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Drumheller plans for dry season

  SAB drought 2023

 With El Nino bringing a dry winter this year, the Province of Alberta is at risk of a critical drought. In April, the Town of Drumheller (TOD) signed a Water Conserving Agreement with the Province for drought mitigation.
    The objective is to reduce consumption by five to ten percent based on the normal consumption the TOD uses from the Red Deer Basin per year.
    The Mail reached out to the TOD’s Chief Administrative Officer, Darryl Drohomerski to see if the Town is on track to conserving the water required in the agreement.
    “Right now the water in the Dickson Dam is in the normal range, however, the flow is at the low end as the Provincial outlook is calling for a warm and dry summer,” explains CAO Drohomerski. “We are looking at items like watering our parks less, and have introduced rain barrels for sale at reduced prices to encourage residents to use less water.”
    The recent rainfall has helped, and in order for the TOD to adjust conservation efforts as needed, the water usage levels and the weather conditions are being closely monitored.
    The Province is overseeing the implementation of the agreement also by closely monitoring the conditions. To ensure every drop is used in the event of a critical drought, the Province will optimize and mitigate water storage and operations in certain basins and reservoirs, and provide their updates to the water supply forecast every two weeks.
   


DVSS student receives Lieutenant Governor’s Award

Keagan DVSS

A DVSS student was honoured with the Lieutenant Governor Student Award at a ceremony in Government House in Edmonton.
Keagan Farmer, 14, son of Stacey and Jack Hucaluk and grandson of Kevin and Linda Farmer all attended the ceremony on Monday, June 10. It included a luncheon along with the presentation of the award from Alberta Lieutenant Governor Salma Lakhani.
“It was exciting… he felt it was very important,” said mother Stacey.
The award is hosted by the Alberta School Board Association and endorsed by the Lieutenant Governor.
The awards recognize Alberta students in different grade levels who have shown tremendous growth in developing skills to better themselves by demonstrating determination, initiative and independence, which has led to their improved success both academically and personally. These awards will recognize individual success as well as work and effort applied to overcome academic challenges and will provide incentives to individual students to continue to strive for achievement and success in education.
There are nine awards given out each year to students throughout the province. Keagan will be going into Grade 10 next year.

Newcastle sees upgrades to ball diamonds, beach, rink

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As part of the Parks and Rec 2024 Master Plan, Town of Drumheller Manager of Recreation, Arts and Culture, Rick Ladouceur has begun moving forward with the main priority of safeguarding the ball diamonds in Newcastle.
“The ball diamonds need to be like every other ball diamond,” Ladouceur previously told the Mail, “Safety has to come first and it’s simple things… easy fixes we can do.”
So far, some of those easy fixes that have been completed are the new posts and shale added, and, for enhanced safety, yellow fence capping around all the diamonds. New backstops and portable mounds have also been added, and repairs have been done to the outfield on diamond #3. New dugouts for diamonds #1 and #2 are still being finished, and the bleachers are being sandblasted and repainted.
Other projects are also getting underway in Newcastle, all of which have been laid out in the town’s Master Plan. The beach is being dragged and leveled. There are certain regulations that must be met in order for the government to grant permission for such a project in close proximity to a waterway. A 150 ft by 150 ft area of new sand is being added, as per the requirements outlined in a letter from Alberta Environment and Protected Areas.
“For the beach, yes it’ll cost money, but it’ll be wonderful to see that area more developed. There’s history behind it. At one time it was the place to be, people went there all the time,” explains Ladouceur.
Shading areas and picnic tables are also being introduced to the upgraded Newcastle Beach area. After the $100,000 renovation is completed, hopefully, it will be the place to be again for residents and visitors during the upcoming anticipated hot/dry summer.
Newcastle Beach’s outdoor skating rink, which has fallen into disarray in recent years, will also be getting a refurbish, upgrade and revamp. The surface is going to be fully restored and painted. Pickleball and basketball courts are being added, creating a year round, multi use recreational area.
The old skate shack is being restored into an equipment storage shed for the public to rent sports equipment with their credit cards. This area will be under surveillance as it will be set up as a pay and unlock type access system.
Future users of the area's pets will not be left out as the dog park will see some life brought to it. There are plans to extend it, creating more room for dogs to play around and use the new fun obstacle courses and agility equipment being installed for them. There will also be disposal areas and picnic tables for owners to relax while their pets socialize and tire themselves out.
The entire budget approved by Council for the projects laid out in the Parks and Rec 2024 Master Plan is $180,000, and everything is right on budget.


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