Award-winning singer-songwriter Keith Kitchen performed to a full house at St. Stephen's Anglican Church in Swift Current, Oct. 27. The Swift Current resident's latest album, Orbits, was released last year and the world premiere screening of his new music video Never Been to War took place in Calgary, Nov. 1. The video has been accepted as an entry to the 2017 Silicon Valley International Film Festival, which takes place in December, and the video will be at a few other film festivals before its public release.

 

A former member of 605 Tarry Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets in Swift Current who is now a serving member of the Canadian Forces returned to the city as a guest of honour at a parade of cadets, Oct. 25. Lt.-Col. Colin Coakwell, who is currently posted at 2 Canadian Air Division in Winnipeg, was the reviewing officer at the parade night. Afterwards he spoke about his years as an air cadet and his military career. He grew up on a farm near Elrose and he was a member of 605 Tarry Squadron from 1991 to 1993. As a cadet he attended basic and glider courses. In 1994 he enrolled in the Canadian Forces and he has served in various roles in Canada and abroad. He completed a bachelor degree in electrical and electronics engineering at the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters of Defence Studies at the Canadian Forces College. He became a tactical helicopter pilot and he also obtained qualifications in flight instruction and command, tactical aviation, and operations. He has flown a variety of military helicopters and his operational experience includes deployments to Bosnia and Afghanistan.

 

Swift Current was one of three venues in Saskatchewan that hosted the national book tour for the release of Powered by Love: A Grandmothers' Movement to End AIDS in Africa. The event took place at the Swift Current Branch Library, Oct. 25. It was hosted by the Swift Current group Grandmothers and Grandothers, which has been raising funds during the past 10 years for the Stephen Lewis Foundation's grandmothers campaign to support African grandmothers who are raising children orphaned by AIDS. The speakers at the event were the book's author, Joanna Henry, two Ethiopian grandmothers Meaza Asfaw Dubie and Asnakech Mekbib Fantaye, as well as Bayessa Gojjam, the program manager of the Negem Lela Ken New HIV Positive Women Support Organization (NLK) in Ethiopia. Fantaye is raising her orphaned grandson, who is HIV-positive, and she also became HIV-positive while caring for her daughter, who died of AIDS. Dubie, who is HIV-positive, is raising two grandchildren. Both grandmothers are members of NLK and they are providing support to other women who are dealing with the symptoms and stigma of the disease.

 

The Swift Current Colts soccer team qualified for the Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association (SHSAA) 3A boys provincials after a 4-2 win against the Prince Albert St. Mary Marauders, Oct. 20. The game took place at the SHSAA 3A boys regional soccer tournament, which was hosted by the Swift Current Comprehensive High School. The Prince Albert Carlton Crusaders won the tournament after a 7-0 win against the Colts in the final, Oct. 21.

 

Technology is helping high school and minor football players in Swift Current to practice tackling techniques in a safe manner through the use of a remote control tackling dummy. Players from the Colts football team at Swift Current Comprehensive High School and  bantam players from the Swift Current Steelers held their first practice sessions with the Mobile Virtual Player (MVP) on Oct. 19. The MVP is a mobile, self-righting tackling dummy that is equipped with a motorized, remote control system. Its movements and speed can therefore be regulated during practice sessions. The MVP was donated to the two football programs by AGI Swift Current.

 

Award-winning Saskatchewan writer and historian Bill Waiser was the featured author at Write Out Loud, Oct. 18. He spoke about and read from his most recent publication, A world we have lost: Saskatchewan before 1905. The book won the 2016 Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction. The Write Out Loud series, which takes place at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, presents readings by acclaimed Canadian authors to local literary fans. Retired Saskatoon City police officer Ernie Louttit, the author of Indian Ernie: Perspectives on policing and leadership and More Indian Ernie: Insights from the streets, will be the guest author at the next Write Out Loud, Nov. 8. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the event starts at 7 p.m. with musical entertainment.

 

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