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Skatepark officially opens

Skatepark officially opens

With the cutting of a ribbon and a kickflip, the Drumheller Skatepark was officially opened Saturday morning.

The project, more than five years in ...

DVSS continues growth

DVSS continues growth

 

    Back to school is just around the corner and DVSS principal Curtis LaPierre is excited about new prospects this coming ye...

Drumheller sea cadet best in course at Vernon

Drumheller sea cadet best in course at Vernon

    Sea Cadet Spencer Aulenback of Drumheller, Alberta, received the award as top cadet in the Air Rifle Marksmanship Course at the f...

Zumba Summer Fiesta Fun

Zumba Summer Fiesta Fun

40 people showed up to Summer Zumba Fiesta on Tuesday, August 25 and took part in 1 and 1/2 hours of great Zumba dance fun, hosted by Megan Heather ...

Dragons to host  tailgate party before home opener

Dragons to host tailgate party before home opener

 

    Friday, September 11 will be an exciting day for Drumheller hockey fans, especially Dragons fans.
    The Dr...

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St Anthony’s staff prepare for new school year

Aug 28, 2015
It’s that time of year again. It’s time to pack school lunches and send the children back for another year of learning. St. Anthony’s school will begin classes on Monday August 31 and Principal JoAnne Akerboom expects a similar student population of about 420. The school will welcome two new teachers for the 2015/2016 school year. Sarah Boyne,… Read More
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Calgary Stampede Gid'up

Jul 16, 2015
It doesn't take more than a few clicks through the official Calgary Stampede Photo Archives to see that there have been a few changes to Stampede fashion in the last 103 years. In fact, during the first decade of the event, the only people who wore 'old west' attire, were the cowboys who actaully competed in the rodeo, while the attendees simply… Read More
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New Obesity Medication - Liraglutide On The SCALE

Jul 05, 2015
Liraglutide, a medication that we currently use to treat type 2 diabetes, will soon become available in Canada as a treatment for obesity. Hot off the presses, the biggest clinical trial to study liraglutide as an obesity treatment has just been published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine.This SCALE obesity trial enrolled just... Read More
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Preventing Childhood Obesity - Jamie Oliver on…

Jun 26, 2015
In a world where not only adult obesity, but also childhood obesity, is a common and serious health concern, strategies are urgently needed to help to combat this epidemic.Jamie Oliver, chef and advocate against childhood obesity, has provided a riveting TED talk about childhood obesity that is well worth watching. A few points that... Read More
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Keeping Kids Active This Father's Day - And All…

Jun 20, 2015
In the fight against childhood obesity, it's important to promote an active lifestyle for kids. Studies show that family based interventions work best to prevent and treat childhood obesity. Recently, I participated in a fantastic family-oriented triathlon weekend, where kids raced one day and adults the next. What a great way to... Read More
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We Think Fat. Why?

Jun 14, 2015
While the balance between calories in and calories out is closely monitored by our brains, our brains tend to ‘think fat’ – meaning that this regulation favors an accumulation of fat stores. The extent to which our brains ‘think fat’ is very different from person to person – genetics may in fact underlie as much as 70% of human obesity. ... Read More

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BROWNSCOMBE, ELEANOR ALBERTA

Aug 26, 2015
BROWNSCOMBE, Eleanor Alberta December 13, 1920 - August 20, 2015 Eleanor was born in Swalwell, Alberta on December 13, 1920 and passed away on August 20, 2015 at Strathmore, Alberta at the age of 94 years. She is survived by her children, Rose Mary (Curtis) Wells of Rockyford, AB., Linda (Ralph) Jones of Kimberly, B.C., Ross Brownscombe of… Read More
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ENGEN, CLARENCE

Aug 26, 2015
ENGEN, Clarence (Gus) April 25, 1938 - August 23, 2015 Clarence passed away peacefully with his family by his side August 23, 2015 in Red Deer General Hospital. Clarence was a loving husband, father, brother and grandfather, and we are lucky to have so many fond memories, and comforted to know that he will be remembered by so many. Clarence was… Read More
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CONNOR, ANDREW DAVID

Aug 26, 2015
CONNOR, Andrew “Andy” David September 13, 1946 - August 17, 2015 In Loving Memory of Andrew “Andy” David Connor. It is with deep sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of Andy Connor from Big Valley, AB, at the age of 68 years, on August 17, 2015 at the Royal Alex Hospital in Edmonton. Born on September 13, 1946, in Stettler, AB, Andy is… Read More
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CLEVELAND, WILLIAM ROBIE

Aug 19, 2015
CLEVELAND, William Robie August 7, 2015 Mr. William Robie Cleveland passed away August 7, 2015 at 10:30 p.m. in Red Deer. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie, Lisa, Robie, Wendell, and Robie’s kin family. Our thoughts and wishes go out to the families and friends. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes were in care of the arrangements. Read More
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MUELLER, LORNA ANNE

Aug 18, 2015
MUELLER, Lorna Anne (nee Hoover) September 16, 1931 - August 16,2015 Lorna Anne Mueller (nee Hoover) passed away in her Drumheller home on Sunday, August 16 with her family present after living a full life of hard work and accomplishments. She was born September 16, 1931 to Arthur and Alma Hoover of Delia/Drumheller, Alberta. She was one of seven… Read More
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LeGUYDER, RENE CHARLES

Aug 18, 2015
LeGUYDER, Rene Charles 1936-2015 Entered into eternal rest August 17th 2015. He quietly passed away at Astoria Suites Assisted Living in Nanaimo, BC following a lengthy illness. He is predeceased by his parents John (1964); Marie (1998); his brother Henry (2006) and his daughter Wendy (2010). Rene was a member of the Calgary Home Builders… Read More
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Motorcyclist taken to hospital following crash

Drumheller RCMP, The Drumheller Fire Department and AHS Ambulance responded to a single motorcycle accident shortly after 4 p.m., Saturday. A group of motorcyclists was traveling west on Highway 575 just passed the top of the Carbon Hill, when one rider appeared to lose control breaking. The bike was reported to have flipped a number of times…
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Skatepark officially opens

With the cutting of a ribbon and a kickflip, the Drumheller Skatepark was officially opened Saturday morning. The project, more than five years in the making, was unveiled to the community by the Drumheller Areas Skateboard Enthusiasts (DASE) who made the park a reality.“I remember how badly I wanted one of these when I was a kid,” said Brook…
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St Anthony’s staff prepare for new school year

It’s that time of year again. It’s time to pack school lunches and send the children back for another year of learning. St. Anthony’s school will begin classes on Monday August 31 and Principal JoAnne Akerboom expects a similar student population of about 420. The school will welcome two new teachers for the 2015/2016 school year. Sarah Boyne,…
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DVSS continues growth

Back to school is just around the corner and DVSS principal Curtis LaPierre is excited about new prospects this coming year. The junior high and high school continues to see growth. LaPierre expects the school will have between 470-480 students. Every Grade level from 7-12 will have three class groupings,” said LaPierre. “It hasn’t been that way…
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Drumheller sea cadet best in course at Vernon

Sea Cadet Spencer Aulenback of Drumheller, Alberta, received the award as top cadet in the Air Rifle Marksmanship Course at the final parade of six-week Instructor Courses at Vernon Cadet Training Centre. Cadet Aulenback is a member of 80 Furious, Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps of Drumheller, Alberta. The corps parades at 325 3 Street W Drumheller…
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Zumba Summer Fiesta Fun

40 people showed up to Summer Zumba Fiesta on Tuesday, August 25 and took part in 1 and 1/2 hours of great Zumba dance fun, hosted by Megan Heather and Eduardo. It was a chance to introduce Zumba to a new crowd, have a class with instructors from Chile and a fundraiser for the Drumheller Food Bank which raised 4 huge boxes of food.
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Dragons to host tailgate party before home opener

Friday, September 11 will be an exciting day for Drumheller hockey fans, especially Dragons fans. The Dragons will host the Calgary Canucks as part of their 2015/2016 season home opener. To kick off the home opener, the Dragons will host a family friendly tailgate party in the Badlands Community Facility parking lot from 5-7 p.m. Dragons business…
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Flood Response program approved for east…

While Drumheller was successful with a small grant for flood mitigation, two other applications fell by the wayside. The Town of Drumheller has applied for various funding over the last few months to help out with improvements in the area. Funding to help engineering costs for mapping and planning along the Red Deer River in Lehigh and East Coulee…
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Hope College to move to Old Central School

Drumheller’s little college that could is on the move. Hope College, which until this year has been using the former location of St. Anthony’s school at 420 12 street east, will be moving to the Elim Pentecostal Tabernacle (EPT) building which is the former Central School at 245 3 street west. On Friday, August 21 the Hope College board members…
    Now 80, you’ll find Dr. Phil Bryant at the Pioneer Trail Centre in downtown Drumheller. Usually the morning sees about a dozen men playing snooker or cards, enjoying coffee, often discussing the municipal, provincial and federal political problems facing citizens.
    Bryant has always loved politics and has been active most of his life. He was part of a chapter of history which saw the amalgamation of the Municipality of Badlands and the new Town of Drumheller.
    “I was involved in bringing the valley together, of anything I have done (politically) I am most proud of that,” he said.
    Dr. Bryant, originally from Rosedale, B.C., came to the valley in 1958-1959 to work as a veterinarian for the federal government.
     He went on to practice privately in  Bow Island. There he became mayor. He came back to the valley in 1976 and settled in Rosedale as the area’s district veterinarian. He jokes that his hometown of Rosedale, B.C. had four churches, while Rosedale, Alberta has  four bars.
    Politically he didn’t rest. He was appointed to the second Advisory Council for Improvement District #7. He explains that at the time, there was no formal council for the area, which included the areas in the valley surrounding Drumheller.
    There were local advisors, but the Minister of Municipal Affairs acted as the political head. In 1983, the position became elected, and Bryant continued.
    There was a sense in the Improvement District that it needed more influence politically. Bryant said there was a feeling that land was often annexed for the City of Drumheller’s own good.
    “Whenever they wanted more land they would go to Edmonton, talk to the Minister of Municipal Affairs, our legal leader, and ask for some more land and  there got to be some bad feelings that they were gradually chipping in on us,” he said.
    In 1991 The Municipal District of Badlands was formed.
    “At that time we became a legal municipality with an elected government making our own decisions,” said Bryant who served as reeve.
    He said the arrangement was good, but the MD had too small of a base and found themselves losing money each year, eating away at its reserves.
    Bryant, and then sitting Drumheller Mayor Brock Wood, could see the valley were better off with amalgamation.
    “After about two or three years of negotiations and a lot of publicity and arguments as politics does, we made an agreement to join with the city,” he said.
    Part of the negotiators guaranteed staff severance pay or a new job within the new municipality for Badlands employees, they also retained the Ward System. The City of Drumheller became a town, according to Bryant, was so the province would be responsible for the major highways through the valley, saving the municipality.  The MD of Badlands also gave up some land to Kneehill County, which also realized savings.
 In January 1 1998, a new combined council was sworn in with 13 members. That fall, the first election for councillors of the new look town took place and Bryant became Mayor.
    He says there are sill rumblings from some that were not happy with amalgamation.
“There are some who feel we sold out, but of course they don’t realize we were going broke,” he said, adding he believes they made one mistake. He would have liked to see the Ward System stay in place. The 2004 election was the last election that allowed residents to vote for candidates in their direct community.
    “I thought in the span of six years we would all get to love each other and all be mature enough to enjoy open voting, but that didn’t happen,” he said.
    Dr. Bryant served for one term and was defeated by Paul Ainscough in the next municipal election. By then, he had been retired professionally for four years.
    “I always liked politics and I always liked promoting the town,” said Bryant.
    While he has retired from the political realm, he has remained active in the community. He served as president of the Pioneer Trail Society for about five years. He believes in this institution.
    “To me this is the ideal place for seniors that are retired. It is a recreation room, we have the quilters and shuffle boarders, we have the card players and the pool players,” he said. “To me it’s a coffee row, but it is also a place to do things.”
    The Pioneer Trail Society became a registered society in 1974, but its roots go back to the 1950’s when it was started by the Elks Club.
Looking at his career in service, the people have been important to Bryant.
    “It is the satisfaction of doing your part and working with good people,” he said.
    As for the Town of Drumheller, it is on the right path.
    “I like to think that the political group can’t cause a lot of trouble.  This is true because you can be mayor or you can be councillor and you can give them your advice, but when it comes right down to it there is a bureaucracy there that is working and it is our job as elected officials to make sure that bureaucracy is on the right track. If they are on the right track; and this is true in Canadian government and anywhere else, you can’t change that overnight, and once you find out how it works, you probably don’t want to change it.”

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