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Last updateFri, 18 Sep 2020 8am

Standard continues improvements on Memory Lane

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The Village of Standard’s community volunteer project, Memory Lane, continues to see improvements to the kilometre-long pathway along the village’s south end.
A post and rail fence has been constructed by the Standard Community Facility Enhancement Society, and the group expects to install a total of 16 benches along the pathway.
Standard Mayor Joe Pederson, told the Mail, “The Memory Lane group has been busy over the summer, and it is looking great.”
The land where the park and walking path are located was originally donated to the village in 1923 by Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR). Improvements to the area did not start until nearly a century later, in 2015, when the Standard Community Facility Enhancement Society was formed.
Since the society’s formation, the area has been transformed with landscaping and picnic areas. Paving of the pathway from Highway 840 to the south of town where the old train station stood was completed in 2019.
The history of the village is heavily tied to CPR, and an original speeder shed and a caboose, which was donated and restored by Gerald Knowlton, have also been installed.
Knowlton, a former resident who grew up in the village’s original station, was also involved via his grandson, Vancouver-based architect Spencer Purdy, in the installation of the Vanishing Station.
Although the old station was demolished, the Vanishing Station stands in its place. A series of panels depict the image of the old station, and they are arranged in such a way the station can, quite literally, vanish.
Unfortunately, some of the panels sustained damage and have been sent away for repairs.
No timeframe has been provided for when the repairs will be completed at this time, though Mayor Pederson noted the village is hopeful an update will be available in September.
The society continues to apply for government funding to further improve Memory Lane, and Mayor Pederson added the village will be working with the group on upcoming projects.

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Over 2,000 COVID-19 swabs performed locally

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The COVID-19 assessment centre at the Drumheller Health Centre has completed more than 2,000 swab tests since it was opened.
On April 27 an assessment centre was established to perform COVID-19 swab testing. Before that, Drumheller residents requiring testing had to travel to other centres. From April 27 to September 2, the Drumheller site performed 2,013 swabs.
Expanded testing is an important part of the effort to contain COVID-19 in our province. Testing will tell you whether you had COVID-19 at the time your swab was taken, even if you were not showing symptoms at that time. Testing will not tell you whether you have previously had COVID-19. It will also not
tell you whether you have any immunity

to COVID-19,” said Melissa Ballantyne Central Zone manager for AHS communications and community engagement.
She explains the assessment centre is typically open five days a week and performs an average of 21 swabs a day. On July 20 it recorded its highest number with 58 tests in one day.
Ballantyne says testing numbers have increased in August to 27 - 34 tests a day. While AHS tracks data for symptomatic and asymptomatic swabs, it does not track the reason for testing such as back to school.
Offered by appointment and free-of-charge, testing is easily booked online at There are eight assessment centres established in the Central Zone for COVID-19 testing – in Red Deer, Camrose, Drumheller, Stettler, Drayton Valley, Rocky Mountain House, Wainwright, and Lloydminster.

Rosedale Post Office temporary closure

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The Rosedale Post Office has been closed temporarily.
According to a statement from Canada Post, “Due to unforeseeable circumstances the Rosedale Post Office is temporarily closed until further notice. A notice was posted today to advise our customers.”
In the interim, mail can be picked up at the Drumheller Post Office located at 96 Railway Ave. East, Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:45 am and 5 pm. Customers must provide government-issued photo identification to pick up their mail.
We apologize to the residents of Rosedale for the inconvenience.


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