Monthly Archives: June 2014

Next week’s paper

If you’re looking for Western Days coverage in next week’s paper, you will find a little. But don’t despair. there will be more photos and lots more details the following week! Meanwhile, in the June 9th issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald, there will be a few photos from Saturday’s events of the 2014 Unity, Saskatchewan Western Days, along with a full article on the 2014 Citizen of the Year.

Also in next week’s paper:

  • coverage of the Leipzig Serenity Retreat Music Festival, also held last weekend;
  • did you know Unity has a new doctor? You’ll be introduced to Dr. Dhillon in next week’s Press-Herald;
  • an article on and pie charts breaking down  the 2014 Town of Unity budget;
  • all that, and Faith Matters, the RCMP Report, who’s going to provincial track from area high schools, etc., etc.
Western Days, Unity SK

Assembling together before the Western Days parade, May 31, 2014


RCMP Reports for May 20 to 26, 2014


There was a stubble fire in a field east of Salvador.

RCMP received a report of a male in a white truck offering candy to a female child as she was walking home from school. This matter is still under investigation.

Police attended a vehicle fire north on Phippen Road. The fire was not suspicious in nature.

A member assisted an individual who was walking on the highway.

RCMP are investigating damage inflicted on a vehicle in Unity.

Police received a report of criminal harassment.

Police were called to a domestic dispute but one of the individuals had left the residence when members arrived.

Members arrested a male for public drunkenness and housed him in North Battleford cells until sober.

There were two traffic complaints, one report of a lost wallet and one false alarm.

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

K.P. Gardens celebrates anniversary – 25 years in business!

Where our Dreams Have Grown

By Nikki Paggett

Colors so bright and smells so sweet
that joy & peace is hard to beat.
Dirt under your nails and sweat on your brow,
when we started, who’d dream we’d be here now!

 With concrete and wood, a dream was sown,
as part of the family, a greenhouse had grown.
It came with its struggles, trials and pain,
but even more, there was so much to gain.

 A small framed shelter, we watched as it grew,
biting off more sometimes, then we knew how to chew.
The square feet expanded, the family got older,
so did our dreams, getting bigger and bolder.

 If this plastic could talk, oh the tales it would share,
memories & moments, more than our hearts could bear.
Under these roofs, more than flowers have grown,
laughter, love and friendship were sown.

 25 years and we’re not done yet,
much more to blossom & memories – you bet!
To this milestone we’ve made it, only together we succeed,
with our family & friends, our hopes and dreams to exceed!

Kathy Paggett and Diane Eby smile at the people lining the route as they ride the K.P. Gardens float in the Unity, Saskatchewan annual Western Days parade, on Saturday, May 31, 2014.

Kathy Paggett and Diane Eby share a chuckle with the people lining the route as they ride the K.P. Gardens float in the Unity, Saskatchewan annual Western Days parade, on Saturday, May 31, 2014.

At K. P. Gardens, customers happily breathe in the aroma of spring as they choose their plants from the great selection that has been given to them in a labour of love from the Paggett family,  serving Unity, Saskatchewan and surrounding area for 25 years.

In their 25 years of being in the greenhouse business, located on Highway 14 just east of Unity, Jim and Kathy Paggett have seen continual changes as K.P. Gardens has evolved into the business it is today.

Starting with a small shed and growing into several buildings has taken commitment, passion for their work and pride in what they do.

In 1994, the big structure that now houses their main greenhouse was erected by Jim and his boys. Year by year more buildings were added, including a perennial house, a tree and shrub structure and, most recently, a lawn accessory area.

The family business started out as just that – Jim, Kathy and their three kids. As the kids grew up and moved on, staff members came on board. K.P. Gardens now employs 11 people in season. Son Steven,  visiting from B.C. with his kids, was also working on their 25th anniversary celebration day. May 24.

Kathy said her staff has grown into her family and she “couldn’t do it without my staff. They spend the off-growing season researching new products and plants and coming up with ideas for the displays and new ventures they might take on the next spring. It’s a combined effort. Each year we try a little something new in plants, displays and products to keep our customers always wanting to return to a fresh and new look as well as wanting to return for their old favourites.”

Their season is definitely affected by the weather. Whether Mother Nature delivers drought conditions or a cold spring, K.P. Gardens forges on. It is one of the reasons for their longevity – always being there for the customer regardless of what the weather might bring.

Plants are started in February and the staff begins working in March. The greenhouse season to customers may seem like a short one, running from April to the end of July, but it is a year-round process for the Paggetts. Following the selling season, Kathy starts planning for the next growing season, placing her orders, visiting greenhouse shows and designing the product layout and sales features for the following spring. And there is always building and yard maintenance.

K.P. Gardens helps out in the community by donating and assisting with flowers for long term care, the museum grounds and the hospital. Kathy also does some custom growing of orders given for special occasions or people’s yards. This year she held some potting classes that included a mom’s and tots group.

K.P. GardensJim and Kathy have no plans to slow down as they love the business they are in, they have developed great relationships with their customers and their staff have become like extended family. Their customer base has grown as other greenhouse operations have closed; they even have shoppers coming from Provost, Lloydminster and North Battleford.

Everyone, regardless of where they hail from, is treated with the same down-home, friendly and knowledgeable service. ensuring K.P. Gardens is sure to be around for many more years of shopping pleasure for gardeners.

Progressive Agriculture Safety Day

About 140  Grade 4 and 5 students from Unity Public School and St. Peter’s School in Unity, SK, and Norman Carter School in Wilkie, SK, attended a Progressive Agriculture Safety day May 22, organized by ADM Agri-Industries of Lloydminster. The safety day was held at the Agroplex in Unity.

Mike Wismer and Darcy Thomas, of Unity Family Foods, provided lunch for all students, teachers, instructors and chaperons.

Unity Family FoodsEnjoy the following photos and please see the June 2nd issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald for additional details of the event.

Eight different safety stations were set up.

Combine safety, hosted by Jeremy Thompson of Moody’s Equipment, Unity, Saskatchewan

Moody's Equipment

First aid, hosted by Robb Henderson and Fay Robertson of Heartland Health Region

Heartland Health, Saskatchewan

Chemical safety, hosted by Jennifer Heyden and Alison Sutherland, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture

Learning to be safe around chemicals

Fire safety, hosted by Unity firefighter Chris Lebebvre

Unity firefighters

Firearm safety, hosted by hunter safety instructors Mervin Bosch and Gary Neigum

Farm Safety Day, Unity SK

Vehicle/rollover safety, hosted by Sgt. Grant Rusk and RCMP

RCMP with rollover simulatro

Tractor safety, hosted by Larry Budd and Stephen Ireland of JayDee AgTech, Unity

Farm Safety Day, Unity SK

Also hosting a safety station was Ann Chan, public health inspector, who spoke about food safety to the students.

The following photos illustrate the tractor safety demo of the power of a front end loader.

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