Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

The Swift Current Airport was a hive of activity on July 10 with century celebrations hosted by the South West Flying Club. The event was organized to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of Swift Current's city status. Activities during the day included plane rides, a Second World War walking tour and a display of vintage cars. The event coincided with the start of the Century Flight Club's annual cross-Canada tour, which used the Swift Current Airport as the starting point for the trip. The highlight of the day was an aerobatic show by professional air show pilot Dave Mathieson from Chilliwack, B.C., in his high-performance two-seat tandem sport aircraft, the Scheyden MX2. 

 

The Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run arrived in Swift Current on July 10. The peace runners started their North American tour in New York on April 11. The torch relay is visiting communities in the United States, Mexico and Canada to promote a more peaceful world. The tour will reach Ottawa on Aug. 4 and the North American leg of this global peace run will finish in New York on Aug. 15. Activities during their stop in Swift Current included yoga in Riverdene Park, a torch passing ceremony where participants could make a wish or prayer for peace and a torch run along the Chinook Parkway to Riverside Park, where children from the City of Swift Current's Parks and Play Summer Program participated in a peace run ceremony.

 

Cowboy poets Brian Anderson from Hazlet and Swift Current's Bryce Burnett shared their observations about cowboy life with an appreciative audience of around 25 people during a cowboy poetry event hosted by Doc's Town in the old church building on July 6. Burnett's first poetry collection, Homegrown and other poems, has recently been published by Regina publisher DriverWorks Ink. Special programming takes place every Sunday afternoon at Doc's Town heritage village, which is located at Kinetic Exhibition Park in Swift Current. This summer's activities include an antique tractor and car display on July 20 and a 100th anniversary celebration for the blacksmith shop on Aug. 3. Doc's Town is open every Friday through Sunday and holiday Mondays from 1-5 p.m. until September.

 

The Speedy Creek Racing Association hosted its Fan Appreciation race night at Speedy Creek Raceway in Swift Current, July 5. Drivers struggled to keep their vehicles under control during the early heats on a track that became very slippery after it was watered down to control the dust. The feature race winners were Brian Tschetter (Trucks), Tyson Crowe (Hobbies) and Trampus Lacelle (Streets). Racing fans can look forward to the first ever appearance of the spectacular Northern Thunder Dirt Late Models at the Speedy Creek Raceway on July 18 and 19. Racing will start at 7 p.m. on both nights and spectators will have an opportunity to take a ride in a two-seater Late Model during intermission and between heats at $100 per ride. There will only be 11 rides per night and rides can be booked by calling Shannon at 306-741-7723.

 

An innovative riparian restoration project on the banks of the Swift Current Creek will provide valuable information on the control of invasive plant species along waterways.

Children will be able to enjoy the pleasure of reading this summer in an interactive and fun way at the Swift Current Library through innovative storytime programs. The library is participating in the 2014 TD Summer Reading Program, which is a national program to engage children in reading activities during the summer.

The Cypress Health Region is confident the commitments from local authorities towards the 20 per cent community funding share for the new long-term care facility in Swift Current will be achieved by the end of July.

For hundreds of years the scenic Lac Pelletier valley has been an oasis on the prairies for people who settled in the area and since 1964 the regional park has been a popular recreation spot in southwest Saskatchewan. A day-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of Lac Pelletier Regional Park will take place on July 19 with a variety of activities for the entire family.

Concerns over the impact of the closure of the Junction Square bingo hall in Swift Current on local charities were highlighted at a public hearing June 23.

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