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Rotary installs centennial project

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On Monday, November 6, the Rotary Club of Drumheller took delivery of its centennial project. The new picnic structure for Rotary Park arrived, and immediately crews from the manufacturer and the Rotary Club began the installation. They were helped along by Grant’s Oilfield, which dropped the structure into place. The Rotary has been actively fundraising for the project to celebrate its centennial coming next year, and the shelter is a great addition to the community as a place for people to gather and take over from the hot summer sun. At the installation are (l-r) Rotarians Linda Fisher, Madison Colberg, Grant Adie of Grant’s Oilfield, Rotarians Bonnie Pedersen, Doug Stanford, Brent Pedersen, Jim Fisher, and Gary Krabsen.

Dog, owner shocked at Downtown Halloween

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Halloween is a time for tricks and treats, but one Drumheller family is recovering from a traumatizing experience during the Downtown Trick or Treat event after their dog suffered an electrical shock during the event on Tuesday, October 31.
Cassy McEwan took her daughter and a friend to the trick or treat event, along with her two dogs, but could not have imagined how the evening would play out when her dog Bowie stepped into a puddle at Centre Street and 3 Avenue East on the north sidewalk near NN News.
“We were walking along the sidewalk and just passed the barricade when my dog suddenly started crying and screaming,” she says, adding Bowie dropped to the ground.
At first, Ms. McEwan thought Bowie’s costume was causing him distress or pain, and started trying to remove it. She was kneeling just outside the puddle Bowie had stepped in and at first did not realize Bowie was being shocked. It wasn’t until she tried to roll Bowie onto his side that Ms. McEwan says she “felt the current” going up her arm.
Bystander Nicole Hall stepped in quickly to help, picking up the family’s smaller dog while her husband helped to get Bowie out of the puddle.
An ATCO employee who was attending the event was recognized by a witness and an on-call technician was called in. The technician worked to stop the electrical current and “remove the electrical hazard.”
“Town Public Works staff have been working with ATCO to further investigate the area and ensure that the site is safe,” reads a statement from the Town of Drumheller. “This investigation included energization of cables and voltage checks to ensure no issues in the cable feed to the light.”
It further notes power will remain off and further work will be completed “to ensure safety when the power is turned back on.”
Bowie did suffer some burns to his paws but is expected to make a full recovery. Ms. McEwan says she is grateful for everyone from the Town and ATCO who have both reached out to her and her family since, and especially to those who stepped in to help during the incident, including the Hall family.

Material delays push back Aquaplex reopening

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Reopening of the Drumheller Aquaplex has been further delayed, now with an estimated reopening date in late November to early December, due to delays procuring necessary materials for repairs.
The indoor pool at the Aquaplex has been closed to the public since July of this year when a leak after a potential leak was discovered by facility staff, which resulted in the discovery of a medium-sized void.
“Our teams had to purchase a new hairnet strainer for the project, but there were some delays on the arrival of this part,” reads a statement from the Town of Drumheller.
This has resulted in delays to repair the Aquaplex, pushing back the anticipated completion date.
While repairs have been ongoing, other work has also been underway, including relocation of the northwest door due to flood mitigation work, and replacement of the facility’s make-up air handling unit. The make-up air handling unit also faced material delays to procure fans and grates in early October.


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