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Brand new park for Huntington community


The project to bring a new playground to the Huntington Hills area began in the fall of 2007, and now, two years later, the community is excited about their newly installed park!  A small group of community members worked together to plan and fundraise money to create a park for children of all ages to enjoy.  The park contains swings, slides, climbing walls, a merry go round and much more!  The town began installing the park in mid July, with the first section opening on July 31st.  Final stages of the project were completed by mid September.  The group would not have been able to achieve their goal without the help and donations from various businesses, organizations and community members.  The group is thankful to the following donors; Alberta Lotteries – Community Initiatives Program, The Town of Drumheller, Park N Play, EnCana Corporation, Royal Tyrrell Museum Cooperating Society/Drumheller Fund, Royal Purple #109, Rotary Club of Drumheller, Drumheller Kinsmen Club, Conoco-Phillips, Q91, Drumheller and Alberta Elks Club, Tarpon Energy Services Ltd, Quadrock Trucking and Excavating Ltd, and many Huntington Community Members.   Thank you to the residents of the Huntington area for their ongoing support of the project and to the provincial support of MLA Jack Hayden  A special thanks to the president of the group, Angela Gill, who kept the project on track and didn’t give up. The Huntington Community group invites Drumheller residents to come and enjoy the park located on Huntington Park.

WLD Legacy Fund supports local initiatives


    The World’s Largest Dinosaur’s legacy is supporting three community groups in the valley.
    Part of the goal of the World’s Largest Dinosaur is to give back to the community. Shortly after the chamber realized the debt incurred by the dinosaur, they established the World’s Largest Dinosaur Legacy Fund. To date they have contributed $58,000 to 10 community groups for local projects.
    On Thursday, October 1, the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce presented a cheque for $2,000 to Drumheller Communities in Bloom, and $2,000 to the Canadian Badlands Artists Association. General manager of the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce Heather Bitz says this year there were 11 applications for the Dinosaur Legacy Fund. The third recipient will be announced at a later date.
    Jim Carlson, chair of the Canadian Badlands Association, told The Mail, the grant would be used to upgrade the lighting at the Canadian Badlands Artists Association’s Community Gallery in downtown Drumheller. He explains the new track style lighting will improve the look and the illumination of the gallery. Modern lighting will also help protect the works of art that can be subjected to degradation due to harsh lighting conditions.
    The Badlands Artists Association has been operating since 2001 to raise the profile and awareness of arts in the community and showcasing local artists. It operates the gallery of members’ works in downtown Drumheller. 
    Communities in Bloom in Drumheller was the second recipient of the World’s Largest Dinosaur Legacy Fund.  Communities in Bloom has been active in the beautification of Drumheller through dozens of projects contributing to the health of the community. The group recently came back from provincial adjudication awards ceremonies  with four out of five Blooms.
    One of the projects the judges liked was the revitalization on the parcel of land at the corner of South Dinosaur Trail and Highway 9/56. The money from the fund will go towards constructing signage on the lot, directing visitors to check out the amenities in downtown Drumheller. Patricia Parker says Image Crafters is making the signs which will be visible from three sides.
    The World’s Largest Dinosaur Legacy Fund invests a portion of the funds generated by visits to The World’s Largest Dinosaur, to enhance and enrich economic development activities in the Drumheller region.

PBI board members to review assessment


    The Board members of Prairie Bible Institute (PBI) have  some important decisions to mull over, looking into the future of the iconic school in Three Hills.
    The Drumheller Mail reported in its July 29 edition that PBI was completing an analysis of its operations and exploring the possibility of moving its operation to Drumheller. President of PBI Jon Olhauser confirmed if they decide to move to Drumheller, they are investigating the former Drumheller Hospital Site as well as the current St. Anthony’s School property, both in east Drumheller.
    Most recently members of the Board of PBI held a town hall meeting with residents of Three Hills to share information with the estimated 600-plus attendants of the decision making process. Reports were that most in attendance were  strongly opposed  to the move.
    According to Bob Webber, communications person for PBI, the meeting is an important part of the decision making process.
    “The community was rallying saying, ‘this is a great place to be too!’” said Webber. “The assessment team is taking all that public input and putting it into its assessment they are bringing to the board.”
    Webber says there will be a board meeting in mid October where much of the findings of the  study will be presented.
    “It was a useful meeting and there has been some good discussion on various things and at this point, it is impossible to speculate what the board will decide, but the board is gong to have all the options laid out for them,” said Webber.
    He said the board was courageous to look at the possibilities of relocation.   
    “You have 80-some years of history in Three Hills, but the good news is there are some good possibilities for this organization that Drumheller offers, and they are willing to have the courage to look at it. It has opened a can of worms, but they are working through it,” said Webber.
    He adds the board is looking at all the possibilities that Drumheller has to offer including the air strip for its aviation school.
    “One message that did come out for everyone concerned is they can’t let a decision like this hang in the air for a long time. It creates too much uncertainly for everybody,” said Webber.


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