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Pliva challenge nets additional $75k for community facility



A challenge issued by Tony Pliva and his family has inspired some residents to generously support the community facility project.
     inSide Drumheller reported, in its February 5 edition, that Tony Pliva and family committed $25,000 to the Badlands Community Facility.  He challenged others in the community who felt strongly about the need for such a facility in the valley to also pledge. 
    This week, Drumheller businessmen Gary Chambers, Bob Sheddy and Braden Bosch have each matched the Pliva donation, bringing it up to a $100,000 total.
    Sheddy said in conversation with Pliva over lunch, he learned of Pliva’s donation and challenge.
    “Tony just said he felt it was the right thing to do. The next thing I knew, the story with the photo of Tony Pliva and his family were in the next edition of inSide Drumheller and online at,” said Sheddy.  “Every time I opened the newspaper or went online that week, I was more and more convinced I should do the same.  I admit that Tony’s $25,000 donation put my original donation value to shame, and made me reconsider how much I could give to a facility that will be in my town for the rest of my life. In those terms, $25,000 is a reasonable amount to give.”
    “Drumheller is where I live, and it is where my clients live. As my dad keeps telling me, it’s our generation’s turn,” adds Sheddy.
    He was convinced, and quickly contacted Chambers and Bosch, and they signed on immediately.
    For Chambers, he says the facility is needed for the community, and makes sense in both his personal life and professional life as a realtor.    
    “As I tour clients around Drumheller, one concern these prospective new residents often lament about is the lack of a community / recreation center.  A community center is much more than a physical structure, it is a testimonial to civic pride in a community,” he said.  “Both my wife and I … know first hand how a facility, such as the one under construction, will contribute to an enhanced quality of life amongst Drumheller’s residents.  I have played hockey in the Drumheller Arena all my life, and my wife swims and works at the Drumheller Aquaplex. We use the current facilities, but are excited by the prospect of being able to enjoy our favorite recreational pursuits in one convenient location. 
    This donation is our way of supporting active living for the residents and visitors of Drumheller.”
    While his roots aren’t as deep in the valley, Bosch recognizes the importance of recreation facilities.
    “Coming from Hanna, I can truly appreciate the benefits of having a community facility in town,” said Bosch. “For the past three years I have been planting my roots in Drumheller and am very excited about the addition of this facility to our community.”
      “In 2007, Ray Page and Ron Poole trusted me to look after their clients and take over their insurance business formerly known as Page Agencies. I believe our customers and their families deserve to live in a town with a great facility they can enjoy for years to come,” said Bosch.
     For more information, or to donate to the Badlands Community Facility, contact fundraising committee chair Jeff Hall at 403-823-7800.

SUV hits parked truck at top of South Hill



At about 6 a.m. on Wednesday, February 17 emergency crews responded to an accident at the top of the South Hill near the truck brake stop, south of the penitentiary.  A north bound Hyundai Santa Fe crashed into the back of a semi tractor-trailer unit, that was stopped partially on the shoulder of the road. The SUV was crushed, and pushed the tractor-trailer unit ahead about 10 feet upon impact. The driver of the SUV was taken to the Drumheller Health Centre and treated for a broken arm and a small laceration to his face as a result of the collision. The road was sanded and wet, but it was dark at the time of the collision, and visibility was reduced by fog.

The driver of the semi truck had parked and went to sleep. He failed to place any warning devices on the road or leave his flashers on. He received  two citations as a result of the accident.







Task force to review downtown parking options



  Town council is putting together a task force to re-examine options for parking downtown.
    This comes after a lively town council meeting, where around 25 worried merchants and residents made their views known, represented by David Benci.
    The motion, put forward by Councillor Karen Bertamini said, “that council appoints a task force to review parking options on a portion of 3rd Avenue between 2nd Street West and 1st Street East.  The task force to consist of two councillors, two members of the Drumheller and District Chamber, two members of the downtown committee and two members of the public at large, those two members will be chosen by that task force.  The task force is to report back to  council with recommendations on how they would like to move forward to the regular scheduled committee meeting of the Whole on April 12.”
    The motion was carried unanimously.
    David Benci, owner of Pizza 249, made the presentation to Council and said to The Mail: “Personally I was disappointed with the meeting, the motion that was put forward wasn’t what I had proposed.  I asked if they had any answers to our questions and they didn’t answer any. The primary objective is to rescind parallel parking which they did not do, as a matter of fact they postponed another motion that was going to put a moratorium on it for a year and so, in my opinion, it was a waste of time.”
    Benci said he would not be part of the task force.
    Councillor Sharel Shoff’s notice of motion was “to delay the implementation of parallel parking for one year, while the town complete the offsite parking sites, evaluate the effectiveness of offsite parking and facilitate communication with the citizens at large.”
    This motion may be moved at a later time.
    The Mayor will announce their members of the task force within the next week and asked that the Chamber and the Downtown association select their members as soon as possible.  The town will advertise for applications from members of the public interested in being part of the task force.

See Friday's edition of inSide Drumheller for the full report.



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