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Twisters touch down in region

Sheri Warkentin, who lives west of Davidson along Skudesnes Road, provided this picture of the tornado that touched down west of her home early in evening of Tuesday, July 19.

Willners count their blessings after storm flattens farmyard

By Joel van der Veen DAVIDSON — It took less than two minutes to destroy more than a century’s worth of work. That was Sydney Willner’s observation as she surveyed the damage to her parents’ farmyard northwest of Davidson on Wednesday morning. The Willners’ yard was flattened by a twister that struck sometime after 8

Pokemon mobile game catches fire in Davidson

By Joel van der Veen DAVIDSON — If you’re gonna catch ‘em all, you’ve got to start somewhere. The Pokémon Go craze that swept across North America in recent weeks has made its way to the Midway Town. It has attracted a loyal following here, primarily among players in their teens and 20s — though some of

Taryn makes Team Canada

  By Joel van der Veen HANLEY — Brian Grest remembers the day a young Taryn Suttie set her first provincial track and field record. Suttie, then a Grade 10 student at Hanley Composite School, had made her final throw in the midget girls shot put at the provincial meet in Regina. It was a solid

Main street packed as car clubs host meet in Midway Town

By Joel van der Veen DAVIDSON — There were hot rods, classic cruisers and custom jobs of every make, model and size. And because the show was happening in Saskatchewan, there was one tractor, as required by custom. Outskirts, a car show co-organized by two city clubs, drew upwards of 100 vehicles, along with hundreds

Twisters touch down in region

Sheri Warkentin, who lives west of Davidson along Skudesnes Road, provided this picture of the tornado that touched down west of her home early in evening of Tuesday, July 19.

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Willners count their blessings after storm flattens farmyard

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By Joel van der Veen

DAVIDSON — It took less than two minutes to destroy more than a century’s worth of work.

That was Sydney Willner’s observation as she surveyed the damage to her parents’ farmyard northwest of Davidson on Wednesday morning.

The Willners’ yard was flattened by a twister that struck sometime after 8 p.m. on Tuesday, cutting a diagonal path through their yard.

The storm uprooted trees, tossed around granaries and knocked down most of their buildings. Even so, their house was spared, suffering comparatively minor damage, and neither the family nor their animals were injured.

Laura Willner was counting her blessings Wednesday morning as she, her family and their friends continued the task of clearing the damage.

“We’re just very, very grateful for everybody’s help,” she said, adding that the first volunteers showed up within an hour of the tornado passing through.

Gord and Laura Willner and their daughter Sydney were home on Tuesday night when the storm hit.

Gord and Sydney were on the porch watching the hail storm in progress when they spotted a funnel cloud taking shape.

“It made a funnel right over the yard,” said Gord, and at that point the three of them headed for the basement.

Sydney said Wednesday that being hit by a tornado was her greatest fear, but added that she wasn’t aware of any loud noise as it passed over: “I had the adrenalin going.”

Gord said the family was only downstairs for a couple of minutes, after which they emerged to find their yard in ruins.

“Every building in the yard was gone, except the house,” said Laura.

For the full story and more photos, please see the July 25 edition of The Davidson Leader, or call 306-567-2047 to subscribe today.

Pokemon mobile game catches fire in Davidson

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By Joel van der Veen

DAVIDSON — If you’re gonna catch ‘em all, you’ve got to start somewhere.

The Pokémon Go craze that swept across North America in recent weeks has made its way to the Midway Town.

It has attracted a loyal following here, primarily among players in their teens and 20s — though some of them may be in denial about it.

The game officially became available on Apple (iOS) and Android mobile devices in Canada on July 17.

It is the latest entry in the longrunning Pokémon franchise — the name being an abbreviation of the words “Pocket Monsters.”

Gamers are tasked with catching the creatures in the wild, training them and battling them against others, with the ultimate goal of becoming the greatest Pokémon trainer.

Rather than navigating through a virtual world as in past games, the new game uses “augmented reality,” incorporating the real world through the use of the camera on the player’s phone.

Players are required to walk around looking for Pokémon characters, which are shown superimposed onto the environment on the screen.

When they encounter the critters, they can “catch” them using Poke Balls, working their way towards collecting all 151 of the original Pokémon.

Players can also look for PokéStops, where they can obtain the supplies needed to progress in the game, and Pokémon gyms, where they can battle other players.

Both PokéStops and gyms are associated with real-world landmarks, and can be found in cities and towns across North America, including Davidson.

The game made its debut in early July and has already been downloaded by 30 million users.

For the full story and more photos, please see the July 25 edition of The Davidson Leader, or call 306-567-2047 to subscribe today.

Taryn makes Team Canada

 

Hanley native Taryn Suttie (centre) poses with her teammates following the announcement of Canada’s athletics team for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Also shown are Elizabeth Gleadle, Brittany Crew, Heather Steacy and Tim Nedow, all of whom are competing in throwing events.

Hanley native Taryn Suttie (centre) poses with her teammates following the announcement of Canada’s athletics team for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Also shown are Elizabeth Gleadle, Brittany Crew, Heather Steacy and Tim Nedow, all of whom are competing in throwing events.

By Joel van der Veen

HANLEY — Brian Grest remembers the day a young Taryn Suttie set her first provincial track and field record.

Suttie, then a Grade 10 student at Hanley Composite School, had made her final throw in the midget girls shot put at the provincial meet in Regina.

It was a solid shot, but when she saw the judges gathering for a quick chat, she turned to her coach with a worried look.

Grest had words of reassurance for her: “I smiled and I said, ‘I think they’re measuring for a record.’”

He said the memory reflects the kind of athlete Suttie is: determined and ready to work hard, but also humble in her success.

“She was never a showoff, never a cocky person,” Grest said. “Everything that comes her way is deserved.”

Suttie, 25, learned Monday that she would be part of the team representing Canada at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil next month.

She will compete in the shot put event, as one of two competitors from Saskatchewan on the athletics team.

Suttie said Tuesday she felt relieved by the news, to have reached a goal she has worked towards for several years.

The athletes representing the Great White North were confirmed following the Canadian Championships and Selection Trials, held from July 7 to 10 at Foote Field in Edmonton.

Suttie said she didn’t perform as well as she’d hoped during trials, scoring a top throw of 16.71 metres in five attempts.

Even so, she finished in second place, more than a metre ahead of the third-place competitor, and earning herself a spot on the Olympic team.

“I was a little concerned,” she said. “Everything’s good. I’m on the team.”

The 65 members of Canada’s athletics team for the 2016 Olympic Games were announced on July 11.

Heptathlete Brianne Theisen-Eaton, a Humboldt native, is the sole other competitor from Saskatchewan. (Sprints and relays coach Carla Nicholls hails from Regina.)

Also competing in throwing events are Elizabeth Gleadle of Vancouver (javelin throw); Brittany Crew of East York, Ont. (shot put); Heather Steacy of Lethbridge, Alta. (hammer throw) and Tim Nedow of Brockville, Ont. (shot put).

Last week, Taryn was visiting at her parents’ home north of Hanley, getting ready to head to Cleveland, Ohio to continue her training.

“It’s pretty exciting,” said her mother Deb. “She’s worked really hard for a long time.”

For the full story, please see the July 18 edition of The Davidson Leader, or phone 306-567-2047 to subscribe today.

Main street packed as car clubs host meet in Midway Town

Moose Jaw resident Brennen Duncan gives a quick clean to his customized 2003 Acura RSX Type S.

Moose Jaw resident Brennen Duncan gives a quick clean to his customized 2003 Acura RSX Type S.

By Joel van der Veen

DAVIDSON — There were hot rods, classic cruisers and custom jobs of every make, model and size.

And because the show was happening in Saskatchewan, there was one tractor, as required by custom.

Outskirts, a car show co-organized by two city clubs, drew upwards of 100 vehicles, along with hundreds of enthusiasts and spectators, to Davidson’s Washington Avenue on July 10.

Though the threat of stormy weather loomed overhead, the rain held off until late in the afternoon, providing a pleasant afternoon for the show.

Along with the vehicles on display, Riverbend Co-op set up a barbecue with proceeds going to the Davidson Playschool Association. A bouncy castle and free snowcones were also provided.

The show was a combined effort between Dodologic, a Regina-based club, and the Saskatoon-based Redline Society.

All involved said they were pleased with the turnout and response, and that ideally, the event would carry on next year.

“We have everything from classics to imports to muscle cars, old hot rods,” said co-organizer Josh Duchin. “It’s anyone and anything.”

Co-organizer Tyler Lakeman said the two clubs often hold meets in their respective cities, but decided to try meeting up in the Midway Town.

For the full story, please see the July 18 edition of The Davidson Leader, or phone 306-567-2047 to subscribe today.

Obituary: Buchholz, Melanie

Melanie Buchholz

Melanie Buchholz

Melanie Edith Buchholz (Metz)

It is with great sadness that we the family announce the passing of Melanie Edith Buchholz (Metz) on June 22, 2016. Melanie was born June 20, 1946 in Regina, Sask., and continued to live there during her education and clerical work at the Catholic School Board. In 1974, she met and married Edward Buchholz, who became the love of her life. After marrying, Melanie moved to a grain farm outside Davidson, Sask., where they were blessed with twins, Lorena and Paul in 1975 and another son, Marc in 1982. Melanie and Edward farmed for the next 30 years until Edward’s death in 2005. Melanie continued to live in Davidson and then moved to Wakaw, Sask., for the last five years to be around her children more. Melanie adored her two grandchildren, Lily and Luke. She devoted her whole life to making a welcoming and loving home for her husband and children. She was greatly loved, adored and cherished and this profound loss will linger in our hearts.

Melanie was predeceased by her husband Edward; father John; mother Florence; sister Marilyn and brother Murray.

Melanie is survived by her children and grandchildren: Lorena (Darrell) Sosnowski and daughter Lily, Paul (Bonnie) Buchholz and son Luke and Marc Buchholz as well as numerous relatives and friends.

Melanie’s celebration of life was held at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Davidson, on Friday, July 8, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Lutheran Church in Davidson, Sask., in Melanie’s name.

Arrangements in care of Hanson’s Funeral Home (306-567-2020).