Dr. Richard Hiebert is a former high school principal. He writes primarily in education and, history, but also writes short stories and novellas for high school students, humour, romantic essays, and children’s literature. He can be contacted at email@example.com, 306-445-5985 or 306-441-5810.
I first met Don Mitchell at one of the weekly jam sessions and dances at the Pioneer Association Hall on Railway Avenue South in North Battleford. Don had teamed up with Dick Scotton (a fine fiddle. . .
Recently, I came across a dated document on Uranium City in my extensive files. There was no author. So I simply referenced it as “document” and I give credit to the anonymous writer, whoever he, . . .
At the outset, I must give credit, and a commendation, to the folks who compiled Now and Then, Battleford Historic Resources. I put my own spin on this article of course. But I confess much of the . . .
This essay will give an overview of the evolution of the St. Vital Church from its inception in 1877 and the construction of the church in 1883, and a synopsis of the Catholic education system in . . .
On the occasion of Remembrance Day, this essay is dedicated to the many thousands of brave souls who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the Great War, the Second World War, the Korean Conflict and the . . .
North Battleford’s corner stores were a vital fixture of the city over the years. They provided work and an income for hundreds of our citizens. And often, perhaps most of the time, they provided . . .
On one occasion back in the 1980s, my band, The Rhythm Aces, was booked to play for a rodeo dance at the Civic Centre. We were hard pressed for a keyboard player. But then, at the 11th hour, Gary . . .
Jon and I go back a long way – 47 years and some months to be exact when we began our teaching careers at Cairns Junior High School in 1970. I remember Jon playing guitar for his Grade 7 class. He . . .
There are some remarkable musicians in the Battlefords and area so when I refer to Duane as, “the best in the business” I mean he’s the best steel guitar player, and the best fiddle player in the . . .
Most of the people I know (including myself) are, well, just average. But every now and then, I discover one or two individuals who are truly extraordinary. Bruce and Peg Gilchrist fall into this . . .
I have known Arnold and Helmay Loewen for many years. Back in the 1970’s, 1980’s, and 1990’s, Arnold (referred to as “Arnie” by many of his friends) cut my hair (he’s now retired). Helmay was his . . .
I first met Dick Scotton in 1975 when we were on staff at McLurg High School in Wilkie, Saskatchewan. I was a young physical education teacher; Dick was the biology and high school science teacher.. . .
June 3, 1966 was the date of my high school graduation at Carpenter High School in Meadow Lake. The Student Representative Council had to decide what band to book for the graduation dance. My band,. . .
The most complicated and critical piece of equipment for John Oliver’s ferry was the boiler. Oliver dismantled his sawmill at Turtle Lake (he had rebuilt it after it had been destroyed by fire at . . .
Yes, unfortunately, I think the writing is on the wall, and the intent, I believe, is to raze the building. Readers of the Regional Optimist may recall my letter to premier Brad Wall and his reply . . .
Usually every morning during the week at the Discovery Co-op Cafeteria, local musicians and a few of their wives and friends meet for coffee. There’s the usual good-natured banter of course on the . . .
I recall my wife and I attending a function in North Battleford in the mid 1970s at which Harry Startup and Bandy were playing. I remember saying, “that’s the best band I ever heard, and Harry is . . .
From its earliest days, even before it was a city, North Battleford enjoyed a vibrant social life – parties, movies, concerts, sports, picnics, reunions, fairs, travelling road shows (Chautaquas at. . .