Friday, November 29, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Finding cats forever homes for Christmas

By Lisa Goudy


The humane society is encouraging people to take a furry feline friend home.

Until Christmas, the Moose Jaw Humane Society is offering a promotion to take a spayed or neutered cat home with up-to-date vaccinations for $25. Kristyn McEwen, director of the humane society, said adopting an un-neutered cat usually costs $90.

“We’re hoping that’s going to draw some people in because that’s quite a great deal to take a fully fixed animal home for $25 and it helps them get home for the holidays,” she said.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Colour issue causes Kinsmen Sportsplex main pool closure

Maintenance crews work on the main pool of the
Kinsmen Sportsplex. The pool was closed on Nov.
28, 2013 because of water colour, resulting in the
inability to see the bottom of the deep end of the pool.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


A colour issue in the water has caused the Kinsmen Sportsplex main pool to close.

“The colour of the water doesn’t allow us to see the bottom of the pool in the deep end,” said Jody Hauta, director of parks and recreation. “As per the health standards, we have to close. Right now what we’re doing to try and address the issue is we’re shocking the main pool with chlorine and we’ve also vacuumed out any particles that were in the later. We’re also letting the filters do their work.”

It isn’t known yet how long the pool will be closed. Hauta said they are evaluating the situation on a “day by day” basis.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: A better way to measure movie success

By Lisa Goudy


Disney has done it again. On Wednesday it was announced that Walt Disney Studios made more than $4 billion at the worldwide box office for the first time in history, according to variety.com.

But if we truly want to know how well movies and studios are doing compared to the past, we should measure it by the number of ticket sales, not in terms of dollars and cents.

Then we’d know how many people saw a particular movie.

In mid-November, Disney reached a record when Thor: The Dark World gave Disney the push to make more than the 2010 record of $3.791 billion. In one month the Thor sequel has made more than $559 million.

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: The business beyond the Panther’s Pen

SIAST holds first annual business contest for high school students

Vanier Collegiate students Amanda Miller, Kathleen Berenik,
Chad Stephens and Drew Nimegeers make their presentation
to sell their product, Stevia, to the Panther's Pen judges and
fellow students at SIAST Palliser Campus' first annual Business
and Beyond Challenge in the Macoun Lounge on Nov. 28, 2013.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


High school and SIAST students pitted against each other, culminating in the Panther’s Pen.

Thursday was SIAST Palliser Campus’ first annual Business and Beyond Challenge for high school students from Moose Jaw, Regina, Gravelbourg and the surrounding area to introduce students to the seven business diploma specialties SIAST has to offer. A total of 82 high school students participated in the inaugural event.

“It’s kind of a mini-competition between the current SIAST students, as well as the ones that we’re hoping to have,” said Emily Weekes, student recruitment officer at SIAST, at the event.  

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Council notebook: Heritage advisory committee to launch online platform

By Lisa Goudy


On Dec. 10, the heritage advisory committee will launch its link on the city website.

“(What) we’ve been working on, obviously for the last couple of years, is putting together a central repository of Moose Jaw’s heritage assets,” said Ira Dales, committee chairman at Monday’s council meeting. “So our first step is to find an online place where we can host these (and) do some work. We’ve worked with the city IT department to put the infrastructure in place the housing elements and we’ve collected the necessary data.”

He said the launch would take place in council chambers at city hall on Dec. 10, 5-7 p.m.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Proposed transit fare increase in transit report

Mark Sture, transit manager, presents
the internal transit report to council at
the Nov. 25, 2013 meeting at city hall.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


The transit department is recommending route changes and user fare increases.

Two years after council requested the internal transit report, Mark Sture, transit manager, presented the report to council at Monday’s meeting.

It came forward with a number of recommendations and council referred those to budget committee for further deliberations. Among those included a proposed fare increase from $2.25 to $2.50 as of Jan. 1 and the addition of new routes. Currently the city has four routes and seven buses.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Need for volunteers to operate kettles

Salvation Army to launch annual kettle campaign on Friday

By Lisa Goudy


The Salvation Army will help 600 people this year have a great Christmas.

With Christmas hamper interviews finished as of last Friday, Maj. Rosena Halvorsen said they would be distributed on Dec. 23.

“People aren’t happy with us because we set a deadline…The reason why we’ve put those dates in place, it's because we have to fulfill our hampers and our toys. We have many families in this community that are asking for our help,” she said. “We don’t have a lot of volunteers that help us so we’re trying to get as many together as possible before Christmas.”

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Meteorologist: Ups and downs this winter

By Lisa Goudy


The Weather Network is anticipating erratic, but normal weather patterns this winter for Moose Jaw and southern Saskatchewan.

“The outlook shows near normal for precipitation, as well as temperatures. So what that means is we’re actually expecting a highly variable weather pattern throughout the winter,” said Dayna Vettese, meteorologist with The Weather Network. “That means we’ll have periods of snowy weather or stormy weather punctuated by periods of calm weather, maybe a little on the cold side, but calmer weather.”

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Other details of the proposed operating budget

Moose Jaw city manager Matt Noble is
pictured at the Nov. 25, 2013 council meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


The largest revenue increase in the proposed 2014 operating budget presented to council at Monday’s meeting was tax revenues, which are estimated to see a $409,767-increase next year. The 2014 estimates for tax revenues are $19.63 million compared to an estimated $19.33 million for 2013.

However, revenue sharing from the provincial government is expected to decrease from a projected $7.08 million in 2013 to $6.88 million in the 2014 budget, a decrease of approximately $152,566.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Preliminary budget proposes 2.52 per cent tax increase

Coun. Dawn Luhning speaks about salaries and the
consumer price index in the proposed 2014 operating
budget at the Nov. 25, 2013 council meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


City administration is proposing a 2.52 per cent mill rate increase in the 2014 preliminary operating budget.

At Monday's regular council meeting, council heard a presentation of the 2014 operating budget estimates from members of city administration. The estimates were referred to budget committee for further review.

“We’re presenting it to council so that over the appointed days, council can review and ask questions and help us, because we have not made adjustments to revenue other than the revenue that drove us down,” said city manager Matt Noble to council, referring to the revenue sharing from the provincial government.

“To a large degree that is because council sets the level of service, so we’ll be looking for (council's) input to say what the level of service (they) are willing to provide to the community (will be, whether) supporting the increases or decreases depending upon the case,” said Noble.

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Council gives approval on four-way stop

Installation to take place at Thatcher and Ninth Avenue Northeast
Coun. Brian Swanson speaks about his motion to implement
a four-way stop at the intersection of Thatcher Drive and
Ninth Avenue Northeast at the Nov.25, 2013 council meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

By Lisa Goudy


Within the next month or so, a four-way stop will be installed at Thatcher Drive and Ninth Avenue Northeast.

At Monday’s council meeting, the majority of council approved Coun. Brian Swanson made a motion to put a four-way stop at the intersection as soon as possible and to conduct the appropriate public awareness campaign.

“I too use that intersection regularly and I’ve become concerned with the safety of it,” said Swanson. “Right now if you’re going up Ninth Avenue and trying to turn left onto Thatcher, as many vehicles do from the gas bar that’s there, it’s a dangerous situation, particularly with winter approaching.”

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Largest October building permits for new townhouses


By Lisa Goudy

In October, New Rock Developments received a permit for three six-unit townhouses with attached garages and rear decks on Bradley Street.

The $13,536-permit was the largest permit the city issued in October and will allow the contractor to build the units on the 900 block of Bradley Street at a cost of approximately $2.71 million.

The second largest permit issued in October went to HWZ Developments Ltd. The permit, valued at $4,903, allows the construction of three unit townhouses with attached garages and rear decks on the zero block of Hodges Crescent at a cost of $980,600.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Boston Pizza holds Typhoon Haiyan fundraiser

People can make donations until the end of November

Boston Pizza Downtown held a fundraiser for
Philippines relief efforts from Typhoon Haiyan on Nov.
25, 2013. Boston Pizza donated $5 from every medium
or large pizza sold to relief efforts. From left: Cornelio
(Nox) Escoto, assistant kitchen manager, Ryan Langeman,
owner/operator, and Stephen Owen, kitchen manager.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


The Typhoon Haiyan aftermath has a direct connection to Boston Pizza (BP) Downtown employees.

“I have a few employees that are actually from the Philippines and they actually did have some family affected by it. So it kind of really brings one of those disaster moments a little bit closer to home,” said downtown BP owner/operator Ryan Langeman. “I know one of my employees was talking about how the home he grew up in doesn’t have a roof on it anymore because it blew away. Another guy has said the home that he had grown up in is no longer there. It’s somewhere in the ocean.

“So these are things that these guys are dealing with and they’re talking to their families as much as they can whenever possible.”

On Monday, BP locations across Canada held a national fundraising initiative to support Philippines relief efforts. For every medium or large pizza sold, BP donated $5 to the Philippine Haiyan Typhoon Fund.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Grey Cup weather a “lucky break” for fans

By Lisa Goudy


If forecasts are right, Grey Cup weather should be one of a kind this week.

“It’s really good luck that those temperatures are going to come up just for the Grey Cup and then drop down right after,” said John Paul Cragg, warning preparedness meteorologist with Environment Canada. “So it’s just a lucky break.”

The cold snap this week has seen temperatures lower than normal for this time of year, but he said on Sunday for game day there will be just above normal temperatures.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Show that Rider Pride for Grey Cup


By Lisa Goudy

Grey Cup excitement is close to reaching its peak.

I am, and always will be, a diehard Saskatchewan Roughrider fan. Like many other fans in Rider Nation, I’m so, so excited for the Riders to play the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the game on Sunday in Regina.

Naturally, I’ll be at the game, cheering loud and proud and bleeding green, as always, in support of my favourite CFL team. And I’m stoked for it. I’ve never been to a Grey Cup game before. A Rider win will make the experience perfect.

All week, many fans have adorned Rider gear, including myself in my winter Rider gear. With celebrations abounding in Moose Jaw and of course Regina, the biggest thing left is the fight for the Cup.

But there is more than one way to show your Rider pride. As long as we stay safe, respectful — and for those of us at the game, stay warm — I say let your Rider pride blow with the wind and shine as brightly as you can.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Dancing to help give back

By Lisa Goudy


On Dec. 8, Dance Images by B's dance kids will helping other kids in the province.

On that date, the studio will have a dancethon, Kids Helping Kids, for kids in the studio to raise money for the Saskatchewan charity Creative Kids.

“You always know families who are like, ‘I can’t be in this group because it’s just too expensive. We just can’t afford it’ and I dance so much and I never take it for granted,” said Grade 12 Vanier Collegiate student Jessica Froehlich, who is organizing the event.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: From Dragon’s Den to reality

Peacock Collegiate Prairie Potluck Cookbook now for sale

By Lisa Goudy
Pictured on Thursday, Peacock Collegiate's Entrepreneur 30 class created The Prairie Potluck Cookbook as a project from the school's Dragon's Den event. The cookbook will be on sale until Dec. 20. (From left): Back row: Walter Woodroffe-Brown, Robert Rose, Carson Ackerman, Adam Russell, Zach Ransom, Tyler Hawken. Front row: Shailynn Taylor, Amanda Bartel. Missing: Jenessa Korbo, Matthew Emery. Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy


The Prairie Potluck Cookbook provides recipes and supports charity.

The cookbook, featuring 130 recipes of main dishes, appetizers, desserts, Game Day Snacks and Holiday Recipes, is the result of Peacock Collegiate Entrepreneurship 30 class’ Dragon’s Den idea they pitched on Oct. 2, modelled after CBC’s popular show.

“We actually got our cookbook put together in six days,” said Grade 12 student Shailynn Taylor, company co-president. “We came up with the idea, got the recipes, the sponsorships and had it submitted to the publisher in six days. So that was some long nights.”

“It was worth it. Now you can hold it and see what you created,” added company co-president Walter Woodroffe-Brown, also in Grade 12.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Fill up the stocking fund

By Lisa Goudy


The Times-Herald stocking fund is out to help improve people’s Christmas.

Starting Monday, the Times-Herald will collect donations to raise money for the Salvation Army’s Christmas hamper program.

“There are many families that wouldn’t have Christmas because we’ve heard them say to us, ‘you know, I’m thankful for the Salvation Army because I wouldn’t have a Christmas without the help I get from you folks,’” said Maj. Rosena Halvorsen at the Salvation Army.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Higgins: City bylaws need review

By Lisa Goudy


Mayor Deb Higgins said the city’s bylaws need modernization.

“Things are always changing, but for sure we need a major update on our bylaws,” she said. “I think it’s going to be an ongoing process. It’s not something that’s going to be done quickly … It should almost be a continual process because there is a fair number of them.”

She said the idea of updating the bylaws overall has been in the works for a while and was mentioned in last year’s budget committee meetings. She said the city should focus on it in the upcoming year and it would be discussed in business plans in upcoming budget committee meetings.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Bringing The Nutcracker to life

Crews set up for the Moscow Ballet's performance of The
Great Russian Nutcracker on Nov. 19, 2013 at Mosaic Place.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


A ballet show is much different than a typical music concert.

“It’s an aesthetic experience. It’s not a rock show. It’s not a really loud, crazy, in-your-face thing,” said Dan Talmi, producer of the Moscow Ballet’s production of The Great Russian Nutcracker that performed in Moose Jaw on Tuesday night. “But you’ve got to take time to slow down, to smell the flowers. I think that’s what ballet really does. That’s what it’s good at. It’s just calming.”

The Moscow Ballet took to the stage at Mosaic Place to perform the ballet to Peter Tchaikovsky’s famous score for a crowd of approximately 1,000 spectators.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Providing aid in wake of natural disaster

By Lisa Goudy


Generally, there are two responses to hearing about natural disasters in other places.

In my experience, the reaction is empathy for the affected people and gratefulness it didn’t happen to you.

When I look at the images and video of super Typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines on Nov. 8, 2013, the overwhelming emotion I feel is sorrow for all of those people and their losses. We need to help them as much as we can in lieu of lost lives, homes and cities.

I see homes destroyed with debris scattered everywhere. I see desperation engraved on people’s faces, longing for what they have lost and for food and water.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: A diversified engagement in the community


Diversified Services: Work, leisure for people with intellectual disabilities
(From left): Greg Duchak, Curtis Tressel, Allan Flamont
and Steven Hobbs shred some papers at Moose Jaw's
branch of Diversified Services on Wednesday.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

By Lisa Goudy

A big grin spread across Allan Flamont’s face as he sat at the paper shredding post at Diversified Services on Wood Lily Drive.

Steven Hobbs sorted through the papers, passing them to Greg Duchak, who did the shredding. Curtis Tressel waited on the other side of the paper shredder to collect the shredded papers.

“The folks here are very active throughout the day,” said John Paul Hickey, program director of Moose Jaw’s chapter of Diversified Services, located at 11 Wood Lily Dr. “It’s what they want to be engaged in.”

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Council notebook: “Ride’s On Us” set for New Year’s Eve


By Lisa Goudy

This New Year’s Eve, once again the “Ride’s On Us.”

At Tuesday’s council meeting, council unanimously voted to send a thank-you letter to SGI for their participation in the annual New Year’s Eve service “Ride’s On Us” campaign and to receive and file the report.

Ever since 1989, the campaign has been co-sponsored by SGI and the Moose Jaw Transit Department. This year, the service will start at 7:15 p.m. on Dec. 31 and operate until 2:45 a.m. on Jan. 1. The last trip from the downtown core will depart at 2:15 a.m.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: More fire alarms, less police complaints in third quarter report

By Lisa Goudy


There were more fire alarms, but less fire loss in the third quarter of 2013.

At Tuesday’s council meeting, councillors received the city manager’s city department quarterly reports for the third quarter from July 1 to Sept. 30. The Moose Jaw Fire Department responded to 204 alarms in the 2013 period with $905,245 in fire loss. In the same time period in 2012, fire crews responded to 190 alarms with approximately $1.17 million in fire loss.

But all of the Moose Jaw Police Service categories included in the report saw a decrease.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: safeTALK to prevent suicide


Council endorses suicide prevention training program

Donna Bowyer, branch director for the Canadian
Mental Health Association (CMHA) and a certified
trainer for suicide intervention, speaks about the
safeTALK training program for suicide prevention
to council at the Nov. 12, 2013 meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

When it comes to suicide, it’s important to safeTALK.

“Once you have those thoughts, your risk is much higher to act on those in the future,” said Donna Bowyer, branch director for the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and a certified trainer for suicide intervention. “Let’s come together as a community and erase the stigma of suicide. Awareness will lead to prevention.”

After Bowyer made a presentation to council at Tuesday’s meeting, council unanimously endorsed the safeTALK training program. Council also voted to encourage city administration and city leaders to participate in the upcoming training sessions.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Calendar shows all the owl ‘whoos’ and ‘hoots’

Potter strikes a pose next to the Saskatchewan Burrowing
Owl Interpretive Centre's 2014 Burrowing Owl Calendar.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Purchasing an owl calendar can help the welfare of burrowing owls.

On Nov. 19, the Saskatchewan Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre is launching its Christmas calendar program.

“It was our second highest fundraiser for the year for the centre (in 2012),” said Trish Mayor, special events co-ordinator at the Moose Jaw Exhibition Company. “It worked as a really great Christmas idea for a lot of people. Basically, it’s a calendar of all the burrowing owl and other animals that we have at the centre.”

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: From ‘me’ to ‘we’

We Day inspires local students to make a change

The students from King George Elementary School
who attended We Day in Saskatoon on Nov. 6,
2013 pose for a photo in the school on Tuesday.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Grade 8 student Jaden Wright feels We Day changed him for the better.

“I am going to be honest here. I went to We Day thinking it would be another day off and I came out a better person,” the King George Elementary School student said. “It was amazing. It was inspiring and fun.”

Wright was one of approximately 30 students from King George Elementary School who attended We Day in Saskatoon on Nov. 6. Approximately 15,000 students from Saskatchewan gathered at the Credit Union Centre.

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Remembering the past, present and future

Annual Remembrance Day service held at Mosaic Place
Snowbirds 431 Air Demonstration Squadron
commanding officer Lt.-Col. Christopher England
(left) and Chief Warrant Officer Alan Blakney
salute after placing a wreath at the Nov. 11, 2013
Remembrance Day ceremony at Mosaic Place.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

By Lisa Goudy

This year, Cpl. Lucas Powell has a different perspective on Remembrance Day.

The Moose Jaw branch of the Royal Canadian Legion’s Remembrance Day service on Monday at Mosaic Place was Powell’s first time participating in a Remembrance Day parade.

“Even before I was in the military, I always really enjoyed the Remembrance Day services,” he said. “Actually getting to take part of it as a member of the air force and the military, the meaning’s still very important, but I get to see it from a different side. So it’s a really important day and it’s a real honour to actually to be able to be a part of the parade and the ceremony itself.”

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Veterans remember Second World War experiences

Military members stand on guard at the Nov. 11, 2013
Remembrance Day ceremony at Mosaic Place.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

Alan Griffith and Thomas Sawden were only 18 when they fought in the Second World War.

“He was a young fellow the same as I was,” said Sawden. “I never got out of England but I was in the 6th Airborne Division and we did everything we had to do.”

He said he remembers a bombing by the last propeller-driven aircraft over England in Oxfordshire.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Two water main breaks on Main Street

City crews work to fix a water main break at the corner of
Athabasca Street East and Main Street North on Monday.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


City crews worked to fix two water main breaks on Main Street North on Monday.

One of the breaks was in front of the Timothy Eaton Gardens building and the other was at the corner of Athabasca Street East and Main Street North

"There's a whole lot of mud and a whole lot of water coming out," said Staci Dobrescu, public works supervisor for water and wastewater with the City of Moose Jaw on scene of the Athabasca Street corner break.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Paying tribute to Dr. Falk’s lasting legacy

The memorial collage in tribute to Dr. George Falk
was unveiled at the Nov. 10, 2013 auditorium
dedication at Cornerstone Christian School.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Dr. George Falk was known for his student involvement while principal at Cornerstone Christian School.

On Sunday, Dr. Falk’s legacy was recognized when the auditorium was officially named the Dr. George Falk Memorial Auditorium.

“The entire school has his fingerprints all over it, but if there was a room that I were to pick that was most his it would be the auditorium,” said Gord Falk, Dr. Falk’s nephew and Cornerstone’s business manager.

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Craft show features driftwood art, natural lotions

Ray Mann shows off some of his driftwood art
at the Christmas craft show and art exhibit at
Moose Jaw and District Seniors on Saturday.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


One of Ray Mann’s favourite parts of driftwood art is collecting the driftwood.  
         
“Half the fun is getting wet, crawling around in the rivers and lakes,” he said. “Once it’s all cleaned up, then pretty much I make a scene with wildlife. I only use wildlife native to Western Canada. So all of these critters you can see are in Saskatchewan.”

Mann was one of the vendors at the Christmas craft sale and art exhibit at Moose Jaw and District Seniors on Saturday. He was there with many of his driftwood art creations that he calls “Treasures from the Heart.”

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: A diverse first season for Rubarb Productions

RuBarb’s first fundraising gala on Friday a sell-out

RuBarb Productions artistic director Evie Koop
Sawatzky prepares to announce the company's first
full season of productions at the fundraising gala at
the Temple Gardens Mineral Spa on Nov. 8, 2013.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Chatter buzzed in the room of the gala on Friday evening.

RuBarb Productions Inc. had just announced its first full season at the sold-out fundraising gala at Temple Gardens Mineral Spa. There were 112 guests in attendance.

From Cinderella to Singin’ in the Rain, the season of five plays ranges in genre — but that is what artistic director Evie Koop Sawatzky loves about it.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Helping make more Christmases special

Salvation Army Hamper Program interviews to begin Tuesday

By Lisa Goudy


Christmas is a time for camaraderie and feasts, but not everyone can afford that.

That’s a fact the Salvation Army’s Christmas Hamper program is trying to change.

“I think the community needs a program like this to help them, especially Christmastime, when families are certainly spending a little bit more money, maybe on the gift giving, that they may not have enough for the food,” said Maj. Rosena Halvorsen of the Salvation Army, who is in charge of the Christmas Hamper program this year.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Work for peace to inspire hope

By Lisa Goudy


“To remember is to work for peace.” I have a pin in my bag that reads exactly that.

The phrase has always stuck with me ever since I first got the pin from the Mennonite Central Committee.

Poppies are the traditional symbol of Remembrance Day, but it’s our actions to work for peace that best remember those who died.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Never letting kids forget sacrifice

Empire, Riverview partake in Remembrance Day ceremony
A girl places a cross during the wreath laying
part of the Remembrance Day ceremony at
Empire Community School on Thursday.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

By Lisa Goudy


There wasn’t a sound in the room as the trumpet played “Last Post.”

A moment of silence followed. No one breathed a word. Then the trumpet sang out once more, playing “Reveille” to a silent, standing crowd.

On Thursday, Empire Community School hosted a Remembrance Day ceremony for students and staff of Empire and neighbouring Riverview Collegiate.

“Now that we’ve had more recent conflict that Canada’s involved in, the children hear about Afghanistan. It’s in the news a lot. A lot of our students, their parents have served overseas, but the sacrifice that is given by so many, so few needs to be remembered. We can’t forget,” said Michelle Gallagher, teacher at Empire School and one of the organizers of the school ceremony.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Remembering the fallen who secured our future

Moose Jaw legion to hold 93rd annual Remembrance Day ceremony

By Lisa Goudy


Without sacrifice, there wouldn’t be freedoms.

That is one of the reasons that Lloyd Meier, president of the Moose Jaw branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, believes it’s important for people of all ages to take part in Remembrance Day ceremonies.

“The Remembrance Day service is everyone’s opportunity to reflect upon all the freedoms that we have and all those freedoms that we wouldn’t have if it was not for our fallen comrades, who fought so bravely and paid the supreme sacrifice, to ensure that we have all of our freedoms and comforts,” said Meier.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Province provides gaming grants worth $2 million

More than 20 local organizations among beneficiaries

By Lisa Goudy


The provincial government recently announced that it has provided more than $2 million in gaming grants to more than 900 organizations.

Moose Jaw Wakamow MLA Greg Lawrence said the grants are given out quarterly to charitable or religious organizations licensed by the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) to do bingo, break-open ticket sales, raffles, Texas Hold ‘em Poker and Monte Carlo or mock casino events.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: A Warriors workout

Moose Jaw Warriors lead students in physical activities

Moose Jaw Warriors captain Sam Fioretti leads
a group of students in a race from mat to mat in
the gymnasium as part of the Warriors Workout at
William Grayson Elementary School on Wednesday.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy


Some local kids had the chance to work out with the Warriors on Wednesday.

Six members of the Moose Jaw Warriors led a Warriors Workout with the students in grades 4 to 8 at William Grayson Elementary School.

“With their iPads or their video games now, (kids) don’t necessarily know how to be active other than what they see in sports and stuff like that,” said Warriors captain Sam Fioretti. 

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