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Work begins to beautify neglected lots

    After four years, a committee of the Economic Development Taskforce has begun a project to beautify some of the brownfield sites in Drumheller.
    About four years ago, the members of the task force, with members of the Town of Drumheller began to lobby landowners in the area to allow the community to clean up and beautify some of the sites. After securing consent from CN Rail they have began site work on a lot at the corner of highway 9 and South Dinosaur Trail beside ATCO Electric’s Drumheller offices.
    The endeavour is being characterized as a true community effort. Partners include the Town of Drumheller infrastructure and the administration, the Economic Development Task Force, ATCO Electric, Communities In Bloom, the Drumheller Institution, CN, Barry Ranger of Barcomp, Western Financial Group, Century 21, Stevenson Homes and Downtown Drumheller, as well as other contributors.
    The group has been given permission to enter the site, but because remedial work to deal with brownsfields issues may still be needed, they are not able to add any permanent structures.
    Trish Parker of Communities In Bloom is excited for the project. She says the site will see some minor landscaping and have amenities such as planters, picnic tables, benches and a parking area. There are tentative plans for a sign directing visitors to the downtown core.
    “It’s a real partnership program,” said Parker.
    Parker says tentative plans are to celebrate the past of Drumheller with a historical mining theme.
    “I’ve been waiting to do something with this spot for years,” she said, adding if Downtown Drumheller decided to participate in the Alberta Main Street Program, the motif of the park will fit with the core.
    “Lets make it look like the town used to look,” said Parker.
    To beautify the area, there is a need for planters, landscape rock, soil, ranging from $300 to $500 and other items to make the site more pleasing to the whole community. For more information or to donate funds for the items needed, contact Bob Sheddy at 403-324-2222.
    For the group, this is just the beginning, and hope in the future, they will be able to work on other sites in the area that need beautifying.

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Price wins bronze at Canada Games


For the second time in as many weeks, more hardware from the Canada Games is coming home. This time, team volleyball player Andrea Price is wearing the bronze.
    Andrea, 18, saw the court for every game playing for team Alberta last week at the Canada games. Many local residents followed the coverage of the team’s quest for medals online and on selected TSN appearances. The team was 4-1 through the pool play, and won their quarterfinal match against Saskatchewan on Tuesday, August 27, three games to two. Price had eight kills in the match.
    On Friday, the team lost to Ontario in the semi finals in three straight games. This put them in the bronze medal match against Nova Scotia, where Team Alberta won three straight. Andrea led her team with 11 kills.
    “We were hoping for gold, but it went very good,” Andrea told The Mail.
    "They (Ontario) are a very good team and we actually came up against them in a Calgary tournament…it was a good match-up. In the end, they just executed their game place well.”
    Her mother Laurie, Andrea’s grandparents and uncle all went to the games to cheer on Andrea’s team at the games in Prince Edward Island.
    “It was awesome, Charlottetown was beautiful,” Laurie said, adding Andrea played very well.
    “I am always impressed with her.”
    Overall, Andrea said the games were a good experience. She said despite the great finish, she thought the team had potential to do even better.
    “It’s only one week, and everyone has to show up to play,” she said.
    Andrea is getting set to go back to college where she plays for the Mount Royal Cougars. This will be her second season with the young team that finished fourth in the province last season.
    “Last year we had a team of rookies, all but three. But this year we have some returning,” she said.
    Her experience in Prince Edward Island is one of the highlights of her career.
    “It’s something I’ll never forget,” she said


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