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Estevan Mercury Year in Review: June 2021

Estevan Mercury Year in Review: June
Year in Review: June

ESTEVAN - The beginning of the summer brought an easing of restrictions and many great events were able to occur in the community.

The Oxbow and District Recreation Board's virtual Chase the Ace reached its historical high at $60,006 before it went to three lucky winners on June 2.

The Estevan Oilfield Technical Society's (OTS) annual Oilmen's Golf event took place on June 4 and 5 at the TS&M Woodlawn Golf Course. Payden Benning won the tournament with the lowest 18-hole score.

As the deep words were said and the drums were played, dozens of people bowed their heads in downtown Estevan on June 4, honouring the children who died in the residential school system during an event hosted by the Métis Nation Saskatchewan Estevan Local No. 25.

Lignite Louie, Estevan's beloved mascot, returned to the community after getting fully refurbished. The Souris Valley Museum’s lot was chosen as the new location for the monument.

Chainsaw sculptor Darren Jones completed Returned Soldier, a monument paying tribute to all the men and women dedicating their lives to serving the country and defending others. The project was started in the fall of 2020 at the yard of Estevan's Lester Hinzman.

The Estevan Bruins came forward with the legacy project for the 2022 Centennial Cup national junior A hockey championship, presented by Tim Hortons. They announced in front of city council that they will have a new centre ice score clock installed at Affinity Place in time for the tournament, but the project will only proceed once enough ticket packages are sold.

T&T Rods hosted a cruise for classic vehicles. A lengthy parade could be seen heading down local highways and other roads on June 11.

Two students from the ECS had terrific showings at the virtual Skills Canada national competition. Shay Frederick won the silver medal in hairstyling, while Waneeke Baptiste came in sixth in two-dimensional character computer animation.

The South East Saskatchewan Search and Rescue (SESKSAR) volunteer group made a major move and organized the first-ever province-wide canine training program, which will end with the certification and will see the creation of the first civilian SAR K9 unit.

The ECS 2021 graduation celebration left the community and even the entire province proud. With health regulations in place, ECS grads found a way not only to celebrate their milestone, but also to do it in a real Prairie style - with chic, elegance and on a grand scale, but also with semis and big pickups, thanks to a parade through the city.

The Rotary Club of Estevan hosted another successful Lobsterfest to Go on June 19, with hundreds of people picking up a lobster. 

The Saskatchewan Association of Optometrists recognized Estevan's Dr. Sarah Sliva as the recipient of the Optometrist of the Year Award.

More than 250 anglers entered the Alameda Fishing Derby. Dean Kirby was the winner of the adult division with a fish that weighed 19.01 pounds and Devon Carriere had a 43-inch northern pike.

Carlyle RCMP officer Dani Zaya was charged with one count of assault with a weapon, pepper spray, stemming from an investigation into a complaint from Oct. 31, 2020.

For the first time in decades, the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum (EAGM) welcomed an artist in residence for a full year. Ruth Langwieser started on June 21.

The Garden Park on Fourth, a stunning downtown oasis in Estevan started by Gale Tytlandsvik, marked its 10th anniversary. To make it special, Tytlandsvik made the cozy area even more attractive by creating impressionist landscape murals alongside another local artist Brenda Blackburn.

The Town of Carlyle and White Bear First Nations announced the installation of a permanent memorial in Carlyle's Centennial Park, dedicated to children lost to residential schools, residential school survivors and their families.

The Estevan area lost two more old grain elevators in late June. The old building at the Richardson Pioneer site went down. At the same time, the Macoun community said goodbye to their landmark.

The City of Estevan received funding for upgrades to one of the busiest intersections in the community. SGI announced on June 29 that Estevan would receive $40,000 for improvements to the intersection of King Street and 13th Avenue.