Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

British fundraising adventurer Jamie McDonald arrived in Swift Current on Nov. 24 on his current mission to cross Canada from east to west by running without any support team. His goal is to complete his 5,000 mile "Run for the Future" trip in 275 days. Swift Current resident Warren Dudar went out to Rush Lake to run with McDonald. Nine-year-old Amisha Hockridge of Swift Current, who is the 2013 Champion Child of the Children's Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan, welcomed McDonald to the city. Const. Manuel Borges presented a cheque of $495 to McDonald. The money was collected by members of the City of Swift Current and Leader RCMP detachments. McDonald is running to raise funds for different children's hospitals or foundations in each province in Canada and donations in the United Kingdom will go towards British charities Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity and the Pied Piper Appeal. For more information about his journey, visit his website at www.jamiemcdonald.org

 

Swift Current residents have an opportunity until Saturday to donate gently used warm clothing to SaskEnergy's relaunched Share the Warmth program.

Over 70 vehicles participated in the 2nd annual Show and Shine at Swift Current's Market Square on Sept. 21, 2013. The inaugural Cruisin' Day theme day was a popular event and this year it was even more successful with a greater variety of vehicles - from hot rods to muscle cars, motorcycles and tractors - for visitors to look at. Registered participants stood a chance to win prizes in a variety of categories. The winners were Dana Zacharuk (Best in Show - 1964 Corvette), Brad Bakken (Coolest Car - 1970 Barracuda), Don Bijou (Sweetest Motorcycle - 2005 Hellbound Steel Wicked Softail), Rick McAlpine (Classic, first place - 1950 Mercury), Earl Wagner (Classic, second place - 1943 Army Harley-Davidson), Garry Lusk (Classic, third place - 1955 Merc truck), Honourable mention - Earl Karr and other tractors.

A fast moving grass fire, driven by a strong wind, caused some anxious moments for residents in the Highland subdivision in Swift Current on Friday afternoon, Aug. 30. Emergency services received two  911 calls almost simultaneously from residents at around 3:15 about a fire, which started in the grass on the edge of a valley. Traffic along 11th Avenue NW was disrupted due to heavy smoke and the fire came close to homes on Highlands Place and Stenson Place. The fire burnt through a shrub fence and crept onto the grass of one home, but it was halted before it could cause any more damage. Residents assisted the Swift Current Fire Department by watering the grass near their homes with their garden hoses. About two hours later the fire was under control, but firefighters and residents kept a watchful eye for any small flare-ups.

 

 

Community efforts to restore the historic grain elevator in Val Marie has received a boost with the provision of a $15,000 grant from the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation.

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