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Cuts 4 Cancer raises $16,635 and counting


    “The Lord hates a coward,” Rod Morse mutters quietly to himself as he takes one last look at the silver locks and bushy beard he has been growing for months in anticipation of Cuts 4 Cancer.
    Shortly after 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 3, Morse ambled his way into the barber chair to go under the clippers in support of those fighting cancer. After some last ditch pleas for mercy, the familiar buzzing of clippers, and in minutes it was all over.     
    Rod pledged to put a bounty on his hair and beard for this year’s Cuts 4 Cancer. The annual event has become a major fundraiser for the Drumheller and Area Health Foundation, and has given thousands of dollars to local projects to benefit cancer patients and their families. Chop Shop owner, Cathy Morse, began the event in memory of her mother Rose Schinnour who passed way from cancer. More than a year ago, Rod’s father also succumbed to cancer, and this helped prompt him into the seat to have his hair cut. His tally has topped $4,100 and counting.
    Along the way, he collected dozens of pledges with the promise to the top bidder they would be first to take a swipe at Rod’s hair. That top bidder was Scott McKay Contracting, and Joyce McKay, with clippers in hand took the first swipe. After that, Rod’s daughter Courtney, and wife Cathy took over.
    Every year the Chop Shop dedicates the funds from haircuts to the Health Foundation.More and more, every year customers, rather than just jumping into the barber’s chair, collect pledges and go all the way in getting their hair shorn.
    Beside Rod in the chair was Constable Mark Logan of the Drumheller RCMP. He raised about $300 as stylists took his hair down to bare skin, all the while worrying if his locks will grow back before his impending nuptials.
    This was the second year Walter Albrecht collected pledges to shave his unmistakable beard. He has been growing it since September and on Wednesday morning, he passed over $1,577. The trio of Wacy Sandum, Jayden Nail and his father Russell Nail combined to raise $1,475, Dylan Cole raised $2,000.
     Maddie Davies 16, repeated a tradition. Three years ago she donated her hair to Angel Hair for Kids to make wigs for children in need, and this year she repeated the task. Along the way, she raised $782 for the Cuts 4 Cancer event. She received a great donation from members of the Hussar 4-H Horse Club.
    These are just a few of those who went under the scissors for cancer.
    The Drumheller Co-op and Freson IGA gave to the event by donating fruit and sandwiches to keep the stylists’ energy up for the marathon day behind the chair.

RCMP investigate death near Big Valley


    On January 30 at 7:40 p.m., snowmobilers riding along the Red Deer River, west of Big Valley reported finding an abandoned truck and a dead body nearby.
    The Stettler RCMP Detachment investigated with the assistance of personnel from the Major Crime Unit and Forensic Identification Unit.
    The deceased is an unidentified male.  At this preliminary stage, foul play has been ruled out. 
    The investigation into the cause of death and identity of the deceased continues under the direction of the Provincial
Medical Examiner’s Office of Calgary.

K-40 Club donates $2,000 to new facility



The Drumheller K-40 Club has donated $2,000 to the Badlands Community Facility, the first time the group has made a charitable donation in 20 years. The club does no fundraising, but through careful accounting management by club treasurer Ed Castonguay, the motion to donate money passed at the club at a recent meeting. It was recognized that the new community facility was an important asset to Drumheller and members wanted to show support for the committee. (l-r) Luigi Vescarelli, club president, Jeff Hall, chair of the Badlands Community Facility fundraising committee and club treasurer Ed Castonguay. As well, the club sent $500 to Haitian relief from the earthquake experienced in January. K-40 Clubs across Canada are affiliates with the only completely Canadian service group in existence, the Kinsmen. The Drumheller K-40 Group has over 30 members and meets once a month. The construction of the Badlands Community Facility is progressing on schedule. The architect firm of Graham Edmunds Cartier is currently working on the design and the preliminary site work is underway. The construction will start with a field house, running track, fitness centre, meeting facilities and a new public library followed by an arena and curling rink as funding becomes available.


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