Local briefs – June 11

With the Red Deer River water levels receding, several sections of the North Bank Trail within Waskasoo Park have reopened.

Some city trails reopened

With the Red Deer River water levels receding, several sections of the North Bank Trail within Waskasoo Park have reopened.

Due to spring runoff, the Red Deer River water levels are expected to fluctuate for a few more weeks, the City of Red said in a release on Friday.

Residents are advised to use caution near the river, obey all signage and barriers, and stay a safe distance from dangerous areas until river levels return to normal.

For more information on the city’s parks system, visit www.reddeer.ca/parks.

Collicutt Centre celebrates

Collicutt Centre is celebrating its 10th birthday with free special activities running Monday to Saturday, June 18.

Preschool Pandemonium will be held on Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for kids under six and their families.

The centre will host Baby Boomers and Beyond on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon for the older set to try out services at the recreational facility.

The official birthday reception with cake happens on Wednesday from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Zumba to the Max runs on Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m., a Zumba class for all ages and abilities.

A Birthday Barbecue on Friday will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Tweens and teens will have the entire field house and water park to themselves at the Surf and Turf — Extreme Edition on Friday from 7 to 11 p.m.

Let’s Try It, an open house to sample Collicutt activities, will run on Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is free to the special activities, while regular admission applies to the rest of the facility, located at 3031 30th Ave.

Oil, gas industry discussed

The Central Mountainview Action Group is inviting the public to an open house on Tuesday to discuss the relationship between the oil and gas industry and farmers.

Reducing the Risk is the name of the topic that will involve a number of presenters talking about issues such as weeds, pipelines and ground disturbance, abandoned wells, electricity transmission and what happens if agricultural equipment hits oil and gas facilities.

There will also be information on who to contact in a variety of situations. Presenters including representatives from the Farmer’s Advocate, Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB), AltaLink and Mountain View County.

The event takes place at the Mountain View County offices in Didsbury at 1408 Township Road 320. Doors open at 4 p.m. and presentations begin at 5 p.m. A free barbecue supper starts at 6 p.m. For information, go to www.cmag-synergyalberta.ca.

Innisfail fire hall meeting

More input is being sought on the proposed plans for the new fire hall in Innisfail.

Residents are invited to attend an open house on Monday to take a look and comment on the concept drawings for the new fire hall.

Town councillors and town staff will be on hand to answer any questions.

The town will begin transforming the former Mary Morton Library building on 50th Avenue into the new fire hall once the new library centre opens sometime in September. The open house runs from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Town of Innisfail Fire Hall Bays.

RDC leaders honoured

Red Deer College’s Gerry Paradis and Steven Kwasny have been recognized for their leadership skills by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC).

The award program recognizes and promotes excellence within Canadian college, universities, institutes and Canadian colleges. The awards were handed out earlier this week at a conference in Edmonton.

The ACCC Leadership Excellence Silver Award went to Paradis, who has worn many hats in his 36 years at the college. He has been a college instructor, an academic dean, acting vice-president for education; associate vice-president for strategic planning and research and student services. He has been involved in a variety of local and provincial education committees and helped with the development of the Alberta Rural Development Network.

Kwasny was awarded the ACCC Student Leadership Excellence Gold Award. Kwasny is the past president of the Students’ Association and a student in the political science program.

Sylvan roundabout closed

Sylvan Lake’s roundabout will be closed for paving overnight on Tuesday.

The roundabout at Hwys 11A and 20 will be closed from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.

Road crews are planning to pave the circular and approach lanes.

Detours will be set up but motorists may wish to use alternate routes such as Hwys 11 and 12.

Help for wild animals

The Medicine River Wildlife Centre is asking Red Deer citizens to keep an eye out for all wild adult species in their area that could become foster parents to orphaned animals being cared for at the facility.

“I’m looking for anyone to report if they’ve got birds nesting on their property, a deer with fawns, a fox den, anything that’s having babies; because we have orphans and need to match them up with appropriate, corresponding families,” said Carol Kelly, executive director at the wildlife centre.

Kelly said when a report is made, staff will show up at the location and observe the animals to make sure the orphans can be accommodated by the wild families. Once the family size is determined to be appropriate, staff will introduce the orphans to their new families and back into the wild.

“We do it all the time with just about every species we deal with. About 95 per cent of the animals we care for are fostered back out into the wild this way,” Kelly said.

Kelly also asks that Red Deerians report young animals they believe have been orphaned in the wild. She said they should not attempt to remove the animals from their wild habitats and wildlife professionals will determine if the animals are in fact orphaned.

People can contact the Medicine River Wildlife Centre at 403-728-3467.

The interpretive centre is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily. For more information, visit mrwc.ca.