The annual Farm Credit Canada (FCC) Drive Away Hunger food drive in southwest Saskatchewan culminated with a tractor and trailer tour through the streets of Swift Current, Oct. 17. Food items were collected at various locations around the city and taken to the Salvation Army food bank. A total of 47,693 pounds of food was collected in the Swift Current and surrounding area. A grand total of 70,402 pounds of food were collected in the entire mini tour area, which consisted of the Swift Current, Kindersley and Rosetown areas. This year's food drive is the 10th anniversary of this nationwide program to reduce hunger across Canada. FCC Drive Away Hunger was launched in May and concluded last week with tractor tours in five provinces in the run-up to World Food Day on Oct. 16.

Over 70 vehicles participated in the 2nd annual Show and Shine at Swift Current's Market Square on Sept. 21, 2013. The inaugural Cruisin' Day theme day was a popular event and this year it was even more successful with a greater variety of vehicles - from hot rods to muscle cars, motorcycles and tractors - for visitors to look at. Registered participants stood a chance to win prizes in a variety of categories. The winners were Dana Zacharuk (Best in Show - 1964 Corvette), Brad Bakken (Coolest Car - 1970 Barracuda), Don Bijou (Sweetest Motorcycle - 2005 Hellbound Steel Wicked Softail), Rick McAlpine (Classic, first place - 1950 Mercury), Earl Wagner (Classic, second place - 1943 Army Harley-Davidson), Garry Lusk (Classic, third place - 1955 Merc truck), Honourable mention - Earl Karr and other tractors.

A fast moving grass fire, driven by a strong wind, caused some anxious moments for residents in the Highland subdivision in Swift Current on Friday afternoon, Aug. 30. Emergency services received two  911 calls almost simultaneously from residents at around 3:15 about a fire, which started in the grass on the edge of a valley. Traffic along 11th Avenue NW was disrupted due to heavy smoke and the fire came close to homes on Highlands Place and Stenson Place. The fire burnt through a shrub fence and crept onto the grass of one home, but it was halted before it could cause any more damage. Residents assisted the Swift Current Fire Department by watering the grass near their homes with their garden hoses. About two hours later the fire was under control, but firefighters and residents kept a watchful eye for any small flare-ups.



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