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Wayward Bible finds way back to local family

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    Two weeks have passed since a Dunphy resident’s Bible returned to Drumheller.
    Doug Wade, an active St. Magloire’s church member coordinated with Salmon Arm, B.C. local Jeanetta Zorn to have the Bible returned. Zorn found the bible while sorting through donated books at her church thrift store.
    In last week’s edition, the reporters at the Mail explored the Bible’s contents to find an accurate owner in the area.
    They discovered that the most likely owner was Mr. John Henry Tarbuck as his name was written in loose cursive writing on a small letter inside. He was a Dunphy resident who passed away in late January of 1946 which was discovered through direct Mail archives.
    Many of Tarbuck’s remaining family still live in the area like Chris Lowen, a grandson to Tarbuck. He read the story and immediately came in contact with Wade to collect the family heirloom.
    Lowen fondly remembers the Bible explaining that it was used in times when he was ‘more bad than good’.
    “The only way we learned was from my grandmother because she was very religious.
    We didn’t get away with much mischief as I’d end up with a finger on my ear into the living room and then get a lecture,” Lowen chuckled.         “She’d give us a piece of homemade toffee afterwards.         She made that homemade toffee for years.”
    Tarbuck’s property was along the Kneehill Creek which feeds into the Red Deer River. He had a large greenhouse stationed along the creek which was an important source of his income.
    “He hauled vegetables and stuff all over Drumheller Valley to make a living,” continued Lowen. “When I was a kid, we used to go and stay there for the summer holidays, she was down at Dunphy on the crick there so [the Bible] has a little bit of meaning for me.”
    The reason behind why this artifact ended up in B.C. was because of Tarbuck’s son Jack Tarbuck Jr. He moved to an area between Kelowna and Victoria to remain close to his immediate family. The Mail further found that he passed away seven years ago.
    The theory behind why the Bible was found in a thrift store may come from when his children were cleaning and discarding old belongings after Jack’s passing.
    Since then, other members of the family have come forward to claim the book but were happy to know that Lowen had it in his possession.
    Lowen and his wife called on Monday night to thank Jeanetta for returning the Bible home safely.


Strong support for Salvation Army over Christmas

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Despite missing their initial goal of raising $40,000 through the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign, the church is grateful to the community for its support of the programs it delivers to the most vulnerable in our community.
    The Salvation Army Kettle Campaign raised $36,037.58.
    “We didn’t get our goal of $40,000, but we did get $36,000 so that is pretty amazing,” said Shane Hillier of the Salvation Army.
    There were a number of factors that may have contributed to the shortfall, including a tough economic climate.  This was made apparent by the 158 hampers the Salvation Army provided to individuals and families in need.
    “From what we saw throughout the year, we were really surprised at the demand we had,” said Hillier.
    The Salvation Army was also short one kettle location because of the closure of the Drumheller Co-op.
    The funds raised by the Kettle Campaign fund the Salvation Army’s Community Services for the year and the funds stay local to serve the community.
    At times when the Salvation Army food bank supplies dwindle, the organization has to dip into these funds to buy food. By keeping food donations strong it allows the funds to be used for other pressing needs.
    “2018 is probably going to be a busy year. There is still a need in the new year, so we hope people keep that in mind when they are picking up groceries,” said Hillier.

Rockyford looking forward to busy 2018

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    Water has been on the minds of Rockyford residents and last year they have made great strides as part of a regional group worked to deliver it to area residents
    The Mail took some time to talk with Rockyford Mayor Darcy Burke, and regional water has been a goal with the formation of the Wheatland Corporation. This year the tap was turned on for its line to Gleichen, and early in the new year water will be flowing to Rockyford.
    “When it comes to the Wheatland Regional Corporation, it is kind of the star,” said Burke. “We’ve moved forward with phase one, we are in the final days of completing the financial part of phase one and there is water flowing from Standard to Gleichen, it has been done well,” he said.
    “The system was just in the very first days of operation when that surge fire in Gleichen and Carsland broke out. The Fire department was filling in Gleichen, and we initiated our emergency response plan and we wereable to send 880,000 gallons to Gleichen in about a four hour time period to supply those fire departments,” he said.
    He said most of the pipes are in the ground to Rockyford.
    “Our date is March 31 to deliver that water to Rockyford, and all indicators are that we are going to make that date,” he said.
    It was a great 2017 for Rockyford as the community celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Rockyford Rodeo, and also had the best ever Bullarama.
    “Rockyford is built about rodeo…those two activities in this community were extremely successful in 2017,” said Burke.
    Then followed the Bullarama in June with its Canada 150 celebration, which included a chili cook off, beach volleyball and the Gleichen Community Choir.
    Some community infrastructure projects will continue into the New Year including the rehabilitation of the cemetery. Council is also redoing the main street. The sidewalks are going to be taken out, and they will be installing a boardwalk and turn of the century lanterns.
    Council is also looking at a $760,000 capital investment in infrastructure including the replacement water and sewer lines and paving of 2nd Avenue East, as well as sewer upgrades at their popular campground.
    Another big accomplishment in 2017, and a new challenge for the future, was the purchase of the Rockyford School. He says they have looked at what renovations are needed and planning to advertise commercial space.
    “We have some interested parties already and we are happy to see that take place,” said Burke.
     “I am now 20 years on municipal council and you have to think outside the box. Now we own this building, and we want to see the community grow. If we get some business here, it increases traffic flow, which then supports our businesses here. It is good planning and something for our council to look at and an exciting time for us.”
    Looking forward, Rockyford will be celebrating its centennial in 2019, and already they are looking at planning the event.
    “At the end of the month we are having the “Kick off to Rockyford 100,” and we are going to put together an organizing committee and those folk are going to be planning how we are going to roll out celebrations of our birthday,” he said.


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