Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

Swift Current Special Olympics hosted the annual swim meet in the city on Feb. 21. Nine local athletes competed at the event against swimmers from North Battleford, Regina and Saskatoon. The swim meet was a qualifying event for the 2016 Saskatchewan Summer Games in Estevan and the 2017 Special Olympics Saskatchewan Provincial Games. More information about the event and results are available here.

 

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:16

Gull Lake hosts 2016 Winterfest, Feb. 20

The 2016 Winterfest provided a day of fun activities for the entire family in Gull Lake, Feb. 20. There was a variety of indoor and outdoor activities at the Gull Lake Community Hall, starting with a pancake breakfast and concluding with a fireworks show in the evening. The more actively minded enjoyed street hockey, mini-golf and a scavenger hunt. The Crashed Ice event at the skating rink provided contestants an opportunity to test their skating skills on an obstacle course. The activities in the community hall included a craft table, cookie decoration, a brownie bake-off and a very entertaining pie-eating contest, while the Gull Lake Seniors hosted board and card games. The winner of the pie-eating contest was Hayden Bucheler of Gull Lake.

 

Over 500 visitors attended the 6th annual Cramer Livestock and Crop Production Expo that took place at Kinetic Exhibition Park in Swift Current, Feb. 18. It was the largest attendance in the event's history. All 103 booths at the event sold out and there were 89 exhibitors at the expo. The Young Ranchers program takes place in association with the expo. Kaylee Duncan of the Clairbank 4-H club provided a clipping and grooming demonstration in the afternoon.

 

The writing talents of three authors from southwest Saskatchewan were celebrated during the Write Out Loud 2016 Local Writers Night at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, Feb. 17. The 2015-16 Write Out Loud series started in September. Each event features a different Canadian author and the Local Writers Night places the spotlight on local authors. The three writers are pictured in order of appearance at the event - Patricia Stewart, Mitzi Tait-Zeller and Madonna Hamel. Patricia Stewart of Val Marie read from her recently published book Not Just Words: Sexual Abuse and the Canadian Justice System. It tells the story of an Ontario man's struggle to come to terms with his abuse by a family friend and his quest for justice. Swift Current horse enthusiast Mitzi Tait-Zeller, the 2013 recipient of the Equine Welfare Communications Award from the Saskatchewan Horse Federation and Farm Animal Council, read from her books Hoof Prints on My Heart and Rim-Fyre and the Stones of Time. Madonna Hamel of Val Marie read excerpts from her current book project Habits, Orders and Vows that looks at the influence of religion as a cultural inheritance. She has written and performed one-woman monologues and she has created award-winning radio documentaries. Dianne Greenlay, the author of the Quintspinner pirate adventure series, will be the featured author at the next Write Out Loud event on March 16.

 

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:04

Winter Carnival in Swift Current, Feb. 17, 2016

Families were able to enjoy a variety of fun activities at the Winter Carnival Day, which was hosted by the Parent Support Network in Swift Current, Feb. 17. The outdoor activities at Riverdene Park included skating, tobogganing and horse wagon rides. The indoor activities took place at the Family Resource Centre. There were games and participants helped to create art for a mural project. The Winter Carnival Day was part of Family Fun Week in Swift Current, which is organized by the City of Swift Current's Community Services in association with various community partners and sponsors during the February school break to provide families with opportunities to participate in activities that encourage physical activity. This winter's mild temperatures had an impact on some activities, as there was not much snow cover for tobogganing during Winter Carnival Day and the cross-country skiing on Feb. 20 was cancelled.

 

The Chinook Cyber School continues to expand the learning opportunities available to students through various online courses.

There were good performances by local swimmers at the annual swim meet hosted by Swift Current Special Olympics on Feb. 21.

Political parties that want success at the ballot box will have to engage on an ongoing basis with voters between elections.

Powerlifter Wayne Cormier completed his comeback year to the sport with a bronze medal at the 2016 Canadian Powerlifting and Bench Press Championships in Regina Feb. 15.

A presentation by a medical expert to raise awareness about prostate cancer was hosted by Swift Current Ride for Dad at the Living Sky Casino Feb. 10.

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