Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

Saturday, 14 December 2013 16:50

Lyric Theatre Christmas Matinee, Dec. 14, 2013

The 5th annual Lyric Theatre Christmas Matinee continues a tradition that started many decades ago at Swift Current's historic theatre, when a Christmas movie was shown to children. This year's matinee took place on Dec. 14 and 15, starting at 2 p.m. on both days. The program started a classic Disney short film from 1952, followed by an on-stage theatrical production by members of the Swift Current Little Theatre group, carol singing with local musician Michael Eckert-Lyngstad and storytime with Tekeyla Friday. Children also made Rudolf the red-nosed reindeer gifts during a craft session before the big moment when Santa arrived.

The CP Holiday Train rolled into Swift Current on a bitterly cold day, with a wind chill of around -46 degrees Celsius at the time of its arrival. The weather conditions delayed its scheduled arrival in Swift Current, but people waited patiently in their vehicles and then braved the cold to welcome the train in the city. Deputy Mayor Denis Perrault welcomed the train to the community and CP employee Scott Nelson presented a cheque of $5,500 to Swift Current Salvation Army Captain Michael Ramsay. Melanie Doane and Doc Walker provided the musical entertainment.

 

British fundraising adventurer Jamie McDonald arrived in Swift Current on Nov. 24 on his current mission to cross Canada from east to west by running without any support team. His goal is to complete his 5,000 mile "Run for the Future" trip in 275 days. Swift Current resident Warren Dudar went out to Rush Lake to run with McDonald. Nine-year-old Amisha Hockridge of Swift Current, who is the 2013 Champion Child of the Children's Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan, welcomed McDonald to the city. Const. Manuel Borges presented a cheque of $495 to McDonald. The money was collected by members of the City of Swift Current and Leader RCMP detachments. McDonald is running to raise funds for different children's hospitals or foundations in each province in Canada and donations in the United Kingdom will go towards British charities Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity and the Pied Piper Appeal. For more information about his journey, visit his website at www.jamiemcdonald.org

 

Swift Current residents have an opportunity until Saturday to donate gently used warm clothing to SaskEnergy's relaunched Share the Warmth program.

Over 70 vehicles participated in the 2nd annual Show and Shine at Swift Current's Market Square on Sept. 21, 2013. The inaugural Cruisin' Day theme day was a popular event and this year it was even more successful with a greater variety of vehicles - from hot rods to muscle cars, motorcycles and tractors - for visitors to look at. Registered participants stood a chance to win prizes in a variety of categories. The winners were Dana Zacharuk (Best in Show - 1964 Corvette), Brad Bakken (Coolest Car - 1970 Barracuda), Don Bijou (Sweetest Motorcycle - 2005 Hellbound Steel Wicked Softail), Rick McAlpine (Classic, first place - 1950 Mercury), Earl Wagner (Classic, second place - 1943 Army Harley-Davidson), Garry Lusk (Classic, third place - 1955 Merc truck), Honourable mention - Earl Karr and other tractors.

A fast moving grass fire, driven by a strong wind, caused some anxious moments for residents in the Highland subdivision in Swift Current on Friday afternoon, Aug. 30. Emergency services received two  911 calls almost simultaneously from residents at around 3:15 about a fire, which started in the grass on the edge of a valley. Traffic along 11th Avenue NW was disrupted due to heavy smoke and the fire came close to homes on Highlands Place and Stenson Place. The fire burnt through a shrub fence and crept onto the grass of one home, but it was halted before it could cause any more damage. Residents assisted the Swift Current Fire Department by watering the grass near their homes with their garden hoses. About two hours later the fire was under control, but firefighters and residents kept a watchful eye for any small flare-ups.

 

 

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