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Midland Hall back in bingo business

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    It has been over a year, but the Midland Hall will officially be back in commission this week, hosting its first Bingo night this Thursday.
     In October of 2016, the historic Midland Community Hall was damaged by fire.  Contractors were in the process of a torch roofing job when a bird’s nest in the rafters was lit. The Fire Department responded and put out the flames, but not before it caused extensive damage.
    One bright spot following the fire was that the approximately 20 portraits of miners and notable community members as well as other mining artifacts were spared any damage.
    It has been a long road, but they are nearing completion. President of the Midlandvale Community Association, Gary Greaves, says the hall is largely complete and they have had a couple of rentals. This Thursday Bingo will be back.
    Greaves says they are grateful to a number of local businesses that pitched in the days and weeks that followed the fire, and then completed the repairs and renovations.
    The hall has been in the community for decades. Originally, it was a Midlandvale Cottage School, first built in 1918. However, this eight-room school was destroyed by fire in 1925 and it was rebuilt shortly thereafter.
  Secretary treassurer Connie Campbell told the Mail that her father attended the school, as did she. After elementary school, she was part of the first class that went to Greentree School for Junior High. The Hamlet Schools were closed in 1969.
    The school eventually became the Midlandvale Community Hall and provided a space for the community to gather for all kinds of events. There is a playground as well as a rink on the site.
    Campbell says the renovations to the hall were extensive, due to smoke damage, the walls have been painted, and a new floor and a new ceiling were installed. The bingo equipment has been replaced and the hall now has an accessible  washroom.
    Campbell says the damages were insured, however that may not make up for revenue lost during the more than a year the hall has not been usable.
    “I know we will be doing some fundraising to get back to where we were,” said Campbell.
     The first bingo of the season is this Thursday, January 18. Doors open at 6:20 p.m., and bingo starts at 7:20 p.m.


CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY OF MYRTLE OSMOND


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Myrtle Beatrice

November 3, 1924 - January 8, 2018

Myrtle Beatrice Osmond, 93, of Eagle Hill, went to be with her Lord and Saviour on Monday, January 8, 2018. Myrtle was born on November 3,
1924, in Drumheller, Alberta to Theodore and Cecilia Notland. She is survived by her loving husband, Douglas Osmond, her children and their spouses; Bonnie Priestley, Randy (Mary) James, Tyler (Valerie) James, Trudy (John) Goulet-Jones, Shelley James, Karen James and Allison (Sean) Matthews, and her 91 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her daughter Marcia Hoffman. A devoted mother and farm-wife, Myrtle was an excellent cook. She was very hospitable and you would always get a great meal, a good cup of tea and some of her wonderful baking with every visit. Myrtle had an unwavering faith in God. She was involved with Pioneer Girl’s Clubs and was a long-time member of the Eagle Hill Community Church. She was very involved with the church, from teaching Sunday school, to playing the piano to administrative duties Myrtle loved playing the piano and was often found playing and singing Hymns. Myrtle will be greatly missed.

A gentle wind blew across the land,
Reaching out to take a hand.
For in the wind the angels came
Calling out a mother’s name.
Left behind, her family’s tears,
Loving memories of the years
Of joy and love, a life well spent,
And now to God a mother sent.
On an angel’s wings, a heavenly light,
The journey home towards the light.
To those who weep, a life is gone,
But in God’s home ‘tis but the dawn.

A funeral service was held in Eagle Hill on Saturday, January 13, 2018.

Rosedale break and enter suspects overturn truck and trailer during escape

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Shortly before 1:00 a.m. on Wednesday January 17, Drumheller RCMP responded to a residential break and enter in progress in Rosedale.
While en-route, police were informed the suspects left the residence in the homeowners truck with the homeowners travel trailer attached.
Police arrived in the area to see a trailer matching the description turn onto highway 10.
The vehicle attempted to flee from police and in the process overturned the trailer into a ditch, disabling the truck.
A male and female were taken into custody and face numerous charges related to the break and enter, driving and firearms offences. Both accused are known to police.


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