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Paint the town red for Olympic Torch Celebrations



    Downtown Drumheller is ready to paint the town red in preparation for the Olympic Torch arrival.
    This week the Drumheller Olympic Torch Relay Celebration committee announced tickets for the event on January 16 will be available as soon as Saturday, November 28 at Freson IGA. This is gearing up to be a fantastic opportunity, as will the events planned for the Friday evening leading up to the event in downtown Drumheller.
    Tara Semchuk of Downtown Drumheller is excited for the incredible opportunity to be a part of the Olympics. She would say it is a once in a lifetime opportunity, but she was in Calgary during the 1988 Olympics and volunteered.
    “Until you experience it, you don’t really know how big it is,” she says. “It builds community.”
     When she says they are painting downtown red, she is being literal.
    This coming week she will be going around to various businesses in the core. They are planning to ask local merchants to decorate their window fronts in red to coincide with the red mittens, which are becoming an iconic symbol of the 2010 games.
    The Friday before the arrival of the torch, Centre Street, between Railway Avenue and 3rd Avenue will be blocked for a street party. This will include the most Canadian of all Canadian Activities, a street hockey game. The Drumheller Floor Hockey League will be on the tarmac to play in the match.
    They are also planning a snowman building contest, music, burning barrels and hot chocolate.
    All things sports will be celebrated. The Valley Figure Skating Club and Drumheller Minor Hockey will  be busy at the arena, and  people can also pop into the Drumheller Curling rink to see some on-ice action.
     Semchuk says she hopes downtown merchants will participate  in the big red day with some big red sales, and stay open until 7:30p.m. That is because at 8 p.m. there will be fireworks. After you are done taking in the sights and sounds of downtown Drumheller, head down to  Centennial Park behind Drumheller Memorial Arena, the perfect area to watch the fire works.        All if this will be a stellar way to get ready for Saturday’s Olympic Torch Relay Celebration at the Canadian Badlands Passion Play Site.
    Tickets for the event are free, but there is only a limited number. The committee will begin distributing the tickets  on Saturday, November 28 at Freson IGA. They will continue on Saturday, December 5 at Extra Foods in Drumheller and at the Hanna Mall. On Saturday, December 12 they will be at Greentree Mall distributing tickets. Times are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Kettle Campaign kicks off




Linda McGraw, left, joins Lieutenant Matt Sheils to kick off The Salvation Army's Kettle Campaign at last Friday's Drumheller Dragons home game against the Calgary Canucks. Sheils dropped the puck for the action and McGraw played the National Anthem for fans. The kettles are out and The Salvation Army could always use more volunteers to man the kettles over the holiday season. For more information contact The Salvation Army Church at 403-823-2215.

It’s a food bank blitz


    The community is rallying to make sure this year’s Salvation Army food bank drive will be one of the best ever.
    This Thursday, November 26, Drumheller and surrounding communities will be blitzed by volunteers wanting to make Christmas brighter for area families, and to replenish the shelves of the Salvation Army Food Bank after a year of higher demand than usual.
    It all gets started at 6 p.m. on Thursday night. Volunteers will be going door-to-door collecting donations for the food bank.
    Organizer Heather Colberg says they have a strong contingent of volunteers ready to help with the collection, but could always use more. The DCHS junior and senior basketball teams will be on route to collect packages, as will members of the Drumheller Dragons. The food will be taken to the former Liquidation World warehouse, accessible from the rear entrances at Greentree Mall.
    Those who wish to volunteer can muster at the various points throughout the valley at 5:45 p.m. and go door-to-door. There are also opportunities to volunteer by heading down to the former Liquidation World to help sort.
    The food bank had enormous pressure on it last year, and could very well see the same thing again in the coming season. Colberg urges residents to take a moment to think about those who are in need, and what you are able to give.
    Last year the food drive was characterized as its best ever with more than 100 volunteers out combing the neighbourhoods or sorting the groceries and toys.


Muster points for
Salvation Army food drive 2009


• Newcastle              Newcastle Community Hall

•Nacmine                 Nacmine Community Hall
• Hunts Crescent,     Bowling Alley area,
• Day care area        DeMott Floors
•Midland                   Midland Community Hall

•North Drum Area   Oasis Car Wash
• Bankview Area       In front of 710 1 St. SW
Estates                  High school parking lot
• McConkey Park

area to Court House    Parking lot of courthouse
• Downtown, Post office,

• Little League park area            Parking lot of the Brick
• Greentree Area   Greentree School parking lot
• Morrin                 Main Street near fire hall
• Munson              Munson Community Hall
• Rosedale            Rosedale Community Hall
• Carbon               Carbon Community Hall


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