Monthly Archives: October 2013

Halloween tips to share with your kids

Halloween is a day when people can unwind and have a blast, dress up and be spooky; but always remember to be safe while enjoying the night!

jack-o-lanternsHere are some trick or treating safety tips from the RCMP website, sent along by Sgt. Rusk.

When you decide to go out trick or treating :

  • Collect candy in a group. Don’t trick or treat alone.
  • Bring a flashlight; some areas might not have any street lights.
  • Use make up instead of wearing a mask; that way your sightline is not blocked. If you do go with a mask, cut the eye holes a little bit bigger.
  • Make sure that your costume props cannot be used as weapons.
  • Bring a cell phone in case of an emergency.
  • Be careful around people you don’t know. While some people may really get into the Halloween spirit and want to scare everyone, others may have more worrisome intentions.
  • Don’t eat any unpackaged candy.
  • Don’t smash pumpkins and egg houses. While it may seem like harmless fun, this is vandalism that can lead to serious consequences.
  • Don’t take any chances by getting into a car with someone you don’t know.

BOO!Unity RCMP want to wish all of their communities a safe and happy Halloween.

From: Sgt. Grant A. RUSK, NCO i/c Unity/ Wilkie/ Macklin RCMP Detachment

Unity’s Chamber of Commerce

OpportUNITY … it’s waiting for you.

With this great slogan, a partnership began between the Unity and District Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Unity.Unity, Saskatchewan

  • Billboards
  • Radio ads
  • A video blog
  • Newspaper ads
  • Online advertising
  • Appearances at trade shows

They all worked together to raise the profile of Unity throughout the province. In 2011, the campaign resulted in former Rider Scott Schultz coming to our community for his video blog, Global TV showcasing our town on provincial television and an award from the Saskatchewan Economic Development Association.

There is still opportUNITY in Unity as witnessed by the Chamber officially welcoming new businesses to the business community on a regular basis. New businesses receive their first year’s membership to the Unity and District Chamber of Commerce free of charge and are featured in a newspaper writeup.

New businesses and existing businesses in growth mode need employees. There is plenty of job opportUNITY in Unity, and the Chamber also welcomes new residents with a “welcome wagon” type bag. Newcomers feel appreciated at the same time as local businesses are promoted by information and/or samples being included in the gift bags.

Business and commUNITY — celebrating together

Unity & District Agricultural Society

Irene Lacoursiere, Joan Sperle and Elaine Sperle represented the Unity & District Agricultural Society at Celebrate Unity 2013. The society was recognized for 102 years of hosting events such as the annual fall fair and trade show.

The Unity Chamber of Commerce further recognizes the opportUNITY each year at its Celebrate Unity event which acknowledges new businesses, celebrates business milestone anniversaries, recognizes commUNITY initiatives such as hosting of provincial sporting events, introduces new owners and managers to the community and congratulates individuals who have provided exemplary business or public service. The celebratory evening includes a catered supper and unique entertainment each year, such as the a capella singing group Hoja in 2013.

Clark Ubell, Jaron Bearing

Kelly McLellan, left, congratulates Clark Ubell of Jaron Bearing and Hydraulic (1998) Ltd. on being recognized for the exemplary service he provides to customers. In his nomination letter, Kelly said, “So, for the farmer who has gotten his grain in the bins before the frost. For the trucker who has his truck safely on the road again. For the grader operator who keeps our streets and roads clear. For the mechanic who fixes the school buses our children ride in every day. For the town foreman who keeps things running without a hitch. And for the welder who needs to keep his business running smoothly to support his family. … Thank you.”

Stay tuned for details on Celebrate Unity 2014. And if you know of a business celebrating a special anniversary or of someone who provides business or community service “above and beyond,” please let us know! (You can comment below or talk to any member of the executive.)

For more on what the Chamber does, including sponsoring and organizing Santa Day, lobbying local and provincial government, promoting member businesses, life and disability insurance, training opportunities, Canada Day activities and the Western Days downtown barbecue, see For Chamber contact information, visit

Halloween party tips from the RCMP

Unity RCMP want to wish all of their communities a safe and happy Halloween.

Sgt. Grant A. RUSK
NCO i/c Unity/ Wilkie/ Macklin RCMP Detachment

halloween yard decorations

 Below are some safety tips from the RCMP site, sent along by Sgt. Rusk.

Halloween Safety Tips – If you decide to spend your evening at a Halloween party:
  • Make sure to use the buddy system while at a party. Stay with at least one of your friends at all times, especially if you don’t know many people.
  • Be cautious of underage drinking, or any illegal drugs that may be circulating around the party.
  • Make sure to never leave your drink unattended.
  • Don’t accept a ride home from someone at the party, especially if you think they may have been drinking or doing drugs.
  • Agree on a time and a place for you and your friends to meet in the event that you get separated, so that you can all go home together.
  • Call your parents or a trusted adult right away if you feel uncomfortable and want to be picked up.

Regardless of what you are doing, make sure you are dressed for the weather which is always unpredictable in late October. Halloween is a day when people can unwind and have a blast, dress up and be spooky; but always remember to be safe while enjoying the night.

Halloween decorations

Selling your old gold

Ever wonder how buyers of old jewelry and coins decide what to pay you? Me too!

So when I saw Ursa Major Gold Silver & Coin was at the New Horizons Hall in the Town of Unity last May, I stopped in with an old men’s wedding band.

The first thing Barry Dick of Ursa Major did was pull out a magnet. Gold and silver are not magnetic so using the magnet is a quick way to eliminate costume jewelry from consideration.

gold buyerNext Barry used a magnifying glass to look for a hallmark. The wedding band had one indicating it was 14 karat gold, i.e., 14 parts gold and 10 parts some other metal.

Then the ring was put on a scale to be weighed. Weights and Measures Canada – the same agency that inspects gas pumps to make sure they are recording the proper amount of fuel being pumped – certifies scales used in businesses that buy and sell goods by weight.

The weight of the ring, and the fact it was 14 karat gold, was put into a spreadsheet on Barry’s laptop computer, which then calculated the price. The spreadsheet is tied to the world market prices of gold and silver.

Barry emphasized he is only buying the gold or silver in a piece of jewelry, not the jewelry itself, regardless of any craftmanship that might be involved.

When it comes to coins, however, he does pay a premium if the coin is rare, collectible and in good shape. Paper money can also be collectible — see the article about Barry Dick on page 13 of the October 21, 2013 issue of the Press-Herald for serial numbers valued by collectors.

Whether you seriously want to sell some old coins and/or jewelry or are just curious about what it might be worth on the metals market, keep an eye out. Ursa Major Gold Silver & Coin comes to Unity about once a year.



Midget AA Lazer Photos from Oct. 13 game

The Unity Midget AA Lazers opened their 2013-14 season in the Centre Four Hockey League Midget AA division with back-to-back games against the Prince Albert Raiders Oct. 12 and 13. The Unity team won the first game 4-0 and lost the Sunday game 6-5. See the October 21 Unity-Wilkie Press-Herald for full coverage of the games. Meanwhile, here are some photos from Sunday’s action.

ref, Lazer and Raider

No. 35, Unity Lazer Midget AA goalie

midget AA hockeyMidget AA Lazers

hockey game skatingUnity Midget AA Lazersstarting down the ice

Lazers score!

Next week’s paper

Which local resident recently won a provincial Award of Merit? Find out on page 2 of next week’s paper. Also coming up in the October 21 Unity-Wilkie Press-Herald:

  • tying in to Saskatchewan’s Waste Reduction Week, which runs October 21 to 27, an explanation from the Town of Unity, public works department, as to what exactly can go in the recycling bins and what can’t;
  • a report on the Unity Lazers Midget AA team’s opening games;
  • and, with everyone hoping the Riders show what they can do against the B.C. Lions tomorrow, next week’s Top 10, found on the back page of the paper, features Grey Cup trivia!
Unity Midget AA Lazers

Unity Midget AA Lazers skate to the bench for a mini-celebration after scoring a goal in a game against the Prince Albert Raiders Oct. 12

Waste Reduction Week coming up

Environment Minister Ken Cheveldayoff has proclaimed October 21-27 as Waste Reduction Week in Saskatchewan, marking the 13th time the province has joined the nation in recognizing the week.

With an emphasis on engaging Canadians, Waste Reduction Week aims to inspire communities throughout the province and across the country to take a more conscientious approach toward the protection, preservation and enhancement of our environment.

“Saskatchewan has some of the most effective and successful recycling programs in the country,” Cheveldayoff said.  “Thanks to our recycling programs for used beverage containers, oil, tires, paint and electronics, more than 48,000 tonnes and 19 million litres of waste materials were diverted from our landfills in 2012.  However, there is still more to do when it comes to reducing waste and increasing recycling habits.”

“Too Good to Waste”, the theme for Waste Reduction Week, aligns with the government’s growth plan to sustain economic growth while protecting the environment and maintaining Saskatchewan’s excellent quality of life.

“We’re thrilled that the Ministry of Environment has proclaimed Waste Reduction Week,” Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council Executive Director Joanne Fedyk said.  “Waste Reduction Week is a great opportunity to celebrate our accomplishments and to adopt new waste-reducing habits so that we can work toward a waste-free Saskatchewan.”

Waste Reduction Week in Saskatchewan is organized by the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council.  For more information, visit

Air quality monitoring coming to Unity

The Western Yellowhead Air Management Zone Inc. will be placing a permanent air monitoring device just outside Unity sometime later this month. The instrument will be calibrated the following month and should be operational by the end of November.

Once the system is fully operational, results will be available to the public, as well as to government and industry.

About the size of a small refrigerator or filing cabinet, the airpointer system can measure a wide variety of pollutants including carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, ozone, sulphur dioxide, H2S, volatile organic compounds and particulate matter. With components that also measure temperature, wind speed and wind direction, analysts will also be able to tell where any pollutants are coming from.

The WYAMZ website explains: “An air zone association is intended to operate as an independent, collaborative non-profit organization of industry, government and other representatives for the purpose of collecting credible, continuous air quality data, and to communicate data and information to member organizations, the government, and the public.”

WYAMZ was set up with the support of the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment and is funded by its members, which includes many private industry entities as well as government. Executive director Terry Gibson explained each industrial partner is invoiced according to their specific environmental footprint under a formula developed by the Ministry of Environment. The environmental footprint takes into account emissions and production volumes.

Gibson said participation in the air monitoring zone is of benefit to industry as it allows them to be proactive in preventing environmental damage. “Businesses want to be good corporate citizens,” he said. They spend a lot of money on scrubbers and other equipment and technology to reduce emissions and monitoring air quality helps to let them know what is working and what isn’t.

Gibson says, “The Western Yellowhead Air Management Zone is committed to monitoring the air quality in the region to protect the citizens and environment.” He encourages people to visit their website at for more information.

Check out the Oct. 14 issue of the Unity-Wilkie Press-Herald for additional details.

Read all about it …

Lots of news in next week’s Unity-Wilkie Press-Herald!

  • permanent air quality monitoring coming to Unity! Results will be available online;
  • photos and results from the Unity Agricultural Society’s Trade Show and Fall Fair;
  • find out what Unity golfer Justin Wood has been up to and has coming up;
  • comedy night coming up to benefit the Unity Food Bank and the Unity Health Care Auxiliary;
  • and a report on improvements to highways and rail lines in and out of Unity.
Highways paint truck

A HIghways truck paints lane lines on the new surface of Highway 14 east of Unity, while in the background piles of gravel sit in preparation for expansion of a CP rail line.




Harvest almost complete

SaskAg Crop Report for West-Central Saskatchewan, Oct. 1 – 7

Harvest is essentially complete in the region: 97 per cent of the crop is combined. The five-year average (2008 to 2012) is 83 per cent combined. The amount of rainfall in the region last week ranged from nil to 36 mm (Dinsmore area). Sixty-seven per cent of the flax and 69 per cent of the canaryseed (two minor crops) have been combined. Yields well above the 10-year average are being reported.

Spring wheat grades are rated as 79 per cent 1CW, 17 per cent 2CW and four per cent 3CW.

Although some areas received rain last week, topsoil moisture conditions are still very dry. Twenty per cent of the crop land has adequate topsoil moisture, 50 per cent is short and 30 per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 28 per cent adequate, 45 per cent short and 27 per cent very short.  Many areas in the region have not had a significant rainfall in over a month and a half. In crop districts 7A and 7B, over 43 per cent of the cropland, hay land and pasture is very short of topsoil moisture.

Producers are busy with fall weed control operations, hauling bales and bringing cattle home from pastures.

Above average yields in most of province

Of the crop that has been harvested, average to above-average yields are being reported in most areas. Spring wheat average yields are reported as 47 bushels per acre, durum 44 bushels per acre, barley 69 bushels per acre, canola 38 bushels per acre and peas 43 bushels per acre. Average yields vary from region to region, depending on seeding conditions and growing season moisture.  Provincial spring wheat quality is estimated to be above average. Grades for spring wheat are estimated as 59 per cent 1CW, 31 per cent 2CW, nine per cent 3CW and one per cent CW feed.