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Cyclists should be prepared when hitting trails


A woman who responded to a youngster in a bicycle accident says being prepared with proper equipment in case of an emergency is paramount for young people mountain bike riding.
    Late in the afternoon, on Tuesday, September 15, Angeline Seeley was alerted at her home by a young man crying for help. It was the friend of another boy who had a bike accident. He was unconscious and bleeding from the face. She ran to the scene as she dialed 911. Badlands EMS was on the scene promptly to treat the boy. He was properly wearing a bike helmet at the time of the accident.
    Seeley spent a portion of her life mountain biking with a professional team in Australia before settling in Drumheller, and understands that accidents do happen, and from what she saw in this case it was no fault of the rider. She praised Badlands EMS for their quick response, and the young boy who loudly called for help.
    “I’d like to praise the little boy’s courage for calling out loudly for help… because time is of essence in the event of a head injury,” she said.
    She says all bikers should prepare for the unknown, and have the right tools and equipment at their disposal. One item she feels could have made a difference in this case a full-faced helmet.
    “I figure if he was wearing a full face helmet, he would have had his injuries, but they wouldn’t have been as serious,” she said.
    Seeley praised the young man for properly wearing his helmet, as she has seen numerous riders often leave their helmet unbuckled.
    She has sourced out a number  of local businesses that carry full-faced helmets at a reasonable price, including Canadian Tire, The Sports Room Source for Sports and Badlands Choppers.
    “I used to ride with professional riders in Australia, and when they were doing downhill riding they wore full-faced mountain bike helmet or motocross helmets.”
    “You can get these for less than $100, and to protect these kids faces, it is so worth it,” she said.
    She says two other tools that are important, especially for mountain biking, are a first aid kit and a cell phone. She adds that precision of describing your location if there is an emergency is important to facilitate responders.
    “We had people on scene in about three minutes,” she said.
Seeley has since contacted Riverside Value Drug Mart and they have agreed to put up a Safety and First Aid Display.

Royal Tyrrell Museum celebrates Alberta Arts Days with Palaeopalooza 2009!


From September 18 to 20 join the Royal Tyrrell Museum for a series of activities and events in celebration of Alberta Arts Days. Admission to the Museum is free all three days and there is truly something for everyone!
     Friday, September 18, the Museum is hosting two complimentary webcasts. Have you ever wondered what colour dinosaurs were? Whether or not they had feathers? Which were the biggest, fastest or meanest? This is your chance to find out!
    Starting Monday, August 31 until noon September 17 you are encouraged to submit questions about palaeontology, dinosaurs, and palaeo-art at Then, on September 18, log onto the Museum’s website at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to discover more about Alberta’s prehistoric past.
    On September 19 and 20, in addition to our regular public programs, there are special Palaeopalooza activities.
    Saturday, enjoy palaeo face painting or become a film star on the Museum’s YouTube channel. Sunday, watch a 3D chalk mural by artist Mark Cromwell of the Color Club in Calgary come to life on our plaza or participate in a free art class, with instructors from the Badlands Gallery, in our dinosaur hall.
     It’s fun for the whole family! It’s Palaeopalooza 2009!

Savary fishing derby marks 15 years


    They came they saw, they fished.
    The 15th annual Ryan Savary Memorial Fishing Derby went at Michichi Dam last Saturday, as 48 headed out on the water or along the banks to fish out some trout, and a few prizes.
    They say a bad day of fishing is better than a good day of work, and for many of the contestants, the fish weren’t biting. In fact, only five fish weighed in during the event. Despite this, organizer Katrine Stone, sister of Ryan Savary was happy with the outcome. The event memorialized her brother who passed away in a car accident, and also contributed $440 to the Drumheller Salvation Army.
    The ones that were successful in getting bites seem to be the usual suspects. Angler Adam McCann took the top spot this year with his catch of 3 pounds, 12.6 ounces. He claimed the $300 cash prize. In fact, this catch vaults him into the history books of the Ryan Savary Derby with the most catches of any participant.
    Bill Lapham placed second with a 1 pound, 14.6 ounce catch edging out third place Ron Jacobson by just 0.4 ounces. Blaine Zacharuk won fourth place and a Shimano graphite rod.
    Because of the lack of catches, the remaining prizes were drawn for. Stone said it worked out well for some of the young anglers, as most all the youth who participated received prizes.
    Stone is thankful for the support for the event as it has continued for a decade and a half, and she is already thinking about next season’s event. She said Frank Baron of Starland County was helpful, and the county even donated a number of prizes, as did Steve’s Painting of Drumheller.
     She is also grateful for the help and support of Mickey Poland and Ken Marquardt who have attended all 15 derbies.


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