Friday, June 30, 2017

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: A heartfelt goodbye to Moose Jaw

By Lisa Goudy

Saying goodbye is a part of life.

Now it’s my turn. As of Monday, I will no longer work for the Moose Jaw Times-Herald, as I have accepted another position elsewhere. After more than five years in such a vibrant community, where I have met so many amazing people and had the opportunity to tell your stories and connect with so many of you, it has come time for me to move on.

Half a decade ago I embarked on a journey and moved to Moose Jaw to start work as a reporter/photographer at the Moose Jaw Times-Herald.

Fresh out of journalism school, I hit the ground running, even being assigned a massive house fire in progress just outside the city on my sixth day on the job.

That was just the first of many, many stories I’ve covered in my time here that has allowed me to meet so many wonderful people, from the hard news to the soft news, the good and the bad. 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Learning the write way

Award-winning author Alice Kuipers to be one of the presenters at the Festival of Words
Photo courtesy Matt Braden
Me (and) Me is author Alice Kuipers’ latest book.
Kuipers will be a presenter at the 2017 Saskatchewan
Festival of Words as well as the Sage Hill Teen Writing Experience.

By Lisa Goudy

In fact, she has accumulated many rejection letters over the years.

“If I could talk to my teen self and say, ‘You know what? This is actually going to be something you’re doing. You’re going to be able to make your living as a writer,’ I would give myself a little hint: It’s hard work in terms of there’s a lot of rejection,” she said.

A decade after starting to write seriously, she had her first book published in 2007 with her young adult (YA) novel, Life on the Refrigerator Door. Since then, the award-winning author has published four other YA novels, two picture books and she has a chapter book set for release next year.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Classic rock band to reunite in Moose Jaw

1970s band Headline to celebrate 40th anniversary with show at Chillers this summer

Photo courtesy Klaus Bohn

Headline stands in front of Moose Jaw’s Capitol Theatre
in July 1978. (From left): Dave Sergent, Nelson Bennett,
Dan O’Connell, Sandy Lawson and Graham Young.
By Lisa Goudy

In 1977 in Moose Jaw, Graham Young and a group of friends officially started a classic rock band, Headline, and embarked on a Canadian tour.

Forty years later, the band, complete with all original members, will be playing a reunion concert at Chillers Brew Pub on Aug. 19. 

“We were really the first ever classic rock band in Moose Jaw,” said Young.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: RuBarb settling into a new home

The charitable organization is making the most out of the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre
Photo courtesy Evie Koop Sawatzky
The cast of RuBarb Productions’ Shrek the
Musical pose by the mission statement of
the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre.

By Lisa Goudy

Once empty spaces in the basement of the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre are now brimming with activity.

Some of the rooms, even when the centre was still the Capitol Theatre, were never even finished. While many of those rooms still need more work, RuBarb Productions staff and students are already feeling like they’re in a new home.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Fun for the family

Royal Canadian Family Circus to make Moose Jaw stop Wednesday night

Jason Kerr/Prince Albert Daily Herald

The Royal Canadian Family Circus features a variety
of acts. The circus will be in Moose Jaw on July 5, 2017.

By Lisa Goudy

The circus is coming to town.

On Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Mosaic Place, the Royal Canadian Family Circus will stop at Mosaic Place during its Spectac! 2017 tour.

“We’ve basically got something for the whole family and it’s a beautiful show. It’s a thrill show,” said Cathy Sproule, the circus’ tour director. “What’s exciting is seeing all of these families and you’re seeing the grandparents bring their grandchildren.”

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: A month of learning

Central Collegiate student one of 801 Canadians accepted into month-long STEAM program
Crystal Schick/Times-Herald
Central Collegiate student, Obi Aghamelu, is one of
801 Canadians accepted into month-long STEAM program.

By Lisa Goudy

Obi Aghamelu wants to be a doctor one day.

He just doesn’t yet know what kind of doctor he wants to be. That’s something he hopes his experience this summer is going to change.

Aghamelu, who just finished Grade 11 at Central Collegiate, is one of 801 students in Canada accepted into SHAD program, an award-winning Canadian enrichment program to give students hands-on experience focused around STEAM – science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: RCMP seeking help with string of robberies in south Sask.

Photo courtesy RCMP

The suspect at the bank robbery in Holdfast on March 10, 2017.
By Lisa Goudy

Saskatchewan RCMP is seeking help identifying an individual believed to be responsible for a string of robberies and attempted robberies at financial institutions in southern Saskatchewan.
Since May 2016, there have been eight incidents and in all cases, no one was physically injured. RCMP investigators have noticed similarities in these situations. 
“Safety is always our number one priority,” read a statement from the RCMP. 

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