The Swift Current Broncos played two games against the Medicine Hat Tigers over the Family Day long weekend, and each team won on home ice. The Broncos had a convincing 6-2 victory over the Tigers on Feb. 16. It was their 10th straight win on home ice. The Swift Current team scored four goals in the first period and added two more in the second period. The Tigers avoided a shutout when they scored twice in the final period. Broncos captain Glenn Gawdin scored his 50th goal of the season and Aleksi Heponiemi recorded four assists to reach his 100th point of the year. The Broncos played in Medicine Hat on Feb. 17, where they suffered a 4-3 loss in overtime. The Broncos had a 3-1 lead in the third period, but the Tigers scored twice to force overtime. Ryan Jevne scored the game-winning goal for the Tigers against Broncos goalie Stuart Skinner at 3:07 in overtime.

 

The Swift Current SPCA's annual appeal to the community kicked off on Feb. 15 with a fun event to make residents aware of the fundraising campaign. Three local celebrities were impounded at the shelter during the Celebrity Dog Pound event and they had to raise at least $18 from 18 people before they were released. They received the same treatment as other strays, and got a bowl of food, their photos were taken, and they were issued with a dog tag. The Celebrity Dog Pound participants were Dan Johnson of Innovation Credit Union, Justina Sather of Living Sky Casino and Karla Wiens (pictured) of the Swift Current & District Chamber of Commerce. They helped the SPCA to raise over $3,300 with the event. The SPCA's $18-for-'18 appeal is asking Swift Current area residents to consider a donation of $18 or more to the animal shelter during 2018. The Swift Current SPCA is a non-profit organization that relies on community support for most of its operational costs. The shelter costs more than $25,000 per month to operate and provided care to more than 350 pets in 2017. It is a non-kill animal shelter that is staffed 365 days a year to provide shelter, food and care to domestic pets. Donations to the $18-for-'18 appeal can be mailed to the Swift Current SPCA at Box 1163, Swift Current, S9H 3X3 or dropped off at the shelter at 2101 Knight Crescent or the SPCA Used Book Store at 37 1st Ave NE. Donations can also be made online at the SPCA website www.spcaswiftcurrent.com. Donations of $10 or more are tax-receipted.

 

Students from Maple Creek Composite School (MCCS) attended a regular meeting of the Chinook School Division's board of education on Feb. 12 to make a presentation about the benefits of using Google Classroom. They guided board members through the process to log into Google Classroom, complete an assignment, submit it to a teacher, and share feedback. The students spoke about the benefits of Google Classroom for individual and group learning. This versatile web tool makes it easier for teachers to distribute assignments and to communicate with students. MCCS has been using Google Classroom about a year, and it is a good combination with the Chromebook laptops that are used by students in the school.

 

The second half of the 2017-18 Blenders concert series, which brings live performances by some of Canada's best musicians to Swift Current, is in full swing. Award-winning singer-songwriter Nuela Charles was the performer at the Feb. 10 concert at the Lyric Theatre. Her dynamic voice blended the sounds of soul and pop music to provide the audience with a memorable experience. A few days before the concert her album “The Grand Hustle” received a 2018 Juno Awards nomination in the category for adult contemporary album of the year. The next Blenders concert takes place on Feb. 27, when Leeroy Stagger will perform with his full band. For more information about upcoming Blenders concerts, visit the website www.blendersmusic.ca

 

The Swift Current Broncos gave fans plenty to cheer about last weekend, when they won all three games during a busy three-day period. The team started the weekend with a 5-1 win against the visiting Prince Albert Raiders on Friday night, Feb. 9. The Broncos were back on home ice on Saturday night, when they defeated the Brandon Wheat Kings 5-2. It was a memorable evening for team captain Glenn Gawdin, who played his 300th career WHL game and also scored his 100th WHL point. The Broncos travelled to Prince Albert on Feb. 11, where they recorded their fourth straight win with a 6-5 victory over the Raiders. After the weekend the Swift Current team had a 40-13-3-1 record and they remained in second place in the East Division standings behind the Moose Jaw Warriors.

 

Central School choir held a Valentine's Day bake sale at the Swift Current Mall on Feb. 10 to raise funds for Telemiracle. The bake sale raised $1,037 and the group's next fundraiser for Telemiracle is a talent show on Feb. 28, for which they are still collecting items for the raffle table and selling 50/50 tickets. The Central School choir and bucket drummers will be performing at Telemiracle on March 4 and the school wants to raise as much funds as possible to take to Regina, because the money raised by Saskatchewan performers for Telemiracle 42 will be matched by Nutrien. Community members who want to support Telemiracle can give their donations to the choir to take to the event for the stage presentation. Their donations will count towards the choir’s total, but individuals will still receive a tax receipt.

 

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