Fifteen years goes by quickly when you're sharing other people's stories.
Estevan Lifestyles is celebrating 15 years of serving the community this month. Fifteen years of reporting what's happening in Estevan. A decade and a half of sharing the stories of people in the community, to be a positive reflection of what is happening in the city and the region.
We've shared the stories senior care centre residents, individuals who have overcome tremendous adversity, groups that want to improve the lives of others, and people who have done great things for others, whether it be locally or internationally. We have also shared a few really cool stories.
There have been the big stories. We remember the Estevan Bruins league championship in 1999; the grain elevator fire of 2002; the train derailment in 2004; the prime minister's visit to Estevan in 2008; the Kraft Celebration Tour in 2011; and, of course, the floods of 2011.
There have been elections. Some have been memorable. Tim Perry beat John Empey by seven votes in the 2000 mayoral election.
The 2004 federal election thrust this constituency into the national spotlight. Former premier Grant Devine tried to run for the Conservative Party, but his nomination was turfed, and so Devine ran as an independent against Tory candidate Ed Komarnicki. Komarnicki won, and has been the MP ever since.
Estevan has grown considerably since Lifestyles was founded. Its demographics have changed considerably, thanks to an influx of newcomers from other countries. There have been challenges associated with growth, but it sure is better than the doldrums of the status quo.
The completion of Spectra Place (now Affinity Place) and the Saskatchewan Energy Training Institute were causes for celebration. Another celebration will come this year, when the integrated carbon capture and storage project at the Boundary Dam Power Station is finished.
A carbon capture test at the Shand Power Station will follow next year. Those two projects will thrust Estevan into the international power production spotlight.
Fifteen years has brought a lot of change, and Lifestyles is changing with it. Just look at this week's paper. We have a new look with a new logo. Our new community focus page is on Page 3, with a wonderful story on how St. Joseph's Hospital and its foundation aided a mother and a daughter's survival. Our sports page has a new look, too.
But one thing hasn't changed: our emphasis on the good and the positive in the community. That's the vision this paper's founders had 15 years ago. They wanted to share the interest stories of your family members, your friends and your neighbours, along with stories of people you might not have ever met.
We think we've done a pretty good job. We hope you agree.