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Harvey the Hound to appear at alumni game


    The list of NHL celebrities attending the NHL Alumni and Drumheller All Stars Hockey Game is getting bigger.
    The Fundraising Committee for the Badlands Community Facility is pleased to announce that Harvey the Hound will be at the Memorial Arena for this fund raising event.
    Harvey the Hound made his debut with the Calgary Flames as their team mascot in 1983. Harvey has been a fixture with the Flames. Harvey has remained a mainstay at Flames games, and at many events throughout Calgary and southern Alberta ever since. He was the NHL’s very first mascot.
    Harvey gained widespread publicity on January 20, 2003, following an incident with the
Edmonton Oilers head coach, Craig MacTavish. With the Flames leading 4–0, Harvey was taunting the Oilers behind their bench. The Oilers squirted him and eventually a frustrated coach reached up and ripped Harvey’s signature red tongue out of his mouth, tossing it into the crowd.
    The incident made headlines throughout North America, and led to many jokes, including having many other NHL team mascots arrive at the 2003 All-Star Game with their tongues hanging out.
    The NHL Alumni charity hockey game will be held at the Drumheller Memorial arena on November 11th. All proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards the Badlands Community Facility. Hockey fans will be able to see the likes of Lanny McDonald, Jim Peplinski Jamie Mcoun, and more.
    Tickets for the game are only $20 and are available at the Sports Room Source for Sports, The Chinook Credit Union and ATB Financial. Get your tickets soon as the fund raising committee is expecting a sell out.
    There is also an opportunity to attend a Meet and Greet which is sponsored by O’Sheas and
Canalta Hotels. The Meet and Greet will take place at O’Sheas Restaurant after the charity hockey game. Tickets for this event are $50.00 and are available at the Sports Room Source for Sports.
    All proceeds from the meet and greet will also go towards the Badlands Community Facilities.

St. Anthony’s construction on track


    Construction is continuing smoothly on the new St. Anthony’s School on North Dinosaur Trail, and is on Schedule.
    There has been a flurry of activity on the site across from the Drumheller Health Centre since ground was broken on March 27 on the $13.7 million project of a new Catholic K-12 school. The construction is right where it should be says Hans Woehleke associate superintendent, administration & operations for Christ the Redeemer School Division.
    “Everything looks like we are on schedule,” he says. “The construction crews are moving forward and the time lines look quite good.”
    Assistant superintendent Vincent Van Hyfte, says favourable weather has helped the project advance at a quick pace. He says there were some early delays as site work to mitigate the mines below the surface, but it wasn’t significant.
    Most recently he said people can see the new gymnasium walls erected.
    “We are very pleased with the work that is moving forward in a positive way.
    The school has been a long time coming since the original Drumheller Solution was announced in September of 2005. The facility was designed by Barry John of Gibb Gage Architects. Bay View Constructors Limited of Calgary has been selected as the managing contractor for the new school. They broke ground at  the end of March this year.
     Woehleke says the project realized tremendous savings because of the economic slowdown.
    “It was the exact opposite to what we experienced in Canmore. In Canmore, had we built that school a few years earlier it would have been half the cost. Because of the economy we really benefitted,” said Woehleke.
    He adds they are also on budget.
    The facility is being constructed for a capacity of 550 students. The new school will house two classrooms per grade, have a full size 400 seat gymnasium, separate wings for elementary and junior/senior high, computers and news media areas, a library, chapel, and music and drama rooms
    The school is slated to open in December 2010.

Next step to raise seed money for rail purchase


    Brad Wiebe of Palliser Regional Municipal Services, and Art Stacey and Hal Koberinski of RailWest Management, completed a whirlwind tour of community centres  and halls to espouse the possibilities of  purchasing the rail line from Lyalta to Oyen and continue service.
    The group was in Drumheller on Tuesday evening at the Civic Centre, where about a dozen members of the community came out for the presentation. RailWest management has completed a feasibility study into rail continuation and presented the results.
    Stacey said they have identified a rough break even point of hauling 1,200 cars per year to have a viable rail line. The study is based on grain shipping.
    One of thepossible scenarios they laid out was to purchase the western portion of the line from Munson to Lyalta with a favorable lease on the  eastern portion to Oyen.
    He says there are a number of factors that reflect this being a good option. One is there is a chance they could negotiate a favorable purchase price because of the large numbers of bridges on the west leg. The line is also closer to Calgary and it allows more tourism spin off possibilities. While there may be more competition from large throughput  operators on this portion, this is also a higher producing area. Some of the draw backs include the possibility of higher maintenance costs for the line.
    He explained the process of discountenance and selling off of the rail, and said time is of the essence as they expect  CN to be moving forward  with offering the line for sale in the next few weeks.
    The steering committee looking into the purchase of the rail line has been given the direction to form a corporation.
    Part of the goal of the meetings was to garner support for the line from producers along the line who would be interested in becoming directors or shareholders. From this group they hope people and communities would buy in to the project and raise seed money to be able to make an offer to CN when the line comes up for sale.
 Stacey said the value of ownership my not be in holding a share of the company, but in the value of the service. Producers have the potential of realizing savings in shipping as well as  more convenience.


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