Local briefs – November 6

In Rimbey, the colour pink is a badge of honour. Trail boss Jane Hurl has announced that the town’s population of 2,252 raised

Rimbey fights cancer

In Rimbey, the colour pink is a badge of honour.

Trail boss Jane Hurl has announced that the town’s population of 2,252 raised $11,329.71 — a shade over $5 per person — in the Pinkest Little Town in the West breast cancer fundraiser, beating 22 other Alberta communities.

It seemed like everyone in town — along with neighbours in the Hamlet of Hoadley, got into action in the Wild Pink Yonder contest, highlighted by a trail ride to meet the wagon train on which the contest was based.

The riders decided to hit the road for lunch at Hoadley, but it turns out they misjudged the distance and some of the horses were pretty tired by the end of the 26-km ride.

“We were so late for lunch that Hoadley packed up the hamburgers, packed up the pink desserts and took it to the riders,” Hurl wrote in her blog.

The people of Hoadley also decorated their only building in pink flowers and ribbons and raised $650 for the contest, said Hurl.

People and businesses in the town threw everything they had into the campaign, virtually painting the town pink.

Hwy 54 opens in Innisfail

Alberta Transportation says the Hwy 54 realignment in Innisfail is now open to traffic.

The new alignment connects Hwy 54 to Hwy 2 at the recently constructed south Innisfail interchange. It ties in to Hwy 54 at the Little Red Deer River Road just west of Innisfail. The $6.5-million project involved six km of new highway construction with two creek crossings and a crossing of the main Canadian Pacific Railway line west of Hwy 2.

Construction on the route that bypasses the town began in the spring.

Alberta Transportation construction engineer Mike Damberger said the department is pleased that the work was completed before winter.

Olympic skier at RDC

Olympic skier Brady Leman and the Olympic torch will be among the surprises at the Red Deer College open house this weekend.

Leman, who will compete in the Olympics in the ski cross event, will sign autographs outside the main gym at Red Deer College from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The Olympic torch will also be on hand.

In addition, students who register for a program while attending the open house will have the $70 application fee waived. RBC is the presenting sponsor of RDC Welcome Back Weekend and the Olympic Torch Relay.

Trade tickets for toys

Motorists who get dinged with a parking ticket will have an opportunity to donate a toy instead as a popular seasonal campaign returns.

The city’s Toys for Tickets program has begun and residents can replace a fine with a toy until Dec. 4.

Last year, the program collected about 550 toys that were passed on to the Red Deer Christmas Bureau.

The toys will be collected on Dec. 3 to 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the first floor of City Hall. Toys must be new and unwrapped in their original packaging.

Toys must be at least equal in value to the early payment rate. A receipt must be presented and if the value is lower than the ticket, the difference must be paid.

For more information on the program, call Inspections and Licensing at 403-342-8190 or go to www.reddeer.ca/inspections

For information on coming events in and around Red Deer, see “Home Front” and “Switchboard” under the “Community” tab

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