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Hot rod delivered in time for grad

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A family project was made to order and completed on time.

The Germain family are a little bit of a gear head family. One project on their books was a 1954 Chevy Belair. This is a chopped beast with a unique line using a Hudson roof, giving it a profile of a 1940’s Mercury. Patriarch Bernie has been tinkering with it over the last couple years, but sometimes a deadline is needed.

Bernie explains his son Andrew is to graduate this spring and hoped he could use the car. The family got down to work. Between his day job and insulating the garage to keep warm, he set to work

Daughter Lydia (who, in Grade 6, has a Camaro in waiting) helped to build and install the bored out small block 350 with dual quad carburetors mated to a Turbo 350. Local tuner Greg Benzon took a turn at tuning it up for performance and drivability.

Bernie’s wife Carol took the lead on the car’s look. The car has a Punisher theme and the familiar Punisher skull is featured under the hood, on the wheels, and in the interior. She worked hard upholstering the seats with the Punisher logo. She also created unique interior panels and door cards using a collage of Punisher comic book pages.

The exterior is painted a plain flat black, but that look is expected to change. In fact, it will change any time the car goes out.

The car is actually painted with chalkboard paint. They had an artist decorate the car for the graduation weekend (and Andrew’s 18th birthday). The plan is when they take the Punisher to car shows, spectators can sign or draw on it.

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Rockyford set to celebrate centennial tomorrow

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It has been 100 years in the making, but Rockyford is ready to party like its 1919 at its centennial celebrations.

The organizing committee has been working on the celebrations for two years to make  Saturday, June 29 memorable for the community as well as leave a lasting legacy. Mayor Darcy Burke says that the committee has shown great dedication in preparing the village to mark the occasion. He says the celebration is a tribute to the forefathers of the community, but as well as the community that is there today. While many rural communities have come and gone, there is something special that makes a village like Rockyford stay vibrant for a century.

The day starts out in Rockyford tradition with a pancake breakfast, after that, there is the parade.

The Village has worked hard to make Main Street look the part. They have completed a major upgrade by adding boardwalk style sidewalks and have installed turn of the century style lighting.

  They have also designed and installed a historic walking tour of downtown. They have installed interpretive markers throughout the core and have identified interesting sites including a hospital and a gambling den.

The afternoon will leave lots of time for visiting at the community hall where there will be more history on display. There will also be a crafters market and art show. There will be kids face painting and games.

At 2 p.m., there will be the rededication of the Union Cemetery.  Earlier this year volunteers undertook a massive effort of refurbishing headstones and had a company come in and do a density scan of the site resulting in the discovery of 30 unmarked graves. Volunteers have erected crosses to honour their resting place. Through their records, they were also able to identify some of the people who were buried.

In the evening there be a special dinner and there are more than 800 confirmed. While there are no longer tickets on sale for the dinner, there are tickets available to dance in the dust.  Drew Gregory and Renegade Station will be performing at the Rodeo Grounds, with dancing in the infield. They will take a break from the music at 11 p.m. for fireworks.

Tickets for the dance are available by calling the Rockyford Village Office.

As unbelievable of a celebration it is shaping up to be, it is not the only thing happening in Rockyford. On Sunday, June 30 there will be the annual Bullarama and then stay in town for Canada Day celebrations on July 1.

Fentanyl, cocaine, meth seized from Linden home

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    Two Linden residents are facing numerous drug charges after police seized quantities of various drugs from a home on Thursday.

    Southern Alberta District Crime Reduction and Drumheller and Beiseker RCMP members executed a search warrant on a Linden residence on June 27. They seized over 35 grams of cocaine, 49 grams of fentanyl, over 14 grams of methamphetamine, and 420 ml of a drug called GHB, a central nervous system depressant. 

    Mandy Lynne Russell, 37, and Jason Michael Lock (40) of Linden were charged with possession are facing charges of drug trafficking for each drug. Both were released on recognizance and are expected to appear in Drumheller Provincial Court on July 26.


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