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Sea Cadets summer camp held in Comox, B.C.

    Sea Cadets summer camp offers challenges, friendship and adventures for youths.
    It’s a national organization whose purpose is to develop  youth age 12 to 19 with good citizenship and physical fitness.
  Every summer cadets from across Canada can attend the camp a QUADRA Sea Cadet summer training center.
  This year the camp was held in Comox, B.C. with approximately 1500 cadets attending.
 The summer training programs run two to six weeks in length.
    From September to June, Cadets participate in local training one evening during the week and on some weekends.
   Cadets can apply for the summer training center, based on their performance and marks. This earns them an opportunity to go to the summer camp.
   The cadets day at camp starts with a run, breakfast and then they start class for drills and ceremonies.
  Many aspects of the cadet training have lifelong value such as organization of community projects, first aid training, fitness and firearms safety.
  Cadets learn skills and qualifications that may lead to employment later in life.


Community demonstrates support for baby Opal

    Drumheller residents have worn their hearts on their sleeves for the Walsh family and this week have raised thousands of dollars to help the family in need.
    Recently, the Walsh family learned their five-month-old daughter Opal has been diagnosed with congenital nephrotic syndrome, and will need to utilize dialysis until she is big enough to receive a kidney transplant. Her story has gone out to the community and it has inspired people to pitch in however they can.
    On Friday, September 16, Western Chevrolet held a fundraising luncheon for the family and was able to raise in the area of $6,000.
    The very next Friday Wal-Mart in Drumheller held a fundraising barbecue and raised in the area of $3,000. They have submitted the donation to its Wal-Mart's and the company will match part of it, making it a $5,000 donation.
    On Saturday, Freson Bros. IGA also held a barbecue, and raised $1,750, one of the best fundraisers yet.
    On Sunday afternoon, early Christmas shoppers came to the Ramada in Drumheller for a silent auction in support of the family. Auction items were donated by local individuals and businesses, and by the end of the day, they had brought in about $4,000 for the family.
    Phil Thomas, who started a trust fund for the family and helped to organize the silent auction, couldn’t be happier by the result. He said when he started, his goal was to put $10,000 into the account for the family, and he surpassed that mark.
     He is grateful for the support of Debbie Laycock and Lorraine Jorgensen who came out on Sunday to help with the event.
    The giving continues. Drumheller Chrysler has pledged $10 from each oil change they perform at the dealership, for the month of October, to the Walsh family.

Throw-up thwarts possible prowlers

    A couple of alleged car prowlers were thwarted Monday night after being confronted by an owner of one of the vehicle whose lunch, it appears, was not sitting well.
    Around midnight, Drumheller RCMP received a report of suspicious behaviour in the Newcastle area. Two males in jeans and hoodies were observed prowling in cars. A resident of the area noticed the activity and when he confronted the alleged prowlers, the complainant threw up on the back of one of alleged culprits.
    The two fled by foot and were not located. Nothing was reported missing from the car.
    If you have information on this or any other crime, or if someone in your home was doing laundry late Tuesday morning, contact the RCMP, or if you wish to remain anonymous and possibly qualify for a reward, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).


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