Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Pet winter prep starts now

This dog is a matted dog, seen at Gary Overs Kennelling
and Obedience on Tuesday, who is about to get a hair cut.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

It’s better to get dogs groomed now than wait for winter to arrive.

“We’ve got to get dead hair out of these dogs. If you have a double-coated breed it’s time to get him in before the cold comes to get the dead coat off of him,” said Gary Overs of Gary Overs Kennelling and Obedience.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Walktober equals fun

Jasmine Jackman, manager of YaraCentre, and
Mayor Deb Higgins walk the track on Tuesday to
declare the month of October as Walktober.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

Jasmine Jackman believes in keeping physical activity fun.

“We do feel it’s so important to keep that healthy balance in life. We’re also very busy,” said Jackman, manager of YaraCentre. “We have a great opportunity here in our facility where kids are playing with sports, they’re coming here on an evening basis. Why not, as a parent, walk the track while you’re here and get active yourself?”

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: To ward or not to ward

Resident brings back possibility of ward system to executive

William Jennings makes a presentation at Monday's
meeting of executive committee to bring back
the issue of a ward system to the forefront.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

William Jennings would like to see a ward system in Moose Jaw.

He expressed those sentiments in a presentation to executive committee at Monday’s meeting.

Ideally, he would like to see a hybrid electoral system instead that would see some councillors elected at-large and others elected through a ward system.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: An upcoming auction for Chair-ity

Wayne Dirkson created this chair, called 20 minutes,
for the 2014 Chair-ity Auction at the Moose Jaw
Museum and Art Gallery on Oct. 16 at 7 p.m.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: The universal power of art

Jarryth Wood, owner of Green Envy Lifestyle, 
was one of a handful of vendors at the second 
installment of the Moose Jaw Sunday Art Market 
at the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery. 
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

Jarryth Wood’s business started as mostly hairpieces, but she believes her style has become classier.

“My stuff is all up-cycled eco-friendly jewelry. I source it from antique shops, flea markets and basically wherever I can find old and/or used jewelry, even if it’s newer, that I can deconstruct and then reconstruct into basically an accessory line,” she said, speaking of her business Green Envy Lifestyle.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: A tea for residents of a care facility

Paul Nyhof, C.E.O. of Providence Place, pours 
some coffee for resident Linda Barrett (left) at the 
Providence Place Auxiliary's annual fall tea on Sunday. 
Joining Barrett at the table are, from left, Fran Botkin, 
Sheila Phillips,Ann Oak, Doris MacLachlan and Irene Rusu. 
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

Linda Barrett was all smiles as she finished off a slice of pumpkin pie.

“I like it here. It’s really nice and people are friendly,” she said.

A resident of Providence Place, Batter loves doing puzzles. But on Sunday afternoon, she joined about 50 other residents and their families and friends in the Rose Room for the Providence Place Auxiliary’s annual fall tea.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Fun times with pumpkins

Brooklyn Boisclair rides the teeter totter during
Yara Community Gardens' Pumpkin Harvest
Festival on Grey Avenue on Sept. 27, 2014.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

As the rain came down, Jennie Wilson was skeptical if anyone would show up to the Pumpkin Harvest Festival.

But when 11 a.m. rolled around, she recalled seeing people coming in droves.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Teardrops of culture

Rob Froese, local ceramic artist, refills a paint dish
as Nancy Zachner (left) and Marine Deighton (right)
 paint clay teardrops at the Moose Jaw Cultural
Centre's Culture Days event on Sept. 27, 2014.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

Saskatoon native Sharon Baby and her friends had some spare time before booking into the spa.

They ended up at the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre (MJCC) on Saturday to help local ceramic artist Rob Froese with his community project of painting clay teardrops for a mosaic as part of Culture Days.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Walking in the footsteps of hope

The Journey to Hope walk begins
on Sept. 27. 2014 in Crescent Park.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

Sen. Denise Batters has mixed feelings about coming back to Moose Jaw because of her late husband, Dave.

“There’s lots of great memories that I have here of the time Dave and I spent, but it’s also difficult because he’s no longer with me,” she said. “But it does get easier. … It doesn’t mean you’ll forget those people. They’re still an important part of your memories every single day, but you just learn how to deal with it a little bit better.”

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: A renowned scholarship for a Peacock grad

By Lisa Goudy

Shailynn Taylor was “really honoured” to be nominated for an esteemed award.

Now she is one of 12 Canadians who received the $2,500-P.E.O. STAR Scholarship for the 2014-15 academic year. She is also the first student from the P.E.O. Chapter A Moose Jaw to receive the scholarship.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Slow down and look around

By Lisa Goudy

If there’s one thing no one can deny, it’s that technology has changed everything.

Recently I re-watched the 1976 movie All The President’s Men, a film I saw for the first time as a requirement for a journalism class. The story based on factual events follows Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) as they uncovered the Watergate scandal that took place between 1972 and 1974, which ultimately resulted in the resignation of President Richard Nixon.

Through unnamed sources, doubts, denials, relentless phone calls and trips to the library, the complex series of events transformed to a possibility to a confirmation.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Hoping, healing and honouring

By Lisa Goudy

There are a lot of people to talk to if anyone is thinking about suicide.

That is part of the mission of Journey to Hope: to raise awareness and to let people know they are not alone.

“We come to raise hope for those who are feeling hopeless,” said Della Ferguson, continued care co-ordinator at W. J. Jones and Son.

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Movie review: The Maze Runner thrills and chills

By Lisa Goudy

A clatter echoes in the dark. Confusion fills the mind. A blinding white light pervades the eyes. A group of boys come into view. Confusion is imminent.

This sets the scene from the perspective of Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), the main protagonist of The Maze Runner, a heart-stopping, intense thrill ride that is enjoyable from beginning to end. The film is filled with non-stop action sequences, mixed in with some character development, but maintaining a fast-paced story for the entire runtime of 113 minutes.

It keeps everyone on the edge of their seats for the ride, all the time in the same position as the characters in the film because no one really knows what’s going on. The new young adult film is a gripping film leaving the viewer dying for more.

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Based on the best-selling novel by James Dashner, the story takes place in a place referred to as The Glades, a piece of green space surrounded by a giant maze. The Glade’s residents are filled with boys. None of them remember anything about themselves or their lives except their name. Once a month, another boy is sent to The Glades.

Among the boys includes Alby (Aml Ameen), the charismatic leader, Chuck (Blake Cooper), a smaller boy with a good attitude and Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) who help Thomas out after his arrival.

They live in a working civilization almost as the boys have found a system that works to get the resources they need and stay alive.

Runners, however, have the most difficult and dangerous job. Led by Minho (Ki Hong Lee), every day they go into the maze to try and map it to figure a way out. That task isn’t easy because the maze constantly shifts. It’s vital to make it out by nightfall as no one has ever survived the maze overnight.

Their way of life is upheaved with Thomas’ arrival. Thomas risks his life to find a way to escape, determined not to be stuck in The Glades. With order disrupted, Gally (Will Poulter) is resilient to that change and what it could mean for his home.

The mystery is unraveled in a smart way that thrills and surprises. The effects are believable and real that makes the audience feel like a part of the maze, a part of the threats and a part of the confusion and horror that dawns with every revelation.

Another great and refreshing aspect of the movie is the slew of new faces. None of the actors are A-list or even names a lot of people will have heard of before. The Maze Runner goes to show that Hollywood doesn’t need big names to make a successful movie.

All of the actors do a fantastic job in their roles, showcasing their talents. O’Brien is a likeable and relatable protagonist, proving he can hold up his own, just as Poulter does a good job of being Thomas’ arch-enemy in the film.

The Maze Runner is a solid thriller young adult movie with impressive action scenes, wonderful acting and a story that will suck anyone in who dares enter into its world.