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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.

Freson Market IGA founder named Member of Order of Canada

Founder of Freson Market IGA chain, Mr. Frank Lovsin was inducted as a Member of the Order of Canada on Tuesday, December 30.
    Mr. Lovsin of Peace River, Alberta was one of sixty Canadians and one of three from Alberta announced to be named to the highest Canadian civilian honour.  He was named as a member of the Order of Canada for his contributions as a volunteer, philanthropist and entrepreneur. He has served as a vocal advocate for his community in regional and provincial affairs.

Fatality results from collision on Highway 10

accident.jpgA two vehicle collision on Highway 10 last Monday, took the life of 57 year old Don Turner of Rosedale.
    Mr. Turner was airlifted to Calgary by STARS from the Drumheller Health Centre, but succumbed to his injuries.
    On December 29 shortly after noon, the collision occurred on Highway 10 about 2 kilometres west of Rosedale.
    According to a witness account, a Chrysler Sebring travelling east began to spin out of control and struck a Dodge truck that was west bound. The driver of the truck made an attempt to avoid the collision, but was unsuccessful.
    The Drumheller Fire Department used the Jaws of Life to extricate the driver of the Sebring.  Both the drivers were transported to the Drumheller Health Centre.
    According to a police press release, the road conditions at the time of the accident were extremely icy.


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