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Local artist records original song for Remembrance Day with video showcasing Red Deer’s military history

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Editor’s note: This article was published in 2020.  It was extremely popular in the Central Alberta region so we wanted to circulate it again this year, now even more poignant with the war in Ukraine. The video uses many images that are familiar to Central Albertans and pays tribute to Central Alberta soldiers who have deployed internationally over the years. 

This spring, a singer and songwriter friend of mine from Red Deer, Shelly Dion, came to me with a song idea that had, in her words, been “knocking around in my head for the past 30 years”. She said that she really wanted to pay her respects to the people who sacrificed their lives and livelihoods to go to war.

The song is called “Lay Me Down”, and it’s a very fitting song for this time of year. We decided to get together and record a simple version of the song.  Then I sent her off to see musical wizard, Red Deer’s Heath West of Medodius Design.  Heath came up with some excellent improvements and we recorded it in his studio this fall.

As Honorary Colonel of 41 Signal Regiment in Alberta, I’m always looking for opportunities to promote the military, our Regiment’s members, and of course at this time of year, to acknowledge the sacrifice made by the men and women who serve in the Canadian Armed Forces. “Lay Me Down” hit all the right notes.

With some help from Counsellor Michael Dawe, long-time archivist for the City of Red Deer, I gained access to some wonderful historic photos that helped me to tell some of the stories of Red Deer’s military history. At the same time, I wanted to help the members of our Regiment honour the many local members who have volunteered to put their lives and careers on hold to deploy internationally to places like Afghanistan, Golan Heights, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, and more recently Ukraine and Latvia. This project allowed me to both profiles some local history and recognize our more modern history. Thanks to WO Drew Adkins of 41 Signal Regiment for his help in coordinating photos from our wall of fame inside Cormack Armoury.

The above video is the result. Take some time to learn about our local military history. Do you know who Cormack Armoury is named after? You’ll also learn about local members of 41 Signal Regiment (2 Sqn), many of whom actively serve in the Armed Forces today. You may even know some of them as neighbours, friends, and co-workers.  Please take a moment to acknowledge their service, and on November 11th, attend a service, and at the very least, take a moment at 11 AM to be silent and consider how lucky we are to be at peace in our country.

“Lay Me Down” is written and performed by Shelly Dion and produced and engineered by Heath West. Musicians: Bagpipes Glenn MacLeod, acoustic guitar Heath West, electric guitars Lloyd Lewis, drums Phil Liska, Bass Doug Gagnon.

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President Todayville Inc., Honorary Colonel 41 Signal Regiment, Board Member Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Award Foundation, Director Canadian Forces Liaison Council (Alberta) musician, photographer, former VP/GM CTV Edmonton.

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Red Deer Games Foundation awards Spring Scholarships

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News release from Central Sport

The Board of Directors of the Red Deer Games Foundation (RDGF) are pleased to announce the recipients for the
Athlete Development Grant for the spring awards. The grants are awarded to individuals living in Red Deer and area who
have demonstrated a high level of ability and a strong commitment to their sport. These athletes have achieved
competence at the international, national, provincial, or regional level and the funds are provided to the athletes to help
offset the costs of training and equipment as they continue to pursue their training and competition programs.

Nathon Kettyle Kozuback-Speedskating: Nathon is a member of the Red Deer Lions Speedskating club coached by Nick Schultz and he currently trains long track and short track in both Red Deer and Calgary. He is currently ranked 2 nd in Alberta in both short track and long track for his age group. He is one of 5 athletes to qualify for the Canadian Neo-Junior short track competition. He competed in the Alberta Winter Games in Grand Prairie and earned a silver medal in the team relay. He is a recipient of the 2023/2024 Most Dedicated Skater award from the Red Deer Speedskating Club.

Hayden Matthews-Freestyle Ski: Hayden is a member of the Central Alberta Freestyle club. He has attended training camps in Mt. Hood, Oregon and with the Panorama Freestyle club. As a provincial athlete, he qualified for the Alberta Winter Games and has participated in two Canada Cup events and has been selected to represent Alberta at the Jr. Nationals in Whistler B.C.

Joshua Gillard-Track and Field: Joshua is a member of the Red Deer Titans Track and Field club and is coached by Sigurd DeBruijn. He is a provincial medalist in the 300-meter, long jump, 4 X 400 relay and 400 and 600 m run. He will be attending the 2024 U20 Olympic Trials in June and the Western Canadian U23 Team Alberta Qualifiers.

Maksym Troyan-Trampoline and Tumbling: Maxim is a member of the Exelta Gymnastics Club and is coached by Jie Wong. Maksym is a member of Team Alberta and has attended the age group World Championship in Sofia, Bulgaria. Provincially, he has been consistently ranked first or second for his age group in Trampoline.

Madilynn Phillips-Freestyle Ski: Madi is a member of the RT Freestyle Club out of Winsport in Calgary. She has participated in 3 provincial level competitions and achieved a gold and 2 silver medals. She was a silver medalist at the Alberta Winter Games. she qualified for the Junior Nationals and won 1 st in halfpipe, 6th in slopestyle and 7 th in big air.

Tricia Madourie-Track and Field: Tricia is a member of the Red Deer Titans Track and Field club and is coached by Max Legault. She won gold in the U20 High jump competition at the Canadian Track and Field championships in Langley B.C. A former member of the RDP Women’s Basketball team, Tricia will be attending the 2024 National Track and Field Trials in Montreal in June 2024.

For further information regarding Red Deer Games Foundation Grant Program, please contact [email protected] or visit the Central Sport website at www.centralsport.ca.

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Innisfail RCMP police vehicle rammed by fleeing suspect

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News release from Innisfail RCMP

On June 5, 2024, at around 9:20 a.m.,  Innisfail RCMP responded to a complaint of a suspicious truck at the Ghost Pine store in Pine Lake. Witnesses suspected the occupants of the vehicle were using drugs.  RCMP located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop.  When the RCMP officer was outside of his vehicle the suspect vehicle reversed at a high rate of speed.  The officer moved out of the way and was nearly hit; the suspect vehicle struck the RCMP vehicle causing significant damage. The vehicle sped away at a high rate of speed and has not been located.

The suspect vehicle is described as:

  • 2016 Ford F-150;
  • 4 door;
  • White,
  • Significant scratches all over the truck,
  • Alberta Licence plate CMN2779.

While RCMP continue their investigation we are asking for public assistance in locating the vehicle and identifying the driver.

Anyone with information about this vehicle or the driver are asked to call the Innisfail RCMP at 403-227-3342. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store. To report crime online, or for access to RCMP news and information, download the Alberta RCMP app through Apple or Google Play.

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