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Morrin School Mitten Tree decorated with warmth

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    Project REACH kicked off the 7th annual Mitten Tree Project at Morrin School on Friday, December 1, 2017.
    Students, staff, and community members were encouraged to bring in new or gently used donations of mittens, gloves, toques, and scarves to help decorate the mitten tree.
    These donations are then washed and delivered to The Salvation Army Thrift Store in Drumheller, to be used for the chilly winter months.
    The final day for the Mitten Tree Project was December 22, when students who had donated to the project gathered for a photo with the tree and their donations.
    The project yielded 84 pairs of mittens and gloves, 69 toques, 25 scarves and even three pairs of winter boots.

Grinches swipe Christmas decor


    The festive season has called for extra measures when protecting outdoor Christmas decorations.
    Complaints have been made to the RCMP including one from Upper Midland resident Nicky Samuel.
    “We have been at this home for probably 30 years, maybe a little longer, and we never really had any crime in this neighbourhood,” said Samuel. “I could just leave the screen door open and work out in the yard all day and never worry about anything in the neighbourhood and you can’t really do that anymore.”
    Between the hours of 11:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m., on Saturday, December 16, a laser light had been stolen and their 5th wheel trailer had almost been broken into. She only had the light for five days before it went missing.
    “It’s really sad because we put up Christmas lights not only for us to enjoy but other people to enjoy and if I knew that laser light was going to somebody who really didn’t have the money to buy their own, I would be okay with that,” said Samuel.
    “It feels strange because you wake up in the morning and you think ‘How come I didn’t know that happened?’ and ‘Why didn’t I wake up?’ and ‘Why didn’t some kind of sixth sense wake me up to see if somebody was in the yard?’” said Samuel.
    Samuel has decided to keep decorating despite the bad luck. She has also reported this incident to the RCMP detachment to bring awareness.
    “I don’t want that to stop me from having that enjoyment, I have two grandkids and they are just in awe when they come to grandma’s house when there are lights on and stuff like that,” said Samuel. “I want them to have that enjoyment too so I’ll probably put them up again next year.”
    Scott Duggan, a Newcastle resident, had his 9 ½ foot inflatable penguin scene stolen from his yard last Friday.
    “How do you explain to a 2-year-old that his favourite

thing that I’ve set up for three years is missing?” said Duggan.
His family has spent $450 alone this year on Christmas items.
    “Now I have to go out and spend more money to replace what was stolen,” said Duggan. “This is on top of the electricity bill and everything else and the time and the effort that it takes to put all this stuff together.”
    Duggan was most frustrated and disappointed about the Christmas cheer that can dissipate after a theft like this.
    “It ticks me off that kids or people nowadayslights get their kicks from doing this kind of stuff,” said Duggan. “There’s having fun and being dumb but then there is also respect. I don’t blame people for not

putting stuff up because they are afraid to lose it.”
    Residents can protect their belongings from theft by following a few tactics.
    Use anchors or tape down lights and install motion sensor lights and alarms that alert you when something is too close. Put inflatables on your roof where it is harder to steal and simply move your decorations closer to your home.
    Engrave or mark your items with something obvious as well so it is easier to identify by police and also deters thieves from stealing it as it most likely can’t be resold.
    If you or anyone you know has had Christmas decorations stolen, please comment on this story on our Facebook page to bring awareness to the subject.

Pool opens Saturday

Dec 13 2017

The Town of Drumheller is pleased to announce that the fire alarm system upgrades have been completed and we can confirm the pool will open tomorrow, Saturday December 30.
“We are extremely pleased to have the pool opening tomorrow at 11:30 am for lane swimming and public swimming will be from 1-6 pm “announced Paul Salvatore, Director of Community Services. “We are also thrilled to announce that it will be free swim all weekend to celebrate the opening, and to thank the residents of Drumheller for their patience”
“I want to express my thanks to everyone involved in this project for their hard work in getting this beautiful facility open” added Darryl Drohomerski, CAO of the Town of Drumheller. ”In particular I would like to thank the team at the Aquaplex and for the people of Drumheller for their patience”
The pool and steam room will be open this weekend but we are awaiting AHS approval on the hot tub water sample which is expected January 9.
To compensate for the delay in opening all Aquaplex memberships will be extended by the length of the closure.

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