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Great Plains College expands programming for 2013-14 G

reat Plains College is excited to announce several new post-secondary programming options that are being added for the 2013-14 school year. A full-time program Office Administration will be launched at Warman Campus in September, spurred on in part by strong demand in the part-time program already running in Warman. Office Administration is already offered on a full-time and part-time basis in Swift Current and Kindersley. T h i r d C l a s s Po w e r Engineering will be offered at Kindersley for the first time in Spring 2014, to coincide with the completion of the campus’s existing Fourth Class Power Engineering program. Both programs will also remain available at Swift Current Campus. And partnership options are currently being explored to run at least two Heavy Equipment Operator cohorts, anticipated to begin in Spring 2014. Locations for these programs have yet to be determined. This program last ran in the fall of 2012 out of Warman Campus. “We were very pleased to receive government funding in the recent provincial budget to expand our program offerings,” said Director of Programs Michelle MacDonald. “Great Plains College strives to offer the right programs in the right places and this funding will only help us continue to better meet regional labour demand.”

Music be still the savage heart . . . Emily Goring tickles the keys, accompanying Janelle Leschinski on guitar during the annual Music Under the Maples concert, Monday. The students of Tanya Schultz and Peggy L’Hoir weren’t exactly ‘Under the Maples’ as was planned, the

weather simply not cooperating, but at the Majestic Theatre, everything was, as always, perfect. Check out this Friday for more pictures of the event. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

Nominations open for Saskatchewan’s highest honour Saskatchewan residents have until July 5 to nominate individuals for the province’s highest honour, the Saskatchewan Order of Merit. The Order of Merit recognizes those who have made significant contributions to the wellbeing of the province and its

residents. “The Saskatchewan Order of Merit enables us to honour the generous, the capable, and the visionary citizens of our province,” Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield said. “I encourage everyone to consider nominating a deserving individual to receive our

highest honour.” The fields of endeavour recognized by this honour include: arts; agriculture; business and industry; community leadership; occupations or professions; public service; research; sport and recreation; and community service. All current and former

Now that you’re about to be on your own . . . Christina Pidwerbesky, centre, along with her mom, Naomi, left, take in the Student Trade Fair at the Biggar Westwinds, May 22. About to graduate, Christina and a lot of area students received information on banking, insurance, investing - everything they’ll need now that they make the transition from grade school to post-secondary or the work world. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

Saskatchewan residents are eligible for nomination, with the exception of presently serving Members of Parliament, the Legislature and members of the judiciary. Nominations are accepted f o r i n d i v i d u a l s o n l y.

Posthumous nominations will be considered within one year of the person’s death. To obtain a nomination form, or for more information on the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, call 1-877-427-5505 or visit the Web site at ops.

Seeding operations make huge advance Significant seeding progress was made during the past week, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report for the period May 14 to 20. Twenty-seven per cent of the 2013 crop is now seeded, compared to eight per cent last week.The five-year (20082012) average for this time is 44 per cent seeded. Seeding advanced in all regions: 22 per cent in the southeast; 51 per cent in the southwest; six per cent in the northeast; 22 per cent in the northwest; 22 per cent in the east-central area; and 29 per cent in the west-central area. Provincially, 52 per cent of field peas have been seeded; 46 per cent of lentils; 40 per

cent of durum; 27 per cent of spring wheat; 23 per cent of canola; 20 per cent of mustard; 19 per cent of chickpeas; 12 per cent of barley; six per cent of flax; and four per cent of canary seed. Precipitation this week ranged from trace amounts to more than two inches in the southeast region. Topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as 14 per cent surplus, 78 per cent adequate and eight per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as seven per cent surplus, 78 per cent adequate, 14 per cent short and one per cent very short. Farmers are busy seeding, controlling weeds, fixing fences and moving cattle to pasture.

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U.K.-Sask. relationship enters new, exciting chapter First-ever official visit by U.K. minister, new honorary consul Saskatchewan’s longstanding ties to the United Kingdom have entered a new chapter with the first-ever official visit of a United Kingdom cabinet minister to the province. Alistair Burt MP met with Premier Brad Wall May 24 during a two-day visit to Saskatchewan. Burt is the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In their meeting, Premier Wall and Minister Burt endorsed a joint action plan, designed to promote higher levels of two-way trade and investment and to deepen cooperation on science and innovation, between Saskatchewan and the United Kingdom. To further that goal, the British


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When the levee breaks . . . Bales and flood control barriers greet motorists down as traffic, at times, was down to one lane. (Independent Photo by Kevin on Highway 14 east of Asquith. The high amount of water runoff has pushed Brautigam) its way across the highway to Saskatoon, and motorists were urged to slow Government announced the appointment of the first-ever British Honorary Consul to Saskatchewan. Alex L. Fallon is the Managing Director of Rainmaker Saskatchewan, a global business development firm, and has extensive industry experience in both the U.K. and Saskatchewan. He is

a former Director of Investment Attraction for the Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy. “I am really pleased to announce that the U.K. will be having stronger and more beneficial ties with Saskatchewan through our new British Honorary Consul and higher levels of trade,”

Burt said. “We can build on our common links to share a more prosperous future.” “Saskatchewan’s ties of friendship to the United Kingdom were born in peace, and have been continuously fostered by our strong Commonwealth relationship,” Wall said. “In addition, there are

so many areas where we share common business interests mining, energy, nuclear engineering and nuclear physics, food security and agri-business. “It’s an intelligent and comfortable fit. I look forward to seeing the fruits of this new relationship.”

The United Kingdom is the seventh largest customer for Saskatchewan exports. Burt is accompanied on his visit to Saskatchewan by Tony Kay, OBE, the British Consul General in Calgary, with responsibility for Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

SCA finds USDA response to COOL unacceptable The recent actions by the USDA in response to the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling on U.S. mandatory Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) requirements are completely unacceptable, says Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association (SCA) chair Mark Elford. The November 2011 WTO ruling found that the U.S. labelling legislation discriminates against Canadian livestock. The U.S. government had until May 23 to comply with the ruling. The regulatory amendment the U.S. government proposed will actually increase discrimination against Canadian livestock and make the situation worse. “The current COOL

requirements cost Canadian cattle producers up to $40 per head, or more than $650 million per year. Recent amendments will raise that cost to nearly $100 per head, causing even more costs to our cattle producers,” says Elford. More than $2 million of beef check-off funding has been spent so far to fight COOL at the WTO and in Washington. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and all the provincial cattle associations vow to continue the fight until this economic discrimination by the U.S. stops. The SCA calls on the Government of Canada to take immediate action in response to the failure of the U.S. government to comply

with international trade law. “We are requesting that the Government of

Canada publish a list of retaliation options that could be imposed on the U.S. immediately, to

put pressure on elected officials in the U.S. and get this trade issue resolved,” says Elford.

Pressure learning . . . Biggar Great Plains Campus LPNs take blood pressure readings from their fellow students last week at their Biggar Hospital lab. The students are nearing crunch time with exams before taking a well-deserved break. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

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Council Minute highlights The regular meeting of Biggar Town Council was held May 7, 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. Gary Klassen, construction manager for Bridge Road Construction attended the meeting to request having access to the north section of land that Bridge Road has the first right of refusal on to store construction material. He was aware that we have a request to use part of that land in the Town and Country Fair Days and promised that they would accommodate this request and all future requests if that land was needed for another use while they are still in construction. Council agreed to his request. Council resolved that the following list of capital and budgeted items be approved for the Town Foreman, Richard Olson to purchase. Public Works 2013: 1.) 2003 Ford one-ton with service body ($15,120). 2.) Forks for JCB loader ($5,968). 3.) Cold mix ($15,000). 4.) Portable diesel compressor ($16,000). 5.) 15-foot rough cut mower - trade in old one ($11,000). 6.) Security camera for landfill ($850). 7.) Two front tires for grader ($6,000). 8.) Two VHF radios ($800). Utility Department 2013: 1.) Spare pump for Well No. 4A, plus taxes, from Nat-Pro ($4,578). 2.) One impellor for flojet at STP, plus taxes and labour, from Xylem ($4,856). 3.) Hyd Wach pump four-inch, 2.5 feet of four-inch hose, 15inch Hyd saw, chain for cutting pipe, chain for cutting concrete, 25gallon water tank with 35 psi pump ($9,420). 4.) Multifrequency receiver, hard case, buzz box for receiver ($3,170). 5.) Spare pump for lift station ($3,500). 6.) Rehab Well No. 1A ($19,000). 7.) New chlorination system for WTP ($3,432.59). 8.) Spectrophotometer DRS2800 ($3,856). Council resolved that the General Accounts Paid in the amount of $124,725.25, and the General Accounts Payable in the amount of $64,294.65, be approved.

Council resolved that the amount requested by the Town Sign Committee, in the amount of $2,150 for flowers and trees at the Town sign location, be approved. Council resolved that the Biggar Town and Country Fair Committee be granted $400 of financial support toward the fireworks show. Council resolved that Heartland Health Region be authorized to use the Biggar Airport for an emergency defensive driving course for the Heartland Health Region EMS staff this June. Council resolved that the Town of Biggar Land Prices Guideline Policy L(1), approved Dec. 5, 1978 by resolution number 78-726, be repealed and replaced with the new Land Prices in the Town of Biggar Guideline Policy L(1), attached hereto and forming part of these minutes, be approved effective May 7, 2013. Council resolved that

the Town enter into an agreement with Flaman Investigation and Security Agency to provide bylaw enforcement services for the period commencing April 30, 2013 to April 30, 2014. Council resolved that Eugene Motruk, Kirk Sherbino, Jim Besse and Ron Arnold be authorized to attend the meeting with Sask Environment and Catterall and Wright regarding the landfill, to be held in Saskatoon on May 8. Council resolved that the Town of Biggar enter into a Fire Protection and Emergency Rescue Agreement with the RM of Biggar No. 347. Council resolved that the Town of Biggar enter into a contract with CivicPlus to redesign a new Web site for the Town of Biggar at a cost of $15,875 plus annual maintenance fees of $4,650. • Meeting adjourned at 8:44 p.m.

Saskatchewan has largest percentage drop in EI claims in the country The number of people collecting employment insurance benefits in the province dropped by 9.8 per cent year-over-year in March, for the fourth consecutive monthly decrease. A Statistics Canada report released Thursday also showed initial and renewal claims were

down, falling 8.5 per cent over the same time last year and ranking Saskatchewan first among the provinces. “Saskatchewan is getting used to seeing records when it comes to our employment insurance levels and unemployment rate, and we have our strong

Lift-off . . . Biggar Central School Blazer Liam Mair launches in the long jump event during Section Track at the Biggar Rec Complex, May 22. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

economy to thank for that,” Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. “Economic activity in this province is allowing businesses to grow and expand, creating jobs and providing opportunities for all people to obtain gainful employment.” Between February

2013 and March 2013 (seasonally adjusted), the number of EI claims dropped 0.6 per cent, compared to an increase of 3.0 per cent nationally. The number of regular EI beneficiaries also fell during this same period, down 3.1 per cent.

“This is another indicator that Saskatchewan is an economic powerhouse,” Boyd said. “More people are working in this province and we expect the momentum to continue throughout the year and beyond.”

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Fair days this weekend The season of planting is among us -- whether it be your garden or for those who make a living off the land, our farmers. Everyone has been waiting patiently for the season to arrive and once it did gears were shifted into high trying to get all the work done. Even though the weather has cooperated somewhat there are still lots of tasks left to do. This weekend the town of Biggar will be celebrating its annual Town and Country Fair Days and hopefully everyone will have a chance to partake in some of the events (even those who are not yet done seeding and farm work). Saturday is sure to be busy around town with carnivals in the park or enjoying the animals at the petting zoo. Or maybe you want to learn how to be a pilot. For those who like motorized vehicles there is a show and shine. Or if you want to keep the economy going and spend some dollars there are sure to be some bargains at the sidewalk sales. If you want to dine out, there are lots of eating choices, from barbecues to brunches. Hot dogs, hamburgers or pancakes or doughnuts and coffee. And, of course, two very popular events -- the fireworks and the parade. Both are huge crowd pleasers. So, while work comes first and must be done hopefully the majority of residents will be able to take a few moments to enjoy the many activities planned for this weekend. P.H.

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How to abolish an Upper House If history is any guide, some amount of subterfuge and/or bribery will probably be required by Lee Tunstall, Columnist, Troy Media Sick of the senators? And by senators I do not mean the ones on skates, although admittedly the other ones are skating on pretty thin ice right now. Given the recent antics in the Canadian Senate, it may be helpful for the Canadian public to know that upper houses have been abolished before. And on Canadian soil. Full disclosure: I used to work for a Canadian Senator, so I have some personal insight into the august institution. I actually feel the Senate can play a useful role in legislation, but has not been well served by the recent introduction of highly partisan politics. Canada used to be full of upper chambers, known as provincial Legislative Councils. Only half of our 10 provinces (B.C., Ontario,

Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador) escaped from ever having a bicameral system. The last provincial Legislative Council to be abolished was Quebec’s in 1968. If Canadians made it clear they wanted to abolish the federal Senate, how would we do it? It is a particularly thorny question because, in order to be abolished, the Senate itself would have to agree to its own demise. But it has been done before, and we might be able to learn from some of these successful strategies. Manitoba’s brief flirtation with a Legislative Council provides one intriguing possibility. Manitoba’s seven-member Council lasted only six years, from 1870 to 1876 but, by all accounts, it had been an effective body while in existence. Why was it abolished then? Quite simply, they

couldn’t afford it. In 1874, the young province was booming, but almost bankrupt. They appealed to the Liberal federal government for financial aid, which they duly received, with the proviso that their upper house be abolished to help cut expenses. A law was duly introduced in 1874, and duly rejected by the Council. Next year, same result. It was the Lieutenant Governor, Alexander Morris, who finally brokered an elegant solution. He quietly reminded the Councillors that federal funding would not be available to pay their salaries, but not to worry, he would ensure they got plum positions elsewhere. The bill successfully passed in 1876. Admittedly, Manitoba’s upper house did not have a long history, and so that might have

helped in the decision to abandon it. What if the Legislative Council had been around for a long time and had become an entrenched institution in provincial politics? Nova Scotia’s experience with its Legislative Council may provide a good example. Nova Scotia had an upper house from 1838 to 1928, but following Confederation the institution was seen as less important, as many powers had been taken over by the federal government. Also, many of the Councillors had gone on to take positions within the federal government, either as MPs or Senators. Faced with less to do and a smaller pool of qualified candidates, pressure mounted for the Legislative Council to be abolished. What followed was almost 50 years of Nova Scotia politicians

attempting to get rid of their upper house. It was eventually accomplished under the Conservative government of E.G. Rhodes. Rhodes had replaced a 42-year Liberal regime, and was faced with a stacked Liberal Legislative Council. After having tried, and failed, to offer them a generous monetary parting gift, which the Councillors labelled as a bribe, he came up with a novel solution: expand the membership of the Council with a majority of new members, appoint his own men, and then pass the vote for abolishment easily. What followed was a constitutional morass, as the council had a maximum limit of 21 members. Finally, a judicial decision came down stating that Councillors served at the pleasure of the Lieutenant Governor

and not for life, and that he could appoint as many as he chose. As a result, Rhodes had all but one Liberal Councillor dismissed, and then appointed 21 more men who had but one task: to vote themselves out of a job. So it seems upper houses never go without a fight, and some amount of subterfuge and/or bribery is usually required to get them to agree to their own extinction. Good thing that federal Conservative parliamentarians have proven they are quite open to considering all of these tactics over the past few weeks. Troy Media columnist Lee Tunstall has a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Calgary in Alberta.

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I was in the midst of reading a murder mystery when the detective was led to a clandestine meeting with a contact. After a series of steps -- getting on the subway, taking a walk down a dark lane the pair ended up at their destination. A small house in the city where you had to relate a password before gaining admittance. Once inside the evening unfolded in typical murder mystery plot. The characters arrive, there is some chit chat, supper is served and yes, someone gets killed. Of course, there are the ususal and not so usual suspects and, as the police are called to the residence, there are some people who do not want it publicly known they were there that evening. The murder took place at an underground supper club. An underground restaurant or supper club is an eating establishment operated out of someone’s home. It is a small gathering and in some jurisdictions may be considered illegal due to the fact that zoning and health code regulations may be bypassed. It is not an easy feat to find out where such a supper is being held. There is no advertising

in the traditional sense but rather word of mouth -- you must know someone who knows someone who knows someone. In some cases guests must furnish references before being allowed in. All this seems like a lot of hard work just to have a meal out when there are dozens of legitimate restaurants. So, what’s the attraction? It is a chance for “foodies” to sample new food, often at a lower cost. Up and coming chefs have a chance to experiment with dishes that may not be on the menu at their traditional place of work. It’s also a chance for them to become known. The atmosphere is more intimate, usually there are less than 20 guests. After some more investigation, I discovered that this trend is alive and well in some of our major Canadian cities, like Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver. The “clubs” vary in their criteria and traditions. One such event is billed as family-style dinner parties where a guest cook is invited to prepare a multi course dinner. The 20 guests dine together with the cook in an informal, family style dinner


party. In keeping with liquor laws alcohol is not sold or served but guests are free to bring their own beverages. There is a membership fee (valid for one day only) which covers the cost of expenses. Another venue concentrates on the “local” food scene. Launched by two friends who work with local farmers and producers they create a six course menu. The menu changes every month and with the seasons. A small gathering of six to 10 guests are emailed detailed information on the location and time after your reservation has been confirmed. There has been much speculation on why underground restaurants are so popular (and growing in popularity). For some it may be the cost. For others it may be the intimate atmosphere. Others come for the food which is usually not found in a traditional setting. But there may be a deeper reason -- maybe a little bit of the success is the fact that there is a bit of “seediness”, something not quite legal but not really illegal either. Sort of like the speakeasy during Prohibition.

Strength of mining sector celebrated in Saskatchewan The Government of Saskatchewan Monday proclaimed May 26June 1, Mining Week in Saskatchewan. This year, the annual event organized by the Saskatchewan Mining Association, will highlight the resilience of the industry that has continued to grow through challenging economic times. “Steady exploration activity and industry expansions continue to reflect the positive investment climate in the province,” Energy and Resources Minister Tim McMillan said.

“Saskatchewan is unique, our world class mineral resources are found from border to border and generated more than $7.4 billion in sales for the province last year. The industry provides a multitude of jobs with more than 30,500 people directly and indirectly employed in the mining sector.” The government continues to make changes aimed at improving Saskatchewan’s competitive advantage. In March, the Minister of Finance announced changes to the uranium

royalty structure in the 2013-14 Budget. To encourage new mine and expansion opportunities, the royalty structure now recognizes actual costs incurred by industry. Last year Saskatchewan introduced the Mineral Administration Registry Saskatchewan or MARS, an online claim staking system. Applications are up and processing times have been significantly reduced. The latest numbers show that 596 claims, covering more than 1.6 million hectares, have been issued since MARS was launched less than six months ago.

Minister congratulates new Conservation and Protection officers The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, May 16 extended his congratulations to the 2013 graduating class of fishery officers and welcomed them to the Conservation and Protection Branch of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. The graduates have completed a 17-week classroom training program which includes a nine-week enforcement training at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Training Academy in Regina, Saskatchewan. They will soon be making their way to Conservation and Protection field offices across Canada where they will undertake 30 months of practical training. “On behalf of the Government of Canada, I am pleased to congratulate these 19 new conservation and protection officers as they prepare for their duties on the land, on the sea and in the air to protect Canada’s marine resources,” said Ashfield. Fishery Officers are responsible for the enforcement of the Fisheries Act, the Species at Risk Act, and the Coastal Fisheries Protection Act, as well

as many other acts and regulations relating to fisheries on Canadian waters, in the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) regulatory area, and off Canada’s Pacific, eastern and northern shores. In addition to protecting fish and fish habitat, fishery officers promote compliance and conservation, stewardship and sustainability of fisheries. They also work to increase awareness through activities that

include presentations to school children and public interest groups about enforcement activities and conservation goals. “Our government remains focused on four priorities, as outlined by the Prime Minister, that Canadians care most about: their families, the safety of our streets and communities, their pride in being a citizen of this country, and of course, their personal financial security,” concluded Ashfield.

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Flog Much as Fred Flintstone is accredited with the origin and meaning of the above word, our “allwise” dictionary only has a sign after it, (“Golf<??), meaning that they have no idea where that (ahem!) epithet came from! Being a kind of halfcaste scholastic type, Yours Truly (YT) looked up a few columns concerning the game! The above word “flog” (also “Golf” spelled backwards) according to Mr. Cole, dictionary maker, means “to beat with a stick”, which does sound a little more appropriate. My Encyclopedia also sez that the ancient Romans played a game somewhat like golf but called “Paganica”. So, books in hand YT looked up some Latin meanings, again. “Pegnus” is an old Latin word meaning “Heathen Peasant” while the Old French term “ic”, (as used in Frantic” means, well, frantic. According to “ic”, Paganic (old Roman) and “Flog” (even older “Flintstone”) when used together mean “A frantic

heathen peasant beating something with a stick”. Pretty plain, eh? For years YT tried to set a record as a “nongolfer” but he finally threw in the towel when a friend of his at Cominco Potash Mine filled his rubber boots full of golf balls from up in the Shaker Room, leaving him no choice but to take them home and try to hit them! It didn’t help the situation either, when, on his 63rd birthday his family presented him with a golf bag and a few clubs! He had never had a golf club in his hand all his life! Sometimes on the T-box he still looks that way! But slowly the game got to him until he played almost everyday! Lee Travino is recorded as having said that a fellow didn’t have to be good to enjoy it! Or was he talking about sex? YT has always been cross-handed, but some people who see him play, think that YT is also cross-eyed! Along with a lot of other golf-related experiences, like letting his Grandsons ‘face-off” with his new clubs. (Does

anyone want an S shaped nine iron?), he also had to get used to the accepted golf course jargon that goes with the game. When a professional first told him about “addressing” the ball”, YT sat up all night writing “Bob Mason, road allowance” (my Perdue Phone book address) on each ball that he owned! His idea of a “Links” was a wild, trap-robbing animal (there are a lot of golfers like that!), and it sure helped to know the difference between a “Brassie” and “Brassier”. An iron, YT thought, was something that mother pressed his white shirt with before Sunday school, et cetera and et cetera. Finally though he fell victim to an always fatal disease known in some psychiatric circles as the “BC* Syndrome”, and from here on golfing was his only ambition! After a whole lifetime of being classed as “also ran”, he has finally decided to keep score like some winners do. This is done by padding his score

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(unless Jack Gartner is looking!), kicking the ball out of the rough, pretending that the one we find is his, and telling his uninterested wife what good shots he made! Being quite old, there a few other things he’s not so good at! Although the chances of putting Tiger Woods out of business are pretty slim, YT has enjoyed his golfing experience just as much as Tiger Woods has. Some, mebbe he shouldn’t mention, like the highly religious comments one player made as he threw his No. 3 iron into a nearby pond! Believe it or not (and all my friends don’t believe it!) YT did make a holein-one. There was only one witness and I guess his heart couldn’t take it, because he passed on years ago, too. YT was going to chrome-plate and frame that ball and put it in our trophy room but the glass case I put it in, broke, and my wife (still uninterested) pointed out that we didn’t have a trophy room anyway!

Ordinarily YT doesn’t hit the ball very far, but with a strong west wind behind him and downhill all the way, he has been known to hit the ball three hundred yards out into the lake at Unity! And while playing a course in B.C. I hit the ball over five hundred yards down a mountain. We never did find that ball! It hasn’t been all fun though and there have been a few very outspoken critics! One very serious dedicated type pointed out to a few onlookers, that YT handled his driver like it was a broadax, and that some of the divots I made reminded him of a sod house! YT met a fellow the other day who seemed to think that after 30 years, a fellow should be a good golfer, and mebbe he is right! But there is an old saying though about “old dogs and new tricks!” I tell a darn good golf joke alright, but everyone seems to have heard that one before and don’t waste any time

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telling me that one of the best jokes on record, was when I took up the game myself! I understand that “Practice” makes Perfect!” and that, with a few professional instructions, golfers are supposed to get better. Not being much of a “winner”, YT just has a few of his own! 1.) Never ever criticize a golfer who has a club in his hand! 2.) Never fish a duck egg out of a hazard, and hit it, or the yolk will be on you! 3.) If you can’t find your ball on No. 2 at The oasis, the fox has it! 4.) Take a course in calculus before trying to find what your “handicap” is! It has been suggested that anyone choosing a career in politics should go around a golf course a few times - especially with an opposition guy! They may not use the right club every time, but at least they’ll make allowances for each others mistakes! Having an engineer in the family I asked him about putting the local golf course on a turntable, so that we “hackers” could knock the ball downwind every time! He told me that not only was the wind part of the game, but the expenses would be more than the benefits! I also tried to get the designers to put an escalator on the slope up from No. 9 at The Oasis but so far . . . well, the exercise is good for you anyway! Ho-hum! I have the choice of cleaning the basement or going golfing. Now let me see . . . * Bing Crosby (BC) died on a Spanish golf course - what a way to go, eh?)

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New Horizons Activities by Karen Itterman The courtesy car made 544 trips in the month of April. Ed Young was the driver on April 30 when 37 trips were made. Carpet bowling scores for April 23 were Ag Small, Emily Liska, Mildred Henne, Rose Clark and Marie Roesch in first place and June Hoppe, Gail Herzberg, Judy Rickwood, Dinah Kegler and Aileen Smith in second place. April 30 scores were Emily Liska, Barb Swyryda and Gail Herzberg in first place with second place winners Dinah Kegler, Mildred Henne, Blanche Borchardt and Agnes Small. April 30 was the last Tuesday for carpet bowling for the year. We will resume again in the fall. Kaiser scores for April 15: Joyce Colbert first, Gord Besse second, Pat Turner third and Mildred Henne fourth. Highest scoring game Mildred Henne and Marie Roesch. April 22: Geoff Cooke, first, Doug Potter second, Evelyn Potter third, Mildred Henne fourth. Highest scoring game Vera McNeil and Evelyn Potter. April 29: Ken Pearce first, Mildred Henne second, Geoff Cooke third, Clarence Bender fourth. Highest scoring game was tied between Ken Pearce, Mildred Henne, Geoff Cooke and Myrtle Althouse. Jam Session was held on May 15 with 55 in attendance. The entertainers for the afternoon were: Joan and Wilf Rice, Battleford, Stan Gardiner, Rosetown, Norm Bow, Rosetown, Gary

Donahue, Biggar, Bernard Ochs, Landis, Dennis Cratty, and Mel Deagon, Maymont. Jam Sessions will resume in September. Bingo was held on April 25 with 13 players. The half-and-half winner was Don Swyryda with Laura Campbell winning the blackout. Agnes Small was the caller, Jim Hoult gave out the prizes, Betty Mundt collected the tickets and Marcella Schommer provided the lunch. On May 9 11 played bingo with Laura Campbell winning the halfand-half and Barb Swyryda winning the blackout. Geoff Cooke was the caller, Dinah Kegler gave out the prizes, Don Swyryda collected the tickets and Edna Erickson provided the lunch. The May 23 bingo was called by Don Swyryda, Marlene Flasch gave out the prizes, Willa McIlwain collected the tickets and Florence Johnson provided the lunch. The half-and-half winnings were tied between Jack Brown and Evelyn Poletz. The blackout was won by Sarah Grant. On April 26 a card party was held in the hall with 12 in attendance. Cribbage winners were Ann Muc in first & Rita Besse in second. Kaiser winners were Helen Kanz in first place and Ken Pearce in second place. Josie Kerr was the host for the afternoon with Lois Taylor providing the lunch. Cribbage was played on May 3 with eight in attendance. Tillie Zimmer was the host and also provided the lunch. First place Do-

ris Gartner, second place Joanne Kral, third place Barb Swyryda. On May 10 a card party was held with 14 in attendance. Ann Muc was the host and also provided the lunch. At the end of play the Kaiser winners were Joanne Kral in first place and Pat Turner in second place. The cribbage winners were Rita Besse in first place and Barb Swyryda in second place. Our monthly birthday potluck was held on May 13 with 28 in attendance. Donna Fines provided the birthday cake. The halfand-half tickets were sold by Doris Gartner. Geoff Cooke was the MC for the afternoon. The entertainment was card bingo. The half-and-half winner was Marie Roesch. Kaiser was played on May 17 with eight in attendance. Host for the afternoon was Barb Swyryda and she also provided the lunch. At the end of play Joyce Colbert was first, Bill Fisher second, and Joanne Kral third. A card party was held on May 24 with 14 in attendance. The Kaiser winners were Myrtle Althouse first, Geoff Cooke second. Cribbage winners were Joanne Kral first, Richard Boisvert second. Geoff was the host for the afternoon with Evelyn Potter providing the lunch. If a person wants to be a part of your life, they will make an obvious effort to do so. Think twice before reserving a space in your heart for people who do not make an effort to stay. ~ Unknown

Student Trade Fair winner . . . Biggar and District Credit Union CEO/General Manager Bill Hammel congratulates the Student Fair winner Bailey Seidl with her brand new laptop. The annual Student Fair was once again a huge success, giving area students an opportunity to see all the services area Credit Union’s provide. (Photo for The Independent by Diane Larouche-Ellard)

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Diamond Lodge News What a wet weekend we have had here in Biggar. Hopefully this will make our gardens and crops crow. This will also make things fresh. Monday was Victoria Day so this day was saved for visitors since no Recreation staff was in. Tuesday was Current Events. Wheel of Fortune was played. The puzzles had words related to summer, holidays and songs. Wednesday was our monthly Men’s Coffee Group. We talked about how seeding was going and read the Western Producer. Then the afternoon came. It was very windy but a bus load of residents went on a bus tour around Biggar. We saw construction of the New Long Term Care Facility and the Senior’s

condos. We then stopped for ice cream cones! Thursday morning was a very different day. Thirty-two kids from the Grade 2 and 3 classes at St. Gabriel’s School came. They performed plays that they practiced at school. Bingo was on for the afternoon. In the first game four residents won. I guess they all had the similar numbers. Friday was our weekly Barbecue Club. It was raining out so we did not eat outside. A few weeks hopefully we can. We had sing along in the afternoon. Saturday was picture bingo and a movie was played in the afternoon. Fresh popcorn was made and everyone seemed to enjoy it. Sunday morning was Spa and 1-1 time. The

Sonningdale Pentecostal church did the church service this week.

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‘Smarty Plants’ shows future of planting by Calvin Daniels The Yorkton Film Festival might be thought of as a strange place for a farmer to have an opportunity to learn something new, but at this year’s event grain farmers would have been at least intrigued at the screening of the film Smarty Plants. The Festival program explained the film as one which “effortlessly integrates hard core science with a light hearted look at how plants behave, revealing a world where plants are as busy, responsive and complex as we are.” I suppose on a biological level one living thing is about as complex as the new once you go beyond one celled organisms, and even then the way they function and survive is pretty amazing. I am far removed from high school biology by years now, but that much information I have retained. In the case of Smarty

Plants, it does show some rather fascinating discoveries about how plants react within their environment, and with each other. It is quite amazing to see a Daughter Plant actually moving in a circle, through time lapse video, in search of a host. The plant has no root system and survives by latching on to to other plants. Its preferred host is the tomato plant, and when a Daughter Plant is set between a tomato and another plant, it ultimately moves to the tomato the vast majority of times. Not surprisingly it is reacting to a chemical given off by the tomato, but it does illustrate how a plant makes ‘choices’ in its life. Such choices are of course reactions etched into the very genetic make-up of a plant. We see such things in animals all the time. Why do lemmings go on their famed runs, because sometime wired into their

core existence through thousands of yeas compels them to do so. Smarty Plants also takes viewers underground to look at the complex root systems most plants have. They show how a root will grow more quickly toward a food source, fertilizer, and then slow that growth as it takes in the nutrient once reached. Such behavior would not be a particular surprise for farmers. We have all seen how a crop seeded into wet conditions will have a shallow root system because it has easy access to moisture. If drier conditions occur after a crop has started growing, top side development will slow, maybe stop, for a time, as the plant puts energy into growing additional roots to find now more distant water resources. And certainly gardeners see how reactive to their environment plants can be. In an unkempt lot

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dandelions will flower on rather lengthy stems as they compete for sunlight with other plants. Yet if that dandelion is in a lawn which is regularly mowed, it will flower on a stem which is usually shorter than the cutting height of the mower. Gardeners are also aware plants react differently to one another. There are vegetable plants which, when planted near each other, are complimentary to one another. As Smarty Plants producer Merit Jensen Carr clearly identifies in the film, the relationships of a plant with its environment, with other plants, and even with the plants resulting from its own seed, can be far more involved than most of

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us realize. From a farm perspective research into the actions of plants may well help with the development of new crop varieties, and farm systems better targeted at triggering natural responses from plants to improve yields, complete

with weeds, or fight off harmful insects. In that regard the documentary nature/ environment category was certainly intriguing for what might be accomplished as science better understands plants, and what they are naturally capable of doing.

Federal and provincial governments provide funding for agriculture demonstration projects Tuesday, Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and S a s k a t c h e w a n Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced more than $600,000 in funding for 63 producerled agriculture research demonstration projects. The funding is provided through the Agriculture Demonstration of Practices andTechnologies (ADOPT) program. “Our government understands that investments in research contribute directly to the success of our producers and our overall economy,” Ritz said.“We will continue to partner with the Province of Saskatchewan on initiatives that will help increase producer productivity and grow the agriculture industry.” ADOPT is designed to accelerate the transfer of new technologies to Saskatchewan’s farmers and ranchers. The program provides funding to producer groups to evaluate and demonstrate new agriculture practices and technologies at the local level. “As demonstrated in this year’s budget, our government is

committed to making sure Saskatchewan is a leader in agriculture research,” Stewart said. “Projects such as these will help farmers adopt new and innovative technologies and help us meet the objectives of the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth.” The 2013 Saskatchewan Agriculture budget included a record $27.7 million for agriculture research, an increase of more than 104 per cent since 2007. This funding will help achieve the goals set out in the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth which aims to increase crop production by 10 million tonnes, increase agri-food exports by 50 per cent and increase value-added opportunities. This year’s ADOPT projects demonstrate a wide range of innovative initiatives, including cattle breeding programs, crop protection products, trials of new crop varieties and seeding techniques, among others. Projects receiving funding this year include: • Beef cattle breeding programs and beef research school;

• Cropping systems response to seed treatment, seed size and sowing density; • Demonstration of foliar fungicide options for canola; • Demonstration of the effect of fungicide application and seeding rate on disease levels in peas and lentils; • Evaluation of forage and grazing corn varieties; • Fungicide management practices in lentils to provide disease resistance; • Harvesting oats and barley as yellowfeed; • Forage management practices and techniques; • Optimal seeding rate for spring wheat; • Optimum timing of weed control in field peas and lentils; • Various fertilizer demonstrations; and • Straight combining canola. Since 2009, the federal and provincial governments have provided more than $2.5 million to producers through the ADOPT program. ADOPT funding is provided under the federal-provincial Growing Forward 2 framework.


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2013-14 construction season kicks into gear The 2013-14 highway construction season is gearing up to provide f o r a s a f e r h i g h way network and support the provincial government’s growth agenda for Saskatchewan. May 16 marked the first weekly construction update that will be issued from now through the fall to provide Saskatchewan residents with the latest details on projects underway. “A safe, reliable, efficient transportation system is vital to our province as

our population continues to grow,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris said. “This year’s construction plans build on the momentum of previous construction seasons and include multiyear mega projects designed to handle increasing traffic. We’ve invested more than a half a billion dollars per year in transportation each year since coming to office - a total of $3.7 billion, and this year is no exception.”

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“The Saskatchewan Heavy Construction Association members are ready to go to work building and maintaining our highway system and appreciate the government’s commitment to their long-term infrastructure program,” Saskatchewan Heavy Construction Association President Shantel Lipp said. “Strategic investment into our transportation network creates a platform to fuel economic growth - nothing moves until the roads are built. Long-term commitment means industry will continue to reinvest back into the province through their capital investments and labour.” The 2013-14 Budget will continue to improve Saskatchewan’s highways by providing $576.0 million to build, maintain

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and operate the highway system. This includes a $280.8 million highway construction budget. Motorists are reminded they must slow to 60 km/h in work zones. Construction season highlights include: • Completing the last 13 kilometre of twinning on Highway 11 between Saskatoon and Prince Albert (at Macdowall) to improve safety and traffic movement on this vital northsouth corridor. • Continuing construction on a new fourlane highway from Dewdney Avenue to Highway 1, known a s t h e We s t R e g i n a Bypass, as well as a new interchange (overpass) at Highway 1, to support safe and seamless traffic movement for TransCanada highway traffic and to the Global Transportation Hub. • Breaking ground on new passing lanes between Balgonie and Fort Qu’Appelle to safely and cost-efficiently handle heavy traffic volumes. • Beginning construction on the new 12 kilometre, two-lane Estevan Truck Route, which will be built

from the intersection of Highway 39 and Shand Road to Highway 39 west of the city. • 280 kilometres of repaving work on the province’s busiest highways including Highways 1, 2, 6, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 21, 32, 33, 37, 40, 41, 46, 55 and

• 33 major bridge and culvert replacements to ensure the safety of these structures on the highway system. • 45,590 kilometres of centre line and shoulder lines painted on highways, as well as 28,258 pavement signs (such as arrows and stop bars). • More than 9,100 signs replaced/ installed in the highway right of way. T h e S a s k a t ch e wa n Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure operates and maintains 26,000 kilometres of provincial highways, 12 ferries and 17 northern airports. The ministry also regulates about 2,000 kilometres of shortline railways. All motorists are reminded they must slow to 60 km/h in highway work zones. New simplified signage will direct drivers exactly when to slow to 60 km/h. Drivers now face three times the normal fines for speeding and heavier enforcement in work zones. For your safety and the safety of workers, slow to 60 km/h.

“This year’s construction plans build on the momentum of previous construction seasons and include multiyear mega projects designed to handle increasing traffic.” 106. • 75 kilometres of rural highway upgrades which rebuild the highway from the roadbed up, including: Highway 22 from Southey to Earl Grey; Highway 27 from the Junction of Highway 2 to Vonda; Highway 48 from the Junction of Highway 9 to Kipling; Highway 55 from Peerless to the Alberta border; Highway 58 from Lafleche to Gravelbourg; Highway 123 west of Cumberland House; Highway 263 Murray Point Access; Highway 310 from Balcarres to Ituna.

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COMMERCIAL PROPERTY AND BUILDINGS FOR SALE BY TENDER The Central Plains Co-operative Ltd. has for sale by tender buildings and property located in the Village of Landis, Saskatchewan. The buildings are located on a portion of Lots 5 to 12, Block 6, Plan C5881. All buildings and the above lots will be sold as one unit and will not be parted out. The sale does not include the propane tank unit, any portable storage units or any inventory or equipment. The highest or any tender may not necessarily be accepted. Any title transfer fees or closing costs are to be split between the buyer and seller on a 50/50 basis. All tenders must be accompanied with a deposit of 5% of the tender price with the remainder due no less than 5 days prior to the closing date of the sale.

The tender will close on Friday, June 7, 2013 at 12 noon. Please submit tenders in conÀdence to: Central Plains Co-operative Ltd. Box 970, Rosetown, SK S0L 2V0 Attn: M. Moon, General Manager Service Centre Building Tender Fax: 306-882-2210

by Terry Braman The time continues to go by so fast here at BCS 2000. It feels like it was just yesterday that we started the school year and now we are in the last week of May. The month of June is always an exciting and quite hectic time around here and there is no one more excited for the end of the year than our Grade 12 graduating class. They will all be undoubtedly heartbroken at the thought of leaving BCS 2000 as well so we must be extra supportive and caring in their last month of school. The Grade 6 class will be putting on a performance on Thursday afternoon in the main gym here at the school. They have been working very hard rehearsing so if you are able to come, I am sure they would appreciate it.

The end of the year is fast approaching and while that is a time of excitement for the students, it is also a time to buckle down and get work done. The high school students will be busy as they move towards writing final exams. Parents, if you have any concerns about your child’s progress in a particular class, contact the subject teacher so you may discuss it with them. We need to all work together to make sure our students are successful in all facets of their academics. The exam schedule will be getting finalized this week and will hopefully be posted in the newsletter this Friday. It is important that both parents and students are aware of when their son/daughter is writing exams so that everyone can help the student properly prepare for them.

BCS hosted the West Central Sectional track meet here last Wednesday and we had many athletes from our school qualify to compete at the West Central District Track meet this Saturday on June 1 at Griffiths Stadium in Saskatoon. Good luck to all of our athletes. My departure has unfortunately left BCS without a football coach for next season. If there is anyone in the community that has any experience coaching football or would like to start, please contact me at the school 948-2117 to discuss the possibility of you becoming a community coach. Here is this week’s quote. “Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great”. Orison Swett Marden Have a great week.


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New Saskatchewan Provincial Park named The Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport is pleased to announce that the Saskatchewan Legislature has approved the creation of the 35th provincial park in Saskatchewan, which will be designated Great Blue Heron Provincial Park. “The name, Great Blue Heron Provincial Park, is a fitting representation of our mandate to conserve and maintain these precious lands and lakes for future generations,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Kevin Doherty said. “Our government remains committed to developing new provincial parks as they represent a cornerstone of Saskatchewan’s tourism industry.” Great Blue Heron Provincial Park is the result of over two years of public discussion by the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport on a proposal for new provincial parks in Saskatchewan. The new park is located north of Prince Albert in the area of Anglin and Emma Lakes and protects a total area of 11,168 hectares and contains almost

300 campsites. The area offers the best of both worlds in this meeting point of parkland and northern forests. Located at the gateway to the boreal forest, the park allows for great wildlife viewing opportunities, activities ranging from picnicking and hiking in the summer to crosscountry skiing or ice fishing in the winter. Since the first reading of Bill 62 last fall, the ministry has continued dialogue with Aboriginal and interest groups and has worked to finalize the name and boundaries of Great Blue Heron Provincial Park. The park will come into force by proclamation later this year, making the area officially a provincial park at that time. This fulfils a 2007 election promise and will be the first provincial park to be established in almost 20 years. The Great Blue Heron, a majestic wading bird measuring more than one metre in height, typically nests in colonies and is found in the tops of tall trees along water margins and is often seen

standing at the edge of a river or lake in this area. The Great Blue Heron is characterized by its bluegrey back, grey and white striped belly with black and white markings on its crown. Government has invested $33 million to improve Saskatchewan’s provincial parks from 2008 to 2012. Government is continuing to improve Saskatchewan’s provincial parks by investing, over and above base capital funding, an additional $10 million for park upgrades from 2012 to 2016.

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For Health Sake! Sun Protection by Carmen McGregor, B.S.P., Biggar Pharmasave Smart tips for sun protection It’s finally that time of year again! The grass is green, the birds are chirping and yes, the sun is shining! Now that it’s time for outside fun we have to consider the risk of sun damage that can occur with increased UV exposure. There are a variety of sun protection products available at your local pharmacy. Sometimes the many choices and multiple marketing claims made by companies can make us overwhelmed when selecting a sunscreen. Sun protection factor (SPF) is

Biggar Long Term Care Project Update The first slab on the deck pour is completed. The generator pad is formed and ready to be poured. Backfill around the You know the sun causes skin cancer and premature foundation has been completed. They have begun excavation aging of the skin. But did you know the risk of skin of the parking lot in area 1. Damp proofing and insulation at the cancer is higher than 20 years ago because the ozone grade beam is complete. Structural steel and in-floor heating is ongoing. layer has thinned from pollution? You are also at installation Rosetown Long Term Care Project Update higher risk if you have fair coloring, suffered from The last interior floor (E-wing) (kitchen/loading dock area) was blistering sunburns as a child or are taking medication poured and finished three weeks ago. Brick Layers moved on causing sun sensitivity. Protect yourself with site in early May and have completed 60% of the walls in this sunscreen. Seek shade when able. Wear sunglasses area so far. Work on the roof above the loading dock/tie in to hospital area has begun with insulating and sealing. Almost and cover up with loose fitting clothes. Know the signs 100% of the metal studding/framing in the resident pods and of skin cancer and consult your doctor if you find any administration area is now complete. The metal framing for the kitchen, staff locker rooms, dining and staff lounge area has skin abnormalities. started. Most of the fire stop (above ceiling drywall) in the resident pods and administration areas has been completed. Heartland Health Region Celebrates June as Some drywall has started to go up on the interior pod walls as the electrical and plumbing installs are completed in an area. Employee, Physician and Preceptor Work on the new loading dock ramp is to start soon Recognition Month Kerrobert Integrated Health Centre Project Update Thank you to all Heartland Health Region Staff, Physicians Preparation for the final slab on the deck pour is ongoing. The and Preceptors for your ongoing commitment and steel beams located under the chiller have been relocated. Flat dedication to the provision of health care services. You are roof and sloped roof installation is ongoing. Door frame installation will soon begin. The exterior steel studs and drywall our number one resource. The successes of the Health Region are directly attributable to you – to your competence, are now complete. Interior steel studs are currently being erected. The main floor duct work is being installed. All work in your caring, and to your tireless commitment to providing the crawlspace and basement mechanical and electrical room safe, quality care to the residents living in Heartland. is ongoing.

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used globally to indicate the degree of protection a sunscreen affords against UVB radiation. UVB is the part of the sun spectrum that is also known as “sunburn radiation”. A sunscreen with an SPF of 15 allows a person to stay out in the sun 15 times longer. Although UVA radiation is much less likely to cause sunburn (200 times less potent than UVB in this respect), it is more harmful than UVB radiation. There are broad-spectrum sunscreens that protect against UVA and UVB radiation although it is important to remember that the SPF does not predict UVA protection. In addition to choosing a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 (even on cloudy days), it is also advisable to wear a sunscreen with ingredients that also provide UVA protection. Your friendly local pharmacist would be happy to assist you select the right sun protection product for your family’s needs. Choosing the most suitable sunscreen formulation is only half the battle. It has been shown that sunscreen users only apply about half as much

sunscreen as they should, which drastically reduces the SPF. Sunscreen should be applied generously, about two tablespoons to cover the entire body for an average person. When applying a spray sunscreen product remember to both spray and rub the product into the skin. Apply sunscreen at least 15 to 30 minutes prior to sun exposure, and anytime you plan to spend 20 minutes or more in the sun. Sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours at minimum, even on cloudy days, and after swimming, heavy sweating, and towelling off. Products containing both insect repellents and sunscreen should be avoided, and in general sunscreens should be applied before insect repellants. Other measures that should be taken whenever possible include avoiding sun between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and wearing protective clothing like a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and long sleeves to minimize sun exposure. So have fun in the sun this summer and remember to reapply!

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RSM Bio-Blitz survey likely to discover new species in Saskatchewan In what is undoubtedly the largest wildlife survey ever conducted in Saskatchewan, the Royal Saskatchewan Museum (RSM) is launching its Bio-Blitz project this week. RSM scientists and several teams of summer students will be fanning out over southwest Saskatchewan for this summer-long project to find and capture as many different species of insects, reptiles and small mammals as they can. A main focus of this project will be to find and identify species of native bees and other pollinators, and establish a baseline for monitoring how animals respond to changes in the landscape. “Compared to other provinces, there is a pretty significant gap in our knowledge

about Saskatchewan’s native species, and this survey will go a long way toward closing that gap,” RSM Chief Curator Dr. Ray Poulin said. “The scope of this survey makes it one of the most comprehensive ever undertaken in Canada. We fully expect to find many species that are new records for Saskatchewan, and quite possibly species new to science.” Scientists and students will carry out the fieldwork from five base camps. The surveys will focus on some of the more unique areas of the grasslands region including the Big Muddy Valley, Killdeer Badlands, Great Sand Hills, Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park and a number of locations in the Cypress Hills. The survey will not focus

on well-known wildlife species, but instead on the vast diversity of insects and other invertebrates and smaller animals that call Saskatchewan home. Support for this study comes from Saskatchewan Parks, Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, Canadian Agriculture Adaptation Program, the Canadian Museum of Nature and the Friends of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum.

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planting, pruning & puttering . . . planting by Delta Fay Cruickshank of The Independent

I am sore! My body is responding to the hours outside in the gardens. But, I feel wonderful . . . it is like my body is made for all these gardening chores. I don’t get to use it for gardening much during the winter, it feels good to finally use these muscles! I have been editing my jungle of ‘bird planted’ trees and shrubs. As I uncovered the area, I discovered a lilac! I do remember it from before! It is a little leaf lilac, and although similar, is quite different than the common lilac. The petals of the flowers are smaller, and it smells different. It smells great when it first comes into bloom, but then it changes into something that is not so great. It is

Syringa pubescens ssp. microphylla 'Superba'. or Little leaf Lilac, I found on en our garden after some severe editting! It can be pruned and moved to a much better suited place! not ‘gag-me-stinky’, but it is not so pleasant! This poor neglected lilac has been planted too close to the fence. Whoever planted it, did not read the instructions to find out the estimated mature size of the plant. Even though a tiny little

rejuvenate the bush. Right now it is tall with leaves only at the very top. Because I have opened up the jungle robbing it of light at its base, it now will have what it needs. Also because the jungle is gone, it will no longer be competing for water, as well as the light. After a discussion with my neighbour, and doing a little research, I will start the rejuvenation process in late winter.

According to the books, I have two choices. I can cut back one-third of it each year for three years. Or, I can whack it right down to just a few inches above the ground. Because this lilac has only three stems, I will whack it all back this winter, and then see what happens! So scary, and yet, if it works out, I will have a nice lilac for years. Because it is so close to

twig in the ground looks forlorn sitting in a sixfoot diameter planting hole . . . it will look a lot worse having to be cut up into firewood, or all crooked and leggy trying to fit into a spot too small for it. I am going to try to

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the fence, maybe I should cut it to the ground, and then dig it up and move it away from the fence. That makes more sense than keeping it so close to the fence, it could end up pushing the fence out, or down. Let’s take care of it this late winter. Late March would be the best time, in a normal year (not like this past winter), to do all the pruning, digging and moving. When I was at horticultural school, my professor taught that the sign of good gardener is being ruthless! Believe it or not! He believed in the survival of the fittest, and strong plants make the fittest plants. The fittest plants do not attract pests or disease. A healthy plant in the right spot will thrive and be an asset to the garden. A weak struggling plant will be just that, weak, and will only be a source of disappointment to the gardener! With this lesson in mind, I removed the jungle on the east side of our home. I have done everything that my pruners can cut down, now it is time to call in the professionals. I need a few trees down. Now, I am a tree-hugger from a way back . . . but I do not believe in leaving trees standing that are dangerous, diseased, old and dying. Our yard has a few of these! If one cuts down existing trees, replace the them with something that is more appropriate. A healthy specimen that will not grow as tall, or one that will be planted away from the house. When I arranged gardening workshops, I often invited a tree specialist in to speak. He addressed the audiences with, “Continue to plant Colorado Blue Spruces in your front yard! It will guarantee me years of work removing dangerous and oversize trees!” Now the time is here, it’s the time to keep your nose in the dirt and your butt in the air! Happy gardening!

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2013 Big Game Draw now open The 2013 Big Game Draw is open until June 17 for Saskatchewan hunters. “Our province is blessed with abundant sporting opportunities,” Environment Minister Ken Cheveldayoff said last week. “Best of luck to those participating in the 2013 Big Game Draw and I wish all hunters an enjoyable and safe season.” According to an evaluation conducted by the Ministry of Environment in 2005, it was estimated that hunters contribute $107.5 million to the economy annually through their sporting activities - approximately eight per cent of the total amount spent on all tourism activities in Saskatchewan. Much of this expenditure generated economic benefits to rural areas across the province. All hunters on the draw

application are reminded they must have their own unique Hunting, Angling and Trapping Licence identification number (HAL ID) and are urged to obtain one before applying for the draw to avoid complications with their application. Hunters can receive a HAL ID: • Online at environment.; • Through private issuers, ministry offices and select park offices; or • By phone at 1-855-8484773 between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. (CST) S t a r t i n g t h i s y e a r, licences will not be mailed automatically to successful applicants as the HAL ID allows licences to be issued via the automated licensing system. Information on who was successful in the draw will be posted on both the big game draw site and on an individual’s

HAL account starting mid July. “This new online system complements the government’s Plan for Growth,” Cheveldayoff said. “It is designed to improve service to our citizens and tourists, provide accurate and timely data for improved management of our natural resources, and improve the efficiency of compliance and enforcement. It provides real time financial, resource and enforcement data and robust reporting and analysis functions.” The 2013 Saskatchewan Resident Big Game Draw Supplement is available at hunting/. This supplement contains information on the quotas and season dates for this year. A complete listing of licence issuers is available at licences/.

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Bacon Adds Sizzling Flavour For those of you who have by this simple addition not yet heard, bacon is is incredible, as long as not just a breakfast side moderation is practiced. A complimenting flavour dish. Although greatly feared should always be in the by vegetarians and diet- background, and never ers alike, bacon is a won- the main attraction, of derfully versatile addi- a dish. The rendered fat tion to numerous recipes can also be utilized in the for increased flavour com- making of a thickening plexity. The versatility roux if suitable. A roux I’m referring to extends (pronounced “roo”) is a further than the use of mixture of equal parts of the rendered fat to fry fat and flour by weight used to thicken soups or your eggs in. The inclusion of bacon sauces. However, the incorporain recipes has matured tion of bacon is definitely greatly from those arnot limited to just salads chaic past uses. and soups, as it can be Salads are a great exincluded in almost any ample of this. savoury recipe. Heaven forbid that the Most of the bacon that first thing entering your we purchase from our mind is “simulated bacon butcher, or pre-sliced in flavoured bits” reminis500 gram packages, is cent of antiquated salad obtained from the belly of bars. True flavour comes the pig. This can be idenfrom real genuine bacon tifi ed by the considerable strips fried until crispy and crumbled. Many sal- amount of fat content. ads today that are gar- Back bacon however is nished with bacon are fairly lean and meaty, often complimented with and is aptly named from other contrasting fla- its origin. All bacon is vours such as fresh fruit quite salty as it is always 301 Quebec St., Biggar… and berries, for example. salt cured or brined and Even warm dressings usually smoked. Thus can be made with the the practice of seasoning leftover bacon fat in place a dish that incorporates be mostly of the oil. Just add an bacon D Eshould C reserved until the end of acidic ingredient such as DU E the cooking process. R wine vinegar, and other For years, bacon has supporting flavours, to also been used in protectcapture the essence of a ing other meats from dryclassic dressing. ing out during the cookMany soups are also ing process. Lean meats improved with the inand sometimes seafood clusion of bacon. The depth of flavour gained are wrapped in a bacon

barrier prior to cooking. The fatty consistency is perfect for supplying enough juices to keep these main entrées moist and flavourful. There are obvious health concerns to an over abundant consumption of bacon in our daily diets, and controlled temperance should be practiced. This being said, Elvis Presley’s favourite accompanying sauce with his biscuits was “red-eye gravy”. This is made by adding a cup of black coffee to the rendered fat from a pound of bacon.

Dear Chef Dez: I have come across a chicken recipe that lists “lardons” as one of the ingredients, can you tell me what this is? Craig C. Abbotsford, B.C. Dear Craig: Lardons is a French culinary term for bacon that has been diced, blanched, and fried. The blanching process is performed to partially pre-cook the bacon and to eliminate some of the fat content before adding it to a recipe. 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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New privacy challenges demand stronger protections for Canadians Canada needs a more modern privacy law – including stronger enforcement powers – to better protect the rights of Canadians in the digital age, says the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart May 23 released a position paper which offers a roadmap for modernizing Canada’s federal private-sector privacy law so that it more effectively tackles current and future privacy issues. “Personal information has been called the oil of the digital economy. As organizations find new ways to profit from personal information, the risks to privacy are growing exponentially,” says Commissioner Stoddart. “It is increasingly clear that the law is not up to the task of meeting the challenges of today – and

certainly not those of tomorrow.” The Commissioner launched her Office’s new paper, called The Case for Reforming the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), at the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ 2013 Canada Privacy Symposium. Commissioner Stoddart, who delivered a keynote address to the conference, described the dramatically different privacy landscape that existed when PIPEDA began coming into force back in 2001. “There was no Facebook, no Twitter and no Google S t r e e t Vi e w. P h o n e s weren’t smart. ‘The cloud’ wa s s o m e t h i n g t h a t threatened picnic plans,” says Commissioner Stoddart. “The world has changed and while my Office has had some successes in

prompting companies to improve their privacy practices, improvement often comes after the fact and after our Office has invested significant resources. Too often, privacy is an afterthought,” she says. “The purpose of our privacy law – to balance

economy is at risk.” The recommendations outlined in the new paper include: • Stronger enforcement powers: Options include statutory damages to be administered by the Federal Court; providing the Privacy Commissioner w i t h o r d e r- m a k i n g

warranted. Penalties should be applied in certain cases. A recent poll found that virtually all Canadians – 97 per cent – would want to be notified of a breach involving their personal information. • Increase transparency: Add public reporting

“Personal information has been called the oil of the digital economy. As organizations find new ways to profit from personal information, the risks to privacy are growing exponentially,” privacy and legitimate business needs – is no longer being met. The legislation lacks mechanisms strong enough to ensure organizations invest appropriately in privacy. As a result, consumer trust in the digital

powers and/or the power to impose administrative monetary penalties where circumstances warrant. • Breach notification: Require organizations to report breaches of personal information to the Privacy Commissioner and to notify affected individuals, where

requirements to shed light on the use of an extraordinary exception under PIPEDA which allows law enforcement agencies and government institutions to obtain personal information from companies without consent or a judicial warrant for a wide range

of purposes, including national security; the enforcement of any laws of Canada, provinces or foreign countries; or investigations or intelligence-gathering related to the enforcement of these laws. • Promote accountability: Amend PIPEDA to explicitly introduce “enforceable agreements” to help ensure that organizations meet their commitments to improve their privacy practices following an investigation or audit. “We live in a global world. Canada needs to ensure its privacy legislation evolves to keep up with laws in other countries with stronger enforcement powers,” says Commissioner Stoddart. “Canada cannot afford to be left behind other jurisdictions, with little in the way of consequences for those that do not respect our privacy law.”

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OBITUARIES Ercell Leroy Lindquist July 7, 1925 - May 21, 2013 Ercell Leroy Lindquist, beloved husband of Ruth for 64 years, passed away at the Chinook Care Centre, Calgary, Alta. on May 21, 2013 at the age of 87 years. He is dearly missed by his loving wife, Ruth and children; daughter, Beverly (Lawrence) Thoms and their children, Yvanna Ireland and Shannon Thoms; son, Terry (Doreen) and their children, Erica (James) Rozema, Angela (Jason) Odland and Michael; daughter, Marilyn (Barry) Zahenaiko and their children, Melissa (John) Pearson, Kris and Nicole; and eight great-grandchildren, Kristin, Kaiden, Austin, Cohen, Brady, Micah, Brianna and Thomas. Ercell will also be lovingly remembered by his sisters, Lyla Lindell, Vionne Wendel, Margaret Holmes and Alice Smith; sister-in-law Gladys; and numerous nieces and nephews and many friends. Ercell is predeceased by his parents, Albert and Ellen, sister, Myrtle Enstrom; brother, Ervin; brothers-in-law, Edwin Lindell, Lawrence Enstrom, Vern Smith, Keith Holmes and Reiny Wendel. Ercell was born at Calderbank, Sask. on July 7, 1925. He left the farm at a young age to pursue a career in teaching; subsequently serving overseas in the Armed Forces from 1944 to 1946. Upon returning home, he taught school for four years prior to serving 35 glorious years in Municipal Administration. Ercell contributed to many community associations and served as a Justice of the Peace. Ercell most enjoyed a good laugh with family and friends, playing guitar, golfing, travel and the occasional fishing trip. Memorial donations may be made directly to The Alzheimer Association in lieu of flowers. Celebration of Life was held in the Chapel of Mountain View Funeral Home, (1605 100 Street SE, Calgary, AB), on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. To express condolences, please visit: www.mountainviewmemorial. ca. Arrangements entrusted to Mountain View Memorial Gardens, Funeral Home, Reception Centre & Crematorium, 1605 - 100 Street SE (GPS: 242013 - 100 Street SE), Calgary, AB (403) 272- 5555. 22c1

Gertrude Gilles Gertrude Gilles passed away on May 21, 2013 in Wilkie, Sask. at the age of 97 years. She was born in Scott, Sask. on May 5, 1916. Gertrude married Carl in 1946 and spent most of her married life on a farm west of Kelfield, Sask. At retirement, they moved to a house in Landis, Sask. Gertie loved visiting her neighbours and family and always had something to talk about after her visits. She also loved music and dancing, and you would often hear her humming a melody. Even when she was in a home, she would keep time to the music with her walker and a CD of polkas was constantly being played in her room. Left to cherish Gertrude’s memory are her sisters, Eva Perlinger, Myrtle Sittler and Irene Nelson; two sons, Jerry and Keith Gilles; three granddaughters, Colleen Reddekopp, Debbie Hujber and Chelsea Gilles; and seven great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Carl; parents, John and Annie (Schoeler) Kouschkowski; sisters, Ceal Schaeffer, Helen Heltman and Lil Miller; and grandson, David Gilles. Prayers were held on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. and Celebration of Christian Burial was held on Thursday, May 23, at 10:30 a.m., both from St. James Roman Catholic Church, Wilkie, Sask. with Father Aloysius Anyichie as celebrant. Offertory Gifts were Chelsea Gilles, Garrett Reddekopp, Jade Hujber; Readers were Colleen Reddekopp and Mike Hujber; organist was Leo Perlinger. Honourary Casket Bearers were all those who shared in Gertrude’s life. Active Casket Bearers were Phillip Nelson, Clarence Perlinger, Tyler Huber, Greg Goring, Brett Reddekopp and Cole Hujber. Interment will be held at a later date in Landis Cemetery, Landis, Sask. Tributes may be made in Gertrude’s memory to Wilkie Poplar Courts Activity Fund, Box 459, Wilkie, SK, S0K 4W0 Grondin Funeral Services entrusted with arrangements, “Our family serving your family for 50 years”. gfsc1

CARD OF THANKS We would like to thank Dr. McKee and the staff of Diamond Lodge for the care they provided to our father, Bill Tait, while he was a resident of the Lodge. He will be moving to the lodge in Rosetown. The Tait family 22p1

In memory of a dear mother, grandmother, and a greatgrandmother, Georgina Frances, who passed away May 31, 2009 “Death means leaving behind the winter of doubt and stepping into the song, the colour, the fragrance of eternity, never again to be tired or hurt or old.” Lovingly remembered by… Linda and Don Baldwin; Judy and Gerald Miller, Charlene and Karl; Heather and Bryan Ens, Gavin, Leodegan and Kai.

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COMING EVENTS SUNDAYS in June except for June 2: Presbyterians, Anglicans, Lutherans will be worshipping at Redeemer Lutheran Church at 10:30 a.m. June 30 is the 50th anniversary of Redeemer, so there is a catered meal after the service for those registered. All are welcome to attend the service when Rev. Erwin Buck will be preaching. SUNDAY, JUNE 2 join us at The Majestic Theatre for an Ecumenical Service starting at 11:00 a.m. For pastoral services or information, please contact Pastor Mark Kleiner at 306-9517122 or leave a message at the office, 306-948-3731. 48/10tfn

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THURSDAY, JUNE 13: Tea and Bake Sale at Biggar Diamond Lodge, 2 - 3:30 p.m. All proceeds to resident activity fund. Thank you for your support. 22c3 SATURDAY, JUNE 15: 100th Anniversary Celebration of Acacia Chapter No. 3, Order of the Eastern Star and Biggar Lodge #100 A.F. & A.M … 2:00 p.m. registration; 3:00 p.m. program; 5:00 p.m. banquet at Biggar Community Hall. Advance tickets available at The Biggar Independent, $25/person. Everyone welcome to attend. 21c4 SATURDAY, JUNE 29: Emmanuel Eigenfeld Lutheran Church celebrates 100 years with a hymn sing, cemetery tour and BBQ starting at 2:30 p.m. at the church. 21c6 SUNDAY, JUNE 30: Redeemer Lutheran celebrates 50 years. Rev. Erwin Buck will be preaching at the service starting at 10:30 a.m. A catered lunch will follow. To register, please send a cheque for $20 per person to Box 1056, Biggar, SK, S0K 0M0. Please phone 306-9482947 or 306-948-3901 for more information. 21c6

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Move in ready house located in Biggar, Sask. House features 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a large upgraded kitchen/dining room. Located on a nicely landscaped corner lot in a friendly neighbourhood with a new fenced yard and a beautiful underground pond. Also includes a garden shed and a new large 2 car detached garage. Serious inquiries call 306-948-2533 (leave a message if no answer). 14tfn One bedroom house for sale. All appliances included. Move in ready; $65,000. 216 - 2nd Ave. East, Biggar. Call for appointment, 306-948-2585 14tfn Three-bedroom home, completely renovated. Fully modern, energy package. Quiet neighbourhood. Close to school. Priced to sell. For viewing call: 306-948-9517 or 306-948-5627. 38tfn

CANADIAN MANUFACTURED backed by 10 year warranty -multi family, single section, motel style homes -Qualify for C.M.H.C.Financing FOR MORE INFO CALL 1.800.249.3969 Hwy 2 South Prince Albert

HOUSES FOR RENT Two and three bedroom homes available for rent with fridge and stove included. For viewing, call 306-948-3674; 306-948-9517; 306-948-7022. 19tfn



Charter/ Sherwood Apartments

Quick Stop & Fas Gas Convenience Store

1 Bedroom, 2 Bedroom Heat and water supplied, wired for cable TV and satellite systems, laundry facilities, appliances, some suites with dishwashers, air conditioning, parking with plug-ins. For more information call: Karen/Kevin â&#x20AC;˘ 948-9115 302 - 8th Ave. W. â&#x20AC;˘ Biggar

Full/part-time CASHIERS needed at Quick Stop. Resumes can be dropped off or mailed to Box 452, Biggar, SK, S0K 0M0

M & N Repair Ltd.


Administrative Assistant

If YOU areâ&#x20AC;Ś â&#x20AC;˘ Moving â&#x20AC;˘ Expecting a Baby â&#x20AC;˘ Planning a Wedding â&#x20AC;˘ Anticipating Retirement Call WELCOME WAGON at 948-2563 - Lisa Haynes We have gifts and information L A R O C H E L L E CONTRACTING will build fences and decks. For all your fence and deck needs, give me a callâ&#x20AC;Ś 306-948-7390 19p3

CAREER TRAINING OVER 90% EMPLOYMENT rate for CanScribe graduates! Medical Transcriptionists are in demand and CanScribe graduates get jobs. Payments under $100 per month. 1-800466-1535. How do you calculate the value of a house? Determine property taxes? Develop these skills and more - major in Appraisal and Assessment at Lakeland College. Career opportunities include property manager, realtor, appraiser, assessor, lender, or working for a development firm. Recent grads reported an average starting salary of $60,000 a year. Phone 1 800 661 6490, ext. 5429 or visit realestate

Are you looking for part-time ofĂ&#x20AC;ce work? We are looking for a mature individual to work 2-3 days a week at a busy truck and trailer ship in Biggar, Sask. You need to be out-going, organized, dependable, efĂ&#x20AC;cient, and possibly bondable. You must have a valid driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license. This position would report to the business owner. Duties would include greeting customers, answering the phone, booking appointments, entering inventory, restocking parts, entering work orders, preparing invoices, collecting A/R, and general ofĂ&#x20AC;ce duties. Quickbooks experience is an asset. Please e-mail resume to or mail to M & N Repair, Box 418, Biggar, SK, S0K 0M0. Only those considered will be contacted.

HELP WANTED A & W Rosetown is accepting applications for the following positions: 1. Full time Cook - Needed immediately 2. One Position for 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Monday - Friday 3. Full-time and Part-time Staff t&YQFSJFODFQSFGFSSFE t$PNQFUJUJWF4BMBSZBOE#FOFĂĽUT HIRING IMMEDIATELY Please drop off resumĂŠ Attention Rick or send to Box 1090 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Rosetown, SK S0L 2V0 or email 29-31c


Franchise opportunities with a World Class Leader available in Saskatchewan We provide: â&#x20AC;˘ training â&#x20AC;˘ a simple operating system â&#x20AC;˘ on-going corporate support Be a partner with a pizza industry innovator. For information call (888) 822-7981 x 127

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

Western Sales, a growing John Deere dealership with locations in Biggar, Central Butte, Davidson, Elrose, Outlook and Rosetown is hiring permanent full time

Apprentice/Journeyman Service Technicians for our Biggar location situated at 101 Hwy 14 East. We require individuals to repair, troubleshoot, adjust, overhaul and maintain heavy duty Ag equipment including combines, tractors, seeders and sprayers. â&#x20AC;˘ Must be thoroughly familiar with tractors and farm equipment and have the knowledge and skill to make repairs properly. â&#x20AC;˘ Full job description available on request. â&#x20AC;˘ Must be able to work extended hours during spring and fall. â&#x20AC;˘ Compensation, $24 - $35 - rate is based on level of experience. â&#x20AC;˘ Required work experience, 3 - 5 years. We offer a full beneĂ&#x20AC;t package which includes medical, dental, disability, life insurance and matched pension. E-mail resumes toâ&#x20AC;Ś Attn: Rome Molsberry, or by fax to 1-306-882-3389. For more information you can also contact me at 1-306-882-4291 Only qualiĂ&#x20AC;ed applicants will be contacted.


THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2013


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Are you interested in working in the RAIL industry?



CANDO, an employee-owned company providing specialized rail services across Canada, is looking for Tamper Operators to operate a Mark IV Tamper, EJ6 Tamper, or equivalent. Successful candidates will lead small teams responsible for aligning tracks, spreading ballast and tamping ties. Top candidates will have a minimum of five years experience operating a tamper, possess CROR and TIG certifications and have experience working on Class 1 railways. Full time position with wage range of $25 to $30 per hour. Requires extensive travel throughout Western Canada. Accommodations and living allowance provided when on the road.



Fax: 204-725-4100 Email:



Churchill River Lodge has an immediate opening for a full-time live–in Caretaker at Leaf Rapids, MB.


SALES MANAGER See full postings On Send Resumes to fnbmanager@ employment.html


MOBILE MEDICAL EXAMINERS: RNs, RPNs, LPNs, Lab Techs. Insurance Services Co. recruiting in Landis, Biggar, Rosetown, Wilkie, Harris and surrounding. Venipuncture experience reqd. Contact: careers@ 22p3 AUTOMOTIVE TECHNICIANS. Licensed, 4th year & 3rd year Technicians required. Signing/ moving allowance, full company benefits, very aggressive bonus/ pay plan. Ford experience preferred, but not required. Denham Ford, Wetaskiwin, Alberta. Email resume: Attention: Dean Brackenbury; dbrackenbury@denhamford. com.

This is the perfect opportunity for a retired or young couple. The selected applicant (s) would be responsible for the day to day operations of this year round resort tourism operation.This would include, but not limited to, some office duties, routine property maintenance, and guest services. The selected applicant must possess a strong, mature work ethic, management, people skills and the ability to be a team player. Non-smokers preferred. Wage based on qualifications. Serious applicants’ only. Please fax resume to Churchill River Lodge Administration, 403-206-7261 or email

PROFESSIONAL SALES CONSULTANTS. Central Alberta’s leading Ford dealer requires two professional sales associates. We maintain a large inventory of New & Used vehicles & friendly country atmosphere with big city sales volume. We are closed Sundays and all Statutory Holidays. We offer a competitive pay plan with an aggressive bonus structure, salary guarantee and moving allowance. Attention: Dean Brackenbury, GSM. Email: dbrackenbury@denhamford. com. NEED A HOME PHONE? Cable TV or High Speed Internet? We Can Help. Everyone Approved. Call Today. 1-877-852-1122 Protel Reconnect.

… llocated ocated at The Independent, 102 - 3rd Ave. West, Biggar • 306-948-3344 •

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Tim Hammond Realty

Mortgage Associate

Licenced for:

Saskatoon - Biggar Office

113 - 3rd Ave. W., Biggar

DUANE NEUFELDT Licensed For: • Residential • Acreage • Farm

306-948-5052 (office) Cell 306-948-9168

403 Main St., Biggar

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

Proud sponsor of Children’s Wish Foundation

Tim Hammond,

BSA, P.Ag., Broker

Proud to handle Biggar’s Real Estate Needs

Tim Hammond Realty of The Battlefords Independently Owned and Operated

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

FOR RENT BIGGAR HOUSING AUTHORITY Housing for families and seniors Rent based on income

Call: 306-948-2101

FAX SERVICE at The Independent

Wally Lorenz

Broker License #316322

•Farm •Residential •Commercial •Acreage

403 Main St., Biggar direct. 306.948.5200 cell. 306.303.9025 The Mortgage toll free phone. 1.877.734.3216 Group toll free fax. 1.877.734.3219 License #315872 email.


Licenced for: •Residential

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

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

113 - 3rd Ave. W., Biggar

306-948-5052 (office) Cell 306-948-7995 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 rd

113 - 3 Ave. W., Biggar

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

306-948-5052 (office) Cell 306-948-4478 Dave Molberg


Exposure, Experience and Effort.

¾ Auto & Home Insurance ¾ Farm & Commercial Insurance ¾ Health & Travel Insurance ¾ Life Insurance & Investments 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”

THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2013



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

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

Biggar, Sask.

Kirk Ewen

Biggar Professional Building, 223 Main Street, Biggar

For appointments… 1-855-651-3311

Licenced Journeyman Carpenters Troy McCarty 306-948-5627 (H) 306-948-9280 (C) Mitch McCarty 306-373-8254 (H) Serving Biggar ... Since 1968


Biggar, Sask.


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

Call Jim @ 306-948-3333

; ; ; ; ; ; ;

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

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

306-948-4565 (c)

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


Posters Menus Programs and Booklets Phamphlets Christmas letters File Folders Sticky Labels Address Labels Social Tickets Draw Tickets


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

Phone: 306-948-3344 Email: Box 40, Biggar, SK S0K 0M0


306-918-7264 Your Healthy Living

Weight Loss & Wellness Centre

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

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

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

Services available…

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

- together with -

30 min. Circuit Gym

Northland Foaming

Spray Foam Insulation

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

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

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

Phone: 306-948-5678


9LHZVUHISLYH[LZ For bookings, call Jason

306-948-2887VY JLSS948-6969


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.

…owned and operated by Brett Barber


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



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


Mundt’s Mobile Custom Grain Cleaning

Ladies Only

New Stucco & Restoration…

Calendars and Day Planners Presentations and more…

Wylie Farms Ltd.


interior & exterior painting, textured ceilings, drywall, mud & tape

; ;

Dan… 306-281-5090 Chad… 306-280-1524



Jacklin Andrews, MSW, Counsellor

• Five Inch Seamless • Fascia


acrylic Ànish, full system foam, paper/ wire, pargings/ICF blocks, custom pillars & battons, repair/service


~ Gift CertiÅcates ~

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



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

&AZg]rfZg L^kob\^l &EZ[hnkAbk^L^kob\^ FREE quotes Prompt Honest Service



Wood and Steel Buildings Floor & Trusses

Portraits, Family, Weddings & Sports Photography

Faxing Photocopies Envelopes Letterheads Business Cards Receipts Invoices Statements Rubber Stamps Flyers Resumes



Photos by Jocelyn


; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;

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


Journeymen Plumber, Gas Fitter, & Electrician on staff

In Biggar Every Tuesday.

“Big or Small -We Do Them All”

NCM Home Maintenance &Bgm^kbhkZg]


Doctor of Optometry

• Commercial • Residential • Design Builder • Insurance Claims • Renovations • Drafting Service


available to do…

for all your electrical needs

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

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


DMH ELECTRIC Construction, consulting and Maintenance Licensed Journeyman


www.madgerooÀ Biggar, Sask.

Electrical… 306-658-3004 Excavation… 306-951-7667 BIGGAR ELECTRICAL & REFRIGERATION SERVICES



• Commercial • Industrial • Residential


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, 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

Visit us @ 114- 2 Ave. W., Biggar nd

Where you can feel right at home! Phone… 306-948-2548 Cell… 306-948-8048

115 - 1st Ave. W. Rosetown, Sask.

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


NEWSSTANDS @ • Esso • Leslie’s Drugstore • Pharmasave • Quick Stop • Super A Foods • Shop Easy Food • Weasie’s Gourmet Blends • Feudal Co-op, Perdue • The Store, Perdue

THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2013


BUSSE LAW 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





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


P. O. Box 1480 Biggar, Sask.

Phone: 306-948-5133

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

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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:

223 Main Street Biggar Box 580 Biggar, SK SOK OMO

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

948-2700 Your Auto Parts and Accessories Dealer 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

948-2183 Email: Website:

A small firm that provides quality professional services to our clients on a personalized and timely basis.

Prairieland Collision

Services include:

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

•Auditing and Accounting •Corporate and Personal Tax •Financial Statement Preparation •Farm Tax and Agristability We are accepting new clients in Saskatoon and surrounding area. 624 Duchess St. Saskatoon, SK S7K 0R1

Ph: 306-933-2970

Ph: 306-948-4430 or 306-948-4460 Box 988, Biggar, SK

Jeff Gorman, C.A. Spencer Beaulieu, C.A.

INVESTMENTS For all your investment needs, Visit…

701 - 4 Ave. E., Biggar

Mutual Fund Investment Specialist Credential Asset Management Inc.

Mutual Fund Investment Specialist Credential Asset Management Inc.

227 - 1st Ave. East, Biggar

Owned & operated by Kevin Fick


YH Truck, Ag & Auto

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.

222 Main Street 306 948 5377

Panasonic, Samsung,

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

Jerry Muc Phone: 306-948-2958 306-948-5699

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

• sides of Beef available

Super B outfits hauling grain and fertilizer in Alberta and Saskatchewan

The Country Clipper


306-948-3384 • 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.

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

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

Pat Wicks, rd

To fax…stop in at The Independent

A Sign of

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

Living Books Distributor

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


Box 736, Biggar

Hwy 14 East, Biggar 948-2109


Modern Licenced Abbatoir

Phone: 306-948-5600 • Heavy truck parts • Agriculture parts • Automotive parts & accessories

t Delivery

Ask Abou



Robert Hoesgen, CFP

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

Your authorized

LG, Frigidaire, Shaw, Yamaha Audio Dealer; and Your authorized

SaskTel Mobility and High Speed Internet Dealer


SGI Safety Inspection Auto Repair

Pamela Eaton

• Snow Removal • Fences …and much more

“Your complete decal and signage shop”


Heavy Truck Repair

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

Financial Planning Estate Planning Life Insurance

J. G. Smith

Mike Nahorney, Interprovincial Heavy Duty Journeyman Mechanic

Investment Advisor Credential Securities Inc.

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



KRF Auto Centre

• Driveways • Concrete • Garage Pads • Pruning • Planting

Biggar, Sask.

Open Monday-Saturday

Lyndsey Sacher

403 Main Street, Biggar

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

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

Dean McCallum, CFP, CIM, FCSI

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

Rockin D Trucking & Cattle


“Where we do it all for you!!”

Do you just want to know if your premiums are fair with the right coverage?

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

…for bookings contact

Small moves and deliveries with ½ ton truck


Toll Free: 866-403-2298

Email: Website:

Tridem & Super B trailers

Rosetown, Sask.

• Detailing • Vortex Spray-In Box Liners • Granitex Baked-on Coatings for Decks and Cement Flooring • Auto Accessories • Trailer Rentals

Are you looking for Life, Living Benefits Insurance and/or Investment Strategies?

222 Main St., Biggar

Tel: 306-986-2600

Rebel Landscaping


100% handwash

Want a truly independent advisor who will find your unique solution?



Gareth McKee

Custom Grain Hauling

306-948-5352 or 306-244-9865


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

~Brian and Cathy Fick~

1st Ave. West, Biggar

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


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

Cell: 306-948-7524



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

Garry A. Faye


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

Sewing & Embroidery • Jackets • Windsuits • Shirts • Hunting Gear • Bunnyhugs • Caps • Toques • Bags Check out our new website: Judy Judy Kahovec: Kahovec… 882-4313, Cell 306-882-4313, cell831-7935 306-831-7935 Carey Krchov: 882-3213 Carey Krchov…882-3213

Anne G. Livingston

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

948-3955 Battery Chargers Electric Fencers Repaired/Rebuilt/ Built

Phillips Radio Shop 109 Main St., Biggar

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


658-4474, Landis, SK

Biggar Sand & Gravel • trenching • trucking • water & sewer • sand & gravel • excavating Call Colin Graham at 306-948-5455 ‰ CWB Certified ‰ Light Fabrication ‰ Mobile Welding

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


…call 306-948-3344

THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2013


New Democrats take action to boost youth voter participation Federal opposition deputy critic for Democratic Reform, Alexandrine Latendresse (Louis-SaintLaurent) has introduced a motion at the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs calling for urgent action to modernize our electoral system to engage more youth to vote: “That this Committee: A.) recognize that reports of the Chief Electoral Officer submitted to Parliament from 2010 onward demonstrate that, if Parliament does not modernize our electoral

system in order to engage young Canadians, lower and lower percentages of eligible voters will turn out to vote in future federal elections; and as such B.) conduct a comprehensive study before December 2013 on potential mechanisms to enhance youth electoral engagement in Canada, with the view to implement such changes before the next federal election, including: modernizing the online voter registration system; ensuring there are polling

stations on university and college campuses across the country; recruiting and training more youth to act as elections officers; raising awareness about how and where to vote, especially among mobile college and university students; considering an electronic voting system; considering automatic registration; and removing barriers to pre-registering young people at age 16 as prospective voters, in advance of eligibility to vote at age 18.”

Conservatives must defend Canada’s beef industry, say NDP The clock has run out on an unfair trade barrier that puts Canada’s beef industry at risk – and New Democrats are demanding strong action from the government in response. The May 23 decision by the United States Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) proves that the federal government has not been successful in standing up for Canadian beef producers, claimed the federal NDP. The United States had the




opportunity to treat Canadian producers fairly, but they have not done so, they added. “New Democrats believe that fair, robust trade rules are critical to the success of our industries,” said NDP Trade critic Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway). “The government must step up and protect these important sectors.” NDP Agriculture critic, Malcolm Allen (Welland), noted that the beef in-

dustry is a key industry in Canada that is being harmed by this US policy. “This unfair policy is costing hardworking beef producers $150 million per year,” said Allen. “The WTO ruling has established that this policy is not about food safety or consumer choice. This is not about domestic food security, but is a protectionist measure designed to block northsouth trade.”

Plant right to conserve water

Conservation is one of the keys to adopting an ecofriendly lifestyle. Though some might feel the transition to such a lifestyle might be difficult, it’s often far simpler than it may seem. Conserving water, for instance, can be done in a number of ways. One such way concerns how you treat your landscape. Planting the right way can save a substantial amount of water, which will also save you money on your utility bills. The following are a few ways to plant right that won’t require a complete overhaul of your landscape. • Research before you plant anything. Decorating your landscape with the prettiest plant might add to your home’s aesthetic appeal, but it’s not always the most practical or ecofriendly decision. Choose

plants that will thrive in your local climate so you don’t need to constantly water them just to keep them alive and looking good. Certain grasses, for instance, are best suited for certain climates. When planting, make use of shaded areas around your property so plants won’t need more water to make it through the warmer months of the year. • Maintain a healthy soil. Healthy soil allows water to penetrate effectively, promoting strong roots and ensuring plants get all they need to thrive. Aerate your lawn, including areas around trees, once a year and cultivate the soil before planting. Add compost or fertilize the soil, which increases moisture retention and reduces the need to water. Healthy soil helps make stronger plants that won’t need to be watered as often as plants that are not healthy or struggling to survive. • Be timely when planting. Spring or fall is typically the ideal time to plant. Though you can plant in the summer, that’s not the best time if one of your

goals is to conserve water. Planting in the summer when temperatures are generally at their warmest makes it more difficult for plants to establish themselves without extra watering. • Plant shade trees. Shade trees are trees that, when full grown, shade the yard and plants from the sun. This lowers the air and soil temperatures and reduces moisture loss. The more moisture a plant and the soil can maintain, the less they need to be watered. • Don’t procrastinate with regard to lawn care. It’s easy to put off lawn maintenance, particularly during the dog days of summer when temperatures can be especially hot. However, it won’t take long for a blazing sun to do a number on your lawn. Putting off lawn care, even if just for a few days when the weather is hot, will require more water down the road when you start taking care of your property again. But a wellmaintained lawn won’t need as much water to stay healthy.

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Section Track Ashley Heather, right, navigates the hurdles during Section Track at the Biggar Rec Complex, May 22.

Liam Boyle plants the landing in long jump.

Hanna Tuico, left, closes the gap in the 100m. (Independent Photos by Kevin Brautigam)

Biggar Seniors Bowling Awards 2012-13 by Geoff Cooke The seniors’ annual banquet and awards was held on April 30 at the MacPherson Hall. President Bill Roach welcomed everyone and thanked all those who had helped during the season. After a great meal served by Mike and Karen, the awards were presented as follows: Men’s Champion - Geoff Cooke, 183.1 high average. Ladies

Champion - Dianna Meger, 164.95 high average. Men’s High Triple - Jack Eckart, 696. Ladies High Triple - June Hoppe, 645. Men’s High Single - Glen Shockey, 276. Ladies’ High Single - Barb Beirnes, 247. Team Champions: Twobits (Howard Newton, Barb Beirnes, Blanche Borchardt, Dorothy McCarty). New Horizons Tuesday Bowling

High Average Bowling Awards: Guys: Glen Shockey, Geoff Cooke, Jack Eckart, Bill Roach, Gabe Silvernagle. Dolls: Donna Eckart, June Hoppe, Mona Davidson, Barb Archibald. Following this the executive for next year was selected as: President: Bill Roach. Treasurer: Pat Phillips. Secretary: Geoff Cooke. See you next year!

The bowling league season for 2012-13 has come to an end for the Biggar Youth Bowling (YBC), and proudly sporting their trophies are back row: Austin Taylor, Julian Heimbecker, Justin Cirrico, Cassie Raschke. Front row: Kiersten Raschke, Sawyer Heimbecker, and Tristan Cirrico. Not in picture; Jaden Rensby, Axel Danskin, Tyson Danskin. This has been another awesome year full of fun, sportsmanship, tournaments, and trophies. Hope to see more youth when we start up in again in September. (Submitted Photo)

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