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Support for annual food drive "overwhelming"

 

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    Incredible generosity was the story of last Thursday night as more than 100 volunteers came out for the annual Salvation Army Food Drive.
    Their job was simple; to collect and help sort the donations collected through generosity of thousands in the valley that altruistically gave to help fill the shelves of The Salvation Army Food Bank, and make Christmas brighter for those in the valley in need.
    “It was overwhelming to see how many people helped,” said Lieutenant Matt Sheils of the Salvation Army. “It was very exciting, lots of people said it was more food than they have ever seen.”
    Sheils says the success of the food drive allows the Salvation Army to distribute more complete hampers.
    The blitz started at 6 p.m., and in less than an hour the depot at the former Liquidation World was overwhelmed by the volume of the donations. So much so, they opened up a third sorting table just to contain the donations.
    Hard at work were members of the Drumheller Dragons, Drumheller Scouts, DCHS basketball teams, the Sea Cadets, the Rosedale Community Association and the Knights of Columbus to name a few, as well as dozens of residents that just wanted to help out.
    Organizer Heather Colberg said they had in the area of 70 signed up to sort, but dozens more joined in.    
    While it appeared chaotic, Sheils says by the next day the vast supply of food was sorted and ready to be stocked.
    He is grateful to the Drumheller Co-op for allowing the use of the space, and the Drumheller Rotary Club and its ample supply of tables to make sure the sorting went smoothly. He is also grateful for the efforts of Colberg and the support of Hi-Way 9 Express.
    Colberg says she is grateful for the community’s support.
    “A special thank you to all those who donated food, those who came out and helped collect food for the less fortunate and a really big thanks to my friends who continually support this great project-without all of you this would not be possible,” she said.
    The Salvation Army continues to have a busy season. While they held a rally to get those in need registered to receive a hamper, those who did not get on the list can still phone the church to register. There are still a number of opportunities to volunteer to man kettles.
    For more information on how to get involved, call 403-823-2215.


Corb Lund announced as headliner for torch celebrations

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    Juno Award winning artist, Corb Lund, has been confirmed as the headline act for the Olympic Torch Relay Celebrations.
    Corb Lund has been around  the Alberta music scene since the late 1980’s and has released six albums. His songs are loaded with a traditional country feel but an edge that is rock and roll. He has been named Roots Artist of the Year by the Canadian Country Music Association  for the last five years. 
    In 2006 he won a JUNO Award for  the Roots and Traditional Album of the Year for his release Hair in My Eyes Like a High Land Steer. This release received solid air time with recognizable songs such as Hurtin’ Albertan and The Truck got Stuck (including a reprise with legend Ramblin Jack Elliot).
    Lund performed on the Vinyl Cafe when story teller Stuart McLean brought show through Rosebud in 2006.
    He followed this effort up with Horse Soldier, Horse Soldier! which was nominated for the prestigious  Polaris Music Prize.
    About a month ago he released Losing Lately Gambler.
    Ray Telford, of the planning committee is excited to have Lund appear. He said Drumheller, along with three other communities applied to the Alberta Foundation for the Arts for a grant to have Lund appear at these other torch celebrations. Lund is also appearing at an Olympic Celebration on February 19 in Whistler.
    Telford says Lund will perform two sets, and appear solo, without his back-up band, The Hurtin’ Albertans.
    The committee is making the tickets available to the general public as early as Saturday, November 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Freson IGA. More tickets will be distributed on Sunday, December 5 at Drumheller Extra Foods and at the Hanna Mall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be more tickets available on Saturday, December 12 at Greentree Mall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Delia Legion closes its doors after 81 years

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    Royal Canadian Legion branch 61, in Delia has closed its doors after 81 years.
    According to former Legion president Darryl Morlock, "due to low resident membership, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 61 will surrender its charter at the end of November 2009."
    The Legion has enjoyed a long history in the community.
    A charter was issued and granted to the Delia branch on March 21, 1928. During the summer of 1928 the branch decided that due to its financial state it would be forced to sell its club rooms.
    The thirties were to affect the branch as they did all people of the district. After the hotel was sold meetings were held in various places, Spring Water School, Delia Town Hall, the agricultural building and Coates Hall. A small building next door to Dr. Netherton’s on main street was at one time used as a club room for the rent of $8 a year.
    The first Armistice Day service was held on the Sunday previous to November 11 in the year 1930. The service has become a tradition of the branch and was held each year. In conjunction with Remembrance Day, as it is now called, Poppy Day is held on the previous Saturday.
    The subject of the erection of a memorial was discussed at a general meeting in April, 1935, the location to be on the north side of the village. Before the summer had passed the project was completed. The cairn was built by the late John Nelson assisted by W. Demott. A plaque with the names of the men of the Delia District who paid the supreme sacrifice in World War 1 was placed on the eastern face of the cairn.
    In 1950, an agreement for sale was arranged for the old Co-op store for the sum of $2,500. The Legion finally had a home. For the purchase of the building many members made donations. A rather special donation was received from the ex victory loan group of salesmen, who had set aside their commissions on the sale of bonds and donated the amount to the building fund.
    In the summer of 1948 the branch placed another plaque on the cenotaph. This is affixed on the south face of the cairn, and upon it is inscribed the names of the men who didn’t return from World War 2.
    In November 1961, her majesty Queen Elizabeth ll by proclamation granted the Legion a change of name. They became the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch no 61, Delia.
    Over the years the branch became less and less active. Ordinary members were becoming fewer and far between as age gradually thinning the ranks.
    The Legion did not exist to perpetuate the memory of war, but it did exist to perpetuate the memory of those who served, and who paid the supreme sacrifice. Also, its obligation is to those who were wounded and thus deprived of living a normal life, and to dependants of these men and women.
    Like many other small town Legions, Delia faced the problem of not enough local members. They had only 23 members with only 7 members being local to Delia.
    Due to low resident membership, Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 61, Delia will surrender their charter at the end of November, 2009.
    Legion and Ladies Auxiliary plaques, flags and various other items will be donated to the Delia Museum.
    It is hoped that when a Legion fulfills its last obligation to the veteran and his dependants, that it, too, like the old soldier, “shall not die but simply fade away”.

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