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Drumheller stuffs two full buses to help increase low food bank stock

dsc_2175.jpgDrumheller not only stuffed one bus, but two, providing the Salvation Army Food Bank with a enough supplies to last into winter.

On Tuesday, August 25, the food bank invited the residents of Drumheller to come out, and come out they did, and help fill a school bus with non-perishable food, to “Stuff That Bus!”
    “Drumheller is just amazing, the people here never disappoint,” said organizer Heather Colberg, who was shocked at how successful the event was despite word being spread only last week.
    “You know, some people wonder why we live in Drumheller,” said Jason Blanke of the Chinook Credit Union as employees were dropping off a dozen bags, “and this is exactly the reason why. It is just incredible.”
    Last week, the Foodbank invited all residents of Drumheller to wear jeans to work on Tuesday, if they would drop off a bag of items at the Alberta Treasury Branch parking lot all day long.
    By the time they called it quits on Tuesday afternoon, two busses as well as two pick-up trucks  were full of essential food items.   
    It was not only employees who dropped off goodies, said Colberg, it was people from all walks of life, leaving items to help stock the dwindled food supplies at the bank.


Local Big Mac flipper to serve world’s best at 2010 Olympics

A hard working, top-performing employee of the Drumheller McDonald’s will be serving the world’s best Big Macs in Vancouver after being chosen to work at any one  of three on-site McDonald’s in the 2010 Olympic Athlete’s Village.Danielle Brisebois, 17, found out in July she would undergo a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic games, with a round-trip flight to Vancouver and on-site accommodation.
“I was so surprised when I found out – going to the Games is what most people dream of,” said the Crew Trainer who has worked with McDonald’s for three years. “I take great pride in working at McDonald’s, and I’m honoured to represent my local restaurant and country as a member of the Olympic Champion Crew.”
In her position with McDonald’s, Brisebois enjoys the people sh

Cast iron waterline replacement program avoids trenching

The Town of Drumheller is employing a method of water pipe replacement that will potentially minimize disruption of service as well as excavations.

Drumheller is in the midst of a five-year cast iron waterline replacement program and this year is replacing lines on portions of 1St Street West, North Railway Avenue and Centre Street. The project is to replace a number of cast iron lines in the town that are in degradation.
    Al Kendrick, director of Infrastructure Services explains the method for replacing the pipes they are using is called pipe bursting.
    “What they do is send a wire through the pipe, hook the machine on it and pull the new pipe through it, breaking up the old one at the same time. This way they can put a bigger pipe in where a smaller one was before,” said Kendrick. “It is less disruptive and saves a lot of road repair, but there is still some digging that is required, but it is a little more efficient way to go.”
    He said the method they are using is not new, but it is being used more and more so not to disrupt the aboveground infrastructure.
    “We have done it before, but in smaller portions,” he said.
Similarly, the new force sewer main that has been installed from the 19th Street lift station to the wastewater treatment plant in East Drumheller has also employed working subsurface as not to disrupt surface infrastructure.
    “The majority of that line was directionally drilled and pulled in into place. They didn’t dig from 19th Street all the way to the wastewater plant, which is a kilometre, they did it in five or six pulls.”
    “It is getting used more and more because it becomes more cost effective.”
    Kendrick says Muzechka Holdings out of Edmonton was awarded the contract, and Murphy Pipeline Contractors out of the United States is doing the work.
    Kendrick says the lines are also pre-chlorinated which means the pipe going into the ground has a chlorine solution in it. This allows the installations to be disinfected and ready to be tested and flushed once the pipes are installed.
    The project was tentatively scheduled to commence July 30 and to continue for about seven weeks. He says there have been some delays in getting some components.
    He says they plan to disrupt service as little as possible and will notify those affected by the construction as each phase rolls out. The process will involve flushing mains during the process, and residents and businesses may notice a temporary increase in turbidity.

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