A special visitor to the Swift Current Museum caused quite a stir during the Lunch and Learn talk on June 12. Sanders, a six-year-old burrowing owl, accompanied Lori Johnson of the Saskatchewan Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre in Moose Jaw. Johnson spoke about this endangered owl species and Sanders captivated the audience with her presence. Burrowing owl numbers in Saskatchewan have decreased at a rate of about 22 per cent per year during the past 10 years. In 2012 there were only 32 pairs in the province. Visit the Saskatchewan Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre website to learn more about these unique birds.

 

The 2013 Relay for Life in Swift Current raised $71,638.57 for the fight against cancer. The event took place at Riverside Park, starting at 7 p.m. and continuing throughout the night as teams walked around the track. This year's guest speaker was Regina resident Dionne Warner, who is an eight times cancer survivor. A total of 105 survivors, all in yellow t-shirts, participated in the opening ceremonies along with the members of 19 teams. Shoulders-up for a Cure team members Bobby Moore and Brad Torry, who have been growing their facial hair since December, raised just over $5,500. Herb Butz shaved their beards at Relay for Life. Seven-year-old Amanda Blohm made a donation of $325.65 to Relay for Life. She raised the money by asking her friends for a donation towards Relay for Life instead of a birthday gift. During the luminary ceremony a total of 1,000 luminaries were lit to remember loved ones who  lost the battle against cancer.

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