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Tickets going fast

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It’s a good thing there are three more chances on two more days to get tickets to the Olympic Torch Relay Celebration at the Canadian Badlands Passion Play Site, January 16, 2010. The first day of distribution on Saturday, November 28 was quick as the tickets were snatched up in no time. This Saturday, December 5, committee members are scheduled to be at the Hanna Mall and at Extra Foods in Drumheller from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will also be distributing tickets at Greentree Mall on Saturday, December 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. At Freson IGA last Saturday to distribute tickets are (back; l-r) committee co-chairs Bryce Nimmo and John Sparling, and (front; l-r) Kate Bishop and Becky Kowalchuk.


Support for annual food drive "overwhelming"

 

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    Incredible generosity was the story of last Thursday night as more than 100 volunteers came out for the annual Salvation Army Food Drive.
    Their job was simple; to collect and help sort the donations collected through generosity of thousands in the valley that altruistically gave to help fill the shelves of The Salvation Army Food Bank, and make Christmas brighter for those in the valley in need.
    “It was overwhelming to see how many people helped,” said Lieutenant Matt Sheils of the Salvation Army. “It was very exciting, lots of people said it was more food than they have ever seen.”
    Sheils says the success of the food drive allows the Salvation Army to distribute more complete hampers.
    The blitz started at 6 p.m., and in less than an hour the depot at the former Liquidation World was overwhelmed by the volume of the donations. So much so, they opened up a third sorting table just to contain the donations.
    Hard at work were members of the Drumheller Dragons, Drumheller Scouts, DCHS basketball teams, the Sea Cadets, the Rosedale Community Association and the Knights of Columbus to name a few, as well as dozens of residents that just wanted to help out.
    Organizer Heather Colberg said they had in the area of 70 signed up to sort, but dozens more joined in.    
    While it appeared chaotic, Sheils says by the next day the vast supply of food was sorted and ready to be stocked.
    He is grateful to the Drumheller Co-op for allowing the use of the space, and the Drumheller Rotary Club and its ample supply of tables to make sure the sorting went smoothly. He is also grateful for the efforts of Colberg and the support of Hi-Way 9 Express.
    Colberg says she is grateful for the community’s support.
    “A special thank you to all those who donated food, those who came out and helped collect food for the less fortunate and a really big thanks to my friends who continually support this great project-without all of you this would not be possible,” she said.
    The Salvation Army continues to have a busy season. While they held a rally to get those in need registered to receive a hamper, those who did not get on the list can still phone the church to register. There are still a number of opportunities to volunteer to man kettles.
    For more information on how to get involved, call 403-823-2215.

Corb Lund announced as headliner for torch celebrations

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    Juno Award winning artist, Corb Lund, has been confirmed as the headline act for the Olympic Torch Relay Celebrations.
    Corb Lund has been around  the Alberta music scene since the late 1980’s and has released six albums. His songs are loaded with a traditional country feel but an edge that is rock and roll. He has been named Roots Artist of the Year by the Canadian Country Music Association  for the last five years. 
    In 2006 he won a JUNO Award for  the Roots and Traditional Album of the Year for his release Hair in My Eyes Like a High Land Steer. This release received solid air time with recognizable songs such as Hurtin’ Albertan and The Truck got Stuck (including a reprise with legend Ramblin Jack Elliot).
    Lund performed on the Vinyl Cafe when story teller Stuart McLean brought show through Rosebud in 2006.
    He followed this effort up with Horse Soldier, Horse Soldier! which was nominated for the prestigious  Polaris Music Prize.
    About a month ago he released Losing Lately Gambler.
    Ray Telford, of the planning committee is excited to have Lund appear. He said Drumheller, along with three other communities applied to the Alberta Foundation for the Arts for a grant to have Lund appear at these other torch celebrations. Lund is also appearing at an Olympic Celebration on February 19 in Whistler.
    Telford says Lund will perform two sets, and appear solo, without his back-up band, The Hurtin’ Albertans.
    The committee is making the tickets available to the general public as early as Saturday, November 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Freson IGA. More tickets will be distributed on Sunday, December 5 at Drumheller Extra Foods and at the Hanna Mall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be more tickets available on Saturday, December 12 at Greentree Mall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

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