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Students’ encounter with stranger renews safety awareness


    Parents are asked to review safety practices with their children after an incident involving two DCHS students raised some concern.
    Two female students were returning to school on Monday, January 18 at noon when they were approached by a man asking them for their assistance to try and get his truck unlocked. The students declined, however the man asked them again for assistance and began to walk towards the youngsters. The students fled the scene and returned to school.
    No one was harmed in the incident.
    This week, students at DCHS, Greentree School and St. Anthony’s School took home letters from administration to inform parents about the event. The letter says police have been informed about the incident and statements have been taken.
    Anne Morgan, principal at Greentree School says teachers have reviewed with students basic safety practices when dealing with strangers. The letter serves as a reminder to parents to review basic safety concepts including:
• Not to walk alone.
• Do not talk to strangers.
•    Stick to known routes and avoid alleyways.
•    Under no circumstances, get into a vehicle, or try to assist others.
• If you feel threatened, run to a house for safety, or call out loudly or scream.
• If there is an incident, report it to the school administration and your parents.
    Staff Sergeant Art Hopkins told inSide Drumheller these sort of incidents are uncommon.
    “It is very rare. It is not a common occurrence to say the least. Most parents have done a good job in street-proofing their kids, but this brings renewal to the urgency,” he said. “It’s like a fire drill. The more you practice, the more you bring it to the surface, the quicker people will react to it and realize this isn’t right, this is what I should do.”

Freson IGA commits $100,000 to community facility


    Freson IGA Drumheller has had a continual presence in Drumheller supporting the community, and have jumped on in a big way to support the building of the Badlands Community Facility.
    Freson IGA has pledged $100,000 over five years to the project.
    “Drumheller and District has been an important part of the success of our company, and we want to help the Badlands Community Facility with their funding by donating $100,000,” said Doug Lovsin, former resident and Vice President Operations of Freson IGA. “We believe in investing in the communities we serve and we make this commitment on behalf of our Drumheller management and staff.”
     The Freson IGA company started in 1955 and now has 15 locations in Alberta. It employs over 1,000 throughout its various operations. Since 1990, the IGA store in Drumheller has been operated by the Freson company.
    Mr. Lovsin told The Mail, the commitment also carries a personal connection as he and wife Deanna were married in Drumheller and their five children were born here. The Lovsins left the valley in the summer of 2009.

Chinook Credit Union announces merger plans


    The board of directors of the Chinook Credit Union and the Macleod Savings and Credit Union are recommending to the membership that the credit unions amalgamate.
    The membership of the Chinook Credit Union were informed of the proposition in a letter from CEO of Chinook Credit Union Tom Mossing.
    “The newly formed credit union will be stronger, more efficient and more able to meet our members changing needs and ongoing demands of a changing economy,” said the letter.
    The formal proposal will be presented to the membership of both organizations at their annual general meetings in March.
    The new credit union will retain the name Chinook Credit Union, and will encompass Chinook Credit Unions branches in Drumheller, Hussar, Brooks, Bassano, Hanna, Lomond, and Strathmore, as well as the Macleod Savings and Credit Union branches in Claresholm, Fort Macleod, Nanton and Vulcan.
    The letter says the change will allow the membership from both organizations to better face the future.
    “New legislation and regulatory requirements for credit unions have, and will, continue to be a critical part of our future working environment. The new organization will be better equipped to deal with these changes than either Chinook Credit Union or Macleod Savings and Credit Union, on their own,” states the letter.
    It further says customers will continue to receive the same personal service from their existing branches, but will have a broader range of products, and better support and branch access across Southern Alberta.
    After the amalgamation Chinook Credit Union will employ more than 160 people in the communities they serve.


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