Friday, July 27, 2012 Vol. 6, No. 30 | 16 pages
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DORVA revs up to host races See page 16
Cannon ball run!
Who are you? See page 15
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Who are you?
Not just for kids
Brothers Ethan, 9, and Haydn, 7, Jones show off their cannon ball skills at the Drumheller Aquaplex outdoor swimming pool. On average, the Aquaplex has been seeing around 200 people per day, including swimming lessons and public swim, said Mitch Smith, shift supervisor at the Drumheller Aquaplex.
Husband and wife, Les and Lesa Grammer were soaking up the sunshine and having a little summer fun at the Rotary Spray Park on Thursday, July 19. The couple, from Lac La Biche, were enjoying the park with their children. Lesa Grammer commented how much fun they were having and said, “We don’t have anything like this at home.”
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inSide STREETERS With Rockyford Rodeo coming up this weekend inSide Drumheller asks: “Which rodeo event would you want to try and why?”
Zina Fomradas “Barrel racing because my daughter races.”
Brad Peake “Bronc riding. It looks like a challenge and I think it would be my style.”
Renee Barbosa,10 “I would be the rodeo clown. I think I could outrun those bulls because I have long legs.”
Tate Ewan, 12 “I’d try bull riding because I think it would be exciting.”
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Passion Play breaks attendance records during second weekend Michael James | inSide Drumheller
There seems to be no slowing down at the Canadian Badlands Passion Play. In another sign the Passion Play continues to grow its world class performance, the 2012 production has set a new record for attendance. On Saturday, July 21, a record 2,647 people came out for a single performance. The same weekend saw the highest numbers in the history of the Passion Play. “The second weekend was phenomenal,” said Vance Neudorf, Executive Director of the Passion Play. However, despite the record weekend, overall numbers were roughly 1,000 below the record breaking 2011 season, which also had the 100th performance milestone. Rainy weather plagued the opening weekend of the 2012 Passion Play. The performance on Saturday, July 14 was cancelled part way through, only the second time in the history of the play a show was cancelled. The performance the next day was beset by a prolonged drizzle. Neudorf credits word of mouth playing a critical role in bringing in record breaking numbers the following weekend. “After the ﬁrst weekend, word of mouth got out about the quality of the play and we saw huge numbers during the second weekend,”
said Neudorf. This year’s performance also saw a noticeable increase in the number of international visitors to the play. “It might be a spin oﬀ of the Calgary Stampede, but we saw a lot more international crowd. As word of mouth spreads and we keep doing what we do, we hope with what we have to oﬀer we will see more of that crowd,” said Neudorf. Now that the Passion Play has wrapped up the 2012 season, staﬀ will be pouring through the 1,000 evaluations emailed to attendees. So far, roughly 700 people have responded. So far, the response looks good. “It’s an unheard of response rate on a survey. It’s been positive with glowing reports on how much people loved it. The overall recommendation rate, where we ask if people would recommend seeing the Passion Play, is 98 percent,” said Neudorf. The survey is sent out each year, but a new question was added this year asking attendees what else they did in Drumheller. The Passion Play is in the process of reviewing the responses and hopes they will provide new insight to the economic impact of the play. In addition to the survey, the post season will be a chance to work on improving the play. The immediate priority will be fund-
Passion Play organizers are celebrating breaking records with the 2012 performance. The Saturday, July 21, performance saw the highest attendance, 2,647, for a single show and the second weekend set a new attendance record.
raising, to help make up for the slightly lower (compared to last year) attendance. “We’re hoping to move into some fundraising right away. Beyond that, we have a list of things we want to improve. We’re definitely looking at how to make it better serve the public and make it a better place to come. You can have a fantastic play, but you need a facility on par with that,” said Neudorf. Some areas they hope to improve are adding more washroom facilities and adding more shade. Crews will continue to work on the new forum, ﬁnishing seating and adding a roof. Despite the weather on the ﬁrst weekend, Neudorf was pleased with how the play went and praised the eﬀorts of the hundreds of volunteers who make the
The records came after an opening weekend plagued by rain. Organizers are now busy reviewing surveys from attendees and working on improving the site for next year. inSide photo by Michael James
play possible. “The true heroes of the Passion Play are the 200 volunteers on set performing and working like crazy, and the 160 volunteers
at the front of house, who get comments about how nice they are,” said Neudorf. “You can’t ask for better.”
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Graham Black “I’d do team roping because I like to work with others.”
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When thereâ€™s a wheel, thereâ€™s a way TraďŹƒc stop yields cocaine bust Donella Swan | inSide Drumheller
Loving dog owners Dwaine and Betty Kipling were beside themselves when their beloved 12 year-old Pug, named Sidney, was having trouble moving her back legs while she walked. Due to a pinched nerve in her back, and old age, her back legs would mostly drag when she walked, causing her nails to become cut and bloody. â€œFirst oďŹ€ we bought a stroller from the Salvation Army and turned it into a dog stroller. However, she wasnâ€™t getting her exercise riding around in it,â€? said Dwaine Kipling. It was while down in San Diego, California that the Kiplingâ€™s ďŹ rst heard of a â€œdoggy wheelchair.â€? â€œWe found some for sale but they were around $400. So I went on eBay and found this design and decided to make one myself,â€? said Kipling. Going back to the Salvation Army, Kipling was able to take the wheels oďŹ€ an old toy, and bought the pipe and ďŹ ttings separately. The ďŹ rst prototype was a bit too narrow for Sidneyâ€™s physique, so it was back to construction. â€œThis is the new and improved version. Sheâ€™s been in ďŹ ghts with it, sheâ€™s rolled it, she runs over your feet and loves every minute of it,â€? said Kipling, smiling at his old pet. Trying to avoid too much loss of muscle mass in her back end, Kipling said they keep her out of the wheelchair while sheâ€™s at home or around the yard. It is when they go out for their routine walks that they put her in, to avoid her nails being drug on the ground. â€œSheâ€™s pretty happy since we got her in it,â€? said Betty Kipling. â€œWhen she gets in a ďŹ‚ight though thatâ€™s a sight to see. Those wheels are almost smoking,â€? said Dwaine Kipling with a little laugh.
submitted | inSide Drumheller On 2012-07-13 at approximately 7:00 p.m., a vehicle being operated by Darcy Graham (29 yrs old) of Calgary, Alberta was stopped for speeding North of Drumheller on Hwy #9.
During the stop, the investigator developed suspicion of the presence of illicit drugs. A search was conducted which resulted in the seizure of 535 grams of cocaine and the seizure of over $3000. Graham will be appearing in court on July 27, 2012 in Drumheller.
Sidney, a 12 year-old Pug gets around these days with the help of a â€œdoggy wheelchair.â€? Owners Dwaine and Betty Kipling became concerned when their old pet was having trouble lifting her back All Sidneyâ€™s life, he said, sheâ€™s felt as if she were ten feet tall. â€œSheâ€™ll go after dogs twice her size or more,
legs due to a pinched nerve in her back. Dwaine then figured out how to construct a wheelchair, enabling Sidney to go for her routine walks with ease.
wheelchair or no wheelchair,â€? said Kipling. The Kiplingâ€™s said they want to make Sidneyâ€™s ďŹ nal years as comfortable and
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enjoyable for her as possible. To see Sidney in action, go to www.drumhellermail. com to see the video.
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Correction Last week in the July 20, edition of inSide Drumheller, it was printed in the article Drumheller attracting visitors from afar, on page 5, that Atlas Coal Mine Historical Site had 949 visitors last July, and 1,205 this July. These numbers were recorded for July long weekend, not the entire month. The Drumheller Mail apologizes for the misunderstanding.
Low rider Dwaine and Betty Kipling are taking their 12 year-old Pug Sidney for a walk. Sidney uses the help of a doggie wheelchair to get around these days, which Dwaine hand crafted for their old pet. inSide photo by Donella Swan
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