Local briefs – April 10

The Real Woman on the Run Magazine team is trying to empower and support young women from age 11 to 15, with the Conversations with Girls Mini-Conference.

Empowering young women

The Real Woman on the Run Magazine team is trying to empower and support young women from age 11 to 15, with the Conversations with Girls Mini-Conference.

“Girls are bombarded with messages on a daily basis on how they should look, what’s cool, how to be pretty and popular. This day is designed to acknowledge and celebrate how great they are and how to make the most of their own traits and talents,” said Real Woman on the Run publisher Kim Berube.

“Sessions are intended to be a positive outlet for self-development and awareness. Very simply, we want girls to get a glimpse of how great it is to live their own real life.”

Sessions are planned looking at how the media portrays women, keeping a journal and more.

The event is set for Saturday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lacombe Memorial Centre in Lacombe. People can register by phoning 403-896-3332 or through the magazine website at www.realwomanontherun.com

The fee is $20, with lunch provided.

Credit union supports charity

Servus Credit Union is contributing $30,000 to the Lending Cupboard Society of Alberta.

The Lending Cupboard in Red Deer has seen the best and the worst in humanity in the past month or so.

The Red Deer charity that specializes in offering free medical equipment experienced a break and enter in late February. Windows were damaged, money was stolen and a new a flat-screen Gateway monitor and customized computer were taken.

The Lending Cupboard was able to share some happier news on Wednesday when they were chosen to be the charity of choice by Servus Credit Union. It means $30,000 in funding that will be used toward the installation of a new ventilation system, a barrier free door and additional medical equipment.

“The Lending Cupboard is making a huge difference in people’s lives and we are proud to support their efforts,” said Rob Stryker, vice-president of retail banking Alberta South, in a press release.

Cause of death under investigation

It will likely take up to a month to know the exact cause of death for a man found in a burned vehicle on Friday, April 3.

Police and Sundre and Caroline fire departments attended the scene of a vehicle on fire at 5:15 a.m., along Range Road 50, about two km south of Crammond Road.

Henry James Smith, 70, of the rural Innisfail area, was found dead at the scene.

His 1986 pickup truck was found in the ditch. The front end of the vehicle was burned.

Innisfail RCMP Cpl. Rochelle Becker said they won’t know the exact cause of death until the medical examiner’s report is released in around a month. She said they don’t believe the fire in the vehicle to have been suspicious or that the fire was started purposefully.

She said they have no reason to believe that speed was a factor.

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