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Drumheller soldier's medals found at thrift store, donated to museum

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An unexpected find at a goodwill store in Calgary brought back to life the memory of a Drumheller-born veteran and his military career.
A Goodwill Store on McLeod Trail in Calgary happened upon a collection of military service medals among its donations, some going back as far as the First World War and as recent as the Korean War.
Some of these items belonged to Drumheller-born Berkley Albert James Franklin.
Franklin, often known as Bark or Badge, was born in Drumheller In February 1927. During World War II, he enlisted for the Pacific Force and joined the Second Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) at Currie Barracks in 1945. He served from January to June 1946 as part of the PPCLI Regimental Police at Shilo, Manitoba. His career continued, and he participated in exercises from Yukon to Fort St. John.
He served with PPCLI First and Third Battalions as Platoon Sergeant in Korea from 1952-1953, and was later promoted to Staff Sergeant and served with the First Battalion, D Company as Battalion Orderly Sergeant in Fort MacLeod, Germany from 1955-1957. He retired from the military in 1970 as Master Warrant Officer.
The medals have been donated to the PPCLI Museum at the Military Museums in Calgary.
Cpl. Andrew Mullett, manager at the PPCLI told CTV news, “It’s just a piece of metal, but attached to these medals are stories and sacrifices that these men and women made for our country. This is definitely up there with the rarer donations. We now have about 50 donation items from Badge already, so these medals complete the set.”
They are now on display at the Museum.
Some of the medals also belonged to Arthur Franklin of Manitoba who served in the First World War. Because the two soldiers share a last name, the Museum is researching as to whether they are relatives.


Big Valley changes meeting date, appoints new Mayor

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There are some changes in the Village of Big Valley following the organizational meeting on Thursday, October 12, as council elected Councillor Clark German as the village’s new Mayor and approved changes to its regular meeting schedule.
Mr. German was acclaimed to council in September 2022 after former Councillor Gail Knudsen tendered her resignation earlier the same month, and had previously served in the capacity of Mayor prior to the 2021 municipal election.
Big Valley Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Colleen Mayne shares that Amber Hoogenberg retained her role as Deputy Mayor at the organizational meeting.
Along with the change in leadership, council also changed when the village’s regular council meetings are held.
Meetings will be moved from the second Thursday of the month to the third Monday of the month. If a statutory holiday falls on the third Monday, such as Family Day or Victoria Day in February and May respectively, the meeting will instead be held on the second Monday of the month.

Historic dinosaur fossil discovery at Horseshoe Canyon

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On October 13 and 19 of this year, staff from Kneehill County’s Parks and Agriculture department worked in tandem with experts from the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology to carefully unearth large dinosaur fossils from Horseshoe Canyon—a site owned and operated in part by Kneehill County and the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
This event marks the second successful fossil recovery facilitated by Kneehill County staff, following a previous endeavour in October 2022.
The fossils recovered this time have been identified as belonging to an adult hadrosaur, known as the duckbilled dinosaur, which roamed the earth around 69 million years ago.
The find is especially remarkable as it provides rare insights into a period of North America's prehistoric life that remains largely a mystery, particularly in what is now Alberta.
Visitors to Horseshoe Canyon continue to play a vital role in discovering new fossils. If you stumble on a fossil:
Respect the site: Leave the fossil undisturbed in its original location
Document the find: Take clear photos of the fossil, including an object for scale.
Note the location: Use GPS coordinates to record the precise location if possible.
Report your discovery: Contact the Royal Tyrell Museum at tyrell.fossilreport@gov.ab.ca, or contact the Kneehill County Parks department, 403-443-5541.


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