Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

The Swift Current Redneck Betties played their second home game of the 2017 roller derby season against the Bearded Ladies, a co-ed team from Medicine Hat, at the Innovation Credit Union iplex, May 20. The outcome of the thrilling and hard-hitting game was decided on the final jam, when the Bearded Ladies scored five points to win the game 165-160. The Redneck Betties will play their next home game against the Saskatoon Killabees on June 10.

 

Fiction writer and editor Rod MacIntyre was the featured author at the final event in the 2016-17 Write Out Loud series at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, May 17. The award-winning author was born in Saskatoon, but he now lives in Christina Lake, B.C. His latest novel Mahihkan Lake was shortlisted for the 2016 Saskatchewan Book Award for Fiction. He was the writer in residence at the Swift Current Library from 1997-98. The evening's entertainment included performances by four musicians from Maverick School – Griffin Funk, Cat Kearney, Kourtney McIntyre, and Jack Tonner. This was the 30th anniversary season of Write Out Loud, a reading series that showcases Canadian authors and local writing talent. The line-up for the 2017-18 series was announced at the event. It will include appearances by Zarqa Nawaz, the creator of the popular television series Little Mosque on the Prairie, award-winning author and historian Bill Waiser, and retired police officer and author Ernie Louttit.

Young cyclists learned about safe cycling practices in a fun way during a bike safety event at Highland Park in Swift Current, May 17. The event was organized by the City of Swift Current in partnership with the Cypress Health Region and Bright Beginnings Family Centre, while a variety of local sponsors and volunteers helped to make the event possible. A bike safety course has been painted on the surface of the outdoor rink in the park. There is a mock street with crosswalks and stop signs as well as a figure eight, obstacles and a diminishing clearance activity. The course assists cyclists to practise their skills and to gain confidence for riding in an urban environment.

 

Pharmacies across Canada participated in a nationwide blood pressure screening and patient education initiative on World Hypertension Day, May 17.

Students at the Chinook Alternative Middle Plus School (CAMPS) in Swift Current have an opportunity to give back to the community and to make a difference through the school’s community service program.

The new Chinook School Division trustee for Subdivision 4 wants to be a voice for her region to keep them informed about education issues.

The powerhouse campaign of the 2016-17 Brooks Bandits came to an end in heartbreaking fashion on Sunday night, as a 2-1 lead over the 2017 RBC Cup host Cobourg Cougars evaporated late, leading to a 3-2 overtime win for the host team in the championship final.

The Speedy Creek Racing Association (SCRA) season opener took place with two race days at the Living Sky Casino Speedway at Swift Current's Kinetic Exhibition Park, May 12 and 13. Dirt racers competed in three racing classes (hobbies, streets and modifieds) and there was plenty of action on the track to entertain racing fans. The next two races will take place on June 9 and 10, with racing starting at 7 p.m. on both days. This year's racing schedule will have a special event on July 15, when a demolition derby takes place at the speedway.

 

A delegation from the Western Major Baseball League (WMBL) and the Swift Current 57's baseball club attended a regular City of Swift Current council meeting, May 8. WMBL President Kevin Kvame made a presentation about the league, which currently has 12 teams. He noted that the facilities used by the WMBL teams in all 12 communities are on a good standard. He encouraged the City to have a master plan for the ongoing modernization of Mitchell Field and he said the only matter currently out of compliance at the Swift Current field is the lack of dressing room facilities. The Swift Current 57's won the championship in 2016 and the team will be defending their WMBL title under their new name and team colours when they open the 2017 season at home against Moose Jaw, June 1.

 

Members of the 2017-18 Swift Current & District Chamber of Commerce board of directors attended a regular City of Swift Current council meeting on May 8 to take their oath of office in front of Mayor Denis Perrault. The new board was announced at the chamber's recent annual general meeting at the end of March. Brock Friesen of Rittinger’s Men's Wear is the 2017-18 board chair and Doug Evjen of SaskTel is the 1st vice chair. The other board members who took their oath at the meeting are Lawrence Carr, Michel Deguire, Karen Richmond, Sharleen Thoreson, and Stacey Wiens.

 

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