Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

STARS (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society) carried out a training flight to Swift Current on Oct. 1, 2014 with its new AW139 helicopter. It landed at the Cypress Regional Hospital and members of the flight and medical crew conducted interviews with the local media. The AW139 is larger than the existing BK117 helicopters used by STARS in Saskatchewan. It will enhance the service provided by STARS across the province due to faster flying times, a longer range, a larger medical interior and powerful lift capacity. The AW139, which was provided by PotashCorp, will operate out of Saskatoon. The total cost of the new helicopter was approximately $16 million, including $14 million for the helicopter and $2 million for the medical interiors.

 

The Swift Current Agricultural and Exhibition Association hosted the Ranchman's Ridin' and Recitin' event at Kinetic Exhibition Park from Sept. 26-28 to showcase western culture through a variety of activities such as heavy horse events, a cattle pen show, a ranch horse competition, stock dog trials and entertainment that included cowboy poetry readings. The event included the Young Ranchman's All Breeds livestock show to encourage young people to participate in showmanship and confirmation classes as well as other competitions such as public speaking to prepare them to be future agricultural leaders. For an event report and results, see here.

 

 

Over 50 vehicles participated in the 3rd annual Show and Shine at Swift Current's Market Square on Sept. 20, 2014. In previous years the Cruisin' Day theme day was a popular event at Market Square and this year it was even more successful with a large variety of vehicles to look at – from hot rods to muscle cars, trucks and motorcycles. Participants stood a chance to win prizes in a variety of categories and people had an opportunity to vote for their favourite vehicles. The winners were:

Classic: 1st – Tim Heinrichs, 1967 Camaro; 2nd – Ron and Shari Begin, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28; 3rd – Roy Taylor, 1955 Buick Special.

Best in Show: Gary Redekop, 1954 Chevy.

Coolest Car: Lorne Voth, 1969 Road Runner.

Sweetest Motorcycle: Kirt, Harley Davidson Road Glide.

Trucks: 1st – Billy Brewer, 1972 Chev pick-up; 2nd – Gary Lusk, 1955 Mercury.

Voter's Choice: Matthew Byer, 1997 Mustang Cobra.

 

His Royal Highness Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, concluded his three-day visit to Saskatchewan in Swift Current on Sept. 19. He did a walkabout outside the new All Saints Catholic and École Centennial School followed by a tour of the new joint-use school facility. A tree planting ceremony took place during an assembly and his visit concluded with the singing of God Save the Queen.

The Chinook School Division and  Holy Trinity Catholic School Division hosted a VIP and media tour of the new École Centennial School and All Saints Catholic School in Swift Current on Sept. 6. The event started in the All Saints Catholic School with a guided tour by Principal Lenni Zanidean. The piazza at the main entrance of the school includes a striking mural and a chapel. The school's design has been guided by input from students, and classrooms, called learning studios, have removable garage door style walls that can be opened up to create open learning areas. Earthy tones of brown, green, orange and yellow dominate the colour scheme of this new pre-Kindergarten to Grade 8 school. The tour included a visit to the common areas shared between the two schools, including the library, music room, industrial arts class and a daycare. École Centennial School Principal Bryan Braun provided a tour of the new dual track pre-Kindergarten to Grade 8 public school for all French immersion in Swift Current as well as English programming for students north of the Trans-Canada Highway. Shades of blue are the dominant design colour for the school and the building has been designed to provide plenty of natural light and collaborative learning spaces. It includes open concept washroom spaces for students to make supervision easier and to reduce the potential of bullying in these areas. In addition to the gymnasium with exercise equipment on a mezzanine, there is a large carrefour (the French word for marketplace or public square) where assembly meetings and other events can take place.

 

People danced to the sounds of Roy Vold and the Country Strings during a well attended harvest festival dance in the Airmen's Billet (H-hut) at the Doc's Town Heritage Village in Swift Current, Aug. 31. The event concluded a variety of special programming that took place every Sunday afternoon at the village during the summer. While the heritage buildings closed after the Labour Day weekend, the popular Country Pleasures Tea Room at Doc's Town will remain open 1-5 p.m. from Friday to Sunday during September.

 

Swift Current singer-songwriter Jacqueline Hudec held an EP release party at the Lyric Theatre, Aug. 29. The show was sold out and the capacity crowd showed great enthusiasm and appreciation for her music during the event to celebrate her first album of seven original songs. She performed songs from her debut album, Prairie Girl, as well as some old-time favourites such as Tennessee Waltz and Blue Moon. The evening's opening act was Becky Neustaeter, who will soon be releasing her first EP.

 

A Canadian Pacific Railway freight train derailed on Thursday night at approximately 7:30 p.m.. The incident happened about one kilometre east of Waldeck on a section of railway line that runs parallel to the Trans-Canada Highway. More than 30 cars went off the track, but there were no injuries or leaks of material. The Waldeck area was hit by strong winds and heavy rain at the time of the incident. According to Canadian Pacific Railway spokesperson Salem Woodrow, in a statement to Canadian Press, the derailment was caused by strong plow winds. Traffic along a two-kilometre stretch of the highway was reduced to a single lane on Friday morning as work crews started the cleanup.

 

Wednesday, 20 August 2014 13:20

Lyric Theatre Open Stage, Aug. 15, 2014

Local musicians had an opportunity to showcase their talent at the Lyric Theatre's popular Open Stage on Aug. 15. Swift Current alternative-ambient folk group Bears in Hazenmore headlined the event. It was a busy weekend for the band, as it also hosted a release party at Gowan's Grove, south of Swift Current, on Aug. 16 to officially launch their debut EP. They played an opening set at the start of the Open Stage and returned at the end to play a few more of their new songs. The other artists (in order of appearance) were Neville Nicol, Doug Radicki, Adrianos Proniaris, Jason Gilbert, Airbears, Kurtis Pratt and Maddisson Andrzejewski, Colter Wall (solo and also with Adnan Ahmed and Gordon Nodge) and The Moon Runners.

 

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