STARS a Godsend, says survivor

Bonnie Fortin of Elrose spoke about how STARS saved her life in 2013 at the launch of the 2015 STARS Lottery in Saskatoon

Bonnie Fortin of Elrose spoke about how STARS saved her life in 2013 at the launch of the 2015 STARS Lottery in Saskatoon

By Terry Pugh

Two years ago, a routine medical procedure turned into a race against time, with a young mother’s life hanging in the balance.

Bonnie Fortin of Elrose says if it hadn’t been for the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) medical team and their state-of-the-art helicopter that was able to transport her from Swift Current to Regina in a matter of minutes, she would not be alive today.

Speaking at the fourth annual STARS Lottery launch in Saskatoon on Thursday, May 14, Fortin said she owes her life to the service. Fortin was this year’s “Very Important Patient” (VIP) at the launch. She volunteered to step forward and tell her story in order to show how important the air ambulance service is to rural Saskatchewan.

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Cavalcade for Diabetes Awareness fundraiser set

By Kate Kading

For over 25 years, Lions groups from all across Canada have supported diabetes awareness through their Cavalcade for Diabetes Awareness fundraising efforts.
This takes many forms for different groups all over the country and for the last several years the Duck Lake and District Lions have held a complimentary pancake breakfast, raising thousands of dollars for this worthy cause.

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Valley Manor students hosting food fair

Submitted by Grade 8 Staff
Valley Manor Elementary

The Grade 8 classes at Valley Manor Elementary School have been learning about entrepreneurship and what it takes to create and run a successful business. They formed their own companies and have been working for several weeks creating names, logos and products to sell at a school carnival at VMS.

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6th Annual Jean McCulloch Memorial Junior Piano Competition

By Kate Kading

Rosthern and area has always displayed a deep appreciation for music and has produced some of the best musical talent in our province. This weekend on Saturday May 23, St. Odilon Church in Rosthern is the venue for the 6th Annual Jean McCulloch Memorial Junior Piano Competition, made possible through the generous donation of Regina piano teacher, the late Jean McCulloch.

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Hague celebrates grand opening of fire hall, town shop

Mayor Pat Wagner cut the ribbon to officially open the new Fire Hall/Town Shop, on Saturday, May 9. Looking on were (l-r): Glenn Braun (Fire Fighters), Brent Peacock (First Reponders), Jim Heinbigner (Town Foreman) and MLA Nancy Heppner.

Mayor Pat Wagner cut the ribbon to officially open the new Fire Hall/Town Shop, on Saturday, May 9. Looking on were (l-r): Glenn Braun (Fire Fighters), Brent Peacock (First Reponders), Jim Heinbigner (Town Foreman) and MLA Nancy Heppner.

By Alice Funk

The Town of Hague had been considering building a new town shop as the current facility was too small and equipment was being stored in various locations throughout the town. At the same time, the Hague Volunteer Firefighters were also considering the same option for their facility. That’s when talks and plans started to flow in the direction of erecting one larger facility that could house the equipment for both of these services. Plans and dreams were put on paper and slowly the picture became clearer.

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