Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

A large crowd attended the Canada Day flag raising ceremony in Swift Current's Memorial Park at noon on July 1, which was hosted by Tourism Swift Current. The Canadian flag was raised by Jorge Joel Marquez, who eight years ago came with his family from Cuba to Saskatchewan. They received their Canadian citizenship on May 18. He attended the Canada Day celebration with his wife Ailec Peralta and their sons Jorge and Carlos Marquez. The speakers at the event were Swift Current Mayor Jerrod Schafer, Cypress Hills-Grasslands MP David Anderson, and Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre Executive Director Icasiana de Gala. Afterwards people celebrated the country's 149th birthday with hotdogs and cake.

 

People came out in large numbers on a sunny morning to enjoy the Frontier Days parade through the streets of Swift Current, July 1. This year’s parade followed a revised route through streets on the city’s north side due to the current closure of the 2nd Avenue overpass for renovations. The parade theme was “Rockin’ the Southwest Spirit” and there were were just over 100 entries. The grand award winner was the JayDee AgTech entry, which also won the category for best commercial entry. Other parade prize winners were Unforgettable You (Best Depicting Theme), Army Paintball (2nd, Best Commercial Entry), Saskatchewan Abilities Council (1st Best Community/Volunteer Entry), Aquatic Centre (2nd Best Community/Volunteer Entry), Burnham 4-H Club (1st Junior Organization & 4-H), Hallonquist 4-H Club (2nd Junior Organization & 4-H), Watteyne Trucking Co. (1st Antique) and Michael Thibault (2nd Antique).

 

Artist Tian Haowen was drawing buildings on the 100 block of Central Avenue North in downtown Swift Current, June 30. Haowen, who is from the city of Zhangjiajie in China's Hunan province, is currently visiting southwest Saskatchewan as a guest artist in residence with the Art Gallery of Swift Current and Novak Graphics in Admiral. He is accompanied by his wife and writer Zhang Linyan. They have collaborated to record the heritage buildings along ancient streets in Zhangjiajie before the structures were destroyed to make way for new business development. Haowen has created a 70-metre long drawing of these former buildings that is currently on display in an exhibition at the West Wing Gallery in Swift Current. The exhibition, titled Zhangjiajie: An Ancient and Modern Homesickness, is on display until July 24. It includes some works from Haowen's new Saskatchewan series of old buildings in Admiral and Swift Current. He will continue to draw buildings in Swift Current's downtown area over the next few weeks. The West Wing Gallery at Kinetic Exhibition Park is open, with free admission, from 1-5 p.m. from Friday to Sunday as well as on Mondays on long weekends during the summer.

 

The SaskTel Kiddies Day Parade was one of the main attractions on the first day of the 2016 Frontier Days, June 29. The theme of this year's parade was “Rockin’ the Southwest Spirit.” The parade started in Memorial Park and participants walked on a route along the streets in downtown Swift Current. Participants were treated to hot dogs and ice cream after the parade.

 

Frontier Days kicked off with the W.W. Smith Insurance pancake breakfast on Market Square in downtown Swift Current, June 29. All proceeds from the breakfast were donated to the local branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association. Swift Current Mayor Jerrod Schafer carried out the ceremonial branding of the official Frontier Days brand at the pancake breakfast. He was assisted by Swift Current Agricultural and Exhibition Association First Vice President and Frontier Days Chairperson Bryce Burnett. Swift Current Agricultural and Exhibition Association President Steve Philp introduced the 2016 honorary parade marshall, Jean Allen. Lenora Bells, the event development coordinator for the Swift Current Agricultural and Exhibition Association, announcedthe winners of the Frontier Days school colouring contest. She was assisted by the 2016 Frontier Days Ambassador Lexi Hicks, who displayed the two winning entries by Grade 2 students Rhett Erickson and Ava Prokopchuk.

 

The Swift Current Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) Task Force has started with the implementation of 13 projects to address the needs of the local business community.

The City of Swift Current intends to amend the existing agreement with the Elmwood Golf Club to provide an additional $500,000 in financial assistance towards the major renovation project at the golf course.

Saskatchewan Wind (SaskWind) is proposing a $90 million community-owned wind and solar energy project for the Swift Current area.

The 25th anniversary of the official opening of the historic Goodwin House as a visitors’ centre at Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park will be celebrated July 16 from 1-4 p.m.

An old fire truck will find a final resting place in the village where it was used by the Vanguard Fire Department to battle some major fires in the early 1960s.

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