Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 15:47

Premier Brad Wall not yet ready to leap

Last week’s throne speech to start the first session of the 28th Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan was for the most part without any surprises, but with one puzzling exception.

Vision Care Clinic in downtown Swift Current presented a cheque of $7,500 to the Swift Current United Way as a gold sponsor of the 2nd annual Foundation of Hope Gala, which will take place at the Living Sky Casino Sky Centre, Nov. 5.

The Speedy Creek Racing Association (SCRA) season opener took place on the newly named Living Sky Casino Speedway at Swift Current's Kinetic Exhibition Park, May 15. Dirt racers competed in three racing classes and there was plenty of action on the track during the afternoon to entertain racing fans. Racing was very competitive and the heat races in all classes had different winners. The feature race winners were Jason Duclos (Boston Pizza Modifieds), Mike Dionne (Innovation Credit Union Street Stocks) and Kevin Prestie (NAPA Auto Parts Hobby Stocks). The next race day will be June 4 at 7 p.m. Below are the full race results:

Napa Auto Parts Hobby Stocks:

Heat 1 : Kevin Prestie; Heat 2: Trevor Monk; Feature race: 1st: Kevin Prestie, 2nd: Trevor Monk, 3rd: Carson Crowe, 4th: Dave Koethler.

Innovation Credit Union Street Stocks:

Heat 1A: Mike Dionne; Heat 1B: Stefan Klym; Heat 2A: Clay Nelson; Heat 2B: Destiny Klym; Feature race: 1st: Mike Dionne, 2nd: Stefan Klym, 3rd: Eric Jansen, 4th: Colin Johnston.

Boston Pizza Modifieds:

Heat1A: Brody Crowe; Heat1B: Kelly Baumann; Heat2A: Jason Duclos; Heat2B: Kelly Baumann; Feature race: 1st: Jason Duclos, 2nd: Coty Smith, 3rd: Scott Pain, 4th: Ross Statham.

 

Five military veterans were thanked for their service to the country during a Quilts of Valour Canada presentation at the Swift Current Quilter's Guild quilt show at Kinetic Exhibition Park's Palliser Pavilion, May 14. Swift Current Mayor Jerrod Schafer and Moose Jaw North MLA Warren Michelson presented each veteran with a hand-made quilt from Quilts of Valour, a Canadian charity founded in Edmonton in 2006 to acknowledge the contribution of injured Canadian Armed Forces members and military veterans. The recipients of the quilts were Second World War veterans Gordon Hartley, Fred Barlow and Ervin Seibel, as well as Canadian Armed Forces veterans Shannon Barnes and Theresa Brown. Second World War veteran Marion Miller was unable to attend for health reasons, but Quilts of Valour representative Cheryl Dvernichuk and Cheryl Vangen of the Swift Current Quilter's Guild presented a quilt to Miller in the Cypress Regional Hospital on May 13.

 

Close to 200 quilts were on display at a two-day quilt show hosted by the Swift Current Quilter's Guild at Kinetic Exhibition Park's Palliser Pavilion, May 14 and 15. The show was an opportunity for quilters from the area to attend demonstrations and to do some shopping at the stalls of quilting supply vendors.  A highlight of the event was a Quilts of Valour ceremony on May 14 to present quilts to local veterans who have served with the Canadian Armed Forces.

 

The 10th annual SunDogs Auction Extravaganza took place at the Swift Current campus of Great Plains College, May 13. The event has raised over $100,000 during the past nine years for the Great Plains College SunDogs Athletics program. Proceeds from these events have been used to enhance the athletics program and to provide scholarship opportunities to student-athletes. Lisa Thomaidis, the head coach of the University of Saskatchewan Huskies women's basketball team, was the guest speaker at the 10th annual Great Plains College SunDogs Auction Extravaganza in Swift Current, May 13. She is a four-time Canada West Coach of the Year and a two-time CIS Coach of the Year. She was appointed as head coach of the Canadian Women's national team in 2013. Swift Current auctioneer Brett Jensen was responsible for taking bids on items during the live auction.

 

Anthony Drake, the designer of the Saskatchewan flag, has returned to the community where he was a teacher 47 years ago when he won a provincial competition to select a new provincial flag. Anthony and his wife Joan, who are from England, are currently visiting the province. He was a 27-year-old high school teacher in Hodgevillle in 1969 when a provincial flag selection committee picked his design from over 4,000 entries as the new flag for Saskatchewan. The Drakes returned to England before the new flag was officially unveiled in September 1969. Their current visit to the province is the result of an initiative by Gail and Mirek Hapanowicz to give more prominence to Hodgeville as the home of Saskatchewan's flag. Gail and Mirek are the owners of the Hodgeville Skool Inn & Hub in the former school building where Anthony was an English teacher when he designed the flag. A number of events took place in Hodgeville on May 12 to give recognition to Anthony. He made a presentation to students at Hodgeville School during the morning. Students and residents joined Anthony and Joan for a walking tour of the village. They walked past the former hospital, which is now the village museum, where their daughter Alison was born. A ribbon cutting ceremony took place at the Hodgeville Skool Inn & Hub and Anthony unveiled a Saskatchewan flag with his signature and a message. Afterwards there was a meet and greet with the Drakes in the gym. The Drakes will visit a number of communities in the province before they return to England at the end of the month. On May 18 they will be guests of the Saskatchewan Legislature and they will also have a meeting with Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield.

 

Anthony Drake, the designer of the Saskatchewan flag, was the guest of honour at the weekly parade of the Swift Current cadets, May 11. He watched the raising of the Canadian and Saskatchewan flags and inspected the cadets. During his address to the cadets he urged them to follow their dreams and to be willing to take on a challenge. Anthony and his wife Joan, who are from England, are currently visiting the province. He was a 27-year-old high school teacher in Hodgevillle in 1969 when a provincial flag selection committee picked his design from over 4,000 entries as the new flag for Saskatchewan. The Drakes returned to England before the new flag was officially unveiled in September 1969. This parade with the Swift Current cadets was his first opportunity to see an official flag raising ceremony with the flag that he designed 47 years ago. Earlier during the day the Drakes attended events at the Swift Current Museum and Riverview Village Estates. Their current visit to the province is the result of an initiative by Gail and Mirek Hapanowicz to give more prominence to Hodgeville as the home of Saskatchewan's flag. Gail and Mirek are the owners of the Hodgeville Skool Inn & Hub in the former school building where Anthony was an English teacher when he designed the flag. The Drakes will visit a number of communities in the province before they return to England at the end of the month. On May 18 they will be guests of the Saskatchewan Legislature and they will also have a meeting with Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield.

 

The Prpick BO$$ Mother Earth run/walk took place along the scenic Chinook Parkway in Swift Current, May 7. The event catered for participants of all ages and fitness levels, who could run or walk over distances of 10, 5, two or one kilometre. A portion of the race registration funds will be donated towards Southwest Homes recycling program and initiatives. The run/walk was organized by local Shaklee product distributors Stephanie Prpick-Boss and Stephen Boss. They have organized a number of other running events that will take place in the area during the rest of the year. There will be a run at Lac Pelletier on July 9, the SwiftACTION run on Oct. 1 and the SWEATer run/walk in Swift Current on Dec. 3.

 

Great Plains College graduates celebrated their academic achievements with family and friends during the spring graduation ceremony at the Living Sky Casino Sky Centre, May 6. It was the highest attendance ever at a college graduation ceremony with 96 graduates and 260 guests present for the event, which was held for students from the Maple Creek and Swift Current campuses of the college. Academic and achievement awards were also presented to students in 24 categories representing a variety of programs and courses. A total of 120 graduates completed programs during the academic year at the two college campuses. Moose Jaw Wakamow MLA Greg Lawrence brought greetings on behalf of the provincial government and the Ministry of Advanced Education. Deputy Mayor Ron Toles brought greetings from the City of Swift Current. Great Plains College Board Chair George Janzen and Great Plains College President and CEO David Keast also addressed the audience. Administrative assistant graduate Becky Neustaeter, who has just released her debut album, performed a song during the graduation ceremony.

 

 

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