The first two games in the WHL championship series between the Swift Current Broncos and the Everett Silvertips took place at the Innovation Credit Union i-Plex in Swift Current, May 4 and 5. The Silvertips edged the the Broncos 2-1 in the first game during a tight battle in which shots on goal were 35-25 in favour of the Broncos, but Everett goalkeeper Carter Hart was solid between the pipes. The Broncos made a big comeback in the second game after trailing 3-0 at the end of the first period. The home team forced overtime with three unanswered goals, and Giorgio Estephan scored the winning goal halfway through extra time to give the Broncos a 4-3 victory. The next three games in the championship will take place in Everett. Games six and seven, if necessary, will be in Swift Current on May 13 and 14.

 

The Swift Current Branch Library hosted an outdoor party and barbecue to celebrate the library's 100th anniversary in the community, May 5. The event was well attended and there was a variety of fun activities during the day. Local musicians Paula McGuigan, Mark Penner and Mike Tetrault provided musical entertainment, there was a bouncy castle and different games for children, library staff member Tekeyla Friday presented a puppet show based on the library's history, and storyteller Danica Lorer shared some interesting tales with the audience. There was also an official cake cutting after speeches by Swift Current MLA Everett Hindley, Deputy Mayor Chris Martens, and Swift Current Library Manager Andrea McCrimmon.

“Our beloved library is a community achievement,” McCrimmon said. “Generations of people and community organizations have worked together for 100 years. The founding citizens recognized that when people have free and easy access to knowledge and culture, that it helps the whole community to thrive.” The first Swift Current Library board was formed on March 12, 1918 and the library officially opened in the basement of old city hall on May 14, 1918 with 440 books. Today the library is a very busy and vibrant place. In 2017 there were 103,000 in-person visits, the public computers were used almost 15,000 times, and people participated in library programs over 10,000 times.

 

The 89th annual Swift Current & District Music Festival concluded with a musical and awards program at the St. Olaf Lutheran Church, May 4. The festival provides an opportunity for amateur musicians to perform and showcase their talent. The festival took place during March and April. The various categories of adjudication were strings and guitars, band and instrumental solos, piano, school music and speech arts, choral, voice and musical theatre. There were 278 solo participants and 964 participants in the school music and band categories. Three choral groups took part in the festival, involving about 60 people. The festival awarded over $6,000 in scholarships. Participants in the different categories were evaluated at adjudicated sessions and the festival concluded with the Xtravaganza, where award presentations were made to the category winners and a number of the winners performed to the audience. The following festival competitors received recommendations to participate in the finals for the provincial competition: Katherine Cacal (piano solo), Naomi Derksen (woodwind solo), Mandy Friesen (musical theatre) Anthony Merkel (brass solo), Jeremy Ponting (musical theatre), Dawnella Rude (musical theatre), Justine Sletten (vocal solo), Prairie Spirit Choir (choral), Meistersingers (choral), and Swift Current Comprehensive High School Chamber Singers (choral – national recommendation).

 

Maverick School's 12th annual Through our Eyes coffeehouse and art auction took place at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, May 2 and 3. Both nights were sold out and raised a total of $24,460 for the school's arts and outdoor education programs. This was the highest amount ever raised by the event through a combination of ticket sales, business sponsorship, as well as the live and silent auction of art works by student and professional artists on both nights. The winners of each night's 50/50 draw also donated the money back to Maverick School. Each evening featured musical performances by talented Maverick students. Many of them were first year performers at the event, but long hours of preparation were evident from the polished performances by all 22 students.

 

The Swift Current Broncos concluded their epic first round playoff series against the Regina Pats with a 3-2 win in the seventh game at the Innovation Credit Union iPlex, April 2. The Broncos had a one-goal advantage at the end of the second period and they withstood the offensive efforts of the Pats during the final period to advance to the second round. The Broncos took a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series with a 5-2 victory on home ice, March 30. Tyler Steenbergen scored his first career WHL postseason hat trick during this game. The Pats forced the seventh game when they defeated the Broncos 7-2 in Regina, March 31.

 

People showed their support for an emergency youth shelter in southwest Saskatchewan during a rally in front of Dorie's House in Swift Current, March 28. The rally was a response to a letter from the Ministry of Social Services to the non-profit organization Southwest Youth Emergency Shelter (YES), which indicated there will not be any funding allocation for Dorie's House in the 2018-19 provincial budget. Speakers during the rally included two local youth, who talked about their personal experiences with homelessness in Swift Current. There were also musical performances by students from Maverick School.

 

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