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Electricity runs through veins of Drumheller family

    Providing reliable and safe power to Alberta residents has become a tradition for one Drumheller family.
     Roger Ouellette put in 42 years of service in Drumheller for the electricity utility before he retired. His son Kevin Ouellette has been a serviceman for ATCO Electric for 29 years and a third generation, headed by Brett Ouellette, is a part of ATCO Electric as a lineman in Stettler with three years of  service.
    The youngest of the bunch, Brett Ouellette, is proving that he has the stuff to make it in the industry.
    Every year SaskPower sponsors a “Lineman Rodeo.” The event was in June in Saskatoon. Competitors from the four Western Provinces compete each year testing their ability on the job skill and proficiency. They come and compete in six categories, with events such as the Obstacle Pole Climb and Cross Arm Change.
     Brett came home from the competition with an armful of trophies. He was first place in the Apprentice category.


Town sends notice to renegotiate utility rates with Institution

    The Town of Drumheller is looking into reviewing their agreement with the Drumheller Institution for water and sewage disposal.
    Mayor Terry Yemen said he would like to see the water rates brought in line with the cost of services in 2012, and says the existing calculation needs to be changed.
    “It is time to negotiate. It is a whole process,” said Yemen. “We served them notice that we have sit down and talk.”
    He said he is not aware of the last time the agreement was negotiated. There are agreements going back to 1963, 1965 and 1978.
    “We have to come up with something. In fairness, we cannot just expect to stay at a dated rate,” said Yemen.
    About two years ago, the town began to adhere to a cost recovery model for utility rates. The current rates the Institution is charged, the town is not in the position to recover the cost of treating water and wastewater, as well as maintaining the infrastructure that delivers the service to the institution.

Sunday pancake breakfast marks Fire Prevention Week

    Town of Drumheller Firefighters are collaborating with the Drumheller RCMP and EMS to prepare for Fire Prevention Week. 
    This year’s Fire Prevention Week is October 9 to 15. The theme is: Protect Your Family From Fire.
    To kick off this year's Fire Prevention week, the Drumheller Firefighters will be hosting a pancake breakfast on Sunday, October 9, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Drumheller Fire Hall.  It will be a free will offering with proceeds going to Drumheller Fire Department equipment fund and The Salvation Army.  
    Emergency responders encourage residents to come down, meet the firefighters, police officers and Badlands EMS, and enjoy a delicious breakfast. 
    “Everyone please come down on October 9 to become familiar with the police, fire and EMS personnel, and also educate yourselves on how to promote fire prevention, fire safety, and vehicle safety within the communities you live in,” encourages fire prevention officer Luigi Vescarelli.
    During the breakfast, there will be a number of activities. Corporal Kevin Charles of the Drumheller RCMP will be at the Fire hall promoting the “Put Yourself in Our Boots” campaign. The campaign is intended to make people think about workplace safety from the point of view of emergency responders and equip them with the tools to make changes in their workplaces. There will be a DVD video that stresses the importance of traffic safety, because the workplace of emergency responders is every place, including busy roadways.  While most people leave work and get in their vehicles at the end of the workday, many first responders don’t start working until they get behind the wheel of their emergency services vehicles.
    Badlands EMS coordinator Bruce Coad will also have his ambulance personnel at the Fire Hall to display their ambulance and equipment.
    Throughout the event, hosts will be giving away colorful activity booklets for children from kindergarten to Grade 3, as well as fire safety handouts for children and adults. They will be conducting tours of the fire hall, as well as demonstrating equipment.
    There will also be door prizes.
    In addition, for Fire Prevention Week, on Wednesday, October 12, the Drumheller Fire, Department will host two classes from Bedrock Play School who will be visiting in the morning and then again in the afternoon. During their visits, the children will receive a short fire prevention talk and a tour of the hall. 
    “We will also be distributing fire safety booklets to all the children.  Our goal is to help kids live safely.  The booklet aims to teach that, by understanding and observing a collection of simple rules young people can stay happy and healthy, and safe,” said Vescarelli.


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