A donation of $563.80 towards Dorie’s House, an emergency shelter for homeless youth in southwest Saskatchewan, was made as a result of the Crazy Costume Day on Market Square in Swift Current, Aug. 20. The donation includes a $300 cheque from the Badlands Garrison of the 501st Legion, a Star Wars costume club that visited Market Square for the Crazy Costume Day, as well as the proceeds from a donation box that was set up for the day on Market Square. Pictured are Garry Koebel of Sputtergotch Toy Company, the featured Market Square business of the day, Southwest Youth Emergency Shelter board member Ron Toles and Charmaine Westbury, representing Dorie’s House, with members of the 501st Legion Badlands Garrison during the cheque presentation on Market Square, Aug. 20.
Major Don Grad of the Salvation Army in Swift Current and Sharleen Thoreson, the general manager of the Staples Canada store in Swift Current, look at the school supplies inside a backpack during the 2016 Back to School event at the Salvation Army, Aug. 19, when school supply packages were provided to families who have registered through the Salvation Army to receive school supplies for the start of the new school year. A total of 90 children within the Chinook School Division have already benefitted from this year's initiative. The Salvation Army and Staples Canada have been partnering for the past 10 years to provide essential school supplies for local students in need. Each backpack included a gift certificate for 10 items of clothing, including shoes and coats, at the Salvation Army Thrift Store in Swift Current. The public can still still support this initiative through donations of school supplies or cash at Staples.
Three young Swift Current residents raised a total of $564.34 for Dorie’s House, an emergency shelter for homeless youth in southwest Saskatchewan, when they set up a lemonade stand at the site where the building is currently under construction, Aug. 18. The initiative was the result of a desire by nine-year-old Dani Meyer to do something to collect money for Dorie’s House. She was assisted by Dylan (9) and Alexander (11) Westbury, the grandchildren of Doreen (Dorie) Westbury, who passed away last year. The shelter’s name is a recognition of Dorie’s lifelong passion for children.
It took only one day for a demolition crew to reduce the entire building on the former St. Joseph school site in Swift Current to a heap of rubble. The building was knocked down on Aug. 17 and thereafter work continued to clear the site. The City of Swift Current acquired the St. Joseph school site in 2015 from the Holy Trinity School Division for $1. The school became vacant after the opening of the All Saints Catholic School in the city’s new joint-use school facility. The demolition was delayed due to the need to remove asbestos from the structure before workers started to work on the site. Silverado Demolition of Saskatoon is responsible for the work and the company will also be carrying out the demolition of the former Oman School building. The City’s infill guidelines require a public consultation process for any development proposals on the former school sites, and public meetings have already been held for some of the sites.
Producers were able to learn more about organic and other field trials at the Swift Current Research and Development Centre (SCRDC) low-input and organic agricultural systems field day, Aug. 9. This year's event was very well attended with over 100 registrants. The tour to visit the field trials and demonstration plots took place during the morning. Participants returned to SCRDC for lunch and presentations by a variety of speakers in the afternoon. A new addition to this year’s field day was be a display of field equipment as well as a demonstration of a CombCut tool, which is used for mechanical weed control.
Monster trucks were kicking up dust and flying through the air during a two-night show called Monsters and Mayhem in Swift Current on Aug. 5 and 6. There was a good turnout on both nights for the shows at Kinetic Exhibition Park, which were presented by Speedy Creek Racing Association in association with the Yorkton based Performance Promotions and the Outlaws of Motorsports.
Doc''s Town Heritage Village in Swift Current celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Turnhill School building on July 30 and 31. A reunion of former students and staff took place during the weekend as part of the celebration. Turnhill School was originally located northeast of Waldeck. The first school building at this site was constructed in 1906. It was replaced in 1912 with another building, which burnt down in 1914. The building at Doc’s Town was the third structure on the Turnhill School site. It was constructed in 1916 when local ratepayers donated six days of their labour. The school was closed in 1961 and students were transported by bus to Waldeck. Ratepayers decided to keep the building as a community centre, but in 1965 it was donated to the Swift Current Centennial and Jubilee Association. It was moved to the Swift Current fair grounds, where it was one of the first three buildings at the Doc’s Town Heritage Village.
An opening reception for the Southwest Open exhibition took place in the West Wing Gallery at Swift Current’s Kinetic Exhibition Park, July 31. A walk and talk tour took place during the afternoon, with artists in attendance to talk about their works. The exhibition reflects the diverse talents of semi-professional and amateur artists in southwest Saskatchewan. The exhibition takes place until Sept. 5. The West Wing Gallery is open every weekend from Friday to Sunday and on holiday Mondays from 1-5 p.m.
A fundraising luncheon for the Swift Current Seniors Activity Centre was held in downtown Swift Current, July 29. The luncheon, which took place at the Seniors Centre, was hosted by Ricardo Morin, the owner of Soup and Such. A live auction took place during the luncheon and three local musicians - Henry Banman, Ron Reimche and Mel Hoffart - played country and gospel music. The event raised $2,354 for the campaign to keep the Seniors Centre open. According to Morin, who is the vice president and spokesperson of the Swift Current Seniors Activity Centre, the campaign has already raised nearly $11,000. The goal is to raise $60,000 for much needed maintenance and repair work to the building. These upgrades are essential to keep the building open as a place for seniors to meet and socialize. For more information about the fundraising initiative by the Swift Current Seniors Activity Centre or to make a donation, contact Ricardo Morin from Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. at 306-773-0373.
Participants in this summer’s program at the Saskatchewan Abilities Council Swift Current branch enjoyed a day at Riverside Park with local celebrities, July 28. The event was attended by Telemiracle Teddy, City Councillor Ron Toles, members of the local media, Swift Current EMS and the Swift Current Fire Department. The celebrity day was just one of many Summer Fun program activities during the period July 4 to Aug. 12. There are 23 participants in this year’s program.