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Get ready to stuff that bus

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The Salvation Army, Freson Bros. and Hi-Way 9 Express are teaming up once again to Stuff the Bus and help replenish the shelves of the food bank.
This tradition, spanning over a decade, has helped bring much-needed food to The Salvation Army Food Bank at a critical time, as families are preparing for back to school.
“What it does for us at this time of year, it makes a significant contribution to our non-perishables,” explains Major Robert Burrell of The Salvation Army. “At this time of year, people around the community bring produce and fresh products, and it is really coming in good. It is the canned goods and the non-perishables that sustain us through the fall and winter period. This drive makes a huge difference for us.”
Stuff the Bus is this Thursday, August 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Freson Bros. parking lot. They will be having a barbecue on site, with the proceeds going towards the local food bank.
They are hoping to fill a school bus with non-perishable food items. With back to school many items are needed such as peanut butter, cereal, oatmeal and pancakes. Other items such as items found in bagged lunches are in need. These include juice boxes, granola bars, cookies, canned fruit and pudding packs.
“Those items help us in a great, great way. Not only help us but the people we are giving it to, that is the important thing,” said Burrell.
He says any donation is appreciated because there is a need for all items.
“It is right across the board. I was looking at the shelves yesterday and we need pretty much anything we can get.”
He adds that the demand for the Food Bank continues to grow, as prices for everything is increasing.
“The cost of grocery bills and everything else continues to grow. People are making choices they shouldn’t have to make. They have to feed their families, and we can help to step-up to the plate and help during these difficult inflationary times,” he said.
For more information, contact Shannon Wade at Hi-Way 9 Express at 403-820-0897 or The Salvation Army at 403-823-2215.

Stylish nuptials

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It is not uncommon to see couples tying the knot or renewing their vows at Drumheller’s Little Church, but very few do it in such post-war style. On Saturday, August 26, Shayla Ottens became Shayla Byer, marrying Shane. Her dad Pete made sure she got to the church on time with his 1948 Pontiac SilverStreak. It is a very unique whip. This was an American model with a Straight 8 motor, and 1948 was the first year Pontiac installed an automatic transmission. Pete has owned the vehicle for about eight years and it is a 30-year-old restoration. Since he has owned the vehicle he has done a little bit of customization for looks and drivibility. This includes new wheels and tires, dropping the rear end, and adding red highlights. He has more planned, but so far the most important duty it undertook was making sure his daughter made it to the altar. The world famous Little Church was built in1958, as a brain wave of the late Elim Pentecostal Reverend E.C. O’Brien, meaning the Silver Streak would have been only 10 years old had it shown up when the church was erected.

New venue for Badlands Boogie

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The site has changed, but the music stays the same.
Music fans will be boogying into the night this weekend to raise awareness of the East Coulee Truss Bridge.
This is the 9th annual Badlands Boogie, and the music festival offers an eclectic mix of musicians and bands to keep fans entertained.
Organizer John Barry Graham says the biggest change this year is the venue.
“The new Festival site is directly across from the Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site, along the river,” said Graham, adding it is more accessible.
The goal of the festival is to raise funds and awareness for the East Coulee Truss Bridge, one of only two left in Canada. He said so far they have raised close to $8,000 and are working on approaching CP Rail to put some signage at the site.
“We are hoping to do some interpretive signs on the south side of the East Coulee Truss Bridge and continue to work to raise awareness,” he said.
The festival runs from Friday, September 1 to Monday, September 4. The lineup includes some well-known names to valley music listeners including Shoulder-High Weeds a Tragically Hip tribute band, Joey Pringle and local acts including Cathie Brown and Jay McLean.
Another fun band that will be on-site is called Big Yellow Van. They have been playing throughout Alberta for years, with their brand of classic rock and R&B.
“They used to play at the Wild Horse Saloon years ago,” said Graham.
Tickets are available at Eventbrite or Neighbours Pub in Drumheller and include camping for all three nights.
There is also concession on site.


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