Monthly Archives: December 2014

Grand in Your Hand winners drawn

Congratulations to residents Ed Lantz and Bob Heilman, winners of $1,000 each in the Unity and District Chamber of Commerce 2014 Grand in Your Hand draw.

Here’s Chamber president Helena Long reaching deep into the thousands of collected ballots gathered up in the back of a 2015 Chevy Traverse to pull the first of the two names drawn Dec. 23, 2014, at Unity, Saskatchewan.

2014 Grand in Your Hand

RCMP Reports for December 2 to 8, 2014

UNITY SK REPORTS for December 2 to 8, 2014

RCMP received a complaint of impaired operation of a motor vehicle in Denzil. Members patrolled but could not locate the vehicle.

Members also took a report of an intoxicated driver near Cut Knife heading toward Battlefords. This complaint was forwarded to both Cut Knife and Battleford Detachments.

Police assisted a semi-truck driver who got stuck in a rural farm yard.

RCMP received a complaint of footprints in the snow in a residence yard.  Members confirmed it was a town employee checking water metres during the day.

Police received a traffic complaint. The vehicle was later involved in a two-vehicle collision. The vehicle driver, a 33-year-old Unity female, was transported to Unity Hospital for assessment and was also issued a traffic ticket.

There was a bicycle found at St. Peter’s School.

RCMP received a complaint of a vehicle colliding with a parked car at the Sunrise Hotel. Members located and arrested the driver, a 38-year-old Cold Lake, Alta., man, who will be charged  with impaired operation of a motor vehicle, obstructing a peace officer and possession of cannabis marijuana.

Police initiated a traffic stop in Denzil. The passenger fled on foot from the vehicle and into Denzil Bar. Members charged the 21-year-old Primate male with two counts of failing to comply with condition of undertaking, failing to comply with an undertaking and resisting a peace officer.

There was a trespassing complaint but it was unfounded.

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 www.saskcrimestoppers.com.

Special Christmas issue of the paper coming up!

Plenty of reading and looking enjoyment in next week’s Unity Wilkie Press-Herald. Along with the regular section of the paper which will hold:

  • the usual RCMP Report, school news, editorial and financial pages, etc.;
  • the list of winners in the Suffer Lake Regional Park cash lottery;
  • a report from the Unity and District Chamber of Commerce on their year in 2014; and
  • of course, photos and coverage of the World Junior A Hockey game between Russia and Canada East, hosted at Unity, SK, December 12;

there are TWO ADDITIONAL sections loaded with Christmas greetings, Christmas stories, fun graphics, Christmas event photos such as from Winter Wonderland, and more! If you’re a regular subscriber to the Press-Herald, a treat is in store for you. If you’re not a subscriber, you can buy a copy of this super-duper edition for only $1. Can’t beat that!

Merry Christmas!

Unity hosts international junior hockey game!

With nearby Kindersley, Saskatchewan hosting the 2014 World Junior A Challenge hockey series, Unity was chosen to host the pre-tournament game between Canada East and Russia. The game was played in front of about 700 local and visiting hockey fans the evening of December 12.

Unity Composite High School’s Journalism class also live streamed the game, complete with pre- and post-game interviews and “Coaches’ Corner” segments between periods.

Russia dominated play early in the first period, scoring the first goal only a minute and 35 seconds after the opening faceoff.

Although Canada bounced back to have numerous scoring chances, outshooting the Russians 33 to 23, Russia’s goalie kept them in the game for the ultimate 5-2 win. Goalie Anton Krasotkin was one of the more sought-after players after the game when it was time to sign autographs.

Enjoy these photos from the game and other events of the evening. Please see the December 22nd issue of the Unity-Wilkie Press-Herald for additional photos and coverage of the events.

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RCMP Reports – November 25 to December 1, 2014

UNITY SK REPORTS

Unity RCMP are investigating a series of truck thefts that have occurred at rural farm yards in the detachment area. Four trucks were stolen the night of Nov. 24. Two of the trucks were later recovered. The Unity and Wilkie RCMP have been working with Battlefords Rural and Biggar RCMP, and have made several arrests in relation to this.

Police are urging residents to lock all vehicles and remove keys and all valuables from vehicles. ALL VEHICLES STOLEN HAD THE KEYS LEFT IN THEM!

There was a two-vehicle collision on Highway 29 north of Wilkie, Saskatchewan. There were no injuries. The driver of the vehicle that failed to yield right of way to the vehicle on Highway 29 was charged with driving at a speed greater than reasonable and safe.

Police initiated a traffic stop and charged a 20-year-old North Battleford male with driving while disqualified.

RCMP received a complaint of a suspicious vehicle in Denzil SK. Members located the vehicle and spoke with the vehicle driver. No need for police action.

Police received a complaint of a damaged side mirror on a vehicle. Reported for insurance purposes.

There were two reports of a malfunction with the railway crossing arms in Unity.

Members received a complaint that there was a square hay bale blocking the north lane on Highway 14 in Unity.  Members attended but the bale had already been removed.

RCMP received a complaint of a stolen truck, which had the keys left inside. The truck was later recovered in Vermilion, Alta. This matter is still under investigation and is not believed to be associated with the truck thefts that occurred Nov. 24.

There was a report of a vehicle collision with a deer.

Police received a report of a two-vehicle collision on Main Street in Unity. One driver was issued a 72-hour driving suspension after blowing a warning when members requested a breath sample.

There were also two traffic complaints, two false 911 calls 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 $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 www.saskcrimestoppers.com.

First provincial service club awards handed out

Nominations Now Being Accepted for Second Year

The first four recipients of the new Premier’s Service Club Award were announced December 9 and represent volunteer community organizations from Balgonie, Kipling, Meadow Lake and Weyburn.

New nominations are now being accepted for the award.  Voluntary, non-profit service clubs or fraternal organizations that meet to perform charitable work either by hands-on effort or by raising money for other organizations are eligible.  The nomination deadline for the second year of this award is Tuesday, February 17, 2015.

For a nomination form and a list of eligible organizations, visit www.saskatchewan.ca/premierserviceclubaward, contact the Protocol Office via email at honours@gov.sk.ca or call toll free at 1-877-427-5505.

Launched in late 2013, this new award was created to recognize the dedicated service clubs and fraternal organizations that help improve Saskatchewan’s quality of life by contributing to the province’s communities.  These groups are ineligible to receive group recognition under the other current provincial honours and awards programs.

“Saskatchewan is truly blessed to have such wonderful and dedicated local service clubs which help when people need it the most and make our communities better places,” Premier Brad Wall said.  “I look forward to seeing many more of these organizations recognized for their charitable work in the years to come.”

The award’s inaugural recipients, who will be presented certificates signed by the Premier, are:

  • Balgonie Elks No. 572;
  • Kipling and District Lions Club;
  • Meadow Lake Kinsmen and Kinettes; and
  • Young Fellows’ Club of Weyburn.

 

Next week’s paper

We were going to say “Slowly the year is winding now” but then realized … Who were we kidding?! It’s not slow at all, but rather rushing towards us at breakneck speed. Next week will see the second last 2014 issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald sent out and available in stores and Christmas is only 12 days away!

In next week’s paper you will find:

  • a detailed interview with a SaskPower representative regarding power outages;
  • who won what at the UCHS Warriors’ football awards banquet;
  • updates on minor hockey, the Midget AAs and the Unity Miners; and
  • photos of presentations and details of donations made to local organizations.

Be sure to check out the ads this week too – there are some pre-Christmas and Boxing Day sales.

Although the sun may be late in getting up, when it does, it’s usually a beautiful sight! Looks like next week will be sunny and not too cold, so enjoy!

Rural Saskatchewan, Canada

UCHS presents plays this evening!

Providing food for thought this Christmas season, UCHS drama students will present Modern Day Match Girl, along with a “silly” sci-fi spoof,  Space Women From The Planet Limbo, this evening at the Unity high school senior gym at 7 pm. The first public performances took place yesterday evening.

Almost as soon as school starts after the summer holidays, students at Unity Composite High School audition for acting parts and volunteer to help with stage setup, lights, costume and makeup for the December drama productions.

Weekly — and, as it gets closer to the performance dates, even more frequent — rehearsals means hours and hours of work are put in by the students, all in hopes of ultimately delighting their future audience of friends, family and community members.

This year’s bill is once again a doubleheader with “a silly spoof” written by the irrepressible Greg Bick and a more thoughtful piece presented by Crystal Gilbert and Kyle Wood

The Modern Match Girl, written and directed by Gilbert and Wood, is a modern adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Match Girl. Gilbert said the adaptation “features a play within a play as well as shadow puppets illustrating the young girl’s rich imagination. While the play touches on the Christmas spirit and the act of giving hope to our neighbours, it also reminds us to be thankful for what we have and to cherish family.”

UCHS drama, December 2014The 14 member cast is composed of students from Grade 7 up, and includes Grade 12 student Danielle Irons acting in her last year at UCHS.

Roxane Mamer, along with Gilbert, has been helping the crew create the sets and props for the play. The directors are also pleased this year to welcome Mrs. Stang to the team as the music specialist.

Bick’s Space Women From The Planet Limbo will be sure to generate some chuckles. Bick said, “I wanted it to look hokey like the 1950s sci-fi … (like) aluminium foil on the robot. And it’s a spoof so it’s going to be silly.” If you are familiar with the Stars Wars movies and the Star Trek series, listen closely for a few inside jokes mixed into the plot.

Outlandish costumes, wild makeup and coloured lighting will give theatregoers a visual feast as well. Even the crew will be dressed differently than usual, in keeping with the science fiction theme.

Both plays will be performed at UCHS Tuesday, Dec. 9, and Wednesday, Dec. 10, with show time at 7 p.m. each night.

RCMP Reports for November 18 to 24

UNITY SK RCMP REPORTS for November 18 to 24, 2014

RCMP attended a break and enter at the Press-Herald office. This matter is still under investigation.

A member assisted Edmonton Police Service in serving court documents to an individual but the individual had already left the detachment area.

There was a fire in one of the Town of Unity recycle bins. No suspects.

Police spoke to an individual after receiving a complaint that she was disturbing the peace.

RCMP received a report of trespassing in Denzil. This matter is still under investigation.

There were also two false 911 calls 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 $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 www.saskcrimestoppers.com.