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Salvation Army celebrates centennial this week, special issue available now

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The Salvation Army is celebrating 100 years of community service in the valley. In this week's Drumheller Mail, we've published a special section commeorating the event by reviewing local history, the schedule of events for this Saturday, and more – available on newsstands now.

Chinook financial donates $15,000 to Drumheller Library, Greentree School

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On Friday, September 28 Chinook Financial donated $15,000 to the Drumheller Public Library in its efforts to serve students and to update the library space at Greentree Elementary School, which hasn’t had library staff since 2012. “We see this as an important step in investing in the future of youth in our communities,” said Chinook Financial president Keith Richard. “The opportunity that Chinook Financial’s Community Grant will give us to enhance the school library services at Greentree will make a difference not only in increasing students’ literacy skills, but in helping them to discover a lifelong love of reading,” said associate principal Shelley Friesen.  Pictured from left is Chinook’s Mr. Richards, Mrs. Friesen, library director of services Emily Hollingshead, and Drumheller branch manager Patsy Stokalko.

Dancing with the Dinosaurs nominated for Alto Award

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A homegrown event that celebrates indigenous culture has been nominated for an Alto Award from Travel Alberta.

Lynn and Mike Fabrick of Dry Canyon Collectables learned last week the Dancing with the Dinosaurs Festival is a finalist for the Alto Tourism Event or Festival of the Year.

Lynn tells the Mail, she recalls filling out the package but never thought anything of it. A couple of weeks ago she received an email urging them to book a room for the annual Travel Alberta Industry Conference in Banff later this month.

“I was working on my grant application for the federal government for next year’s powwow and I opened an email because the subject said ‘congratulations” and that’s what it was,” she said.

  According to the announcement the  Event or Festival of the Year Award is “designed to celebrate events and festivals which drive tourism attendance to their region, highlight unique Alberta programming and brings an economic impact to their community.”

The Fabricks organized Powwow Celebration 150 in 2017. This year they extended the event over two days with a tipi raising and an artisan fair on June 30 and then on July 1, they held a powwow competition with dancers and drummers from throughout Western Canada and the Northern United States.

“My favourite part is the drumming because everyone has the same heartbeat and it draws everyone in regardless of culture or background. You can hear it throughout the valley and it bounces through everyone,” said Lynn.

Also nominated in the same category is Christmas in November at the Jasper Park Lodge and Taste of Edmonton.

Another nominated project that took place in Drumheller was Drumbeats - responsive Marketing Campaign. It is a finalist for the Marketing Excellence Campaign or Project up to $20,000.