ESTEVAN - July brought the long-awaited full lift of the COVID-19 related restrictions. With mask mandates in the past, the Estevan area enjoyed a vista of events.
The New Hope Horse Club (NHHC) out of Stoughton made Canada Day special for local spectators. Most communities in the area had many activities on Canada Day as well, including Bienfait, with many of them being similar to how they used to be before the pandemic.
The St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation announced that the late Tom and Irma Trofimenkoff, long-time residents of Estevan, had left a large legacy gift, which will be directed towards a few different areas of the hospital.
The Innovation Council of the City of Estevan announced they would be hosting a convention through a partnership with Sask. INC (Innovation Network Community). Advancements that are happening in numerous sectors in the Estevan area were planned to be the focus of the city's first-ever Innovation Conference and Trade Show on Oct. 26 and 27. The conference was later postponed until 2022.
A talented young student was recognized for his submission through the Royal Canadian Legion's posters, poems and essays competition. Kylan Bender finished second at the dominion (national) level in the primary colour poster competition.
The long-time principal at the Carnduff Education Complex was saluted for his commitment to sport at the high school level. Ryan Nichols was the 2021 Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association Service Award winner for the South East District.
Southeast Saskatchewan 4-H clubs held a successful Rotary 4-H Regional Show and Sale on July 6-8 at the Estevan Exhibition Grounds.
A total of 103 golfers entered the Estevan Lions Club's CNIB Charity Golf Classic at the TS&M Woodlawn Golf Course and raised more than $11,000 for the CNIB.
Long Creek Railroad, which is a 70-kilometre short-line railroad operating from Tribune to Estevan, was saluted for its safety record by the Western Canadian Short Line Railway Association.
Fifty trap shooters attended the 100th annual Saskatchewan Provincial Trapshooting Championships July 7-11. Jason Coldwell was the only Estevan shooter who shot all 10 events, totalling 1,000 targets. He highlighted his provincial experience by winning the Saskatchewan Handicap Championship 100 targets.
The Estevan branch of the Royal Canadian Legion received two big grants, federal and provincial, which allowed them to complete some renovations and make their hall wheelchair accessible.
The Estevan Minor Baseball Association hosted the provincial U13 AA tournament from July 23-25 at Cactus Park. A team made up of Estevan players went 0-3.
Estevan Market Mall completed some work and became 360 degree accessible, with a fully functioning south entrance and parking lot.
Estevan Minor Baseball recognized one of its long-time volunteers Kent Phillips. A large sign honouring Phillips was mounted on the announcers' booth Wall of Fame. Also, minor ball announced that Cactus Park would be renamed Mel Murray Cactus Park, in honour of Murray’s many years of service.
Estevan's Maximus Wanner was picked in the seventh round, 212th overall, by the Edmonton Oilers the second day of the NHL Entry Draft. Wanner, 18, played his developmental hockey in Estevan through the 2015-16 season.
The Estevan U18 AA Brewers completed an outstanding regular season, finishing the regular season with a 22-2 mark, first in the Saskatchewan Premier Baseball League's AA circuit.
After some of its lowest numbers in recent history, Estevan's crime severity index (CSI) figure jumped in 2020, and with it, so did Estevan's place in the national rankings. Statistics Canada released the annual calculation on July 27. The CSI ranking for the area patrolled by the Estevan Police Service was at 108.27.
Marie Calder completed her latest book, Together Forever in the Clouds, which pays tribute to the 20 Royal Canadian Air Force pilots and one groundscrewman who died in the crash at the former Estevan Airport site in 1946.
The South Corner Racing Circuit brought two days of entertaining action to the Trackside Motocross Association's facility southeast of Estevan on July 24 and 25. Dozens of riders were entered each day between the many classes of racing.
New family physician Dr. Mariana Sabaa started practising in Estevan at the Primacy Medical Clinic, located at the No Frills Grocery store.
The Carlyle Cardinals were once again the kings of the Saskota Baseball League. The Cardinals defeated the Estevan Tap House Wolves 6-3 in Kenosee Lake to win the league's Jack Harbourne Memorial Tournament.
Felipe Gomez, the 2021 Saskatchewanderer, paid a visit to the Carlyle area late July. Along with his loyal canine companion Fozzy, Gomez spent five days exploring much of what this part of the province has to offer.