Monthly Archives: November 2013

Wilkie Outlaws proving why they’re defending champs

The senior men’s hockey team, the Wilkie Outlaws, along with the St. Walburg Eagles, are sitting on top of the North Saskatchewan River Hockey Leagues standings, each with three wins and no losses.

Eagles’ players hold the top two positions in the scoring race, followed by Kyle Wagner, Lorne Griffiths, Will Rathje and Mitch Suchan of the Outlaws.

Senior men's hockeyIn their most recent game, Nov. 23, at home against the visiting Maidstone Jets, first period goals were scored by:

  • Mike Sittler, assisted by Mitch Suchan, and
  • Kyle Wagner, assisted by Suchan and Barrett Penner,

giving the Outlaws a 2-0 lead at the end of the period.

Although the Jets managed to score twice in the second period, they weren’t able to match the four goals scored by the Outlaws. The Outlaws’ goals came courtesy of:

  • Andrew Herle, assisted by Sittler and Lorne Griffiths;
  • Griffiths, assisted by Robert Keller and Herle;
  • Penner, assisted by Wagner; and
  • Wagner, assisted by Griffiths and Herle.

The Outlaws sealed the deal in the third period, scoring three more goals to Maidstone’s one, making the final score 9-4 for the home team.

Sittler opened the third period scoring with his second goal of the game, assisted by Griffiths. Wagner followed a scant 17 seconds later, making it a hat trick night for him. Suchan and Will Rathje were credited with the assists. Griffiths scored the final goal of the game, and his second of the night, assisted by Sittler.

Curtis Sander in goal for the Outlaws stopped 37 out of 41 shots, while Dustin MacDonald stopped 48 of 57 shots for the Jets.

The Outlaws travel to Meadow Lake this weekend for back-to-back games against the Stampeders Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Their next home game is Dec. 7 when the Turtleford Tigers come to town.

 

 

Library to Cybrary

McLurg High School principal Greg Mamer says, “The face of education is constantly changing and, now with technology, it’s changing faster than ever before.”

Greg Mamer, McLurg HighMamer and vice-principal Thelma Cey along with librarian Dawnlyn Delainey at McLurg High School want McLurg students to be ready for the new post-secondary and workplace worlds. With that in mind, they held a public meeting Nov. 13 to lay out their plans to change the high school library into a cybrary. The high school needs funding assistance from community members and organizations to make the cybrary a reality.

The proposed cybrary would replace the current library at McLurg and so would be in the centre of the school. The concept is similar to an internet café and school administrators hope it would become the heart of the school. While some book shelving would remain along the back wall, most of the space would be used for tables, chairs and booths. Staff want it to be a “cool” place, a place kids want to go to hang out, to eat, to get some work done.

McLurg CybraryThe plans, prepared by Femi Ajayi of Unity Design and Drafting (http://ud2.ca/), show two parts to the cybrary. There is a quiet, study, learning-type area, along with the front part which would be the busy, noisier area. The librarian’s desk will be between the two portions.

Post-secondary institutions are not what they used to be, Mamer pointed out. Every university student uses a tablet or laptop. Workplaces are telling schools they want students with networking skills and the ability to collaborate with others.

Ajayi said this type of setting, where students can work on their laptops or tablets, have a cup of coffee or a snack and chat with friends, all in one place and at one time, is exactly what you will see at any post-secondary institution today. For a student who comes from a school with a cybrary, it will feel comfortable and entirely familiar.

Ajayi also pointed out colleges and universities have created that atmosphere for their students because “it is conducive to learning.”

While there may be some money available from the school division, additional funds to accomplish the transfer from library to cybrary are essential. Along with looking at grant possibilities, McLurg High School is asking for donations from community members and organizations.

For more information on the cybrary or to discuss how you might become involved in helping create it, please contact Greg Mamer or Thelma Cey at McLurg High School, 306-843-2288.

Travel safely to Grey Cup festivities!

Headlined SASKATCHEWAN HIGHWAYS TO EXPERIENCE THE RIDER NATION RUSH TO REGINA, the Government of Saskatchewan issued a press release urging motorists to drive carefully on their trek to Regina for the 101st Grey Cup game and festivities.

With the Roughriders and Tiger-Cats set to clash in the Grey Cup final and the lion’s share of fans stampeding toward Regina on Saskatchewan highways, motorists are reminded to avoid rushing and pass safely during their drive.

“The Riders’ home Grey Cup appearance is a huge cause for celebration, and drivers from within the province and across Canada will flood into Regina for the festivities,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris said. “However, winter conditions have arrived, so I want to remind all motorists to check the Highway Hotline and drive cautiously when they head out so it can be a good, safe week for everyone.”

For the Highway Hotline’s latest available Saskatchewan road conditions, visit hotline.gov.sk.ca or for recorded reports, phone 306-787-7623 in the Regina area, 306-933-8333 in the Saskatoon area or 1-888-335-7623 toll-free across Canada.

The Highway Hotline continues to use social media. For road closures and travel not recommended alerts on Twitter, follow @SKGovHwyHotline. General tips and other helpful information are available on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SaskatchewanHighwayHotline.

Whether you are heading to Regina or just to the neighbouring town to watch the game with friends and family, unity stories reminds you to take care out there!  And Go, Riders, go!

We Day speaker sampling

We Day, the multi-media, multi-speaker event held to motivate and empower young people, was held in Saskatoon November 6. Students from 325 Saskatchewan schools – including Unity Composite High School, McLurg High School, Luseland School and St. Peter’s School – made up the audience of some 15,000.

For a detailed article on the event and additional photos, please see the November 18 issue of the Unity-Wilke Press-Herald. For response from local students who attended We Day, please see the November 25 issue of the Press-Herald.

Spencer West

Spencer West

“Anything is possible.”

Born without legs, Spencer West shared his story with the We Day audience. As he explains on his Facebook page, “As a kid, every time I went out, whether to the grocery store or a restaurant, people would point and whisper, ‘Where’s that guy’s body? Where’s his legs? He looks crazy!’

“Nobody even asked me my name first. People were seeing my disability, instead of me. So I changed my story a bit. When asked, ‘Where are your legs?’ I would say, ‘I left them in my other pants’ or ‘I was swimming in the ocean and this shark swam up and BIT THEM RIGHT OFF!’ If I could get them to laugh, people were forced to see me as a person.”

A trip to Kenya gave West a moment of incredible insight. “Upon my arrival I was surrounded by swarms of school kids, who bombarded me with questions about my life. A little girl raised her hand and said, ‘I didn’t know this sort of thing happened to white people, too.’

“Suddenly, I understood that instead of trying to be like everyone I was different for a reason. I was different because I needed to show others that it doesn’t matter what your abilities are or where you come from in the world. If you work hard, never give up and laugh a lot, you can achieve anything. Now, as a motivational speaker for Me to We, I’ve spoken to audiences around the world about courage, shark attacks and making a difference.”

Martin Luther King III

Martin Luther King III

Flanked by brothers and Free The Children co-founders Marc and Craig Kielburger, Martin Luther King III addresses the students, teachers and parents gathered for the Nov. 6, 2013 edition of We Day in Saskatoon.

Martin Luther King III is the oldest son of the late Martin Luther King Jr. Images and portions from his father’s “I have a dream” speech were played on large video screens several times during We Day in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the speech.

King told the students his father used to say, “You can be a thermometer or you can be a thermostat.” In other words, do you want to change things or just record them? King had everyone raise their voice in chanting, “Spread the word, have you heard? All across our nation, we are going to be a great generation.”

Magic Johnson

We Day, SaskatoonNBA legend Magic Johnson told the audience that when he was a child, his mother sent him out to shovel the driveways of elderly neighbours. While he didn’t really appreciate that at the time, later “I realized they were teaching me to give back, to help mankind.”

Johnson asked the students to change their schools, change their communities, help their neighbours. “The greatest person that I know is a person who always helps somebody else. That’s the coolest person on earth,” he said.

Taylor Devos

Taylor DevosTaylor Devos is from small-town Saskatchewan and is “1 kid making a difference.” At the age of 12, she stood with microphone in hand and told the packed Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon how determined she is to raise enough money to build a school in Haiti.

Starting when she was 10 years old with the sale of T-shirts and bracelets, along with holding small events in her hometown of Porcupine Plain, Taylor is nearing her goal of $15,000. As of We Day in Saskatoon, Nov. 6, she has already raised $12,700

Bill Doyle, Potash Corp CEO

Craig Kielburger, Bill Doyle

Craig Kielburger and Potash Corp. president Bill Doyle discuss food security at We Day in Saskatoon, Nov. 6, 2013.

Bill Doyle, president and CEO of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc., spoke about the importance of food security. He explained that in Canada we can walk into a grocery store and see shelves and shelves of food but that’s not the case around the world. In some places, there aren’t even any grocery stores, let along ones as well stocked as ours.

“The number one requirement is to feed people each and every day before anything else can be done,” he said.

Potash Corp is sponsoring 25 scholarships for Canadian youth to visit India next summer and learn first-hand about food security in the developing world. During media interviews, co-founder of Free the Children Craig Kielburger specifically encouraged students from Saskatchewan rural and farming communities to apply for the scholarships.

Go here to apply! http://www.freethechildren.com/get-involved/we-youth/leadership-training-in-development/overseas/potashcorp-youth-trip-scholarship/

Donisha Prendergast

Donisha PrendergastDonisha Prendergast, granddaughter of Bob and Rita Marley, spoke about love and revolution. “At the heart of every revolution is love,” she said. She also pointed out the word “revolution” has the word “evolution” in its centre.

Prendergast also spoke about overcoming difficulties and challenges. “We aren’t meant to feel the pain forever,” she said, in a reference to bullying.

“My grandparents few up in the concrete jungle of Jamaica where ‘they’ said nothing could ever grow, and today I am standing here speaking to 15,000 people about the power of love.”

For a short video from We Day featuring Shawn Desman and the Kenyan Boys Choir: http://unitystories.com/press-herald-nov18/

For more information about the work of Free the Children: http://www.freethechildren.com/

And don’t forget about the new free app for year-round motivation and ideas on how to change the world. Look for the We365 app at your favourite app store.

Next week’s paper … and a video

Along with your usual menu of job opportunities, upcoming events and business offerings, next week’s paper will feature:

  • an article on and photos from We Day – the special motivational and inspirational mix of speakers and entertainment geared towards youth, held in Saskatoon, Nov. 6 (scroll down this page for a short video from the event);
  • where were you when JFK was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, 50 years ago? Residents share their memories;
  • photos of Norman Carter students who won prizes in the Legion’s annual Remembrance Day poster and literary contest;
  • and an assortment of photos from Remembrance Day services in the Press-Herald reading area.

Delta Co-op – happy to be part of the community

Delta Co-operative Ltd.Come on in! Welcome to our story, which is your story too. We live where you live, work where you work and we are helping grow the local economy. We are your neighbours and we invest in the communities we serve.

We say “we” but really … it’s you. Delta Co-op is really yours, because you own it. If you’re a member, you’re an owner. If you’re not a member, we invite you to become one. Delta Co-op membership offers you a lifetime of rewards, including high quality products and services at competitive prices. Our profits are your profits, returned by way of dividends paid out at year-end.

Understand when we say “we”, we’re actually saying you AND us – working, shopping, profiting, decision-making, helping out our communities – together.

Delta Co-op works together to provide goods and services to the community in the most up-to-date manner. We can be found online at our website, http://deltacoop.ca/, on Facebook and even on your phone! Look for “co-op CRS” at your app store and download it, free, for weekly coupons, flyers, locations, hours and much more.

Delta Co-op is proud to support the communities we serve, and neighbouring communities, with sponsorships, donations, advertising and by hosting fundraising barbecues.

We’ve been part of the local community for over 80 years. Delta Co-op is a multi-branch, multi-department retail co-operative.

co-op wilkie

With branches in Wilkie, Unity, Luseland, Senlac and Macklin, Delta has deli, bakery, produce, meat and grocery departments, building supply and hardware stores, an agro-centre with seed and feed supplies, cardlocks, a C-store and gas bars. See our special page at wilkiestories.com for details on what services we provide in each of our home communities: http://wilkiestories.com/delta-co-op/. Phone numbers for all locations are at http://wilkiestories.com/delta-co-op/locations/.

This corner of the province is our home. We promise to stay local, committed to community and to a business model that shares profits with all members. It’s only $10 to become a shareholder in Delta Co-op, making you a part owner in each and every one of our locations.

Remember, at Delta Co-op, Delta Co-op

Highway Hotline cameras installed

With winter driving conditions already making themselves felt in Saskatchewan early in November, Saskatchewan’s Highway Hotline is a good place to check things out before setting out on any road trips.

winter driving

Photo provided by RCMP, Sask. Media Relations

Links to province-wide maps showing general highway conditions and to a text report of highway conditions for each numbered highway in Saskatchewan can be found at http://www.highways.gov.sk.ca/road-conditions/. There is also a link on the website to maps and text reports optimized for mobile devices. You can also call 1-888-335-7623, toll-free for the latest highway conditions report.

Saskatchewan’s Minister of Highways and Infrastructure announced Nov. 13 additional road cameras will be installed at various locations on some of Saskatchewan’s busiest highways over the coming months.

“Saskatchewan is a leader in providing timely and accurate road information to travellers,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris said.  “The Highway Hotline gets about four million web visits and phone calls each year and 97 per cent of users say the system meets their needs; however, we’re always looking for ways to improve the service.”

The new camera locations include:

  • Highway 1 at Moose Jaw;
  • Highway 2 near the new St. Louis Bridge;
  • Two locations on Highway 10; (at the Avonhurst Grid and near Balgonie)
  • Highway 11 near Macdowall; and
  • Highway 16 near the Borden Bridge.

Installation and activation of the new road cameras will be timed in order to coincide with major construction projects. The cameras generally cost more than $35,000 to install. The new cameras supplement other improvements made to the Hotline in recent years, including the Trucker’s Report, the use of social media and an improved interface for handheld devices.

While cameras make most visual road conditions available to drivers, they are not perfect. “One of the most hazardous conditions Saskatchewan motorists face in the winter is black ice and this isn’t always evident on the cameras,” McMorris said.  “Motorists should always consider all of the information available on the Hotline and drive according to road conditions.”

Wilkie COPS

By Kathy Heilman

In Wilkie we have a very dedicated, but small group of local and area citizens who have become members of Citizens on Patrol. They volunteer their time and energy to help supplement police patrols, helping reduce crime by keeping a neighbourly watch over the community.

New members are welcome and needed. To be a member of COPS, you must be: 18 years or older; sincere and enthusiastic about keeping Wilkie a safe place to live, work and play; and able to volunteer four hours per month.

The group meets monthly to discuss various problems and concerns.

If you are interested in becoming a member and would like more information, please call 306-843-3362.

 

Events calendar now online

Effective immediately, Wilkiestories.com and Unitystories.com have calendar pages. Any business or organization advertising a specific event in the Press-Herald will also have their event included in the online calendar listing for their specific community. In some cases, the event will be listed on the calendar page for both communities.

You can find the calendar at http://wilkiestories.com/calendar/ or by clicking Calendar on the menu at the top of each page on the wilkie stories website.

Although there is no additional charge for the online listing, please note only events advertised in print are eligible to be included.

Final Crop Report – For October 15 to 21, 2013

October prairie sunriseNinety-nine per cent of the crop has been harvested, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report.

Harvest weather was favourable for most of the province, allowing producers to pull off well-above-average yields and above-average crop quality.  For example, average yields for spring wheat and canola are 35 and 36 per cent higher, respectively, than the 10-year average (2003 to 2012).  Average yields for spring wheat are reported as 46 bushels per acre, durum 45 bushels per acre, oats 91 bushels per acre, canola 38 bushels per acre, peas 43 bushels per acre and lentils 1,700 lb. per acre.  The majority of crops are rating average to above-average in quality and are reported as falling within the top two quality grades.

Most regions have the majority of the crop in the bin.  There are some areas in the southeastern and east-central regions that are 95 per cent combined.  These areas have experienced significant rainfall throughout the growing and harvest seasons, resulting in some yield and quality loss.  Some flax, chickpeas, canaryseed and oats are still being combined.

Average hay yields on dry land are reported as 1.7 tons per acre (alfalfa and alfalfa/brome hay), 1.3 tons per acre (other tame hay), 1.2 tons per acre (wild hay) and two tons per acre (greenfeed). On irrigated land, the estimated average hay yields are 2.3 tons per acre (alfalfa hay), 3.4 tons per acre (alfalfa/brome hay) and four tons per acre (other tame hay and greenfeed).  Cattle producers have adequate to surplus winter feed supplies.

Across the province, topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as four per cent surplus, 62 per cent adequate, 22 per cent short and 12 per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 60 per cent adequate, 25 per cent short and 14 per cent very short.  The west-central and northwestern regions are the driest regions of the province.

The number of acres seeded to winter wheat is on par with 2012; however, due to a late harvest, wet conditions in some areas and dry soil conditions in other regions, the number of acres seeded has decreased in the east-central, west-central and northeastern regions compared to the previous year.  Acres seeded to winter wheat have increased in parts of the south.

Producers are busy finishing fall field work, hauling bales and bringing cattle home from pastures.