Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

Fiction writer and editor Rod MacIntyre was the featured author at the final event in the 2016-17 Write Out Loud series at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, May 17. The award-winning author was born in Saskatoon, but he now lives in Christina Lake, B.C. His latest novel Mahihkan Lake was shortlisted for the 2016 Saskatchewan Book Award for Fiction. He was the writer in residence at the Swift Current Library from 1997-98. The evening's entertainment included performances by four musicians from Maverick School – Griffin Funk, Cat Kearney, Kourtney McIntyre, and Jack Tonner. This was the 30th anniversary season of Write Out Loud, a reading series that showcases Canadian authors and local writing talent. The line-up for the 2017-18 series was announced at the event. It will include appearances by Zarqa Nawaz, the creator of the popular television series Little Mosque on the Prairie, award-winning author and historian Bill Waiser, and retired police officer and author Ernie Louttit.

Young cyclists learned about safe cycling practices in a fun way during a bike safety event at Highland Park in Swift Current, May 17. The event was organized by the City of Swift Current in partnership with the Cypress Health Region and Bright Beginnings Family Centre, while a variety of local sponsors and volunteers helped to make the event possible. A bike safety course has been painted on the surface of the outdoor rink in the park. There is a mock street with crosswalks and stop signs as well as a figure eight, obstacles and a diminishing clearance activity. The course assists cyclists to practise their skills and to gain confidence for riding in an urban environment.

 

Pharmacies across Canada participated in a nationwide blood pressure screening and patient education initiative on World Hypertension Day, May 17.

A large variety of artworks by students from across southwest Saskatchewan are currently on display in an exhibition in Swift Current.

The Chinook School Division is implementing an initiative to increase student engagement and improve the high school learning experience for students.

The ongoing efforts of a Swift Current resident to preserve and promote Métis history in southwest Saskatchewan will be recognized by a new award.

Students at the Chinook Alternative Middle Plus School (CAMPS) in Swift Current have an opportunity to give back to the community and to make a difference through the school’s community service program.

The new Chinook School Division trustee for Subdivision 4 wants to be a voice for her region to keep them informed about education issues.

The powerhouse campaign of the 2016-17 Brooks Bandits came to an end in heartbreaking fashion on Sunday night, as a 2-1 lead over the 2017 RBC Cup host Cobourg Cougars evaporated late, leading to a 3-2 overtime win for the host team in the championship final.

The Speedy Creek Racing Association (SCRA) season opener took place with two race days at the Living Sky Casino Speedway at Swift Current's Kinetic Exhibition Park, May 12 and 13. Dirt racers competed in three racing classes (hobbies, streets and modifieds) and there was plenty of action on the track to entertain racing fans. The next two races will take place on June 9 and 10, with racing starting at 7 p.m. on both days. This year's racing schedule will have a special event on July 15, when a demolition derby takes place at the speedway.

 

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