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Help Stuff the Bus Thursday, August 21

The generosity of area residents helped stuffed two buses for the Salvation Army's food bank last year.

It's time to load up your grocery bags and take them down to help "Stuff the Bus" for the Salvation Army.

Thursday, August 21, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the annual event takes place in the ATB Financial Parking Lot. "By late summer, we get towards the end of our supplies, and so this is an opportunity to restock our shelves and get us through to Christmas," said Lieutenant Laurie Sauder of Drumheller's Salvation Army.

Sauder said it was incredible to see the buses fill up last year.

"Hopefully, rain or shine, we're able to do it again."

The Salvation Army has been in Drumheller assisting the area's residents since 1918.

Fender bender downtown tying up traffic

A two-vehicle collision shortly before 3 p.m., at the intersection of 2nd Street/Highway 9 and 3rd Avenue downtown,  is delaying traffic at the intersection right beside Petro Canada Park in the southbound lanes heading toward Dollorama.
 A member of Drumheller’s Fire Department was nearby and confirmed with the vehicles occupants everybody was okay.
 RCMP are on scene.

Twenty years feeding happy customers

Sandy Lam, pictured, and her husband Gordon have closed the doors to Drumheller's Fred & Barney’s Family Restaurant. The Lams first opened their business in August 1994.

After twenty years in business and too many buffets to count, Drumheller’s Fred & Barney’s Family Restaurant has closed its doors.
    Owners of the building,  where the restaurant is located off Highway 9, didn’t renew any of the tenant leases.
    Lam has nothing but praise for the community and for the  customers who chose Fred & Barney’s as the place to eat  or host an event, and the place to celebrate special milestones such as birthdays and anniversaries. “We’re really missing the customers,” said owner Sandy  Lam.
    She said they’ve had a lot of regular customers who have been coming to the restaurant since her and husband Gordon first opened their doors back in August of 1994.
    Lam adds the gentleman who won their restaurant’s grand opening prize also returned to take part in their final day of business.
    She regrets that staff shortages over their final few days of business meant they weren’t able to offer their popular take-out  service for customers.
    The last three days of business were pretty hectic for them, with husband Gordon being the lone cook in the kitchen.
    However, he has a solid thirty years of experience as a Chinese cook that held him in good stead.
    She said she was really proud of him - he was pretty organized and had some prep-work help, but otherwise handled the cooking himself.
    A lot of the food served at Fred & Barney’s was homemade, Lam said.
    Her three sons, two from Calgary and the third from Drumheller, all came for the restaurant’s final day and they, along with a nephew, were kept busy helping out.
    Lam appreciates the hard work of all the staff over the years, and wanted to give a special mention to Lori Bugdale and Debbie Scarlett for their ten years of service, and  to Rose Harrison, for her sixteen years of service.
    Some of Fred & Barney’s staff have found other jobs, Lam said, and some are taking a rest.
    The restaurant equipment and items are being given away or sold, and Lam is unsure of what she’ll do with all her time after retiring from the restaurant, but in the short term, she’s planning a trip to Hong Kong to visit her Mother.
    Lam said running a restaurant can be very stressful, and she certainly won’t miss the stress.   

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