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Figures show southeast highways remain busy The numbers are out for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure’s Traffic Volume Map for 2017, and they show the highways in southeast Saskatchewan remain busy. According to the map, the busiest stretch of highway in southeast Saskatchewan, not surprisingly, is Highway 39 east of Estevan, with 5,980 vehicles per day west of the Shand Access Road, and 5,220 daily east of the Shand road. The traffic tally would have been taken before double lanes opened from east of Estevan to east of the junction with Highways 39 and 18 in November 2017. The traffic on Highway 39 tails off east of the junction with Highway 18, as there were 1,395 vehicles per day near the Roche Percee Access Road, and 1,030 vehicles a day at the North Portal border crossing. North Portal still has the most daily traffic of any border crossing in Saskatchewan. Highway 39 from Estevan to Weyburn is still busy, with 4,020 vehicles per day northwest of Estevan. That number dropped down to 2,560 each day near Midale, before increasing to 3,980 near Weyburn. The truck bypass north of the city peaked at 1,330 vehicles per day between Highway 47 and Kensington Avenue. Northwest of Weyburn, the traffic counts ranged

Highway 39 east of Estevan remains busy, with more than 5,000 vehicles per day, according to the Traffic Volume Map released by the provincial government. File photo

from 3,790 vehicles per day near the city and dipped down to about 2,790 per day near Lang. There were more than 4,000 vehicles per day on Highway 6 south of Regina. The government has embarked on a multi-year program to construct passing lanes on Highways 39 and 6 from Estevan to Regina, with two sets of passing lanes constructed on Highway 6 south of the Saskatchewan capital. Passing lanes will be built on Highway 39 between Estevan and Weyburn in 2019. Highway 18 also has steady traffic east of the junction with Highway 39.

In fact, the highest traffic volumes on Highway 18 in Saskatchewan are east of Estevan. Traffic numbers peaked at 2,290 vehicles per day near Oxbow, and 2,240 vehicles each day near Bienfait. The traffic volumes dropped down to 1,740 vehicles a day near Carnduff. Highway 18 was at 2,000 vehicles per day west of Estevan, and at 600 vehicles per day near Torquay, a stretch of road that was resurfaced earlier this year. Traffic volumes for Highway 47 in Saskatchewan peaked north of Estevan, with 2,380 vehicles every day north of the truck bypass. The traffic tailed

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Bells of Peace to ring The Estevan branch of the Royal Canadian Legion will join others across the country for the Bells of Peace observance of Remembrance Day this year. The legion is encouraging people to gather at the Estevan cenotaph at 5 p.m. on Sunday evening to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Church bells will ring starting at sunset at 5:16 p.m. “The bells will be ringing in the background 100 times at sunset to mark the 100th anniversary of Armistice,” said Troy LeBlanc, the past-president of the legion’s Estevan branch. Similar services will be happening across the country this year. These services were recommended by the federal Department of Veterans’ Affairs and other organizations, and LeBlanc said the legion thought it would be a good idea to something in Estevan. Churches were quick to come on board for the ceremony. The legion will also host its annual Remembrance Day service on Nov. 11, starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Estevan Comprehensive School. The service and the cenotaph ceremony will all be taking place in the gymnasium this year.



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Highway 47 south of the city stood at 1,000 vehicles, and at 160 per day at the Port of Estevan border crossing. Highway 13 from Stoughton to the Manitoba border also had a lot of activity, peaking at 2,700 vehicles per day west of Carlyle. The numbers for Carlyle rate among the highest in the province for Highway 13. But there were also 2,000 vehicles each day east of Stoughton and 2,230 vehicles daily near Arcola. East of Carlyle, there were 1,540 vehicles a day near Redvers. Highway 9 at Alameda recorded 1,850 vehicles every day, and the number swelled to 2,420 vehicles per day south of Carlyle, and 2,610 vehicles each day north of the town. Highway 361 had its highest activity level west of Lampman, with 1,120 vehicles each day.










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Estevan receives three blooms for its appearance By David Willberg

Estevan has once again received high praise from the two Communities in Bloom judges who visited the community in July. According to a news release from the City of Estevan issued on Monday, the judges remarked specifically on the efforts that have been made in the development of the city in parks, energy efficiency and care of urban forestry, and stated that “Estevan is a jewel in southern Saskatchewan.” Estevan received three of a possible five blooms in the non-competitive category. “This year we participated in Communities in Bloom to gain a visitors’ and residents’ perspective,” said parks and facilities manager Rod March. “Now we’ve learned a few things, and we’re learning to focus our efforts in Estevan in better ways.” Judges Bonita Lundberg and Kathy Sproat Michelson were guided on a tour, visiting many Estevan attractions and locations which showcased Estevan’s

tidiness, environmental action, heritage conservation, urban forestry, and landscape and floral design. At the time, they had high praise for the community, and once again lauded local efforts in their final assessment. “In my opinion, the evaluated score does leave us room to improve some of our goals, to strive for, but it gives us the confidence that we can compete in the competitive category in the next coming years,” said parks foreman Shannon Wanner. A decision has not been made on whether Estevan will enter the competitive component of Communities in Bloom. Estevan moved from the novice category in 2017 to the evaluated friends division this year. It’s the last notch beneath the competitive stage. “It will probably be one more year in the non-competitive, and then maybe the competitive, but I’m not saying yes or no on that,” said Wanner. March, Wanner, and Rebecca Westling, the city’s destination marketing and communications consultant, led the tour for Lundberg

and Sproat Michelson. “You have a good handle on the tidiness portion of the evaluation. Your mowing is exceptional as well as the weeding and watering throughout the city,” said the judges. “The overall ‘Wow’ factor was exceptional upon arrival.” “The judges did make recommendations on updating benches throughout the city as well as a few others,” said Wanner. “Most of the recommendations they made are attainable and we will be making adjustments to make those things a focus. Some recommendations are larger projects and it was suggested to get a Communities in Bloom working committee going.” There have since been discussions about starting the committee, in an effort to gain more community support. Details on what committee members should bring to the table have not been finalized. Wanner was particularly pleased to hear the judges were impressed with the tidiness of the city, since that is an aspect the city has been working on.

City of Estevan parks manager Rod March, Communities in Bloom judges Bonita Lundberg and Kathie Sproat Mickelson, and city parks foreman Shannon Wanner were impressed with Estevan’s appearance during a tour that occurred in July. File photo

“It was quite nice to have them and receive their feedback,” said Wanner. She stressed that Communities in Bloom is about more than just flowers or beautification efforts.

“Communities in Bloom is all about seeing communities grow in a healthy and sustainable way. We are looking for residents who want to help make our community stand out even more

and advance into a competitive category of the communities in bloom program.” Any resident wishing to partake on this working committee can contact Wanner at 306-634-1800.

Bienfait Lions Club holding one more dinner theatre in memory of Dwight Thompson By Corey Atkinson

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dedicated to the memory of Dwight Thompson. Thompson died suddenly earlier this year but he had always been involved in the community dinner theatre at Bienfait every year until last year. “It ran for 13 years and last year was the first year we didn’t run it,” said Bienfait’s Marion Harper. “Now that he’s passed away, we just thought we would have another dinner theatre in

memory of Dwight. “He worked so hard for those 13 years and he got it going. And that was one of his passions. It brought the community together and everybody will again work together.” The play is called New Kid On The Block and will be presented Nov. 23 and 24 as a dinner theatre and as dessert theatre Nov. 25 at the Weldon School gym. It’s available through advance tickets

only. All of the proceeds for the night will go back to the Bienfait community. “He was there for all 13 years, got all the actors and did a lot of work for it,” Harper said. “In respect, we’d like to have one more dinner theatre in his memory.” The dinner theatres in the past have helped the Lions donate a total $140,000 for Bienfait. Planning it has gone well despite the absence of

Thompson. “Dwight was a very sociable person and likeable person and everyone mentioned as soon as we’d do this, everyone is pitching in to help,” she said. The play is a comedy about three elderly gentlemen who need a fourth member for the home they rent. “They advertise to bring in another man, and Willie signs up and they’re happy

and then, when Willie arrives, it’s a woman,” Harper said. “And then the fun begins.” The advertising campaign has just begun and Harper said they’ve already sold 13 tables for the Nov. 24 show. “I assume we’re going to do the same as we’ve done the other years. I’m hoping.” Anyone interested in tickets can call Harper at 306-634-2702.

Clare’s Law legislation introduced Saskatchewan is the first province in Canada to introduce legislation that allows police to release information about someone’s violent or abusive

past to intimate partners who may be at risk. The Interpersonal Violence Disclosure Protocol (Clare’s Law) Act will provide the legis-

lative framework for police services to disclose relevant information to people at risk through the “right to know” process and to applicants through the “right


to ask” process. “We have seen too many cases of interpersonal, domestic and sexual violence in our province,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan said. “If we are able to identify risk and inform those at risk, we hope to help protect people in Saskatchewan from violent and abusive behaviour by a partner.”

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Redvers School’s library wins provincial contest By David Willberg

Redvers School’s library is going to benefit from the efforts of students and the community through a nationwide contest. The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation announced the results of its 2018 Adopt a School program on Nov. 1. It provides $1.1 million for books to over 600 school libraries across Canada. Susan Delmaire, the librarian at Redvers School, was first informed of the contest by the school’s viceprincipal two years ago. He thought she might find it interesting, and wondered if she could enter Redvers in 2017. She quickly realized how easy it was to enter. Last year the school, which has about 300 students from kindergarten to Grade 12, was one of the runnersup for Saskatchewan, and this year the school won the top prize. “You have to fill out a little bio that lets them know how many kids are in your school, what your school budget is for the library to be able to buy books, and you get approved, and then you start,” said Delmaire. “Basically I annoy every single person I know in person … or anybody online to vote for us.” She created a story online, in which she asked people to support her. There were three ways to back Redvers School and the other entries. The first is to donate directly to the school online. They can also vote for the school’s story, which Delmaire asked people to do. “You ask people to go online, find your school, find your story and then heart it,” said Delmaire. Every vote pushed the school higher in the provincial rankings.

This year they finished second in Saskatchewan for the most likes, trailing only a school in Muenster. The five stories to receive the most likes were the finalists to receive the grand prize, with a draw to determine the winner. Redvers School was drawn. “I had 200 hearts by the end of the contest this year,” said Delmaire. The other way to support Redvers is for parents to publish a story of their own to explain how the library has benefitted students. A couple of stipulations for submitting a story from the community is the number of submissions maxes out at 20, and the number of votes needs to be concentrated on one story. She received 20 stories, which also meant 20 free books for the library. Those stories answered such questions as why people should support the library or school, what their favourite book is, and why reading is important. Redvers School won gift cards that can be used to purchase books at Chapters, Indigo and Coles. Last year the

Redvers School librarian Susan Delmaire is excited the school has won Saskatchewan’s component of the Indigo Love of Reading Program. Photo submitted

and be eligible to win the contest, Delmaire posted a wish list on a bulletin board in the school. Any student, teacher or staff member could add a book to the wish list. “I actually ended up leaving a version of that wish list up for the entire year, because it is quite a bit of money,” said Delmaire. “Any time - Redvers School librarian a student walks Susan Delmaire by, if they think of an author they’d like to read about, or if there’s a specific school won about $2,300 for book or a series they want to its runner-up finish, and this read about, or even a subject year they won $4,600. like barrel racing or what Since she needs the sup- have you, they can always port of the students and their come by the front door of the parents to crack the top five library and write it down on

“Basically I annoy every single person I know in person … or anybody online to vote for us.”

the wish list.” She keeps track of those books and orders them. It took a full year of book wishes to use up the money from last year’s Love of Reading promotion. Now that she has twice as much money to spend, Delmaire said she needs to find out if there’s an expiration date for the gift cards. “Any free book that comes in this library, I’m thrilled with. So the fact that they come to us and they’re free, it doesn’t matter how much money it is,” said Delmaire. There has been another benefit from the promotion, she said. “I have received more donated, nearly new library books … that come to my desk during the contest time, because I think it opens people’s eyes to how small school budgets are for things like that, and how much people

The Redvers School library will benefit from books acquired through the Love of Reading initiative. Photo submitted

appreciate new books in the library.” The school’s library received more support after it was adopted by the Coles book store in the Northgate Mall in Regina during the campaign. When people were asked if they wanted to support the Love of Reading program, the public could do so, and then that Coles store turned that money over to the school. Redvers School was able to purchase 91 books for its library. Delmaire noted Redvers has been the only school in

South East Cornerstone to enter the contest in the last two years. She is surprised more schools haven’t entered it, especially since there are some areas where 30 votes can put a school in the top five. “There are some provinces where there were only three stories entered, so there were literally three stories that guaranteed you either a $500 gift card, or the big one.” Delmaire said the contest is a fantastic opportunity, but it also seems like a secret, so she wishes more people knew about it.

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A hundred years later, we say thanks Remembrance Day should be regarded as one of the most important days of the year in Canada, and not because it has been designated as a statutory holiday. It’s a chance for us to say “thank you” to those who have served our country, whether it be personally through direct conversation, or symbolically by attending a Remembrance Day service or wearing a poppy. This year in particular is an important one, because it marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. It’s been nearly a decade since John Babcock, Canada’s last surviving First World War veteran, died in 2010. For millions of Canadians, they never had the opportunity of meeting or talking to a veteran of the Great War. It’s a lost link to the history of the country. Sadly, the number of Second World War veterans is rapidly dropping as well. There’s about 61,000 veterans from that war still alive in Canada, and the average age of those veterans is now 92. Many of them are in failing health. Fifteen years ago, you would see several rows of Second World War veterans during the Remembrance Day service in Estevan. They still held key leadership roles with the local branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, ranging from president to sergeant at arms to executive member. They were living independently at home, and still active in the community. Now there are just a few veterans from the Second World War who are still alive in Estevan. So take the time to thank them for their service, and for the freedoms that they have made possible for us to enjoy. Let them know how much you appreciate what they did for you 70 years ago. Their sacrifice was not only for Canadians, but those who were to come in future generations. Those who died serving their country were never able to see how great their country would become, how it would change and how it would make so many contributions to the world. We are losing a valuable link to our past, and before too long, there won’t be any veterans from the Second World War who will still be alive. There are also the veterans who have served our country in the present day. They also deserve our gratitude. They have fought in Afghanistan and other combat missions, or they have had peacekeeping roles around the world. Regardless of whether it’s been combat or peacekeeping missions, they have been wonderful ambassadors for our country. Canada has a rich military history. Canadians have done great things for a relatively small country, population-wise, and our soldiers remain among the best-trained in the world. Remembrance Day this year is going to be particularly special, because of the 100-year milestone. The Estevan branch of the Royal Canadian Legion hopes to see a particularly large crowd for the service; we hope to see that large crowd as well. The legion is moving the service to the school’s gymnasium, in part, to accommodate the additional people. They’re going to have the annual cenotaph ceremony at the gymnasium as well. They’ll have a guest speaker in local military historian Craig Bird, who has done extensive research on the First World War, and the role Canada played in that conflict. And there will be other special touches applied to this year’s ceremony to make it unique. It will be a chance for us to say thank you by attending the service. But hopefully saying thank you won’t end once the ceremony is over.

Mercifully, it’s over Say what you will about the Canadian electoral system, at least it’s better than the American system. Or maybe it’s not the American system that’s the issue. Maybe it’s the people who are involved with it who create the problems. Maybe they’re the ones responsible for the polarizing approach, the relentless bombardment of attack ads, and the system that often seems like it doesn’t make sense. Regardless, we should appreciate the fact that our elections are much better. The U.S. mid-term elections were Tuesday, and thankfully they’re over. Normally mid-term elections are a blip on the international political radar. You’ll get some senate seats that are being contested, you’ll get some intriguing congressional fights, and there’ll be some discussion over who will have control over those two levels once the election is finished. Voter turnout is usually pretty low as well. After all, the big election race is every four years when the president is elected. Ever since Donald Trump became the president of the U.S. two years ago, people have been waiting for the mid-term elections, viewing them as almost a referendum on Trump’s presidency. And so there has been lots of attention, not only in the U.S., but among political watchers around the world. The Democrats took control of Congress, which could make the next two years very interesting. They will provide levels of accountability for Trump that haven’t been there in the past. And for someone like Trump, who seems to loathe accountability, he’s going to find the next two years to be very difficult. But the Republicans not only kept control of the Senate, they upped their number of seats. It should be noted that these mid-term elections don’t necessarily mean much when it comes to how Americans will vote in

David Willberg Willberg’s World the next presidential election. The Republicans were the victors in the 2010 mid-term elections, but Barack Obama handily defeated Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential vote. It was also good to see that American interest was much higher in these elections. Voter turnout seemed to be much higher this time around, for both the advanced polls and on election day itself. At the same time, it’s hard to believe that Americans aren’t turned off of politics by these elections. There has been a steady stream of attack ads for more than a year. The campaigns usually took a nasty tone. The mid-term elections were the most expensive in U.S. history, thanks to the amount of money that is poured into U.S. politics by third-party sources. Those who criticize the conduct of Canada’s politicians, particularly at the federal and provincial levels, would likely be appalled at what happens in the U.S. Trump isn’t the only guilty party in the U.S. when it comes to a politician who is lacking in civility. Politics in the U.S. are far more polarized than they are here. Yes, Trump is part of the problem, but U.S. politics had these problems long before Trump entered the political arena. Canada’s a more moderate nation, and it shows in our politics. Yes, there are those on the far right and the far left, and you get plenty of attack ads, but tak-

ing that hard right-wing or leftwing approach is not the way you are going to get elected in this country, at either the provincial or national level. A politician like Trump would never get a sniff of the prime minister’s job in Canada. We don’t tolerate antics like that. (Yes, I’m aware that our current prime minister has had his fair share of gaffes during his three years at the helm of our country, and has embarrassed his country on the international stage, but international perceptions of Trudeau remain much higher than Trump). And, of course, you have a system in place that prevents somebody from becoming the leader of the country without any experience in public office. Sure, our system isn’t perfect. Justin Trudeau is our prime minister, so obviously there are flaws. And our senate is still unelected and unaccountable, although at least the current senate has been showing some backbone against the prime minister. I like our parliamentary system, with the exception of the senate. Most people vote for the party of their choice; others vote for a party because of its leader. Personally, I vote for the candidate who I believe will do the best job of representing my constituency. Retain the first-past-the-post system. Sorry to the proportional representation crowd, but I still haven’t seen how it properly determines my MP. And while we’re at it, scrap the senate. Canadians are now just 11 months away from the next federal election. We get to look forward to frequent election ads during that time, and they won’t all be warm and fuzzy ads. Some of them will take a negative approach, with dark, ominous music in the background. But at least we can look forward to a better campaign in a better system than the one south of the border.

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Cheers Cheers to Molly Heier, who hosted the first Living Room Live concert of the season to a full house, and to Allison Holzer, Lesa Seipp and Linda Murphy for their assistance with this program. Cheers to a woman who loaded soft water salt into another woman’s car at No Frills. Cheers to the Estevan Motor Speedway for using their annual awards night as an opportunity to salute volunteers who make big contributions. Cheers to the Saskatchewan Lego Users Group for bringing Brickery to Estevan, and giving young and not-so-young people a chance to see what can be done with Lego. Cheers to the artists who entered the Ev Johnson Memorial Adjudicated Art Show this year. It’s not easy to enter an event like that.

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Souris Valley Museum has its first temporary display The Souris Valley Museum has introduced a temporary exhibit area, and the first exhibit looks at hats from the past. “The Hats from the Past was an exhibit that we came up with when we were cleaning out our collection space here at the museum, and we noticed we have a lot of hats,” said Mark Veneziano, the curator-director at the museum. “And each hat has a different story to Estevan and to Canada, and so we figured that would be a great way to have our first (temporary) display.” Once the museum de-

cided which hats were in the best condition, they put the hats on display that reflected the history of Estevan and surrounding area. Nine hats are part of the exhibit. They range from the Canadian fur trade to the Second World War. Among the other highlights are a police hat, a fire helmet, two coal mining hats, a men’s and women’s fashion hat and a boy scout hat. “It goes throughout the different areas of Estevan, and back to the Canadian fur trade, when there was a fort here,” said Veneziano. The military hat was worn by John Sillers, who

Jeers Jeers to those who refuse to drive according to the conditions after the snow on Monday and Tuesday. It’s not a good idea to make an aggressive turn and force those behind you to slam on the brakes. Jeers to those who seemingly think the city should have a full-blown snow removal effort after receiving a couple inches of the white stuff. Jeers to the date of the 2020 municipal election. It will be too late for the snowbirds who help out with the election before heading south for the winter. Jeers to the businesses that are open before noon on Remembrance Day. Please wait until after the Nov. 11 ceremonies are finished. And stop selling all that Christmas merchandise.

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Souris Valley Museum curator/director Mark Veneziano crouches between hats for police and the fire department.

John Sillers wore this hat as part of his uniform for the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War.

served his country with the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. Sillers was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service overseas, and upon returning to Canada after the war, he enrolled at the University of Toronto and became an ophthalmologist. Some people have come to the museum already specifically to see the display, and others who have dropped by have taken the time to look through the array of hats. “We’ve had excellent feedback. I think a lot of people really do like the fact that there’s something new at the museum, and something different for visitors to come look at,” said Veneziano. The museum decided to introduce the temporary

displays after gaining some space in the display area after Estevan’s oldest fire truck was moved to the fire hall. They thought it would be a great opportunity to showcase their collection, and different aspects of Estevan’s history. “We’re going to continuously look at utilizing the space to do new displays in the future,” said Veneziano. Hats of the Past has been on display since October, and will likely remain until February or March. Veneziano would like to shorter time frames for future exhibitions. The next display will likely involve some of the photos the museum has in its permanent collection. “We’re going to be looking at featuring a lot of old photos of Estevan and the surrounding areas,” said Veneziano.

Firefighters assist people trapped in elevator Members of the Estevan Fire Rescue Service were called to an elevator rescue call in the evening of Nov. 2 from a hotel in east Estevan. Two people were trapped in the elevator. Deputy Fire Chief Rick Davies said they had to reset the system and get them out.

“It’s been a little bit slower lately (for elevator rescues), but we probably average at least one or two elevator calls during a month,” said Davies. That was the only call they received from Oct. 29 to Nov. 6, making it one of the quietest stretches of the

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Speeches, poppies and Lego It was another busy weekend in the Estevan area. Among the highlights were the Story Night hosted by the Estevan Toastmasters Club at the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum on Nov. 2, the Brickery Lego event organized by the Saskatchewan Lego Users Group at the 60 and Over Club on Nov. 3, and the poppy tea at the Royal Canadian Legion’s Estevan branch on Nov. 4. Photos by David Willberg and Corey Atkinson

Greg Johnston shared a story from when he was driving a semi-trailer. Brandon O’Hanlon played an original song as part of his Toastmasters speech.

Desmond Bilsky was the MC at the story night.

Helen and George Parish enjoy the poppy tea at the legion.


Taunia Turnbull and kids Eli and Halle look at the Lego displays at Brickery.




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Gary Mar announced as new head of PSAC Running oilpatch industry associations seems to have become a landing ground for former cabinet ministers. The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) for several years has been headed by Tim McMillan, the former Saskatchewan minister responsible for Energy and Resources. Now, the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC) has found its own former minister to become its new president and CEO.

PSAC announced on Nov. 1 that Gary G. Mar will become the new president and CEO, as of Dec. 1. PSAC noted in a press release Mar brings to PSAC global and entrepreneurial business experience and governmental relationships following an extensive career with the Government of Alberta. There he represented the interests of Alberta in Asia and Washington and as a cabinet minister of six different portfolios including environment, education,

and health and wellness. Mar also brings legal skills from his earlier career as a barrister and solicitor. PSAC said in a release, “With significant experience as a minister, Gary is a great communicator with the media, understanding how to position issues to gain optimum attention. PSAC looks forward to him bringing stories to Canadians of the tremendous innovation and technology that our members develop and how responsibly our industry produces its resources so

they too, can be proud of the Canadian energy industry. The board of directors of PSAC is confident that Gary’s leadership will serve PSAC well in advancing the association’s mission and mandate for its membership.” Mar’s LinkedIn profile notes he served 14 years as member of the Legislative Assembly for Calgary Nose Creek and Calgary McKay from 1993 to 2007. He held a diplomatic posting as Alberta’s official representative in Washington from 2007

Prairie Resilience strategy introduced as legislation Regina – Environment Minister Dustin Duncan introduced legislation in the Saskatchewan Legislature On Oct. 30 to facilitate key components of, and to further advance the province’s climate change strategy dubbed “Prairie Resilience.” It provides the regulatory framework for performance standards to reduce industrial greenhouse gas emissions, along with a provincial technology fund, performance credits and offset credits. “These amendments are an important step in fulfilling our government’s promise to reduce emissions and make Saskatchewan more resilient to the impacts of climate change,” Duncan said. “We already have an effective plan, and we are proceeding with industrial performance standards and

compliance options in 2019 – especially with the federal government’s recognition of Prairie Resilience.” In addition to performance standards and compliance options, these amendments require large emitters to register with the province, provide for administrative efficiencies in governance of the technology fund, and enable associated regulations and standards. Stakeholders, including industry and associations, provided input into the regulatory framework and indicated support for the amendments throughout summer and fall. Prairie Resilience, which the Saskatchewan Party refers to as “the province’s made-in-Saskatchewan climate change strategy,” is designed to curb greenhouse gas emissions, prepare for

changing conditions, and protect people and communities through resilience and readiness. The strategy, available at www.saskatchewan. ca, proposes action in key areas including natural systems, physical infrastructure, economic sustainability and community preparedness. NDP Leader Ryan Meili said on Oct. 30 that this is an amendment to 2009 legislation, which includes a technology fund. “This is something that was passed in 2009. The government’s

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sentative in Asia from 2011 until 2015. The PSAC board of directors also offered its sincere appreciation to interim president and CEO Tom Whalen for leading PSAC during its time of transition, noting, “It’s always a challenge to step into an interim role and Tom performed admirably bringing his depth of knowledge of the association as a prior board member and his keen business acumen to keep all of our important work on track and ensuring our profile and reputation remained impeccable. It has been a pleasure to work with Tom and we wish him well in his future endeavours.” In the interim period until Dec. 1, Elizabeth Aquin, senior vice-president of PSAC, will serve as acting president and CEO.

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Lords of Sceptre coming to an indoor baseball diamond near you By Corey Atkinson

Maureen Ulrich’s play about baseball, which is barnstorming through the province, is hoped to be a home run. Lords of Sceptre is a personal tribute to her father, who played on the team in the early 1950s, and it calls back to a much different era in sports and how people in rural Saskatchewan found entertainment. Earle Mahaffy, her father who died in May, had dementia in the time before his passing. “His cousin, George, who played on the team for four years always wanted to know how Dad was doing,” Ulrich said. “The only way to contact George about that was to phone him. I’d call him and tell him how Dad was doing and then we’d talk about the ball team. And as I was talking to him, I started asking more questions about it. I wanted to know more about who he played with because they were

my dad’s peers.” Running those names by Earle would help him show recognition, in a way that normal small talk like weather, politics or current sports wouldn’t. “It was a way for us would have something for us to talk about,” she said. “Then the more I talked to George about these things, the more I realized there’s a story here… that I want to tell.” The golden age of barnstorming baseball teams between 1948-1951 would have high quality players, peppered together with National Hockey League greats like Gordie Howe, Bert Olmstead and the Bentley brothers, Max and Doug. “You think about Gordie Howe going back home to Saskatoon and play for the ‘45s,” Ulrich said. “Who’s not going to go down to watch that? And the Bentleys coming back to Delisle, five of them playing in the NHL and playing ball in the summer. That’s like going to the circus, when it

comes to entertainment… “And then they’re just playing with farm kids. That’s a fascinating time in terms of our sporting history but I was also captured by the fact that Sceptre looks so different now.” Sceptre was a small community of less than 200 people that competed for the Western Canadian National Baseball Congress championship in 1951 against the Indian Head Rockets, all Negro League players imported from Jacksonville. But their key rivals came from nearby Delisle. Ulrich, the playwright of Diamond Girls, a one-woman play about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League that continues to run occasionally, wasn’t looking to write another baseball play but the inspiration was there. “I was quite captivated by the fact that my grandfather had a huge role in supporting the team financially and paying a pitcher if they had the money, and going to pick up guys from Havre (Mont.) off the train and going to all the games, and

Maureen Ulrich’s new play looks back to the days when barnstorming baseball was a way of life in rural Saskatchewan in the 1940’s and 1950’s. Photo submitted

I never really knew that about him.” Lords of Sceptre is a oneact play that is directed by Mark Claxton and stars Mikael Steponchev, Tyler Toppings and Legbo Menebgo. It lasts 70 minutes and has the three actors playing multiple roles as well as a bit of baseball

in a theatre-of-the-round setting. “I think the audience will feel very involved and there are times when they will pull people out of the audience to play a character in the show,” said Ulrich. The play will be in Estevan Nov. 22 at the Royal Canadian Legion. Tickets are $20

for adults and $15 for seniors and students. It will also be in Lampman Nov. 21 at the legion in that twon. Tickets for the Estevan show can be purchased at Henders Drugs or through Ulrich at 306-487-7512. Tickets for the Lampman show are also available through Woodley Well Services’ office.

Envision receives federal funding for program Envision Counselling and Support Centre has received a funding boost from the Canadian Women’s Foundation for a new program, Growing Together. The local agency was one of just two Saskatchewan organizations to receive a violence prevention grant from the Canadian Women’s Foundation (CWF), and one of just 20 in the country. “We are so thrilled to be recognized by the Canadian Women’s Foundation, as an organization that can provide this specialized program, and that can follow through with the requirements of the grant itself,” says Envision executive

director Christa Daku. The Growing Together program is for families that are enrolled in the Children Exposed to Violence program, where the parent is also involved with Envision Counselling in some way. “When a child enters the Children Exposed to Violence programming, Envision Counselling will also involve the parents with the therapy, through mini-meetings, phone calls and email contact,” said Daku. “The goal of Growing Together is to improve parenting skills of our clients by providing parents with tools and information to maximize effectiveness of the counselling sessions.

Bailey Gaignard retires from army cadets after successful tenure Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Bailey Gaignard has retired from the Royal Canadian Army Cadet program after a decorated five-year tenure. He was a regimental sergeant major when he retired. Gaignard lives in Estevan and commutes to Weyburn each week to attend cadets in that city. He has been the regimental sergeant major of 2302 Weyburn Army Cadets for the past three years, and has served with pride and distinction. After joining the cadet program at the age of 13, he quickly rose through the ranks, and according to a news release from the Weyburn cadets, he displayed outstanding leadership and problem-solving skills. A few highlights from his career have been: he was one of 70 cadets from across Canada to be selected to attend an international exchange to the United Kingdom and France for six weeks in 2017; he was one of 15 cadets in Canada to attend the 2017 national expedition, where he canoed from Whitehorse, Yukon, to Dawson City, and hiked in the mountains of the Yukon. He was awarded the Army Cadet service medal and bar, representing five years of service, and the Lord Strathcona Medal, which is the highest award which can be bestowed upon a cadet in recognition of exemplary performance in physical and military training. Gaignard is looking to join the Canadian Armed Forces and work in the field of mechanics.

“Parents will reinforce themes that were discussed during session to offer greater opportunity for healing of the children, and of the child/par-

ent relationship, which is often in crisis when there is violence in the home.” There are four Envision Counselling offices in the

southeast, but just one Children Exposed to Violence counsellor. All clients coming into the Growing Together program will need to travel to

the Estevan office, however, Daku says there are some funds to help with transportation if this is a barrier to accessing service.

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Air cadet squadron earns provincial honour The No. 30 Wylie-Mitchell Air Cadets Squadron of Estevan has been named the top rural squadron in the province for 2017-18 by the Saskatchewan Air Cadet League. A banner was presented to parent committee member Carol Sylvestre during the league’s annual general meeting Oct. 27. It was then handed over to the local cadets during their weekly practice on Oct. 30 at the Wylie-Mitchell building. “The cadets who are enrolled show up on a regular basis,” said squadron Commanding Officer Danielle Fleury. Thirty-four young people enlisted with the squadron in 2017-18, and Fleury said they might have had one person missing some weeks. Many nights everybody was in attendance. The squadron also participates in a lot of regionally-directed activities, such as marksmanship, biathlon, music, an annual campout, and drill and sports competitions. “We made an effort to participate in all of those

things, and it got us the award,” she said. The air cadets have been trying to win the award for quite a few years, and now have enough staff and cadets to participate in everything. “Finally we had a full slate of staff last year, and we had some very enthusiastic cadets who wanted to go to things, and so we were able to practice and participate in all of those activities,” she said. Cadets also held some fundraisers, and had a very good ceremonial review in May, with numerous awards handed out. This season has started out well, too, she said. They have more than 40 members this year, and have activities related to cadets three days per week, with ground school on Mondays, weekly practices on Tuesdays, and either marksmanship or sports on Wednesdays. “We’ve also already done our campout, which was … the last weekend in September,” said Fleury. “And then we’ve already done our marksmanship day.”

Warrant Officer Second Class Jana Cinnamon and Commanding Officer Danielle Fleury hold the banner presented to the No. 30 Wylie-Mitchell Air Cadets Squadron. Photo submitted

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Education discussed at summit More than 250 sector stakeholders, representing more than 75 organizations, joined with representatives from the Ministry of Education to begin work on developing the path that education in Saskatchewan will follow over the next 10 years. The theme of the twoday education summit, held in Saskatoon, was Shaping the Future of Education: A Shared Vision. “In the spring, I asked our ministry to work collaboratively with education sector stakeholders to begin planning for the future of education, beyond 2020,” Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant said. “We know that we need to work together to ensure each student reaches their full potential and is ready for a 21st century workforce, and I am encouraged to see our education sector partners come together to plan and participate in this summit.” The planning committee members at the summit included representatives

from the Saskatchewan School Boards Association; the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation; the League of Educational Administrators, Directors and Superintendents of Saskatchewan; the Saskatchewan Association of School Business Officials; the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations; the Métis Nation – Saskatchewan/Gabriel Dumont Institute; and the Office of the Treaty Commissioner. Each organization will take the ideas generated at the summit back to their respective members to provide further input. Students and parents will also be given the opportunity to provide feedback on the future plan. The plan for education beyond 2020 will build upon the successes of the Education Sector Strategic Plan that was created in 2014 by the Government of Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan’s school divisions, and the First Nations and Métis education organizations, with additional collaboration from other education sector partners.

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Friday, Nov. 9: • Five-ingredient Friday With Brigitte Lalonde at the Estevan Public Library at 2 p.m. will teach people to make chicken soup for fighting the flu. Saturday, Nov. 10: • Teen movie at the Estevan Public Library at noon. • Lego Club at the Estevan Public Library at 2 p.m. • Amberley Beatty is Real Patsy at the Royal Canadian Legion’s Estevan branch at 6 p.m. is a Patsy Cline tribute show. Event also features a supper.  Sunday, Nov. 11: • Royal Canadian Legion Estevan branch’s Remembrance Day service at 10:30 a.m. at the Estevan Comprehensive School’s gymnasium will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Wreaths will be laid afterwards during a cenotaph service. • Bells of Peace at the Es-

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• Operation Christmas Child National Collection Week at the Estevan Alliance Church. People are encouraged to drop off their shoeboxes during the week; deadline is Nov. 18 at 4 p.m.

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• Dances for new dancers at the Estevan 60-andOver Club at 7:30 p.m. offers lessons on square dancing. Tuesday, Nov. 13: • 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. • Kindness cards at the Estevan Public Library at 4 p.m. will see children make cards to brighten somebody’s day.  Wednesday, Nov. 14:

Operation Christmas Child collection week

• Get it Write Writers Group at the Estevan Public Library at 6 p.m. is a session with Mary Lou Rosengren. • Power Dodge Estevan Bruins hockey game against the Notre Dame Hounds at 7 p.m. at Affinity Place. Thursday, Nov. 15: • Family Art at the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum at10 a.m. is an art time for children and their caregivers. • Tween International Fast Food Day taste test at the Estevan Public Library at 4 p.m. will offer fast food-themed games for children. • Teen virtual reality games at the Estevan Public Library at 5:30 p.m. 

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tevan cenotaph at 5 p.m. is a ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War’s conclusion. Church bells will ring 100 times. • Canadian Wrestling Elite at the Wylie-Mitchell building at 6 p.m. features an appearance by former WWE star Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake. Monday, Nov. 12:

• Diabetes seminar at the Estevan Public Library at 1:30 p.m. will be guided by Clint Davies, who has diabetes and has been recognized for his contributions to Diabetes Canada. • Magic: The Gathering at the Estevan Public Library at 5:30 p.m. sees participants build their decks and play each other for fun.

Friday, Nov. 16: • Power Dodge Estevan Bruins hockey game against the Melville Millionaires at 7:30 p.m. at Affinity Place. • Estevan Minor Hockey Association’s peewee house tournament happening at Estevan arenas throughout the weekend. To submit an event for the community calendar, please visit or email it to



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First house concert Host Molly Heier, pianist Lisa Rumpel and saxophone player Matthew Robinson gather for a group photo during the first concert for the rejuvenated Living Room Live concert series on Thursday night. Robinson and Rumpel performed in Heier’s home for a crowd of about 50 people. It was the first of three Living Room Live concerts to happen in Estevan in the 2018-19 season. Photo submitted

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The Young Historical Society has been meeting at the museum since the start of the school year. Meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of the month during the school year, from 4-5 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We decided that this year we wanted to expand our programs that are offered to the community during the fall and winter, considering that now we are open year-round,â&#x20AC;? said Mark Veneziano, the director-curator of the museum, who also serves as the instructor of the Young Historical Society. Students come to the museum once school is finished for the day to learn about local history and some general Canadian and Saskatchewan history as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;During the hour, we play games, we participate in crafts and we have a history lesson,â&#x20AC;? said Veneziano. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s session (Nov. 6) is on heroes and heroines, so weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to be learning about Remembrance Day that is coming up this weekend, as well as â&#x20AC;Ś with our hat display, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to be featuring Donald Sillers hat, so that kids can actually really see the impact of the war, especially in this area.â&#x20AC;? Sillers was a pilot from Estevan who served during the Second World War, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. (For more on Sillers and the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hat display, see Page A5).

Other potential topics during the meetings include historical games and toys, as well as changes in technology. Now that the program is into its third month, more young people know about it and the museum has had more registrations. The largest class thus far is four people. They can accommodate up to 13 people. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re having fun,â&#x20AC;? said Veneziano. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The last session was all about the history of Halloween, so we learned all about monsters, ghosts and vampires â&#x20AC;Ś and the history of the area. With that one, we learned about the MĂŠtis legend of the Rougarou, which was a werewolf, so a lot of kids did not know about that, and they actually enjoyed learning about that story.â&#x20AC;? There is a $5 fee to attend the program each week. Young people can join the society at any time, but the museum asks that young people register in advance, so that they know how many will be present for the session.

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What I learned from the Enduro race Thanks to some nice people who bought and built a car for me, I got to drive in this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Enduro race at the Estevan Motor Speedway. What is an Enduro, you ask? Basically, you take an old street car, remove the windows, move the gas tank and race for 150 laps or an hour and a half, whichever comes first. As the race began, I was feeling good. I passed a lot of cars and thought

that I might even have a chance to win. Then it happened.   Coming off corner two, the car suddenly lost power. It was still running. I still had the gas pedal mashed to the floor, but it was slowing down.  Then I looked at the temperature gauge and noticed that it was right at the top. The car was overheating. In order to keep speeds down a bit, the track is heavily watered and very muddy, so I assumed that my radia-

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tor was clogged with mud. I pulled into the infield and asked one of the track workers to have a look and he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is completely clean.â&#x20AC;? Turns out, the car was

overheating simply because it was working too hard.  It was not designed to run at full throttle while plowing through deep, sticky mud. After the engine cooled off,

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it started running better and I was back in the race. Until I totalled the car off on lap 40, but that is another article for another time. Sometimes I feel like that overheating enduro car. When I fill my calendar with too much work and too little rest, it catches up to me. Doing as much as we can as fast as we can may seem like a good idea, but it is counter-productive. We were not designed to live at

a full throttle. If we are going to survive and hang in there for the long haul, we need to learn to slow down and relax once in a while. More than that, we need to know that God is in control and trust him to look after us.    You have a choice:    You can go fast, or you can go far.    You likely cannot do both. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Be still and know that I am God!â&#x20AC;? (Psalm 46:10).

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Dave and Joyce Mack named speedway Volunteers of the Year By Corey Atkinson

Dave and Joyce Mack were inseparable in their love of local racing and as such, were inseperable when it came to choosing the Estevan Motor Speedway’s Volunteers of the Year. The Macks accepted the award Saturday at the speedway’s annual awards night and banquet. “Joyce and I are there together every race day, and I guess it wouldn’t be any other way,” said Dave Mack. “They told us they couldn’t recognize one without the other, so we’re very appreciative of that.” The Macks have quite separate fields of expertise when it comes to what they’re doing on any particular race night. “It’s anything from looking after the grounds and making

sure the facilities are clean and functional,” said Dave Mack. “Joyce looks after the concession so she looks after the ordering of the food and getting her groups organized for setting of the food, and cooking and prepping.” On race day it’s not uncommon for them to be there from 8 a.m. to whenever they’re done their tasks. When it comes to the enjoyment of the experience, the track gives back every year. “The real feel good moment … is our biggest race of the year when the Dakota Mod tour comes,” Dave Mack said. “We get to show off our facility. We have a world-class facility and we get people from every state in the U.S. and (province in) western Canada come in and they tell us. We’re very proud of that. We helped build it and help run it. Nine-

teen years later we’re still accomplishing what we want to do.” Joyce said that they will sometimes go to Minot, N.D. to watch the Dakota Mods tour stop there and come back home to turn the lights on at the EMS track so the haulers can find their way in the dark. “It’s dark when they come and sometimes it’s one or two in the morning and it’s a way to welcome them to our racetrack,” Joyce Mack said. “It’s that feeling of camaraderie and spending time with people like (stock car driver) Joren (Boyce) who come and race every week. We know when he’s pulling into the yard… and everyone’s a team in that job.” What keeps them going year after year – next year will be their 20th at the track – is the opportunity to work with people in the community and

the chance to work together as a couple. “(We like to see) all the fans, and all the people that come from the U.S., Canada and everywhere that come to see our race track,” said Joyce Mack. “And to have a good show for the people in our community.” Dave Mack said the track is always trying to improve on how they do things. “Everyone at the facility, we want it to run like clockwork,” he said. “We want everything done right. And it starts from days ahead right through the whole evening.” Despite winning the award, they have no plans to stop helping out at the track in their various capacities. “This is where we live, this is what we love to do and we volunteer to keep it going,” Dave Mack said.

Joyce and Dave Mack accept their award Saturday night.

Speedway Wall of Fame welcomes track builder By Corey Atkinson

There are a lot of people who build a reputation in the community, or build a metaphor for a bridge between people, but the Estevan Motor Speedway’s newest member of the Wall of Fame actually helped physically build the track. James Gustafson described some of the process as he accepted the award Saturday night at the EMS’s annual awards banquet and dinner. “It feels really good to be acknowledged,” said Gus-

tafson, also a former president of EMS. “I’m not the kind of person that needs acknowledgement but it’s nice to have.” Since helping build the track nearly 20 years ago, Gustafson has seen a lot of the changes that have gone on and how the track has grown. “It’s an ever-growing thing,” he said. “I think we’re very fortunate to be licensed under IMCA. They’re an organization that really helps us with the rulings and that kind of thing. That’s always changing with the way the engines and all that have changed. They’ve

got to be on top of that all the time.” The racers ultimately know what kind of racetrack they want to be on, Gustafson said, and that was their goal when they built the track. “Three components make a racetrack run,” he said. “That’s the workers and volunteers, the fans and the drivers. And you’ve got to keep a balance among all three of those.” He said there were years when the track wasn’t as good as it is now. There were years of experimentation and with better equipment, it’s been

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made tremendous. “When we started, a lot of the racers liked a tacky track and some still do,” Gustafson said. “But for the most part a lot of them like a dry slick, and to get that in place where it’s not dusty and is a good racing surface. Smooth… that’s what really makes good racing.” As someone who started from the ground up, Gustafson liked the construction part of the track, but a highlight for him was to have different people come together when it happened. “It was just good to be with all these different people

who were all experts in their own field,” he said. Gustafson said travelling to Minot, N.D.’s race track was a good experience and he didn’t think they could replicate that in Estevan. “I think we’ve actually surpassed it,” he said. “Other than the east winds we get all the time that fills the stands with dust, there’s nothing more enjoyable on a nice summer evening than to sit there and watch these guys compete.” Gustafson still loves the sound of the engines and the smell of the fuel and the competitiveness of race day.

Big Six Hockey League season starts The first few games of the Big Six Hockey League season are in the books and there are a few surprises already. The Carnduff Red Devils gave a cold welcome to the Kipling/Windthorst Oil Kings in their first Big Six League game ever. Saturday, Carnduff scored a whopping six goals in the first period, two in the second and five in the third on their way to a 13-2 stomping of the Oil Kings. Blake McMillen and Trevor Geiger each scored hat tricks, but the offensive star of the game was Matthew Audette, who scored a

goal and seven assists. Justin Perry also added five helpers in the game. Matt Bean and James Gallagher scored the goals for Kipling/Windthorst. The Midale Mustangs are in first place early due to a pair of wins they had Friday and Saturday. They beat the Carlyle PureChem Cougars 4-3 in overtime Friday and the Arcola/Kisbey Combines 7-2 Saturday. After getting two assists earlier in the game, Brad Tomiski’s marker 1:01 into overtime lifted the Mustangs to a win in Car-

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lyle. Taylor Van De Sype, Garrett Sherlock and Connor Burk each scored in regulation for Midale, while Carlyle’s goals came from Ben Johnstone, who had two, and Mason Belanger. Saturday, Sherlock scored two goals and two assists, Tomiski scored two goals and an assist, with Matthew Geske, Adam Zeigler and Steven Lindenback scoring singles. Rhett Palmer and Kendall Oliver scored Arcola/Kisbey’s goals. The Bienfait Coalers got off on the right

foot as well, winning their first game 6-3 over the Yellow Grass Wheat Kings. Keegan Malaryk scored two goals and an assist and Dylan Herzberg scored a goal and three assists. Other goals were scored by Carson Benning, Wyatt Garagan and Dallas Kickley. Yellow Grass’s goals were scored by Brad Riege, Brendan Vertefeuille and Devin Cobbold. After a busy Friday with four games, the league takes the rest of the Remembrance Day weekend off and there are no games till Tuesday night, when Bienfait hosts Carnduff.

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Estevan taekwondo club hosted annual tournament By Corey Atkinson

Boards were broken, sparring matches were competed for and patterns were performed at the annual Estevan Taekwondo Club tournament. There were several boards that were broken in the morning of the tournament, in a format they haven’t done in a long time. “Thirty years ago, we used to do this when I was starting out,” said Wayne Brown with Estevan Taekwondo, at the event last Saturday in the Estevan Comprehensive School gym, where several clubs from across the province got together for the event. “Lately, the last little while we’ve down power-breaking, and a powerbreaker would do one (movement) with the foot (or) one with the hand. It’s basically a downward strike into a pile of boards

or a back-kick into a pile of boards. “This time, it allowed jumping, spinning, and it was much more pleasing to watch, as far as spectators seeing many different techniques.” The tournament usually has between 100-110 competitors but only had about 80-85 this year. “It’s going well and we’re down a little bit as far as numbers are concerned,” said Brown. “We had a couple of the other clubs in Saskatoon that had other things going on and even some of the other clubs just couldn’t commit to a full team.” The tournament had smaller kids from about ages seven or eight up to adult black belts. Estevan Taekwondo had a lot of names on the podium for both patterns and sparring. “Obviously the Estevan club has more competitors

than everybody else (here),” Brown said. “I would suspect that we took home a lot of medals in the (patterns) round.” The club was set to go to a pair of tournaments this year in Saskatoon but they were cancelled so they haven’t gone to a tournament yet. They will go to a tournament in Saskatoon in January, and then provincials will also be there. “Our club is planning and preparing to go to Toronto for the national competition there with Master (Vito) Palella, and that will be on March 30, (2019),” said Brown. The club is planning to take as many students as possible to that event with Pallela, an eighth-degree black belt who is the national GTF president. “A lot of it is going to be based on fundraising and interest,” he said. “Of course, when we do that, we take ex-

Troy McClelland goes for a kick at Hunter Wallster Saturday at the Estevan Comprehensive School gym at the 2018 Estevan Taekwondo Tournament.

tra time and students have to be prepared to commit and dedicate themselves to extra training. We’ll have extra nights where we’ll just train for that particular event.” Students need to be able to not only compete well, but also be able to put that extra

effort in to get even better and sharper. While the big competitions with extra training are one thing the club does, they also have regular taekwondo, and that has been going well this year. “Our numbers are sitting

around 80 students,” Brown said. “We had a big influx of new beginners. I think it was about 35, which is really nice to see. Then we always lose some as well… but it’s good. Our numbers are relatively stable and so that’s all we can ask for.”

Atom Sharks girls continue undefeated run Despite being shorthanded due to illness and injury, the U12 atom girls Sharks continued their undefeated season. The team was one of several squads from the Estevan Sharks water polo club that were playing in tournaments in Regina over the weekend. The U10 mini Sharks coed teams played in, for many

of them, their first tournament at Regina’s Lawson Centre. Results were unavailable but they played teams from Regina and Weyburn. The U12 atom boys came away with only one win on the weekend but the games were close. “Since our last tournament a week ago, these young players have advanced by

leaps and bounds,” said atom coach Sarah Niebergall. The team got plenty of goals from Carson Stopanski and Brody Turner in the games. The bantam boys had a pair of teams entered into the competition, with the Reef Sharks and Tiger Sharks taking part Sunday. Since their last tournament in October

the boys teams have both turned things around and performed well in the pool on Sunday with the Tiger Sharks winning all of their games against Regina Armada and the Weyburn Hurricanes with huge scoring games of 5-3, 8-1, 7-6 and 8-2. The Reef Sharks also played great and came away

with three wins and one loss against the Regina Armada team at the end of the day. Coach David Dzeryk said he was very happy with the scores, but says that there is still room for the players to grow as a team and hopes to start working with them on more advanced plays and defensive moves.

The Mako Sharks played in the U14 girls division and went 3-1 on the day, losing to the Regina Detroyers 7-2 in their first game and then reeling off three wins in a row – 8-5 against the Submarines, 9-5 against the Cruisers and 8-4 against the Cruisers again. Lily Knoll played well in net for the Sharks.

Most female hockey teams hit the road over the weekend There weren’t many games in league action at home for southeast female hockey teams over the weekend. The midget A South East Goldwings (0-3-3) skated to a 1-1 tie with the Carlyle Wildcats (0-3-2) Sunday and a 5-3 loss to the Regina Renegades (5-1-0) Saturday. Katelyn Muchowski scored on an assist from Jordan Gilroy in the first period, while Courtney Roppel scored for Carlyle in the second period with an assist from Riley Klein. Riley Schultz for the Goldwings and Kali Adams for Carlyle duelled in net during the tie. The previous night, Presleigh Runge, Neve Stajniak and Macy Cugnet scored for the Goldwings in their loss to Regina, with Aaliyah McLean

played in net. Carlyle, meanwhile, lost 8-3 to the Prairie Storm Thunder (3-1-1) Saturday in Pilot Butte. Roppel scored twice with an assist and Katelyn Garvey added a goal and an assist. Missy Biermann played in net for the Wildcats, whose next games are this weekend are a home and home series with the Renegades Saturday in Regina and Sunday in Carlyle. The Goldwings have a week off of league action before resuming Nov. 24 against the Southwest Cyclones (0-2). The midget AA South East Goldwings (5-0-0) in the Saskatchewan Female Midget AA Hockey League had a game Tuesday night in Regina against the Rebels (1-

1-1). That score was unavailable at the source. They play at the Parkland Fire (4-2-1) Saturday and Sunday in a battle of their league’s top two teams in the standings. The Estevan bantam Bear Cats (2-3-1) lost 8-1 in Regina Monday to the Bisons (4-3-0). Kiley Davis scored the Bear Cats only goal of the game, with Emmey Rae in net for the entire game. Their next league game is Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Affinity Place against the Balcarres Barracudas (1-3-0). The Estevan peewee Bear Cats went to the southwest corner of the province and split a pair of games. They lost 5-1 to the Southwest Cyclones (1-0) in Gull Lake Saturday and won 4-1 over

the Swift Current Ice Cats (4-2-0) Saturday. In their win Sunday, Kaylin Wilhelm scored two, and Lauren Hassler and Kasenya Einarson scored singles and Riley Scott was the winning goaltender. Wilhelm scored their only goal Saturday and again Scott was in net. The Bear Cats’ next league action is this weekend when they go to Lafleche Saturday to play the Wood River Southwest Ice Cats (0-2-0) and at home Sunday at 1:45 p.m. when they take on the Weyburn Angels (4-1-0). The Estevan atom Bear Cats (3-1-0) played one game, beating the Weyburn AtoMc Gold (1-4-1) 5-2 Sunday. Julia Durr and Kaybree Fonstad scored a pair each in that


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and Miley Lockerby scored the other. The Bear Cats went without a goal in their 4-0 loss later in the day. Kiera Barker was in net for both games. In their win over Swift Current Sunday, Ella Fornwald, Einarsson, Lockery and Hudsyn Hozjan scored for the Bear Cats, with Barker again in net. In addition to their game against the other Bear Cats team, the Senchuk Bear Cats are home Sunday to the Weyburn AtoMc Red at 4 p.m. at the Power Dodge Ice Centre.

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game, and Emma Holzer scored the other. Taylor Short was in net. Their next game is Saturday against the Estevan Senchuk Bear Cats (4-3-1) at 6 p.m. at the Power Dodge Ice Centre. The Senchuk Bear Cats played three games in the weekend, splitting a pair Saturday in Rosetown against the Western Prairie Redwings and winning 4-3 in Swift Current against the Thunder (2-1-1). Gracyn Einarson scored two in the 3-1 win in Rosetown over the Redwings (3-1-1),


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Midget AA Bruins outscore their opposition by wide margin throughout 60 minutes of hockey when it’s as onesided as it was. “We just tried to worry about ourselves,” said Bruins head coach Riley Hengen. “In a game like that you don’t want to pick up bad habits and get lazy. I thought the guys did a good job of staying disciplined and staying to their assignments. There wasn’t much else we could do, it was just one of those games. The Bruins were up 4-1 after the first period and 6-1 after the second. The game fell apart for Moose Jaw even further as the goals piled up. “We want to keep playing to our level,” said Hengen. “We don’t want to play below our skills and at the

By Corey Atkinson

The quality of opposition wasn’t the best they’ll see this year, but the Estevan midget AA Apex Bruins were still able to do what they needed to do to win a pair of games on the weekend, and then some. The Bruins won 5-0 over the Regina Capitals (3-5-0-2) in Regina Friday and 11-1 over the Moose Jaw Warriors (1-8-0-0) Sunday at Affinity Place in Saskatchewan Midget AA Hockey League action. The game against Moose Jaw was out of the realm of reasonable doubt early and it’s often not easy to make sure a team’s feet remain on the gas pedal

Estevan midget AA Apex Bruins forward Jared Fornwald leans into a shot Sunday at Affinity Place against the Moose Jaw Warriors.

same time we don’t want to pick up any bad habits. We want to play our own game

but maybe not as aggressive at times. We don’t want to let off the gas too much.”

Peewee Bruins win home game in Carlyle against Weyburn It was home sweet home in Carlyle for the Estevan Meter Bruins Saturday. The Bruins (3-3-0) won their first ‘home’ game of the Saskatchewan Peewee AA Hockey League regular season with a 5-2 victory over



Weyburn (2-3-1) at the Carlyle Arena. Turner Jacobson scored the only goal of the first period 5:48 into the game as the Bruins took a 1-0 lead. Weyburn fought back in the second period to tie the


game up at 2-2 despite Kade Phillips’ goal for Estevan. In the third period, the Bruins took over with Carter Onrait scoring on the power play 2:09 into the frame. Chase Robertson and Jayden Kuchinka scored to salt the

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and Logan Nagel got the win in net. Friday’s Bruin goals were scored by Miller, who had two, Widenmaier, Stewart and Hull. Zane Winter had his first career midget AA shutout in the game, but shots on goal were unavailable. The Bruins’ next action is this weekend in the Kelly Dmyterko Memorial Tournament in Prince Albert – a tournament they won in 2016. They return to league action Nov. 23 with a home game against the Weyburn Wings.

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game away for the Bruins. Ty Fehrenback got the win in net for the Bruins. The Bruins’ next action is on the weekend when they travel to Yorkton to battle the Terriers (2-1-0) Friday and Saturday.

Dalton Schrader scored four goals and two assists in the game, and Cale Adams, Tanner Stovin and Tayce Miller scored two each. Kieran Stewart scored the other goal, while Dylan Hull, Kelby Widenmaier and Chase Gedak picked up three assists each. “I feel like our lines are all starting to click with each other and we’re all starting to build off each other’s play and it’s been going really good,” said Gedak. Shots on goal were 3813 in favour of Estevan,



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