Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

A wide variety of vehicles were on display at Market Square in downtown Swift Current on Sept. 19 during the 4th annual Show and Shine. A total of 75 entries were received, which was the the largest number ever for the Cruisin' Day theme day at Market Square. Participants stood a chance to win prizes in a variety of categories and people had an opportunity to vote for their favourite vehicles. The category winners were: Best in Show – Garry Redekop, 1954 Chevy Belair; Classic car or truck – Terry Carleton, 1934 Ford pickup; Muscle car 1963-74 – Darren Jensen, 1969 GTO Judge; Best Motorcycle – Ed Fonger, 2006 Harley-Davidson Street Glide; Vintage Motorcycle – Don McKay, 1979 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead; Voter's Choice – Jessie Lee Lacher, 1958 Thunderbird.

 

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 17:55

Go Green Friday in Swift Current, Sept. 18, 2015

Volunteers were hard at work to make Swift Current a greener place during the 7th annual Go Green Friday, Sept. 18. The initiative is coordinated by Stark & Marsh Chartered Accountants LLP in association with the City of Swift Current. It provides an opportunity for individual and corporate volunteers to help out with the beautification of open spaces around the city through clean-up projects and the planting of trees and shrubs. The TD Green Streets program again provided additional support for the tree planting activities that took place during Go Green Friday with a $15,000 grant.

 

A large crowd attended the “Thursday Night Lights” football game between the Swift Current Comprehensive High School Colts and the visiting Moose Jaw Central Collegiate Cyclones, Sept. 17. This was the second year the Colts hosted a game under lights and they received enthusiastic support from local fans. The Colts were trailing 21-0 at half-time and the Cyclones extended their lead to 34-0 in the third quarter, but the home team continued to push back and made two touchdowns during the fourth quarter for a final score of 34-12.

 

Participants in the Saskatchewan Women Warrior Walk arrived in Swift Current on Sept. 14. They were walking along the Trans-Canada Highway to the Saskatchewan-Alberta border to raise awareness about missing and murdered people in the province. They spent an extra day day in Swift Current due to inclement weather before continuing their journey on Sept. 16. During their time in Swift Current they set up a display on Market Square to highlight the importance of remembering those missing and murdered people, and they also participated in a talking circle at the Salvation Army. The Saskatchewan Women Warrior Walk participants pictured with their van in front of the Salvation Army in Swift Current, where they participated in a talking circle, Sept. 15, are, from left to right, Roxanne Kakakaway, Sharon Wesequate and Star Andreas.

 

The 2015-16 Write Out Loud season at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current started on Sept. 16 with an appearance by popular Regina mystery novelist Gail Bowen. She read from her latest work, 12 Rose Street, the 15th installment in the popular Joanne Kilbourn mystery series. She also provided audience members with a glimpse into what they can expect from the next title in this series that will be released in March 2016. The evening's musical entertainment was provided by local area musicians Paula McGuigan and Mark Penner, who has been performing as a duo in recent months. The Write Out Loud series is an opportunity for patrons to listen to readings by acclaimed Canadian authors and to enjoy musical entertainment provided by local musicians as the opening act. The essayist, poet and fiction writer Ted Dyck, who currently resides in Eastend, will be speaking at the next Write Out Loud on Oct. 21. His fifth book of poetry, Cutthroats & other poems, reflects on fishing in Canada's wilderness and the links between humans and nature.

 

Thursday, 10 September 2015 16:55

Doc's Town hosts a harvest dance, Sept. 6, 2015

The summer program of the Doc's Town Heritage Village in Swift Current concluded over the Labour Day weekend with a harvest dance in the Airmen's Billet, Sept. 6. Old-time dance fans filled the hall and danced the afternoon away to the sounds of the popular local band Arnold and Friends, with band members Thelma Wallace (piano), Arnold Schroeder (accordion), Marlene Abell (vocals), Mary Couture (guitar and vocals), Carl Anderson (guitar) and Floyd Currie (bass). The Doc's Town tea room will still remain open every Friday to Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. until the end of September.

 

 

Trevor Peterson, the federal NDP candidate for Cypress Hills-Grasslands, held an election rally at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, Sept. 5. The event was well attended with all supper tickets sold out and more people came to listen to his speech after supper. He spoke about the Conservative Party's record in government over the past nine year and the need for political change in the country. Hailey Clark, who will be the Saskatchewan NDP candidate for Swift Current in the 2016 provincial election, was the emcee at the rally. Singer-songwriter Megan Nash entertained the audience with her folks/roots style music after the political speeches were over. It was a busy Labour Day weekend for Peterson, who had a grand opening of his campaign office in Swift Current on Sept. 4 and he was also canvassing in the city during the weekend. 

 

Norm and Susan Jewitt are building their 1,500 square feet dream home on an acreage just east of Swift Current through the use of a panelized building system that speeds up the construction process. This alternative construction method will also result in a more energy efficient and fire resistant structure in comparison with a conventionally built home. The structural insulated panels were manufactured in Rethinking Construction's factory near High River, Alberta, and on-site assembly is made easier with colour-coded plans to indicate the position of each panel. The magnesium oxide board outer layer and expanded polystyrene foam core of these panels result in higher thermal insulating values and an increased resistance against fire, mould, mildew and water. According to Norm this building method will help them to realize their goal of a low maintenance retirement home. “To get what we wanted, this is the best way to do it,” he said. “We'll have a nice home.”

 

The football season got off to a tough start for the Swift Current Comprehensive High School Colts, as they were unable to score during their home game against the Moose Jaw Peacock Tornadoes, Sept. 3. The Colts lost 46-0 in their first game in the 3A 12-man Moose Jaw League. The Colts will be on the road for their next game against Yorkton Regional on Sept. 12.

 

Dirt oval racers had their final opportunity to score points towards the season championship at the Speedy Creek Raceway in Swift Current on Aug. 29 with racing in all four classes during the evening. The feature race winners for Saturday's racing were Travis Hanna (Thunder Trucks), Destiny Klym (Hobby Stock), Clay Nelson (Street Stock) and Kelly Baumann (Modifieds). The 2015 championship winners are Brian Tschetter (Thunder Trucks), Trevor Monk (Hobby Stock), Colin Johnston (Street Stock) and Kelly Baumann (Modifieds). There is still an opportunity for fans to enjoy dirt oval action on Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. and on Sept. 20 at 2 p.m. during the second annual Wild Throttle Fun non-points cash race weekend.

 

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