Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg


It was a special Remembrance Day for the community of Morse this year, as they unveiled a new cenotaph to honour 480 men and women from the district who have served in the Canadian military since the First World War. The dignitaries at the event included a brother and sister who grew up in Morse and who are currently serving in the Canadian Military - Lieutenant Colonel Carla Harding and Captain Warren Hruska. Also present were Cypress Hills-Grasslands MP David Anderson and Thunder Creek MLA and Minister of Agriculture Lyle Stewart.


The swearing-in ceremony for the newly elected council members and mayor took place at the City of Swift Current Council Chambers on Oct. 29 with Mr. Justice Tim Keene presiding. Councillors were sworn in alphabetically - George Bowditch, Gord Budd, Pat Friesen, Denis Perrault, Ryan Plewis and Ron Toles. After reading the oath and receiving the mayoral chain from Justice Keene, Mayor Jerrod Schafer took his chair and welcomed councillors to the inaugural meeting of their four-year term. He emphasized the need for a cooperative spirit and a focus on economic growth and prosperity before adjourning the meeting.

The First United Church congregation in Swift Current celebrated the 100th anniversary of their church building on Oct. 20 and 21. The building was constructed in the Gothic Revival architectural style and it is a designated municipal heritage property. Events during the weekend included tours of the building on Saturday afternoon that took people from the beautiful church interior to the banner room and the adjacent Metropolitan Place and Knox Hall, where they could see the small chapel and various other rooms that are used for meetings and other functions.  At 5 p.m. on Oct. 20 there was a catered supper in the gymnasium hall. The celebrations on Sunday morning included music and a presentation by guest speaker Laura Balas, a former principal of St. Andrew's College. To commemorate the celebration, Jean Pearson made a special banner for the occasion that was on display in the foyer of Metropolitan Place.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012 09:41

Advance polls for Swift Current start today

Swift Current residents who are unable to vote in the civic election on Oct. 24 will have an opportunity to still cast their vote today and on Saturday in an advance poll.

People were digging out potatoes on a patch of land next to Highway #4 just north of Swift Current this afternoon. This project has been initiated by the Christ the Redeemer Church. Proceeds from the sale of these potatoes will  be used to support the Swift Current public and separate schools breakfast program.


Work on the construction of a new covered walkway at the Cypress Regional Hospital in Swift Current got under way this week. This morning the existing concrete was removed. Safety fencing has been installed around the work area and the hospital's main entrance will be closed for the duration of the construction. The Cypress Health Region has asked the public to use the Emergency Department entrance as the temporary main entrance.


The 11 candidates running for six council seats in the City of Swift Current had an opportunity to state their case to residents during an all-candidates forum on Oct. 10 at the Living Sky Casino's Sky Centre. The event was hosted by the Swift Current and District Chamber of Commerce.

Mayor Jerrod Schafer, who has been acclaimed, made a few opening remarks. The candidates each received an opportunity to make position statements. This was followed by a question and answer session that gave residents an opportunity to raise issues of interest to them. The civic election will take place on Oct. 24.

The candidates were seated behind two tables. Sitting at the table on the left (from left to right) are: George Bowditch, Gord Budd, Tim Bugera, Joe Collinson, Pat Friesen and Dan Martens. Seated at the table on the right (from left to right) are: Keleah Ostrander, Denis Perrault, Ryan Plewis, Jayson Sletten and Ron Toles.




On its 4,100 kilometre journey across Canada to the 100th Grey Cup game in Toronto on Nov. 25, the Grey Cup 100 Train Tour made a stop in Swift Current on Sept. 26. The 302 metre, 730 ton train showcases the history and lore of the championship and provides fans with an opportunity to have their photos taken with the famous cup. Saskatchewan Roughrider alumnus Roger Aldag from Gull Lake was the special guest at the train's Swift Current stop.


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