Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

Debate activities within the Swift Current Comprehensive High School (SCCHS) Business Club only started a year ago, but students have already achieved success on the provincial stage.

The Chinook School Division will have to implement significant structural changes, including some staff reductions, to deal with a budget shortfall of 7.3 per cent.

Open Stage, an evening of live music by talented local musicians, took place at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, April 13. The musical performances during the evening varied from hip hop to blues and the instruments on stage changed from banjos and guitars to a cello and an upright bass. Open Stage is a popular feature at the Lyric Theatre, both for musicians who want to share their music and for music fans who want to discover something new. The next Open Stage will be on May 11. There is an open jam from 7-8 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.

 

A thrilling second round playoff series between the Swift Current Broncos and the Regina Pats was decided in the seventh game in Regina on April 17, when the Broncos lost 5-1 to conclude the team’s first season under new head coach Manny Viveiros. The Broncos took a 3-1 series lead in Swift Current on April 11 by winning 5-4 in triple overtime, but the Pats won the next three games. The Pats won 3-2 in Regina on April 14 and the Broncos had another opportunity to wrap up the series in Swift Current on April 15, but the home team gave up a 3-1 lead in the second period and the Pats won 5-3 to force game seven in Regina. This was the first time since the 2007-08 season that the Broncos played in the Eastern Conference semi-final. Pictured are images from the triple overtime game at the Innovation Credit Union i-plex on April 11, when the Broncos defeated the Pats 5-4.

 

Students from Val Marie School spoke about the benefits of using Chromebooks in their classrooms and for online learning during a presentation at a regular meeting of the Chinook School Division board in Swift Current, April 10. Grade 10 student Taylor Platt and Grade 6 students Katherine Andree, Daniel Cornoc and Ashlee Waldner were accompanied by Val Marie School Principal Angela Clement and Cyber School Principal Shelby Budd. The students referred to the different applications they have been using on Chromebooks, for example to make presentations and book trailers. They felt document sharing is one of the best features on Chromebooks because it makes group projects easier.

 

The Swift Current Branch Library provided a variety of programs and services to promote life-long learning during 2016 and the number of in-person visits continued to grow.

The Cypress Health Region is facing a significant financial challenge as a result of a decrease of about seven per cent in funding in the recently announced 2017-18 provincial budget.

The efforts to reduce the amount of recyclable material going into landfills across Saskatchewan received a boost with a recent change to the provincial beverage recycling program.

The Swift Current Oratorio Choir, which is in its 44th season, performed the choral work The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins at the Bridgeway Community Church, April 9. The choir presents two major concerts every year in the spring near Easter and during the Christmas season. This year's spring concert took place on the day of commemoration for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, which made the performance of this choral work about the horrors of war a fitting tribute. The music and words had even more impact because a video, which was specifically created for The Armed Man, was screened at the same time. The choir performed with the acclaimed Regina Symphony Chambers Players and the program included a performance of the choral work Song of Destiny (Schicksalslied) by German composer Johannes Brahms.

 

 

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #56 Swift Current held a parade and ceremony on April 9 to commemorate the Battle of Vimy Ridge, which took place 100 years ago in Europe during the First World War. More than 3,500 Canadians were killed during the battle in 1917, which lasted from April 9 to 12. The Canadian victory is historically significant because it was the first time that all four Canadian divisions were together in a single battle, which contributed to a feeling of national unity. Thirty members of the 209th Battallion, which was established in Swift Current in February 2016 with recruits from southwest Saskatchewan, were killed in action at Vimy Ridge. Members of 605 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Tarry Squadron and 259 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Drylander participated in the commemoration ceremony at the cenotaph in Memorial Park. Salvation Army Major Don Grad did the scripture reading from Psalm 23. Dave Boucher, the president of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #56 Swift Current, and Petty Officer First Class Theo Lautsch of the  259 Drylander Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps placed a wreath at the cenotaph.

 

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