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Museum director to be honoured by high school

    In a year that the Royal Tyrrell Museum has been nominated for provincial and national awards, its executive director is being honoured at his high school.
     Andrew Neuman, who has been director of the Royal Tyrrell Museum for the last four years, will be inducted into the Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School Hall of Fame.    
    The ceremony is this Friday at the Red Deer Memorial Centre.
    “It is a big honour, it’s a big school and they cranked a lot of students through there,” said Neuman.
    This year he will be inducted alongside Keith Pedersen, a music professor at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego.
    Neuman grew up on a farm near Red Deer and graduated from Lindsay Thurber in 1974. He went on to graduate from Red Deer College and the University of Alberta in 1979. Neuman then continued on to earn his Masters in vertebrae palaeontology from the University of Alberta in 1986, and joined the Royal Tyrrell Museum shortly thereafter.
    He was collections manager and curator of fossil fishes until 1998, and then became assistant director and head of collections and preservation. He succeeded Bruce Naylor as director in 2007.
    Neuman will be among an esteemed collection of individuals who have excelled in their fields, locally and abroad.    
    Some of the inductees include former Governor General Roland Michener, world renowned architect Douglas Cardinal, NHL great Brian Sutter, Vice Chief of the Defense Staff Lieutenant-General George MacDonald, author of Why I Hate Canadians and winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour Will Ferguson.
    “Some of the names on there I thought were quite impressive,” said Neuman.
    The Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School Hall of Fame has existed since 1992.


Canadian Badlands announces new executive director

     The CBL Board of Directors is pleased to announce Bob Davis has been appointed to the position of executive director of Canadian Badlands Ltd. (CBL).
    Davis joins CBL from the Rosebud Centre of the Arts, one of the signature experiences within the Canadian Badlands.
     “Bob brings a legacy of success at the Rosebud Centre of the Arts and he’s been a supporter for many years for the ongoing development of the Canadian Badlands as an iconic tourism destination,” says Doug Jones, CBL president. “Bob will be a tremendous addition to Canadian Badlands Ltd. as we continue to work to implement the Tourism Development Strategy to benefit our 63 shareholder communities economically, socially and environmentally.”
     Canadian Badlands Ltd. will be formally introducing Davis as its new executive director on Sunday, October 23 from 3-5 p.m. in the Conservatory Room at the Travel Alberta Industry Conference.
    “I have been fortunate to have worked with an organization and in a community that is an Alberta and Canadian Badlands treasure in the arts, education, hospitality and tourism,” says Davis. “I look forward to bringing my skill and passion to the Canadian Badlands Ltd. There is tremendous potential for expanding and developing new tourism opportunities in the Canadian Badlands region.”
    Davis was on the Alberta South Tourism Destination Region Board from 2004 – 2010, including the position of Board Chair from 2006 – 2009.
    In his previous roles, Davis assisted with the design of five-year strategic plans and implementation of key objectives, including marketing plans for Rosebud Theatre, fund development plan, and local and regional partnerships for tourism. He has held a management position for a non-for profit community economic development organization and has been an independent facilitator for community based board training programs.
    Davis succeeds Cindy Amos and Manuelle Prunier, who were CBL’s previous executive directors from 2007-2010 and 2010-2011 respectively.

Bridge repairs reduce lanes on Highway 27 near Morrin

    Motorists can expect minor delays and lane reductions on Highway 27 near Morrin.
    The highway will be reduced to single lane traffic on and around the bridge carrying the highway over the Red Deer River.
    The lane reduction takes place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, starting Oct. 25 and continuing through Oct. 28, weather permitting.
    Traffic will be controlled through signage and temporary traffic lights. The travel lane width will be reduced to 3.6 metres and vehicles exceeding this width will have to use alternate routes.
    The lane reduction accommodates repairs to the bridge required due to a high-load collision earlier this year.
    Motorists should use caution in this area and obey all signs, message boards, and flag people. Fines for speeding are doubled in construction zones when workers are present.


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