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Activities to celebrate Family Literacy Day took place at the Swift Current Branch Library, Jan. 26. The event was hosted by the Southwest Literacy Committee in partnership with various organizations, including Chinook Regional Library, Chinook School Division, and Great Plains College. There were reading sessions throughout the day that were attended by Grade 3 students from three schools in Swift Current (Central, Fairview, and O.M. Irwin), as well as by parents and preschoolers. Local celebrity reader Teresa Cole engaged children with her lively readings of the graphic novel Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians by Jarrett Krosoczka. After each reading the children participated in a creative activity to sketch their own superhero character with the help of local graphic artist Morghie Flaterud. Children who attended this literacy event received a copy of the book that was used for the reading session and they were encouraged to read all 10 books in the Lunch Lady graphic novel series, which are available at the Swift Current Branch Library, to qualify to win a prize. The theme for this year's Family Literacy Day in Canada was “Libraries – the path to family literacy.”

 

The Swift Current Comprehensive High School Senior Colts basketball team remained undefeated at their six-team invitational home tournament to claim gold. Teams from Balgonie, Estevan, Moose Jaw and Shaunavon competed at the two-day tournament, Jan. 19-20. The Colts opened their tournament with a 76-65 win over the Shaunavon Shadows on Friday afternoon. The Colts then won 79-72 against Moose Jaw Vanier on Saturday morning. In the championship final in the afternoon the Colts faced tough opposition from the Moose Jaw Peacock Toilers. The home team was trailing for most of the game, but outscored the Toilers during the final minutes of the fourth quarter to take the lead with just 59 seconds to play. The Colts scored once more and made two penalty shots during the remaining time to win the game 70-64.

 

The Swift Current Broncos were destructive on the ice in their first two games after a series of trades that added five players to the team to strengthen both their offensive and defensive capabilities. The Broncos travelled to Prince Albert on Jan. 12, where they defeated the Raiders 4-0. Broncos fans got their first look at the revised team on Jan. 13, when the Swift Current team rolled over the Edmonton Oil Kings in a crushing 9-1 defeat. The home team's goals were scored by nine different players. The Broncos already had a 6-1 lead at the end of the second period, and the final three goals in the third period were scored within a brief period of just one minute and four seconds. The Broncos will be playing five games on a U.S. road trip before their next home game against the Regina Pats on Jan. 27, which will have a 2:30 p.m. starting time.

 

The Swift Current Curling Club hosted the 2018 SCT Players Championship as part of the provincial men’s curling tour, Jan. 5-7. The event provided an opportunity for the winning team to secure a berth to the 2018 SaskTel Tankard, which will take place in Estevan from Jan. 31 to Feb. 4. Team Casey of Regina’s Highland Curling Club remained undefeated during the weekend and won the championship game 6-5 against Steve Laycock of Saskatoon’s Nutana Curling Club. The winning team included two local players. Cabri’s Shaun Meachem skipped the team in the absence of Adam Casey while Swift Current’s Chris Haichert joined the team for the weekend to play second. Two teams from southwest Saskatchewan competed at the tournament. Team Deis from the Fox Valley Curling Club, skipped by Ryan Deis, was eliminated in the quarter final when they lost 6-4 to Estevan’s Brent Gedak. Team Deis started the tournament with two losses, but then won three games in the C event to reach the quarter finals. Team Chambers of the Swift Current Curling Club, skipped by Jeff Chambers, started the tournament with a 6-5 win against Saskatoon’s Michael Carss, but then lost 6-4 to Gedak. Chambers was able to win the next three games, but missed qualifying for the quarter finals when his team lost 6-5 against Saskatoon’s Dale Craig. Pictured are teams Chambers, Deis and Casey on the ice during the championship.

 

 

The Swift Current Broncos dropped only one game during a busy three-game weekend. Their weekend started with a road trip to Brandon on Jan. 5, where they lost 3-2 in overtime to the Wheat Kings, with Matteo Gennaro scoring both goals. The Broncos defended home ice for the rest of the weekend, starting with a 4-2 win against the Regina Pats, Jan. 6. Gennaro again scored twice while Kaden Elder was responsible for the other two goals. The Broncos played an afternoon game on Jan. 7, when they dismissed the Red Deer Rebels 5-1. Gennaro scored another two goals for a total of six goals and one assist in three days. Two of the Broncos players who have returned from playing at the World Juniors scored the other goals. Aleksi Heponiemi gave the team an early lead with a power play goal and defenceman Artyom Minulin scored two power play goals. The Broncos play their next home game against the Edmonton Oil Kings on Saturday, Jan. 12. Thereafter they will be away on a two-week U.S. road trip.

 

There was a good turnout at the New Year's Eve family drop-in party in Swift Current, Dec. 31. A total of 420 people signed in for the event. Due to the very cold conditions the outdoor sleigh rides had to be cancelled, but there were still a lot of fun stuff for children inside Walker Place, including face painting, two bouncy houses, and dance music. There were hourly New Year's Eve countdowns, which added to the excitement at the event. This was the fifth year that the drop-in party took place to give families with young children an opportunity to celebrate the start of the new year in a fun atmosphere. It is hosted by the Parent Support Network, a group of agencies that provide support services to families in the Swift Current area. 

 

Swift Current's Central School choir and bucket drummers will be performing at Telemiracle 42 on March 4, 2018. The Grade 3-8 choir and bucket drummers, which is directed by music teacher Celia Hammerton, auditioned for Telemiracle in early November and the school received the good news just before the Christmas break. The group gave the first public performance of their Telemiracle song Best Day in my Life at the start of the Central School Grade 3-5 Christmas concert, Dec. 21.

 

Grade 3-5 students at Central School in Swift Current performed the nativity play Lights, Camel, Action! at their Christmas concert, Dec. 21. The story of Jesus' birth is celebrated through a dance show, as those who witnessed the miracle talk about what they saw and then dance to the audience in celebration of the experience.

 

The First United Church in Swift Current hosted an evening of music for the festive season, Dec. 17. The Melodies of Christmas is a popular annual tradition that involves a large number of local musicians and attracts a big crowd. The church was filled to capacity for this year’s performance. A goodwill offering was collected during the event and an amount of $2,753.45 was donated to his year’s beneficiary, the Swift Current branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association.

 

Wednesday, 20 December 2017 18:04

CP Holiday Train in Swift Current, Dec. 17, 2017

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A large crowd welcomed the CP Holiday Train to Swift Current, Dec. 17. Snow started to fall during the train’s stop in the city, which helped to create a Christmas atmosphere. The entertainers at this year’s stop in Swift Current were country music artists Terri Clark, Kelly Prescott, and Dallas Smith. A cheque of $5,500 from Canadian Pacific was presented to the Swift Current Salvation Army's Major Don Grad during the event. This is the 19th year that the CP Holiday Train visited communities across Canada and the United States to raise awareness and support for local food banks.

 
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