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Last updateMon, 24 Sep 2018 4pm

Flu shot clinics underway


    It’s that time of year again to roll up your sleeve and take one in the arm to battle the flu.
    Two clinics in Drumheller are coming up for the seasonal flu vaccination. They are on Tuesday, October 27, and Wednesday, October 28, from 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Drumheller Health Centre. The H1N1 vaccine is available on Tuesday and Wednesday October 27 and 28 a the Drumheller Health Centre and November 3 and 4 at the Church of the Nazarene.
    Alberta Health Services recommends immunization for  people 65 or older, and living in a group setting such as continuing care or designated assisted living.
    Other people who may consider being immunized include an adult or child with chronic medical conditions, pregnant women or healthy children between the ages of 6 months and 23 months. Also if you are living in a household with any of these identifiable groups, you may consider the flu shot.
    Other area clinics include the Delia Hall on November 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Rockyford Friendships Centre on October 29  from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Morrin Community Centre on November 2 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Carbon Baptist Church on November 8 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    On Wednesday, October 21 the federal government approved a vaccine for the H1N1 influenza and says the vaccine is available in Alberta on  October 26.

New maintenance shop at golf course complete


    The new shop at Dinosaur Trail Golf Course is complete, and the new facilities are quite an improvement from the previous building, says staff members.
    The shop had a delayed start in the construction which commenced late last fall and was complete in the last week.
    The project was made possible by various small businesses and locals who volunteered their time.
    Inmates from the Drumheller Institution came out to help with many tasks on the interior of the shop including painting, drywall, mudding and taping. Golf course members also donated their time for a variety of tasks.
    “It’s a safer environment and I like the fact that we have  more work space, a larger supply area and our own washroom facilities. This makes it so we do not have to enter the clubhouse throughout the day to use their washrooms.” said assistant superintendant, Patrick Kimmel.
    The golf course is aiming to use the site of the old shop to build a new tournament facility, in order to create more seating space and cater to larger functions.
    “We are still exploring options on what to do with the old shop. At this time it is undetermined where it will go.” superintendant Rob Holm said.
    The maintenance staff have finished moving all their equipment over to the new shop and have discontinued using the old one except for use of the phone. All the maintenance staff at the golf course are looking forward to starting next season in their new shop.

Drumheller artisan gifts drum to Red Deer drumming community


    A Drumheller man is sending a bombastic gift to the drummers of Red Deer.
    Artisan and drummer Bob Richardson has been in the valley for about two years. His latest creation measures about a metre in diameter, has a rich tone and made its debut this weekend, Saturday October 24 at an artsparks session.
    Tanya Schur of Red Deer will lend a hand at the drumming workshop Saturday afternoon as a part of the artsparks series. Tanya is a drum circle facilitator and holds a Masters degree in leadership and training.
    She will also participate in leading morning worship at Knox United Church on Sunday.   
    Richardson has known Schur for years and has drummed with her in the past. He stumbled upon the material needed to make the community PowWow drum.
    The body of the drum is constructed from a giant cottonwood stump that used to grow  where Riverside Terrace Condominiums now stands.
    Robin Digby rescued the stump years ago and it sat at Jim and Tony Wilson’s farm for years. Richardson came upon the stump last year working on the farm, and Robin graciously gifted the stump to Richardson to make drums. The enormity of the stump was such that it was cut into three, and was still  too big for a single person to lift.
    After the centre of the stump had been hollowed, it was more manageable. The soft cottonwood contributes to the  resonance of the drum. The head is made from elk hide which is stretched and held in place with some antique hardware, and is held taut with a tensioning system. The whole instrument is suspended by rope on a stand. It is big enough to accommodate four to six drummers.
    Following the workshop, the drum is destined for Red Deer for drummers in that community to enjoy.

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