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Record crowd tops 380 at Senior’s Dinner

Jesse Axelson

The 22nd Annual Senior’s Christmas Dinner at the Drumheller Valley Secondary School gymnasium brought in record numbers of senior citizens and their guests. According to Senior Services Coordinator Rose Poulson, this may be the biggest crowd they have ever had.  There were 360 reservations plus 25 dignitaries and invited guests. Jesse Axelson gets her corsage pinned on by student Makenna Lutz.

New site selected for zipline project

Zipline map

    If Zeke Wolf has his way, Drumheller residents and visitors will be flying sky high with a view of the valley from a zipline.
    The Mail brought readers the story of Wolf’s plan to build a zipline in the valley in October 2014.  At the time, he was hoping to install a four-run zipline on town-owned land near the Passion Play site. Without a deal, it appears he has found another place for the project.
    This week, he held an open house in Wayne to introduce the “DinoSoar Zipline Drumheller”.  About a dozen came out to see the plan. The new location is on the west side of the Wayne Road near the third bridge at Sage Valley Marketing. So far, it has been well received.
    “We feel construction should be able to get going some time in March next year,” he said, adding while most the course is on one site, he is still working with a couple landowners for agreements.
    The course will have four runs; the first near the base is about 150 yards and will give a person a taste of the adventure before they venture on to the three zips that range upwards of 600 yards in length, and in some areas about 100 feet above the ground. The pitch of the runs could generate speeds in the area of 40 kilometres per hour.
    One of the benefits he foresees is the project hiring as many as 16 employees during the busy season. The project also ascribes to a business plan where a portion of the income will be allocated to valley organizations.
    He says there are also numerous opportunities for cross promotions with other valley attractions such as the Atlas Coal Mine, the East Coulee School Museum, Dinosaur Trail Golf Club and accommodations.
    His projections do not foresee any major increases in road traffic, and because it operates from May to September, it will not interfere with hunting season.
     One aspect of the project that is attractive to Wolf is that it uses land that cannot be used for much else.
    “We are using terrain which is of absolutely no value, except for this, and the views are incredible,” he said.
    To learn more contact Wolf at

Pioneer Trail Quilters present cozy gifts


In a heart and body warming project that has spanned years, the Pioneer Trail quilters have once again granted a cozy Christmas wish. On Monday, December 7, they presented 11 quilts to the residents of the Grace House, and 20 lap quilts for residents of Continuing Care at the Drumheller Health Centre. At the presentation are (l-r) Pioneer Trail Centre president and quilter Joanne Moulton, administrator at Grace House Darryl Heslip, quilters Barb Barker, Ella Beck, Alice Bordyniuk and Lisa Orton, recreational Therapist at the Drumheller Health Centre.

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