The Cypress Diabetes Partners in association with Pharmasave hosted the 12th annual Diabetes Forum in Swift Current on World Diabetes Day, Nov. 14. The event took place in the gathering room at Pharmasave. The forum had a come and go format during the morning with various interactive stations to provide information on different topics, for example tips on good foot wear, blood pressure testing, blood sugar testing and meter demonstrations. There were two presentations at the forum. Dr. Heath Holliday, an optometrist in Swift Current, spoke during the noon hour about eye health for people with diabetes. The forum concluded with an interactive 30-minute session about gentle chair yoga by Sue Johnston.


Folk/roots band Creek City held an official CD release concert for their debut album Chronicles at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, Nov. 12. The four band members, who are from Herbert and Swift Current, have been performing as a group since May 2013. The 13 songs on the album is a mix of older and newer songs that have been written by band members Dave Cyca and Mark Penner. The band members are Michael Tetrault (drums), Donovan Epp (bass), Dave Cyca (guitar, lead vocals) and Mark Penner (guitar, lead vocals).


Patrons at the inaugural ZOE Greek Night in Swift Current on Nov. 12 enjoyed an evening of fine food and entertainment while helping to make a young boy’s wish come true. The sold out event at the Days Inn raised money for the Saskatchewan Chapter of the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. The funds will be used to grant a wish to a 10-year-old boy from the Swift Current area who suffers from cystic fibrosis. He expressed a wish to go on an African safari with his family. The event was hosted by Swift Current’s Greek Orthodox community as a way to continue their charitable efforts in a different format after raising more than $850,000 over 17 years through the annual Night Out in Greece. Most of the funds from Night Out in Greece were donated to the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation. ZOE Greek Night is a new fundraising initiative that will focus on providing support for other charitable organizations.


Métis veterans from Lac Pelletier valley were honoured during a Remembrance Day ceremony at the Métis veterans monument in Lac Pelletier Regional Park, Nov. 11. The Canadian and Métis flags were raised and family of the veterans laid wreaths in honour of their loved ones. The monument, which was erected three years ago, gives recognition to the contribution of 16 Métis men and women who left their families in the valley to serve Canada in the First and Second World War and the Korean War. Métis elder and Prairie Dog Métis Local 123 President Cecile Blanke was the speaker during the ceremony.


The annual Remembrance Day commemoration in Swift Current started with a parade from the Royal Canadian Legion Hall to the cenotaph in Memorial Park at 9 a.m. A number of wreaths were placed at the cenotaph. The Remembrance Day service and wreath laying ceremony at the Swift Current Comprehensive High School started at 10:50 a.m. Members of the 605 Tarry Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets stood on guard at the cenotaph in Memorial Park, starting at 10 p.m. on Nov. 10 until shortly before the Remembrance Day parade at 9 a.m. Second World War veteran Fred Barlow, who served in battle in Europe after D-Day, placed a wreath at the cenotaph.


Wednesday, 16 November 2016 13:49

11th Annual Battle of the Southwest, Nov. 9, 2016

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The 11th annual Battle of the Southwest between the men's and women's volleyball teams of the Great Plains College SunDogs and the Millar College of the Bible took place at the O.M. Irwin School gymnasium in Swift Current, Nov. 9. This annual volleyball challenge results in enthusiastic support from fans and an intense court battle between the teams for the coveted Southwest Cup. The SunDogs women brought the cup back to Swift Current with a three-set victory. The Millar Edge women won the first set 25-18, but the SunDogs women won the second set 25-21 and the third set 15-9. This was the first time since 2013 that the SunDogs women won the Southwest Cup. The Millar Edge men kept the cup in Pambrun for another year with a two-set victory over the SunDogs men. Millar Edge won the first set 25-15 and battled to a 25-22 win in the second set.


The swearing-in ceremony for the newly elected council members and mayor in the City of Swift Current took place in council chambers. Nov. 7. Provincial Court Judge Karl Bazin administered the declaration of elected officials, which is a requirement under the Cities Act. Denis Perrault was elected as Swift Current's new mayor in the Oct. 26 municipal election. Four incumbents stood for re-election and they were successful. They are George Bowditch, Pat Friesen, Ryan Plewis and Ron Toles. The two newly elected councillors are Bruce Deg and Chris Martens. The new council got to work immediately by approving a request from General Manager of Community Services Dean Robson to have an in camera meeting before the next regular council meeting on Nov. 21 to discuss a capital budget request for 2017.


The Swift Current United Way's 2nd annual Foundation of Hope Gala achieved its goal to raise $100,000 in support of 11 non-profit community programs. The elegant evening of dining and dancing took place at the Living Sky Casino Sky Centre, Nov. 5. Tickets to the event, which had a masquerade ball theme, were already sold out two months ago. Matt's story, a video to raise awareness about mental health, was launched at the event. Presentations were made to the 11 non-profit organizations that will receive funding from Swift Current United Way in 2016. A silent and live auction took place during the evening and people could win a mystery prize by buying $20 bricks for the wall of hope. Skip Neufeld was the auctioneer for the live auction. Saskatoon indie/folk musician Kirby Criddle provided musical entertainment during the meal. Performing with her were vocalist Amanda Proznik and Eli Temple on guitar. The Stone Frigate Big Band, an 18-piece swing band from Saskatoon, provided the music after the live auction.



The Swift Current Comprehensive High School Senior Ardens volleyball team won gold at their home tournament, Nov. 4-5. Teams from Estevan, Moose Jaw, North Battleford, Weyburn and Yorkton as well as the Junior Ardens participated in the seven-team tournament. The Senior Ardens placed second in the round robin after losing only one set against the Weyburn Eagles. The Ardens won their semi-final match against the Estevan Elecs in two sets (25-21 and 25-23) to have a rematch against the Weyburn Eagles in the championship final. The Ardens won the gold medal game in two sets (25-19 and 25-22). The Ardens will compete at regionals in Weyburn on Nov. 11-12, and they will need a top three finish to qualify for provincials.


The South Asian community in Swift Current hosted a Diwali celebration at the First United Church gymnasium, Oct. 30. Diwali or the Festival of Lights is an ancient Hindu festival to celebrate the victory of good over evil. People enjoyed a meal, which was catered by Husky Restaurant, and watched dancing performances by Tintu Sebastian, Turna Barua, Ankita Das and Pearl Munim. Thereafer audience members had an opportunity to participate in the celebrations by dancing the “Garba”,  a traditional folk dance from Gujarat, India. The event was sponsored by the Southwest Multicultural Association. Diwali has been celebrated for many years in Swift Current. It used to be a potluck for around 40 people, but it has become a catered event due to the growth in the number of people from South Asian countries who now reside in Swift Current.


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