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Maggie Burke is one of the eight finalists in the Saskatoon Zoomer Idol competition.
Please see the story on Page 9. (Photo by Sandy Hutchinson)
My nephew has more muscles than yours

Muscle genes don’t run on my side of the family. They do on Sandy’s side, though.
Our nephew, Brett Gore-Hickman, is on the cover of the 2017 Saskatchewan Professional Fire Fighters Association (SPFFA) calendar. Brett is the son of Sandy’s brother, Rick Gore-Hickman, which leaves me totally out of the bloodline. It doesn’t omit me from being proud, though.
Saskatoon born and raised, Brett is now working as a firefighter in North Battleford. Not only does he have cover-boy physique, but he is one heck of a good guy.
It is cool that John Pfeifer — one of the firefighters that appeared with the pink truck in a photo in last week’s Express — is also featured in the calendar. Methinks John was too humble to tell Sandy and me.


Album a departure from Sheepdogs’ sound

If you listen to Brazil — the song, not the country — you’ll hear a bit of a Beatles vibe, a dash of Beach Boys harmony, a salting of Queen’s softer, lilting moments.
There’s not a lot of Sheepdogs “rawk” happening here, despite the artists’ pedigrees.
Brazil is the second single to be released from the 10-track album BROS Vol. 1 by Shamus and Ewan Currie, the Sheepdogs’ brotherly duo. It was released Friday by Dine Alone Records.
Even after a long Sheepdogs tour, the Curries just couldn’t quash the artistic urge.
“The genesis of the project was in 2014,” said Shamus Currie in an interview from Toronto last week. “We’d just finished a really long Sheepdogs tour, and we found ourselves with a bit of downtime in Toronto. We were sort of looking for ways to stay sharp, and keep ourselves busy.

Bishop leaves Saskatoon with fond memories

Saskatoon joyfully celebrated Bishop Don Bolen last week in honour of his appointment as Archbishop of Regina.
The mass, which was held at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, also celebrated the 25th anniversary, to the day, of Bolen’s ordination as a priest.
The celebration was one of historic Saskatchewan significance because Bolen now becomes the third Saskatoon bishop in 16 years to be selected as an archbishop within the Roman Catholic Church in Canada.
James Weisgerber had been the Saskatoon bishop for just over four years when he was appointed archbishop of Winnipeg in August 2000. He is now an archbishop emeritus. Albert LeGatt had been the Saskatoon bishop for just under eight years when he was named the archbishop of St. Boniface in July 2009. Bolen’s appointment as Saskatoon bishop was announced in December 2009.

Attempt to endorse a mayoral candidate proved impossible

“I’m going to endorse a mayoral candidate in my column this week!” I announced proudly to Cam Hutchinson, the editor of this fine newspaper, as if anyone actually cares who I think should win when Saskatoon goes to the polls next week.
It doesn’t matter anyway, because I don’t think I can endorse anyone, because I still don’t know. So instead, I’m going to write about what I do know, and in the process of doing so, perhaps I’ll know more by the end.
One thing I’m pretty confident about is that fringe candidate Devon/Kurtis/Curtis Hein had a good opportunity to present an alternative message, free of those annoying shackles of actually having to follow through, and he blew it. It’s pretty difficult to disappoint voters who literally have the lowest expectations of you in the first place, yet Hein masterfully got that done.

Little to choose among top three candidates

The mayoral debate sponsored by The StarPhoenix and hosted at the Broadway Theatre on Oct. 11 is worth watching.
You can watch it online if you truly want to get a sense of each candidate’s positions. The moderator did a good job in holding the candidates and the audience to the debate rules outlined at the onset of the program. The questions were posed by the panelists; each candidate had two minutes to respond to the questions and a minute for rebuttal.
There was no interrupting while a candidate spoke, so you could actually hear the responses given by them and each participant was respectful of the others. Better yet, the audience was prohibited from reacting to the responses save for a round of applause when the debate ended.


Lorne Figley
The world’s oldest working plumber

Tricia Koob wanted to give her father something special for Christmas last year.
Socks just wouldn’t cut it, so she decided to give him what any dad would want — a Guinness World Record. The gift wasn’t under the tree, given the length of the process to become a record holder, but the groundwork was being laid for Lorne Figley to be recognized as the world’s oldest working plumber.
The 92-year-old Saskatonian now has that distinction. Figley’s trip to the world record began in 1951 when he opened Broadway Heating Ltd. with three partners. The business has been operating ever since. That’s 65 years, folks.
His career in the trades began soon after serving in the Second World War. He completed a sheet metal apprenticeship in 1947. After opening Broadway Heating, he earned Red Seal (journeyman) certification in steam fitting/pipefitting, plumbing, refrigeration and air conditioning. He was getting those journeyman tickets into the early 1970s.