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YOUTH HQ ANNOUNCES 3rd ANNUAL RALLY FOR KIDS

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Join us for the 3rd annual Rally For Kids in support of Camp Alexo to take place on Saturday, July 3. 2021.

This event is proudly presented by Eagle Builders. Enjoy an afternoon of OHV touring on the historic renewed portion of the CN Rail Line in the heart of David Thompson Country. This is a family-friendly OHV trail, so load up and head out! This event goes RAIN OR SHINE and is open to all outdoor OHV enthusiasts. The event is a 50km poker run starting in Nordegg, Alberta and ending at Camp Alexo. The Rally For Kids Poker Run is restricted to off-highway vehicles only (quads, side-by-sides, and dirt bikes). It should be noted that this trail is a family-friendly trail. It is not for extreme OHV enthusiasts, but rather for riders looking for a pleasant off-road experience in beautiful David Thompson Country.

For more information visit www.youthhq.ca. Participants can register on location on the morning of the event or visit https://rallyforkids.ticketleap.com/ to pre-register. Registration is limited. To ensure participation we encourage pre-registration. The event this year has some amazing prize packages for the top 5 poker hands plus a variety of draw prizes and a Grand Prize Draw for a trip for two anywhere West Jet flies.

Thank you to our major sponsors; Eagle Builders, Zed 98.9 / Real Country 95.5, West Jet Cares for Kids, Cooper Roofing, Red Deer Shooting Centre, Central Alberta Flooring, West Country Pumps and Filtration, Sunbelt Rentals, The Coverall Shop, Shunda Creek Contracting, Nordegg Community Association, Tidewater Midstream Infrastructure, the Gear Centre and many other supporters.

All proceeds raised will support Camp Alexo in its efforts to maintain facilities and operations for children and families from throughout Central Alberta.

For event updates please follow us at Facebook.com/bgcreddeer or Facebook.com/campalexo

Central Alberta

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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Test of Halloween candy at Rocky Mountain House reveals Fentanyl

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From Rocky Mountain House RCMP News Releases

While examining Halloween candy this week, a parent in Rocky Mountain House discovered an open package with three pieces of a dark substance that looked suspicious.

Concerned, the parent turned over the package to Rocky Mountain House RCMP. Early tests from the Alberta RCMP Forensic Identification Section have identified the presence of Fentanyl.

The substance has been sent to the RCMP Lab for further tests.  While Rocky RCMP try to discover the source of the package, they’re reminding parents to take extra precaution in examining their children’s Halloween candy.   Remember that any unsealed candy should be thrown away immediately.

If you find anything suspicious in your candy, contact your local Police.

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