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Drumheller graphic arts student wins Eddie Award


    A local graphic artist won one of the most fun contests out there.
    The Big Rock Brewery Eddie Awards have become a legendary event. Started in 1993 as a parody to the Oscars, it is a chance to let loose creatively to fashion an ad featuring Big Rock’s products. It also raises funds for charity.
    Jason Cox, a student at Max Campus won the student print category. He worked under the guidance of Jon Sheppard, new media instructor at the school. He beat out 11 other entries.
    “MAX Campus admires Jason’s commitment to his animation studies and his creative artistry of placing the Big Rock brand into the infamous Stonehenge using software and techniques he was taught at MAX Campus,” said a press release.
    For his accomplishments, Big Rock Brewery awarded Jason $500 as well as donated $500 to MAX Campus.
    You can see Cox’s entry and many others by going to

Auction raises $40,000 for Standard Community Centre

    Great support was shown for the Community of Standard’s latest project as bidders made their way to the auction in support of the new community centre.
    The community has been raising funds for the community centre which will face Yorick Avenue, and will be just over 10,000 square feet. It includes a covered entrance, and features a main hall that seats 350 to 400 and a meeting room. It has a coatroom, a full service kitchen and bar, and ample storage for all its needs. The association has already secured the land for the new community centre.
    Bidders came out in droves last Saturday for the charity auction. There was a lot of everything for every buyer, from kitchen antiques to cars. Organizers expect they will clear about $40,000 when the paperwork is done.
    “It turned out better than we thought it would,” said Standard Community Association president Brent Gregory. “We had roughly 1,000 items and we thought if we could average $25 an item we could make $25,000. We exceeded that.”
    He said they also raised funds at the event selling homemade pies and through other activities.
    Brett Gates, who helped organize the auction, said all the items were donated. While the crowds were thin to begin, the auction finished strong. Wild Rose Auction Services made sure every item went.
    One notable item included a butcher block. The antique fetched an astounding $1,600. Gregory said the proud bidder plans to install castors and use it as a kitchen island. A lot of 3 ½-inch pipe, which many ranchers use for corrals, went for $3,000, and a truck fetched $2,500.
    Another curious item that was on the block was a logging tool used to punch logs through waterways, a rarity on the prairies. Gregory said the buyer decided to use it as a fixture in his home.
    “There were some pretty incredible antique items that went fairly cheap, and some that really surprised you,” said Gregory.
     The community has enlisted Bearden Engineering and Architectural Consulting of Red Deer to design the facility. Gregory explains currently they are putting the final touches on the plan to prepare it to be put to tenders in the future.
    “We went with Bearden. Anyone we’ve talked to couldn’t say enough about them. We did a lot of research as to who we would go with, and we got the best feel from Bearden,” said Gregory. “They are super to work with.”
    The association has a goal of raising about $2 million for the project, and has made great progress towards achieving that goal. They are also looking for grants and corporate donors as they continue fundraising. He expects they will start the project in the spring of 2012.
    “I don’t know what the magic number is (funds-wise) to start building,” said Gregory. “You don’t want to get it built, and then have no money to run it… and you don’t want to be sitting with a big debt in the bank.”

Latest technology makes multi-tasker a winner


    Drumheller Century 21 associate Gary Chambers was announced as the winner of the “We Work Hard for the Money...” competition recently run by Century 21 for one of his videoblogs.
    Spurred on by a feature on which listed real estate agent as one of Canada’s most stressful jobs, Century 21 asked their members to submit their stories showing how hard the job really was for the chance of winning 1000 Air Miles.
    Chambers, who keeps a videoblog, was approached by Century 21 to enter one of his entries they had spotted on the Century 21 website.
    The video in question, filmed using his iPhone, shows Chambers working from an auto-drive GPS steer tractor, which enabled him to use his Blackberry and Mac Airbook laptop to manage his real estate business while also working on the farm he and his father own.
    “Ever since I started in real estate, using the latest technology was the only way to maintain both businesses,” explained Chambers, who has been farming for 15 years and entered the real estate world 10 years ago.
    “In the last two years with the GPS steering it has made it significantly easier, that’s for sure.”
    He added the machinery now was so soundproof that it was as quiet as driving in his vehicle so he could even talk to customers while combining.
    “I think the only way to do both jobs properly is to have the technology and use it,” he told The Mail.    
    “Without the technology I don’t think I could do it, but with what’s now available I think it is far easier to make a good job of both.”
    There is still one more innovation Chambers is waiting for in the real estate world, and that is to be able to sign contracts virtually.
    “Probably what is lacking right now is the online signing of contracts with tablets. The technology is there for it but the software isn’t really at a point nor the governing bodies in charge of the industry really in line with saying ‘Yes, it’s ok to sign online’. We still typically have to print things out and have them signed in many circumstances so I think that part of our industry is probably one that will evolve into full virtual signing on tablets, but at this point it’s not at that stage.”
    With his two very demanding jobs, Chambers has decided that the Air Miles earned should benefit Century 21 customers.
    “I think the Air Miles will go back into a promotion to give away to customers and clients, and we’ll try to come up with a creative contest to give them away throughout the summer months.”
    On winning the contest, Chambers told The Mail, “It’s a fun little contest, it’s kind of neat that they identified it [the video]. What I find interesting is the small things that catch on when it comes to the internet.
    I hadn’t thought very much about it other than just doing what I normally would do for my videoblogs from my vehicle, I just did it from the tractor instead, but it really did catch on, so it is interesting how small the world is now that things like these can catch on via the internet.”
   Click on the link to see the entry: winning video.


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