Brouwer to appear
Local author Sigmund Brouwer will be at Chapters in Red Deer on Saturday promoting his latest book, Oil King Courage, from 1 to 2 p.m. Brouwer is a prolific writer and his latest book is part of his WHL series.
Duffy to talk in Lacombe
Senator Mike Duffy, a former political commentator with CTV’s national news services, will headline a fundraiser for the Wetaskiwin Conservative Association. Appointed to the Senate late in 2008, the former host of Mike Duffy Live is a member of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame. Duffy is booked to give the dinner address on Tuesday at the Lacombe Memorial Centre. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $75 in advance and $100 at the door, available by calling 1-403-775-0291.
Ponoka helps Foodgrains
People, combines and grain trucks pulled off 60 bushels to the acre of feed barley and got plenty of straw baled up as well for the annual Ponoka Foodgrains Bank harvest, held last weekend. Volunteer organizer Larry Henderson said 13 combines, including five dealer demonstrators, got the 170-acre crop off in one hour and 40 minutes. The barley has been sold for feed and local farmers also purchased the straw to bed their cattle over the winter. By the time the donations, sale proceeds and expenses are tallied up at the end of this year, Henderson expects the project will have raised $55,000 or more. Proceeds from the harvest are forwarded to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, an inter-denominational group that raises money to help deal with hunger and poverty issues around the world. Each dollar raised by the Foodgrains Bank is matched with $4 from the Canadian International Development Agency.
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