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Badlands Boogie returns for fifth year

joey pringle


Music fans have the opportunity to kick up their heels this coming weekend at the 5th Annual Badlands Boogie.
     The concert at the Historic Graham Ranch has endured for five years to raise funds and awareness for the East Coulee Truss Bridge.
    The annual concert features about 20-30 bands in a picturesque outdoor setting. It offers a little bit of everything from roots to rock. Some artists include Shoulder High Weeds, Hurricane Felix and the Manik Men, and The Aces, as well as local talent including Cathie Brown and Jay McLean. Performances begin Friday night and continue to Sunday night.
    “Because of the tight economy we are going to discount the prices for tickets for our local supporters,” said organizer John Barry Graham.
    This East Coulee Truss Bridge is on the National Trust for Canada’s Top 10 Endangered Places. It was originally built in 1936 and then rebuilt after the flood of 1948.  The Howe Truss Bridge has fallen into disrepair.
    “It is estimated it is going to cost $1 million to restore the bridge so what we are doing is bringing attention to it, the word is getting out to the right people,” he said.
    The organizers of the concert have managed to put away about $6,000 in trust in hopes of one day building a future for the bridge.
    “We are setting up a meeting for late September…we are going to be setting up a non-profit society. How that is going to help is next year we can apply for arts grants,” Graham said.
    He says once they have a board and society in place, they can begin to look at how to use the funds that are held in trust to further the cause.
    Some of the ideas they are looking at beyond working towards the restoration are to add some interpretation at the bridge and create an area to visit.
    “Until the bridge is restored, it can still become a tourist attraction in its own right,” he said.
    Tickets for the Badlands Boogie are already available by going to and enter promo code BB19LOCAL, and are available at Neighbours Corner Pub.

New leadership at Greentree School


There is new leadership at Greentree School as students head into the new school year.
     Earlier this year it was announced that Shelley Friesen was appointed Principal of the K-6 school. She served last year as Associate Principal at Greentree and has a varied educational background.
    “This is my first shot at being a principal and I am so excited to take on that role,” said Friesen. “I already know the students and the staff, and the parents as well, so I just love it here.”
    Appointed as Associate Principal is Adam Pirie. He has taught in Ontario and the United Kingdom before coming to Golden Hills.
    “I am excited to work with Adam, we have been working many things, we have been planning this summer,” said Friesen. “He comes with so much experience, and he is the son of a teacher as well.”
    The school is also welcoming new teaching staff. Mackenzie Hudgeon has been brought on to teach Kindergarten. From Delia, she has a background of dance.
    They are also adding Kelly Eddy, who will be teaching Grade 6. She is a long-time Drumheller resident who recently graduated. She will be taking on a maternity leave.
    “We are excited to have her, she brings such an energy and level of enthusiasm that is so welcome,” said Friesen.
    Enrolment remains strong with about 370 students.
    “We are so excited to see all those smiley faces back in our hallways again,” said Friesen.         “This time of year is so exciting with the students coming and excited to meet their new classmates, what room they are in and what the teachers have done to welcome them.
    Classes commence on Tuesday, September 3.

Drumheller Chrysler sold to new local owners


Drumheller Chrysler, owned for the past 22 years by the Tessier family, has been sold, and new owners are longtime local businessmen, Murray Moench, and Cam Christianson.
  The Chrysler Dodge dealership is located on the Highway 9 corridor, and the new owners told the Mail that the focus of is to keep it a local business, and continue to support the community of Drumheller and surrounding areas.
 "We want to continue to serve the area, with quality Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram vehicles,” said Mr. Moench,  "and back it up with top notch parts and service departments, so old and new customers can put their confidence in us."
  "Both Cam and I believe in supporting the communities where we do business and become involved in worthwhile projects,” he concluded.
  The same familiar faces will still be at the dealership, as no jobs have been eliminated, the official name will change slightly to Drumheller Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, to include all the brands.
  The dealership will be closed for a couple of days after the long weekend for a fresh look, and will re-open September 5.

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