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Tim Hus to release CD at Old Grouch's

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    The Old Grouch's Restaurant has a reputation for down home cooking and down home music.
    It was not long ago that recording artist Jaydee Bixby as a youngster would turn up and belt out a tune, and now Alberta recording artist Tim Hus will be releasing his most recent CD at the restaurant Friday, June 25.
    Hus has played in the valley a number of times including at the East Coulee Spring Festival. He is releasing his fifth album, the second on the famous Stony Plain records, founded by Holger Petersen.
    “We have been doing CD release concerts all over the province, but I did want to do one in Drumheller,” said Hus.
    While he has never played at The Old Grouch’s before, he met Fran Nargang at previous concerts, and she extended an invitation to him.
    “I know it is not that big, but I think we could fill it up and have a good one there,” said Hus.
    He is proud of his new release Hockeytown, an album packed with Canadian content.
    “It has all kinds of Canadian cowboy country songs, and the themes go from coast to coast, everything from fishing off the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, to hunting gophers on the prairies, to steel mills of Ontario, to hunting the Sasquatch in the mountains of British Columbia,” said Hus. “I called it Hockeytown because that it has a common thread, every town in Canada is a hockeytown.”
    He said he has the stamp of approval from one of the biggest legends in Canadian music. Last summer he completed a six week tour with the one and only Stompin’ Tom Connors. He wrote much of the material for this album while on tour.
    “We’re good friends now, and it was great because every night he would stand up on stage and give me really good plugs like, ‘For 30 years I have been looking for a guy that was proud to write songs about our country, and I would sure like to pass the torch out west to Tim Hus,’” said Hus. “He’s kind of taken me under his wing, and I think we are going to tour western Canada this summer.”
    Before that he will be in Drumheller. He travels with a three-piece band.
    “This way you can get a really close up and personal show at the Old Grouch's,” said Hus.

Morgan Jayne Project continues shipping formula

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    The Morgan Jayne Project continues its service as it just shipped 306 cans of infant formula to the Roatan at a time when it is needed most.
    The original goal of the program, when initiated by Fred Makowecki, was to supply infant formula to children at risk of contracting HIV and AIDS from their mothers through breast milk. It has been successful in saving hundreds of babies. While the project has expanded to help construct the Morgan Jayne Infant Care Centre and provide Christmas wishes to hundreds of children, its bread and butter remains providing formula.
 Volunteers packed up the formula with help of the local post office, and on Friday June 4, they were shipped out. The 306 cans have a value of about $8,000. Local donors came up with funds to ship the cans.
    Makowecki said the need in the Roatan has been growing. Because of the global recession the tourism industry on the island, which employs many balancing on the edge of poverty, has come to a stand still. Political upheaval has also taken a toll. Recently the Morgan Jayne Infant Care Centre saw a child die from starvation mere moments after birth.
    Makowecki is grateful for the support, including the post office. He explains the project was able to cut down its freight charges by a third simply by the help it received from the post office to package the shipment efficiently.
    The shipment is destined for Florida, where it will be held before it is sent to Roatan.

New garbage carts distribution to start June 21 in Drumheller

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    They are big, come with wheels and are charcoal grey, and will be delivered to your doorstep soon.
    From June 21, new garbage carts will be distributed to Drumheller residents in preparation for the new automated waste collection, expected to go live the first week of July.
    As well as improving waste collection efficiency and reducing worker compensation costs, this new system is said to be a cleaner, safer and more economically viable one.
    An automatic system also provides a safer and less physically demanding work environment for collectors.
    With the carts, residents will receive a hand delivered information pack explaining the new process in detail and particularly showing the correct placement for the carts.
    As the pickup system will be automated, carts need to have a one meter (3 ft) clearance on both sides and at least half a metre (1.6 ft) clearance at the back and should be placed at the usual area on the current collection day.
    Carts will be free of charge and are the property of the Town of Drumheller.
    They are fitted with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags, which will help identify them and log their collections, although the appropriate reading equipment has not been finalized yet.
    Residents will be responsible for the replacement cost of $100 if they are damaged or lost through the result of negligence. To prevent loss or damage, residents are advised to store the carts on their property at the end of the collection day and to make a note of the serial number found on the carts. Replacement parts, such as wheels or lid, can be obtained from the Town of Drumheller. 
    Collection days and pick up locations will remain the same, and carts will need to be wheeled out by 7 a.m.
    Delivery of the new carts is expected to be completed by the end of June and residents are advised to contact the Town of Drumheller if they are still without carts by then.
    During the distribution process, residents will get the opportunity to discuss any accessibility issues, and further information can be found on the town’s website www.dinosaurvalley.com or by contacting 403-823-1358.

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