Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

Thursday, 21 September 2017 17:05

Terry Fox Run in Swift Current, Sept. 17, 2017

There were 36 participants at the 37th annual Terry Fox Run in Swift Current, Sept. 17. The event started at Riverside Park and participants walked or run along the scenic Chinook Parkway on a sunny fall day. They raised $5,254 for the Terry Fox Foundation, which uses 84 cents of every dollar raised for cancer research.

 

The Swift Current Redneck Betties played their final home game of the 2017 roller derby season against the Winnipeg Bombshell Brawlers at the Innovation Credit Union i-plex, Sept. 16. The Redneck Betties had a 122-49 lead at halftime and they continued to dominate the second half of the game to win 209-101.

 

Dirt racers from across the province competed for cash at the Speedy Creek Racing Association’s 4th annual Wild Throttle Fun racing weekend at the Living Sky Casino Speedway in Swift Current, Sept. 16 and 17. The 2017 season championship winners were already decided at the previous race in August and the drivers were competing only for cash, with over $20,000 in payouts up for grabs. Below are the race results for the two days.

Napa Autoparts Hobby Stocks, Sept. 16: 1st Riley Raynard, Estevan; 2nd Ken Wicks, Tisdale, 3rd Jen Atkins, Tisdale, 4th Shane Grose, Swift Current.

Napa Autoparts Hobby Stocks, Sept. 17: 1st Riley Raynard; 2nd Ken Wicks; 3rd Jen Atkins; 4th Dave Koethler, Swift Current.

Innovation Street Stocks, Sept. 16: 1st Stefan Klym, Hanley; 2nd Trevor Monk, Swift Current; 3rd Ryan Atkins, Tisdale; 4th Randy Schultz, Swift Current.

Innovation Street Stocks, Sept. 17: 1st Stefan Klym; 2nd Ryan Atkins; 3rd Murray Koethler, Swift Current.

Tune a Matic Modifieds, Sept. 16: 1st Tyler Wagner, Weyburn; 2nd Ryan Harris, Estevan; 3rd Kelly Bauman, Weyburn; 4th Brody Crowe, Swift Current.

Tune a Matic Modifieds, Sept. 17: 1st Tyler Wagner; 2nd Ryan Harris; 3rd Stu Hagman, Alberta; 4th Jason Duclos, Swift Current.

 

 

There was a good turnout of vehicles at the 6th annual Cruisin' the Market Show and Shine in Swift Current on Sept. 16, despite the inclement weather. There were 61 entries for the event at Market Square, which included a wide variety of cars, trucks and motorcycles from different eras. The category winners were:

Best pre-1976 Ford – Rick McAlpine, 1958 Ford Edsel; Best pre-1976 GM – Jerry Biese, 1969 Camaro Indy Pacecar; Best pre-1976 Mopar – Ronald Bender, 1967 Dodge Coronet 500; Best post-1976 Ford – Gary Arnelien, 2012 Ford Mustang; Best post-1976 GM – Bob Grapko, 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS Dale Jr Edition; Best post-1976 Mopar – Mike Smart, 2009 Dodge Challenger; Best truck – Janet Schultz, 1933 Ford Express; Best foreign – Ralph Schmiess, 2001 BMW Z3; Special interest – Don McKay, 1976 Ford F-100; Best foreign motorcycle – Andy Boruch, 2009 Yamaha 113 Raider; Best North American motorcycle – Mike Carlin, 1972 custom 1,340cc chopper; Best vintage motorcycle – Brad Bakken, 1941 Indian Scout 45; Special mention – Richard Moffit, 1940 Dodge half ton rat rod; Participants choice – Rick McAlpine, 1958 Ford Edsel; People's choice – Mike Reimer, 1934 Ford Model A; Longest distance – Jesse and Joanne Adrienne from Blythe, California.

 
Thursday, 21 September 2017 16:55

Go Green Friday in Swift Current, Sept. 15, 2017

Volunteers helped to plant trees and shrubs at various locations around Swift Current during the 9th annual Go Green Friday, Sept. 15. The event was hosted by Stark & Marsh and Innovation Credit Union in partnership with the City of Swift Current. Over 100 volunteers helped to plant 73 trees, 145 shrubs and 500 perennials. The Go Green event has made a significant contribution to beautify the community since it was started by Stark & Marsh, and volunteers have planted over 2,200 trees and shrubs since 2009.

 

A large crowd attended the Thursday Night Lights football game between the Swift Current Comprehensive High School Colts and the visiting Moose Jaw Central Collegiate Cyclones, Sept. 14.  It was the fourth year the Colts hosted a game under lights, but this was the first time that the night game was also the team's home opener. The team had a good start to the season the previous week, when the Colts won 39-14 against the Eagles in Weyburn. Their home opener did not go as planned for the Colts and they lost 34-14 to the Cyclones. The Colts were playing defence for most of the first half and the Cyclones had a 21-0 lead at halftime. The Moose Jaw team extended their lead to 34-0 in the fourth quarter, when Colts players Nic Bachiu and Brady McCarty-Moen scored touchdowns for the home team.

 

A gathering of electric vehicle owners took place in Swift Current during National Drive Electric Week to raise awareness about plug-in electric vehicles, Sept. 13. The event took place at the Kal Tire premises in downtown Swift Current, the only location of a charging station for electric vehicles in the city. Five fully electric cars, one plug-in hybrid vehicle and an electric-powered bicycle were on display. In addition to Swift Current electric vehicle owner Lloyd Fehr the other vehicles came from Moose Jaw, Regina, Creighton, and Fort Macleod, Alberta. This was the second year that Swift Current was a location for a National Drive Electric Week event in Saskatchewan. During the week of Sept. 9-17 there were similar events for electric vehicle owners in Regina, Moose Jaw and Saskatoon.

 

A portion of the proceeds from the MNP Bronco Alumni Golf Classic was donated to the City of Swift Current’s Safe Places – Youth Certified initiative. Jeremy Rondeau (at right), a partner at MNP in Swift Current, presented a cheque of $10,000 to Mayor Denis Perrault, Sept. 13. The presentation was made during the fall/winter city wide registration event for community groups at Kinetic Park. The MNP Bronco Alumni Golf Classic took place at the Elmwood golf course, July 29. There were 144 golfers and the event raised a total of $22,000. It was the largest amount raised in the history of this tournament. The Bronco Education Fund received $10,000 while $2,000 was donated to KidSport.

 

Thursday, 21 September 2017 16:46

Living Sky Casino Day of Sharing, Sept. 13, 2017

The Living Sky Casino in Swift Current hosted a Day of Sharing for elders and other community seniors, Sept. 13. The elders and seniors were treated to tea and refreshments, while they had an opportunity to win prizes at the different games set up in the event centre. The casino held the event as part of the new Day of Sharing initiative by the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA). The intention is for SIGA employees at the six casinos and central office to give back to the community. This volunteering effort by Living Sky Casino staff will include a clean-up project in the veterans section of the Mount Pleasant burial park at a future date. It was scheduled to take place on Sept. 14, but it was postponed due to inclement weather.

 

Harvesting took place at the Lone Tree community project northeast of Swift Current, Sept. 11, 2017. The 157 acres was seeded with durum and delivered a crop of 17 bushels per acre. The Lone Tree project is one of two community projects coordinated by the Grasslands Growing Project to raise funds for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. The other project, the Stewart Valley community project, was harvested a few days earlier. The 135 acres for that project was seeded with canola and produced a crop of close to 35 bushels per acre.

 

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