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Allyson Reigh performs at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market (Photo by Sandy Hutchinson)

Everyone gets a hug except for me

Our draw for Bryan Adams tickets darn near blew up the editorial@saskatoonexpress.com email account.
We have never had a response like that to a giveaway. The second-biggest one was when we gave away symphony tickets when the music of Michael Jackson was featured.
Last week it was fun opening each email. The things people will include often bring a smile to my face. These are make-your-day moments.
These are different than the emails I get from Bob every year or so. In short, he doesn’t like much of our content, my writing and me.


Smile for the birdie
Milton Taylor has passions for photography, golf

Milton Taylor is a professional photographer who wants his customers to produce the widest smiles possible.
He launched Imagery Photography 37 years ago and, at 64, is Saskatoon’s senior among studio photographers. From the early fascination and through a steep learning curve, he has gained national recognition. He has served on Saskatchewan and national boards with the Professional Photographers of Canada and, in 2007, he won the organization’s Prix De La Citation Award.

New homes, old neighbourhoods
City working on new infill housing guidelines

Infill housing, love it or not, is here to stay. It’s just a matter of doing it right, say city and community officials.
“Generally, the 50-year plan for Saskatoon…has to happen,” said Mike
McKague, president of the Nutana
Community Association.
“Otherwise, financially, we can’t build our overpasses….(and) the city can’t afford a world-class transit system,” among other things, he said.
The future must include improvement and densification in the core neighbourhoods, said McKague. Some residents would rather not see more densification, but that’s short-sighted, he added.


Green is the colour
Silverwood couple take award to new heights

The yard of Dr. Lyn and Janet Chow is unlike most others in Saskatoon. While the majority are Saskatchewan flat, the Chows have a steep elevation from their patio to a gazebo high above. It is stunning.
The reconstruction of the yard began approximately 20 years ago when the Chows moved into the Silverwood home. At the time there was a rotting cedar wall and a steep slope of lawn heading to the top.
Piece by piece, perennial by perennial, the yard took shape. There is no lawn in either the front or back of the house. Janet laughs when she says her husband, a Saskatoon dentist, didn’t want to cut grass.


Let the bidding begin on new bridge project

Question: We heard a lot about the Parkway Bridge/Traffic Bridge project this spring. Where are we in the construction process now?
Mayor Atchison: The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is just going out now. I believe there are many companies from around the world that would be interested in this project. It is the first of its kind in Canada that bundles two bridges and adjacent roadways into one major infrastructure project. This is the second P3 project for Saskatoon. The first was the new civic Operations Centre in the southwest.

“Nerds” unite for annual Blitz festival

Laura Petrishen-Ha calls Saskatoon Blitz a “nerd fest” — and she’s proud of that description.
Petrishen-Ha is the event director and founder of Saskatoon Blitz, a pop culture, anime, science fiction, comic and gaming convention that caters to the so-called nerd and geek community. The event is growing in popularity, and is expected to attract about 3,000 people to Prairieland Park on July 26 and July 27.
Presented by Saskatoon Love Love Anime Group Inc. (SLLAG Inc.), the fourth annual Saskatoon Blitz will feature all-day anime screenings, panel presentations, exhibitors and special guests.

Riabko playing two shows at The Bassment on July 25

The doors to The Bassment, home of the Saskatoon Jazz Society, don’t usually swing open during July and August.
But when Don Griffith, the society’s artistic director, found out Kyle Riabko was coming home for a visit, the temptation for two concerts on a single night was too much to resist.
Riabko, most recently the star of a Broadway production, What’s It’s All About? Bacharach Reimagined, has a Bassment sellout guaranteed on July 25 at 8 p.m. and a second show, at 10:30 p.m., has now been added.

Enough already of the soap opera at the U of S

It was mid-May, back when it felt like summer in Saskatoon was never going to arrive, when the dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Saskatchewan was fired.
The day before, Robert Buckingham had gone public with a memo he allegedly wrote (despite the fact Janice MacKinnon’s name appears on the PDF’s metadata as author), melodramatically entitled Silence of the Deans, in which he decries what he says was the oppression of academic freedom of speech by then U of S president Ilene Busch-Vishniac.

Spreading the word on mental-health illnesses

CLARA HUGHES is a woman on a mission. One of Canada’s most outstanding athletes ever is cycling across our country on what is being called Clara’s Big Ride.
Her goal is to bring awareness to mental-health illnesses. Like so many Canadians, Clara struggles with depression.
“This is going to be an epic journey, the ride of my life. And it’s all for awareness of mental health, breaking down the stigma when it comes to mental illnesses,” she told CBC.

Living with anxiety
People don’t understand panic attacks, but I do

I’m having a bad day.
It is not like this every day. Today is one of the really bad ones. I am feeling anxious.
The anxiety has been controlled to a large extent. I remember the hundreds of days when it wasn’t.
I would leave restaurants in the middle of meals. Sandy was left to either eat alone or follow me out the door. After she paid the bill that is. I would leave movies, leaving her to watch them alone. I remember watching Titanic from the door of the theatre; gosh, it was a long movie. Once, when we were in Las Vegas, we had fourth-row centre seats for Mama Mia.

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