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Estevan Mercury Year in Review: March 2022

In March, wildlife was seen entering city limits, while various sports events also kept the community engaged and entertained.
Estevan Mercury Year in Review: March 2022

ESTEVAN — In March, wildlife was seen entering city limits, while various sports events also kept the community engaged and entertained.

The ECS Elecs' senior girls' basketball team finished second at its 10th annual Victor Elias Memorial Shoot for a Cure tournament, held March 4-5 at the school. The tournament is also a fundraiser for the fight against breast cancer.

The Kinsmen and Kinettes’ Telemiracle set a record of $8 million for the 46th annual broadcast on March 6. Money will be used to help the people of Saskatchewan.

The Estevan Exhibition Association welcomed Crystal Ross as their new president.

Figure skaters from throughout the province were in Estevan on March 5-6 for the Winter Classic – the largest event of the year hosted by Skate Canada Saskatchewan.

The Estevan RCMP responded to a fatal collision by Hitchcock on March 7. A semi truck and train collided. The driver of the semi was transported to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A cougar feasting on a deer was caught on camera from March 8-11. The concerns of a cat being present in the area were discussed on social media and in the community in the days previous.

Reports of "moose on the loose" were flooding Estevan's social media in March and earlier in the winter. While there were no major incidents, on March 11 conservation officers, EPS and firefighters had to tranquillize and relocate one of the giant animals, which made its way to the 1600-block of Third Street.

The Wawota Parkland School Wildcats won the gold medal, while the Carnduff Education Complex Tigers brought home the bronze, from the Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association's female curling provincials in mid-March.

The St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation announced on March 11 that Breanne Van De Woestyne had resigned after more than three years as executive director. She was replaced by Lori Gervais, who joined the foundation in late 2018 and had been working with the foundation in a finance role.

On March 16, the Carnduff RCMP responded to five fires in Alida and a report of an assault involving two men. All buildings were destroyed; no injuries were reported. As a result of continued investigation, 29-year-old Colten Erickson was arrested and charged with four counts of arson, two counts of breach of probation and one count of assault.

The Carnduff and District Music Festival was staying true to its core goals and showcasing participants' performances on video through their Facebook page in March to ensure talent doesn't go unnoticed.

Estevan's fire department celebrated its many dedicated members during an awards night.

Estevan's Brayden Pachal made his NHL debut for the Vegas Golden Knights in their 7-3 loss to the host Winnipeg Jets.

The ECS Elecs cheerleader team won the silver medal at the provincial championship March 19 in Saskatoon.

The Estevan Humane Society was pleased with the support shown for its annual Whiskers and Wine Gala on March 19.

Scottish-Canadian musician Johnny Reid performed before a sold-out crowd of approximately 380 people at the Orpheum Theatre for his Love Someone tour on March 20.

Additional money for new regional nursing home committee in Estevan was among the local highlights from the provincial government's budget, tabled on March 23.

For the first time since 2007, the Carnduff Red Devils captured the Big Six Hockey League's title, defeating the Redvers Rockets 6-2 on March 25. 

A Duelling Pianos concert, featuring Barry Lough and Craig Learmont, was a fundraiser held for Creighton Lodge on March 25.

The Estevan Recreational Dance Club hosted their annual recital on March 26.

The Estevan Steelhaus U18 AAA Bears hockey club announced the hiring of Ryan Pilon as the new head coach, effective the end of March.

The B&T Gun Show made its return to Estevan on March 26-27, drawing people to the Royal Canadian Legion’s Estevan branch.

Twenty-four teams entered the Estevan Oilfield Technical Society's (OTS) Open Bonspiel, which was held March 25-26.

The Stoughton Central School Bulldogs senior girls' basketball team won a bronze medal at the provincial Hoopla championship on March 26-27.

Estevan's Phillip Zajac became the first elected leader of the Buffalo Party of Saskatchewan, defeating Clint Arnason of Vanguard.

One person was arrested for aggravated assault following a shooting in Estevan on March 26. Members of the EPS responded to the incident in the Pleasantdale area where the victim had been shot in the face, torso and arms with a fully automatic BB gun.

Lampman's fire department and ambulance services held an open house on March 30, seeking volunteer firefighters, emergency medical responders and medical first responders, and they had recruits sign up after the event.

The Redvers Rockets won their third straight U18 D provincial title in March after defeating Macklin in the best-of-three provincial final.

The EPS arrested two people in a drug bust March 30 in the Pleasantdale area. Both were charged under the Criminal Code.

Saskatchewanderer Felipe Gomez and his travel buddy Fozzy stopped by Estevan at the end of March and promoted the city’s attractions.