Monthly Archives: June 2015

Do you recognize these stolen items?

At approximately 6:40 am June 12, a resident of the RM of Buffalo in the Wilkie District heard a vehicle in his yard and heard his quad start and drive out of the yard. The resident jumped into his truck and followed his quad which he discovered was being loaded into the back of a white truck of unknown make or model.

The owner of the quad described the suspect attempting to load his quad as being a native male approximately 12-16 years of age with medium length black hair dressed in a grey hoody with jeans.

The suspect(s) fled when the homeowner approached and the quad, along with a pressure washer stolen from another residence that morning, fell out of the back of the truck when it took off towards Highway 29. Also recovered at that time were some Diesel Jerry Cans, a gas Jerry Can, a lawn-mower and the spare wheel from the suspect vehicle.

stolen property recovered in RM of Buffalo rcmp tire

Ownership of the pressure washer was established and pictures of several suspects involved in a break and enter from that same morning were caught on camera. Here are pictures from the surveillance cameras.

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Unity RCMP is looking for any information on the identity of the suspects involved in these break-ins and thefts. Unity RCMP is also looking for information on ownership of the fuel cans, and the wheel.

If you have information about the ownership of the vehicle that the wheel is from, or have knowledge of the identity of the suspects involved in these offences you are asked to contact the Unity RCMP at 306-228-6300.  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 atwww.saskcrimestoppers.com.

Beautiful new mural in Wilkie

The community of Wilkie, Saskatchewan, now has a new and beautiful mural painted by Pat Welter of Masterhand Signs of Unity!

RENEW project for the Town of Wilkie

The mural is a result of the hard work and dedication of the volunteers of RENEW. They include Myrna Sander, who came up with the idea of making downtown Wilkie rejuvenated by adding flowers and trees, Julie Brooks, David Ziegler, Marlene Palahicki, Maureen O’Hara and council representative Jason Nissen. Volunteers from the community also help out.

This group of people came together to help beautify the downtown core of Wilkie. They have worked long and hard hours, fundraising to be able to buy large flower pots, benches, street lights and trees and continue to make our community a more beautiful place to live and for visitors to enjoy! Also over the years, may individuals have donated to RENEW, including a special donation in memory of Kay Frehlich of Wilkie. They also commissioned Chris Kent, art teacher at McLurg along with his students to paint the first mural.

The mural was a combination of ideas from RENEW members. One of the main points was that they wanted to have colour, lots and lots of colour, in the mural to represent the colour of the flowers and trees they have planted throughout the years. After discussions with Pat and his input, the new mural is proudly displayed on 2nd Street East.

Pat took the time and patience to research the history of downtown Wilkie and the mural includes new and old buildings, the Canadian Pacific Railway station, elevator and old engine.

Artist - Pat Welter, Masterhand Signs

Also included in the mural is a sheaf of wheat to represent the contributions of the many farmers and their families around Wilkie.

mural detail

Included in the mural is “Alfred, the Press Fly”! Pat thoroughly enjoyed the story about “Alfred,” who was a real reporter for the Wilkie Press! RENEW is hoping people will check out the mural to find “Alfred.”

Another feature of the mural is the way it seems to move! This is another feature to figure out.

RENEW have planted the new flowers for this upcoming season and, to honour the 100th anniversary of the Wilkie Outlaws, the large pots on the Wilkie Post Office steps will be green and white. The Wilkie Outlaws, when hearing about the green and white pots, have had Classic Designs of Wilkie make Outlaw flags which will be in the many pots during the anniversary celebrations July 31, Aug. 1 and 2.

To the members of RENEW – a huge, huge thank you for being such a great group of people for work and dedication! Well done, everyone!

(Article and Photos by Kathy Heilman)

Next week’s paper

School is out, grad is this weekend and Monday sees the last June 2015 issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald hit the streets. In that paper, you will find:

  • details of the highway construction going on south and west of Wilkie on Highway 14;
  • the names of all McLurg High School students who were named to the Living Sky School Division Student Hall of Fame earlier this month; and
  • information on the Outlaws’ 100th anniversary celebrations coming up August long weekend.

The editorial page, RCMP Report and some school news round out next week’s paper.

Below, the Battleford Arena was decorated in an Alice In Wonderland type of theme for the Living Sky School Division Student Hall of Fame awards night.

Living Sky School Division 2015 Student Hall of Fame

This week’s paper

You definitely need a copy of next weeks paper, the June 22nd issue of the Unity-Wilkie Press-Herald. Find out whose kids are graduating and how grown up they all look! Yes, it’s our annual Grad issue!

Along with all the grads, you will find plenty more to read and see, including:

  • more information on the RCMP Musical Ride coming to Wilkie July 14
  • a special donation is made by a Unity family to the maternity ward at BUH; and
  • information on Heartland Health’s 2015-16 budget and operational plan
  • elementary school track photos and more!

 

RCMP Reports for May 26 to June 1

WILKIE SK RCMP REPORTS for May 26 to June 1, 2015

RCMP received a report of cattle in the ditch beside Highway 14 west of Wilkie, SK. Member located the owner of the cattle and requested they be moved.

Police received a complaint of a suspicious person walking on Highway 14 south of Wilkie. Member located the individual and transported him to a residence in Unity.

There was a report of a bear cub in Wilkie. The bear cub was chased out of town limits. Member notified Saskatchewan Environment and Resource Management. No other sightings were reported.

RCMP received a complaint of assault. This matter is still under investigation.

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

There was a report of a suspicious male near Scott, Saskatchewan. Members located the individual and determined that he was looking for work.

RCMP received a complaint of an intoxicated youth. Members located the youth and charged him with failing to comply with condition of undertaking as he was on conditions to abstain from alcohol. The youth, who was breaching conditions of his release, was held until sober and transported to provincial court in North Battleford.

Persons with information about crimes being committed 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 at1-800-222-8477, 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

There were plenty of events to cover in Unity over the week and so it’s another full issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald. Look for:

  • photos and a write-up from the French Legion of Honour ceremony for Unity WWII veteran Bill Fleming;
  • an article on the upcoming RCMP Musical Ride in Wilkie;Bruce Moir
  • an interview with faithful Faith Matters contributor, Bruce Moir, (right) who is retiring at the end of June; and
  • provincial track results for McLurg High School, UCHS and Luseland School.

Bruce Moir’s final Faith Matters column, the police report and a NSRBL report also are provided for our readers.

 

Saskatchewan’s minimum wage to increase in October

Saskatchewan’s minimum wage will increase to $10.50 from $10.20 per hour, effective October 1, 2015. This is the seventh increase in the minimum wage since 2007.

“With Saskatchewan’s economy continuing to grow, the indexation formula used to calculate minimum wage shows that the minimum wage should increase as well,” Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said.

Minimum wage is reviewed yearly using an indexation formula based on an equal weighting of the change of the Consumer Price Index and the Average Hourly Wage for the previous year.  Changes are subject to Cabinet approval and are to be announced by June 30 each year.  These changes would take effect October 1 of the same year.

“This increase will continue to give youth, students and other minimum wage earners more disposable income and improve their standard of living,” Morgan said.  “Announcing the changes in June of each year also provides business owners predictability, allowing businesses to prepare for the changes the following fall.”

There are almost 24,000 minimum wage earners in the Saskatchewan workforce who will benefit from the minimum wage increase.  The Government of Saskatchewan is also assisting minimum wage earners by increasing the basic personal tax exemption, the child tax credit and the Saskatchewan Low Income Tax Credit.

RCMP Reports for May 19 to 25

WILKIE SK RCMP Reports for May 19 to 25, 2015

RCMP received a report of a broken stairway railing at the Wilkie Post Office. This matter is still under investigation.

There was a report of a stolen air compressor. This matter is still under investigation.

Police received a complaint of disturbing the peace. A member spoke with the subject of the complaint.

Persons with information about crimes being committed 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 at1-800-222-8477, 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

Well into June and heading towards summer holidays! Lots happening in Unity and area (including the grand opening of the Unity Credit Union Aquatic Centre) so be sure to check out the calendar and pick up the June 8th Unity Wilkie Press-Herald for all the details!

Next week’s paper includes details of the following:

  • a beautiful new mural on 2nd Street East;
  • CWL members receive special pins;
  • karate students meet the man who inspired the Miyagi character in the Karate Kid movies; and
  • scenes from the 2015 Leipzig Music Festival.

Along with the RCMP report, a Faith Matters column and the Top 10 things in summer to look forward to, once again there`s no shortage of reading material and photographs in the next Press-Herald!

Below: some detail on the new mural in Wilkie, sponsored by the Wilkie RENEW committee and created by Masterhand Signs of Unity SK.

RENEW project, Wilkie, Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan’s “Buy local” starts tomorrow, June 6

The Government of Saskatchewan would like to encourage all residents to support the proclamation to “buy local” the first Saturday of every month.

“We value the contribution of local businesses in communities across the province, and for that reason, want to encourage Saskatchewan residents to buy local,” Immigration, Jobs, Skills and Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “It’s a gesture of support for all those small businesses that work hard, create jobs and provide us with goods and services year-round.”

There are about 150,000 people employed in small business in Saskatchewan, which is about 30 per cent of the province’s total labour force.  A proclamation to celebrate the small business sector and the importance of buying local came into force on May 11 of this year.

“I would encourage Saskatchewan residents to shop local every day, but particularly on the first Saturday of every month, beginning this week on June 6,” Harrison said.