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Lining up to be scalped at Cuts 4 Cancer

    For the last seven years February has been busy for Cathy Morse at the Chop Shop as the shop hosts Cuts 4 Cancer.
    The event in dedication of Morse’s mother, has raised thousands of dollars for the Drumheller Area Health Foundation and, in turn, the whole community that uses the hospital. This year they are hoping to raise $30,000. Last year they raised about $25,000, so it is entirely possible.
    The idea is simple, walk into the Chop Shop on February 3 and get a haircut. The funds you pay go directly to the Drumheller Area Health Foundation.
    Of course there are a few that go that one step further, and put a bounty on their hair. The Chop Shop has lined up a number of heads to go under the razor to make that happen.
    Over the last few months residents may have noticed Cathy’s cousin Ken Schinnour of Allied Distributors getting a little shaggy. That is because he is going to shave it all off at the annual event come February 3.
    He laughs that his goal is not to freeze after his locks are shorn, but he hopes to raise $5,000 along the way.
    A famous moustache is about to drop come Cuts 4 Cancer as David Lee has put a bounty on his famous handlebars. So far he has raised about $2,000, and counting.
    Brent Powell of Newcastle Bar has also put his locks on the line and is hoping to raise $1,000. Patsy Andrew at the Drumheller Health Centre is also losing her locks for the cause.
    Titans Football will join the Chop Shop again this year. Last year the team participated and this year they are back. Morse says she has commitment from all members of the championship senior team, including coaches Ken Fournier and Jason Rasmussen, as well as 13 of the bantams.
    Pledge sheets are still available at the Chop Shop for those interested in participating in raising funds.

Breaking up with tobacco is hard to do

    They say that breaking up is hard to do. For some, their relationship with tobacco can span decades, and often outlast relationships.
    Breaking up is hard to do is the theme of this year’s National Non-Smoking Week from January 15-21 and for many that is a reality.
    While National Non-Smoking Week in Drumheller often focuses on youth activities warning of the dangers of tobacco and strategies for not starting, this year tobacco reduction/addictions councillor for Alberta Health Services Martin McSween said they are planning to talk to older populations.
    “We are going to start the week off by connecting with seniors and talking about National Non-Smoking Week, the QuitCore program and other options,” said McSween. “We are dealing with a population that is now 17 per cent in Canada and there are hardcore smokers, people who have been smoking for a long time and people who are just starting. There are youth still interested, still engaging, thinking they are cool. On the senior side, there are lots with old habits that are entrenched and don’t feel the need to change.”
    He said for many older smokers, they are motivated to quit when facing issues of health.
    “There are some who have come to us because their doctors have drawn the line,” said McSween. “That is usually someone who is facing an operation, and a doctor refuses to operate unless the person quits because there is too high of a risk.”
    The Drumheller office will be on the move during National Non-Smoking Week. McSween will be in Three Hills for the second week of the QuitCore cessation program. On Wednesday evening he will be in Hanna for the second week of QuitCore there.
    On Wednesday and Thursday McSween will be working with colleague Trina McFarlane in leading TRAC (tobacco reduction and cessation) training, targeted at health professionals and anybody working in a support manner, such as teachers or someone working in social services.
    “It is basic initial support and want to steer them to the next level of support, a triage person,” said McSween.
    He said it is a two-day intensive course which health professionals can receive training credit.
    Wednesday also marks Weedless Wednesday, a day for smokers to challenge themselves to go a day without smoking. The idea is if a person can go one day, could they push themselves further?
    Wednesday also marks another tradition in Drumheller during National Non-Smoking Week, and that is the annual Knee Hockey Challenge.
    Grade 6 students from Greentree School, Morrin School and St. Anthony’s will gather at Greentree to play in the annual tournament which has been running for 5 years. The Drumheller Dragons are also part of the action.
    More information can be found at Information on cessation can be found at

Move date set for new St. Anthony’s School

    It has been literally years in the making, but now there is an official moving date for St. Anthony’s School.
    Parents were informed this week that baring any other delays, teachers would be moving their classrooms on February 27 and 28.
    The project has faced a few hurdles as it progressed through its construction. Christ the Redeemer School Division had to take action with its original contractor, and in March of last year CANA Construction took over the project on North Dinosaur Trail.
    The School is being built to LEED Silver Standard and includes the space and facilities to expand programs.  The building is also being built with the flexibility to accommodate variations in student enrolment. A number of the classrooms are portables and there is provisions to expand the space if needed or shrink the space, creating efficiencies.
     During the week leading up to the two day move, there is the Family Day holiday on Monday,  February 20, followed by Faith Days for the staff on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Teacher’s convention takes place on the Thursday and Friday. This means that students  will be out of school from February 18-28. Classes will resume on Wednesday, February 29.


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