Sunday, April 30, 2017

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: The joys of quilting

Moose Jaw Prairie Heart Quilters’ Guild holds Canada 150 quilt show
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(From left): Betty Bellegarde, Elsie Carrick and Dorothy
McFadden work on a quilt at the Moose Jaw Prairie
Heart Quilters’ Guild quilt show on April 29, 2017.

By Lisa Goudy

Adrienne Forsyth has been quilting for 15 years and for the first time at the Moose Jaw quilting show she won a first place ribbon.

“I was pretty happy about that … Quilting’s in my DNA. I come from a family of makers and on my maternal side, everybody quilts,” said Forsyth, one of the 19 guild committee members who organized the Moose Jaw Prairie Heart Quilters’ Guild’s 14th biennial quilt show.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Giving women what they want

Popular What Women Want show expanded to Moose Jaw for three days
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Leslie Cornell of Cornell Design and Landscaping
helps a customer at the What Women Want
show at Mosaic Place over the weekend.

By Lisa Goudy

Over the weekend, Mosaic Place transformed into what Michelle Strawford likened to “Saskatchewan’s biggest shopping mall.”

The What Women Want show, which just marked its ninth year in Regina, came to Moose Jaw for its first show and it exceeded Strawford’s expectations.

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Thanks for helping hands

Moose Jaw Multicultural Council volunteers share their experiences

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Moose Jaw Multicultural Council volunteer Faith
Case enjoys some goodies at the MJMC’s volunteer
appreciation tea at St. Andrew’s Church.
By Lisa Goudy

Linda Henry wanted to pay it forward after receiving help learning another language as a young woman while living in Mexico City for 10 years.

“I always remember the people there who spent time helping me learn Spanish really well and they made such a difference in my life in all kinds of ways and I want to pay that forward now,” she said.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Claws out for WolfCop sequel

Team behind the Saskatchewan-made cult film to provide sneak peek of the new film at Fan Expo Regina

Submitted photo
Partners Lou Garou (Leo Fafard) and Tina
(Amy Matysio) in this still from Another WolfCop.
By Lisa Goudy

When WolfCop was first released in 2014, Lowell Dean, the film’s director and writer, had no idea what a monster it would become.

“I would’ve been happy to make a little grindhouse B-movie that played in a little theatre for a few days in a couple festivals,” he told the Times-Herald of the werewolf-cop horror-comedy film. 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Showcasing heritage

Students from Moose Jaw area compete in regional heritage fair
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Grade 5 King George student Daniel Mulolani talks about
his heritage fair project on human rights in Canada at
the Moose Jaw Regional Heritage Fair on April 27, 2017.

By Lisa Goudy

Student history was the theme of the day Thursday during the Moose Jaw Regional Heritage Fair competition.

Sixty-one students from Grades 4 to 8 took part in the fair showcasing their projects about local, provincial or national history from Moose Jaw, Davidson, Belle Plaine and Caronport.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Out from behind the desk

Admin professionals recognized in special lunch
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One hundred business professionals gathered
for lunch on Administrative Professionals
Day on April 27, 2017.

By Lisa Goudy

Almost 100 business workers gathered in the Temple Gardens on Wednesday to listen to Siera Bearchell share some words of inspiration.

She was the featured speaker at the Moose Jaw and District Chamber of Commerce’s 17th annual Administrative Professionals Day luncheon on Wednesday.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: STARS funding renewed

Photo courtesy STARS
(From left): Crown Investments Corporation Minister
Joe Hargrave, Health Minister Jim Reiter, STARS
VIP Carrie Derin, STARS President & CEO Andrea
Robertson, Rural and Remote Health Minister
Greg Ottenbreit and Rod Gantefoer, 
STARS special advisor to the CEO.
By Lisa Goudy

Andrea Robertson, president and CEO of STARS, was thrilled to learn that the province renewed their funding.

Government officials announced $20.5 million in funding for the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) on Monday. STARS has provided helicopter air ambulance services in Saskatchewan’s health care system since 2012 to more than 500 locations in the province, including to Moose Jaw.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Two more nominations for Moose Jaw’s Jared Robinson

Local musician nominated for two Western Canadian Music Awards
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Jared Robinson works in his studio, Nebulus Entertainment.

By Lisa Goudy

Jared Robinson has two more nominations to add to his list of achievements.

The local musician, writer, photographer and owner/producer of Nebulus Entertainment is nominated for two Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMA), Visual Media Composer of the Year for Robinson’s video, Music is a Part of All Our Lives, and Excellence in Visual Design for his work at Nebulus Entertainment.
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Monday, April 24, 2017

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Bringing quilting to the page

Andrew Meredith and Christina Ritchie to release Quilting Canada colouring book

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Andrew Meredith and Christina Ritchie with
their new colouring book, Quilting Canada.
By Lisa Goudy

Local artist Andrew Meredith has always loved painting and quilts.

With Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017, he wanted to combine his passions to release a colouring book. That desire is now a reality, as his latest colouring book, Quilting Canada, is officially launching Thursday night.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Library funding restored

By Lisa Goudy

The provincial government announced today that it will restore funding to Saskatchewan libraries back to 2016-17 levels.

“Premier Wall has always said that we would be the kind of government that would admit its mistakes and then fix those mistakes,” Education Minister Don Morgan said in a release. 

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Province reviewing library funding cut

Palliser Regional Library director says the news is encouraging
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Linda Peters, acquisitions clerk at the Palliser 
Regional Library headquarters in Moose Jaw, prepares
to process an order for the region on April 21, 2017.

By Lisa Goudy

Premier Brad Wall has ordered a review of the government’s decision to cut library funding in the provincial budget.

“This budget was not about trying to win popularity, but rather to do what is best for the province’s finances and economy,” he said in a statement.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Community on display in latest RuBarb show

Steel Magnolias to open at the Mae Wilson Theatre tonight

By Lisa Goudy

Kaitlyn Semple believes RuBarb Productions’ latest show, Steel Magnolias, is a perfect fit for Moose Jaw.

“This is such a beautiful community and it’s a really community oriented story. It’s about how you get through things and you couldn’t without the community around you,” said Semple, who is from Regina and plays the character Shelby. 

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Elected officials must listen

By Lisa Goudy

Listening is an integral part of your job as an elected official.

Whether at the municipal, provincial or federal level, before making major decisions that will make a huge impact on our lives, we need to be consulted.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Getting the Short Line 101 back on track

Western Development Museum launches $101K for the 101 campaign to fix the track for the Vulcan steam engine

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Don Fox, volunteer engineer, (left) and Tim
Pomeroy, conservation manager with the Western
Development Museum, stand next to the Short
Line 101 Vulcan steam engine.
By Lisa Goudy

The Short Line 101 at the Western Development Museum (WDM) has gone off the rails for the moment because its track is in need of repair.

This week, the museum launched a campaign to try to raise $101,000 and get the 1914 Vulcan steam engine back on track. 

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Recognizing excellent businesses

Chamber hands out 12 awards at Moose Jaw Business Excellence Awards event Wednesday night
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Kelly and Maureen Miller, owners of Boston Pizza
Main and Thatcher, share a laugh with their team
members after winning the Business of the Year
award at the 2017 Moose Jaw Business Excellence
(MJBEX) awards at the Heritage Inn on April 19, 2017.

By Lisa Goudy

Kelly and Maureen Miller were the only business owners to walk away with two trophies Wednesday night. 

As the owners of Boston Pizza Main and Thatcher, they won the customer service award and Business of the Year at the Moose Jaw Business Excellence (MJBEX) awards at the 16th annual event.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Weather delays seeding

Regional crops specialist says what farmers need in the Moose Jaw area is warmer temperatures

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A field north of Moose Jaw.
By Lisa Goudy

Wednesday’s rainfall is exactly what producers near Moose Jaw don’t need to get the ball rolling on seeding.

“We need more consistently warmer weather and for the overnight temperatures to improve as well,” said Shannon Friesen, regional crops specialist at the Saskatchewan Agriculture Knowledge Centre in Moose Jaw.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Healthy Weights Initiative surpasses goal

Local free program sees more than 1,000 participants in the Moose Jaw area, plans in place to expand to other communities

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The YMCA donated their space and
equipment at the Athabasca location for use for
participants in the Healthy Weights Initiative.

By Lisa Goudy

In January 2014, Dr. Mark Lemstra at Alliance Health Medical Clinic in Moose Jaw launched the free Healthy Weights Initiative (HWI) program to try to combat obesity in the city.

At the time, he had a goal of seeing 1,000 participants in the area. Now, just over three years later, the program has reached that goal and the results are encouraging.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Ready for the 2017 radiothon

Health foundation fundraiser set for May 4 and 5 to raise funds for critical care equipment

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Members of the Moose Jaw and District EMS applaud
as a new total is put up at the Family First Radiothon
for the Moose Jaw Health Foundation, held on May 5
and 6, 2016 at the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital.
Pictured, from left, are Angela Sereda, Kyle
Sereda, Nathan Simonar and Jason Surtees.

By Lisa Goudy

It’s still a few weeks away, but Kelly McElree is already beaming about the upcoming radiothon for the Moose Jaw Health Foundation. 

“For me it’s like Christmas,” he said. “Everyone’s just happy and there’s so many familiar faces.” 

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Moose Jaw requesting provincial headquarters

Mayor Fraser Tolmie and Health Minister Jim Reiter discussed the possibility of having Provincial Health Authority headquarters in Moose Jaw.

By Lisa Goudy

Mayor Fraser Tolmie is lobbying to get the Provincial Health Authority (PHA) headquartered in Moose Jaw. 

"The question always comes down to, 'Why Moose Jaw?' and I say, 'Why not Moose Jaw?'" he said. 

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Bringing the party to Moose Jaw

Ottawa country band River Town Saints to open for Kip Moore tonight
River Town Saints. Photo courtesy Phil Crozier

By Lisa Goudy

Growing up, Chris Labelle loved listening to country music.

Three years later, not only has his band River Town Saints released three singles and received a Canadian Country Music Association award nomination in 2016, but also the band is opening for Kip Moore in western Canada. This includes a show in Moose Jaw tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Mosaic Place. 

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: LitCon brings writers together

One-day indie writers' conference to feature sessions on the writing process and writing critique
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Local author Melanie McFarlane talks about her
book at the Moose Jaw Writes event in 2015
that served as a springboard for LitCon 2017.

By Lisa Goudy

A locally organized indie writers’ conference is coming to Moose Jaw on April 22.

LitCon is a one-day free writing conference at the Moose Jaw Public Library with sessions on writing, publishing and marketing and a chance to meet indie published authors and get feedback on writing projects. It is a partnership between the Saskatchewan Festival of Words, the Moose Jaw Public Library and McFarlane Books.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: From Moose Jaw to Disneyland

Group of dancers from Dance Images by BJ to perform in Disney parade
Photo courtesy Brighter Images
Dancers with Dance Images by BJ headed
to Disneyland practice their routine
around the track at YaraCentre.

By Lisa Goudy

Dreams really do come true at Disney and certainly for a group of 28 dancers at Dance Images by BJ.  

The dance studio has been accepted to perform in Disney’s Dance the Magic parade in Disneyland over the Easter break.

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