A much celebrated Advocate outdoor columnist has won two national communication awards from the Outdoor Writers of Canada.
Bob Scammell won first place in the newspaper category for a column published in The Advocate Aug. 13, 2009 called Bison at Risk on Public Land. He also earned second place honors for encouraging children to enjoy the outdoors for a column Catch Fishing and Memories published in the August 2009 issue of the Alberta Outdoorsmen magazine. This was the 35th annual communications awards administered by the Outdoor Writers of Canada, an organization of professional writers, broadcasters, and photographers who specialize in stories about outdoor activities and concerns. The awards are intended to encourage excellence in outdoors writing and this year attracted entries from across Canada and the U.S.
Single adults are invited to take part in a raft tour down the Red Deer River on Friday evening, hosted by Kerry Wood Nature Centre. Weather and water conditions permitting, rafts will launch at Fort Normandeau at 6 p.m. for the three-hour journey, with refreshments afterward. Fees are $35 plus GST for nature centre members and $40 plus GST for non-members and include refreshments at the end of the tour. Pre-registration is required. Please call 403-246-2010 to learn more or to register.