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Country music artist hits Nashville

By Sherri Solomko


UNITY -- If you have been to any event offering local talent in Unity, you have heard Will Ballantyne, and you have been impressed. The old style country and bluegrass tunes that come from his fiddle are guaranteed to have toes tapping. But the 21-year-old artist also has a deep, singing voice perfectly suited for crooning country tunes. He is also talented on the acoustic guitar. It was a chance encounter at the Blueberry Bluegrass Festival in August of 2012 that may have changed the course of his career forever. Attending the event as a spectator, Ballantyne was seated in the audience for the Sunday morning gospel hour with top bluegrass artist, Rhonda Vincent. Upon urging from his friends, Ballantyne took to the stage when audience members were invited to come join in for a song. Once he performed his version of Josh Turner's Long Black Train, Vincent did not let him leave the stage. In fact, he was invited back on stage that night for more performances, including showcasing his fine fiddle talent. This performance, that also included some of his fabulous musical talent, earned Ballantyne an invitation to Nashville in 2013. Ballantyne has been performing since he was 10. He first picked up the fiddle, taking lessons for three years from Harold Anderson, former Saskatchewan senior fiddle champion. In three years he was a terrific student combining his natural talent with teachable moments to develop his talent. Ballantyne then took to developing his fiddle playing skills, along with learning the mandolin, followed by guitar, all on his own without a lesson. Ballantyne grew up with old country. Combined with his love of the genre and his love of playing music he kept playing for anyone who wanted to listen. He loved playing at the Legion with Henry Rediron. Rediron connected Ballantyne with Neil Penny, whom he shares the stage with on many occasions. Penny was the person Ballantyne travelled with to the Stony Plain Blueberry Bluegrass Festival in 2012.


Music enthusiast Gary Ballan, commented on the Rhonda Vincent site, "I was at the Blueberry Bluegrass Festival from Aug. 3 - 5 and on the morning of Aug. 5, we saw and heard a young man from Unity sing Long Black Train and Amazing Grace during the gospel hour with Rhonda Vincent and The Rage. This young man is Will Ballantyne and his voice is superb. Rhonda was so impressed that she

subsequently invited him to perform with her in Nashville on her radio show." Rhonda replied to his post with, "We are so excited ....Will will join us at the Midnight Jamboree along with another young Canadian artist I met in Rogersville, N.B." And that was the beginning of adventure for Ballantyne. Flying off to Nashville with his dad, Vern, he played on the Ernest Tubb


Unity's Will Ballantyne performs on Nashville radio. He was invited to play on the show following a chance encounter with bluegrass artist Rhonda Vincent at the Blueberry Bluegrass Festival in August of 2012.

Midnite Jamboree and was also invited to be part of Rhonda's live Nashville radio show. This may be only the beginnings of some exciting developments the career step Will is longing for. What's surprising to many people who have always watched Ballantyne on stage was that he never even took his fiddle to Nashville. His velvet smooth voice singing classic country backed up by his great guitar playing garnered the attention in Nashville this year. While in Nashville, Ballantyne didn't have much time for sightseeing, but one of the places he visited dropped his jaw and helped him recognize just how big this invitation was. For there on the wall of the Ernest Tubb Record Shop were the names of other past performers of the Midnite Jamboree, that included names like Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash! Ballantyne was amazed at the outstanding hospitality, kindness and Saskatchewan-like friendliness he and his father received while in Nashville. Ballantyne loves country music, so being part of the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree as well as a part of Rhonda Vincent's WSM Radio hosting segment "Rhonda Radio" was an experience of a lifetime. "I can't say enough about Rhonda. Everyone in Nashville adores her and she is very personable. Everyone respects her opinion and when she believes in an artist, she makes sure everyone knows about them," he says. "And when she introduced us to a few influential people in Nashville, they were more than happy to listen to her recommendations. An example was being introduced to a very respected producer. Rhonda told him to drop everything and listen to myself and another gal that she was showing off, and he did just that." When asked about the future, Ballantyne replies, "If I knew that I'd let you know. Until then, I will continue on as I have: ranching with my dad, working at C-Mac's Concrete Construction and playing music. I do hope to record some demos in the future." Ballantyne does plan to return to the Stony Plain Blueberry Bluegrass Festival a Aug. 2 to 4.

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Snowrollers -- Mother Nature's snowballs

By Sherri Solomko


W I L B E RT -- W h e n Mother Nature decides to make her own snowballs it's one of the most arresting phenomena of winter. Also known as snow rollers, these quirky looking mounds of snow popped up recently in the fields near Wilbert on Highway 40 heading east. The snow rollers form only with the right combination of sticky snow, wind and temperature. Usually when winds get up to 30 km/h and are blowing the right direction, with the perfect texture of snow these tiny creations sometimes turn to big creations, rolling up just right with the ideal conditions. This phenomenon has, of course, had all kinds of tales attached to it such as alien intervention, predictions of the remains of winter, moisture calculations for the coming year and the like. But for now it's just wonderful to experience and see. According to web source, Wikipedia, "A snow roller is a rare meteorological phenomenon in which large snowballs are formed naturally as chunks of snow are blown along the ground by wind, picking up material along the way, in much the same way that the large snowballs used in snowmen are made. Unlike snowballs made by people, snow rollers are typically cylindrical in shape, and are often hollow since the inner layers, which are the first layers to form, are weak and thin compared to the outer layers and can easily be blown away, leaving what looks like a doughnut or Swiss roll." The following conditions are needed for snow rollers to form: · The ground must be covered by a layer of ice to which snow will not stick; · The layer of ice must be covered by wet, loose snow with a temperature near the melting point of ice; · The wind must be strong enough to move the snow rollers, but not strong enough to blow them too fast; · Alternatively, gravity can move the snow rollers as when a snowball, such as those that will fall from a tree or cliff, lands on steep hill and begins to roll down the hill.


A field full of snow rollers near Wilbert.

Community Safety and Crime Prevention


Men have a responsibility to stop male violence against women.

A message from the Canada Safety Council PHOTO SUBMITTED

Captain (retired) Robert Allan Tannahill, C.D. accepts his Queen's Dimaond Jubilee medal from Lt.-Gov. Vaughn Scholfield.



Veteran earns Queen's medal


Robert Tannahill of North Battleford has been honoured with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. The medal was presented at Government House in Regina Jan. 21 by Saskatchewan Lt. Gov. Vaughn Schofield, accompanied by D. Wayne Elhard, provincial secretary. The medal recognizes outstanding Canadians of all ages and from all walks of life, and provides an opportunity to honour exceptional Canadians for their contributions to their fellow citizens, communities, province and to our country. Tannahill was born and raised at Lumsden in the Qu'Appelle Valley where he completed his Grade 12 education. After leaving school, he worked for the Federal Department of Agriculture and then in 1961 joined the North Battleford City Police Force and worked with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police until 1984. From 1988 to 1997 he was employed as a social service worker at the North Battleford Youth Centre and from 1997 to his retirement in 2003 was employed with Saskatchewan Finance as an investigator and enforcement officer with the provincial government. Throughout those periods he took an additional part time duties and was employed from 1962 to 1979 as a conservation enforcement officer with the province. From 1968 to 2006, he was employed with the Department of National Defence and was involved with the operation of the Battleford Legion Army Cadet Corps and looked after training and physical fitness for five summers at the Whitehorse Yukon Summer Training Centre for Cadets from Canada and the British Isles. From 1970 to 1990 he was justice of the peace. From 1970 to this date he has been a firearm safety instructor administering the provincial and federal programs. Commencing in 1980 Tannahill was appointed a biathlon judge, instructor and coach with Biathlon Canada. Tannahill has also earned a long list of previous awards including a Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal and a 35-year service pin with the Royal Canadian Legion. He also earned a Legion Medal for Volunteer Service.

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Proceeds from this year's Lottery will be allocated towards the purchase of specialized camera equipment to assist pharmacists in their preparation of chemotherapy medications that ensures and maintains accurate and safe formulation of these sophisticated drugs.

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Have you heard HillBilly Blunt?

By Sherri Solomko


UNITY -- It seems there is a new group making waves around the west-central Saskatchewan music scene and it happens to consist of a Unity man and a musician from Clair Lake, who now also makes his home in Unity. Travis Gerein (aka T. Bone Zelinsky) and Lucas Closson (LC) are two wandering souls who make their living travelling around. Travis is a trucker, his guitar with him at all time. Lucas, on the other hand, chases rigs all over the prairies. LC is always collecting thoughts and, eventually, a folder full of songs with crafty lyrics, all written down. The two began working together driving a big rig hauling cement. As they made stops in small-town gas stations and Tim Hortons along their routes, they would whip out the guitar and play a couple of songs for whoever was there. Travis's dad, Don, told him he sounded like a woodpecker because he was always tapping his feet, regardless if he was working or relaxing. Interesting to note ­ Travis's grandfather was in the group, The Beltones, as a drummer. This same grandfather gave Travis his first set of drums, an eighth birthday present. The duo spent much time recording songs at Travis's house, as well as getting some video work done by their buddy Rusty Young. Once they set up a Facebook page and added their newly recorded song and video, the word spread. People began asking "Who is HillBilly Blunt?" When it comes to live shows, the group has had additional people helping out with the sound. As far as the future, the group is seeking other talent to add to their unique sound. Travis plays all instruments as well as sings. Lucas is the vocalist. To date, they have performed six shows. Their first show included another Unity resident, Brody Heiland, as their drummer. Travis, being the experienced percussionist, also put beats together and added them to some recordings. They have another fellow who played a show with them in Raymore. He is a great guitar player but he lives in Saskatoon and it's difficult to be in transit on a regular basis when you work a fulltime job and have band commitments as well. The group is confident that, as their self-made marketing plans become more widespread, they can attract the additional band members they desire. Whether or not they take their show on the road, for now, depends on the excitement they create with their recently released video and songs. Musicians always dream to play for an audience, no matter how big or small. So far, they have some recordings, 20 of them originals. Lucas has more songs on paper that haven't made it past the thought stages yet.


Until they get a full crew for their stage show, they are focusing on the recording side of their music. For now, they will keep writing the lyrics, strumming the guitar and entertaining anyone who wants to listen. Currently, these band mates are doing a commercial for the western shop in Unity, Junction 21 Tack and Feed Store, on 93.3 and, as Travis puts it, "are pumped for that!" They are also hoping to secure a gig at the casino. Travis grew up at Revenue; his parents are Don and Brenda Gerein who still live on the farm there. Lucas spent his younger years by Clair Lake. Through work he ended up around and in Unity and is the proud father of beautiful triplet girls. The duo is pleasantly surprised at the attention their Facebook page has received. You can check out their latest videos and photos on their Facebook page.

Oil field worker and part-time musician Travis Gerein hangs his hat in Unity.

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Arts grants to NW artists, schools


Several Northwest artists and schools have been awarded grants from the Saskatchewan Arts Board. Kenecia Amber Rose Tootoosis of North Battleford receives a $1,500 Indigenous Pathways Initiative grant "to learn through traditional protocol a new technique of quilling from Geraldine Simaganis, and to create a pair of moccasins and leggings using the tack down method of quilling." Marcelin artist Michelle F. Sanderson has also been awarded a $6,000 Indigenous Pathways Initiatives grant to create new powwow dance regalia. According to the board, the Indigenous Pathways Initiatives grant program aims to increase access to public funding by indigenous artists in Saskatchewan, either to develop their artistic/cultural practices or to share their art, skills and teachings. Mestead School and Glaslyn Central School will benefit from ArtsSmarts grants. Medstead School has $8,000 to help "students discover how nature inspires them and many ways of expressing themselves as they `muck about' in the natural world using an artistic process." Glaslyn Central School's $5,413 grant is "to do a project entailing a large pit firing of ceramic tiles that are then installed permanently within the school/community as a mosaic." ArtsSmarts Saskatchewan offers arts and education grants to schools, artists and community partnerships for innovative projects in any art form that bring kindergarten to Grade 12 students and professional artists together. This program is offered through a partnership among the Saskatchewan Arts Board, Saskatchewan Ministry of Education and SaskCulture Inc. Ruddell musician Krista Martynes has been awarded a $10,000 Independent Artists grant "to develop a solo program for clarinet with electronics and video, including compositions and improvisations with the appropriate equipment." Independent Artists grants support the creation, development or performance of new work in any art form, professional development for artists and research in the arts. These grants support the ongoing development of artistic practice in Saskatchewan as well as independent curators and critics in all disciplines. For the quarter ending Dec. 31, the Saskatchewan Arts Board awarded more than 160 grants. [email protected]



1 Home Quarter & 19 Parcels of Farmland near Davidson, SK ­ 3,144.03± Title Acres, 2924± Cult Acres · 100,000± bushels of grain storage

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Parcel 1- NE 31-26-02 W3 157.9± title acres (RM 253)

1300± sq ft bungalow, built in 1973. Open House: March 9th ­ 1 to 3 pm

Directions: From DAVIDSON, SK, go 17.7 km (11 miles) West on Grid 44 (Skudesnes Rd), then 0.48 km (0.25 miles) South OR from LOREBURN, SK, go 4.8 km (3 miles) North, then 22.5 km (14 miles) East, then 0.48km (0.25 miles) South.

This property will be sold as 20 lots on March 19, 2013 at the unreserved public auction in Saskatoon, SK. The property will be sold to the highest bidder on auction day, regardless of price.

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Community service numbers disturbing

By Sherri Solomko


UNITY -- Imagine. What if you sit down to watch Telemiracle working into its fourth decade and no one is there manning the phones or running the show? Twelve hundred Kinsmen and Kinette volunteers plus 150 production volunteers work tirelessly all weekend to make this event happen. Imagine this annual Saskatchewan telethon without that commitment. Imagine our community no longer having a trade show, Royal Purple caterers, health care auxiliary, Western Days' events, parades, community activities, Legion services or music festival. What if you went to church and there was no organist or choir, no ladies to prepare and serve lunch after a funeral or celebration? What if there were no children's activity programs like dance, ball, hockey or gymnastics. These are all things we take for granted; we assume they will keep happening year after year. But what if they don't? What if they can't because there is no one willing to "keep the ball rolling?" Many organizations and clubs are concerned with declining numbers. Many feel viability is an issue if new members are not found. Do we truly comprehend what could be lost if any one of these groups disappears? In the past year, nearly every single club or organization in Unity has expressed concern with declining membership and/or aging membership that can no longer meet the demands on them. Unity records over two dozen service clubs and volunteer organizations. This number doesn't include minor sports organizations nor churches. In an, November, 2012 article by Krista McCracken, she states, "Since the 1980s service clubs have been seeing a steady decline in membership and participation. Do service clubs still have a place in today's society? Many people rely on the charities estabfor its long-term operation. Legion member Mike Wildeman says, "We used to be over 175 members, we are down to 58 and 50 of these member are over 70 years of age. but more accurately, many of our members are in their 80s and 90s." If the Legion disbands, he says, the hall will go back to Dominion Command and it will be their decision to sell or move it. The current Legion members raise the $6,000 to $8,000 needed to operate the hall, not including unexpected expenses like a water heater or new furnace recently installed. The hall isn't the only part of the Legion that will be absent in the community. "There would no longer be anyone to organize the annual Remembrance Day services, or look after the schools' literary and poster contests, or the annual bursaries presented each year at graduation," Wildeman says. Members no longer need to have a relative in the Legion, or was in the military or an RCMP member. Anyone who is a Canadian citizen can join. The Lions, likely one of the larger clubs in the community, is also looking for ways to attract and retain new members. Over a decade ago, they made the decision to combine with the former Lioness Club. But they too echo the concerns of service clubs province- and Canadian-wide, wondering how communities will be affected if these service clubs can no longer stay viable. Stan Moncrieff, a Lion for 44 years, says the club stands at 34 members with three new folks just joining. At least 60 per cent or more of their membership are over 60. They will continue to actively recruit to keep the club sustainable. Says Dave Brown in a Jan. 2011 article in the Ottawa Citizen, "Everything changes and usually for the better, but one change that worries me is the falling membership in service clubs. If society loses the great contributions made by these voluntary organizations, will it be able to absorb the damage?"


Organizations such as the Royal Canadian Legion are facing dwindling and aging membership.

lished by service clubs and many small towns still use the Legions as community gathering places. However, many people are seemingly less interested in joining structured service clubs and prefer unstructured volunteerism." An October, 2012 article in the Saskatoon StarPhoenix states, "The work of dozens of service clubs in Saskatoon raise millions of dollars per year to help individuals, the entire community and people in need around the world. `These clubs ... are becoming smaller as their members age and are not replaced by younger generations,' said Elmer Hilgers, a 28-year members of the Riverside Optimist Club." The article details falling Lions club membership throughout the district and identifies a trend toward different ways of volunteering. In our community, volunteering is not usually an issue. However, long-term commitment to existing service clubs is. And those clubs and organizations in need of membership are struggling to figure out "the missing middle" and the solution to this growing problem. "Serving the community's greatest need" is a Kin Club motto. Unity's Kinsmen club was strong in the community in the 1970s and `80s. Partnering with an active Kinette Club, these groups hosted activities and events that resulted in substantial dollars being fed back into the community. This was in addition to their annual commitment, fundraising and volunteer work for Telemiracle. There is no longer a Kinette Club and while the Kinsmen Club hasn't been obliterated, it is significantly reduced. Kinsmen Gary Hennings and Blane Greenwald, say, "Although our club can still count on 10 members we are in real danger of disbanding if we are not able to recruit new members with new ideas and renewed enthusiasm for what the Kinsmen Club's goals are." They aren't alone as the Legion, whose members are primarily men and women 70-plus, struggles to maintain and operate the hall, as well as keeping funding in place



Saturday, March 23th - 1:00 p.m. Spiritwood Stockyards

4-H Dutch Auction Heifter to start the sale. 3 Buyer #Draws of $300.00 towards bull purchase. 3 Breeds - Angus, Charolais & Simmentals. New and existing breeders with their top breeding stock. CALL FOR MORE INFORMATION

Robbery investigated


SPIRITWOOD-- Spiritwood RCMP are investigating a robbery in that community Thursday evening. Police say members were called to a business on the 100 block of Main Street at about 9:30 p.m. Witnesses told police a man took a sum of money from the business while employees were distracted. The manager of the business confronted the man, who pushed the manager aside and fled out the back door. The robber is described as being 6' tall, weighing 180 to 200 pounds, with dark eyes and defined lines around his mouth. He was wearing a camouflage jacket and black hoodie. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Spiritwood RCMP at 306-883-4210 or Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, *8477 on SaskTel Mobility, text TIP206 plus your tip to CRIMES (274637) or online at

306-883-2767 or 306-883-2566

Taking the in motion challenge


Two Northwest communities are among the 27 in Saskatchewan who are registered for the in motion Community Challenge! Spiritwood and Unity will be in the race to win a $10,000 grand prize. The winner will be chosen through an online challenge beginning Friday, March 1 through Friday, March 15. For a community to win, they must rally friends, neighbours, co-workers, teachers, and families to register their minutes of daily physical activity each day on the in motion Community Challenge website. Anyone can put their minutes towards a community project of their choice. The community that has the most minutes of physical activity registered on the Challenge website will win the prize money. The money must go toward a project that will increase physical activity opportunities for children, youth and families. The winner will be announced Monday March 18,. Every minute counts, in motion declares in a press release. The in motion Community Challenge is designed to get communities working together to make a positive difference and make physical activity the easy choice for children and youth, the release states. For more details, visit

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The Battlefords,Thursday, March 7, 2013 - Page 6

Community support overwhelming

New restaurant opens

By Vivian Nemish

Freelance Reporter

BLAINE LAKE -- The community of Blaine Lake is fortunate to have a new business open on Main Street. Prairie Pizza and Market opened for business Jan. 11 and has been overwhelmed with community and surrounding area support. The moment you walk into the eating establishment, your senses are greeted with the fresh aroma of Italian herbs and spices as pizzas bake in the specially designed oven. Dough is made fresh numerous times a day, the pizza sauce is homemade and the meat, vegetable and cheeses are of the highest quality. "Only the finest ingredients are used in our recipes," commented Chris Rendall, who is owner with Angela Johnson. The 25-seat capacity restaurant also offers special foot long hot dogs, homemade soup, custom made-toorder sandwiches, perogies, cabbage rolls, cheesy breadsticks and Caesar salad. All items are available in dine-in or take-out options. The specialty coffee counter offers a selection of mochas, cappuccinos and lattes brewed from fresh ground beans. The business also offers a selection of quality meat and baked items from Green Leaf Hutterite Colony. The meat cooler is stocked with a selection of hams, sliced meat, bacon and sausage products, all processed and packaged at the government inspected plant near Marcelin. Friday deliveries include fresh bread, a variety of buns and cinnamon buns. There are also fresh eggs, and bagged potatoes and onions available. Rendall and Johnson have succeeded in creating a family-oriented eating establishment complete with a games area near the back of the business. Currently ping pong and fuseball are the preferred games. The couple designed the layout of the business to accommodate table sized family oriented games creating a family fun atmosphere. Free Wifi connection is available during the business hours. So bring your laptop, enjoy a specialty coffee while waiting for your custom made pizza to cook.

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Seniors carried along on a sea of change

The average age of a senior belonging to SSAI is approximately 84 and the seniors of that age have seen many changes, not only here in Saskatchewan but in Canada and also in the rest of the world. They have seen a world war, seen wars in Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq and other places too numerous to mention. They have witnesed floods, famines and other forms of devastation throughout the world and have seen men walking on the moon. They have watched in awe as space rockets have taken off for Mars and though they don't know why any one would want to be there, they have still been astounded at the brains, skills and ingenuity required to do that. By and large seniors have managed to cope with it all, but in the back of there minds there has always been, "the more things change, the more they stay the same". They have seen how man has been eager to create better ways and means to kill each other. The 1,000-pound bomb was the bomb to end all bombs reigned until the atom bomb, and the nuclear bomb, which probably has the ability to destroy all of mankind. They have all had a place in our comparatively short history. How different has all this been from the history of mankind? The readers of history know the evolution of man has involved changes, not only in the way they lived but also in the ways they were able to kill. From throwing stones to sharp sticks, ing here. Culture was diverse, but it didn't matter, because freeeniors dom was not just a word here, it was Assoc. the Canadian way Notebook of life. They were free By Len Fellows, President SSAI to carry on their religious beliefs and from wooden spears to sharp traditions but they had stones on the end of spears to be able to allow other citiand from throwing spears to zens the right to do the same bows and arrows. Changes thing. Changing that concept are inevitable but along with of what Canada stands for is those changes there are con- something a large number sequences. of Canadians of all ages, Changes in the way we not just seniors, cannot accommunicate has broadened cept. Changing well known our vision and we are able to traditions and familiar ways see clearly how other people to placate a few is probably on this planet live and they going to be just too much can see how we live. This change for most Canadians. insight has brought with it Seniors know change is inhope, envy and, to a degree, evitable, but we have always hatred. What some people hoped the change is not just clearly have, other people for change's sake. It has been want and if they cannot have difficult for some seniors to it they will find a way to get accept or adapt to some of it. Sometimes in a peaceful the changes especially in the way and sometimes in a not technical world, but most so peaceful way. have coped and they are probChange nearly always ably better off for it. However starts with the younger with all the latest news about generation, who are able how some countries have to change and absorb the been able to break into other change. Some seniors have countries electronic banking been able to adapt to some of services and utility services, the changes, but others have I doubt if many seniors will been lost. be persuaded to change their People who were born in banking habits. Maybe there Canada and have lived all is something to be said for their lives here have taken the money under the mattress the Canadian way of life for system. granted. Canada is a nation Enjoy March and keep a of immigrants. Quite a few look out for signs of spring. of those people came because Maybe at some time we they were fleeing their own will be able to put the snow country because of the lack shovels away. We do have to of freedom. stay active and continue to They didn't come to this be healthy and don't forget country completely ignorant to smile, it doesn't cost a of how Canadians lived, cent and its probably the best worked and thrived by be- medicine going.

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