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Year in Review – December

Weyburn Quota Club holds live Carol Festival for last time

WEYBURN – The Weyburn Quota Club was excited to hold the 2021 Carol Festival live from Grace United Church, on the evening of Dec. 5; the club announced that evening this was the last time they would hold the event, as the Rotary Club was going to take it over next year.

The Family Place held a success Festival of Trees for 2021, with a grand total raised of $44,027 after the online auction closed on Nov. 25; part of the success was due to the highest-ever total for the silent auction of $14,727.

Four Weyburn football players and two coaches, Rob Umbach and Kyle Paterson, traveled to Las Vegas with the Saskatchewan Selects program last week to take part in their pigskin classic tournament.

A 40-year volunteer with the Weyburn Rotary Music Festival, June Fletcher, was named the recipient of the 2021 Volunteer Award from the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association.

The Weyburn Chamber of Commerce held its annual Parade of Lights on Dec. 2 with over 50 floats taking part, and the winners were, for Best Business float, Souris Valley Industries; and Best 
Organization float was by the Weyburn Skating Club.

Students and families at the Weyburn Comprehensive School were “devastated” with the announcement that the school’s band and choir winter concert would be virtual, and not in person.

A total of 102 wrestlers from around the province took part in Weyburn’s Barber Motors Youth Wrestling Tournament on Dec. 5, including 22 Weyburn athletes.

The City of Weyburn is hoping to attract and retain new businesses, and encourage existing businesses to grow and expand, with the launching of a new commercial incentive program, approved by council on Dec. 13.

A petition from residents of a condominium at the corner of Government Road and First Avenue was presented to Weyburn city council, and it was rejected by the city clerk for being invalid.

The Weyburn Agricultural Society is in a very good financial position thanks in large part to the Weyburn Fair held in July, after missing an entire year of activities in 2020 due to COVID restrictions.

All spectators at school extra-curricular events in SE Cornerstone schools, except for students enrolled in the K-12 school system or under the age of five, will require either proof of vaccination or a negative test as of the new year.

An investigation into missing Weyburn woman, 77-year-old Frances Gazeley, continued through the month of December into the new year in the Weyburn and surrounding region by both the RCMP’s Major Crimes Unit and the Weyburn Police Service.