Home Front – March 10

Canada’s most celebrated hockey coach returns to Red Deer for breakfast on Tuesday, eager to talk about the gold medal his team of hockey superstars earned at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Now back at work coaching the Detroit Red Wings,

Olympic coach to visit

Canada’s most celebrated hockey coach returns to Red Deer for breakfast on Tuesday, eager to talk about the gold medal his team of hockey superstars earned at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Now back at work coaching the Detroit Red Wings, Mike Babcock has earned national recognition in Canada after taking the men’s hockey team to the podium in Vancouver. The former instructor and hockey coach at Red Deer College will make a guest appearance at the Kings and Queens seventh annual Scholarship Breakfast, sponsored by BMO. Babcock led the RDC Kings to the Alberta College Athletics Conference championship in 1989 and was ACAC coach of the year for the 1988-89 season. Last year, the scholarship breakfast raised $40,000 to assist athletes studying at Red Deer College. This year’s breakfast takes place on March 16 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Capri Centre, Exhibition Hall. Tickets are now on sale at $60 per person or $400 for a corporate table, which includes seven seats and one guest student from the athletics program. Tickets are available by email to carolyn.neufeld@rdc.ab.ca or by phoning 403-343-4093.


Outdoor rinks closed

All outdoor skating rinks within the City of Red Deer parks system are now closed for the season, including Bower Ponds and Anders on the Lake. Warmer weather has started thawing the ice and seals underneath have started to break up, so it’s no longer possible to keep the rinks in good shape, says Steve Davison, park amenities supervisor for the City. The Bower Ponds concession is also closed for the season, says Davison. The concession will re-opened in spring at a date yet to be announced.


Teaching awards

Science and math teachers who “make school cool” could be candidates for the 2010 Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta Teacher Awards. Students, staff and parents can all nominate a deserving teacher who makes math or science fun and inspires students to succeed academically. All of the 20 teachers in the province selected will receive certificates and their schools $2,000 to further science and math education. Nominations close on March 31. For nomination forms, visit www.apegga.org/members/awards/taward.html

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