Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

Participants in the Swift Current Youth Ministries city-wide food drive on Oct. 31 pass on food items from a trailer to stock the shelves of the Salvation Army food bank.

Saskatoon's Josh Heidt won the 2014 Full Line Ag Saskatchewan Curling Tour Men's Cash Spiel in Swift Current on Nov. 2 by defeating the local rink of Chris Haichert in the final.

The Swift Current and District Chamber of Commerce highlighted the innovation and entrepreneurship of local businesses and not-for-profit organizations during the 16th annual SCBEX Spirit of Swift Current Awards presentation at the Living Sky Casino Sky Centre, Oct. 17. The award winners were: Fresh Start (Not-for-Profit), Bombayman's Restaurant (Start-up/New business), KIVA Studio (Small business), Original Joes (Medium business), and Matrix Solutions Inc. (Large business). The Hall of Fame inductees were Rittinger's Men's Wear and Peavey Mart. The Member Business of the Year award was presented to Pharmasave.

 

The long-term renovation project at the Lyric Theatre will soon be moving into a new phase after the initial work ensured the historical building will remain structurally sound.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall looked relaxed when he stepped up to the podium last week to speak at the first ever commercial-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) process on a coal-fired power plant in the world.

STARS (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society) carried out a training flight to Swift Current on Oct. 1, 2014 with its new AW139 helicopter. It landed at the Cypress Regional Hospital and members of the flight and medical crew conducted interviews with the local media. The AW139 is larger than the existing BK117 helicopters used by STARS in Saskatchewan. It will enhance the service provided by STARS across the province due to faster flying times, a longer range, a larger medical interior and powerful lift capacity. The AW139, which was provided by PotashCorp, will operate out of Saskatoon. The total cost of the new helicopter was approximately $16 million, including $14 million for the helicopter and $2 million for the medical interiors.

 

The Swift Current Agricultural and Exhibition Association hosted the Ranchman's Ridin' and Recitin' event at Kinetic Exhibition Park from Sept. 26-28 to showcase western culture through a variety of activities such as heavy horse events, a cattle pen show, a ranch horse competition, stock dog trials and entertainment that included cowboy poetry readings. The event included the Young Ranchman's All Breeds livestock show to encourage young people to participate in showmanship and confirmation classes as well as other competitions such as public speaking to prepare them to be future agricultural leaders. For an event report and results, see here.

 

 

Over 50 vehicles participated in the 3rd annual Show and Shine at Swift Current's Market Square on Sept. 20, 2014. In previous years the Cruisin' Day theme day was a popular event at Market Square and this year it was even more successful with a large variety of vehicles to look at – from hot rods to muscle cars, trucks and motorcycles. Participants stood a chance to win prizes in a variety of categories and people had an opportunity to vote for their favourite vehicles. The winners were:

Classic: 1st – Tim Heinrichs, 1967 Camaro; 2nd – Ron and Shari Begin, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28; 3rd – Roy Taylor, 1955 Buick Special.

Best in Show: Gary Redekop, 1954 Chevy.

Coolest Car: Lorne Voth, 1969 Road Runner.

Sweetest Motorcycle: Kirt, Harley Davidson Road Glide.

Trucks: 1st – Billy Brewer, 1972 Chev pick-up; 2nd – Gary Lusk, 1955 Mercury.

Voter's Choice: Matthew Byer, 1997 Mustang Cobra.

 

His Royal Highness Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, concluded his three-day visit to Saskatchewan in Swift Current on Sept. 19. He did a walkabout outside the new All Saints Catholic and École Centennial School followed by a tour of the new joint-use school facility. A tree planting ceremony took place during an assembly and his visit concluded with the singing of God Save the Queen.

The Chinook School Division and  Holy Trinity Catholic School Division hosted a VIP and media tour of the new École Centennial School and All Saints Catholic School in Swift Current on Sept. 6. The event started in the All Saints Catholic School with a guided tour by Principal Lenni Zanidean. The piazza at the main entrance of the school includes a striking mural and a chapel. The school's design has been guided by input from students, and classrooms, called learning studios, have removable garage door style walls that can be opened up to create open learning areas. Earthy tones of brown, green, orange and yellow dominate the colour scheme of this new pre-Kindergarten to Grade 8 school. The tour included a visit to the common areas shared between the two schools, including the library, music room, industrial arts class and a daycare. École Centennial School Principal Bryan Braun provided a tour of the new dual track pre-Kindergarten to Grade 8 public school for all French immersion in Swift Current as well as English programming for students north of the Trans-Canada Highway. Shades of blue are the dominant design colour for the school and the building has been designed to provide plenty of natural light and collaborative learning spaces. It includes open concept washroom spaces for students to make supervision easier and to reduce the potential of bullying in these areas. In addition to the gymnasium with exercise equipment on a mezzanine, there is a large carrefour (the French word for marketplace or public square) where assembly meetings and other events can take place.

 

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