Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg


The Farm Credit Canada (FCC) Drive Away Hunger tractor collected 153,000 pounds in food and cash donations for the local food bank on Oct. 22. The 2015 campaign started in May and concluded during the week of Oct. 19 to 23 with tractor tours in four provinces, including Saskatchewan. The tractor tour in Swift Current had 18 stops at various businesses and schools. The final stop was at the Salvation Army in the city, where bags of food were off-loaded at the food bank.


The Prairie Quills Writers Group hosted a reading with the theme Constellations in the Valley at the Swift Current Branch Library, Oct. 22. The theme inspired the members of the group to write poetry and prose about topics as diverse as the the beauty of the night sky to the growing stream of refugees to Europe. The nine members of the group who participated in the reading are Irene Bingham, Tekeyla Friday, William Gibbs, Tina-Marie Letwiniuk, Anthea Loran, Dianne Miller, Joyce Olesen, Madelon Smid and Peggy Worrell. Musical entertainment at the event was provided by local musician Becky Neustater.

Diversity was celebrated at a multicultural evening hosted by Central School in Swift Current, Oct. 22. The event, which has been taking place for a number of years, started with a potluck supper and was followed by a program of music and dance that included performances by Central School students as well as a choir made up of members of the Great Plains College ESL class. The Central School Grade 3-7 choir performed the song Give a little, Give a lot for the first time in public at the event. They will perform the song when they audition for Telemiracle 40 in Regina on Nov. 7. The song was written by Central School students during a two-day songwriting workshop with Canadian singer-songwriter Jeffery Straker at the school in September.


The 10th annual Battle of the Southwest between the men's and women's volleyball teams of the Great Plains College SunDogs and the Millar College Edge took place at the O.M. Irwin School gymnasium in Swift Current, Oct. 21. This annual volleyball challenge between the Millar College of the Bible and the Great Plains College results in strong support from fans and an intense court battle between the teams for the coveted Southwest Cup. The Millar Edge teams were able to hold on to the trophies for another year by winning both games. The Edge women's team won in two sets with a score of 25-14 in each set. The men's game turned into to three-set battle with Millar Edge winning the first set 25-18 and the SunDogs taking the nailbiting second set 27-25, but Millar took the third set 15-9.


Saskatchewan’s under-performing carbon capture facility is certainly not good news for Premier Brad Wall as he prepares to attend the upcoming United Nations climate change conference, which will take place from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11 in Paris, France.

The innovation and success of local businesses and not-for-profit organizations were celebrated during the 17th annual SCBEX Spirit of Swift Current Awards presentation at the Living Sky Casino Sky Centre, Oct. 23. A capacity crowd attended the gala event, which was hosted by the Swift Current & District Chamber of Commerce. The winners in the different categories are (photographs in same order as mentioned below):

Not-for-Profit – Swift Current Community Youth Initiative (The Centre)

Start-up/New Business – Black Bridge Brewery

Small Business – Smart Flowers

Medium Business – Crutch's Plumbing and Heating

Large Business – Home Hardware

Hall of Fame Inductee – Standard Motors

Member Business of the Year – Pinnacle Source for Sports



Very high winds caused damage in residential and business areas in Swift Current on Oct. 11. According to Environment Canada a fast moving cold front across southern Saskatchewan was accompanied by strong winds with wind gusts up to 100 km/h, but the highest wind speeds of 120 km/h occurred at Swift Current. There was damage to properties across the city. Traffic was diverted along the zero block of Central Avenue North after roofing material from an unoccupied building ended up on the street. Roofs and fences were damaged, and there were fallen trees in many neighbourhoods. There were a few close calls when trees came down near homes and at least two vehicles were damaged by toppling trees. During the evening there was a power outage for about an hour in an area just east of the downtown for repair work on power lines. Three grain bins were blown over by the strong wind on the site of the Pioneer Co-op Agronomy Centre on the city’s west side. One bin fell across a fence on top of three brand new trucks parked on the adjacent Cypress Motors property.


The formal opening of the Swift Current SPCA's new cat playroom took place at the shelter on Oct. 10. The playroom is dedicated to the memory of Alysa Young, an animal lover who worked with animals and died six years ago in her early twenties. The ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by family and friends of Alysa, including her parents and grandparents.


Family, friends and dog owners gathered in Swift Current’s Elmwood Park for the 6th annual Alysa Young Memorial Walk in support of the Swift Current SPCA, Oct. 10. People and their pooches enjoyed a relaxing walk on a beautiful fall afternoon along the Chinook Parkway to Riverside Park on the city’s south side, where a ceremony took place and balloons were released in memory of animal lover Alysa Young, who died six years ago.


The Saskatoon group Rosie & the Riveters visited Swift Current on Oct. 8 for the start of their Good Clean Fun album release tour. The four members of the group visited the Riverview Village Estates in the afternoon for a private show to the residents of this retirement community. That evening they performed with their full band at the Lyric Theatre. The group performs upbeat folk music in a toe-tapping 1940s style. 


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