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Today’s paper

You don’t want to miss the January 13th issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald. It’s the annual tribute to Minor Hockey and you can check out all the boys and girls playing hockey in Unity and Wilkie, Saskatchewan. How many names and/or faces do you recognize?

Of course, we still have all the regular features such as the latest RCMP report, our editorial page, Blast from the Past, the SWHL report and so on. Also featured this week are:

  • a story about the Unite for a Miracle campaign which was kicked off this week with a fundraising barbecue and a talk at UCHS – attended by all 3 Unity schools – from Telemiracle 41 Chair Darcy Wildeman;
  • Living Sky and Light of Christ school divisions hold a joint press conference;
  • Gerry Ritz speaks out on drywall duties; and
  • Duelling Pianos, to be the entertainment at Celebrate Unity 2017 in March.

Speaking of Celebrate Unity 2017, remember that anyone may nominate a business, group or individual who’s gone above and beyond in service, whether to the public at large, the community or their pet project. Just email helena@helenalong.com with your nomination before February 6.





Tomorrow’s paper

Lots of pictures of happy winners in the January 11, 2016, edition of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald. Check it out for:

  • winners of Wilkie’s Ring in the New Year lottery and Unity’s Grand in Your Hand promotion;
  • the annual Minor Hockey Week salute, with photos of all Unity and Wilkie minor hockey teams;
  • a minor hockey update on the season from Unity Minor Hockey; and
  • photos from the Family Fun Bonspiel held Boxing Day at the Unity Curling Club.

Some of our local businesses have January specials going on so be sure to check out the ads too! And then there’s the police report, the SWHL report and the editorial page for your information and reading pleasure as well. Enjoy!

Unity Midget AA Lazers

Habs coming to town this fall

The website of the Montreal Canadiens says:

Hockey game with Canadiens Alumni
For more than 40 years, Canadiens Alumni have been traveling throughout Quebec and the rest of Canada to make your hockey dreams come true.

Pit your local team against the Canadiens Alumni as a fundraiser for your organism or organisation.

Each year, the Canadiens Alumni help raise over $1.5 million for grass-root and community causes. 

As reported by Sherri Solomko in the July 20th, 2015, Unity Wilkie Press-Herald, the Montreal Canadien alumni team is coming to UNITY, SK.

They will be here November 27 to play a team from town. Who will be representing Unity is yet to be determined – the opposition team will be paint for the privilege to play against the Habs alumni. Details are being hammered out on how the selection process will work and organizers promise to let people know as soon as the details are available.

Delta Co-op and the Unity Credit Union have already come on board as major sponsors for the local event. Net proceeds are earmarked for the food bank, the Unity Community Resource Centre and at least one other organization yet to be determined.

The Canadien alumni team selected three locations in Saskatchewan to take their game to, Unity, La Ronge and Yorkton.

The Habs’ roster includes recently retired players as well as fan favourites from the past.

There is also a unique “thrill of a lifetime” opportunity for two Habs fans as they can pay to have the privilege to actually play with the Canadiens, even receiving their own jersey with their name on the back and having the opportunity at intermission to have that jersey signed.

Watch for details around town and in this paper regarding updates on yet another exciting hockey event coming to Unity.

Unity Sports Wall of Fame inductions – Builders

At the 2015 Sports of Wall of Inductions held in the Unity Community Centre May 9, three individuals were inducted in the Builder category. To be eligible for induction as a Builder, an individual must have contributed 25 years or more to sports in Unity, Saskatchewan. All three 2015 Builder inductees were well over the 25-year mark in their contributions.

Jim Lee began his involvement with hockey in Unity when his son began playing 34 years ago. After his son ended his playing days, Jim volunteered with the Unity Miners and the Wild Goose Hockey League, helping the team win the senior A and senior AAA provincial championships in the early 1990s. He was also with the team for two league championships, one with the Wild Goose league and the other with the Sask West Hockey League.

The team won the SWHL championship again in 2014 and, although Jim had resigned in 2013, many of the players had started their senior careers under his reign.

Unity Sports Wall of FameJim was also on the organizing committee when Unity hosted the Allan Cup in 1996.

A contributor to multiple sports in Unity, Saskatchewan, Bob Burns has taught firearms safety in Unity for 54 years, completing his latest class the week before the 2015 induction ceremonies. He was a valued hockey referee for over 30 years, with Unity Minor Hockey, the Wild Goose League and the East Central Alberta League.

Unity Sports Wall of FameWith baseball, Bob was on the executive of the Unity Cardinals from 1962 to 1983, assisting to construct the Unity Cardinals facility still in use today. Bob is also a founding member of the Unity Golf Club, starting work in 1952, contributing tirelessly to make the Unity Golf Course the incredible facility it is. He is still an active member of the Unity Golf Club.

The last induction of the evening was Adolph Fischer, who contributed over 30 years to both hockey and ball in Unity. A founding member of the Unity Miners Hockey club in 1978, he served on the executive for many years and was league president in 1992 and in 2009.

Unity Sports Wall of FameAdolph played ball, being a member of at least eight championship teams. He became an umpire in 1985, contributing over 30 years to both baseball and softball as an official. He has umpired at national, Western Canadian and innumerable provincial championships, and at the Saskatchewan Summer Games and International Aboriginal Games. He estimates that he may officiate between 150 and 200 games per season.


Unity Sports Wall of Fame – Individual Inductees

Eight individuals were inducted into the Unity Sports Wall of Fame at the 2015 induction ceremonies held May 9 in the curling rink portion of the Unity Community Centre.

Before thanking the committee for the honour, ringette player Brooke Robertson checks out the photograph which will hang in the Wall of Fame.

Unity Sports Wall of Fame

Shown at the podium making their acceptance and thank you speeches are:

Hockey player Scott Brownlee

Unity Sports Wall of Fame

Hockey player Adam Tuffs (his daughter did not want to be left without Dad at the table)

Unity Sports Wall of Fame

Hockey player Greg Brown

Unity Sports Wall of Fame

Golfer JP Boser

Unity Sports Wall of FameAlso inducted into the Wall of Fame were hockey players Curtis Brown, Rhett Gordon and Scott Wagner but they were unable to attend the induction banquet and ceremonies.


Unity Sports Wall of Fame

Teams inducted into the Unity Sports Wall of Fame May 9, 2015 were:

2007 Peewee Panthers, Provincial C Northern Softball Champions

Unity Sports Wall of Fame 2015 induction

2009 Senior Cardinals, Provincial A2 Baseball Champions 

2009 Senior Cardinals

2011 Peewee Lazers, Provincial B Hockey Champions

2011 Peewee B Lazers

2011 Squirt Panthers, Provincial C Northern Softball Champions

2011 Squirt Panthers

2012 Bantam Panthers, Provincial C Softball Champions

2012 Bantam Panthers

2012 Mosquito Cardinals, Provincial A Baseball Champions

2012 Mosquito Cardinals

2012 Peewee Cardinals, Provincial A2 Baseball Champions

2012 Peewee Cardinals2

2012 Peewee Panthers, Provincial C Softball Champions

2012 Peewee Panthers

2012 Senior Women’s Provincial Curling Champions

2012 Senior Women's Curling Champions

2012 UK Royals, Junior B Provincial Softball Champions, Western Canadian Gold Medallists

2012 UK Royals

2013 Midget Lazers, Provincial A Hockey Champions

2013 Midget Lazers

2013 Peewee Cardinals, Provincial A Baseball Champions
2013 Peewee Cardinals

2013 Senior Cardinals, Provincial A2 Baseball Champions

2013 Senior Cardinals

2013 UK Royals, Junior B Provincial Softball Champions

2013 UK Royals

2014 Mosquito Cardinals, Provincial A2 Baseball Champions

2014 Mosquito Cardinals

2014 Peewee Cardinals, Provincial AA Baseball Champions

2014 Peewee Cardinals

2014 Peewee Panthers,, Provincial B Northern Softball Champions

2014 Peewee Panthers

2014 Squirt Panthers, Provincial B Softball Champions

2014 Squirt Panthers

2014 UK Royals, Junior B Provincial Softball Champions, Western Canadian Silver Medallists

2014 UK Royals

Look for photos of individuals inducted in the Unity Sports Wall of Fame in 2015 later this week. For a complete story on the Wall of Fame and the 2015 inductions , see the May 18th issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald.

The paper next week

As the rundown to hockey playoffs ramps up and Minor Hockey Week is observed in Canada, the January 12th Unity Wilkie Press-Herald features its annual salute to Minor Hockey. Team photos of the minor hockey teams in both Unity SK and Wilkie SK, along with a mid-season report on standings for the Unity Lazer teams and the Luseland Mallards are featured, along with the history of Ceys playing hockey in Wilkie.

But that is not all! Oh no, that is not all! You can also read about:

  • the thoughts of former hockey referee Fred Winterhalt as he retires from officiating;
  • an opinion on nursing home care, contrasting personal experience with recent negative reports in mainstream Saskatchewan media;
  • the science of fog and hoar frost.

Below, referee Fred Winterhalt talks to the timekeeper and statistician during a Midget A game between the Unity Lazers and the Macklin Mohawks, December 7, 2014 – the last game of his officiating career.

Referee Fred Winterhal