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Bernie Trischuk: curler for life By Cory Carlick Staff Writer Bernie Trischuk learned to curl as a kid. When his mom and dad gave him a little crash course in the game, that was it. “Oh yes, they played,” says Trischuk. “They played [on the] mixed team, which was mens and womens, and dad would with the men’s team, bonspiels, and all the curling things, he’d go and do that. So, that’s how I knew about curling. I just really played hockey when I was younger, because curling was maybe sort of the ‘older man’s game’, but as I went to university, they had intramural university curling, so I tried that because I knew about it and enjoyed that. Then, when I came to Yorkton, to start work, I started to meet people – especially over at the curling club – and joined a team. You could curl however you want [sic], you know? Either for fun, or com-

petitive, or you could join a men’s league, or mixed league – how[ever] far you wanted to go. I was at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, at the intramurals. Just for fun. It was nothing too serious at all.” Still, there was an undeniable appeal to the game. It wasn’t the only sport, of course. Golf and hockey were loves of his, too. But plenty know Bernie for his mettle on the curling rink, and the veteran curler knows a thing or two on how to command the ice. Trischuk dominated the floor at the Seniors’ Bonspiel this month, clinching the ‘A’ game final. There’s been a lot of changes in the game over the years in terms of equipment and other little upgrades — but at the end of the day, it still comes down to good, old fashioned skill. And skill, Trischuk says, comes from the time honoured tradition of putting your time in. In

The Bernie Trischuk rink, with Grant Preston, Ernie Brezinski and Cathy Gordon. short, practice. No tricks. No fancy theatrics. Watch your footwork, hurry

hard, and slide. Now, he devotes his time to his game and to his family, especially his grandson. Life is pretty good. “Well, you know, you’ve got a big heavy rock and you push it down the ice to the other end, and you tried to make it stop on the thing. They’d explain the rules to me, you sort of watch it, and then you’re interested. You can see that there’s a game involved. You just sort of go from there. The rules of curling, for those that have never seen it before, well, it’s not a real spectator sport. You just throw the rock and run beside it, go up or down

the ice like that, and you don’t understand it. It’s just like maybe cricket or something like that – in the game, you don’t know what’s going on. But that’s how you get interested, I guess. You just learn the sport, and the rules, and what’s available. It’s a good sport. It’s cheap to enter. Curling shoes, and a broom, and some warm clothes, and try your best out there. You can take lessons. Learn how to slide and not fall down, throwing the rock – in turn, out turn. I introduced my kids to it after a while. They played hockey. They came out and tried it and said, ‘Yeah, dad, that’s not as easy

as it looks.’ You’ve got to have the right grippers on the shoes so you don’t fall down. When you have the shoe with the slider on when you push out [from the hack] to slide the rock, you’ve just got to be really careful so you don’t fall down.

“[Besides], there are other teams that are better than you that have curled longer, or more competitive,” he laughs.

“But in any game, in any curling game, anyone can beat anybody at the time. It’s more fun when you have these better competitive teams and

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Action from the final games at the Yorkton Senior’s Bonspiel on Friday at the Yorkton Curling Club.

CURLING Continued from Page A15 you get to beat them – or a close game, and you feel like you’ve accomplished something. It’s like a little chess game out there. It [involves] a lot of strategy, and you’ve got to be able to sweep. In the old days, you used to sweep with a broom! A corn broom, and all that. Now, they’ve changed it to these push brooms, so it’s easier for people. Now, they allow people to use these sticks – that are getting older, to get out of the hack, and you just walk on the ice with a stick

and push the rock which allows older people to continue curling. In the Yorkton Bonspiels, the average age was eighty five. And they were very competitive! They knew the game and played it well, and they enjoyed it. So they’re allowed to continue the game by using these sticks.” There have been some changes. “I’m not too familiar with the newer equipment, but you’ve got newer shoes, and sliders that are easier to slide. Of course, easier to slide


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means it’s easier to slip and fall, too. The brooms, I guess, are made with different fabric so you can sweep better. So, yeah. They must be making improvements every year. I just use the ‘middle of the road’ equipment and enjoy the game that way. “The brooms, the way they make them now, you can sweep with a certain angle on one side of the rock or the other to make it more curlable,

and all that kind of stuff. It’s just a different sport that you have to learn, and if you grow up with it, and you’re interested – you of course have all these things on TV with the elite teams that are making these great shots – and they never miss a shot – whereas in our calibre we’re just lucky to make every second one, which is good,” Trischuk laughs. “It’s a fun game.” When it comes to strat-

or stay straight. Quite a real improvement. More scientific, more precise way of doing things. Of course, these guys [professional curlers], they’re all high performance athletes, and they work out. They’re strong. When they push out on a broom, it really makes a difference. Some other people do, [but] we just do it for some exercise. Hopefully it helps. “You still get your exercise, and your ability,

egy, though, curling is just one of the games that Bernie loves that occupies his attention. Now, Trischuk says, he’s also got time for one of his other loves: golf. That’s a game that involves a lot of strategy, too. Just a little warmer, though. Will his grandson learn to curl too? “Well, he’s not walking just yet,” laughs Trischuk. It may well be just a matter of time.

Curling in the Parkland

Seniors in the Parkland Valley area often lament on how “things were” in years past. There is reason for that. Many of today’s seniors grew up in an era when the rural population was much higher. With the higher population local events had more people to draw from and the workload was spread more evenly. It is for that reason we should be impressed with how some local sports have “hung in there.” To me, curling is a perfect example of this. It is expensive to keep the curling rinks operating. There are fewer seniors living in the rural areas, some of the seniors are snowbirds and the average age of the local sen-

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Seniors in the Parkland ior is older. Yes, a lot of challenges to the sport; yet, the senior curlers persevere. In the last couple of years it seems the small town curling bonspiels have held their own. Often there are 20+ senior teams competing in a local tournament. It is not a small commitment to enter a curling bonspiel. It involves driving miles for three or four days in a row through winter driving conditions. Yet these committed “rock chuck-

ers” seem determined to keep the sport alive. I believe that some of the credit goes to the curling fraternity. They realized that changes needed to be made, such as the use of a stick to curl, two person teams and mixed teams. Time has shown that these changes have made curling more appealing to the average sporting enthusiast. In past years the Parkland Valley District not only had winning curling teams at the

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Saskatchewan Senior Fitness Association Games, but also teams that brought home national honors. However, in recent years, the SSFA has had trouble drawing teams to their events. At the local level, senior curling activity is quite strong, yet this does not translate to participation at the provincial senior games. We at the board level are struggling with the apparent paradox. I realize that seniors, for the most part, have extensive itineraries that leave little room for extra activity. It is re-assuring to see senior curling maintain its momentum at the grassroots level and clubs hosting sporting and social events in our small towns and villages. Also some of the senior curlers are mentoring our young aspiring curlers so that we can keep this team sport alive. This year the Parkland Area was especially blessed with having the Grand Slam in Yorkton in January and the Men’s and Women’s provincial play-downs in Melville in February. This increased level of curling activity can only help build momentum for the future.



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Throw away old photos? - Not so fast! Photo Restoration Last January 21, 2020, Morris Stakiw spoke to members of the Yorkton Genealogical Society and the public in the Yorkton Public Library. His topic was “Photo Restoration”. Below is an interview by Doris Maben which covered some of the major points discussed during his presentation. Doris: What is your background in photography work? Morris: I learned pho-

tography from my family’s business in Yorkton. My father, Stan, started a photography shop in 1945. It was called Stan’s Photos and resided on the land where the Dairy Queen is currently located. Eventually, my father purchased Bill Johnson’s photography business which was called Avalon Photos which was located on 3rd Ave. South Street. We’ve moved several more times around the Yorkton downtown area

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since then. Doris: What did your family’s business do? Morris: We took photo-

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his bandmates brought along their unique blend of folk and adult contemporary styles, combined with its pleasant harmonies.

Senior Olympics It was time to get active at Yorkton Crossing with the Senior Olympics. Complete with opening and closing ceremonies, the 32 athletes participated in events like whist, horse-

graphs of mostly families and individuals. Also, we did photo restoration work. Doris: What does photo restoration mean? Morris: Photo restoration work is bringing photos to life by altering images in photographs. That is, by enhancing the quality with such techniques as brightening, sharping, using oil colours, etc. of images. We would never work using the original image. Instead, we would work on a photographed copy of the image. Years ago, I hired a young lady to do some of the photo restoration work in my studio. She worked with images by using various inks and pens. Today, Photoshop is one of the main software products used in photo restoration. Doris: What do you see as advantages or disadvantages in modernday photo restoration? Morris: If you ever go into older homes you might see photographs which were taken in black and white and then you see the same photo which was oil coloured. For example, while watching today’s TV, one may see a scene in “black and white” and suddenly the next scene the previous scene slowly converts into colour. In today’s world, one may not know if the photo is the original or a “doctored” version. I like to photograph a person or people the way they appear. For example, if I take a picture of a farm family - I would use in the photograph something that’s part of their livelihood. (e.g., cattle, haybales, a barn, etc.)

Morris Stakiw Doris: So you would not use Photoshop? Morris: Up until the time I slowed down my photography practice, I’ve never enhanced photographs by altering the original image. Doris: How were old photos and old negatives stored? Morris: Before digital photos appeared, if you had a camera your negatives should have been placed in acid-free envelopes. While old photos

should have been stored in a dry place. Doris: If one has a lot of old photos what can you do with them? Morris: What people are doing today is to photograph old photos, digitally. For example, if you’re cleaning out grandma’s house and you discover a box of old photos, choose the original photos that you may want to save and show people. Next, 1) Take a digital snapshot of each of your desired photos. 2) Then email these photos to everyone that you want. The above technique fits in well with the genealogy strategy of preserving the old. Doris: Thanks for this interview. Submitted by Doris Maben Yorkton Genealogical Society


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