Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

The centennial celebrations to commemorate the incorporation of Swift Current as a city started in grand style with around 3,000 people attending the Centennial Day Extravaganza at the Credit Union iPlex on Jan. 15. The event took place exactly 100 years after the City's incorporation on Jan. 15, 1914 and the focus was on celebrating the community's past through historic exhibits, community booths that also presented the history of various organizations and an extravaganza performance with drama, dance and music.

 

The Great Plains College and the Swift Current Robotics Club signed a partnership agreement on Jan. 9, 2014 that resulted in the creation of the Great Plains Robotics Club. Under the terms of the agreement the college will provide the club with space for meetings, storage, construction and testing of new robots. In return the club will recognize the college as a visionary partner for the duration of the agreement. The event included a demonstration of the Swift Current Robotics Club's frisbee shooting robot that was built last year for the FIRST Robotics regional competition in Calgary.

 

Saturday, 14 December 2013 16:50

Lyric Theatre Christmas Matinee, Dec. 14, 2013

The 5th annual Lyric Theatre Christmas Matinee continues a tradition that started many decades ago at Swift Current's historic theatre, when a Christmas movie was shown to children. This year's matinee took place on Dec. 14 and 15, starting at 2 p.m. on both days. The program started a classic Disney short film from 1952, followed by an on-stage theatrical production by members of the Swift Current Little Theatre group, carol singing with local musician Michael Eckert-Lyngstad and storytime with Tekeyla Friday. Children also made Rudolf the red-nosed reindeer gifts during a craft session before the big moment when Santa arrived.

The CP Holiday Train rolled into Swift Current on a bitterly cold day, with a wind chill of around -46 degrees Celsius at the time of its arrival. The weather conditions delayed its scheduled arrival in Swift Current, but people waited patiently in their vehicles and then braved the cold to welcome the train in the city. Deputy Mayor Denis Perrault welcomed the train to the community and CP employee Scott Nelson presented a cheque of $5,500 to Swift Current Salvation Army Captain Michael Ramsay. Melanie Doane and Doc Walker provided the musical entertainment.

 

British fundraising adventurer Jamie McDonald arrived in Swift Current on Nov. 24 on his current mission to cross Canada from east to west by running without any support team. His goal is to complete his 5,000 mile "Run for the Future" trip in 275 days. Swift Current resident Warren Dudar went out to Rush Lake to run with McDonald. Nine-year-old Amisha Hockridge of Swift Current, who is the 2013 Champion Child of the Children's Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan, welcomed McDonald to the city. Const. Manuel Borges presented a cheque of $495 to McDonald. The money was collected by members of the City of Swift Current and Leader RCMP detachments. McDonald is running to raise funds for different children's hospitals or foundations in each province in Canada and donations in the United Kingdom will go towards British charities Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity and the Pied Piper Appeal. For more information about his journey, visit his website at www.jamiemcdonald.org

 

Swift Current residents have an opportunity until Saturday to donate gently used warm clothing to SaskEnergy's relaunched Share the Warmth program.

Over 70 vehicles participated in the 2nd annual Show and Shine at Swift Current's Market Square on Sept. 21, 2013. The inaugural Cruisin' Day theme day was a popular event and this year it was even more successful with a greater variety of vehicles - from hot rods to muscle cars, motorcycles and tractors - for visitors to look at. Registered participants stood a chance to win prizes in a variety of categories. The winners were Dana Zacharuk (Best in Show - 1964 Corvette), Brad Bakken (Coolest Car - 1970 Barracuda), Don Bijou (Sweetest Motorcycle - 2005 Hellbound Steel Wicked Softail), Rick McAlpine (Classic, first place - 1950 Mercury), Earl Wagner (Classic, second place - 1943 Army Harley-Davidson), Garry Lusk (Classic, third place - 1955 Merc truck), Honourable mention - Earl Karr and other tractors.

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