Rob Swan from Harvey Station, New Brunswick, visited southwest Saskatchewan on Jan. 17 to curl in Abbey, Hazlet and Swift Current. He spent a two-week period in Saskatchewan from Jan. 11 to 23 to visit communities around the province as part of his goal to curl at 100 clubs across Canada during this curling season. He is pictured during his visit to the Swift Current Curling Club on Tuesday evening, Jan. 17. In the last photo he is standing with members of the club after their game. From left, to right, Meinrad Hammel, Joel Cyrenne, Theo Lautsch, Stan Lautsch, Rob Swan, Tyler Weston, Phil Deobald, and Jordan Neufeld.

A celebration of Ukrainian culture took place at the Living Sky Casino in Swift Current on Jan. 13 with a Malanka event that included authentic Ukrainian food and a high-energy performance by dancers from Yevshan, a professional Ukrainian folk ballet ensemble based in Saskatoon. The evening's entertainment also included music by the acclaimed Saskatchewan polka band, The Western Senators. Malanka is a Ukrainian folk holiday that is celebrated on Jan. 13, which is New Year's Eve on the Julian calendar. The dancers started their performance with a Pryvit or welcome dance. Thereafter they presented a dance suite that depicted a portion of the traditional Malanka folk tale. Their final dance was the high-energy Hopak, a national Ukrainian dance.



Eight teams participated in the Swift Current Comprehensive High School Senior Colts Invitational basketball tournament, Jan. 13-14. The Saskatoon Bethlehem Stars won gold after defeating the Moose Jaw Peacock Toilers 74-60 in the championship game. The Shaunavon Shadows won bronze with a 59-52 victory against the Weyburn Eagles. The Colts had a tough home tournament that started with a 70-68 loss to the Shadows. The Colts recovered from that defeat to beat the Estevan Elecs 83-57, but the Colts lost the consolation final 70-57 against the Moose Jaw Vanier Vikings. Pictured, action from the consolation final between the Swift Current Colts and Vanier Vikings, and the bronze medal game between the Shaunavon Shadows and the Weyburn Eagles.




The name and colours of the Swift Current 57's baseball team, formerly known as the Swift Current Indians, were officially unveiled during an announcement in council chambers at Swift Current City Hall, Jan. 10. The unveiling, pictured on the first photo, was done by, from left to right, Craig Kilshaw (assistant coach), Brad Woods (a past president  of the club), Harv Martinez (senior advisor of baseball for the club), Joe Carnahan (coach and general manager) and Mike Mutlow (club president). City councillors attended the announcement and Mayor Denis Perrault received a t-shirt in the new colours to wear.


There was a good turnout at a family-friendly drop-in New Year's Eve party in Swift Current hosted by the Parent Support Network agencies. The event, which was attended by around 500 people, provided young and old with an opportunity to celebrate the start of the new year in a safe and family-friendly environment with dance music, a bouncy house, face painting, horse wagon rides and other fun stuff. There were hourly New Year's Eve countdowns, starting at 5 p.m. and the final one at 8 p.m. It was the fourth year the event took place in the city, but this time it started an hour earlier at 4 p.m. and at a larger venue. The Walker Place gymnasium provided more space for families to enjoy the evening. The participating organizations in the Parent Support Network are the Early Childhood Intervention Program, Family Resource Centre, Parent Mentoring, Rural Early Year's Support Worker, Salvation Army, Southwest Crisis Services, and Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre.


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