Trevor Peterson, the federal NDP candidate for Cypress Hills-Grasslands, held an election rally at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, Sept. 5. The event was well attended with all supper tickets sold out and more people came to listen to his speech after supper. He spoke about the Conservative Party's record in government over the past nine year and the need for political change in the country. Hailey Clark, who will be the Saskatchewan NDP candidate for Swift Current in the 2016 provincial election, was the emcee at the rally. Singer-songwriter Megan Nash entertained the audience with her folks/roots style music after the political speeches were over. It was a busy Labour Day weekend for Peterson, who had a grand opening of his campaign office in Swift Current on Sept. 4 and he was also canvassing in the city during the weekend. 


Norm and Susan Jewitt are building their 1,500 square feet dream home on an acreage just east of Swift Current through the use of a panelized building system that speeds up the construction process. This alternative construction method will also result in a more energy efficient and fire resistant structure in comparison with a conventionally built home. The structural insulated panels were manufactured in Rethinking Construction's factory near High River, Alberta, and on-site assembly is made easier with colour-coded plans to indicate the position of each panel. The magnesium oxide board outer layer and expanded polystyrene foam core of these panels result in higher thermal insulating values and an increased resistance against fire, mould, mildew and water. According to Norm this building method will help them to realize their goal of a low maintenance retirement home. “To get what we wanted, this is the best way to do it,” he said. “We'll have a nice home.”


The football season got off to a tough start for the Swift Current Comprehensive High School Colts, as they were unable to score during their home game against the Moose Jaw Peacock Tornadoes, Sept. 3. The Colts lost 46-0 in their first game in the 3A 12-man Moose Jaw League. The Colts will be on the road for their next game against Yorkton Regional on Sept. 12.


Dirt oval racers had their final opportunity to score points towards the season championship at the Speedy Creek Raceway in Swift Current on Aug. 29 with racing in all four classes during the evening. The feature race winners for Saturday's racing were Travis Hanna (Thunder Trucks), Destiny Klym (Hobby Stock), Clay Nelson (Street Stock) and Kelly Baumann (Modifieds). The 2015 championship winners are Brian Tschetter (Thunder Trucks), Trevor Monk (Hobby Stock), Colin Johnston (Street Stock) and Kelly Baumann (Modifieds). There is still an opportunity for fans to enjoy dirt oval action on Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. and on Sept. 20 at 2 p.m. during the second annual Wild Throttle Fun non-points cash race weekend.


Farmers were helping to combine the durum crop for the Rock Solid Refuge Land for Land fundraiser on the land of Wendell and Wendy Patzer and the adjacent land of Henry Fehr, Aug. 29. The land is located about 12 kilometres south of Swift Current next to Highway 4. This was the third year that the same land was used for the Land for Land crop fundraiser. Rock Solid Refuge is a Christian-based residential program of 12 to 15 months for teenage boys struggling with life controlling issues. The program was founded as a non-profit charity in 2005 and is located on a 60 acre property northeast of Shaunavon.


A large crowd gathered at Market Square in downtown Swift Current on Aug. 29 to enjoy a performance by the talented local group, The Sundrops. The four siblings from the Folks family, who vary in age between nine and 13, have been impressing people with their instrumental and vocal skills since they started performing as a group in 2013. They have been performing at various venues across Saskatchewan and Alberta this summer. Their next appearances in southwest Saskatchewan will be at the Community Baptist Church in Swift Current on Sept. 20 and at the Lyric Theatre on Nov. 13, where they will be performing new material, including their own songs, for the first time. The four members of the group are  Jesse (9),  Lara (10), Darian (12) and Hailey (13).


Ashlyn George, the 2015 Saskatchewanderer, visited Market Square in downtown Swift Current on Aug. 29. She is pictured speaking with vendors Brenda Epp of Prairie Field Honey and Sarah Galvin, as well as Tourism Swift Current Executive Director Lee Friesen. George is visiting communities across Saskatchewan during her yearlong job as the official travel blogger for the province. The Saskatchewanderer program is a partnership between the ministries of Parks, Culture and Sport, Economy, and Agriculture, as well as Tourism Saskatchewan. CAA Saskatchewan is the program sponsor and provides a vehicle and fuel cards for her travels. She has already spent 107 days on the road and has travelled 24,000 kilometres.


The three celebrity judges had a tough task to select the finalists for the cover and monthly slots of the Swift Current SPCA’s 2016 Pet Calendar at Market Square, Aug. 29. The judges were Dead Prairies Productions filmmaker and producer Devon Oman, City Councillor Denis Perrault, and photographer and entrepreneur Corla Rokochy. Judging took place for the seven entries for the cover and the 31 entries for the monthly slots. The SPCA has also received over 100 entries for the day block pictures.  The SPCA’s 2016 Pet Calendar will be available this fall.


A special ceremony took place at the Métis veterans monument in Lac Pelletier Regional Park on Aug. 22 to celebrate the installation of four new memorial benches at the monument. The official unveiling of this monument for 16 Métis war veterans from Lac Pelletier took place in August 2013 and the benches will make a visit to the monument site more convenient. The benches were blessed during the ceremony and family members laid wreaths at the monument to honour the veterans. Prairie Dog Métis Local 123 President Cecile Blanke spoke during the event, which was emceed by her daughter Clare McNab. The ceremony included the performance of two traditional songs by Plains/Woodland Cree singer and songwriter Joseph Naytowhow and McNab also sang an Ojibwe prayer song. Naytowhow danced a Métis jig to the sounds of Swift Current fiddler Austin Castle.


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