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Biggar writer brings Napoleon to North America


i g g a r- b o r n w r i t e r Shannon Selin has just released a novel entitled ‘Napoleon in America’. The book imagines what might have happened if Napoleon Bonaparte had escaped from St. Helena and wound up in the United States in 1821. Selin got the idea for the book while dining at Napoleon House in New Orleans. According to the legend behind the building, some local pirates were plotting to rescue Napoleon from St. Helena – where he was exiled after his defeat at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 – and

bring him to New Orleans. On the day they planned to sail, they learned that Napoleon had died. Selin has them succeed in the quest to bring the former French Emperor to North America. “There were lots of opportunities for Napoleon to make mischief,” says Selin. “The United States was still weak in comparison with the European powers. It was sandwiched between Mexico, chaotically emerging from Spanish rule, and Canada, still a British colony. Napoleon landing on American soil was American leaders’ worst nightmare.” With settings on both sides of the Atlantic, and a cast of characters ranging from the Duke of Wellington to Alamo d e f e n d e r J i m B o w i e,

Selin consulted over 300 sources to make the book “a plausible whopper.” Kirkus Reviews calls ‘Napoleon in America’ “evocative and immersive. . . A thorough, sweeping novel with seamless transitions from the real to the imagined.” A Wikipedia-based study recently ranked Napoleon as the second most significant figure in history. As next year marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, ‘Napoleon in America’ offers a timely look at what might have been, had the pirates sailed earlier. Shannon Selin is the daughter of the late Alan Selin and Eleanor Selin of Saskatoon, formerly of Biggar. She lives in Vancouver, where she is working on the next novel

Shannon Selin brings Napoleon Bonaparte alive in her fictional interpretation of what could have been if the French emperor made it to American soil. (Submitted Photo) in her Napoleon series. ‘Napoleon in America’ is

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pand and enhance access to high-speed broadband networks to a target speed of five megabits per second for up to 280,000 Canadian households, which represents near universal access. Canadians in rural areas expect to have access to the same applications and Internet services as those in urban centres. The Minister of State made it clear that the Government of Canada’s priority is to see that Canadians, regardless of where they live, have access to the Internet at speeds of at least five megabits per second. Between 2009 and 2012, the Broadband Canada program connected nearly 220,000 Canadian households to fast, reliable Internet service. Through Economic Action Plan 2014, the Government of Canada aims to expand and enhance access for up to 280,000 households to reliable Internet service at five megabits per second. “Economic Action Plan 2014 is about keeping taxes low and supporting businesses, families and communities across Saskatchewan and Canada,” said Sorenson. “Since 2006, our government has cut taxes nearly 160 times, putting nearly $3,400 back into

the pockets of hardworking Canadian families this year. We have done this while continuing to invest in the vital infrastructure that advances our economy and builds the nation, especially through expanding rural broadband. Through Economic Action Plan 2014, our government is focused on what matters most to Canadians; Saskatchewan is well positioned to grow for many years.” With Economic Action Plan 2014, the Government is continuing to pursue the objectives of job creation and economic growth that have underpinned the Action Plan since its inception in 2009, while remaining on track for balanced budgets in 2015–16. Over one million net new jobs have been created in Canada since the end of the recession. This is by far the strongest job growth in the entire G7 over this period. Economic Action Plan 2014 is focused on what matters most to Canadians - jobs and growth. Sorenson underlined that the government will make these investments in broadband, while remaining focused on returning to balanced budgets and ensuring no new taxes for businesses and families.

Action Plan 2014 discussed for area Highlights important new investments in rural broadband

Office of the Minister of Industry Minister of State (Finance) Kevin Sorenson last Thursday highlighted Economic Action Plan 2014 and what it means for jobs and growth in Saskatchewan. Joined by Kelly Block, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon–Rosetown–Biggar, Minister of State So-

renson focused on specific investments made in the Action Plan, most notably in rural broadband, that will help businesses, families and communities across Saskatchewan prosper. “Ensuring that Canadians have fast, reliable Internet service is fundamental to building a strong, modern digital economy in Cana-

Abstract cold comfort . . . A hazy and cold day - in fact, the whole week - greeted area residents. With a distinct nip in the air, the sunlight filtering through the trees

da,” said Block. “In a world where it matters less where you live and more what you can offer, people across our province are realizing that they can put down roots in their communities, while taking full advantage of opportunities online. Through the timely investments in rural broadband made by Economic Action Plan 2014,

more entrepreneurs and small businesses across Saskatchewan will be able to spur new innovation and create new jobs, while living and working in their local community. This is great for Saskatchewan and great for Canada.” Economic Action Plan 2014 will invest $305 million over five years to ex-

backlights the misty morning air. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)



New Creation Community Players are practicing for their upcoming musical, Shrek, The Musical, the end of March at the Majestic Theatre. Lead Graham Lehnert (above left) and Tanya Schultz (with Lehnert, above) as Donkey, hit the stage last Sunday, while Kyle McCarty (above centre) studies his lines in preparation. Director Jennifer Crane (four pictures, below) moulds the cast into a cohesive team. Musical Director Peggy L’Hoir (below, middle left) with producer Kathy Fick go over the all-important score, while Shultz (below, middle right) runs through her numbers with L’Hoir. Janelle Leschinski as Dragon (bottom right) and Lehnert run through a scene. The lights Áare (bottom left) and the house is empty, but come this March, the seats will be full for a very entertaining musical! (Independent Photos by Kevin Brautigam)



Council Minutes highlights The regular meeting of Biggar Town Council was held February 11, at 7:15 p.m. in the Council Chambers. Attending the meeting were Mayor Ray Sadler, Aldermen Ron Arnold, Alan Boyle, Penny McCallum, and Kirk Sherbino. Council resolved that the minutes of the January 28, 2014 committee meeting of Council be accepted as presented. Council resolved that Fire Chief Gerry Besse be authorized to attend the 2014 Saskatchewan Association of Fire Chief’s Conference, to be held April 3-5 in Saskatoon. Council resolved that the Community Hall Rental Policy, approved November 1, 2005 by resolution no. 05-808, be reviewed. Council resolved that with respect to the municipal reserve option concerning the proposed subdivision on Lots AA, BB and CC - Industrial, the Town make a monetary settlement to the dedicated lands account in the amount of $1,005. Council resolved that the List of Lands with Arrears of Taxes, dated February 11, 2014, presented to Council by Administration, be accepted, and further that the same be advertised

in accordance with the Tax Enforcement Act. Council resolved that the Community Hall rental fee be waived for the Biggar and District Health Foundation to host their third annual Dine, Dance and Auction fund raiser on February 8. Council resolved that as the Town of Biggar no longer requires Lots 1-10 Block 1 Plan 102135754, Council therefore authorizes the Town Officials to execute an Option to Purchase for this said land to the Duperow Cooperative Association Limited for the sum of $125,000 plus GST. • Meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.

The day ahead . . . A look at Biggar and a cold, clear sky, last week. Temperatures have steadily plummeted the area into a deep freeze. Hopefully

warmer weather is ‘round the corner. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

Meet more of the cast of Shrek, The Musical! L

Tanya Schultz a s t (Donkey): week, The “My name is Independent Tanya. I am introduced a local piano, you to some violin, and yoga of the lead teacher (I can characters also be found of the New subbing at Creation Biggar Central Community School from time Players’ Tanya Schultz to time). ( N C C P ) “This is my second year upcoming Shrek, The with NCCP. Last year I Musical. This week we introduce had my first experience you to our second batch acting and singing as your Scarecrow in ‘The of talented actors.

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as well as some new Wiz.’ “This year I am playing faces who have quickly the charming, but become friends. I hope annoying, Donkey. It’s you enjoy the show as a very fun role with a much as we’ve enjoyed putting it ton of singing together!” and, hopefully, Tanya Slade making people (Fiona): laugh. Tanya Slade “ I ’ m (née Sampson) honoured to is a teacher and have another ch e e r l e a d i n g opportunity coach from to work with S y d n e y , the amazing Tanya Slade Nova Scotia cast, crew, and living in orchestra from last year, currently Elrose. In 2013, Tanya

competed at the S a s k a t c h e w a n Provincial Music Festival in the Musical Theatre category under the direction of Kindersley’s Clayton Braybrook. She has also performed with That Kritical Stage and a variety of choirs in both Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia. This is her first year with NCCP. ‘Shrek, The Musical’ tickets are currently on sale at The Independent. The show runs March 27 to 30.

PALS asks for help in making the world a bit warmer for those less fortunate


are enduring cold weather! Others in the world are also suffering from the cold, and many don’t have a warm home to take refuge in. People of our community have warm hearts. Last October when Redeemer Lutheran

Church extended the appeal from their national relief agency, Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR), for sweaters for Syria, folks responded and more than 360 sweaters were collected. Thank You! CLWR sent a staggering 70,237

sweaters from those collected in Canada! Recently, a Canadian CLWR representative visited the Syrian refugees. He noted that many children do not have shoes. CLWR has issued an appeal for money to buy shoes. Twenty dollars will

Scoundrels impress in Arts Council show . . . Silver Screen Scoundrels bassist Keith Picot and guitarist Brandon Isaak hit the Majestic Theatre stage, Friday for the fifth concert in the Biggar and District Arts Council season. The unique blend of musicianship and humour, spiced with the mini silent movies on the Majestic’s movie screen, made for an entertaining performance. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam

provide a pair for a needy child. Donations can be made through Redeemer Lutheran or directly online at or by mail at CLWR, 600 -177 Lombard Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B 0W5. Designate gift for ‘shoes for Syrians’. Another means of warmth is quilts. The women of the PALS worshipping community are making quilts. Some sewing is done at home and every Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until late afternoon. Some meet in the basement of Redeemer Lutheran to assemble quilts. Donations of new and gently used material, preferably large pieces, are welcome. Helpers are needed. You don’t need to be good at sewing lots of pinning, pressing, folding and visiting is done. Come join the fun and fellowship while creating warmth for others.

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Wall can’t ignore inefÀciencies By Colin Craig, Saskatchewan Taxpayers Federation Premier Brad Wall mused recently about raising “education” property taxes and using the money to fix roads and build bridges. While it’s inappropriate to tell the public you’re taxing them to fund K-12 “education” and then turn around and use the money for something else, it’s also unnecessary. There’s still plenty of inefficient spending in government that should be rooted out before ever considering raising taxes. Instead of taking the easy way out and jacking taxes, Premier Brad Wall, and his government, need to do two things. First, the Wall government should keep going after inefficient spending by: pursuing a number of options; eliminating unnecessary programs, partnering with the private sector to save money, delaying unnecessary spending and scaling back pay and benefits for public sector employees. Once they implement these savings, those dollars could be used to help pay for infrastructure needs. In the past, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, a donation-based taxpayers’ watchdog organization, has praised the Wall government for taking advantage of such opportunities. For example, hospitals in Saskatchewan formed a partnership with a private company to clean linens in hospitals. The partnership is expected to save taxpayers over $93 million over the next decade. Talk about great news, more of those partnerships need to be pursued. Think of all the government services that could potentially be performed by private businesses; payroll services, park management, highway pothole repair and dozens of others. The Wall government

should develop a list of services that could be tendered and then encourage not just businesses, but existing employees to bid for such services. The City of Indianapolis did this in the 1990s and saved its taxpayers millions of dollars. The savings came not only from hiring businesses, but getting existing employees to put in bids that were based on cutting management fat and other inefficient spending. Frontline employees had known what needed to be cut for decades but never had any incentive to do anything about until their jobs were on the line. The Wall government should also take action

on things like government employee pension plans. Instead of ducking the issue and letting the matter get worse and worse, the government should stop the bleeding. For example, instead of continuing to let new judges join a really expensive (for the taxpayer to fund) pension plan, new judges should be put in a less costly plan. To illustrate how this is a big problem, consider that the shortfall in the judges’ pension plan in Saskatchewan grew from $89 million in 2010 to $135 million in 2013. The same problem doesn’t exist for provincial politicians or those who work for departments and crown corporations as the

provincial government (under the NDP) started putting those employees in less costly plans back in the late 1970s. Surely Premier Wall has the courage to finish the job off and move judges, hospital workers and others into less costly pension plans? The Wall government also deserves credit for downsizing the bureaucracy by over 1,900 positions over the past few years. No doubt it wasn’t easy, but consider that things seem to be operating just fine without those extra 1,900 positions. That brings us to the second thing the Wall

government needs to do; demand the same type of reform by municipalities, school boards and health regions. They too should be looking under every stone for savings, scaling back benefits and cutting unnecessary positions. Gone should be the days of municipalities, health regions and school boards

simply begging for more money. Everyone knows there’s fat to cut there too. One thing is clear, if Premier Wall and other organizations continue to look for savings, they can find them and there will be no need to penalize everyone with higher education property taxes.

The large economic benefits of worker choice by Benjamin Zycher, Fraser Institute Tim Hudak, Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives leader, boldly started a conversation about fundamental reform of labour regulations governing unionization in 2012. He recently, and nearly as boldly, walked back from such commitments, largely out of political necessity. However, such necessity does not negate the importance of such laws for Ontario’s competitiveness. An important economic policy reform, worker choice, is a growing necessity for Ontario, particularly in light of the recent adoption of worker choice laws by U.S. states competing directly with Ontario. The most recent of those were Indiana and Michigan in 2012. A worker choice reform would eliminate mandatory union membership, allowing workers to choose whether or not to join a union. A worker not joining would pay dues only for the narrow costs of collective bargain-

ing activities, and not for general “representation,” a catch-all that usually includes a range of activities that may or may not yield benefits viewed by different workers as worth the extra costs. The scholarly literature examining the effects of worker choice laws finds they generally reduce the percentage of workers covered by union contracts, and increase economic and employment growth. Because they increase the demand for labour, worker choice must have the effect of increasing worker compensation in a competitive labour market. Recent econometric analysis of all U.S. states except Alaska, among which 24 have adopted worker choice reforms, found that worker choice laws increase economic growth by about 1.8 per cent and employment by about one per cent in the states enacting such laws. Manufacturing output is of particular interest in many policy contexts, and the scholarly literature finds in general that worker choice laws

have the effect of increasing manufacturing employment and output. Oklahoma is a particularly interesting case, in that it became a worker choice state in 2001, and shares a border with seven states, four of which adopted such laws earlier; the others have not done so. The data suggest that the faster manufacturing growth observed in Oklahoma from 2001-2012, an additional 0.3 per cent per year, was due to some substantial degree to the adoption of its worker choice reform. A conservative application of the experience among the U.S. states, combined with the data on the Oklahoma experience, suggest that a worker choice reform would increase manufacturing output in Ontario by about $4 billion (0.5 per cent). Over a 25-year period, manufacturing output would be higher by more than 13 per cent. In terms of aggregate economic performance, a conservative estimate is that a worker choice

policy would increase total economic output in Ontario by $11.8 billion (about $874 per Ontarian) and increase total employment by almost 57,000 jobs. This increased output reflects improved worker productivity. Geographic entities and regions must compete for individual and business location choices and favourable investment decisions. Public policies affect this geographic competition in important ways that can be summarized as the creation of an environment--that is, an overall set of economic incentives--either strengthening or weakening local competitiveness relative to the environments characterizing other geographic entities. Accordingly, policy reform is an important tool for enhancing competitiveness but political incentives to focus only on the next election are powerful, particularly when given reforms can be predicted to elicit intense and loud opposition. This myopia can obscure the larger truth

that such reforms as worker choice have effects that last far beyond so short a horizon, and reforms pursued now can yield large political benefits for policymakers and economic benefits for the citizenry as a whole. One such effect in a large province such as Ontario would be increased competitive pressures on other provinces to adopt similar reforms, perhaps resulting in a larger Canada-wide competition for economic reforms across a wider spectrum of policy issues. These historical and predicted effects of worker choice are not trivial, and the prospective benefits should engender a debate at the Canadian federal level and in the provinces about several policy reforms needed to maintain and enhance competitive positions. A worker choice law should be prominent among them. Benjamin Zycher is an independent economist in Washington, D.C. and president of Benjamin Zycher Economics Associates, Inc.

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“February, when the days of winter seem endless and no amount of wistful recollecting can bring back any air of summer.” - Shirley Jackson, Raising Demons Ah,February. It is a transition month. January is over and we are beginning to look forward to spring. The seed catalogues appear in the mail. There is only one more month of winter left. The


countdown is on. I’ve always thought it is a blessing that February only has 28 days. Such a short month, yet lots can happen. This year, for example, the Olympic Games took up almost the entire month. But there are lots of really good days for skiing, curling and skating championships are taking place and the days are getting longer. Have you ever noticed that February starts on the same day of the

week as March? But, did you know February ends on the same day of the week as October? And, in leap years February starts and ends on the same day. Another uncommon occurrence is the fact that once every six years and twice every 11 years (either back to into the past or forward into the future) will have four full seven-day weeks. The most recent occurrence was in 2010 and can be traced back 11 years to 1999.

February, named after the Latin term, februum -- which means purification. Probably after the Februa ritual held on February 15 in the old lunar calendar. February has some historical names that can be rather odd. An Old English term for the month is Solmonath which means mud month. Not sure why as there is still a lot of snow around and very little mud. Another nick name is kale-monath which is named for cabbage. In Finland the month is called helmiku meaning “mouth of the pearl”. Supposedly from the snow melting on tree branches, then as they form droplets and

freeze again the result resembles pearls of ice. Other countries have similar names which all relate to ice or frost in some form or another. Let’s take a look at the very last day of the month. People born on the 28th are loyal and will stand by a friend now matter what. They are romantics, enjoying the dating scene and will often marry later in life or not at all. Brian Jones of Rolling Stones fame, guitarist, songwriter and producer was born on this day in 1942. Others who share this birthday are Bubba Smith, an American football player and actor (1945); René Simard, Canadian singer and television host (1961);

Eric Lindross, Canadian hockey player (1973). Historical events that took place on February 28 - Salem witch hunt began in 1692. In 1906 the Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Queen’s U (Kingston, Ont) in two games. Another hockey milestone in 1925 the longest winning streak for the Toronto Maple Leafs (nine games). For golf fans, Jack Nicklaus won his 53rd PGA Championship in 1971. M*A*S*H* fans will remember the final episode in 1983 when 125,000 viewers tuned in. We bid farewell to February for this year, welcome March and look forward to April.

Diamond Lodge News (February 10-16) by Karen Kammer Hello from all at the Lodge! We hope everyone is doing well and cheering on Canada in the Olympics. Canada is doing so great. Monday we started off our week doing exercises in the morning and a game of Jeopardy in the afternoon. Tuesday, we read up on some current events. We played Beat the Dice in the afternoon. Wednesday, we had everyone’s favourite, icecream cart! The residents got to choose their favourite toppings. Definitely enjoyed by all! The shuffleboard table was dusted off and the residents played all afternoon. Thursday, we excercised in the morning and played bingo in the afternoon. There were some happy smiling faces! Friday we had breakfast club in the morning. Ten residents were treated to a special breakfast of sausage, bacon, pancakes, French toast, and eggs. Later in the morning we had a Valentine’s Day Tea with muffins and cheese. Saturday morning we played cards and played Home Sweet Home bingo. After lunch we had a special treat with Jeanne Marie deMoissac and friends playing some of our favourite old songs. Everyone was singing along and tapping their feet to the music.

Sunday, we played some cards and some ladies had their nails painted. In the afternoon, we had the Catholic Church do the service. We hope everyone has a fantastic week! (February 17-23) Greetings from everyone at the Lodge. We hope everyone is enjoying the Olympics as much as we are. Canada is doing amazing and we are so proud of our athletes. Monday was family day. We had a good old game of Bingo to pass the day. Tuesday we played cards and read the current events. Also played Yahtzee in the afternoon. Wednesday morning we had a mens coffee party and read some old news papers from the 1920’s. In the afternoon we had a game of curling.

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Thursday we had exercise in the morning and played cards as well. In the afternoon we had our regular bingo with lots of winners. Thanks to our wonderful volunteers. Friday morning was breakfast club. Ten residents were treated to a wonderful big breakfast. In the afternoon we watched a country music DVD. Saturday we played Kaiser and Dot Bingo. In the afternoon we had popcorn and watched a movie. Sunday morning some of the ladies had their nails done, many of the residents watched the Olympics. Good hockey game with a win for Canada, bringing home a gold metal. Then lots watched the closing ceremonies bringing the week to a close. Canada came home third overall with medals. The Associated Gospel did our church service.



by Bob Mason

There’s a log Yours Truly himself doesn’t swim worth a darn. For many years though mebbe it had something to do with the name. “Mason” (builders of brick or stone, eh?) because of the way he always sank. But thank heavens, most of our young people are good swimmers! Actually it is mostly our own fault, I suppose, because as young people we didn’t go swimming very much. Sure that big, dangerous river was there, but the folks (and even the police) did everything they could to keep us from swimming in it! Not only that, but there were many local stories of strong swimmers disappearing into its crazy currents. As for the pasture slough, it was dandy for us to go wading in and boating upon. But one mouthful of it was

enough to make sure your head never went under! We tried learning how to swing in the three-foot deep lake north of Radisson, during some of the local picnics, but it was here that Mr. Newton’s theory of gravity came into play, and try as we might we always ended up on the bottom. Y.T. has been trying ever since, to spit some of that sand out of his mouth! Yours Truly could make some “excuses excuses” all day, I think, but the ¿nal answer would always be the same. “Dog paddling” (when we found a place to try it!) was the most we ever learned to do! In a kind of comparison, Dad often told us that his father had been raised beside Lake Scugog in Ontario, and was a ¿ne swimmer. As a matter-of-fact, Dad often told

us that when our grandfather ¿rst came to Great Bend, he swam across that river just for fun! None of our family was ever noted for their swimming know-how (or any other “know-how” as far as that goes!), although I understand that one of our great, great, great grandfathers came across to Devonshire, England from Ireland! History also says that our great, great, great grandmother “came across” too. We did wade in the river a few times, against our parents’ wishes, and really got a good scare one time when our brother Bill disappeared on us! Boy, were we ever relieved when he answered our frantic yells! It gave us quite a thrill when a whole group of us skaters broke through the ice on one of the neighbour’s ponds into three feet of water! There were sure a lot of frantic yells that time too, but in memory (and after we dried off!) it brings back a lot of laughs! Some years later when a hesitant bunch of us farm boys waded out into Wilson Lake, we found that it was over six feet deep, 10 yards from the shore! We heard that quite a few people did go out too far and had to be rescued, and it


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didn’t “up” our con¿dence at all! We didn’t grow up beside a safe, clean waterhole, but as time passed, we were involved with another (starting with “w”) thing, namely W.O.R.K! It’s quite a contrast, eh? And it didn’t take very long again till another “w”, namely “Wehrmacht,” took over! When we went overseas on the old liner “Aquitania,” there were quite a few thousand men on board, and as Y.T. was billetted on “F” Deck (he still has his berthing card!) it took over an hour because of the crowd to reach the “boat deck”. Nonswimmer Mason, R.G. Often wondered what it would have been like to be torpedoed . . . We were all issued life preservers though (for some reason called “Mae Wests”), and felt con¿dent that if our transport was sunk, we would Àoat around for a few minutes and be picked up right away. But when we docked at Greenock, Scotland, some guy threw his “Mae West” overboard where it sunk right away! Mebbe some of us didn’t feel too good about that, but we sure laughed anyway!

(February 17-20) Tuesday Mixed League: MHS – John Hammond, 222; MHT – John Hammond, 600; WHS – Lindsay Hooper, 187;WHT – Lindsay Hooper, 492. New Horizons League: MHS – Jack Eckart, 224; MHT – Jack Eckart, 592; WHS – June Hoppe, 222; WHT – June Hoppe, 608. Thursday Senior’s League: MHS – Glen Shockey, 223; MHT

– Glen Shockey, 598; WHS – Esther Singer, 204; WHT – Judy Hammond, 543. Y.B.C. League: Bowlasaurus: High Score – Sawyer Heimbecker, 83. Pee Wee: High Score – Jailynn Irwin, 69; High Score Double – Jailynn Irwin, 131. Bantam: High Score – Julian Heimbecker, 116; High Score Triple – Julian Heimbecker, 292. Juniors: High Score – Justin Otterson, 154; High Score Triple – Justin Otterson, 439.

Perdue Bowling scores (week ending February 21) Club 55: MHS – Gerald Nicholls, 163; MHT – Gerald Nicholls, 451; LHS – Carol Lemon, 193; LHT – Carol Lemon, 527;

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I got even with them though! Y.T. soaking wet again, strode into their nearby makeshift headquarters and dripped all over their Àoor! I suppose that any comments Y.T. may make in this column should end right there. I would like to write that Y.T. plunged into a raging river, rescued a pretty girl, married her and lived happily ever after. But time passed on. Y.T. came home okay and met the pretty girl, but she refused to jump into that raging river! We got married anyway and have lived more or less happily ever since! Yours Truly is not sure what our young people have been told, but he does know that “swimming” is at the top of the list! As for us older types, our best swimming experiences come down at Watrous Lake, Manitou, where we just lean back and Àoat away! They tell be that this “Charon” guy is getting kind of tired after all these years, but Y.T. sure hopes that he doesn’t have to swim across the Styx!

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Report from the Legislature by Randy Weekes, MLA, Biggar (19 February, 2014) Live, Work, Play and Invest

Saskatchewan is a great place to live, work, play and invest – a vision which many of our entrepreneurs share. According to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, small business confidence in Saskatchewan is stronger than anywhere else in the country. Fifty-two per cent of small business owners surveyed in Saskatchewan feel our Premier understands the realities of running a small business. This was more than twice the percentage of small business owners in British Columbia and at least five times that of all other provinces. Seventy-two per cent of those surveyed in Saskatchewan were confident that our government has a vision that supports small business. By comparison, Quebec and Manitoba only had eight per cent express confidence in their government’s vision to help small businesses succeed. Eighty-eight per cent of those surveyed indicated they would likely recommend starting a business in Saskatchewan. This is encouraging. Small business employs thousands of people and accounts for onethird of our GDP. It is an engine of growth and, as a government, we will do our part to create a good business environment and know when to stay out of

the way. Good economic news continues to roll in with figures for wholesale trade now available. Wholesalers hit $23.8 billion in trade last year, the highest annual amount ever recorded. Comparing 2012 to 2013, wholesale trade was up 8.4 per cent – seven times the national growth rate. Wholesale trade is one of the core functions of an economy. Increased activity at the Global Transportation Hub and increased demand for products has created jobs and kept our economy flourishing. This economic success works to attract new people and investment to the province. Today, Saskatchewan is manufacturing and shipping more products from our province than ever before. Due to high demand in markets around the world, our manufacturing sales reached record levels and finished the year with shipments valued at $15.2 billion. Manufacturing in Saskatchewan is a multi-billion dollar industry, a major contributor to our GDP, and a primary employer of more than 27,000 hard working men and women. Our government expects that the success and momentum of this sector will carry over into 2014. The Saskatchewan Plan for Growth reaffirms our government’s commitment to fiscal responsibility through balanced budgets. While our economy remains strong, revenue

BCS Principal’s Report by Kim Fick Hello again after a cold February break! Our staff and students enjoyed the chance to rest up and spend time with family, and I hope that our families had some opportunities to spend some time together. Two of our BCS students, Tanner Sawrenko and Clarke Sopczak, represented team Rivers West at the Winter Olympics over the break. Tanner was a member of the West Central male hockey team, while Clarke was competing in badminton singles. Both had a great showing including the Rivers West Badminton team bringing home a silver medal, and we are very proud of these boys as they represented not only west central Saskatchewan but our community and school as well. Well done guys! Our world today is much different for our learners than it was 15, 10, or even five years ago due to progress in technology, and as a result we need to be helping teach our children new life skills in addition to the good old reading, writing, and arithmetic! The Sun West School board has created a policy based on a document

titled Shifting Minds – A 21st Century Vision of Public Education for Canada. The seven competencies Sun West has identified as the focus for our learners are developing: creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship; critical thinking; collaboration; communication; character; cultural and ethical citizenship; and computer and digital technologies. This year, all teachers in our division have been participating in division supported professional development involving the 21st Century Competencies, specifically targeting critical thinking and collaboration. On our most recent professional development day teachers worked with learning coaches to take a lesson, unit, or assignment they had already planned and help them to work the 21st Century Skills of Collaboration or Critical Thinking into it. Many teachers found that they were already incorporating these skills into their teaching in a variety of ways, and it was nice to affirm these teaching strategies and look at them from another point of view. Have a great week everyone, with any luck we might see the temperature go up!

projections at third quarter underscore the volatility of our resource sectors and reinforce the need for us to continue to manage spending and meet fiscal challenges in a prudent and responsible manner. Due to an unexpected drop in potash revenue, our government is transferring dollars from the Growth and Financial Security Fund (GFSF) to ensure our budget is balanced. The GFSF is used when there are extreme and unforeseen events, such as the global events affecting potash prices. After the transfer, the GFSF will still have a healthy balance of more than $531 million. As a way to say “thank you” for the work that they do, our Premier will soon be presenting public servants with the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Public Service. The awards recognize provincial public servants who have gone above and beyond by making outstanding and innovative contributions to the government and to citizens. Individuals or teams from government ministries, some Treasury Board Crown corporations, boards, commissions and agencies are eligible for nomination by the public service, stakeholder organizations, clients and the public. Selections are made by an independent committee. Up to six awards will be announced this summer. You can visit to learn more. If you have a question about this Legislative report or any other matter, just contact Randy.

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Larger risks, larger partnerships in the ag world by Calvin Daniels

The trends to ever larger agricultural enterprises continue. When Maple Farm Equipment in Yorkton, a major John Deere dealership in east central Saskatchewan announced Friday it was taking on The Jim Pattison Group as a partner, it was big news locally for farmers. Having Pattison Group suddenly entering the farm machinery business is rather significant. The British Columbia-based business has $7.5 billion in sales and 35,000 employees according to Those are significant numbers. Jim Pattison has a wealth of business experience in various endeavours, and the fact he has determined he wants to now be involved in agriculture through the Maple Farm Equipment group suggests a faith in the sector to continue to enjoy strength and growth. He is not a businessman to jump into a new business sector without doing his homework on that sector’s future. So farmers can take the partnership as a good sign that someone with a varied business portfolio is investing in a related agricultural sector. But the partnership also speaks to the trend which flows across almost every business sector, and that is that there is a trend toward ever larger business entities. We only need to drive around a city such as Yorkton to see that. The restaurant trade is of course a prime example. There are numerous eating establishments in the city. The majority are part of chains, eating establishments which have created a formula which 14025KK01 14024KK01

works and have then built matching establishments in community after community. In the last couple of years there have been about eight new eating establishments opening in the city, seven under names already found in other communities. It is the same across most business sectors. If a new store opens, it is likely to be part of a chain. As in any city there are always rumours of new business looking to establish in the city. Most are businesses associated with chains. That makes sense in terms of brand recognition, advertising, group purchasing, customer recognition, branding and a whole range of other business realities which have made chains successful. But even chains end up owned by even larger entities. A Sports Chek can trace its ownership to

Canadian Tire as an example. Such a dominant business trend of course translates to the farm sector itself. Farms have grown ever larger since the end of the first great war. It is a decades long trend which has no signs of altering course. Farms today, more than ever, are big business, and economies of scale, the ability to assume debt and weather commodity price downturns are crucial to success. Farm size can often be a buffer in such situations. The risks are larger, but so too is the upside. Which of course is simply a reflection of business in general. Ever larger farms, ever large store chains, bigger and bigger business, it is the way of the last 50 years, and almost assuredly the next 50 as well.

Sask gov’t calls for immediate action on grain transportation Railways, grain companies and federal government all need to commit to action, says Prov. gov’t The Saskatchewan Government is calling on the Federal government to immediately oversee negotiations between the grain companies and CP and CN that will establish specific parameters around getting grain from the farm gate to ships at port. “In our meetings last week, both CN and CP indicated they are prepared to negotiate and sign level of service

agreements with grain shippers with reciprocal penalties and we are asking the Federal government to immediately ensure this happens,” Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. “Railway companies assured us they are ramping up to have thousands more grain cars per week taking grain to ports and this will be sustained until at least December 2014. Grain companies told us they could quickly move to provide service 24 hours a day if the grain reaches them.” Boyd added that the provincial government will be closely monitoring basis levels to ensure that they are reduced as grain car movement improves. After meetings with

grain companies in Regina and Winnipeg, and CN and CP in Montreal and Calgary, the ministers tasked with ensuring Saskatchewan farmers see more of their record crop move are certain that a cooperative effort between the Federal government, the rail companies and grain companies will see dramatic efficiencies in the system. In addition to these immediate actions, the Provincial government is supporting the Federal government as it moves to bring more transparency and accountability into the system. This should include having weekly reporting requirements around actual car spots, loading at


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country elevators, delivery of cars to ports and unloading reports at ports. “We would also like to see the Canadian Transportation Agency have the ability to independently investigate grain movement before a formal complaint is filed,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris said. “Another step would be to have grain companies sign contracts with farmers that include reciprocal financial penalties.” “During the course of our meetings, we were able to identify areas that will improve efficiencies for the grain transportation system and we support the Federal government as it takes the lead in quickly moving these initiatives forward,” Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart said. “The Provincial government will be monitoring the situation on a daily basis to see if both the grain companies and the rail companies come through.”

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Great Western Brewing Company to make substantial donation to Football Saskatchewan Great Western Brewing Company is getting ready to hand over a $15,000 cheque to Football Saskatchewan, the governing body for amateur football in Saskatchewan. After announcing their partnership with the Canadian Football League last fall, Great Western launched a limited edition beer in commemoration of the CFL. In addition, they announced plans to donate $1 from the sale of each case of CFL beer to Football Saskatchewan. The limited edition CFL beer was produced using prairie-grown malted barley and 100 per cent Saskatchewan-grown malted wheat. “As part of our ongoing commitment to giving back to the local community, Great Western is

thrilled to know that our donation will go toward much needed programming in local sport.” Strat Kane, Chief Commercial Officer at Great Western Brewing Company. Football Saskatchewan’s membership has grown significantly; doubling in size since 2001. While growth is good, it comes with unique challenges. “We intend to target Great Western sponsorship toward helping train and grow our officials associations which have been stressed due to our rapid growth.” Kim Wudrick, President of Football Saskatchewan. In addition to providing addition funding for officials training, Football Saskatchewan hopes to allocate sponsorship dollars from Great Western toward adult touch and flag football – providing

grants for teams traveling to out-of-province tournaments. With player safety a top priority for Football Saskatchewan, the association also plans to allocate funds towards a safety initiative, aimed at ensuring all tackle football players have access to safe equipment. “Having the support of local businesses helps provide our athletes and coaching staff with the advantages required to be successful.” Kim Wudrick, President of Football Saskatchewan. From mid-August leading up to Grey Cup on November 24, $1 from the sale of every case of limited edition CFL beer sold in Saskatchewan was tallied resulting in a $15,000 donation total.

New Horizons Activities by Karen Itterman As I write this report the temperature is minus-30 with a wind chill of minus-45. The positive thing is the days are getting longer and the sun is beginning to give a lot of heat. The courtesy car has been busy with the average trips per day at 34. For the month of January the car made 764 trips. The highest number of trips was made on January 2 with 49 trips and the driver was Stan Brodzki. We are very fortunate to have volunteer drivers who offer their time to keep the car running on a daily basis. The Monday afternoon Kaiser club scores are as follows: Jan. 6 – Joyce Colbert, Joanne Kral, Marie Roesche, Clarence Bender, HSG Joyce Colbert and Marie Roesch. Jan. 20 - Marie Roesch, Dick Sully, Ken Pearce, Evelyn Potter, HSG Marie Roesch and Dick Sully. Feb. 5 – Ray Silbernagle, Bill Fisher, Reg Turner and Ken Pearce. Feb. 12 – Ron Arnold, Grant Gamble, Reg Turner and Bill Fisher. Bingo was played in the hall on Jan. 23 with Jim Hoult as the caller, Betty Mundt giving out the prizes; Hazel Watson collected the tickets and also provided the lunch. On Feb. 13 bingo was called by Don Swyryda, with Barb Swyryda working the floor and

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Dinah Kegler giving out the prizes. The half-nhalf winner was Evelyn Potter and the blackout game was won by Pat Turner. A card party was held on Jan. 24 with 21 people in attendance. Joyce Colbert was the host and also provided the lunch. The Kaiser winners were Ken Pearce, Wayne McLean and Gord Besse. Cribbage winners were Emily Liska, Gabe Silvernagle and tied for third were Rita Besse and Karen Itterman. Cribbage was played on Feb. 7 with Ann Muc as the host and providing the lunch. The winners were Barb Swyryda, Pat Turner and Richard Boisvert.

The February birthday potluck was held on Feb. 10 with 26 in attendance. The cake was provided by Barb Swyryda, Geoff Cooke was the MC for the afternoon and the entertainment was Country Two (Karen and Bill Haffermehl). A great afternoon once again of music and fellowship at the New Horizons. A card party took place on Feb. 14 Valentine’s Day with 14 in attendance. Tillie Zimmer was the host for the afternoon and Richard Boisvert and Marie Roesch provided lunch. The cribbage winners were Marie Roesch, Richard Boisvert and Gabe Silvernagle. The Kaiser winners were Reg Turn-

er, Gord Besse and Grant Gamble. The Jam Session took place on Feb. 19 with 17 people in attendance. Geoff Cooke was the MC for the afternoon. Edna Erickson greeted people at the door with Evelyn Potter, Marlene Flasch and June Hoppe providing the lunch. A door prize was donated by Karen Itterman and won by Geoff Cooke. Kaiser was played on Feb. 21 with eight people in attendance. Geoff Cooke was the host for the afternoon. The winners were Ken Pearce,

Marie Roesch and Helen Kanz. The carpet bowling scores are as follows: Jan. 21 - 1st place team of Marie Roesch, Judy Rickwood, Dinah Kegler and Aileen Smith. 2nd place team of June Hoppe, Florence Hammond, Ed Smith, Gail Herzberg and Barb Swyryda. Jan. 28 - 1st place team of Dinah Kegler, Ed Smith, Emily Liska and Florence Hammond. 2nd place team of Barb Swyryda, June Hoppe, Judy Rickwood and Marie Roesch. Feb. 3 - 1st place team

Aileen Smith, Agnes Small, Mildred Henne, Barb Swyryda and Dinah Kegler. 2nd place team Marie Roesch, Florence Hammond, Ed Smith, Jean Tweedle and Rosemarie Clark. Feb. 11 - 1st place team Barb Swyryda, Agnes Small, Gail Herzberg and Mildred Henne. 2nd place team Florence Hammond, Dinah Kegler, Blanche Borchardt and Ed Smith. “Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Anonymous

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Health regions continue to work toward three-month wait times goal More patients than ever are receiving surgical care in our province. Under the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative, health regions are streamlining processes to reduce the waiting time for patients, while also managing increased demand. “Almost four years ago, our government set the ambitious target of providing all elective surgeries

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within three months,” Health Minister Dustin Duncan said. “Since the introduction of this initiative, there has been a dramatic improvement in access to surgical care for the people of Saskatchewan.” The four-year initiative wraps up in April 2014. Saskatoon Health Region will need until late 2014 to provide all surgeries within the three-month target. Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region will need until March 2015. Updated statistics show that wait time reductions during December in most health regions were offset by slight increases in the number of patients still waiting more than three months for surgery in Saskatoon, Prince Albert Parkland and Sunrise Health Regions as of December 31, 2013. To deal with a spike in demand, Saskatoon Health

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R.M. of Biggar No. 347 PUBLIC NOTICE Public notice is hereby given that the Council of the Rural Municipality of Biggar No. 347 intends to adopt a bylaw under The Planning and Development Act, 2007 to amend Bylaw No. 4-2011, known as the R.M. of Biggar Zoning Bylaw and Bylaw No. 2-2010, known as the R.M. of Biggar OfÀcial Community Plan. INTENT The proposed Bylaw No. 2014-01 and Bylaw No. 2014-02 will provide for textual amendments to amend the number of animal units for an Intensive Livestock Operation to increase it from 100 animal units to 300 animal units in order to be consistent with the requirements of the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture. AFFECTED LANDS There are not currently any registered Intensive Livestock Operations in the Municipality and therefore, no existing operations or land are affected. PUBLIC INSPECTION Any person may inspect the proposed Bylaw at the R.M. of Biggar No. 347 ofÀce at 201 Second Avenue West, Biggar, Saskatchewan, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, up to 4:00 p.m. Monday, March 17, 2014. PUBLIC HEARING Council will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, March 28, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at the R.M. of Biggar No. 347 OfÀce to hear any person or group that wants to comment on the proposed Bylaw. All written comments received by 4:00 p.m. Monday, March 17, 2014 will be forwarded to Council. Issued February 27, 2014 at the Town of Biggar, in the Province of Saskatchewan. Tammy Knuttila, Administrator

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R.M. of Biggar No. 347 PUBLIC NOTICE Public notice is hereby given that the Council of the Rural Municipality of Biggar No. 347 intends to adopt a bylaw under The Planning and Development Act, 2007 to amend Bylaw No. 4-2011, known as the R.M. of Biggar Zoning Bylaw. INTENT The proposed Bylaw No. 2014-03 will provide for textual amendments to add the junk and salvage yards use as a discretionary use in the AG District; Commercial District and Industrial District. AFFECTED LANDS The affected lands are: All lands zoned AG District, Commercial District and Industrial District. PUBLIC INSPECTION Any person may inspect the proposed Bylaw at the R.M. of Biggar No. 347 ofÀce at 201 Second Avenue West, Biggar, Saskatchewan, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, up to 4:00 p.m. Monday, March 17, 2014. PUBLIC HEARING Council will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, March 28, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at the R.M. of Biggar No. 347 OfÀce to hear any person or group that wants to comment on the proposed Bylaw. All written comments received by 4:00 p.m. Monday, March 17, 2014 will be forwarded to Council. Issued February 27, 2014 at the Town of Biggar, in the Province of Saskatchewan. Tammy Knuttila, Administrator



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sales primarily in U.S. dollars or match to the local currency. Most susceptible are companies with costs in U.S. dollars but revenues in Canadian currency. Some data indicate that trying to benefit from currency movements may not be worth the effort. RBC found that over periods of 15 years or longer, the impact of exchanges between the Canadian dollar and the U.S. dollar on investment returns gets closer and closer to zero. Hedging can also lead to significant additional costs and act as a drag on total return over the long term. While less of a concern when hedging U.S. dollars, it becomes an issue when dealing with emerging markets and some of the more difficult markets to hedge. It can be argued that hedging is unnecessary in a properly diversified global portfolio. Through diversification, a portfolio comprised of multiple

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What is warfarin? Warfarin is a medication that helps “thin” your blood to decrease your body’s chance of forming harmful clots. Unwanted blood clots may cause strokes, heart attacks, or other potentially harmful events such as clots in the legs (deep vein thrombosis) or lungs (pulmonary embolism). How does warfarin work? There are proteins in your blood to help form clots. These proteins are made by your liver with the help of vitamin K. Warfarin works by blocking the effects of vitamin K, making it harder for your body to form clots. In order to make sure the amount of warfarin you’re taking is right for you, your healthcare professional will test your blood periodically. The blood test checks your protime (PT) or international normalized ratio (INR) to measure how long it takes for your blood to clot. If your PT/INR is outside your target range, your warfarin dose will need to be adjusted. How does your diet affect warfarin? Since vitamin K and warfarin work against each other, the amount of vitamin K in your diet can change warfarin’s effects. It is important to keep your dietary intake of vitamin K consistent. Foods such as green leafy vegetables and certain oils have higher contents of vitamin K (see your pharmacist for a chart of vitamin K content in selected foods). If you decrease your intake of vitamin K (eat fewer foods containing vitamin K) your dose of

warfarin may need to be lowered to prevent bleeding. If you increase your intake of vitamin K, your dose of warfarin may need to be increased to prevent blood clots. A major change in your vitamin K intake can affect your PT/INR, but normal daily variation in the foods you eat is okay. You don’t have to avoid foods that are high in vitamin K, just keep your diet consistent. You should let your healthcare professional know if there is going to be a major change in your diet, so your PT/INR can be closely monitored. Many people are on special diets, such as the Atkin’s or South Beach diets, to lose weight. These diets are high protein diets and can also affect the way warfarin works in your body. Once you take a dose of warfarin, some of it binds to protein in your bloodstream. While warfarin is attached to this protein, it has no effect on your body. It’s thought that high protein diets can increase the amount of proteins in your body and cause more warfarin to be bound to protein. This causes a decrease in warfarin available to prevent clots, so your warfarin dose may need to be increased. Always check with your healthcare professional before starting any special diets, so your PT/INR can be closely monitored. Certain foods can also affect how your liver clears warfarin from your body, causing warfarin levels to increase or decrease. Examples include alcohol, and possibly cranberry products (e.g., juice, supplements) or grapefruit or grapefruit juice. Too much alcohol, cranberry products, or grapefruit products can potentially increase warfarin’s effect and increase

your risk of bleeding. Avoid or limit your intake of alcohol, cranberry products, and grapefruit or grapefruit juice. Make sure your healthcare professional knows if your diet contains any of these products, so your PT/ INR can be closely monitored. Should you avoid multivitamins that contain vitamin K? Many multivitamin supplements contain small amounts of vitamin K. It’s not necessary to avoid them, just make sure you take them on a regular basis. Always let your healthcare provider know when you start or stop taking a multivitamin which contains vitamin K. Other things to remember when taking warfarin In addition to foods, many prescription and overthe-counter drugs, including vitamins and herbal supplements, can affect your warfarin level. You should not start, stop, or change doses of any drugs or supplements without first talking with your healthcare professional. Try to keep a healthy, well-balanced diet and keep your vitamin K intake consistent. Take your warfarin dose around the same time each day. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Don’t double up doses without checking with your healthcare professional. Tell your healthcare professional immediately if you have unusual bleeding or bruising, black or bloody stools, blood in the urine, or stomach pain.

Record number of countries join the Great Backyard Bird Count Bird watchers on pace to shatter records By mid-afternoon on Tuesday, February 18, participants from a record 127 countries had submitted bird checklists for the annual Great Backyard Bird Count, eclipsing last year’s 110 countries. The four-day count ended Monday, but data are continuing to roll in from around the globe, on pace to surpass last year’s record-breaking count. The information gathered by tens of thousands of volunteers helps track the health of bird populations at a scale that they would not otherwise be possible. The GBBC is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society with partner Bird Studies of Canada. Top 10 most frequently reported species (number of checklists reporting this species): Northern Cardi-

nal, 50,603; Dark-eyed Junco, 48,195; Mourning Dove, 41,587; Blue Jay, 37,069; Downy Woodpecker, 34,555; American Goldfinch, 31,397; American Crow, 30,230; Tufted Titmouse, 30,230; House Finch, 30,193; House Sparrow, 28,980. Top 10 most numerous species (sum of how many individuals were observed across all checklists): Snow Goose, 1,195,722; Canada Goose, 985,763; European Starling, 516,723; Mallard, 470,340; Red-winged Blackbird, 446, 496; Ring-billed Gull, 409,660; American Coot, 391,423; Dark-eye Junco, 382,003; American Crow, 307,629; American Goldfinch, 303,025. Checklists have come from Australia, China, Argentina, Kazakhstan, Iceland, India, Kenya, and even Antarctica! In Canada, participants in

British Columbia have racked up the highest provincial total (189) in that country. Participation in the Maritime Provinces is also up with reports from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador already outstripping last year’s totals even before all the data has been entereed. India is the clear superstar outside of North America with nearly 3,000 checklists and the greatest number of species reported at 765! In North America, California sits atop the leader board with the most checklists and greatest number of species so far, but New York is nipping at its heels for the checklist record. Ontario, Canada, has jumped into the top 10 for checklists, out distancing even big birdy states such

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as Texas, Florida, and North Carolina. These checklist and species numbers will continue to rise as GBBC participants enter their data for the four days of the count through the end of the month. Although much more data has yet to be recorded, here are some of the trends noted so far. • Fewer Finches. After last year’s “superflight,” this year’s GBBC reports for 10 irruptive species (mostly finches) are down considerably. This includes reports for the White-winged and Red crossbills, Common and Hoary redpolls, Pine and Evening grosbeaks, Pine Siskin, Purple Finch, Red-breasted Nuthatches, and Bohemian Waxwings. These are natural fluctuations in numbers because of variation in seed crops.

• Snowy Owl Invasion Continues. A massive irruption of Snowy Owls into the north eastern, mid-Atlantic, and Great Lakes States of the U.S., as well as southeastern Canada, is easily seen in GBBC numbers. Preliminary results show more than 2,500 Snowy Owls being reported in 25 states and 7 provinces of the U.S. and Canada! • The Polar Vortex Effect. The impact of frigid cold and in many parts of North America has resulted in unusual movements of waterfowl and grebes. With the Great Lakes almost completely frozen, some species, such as the White-winged Scoter and the Long-tailed Duck have fled the frozen lakes and stopped at inland locations where they are not usually found at this time of year.



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DEADLINE for classiÅeds, ad copy, and news is MONDAY at 5 p.m. OBITUARIES Sherry Leigh Mirosovsky September 3, 1962 February 15, 2014 Sherry Leigh Mirosovsky passed away suddenly, February 15, 2014 at the age of 51. Sherry was born September 3, 1962 in Biggar, Sask. to Charles and Ruby Mirosovsky south of Biggar, Sask. Sherry had one older sibling, Randy Mirosovsky; and two beautiful daughters, Danae Schell and Amber Mirosovsky. Sherry has one grandson, Elijah Fredrick William (mother Danae Schell). Sherry loved the farm life and being outdoors with her animals as well as helping her father on the family farm. When she wasn’t doing that, Sherry enjoyed going with her youngest daughter Amber to watch her compete all over Saskatchewan with her horses, always there to lend a hand when needed. Sherry always had a smile on her face. She was always in high spirits and happy. Sherry was very proud of her daughters. She left us too soon but left all of us with wonderful memories that we will never forget and will forever be with us in our hearts. Sherry is survived by her daughters, Amber of Biggar, Sask.; Danae of North Battleford, Sask. and grandson, Eli; father, Charlie Mirosovsky of Biggar, Sask.; brother, Randy (Alice) Mirosovsky of Hinton, Alta., and children, Tasha (Keven) Skippen, Chris Mirosovsky, R.J. Mirosovsky; aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family and friends. She was predeceased by her mother, Ruby (2000). Funeral Service was held on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. from Biggar New Horizons, Biggar, Sask. with Rev. Jo-Ann Hills of¿ciating. Honourary Bearers were all those who shared in Sherry’s life. Interment will be held at a later date in Biggar. Tributes may be directed to Canadian Diabetes Association, 104-2301 Ave. C North, Saskatoon, SK, S7L 5Z5 or Heart & Stroke Foundation, 279-3rd Ave. N., Saskatoon, SK, S7K 2H8. Grondin Funeral Service, Biggar entrusted with arrangements, “Our family serving your family for 50 years”. gfsc1


OBITUARIES Marilyn Dawn Barr September 12, 1939 February 17, 2014 Marilyn Dawn Barr born September 12, 1939 died suddenly at home in Chat¿eld, Man. on February 17, 2014. Marilyn was predeceased by her father and mother, Clara and Roy Barr and her infant brother, Wilbert of Sonningdale, Sask.; her sisters, Bertha Tyhurst of Penticton, B.C., Edith Rolston of Laura, Sask., Alice Bell of Olds, Alta., and Ruby Hiebert of Duchess, Alta. She is survived by her long time partner, Earl Sutherland of Chat¿eld, Man; sisters, June Wright of Olds, Alta., and Jean Franklin of Brooks, Alta. She also leaves to mourn her loss, eight nieces and 12 nephews, 40 great nieces and nephews and 14 great, great nieces and nephews. Marilyn began her professional career in education in the province of Saskatchewan. After moving to Manitoba in 1967, she worked as an Educational Psychologist for many jurisdictions assessing students for special needs. Marilyn will be truly missed by all those whose lives she touched. 9p1

MEMORIALS GERMSHEID, Charles (Bill): in loving memory, passed away February 1989. “Softly the leaves of memories fall Gently we gather and treasure them all Some may forget, now that you’re gone But we’ll always remember, no matter how long We miss you in so many ways We miss the things you used to say And when old times we do recall It’s then we miss you most of all.” Barb, Michael, Travis and Shea and families 9p1

CARD OF THANKS We, the family of Monica Lynn Domes, would like to send a heartfelt thank you to everyone in our community for the kind words, visits, support, prayers, food, gifts for the boys, Àowers, monetary gifts, phone calls, cards, hugs, tars, love and all acts of kindness shown to all our family in our tragic loss of Monica. Thank you to Dr. Muller, Dr. Crane, nurses and staff at the Biggar Hospital; ambulance attendees, RCMP, volunteer ¿re¿ghters, also everyone that helped at the accident scene. Thank you to Pastor Mark Kleiner for prayers and performing the service for Monica. Thank you to Bob Clothier and Ed Young of Grondin Funeral Services for your professionalism and compassion also Rodney Meger for the work done at Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery. Thank you to the Monarch 4-H Club for preparing and serving lunch, also Big Rose Hutterite Colony for donating all the buns. Thank you to Jeff Kushner, Corey Solanik, Giles Tebb, Shawn Lenhert, Dean and Curtis Laventure for helping out with the chores and checking cows at the farm. Your help was tremendously appreciated. Thank you to everyone who donated to Michael and James trust account, also those who contributed, donated and bid on the On-line Bene¿t Auction for John, Michael and James. Special thank you to Sarah Magowan Archdekin for setting up the bene¿t. Sarah you have a big heart. Everyone’s kindness, love, compassion and generosity to our families has been overwhelming and not one of you will ever be forgotten. God bless you all. John, Michael, James Domes; Barbara (Ralph) Lyttle; Gary (Jose¿na) Eaton; Pamela (Dean) Eaton, Amanda and Reez; Barbara Domes; Michelle (Adrian) Bomok, Christopher and Jordon; Stacey (Travis) Kolenosky, Katie and Jase. gfsnc



The family of the late Mary Kammer wish to say thank you to Father Bedard for the beautiful service. It was more of a celebration of life than a burial of our loved one. Thank you to Altar servers, Andrew and Megan Schwark; to Landis Community Choir for your beautiful songs, everyone commented on your voices; to the Landis Community Ladies for the lunch; to Dr. Muller, the staff at the Biggar Diamond Lodge and Biggar Hospital for the special care you gave Mom. There is nothing like the small town care you receive here at home. To everyone for the food, phone calls, warm wishes and the listening ears, these acts of kindness will not be forgotten; thank you to anyone who we forgot, please know we have not really forgotten you. Albert, Ed, Kathy, Carol, Theresa, Donald and their families. 9gfsc1

SUNDAYS in MARCH: Presbyterians, Anglicans and Lutherans (PALs) will be worshipping at St. Paul’s Anglican Church at 10:30 a.m. Potluck after church on the 30th. Everyone is welcome. For more information or pastoral services, phone Pastor Mark Kleiner at 306-948-3731 or 306951-7122. 48/10tfn SUNDAYS… You are invited to the weekly services of Biggar Associated Gospel Church, corner of 8th and Quebec Street @ 10:50 a.m.; Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. Everyone is welcome to join us. Pastor Wicks can be reached in the of¿ce at 306948-3424, Tuesday through Thursday. 36tfn First Five FRIDAYS IN LENT: Interdenominational services at 12:05 p.m. at Biggar New Horizons followed by lunch. Sponsored by Biggar and District Ministerial. Everyone welcome. 9c6 FRIDAY, February 28: Bene¿t Dance and Silent Auction for BRADLEY POLETZ on in the Biggar Community Hall; $10/ person admission; doors open at 7:00 p.m. 8p2

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COMING EVENTS TUESDAY, MARCH 4: St. Paul’s Anglican Church Pancake Supper, 5 - 7 p.m. at Biggar New Horizons. Pancake, sausage, ham and beverage, $7 per person, preschool free. Karaoke to follow. Everyone welcome. 8p2 FRIDAY, MARCH 7: DONNY PARENTEAU IS COMING TO HARRIS Seniors Hall. Turkey supper, 5:30; Adults, $12; under 10, $5. Donny’s antibullying program starts at 7 p.m. followed by his nationally known anti-bullying song and his outstanding musical talents. (Those attending program only, silver collection.) Entertainment funded by Saskatchewan Lotteries. 9c2 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12: Biggar & District Arts Council presents… “In¿nitus”, 7:30 p.m. at The Majestic Theatre, Biggar. Adults/Seniors, $25 (advance, $20); students, 13 and older, $15; children, 12 and under, $5. Advance and Season tickets available at de Moissac Jewellers, Biggar, 306-9482452. 5c6 THURSDAY, MARCH 13: Biggar Museum & Gallery Annual Meeting, 1:00 p.m. 9c3 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19: The Annual Meeting of the Biggar & District Community Foundation at 5:30 p.m. at the Biggar Town Of¿ce. The report of the auditor will be presented and remarks from the Board of Directors. All interested persons are invited to attend. 9c3 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19: Annual Meeting of Biggar Community Health Care Inc, 3 p.m. at Biggar New Horizons. Everyone welcome. 9c3 THURSDAY, MARCH 27, FRIDAY, MARCH 28, SATURDAY, MARCH 29, 8:00 p.m. and SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 2:30 p.m.: Reserved Seating TICKETS NOW ON SALE for New Creation Community Players production of “Shrek The Musical”, $20 per person. Available at The Biggar Independent, 122 Main St., Biggar, visa and mastercard accepted. Phone 306-948-3344. 7c7 CRAFT SHOW VENDORS WANTED - Join the Biggest Little Craft Show in Saskatchewan! Homespun Craft Show in Carlyle, SK is currently seeking new vendors for the September 20th & 21st 2014 show. Deadline: March 31st 2014. For more information please visit or call (306)453-2557

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Biggar Lionel A. Jones Library is now accepting resumes for a Librarian. You may drop resumes off at the Library located at 202 - 3rd Ave. West, Biggar or by mail to: Box 489, Biggar, SK, S0K 0M0 on or before March 7, 2014.

MOWER OPERATOR/UTILITY WORKER Required by the RM of Perdue No. 346 Full-time seasonal employment. Duties to include tractor and mower operation, sign and culvert maintenance and other related duties as assigned by the RM foreman. Valid drivers license is required. Powered mobile equipment certiÀcate and mechanical aptitude would be assets. Health, dental, and pension packages provided. Applications to be received prior to March 10, 2014 stating experience, expected wage and references to: RM of Perdue No. 346 Box 208 Perdue, SK. S0K 3C0 Telephone: 306-237-4202 Fax: 306-237-4202 E-mail: Thank you for your application, only those being interviewed will be contacted.

VILLAGE OF LANDIS requires a Maintenance Person • Must have or be willing to get Level I Water Treatment and Water Distribution Wastewater Treatment and Wastewater Collection Operator • Please include expected salary. Details available at Village ofÀce 306-658-2155 or Email: villageoÁ Send resume to Village of Landis Box 153 Landis, SK, S0K 2K0 Closing date: When position is Àlled


Lilydale Inc - A Sofina Foods Company Is currently seeking full-time Production Workers for their chicken plant in Wynyard, Sask. Starting wage is 13.84/ hr with a comprehensive benefits package and pension program. All applicants welcome! Call Linda @ (306) 554-2555 EXT 238 for more info Send Resumes to: Linda Karakochuk Sofina Foods Inc Box 760 Wynyard, SK SOA 4T0 Fax: (306) 554-3958 Email:

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Saskatoon - Biggar Office

•Farm •Residential •Commercial •Acreage

113 - 3rd Ave. W., Biggar


948-5052 (office)

403 Main St., Biggar

Licensed For: • Residential • Acreage • Farm

Cell 948-9168

306-948-8055 Tim Hammond,

Fax: 306-948-2763

BSA, P.Ag., Broker

Proud to handle Biggar’s Real Estate Needs

Proud sponsor of Children’s Wish Foundation

Wally Lorenz

of The Battlefords Independently Owned and Operated

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

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

Cell: 306.843.7898 Bus: 306.446.8800 Web site:

Housing for families and seniors Rent based on income

Call: 306-948-2101

FAX SERVICE at The Independent

Tim Hammond Realty Licenced for: •Residential

113 - 3rd Ave. W., Biggar

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

Residential Sales

Biggar’s Top Performing Residential Agent


This space in this directory is available for only

$161.20 plus gst…

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113 - 3 Ave. W., Biggar

one column x 2 inches for 26-week prepaid commitment


KEVIN KURULAK Mortgage Associate THE BIGGAR Broker License #316322 INDEPENDENT 403 Main St., Biggar direct. 306.948.5200 cell. 306.303.9025 NEWSSTANDS The Mortgage toll free phone. 1.877.734.3216 Group @ toll free fax. 1.877.734.3219 License #315872 • Esso email.


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

Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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

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

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For news, classifieds and ad copy

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for publication on thursday,

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Helping you Help yourself Phone:

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• Sewer • Water • Power • Drainage • Footings

Electrical Installation & Maintenance • Commercial • Industrial • Residential

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


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

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

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

Cell: 306-221-6888


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MADGE CONTRACTING LTD. For all your rooÀng needs… ¬New Construction ¬Metal ¬Torch-on ¬Re-roofs ¬Tile ¬Asphalt ¬All repairs ¬Shakes We offer 10 Year Workmanship Warranty and Liability/Torch On Insurance Excellent Local References For a FREE estimate please call… 306-948-5453

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




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

Biggar, Sask.


• 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)


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

…owned and operated by Brett Barber

New Beginnings Wellness Centre

102 - 3rd Ave. W., Biggar


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

Visit us @ 114- 2nd Ave. W., Biggar Where you can feel right at home! Phone… 306-948-2548 Cell… 306-948-8048

Jacklin Andrews, MSW Family Therapist and Marriage Commissioner (Wilkie)



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

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

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


Weight Loss & Wellness Centre

Website: www.perdue perduemassageclinic

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

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

BIGGAR DENTAL CLINIC 1104 - 6 Ave. East, Biggar, Sask. Southeast entrance of So N Nova Wood Bldg. Hours… Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.

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

302 Main Street, Biggar, SK

306-948-3346 …serving your community since 1972

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

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


306-948-5352 or 306-244-9865


Hair Salons


Christina Prpick of

Garry A. Faye

P. O. Box 1480 Biggar, Sask.

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

Phone: 306-948-5133


Chartered Accountant Notary Public

Mane Essence Hair Salon


223 Main Street Biggar Box 580 Biggar, SK SOK OMO


OPEN: Tues.-Fri. • 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

306-948-2183 Email: Website:

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

306-948-2814 BOOKS Pat Wicks,

Living Books Distributor


Roderick B. Campbell, CMA


In Biggar Every Tuesday.

Biggar Professional Building, 223 Main Street, Biggar

For appointments… 1-855-651-3311

• Bookkeeping • Tax Returns • Financial Statements

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

Journeymen Plumber, Gas Fitter, & Electrician on staff

For FAX service,

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


Call Making Biggar Smaller!

Doctor of Optometry

or email


115 - 1st Avenue West Rosetown, Sask.

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

Kirk Ewen

by phone


201B-2nd Ave. West

Phone or Text:




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

body sculpting, strength training.




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


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

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

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

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

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

Lyndsey Poole

Investment Advisor Credential Securities Inc.

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

Cell: 306-948-7524

222 Main St., Biggar

Tel: 306-986-2600

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

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

222 Main Street 306 948 5377

info@twhÀ www.twhÀ

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



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

306.948.3996 Open Monday-Friday Mike Nahorney, Interprovincial Heavy Duty Journeyman Mechanic

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


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

Financial Planning Estate Planning Life Insurance

Heavy Truck Repair SGI Safety Inspection Auto Repair TIRES

Super B outÀts hauling grain and fertilizer in Alberta and Saskatchewan

Rockin D Trucking & Cattle

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

1st Ave. West, Biggar

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

306.948.2700 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 Prairieland Collision Rosetown, Sask.

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

Small moves and deliveries with ½ ton truck

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


Box 736, Biggar

Phone: 306-948-5600 A Sign of Qualilty!

Owned & operated by Kevin Fick


227 - 1st Ave. East, Biggar

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

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

Jerry Muc Phone: 306-948-2958 Fax:


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


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


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

• Snow Removal • Fences …and much more

“Your complete decal and signage shop” • Laser Engraving • Promotional products (mugs, mousepad, etc)

t Delivery

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Anne G. Livingston

• sides of Beef available


Rebel Landscaping

Cliff Forsyth

J. G. Smith


Your authorized

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948-3955 NORTHLAND PAINTING and SANDBLASTING •Texas Gates •Spray Foam Insulation •Sandblasting & Painting ing ing g •Internal Coatingss •Rock Guard Coatings tings

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

Bob Kobelsky

Custom Embroidery Teams, Corporate and Personal Attire Judy Kahovec… 306-882-4313, cell 306-831-7935

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

For appointments and inquiries, call

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





306-658-4474, Landis

YH Truck, Ag & Auto


Biggar Sand & Gravel

Esso Full Service Gas Bar & Restaurant 306-237-4363


Phone: 306-948-5678

• trenching • trucking • water & sewer • sand & gravel • excavating OfÀce …

Wylie Farms Ltd.


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

Hwy 14 East, Biggar 306-948-2109

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


306-882-2289 Canadian Seed Institute Accredited Pedigree, Commercial & Custom Cleaning FULL line of Cleaning Equipment including Gravity Table

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



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

Toll Free: 866-403-2298

Email: Website:

Mutual Fund Investment Specialist Credential Asset Management Inc.

403 Main Street, Biggar


Gareth McKee

Pamela Eaton

Mutual funds are offered through Credential Asset Management Inc., and mutual funds and other securities are offered through Credential Securities Inc. ®Credential is a registered mark owned by Credential Financial Inc. and is used under license.




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Perdue 5-Star Service - Under NEW Management Open: Monday-Sunday • 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Holidays: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

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Faxing ; Phamphlets Photocopies ; Christmas letters Rubber Stamps ; File Folders Envelopes ; Sticky Labels Letterheads ; Address Labels Business Cards ; Social Tickets Receipts ; Draw Tickets Invoices ; Calendars and Day Planners Statements ; Presentations Flyers and more… Resumes Call us now for your Posters FREE quote on all your Menus Programs and printing needs. Booklets

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Chef Dez on Cooking Red Beans & Rice for Mardi Gras

Tuesday, March 4th this year is the Fat Tuesday celebration of Mardi Gras. It is the last day of the carnival season in New Orleans and always falls on the day before Ash Wednesday every year. The term Fat Tuesday represents the last day of eating richer fattier foods before the ritual fasting of Lent that begins on the Ash Wednesday. To help you celebrate this annual event at your dinner table, I have provided you with my very popular recipe for Louisiana Red Beans and Rice. Usually Red Beans and Rice would be served on

THE INDEPENDENT, BIGGAR, SK - 19 Mondays as it was historically prepared with the leftover bones from a traditional Sunday ham supper. However this recipe is a delicious one pot meal and great served any time. Happy Cooking! Louisiana Red Beans & Rice 500g raw Italian sausages - hot or mild Two celery stalks, diced small One medium onion, diced small One medium red bell pepper, diced small Six garlic cloves, minced One tsp dried thyme One tsp dried oregano One tsp salt Half tsp ground black pepper Two cups long grain white rice Four cups chicken broth Two bay leaves One 540ml can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained Fresh thyme, for garnish 1.) Squeeze sausages from casings into a large heavy bottomed pot. Discard empty casings. 2.) Turn the heat to medium-high and break up sausage meat into small pieces with a wooden

spoon while cooking until brown, approximately 10 minutes. 3.) Turn the heat to medium and add the celery, onion, bell pepper, garlic, thyme, oregano, salt and pepper. Cook for approximately two to three minutes until the vegetables are soft but not brown, stirring occasionally. 4.) Add the rice. Stir to coat with the fat and cook approximately 30 seconds until the rice becomes slightly opaque. 5.) Add the chicken broth and bay leaves. Stir to combine. Turn the heat to high and bring to a boil. 6.) Cover with a lid and reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. 7.) Remove the pot from the heat and let stand covered for five minutes. 8.) Remove and discard the bay leaves. Stir in the beans. Season with salt and pepper to taste, garnish with fresh thyme sprigs and serve immediately. Makes four to six large portions 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

What do young people in Saskatchewan need to start and run their own businesses? Regina entrepreneurs tell CYBF at roundtable event The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) wants to know what will inspire and help more young people to consider entrepreneurship and to start new businesses. CYBF convened a group of young entrepreneurs, business, education, non-profit, policy and community leaders in Regina recently to help chart a plan to expand youth entrepreneurship in Canada. The Action Entrepreneurship: Growing Young Enterprise roundtable series, hosted by CYBF, tapped into the bold ideas and collaborative spirit of young business owners and those who support them to identify the top opportunities to advance youth entrepreneurship in Canada. The 10-city roundtable series will culminate in a national summit in May and an action plan to improve the entrepreneurial ecosystem. “There are a lot of resources out there to help young Canadian entrepreneurs succeed. At CYBF, we help them leverage these resources and connect them to mentors and other vital support,” said Julia Deans, CEO, CYBF. “The feedback and ideas we received from the group will help to create a feasible and realistic action plan for CYBF and others to help them even more, and will also encourage more entrepreneurs to step up and tell their stories of success and failure.”

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Additional highlights from Regina roundtable included: • Honourable Bill Boyd, Minister of the Economy in Saskatchewan, discussing the opportunities for young entrepreneurs to capitalize on the wave of retiring business owners • Results of the 2013 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor study, the world’s largest study of entrepreneurship, reporting that entrepreneurs are among the happiest people in the world in terms of job fulfillment, and that Canada tops the global charts when it comes to the number of 18-34-yearolds actively planning or in the early stages of a new business and that women are playing a bigger role • Local entrepreneurs sharing their stories and

experiences about the entrepreneurial mindset, skills, resources and markets “The people of Saskatchewan are known for their excellent work ethic and truly embody the spirit of entrepreneurship. They are unique individuals in that they are willing to take risks, and in most cases, are richly rewarded for doing so,” said Honourable Bill Boyd, Minister of the Economy in Saskatchewan. “A transfer of power in small businesses to the younger generation of Saskatchewan is in the near future. Entrepreneurship goes beyond the start up of a new business and includes the opportunity to capitalize on the wave of retiring babyboomers who own their own businesses.” Many others engaged online as commentary

from the roundtable was shared and discussed via social media (@CYBFCanada / #AECanada). About the Canadian Youth Business Foundation The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to growing Canada’s economy one young entrepreneur at a time. We look at character, not

collateral, when providing youth aged 18-39 with pre-launch coaching, business resources, lowinterest financing of up to $15,000, and industryleading mentoring to help them launch and sustain successful businesses. CYBF’s co-financing partner, the Business Development Bank of Canada, leverages CYBF’s application process to provide up to $30,000 in additional

support for CYBF entrepreneurs. Established in 1996, CYBF has been recognized as a global leader in advancing youth entrepreneurship. CYBF is a founding member of the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance, the Canadian member of The Prince’s Youth Business International, and the Canadian host of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

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Don’t be deterred by special diets when entertaining Entertaining a crowd with various dietary restrictions nowadays may mean more than simply having a vegetarian alternative or avoiding peanut products. Food and beverage allergies vary, and some people steer clear of certain foods not because they have made a lifestyle choice, but because their health depends on it. As a result, party hosts should be mindful of any food restrictions and try to be as accommodating as possible. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America reports that approximately 6 percent of allergy sufferers have food allergies as their primary allergy. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology offers similar findings while noting that 38.7 percent of

food-allergic children have a history of severe reactions. Milk, soy, eggs, wheat, tree nuts, fish ,and shellfish are the foods most likely to cause a reaction among food allergy sufferers. Each year allergies account for millions of outpatient office visits and hospitalizations. For some, allergies may be so severe that they result in extreme swelling and anaphylaxis. To ensure that dinner guests are not subject to uncomfortable or potentially fatal reactions, be sure to take into consideration food restrictions when preparing a meal and consider the following tips before and during the party. • Speak to guests. The best way to learn of any food restrictions your guests may have is to ask them if they have

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any such restrictions. Some guests may only eat kosher foods while others may have a gluten intolerance. Knowing what to expect and being able to research proper preparation methods can make the process go more smoothly. • Read labels carefully. Certain foods, especially pre-made items, may be hiding certain ingredients that can be dangerous to those with a food allergy or a dietary restriction. Foods that contain gelatin may be inappropriate for those on a vegetarian or vegan

diet. Some items that are wheat-free may be produced in factories that also process wheat products. You have to be careful with all foods you serve. • Consider kosher foods for all of your guests. Kosher foods tend to be made of simple ingredients and packaged in strict adherence to religious practices. Kosher foods are now easier to find than ever, as a substantial percentage of the packaged goods available in the supermarket are certified kosher. People with food allergies may

appreciate the simplicity of kosher foods, and you can rely on these items when preparing meals. • Label foods clearly. Your mother’s recipe for turkey casserole may be a fan-favourite, but those with food allergies may shy away from items they can’t easily recognize. Attach tags to buffet-style items that indicate their ingredients so guests with dietary restrictions can still enjoy a good meal like everyone else. • Prepare foods separately. When cooking, be mindful of kitchen hy-

giene by using separate dishes, bowls and utensils for preparing foods to avoid cross-contamination. If you will be preparing something with a known allergen, such as dairy or wheat, keep it separate from other foods and do not use mixing bowls or spoons for the different foods. It may take some extra effort, but making guests who have dietary restrictions feel comfortable at your next party means having menu items that are compatible with their personal diets.

Saskatchewan signs new arrangements with Jilin and Guangdong provinces, The People’s Republic of China Advanced Education Minister Rob Norris was in Edmonton Monday for the signing of a number of bilateral arrangements. These arrangements involve Saskatchewan, China’s Jilin Province and Guangdong Province as well as the University of Saskatchewan and Jinan University. “We value and appreciate our relationship with China,” Norris said. “It is a

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partnership that is strong and growing. Today’s meeting is about creating more opportunities for our students and strengthening our relationship with China as well as our ongoing efforts to enhance Saskatchewan’s international education profile.” The Ministry of Advanced Education signed two province-to-province arrangements. The first will renew the relationship on research, educational and scholarly exchanges as well as highlighting the 30-year partnership with the Province of Jilin. The second arrangement with the Province of Guangdong will forge

a new partnership in the field of post-secondary research, science and technology as well as promoting future collaborations through innovation. As well, three arrangements were signed between the University of Saskatchewan and Jinan University located in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province. The arrangements recognize past and future long-term activity while providing the opportunity to enhance ties between the institutions. The parties will explore opportunities to co-operate in various academic, research and scholarly endeavours in fields of mutual interest.

“Our government wants to attract more international students while increasing the number of Saskatchewan students studying abroad,” Norris said. “The Ministry of Advanced Education will focus on providing more international educational opportunities as well as fostering Saskatchewan’s growth in innovative research and educational excellence.” On Tuesday, Minister Norris participated in discussions with Ministers of Education and Post-Secondary Education from across Canada on Aboriginal education and skills training and on international education.

Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority - Liquor Permit Under the provisions of The Alcohol and Gaming Regulations Act, 1997 Notice is hereby given that Bogdan Golinski has applied to the Liquor and Gaming Authority for a Special Use Permit to sell alcohol in premises known as Oasis Golf Resort at S-½-1-36-12-W3, R.M. of Perdue, SK of which the following is a correct legal description: Surface Parcel #131837351; SW 1-36-12-W3 Extension 25; Surface Parcel #131837340; SW 1-36-12-W3 Extension 61; Surface Parcel #131837362; SW 1-36-12-W3 Extension 63; Surface Parcel #131837373; SW 1-36-12-W3 Extension 65; Surface Parcel #131837328; SE 1-36-12-W3 Extension 24; Surface Parcel #131837339; SE 1-36-12-W3 Extension 60; S-½-1-36-12-W3, R.M. of Perdue, SK Written objections to the granting of the permit may be filed with SLGA not more than two weeks from the date of publication of this notice.

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Every person filing a written objection with SLGA shall state their name, address and telephone number in printed form, as well as the grounds for the objection(s). Petitions must name a contact person, state grounds and be legible. Each signatory to the petition and the contact person must provide an address and telephone number. Frivolous, vexatious or competition-based objections within the beverage alcohol industry may not be considered, and may be rejected by the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Licensing Commission, who may refuse to hold a hearing. Write to: Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority Box 5054 Regina, SK S4P 3M3

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