Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

Friday, 20 October 2017 09:34

Prairie Quill Writers Group was impressive

The members of the Prairie Quills Writers Group released their latest anthology with an evening of reading and music at the Art Gallery of Swift Current, Oct. 13. 

Two African grandmothers will be among the guest speakers at a book launch in Swift Current for a new book about grandmothers across the African continent who raised children orphaned by the AIDS pandemic.

The construction of a new equipment storage facility for the City of Swift Current's heavy equipment will result in long-term cost saving on leased storage space.

The Chinook School Division's transportation department is looking at ways to operate the bus fleet more efficiently due to budget constraints while at the same time implementing a right-sizing process to reduce operating and maintenance costs.

There are 30 fewer students enrolled in Chinook School Division for the 2017-18 school year.

The Swift Current Comprehensive High School Colts football team eliminated the Weyburn Eagles from the playoffs with a 24-0 win at Colts Field, Oct. 14. The Colts finished the regular season in fourth place with a 3-3 record while the Eagles finished in fifth spot with a 2-4 record. The Colts secured their quarter final win during the first half with two touchdowns by Nic Bachiu and another by Parker Strojwas for a 22-0 lead at halftime. The Colts will travel to Moose Jaw to play their semi-final game against the Peacock Tornadoes, Oct. 21. The Tornadoes ended the regular season in second spot with a 5-1 record. They won their quarter final game 49-6 against the Estevan Elecs.

 

The members of the Prairie Quills Writers Group released their latest anthology with an evening of reading and music at the Art Gallery of Swift Current, Oct. 13. Eight members read from their contributions to the group's sixth anthology, “Change is Not a Four-Letter Word.” Each anthology has a different theme to present a new challenge to the writers and this time the theme was change. The writers tackled the theme from various perspectives. Dianne Miller's story “Plain Jane” reflects on the unintended consequences of a young woman's decision to change her appearance, while Tina-Marie Letwiniuk wrote about relationships and life changing events in “Love at First Byte.” Tekeyla Friday read from her science fiction adventure “Ship of Doom” about the interstellar journey of a fashion designer and her android models. Irene Bingham's story refers to the change experienced by a farm girl who moves to town for her high school education, while Peggy Worrell's story “Aggie's Troubles” is inspired by a true event on a farm, when a tragic accident changed a family's future. Anthea Loran read an excerpt from a story about her own life experience of growing up as a twin, and she also read a poem about autumn. Madelon Smid's romantic short story “Only Seconds” explores an encounter between a musician and a rancher that changed their future, and Joyce Olesen's story “When Borghild Stepped off the Train” tells the story of a young Swedish woman's journey to the prairies to join her older brother on his farm in Saskatchewan. The Prairie Quills Writers Group meets every third Tuesday  of the month at the Pharmasave meeting room in Swift Current. New members are always welcome. For more information, contact Letwiniuk at 306-741-1852 or send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Thursday, 19 October 2017 12:37

Open Stage at the Lyric Theatre, Oct. 12, 2017

Swift Current's Lyric Theatre provides an opportunity to local musicians to perform on stage at a live event during the monthly Open Stage. There were a variety of musical styles on display at the most recent Open Stage, Oct. 12. This event takes place on the second Thursday of every month with an open jam session from 7-8 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. The next Open Stage takes place Nov. 9.

 

A queen visited Swift Current to assist the members of the Daughters of the Nile Aurora Club No. 5 with the draw for their 6th annual lottery ticket sale, Oct. 12. Peggy Murray, the 2017 queen of Sakkara Temple No. 115, came from Calgary for the draw with a delegation of members from the fraternal organization. The group also attended a luncheon and meeting hosted by the Aurora Club. Oct. 11. Total prize money for the ticket draw increased to $2,500 for 2017. A total of 1,118 tickets were sold and the Aurora Club will raise about $15,000 for the convalescent endowment fund of the Shriners Hospital for Children in Montreal. All three winning tickets were purchased by Swift Current residents. The $1,000 first prize winner is Ron Young, the $800 second prize will go to Linda Benson and the winner of the $700 third prize is Kevin Zerr.

 

Prairie author Thelma Poirier of Glentworth was the guest speaker at the Swift Current Museum's monthly lunch and learn, Oct. 11. She spoke about her latest publication, “The Grasslanders – Ranch Stories from Grasslands National Park.” The book is a tribute to the ranchers who lived on the land before the establishment of Grasslands National Park. It tells the stories of the ranchers and their families in their own voice. Poirier was contracted by Parks Canada to write the book and she used information from countless interviews with ranchers as well as her own historical research.

 

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