Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

Activities to celebrate Family Literacy Day took place at the Swift Current Branch Library, Jan. 26. The event was hosted by the Southwest Literacy Committee in partnership with various organizations, including Chinook Regional Library, Chinook School Division, and Great Plains College. There were reading sessions throughout the day that were attended by Grade 3 students from three schools in Swift Current (Central, Fairview, and O.M. Irwin), as well as by parents and preschoolers. Local celebrity reader Teresa Cole engaged children with her lively readings of the graphic novel Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians by Jarrett Krosoczka. After each reading the children participated in a creative activity to sketch their own superhero character with the help of local graphic artist Morghie Flaterud. Children who attended this literacy event received a copy of the book that was used for the reading session and they were encouraged to read all 10 books in the Lunch Lady graphic novel series, which are available at the Swift Current Branch Library, to qualify to win a prize. The theme for this year's Family Literacy Day in Canada was “Libraries – the path to family literacy.”

 

The Swift Current Comprehensive High School Senior Colts basketball team remained undefeated at their six-team invitational home tournament to claim gold. Teams from Balgonie, Estevan, Moose Jaw and Shaunavon competed at the two-day tournament, Jan. 19-20. The Colts opened their tournament with a 76-65 win over the Shaunavon Shadows on Friday afternoon. The Colts then won 79-72 against Moose Jaw Vanier on Saturday morning. In the championship final in the afternoon the Colts faced tough opposition from the Moose Jaw Peacock Toilers. The home team was trailing for most of the game, but outscored the Toilers during the final minutes of the fourth quarter to take the lead with just 59 seconds to play. The Colts scored once more and made two penalty shots during the remaining time to win the game 70-64.

 

Jacqui Williams can still not believe how much she enjoys her new job as executive director at the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Swift Current branch.

The decision by China to ban the import of certain recyclable plastic and paper might have a significant impact on the global recycling industry, but it will not affect the operation of the City of Swift Current's multi-material recycle depot.

Students from Central School in Swift Current are preparing for their performance at Telemiracle 42 and there will be a number of fundraising activities in coming weeks including a big one Feb. 1.

Alternative/roots singer-songwriter Megan Nash took a different direction with her new album “Seeker” and music fans approved – their votes took the album to the top spot in SaskMusic’s poll for the best Saskatchewan albums of 2017.

The Rural Municipality (R.M.) of Swift Current No. 137 has approved a development permit for the expansion of an existing gravel pit that has been the focus of opposition by a group of residents.

The City of Swift Current is purchasing a used landfill compactor to increase the lifespan of the East landfill.

Long-time Swift Current resident Marie Nodge celebrated her 100th birthday on Jan. 8 by enjoying some coffee and cake with visitors and well-wishers, but she also continued a regular habit to go for a walk around the retirement complex, which took her about 20 minutes.

The entire board and staff of the Swift Current & District Chamber of Commerce have completed their training and certification to receive their Safe Places – Youth Certified cards.

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