Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

The Swift Current Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 56 held a ceremony at the cenotaph in Memorial Park on June 7 to commemorate the 71st anniversary of the Normandy landings. The landing of Allied troops on the French coast took place on June 6, 1944. While the invasion of Nazi controlled Europe was a success, 340 Canadians were killed on that day while 574 were wounded and 47 were taken prisoner.

 

The 14th annual Relay for Life in Swift Current raised $38,867.60 for the fight against cancer. Ten teams with a total of 85 participants took part in the 12-hour long event at Riverside Park on June 6, which started with an honour lap by 88 survivors in bright yellow t-shirts. The team award was won by the Prairie Chicks, who raised $8,368. Their prize was to use a luxury RV from Knight RV to sleep and relax in during the night. The top individual fundraiser was Judy Kornaga, who raised $4,310. She received a $1,000 gift certificate from Kal Tire, which she donated back to Relay for Life. The survivor speaker at this year's event was Swift Current resident Arlene McKenzie, a 10-year survivor who was diagnosed with stage 4 malignant melanoma in October 2004. The Relay for Life ambassador was 15-year survivor Deb Waker, who received the ambassador's sash at the start of the event and walked at the front of the group of survivors during the initial honour lap. Donations to Swift Current Relay for Life can still be made online until Aug. 31 at www.relayforlife.ca/sk

 

A flag-raising ceremony took place at the historic Goodwin House at Saskatchewan Landing on June 6 to celebrate a new flagpole that will permanently fly the Métis flag at the site to highlight early residents of the area. The installation of the new flag pole, which is located next to a Red River cart near Goodwin House, was arranged by the Lac Pelletier Lac La Plume Historical Association. There was a program after the flag-raising ceremony with presentations by Lac Pelletier Lac La Plume Historical Association Chairperson Cecile Blanke and Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park representatives Brant Seifert, the interim park manager, and Tianna Kissick, a park interpreter. Entertainment was provided by fiddlers Austin Castle from Swift Current, Taryn Moyer from Martensville and Saskatoon's Scott Duffee, who also provided a jigging dance demonstration.

 

Wednesday, 10 June 2015 10:08

Ride for Dad in Swift Current, June 6, 2015

Motorcycle riders roared through Swift Current on June 6 to support the fight against prostate cancer during the 3rd annual Swift Current Telus Motorcycle Ride for Dad. More than 180 riders participated in this year's event and raised over $29,000. The day-long event included a poker rally that took riders to Shaunavon, Eastend, the Cypress Hills and Maple Creek. The day ended with a large wind-up event at Robertson Motorsports in Swift Current, when a cheque of $50,000 was presented to the University of Saskatchewan Department of Oncology for prostate cancer research.

 
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 10:05

Pride night in Swift Current, June 5, 2015

Southwest Saskatchewan Pride in association with the Lyric Theatre hosted Pride 2015 on June 5 to celebrate gender and sexual diversity in the community and to increase awareness about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues. Saskatoon gender advocate Fran Forsberg was the guest speaker at the event. She spoke about the difference between gender and sexual orientation and the importance of raising children to have healthy attitudes about gender. The event included a drag show with five performers from Regina, including Mr. and Ms. Gay Pride Regina.

 

Swift Current singer-songwriter Colter Wall launched his debut album, Imaginary Appalachia, to a sold out crowd at the Lyric Theatre, June 4. The CD release party was also the start of Wall's tour across Canada to promote his new album. He will be travelling with Regina artist Danny Olliver during the summer on their Prairie Gentlemen tour to play at festivals and other events from east to west across the country. Olliver was the opening act at Wall's CD release party. Regina musician and music producer Jason Plumb, who is Wall's producer and manager, also performed with Wall during the evening.

 

The Swift Current Redneck Betties remain undefeated at home after winning their second home bout of the season at the Credit Union iPlex, May 30. The Swift Current team faced solid blocking from the visiting Billings Derby Dames, but the Betties were able to build up a 92-59 lead at halftime and they won the game with a final score of 208-148. The Betties will play their third and final home game of the season on June 20.

 

The Swift Current Drag Racing Association hosted its first racing weekend for the season at the Swift Current airport on May 30 and 31. There was a good turnout of racers from across western Canada to compete in three racing classes. The event included a burnout contest sponsored by the Dark Guardian Motorcycle Riders Charity from Chaplin. Club members were selling raffle tickets for a variety of prize draws at the drag races to raise funds for the Swift Current SPCA and for the club's hamper fund, which is used to support families in need.

 

A bike safety event at Swift Current's new bike safety course was attended by 100 young cyclists, May 27. This course at the outdoor rink at Highland Park is the first of its kind in the province. The course is painted on the surface of the rink to provide a realistic experience for young cyclists learning about road safety. There is a mock street with crosswalks and stop signs as well as a figure eight and other obstacles. The event was hosted by the City of Swift Current in partnership with the Cypress Health Region, Bright Beginnings Family Centre and the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute.

 

The Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre held a 5th anniversary celebration at Market Square in downtown Swift Current, May 26. The lunchtime event provided people with an opportunity to enjoy a variety of delicious ethnic foods and to assist the Newcomer Welcome Centre to raise funds to send 10 to 15 newcomer children to summer camp. Premier Brad Wall brought greetings on behalf of the provincial government and Deputy Mayor Pat Friesen represented the City of Swift Current. The entertainment during the event included a Bollywood dance by Grade 10 student Ankita Das, and musical performances by Jacqueline Ravino as well as Alexander de Gala and Lucas Jansen.

 

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