Five writers from southwest Saskatchewan participated in the Write Out Loud event at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, Feb. 18. Pictured, in order of appearance, are Tekeyla Friday, Tim Kalinowski, Gail Kesslar, Joyce Olesen, and Wendy Lockman (centre). Each writer received an opportunity to read from their work and talk about their craft. 

Children's author Tekeyla Friday read from her short stories and from her first picture book, Bothers: Powers of the Archangel Michael, which was published in May 2014. Kalinowski read from his first published novel, Butcher's War, that was released in 2014. The story is set against the backdrop of the U.S. Civil War and explores the impact of physical and spiritual wounds inflicted during a war.

Kesslar is a freelance writer and currently the executive director of the Cypress Hills Destination Area. She read from an unpublished novel Spy Society and a piece from her travel blog Go Here Destinations. Olesen read from her book 113 Boathouse Hill, which was published last year. It is a memoir of her childhood years on the family farm in the Aneroid area. Lockman did a reading from her new play, Barbed Wire Fences, with assistance from Stefan Rumpel and Janelle Davey.

The next event in the Lyric Theatre's 2014/15 Write Out Loud series will take place on March 18 with a reading by Cassie Stocks, who was the 2013 recipient of the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour for her debut novel Dance Gladys, Dance.

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Winter Carnival in Swift Current, Feb. 18, 2015

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A variety of fun activities took place at the Bright Beginnings Family Centre and Riverdene Park during the 2015 Winter Carnival that was hosted by the Southwest Early Childhood Action Coalition (ECAC) in Swift Current, Feb. 18. The outdoor activities included skating with the Swift Current Broncos as well as tobogganing and sleigh rides. The event was sponsored by the City of Swift Current, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and the Kiwanis Club of Swift Current. Over the noon hour the RBC made a cheque presentation of $5,000 to the ECAC.


Swift Current firefighters responded to another fire on the 500 block of Robert Street East in the early morning hours of Feb. 1. This fire occurred at a row of garages behind an apartment building at 550 Robert Street. It destroyed the western half of the structure. This is the second time that a fire broke out at this row of garages. Shortly before midnight on Jan. 23 a fire started at this location that destroyed the eastern half of the structure. This latest fire is the fifth one to occur on the 500 block of Robert Street East since Jan. 14, when firefighters responded to a fire in an empty basement suite and another fire in a garbage can. On Jan. 30 at about 2 a.m. the Swift Current Fire Department responded to a fire at a vacant basement suite, which caused minimal damage. These matters are still under investigation.


A fire caused significant damage to a row of garages located behind apartment buildings on 550 Robert Street East in Swift Current. The Swift Current Fire Department responded to the fire at around midnight on Jan. 23. A number of garage units, including at least two vehicles, were completely destroyed. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


Award-winning Regina guitarist Jack Semple performed at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current on Jan. 17 as part of the current Blenders music season. He was joined on stage by the other two members of the Jack Semple Trio, bassist Dave Chabot and drummer Martin Blonski. The popular Blenders music series brings talented musicians from across Canada to Swift Current between September and May. In addition to this season's regular 10 concerts there are two special concerts featuring folk singer-songwriter Basia Bulat on Jan. 23 and the acoustical sounds of the blues, reggae rock band Big Sugar on Feb. 19. For more information about the Blenders music series, visit the website at


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