Warman Emergency Rescue personnel responded to a multi-vehicle collision at the intersection of Klassen Street East and 6th Avenue in Warman at about 10:10 a.m. on Thursday. Chief Rob Eyre of the Warman RCMP detachment said the driver of an SUV on Klassen Street proceeded from a stop sign before it was safe to do so, and collided with the other vehicle traveling north on 6th Ave.
Two adults and a child were involved in the collision. Minor injuries resulted and one person was treated at the scene in an ambulance. A firefighter was seen giving a white teddy bear to a little boy. Firefighters directed traffic at the busy intersection.
A $400,000 expansion to the Warman Fire Hall will help firefighters shave precious minutes off their response times to emergency calls, according to Warman Fire Chief Russ Austin.
Two additional bays, each measuring 20 feet wide and 80 feet long, with overhead doors at both ends, are currently under construction on the north end of the fire hall. The project by general contractor Fire Cliff Developments is about 50 per cent complete, and firefighters are hoping to be using the new bays by the end of the summer.
Austin said the additional bays will allow the fire department to have all its vehicles ready to go at a moment’s notice when a call comes in. Currently, vehicles sometimes have to be moved to allow needed equipment to exit the building.
“We use different vehicles for different calls, depending on what’s needed,” said Austin. “It could be a medical call, a wildland fire, or a structure fire. Sometimes our initial response time is delayed a bit if we have to move certain vehicles to get at other ones.
“Once this addition is done, we won’t have to do that anymore. We can save several minutes on response time, and in a world where minutes can save lives, that’s pretty important.” Continue reading “Warman Fire Hall expansion adds capacity”→
You don’t need to see it to tee it.
That’s the philosophy of about two dozen golfers who competed in the Western Canadian Blind Golf Championships at the Legends Golf Club in Warman July 4 and 5.
Gerry Nelson of Saskatoon, who lost his sight at the age of 25 due to complications from diabetes, was back to defend his 2016 Western Canadian championship title. He and his sighted coach, Chris Villaneuve of Meadow Lake, were among a field of 21 competitors from Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, BC and Alberta.
Blind Golf Canada promotes competitive golf and sportsmanship among Canada’s blind and visually impaired golfers. Blind golf is played by golfers who are totally blind or partially sighted with an acuity of 20/200 or less. With one minor caveat, the rules of the game are the same as for sighted golfers.
The big difference, though. is that this is a true team sport, rather than just an individual game. Blind golfers rely on a sighted guide or coach to position the ball on the tee and provide a description of direction and distance to the hole, as well as potential hazards.
Nelson, who works for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind in Saskatoon, has been golfing competitively with Villaneuve as his coach for the past two decades. Nelson said Villaneuve’s directions paint a picture of the fairway or green that he’ visualizes in his head.
“I’m able to relate to everything he’s telling me,” said Nelson. “So I have a pretty good idea of the kind of shot I need to make.
“For blind golfers, it’s all about getting the feel of the club and being consistent with your swing so you have confidence about where the ball is going.
“It’s not easy, but when things are working for both the golfer and the coach, it’s synchronicity at its best.
“When it’s not working, it’s tough on everyone. The coach is doing everything he can. I think these coaches need the patience of Job sometimes to put up with us.” Continue reading “Blind golfers find their groove at western championships”→