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Tyrrell competes in second dino poll

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As soon as Drumheller residents thought it was safe to call their hometown the world’s top dino hot-spot, the magazine Smithsonian is asking a slightly more pretentious title claiming question.

Just weeks ago, the arts, history, sciences, and pop-culture magazine released the final poll results asking “what really is the dinosaur capital of the world?,” with Drumheller rightfully, and dominantly, claiming the title over Glen Rose, Texas.
Now the Dinosaur Tracking blog on Smithsonian.com is asking a slightly different question, “What is the top museum to visit if you want to see dinosaurs?”
When the poll went online on Thursday, August 20, the American Museum of Natural History had taken a lead over Drumheller’s own Royal Tyrrell Museum, but as of Monday evening, the Tyrrell has taken a staggering lead of 61 per cent over New York’s museum’s 36 per cent.
Smithsonian blogger Brian Switek had said of the Tyrrell, “This museum helped Drumheller lay claim to the title of the “Dinosaur Capital of the World.” Situated near many fossil-bearing deposits, the museum boasts an impressive array of dinosaur skeletons that seem even more imposing against the dark backgrounds of the exhibits. I have only seen the displays in photographs and television documentaries, but it is definitely a museum I would like to visit.”
Peter Proudlock had posted a comment on the blog stating that before provincial regulation ruled against, dinosaur fossils found in the Badlands near Drumheller were shipped to the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
Another commentator, Robert Llewellyn, posted, “For anyone that has not visited the Drumheller Valley in Alberta, Canada and walked through the hills in the valley, you are in for a treat. Walking anywhere in the valley, you will more than likely be stepping on dinosaur remains whereever you walk. The Royal Tyrrell Museum is a masterpiece of displays, many of which came from Drumheller, Dinosaur Provincial Park and other parts of Alberta. The museum is ever changing, this is why it keeps drawing the visitors back again and again. It is a training centre for those who wish to make the study of dinosaurs a life ambition.”
A total of 945 votes were made for six nominees in the poll, including the Field Museum in Chicago, the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, the Natural History Museum of London, England, and the Paleozoological Museum of Beijing, China.
To cast a vote for the top museum to see dinosaurs, and to keep the Royal Tyrrell Museum on top of the list, check out Smithsonian.com’s Dinosaur Tracking Blog on their Science and Nature page.


Rav Lal to carry Olympic Torch

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    It was announced yesterday that Rav Lal is the first named person from Drumheller to carry the torch on the Olympic Relay.
    Lal, who works in the IT industry, will be carrying the torch on January 16, 2010. He said he has known for three weeks and laughs that it was hard to keep it a secret.
    “After a bit of jumping around and screaming, the first people I told was my kids obviously,” said Lal. “ It was very hard to contain myself, it is great honour.”
    The announcement was made at a ceremony at RBC in Drumheller, which included RBC Olympian Brad Spence, a member of the Canadian Alpine Ski team. He commented on the meaning of the torch to him.
    “For me the relay represents the fire in me that burns every day as I reach for the podium,” said Spence.
    Lal was able to hold the torch for the first time at the ceremony for the crowd that gathered which included members of the Drumheller Olympic torch run committee and RBC regional vice president Doug McLean.
    In the application, the perspective torchbearer is asked to make a pledge to his community to make a better Canada.  Rav pledged to urge people to donate used electronics to charity or for recycling. He also pledged to start giving free computer classes to seniors in the community, giving them the tools and the knowledge to communicate with their families and the world.
    “I made a pledge that was meaningful to me and even if I was not selected, I’ll stick with it,” said Lal.
    He says he will not know which segment of the run he will participate on, but it will be made known to him six weeks before he is to take the course.
    The Olympic Torch Run commences in Canada on October 30, 2009, and will travel 45,000 kilometres and 12,000 Canadians will get to carry the torch along the way. As of Friday, the torch will arrive in Drumheller in 140 days.

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.


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