Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

An initiative by the non-profit organization Southwest Youth Emergency Shelter (YES) to create an emergency shelter for homeless youth in southwest Saskatchewan has become a reality through the support of the community.

Swift Current area residents had an opportunity to learn more about a proposal for a $90-million wind and solar project at a public meeting in the city on July 11.

The City of Swift Current has approved an updated concept plan for the Springs Valley area that will make land available for multi-family residential development.

The RCMP is still looking for the driver of a truck that lost a barrel of hydrochloric acid on the TransCanada Highway near Swift Current, causing a rerouting of traffic as the spill was cleaned up.

A community initiative by a local non-profit organization Southwest Youth Emergency Shelter (YES) to create an emergency shelter for homeless youth in southwest Saskatchewan reached in important milestone with the July 5 groundbreaking ceremony on the site, which is located at the corner of Herbert Street East and 2nd Avenue NE in Swift Current. The project will be a community build that will involve donations of expertise, labour and materials from local contractors and businesses. The project has received financial donations from the City and R.M. of Swift Current, and funds raised by Southwest YES since 2013 was used to purchase the vacant lot in the city. The construction project is coordinated by Tom Westbury, the co-owner of Len’s Plumbing and Heating in Swift Current. The completed home will be named Dorie's House in honour of his mother Doreen, who passed away last year. The shelter will provide accommodation for six to eight young people of all genders between the ages of 14 and 18, and the goal is that the facility will already be in use this coming winter. Speakers during the ceremony were Southwest YES President Bob Hale, Tom Westbury and his sister Charmaine Westbury, Swift Current Mayor Jerrod Schafer, and R.M. of Swift Current Reeve Bob Neufeld. Jeff Bailey of Bulldog Contracting used an excavator to break the ground.

 

 

A large crowd attended the Canada Day flag raising ceremony in Swift Current's Memorial Park at noon on July 1, which was hosted by Tourism Swift Current. The Canadian flag was raised by Jorge Joel Marquez, who eight years ago came with his family from Cuba to Saskatchewan. They received their Canadian citizenship on May 18. He attended the Canada Day celebration with his wife Ailec Peralta and their sons Jorge and Carlos Marquez. The speakers at the event were Swift Current Mayor Jerrod Schafer, Cypress Hills-Grasslands MP David Anderson, and Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre Executive Director Icasiana de Gala. Afterwards people celebrated the country's 149th birthday with hotdogs and cake.

 

People came out in large numbers on a sunny morning to enjoy the Frontier Days parade through the streets of Swift Current, July 1. This year’s parade followed a revised route through streets on the city’s north side due to the current closure of the 2nd Avenue overpass for renovations. The parade theme was “Rockin’ the Southwest Spirit” and there were were just over 100 entries. The grand award winner was the JayDee AgTech entry, which also won the category for best commercial entry. Other parade prize winners were Unforgettable You (Best Depicting Theme), Army Paintball (2nd, Best Commercial Entry), Saskatchewan Abilities Council (1st Best Community/Volunteer Entry), Aquatic Centre (2nd Best Community/Volunteer Entry), Burnham 4-H Club (1st Junior Organization & 4-H), Hallonquist 4-H Club (2nd Junior Organization & 4-H), Watteyne Trucking Co. (1st Antique) and Michael Thibault (2nd Antique).

 

Artist Tian Haowen was drawing buildings on the 100 block of Central Avenue North in downtown Swift Current, June 30. Haowen, who is from the city of Zhangjiajie in China's Hunan province, is currently visiting southwest Saskatchewan as a guest artist in residence with the Art Gallery of Swift Current and Novak Graphics in Admiral. He is accompanied by his wife and writer Zhang Linyan. They have collaborated to record the heritage buildings along ancient streets in Zhangjiajie before the structures were destroyed to make way for new business development. Haowen has created a 70-metre long drawing of these former buildings that is currently on display in an exhibition at the West Wing Gallery in Swift Current. The exhibition, titled Zhangjiajie: An Ancient and Modern Homesickness, is on display until July 24. It includes some works from Haowen's new Saskatchewan series of old buildings in Admiral and Swift Current. He will continue to draw buildings in Swift Current's downtown area over the next few weeks. The West Wing Gallery at Kinetic Exhibition Park is open, with free admission, from 1-5 p.m. from Friday to Sunday as well as on Mondays on long weekends during the summer.

 

The SaskTel Kiddies Day Parade was one of the main attractions on the first day of the 2016 Frontier Days, June 29. The theme of this year's parade was “Rockin’ the Southwest Spirit.” The parade started in Memorial Park and participants walked on a route along the streets in downtown Swift Current. Participants were treated to hot dogs and ice cream after the parade.

 

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