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McLane running for Division 7 seat on Wheatland Council

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Herb McLane is running for Wheatland County council for Division 7 and is hoping to succeed Ben Armstrong after 29 years of service to the citizens of Division 7.
McLane has owned a small property in the Hussar area since the early 1990s, resided in the community for nearly all of those years. He is involved in several local community activities including minor hockey and minor baseball, slow-pitch, and 4-H. He has a grade six daughter, Sierra, who attends Wheatland Crossing School.
Following formal studies in agriculture with a primary focus on animal science, he pursued a career with nonprofit and for-profit agricultural organizations with a provincial, national and global reach. His specializations include agricultural policy, strategic planning, government relations, governance and operations, and brand development, communications, marketing, and event management.
“I value the range of my experiences, which form a strong professional foundation, and I will draw upon those experiences in the role of Councillor for Division 7,” he said.
His work on animal health issues including BSE management and livestock compensation resulted in the development of a federal policy framework for increasing the value of purebred and commercial cattle ordered depopulated. This work positively impacted the cattle industry across Canada. His work also includes international market access development and the development, promotion, and sale of animal genetics and beef.
Throughout the years, he has held leadership positions including President of the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame Association and Canadian Western Agribition, and also Chair of the International Committee of Calgary Stampede.
The four themes of the 2018 Economic Development Report for Wheatland County are Community Development, Investment Readiness, Industry Development, and Tourism - these are important milestones in focusing our attention in Wheatland County as the reports recommended the county needs to be more ‘business ready’. They require monitoring, measuring, and updating in careful stewardship of the many natural and economic assets of the County.
Road maintenance and construction are priorities, as are budgets and careful and prudent investments, and resultant tax rates. Enhancements to utilities, particularly Broadband/Internet services need to continue.


What you need to know about voting in Drumheller municipal election

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With three mayoral and 11 council candidates in the running for the municipal election in Drumheller, and a total of four ballots to fill out, Drumheller residents will have a lot to think about ahead of the Monday, October 18 municipal election.
To help keep residents safe, the Town of Drumheller will have one polling station available--at the Badlands Community Facility (BCF)--to allow for better sanitation and cleaning.
Town of Drumheller Returning Officer Darryl Drohomerski says in previous years having multiple polling stations throughout the Drumheller Valley meant former returning officers have spent much of their time driving from one station to another.
To accommodate only having one location available for voting, the town will be holding a total of four days of advanced polls-Sunday, October 10, Tuesday, October 12, Thursday, October 14, and Saturday, October 16.
Drohomerski explains on the mayoral ballot, residents can vote for one of the three mayoral candidates-Ed Almond, Mark Chung, and Heather Colberg.
Residents can vote for between one and six candidates on the council ballot. Drohomerski notes any ballot with seven or more ticks on the ballot will be disqualified, however.
Residents will also be able to select up to three Senate candidates and will vote on two referendum questions-whether they are in favour or against Alberta adopting year-round Daylight Saving Time (summer hours), and ending equalization payments. The results of the referendum and senate vote will be announced on Tuesday, October 26.
Drohomerski notes residents are encouraged to bring their own pen or pencil with them to the polling station to help protect against COVID-19 transmission, though single-use pencils will be available.

Understanding what your smoke alarm is telling you

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October 3-9 is Fire Prevention week and firefighters are raising awareness on knowing and identifying the sounds your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors make and what they mean.
Drumheller Fire Chief Bruce Wade explains each alarm have their particular sound and is important to understand what these mean.
For Smoke alarms, a continued set of three loud beeps means there is a presence of smoke or fire, and you should evacuate the home. A single chirp every 30-60 seconds means either the batteries are low and need to be replaced or the alarm is not working properly and the entire mechanism needs to be replaced. The smoke detector will also emit a single chirp when the alarm has reached its end of life. Smoke alarms must be replaced after 10 years, and the date of manufacture is on the units
With a carbon monoxide detector, four loud beeps mean carbon monoxide is present in your home. The course of action is to leave the home, stay outside and call 911. Like a smoke alarm, singe chirp every 30-60 seconds means the battery is low and must be replaced. Carbon monoxide alarms have end of life sounds that vary by manufacturers.
Just as important as knowing the sound the detector makes is knowing how to maintain them. Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms need to be tested monthly.
“Even testing them every six months is better than putting them there and forgetting about them,” said Wade.
Smoke alarms offer the first line of defense for a family’s safety, and in recent years, with changes in building material and furniture, there is less time for families to get to safety.
“People need to test alarms and make sure they have a plan. It takes less than three minutes with the construction of houses now and synthetic furniture. They go up quick,” said Wade. “The BTU (British thermal units) in synthetic material, in three minutes you can be fully involved. Legacy furniture, years ago you could have 20 minutes before it got to the point of being life-threatening.”
Even house design plays a role.
“Even now with lightweight construction and how they build homes, with open space, fire spreads quicker, because it is not as compartmentalized,” he said. “With lightweight construction buildings are starting to fail in 5-10 minutes. Roof structures and trusses and that kind of stuff can start to collapse.”


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