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Shapiro working on new music project

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Rob Shapiro of country band Hey Romeo is keeping busy with his band as well as working with other musicians and his own projects.

Shapiro grew up in the valley and has found a musical home playing keyboard for Hey Romeo. The band just played a show in Paradise Hill in Saskatchewan with Washboard Union, a roots/pop country act that recently signed to Warner Canada.

  “The town (Paradise Hill) has been great about having our band so when they built their new events centre and wanted to treat the inside of the building for acoustics they reached out to me for my thoughts,” said Shapiro. “I was happy to help them find a reasonable quote from a respected acoustics company in Edmonton to make the building sound way better and not like a gym. So now it sounds fantastic in their brand new building and I was happy to be a part of it.”

Musically, he and Hey Romeo guitarist Darren Gusnowsky have been working on a project called Jay Walker.

“We have recorded a couple of songs with super producer Jeff Dalziel (Washboard Union, Dan Davidson, Nice Horse). It’s been really great and we look forward to showcasing the new band at CCMA week in Hamilton Sept 7-9,”  he said. “We hope to gather some industry interest and a label who likes what we’re doing enough to sign a deal with.”

They are working on a few tracks and are hopeful it will resonate.

“The best song always cuts through, the first two songs we tracked we wrote with platinum artist Aaron Goodvin (Luke Bryan) and Byron Hill (Alabama, Gary Allan), we love them,” he said.

In the meantime, he has been busy freelancing with other artists.

“I have been freelancing with Aaron and Darren has been working with Dan Davidson throughout the summer as we build up our new project. It’s been a lot of planes, trains, and automobiles but summer is the time for making hay, happy to be playing music for big crowds at all the music festivals across Canada, just finished two trips to Ontario in one weekend and that was nuts.”

Sea Cadets build citizenship, community

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For any youth looking for a way to both improve themselves and improve their community, the Drumheller Royal Sea Cadets may be just the place.

The sea cadets offer programming for youth ages 12 to 19 and has been an active volunteer organization in the community, helping build the character of its cadets as well as getting involved in the community with the annual Legion Poppy Drive, highway cleanups, and other volunteering at various events throughout the year.

“It’s a great opportunity and it’s free,” says cadet commander Elizabeth Mundell. “It increases citizenship and knowledge of Canadian history.”

The cadets will be hiking in Waterton National Park on October 12-14 and it’s an opportunity for team building and wilderness education.

“It increases their physical fitness, allows them to do outdoor adventure training, and it’s good for their citizenship because they get to be one with nature, so to speak,” Mundell says. They will be travelling with the cadet corps in Medicine Hat and Lethbridge. It will include camping, and using rations the army uses to cook up on the trail.

In terms of commitment, the cadets meet once a week every Wednesday from 6:30 to 9 p.m., as well with additional, optional activities on the weekend. Events include range practice, marksmanship, and snowshoeing.

“We’re always looking for fresh faces.”

The local branch is located on the corner of 3 Avenue and 3 Street W. The building has a significant role in the country’s military history as it was originally built in 1925 as a memorial hall to commemorate lost soldiers.

Community Counselling Program launched

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Drumheller Valley FCSS; together with Wheatland County Counselling is pleased to launch a subsidized counselling program for Drumheller residents.
“This program comes as a direct response to the need for affordable, accessible Counselling services in town; which was identified as a priority in the Community Needs Assessment,” said April Harrison, Drumheller Valley FCSS Coordinator.
“Individuals, couples, and families can access up to 12 counselling sessions to address a wide variety of concerns,” outlined Harrison. “Clients will complete an initial assessment with Wheatland County Counselling and, if eligible, the amount that they pay will be on a sliding scale based on family income.”
The project is funded by the Town of Drumheller, initially until December 2018, as a trial to determine demand and need.
Wheatland County Counselling Inc. is a full service, private counselling practice serving the communities of Strathmore and Drumheller. Services are offered by a Registered Psychologist/Certified Play Therapist and a registered Provisional Psychologist.
To register on the program: Clients wishing to access the service can self-refer online at or by phone: (403) 901-3761.