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Write Out Loud's 30th anniversary season started on a high note with an appearance by two internationally acclaimed authors Yann Martel and Alice Kuipers at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, Sept. 21. The couple, who lives in Saskatoon with their four young children, had a relaxed conversation with the audience about their careers as writers, their approach to writing, their current projects and the challenges of being writers and parents at the same time. Martel is best known for his international bestseller Life of Pi, which has sold more than 12 million copies and was made into an Academy Award winning movie. His latest novel, The High Mountains of Portugal, was published in February and appeared on the New York Times bestseller list a month later. Kuipers has received critical acclaim for her young adult novels and children's books. Her debut novel, Life on the Refrigerator Door, won several awards and was adapted for theatre in three countries. Her other works have also received numerous nominations and awards. The evening started with a musical performance by three local musicians, Eliza Doyle, Paula McGuigan and Dustin Olmsted. Write Out Loud is celebrating 30 years of author readings and literary cafes during the 2016-17 season. The next event on Oct. 19 will feature Lionel Hughes, the editor of Prairies North magazine, and on Nov. 16 there will be a 30th anniversary celebration.

 

Swift Current Deputy Mayor Denis Perrault (at right) gets ready to hoist the Saskatchewan Abilities Council flag at City Hall, Sept. 19. Standing next to him is Kimi Duzan, the regional director of the Saskatchewan Abilities Council in Swift Current, and seated in front of her is Leland Teichroeb, who participated in the formal flag raising ceremony. The City of Swift Current has proclaimed Sept. 18-24 as the Saskatchewan Abilities Council Awareness Week in the city. A community barbecue fundraising event with live entertainment and information booths took place at Market Square, Sept. 22. Proceeds from this event will be used to support the programs and services provided at the Swift Current branch of the Saskatchewan Abilities Council. Details about a new program “Volunteering in the Community” was announced at the barbecue. The goal of this program is to give individuals with disabilities the opportunity to pursue their volunteer interests in the community.

 

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 15:44

Terry Fox Run in Swift Current, Sept. 18, 2016

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The 36th annual Terry Fox Run in Swift Current took place along the scenic Chinook Parkway, Sept. 18. This year's event took place under a clear sky, but with very strong winds. It did not dampen the spirits of the 26 participants, who started their run or walk at Riverside Park on the city's south side. The event raised over $1,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation, which uses 84 cents of every dollar raised for cancer research.

 

A wide variety of cars, trucks and motorcycles from different eras were on display during the 5th annual Cruisin' Show and Shine at Market Square in downtown Swift Current, Sept. 17. A total of 85 entries were received, which was the the largest number ever for this event. Participants stood a chance to win prizes in various categories and people had an opportunity to vote for their favourite vehicles. The category winners were: Best pre-1976 Ford – Terry Cooke, 1969 Ford Fairlane; Best pre-1976 GM – Darryl and Cathy Bakken, 1967 Chev Chevelle SS; Best pre-1976 Mopar – Steve Klein, 1971 Plymouth Barracuda; Best post-1976 Ford – Andy Beattie, 2003 Ford/Harley truck; Best post-1976 GM – Enid Loewen, 1976 Pontiac Trans Am; Best post-1976 Mopar – Barrie Rink, 2010 Dodge Challenger; Best truck – Brian Lee, 1955 Ford F-100; Best foreign – Matthew Byer, 1992 Mazda RX-7; Special interest – Mike Reimer, 1923 Model T 231 Alterd; Best foreign motorcycle – Kent Joorisity, 2016 KTM Adventure; Best North American motorcycle – June Roy, 2006 Harley-Davidson V-Rod; Best vintage motorcycle – Buck Wagner, 1943 Harley-Davidson; Participants choice – Chris Rink, 1955 Bel Air and Ronald Thiessen, 1956 Chev half-ton; People's choice – Jessy-Lee Lacher, 1958 Ford Thunderbird; Largest distance – Barrie Rink, Regina, 2010 Dodge Challenger. Special mention to: Dade Schultz (youth motorcycle 1995 Pocket Rocket); Hayley Vipond (2002 Junior Dragster); Roland Loewen (post- 2000 vehicle 2016 Corvette Z07), Elmer Carleton (survivor vehicle 1955 Ford Crown Victoria).

 

The Swift Current Redneck Betties did not disappoint their fans when they won their final home game of the season with a 173-135 victory over Medicine Hat's Gas City Regulators, Sept. 17. The Betties had a 102-55 lead at halftime and they kept the Regulators at bay during the second half, despite a determined effort by the visitors to close the points gap. The Redneck Betties will still play two road games before the end of their sixth season. The Redneck Betties junior team, the Ra Ra Riots, had a tough game and after leading for a while they eventually lost 237-193 against the Gas City Pilot Lights.

 

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 15:37

Go Green Friday in Swift Current, Sept. 16, 2016

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The eight annual Go Green Friday took place in Swift Current on Sept. 16. Go Green Friday was originally started in 2009 when Stark & Marsh was looking for a project that will make a difference in the community. The company had discussions with the City and  a need was identified for a fall clean-up. Go Green Friday provides an opportunity for individual and corporate volunteers to help out with the beautification of open spaces around the city through clean-up projects and the planting of trees and shrubs.

 

The Swift Current Comprehensive High School Colts football team remained undefeated after winning their second game of the season against the visiting Moose Jaw Vanier Collegiate Vikings, Sept. 15. The Colts hosted the Vikings in the annual Thursday Night Lights game at Colts Field. Colts running back Tristan Lockman scored three touchdowns to give the home team a 23-20 victory. The Colts were leading 7-6 at halftime and Lockman scored twice during the second half of the game to increase the home team's lead, but the game had a nail-biting finish after a comeback effort by the Vikings in the fourth quarter. This was the third year the Colts hosted a game under lights and it was attended by a large and enthusiastic crowd.

 

A group of electric vehicle owners gathered in Swift Current on Sept. 14 during National Drive Electric Week. The Swift Current gathering was part of similar events across North America during the 6th annual National Drive Electric Week, which took place from Sept. 10-18. In Saskatchewan there were also events in Regina and Saskatoon. Tesla vehicle owners from Swift Current, Moose Jaw, Regina and Creighton met at Kal Tire in downtown Swift Current. CyclePath, a Medicine Hat bike shop that sells electrically powered bicycles, also attended the event. The gathering took place at Kal Tire because a Sun Country Highway charging station has been installed there.

 

Swift Current was one of five cities in Saskatchewan that commemorated the legacy of Terry Fox with a flag raising at the local city hall on the same day, Sept. 12. This was the first time that such a flag raising event took place in the province with representatives from each local Terry Fox Run present for  the ceremony. The Terry Fox Run flag was also raised in Prince Albert, Regina, Saskatoon, Weyburn, as well as Lloydminster, Alberta. The 36th annual Terry Fox Run takes place in 2016 and Premier Brad Wall has officially declared Sept. 18 as Terry Fox Day in Saskatchewan. The Terry Fox Run in Swift Current will start at 2 p.m. on Sept. 18 at Riverside Park. It is a non-competitive, all inclusive and family oriented event that gives participants different options to run, walk, rollerblade or bike over a distance of their choice along the Chinook Parkway. Sonia Brooks, one of the run organizers in Swift Current, said 84 cents of every dollar raised will go directly towards cancer research. Pictured are Swift Current Deputy Mayor Denis Perrault and local run organizer Sonia Brooks during the flag raising.

The Swift Current Broncos made their first appearance on home ice during the pre-season with a game against the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Sept. 10. The Broncos won three of their five previous games on the road and one of the game losses came after a shootout. The Swift Current team added another win to their pre-season record at the Credit Union iPlex with a final score of 5-2 against the Hurricanes. Broncos goalkeeper Taz Burman turned away 20 shots and Kaden Elder scored twice for the home team. Finnish import Aleksi Heponiemi was responsible for assists on two Broncos goals to increase his points total to 12 (five goals, seven assists), which makes him the overall points leader among skaters for the pre-season. The Broncos will also play their next pre-season game at home against the Prince Albert Raiders on Sept. 16. The Broncos will play their final pre-season game in Moose Jaw on Sept. 17 before they start their regular season against the Saskatoon Blades in Swift Current on Sept. 23.

 

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