Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg


Ashlyn George, the 2015 Saskatchewanderer, visited Market Square in downtown Swift Current on Aug. 29. She is pictured speaking with vendors Brenda Epp of Prairie Field Honey and Sarah Galvin, as well as Tourism Swift Current Executive Director Lee Friesen. George is visiting communities across Saskatchewan during her yearlong job as the official travel blogger for the province. The Saskatchewanderer program is a partnership between the ministries of Parks, Culture and Sport, Economy, and Agriculture, as well as Tourism Saskatchewan. CAA Saskatchewan is the program sponsor and provides a vehicle and fuel cards for her travels. She has already spent 107 days on the road and has travelled 24,000 kilometres.


The three celebrity judges had a tough task to select the finalists for the cover and monthly slots of the Swift Current SPCA’s 2016 Pet Calendar at Market Square, Aug. 29. The judges were Dead Prairies Productions filmmaker and producer Devon Oman, City Councillor Denis Perrault, and photographer and entrepreneur Corla Rokochy. Judging took place for the seven entries for the cover and the 31 entries for the monthly slots. The SPCA has also received over 100 entries for the day block pictures.  The SPCA’s 2016 Pet Calendar will be available this fall.


A special ceremony took place at the Métis veterans monument in Lac Pelletier Regional Park on Aug. 22 to celebrate the installation of four new memorial benches at the monument. The official unveiling of this monument for 16 Métis war veterans from Lac Pelletier took place in August 2013 and the benches will make a visit to the monument site more convenient. The benches were blessed during the ceremony and family members laid wreaths at the monument to honour the veterans. Prairie Dog Métis Local 123 President Cecile Blanke spoke during the event, which was emceed by her daughter Clare McNab. The ceremony included the performance of two traditional songs by Plains/Woodland Cree singer and songwriter Joseph Naytowhow and McNab also sang an Ojibwe prayer song. Naytowhow danced a Métis jig to the sounds of Swift Current fiddler Austin Castle.


Wymark farmer Marvin Wiens, the Liberal Party candidate in the Cypress Hills-Grasslands riding for the Oct. 19 federal election, held a campaign kick-off event at the Legion Hall in Swift Current, Aug. 21. The special guest speaker at the event was Dr. Lynda Haverstock, the former leader of the Saskatchewan Liberal Party and a former lieutenant governor of Saskatchewan. Wiens travelled to two other communities over the weekend to launch his election campaign. He held kick-off events in Maple Creek on Aug. 22 and in Shaunavon on Aug. 23. Music at all three events were provided by the well-known polka band, the Western Senators.


Swift Current soccer fans were treated to a fast paced game of university soccer during an exhibition match between the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns and University of Saskatchewan Huskies men's soccer teams at Riverside Park field, Aug. 21. The two teams are preparing for the Canada West Universities Athletic Association season and Swift Current was a convenient location for them to meet. The Huskies won their first Canada West title last season and the Pronghorns finished fifth out of seven teams, but during this game the Pronghorns had the edge and they won 3-2 after a goal late in the second half.


Local soccer players had a unique opportunity to improve their skills during a free soccer clinic in Swift Current on Aug. 21. The 90-minute long clinic was presented by coaches and players of the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns men's soccer team at the Riverside Park soccer field. It was attended by 57 players from the U12 to U18 program of the Swift Current  Soccer Association's 2015 outdoor season.


Montreal folk musician Derek Olive performed songs from his new album Mystery and Dust at the Urban Ground Coffeehouse in Swift Current on Aug. 20 after a hard day of cycling over a distance of 110 kilometres along the Trans-Canada Highway. His music cycling tour started in Vancouver on Aug. 5 to promote his new album and to raise awareness about the David Suzuki Foundation's Blue Dot campaign. The goal of the Blue Dot movement is to inspire Canadians to take action in their own communities for a healthy environment by calling on their municipal leaders to pass declarations that recognize the right to clean water, fresh air and healthy food. Olive is cycling to Winnipeg, and he will then be the VIA Rail artist on board a train to Toronto. He will continue to cycle eastwards from Toronto and the tour will conclude in Montreal on Sept. 4.


The first half of 2015 has been one of the driest years ever recorded for the Swift Current area.

Hailey Clark will be the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party’s candidate for Swift Current in the 2016 provincial election. She was declared as the party’s candidate after an uncontested nomination meeting took place in Swift Current Aug. 11.

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