Home front – August 18

Red Deer residents and others across Canada have been opening their hearts and wallets to assist the six million people needing emergency assistance in Pakistan.

Red Cross seeks help

Red Deer residents and others across Canada have been opening their hearts and wallets to assist the six million people needing emergency assistance in Pakistan. So far, the Canadian Red Cross has contributed $2.7 million to the international relief effort, deployed four mobile-health units and a seven person paramedic team and 900 tents. Monsoon rains have caused flash flooding in Pakistan, killing more than 1,500 people and causing extensive damage in the country. The Red Cross is ensuring food, clean drinking water, tents, medical assistance and other items get to the country. Anyone wishing to donate can do so by going online to www.redcross.ca or call 1-800-418-1111 or by phoning the local Red Cross office in Red Deer at 403-346-1241.

Photo radar current sites

Red Deer RCMP traffic services members are keeping a photo radar eye on 11 traffic sites in the city until Aug. 22. Playground zones under scrutiny include Jewel Street, Roland Street, 57th Avenue, Ellenwood Drive and Lawford Avenue. Traffic corridors with photo radar include 49th Avenue, Gaetz (50th) Avenue, 30th Avenue, 32nd Street, Riverside Drive and Taylor Drive.

Dairy Queen gives big

The city’s four Dairy Queens raised $71,100 for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals on Miracle Treat Day on Thursday. That is the day that the four local Dairy Queen’s donated the entire proceeds from the sale of Blizzards ice cream treats.