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Melville, Saskatchewan

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Country  Canada
Incorporated Village  1908
Incorporated City  August 1, 1960
Population  4,517 (2011)
Province  Saskatchewan
Incorporated Town  November 1, 1909
Area  14.82 km²
Local time  Saturday 8:51 AM
Melville, Saskatchewan
Time zone  Central Standard Time (UTC−6)
Weather  -6°C, Wind SE at 23 km/h, 73% Humidity
University  Parkland College, Melville

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Melville is a small Canadian city in the east-central portion of Saskatchewan. The city is 145 kilometres (90 mi) north east of the provincial capital of Regina and 45 kilometres (28 mi) south west of Yorkton. Melville is bordered by the rural municipalities of Cana No. 214 and Stanley No. 215. The population at the 2016 census was 4,562, making it Saskatchewan's smallest city.

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History

According to What's in a Name?: The Story Behind Saskatchewan Places and Names by E. T. Russell, and People Places: Contemporary Saskatchewan Place Names by Bill Barry, the city was named for Charles Melville Hays, who at the time of the settlement's initial construction was the president of the Grand Trunk Railway and Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. Hays was on board the RMS Titanic when it sank; he did not make it off the ship.

Pearl Park was the area's first post office established in 1905 near the Pearl Creek, a tributary of the Qu'Appelle River. Melville was declared a city by the province in 1960.

Demographics

Under Saskatchewan law, a town must have a sustained population of more than 5,000 to apply for and maintain a city charter. Melville is a notable exception to this rule, as it has retained its charter despite dropping below the 5000 threshold.

Government

The mayor of Melville is Dr. Walter Streelasky.

Provincially, Melville is within the constituency of Melville-Saltcoats. It is currently represented by Saskatchewan Party MLA Warren Kaeding.

Melville is represented in the Canadian House of Commons by the MP of the Yorkton—Melville riding, currently Cathay Wagantall of the Conservative Party of Canada.

Infrastructure

Melville's namesake was the president of the Grand Trunk Railway and Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, Charles Melville Hays. Since Melville's founding in 1908, it has served as a nexus for railroad activity, currently including that of Canadian National Railway and Via Rail, the latter for which Melville effectively serves as the main rail-to-bus connection to Regina for its passengers. Today, the transcontinental Canadian train, operated by national passenger rail carrier Via Rail, serves the Melville railway station three times per week.

In 2002 the St. Peter's Hospital was constructed. St. Peter's was founded in 1940 as a municipal hospital by the Sisters of St. Martha, based in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Next to St. Peter's is the St. Paul Lutheran Home.

The Melville Railway Museum (c. 1911) is a Municipal Heritage Property on the Canadian Register of Historic Places.

The Melville Heritage Museum is in the original Luther College (formerly Luther Academy) building, built in 1913. The Luther Academy moved to Regina in 1926. After a stint as St. Paul's Home for the Aged and Orphans, the building was declared a heritage site, opening as a museum in the early 1980s.

Melville's connections by road to other communities include Saskatchewan Highways 10, 15 and 47. The closest major centre to Melville is the city of Yorkton, 43 kilometres to the northeast.

Melville Municipal Airport (TC LID: CJV9) is located 1.5 NM (2.8 km; 1.7 mi) east of the city.

Education

Melville is served by public and Catholic schools: École St. Henry's Junior Elementary School, and St. Henry's Sr School are both part of the Christ the Teacher Catholic School Division The Carlton Regional College Basic Education is located nearby in Lestock. The Melville Comprehensive School, a part of the Good Spirit School Division provides secondary education. Parkland Regional College provides post secondary technical training and operates a branch school out of the Melville Comprehensive High School building.

Sports

Melville is home to the Melville Millionaires of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, as well as the Melville Millionaires of the Western Major Baseball League.

In 2011 the Melville Communiplex opened. The federal and provincial governments covered $20 million of the construction costs of the $24.5 million facility. The Communiplex has an NHL size ice surface and seating capacity for 1,500 people, a walking track, fitness and cardio care facilities, and a convention centre. It replaces the existing 60-year-old Melville Stadium, home to the Melville Millionaires.

The city also has an 18 hole golf course.

Media

Newspaper
  • The Melville Advance, a weekly paper.
  • Radio

    Melville currently has no current radio stations but receives Yorkton radio stations:

    Television

  • CICC-TV Yorkton channel 10, CTV
  • Recreation

    Within 20 kilometres (12 mi) are the Melville Game Preserve, Melville Regional Park and Duff Recreation Site.

    Popular culture

    In the film Hannibal Rising (2007), title character Hannibal Lecter shows up in the "hamlet of Melville" in the final scene. However the town depicted is surrounded by forest and is referred to as "near Saskatoon".

    Notable residents

  • George Abel - Olympic Gold Medalist (deceased)
  • Sid Abel - Hockey Hall of Famer (deceased)
  • Phil Bessler - Former NHL player for the Detroit Red Wings
  • Evan Carlson - Former Saskatchewan MLA
  • Tim Cheveldae - NHL Goaltender for the Winnipeg Jets, and Detroit Red Wings
  • Jimmy Franks - Former NHL Goaltender for the Detroit Red Wings
  • Shaun Heshka - NHL player for the Phoenix Coyotes
  • Sol Kanee - President of the Canadian Jewish Congress from 1971 to 1974
  • Chris Kunitz - NHL player for the Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Todd McLellan - Head coach of the NHLs Edmonton Oilers
  • Mike Morin - Former professional ice hockey player
  • Alex Motter - Former NHL player for the Detroit Red Wings
  • Terry Puhl - Retired MLB player for the Houston Astros
  • Roger Reinson - Retired CFL player, 3-time Grey Cup Champion
  • Jarret Stoll - NHL player for the Columbus Blue Jackets
  • Arch Wilder - Former NHL player for the Detroit Red Wings
  • Lyall Woznesensky - Former CFL defensive lineman
  • Damon Severson - NHL player for the New Jersey Devils
  • References

    Melville, Saskatchewan Wikipedia


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