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The combines were rolling in southeast Saskatchewan earlier this year through the Bushels for Broken Arrow program. Photo submitted

The Broken Arrow Youth Ranch ministry continues to be a valuable resource for young people and families in Saskatchewan. Former Estevan resident Todd Moroz is the director of ministry and outreach, and have been with the ministry since its inception more than a decade ago. Thanks to Todd Moroz’s Estevan roots, it has received significant support from people in the Estevan area over the years. Located in the Wood

Mountain area, Broken Arrow seeks to help out struggling families heal and grow, offering the children of those families an opportunity to live on the ranch for an extended period of time while staff members minister to the entire family, and network them with resources to help them grow towards healthy reunification with their children. A working ranch, the organization has survived on fundraising and donations

from churches and individuals. For the second straight year, Broken Arrow partnered with Canterra for a harvest fundraiser. Todd Moroz has an aunt and uncle who are both crop scientists with Ag. Canada, and they told him about new seed varieties they had seen during a visit with them in 2016. The following year, Canterra offered a new spring wheat seed variety called Cameron seed. Seven farms

across Saskatchewan planted 40-acre plots of the seed. “Then there were different companies that helped with inputs for some of those farms. The proceeds from the harvest of those crops were donated to Broken Arrow Youth Ranch,� Moroz said. The Cameron seed name caught his attention, because Cameron was the name of Moroz’s son who died 14 years ago. The Cameron project, as he called it, raised $86,000


Petruic of Avonlea, did a lot of extra work to get the seed out to the other farmers. They also planted 40 acres, and donated proceeds to Broken Arrow. “It warms your heart to see the generosity of people,â€? said Moroz. A farm near Limerick also participated. “It was another successful season. The crops did well, and three out of the four farms have already sent their A2 BUSHELSÂť




for Broken Arrow’s efforts. It’s a partnership that Canterra was committed to continuing. The new seed for 2018 was called AAC Congress, which is a durum variety. Four farms throughout southern Saskatchewan planted that seed. Two were in southeast Saskatchewan: the MacKenzie farm near North Portal and the Lievaart farm near Outram. The seed grower who distributed the seed, Nick



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Mercury welcomes a new reporter By Ana Bykhovskaia

My name is Anastasiia Bykhovskaia and I’ll be freelancing for Estevan Mercury Publications for the rest of the year. I came to Canada in 2013. And just a few months after my cold and snowy landing in Winnipeg, I got caught in between two Prairie provinces. For four years Manitoba and Saskatchewan were my two new homelands. Throughout this time I was working hard to receive my

masters’ degree in the field of peace and conflict studies from the University of Manitoba, while my husband – born and raised in Saskatchewan – was waiting for me and helping me in Estevan. Coming from Russia – a country where a smile given to a stranger is usually gets taken as something suspicious and insincere – but being a very open and friendly person, I felt welcome and happy here, where three handshakes are usually enough to reach anybody in the united networking Este-

Public safety mandate increased Government Relations Minister Warren Kaeding and Environment Minister Dustin Duncan have announced that the Government of Saskatchewan will be enhancing and expanding the mandate of the Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency (SPSA). The Wildfire Management Branch from the Ministry of Environment, and the emergency management and fire safety responsibilities from the Ministry of Government Relations, will become part of the SPSA. “Our government’s commitment to public safety and enhancing citizen-centred services is paramount, and over the year’s emergency management, and wildfire response staff have done a tremendous job for the people of Saskatchewan,” Kaeding said. “Becoming part of the SPSA will allow for greater internal co-ordination and co-operation, while providing a more streamlined provincial response when emergencies strike. Ultimately this will

lead to better service for the people of Saskatchewan.” The transition to the SPSA, which will begin in 2019, will not impact provincial emergency services for the upcoming spring flood or wildfire seasons. “Wildfire management staff provide a vital service that protects our people, communities and infrastructure, especially in northern Saskatchewan,” Duncan said. “I am confident this outstanding service will continue as we transition existing government resources to the SPSA and improve service delivery to support communities in need.” The Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency is a treasury board Crown that was created in 2017. It is responsible for managing Saskatchewan’s 911 emergency dispatching services. Agency head offices will remain in Regina, with additional offices, dispatch and wildfire centres located around Saskatchewan, including Saskatoon and Prince Albert.

van community. Curious and passionate, I decided to get to know Estevan – my new and my husband’s lifetime home – better. This interest, along with my long-term experience in journalism brought me to the Estevan Mercury office. In the past, I got a chance to try a lot of different jobs in the journalism field. At different stages of my life, I was a copywriter and a reporter, a news editor and a producer, a proofreader and a fashion media project chief. Working for online, television and

printed media I gained a rich and diverse experience. However, all of it happened in Saint Petersburg, where I always used the Russian language as my main and one of the favorite tools. Now Estevan is my home and the Estevan Mercury is a brand new page in my personal and professional life. And you wouldn’t believe how excited I am to dive into the community life and to get to know people, who shared their smiles with me so many times, as well as those whom I haven’t met yet.

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Bushels for Broken Arrow supports ministry « A1 cheques in, and it’s been a big help to the ministry as well.” Moroz marvelled at the generosity of the farmers, as many of them have been operating for three or four generations. “Saskatchewan people are givers. I don’t know of any more generous people on the planet, and it’s a privilege to be part of that,” he said. While they’re still waiting for the last cheque to come in, Bushels for Broken Arrow raised about $35,000. A couple of farms had to back out at the last minute in 2018. Moroz said he knew the Lievaart family through some church connections, while he has known the MacKenzie family for only a couple of years. Lee MacKenzie married Moroz’s niece, Landra Schlamp. “Now we’re a lot more closely connected,” said Moroz. Lee MacKenzie said they thought it would be a good variety of crop to try, and they also wanted to help out Broken Arrow with its ministry. “We wanted to support that, and we could do that through our business on the farm here, that’s even better,” said MacKenzie, whose father Perry operates the farm. Lee MacKenzie said they were happy with the results. “The yields were great and the quality was good, and we



From left, Landra Mackenzie, and Lee Mackenzie with Broken Arrow Youth Ranch representative Todd Moroz. File photo

were happy with the variety that they chose to provide to us this year.” This was the second year they have been part of it, and they said they would do it again. “It gives us the opportunity to try out new varieties that we probably wouldn’t have tried in a normal year, so it provides us with some different variety in our crop schedule to try out

what is a new variety as well,” said MacKenzie. Lee MacKenzie has been out to visit the Broken Arrow Youth Ranch, and his parents, Perry and Monica, have participated in the ranch’s golf tournament fundraiser in southcentral Saskatchewan. They have been close to the ranch, but not on the ranch itself. MacKenzie was impressed with what he saw during his

visit to the farm a couple of years ago. “They have a lot of people that are very passionate about the work out there, and it’s been neat to see what’s actually been happening in the last year or two here since I’ve been involved. I think it’s a great opportunity, and one we can hopefully support and get behind. The money raised through Bushels for Broken Arrow will be directed to the general operations of the ranch. They are now providing school onsite for children staying there, which has added some costs. Money will also be directed to purchase groceries and food supplies for the kids on the ranch, the care of the animals and the general operations of the ministry. Moroz said they had a student graduate just before Christmas. “His family was all gathered here, as well as numerous people who have been part of his life and growth while he’s been here, and also have worked with his family,” said Moroz. “So it was exciting to send a student back home in that kind of setting, especially right before Christmas.” The family of the student who graduated is planning to visit the ranch, likely during the winter break in February. They also have a couple of new students enrolled in classes at the ranch.

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Miles Kingdon: cowboy’s life from visions in the Prairies to reality in the mountains By Ana Bykhovskaia

He got his first horse when he was six, and since then, he’s spent most of his life on a horse. Estevan born, and raised out in the Prairies at the farm seven miles east of Bienfait Miles Kingdon has recently published a very authentic book Beyond the Next Ridge. A Cowboy’s Story. “There are a lot of things happening that are interesting for people who don’t get to partake in this lifestyle. Our life is about going places; horseback covering rough country, moving cows, training horses,” Kingdon said. Coming from a family of storytellers, in his book Kingdon shares moments that influenced him and shaped his life filled with adventures, hard work and integrity. His wife Possum Normand was the one who consistently supported his talent and helped Kingdon turn his short stories into the book. “She rode with me and she always said, ‘You need to write a book. You need to write.’ So she kept on buying me those little books. And would write my stories in them. And I never thought that I actually would come to fruition. But I

Your own imaginations become visions, and your own visions become your own dreams and your own dreams become your own reality. Through his life Miles Kingdon held a number of lead-off positions at different large established commercial ranches, mainly in B.C. Photo submitted

did,” Kingdon shared. The first printing of the “Cowboy’s Story” was sold out within a month and the second – a bigger one – came in just in time to become a great Christmas present for those mesmerized by horses and the cowboys’ lifestyle. Although Kingdon always liked sharing his stories and experiences, this book turned out to be quite a challenge for him. “I have to say there

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were a lot of things in the book that I have kept very close to my chest for a lot of years. As much as I have told stories over the years and was happy to tell stories, there were a lot of things that I was very private about,” Kingdon said. “It took a lot of courage to share them thoughts with people who I don’t know.” A professional cowboy and horseman who dedicated 40 years of his life to the industry Kingdon opened up this world for those who, as himself, since childhood were fascinated by cowboys, but unlike him never

Miles Kingdon talks about cowboys as brothers in arms, who help each other, come hell or high water. Photo submitted

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got a chance to try this lifestyle. “As a kid, seeing the cowboys in the government pastures, seeing them riding, chasing cattle in the summer time, this set my imagination on fire. I just couldn’t get enough of that. I would dream on going to the mountains. And I’d see them clouds building on the horizon and in my mind they were just like mountains,” Kingdon said. The visions imagination painted in that little boy’s head eventually brought Kingdon to Merritt, B.C., which he now calls home. But it wouldn’t be his life, if not for his childhood here in southeast Saskatchewan. “I’m very, very, very happy I grew up where I did, around the people I grew up around. The people are the farmers in that area, they never had a concept of what important people were. You are important to each other, wife is important to her husband, and the husband is important to the wife, and the children are important to you. And your land is important. They are the people of their land. It’s a great way for a kid to grow up,” Kingdon explained. His memories about these times come out as another inspiring story, which could be a part of his new book, which he plans on putting together one day.

Big-outfit cowboy Miles Kingdon literally spent most of his life on a horse. Photo submitted

“You go down to the Prairies, and I used to love to walk out onto the Prairies when I was a boy, and just feel that energy. There wasn’t much of electronic entertainment. There was no X-box, no iPhone, no Facebook,” Kingdon said. “Just take your 22 rifle and walk out onto the Prairies and listen to the wind blow, and see the grass move as the wind blows though it, see the wildlife, the birds, the flowers in the spring time,” Kindgon says. The Prairies were his first inspiration; here he learned life, gained skills, developed his passion and from here he moved on to exploring life. “I moved away from Saskatchewan because I couldn’t wait to see the mountain country, and the creeks, and the streams, and vast cattle ranches. And I did find the place that I was looking for. But I would never have been able to fit in to this environment quite the way I did, if I wouldn’t have grown up where I did and have that imagination to go to work for me and help me get through them tough times. You have to be able to follow your visions,” Kingdon said. After many years of learn-

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ing, horsemanship and handling cattle at different large commercial ranches, Kingdon now shares his knowledge with others by offering clinics, workshops and customized training on horsemanship. In 2017, Miles Kingdon was inducted into B.C. Cowboy Hall of Fame. This professional recognition became a milestone in his life. “When I was inducted into the B.C. Cowboy Hall of Fame I was, at first, numb, just numb. I didn’t know how to feel,” Kingdon shared. “There was so much support and so many people to think about that had helped me get to this point. That was very important to me. I was recognized by a group of people that I had looked up to all my life and now I was one of them. I felt very much honored.” Part of Kingdon’s family still lives in Estevan, and every so often his wife and him come back to Prairies – land that taught him to use his imagination and follow his dreams. “Your own imaginations become visions, and your own visions become your own dreams and your own dreams become your own reality,” Kingdon said.

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Wandering throughout Saskachewan The provincial government has been forced to cut a lot of valuable programs in the last few years, now that revenues aren’t what they used to be due to the sliding price of oil and other commodities. But among the programs that we’re proud to see avoid the chopping block is the provincial tourism ambassador initiative affectionately known as the Saskatchewanderer. The program started a few years ago as a summer gig that the province billed as the best summer job ever. You could see why. The lucky candidate would travel the province and use online resources to document their many experiences and promote the attractions and the people of the province. Due to the success of the program, it was expanded to a year-round gig after a couple years, giving the wanderer a chance to see more of the province, and promote more of Saskatchewan to the many online followers. The government announced on Tuesday that Zane Buchanan has been hired to be this year’s wanderer. He’ll get to experience things that many of us wouldn’t experience, meet new people, and gain a greater understanding of why this province is so great. It’s not a job for everyone. You have to be willing and able to travel throughout the year. You need to be an avid user of technology, ranging from photography to videos to computers. You need to have a keen understanding of social media. You need to be able to write. And you have to be outgoing and personable. You’re going to be interacting with the public extensively for nearly 365 days. It’s not a job for the shy and reserved types. One thing we would like to see is more of a presence in Estevan from Buchanan. We’re not sure if last year’s wanderer, Kevin Dunn, made it down here or not; if he did, it wasn’t mentioned on social media. We’re not sure why communities much smaller and quieter than Estevan received a documented visit and we didn’t. Dunn made at least one visit to Moose Mountain Provincial Park, and raved about the experience. Estevan has a lot to offer, and it would be great for Buchanan to come here, see it and share it with the rest of the province. The press release for his hiring noted that he has a background in theatre; perhaps he would enjoy an evening at the Souris Valley Theatre in July or August. Maybe he will know one or two people in the cast. There are also lots of attractions and events for Buchanan in other parts of the southeast. We live in a great province that has a lot to offer its residents and visitors alike. Saskatchewan might not have some of the tourist traps that other provinces have, and it might not have the major metropolitan cities of other provinces (we don’t have a Montreal, Toronto or Vancouver) but we still have much to offer. Venture off of Highways 1, 11 or 16, and you’ll find such attractions as the pierced rock formations at Roche Percee, the Big Muddy Flats and the Great Sand Hills. We’re blessed with great parks. And for the more adventurous types, there are some great remote sites, such as the Athabasca Sand Dunes. There’s a lot that Saskatchewan has to offer. We’re pleased the province has kept the Saskatchewanderer program going. And we’ll gladly extend an invite to Buchanan to come to Estevan to see it all.

Hopefully a guilty plea can help with healing It hasn’t been an easy nine months for some of the other people confor the people of Humboldt, or for nected to the team and the accident those in the many communities diin some way. rectly affected by the Humboldt That would include the club’s staff Broncos bus crash. members and volunteer executive, who They have been forced to endure have gone through difficult times in hardship and sorrow since April 6, the past nine months. There are those when 16 people were killed and 13 involved with dividing the money that more were injured, many of them sewas donated; they had to agonize over riously, after a semi-trailer unit colwhere the money would go, and the lided with the Broncos team bus. The scrutiny involved with their decisions. outpouring of support from around After all, a lot of people gave so much the world for the Broncos has been Willberg’s World money to the Broncos, and they want touching, and has certainly helped to see the money go where they see fit. the families of the victims, as they have coped with And then you have those who have had to spend their new normal. a lot of time dealing with the aftermath of the story, Forgiveness has not, and could not, been easy whether it be the mayor, social workers, healthcare for those victims. And you can’t blame them for. workers, first responders and more. Many are still angry, and haven’t been able to forNobody should have been surprised when the give. club’s former president resigned in the summer. He But there have been those moments that have was a volunteer, not a paid employee, and at times helped bring healing. One of them came earlier this serving as the president of the Broncos must have week, when Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, the driver of the felt like a full-time job. truck in the accident, pleaded guilty to 29 counts of Those of us in Estevan felt the pain of the bus dangerous driving, 16 for causing death. crash. The two coaches killed in the crash – head Sidhu said he didn’t want the case to go to trial, coach/general manager Darcy Haugan and assistant which would have undoubtedly caused more an- coach Mark Cross – played hockey here. Haugan guish to the survivors, and the family and friends also spent 2 1/2 seasons coaching here. Both still of the victims. had a lot of friends in the Estevan area, even though Regardless of whether his ultimate intentions it had been years since they left. were noble by thinking of the victims, or if selfAnd there were local residents in the tight-knit preservation was a factor, since a guilty plea could community of hockey who knew someone who died result in a lighter sentence, we should be glad that or was injured in the bus crash. he has taken responsibility for his actions. At the same time, the pain that many of us felt There is still the hurdle of sentencing remain- as a community after the crash is nothing compared ing, when the victims of the bus crash will get to to what others connected to the victims have felt in look at Sidhu and tell him how his actions have the past nine months. changed so many lives. That will be emotional as While the guilty plea by the truck driver has well, but it won’t be the same as a trial. helped some as they cope with the changes in their We have to remember that Sidhu isn’t a mon- lives, a lot of that healing can be undone if the ster, or a psychopath. He’s a working person who truck driver receives a light sentence. A guilty plea made a horrible mistake. He’ll need to be punished will likely result in a lighter jail sentence. We don’t accordingly. know how much lighter that sentence will be. We’ve heard families of some victims say they A common complaint we hear is regarding the aren’t concerned about the sentence Sidhu will re- length of time a person will spend in jail for their ceive, while others have said they hope he receives a crimes, particularly when it comes to crimes against lengthy prison sentence. children and youths, or those crimes that result in Many not directly connected with the case hope the loss of life of the victim. he goes to prison for a long time, too. There are a lot of people who would like to see We likely haven’t seen a case like this in Cana- Sidhu spend the rest of his life in prison. I can aldian judicial history. It’s going to be a nightmare for most assure you that it won’t happen. the judge who has to determine Sidhu’s sentence. But if he only gets a couple of years in prison, I can’t imagine what it’s been like for the fami- there will be a lot of furious people, claiming that lies of those affected by the accident over the past it’s another example of a justice system that is woenine months. Nor can I imagine what it’s been like fully inadequate, and failing the victims.

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Cheers Cheers to the doctor and staff in the emergency department at St. Joseph’s Hospital on Jan. 2. They provided excellent patient care. Cheers to the homeowners who brightened the city with displays of Christmas lights. It was a pleasure to drive through Woodlawn Regional Park and the well-lit streets. Cheers to those who organized winter activities for youths during the Christmas break, such as the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum. Cheers to those who want to bring a Search and Rescue Saskatchewan Association of Volunteers chapter to the southeast region. Cheers to those who shovel the sidewalks of friends and neighbours who aren’t able to do the work themselves.


Jeers to the driver of a white pickup truck who ran a red light at the intersection of Souris Avenue South and Fourth Street, and didn’t even make an effort to slow down or stop. Jeers to motorists who fail to use their signal lights when turning. It’s a simple courtesy for everyone else near you on the road. Jeers to those who opted against winter tires for their vehicles. While there isn’t much snow on the ground, winter tires still keep you from sliding around. Jeers to people who feel the need to have their noisy trucks idle for hours. It’s one thing if it needs to stay warm, but for three hours every night seems excessive. To submit a cheer or a jeer, please email it to, or visit

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sition was,” said Mark Brayford, Sidhu’s lawyer, “and his position to me was, ‘I just want to plead guilty, I don’t want you to plea bargain, I don’t want a trial.’ “He advised me, ‘I don’t want to make things any worse, I can’t make things any better and I certainly don’t want to make them worse by having a trial.’” Brayford passed on a message from Sidhu to the families that were affected by the April 6 collision at the intersection of Highways 35 and 335, located between Tisdale and Nipawin.

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Jaskirat Sidhu leaves Melfort Provincial Court Jan. 8 after entering a guilty plea. Photo by Jessica R. Durling of the Tisdale Recorder

The driver of the semitruck that collided with the Humboldt Broncos’ team bus last April has pled guilty to all the charges he was facing. Jaskirat Singh Sidhu of Calgary faced 16 counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death and 13 counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily injury. The plea was entered at Melfort Provincial Court Jan. 8. “I asked him what his po-

“He wanted the families to know he’s devastated by the grief that he caused them and he is overwhelmed by the expressions of sympathy and kindness that some of the families of the players have expressed to him in spite the fact their grief was entirely his fault,” Brayford said. “He is very sorry about that.” Crown lawyer Thomas Healey told the judge he might need up to five days for a sentencing hearing, which is set for Jan. 28. The maximum penalty for dangerous driving causing death is 14 years. It’s 10 years for dangerous driving

causing bodily harm. Michelle Straschnitzki, whose son Ryan was paralyzed in the crash, told the Canadian Press she is worried the guilty plea will mean a lighter sentence. “I’m glad he won’t be putting everyone through a lengthy, exhaustive and heartbreaking trial,” she said. “However, I also hope that by doing so, he doesn’t get an absurdly reduced sentence as per our justice system.” Scott Thomas, the father of Evan Thomas, who was killed in the crash, told the Canadian Press he’s not worried about the time Sidhu could serve. “When he said, ‘Guilty,’ to me, I have my closure,” he said. “If he spends a day, if he spends 10 years, time is irrelevant. He was guilty. He acknowledged that. That’s all I needed to hear. “The rest of the sentence doesn’t matter to me. It really doesn’t. It is not going to bring Evan back. I’ve got to spend the rest of my life with it. He’s got to spend the rest of his life with it.” Among those killed in the crash were the team’s head coach and general manager Darcy Haugan, who played for the Estevan Bruins in 199596, and served as a coach for the Bruins from 2000-2003, and Mark Cross, an assistant coach who played for the Bruins from 2008-2011.

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Alice Park getting ready for her snow painting experience.

Avery Spenst in the process of turning snow into a rainbow.

Tanya Johnston taking a part in yellow vests protests on Jan. 5.

Braya Prybylski painted a flower on the snow.

Winter Wonderland camp and Yellow Vest protest Over the Christmas break participants of the Winter Wonderland camp organized by the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum were engaged into a lot of art activities including snow painting. Later same week, protesters wearing yellow vests once again gathered in front of the Estevan City Hall to demonstrate their discontent with the federal government policies. Photos by Anastasiia Bykhovskaia

Yellow vest protester Bobby Kyle who is going to join the pro-pipeline rally heading to Ottawa in the middle of February.

Pat Kirkwood (right) and a friend, who asked to remain unnamed, protesting against the carbon tax.


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Reading, family interaction and outdoor activity in one cup at the Story Stroll By Ana Bykhovskaia

For the second year the Estevan Public Library offers parents the chance to grab their kids, get well dressed and come enjoy the Story Stroll. This time the interactive outdoor activity dedicated to Family Literacy Day Jan. 27, will take place at the Estevan Dog Park. For a week, from Jan. 21 to 27, the park will turn into a live book with pages and illustrations invit-

ing guests to discover a story world. Children’s program co-ordinator for the Estevan Public Library Christine Batke explained how the Story Stroll works. “Parents at their leisure can go through the walking path, and along the path there will be different pages of a storybook, so they get to read the pages. And at some of the stations there also will be interactive items. This year we are going to do story stones, so there

will be some of the characters or the items from the book,” Batke said. The story stones, which will be left at some stations for activity participants to grab, will allow parents to read the entire story when they get home. So far, the library is keeping the book a secret with just a little hint: the story they chose will be about winter. For the last year’s Story Walk they used the Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch. Batke

noted that this time they are going to go with something with a little bit less writing. As with any outdoor activity the Story Stroll attendance will depend on the weather conditions and will fluctuate from day to day. Yet, no matter which day you come there will be enough supplies for every guest. “We are going to be prepared for a large amount (of visitors) and check it throughout the week to make sure that the items are replenished

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Trio booked for Living Room Live The next show in the Living Room Live house concert series for Estevan will be a classical music trio. Jayne Hammond (soprano), Nathaniel Froese (cello) and Nicola Davies (piano) will perform on Feb. 5 at Creighton Lodge, starting at 7:30 p.m. They will bring a combination of instruments rarely heard but that fit well together. Their wide reaching program, named From Ordinary Things, features the fiery folk music of Spain, the melodies of Andre Previn, jazz-infused meditations on parenthood, and a promise that spring will be just around the corner. Equally comfortable in the concert, art song and opera repertoires, Hammond is quickly making a name for herself in the Canadian opera scene. She has performed across Canada, and her passion for artistic song has resulted in recitals in British Columbia, Ontario and Manitoba, all featuring Canadian composers and a wide range of repertoire. “Outreach projects with Pacific Opera Victoria, Manitoba Underground Opera and the University of Manitoba have furthered Jayne’s passion for introducing art song and opera to new audiences,” her biography says. Hammond is a faculty member at the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts, where she started teaching this fall. Froese has been an ac-

tive cellist in Manitoba since his early years. He is a collaborator in chamber music with a special interest in vocal chamber music. Froese has performed on cello in a wide range of styles and contexts, including orchestras, jazz, folk, metal, contemplative church services and more. He teaches cello at Canadian Mennonite University’s Community School of Music and the Arts. Davies, a collaborative pianist, is equally at home playing opera, musical theatre, art song and chamber music. Her theatre work encompasses well over thirty productions as music director and pianist. She is a music director for the University of Manitoba’s Musical Theatre Ensemble, and the Manitoba Theatre for Young People’s junior production. Davies is also the pianist with cello piano duo Nate & Nina, which regularly plays house concerts throughout Western Canada. She is the executive director and co-founder of Living Room Live. Living Room Live invites hosts to welcome friends and classical musicians into their homes for a relaxed evening of great music. The organization has so far created new tour routes in B.C. and the Prairies. Admission is $20 and payable at the door. For a reservation please phone Shirley Andrist at 306-6349302 by Feb. 3.


Estevan Kinettes getting ready for a ball Members of the Estevan Kinettes Club have been getting ready to host their

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ber of the local Kinettes Club, said they had 32 tickets available, as of Tuesday afternoon. Capacity for the event will be 160 people. The deadline to purchase tickets is Wednesday at 9 p.m., so that the Kinettes can complete the seating chart in time for the ball. The ball is an opportunity for young girls to dress up in their finest princess attire, and for boys to don their superhero garb. Adults will also be dressed as princesses and superheroes to entertain the children. Proceeds from the ball will be directed towards Cystic Fibrosis Canada, and the theme is Come Together and Fight for a Cure for Cystic Fibrosis. Children will enjoy activities throughout the afternoon, and a DJ will be providing live music. Kinette Jolie Bayda will be taking photographs. There will also be raffles, door prizes, snacks and drinks. “It’s an event for the whole family, which we are very proud to do as Kin, and

to bring the community together,” said McIntyre. There will also be presentations and speeches at the event. Saskatoon resident Cassidy Evans, who has cystic fibrosis, will be coming to Estevan to share her experiences with the disease, and explain how she has made the best of it. “She has a really wonderful message,” said McIntyre. “I was lucky enough to hear her at a Kinsmen and Kinette convention at Prince Albert, and as soon as she was done speaking, I thought she should be our guest speaker for our ball.” A Pay it Forward Princess will be recognized for her efforts to support the community. McIntyre said the recipient has done a number of things, and will be presented with flowers, gifts, a photo at the ball and a certificate recognizing her for exemplifying the attributes of the Kinette Club. In the first two years of the event, it was known as a princess ball. Last year it was expanded to a pirate and

princess ball in an effort to attract boys and girls, and this year the theme is superheroes and princesses. “After the second year, we had a lot of feedback from the community, and they said they wanted to have a way to have boys come too, and I thought the more the merrier,” said McIntrye. They have been looking for fun ways to get the whole family to come out. “I know that’s really appreciated, because even grandmas come out to the ball and hang out with their grandchildren,” said McIntyre. She believes the club is fortunate to continue to receive the support of the community. She recognizes that times are tough in Estevan, and for people to choose to continue to come, it means a lot to McIntyre and her family, since her son Liam has CF, and the support means a lot to the Kinettes as well. “Have a fun afternoon with your family,” said McIntyre.

The Saskatchewanderer for 2019 announced The provincial government has announced the Sskatchewanderer provincial tourism ambassador for 2019. Raised in Saskatchewan, but with experience living and working away from the province, Zane Buchanan will bring a unique perspective to the role. He has a passion for the arts and social media blogging, and looks forward to meeting the people who make the province an inviting destination. “Along with my travel companion – my trusty dog, Stedman – I’m eager to expand on the legacy left behind by the seven unique and talented wanderers who preceded me,” Buchanan said. “Aside from exposing the evident natural wonder of Saskatchewan, I’m keen on giving a voice to the many inspiring entrepreneurs, artists and diverse communities that our province has to offer.” Buchanan grew up on an acreage near White City. He spent time in Eastern Canada and on the west coast, pursuing an education and working in broadcasting, theatre and social media before applying to become

the next Saskatchewanderer. Along with a diploma in broadcasting for web, radio and TV, he earned a bachelor of music theatre performance and completed a comedy writing course. He nurtures his appetite for knowledge and learning through continuing education courses with Simon Fraser University. “The Saskatchewanderer has the unique opportunity to encourage travel to and within our province by sharing experiences on social media and the Saskatchewanderer blog,” said Gene Makowsky, the minister for Parks, Culture and Sport, and the minister responsible for Tourism Saskatchewan. “With nearly 90,000 followers on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, the Saskatchewanderer is an influential ambassador for the province.” “It is a pleasure to welcome Zane Buchanan as the 2019 Saskatchewanderer,” Tourism Saskatchewan CEO Mary Taylor-Ash said. “Zane has the right combination of an outgoing personality, creative nature and impressive skills to succeed in the role. He will carry on the legacy

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Friday, Jan. 11: • Estevan Comprehensive School’s senior boys basketball tournament will feature numerous teams. Games will also be played on Jan. 12. • Kids’ kinetic sand at the Estevan Public Library at 4 p.m. will teach participants to make kinetic or water resistant sand.

Monday, Jan. 14: • Crafting and coffee at the Estevan Public Library at 2 p.m. • Estevan city council meeting at 6 p.m. at city hall will be council’s first meeting of the year. • Dances for new dancers at

the 60-and-over Club at 7:30 p.m. will offer lessons on round dancing. Tuesday, Jan. 15: • 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. • Discover the world movie at the Estevan Public Library at 6 p.m. offers a look at Thailand. Wednesday, Jan. 16: • Flu fighting chicken soup at the Estevan Public Library at 6 p.m. is instructed by Brigette Lalonde.

Saturday, Jan. 12: • Check mate chess club at the Estevan Public Library at 1 p.m.

• Southeast Junior Roughnecks football team information and general meeting at the Western Star Hotel in Estevan at 7 p.m.

• Power Dodge Estevan Bruins hockey game against the Notre Dame Hounds at 7:30 p.m. at Affinity Place. Sunday, Jan. 13: • Teen yarn letter wrap at the Estevan Public Library at 2 p.m. ECS Boys Basketball home tournament

Thursday, Jan. 17: • Family Art at the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum at 10 a.m. will teach art to young chil-

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dren and caregivers. • Walk the Talk Walking Group at Affinity Place at 10:30 a.m. is a weekly program offered by the Estevan Public Library. • Tween chefs at the Estevan Public Library at 4 p.m. teaches people to make pizza crackers.

Friday, Jan. 18: • Book canvas art at the Estevan Public Library at 2 p.m. is a program for adults. To submit an event for our community calendar, please visit, or email it to

St. Giles Anglican Church celebrates Wilma Woods as its incumbent priest By Ana Bykhovskaia

Archdeacon Wilma Woods went through the ceremony of installation and commissioning at St. Giles Anglican Church on Sunday. The Estevan community and especially the congregation of the St. Giles were happy to

welcome the new incumbent priest. The ceremony was conducted in the presence of Bishop Robert Hardwick, pastor Lori James, regional dean Brian Woods and Archdeacon Catherine Harper. The bishop noted that Wilma Woods had a rich history. Archdeacon Woods talked

From left, Archdeacon Catherine Harper, Bishop Robert Hardwick, Archdeacon Wilma Woods, and regional dean Brian Woods after the ceremony of Installation of the Venerable Wilma Woods. Photo by Anastasiia Bykhovskaia

about her life path. “Before I was a little while in Weyburn, but then before that, I was in Whitewood – serving Lutheran and Anglican churches in Whitewood,” Woods said. The Venerable Woods, originally from B.C., was also working in Quebec prior to her move to Saskatchewan. She calls the Land of the Living Skies her home. The installation at the St. Giles Anglican Church became a new page for the archdeacon. “It’s a change. I was here as an interim priest, which means that I come and then I go. But they asked me to stay. I prayed about it, talked to my husband about it, to the bishop, and I decided to stay when they asked so,” Woods said. Woods came to the St. Giles Anglican Church in March 2017. A couple months short of two years with this congregation she became an incumbent priest. According to her, this change felt good.

“I really like being a part of this community. This church is open, welcoming, and the

coffee is always on if somebody wants to come by for a visit,” Woods said. “And my

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Southeast College announces new health fund The Southeast College has announced the creation of a new healthcare fund to support students pursuing postsecondary training in healthcare-related programs. Dave Harazny, the manager of college advancement, said the college offers a number of healthcare related programs that have been well-received by students throughout the region. “We wanted to focus our efforts in raising money towards those programs in those particular fields,” said Harazny. Southeast College currently offers a continuing care assistant certificate program in multiple locations, as well as a practical nursing diploma program in Weyburn. The college has 49 students taking full-time health care programming across its campuses. They also have 64 students taking part-time continuing care assistant (CCA) courses. In 2019-20, the college

plans to add a primary care paramedic certificate program in Redvers. Harazny said there has been demand for that program in the past. “We broker through Sask. Polytechnic, and it’s something we’ve had to wait for based on their schedule of where they can offer it and when, and we’re very happy to finally get it going. We’ve been hoping to get it for a number of years.” The college reached out to those interested students and let them know they can now offer the program. Sheena Onrait, the manager for marketing and communications for the college, said Redvers was selected for the program because the college had students in the area who were interested in it. Data was gathered over the last few years, and Onrait said it made sense to have that program delivered in the Redvers area. “We can draw from the Moosomin area, from the

Whitewood area, and then of course, from the Carlyle, Oxbow, Carnduff and of course right in that Redvers area,” said Onrait. A location for the program in Redvers has yet to be determined, since the college doesn’t have a campus in the town, but Onrait said the college hopes to have that narrowed down in the next month or so. It’s a fully-credited course, but it would be done part-time instead of full-time, so it would take 18 to 24 months to complete. The college has also announced a new health information management diploma to be delivered in Estevan in the 2019-20 school year. It would also be a two-year program. “That one is new to us,” said Onrait. “We’ve never delivered it before. So that’s always very exciting when we have a new program.” The details are still being worked out when it comes to

the practical portions, because there will be some time spent in the healthcare facilities associated with the program. The college is excited to have the program in Estevan. “There is a lot of in-class work, as well as there are some practical portions that will be in the health care facilities in the region,” said Onrait. Harazny noted all students at the college have a financial need when it comes to tuition and materials. Being a student is expensive, so the college has come up with the healthcare fund. “The need isn’t any greater than other students, but it is an opportunity to create a pool of funds that can be directed specifically for those students, and can attract donors who want to support the healthcare industry,” said Harazny. To help kick off the initiative, the college will host a Greek Feast fundraising dinner on March 9 at Knox Hall

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Former MP Roy Bailey has died A former member of Parliament (MP) for the Souris-Moose Mountain consistuency has died. Roy Bailey, who served the riding from 1997 to 2004, died on Dec. 13 in Bengough at the age of 89. Bailey was born in Radville and spent most of his life residing in southern Saskatchewan. He was a

teacher in several Saskatchewan communities, and also worked as a principal, and as a director of education for school divisions in Eston and Bengough. But he also had a keen interest in politics. He ran for the Social Credit Party in the 1960s, and for the leadership of the provincial Progressive Conservative

Party in 1973, finishing second behind Dick Collver. Bailey was elected as the MLA of the RosetownElrose constituency for the Tories in 1975, and remained in that post until 1978. He was also a school board trustee in the 1980s and 1990s. But he gained his greatest satisfaction as the MP for Souris-Moose Mountain. He was first elected in 1997 for the Reform Party, defeating the incumbent Liberal MLA Bernie Collins and two other candidates. Bailey captured 13,732 votes, or 41.2 per cent, while Collins was sec-

ond with 9,077 votes (27.2 per cent). In the November 2000 election, Bailey ran again, this time with the Canadian Alliance Party, which was essentially the successor to the Reform Party. Bailey captured 19,278 votes, or 63.3 per cent support, to easily finish ahead of Tom Cameron of the New Democratic Party, who had 4,755 votes, or 15.6 per cent. During his time as the MP, Bailey served as the party’s critic for Veteran’s Affairs. He also backed future Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Harper’s


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bid for the leadership of the Alliance Party, and later in Harper’s bid to lead the Conservative Party of Canada. Bailey announced in the fall of 2003 that he would not seek a third term in Parliament. By that time, the Alliance Party and the Progressive Conservatives had merged into the Conservative Party, and Bailey was the eldest member of the party’s caucus when he retired. His tenure as MP came to an end after the 2004 federal election, ending 55

years in public life between his careers in education and politics. Bailey and his wife Helen moved to Thomson Lake, where they resided until 2013, when they moved to Moose Jaw. After his wife died in 2016, he moved back to Bengough. The couple had three children, Lyall – who died at an early age – Susan, Janet, as well as numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. A celebration of Bailey’s life was held in Bengough on Dec. 19.

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Members of the Estevan Police Service (EPS) arrested two people during the Jan. 6 day shift. Police responded to a 911 call from 12th Avenue and Fifth Street late in the afternoon. Two people, a male and a female, were located out on the street and both were arrested. The man has been charged with assault, causing a disturbance and breaching his conditions. The female is charged with assault and causing a disturbance. The female has also been charged for mischief stemming from an incident that was reported the day before.

Both accused individuals made their first appearances in court on Jan. 7 and were released on conditions. Also that day, police assisted a man who came to the front counter of the police station wanting assistance. He was taken to the hospital for assessment by medical staff. No further action was required from the police. Officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in north Estevan. Patrols were made and no vehicle matching the description was located. Police dealt with a report of a hit and run accident that took place in the Walmart

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home when police were there. The matter remains under investigation to see if he had permission from a bail supervisor to be out. Police also did a check on another man who has conditions not to possess a cell phone which can access the Internet. After a phone was located, he was arrested and lodged in cells. He will be taken before a justice of the peace on Jan. 7. Police are looking into a theft from a business on the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s east side that was reported during the Jan. 8 day shift. Several items went missing overnight from the property. The matter is under investigation.

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Flashback - January 8, 2003

Words of Worth Strolling through a local shopping centre, I spied one of the cutest little boys I’ve seen (since my own two grew up, of course). He was occupied with trying on sunglasses but I noted that his mom was standing right beside him, so I commented, “Those look really good on you.” Nodding his head, he replied: “My hair is short now.” His hair, jet black and meticulously styled, had been cut and groomed shortly before our encounter. I complimented him, his mom grinned, and I thoroughly enjoyed the conversation. It was then that the lad stuck out his hand and announced, “I’m ___ and I’m four years old.” How could I not respond? I stuck out my hand, shook his and replied: “I’m Linda and I’m 75 years old.” He suddenly became very silent and after a few meditative seconds, said to me, “You’re almost old.” That’s when both mom and I struggled to supress our laughter while I acknowledged his wisdom. “You’re right,” I said to him. Then to myself I added, “Almost old, that’s the understatement of my new year.” Almost speaks volumes in so many instances: almost finished cleaning up after supper; almost ready to send off this article; almost finished a good book. Those “almost” statements, denoting progress, speak of growth, of advancement, of improvement; they’re downright commendable. It’s the “altogether” that challenges me. King Agrippa also wrestled with moving beyond almost to altogether. In conversation with the Apostle Paul, he said this:”…you almost persuade me to become a Christian.” (Acts 26:28 Amplified Bible). Sadly, the consequences of becoming a Christian and its consequences were major stumbling blocks for him. Paul’s response? “I would to God that not only you but also all who hear me might become both almost and altogether such as I am….” My almost areas? Yours?



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Friday, January 11, 2019


Bruins get a pivotal win over the Terriers The Power Dodge Estevan Bruins held on to their lead against the Yorkton Terriers, and closed the gap for first place in the Viterra Division. Turner Ripplinger scored twice in the third period, including the game-winning goal 5:46 into the frame, in the Bruins 4-2 victory over the Terriers on Tuesday night at Affinity Place. Ripplinger also scored into an empty net with 2.4 seconds to play, moments after blocking a point shot and outracing a Yorkton defender for the loose puck. Jack Michell and Michael McChesney also scored for Estevan. Grant Boldt made 24 saves in the victory. Ripplinger said they needed the win to stay relatively close to the Terriers in the standings. The Bruins (18-19-2-1) have 39 points, which leaves them four points behind the Terriers (21-16-1) for first place in the division. The Terriers also have two games in hand. “I think that’s the reason we came out with this,” said Ripplinger. “Our backs are against the wall here for that division title.” Branden Klatt and Chantz Petruic scored for Yorkton. Riley Lamb stopped 27 shots

for the Terriers. Yorkton thought they had tied the game a couple of minutes after Ripplinger’s first goal, but the goal was overturned on a glove-hand pass. Head coach and general manager Chris Lewgood pointed out that Boldt’s glove was knocked in over the line as well. “It shouldn’t have counted, and it didn’t,” said Lewgood. “They did the right thing by consulting one another, and they got it right.” Will Koop returned to the lineup for the Bruins and assisted on Ripplinger’s gamewinning goal. Ripplinger said it was great to have Koop back. “He’s an elite centreman in this league. He’s definitely going to be an asset for us,” said Ripplinger. The two aren’t strangers to each other; Koop was on the Steinbach Pistons when they defeated Ripplinger’s Virden Oil Kings in Manitoba Junior Hockey League final. “He hasn’t changed much. He’s always a threat on the ice. We were always looking out for Koop on the ice.” Lewgood was impressed with Koop’s play in his first game back. “He played with speed

Bruin Bryce Platt (26) and Terrier Benjamin Solomon (2) watch as Yorkton goalie Riley Lamb turns the puck away during the Bruins 4-2 win on Tuesday night.

tonight, and you could see how our team speed increases when you add that one element in there. Will’s going to be a big part of what we’re doing here down the stretch.” In the two previous meetings between the teams, the Terriers scored the tying goal late in the third period, and then notched the winning goal in extra time.

Ripplinger admitted that the way those games ended was in the back of their minds. “They had a couple close ones. They hit the post with a couple of minutes left, but it’s a new year for us here, so we bared down and we wanted to get those two points for us.” Lewgood said it was good to beat Yorkton in a close game, rather than in lopsided

fashion, which the Bruins did a couple of times earlier in the season. “We exorcised a little bit of demons here, being able to hold them off, and not folding under pressure,” said Lewgood. “I thought our guys played a pretty good game. I thought they allowed perimeter shots there at the end, and not much more.”

When they committed turnovers, the players blocked shots. Lewgood cited Ripplinger’s effort just before an empty net goal as a perfect example of that. The Bruins will return to the ice on Friday night when they visit the Notre Dame Hounds. Then they will host the Hounds on Jan. 12. The game time is at 7:30 p.m.

Big Six resumes after Christmas break

Witzke honoured for community involvement From left, Courtney Frycz from RBC in Estevan made a presentation to Power Dodge Estevan Bruins defenceman Johnny Witzke prior to Tuesday night’s Bruin game against the Yorkton Terriers. Witzke, a third-year defenceman, was selected as the RBC Community Ambassador for the Bruins for the 2018-19 season for his efforts in the community. Photo submitted


The Big Six Hockey League resumed action after the Christmas break with several games from Jan. 4 to 8. Three games were played Jan. 4. The KiplingWindthorst Oil Kings went into Carlyle and upset the league-leading Cougars 3-2. Blake Nicholson’s goal with 1:39 to play in the second period gave the Oil Kings a 3-1 lead, and held up as the game-winning goal, as the Cougars only scored once in the third period. The Carnduff Red Devils defeated the Oxbow Huskies 6-2 in a clash between Highway 18 rivals. Nico Anderson led the way offensively with two goals. Also that night, the Bienfait Coalers shelled the Arcola-Kisbey Combines 8-2, with Dylan Herzberg

scoring six times for the Coalers. Two games were played on Jan. 5. The Redvers Rockets routed Kipling-Windthorst 15-4, with Dakota Rose getting a hat trick and five other players scoring twice. The Midale Mustangs upset the Yellow Grass Wheat Kings, the No. 2 team in the league, with a 7-5 victory. Brad Tomiski and Steven Lindenbach each scored twice for Midale. Yellow Grass recovered to trounce the third-seeded Redvers Rockets 7-1 the following night, with seven different players scoring for Yellow Grass. Two games were played on Jan. 8. Oxbow knocked off the Bienfait Coalers 5-3. Klae Bayda had a hat trick for Oxbow, including the winning goal early in the third period.

Midale edged the Wawota Flyers 2-1, with Konrad Proszak getting the winning goal midway through the third period. Yellow Grass was scheduled to host Arcola-Kisbey on Jan. 10. (Results were not available at press time). It’s going to be another busy week in the Big Six. Four games are scheduled for Friday night: Midale at Kipling-Windthorst, Bienfait at Redvers, Carlyle at Oxbow and Carnduff at Arcola-Kisbey. Three more games are slated for Saturday: Bienfait at Midale, Yellow Grass at Carnduff and Kipling-Windthorst at Redvers. Yellow Grass is scheduled to visit Wawota on Jan. 13, Arcola-Kisbey will be at Oxbow Jan. 15 and Redvers will visit Wawota the following day.

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Atom Bearcats teams dominate games The two local atom hockey teams in the Saskatchewan Female Hockey League dominated their games this past weekend. The Estevan Bearcats went 3-0, and outscored their opponents 21-5. They defeated the Southwest Cyclones 9-2 and 12-2 on Jan. 5, and the Weyburn AtoMc Gold 6-1 the following day. All three games were played at the Power Dodge Ice Centre. The Bearcats record is 10-3. They will visit the Southwest Cyclones in Gull Lake and the Swift Current Thunder on Jan. 12, and then face the Estevan Senchuk Bearcats on Jan. 13 at Affinity Place at 1:15 p.m. The Senchuk Bearcats, meanwhile, improved their record to 9-6-1 with an 8-2 win over the Weyburn AtoMc Gold on Jan. 5 and an 8-1 win over the Cyclones the following day. Both games were also played at the Power Dodge Ice Centre.

Their upcoming game against their Estevan rivals is their next contest. (Box scores for the two games were not available). *** The Estevan peewee Bearcats dropped a 4-2 decision to the host Ochapowace Thunder on Jan. 5. The game was tied at 1-1 after the first period, with Kaylin Wilhelm scoring for the Bearcats. But the Thunder scored three times in the second period to take a 4-1 advantage after 40 minutes. Lauren Hassler tallied for Estevan in the third to round out the scoring. Riley Scott was in goal for Estevan, whose record stands at 5-8. Estevan will host the Thunder on Jan. 11 at 6:30 p.m., and the Moose Jaw Mavericks the following day at 5:45 p.m. Both games will be at the Power Dodge Ice Centre. *** The Estevan bantam

Bearcats played the Prairie Storm to a 2-2 tie in Emerald Park on Jan. 6. The Storm scored late in the first period, and held a 1-0 lead until midway through the third period, when McKenna Walls scored to tie the game. The Storm responded nine seconds later to take the lead again, but Kamri Olfert’s goal with 5:41 to play tied the game again. Emmey Rae was the goalie for the Bearcats. The draw left the Bearcats with a 4-9-3 record. They were scheduled to visit Weyburn Creekside on Jan. 9. (Results were not immediately available). The Bearcats will host the Regina Bisons on Jan. 12 at 1:15 p.m. at Affinity Place. *** The Carlyle Wildcats are still looking for their first win of the season, and they came up against the Regina Renegades, the best team in the Saskatchewan

Alexis Williamson (10) and Presley Hollingshead (14) from the atom Bearcats celebrate after scoring on Saturday. Photo by Anastasiia Bykhovskaia

Female Hockey League’s midget A division, on Jan. 5 in Carlyle. The Wildcats had a great game, but dropped a 4-3 decision. The Renegades scored 1:52 into the first period, and led 2-0 after the first. Courtney Roppel scored for the Wildcats 44 seconds into the second to pull within one, and Kassidy Johnson’s goal 47 seconds into the third tied the game. After the Renegades scored twice to restore their two-goal advantage, Kaymenn Fawcett scored with 6:36 to play to make it interesting, but that’s as close as the Wildcats would get. Kaili Adams was in goal for the Wildcats, whose record is 0-12-3. Their next games will be at home against the Wood River Ice Cats, with contests on Jan. 12 at 3 p.m. and Jan. 13 at 3:30 p.m. *** The South East midget AA Goldwings blanked the Notre Dame Hounds 7-0 on Jan. 6 in Midale. The Goldwings jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first three minutes of the game on goals by Kaycee Mullinger and Karleigh MacKenzie, and added three more goals before the end of the first period when Taylor Rooney, Alyssa Ohrt and Marci LeBlanc scored. Bailey Farr scored in the second period to extend the lead to six, and Jordan Meyers’ goal in the third finished the scoring. Kara Zelyck was in goal for the Goldwings to get the shutout. The Goldwings lead the midget AA South Division standings with a 12-1 record. Their next two games will be in Midale against the No. 2 team in the division, the Regina Rebels. Games will be Jan. 12 at 5 p.m. and Jan. 13 at 1 p.m.




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Junior football could be coming The Southeast Junior Roughnecks are looking to bring junior football to Estevan and give local kids a chance to play football beyond the high school level. Jason Bresciani and Frank DeBruyn are at the helm of the team. They are organizing a meeting at the Western Star Hotel in Estevan on Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. They will give some background on their efforts to start up the team, and they hope to have board members by the end of the night. Once the board is set, then the team can start looking at bylaws, policies and sponsorships. The team will be community-owned, so they are looking for sponsors from throughout the southeast region. Bresciani said that he and DeBruyn coach and referee football games. When they would talk to high school football players while officiating, they would talk about what those players are doing af-

ter high school. “The majority of the answers that we get is ‘I wish I could keep playing football,’” said Bresciani. Not a lot of players in the southeast are able to move up to the next level in the sport. They have also seen lower registration numbers for Penta Completions Estevan Minor Football, and they want to see the sport grow in Estevan. They believe a junior team would help. “The biggest thing is to keep the players playing in the southeast, and maybe create some excitement for the kids, something to shoot for,” said Bresciani. DeBruyn started researching options to see if it was feasible from a financial standpoint. They spent about 1 1/2 years looking at possible options. They even reached out to the Canadian Junior Football League, which has teams in Saskatoon and Regina through the Prai-

rie Football Conference, to find out their requirements, and how they operate. They realized they wouldn’t be able to field a team in that division. “It’s almost like a mini pro team,” said Bresciani. “They expected a bigger field facility, which we knew we’re probably looking at about a 10-year project. But we wanted it now.” DeBruyne looked into the other leagues out there, and found the Manitoba Major Junior Football League, which plays on high school fields in that province. It’s for ages 1822, which is the same age range as the Canadian Junior Football League. The league had 12 teams at one time, but is now down to four. Three of the teams are from the Winnipeg area and the other is based in Brandon. The league hopes Dauphin might be able to return. Having a team in Brandon would help with travel

costs. Teams played a sixgame schedule last season. The opening week was in late August, and the final week of the regular season was in mid-October. It’s a competitive league, but not as high as the Canadian Junior Football League. The Roughnecks would have a drawing area that would include Estevan, Weyburn and the smaller communities in the southeast. “We have reached out to Moosomin, and it wouldn’t surprise me if we started drawing from Esterhazy and those high school teams and associations. Our focus would be the southeast corner,” said Bresciani. He expects games would be played in Estevan and Weyburn each year. Bresciani noted they have the backing of University of Regina Rams and the Regina Thunder junior program to move forward with this project.

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Lot of atom hockey Bearcat Gracyn Einarson in the game against Weyburn AtoMc Gold.

Bearcat Kiera Barker getting ready to hit the ice to face Weyburn AtoMc Gold.

Atom division female Bearcats faced Weyburn AtoMc Gold and Estevan Senchuck Bearcats played against Southwest Cyclones, while Atom AA Bruins faced Swift Current Broncos. All games were Jan. 5. Photos by Anastasiia Bykhovskaia.

Riley Gygian playing against the Swift Current Broncos.

Bearcat Bentlee Fairbrother in Power Dodge Ice Centre.

Bearcat Presley Hollingshead in the game with Southwest Cyclones.

Broden Henry in the game against the Swift Current Broncos.

Kail Hilstrom of the Atom AA Bruins.

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