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The gloves are off, let bidding commence



   The gloves are off, and now there may be some friendly fisticuffs as to who will claim ownership of the gargantuan gloves.
    Sliding a bright red pair of mittens onto the claws of the World’s Largest Dinosaur put Drumheller on the map as part of its Olympic Torch Celebrations. On Tuesday night, the Drumheller Fire Department removed the mittens.
    Now the gloves will be on the auction block in support of the Badlands Community Facility.
    Tara Semchuk, of Bit’s and Pieces, constructed the mittens that helped kick off the National Red Mitten Campaign. She confirms that the giant red mittens will be listed on eBay to be sold to the highest bidder. 
    “We chose the community facility because it is sports related,” said Semchuk.
    She explains they were looking at how best to support the sports community in the spirit of the Olympics, and came to the conclusion the recreation facility would be almost universal in supporting a number of different groups.
    “How do you pick one sporting group over the others? The community facility will be used by all groups in town,” said Semchuk.
    They have no idea what the mittens will fetch, but one indication revealed when the mittens came down, demonstrates they may be a hot commodity.
    The Fire department found a sizable barbed fishing lure lodged in the mitten, giving the appearance that someone may have already been trying to hook themselves a prize.
    The mittens are being cleaned and prepared, and they hope to have them listed by next week. The mittens are 3 metres long and 1.8 metres wide.

Facility design to be unveiled


    After more than a year of planning and anticipation, Drumheller residents will be able to get a look at what the Badlands Community Facility will look like.   
    An open house has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 10 at the Civic Centre. This is a chance for the public to get a glimpse of what the new facility will entail. Chair of the design committee Brooke Christianson said they have been busy consulting the community and identifying how to accommodate all the needs of the community. Last summer they began working with the architect to come up with a plan.
    “We are to the point that we have full drawings for floor plans and renderings for the outside of the building, and a master plan for the site,” said Christianson.
    The plan includes an expanded Public Library, a banquet and conference facility, a field house, multi purpose space that can accommodate everything from indoor soccer and lacrosse to basketball, and volleyball. There will be an indoor running track as well as a fitness area spread over two levels.
    “The foot print of the building is not going to change. We have a really good idea of how it is going to look. We are at the point of picking colour schemes,” said Christianson.
    The open house is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Civic Centre.
    “We encourage people to come out,” he said, adding there will be a forum for the public to leave comments and questions.
    In attendance will be architects from Graham Edmunds Cartier to explain the design of the facility as well as members of the design committee.

Hockey experience of lifetime




In a not so far away future, the question, “where were you when Canada won the 2010 Olympic hockey gold medal?” will define a generation. Bob Boyd of Boyd’s Financial Services certainly will have a better answer than most. He was able to take in last Sunday’s gold medal game, one that could go down in history as one of the all time great match-ups. He earned his tickets through Empire Life, one of the companies he uses in his line of business, and along with other agents, was entered into a draw for the tickets.


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