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Calm Waters . . . A slight breeze was all that took the edge off an otherwise steamy day, Friday. Temperatures were in the plus-30’s, and with the humidity, if felt even higher. Here, Springwater Lake made for a modest escape from the heat but provided great conditions for an afternoon paddle. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)



Swimming lessons are in full swing at the Biggar Aquatic Centre, and with the hot weather, there is no better place to be but in the cool water! With the summer already proving to be very hot, the pool is both classroom, a place to meet friends, and a way to beat the summer time blues! (Independent Photos by Kevin Brautigam)



Needed rains improve crop quality Scattered showers last week brought muchneeded rain to many areas of the province, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report for the June 26 to July 2 period. Rainfall last week ranged from trace amounts to 53 millimetres in the Arborfield area. Additional rainfall in the past few days has alleviated concerns of dry conditions in some areas, although more will be needed in the coming weeks to help crops develop. The majority of crops are in good condition and at their normal stages of development for this time of year. Twenty per cent of the spring cereals are in the heading stage, while 45 per cent of the canola and mustard and 44 per cent of the pulse crops are flowering. Overall, topsoil moisture conditions have slightly worsened in the past week, due to the warmer temperatures and lack of moisture. Provincially, topsoil moisture conditions on

cropland are rated as four per cent surplus, 62 per cent adequate, 29 per cent short and five per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as three per cent surplus, 52 per cent adequate, 32 per cent short and 13 per cent very short. Topsoil moisture remains in very short supply in many southwestern areas. Haying continues, although there have been delays due to rain and high humidity. Livestock producers now have 14 per cent of the crop cut and 10 per cent baled or put into silage. Hay quality is rated as seven per cent excellent, 50 per cent good, 37 per cent fair and six per cent poor. Hay yields so far are reported to be much lower than average and many pastures are expected to have significantly reduced carrying capacity heading into the summer. Pasture conditions are rated as six per cent excellent, 44 per cent good, 34 per cent fair, 13 per cent poor and three per cent very poor.

Largest month-to-month job increase since 2012 Data released by Statistics Canada Friday shows that June had the largest month-to-month gain in employment in Saskatchewan since 2012, up 8,300 jobs (seasonally adjusted). There were 583,700 people employed in the

province in June, up 3,900 year-over-year. Saskatchewan’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.3 per cent in June 2018, the fifth lowest in Canada (seasonally adjusted). The unemployment rate was down from 6.8 per cent in May

Bookworm’s enjoy the art of story at Lionel A. Jones Library . . . Rhonda Heather of the Lionel A. Jones Wheatland Library, right, reads for kids of the Bookworm Story Time Club, July 5. The club

some tools were stolen. The vehicle is a silver GMC Silverado. licence plate 633BWZ. The break and enter occurred sometime between 1:30 and 7 a.m. Anyone with

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Stand-off resolved without injury RCMP have brought a stand-off this past Wednesday to a peaceful conclusion. At approximately 3:45 a.m., a stolen vehicle was pursued by Saskatoon Police Service (SPS) units out of the city on Highway 14. SPS attempted to stop the Ford F-350 truck within the city limits with a spike belt, which deflated two tires. However, the vehicle continued travelling on Highway 14 toward Biggar at speeds between 20 to 40 kilometres an hour on the rims of the two blown tires. Biggar RCMP attempted to spike belt the truck’s remaining tires east of Biggar on Highway 14 at approximately 5 a.m., but the truck avoided the spike belt by driving into the ditch where it

2018. “Saskatchewan is on the right track,” Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said. “We had our highest month-to-month

job gain since 2012 and our unemployment rate fell significantly. Our economy is creating jobs with a strengthening labour market.”

Break and enter to Wilkie garage On July 7, the Unity/ Wilkie/Macklin RCMP received a complaint of a Break and Enter into a garage on the 400 Block of Second Street West in Wilkie. A vehicle, along with

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information about these or any other crimes in local areas are asked to please call the Unity RCMP at (306) 2286300, the Wilkie RCMP at (306) 843-3480, the Macklin RCMP at

(306) 753-2171, or the Biggar RCMP at (306) 948-6600, or you may contact Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers, anonymously at 1-800222-TIPS (8477), or submit a tip online at Day Program begins . . . The Biggar Summer Day Program is up and operating for the summer at the Jubilee Stadium. The program is every afternoon, Monday to Friday. Here Day Camp’s Janessa Bryan, left, and McKenna Boyle help Blake Hawkins put together a puzzle. Each day has a fun theme with campers playing games, making crafts and other activities. Contact the Biggar Town Office for more. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

became stuck. At that point, the occupants refused to exit the vehicle. RCMP and SPS members surrounded the vehicle and closed off public access to the highway, beginning negotiations with the four occupants of the vehicle. The occupants exited the vehicle five-and-a-half hours later, surrendering to police without incident. Two adult males and two adult females are now in custody. The incident remains under investigation. Biggar RCMP were assisted in controlling access to the area by Warman RCMP, Biggar Fire Department and the Saskatchewan Department of Highways.

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Letter to the Editor … Dear Editor: In the July 5 issue of the Biggar Independent, Margaret Blakely complained about air horns at the graduation of the Grade 12 students in Biggar. And well she should. Anyone who dreams up such a scheme (deploying air horns) must be from some alien clan or from a different dimension. Or maybe a couple of bricks shy of a load.

When I graduated in 1952 I don’t think air horns were invented yet. At that time, there were one dozen of us graduates. There are still a couple of them roaming around Biggar, footloose and fancy-free. The rest have scattered hither and yond. Some have gone through the Great Divine. Jack Haffermehl Biggar

Notifications very annoying No doubt the rains earlier this week were welcome but the weather system that brought the moisture also brought some thunder and lightning. One of cracks was close and actually shook the house. There are some people that absolutely love those elements while others hide under the bed. Then there is the alert system that lets everyone know a weather system is imminent. Actually, it is most annoying. Most people don’t want their phone beeping or the broadcasts being interrupted. Some may find this notification helpful and that is fine. But for those that do not appreciate them they have no choice. That’s the crux of the matter -- choice. By simply taking over the cellular waves people have lost their right to choose. That is not right. What is even more annoying is the voice that delivers the message. Where in the world did Environment Canada find her? To top it off she does not even know how to pronounce Saskatchewan. Yes, the name is difficult to say and outsiders struggle with it. However, this is Environment Canada, a division of the federal government. At the very least, any Canadian should know how to pronounce Saskatchewan. Anything less is unacceptable. P.H.

Trade turmoil ahead for Canada amid Trump administration’s protectionist policies Glen Hodgson, Senior Fellow, Conference Board of Canada The full Trump economic agenda is becoming more evident with each passing day—to attract business investment back to the United States, restore American manufacturing to its glory days and create well-paying jobs for his Middle America political base. The most likely outcome is short-term gain for some in the U.S. economy, but longer-term pain and risk—for American consumers, businesses and trading partners. Following a long recovery from the 2008 financial crisis, U.S. President Donald Trump has the benefit of a healthy U.S. economy today. Business confidence is rising, as are corporate profits, and private investment growth is solid if not spectacular. Short-term interest rates are also rising as the Federal Reserve aims to restore more normal monetary conditions. Over all, the U.S. economy is projected to grow by up to 3 per cent in 2018. Consumers are feeling more buoyant. The unemployment rate is down to 3.8

per cent, and wages are starting to rise a bit more quickly. Housing prices have rebounded to the highs of a decade ago in many markets. There is some capacity for further labour force growth, as the U.S. employment rate is still below its high prior to the 2008 crisis. The tax cuts passed in 2017 for businesses and individuals with high incomes were aimed at boosting investment and attracting capital back to the United States. So far, firms are reportedly using much of the added cash flow to buy back shares and boost share prices. Moreover, the U.S. economy is transitioning toward high-value services and the digital economy, and away from traditional manufacturing. In this new world, it is debatable if the tax cuts will fuel a sustained boost to U.S. domestic investment in manufacturing. And the tax cuts come at a significant cost; ongoing large fiscal deficits and mounting public debt that is projected to rise toward 100 per cent of GDP over the next decade. Future administrations will have the task of dealing with the

They MUST be signed, approximately 300 words in length and are subject to editing. consequences. The economic benefits of the tax cuts are further limited by U.S. tariffs – one of the other central themes of the Trump agenda. Tariffs are a tax increase, neutralizing the business tax cuts in some sectors. They could lead to higher inflation and place further pressure on the Feds to raise short-term interest rates. The Trump Administration’s trade rhetoric is highly protectionist, but its actions are fickle, unpredictable and scattered. Long-time allies and trade partners are targeted for aggressive tariff actions, while the tough trade talk toward China—which has a massive bilateral trade surplus with the United States—has not resulted in equally tough action. The tariffs just introduced on aluminum and steel imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union are small in the context of the overall U.S. economy. Nonetheless, they will negatively affect U.S. businesses and consumers, with little short-term economic benefit. The specific imported steel and aluminum products hit by tariffs are used primarily as inputs in U.S. manufacturing processes. There is limited scope for immediate American substitutes—particularly for Canadian aluminum. U.S. exporters would be negatively affected by the countertariffs introduced by trade partners, particularly since substitutes appear to be readily available for many of the U.S. consumer goods and business inputs selected for countertariffs. With further tariff action threatened in the auto sector—ostensibly a bargaining chip in ongoing trade negotiations – the

potential for escalation is rising. Over the longer term, a pursuit of protectionist policies will impair U.S. and global growth potential. Consumers and businesses will face added costs and restricted choice. U.S. exporters will face more countervailing measures and barriers to foreign market access— ultimately making the U.S. economy less efficient and competitive. How should Canadian policy makers respond? It’s time to do our homework on tax policy options for maintaining Canada’s tax competitiveness, focusing in particular on targeted initiatives aimed at boosting business investment spending in Canada. Canada had little choice but to introduce its own tariffs to counter the Trump protectionist action on aluminum and steel. Yet a successful responsive trade strategy will require two other core actions. First, continuing to work closely with affected parties and influencers in the United States—in sectors, states, communities and on Capitol Hill—to engage in a full discussion on the costs of protectionism, and the benefits of open trade to Americans. And second, deep engagement with other affected parties—specifically the EU, Japan and Mexico—on keeping the global trading system open. The common front at the G7 Summit was an important signal that Canada is in good company on what looks to be a difficult file. The Trump tax and trade agenda offers the mirage of limited short-term gain, but will impose significant long-term pain on America and its trading partners. Canada now has little choice but to prepare for a long period of turmoil.

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Vinyl records making a comeback Vinyl records. Many won’t know what they even are but quite a significant portion of the population will remember. It was 60 years ago that Columbia Records brought out the 33 1/3 LP (which stands for long playing record). That means that more songs could be recorded on the album, an improvement over 78s which could only record one song. The LP, or 12 inch disc, could play for 45 minutes or six times longer plus they would take up less space. Now, it’s hard to imagine in today’s world of remote controls that the convenience of being able to listen to more songs before having to turn over the record was quite an achievement. People of the day agreed because by the end of 1948, 1.25 million LP

records were sold. The vinyl record is making a comeback thanks to -- the millennials. Yes, those 18-30 year olds are embracing vinyl because “a vinyl record is an analog recording and a CD or DVD is a digital recording”. Digital does not capture the complete sound wave which means vinyl gives a richer sound. But, for those who thought vinyl records were a thing of the past -- not so much. They never stopped making records despite all the hype. Somewhere, someone was still buying those large discs. And, now with the resurgence companies are struggling to find equipment. In many cases, the companies are forced to rely on aging equipment. The LP disc, besides being larger, had some

other differences. The speed was reduced to 33 revolutions per minute. Then there was the groove. Unlike conventional records, the groove started at the inside of the recorded area near the label and moved outwards toward the edge. As the LP was embraced by everyone, so did the entertainers. This was the beginning of what is known as the “Album Era”. Performers would create a theme for the album with the songs pertaining to that. It

wasn’t just single songs people were buying but two or three hits or more could be found on one side of an album. In order to play these records you must have a phonograph -- or as everyone in the 60s called Peggy Hasein them -- record players or turntables. Some of these would make allowance for five records to be stacked on top of each other. After the record was done, the next one would drop down from the stack. Then, the stack

would simply have to be turned over and the other side could be listened to. This allowed for records to be listened to in a sequence. Boxed sets were sold with automatic sequencing which would allow for continuous playback. The one drawback was that it was difficult to search for one particular song but if you didn’t mind listening to

all the songs then this was -- as they would say in the 60s -- “the cat’s meow”. It is a whole industry making a comeback. Not only the records but also the record players. What a shame mine was lost between moving out of my parents house after school, and the many moves to my present home. I doubt that it would still work anyway.

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Biggar Lodge News by Karen Kammer, Recreation Coordinator Warm summer greetings to one and all. Last week at Biggar Health Centre we had the St. Gab’s Grade 1 class over. They sang songs about the end of school and summer. After lunch we had Gary Braithwaite and Al Gil over for music. Tuesday morning was current events. After lunch we had a summer social. We had strawberry

rhubarb pie with watermelon juice. Wednesday morning was mini Golf. After lunch we loaded a bus and took a group to Rosetown. We went to the tea house at the museum for pie. Thursday was our burger sale and bingo. Friday morning we had Ben Bernier here for music. We had BBQ Club down Willow. Happy Hour in the afternoon. Saturday mornings some of the residents went to

the rodeo grounds and saw barrel racing. They watched The Colt in the afternoon. Sunday morning we had 1-1’s. PAL’s were here for church. Monday there was no Activities due to Canada Day. Tuesday we had current events and a card party. Wednesday was birthday party. We had four birthdays. Country Cousins entertained us and the Allanbank group did the

lunch. Thursday was Bible Study, Exercises and Bingo. Friday was BBQ Club down Skyview. We had swingbowling in the afternoon. Home sweet Home Bingo was on Saturday morning. There was a movie in the afternoon. Sunday morning was 1-1 time and the Perdue United Church did worship. Have a great day TOWN OF BIGGAR, SASKATCHEWAN

PUBLIC NOTICE ZONING BYLAW AMENDMENT Public Notice is hereby given that the Council of the Town of Biggar intends to adopt a bylaw under The Planning and Development Act, 2007 to amend Bylaw No. 15-763 known as The Zoning Bylaw. INTENT & REASON The proposed bylaw will amend section 11.3 Site Development Regulations by removing “7.5 metres (25 ft)” from the Commercial Uses minimum front yard requirements and adding “No requirements”. PUBLIC INSPECTION

Biggar features in National bowling championship . . . The Men’s Teaching Division bronze medal winners pose for the camera recently, having medalled in Thunderbay, Ontario at the Masters Bowling Championships. Left to right: Jason Raschke, Jeremy Wetsch, Dean Nagle, coach Brian Andersen, Kevin Goring and Darian Jones. You made us proud! Way to go Team Sask! (Submitted Photo)

Any bylaw may be inspected by any person at the Town Office in Biggar, Saskatchewan, Monday through Friday, excluding statutory holidays, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Copies of the bylaw are available to persons at a cost of $2.00. PUBLIC HEARING Council will hold a public hearing on the 7th day of August A.D., 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at the Town Office in Biggar, Saskatchewan to hear any person or group that wants to comment on the proposed bylaw. Council will also consider written comments delivered to the undersigned at the Town Office before 12:00 noon on the 3rd day of August A.D., 2018. Issued at Biggar, Saskatchewan this 5th day of July A.D., 2018. Barb Barteski, Chief Administrative Officer


Where Y.T. grew up in Great Bend, the country side all around seemed fairly flat. Mebbe some of it was a bit rolling here and there, but most of it was quite level. The river hills along the side of the North Saskatchewan just south of Springwell Farm were usually the only ones we saw! After 1926** we could look west across the river lowland, see the grain elevators of the hamlet of Struan taking shape against the backdrop of the Eagle Hills. “Wow!� we thought. “Look at those huge hills over there, eh!� We often wondered what it would be like to climb way up on one so that we could see all around! The old country school that we attended was

situated way out in the wasteland east of our place, and many mornings on our way to it, we noticed a bald bit of higher ground some distance on the other side. For years Y.T. eyed that grassy dome out there until (cuss me!) with Mother standing in our doorway and begging me not to go out there alone, I just took off to explore! Oh, he got there all right! Mebbe it took a few hours, but eventually Y.T. found himself climbing the gentle slope up to the top of that knoll that had lured him so many years. Sorry! The view of the other side of it wasn’t quite as inspiring as he had always thought. Just more wasteland spreading out before him and into the distance. Miles and miles of who knew

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what. And Y.T. realized for the first time what the rest of his life was going to be like! When he turned around he could see that it was getting on in the day and the sun was getting low over those huge hills across the river to the west. Back across the ragged countryside over which he had just come, he saw a black square dot, almost silhouetted against the summer hay. “Can that be home?� he suddenly thought. “It looks so different from here!� After looking out across the wasteland that lay ahead, how comforting the very sight of home seemed and he almost panicked at the thought of what lay behind the hills of his future! He stared back west for a moment, suddenly sensing the real security of home. And then, feeling a little scared, started back toward that dot, almost running over the miles he had just come. “This hill always looked so good from home,� he thought, “but not near as good as home now looks from it!� Years later Phyllis and Y.T. drove back to the

site of Springwell Farm. entirely gone, and the Sorry! Where that fine only sign that we had of home had once been it was in our memory! were huge mounds of a Most of our memories big gravel pit. Everything of Great Bend are about was gone - the house, the the 1920s and 1930s. We stables, the yard where younger people didn’t we used really know it to play as then but the children, whole country and even was just “nicethe three ly� (that word long doesn’t sound shelterjust right!) belts that getting into Dad had “The Great planted Depression�. around What had once them, been a fine were economic set buried up went from beneath bad to worse, great and in the mounds! spring of 1936 Bob Mason we moved to And many our new home times Dad had told north of Tessier! us about that deposit All went well that first beneath our home, when year as we D.P.s (Dishe had dug the well placed Persons) made our after which the farm was way into the good graces named. He had gone of an obviously successdown through 20 feet ful community. But that of gravel before he hit great equalizer, 1937, the water. worst year of The DepresAt the end of the lane sion, came along to show where we had turned us all just how helpless in so many times in our we were in the face of youth, was a sign that those terrible times. warned: “do not enter!�, We did have a few good but we went in anyway! years there though, startIt was hard to believe ing in 1939. But WWII that the place we had showed up and almost once called “home� was before we knew it Walt

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and Y.T. had joined up. Here endeth the Tessier escapade. A long time later one of Bill’s boys and Y.T. went back to see that old Jasper Community, and darn near got lost going down that once so familiar round. At one time 17 young men had lived along that road in only a few miles, and not one of them was left! Not only was the fine old farm site gone from where we used to live, but the one across the road from it too. Many other places had changed, even the arch bridge across Eagle Creek had been replaced! When Y.T. was in Europe he had walked over stone bridges that the Romans had built. The Eagle Creek one had lasted only 40 years! Phyllis and Y.T. with the help of V.L.A. (Veterans Land Act) had bought a quarter section from an old Boer War vet, renovated his small house and started to raise a family there. We did okay, I thought, but in 1955 somehow Y.T. contacted a polio virus that threw him for a tenyard loss! Because the doctor said that he’d never work again (I’ve been quite active ever since!) Y.T. and Phyllis sold that farm and moved uptown to Perdue. A while back we drove by that place where we had started our married life together, and there was nothing left to show that anyone had lived there! The house, stables, driveway and shelterbelts were all gone, and only a blank unfeeling field was left to tell of the many dreams and plans we’d had. Temporarily we moved into an old house uptown while we built the one we lived in so long, but that old house burned up accidentally some years ago. They are all gone, and nothing is left of Y.T.’s past it seems! Mebbe life itself is a little like that. We see a hill in the distance and when we go and stand on it, everything behind us seems to change so much! Old people all want to remember “The good old days!�, and I often wonder if there is a lesson in there somewhere! * A symbol of immortality ** The Arelee/Struan/ Sonningdale et cetera R.R. line was built in 1921.



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Putting the horse before the hobby by Calvin Daniels When it comes to agriculture the equine sector sometimes seems to get lost. The sector is often seen more as a hobby, or perhaps falling into the realm of sport, than an agriculture enterprise, and there are some obvious reasons for being unsure exactly what box to check in terms of horses. But what should not be lost is the significant impact the horse industry has on our economy. The impact was brought into sharp focus again last week when attending the Yorkton Exhibition Association’s summer fair. Each day I drove down the road at the back of

the grounds right through the middle of the parking for those involved in chuckwagon and chariot races. It is an impressive site seeing the semi-trailer units, horse trailers and campers sprawled across the grass, and the horse

tethered out awaiting a $10,000. If you averchance to age that at run the a modest track. $5,000 the In talking value of to Kevin horses for Gareau racing in president Yorkton was of the $1.5 million. Eastern Of course Professionthe horses, al Charwhile the iot and single most Chuckwagimportant on Assocomponent ciation of racing, (EPCCA), are only a I learned small part that there Calvin Daniels of the cost were 45 of what is chuckvery much wagons entered in the a hobby for drivers, but Yorkton show, and 53 also an economic stimuchariots. A bit of math lator. and I realized that would Every hitch requires account for 286 horses


on the grounds, add a few more carried as extras, or training purposes and it is easy to suggest 300 horses were on-site. Gareau said a young horse for racing might be purchased for $2,500, but the best were about



a wagon and harness, the horses need feed. A farrier will be needed to shoe the horses. On occasion a veterinarian will be required. And that is just to run the track. Drivers in the EPCCA come from all over the province. Gareau as an                                    



example is from Domreny, Saskatchewan, which according to Google is about a 350 kilometre jaunt from Yorkton. Rolling a truck and trailer down the highway means gas purchases, flat tires that need fixing, and dozens of other pop up costs drivers will face as Gareau noted they hit some 18 communities for 40 days of racing each summer. There is also of course the cost of the trailers, many manufactured on the Prairies, and of trucks, and campers, barbecues and tarps and a hundred other things chuckwagon drivers and their families will require for life on the road from June through September each year. While the horse industry is not the critical aspect of farming it once was, it does remain a sector which sees dollars spreading through the local economy, with the chuckwagon and chariot sector a clear example of that.

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Leafs immediate Cup threats with Tavares signing Okay, they can start working on that 2019 Stanley Cup parade route in Toronto. Start on Yonge and Dundas, over to Queen Street, take a left turn on Tavares Road … What? They haven’t named a street after John Tavares yet? Wasn’t that part of the contract? Seven years, $77 million, dinner once a week at Doug Ford’s, a tribute song from Drake, the tip of the CN Tower being reshaped into a ’T’ for Tavares, and the renaming of Bay Street to Tavares Road. That was the deal. Read the contract’s fine print. It was Canada Day on July 1, but the fireworks weren’t limited to colourful late-night sky explosions. There were hockey

fireworks too, none more explosive than the signing by Toronto Maple Leafs of Tavares, the first superstar free agent to leave his original team since Scott Niedermayer bolted from New Jersey to Anaheim in 2005. What happened in Mickey Mouse Land? The Ducks won a cup in Niedermayer’s second year with the club, that’s all. Leafs’ fans won’t have the patience to wait for Tavares’ second year with the team to win the Cup. Toronto racked up the third-highest point total in the Eastern Conference last year (tying the 105 points earned by Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals) and the addition of Tavares should mean at

least three or four more superstars at centre — victories. Why not 82-0? Auston Matthews is the Okay, then 80-2. other, of course — and Tavares was believed 30-goal man Nazem to be conKadri censidering tres the either a third line. return to No team in his Islandthe NHL can ers, or match that else the strength San Jose down the Sharks or middle. the Leafs. The Leafs, Toronto undoubtedly fans ‘Canada’s couldn’t team’, have believe thousands their good more joyous fortune fans today when the than they 27-yearhad on June old sniper, 30, when Bruce Penton who has Tavares was 272 goals in limbo. and 621 points in his Now that he’s out of nine NHL seasons, chose limbo and into the Leafs’ the Leafs, saying it was lineup, there will be no a boyhood dream for the satisfaction until that Mississauga native to Stanley Cup parade play for his hometown winds its way down Tavteam. ares Road. The Leafs are solid • Randy Turner of the in goal with Frederick Winnipeg Free Press, on Andersen and up front, Twitter: “I could be miswith their star players taken, but the problem all having youth on their with Tavares signing side, but their defence in Toronto is that I fear needs some work. Genthe Leafs will now get a eral manager Kyle Dubas disproportionate amount and team president of attention from the Brendan Shanahan will national media.” obviously be getting • Comedy writer down to work with Coach Alex Kaseberg, after Mike Babcock to solidify 63-year-old golfer Greg that defensive unit. Norman posed nude The addition of Tavain the ESPN Magazine res gives the Leafs two body issue: “The caption

under the photo is ‘This should get those punks off my lawn.’ ” • Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times: “University of Michigan researchers have designed a computer that is smaller than a grain of rice. The screen is so tiny, we hear, that even the Orioles’ playoff chances won’t fit on it.” • Danny Woodhead on Twitter, after DeMarcus Cousins signed with Golden State: “Sources: Sidney Crosby, Roger Federer, Mike Trout, and Dustin Johnson are all expected to sign with the Warriors. Bill Belichick also expected to be one of Kerr’s assistants.” • Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle: “Soccer fans wonder, if Senegal and Japan had had an equal number of yellow cards, what would the next tie-breaker have been? Answer: The team with the best haircuts advances.” • Comedy writer Jim Barach: “Graeme McDowell had to withdraw from a British Open qualifier when Air France lost his clubs. Their promise to deliver the clubs on time turned from ‘oui’ to ‘IOU.’ • RJ Currie of “The CFL Eskimos are talking with

The scoreboard says it all . . . 25 in top spot and Hayden taking a victory lap with the checkers. (Sub-

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the Inuit about changing their team name, which reportedly means ‘eaters of raw meat.’ I always thought it meant ‘eliminate Bombers from playoffs.’” • Another one from Currie: “Reuters reports an India ATM stopped working because a rat got in and ate thousands of dollars in cash before choking. Probably how the Cleveland Cavaliers feel about JR Smith.” • Janice Hough of “Jenrry Mejia has been reinstated by MLB two years after being given a lifetime ban for PEDs. Because playing for the Mets is punishment enough?” • Dwight Perry again: “Authorities in Manitoba have dropped marijuana charges against Saskatchewan Roughriders receiver Duron Carter. Apparently the instantreplay booth ruled he didn’t have possession.” • Syndicated columnist Norman Chad, on the U.S. failing to qualify for the World Cup: “If it is any consolation, we also stink in math, civil rights, education, gun control, supporting the arts, climate-change awareness, electoral security and cable news.” Care to comment? E-mail

Hoogeveen records first feature win . . . Biggar speedster, Hayden Hoogeveen took top spot at Wyant Group Raceway in Saskatoon, July 7, winning his first feature race. Hoogeveen, racing in the Bandoleros class, started the 25-lap race from the outside third row, fighting his way to the front in the last half of the race. In his second season of Bandolero racing, Hoogeveen currently sits second in the standings with his next race coming August 11. Congratulations, Hayden!

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SaskPower forecasts continued growth in power demand Annual Report details net income of $146 Million

In 2017-18, SaskPower invested $996 million into the provincial power grid. The investment represents important projects to update the aging power grid in order to improve the reliability of the network, and continue to support economic growth in the province. While meeting a 5.4 per cent increase in power demand, SaskPower also kept on track to meet and exceed federal emission regulations by 2030. “SaskPower continues to invest in our growing population and economy,” Minister Responsible for SaskPower Dustin Duncan said. “We need reliable, cost-effective electricity to maintain our quality of life, to keep our industries competitive and to continue job growth in Saskatchewan. We also need environmentally sustainable

power and that’s why SaskPower is leading the way to cut its emissions by 40 per cent from 2005 levels, by 2030. We continue to show that we can manage and reduce our environmental impact in an economically responsible way.” “Every winter, we continue to see new peak power demand records being set,” SaskPower President and CEO Mike Marsh said. “The increase in energy use last year is the equivalent of adding 150,000 homes onto the grid. That’s why we will continue to invest approximately a billion dollars annually in updating and growing electrical infrastructure in the province.” In 2017-18, SaskPower recorded a net income of $146 million, up from $56 million in 2016-17. This result was primarily due to lower natural gas prices, the significant increase in demand, and

recent rate increases. This brings SaskPower’s debt ratio to 74.9 per cent, within the company’s target range. While investing in infrastructure, SaskPower continued to optimise its internal costs. Since 2015, the corporation has saved $115 million in budgeted operation, maintenance and administration spending. SaskPower was also honoured once again this year with recognition as one of Saskatchewan’s Top Employers, Canada’s Top Diversity Employers and Canada’s Top Employers for Young People. 2017-18 investment highlights: • On time and on budget, construction is halfway complete on the Chinook Power Station, a 350 MW natural gas plant, near Swift Current; • Construction also continued on the $231 million, 200-kilometre transmission line from

Swift Current to Moose Jaw; • The carbon capture and storage process at Boundary Dam Power Station surpassed two million tonnes of captured carbon dioxide since start-up, the equivalent of removing 500,000 vehicles from Saskatchewan roads; • We concluded the com-

petitive process on Saskatchewan’s first 10 MW utility-scale solar project; • The request for proposals for up to 200 megawatts of new wind generation was completed, and an announcement is expected this fall; • The corporation invested $153 million to connect new customers to

the grid; • The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business awarded SaskPower with Progressive Aboriginal Relations Gold-level certification; and • SaskPower allocated $1.7 million in educational programming and community investment.

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REFORD SAGD PROJECT A deer curiously looks over the scene north Biggar, Sunday. The beautiful green of the scene makes is sometimes hard to find the four-legged Prairie denizens, but with a bit of patience, they will make themselves known. (Independent Photo by Ana Irvine)

Government issues blue-green algae advisory The Water Security Agency and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health are advising the public to avoid swimming in or drinking water where blue-green algae blooms are occurring. Algae blooms, or heavy concentrations of bluegreen algae, commonly occur during calm, hot weather in areas of lakes and reservoirs with shallow, slow moving or still water that has sufficient nutrients. Pet owners and livestock producers are

also advised to keep their animals away from such water. Algae blooms often give the water a shimmering, foamy pea soup appearance. They are usually blue-green, bright blue, grey or tan in colour. The recent warm temperatures in the province may result in the quick formation of algal blooms. The blooms typically last up to three weeks and can be pushed around the lake or reservoir by the wind.

Swimming in or drinking this algae-contaminated water can cause red skin, sore throat, cramps or diarrhea. In addition, caution should be taken when considering the consumption of fish or shellfish caught in areas of a water body where a bloom exists; in particular the internal organs of the fish should not be eaten. If you have health symptoms, please call Healthline 811 or contact your health care provider.

SECTION 6 TOWNSHIP 38 RANGE 19 W3M Wednesday, July 18 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Supper from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saskcan Community Centre 301 - 5th Street West Wilkie, Saskatchewan Broadview Energy Ltd. is planning to construct and operate a new SAGD central processing facility and well pads located in the RM of Reford. Raw water for the new facility will be pipelined from a water source located in section 12 township 38 range 18 W3M. Sales oil will be trucked to Unity, Saskatchewan. Broadview will have representatives knowledgeable about all aspects of the Reford SAGD Project available at the open house to answer any questions.




Springwater July 1st One hundred and fifty enthusiastic Canadians celebrated Canada Day in Springwater, Sunday July 1. The day started omi-

poraries, Marge Mackie (Schneider), Myrtle Robinson (Schneider), Jackie Chanin (Atkinson), Morley and Eleanor Ries, and Joyce Coates (Ries) from

Enthusiastic Springwater fans and ardent Canadians celebrate the day.

plimentary clubs and lost balls are not a problem, as each “hole”, had a pail of experienced golf balls to replenish the players supply. A great turnout of 35 participants enjoyed the game and played up to four “rounds” until dusk, often teaching newcomers the finer points of Cur-Olf. The 2018 Cur-Olf winners: Alexa Chizic - Youngest Cur-Olfer, 9 years old: Kathy Richards. Most lost golf balls: Barb Woods. Highest score (16): The Chizic team , Allan and Cindy Chizic, daughter Jackie St. Germaine and granddaughter Alexa St. Germaine. Most family participation: Kathy and Don Richards team. First time Cur-Olfer (aka: most fun award): Roy and Wilma Fielden, Outlook (traveled the farthest). Don Morton, Trevor Simpson, and Brock Thomson - the low score, 6 strokes - a tie. The awards committee made an executive decision and awarded the handsome trophy to the youngest and best athlete of the trio to Brock Thomson. Finally; it took four years of competition to claim the hole in one trophy

nously with rain and Saskatoon. This was a cloudy skies turning to “let’s try it event”. The appreciative particisunshine - only interruptpants insist it should be ed by a short 20 minute held again, next year. cloudburst with impresThe Games: sive lightning and thunFamily games includder at 2:30 p.m. It was as ing the Saskatchewan though the weather was Roughrider bean bag in a losing challenge to game and the golf ball the upcoming Springwastring game challengter fireworks display at dusk. By 3 PM the sky’s ing the pitching of two cleared, the day warmed golf balls tied together at up as did the celebrants three rails counting difenthusiasm and determi- ferent scores for young nation to celebrate Cana- and not so young family participants. da’s 151st birthday. Inside the hall was a A great deal of voluncompetitive crib game teer energy and funding for card enthusiasts. Pergoes into keeping the haps a horseshoe pit next Springwater Community Hall financially sound year?. ensuring business meet- The 2018 annual Cur-Olf ings, family weddings and celebrations of life, as well as all the various community holiday events such as Christmas parties all have a local hall. This year had excellent financial support culminating in the Annual Canada Day celebrations. Individual government and business contributors have been acknowledged, celebrants made generous donations at the dinner. A new event: It seemed appropriate that as July 1 fell on a Sunday, the day should start with a non-denomRon Hawkins leads his young charges through a inational hymn and other singing of our national anthem. old favourite song fest, in the historical Springwatournament: won by Ruthilda’s Trevor ter United Church. Cur-Olf is an original Simpson in his first CurIt was inspirational and Springwater fun famOlf tournament. Congratfun, such as singing “when ily outing that combines ulations Trevor! the saints come marchgolfing and curling; the It was a great day on the ing in”, while marching rules are basic; each parcourse. Special recogniaround the pews and ticipant gets to hit two tion has to be given to hearing the reminiscing (best ball) golf balls on a Jerry Muc who created and enthusiastic singing short, maximum 115 yard all the “fun” trophies that of so many young at heart course, of three (holes) help make the day memo– many over the age of cut circularly like a curlrable and unique. 80. The Music: Organist June Burley ing house. There are a few differThis is the fourth great (Atkinson) made her way ent categories designed year of music provided back from Vernon, British to encourage participaby the Band Dark Horse, Columbia with her hustion. While competition led by Ian McLeod and band Ray to share music is limited, fun is a priorTim Heese. This year the and fun with local people, ity. There are some comBand enjoyed a covered her family and contem-

stage, provided by Neal hotdogs. Buns, coffee, and Cheryl Houdek and a soft drinks and condiraised stage, provided by ments supplied by Comthe Weldon Barber farm. munity Hall Fund. The Band members played exceptional salads and three professional sets and encores, from dinner to dusk. Guitar and vocals Ian Mcleod and Tim Heese; also supporting guitar and vocals Kyle Heese; and lead vocalist and guitar Matt Davis. We were Meeting with old friends and residents treated to the solid talents of drum- desserts were supplied mer Rick Van Deusen in true rural “Pot Luck” who has supported many spirit by the community. well-known professional The cost was generousbands in both the USA ly covered by voluntary

The tough ‘Cur-Olf’ course had many attendees vying for sporting glory. and Canada. Jay McLeod set up and managed the very technical sound system. The Band Dark Horse, generously volunteered their exceptional talent as they have for the past three years. Springwater celebrants are indebted to their community spirit for making the day so very enjoyable, they played till dusk with energetic dancers on the grass and particularly the young children wide eyed and active around the bonfire, enjoying one of their first outdoor concerts. The Food: One hundred and ten people enjoyed a barbecue of hamburgers and

donations. The primary organizers of the dinner, Louise Hawkins, Jackie Chanin, Dave and Barbara Bullock phoned for contributions, brought the hall supplies, cleaned the hall and generally made sure everything was ready. The community celebrants came together on July 1st - everyone taking on a job - to get things done, and the dinner ran like clockwork, sorting donated salads and desserts, cooking burgers and hotdogs and staffing and cleaning up the smorgasbord table. Special recognition is due to Jerry and Arlen Muc for their burger and hotdog

-barbecue skills. The Program and Singing O Canada: Our Master of Ceremonies, Ron Hawkins

of the Springwater. acknowledged the many contributors and volunteers. As usual Ron backed the singing of O Canada with four young children singers. A highlight was the children, who at Ron’s initiative, took over the microphone and to their credit and the credit of their parents and schools, the children sang all the words. They belted out our Canadian anthem with pride and enthusiasm. The Fireworks: This year was perhaps one of Canada Day’s best fireworks displays. Each year a collection is made of contributions to the fireworks display at the Duperow Co-op. The total from all sources amounted to $800. The exceptional 30 minute display was fired off by volunteers Maverick Rogers and Nick Lovenuk Jr. under the direction of Jordy Ries and Jerry Muc. The Springwater Canada Day Committee: Thank you to all attendees, volunteers and contributors, you remind us each year that we are a self-reliant, inclusive gathering of proud Canadian communities, celebrating Canada Day!

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OBITUARY Ronald ‘Louis’ St. Jean September 3, 1942 - July 8, 2018 Ronald Louis passed away on July 8, 2018 at the Biggar and District Long Term Care Facility, Biggar, Sask. at the age of 75 years. Ronald Louis St. Jean was born at Biggar, Sask. on September 3, 1942 and then schooled in Biggar, graduating from St. Gabriel School in 1961. He then worked for the Biggar Independent, in North Battleford for one year, Porcupine Plain and Ron Clark’s Arbitrator. He then entered the cooking field and worked in kitchens in Thompson, Man., Lynn Lake and then Key Lake in different area of the food industry. His greatest interests were family and friends. He always hoped to win the lottery so he could help everyone out that he cared for. He enjoyed sports of all kinds and a good game of cards. And in the early years dressing up to-the-nines! He also sponsored three African children through World Vision for many years. Louis is survived by two sisters, Evelyn (Ron) Clark of Porcupine Plain, Sask., and Barbara (Doug) Jenkins of Saskatoon, Sask.; step-brothers, Henry, Garnet and Eldon Peiffer; brother-in-law, Jim Kerr; and sister-in-law, Florence St. Jean; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by parents; brother, Robert St. Jean; sisters, Josie Kerr and Marie Keith; brother-in-law, Jim Keith; nephews, Darren St. Jean and Mark Jenkins; and step-father, Elmer Peiffer. A Viewing will take place on THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Grondin Funeral Services and a GRAVESIDE SERVICE at 1:30 p.m. with Father Ed Gibney as celebrant will be held in the Biggar Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 279 - 3rd Avenue North, Saskatoon, SK, S7K 2H8 Grondin Funeral Service entrusted with arrangements, “Our family serving your family since 1963”, 306-948-2669, gfsc1

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Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon., Tues., & Fri., 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Wed., 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thurs., CLOSED

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My Top 10 “Secret” Ingredients We all have them: our secret ingredients that transform recipes into one-of-a-kind creations that are to die for. This is what keeps food exciting at the dinner table and makes it unique to us. Although these top 10 of mine officially won’t be a “secret” anymore, I am happy to share them with you. Blueberry Jam – Beef or other red meats such as lamb or various game meats will always benefit from a little something bold and sweet. Blueberry jam is my “go to” ingredient for burger

but also the sweetness will help counteract any acidity in the recipe. Blackberry jam is good too, but the seeds aren’t pleasant. Peanut Butter – Although with the increasing number of peanut allergies in our society, peanut butter should never be secretive. However, it is wonderful for using as a base for any peanut dressings, dips (like for chicken satay for example), or stir-fry sauces. A dollop of peanut butter in a pot of chilli is great too. Sambal Oelek – Every

patties, chilli, stew, et cetera. It will not only compliment in flavour,

chef knows about the “sambal”. This is a liquid/paste crushed chilli


pepper product that can be purchased in small jars from the imported foods aisle of almost any major grocery store. Dried chillis always need time for rehydration, so this product is a perfect replacement as it is instant heat. I add a little (about half teaspoon or so) to spaghetti sauces, soups, and stews… not to make them spicy; just extra dimension of flavour. If you want your food spicy, then add more. Soy Sauce – If a dish requires extra seasoning, try adding soy sauce instead of salt. It will not only season your finished dish, but also provide extra flavour and colour. Canned Anchovies – We

all know this ingredient from Caesar dressings, but this is another salty ingredient that will do wonders for seasoning and bringing out flavours in many of your recipes. Add a couple of small filets to the beginChef Dez ning of the cooking process so that they break down into more of a paste. They will add such a different dimension of flavour that it will keep your dinner guests guessing. Wine, Beer, Juice, or Broth – Water has no flavour or colour. When a recipe calls for a small amount of water to be added, I always replace with a different liquid that will be appropriate in flavour and colour to

Chef Dez on cooking

the dish I am making. Whipping Cream – Not “whipped” cream, but “whipping” cream from a carton. This high fat content cream (usually 33 to 35 per cent milk fat) is great to have on hand to add a little richness. Plus because it is so high in milk fat, it will not split when reducing down in a sauce, even if the sauce is acidic. Butter – Obviously for health reasons both cream and butter should be used in moderation, but a small pat of butter to finish a sauce is wonderfully delicious. Simply pull your finished sauce off the heat and just before serving, stir in a small amount until melted. Melting a pat of butter over a grilled steak is also great. Oh, and for the record, I always use salted butter. Fennel Seed – Not from the same plant as the fennel bulb we see in the produce department, these do have a similar taste of black licorice. Fennel seed is a traditional ingredient in Ital-

ian sausage, but I always throw in a couple teaspoons of these seeds to my tomato pasta sauces. Charcoal – Although not an ingredient like the others listed here, cooking with this natural fuel of carbonized wood adds such a depth of flavour to everything from burgers to desserts. We even cook sauces, soups, stews over charcoal as well as many baked goods, and of course traditional barbecue. I am not talking manufactured squareshaped “briquettes” here; I am talking about lump charcoal: chunks of wood that have been heated with very little to no oxygen, so they naturally carbonize. According to archeological expeditions, we as humans have been cooking with this fuel for thousands of years, so this is the oldest known form of fuel to humankind. Chef Dez is a Chef, Writer, and Host. Visit him at Write to him at dez@chefdez. com or P.O. Box 2674, Abbotsford, BC V2T 6R4




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July 12, 2018  
July 12, 2018