Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

Hundreds of people were at the Swift Current Airport on Mother’s Day to watch a high-speed aerobatic performance by Moose Jaw air show pilot Brent Handy. He entertained the crowd with a variety of loops, rolls and tumbles in his high-performance Pitts Special aerobatic biplane, including a 13-turn inverted flat spin. He has over 20 years of flying experience and has served as a Royal Canadian Air Force pilot since 1999. He flew over 150 shows with the Snowbirds during 2012 and 2013. He has been doing performances on the air show circuit since last year and his appearance at Swift Current was his first show of the 2015 season. The May 10 event was hosted by the City of Swift Current and admission was a donation towards the Second World War Historic Airport project, which will include a monument at the airport entrance to commemorate the use of the airport during the war years as a training facility for Commonwealth pilots.

 

A large and enthusiastic crowd attended the 2nd annual Earl Monkman Memorial boxing card in Swift Current, May 9. The Vic-Tory Boxing Club hosted the event at the Palliser Pavilion in Kinetic Park. Boxers from seven clubs participated in the tournament, which consisted of one sparring demonstration and six competitive bouts. The sparring demonstration took place between two young members of the Vic-Tory Boxing Club, Ty Andreas and Preston Cormier. Local boxers participated in three competitive bouts and won two. Shawn Hjermenrude (72 kilogram weight class) and Nick Habscheid (91 kilogram) won their fights on points over three rounds while Dustin Auseth lost a spirited fight in a points decision after three rounds.

 

 

Racers were preparing for the start of the racing season at the oval track in Swift Current during the test and tune/tech day held by Speedy Creek Racing Association, May 9. The two-day season opener with racing in four different classes (trucks, hobbies, streets and modified) takes place on May 16 at 7 p.m. and on May 17 at 2 p.m. Racing fans can look forward to a lot of action this season with 10 scheduled race days, including the very fast Can Am Late Model racers on July 10 and 11.

 

SwiftLink hosted a “Meet our Sister City” event at École Centennial and All Saints schools in Swift Current on May 7 to create awareness about the group through a variety of fun activities, including soccer, art, drumming and dancing. A group of volunteers came together last year during Swift Current’s centennial to establish SwiftLink as a means to provide support to the community of Bom Jardim in northern Brazil, where people are struggling with poverty and young people are vulnerable to drugs, violence and the sex trade. People can show support by sponsoring a child through World Vision or by providing a financial contribution to an arts education project in Bom Jardim.

 

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.

 

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