Monthly Archives: June 2014

Monday’s paper

As promised in the paper this week, next week’s Unity Wilkie Press-Herald will have the details of the charges regarding the horses near Scott who were suffering from lack of food this past winter. Along with that, you can expect a variety of information and photos, such as:

  • an update on Unity golfer Justin Wood;
  • a summary on this year’s season for the Unity and Wilkie Minor Ball baseball teams, and who’s heading off to provincial play;
  • a report on special recognition of the Oil Persons by Unity Golf Club; and
  • information on car seat clinics and the new laws regarding booster seats.
Mosquito Cardinals @ Wilkie

The Unity Cardinals play Wilkie in a mosquito game June 17, at Wilkie, Saskatchewan.

In the booming Province of Saskatchewan, Unity continues to have plenty of job opportunities too!

Pharmacist speaks to seniors’ gathering

Seniors from Unity, Denzil, Dinsmore, Dodsland, Harris, Kerrobert, Luseland, Macklin and Wilkie gathered at the New Horizons Hall in Unity SK, May 22 for a SSAI regional rally. The mission statement of the Saskatchewan Seniors Association Incorporated is “Working for seniors to bring seniors together in one strong, non-partisan, non-racial, non-sectarian organization that will work for the welfare of all seniors in Saskatchewan.”

Shannon Ireland

With the New Horizons Hall in Unity, Saskatchewan brightly decorated, pharmacist Shannon Ireland speaks to attendees at the Region D spring rally of the SSAI.

The Region D rally featured local pharmacist Shannon Ireland of Unity, Saskatchewan, as a guest speaker, to pass on information about drugs, prescriptions, the seniors’ drug plan and related topics.

Ireland spoke about different options for prescription coverage, including the Saskatchewan seniors’ drug plan, Saskatchewan Blue Cross, Greenshield and Group Medical Services. She said it is important for each individual to look at the available choices, from the perspective of his or her own individual circumstances. The plan that is best for one senior may not be the best option for another.

She also said any Saskatchewan resident, a senior or not, can make an application to have the drug plan deductible reduced. The applications are assessed on a combination of income and the cost of the prescriptions needed. “Everybody should be able to afford their medication they need to live, and also (be able) to pay their rent and buy their food.”

Ireland said pharmacists can help with the forms that need to be filled out. Another option is to ask your accountant or family members to help.

In response to questions from the audience, Ireland spoke about the size of some pills, saying multivitamins and calcium are the biggest offenders in terms of being large. Nevertheless, if the instructions are “Do not crush,” there is a reason for that direction. Often a “Do not crush” pill has a special coating that is also the delivery mechanism for the active ingredients. Some are sustained release products, specially created so that the dose is not absorbed into the body all at once. Many blood pressure pills are sustained release medications.

Audience questions covered a lot of ground, including what to do if you have forgotten to take your pills. Bubble packs can help as you can see if you took your medication that morning or not. For certain prescriptions or if you are taking, for example, five pills daily and three are already on the drug plan, then the seniors’ drug plan will pay the cost of the bubble pack.

Ireland also advised that, if you remember about your medication shortly after you were supposed to take it, say within a few hours, then take it when you remember but if it is evening already and you were supposed to take it in the morning, then wait and just take the next dose at the usual time. She added, “If you’re forgetting more than you’re remembering, change to a time you’re more likely to remember to take it.”

Ireland reminded everyone to talk to their pharmacists about their medications. “Part of our job is to tell you if drugs are going to interact.” Check with your pharmacist about interactions with over the counter drugs and herbal remedies as well.

After Ireland’s presentation, the attendees, 65 in all, enjoyed lunch and socializing.

Next week’s paper preview

Well … first of all, a warning that there is a sad mistake on the front page of the June 23 Unity Wilkie Press-Herald. After 105 years, Landis School closes its doors at the end of this month, never again to hear the laughter and chatter of children echoing down the halls.  Unfortunately the photos of the current staff and students, and the compilation of memories from former students, is headlined Luseland Memories.  Our apologies to staff and students of the Landis and the Luseland schools!

Despite, the error in the headline, the Landis School memories are well worth reading! Along with those, enjoy:

  • a profile on Unity United Church minister Louise Robson, who is retiring after 20 years as an ordained minister;
  • a look at this year’s Unity Minor Ball softball teams;
  • coverage of the Sask Seniors Assoc. rally held in Unity May 22;
  • a report on the Luseland pool opening.

The June 23 issue is also the annual “grad issue” – look to see which kids you know are already graduating from high school! In addition, students from all three area high schools went to Battleford June 12 to be recognized at the Living Sky School Division Student Hall of Fame banquet and we have listings of the award winners.

UCHS with Natalie Krill

UCHS students pose with Natalie Krill, centre, at the Living Sky School Division Hall of Fame banquet. Krill, a stage and screen actress and NBCHS alumna, was the guest speaker.



RCMP Reports – June 3 to 9, 2014

UNITY SK RCMP REPORTS for June 3 to 9, 2014

RCMP received two complaints of uttering threats. One was unfounded.

A 1976 International bus was damaged at the museum. Police are requesting the public’s assistance, asking anyone who has any information regarding this to please contact Unity RCMP.

There was a report of a semi that collided with a moose. The semi driver did not sustain any injuries.

RCMP received a complaint of mischief in the form of covering a vehicle with mud. No charges were laid as the perpetrator agreed to pay for cleaning and any damage to the vehicle.

Two males were fighting on Main Street. No charges were laid as they left the area when asked by members.

Police received a report of a stolen truck. The truck was located in a rural area by Tramping Lake and was used to damage two grain bags. This matter is still under investigation.

There was a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of 2nd Street and 2nd Avenue in Unity. One vehicle driver sustained minor injuries and was issued a traffic ticket.

RCMP advised an individual to seek legal counsel when the individual inquired about child custody issues.

A 24-hour suspension was issued during a traffic stop when police observed the vehicle leaving a drinking establishment.

There was a report of a suspicious male looking in back yards. RCMP searched for the male but could not locate him.

There were two false 911 calls.

In next week’s Press-Herald

You will find a great variety of articles and photos in the June 16th issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald. Here is just a small sampling of what to expect:

  • Unity Western Days photos and winners;
  • details on the special events hosted by the Unity RCMP detachment;
  • a profile of St. Peter’s Principal Dan Willgenbusch, retiring after 34 years in education;
  • a former Unity resident, now a university professor in NY, wins a teaching award;
  • sports news, school awards and more.

And be sure to check out the ads, including the Town of Unity’s new watering schedule and the plans for Canada Day activities at the museum.

Below is a plaque installed in memory of Cst. Derek Pineo, killed on duty in a motor vehicle accident July 20, 2012, now by the main door to the Unity SK RCMP detachment office.

in memory of Cst. Pineo

RCMP Reports for May 27 to June 2, 2014

UNITY SK RCMP REPORTS for May 27 to June 2, 2014

RCMP received a report of several bushels of peas dropped on the road by Salvador.

Police received a complaint of uttering threats.

There were two reports of an individual walking and laying down on Highway 21 by Unity. Members patrolled but could not locate the person.

A dirt bike was reported driving dangerously in Unity.

A 20-year-old Unity male was charged with two counts of failing to comply with a probation order, and was remanded in custody to appear before a Provincial Court Judge in North Battleford on June 2.

A 59-year-old Unity male was charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle during a traffic stop.

A 40-year-old Saskatoon male was charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle after RCMP received a complaint of an erratic driver.

Police transported a female to a women’s shelter.

RCMP attended a complaint of assault between four individuals at the rodeo grounds.

There was a report of underage drinking at Suffern Lake.

Police attended a residence to keep the peace as an individual retrieved his personal property.

There were two traffic complaints, one false alarm and one false 911 call.

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 $2000 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