Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

Wednesday, 06 September 2017 16:01

Swift Current SPCA Pooch Plunge, Sept. 4, 2017

Dogs and their owners had a fun time at the Fairview Pool in Swift Current during the Swift Current SPCA's Pooch Plunge, Sept. 4, which took place in partnership with the City of Swift Current's Aquatic Department. All proceeds from this end-of-season dog swim will go to the Swift Current SPCA.

 

The farming community south of Swift Current came together to support a Harvest for Kids project that raised funds to give opportunities to children in developing countries to attend camping programs. A total of 27 combines participated in the harvest of swathed canola on the Hildebrand family farm about 30 kilometres south of Swift Current, Sept. 4. Harvest for Kids will have five local harvest projects for 2017 in Saskatchewan and one in Manitoba. This was the first time a Harvest for Kids project took place in the Swift Current area, and it set a record for the number of combines at a local harvest project in Saskatchewan. Funds from Harvest for Kids projects are used to support the activities of Children’s Camps International (CCI), an evangelical, non-denominational organization that has been doing children’s camping ministry since 2003. CCI is currently running camping programs in five countries – Brazil, Cambodia, Fiji, India, Kenya and Mexico. Flags from these countries were tied to the combines when they arrived for the harvest event at the Swift Current project.

 

The 5th annual Young Ranchman’s All Breeds Livestock Show took place in Swift Current, Aug. 31 to Sept. 3. The event started on Aug. 31 with the public speaking competition in the training centre at the Pattison Agriculture dealership. The remaining activities over the next three days took place at Kinetic Exhibition Park. The event drew participants from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. There were 145 registered participants and 179 class entries, while 197 head of cattle were stalled in the barns for the event. Young Ranchman's is aimed at youth up to the age of 21 years with an interest in livestock and agriculture. It provides them with an opportunity to develop skills and knowledge through showmanship and team grooming competitions. They can also show their creativity by submitting entries for the art and photography contests, and there are also educational workshops. The show includes the Little Ranchers program with learning opportunities in a fun environment for children eight years and younger. They learned about livestock and farm safety, and this year they also received information about the beef production chain. The Southwest Classic Steer Show, an open entry prospect steer show, also took place during the weekend, and there was a conformation show for different breed classes on the final day of the event.

 

The City of Swift Current is set to start buying renewable energy for the electrical distribution grid under the Small Power Producer Program.

A large fire near the community of Glentworth destroyed about 3,500 acres of grazing land on Labour Day.

The farming community south of Swift Current came together to support a Harvest for Kids project that raised funds to give opportunities to children in developing countries to attend camping programs.

Thursday, 07 September 2017 04:56

City to upgrade reservoir and pump house

The City of Swift Current will borrow additional funds to upgrade the South Hill reservoir and pump house, which will increase pumping capacity to households and provide water to SaskPower’s new Chinook Power Station.

Members of the Daughters of the Nile Aurora Club No. 5 in Swift Current are currently selling tickets for their 6th annual lottery ticket draw to raise funds for the Shriners Hospital for Children in Montreal.

The Swift Current SPCA hosted a Pets in the Park community dog walk at Riverside Park, Aug. 27. The support of pet lovers and various sponsors made it possible for the SPCA to raise just over $6,000 for the animal shelter with this event. Individuals qualified to participate in the dog walk along a section of the Chinook Parkway by collecting at least $50 in pledges for the shelter. The activities at the event included various dog-related demonstrations and vendors. One of the vendors was Dana Dyck, a certified groomer and owner of Lil’ Wiggles Small Dog Grooming. She is pictured while providing a grooming demonstration with her one-year-old Norwich Terrier, Sadie.

 

The penultimate Southwest CultureFest, a series of free bi-weekly events in southwest Saskatchewan to celebrate Canada 150 and cultural diversity in the province, took place at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, Aug. 26. This event featured a Bengali song and dance show with singer Jebunnessa Chapola and three dancers, as well as a performance by Iraqi-Canadian spoken word and hip-hop artist Ahmad Majid. Chapola was born in Bangladesh and has been living in Saskatoon for the past six years, where she is a doctoral student in women’s and gender issues while she is also an activist, radio host and singer. Her performance in Swift Current highlighted Bengali musical traditions and the poetic songs of Rabindranath Tagore. Ahmad Majid of Saskatoon is a second-generation Iraqi-Canadian. He uses his poetry and music to address important social and human rights issues. The final event in this festival series takes place at the Lyric Theatre on Sept. 9. It will include a Filipino cultural showcase as well as other performances. Admission is free and the show starts at 7 p.m.

 

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