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Last updateThu, 11 Apr 2024 9am

Countdown to torch relay begins

torch-relay.jpgOn January 16, one year to the day until Drumheller celebrates the  arrival of the Olympic Torch, a group of citizens and administrators of the symbolic event gathered to raise the 2010 Olympic Flag in front of Town Hall. Drumheller was chosen as a Celebration Community, where the torch will stop on its route to Vancouver for an evening of great pride and legacy. The Canadian Badlands Passion Play amphitheater has been suggested as the site to hold the festivities. At the ceremony are  RBC Drumheller Manager Elaine Piwin, Olympic Torch Committee's chair John Sparling, Kathy Lima, Karen Thornton, Karla Roberts, Paul Salvatore, Judy Quinton Arvidson, Mayor Bryce Nimmo,  Ray Telford, Stephanie Jones, and Ray Romanetz

Hey dad, who's driving?

tobbaganing.jpgWhile the valley has received a nice clean blanket of snow, it wasn’t until recently residents could enjoy it because of the frigid temperatures. On Monday afternoon, January 12, Lexi, 2, and her father Bob McInnis hit their favourite tobogganing hill for some winter thrills. Warm weather is forecasted all week.

New Year's Baby arrives under the wire

new-years-baby.jpgThe stork arrived in the valley early this year, bringing in 2009’s first baby at the Drumheller Health Centre on New Years Day, marking the beginning of a new life and a new year.
Exhausted, Charlotte Verkerk, sits with her newborn daughter, Vylit Irene Verkerk, in a room at the health centre, surrounded by members of her family including great grandparents Ted and Lilo Rolf.  Vylit's grandparents are Remie and Irene DeFoor of Drumhellr. Baby Vylit, born a healthy 8 lbs., .02 oz. reaches out to feel her new world as father Bryan stands next to his new daughter and her loving mother.
“It was a very stressful birth, we are all exhausted,” Bryan said of the over 20 hour labour. “She was in there a lot longer than she should have been.”
The couple currently lives in Camrose, Alberta, but “still calls Drumheller home,” where most of their family resides.
“Dr.  Jeff Chung was just wonderful,” said Charlotte, who had to undergo an emergency Caesarean section. “The hospital here is much better than the one in Camrose.
Bryan and Charlotte Verkerk, 27 and 29, now have three children with the arrival of Vylit.


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