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Swift Current was one of three venues in Saskatchewan that hosted the national book tour for the release of Powered by Love: A Grandmothers' Movement to End AIDS in Africa. The event took place at the Swift Current Branch Library, Oct. 25. It was hosted by the Swift Current group Grandmothers and Grandothers, which has been raising funds during the past 10 years for the Stephen Lewis Foundation's grandmothers campaign to support African grandmothers who are raising children orphaned by AIDS. The speakers at the event were the book's author, Joanna Henry, two Ethiopian grandmothers Meaza Asfaw Dubie and Asnakech Mekbib Fantaye, as well as Bayessa Gojjam, the program manager of the Negem Lela Ken New HIV Positive Women Support Organization (NLK) in Ethiopia. Fantaye is raising her orphaned grandson, who is HIV-positive, and she also became HIV-positive while caring for her daughter, who died of AIDS. Dubie, who is HIV-positive, is raising two grandchildren. Both grandmothers are members of NLK and they are providing support to other women who are dealing with the symptoms and stigma of the disease.

 

The Swift Current Colts soccer team qualified for the Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association (SHSAA) 3A boys provincials after a 4-2 win against the Prince Albert St. Mary Marauders, Oct. 20. The game took place at the SHSAA 3A boys regional soccer tournament, which was hosted by the Swift Current Comprehensive High School. The Prince Albert Carlton Crusaders won the tournament after a 7-0 win against the Colts in the final, Oct. 21.

 

Technology is helping high school and minor football players in Swift Current to practice tackling techniques in a safe manner through the use of a remote control tackling dummy. Players from the Colts football team at Swift Current Comprehensive High School and  bantam players from the Swift Current Steelers held their first practice sessions with the Mobile Virtual Player (MVP) on Oct. 19. The MVP is a mobile, self-righting tackling dummy that is equipped with a motorized, remote control system. Its movements and speed can therefore be regulated during practice sessions. The MVP was donated to the two football programs by AGI Swift Current.

 

Award-winning Saskatchewan writer and historian Bill Waiser was the featured author at Write Out Loud, Oct. 18. He spoke about and read from his most recent publication, A world we have lost: Saskatchewan before 1905. The book won the 2016 Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction. The Write Out Loud series, which takes place at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, presents readings by acclaimed Canadian authors to local literary fans. Retired Saskatoon City police officer Ernie Louttit, the author of Indian Ernie: Perspectives on policing and leadership and More Indian Ernie: Insights from the streets, will be the guest author at the next Write Out Loud, Nov. 8. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the event starts at 7 p.m. with musical entertainment.

 

The Students Against Drinking and Driving (SADD) chapter at Swift Current Comprehensive High School hosted a positive ticketing event at the school, Oct. 18. The event took place during National Teen Driver Safety Week, Oct. 15-21. Const. Chloe Lentz, the RCMP school liaison officer in Swift Current, and Tracy Church, a community relations coordinator with SGI's traffic safety promotion division, issued positive tickets to young drivers in the school's parking lot for wearing seat belts and obeying traffic rules. According to SGI there were 8,573 collisions involving drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 in Saskatchewan in 2016, and teen drivers were found to be at fault in 79 per cent of those collisions. While teen drivers represent just under seven per cent of drivers on Saskatchewan roads, they are involved in 13 per cent of collisions, 18 per cent of major injury collisions, and 15 per cent of fatal collisions.

 

The Swift Current Comprehensive High School Colts football team eliminated the Weyburn Eagles from the playoffs with a 24-0 win at Colts Field, Oct. 14. The Colts finished the regular season in fourth place with a 3-3 record while the Eagles finished in fifth spot with a 2-4 record. The Colts secured their quarter final win during the first half with two touchdowns by Nic Bachiu and another by Parker Strojwas for a 22-0 lead at halftime. The Colts will travel to Moose Jaw to play their semi-final game against the Peacock Tornadoes, Oct. 21. The Tornadoes ended the regular season in second spot with a 5-1 record. They won their quarter final game 49-6 against the Estevan Elecs.

 

The members of the Prairie Quills Writers Group released their latest anthology with an evening of reading and music at the Art Gallery of Swift Current, Oct. 13. Eight members read from their contributions to the group's sixth anthology, “Change is Not a Four-Letter Word.” Each anthology has a different theme to present a new challenge to the writers and this time the theme was change. The writers tackled the theme from various perspectives. Dianne Miller's story “Plain Jane” reflects on the unintended consequences of a young woman's decision to change her appearance, while Tina-Marie Letwiniuk wrote about relationships and life changing events in “Love at First Byte.” Tekeyla Friday read from her science fiction adventure “Ship of Doom” about the interstellar journey of a fashion designer and her android models. Irene Bingham's story refers to the change experienced by a farm girl who moves to town for her high school education, while Peggy Worrell's story “Aggie's Troubles” is inspired by a true event on a farm, when a tragic accident changed a family's future. Anthea Loran read an excerpt from a story about her own life experience of growing up as a twin, and she also read a poem about autumn. Madelon Smid's romantic short story “Only Seconds” explores an encounter between a musician and a rancher that changed their future, and Joyce Olesen's story “When Borghild Stepped off the Train” tells the story of a young Swedish woman's journey to the prairies to join her older brother on his farm in Saskatchewan. The Prairie Quills Writers Group meets every third Tuesday  of the month at the Pharmasave meeting room in Swift Current. New members are always welcome. For more information, contact Letwiniuk at 306-741-1852 or send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Open Stage at the Lyric Theatre, Oct. 12, 2017

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Swift Current's Lyric Theatre provides an opportunity to local musicians to perform on stage at a live event during the monthly Open Stage. There were a variety of musical styles on display at the most recent Open Stage, Oct. 12. This event takes place on the second Thursday of every month with an open jam session from 7-8 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. The next Open Stage takes place Nov. 9.

 

A queen visited Swift Current to assist the members of the Daughters of the Nile Aurora Club No. 5 with the draw for their 6th annual lottery ticket sale, Oct. 12. Peggy Murray, the 2017 queen of Sakkara Temple No. 115, came from Calgary for the draw with a delegation of members from the fraternal organization. The group also attended a luncheon and meeting hosted by the Aurora Club. Oct. 11. Total prize money for the ticket draw increased to $2,500 for 2017. A total of 1,118 tickets were sold and the Aurora Club will raise about $15,000 for the convalescent endowment fund of the Shriners Hospital for Children in Montreal. All three winning tickets were purchased by Swift Current residents. The $1,000 first prize winner is Ron Young, the $800 second prize will go to Linda Benson and the winner of the $700 third prize is Kevin Zerr.

 

Prairie author Thelma Poirier of Glentworth was the guest speaker at the Swift Current Museum's monthly lunch and learn, Oct. 11. She spoke about her latest publication, “The Grasslanders – Ranch Stories from Grasslands National Park.” The book is a tribute to the ranchers who lived on the land before the establishment of Grasslands National Park. It tells the stories of the ranchers and their families in their own voice. Poirier was contracted by Parks Canada to write the book and she used information from countless interviews with ranchers as well as her own historical research.

 

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