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Long winter keeps crews busy

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    A long and snow-filled winter has kept town crews busy, and the prospect of a spring warming could also keep workers on their toes.
    The winter of 2018 has brought a sustained accumulation of snow, and it seems like it is hanging around.
    “It is very obvious that we are having a very unique winter this year. It is longer than normal and the amount of snow we have received “so far is definitely exceeding previous years,” said Infrastructure Services director Armia Mikhaiel.
    “This extraordinary amount of snowfall, the steady low temperature, and the icy road conditions all mean extra work volume for the Town’s crew in order to make sure the roads are safe.”
     He adds that this year the Town also hired some local contractors to help in the snow hauling process and to push snow to the boundaries at the snow dumps, in order to create more room for the extra snow volume.
    He says the impending spring could also apply stress to the town infrastructure.
    “With the temperature going up and spring approaching us, it is expected the melting snow will create an extra load on our wastewater system, due to the connected weeping tile from the houses to the sewer system,” he said. “Looking forward to spring, and if the snow melting rate is high, we can expect some surface drainage flooding due to the clogged culverts or frozen catch basins. We strongly encourage the residents to notify the Town if they see signs of street flooding, and to make sure any catch basin that is close to their driveway is clear of snow or ice.”
    He adds that property owners may also have to take action to prevent the water from causing damage.     
    A few hints to residents to mitigate the risk of having a flooded basement is to clear the snow away from the parameter of their basements and test the sump pump to ensure it is working properly when needed.
    So far, there has not been a prolonged warm spell, where there has been overland flooding. He says that the fluctuations in temperature can also cause damage.
The process of ground defrosting and the repeated freeze-thaw cycle could have a significant negative impact on our watermain network (the potable water pipes).
    He says the Cast Iron (CI) replacement Program, executed in the previous few years, was a very smart move and has definitely paid off.
    “The newly installed HDPE pipes have more flexibility than the CI pipes, and can absorb more ground shifting. We already feel the benefit of this CI replacement Program, as we used to have 10 to 12 water breaks per year in the past, while we only had two breaks this year.”


Dragons Hockey Camp showcases talent

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    The Drumheller Dragons held their annual Prospect Showcase Weekend at the Drumheller Memorial Arena from Friday, April 6 to Sunday, April 8.
    The camp allows players and coaching staff to get familiar with each other while also giving skaters the opportunity to feature their best talents.
    “The camp was amazing,” began Dragons head coach Kevin Hasselberg. “We got a tremendous contribution from our scouting staff for identifying and bringing in quality players that are quality people. They performed and we performed and I think the impression that was left both ways from the players’ perspective attending our camp and from our perspective showcasing Drumheller Dragons, it really cemented what we want our culture to be moving forward.”
    Day 1 consisted of Bantam and Junior skill sessions. The schedule on Day 2 was booked full of games, each running an hour where attendees were divided into teams. A few more games were fulfilled on Day 3 while scouting staff simultaneously performed interviews with potential players.
     Many arrived from parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan as well as five players from the United States. Some travelled from as far away as the Eastern Seaboard to witness the Valley and how the AJHL team operates.
    “We are going to continue through the process of recruiting to make sure that all the information is available to those families as they make those decisions on their sons futures and that extends to the returning players to the recruited players,” explained Hasselberg. “It’s just going to put more emphasis on what we want to build in Drumheller and the identity that we want to carry forward for our players and our organization. It’s obviously something the community will be proud of and something that will allow our players to leave their jersey in a better place.”
    Hasselberg felt fortunate to have spent the season in Drumheller.
    “The appreciation and gratitude extended to our fans, our supporters, our sponsors, and anybody that contributes to the success of Drumheller Dragons hockey. The volunteers, billets, and on behalf of the management committee and our entire staff and the players, we thank you and can’t wait to perform for everyone again next season and with a goal in mind to be better than we were before,” said Hasselberg.

Drumheller District 4-H Council elects executive

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    The Drumheller 4-H District Council picked up its 2017-2018 year on November 13 starting the election of its executives.
    Vannessa Richmond was elected as president with Cole Morlock elected as vice president. Serena Michie was elected secretary, Brett Holowath was elected as treasurer, Danielle Varga was elected as key member and Kenton McNaughton was elected as district reporter. Melanie Nelson was elected as key leader.
    In December, the council ran a District Learning Day with members from all individual clubs attending.  The Growing Forward 2 Fund Program provided the appropriate funding need to run the Learning Day. Later in the month, the district hosted their annual Christmas Party at Sandstone Lanes Bowling Alley in Drumheller. Members from all clubs once again attended the event.
    Five leaders from the district attended the 2018 Leaders Conference in Edmonton from January 19 – 21. The East Central Region hosted and the theme of the conference was “Back to Basics”.
    The District held its annual Public Speaking on Saturday, March 3 in Delia, with the Delia Beef Club hosting. Mesha Olson placed first in senior speeches with Vannessa Richmond in second and Amanda Holowath placing third. Ryley Mappin placed first in the intermediate category with Meah Richmond placing second and Delany McDougald placing third. Lilly Robison placed first in junior speeches, Malenna Olson placed second and Ellie Anna McDougald placed third. Cole Morlock placed first in senior presentations. Cole Alderdice placed first in junior presentations, Cadynce Richmond placed second and Carson Morlock placed third.
    The District will be doing a fundraiser to fund the 2018/2019 year by selling flower baskets to do so. The baskets will be here in time for Mother’s Day. Anyone wishing to purchase a basket can contact any Drumheller District 4-H member.
    On April 22, the District will be hosting a Regional Multi-Species Judging Competition at the Rumsey Agriplex. All 4-H members from any district within East Central Region can attend. It will start at 10:00 a.m. Those interested can sign up with the general leader of their club.
    In July and August, the Drumheller 4-H District will be doing another Club to Club Exchange. This time to Russell County located 20 minutes from Ottawa and 65 minutes from Montreal.


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