Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

An old fire truck will find a final resting place in the village where it was used by the Vanguard Fire Department to battle some major fires in the early 1960s.

The City of Swift Current has made a funding commitment towards the redevelopment of the former St. Patrick school site as part of an application for infrastructure funding from the federal government.

Residents from Cabri and the surrounding area were able to raise more than $100,000 in just six months to purchase a new Handi-Van for the community.

A Swift Current couple’s dedication to the fight against diabetes has been recognized with a national award.

The 12th annual SaskPower Windscape Kite Festival took place in Swift Current, June 25-26. The event has grown into a major summer attraction in the city that draws visitors from across Saskatchewan and other provinces as well as other countries. The event is an opportunity to watch choreographed kite flying by celebrity flyers, learn how to fly a kite in the public area or enjoy the variety of entertainment activities available for the entire family. A kinetic wind sculpture garden displayed the artworks of 23 participating artists. The art pieces have been designed to interact with the wind.

 

Refugee Week celebrations in Swift Current concluded on a high note with entertainment and presentations on the main stage at Market Square, June 25. The event included an announcement by the Swift Current and Area Ministerial Association (SCAMA) Refugee Committee that their efforts to sponsor a refugee family from Syria will reach an important milestone with the arrival of a family of 13 people at Regina International Airport on July 12. Various activities took place in Swift Current during Refugee Week to raise awareness and a better understanding of why people look for sanctuary in another country and the contribution they can make to communities. It was organized due to an initiative by local community and church groups, which resulted in the first ever proclamation of Refugee Week by the City of Swift Current at a council meeting, June 20. The activities on Market Square included musical entertainment, a book reading to children and the introduction of the Etmeh family, who has been sponsored by the First United Church to come to Swift Current under the federal government’s resettlement program for Syrian refugees. Swift Current Mayor Jerrod Schafer and Cypress Hills-Grasslands MP David Anderson were present to welcome them to the city and a formal letter of welcome from Swift Current MLA and Premier Brad Wall was also presented to them. People had an opportunity to create messages of welcome for the refugee family, which will be used to create a poster to welcome them when they arrive at Regina Airport on July 12.

 

There were four nights of quality entertainment under a big top tent at the Long Day's Night Music Festival in Swift Current, June 23-26. The event, which takes place in association with the Windscape Kite Festival, featured entertainers from different musical genres from across the country. The performers on June 23 were Saskatoon electro/pop band We Were Lovers and The Wet Secrets, a six-piece rock ‘n roll dance band from Edmonton. Regina’s Johnny McCuaig Band, a rock a roll band that includes a bagpipe player, shared the stage with DJ Baby Daddy’s retro sounds from the ‘50s to ‘80s on June 24. Two Ontario bands, Toronto’s garage pop band Little Junior and Ottawa’s indie rock band Hollerado, were on stage on June 25. The festival concluded on June 26 with performances by Regina’s rock-folk band Nick Faye & The Deputies and Vancouver’s roots-rock band The Matinee. Pictured are the performances by We Were Lovers and The Wet Secrets on opening night, June 23.

 

The Great Plains College English Language Training Program hosted an expo at the First United Church in Swift Current on June 23 as part of Refugee Week celebrations in the city. People learned more about the countries of origin of English as Second Language (ESL) students at the different booths and they were able to enjoy food from each country. Other booths provided information about the challenges being faced by students as they adjust to life in Canada, what they like about Canada, and an overview of the history of refugees in Canada.

 

The Swift Current Broncos has started the search for a new head coach and general manager after last week’s announcement that Mark Lamb has been hired as the new head coach of the Tucson Roadrunners in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Thirteen racers from Swift Current and Moose Jaw participated in the annual soap box derby down the hill on Central Avenue North in Swift Current, June 19. There were six racers in the junior class and seven competitors in the senior class. The event has been a popular Father's Day activity in Swift Current for over 30 years. Below are the results from the competition:

Senior A: 1st Johnathan Ferris (Moose Jaw), 2nd Amisha Hockridge (Swift Current), 3rd Cassandra Katerynych (Moose Jaw), 4th Dakoda McNabb (Moose Jaw).

Senior B: 1st Berkley Regier (Swift Current), 2nd Rhett Oakman (Swift Current), 3rd Jordan Carle (Moose Jaw).

Junior A: 1st Jacob Dickson (Swift Current), 2nd Ayden Snyder (Swift Current), 3rd Serenity Laverdiere (Swift Current), 4th Aiden Jahnke (Swift Current).

Junior B: 1st Joshua Laverdiere (Swift Current), 2nd Connor Jesney (Swift Current).

Sportmanship Award: Junior Girls – Serenity Laverdiere, Junior Boys – Connor Jesney, Senior Boys – Berkley Regier, Senior Girls – Cassandra Katerynych.

Grease Monkey Award: Senior Division – Jordan Carle, Junior Division – Jacob Dickson.

Hard Luck Award: Senior Division – Jordan Carle, Junior Division – Connor Jesney.

 

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