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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.”


Kaleidoscope Theatre gearing up for Sound of Music

    Kaleidoscope Theatre in Drumheller is proud to present the famed musical production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music.
     This will be the first production in the newly renovated theatre space, after an absence of close to two years.
    The Sound of Music is directed by Deanne Bertsch and runs November 24 - 26 and December 1 - 3, 2011 (matinee and evening shows on Saturdays).
    The stellar cast of over 60 adults and children includes Amy Burks as Maria, Lewis Frere as Captain von Trapp, and Becky Neuman as Mother Abbess.
    For more information, please visit www.kaleidoscopetheatre.ca.  For tickets, call 403-823-PLAY (7529) or purchase online at our website.

Man injured in Standard garage fire

    On Friday afternoon, Nov. 4 the Strathmore RCMP were called to a residential garage fire in Standard, Alberta.
    A 55 year old male who lives at the residence was working in his garage when the garage caught fire.
    The male was able to get out on his own before the garage was engulfed in flames. The man received life threatening injuries and was transported to a hospital in Calgary. He currently is in critical condition.
     The garage burnt to the ground. There was some damage to the adjacent residences in the area.
    The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Strathmore RCMP and the Provincial Fire Investigator’s office, but is not believed to be suspicious at this time.


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