Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

Members of Tourism Swift Current reflected on the past year and the opportunities to attract visitors to the region during 2017 at the organization’s annual general meeting, April 27.

A one-year pilot project by the Town of Maple Creek in association with the Cypress Hills Destination Area Inc. will keep the Trans-Canada Visitor Reception Centre open for highway travellers.

Federal NDP leadership candidate Niki Ashton is touring the prairies to speak to people about building a movement.

The newest member of the Saskatchewan NDP caucus in the provincial legislature was the guest speaker at the Swift Current NDP constituency spring banquet, April 29.

The 2nd annual Prpick Boss Mother Earth run/walk took place along the scenic Chinook Parkway in Swift Current, April 29.

A project to install overhead lighting along the Trans-Canada Highway corridor through Swift Current will increase safety for road users and pedestrians.

The Swift Current Redneck Betties played their first home game of the new roller derby season against the Midwest Mavericks at the Innovation Credit Union iPlex. April 29. The Mavericks had a 109-89 lead at halftime, but the Redneck Betties made a comeback during the second half to win a tight game 236-209. The Redneck Betties started their seventh season a week earlier in Saskatoon with a 280-163 win against the Killa Bees. The Redneck Betties will play their next home game on May 20.

 

Members of the Vic-Tory Boxing Club helped to raise funds for the club during a spar-a-thon at the Swift Current Friendship Centre, April 29. Boxers had to complete one round of boxing for every $20 they raised for the event. The Sandhills Boxing Club from Leader participated in the event and also made a donation. Funds from the spar-a-thon will be used for the purchase of equipment and to cover travelling costs.

 

Students from around southwest Saskatchewan were able to learn more about agriculture, ranching and safety on the farm during the Swift Current Ag & Ex educational event Discover the Farm: A Farm Facts Experience at Kinetic Exhibition Park, April 27 and 28. The two-hour informational event in the Stockade building was attended by 548 students from 10 different schools in the Chinook School Division during the two days. They visited 12 interactive exhibits, including some with live farm animals, and they learned more about a variety of topics such as food and beef production, wearing protective head gear, water and train safety, first aid, and the importance of physical activity for a healthy lifestyle. The final day of the event on April 29 was open to the public and featured an exotic bird and animal sale, country crafts and a rabbit show. Discover the Farm has been recognized by the International Association of Fairs and Exhibitions as an outstanding agricultural and safety education program.

 

A party for Saskatchewan’s libraries took place on Market Square in downtown Swift Current, April 29. The event was organized by the Friends of the Swift Current Branch Library to celebrate the recent decision by the provincial government to restore library funding to 2016 levels. The government’s decision came after thousands of people took part in rallies to raise their concerns over a dramatic cut in funding to libraries in the 2017-18 provincial budget. The celebration in Swift Current included musical entertainment by local musicians and a number of speakers talked about the importance of public libraries. The event concluded with a parade from Market Square to the Swift Current Branch Library, where people enjoyed refreshments.

 

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