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Last updateSat, 20 Jul 2024 10am

Community facility tender closing date pushed back

    The Town of Drumheller has extended the closing date for tenders for the construction of the Badlands Community Facility.
    The Town put out a request for tenders on Friday, May 7 with a closing date of Tuesday, June 1. It has since amended the date to now close on Tuesday, June 8.
    Ray Telford, communications officer for The Town of Drumheller explains the extension is due to the inability of structural steel providers of the girder truss system to have questions answered by the structural engineers within the tender time frame.
    “It is just going to take a little longer to answer those questions,” said Telford.
    The posting for the tenders have gone through the Alberta Purchasing Connection and the Alberta CoolNet to meet the TILMA requirements. The postings also went to the Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat Construction Associations.
    On the Alberta Purchasing Connection website there is a list of 11 general contractors that have expressed interest in the project as well as a number of subcontractors.

Big tippers at WHIFS raise $1,600 for Walk to End Women’s Breast Cancers

    It wasn’t your typical morning at WHIFS last Saturday for those who came for breakfast. It was instead a bit of a celebration of friends coming together to support each other, and along the way they raised $1,600 for women’s cancers.
    The Drumheller restaurant played host to a fundraiser to support Carrie Sine’s (nee Shymanski) trek in the Weekend to End Women’s Cancers coming up on July 24-25 in Calgary.
    The Weekend to End women’s Cancers is a 60-kilometre journey over two days. This is the sixth walk held in Calgary, and since its inception has raised more than $21 million for breast cancer research and programming.
    Carrie is on the “We’d go Through Hell with Mel” team, and is walking in dedication of her good friend Melanie Porter, a cancer survivor.
    The two grew up together in the valley, and have remained close.  Last year Melanie was expecting her second child when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was at 34 weeks.
    Because the cancer was aggressive, her labour was induced on December 7 she gave birth to her daughter Megan Hope. On December 17, she began chemotherapy treatment. She underwent a double mastectomy earlier this month.
    The two friends were joined by a number of friends and supporters last Saturday, May 28, for the fundraiser. Melanie was there, joined by Sine and Lisa Grande-Gruner pouring coffee, and the serving staff at the restaurant donated their tips to Carrie’s walk.
    Along the way, they raised more than twice their goal.
    “It really was shocking when we started counting the money.  I was hoping to get between $500-700, so this helps out a lot,” said Sine.  “Throughout the day we heard many stories of friends with breast cancer and saw some ribbons dedicated to loved ones.  Hopefully future generations don’t have to deal with any type of cancer.”
    Sine is grateful for all the support from the staff at the restaurant as well as Lynne Hatt for allowing them to use the restaurant for the fundraiser.
    “Thanks to everyone who came to WHIFS that day and opened their wallets for a great cause,” said Sine.
    Those who are not able to come out for breakfast this Saturday, and still want to contribute to Carrie’s walk, can go to, select the Calgary event, click “donate,” and search Carrie’s name to make a donation.

Luminaries available for Relay For Life


    The fourth Relay For Life in Drumheller is coming up on Friday, June 11, and the event sparks a fire with all who participate.
    One of the most moving parts of each year’s event is the Luminary Ceremony. This is a chance for everyone in the community to take a moment and reflect on those who have won their battle with cancer, those who have lost, and those who are still fighting.
    “It is very personal, and everybody has somebody (they know with cancer),” said Teri Sparkes, luminary chair. “It is a part of the night where people can all remember and honour people who have been affected.”
    Luminaries are simple. They are paper bags that are available online or from the Scotiabank in Drumheller. Those who purchase a luminary can write their wish, the name of the person to who they are dedicating the luminary, and decorate it how they choose.  When the ceremony begins, a candle is placed in each bag that lines the Relay For Life track as a vigil and lights up the walkers’ route on their way to remembering, celebrating and fighting back.
    “I’ve had people purchase them for loved ones they have lost, or people who are currently battling, or people that have beaten cancer, so literally it can be anything,” said Sparkes. “The main focus of the entire event is celebrating and remembering.”
    While luminaries are available onsite during the event, she is hoping those who want to purchase them beforehand will go to Scotiabank or simply log onto and follow the links to the Drumheller event.
    For more information, or to purchase a luminary, contact Sparkes at 403-820-6718.


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