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Estevan music festival celebrates local talent By David Willberg

The Estevan and District Music Festival wrapped up April 9, after more than two weeks of showcasing talented young and adult musicians in the community. This year’s festival started with the piano performances, which ran from March 2430. They were followed by the speech arts and vocal discipline from March 31-April 2, and band and instrumental performances from April 2-4. Esther Bangsund, who was the president of this year’s festival committee, said they received 589 entries between the different disciplines, and the festival went very smoothly. “We have a great group of volunteers, and we have them finding volunteers and filling in,” said Bangsund. “Someone is taking care of the money, and somebody else is taking care of the awards concerts.”

Award winners in the band and instrumental division gather for a group photo. Photo submitted

The festival is a very busy time from the opening performance in piano to the end of the final awards concerts, she

said. Each of the disciplines had a highlights and awards program. Performers for each

Carr encourages becoming organ donors Estevan MLA Lori Carr made an encouraging speech during the Vimy Ridge awards night at the Estevan Legion. She honoured the memory of those who fought in the Battle of Vimy Ridge and compared their sacrifice to the decision made by one of the victims of the Humboldt Broncos tragedy Lo-

gan Boulet. “They gave their lives so you and I could enjoy freedoms that we have today, which is why it is so important to have these types of events to remember and never forget the sacrifice they gave for us,” said Carr. The day of Boulet’s death has become a new mark in Saskatchewan calendar.

“Just weeks before his death he talked to his family and told them that he wanted to be an organ donor. Because of the conversation that he had with his family, they knew about what Logan would want to do. And because of that decision, he saved the lives of six other people on that day,” said Carr. A2 » TALK

highlights program were selected by the adjudicators. The piano concert was held April 5 at Trinity Lutheran Church. Jacob Pyra, Grace Hall, Kate Dalziel, Hudsyn Hozjan, Charlotte Waldegger, Sadie Aspinall, Shiven Sangar, Brooke Dzeryk, Kirsten Folkerts and Leah MacFarlane were selected to play solos. Duets were courtesy of Alecia Wiebe and Shayla Gill, and Kaylee Carlson and Kristen Carlson. The band and instrumental program was April 8 at Estevan Comprehensive School. Musicians who performed that night were: Angel Gervais (flute solo); Sarah Leverton (trumpet solo); Shaya Daae (violin solo); Jacob Wade (bass clarinet solo); Kendra Cos-

sette, Paige Wilson, Bridget Stovin and Haylee Jones (clarinet quartet); Kylie Paterson and Ekko Sanguin (trumpet duet); Faith Haberstock, Callista Gerling, Sarah Leverton, Hunter Wallster and Jonathan Swirski (trumpet quintet); Curtis Phillipchuk (mallet percussion solo); and Emily, Ashley and Julie Frostad (mixed ensemble). The vocal and speech arts concert was held April 9 at Trinity Lutheran Church. Performers that night were Nate Wilhelm, Randi Milbrandt, Mariah Warriner and the Estevan Comprehensive School’s choir in vocal; Sacred Heart School/École Sacré Coeur Grade 1, Cameron Milbrandt, Faith Haberstock, and Taylor Ellis and Gabby

Ruf in speech arts; and Jeremy Littlefield, Abby Renkas and the Hello Ensemble in musical theatre. Dozens of awards and bursaries were presented at each program. For a full list of awards, please visit The tradition of having more than one highlights program started a few years ago. Bangsund said having three concerts allows the festival to showcase more of the musicians. “We had 12 piano performers and nine band … solos or groups,” said Bangsund. When they had just one festival highlights and awards program, there would be just three or four performers from each discipline. Bangsund said the adjudicators were really happy with the preparation of the students and the calibre of performers in this year’s festival, and it showed in the number of musicians selected to attend the provincial music festival. “The adjudicators would not do that if the musicians were not at the right calibre,” said Bangsund. “Adjudicators know what provincials are all about.” Leah MacFarlane and Maxim Hiske were recommended to perform at the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association’s provincial festival in the intermediate piano division (17-and-under), and Maya Daoust is an alternate. Shayla Gill was selected to play in the junior division (14 and under). The junior division is new for this year. A2 » MANY


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Many awards handed out at programs « A1 Sarah Leverton was recommended to participate in the band and instrumental’s brass division. Levi Stepp and the ECS Wired choir were recommended from the vocal and

speech arts discipline. Stepp was also presented with the Murray GM Award for Outstanding Performance in Multiple Disciplines. Kaylee Carlson won the runnerup prize.

Bangsund noted that this year marked the first time they have had a runner-up prize. It was created thanks to a donation from Hall Funeral Service in memory of Dwight Thompson.

Levi Stepp was selected as the winner of the Murray GM Award for Outstanding Performance in Multiple Disciplines.

She lauded all of the musicians for their efforts this year, regardless of whether they won an award. “They worked very hard. Some start preparing back in September for their pieces, like Grade 9 and 10 piano takes a long time to prepare a piece to perform here. Many people use the festival as a chance to get adjudicated, and then they do exams in May and June,” said Bangsund. “They get some feedback here, and then they do their exams. And for many, they perform, and then they’re finished.” Also helpful this year was that the festival was wrapped up before the Good Friday long weekend and spring break. Many years, such as last year, the festival will be interrupted by the break. “We’re a bigger festival, so they do like us to get our requests in for weeks,” said Bangsund. “They only allow a certain number of festivals to be held each week. So if we didn’t get our requests in on

time, we’d be straddling the Easter break.” Bangsund said they do need more volunteers to make the festival happen, because people move on or

move away. But they have a lot of volunteers who work hard each year. “Nobody can do everything but everyone can do something,” she said.

Maya Daoust, Shayla Gill and Leah Macfarlane were recommended for the provincial music festival. Daoust is an alternate, and Gill is in the junior division. Missing is Maxim Hiske. Photo submitted

New tax credits offered for first responders Three new non-refundable tax credits are being created in recognition of the contributions to community safety made by Saskatchewan’s volunteer firefighters, search and rescue volunteers, and volunteer emergency medical first responders. “Saskatchewan communities, particularly in rural areas, rely heavily on volunteers to respond to emergency situations,” Finance Minister Donna Harpauer said. “These volunteers put themselves at risk to protect the safety and well-being of people across Saskatchewan, and to respond to mass tragedies.” “Our government understands volunteer firefighters, volunteer emergency medical first responders, and volunteer search and rescue members regularly perform selfless acts

and put themselves in harm’s way for others throughout our great province,” Government Relations Minister Warren Kaeding said. “These tax credits acknowledge the difficult and demanding work of these brave individuals, recognizes their ongoing training to be prepared for the call of duty, and hopefully encourages others to step into these volunteer roles to serve alongside their neighbours, which will enhance public safety in our communities.” The new tax credits will come into effect beginning with the 2020 taxation year. Individuals who perform at least 200 hours of eligible volunteer services in a year, as certified by the organization managing the volunteer services, will be able to claim a

$3,000 tax credit amount. Eligible volunteer services include responding to and being on call for search and rescue and other emergency calls, attending required meetings, and participating in required training.

To maintain consistency with similar federal tax credits: Individuals who perform at least 200 hours of combined volunteer firefighting services, volunteer search and rescue, and volunteer emer-

gency medical first responder services will be able to claim one of the three credits. Individuals who receive honoraria for any of their volunteer emergency service duties may claim either the income exemption or one of

the tax credits, but not both. Employees who are paid to provide similar services will not qualify for the volunteer tax credits. Canada Revenue Agency will administer all three of these new tax credits.

Talk about organ donation « A1 Boulet’s decision has inspired thousands of other people to become organ donors, and the day of his death became Green Shirt Day of awareness and registration. “As we enjoy our evening I would like you to consider becoming an organ donor. The difficult part of organ donation is that we don’t know when we’ll have the opportunity to give the life


to someone else… One of the most important pieces of organ donation is ensuring you have that conversation with your family. Just like Logan did. The donation is only possible with the consent of your next of kin,” encouraged Carr. Car noted that one organ donor can save up to eight lives, while tissue donor can help about 75 other people. “If you are interested in becoming a donor it’s easy to call the eHealth Saskatchewan number… All you have to do is get your sticker and fill up your intention to become a donor. It’s as easy as that,” said Carr.

Estevan MLA Lori Carr was invited on stage by Estevan Legion president Jim “Frosty” Forrest to make a speech.

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Nominees must meet the qualifications and requirements specified in the Co-op’s Bylaws. Details on the qualifications and requirements can be picked up at the Administration Office. Nominations must be submitted in writing, no later than April 15, 2019 to: The Nominating Committee Southern Plains Co-operative Ltd. 826 4th Street, Estevan, Sask. S4A 0W1

Questions can be directed to the Nominating Committee: Richard Ruetz: 306-483-2121 Linda Thauberger-Smith S 306-529-4438 Lynne Hewitt: 306-453-6092 Michelle Deichert: 306-461-4559

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Estevan Legion marked 102nd anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge By Ana Bykhovskaia

The anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge was marked in Estevan on April 6 and 7 this year. The Estevan branch of the Royal Canadian Legion and Estevan Elks, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Army Cadet Corps marked the 102nd anniversary of the battle. The day started with the historical presentation at the Legion Hall. Captain Craig Bird, who is the commanding officer

for the local No. 2901 Estevan Army Cadets, told guests about the history and importance of the battle, which began at 5:30 a.m. on April 9, 1917 on the fields of France. “The first wave of 15,00020,000 Canadian soldiers, many heavily laden with equipment, attacked through the wind-driven snow and sleet into the face of deadly machine gun fire,” said Bird. Closely following the line of explosions, the Canadian infantrymen captured German positions in the critical moment after the barrage

moved to the next target, but before the enemy soldiers could emerge from their underground bunkers. With relatively few dead and wounded, the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) and the Canadian corps achieved their objective, thus imprinting the Battle of Vimy Ridge into history as one of the Canadian finest military hours and a triumph for PPCLI. “The Patricias saw 83 killed at Vimy Ridge, with another 139 listed as casualties, while the other attacking

companies of the Canadian Corps’ 1st, 2nd and 3rd Divisions sustained 3,598 killed in the two-and-a-half day battle, and 7,004 wounded,” said Bird. The Battle of Vimy Ridge was a success that was hardwon. Abot 100,000 Canadians fought there. “At Vimy Ridge, regiments from coast to coast saw action together in a distinctly Canadian triumph, helping create a new and stronger sense of national identity in our country,” said Bird. The demonstration of the

Vimy Ridge: Heaven to Hell documentary, uncovering a lot of technical and strategic details about the battle, was a part of the activities in Estevan. Bird also introduced the 152nd (Estevan/Weyburn) Battalion’s flags that were displayed at the Legion for the first time and talked about the history of the unit and meaning of colours. As well, there was a military museum organized at the legion over the weekend of the Battle of Vimy Ridge anniversary celebration. Jeff

Gudmundson, Larry Mass and Bird provided historical artifacts and various items from personal collections to be displayed at the miniature museum and also answered questions related to the exhibition. The day came to an end with the official wreath-laying ceremony at the cenotaph. Despite the pouring rain, all traditions were followed to pay the tribute to the memory of those who served the country in the conflict and paid a price to help ensure the peace and freedom we enjoy today.

Captain Craig Bird talked about on the Battle of Vimy Ridge and people who fought there. He also read off the dairy of Sergeant Frank Abbot of Souris, Man., who was a part of 8th Battalion CEF Winnipeg Rifles, and after the war moved to Estevan. His uniform and picture were displayed on stage during the presentation. Wreaths were laid at the cenotaph on Saturday afternoon in memory of Canadians who fought and died in the First World War.

Master Warrant Officer Darson Gunnlaugson, left, and Warrant Officer Owen Gudmundson were examining a machine gun displayed at the miniature military museum set up at the legion for the Vimy Ridge anniversary.



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Instant information It’s been a little more than a month since the RCMP launched its Rural Crime Watch Notification system. For the most part, it’s been as advertised. People can sign up to receive notifications from as many RCMP detachments as they want. Maybe it will just be the detachment that covers the area where they live, or the detachment where they used to live. Maybe they have a really keen interest in what’s happening throughout the province, so they’ll sign up to receive notifications from every detachment. (Don’t get upset when you cell phone is sending you alerts every hour). But when something happens, the RCMP sends out the notification to those who signed up to receive alerts. In a couple of instances, those notifications have led to an arrest. For the RCMP, they have nothing to lose with this arrangement. It doesn’t take long to collect the information and send it out to the public. If it leads to an arrest, then that’s great. If it doesn’t, it’s not from a lack of effort, and it keeps the public engaged with the police. The biggest benefit is if there’s a series of crimes in an area within a relatively short period of time. The RCMP can notify the public that something has happened, that the public should take the necessary action to secure their yards, and that if they’ve seen anything suspicious, they should inform the police. Most of the calls have been for break and enters, or for thefts. We expect that will continue to be the case. Now that spring is here, and people are out more, expect to see calls for vandalism. We’ll see what kind of other notifications will be sent through this system. Think of it like the police scanner for this day and age. The days of the police scanner, at least as we knew it, are virtually done. Concerns over privacy make it much more difficult for the average citizen to obtain a scanner. But thanks to these notifications, the RCMP will email or text you a message to your computer or phone about a crime in your area, often within hours of it happening. From a media perspective, it’s another tool that we have to help the RCMP notify the public when something has happened. (We have yet to receive a notification from a detachment about an accident in the area. We’ll see if this system is used for accidents, or if the RCMP decides not to so they can avoid the gawkers). Sure, there have been hiccups so far. We saw it late last month when the Carlyle RCMP sent out a notification about a break and enter and attempted theft of a vehicle at 6:30 a.m. from a garage in Forget. A few hours later, the RCMP had to send out a follow-up notice that the incident was unfounded. The suspect was a friend returning an item to a garage. We all had a laugh about this error once it came to light, not because it was unfounded, but because of the circumstances. Let this be a lesson to not return an item to a garage at 6:30 a.m. At the same time, the RCMP doesn’t always have the luxury of waiting. If they have legitimate reason to believe a crime has been committed, then it’s imperative they get the message out to the public promptly. The information they send out could help accelerate a resolution. Chalk us up among those who believe the notification system has been a good idea thus far.

If you’re not an organ donor, then why? There was never any doubt about it: I was going to be an organ donor. Mom was a nurse for 38 years in B.C. She dedicated her career to helping others in several different cities, whether it be in hospitals or through home care. A tireless worker and a dedicated professional who seemingly knew everything there was to know about health, and still knows everything today. Well, except for computers and electronic filing. But that’s another column for another paper. Anyways, there was a day when I was in high school, or maybe my freshman year of university, when she asked if I wanted to be an organ donor. I’d already heard the benefits of organ donation. I knew it could help people. So I was happy to oblige without giving it a second thought. Hopefully it will be a long time before that organ donor sticker on my Saskatchewan Health Card needs to be used. But when that day comes, I know that I’ll be able to save the lives of others. I likely won’t save someone’s life while I’m alive, but I can do it once I’m gone. I’m still a supporter for organ donation. And so I was understandably emotional when I heard the story of Logan Boulet, one of the 16 people who died in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash last year. He signed his organ donor card just a few weeks before the bus crash, even though at age 21, he was still a young man. There were lots of things he wasn’t old enough to do, but he was old enough to understand the value of organ donation. Boulet’s story inspired people so much that about 200,000 people signed organ donor registration forms in the months following the bus crash, in what has now become known as the Logan

David Willberg Willberg’s World Boulet Effect. Now, it should be noted that April is a recruitment month for organ donation, so a bit of a spike should be anticipated. But it’s a safe bet that most of the people who registered after the bus crash did so after hearing Boulet’s story. Sports Illustrated’s cover story in the March 7 edition was Boulet – a touching tribute to the young man. You know that the story has had a profound impact on many when the premier sports publication in the U.S. has dedicated its front cover to a young man from southern Alberta who played for a junior hockey team in east-central Saskatchewan. April 7 was declared Green Shirt Day in Saskatchewan. People donned green to show their support for organ donation. (Since we live in Saskatchewan, most of us have a Saskatchewan Roughriders jersey, so it’s not hard for us to find a green shirt to wear). Since April 7 was on a Sunday, local schools had their Green Shirt Day on April 8. While the deaths of Boulet and the 15 other people on the bus was a tragedy unlike anything most of us have seen in Saskatchewan, it is nice to see the way in which so many people have committed to saving the lives of others once they die. It’s also reignited the debate on whether it’s time to make organ donation an opt-out, rather,

than an opt-in proposition. Currently, if you want to be an organ donor, you have to declare your intention to be one. Most people would tell you that organ donation is a great thing. They support it unreservedly. Yet ask them if they have the organ donor sticker on their health card, and they’ll say no. Perhaps they’ve been too busy to sign up. Or maybe it’s not something they want to deal with. Death is never the easiest topic to broach. I’m sure there are some people who are a little uncomfortable reading this column because, in part, it deals with death. Saskatchewan has the lowest organ donor rates in the country. It’s not something to be proud of. And it’s surprising. When you consider how many areas we lead the country in, you’d expect we’d be tops in Canada for doing the right thing and signing up to be organ donors. It should be easier to be an organ donor, than to not be an organ donor. It should be easier to save the lives of up to six people. You can’t force somebody to be an organ donor. After all, there are some who oppose it for religious reasons. They have that right. But you can give people the option to opt-out, rather than opt-in. Mom shouldn’t have had to come to me and asked me when I was a teenager whether I wanted to be an organ donor. There are a lot of decisions that are made for us at an early age. This should be one of them. And if a parent doesn’t think it’s right, or if someone decides later they don’t want to be a donor, , because of religious beliefs or conspiracy theories, then they can opt out. Nova Scotia has already taken steps to be the first province in the country to require people to opt out of organ donation. Saskatchewan should be the second.

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Cheers Cheers to the Power Dodge Estevan Bruins for another great playoff run. It’s been great to see the longer playoff runs the team has enjoyed the last few seasons. Cheers to the excellent customer service provided at the Bruins office by Amanda Wanner and staff and volunteers during the playoff ticket sales. Cheers to Sheri at the Estevan Leisure Centre’s information desk for going above and beyond to help a stressed out mom trying to figure out swimming lessons. Cheers to the police officer and the passerby who helped pick a person’s wife up off the sidewalk and put her back on her wheelchair. It couldn’t have been done alone. Cheers to all of the performers who were part of this year’s Estevan and District Music Festival. They sounded great and they should be very proud of their performances.

Jeers Jeers to the couple in the light sedan who, on April 7 just before noon, narrowly avoided hitting a person in the crosswalk at King Street and Arthur Avenue. Jeers to the noisy neighbours who insist on starting their truck at 5 a.m. and leaving the noisy thing to idle for an hour and a half. Jeers to the gray-haired woman who was getting mad at people for being too loud during Game 6 of the Bruins series. People should support the team by getting loud and cheering. Jeers to owners of unspayed cats that spray everywhere - evergreens, bushes, houses, etc. The spray stinks, kills evergreen needles and is hard to wash off buildings. Keep non-spayed cats indoors.

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Provincial convention offered lots of opportunities to learn The recent convention for the Saskatchewan Association of Fire Chiefs proved to be a good learning experience for Fire Chief Dale Feser and Deputy Chief Rick Davies from the Estevan Fire Rescue Service. The duo joined hundreds of other delegates for the conference from April 3 to 7, and heard from a variety of speakers. “It was very nice to attend to see a lot of our brothers and sisters throughout the fire service in the province,” said Feser. As a board member for the association, Feser had to be there on April 3, but he and Davies went up to take in a pre-conference seminar for requirements for commercial cooking appliances. “It just brought us back up to speed on how to properly inspect commercial cooking kitchens, such as you would find in any restaurant, as well as in Affinity Place – anything with an exhaust fan hood,” said Feser. Board of directors meetings took place on April 4, and there was a trade show. Division meetings took place for public education, industrial

firefighters and inspectors investigations divisions for the province. A variety of speakers were available for the fire chiefs to hear during breakout sessions on April 5. Cathie Bassett from the Moose Jaw Fire Department and Sgt. Tim Schwartz from the Moose Jaw RCMP discussed distracted driving awareness. Craig Hemmingway came in to talk about media relations and social media and public service announcements. Jim Kragtwyk dealt with firefighter mental health. Fire Chief Mike Kwasnica and city manager Joe Day from Humboldt made what Feser called “a very riveting” presentation on the Humboldt Broncos tragedy, and the community response and recovery portions of that particular incident. Keith Stakes came from the Firefighter Safety Research Institute, and talked about what is happening, and what could be coming, from the Underwriter Laboratory Canada regarding firefighter safety. There were also presenta-

tions from SaskPower and SaskEnergy. All of those programs were repeated in the afternoon so that the breakout sessions could be attended. “More often than not, when you get too many in there, a person wants to attend two or three, but they’re all at the same time,” said Feser. There was also some great entertainment that night, as the Royal Canadian Air Force band supplied a concert, and played classic rock and other music. Additional meetings took place on April 6. In the afternoon, the Estevan Fire Rescue Service participated in a joint initiative with the Workers Compensation Board of Saskatchewan regarding cancer

Appointments made to a pair of housing authorities Appointments have been announced for the housing authorities in Estevan and Arcola. Caroline Saxon has been reappointed to the Estevan Housing Authority’s board of directors. Other members of the board are Clinton Davies, Bev Hickie, Marlene Moore, Lori Naka, Al Wempe and Margery Young. Moore is chairperson. Meanwhile, the entire board has been reappointed for the Arcola Housing Authority. Leora James, Kenneth Kolenz, Rhonda Paton and Murray Wheeler will serve another term on the board of directors. Wheeler is chairperson. These housing authorities are community-based organizations that provide daily management of housing units constructed and operated under

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the terms of a federal provincial municipal cost- sharing agreement. The Estevan Housing Authority is responsible for 296 units; Arcola has 28 such units. Social Services Minister Paul Merriman paid tribute to the volunteers who manage the social housing projects in their communities. “This local hands-on approach ensures that the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation responds effectively to the needs of each community.” Saskatchewan has a network of 260 housing authorities and more than 1,400 volunteer members who assist with management of housing units throughout the province for seniors, low income families and people with disabilities. Persons interested in volunteering to serve on the board

of directors for the housing authority in their community are encouraged to contact the mayor. A local nominating committee recommends board

members. Applications for accommodation are available from the manager of the local housing authority.

Two dozen battery cores stolen The Estevan RCMP is seeking the public’s assistance with a recent crime Sometime between April 5-8, an unknown person stole 25 battery cores (old vehicle batteries). The theft occurred from a business in an industrial area on the east side of Estevan. According to the RCMP data, the cores are

group 31 batteries and are a standard size for a semitruck, which means that they are larger than a standard car battery. The approximate value of batteries would be around $900. If anyone has any information related to this advisory, please call 911 or 310-RCMP.


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prevention for firefighters, and how they’re working and dealing with the issue. “This was conducted by a third party auditing process, in which the company’s name was Firefighter Cancer Consultants,” said Feser. James Burneka Jr. is the founder of the company, and was able to do an audit of fire stations of the province, and provide his findings. Dave Sanderson, who is a leadership and motivational speaker, gave the keynote address, and discussed his experience from the plane that crashed into the Hudson River in 2009, in which pilot Chelsey Sullenberger was hailed as a hero. “It was basically how the crash changed Dave’s life, and how to look positive, and motivate yourself to do better every day.” Duane McKay, who is from the provincial Office of the Fire Commissioner, made a presentation on provincial initiatives on how to improve communication and data reporting systems. The convention concluded that night with the banquet and closing ceremonies.



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Music Festival highlights The Estevan and District Music Festival hosted highlights and awards programs for its different disciplines. The piano event was April 5, followed by band and instrumental April 8 and vocal and speech arts April 9.

Emily, Julie and Ashley Frostad had a family band performance. Photo submitted

Kirsten Folkarts performed at the piano concert.

Abby Renkas performed Sister Suffragette.

Jacob Pyra was among the piano players selected.

Ekko Sanguin and Kylie Paterson played the trumpet during the instrumental program.

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All Volunteers and Guests that helped make the 2019 Cabaret a great success Apologies to anyone missed- we appreciate you See Everyone Next Year!

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Saskatchewan Common Ground Alliance breakfast in Estevan stresses line locates By Brian Zinchuk

The Saskatchewan Common Ground Alliance’s (SCGA) 30th anniversary contractor safety breakfast tour came to Estevan April 10, with about 120 in atten-

dance at the Beefeater Plaza. The breakfasts are held throughout the province each spring during breakup, providing a safety reminder to be careful by ensuring line location is done before any ground disturbance. This year’s message also talked

about what to do if you strike an overhead powerline. As a celebration of the 30th anniversary, breakfasts are being held in 30 different locations. Derrick Mann, SaskEnergy vice-president of engineering, integrity and

Derrick Mann, SaskEnergy vice-president, engineering, integrity and construction, and SCGA board member spoke briefly before a video was shown highlighting several recent incidents.

construction, and an SCGA board member, spoke briefly before a video was shown highlighting several recent incidents. In these cases, no one was injured, but there was substantial impact. In one incident on the east side of Regina, a contractor struck a natural gas line, and several restaurants, a pub and a medical clinic had to be evacuated. As natural gas levels rose in a nearby building, power had to be shut off to 2,000 customers until the situation was rectified, lest the gas be set off in an explosion. Another case saw a contractor putting in a water line for a new business cut a fibreoptic communications line, which was down for 24 hours. During that time, the impacts were as broad as businesses unable to do transactions to kids being unable to do homework. That contractor thought he could just burry it and fill up the hole. He was found out, and the cost to him was estimated to be 10-15 times any money they might have saved otherwise. Yorkton’s fire chief recounted how a man replacing his fence put the new fence post right beside the originals, but that was enough to hit an underground power-

line that serviced the house, causing a fire to start in the house. It also shut down the road between the local hospital and a school. The fire department’s bill alone was a minimum of $3,000. Overall, Saskatchewan had 480 line strikes last year, the majority of which were natural gas and telecom strikes. After the breakfast, Mann said, “The goal here is more education. We’re trying to get out. We have 30 breakfasts across the province this year in April, which is our safe digging month. We’re really trying to hit home to the people doing the excavating, making sure they’re using Sask 1st Call, they’re getting locates and working safely. That’s really the message. “It’s really simple, but it costs lives every year, it costs a lot of damage to infrastructure, and it takes a lot of time and effort if people aren’t doing the right thing,” he said. Attendees were given this year’s safety pamphlet and a sticker indicating staking colour conventions. While Sask. 1st Call has

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Approximately 120 people attended the Saskatchewan Common Ground Alliance’s 30th anniversary contractor safety breakfast in Estevan on Wednesday. Photo by Brian Zinchuk

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92 member companies, participation is voluntary and not legislated. Thus, there are some exceptions, a notable one being Access Communications. While they were represented in the video, they are not part of Sask. 1st Call. “We work with them, try to encourage them, but it’s ultimately up to them to make that decision to come on. We obviously welcome them. The more companies we get on that 1st Call, the less companies people have to research who else is in the area,” Mann said. The SCGA is working with the government, both provincially and nationally to make this a legislative requirement. With all affected companies on board, that would make it a one call system instead of a first call system. A line locate is done for free, but Sask 1st Call must be notified two days in advance. It can be done online at, through an app, or by calling 1-866-828-4888. On the SaskTel Mobility network, people can also use #4888.

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er at the Estevan Exhibition building at 7 p.m. will feature supper, auctions and live entertainment from the comedy duo Don’t Mind Us.

Friday, April 12: • I am the Easter Bunny at the Souris Valley Museum at 10:30 a.m. is an Easterthemed program. • Friday matinee at the Estevan Public Library at 2 p.m. will show the movie Steel Magnolias.

Saturday, April 13: • Sun City Prop Busters annual display at the Estevan Shoppers Mall at 10 a.m. showcases remote-controlled airplanes and cars owned by the club.

• Estevan Strippers Spring Bust Tournament at Affinity Place, the Power Dodge Ice Centre and the Bienfait Memorial Arena is the largest recreation tournament in the province. Games happen through Sunday. Fundraising cabarets April 12 and 13 at the Power Dodge Ice Centre.

• Broken Arrow Lovely Ladies’ Luncheon at the Estevan Leisure Centre’s multipurpose room at 11:30 a.m. will feature a silent auction and a speech by Celeste Crosschild in a fundraiser for the Broken Arrow

• Creighton Lodge fundrais-

Youth Ranch. • Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) community event in front of the Estevan Police Service building at 1 p.m. will have a road block set up, and speeches about the value of MADD. • Lego club at the Estevan Public Library at 2 p.m. • Estevan Mermaids water show at the RM of Estevan Aquatic Centre at 6:30 p.m. showcases the Mermaids talents and the skills they have learned this year. Sunday, April 14: • Teen read and watch party at the Estevan Public Li-

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brary at 2 p.m. will present The Fault in our Stars by John Green.

tion of the awards, as well as a guest speaker and other highlights.

Monday, April 15: • Tween art day at the Estevan Public Library at 5 p.m. will teach Glow in the Dark art.

• Gymbabies play group at the Estevan Family Resource Centre at 1:30 p.m. is a weekly interactive play group for parents and children.

• Audio Book Club at the Estevan Public Library at 1:30 p.m. is an opportunity for people to enjoy activities while listening to a book. Tuesday, April 16: • Teen decorate a plant pot at the Estevan Public Library at 4:30 p.m. is an activity in advance of Earth Day. • Bingo for books at the Estevan Public Library at 6 p.m. offers games to win books.

• Magic: The Gathering at the Estevan Public Library at 5:30 p.m. sees people build decks and battle each other for fun in this trade card game. Thursday, April 18: • Family art at the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum at 10 a.m. is an art program for young children and caregivers.

• Walk the Talk walking group at Affinity Place at 10:30 a.m. is a program offered by the Estevan Public Library. • National Poem in your Pocket Day at the Estevan Public Library will see the library hand out poem scrolls to local businesses for patrons to take. • Koncerts for Kids at Westview School at 7 p.m. features a performance by acclaimed Indigenous hoop dancer Teddy Anderson. To submit an event for our community calendar, please visit www.estevanmercury. ca, or email it to

• Estevan Toastmasters Club meeting at the Estevan Public Library at 7:30 p.m. helps people build their public speaking skills.

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Wednesday, April 17: • Quota International of Estevan Women of Today Awards at the WylieMitchell Building at 11:30 a.m. will see the presenta-

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Creighton Lodge report for March knowing I don’t have to say good-bye, as I’ll still see everyone often. Looking back over the nine years of managing Creighton Lodge with Shelly Veroba, I have nothing except happy memories. We started from scratch and with the help of the communities and businesses of the southeast, the many residents who have lived here over the years, the excellent staff I’ve had the privilege

Submitted by Judy Pratt As I walked through the door of Creighton Lodge recently, it struck me that I would be writing my last column about the “goings on” of the lodge. I’ll be retiring on April 30 and will be returning to the lodge in May as a volunteer. I’m not good with good-byes, so this makes it easier on me,

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to work with, and the countless volunteers who have committed to helping in one way or another, we have grown into an updated, comfortable home where people love to live and participate in activities. We have had no end of musicians and singers who give of their time to entertain, some every month, some only once or twice a year. It all comes down to improving the lives of our residents and music brings joy to everyone. I would like to thank our regulars and all the others folks

who have helped us keep this building a rockin’ and rollin’ place to live. We have had many volunteers assist with exercise programs over the past nine years. Whether it’s lifting weights to Pretty Woman with Sharon Dayman, doing chair yoga, working with our melt balls or walking with our urban poles, we’ve had lots of help keeping fit and mobile. This is such an important commitment for all these ladies and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts. We have a group of ladies

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who have been there for us whenever we need help with something. Presently, these ladies are Margaret Mack, Marge Heidinger, Jean Delorme, Doreen Hagen, Sylvia Prime and Joanne Bill. They help us with our monthly birthday party, our monthly KFC dinner and other family gatherings. There have been a few other ladies who have come and gone from this group and we are so very thankful to have all of them a part of our lives. The Estevan Ministerial Association is another group who we owe a huge thank you to. They have supplied a service every Sunday afternoon for many, many years to the residents of the lodge. The spiritual health of our residents is a very important and essential part of their lives. We are also blessed to have Trinity Lutheran, St. Paul’s United and St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic churches supply us with communion and mass. There is also a group of wonderful women who help

out in various ways and enrich our lives: Joan Wock, our Bingo caller; Christina Wock, our dog therapy visitor; Sharon Dayman, Norma Blackburn and Melodye Pierson, our cocktail hour helpers; and Norma Blackburn who does all the interviews for our Creighton Lodge history book. All of these activities keep the days full and the mind filled with happy, positive things. So when I walk through the doors of Creighton Lodge and I’m greeted with the smell of a roast beef dinner being cooked, or see Marie Bonokoski working on a 1,000-piece puzzle while a group of women are gathering around the piano for a sing-song in the beautiful new lounge, I am so grateful I was given the opportunity to be a part of the Creighton Lodge experience. So in the words of John Dewey: To find out what one is fitted to do, And to secure an opportunity to do it, Is the key to happiness.

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at another autobody shop. At the time, they were looking to move on from their jobs, and so they started Cactus. Mack takes care of the administrative and business operations side of Cactus Autobody, dealing with customers, suppliers and Saskatchewan Government Insurance, while Hagel runs the shop end of things. The company has now grown to include 10 employees, including the two owners, and they provide various forms of autobody repair, with their slogan of “You Bend ‘Em, We Mend ‘Em.” Mack said he gets to meet some really good people through the business, and there is a sense of satisfaction associated with the business. “You’re helping people,”

said Mack. “Some people have never been in an accident before, and they don’t know what to do. They’re a little frustrated, some of them. Cars are expensive nowadays, so they want their car to be taken care of. They want their car back to the way it was or better.” Cactus Autobody is always a busy place, and their activity level has picked up recently thanks to the hail storm that struck the Estevan area last June, Mack said the company will be working on hail claims for the next two to three years. “We probably have 200 to 300 claims,” he said. “This shop has always been busy. It might be the busiest in southeast Saskatchewan. But we know everybody. We were

… born and raised here. And we do good work. In a small town, you have to. ” They have also handled a lot of repairs stemming from collisions involving deer and moose, and they have work from accidents that occurred during the winter months. Now that it’s warming up, they have to worry about vandalism- related calls, and he pointed out one of the vehicles they’re working on was keyed recently. Mack expects Cactus Autobody will remain busy for a long time. Customers are appreciative of the work that Cactus Autobody performs, he said, as they receive “thank you” cards and other gifts from people whose vehicles they have repaired.

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To the fans, volunteers, and corporate partners for an amazing 2018/19 season here in Estevan. • 31,185 Regular Season Attendance (Avg.1,114, Best in SJHL) • 13,375 Playoff Attendance (Avg. 1,911) • 600+ Season Ticket Holders • 100+ Corporate Partners • 3rd Consecutive Viterra Division Champions

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Hoop dancer to perform in Estevan A hoop dancer will be the next performer through the Estevan Arts Council’s Koncerts for Kids series. Teddy Anderson is an internationally recognized performer, motivational speaker and children’s book author. He has performed over 1,800 shows and talks in 20 countries, including China, Malaysia, Uganda, Germany, Brazil, New Zealand and many more. The Estevan Arts Council will present Anderson on Thursday, April 18 at 7 p.m., at Westview School. Anderson’s goal is to inspire all people to see themselves as members of One Human Family. Drawing on the First Nation’s hoop dance as well as his life experience, Anderson teaches the important message of unity and inclusion. Dancing with up to 30 hoops at a time, Anderson captivates and inspires audi-

ences of all ages to bring about greater levels of community. He offers a cultural performance that is beautiful, inspiring and interactive. Before he started hoop dancing full-time he worked as the youth co-ordinator at the Friendship Centre in Red Deer, Alta. Anderson has been helping youth all over the world achieve success through his work with schools, community organizations and government institutions. The experience of seeing Anderson dance and speak has been described as life changing. He has the cultural permission of his Lakota hoop dance mentor Kevin Locke to dance and perform. Combining the traditional Indigenous hoop dancing with a 21st century message, he reaches into his audiences’ heart, imprinting there a message of peace and oneness. Anderson has

honed his skills as a motivational and keynote speaker as well as a workshop facilitator. He has spoken to many audiences on issues including racism, bullying, violence, and the importance of education, human rights, youth peacebuilding and the experience of growing up in Rwanda. Anderson belongs to the Deishitaan Clan of the Tlingit People of Carcross Tagish First Nations, and has been given the name Yeil S’aaghi (Crow Bones). He also has Persian, English and Norwegian roots. This rich multicultural background gives him a perspective of the need for unity and love amongst all people. Advance tickets can be purchased at Henders Drugs, or at the door the day of the concert. All tickets are $7 each, ages three and under are FREE.

Hoop dancer Teddy Anderson will perform in Estevan through the Koncerts for Kids series. Photo submitted

Is drinking coffee while behind the wheel counted as distracted driving? By Ana Bykhovskaia

Everyone knows that talking or texting on the cellphone while driving is totally illegal, but when it comes to other distractions opinions vary. Is eating and drinking, talking to other people in the vehicle, putting makeup on or sipping your coffee illegal as well and may cost money and demerit points? There are two separate laws which address distracted driving in Saskatchewan. One of them, cellphone legislation, covers any activities that involve cellphones and drivers. The other one addresses driving without due care and attention.

Things like eating, drinking, smoking, grooming, watching videos, interacting with pets or passengers, using the GPS or looking through maps, adjusting radios or reading fall under this legislation. “In 26 years of policing, I’ve seen people curling their hair with … curling iron while they were driving a car. I’ve seen people doing their makeup… I’ve had a case of an instance with a gentleman shaving, and not shaving with an electric razor, shaving with shaving cream and the razor. Whether he had a bucket of water or something to rinse off his blade, I’m not certain. You see all kinds of weird things on the road,” said Estevan Police Chief

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Paul Ladouceur. According to the legislation, it is not illegal to eat or put lipstick on while operating a vehicle. However, if that behavior takes your attention off the road and away from operating the vehicle and creates a dangerous situation,

then police officers will issue a ticket for driving without due care and attention. Ladouceur noted that they issue quite a few tickets of this kind, yet most of them come out after accidents happen. “A lot of these tickets are issued in relation to an accident, so after the fact. Not to say we haven’t laid charges in relation to incidents that don’t involve an accident, but the majority you’ll see when it comes to undue care and control is when someone is not paying attention and this results in an accident,” said Ladouceur. Some of them might be minor accidents, but nonetheless. A ticket for driving with-

out due care and attention is $280 and four demerit points under the Safe Driver Recognition and Driver Improvement programs. And if issued for the third time within one year, then the vehicle gets seized for seven days. The chief also pointed out that usually, drivers don’t realize how dangerous even a minor distraction can be. “People, I don’t know where their minds at sometimes. Because when you are operating the vehicle, thousands of pounds of metal, going at a significant speed, and your eyes aren’t paying attention to where they need to be, it doesn’t become a vehicle anymore, it becomes a weapon quite frankly and it’s very capable of taking some-

one’s life,” said Ladouceur. “I investigated incidents where a driver veered to another lane on the highway and collided head-on with another vehicle killing the other female occupant, I’ve seen it first hand in my career. It is devastating. It really is. It doesn’t just ruin the person who is killed or seriously injured; it ruins the other person’s life too, because they have to live with that and face those consequences as well. It’s never a problem and it’s never serious until it becomes a problem and it’s serious... Everyone thinks they can do it, and their eyes are only off the road for a second. But there is a reason why that legislation exists.”

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of the Estevan Church of Christ Several years ago, a friend of mine was watching his son play hockey at the old Civic Auditorium. Throughout the game, fans from both teams were yelling at one another until finally one of them said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;You guys think you are so tough. Who wants to step outside with me?â&#x20AC;? My friend said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I do,â&#x20AC;? and so they headed off to settle the score. As they reached the bottom of the stairs, my friend stopped and said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we go outside, it is going to be serious, so here is what is going to happen. I am going to buy you a coffee and we are going to sit here and drink them together. After that, if you still want to go outside and fight, then we will.â&#x20AC;? Meanwhile, my friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s other son heard what had happened, so he ran down the stairs to make sure that his dad was not in trouble. Imagine his surprise when he turned the corner and found these two men laughing and talking instead of punching each other out. A bad situation turned out for the best simply because my friend had the wisdom to ask himself, â&#x20AC;&#x153;How do I want this

story to end?â&#x20AC;? In Luke 14, Jesus says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it â&#x20AC;Ś Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with 10,000 men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand?â&#x20AC;? (Verses 2830). It is important to think things though, because the end of the story is the most important part. People spend a lot of time thinking about new beginnings. We often obsess about how we feel right now. Yet, we make the best decisions when we think, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Regardless of where I am now or what I am going through, how do I want this story to end?â&#x20AC;? Jesus encouraged us to keep this long-term view in mind when he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house has many roomsâ&#x20AC;Ś I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I amâ&#x20AC;? ( John 14:2-3). That is the best ending of all!


Lots of art created at the library

Flashback â&#x20AC;&#x201C; April 10, 1985

Pleasantdale School held their Easter Bonnet Parade April 4. Among the best were, front row, from left, Tamara Korf, Jessica Ng, Chrissy Gedak and Ryan Matthies. Second row, from left, Stacey Cairns, Jonell Taylor, Jennifer Sabadash and Ashley Moyse. Third row, from left, Jason Beahm, Chanda Taylor, Danita Rushton, Krista Rohatyn and Brad McBeath. Back row, from left, Jason Rogers, Sherri Thompson, Josie Moyor, Laurie Dangler and Lana Ward.

History and Play train craft The Estevan Family Resource Centre (EFRC) and the Souris Valley Museum came together Wednesday to educate three to five-year-old kids about history through playing. Trains were a theme of the first History and Play event at the EFRC since through the years they played a big role connecting Eastern and Western Canada. For two organizations this program is another way to outreach to the community and get more kids involved in creative, fun and educational activities they offer. The May History and Play will be dedicated to cars, and the next one will teach about planes. Museum director-curator Mark Veneziano said they will make a break for summer and hope to continue exploring different themes in the fall.

Young Jaxon Goudy, who is really into trains, with the help of his mom Crystal Goudy created a train on paper. Being a farm boy, Jaxon also likes tractors and has some machinery of different kinds in his personal collection at home. Photo by Anastasiia Bykhovskaia

The art created through Art on the Spot is now hanging at the Estevan Public Library.

It had a slow start, but the Art on the Spot initiative offered at the Estevan Public Library proved to be a popular program. Art on the Spot ran from late February until the end of March. Roxy Blackmore, the adult program co-ordinator for the library, created spots of different sizes out of art quality paper to ensure they could handle the paint. Then people dropped by and created artwork on those spots of paper, to be hung at the library. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We put out some paint, and we put out some pastels and different art mediums, and people could decorate a spot,â&#x20AC;? said Blackmore. Well over 100 submissions were received. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re now hanging from the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s windows. People of all ages capitalized on the opportunity to be creative and make something beautiful. There wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a theme or a requirement for the designs. People could create whatever they wanted. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It did very, very well,â&#x20AC;? said Blackmore. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what to expect, because it was an independent program, so it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t require a lot of effort on my part. We were pleasantly surprised. It looks very nice in here.â&#x20AC;? The program had a slow start, and it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t receive any submissions for the first few days. Blackmore believes the lack of activity early on was because people didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to be the first one to complete something, nor did they want to be the last. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If someone starts something, it catches on,â&#x20AC;? said Blackmore. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once people saw a couple of spots in the window, they asked â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;What is that?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and wanted to be a part of it.â&#x20AC;? The artwork will remain at the library for a while, and then a decision will be made on what to do with the brightly-decorated artwork.

Input needed for education plan The Government of Saskatchewan is looking for public input into the future of education in the province. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to hear from students, parents, educators, and school staff to better understand what they want for the future of education,â&#x20AC;? deputy premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The new provincial education plan will ensure that our schools are on the right path to meet the needs of students as we look toward the next decade.â&#x20AC;? The Ministry of Education is leading the co-construction of a framework, together with its education partners, that will form the basis for a provincial education plan and set a course for education beyond 2020, through an engagement

process that began in October 2018. As engagement sessions with education partners occur, school divisions are also creating opportunities for parents and students to participate in-person. The Ministry of Education will also be receiving feedback from Saskatchewan residents through an online survey available on the provincial governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website. Public feedback generated from the survey will be used to help develop the provincial education plan. The new provincial education plan will build upon the successes of the Education Sector Strategic Plan that was created in 2014 by the Government of Saskatchewan and Saskatchewanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s school divisions, with additional collaboration

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Redvers Rockets win another provincial title The Redvers Rockets midget hockey team capped a near-perfect season by winning both the league and provincial titles. The Rockets won the provincial title by defeating Edam 12-3 in the two-game, totalgoal provincial midget D final. Redvers set the tone for the series by winning 6-1 in Turtleford, a game that they led 3-0 after the first period and 5-1 after two. They were tied 2-2 after two periods of Game 2, but then the Rockets scored four times in the third to blow out Edam in Game 2. They also won the Moose Mountain Minor Hockey League’s midget division by defeating the Arcola-Lampman Combines in the best-ofthree league final. Redvers won both games by a 4-1 score. “Last year we won provincials, but we lost out in the league final to Carnduff,” said coach Syd Chicoine. “Our goal this year was to make it to the league final and make it to the provincial final, and we did

The Redvers Rockets celebrate after winning the provincial title. Team members are, back row, from left, Trevor Dumaine, Seth Poirier, Layne Chicoine, Matthew Magotiaux, Simon Berry, Chaz Sylvestre, Will Boon and Ryan Aulie. Middle row, assistant coach Aiden Poirier, Cole Poirier, Owen Jacobson, Carson Longphee, Carson Henrion, Aydan Lawless, Isaiah Jacobson, Josh Duncan, Darius Huynh, assistant coach Scott Duncan and head coach Syd Chicoine. Front row, Nathan Duncan, Evan James, Austin Dufresne, Oliver Poirier, Cody Holden, Zach Lees and Colby Magotiaux. Missing: assistant coach Jason Magotiaux and manager Erin Poirier. Photo submitted

that. And then we won both of them.” Sixteen of the 23 players on the Rockets were there last year. Chicoine said the Rockets had very good offence from their forwards, and strong defensive play. They also had three goaltenders, including 17-year-old netminder Zack Lees who was great at the end

Try-It Camp Luke Brady offered instruction to Landry Deatheridge during the Try It Camp offered at the Living Skies CrossFit gym in Estevan on Thursday and Friday. Living Skies CrossFit teamed up with the Special Olympics Active Start program to host the program for children with any disability. Young people were able to try some of the different equipment at the gym and learn how to use that equipment and lead healthy lives.

of the year. The Rockets had to sit three skaters and a goalie each night, which meant a lot of line juggling on a nightly basis, but the players handled it well. He believes their experi-

ence also helped in provincials when they faced teams they hadn’t played before. “I think coming in we knew to expect big crowds and a lot of attention on us, and I think we could stand up to that

a lot better this year than we did last year,” said Chicoine. The team’s goal was to go into Edam and win by a few goals, but they wound up getting the five-goal advantage. That lead eased their

nerves, but they were still confident entering the game. The Rockets went 30-0-1 between their games in league play, provincials, playoffs and tournaments. “Going into the final game, we were still wanting to win that game to have an unbeaten year, so we were good with the series, but we wanted to win that final game,” said Chicoine. He’s not sure if the players realize how special it was to go unbeaten during a season, but he expects they will reflect on it one day. Fourteen players will be eligible to return next season, and with a strong contingent of talent ready to come up from the bantam team, he expects they’ll be strong again next year. “We’ll have a lot of experience going into provincials next year, and hopefully we can go through it and bring it home again,” said Chicoine.

Thunder win Tier 2 at provincials The Estevan Extreme Thunder 13-and-under volleyball team came home with the gold medal in Tier 2 from the provincial tournament in Warman and Saskatoon on April 6 and 7. The Thunder opened the competition by going 2-1 in the round-robin, defeating the Prince Albert Toppers 2-0 (25-23, 2521) and the Battleford Volleyball Club Blaze 2-0 (25-10, 25-13), but losing 2-0 (25-21, 25-22) to the Warman Volleyball Club. The Thunder were re-pooled, and played crossover games. They were defeated by the Rose Valley Volleyball Club 2-0 (2519, 25-21), and by the Prince Albert Toppers En Fuego 2-1 (2510, 28-30 and 15-12). The losses dropped them down to Tier 2, where they re-established their dominance. They defeated the Regina Queen City Volleyball Club Thunder 2-0 (25-15, 25-10), the Saskatoon HVC White 2-1 (25-13, 21-25, 15-8) and the Wascana Silver 2-0 (2516, 25-19) in the gold medal game. “They did very well at staying positive, and encouraging one another and putting everything that they’ve learned all season into play in those final games,” said head coach Shelan Proust. The Thunder have come a long ways from the team that stepped on the court for practice for the first time earlier this season, and they encountered some really tough teams at provincials. “The one PA team En Fuego was really tough,” said Proust. “Rose Valley and Warman were really tough as well. Those are the ones that we lost to.” The gold medal capped a successful season for the Thunder, as they also won gold at tournaments in Kipling and Oxbow. And they finished seventh in a Sask. Cup tournament in Warman on March 23 and 24. Proust said they will have just one player eligible to return next seasons, as the others will be able to move up to the 14U team.



Members of the Estevan Extreme Thunder volleyball team that won gold at Tier 2 provincials were, top row, from left, coach Sarah Driscoll, Randi Milbrandt, Izzy Semenuik, Jenna Knibbs, Ayla Grace Proust and coach Shelan Proust. Middle row, from left, Camryn Westling, Brynn Holinaty, Semiah Harding and Hiley Gigian. Front row, Breanna Fichter and Erin Kukura. Photo submittted

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Gymnastics club competes in Regina Members of the Estevan Gymnastics Club’s competitive and pre-competitive teams attended the A-Mazing Adventure Gymnastics Club’s Prairie Invitational competition in Regina on March 30-31. In junior Olympic 3 (born in 2009 and later), Emily Michael finished fifth, Olivia von Sprecken was eighth, Greycin Biette was ninth and Peyton McIntyre came in 12th. In junior Olympic 3 (born in 2008 and before), Haley Bonokoski was sixth, McKenna Ruzicka was eighth, Bree Moroz was 10th and Natalie Vandenhurk came 11th. In junior Olympic 4 (born in 2008 and after), Bergen Kersey was 11th, Haley Murphy was 12th and Abigail Jones was 13th. Chelsea Brady finished ninth in junior Olympic 4 for those born in 2007 and before. Three members were in junior Olympic 6 (born in 2006 and before). Ashley Frostad was 12th, Abby Krupka was 15th and Megan Wilson came in 17th. In the pre-competitive division, in junior Olympic 1, Anna Biggs won gold; Bella Hammett, Carsyn MacDonald, Heidi Byers, Karissa Fee and Taryn Bohn won silver; and Kiley Eberle won bronze. Brynley Rosengren, Harlow Weiss and Kaydence Larsen-Stepp won silver in junior Olympic 2, while Evie Lillico won bronze.

Members of the competitive team were, back row, from left, Chelsea Brady, Ashley Frostad, Megan Wilson, Abby Krupka and McKenna Ruzicka. Middle row, Haley Murphy, Natalie Vandenhurk, Bree Moroz and Emily Michael. Front row, Olivia Von Specken, Bergen Kersey, Abigail Jones, Peyton McIntyre and Greycin Biette. Missing, Haley Bonokoski. Photo submitted

The pre-competitive team was comprised of, back row, from left, Bella Hammett, Kaydence Larsen-Stepp, Karissa Fee and Kiley Eberle. Middle row, Brynley Rosengren, Taryn Bohn and Anna Biggs. Front row, Heidi Byers and Carsyn MacDonald. Missing: Evie Lillico and Harlow Weiss. Photo submitted

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fully nicknamed “The Grim Reaper” because of his last name and his fighting ability, had 17 goals, 39 points and 2,113 PIMs in 729 career NHL games from 1988-89 to 2001-02. Simpson had 18 goals, 36 points and 838 PIMs in a 301game NHL career that lasted from 1991-92 to 2003-04. Grimson and Simpson were teammates with the Nashville Predators in 200102. Rod Pedersen, who was the play-by-play voice of the Saskatchewan Roughriders

for many years, will return to Estevan to MC the event. Live and silent auctions will also be part of the fundraiser. Items for those auctions have yet to be announced, but Ewen said people can expect to see vacation packages and more. Ticket sales started this week, and Ewen hopes they can sell 50-60 tables for the fundraiser. Ewen noted Affinity Place was not available for the banquet this year, so the Bruins decided to have it at the curling club.




to hearing McKenzie once again. “He’s a very colourful guy, with his own batch of stories, and he’s got these connections to some well-known names from the last several years,” said Ewen. McKenzie played 880 games in the NHL and finished with 48 goals and 100 points, to go with 1,739 penalties in minutes (PIMs) in a career that spanned from 1989-90 to 2003-04. He won a Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 2003. Grimson, who was colour-



will bring two other retired enforcers with him to Estevan: Stu Grimson and Reid Simpson. “Those three guys are going to be talking with each other … in a hot stove-style format, just sharing stories and feeding off of one another,” said Ewen. While he hasn’t heard Grimson or Simpson speak before, Ewen said they are very well spoken, just like McKenzie, and he expects it will be an entertaining night for the audience. Ewen is looking forward



some finger food as well,” said Danny Ewen, the team’s director of operations and marketing. “We had some very, very good reception on that last year as well. It was universal that everyone really enjoyed that kind of format, so it was a no-brainer for us to return to that style this year.” Also for the second straight year, long-time NHL player Jim McKenzie will be in Estevan for the banquet. McKenzie, who grew up in Carlyle and has family in the Estevan area,


The Power Dodge Estevan Bruins have announced the details for this year’s Sportsman’s Dinner. The event, which is the club’s top fundraiser of the year, will take place April 25 at the Power Dodge Curling Centre. For the second straight year, it will feature a pub-style meal, with local restaurants supplying pizza, chicken wings and more. “It’s less of a formal dinner format, and more of sitting around, listening to some great stories, bidding on some auction items and enjoying

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Aizee Palad was competing in girls singles.

Justin Van Achte claimed silver in boys singles.

Tayce Miller won gold in mixed doubles.

Kishi Rioferio won gold in girls doubles.

Badminton tournament at the Comp Jonah Bachorcik, front, and Jordan Gillingham won silver in boys doubles.

The best of the best came head to head during the ECS senior badminton tournament on April 6. Estevan Comp 1 and Comp 2 badminton teams demonstrated their great skills and potential claiming gold and silver in a number of categories. Eight teams with a total of 64 players were competing that day. Photos by Anastasiia Bykhovskaia

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