Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

Refugee Week celebrations in Swift Current concluded on a high note with entertainment and presentations on the main stage at Market Square, June 25. The event included an announcement by the Swift Current and Area Ministerial Association (SCAMA) Refugee Committee that their efforts to sponsor a refugee family from Syria will reach an important milestone with the arrival of a family of 13 people at Regina International Airport on July 12. Various activities took place in Swift Current during Refugee Week to raise awareness and a better understanding of why people look for sanctuary in another country and the contribution they can make to communities. It was organized due to an initiative by local community and church groups, which resulted in the first ever proclamation of Refugee Week by the City of Swift Current at a council meeting, June 20. The activities on Market Square included musical entertainment, a book reading to children and the introduction of the Etmeh family, who has been sponsored by the First United Church to come to Swift Current under the federal government’s resettlement program for Syrian refugees. Swift Current Mayor Jerrod Schafer and Cypress Hills-Grasslands MP David Anderson were present to welcome them to the city and a formal letter of welcome from Swift Current MLA and Premier Brad Wall was also presented to them. People had an opportunity to create messages of welcome for the refugee family, which will be used to create a poster to welcome them when they arrive at Regina Airport on July 12.

 

There were four nights of quality entertainment under a big top tent at the Long Day's Night Music Festival in Swift Current, June 23-26. The event, which takes place in association with the Windscape Kite Festival, featured entertainers from different musical genres from across the country. The performers on June 23 were Saskatoon electro/pop band We Were Lovers and The Wet Secrets, a six-piece rock ‘n roll dance band from Edmonton. Regina’s Johnny McCuaig Band, a rock a roll band that includes a bagpipe player, shared the stage with DJ Baby Daddy’s retro sounds from the ‘50s to ‘80s on June 24. Two Ontario bands, Toronto’s garage pop band Little Junior and Ottawa’s indie rock band Hollerado, were on stage on June 25. The festival concluded on June 26 with performances by Regina’s rock-folk band Nick Faye & The Deputies and Vancouver’s roots-rock band The Matinee. Pictured are the performances by We Were Lovers and The Wet Secrets on opening night, June 23.

 

The Great Plains College English Language Training Program hosted an expo at the First United Church in Swift Current on June 23 as part of Refugee Week celebrations in the city. People learned more about the countries of origin of English as Second Language (ESL) students at the different booths and they were able to enjoy food from each country. Other booths provided information about the challenges being faced by students as they adjust to life in Canada, what they like about Canada, and an overview of the history of refugees in Canada.

 

The Swift Current Broncos has started the search for a new head coach and general manager after last week’s announcement that Mark Lamb has been hired as the new head coach of the Tucson Roadrunners in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Thirteen racers from Swift Current and Moose Jaw participated in the annual soap box derby down the hill on Central Avenue North in Swift Current, June 19. There were six racers in the junior class and seven competitors in the senior class. The event has been a popular Father's Day activity in Swift Current for over 30 years. Below are the results from the competition:

Senior A: 1st Johnathan Ferris (Moose Jaw), 2nd Amisha Hockridge (Swift Current), 3rd Cassandra Katerynych (Moose Jaw), 4th Dakoda McNabb (Moose Jaw).

Senior B: 1st Berkley Regier (Swift Current), 2nd Rhett Oakman (Swift Current), 3rd Jordan Carle (Moose Jaw).

Junior A: 1st Jacob Dickson (Swift Current), 2nd Ayden Snyder (Swift Current), 3rd Serenity Laverdiere (Swift Current), 4th Aiden Jahnke (Swift Current).

Junior B: 1st Joshua Laverdiere (Swift Current), 2nd Connor Jesney (Swift Current).

Sportmanship Award: Junior Girls – Serenity Laverdiere, Junior Boys – Connor Jesney, Senior Boys – Berkley Regier, Senior Girls – Cassandra Katerynych.

Grease Monkey Award: Senior Division – Jordan Carle, Junior Division – Jacob Dickson.

Hard Luck Award: Senior Division – Jordan Carle, Junior Division – Connor Jesney.

 

The popular Market Square in downtown Swift Current opened for a new season on June 18. The event has become an important part of the summer activities in the city since 2011. This season's opening day was well attended with people enjoying live music, shopping for fresh produce at the farmer's market and visiting the many food and other vendors at the market. Market Square, which is located at the corner of Central Avenue North and Chaplin Street, takes place every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Oct. 1.

 

Eight teams participated in the Swift Current Indians Mosquito AAA tournament from June 17-19. The Swift Current Indians had a good start on the first day of the tournament with a 4-2 win over the Melville Mils, but they had a tough second day with a 6-0 loss to the Midwest Diamondbacks and a 11-7 loss to the Sask Five Giants. The Swift Current team ended the tournament with a 5-4 loss to the White Butte Broncos in the D final on June 19. The Regina Buffaloes won the A final with a 10-0 victory over the Melville team. The Saskatoon Braves scored a 10-1 victory over the Midwest Diamondbacks in the B final and the Unity Cardinals won 11-0 in the C final against the Sask Five Giants. Pictured are images from the Swift Current Indians game against the Melville Mils, June 17.

 

The class of 2016 celebrated an important milestone with family and friends at the Maverick School graduation ceremony, which took place at the Credit Union iPlex auditorium, June 16. This year's 11 students represent the final group to graduate from the school's current location in downtown Swift Current. The start of the next academic year in September will be a new chapter in the school's history. Students will be located in a modern new facility on the city's south side that uses the former Kinsmen School building, which has been renovated and also includes a new 5,500 square foot addition to provide space for the various programs provided by Maverick School. Eva Arlene Hammer delivered the alumni address at this year's graduation event. She graduated last year and received the 2015 Governor General's Academic Medal at this year's ceremony for achieving an overall average of 87 per cent. She will soon be completing her first year as a nursing student at Great Plains College. The achievements of a number of students were recognized during the awards presentation. Tynan Skeoch-Allison and Jennifer Remple received the Innovation Credit Union Spirit Award (presented by Innovation Credit Union Regional Vice President Craig Ekstrand). Zachary Davis was the recipient of the Saskatchewan Construction Association scholarship (presented by Maverick teacher Tammy Wallace). Jessica Fleck received the Ron Thurbide Memorial Bursary from Eileen and Cam Thurbide. The ceremony concluded with the delivery of the principal's address to the graduates by Maverick School Principal Jayne Nicholson.

 

The City of Swift Current and the Cypress Health Region partnered to host the first ever Be Active event for Grade 4-9 youth at Riverside Park in Swift Current,, June 15. Participants were able to take part in a variety of recreational activities and they also had a chance to win some prizes. The event was organized to encourage young people to be physically active. According to Statistics Canada data only nine per cent of children and youth between the ages of five and 17 get at least 60 minutes of daily physical activity.

 

The grand opening of a new privately-developed seasonal campground at Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park took place June 18.

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