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Last updateWed, 29 Mar 2017 5pm

Co-op remains committed to community

IMG 8208While the Drumheller Co-op grocery store may no longer have a presence in the community, the organization remains committed to the community.

The grocery store was opened for its last day on Saturday, March 4.  Despite this, general manager Brent Walker says the Drumheller Co-op will be retaining many of itS community support programs.

      The Co-op Till Tape program has been a great support for community groups and non-profits over the years, and on Friday, January 27, it distributed $13,853 to 41 groups. In its 17-year history, it has given back more that $300,000 to the community.

Walker says it will continue with the Till Tape Program using receipts from the Gas Bar as well as the Home and Agro Centre, although he acknowledges that it may not be as lucrative for groups.

“We will be looking at other opportunities to invest in the community,” said Walker.  

The Co-op also has a gift card program where groups are able to sell gift cards to raise funds for their causes. He said this would also be continued.

In the Greentree Mall, the Co-op has overseen the used book rack where residents and visitors can pick up or leave used books and pay with a donation. Recently the Co-op presented the Drumheller Library Society with a donation of over $1,200. Walker says Tug’s Pop Culture and Sports will continue to oversee this.

The Co-op gas bar is also continuing to issue Co-op cash. Customers will be able to use this in the Gas Bar and the Home and Agro Centre.

The mall also has a number of events currently scheduled including the Chamber of Commerce’s Spring Trade Show and the Rotary Club of Drumheller’s White Elephant Sale. These will go as scheduled. West Coast Amusements is also slated to set up their tents and midway later this spring.

The Co-op announced on February 8 it would be closing its grocery operations. This has affected about 30 employees. Walker said a number have been able to find placements with the Co-op system in stores such as Red Deer and as far away as Ucluelet, BC on Vancouver Island.

SUV collides with snowplow

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On March 12, 2017, at approximately 9:35 a.m. Hanna RCMP responded to a collision between an SUV and a snowplow.  A west bound SUV was travelling on Highway 9 just East of Range Road 132, East of Hanna, when it re-ended a west bound snowplow.  The driver, a 38 year old female, and her two sons, aged 15 and 12 were also in the vehicle.  The 15 year old boy was transported by STARS to a Calgary Hospital in serious condition.  The 38 year old women and 12 year old boy were not injured.  All possible contributing factors related to this collision are being considered, and the collision remains under investigation.

Kneehill County Public Safety Hosts Farm Equipment Discussion

Traffic Exemption

Kneehill County Public Safety, in collaboration with Alberta Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, hosted a session on Farm Equipment & the Traffic Safety Act at the Acme Community Hall on Thursday, March 9. A crowd of about twenty residents enjoyed coffee and donuts and a chance to chat before the presentation began.

First to speak was Nicole Hornett, a Farm Safety Specialist with Alberta Farm Safety. Dedicated to providing Albertans with resources, awareness education and training, their slogan of “Make it safe, Make it visible,” marries Farm Safety with Traffic Safety, stressing the absolute necessity of both.

Traffic Officers Cody Patton and Claire Wiseman from Alberta Commercial Vehicle Enforcement were next, taking residents through a presentation that clarified the traffic exemptions affecting both farm equipment and commercial vehicles on Alberta roads. A lengthy discussion period followed, allowing attendees the chance to have all their questions answered.

Reiterated throughout the morning, by each presenter, was the emphasis on safety—not enforcement. Kneehill County Peace Officers enjoyed the opportunity to engage with Kneehill County residents, providing them with resources and flags to promote equipment visibility.

With worthwhile, relevant information addressing issues not commonly known, the Farm Exemption and Traffic Safety Act presentation was so well received, both in Acme and at the prior event held in Three Hills, which boasted over fifty attendants, that more information sessions are being planned. In the meantime, residents can download the Farm Exemption handout from Kneehill County’s website,