Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

A 350 ton all-terrain mobile crane was used to lift 28 modular housing units in place at the Chelsea Green townhouse development on South Railway Street East in Swift Current from Dec. 8 to 11. Chelsea Green is a “systems built” property development by Crownwest Continental Developments. The first two phases of the project, consisting of a total of 32 units, were completed between 2011 and 2014. Work is currently taking place to complete the 24-unit third phase of the project. A moving crew was on site for four days to install the fully constructed ready-to-move units, which were built by Jayco Builders in Bow Island, Alberta, and then transported on flatbed trucks to Swift Current.

 

The final sitting of the Saskatchewan Legislature before the next provincial election was a useful dress rehearsal for the upcoming political campaigns of the Saskatchewan Party and the Saskatchewan NDP.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Swift Current presented a live outdoor nativity pageant as a service to the community to make it possible for families to enjoy the true spirit of Christmas. There were three showings on Dec. 3 and four showings per night on Dec. 4 and 5, each 15 minutes long. This was the fifth time since 2010 that the outdoor nativity took place to tell the story of the birth of Jesus. The pageant involved 14 actors with a few more angels on some nights, a number of backstage volunteers and a handful of live animals. The cast consisted of members of the local congregation as well as community volunteers. Refreshments were provided by the women of the church after each showing. This year's performance was directed by Esther Dudragne, who played the role of Mary in the previous outdoor nativity hosted in 2013. She was assisted by co-directors Rosemary Unger and Jason Parsons.

 

The Swift Current Comprehensive High School (SCCHS) Junior Ardens basketball team won gold at their Dec. 4-5 home tournament. The Ardens were undefeated with four wins, starting on Friday afternoon with a 30-24 victory against Moose Jaw's Vanier Collegiate Institute and a 35-24 win that evening against another Moose Jaw team, the Central Collegiate Cyclones. The Ardens continued their winning ways on Saturday by defeating the Eston Mustangs 27-19 and also beating the Leader Saints with a score of 46-16. Pictured is action from the Ardens game against Vanier Collegiate Institute.

 

Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:27

SADD traffic stop in Swift Current, Dec. 2, 2015

Members of the Students Against Drinking and Driving (SADD) chapter at Swift Current Comprehensive High School (SCCHS) held a traffic stop in association with the RCMP on Central Avenue North in Swift Current on Dec. 2 to ask motorists to drive safely during the festive season. In addition to a reminder not to drink and drive, students handed out candy and red SADD ribbons to motorists at the checkstop.

 

The Great Plains College SunDogs hosted around 200 athletes and coaches in Swift Current on Nov. 27 and 28 during the 2015 Western Canadian College Open Volleyball Championship. Men's and women's teams from seven colleges in three provinces (Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan) participated in the championships. Games were played on the volleyball courts at O.M. Irwin School and Swift Current Comprehensive High School. Pictures is action from three games played on Nov. 27. The Great Plains College SunDogs men played in their opening game against the Université de Saint–Boniface Les Rouges from Winnipeg. The SunDogs lost the game in two sets (25-14 and 25-21). The Great Plains College SunDogs women also played their opening game against the Université de Saint–Boniface Les Rouges. The Manitoba team won in two sets (25-4 and 25-11). The Millar College of the Bible Edge men opened their tournament against the Université de Saint–Boniface Les Rouges. The two teams had a tight game but Millar had the edge and won in two sets (25-21 and 25-19). Assiniboine Community College Cougars won gold in the women's competition while Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatoon Amaruks took home silver and Canadian Mennonite University Blazers were the bronze medalists. In the men's competition the Canadian Mennonite University Blazers won gold, Millar College of the Bible Edge took second place and Prairie Bible Institute Pilots placed third.

 

The 605 Tarry Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets hosted a dinner and dance in Swift Current to celebrate the squadron's 60th anniversary in the community. The gala took place at the Legion Hall on Nov. 28 with a former CF-18 fighter pilot, retired Lt. Col. Desmond Brophy, as guest speaker. The Toon Town Big Band, a 17-piece band from Saskatoon, provided musical entertainment during the evening.

 

Swift Current Broncos fans showed their generosity when hundreds of teddy bears rained onto the ice after Jake DeBrusk scored the home team's first goal late in the first period of the teddy bear toss game against the Prince Albert Raiders, Nov. 28. This year's event collected 757 teddy bears and 540 toques, mittens and scarves for the Swift Current Salvation Army's Christmas campaign. The Raiders won the game 2-1.

 

The Swift Current SPCA received some help from Santa and Mrs Claus at the annual Santa Paws fundraiser, Nov 28. Pet owners visited Cowtown in downtown Swift Current to have their pets photographed with the two North Pole visitors. This year's event raised just over $375 for the animal shelter. There are many ways for people to still show their support for the Swift Current SPCA this festive season. The 2016 pet calendars are on sale for $10 and the SPCA is also selling tickets for the “I'm dreaming of a warm Christmas” winter raffle. The raffle draw date is Dec. 23. There are four different prizes available for a $2 ticket and an opportunity to win a $1,000 travel voucher with a $5 ticket. The calendars and raffle tickets are on sale at the shelter, SPCA Bookstore, and several business locations in the city or by calling Teresa Cole at 306-773-1292. The SPCA will also appreciate donations of items for the shelter during the festive season. A full list of needed items are available on the shelter blog on the SPCA website at www.spcaswiftcurrent.com

 

The concert “A cozy evening with Prairie Spirit” took place in the intimate setting of the Family Community Church in Swift Current. Nov. 21. Prairie Spirit is an auditioned choral group from Swift Current under the direction of Marcia McLean and with accompanist Sheila Braun. The choir has recently received the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association (SMFA) Betty Tydeman Memorial Choral Award for 2015. McLean is also the director of the Swift Current Oratorio Choir, which will present its Christmas concert “Once upon a Winter’s Night” at the United Church in Shaunavon on Dec. 6 and at the Zion Mennonite Church in Swift Current on Dec. 7.

 

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