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A big day of celebrations in Carnduff Family activities and entertainment were offered for the public as part of the Canada Day celebrations at the Carnduff Memorial Park. Choose Life Ministry accepted the responsibility for organizing the festivities, and came through with an afternoon of activities. Chrys Spittall, who is part of Chose Life’s board, said it was a great afternoon in the town, and about 200-250 people were in attendance. “It was very busy,” she said. “There was lots of people there and they had a nice relaxing family time.” This year marked the first time that Choose Life has run the event. “Everything ran smoothly on the day. Of course there will be a few things that we will look at that we could tweak to make it run a bit better, but overall we’re very happy about how the day went and it fell into place.” Activities included bouncy castles, free swimming and food vendors throughout the day. Other attractions included hair braiding, a raffle, a loonie auction, a tractor pull and a toonie cake walk. Live music featuring a variety of bands, including some from the Carnduff area, ran during the afternoon and evening. “The music was absolutely awesome,” Spittall said. “It was a local family here, the Szakacs family, and they have a band call Curtis and Bonnie and Family, and they had a really good performance.” Among the other bands was Revelation from Nipawin who came and performed. Several local acts were also part of the festivities. “People sat and really enjoyed
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Sanctuary meeting care needs while giving animals their forever home When Rhonda and Laura Stock launched the Happy Little Hooves animal sanctuary early in 2019, they did so with the intention of giving small animals a forever home while providing care and improving health for those animals. It’s grown much quicker than they could have ever imagined, but their mandate of providing that level of care hasn’t changed. Happy Little Hooves started at the end of January with just three animals. Now they’re up to 15, and getting close to capacity. Two donkeys, a miniature mule, eight miniature horses and four ponies reside there, in addition to animals they had before
Happy Little Hooves started. “We decided we would start an actual sanctuary and see how it goes, and it exploded,” Rhonda Stock said, laughing. The sanctuary is a notfor-profit that provides veterinary care, hoof care and a loving home to animals. It’s not a rescue shelter or a place where the animals are up for adoption. It is registered with animal protection services, so they want to save room for a few more animals to care for, in case one arrives that requires care and the Stocks’ expertise. “We want to make sure we have room for them, so we’re kind of tapped out at 15 right now, until we can do some more fencing, too, and that’s one thing we’re
Kareenna Griffin receives a ride aboard Willy while Amberlee Stock leads the way.
fundraising for is money to get more fences up so we can have more of the animals,” Stock said. The animals they do have are doing very well. The toughest cases were three ponies who were in really rough shape. One of them was all skin and bones; another’s hair was all falling out due to malnutrition and anemia. “We got them all fixed up, and with the little guy, who was all skin and bones, he’s starting to gain weight now and he’s starting to look a lot better,” said Stock. “He’s a work in progress. A lot of them come in with hoof issues, and so we’ve been working on those, getting everybody’s hooves fixed up.” The Stocks have also been working on some behavioural issues, getting their animals to be more sociable. They still don’t intend to open up the sanctuary for adoptions. It’s still meant to be a place where the animals move on, in case they find themselves in another bad situation. “In the future, we may do a fostering program, where they would still be part of the sanctuary, but they would be fostered by other people, but we’re not to that point yet. And we would only do that with the really healthy ones, whereas most of the ones we have, have some kind of health issue or behavioural issue, which is why they’re here.” Other members of their animal family have been there for a while. Horton the donkey arrived at the end of 2011 after living as a petting zoo donkey. Horton was particularly attached to a goat named Nigel, who had a temper. “The goat was chasing kids, and so we took him in so that Horton could still stay with his goat, because they were super attached,” said Stock. “Horton is very social, and he loves going out and
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meeting kids and things.” Horton’s about 20 years old now, but he’s still living a healthy and happy life. An open house was held on June 29 at the Stocks’ farm southwest of Estevan. Stock described it as an opportunity to introduce their animals to the public, show them where they live, and provide the story on some of the animals, so people know where the sanctuary is located and what they’re about. Pony rides were offered for children, and people could visit a pony kissing booth. A silent auction and a canteen raised funds, and stuffed donkeys and horses were for sale. “It’s a chance to meet the animals and pet them and get to know them all,” said Stock.
Stock said they still need hay, since their ponies need to be on dry feed as opposed to rich, green grass. Fencing materials, as mentioned before, would be welcome. Supplements, oats and other items would also be appreciated.
People can sponsor animals at the shelter, with sponsorships ranging from monthly to yearly, and they will receive updates on their animals’ progress. Stock said they have some sponsorships already.
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We are still a safe community The last couple of weeks of June were not kind to Estevan when it came to crime. There was a stabbing in the southwest end of the city. But there were also impaired driver arrests, a rash of vandalism incidents, drug busts and other incidents. Outside of the city, there was a very unfortunate incident in which a four-year-old girl had to be rushed to St. Joseph’s Hospital after inadvertently ingesting methamphetamine while at Woodlawn Regional Park’s Boundary Dam beach site. There was also the rather creepy incident at a local restaurant in which a couple of men tried to have their photo taken with a young boy. While they owned up to the incident and weren’t charged, the incident didn’t pass the smell test with a lot of people. All of these things happening within a span of about two weeks sent people flocking to social media and sounding the alarm bells about safety in the community. But this community is likely safer now than it has been in some time. Each year, Statistics Canada releases the crime severity index (CSI). It’s a complex, convoluted system that assigns weight to different types of crimes, and calculates a severity rate based on a population of 100,000 people. It is a system that tends to be hard on smaller cities. North Battleford has led the CSI for several years. Thompson, Man., used to lead the way. Other Prairie communities like Prince Albert and Yorkton have rated highly in the past. It doesn’t take many serious, violent crimes to inflate the CSI ranking of a small city. Estevan used to be one of the worst cities in the province when it comes to the CSI. But our ratings for 2016 and 2017 were among the lowest since Stats. Can started tracking the data; in fact, Estevan had the biggest drop in the country from 2012 to 2017. We’ll get our CSI information for 2018 in a few weeks, but given the numbers that we saw last year, Estevan will likely be fairly low once again. The CSI isn’t perfect. It doesn’t place much of an emphasis on impaired driving, theft, mischief or drug possession, crimes that Estevan continues to fight in an effort to get those numbers lower. And in the end, a community is only as safe as the feeling of the average citizen. Does that person feel safe when walking around at night? Or are they worried about getting mugged? Estevan’s CSI rating might be higher than most large cities, but people feel safer here than in Toronto or Montreal, where gangs and street crime are more prevalent. Ultimately we should feel safe. We just had a series of high-profile and dangerous incidents in late June in and around the city. But those aren’t everyday occurrences in this community. It’s just bizarre to have several of them happen in a short period of time. We might not have another stretch like that again for some time. We have good police officers with the Estevan Police Service and the Estevan RCMP. Rural detachments have good RCMP officers as well. But there will always be crime. And it will be incumbent on us to take the necessary steps to prevent crime, by locking doors to homes and vehicles when leaving them unattended. People in southeast Saskatchewan should feel safe when walking around their communities at night, regardless of whether it’s a community of 100 people or 12,000 people.
Someone was paid to design that? Saskatchewan residents were in an uproar on Canada Day. No, it wasn’t because severe storms swept through the province on our nation’s 152nd birthday, wreaking havoc with some Canada Day festivities. (Sadly, Bienfait’s bash was among the ones affected, as their fireworks display was cut shortfor the second straight year). And no, it wasn’t over something that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in his address to the country. (Although it was interesting to see Trudeau wade into a partisan, campaign-style speech that would have made U.S. President Donald Trump proud). No, our source of frustration came during the Saskatchewan Roughriders game. The Riders thumped the Toronto Argonauts 32-7. There was a two-hour delay due to a thunderstorm. The storm could be forgiven. Fans had fun during the storm delay. Many stuck around afterwards, although you have to wonder how many were there for football, and how many waited to find out if they won the 50-50 draw. But what really drew the fans’ ire was the makeover for Gainer the Gopher, the team’s beloved mascot. Now, I’ll admit I generally don’t give a damn about mascots. Oh sure, I laughed at the Philly Fanatic and the San Diego Chicken. I really laughed when Mariner Moose took a spill while waterskiing behind an ATV. And I have an autographed from Youppi, the legendary mascot of my beloved Montreal Expos. But outside of a handful of teams, I can’t tell you much about mascots in any sport. Gainer’s one of the few mascots I can identify. Sure a lot of his antics are clichéd, like waving the defence signs at midfield to energize the nervous crowd at a key point in the game. But he’d also lay down on the field and watch in admiration during the cheer-
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leader routine, and he was capable of some pretty good acrobatics. He did his job well, he knew how to entertain the masses and he could be found at many events across the province. It’s not a job I would want. No matter how many mini-fans are blowing in that outfit, it won’t be enough when it’s 30 C outside. For some inexplicable reason, the Riders decided now was the time to give Gainer a makeover. A slimmed down look. Running shoes. A bigger smile. And crazy eyes. I mean, really crazy eyes. It’s nice that they’re green, but they’re just crazy looking. I don’t know why anyone thought Gainer needed a refreshed look. And I definitely can’t believe that someone was paid to come up with that design, or that people in the Rider organization gave the thumbs up to the idea. Maybe the person who designed Gainer Version 2.0 is a closet Bombers fan. Since this is 2019, fans shared their disdain in the fashion you would expect. They took to social media to mock the new-look Gainer. They laughed at the eyes, the smile and the seven months he seemingly spent on Weight Watchers. And, since we’re living in 2019, there’s even a petition out there to bring the old Gainer look back. Who wants to talk about a convincing victory in the home opener, or the great game by Rider quarterback Cody Fajardo? There’s an ugly new look for the
mascot to pan. Rider fans suffer from premature evaluation more than any other fan base I’ve seen, but they were right to loathe the new Gainer look the moment they saw it. I remember, back in 2000, just before I moved to Estevan, I went to a B.C. Lions game with my old college roommate. It might have been against the Riders. And I remember that night the Lions unveilled some ghastly thing they named The Beast. There was a cage covered by a drape. Then an explosion went off. Smoke went in the air. And we saw the least-intimidating mascot in sports history. I don’t condone performanceenhancing drugs, but The Beast could have used a serious infusion of steroids. Maybe then it might have been as imposing as a poodle. It might have been designed to spell off B.C. Lions mascot Leo the Lion, or maybe it was meant to be a partner in crime for Leo. Anyways, The Beast didn’t last too long. I’m not sure was there at the end of the season to see the Lions beat the Montreal Alouettes in the Grey Cup. You don’t see it at Lions games anymore, and Leo the Lion is still in a onemascot den. It’s time for the Saskatchewan Roughriders to toss the new Gainer look in the same mascot scrap heap as B.C.’s Beast. At the next game, or maybe during the Labour Day Classic, have someone out there dressed in the new Gainer outfit, trying to cheer the Riders on. And then have the person who regularly dresses as Gainer come out in the real Gainer outfit, and lay waste to the new outfit. If you thought a Charleston Hughes sack on Matt Nichols late in the fourth quarter of the Labour Day Classic would get a big reaction, imagine the cheers that the demise of New Gainer, at the hands of Real Gainer, would generate.
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Cheers Cheers to all of the communities and organizations in the southeast that had activities for Canada Day. The toughest part was trying to choose which events to go to. Cheers to the people of Estevan and area who so generously donated and lent costume items and props for the Souris Valley Theatre’s production of Ranchers and Rustlers. It is always amazing how when a request for help is made, so many people are quick to step forward. Cheers to the two new carvings taking place on Third Street. Darren Jones has done another masterful work in transforming two old tree stumps into tributes to Estevan. Cheers to the different organizations offering activities and summer camps for youths, so they don’t spend so much time in front of a screen this summer.
Jeers Jeers to the St. Joseph’s Hospital’s admitting desk for having a clear sheet of glass with a small hole for the patient to talk to the receptionist. You have to holler for them to hear you and sometimes have to repeat it, so that everyone in the waiting room hears your problem.
Co-op hands out cheques at member equity days It’s a long-standing tradition for co-ops: the member equity day, when the co-op hands over cheques to members based on how much money they spent in the different departments the previous fiscal year, and the overall profits of the co-op./ The Southern Plains Coop held its member equity days at different locations in the southeast in the final week of June. Oxbow was on June 25, followed by Estevan on June 26 and 27, respectively. Alameda was the last one June 28. Approximately 4,500 cheques were produced this year, according to co-op human resources manager Carol McKay. It reflects how busy the co-op has been. “The co-op did have a good percentage paid back in equity dollars,” said McKay. The co-op paid out more than $2.51 million in member allocations for the 201819 fiscal year, which ended on Jan. 31. In their gas bar, people received six cents per litre, or 5 1/2 per cent of their purchases. Farm diesel is seven cent paid back, or 5 1/2 per cent, oil purchases are a 10 per cent pay back, food is a three per cent return and everything else is a two per
A large crowd turned out for the member equity day at the Southern Plains Co-op’s Estevan grocery store on June 27.Photo submitted
cent return. “Based on those dollars, 25 per cent of the current allocation got paid back in cash,” said McKay. Fundraising barbecues were held in conjunction with each member equity day. “Each location picked a charity that they wanted to … give the money to,” said McKay. “It was by donation. Members picked up a burger or a hot dog, and the proceeds went to the charity, and the member could also
pick up their equity cheques from the co-op for their 2018 purchases.” The barbecues in Carlyle and Alameda supported ball teams in the area, while Oxbow’s beneficiary was the Expressway Family Centre. Proceeds from the Estevan barbecue went to the new South East Saskatchewan Search and Rescue chapter. Member allocations are part of being a co-op member. Based on purchases, which they collect using their
co-op number, the purchases are tabulated at the end of the financial year in late January. “The co-op then does their financial statement, and based on the income that the co-op has made for the year, part of that income is paid back to the number,” said McKay. If the cheques weren’t picked up, people can drop by the admin department at the co-op’s Estevan grocery store, or the cheques will be mailed out at the end of August.
Jeers to those grumbling about the cancellation of the Bienfait Canada Day fireworks. They tried to get the fireworks in before the storm hit. It just didn’t work out. Jeers to whoever redesigned the outfit for Gainer the Gopher. They took the iconic look of the Riders mascot, and turned it into a laughing stock. Jeers to the funding the federal government has given to projects in the Estevan area. Not only is it not enough, but it’s being spent in the wrong areas. To submit a cheer or a jeer, please email it to email@example.com, or visit www.estevanmercury.ca.
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Kieran Kyle, left, and Renesmee Thompson enjoyed outdoor activities at the Rusty Duce Playpark in Pleasantdale on Tuesday afternoon. It was the opening day for the Estevan Playparks season, and children turned out to enjoy crafts in the morning and swimming in the afternoon. The parks will be open for daily activities throughout the summer.
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Troy LeBlanc from the Wa-Wa Shrine Club had a great seat for the parade.
From left, Real, Summer, Talon and Haven Bourassa were among the patriotic Canadians who attended the Canada Day celebrations
Jennica Memory, left, painted Hunter Sands face on Canada Day.
The Estevan Bible Camp had a well-decorated parade float.
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Judith Wilkinson, left, and Sheena Grunert attended the Canada Day festivities.
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Magnum Cementing Services is known for its wellbore cementing, but the company is now parlaying its expertise into the use of cement to stabilize large areas of the surface. The company, which has a location at Bienfait, servicing southeast Saskatchewan, has been showing off their new business line, Magnum Infrastructure. In Saskatchewan, they also have offices in Kindersley and Shaunavon. “It’s new to this area, and it’s new to areas in Alberta, but it’s been going on in the east and down south for over 20 years,” said David Kennedy, business development manager. “We introduced it here because we thought it would be a compliment to our business, because we’re doing a lot of drilling pads and commercial yards. “Basically, we bring equipment in to grade the site, then we have a tilling machine that blends up the in-situ soil, cement, and water. There’s a precise blend of cement designed for every client’s soil conditions. We till it in 12 inches deep, pack, and grade, finishing with a smooth drum packer,” Kennedy explained. “We’ve done feedlots, laneways, roads, pits, but a lot of the interest is in large drilling pads. There’s a substantial cost and environmental impact with rig and swamp matting, renting that matting and cleaning that matting.” “There’s a good lifespan on it, but the good thing is when you’re done with the pad and want to put it back into natural state, we can come back and grind it and put it back to the original soil pH levels,” he said. The tilling machine has a
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Long-time business proud to be in Carlyle Carlyle has given its residents lots of reasons to be proud of where they live, and the town’s business community is one source of pride. One of the long-standing businesses is King’s Department Store, located on Main Street. It’s a business that has plenty to offer its
customers, with its fashion, footwear and accessories for adults and youths. Owner Ken King said Carlyle is fortunate to have all that it has right now. “We had what I would call some definite boom years, and things have tailed off since then, but they’re still very good,” said King.
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Throughout the summer, Carlyle has it Regardless of the time of year, Carlyle is a bustling community with plenty to offer residents and visitors alike. But during the summer months in particular, it’s an exciting place to be. Natalie Miller, who is the
town’s chief administrative officer, said they get a lot of people who come into the community who spend their summers at Kenosee Lake and White Bear First Nation. “We have a lot of extra people in the community doing some shopping and
spending some time with us, which we really appreciate,” said Miller. Some special events will be taking place in the summer. The Carlyle Fun Day will happen on Aug. 17, with a kids’ zone, a car show and live entertainment through-
Tourism helps Carlyle businesses succeed « A8 Thirteen full-time and part-time employees work in the Carlyle store. King’s parents opened the original store in Wawota in 1976. The Wawota store is still open six days a week. They eventually expanded operations to Redvers in 1978 and Carlyle in 1985.
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Town of Carlyle chief administrative officer Natalie Miller. Photo submitted
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The Carlyle Swimming Pool is one of many attractions in the community. Photo submitted
is well established.” The swimming pool, located in the Lions campground, is a big attraction to the community. It’s a junior Olympic-sized pool with a zero entry, some spray structures and a small slide. It’s open daily during the summer months, and is popular with lane swimmers and for swimming lessons. The town also has a ninehole golf course at the east edge of the town along Highway 13. Recreation and cultural groups are also doing well. The business community is strong and diverse. A new furniture store, Fireside Furniture and Appliances, is the most recent addition to the business community. Hardware, groceries, cloth-
ing, vehicles, automobile parts, agriculture implements and much more can be purchased in the town. There is also a healthy collection of restaurants, with fast food and dining options. “I think we’re in a great location,” said Miller. “We’re central to a lot of places. The business community is really good at making you feel welcome, and drawing the crowd in. They’ve had different bus tours come in to arrange a shopping day.” The town has done its part to attract businesses, as they offer tax abatements with a tiered structure in the first three years for companies coming into the community. Miller has been the chief
administrative officer for two years, and has been living in the community for 10 years. It has such a great sense of community, and there’s a big emphasis on families. She grew up in a small town that was on the decline, especially after its school closed. But she doesn’t see the same problems existing in Carlyle. “I just feel like there’s so much to offer for young families and to get involved, if you want, it’s there. We’ve really made ourselves home here. We came not knowing anybody, so we paved our way and feel really welcome by the community and all that it has to offer.” And they’re happy to say they live in Carlyle.
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The Souris Valley (SV) Museum’s summer camp program is now underway, and it’s proving to be popular with young people in the community. Camp season began on July 2 with the Little Time Travellers Camp, which was for children ages three to five. Using a makeshift time machine, the children visited different eras in history. Tyra Kuntz, who is the education assistant for the museum this summer, said they had a few spots open for Little Time Travellers, but their August edition of the camp is already filled up. The afternoon camp was Pioneer Day Camp, which is one that the museum has offered for a number of years. “They’re doing lots of activities – butter making, ice cream making, toy making, they’re making their own clothing,” said Kuntz. “Lots of pioneer games. Lots of stuff planned.” The museum will have a couple of different camps
each week during the summer. Kuntz said children can look forward to such ideas as a mystery camp. “Every day they have a new mystery to solve. They have clues they have to figure out and some secret codes, and some scavenger hunts.” Dinosaur camp, which is always a lot of fun, will happen a couple of times during the summer as well. “They get to make a lot of fossils, they get to do a
lot of dinosaur hunting and tracking, learn all about the different species and the fossils around Saskatchewan.” History Hunters Camp allows youths to conduct their own archeological dig, and make a time capsule for future archaeologists to find. Eat Live and Be Healthy offers a chance to prepare food and participate in activities outside. An Around the World Camp looks at different cultures and countries. Film
Camp teaches acting and film production to children. Kuntz said the museum is trying to cover a wide range of topics, while still relating everything back to Estevan and emphasizing history. “We are a pioneer-based museum, and we try to cater to all age groups throughout the camps,” she said. The camps also allow children to meet people their own age they might not have encountered otherwise. “They’re learning a lot, but they’re still also having fun while learning, and we do lots of activities, so they’re getting lots of exercise, a lot of
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Lew Weatherall remembers when Ranchers and Rustlers was performed for the first time at the Souris Valley Theatre back in the 1990s. Weatherall was part of the cast when the musical, written by Randy Apostle, made its local debut. He played Luke, who, along with his wife Katie, owns the bar where the musical is set. Twenty-seven years later, he’s back to do it again.
Ranchers and Rustlers opened at the theatre on July 2. Performances will take place nightly until July 6; a matinee was also held on July 4. A second and final week of performances will happen from July 9-13 at 7:30 p.m. A 2 p.m. matinee will also happen on July 13. Weatherall was also in Estevan when the musical was performed in 1994. Each time he played Luke, who owns the Red Rose Saloon. “I think this play will far
surpass the last version. The first version I did was pretty good. We had a really good cast. It was a very good show. The second time around, the cast might not have been quite as up to snuff. “This time around, we have a very good cast. They have really brought it. We have a bit of a shorter rehearsal period, and I think we’ve done a pretty good job of getting it on its feet.” People have been working hard to make sure that the show and all of the technical aspects are ready to go.
“All we could do was just do our homework and make sure that we knew our lines and knew our songs, and retain everything that they tell us.” Spectators can look forward to having a lot of fun and a lot of laughs in this rendition of Ranches and Rustlers. For those who enjoy the older country music, Weatherall predicted they will have a really good time. “It’s a fun script. There’s a lot of silly stuff going on. People are really going to enjoy it.”
Weatherall has fond memories of his time performing in Estevan. He debuted locally in 1991 as part of the cast of the Volstead Blues. It was when the theatre was in an outdoor setting at Tee One Up (now Hidden Valley Golf and RV Resort). The next two times he performed, it was under a tent. Now they have Frehlick Hall at the theatre’s grounds inside the Woodlawn Regional Park. “They didn’t have this
wonderful facility that you guys have developed. It’s a nice facility. It’s a little hot, but it’s a nice space, it’s a nice size.” Not only is Frehlick Hall great for the theatre, but he believes it would be great for any group that wants to use it. He remembers that he always had a really good time whenever he was in Estevan. The rest of the cast is filled with first-time performers at the theatre. A15 » PERFORMERS
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Performers enjoying theatre experience « A14 Keyanna Burgher is a first-time performer who has the role of Annabel. She said the character is a bit of a showgirl at the Red Rose Saloon, and has a romance with the sheriff. The character also gets to perform a lot of fun songs, she said. Even though she is originally from Moose Jaw, Burgher had no idea that Estevan had a facility like this until arriving in the community. “I was very involved in the Saskatchewan theatre scene when I lived here, but I didn’t know that this existed, and so it’s cool to come back after living in B.C. for a few years, and to do a show at this really, really awesome venue,” said Burgher, who now lives in Vernon. Burgher said she loves the experience of the cast living in the trailer next to
Frehlick Hall. They wake up in the morning and head right into the theatre for rehearsals. “The outside is beautiful, and the weather has been so awesome, so living at the theatre has been such a fun experience,” she said. Ranchers and Rustlers is a fun show to be a part of. Even if people aren’t a fan of country music, they’ll still find themselves singing and clapping along, and the dancing is so “contagious” and there is a variety of music. The rehearsals went well, and she was looking forward to performing the show for the first time on July 2, and hearing the laughter and the energy. She couldn’t believe how quickly it came together. “That’s what happens when you have a bunch of professional actors who can get their stuff done in a cou-
ple of days.” She’s also aware that Ranchers & Rustlers ranks among the most popular productions the theatre has ever staged. She hopes the fans of the show will come and see this latest version of it. “I am obviously biased, because I love our cast, but I think this is the best one
yet,” said Burgher. Darian Ames, meanwhile, will play the role of Johnny Miller, who has his goofy moments and youthful romance. A resident of Edmonton, he is in Saskatchewan for the first time. “It’s very fun, very country (music). I love the country of it.” He referred to Ranchers
and Rustlers as a juke box musical, so it has the music of other country musicians put to the script that was written. The songs are weaved from one to another, and made it work for the story that was written. Rehearsals went well, and he was looking forward to getting on stage. Ames gained the opportunity to perform in Estevan after one of his former professors spoke to the director about Ames. He auditioned
and landed the part. Ames has been marvelling at the theatre since he arrived. “I’ve never seen a theatre that has just a tin roof over it, and that’s it, so that was really cool to come and see.” He’s aware that Ranchers and Rustlers has been performed in Estevan in the past, and that Weatherall was part of previous productions. He thinks it’s great to be part of a show that has been so popular over the years.
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Fishing derby draws crowd to Alameda June 29 was a great day to be out on the lake and to raise money for a great cause in the Alameda area. The annual Alameda Fishing Derby was held on Grant Devine Lake (formerly Alameda Dam), with 202 adult entrants and 34 youth entrants looking to land a big northern pike. Darin McNabb, who is the treasurer for the fishing derby committee, said it was a great day that yielded some impressivelooking fish to be weighed in. Participants entered as individuals, and could weigh in up to three fish each in the catch and release tournament. Prizes were handed out for the heaviest and the longest fish. Many of the anglers spent the day out on the water, but some of them opted to fish from the shore. Jared Valentine took top spot with a fish that weighed 22.4 pounds. Second place went to Devon Carriere with a fish that weighed just un-
Jared Valentine was the overall winner in the adult division with a northern pike that weighed 22.4 pounds. Photo submitted
der 20 pounds. He also won the award for the longest fish with a catch that was 44 inches in length. In the kids division, Easton Dietze was first with a fish that weighed 7.6 pounds. “The youth winner was fishing from shore,” said McNabb. The weather was great,
McNabb said. A small thunderstorm rolled through in the afternoon, but it didn’t deter the anglers, and only kept them off the water for a few minutes. Once the fishing was complete, the entrants ventured to the Alameda Rink for a supper that was prepared by the Oxbow Lions
Club, and supplied by Alameda Agencies, Davis Meats and Murray Haygarth. Many of the 350 people at the supper did not participate in the derby. They purchased supper tickets to support the community. A silent auction and a raffle were part of the event as well. A total of 165 door prizes were handed out, and all of the youth participants in the derby went home with a prize. McNabb estimates that about $15,000 was raised. That money will go directly back to the recreation board, which will be used for improvements, capital projects, renovations and operating expenses for the rink and the community’s ball diamonds. “We completed a $600,000 renovation (to the rink) two years ago, so the money raised will go towards some of that, and then any of the operating costs that go from there,” said McNabb. The fishing derby is the
major annual fundraiser for the recreation board. It takes many volunteers and the support of the entire community for it to happen. “We have people from the community working on it for months to get the preparations ready and to make the day a successful day,” said McNabb. Other prize winners were Mandy Hogg won an
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Devon Carriere had the longest fish in this year’s Alameda Fishing Derby with a northern pike that measured 44 inches. Photo submitted
New baseball program made a big difference Jones said. Basic motor skills, baseball fundamentals and social skills have all taken a step forward. Challenger Baseball was offered for one hour each week at Lynn Prime Park. For the first half-hour, young people played different games, learned baseball skills and had a warmup. The next 30 minutes were an adaptive game of baseball. “It’s usually three innings,” said Jones. “Everyone gets to hit. Everybody runs the bases. The last person up runs all the way home.” She described it as a game where nobody is out. If they can throw a ball to first base, they will. If not, they do their best to get it to the closest player. “It’s teaching them the skills of baseball without having the expectations or the demands of ‘you have to get this done’ or you have to do this right,’” said Jones. Parents and other people in the community have been thrilled with the Challenger
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Baseball program. They have told Jones that Estevan needed a program like this, and programs for other sports. “I had one parent say that their daughter’s basic motor skills, learning baseball and socializing have changed drastically through programs like this, and just seeing her excitement when she hit her first home run was enough to see how important these different sporting activities are, and the need for them in this community,” said Jones. The program was at the pace of that young girl, Jones said, and the instructions were simplified, so she could understand and follow through on them. It also helped her gain confidence and a love for physical activity. During the coaches’ training session, Jones said they learned that children with disabilities are more prone to obesity than those without disabilities, and that 25 per cent of those with cognitive and physical disabilities had
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not taken part in any sports, in or out of school, compared to six per cent in the general population. Also, 12 per cent on the autism spectrum disorder were physically active but pursued solitary forms of play. “This is a program designed to get these kids out and get them more socialized and more physically active,” said Jones. Businesses sponsored different activities, and a company paid for the medals for the kids at the end of the year. Another company paid for jerseys for the kids. A barbecue at the Southern Plains Co-op in the spring raised more than $650. Jones is excited for the future of Challenger Baseball in Estevan. Not only will it be back in the city next spring, but they are also offering a fall session on Sundays at the Estevan Alliance Church’s gymnasium from mid-September to mid-December, to keep the kids active, motivated and ready to learn.
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Hunter Wallster had an exceptional year in Saskatchewan high school track and field, winning gold in the discus toss and silver in the shot put. He also set a new provincial record in the discus at regionals. But his high school accomplishments are just part of a busy year, and it’s far from over. Starting last December, Wallster attended indoor track and field meets about two or three times a month, travelling to Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg and other locations. Once the outdoor track and field season started, he travelled to Regina and Lethbridge, Alta., in early May. His focus then shifted to high school track and field.
Once his commitments to the Estevan Comprehensive School Elecs were finished, he was back in Regina for the Saskatchewan Athletics Club provincial competition, where he won gold in the hammer throw, the under-18 discus and the under-20 discus. “So far I’m pretty pleased with myself, especially in the discus,” he said. “It’s really ramped up since last year, hitting that 51-metre throw in districts. Compared to last year, I was only hitting in the low 40s, around 42 at the most. And this year I’ve been really consistent in the high 40s and low 50s. That’s something I’m really happy about this year.” Wallster cited a new coach as the biggest reason for his improvements.
Tyrell Sawatzky from the University of Saskatchewan has pieced together a lifting program, and has also offered training and video analysis since the two started working together last September. He’s in Regina for the Team Sask. Selection Camp until July 6, and then he’ll be at the three-province championships in Regina from July 13-15, where he’ll compete against the best from Alberta and Manitoba in addition to Saskatchewan. Up next will be a meet in Sherwood Park, Alta., from July 19-21. After a week off, he’ll be in Nova Scotia for the under-18 nationals from Aug. 11-13. “I’m hoping to win discus, but a medal would be nice,” he said. “Currently I’m sitting fourth in Canada for the under-18 age group by a few centimetres.” As for the hammer throw, Wallster would like to surpass his fifth place finish of a year ago. The experience from last year will be beneficial, he said, especially now that he’s one of the oldest competitors in his age group. It will be his last year in under-18. “I really want to push my game from last year, and just show how much I’ve grown since then, and show what I’m made of.” He hasn’t been involved in the sport for a long time,
Hunter Wallster, stands atop the podium at track and field provincials last month. Photo submitted
Hunter Wallster, pictured here competing in the discus toss at the high school track and field provincials, is one of the top competitors in the discus and the hammer throw in his age group in Canada. Photo submitted
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