Swift Current firefighters responded to another fire on the 500 block of Robert Street East in the early morning hours of Feb. 1. This fire occurred at a row of garages behind an apartment building at 550 Robert Street. It destroyed the western half of the structure. This is the second time that a fire broke out at this row of garages. Shortly before midnight on Jan. 23 a fire started at this location that destroyed the eastern half of the structure. This latest fire is the fifth one to occur on the 500 block of Robert Street East since Jan. 14, when firefighters responded to a fire in an empty basement suite and another fire in a garbage can. On Jan. 30 at about 2 a.m. the Swift Current Fire Department responded to a fire at a vacant basement suite, which caused minimal damage. These matters are still under investigation.


A fire caused significant damage to a row of garages located behind apartment buildings on 550 Robert Street East in Swift Current. The Swift Current Fire Department responded to the fire at around midnight on Jan. 23. A number of garage units, including at least two vehicles, were completely destroyed. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


Award-winning Regina guitarist Jack Semple performed at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current on Jan. 17 as part of the current Blenders music season. He was joined on stage by the other two members of the Jack Semple Trio, bassist Dave Chabot and drummer Martin Blonski. The popular Blenders music series brings talented musicians from across Canada to Swift Current between September and May. In addition to this season's regular 10 concerts there are two special concerts featuring folk singer-songwriter Basia Bulat on Jan. 23 and the acoustical sounds of the blues, reggae rock band Big Sugar on Feb. 19. For more information about the Blenders music series, visit the website at www.blendersmusic.ca


A large crowd welcomed the CP Holiday Train to Swift Current on Dec. 6. The Salvation Army provided over 400 cups of hot chocolate to people, who came out in the mild weather to meet Santa and listen to the music of the Canadian power pop rock band Odds and Montreal based singer/songwriter Roxanne Potvin. CP Trainmaster Rob McNulty presented a cheque of $5,500 to the Salvation Army's Capt. Michael Ramsay for the local foodbank. People also had an opportunity during the event to make donations to the food bank and to the Salvation Army's Christmas campaign in Swift Current, which has a fundraising goal of $175,000.


Cold temperatures did not dampen the enthusiasm of those attending the final centennial event in downtown Swift Current on Nov. 28. The purpose of the Centennial Light Up the Future celebration was to look ahead to the community's future with a focus on youth after the two previous events celebrated the city's past and present. The event coincided with the annual Christmas tree lighting on Market Square but included a number of additional activities. The Centennial Light Parade was hosted by the Swift Current Lions Club, Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived on Market Square with a group of dancing elves and there were also two reindeer. Other activities around Market Square included horse rides, a mocktail bar and ice sculpture across the street and entertainment by various local artists in the tent on the square. There were also a full line-up of entertainers at the Lyric Theatre along with a Christmas bake sale and a display of the seven trees decorated for the Festival of Trees, which raised funds for the Dr. Noble Irwin Health Care Foundation through a silent auction. People were still able to submit final bids on these beautifully decorated trees at the Lyric Theatre and the auction raised a total of $3,045 in support of health care. The winners of the Centennial Light Parade were the Swift Current Ag and Ex in first place, the Great Plains College in second spot and the Swift Current Elk and Royal Purple in third place.


The Swift Current and District Chamber of Commerce highlighted the innovation and entrepreneurship of local businesses and not-for-profit organizations during the 16th annual SCBEX Spirit of Swift Current Awards presentation at the Living Sky Casino Sky Centre, Oct. 17. The award winners were: Fresh Start (Not-for-Profit), Bombayman's Restaurant (Start-up/New business), KIVA Studio (Small business), Original Joes (Medium business), and Matrix Solutions Inc. (Large business). The Hall of Fame inductees were Rittinger's Men's Wear and Peavey Mart. The Member Business of the Year award was presented to Pharmasave.


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