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The first baby to be born at St. Joseph’s Hospital this decade has arrived. Willa June Curtis, pictured here with mother Chloe, father Scott and sister Macy, was born Jan. 6 at 11:10 a.m. Willa was seven pounds and one ounce when she was born. The family received a gift bag from the St. Joseph’s Healthcare Auxiliary in honour of having the new year’s baby. Photo by David Willberg
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This year marks a milestone for the Prairie Women on Snowmobiles (PWOS) – 20 years of riding their sleds throughout Saskatchewan in an effort to raise money for the fight against cancer. For the second straight year, a Carievale woman is going to be part of that ride. Alison Taylor was selected to be one of the core riders for Mission 2020, which will open Feb. 2 in Humboldt and criss-cross central Saskatche-
wan for six days, raising funds for the fight against cancer, showing support for cancer survivors and creating plenty of emotional moments. “When I first started doing this, it was because of the people that it is affecting. There’s not a lot we can do as family. You hold their hands, and you’re with them, but to do a little bit more is to find that cure, and I think that’s just the priority,” Taylor told Lifestyles. The Mission allows riders to reach out to different communities and bring awareness
about the fight against cancer to people who don’t know how they can be affected by the disease. It also offers insight into how they can help. Nightly stops will be in Star City Feb. 2, Weekes Feb. 3, Wynyard Feb. 4, Moose Jaw Feb. 5, Outlook Feb. 6 and Warman on Feb. 7 to wrap up the marathon sixday tour. Along the way, they will stop in communities of all sizes, honouring cancer survivors, speaking before crowds and participating in fundraisers. None of the communities
were on last year’s tour. “I’ve been watching the snowmobile trail groom (website), where it shows which trails are groomed, and they do have a little bit groomed there, so they’re grooming the trails, they have enough snow to do that. Everywhere needs a good dump of snow, and I think even the farmers might need some snow.” Last year she was part of the ride with her best friend, fellow Carievale-area resident Janis Stanley. It was a great experience, and when Taylor
found out there were plans to have former riders brought back for the 20th Mission, she knew she wanted to be involved. She hopes to see more snow on the ground this year, so that they can ride every day. Taylor is also optimistic the temperatures will be more co-operative. An extreme cold advisory was issued for much of last year`s mission. “We were hitting -30 and below last year. It looks like the temperatures are dropping towards the end of the month, but hopefully it’s not
as bad as it was last year.” She has only been able to put on about 50 kilometres on her snowmobile this year. “We rode the other day, and I was pretty sore after the ride,” said Taylor. “We’re hoping that we get snow, and we’ll be able to ride all six days of our trip.” Her husband will also be part of the ride as a member of the pit crew. He will alternate between driving a semi that is on the journey, and riding a snowmobile behind the core members. A2 » PEOPLE
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People showed Taylor support « A1 Taylor has raised $10,388 for Mission 2020, easily surpassing the $3,000 requirement for core members. She raised money through an online birthday fundraiser, a crab apple jelly sale, an elimination draw, a 31 bags fundraiser and a cooler raffle. The big one, though, was the second annual
Boob-B-Q supper in Carievale, which raised more than $5,000 in late November. “We had a great turnout. We had tonnes of items for silent draws. We had a great meal,” said Taylor. Kelly Kim Rea, who is the president of the Prairie Women, was the guest speaker. She explained what
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that we learned along the way last year.” Taylor is one of two riders back from Mission 2019. Six others were on previous rides. Two are new. She is looking forward to getting to know the other riders. “When we go on these rides, the whole team becomes family. You stay connected,” said Taylor. “You know their trials and tribulations, and why they’re doing this ride. It all comes from a deep need to cure cancer.” The PWOS has been to about 420 different communities in its 20-year history, and has had nearly 200 different riders. There have been many volunteers along the way, and cancer survivors who have received encouragement through the PWOS.
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Hunter Chipley’s pursuit of success in the world of archery has led to him being selected for the Archery Canada national development squad. Chipley, an Estevan resident who is the son of Ken Chipley and Monai Wanner, was selected for the program late last year and already attended a training camp in Winnipeg in November. Another camp will occur in February. “I believe it’s going to help a lot,” said Chipley. “I have lots of opportunities. This year there are quite a few different events.” He could be selected to attend competitions in the U.S., Europe or Colombia. “They have options to select who they want to go to these, but we’re each selected for one of three international events,” said Chipley. The November training camp had a couple of participants in Chipley’s age group of junior, and athletes in a number of other divisions. “We worked on form changes and just having fun shooting and playing mini games inside of archery, and different little things to
see how we would react to different tasks thrown at us,” he said. Younger athletes were assigned a handicap, so the older athletes would have to shoot a perfect score during games. “They wanted to see how we would react to different things being thrown at us,” said Chipley. The February camp will include fitness testing at the site where Olympic athletes train, and they will get to work on their shooting and have one-on-one time with instructors. He has already noticed a difference in his abilities. “It’s been a really big eye opener, and my form has changed lots, and I’ve started working on different things and shooting different arrows. So I have definitely seen an improvement just outside of archery. Working at school, I’m definitely more positive about stuff … and if something comes into your life that you can’t control, you have to live with it.” Two years ago, he travelled Toronto to work with Joan McDonald, who is the head coach of the program right now. He worked with her for a weekend, and since that time, he has attended a couple of camps to fur-
Hunter Chipley of Estevan has been selected for the Archery Canada national development squad, which will allow him to enjoy some unique opportunities in the sport. Photo submitted
ther develop his form. “Just last year, they … said that they selected me for the team, and
I could be on it if I wanted to,” said Chipley. It was a pretty easy decision for
him to say yes, and to get the opportunity to work with McDonald and Olympic coach Shawn Riggs. Since then, they have complimented him on his positive attitude and his willingness to listen to the coaches. “If they’re trying to get me to do something, like change my form in any way, and I see the Olympic or the national team working on that same thing, it gives me a bit of a boost to actually try to do it, because it will improve my form and my shooting all-together.” Only three people from the west – one other person from Saskatchewan and one from Alberta – are on the team. The rest are from the Toronto area. The selection to the National Development Squad is the latest chapter in what was a very successful year for Chipley. He won two medals with Team Saskatchewan at the Canada Winter Games, which led to him being named Saskatchewan’s flag bearer for the closing ceremonies. Chipley knows that McDonald and Riggs were watching him at the Games, which contributed to this latest opportunity that could open even bigger doors for him in the sport.
Reward offered in connection with cattle incidents A reward has been offered in connection with a couple of incidents last fall in which cattle were shot. According to a tweet from the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association (SSGA), the reward of up to $2,000 is being offered by the Saskatchewan Turn in Poachers and Polluters (SaskTIP) line. Chad MacPherson, who is the general manager of the SSGA, said both incidents occurred during hunting season. There was also one in southwest Manitoba that was
widely reported. One incident in the southeast was in the Lampman-Alameda area. Two cattle were shot and killed. The other near Wawota led to the cattle surviving injuries that they suffered. “As a result, we reached out to SaskTIPs, which is a non-profit organization that deals with hunting and pollution crimes, and gives opportunity for people to report environmental crimes,” said MacPherson. As for the incident in Manitoba, it occurred in the Reston area.
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One of the photos in the reward poster is of an animal that was shot in Manitoba. MacPherson said it’s hard to know for sure right now whether these incidents were related, but the timing and the close proximity of the shootings could mean a connection. “It’s not uncommon for sometimes animals to be injured in hunting season, but these ones seem kind of blatantly criminal in nature versus an accidental shooting. It was alarming that people were just injuring animals for just
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Time to reopen the discussion The talk of twinning Highways 39 and 6 from Estevan to Regina has dissipated in recent years. The provincial government said in 2013 that it was going to twin the 200-kilometre stretch of highway, but the combination of a sliding provincial economy and the money spent on the Regina bypass caused the government to abandon the much-needed project, and move forward with the less popular combination of passing lanes and twinning. Yes, certain portions will be twinned, such as Highway 6 directly south of Regina and Highway 39 near Weyburn and Milestone, but we’re going to get a lot more passing lanes than double lanes. While there was outcry at first when the government said passing lanes instead of twinned highways, that was seemingly replaced by resignation once people realized that twinning wasn’t part of the future. Even the Time to Twin committee – a group of local residents that lobbied the government for double lanes – has seemingly dropped their fight over the past two years. But you’re starting to hear people calling for twinning once again after the death of a 19-yearold in a head-on collision south of Weyburn Sunday morning. It’s the second fatal collision on Highway 39 in the past two months. Nobody will deny we`ve seen a decrease in the amount of traffic on Highway 39 since the economic downturn started in 2014. There are fewer people in the region, so it’s a natural expectation that you would have fewer vehicles on the roads. Six years ago, it was common to see a line of 10 or 12 vehicles playing follow the leader on Highway 39 between Estevan and Weyburn. Those vehicles were lucky to clear the speed limit, and there were few opportunities to pass. It was a major hazard on the highway, and it served as an argument against passing lanes. After all, a 2 1/2-kilometre set of passing lanes was not going to give vehicles at the back of the lengthy line enough time to pass those who were at the front. And eastbound traffic faces a solid double lane when westbound traffic has a passing lane. One thing hasn’t changed, though: the number of semi trucks on the road. Highway 39 is still a major international trade route, with heavy trucks shipping goods. They’ll use Highway 39 from Moose Jaw to North Portal, or Highways 39 and 6 from Regina to North Portal, to ship goods as part of the Central North American Trade Corridor. The government has said in the past that it could eventually convert passing lanes to double lanes, but do you honestly expect that’s going to happen? Once we get passing lanes, we’re going to have passing lanes. Barring an explosion in population or traffic numbers, the government isn’t going to look at twinning again. The process of installing passing lanes has been a slow one. We have two sets on Highway 6 south of Regina. It sounds like the passing lanes from Hitchcock to Weyburn will be built in 2020, with the rest of the passing lanes to be built afterwards. But that also means it’s not too late to look at double lanes once again, right? Forget the passing lanes. Take another long, hard look at twinning. Get moving on them this year. This is ultimately a safety issue. And twinning Highways 39 and 6 makes sense when you look at the traffic volumes, the amount of heavy trucks on the road, and the potential for greater safety when compared to passing lanes or the status quo.
Canada shows why you don’t want premature evaluation When you’re a Vancouver Caon a power play midway through the nucks fan, opportunities to celebrate third period, with a heavy shot that are few and far between. screamed “what shoulder injury?” Sure, there have been great victoThis won’t be the most dominant ries and three trips to the Stanley Cup or the most memorable Team Canada final, but the most important tally is entry to win gold at the tournament. zero Stanley Cups in 50 years. That honour belongs to the 2005 team Being a Canucks fan is almost that won gold in Grand Forks, N.D., as painful as being a Toronto Maple with a core that would yield Olympic Leafs fan under the age of 55. gold medals and a World Cup title. Therefore, I’m always on the lookBut it’s hard to imagine a team out for hockey teams that give me a that went through more adversity to Willberg’s World get to the gold medal game, with five reason to celebrate. It’s one of many reasons why undrafted players, the early loss to I’m such a big fan of Team Canada’s World Junior Russia, the controversy involving their captain, the Hockey Championship team. injuries, the suspensions and the doubts about the Canada won gold at the World Juniors for the goaltending. 18th time in 39 years on Sunday. It will likely go I’ll admit that we put too much emphasis in this down as one of the most improbable in the history tournament. It’s great that we love the World Juof the program. niors and that there are kids each year who get the It was the youngest team that Canada has ever opportunity to shine. Many of them will never be had at the tournament. Also, eight days before the in the spotlight again. Many Canadians who have gold medal game, Canada lost 6-0 to Russia in the starred at the World Juniors have gone on to have most lopsided loss ever for Canada at the tourna- marginal or even non-existent careers in the NHL. ment. But sometimes people forget that these are How bad was it? Canada’s captain, Barrett Hay- young men playing in an under-20 hockey tournaton, created controversy when he didn’t remove his ment, giving up several weeks of their hockey seahelmet after the game for the playing of the Russian son, as well as their Christmas break, to play for national anthem. People were justifiably furious, their country. These aren’t professionals. These aren’t Hayton was criticized. 20-something players. Star forward Alex Lafreniere, who will likely be They’re kids who are representing their country. the top pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, suffered The unrealistic expectations of some fans were a knee injury that appeared would sideline him for exposed last year following the insults and even weeks or even months. threats directed at Maxime Comtois after he was And veteran forward Joe Veleno was assessed a stopped on a penalty shot by a Finnish netminder one-game suspension for a head butt. in overtime in the quarter-final round. It was a terrible loss, but it’s also evidence why And while this tournament has become very you don’t want to suffer from premature evaluation commercialized over the years, for the players who following a loss in the round robin, even if it was a competed in it, there’s still that level of purity, with six-goal defeat in a short tournament. young men playing for their country because of the That loss seemed like an eternity ago around 3 thrill of playing for their country, a chance many of p.m. Sunday afternoon, when Canada won gold at them will never get again. the tournament by rallying from a 3-1 deficit and It’s why we love this tournament so much. It’s defeating Russia 4-3 in an incredible game that had why the gold medal game on Sunday will likely be plenty of intensity, drama, emotion and momentum the top-rated broadcast on TSN this year, drawing a swings. better rating than the Grey Cup. It’s why this counLafreniere was back in the lineup. He missed try comes to a virtual standstill on Jan. 5 each year if only two games with what proved to be a relatively Canada is in the gold medal game. minor injury. Veleno was a big part of the victory. The streaks that Canada has enjoyed in the past Joel Hofer, who wasn’t the starting goalie when – five straight gold medals (twice), 10 straight gold Canada was annihilated by the Russians six days medal game appearances and 14 straight years with earlier, was outstanding in the gold medal game. a medal – likely won’t be repeated. There are too And Hayton, who some wanted to see punted many good junior hockey programs now. from the team following the helmet flap, became a While we expect to win each year, the parity in national hero for his performance. Playing with a the top five teams in the tournament should make Grade 1 separated shoulder that should have side- these tournament wins even more meaningful, and lined him for weeks, Hayton scored the tying goal well worth celebrating.
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Cheers Cheers to Jocelyn and Alan Dougherty for bringing the rock band Toque to the Orpheum to celebrate New Year’s 2020. Singing and dancing to classic Canadian rock songs with family and friends is a great way to ring in the new decade and Toque is a show to not be missed. Cheers to all of the other places in town that were offering fun activities on New Year’s Eve this year It’s good to see the variety and the fun options for people to go out. Cheers to Graham Collie for offering the wagon rides through Estevan. You could tell the people on those rides were having a lot of fun. Cheers to the Estevan Bruins for the hockey they have been playing lately. Goals, hits, fights and big saves give fans lots of reasons to cheer. Cheers to the Estevan Curling Club for its successful bid to host the 2021 Viterra Scotties Tournament of Hearts and the SaskTel Tankard. Looking forward to great curling and lots of people in the community. Cheers to McKenzie Warriner and Danielle Guina for the delightful afternoon of music that they delivered at St. Paul’s United Church on Sunday afternoon.
Jeers to those who don’t clean up their mess when in the Estevan Dog Park. It creates an unpleasant experience for those who are using the park. Jeers to the people who insist on creating trip hazards with block heater chords that cross sidewalks. A vehicle engine is not more important than somebody’s health. Jeers to pedestrians who insist on crossing the intersection even though there is a red light. Yes, it’s cold outside, but the rules of the road still have to be obeyed. To submit a cheer or a jeer, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.estevanmercury.ca.
Editor’s note: The following is an opinion piece written by Tim Shoults, the vice-president of content and audience development for the Glacier Media Group, regarding a decision being considered by the Government of Saskatchewan. Edgar Allen Poe wrote in The Purloined Letter: “The best place to hide is in plain sight.” Sadly, Saskatchewan’s municipal governments appear to be taking that to heart – and the province might just let them get away with it. The provincial government is now studying a bill to change the law which currently requires municipal and regional governments to advertise public notices in a newspaper. Those public notices can have major impacts on your
lives. They let you know if your neighbour will be allowed to open a business on your street that impacts you, or if your municipal council will be making decisions that cost you tax dollars. Why is the government considering this? It’s in response to a demand from the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) and the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM), which represent the province’s local governments. They claim it’s to “create administrative efficiencies” and to ensure public notices get to areas in the province that are not covered by a newspaper. There’s one problem with that argument: there are no such areas. Every municipality or regional district in Saskatchewan has access to at
least one community or daily newspaper. The real effect of this law is that municipalities would have the option of publishing public notices in their local newspaper or publishing them on their own municipal websites. Have you ever looked for a public notice on a municipal website? What will happen? Public notices that the government wants the public to actually know about – ones that put them in a good light – will probably be advertised. Those that they don’t want you to know about will be “advertised” on their websites – hidden, as we said, in plain sight. Without these public notices appearing in your community newspaper, two things will happen. You will be less informed about things that directly affect you, and com-
munity newspapers in Saskatchewan will close. That’s because public notices are a significant source of revenue for many community newspapers. In some cases, that revenue represents the difference between a paper being a viable business or not. And with local newspapers closing, you will be less informed than ever before. Social media and the internet are great for some kinds of news. But when you get to a certain size of community, the only information source is your community newspaper. Good governance depends on a well-informed public – and a well-informed public needs viable local media. Please speak to your local MLA and let them know that when it comes to being informed by your local government, you want to read it here – not have it hidden.
The Frehlick family announces support for St. Joseph’s Hospital A donation has been made on behalf of Brent and Charlene Frehlick to support both the maternity department and the day hospital program at St. Joseph’s Hospital. The donation to the maternity unit will be used to purchase new bassinets and a new jaundice meter. The bassinets provide comfort for newborns while using the highest quality materials, designed for long-lasting durability to create a home-like environment in labour and delivery departments. The jaundice meter can accurately identify at-risk infants as young as 35 weeks gestational age. Effective screening can decrease readmission rates and durations of stay. Having dependable results in seconds rather than hours helps to increase patient safety and expedite decision making. This new equipment will go a long way for the hospital to continue to offer the best care for mothers and newborns. The generous donation from the Frehlicks doesn’t
Brent, Neale, Charlene, Nolan and Daylen Frehlick have announced support for a couple of areas at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Photo submitted
end there. The family has also agreed to support the day hospital, also known as the adult day program, at the hospital for the next 10 years. This program offers seniors weekly activities, treatments and socializing opportunities at St. Joseph’s Hospital and has over 40 clients. The St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation is very grateful for the generous donation.
“We are so grateful for the support that we have received from the Frehlick family,” said foundation executive director Breanne Van De Woestyne. “This donation will be a huge help for newborns, mothers and seniors in our community. The funds will be used to improve equipment as we continue to offer these services in southeast Saskatchewan. “The Frehlicks reached
out to us and wanted to help our hospital where they could. They are great community supporters and again, we are very grateful for their support.” The new equipment will be purchased in early 2020 and the donation received for the day hospital will assist with the activities and treatments that take place on a daily basis. The amount of Frehlick’s donation was not disclosed.
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Estevan hosts curling playdowns The Power Dodge Curling Centre in Estevan was the site of the last chance qualifying bonspiel for the Viterra Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Eight teams entered in an effort to grab one of three qualifying spots. Photos by David Willberg
Kelly Kay and Mackenzie Schwartz were part of the Krystal Englot rink.
Dallas Gould and Jade Goebel sweep a stone.
Teresa Waterield and Danielle Kostyniuk sweep Jessica Mitchell’s rock.
Candace Newkirk was part of the Shalon Fleming rink that won the A final.
From left, Rae Ann Williamson, Alexandra Meyer, Chantel Martin and Amanda Kuzyk qualified for provincials in the C event.
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MONTHLY Car Care Standard vehicle maintenance tips to follow No two automobiles are the same. So it makes sense that vehicles have different maintenance guidelines. Such guidelines, which include recommendations regarding how frequently oil should be changed and how often tires should be rotated, are typically included in vehicle owner’s manuals. Drivers are urged to familiarize themselves with these guidelines, which can protect vehicles as well as the people inside them. According to CarGurus®, a free internet-based automotive resource, many manufacturers adhere to the 30-60-90 schedule. That schedule recommends everything from inspections to part replacements when vehicles reach 30,000, 60,000 and 90,000 miles. These recommendations are meant to serve as guidelines, and drivers should know that certain factors can affect how often routine maintenance should occur and when parts must be replaced. For example, harsh
driving conditions can lead to excessive wear and tear that causes parts to erode long before owner’s manuals suggest they should. As a result, drivers should always speak with their mechanics during service appointments to determine if their vehicles are aging gracefully or if they need a little extra TLC. Drivers should always read their manuals for recommended service intervals. The following are some general maintenance guidelines, courtesy of CarGurus®, that drivers can keep in mind as the miles pile up on their vehicles’ odometers. • Oil and oil filter: Many new cars now run on synthetic oil, which tends to last between 5,000 and 10,000 miles. Older vehicles using traditional oil may need to adhere to the once-standard oil change interval of 3,000 miles. Mechanics will typically replace oil filters with the same frequency as they replace oil. • Air filter: Air filters generally
need to be replaced every 15,000 to 30,000 miles. However, CarGurus® notes that drivers who park in dusty environments should err on the side of caution and have their air filters replaced every 15,000 miles. • Fuel filter: Clogged fuel filters can affect engine performance and even prevent engines from running. Fuel filters may need to be changed at 30,000-mile intervals. • Battery: A typical car battery tends to last around four or five years. • Brake pads: Worn out brake pads will make a screeching sound. Brake pads should last around 50,000 miles, though they should be inspected at regular intervals regardless of mileage. • Brake rotors: Brake rotors can be resurfaced or replaced, and this should be done around 60,000 miles. Resurfacing can only be done once and is less expensive than a full replacement.
• Hoses: Hoses crack over time, but generally do not need to be replaced until they reach the 90,000mile mark. However, hoses should be inspected routinely, as busted hoses can cause very significant damage.
Recommended maintenance intervals are only intended to serve as guidelines. If drivers notice any changes in vehicle performance, they should consult a mechanic immediately, regardless of how many miles are on their cars or trucks.
Stock your vehicle for roadside emergencies Disasters can happen in a flash, and having a plan in place for common emergency situations can make it easier to handle adverse conditions, particularly when away from home. According to MFASCO Health and Safety, a supplier of first aid supplies and kits, 90 percent of people do not carry first aid supplies or other emergency gear in their vehicles. Among those who may carry supplies, 30 percent never check to determine if they’re in good working order. The National Safety Council says that drivers should always keep emergency supply kits in the trunks or
cargo areas of their vehicles. Kits should be inspected every six months, and worn out items should be replaced. Roadside emergency kits can make the difference between getting back on the road safely or being stranded for hours. Such kits also may help prevent or treat injuries, potentially saving lives. Weather should be considered when preparing vehicle emergency kits, which should include the following. • A properly inflated spare tire and tirechanging equipment • Jumper cables
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Economic development the focus of Coffee Talk By Brian Zinchuk email@example.com
If there’s one thing that will get people to come to a meeting in Estevan these days, it’s economic development. With the elephant in the room being the future of coal-fired electrical power generation, there seems to be an ever-increasing interest in what the community is doing about its future. That was evident on Jan. 8 during the Estevan Chamber of Commerce’s Coffee Talk with the city’s economic devel-
opment co-ordinator Dwight Bramble. Fifty-seven people were in attendance at the Days Inn, nearly filling the room. As Mayor Roy Ludwig said later, “Every meeting, there’s more people coming. We’re looking at that as a positive.” Bramble spoke for half an hour about the various and numerous economic initiatives the city has been pursuing. And he alluded to that elephant, implying that the years 2021 and 2024 will be significant. Those are the expected shutdown dates of two
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The Vietnam visit referenced the possibility of selling coal to that burgeoning economy. Indeed, immediately after the coffee talk, Bramble had to leave to take part in a tour of Estevan’s coal facilities with someone from Vietnam. He added Westmoreland Mining already sells coal to Japan from an Alberta mine. Bramble spoke of greenhouse development in the future. One of Estevan’s advantages in this facet is the amount of sunlight it receives. Along those lines, the city has worked with Saturn Power to submit a 10-megawatt solar plant proposal to SaskPower. “We’ve been in contact with several cannabis companies, including Invictus, Aurora and Canopy,” he said. The discussions are more about a processing facility for waste material as opposed to growing, as that market may already be saturated. Craft brewing/distilling is another opportunity, according to Bramble. He also mentioned the possibility of increased flight training at Estevan’s airport.
Nuclear power generation with small modular reactors is another front he’s working on. “We have the grid here already and the infrastructure to support that type of industry,” he said. Ludwig pointed out it would be at least 10 years from a commitment to an operating nuclear facility. “We plan to engage in a prolific marketing strategy. We cannot sit back and wait for people to come to us. We have to go and sell Estevan,” Bramble said. The city is working on a strategic plan for 2020 which Bramble referenced several times. He noted that local involvement is paramount. Asked where the oil industry is in this, Bramble said those Vietnam investors are interested in purchasing oil from here. City manager Jeff Ward added the city is talking to oil companies about establishing field offices here. Ludwig said the city is getting involved with Whitecap Resources, which has previously expressed an interest in acquiring more carbon dioxide for its enhanced oil recovery project in the Weyburn Unit. Other members of the economic development committee piped up. Josh Biggs said, “We’ve talked about warehousing and manufacturing,” noting it would be oil-related. Josh LeBlanc said, “It would be irresponsible to not look at diversification, so we don’t experience what we’re experiencing now, the booms and busts.” He implored the community to get involved. “We need more of an outcry from you guys. Oil is out of our control. We need the community to rally together. I’ve been saying this for two years.”
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Saturday, Jan. 11: • Adult pottery wheel class at the Estevan Arts Council’s craft room at 10 a.m. • Mad Hatter tea party at the Estevan Public Library at 2 p.m.
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• Condensed milk cookies at the Estevan Public Library at 4 p.m.
• Estevan Bruins home game against the Yorkton Terriers at 7:30 p.m. at Affinity Place.
• Tween robots at the Estevan Public Library at 5 p.m. • Teen snowshoes at the Estevan Public Library at 5 p.m.
• Estevan city council’s monthly meeting at city hall at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 14: • Toddler time at the Estevan Public Library at 10:15 a.m. Also on Wednesdays.
Sunday, Jan. 12: • Teen hot cocoa and a movie at the Estevan Public Library at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13: • Criminal podcast at the Estevan Public Library at 2 p.m.
• Teen writing help session at the Estevan Public Library at 5 p.m. • Jeopardy trivia night at the Estevan Public Library at 6 p.m.
• Story time at the Estevan Public Library at 11 a.m. Also on Wednesdays.
Wednesday, Jan. 15: • Wood burning at the Estevan Public Library at 2 p.m. • Teen NBA 2K20 at the Estevan Public Library at 5 p.m. • Belly dancing workshop with Tara Kyle at 6 p.m.
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Thursday, Jan. 16: • Family art at the Estevan Public Library at 10 a.m. • Baby time at the Estevan Public Library at 10 a.m. • Estevan Public Library’s Walk the Talk walking group at the Affinity Place track at 11:15 a.m. • Coffee and colouring at the Estevan Public Library at 1:30 p.m.
of the Estevan Church of Christ It is with that understanding that the apostle prays this prayer: “For this reason, I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glori-
ous riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in
love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:14-19). He is not concerned about them trying harder or being stronger. Instead, he prays that God would strengthen them. He prays that their inner being would be changed.
• Audio book club at the Estevan Public Library at 10:30 a.m. • Afternoon matinee at the Estevan Public Library at 4 p.m.
• Kid’s code club Ozobots at the Estevan Public Library at 4 p.m.
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He asks that Christ and the Holy Spirit would dwell in them and be seen through them. He wants them to understand how much God loves them and he wants that love to overflow to others. I am all for taking our faith seriously and doing our best. However, real change only happens through God’s power. Being better people is good. Being spiritually led people is better. Paul’s prayer ends with these hope-filled words:
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” (verses 20-21). Why not use this prayer as your own for the coming year? When we get beyond ourselves and allow God to work in and through us, anything can happen.
Praise the Lord for he is good! For the last 30 years, my first sermon of the New Year has focused on ways to challenge and improve ourselves. Those lessons have been good, but this year we took a different approach. Instead of thinking about ourselves, we focused on God. Too often, we concentrate on the physical, what we do and think we control, and undervalue the unseen aspects of our lives. Yet, it is the unseen that should concern us most.
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Haux excited to play lacrosse in Ontario An Estevan lacrosse star is looking to Ontario as he continues to aim for the big time in the growing sport. Wyatt Haux, a defenceman who has played junior lacrosse with the Saskatoon Swat program, has committed
to play for the St. Catharines Athletics Junior A program for this season, his last at that level. “It’s a good opportunity to try out a different league, and just join a good team. They’re putting in a bid to host na-
tionals, so they have a lot of good things going for them. They have an all-pro coaching staff,” Haux said in an interview with Lifestyles. The season starts in early May this year, and if they make nationals, the Athletics
would continue playing until September. Haux has been playing junior A lacrosse in a league with Saskatchewan and Alberta players. The level of competition has been good, but there are fewer teams and
less exposure than what Ontario can offer. More people will be watching him with the Athletics, who finished second in the league last year, and didn’t lose many players to graduation. Adding to the list of positives for the Athletics is they have players that Haux knows through Team Canada. “They really like my size. They’re hoping to bring in size this year. They thought that they lacked that last year,” said Haux. “They’re brining in some size and a little bit more of a physical game.” The coach has been encouraging Haux to get in the gym and to stay in shape, and to keep working on his hand skills. Haux hopes that playing for St. Catharines will help create some opportunities with the National Lacrosse League, which is the premier professional league for the sport in North America, and
has a team in Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Rush, who have proven to be a popular addition to the Saskatchewan sporting scene. He has represented his country on the global stage, including the 2019 World Junior Championships in Mississauga, Ont., where he captained Canada to a gold medal. Experiences like that helped create the opportunity for him to join the Athletics. “It was more than just the Athletics wanting me. I had some offers in B.C., and some other offers around Ontario. It’s good that I had the opportunity to pick where I wanted to go for my last year,” said Haux. Haux hasn’t forgotten where he came from, either. He still credits Estevan Minor Box Lacrosse for giving him exposure to the sport and providing him with his start, which has allowed him to play the game at a higher level.
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Coalers edge league-leading Red Devils in Big Six play The Bienfait Coalers continued to roll in the Big Six Hockey League, as they defeated the league-leading Carnduff Red Devils 3-2 in overtime on Jan. 7 at the Bienfait Memorial Arena for the Coalers seventh straight win. Taysen Holt scored the winner midway through the extra frame. Dylan Lay and Dylan Herzberg also scored for Bienfait. Justin Smith and Callan Carlton had the Red Devils goals. Play in the Big Six resumed on Jan. 3, after a 10-day break for Christmas and New Year’s. The games on Jan. 3 were the Yellow Grass Wheat Kings over the Carlyle Cougars 4-3 in overtime, Carnduff over the Kipling-Windthorst Oil Kings 4-1 and the Redvers Rockets routing the ArcolaKisbey Combines 11-3. Three more games were played Jan. 4. Yellow Grass edged the Wawota Flyers 5-4, Bienfait hammered Kipling-Windthorst 13-1 and Carnduff defeated Arcola-Kisbey 9-4. Carlyle defeated the Midale Mustangs 8-2 in the lone game on Jan. 5. With less than a month
remaining in the regular season, the Red Devils continue to lead the league with an 11-1-2 record and 24 points, two points clear of the Redvers Rockets (101). The Rockets have three games in hand. Yellow Grass (8-3) and Bienfait (8-4) are tied for third with 16 points each, although the Wheat Kings have a game in hand. Carlyle (7-7-1) sits fifth with 15 points, but they have just three games remaining. Wawota (5-4-1) is sixth at 10 points, and the Flyers have five games in hand on the Cougars. Midale (3-8), KiplingWindthorst (2-10) and Arcola-Kisbey (1-12-1) round out the standings. Two games are slated for Jan. 10: Midale at KiplingWindthorst and Yellow Grass and Redvers in a clash of two of the top teams in the league. Three more games are scheduled for Jan. 11: Redvers at Wawota, Bienfait at Carnduff in a rematch of their recent game, and Arcola-Kisbey at Midale. Wawota will be at Arcola-Kisbey on Jan. 12, and Bienfait visits KiplingWindthorst on Jan. 15.
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