Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

There was a lot of volleyball action in Swift Current on March 10 and 11, as the Junior SunDogs Volleyball Club hosted two tournaments in the city. Eight teams competed in the 16U female tournament at the École Centennial and All Saints Catholic schools while 12 teams were in action in the 18U men's Sask Cup #1 tournament at Swift Current Comprehensive High and O.M. Irwin School. The 16U SunDogs remained undefeated during the weekend to win gold at their home tournament. They won 10 matches and only lost two of 21 sets played during their games. The 18U SunDogs finished fourth in the Sask Cup #1 tournament. Pictured, the 16U SunDogs game against Shaunavon, and the 18U SunDogs during round robin matches.

 

A cast of Swift Current seniors and youth presented a drama production about technology and how it can be used for good or bad. Three performances of the two-act drama Tales from a Mouse Pad took place at Riverview Village Estates on March 9, 10 and 11. The drama provided a nostalgic look at life during simpler times when people knew each other and talked to one another without the interference of modern technology. It referred to a time when a town's local grocery store was an important part of the local social scene and when the radio was an important source of entertainment to households. The drama also showed how people of all ages have adapted to the age of smart phones and computers, and how they are using technology to improve their lives and to connect to family and friends. The drama was a collaborative effort between Riverview Village Estates, Millar College students, and local seniors, youth, and volunteers. The producers were Glenn and Diana Hanke, the directors were Rebecca Friesen and Wendy Swann, and the playwright was Rebecca Friesen. It was funded in part by the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program.

 

The Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre hosted a special Cooking Culture event to celebrate women on International Women's Day, March 8. Cooking Culture is a regular cultural cuisine exchange held by the Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre and hosted at the St. Stephen's Anglican Church in Swift Current. This event on International Women's Day also included a program with keynote speakers and a roundtable discussion after the meal. Home cooks from China, India and the Philippines prepared the evening's meal. The menu included chicken curry by Malavika Nangelil-Rejimon, and halal chicken bryani by Yasmeen Anjum. Joy Tian prepared sweet and sour shrimp, and Rechilda Cruz made pork adobo. Aileen Barraca prepared rice cake dessert and Southwest Crisis Services provided assorted cakes. The emcee for the evening was Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre Executive Director Icasiana de Gala. The two keynote speakers at the event were Mahnaz Robertson, who has been an account manager at Innovation Credit Union for 21 years, and Cindy Lowe, a business teacher at the Swift Current Comprehensive High School.

 

The Chinook School Division will be taking over the operation of the school bus service in Swift Current after purchasing the fleet of buses from the contractor that is currently providing the service.

As part of the Art for Sale Exhibition - March 3 - April 22  the  Art Gallery of Swift Current will host Art Talk on March 16 with the reception from 7-10 p.m.

The work to expand the Swift Current Broncos memorial site to improve visitor access has made significant progress since the fall.

Swift Current powerlifter Wayne Cormier won gold in the bench press only competition at the 2018 Canadian Powerlifting Union National Championships and qualified for the upcoming International Powerlifting Federation World Open bench press championships in Finland.

The Swift Current Agricultural and Exhibition Association (Ag & Ex) had a successful year during 2017, despite some financial challenges.

Swift Current's Central School raised a record amount of $13,594.23 for Telemiracle 42 through a variety of fundraising projects and donations received from the community.

Saskatoon-area writer, Dave Margoshes, is to be featured at the Lyric Theatre on Wednesday, March 21.

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