Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

Producers were able to learn more about organic and other field trials at the Semi-arid Prairie Agricultural Research Centre (SPARC) low-input agricultural systems field day on Aug. 6. The event at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) research station, located just east of Swift Current, was well attended with close to 50 participants. The field day consisted of a tour to the trial plots during the morning and a number of research and invited presentations at the research station's Thomson lecture room in the afternoon. Afterwards there was an opportunity to attend an optional tour to a nearby organic farm.

 

The site for the new 225-bed long-term care facility in Swift Current has changed significantly over the past few months from an open piece of land next to the Cypress Regional Hospital to a busy construction area covered with multiple buildings.

Swift Current swim coach Jackie Powell’s passion for training athletes has taken her across Canada and the world.

The City of Swift Current is able to move ahead with the 2nd Avenue East bridge rehabilitation project with financial support from the federal and provincial governments.

The federal NDP candidate for the Cypress Hills-Grasslands riding is looking forward to meeting voters during the election campaign.

Wymark farmer Marvin Wiens has declared his candidacy for the Liberal Party in the Cypress Hills-Grasslands riding.

The campaign office of the Liberal Party in the Cypress Hills-Grasslands federal riding has been vandalized shortly after the election signs went up in the large windows of a building in downtown Swift Current.

The Swift Current branch of the Saskatchewan Abilities Council hosted a celebrity day in Riverside Park on July 30. It was an opportunity for Summer Fun program participants to interact with representatives from various local organizations, including City Councillor Ron Toles, EMS, Swift Current Fire Department, local media, a prince and princess from the city’s Royal Ball and Cypress Hills-Grasslands Member of Parliament David Anderson. A game to hit a candy-filled piñata with a bat was a very popular activity among Summer Fun program participants. The visit of Swift Current firefighters in their big fire truck was also a highlight. The celebrity day was just one of many Summer Fun program activities during the period July 2 to Aug. 14. This year’s program has a record number of 25 registrants. The program provides a fun and supportive environment for participants to be involved in the community and interact with their peers. Other activities include day trips to Saskatchewan Landing, Lac Pelletier and a berry picking farm, ziplining and horseback riding at the West Bank Bible Camp, movie days, zumba dancing and yoga, and attending a Swift Current Indians baseball game.

 

The 21st annual Mennonite Heritage Village Watermelon Festival took place in Swift Current, July 26. Visitors enjoyed slices of cold watermelon in combination with “roll kuchen”or rolled cookie, which is a deep-fried pastry prepared in large vats of boiling oil. There was a large turnout at the event and people lined up to enter the festival, which included a sale of books on Mennonite history and musical entertainment by Katrina, Archie and Sylvia Neufeld. The festival is the main fundraising event for the village and funds are used for the upkeep of the homestead and church. The Mennonite Heritage Village, which is situated next to Kinetic Exhibition Park, is open from 1 to 6 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays until Sept. 1.

 

 

Young and old had an opportunity to see a variety of farm animals at the annual Down on the Farm event hosted by the Doc's Town Heritage Village in Swift Current, July 26. Maxine Mosiondz brought two Boer cross goats and two bantam chickens and Jan Loeppky-Mackay showed her miniature donkeys. Max and Hedi Gossweiler of Swiss Line Alpacas at Herbert attended with two alpacas. Special programming takes place every Sunday afternoon at the heritage village, which is located at Kinetic Exhibition Park. Hymn singing will take place in the historic church at the village on Aug. 2 at 2 p.m. while there will be a line dance party on Aug. 7 and a country music jam session on Aug. 9 in the Airmen's Billet (H-Hut). The buildings and tea room at Doc's Town is open every Friday through Sunday and holiday Mondays from 1-5 p.m. until September.

 

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