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Tomorrow’s paper

Check out page 2 of the June 2nd Unity Wilkie Press-Herald for the list of addresses for Unity’s town-wide garage sale days, next weekend, June 9, 10 and 11! Also in tomorrow’s paper:

  • an introduction to the three contestants running for Unity Rodeo Queen; the winner will be crowned this Sunday, June 4, at the 2 p.m. rodeo;
  • a map of Saturday, June 1’st Western Days parade route;
  • what many have been waiting for, a new RV sani-dump station in Unity, details in the paper;
  • which high school athletes are competing at provincial track and field this weekend; and

RCMP reports, pictures of kids at Unity Public School track and field and lots of odds and ends you won’t learn about or see anywhere else. Grab a copy at your local newsstand or subscribe by calling 228-2267!

Below, ponytails were flying as girls competed in high jump at the annual UPS track and field day May 29.Unity Public School, girl high jumping

Next week’s issue

The November 9th issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald features our annual Remembrance Day tribute. This year, we also have a special page dedicated to recently passed veterans Cec Hayward and Bill Fleming.

Of course, we also still let you know what’s been happening in the Town of Unity, so look for:

  • some information you may not have known about our Public Works director, Collin Field;
  • a Talk of the Town from bylaw officer Randy Kammerer, talking about parking;
  • a description and photo from the Holistic Hearts Healing Fair held in Unity October 17; and
  • learn about tornados in an article about Tornado Hunter Ricky Forbes making presentations to students in area schools.

Yes, we still have hockey news, the RCMP Report, financial planning information, a Top 10 and an editorial page too! All this for only $1 – or as a subscriber, even less than that!

Below, Tornado Hunter Ricky Forbes shows off the tornado-hunting truck, Flash, to UPS and St. Peter’s School students.Ricky Forbes




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.

safety melon1tractor safetypower of front end loadertractor safety



Typhoon Haiyan – Unity rallies around the Filipinos

With the many smiling, friendly Filipino faces around town making this tragedy seem a little closer to home than half a world away, it didn’t take long for the citizens of Unity to respond to the crisis in the Philippines caused by typhoon Haiyan Nov. 8. The typhoon killed thousands of people and has displaced millions.

Some of Unity’s Filipinos were spearheading drives to assist people in their homeland, but their efforts were supplemented by many other individuals and organizations stepping up to help out.

Clothing, bottled water, blankets and other physical goods were collected and are on their way to the affected areas.

at Unity Public School

Mary Ann Cojuangco, collecting money for the babies of her Philippine hometown, poses with Morag Riddell, UPS teacher who organized a coin drive at the school.

Mary Ann Cojuangco lost her uncle in the storm, and her hometown of Catalogan in Samar province was hit. Tacloban is the largest city wiped out by typhoon Haiyan and much of the relief efforts are focused there but Catalogan is a long way from Tacloban.

She was worried about the babies of the town. With no milk available, the babies were being given coffee and so Mary Ann started to ask people for money that she could send to her common law to buy milk and other necessities for the babies and children of her home community.

Unity Public School students collected enough coins to spell out the word Philippines across the gym floor.

Unity Public School students collected enough coins to spell out the word Philippines across the gym floor.

Unity Public School held a coin drive and collected enough money to spell out the word Philippines in large letters on the gym floor. The Unity Credit Union sent staff to the school to sort and roll the coins, Nov. 22. The total amount collected and donated by UPS students and staff was $1,072; $300 of this was given to Mary Ann for the babies.

Mary Ann and her friends also organized a garage sale at Parkview Place Nov. 30. Staff and students from St. Peter’s School collected and donated many garage sale items for the event, as well as giving the proceeds from their November sub lunch sale to “help the babies.” Garage sale donations came from Parkview staff and other community residents as well. They raised $1,205.

garage sale

The garage sale organized by Filipino residents for typhoon relief efforts had a little bit of everything – Christmas items, clothing, household goods, toys, etc.

Mary Ann was able to send $1,750 to Catalogan Dec. 2.

Myrma Balagdas is another Unity resident whose family was affected by typhoon Haiyan. She knew her family might be in trouble when she was unable to reach any of her family for the first week after the storm. “I was very worried,” she said.

Thankfully Myrma’s family is all right but seven members and their families lost their homes, seven homes. There is nothing left; everything is broken. These family members, including Myrma’s nieces, nephews, two brothers and a sister, have moved into two remaining homes of relatives – making 21 people living in one house and 17 in another.

They’ve been told it will be three to five months before power is restored, which Myrma says makes it very difficult to communicate. Sometimes they make a trip to another city to charge their cellphones. They are using candles and gas for light.

Water is not a problem in Roxas Capiz but obtaining enough food to feed everyone is difficult. Although the government provides relief rations, it is limited per household. With all the extra people in the two houses, the food handed out is not enough. Meanwhile food prices have doubled.

Myrma said people in Unity, “Canadians and Filipinos both” gave her money to send to her family. She has already sent that money to the family and it was much appreciated as they try to survive and rebuild their lives.

Besides sending money directly to affected family and neighbours of Unity residents, community members and organizations have been making donations to the Red Cross, specifically targeted for Philippine disaster relief.

Unity Composite High School students organized a hotdog and cupcake sale, generating close to $900, which they sent to the Philippines through the Red Cross. Student fundraising for relief efforts is continuing through the sale of Knitwit toques.

St. Peter’s Parish had a special collection. The Knights of Columbus are also raising money to help out. The UCW, United Church Women, made a donation and held a well-attended stew luncheon Nov. 29 with proceeds marked for Philippine relief. The regular long term care monthly fundraising barbecue at the Unity Health Centre, also well-attended, donated their Nov. 29 proceeds.

Other groups, organizations and businesses along with many individuals also have helped with money and item donations. These examples are only examples – to show how the long-time Canadian and newer Filipino communities of Unity have rallied to help.

Donations for the Red Cross, specifically directed to Philippine typhoon relief, are still being accepted at the Unity Credit Union, as well as Luseland Credit Union in Luseland and Innovation Credit Union in Wilkie. The Canadian government will match all such donations made before Dec. 9, and the credit unions will continue to collect donations until Dec. 13.

Legion Remembrance Day poster contest

In a scene repeated in hundreds, if not thousands, of Legion halls across the country, members of the Unity Royal Canadian Legion gathered Nov. 1 to judge the poster entries in the annual Remembrance Day Poster and Literary Contest.

poster contestSi Campbell, Irene Thiessen-Campbell and Vern and Sadie Burns spent half a day examining somewhere between 500 and 600 posters. They all agreed creating a short list of possible winners in each category was the easy part but picking the final top two out of the short list of top contenders was far more difficult.

The Legion members spread out all the posters in one category or division at a time. There are four categories all together: primary – kindergarten and Grades 1 to 3; junior – Grades 4 to 6; intermediate – Grades 7 to 9; and senior – Grades 10 to 12. Students from all three schools in Unity send in posters for the competition.

Remembrance Day postersEach category is further divided into colour posters and black and white posters. From the submitted posters, the group of judges had to select first and second place winners in each of the eight divisions.

The rules, set by the national Legion office, say “Entries will be judged on originality, expression of designated subject, drawing and illustration. The poster shall reflect Remembrance with a Canadian theme.”

The winning posters are kept by the Legion and sent off to zone competition. After making their way through local, zone and district levels, the best posters, essays and poems in the province are chosen and forwarded to Ottawa for the national competition. National winners are displayed at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa for one year, while second and third place winners are displayed at Parliament Hill during Remembrance week. Eventually even these posters make their way back to the students.

As well as cash prizes at each level of competition, the senior national winners of each of the poster contests, and of the essay and poetry contests, are flown to Ottawa to attend the national Remembrance Day service where they place a wreath on behalf of the youth of Canada. They also have an opportunity to meet and visit with the Governor General.

The winning entries forwarded from the Unity branch of the Royal Canadian Legion have often seen some national success but our local Legion members are still waiting and hoping to have a senior national winner so they can send someone off on the Remembrance Day trip to Ottawa.

What will be in Monday’s paper?

As usual, the November 4th issue of the Unity-Wilkie Press-Herald will feature lots of stories and photos about local happenings. Some of what’s included in the upcoming issue:

  • an update from the Unity Facilities Committee on their fundraising efforts for the new swimming pool and ground floor hall;
  • Unity Public School news and photos;
  • curling season is upon us – find out what’s planned by the curling clubs in Luseland, Unity and Wilkie; and
  • a report on SaskPower public consultations regarding a proposed new substation and transmission line near Senlac.

The ads include job opportunities, business opportunities and “going out for an evening” opportunities!

steak & lobster fundraiser

UFC volunteer Brian Woytiuk sells cards for a draw at the annual steak and lobster fundraiser supper in Unity, Saskatchewan, held October 19, 2013.

New principal at UPS

By Sherri Solomko

Karalyn Brown, who grew up on a farm near Baldwinton and has been the principal and teaching at Cut Knife Elementary School, will be the new principal at Unity Public School, following the retirement of Doug English this past June.

Karalyn, along with husband Evan and children – Raedyn, 12, going into Grade 7, and Megan,9, going into Grade 4 – are moving to Unity.

Karalyn, who taught Grade 6 at UPS in 1999-2000, said, “UPS has a great reputation so I am excited about the chance to work here once again!”

Along with sitting at the principal’s desk, Mrs. Brown will be teaching one class of Grade 6 ELA, as well as a little bit of kindergarten.

When asked what some of her favourite things to do at school were, Karalyn replied via email, “I just enjoy being with the kids – whether it is in the gym, outside at recess or visiting the classrooms. I enjoy listening to their stories (quite often rather entertaining!) and getting to know them.”

For more on Karalyn Brown, the new UPS principal, please see the August 26 issue of the Press-Herald.