Monthly Archives: September 2014

Next week’s paper

There is quite a gaggle of kids on the front page of the September 29th issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald!

In next week’s paper, you will also find:

  • information on an new and interesting donation to the Wilkie Museum;
  • a preview of the upcoming fall fair and trade show in Unity (October 3 and 4);
  • who’s been elected to RM councils by acclamation and which seats are being contested;
  • an update on the McLurg Broncs’ football season; and
  • predictions on winter weather.

Don’t forget to check the ads for upcoming events such as the Wilkie turkey shoot, and for sale items such as antifreeze in one ad and bins in another!

Wishing all the farmers in the area good progress before the threatened rains come next week.

Combines in Saskatchewan

Fence and other improvements to regional park

The main diamond at the Wilkie Regional Park is receiving some much needed upgrading. The old fence and bleachers have been removed, the area around the diamond has been upgraded and now the new fencing is being installed.

The monies for the new fencing has come from the Community Initiatives Fund – Community Places and Space Program and from the annual grant for all regional parks from the Saskatchewan Regional Parks.

Also the industrial arts class at McLurg High School will be busy this winter, building two new sets of bleachers for baseball fans of all ages.

There have been a number of upgrades at the regional park in Wilkie, which is making it a popular spot for visitors and others to enjoy.

The Wilkie Regional Park board is made up of a number of municipality representatives along with members at large.

Wilkie Regional Park, Saskatchewan, Canada

RCMP Report for September 2 to 15

WILKIE SK RCMP REPORTS, September 2 to 8, 2014

RCMP responded to a complaint of a toddler walking on Main Street without supervision. Members located the child’s parents. No charges were laid but Child and Family Services was notified.

Police received a complaint of a stolen truck. This matter is still under investigation.

There was a report of a stolen lawn mower. The owner reported it for information purposes.

RCMP initiated a traffic stop and charged the vehicle driver with driving while disqualified.

Police received a complaint of a break and enter at a rural shop. This matter is still under investigation.

There was also one false alarm.

WILKIE SK RCMP REPORT, September 9 to 15, 2014

There was one traffic complaint.

Persons with information about crimes being committed in the Unity/Wilkie/Macklin areas are urged to call the Unity RCMP detachment at 306-228-6300; the Wilkie RCMP at 306-843-3480; or the Macklin RCMP at 306-753-2171. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may also call Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or *8477 on the SaskTel Mobility Network. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $2,000 for information which leads to the arrest of person(s) responsible for any serious crime. Crime Stoppers is anonymous and does not subscribe to call display, nor are your calls traced or recorded.

You can also submit a tip online at www.saskcrimestoppers.com.

Next week’s paper

Once again, the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald covers a wide variety of topics in next week’s issue. Check it out for the following:

  • conclusion of the investigation into the Parkinson deaths
  • a former Wilkie resident receives a national honour
  • provincial awards given to two 2014 McLurg grads;
  • improvements to Wilkie’s Regional Park,

along with selling a house by auction, school sports, the RCMP report and upcoming events.

Renewal stickers for health cards coming

The Government of Saskatchewan announced September 15 that renewal stickers for health cards are being mailed to Saskatchewan residents with provincial health coverage.

Provincial health cards expire on December 31 this year and the stickers will validate them for a further three years, to December 31, 2017.

“The Saskatchewan Health Services Card indicates you are entitled to health coverage under the provincial health insurance plan,” Health Minister Dustin Duncan said.  “We encourage people to place the renewal sticker on their health card so they can continue to receive medical services.”

The renewal stickers are being mailed out by eHealth Saskatchewan from September 15 to 30.  Residents who have not received their renewal packages in the mail by mid-October should go online to update their personal information atwww.ehealthsask.ca.  Other contact information is also available online.

The most common reason for people not to receive their renewal stickers is because they have moved and not updated their address.  This year, packages will be sent to more than 689,000 households in the province.  In addition to the renewal sticker(s) the Health Services Card package also includes information about the Provincial Electronic Health Record, HealthLine stickers and organ donor stickers.  If organ donation is desired, individuals must attach the organ donor sticker to their health card, and sign the card indicating their intention to donate organs or tissues which is also included in the mailout.

For more information on health benefits, visit www.health.gov.sk.ca/health-benefits.

Wilkie Health Centre

RCMP Reports for August 19 to September 1, 2014

WILKIE SK REPORTS for August 19 to 25, 2014

RCMP assisted an individual in locating a family member.

Members spoke with a youth who was feeling overwhelmed.

Police received a report of the theft of tools at a worksite at Landis, Saskatchewan This matter is still under investigation.

RCMP seized drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop. The vehicle passenger was arrested but later released with no charges.

There was a complaint of a dead deer lying on the highway. Members attended but the deer had already been removed.

WILKIE SK REPORTS for August 26 to September 1, 2014

RCMP received a report from Battlefords detachment of a stolen vehicle travelling on Highway 29 north of Wilkie. Members located the vehicle and arrested a 52-year-old male from North Battleford. The subject of complaint was taken to Battlefords Union Hospital for assessment and was later released to a family member. No charges laid.

A 46-year-old female from Onion Lake was charged with operating a motor vehicle without certificate of registration and driving a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s licence and was issued a 60-day suspension. A vehicle passenger was also arrested for being intoxicated in a public place and was lodged in cells until sober but was not charged.

RCMP received a complaint of parts stolen from a piece of farm machinery parked at Mann Farm Equipment. This matter is still under investigation.

There was a complaint of threatening emails. This matter is still under investigation.

Police responded to a single vehicle rollover near Landis, Saskatchewan. Vehicle occupants were taken to Biggar Hospital due to physician availability. There were no major injuries. This matter is still under investigation.

Police received a request to check on a resident’s well-being. The resident was not at home but evidence suggests that he is away on vacation.

There was a complaint of burning garbage. This matter was directed to the bylaw officer.

There was also one false alarm.

Persons with information about crimes being committed in the Unity/Wilkie/Macklin areas are urged to call the Unity RCMP detachment at 306-228-6300; the Wilkie RCMP at 306-843-3480; or the Macklin RCMP at 306-753-2171. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may also call Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or *8477 on the SaskTel Mobility Network. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $2,000 for information which leads to the arrest of person(s) responsible for any serious crime. Crime Stoppers is anonymous and does not subscribe to call display, nor are your calls traced or recorded.

You can also submit a tip online at www.saskcrimestoppers.com

Next week’s paper

You will find plenty to read and see in the September 15th issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald – 20 pages worth! Among the articles and photos are:

  • back to school news from both McLurg High School and Norman Carter Elementary School;
  • coverage of the McLurg Broncs’ first football game of the season;
  • car show/show and shine news from Unity; and
  • the winner of the latest Trip of the Month draw revealed in Wilkie Thoughts & Tidbits,

along with regular features such as the RCMP Report, Faith Matters, our editorial page and the back page Top 10.

Photo below was taken at the Broncs’ season opener September 5, played in Wilkie SK, against the Kerrobert Rebels:

McLurg High School football team vs. Kerrobert

Upcoming paper

Of course the big event this last week for many families was the first day of school! Watch for the September 15th issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald for enrolment numbers at Norman Carter Elementary and McLurg High schools, and an introduction to new staff. In the meantime, in Monday’s paper, the September 8th issue, you can read:

  • the RCMP Report for August 19 to 25;
  • about a reunion at Winter, SK;
  • the latest Sask Ag Crop Report;
  • and you can see how RENEW is Wilkie is beautifying our community.

More upcoming events are listed in the ads (and the minimum details can also be found by clicking the Calendar tab in the menu at the top of this page).

Harvest is starting to get busier for local farmers with some pea fields stripped of their bounty and many canola fields swathed and awaiting the combines.

harvest time

Warning! Watch for scam job postings

When someone, who is not a regular advertiser and does not represent a known business in one of our local or area communities, calls the Unity-Wilkie Press-Herald to place an advertisement, one way to check the authenticity and genuineness of the caller is to ask for credit card information. Then the cost of the ad is charged upfront, before the ad runs in the paper.

Another standard safeguard is to ensure we have complete contact information, including a snail mail address and a telephone number.

In late August, a “John ***”  wanted to run an ad In the Press-Herald for a customer service rep, offering a monthly salary of $3,290. Applicants were to contact him by email.

“John” was ready to provide credit card information as soon as we could come up with the price. A local street address in Unity, SK and a 306-228- phone number were given.

A few details, such as someone in the background telling the man on the phone what to say, made the Press-Herald staff suspicious. A reverse lookup of the telephone number found that it belonged to a resident we know. When we called him, he knew nothing about the ad or the John who had called our office.

More than likely, had the ad run, anyone applying for the advertised position would have been asked for their bank account information – supposedly for deposit of paycheques but really so the scammers could drain whatever funds the person already had in there. As well, ithey may have planned to use the names, addresses and SIN numbers of applicants in an identity theft scheme.

The incident was reported to the police, and we have since learned of attempts by the culprits to run the same or similar ads in other Saskatchewan newspapers.

Remember to never, ever give out bank account or other financial information to someone you do not know and have not thoroughly researched!

Note: We are not using “John’s” last name online as the name may belong to some innocent man somewhere whose identity and credit card information were stolen.

RCMP Report for August 12 to 18

WILKIE SK REPORTS

RCMP received a complaint of several young children walking on Main Street without an adult. Members attempted to locate the children but they were gone on arrival.

There was a complaint of assault but the subject of complaint was gone when members arrived. This matter is still under investigation.

Police received a report of two intoxicated youth walking on the street. Members located and arrested the youth, later releasing them into the care of their parents. No charges were laid.

There was a report of a disagreement between a tenant and a landlord. No need for police presence but reported for information purposes.

RCMP received a request from a concerned citizen to check on the welfare of an individual.

There was a complaint of theft from a motor vehicle. This matter is still under investigation.

A lost dog was located and the owner was notified through Facebook.

Police received a complaint of an injured female hitchhiking by Wilkie. Police transported her to Wilkie Health Centre.

There was a report of an intoxicated male on the lawn of a residence. The individual was located by police in his residence. No charges were laid.

Persons with information about crimes being committed in the Unity/Wilkie/Macklin areas are urged to call the Unity RCMP detachment at 306-228-6300; the Wilkie RCMP at 306-843-3480; or the Macklin RCMP at 306-753-2171. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may also call Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or *8477 on the SaskTel Mobility Network. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $2,000 for information which leads to the arrest of person(s) responsible for any serious crime. Crime Stoppers is anonymous and does not subscribe to call display, nor are your calls traced or recorded.

You can also submit a tip online at www.saskcrimestoppers.com