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People showed their support for an emergency youth shelter in southwest Saskatchewan during a rally in front of Dorie's House in Swift Current, March 28. The rally was a response to a letter from the Ministry of Social Services to the non-profit organization Southwest Youth Emergency Shelter (YES), which indicated there will not be any funding allocation for Dorie's House in the 2018-19 provincial budget. Speakers during the rally included two local youth, who talked about their personal experiences with homelessness in Swift Current. There were also musical performances by students from Maverick School.

 

The Swift Current Curling Club hosted the 2018 Ramada Hotels U18 provincial championship, March 22-25. There were a total of 22 teams at the event, with eight teams each in the men's and women's divisions and six teams in the open recreational division. Moose Jaw's Team Ackerman, who represented the South West region, remained undefeated in the women's division to claim the championship title. Team Bindig from the Wadena Curling Club won the men's title and the open championship winner was Team Sutherland from the Rosetown Curling Club. The men's and women's U18 champions will represent Saskatchewan at the national championship at St. Andrews, New Brunswick, from April 9-14. Team Behm of Moose Jaw represented the South West region in the men's division. Swift Current curler Theo Lautsch was a member of Brett Behm's team. They were eliminated on Saturday night and finished the championship with three wins and three losses. Team Stark from Moose Jaw competed in the open division. The team won their opening game, but then lost two games and conceded their final game in the C event on Saturday morning. Pictured are the three South West region teams in action in the men's, open and women's divisions. 

 

The Swift Current Broncos started their best-of-seven playoff series against the Regina Pats with a win and a loss on home ice. The Broncos had a 3-0 shutout victory on March 23 with three goals in the first period, but then lost a tight game 2-1 on March 24. After two games in Regina the Broncos will be back on home ice for the fifth game on March 30.

 

Members of the the Swift Current Group 2 Scouts enjoyed a morning of racing with their hand-made cars at the club's annual Kub Kar Rally in the Swift Current Mall, March 24. The scouts spend hours building their hand-made race cars and semi-trailer trucks for the event. The results of their workmanship were tested at the rally, where they competed in different race categories. Below are the results for the different events:

Workmanship – 1st Garrett Wentworth, 2nd Chael Cowie, 3rd Josh Straub; Obstacle – 1st Chael Cowie, 2nd Garrett Wentworth, 3rd Selina Bussiere; Straight Line – 1st Josh Straub, 2nd Chael Cowie, 3rd Adam Sherbina; Stopping on the Spot – 1st Josh Straub, 2nd Mark Hushtyuk, 3rd Garrett Wentworth; Speed Track – 1st Josh Straub, 2nd Mark Hushtyuk, 3rd Garrett Wentworth; Scouts results for Speed Track – 1st Declan Poppy, 2nd Alex Friesen, 3rd Caden Kenny.

 

The Swift Current & District Chamber of Commerce hosted a high-profile speaker at the 4th annual Farmer Appreciation Night at the Living Sky Casino Event Centre, March 23. The event, which is held by the chamber to acknowledge the importance of the farming community to the local economy, was attended by a capacity crowd. The guest speaker was Murad Al-Katib, the president and CEO of AGT Food and Ingredients in Regina and recipient of the 2017 EY World Entrepreneur of the Year award. He shared his life story as an entrepreneur who build AGT into the world's largest supply chain for lentils, chickpeas and peas. He also spoke about what he sees as agricultural priorities for Saskatchewan and Canada. He referred to the growing global demand in emerging economies for protein and the challenges and opportunities being faced by Canada's agricultural food sector to become a global leader in safe, nutritious and sustainable food. Swift Current band Bakersfield provided the musical entertainment at the event.

 

The 9th annual banquet and auction fundraiser for Rock Solid Refuge in Swift Current took place at the Legion Hall, March 22. The event was attended by about 200 people, who enjoyed a good meal and showed their support for Rock Solid Refuge with active bidding during the live auction by local auctioneer Donnie Peacock. Two speakers shared powerful messages during the evening. Former student Ty Thibault spoke about the difference that Rock Solid Refuge made to put his life on a new path. The keynote speaker  was “Jungle Jim” Hunter, who was a member of the “Crazy Canucks” Canadian men's alpine ski team. He grew up on a farm near Shaunavon and represented Canada at two Winter Olympic Games in 1972 and 1976. He became the first Canadian male skier to win a world championship medal when he received a bronze medal in 1972. He spoke about his career and his involvement with Rock Solid Refuge. He emphasized the importance of acts of selflessness that can make a real difference in the lives of others. Rock Solid Refuge also held a successful inaugural banquet and auction fundraiser in Shaunavon on March 21 that was attended by about 100 people. The two fundraising events raised a total of $87,000 for the faith-based program that provides support in a structured environment for teenage boys who are struggling with life-controlling issues.

 

Saskatoon-area writer Dave Margoshes was the featured author at Write Out Loud, March 21. He is an award-winning writer and his published works include three novels, five volumes of poetry, several books of short stories, a biography of Tommy Douglas, and various contributions to magazines and anthologies. His latest book of poetry, A Calendar of Reckoning, will be published this spring. The Write Out Loud series, which takes place at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, presents readings by Canadian authors to local literary fans. The next event on April 18 will feature First Nations poet and residential school survivor Louise Bernice Halfe. She has won various prestigious awards and she is a former Poet Laureate of Saskatchewan. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

 

The collaboration between the Swift Current Jazz Orchestra and the Prairie Spirit Chamber Choir drew a sold-out crowd to a jazz concert in the dining room at Walker Place in Swift Current, March 18. The venue provided an intimate experience to the large audience, who were seated in close proximity to the performers. They were treated to a variety of jazz songs that covered the entire repertoire from early 20th century Dixieland to contemporary jazz. Prairie Spirit Chamber Choir is an auditioned choral group under the direction of Marcia McLean and the Swift Current Jazz Orchestra is a community-based jazz ensemble directed by Greg McLean.

 

Skaters took spectators to different countries around the world during the Swift Current Skating Club’s 2018 “Oh, the places you will go” ice show at the Innovation Credit Union iPlex, March 18. The club's ice show is an annual event to conclude the season and to showcase the talent of their skaters in front of family and friends. The performances combined colourful outfits and music with a variety of moves by skaters on the ice to show their progress during the season. The show concluded with a grand finale, when all the skaters were on the ice. This was followed by an awards ceremony. The club presented five CanSkate Heart awards to recognize skaters who displayed a passion for skating, who were hardworking and showed positive and cooperative attitudes. The recipients were Darsy Wiebe (Pre-CanSkate A), Wyatt Hassett (Pre-CanSkate B), Emmerson Werk (Pre-CanSkate C), Haley Gusikoski (CanSkate A), and Raleigh Little (CanSkate B). The SaskEnergy Rising Stars award was presented to Cassie Chubb. This award is presented to a skater who demonstrated a positive attitude and enthusiasm throughout the season, an eagerness to learn and improve skills, who is cooperative and also involved in other sports. Presentations were also made to the club’s two graduating skaters, Danika Finlay and Nadine Steinley, as well as to the CanSkate program assistants and coaching staff.

 

The Art Gallery of Swift Current's latest exhibition Art for Sale highlights the importance of commercial galleries and artwork sales to sustain the arts ecology. The exhibition features the works of 43 artists from two major Saskatchewan commercial galleries, The Gallery/art placement inc. in Saskatoon and the Slate Fine Art Gallery in Regina. The official opening of the exhibition took place on March 16. Art Gallery of Swift Current Director and Curator Kim Houghtaling was the moderator of a panel discussion with Gina Fafard and Kimberley Fyfe from the Slate Fine Art Gallery and Levi Nicholat from The Gallery/art placement inc. This was followed by a walk and talk with artists who have works featured in the exhibition. The Art for Sale exhibition is open until April 22.

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