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Hey Romeo, nice work! Band breaks into Top 20


    Hey Romeo has broken through the #20 ceiling on the Mediabase Canadian Country charts.
    The band, featuring Drumheller native Rob Shapiro, has been steadily making music since 2002 under their previous moniker Utter Madness, and now Hey Romeo. In 2007, they released their self-titled album. Their cover of Fleetwood Mac’s Second Hand News received strong airplay. Along the way, the band won the  2008 CMAA  Top New Group award, and in 2009 Shapiro won the CCMA Keyboard Player of the Year.
    They are back on the radio as their recently released single Searching for You is now #19 in the Mediabase Canadian Country charts.
    “So, among North American country acts being played on the radio in Canada, we’re #19 as of Saturday,” an elated Shapiro told inSide Drumheller. “This is rare air for us as it’s our first Top 20. I was in the Canadian Tire parking lot in Drumheller when I was talking to our radio promotion team over the holidays and we all picked numbers that we hoped our new single Searchin for You would go to, I picked #17 and the team picked #23.  I have since changed my mind to Top 10!”
 The ranking can only be a boost for the band as it gains notoriety across the country.
    “That will be a big difference maker to us for the rest of the year as far as live shows at concerts, festivals, tours, exhibitions, rodeos and other events. It also will open the door for us to be an opening act for the big ticket Nashville acts that play at the dome that need “support” acts, or openers,” said Shapiro. “It would be huge for Hey Romeo to be on a bill with Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts or Kenny Chesney.  It helps establish the band’s demographic and adds to our fan base by being on those type of hugely attended shows. Going Top 20 is a big deal, even if we don’t go Top 10, it's mission accomplished for the first single of our new album.”
    Mediabase produces music charts based not on sales, but radio play. It monitors almost 2,000 radio stations throughout Canada and the US.
 The future looks bright for the band. They have a number of Canadian tour dates coming up and even a possible stop in Drumheller. They will be appearing at Nashville North during the Calgary Stampede and may even head to France.
    They have also signed with Royalty Records based out of Edmonton. This will give the band better distribution as they move forward.
    “That’s going to be key to getting the music to people. Walmart, HMV and other retailers will have the disc before summer,” said Shapiro.
 To keep up with the band, fans can go to to learn more. There is a link to request their latest single to local radio stations. Fans can also follow the band on Facebook.

From Dalum to Mexico in classic Comanche aircraft


plane.jpg Many vacationers fly to Mexico during the winter, but not many get to travel in their own plane. 
    This is what Don and Carol Ostergard, of Dalum, did in January.
    Taking off from their farm airstrip near Drumheller, the couple spent over five weeks flying around Mexico and Central America, all the while in control of the commands of a 1959 Piper Comanche aircraft.
    This is not the Ostergard's  first journey however.  Having owned the aircraft for over 30 years, Don and Carol regularly fly down to Mexico for breaks,  as well as across Canada.
    What was special about this trip was meeting up with 18 other like-minded people flying aircrafts and sharing part of the journey with the group, something Don and Carol had wanted to do for a while but schedules hadn’t allowed.
    Don also highlights, “wherever we went, we found friendly, hospitable, generous and honest people who are trying to make a better life for themselves and for their families.  Regardless of social standing, there is a quiet dignity that shows through.  And that was the most important discovery  we made.”
    Preparing for the trip requires a fair amount of planning to ensure it goes smoothly; appropriate maps and charts need to be gathered, all the relevant paperwork such as insurance, proof of ownership and a temporary importation certificate for the aircraft,  needs to be in order, as well as checking the entry requirements, as some countries, will require advance notice of arrival.
    And of course, the aircraft has to be thoroughly checked to ensure it is mechanically sound to fly, not a major job for the Ostergards as Don explains, “we are fanatic about maintenance and it pays!” Having flown over 15 times to Mexico and also various trips within Canada, the plane has never let them down confirmed Don, which has earned it the nickname of “The Sturdy Bird.”

ATCO Electric outlines 2010-2011 plans for Drumheller


    A delegation from ATCO Electric outlined the company’s plans for 2010-2011 at the Drumheller Town Council Meeting on Monday, March 1.
    Terry Beaupre, team lead at ATCO Drumheller, explained they will be concentrating their work on a new main power line, north of Drumheller, and looking at upgrading the lines in Nacmine.
    The new power line will start at the Crossman strip at the airport and will include an underground line going from the south end of upper Midland to the Michichi Creek bridge. It will then go overhead to the other side of the highway, then underground again all the way to the Spray park.
    This new line will create a new feed into Drumheller with separate a circuit which will become the service to upper Midland and along Dinosaur Trail. It will underground power for the new Catholic School and the Drumheller Health Centre.
    Part of the reason for an underground feed was to provide a safer environment around the new school grounds.
    Council had asked ATCO to help the town with their effort to beautify Drumheller while they undertake new projects. This underground line will improve the aesthetic at Rotary Splash Park as the overhead electrical structure  will be removed.
    Part of the purpose for the new feeders is to provide a feed for downtown from two locations should there be a flood and the infrastructure were to be damaged.
    It is anticipated the work will start at the airport in May and will be halted during the summer season so as not to cause disruptions during tourist season., Work will resume again in September.
    Longer term, ATCO will also concentrate on improving the infrastructure in Nacmine and other areas such as Rosedale and East Coulee.
    Beaupre explained they will begin in Nacmine as the problem there is larger than in other communities and the development of new houses has brought the problem to the forefront. “Most of the infrastructure was put in by the mining company,” he said, “and it doesn’t meet today’s standard for electrical infrastructure, particularly around clearance issues over roads, back alleys and to buildings.”
    As they will look at relocating the lines underground, there will be costs implications and it will affect other utilities. 
    Beaupre confirmed they will work closely with other services during this project, as well as with customers. ATCO plans this project will take 5 - 10 years to complete.
    Bridget Unland, customer services representative at ATCO, updated council with further ATCO plans for the coming year. 
    Historically, some of the damaged underground feed, which could not be repaired, was replaced by a temporary overhead connection on some of the street lights. ATCO will focus their efforts on cleaning these up and repairing the underground connections.  As this may involve digging up pavement and/or lawns, Unland explained, they would involve customers in the process, as well as the Town of Drumheller.
    Council had previously indicated to ATCO they would like Drumheller to be considered as a location for piloting a new type of street lighting using LED technology which is believed to reduce operation and maintenance costs. Unland explained that ATCO had investigated the feasibility of using LED for street lighting and found that, at present, they did not have the knowledge, nor the equipment required to implement LED street lighting. They have put a team together to investigate the life cycle of LED lights as there are some known reliability issues, particularly in colder climates.
    ATCO will revisit the project on completion of the study.


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