Monthly Archives: December 2013

Outlaws Update

Home game Sunday, January 5 — St. Walburg Eagles vs. Wilkie Outlaws, 5:30 pm – the second meeting this season between these two top teams. Their first matchup went into overtime with Wilkie ultimately winning the game.

Outlaws lose a game but remain league leaders

Senior men's hockeyThe Wilkie Outlaws and the St. Walburg Eagles were the only undefeated teams in the North Saskatchewan River Hockey League until December 10, 2013. The Eagles lost their December 10 game against the Meadow Lake Stampeders 9 to 2, and then lost to the Outlaws in overtime three nights later.

In the Outlaws’ very next game, however, they also ended their winning streak, with a 6-3 loss to the Edam 3 Stars, December 20. The 3 Stars led at the end of each period, scoring two goals in each 20 minutes to the Outlaws’ one.

Barrett Penner scored two of the Outlaw goals, while Mike Sittler had one goal. Rick Cey and Kyle Wagner were each credited with one assist while Derek Keller and Will Rathje had two apiece.

The very next night, at the Outlaws’ annual Wing Nite in Wilkie, the team rebounded to defeat the Meadow Lake Stampeders 7-2. Single goals came from Rick Cey, Andrew Herle, Derrek Keller, Barrett Penner and Mike Sittler, while Dustin Glackin scored twice.

The following week, Edam came to town December 27 for a rematch and the Outlaws proved to be most ungracious hosts, taking a 4-1 lead by the end of the first period and scoring another five goals in the second while shutting out the 3 Stars to make it 9-1. The 3 Stars were able to score three goals in the third period but the Outlaws also continued to find the net, ending the game with a 13-4 win.

Hat tricks were credited to Rick Cey and Andrew Herle while Barrett Penner and Kyle Wagner had two goals each. Single markers came from Lorne Griffiths, Mike Sittler and Mitch Suchan.

With only one loss so far this season, the Wilkie Outlaws senior men’s hockey team remains at the top of the NSRHL standings with 18 points. St. Walburg is hot on their heels with 17 points, the difference-maker being the Outlaws’ overtime time over the Eagles December 13. The Edam 3 Stars are in third place with 12 points.

Upcoming games see the Outlaws travelling to Maidstone January 4 and hosting the Eagles January 5. Turtleford comes to Wilkie January 10. The Outlaws will meet the 3 Stars again, on Edam ice, January 11.

Christmas issue next week

‘Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!’ And Happy Holidays too,” so say the staff of the Unity-Wilkie Press-Herald. The offices in both Unity and Wilkie will be closed from December 24 to January 2nd, 2014. After Monday’s paper, the next paper will not come out until January 6th, 2014.

In the December 23rd issue, you can expect to see:

  • people sharing Christmas memories;
  • greetings from friends and neighbours who own or work at local businesses;
  • a children’s story and colouring pages;
  • a story from a Wilkie high school student who is planning a two-month trip to Mexico to build a house for a needy family; and
  • an assortment of photos from Wilkie’s Santa Night.

Happy Holidays!

Provincial government launches

The Government of Saskatchewan’s new website, is improving access to information and services for Saskatchewan people as well as those considering visiting or moving to the province.

The previous Saskatchewan government website at was created in 2006, before tablets and smart phones were commonly used. It has since grown to more than 400,000 pages of content and its size and complexity make it hard to find information and services.

Research with Saskatchewan people found that grouping information by related topics under the headings “Live,” “Work,” “Play” and “Government” will make the new website more user friendly, as it will be organized by Saskatchewan people’s interests rather than by government ministries. This change also reflects what Saskatchewan has to offer visitors, potential investors and people considering moving to Saskatchewan.

he new website uses analytics to track and promote frequently visited pages like the Highway Hotline, or where to find day care so the most sought after information can be highlighted and kept current.

The first phase of the website project was completed between June and December 2013. The $1 million cost of the project came from existing government website and IT budgets. is part of an overall program to enhance online services to citizens. The web project included planning for the new digital program, gathering citizen feedback into their wants and needs, selection and implementation of a new content management system, reviewing more than 400,000 pages of content on the current website, design for the new site including a more accessible and mobile-friendly site; build of the new website and testing of the new site.

Government will continue to transition content and services from to over the coming year. Both and will operate until the transition is complete.

Wilkie arena best in province for energy efficiency!

By Kathy Heilman

SaskPower recently offered communities across the province a free “energy audit” to determine if recreational facilities were operating efficiently and giving the communities the very best in energy costs. The program targeted arenas and curling rinks throughout Saskatchewan.

outlaws hockey

The Wilkie arena is home to Wilkie Minor Hockey, recreational skating and the Men’s Senior Outlaws team. In the photo Peewee Outlaws guard their goal during provincial playoffs in February, 2012.

The purpose of the audit is to not only show energy costs but also make suggestions and give out information on how to make the building more efficient.

Wilkie’s recreation director, Jordan Schechtel applied for the audit and November 25, he, along with arena manager Daryl Glackin and SaskPower representatives, toured the building. They did a walk-through and SaskPower compiled information on energy use.

SaskPower presented the report to the Town of Wilkie November 26. The Wilkie arena was the 40th toured by SaskPower and it ranked number one! — much to the delight of all those who maintain and keep the building running as efficiently as possible.

Areas audited included lighting, HVAC, DHW and refrigeration. Wilkie was tops in both HVAC and refrigeration.

The representatives from SaskPower were also pleased with the results. They said it showed Wilkie has been diligent in keeping energy costs at a minimum but at the same time making sure the building is running at peak capacity for the energy use.

The arena staff, along with Schechtel, are extremely pleased with the outcome of the audit, are anxious to incorporate other energy saving programs to help offset costs and will continue to look at ways to make sure the facility reamins number one in the province for energy efficiency.

Always something to do in Wilkie!

For those who want to be out and about, visiting with others and taking part in various activities, there’s been no shortage of opportunities to do so the last while.

Weekend before last, we had the Wilkie Hobby/Trade Show in the SaskCan Hall. Local and out-of-town vendors had all kinds of things on display and available for purchase and, for sure, some things got crossed off Christmas shopping lists. The Gorilla Wrestling Club served up lunch and the tables were filled with people coming and going and visiting as they enjoyed a burger or pie or even just a hot coffee.

The next day, Nov. 24,  about 200 people turned up to play in the Prairie Branches (WILS) toy bingo in the St. James Church basement.

Earlier in the week, Norman Carter Elementary School hosted six other schools in an all-day volleyball tournament.

Last weekend, the United Church hosted a soup and sandwich lunch, and a quilt show. Anyone wanting to see beautiful colours, unique ideas and meticulious craftsmanship only needs to go to this annual event, or any other quilt show in Wilkie or any of our surrounding communities.

Earlier this week downtown was busy with late night shopping Tuesday. Shoppers also got to see the world’s largest frying pan in action at the Delta Co-op grocery store!

This weekend, whether you’re a culture aficionado or a sports fan, there’s something to do, right here in our hometown!

Saturday afternoon the dance club puts on a special performance of A Christmas Carol in the McLurg gym, while in the evening the Wilkie Outlaws host the Turtleford Tigers in a senior men’s hockey game.

And don’t forget about Santa Night next week on Wednesday, December 11. Games, prizes and a visit with Santa. Your kids don’t want to miss that!

With everything that happens in Wilkie, not even mentioning the various clubs and organizations you can be a part of if you choose, we hope you’re not sitting at home complaining “there’s nothing to do.”