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Wintering Hills wind project earns government’s OK

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    The Wintering Hills wind power project has jumped another hurdle, as Suncor Energy has won regulatory approval to build its planned 88-megawatt turbine near Drumheller.
    Suncor Energy Products said Monday the Alberta Utilities Commission had approved the installation of up to 55 turbines on 6,475 hectares of private land 21 kilometres southeast of Drumheller.
    “This is an important milestone," said Suncor spokesperson, Sneh Seetal.
    “It brings us one step closer to Suncor’s largest wind power project to date.”
    In peak operation, the project can be expected to generate enough clean electricity to power approximately 35,000 Alberta homes.
    This output is the equivalent of 200,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year.
    The project is expected to be completed towards the end 2011.
    Construction will begin this summer.
    “Wind farms are able to be constructed in fairly short order,” Seetal said of the rate of development.
    Suncor said they had conducted “extensive” public consultation, using letters to land owners, open houses, public meetings with Wheatland County, ads in local papers, and consultation with 27 land owners within a 2 kilometre radius of the proposed site.
    Suncor Energy products currently has joint ownership of four wind farms already in operation, with a combined generating capacity of 147 megawatts.

Memories Recovered Project to preserve veteran’s experiences


    A documentary filmmaker is wanting to tell the story of veterans across Canada, and will be interviewing Drumheller service men and women this summer.
    Allan Cameron has been working on the Memories Recovered Project for the past few years and has interviewed on camera and documented the stories of more than 200 veterans. The videos are then provided to schools, museums, legions and families of the veterans to preserve the living history of veterans of World War II and the Korean War.
    The Memories Recovered Project Association is registered as a non-profit organization.
    “It has been really busy and we are trying to document as many as we can,” said Cameron. He has been in contact with Bill Eremko of the Drumheller Legion. “It is for all veterans.”
    Currently they are looking for a site to conduct interviews and are hoping to get underway in the next few months.   
    The project is the brainchild of Cameron. He has an extensive broadcast background and has always has a keen interest in history. The immediacy of the project was brought to the forefront by his own experience.
    “My uncle was with the North Nova Scotia Highlanders and was a carrier driver on D-Day. He went in the second wave, and went from the beaches to Germany. He is mentioned in the North Novies war diary,” said Cameron. “We were going to get together to have an interview with him back in 2001 and he was pretty busy at the time, and I moved out west.  He said, ‘When you come back for a visit we’ll sit down and have a chat.’ I had this funny feeling in my gut it wasn’t going to happen and several months later I received the phone call that he passed away. He was trying to impress upon me how important this is to be done, and that was why he was stepping forward to talk. That was a catalyst to make it all happen.”
    They did their first interview in 2006 in Calmar.
    “The first few years were just gaining credibility for the project and letting people know I was out there. Once they started seeing what I was doing, that I was serious about it and actually cared, I think it brought a lot of people closer to the project,” said Cameron.
    Since then, he has interviewed veterans from all points in Canada, although right now he is concentrating on Alberta for logistics.
    His original intention was to get the documentaries into schools, museums and libraries. He has also learned the importance of getting the project to the families, and donates a copy of his work to each veteran’s family. He also makes sure a sponsoring Legion gets a copy of the work.
    For more information on the Memories Recovered Project, go to www.thermp.org.

Hussar 4-H Sale fetches top dollar

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    The annual Gleichen, Cluny, Standard and Hussar 4-H Show and Sale Achievement Day was held on Sunday, May 30, 2010 at the Hussar Arena. There were 33 members who showed their steers this year. As always, the local businesses showed their tremendous support in purchasing these steers. An excellent job was done by our confirmation judge Rod McLean with help from our junior judge Erica Sage as well as our showmanship judge Karen Schmid and grooming judge Patty Klys. Chelsea Heryford did an awesome job as our MC for the show and again Darren Rebalkin was a super auctioneer for the sale. The sale average was $2.02 on the 33 steers. The Hussar 4-H Beef Club auctioned off their fundraiser calf for $2.40 per pound to Clark Farms – Roy and Karen Clark of Hussar.
    Grand Champion of the show was member Kayla Sandum’s 1311 pound Charolais steer which was purchased by Western Chev Olds of Drumheller for $2.30 per pound. The Grand Champion banner Kayla received was donated by Hussar Savings. Reserve Grand Champion was member Trent Fandry with his 1431 pound Angus steer which was purchased by Drumheller Chrysler for $2.30 per pound. The banner Trent received was donated by Bill and Kay Slemko of Hussar.  Grand Showman Champion and Grand Grooming Champion were both won by Mackayla Kaiser. Reserve Grand Showman was Shane Fraser and Reserve Grand Grooming was Jessica Sage. The best rate of gain was Trent Fandry’s steer having an average gain of 3.57 pounds per day.
    Junior Champion was Kayla Sandum and Reserve Junior was Lane Adamcewicz. Intermediate Champion was Ciara Sandum and Intermediate Reserve was Russell Treacy. Senior Champion was Trent Fandry and Senior Reserve was Hailey Morrison.
    Junior Showmanship Champion was Payden Kaiser and Junior Reserve Showmanship was Wacy Sandum. Intermediate Showmanship Champion was Shane Fraser and Intermediate Reserve Showmanship was Ciara Sandum. Senior Showmanship Champion was Mackayla Kaiser and Reserve Senior Showmanship was Justin Fraser.
    Junior Grooming Champion was Kayla Sandum and Reserve Junior Grooming was Jourdyn Sammons. Intermediate Grooming Champion was Cassie Muller and Intermediate Reserve Grooming was Shane Fraser. Senior Grooming Champion was Mackayla Kaiser and Senior Reserve Grooming was Jessica Sage.
    The awards night for all winners will be on Sunday, June 6, at the Hussar Hall.

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