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Hand Hills Lake Club supports Delia School Project

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    At their annual Charity Auction on March 8, the Hand Hills Lake Club shared their $18,750 contribution towards the Delia School Enhancement Society (DSES) Make Your Mark capital fundraising campaign.
    The contribution, which will be recognized in the new facility with a classroom named after the Club, was the culmination of many events the Hand Hills Lake Club has hosted including their Turkey Supper, Ranchers Ball, Valentines Dinner, and the Charity Auction.
    “It was a great night for family, friends and the DSES. Anyone who was at the Charity Auction should be really proud, we raised $5000 from the night alone,” stated a release by the Hand Hills Lake Club. “Ground drifting and less than ideal highway conditions can’t stop the Hand Hills! The chairs were full, lots of laughter, some awesome auction items, some good old-fashioned bidding, and a very successful evening. To those that donated, you are the best – we couldn’t do it without you.”
    DSES is continuing to build on 2018’s success with The Boots & Bow Ties Gala happening on April 6 at the Delia Community Hall. It will feature the Elton Lammie Band and home-grown talent care of the Suit Jacket Society.
    “We are hoping to raise around $30,000 with this event, with all proceeds going towards the Make Your Mark campaign for the new Community Hub.,” said Robyn Lake, of DSES
    DSES has been hard at work securing fantastic auction items, with both a silent and live auction planned. The live auction of Sir Loin – the Black Angus calf donated by the Eleanor Rosin family and Shiloh Cattle Company – is planned as the night’s main event. With incredible support from business and community members throughout the region, the Gala team has put together a smorgasbord of options for gala attendees to bid on.
    To see the latest news and to find out more about the Boots & Bow Ties Gala – including how to secure your spot for the night - check out the DSES Facebook, Instagram or head to www.DSES.ca.


Stonnell commits to Robert Morris University

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    While the Dragons season is over, a 20-year-old Drumheller Dragon will continue his hockey career and education at the NCAA Division 1 level.
    Dragons defenseman Bradley Stonnell has committed to Robert Morris University for the 2019-2020 season. The Colonials play in the Atlantic Hockey Conference.
    “This commitment by Stonnell did not come easily,” said Dragons coach Kevin Hasselberg. “Bradley has been resilient throughout his three-year junior career, experiencing every type of adversity that could be thrown his way. Staying positive, remaining humble, and never giving up are qualities that have earned ‘Stoney’ this opportunity and as an organization, we couldn’t be happier.”
    Originally from Surrey, Stonnell has been with the Dragons for three seasons, coming from the Valley West Hawks Major Midget program in B.C. He played109 games with the Dragons and scored 25 goals and tallied 78 points. He played 16 games in the USHL after being drafted by the Rapid City Roughriders during the 2017-2018 season.
    Robert Morris University is a private university near Pittsburgh. The hockey program is relatively new, joining the NCAA for the 2004-2005 season. The team began in the College Hockey of America, before joining the Atlantic Hockey Conference in the 2019-2010 season.

Dr. Caleb Brown hired as new curator at Tyrrell

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    A familiar face at the Royal Tyrrell Museum Dr. Caleb Brown has been hired as the new Curator of Dinosaur Systematics and Evolution.
    Brown has a long history with the Tyrrell and began volunteering in the Preparation lab as a high school student. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Zoology and his Masters of Science in Palaeontology from the University of Calgary and his PH.D. in Palaeontology at the University of Toronto.
    “I have been at the museum here for about five years in the Postdoctoral Fellow Role and now I am upgrading to a curatorial position,” Brown tells the Mail. “Much of the research part of the position will be similar. The main role of the postdoctoral position and one of the great things about it was it was given freedom and resources to do research, and that will continue in the curatorial position. What will change is there will be more other museum responsibilities, factoring into things like outreach and gallery development  and working with the Alberta Historical Resources Act to protect  Alberta’s fossil heritage.”
    His hiring comes at an interesting time for the museum. There is a multimillion-dollar expansion being completed and is also seeing some of the original founding palaeontologists at the museum approaching the end of their careers.
    “What is happening is we have sort of a cohort shift, with the first generation of cohorts either approaching or are at retirement age and new folks are coming in. The museum is going to look towards replacing those with similar researchers but not necessarily replacing them with “like-with-like,” he said.
    “It’s a very exciting time for the museum.”

photo courtesy of the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, Drumheller Canada


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