Local briefs – July 16

The fifth annual Love of Children Golf Classic raised a record-breaking $600,000 to update Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre’s pediatric ward.

Love of Children Classic raises record

The fifth annual Love of Children Golf Classic raised a record-breaking $600,000 to update Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre’s pediatric ward.

Huge donations of $340,000 from the Kinsmen’s Club of Red Deer and $140,000 from the Edmonton Oilers helped make the golf tournament such a success. Last year, Red Deer Regional Health Foundation’s golf classic raised about $150,000.

Another record was broken at this year’s tournament when 156 golfers came out to the event held June 13 and 14 at Red Deer Golf and Country Club.

Since 2005, the classic has raised $1.3 million to help purchase medical equipment and for children’s facilities.


New trial in vehicle-pedestrian accident

A new trial date will be set for a Ponoka man charged in connection with a vehicle collision with a student walking to a bus stop.

Dwight Richard Pugh, 55, was originally scheduled to stand trial this week in Ponoka provincial court. A new trial date has not yet been set.

Pugh is charged with impaired driving causing bodily harm, driving with more than .08 per cent alcohol in his blood and dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

The 13-year-old student was walking to a bus stop last Oct. 22 with two friends around 8 a.m. when she was struck by a pickup truck, Ponoka RCMP reported earlier. She was walking south on 38th Street in Ponoka when she was struck from the rear.

The impact knocked her into the ditch.

She was taken to Ponoka General Hospital, then to the University of Alberta Hospital as a precaution because of suspected head injuries.

The girl returned home a few days later.


Vocal award winner at Westerner

A provincial vocal award winner is set to take to the stage at Westerner Days.

Young in years but big in talent, Olivia Smith of Red Deer is set to perform during Westerner Days on the family stage on July 25 at 4:30 p.m. The 11-year-old sings in four languages, but also loves singing rock and country songs. She will also ride in a 1929 Mercedes in the Westerner Days Parade on Wednesday.

In May, Smith came home with first place in the vocal solo for girls 12 years and under in a category of 17 singers from around the province at the Alberta Music Festival held in Edmonton. Second place in the same category was another Central Albertan, Dacia Gramlick of Stettler.

Smith received the Elaine Pitt Scholarship, worth $150, and a plaque. She performed the Italian song Sorge il so! Che fai tu? and the French piece Chanson de Florian, after working on them with her teacher Cheryl Valentine.

Other winners at the Alberta Music Festival Association event included Emily Talma of Red Deer, who received second place in one of the musical theatre solo, up-tempo categories, and the Lacombe-based Canadian University College Chamber Singers, who won first place in the choral senior category.

To take part in the provincewide Alberta Music Festival Association event, performers have to be recommended by adjudicators at one of 35 local music festivals around the province. Each of the local festivals is able to send one person in each discipline in each grade level to the provincial event.

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