson, 180; High Score Triple – Justin Otterson, 406. Justin Otterson won the turkey draw for the kids and won a free prize from Ray’s Pizzeria. Way to go, Justin!

Diamond Lodge News played monopoly. Later in the afternoon we had Seventh Day Adventist do our church service. Thank you for the wonderful service! We hope everyone has an amazing 2014! Wishing the very best to you and your family! Jan. 3 Happy New Year to one and all! This week at Diamond Lodge we had some special events on to celebrate the new year. Monday we started the week with exercises. Blast from the Past was on at 2:30 and the residents talked about resolutions that they used to make or they still are currently trying to accomplish. Tuesday was our big

New Years party. There was a band playing, lots of tasty food, and at 3, balloons fell from the ceiling and everyone yelled “Happy New Year!” Wednesday was a day for rest because of the partying from the night before. Thursday was exercises and bingo. Friday was Breakfast Club. At 10:45 we had 1-1’s and St. Gab’s came and visited some of the residents. Sing-along was at 2:30. Saturday was Dot bingo and a movie. Sunday was spa time and Perdue United Church travelled our way and did worship. Thank you everyone for reading our news again. We hope to see you all soon!

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(December 23 to 29) by Karen Kammer It is so hard to believe that Christmas is over already and we will soon be starting a brand new year. I think everyone’s wish for the start of the new year, is nicer weather. Monday, we exercised in the morning and played some swingbowl in the afternoon. Tuesday morning we had current events and enjoyed some Christmas stories in the afternoon. Wednesday and Thursday our residents enjoyed opening presents and visiting with family. Friday morning we played some cards. Our games were crib and Kaiser. We were so lucky to have three young girls dance for us later in the morning. They could really move! Thank you so much girls for your wonderful program. The afternoon we were busy playing cards again and also played a game of floor Yahtzee. Saturday morning we played cards and dot bingo. After lunch, we played a game of Kaiser and later watched the movie “Sister Act” while eating popcorn. Sunday morning, we played some cards and in the afternoon we

to the edges so it is touching the crust and the meringue will not shrink nor will it weep. It is sometimes called floppy pie because if you fail to cook the pudding portion long enough it will not set and then you will have pudding in a pie shell. On the other hand, you can’t cook the filling too much or that won’t work either. As I said it is a bit tricky to know the correct consistency. There are few people that make this pie anymore. Sometimes you will see it on the dessert table at a fall supper. Sometimes, but very rarely. And, some cooks take a shortcut and use vanilla pie filling, adding in a few egg yolks to help

staple of the Canadian Prairie culture. Flapper pie is a graham crust base filled with a vanilla filling. There are many variations on the making of the filling. One recipe uses six egg yolks while another uses four. The egg whites are used for the meringue. According to the recipe this will make a creamy vanilla filling. Of course, this pie can’t be rushed as you must bring the ingredients to a boil slowly allowing them to thicken. Don’t hurry the process as you may end up burning the filling and nobody will eat that. There is a trick to getting the meringue to behave itself. Make sure you spread it

with the texture. This, however, would not be acceptable to my brother who would know the difference. There were a number of variations in the recipes that came up via the search. The one with the six egg yolks produced the highest and most spectacular meringue (at least according to the pictures). It also dated back to Homemaker’s Magazine (a Canadian magazine that published from 1966 to 2011). Well, I’m willing to give it my best shot (what sisters don’t do for their brothers) but he better not compare mine to Mom’s.

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Here we go – again! It is reported that the Greek Philosopher and scholar Plato (great guys, those Greeks, eh?) once said: “Nothing can be said now that hasn’t been said before!” Y.T. (Yours Truly) isn’t much of either a philosopher or scholar, and his knowledge of Plato sure isn’t up to par. But I have looked at some of his stuff written thousands of years ago, and comparing themselves to ours, they appear darn close to being much the same! It is a pretty good sign when one repeats themselves, that they are spotting quite a few annular rings on their trunks, and sometimes Y.T. wonders if it is because we older people have already

told everything we know. Often I feel that this is almost the case right now! Not only have older people come to the end of their lives, but also to the end of their memories. To me this always makes a little more sense! Unless a person knows everything (and as the cow said when someone left the pasture gate open: “this lets me out”), how can we help but come to that point? We just have to accept that angle, and live with it! After all, most of us just know so much – and Yours Truly (being a 1910 model) is no exception! It is some kind of consolation though, to understand that even history repeats itself, as each

growing society tries to follow the repetitive example of the one before it! We are “creatures of habit” they say, and if we didn’t repeat ourselves we’d soon run out of things to do and say! The ideas and laws of our world religions have been repeated over and over for generations, and I feel good about this! Columns such as this, have been ¿lled again and again with the same observations since long before Plato’s time! Excuses, excuses, excuses, eh? Y.T. sure remembers O.C. Leslie from Regina, not that he was such a great man (we are all great men!) but because the things that he said, the clothes that he worse and the shock of white hair, that he had reminded me so much of another fellow Y.T. had been privileged to hear on that same Bessborough stage – Stephen Leacock! Leacock, old grey suit and all, had given out with his distinct style of speaking, much as Mark Twain had done in his time. Twain, of course, is lauded as the originator of the backwoods comment, yet, according to this Plato guy, it is very likely Twain (Samuel Clemens) was trying to

emulate someone whose style had impressed him! Also (according to Plato) the repetition of repartee goes all the way back through history till before Diogenes time! I looked plagiarism up in my big dictionary: Plagiarize: “to take ideas,(writings, et cetera) from another and pass them off as your own.” I wonder what Diogenes would have said to Leacock! Having taken the above Platonic (I looked that word up too!) statement to heard, Y.T. kind of wondered what would happen if he repeated some of his own stuff. Surely those old people (whose sentiments Y.T. has stolen) won’t come back to haunt my pen, eh? One of the ¿rst pieces that Y.T. sent in to The Independent (about 1996 or so), was about “A Christmas I Remember”. “Lucky’s luck ran out on January 29, 1945, during one of the night attacks on the island ferry harbour of Rapeleche Veer – alone, far from home, his life’s trail suddenly ended half way up the stope of a muddy dike in Holland . . .” Sadly, to most people, Lucky had been long forgotten, and how was Y.T. excited that his memory of Lucky had been published in a local paper! Sure Y.T. had written lots of stuff before, some of it had even been put in books,

thrown on the world stage and been forgotten, while here the district paper had printed some local memories to be read by local people – many of them Lucky’s friends. It wasn’t quite the same. Y.T. walked down the street feeling that he was ten feet tall! Actually sometimes I wonder if a fellow should re-tell all this war stuff. I do know that left untold a lot of young people might just charge mindlessly into one in order to ¿nd out for themselves! And then: “Between the crosses row on row,” eh? Years and years ago, as a boy, one of Y.T.’s ¿rst interests had been collecting the hugely inÀated stamps that some of our European neighbours got on their letters. Later, he had become interested in native artifacts, along with a lot of other things – even girls! All through his middle life he had hobbied away at different things. He had worked here and there, done this and that, and more or less run the gamut of personal interests. Then he retired . . . now what? Y.T. plodded away at a few other small projects in order to keep his mind and body busy, and one day, while gol¿ng with The Independent publisher, Daryl had said: “Why don’t you send something in?”

The kids having grown up and left home, all those empty rooms up-stairs had to be used for something, so Y.T. went into Tracy’s room and sat down at his desk. Y.T. did send something in and The Independent people did print it. And for some years now Yours Truly has a genuine “other interest,” getting memories like this across: “Men peered into the eyes of those they met, trying to ¿nd a something there that would tie them to the past! And sometimes the lights of that big hall glistened on a something in those eyes that betrayed just how tough these old soldiers really were!” Or: “He knew it a moment of honour. He smiled at the soft applause. But when at last it was over, the “hero”, stealing aside. Threw himself down by the hedges on a lawn where nobody was, Buried his face in his elbow, remembered and cried and cried!” Imagine that some people will just glance at this page and remark: “That old guy is sure loosing his marbles – he’s repeating a lot of stuff!” T’was ever thus, eh? Diogenes was a Greek Philosopher who asked Alexander the Great “Please move out of my sunlight!”

Biggar Leisure Centre goes ‘Lucky 13’ for Majestic digital projection fund . . . Biggar Leisure Centre (AVU) owner, Larry Guran, right, hands a cheque for $1,313.13 to Biggar Majestic Theatre’s Daryl Hasein. The lucky 13 cash will go to the theatre’s new high-def projection equipment fund. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

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Lord Asquith School newsletter Principal’s Message It’s hard to believe we are already almost half way through the school year! Reflecting on the year so far, I feel very blessed to be a part of the Lord Asquith School Community. Thank you for so openly welcoming me; it has reaffirmed my belief in small town hospitality. It is such a wonderful feeling to walk down the halls

from Elementary to Senior and have smiling faces and a quick, “Hi!” sent my direction. As I walk down these halls and pop into classrooms, I am continually reminded of the fantastic learning happening in class and the support provided to our students. Students are engaged and taking risks thanks to safe classrooms and encouraging staff and

families. If you are interested in seeing learning updates but can’t make it into the school, please check out our newly updated Web site ( as we are posting pictures regularly off to the right hand side of the homepage through the Twitter feed. Thank you to all the staff and caregivers that make learning possible

for our students! Academics Forces and Simple Machine Fun! The Grade 5 students worked very hard on our Forces and Simple Machines unit. When they had a chance to learn about and experiment with all of the Six Simple Machines: pullies, wheels and axels, levers, inclined planes, wedges and screws, they got to

put their knowledge to the test. They did some research on Rube Goldberg Machines, and then set out to design a complex machine, with other simple machines inside it, that would do work. Work in science means a force making an object change shape, direction, or stop/start moving. The class had a ton

of fun trying out their machines, refining designs and trying them again. To finish up the unit, we had a sharing day, where everyone in the class got to see how all the machines in their final form worked. They were excellent! Google Rube Goldberg Machines for some fun at home.

the R.M. of Corman Park No. 344 will be subject to additional fees. This office will also take this time to remind all individuals that the Asquith Landfill is closed on Easter Sunday, New Year’s Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. The only other time that the landfill is closed is when the temperature in the morning of the opening is -40 degrees

Celsius or colder with the wind chill. Please check Environment Canada for the temperatures to save yourself a drive on a cold morning to the landfill. Asquith Town Council accepted a quote from SaskPower to install three new street lights on Lunn Street for a total cost of $8,575.86. This office wishes a Happy New Year to all!

Town of Asquith council news Asquith Town Council held its regular council meeting on December 10. Attending were Mayor James Maddin, Councillors Sue Sawicki, Karen Gamble, Gail Erhard, Garry Dumont, Ross Beal, Don Lysyshyn, C.A.O. Holly Cross and Foreman Darren Kraft. The treasurer’s statement of receipts and expenditures for

November, 2013 and the October bank reconciliations were accepted as presented. Accounts paid of $21,024.18 and accounts payable of $38,806.89 were accepted as presented. A letter was received from Loraas Disposal informing Council that there will be an increase to the cost of residential carts from $14 a month

to $15 a month due to an increase in landfill costs. Public works employees have been working on a hydrant at the corner of Charles Street and East Avenue. The Asquith Rink Board reported that the ice was put in at the Asquith Sports Center. The Community Rink Affordability Grant of $2,500 has been received.

A demolition permit was issued to David Phillips for the demolition of a garage at 290 Cory Street. After much deliberation, Council has decided that as of February 1, 2014, all users of the Asquith Landfill will be required to pay $2 upon entry. Individuals from municipalities other than the Town of Asquith and

Saskatchewan provincial parks announce fee changes and important dates for 2014 Saskatchewan provincial parks are gearing up for another great year. Last year was a recordsetting year for attendance and planning is underway to ensure continued success in 2014. “Saskatchewan provincial parks are premiere tourism destinations in Saskatchewan and we continue to see more visitors than ever before,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Kevin Doherty said. “We have also been working hard to improve our visitors’ park experience. Since 2007, many parks have received upgrades and more are planned for this coming year.” In order to continue to provide a high level of service to an increasing number of visitors, several fees have increased. Changes will affect nightly and seasonal

camping rates. Small adjustments to swimming pool entry and swimming lesson fees have also been made. • Nightly – electric – from $22 to $27; • Nightly - full service – from $26 to $35; • Nightly - non-electric – remains unchanged at $17; • Seasonal - electric – from $1,500 to $1,900; • Seasonal – non electric – from $760 to $950; • Swimming lessons – from $25 to $35. Costs to operate the provincial parks have increased 42 per cent since 2007 and this represents the first fee adjustment since the 2009 camping season. Park user fees cover less than 60 per cent of operating costs. Saskatchewan’s nightly camping fee remains lower than Alberta and British Columbia and

equal to Manitoba. The 2014 summer camping season will mark the third year that nightly campers will be able to book sites online, using SaskParks’ Reserve-A-Site system or through the reservation call centre. The system has been very successful, with more than 60,000 bookings in each of the last two camping seasons. The online system will open March 3, 2014, with specific park reservation opening dates staggered throughout the week. Applications for sea-

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sonal camping are now available online at Seasonal camping offers the opportunity to secure a campsite from May to September. This very popular program is available at 21 provincial parks. Sites are allocated by a lottery system. The deadline for applications for a seasonal site is Thursday, January 30. Seasonal sites will be awarded on Monday, February 3. Government has invested $44 million over the last five years to improve Saskatchewan’s

provincial parks, including more than $7 million on electrification of nearly 1,400 campsites since 2007. The government is dedicated to improving Saskatchewan’s provincial parks by investing an additional $10 million over four years, over and

above the previously enhanced provincial parks capital budget to develop two new campgrounds, enhance shower and bathroom facilities, create more electrified sites and other infrastructure improvements.



Western Producer still a crystal ball to the ag world by Calvin Daniels

I suppose it’s unusual for a writer in one publication to take some time to tip the old chapeau to another publication, but in this case I just have to congratulate The Western producer which is celebrating 90-years this year. Growing up on a farm in Saskatchewan in an area long before the Internet became popular, all right I’m old enough the ‘Net wasn’t even a rumour when I was a kid, the arrival of newspapers were a highlight of the week. It was a big deal to head to the rural mailboxes to pick up the mail since the newspapers were our avenue to seeing the rest of the world. Yes we had a television but I was a young teen before the black and white box provided more than CBC, and even then it was a two channel world. In terms of radio, Melfort’s then CJVR and CKBI out of Prince Albert, and of course CBC, was about it. So newspapers were

an important source of information. And while dad subscribed to a number of publications, Grainews, Country Guide, Farm Light and Power among them, the Western Producer was the one which held our interest most. I admit I never saw the appeal of studying every classified ad in earnest over a cup of coffee, but I can tell you both my grandfather and father were in-depth readers of the ads in the Western Producer. Myself, I dove into the articles on farming. It was a way for a young mind to learn about more than raising pigs and growing barley to feed those animals. The Western Producer gave me an insight into the development of canola, and has since kept me abreast of what has happened over the years which has lead to the crop now being the key economic generator for grains and oilseed producers across most of the Prairies. Through it’s articles

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farmers have learned about pulse crops, and more importantly, about the large and diverse markets for a range of crops that when I was young was barely considered. Yes my dad occasionally grew some field peas, usually in combination in the same field with barley. The rationale was that the peas, which were thought to grow so low to the ground as to be difficult to harvest on their own, would actually climb the barley stem. This made harvesting easier and the barley and pea mix was great pig feed. The Western Producer showed a more dramatic market. The weekly newspaper also helped me learn

about the importation of exotic beef breeds from Europe. In my youngest days beef cattle in Canada were generally Hereford, Aberdeen Angus or Shorthorn. They were small cattle, and frankly behind the times in terms of a changing beef market. The arrival of Charolais, Simmental, Limousin and a couple of dozen more breeds fundamentally changed the North American beef industry, and The Western Producer helped a pig farmer better understand just how dramatic the change was, and why it was necessary. Now I will state here I also like the publication because through the years they have ran

The Government of Saskatchewan is challenging the Government of Quebec’s restrictions that prevent the sale of certain margarines, coffee whiteners and dessert toppings in the Quebec market. These restrictions deny market opportunities for Western oilseed producers and processors. Saskatchewan’s challenge was to be considered on January 8 by a dispute resolution panel, established under the pan-Canadian Agreement on Internal Trade

(AIT), at a public hearing in Quebec City. The Saskatchewan-led challenge is supported by the governments of Alberta, British Columbia and Manitoba. “Saskatchewan believes in free trade, and our government is committed to knocking down barriers that harm our farmers,” Minister responsible for Trade Tim McMillan said. “We believe that these illegal restrictions in Quebec contravene rules that prohibit governments from creating barriers to

trade in Canada.” “Our government is committed to expanding both international and domestic market access for our producers,” Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart said. “The Quebec market represents new growth opportunities for our Saskatchewan products and we will stand up for our producers and processors to ensure they are not discriminated against by unfair trade rules.” “We are pleased that Saskatchewan, along with the other Western

provinces, is showing leadership in tackling barriers to trade in Canada,” Vegetable Oil Industry of Canada President Sean McPhee said. “Our members look forward to the time when vegetable oil-based alternatives to dairy products can be manufactured and sold in all parts of Canada.” In June, the provincial government formally requested the establishment of a dispute resolution panel to determine if the restrictions by Quebec contravene the AIT. A ruling by this panel is expected by the end of March 2014.

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of agriculture which helped secure my first writing gig with the Tisdale Recorder. That same interest in farming had the then Enterprise in Yorkton offering me a job, a job which became a longterm career. And in many ways my general knowledge in farming relates to reading the pages of The Western Producer week after week through the years of my youth, and beyond. So congrats Producer on nine decades of serving Prairie farmers well. I, among many, appreciate your efforts, and look forward to you serving the sector in the decades ahead.

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quite a number of my articles. I still see that as an achievement, at least the earliest articles when I was cutting my teeth as a journalist because being in its pages meant I was doing something right as a reporter. I’ve been fortunate to appear in literally dozens of publications in several countries over the near three decades in this business, but few made me feel better than when the Producer said yes the first time about 25-years ago. I suppose in appearing in its pages it was sort of the completion of a loop for me. While I had no inkling when I was young that I would end up a journalist, it was my general knowledge

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Province releases second round of tenders for 2014 highway projects Planning for the 2014 construction season continues with the release of the second set of tenders for next year’s highways projects. The December Tender Plan features 25 km of major highway upgrades, 89.2 kilometres of repaving, three bridge projects and one stockpiling contract worth an estimated $39.8 million. Tenders for these projects will be advertised over the coming months. “Signalling our plans to the road building industry early makes good business sense,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris said. “The ministry can line up contractors at more favourable prices and contractors can plan better so they can get an earlier start on the construction season.” The December Tender Plan follows the Fall

Tender Plan that was released in November. That tender plan contained 42 bridge and culvert projects, 83 kilometres of major highway upgrades and 68 kilometres of repaving, as well stockpiling and other work with a total estimated value of more than $120 million. The remainder of work for the 2014 construction season will be released with the provincial budget in the spring. Ministry tender plans are available at h i g h w a y s . g o v. s k . c a / tender/. “Timely and early release of projects allows contractors to purchase

equipment and ramp up for the work ahead but more importantly, make commitments to their labour force which means more people living and working in Saskatchewan,” Saskatchewan Heavy Construction Association President Shantel Lipp said. “We’re pleased to see the continued investment by our government in the development of core and essential infrastructure.” The Government of Saskatchewan has invested a record $3.7 billion in transportation infrastructure since 2008.

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2014 is a fresh new year, perhaps we should start it off with some fundamentals. Magic is a game that is known for, among other things, having an immense number of formats: forms of play with their own unique rules and restrictions (or lack there-of). However, to make things easier, there are two very broad categories which encapsulate these many and varied formats, Limited and Constructed. Anyone who has played the game has played a Constructed format, as it represents the core way the game was designed to be played. You build a deck and play it. The Constructed format is focused on building a deck to play with out of any and all resources available to you, over any span of time you care to do so, accumulating cards through boosters, trades, or purchases of singles. On the flip side, Limited format is just what it says on the tin, you have a limited pool of cards to work with, and you have to do the best you can with what you got; and often you also have a limited

period of time to build your deck in as well. Sealed and Draft are the two flag ship formats of Limited, and I find both to be incredibly fun to do from time to time, if expensive to do frequently. For those unfamiliar with Limited, here are the basics of how Sealed and Draft work. In Sealed, you purchase six boosters, open them up, and build the best deck you can out of it. The tournament organizer, as Limited tends to lend itself to tournaments, will provide the players with basic lands to make the deck functional. Players are typically provided with 45 minutes to an hour to build their deck, with any and all cards left over being considered the player’s sideboard. Unlike Constructed, this means in game one you can run into someone playing a red/ white agro deck, and after struggling against your deck they will sideboard out to play a blue black control deck. Sideboarding to such dramatic effect is something only possible in Limited, and is generally more common in Sealed than Draft

due to the very diverse nature of the card pool players have to work with. In Draft players commonly buy three boosters (sometimes four) and sit down at a table of five or seven other players. These boosters are generally all from the same set, though sometimes will be one booster from each set of a block for a Block Draft. If the player base feels particularly adventurous, some venues allow for a Chaos Draft, in which each player can choose which ever boosters they care for from the stock of the venue, subsequently making the meta of the event nigh unpredictable, and resulting in any number of zany combinations of cards. Having purchased your three boosters, everyone sits down at their tables, opens up their first booster, looks through it, selects one card to keep, and passes the remainder face down to the player to their left. As you are also to someone else’s left, on your right there will be a stack of 14 cards for you to look through and pick another card from. This process

repeats until there are no more piles of cards to go through, at which point everyone opens their next booster and repeats the process in the opposite direction, and a final time with the final booster in the original direction. While this leaves you with the same number of cards as just opening three packs, it tends to

give the player a far more focused card pool, generally consisting of two to three colours of cards. It also lets you get an idea of what colours other players are using, if one of the colours you are trying to use becomes scarce, or if another colour seems to be getting passed around the table untouched.

So these are the basics of the two “super formats” of Magic. Next month I will go more in depth about some of the fundamental differences between these two forms of play, including a bit on Prophet of Kruphix and why one super format loves the card, and one is generally indifferent to it.

Jean Redlich, left, is all smiles as she accepts her $750 voucher win from The Independent’s Advertising Manager, Urla Tyler. The voucher is redeemable at businesses who took part in the annual Biggar Independent Christmas promotion - a big thank you to those who entered, and those who participating businesses.

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Pearl Kammer, left, accepts the $200 voucher from Independent publisher, Daryl Hasein. (Independent Photos by Kevin Brautigam)



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Chef Dez on cooking

Making food prep easier

One of the most common reasons as to why one doesn’t cook from scratch more than they currently do is because of how long it takes to prepare ingredients for the meal. Whether it involves slicing, dicing, measuring, or simply getting ingredients out of the fridge and pantry; let’s face it, these tasks require some time. In a world of horrible pre-cooked,pre-packaged foods that are meant to enhance the schedule of our busy lives, I thought it would be practical to discuss options to make food preparation easier, rather than avoiding it altogether. There are many things one can do in their kitchen to simplicity this predinner burden. Having to gather fewer ingredients from your pantry not only reduces

time, but also makes a recipe easier to approach psychologically too. These tips come from my experience at working in a restaurant. Have a small dish of salt and a pepper mill at your fingertips on the counter at all times. Chances are if you’re going to cook, you will need these two crucial ingredients. Another great idea is to keep a couple of plastic squeeze bottles of oil handy. One could be filled with healthy no-heat/low-heat oil like extra virgin olive oil, and the other with high heat tolerance oil such as grape seed oil, rice bran oil, or even canola oil. You can also arrange spices/ herbs that you enjoy using on a regular basis in decorative containers by the stovetop for ease of use. Imagine how inefficient a restaurant would be if they had to

gather ingredients from around the kitchen for each meal they prepare. Think like a restaurant and you’ll perform like one. Reduce clutter and always have a prep area ready and waiting. Every kitchen should have an open area in close proximity to where the kitchen knives are kept reserved for a pulling out a cutting board. If preparing every meal includes a task of de-cluttering your countertops, the chances are greater that you will not bother to cook to begin with. If you currently keep your knives in a knife block, then a wall-mounted magnetic strip for your knives may be the perfect solution to creating this vacant counter space. A beautiful wood cutting board that you are proud to show off in a permanent location also makes it easier to get started. General accessibility of all cooking utensils, including pots and pans, will also play a big part of your successes in the kitchen. Take some time to reorganize based on your cooking habits and everything will fall into

place in a much more efficient manner. Start a collection of recipes that you not only love to eat, but also are comfortable to prepare. Maybe arrange them in a tablet that you keep in the kitchen or printed in a binder with plastic page covers to make them splatter proof. The decision making process of “what to make” can become one of the largest time wasters when it comes to preparing a meal. We all have a collection of cookbooks, but we need to take one

step farther and create our own assortment of recipes from these books that we know and love. A quick flip through this customized compilation will get you moving in the right direction a lot faster. Lastly, consider taking a knife skills course. Chances are you have a kitchen and plan to continue eating food the rest of your life, so the small cost amount of such a course will be an investment and pay you back one hundred fold. This will be a saving

of not only your future time, but also your future health as well: Whenever one cooks from scratch, there is a greater ability to control ingredients and ultimately what goes into your body. 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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your income and tax rates are most likely going to be the same when you are making contributions and when you start to make withdrawals, you can use either RRSP or TFSA


your income and tax rates are likely to be higher when you make withdrawals, use a TFSA

income and tax Ifwhenyour rates are likely to be lower you make withdrawals, choose the RRSP

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Report from the Legislature by Randy Weekes, MLA, Biggar (18 December, 2013) Provincial population higher than ever before

Saskatchewan is the place to be – just ask the 5,867 new residents who decided to move to the province in July, August and September. Our provincial population has grown by 19,797 over the last year, reaching a record 1,114,170. Among the provinces, only Alberta had higher population growth. More and more people see Saskatchewan as one of the best places in Canada to live, work and play. These people are international immigrants as well as those relocating from places like British Columbia, Ontario, New Brunswick, Alberta and Quebec. There are also a lot of babies born in Sas-

katchewan. Continued population and economic growth is expected in 2014. Meanwhile, our government remains on track to meet our growth plan goal of 1.2 million people by 2020. Come see Saskatchewan. ca It is now easier than ever before to find the information you need. If you’re looking to relocate, change careers, learn about government programs, services or simply find something fun to do, you can get it all on the new Government of Saskatchewan Web site – This user-friendly Web site, which is compatible with tablets and smartphones, is designed to improve access to information and services. Using the headings “Live,” “Work,” “Play” and “Gov-

ernment,” this Web site is organized by Saskatchewan people’s interests rather than by government ministries. This change also reflects what Saskatchewan has to offer visitors, potential investors and future residents. Analytics are also used to track and promote frequently visited pages like the Highway Hotline, and where to find day care so the most sought after information can be highlighted and kept current. Over the coming year, government will continue to transition content and services from to Both will operate until the transition is complete. Powerful voices for change The health and wellbeing of Saskatchewan people is vital. With an es-

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Travelling abroad can be a great time. This is especially true when everything is smooth sailing. But getting sick can turn a dream vacation into a nightmare. The following are some tips to help you have an illness-free vacation abroad. Before you leave . . . • Learn about the places you’re going from a good source. Use travel/ (U.S.) or travel. (Canada). • Are there illnesses such as malaria or traveller’s diarrhea you might need to prepare for? • Are there diseases such as meningitis or yellow fever you will need to get a vaccine for? • Will you need to know how to prepare for any natural disasters? • Think about your health. • Have you had an illness, injury, or surgery that could be a problem when travelling? • Do you have a special need such as a disability,

pregnancy, or weak immune system that might require special consideration when travelling? • Are you up-to-date on your vaccines? • See a health care provider about six weeks before your trip. • Have the details of your trip ready to share with your provider. These should include the places you plan to travel, the length of your trip, the types of places you’re staying, and the things you’re planning to do. • When possible, bring information about your

timated one in five experiencing a mental health or addictions problem, our government understands it has a role to improve the services currently offered. We are currently seeking feedback to form a Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan. So far, over 2,600 responses have been submitted at Using a confidential questionnaire, we’re encouraging Saskatchewan people to share stories, experiences and suggestions for improving mental health or addiction services within the province. These submissions – which take about 15 minutes to complete – will be accepted until December 31. These results, as well as results from other consultations including focus

groups, in-person interviews and other meetings, will help inform development of an Action Plan for Saskatchewan. The Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship Nearly 13,000 Saskatchewan students have now taken advantage of a Saskatchewan-made scholarship. Through the Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship, current Grade 12 graduates who enrol at a Saskatchewan post-secondary institution are provided with a scholarship of up to $500 per year to a lifetime maximum of $2,000. Students even have up to 10 years to use the benefit. To support our province’s growth, we need to ensure that more of our students are entering post-secondary education, completing their training and connecting to jobs in the Sas-

katchewan economy. The Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship helps make post-secondary education more affordable and accessible for students. Since the scholarship was first put into place in 2012, the province has provided more than $6.4 million to help thousands of students pursue postsecondary education. Since 2008, our government has invested $4.6 billion in our post-secondary institutions and students. This includes the Graduate Retention Program which provides up to a $20,000 refundable and non-refundable tax credit for graduates who live in Saskatchewan. If you have a question about this Legislative report or any other matter, just contact Randy.

allergies, medicines, vaccine history, and medical problems. While you’re travelling ... • Wash your hands. Do it before eating, after you cough or sneeze, and after you use the bathroom. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (e.g., Purell). • Be careful about what you drink. You may need to avoid tap water, fountain drinks, and ice cubes. Choose bottled or heated beverages such as coffee or hot tea instead.

• Be careful about what you eat. Avoid food from street vendors or places that don’t seem clean. Avoid raw or undercooked meat or seafood. Avoid raw fruits or vegetables unless you can peel them before eating. • Protect yourself from sunburn. Use a sunscreen that has UVA and UVB protection. • Protect yourself from bug bites. Use an insect repellent with DEET or picaridin. Wear long sleeves and long pants if you’re outside at night in an area with malaria. Consider

using a repellent with permethrin on clothes for extra protection. • Avoid animal bites. Don’t handle or pet animals, even dogs and cats. • Avoid going barefoot. Take extra care in areas where there could be animal waste. When you get home . . . • See a health care provider if you’re not feeling well when you return from a trip. • If you took a drug to prevent malaria, keep taking it for as long as your provider prescribed it.

Principal’s Report by James Walker I hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable break. We have a few announcements at BCS 2000. First, we would like to welcome Erika van de Velde who will be joining our staff this month until Mrs. Kim Fick returns in February. Also, midterms and exams are only a couple of weeks away. Students

should be receiving reviews and outlines to help them prepare for their upcoming finals. Good luck to all of the students in their preparation for these exams. This weekend, the BCS 2000 Senior Boys Basketball team will be hosting a tournament. Please come out and support our team. Happy new year to everyone.

Lucky Toonie Winner . . . Patron Louise Roenspies, left, was the Biggar Museum and Gallery’s recent toonie draw winner, pocketing $101, accepting the cheque from the museum’s Delta Fay Cruickshank. Congratulations, Louise! (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)



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his summer evenings target shooting at the range he built on the farm. Tom was a devoted son, husband, brother, father, and grandfather. His greatest love was spending time with family and though we will miss him greatly, we all have many wonderful memories that we will always carry close to our hearts. Funeral Service was held on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. from Biggar Associated Gospel Church, Biggar, Sask. with Pastor Terry Wicks and Pastor Curtis Klassen of¿ciating. Eulogists were Larry, Murray, Keith and Karl Meszaros; Pianist was Louise Souillet-Hawkins. Honourary Pallbearers were his brothers, Larry, Murray, Keith, Karl and Margie Meszaros; Active Pallbearers were Chad Meszaros, Jared Meszaros, Joshua Meszaros, Tyson Westgard, Mathew Danychuk, Nibal Achkar. Interment followed in the Biggar Cemetery, Biggar, Sask. Reception was held at Biggar Community Hall. Tom is survived by his loving wife Karen, of 38 years; children, Chad (Burgandy) Meszaros and grandchildren, Hayden and Lara, Kim (Tyson) Westgard and grandchildren, Chayce and Makayla, Jared Meszaros (Tamera Baber), Michelle (Mathew) Danychuk and grandchildren, Mya, Myles, Meeka and Joshua Meszaros; mother, Emily Meszaros; brothers and sister, Larry (Mariellen) Meszaros, Murray (Melanie) Meszaros, Keith (Joanne) Meszaros, Karl Meszaros, Margaret Meszaros; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his father, Frank Meszaros. Tributes may be directed to Canadian Foundation for the Children of Haiti, 6093 - 145A St., Surrey, B.C., V3S 4R6 Grondin Funeral Services, Biggar entrusted with arrangements, “Our family serving your family for 50 years”. gfsc1

cattle, he enjoyed going to auctions and collecting antiques. Mike and Sophie collected many wonderful relics, and in 1971, decided to share their hobbies with others and open “Kisser’s Western Relics Museum”. They had visitors come from all over North America. Grandpa’s collecting of antiques led to him loving to collect other things as well, and he had an impressive collection of coins, stamps, hats, pocket watches, and unique liquor bottles. He also loved bikes, and enjoyed ¿xing them up, and even showing them off in some of the Biggar Parades on Àoats. Mike also loved to go ¿shing when time permitted and enjoyed doing some hunting also. Mike moved into the Diamond Lodge in 2008 and enjoyed the staff and the chats they would have. Although Mike was a quiet soul, he deeply loved his family. He wasn’t the type of man to say it very often, but you knew how much he cared by his actions. He loved his wife Sophie dearly and her passing left him lost and a piece of his heart was gone. Mike was predeceased by his wife, Sophie in August 2013; and brother, Dan; sister-in-law, Tillie Kisser. He is survived by his son, Glen Kisser (Sandy) of Landis, Sask. and children, Crystal Kisser, Natasha Kisser-Deschner (Brennon), Daniel, Michael, Alexander and Benjamin Kisser; daughter, Glenda Horner of Biggar, Sask. children, Sonya (Bart Garvie), Chad (Lacey), seven great-grandchildren, Renzelle, Lebron, Lucas, Landin, Peyton, Jordyn and Dravyn; brother, Alec; sisters, Lil and Ida. Funeral Service was held on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 2:00 p.m., from St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Biggar, Sask. with Pastor Mark Kleiner of¿ciating. Eulogists were Chad and Sonya Horner. Honourary Bearers were all those who shared in Mike’s life. Active Bearers were Chad Horner, Michael Kisser, Daniel Kisser, Benjamin Kisser, Alexander Kisser, Bill Litwinow. Interment followed in Biggar Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Biggar and District Health Services Foundation (Friends of the Lodge), Box 1003, Biggar, SK, S0K 0M0 or Biggar Wildlife Federation, Box 4, Biggar, SK, S0K 0M0. Grondin Funeral Services, Biggar entrusted with arrangements, “Our family serving your family for 50 years”. gfsc2

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OBITUARIES Thomas Leonard Meszaros May 31, 1951 - December 16, 2013 Tom was born May 31, 1951 to Frank and Emily Meszaros in Whitewood, Sask. He grew up on a farm near Whitewood, Sask. with four brothers and one sister. He spent his school years enjoying hockey, 4-H, music, and excelling at a variety of school sports. Tom moved to Biggar, Sask. and took his ¿rst job teaching in 1972, where he remained for 31 years. He mainly taught band, art, and science and was passionate about all three. Tom met Karen through mutual friends in the fall of 1974, they were engaged by Christmas, and he married the love of his life March 29, 1975. One of Tom’s other great passions was riding motorcycles, and so his wedding present to Karen was a Suzuki 100 cc dirt bike. Tom and Karen spent the next 6 years touring the country on his bikes, enjoying camping, hiking, photography, and painting along the way. They built their ¿rst house together in Biggar in 1976. In 1981 their ¿rst child Chad was born, followed by Kimberly, Jared, Michelle, and Joshua. The motorbikes were traded for a van, and, having outgrown the ¿rst home, Tom and Karen built a second house in 1986. In 1992 Tom and Karen purchased an acreage outside of Biggar and built their third house there in 1995, where the family has grown and enjoyed ever since. Tom loved woodworking, building a cradle, rocking horse, and bunk beds for his children, all of which are now being used by his 7 grandchildren. He always loved music and would sit at the piano for hours composing music and teaching his children to play a variety of instruments. Tom and Karen bought “the boat” in 1979 and have spent their summers waterskiing and enjoying time with family at the lake ever since. This same Swiftsure ski boat is still being used today. Tom had a huge variety of interests and passionately pursued many of them. After retiring from teaching in 2003, Tom spent some time doing photography at Biggar Pharmasave, and took a job at APA where he quickly developed a love of archery, often spending

Michael Kisse Kisser July 29, 1925 December 20, 2013 Michael Kisser was born on July 29, 1925 to Dan and Olga Kisser. He was born in Lutsk, Poland. He was the youngest of three boys and had two younger sisters. Grandpa came from Poland to Canada when he was four years old. Grandpa grew up in an era where school was not a priority. He did however get his Grade 5 education at the Twin Gate School. Mike got hired by Mike Fedyk as a farm hand when he was 19 years old. That is where he ¿rst met Sophie Fedyk. On June 12, 1949, Mike and Sophie got married in Biggar, Sask. Sophie and Mike lived with Sophie’s Mom and Dad and ran the family farm until 1951. It was at this time that Sophie’s parents bought a house in town and left Mike and Sophie to run the farm. They had two children, Glen and Glenda. Grandpa had many interests and hobbies. When he wasn’t busy farming and tending to

West Kenneth Gidluck August 29, 1967 December 20, 2013 West Kenneth Gidluck, August 29, 1967, passed away on December 20, 2013, of liver failure. He joins his mother (Marie); cousins, Jeff, Mark and Tyler Gidluck; uncles, Ron Gidluck and Butch Bayet and Aunt Barbara (Gidluck) Lozinski; and grandparents, John and Minnie Gidluck and Emile and Anne Marie Bayet. Those closest to West,

OBITUARIES who saw how hard he tried to overcome some of his personal struggles and showed concern, knew him to have a gentle and generous soul — someone who though never rich in material goods was always willing to share what he had with those around him. West loved his daughters more than anything else in the world and the day before he passed away he was watching a video of his oldest daughter Raeann singing a solo at her school Christmas concert that he was unable to attend. He said, “My girls are something else, aren’t they?” He continued to talk about how proud he was of Tara and Raeann and how much he would miss them and how he hoped his Dad and sisters would remain a part of their lives after he was gone and help the girl’s mother (Heather) watch over them for him. West was looking forward to going back to work in the new year at Crop Production Services (formerly Viterra). His work colleagues and customers appreciated his wry sense of humour and willingness to go the extra mile for them. West loved his job at CPS (Perdue and Delisle) and appreciated the extra responsibilities and faith the people he reported to had been giving him. The con¿dence they showed him had convinced him to consider returning to school to get his Grade 12 diploma (something he always regretted not having). West got his ¿fteen minutes of fame in 1998 when he won a national contest which saw his face printed on three million boxes of Kraft Dinner and dozens of media interviews including the CBC television program, “On the Road Again” and the Globe and Mail. The “Kraft Dinner King” will be sadly missed by many, but especially by his daughters, Raeann and Tara; his father, Ken; sisters, Lynn (Pat), Lee, Lori (Neil); nieces and nephews, Anna, Maria, Eva (Lynn and Pat), Jamey, Paige, Bradley (Lee), Danielle, Jayden, Evan and Jordan (Lori and Neil). A celebration of West’s life will take place on the farm on Thursday, July 24, 2014. It was at West’s request that no service take place during the holiday period because he wanted his family and friends to enjoy time with their loved ones, not mourn his loss. In lieu of Àowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to a registered education savings fund for Raeann and Tara that has been set up for them at the Biggar and District Credit Union. 2c1


Fred Kurulak October 31, 1934 January 3, 2014 With deep sadness we announce the sudden passing of Fred Kurulak: husband, father, grandfather and greatgrandfather. Fred is survived by his loving wife, Vicky; children, Randy, Della, Judy, Kevin (Debbie); grandchldren, Fred, Barry (Michelle), Andrew, Logan, Kathleen; great-grandchildren, Mackenzie, Hayden, Isabella and Brianna; his nephew, Darren (Wilma, Alicia and Tim) who he cared for as a son; and sisters, Anne and Victoria. Fred predeceased his father, Steve; mother, Tillie; sisters, Mary and Elizabeth; and brothers, George, Ernest and Harry. Fred was born and grew up on the family farm just outside Canora, Sask. Fred, his mother and brothers progressed from a mixed farm to a turkey based operation. On June 17, 1956, Fred married his equal and loving partner, Vicky Shiposh. Soon after, Fred was approached by Swift Food to assist with research and development for turkey production. He worked closely with their Canadian and American teams and the University of Saskatchewan. In 1968, Fred also created an association with Crawfords Foods. He moved the family to Kelliher to start a broiler breeder operation and then later, in 1973, moved to Biggar to raise turkeys on a large scale. During this time he held many leadership roles and worked closely in the development of the Provincial and Federal Poultry Marketing Agencies in conjunction with Ag Canada. Later, he was involved in the creation of Plains Poultry, which then bought out Crawfords Foods. Fred and Vicky were sod busters and investors for the new Agriculture building at the University of Saskatchewan. Later, Plains Poultry was sold to Lilydale Foods. Fred maintained equity interest in Lilydale Foods until the amalgamation with Saputo. Fred was an avid sponsor to many charities, town and


OBITUARIES church requests, with a strong association with the Seventh Day Adventist Church. An illustration of his character was the many times he would open his home, heart and wallet to perfect strangers in times of need: the act was its own reward! Family was most import to Fred. He and Vicky always found time to visit, accept visitors into their home and travel to family gatherings of all occasions. Despite their heavy workload with the turkeys, and after retirement, they were always travelling and always together. They were most happy when the house was full of company. Rook, Sorry and other games often raised the roof and brought much happiness. Fred, being a survivor of prostrate cancer, would have appreciated any donations to be forwarded to Prostrate Research. The Celebration of his life occurred Wednesday, January 8, 2014 with Pastor Julio Davila of¿ciating. Soloist was Wilma Kurulak; and organist was Doreen Dubreuil. Honourary Bearers are all those who shared in Fred’s life.; Active Bearers were Randy, Kevin, Darren, Fred, Barry, Andrew Kurulak; ushers were Logan, Kathleen, Alicia and Tim Kurulak. Interment followed in Biggar Cemetery, Biggar, Sask. Memorial tributes may be directed to Prostrate Cancer Canada, 2 Lombard St., 3rd Floor, Toronto, ON M5c 1M1 Grondin Funeral Services, Biggar entrusted with arrangements, “Our family serving your family for 50 years”. gfsc1

MEMORIALS WIRACHOWSKY, Herman: 09/28/1907 - 01/17/1975 WIRACHOWSKY, Monica: 12/22/1913 - 01/13/1998 “Another leaf in the page of time, Keeps turning day by day, Both parents have passed away. Memories stir, we pause to listen, Teary eyes begin to glisten, Their bodies are gone, But their souls stayed here, Touching our hearts With a love so dear.” Always remembered by daughter, Caron Giesbrecht and her daughters, Trinalea, Tammy, Terri and their families. 2p1

CARD OF THANKS The family of Mike Kisser would like to express our sincere gratitude for all the love and support shown to us during the loss of our beloved father, grandfather and greatgrandfather. There have been so many acts of kindness, food, Àowers and visits, by many special friends and Thank You just does not seem enough for what everyone has done during this very dif¿cult time. Thank you to minister, Mark Kleiner; organist, Peggy L’Hoir; Anglican Ladies for lunch; Grondin Funeral Services, Bob. Special thank you to the Diamond Lodge staff for the care and friendship Dad received while he lived there for the past ¿ve years. He will be loved and missed forever but lives on in the hearts of each of his family and anyone who knew him. God bless each and everyone of you. Glen and Sandy and family; Glenda and family 2gfs1



Bailey Anne Syrenne was born December 11, 2013 to proud parents, Bobbi-Sue Westgard and Riel Syrenne of Martensville, Sask. Excited grandparents are Theresa and Colin Westgard of Landis, Sask. and Tracy and Rolly Syrenne of Martensville, Sask. Great-grandparents are Mary Kammer of Landis, Sask., Gloria Jorgenson of Saskatoon, Sask. and Ken and Judy Jorgenson of Phoenix, Ariz. and Jean Syrenne of Saskatoon, Sask.

Shirley Lynn Dressler Shirley passed away January 1, 2014 at the age of 59 years. She was predeceased by her father, Albert Stanley Blish. Shirley is survived by her mother, Lois Tiede; three sons, Trevor (Carolyn), Eric and Ryan; sister, Dorothy (Dennis) O’Brien; brother, Keith (Nyone) Blish; ¿ve grandchildren, Chelsea, Damian, Breanna, Kyle and Sean; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. A private family service will be held. Flowers gratefully declined. Donations in memory of Shirley may be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to Regina Funeral Home, 306-789-8850. 2p1

MEMORIALS TROJAN, Arthur who passed away January 8, 1990 “He suffered much He earned his rest The Lord took him for he knew best A greater gain from sacri¿ce.” Lovingly remembered by his family 2p1

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COMING EVENTS SUNDAYS in January: Presbyterians, Anglicans, Lutherans (PALS) will be worshipping at St. Paul’s Anglican Church at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome. For more information or pastoral services, please phone Pastor Mark Kleiner @ 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 MONDAY, JANUARY 13: 7:00 p.m. Westwinds Centennial Room. Would you like to be a part of the planning or have ideas for a celebrtaion of Biggar’s Cultures and Diversity? We would love to have you join us. We will be brain storming and coming up with events to celebrate our community’s vast heritages during the 2014 Town and County Fair Days. For more info call Lisa Haynes, 306-9482563. 2c1 SATURDAY, JANUARY 25: Biggar & District Arts Council presents… “DEL BARBER”, 7:30 p.m. at The Majestic Theatre, Biggar. Adults/Seniors, $25 (advance $20); students, 13 and older, $15; children, 12 and under, $5. Advance and Season tickets available at de Moissac Jewellers, Biggar, 306948-2452. 2c3

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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. tfn The Biggar & District Community Foundation Inc. is pleased to announce that funds are available for grants from the Community Fund. To apply your group must have a charitable registration number. Applications may be obtained from Barb Barteski at the Biggar Town Of¿ce. The deadline for applications is January 24, 2014. 1c3 b


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¾ Farm Succession & Estate Planning ¾ Notary Publics Landis Of¿ce Hours: Biggar Of¿ce Hours…

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.

304 Main St., Biggar Phone: 306-948-2204 Toll Free: 1-855-948-2204 Website: Email:

100 - 2nd Ave. W., Landis Phone: 306-658-2044 Toll Free: 1-855-658-2044 Website: Email:

“We’ll getcha covered”

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.


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

Helping you Help yourself Phone:

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

AURORA CONSTRUCTION & HAPPY AMPER SERVICES • Sewer • Water • Power • Drainage • Footings

Electrical Installation & Maintenance





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


• Commercial • Industrial • Residential

Electrical… 306-658-3004 Excavation… 306-951-7667 BIGGAR ELECTRICAL & REFRIGERATION SERVICES Authorized Appliance Depot Electrical Wiring Trenching Licensed Journeyman Adrian de Haan


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

Cell: 306-221-6888


for all your electrical needs

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


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

• framing • additions • windows & door sales • siding • rooÄng • drywall & Änishing


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

Biggar, Sask.

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

For appointments… 1-855-651-3311


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



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


Wood and Steel Buildings Floor & Trusses GEORGE STAHL Ph: cell:

(306) 948-3776 (306) 260-6503

This space in this directory is available for only $161.20 plus gst… one column x 2 inches for 26-week prepaid commitment Call 306-948-3344


“Putting PERSONAL back into fitness training!” Wayne Baldwin, PFT, CPTA, CNHC

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

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

body sculpting, strength training.

Offering… One-on-One Rehab & Therapy Sessions * Limited Memberships available to fully equipped Private Fitness Studio & Cardio Room Gift Certificates available

P. O. Box 1480 Biggar, Sask.

Phone: 306-948-5133

Visit us @ 114- 2nd Ave. W., Biggar Where you can feel right at home!

223 Main Street Biggar

Phone… 306-948-2548 Cell… 306-948-8048

Family Therapist and Marriage Commissioner (Wilkie)

- together with -

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

…owned and operated by Brett Barber

(back entrance) 104 - 6th Ave. E., Biggar


Michelle Spuzak,

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


Weight Loss & Wellness Centre

Perdue Massage Clinic Registered Massage Therapist (MTAS)

Box 580 Biggar, SK SOK OMO

OPEN: Tues.-Fri. • 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


• ‘Ideal Protein’ Weight Loss • ‘Slender You’ Figure Salon Weightless Coach Anne G. Livingston 317 Main St., Biggar


Call Making Biggar Smaller!

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.

Roderick B. Campbell, CMA • Bookkeeping • Tax Returns • Financial Statements

Phone or Text:

Ph: 306-948-4430 or 306-948-4460

306-321-4991 Website: www.perdue perduemassageclinic Box 988, Biggar, SK




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

DR. GLENN RIEKMAN Dentist 115 - 1st Avenue West Rosetown, Sask.

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


Perdue 5-Star Service - Under NEW Management

Email: Website:

Evenings and Saturday appointments available.


New Stucco & Restoration…




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

New Beginnings Wellness Centre


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

interior & exterior painting, textured ceilings, drywall, mud & tape acrylic Ànish, full system foam, paper/ wire, pargings/ICF blocks, custom pillars & battons, repair/service

306-948-4565 (c)

Services available…


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

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


Doctor of Optometry

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


Journeymen Plumber, Gas Fitter, & Electrician on staff

Kirk Ewen



Jacklin Andrews, MSW





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DMH ELECTRIC Construction, consulting and Maintenance Licensed Journeyman

www.madgerooÀ Biggar, Sask.

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


This space is available for only $80.60 plus gst… one column x 1 inch for 26-week prepaid commitment (regular price is $9.94 per week = $258.44 plus gst)

Call 306.948.3344

PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION Barristers & Solicitors Stuart A. Busse, QC Larry A. Kirk, LL.B. Bonnie L. Reddekopp, JD 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 BOOKS Pat Wicks,

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


INVESTMENTS For all your investment needs, Visit…





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

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

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

Lyndsey Sacher

Investment Advisor Credential Securities Inc.

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

Cell: 306-948-7524

222 Main St., Biggar

Tel: 306-986-2600

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

Want a truly independent advisor who will find your unique solution? Are you looking for Life, Living Benefits Insurance and/or Investment Strategies? Do you just want to know if your premiums are fair with the right coverage?

222 Main Street 306 948 5377

info@twhÀ www.twhÀ

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



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

306.948.3996 Open Monday-Friday Mike Nahorney, Interprovincial

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

306-948-3376 after hours George: 948-4042 Corner of Main Street & 1st Avenue West, Biggar 1st Ave. West, Biggar

Heavy Duty Journeyman Mechanic

Heavy Truck Repair SGI Safety Inspection Auto Repair TIRES

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

306.948.2700 Your Auto Parts and Accessories Dealer

• Detailing • Vortex Spray-In Box Liners • Granitex Baked-on Coatings for Decks and Cement Flooring • Auto Accessories • Trailer Rentals Owned & operated by Kevin Fick

227 - 1st Ave. East, Biggar

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


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306.237.7671 Troy May, owner/operator Fax: 306.237.TROY email:

Financial Planning Estate Planning Life Insurance

Place a CLASSIFIED by phone

306-948-3344 or email

Toll Free: 866-403-2298

Email: Website:

Mutual Fund Investment Specialist Credential Asset Management Inc.

403 Main Street, Biggar


Gareth McKee

Pamela Eaton

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.



Super B outÀts hauling grain and fertilizer in Alberta and Saskatchewan

Rockin D Trucking & Cattle

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

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

Ph/fax: 306-948-3856 or cell: 306-948-7896


Phone: 306-948-5600


Mobile Units Office: 306-948-2805 306- 48 2805 Cell: 306-948-6062 306-948-6062 email:


306-629-3332 SERVICES


• Driveways • Concrete • Garage Pads • Pruning • Planting

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

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

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Your authorized

Panasonic, Samsung, LG, Frigidaire, Shaw, Yamaha Audio Dealer;

• trenching • trucking • water & sewer • sand & gravel • excavating Call Colin Graham at 306-948-5455

SaskTel Mobility and

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

Jerry Muc Phone: 306-948-2958 Fax:


Battery Chargers Electric Fencers Repaired/Rebuilt/ Built

Phillips Radio Shop 109 Main St., Biggar

Phone: 306-948-2442 Fax: 306-948-2484


and Your authorized

High Speed Internet Dealer



948-3955 Anne G. Livingston

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

The Country Clipper • 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.

Great for hauling utility tractors, quads, gravel, dirt, snow, trees, turf, garbage, etc.

Contact: Brad Poletz

306-948-6052 SMALL ADS WORK You’re reading this one!


Custom Embroidery

Please arrange to pick up your photos that have been submitted for publication.

Judy Kahovec…

.…thanks, The Independent

Hair Salons Christina Prpick of

Mane Essence Hair Salon

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

306-948-2712 SEED CLEANING

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

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

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

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

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

This space in this directory is available for only $161.20 plus gst…

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

• sides of Beef available


Phone: 306-948-5678

Modern Licenced Abbatoir

14 ft. x 81 inch dump trailer with two-way tailgate, tarp, two six foot ramps, and two 7000 pound axles.

• Snow Removal • Fences …and much more

“Your complete decal and signage shop”

Biggar Sand & Gravel



306-948-2879, evenings 306-948-7207, daytime Ed Kolenosky

•Texas Gates •Spray Foam Insulation •Sandblasting & Painting ing ng ng •Internal Coatingss •Rock Guard Coatings tings

J. G. Smith


Rebel Landscaping

Teams, Corporate and Personal Attire 306-882-4313, cell 306-831-7935


306-658-4474, Landis

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

For FAX service, see us at The Independent, 102 - 3rd Ave. West, Biggar



Get all the local news and coming events. Pickup • $29.00 + $1.45 gst = $30.45 Within 40-mile radius or online $34.00 + 1.70 gst = $35.70 Outside 40-mile radius Check us out ONLINE @ $39.00 + 1.95 gst = $40.95 *check us online at…

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