The First United Church gym in Swift Current was a hive of activity on Feb. 25 when the Swift Current Group 2 Scouts hosted their annual Lord Baden-Powell celebrations, which also served as a Bring-a-Friend event to introduce non-scouting friends to their activities. The event started with a presentation about the Lord Robert Baden-Powell. The scouts and their friends were able to learn more about making rockets, there were obstacle and speed track races with handmade race cars, a quiz game, crafts and a board game. Scout and Guide organizations across the world have celebrations every year to commemorate the Feb. 22 birthday of Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scout Movement. The Group 2 Scouts will host their annual Kub Kar and Beaver Buggy rally at the Swift Current Mall on March 7.


The 5th annual Cramer Livestock Crop and Livestock Expo took place at Kinetic Exhibition Park in Swift Current, Feb. 19. The event is an opportunity for producers from across southwest Saskatchewan to interact with a variety of agricultural suppliers. There were 93 booths at this year's event, representing 69 different companies. The expo has grown significantly since it started five years ago with 22 exhibitors. A highlight of the event is the Cramer Cup Series with awards for entrants in the baking, egg grading, forage and hog carcass competitions. Grading Auditor Jason Care of Manitoba Hog Grading did the grading of the 24 carcasses entered in the hog carcass competition. The top three carcasses were auctioned for charity and the meat from all the carcasses were donated to various charities, including the Souls Harbour Rescue Mission in Regina and local charities such as Southwest Crisis Services and the Swift Current Salvation Army. The expo included a number of 4-H events that were attended by 4-H members from clubs across southwest Saskatchewan. Masterfeeds Territory Manager Kurtis Reid made a presentation on the judging of cattle and afterwards the club members evaluated four Black Angus bulls. This was followed by a clipping and grooming demonstration by Lexie Girodat, who lives on a ranch near Gull Lake. She has been a member of the Clairbank 4-H club for 16 years.


Five writers from southwest Saskatchewan participated in the Write Out Loud event at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, Feb. 18. Pictured, in order of appearance, are Tekeyla Friday, Tim Kalinowski, Gail Kesslar, Joyce Olesen, and Wendy Lockman (centre). Each writer received an opportunity to read from their work and talk about their craft. 

Children's author Tekeyla Friday read from her short stories and from her first picture book, Bothers: Powers of the Archangel Michael, which was published in May 2014. Kalinowski read from his first published novel, Butcher's War, that was released in 2014. The story is set against the backdrop of the U.S. Civil War and explores the impact of physical and spiritual wounds inflicted during a war.

Kesslar is a freelance writer and currently the executive director of the Cypress Hills Destination Area. She read from an unpublished novel Spy Society and a piece from her travel blog Go Here Destinations. Olesen read from her book 113 Boathouse Hill, which was published last year. It is a memoir of her childhood years on the family farm in the Aneroid area. Lockman did a reading from her new play, Barbed Wire Fences, with assistance from Stefan Rumpel and Janelle Davey.

The next event in the Lyric Theatre's 2014/15 Write Out Loud series will take place on March 18 with a reading by Cassie Stocks, who was the 2013 recipient of the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour for her debut novel Dance Gladys, Dance.

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Winter Carnival in Swift Current, Feb. 18, 2015

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A variety of fun activities took place at the Bright Beginnings Family Centre and Riverdene Park during the 2015 Winter Carnival that was hosted by the Southwest Early Childhood Action Coalition (ECAC) in Swift Current, Feb. 18. The outdoor activities included skating with the Swift Current Broncos as well as tobogganing and sleigh rides. The event was sponsored by the City of Swift Current, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and the Kiwanis Club of Swift Current. Over the noon hour the RBC made a cheque presentation of $5,000 to the ECAC.


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


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.


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