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Local 4-H clubs resume club activities with COVID-regulations

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Nearly six months after COVID-19 restrictions forced a number of 4-H clubs across the province to cancel events and shows for the year, the Delia 4-H Club is resuming club activities--with some changes.
The club, which was previously the Delia 4-H Beef, will be adding new programs for the 2020-2021 season and will become known as the 4-H Beef and more.
“Projects may include sheep projects, beef projects, and other projects if a leader or volunteer is available to lead the project,” the club’s relaunch plan stated.
4-H clubs across the province faced cancellations due to COVID-19 regulations. As restrictions have eased, club activities have resumed.
“Safety always comes first,” the plan says. “COVID-19 precautions will be taken seriously.”
The Delia club will adhere to social distancing, limit mass gatherings where possible, and increase sanitation efforts.
The club is hopeful their annual Show and Sale, normally held in June, will be able to go ahead as usual.

Those interested in joining the Delia 4-H Beef and More, or for more information, please contact Andi Morlock (403)364-2353 or Janice Hoover (403)436-1767.


Schrock makes Dragons roster

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It is a dream come true for one Drumheller Hockey player who has carved out a spot on his home town Junior A roster.
Jarred Schrock,16, son of Darren and Janet is one of the newest Dragons on the roster, and the first Drumheller born and raised player since the 2013-2014 season.
“It’s a dream come true. I grew up watching those guys play and now I am in their shoes so it is pretty awesome,” Schrock tells the Mail.
“Those are the guys that I really got an idea of what it takes to play at this level.”
Schrock played AAA in Airdrie last season, and before that he billeted in Medicine Hat playing for the U15M Tigers. He has been with the Dragons since school began.
Jarred is a fast forward, who, despite being a little smaller has a strong foundation.
“Speed is definitely my game. I’m small but I am feisty, I wouldn't mind dropping the mitts if I have to,” he said, adding he has a quick release shot and is working hard to improve his awareness.
He follows an exclusive line of players who grew up and played for the Dragons including Talon Berlando, Trent Colberg, Shane Gwinner, and Josh Kluck to name a few.
His goal was to play at the Junior Level and has his sights set on going on to the next level, possibly NCAA.
“I am working every day with the team and working hard in class on my grades, so the NCAA is the vision,” he said.
He takes the pressure of being the local boy with stride.
“I like the pressure, in that I’m the first local in six or seven years and it adds pressure to me, but at the same time, it’s a good pressure. It will make me work harder and it will mature me,” he said.

Dear COVID-19

Dear COVID

Dear CoVID:

The pandemic is over.

Well, at least, it sometimes feels like it is.

Kids are back at school. Offices are trying to get workers back in-house where possible. Facebook photos of friends and family show trips outdoors, group get togethers, and even some trips abroad. Restaurants are open. Movie theatres are open. Malls are open. Emerg visits for non-urgent concerns are back. Gyms are now allowing access to scheduled clients. Although the pandemic has impacted all of the above with new rules and restrictions, life seems more open in general. Especially in Drumheller, where masks are optional and not mandatory in public spaces, like Edmonton or Calgary. It’s easy to forget that beyond the valley, a pandemic still rages.

Of course, this is partly a matter of perspective. You could say it’s still present in Drumheller because kids have to wear masks, gyms require bookings, public places require social distancing, etc. But compared to our friends out East, our numbers remain more reassuring. 146 new cases in Alberta on Sept 16, compared to Quebec’s 303 and Ontario’s 315 on the same day.

But here comes the flu. The seasonal virus that will complicate the presentation and diagnosis of CoVID. That awful virus that makes you feel exhausted, as if you’ve been hit by a ton of bricks. The virus that causes 3500 deaths per year in Canada with a cough crushing you like a corset, combined with a headache, sore throat, stuffy nose, and fever. Oh wait, those symptoms sound like corona.

The media has a new term for the potential disaster: a twindemic. Co-infected patients have been reported in the US, China, Spain, Japan and Germany. It may be rare, but it’s possible. No one can predict what’ll happen but we could see the perfect storm of a bad flu season and increase in CoVID activity. I mean, it is 2020 after all.

Paediatricians are urgently recommending the flu vaccine, saying the coronavirus outbreak makes it more critical than ever for kids to get vaccinated. CDC and WHO are echoing similar warnings, bracing themselves for the worse-case scenario. Alberta recently no longer recommend asymptomatic testing for CoVID to the general population to minimize the impact on resources. We’re about to hear even more about sniffles and stats.

I won’t beat around the bush: getting a flu vaccine is always a good idea. But it’s crucial this year. With coronavirus still looming overhead, why take the chance? We don’t want to risk a double whammy and we don’t want to put pressure on our health-care system. It’s a no brainer, really. It may feel safe and open in our little valley, but coronavirus is far from gone. Run and get that flu shot.


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