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Canadian Blood Services always needs donations By David Willberg

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The need might not be a significant as it was earlier this year, but the Canadian Blood Services (CBS) is always in need of donations. The agency will host a blood donor clinic at the Estevan Leisure Centre’s multipurpose room Tuesday at 3 p.m. Aaron Barlow, the territory manager, donor relations for the CBS, said the agency has seen very strong support over the last few weeks since the CBS issued an appeal for donations. “All of our respective territories and donor centres, and mobile donor centres, have been really, really strong, so we have seen a big call and a response to the need for blood that we had put out just before the long weekend,” said Barlow. But Barlow also stressed that the need for blood is constant. They always see a slide in appointments in the summer months, which is why they issued the appeal in August, so they need someone to fill those appointments. “Every minute of every day, somebody in Canada needs blood or blood products, and by supporting clinics, by continuing to make blood donation appointments in our donor centres and mobile donor centres, you’re ensuring that hospital patients’ needs … are going to be met,” said Barlow. Some first-time donors have stepped forward, and Barlow said they are crucial to

meeting Canada’s future blood needs. He estimates 105,000 new donors will be needed in Canada this year. Barlow stressed there’s a good chance people will know someone who will need blood during their lives. “It can take eight donors a week to help somebody who is going through leukemia, or five donors to help somebody who is going through a cancer treatment, and in an unfortunate

It also allows them to accept someone who wants to donate blood but doesn’t have an appointment. “If for whatever reason you’re unable to make that appointment, now it’s a matter of scheduling logistics to ensure that our donor needs are being met,” said Barlow. And if someone doesn’t cancel an appointment they can’t make, then it can cause other donors to have an un-

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event like a car accident, it can take upwards of 50 donors to help somebody,” said Barlow. One in two people is eligible to donate, but Barlow said only one in 60 will make a donation. People are encouraged to book an appointment in advance of the Estevan clinic. It’s also important for people make it to that appointment, and to notify the CBS if they can’t be there. Their mobile clinics are busy, and if someone notifies the CBS they can’t make it, then that will allow the CBS to get somebody else in. This isn’t a rampant problem, but it helps the organization to be prepared.

necessary wait time. “We understand that there’s been tremendous support in the communities such as Estevan and surrounding area, but that, at times, has led to longer wait times, because people are supporting the clinics. To help prevent that, we encourage people to book their appointments and ensure they are honouring those appointments.” To book an appointment, call 1-888-2-DONATE, visit the Give Blood app on their mobile device, or visit the Canadian Blood Services website, which also has answers for questions that donors might have.

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Duelling Pianos receives strong support

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Members of the community showed strong support for the Duelling Pianos fundraiser, which was held at the Power Dodge Curling Centre on Sept. 8. The event featured a 50/50 draw, dinner, and the famed Duelling Pianos. Event co-organizer Randy Franke said that the entire event went off without any issues and the response from people who attended the event was extremely positive. “We had great community support,” said Franke. “We had about 40 tables filled for supper, and we had quite a few more people come in afterwards. There were roughly 450 to 500 people that came throughout the night, and everyone we talked to said they enjoyed everything throughout the night. The pianos were great, and so was the meal; everything went off without a hitch so to speak.” Although the final numbers for the event’s profit haven’t yet been tabulated, Franke said they believe

roughly $20,000 was raised. The money will go towards a centre for education and dialogue, which is being built in Cuernavaca, Mexico. In addition to the centre, the group is also looking at purchasing a plot of land located adjacent to the centre. “Between the school itself, and land that is needed to be purchased, it will be around $12,000 Canadian, so with this money we will for sure be able to acquire the land and most likely complete the work on the school,” said Franke. “Initially they were thinking it may take up to three years to acquire the land, but with the money we raised we might be able to do it all in one year, which would be great to see.” The idea for the education centre originated from a mission trip organized through the Regina-based Archbishop Charles Halpin Centre for Education and Dialogue, which involved several members of the Estevan and Regina communities travelling to Mexico to assist with the construction of the centre. Cuernavaca is the capital of Mexico’s Mo-

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a.m., so it seemed like everyone had a really great time.” Franke also said that the group has plans to continue fundraising for the centre, although upcoming fundraisers may be smaller in size. “I would imagine we will continue doing some type of fundraiser in the area,” said Franke. “We try to do something

night and supported us. We had nothing but good comments from the people there, and that was a great feeling. We also had interest from some people who came out in joining us and that’s what this is also really about.” Those who are interested in becoming involved with the organization can do so by contacting Randy Franke at 306-421-2244.

every year, although this event was by far the biggest we’ve done. It takes a lot of work and time to plan something like this, so I’m not sure if we will have an event like this again any time soon, but we will definitely have something in the way of fundraisers.” “We also wanted to give a big thanks to everyone that came out and enjoyed the

Parkinson Support Group hosts fundraising walk Members of the Estevan Parkinson Support Group gathered at Affinity Place on Thursday for what they called a mini-walk. Participants walked around the track at Affinity Place and raised $3,145 for Parkinson Canada. The group hosted SuperWalks in 2016 and 2017, and eclipsed the $5,000 mark in funds raised each year. Many people participated as well. This year the group decided to host a mini-walk, as they did not canvass local businesses for donations. The group members relied primarily upon family and friends for their support this year, and they did receive some corporate support. The Estevan Parkinson Support Group is open to anyone with Parkinson’s disease, as well as their family and friends. They hold monthly meetings at the Estevan Public Library the first Thursday of the month, except for July and August, starting at 6:30 p.m. This year marked the 28th edition of the Parkinson SuperWalk in Canada. It is the largest nationwide fundraising event for Parkinson Canada, and approximately 10,000 people from across the country take part in Parkinson walks.

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Fred Fox promotes his brother’s legacy and bravery By David Willberg dwillberg@estevanmercury.ca

Fred Fox always believed in his younger brother, Terry, when Terry Fox first broached the idea of running across Canada and raising money for the fight against cancer. And he’s still amazed with how Canadians continue to remember and celebrate his brother’s legacy. Fred was in Estevan on Monday to speak at four schools – Sacred Heart School/École Sacré Coeur, Westview School, Pleasantdale School and Spruce Ridge School. All four schools have been long-time supporters of the Terry Fox Run, and have raised thousands of dollars for the Terry Fox Foundation through their effort. “We try to get ourselves not only into the big cities like Regina or Toronto, where I was this past week, but across the country, and visit small communities,” said Fred. Fred Fox said he spends a lot of time travelling across the country and speaking about his brother’s efforts. Fall and spring are his busiest times of the year for speaking engagements, but this is a particularly busy time of the year for him, since schools and communities alike across Canada are preparing to participate in the Terry Fox Run. The national run day is on Sunday, and the schools

have their events before or after the run. Terry Fox’s story is wellknown to Canadians of all ages. After having his right leg amputated 15 centimetres above the knee due to cancer at the age of 18 in 1977, he decided to run across Canada in a fundraiser for cancer research. He embarked on the Marathon of Hope in St. John’s, N.L., on April 12, 1980, and ran 5,373 kilometres. Terry was forced to abandon the run on Sept. 1 of that year after running 5,373 kilometres. He died in 1981 at the age of 22. When Terry first broached the idea of a run across Canada, Fred believed his brother could do it. “I saw first-hand, how determined and how focused he was. Of course, getting diagnosed with cancer wasn’t something we weren’t expecting,” said Fred. And Terry was impacted by so many others who were diagnosed with cancer. “When he told me he was going to run across Canada, I kind of took it for granted. As the older brother, I was only 21 years old, and not living at home any more, and I said ‘That’s awesome, good luck and we’ll see you when you get home.’” Their mother, Betty, on the other hand, had a much different reaction. She thought it would be sufficient to run across B.C. But Terry reminded his

mother that he was running for people across Canada who have cancer. “There weren’t many things that Terry set his mind to that he wasn’t able to accomplish. As I’ll tell the students … he wasn’t the biggest, he wasn’t the best athlete and he wasn’t the smartest kid in class, but through a lot of hard work and determination, he accomplished many of the goals he set for himself,” said Fred. “So there was no question he would eventually get home, but none of us were ever expecting the cancer would return and stop that progress.” Fred joined Terry in Toronto, when a massive crowd turned out to greet him. It was a stark contrast from when Terry started his journey in Newfoundland to little fanfare, or the sparse crowds he encountered in Quebec. “When he got to Toronto, it was amazing,” said Fred. “I got to run with Terry down University Avenue to City Hall. Thousands, tens of thousands of people in the city were there to greet Terry. I was only with him there for three or four days.” A month later, Fred and his wife were on vacation, so they drove east from their B.C. home, and they were with Terry in northern Ontario. It was only a couple of weeks before Terry was forced to half the Marathon of Hope. “The run was an amazing

Fred Fox, the older brother of Terry Fox, spoke at Sacred Heart School/École Sacré Coeur and other Estevan schools on Monday.

thing to see and an amazing thing to witness firsthand, and I’m glad I had the chance to do that,” said Fred. When he saw the crowds in Toronto, he was able to see the impact Terry was having on Canada. “Terry was very open about why he was running, and it wasn’t for himself. It wasn’t to become rich or famous; he was doing it because he wanted to help other people. And I think that’s what gravitated so many people to Terry, is they saw that in him.” When Terry was forced to stop his run, Fred said they

couldn’t have imagined that his dream and legacy would continue to this extent. But thanks to the students, parents, teachers, administrators and even grandparents, who remember the Marathon of Hope, the legacy has continued in the schools. “And kids love Terry. All the values and the characteristics that represent Terry, are good teaching moments for students as well. Terry wasn’t the biggest kid or the best student. He had to work hard. So it’s not surprising that schools have gravitated towards Terry to continue his dream.”

Fred believes the fact that he was so young during the Marathon of Hope is part of the reason young people can identify with him. This isn’t the first time Fred has been in Estevan, but he believes Monday marked the first time he has spent considerable time here. His mother was born in Melita, Man., about 90 minutes from Estevan, and he has driven through Estevan many times. Fred was in Weyburn and Milestone on Tuesday, and Regina on Wednesday, as he continues to promote his brother’s determination and legacy.

Ministry preparing to roll out red carpet Choose Life Ministry is making the final preparations for its seventh annual Red Carpet Gala fundraiser, which will happen on Sept. 21 at Living Hope Community Church in Estevan. The doors will open at 6 p.m., and supper is to be served at 6:30 p.m. Shelley Boyes, who is the founder of the ministry, said that since this is the seventh banquet, they have opted for a 1970s theme, with people

encouraged to wear ’70s formal wear. She hopes it can be the best gala yet. A turkey and roast beef supper, with all the trimmings, will be served. The Don’t Mind Us comedy improvisation duo from Saskatoon will be this year’s entertainment. “They were very popular last year, so people requested that we get them again,” said Boyes. A live auction will be

conducted with a company called Sold Outright, so that people who are online can join those in attendance for bidding on items. Among the items available will be a pre-owned vehicle through a partnership with Carlyle Chevrolet Buick GMC Ltd. Boyes was hoping it would be a vehicle from the 1970s to go with the theme, but nothing has become available yet. Jewellery, a leather

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briefcase, Saskatchewan Roughrider merchandise, handmade quilts, art and other items will also be available. There will also be an update on the stone house in the Rural Municipality of Argyle that will be the site of the ministry, and on progress for Choose Life Ministry. Ticket sales for the gala are on par with previous year, and Boyes said there are still

about 40 or 50 tickets remaining. The deadline to purchase a ticket is Sept. 17. Renovations on the stone house were completed on Sept. 10, and Boyes said it should be ready for occupancy on Sept. 24, making this a very busy time for the ministry. Two people are already confirmed to stay at the stone house for Choose Life’s six-month program once the building opens.

Four more people can stay there. The ministry provides assistance for young women with what Boyes has described as life-controlling issues, and can accept new people at any time. Five women have been through the program thus far. Their first graduate was earlier this year. “All of the women that we have had there have made significant progress in their recovery,” said Boyes.

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A year-round tourism presence You can forgive skeptics who think the City of Estevan always intended to have its Visitor Information Centre remain open throughout the year. After all, why spend all that time relocating tourism services from the log cabin-style structure west of the city, to the former concession area at the Estevan Leisure Centre, if they were going to shut it down in September? And why spend money on renovating the former concession area at the Estevan Leisure Centre if it was destined to become a visitor centre for just three months? But the bottom line is shifting tourism operations to the leisure centre was the right move, since it was the best option for a location, and it should remain open throughout the year. If you’re going to have a visitor information centre in the leisure centre, then it has to be open in the fall and winter months, because some of the busiest weekends in the leisure centre during the year are between Labour Day and Easter. Another benefit of hockey season. You’re going to have game nights for the Power Dodge Estevan Bruins and minor hockey teams. You have several tournaments for minor hockey throughout the winter months, when you’ll have lots of activity in the leisure centre, and you’ll have the Estevan Strippers tournament in the spring, which brings hundreds of visitors to the community. And you’ll also have special events such as the John Mellencamp concert in October and the Home Hardware Canada Cup of Curling in December that will be bringing people to the community. These are all times for a Visitor Information Centre to be open, rather than the traditional Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. schedule. It’s a chance for knowledgeable and personable staff to promote the community, its amenities, and its services to those who are visiting. To be sure, it makes for a more suitable location than a log cabin off of Highway 39. And we have more important areas to spend taxpayer dollars than diminishing returns. One unanswered question regarding the visitor centre being open year-round revolves around summer students. The summer students have played an important role in the information centre’s operations for years, and it’s a great experience for young people. Will there still be a place for summer students once the centre is staffed by permanent part-time employees? This might also be time for the city to consider a name change for the visitor information centre. It implies that it is a location for those who are from out-of-town. Yet the city is proudly claiming that it has seen an increase in the number of people from inside the community who are stopping by, although those numbers have not been released. Most local residents who drop by the centre wouldn’t consider themselves “visitors.” We consider ourselves to be proud residents of this city. Perhaps community information centre would be a more fitting label. The city deserves credit for the work it has done to promote the amenities in the Estevan area. The visitor information centre’s shift in location, combined with it remaining open year-round, appears to be beneficial. The Experience Estevan campaign that profiles tourism attractions in the community has been an excellent addition during the past couple of years. The use of various types of media provides residents and potential tourists alike a look at what Estevan has to offer. It represents a step forward. We’ll see where the city goes from here.

A weekend of love This past weekend was an adventure, to say the least. My older sister, Kyla, got married to the love of her life, and father of her son, Eric Seeley. The wedding was held on a farm just outside of Lethbridge, Alta. The venue was beautifully decorated, and the entire event went off without a hitch. Congratulations Kyla and Eric, here’s to a lifetime of love and happiness to you both. Another major event also took place this weekend. My wonderful girlfriend, Grace, officially moved from Calgary to Estevan, and I couldn’t be more excited that she’s finally here. I’ve been alone in Estevan since originally moving here in July, with only short weekend visits from Grace and some family members. This move marks a big moment in both her life and mine. I know she’s nervous to be so far from her home and family, but I love her more than anything and I know we can both get through anything together. Although these are both wonderful things, the weekend also had some less than fun moments. The most notable of the less than fun moments would be the 20 or so hours spent driving. I left Estevan on the night of Sept. 6, after working for the day, and made the trek to Medicine Hat, where I stayed for the night and picked up two of my friends who would be attending the wedding with me. The next morning we woke up fairly early, and started the drive to Calgary where we were set to meet Grace to load her possessions into our vehicles, only to turn around and drive to Lethbridge for the wedding. The only real day of relaxation and fun that I had was Sept. 8. We had stayed at a hotel the night before, and were forced to be awake at a somewhat decent time in preparation of my sister’s wedding. The day’s festivities began around 2 p.m., when the ceremony itself started. Shortly after the two

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made their vows, and were announced man and wife. The rest of the day was filled with celebrating and visiting with family and friends. I also made the mistake of leaving my two incredibly inebriated best friends at the wedding while Grace and me returned to the hotel early to sleep. Boy, oh boy, were there stories to be heard the next morning. The next two days were filled to the brim with more driving, and I can confidently say I could live the rest of my life without ever driving from Estevan to Calgary, and be a happy man. The last day of my long weekend was spent doing work around the house. I’ve grown comfortable in my solitude over the last three months, and with that my home has become somewhat of a bachelor’s pad, at least in cleanliness. It didn’t take long for Grace to inform me of the error in my ways, and set me to the task of making the place liveable for a lady. After what felt like an eternity of cleaning, unpacking, and reorganizing, the house is somewhat close to being what I would call complete, but we all know I’m not the boss, I don’t make those calls. It was amazing to have the opportunity to spend so much time with family and friends this weekend, and to see my sister get married to the love of her life. However, there were two key highlights, aside from the wedding, that stood out for me about

this weekend. The first of those events was the road trip from Medicine Hat to Calgary, and then to Lethbridge, with my best friends. Although we’ve been friends for roughly 10 years, we’ve somehow never been on a road trip together. Although as road trips go, this wasn’t very long, it was still a blast. We cranked the tunes, and spent the hours joking around and reminiscing over the good times we’ve had together, and came to the decision it was something we should do every year. The other key highlight, of course, was the arrival of Grace in Estevan. We’ve been apart for the large majority of three months, and in my opinion, that’s about three months longer than I ever want to spend apart from her. We now get to begin the next chapter in our lives together, and I couldn’t be more excited for that journey. While getting ready for work Tuesday morning, I found myself thinking about how amazing of a woman I’ve been lucky enough to find. Not many people would be willing to uproot their entire lives, and move to a new province, for the person they love. Grace is an amazing woman, and I often find myself thinking that I don’t deserve to have someone so amazing in my life. The next few weeks will be all about settling in. Grace is still in the process of finding a job within Estevan (anyone looking for a great employee can contact me ASAP) and I’m sure it will take her some time to feel fully comfortable in her new home, but I know that as long as we are both together, we will be able to get through anything that comes our way. Here’s to the start of our life together, and to whatever adventures come our way. I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life annoying you to death, after all what are boyfriends for if not driving you absolutely nuts?


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Cheers Cheers to the Estevan Humane Society for organizing the Duck Derby on the weekend. Fun activities for the entire family. Cheers to 20 years for the Ride for Ronald McDonald House. This year might have been one of the best years yet. Cheers to the opening of the Lampman Family Centre. It’s a nice addition for the town. Cheers to the return of junior hockey season. Hopefully the Power Dodge Estevan Bruins can take the final step this year and win it all. Cheers to the 100 Kids who Care group for their efforts to encourage children to give. Hopefully the children develop an appreciation for charity.

Jeers To parents that use electronic devices as substitute parents. There are too many children who spend too much time with their heads buried in those devices. Jeers to drivers ignoring the light at the intersection of King Street and Arthur Avenue when it is red. It’s a crosswalk, but that doesn’t mean you can blow through the solid red traffic light when pedestrians are halfway across the road. Jeers to the parents who left two diapers in front of the Estevan Shoppers Mall entrance on Sept. 7. Find and use a garbage can. Jeers to the people responsible for the phone calls claiming to be with the Canada Revenue Agency. It’s amazing that this scam is still circulating the community. Jeers to those who continue to insist on texting while driving, and creating an unsafe driving environment for everyone else. To submit a cheer or a jeer, please email it to dwillberg@estevanmercury.ca, or visit www.estevanmercury.ca.

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Estevan Comprehensive School student Justin Vanachte makes a splash into the dunk tank at the school’s pop-up carnival held on Sept. 12. The event was held as a way of easing students into the school year with fun and games. Photo by Brady Bateman.

Estevan Comprehensive School has had changes this year The Estevan Comprehensive School (ECS) is excited now that school is back in session. The school will be starting the school year with 729 students as of Sept. 4, a number slightly higher than last year. In an email, ECS principal Pat Jeannot said the school has made several changes in their staffing and has welcomed Tianna Kissick, who will be teaching math courses, and Devyn Burant, who will now be teaching mechanics. Burant interned with ECS in the past, and has now joined the staff as a permanent member. Ashley Cote will

also be taking over some of the student services duties at the school, as Pat Fergusson, who previously filled the role, has retired. Band and choral classes will still continue to run as half-hour classes over the lunch for ECS students. The school has moved to a one hour lunch is to accommodate students who want to take the extra elective, as they were able to do in the past. ECS has also announced a flexible learning time for the school year. Twenty-two minutes have been set aside after first period on a daily basis to incorporate this ini-

tiative. Flexible learning time is student directed meaning that the students have the freedom to access those instructors that they need help from during this period of time. It may be to access help on assignments, prepare for exams, or simply connect with their teachers. It is for all students – those who wish to have the extra help from their instructors, to those who lead busy lifestyles due to sports, work, etc., and who would like to use it for assignment completion. There will be two new courses offered for ECS stu-

dents this year, computer science 20 and sports medicine 20. Several events have been held by ECS now that the school year has started. A ‘Load Your Locker’ event was held on Aug. 29, and Jeannot said it was well attended by students. An open house was held on Sept. 12, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. And ECS will be hosting an event on Sept. 17 for Youth Safety Education Day. The day will feature presentations and exhibits for ECS students from industry leaders, and youth safety experts.

Photo contest celebrates summer People from the Estevan area have been celebrating their favourite memories from this summer through the Southeast Lifestyles photo contest. The contest, which has the tagline of That was the Best Summer Ever, will run weekly in Lifestyles on Sept. 14, 21 and 28. The top 12 photos, as selected by the Lifestyles staff, will run in this week’s paper on Pages

A8 and A9, along with ads from businesses that are sponsoring the contest. The 12 photos will also appear online on the www. estevanmercury.ca website. People can go to the Mercury’s website to vote for their favourite photo. “They can go to our website as many times as they want and vote as many times as they want,” said sales manager Deanna Tarnes.

The photo that receives the most votes receives a free custom canvas from Dave Rosenbaum Photography. Other photos that were submitted for the contest will appear in the Sept. 21 and 28 editions. The Mercury has received photos of flowers, children, local attractions, vacations, a wedding and much more.

It goes to show how much fun people were having during their summer holidays, she said, and the fun that they can have in southeast Saskatchewan, as many of the pictures focused on activities in the region. The deadline to vote in the photo contest is Sept. 26 at noon. The winner of the photo contest will be announced in the Sept. 28 edition of Southeast Lifestyles.

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relatively stable since 2013, while Alberta’s conventional production has dropped 23 per cent. Eyre said that oil and gas workers tell her, every chance they get, “They’re tired of being seen by critics, by the federal government, as liabilities, because you are not that, and they are not that, to us, ever. It’s quite the opposite. We understand that resource development will always have a more meaningful place, and role, in the future of this province, and that our more, and innovative, and competitive resource companies and sector are well-positioned to

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experience spiritual growth and renewal. Most of us are much more like a man that Jesus met in the little town of Bethsaida (Mark 8:2226). On that day, some friends brought a blind man to be healed. Instead of the instant, spectacular, showy event they were expecting, Jesus took the man outside of town where no one else could see them. Then he spat on the man’s eyes (not exactly something that you dream about) and then he asked, “Do you see anything?” The man’s response is in-

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Friday, Sept. 14: • I am a police officer at the Souris Valley Museum at 10:30 a.m. teaches children about law enforcement. • Adult iPad basics at the Estevan Public Library at 10:30 a.m. offers lessons on the mobile device.

• Amalie Atkins and Nathalie Quagliotto reception at the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum at 7 p.m. will offer a look at the work of the two artists. Saturday, Sept. 15: • Estevan Farmers’ Market Sale at the Estevan Shoppers Mall’s parking lot at 8 a.m. will have numerous vendors.

• Homespun Craft Show and Sale at the Carlyle Sports Arena at 10 a.m. will feature a variety of craft vendors. Also happening on Sept. 16. A quilt show will take place in the Memorial Hall each day.

• Enduro race at the Estevan Motor Speedway at 2 p.m. features local drivers racing for 90 minutes.

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• Robotics for kids at the Estevan Public Library at 4 p.m. allows children to complete construction projects using robotics. • Tween dinner and a movie at the Estevan Public Library at 5 p.m.

10 a.m. is an art program for toddlers and caregivers.

• Cooking for your infant at the Estevan Public Library at 11 a.m. is for babies six to 18 months and their caregivers. • Teen art and music at the Estevan Public Library at 4:30 p.m.

• Tween squishee versus real food taste test at the Estevan Public Library at 5:30 p.m.

• Family magician and entertainer Danny Kazam at the Carnduff Community Theatre at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21: • Senior girls’ volleyball tournament at the Estevan Comprehensive School starts in the afternoon. Tournament continues on Sept. 22.

• Kids nail art at the Estevan Public Library at 4:30 p.m.

Friday, September 14, 2018 • Choose Life Ministry red carpet fundraiser at Living Hope Community Church at 6 p.m. will benefit Choose Life’s home in the Gainsborough area.

• Paint Night for Pets at Granby’s on 9th at 6:30 p.m. is a fundraiser for the Estevan Humane Society. • An Evening with Mi-

chael Lonechild at Art Concepts Custom Framing will provide a discussion of his paintings. Lonechild will also create an original artwork the following day at 1 p.m.

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• Estevan city council meeting at city hall at 6 p.m.

• Dances for new dancers at the Estevan 60-and-Over Club at 7:30 p.m. teaches square dance lessons to participants. Tuesday, Sept. 18: • Toddler time at the Estevan Public Library at 10:15 a.m. is for children ages 18 months to three years. Also on Wednesdays.

• Story time at the Estevan Public Library at 11 a.m. is for children ages three to five. Also offered on Wednesdays. • Estevan Comprehensive School Elecs high school football game at 4 p.m.

• Rotary Clubs of Estevan and Weyburn Golf Ball Drop at the TS&M Woodlawn Golf Club at 5 p.m. is a fundraiser for Rotary in both communities. • Power Dodge Estevan Bruins home opener at Affinity Place at 7:30 p.m. against the Melville Millionaires.

• Rave On: A Buddy Holly Tribute at the Estevan Comprehensive School at 7:30 p.m. will kick off the 2018-19 Estevan Concert Series. Sunday, Sept. 16: • Forever in the Clouds monument dedication at the Estevan Regional Airport at 3 p.m. will feature a flyover and speeches.  Monday, Sept. 17: • Audio book club at the Estevan Public Library at 1:30 p.m. offers discussions of Jack London’s To Build a Fire.

• Missoula Children’s Theatre auditions at the Westview School at 4 p.m. allows youth to try out for the

• Memoir writing with MaryLou Rosengren at the Estevan Public Library at 6 p.m. is the first in a three-part series that encourages people to write their personal histories. • Power Dodge Estevan Bruins game against the Yorkton Terriers at 7 p.m.  

Wednesday, Sept. 19: • Teen gratitude journals at the Estevan Public Library at 5:30 p.m. • Magic: The Gathering at the Estevan Public Library at 5:30 p.m. sees people play the tradable card game.

• Cover to cover book club at the Estevan Public Library at 6:30 p.m. offers discussions on Setting Free the Kites by Alex George. • Five-kilometre glow in the dark fun run at the Woodlawn Regional Park at 7 p.m. is a fundraiser for the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum. Thursday, Sept. 20: • Family Art at the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum at

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Murray Cowan receives provincial commendation One of the longest serving members of the Estevan Police Service (EPS) has received a commendation from the provincial governor. Deputy Police Chief Murray Cowan was presented with the distinction by Lieutenant Governor W. Thomas Malloy on Sept. 7. The commission is presented to officers who attain the rank of inspector, deputy chief or chief. Cowan noted that EPS Chief Paul Ladouceur has previously received his commission. Officers from Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert and Moose Jaw were also presented with their commissions last week. Cowan said it was a good ceremony and an interesting event to be part of.

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Estevan Police Service Deputy Chief Murray Cowan, middle, accepts his commission from Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor W. Thomas Malloy, left, and Minister of Corrections and Policing Christine Tell. Photo submitted.

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Parent-child tournament at Woodlawn sees both adults and children have fun on the course By Corey Atkinson sports@estevanmercury.ca

The annual Parent-Child Tournament at TS&M

Woodlawn Golf Course was once again a success last Sunday, with entries coming in right before the scramble tee-off.

Mom Brittany Kinder golfed with Kenyan Kinder and Bentley Urquardt. Photo submitted

The tournament that had parents golfing alongside their kids in the junior program at Woodlawn uses the Rondeau scoring system, which is a handicap based on the competitor’s age over the nine holes. There were 54 teams in the tournament and all competitors got trophies and lunch after golf. The best score on the day inthe mother daughter division belonged to Torie Fingler with 61, with second place going to Maya Lukye at 70 and Bently Urquart with 71 finished third. The mother-son junior division was won by Marek Wilhelm, who had a score of 47, and Kruz Schauf was

in second place at 52. Jake Hockey was third with a 65 score. In the father-daughter division, six-year-old Summer Peterson won the division with a score of 49. Sadie Aspinall was second at 52 and Paige Peterson and Mikayla Dyer were tied for third at 53. The father-son division had 23 entries this year. There was a tie on top of all of them between Dylan Kennedy and Colten Spenst with 43 each. Jayden Chernoff shot 44 to claim third place. The mother son senior disivion – with the children older than 12 years of age – was won by Zach

Gedak with a score of 60, while Jane Fingler won the father-daughter senior division with a score of 46. The father-son senior

division was won by Ryan Chernoff with a score of 34. Hudson Chernoff was second at 38 and Koen Turner was third at 41.

Estevan Bowl is looking for some more bowlers By Corey Atkinson sports@estevanmercury.ca

Estevan is one of the few centres with both five-pin and 10-pin lanes. With that in mind, youth and adult leagues are starting at Estevan Bowl and offer a rare chance to learn about both kinds of indoor bowling. “In the youth leagues, basically anyone from age five to 21 can join,” said Blaine Boyle, the head coach at Estevan Bowl. “All ages, any skill level. It’s one of the easiest sports for anybody to do.” A good way to start youth off in the sport is the five-pin bowling with the smaller balls. “As they progress and get older, we usually move them into 10-pin with the bigger balls,” Boyle said. The sport of five-pin isn’t as big internationally as 10pin, which can go to the international level. “Monique (Ley) is a member of Team Canada and she’s bowled internationally,” Boyle said. “It’s a good sport because it’s all winter long and weather doesn’t play a factor unless it’s

if it’s blizzard and you can’t get to the centre. But you’ve got an activity you’re doing all winter long.” The season runs 28 weeks, from September well into late March and April. “All our coaches are certified through the Canadian Association of Coaches’ NCCP program,” he said. “We follow all the guidelines of respect in sport and we do the utmost to see people are treated properly, parents and coaches.” Kids are rarely discouraged by being around more experienced bowlers and will often learn aspects of the game from them. “We’ve found that instead of taking all your new bowlers and all your young ones and taking them away from the other bowlers, it’s better to mix them in with the other bowlers,” he said. “We found with the kids, especially the younger kids, when they watch someone bowl a little bit better, they don’t really get discouraged. It makes them want to try harder. We’ve never had anyone get really discouraged at all.”

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The first few weeks of the program, they don’t concern themselves with scoring as much as fundamentals. “We teach them to bowl but we don’t force them,” he said. “Have fun. That’s what it’s about. Probably 30 per cent

of our bowlers are just happy to come out every week, throw their three games and just enjoy the friendship.” Anyone interested in taking part in the youth leagues can contact Boyle at blaineb@ sasktel.net

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Elecs win first boys volleyball tournament in Weyburn By Corey Atkinson sports@estevanmercury.ca

What is shaping up as a very good year for the Estevan Comprehensive School Elecs senior boys volleyball team has begun with a tournament victory in Weyburn last weekend. The Elecs have a seniorheavy roster this year and they used that to win all but one set at the tournament. Head coach Nathan Johnson said they have only player who isn’t a senior, and they only practised Tuesday and Wednesday before jumping into the tournament action. “That went very well for us,” Johnson said. “At the same time it confirmed where we were at with our team this year.” The success this season started last season when they had no Grade 12s, through to this season where roster depth means virtually everyone plays every game. “That’s a great way to operate our team with everyone contributing to the wins like that,” Johnson said. The team has been helped greatly by Jack McGeough, ECS’s 6’10” middle who has Team Saskatchewan volleyball experience from the summer. “He’s a very dominant high school player,” Johnson said. “Kayden Ludwig played power for us on the

weekend and Justin Van Achte was the right side and those guys are very effective for us offensively. Hunter Perkins was our setter and has been for a couple of years and he’s improved a ton.” Another big bonus for the team is having the players like Perkins improve at the club volleyball level in the spring. This success helps even those backup players come in and have a big impact. “We were beating teams by big scores and everybody was playing really well for us,” Johnson said. “It made it really, really fun.” In the eight-team round robin tournament, the Elecs beat the Weyburn juniors and seniors, the Elecs junior boys team, Rouleau, Oxbow, Carnduff and Moose Jaw Central. It was Rouleau they beat in the final. Provincials this year for 5A senior boys will be at Prince Albert St. Mary Nov. 16-17, with three teams in the south region making it out. “I’ve been telling people we’re a top five 5A team in the province,” Johnson said. “There are some strong 5A teams this year, two of the others being in the south.” Swift Current, Balgonie, Yorkton and Weyburn will be the battling it out with the Elecs for those three spots at regionals.

Other teams in 5A are going to be very strong this year and they’ll likely cross paths with the Elecs in tournaments this year with great competition. “In Regina, LeBoldus and Campbell are strong teams and then in the north, P.A. St Mary is very good,” he said. “Meadow Lake is very strong this year as well. Then we have to throw Saskatoon Holy Cross and Aden Bowman in the conversation as well.” The Elecs host their own tournament Oct. 12-13 where they’ll battle some of the rural teams in the area. They’re off to a tournament in Regina this weekend.

Members of the Estevan Comprehensive School senior boys volleyball team that won a tournament in Weyburn were, back row, from left, Kayden Ludwig, Justin Van Achte, Jack McGeough, Hunter Perkins, Devin Fichter and coach Nathan Johnson. Front row, Justin Hertes, Noah Perkins, Leighton Mus and Jean Luc Dupuis. Photo submitted

Junior, adult curling spots filling up By Corey Atkinson sports@estevanmercury.ca

The junior curling season is just around the corner, with the ice going into the Power Dodge Curling Centre at the Estevan Curling Club next weekend. Last year’s junior program for Sundays was full and it was anticipated this year would be following that same path. “I’d anticipate with what we have this evening and what we have at the club already, we’ll probably fill again this year,” said the centre’s Pauline Ziehl-Grimsrud at city-wide registration last week. “Our youth program, we grew last year and we’re hoping to grow again. That would be our Grade 6 to Grade 9 group, so we’re

pretty pleased with that.” They have a lot of kids that have been in programs for a long time now and are continuing in the high school level. The youngest curlers are coming in with a renewed interest in the sport, having seen it on television or locally at the SaskTel Tankard last winter. “We focus a lot on their understanding of the game and how we score points,” she said. “We work on their technique coming out of the hack and we have the small light rocks for them, and the smaller brooms. We really try to accommodate their size to give them an opportunity for success when they’re out on the ice.” The youth programs are focused on skill training and play.

“Our program went quite well,” she said. “We’re really pleased and the community support has been excellent.” There has also been a stabilization in the number of adult curlers in many of the leagues they offer for a number of years, she said. “We’ve stayed at the same number and we’ve had some growth in certain leagues,” Ziehl-Grimsrud said. “This year we’re going to have a mixed doubles league on Tuesday nights as well as our competitive, so we’re looking for growth there. We’re hoping people will have seen that on the Olympics last year so we’re hoping to initiate that because that seems to be the up and coming thing. We’re looking forward to having that in our club.”

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