Monthly Archives: February 2014

Judger or nudger – which are you?

Blake Fly came from Toronto, Ontario, to Unity, Saskatchewan, to motivate, inspire, challenge and encourage.

Fly, author, speaker and music maker, spoke to Grade 7 to 10 students from Unity Composite High, McLurg High, Luseland and Macklin schools, at Unity Comp, Feb. 4. He had students clapping, hissing to imitate a snare drum, making suggestions, cheering and listening intently during his presentation on how to make going to high school a better experience.

Blake FryFly used his own high school experiences to illustrate his lessons.

One lesson was to focus on quality of friends, not quantity. Having at least one really good friend is especially important today. “There is no separation between life at school and life outside of school because your online life trumps both.”

Fly talked about surrounding yourself with nudgers as much as possible. Nudgers are people who encourage you to move towards your dreams and goals; judgers stomp on your dreams. Hanging out with judgers “makes for stress and drama and stuff you don’t need.”

Surrounding yourself with nudgers, on the other hand, makes you feel good and can help you achieve your goals. Peer pressure can be amazing “as long as you are pressuring amazing things,” Fly said.

He encouraged the students to become nudgers. “If you want to make your life in school about getting attention and hurting people in the process, okay, I can’t stop you. But … you can still get attention but make people feel amazing in the process. And with technology, when you add that into the mix, that is like just this massive machine to make people feel special if you choose to use it that way.”

Fly asked the students if there was something they loved to do outside of school that could contribute to school. Change and improvement doesn’t have to be all at once.

“When you want to start something, it’s not so much about like changing the world and getting everybody on board. Rather it’s about getting somebody’s attention in some small way, even if it’s totally random, and then doing something with those people – moving them towards something that might improve their own school experience, their own social life, their own outlook on this thing called life.”

When you start to share your passions, “people start to pay attention and then they connect you to opportunities so you can do more of it and maybe actually get some credit for it.”

Fly gave students a specific example of how to be a nudger, how to get attention for making people feel good rather than bad – by converting prank phone calls into thank phone calls.

“Pranks are awesome, some people think, but they often come back to haunt you and they hurt someone in the process,” he said. Making a “thank” phone call, on the other hand, still lets the caller be excited about surprising someone, but by making someone else feel good instead of bad.

After the students voted on who he should call, Fly demonstrated a thank phone call, calling his girlfriend Amanda on speaker phone. The call went to voicemail and he left a message thanking her for being his girlfriend and letting her know how much he appreciated and loved her.

“You can get attention by making people feel amazing, not just by putting people down,” he concluded. Even something as simple as a second of eye contact in the hallways, instead of always looking at your feet or your phone, can help someone feel validated and recognized – “so they know you know they exist.”

The video of Blake Fly’s presentation is online at (copy and paste link into your browser bar).

Most popular baby names in Saskatchewan in 2013

For the fourth year in a row, Liam was the most popular name for baby boys born in Saskatchewan.  Emma has been the most popular girls’ name for the last five years.

The second most popular names were Carter and Sophia, which moved up several spots from 2012.

There were 92 baby boys named Liam in 2013, followed by Carter, Noah, Lucas and Ethan.  Ethan held the honour as most popular boy’s name for eight years, from 2001 to 2009.

There were 80 baby girls named Emma, followed by Sophia, Emily, Olivia and Lily.  Olivia and Emily remained among the top five popular names from 2012.  Lily moved up from the sixth spot.

To date there are 15,222 live births registered in Saskatchewan in 2013, which is an increase from 15,046 in 2012.  These numbers do not include Saskatchewan mothers who gave birth outside of the province.

Top 20 Baby Boy Names (by count): Liam (92), Carter (69), Noah (65), Lucas (65), Ethan (60), Jacob (55), Mason (54), William (52), Owen (52), Jace (50), Alexander (49), Jaxon (49), Bentley (47), Benjamin (45), Jase (45), Logan (44), Hudson (43), Ryder (42), Hunter (42), Samuel (40).

Top 20 Baby Girl Names (by count): Emma (80), Sophia (72), Emily (64), Olivia (64), Lily (53), Ava (52), Brooklyn (45), Zoey (43), Brielle (40), Avery (38), Grace (38), Hannah (38), Mia (37), Hailey (37), Isabella (37), Aubrey (33), Ella (33), Abigail (33), Sadie (32), Chloe (30).

For more information on the most popular baby names and to see the list of popular names from previous years, visit the eHealth Saskatchewan website at


RCMP Report – Jan. 14 – 20, 2014

RCMP Call Report – Jan. 14 – 20, 2014



A storage rack that fits into a vehicle hitch was stolen from a residence at the trailer courts in Unity over the weekend of Jan.10 to 11. TheRCMP have identified some persons of interest in the theft but are requesting the assistance of the public in finding the item. (See photo)

The RCMP were called to the Unity Health Centre for assistance with a patient. The situation had calmed by the time members arrived.

Members attended a call to a residence where a male was attempting to enter the home and was banging on the door. The complainant declined to lay charges.

A resident of Unity received parking tickets in the mail for the licence plate of a vehicle that has not been driven for some time. This matter is still under investigation.

Police attended a single vehicle rollover east of Macklin. No occupants were in the vehicle at the time police arrived. This matter is still under investigation.

Two false 911 calls from residences were received.

Police attended false alarms at Unity Composite High School and Landis School. False alarms were also received from a rural residence and a Landis residence.

Members attended a residence where a fight between family members was occurring.  A male was transported to Unity Hospital for assessment.  No charges were laid.

One car and two semis were involved in single vehicle rollovers due to strong winds and icy road conditions.

Members attended a residence to check on a male as requested by the resident’s son. When RCMP arrived, they discovered the male in medical distress. He was transported by EMS to hospital.

The Unity Credit Union was damaged when it was hit by a vehicle.

Members attended a fight between family members at a residence. Minor injuries occurred.  The complainant declined to lay charges.

Police were called to a residence because a male would not leave the premises but the complainant declined to lay charges.

There was a complaint of an erratic semi driver on Highway 14. Members patrolled but could not locate the vehicle.

A member informed an individual about a peace bond.

Two curfew checks were made by police. One individual was located at home.The other individual was not located at his home during curfew. This matter is still under investigation.

Two unregistered vehicles were towed by police.


Police received a false 911 call that was due to a bad phone line.

A cellphone was turned into the detachment and returned to the owner.

A youth was arrested for theft of a firearm, uUnauthorized possession of a fFirearm and careless use of a firearm when members located a stolen firearm at his residence.The youth is also facing several break and enter charges based on the investigation.

Police were called to the Wilkie Health Centre to assist with an individual.

A member transported four occupants of a vehicle that was stranded in the ditch to Wilkie and assisted in finding them a place to stay for the night as road and weather conditions were extremely poor.

Members aided an individual in pulling his vehicle out of the ditch after he had slid into the ditch because of poor driving conditions.


 A mMember took fingerprints for an individual for a pardon application.

Members attended a residence where a fight between family members was occurring but the complainant declined to lay charges.

Police spoke with an individual who was concerned that his personal information was too accessible on the Internet.

Persons with information about crimes being committed in the Unity / Wilkie/ Macklin areas are urged to call the Unity RCMP detachment at (306)228-6300; the Wilkie RCMP at (306) 843-3480; or the Macklin RCMP at (306) 753-2171.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you may also call Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or *8477 on the SaskTel Mobility Network. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $2,000 for information which leads to the arrest of person(s) responsible for any serious crime. Crime Stoppers is anonymous and does not subscribe to call display, nor are your calls traced or recorded. You can also submit a tip online at

Luseland v. Unity – junior girls’ basketball

The Luseland School’s junior girls’ basketball team, the Lords, came to Unity January 24 and 25 to compete in the UCHS girls’ home tournament. Girls from Major also play on the Lords team, and there are a couple of photos of them, along with Unity players, in the February 3 issue of the Unity-Wilkie Press-Herald.

Following are some additional photos from action during the games between the Luseland girls and both the Unity A and the Unity B teams.

ball in the air being chased down the court

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UCHS Junior Girls Basketball

The junior girls’ basketball team at Unity Composite High School hosted their home tournament January 24 and 25. A last-minute cancellation by a visiting team had the Junior Warriors fill in the hole in the schedule by breaking up into two teams. Enjoy the photos from the all-Unity game!

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The junior girls’ coach is community volunteer Darren Stifter.

timeout instructions

For the Unity A vs. Unity B game, injured player Daphne Boser filled in as the second coach.

basketball timeout