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Dr. Bodemer joined the Oxbow medical family, and she is in the community to stay met her even before she started practising, as she often shadowed Hyman while preparing for her qualifying exams with the goal of working as a family physician in Canada. “I was shadowing him for the whole time I was here. I did go out in the evenings when he went out just to learn medicine. And actually I met many of the patients before they were patients to me, so it helped a lot,” said Bodemer. Bodemer recently graduated the Saskatchewan International Physicians Practice Assessment (SIPPA) Program alongside Dr. Navjot Pannu and Dr. Nihar Desai, who started their

By Ana Bykhovskaia abykhovskaia@estevanmercury.ca

Dr. Karen Bodemer has recently joined the Galloway Health Centre in Oxbow, and she said that she is there to stay now. Her arrival brought the total number of physicians in Oxbow to three. Bodemer is originally from Pretoria, South Africa, where she’s been working as a doctor for 21 years. She moved to Oxbow in August 2017, following her husband Dr. David Hyman, and 2 1/2 years later she started working at the health centre after attaining her licence here. However, some patients may have

practice in Estevan of Feb. 1. SIPPA is the program offered in Saskatchewan to provide competency assessment of international physicians prior to licensing in Saskatchewan. “I’m glad I’m through the process, it was a little bit boring being at home,” said Bodemer. To graduate the program she had to do some written and practical exams in Saskatoon. Then Bodemer also had to do a period of clinical field assessment in Unity. She noted that the process went relatively fast, and she guesses there was a reason for that. “Actually it’s quite quick, I think it’s the quick-

est of everybody. I was very fortunate that they could accommodate me that quickly. It usually takes quite long, but they knew that I was here to stay because I’m married to Doctor Hyman and he’s been working here for 22 years. I won’t be leaving.” Bodemer wrote her final exam in June, and unlike others who sometimes have to wait a year or two, already in September, she received her clinical field assessment position. And as she finished that part, she received her licence. She started working in Oxbow on Feb. 3, and so far everything has been good. A2 »BODEMER

Dr. Karen Bodemer just recently completed her recertification and started practising in Oxbow. Photo submitted

Library is a big part of the community all year By David Willberg dwillberg@estevanmercury.ca

Roxy Blackmore says she will always be fond of libraries. She loved accessing the library when she was young, because it was a source for books and information. And she still loves it now. February is National Library Lovers’ Month, and it clearly means a lot to Blackmore, who is the acting branch manager at the Estevan Public Library. “I believe that everyone should have a library card,” Blackmore said in an interview with Lifestyles. “There is something in here for everybody.”

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Free programs and services offered at the library A1 » All of those programs are free, Blackmore said, and the library card is free, too. They have fines if a material isn’t returned on time, and if somebody loses something, it has to be replaced, so people need to be responsible for something they receive for free. “You just come in, present your card, and we give you as many materials as you need,” said Blackmore. They also do a little bit of genealogy work, and they help out with resumé writing. “I would say easily, no less than two or three resumés go out of here every single day. Not everybody

has a computer at home. Certainly not everyone has a printer at home,” said Blackmore. Not only can they create their resumé and print it off at the library, but the library helps them, too, if they haven’t written such a document before. Other people use the library to prepare for their general education diploma or other exams. The library also has an inventory of old newspapers, including copies of the Estevan Mercury that date back more than 100 years. People can also check out materials from anywhere

in the province through the Saskatchewan Information and Library Services program, which has been around for a decade, and is billed as “one library card, one province.” It’s hard for people to know how much goes on at the library, unless they have worked there, thanks to the number of programs they offer, the time it takes to catalogue books and other materials, and the process for putting them on shelves. “Once the manager has picked those materials, it goes through a whole different process,” said Blackmore. “It goes through processing

at headquarters, and gets its barcode and gets its stamps.” Once it does arrive in Estevan, it has to be put through their system on their shelves as a new arrival, and it has to be properly labelled to be checked out. “There are thousands of books in here, so there’s a lot of tidying and straightening. And then when you go look for a book, it’s got to be where you want it to be. So a lot of the time here is spent organizing.” It helps that the library has dedicated employees. Their experience level ranges from a couple of months to seven years.

Patrons are generally very appreciative of their efforts as well, and they know that the library is more than just books, but Blackmore wants to get the message out about the diversity of their services. “If you go to any library in Canada or the world, for that matter, you’ll see that over time they have very much changed, even though some of us would be content with them just the way they were. They’ve really grown, and we live in a technologybased world now that’s very different,” said Blackmore. And the library has introduced other services.

Their little free pantry allows patrons to come and grab a can of soup or something else small during a tough time. Their seed library allows people to grow their own food and learn about healthy eating. And it meets people’s social needs as well, something she saw when she was the adult programmer. “There would be people who just moved to town, felt very lonely, were quite shy when they started the programs, and next thing you know they’re going for coffee with two of the people they went to the program with.”

Bodemer practising with her husband in Oxbow A1» “The patients are very kind, especially ladies,” said Bodemer, noting that she felt that some female patients have been missing a female doctor there for a long time. With a constant lack of physicians in the area, Bodemer believes there will be a decent amount of work for her, but with the three full-time physicians, Galloway Health Centre patients can now actually see a doctor on the same day as they get sick. However, the Oxbow community could have been waiting for a new physi-

cian for much longer if not for the accurate Cupid who seems like he’s been keeping an eye on two doctors since the beginning of their careers. Bodemer and Hyman were in the same class in medical school and graduated from the university in Pretoria in 1996. Not only have the two now-Oxbow doctors known each other for a long time, but they also used to date when they were students. But as it often happens, something didn’t work out at the first try. “I knew him as a fellow student when we were

studying. It was between 1991 and 1996,” said Bodemer. “But then I got married to someone else at the end of my studies. And I had two children.” In 2015, she got divorced from her first husband. By then Hyman, who’s never been married, had already long lived in Canada, but every year he would come to South Africa to visit his parents. And life once again crossed their paths over a cup of coffee. They soon got married and now live and work in Oxbow, raising two teenag-

ers together. “He is super kind to them… They understand one another, I think they get one another better than I get, dealing with my boys’ brains,” said Bodemer. Thus, life changes brought the ex-couple together again, which became a great gift for the Oxbow community in particular, and struggling with recruiting and retaining physicians, the southeast community in general. Bodemer said that the community has been really nice and she is glad to start her practice here.

Dr. Karen Bodemer and her husband Dr. David Hyman now both work in Oxbow. Photo submitted 20022SS2 20022SS3

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Local clubs celebrating 100 years of Kin Canada

Members of the Estevan Kinsmen and Kinette Clubs were joined by Estevan city council and City of Estevan representatives at Monday night’s city council meeting.

The Estevan Kinsmen and Kinette Clubs are looking forward to the centennial celebration for the service group, which is based entirely in Canada. Feb. 16-22 was proclaimed as Kin Canada Week during Monday night’s meeting of Estevan city council. A flag-raising will take place Feb. 20 in front of city hall at 8:30 a.m., one of many flag-raisings to happen across the country that day in honour of Kin Canada’s 100th birthday. “They want to do a

flag-raising from east coast to west coast at 8:30, and then they’re going to do a film out of the flag-raising,” said long-time Estevan club member Susan Colbow. Also, on Feb. 22, members of the Estevan Kinette Club will have their annual Day of Kin-dness. Kinettes will be circulating the community, handing out tickets to an Estevan Bruins game, and presenting carnations to residents of the Estevan Regional Nursing Home and long-term care at St. Joseph’s Hospital. They will also place

coins in the candy machines at the Estevan Leisure Centre and the Estevan Shoppers Mall, so that kids can get free candy, and they will visit with the pets at the Estevan Humane Society’s animal shelter. Other activities could also be happening that day so that the Kinettes can show the people of Estevan how much they care. Colbow said the club hopes to have some form of a centennial project in Estevan this year. Reaching 100 years is a big milestone for Kin Can-

ada. She hopes it will cause current and former Kin members to reflect on the milestone and the accomplishments for the service, and she is also optimistic it will cause people to consider joining their local club. Colbow’s parents were both Kin club members, and her daughter Chelsey Istace has taken an active role in the Estevan Kinette Club. “We are here to help the community and serve the community’s greatest needs, and that has always been our motto,” she said. People can see the impact

of the Kin clubs in the community throughout the year, she said, ranging from the Canada Day celebration at their playpark in the Hillside subdivision, to the Kinsmen selling Christmas trees each year, to their involvement with the playpark. “It’s cool to see how Kin has impacted a lot of communities,” said Colbow. Many small communities have a Kin park, and Colbow is proud to see the Kin name attached to many projects. And, of course, in Sas-

katchewan, the Kinsmen and Kinette Clubs put on Telemiracle each year.   Kin Canada was formed in 1920 when a small group of like-minded men gathered at a restaurant in Hamilton, Ont., to charter the first Kinsmen Club. Harold Rogers, who served Canada during the First World War, was looking for an opportunity for fellowship. From there, word spread quickly across the country about the impact the Kinsmen were making and the camaraderie and pride that existed among its members.

New class teaching students about the impact of first responders Twenty-four students at the Estevan Comprehensive School (ECS) are learning more about the work of first responders in the community. Emergency services response training 10 is being offered at ECS for the first time this semester. It has been offered in Weyburn for the past couple of years, and has also happened elsewhere in the province. “What students are going to be doing is learning about all of the different emergency services that are typically offered in municipalities and in Canada,” said teacher Mark Kroeker. When he heard that it was something that could be offered at ECS, Kroeker, who typically teaches welding and machining, thought it was a fantastic opportunity for the students at the school. About half of the students are in Grade 12, and the rest are in Grades 10 and 11. Already the youths have had a couple of guest instructors, as Fire Chief Dale Feser of the Estevan Fire Rescue Service and Deputy Police Chief Murray Cowan of the Estevan Police Service spoke

Students in the emergency services response training class at the Estevan Comprehensive School gather for a group photo. Photo submitted. Photo submitted

to the kids on Feb. 6. Kroeker has also spoken with Sgt. Jeff Clarke of the Estevan RCMP detachment to get him in to speak, and Kroeker would like to have the Emergency Medical Services in Estevan address the class as well. “It’s actually a very hands-on class. Part of the curriculum is actually quite

clear that the students are to get hands-on experience in all of the different emergency services, which makes it quite a bit of a logistic thing for me, making sure I’m always planning that kind of stuff,” said Kroeker. With the fire department, students will have to work with the firefighters to extinguish a small controlled burn,

and they will have to be able to put on the personal protective equipment and the selfcontained breathing apparatus used by firefighters. They also get to learn how to extract someone from a vehicle. Each student will also have to do a two-hour to three-hour ride along with a member of the Estevan Police Service or the Estevan

RCMP. He is trying to figure out a way to get EMS involved, but Kroeker suggested a tour of the ambulance bay. “As much hands-on stuff that we can get with these students, the better,” he said. Other agencies that he would like to see involved are the STARS Air Ambulance to talk to the students about

what that organization is all about, and even the Canada Border Services Agency, which would be unique to Estevan due to the city’s proximity to the Canada-U.S. border. “I want the kids to have as many experiences (as possible),” said Kroeker. In order to pass the class, students also have to get their first aid level C, with knowledge of how to use an automated external defibrillator. Kroeker hopes the class will give students a greater appreciation for what these men and women do for the community, and he hopes it could also steer some of them into one of those career paths. “Some of them may be bound for university, because a lot of them want to become nurses. We even have a couple of the students who want to be doctors. So it will definitely be a good experience for them,” said Kroeker. Different emergency services are going out of their way to help the students with everything, too, he said. Kroeker hopes the course can be offered each semester for the 2020-21 school year.


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Extending a tourism invitation One of the better moves by the Saskatchewan Party government during its 12-plus years guiding the province has been the introduction of the Saskatchewanderer program. It started as “The best summer job ever” in 2011. Each year, one talented young person would be assigned with the job of hitting up as many summer events and attractions in this province as possible, and chronicling all of those activities online. It was a great way to showcase much of what Saskatchewan has to offer every summer in the second decade of the 21st century. After two years, the provincial government decided to expand the initiative to a year-round concept. Even though the most entertaining time of year runs from Victoria Day to Labour Day, there’s lots of fun to be had throughout the year, especially if you can think of things to do in the winter other than be indoors. The Saskatchewanderer is now in its 10th year. It’s become a household word in the province. People who follow the wanderer on social media have learned about events and attractions they wouldn’t have known about otherwise. This year started with the brief return of some previous tourism ambassadors. Andrew Hiltz had a culinary tour, and made his way to southeast Saskatchewan to visit a couple of popular local restaurants, the Happy Nun Café and Michael’s Coffee House in Carlyle. But he didn’t make it to Estevan, continuing a trend that we’ve seen the past couple of years. We haven’t seen a ‘Wanderer since late in 2017; if one of the ambassadors was here in 2018 or 2019, it wasn’t publicized. We get it. There’s a lot to do in this province. But the Saskatchewanderer should be spending their fair share of time in the southeast region. Our list of attractions doesn’t stop with Moose Mountain Provincial Park. Estevan is the eighth largest city in the province. At least one visit per year should be a requirement. Hopefully the new ‘Wanderer, Leah Mertz, understands that. A look at the calendar for the rest of the year shows events such as the Energy City Ex. in early June, which will have our fair, rodeo, Estevan Sings competition, a country music concert and other activities, all in a four-day span. If this tourism ambassador wants to see something she won’t see anywhere else in the province, then the doubleheader for the Dakota Classic Modified Tour should be a perfect opportunity. Some of the top modified dirt track racers in North America will be here, experiencing much of what Estevan has to offer. Also in July will be round 2 of the Rafferty Rumble, which was a hit last year and will be a big event this year. Or she can check out Woodlawn Regional Park, Boundary Dam, Affinity Place and the myriad of other attractions that we have. There’s plenty of events and attractions happening in communities outside of Estevan that are well worth a visit. (If you’re looking for more ideas, be sure to check out Estevan’s Tourism Guide, found in this week’s edition of the Estevan Mercury, or in Southeast Lifestyles for rural residents). Those of us who live in southeast Saskatchewan know the truth: there’s lots to do in the region. There’s plenty of attractions that offer activities for people of all ages. Hopefully our new tourism ambassador can do what her recent predecessors didn’t, and make it down here once or twice during the year. If it’s not going to be for the big events, then there will be plenty of other options during the year.

This is weird. It’s weird in a good way. But still weird. I didn’t see a for sale sign when I For the most part, they loved it. arrived at my parents’ home in B.C. Life after the farm has been an Thursday night. adjustment to them, but it looks like Many of you will remember that they’re handling it well. my summer vacation in B.C. last year The house they’ve moved into is began a day after my folks listed their pretty nice. It’s actually bigger than horse farm in B.C. – the place that what they had on the farm, but the they called home for 20 years. property is obviously smaller. Still, it’s I’ve mentioned it a couple of times large enough for what they need, a since, but mom and dad sold the farm place where mom can have a garden – by all accounts to a young woman and dad can tackle all sorts of outdoor and her boyfriend who know and love projects. I have no doubt that before horses and will take good care of the Willberg’s World long, it will be the nicest yard on the place. block. And they’ll still look to make It was bittersweet when the farm sold; to be improvements. honest, I don’t think mom and dad expected they They are not the condo types. They need their would be signing the papers for a sale three months space and they need a place where they can do their after they listed the acreage. When I left B.C. last thing without worrying about aggravating the strayear, I didn’t think it would be the last time I’d be at ta board. They understand the physical and mental the farm, although at least it ended on a high note benefits associated with yard work. with a really enjoyable trip. Ultimately, all that matters is that they’re happy, So for the first time since I moved here in 2000, that they’re going to have the retirement they have my holiday wasn’t spent on the farm. earned, and they’re going to travel and enjoy the Instead, it was at their new home in Aldergrove, spoils of all that they’ve done. The bonus is it looks in an urban setting instead of a rural one. like the right person bought the farm. My parents’ decision to sell the farm meant As for my visit, this is definitely going to be something else: for the first time since I’ve known a different experience. Instead of heading outside them, they are legitimately retired. and enjoying the picturesque scenery and peaceful The farm was a full-time job for them. Each of isolation of the farm, I’ll go outside and see the them put in a full day’s work, every day. They’ve homes of my folks’ neighbours. been out here twice together in 15 years, because During past visits, we’d get up, read the paper, one of them always had to stay behind and look af- enjoy breakfast and coffee together, and then mom ter the horses. They’ve been able to take a few holi- and dad would go outside and do the chores. It days – South Korea, Australia and the Kentucky was an opportunity for me to get some work done. Derby among them – but for those trips to happen, Eventually I would go outside to say hello to the they had to find someone who could look after the horses. horses and everything else on the property. That laNow I’ll have to be awake earlier than them if bour doesn’t come cheap. I’m going to get that work done. Both of them were terrific workers in their reBut it also means we’ll have time to “do stuff,” spective careers, dad with the RCMP and mom as to do those things that maybe we wouldn’t get to a nurse. They have been retired from those jobs for do during previous visits, because we won’t have some time, but thanks to the farm, they weren’t to worry about being back by 3 p.m. for afternoon truly retired. chores. At an age when their friends were wintering in (That did make it difficult to head into Vancouwarmer climates and travelling to different loca- ver for the day). tions around the world, mom and dad were thinkI’m looking forward to heading down to the ing about hay purchases, shovelling horse manure, barns to visit with our horses, who are now boarded being midwives to pregnant mares and doing all at different locations. of the things associated having more than a dozen I’m also sure I’ll enjoy the new digs more when ill-tempered thoroughbreds on their property every I’m out in the summer months. The farm was more winter. fun in the summer. B.C. is more fun in the summer. Every spring, they mounted a camera into the Life is more fun in the summer. stall of those pregnant mares, and would get up in But for now, it’s great to be on the coast for the the middle of the night several times to check and next week. The craft beer is cold and there’s still a make sure the horses weren’t going into labour. lot that I can do during the next week.

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Cheers Cheers to the volunteers that make up the Southeast Sask. Search and Rescue chapter. It’s great to have them all as such a dedicated part of the region. Hopefully they never have to use their new skill set, but it’s good to know they are ready if needed. And thank you to the Mercury staff for choosing to cover this story so we readers know what is happening in our area. Cheers to the Estevan Humane Society for the Whiskers and Wine Gala, and for bringing in great local talent to entertain the crowd while supporting a worthy cause. Cheers to the Estevan Arts Council for bringing Chris Funk to Estevan. It was the type of show that can be very entertaining for adults and children alike.   Cheers to all of the great entertainment that was offered at the Estevan Comprehensive School last week during the McLeod Series basketball games, and to the fans of both teams for being so supportive.   Cheers to the excellent presentation by Doug Griffiths at the Days Inn on Tuesday night. He offered a lot of good ideas for people in the community to consider.   Cheers to those who received awards for hunting and fishing from the Estevan Wildlife Federation. What many don’t realize is many of these people are also conservationists and strong supporters of the outdoors and the environment.

Jeers Jeers to the work stoppage at the Co-op Refinery, the conduct of the members of the union, and the problems that this has caused for so many people, most notably first responders.   Jeers to businesses that feel the need to close early. If it says you’re open until 5 p.m., then stay open until 5 p.m., not 4:45 p.m. Jeers to those who illegally park in handicapped stalls. You might think it’s just for a couple of minutes, but during that time, someone might come along who truly needs it. To submit a cheer or a jeer, please email it to dwillberg@estevanmercury.ca, or visit www.estevanmercury.ca.

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Fundraiser was amazing for Taylor the second time around By David Willberg dwillberg@estevanmercury.ca

Alison Taylor’s journey with the Prairie Women on Snowmobiles (PWOS) was just as amazing the second time around. Taylor, who hails from Carievale, was part of the PWOS Mission 2020, the 20th annual journey that took participants on a sixday whirlwind journey throughout much of the province. It started Feb. 2 in Humboldt and wrapped up Feb. 7 in Humboldt. In honour of this year’s 20th annual mission, most of this year’s eight core riders had been involved with a mission in the past. Taylor, who was part of last year’s ride, was selected by the PWOS executive as the team captain. “It was quite an honour to be chosen as team captain and watch us all grow in those six days. It was amazing how we all clicked together. We were all different, but all of us were after the same goal,” said Taylor. Taylor had to attend evening meetings and relay necessary information to members. Mission 2020 raised $98,273.10 for breast cancer research and equipment. The Canadian Cancer Society will receive $31,793.31 for research and the remaining $66,479.79 will go to the Cancer Foundation of Saskatchewan. The mission was an extremely emotional time. They stopped at several communities each day to meet with cancer survivors, present them with a pin and give them a hug and show encouragement. Support riders joined them to travel from town to town. “Pretty much all of our evening venues were sell-outs,” said Taylor. “Everyone just

The participants and the pit crew members from the Prairie Women on Snowmobiles’ Mission 2020 ride gather for a group photo. Photo submitted

wanted to support and help out with the cause.” She knows they are making a difference when they go to the communities, interact with the survivors and see the long line-ups for the survivor pins. “Every time we give one of those, it is emotional, because these are women who have been hit with this disease, and are still here and they are our strength and our hope, knowing we are helping in some way,” said Taylor. The snow was fantastic, the scenery was breathtaking and she was able to ride her snowmobile most days. There were a couple of days when they had to put the sleds away because there wasn’t enough snow on the ground, but the mission wrapped up with a great day of sledding on Feb. 7. “We came into fireworks that the pit crew guys had put on for us, and it was pretty exciting and

emotional,” she said. “We were all overwhelmed.” Taylor’s husband Clinton was part of the pit crew for the second straight year, and he joined the women on the trails for the first day of the tour. They covered about 260 kilometres that first day, and he was quite sore when it was finished. “He didn’t know how we were going to do it for another five days,” she said. Clinton Taylor said they had a lot of good riders this year, which made it easy on the pit crew. “I met lots of new people and made lots of new friends,” he said. It helped that this year’s ride had much warmer temperatures than a year ago, so he didn’t have to try to start the sleds when it was -30 C outside. Each day the pit crew members would be up early in the morning to get

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A couple of wild events

The Estevan Wildlife Federation hosted its annual awards night on Feb. 8, with awards handed out to men, women and children in many categories. On a different note, Spruce Ridge School held its annual Showcase performance, with young’s talent on stage. Photos by David Willberg

From left, Jarrett Daoust, Kade Skuce, Dave Clark, Kyle Skuce and Murray Mosley won awards for birds.

Christine Lainton, left, and Mary Jacobs won photography awards.

From left, Ron Sandhoff, Chase McNabb (accepting for Sheldon McNabb), Hunter Chipley and Cameron Donavan with big game archery trophies.

From left, McKenna Sullivan, Sienna Kuntz, Kerison Burnett, and Emily Sauder were part of the Spruce Ridge production.

Emily Sauder, Jack Lachambre-Renkas, Madison Holtz, Prysm Gooding and Teigha Lesy entertained during the Showcase.

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Aboriginal storytellers visited Pleasantdale School As a part of the Aboriginal Storytelling Month hosted by Southeast Regional Library and Library Services for Saskatchewan Aboriginal Peoples (LSSAP) Michele Amy, Dale McArthur and Pierre Tinant visited Pleasantdale School on Monday. Many engaged and excited students gathered at the gymnasium to meet with the performers and storytellers. Métis fiddle educator, storyteller, and English teacher Michele Amy along with her long-time friend guitarist Pierre Tinant, played some traditional Métis music, intertwining songs with stories of the Métis nation. While most children probably didn’t know the rhythms, they still would tap their heels or move along with playful music. Amy’s fiddling style is diverse and includes a strong focus on the musical traditions of the Métis people, as well as both heritage and new Canadian fiddle music from coast to coast to coast. The first two artists were followed by Dale McArthur, who is known professionally as Dale Mac. He is an Indigenous songwriter and blues/roots/rock guitarist from the White Bear First Nation and based in Regina. McArthur played the guitar, sang and told stories about his art. His art is based around Canadiana while promoting his style of music and positive lifestyle, and

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Saturday, Feb. 15: • South East District mixed curling competition at the Power Dodge Curling Centre at 10 a.m. • Estevan Public Library and Estevan Humane Society’s Paws for Reading at the animal shelter at 11 a.m. • Musical Library at the Estevan Public Library at 2 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 16: • Teen video game tournaments at the Estevan Public Library at 2 p.m.  

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Friday, February 14, 2020 Tuesday, Feb. 18: • Estevan Arts Council’s Art in Action Camp at the Estevan Leisure Centre at 9 a.m. Also happens on Feb. 20 and 21.

• Souris Valley Museum’s day camps. Zoom for ages three to five at 10 a.m. through Feb. 21. Space: History and Exploration for ages six to 10 at 1 p.m. through Feb. 22. • Snowshoeing and walking poles at the Estevan Public Library at 2 p.m. • Pottery Barn inspired centrepiece at the Estevan Public Library at 6 p.m.

• Teen CD case labyrinth at the Estevan Public Library at 6 p.m.

• Estevan Toastmasters Club meeting at the Estevan Public Library at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19: • Estevan Art Gallery and Museum’s Winter Break Art Camps for ages seven to 12 at 9 a.m. Ages four to six meet Feb. 20 and 21 from 1-3 p.m. • Knots of love at the Estevan Public Library at 2 p.m.

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• Kids code club at the Estevan Public Library at 5 p.m. • String art at the Estevan Public Library at 6 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 20: • Estevan Public Library and Estevan Church of God’s parent café at the church at 10 a.m. • Family art at the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum at 10 a.m.

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• TED talks at the Estevan Public Library at 2 p.m.

• Tween 3D builders at the Estevan Public Library at 4 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 21: • Tween roblux club at the Estevan Public Library at 4:30 p.m.

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Oxbow Prairie Horizons School’s cheer team shines in debut performance The Oxbow Prairie Horizons School Black Knights cheer team had a performance to remember at their first competition. The squad, which consists of 17 members, travelled to the Best of the West Cheer and Dance Competition at the Evraz International Trade Centre in Regina on Feb. 8, and came home with top spot in the scholastic cheer intermediate division for Grades 7-12. Oxbow finished with a score of 88.6 out of a possible 100 points. Velvett Mamela, who is the coach of the team, said she was particularly impressed that they had zero deductions. “When we practice, it’s usually like that, but to hit it at the first competition is really unexpected,” she said. The 17 members of the Knights cheer team had really good energy, and they hit all of their difficult stunts. Adding to the excitement is that the Estevan Comprehensive School Elecs cheer team won gold in intermediate Grade 9-12, meaning a sweep for South East Cornerstone Public

School Division’s teams in their division.   Mamela is originally from Regina and has been part of the cheer teams for the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the University of Regina Rams, and also coached some teams. She moved to the southeast to become a teacher at Oxbow Prairie Horizons, and decided to start the Oxbow program. “We’re different from other teams because we’re Grade 7-12, so it’s a larger age gap, but honestly, the girls have all really supported each other, and they’ve made a lot of friends based off of having such young kids working with high school kids,” said Mamela. They have been practising twice since September, and it amounts to five hours a week. That doesn’t include extra practices on several weekends to further their skills and their chemistry. Members have also been fundraising to help cover costs associated with the team. Mamela decided to enter the Black Knights in Best of the West, in part, because

The Oxbow Prairie Horizons School Black Knights finished first in their division at the Best of the West competition in Regina. Photo submitted

friends of hers run the competition, but it also has a lot of high-end teams, and she thought it would be a good experience for the Oxbow team to see the stunts of those teams. “They have good energy,” said Mamela. “Lots of teams go to it, so that’s why I picked Best of the West.” She predicted a show-

ing like this will give the Knights a lot of confidence, and she hopes it gave them reason to love the sport even more. “They went out there like they owned the place, and they were excited to perform.” For a video of their performance, please visit www. estevanmercury.ca.

Big Six quarter-finals well underway The Big Six Hockey League’s playoffs have started with a mix of close games and blowouts. The post-season began last week with a two-game, total goal series between the Arcola-Kisbey Combines and the Kipling-Windthorst Oil Capitals, who were the eighth and ninth place teams, respectively, during the regular season. Arcola-Kisbey won 5-2 Feb. 7 in Arcola to take the twogame, total-goal play-in series 8-6. The Oil Capitals had a 4-1 lead at one point in the third period in Game 1 Feb. 6 in Kipling, but the Combines rallied with two markers late in the third to pull within one. K i p l i n g -W i n d t h o r s t opened the scoring in Game 2, but Arcola-Kisbey rattled off five unanswered goals, including three in the second period, to take the lead. The Oil Capitals final goal didn’t come until the last minute in the third period. The Combines are now playing the top-seeded

Redvers Rockets in a bestof-five quarter-final series. Redvers won Game 1 13-2 on home ice Feb. 9, and took Game 2 7-0 in Arcola two nights later. Dates for the remaining games in the series haven’t been established. The other three quarterfinal series also saw teams grab 2-0 leads. The secondranked Carnduff Red Devils beat the seventh-seeded Midale Mustangs 5-2 in Game 1 Feb. 8 in Carnduff, and took Game 2 3-0

in Midale three nights later. Game 3 was slated for Feb. 13 in Carnduff. (Results were not available at press time). The defending league champions, the No. 3 Yellow Grass Wheat Kings, lead the sixth-seeded Wawota Flyers 2-0 in their showdown. Yellow Grass won Game 1 5-4 on Feb. 7 at home, and took Game 2 8-3 in Wawota two nights later. Game 3 was set for Feb. 13 in Yellow Grass. (Results were not available at press time).

Game 4, if necessary, would be Feb. 18 in Wawota and Game 5 is slated for Feb. 21 in Yellow Grass. Finally, the No. 5 Bienfait Coalers lead the No. 4 Carlyle Cougars 2-0. Bienfait stunned Carlyle 8-1 on Feb. 9, and beat the Cougars 5-4 in overtime Feb. 11 in the first extra time game of the postseason. Game 3 is set for Feb. 17 in Carlyle, and Game 4 would be Feb. 18 in Bienfait. Game 5 is scheduled for Feb. 21 in Carlyle.

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LeBlanc wins midget AA scoring title in final season Marci LeBlanc found a great way to put the exclamation mark on her scoring title in the Saskatchewan Female Hockey League’s midget AA division. The Outram hockey product had a hat trick in the South East Aaron Well Servicing midget AA Goldwings 5-2 victory over the Northeast Aces on Sunday at the Harry O Memorial Arena in Midale. LeBlanc, who is in her final season of minor hockey, finished with 40 points, seven more than the Aces Kalli Stegemann. She also led the league in goals with 22. “We have an awesome team this year, great support from everyone. Of course I’ve had awesome coaches the last few years. We all just

work really well together. I’m lucky to have a good line that is always there and ready.” Kendra Kotalyk and Gracie Hillrud were her linemates this season. “It’s been really fun playing on this team the last few years, because it’s very competitive and it’s very, very fun,” said LeBlanc. Winning a scoring title in her final year of minor hockey was a special feeling. But it’s also tough to know that her time in minor hockey is coming to an end. LeBlanc’s focus is now on the playoffs. The Goldwings were the class of the league this year, finishing with a 22-1-1 record, with their only loss in league play coming to the Aces. They wound up five

Marci LeBlanc was the top scorer in the Saskatchewan Female Hockey League in her final season of minor hockey. Photo by Wanda Harron Photography

points clear of the Saskatoon Comet Legends for first overall, even though the

Legends played one more game, and 14 points ahead of the Regina Rebels for top

spot in the South Division. “We started practising together and playing togeth-

er, and we ended up being strong, and it’s been awesome all year,” she said. They will get a bye in the first round of the playoffs, and then they will face either the Notre Dame Hounds or the Parkland Fire in the South Division semifinal. • • • Khloe Bedore and Jaycee McLellan had the other goals for the Goldwings against the Aces, who led 5-0 at one point in the third period, until the Aces had two quick goals on Kara Zelyck in the final frame. The day before, the Goldwings defeated the Comet Legends 1-0. McLellan had the only goal of the game, and Zelyck had a shutout to earn the player of the game award.

Youths compete in curling mixed doubles districts Mixed doubles teams in the junior and senior high school age groups took to the ice for districts at the Power Dodge Ice Centre in Estevan on Friday and Saturday. Lampman School won junior districts, which is for those in Grades 9 and under. The team, comprised of Sydney Willock and Jamie Johnson, defeated a team from St. Michael’s School in Weyburn in the championship final of the double knockout elimination event. Lampman School beat Estevan Comprehensive School (ECS), comprised of Hannah Mercer and Braydon Ludtke, in the A final. Both teams won their first two

games of the tournament to reach the A final. The two squads then dropped down to the B event. Lampman reached the B final by defeating Ogema School, while St. Michael’s defeated Estevan, knocking Estevan out of the tournament. St. Michael’s defeated Lampman in the B final, and so the two teams would meet again in the championship final. This time it was Lampman that emerged victorious. Two teams from Lyndale School in Oungre were also entered in the junior division. In senior mixed doubles, the Cherpin-Willoughby rink from Radville Regional High School defeated the Hen-

heffer-Daley rink, also out of Radville, in the final. The senior tournament featured a four-team round robin, with two teams from ECS and two from Radville. The ECS teams were comprised of Abby Renkas and Jamison Keating, and Kristen Carlson and Seth Bohlken. Those two teams, as well as the Cherpin rink, went 2-1 each, while the other Radville rink went 0-3. A last stone draw was used to break the tie, with the Renkas rink finishing first, Cherpin second and Carlson third. Henheffer upset Renkas in one semifinal, while Cherpin knocked off Carlson in the other.

Hannah Mercer delivers her shot during the mixed doubles tournament at the Power Dodge Curling Centre.

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