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Last updateFri, 19 Jul 2024 12am

Luminaries available for Relay For Life


    The fourth Relay For Life in Drumheller is coming up on Friday, June 11, and the event sparks a fire with all who participate.
    One of the most moving parts of each year’s event is the Luminary Ceremony. This is a chance for everyone in the community to take a moment and reflect on those who have won their battle with cancer, those who have lost, and those who are still fighting.
    “It is very personal, and everybody has somebody (they know with cancer),” said Teri Sparkes, luminary chair. “It is a part of the night where people can all remember and honour people who have been affected.”
    Luminaries are simple. They are paper bags that are available online or from the Scotiabank in Drumheller. Those who purchase a luminary can write their wish, the name of the person to who they are dedicating the luminary, and decorate it how they choose.  When the ceremony begins, a candle is placed in each bag that lines the Relay For Life track as a vigil and lights up the walkers’ route on their way to remembering, celebrating and fighting back.
    “I’ve had people purchase them for loved ones they have lost, or people who are currently battling, or people that have beaten cancer, so literally it can be anything,” said Sparkes. “The main focus of the entire event is celebrating and remembering.”
    While luminaries are available onsite during the event, she is hoping those who want to purchase them beforehand will go to Scotiabank or simply log onto and follow the links to the Drumheller event.
    For more information, or to purchase a luminary, contact Sparkes at 403-820-6718.

Joey’s Only coming to Drumheller


    There’s something fishy going on at the former Sammy’s Restaurant.
    Gourmands in the valley may be pleasantly surprised to learn that Drumheller will now have a seafood option on their list when going out.
    inSide Drumheller has learned that Joey’s Only is expanding to the valley and will be located where Sammy’s Restaurant currently sits. Renovations to the restaurant have already begun and they hope to open at the end of the month.
    “We wanted to bring some new franchise to Drumheller,” said Kulwant Nijjar, who also operates Subway. “The burger shops are here and the pizza is here, we saw there was no seafood place. We talked to Joey’s about a franchise and they saw the site and were very interested.”
    Joey’s Only, headquartered in Calgary, has been around for 25 years and is now Canada’s largest seafood restaurant chain. It has more than 100 franchises in North America. The restaurant offers a full menu of seafood. In 1999, it introduced Tennessee Jack’s, featuring rotisserie chicken and ribs on the menu.
    Nijjar is excited for the new restaurant and has already begun training. He also adds fans of Sammy’s will not be disappointed as they have made arrangements to continue to offer the valley’s famous Sammy’s Burger on the menu.

Fleury pleases golfers at Dragons tournament


    “I understand the ‘Old Man’ was here last year,” laughs Theo Fleury, referring to Lanny McDonald’s appearance last year at the Drumheller Dragons annual golf tournament.

    Fleury was this year’s guest at the event on Thursday, June 3, a major fundraiser for the Drumheller Dragons. He was among a sold out crowd of 144 golfers on the course to have fun and support the team.
    A jovial Fleury was camped out at the fifth hole of Dinosaur Trail Golf Club, signing copies of his book Playing With Fire and visiting with golfers as they made their rounds. Never one to shy away, dozens of souvenirs were made at the tee box. While rain continued throughout the day, it could not dampen the enthusiasm of Fleury and golfers alike.
    Fleury explains he has known the Christianson family for years after meeting at a Wayne Gretzky Fantasy Camp, and has kept in touch. It is also a natural for him to support hockey in all its forms.
    “I know what it takes to run junior hockey teams these days, it is not cheap and obviously this tournament helps that,” said Fleury.
    Fleury may be the most famous Calgary Flame in the franchise’s history, playing in 11 seasons. He made a brief return and played exhibition games with the Calgary Flames in September of 2009 before he officially retired. He then released his book Playing With Fire, which has sold tremendously. He tells inSide Drumheller he has signed about 50,000 copies of the book since its release.
    League governor of the Drumheller Dragons Blair Christianson is appreciative of Fleury’s support.
    “We have a relationship with him, and he always is one to lend a hand to these kind of events, and we appreciate it,” said Christianson.


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