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Verlien Brown to open 99th Hand Hills Lake Stampede

Verlien Brown to open 99th Hand Hills Lake Stampede

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Making the valley camera ready

Making the valley camera ready

    The Town of Drumheller is putting its best foot forward in promo...

Wheatland, Kneehill   resolve dispute over Motorsports Park access

Wheatland, Kneehill resolve dispute over Motorsports Park access

    A Municipal Government Board (MGB) has finally released its deci...

Cutting costs for skatepark

Cutting costs for skatepark

Kool Kutz in downtown Drumheller put their scissors to work last Saturday to suppor...

Local hockey enthusiasts make Stanley Cup final predictions

Local hockey enthusiasts make Stanley Cup final predictions

    The battle has begun in the East and West.
    Th...

Community Park back in Town of Drumheller’s hands

Community Park back in Town of Drumheller’s hands

    The public park known as Petro Canada Munchie Park is back in th...

ATCO Energy edu-tains Drumheller students on being energy safe

ATCO Energy edu-tains Drumheller students on being energy safe

ATCO Energy visited Greentree School on Thursday, May 7 to entertain and teach the ...

Drumheller Town Council Meeting

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Colberg in top 3 for People's Choice following…

May 21, 2015
Madison Colberg is on top of the world following the preliminary pageant of the Miss Universe Canada.The Drumheller teen is in the top three for the People's Choice Award and in the top five for the Humanitarian Award."I cannot even begin to describe my thanks and happiness, said Colberg via social media. "These are both close to my heart because… Read More
Eating Disorders and Obesity

Eating Disorders and Obesity

May 17, 2015
As regular readers will know well, obesity is much more than just an imbalance between calories in and calories out. Amongst the list of possible contributors are a number of eating disorders which often go overlooked, and are important to identify so that a person suffering from these conditions can be helped and treated. Two of the... Read More
What Determines Our Daily Energy Burn?

What Determines Our Daily Energy Burn?

May 10, 2015
Whether we gain, lose, or maintain weight depends on the balance between calories in, which is what we eat and drink, and calories out, which is the energy that we burn.So, what exactly determines the calories out side of the equation? Our daily calorie burn, also called energy expenditure, is divided into several components: 1.... Read More
Obesity Management In Canada - A Long (But Promising!) Road Ahead

Obesity Management In Canada - A Long (But…

May 02, 2015
At this week's Canadian Obesity Summit meeting, I have had the great pleasure of chairing, speaking, and participating in a diverse array of educational sessions, ranging from studies of lifestyle alterations, to government policies, to medications treating obesity, to bariatric surgery. One of the themes that rang strong is this: Canada needs... Read More
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Advance polls open today

Apr 29, 2015
Advance polls are opening this week for what could be one of the most exciting provincial elections in quite some time. Election Day is Tuesday, May 5, however advance polls in the Drumheller-Stettler Riding open as early as today, Wednesday, April 29 and run through Saturday, May 2. Advance polls in the Drumheller-Stettler Riding are at the… Read More
Why Weight Loss Increases Gallstone Risk

Why Weight Loss Increases Gallstone Risk

Apr 26, 2015
As for everything in life, weight loss too has its pros and cons. While the health benefits of weight loss are numerous and powerful, there is an increased risk of gallstone formation, particularly if the weight loss is fast.Gallstones are very common, being present in 17% of women and 8% of men (most don't know that they have them!).... Read More
Gut Bugs and Obesity

Gut Bugs and Obesity

Apr 19, 2015
There is a lot of interest and excitement in the research going on about the microscopic organisms that reside in our intestines (called 'gut microbiota'). And so there should be! Did you know that human beings are not actually 100% human, but that we are actually made up of 90% gut microbiota cells and only 10% human cells? Mind... Read More
Gut Bugs and Obesity

Gut Bugs and Obesity

Apr 19, 2015
There is a lot of interest and excitement in the research going on about the microscopic organisms that reside in our intestines (called 'gut microbiota'). And so there should be! Did you know that human beings are not actually 100% human, but that we are actually made up of 90% gut microbiota cells and only 10% human cells? Mind... Read More
Does Metformin Decrease Heart Risk In Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?

Does Metformin Decrease Heart Risk In Polycystic…

Apr 12, 2015
Metformin is a medication that is considered the first line treatment for type 2 diabetes globally. One of the reasons why is because it is the only diabetes medication that has data to suggest that it decreases the risk of heart disease. Metformin can also be used to regulate menses in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)-... Read More
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May Day celebrates legacy of mining history in…

Apr 11, 2015
Alberta Treasury Branch (ATB) has signed on as a sponsor for this year’s May Day Festival. The Atlas Coal announced the partnership for the event that runs the first weekend of May. Kelly Eddy, Program Director at the Atlas says May Day speaks to the importance of the history of mining in the valley. “May Day is a legacy to the men who paid the… Read More
Is Lifespan Shortened by Obesity?

Is Lifespan Shortened by Obesity?

Apr 05, 2015
What is the impact of obesity on our lifespan? The answer may be more complicated than you might think.An interesting study published in Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology looked at data from nearly 4.000 people, where they built a statistical model to estimate the effect on lifespan of having a body mass index (BMI) in the overweight... Read More
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Drumheller Institution under lockdown again

Apr 03, 2015
On April 3, 2015, at about 5:40 a.m., a lockdown was put in place in the medium security unit at Drumheller Institution, to enable staff members to conduct an exceptional search. The search was ordered to ensure the safety and security of the institution, its staff and inmates. Normal operations will resume as soon as it is considered safe to do… Read More
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Following the Way of The Cross

Apr 03, 2015
Drumheller Christians celebrated Good Friday together doing an outdoor Walk of the Cross. The dedicated group meditated on the Stations of the Cross as it wound through the streets of Drumheller. http://youtu.be/Nd4HiwW5rqE Read More
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Legacy Tree grows on memories

Apr 03, 2015
“It’s not how much you give but how much love we put into giving.” - Mother Teresa Would you consider a unique lasting way to recognize a special someone or event? To commemorate that special someone with a lasting memory? The Legacy Tree will be a special and unique way to do so. The Legacy tree will be displayed permanently and prominently in… Read More
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Farmer family continues to give back to Neonatal…

Apr 03, 2015
A family who felt love and support from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Foothills Hospital is continuing their support, especially for families served by the facility. The Mail brought readers the story of Lonnie and Korilee Farmer in its April 2, 2014 edition. The family was doubly blessed with twins on May 11 of 2013, at just over… Read More
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Provincial budget dismays local MLA

Apr 03, 2015
With the release of Alberta’s provincial budget late last week, Drumheller-Stettler MLA and Wildrose Opposition member Rick Strankman is disappointed at the tax burden to Albertans in the budget presented by the Progressive Conservative government. “Flabbergasted,” is the word the MLA said best sums up his reaction to the provincial budget. “As an… Read More
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Still no flood mitigation money for Drumheller

Apr 02, 2015
The train bridge in Newcastle shows the rising Red Deer River prior to the flooding in Drumheller in June, 2013. Floodway mapping first, funding second for Drumheller When the province of Alberta announced its 70 million dollars flood mitigation funding for 21 projects on Thursday, April 2, Drumheller was left off the project list. The Honourable… Read More
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Golden Hills assessing Greentree School damage

Apr 02, 2015
Golden Hills School Division is assessing damages caused by Wednesday afternoon’s windstorm that tore a portion of the roof off Greentree School. At about 2:30 p.m., the roof of the school was peeled back by strong winds felt in the area. “We are still looking at it to determine exactly what our costs are going to be,” said Golden Hills… Read More

Obituaries

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CONTENTI, MARJORIE EVELYN

May 21, 2015
CONTENTI, Marjorie Evelyn (Madge) (nee Sparrow) July 5, 1919 - May 19, 2015 With sadness, great respect and a sense of celebration, we announce that our Mother and Nonna, Madge Contenti, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, May 19, 2015, in the presence of family and surrounded by the Drumheller hills she so loved. For 95 years, fiercely independent… Read More
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DOYLE ARMIDA nee (Guidolin)

May 19, 2015
DOYLE, Armida nee (Guidolin) December 15, 1930 - Drumheller, AB May 7, 2015 - Calgary, AB It is with immense sadness that our family announces the passing of our mother, grandmother and dearest friend, surrounded by her loving children and grandchildren at her bedside singing music that she loved. She now joins her beloved departed husband and… Read More
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HANNAH KEN

May 19, 2015
HANNAH, Ken June 10, 1928 - May 13, 2015 Ken Hannah was born June 10, 1928 in Tompkins, Saskatchewan. He left this world on May 13, 2015 in a car accident at the age of 86 years. He leaves behind his wife, Ruth, and one daughter Kathy (Darcy) Downs, grandson, Jeremy, and great granddaughter Leandra, brother, Bob Hannah, brother –in-law, Bill… Read More
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STEEN HELEN FREDA (nee Storch)

May 19, 2015
STEEN, Helen Freda (nee Storch) October 14, 1927 - May 15, 2015 Helen Steen, a longtime resident of the Rumsey Community passed away in Drumheller with her family by her side on May 15, 2015 at the age of 87 years Helen was born and raised in the Morrin area. She was the 5th of 11 children born to the Storch family. Helen married Leonard Steen of… Read More
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GRAHAM JEAN ELIZABETH (Weaver)

May 19, 2015
GRAHAM, Jean Elizabeth (Weaver) January 21, 1929 - May 3, 2015 Jean Elizabeth (Weaver) Graham of Airdrie, AB suddenly passed away May 3, 2015 at the age of 86. Jean Graham was born in Telkwa, British Columbia, Canada, January 21, 1929 to Alfred William Weaver and Elizabeth Jean (Wiseman) Weaver/Paulhus. Jean was predeceased by her parents, Brother… Read More
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LOWRY PETER TERRENCE (Terry)

May 19, 2015
LOWRY, Peter Terrence (Terry) May 12, 2015 Terry Lowry (1939-2015) succumbed to lung cancer on Tuesday May 12, 2015 at the Drumheller Health Centre, Drumheller, AB. Terry was born in Sawyerville, QC, son of the late Hazen A. Lowry and the late Geraldine Forgrave Lowry, loving father to Pamela Lowry Derksen and dear poppa of Danielle and Reagan.… Read More

Remembering a forgotten name in Alberta palaeontology

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    Harold D’acre (pronounced “Day-ker”) Robinson Lowe  was born in Liverpool, England on February 1, 1886, one of four sons born to Matthew Booth Lowe and his wife Sarah Ann of St. Helen’s, Lancashire, England. The entire family moved to Toronto around 1905 and farmed there.

In 1909 they moved to Alberta and were among the first homesteaders to settle and farm in the Big Stone district, about 50 km NE of today’s Dinosaur Provincial Park (DPP). Farming life was tough on the Lowes with drought, poor crops, Harold’s home burning down, and grass fires burning valuable feed for their animals. The family moved to Youngstown, AB around 1914, where they provided a variety of handyman jobs such as digging cellars; tilling gardens; selling cream separators, horses and coal; breaking and training horses for WWI military use overseas; taxi service; and hauling wagon loads of all types. Around 1920 some of the family (Harold included) moved to Drumheller and for several years ran one of the first bus and taxi companies in that then rough and rowdy coal town. The rest of the Lowe family soon followed suit. Despite being a Drumheller resident, Harold also continued farming his land in the Big Stone district until at least 1923.
    Early in the 1925 Geological Survey of Canada’s (GSC) field season near Tolman Bridge, AB Charles M Sternberg suddenly found himself without a teamster. The departing man recommended Harold Lowe and a field partnership lasting from 1925-1937 was born. Harold was an ideal field man. Though of slight build, years of hard labor on the farm had made him wiry and strong. He was a hard worker familiar with excavation tools and their use, horse and wagon care/operation, loading and hauling heavy wagon loads, and motor vehicle maintenance. Owing to the Great Depression and other interruptions, Harold did not work for Sternberg every year, but did put in six full field seasons (1925-1926,1928,1935-1937), not only in Alberta, but in 1935 also assisted Sternberg in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. While the Royal Ontario Museum worked in Alberta during the Depression, Harold only worked for the GSC under Sternberg’s supervision. In the field he quickly became Sternberg’s “right hand man”.
    After his last field season, Harold had a number of jobs in Drumheller. He was a coal miner at the Hy-Grade Mine, manager of the St. Regis Hotel and then worked at Whitlock Lumber. He and his family (wife Daisy (1889-1973); son Don (1932-); and two daughters Connie (1923-1976) and Georgina (1928·2006)) moved away from Drumheller in 1944, starting a new life in Burnaby, BC. There he worked as a caretaker and maintenance man at a restaurant and later was a shipper/receiver at a car parts dealership. He suffered a fatal heart attack on September 5, 1952, age 66 (Anonymous, 1952a-b). The former Lowe home in Drumheller still exists and is now converted into the Old Grouch’s Restaurant, a popular hangout for some Tyrrell Museum staff.
    Harold’s name briefly comes up in several published histories of early dinosaur collecting in Alberta (Russell, 1966:26; Dodson, 1996:160; Spalding, 1999:89). The taxonomically problematic centrosaurine Monoclonius Lowei was named after him, the only civilian so honoured by M Sternberg who erected 37 new species of western Canadian dinosaurs or dinosaur ichnospecies.
    Despite these recognitions, who Harold Lowe was and his full contributions to Albertan vertebrate palaeontology are largely lost on most of the palaeontological community. This note is excised from a much larger and nearly completed project on the Albertan palaeontological contributions of Harold Lowe which will be published elsewhere (Tanke, in prep.). During Harold’s fieldwork in Alberta he made some significant ceratopsian discoveries and/or helped collect same in four of the six summers he was employed by the GSC. These are briefly reviewed here:
    1925
    Downstream of the Tolman Bridge, Harold finds and helps collect CMN 8882 ceratopsian scattered skull, jaws and teeth. This specimen has not been prepared and Sternberg considered it as “possibly not Anchiceratops”. Harold also helps excavate CMN 8547 a ct. Anchiceratops complete postcranial skeleton with fragments of frill. This is the panel mounted specimen which has been on display at the Canadian Museum of Nature (Ottawa) since about 1927.
    1928
    In today’s DPP, Harold finds and helps collect CMN 8801 (quarry 63) Chasmosaurus russelli, skull and partial skeleton.
    1936
    Work was again conducted in DPP. CM Sternberg’s 1936 field notes (Sternberg, 1936) for July 8 mention Harold collecting a ~small crest” of a ceratopsian, but no other details are given. A ceratopsian skeleton (possibly quarry 98) was explored July 29 and abandoned the next day.
    Fieldwork was also done in support of dinosaur exhibits underway at the Calgary Zoo Prehistoric Park. Dinosaur specimens (including ceratopsian) were collected by Harold and crew 10 create a simulated bonebed exhibit at the Zoo.
    1937
    This was Harold’s last summer of fieldwork and the most successful one for the discovery and collection of ceratopsians. In the Manyberries/Onefour, AB district the following specimens were secured: Field No. 1-1937. Monoclonius· partial skull (later discarded due to poor quality). CMN 8802. Chasmosaurus russelli skull and lower jaws. Described in Sternberg, 1940 and accidentally destroyed jaws saved during a move. CMN 8797. Scattered pieces of small centrosaurine ceratopsian skull: left side of face with orbital rim; ?frontal, prefrontal, jugal, squamosal. MN 9813. Part of crest. Found by Harold and described by Langston as Anchiceratops. . Parts of small centrosaurine ceratopsian skull: 2 squamosa Is, part of parietals, 1 quadrate, 1 ?prefrontal, 2 postorbitals, 2 horncores and other skull pieces; found by Harold. CMN 8790. “Monoc/onius· skull. Described in Sternberg, 1940 as Monoc/onius lowei; named after Harold. Field No. 16-1937. Large orbital horn core; rest of fragmentary skull not collected.