Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

The opening night of Swift Current Little Theatre's spring production of the comedy Beer for Breakfast by U.S. playwright Sean Grennan took place on March 19. There were also performances on March 20 and 21, and the final two performances are on March 27 and 28 at the Beatty Playhouse at Great Plains College. The comedy, which is directed by Shayla Kulferst and Ron Toles, provides many light-hearted moments and a few surprises as three friends gather for a guys weekend that turns into a battle of the sexes when another friend's wife turns up. The actors are Kurtis Bakanec, Teresa Cole, Ken Johnson and Bruce Rayner.

 

Saskatchewan author Cassie Stocks, who lives in Eston, was the guest speaker at the Lyric Theatre's Write Out Loud event in Swift Current, March 18. She read from her debut novel Dance, Gladys, Dance and talked about her journey from being a single parent who worked full-time while writing to receiving the 2013 Leacock Canadian Humour Award for her first book. She became the first woman in 17 years to receive this prestigious literary prize. The Highfield Schoolhouse Band provided the music at the event, with band members Sandra Hill on piano, her husband Larry Hill on banjo, Sandra's brother Stewart Wells on fiddle and Don Hussey on saxophone and banjo. They performed a selection of prairie pop tunes from 100 years ago that used to be played at community gatherings held at schoolhouses across Saskatchewan. The next Write Out Loud event on April 15 will feature award-winning Regina author and prairie naturalist Trevor Herriot, who will be reading from his latest book The Road is How: A Prairie Pilgrimage through Nature, Desire and Soul.

 

The City of Swift Current is preparing a bid to host the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games.

Hit songs from different decades helped the Swift Current Skating Club to celebrate a successful season during the club's Through the Decades show at the Credit Union iPlex, March 15. The club's ice show is an annual event to showcase the talent of their skaters in front of family and friends, who attended in large numbers to watch the colourful event. Moose Jaw Skating Club member Raine Eberl, a Saskatchewan high performance team member, was the guest skater at the show. A number of awards were also presented at the event. Club President Deb Steinley received the SaskEnergy Champion Volunteer award. Skaters Minjae Kim and Naimy Regier were presented with the SaskEnergy Rising Star award. Jodi Switzer and Braden Carleton received the CanSkate Champion award and Jade Philippon was the recipient of the CanSkater of the Year award.

 

The City of Swift Current's flood planning team and residents living near the creek kept a close eye on water levels last week when the Water Security Agency increased water volumes released from Duncairn Dam on March 9, when the inflow reached 23 cubic metres per second (800 cubic foot per second). In reaction the agency started to release six cubic metres per second (200 cubic foot per second) from the dam. Sections of the Chinook Parkway in Swift Current were covered by higher water levels and the Lee Lam bridge on the city's south side was closed for traffic. By March 13 the water levels have dropped significantly and City workers removed temporary dykes that were installed at a few locations to protect residential properties.

 

The Swift Current Group 2 Scouts Kub Kar Rally took place at the Swift Current Mall, March 7. There was stiff competition between the Cub Scouts (ages eight to 10) for top honours in the different racing categories (obstacle, straight line, stop-on-the spot, speed track) and for the prize of best workmanship. The younger Beaver Scouts (ages five to seven) were also able to practice their racing skills but did not compete for medals.

 

The International Women's Day celebration at the Swift Current Museum on March 7 was hosted by the International Women of Swift Current. The event was also sponsored by the Filipino Association, Grandmothers and Others for Change, Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre, Southwest Crisis Centre, Southwest Multicultural Association and the Status of Women Office in the Ministry of Social Services. Métis elder Cecile Blanke opened the event with prayer. Pat Faulconbridge of the Status of Women Office brought greetings on behalf of the Minister of Social Services Donna Harpauer. The keynote speakers were Swift Current resident Zakia Zanidean and City of Swift Current Chief Administrative Officer Susan Motkaluk. Zanidean spoke about her journey as a young woman from Lebanon to Canada, and Motkaluk spoke about her career as an engineer and her desire to make a difference through building community partnerships. Musical performances were provided by the Great Plains College English as Second Language (ESL) choir and Jacqueline Ravino, while Grade 10 student Ankita Das performed a Bollywood dance.

 

 

The National Farmer Union's Women's Advisory for Saskatchewan Region 6 presented an International Women's Day event at the Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre in Swift Current, March 6. Marcella Pedersen (standing in first photo), a bee farmer from the Cut Knife area, hosted the event on behalf of the National Farmer Union's Women's Advisory. The theme of the discussion was how women can be agents of change. Local speakers Christine Ciona (speaking in second photo), Icasiana De Gala, Tekeyla Friday and Sylvia Thorburn provided different perspectives on how women can influence their communities.



Swift Current area residents were able to have a really close look at a variety of wildlife species from across North and South America during the Wildlife Festival tour stop in the city on March 4. The Palisser Pavilion at Kinetic Park was turned into a zoo with exhibits and live demonstrations of reptiles and raptors that vowed young and old. The species on display varied from spiders, toads and turtles to snakes and iconic animals such as the bobcat and American bald eagle. The Wildlife Festival is a partnership between the Canadian Raptor Conservancy, Little Ray's Reptile Zoo and the Backyard Conservation Fund of Canada, a non profit reptile and amphibian rescue organization. The tour introduces people to some of the fascinating species from across the Americas as a means to highlight species at risk and to create awareness about conservation.

 

A head shaving fundraiser took place at the Swift Current Broncos game against the Red Deer Rebels, March 4. The event was organized by the Swift Current Kinsmen and Kinettes and raised around $11,500 for TeleMiracle 39. Participants who had their heads shaved were Mark Carlson, Chris Pool, City of Swift Current councillors Denis Perrault and Ron Toles, and Mayor Jerrod Schafer. The Swift Current Kinsmen and Kinettes presented a cheque of $24,351.01 at TeleMiracle 39 on March 8, representing the total amount raised from various activities, including a silent auction at the Kinsmen gala and the ugly chair fundraiser. There were 25 volunteers from Swift Current helping out at TeleMiracle 39, of whom four were on the shadow committee for TeleMiracle 40.

 

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