Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

The Swift Current Comprehensive High School Senior Colts basketball team hosted the 4th annual Doug Armstrong Memorial Invitational tournament on Feb. 12 and 13. The Colts played on the B side of the tournament after losing the crucial opening game 53-71 against the Humboldt Mohawks. The Colts remained undefeated during their other two games to win the B side. The Colts won 91-72 against the Yorkton Raiders and defeated the Weyburn Eagles 95-87. On the A side the St. Mary Marauders were unbeaten to win gold.

 

The Central School Choir gave people a preview of their upcoming Telemiracle 40 appearance during a performance at the Swift Current Mall, Feb. 13. The choir, under direction of music teacher Celia Hammerton, provided this public performance in support of a bake sale at the mall to raise funds for Telemiracle 40 on March 5 and 6. The choir has successfully auditioned to perform at this year's Telemiracle and their goal is to raise $6,000 for the event. The bake sale was a great success and they raised $1,032. Their final fundraiser will be the Central School Talent Show on March 3, where the school's custodial worker Ed Clarke will shave his head if the fundraising goal is achieved.

 

Acclaimed blues musician Jack Semple of Regina performed at Central School in Swift Current on Feb. 11 in support of a Telemiracle fundraiser by the Central School Choir. Semple donated $760 from ticket sales to Telemiracle and he returned to the school the following day to do a hands-on guitar workshop with Grade 7 students. The choir raised $1,265 from the silent auction and 50/50 raffle at his concert. The Central School Choir under the direction of music teacher Celia Hammerton has successfully auditioned to perform at Telemiracle 40 on March 5 and 6. This will be the fifth time that the choir will perform at Telemiracle since 2007.

 

The Swift Current Fencing Club hosted the two-day 2016 Chinook Open tournament at the Swift Current Comprehensive High School, Feb. 6 and 7. The event was attended by around 57 fencers from across the province as well as from Medicine Hat. Swift Current fencers received four silver medals on the first day of competition and they earned another silver and a gold on the second day.

 

The Swift Current Comprehensive High School Grade 9 Ardens and Colts basketball teams hosted their home tournament on Feb. 5 and 6. The Ardens won silver in the girls pool after winning 46-33 against Waldeck and 35-28 against Shaunavon. The Ardens lost 12-74 against a strong Medicine Hat team, which won all three games for gold. The Colts had a tougher tournament and recorded only a single 49-34 win against Waldeck in the boys pool. The Colts lost 41-57 against Weyburn and 29-77 against an unbeaten Medicine Hat team.

 

Luke McMaster took music fans on a journey through Motown and soul music during his performance at the Living Sky Casino Sky Centre, Feb. 5. The former member of the Canadian duo McMaster and James is now achieving success as a solo artist and songwriter who has collaborated with superstars such as Rihanna. McMaster entertained a large audience with his interpretation of songs by different artists such as Michael Jackson as well as songs from his solo albums All Roads and The Heart of Soul as well as his upcoming album Trending. McMaster's performance at the Sky Centre was presented by the Swift Current Arts Council as part of the 2015-16 Stars for Saskatchewan concert series in the city. Fans of Latin rhythms can look forward to the appearance of the Luis Mario Ochoa Cuban Quartet at the next concert on Feb. 15. More information about the concert series is available at www.scartscouncil.ca

 

The First United Church in Swift Current hosted a refugee sponsorship supper and silent auction on Jan. 30 to kickstart the fundraising campaign to bring a Syrian refugee family of four to the city. A total of 111 items were donated for the silent auction. Refugee Sponsorship Working Group Chair Amy Popick made a presentation about the initiative to bring a refugee family to Swift Current. The church has formed a refugee sponsorship working group and the application to sponsor a family was submitted on Jan. 27. A family will arrive three to 16 weeks after the federal government receives an application. The total cost to sponsor a family of four for a year will be around $23,000 of which the federal government will contribute $10,000. The refugee sponsorship working group has established a number of committees to coordinate efforts to raise funds and to prepare for the arrival of the family by finding accommodation, setting up the household, and making links with various community organizations to ensure the family will receive the necessary support to settle in.

 

The Swift Current Comprehensive High School Senior Ardens hosted three teams at the Fab 4 tournament, Jan. 29 to 30. The Ardens placed second after losing one match in overtime against the Eagle Butte Lady Talons, which remained undefeated to win gold. The Ardens had a good start at their home tournament with a 83-38 win against the Lloydminster Comp Barons on Jan. 29. The Jan. 30 game against the Eagle Butte Lady Talons had to be decided in overtime after both teams scored 47 points during regular time, but the Lady Talons had the edge and won 54-51. The Ardens finished the tournament with a 62-45 win against the Shaunavon Silhouettes. The photographs show action from three games: Shaunavon Silhouettes vs Eagle Butte Lady Talons, Swift Current Ardens vs Lloydminster Comp Barons, and Ardens vs Silhouettes.

 

Family Literacy Day was celebrated with various activities at an event in the Swift Current Mall, Jan. 27. The event, which was hosted by the Southwest Literacy Committee in partnership with Great Plains College, included reading sessions with celebrity readers, various children's activities and a children's used book sale. Around 120 Grade 3 students from four local schools participated and each student received a copy of the book Adventures of Sheila the therapy dog by Debbie Fedorovich. The students were encouraged to read a story every day to their pets at home. Talla, a therapy dog with St. John Ambulance in Swift Current, attended the morning session with St. John Ambulance Swift Current Training Centre Manager Jan Loeppky-Mackay, who read a story to the students. Swift Current Branch Library Manager Andrea McCrimmon spoke to students about the importance of reading. The theme of this year's Family Literacy Day was “Wag a Tail for Literacy” to tie in with the Swift Current Branch Library's Read to a Dog program, which takes place every Tuesday at 2 p.m. Children can practice their reading skills with Talla, who is a good listener and she takes the stress out of learning to read.

 

The Canadian economy is facing a challenging time during 2016 as it tries to adjust to the new reality of lower oil and other commodity prices along with a weak Canadian dollar.

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