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The Salvation Army gears up for Red Bag Food Drive, November 24

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While most are putting away Halloween decorations, The Salvation Army and local volunteers are already looking forward to the Christmas season and organizers of the annual Food Drive are ready to hit the ground running.
The Red Bag Food Drive is a tradition where volunteers blitz the community collecting donations for The Salvation Army Food Bank.
Residents participate by filling a red plastic bag, provided in this week’s edition of The Drumheller Mail, with donations and leave it on their doorstep for volunteers to collect.
The food donated helps the Salvation Army fill its Christmas hampers and provides supplies for the food bank going through the winter.
Community and family service coordinator for the Salvation Army, Amanda Courtenay says it has been a difficult year for many and they are anticipating preparing the same number of hampers as last year.
“Last year we served 180 families,” said Courtenay.
The Red Bag Food Drive is on Thursday, November 24.
Organizers are asking volunteers to meet at designated muster points throughout the community at 5:45 p.m.
When the donations are collected they are brought to the Salvation Army Church to be sorted. Volunteers are also needed for this task.
For more information or to volunteer contact Summer Manca at 403-821-3163.
This is just the kickoff for the season.
The Salvation Army will be kicking off its Kettle campaign on Friday, November 18 at Freson Bros. Kettles will be at Freson Bros, Walmart and Extra Foods for the Christmas season.
Those wishing to register for food hampers can do so by appointment from November 21 to December 2. The Toy drive is from November 28 to December 12.
For more information on volunteering, please call The Salvation Army at 403-823-2215.

Red Bag Food Drive
Muster points by community:

•Newcastle - Newcastle Community Hall
(1301 2 Avenue West, Drumheller)
•Nacmine - Nacmine Community Hall
(119 3 Street, Nacmine)
•Bankview/Hunts - Bottle Depot
(118 7 Avenue SE, Drumheller)
•Midland - Midland Community Hall
(2011 1 Avenue NW, Drumheller)
•North Drum - Oasis Car Wash
(101 Bridge Street, Drumheller)
•Riverside/Willow Estates -
Drumheller Valley Secondary School
(450 17 Street East, Drumheller)
•McConkey Park - Court House
(511 3 Avenue West, Drumheller)
•Downtown - Brick Parking Lot
(11 Railway Ave East, Drumheller)
•Greentree - DQ Parking lot
(1102 Highway 9, Drumheller)
•Morrin - Main Street
•Munson - Munson Community Hall
(201 Main Street, Munson)
•Rosedale - Community Hall
(110 3 Avenue South, Rosedale)
•Carbon - Carbon Community Centre
(718 Glengarry Street, Carbon)


Foundation poured for new Morrin School

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The footprint for the new Morrin School is starting to take shape as foundation for the new facility has been poured.
Shunda Consulting and Construction Management Ltd. from Red Deer were awarded the general contractor bid for the $14.4 million project in April, and ground broke on the project in June.
“Timelines at this stage can be anywhere from 18 to 24 months, but if all goes well, as it did with the Delia School build, it may be complete sooner than anticipated,” says Prairie Land School Division (PLSD) Superintendent Cam McKeage.
Shunda recently worked with PLSD to build the new Delia School in the Village of Delia, which was completed in October 2021, about five months ahead of schedule.
Although Shunda faced some delays during reclamation at the Morrin School site, Mr. McKeage says the project is back on schedule.
The new Morrin School is being built at the northern end of the school grounds and there are some plans to incorporate the existing gymnasium and change rooms to accommodate additional space for a Career and Technology Studies (CTS) shop.

Wheatland County sends letter of concern to Minister of Health

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A draft letter addressed to Minister of Health Jason Copping regarding concerns over a shortage of physicians in rural areas was brought before Wheatland County council for feedback and consideration during the regular Tuesday, November 1 council meeting.
Council directed administration to draft the letter to Minister Copping during the October 18 regular council meeting and requested the letter be brought back in November for further direction.
“I know the Premier has identified it as a top priority, and Minister Copping has done some engagement sessions across Alberta just in terms of recognizing this is part of the crisis in healthcare we’re hearing about,” Wheatland County Reeve Amber Link said during the October meeting.
The letter expresses concerns over the recent loss of full-time physicians in the nearby Town of Strathmore, and the impact this has had on Wheatland County ratepayers.
During the October meeting, Reeve Link acknowledged the lack of primary care and family physicians accepting new patients is pushing some rural Wheatland County residents to access medical care and other services elsewhere, incurring increased travel time and expenses.
Council authorized Reeve Link to sign the letter and for administration to send the letter to Minister Copping.


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