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Heather Andre admitted to Alberta Bar


    A DCHS graduate has realized her goal to practice law and has been admitted to the Alberta Bar Association.
    Heather Andre, daughter of Maureen and Tony Andre of Drumheller, was admitted to the Alberta Bar by the Honourable Mr. Justice J.E.L. Côté at the Edmonton Court House on December 11 of this year.
    Heather attended St. Anthony’s School and graduated from DCHS in 2001.
    She earned many academic awards and graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario in 2004. In 2008, she graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta.
    She article under Justice Cote and then with James Heelan QC at Bennett Jones LLP in Edmonton where she is currently employed working as a generalist.
    Heather wanted or thank all of her teachers in both St. Anthony’s and DCHS for the excellent support and guidance during her time in school.

Hussar Stag Auction tops $50,000


    The Hussar Stag Auction  had another great success bringing in just over $50,000 for the Hussar Ag Society.
    The annual dinner and auction took place on November 20 and came away with a great result to keep the Hussar Arena operating through the season.
    “It is for the Agriculture Society. The $50,000 runs our arena for most of the winter,” said Ben Armstrong. “It is all community based.”
     He says, “The result was a little lower than organizers expected, however it was a great evening with great items donated by supporters of the community.”
    Chinook Credit Union was one of the tip bidders. They took home the coveted shovel. This has become a trophy each year for the winning bid. It went for over $2,000. Chinook Credit Union also was the top bidder to have their name at centre ice at the arena. It also went in the area of $2,000.

Rowley loses Canada Post Office


    Famous for its ghost town status, Rowley still had until recently an operating counter Post Office, ran from Lucille and Terry Hampton’s house,  serving around 14 residents and opened Mondays to Fridays. 
    However, following Canada Post review, this post office was marked as a rural outlet under review with a view to phasing it out and was closed down in early December.
    Postal service in Rowley started in 1913 when George Swallow Senior became the first postmaster and ran it from his general store.  Between 1911 and 1913, his son, Henry Swallow would bring the post from Rumsey to Rowley for distribution.
    The Swallows ran the post office for a record 56 years until 1967.  In March 1968, Jack and Beryl MacFarlane took it over.  When Jack passed away in 1970, Beryl carried on running it until she retired in May 1976.
    The post office was then closed for a few months to be re-opened in 1977 with Betty Morell as postmistress. After two years the Morells left the area and the Thomson family from Drumheller ran it for a year.  Margaret and Hugh Crossan took it on from 1980 and more recently, Terry and Lucille Hampton operated it until its closure in December 2009. Incidently, George Swallow Senior was the father of Terry Hampton’s uncle, Henry Swallow.
    In 2004, the post office was issued with its own cancel, which pictured the now famous Sam’s Saloon.
    A super mailbox has now been put in place opposite the old post office, however, residents will now need to go to Morrin or Drumheller if they wish to send or receive larger parcels.
    Rural post offices have played an important role in the history and ongoing daily life of rural Canadians and Rowley’s post office was no exception.  Chris Foesier, Community president, told The Mail: “the post office was the last permanent piece of business in town. It was a way to catch up on the goings on in town, you went to get your mail from a person, now you walk up to an iron box and get your mail from it. The only benefit that I have heard that’s really good is that you can get your mail any time you want, you can get your mail at 1 in the morning!”


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