Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

The 2017 Mosquito AA Tier 1 provincial championship took place in Swift Current, July 14-16. Seven teams competed for the provincial title. The Swift Current 57's played in pool B against teams from Lloydminster and Lumsden. On Friday the Swift Current 57's lost their first game 3-1 against the Lumsden Cubs, but won 11-5 against the Lloydminster Twins. All three teams had one win and one loss after their two pool games, and a tiebreaking formula was used to determine their ranking. The Swift Current 57's was ranked second behind the Lloydminster Twin. In the playoff round on Saturday the Swift Current 57's won 16-2 against the Battleford Beavers, but on Sunday the Swift Current team was eliminated in the semi-final game when they lost 11-10 to the Weyburn Element Beavers, who had finished first in pool A. The Weyburn team became provincial champions after winning the gold medal game 8-6 against the Muenster Red Sox. Baseball Saskatchewan representative Neil Hogg, throws the ceremonial first pitch during the opening ceremonies for the Mosquito AA Tier 1 provincial championship, July 14. An announcement was made during the opening ceremonies that a commemorative plaque in honour of the late Sharon Hogg will be installed at Sharon Hogg Field in recognition of her dedication and contribution to baseball in Swift Current and in the province. She passed away from cancer in December 2014.

 

Swift Current's Lyric Theatre provides an opportunity to musicians to showcase their talents during the Open Stage event, which takes place the second Thursday of every month. The audience enjoyed performances in a variety of musical genres at the most recent Open Stage, July 13. The next Open Stage will take place on Aug. 10. Admission is $5 at the door and performers get in for free. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.

 

A blessing ceremony for a full-size replica of a Red River cart took place at Lac Pelletier Regional Park, July 13. Swift Current resident John Froese built the cart and donated it to the park. The cart is mounted on a cement pad in a visible location near the Meadows campground next to the main road through the park. The dedication ceremony was arranged by Métis elder and Prairie Dog Métis Local 123 President Cecile Blanke.

 

The Lyric Theatre hosted the 10th annual Chautauqua Performing Arts Festival in Swift Current, July 6-8. Four diverse productions were on stage at this year's event while local performers provided entertainment as opening acts. Festival patrons were also able to enjoy music by local musicians on an outdoor patio set up by the Lyric Theatre during the festival. The Chautauqua Festival recalls an important part of the Lyric Theatre's heritage. The theatre was originally used for Vaudeville shows, which was a series of unrelated theatrical acts and performances.

 

The Swift Current Branch Library celebrated the start of the TD Summer Reading Club, a program of Canadian public libraries, with an opening party, July 6. Children participated in a variety of activities during the afternoon, including different pioneer games such as hoop roll and ring toss, as well as milking a cardboard cow. The goal of the TD Summer Reading Club is to encourage children to read over the summer. There are different TD Summer Reading Club activities for children between the ages 2-13 at the library on every Tuesday at 2 p.m. from July 11 to Aug. 8. The summer program will conclude with a wrap-up party at 1 p.m. on Aug. 11, when children can read a story to Shimmer, the literacy donkey. For more information about the summer program activities, contact the Swift Current Branch Library at 306-778-2752 or visit the library website at http://swiftcurrentlibrary.ca

 

A new community garden in Swift Current pays tribute to two former residents who enjoyed spending time in their own gardens.

Recent upgrades to ACT Park in Swift Current have made the city’s only fully wheelchair-accessible park even more user friendly to visitors of all abilities.

Theo Fleury will lead a team of walkers on a five-day walk to five cities in Saskatchewan, including Swift Current, to raise awareness about the trauma of childhood sexual abuse and to give a voice to survivors.

There is a new face behind the desk of the executive director at the Swift Current Community Youth Initiative (SCCYI), but he will be familiar to regular visitors to The Center in downtown Swift Current.

The Swift Current Branch Library celebrated the start of the TD Summer Reading Club, a program of Canadian public libraries, with an opening party, July 6.

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