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Drumheller Fire tackles Newcastle house fire

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Members of Drumheller Fire Department, along with EMS and RCMP, attended a call for a house fire in the 1100 block of 2 Avenue West in Newcastle around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday evening, August 29. Fire crews worked quickly to knock out the fire with members grappling with the blaze with hoses while also tackling it from overhead with the ladder truck. Drumheller Fire Chief Derian Rosario shares the fire was accidental in nature and started outside the home before migrating into the roof structure. Occupants of the home were able to evacuate, and there were no injuries. Chief Rosario adds he is pleased with the quick response of fire crews who were able to knock back the fire efficiently and quickly. He reminds residents to keep any gas fired appliances, such as propane heaters and barbecues, a minimum of three feet away from the home or other structures, or to follow manufacturer recommendations. Other safety measures, such as keeping a fire extinguisher near the back door or in the kitchen and ensuring smoke alarms are operational should also be followed.

Open house outlines concerns over proposed Business License bylaw

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About a dozen people turned up to the Town of Drumheller’s open house regarding its proposed Business License bylaw, which will help regulate Short Term Rental (STR) properties, on Wednesday, August 23.
If approved, the bylaw would help to regulate STRs within the community through licensing, similar to other business licensing currently in effect, and would help to ensure guest safety.
Along with regulating STRs, the bylaw would also include provisions to streamline the application process for mobile vendors, which currently have to await approval from the Town’s Municipal Planning Commission (MPC), and provide clarity on buskers, markets, and special events.
The open house gave attendees the opportunity to share comments and concerns about the proposed bylaw through a short four question survey, which is also available on the Town of Drumheller website. Economic Development team members were on hand to answer questions and provide more information about the proposed bylaw.
A public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, September 5.

Back to class for St. Anthony's School

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The days are getting longer and nights are getting cooler. Soon school buses will be en route as classes begin at St. Anthony’s School.
Principal Celeste Schrock tells the Mail enrollment at the K-12 school continues to increase.
“We have growth in our Junior High with two of each grade. We are still accepting registrations so anyone interested in enrolling is still welcome to do so,” she said.
The school is welcoming three new teachers. Kelvin Li is coming from Ontario and will teach Junior and Senior High math and computer science. Samuel Eneje is also coming to teach Junior and Senior High math, science, and various options. Eneje is originally from Nigeria and most recently taught in Northern Alberta. Claire Heistad is from Innisfail and will be teaching grade 3.
“We are excited to welcome these new teachers to our school and our community,” said Schrock.
The school is also welcoming Raelene Maunula in the role of receptionist. She and her family are long-time residents of Drumheller and come to the school with years of experience working in a school office.
Schrock explains the school will be implementing the new Alberta Kindergarten to Grade 6 curriculum, and four teachers spent two weeks this summer working in teams to create curriculum support documents.
The Junior High is implementing quarterly options this school year. Schrock says this “has doubled the number of options for students and allows for a wide variety of experiences. Both our teachers and students are excited about this change.”
Christ the Redeemer School Division will continue its focus on faith, academic excellence and healthy schools.
“We are beginning a new three-year Faith Plan, Faith Seeking Understanding, with this year’s theme being Encountering Beauty Through Faith & Science. Teachers will continue to work in teams on Friday afternoons to review, examine, and improve student learning. Healthy Schools will focus on intellectual, mental, social, emotional, spiritual, and physical wellbeing for staff and students,” said Schrock.
“What we look forward to the most, is September 5th when our students walk through the doors. That’s when our building comes alive!”


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