The ribbon cutting for Valley Ridge Estates, a new adult living complex in Swift Current, took place on Oct. 13. The project represents an investment of approximately $7.5 million by a group of local investors in association with Bridge Road Developments Ltd. of Winkler, Manitoba. The 24-unit, four-storey adult living complex is located near the Cypress Regional Hospital at the corner of Douglas and Saskatchewan Drive. The project was developed to fulfill a need for maintenance free adult living in Swift Current and 17 suites are already occupied. All utilities, taxes and maintenance are included in the monthly rental fee for the units. The participating dignitaries during the ribbon cutting were, from left to right, Swift Current Deputy Mayor Denis Perrault, Valley Ridge Estates Board President Wayne Headrick, Bridge Road Developments co-founder Harry Funk, and Cypress Hills-Grasslands MP David Anderson.


The Daughters of the Nile Aurora Club No. 5 in Swift Current held the draw for their 5th annual lottery ticket sale on Oct. 13 with the help of their queen. Jacki Capper, the 2016 queen of Sakkara Temple No. 115, came from Calgary for the draw. She was accompanied by 11 other Sakkara Temple members from Calgary as well as four members from Medicine Hat and three from Biggar for the visit, which started with a luncheon and meeting on Oct. 12. This year's ticket sales by the Swift Current club members went very well. Sales started in March and all 2,400 tickets were sold out in May. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children. The $600 first prize winner was Vicki Thistlethwaite of Stewart Valley, the $250 second prize went to Mark Torrance of Elrose and the $150 third price ticket belonged to Elaine Schapansky of Swift Current. The prize money for next year's lottery will increase significantly, starting with a $1,000 first prize, a second prize of $800 and a third prize of $700.


Eliza Mary Doyle launched her new album, It Ain't What It Seems, at a concert at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, Oct. 11. This is the first album that she has produced under her own name. This concert was also the start of a 24-show tour across western Canada to promote the new album. She will be travelling with a four-piece band during the Saskatchewan portion of the tour and two musicians will accompany her when she performs in Alberta and British Columbia. Doyle is an experienced musician and well-known banjo player who has previously been a member of different disbanded bands, including the Midnight Roses in Swift Current and the Cracker Cats in Saskatoon. This album is a new approach for Doyle, who is writing and producing the songs under her name while collaborating and performing with various artists.


Bernie Ford, the trustee for subdivision 4 on the board of education of the Chinook School Division, was presented with a long-service award at a regular board meeting, Oct. 11. The presentation was made by Director of Education Liam Choo-Foo. Ford has served as a trustee for 40 years, initially as a board member in the Gull Lake School Division and for the past 10 years on the board of the Chinook School Division. He has worked with eight directors of education during the four decades. Ford, who is a retired farmer that still lives on a quarter section of land near Tompkins, estimates that he has served with between 250 and 300 trustees during this 40-year period.“Young people are my interest, still are,” he said. “I'm very concerned that we educate our youngsters, give them every opportunity that is possible for them.” He is standing again as a candidate for subdivision 4 in the upcoming civic election on Oct. 26, when local residents will also be voting for board members for the Chinook School Division.


The innovation and success of local businesses and not-for-profit organizations were celebrated during the 18th annual SCBEX Spirit of Swift Current Awards presentation at the Living Sky Casino Sky Centre, Oct. 14. A capacity crowd attended the gala event, which was hosted by the Swift Current & District Chamber of Commerce. The winners in the different categories are (photographs in same order as mentioned below):

Not-for-Profit – Southwest Youth Emergency Shelter Inc.

Employer of Persons with Disabilities - Pharmasave

Start-up/New Business – Infinity Fitness Ltd.

Small Business – Urban Ground Coffeehouse

Medium Business – MicroAge Computer Centres

Large Business – Swift Plumbing & Heating Ltd

Hall of Fame Inductee – Pioneer Cooperative

Member Business of the Year – Optical Image




The Christ the Redeemer Roman Catholic Parish in Swift Current is selling potatoes and beets from their vegetable garden to raise funds for the breakfast programs at all the elementary schools in the city. Volunteers completed the harvest on Oct. 3, just before the start of the rain that turned into a large amount of snow over the following days. The church, which is located at the corner of Memorial Drive and Central Avenue North on the city's northern side, has been using a piece of land just across the road  from the parish for the past four years to plant potatoes and other vegetables to raise funds for the elementary school breakfast programs. Volunteers dug out close to 4,000 pounds of potatoes and picked approximately 600 pounds of beets. The parish also had a good durum crop on 160 acres of land, which is an ongoing agricultural initiative to raise funds for the church building fund and a portion of the proceeds is donated to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. The potatoes and beets are currently for sale at the church. Office hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m.


Swift Current author Anthea Loran's new publication of personal memories and life experiences, titled Recollections and Reflections, was launched during an event at the Art Gallery of Swift Current, Oct. 1.   She did a reading of selected poems from the book and some of her paintings were on display at the event. This is her third self-published book and she has also contributed poems and short stories to six anthologies published by the Prairie Quills Writer's Group. All proceeds from sales of the new book will be donated to the Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre.


Swift Current's inaugural Fun Muddy Mayhem took place on Sept. 29 as part of the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation's 2016 Radiothon to raise funds for health care needs in the Cypress Health Region. Fourteen teams participated in the event, which consisted of an obstacle course challenge with various tasks. Teams had to pull an ambulance, carry sandbags and poles, crawl through culverts, climb over a bale wall, swing on monkey bars and crawl through mud to complete the course. Each team paid a registration fee of $500 that they could pay themselves or raise through pledges. The 28-hour Radiothon broadcast took place on Sept. 29 and 30 in the atrium of the Cypress Regional Hospital and raised a total of $98,091. The funds from this year's Radiothon will be used to replace the operating tables in both operating rooms at the Cypress Regional Hospital and to purchase a new defibrillator for the operating rooms. Last year there were 2,127 surgeries at the hospital and the current operating tables have been in use for 11 years.


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Air show at Swift Current Airport, Sept. 28, 2016

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A large crowd enjoyed a dazzling display of flying skills by the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and a number of other air acrobatic pilots during an air show at the Swift Current Airport, Sept. 28. This was the first appearance by the Snowbirds at Swift Current since the early 1990s. The Snowbirds started off the air show with a breathtaking display of high speed, precision flying. Thereafter Kyle Fowler from Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, took to the air in his kit plane, a Long-EZ, to show off his flying skills in a craft that was not really designed for air acrobatics. Gene Soucey, one of the most respected and proficient airshow pilots in North America, performed in his highly modified Grumman Ag Cat bi-plane. Thereafter David and Drew Watson showed off their aerobatic flying skills in their Yellow Thunder Second World War Harvards, which were used at British Commonwealth Air Training Plan airports around Canada, including at Swift Current, to train pilots during the war. Brent Handy, who is a standards and evaluation pilot with the Snowbirds, then gave a display of highly technical and skilful aerobatic flying in his powerful and nimble Pitts S2-B. There was a break in the show until dark, when Gene Soucey returned to the sky for an evening show with pyrotechnics.

Grade 4 students from four different schools in Swift Current (Centennial, Central, Fairview and Irwin) had an opportunity to learn where the food items for their hamburger and fries are coming from during a Burger Ranch event at the Wheatland Conservation Area's plots just east of the city, Sept. 27. A total of 146 students attended the event in groups during morning and afternoon sessions. The event was hosted by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture Regional Services Branch in association with Agriculture in the Classroom, and with sponsorship from local agriculture businesses.


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