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Farm fire calls out five departments


A building fire at the farm of Art and Candace Grenville last Wednesday evening, March 31, brought a quick response from four Starland County Fire Departments and the Drumheller Department.

            Sometime after 6 p.m., a fire was spotted by a passerby of the farmhouse near the intersection of Highways 9 and 56, who alerted 911. The Grenvilles, who live across the road, were at the scene trying to prevent the fire from spreading until crews arrived.

            The fire consumed a shed, which had a history with the area, as had been moved to the site in the 1970’s. It was formerly the garage building that had been at the Morrin Corner Service location for many years.

            No injuries were reported in the incident, and there was some smoke damage to a dwelling on the site.

Damage was limited to some older vehicles.




…and I don't even golf




Newcastle residents Bob and Vicky Davidson awoke on April Fool’s Day to find their front lawn had been turned into a mini golf course. Bob had dug up their lawn last year and replaced it with artificial green turf. Bob suspects a neighbour had staged the prank, and, not knowing which neighbour, now plans retribution for them all.

Connection with valley marked with 20 year old copy of The Mail



A Drumheller man’s Olympic experience hit close to home when he made a connection with a co-worker at the event who has special memories of the valley… and he has the paper to prove it.
     Bruce Thompson, a retired corrections officer from Drumheller, worked at the Vancouver Olympics as a security supervisor at Whistler. This was a ‘working holiday’ and he met people from all over the country and the globe.
    Being proud of the valley, he brought along a collection of Town of Drumheller pins to give out at the Olympics. Often he would give these pins to some of the crew that he worked with, especially when they performed a good job.
    He presented a man named Maurice Escobar, one of his co-workers, with a pin.
    Escobar was elated. Originally from Costa Rica, Escobar came to Canada more than two decades ago. Not long after he arrived, he visited the valley.
    His visit made an impression on him, because shortly after Thompson gave him the pin, Escobar went home to Burnaby and came back with a copy of The Drumheller Mail from October of 1990. He has been saving the paper as a souvenir for 20 years.
    “He was so happy to show me the paper,” said Thompson.
    Thompson said beyond his experience with Escobar, he was surprised at how many people he met were aware of Drumheller, and what the entire valley has to offer.
    “It was interesting how many knew of Drumheller and had visited,” Thompson told The Mail. “If they hadn’t seen it, they wanted to come and see it.”
    Thompsons says his Olympic experience was amazing, made even better by his experience with Escobar. The pair struck up a friendship and Thompson told him the next time they meet, Escobar is to bring the paper.
    Interestingly enough, Escobar, who was working in security, is interested in going into corrections.


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