The Best of 2017 (kind of …)

[GREAT BALLS OF FIRE! Yorkton’s Larry Hilworth put the scheduled Canada 150 fireworks on notice with this run, before a record crowd at the third annual Thunder on the Prairies truck and tractor pulls, which were held July 6-7 in Odessa. Forum photo by Carly Schatz, originally published on July 13, 2017.]

OK, OK, we get it. After weathering a deluge of “Where’s my paper??” comments (actual number: One) toward the end of 2017, it became apparent that waiting a couple weeks through our annual Christmas closure is to the local adult population what waiting for Santa is to children under the age of 6. (Who’s kidding who, they’ve all Googled it – or discovered the Toys R Us logo on their baby brother’s Santa present – by the time they hit Grade 1 haven’t they?)

So with that in mind we thought it was the least we could do to reach out and let you all know (or at least those who didn’t read the front page of our Dec. 21 edition) that the Forum is still alive and well, returning as planned to regular weekly publication Jan. 11.

In the meantime, we thought we’d also take a stroll with you all down Lovers’ Memory Lane with a look back on the year that was in 2017. It’s not intended to be an all-inclusive rundown, but hopefully provides an appropriate reflection on at least a few of the more compelling stories and events we covered last year.

Maybe you’re new to the area, maybe you missed something in the print edition, or maybe you just think it needs to be read twice — whatever the case, we hope you enjoy, and we’ll see you all again very soon.

Happy New Year, friends!

Jan. 26Bechard, Cottonmouths return home after bus crash

Feb. 2Gaetz remains driving force as Odessa rink turns 25

Feb. 9Outlaws honour fallen teammate, reunite at Gold Broom tournament

March 30Local libraries reeling from 58 per cent budget cut

April 6Called to the Hall; Sedley product Kelly Bechard becomes the first women’s hockey player inducted to Calgary Dinos HOF

April 6 (editorial)Fast food buffets 1, libraries 0

April 13Drop Everything and Read deemed a success, as SE Regional Library sounds ominous tone at AGM

April 27Sask. gov’t restores library funding

May 4Trudeau visits Gray on fourth Sask. trip as PM

June 8How do you love thee (rink)?

June 8Ferguson rooting for hometown rink

June 22Rink board revival a go after Vibank meeting

June 22One hundred years (plus four) and counting; Kronau’s Euteneier family honoured with Century Farm Family Award

June 29Canada 150 special section

July 20Fink gets second call to Sask. baseball Hall

Sept. 21Ex-Montmartre mayor grateful for access to lifesaving procedure

Oct. 12Bachelu following family footsteps on and off the ice

Oct. 26New Brunswick woman recalls rescue by former Odessa mayor, 60 years later

Nov. 23First Nations contributions recognized at Remembrance Day ceremony in Montmartre

Dec. 14Little slice of Mexico makes big impact in small town

Dec. 21The tunnels of Sedley? A little bit of mystery, a whole lot of booze, and one family’s century-old connection to Sedley