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Fire Prevention Week

With Fire Prevention Week running October 9 to 15 in Canada this year, be sure to check out the October 7 Unity Wilkie Press-Herald for photos of all our volunteer firefighters. You will also find articles and tips on fire safety and prevention.

And did you dream of being a firefighter when you were a kid? It’s not too late! The Unity fire department is recruiting and is hosting a “try it out” session at the fire hall next Saturday, October 15, from 1 to 5 pm.

You are welcome to go and try using a hose as well as taking part in other trials that will be set up. You will also be able to see how the Jaws of Life work.

And then, everyone from 1 to 100 can help out our volunteer fire department with their fundraising efforts by buying a cheeseburger and pop for only $5 between 5 and 7 pm.

Below, Unity firefighters on the scene of a house fire in December, 2011.

house fire, Unity SK

Fire Prevention Week – thank you

Thank you to all Saskatchewan volunteer firefighters, especially Unity town and rural fire departments:

Leroy Timmermans, Allan Sopyc, Dwaine Kopp, Glenn Klein, Ron Swarbrick, Chris Lafebebvre, Cody McCubbing, Travis Sopyc, Morne Coetzee, Ken Coons, Cole Grant, Russell Fauth, Ver Simbulan, Tim Landry, Shaun Mamer, Colby Klein, Glenn Swarbrick, Gary Loadman, Darcy Kelly, Ryan DeRoo, Blair May, Jeremy Thompson, Jeffrey Allen, Scott Akerlund, Colton Timmermans, Jesse Lang

A Firefighter’s Prayer

When I am called to duty, God, Wherever flames may rage;

Give me strength to save some life, Whatever be its age.

 Help me embrace a little child Before it is too late;

Or save an older person from The horror of that fate.

Enable me to be alert And hear the weakest shout,

And quickly and efficiently, To put the fire out.

I want to fill my calling and To give the best in me;

To guard my every neighbour and Protect his property.

And if according to your Will I have to lose my life,

Please bless with Your protecting hand My children and my wife.

In the paper next week

Did you know firefighters were faced with three grass fires, all at the same time, Wednesday afternoon? One of those fires, northwest of Unity SK, burned well into the night. See the May 5th Unity Wilkie Press-Herald for photos, with more details to follow in the May 12th issue.

Along with the fire photos, you will find:

  • how much it costs the average Canadian to comply with income tax laws,
  • details on a semi rollover where the driver was trapped for several hours;
  • a listing of awards and scholarships won by local dance students; and
  • a profile of a former Unity Cardinal player who is to be inducted in to the Baseball Hall of Fame later this year.

More events are coming up, thanks being handed out and, with Mother’s Day coming up, there are ads with suggestions from local stores as well as ideas for treating Mom in the back page Top 10.

fire near Highway 14, east of Unity SK

Dry crop stubble ignites easily as this fire, east of Unity, Saskatchewan, moves from the north ditch of Highway 14 to the adjoining field.

Next week’s paper

Next week’s paper is a big one! Lots of interesting reading and plenty of photos too. Here’s a sampling of what to expect:

  • with next week – October 6 to 12 – being Fire Prevention Week, tributes to the volunteer firefighters in Unity and Wilkie;
  • photos and a report of a gruelling bike trek through the Rockies, all to aid the women of Rwanda – Dr. Linda Bloem was one of the bikers and Jim and Noella Chase were roadies;
  • a wrap on this year’s farmers markets in Unity, along with looking ahead to next year;
  • and on page 7, some perspective on benefits of shopping locally.

And as always, don’t forget to check out the ads — we have some wonderful entertainment coming up in several communities!

On the shopping local note, here’s a photo from the latest Shop Mob hit on a Unity store. These ladies were checking out gifts for grandchildren. See the October 7 Press-Herald for the details on Unity shop mobs.