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Calgary Flames alumni aid facility fundraising


    Familiar Calgary Flames stars of the past like Lanny McDonald, Jamie McCoun and Jim Peplinski will lead a group of alumni team members in a charity hockey game in Drumheller on Wednesday November 11 at the Drumheller Memorial Arena at 6 p.m.
  The event will be the official kick-off to the fundraising campaign for Drumheller’s $24 million (est.) Badlands Community Facility.
    The Flames alumni team will face a dedicated and fearsome team of hockey-playing weekend warriors who have ante’d up $500 each for the honour of playing against some of Canada’s greatest players.
    Players wanting to suit up and play with the All-Stars can do so by purchasing their sweater, and it’s theirs to keep as a souvenir from the game.
    Event organizer and fundraising committee member Dave Powell commented that this will be a great event for hockey fans plus the proceeds from the game will go directly to the Badlands Community Facility.
  “We have a great event planned and we hope to fill the Memorial Arena,” Mr. Powell said, “plus this is the official kick-off to our fundraising campaign.”
  There will be a special recognition ceremony to thank Encana Corporation for their significant contribution to the project during the opening ceremonies, and lots of ways for the hockey fans to show their support for the facility as well, including a 50-50 draw and a silent auction event.
  Tickets will be available at The Sports Room Source for Sports, ATB Financial andChinook Credit Union. They are priced at $20 dollars a reasonable cost  for the entertainment value provided by the Flames Alumni Team.
    Doors will open at 5:00 p.m., with opening ceremonies starting at 5:45. This will include a Veterans Parade, singing of O Canada, and the official puck drop ceremony with major sponsors on hand.
    Following the game, a meet and greet social at Oshea’s Pub will enable fans to talk to the Flames alumni players, get autographs, and enjoy some snacks, for an additional $50 ticket.

Canadian play about first love graces Rosebud stage


    As an organization that is supportive of Canadian artists and emerging talent, Rosebud Theatre is proud to produce a Canadian play written by Calgary playwright Stephen Massicotte.
    Playing until October 24, Mary’s Wedding is a beautiful story of love and courage that has received rave reviews from both the Calgary Sun and CBC radio.
     “I picked this play because it is about love,” says Artistic Director, Morris Ertman. “There is no more significant human interaction than love. And Stephen’s play sets it against a backdrop of war that raises the stakes to the point where the drama of it all is potent. The piece is beautifully constructed within a dream on the eve of Mary’s Wedding, and it paints a picture of first love that I think is recognizable to all of us."
    “First love is an adventure! It’s full of surprise and delight and hope and more. The play is a wonderful visceral experience on the page, which means that it becomes absolutely electric on stage! There’s nothing better than a great love story lived out by great young actors!”
    A Calgary based writer and actor, Stephen Massicotte grew up in Thunder Bay, went to college in Sudbury and then to the University of Calgary. He has written several autobiographical pieces that have won awards at various Fringe festivals, but Mary’s Wedding is his first full-length fictional play.
    He found that writing Mary’s Wedding became a human story very close to home. While he began writing a play about the First World War and specifically the Strathcona Regiment’s heroic charge on Moreuil Wood, the love story of Charlie and Mary closely mirrored personal events in his own life.
    He found he was inserting lines he and his own girlfriend had exchanged during the course of their relationship. As a result of the intensity of that relationship, the love story became the heart of the play with the tragedy of the Great War as a backdrop. He feels he was helped enormously through reading great authors such as Ernest Hemingway, Kurt Vonnegut and Robert Graves who wrote of the war experience in such a moving way.
    Massicotte’s award-winning plays Looking After Eden, Pervert, and The Boy’s Own Jedi Handbook series originated at Calgary’s Ground Zero Theatre. In 2002, Mary’s Wedding, premiered at Alberta Theatre Projects’ PlayRites Festival and won the 2000 Alberta Playwriting Competition, the 2002 Betty Mitchell Award for Best New Play, and the 2003 Alberta Literary Award for Drama.
    Mary’s Wedding continues to be produced throughout the US, Canada and the UK.
    Mary’s Wedding plays until October 24 at the Rosebud Theatre Opera House, Wednesdays thru Saturdays. Book your tickets at 1-800-267-7553 or visit for more information.

Town Council considers automated cart collection



At the October 6 Committee of the Whole meeting The Town of Drumheller Mayor and Council heard a presentation from Al Kendrick, director of Infrastructure for the Town of Drumheller and Tammi Nygaard, operations manager of the Drumheller and District Solid Waste Association regarding automated cart collection.
    The presentation included recommendation from the Town of Drumheller administration regarding the waste collection system. It is the recommendation of administration that the Town of Drumheller change their waste collection system from a manual hand pick up to an automated cart collection system. The benefits of implementing an automated cart collection system include:
•    Safer for workers
•    Increased diversion rate. This will provide a longer landfill life if utilizing the organics/recycling containers as well as the waste containers
 •    Simplifies collection
 •    Automated collection increases collection efficiency; Waste collection can be done much quicker. Some communities have increased pick ups from 350 per day to 700-800 per day with the automated system.
•    Cleanliness-no waste is scattered by animals or elements •    Reduces our environmental footprint.
    If Town Council agrees to implement this system Drumheller residents will receive a 95 gallon (360 L) cart with a capacity for up to 5 bags of waste. Residential waste would be picked up by a specially equipped vehicle.
    This initiative will pave the way to provide other green services such as phasing in additional carts for organics and recycling. The administration has suggested a phasing in period of 2 to 3 years for organic carts and 5 to 10 years for recycling carts.
    There was also discussion regarding the exclusive franchise agreement for commercial waste collection. The exclusive agreement was introduced 15 years ago to ensure that the commercial sector and the Town received a competitive rate for collection services. The exclusive franchise agreement provided extensive savings for both the Town and the commercial sector. Today there are several waste management companies within the community and administration has heard from numerous commercial businesses that would prefer a free market when deciding who to retain for their waste collection services. Administration recommended that the exclusive franchise agreement be terminated and that the commercial sector should be able to choose their own waste services company.
    If council accepts the recommendations set forth, the existing waste bylaw would have to be modified.
Administration has proposed the following timelines •    Residential waste collection Tender prepared and distributed by November 15, 2009.
•    Residential waste tender awarded by December 15th 2009
•    Implementation of the first phase for the Cart Collection System by April 1, 2010 •    Complete research, review and communicate with the public on the payment service options by December 31, 2010
•    Implementation of the second phase of the cart collection system by April 1, 2014.
    Administration also recommends that the waste collection costs remain funded through property tax revenue for 2010 with a suggestion to complete a full review of the tax base versus utility funding option.
    A request for decision will be made to the Town of Drumheller Council within the next 4 weeks.

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