The legacy of 68 years of education at Ashley Park School in Swift Current was celebrated with a day of fun on June 24. The school closed its doors for the last time on June 26 as the final step in the Chinook School Division’s consolidation of educational facilities in the city. The legacy celebration started at noon with a 30-minute program that included guest speakers and musical performance by students. The guest speakers were Swift Current Mayor and former Ashley Park School student Jerrod Schafer, past principal Kathy Robson and Larry Caswell of the Chinook School Division Board of Education with current principal Angela Schindel as the emcee. For the rest of the afternoon the students and their families enjoyed a carnival with a variety of free games on the school grounds.


Soap box racers continued a long-time Father's Day tradition in Swift Current on June 21 when they raced downhill along Central Avenue North in their brightly coloured soap box race cars. There were 21 participants in this year's event, with eight junior and 13 senior racers.

Below are the Swift Current Soap Box Racing Association 33rd Annual race results:

Junior A Side: 1. Cassandra Katerynych, 2. Joshua Lavidere, 3. William Prescesky, 4. Jacob Dickson.

Senior A Side: 1. Gaige Calkins, 2. Kiern Fielding, 3. Nathan Byers, 4. Amisha Hockridge.

Junior B Side: 1. Teagan Fielding, 2. Dakoda McNab, 3. Jakob Ferguson, 4. Sean Friesen.

Senior B Side: 1. Allison Fleck, 2. Austin Calkins, 3. Rhett Oakman, 4. Krishin Hockridge.


The arrival of summer was celebrated with quality musical entertainment under a big top tent during the Long Day's Night Music Festival in Swift Current, June 17-21. The June 17 performance by five-piece band Shred Kelly from Fernie, B.C. was an appreciation event for all the volunteers helping out at the music festival and the Windscape Kite Festival. The performers on June 18 were Swift Current's alternative-ambient folk group Bears in Hazenmore and the Canadian psychedelic folk band LeE HARVeY OsMOND. The 2015 blues album of the year Juno Award winner Steve Hill and Vancouver progressive indie-band Bend Sinister were on stage on June 19. Gravelbourg's Scott Richmond and his band was the opening act on June 20 for the Vancouver indie rock band Yukon Blonde, and the festival concluded on June 21 with the California ska punk band Mad Caddies. Pictured are the June 19 performances by one-man band, guitarist and singer Steve Hill, who is the 2015 Juno Award winner for blues album of the year, and the Vancouver progressive indie band Bend Sinister.


Wednesday, 10 June 2015 10:33

Duck Derby in Swift Current, June 7, 2015

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The 27th annual Southwest Crisis Services Duck Derby took place at Riverside Park in Swift Current on June 7 in conjunction with Innovation Credit Union's 34th annual Picnic in the Park. A total of 1,025 plastic ducks were dropped into the creek to float down to the finish line at Lee Lam bridge. The event raised $5,125 to support Southwest Crisis Services programs and services, including the safe shelter, crisis line, outreach programs for women, men, children, youth, families and couples, as well as violence prevention education and second-stage housing. 


The weather was perfect for a picnic on June 7 and a large number of people enjoyed a relaxed afternoon at Riverside Park in Swift Current during Innovation Credit Union's 34th annual Picnic in the Park. The event included food and refreshments, a variety of displays and booths, face painting, children's games and stage entertainment.


The Swift Current Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 56 held a ceremony at the cenotaph in Memorial Park on June 7 to commemorate the 71st anniversary of the Normandy landings. The landing of Allied troops on the French coast took place on June 6, 1944. While the invasion of Nazi controlled Europe was a success, 340 Canadians were killed on that day while 574 were wounded and 47 were taken prisoner.


The 14th annual Relay for Life in Swift Current raised $38,867.60 for the fight against cancer. Ten teams with a total of 85 participants took part in the 12-hour long event at Riverside Park on June 6, which started with an honour lap by 88 survivors in bright yellow t-shirts. The team award was won by the Prairie Chicks, who raised $8,368. Their prize was to use a luxury RV from Knight RV to sleep and relax in during the night. The top individual fundraiser was Judy Kornaga, who raised $4,310. She received a $1,000 gift certificate from Kal Tire, which she donated back to Relay for Life. The survivor speaker at this year's event was Swift Current resident Arlene McKenzie, a 10-year survivor who was diagnosed with stage 4 malignant melanoma in October 2004. The Relay for Life ambassador was 15-year survivor Deb Waker, who received the ambassador's sash at the start of the event and walked at the front of the group of survivors during the initial honour lap. Donations to Swift Current Relay for Life can still be made online until Aug. 31 at


A flag-raising ceremony took place at the historic Goodwin House at Saskatchewan Landing on June 6 to celebrate a new flagpole that will permanently fly the Métis flag at the site to highlight early residents of the area. The installation of the new flag pole, which is located next to a Red River cart near Goodwin House, was arranged by the Lac Pelletier Lac La Plume Historical Association. There was a program after the flag-raising ceremony with presentations by Lac Pelletier Lac La Plume Historical Association Chairperson Cecile Blanke and Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park representatives Brant Seifert, the interim park manager, and Tianna Kissick, a park interpreter. Entertainment was provided by fiddlers Austin Castle from Swift Current, Taryn Moyer from Martensville and Saskatoon's Scott Duffee, who also provided a jigging dance demonstration.


Wednesday, 10 June 2015 10:08

Ride for Dad in Swift Current, June 6, 2015

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Motorcycle riders roared through Swift Current on June 6 to support the fight against prostate cancer during the 3rd annual Swift Current Telus Motorcycle Ride for Dad. More than 180 riders participated in this year's event and raised over $29,000. The day-long event included a poker rally that took riders to Shaunavon, Eastend, the Cypress Hills and Maple Creek. The day ended with a large wind-up event at Robertson Motorsports in Swift Current, when a cheque of $50,000 was presented to the University of Saskatchewan Department of Oncology for prostate cancer research.

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