Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

The Swift Current Kiwanis Club hopes to gain members and create greater awareness about the club’s activities in the community at an upcoming open house.

The sounds of piano and strings combined for a sensory experience during a performance by Juno award-winning pianist David Braid and the Penderecki String Quartet at the Art Gallery of Swift Current, April 24. They played compositions from Braid's new album “Flow” that has been created for piano quintet. The Penderecki String Quartet is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2016 as one of Canada's top chamber ensembles. Pictured from left to right, Jerzy Kaplanek, Jeremy Bell (violin), David Braid (piano), Katie Schlaikjer (cello) and Christine Vlajk (viola).

 

 

The Swift Current Redneck Betties played their first home game of the new roller derby season against the hard hitting Saskatoon Killa Bees at the Credit Union iPlex. April 23. The Redneck Betties were only three points behind the Killa Bees at halftime, but the Saskatoon team stayed ahead to win the game 187-153. The Redneck Betties will play three more home games during the season. The next home game on May 21 will be against the Little Chicago Jaw Breakers and they will also play on June 11 and Sept. 17.

 

Swift Current Christian Tae Kwon Do held 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 23. Students have been gathering pledges in the run-up to the event and they used various Tae Kwon Do techniques to break close to 300 boards. Their efforts raised $9,214 for IJM's work in various countries across the globe to end slavery, sexual violence, human trafficking, and forced labour. This was the third year that the club held the event to support IJM.

 

Over 180 people in 38 teams participated in the Saskatchewan Abilities Council's 28th annual Ability Bowl fundraiser at the Frontier Bowling Lanes in Swift Current, April 23. The theme of this year's event was Sport Bowl and many teams were dressed accordingly. The event raised $56,245.22 and some funds were still being received. The funds will be used to support the programs and services provided to over 2,000 people with varying abilities at the Swift Current branch of the Saskatchewan Abilities Council. Pictured are members of the two teams from the Riverview Village Estates. The Riverview retirement community entered two teams for the event and they raised a total of $3,742.25. Residents held a bake sale and items were auctioned off by local auctioneer Bob Neufeld.

 

A book launch for Swift Current author Irene Bingham's three interactive children's history books took place at the Art Gallery of Swift Current, April 22. The three stories are based on the interesting life of Vic Pederson, who has been an animal trainer, chuck wagon racer, parade celebrity, rodeo entertainer and traveller. He attended the event and also signed copies of the books during the evening.

 

Students from around southwest Saskatchewan had an opportunity to learn more about agriculture, ranching and safety on the farm during the Swift Current Ag & Ex educational event Discover the Farm: A Farm Facts Experience at Kinetic Exhibition Park Stockade, April 21 and 22. Four hundred students attended the two hour informational event in the Stockade building during the two days. They visited 12 interactive exhibits, including some with live farm animals, where they learned more about a variety of topics such as food and beef production, large animal safety, first aid, and the safe operation of farm equipment. The final day of the event on April 23 was open to the public and included an exotic bird and animal sale as well as the Summer Dreamin' Garden Expo. Discover the Farm has been recognized by the International Association of Fairs and Exhibitions as an outstanding agricultural and safety education program.

 

A weeklong visit to Swift Current by members of the downtown master plan consulting team provided an opportunity for residents to learn more about the progress with this initiative and to provide their own ideas for the future of the area. The first public consultation for the project took place in November 2015. The consultations during the latest visit by the consulting team included a public meeting at a downtown location on April 19. The consulting team presented ideas for redevelopment or improvements at 12 sites in the downtown area during the meeting, including streetscape and façade improvements. Residents can continue to provide input on three different aspects of the downtown initiative. A project webpage has been created where they can indicate the area they consider to be part of the downtown, they can comment on the 12 project ideas for downtown redevelopment, and they can identify their own ideas for downtown improvements on an interactive map. To provide feedback, visit the website at http://www.citypushpin.com/projects.php

 

A fire destroyed a home on Russel Crescent in a northwest Swift Current neighbourhood in the early evening on Friday, April 22. The blaze caused extensive damage to another home while  the property on the south side suffered some exterior damage. All residents were able to leave their homes safely. These photographs were taken on Saturday morning, April 23, when firefighters were still on the scene to look for hot spots in the still smouldering remains of the home and to start their investigation into the cause of the fire.

 

Saturday, 23 April 2016 12:14

Fire destroys Swift Current home

A raging fire destroyed one home and caused serious damage to an adjacent residence in Swift Current on Friday evening, April 22.

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