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Morgan the Mystic Unicorn makes home in Delia

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    In Hanna, there is the goose, in Drumheller, there is the World’s Largest Dinosaur, and now Delia has its very own icon, Morgan the Unicorn.
    Dave Smeyers and Jane McMullen have opened  Hand Hills Crafts in the Arrawanna School House, built in 1910 on Main Street in Delia. The venue is a comfortable place for artisans to show their talent and where tourists could visit and maybe find a treasure.
    Featured in front of the market is Morgan, a full-sized unicorn who is rearing up on its hind legs. Smeyers explains the unicorn is the national animal of Scotland reflecting the people who settled in Delia, and it represents believing in yourself, enough to make your dreams come true.
    “We are hoping that Mystic Morgan will attract a few tourists to the town. Drumheller has its dinosaurs, and now we have a beautiful unicorn.  We are hoping people drop by to visit Mystic Morgan, (perhaps make a wish), have a specialty- coffee and check out the market,” he said.


Rotary honours Hartman for academic achievement

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DVSS has named Casey Hartman as the Rotary Student of the Month for June. Casey just completed Grade 12. She was nominated for this award for her academic achievement and leadership qualities. She plans to travel for a year before entering post secondary studies at University of British Columbia (Okanagan campus) to study criminology and psychology.  For her efforts Casey was presented with a package from Rotarian Barb Campbell. This package contains a $25 gift certificate from Riverside Value Drug Mart, a movie pass from Napier Theatre, a free pizza and soft drink from Boston Pizza and a certificate and $25 cheque from the Rotary Club.

Hoodoo visitors now paying to park

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  Visitors to the Hoodoo recreation area are being asked for a toonie now that the town’s tourist paid parking program has started this summer.

    The program was started by the town to help recoup costs related to maintaining the area, including its parking lot and the portable toilets there. Signs notify visitors of the $2 per car “parking fee,” which is collected by two employees from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Monday. 

    Attendant Glen Thornton said since starting work two weeks ago it's been busy, with the visitor tally topping 320 on Friday. By noon on Saturday, the count was already at 93 and the cars kept coming. 

He says the majority of people are more than happy to cough up change once they know what it’s for.

    “Some people even give extra. The most resistance we get is people asking why now, when it hasn’t been this way for the last 50 years.”

    Thornton says two cars in the last two weeks had drove past him without paying, but there isn’t much they can or should do about it. Since the Hoodoo Provincial Recreation Area, access is free to the public and people can’t be denied entry or legally obliged to pay a fee. But since the town owns and maintains the parking lot adjacent to the Hoodoos, they are asking visitors for a $2 fee to park there. 

    “The charge will be in place until the end of the summer and we will review the feedback at the end of the program to see if it will be pursued for the future,” the town said in a press release, which also noted the parking lot would “could cost over one hundred thousand dollars.”

    If the Hoodoo parking pilot is a success, the town has said they plan to implement something similar elsewhere, like the Rosedale Suspension Bridge parking lot.

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