Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg


A head shaving fundraiser took place at the Swift Current Broncos game against the Red Deer Rebels, March 4. The event was organized by the Swift Current Kinsmen and Kinettes and raised around $11,500 for TeleMiracle 39. Participants who had their heads shaved were Mark Carlson, Chris Pool, City of Swift Current councillors Denis Perrault and Ron Toles, and Mayor Jerrod Schafer. The Swift Current Kinsmen and Kinettes presented a cheque of $24,351.01 at TeleMiracle 39 on March 8, representing the total amount raised from various activities, including a silent auction at the Kinsmen gala and the ugly chair fundraiser. There were 25 volunteers from Swift Current helping out at TeleMiracle 39, of whom four were on the shadow committee for TeleMiracle 40.


JayDee AgTech celebrated its new 100,000 square feet facility in Swift Current with an open house and grand opening on March 2. The new dealership facility is located on a 28 acres site next to the TransCanada Highway in the R.M. of Swift Current. It represents an investment of $15 million with spacious showroom, storage and service facilities and a 90-plus seat lecture theatre that will be used to provide optimization clinics to clients. The ribbon cutting ceremony included a number of speakers and presentations. Plaque presentations were made by R.M. of Swift Current Reeve Bob Neufeld and City of Swift Current Mayor Jerrod Schafer. Keynote speakers were JayDee AgTech CEO and General Manager Duane Smith and Jim Pattison, the chairman and CEO of the Jim Pattison Group, which acquired JayDee AgTech in May 2014.


Toronto Argonauts football legend and Canadian Football Hall of Fame member Michael “Pinball” Clemons was the guest speaker at the 2015 Field of Dreams sports dinner hosted by the Swift Current Indians baseball club at the Legion Hall, Feb. 28. Clemons delivered an inspiring keynote speech that touched on his career as a player and coach as well as his public appearances as a motivational speaker. He noted that people who achieve more are bigger than their circumstances and he challenged the audience to “learn to cheer for people in life.” A capacity crowd attended the event, which has been held for the past 16 years to raise funds for the baseball club. There was a silent auction and auctioneer Skip Neufeld conducted a live auction.


Soil scientists were on hand to answer questions from people at the Semiarid Prairie Agricultural Research Centre (SPARC) open house in Swift Current, Feb. 28. The event took place to celebrate the International Year of the Soils and coincided with the March 1 birthdate of Russian geologist Vasily Dokuchaev, who is considered to be the father of soil science. The displays and hands-on activities gave visitors an opportunity to learn about soil zones, the biological, chemical and physical aspects of soil, and how soils have an impact on people, their food supply and their environment.


The third annual Carhartts & Caviar welding showcase and auction took place at the Swift Current campus of Great Plains College, Feb. 26. The live auction featured 11 unique metal art pieces by welding students, including a Saskatchewan Roughriders trophy piece created with input from Roughrider player Taj Smith. This item fetched the highest price of $3,200 at the auction. The theme of this year's event, Art from around the World, included a replica of the Eiffel Tower, an oriental artwork and an Egyptian artwork. The Eiffel Tower fetched the second highest price of $2,600 during the live auction. Auctioneer Gordie Cameron was joined on the stage by Great Plains College welding student Andrew Meyer, who was the guest auctioneer. A total amount of $18,168 was raised through the auction and ticket sales. The funds raised by the event for the welding scholarship program will be matched by the provincial government's Innovation and Opportunity Fund.


Award-winning blues piano player David Vest and his band performed on the opening night of the Blenders StirCrazy Blues Festival at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, Feb. 26. His latest album Roadhouse Revelation was released in 2014 to critical acclaim. Vest was already playing paid gigs when he was 14 years old and at the age of 19 he opened for Roy Orbison on a New Year’s Day concert in 1962. The other talented performers at this year’s StirCrazy Blues Festival were the Nikki Hill Band on Feb. 27 and the JW Jones Band on Feb. 28. The next performance in the popular Blenders concert series at the Lyric Theatre will be on March 28 with the four-piece acoustic ensemble The Dead South from Regina in association with Swift Current songwriter and musician Colter Wall.


The First United Church gym in Swift Current was a hive of activity on Feb. 25 when the Swift Current Group 2 Scouts hosted their annual Lord Baden-Powell celebrations, which also served as a Bring-a-Friend event to introduce non-scouting friends to their activities. The event started with a presentation about the Lord Robert Baden-Powell. The scouts and their friends were able to learn more about making rockets, there were obstacle and speed track races with handmade race cars, a quiz game, crafts and a board game. Scout and Guide organizations across the world have celebrations every year to commemorate the Feb. 22 birthday of Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scout Movement. The Group 2 Scouts will host their annual Kub Kar and Beaver Buggy rally at the Swift Current Mall on March 7.


The 5th annual Cramer Livestock Crop and Livestock Expo took place at Kinetic Exhibition Park in Swift Current, Feb. 19. The event is an opportunity for producers from across southwest Saskatchewan to interact with a variety of agricultural suppliers. There were 93 booths at this year's event, representing 69 different companies. The expo has grown significantly since it started five years ago with 22 exhibitors. A highlight of the event is the Cramer Cup Series with awards for entrants in the baking, egg grading, forage and hog carcass competitions. Grading Auditor Jason Care of Manitoba Hog Grading did the grading of the 24 carcasses entered in the hog carcass competition. The top three carcasses were auctioned for charity and the meat from all the carcasses were donated to various charities, including the Souls Harbour Rescue Mission in Regina and local charities such as Southwest Crisis Services and the Swift Current Salvation Army. The expo included a number of 4-H events that were attended by 4-H members from clubs across southwest Saskatchewan. Masterfeeds Territory Manager Kurtis Reid made a presentation on the judging of cattle and afterwards the club members evaluated four Black Angus bulls. This was followed by a clipping and grooming demonstration by Lexie Girodat, who lives on a ranch near Gull Lake. She has been a member of the Clairbank 4-H club for 16 years.


Five writers from southwest Saskatchewan participated in the Write Out Loud event at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, Feb. 18. Pictured, in order of appearance, are Tekeyla Friday, Tim Kalinowski, Gail Kesslar, Joyce Olesen, and Wendy Lockman (centre). Each writer received an opportunity to read from their work and talk about their craft. 

Children's author Tekeyla Friday read from her short stories and from her first picture book, Bothers: Powers of the Archangel Michael, which was published in May 2014. Kalinowski read from his first published novel, Butcher's War, that was released in 2014. The story is set against the backdrop of the U.S. Civil War and explores the impact of physical and spiritual wounds inflicted during a war.

Kesslar is a freelance writer and currently the executive director of the Cypress Hills Destination Area. She read from an unpublished novel Spy Society and a piece from her travel blog Go Here Destinations. Olesen read from her book 113 Boathouse Hill, which was published last year. It is a memoir of her childhood years on the family farm in the Aneroid area. Lockman did a reading from her new play, Barbed Wire Fences, with assistance from Stefan Rumpel and Janelle Davey.

The next event in the Lyric Theatre's 2014/15 Write Out Loud series will take place on March 18 with a reading by Cassie Stocks, who was the 2013 recipient of the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour for her debut novel Dance Gladys, Dance.

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Winter Carnival in Swift Current, Feb. 18, 2015

A variety of fun activities took place at the Bright Beginnings Family Centre and Riverdene Park during the 2015 Winter Carnival that was hosted by the Southwest Early Childhood Action Coalition (ECAC) in Swift Current, Feb. 18. The outdoor activities included skating with the Swift Current Broncos as well as tobogganing and sleigh rides. The event was sponsored by the City of Swift Current, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and the Kiwanis Club of Swift Current. Over the noon hour the RBC made a cheque presentation of $5,000 to the ECAC.


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