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Marching a cross. Project dedicated to veterans made it to Estevan. PAGE A3

Cougar on the loose. Wildlife sightings reported in the area. PAGE A6

A story of a historical recovery. Antique plane gets second life. PAGE A10 -11

Jodi and Tyler Werner of Lampman are the proud mother and father of Emmett Timothy Werner, the first baby born at St. Joseph’s Hospital in 2021. Emmett was born at 12:03 p.m. on Jan. 7. He weighed in at nine pounds, 4.8 ounces, and measured 21 inches in length. Emmett is the first child for Jodi and Tyler. Both mom and baby are doing fine. Photo submitted

Festival of Lights had record number of visitors over the holiday season By Ana Bykhovskaia

New year with new gear. Bruins show the new goaltender’s mask. PAGE A12

The fourth annual Woodlawn Regional Park Festival of Lights came to an end on Jan. 8, and it was a blast, just as expected. With the record number of participants, they also had a record number of visitors. According to the information received through the RM of Estevan's road counter, about 4,500 vehicles turned up to enjoy almost 40 colourful, often funny and

very creative lights displays. Maureen Daoust, who is the business manager at the Woodlawn Regional Park, said they were very pleased with how the event turned out. "Festival of Lights 2020 was a great success. We were super excited," Daoust said. They also received a lot of great feedback from the community. "People were thrilled to be able to go down and see how beautiful it was, and to

see how much better it was than it was in the past, even though previous years it was good too," said Daoust. W ith probabl y over 10,000 people visiting the festival this year, they also received a lot of generous donations, and Daoust was grateful to guests for that, as it will help with the park operations and future editions of the festival. The interest in the event was very obvious. Every time volunteers went down to the

park there was a lot of traffic there, and sometimes there were vehicles still circulating between the expositions even after 11 p.m. "We are so happy that so many people got to enjoy it over the Christmas season," Daoust said. Volunteers went down every day just before dusk to make sure that all inflatables were still up, all the lights were working properly and displays were still looking great for people to enjoy.


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They also would go down there at the end of every evening to collect the donations from the box. There were no awards for the participants this year, but it didn't affect the turnout, as it wasn't the main point. "This is the second year that we haven't had any awards or anything like that. We decided that it was too hard to find groups that are nonbi A2 » THE


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Council opens discussions on 2021 budget By David Willberg Estevan city council took a long, hard look at the 2021 civic budget on Monday – a document that features a number of needed projects, but does not, at this time, have a property tax increase. Council spent hours pouring over the document and quizzing the various department heads about their plans. Each depar tment head discussed their operational needs and, when applicable, their capital needs for this year. While the meeting was not open to the public, members of the media were able to watch via Zoom. With four new members of council, it was a learning experience, and a chance to get more information about the city’s operations.

“ We’re very satisfied with the way the day went. Our new council was very engaged, with lots of questions,” said Mayor Roy Ludwig. As of right now, the budget does not have an increase for the municipal portion of property taxes. It would be the third straight year in which council has held the line on property taxes. Ludwig said that with the ongoing struggles from the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s a lot of stress in the community, so council doesn’t want to increase taxes. It ’s also a year in which the figures from the 2019 provincial reassessment will be released, which could have an impact on local property values. “We have tax tools, so we can help mitigate some of the changes between the

classes,” said Ludwig. Provisional numbers for the budget show the projected revenues for the city are nearly $25.37 million, which are down more than a million from the $26.38 million from the 2020 budget. It was noted during the meeting that the city expects to have lower revenues for fees and charges due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, with less money for ice time and facility rentals, special events, memberships, programs and more. Initial expenses are $24.16 million, down from the $25.15 million from the 2020 budget. Policing will be the largest expense at $5.47 million, a 3.6 per cent increase from 2020. Police Chief Paul Ladouceur told council it’s the first increase they have had in three years. The utility fund’s forecasted revenues are $6.61

million for 2021, down from the $8.993 million in 2020, but the 2020 budget included $2 million in capital funding from other levels of government. Utility fund expenses are expected to be $5.37 million, on par with the $5.372 budgeted in 2020. The budget also does not include an increase to the utility rates or water consumption rates at this time. The revenues and expenses could still be adjusted as council continues to adjust the document. z The budget also calls for another $4.5 million in debt repayment, between the principle and the interest, which will leave the city with $17.2 million in longterm debt. Highlights to the capital budget include $1 million for repairs to the Leisure

Centre’s roof and the HVAC units on the roof, $450,000 for the city’s fleet renewal, $250,000 for a new fire truck to replace an outdated unit, and $400,000 for repairs to the Churchill Play Park paddling pool. The park’s paddling pool was shut down last year due to its condition. Some of the projects will be funded through borrowing. Not included in the capital budget is $2 million for repairs to the water tower, which will be funded through the federal gas tax. Council also had a discussion about thirdparty grants, in which the city supports a number of cultural agencies and nonprofit organizations in the community. While there are no plans to axe the thirdparty grants in this year’s budget, council did discuss

eventually removing some of them from the budget. Other grants, such as those for the S outheast Regional Library and the Estevan Public Library, are provincially mandated. Ludwig said the new members did very well during the budget discussions, which traditionally is part of the learning curve for new council members. “They rolled up their sleeves and got fully involved,” said Ludwig. “And had great input, actually.” Returning Councillors Shelly Veroba and Travis Frank were also very vocal during the meeting. Council will publish the budget on its website so that the public can provide feedback. Ludwig expects the budget will be approved at the February meeting, which is scheduled for Feb. 22.

The Festival of Lights seemed to be the busiest spot in town « A1 ased to the (participants). We tried it for a couple of years, and it didn't seem to come together in the way that we hoped it would. So we just said to people, 'You are participating just to

spread the joy in the Christmas season,'" said Daoust. And the public was very pleased with the efforts put into the festival by participants. This year the festival was opened up to community

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groups, and two groups used that opportunity. A church also joined the festival, along with a few new service and not-for-profit organizations. "We are happy that we were able to offer this to the public." Daoust said that it was really interesting to see how different companies would approach their displays, as there were no dos and don'ts and the entire projects were left up to the creators. This year the traditional Kick off to Christmas in the Park party and fireworks were cancelled due to the health safety measures. Daoust said that they are already looking forward to Festival of Lights 2021, and hope that by then they'll be able to have some of their regular activities and entertainment back. In the meantime, Daoust thanked everyone

The Festival of Lights had a record number of participants for the large number of visitors. Photo by David Willberg involved with the event. "I'm continuing to thank our volunteers and staff that helped out, and

also our sponsors, Southern Plains Co-op, the Estevan Chamber of Commerce, Henders Drugs and En-

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The Old Man marching cross across Canada stopped in Estevan and southeast Saskatchewan By Ana Bykhovskaia A few dozen people gathered around the Estevan’s Soldiers’Tree on Jan. 3. Some were mingling keeping distance, but it was obvious that they all were waiting for something to happen. All of a sudden all heads turned to the west, as a man with a support boot on his right foot, carrying a big white cross, could be seen walking down Fourth Street approaching the courthouse. Warren Michael, who is also known as The Old Man, first thought about the crosscountry walk aimed at attracting attention to veterans and other important causes 10 years ago, and now his dream came to fruition. He said that the infamous 2018 comment, made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who stated that some veterans that his government was fighting in court, wanted more than Ottawa could afford, sped up his idea. As his website says, a “caring Canadian fuelled by courage, strength, faith and love” Michael started his 20202021 mission in Kelowna, B.C. He built the wooden nine-foot cross, weighing between 80 and 100 pounds, to help him deliver the message. The cross says, “Veterans are not asking

for more than I can give” on the one side and “Rights and Liberty, Truth and Freedoms” on the other. The Old Man departed from Kelowna in December 2020, leaving his family with two kids behind and sacrificing a family Christmas for a big cause. He is planning to march the cross across Canada and make it all the way to Ottawa, in this manner raising awareness and funds for veterans, clean drinking water for First Nations, as well as raising autism awareness and also attracting attention to cancer research and mental health issues. The estimated route will have him covering about 4,500 kilometres. “I just wanted to bring some hope, some faith and some strength back to Canadians, and show our veterans and our First Nations, and the world that Canada does have an identity. It’s our First Nations, and it’s our veterans,” Michael said. “They are the backbone of this country. They deserve our respect, and they deserve to be honoured.” Talking to the Mercury, he said that so far his mission has been “amazing.” “I’m myself a man of a very few words and as another reporter has said I’m a man of great action. I let my action

speak for itself, but the support is overwhelming. It’s just a blessing in itself. And I just got going,” Michael said. He walks through snow and mud for five to eight hours a day with small breaks, all while carrying the cross on his shoulder. He believes that if every Canadian donates just one dollar, the problems veterans are facing could be solved. And cross helps him deliver that message. “It’s up to us as Canadians to do it ourselves,” Michael said. The cross also has images of poppies, an eagle feather and the medicine wheel for the First Nations. Besides, it has cancer, mental health and autism symbols depicted on it. It also says “RIP Big Guy” on one of the edges. Michael explained that remark. “The Big Guy is actually right here in my pocket with me on it as well,” said Michael pulling a small bag presumably with ashes out of his pocket. “He was a good buddy of mine, fellow Christian and just a guy that loved this country. He passed just the first couple of months of COVID. He had a heart attack. I talked to him about doing this before he passed. And I talked to him about doing it over the years, and he stood behind me all the way with what I was wanting

Many people were willing to share their stories and also thank Michael for what he is doing for veterans, First Nation and other causes he supports. Photo by Anastasiia Bykhovskaia

Warren Michael also known as The Old Man came to Estevan with the cross on his shoulder on Jan. 3. Photo by Anastasiia Bykhovskaia to do … He is with me on this walk, helping me out.” The cross also serves as a donation box. Michael said that he doesn’t plan to open it until the mission is completed, so the cross will be getting heavier as he progresses with his mission. Money raised will be directed to the Veterans Memorial Medical Centre Society and potentially to other organizations, which work in the areas Michael is raising awareness for, including the company that’s currently working on getting water for First Nations and others. He wants to deliver his message to the government. Later on, he plans to replace the panels on the cross with thicker wood and he wants to get Canadians even more involved with his project. “I’m going to ask Canadians who feel that our government has failed these issues, to come put in a nail or a screw into this piece of history. And once it’s full of nails and screws, we are going to fill it with concrete,” said Michael. He doesn’t know when and where it will happen, but he said he’ll keep going until he achieves the results he is looking for. Michael added that so far he’s felt blessed with the support he’s been receiving. “This is important. This

is our history,” Michael said. “These things should have never been an issue. It’s Canada. It’s 2021 now, water never should have been an issue, especially in Canada.” His original route didn’t include Estevan, but he said it was the Soldiers’ Tree that made him change his plans and come to the Energy City. Robert Rooks, who was among those who gathered to greet Michael that day, gave him a tour of the monument. Lester Hinzman, the man behind this and a number of other warrelated Estevan projects, read his poem that can be found on the monument. Marie Calder, the author of The Other Side series, who is currently working on a book about 21 airmen that died in a plane crash in the Estevan area in 1946 also told him about the Forever in the Clouds monument. Michael ended up staying in Estevan and visiting the monument the next day. (An interview with Calder can be found on The Old Man Facebook page). After the meeting on Sunday, on his Facebook page, The Old Man said, “Today has been… Wow… Very heartfelt day. A lot of great people today.” He added that he was “blown away” by the Soldiers’ Tree, the community and the stories people shared with him.

“It was an honour to come here,” said Michael emotionally, thanking everyone who showed interest in his mission. Michael doesn’t have a set date for completing the mission, but he said that so far it’s been going a bit faster than he expected as he was trying to make it to some events happening in various communities. He added that in general, he decides on most of his route as he walks, and he goes to the communities where he feels he is needed and where his message needs to be shared. While in Estevan, Michael also received fur mittens that were given to him “in respect to all First Nations lost in the wars,” and a golden eagle feather as gifts from some community members. Many people who were at the location including an EPS officer donated money to the cause. After having a bit of a break, Michael headed east again, continuing with the mission and stopping in Oxbow and Carnduff. A GoFundMe campaign March A Cross Canada - Our Final Stand For Canada that was started in conjunction with the walk had raised over $5,000 toward a $100,000 goal as of Jan. 4. Donations also can be made through the website marchacrosscanada.com.

Drewitz students received CDTA examination results Students from the Drewitz School of Dance under the direction of Lorie-Gay Drewitz-Gallaway and her assistant teacher Hunter Hildebrand have had an amazing fall with running full classes right up to Christmas break and also with two sets of examinations. Students were examined in tap, jazz and ballet exams, badges and medal tests. They recently received the Canadian Dance Teachers’ Association (CDTA) fall results and are still waiting for Highland from Scotland. The CDTA examinations is a professional dance syllabus taught by certified teachers across Canada. Children and examined in presentation, musicality and strong

technical criteria. Exams took place Nov. 24 and 25 via Zoom as well as in studio before the new health restrictions came into place. Examiner was Jacquie Huck from Regina and Paulette Puetz from Humboldt. Recently received results were as follows. Tap badges and medals. Preliminary tap badge:  • Successful –Rowan Grimes, Grace Hall, Keira Kessler, Kayleigh Reed, Zelie RoyCennon, Ella Smyth, Delaney Tamblyn and Nate Wilhem. Bronze tap medal:  • Highly commended – Halle Adams; • Commended – Bryanna Morrow; • Pass Plus – Brooklynn

Sullivan. Jazz badges and medals. Pre-bronze jazz medal: • Honours – Payton Sernick; • Highly Commended – Brooke Dzeryk, Summer Gardiner; • Commended – Marin Burnett, Sydney Lainton, Rylee Johnston, Tegan Mosley, McKenna Sullivan, Elliana Wiebe and Kelsie Wilson; • Pass plus – Tenaya Empey and Alexis Paton. Bronze jazz medal: • Honours – Paige Petersen; • Highly Commended – Sophia Fleck, Peyton Irwin, Layla Kitz and Sydney Ross; • Commended – Aurora McCutcheon and Rowyn Siever;

From left, Grace Hall, examiner Jacquie Huck and Nate Wilhelm. Photo submitted • Pass plus – Audie-Rae Richardson. Silver jazz medal: • Highly commended – Sadie Smith, Halle Adams, Katelyn Conquergood, Hunter McNabb, Ariadne Nagel and Marley Nashiem; • Commended – Saman-

tha Carritt, Bryanna Morrow, Maya Sands, Kate Schmidt and Hailey Taylor; • Pass plus – Brooklynn Sullivan and Alyssa Saccary. Gold jazz medal: • Honours – Elsie Alexander; • Highly commended -

Emily Phillips and Jersey Long; • Commended - Shayna Fichter, Shayla Gill and Codie Lemcke. In ballet Grade 3 examination Brielle Wakely received honours. “Congratulations to all!” said Drewitz-Gallaway.

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What are these politicians thinking? You have to wonder how tone-deaf some politicians really are. Since early March, we’ve been hearing how travel is discouraged, especially travel to other nations. The Canada-U.S. border has been closed to non-essential traffic since mid-March. People returning to Canada from other countries have to self-isolate for two weeks. So when it came out that some of our elected officials decided to travel abroad during the Christmas break, many Canadians were pretty agitated. It started with Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips, who travelled to St. Barts in the Caribbean, while his social media feeds made it appear he was still in Ontario. Premier Doug Ford knew about the vacation before Phillips left. Phillips’ travel cost him his cabinet post. We had one case in Saskatchewan, when Sask. Party MLA Joe Hargrave, who had been the Highways Minister, travelled to Palm Springs, Calif., to sell personal property. He could say it was essential travel, but everything he needed to do in California can now be done online. He apologized and resigned his cabinet role, which means the decision to travel cost him more financially than the trip itself. But the worst was Alberta’s now-former Municipal Affairs Minister Tracy Allard, who vacationed in Hawaii, and said she decided to go ahead with the trip because Hawaii at Christmas was a family tradition.

There are a lot of families in Alberta and across Canada who abandoned Christmas traditions this year who were furious at the minister. Why should they have limited their gatherings with loved ones and stayed safe at home while Allard and her family could continue their tradition? (Allard’s blunder looked even worse when you compared it with the story of one Alberta family that cancelled their trip to Hawaii through the Make a Wish Foundation for their terminally ill child). Other Alberta MLAs went abroad over the break and also lost their responsibilities. Allard’s travel plans led to a nowinfamous press conference for Premier Jason Kenney, in which he bungled his ways through the answers, and did nothing to diminish the anger that many Alberta residents were directing to the government. Meanwhile, as Kenney fumbled through the vitriol, it led to his party’s popularity continuing to fall, as people wondered why he was believed to be the chosen one for the United Conservative Party’s leadership. Among Kenney’s gaffes is saying that it’s riskier to go to a grocery store than to travel by airplane, leaving people to wonder why we’ve been passing up on foreign excursions and having border restrictions for the past 10 months. It’s not the travel itself that upsets people. It’s the message that it sends, and the sense of

entitlement that it conveys. People become frustrated when their politicians have a “do as I say, not as I do” attitude. It’s even worse during a time of crisis like a pandemic in which we’re hearing the lines like “stay safe,” “be smart” and “stay home.” Most of us have done our part over the past 10 months. We’ve followed the public health orders, we’ve altered our behaviours and we’ve adapted when the restrictions change. People have cancelled trips to the U.S. and other markets, for a variety of reasons, but the biggest reason is it was the right thing to do. The least we can expect is for our elected officials and political staffers to do the same, rather than taking trips that were paid for with taxpayer dollars. The only exception should be if a trip was absolutely necessary for family reasons. None of these trips appeared to fit that criterion. It’s even more imperative to be smart with travel with surging COVID-19 cases. The party leaders shouldn’t have to ask their members and staffers to seek permission to travel abroad. These bright political minds should know better, and as long as they’re asking us to stay home, they should do the same. Should the politicians who travelled unnecessarily decide to seek another term, hopefully, the voters remember this sense of entitlement when they cast their ballots.

We all need "awe" moments, and Estevan has some options to provide those Since I was a kid, I was charmed by butterflies. Such gentle and beautiful creatures, back then they seemed to exist just to make the child's world brighter. Once mom took me to an estate-museum of Vladimir Nabokov, a great Russian writer, word painter, Nobel Prize nominee, who left Russia soon after the Bolshevik revolution. He was born in St. Petersburg and spent the first 20-some years of his life there. Some of it I knew before going to the museum. What I didn't know then is that he was even more fascinated with butterflies than I was. That museum right away turned into my favourite place in the world, as it had Nabokov's butterfly collection. Blue and green, small and huge, with enchanting patterns braiding their wings, and plain little night moths with furry bodies, those butterflies kidnapped my imagination and mom had hard times getting me out of there. The summer came, and once I made it to the summerhouse, I decided that I was going to create my own collection. I wasn't sure where one would get those big gorgeous blue-winged butterflies, but I figured that I could start with what was flying around. I had a butterfly net and the hunt began. Like most other kids, I kept my plans a secret just in case adults would think that something is off and start throwing monkey-wrenches into the works. After a few hours in the fields and snooping around the house, I was ready to start the project. I had a beautiful peacock butterfly flapping in my jar, a piece of a board that only vaguely resembled delicate mounts I saw in the museum, a hammer and a few rusty bent nails

Ana Bykhovskaia Twenty Lines About… I found under grandpa's working table in the backyard. My excitement was through the roof, as I already was envisioning my vast gorgeous butterfly collection hanging all over the walls and hundreds of admiring visitors I would take around the house to share my love with them. Ten minutes later grandma found me crying on the floor in the middle of the living room with a hammer in my hands and a nail sticking out of the board over some kind of a mess. It just didn't work out. Who knew the butterfly should have been dried first? Who could guess the hammer and nails were too rough of tools to mount it? Who would assume the siding board appeared to be a pretty tricky material to work with? I was heartbroken and told my parents that I had to go to the museum, this time to understand how the displays were arranged. I wanted to try again next time. Later I learned the museum burned down and most of the collection was lost. I was smiling as all those memories were rushing through my head while I was standing in the middle of the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum the other day surrounded by beautiful quilted butterflies. I finally made it to their exhibition, and on a cold January day suddenly found myself in the middle of a summer-day adventure. The last year was so weird, that even though I never lost my love for butterflies, I don't think I

noticed a single one last summer. We just get so focused on problems that we stop noticing things that please the eye and bring aesthetic enjoyment. Recently I read a TED article about seven types of rest, all of which are needed for us to feel recharged, and one of them is creative rest, which "reawakens the awe and wonder inside each of us," according to the article. While I couldn't go see the Grand Canyon, I finally found a place where I could get some creative rest, recharge and restart my imagination. Only once I made it there, I realized how much I missed something light and beautiful for the sakes of beauty in my life. I was standing there, looking at artwork by Cheryl Andrist and Marilynn Malo, and feeling how the gap inside me was filling up with the harmony created by their Fabricated Nature. Once it was filled, the inspiration started growing inside. The changes I could feel were just like fed with sunshine dandelions, created by Monique Martin and exhibited in the other gallery. In just half an hour at the EAGM, these two very different and still alike exhibitions made me feel happier, aesthetically satisfied, freed and inspired. They brought up memories and positive associations. They allowed the tired brain and blurred eye to let go, turn the page and see the beauty of the world. They gave me the "awe" without leaving Estevan and encountering new breathtaking landscapes. They reset me, and I am very grateful for that. The exhibitions will be on display just until this Friday. So if you get a chance, check it out and let your eyes and soul relax for at least a short little bit. You'll thank me after.


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The brown paper bag crowd My latest round of life without hockey will last all of eight days. The World Junior Hockey Championship, with its rather forgettable and disappointing gold medal game, ended on Jan. 5. But now we have the NHL season ready to start on Jan. 13, with all of the joy and excitement associated with the season’s start. Yes, we’re all undefeated. And we’re all as close to winning the Stanley Cup as the other teams. It’s been the rallying cry of Vancouver Canucks fans like myself throughout our franchise history. There’s always next year. We’re all undefeated right now. Fifty years. Zero Stanley Cups. A couple of close calls, but no victory parades. Many years, a brown paper bag to wear over your head has been a recommended accessory for Canucks fans. Most hockey fans are happy to have the NHL back, but there are a lot of people who are upset. It’s pretty hard to sell the return of the NHL to critics when there’s been a resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the six non-Atlantic provinces, which has forced new restrictions to be implemented, people to be unemployed once again and overall mental health among many to take another hit. Furthermore, self-isolation requirements for players from outside of Canada were waived for the Canadian teams to be able to play. And we’ve seen health officials allow these teams to play, while leagues at different levels, from young kids to adult recreation, have had their seasons put on hold. Some leagues haven’t even started play this season. It’s not just non-hockey fans that are ticked. There are a lot of hockey fans who are miffed that the NHL is being allowed to play. We’ll see if their anger subsides once the season starts. The league won’t be using the bubble format, which worked so well for the Stanley Cup playoffs in Edmonton and Toronto, but there won’t be any fans allowed in the stands, and you can be sure there will be pretty rigorous testing and cleaning standards. Despite all of this, I am looking forward to the season beginning. And hey, the Canucks have reason for hope. We had a pretty good season in 2019-20. Won 10 playoff games – the fourthmost in franchise history. Knocked off the reigning Stanley Cup champions (the St. Louis Blues) for the second time in franchise history. Took a powerful Vegas Golden Knights team to Game 7 of our quarter-final series. The young players are a year older, with another year of experience. Some players are gone, some good players are in. And Loui Eriksson and his $6 million salary have been placed on waivers. Bonus: all of the Canadian NHL teams are in the same division. Since you have seven Canadian NHL teams, you couldn’t force them to play on the road all season like the Toronto Blue Jays in MLB and the Toronto Raptors in the NBA. So Canadian teams only play Canadian teams, and American teams, split into three divisions, play teams in their respective divisions. My guess is that the all-Canadian division will get pretty tired by about Week 4 of the regular season, and it’ll be mundane by the end of the season. How many times can I watch the Canucks play the Ottawa Senators? Life without hockey has been an on-again, off-again affair for the past five months. The NHL resumed in early August, giving me something I thought I would never enjoy – midsummer hockey. The hockey was pretty good, especially when my beloved Canucks were beating St. Louis. The playoffs ended in early October, but a few weeks later, the local hockey season began. That lasted about a month, when a public health order suspended the season, unless you’re part of a minor hockey team that can practise with up to eight people, while maintaining a social distance of three metres. We had a month without hockey, and then the World Juniors started, giving us two or three games a day. And it was great. Until the gold medal game. So here we sit, on the cusp of another hockey season. We don’t know how long it’s going to last, if there’s going to be a suspension due to COVID-19, or if they’re going to finish the season, including the playoffs. But at least for a little while, I can enjoy watching the games. And get an extra helping of action involving Canadian teams, even if it becomes a little much.

A pandemic pregnancy The editor: No one is prepared for pregnancy, parenthood, and most especially, no one is prepared for a worldwide pandemic. I want to start off by expressing our excitement at becoming first-time parents. Like most first-timers, we are a combination of excitement, happiness and joy, mixed with anxiety and fear of the unknown. The unknown of parenthood, also unfortunately, includes the unknown of the current state of our country and our world. I wanted to share a few realities of pregnancy during a pandemic. I’ve attended all my appointments, including ultrasounds, on my own. My husband has had to hear all information second hand. He has never heard the baby’s heartbeat, or experienced the wild and crazy moment of “Hey that’s my baby in there!” And for that I am a little sad. As a first-time mom, experiencing pregnancy

and prenatal care, I have had to carry that load alone. I’ve stepped outside my comfort zone and had to be pretty darn brave. I have only seen my doctor in person twice. Once in the first trimester, I was at seven weeks, and recently during my second trimester at 19 weeks. I have only been weighed twice, blood pressure checked twice, and we’ve listened to his heartbeat once. I am now over 20 weeks. Those that have experienced prenatal care, know this is not a “normal” experience. But COVID-19 is not a normal experience. Over the phone appointments will continue into the new year. We are all making sacrifices to help stem the spread of COVID-19 and by not putting myself in harm’s way (this can be argued I’m sure) by going to the hospital or doctor offices, I am helping to keep myself, baby and others safe. I know that other medical care has been postponed, including cancer treatments, surgeries

and other in-patient or hospital care, due to COVID-19. Our families are from Ontario and as a result, have not been able to see the growing baby belly or experience the joy of becoming grandparents. We are unsure what the spring will look like or what giving birth during a pandemic will look like, but I continue to hope that my husband will be able to take part in our child’s arrival. We know that many have experienced their own challenges and difficulties during the pandemic and no one has been left untouched by the impacts of COVID-19, but that I ask you to be inspired by our story and to continue to work together and do your part, so that for those that need the care, can continue to be looked after. Sarah Dobos, Estevan

COVID-19 and politicians The editor: Let’s talk COVID-19 rules. Christmas was shut down to families except for those in the same household, meaning anyone such as mothers, fathers, daughters and grandparents were not to meet for Christmas unless they lived together. Travel was not advised from province to province and definitely not out of the country. Most people abided by those rules even if it meant not seeing a grandmother or grandfather, maybe a loved one that you may lose to illness or old age shortly. Then you have arrogant, self-centered politicians that say essential travel means something different for everyone. That is a true statement but now, here is my point. Former Highways and Infrastructure Minister Joe Hargrave and Premier Scott Moe figure it was more important for Hargrave to go to California to sell a home than it is for us to visit our loved ones, possibly for their last Christmas.

Hargrave and his wife both go to a luxury home in Palm Springs to bring back belongings and finalize a house sale on Scott Moe’s approval. Give me a break. Everything could have been done on the phone or Internet. There are companies in California that will pick up and store all belongings without you being there. I am sure the real estate agent could have handled it all. Was it really necessary for Hargrave’s wife to go on this essential trip? While people in this province are losing jobs, businesses and loved ones, our politicians or so-called leaders figure it is okay to just make rules and firm suggestions, then don’t follow their own guidelines. To top it off, they are getting paid to not follow those rules and are getting paid through self-isolation when they return from their travels. Through all of Christmas, I did my best to tell people not to gather and follow the guidelines, man was I stupid. Hargrave and Moe should be ashamed of themselves.

Hargrave must have really needed his dear, loving wife through those essential, troubled times in California. What a kick in the face to those that the politicians said “do not gather or visit” to and now some may never see or touch their loved ones again. After this crap my advice is: to hell with the rules. Go do what it takes to make you and your loved ones happy, just like Hargrave. Who cares about anyone else, be selfish just like our leaders. Let them punish us with big fines and threats, that way we can all not just overrun our healthcare system but also our court system. I once believed politicians were fair and honest. After this episode of ignorance, I have lost all faith. Thank you, Scott Moe for showing the people of this province what you really think of them. Kelly Foord, Macoun

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Cougar spotted in dog park at Woodlawn By David Willberg Cougar sightings are becoming more common in the Estevan area, but they are still fairly rare. One of the cats was spotted in a tree at the dog park inside of Woodlawn Regional Park on Jan. 5. Lindsay Leko, a conservation officer for the southeast region, said two officers in Estevan responded to the scene, along with the Estevan Police Service and the Estevan RCMP. He said the ministry receives two or three cougar reports from the Estevan area each year. “The habitat around the Estevan area, especially with the coal pits and the hills and the piling hills, is a little bit different. I think it might tend to be a little bit better (for cougars),” said Leko. Most of the sightings will be a quick glance, he said, in which the animal will wander through a field or a farmyard. Sometimes the witness gets a photo. When he does receive a report, he’ll thoroughly quiz the witness to ensure it’s a cougar. In this case, he believes it was a cougar, based on the information supplied by the witness. Terra Weeks spotted the animal and called the RCMP, who then called conservation officers. She also posted on her account on social media, and the Estevan Dog Park committee also discussed the incident on their Face-

book page. The dog park committee said they are lucky to have the facility in Woodlawn Regional Park, with the beautiful nature along the river. They share the land with a variety of wildlife, so people are encouraged to always be on the lockout. They should also watch and listen to their dogs, as they will tell you if something has passed through or is close by. The cougar has been here before in the fall, the committee said, and it was just passing through once again. There were no further sightings of the animal. “I’ve been an officer for almost 30 years, and I can honestly say that I’ve never, ever seen one in the wild. And I think that’s exactly the way the cougars want it,” said Leko. “They don’t want to be seen. They’re not out trying to make trouble. I think they’re naturally roaming through their territory, and human encounters are inevitable.” Leko said cougar sightings were very rare at one time, although there were numerous reports of a cougar in 2001 in the Estevan area that led to a cougar trap being set up outside of Estevan, an effort that Leko assisted. “ The reason I think we’re seeing the sightings is that … most of the time, what we’re seeing would be the juveniles, and they’re looking for territory,” said Leko.

The mother will kick the youths out of the den, and adults don’t like it when the juveniles encroach on their turf. Cougars will also go where the food is, and their primary food is deer, although they will also eat raccoons and game birds. “The fact that they’re actually anywhere near an urban setting is probably not by choice. It’s probably just roaming through,” said Leko. “The city is not where they want to be. They want to be in the middle of nowhere, and they don’t like the interaction with humans.” If someone encounters a cougar, they should make it clear that they aren’t prey for the cat. “If you have kids with you or a pet on a leash, you pick up that pet and you make sure your kids are behind you, and you want to back away from the area as slowly as possible. You don’t want to turn around and run, because when you turn around and run, it incites that predatory response in an animal, because now it starts to assume you’re prey.” If it starts coming towards you, throw rocks at it, yell at it, and make yourself look as big as possible. In the unlikely event of an attack, you have to fight for your life. “Once it realizes you are not prey and you’re a lot bigger than it is, then they’re going to back out, and they’re going to want to get out of there,” said Leko.

Police make arrest in graffiti incidents in Estevan Area Members of the Estevan Police Service (EPS) have made an arrest in connection with recent graffiti incidents. Police executed a search warrant on Jan. 5, and Brady Elliott, a 35-year-old Estevan man, was arrested. Officers were able to seize several exhibits relating to ongoing spray paint incidents that have been happening in the city and sur-


rounding rural area. As of Mercury press time, the man is facing nine charges of mischief under $5,000 and one charge of breaching conditions of a probation order. These charges stem from mischief incidents that occurred early in 2021. Police are still investigating all the incidents since late September as it is believed the ma-

jority of them are connected. Further charges are being considered. Police want to thank the public for their assistance in providing information, which helped in making the arrest. The man was released later in the night with conditions. He will appear in Estevan Provincial Court on March 8.


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City and 8 Rivers Capital awarded federal grant for feasibility study on NET Power facility deployment The City of Estevan and 8 Rivers Capital have been awarded a grant to undertake a feasibility study for commercial-scale NET Power facility deployment. The grant was awarded through Western Economic Diversification Canada and the Coal Community Transition Initiative. As a world pioneer in power sector carbon capture and storage, Estevan is an ideal location for one of the initial Canadian NET Power

deployments. NET Power’s Allam-Fetvedt cycle technology combusts natural gas with oxygen, as opposed to air, and uses supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2) as a working fluid to drive the turbine and produce zero-emission electricity. This cycle can hit the same efficiency of a traditional power plant while capturing all of its carbon dioxide (CO2) and eliminating all air pollutants. As the inventor of the AllamFetvedt cycle, 8 Rivers is ideally

situated to partner with the city to hit their energy and economic goals. Bill Brown, CEO at 8 Rivers Capital and NET Power, said: “We look forward to working with Estevan to drive power production where clean is cheaper than dirty. A November 2020 MIT study characterized the underlying technology as ‘a real game changer.’ 8 Rivers is proud to deploy the NET Power technology in partnership with Estevan. “Working with Estevan

and leaders in Ottawa, Regina and other provincial and local governments — as well as with private entities like Canada Clean Energy Corporation — we can create jobs and deploy zero emission NET Power plants in a way that allows the entire country to achieve its net-zero emissions goal at the lowest possible costs.” Leading the feasibility student will be 8 Rivers, performing engineering and economic analysis tailored to an Estevan deployment of the NET Power

technology, work which will be overseen by the City of Estevan and funded by Western Economic Diversification Canada. “We have been working hard to identify economic development opportunities like this for our city and we are excited to see more projects and studies moving ahead in Estevan,” said city manager Jeff Ward. “Working with 8 Rivers, we hope to be able to develop a strong plan that we can present to the provincial and federal governments during discussions around the future of

power generation in Estevan.” A Durham, N.C.-based firm, 8 Rivers Capital is leading the innovation of sustainable, infrastructure-scale technologies. As the inventor of the Allam-Fetvedt Cycle, 8 Rivers is also focusing on developing direct air capture, retrofit carbon capture, clean hydrogen well below $1 per kilogram, and uses for the CO2 captured by the cycle, including production of ethylene and other valuable products and the removal of sulfur impurities from gas streams.

Shop Estevan pleased with community support The community was eager to tackle its Christmas shopping locally this year, and that was good news for the businesses that are part of the Shop Estevan initiative. Shop Estevan held multiple promotions for the community in the weeks leading up to Christmas, in an effort to get people to spend money locally and to promote Estevan. The most high-profile one was

a drive-in concert featuring country music singer Justin LaBrash and his band True North on Dec. 19. Vehicles filled the Estevan Leisure Centre’s parking lot for two performances, and people could hear the music on their radios. “It was something different and something you can still do safely during the pandemic,” said Laurel Buck with

the Shop Estevan committee. The committee was fortunate that the concert was held on a mild but windy day. A drive-in concert is something they would do again, she said, but in the summer months, so that people could roll down their windows to hear the music. “Everybody was pleased with the concert,” said Buck. Shop Estevan held an

online auction to help cover the cost of bringing LaBrash and his group to Estevan, with items supplied by the different businesses. The committee also sold more than $27,000 Shop Estevan Bucks in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Buck said the popularity of the currency exceeded her expectations. People purchase the Shop Estevan Bucks, and then they can use them at any of the businesses listed in the QR Code on the back of the Shop Estevan Bucks. “It’s nice that the money from that stayed in Estevan,” said Buck. New businesses are coming on board with the initiative, with three joining last week alone. Retailers and hospitality sector businesses are eager

to join, because not only does it encourage people to shop locally, it promotes Estevan as a shopping destination for others. Their latest promotion is

that if people post a photo or discuss their favourite item that they purchased from a Shop Estevan business for Christmas, they will be entered to win $100 in Shop Estevan Bucks.

Justin LaBrash and his band True North. Photo by Robert Godfrey with Lemon Wedge Marketing


Economic Development 2021 Goals 2021 is finally here and with it comes a list of goals for the upcoming year for the Estevan Economic Development Board. While 2020 may not have been the easiest year, it saw a number of active projects come to fruition. In 2021, we will be focusing on further development of these projects and finding more opportunities for economic growth and job creation. Here are a few of our main goals this year: One of the exciting successes of 2020 was the opening of Southeast Business Startup, Estevan’s business incubator. The goals for 2021 include growing the programs offered and inviting more entrepreneurs to make use of the space and services offered by Southeast Business Startup. We also plan to host more information sessions and learning opportunities in the future as well. CLUES ACROSS 1. Adequate yearly progress (abbr.) 4. Silicon Valley’s specialty 8. Gather a harvest 10. Famed mathematician 11. No (slang) 12. Students use one 13. Type of molecule 15. Play make-believe 16. Large barrel-like containers 17. Touching 18. Treats allergies 21. Calendar month 22. Single 23. Cease to live 24. Brew 25. What ghosts say 26. Geological time 27. Focus 34. Discomfort 35. A citizen of Iran 36. Trip 37. Imitate 38. Makes happy 39. Double-reed instrument 40. Body parts 41. Transgressions 42. One-time emperor of Russia 43. Time zone

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Work with Doug Griffiths and his team from 13 Ways continues, and they will be returning to Estevan to conduct more interviews and learn more about the opportunities for our city. Once the team from 13 Ways has completed their study, the Estevan Economic Development Board will have a finished tactical workbook that will highlight steps that should be taken to help our city move forward with positive changes. Another major focus in 2021 is our ongoing mission of attracting new business and investment into our city. We have been in discussions with businesses and organizations that are interested in our city and we have been working hard to ensure that we can provide them with the support and information needed to successfully conduct business within our city. Stay tuned to our website www.EstevanEconomicDevelopment.ca to find the latest information and announcements as these projects move ahead. To learn more about our work and about doing business in Estevan, visit our website. Learn information about economic opportunities, business incentives and follow our newsfeed for information from press releases to new business introductions and more. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram by searching for Estevan Economic Development.


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Twenty-nine drilling rigs working in early January By Brian Zinchuk, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Early in the new year, Saskatchewan’s drilling rig fleet is up and running, with 29 rigs in the field on Friday, according to Rig Locator (riglocator.ca). Those 29 rigs also mark a high point in drilling since spring breakup in March 2020. Breakup coincided with the collapse of oil prices, resulting in zero rigs drilling from late-May until mid-July. Activity slowly crept up to a peak of 19 on Dec. 12 before the Christmas shutdown. Traditionally almost all rigs shut down for a twoweek period over Christmas and resume work right after new year’s, going until spring breakup. Saskatchewan enters 2021 with a much-diminished fleet of rigs. After

spending most of the last decade with around 120 registered drilling rigs in the province, a couple waves of retirements have reduced the Saskatchewan fleet to 94. With 29 now working, that makes for a 31 per cent utilization rate. Notably, two rigs are drilling for oil near Redvers and Lake Alma, areas that have not seen much activity in several years. A brandnew helium company, Royal Helium Ltd., also started its first well a few days ago. It joined North American Helium Inc., which also had a rig going in a new area. Crescent Point Energy Corp. had seven rigs going across the province, with the bulk in southeast Saskatchewan. Starting in that region, one Crescent Point rig was drilling for the Torquay formation southeast of Lake Alma, which is a little further west than the

company usually operates. However, a couple years ago the company made a significant land purchase in this area, prospective for the Lodgepole formation. Their second rig was working in their core area southeast of Oungre. Both of these rigs were considered in the Flat Lake area. The next two rigs are in areas where the company hasn’t done a lot of drilling for quite a while. Crescent Point’s third rig was south of Benson on Highway 47 at the Lampman turnoff, and the fourth was just east of Kisbey. The fifth rig was northeast of Stoughton. Triland Energy Inc. was drilling south of Arcola with one rig. Two rigs were drilling just north of Lampman, one for Spectrum Resource Group Inc. and the other

for Torc Oil & Gas (which was recently absorbed by Whitecap Resources Inc.). Its third rig in the area was drilling east of Redvers, another area which has seen very little activity for quite a while. Torc (Whitecap) had a n o t h e r r i g wo rk i n g a t Huntoon. About halfway between Benson and Lampman as the crow flies, Astra Oil Corp. had one rig turning to the right. Drilling for potash, Mosaic Canada ULC had its usual rig working near Esterhazy. Moving to southwest Saskatchewan, Royal Helium Ltd. spudded its first helium well a few days earlier, drilling east of Climax. Crescent Point had a rig working near Frontier, drilling for oil at Rapdan. West of Swift Current,




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Community was very generous with the Salvation Army By David Willberg The Salvation Army once again received excellent support from the community for its annual December campaigns. The Salvation Army received $108,500 in donations, well above their goal of $80,000. The kettle campaign received $26,300, which eclipsed their $20,000 goal, while the letter appeal raised $82,200, above the $60,000 objective. “Kettles were really different this year, with COVID restrictions, but at the end of the day, it didn’t really affect a whole lot. Our volunteers had to fill out a form every time they went, and we were on a bit of a cleaning schedule at all of the locations,” said Ronza Reynard, the Salvation Army’s community ministry director for Estevan. The day before the shift, volunteers had to fill out a form regarding their health,

and once they arrived for the shift, they had to fill out a form saying they were well and they understood the restrictions. Kettle locations were also very helpful to ensure restrictions were followed. Kettles were located at the Southern Plains Co-op’s Estevan grocery store, the Estevan Market Mall, Walmart, Clifton’s No Frills and the government liquor store. The Salvation Army had fewer shifts than last year, but support was still strong. “We had no dropped shifts this year,” said Reynard. “We’re just so thankful to Estevan, because in other locations, the Salvation Army wasn’t able to have kettles out and manned due to a lack of volunteers or the lack of available spots to have a kettle.” The volunteers did a good job of coping with the requirements of the restrictions. The ministry also partnered with the Community Hamper Association, which had a record-setting year for

the number of hampers filled. The Salvation Army filled some hampers at Christmas for those who came directly to them as well, and they will continue to fill hampers throughout the year. Donations also came in for the Salvation Army’s food bank in December. There were a number of donations to the food bank and through food drives. Some of the businesses that typically participate in Green for Life Environmental’s food drive made donations, since the food drive didn’t happen in December. Sobey’s donated hampers made possible by customers’ donations. “We’re going to be ready and prepared,” said Reynard. “Our numbers are probably going to be steadily increasing and being higher than they were last year. We’re ready, and we are just thankful, and the community has supported us and supported everyone.” All of their food categories are in good shape as

Estevan real estate agents work to help the hospital

Local real estate agents came up with a campaign aimed at supporting the St. Joseph’s Hospital and thus supporting the entire community. As of Jan. 1, Coldwell Banker Choice Real Estate started their new Homes for the Hospital initiative. Throughout 2021, part of the proceeds from every sale made by any of their real estate agents will go to the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation. “We’ve always wanted to be involved in the community and do things that would allow us to give back,” said Josh LeBlanc with Coldwell Banker Choice Real Estate. “I think we’ve always had a high profile in the commu-

nity and we’ll continue trying to do that. But with COVID happening we wanted to support a facility that benefits the entire community and the surrounding area. That’s why we chose the hospital foundation.” The company came up with the idea based on similar experiences in other industries. They thought of other businesses running charity campaigns where they donate part of proceeds from their sales to various organizations. But LeBlanc said they haven’t seen anything happening real estate-wise with the hospital foundation, so Coldwell Banker Choice Real Estate decided to take the idea and try using it in their area.

“Any house that we sell, whether it be on the buyer’s side or selling side, we will donate a portion of our commission to the hospital foundation,” said LeBlanc. “We hope that people will work with us this year, so we can help support the hospital foundation, and people will have a decent feeling knowing that they are helping the community when they purchase their house as well.” The money raised will be used for St. Joseph’s Hospital’s general needs. The agents will be providing portions of their commission all year long, and at the end of 2021, a joint donation will be made to the hospital foundation.

well. “We’ve had donations throughout the year, so you never know once December comes around, since we had donations all year, whether those donors would come around at Christmas time,” said Reynard. The Salvation Army will start posting their various specific food needs on Fridays on their Facebook page, so people are encouraged to watch. Money that was raised during the kettle and letter appeal campaigns go to the Salvation Army’s efforts throughout the year. The food bank is closely associated with those efforts, but they also have the back to school backpack program, they send kids to a camp, and they have other programs during the year.

The shelves of the Salvation Army’s food bank are well-stocked following the Christmas campaigns. Photo submitted

A better year starts here A year ago, if you had told me that, in 2020, I would walk into my bank while wearing a mask, I would have thought you were crazy, but I did. Had you said that I would spend most of the year working from home instead of in my office, I might have guessed that the church building burned down. It did not. If you noted that, by the end of the year, I would be sick of Zoom, I would have asked, “What is Zoom?” I had never heard of it before 2020. This past year was certainly a strange, sad and hard year in many ways, both big and small. Happily, 2021 is upon us, and with it comes the hope of a new and better year. While numerous situations are still out of our control, it is wise to remember that there are some things that we can do to make this coming year a good one. One day Jesus was asked, “Which is the greatest com-

Tim Pippus of the Estevan Church of Christ mandment in the law?” The questioner wanted to know what his major focus should be. Jesus’ answer was both simple and powerful: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbour as yourself. All the law and the prophets hang on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:37-40). Love God and love people. That is the filter through which everything needs to run. A better year starts here Those two thoughts are the test by which everything else is measured. Love is the stan-

dard and the starting point for every interaction. When this principle is applied, suddenly faith has less to do with our Sunday morning meeting and more to do with how we live each day. It regulates how I act at work. It influences how I spend my time, energy, and money. It changes how I treat those around me, especially those with whom I do not see eye to eye. In short, if taken seriously, love God and love people would make me better. It would make my friendships better. It would make my days and my year better. Jesus said that everything we need starts right there.

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Group of friends recovered WWII era tra By Ana Bykhovskaia A time of wonders, this past Christmas brought something that many would consider a miracle to the Estevan community. After years and years, an abandoned Second World War era airplane found just outside of Estevan received a second life, thanks to a group of friends led by Estevan's Lester Hinzman. By now, one could say that preservation of the military history of the region has turned into almost a full-time job for Hinzman, a man known in the community, across the province and even further for his involvement with the Soldiers' Tree, Forever in the Clouds and the latest Returning Soldier monuments created by sculptor Darren Jones. Just before Chr istmas, Hinzman finalized another project, giving a new home and a new purpose to the training Avro Anson airplane that was abandoned for many years. This plane will never fly again, but Hinzman hopes it will help to educate others about the history of the area, and the brave men who took their first flights in this machine and who later fought for peace and freedom on the other side of the world. The plane was first discovered by local taxidermist Gary Leslie when he was hunting southwest of Estevan. Well aware of Hinzman's passion for the history of the region and war relics, Leslie contacted him right away. Hinzman said when he first saw the plane he was "pleased." "Gary phoned me and asked me if I wanted a propeller, and

The Avro Anson plane is now on display at Lester Hinzman's yard. I said, "No, I'll take the plane," Hinzman recalled, explaining that for him the most important part was to preserve the historical piece. "I knew it would be an old training plane because there used to be lots around here at that time. But then they hauled them away for garbage or whatnot." At one time, this vintage airplane was part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan and was used for training pilots in Estevan. During the 1941-45 period, about 200 flying schools were organized all across Canada to train pilots, both local and other from countries, fighting in the war alongside Canada. Saskatchewan, not densely populated with its beautiful Prairie land, was perfect for pilot training.

Only in this province, there were over a dozen such schools including the one near Estevan, which was using the old airport as their base. Once the war was over, the training planes weren't needed anymore. They were sold for a few dollars and mainly used for parts. Some people would utilize the plane cab to rebuild their trucks, others adapted Jacobs engines – also known as Shakin' or Shakey Jakes for their tendency to vibrate heavily at low RPMs – for their snowmobiles. "Back then they took planes and made whatever out of them. It was a whole different generation," explained Hinzman. The plane was sitting on

Due to the tendency of the Jacob engines to vibrate heavily at low RPMs, it was given nicknames like Shakin' Jake and Shakey Jake.

Stefan Seipp's land, which used to belong to Elvin Haukeness before. "The landowners knew about (the plane), it's been there for years," Hinzman said. According to the Haukeness family, this particular plane was purchased for $50 and used for parts. The rusty frame and what was left of the plane by September 2020, when it was found, were half-covered with grass and a tree was growing through it. So wasting no time, the group of like-minded fellows started working on recovering the plane. Kelly Hanson, Rodney Jacobs, Wladimir Ejrich, Rick Malaryk and Wayne Stubel were working

alongside Hinzman to make sure that the piece and history behind it are preserved for generations to come. First, they had to clear the plane of debris, and then they were able to place boards under it to ensure that when the ground freezes it doesn't get stuck. It took a lot of work and some patience, but finally, in mid-December the weather was co-operating and the group was able to bring the equipment down and safely transport the historical piece to Hinzman's yard, which is located in the area known as Death Valley on the side of the old Estevan airport. "Kelly worked out the game plan to bring it home, and then

The plane was covered with grass and a tree was growing through it.

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Lester Hinzman and his friends started cleaning debris off the plane in the fall.

When the ground froze, the plane was lifted off the ground and transported to its new home.

tions to the cockpit … then they would become very durable planes, and easy to fly," shared Beaudoin. Planes, remodified in Saskatchewan, were used solely for training purposes, but they were educational tools not only for pilots but also for mechanics. The actual planes of similar construction were designed to be extremely fast to get into an area, take pictures and get out of there, thus, working the way up for bombers or fire planes. "They were extremely durable and could take a lot of punishment," Beaudoin said. When in use the recovered plane would look similar to this one. The engine cowlings were Moose Jaw who used to rebuild certain job. One would have a gun, intentionally designed to have a smaller diameter in order to rethese kinds of planes after the war. the other would have a camera. Beaudoin shared the information "The reason these planes duce their negative impact upon he received from Jim Goostav, the were so popular was that when external visibility. Depending person who had first-hand experi- they put the Jacobs engines in on the size of the engine, planes ence working on similar machines them and did all the modifica- would look slightly different. The recovered plane that has a smaller engine will keep serving the training purposes but in a new way. "It's going to be a learning tool. Different people said, 'Are you going to fix it?' No, you can't, it's rusted, " said Hinzman adding that while the plane will not go in the air again, it will still be of great use. "Our young don't understand our history, we are not taught it," said Hinzman, whose father Bill Hinzman fought in Normandy. "Our history has been forgotten, and we have a real history." "Anybody can come down and look at it. This is our history." Once the debris was off the plane, it was put on boards to Hinzman and others involved protect it from freezing into the ground. alive who were the ones restoring those once very important machines. There are just two men in

back in the day. Avro Ansons were brought over from Great Britain and here every plane was modified to do a

with the project are planning on preserving the plane to ensure it doesn't keep disintegrating. Beaudoin said that during the warm season he'd like to see the artifact put on a trailer and taken

around to share its story and history behind it. Hinzman also asked anyone who knows of any other planes to contact him at 306-461-8208 or Beaudoin at 306-861-0001.

After the war, planes like that were sold off to the general population.

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Minor football reflects on resilient year The teams, coaches and volunteers involved with Penta Completions Estevan Minor Football (EMF) showcased their resiliency during the past year, according to information supplied at their annual general meeting on Jan. 5. More than a dozen people were present for the meeting, said EMF president Kevin Mortenson. They reflected on the accomplishments of the past year, looked ahead to 2021 and elected a new executive. “It seemed like somebody was throwing a different angle at us every day (in 2020),” said Mortenson. “We survived. That was the main thing. We didn’t have to contact everybody and tell them we were done for the year.” Parents were understanding that the club could only have a certain number of people in the stands at games, and so some had to watch from behind a fence or their vehicles. The EMF had three goals that Mortenson described as ambitious. The first was to get the new Estevan Kinette Club U18 Viragos female football team up and running, which they did. The next goal was to get the Chow Field practice facility ready for use. They do have about $30,000 of work remaining at the site, and Mortenson hopes it will be complete before the start of the 2021 season. The one thing that didn’t happen was the launch of a flag football league for those in the under-eight age group. Mortenson received the

green light, but the circuit had to be cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. Minor football still had their three established teams: the Estevan Lions Club U14 Steelers, the Estevan Century 21 U12 Chargers and the Estevan Power Dodge U10 Cudas. Registration numbers for the past year were all right, Mortenson said. They had about 75 players between the Cudas, Chargers and Oilers, down from 95 the previous year, but when you add in the Viragos, it brings their numbers to the 2019 levels. “We were able to maintain rosters and they all worked together, and we got to play our complete season, which I thought was amazing, because it seemed like the schedule was always changing. Just about every second day, there was a new restriction, or another community had COVID, so they had to shut their program down for two weeks.” It meant the teams played a little later into the year, but that was okay. The Viragos wrapped up their season on Halloween. Financial statements showed the EMF suffered a loss last season, but they had some money in reserves for when they moved back to Chow Field. The organization also didn’t go around to businesses, looking for sponsorship money, since the economy was struggling, and they weren’t sure if they would be able to finish the season.

The Estevan Kinette Club U18 Viragos female football team’s inaugural season was a highlight for Penta Completions Estevan Minor Football in 2020. File photo League fees weren’t collected until halfway through the season, when they were confident teams would be able to play all of their games. Minor football has applied for some grants for the upcoming season. Mortenson will be back for another year as president. Travis

Paterson will be the vice-president. Other members of the board are secretary Kathy Thompson, treasurer Chelsea Klempner, equipment manager Pat Ford, fundraising chair Tia Thacker, concession chair Lorna Roy, and members at large Jennifer Froese, Matt Scheel and Christian Pfeifer. Committee co-ordinators are

New Bruin mask pays tribute to Estevan The Estevan Bruins have found a way to pay tribute to the city and its landmarks. The club unveiled a new mask for goaltender Emerik Demers last week. On the front of the mask, there are an oil pump jack, the Civic Auditorium, the city’s water tower and the park at the east entrance to the city. A Saskatchewan flag is on the back of the mask. A brick wall is painted around the mask, which was designed by Dave Fried of Fried Designs in Calgary. Danny Ewen, the club’s marketing manager, said the mask was the idea of head coach and general manager Jason Tatarnic. When they were discussing ways to create sponsorships and fundraisers for local businesses, Tatarnic said he had seen teams secure sponsors for goalie masks. Power Dodge stepped forward as the sponsor, and then the club started to design Demers’ mask. Ewen believes it turned out great, and he hopes it can be worn and seen on the ice this season. Tatarnic had heard of Fried’s work, and Fried had designed a previous mask for Bruins goaltender Boston Bilous when Bilous was in the Western Hockey League. “Dave’s well-known in some hockey circles because he does various things, and he’s designed some pretty cool looking goalie masks. We gave the ideas and the photos to him, and he took it from there,” said Ewen. Since the mask was recently unveiled, it hasn’t been seen on the ice during game action. As of Mercury press time, the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s season was on pause due to Public Health orders. The club hopes to auction or raffle off a mask to a local business or individual at the end of each season, and then acquire a new mask for the start of the next season. The Bruins have also announced details on a new fundraiser. The Certified Energy Services Chase the Ace draw is a progressive jackpot that will start at $3,500, with draws every Saturday night at 8:15

The mask for Estevan Bruins goaltender Emerik Demers pays tribute to Estevan and some of its landmarks. p.m. on Facebook Live from The Beef Bar. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased by contacting the Bruins office, or via e-transfer at payment@estevanbruins. com. Each week, one person will win 20 per cent of that week’s total sales. The Estevan Bruins get 50 per cent of that week’s sales and 30 per cent of that week’s sales go into the progressive jackpot. The weekly winner will then get a chance to draw from a deck of cards. If

they draw the ace of spades, they win the total jackpot. If not, that card is destroyed and the progressive jackpot carries over to next week. You do not need to be present to win the draw each week, as a proxy will be used to draw the card if the winning purchaser is not in attendance. All winners will be contacted following the draw. The first draw date is Jan. 16 and the final possible draw date is June 5. The maximum prize to be won is $50,000.

Paul Duncan for coaches and Jase Malaryk for officials. Mortenson said it’s a strong executive, and he’s looking forward to working with them in 2021. They could use a couple more members at large and some other volunteers, including someone to handle social media and other marketing.

Sask. Summer Games officially called off One of the marquee sports events in Saskatchewan won’t be happening this year. The 2021 Saskatchewan Summer Games in Lloydminster have been cancelled. The Games were supposed to happen in the Border City last year, but were pushed back to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now they have been called off entirely. Citing the health and safety of the athletes, volunteers, spectators, event staff, and residents of Lloydminster, the Saskatchewan Games Council, the City of Lloydminster and the Lloydminster 2020 Host Society jointly announced the cancellation. The Games were originally scheduled for July 26Aug. 1, 2020, but were postponed until summer 2021 during the first wave of the pandemic after an agreement was reached between the three parties in April 2020. The decision was informed through consultation with stakeholders, government and health officials. “Amid rising concerns surrounding COVID-19 in Saskatchewan and Canada, and after careful consideration and ongoing discussions between the three parties, (the) provincial sport organizations, districts for sport, culture and recreation, and provincial authorities, it was

decided the Games will not proceed in summer 2021,” stated a press release for the event. Following the cancellation of these Games, the event will return to its quadrennial cycle, with the next Summer Games taking place in 2024. Host communities for the Saskatchewan Games are typically awarded through a bid process, but due to circumstances surrounding the cancellation of the 2021 Summer Games, the Saskatchewan Games Council will provide the city of Lloydminster the right of first refusal to host the 2024 Saskatchewan Summer Games. The Saskatchewan Games are one of the largest amateur sporting events in Saskatchewan, seeing participation from over 2,000 athletes, coaches and officials from every corner of the province. The biennial Games, which alternate between summer and winter, provide an opportunity for the province’s developing athletes, coaches and officials to experience an exciting multi-sport event in preparation for higher levels of competition, including the Canada Games, Western Canada Summer Games, North American Indigenous Games, and the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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Mercury’s website had more than 2.7 million visits in 2020 The Estevan Mercury continued to be the hub for information in the city in 2020. The newspaper’s website, www.estevanmercury.ca, was a popular destination for community members looking to keep up to date on news and sports in the region. The website had 2,703,095 page views in 2020, which works out to about 225,000 views per month or nearly 7,400 views per day. The total number of page views is an increase of 401,194 from the 2,301,901 who visited Mercury’s website in 2019. The busiest month was October, when there were 282,014 page views. It’s another example of Mercury’s commitment to

providing the region with a top-notch product through both its print edition and its website. “The Estevan Mercury has been a staple in the community since 1903,” said Mercury publisher and sales manager Deanna Tarnes. “O ur goal has been, and always will be, to report the fact-based local news, tell the stories of our communities and archive our history. “Every week we print and distribute 6,500 copies of our print edition free of charge. Every day estevanmercury.ca is the place people go for the news as it happens.” The Mercury’s website is updated numerous times each day, including weekends, with stories from the city and region. The website is often

updated several times during the evening as well, ensuring that articles are uploaded throughout the day. People can also find provincial, national and international news and sports on the site through stories from the Canadian Press and Associated Press. Digital copies of the Mercury can be found online for those who live outside of the Estevan area, and the obituaries that run in the Mercury each week are also found online. A growing number of businesses regard the Mercury’s website as a place to advertise due to the number of web visitors. “Our audience is engaged, trusting and wants to see ads to find out what is

going on in the community,” said Tarnes. Also on the website, you’ll find information and opportunities to enter and participate in promotions and contests that appear in the paper, and photo albums that show not only what is happening in the community, but some of the promotions in print. The Mercury’s print edition remains the company’s bread and butter. It had a very successful year, too, winning two awards from the Saskatchewan Weekly Newspapers Association, one for best weekly newspaper in its class (2,000-6,500 circulation) and the other for having the best front page in its class. The Mercury and Southeast Lifestyles were rolled

into one publication in April, and readers and advertisers have responded very favourably to the change, with the region’s two trusted sources for information rolled into one. The staff at the Mercury is constantly tweaking the product. Readers can look forward to a new-look front page and some other changes that will be happening throughout the year. “Watch for new contests this year and new features,” said Tarnes. David W illberg, the Mercury’s editor, said the success reflects a team effort from the tight-knit staff at the Mercury, and the trust that the community has placed in the paper. “One of our biggest ob-

jectives is to get it first, get it right and get it better than anyone else. That’s what you, our readers, deserve from us, and it’s what you should expect from us.” A lot of time goes into creating a quality product each week, and Willberg hopes the community appreciates their efforts. Tarnes looks forward to continuing to serve the community over the next 12 months. “Thank you for making the estevanmercury.ca and Estevan Mercury your choice for your news and entertainment. We look forward to keeping you informed in 2021!” If you have a story idea, email it to editor@estevanmercury.ca.

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The City of Estevan, Parks Department invites your company to submit a sealed quote to SUPPLY AND DELIVER OF FLOWERS for our flower beds within the City of Estevan for the spring planting of 2021. The opening of the quote will take place on January 14, 2021 at 1:30 CST to a zoom meeting due to Covid-19 restrictions. Substitution need to be listed in the final quote. If no specific type or color is indicated please use the best type suited for that location. Criteria: Delivery Date of Tuesday May 25, 2021 at 9:00 am at the City of Estevan Maintenance Yard. Unloading of product is the responsibility of the Company. Flowers to be in Full Bloom by June 15, 2021. Warranty must include, at the time of arrival the plants must be sturdy, healthy and have flowering buds or have started to bloom. Any weak plants that die in the first two weeks must be replaced. In the quote please Include: Price of Flowers. If the greenhouse doesn’t carry the exact species or type of flower, please indicated the type or species it will replace. So new color or species can be changed in the planting diagrams. Shipping and Handling. If shipping is not available, please indicate that in your quote price. Warranty. Quotes must be submitted in writing to City Hall no later than January 14, 2021 at 1:30 pm CST. Mailing Address: City of Estevan, 1102 4th Street, Estevan, SK, S4A 0W7 - Attn: Shannon Wanner – 2021 Flower Quote For more information and list of flowers please contact: Shannon Wanner, Parks Foreperson, 306-634-1833, Parks.foreman@estevan.ca


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www.estevanmercury.ca Obituaries Rose Marie Johner 1933 – 2020

It is with heavy hearts and untold sorrow that we announce the passing of our dear Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother, Rose Johner (Schwab) late of Estevan, SK, at St. Joseph’s Hospital on Thursday, December 17, 2020 at the age of 87 years. Born in September of 1933 to a large family, Rose always held the importance of family near and dear to her heart. Her strong Catholic faith carried her through even the most difficult of times. Mom lived a selfless and humble life, preferring to give rather than receive. She taught her family the value of moments, not things and as a result, has provided memories that are shared daily. Rose loved creating and did so with crafts in her earlier years, followed by a love of quilting, all the while maintaining a park-like yard. She loved making her yard beautiful and sharing both the plants she grew, as well as her knowledge about them. Rose’s favourite time of year was Christmas. Her home was decorated from head to toe and she spent time individually selecting ornaments to give to her grandchildren. Rose was a talented lady, but perhaps her greatest talent was her ability to make each of her grandchildren feel honoured and important. She loved being a grandmother and her grandchildren benefited by having her as their grandmother. It is with sadness that we say goodbye to her while celebrating her life and the manner in which she lived. Rose was predeceased by her husband Richard in 1991; her parents, Ludwig and Anastasia Schwab, along with eleven siblings. Rose is survived and lovingly remembered by her children: Cindy (Wilf) Roesch, Laurie (Dallard) LeGault, Sharon (Mark) Dodman, Darren (Shuko) Johner and Teri (Dale) Gilbert. She will be greatly missed by her grandchildren: Haley, Jordan and Logan Roesch, Graham and Morgan LeGault, Kelsey (Ryan) Rickard, Keenan (Shallan) Dodman, Elise Johner, Brennan, Landon and Mitchell Gilbert; great grandchildren: Lacey, Payton and Everett Rickard and Lincoln Dodman; brothers, Alphonse and William Schwab. Rest in peace Mom and we hope you enjoyed Christmas in Heaven this year. Due to current Covid restrictions, funeral will take place at a later date. Arrangements are in the care of Hall funeral home, Estevan.

Gerald Frederick Mantei Gerald Frederick Mantei was born in Estevan, SK on November 9th, 1946. He was the eleventh of twelve children born to German immigrants Reinhold and Henrietta Mantei, and he grew up farming on the Prairies. Gerald was a happy child, full of mischief and laughter; his love of corny jokes started early. Born with an innate curiosity to discover how things work and an aptitude for fixing them, Gerald became a heavy duty diesel mechanic. His career took him farther than he expected. In 1979, with his wife, Dianne, and two children, he moved to a large farming operation in Tanzania where, for two years, he shared his knowledge of maintaining farm equipment with local Tanzanians. The large press he custom built during this time was still in operation when his daughter returned to the farm in 2013. Gerald’s experience in Tanzania was a highlight of his life. Gerald married Dianne in 1973 and had four children; Douglas, Rachelle, Jason and Shannon. Many happy memories were made at their home on a farm near Alameda, SK. Gerald demonstrated his love for his children by providing them with all types of motorized vehicles - some custom built: three-wheelers, four-wheelers, motorcycles and ski-doos, not to mention unicycles, tandem bicycles and a boat at White Bear Lake. When his children reached driving age, there was a never-ending flow of vehicles destined for the junkyard that he restored and made roadworthy once again. Gerald also had a natural talent for music; he played guitar, accordion and organ all by ear. He encouraged his children to learn and share his love of music by providing them with instruments and lessons of their choice. In 1991 Gerald retired from farming and the family moved west to High River, AB. One of his endeavours there included opening an oil and lube shop where friends often congregated. Gerald also purchased a Harley-Davidson and spent many happy hours purchasing, fixing and selling used motorcycles. Always generous, he was happy to lend his Heritage Softail to his daughters for their motorcycle road tests. Gerald endeared himself to his children’s friends and cousins with his light-hearted jokes, his welcoming demeanour and his willingness to help, especially when it came to fixing something. As the grandfather of seven; Duke, Rocco, Zoey, Ryker, Sloane, James and Kennedy, he continued to use his talent to delight and entertain. Most recently he could be seen riding around on a scooter he had customized (to make faster!) with his youngest granddaughter, Kennedy. Days before he passed away, he fixed a music box for his granddaughter Sloane. On December 22nd, 2020, after spending the day shovelling mountains of snow, Gerald lay down to rest. The twinkle in his eye and his laughter after the telling of one of his many jokes will be missed. A funeral mass is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. January 29th, 2021 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, High River with interment to follow at the High River Cemetery. As Gerald loved helping people, in lieu of flowers or donations, we ask that you think of him when performing an act of kindness for another.

Dewayne Godman On Sunday, December 13, 2020 Dewayne Godman, loving husband and father of nine children, passed away at the age of 85 years. Dewayne was born on July 31, 1935 on the farm near Torquay, SK to Henry and Thelma Godman. He had many physical jobs through his youth and found his career in the Coal Mines in Estevan, SK where he worked for 33 years. On August 15, 1956, he married Marie Eva Duff and they raised five daughters Cheryl (Greg) Sabiston, Charlene (Randy) Seeman, Debra (Scot) Robbins, Donelda Olney, Gaylene (Kevin) Bishop and one son Gary Godman. Dewayne had a passion for music, travel, woodworking and most of all countless hours and years on family history. Family was Dewayne’s heart and you could always feel that love regardless of near or far. Dewayne was predeceased by his children Donelda Olney, Deanne and Dianne Godman, and an infant son; his grandson Bradley Robbins; his parents Henry and Thelma Godman and siblings Reva Porowski, Verna Panteluk and Gail Szostak. Dewayne leaves behind to cherish his memory, his family as mentioned above as well as numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; siblings Mildred Mehler, Delbert (Ruth) Godman, Louella Kroetch, Doreen Moody, Patricia (David) Ackrill, Len Szostak; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family and friends. A private funeral service was held at Regina Funeral Home and Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Dewayne can be made to Garrity House through Clair Parker Homes, #403 2206 Dewdney Avenue, Regina, SK S4R 1H3. Family and friends are invited to view a recording of the service that was held, the online obituary and tributes page at www. reginafuneralhome.ca. Arrangements entrusted to Regina Funeral Home and Cemetery (306) 7898850. Clarence Frasz 1945 - 2020 The family of Clarence Frasz of Benson, Sask., sadly announces his passing at the Regina General Hospital on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at the age of 75. Clarence will be lovingly missed and remembered by his wife of 55 years, Gail Frasz (Carriere) and children: Kip (Krista) Frasz, Hayley Racicot (Graham Lees), Wade (Baunie) Frasz, Holly (Reo) Ruel, Daralee Frasz (Dave Nash), Danette Frasz, Derrick (Jackie) Frasz and Lane Frasz (his fav). Also left to cherish Clarence's memory are his grandchildren and great grandchildren; sisters: Joyce (Clive) Cook and Carole Freundl; mother-in-law Julie Carriere; in-laws: Ryan & Cheryl Carriere, Debbie & Ken Robert, Terry & Pauline Carriere and Dean & Susan Carriere, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents: George & Rose (Vogt) Frasz; brother Wally Frasz; father-in-law Irvin Carriere; sisters-in-law: Marla Greenley and Linda Robinson; brother-in-law Randy Carriere. Due to ongoing restrictions on gatherings, a private family Funeral Mass was held on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart R.C. Church, Benson, with Rev. Nestor Gregoire presiding. Interment followed in the Sacred Heart Parish Cemetery, Benson. The pallbearers were: Lane Frasz, Mack Ruel, Dom Elson, Hunter Ruel, Connor Racicot and Ryan Racicot. Donations in Clarence's memory to the St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation, 1176 Nicholson Road, Estevan, Sask., S4A 0H3 would be greatly appreciated by his family. Clarence's family would like to thank the nurses and doctors of St. Joseph's Hospital in Estevan - they treated him with the utmost respect and dignity until he left their care; the paramedics who took him up to Regina - you were prompt and very kind to us and him; the doctors and nurses at the Regina General Hospital - we have no idea who you are, but thank you for trying your hardest, and for keeping us informed every step of the way. Hall Funeral Services in Estevan provided care to the Frasz family - Dustin Hall, Funeral Director.

Obituaries Henry Kostuik 1928 - 2020 In the early morning hours of Monday, December 14, 2020, Henry Kostuik passed away peacefully of natural causes at the age of 92. Henry was lovingly accompanied through death by his wife Helen and his eldest son Kelly. Henry was born to Kazimir and Mary Kostuik on November 21, 1928. Henry had three siblings: John, Alexander (Alex), and Victoria (Vicky). The family homesteaded near Yellow Creek, Saskatchewan, and later relocated to another farmstead north of Porcupine Plain, Saskatchewan. Henry worked the family farm with his brother Alex before leaving to work for Percy Luck in Semans. Leaving the family farm was Henry’s first brave step towards getting married, starting a family, helping his sons achieve university education, and having grandchildren. After a remarkable road trip to Mexico with Percy, Henry became a timekeeper for Ramsey Bird Construction, where he worked on road building projects across Saskatchewan. Wanting a more stable future, Henry studied to enter clerical work, becoming town clerk at Semans and Radville. Henry advanced himself further by training in Local Government Administration, leading him to work in rural municipal offices. Following one year in Lake Alma, Henry served as administrator for the RM of Coalfields (Bienfait) for 23 years until his retirement. Henry married Helen in 1967. Together they started a family and had two sons, Kelly and Kevin, who they raised in Bienfait, Saskatchewan. Henry and Helen dedicated themselves to their family and their children’s education, instilling values of honesty, friendship, loyalty, and integrity in their boys. Henry’s office was next door to the house, and the family shared all meals together. Henry enjoyed his favorite hobbies: golfing, fishing, camping, picking saskatoon berries and playing cards. Henry and Helen retired and moved to Weyburn after their sons left home to attend university. Through retirement, Henry enjoyed playing pool and dancing at the Wheatland Center. For the last three years of his life, Henry resided at Hilltop Manor where he enjoyed the great care he received. Henry was known as a sweet, gentle, honest and humble man with a ready sense of humor. During his early construction career, Henry’s coworkers called him “Happy Henry”. Henry was always very proud of his two daughters-in-law (Carla and Jenny) and his four grandchildren (Anna, Evan, Shelby, and Henry) . He is deeply loved by his wife and sons, and will be remembered as a kind husband and father. Henry is responsible for many happy memories that he helped make for his family. Henry is survived by his wife, two sons, four grandchildren, and his sister Vicky. He was preceded in death by his parents Kazimir and Mary, and his brothers John and Alex. A private funeral was held for invited guests on December 21, 2020. Those wishing to honor Henry’s memory can make donations to the Weyburn Wheatland Senior Centre. https://www. canadahelps.org/en/charities/weyburn-wheatland-senior-centre-inc/ Condolences may be left at: www.fletcherfuneralchapel.com Services In Care Of Fletcher Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services Weyburn, Saskatchewan 306-842-5432

John Michael New 1936 - 2020 John New, late of Midale, SK passed away on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at the St. Joseph’s Special Care Home, Estevan, SK at the age of 84 years. John will be lovingly missed and remembered by his wife of 26 years, Carla New (Birch) and his children: son Martin and his daughter Kathleen and son Bracken and his children Danger and Arcadia. Also left to cherish John’s memory are his sisters Sally and Gillian and his brother Owen; along with his sisters- in- law Connie Rosowsky and Arleen Stovin and numerous nephews and nieces and great nephews and nieces. Also left to feel his passing are his friends and comrades of the Estevan and Weyburn Royal Canadian Legion. John was preceded in death by his parents: Kenneth and Elsie; step - mother Hazel New; father- in- law Lorne Birch; mother- in -law Hazel Birch; sister Susan Wilde and brothers-in -law, John Wilde, Orest Rosowsky, Richard Knightly and Larry Stovin. Cremation has taken place and no service will be held at this time due to the Covid-19 restrictions. A Celebration of John’s life will be held in the fall of 2021. John New was born in Devonport, Devon, England to Kenneth and Elsie New. They then welcomed two daughters, Susan and Sally to the family. John later welcomed a half sister Gillian and half brother Owen. When John was 10 he went to Norwood Prep School which was a private school. This was where his interest in the military was sparked. Once he tried shooting revolvers and rifles, he was hooked. John had won a scholarship to Kelly College but decided to forgo university and joined the army. He entered the army in 1956 and his military career took him to different countries and had him participating in various operations. He was stationed in Malaysia and became a marksman and worked as an electrician in a leper colony and for the Gurkha Regimental Goldsmith. He also patrolled the communist terrorist jungles and dealt with challenges like spiders, big snakes and more. He then was stationed at Osnabruck, West Germany where he mainly did electrical needs for the army. Sports were a large part of his life in the army, playing cricket, rugby and hockey. The army is also where John discovered a love for the theatre and performing. There were other different military exercises and after nine years he decided to leave the army and go to college. He attended St. Luke’s Teacher Training College and majored in math and minored in French. He was recruited by the Saskatchewan Board of Education and John along with his wife and young children sailed off to Montreal. They arrived just in time for the rail strike so from there they travelled by bus to Saskatoon and then brought to Landis (near Biggar). In 1978 John received his Postgraduate Diploma in The Education of Exceptional Children. Schools John also worked at were Kindersley, Saskatoon, Hodegville, Regina, Alsask and ended his career in the little community of Midale. During these years, John had another son Bracken. John taught many classes over the years including special education, French, physical education, music, math, art, English, sex education and drama. John met his soul mate Carla in 1990 and wed 4 years later on August 29 , 1994. John and Carla were very active in their community of Midale. They also spent a lot of time at the Weyburn and Estevan Royal Canadian Legions as well as John helping with the Army Cadet Program in Weyburn. John was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion for over 50 years. John loved collecting stamps, cooking, playing darts, and antiques. He was part of the Souris Valley Antiques Association and they loved participating in the Midale Threshing Days. They loved to holiday and vacationed in England, Paris, Arizona and camping all over with their motor home. They also found a hideaway at Mouse River that they purchased and called the Love Shack. They spent many a summer down in Mouse River and made many friends and memories over the years. Those who knew John always knew that he had many the story to share. He was an amazing story teller and that made him an excellent teacher! John also loved to share his many English traditions such as his Christmas pudding, Christmas crackers and his love of scotch. John had battled some health issues the past couple of years but his stubborn Englishman came out and he battled his health issues with great strength. Alas, this last time John’s body was tired and he was unable to fight and he passed away peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, December 29. Due to the covid restrictions not allowing people to travel, there will be no service. One of John’s favorite activities were the yearly Scotch Tastings through the Legion. The family would like you to raise your glass, make your own toast to John and find comfort in your many memories of him. Donations in John’s memory can be made to either the Royal Canadian Legion – Estevan Branch – 1317, 4th Street, Estevan SK S4A 0Z1 or the Weyburn Branch – 150 3rd Street NE, Weyburn, SK S4H 0W2. Hall Funeral Services in Estevan is caring for the New family – Deb Heidinger, Funeral Director.

Christina Marie Ann Jahn 1946 – 2020 Christina Jahn late of Roche Percee, SK passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at the age of 74 years. Christina was predeceased by her parents, Thomas and Mary Glab; step-father John Ewaski; sister Wanda Bjurstrom; brother Henry Glab and niece April Glab. Christina will be greatly missed by her devoted husband of 55 years, Lorne Jahn and their three children Suzanne (Sheldon) McNabb, Delila (Brent) Jahn-Thue and Paul (Anja) Jahn. Many memories will often be recalled and pondered by her grandchildren: Eden (Garret) Longbottom, James Longbottom, Jaslyn and Chase McNabb, Anna (Justin) Harris, River Hesketh, Mary Thue and Lorna, Tilda and Hilva Jahn; great grandchildren, Dashel and Elliot Harris; as well as numerous nieces and

nephews. Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, a Celebration of Christina’s Life will be held at a later date when it is once again safe to gather together. Hall Funeral Services in Estevan is caring for the Jahn family – Deb Heidinger, Funeral Director.


January 13, 2021 A17 Obituaries Dorothea Viola Sabin (née Ribling) 1919 - 2020

Dorothea Sabin passed away at Mainprize Manor & Health Centre, Midale, Sask. on Thursday, December 24, 2020 at the age of 101. Dorothea was predeceased by her husband, Robert (2011); parents: Albert & Alice Ribling; brothers: Edgar, Norman & Leonard; sister, Charlotte Kolke; brothers-in-law: Bruno Kolke, Alf Sabin, Bill Sabin, Clifford Sabin, Oliver Skappel, Everett Marin, Harvey Throssell, Ken Mackie, Ed Buchholz, Tex Pashko, Leif Nelson and Archie Shaver; sisters-in-law, Margaret Skappel, Elsie Sabin, Esther Marin, Josie Throssell, Stella Shaver, Mildred Nelson, Mary Sabin, Jean Sabin, Mary Anne Sabin and Mae Buchholz; grandson, David Sabin; sonin-law, Pete Yoner. She is survived by daughters: Marlyne (Wayne) Dolinsky, Marilyn (Bill) Herschmiller, Annette (Bill) lsely and Arlette Sabin; son, Randy (Vi) Sabin; six grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, two step grandchildren and eight step great grandchildren; sisters-in-law: Betty Ribling, Esther Sabin, Helen Mackie and Elaine Pashko; brother-in-law, Archie (Kathy) Sabin. Dorothea was born to Albert and Alice Ribling at home on SW 13-1-11 W of the Second. After she got married, she landed up living 3/4 of a mile straight south of where she was born and lived there for 72 plus years. Since she was the oldest child in the family, she did a lot of the heavy work outside including raking and bucking hay, milking cows and feeding pigs and chickens. Later she helped raise her younger siblings. When she was in her early teens, she helped her Dad haul loose hay, each with their own team of horses and hay rack, from the Wild Rose hills south of Crosby, ND. She also hauled grain to the elevator in Outram with a team of horses pulling a grain tank; and was always intrigued at how smart the horses were at backing up as the grain tank was hoisted up in the elevator. Dorothea was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. Her family attended St. John's Lutheran Church at Outram and later continued in her faith at Torquay Trinity Lutheran Church. She attended Kolke and Hagen Schools south of Outram as a child. She also taught at Hagen School before she married. When she was teaching at Big Four School, Minton, SK, from 194446, Dad volunteered to be janitor at the school after meeting her. They married on December 16, 1947. Their first home was in Roan Mare Coulee at the base of a buffalo jump. Mom told Dad she wasn't raising a family out there, where you walked out the door and all you could do was look straight up and see turkey buzzards circling overhead. They moved to the Outram area to farm in June of 1948. Marlyne and Marilyn, the first set of twins, were followed by a second set of twins, Annette and Arlette, and finally a son, Randy, rounded out the family. It was sometimes a struggle having enough money to go around, with two sets of twins, but somehow she managed to save up enough, making sure we all got our driver's training. Randy met and married Violet, bringing along with her two daughters. Veronica and Heather, along with their husbands and children became welcome visitors to the Sabin household. Dorothea enjoyed singing. Her voice was music to our ears - hearing her sing while separating milk. We learned the tunes and lyrics to many songs by listening to her. She sang hymns, Christmas carols, war time songs and many more. There was always a radio playing especially for the Country Countdown on Saturday mornings. Mom's house was always welcoming. She enjoyed her brothers dropping in. When they married and had families of their own, everyone was welcomed. Nieces, nephews and grandchildren had numerous sleepovers and no one cried to go home early. Every spring would find Dorothea starting bedding plants with the expectation of having an early start on her large vegetable and flower gardens. It was a labour of love with many hours spent weeding, watering and harvesting. She always had to share the abundance with others. She continued doing some of the same hard work she had done as a young adult and was still milking cows until milking machines were purchased and Dad and Randy took over the milking of the herd of Guernsey cows. Even though us girls helped Mom with every other aspect of learning many of life's skills and lessons, Mom refused to make us girls milk cows. When Dad's health started failing, she looked after him at home with the help of Randy, Vi and Marlyne. Dorothea rarely complained. She was a mom, who showed that women can be just as strong as they are kind. She took everything in stride with patience and determination. Quit was never part of her vocabulary. She enjoyed going to church in Torquay every Sunday. She continued to enjoy gardening until her health and mobility became an issue. She was placed in Mainprize Manor on June 26, 2019. Although we knew she'd miss the farm, she accepted the move and made friends easily with the staff and residents. She often commented on how nicely the staff treated her. Dorothea was comical without even realizing it. One of the caregivers recently asked her what she wanted for Christmas. The caregiver was taken off guard when Mom replied, "I don't know. I surely don't want any more kids!" Another time, one of the nurses accidentally set off Mom's bed alarm. As the nurse hurriedly reached to shut the alarm off, Mom told her, "Hurry and shut it off! We don't need a whole army in here." Mom was always one to share with others. Once we were visiting her while she was having a snack before bedtime. She had a glass of cranberry juice and several crackers and cheese. She had to divide up the crackers and cheese among us and then we were supposed to each take a sip of cranberry juice and pass it around the table. It seemed almost like Lord's Supper. Mom was one to always put others before herself. We are grieving with this recent loss but also rejoice with the assurance that she is now in God's hands with no more pain and suffering. We thank the Lord for her life and are very thankful for who she was. She will be missed by us all. A public visitation took place on Friday, January 1, 2021 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Hall Funeral Services, Estevan. A private family Funeral Service was held on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Hall Funeral Services, Estevan, with Rev. Daniel Krauss officiating. Interment followed at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Outram. We would like to thank Dr. Christie for being instrumental in giving Mom such excellent care. We also appreciate the administration and staff at Mainprize Manor for the compassion and care shown to our mother. If so desired, donations in Dorothea's memory may be made to Mainprize Manor and Health Centre, P.O. Box 239, Midale, SK SOC 1S0. Hall Funeral Services in Estevan provided care to the Sabin family - Dustin Hall, Funeral Director. Kenneth Stewart Clarke 1932 – 2020 It is with much sadness that the family announces Ken’s passing at Selkirk Seniors Village in Victoria, BC on December 15, at the age of 88. Ken passed away peacefully in his sleep.  Ken was born in Estevan, Saskatchewan to Samuel John Clarke (Little Dolly, Shropshire, England) and Margot Clarke (nee Arbuckle, rural Scotland near Glasgow), the youngest of six children. Predeceased by his parents and his siblings Jimmy, Frank, Don, Vivian, and Jack and by his wife Kay Clarke (nee Schoff).  Born and raised in Estevan, he spent much of his youth swimming in the Souris River and playing with his beloved dog Tippy.  As a young adult, he was a fixture at the local dance hall and loved to jive. His first job out of high school was with CP Rail. He was later hired by Sask Power where he worked as a Boilermaker and later as a foreman until his retirement.  After marrying Lauretta Swanson (Melita, MB) and having two children, (James and Joelene (Deb)) they settled in Saskatoon, SK after years of Ken working on the road. Years later, Ken moved back to Estevan and married Kay. Ken was actively involved with St. Giles Anglican Church, which he attended from a young age. He was a bell-ringer as a boy and throughout his life cherished his faith and his community. He was a crooner who never shied away from belting out a favourite song, or breaking out in song at the slightest enticement. He was also a bowler, active in leagues in Saskatoon and Estevan, and a long time Royal Canadian Legion member who served on the executive committee. “Pops” spent his final few years near his children, James and Joelene, in Victoria, BC where he enjoyed the ocean and the many beautiful trees.  He is lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his children, his daughter-in-law Cally, and his grandchildren Breeana, Allysha, Morgan and Jake and his ex-wife Lauretta. He is also remembered by Kay’s daughters and their children.  The family would like to request any donations in Ken’s memory be made to St. Giles Anglican Church of Estevan, or directly to Royal Canadian Legion Branch #60, Estevan, SK. Clarence Skinner Clarence Skinner of Coronach, SK, passed away January 8, 2021 at age 82. He is survived by: wife of 58 years, Karen (nee Cooley); four children: Dan Skinner (Cheri), Scott Skinner (Denise), Susan McClelland (Harvey), Darren Skinner (Nancy) and their families; brothers Don Skinner (Shirley), Stan Skinner, sister-in-law Patsy Stubel. He was predeceased by: parents, Gordon & Ethel Skinner, in-laws Willard & Sarah Cooley, brother John Frederick, brothers-in-law John Stubel and Gary Cooley, sister-in-law Candace Skinner, grandson Michael McClelland and great-granddaughter Blake McClelland. Private Family Service will be held Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 1:30 pm at the Coronach United Church, Coronach, SK with Linda Kirby officiating. Expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.rossfuneralservice.com.

Obituaries Brian Hugh Brandon 1944 – 2020 Brian Brandon, late of Estevan, SK passed away peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Estevan, SK on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 with his granddaughter singing “Jesus Loves Me” to him at the age of 76 years. Brian is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Shirley (Jesse); daughters, Leanne (Bob) Frank, Charlotte (Brent) Seeman and Shannon (Lyle) Yanish. Grandpa will be greatly missed by his grandchildren: Chelsi, Brett, Brandon, Kayla, Cassie, Lucas, Mikayla, Haley and Macy and great grandchildren: Nate, Addison, Rylan, Weston and Indy. Brian will be missed by his son of the heart Garry Schaefer; brother Alan (Anne) and twin brother Bob (Sharon); sister-in-law Lorraine Mahner; brotherin-law Larry (Linda) Jesse; Uncle Blake Brandon and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Brian was predeceased by his parents, Jim and Mavis Brandon and in-laws, Herb and Alma Jesse, Dennis Jesse, Johnny and Leona Martens and Ken Mahner. Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, a Private Family Service was held on Sunday, January 3, 2021. Those so wishing may make donations in memory of Brian to the Faith Lutheran Church, Box 1827, Estevan, SK S4A 2X8. Hall Funeral Services, Estevan provided care to the Brandon family – Deb Heidinger, Funeral Director.

Jacob Fichter 1927 - 2021 It is with heavy hearts that the family announces the passing of Jacob William Fichter of Regina, Sask., formerly of Estevan, Sask. on Wednesday January 6, at the age of 93 years. Jacob will be lovingly remembered by his children, Greg Fichter, Randy (Lori) Fichter, Joan (Rob) Matchett, Dwight (Donita) Fichter and Dan (Kelly) Fichter. His memory will live on in the hearts of his grandchildren, Ronald Fichter, Carissa (Brenden) Myers, Steven Fichter, Matthew Fichter, Joshua Fichter, Caitlin Matchett, Riley Matchett, Deirdre (Darren) Franks, Dane Fichter, Colin (Caitlin) Smith, Chloe Fichter and Evan Fichter; great-grandchildren Smith Myers, Georgia Myers, Ginny Myers, Maryn Franks, Samuel Franks, Addison Franks and Benjamin Franks. Jacob also leaves behind his sister Rose Seale and brother Raymond (Ute) Fichter; sisters-in-law Genevieve Fichter and Yvonne de Both and brother-inlaw Raymond (Marlene) Lisafeld, as well as many nieces, nephews and close friends. Jacob was predeceased by his wife Loretta Fichter; parents, Rochus and Thressa Fichter; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Emmanuel and Alice Tessier; son Tim Fichter; daughters-inlaw, Janet Fichter and Lora Fichter; sister Katherine (John) Scraper; brothers, Robert (Sharon) Fichter and Joseph Fichter; brothers-in-law, John Seale, Richard Tessier and Fred de Both and sister-in-law Evelyn Lisafeld. A Private Family Funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at St. John the Baptist R.C. Church, Estevan, with Rev. Sathiadas Antony presiding. Interment followed at Souris Valley Memorial Gardens, Estevan. Those wishing to make a donation in Jacob’s memory may do so to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan (www. heartandstroke.ca) or Diabetes Canada (www.diabetes.ca). Hall Funeral Services in Estevan provided care to the Fichter family - Dustin Hall, Funeral Director.

Mike Fulmes 1928 - 2020 Mike Fulmes passed away suddenly on December 15, at the age of 92, with his Hillview Manor family by his side. Mike was husband to Marjorie (Bostock), father to Marilyn and Michael, grandpa to Sara, Dayna, Cara, Matthew and Keenan, and great grandpa. And in Felix’s words, he was our great, great, great, great, … Great Grandpa Mike. Mike was born in Hubbard, Saskatchewan. He entered the two month Moose Jaw Normal School’s teacher training program in July of 1947 when he was only 18 years old and started teaching that fall in Albany School in the Estevan School Unit. He then moved to Fertile, Saskatchewan as principal. In 1950, he moved to McLean, Saskatchewan. There he met Marjorie Bostock. They were married in 1952. During his time in McLean, he joined the naval reserve. He spent his weekends training and summers on warships cruising the Pacific coast. The tattoo on his arm was acquired during a shore leave – a story best heard over a cold beer. Marilyn was born in 1953. The following year, they moved to Gladmar. Michael was born in 1955. The next thirty-two years, Mike worked for the Radville School Unit. He moved from Gladmar to Lake Alma, then to Tribune. He took a year off to finish his B.Ed degree and completed summer classes to get his B. A. In 1963, he was appointed principal of the newly constructed Gladmar Regional High School and remained there until 1986. He was awarded the Centennial Medal in 1967. Teaching was more than a job. Mike loved working with his students. They were important to him. And he was always Mr. Fulmes to them. Even years after they had graduated. During their time in Gladmar, Mike and Marje were actively involved in the Lutheran Church, the Elks Lodges, the curling and bowling clubs, and many other community activites. Mike and Marje had a special fondness for Gladmar. They often said it was because of the spirit of the people - many of whom became their closest and dearest friends. They enjoyed Saturday evenings of dinner and dancing with friends at the Blue Moon Nightclub in Plentywood. Marilyn and Michael would like to thank the staff and management at Hillview Manor for their kindness, compassion and care. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Hall Funeral Services in Estevan is caring for the Fulmes family – Deb Heidinger, Funeral Director. Heather Dawn Foote 1951 – 2020 With broken hearts, the family wishes to announce that Heather Foote, late of Bienfait, SK passed away at her home on Thursday, December 17, 2020 at the age of 69 years. Heather was predeceased by her grandparents and her parentsin-law George and Katherine Foote. Heather will be lovingly missed by her parents, Clinton and Doreen Welch; her loving husband Ron and their children: Chris (Mary) Foote and Rhonda (Jason) Lamb. Grandma will be forever loved by her grandchildren, Jennifer (Scott), Dustin, Matthew Murray, and Katie (Greg) and great grandchildren, Hayden, Kylee and Lane. Fond memories will be cherished by Heather’s sister Brenda Welch and brother Brent Welch, as well and sister-in-law Diane Collier and brother-in-law Barry Foote and numerous nieces, nephews, friends and her camping companions. In keeping with Heather’s wishes, cremation has taken place and no service will be held at this time.

Sister June Nash (sister Immaculata) CSJ The Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada announces the death of Sister June Nash at Mount St. Joseph, Peterborough, on December 27th, 2020. Sister June was in her 67th year of religious life. Sister June is predeceased by her parents Wilfred and Kathleen (O’Byrne) Nash. She is survived by her brother Robert and sister-in-law Dr. Janet Veinot-Nash and her nephews Christopher, Michael and Jonathan Nash all of Halifax. Sister June is lovingly remembered by the members of her religious community, the Sisters of St. Joseph, her family, many cousins and friends she made during her years of service to others. She lived a life dedicated to health care which included Nursing, Supervisor of Pediatrics and Surgery, Operating Room, Obstetrics, Surgery – CSR Emergency, Assistant Director of Nursing, Director of Nursing and Public Health Nurse. Sister June worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital Peterborough, Marycrest at Inglewood-Peterborough and at St. Joseph’s Hospital-Estevan Sask. After more than 20 years in healthcare Sister made a change in ministry when she earned a Masters in Pastoral Studies and went on to become a Chaplain and Pastoral Counsellor for 12 years at St. Peter’s Secondary School in Peterborough. She also provided EAP Family Counselling. Sister June was a member of the Board of Directors for Peterborough Access Centre, St. Joseph’s Care Foundation and St. Joseph’s at Fleming Foundation. She was a Volunteer for the Peterborough Regional Hospital in Palliative Care, Renal Dialysis, Information Desk, Hospice, Marycrest at Inglewood. Sister June was involved in St. Anne’s Parish, Parish Council, and Women’s Group. She facilitated parish and private retreats, and remained very active in her parish, and in her civic and religious community. Expressions of sympathy in memory of Sister June Nash can be made at www.csjcanada.org https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/m/49627/donation Respecting the guidelines for Covid -19 a Private service will be held at Mount St. Joseph, Peterborough. Burial will be at a later date at St. Peter’s Cemetery, Peterborough

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Firefighters responded to calls over the last couple weeks Sirens could be heard in Estevan several times over the holidays and during the first weeks of January. But, in general, the Estevan Fire Rescue Service (EFRS) had a fairly quiet season with a few calls for service in late 2020 and early 2021. Fire crews responded to accidents, fire, and several carbon monoxide (CO) and fire alarms. On Dec. 24, at about 12.30 a.m., the crews were called out to a CO alarm that went off in one of the buildings on Henry Street. Firefighters assessed the building and found some CO in the home. They ventilated the building and turned it back to homeowners. "You want to make sure that you call the (local) fire department or 911 when your CO alarm goes off because it's always best to have us come in and test to make sure and verify. Even if there is no CO and it's just a faulty detecting device, at least you have peace of mind," said Estevan Fire Chief Dale Feser. Later on that day, at about 2:30 p.m., firefighters also responded to a fire alarm that went off out in the RM of Estevan, in a commercial occupancy by the bypass. It was quickly established that it was a faulty detecting device. With no emergency happening, crews returned to the station. The EFRS had a bit of




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a break over the Christmas holidays and were called to service again on Dec. 27. The call came in at about 10:30 a.m. A vehicle fire was occurring just outside of the city limits, east of Highway 18. "There was no injuries as a result to the owner of the vehicle," said Feser. It was found that people were repairing a tire, and an electric portable pump that was being used was overheating due to a malfunction and resulted in a fire. The vehicle was significantly damaged. The next day at about 4:30 a.m., a commercial fire alarm went off in the northwest end of Estevan. Firefighters checked the location, and it was deemed to be a faulty detection device, which was recommended to be fixed. Later that day at about 7 p.m., firefighters responded to a vehicle vs. deer accident. There were no injuries, but the vehicle was undrivable. Specialists had to isolate the vehicle and take care of some of the leaks that occurred as a result of the collision. The rest of 2020 was quiet, as was the beginning of the new year all the way until Jan. 3, when firefighters responded to a report of a residential fire alarm going off at about 12:30 p.m. Crews were on route to the scene when the homeowner was contacted. The person confirmed that the detection device went off because of the steam that escaped the bathroom. Incident command went on to verify the information, while crews were stood down and returned to the station. On Jan. 5 at about 1:30 p.m., firefighters responded to a report of a crash that occurred at the intersection of Kensington Avenue and Fourth Street. Two vehicles collided just west of the intersection. Firefighters

provided traffic control and isolated vehicles, then the scene was turned over to the Estevan Police Service (EPS). No injuries were reported as a result of the collision. The vehicles sustained significant damage and had to be towed. The next call for service came in at about 4:30 p.m. when fire crews were dispatched to central Estevan for a report of a residential fire alarm. "Once crews arrived on scene, it was found that the homeowner was changing the batteries in the detection heads. So, there was no emergency occurring, and the trucks were stood down and returned to the station," said Feser. "A gentle reminder that any time that you are changing the batteries or trying to set the system or change stuff in the system, you want to contact the monitoring agency, because it does generate an alarm. And the first point of contact should be the homeowner as opposed to the fire department to avoid any premature dispatching of emergency services." Another fire alarm had the crews out at about 1 p.m. on Jan. 6. This time, firefighters were called to a possible CO alarm in central Estevan. They checked the building and found little to no CO, so the scene was deemed safe and turned over to the owners. Just a few hours later another alarm went off in a commercial building in the central part of the city. All people have safely evacuated the building upon firefighters' arrival. "The fire alarm panel was indicating that a detection device was alarmed. Crews investigated and found no smoke or flame in the building," said Feser. Further investigation proved that it was a faulty detection device.

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Flashback – Wednesday, Jan. 13, 1982

Cheers Cheers to the Estevan Mercury for publishing photos taken by local readers on its website, www. estevanmercury.ca, showcasing the natural beauty of southeast Saskatchewan. By seeing so much of our wildlife and other scenery, more people will take more interest in enjoying and protecting our outdoors. Everybody has been talking about the photos they have been seeing. Cheers to the Beefeater for offering individual turkey dinners for Christmas. It was really nice to have a full turkey meal for one. Cheers to the Estevan Mercury for printing special Christmas and New Year’s placemats for the residents at the Estevan Regional Nursing Home. Cheers to all the retail staff that are going the extra mile by cleaning at tills and putting up with all the COVID regulations. Cheers to wearing a mask in the winter. It keeps your face warmer when out shovelling or just walking. Cheers to Erin, Cheryl, Chantelle and Cassidy at the City of Estevan’s leisure services division for doing such a great job of decorating the walking track at Affinity Place during the Christmas holidays. It made walking very pleasurable. Cheers to the Jay’s Trucking driver who made a very special Christmas present delivery on the evening of Dec. 22. Going above expectations is greatly appreciated. Cheers to all of those who chose to celebrate New Year’s in a smart and safe fashion. It’s nice to see that the Estevan Police Service didn’t have any impaired drivers to report this year. Cheers to the city for taking care of the snow and the precipitation that we have received so far this winter. It hasn’t been much, but it has been handled.

Jeers Jeers to the people who flagrantly ignored the COVID-19 restrictions and had family gatherings which included several households during the Christmas holidays. Jeers to those who continue to run red lights and put the health and safety of other motorists at risk. Jeers to those who don’t drive according to the road conditions. When there’s freezing rain out there, slow down. To submit a cheer or a jeer, please email it to dwillberg@estevanmercury.ca, or visit www.estevanmercury.ca.

Estevan Elecs girls basketball team finished in the runner-up spot at their own tournament early January 1982. The lost to Swift Current 60-52. Front row, from left, Donna Bazin, Dana John, Karen Labensky, Tammy Murray, Janice Ledvoy and Joanne Bourassa (manager). Back row, Eldon Rondeau (coach), Debbie Ludwig, Wendy Wenaas, Shelly Heidinger, Robin Prime, Glenys Rondeau, Pam Hudak, Meighan LaCasse and Tom German (coach).

Residents urged to check ice Due to continuing warm weather as well as recent incidents in southeast Saskatchewan, the Water Security Agency has reminded the public to check ice thickness on reservoirs before walking, snowmobiling or driving across them. “There have been several serious ice-related incidents over the holiday season,” the Water Security Agency said in a news release. “The continuing warm weather through many areas of Saskatchewan represents a risk that all Saskatchewan people (need) to heed. Ice thickness must be checked before attempting any wintertime activities.”

Among those serious incidents was the death of a 25-yearold man who went missing on Grant Devine Lake (formerly known as Alameda Dam) on Christmas Eve. His body was found on Dec. 27. The other incident was a pickup truck that went through the ice on Rafferty Dam near Midale on Jan. 5. The occupants of the truck escaped before the truck was fully submerged. The Water Security Agency has received reports of other, lesser incidents on southeast bodies of water this winter. As a guideline, the Water Security Agency says you need at

least 10 centimetres (four inches) of ice to walk on, 20 centimetres (eight inches) for a snowmobile or ATV, 30 centimetres (12 inches) for a car or light truck, and more than 30 centimetres (12 inches) to support a heavy truck. Thickness is just one consideration when evaluating ice safety. Clear, hard ice is the only ice recommended for travel. Ice does not freeze at a uniform thickness and ice strength can vary considerably from one area to another. Ice should be reevaluated on every date visited, even if it was safe on a previous date. The date that ice becomes

safe at a site varies from year to year, requiring the verification of the thickness each year as opposed to relying on past experiences. Also avoid ice that: •Looks slushy; •Has thawed, then frozen again; •Is near moving water; •Is layered, caused by sudden temperature changes; or •Has structures on it, such as pressure ridges. For more information about ice fishing, visit www. saskatchewan.ca/fishing to view the 2020-2021 Saskatchewan Anglers’ Guide.

Students learn about famous structures Students from the Grade 3 English class at Sacred Heart School/École Sacré Ceour spent the final weeks prior to the Christmas holidays learning about famous structures around the world, and they had to apply what they learned. The 20 students built models based on the famous structures that they studied, creating some unique tributes. “The structures that came in, I couldn’t believe the work that was done. Everyone was totally different,” said teacher Michelle Adams. She received several dif-

ferent submissions of the Titanic, but each of those was different. Also submitted were the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Eiffel Tower with lights, the Taj Mahal, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Stonehenge, Easter Island, the Roman Colosseum and the Tower Bridge. “The student even had it where the bridge would go up and go down,” said Adams. The kids were so excited during the research portion about the project. They would learn a new fact, and share the tidbit with their peers. It was a great learning experience for the students,

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was built, how long it took to construct, what was used, what the structures were used for and even how the blocks were moved into place for Stonehenge. Each student had to make a poster, a PowerPoint or a slide show in addition to the structure. “It ties into all sorts of projects – your research, presentation, the building of it. There’s a lot of science and language arts in here. It’s cross-curricular,” said Adams.




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