The 2017 Living Sky Casino Pow Wow took place in Swift Current, Feb. 18-19. The event was held at the Stockade in Kinetic Exhibition Park. It is part of the North American Pow Wow circuit and drew participants from across Canada and the United States. Dancers made two grand entries on the first day of the event and another grand entry took place on the second day. A new addition to this year's event was a hand games tournament, which took place from Feb. 17-19.
Swimmers from across the province participated in a swim meet hosted by Special Olympics Swift Current at the Aquatic Centre, Feb. 19. Six teams competed at the event, with swimmers coming from Humboldt, North Battleford, Regina, Saskatoon and Weyburn. Nine local swimmers were in the pool. Below are the Swift Current team results (top five placing for individual events):
Katie Durant – 1st 200m breaststroke, 3rd 100m backstroke, 1st 200m backstroke, 2nd 100m breaststroke, 1st 400m freestyle; Carrie Funk – 1st 50m freestyle choice kick, 4th 50m backstroke; Tamara Gleim – 1st 50m freestyle choice kick; David Philip – 2nd 50m breaststroke, 3rd 200m backstroke; Harold Robinson – 4th 50m backstroke; Jenae Ruetz – 1st 50m butterfly, 2nd 200m intermediate, 4th 100m freestyle, 1st 200m freestyle, 5th 100m breaststroke; Tyler Servant – 3rd 50m freestyle, 4th 100m backstroke, 1st 200m backstroke, 4th 200m freestyle, 3rd 400m freestyle.
The Swift Current Judo Club hosted their home tournament at Walker Place, Feb. 18. There were 105 competitors in 148 entries at the tournament. Participants represented 13 different clubs from Saskatchewan and there were also competitors from three Alberta clubs. Below are the results for the Swift Current Judo Club:
U14 Male under 34 kg – 1st. Ty Elias; U14 Male under 38 kg – 5th Austin Hammer; U14 Male under 46/50 kg combined – 3rd Conner Hammer; U16 Male under 66/73 kg combined – 1st Ghrandozz Aguilar; U18 Male under 73/81 kg combined – 5th Ghrandozz Aguilar; Senior Men under 100 kg – 1st Justin Filteau; Senior Men over 100 kg – 3rd Toru Iwaasa.
The 7th annual Cramer Livestock and Crop Production Expo took place in the Stockade building at Kinetic Exhibition Park in Swift Current, Feb. 16. There were 106 commercial exhibits at the event and 70 companies displayed a variety of agriculture products. As in previous years the event was well attended. A highlight of the expo is the Cramer Cup Series with awards for entrants in the baking, egg grading, canola, forage and hog carcass competitions. The top five hog carcasses were auctioned for charity and the beneficiaries of this year's donation of fresh pork from Hutterite colonies were the Ranch Ehrlo Society, the Canadian Mental Health Association, and the Salvation Army branches in Regina and Swift Current.
Several local authors were featured at the Write Out Loud Local Writers Night at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, Feb. 15. Swift Current's Anthea Loran read from her latest publication Recollections and Reflections and some of her paintings were also on display at the event. Author and editor Ted Dyck introduced three authors who are participants in the Writing for Your Life group in Eastend. William R. Coombes read from a story that reflects on aging, Reesa Brotherton of Ponteix read from her recently completed book Melba's Wash and German-born writer Mareike Neuhaus, who now lives in Shaunavon, shared some of her poems with the audience. The final presenter was Swift Current's Christine Ciona, a personal growth and wellness coach who has published a meditation guide book and she is also a freelance writer for the Prairie Post. The next Write Out Loud event on March 15 will feature award-winning interdisciplinary artist Joseph Naytowhow and Val Marie writer, storyteller and performer Madonna Hamel.
Students from the Eastend School WE Day group spoke about their very successful Raising Hope gala during a presentation at a regular meeting of the Chinook School Division board, Feb. 13. The students were inspired to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House in Saskatoon after a visit to the facility in March 2016. Their goal was to raise $30,000 for the Ronald McDonald House adopt-a-room program and the students organized the Raising Hope gala in Eastend, Jan. 27. The event was well supported by the community of Eastend as well as residents from across southwest Saskatchewan. The gala was attended by over 350 people and raised a total of $65,431.73.
The KIVA Studio in Swift Current raised $2,685 for the Southwest Youth Emergency Shelter (YES) during a two-hour Dance for Dorie Zumbathon at the Living Sky Casino Sky Centre, Feb. 11. The event was attended by over 150 people of all ages who came together to share the joy of dancing for a good cause. Southwest YES is a non-profit organization that provides safe, secure shelter for homeless youth at Dorie’s House, a youth emergency shelter in the city.
Local musicians showcased their talent at the Lyric Theatre's Open Stage, Feb. 9. The event, which takes place the second Thursday of every month, provides music lovers with an opportunity to listen to a mix of new and experienced performers representing a variety of music styles. At each event there is an open jam of musicians from 7-8 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Fencers from across Saskatchewan were clashing blades at the 2017 Chinook Open in Swift Current, Feb. 4-5. The Swift Current Fencing Club hosted the two-day event at the Swift Current Comprehensive High School. Fencers in the Open Sabre events at the 2017 Chinook Open had an opportunity to experience the challenge of fencing in a wheelchair, which requires excellent eye-hand coordination and strong core muscles. Eight clubs competed in the tournament and Swift Current fencers received three gold, one silver and five bronze medals.Below are the results for the Swift Current Fencing Club:
Under 13 Foil – 1st Ian Lacasse, 2nd Dylan Lacasse, 3rd Carianne Hunter and Lesley Levorson-Wong; Cadet (under 17) Foil – 3rd Colt Cornelson, 6th Ian Lacasse, 7th Lesley Levorson-Wong, 8th Rhett Oakman; Cadet (under 17) Épée – 3rd Rhett Oakman; Junior (under 20) Foil – 1st Cole Anderson, 5th Colt Cornelson, 8th Courtlyn Hope; Senior (Open) Foil – 1st Cole Anderson, 3rd Lisa Hagen; Senior Épée – 11th Lisa Hagen.