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Hope for ball tournaments on the horizon

Unity News

If you haven’t had your vaccine yet, what are you waiting for? The end of this pandemic is in sight, but it is clear that vaccinations are the key.

The Unity Credit Union Aquatic Center continues to offer aquasizes, early bird swim, and public swimming, however, everyone must follow the pandemic guidelines in order to keep all swimmers and staff safe.

The ball diamonds continue to be an active venue in town. With activity opening up more by July 11, we understand we will see a tournament or two on home diamonds as well as teams preparing for provincials coming up later this summer.

The Junior Cardinals are keeping fans entertained. They’ve had some wins and they’ve experienced some losses but they continue to play good baseball and watching a live game after our long pandemic prescribed drought is a welcome option. The team has an all-local roster to cheer on.

Ticks are becoming more prevalent at the golf course so make sure you check yourself well after enjoying a round on the course.

Schools are out for the summer. It probably seemed like forever for staff and students to get to this point, but we are very proud and thankful for our school teams who, even though there were a couple blips on the radar this school year, kept our students safe and healthy. No cases that were announced were a result of school transmission and that is due to the diligence and vigilance of staff, students and school families.

The graduation parade was another wonderful experience for this community. Restrictions weren’t as tight this year, making it that much more enjoyable. Congratulations to our class of 2021. You have learned to adapt, persevere and stay the course and these skills will take you far in your future goals.

Unity Composite High School has earned a provincial citizenship award through the Public Schools Association of Saskatchewan, netting a $1,000 cash prize.

In a combined effort by the UCHS leadership team, the Activate team and Student Leadership Council, a submission was sent in marking the school’s ongoing efforts to promote kindness and inclusion through projects both within the school and in the community.

The award-winning video was actually compiled in early 2020, but everything was put on hold when the province shut down due to the pandemic. This is the first time this award has been given by the organization and they chose to proceed with it in 2021, acknowledging students’ efforts in making a positive difference in their schools and communities.

“The PSCC, leadership class and SLC all work together traditionally to support kindness and inclusion activities in our school in the form of Activate projects. This year they were unable to continue as whole school projects, so they looked out into the community and featured actions there,” says UCHS principal Aaron Melnyk.

Mrs. David, who teaches leadership class and is part of SLC and the Activate group, says, “We will use this cash prize to continue promoting our message in our Unity schools as well as in our community.”

Participating students and past Activate team students say they can see and feel the difference their initiative has made both in the school and around town and are thankful for this prize, which gives them resources to continue promotion of their mandate.

The awards were presented virtually June 4.

Congratulations to all the award winners at UCHS annual awards night, held virtually again this year.

Recent rains have helped but not eliminated fire hazards. The Unity Fire Department responded to 10 calls from May 17 to June 14, and more since then. They put out a caution to the public that fireworks, as per town bylaw, are banned in town and they recently reported to a fire involving the discharge of firearms in town.

UFD reminds residents fires are allowed in approved fire pits only. Applications are available at the town office and there is no charge for inspections. Be smart and have a water source nearby to extinguish your fire. Burn only dry seasoned wood. No green wood, leaves or garden waste may be burned.

Here’s hoping this finds you all safe, healthy and socially distanced. Until next week ...