Swift Current Special Olympics hosted the annual swim meet in the city on Feb. 21. Nine local athletes competed at the event against swimmers from North Battleford, Regina and Saskatoon. The swim meet was a qualifying event for the 2016 Saskatchewan Summer Games in Estevan and the 2017 Special Olympics Saskatchewan Provincial Games. More information about the event and results are available here.


Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:16

Gull Lake hosts 2016 Winterfest, Feb. 20

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The 2016 Winterfest provided a day of fun activities for the entire family in Gull Lake, Feb. 20. There was a variety of indoor and outdoor activities at the Gull Lake Community Hall, starting with a pancake breakfast and concluding with a fireworks show in the evening. The more actively minded enjoyed street hockey, mini-golf and a scavenger hunt. The Crashed Ice event at the skating rink provided contestants an opportunity to test their skating skills on an obstacle course. The activities in the community hall included a craft table, cookie decoration, a brownie bake-off and a very entertaining pie-eating contest, while the Gull Lake Seniors hosted board and card games. The winner of the pie-eating contest was Hayden Bucheler of Gull Lake.


Over 500 visitors attended the 6th annual Cramer Livestock and Crop Production Expo that took place at Kinetic Exhibition Park in Swift Current, Feb. 18. It was the largest attendance in the event's history. All 103 booths at the event sold out and there were 89 exhibitors at the expo. The Young Ranchers program takes place in association with the expo. Kaylee Duncan of the Clairbank 4-H club provided a clipping and grooming demonstration in the afternoon.


The writing talents of three authors from southwest Saskatchewan were celebrated during the Write Out Loud 2016 Local Writers Night at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, Feb. 17. The 2015-16 Write Out Loud series started in September. Each event features a different Canadian author and the Local Writers Night places the spotlight on local authors. The three writers are pictured in order of appearance at the event - Patricia Stewart, Mitzi Tait-Zeller and Madonna Hamel. Patricia Stewart of Val Marie read from her recently published book Not Just Words: Sexual Abuse and the Canadian Justice System. It tells the story of an Ontario man's struggle to come to terms with his abuse by a family friend and his quest for justice. Swift Current horse enthusiast Mitzi Tait-Zeller, the 2013 recipient of the Equine Welfare Communications Award from the Saskatchewan Horse Federation and Farm Animal Council, read from her books Hoof Prints on My Heart and Rim-Fyre and the Stones of Time. Madonna Hamel of Val Marie read excerpts from her current book project Habits, Orders and Vows that looks at the influence of religion as a cultural inheritance. She has written and performed one-woman monologues and she has created award-winning radio documentaries. Dianne Greenlay, the author of the Quintspinner pirate adventure series, will be the featured author at the next Write Out Loud event on March 16.


Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:04

Winter Carnival in Swift Current, Feb. 17, 2016

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Families were able to enjoy a variety of fun activities at the Winter Carnival Day, which was hosted by the Parent Support Network in Swift Current, Feb. 17. The outdoor activities at Riverdene Park included skating, tobogganing and horse wagon rides. The indoor activities took place at the Family Resource Centre. There were games and participants helped to create art for a mural project. The Winter Carnival Day was part of Family Fun Week in Swift Current, which is organized by the City of Swift Current's Community Services in association with various community partners and sponsors during the February school break to provide families with opportunities to participate in activities that encourage physical activity. This winter's mild temperatures had an impact on some activities, as there was not much snow cover for tobogganing during Winter Carnival Day and the cross-country skiing on Feb. 20 was cancelled.


The Living Sky Casino hosted the fifth Pow Wow in Swift Current on Feb. 13 to 14. The event took place at the Stockade in Kinetic Exhibition Park. It is part of the North American Pow Wow circuit and drew participants from across Canada and the United States. There were participants from as far away as the Maritimes, Kansas, Oklahoma, Montana and the Dakotas. Dancers made two grand entries on the first day of the event and another grand entry took place on the second day. The total price pool for the Pow Wow was $65,000. There were 247 registered contestants and around 40 dancers also participated, but did not compete in the dance categories. There were 12 drum groups, each with between eight and 12 members, at the event.


The Swift Current Comprehensive High School Senior Colts basketball team hosted the 4th annual Doug Armstrong Memorial Invitational tournament on Feb. 12 and 13. The Colts played on the B side of the tournament after losing the crucial opening game 53-71 against the Humboldt Mohawks. The Colts remained undefeated during their other two games to win the B side. The Colts won 91-72 against the Yorkton Raiders and defeated the Weyburn Eagles 95-87. On the A side the St. Mary Marauders were unbeaten to win gold.


The Central School Choir gave people a preview of their upcoming Telemiracle 40 appearance during a performance at the Swift Current Mall, Feb. 13. The choir, under direction of music teacher Celia Hammerton, provided this public performance in support of a bake sale at the mall to raise funds for Telemiracle 40 on March 5 and 6. The choir has successfully auditioned to perform at this year's Telemiracle and their goal is to raise $6,000 for the event. The bake sale was a great success and they raised $1,032. Their final fundraiser will be the Central School Talent Show on March 3, where the school's custodial worker Ed Clarke will shave his head if the fundraising goal is achieved.


Acclaimed blues musician Jack Semple of Regina performed at Central School in Swift Current on Feb. 11 in support of a Telemiracle fundraiser by the Central School Choir. Semple donated $760 from ticket sales to Telemiracle and he returned to the school the following day to do a hands-on guitar workshop with Grade 7 students. The choir raised $1,265 from the silent auction and 50/50 raffle at his concert. The Central School Choir under the direction of music teacher Celia Hammerton has successfully auditioned to perform at Telemiracle 40 on March 5 and 6. This will be the fifth time that the choir will perform at Telemiracle since 2007.


The Swift Current Fencing Club hosted the two-day 2016 Chinook Open tournament at the Swift Current Comprehensive High School, Feb. 6 and 7. The event was attended by around 57 fencers from across the province as well as from Medicine Hat. Swift Current fencers received four silver medals on the first day of competition and they earned another silver and a gold on the second day.


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