Last updateThu, 08 Oct 2015 2pm

Coats for Kids back for seventh year

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    Coats for Kids is back for the seventh straight year, and this time the people at Western GM Drumheller have added a little something for the adults too.
    “We do it to benefit The Salvation Army here in Drumheller. This year we have added to it to be not just Coats for Kids but Parkas for Parents,” said Barb Lubinski at Western GM Drumheller.
    “The need is there for adults as well as for children. There are people in the community who are having a hard time and this is something that is very easy for us all to do as a community,” she told The Mail.
    “We go into our closets in our basements and look at what our families have out grown or no longer use and bring it down to the dealership, be it coats, snow pants, toques, boots, stuff that is in gently used condition,” she said.
    “Our partners here at Alsco (Linen Supply) who do our linen supply here at the dealership, will take them in and they will clean them. They will come back to Drumheller in about four weeks and they will be clean and ready to be distributed by The Salvation Army at their church,” she explained.
    “We thought about this a few years ago, it is such a simple concept. So many families now a days are spread out with their brothers and sisters across the country so we don’t have family to pass our things onto, so this kind of works like a family. You are passing stuff on to people down the street, your neighbours. It is a pretty simple reuse concept,” she said.
    Lubinski said this event not only benefits the families receiving, but also those giving.
    “You’ve freed up some closet space and made yourself feel good, and you’ve set up somebody else to be comfortable this winter,” she said.
    She said anyone who wants to donate can drop off their used winter outerwear at the Western GM Drumheller dealership.
    “Just drop it off here at the dealership. If your bag or your box is too big, come on in and ask one of those big strapping young men out at the front to help. They will be friendly, say hello and help carry the bags,” she said.

Nominations Announced for the 2015 Business Excellence Awards

Winner lineup

    It is that time of year again. Small business week is October 18-24 and The Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce have announced the nominees. These awards recognize the outstanding businesses, groups, and individuals in our community.
    Some new award categories have been added this year, including a Diversity Leadership award and an Arts, Culture & Community award. Other award categories include Small Business of the Year, Large Business of the Year, Business Professional of the Year, and Most Promising New Business.
    The award winners will be announced at the Business Excellence Awards Gala on Thursday, October 22, at the Badlands Community Facility.
    The Drumheller Chamber is pleased to once again be celebrating it with the Business Excellence Awards.
    “Our community has an abundance of outstanding business, groups, and individuals, and these awards are a great way to honour them and give them the recognition that they deserve,” stated Heather Bitz, Executive Director for the Chamber, in a press release.
    “We, at the Chamber really enjoy Small Business Week and the Business Excellence Awards in particular; it’s a great opportunity to remind everyone about all of the wonderful people that make our community such a great place,” said Bitz.
    For more information please contact Bitz at the Chamber at 403-823-8100.
Small business of the year:
    Top Rocker Motorcycle Gear ltd.
    Bold Efexx Hair Shop
    Dry Canyon Collectables
    R&J Flowers
Large Business of the Year:
    Western GM Drumheller
    Reality Bytes Incorporated
    Yavis Prop Room Lounge
Most Promising New Business:
    Ivy’s Awesome Kitchen & Bistro
    Tech-Rex Canada
    Pizza Hut Drumheller
    4 Elements Environmental Controls
Arts, Community & Culture Award:
    Western GM Drumheller        Dry Canyon Collectables
    Dinosaur Valley Half Marathon
Diversity Leadership Award:
    Reality Bytes Incorporated
    McDonalds Drumheller
    Pizza Hut Drumheller
Business Professional of the Year:
    John Shoff (Reality Bytes)
    Diana Hanik (ATB)
    Jason Blanke (Chinook Financial)
    Kim Suntjens (Century 21)
    Tony Ibrahim (Pizza Hut)

Dragons drop two games on road


    Coach of the Drumheller Dragons Brian Curran is confident the right pieces are in place, now it is up to the players to buy in and get on the same page.
    This comes after a tough weekend where the Dragons fell two straight on the road.
    “At the end of the day, I still have a lot of faith and believe in this team, and we are not hitting any panic button and we are not going to be negative. We are going to get things straightened around and that what we coach for, to make sure the kids know they are good, and there is a price they have to pay more than they have,” said Curran.
    “I think you are going to see better hockey from this team going forward.”
    On Friday night, they were in Brooks to take on a tough Bandits team. Five quick goals in the first period put the game out of reach. Evan Rochowiak scored for the Dragons with about four minutes left, as the Bandits took away a 7-1 win.
    “Brooks is a very good hockey club, but I think the message we were sending our guys is that while Brooks is a very skilled team, we need to have an attitude or a swagger when we play anybody, said Curran. “If we just sit back and watch, Brooks is going to kill anybody.”
    “I liked our second and third period, but we have to get more involved in the physical side. At the end of the day we showed a lot more heart and compete in the second and third period which was a positive.”
    On Saturday, things were looking a lot brighter for the Dragons as Levi Wunder scored just 42 seconds in versus Canmore. The Eagles scored the next three before Craig Ofner scored with a minute and half left in the first, ending the period down 3-2.
    “We came out strong in the first 12 or 15 minutes of the game. I really liked our game, the compete level was good and we had a good attitude,” he said.
     Canmore lit it up in the second period with three more goals. Tyrell Mappin scored on the power play with five minutes left as Canmore went on to a win 6-3.
    Some positives out of the Canmore game for Curran was their power play and penalty kill.
    ‘“Our five on five and the odd man rushes were being created by our mistakes. We have some teaching to do,” he said.
    He is positive for the future of this squad.
    “We have given them a good game plan, we just have to have guys execute the game plan better than what they are doing,” said Curran. “The plan is there. the coaching is there, but obviously when they are not winning the coaching staff has to find ways to get them to understand what we want.”
    “The pieces are there, and there are things Gavin and I can’t teach, that is what we are challenging them with.”