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Recycling programs expand across region


    Residents of Kneehill, Wheatland and Starland counties may notice something new when they visit the transfer stations to dispose of their household garbage. 
    The Drumheller and District Solid Waste Management Association has been busy delivering new containers to 18 transfer stations across those regions, which will be used for recycling paper and cardboard.
    However, people will need to wait until the end of March before using those new bins.          To accommodate the trucks used to pick up the new recycling containers, a new building is being constructed at the Drumheller landfill, its completion is expected by the end of March.
    A new supervisor has also been hired to deal with the increased workload, and a request was made for an extra three minimum security inmates to work at the site when the new building is operational.
    Although people have already enquired about those new containers, Tammi Nygaard,  operations manager at the landfill told The Mail they will need to do a very strong educational campaign closer to the time the containers will become operational to raise awareness.
 “I am going to visit the schools, the seniors group, get brochures printed, get the information out through the counties’ newsletters. We think it is going to take us a year, possibly two, until everybody understands and knows what we are doing and trying to accomplish.”    
    Nygaard further explained, “I want as much of the paper and cardboard taken out of the waste stream and recycled.”
    Well aware of the divided opinions on whether recycling is helpful or harmful to the environment due to the added carbon emission from the trucks, Nygaard said, “If you talk to the Recycling Council of Alberta, they will tell you ‘yes, it might cost a little bit on your carbon emission as you are transporting, but the other side of it is, you are not using virgin material, so you are not cutting down trees, you are using less water, less energy, less of everything when you use a recycled product.’...So yes, you may have to transport a little bit farther, you might lose some of your carbon credits on that, but in my opinion, you are still better off to recycle.”
    Longer term, there are plans to open up the recycling program to include more than paper and cardboard.
    Nygaard is currently working hard on a new solid waste Bylaw. 
    Some of the new Bylaw’s objectives are to encourage commercial business to recycle their paper fibre and to eliminate non-recyclable waste from being disposed of in the recycling containers from the commercial sector.
 “We have commercial businesses that bring their cardboard and their recyclables to us.  When they bring them to us, we want them to be clean, we have problems with certain commercial businesses in town that have these compaction units...and what’s happening is, we are getting garbage, rotten meat, metal, etc," said Nygaard.
    The Bylaw will also help deal with the public waste disposal side to prevent the public from scavenging recyclables from the containers and to prevent the public from disposing of waste material other than recyclables at the community drop off.
    She explained, “Dealing with disposal of the incorrect waste left at community drop off is a huge cost to us and it is a liability. We don’t want paint and chemicals to be left there, it is an environmental hazard.People can bring their paint here to be disposed of free of charge.”
    As well as introducing a Bylaw to help deal with the commercial and residential waste disposal and recycling, Nygaard told The Mail they were also considering introducing cameras at the drop off sites.

Wayne’s Jack Evans enters Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame


    A former Wayne resident who worked his way up through the hockey ranks is being honoured posthumously, by being inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame.
    “A rough rugged hombre, 'Tex' as he is known to his teammates is gradually honing his defensive skills to a superior level,” reads a description of Jack Evans on his 1956 hockey card when he played for the Rangers. “Opponents rate him one of the toughest defenders in the league.”
    Evans, who passed away in 1996, is one of this year’s inductees into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame. This comes just two years after the Drumheller Miners Allan Cup championship team was inducted. Brent Pedersen of Drumheller nominated Evans in the outstanding achievement category.
 According to, Evans played for the Lethbridge Maple Leafs from 1947 to 1949 before playing three games with the New York Rangers. He jumped back and forth between the NHL, AHL and WHL and eventually worked his way into a full time role with the Rangers. It was with the Chicago Black Hawks that he really shone. He was part of the 1961 Stanley Cup winning squad, playing along side Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita. He made All-star appearances in 1961 and 1962.
    He retired from playing hockey in 1972 and went behind the bench to coach. He led the Salt Lake Golden Eagles of the Central Hockey League to two championships and  was selected "coach of the year" three times. He coached in the NHL for the California Seals, the Cleveland Barons and ran the bench for the Hartford Whalers from 1983 to 1988.
    Rugged is a good description of Evans, according to Jim Fisher, who is also part of the nomination committee for Hockey Alberta.  Evans, in his playing days, was 6’ 1” and 185 pounds but he stood up to the best of them.
    “As a hockey player he was well respected. Rather than talk, he played the game well,” said Fisher. “His defense partner was Pierre Pilote who was the flashy type of guy. They would talk about Pilote a lot, but I thought if you look closely, it was Evans who was anchoring that defense.”
    "No one took any liberties with him.”
    Off the ice, Fisher describes him as astute and quiet.
    Evans is among three inductees in the achievement categories, which also includes the 1977 to 1980 University of Alberta Golden Bears and the 1970-1971 Red Deer Rustlers.
    To be nominated, the person must have lived in Alberta for at least five years, must have personal and professional accomplishments in the game of hockey, must have made an impact in the game beyond a local or regional level and must have received significant other recognitions. Nominations could be made for either an individual or team, active or retired.
    The induction ceremony will take place at the Hockey Alberta Awards Gala on Saturday, June 12 at the Capri Hotel and Convention Centre in Red Deer.
    The Alberta Hockey Hall of fame is located within the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in Red Deer.   

The Pioneer Club needs more leaders


    The Pioneer Club, run by the Salvation Army, is desperately looking for more leaders to expand.
    The club is open to children from grades 2 through 6, both boys and girls, and the focus is to build children’s self worth and self esteem through their understanding of them as a child of God. 
    Started at the end of January 2010, the Drumheller Pioneer Club runs on Wednesday night from 6:30 p.m. to 8:10 p.m., and has proved popular for children with currently 12 registered and 11 on a waiting list. 
    Through fun activities, such as singing, crafts and games, children learn about team work, self improvement and developing skills. 
    Lt. Rachel Sheils explains how children benefit from the club, “Children have fun and a safe evening. They get to play with other youth their age, so they are working on their social skills, and having them know more about God and be more confident in themselves plus it provides them with a fun environment to learn.” 
    One of the activities the club has been working on for the past month was learning about healthy snacks, with a skill component and a Christian component being rewarded with awards and badges.  Children learned and talked about healthy snacks, as well as doing a memory verse from the Bible learn to look up versus  in the Bible.
    To enable more children to benefit from the club, the Salvation Army is now looking for more leaders. Lt. Shiels says, “If people have an interest or a gift or a talent working with kids, we would love their support. Right now we are looking for three or four leaders.”

For information on how to become a leader or how to register a child with the Pioneer Club, please contact Lt. Rachel Sheils of the Salvation Army at 403-823-2215.


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