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Canada Day parade celebrates Dragons' 20th anniversary

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A staple of Canada Day in Drumheller, the annual Canada Day parade, is returning this year and registrations are now open.
This year the parade theme is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Drumheller Dragons.
Several organizations are involved to support the event, including BrokerLink Insurance which is covering the cost of insurance for the event, Reality Bytes which is providing website design and hosting, and Canalta which is supplying safety vests and stop signs for parade deputies who will be positioned along the route.
Parade participants will position themselves in the staging area along Riverside Drive East beginning at 10 Street East, near Riverside Park, starting at 9 a.m. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. sharp and will travel along Riverside Drive East, turning north at 5 Street East, and then meander through downtown Drumheller via 3 Avenue to 1 Street West, and finally along Railway Avenue West where it will end just past 3 Street East.
Event organizers are encouraging anyone interested in participating to fill out an entry form to either volunteer or enter a float at

Race is on for May 29 election

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With less than a week to go before the provincial election, candidates are pounding the pavement, meeting with voters and doing their best to get the message out.
In Drumheller-Stettler, incumbent Nate Horner was through the valley last week and says the campaign is going well.
“It has been a busy time. There is a lot going on in the province, especially with the forest fires and all the issues that spring brings, but it feels good to get out around the riding,“ Horner tells the Mail.
He says there's a lot of concern about what party will form the next government.
“From our supporters, they are pretty adamant they want the economy to continue to be on a roll. They like to see all the people moving to Alberta looking for opportunities, they like seeing the jobs, so keeping that momentum is important to them,” said Horner.
Candidate for the NDP in Drumheller Stettler Juliet Franklin says it has been a respectful campaign.
“I have had a lot of very good conversions with folks across the board, regardless of who people are voting for. It seems like the concerns are fairly similar: affordability, healthcare, education, and I will say the vast majority of folks have been respectful,” said Franklin. “It is reassuring to see democracy in action.”
She says everyone is feeling the financial crunch.
“Regardless of who I am speaking to, whether they work in town, or someone who has a small to medium farm or ranch, we are all feeling the crunch on expenses, utilities and rising costs to keep day-to-day things going. I am excited to be part of a team that is really taking that into consideration.”
Shannon Packham is running for The Independence Party in Drumheller-Stettler. She has been a teacher for 28 years, was active in the Freedom Movement, spent time at the Coutts blockade, and has also been involved in the Alberta Prosperity Project.
“I am here to give people an option for a conservative vote. Conservative Christian values with no party whip. The time of two-party politics is over. People no longer need to choose ‘the lesser of two evils.’ I am a strong conservative voice of the people for the people. Basically, at the end of the day, I just want to be the change I want to see in this world. Our legacies depend on that,” she said.
The Mail reached out to Carla Evers of the Solidarity Movement of Alberta and Hannah Stretch Viens of the Wildrose Loyalty coalition but has not heard from them as of press time.
In Olds-Didisbury, incumbent Nathan Cooper of the UCP is looking for a further mandate. He was first elected in 2015 and was elected Speaker of the House in May 2021.
In the running is Cheryl Hunter Loewen of the NDP. She holds degrees in economics and law, and previously worked in the energy, technology and public service sectors. She provides advice as a volunteer lawyer to low-income clients at a free public clinic.
“My goal for Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills is that every person here will feel like their government is working with them to ensure their community is a good place to live, now and in the future,” said Loewen. "The Alberta NDP values and supports Alberta’s oil and gas, energy and agriculture sectors. We will champion innovation and be the supportive government businesses need to keep Alberta as a world leader on the energy stage.”
The Independence Party of Alberta is running in the riding with candidate Katherine Kowalchuk. She is a practicing lawyer with Getz Collins and Associates in Strathmore.
Judy Bridges is the candidate for the Solidarity Movement of Alberta.
The Mail reached out to these candidates but has not received comment as of press time.

Carseland, Gleichen community facilities receive $204,000 from Wheatland County grant

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Wheatland County council approved a total of $204,000 to be allocated to community facilities in the hamlets of Carseland and Gleichen during the regular Tuesday, April 18 council meeting.
The Carseland and Gleichen Community Facilities Funding Grant replaced the previous Community Regional Infrastructure Services Program (CRISP) which provided funding for hamlet community groups; this is the third year the funding grant has been available, and a total of $216,817.41 has been awarded since it was implemented.
“This is the first year the grant was oversubscribed,” explained Community Services coordinator Dave Rimes during the meeting.
He noted the total combined requests totalled $288,724.25-nearly $85,000 above the approved budgeted amount-and it was recommended council approve an adjusted amount for each project to keep within the $204,000 budget.
Gleichen and District Community Association requested a total of $31,219.25 to help cover expenses for insurance, a security system, and utility costs, along with kitchen repairs and maintenance, and upgrading its sound system; a total of $11,424 was awarded to the association.
Carseland and District Community Association and Agricultural Society were approved a total of $102,000 of its requested $127,505 to help cover various costs, including redesigning its website, repairing the roof of the recreation centre and replacing a roof top unit at the community hall, and cover costs for snow removal, insurance and utilities.
Gleichen and District Agricultural Society were also awarded $90,576 of a requested $130,000 to help cover expenses for operating utilities and maintenance, a lighting project, and ice plant maintenance.


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