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Firefighters honoured at awards night

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Drumheller Fire and Rescue’s volunteer firefighters were recognized for the long, unpaid hours of work they put in every day at their annual awards night on Saturday, April 6. Rick Schinnour was presented with the Mayor’s Trophy by Heather Colberg for best attendance to fire calls. Doug Stanger (left) and Reg Gallagher (right) were given the Rollie Yavis award by deputy chief Duane Bolin for their activities above and beyond regular duty calls.


Drumheller storefront grant applications open

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The 2019 storefront grant program is now open for applications. This grant program is designed to support business owners wishing to make building improvements to their storefronts.

“This year we will be accepting applications until Thursday May 2nd,” outlined Julia Fielding, Communications Officer. “The Economic Development Advisory Committee will assess the applications at their meeting on May 8th and will make their announcements of the successful applications shortly after.”

“I am thrilled we are able to assist businesses as they make improvements to their storefronts,” added Twyla Palmquist, Chair of the Economic Development Advisory Committee. “This year we will have an emphasis on businesses on the new tourism corridor and have additional funds to support businesses who wish to install a dinosaur themed blade sign.”

The storefront grants are matching grants with the business and Town of Drumheller sharing the costs, up to a maximum grant of $2,500. If businesses have difficulty managing the initial outlay for the project they can work with Community Futures who have offered to give those businesses selected an interest free loan.

The application form is available on the town’s website, www.dinosaurvalley.com

Recipients in 2018 were S and J Fashions and Valley Brewers.

MS Walk celebrating 20 years

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The Jayman Built MS Walk in Drumheller is reaching an important milestone this year, celebrating 20 years of the event.
    The Annual Walk, typically on the first Sunday in May, has been a great fundraiser to support those with MS, programs, and research. Just as importantly, it has helped build a community.
    Shawna Johnston who is acting as a spokesperson this year feels this is a moment that needs celebration.
    “We really want the public to be aware that we are 20 years strong and it is because of the efforts of those who have spearheaded the walk. They were the pioneers of bringing the MS Society to Drumheller and surrounding area,” she tells the Mail.
    The cause is dear to Johnston as she is living with MS. She was diagnosed in 1996, shortly after her son was born.
    “At that time there was no society here, and no supports here. It was a scary time for me and my family, but I had to seek people out in the community and bravely I did. I got a lot of information and support,” she said.
    “When we ran the walk and recognized the need for support, that’s when it flourished and things started to happen in the valley.”
    The walk was established in 1999.
    “When we ran the first walk we met all the people here who had MS and wanted some support.”
    With that, they started the local chapter and arranged a support group.
    “For me, being able to offer support for those newly diagnosed and those who had been diagnosed for many years but need support, is very important,” she said. “We have to think of the newly diagnosed but also the people who had it for years. Things change with MS and level of support and care they require change too.”
    This year the MS Walk is on Sunday, May 5. Check-in is at 9 a.m. and the walk goes at 10 a.m. There is a choice for walkers to take on a 2-kilometre or a 5-kilometre route. The funds raised go towards research and support programs.
    This year’s goal is to raise $26,000 and already 30 walkers are registered.
    To register, go to  www.mswalk.ca and follow the links to the Drumheller event.
    Johnston is proud to be the spokesperson for the MS Walk.
    “When they asked me again to be the spokesperson, my heart is here,” she said. “I know that in the community of Drumheller and surrounding area, MS is near and dear to their heart because there are so many people. Every time you turn around someone is getting diagnosed.”


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