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'Mo Bros' raising funds for men's health


It’s that time of year, where even the most subdued men begin to experiment with their facial hair, all for a good cause.
Movember is back. This is the time when men grow moustaches to raise awareness and funds for men’s health. These include prostate and testicular cancer as well as mental health and suicide prevention.
In Drumheller, there are a few brave men who may be sporting a new look, whether it be a Jon Waters-style pencil moustache to a full Tom Selleck.
Drumheller CAO Darryl Drohomerski is taking on the challenge and has a new set of handlebars growing.
“I thought it would be fun and different … I have had relatives who have had prostate cancers, so anything we can do to support it is important,” he said.
He is also showing support for Councillor Lisa Hansen Zacharuk, who is battling cancer. He has offered town employees an opportunity at the end of the month to shave his moustache.
“Whoever raises the most money, I’ll let them shave me, and the funds will go to breast cancer research in Lisa’s honour,” he said.
A quick search of the shows a few locals who are working hard to raise funds and awareness, including the crew at Glover International, which has already raised more than $500.
Cody Makowecki of Auto Value is participating in Movember for the first time.
“I’ve always had the inclination to do it but really before, it would take like two months to be able to grow anything of substance, but now it’s not quite as bad as long as you’re in the right lighting,” he laughs.
Kidding aside, he feels strongly about men’s health issues, especially mental health.
“Men are dying too young, whether that be from cancer or mental health-related issues. The branch that I’m raising funds for is the mental health side of things,“ he said.
“Society seems to view men who speak up about a mental illness or issue as weak, you know the ‘man up’ mentality has taken too many men way too young. In Canada, 3/4 suicides are men, that’s 75 per cent. It’s terrible no matter the gender but the idea that men should be able to tough out their issues because they are men is a terrible mentality. The issue sticks close to my heart, and whether I raise $5 or $5,000 I just want to bring attention to the fact that it’s okay not to be okay.”
To learn more or to donate to a ‘Mo-Bro’ or team, go to

COVID-19 cases continue to rise Update: 63 active cases

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The Town of Drumheller remains on enhanced status with 63 active cases of COVID-19 as of Monday, November 23 and, on Wednesday, November 18, a second death due to COVID-19 was reported locally.

Across the province, there are currently 13,166 active cases, with 2,1110 of those in the Central Zone which includes Drumheller. Due to the ongoing rise in cases, local groups have had to cancel or postpone events.
“After careful consideration, the difficult decision has been made to cancel the Festival of Lights event that was scheduled for Saturday, November 21,” stated an email from Festival of Lights Planning Committee. The smaller Tree Trimming event on Friday, November 20 will still go ahead and be limited to the family and cohort groups already registered; the committee is also looking to reschedule the Festival of Lights.
There is an ongoing outbreak at the Drumheller Institution and visitations are not being accommodated at this time. A media relations advisor told the Mail, “As of today (Thursday, November 19), there are no positive inmate cases at Drumheller Institution. There are nine active cases of COVID-19 among staff who work at Drumheller Institution. Staff who are symptomatic or receive a positive result for COVID-19 are required to self-isolate at home until they are cleared to return to work.”
A report from Loblaws also identified a positive case at the Drumheller Extra Foods on Tuesday, November 17. The team member last worked on Friday, November 13.
“Almost a quarter of all our COVID-19 deaths have happened since November 1,” Dr. Deena Hinshaw said during the COVID-19 update on Wednesday. “If we do not change our trajectory, the implications are grim. The daily COVID-19 death count is a tragic reminder that COVID-19 is not ‘just a flu’--it is life and death.”
Kneehill County, which was previously taken off enhanced status, has been placed back on the list with 13 active cases, and Wheatland County also remains on enhanced status with 22 cases. Starland County currently has three active cases.

All numbers are current as of Sunday, November 22.

Community mourns loss of John Kohut

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The Community is mourning the loss of a larger than life Drumhellerite who helped to build and shape the community.
John Kohut, affectionately known as “The Bear” passed away on Sunday, November 15 at the age of 81. As a young entrepreneur, he and his wife Irene began Hi-Way 9 Express from a single truck in 1969. It became the family business until it sold in 2011 to Mullen Group.
For Jim Fisher, who was good friends with John for more than four decades, John was a generous caring friend.
“He would give the shirt off his back if he figured you would need it,” said Fisher. “People called him the Bear but he had a very soft heart.”
John already had a family of four when he started Hi-Way 9 at 34 years of age. Long hours and hard work, starting with a laundry delivery from a local hotel, soon grew. He reasoned the key to success would be providing same day freight service to and from Calgary.
It wasn’t without ups and downs, but eventually, he extended routes, hired dedicated staff, and purchased warehouse space, to provide a level of dependable service. Soon the entire family became involved.
Family was the heart of Kohut’s life. John and Irene were married on Valentine’s Day in 1959, he was just 19 at the time. They had four children, and John and Irene celebrated 60 years of marriage before she passed away in August of last year. They had 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son John Junior in 2016 and wife Irene in 2019.
John’s involvement goes beyond business. He was a long-time community booster and his service to the local Rotary Club spanned more than 4 decades. He was an active volunteer working on projects dating as far back as the Aquaplex. He was always a big supporter of the Rotary Radio auction, taking his turn on the mic as well as tendering many competitive bids.
Fisher recalls that John was a strong proponent for the original waterslide at the Aquaplex, and he worked relentlessly to get it. The same determination he had in business, he had for the community.
“He pushed the waterside so hard, we even had a button made up that said ‘I survived Kohut’s waterslide’ and he was the first to go down on it,” said Fisher.
He recalls at one Radio Auction someone called, offering to donate if John jumped from the high diving board. He took them up on the offer.
“He jumped off the diving board and got to the side of the pool very well, and when he got out he said ‘it’s amazing, I have no idea how to swim,’” Fisher laughs. “Our community lost a huge supporter.”
John was also involved in the golf course and had served on the executive. He was also a vehicle enthusiast with a collection of cars and trucks, including restoring the original truck he founded his company on (see photo). It was not an uncommon sight this summer to see him cruising on his motorcycle.


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