Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

People were enjoying an evening of good food and entertainment for a good cause at the 17th annual Night out in Greece dinner and dance at the Swift Current Legion Hall. Oct. 24. The event is hosted by the Greek Orthodox community in Swift Current to raise funds in support of health care. It has raised around $800,000 for the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation since 1998. The entertainment at this year's event included grape stomping by audience members and a mix of traditional Greek music and contemporary top 40 hits to get people dancing. Funds raised at this year's Night out in Greece will be used to fully equip a resident's room in the new Swift Current long-term care facility.

 

People were walking and skating to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) at the 6th annual Swift Current Walk to Cure Diabetes, which took place at the Credit Union iPlex. Oct. 24. Hayden Hornung, the youth ambassador for the walk, cut the ribbon at the start of the event. The annual walk is organized by the Southwest Type 1 Sharps, a volunteer group of families with children who have been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. This year's walk raised $11,000 and along with the funds from a team roping event held in August the group will be donating a total of $18,210 to JDRF. Since inception six years ago the Southwest Type 1 Sharps has raised $242,000 to help find a cure for diabetes.

 

 

The Great Plains College SunDogs Athletics program hosted a birthday party in association with the Swift Current SPCA on Oct. 24 to celebrate the 10th birthday of the program's mascot. The family-friendly event included a variety of games and an opportunity to meet the SunDogs mascot as well as other mascots that attended the event. The SPCA brought along animals available for adoption at the shelter. Proceeds from the event will be used to support the Sundogs Athletics program and the Swift Current SPCA. The SunDogs Athletics program has established a successful record during the past decade with three provincial championships, four league and provincial awards, five coach of the year awards, five Battle of the Southwest titles and 16 provincial all-star athlete awards.

 

The Farm Credit Canada (FCC) Drive Away Hunger tractor collected 153,000 pounds in food and cash donations for the local food bank on Oct. 22. The 2015 campaign started in May and concluded during the week of Oct. 19 to 23 with tractor tours in four provinces, including Saskatchewan. The tractor tour in Swift Current had 18 stops at various businesses and schools. The final stop was at the Salvation Army in the city, where bags of food were off-loaded at the food bank.

 

The Prairie Quills Writers Group hosted a reading with the theme Constellations in the Valley at the Swift Current Branch Library, Oct. 22. The theme inspired the members of the group to write poetry and prose about topics as diverse as the the beauty of the night sky to the growing stream of refugees to Europe. The nine members of the group who participated in the reading are Irene Bingham, Tekeyla Friday, William Gibbs, Tina-Marie Letwiniuk, Anthea Loran, Dianne Miller, Joyce Olesen, Madelon Smid and Peggy Worrell. Musical entertainment at the event was provided by local musician Becky Neustater.



Diversity was celebrated at a multicultural evening hosted by Central School in Swift Current, Oct. 22. The event, which has been taking place for a number of years, started with a potluck supper and was followed by a program of music and dance that included performances by Central School students as well as a choir made up of members of the Great Plains College ESL class. The Central School Grade 3-7 choir performed the song Give a little, Give a lot for the first time in public at the event. They will perform the song when they audition for Telemiracle 40 in Regina on Nov. 7. The song was written by Central School students during a two-day songwriting workshop with Canadian singer-songwriter Jeffery Straker at the school in September.

 

The 10th annual Battle of the Southwest between the men's and women's volleyball teams of the Great Plains College SunDogs and the Millar College Edge took place at the O.M. Irwin School gymnasium in Swift Current, Oct. 21. This annual volleyball challenge between the Millar College of the Bible and the Great Plains College results in strong support from fans and an intense court battle between the teams for the coveted Southwest Cup. The Millar Edge teams were able to hold on to the trophies for another year by winning both games. The Edge women's team won in two sets with a score of 25-14 in each set. The men's game turned into to three-set battle with Millar Edge winning the first set 25-18 and the SunDogs taking the nailbiting second set 27-25, but Millar took the third set 15-9.

 

Saskatchewan’s under-performing carbon capture facility is certainly not good news for Premier Brad Wall as he prepares to attend the upcoming United Nations climate change conference, which will take place from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11 in Paris, France.

The innovation and success of local businesses and not-for-profit organizations were celebrated during the 17th annual SCBEX Spirit of Swift Current Awards presentation at the Living Sky Casino Sky Centre, Oct. 23. A capacity crowd attended the gala event, which was hosted by the Swift Current & District Chamber of Commerce. The winners in the different categories are (photographs in same order as mentioned below):

Not-for-Profit – Swift Current Community Youth Initiative (The Centre)

Start-up/New Business – Black Bridge Brewery

Small Business – Smart Flowers

Medium Business – Crutch's Plumbing and Heating

Large Business – Home Hardware

Hall of Fame Inductee – Standard Motors

Member Business of the Year – Pinnacle Source for Sports

 

 

Very high winds caused damage in residential and business areas in Swift Current on Oct. 11. According to Environment Canada a fast moving cold front across southern Saskatchewan was accompanied by strong winds with wind gusts up to 100 km/h, but the highest wind speeds of 120 km/h occurred at Swift Current. There was damage to properties across the city. Traffic was diverted along the zero block of Central Avenue North after roofing material from an unoccupied building ended up on the street. Roofs and fences were damaged, and there were fallen trees in many neighbourhoods. There were a few close calls when trees came down near homes and at least two vehicles were damaged by toppling trees. During the evening there was a power outage for about an hour in an area just east of the downtown for repair work on power lines. Three grain bins were blown over by the strong wind on the site of the Pioneer Co-op Agronomy Centre on the city’s west side. One bin fell across a fence on top of three brand new trucks parked on the adjacent Cypress Motors property.

 

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