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Fountain closes for season, replacement process begins

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    The fountain at Rotary Park will cease operations this year due to significant costs due to water loss, council decided Monday. 

    Infrastructure director Dave Brett made a recommendation to council to limit fountain operations, saying the fountain was projected to lose $37,378 in water in the 2019 season. Since May 27 about 1,600,000 litres of water was lost, equivalent to two swimming pools and costing the town an average of $277 per day during the last weekend of June. 

    “We have a significant amount of leakage happening and it’s increased significantly,” Brett said, adding the ground north of the park is waterlogged and risks damaging the park’s infrastructure. 

    The decision comes after a series of issues and closures due to the leakage stemming back to spring 2018.

    The fountain will likely be removed this September after the tourist season ends, CAO Darryl Drohomerski told council. The town will now look to hire a landscape architecture or engineering company to conduct public consultation and to look at a replacement ‘water feature’ to be built in spring 2020. Next year’s budget already has $250,000 allocated toward replacing the fountain as council knew it was nearing the end of its lifespan. 

    “We will be working with the public and community organizations, in early fall of

2019 to determine what kind of water feature to construct with implementation in spring 2020,” Mayor Heather Colberg said in a release. 

    Beautification work will be completed in the area for the remainder of the season. In a release the town said they’ll draft request for proposals for the project this week and asks the public to watch for public consultation sessions. 

    The fountain was originally built in 1996 and was classified as a pool in 2015.

Town toboggan hill coming this winter

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    Families will have a place to hit the slopes as the town will open a public toboggan hill when the white stuff returns this winter. 

    With a lot of land around the valley either privately owned or designated as a provincial park, tobogganers have had a tough go trying to find a smooth, safe place to ride. The town has worked over the last year to identify a public site where people could go. 

But town CAO Darryl Drohomerski says they’ve now chosen a few hills of different sizes behind Extra Foods and below the water tower.

    “We would set up different levels for different rides, for elevation, speed, etcetera,” Drohomerski said. “It offers people of all ages a winter activity to do that is easy and fun. While there are lots of hills in town, most are privately owned or are not safe to ride on. This provides a place that people can use without issue.”

Drohomerski said the town owns the land there and plans to grade the slopes and remove debris like rocks and glass. He expects the project will have a ‘minimal cost,’ which would include installing snow fencing to trap snow and mark off adjacent private land, as well as signage.

Kaleidoscope Theatre’s ‘Sister Act’ opens Thursday

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    A feel-good musical comedy based on the smash hit 1992 film will have audiences dancing when the Kaleidoscope Theatre hits the stage in Sister Act this week. 

    When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase, only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood.

    Director and actress Becky Neuman says she chose the script because reading it made her laugh out loud. 

    “We have lots of talented people in this year and this cast, as large as it is, gave us a chance to show these people off,” Neuman said. “When you pick a show, you pick it because you like it. Eventually the people just fall into those characters.”

She says the story is similar to the film people might be familiar with, the 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg, but features music from Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors). The musical was nominated for five Tony awards including Best Musical. 

    Local singer Colette Pettis stars as Deloris and says shes been having fun with the role.

    “I have never done this before, its my first time acting, but I thought I’d just try the role and it’s so much fun. It’s a hilarious musical and I really enjoy my part,” Pettis said. 

    Sister Act runs at the Kaleidoscope Theatre (located in Drumheller Valley Secondary School) from July 11 to 13 and then July 17 to 20 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available at the Kaleidoscope Theatre’s website ( Check out The Drumheller Mail's Facebook page on opening night for your chance to win tickets.


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