Swift Current Deputy Mayor Denis Perrault (at right) gets ready to hoist the Saskatchewan Abilities Council flag at City Hall, Sept. 19. Standing next to him is Kimi Duzan, the regional director of the Saskatchewan Abilities Council in Swift Current, and seated in front of her is Leland Teichroeb, who participated in the formal flag raising ceremony. The City of Swift Current has proclaimed Sept. 18-24 as the Saskatchewan Abilities Council Awareness Week in the city. A community barbecue fundraising event with live entertainment and information booths took place at Market Square, Sept. 22. Proceeds from this event will be used to support the programs and services provided at the Swift Current branch of the Saskatchewan Abilities Council. Details about a new program “Volunteering in the Community” was announced at the barbecue. The goal of this program is to give individuals with disabilities the opportunity to pursue their volunteer interests in the community.

 

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 15:44

Terry Fox Run in Swift Current, Sept. 18, 2016

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The 36th annual Terry Fox Run in Swift Current took place along the scenic Chinook Parkway, Sept. 18. This year's event took place under a clear sky, but with very strong winds. It did not dampen the spirits of the 26 participants, who started their run or walk at Riverside Park on the city's south side. The event raised over $1,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation, which uses 84 cents of every dollar raised for cancer research.

 

A wide variety of cars, trucks and motorcycles from different eras were on display during the 5th annual Cruisin' Show and Shine at Market Square in downtown Swift Current, Sept. 17. A total of 85 entries were received, which was the the largest number ever for this event. Participants stood a chance to win prizes in various categories and people had an opportunity to vote for their favourite vehicles. The category winners were: Best pre-1976 Ford – Terry Cooke, 1969 Ford Fairlane; Best pre-1976 GM – Darryl and Cathy Bakken, 1967 Chev Chevelle SS; Best pre-1976 Mopar – Steve Klein, 1971 Plymouth Barracuda; Best post-1976 Ford – Andy Beattie, 2003 Ford/Harley truck; Best post-1976 GM – Enid Loewen, 1976 Pontiac Trans Am; Best post-1976 Mopar – Barrie Rink, 2010 Dodge Challenger; Best truck – Brian Lee, 1955 Ford F-100; Best foreign – Matthew Byer, 1992 Mazda RX-7; Special interest – Mike Reimer, 1923 Model T 231 Alterd; Best foreign motorcycle – Kent Joorisity, 2016 KTM Adventure; Best North American motorcycle – June Roy, 2006 Harley-Davidson V-Rod; Best vintage motorcycle – Buck Wagner, 1943 Harley-Davidson; Participants choice – Chris Rink, 1955 Bel Air and Ronald Thiessen, 1956 Chev half-ton; People's choice – Jessy-Lee Lacher, 1958 Ford Thunderbird; Largest distance – Barrie Rink, Regina, 2010 Dodge Challenger. Special mention to: Dade Schultz (youth motorcycle 1995 Pocket Rocket); Hayley Vipond (2002 Junior Dragster); Roland Loewen (post- 2000 vehicle 2016 Corvette Z07), Elmer Carleton (survivor vehicle 1955 Ford Crown Victoria).

 

The Swift Current Redneck Betties did not disappoint their fans when they won their final home game of the season with a 173-135 victory over Medicine Hat's Gas City Regulators, Sept. 17. The Betties had a 102-55 lead at halftime and they kept the Regulators at bay during the second half, despite a determined effort by the visitors to close the points gap. The Redneck Betties will still play two road games before the end of their sixth season. The Redneck Betties junior team, the Ra Ra Riots, had a tough game and after leading for a while they eventually lost 237-193 against the Gas City Pilot Lights.

 

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 15:37

Go Green Friday in Swift Current, Sept. 16, 2016

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The eight annual Go Green Friday took place in Swift Current on Sept. 16. Go Green Friday was originally started in 2009 when Stark & Marsh was looking for a project that will make a difference in the community. The company had discussions with the City and  a need was identified for a fall clean-up. Go Green Friday provides an opportunity for individual and corporate volunteers to help out with the beautification of open spaces around the city through clean-up projects and the planting of trees and shrubs.

 

The Swift Current Comprehensive High School Colts football team remained undefeated after winning their second game of the season against the visiting Moose Jaw Vanier Collegiate Vikings, Sept. 15. The Colts hosted the Vikings in the annual Thursday Night Lights game at Colts Field. Colts running back Tristan Lockman scored three touchdowns to give the home team a 23-20 victory. The Colts were leading 7-6 at halftime and Lockman scored twice during the second half of the game to increase the home team's lead, but the game had a nail-biting finish after a comeback effort by the Vikings in the fourth quarter. This was the third year the Colts hosted a game under lights and it was attended by a large and enthusiastic crowd.

 

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