Monday, August 31, 2015

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: African Children's Choir to make Sask. stops

Group raising money to help kids in Africa to come to Assiniboia, Moose Jaw

By Lisa Goudy

Later this month, people will have the chance to see and hear a bit of Africa in Saskatchewan.

On Sept. 20, the African Children's Choir will perform two shows, one at 11 a.m. at the Assiniboia Alliance Church and the second at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Moose Jaw.

"All of our children come from a background of extreme poverty. So what we want to do is raise awareness of their missions, which is to break that chain of poverty by giving these children, and many more children back home, the opportunity to get an education," said Emily Gronow, tour chaperone with the choir and a volunteer from Cardiff, Wales.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Police remind everyone to be attentive in school zones

The speed limit in school zones and playground zones
is 40 km/hr from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., 365 days a year.
Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald
By Lisa Goudy

With students heading back to school today, police are reminding drivers and pedestrians to be cautious.

"We're just asking people to be diligent," said Sgt. Cliff Froehlich with the Moose Jaw Police Service. 

"We're a little more focused on school zones and we're just trying to send the message one way or another to the drivers to be aware to the students and be aware of the speed limits and just to slow down."

Drivers should remember to pay attention and to drive the school zone speed limit of 40 kilometers per hour. School zone and playground zone speed limits are in effect from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily year round.

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Being discovered down in L.A.

Three local girls attend the Be Discovered Superstar Dance intensive in Hollywood

By Lisa Goudy

Three local girls recently had the opportunity to attend a world-renowned dance training centre in Hollywood.

Heidi Branning, 14, Marlee Wutke, 14 and Maria Rigetti, 13, attended the Be Discovered Superstar Dance intensive for two weeks this summer. They took ballet, salsa and tap classes at the Edge Performing Arts Centre and worked with industry choreographers and directors.

They also made a dance video that will be released this fall. There were 14 dancers in the video.

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Vintage cars are a trip back in time

Show and shine held over the weekend at Prairie Oasis    
Dwain and Jill Pezderic (left) and Doug and Phyllis
Bodnar (right) show off their cars at the Prairie Oasis
Motel and  Trailer Park on Aug. 29, 2015. The car
on the left is a 1937 Ford Sudan and the car on
the right is a 1946 Mercury convertible.
Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald

By Lisa Goudy

Doug Bodnar has driven to Minneapolis and back twice in his 1946 Mercury convertible.

"It just kind of suits our style of life," he said. "I think we've all just pretty much grown up with old cars and like working on them and building them and hanging around with people who have them."

His car has been on the road for 10 years. He is one of the 10 active members of the King's Men Club in Saskatoon.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: A mural of memory

Gladys MacDonald, 91, speaks to mural's history during Tourism Moose Jaw fundraiser
Gladys MacDonald, 91, stands in front of the mural,
The Jewels and The Royals, which shows the
history of the Moose Jaw women's softball team
that she played for in the 1940s and 1950s.
Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald

By Lisa Goudy

It was just after the Second World War when Gladys MacDonald started playing on Moose Jaw's ladies' softball team.

MacDonald, née Hodgins, played for about 15 years with the 15-player team that went through three name changes - the Royals (1935-1939), Eilers' Jewels (1939-1947) and the Uptown Jewels (1947-1950s).

"I was a racer. I loved to run so I was centre-field. I could race from one field to the other and grab the ball," said MacDonald, who was 18 at the time.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Stepping into her first classroom

Taylor Zerr can’t wait to start teaching at Empire Community School
Taylor Zerr stands in her new classroom for Grade 4 and
5 students at Empire Community School on Aug. 28, 2015.
Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald

By Lisa Goudy

Only a few months out of university, Taylor Zerr is nervous but excited to start her first teaching job in Moose Jaw.

“I’m excited. I think it’s going to be super fun,” she said. “I was nervous to start because being in a new school and a new city, I was kind of unsure and a little hesitant, but the staff here has been amazing. So that’s really helped my transition for sure.”

Originally from Langenburg, Sask. – located about two hours southeast of Moose Jaw – Zerr’s mother grew up in Moose Jaw.

Tuesday will be Zerr’s first day teaching at Empire Community School in the Prairie South School Division (PSSD). It is also her first teaching job since graduating from the University of Saskatchewan in May.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: SaskEnergy telemarketing scam circulating in Sask.

Customers in Moose Jaw, Saskatoon targeted by recent scam

By Lisa Goudy

If someone calls claiming to be from SaskEnergy, but asks for payment information, that's a big red flag.

"We would never, ever phone a customer and ask for a bank account or credit card information over the phone or anything like that," said Casey MacLeod, senior communications officer with SaskEnergy. "That would definitely be considered a scam phone call."

Currently, businesses in the Moose Jaw and Saskatoon areas are being targeted by a telemarketing scam.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Ten years later: Remembering Hurricane Katrina

By Lisa Goudy

Do you remember where you were when Hurricane Katrina hit?

Even if your answer is no, you'll probably remember seeing images, watching video footage and reading all of the tragic stories that accompanied this natural disaster. A total of 1,833 people were killed in the hurricane that submerged four-fifths of New Orleans.

Classified as one of the deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States, Hurricane Katrina was a Category 5 Hurricane with the highest winds recorded at 280 kilometers per hour. The storm first formed over the Bahamas on Aug. 23, 2005.

On this day 10 years ago, evacuations were underway and early in the morning on Aug. 29, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: From a summer gig to owning the dealership

Moose Jaw Ford owner Scott Evans has risen through the ranks over his 20-year career
Scott Evans, owner of Moose Jaw Ford, stands in
the new dealership set to open by mid-September
on the North Service Road on Aug. 27, 2015.
Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald

By Lisa Goudy

When Scott Evans first started as a salesman for Moose Jaw Ford, he had no idea he'd one day become the owner.

"I wasn't sure if it was just going to be a job for the summer and then go back to school or what it was going to be and I was fairly successful to start out with and looking after customers," said Evans, owner of Moose Jaw Ford.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Six decades since Moose Jaw Arena fire

Arena fire that destroyed the ice and roller-skating rink was six decades ago
What's left of the Moose Jaw Arena
after the Aug. 27, 1955 fire is pictured.
Submitted photo

By Lisa Goudy

Rob Clark remembers hearing stories about the Moose Jaw Arena from his father.

"He used to tell me how they used to sneak in under the seats. There was a hole in the wall or something. They used sneak in there, curl under there and watch the game under the seats," said Clark CEO of the Moose Jaw and District Chamber of Commerce. "He was a bit of a character."

Sixty years ago today, in the early hours of the morning, a fire started at the Moose Jaw Arena.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Recreating a lost pin

Local man receives permission to use city crest to manufacture his pin
Timothy England addresses council with a
request to recreate the city’s coat of
arms/crest/pin at the Aug. 24, 2015 meeting.
Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald

By Lisa Goudy

Years ago, Timothy England said he received a Golden City badge with the city crest on it.

“I received a crest pretty much an achievement of me becoming disabled and still moving … It was the city coat of arms,” said England, who was diagnosed with a genetic bone degenerative disorder when he was 16.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Council approves reallocating funds for new fire dep't equipment

New phone system, CAD dispatch among new purchases
Fire Chief Rod Montgomery presents his
request to amend the equipment reserve
budget at the Aug. 24, 2015 council meeting.
Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald

By Lisa Goudy

Fire Chief Rod Montgomery requested a change to the equipment reserve budget.

Following the changes to the Moose Jaw Fire Department approved on Aug. 10, councillors approved amending the equipment reserve budget by reallocating funds for necessary equipment for the required transition at Monday’s council meeting.

 “With the alarm room closure, certainly there’s upgrades that are required to be made,” said Montgomery.