Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

The former Swift Current museum building was demolished on May 5 to make way for the development of the new Frank Rempel Centennial Plaza in the city's downtown area. The clearing of the site was scheduled to be completed by the end of the week. The building dates from the 1920s and used to be a dance hall in earlier years. The City of Swift Current sold the lot in 2008 for approximately $125,000 after the museum moved to its current location. The old building has not been used for some time and the City recently purchased the site for an amount of $190,000 to use for the development of a plaza to commemorate the 2014 centennial celebrations. S3 Enterprises donated $50,000 towards the development of the Frank Rempel Centennial Plaza. The City's intention is to create an interactive monument with 10 sculptured columns on the plaza to tell the story of Swift Current's first 100 years. The plaza will be part of a broader development to create a market district in the downtown area around Market Square.

 

Maverick School hosted its annual Through our Eyes coffeehouse and art auction at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current on April 29 and 30. The event featured musical performances by talented Maverick students. A variety of student and professional art works were on display for the silent and live auctions. Student created pottery, stained glass, paintings, drawings and photographic art for the auctions. The first night was almost a full house with a lively and enthusiastic audience and the second night was sold out. The live and silent auctions on both nights raised a total of $7,194. Total income from the event, including 50/50 tickets and sponsorship support, was nearly $20,000. All proceeds from the annual event will be used to support the arts education program at the school.

 

Drama students from Swift Current Comprehensive High School (SCCHS) presented an encore performance of the award-winning comedy  “The 9 worst breakups of all time” at the school on April 30. The students presented this comedy at the recent Saskatchewan Drama Association (SDA) Region 3 Drama Festival in Swift Current, which was hosted by SCCHS on April 17 and 18, and won best overall production with this production. The students will be performing the comedy at the SDA Provincial Festival at the University of Regina on May 7.

 

The Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation reported on a successful year of fundraising efforts to support health care in southwest Saskatchewan at the 2015 annual general meeting.

The Swift Current Redneck Betties gave fans plenty to cheer about during the team's first home bout of the season at the Credit Union iPlex, April 25. The Betties dominated the game from the start to take a 168-58 halftime lead. The Kindersley Crude Hitters were unable to recover during the second period and the Betties won 310-102. The Swift Current team will play their next home game against the Billings Derby Dames on May 30.

 

The success of the historical musical drama The Cypress Hills would never be the same continued with another sold out performance at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, April 22-25. The play by Swift Current playwright Stew Tasche was originally performed at the Lyric Theatre in November 2014, when all shows sold out well in advance. This time there were five performances, with a matinee on April 22 that was attended by 190 students from different schools across the region, and four evening shows. Due to the high interest in this production an additional 40 adults attended the matinee and the 158 tickets for each evening performance were all sold out.

 

A long-time Swift Current tradition in support of the Saskatchewan Abilities Council took place at the Frontier Bowling Lanes on April 25 with the 27th annual Ability Bowl. The theme of this year's fundraising event was Birthday Bowl in celebration of the 50 years of community support to the Swift Current branch. Swift Current Mayor Jerrod Schafer threw the first ball at the start of the event. A total of 33 teams with 165 bowlers participated in the event to raise funds for the programs and services provided to over 2,000 people with varying abilities at the Swift Current branch of Saskatchewan Abilities Council. The top individual fundraisers were Deanne Larson from the team Signs ‘n Such ($5,286.00) and Dorothy Quebec ($2,650.00). Aaron Matthews received the Bob Hayes Memorial plaque for the Saskatchewan Abilities Council client who raised the most funds. He raised $1,278.00. The top fundraising team was Signs ‘n Such ($8,686.00) and the second place team was Birthday Partiers ($2,802.50).

 

The  Speedy Creek Model Railroad Club hosted a model railroading day at the Swift Current Salvation Army on April 25 to share the fun of running trains with others and to make people aware of their activities. The club currently has seven members and anyone interested in trains can join them at their weekly gathering. Their new club room is located in the former pump house at the Swift Current Airport, where they meet every Wednesday at 7 p.m. For more information about the club, contact Pat Newburgh at 306-773-6949.

 

The weeklong South West Victim Services regional relay concluded with a ceremony at the Kinetic Park Stockade in Swift Current on April 24. The event took place in communities across southwest Saskatchewan to raise awareness about victims of crime. This was the first time a regional relay took place in Canada during National Victims of Crime Awareness Week from April 19 to 25. South West Victim Services Coordinator Wayne Johnston presented the proclamations signed by communities in support of the awareness week to Cypress Hills-Grasslands MP David Anderson. Community walk-a-thons took place in 10 communities across the region during the week and cyclists participated in two highway relays from Gull Lake to Swift Current and from Morse to Swift Current. Participants walked or cycled a total distance of over 8,000 kilometres during the week.

 

Swift Current Christian Tae Kwon Do hosted a Breaking Boards, Breaking Chains fundraiser for International Justice Mission (IJM) in the gymnasium of the Church of the Open Bible in Swift Current, April 18. The event was attended by around 60 members of both the Swift Current and Regina branches of the club. Senior Head Instructor Gary Voysey briefly addressed the group at the start of proceedings. They used various Tae Kwon Do techniques to break about 300 boards. The students have been gathering pledges for the event during the past month and they raised over $7,300 for IJM, a global organization with projects in countries around the world to end sex trafficking, forced labour and slavery. The club held a similar event last year that raised over $4,500 for IJM.

 
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