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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.


DVSS Class of 2024 Awards

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Lucas Anderson plans to take a gap year before enrolling at Olds College. He was awarded the Ken Morrow Family Graduation Sponsorship, presented by Ken Morrow.
IMG 2595IMG 2591IMG 2598Olivia Anderson plans to work next year before studying film production and history through SAIT and the University of Calgary to pursue a career in the film industry. She was awarded the English 30-1, sponsored by Western GM Drumheller and presented by Doug Lubinski; the Music 30 (Choral) award sponsored by Richardson Bulk Sales Ltd and presented by Nikki Broom, and the R Neuman Theatre - Musical Award, sponsored by Becky Neuman and presented by Mr. James Foster; the Jacor Marketing Award presented by Shauna Johnson; the Ken Morrow Family Graduation Sponsorship presented by Ms. Melanie Thom. She also received the DVSS Social 30-1, Choir and Senior High Drama & Video Arts Awards.
IMG 2593Avery Archer plans to work and pursue a career in the trades. He received the Boston Pizza Award presented by Heather Jones, and the DVSS Foods Award.
IMG 2599Harper Bell plans to study kinesiology at Red Deer Polytechnic. She was presented the Sam’s Truck and Car Wash award by Jake Stadlweiser.
IMG 2600IMG 2601Vladyslav Boialskyi (Vlad) plans to become a firefighter while taking online post-secondary courses in nursing. He was presented the Boston Pizza Award by Heather Jones and the Drumheller Hospital Auxiliary Society Award by Mr. Jason Rasmussen.
IMG 2602Georgia Buchberger plans to travel next year before attending university to study sciences and play softball. She was awarded the Co-operators ProPlan Financial Group Community Involvement Scholarship by Kayla Clark.
IMG 2603Gavan Cassidy plans to work and travel before pursuing a career in athletic therapy. He was presented the Raze Sports Humanitarian Award presented by Ritch A. Winter.
IMG 2605Kerric Chambers plans to work on the family farm as well as pursue his hockey career. He received the DVSS Construction Award.
IMG 2606IMG 2607Yongin Cho (Eric) plans to pursue a Bachelor of Health and Physical Education at Mount Royal University with the goal of becoming a Physical Therapist. He was awarded the DeBona-Brown Award, sponsored by Sam Brown, by Wendy Olson and the DVSS International Award, presented by Koren McDougald.
IMG 2608Yoongyoon Cho (Yoon) plans to study business at Seneca College to become a fund manager. He was presented the DVSS International Award sponsored by Friends of DVSS by Koren McDougald, and the DVSS Physical Education Award.
IMG 2609Darious Crowe aims to do work in the lumber industry in British Columbia. He received the Most Improved Student Award, sponsored by Westview Co-op presented by Janel Berg.
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Kalaya Dutton intends to study for a degree in Agribusiness from the University of Saskatchewan. She received the Business Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship, sponsored by The Drumheller & District Chamber of Commerce, presented by Shelley Rymal.
IMG 2614Luke Elliott plans to begin his career by launching a YouTube or Twitch channel. He received the English 30-2, sponsored by: Mr. & Mrs. Clint & Lynn Hemming, presented by Janel Berg and the DVSS English 30-2 Award.
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Brian Foley plans to take a year off and then consider pursuing a career in mechanics. He received the DVSS Career & Technology Studies Award, sponsored by Friends of DVSS by Koren McDougald and the DVSS Welding Award.
IMG 2619Brendan Frizzell will study a Bachelor of Psychology at Mount Royal University and intends to pursue a law degree to become an attorney. He received the Barry & James LLP Barristers & Solicitors Award, presented by Mitchell Barry and Michael James.
IMG 2621Ashley Gerlinger will work before pursuing a chemical and biological sciences program at the post-secondary level. He received the East Coulee Student Award, presented by Shelley Bachman.
IMG 2622Erine Gomez will study psychology at the University of Alberta with the goal of pursuing a career in health sciences. He received the Riverside Dental Health Care Scholarship, presented by Ken Poznikoff.
IMG 2624Grace Graff will enroll in the Service Dog Training and Canine Studies program at Medicine Hat College. She received the Foods 30 Award, sponsored by Yavis Family Restaurant, presented by Mr. Matt Lauridsen and the DVSS Foods Award.
IMG 2626Ethan Greene plans to work toward a career as an automotive service technician. He received the Peterson Auto Body RAP Bursary, presented by Curtis LaPierre.
IMG 2628IMG 2629IMG 2631Ava Groves plans to take a year to work and travel before pursuing a career in STEM. She received the Biology 30 Award, sponsored by Drumheller Associated Physicians, the A.M.R. Dance Award, presented by Christine Burfield; and the Greentree Dental Academic Award, presented by Dr. Charles Kim.
IMG 2632IMG 2634IMG 2636Abigail Halliday will study at Capernwray Hall in England and plans to train service dogs professionally. She was awarded the Music 30 (Choral) Award, sponsored by Richardson Bulk Sales Ltd. and presented by Nikki Broom; the Drama 30 Award, sponsored by Western GM Drumheller and presented by Doug Lubinski; the Kaleidoscope Community Theatre Scholarship presented by Ashely Turner and the DVSS Choir & Senior High Drama Award.
IMG 2638Tanner Harvie will begin his welding apprenticeship in Sylvan Lake, with future plans to become a police officer. He was presented the DVSS Spirit Award, sponsored by Century 21 Power Realty and presented by Peter Bjel.
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IMG 2642IMG 2644Fynlee Hunter will study at the University of Alberta and aims to pursue a career in dental hygiene. She was awarded the Bancroft Student Bursary, sponsored by The Drumheller Rotary Club, presented by Ken Briault; the Freemasons of Drumheller Bursary in Memory of Lorraine M. Hunter, presented by RW Bro Dave Carter and the Riverside Dental Scholarship presented by Dr. Ken Poznikoff.
IMG 2646IMG 2647IMG 2648Nunsawat Jatawattana (Teng) will pursue a Bachelor of Engineering at the University of Alberta. He received the Social Studies 30-1 Award, sponsored by BrokerLink, presented by Jared Potter; the Instrumental Music 30 Award, sponsored by Ron and Helen Leonhardt, presented by Mrs. Lynn Hemming; the International Student Community Involvement Award, sponsored by the 2023 DVSS Grad Class by Robert Metcalfe and the DVSS Physics 30 and Strings Awards.
IMG 2652Chloe Kennedy will attend Red Deer Polytechnic to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences. She received the Dr. Boris Nahornick Scholarship, presented by Lynn Zacharuk.
IMG 2653IMG 2654IMG 2655Vianne Kennedy plans to start the Refrigeration Apprenticeship Program at SAIT. She received the Math 30-2, sponsored by CIBC, presented by Pat Giffin, the Mitchell Dawson Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by Lindy Dawson, presented by Shannon Palomaki; the Rotary Trades Scholarship presented by Ken Briault and the DVSS Math 30-2 Award.
IMG 2658IMG 2660Laresa Khamis will study for a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resources at Mount Royal University, aspiring to become a head of human resources. She received the Business Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship, sponsored by The Drumheller & District Chamber of Commerce, presented by Shelley Rymal; the Valley Law Chambers Scholarship, presented by Peter Bjel and the DVSS - Multi Language, Lab Spanish and Mandarin Award.
IMG 2661IMG 2663Aaron Jun-Su Kim will study for a Bachelor of Engineering at the University of Alberta with the aim of becoming an engineer. He was presented the Math 31 Award, sponsored by Hi-Way 9 Express Ltd., presented by Mrs. Crystal Hall; the Royal Tyrrell Museum High Science Award, sponsored by the Royal Tyrrell Museum Cooperating Societyand the DVSS Math 31 Award.
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Benjamin Law will play for the Calgary Colts football team before pursuing a degree in Kinesiology for a career in physiotherapy or sports medicine. Received the Royal LePage Wildrose Real Estate Community Spirit Award presented by Jannelle Storch.
IMG 2668Tsz Laam Lee (Karla) will study the Early Childhood Education program at Sheridan College. She received the Three Drums of Wheat Local #20 ATA Teaching Scholarship, presented by Andrew Berdahl.

IMG 2670IMG 2673Evan Manca will enroll in the Bachelor of Engineering program at the University of Alberta. He received the Math 30-1 Award, sponsored by Dan and Shelley Hird, and presented by Dan Hird, and the DVSS Leadership Award, sponsored by the 2023 DVSS Grad Class, presented by Brooklyn Gipman.
IMG 2675IMG 2678Terry Martin plans to attend SAIT to study both business and carpentry. He received the Co-operators ProPlan Financial Group Business/Agricultural Scholarship, presented by Kayla Clark, and the Drumheller Minor Hockey Scholarship, presented by Kim Moulton.
IMG 2679IMG 2680IMG 2682Grady McGougan plans to pursue a Bachelor of Science at Thompson Rivers University. He was awarded the Drumheller Chiropractic Centre Science Scholarship Award, presented by Matt Sandersen; the Drumheller Family Scholarship, sponsored by the Royal Tyrrell Museum Cooperating Society, presented by Patty Ralrick, and the Three Drums of Wheat Local #20 ATA Teaching Scholarship, presented by Andrew Berdahl.
IMG 2684Emilio Mendez Gomez will attend Northwestern Polytechnic before transferring to the University of Alberta to complete his Bachelor of Engineering degree. He was awarded the Anderson Drug by Freson Bros. Award, sponsored by Freson Bros., and presented by Dale Goulder.
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Jayden Ostapowich will enroll in the Animal Health Technology Program at Olds College to become a Veterinary Technician. She was awarded the Raze Sports Humanitarian Award, sponsored and presented by Mr. Ritch A. Winter.
IMG 2688Thomas Patterson plans to complete graphic design courses and obtain his advanced open-water diver certification to pursue a career as an underwater photographer. He received the Kelley Hamelin Bursary, sponsored by Rusty and Shirley Hamelin, and presented by Cindy Sereda.
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Rio Sakai will attend university to study engineering. She was presented with the Drumheller Lions Memorial Award, presented by Robyn Yaremcio and the DVSS Math 30-1 Award.
IMG 2691Preston Sieppert will take a year off to work and is planning a career in a trade. He was presented the Sil-Con International Program Student Liaison Award by Peter Bjel and received the DVSS Social Studies 30-2 Award.
IMG 2693Emma Sisson will spend a year working and travelling before pursuing studies at Mount Royal University. She was awarded the Kayla Lindsell Team Spirit Memorial Award, sponsored by For Sight Vision Centre and Logan Lindsell. She was presented by Brooklyn Gipman.
IMG 2695IMG 2697Mary Stanger plans to live her best life and maybe become a professional Just Dance Competitor and plans to give the best hugs to those she cares about.
Ariahna Swidnicki will pursue a Bachelor of Criminal Justice at Mount Royal University with the goal of becoming a criminal lawyer. She was presented the Social 30-2 Award, sponsored by Canalta, presented by Heather Jones and the Sierra Bilson Memorial Art Scholarship, sponsored and presented by Todd Bilson and Candice Ryan.
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IMG 2703Ryder Upton will enroll in SAIT’s Automotive Apprenticeship Program to become a mechanic. He was presented the 2024 Discovery Award Bursary, sponsored by Inter Pipeline LTD by Jason Rasmussen and the Valley Cruisers Car Club Automotive Bursary by Mr. Doug Lubinski.
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Teagan Watson will pursue a Bachelor of Engineering degree at the University of Alberta to become an electrical engineer. He was presented the Physics 30 Award, sponsored by Ray and Dayton Ainscough, and Peoples Pharmacy, and presented by Dayton Ainscough and the Drumheller Kinsmen Community Service Award presented by Darrell Steeves.
IMG 2707IMG 2709IMG 2711Kael Webster will pursue a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta to become an aerospace engineer. He was presented the Chemistry 30 Award, sponsored by Elson & Pat McDougald and presented by Koren McDougald; the Rotary High Academic/Citizenship Award, presented by Ken Briault, the Newcastle Community Scholarship presented by Charlene Greene, and is a Schulich Leader Nominee, Demonstrating excellence in the STEM fields, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. He also received the DVSS Chemistry 30 Award.
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IMG 2714IMG 2715IMG 2717Maya Wright plans to pursue a Bachelor of Education in Elementary Studies at Mount Royal University with the goal of becoming an elementary school teacher. She received the Drama 30 Award, sponsored by Western GM Drumheller and presented by Mr. Doug Lubinski; the Alex Semaka Memorial Scholarship, presented by Christine Burfield; the Michele Salvatore Memorial Award, sponsored by Mr. Paul Salvatore and presented by Maya Bieganek; the Randolph Scholarship for Community Involvement, sponsored and presented by Dr. Amanda Randolph and Dr. Brock Randolph and the DVSS Senior Drama Award.
IMG 2719Mischa Yanish intends to take a year off before pursuing a career in the arts. She was presented the Marie “Amy” Kuschke Memorial Scholarship Art 30, sponsored by Drumheller Associated Physicians and presented by Dr. Amanda Randolph and Dr. Brock Randolph, and the DVSS Art 30 Award.

IMG 2720Rachelle Zacharuk will study Criminal Justice at Lethbridge College, with aspirations to become a detective. She received the Chiropractic Wellness Centre Award and was presented by Angie Gill.
The Valedictorian Address was given by Ava Groves, Teng Jatawattana, Teagan Watson and Kael Webster the Governor General’s Award will be awarded during the opening assembly of DVSS on September 4, 2024.

Rotary Park shade structure officially opens

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The Rotary Club of Drumheller celebrated their 100th year in the Valley with the official opening of their Centennial Project on Saturday, June 8. The gold and blue shade structure was placed earlier this year in Rotary Park. Those in attendance enjoyed a complimentary barbecue and cake supplied by Freson Bros., complimentary drinks supplied by Drum Soda Works, music provided by Carol Todor and Aaron Krabsen and although the weather didn’t cooperate, many ventured out and enjoyed a day of visiting and celebrating with Rotarians. Mayor Heather Colberg was on hand for the ribbon cutting along with Centennial Committee members and event planners Rod Dormer, Bob Friesen, Doug Stanford, Graham Giffin, Mayor Heather Colberg, chairperson Brent Pedersen, Jim Fisher, president Bev Krabsen, Scott Kuntz, Helen Peers.


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