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WEEK OF NOVEMBER 23, 2009 SUBMISSION DEADLINE FRIDAY 5 P.M.

The Wilkinson Memorial


Observatory
Christmas Gift problems??
In the late 1940’s, Eastend’s blacksmith and machinist developed a keen interest in astron-
Buy a membership in the omy. His name was Jack Wilkinson, and his son remembers how his father would talk about
Streambank Golf Club being a janitor in Mt. Palomar, one of the biggest and most advanced observatories of the
day. Palomar was a long way away, so Jack started building his own telescopes. His first
at last year’s price!!
effort was a 4” refractor. Next came a 6” and then an 8” reflecting telescope, for which Jack
hand ground the lenses. He also built mounts for both telescopes. For the 6”, he used the
Memberships available at crank case of an old aircraft engine. For the 8”, he used the top of an old steam boiler. Fi-
Madhatter’s Flowers and Gifts nally, Jack designed and built gear trains to make the telescope accurately track the motion of
the stars.
Merry Christmas and At first, the 8” telescope sat in Jack’s machine shop. Folks would drop by for a chat and
a Great Golf Year to You! maybe peak at the rings of Saturn or the craters of the moon. But Jack wanted the real thing,
and he enlisted his neighbors to help build a small observatory. When Jack died in 1953, the
town kept up the observatory and renamed it the Wilkinson Memorial Observatory. It opened
to the public in 1955. A new 11” Celestron telescope was purchased in 1990/91 and operated
at the present location until sometime in 2003/04 when it became inactive due to tracking
problems.
The Eastend Community Tourism & Economic Development Authority Inc. has been working
on the restoration of the Wilkinson Memorial Observatory. Sig Giverhaug is chairing the resto-
ration process. Upon completion and upgrading the observatory will be equipped with the 11”
Celestron Telescope with a 2800mm focal length, a CGE mount and tracking system, eye
pieces ranging from 40 to 10.5mm, various filters, a Star-Shoot Auto Guider, Orion deep
space imager, and an ED 80 Guide Scope.
This year is the International Year of Astronomy. To-date the guides have toured approx.
100 visitors through the observatory. The province of Saskatchewan has steadily gained an
international reputation for the excellence of its night skies. How often do you get the chance
to view a shimmering tapestry of 5,000 stars, without the city’s light-polluted night sky damp-
ening the view? In an observatory in the middle of nowhere! Tours are booked through Sig at
295-3565 or Joan at 295-7970.
At this time I would like to acknowledge the help received from Robert Gebhardt, Glennis
Hanson, Keith Schuett, Len Meszaros Paddy Vogelgesang, Lee Matheson, Joan Hodgins and
others for all the help to get it as far as we have. This winter will be a learning curve for the
new tracking system. Hopefully we have some warm nights for some tours as practice makes
for better learning.

The Eastend Historical Museum displays one of the original telescopes made by Jack
Wilkinson.

Avon Open House Jack’s Café

Dec. 1—5 Will be closed from Dec. 21st until


2pm—5pm reopening on Jan. 3rd, 2010.
Or call for a more
convenient time in Gus & Angie would like to thank every-
the morning or evening one for they’re patronage and for their
concern and support on Gus’s
Darleen Pearson health problems.
513 Front St
295-4097
We wish everyone a
Merry Christmas and
The Eastend Edge is a proud supporter of our a Happy New Year
community and is distributed across North
America. Editor Jeanne Kaufman

Box 312, Eastend, Saskatchewan S0N 0T0 Email:eastendedge@hotmail.com


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For all Your Gift-Giving Come to COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS
Madhatter’s Flowers Shannon’s Closet Eastend Arts Council—Jan. 4th, 2010
and Gifts Open until 8 pm on: Eastend Rink Complex—Dec. 2nd (7:30)?
Nov. 30th Kinsmen—Dec. 3rd & 17th
Dec. 4, 11, 18 Historical Museum— Jan 12th, 2010
Closing at 4 pm on Dec. 24 K-40—Dec. 2nd
Great gift ideas for guys and gals
Check the in-store specials CWL—Dec. 2nd
Young and Old Friends of the Museum & T-Rex Discovery
each week
Watch this space for weekly specials Centre—Dec. 14th
Apple cider served every Kinettes—Dec. 10th
and events from now till Christmas Thursday and Saturday RM of White Valley—Dec. 10th
Only 4 weeks till Christmas TOWN COUNCIL— Dec. 9th
Clay Centre Comm Club—Dec. 15th
School Comm Council—Dec. 15th
Come and join us for CHAMBER—Dec. 16th
A TASTE OF THE SEASON Foot Bath, Detox and Chi Machine Fire Dept. — Nov. 24th, Dec. 8th & 22nd
Friday, Dec. 4th Red Hat’s R’Belles — Nov. 25th
From 3 pm to 6 pm. Relaxed and Soothing Treatments TOPS MEET - Health Centre Quiet Room,
Improves Circulation Thursdays @ 5:00 p.m.
Great selection of liquor Gift Packs AA—Monday’s @ 8:00p.m. at Henry’s Place
Increases Energy
for that hard to buy for Someone. BINGO—Mondays at 7:00 in the Rink!
Relieves the Effects of Stress Alanon– Health Centre Quiet Room,
Aches and Pain Relief Tuesdays .
Come in and check our
great selection of single malt scotch Call for appointments and
Christmas Gift Certificates
Open Mon—Fri 8:30 am—6:00 pm
Sat. 9:00 am—6:00 pm Connected Energy Therapy
306-297-3201
334 Red Coat Drive
DECEMBER DATES FOR
295-3663
PHYSICIAN CLINICS IN EASTEND
WED., DEC. 02—SHERRY HORNUG RN(NP)
THURS., DEC. 03—SHERRY HORNUNG
Advertise in the Edge MARK YOUR CALENDAR RN(NP)
DR. CRAWSHAW
Rates for the remainder of 2009: St. Augustine’s Anglican Church THURS., DEC. 10—SHERRY HORNUNG
all ads $12 flat per week RN(NP)
MON. DEC 14—DEANNA POMMIER RN(NP)
Sunday December 6th at 7:30 PM WED., DEC. 16—DR. GOVENDER
An Advent service of lessons and THURS., DEC. 17—DEANNE POMMIER
carols. This will be a candlelight RN(NP)
service with seasonal sing-along MON., DEC. 21—SHERRY HORNUNG RN(NP)
MON., DEC. 28—SHERRY HORNUNG RN(NP)
Concerned about your music and readings. The church will
be decorated – We need singers,
musicians and readers! Contact
investments? Alan Howard at info@staugustines-
Position Available
Permanent .50 Custodian
eastend.ca or call my cell: 403-502-
Eastend School
4363. Everyone is invited to help
Competition #724, Still Open
Call Roger Mirka today celebrate the season.
for his expert Start date: Open
complimentary second Thursday December 17 (7:15 PM) Desired Qualifications:
opinion service Caroling around the community. • Grade X minimum
Please join us as we gather at the • Willingness to secure Fireman’s desig-
church at 7:15 and then walk nation
around the town singing carols, fin- • Ability to deal tactfully and coopera-
ishing at the Health Centre. You tively with public, students, staff
• Good mechanical ability with strong
can join us anyplace on route or at
Roger Mirka, CFC, CFP, capabilities in troubleshooting
the Health Centre. Afterwards there • Strong background and knowledge of
CIMA, CIM, FCSI will be nibbles and libations at Alan safe workplace practices
Howard’s (opposite corner from the • Proficient in use of all hand tools and
Investment Advisor Centre). Song sheets will be pro- equipment
306-773-3191 | 1-800-667-2466
vided. • Good physical condition
roger.mirka@rbc.com Duties:
• Assisting the Facility Operator at the
RBC Dominion Securities
school
Inc.137 – 1st Avenue N.E., • Daily cleaning before and after school
Swift Current Sale by Tender
• Special cleaning during school breaks
Two Oak Secretary Desks • Minor repairs/maintenance
Tenders must be submitted in a sealed • Yard work
envelope marked “desk offers” Successful applicants must agree to criminal
Addressed to the R.M. of White Valley No. 49, records check. For further information,
Box 520, Eastend, Saskatchewan, S0N 0T0. please call Dee Dean, Principal, Eastend
Tenders must be received by School 306-295-3601 or Human Resources
5:00 PM on December 9th, 2009 1-877-321-9200. Application (indicating
Highest or any tender not necessarily accepted. competition #724) with THREE references
RBC Dominion
should be submitted to:
Securities Inc.* and Royal Bank of Canada are separate
Desks may be viewed at the R.M. Office, 108 Department of Human Resources
corporate entities which are affiliated. *Member CIPF. Maple Ave. North
®Registered trademark of Royal Bank of Canada. Used Chinook School Division
Box 1809
under licence. RBC Dominion Securities is a registered Successful bidder will have 7 days to provide the
Swift Current, SK S9H 4J8
trademark of Royal Bank of Canada. Used under licence. balance of the cash to complete
Fax: (306)773-8011
the purchase.
Email: hr@chinooksd.ca

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