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Vol. 4, No. 49 | 12 pages
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Mock arrest drives home message Stray cats king in Drumheller's downtown See page 4
Prairie downs St. Anthony's in league opener See page 12
Who are you? See page 7
INDEX inSide Opinions .........Page 3 Who are you? .............Page 7 Employment ...............Page 9
inSide Sports ... Pages 11-12
inSide Drumheller graphic designer Laura Schmidt went through mock processing with Drumheller RCMP Constable Jennifer Ruban for impaired driving on Wednesday, discovering the costs and hassles of drunk driving this holiday season. See article and photo essay on page 2.
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inSide STREETERS UFC President Dana White recently said fighter Georges St-Pierre is the most famous Canadian athlete. inSide Drumheller asks, “Who do you think is Canada’s most famous athlete?” Clockwise from top left: Schmidt is pulled over after Cst. Ruban suspects she is driving impaired. After speaking to Schmidt, the officer smells liquor and notices her red eyes. Cst. Ruban reads Schmidt her rights and asks whether she will consent to a roadside breathalizer test. Schmidt fails the roadside test, the exact BAC is not displayed until taken to the detachment on the intoxylizer. The intoxylizer confirms within a hundredth of a degree that alcohol is inSide photos by Kyle Smylie indeed in her system.
Bill Hamm “Gretzky has to be the most famous.”
Linda Lacher “Wayne Gretzky for my era. Maybe Sydney Crosby for this one.”
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Ty Christensen “Georges St-Pierre is probably more famous, but I’ll say Bobby Orr. He’s a good Canadian boy.”
inSide Drumheller graphic designer Laura Schmidt discovered ﬁrst hand the consequences laid on those who drive impaired this holiday season. Drumheller RCMP led Schmidt through every step of the process: being pulled over, blowing through the roadside detection kit, being detained in the back of a cop car and the ﬁnal intoxilyzer test given at the detachment. “It was uncomfortable, even though I knew it wasn’t real. Deﬁnitely not a place I'd want to be,” said Schmidt, who although doesn’t have her driver’s licence, will keep the long processing in mind before she ever gets behind the wheel impaired. “I can’t imagine what these oﬃcers go through, trying to get straight answers and going through processing with intoxicated people.”
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will see it go up 450 per cent. “You’ll be walking for a long time,” said Kolenz. “Those who try to sneak home two blocks from the pub are risking a lot.” Schmidt was surprised to ﬁnd that even blowing a BAC reading under .08 can result in a 24 hour driver’s license suspension. Any reading over .04, but under .08 can earn a suspension. “It was enlightening,” says Schmidt. Between December 1 and January 1 in Drumheller last year, six criminal cases were brought against individuals accused of operating a vehicle while impaired. Three were charged, all receiving 24 hour suspensions. Rural areas falling under the detachment’s jurisdiction had one criminal case investigated, with no charges, in the same time period last year. Drumheller Staﬀ Sergeant Arthur Hopkins believes the existing laws regarding alcohol levels
are too lenient. “I believe it should be drastically lowered (from .08),” Hopkins said. When oﬃcers are being trained to operate the intoxilyzer, each member takes turns being a drunk test subject for the others to practice on. The results from Hopkin’s practice test amazed him. “I was wasted, could not see straight, but only blew .05. Others haven’t been able to walk and only blew .11.” British Columbia lowered their BAC reading for penalizing from .08 to .05 in spring this year. “I don’t know why people can’t understand,” says Cpl. Black. “The message should be clear – it is not tolerated.” “It’s bigger than the law,” says Schmidt. “There’s so much more to it than just the legal consequences.”
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Dave Powell “Mario Lemieux, what he went through was inspirational.”
Corporal Mike Black has seen the eﬀects of drunk driving ﬁrst hand. “It’s like cancer, we all know someone who has been hurt or killed by impaired drivers,” said Cpl. Black. In Alberta, if you blow over the .08 blood alcohol content (BAC) reading, you may be charged with operating a vehicle while impaired, bringing a ﬁrst oﬀence ﬁne of $1,000. For a second conviction, a judge may hand you a prison term of no less than 30 days, and any subsequent violations garner not less than 120 days in jail. Impaired operation of a vehicle which causes bodily harm can result in a prison term up to 10 years. Centre Street Insurance broker/owner Susan Kolenz told inSide Drumheller insurance premiums triple when convicted of a criminal code oﬀence like impaired driving. The second offence in a short period of time
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Encana signs on as FireFit gold sponsor Patrick Kolafa | inSide Drumheller
The organizing committee for the Drumheller FireFit event received a boost to kick oﬀ its fundraising effort for the event in Drumheller with a substantial donation from Encana. On the weekend of June 11 and 12, 2011, the Drumheller Fire Department is hosting the Southern Alberta Regional competition in the Scotts FireFit Championship. Described as the toughest two minutes in sports, the FireFit Challenge pits ﬁreﬁghters against a course based on a ﬁreﬁghter’s call of duty. Just to ﬁnish is an accomplishment. Encana has contributed $3,500 and has been named the ﬁrst Gold Sponsor to step forward for the event. Organizer Duane Bolin is appreciative of the company for stepping forward, reﬂecting its commitment to supporting communities where it operates and where its employees live. Recently the committee also received a donation of $1,000 from Caltech to support the event, making Caltech a silver sponsor. The committee is looking for at least two more gold sponsors. Sponsorship packages include a number of opportunities for the company to have
Drumheller Firefighter Duane Bolin, left, accepts a donation of $3,500 from Luigi Vescarelli, community relations advisor for Encana. The company is the first gold sponsor to step forward to support the Drumheller FireFit event slated for the weekend of June 11 and 12, 2011. inSide photo by Patrick Kolafa
prominence at the event. The sponsorship reﬂects the interest in the community to bring the event to Drumheller. Organizers are planning for more than just a FireFit completion, but a community event to showcase Drumheller. Of course, the Challenge will be
the main attraction, but there will also be a Corporate Challenge, as well as a TopCop Challenge. The event will also be a fundraiser, and organizers are planning to donate any funds raised to the Badlands Community Facility. The Corporate Challenge allows
non-ﬁreﬁghters to put together a team to challenge the course and learn the physical rigours ﬁreﬁghters face one the job. They will compete against other teams in a bid for bragging rights and to raise funds for a good cause. The TopCop competition is relatively new to the circuit. It allows peace oﬃcers to take on an obstacle course that puts them through the daily rigors of their job. It is on a modiﬁed FireFit course and includes challenges such as target shooting, forced entry and a tunnel crawl. The event is designed for anyone who works for a recognized law enforcement agency, and Bolin says there is good interest from oﬃcers at the Drumheller Institution. Bolin said organizers are encouraging other community groups to step forward and get involved. The FireFit Challenge is sure to draw a crowd, making it an opportunity for community groups to organize other events. Possibilities could be anything from car shows to tradeshows. It is a great way to showcase the valley, and community spirit. For more information on sponsorship, volunteering, or other ways to get involved, contact Bolin at 403-8232559.
Editor inSide Drumheller Dear Editor, I am requesting an update on the status of the ski hill. Our family, along with many other families, purchased a family ski pass which apparently will not be available for use now. According to reports in the November 24 Drumheller Mail, quote “town council was unaware there was a disagreement on the amount of the debt. Certainly no one came to them with any disputes." I ask you, would it not have been wise to ensure council was aware of all disagreements and discrepancies regarding a community facility before a closure occurred? This closure does not just aﬀect the Town of Drumheller and a water dispute. This decision aﬀects many families who have spent hundreds of dollars on preseason passes. The HooDoo Hoppers have a great club with no local ski hill to practice on. In a society riddled with issues of obese and unﬁt youth, should we not be taking every measure possible to ensure the youth of our community have a healthy, outdoor winter activity to participate in? Was this considered?
Then the ﬁnal statement in the November 24 paper… “It is council’s hope that a group or organization will come forward with a viable business plan that will allow for a 2010/2011 ski season…” Really? It seems to me if this is what council “hopes” for, the town council would have considered dealing with such an issue before pre-season passes were sold. Did council even take into consideration community members and the money they are potentially losing due to an untimely decision made by our community representatives? What actions are community members willing to take? How important is it to our community to have a ski hill? If it is important, let’s ﬁght for it. How can our community make a diﬀerence? Can we band together and hold a fundraiser? Are there more ski board members needed? Are people willing to volunteer their time to ensure the ski hill will run? Don’t just think of the dollars lost here, think of our youth and of the community in general. The ski hill seems to struggle year after year, so how can we work together to change that? My family has enjoyed having the opportunity to practice their skills on our local hill. It has given my children conﬁdence when we head to bigger hills. To lose access to a hill so close would be a real shame. Sandra Gullacher Rosedale resident
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$ISJTUNBTJOUIF7BMMFZ Stray cats king in Drumheller’s downtown Kyle Smylie | inSide Drumheller
Last week, a woman living in Lehigh saw something The -25C° temperatures moving in the ditch on the aren’t stopping some people way into Drumheller. from dropping oﬀ litters of Pulling over, she found a young kittens in the alleys Siamese kitten, whose back of Drumheller’s downtown. had been shaved, burrowed
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into the snow bank to keep warm. Someone had tossed the cat out of their vehicle after shaving its back hair, leaving it to die in subzero temperatures. “What kind of monster does that?” said the humane society’s Peggy Ginger who told inSide Drum-
enough to know what a trap is, says Ginger. “I bet you I feed 30 stray cats a day,” says Bulechowsky, who is also the foster home for 7 to 9 cats from the humane society on a rotating basis, including the black one found missing its back right leg.
“In these cases, where people are trying to clean up messes of irresponsible people, it makes for a diﬃcult situation,” says Ginger. The humane society is having to turn people down, they are short of operating funds. When they can’t help out the caller they get
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This 9 week old kitten was abandoned behind the Waldorf Hotel in Drumheller a few weeks ago, found with its foot missing among a litter of others.
heller about the incident. “Someone’s displaying psychopathic behavior, and these people live next door.” A few weeks ago a box was found behind the Waldorf Hotel containing a litter of kittens – one with its foot missing. Sadly, this isn’t an isolated incident: cats are dropped oﬀ in Drumheller’s downtown and at campgrounds and farms on a regular basis, Ginger says. "It’s all due to people not having their animals spayed and neutered,” says Ginger. “You know the story: they decide they don’t want it, boot it out, it gets pregnant and has a litter of kittens.” Tammy Bulechowsky has taken up a part-time job to help pay for the daily trips she makes into town to feed the dozens of feral cats roaming the downtown. Bylaw can’t catch them – they’ve been wild long
This story isn’t unusual for the downtown, with dozens of feral cats roaming the alleys continuously.
“I’ve found cats with their ears frozen right oﬀ,” she says. “You wouldn’t throw your baby out, how can you do it to these critter’s babies? I just want people to quit doing this.” Bulechowsky isn’t alone, many shop owners and humane society volunteers in Drumheller’s downtown have taken it upon themselves to provide for the stray cat population roaming at large. Cynthia Laurie of Cut Loose Salon has built an insulated shelter in the alley behind her store, with another one being built by Ginger east of that alley. Right now, there are 31 cats in temporary foster homes throughout Drumheller; this is down from 36 last week. “Everyone needs to get together to help with this problem,” urges Bulechowsky.
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upset. Paperwork for gaining their registered charity status is being processed in Ottawa now. The Drumheller and District Humane Society had to have its corporation status and charity running for two years before even applying. The application was put in this fall. “It’s very diﬃcult to get that status, but once we get it, we’ll be able to apply for grants. “When we get the grants, we can maybe get a building, maybe with paid staﬀ,” says Ginger. “That will take a huge amount of the pressure oﬀ.” Those interested in adopting the kitten with a missing foot, or any of the other 30 animals currently in foster homes, can contact the humane society at 403-334-0894.
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Christmas in the Valley Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow Dreaming of a white Christmas? Many people look forward to new-fallen snow to add to the picture of the holiday season. How many, though, give thought to how snow actually forms? Snowflakes are ice crystals that form in the clouds. Water vapor freezes and clings to the dust particles in the air. As the crystals group together, they form snowflakes. Snowflakes are hexagonal crystals, meaning they always have six sides. Snowflakes can grow in different forms, including columns, needles, plates, dendrites, columns with plates, and irregular shapes. Complex shapes emerge as the flake moves through differing temperatures and humidity levels. When snowflakes melt and refreeze they may come down from the sky in the form of a ball instead of a flake. These are known as graupel. Snowflakes are unique in that no two are the same. Because they are ice crystals, they are also clear in color. However, when gathered on the surface of roadways or other items, they collectively reflect the light and give off that white hue.
A snowflake is often the universal symbol for winter or wintertime conditions. In Russia, people have long made paper snowflakes during the Christmas season and hung them in the windows. A snowflake also was the symbol of the winter olympics in 2002.
Although snowflakes are cold, snow can actually act as an insulator. The intricate shapes of snowflakes trap air in between the flakes as they pile up. These tiny pockets of air prevent air from circulating, thus preventing heat from being transferred by convection.
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Can you hear what I hear? The Monday, Wednesday, and Friday classes at Bedrock Playschool put on a short Christmas concert for family and friends on Wednesday evening, December 8 running through holiday season classics like Rudolph the Red-nose Reindeer. inSide photo by Kyle Smylie
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Janice McGuckin and John Sparling had the closest guesses of 13, there are actually 16, in the â€œGuess How Many Librariesâ€? contest, sponsored by the Drumheller Public Library and the Alberta Law
Library in Drumheller. Pictured from left is ar McGuckin, Ingrid Thornton of the Law Library, Linde Turner of the Pubic Library, and Sparling. photo submitted
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15 DAYS TO CHRISTMAS!! Shop locally and save!! Saturday, December 11, Drumheller: Book Fair and Bake Sale at St. Magloireâ€™s Anglican Church. 1 - 4 p.m. in the church basement. Saturday, December 11, Drumheller: the home gallery, open house - 38 Cedar Crescent. 10 am - 4 pm. Unique, affordable, beautiful gifts. Saturday, December 11, Drumheller: Yuletide Essentials by the wicanook. Open House - 38 Cedar Crescent, 10 am - 4 pm. Pure, beneficial, hand crafted bath and aromatherapy products. Sunday, December 12, Drumheller: Special services for the Advent Season, Knox United Church, White Gift Service, 10:30 am. Sunday, December 12, Drumheller: Angel Alert! The night that heaven came down. Performed by the Drumheller Alliance Church youth. 10:30 am. An uplifting musical/drama celebrating the true meaning of Christmas. Saturday, December 18, Drumheller: Yuletide Essentials by the wicanook. Open House - 38 Cedar Crescent, 10 am - 4 pm. Pure, beneficial, hand crafted bath and aromatherapy products. Saturday, December 18, Drumheller: the home gallery, open house - 38 Cedar Crescent. 10 am - 4 pm. Unique, affordable, beautiful gifts. Saturday afternoons, Drumheller: Drop-in Zumba, carol todor dance school, 11 a.m. - noon.
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Friday, December 10, Drumheller: 16th Annual Tree of Hope, Drumheller Health Care Centre Hospital Chapel, 5:00 p.m. Call Linda at 403-820-7858 for more information. Friday & Saturday, December 10 & 11, Three Hills: Bethlehem Walk, 6:30 - 8:30 pm in the old Home Hardware building, downtown Three Hills Free admission. Saturday, December 11, Drumheller: UFC 124, 7 pm start, live on pay-per-view at Vintage Pub and Grill. $10 cover charge at door. Saturday, December 11, Drumheller: 3rd Annual Badlands EMS Christmas Ball. Dinosaur Downs Stampede Barn. 5 pm cocktails, 6:30 pm dinner. Prizes and dance to follow. Call Athena at 403-8201741 for tickets and info. Saturday, December 18, Drumheller: CCE welcomes Fire Coulee Bandits to their family. Appearing at Drumhellerâ€™s Newest Night Spot, Rising Star Restaurant. Central Canadian Entertainment, 30 - 3rd Ave, Drumheller. For more information call 403-820-3605. Sunday, December 19, Drumheller: Special services for the Advent Season, Knox United Church, Longest Night Service, 7:00 pm. Friday, December 24, Drumheller: Special services for the Advent Season, Knox United Church, Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 7:30 pm. Monday Evenings, Nacmine: Community Bingo at the Hall. Doors open 6:00 p.m. Bingo starts 7:30 p.m. Monday evenings, Drumheller: Come and enjoy an evening out at the Legion - sign up for Ten Card Cribbage, 7:00 p.m. every Monday. Bring a partner. Pre-register at the Legion prior to October 4. Call Arlene at 403-823-9831 for more information. Wednesday evenings, Drumheller: Modern Dance (age 10+), carol todor dance school, 6 pm - 6:45 pm. Thursday evenings, Drumheller: Ballroom Night, carol todor dance school, 8 pm - 9:15 pm.
The Drumheller Public Library wishes congratulations to the winners of the â€œGuess How Many Librariesâ€? contest. Janice McGuckin and John Sparling each received book bags loaded with books, CDs, and movie passes. Both winners submitted a guess of 13, the closest to the organizer's tally of 16. Here is the list of the libraries in Drumheller: Drumheller Public Library, Alberta Law Libraries (which includes the Law Society Library, the Judgeâ€™s Reference Library, and the Crown Prosecuterâ€™s Library), the St. Anthonyâ€™s School Library, the DCHS Library, East Coulee Library, Greentree School Library, the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology Library, the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints Library, the Knox United Church Library, the Cottonwood Clayworks Library, the Parent Link Library, Drumheller Institution Library, Bedrock Playschool Library, and the Associated Medical Clinic Library. The contest was sponsored by the Drumheller Public Library and Alberta Law Libraries in Drumheller.
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Who are you? is a weekly feature that profiles various young, professional Drumhellerites.
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and a dozen beer. Words of wisdom? Always smile and have fun. Coke or Pepsi? Pepsi. Favourite movie? Pretty
Age: 28, haha. Employer: R & J Flowers. Job Title: Florist. Hobbies and interests? Camping, vacationing. Favourite colour? Black. What’s playing on your iPod right now? Don’t have one. Dream job? I have it. What would you do with $1,000,000? Buy a new house and continue what I’m doing. Favourite food? Cheese. Where do you want to travel to most? Scotland or Ireland, for the history. Dream car? Viper. Who’s your hero? My kids. Who would you want to have dinner with most, dead or alive? Kid Rock, he’s cute. What three things would you bring to a desert island? Matches, a blankie,
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay This month, at our Christmas meeting, our book club enjoyed foods with a French ﬂair to compliment the setting of our book, Sarah’s Key. Tatiana de Rosnay writes a fact-based story of ﬁction about a time in French history that is not well-known or talked about. The stories of the Holocaust are much more common when centered around Germany, Poland and countries other than France. Our eyes were opened to the horrors of this time in 1942 when approximately 10,000 Jews were rounded up in Paris, imprisoned and transported to Auschwitz. The story goes back and forth between
Woman. Favourite actor or actress? John Wayne, he was in close second for the dinner question.
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the present and this event in history. The main character is delving into the past when she becomes interested in the previous occupants of the house she is to move into. This is where “Sarah’s” story comes into play. This is a very emotional story which stays with you after you have ﬁnished reading and put the book away. We were glad to have discovered this part of history that the French did such a good job of keeping quiet for some time. The book ﬂowed along well and kept up our interest throughout. We now look forward to some good reading time over the holidays! When we meet again we will be discussing The Help and The Beauty of Humanity Movement.
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Was Stephen Duckett released from his contract because he was too busy eating his cookie and refusing to answer questions from an inquiring media, or was the government, the minister in charge, looking for a fall guy? It doesn’t really matter, does it? What really matters is that for all the foofaraw, and the fat salaries, bonuses and contract buyouts, very little has changed in the health care system. The only things that seem to change are the faces, the interchangeable talking heads. Change of any consequence has been purely cosmetic, like putting lipstick on a pig. Nicer looking pig, but what does it do that’s any different from your average barnyard pig? Way back when, Tommy Douglas (the “Father of Medicare”) sold Canadians a bill of goods. I don’t fault the man for his intentions (medical care with dignity), but he was naive. Tommy Douglas believed it was the right of every Canadian to have equal access to medical care, regardless of their ability to pay. Basically, he introduced socialism into the medical field, and as I have often stated, socialism works fine on paper, but is a disaster when put into practise. Tell people that a service is free, that government will provide it and pay for it, and you will soon find that service in such high demand that it is eating up over 1/3 of your annual budget. What exactly did you expect? Telling people that it’s free and their right is a ticket to abuse. They will soon be filling your clinics, your emergency wards, exercising their right to free medical care. Free? Bushwa! A right? More bushwa! Reminds me of a poster I saw a fellow carrying at a Tea Party rally - it read, “Health Care, think it’s expensive now, wait till it’s free.” Several months ago, I went to see my dentist. I wanted to ask him about my gums. I didn’t need any work or anything, I merely wanted to make an inquiry. I walked into the office at the appointed hour, took off my jacket and sat down. Not a minute later the dental assistant came out, called my name and escorted me back to one of the examination rooms where she put me in a chair. I told her that I merely wanted to ask the dentist a question and so we could forgo the drool bib and reclining the chair. She said fine, the doctor would only be a minute or two. I said thank you and relaxed. The doctor came in, we exchanged pleasantries, and I asked him about my gums. He said that it was nothing serious, most likely a side effect of the medication I am on. I thanked him, we said our goodbyes, I got out of the chair and went out to get my jacket. I nodded at the receptionist as I passed, she smiled and said, “The consultation is $60.” That’s right, $60, and I hadn’t been in the dentist’s chair long enough to leave an impression. Of course the same five minutes in a lawyer’s office would probably cost twice as much. It’s a pity Tommy Douglas didn’t have a toothache, or go through an acrimonious divorce. Perhaps he’d have championed dental care with dignity, or free, government paid legal care, instead of the money pit he has left as his legacy, one which we unfortunately have so strongly embraced, and seem so unwilling to let go. Health care will be a major issue in the next election, as it has for the past 20 years. For all the blather about change and reform, and every party agreeing something must be done, why has nothing been done? Perhaps we don’t want change, not really. I mean it’s free, and who wants to trifle with that? You can sit in emergency for hours on end and it won’t cost you a penny. Oh sure, you could die waiting to see a doctor, but damn it, it’s free. Just try and take that away from people. The health care system is a socialist system. There is a shortage of doctors, nurses and facilities. The dental and law professions run their own capitalist free enterprise shops. There is no real shortage of dentists or dental clinics, nor does the law profession suffer from a dearth of lawyers. You figure it out. Trust me, Stephen Duckett didn’t lose his job over a busy cookie, and the health care system will go unchanged for as long as people are told that it’s free. 49l
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iKettles, now at a virtual corner near you Patrick Kolafa | inSide Drumheller
There are iPods, iPads iPhones, and now iKettles. This is the ďŹ rst year for a new venture for the Salvation Army. They are now able to accept online donations through its iKettle. Lt. Rachel Sheils explains the new iKettle is another convenient way to give to the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign, and anyone with internet can log on to www. drumsa.org and click on the iKettle link. The funds stay in Drumheller, and it is automated, so a tax receipt is automatically mailed out. Donations can be made with a credit card or through PayPal. She said already they have received more than $1,000 through the iKettle. Overall they have raised about $14,000, on their way to the kettle goal of $33,000.
The days are ticking away to Christmas and the community and the Salvation Army continue their goal of making sure everyone in the community is able to have a happy holiday season. Last Monday, the Salvation Army held its registration day for Christmas Hampers and Lt. Matt Sheils says the number of applications for hampers is in line with last yearâ€™s totals. â€œIt is looking like it is going to be the same amount of people as last year, about 350 or so, altogether for December,â€? said Matt. â€œThatâ€™s pretty much three months worth of food bank hampers, so it takes out a lot of the food we received during the food drive.â€? Top items needed for the food bank include Hamburger Helper, cereal, juice, canned pasta, granola bars, cookies and crackers.
The Salvation Army is appreciative of the community, as they have received enough turkeys to ďŹ ll all the Christmas Hampers. Those wishing to still register for a Christmas Hamper can register until December 16. Contact the Salvation Army at 403-823-2215 to make an appointment. To apply, adults of the household must present photo identiďŹ cation as well as proof of residency. This could be a driver's licence, a utility bill or a lease agreement. They will need identiďŹ cation of the children living in the household. There is also a requirement for proof of income such as pay stubs, and proof of expenses. This could be rent and utility bills. For children in the household it is helpful to bring a list of gift ideas.
The 2011 budget overview was presented at last Mondayâ€™s Committee of the Whole meeting, with â€œnecessaryâ€? adjustments being added, including a 3 per cent increase in service fees, 3 per cent increase in municipal tax revenue, and a 1.5 per cent municipal tax revenue increase due to new assessment growth. The budget was initially approved by council in March 2009, and each year council reviews the budget and makes any necessary adjustments, a Town press release said. These increases have been planned, budgeted in 2009. When the budget was approved in 2009, the forecasted additional revenue for
the 2011 year was estimated to be under $300,000. This has been included into the current approved budget of this year. There are some additional requests and nonbudgeted expenses of under $400,000 that council will have to consider, the same press release said. â€œWeâ€™re going to see how to work it within our existing dollars, without changing our existing budget,â€? said Director of Corporate Services, Michael Roy. These changes and cutting of other areas will be ďŹ nalized by mid-February, said Roy. â€œSome of the non-budgeted expenses such as the start up of the Badlands Community Facility will be funded by reallocating funds within the existing budget, but there are some requests that council
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Those wishing to support the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign can do so online, thanks to iKettle. The Salvation Army launched the online donation program this year. Go to www.drumsa.org to donate.
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will have to look at,â€? Roy said in the press release. â€œCommunities in Bloom made a presentation to council and there is a policing request for an additional oďŹƒcer for just under $100,000. The Sunshine Lodge is also anticipating an increase of which the Town would be requisitioned for about 52 per cent of the amount. The requisition is similar to the education requisition, the Town has to collect and forward the revenue.â€? The budget can be viewed on the townâ€™s webpage, www. dinosaurvalley.com. The beneďŹ t of a three year budget is it allows for greater focus on service delivery rather than on budget preparation, resulting in improved operations, the press release said.
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The DCHS graduation class is oﬀ and running hoping to raise funds for its graduation grand march. This Saturday, December 11 they are hosting a barbecue at Freson Bros. IGA from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and they are hoping to support the Drumheller Food Bank. Those who bring a donation of a food item to the food bank will get their food for free. The funds raised by the barbecue will be split with the Salvation Army community services. The graduation class has also begun a battery-recycling program. The class will take any car, truck, tractor or machinery battery to be recycled. Jim Gerlinger is the contact for the program; call 403-823-0568 for more information or to arrange a pick-up or drop oﬀ. The class is also gearing up for a bottle drive on Saturday, January 8. The class will be blitzing the community. However, those who have bottles now who want to donate can call graduation committee president Kaitlin Jones at 403-8205759 and leave a message.
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Senior Titans honoured at annual awards banquet
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Braydon Mahon, left, accepts the Offensive Player of the Kyle Smith, left, accepts the Special Teams Award from Luis Pedroza, left, accepts the Defensive Player of the Year Award from coach Jason Rasmussen at the Titans coach Ken Fournier at the Titans Annual Awards Banquet Year Award from coach Ken Fournier at the Titans Annual Annual Awards Banquet on Sunday, November 14. on Sunday, November 14. Awards Banquet on Sunday, November 14.
Most Valuable Player Daulton Smith was the Drumheller Senior Titans Most Valuable Player, and he received the trophy at the Titans Annual Awards Banquet on Sunday, November 14. At the ceremony were (l-r) coach Ryan Hatch, coach Jeff Brooks, Daulton Smith, coach Ken Fournier and coach Jason Rasmussen. inSide photos by Patrick Kolafa
Lineman of the Year Award Brandon Mullin, left, accepts the Lineman of the Year Award from coach Ryan Hatch at the Titans Annual Awards Banquet on Sunday, November 14.
Dragons take loss in Brooks, head to Olds Friday, Dec. 10 Kyle Smylie| inSide Drumheller Hitting the ice after a week long break in play, the Drumheller Dragons came up short against the Bandits in Brooks Wednesday, December 8, losing 4-3 to the third ranked team in
the south. It was two powerplay goals for Brooks in the second that put them ahead, after the Dragons ﬁnished the ﬁrst period 2-1, with goals from the newest Dragon Cass Mappin and Justin Tateson. Tateson scored the equalizer
just before the halfway mark in the third, but Brooks managed to ﬁnd the back of the net with four minutes left of the clock. Cole Cheveldave received the away star of the game – the Dragons were heavily outshot, 47-18. Drumheller was only able to cap-
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italize on 1 of 8 powerplay opportunities, while Brooks scored on half of their chances, 3 of 6. Mappin, a newly acquired forward from Big Valley scored a goal and an assist, making it 5 points in the four games he’s played with the club.
The Dragons are 2-6-0-2 in their last 10 games. The team will be in Olds on Friday night, taking on the Grizzlys who are 5-4-0-1 in their last ten games and two slots ahead of the Dragons in the southern division.
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Not knowing what to expect out of a young Dynos team this year, the DCHS senior boys basketball team defeated Trochu 99-28 in their first game of the basketball season. After a month of practice, the senior boys were itching to put their skills to the test after being off court for
nine months. They traveled seven points in the first to Trochu Wednesday night three quarters. with strong command for their opener. The team started off of the game, the first year strong, contesting many Dynos gained experience of Trochu’s shots and gobbling up the rebounds to take a 25-2 lead after the first quarter. The team continued its strong play defensively as it never allowed more than Patrick Kolafa | inSide Drumheller
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mance on the part of the St. Anthony’s Sabres senior boys basketball team led to their first loss in league play. Play in the Golden Hills league for the Sabres began Wednesday night at home. The team played Prairie Christian Academy out of Three Hills. While the Sabres started strong, and were holding off Prairie by half time, St. Anthony’s lost 69-55. There were bright spots in the Sabres’ play, but they faded as the game went on. Prairie’s full court press allowed them back in the game as the Sabres failed to advance the ball. Prairie more than made up the difference on the scoreboard with easy baskets. When the Sabres were able to get into the offensive end, they failed to execute any meaningful offense, and only scored three field goals in the third quarter. Alex Cliche started the game aggressively slashing to the basket and drawing fouls. His own foul trouble hampered his play and eventually led to an early exit. Brandon Gruber led the Sabres with 20 points, most coming in the paint. Rookie Tanner Borowicz had a strong game with 17 points, two blocked shots and a
consistent effort rebound- enough to put the game ing on both the offensive back into contention. The Sabres are back on and defensive end. The Sabres were also cold the court this Monday, Defrom the stripe, and missed cember 13 to face Trochu at 16 of their free throws, home.
Brandon Gruber powers over a Prairie defender last Wednesday night on his way to a 20 point game. Despite the offensive effort, the St. Anthony’s team lost to Prairie 69-55. inSide photo by Patrick Kolafa
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