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Weyburn still a great place to live

My Nikkel’s Worth column

There are yet more reasons why Weyburn can be considered as the “best place to live” on the Prairies, as the community of the city and surrounding area have shown once again why this is a great place to work and raise a family.

First, look at the amenities we have and are coming: a new elementary school, Legacy Park, and the Credit Union Spark Centre (Weyburn Recreation and Culture Centre), are under construction, with an opening date of September of 2021.

In addition, there is a new hospital slated to be built on Fifth Avenue North; the city has a new fleet storage building being built; Prairie Sky Co-op has a new Home Centre under construction; and there are a few new business ventures opening or have just opened.

These are all positive signs for the community, particularly when one looks at the challenges being faced in our economy, some caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and some predating the pandemic.

Aside from all of that, when challenges have arisen for Weyburn and area families, the community at large has stepped forward in support, either to volunteer or to donate, or otherwise to provide help.

There was a tragic accident in Weyburn on Thursday that saw two SaskPower workers killed, and in the days following, a gofundme page has been set up to help the two families. As of Wednesday morning, that page has raised $50,702, and I’m sure that is going to continue to grow.

Another gofundme page has also been set up for Chad and Cyndi Garling, as Chad is facing some emergency medical issues and there is a definite financial impact to them. This page has raised $12,955 as of Wednesday morning, and again I’m sure that the generous people of Weyburn will step up to help the couple out.

Another avenue for both volunteering and giving is coming up as Weyburn’s annual Communithon fundraiser is coming up fast, on Friday, Oct. 23.

Since COVID spares no one it seems, this event will be different in that no public will be able to go to the Legion Hall to watch the entertainment — but the entertainment will come to you, online and live-streaming via AccessNow.

The opportunity for donating is still available, and the community agencies supported by the Communithon are hoping that the people of the Weyburn area will be able to donate and support them. Perhaps a good thing in this situation is, as it’s available online, people with Weyburn connections but living elsewhere will be able to watch the entertainers and give to the cause.

So is Weyburn a good place to be? You bet it is, and it will continue to be!