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Last updateTue, 28 Nov 2023 3pm

The Salvation Army needs volunteers, donations

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The Salvation Army in Drumheller is gearing up for its busiest time of the year and are seeking donations to fill the coffers and shelves of the local food bank, and volunteers to fill kettle shifts ahead of the holiday season.
One way The Salvation Army is hoping to fill its coffers is with the annual Red Bag Food Drive, which will be held on Thursday, November 30.
“We’re going to start our kettle season on November 17. We’re always looking for kettle volunteers,” says Community and Family Services and Anti-Violence coordinator Amanda Courtenay.
The Salvation Army has been busy with donation drives for its food bank, including the annual Stuff the Bus which helped to raise over $3,800 between the barbecue fundraiser and kettle donations, and over 1,000 pounds of food.
Other organizations within the community have also shown their support.
Drumheller RCMP held its own Cram the Cruiser food drive event, and during the month of September the Saint Anthony’s Church also held its own food drive which helped to raise 682 pounds of food, plus cash donations.
Those interested in picking up a two-hour volunteer shift manning the kettles starting November 17 are encouraged to reach out to The Salvation Army at 403-823-2215.
Volunteer drivers are also needed for the Red Bag Food Drive on November 30.
Currently, the food bank is asking those looking to donate food items to consider donating items such as soups, crackers, juice, fruit cups, and canned vegetables and meat.

Dalum installs new playground

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The community of Dalum now has a new amenity for the community and users of the hall to enjoy.
Last week, a volunteer work bee constructed a new playground adjacent to the Community Hall.
Over 40 volunteers from the community took time out of their week and worked on building the playset with guidance from BDI Play Designs.
Dalum Community Association president Jim Eskeland tells the Mail, there are more young families in the community, and the playground will serve them well.
“The next generation is coming back to the farm, and it is creating energy in the community,” he said.

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He says the new amenity will be great for community groups that use the hall for events, and provide a safe place for kids to recreate. It has accessible elements that allow for youngers with mobility issues and access for wheelchairs. The site has a woodchip base for safety.
Eskeland explains it has been about a year since the association began actively fundraising for the playground. They were successful in securing a Community Facility Enhancement grant (CFEP) grant for about $90,000 to help with construction.
The Association received support for the playground from Wheatland County and the Drumheller Rotary Club.
Eskeland says they are planning a grand opening for the park in the spring.

Drumheller RCMP seek public’s assistance to identify suspects

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Drumheller RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance to identify 2 suspects involved in 2 Break and Enters.
At approximately 6:00 am on August 7th, 2023, Drumheller RCMP responded to reports of a break and enter at the Fas Gas convenience store located at 191 Railway Avenue E in Drumheller. Shortly afterwards, RCMP responded to a 2nd break and enter at the Veggie Shack store located at 700 Hwy 9 South in Drumheller. The break and enters occurred sometime during the early morning hours. Damages were done to both buildings and miscellaneous items stolen. Photos of suspects are attached and the public is encouraged to call Drumheller RCMP if recognized.
If you have any information regarding these matters, please contact Drumheller RCMP at 403.823.7590 or contact your local Police Service. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at or by using the "P3 Tips" app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

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