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Town takes step towards Main Street Program

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    Drumheller Town Council took the first step in Drumheller applying to become an Alberta Main Street Community.
    At a Committee of the Whole Meeting on September 21, council heard a presentation on the Alberta Main Street Program. This program provides a membership network, funding and expertise to municipalities to help restore historic integrity and architectural character to traditional main streets across Alberta. It serves to revitalize Alberta downtown areas.
    This week at council, director of Community Services, Paul Salvatore, asked council for direction on the possibility of bringing the Main Street Program to Drumheller. Council approved to apply for a basic membership in the Alberta Main Street Program.
    “This is progress in a positive direction,” said Michael Todor, member of Downtown Drumheller Merchants Association.
    Basic memberships are offered to communities that are actively working towards designation to be an accredited Alberta Main Street Community.
    According to the Alberta Main Street website, it comes with many benefits including an on-site visit, recommendations for implementation and advancement to accreditation.
    Additional basic membership services such as peer support, ongoing comprehensive training for Main Street coordinators and board members, subsidies for registration cost to attend the annual National Main Street Conference, technical assistance relating to the standards and guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada and advice on heritage tourism programs and marketing and priority access to cost-sharing from the Municipal Heritage Partnership Program (MHPP).
    Salvatore outlined the next steps in working towards becoming an enhanced member and being an accredited Alberta Main Street Community. These include completing an inventory of the historical resources in the district selected to be part of the Main Street Program. Salvatore said this would run in the area of about $1,000 per property. Another step would be to confirm the historical significance and integrity of the buildings in the footprint. The other step would be to employ a Main Street coordinator, approved by the program. The program would also need approval from a municipal government body. 
    “The benefit of the program is that the town would be able to identify the historic resources in more detail land identify the preservation strategies to support long-term viability for the Town of Drumheller,” said Salvatore.
    Councillor Terry Yemen proposed a motion to apply for membership in the Alberta Main Street program working towards becoming an accredited Main Street Community.
    After discussion, council set the parameter that there would be no monetary commitment at this point in time.

World’s Largest Dinosaur warms up his claws

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    The gloves fit, as the World’s Largest Dinosaur took the national stage to kick off the Red Mitten Campaign.
    The Drumheller Olympic Torch Committee, dignitaries and the curious were out on a brisk Wednesday morning to witness the World’s Largest Dinosaur being fitted with a red pair of mittens. This was the national kick off to the Red Mitten Campaign. Mayor Bryce Nimmo and Tara Semchuk, who stitched together the mittens, were raised up using the Drumheller Fire Department’s aerial truck and slid the mitts into place.
    “It was amazing to be up so high and see everyone down below cheering as I helped our T. Rex get her giant mittens on,” said Semchuk, owner of Bits and Pieces, who came up with the idea to create the mitts. “This is Drumheller’s way of showing our excitement about Canada’s Games. Today, we’re issuing a challenge to other communities across the country to find unique ways to use these Red Mittens to welcome the Olympic Flame and support our athletes as they go for gold!”
    Each mitten is three metres long and 1.8 metres wide, and covered the World’s Largest Dinosaur's claws.  While their initial appearance will be short lived, they will be put back in place shortly.
    The red mittens are part of the uniform that 12,000 torchbearers will wear during the torch marathon.  The palm has a maple leaf while the observe has the Olympic rings. They already are expected to be a popular souvenir of the games. 
    According to a release, the net proceeds from every pair sold will help complete the funding of the five-year Own the Podium 2010 initiative, which provides Canadian athletes with top equipment and training for the 2010 Games. Any additional funds raised through the Red Mittens Campaign will support a variety of athlete- and sport-based initiatives.
    At the same time the World’s Largest Dinosaur was being fitted with the new gloves, across the county in Windsor, Nova Scotia, the Mayor dropped the puck at a street hockey game wearing the new mittens.  At Tomken Road Middle School in Mississauga, Ontario, the 18 student torchbearers selected were presented with their mittens.

The mittens retail for $10, and are available at Hudson Bay Company retailers, as well as www.vancouver2010.com/redmittens. In Drumheller, they will be available at the World’s Largest Dinosaur.

World’s Largest Dinosaur warms up his claws

mits.jpg

    The gloves fit, as the World’s Largest Dinosaur took the national stage to kick off the Red Mitten Campaign.
    The Drumheller Olympic Torch Committee, dignitaries and the curious were out on a brisk Wednesday morning to witness the World’s Largest Dinosaur being fitted with a red pair of mittens. This was the national kick off to the Red Mitten Campaign. Mayor Bryce Nimmo and Tara Semchuk, who stitched together the mittens, were raised up using the Drumheller Fire Department’s aerial trick and slid the mitts into place.
    “It was amazing to be up so high and see everyone down below cheering as I helped our T. Rex get her giant mittens on,” said Semchuk, owner of Bits and Pieces, who came up with the idea to create the mitts. “This is Drumheller’s way of showing our excitement about Canada’s Games. Today, we’re issuing a challenge to other communities across the country to find unique ways to use these Red Mittens to welcome the Olympic Flame and support our athletes as they go for gold!”
    Each mitten is three metres long and 1.8 metres wide, and covered the World’s Largest Dinosaur claws.  While their initial appearance will be short lived, they will be put back in place shortly.
    The red mittens are a part of the uniform that 12,000 torchbearers will wear during the torch marathon.  The palm has a maple leaf while the observe has the Olympic rings. They and already are expected to be a popular souvenir of the games. 
    According to a release, the net proceeds from every pair sold will help complete the funding of the five-year Own the Podium 2010 initiative, which provides Canadian athletes with top equipment and training for the 2010 Games. Any additional funds raised through the Red Mittens Campaign will support a variety of athlete- and sport-based initiatives.
    At the same time the World’s Largest Dinosaur was being fitted with the new gloves, across the county in Windsor, Nova Scotia, the Mayor dropped the puck at a street hockey game a wearing the new mittens.  At Tomken Road Middle School in Mississauga, Ontario, the 18 student torchbearers selected were presented with their mittens.
The mittens retail for $10, and are available art Hudson Bay Company Retailers, as well as www.vancouver2010.com/redmittens. In Drumheller, they will be available at the World’s Largest Dinosaur.

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