Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

A Swift Current resident’s life-long admiration for the British Royal family resulted in the creation of a unique doll collection that received the Queen’s attention.

Construction of a new 350-megawatt combined cycle natural gas plant near Swift Current is scheduled to start before the end of the year after last week’s announcement by Crown Investments Corporation (CIC) that SaskPower was selected to build and operate the new facility.

Business and property owners in downtown Swift Current can now apply for a new facade design grant to cover the cost of an architectural rendering for a building’s facade.

The Lyric Theatre hosted the 9th annual Chautauqua Summer Theatre Festival in Swift Current, July 7-9. Four diverse productions were on stage at this year's festival while local performers provided musical and dance entertainment as opening acts. Festival patrons were also able to enjoy music by various local musicians on an outdoor patio set up by the Lyric Theatre during the festival. The Chautauqua festival recalls an important part of the Lyric Theatre's heritage, as the theatre was originally used for Vaudeville shows, which was a series of unrelated theatrical acts and performances. Swift Current's Vanessa Gauvin (pictured) was the opening act for two productions at the festival. She shared songs of her favourite folk and blues musicians as well as her own songs and poems. The other photographs show moments from three of the productions at the festival. The one-woman play Shangri-La by Regina-based actor and director Judy Wensel was the opening production at this year's Chautauqua. She performed the role of a teenager in a prairie town in the early 1960s who is trying to cope with the shock of her 16-year-old sister's pregnancy on the family and the small community. Mentalist Jeff Newman presented his show Letters to West 113th at the festival. Newman, who is based in Lethbridge, used a handful of audience members to participate in his show, which left the audience puzzled and talking about what they have experienced. Ray Gowan was one of the audience members who was asked by Newman to participate. Gowan is pictured throwing a card with the name of a deceased celebrity over his shoulder and holding the name of a deceased celebrity that he thought about and that was correctly written down by Newman on the notepad. Terrance Littletent and Chancz Perry presented their show Hip Hop Hoop Dance at Chautauqua. The two men, who are both from Regina, used their different cultural and dance backgrounds during the family-friendly show to convey a message about tolerance and appreciation for human diversity.

 

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 15:56

Zombie walk in Swift Current, July 8, 2016

The zombies stirred in Swift Current on July 8 for a walk organized by Dead Prairies Productions, an independent Swift Current based not-for-profit movie company. The zombie walk through the city's downtown area was held as a fun event to raise some food and other donations for the Swift Current SPCA and as a prelude to the formal announcement of the official release date for the company's latest movie, Zombageddon 2, which will take place with a screening at the Living Sky Casino on Oct. 6. The company will donate 50 per cent of the proceeds from the new film to the local animal shelter. Dead Prairies Productions has already donated over $11,000 to the Swift Current SPCA from funds raised through previous film projects.

 

Swift Current's inaugural YouthFest provided an evening of fun and entertainment for youth between the ages of 12 and 17 at Riverdene Park, July 7. The event was hosted by the City of Swift Current in association with event partners Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority, Swift Current Community Youth Initiative (The Center), The Boarding House, the Swift Current Fire Department, and the Swift Current Fire Fighters Association Local 1318. TeenSpeak, an initiative by the City of Swift Current to give young people an opportunity to share their views and ideas with the community, was launched at the YouthFest. A video booth was set up in the TeenSpeak tent where the comments and opinions of teenagers were recorded. The City has partnered with The Centre, the Southwest Youth Emergency Shelter, Cypress Health Region and the Swift Current United Way to launch TeenSpeak. Video clips captured from this and future TeenSpeak events will be posted on social media to create a dialogue between youth and the community. Local graffiti artist Mike Kaye gave a demonstration to teenagers before they created their own art pieces. The fire hose soccer was a lot of fun for participants and spectators. Teams attempted to direct a soccer ball with a blast of water from their fire hoses.

 

The members of the Swift Current Seniors Activity Centre are looking for community support to keep the doors of their facility open.

A landmark moment in the creation of Canada’s medicare system happened 70 years ago when Swift Current Health Region No. 1 started to provide medical services on July 1, 1946.

The proponents of a $90 million community-owned wind and solar energy project for the Swift Current area are hoping that the information provided at a public meeting on July 11 at the Credit Union iplex will spark interest from individuals and landowners.

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