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Pedestrians focus of Traffic Safety for November

    With the changing weather and reduced number of daylight hours the concern for pedestrian safety increases. During the month of November, Saferoads, an initiative of the  Alberta Office of Traffic Safety will be extra vigilant that users of the roadways conduct themselves in such a manner to support the safety of pedestrians. The following are some recommended safety tips:
    For drivers:
• When approaching an intersection or crosswalk be alert for pedestrians.
• Watch for vehicles stopped or slowing in the lane next to yours. They may be yielding to a pedestrian.
• Stay alert and slow down on residential streets and through school and playground zones.
• Failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk carries a fine of $575 plus 4 demerit points.
     For pedestrians:
• POINT, PAUSE, and PROCEED. Be alert at intersections and always look out for danger when crossing the street.
• Always use crosswalks and pedestrian-activated signals when they are available and cross only at intersections if they are not.
• Never jaywalk. Drivers are not anticipating pedestrians crossing in the middle of the street so they may not have enough time to avoid hitting you.
• Make eye contact with drivers before you cross the street.
• Be seen! Wear bright coloured or reflective clothing especially when walking in low light or poor weather conditions.
• Walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk off the road, facing traffic, staying as far away from the vehicles as possible.
• If you are impaired, seek assistance and alternative transportation. Alcohol is often a factor in serious pedestrian collisions. On average over one-third of pedestrians in fatal crashes and 15 per cent in injury crashes had consumed alcohol prior to the collision.
• Pay attention! Remove headphones; put away cell phones or other electronic devices when crossing the street.
• Abide by traffic signs and signals. They are in place to protect your safety.
    Both drivers and pedestrians are responsible for safety. Pedestrians have the right of way in crosswalks, but pedestrians also have the responsibility to cross safely. From 2005 to 2009, on average each year in Alberta, more than 40 pedestrians were killed and over 1250 were injured.
    Additional information on the Saferoads - Traffic Safety in Alberta website at: http://www.saferoads.com/drivers/tips_pedsafety.html.


DVSS students celebrate diversity during International Week

    Next week the Drumheller Valley Secondary School will be given the chance to learn about different cultures around the globe during International Education Week.
    On November 15 between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. students from the DVSS will be displaying posters, artwork, cuisine, music, and more to one another.
    Each presentation will delve into the culture, celebrations, history, and sites of various nations.
    There will also be culinary samples in what Annette Waiboer, Career Counsellor at the DVSS, describes as “an assortment of international cuisine.”
    The international students will feature prominently in the celebrations. One of the students from South Korea will be giving a drumming demonstration.
    Local students will be participating as well. Each class will research and create a display of a different culture.
    The DVSS began to hold the annual event seven years ago.
    “It’s educational,” explained Waiboer. “We showcase other cultures, diversity, and similarities with our own.”

Single malt mania

    Shimmering highlights. Long legs. Delicate aroma. A spirit that has plenty of impact.
    No, this is not the description of a beautiful woman; rather, it is the impression left by Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky. 
    The local scotch club meets semi-annually to taste and appreciate fine scotch. This past month’s meeting heralded a tantalizing array of flavours. Who knew taste buds could create a spirit of adventure harmony?
    The group tastes various types of scotch and compares notes, before providing an overall rating.
    Founding member and president, Marcel Augey, often creates geographical and historical information for each scotch, which he presents at each meeting. From tiny distilleries along the Western Highland coast of Scotland, to the infamous Macallan collection in the Speyside region, this group has tasted many fine malts.   In keeping with being responsible, they also have arranged rides home after each event.
    Last meeting, the group tasted the aforementioned Mackinlay’s Rare Old.  This is a rare find, as it is replicated from the scotch left hidden in the Antarctic by Sir Ernest Shackleton during his 1907 ‘Nimrod’ Expedition. A century later the scotch was found, and recreated by master blender Richard Paterson.
    The club provides a unique way to spend an evening. The men and women who make up the scotch club come from various backgrounds and professions, each bringing a fresh sense of interest and enjoyment to the scotch tasting experience. 
    Former Drumheller resident Ray Telford continues to attend scotch club meetings despite the commute from Camrose.
    “The people in the club are great, the appetizers are wonderful and the information and the tasting of the scotch is amazing. The scotch club is definitely  worth the two hour drive from Camrose. I will be a member for a long time,” said Telford.
     Augey says it best: “Like a fine marriage, scotch requires time, attention, and a spirit of passion. It deserves an evocative tribute as it leaves an impression long after the last sip.”


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