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ATCO employees go Mo for the month

    Last Thursday was a day dozens of women in the valley were looking forward to.
    December 1 signals the end of Movember. It is the day that their men could head to the bathroom, lather up and rid themselves of the soup strainer on their upper lip. No longer did these poor girls have to feel like they were kissing a caterpillar, watch their man itch, or live in fear that he might actually like it and heaven forbid, maybe even keep it.
    While dozens have volunteered this season, one of the most successful pushes came from employees with ATCO Electric. While the campaign was centred in the Drumheller area, they had a total of 51 participants from Drumheller, Hanna and Three Hills.
     While the totals are still rolling in, it is expected they will be over the $6,000 mark in their efforts to raise funds for men’s health issues.
    Patrick Charron was the captain of the ATCO Electric Movember team. This was the first time they took on the fraternal campaign.
    The kicked off the campaign at the beginning of the month with a breakfast, and a clean shave, and commenced the growing of the moustaches.
    From the outset, he said participants did not need to raise funds, and could just join in by growing their best Tom Selleck.
    “Just being a part of the team raises awareness, so that was great,” said Charron.
    Many did jump in to support the cause and collected sponsorship from family and friends.
    Last week the crew got together for a fundraiser at Flavourz Restaurant in Drumheller on Saturday, November 26. They were able to collect more than 30 items from local sponsors and held a dinner and silent auction. ATCO Electric chipped in with an iPod Touch and then held a Loonie Drop, which in itself raised about $400.
    “All and all, we raised about $1,500 for our team (at the event),” said Charron.
    The team put together a trophy, which was up for grabs for the “mo-champion". The winner was chosen based on a criteria which included the state of the ‘stache, donations collected and participation. Dustin Andrew, who raised more than $1,200 alone, was presented the trophy on Thursday.
    Charron says he is grateful to ATCO Electric, which was supportive of the team and allowed him time to work on the campaign. ATCO also has an employee volunteer program called ‘Time to Give,’ and Charron’s volunteer efforts on another project allowed him to make a donation to Movember.

Hedo releases final album

    After 5 is the sixth, and maybe the final offering from local artist Fraser Ritchie, commonly known as Hedo.
    Hedo has lived a life of music, playing and writing in LA for many years. He made his way to the valley in 1999 and continued to make music and teach guitar to eager students.
    It looked as though his career would fall victim to a neuromuscular disorder, which was robbing him of the use of his hands. As his abilities were declining, he released a CD in 2004.
    Four years later, he figured out how to make music again. He was shipped a synthesizer and in 2008 released Axe Free. He hit a prolific point in his career releasing an album every year since.
    In early 2011 he released an album simply called 5. This week he is releasing his second work this year called After 5. It contains 18 tracks and is coming out a day shy of his 52nd birthday.
    This album has a few departures for Ritchie. He has included a couple cover tunes and is accompanied on one track by Chris Conley playing a Les Paul. The combination of live guitar playing and synthesized music was a pleasant surprise, and demonstrated he was on the right track. In listening to the track neither musician could tell which was which.
    This album also allowed Ritchie to strum some strings again. He found on a borrowed lap steel he could still play, and uses it in three tracks.
    It has been a tough year for Richie and his album is dedicated to his mother Margaret who passed away of cancer. It is also dedicated to Jasmine, his faithful dog who also passed away.
    These events have had an effect on Ritchie - he has announced this will be his last album.
    This is not an abandoning of his creative endeavors. Before he dedicated his life completely to music, he was a promising writer. He excelled and earned his English Degree at the University of Regina, and his professors saw great potential for his writing.  After three decades, he wants to explore this talent. While music will always remain an important part of his life, he has decided to go back to writing.
     He released his album on Tuesday, November 29. It is on sale at Riverside Value Drug Mart, and the proceeds of the sale go to the University of Calgary for neuromuscular research.

Council weighs water boundary change

    Rocky View County is awaiting a decision from Drumheller Town Council as to whether it will be able to utilize water beyond prescribed boundaries drawn up in an agreement with the Kneehill Regional Water Services Commission, now Aqua 7 Regional Water Commission.
    Rocky View is a member of the commission and has an allocation of 2,200 cubic metres per day. Under the most recent agreement dating back to 2008, the agreement allows water services to the corporate boundaries of the Hamlet of Kathryn.
    The County would like to extend those boundaries.
    “It was a restrictive map,” said Rocky View County Reeve Rolly Ashdown in the Rocky View Weekly. “It turned out the map was more restrictive… than it was meant to be. (We are) trying to clarify and establish good future supplies of water.”
    The Mail erroneously reported in its November 23 edition there would be a further allocation of 5,020 cubic metres per day to Rocky View. This is not the case according to Mayor Terry Yemen, who was on council in 2007 when the town was asked to relax the borders in order to bring water to the Balzac development. In fact, this is the biggest difference between the two proposals.
    “They are completely different, they are not even apples and oranges,” said Yemen. “We are already under contract to Rocky View for 2,200 cubic metres per day… all they are saying is ‘ let us plan for the future and let us use it anywhere in the MD.’”
    “They're not asking for any more than they are allotted for.”
    “It (2007 negotiations) was completely different. They were asking for 7,500 cubic metres per day and no ceiling on it. With that and all the other allocations, we would have to put money into the plant to update it and they weren’t there with enough money.”
    Councillor Sharel Shoff was also on council during those negations for the Balzac development. She said council is pondering the change. She said the concern is whether the change would be worthwhile to the Town of Drumheller.
    “What we are trying to find out is what would be the liability on the town,” said Shoff.
    She said while the town would gain on the revenue side, council wants to make sure the additional costs associated such as liability and plant costs for producing more water would be in line.
    “If our insurance is going to go up a lot, and we are not going to bring in that much more, why would we do it?” said Shoff.
    Yemen said when he was initially approached by Rocky View, it appeared to be an urgent concern, however it now appears the water would not be needed for a least five years and is  part of a long term plan.
    “I wish they would use their allotment. If they used it, it would be about a 10 per cent reduction in our utility costs,” said Yemen.


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