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Last updateSat, 15 Feb 2020 10am

Community Business Association making impact

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    The Community Business Association (CBA) is finding its stride, becoming involved in many efforts to make Drumheller a great place to live and do business in.
    The committee formed about a year ago. While its founding focus came from wanting to encourage business in downtown, it is inclusive of all businesses throughout the valley.
    Chair Mike Fabrick says it has a strong core of business owners from throughout the valley, with many from downtown.
    “We wanted to make people aware there are things to see and do in the downtown core,” he said. “We are still working hard on this, but we don’t want to be exclusive, we want to include all of the businesses of the valley and outlying areas also to be part of what is going on.”
    He says the CBA has been doing a lot of fact finding, inviting many different presenters to their meetings, they are working closely with the Town and the Chamber of Commerce.
    “We have been invited to sit on many different boards to have a voice in the valley,” said Fabrick.
    This includes the Downtown Revitalization Committee, the Roger Brooks group, they sit in with the Chamber and have members on the Branding Committee for the valley.
    They also try to promote local events throughout the valley, including the Christmas shopping promotion held last year called the  Super Santa Saturday initiative.
    He adds they are working on building a communication network, hoping to compile an email list with as many businesses as possible to keep them apprised with what is happening in the valley.
    He says the group is bringing a positive attitude and a willingness to work together.
    “A big thing is to make Drumheller into more of a destination,  let people know there are things to do and see when they do come to town,” he said.
    While the draw may be to the large attractions, they want to demonstrate there are many more things to do. By making people working in the valley knowledgeable about what is offered, they can act as ambassadors, sharing information with visitors.
    “We are working together as a whole to enhance the whole shopping experience and visit,” he said.
    The CBA meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Legion. He says anyone wishing to learn more can come to the meeting. For more information email

Minor Hockey receives grant from Hockey Alberta

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The Drumheller Minor Hockey  Association received a grant from Hockey Alberta of $2,500  to help purchase half ice boards for the Drumheller Memorial Arena. This year it was mandated by Hockey Canada that Novice and Tykes will play on half ice. This is to promote more puck touches and player development. The new boards allow the association to quickly and safely divide the ice for games. The coaches and the Novice and Tyke players show their appreciation for the addition.

Lost dog returned after six days

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 It was a Valentine’s Day miracle for one Drumheller family after its pet dog spent almost a week on the lam.

The community poured its heart out and kept its eyes peeled for little Gia, a Maltese belonging to the Carey family. She went missing last Saturday, February 9. On Friday morning, February 14, she was spotted near the community of Greentree. The family was called, and now Gia is safe at home.

           “I can’t get over how wonderful the town has been. The support and everybody looking,” said Bob Carey, who was very thankful to get Gia back.

 This comes after a harrowing week. The family used social media to get the word out about their lost pet. On Monday, there was a sighting, however, the frightened animal evaded its rescue.

The search kept up, the family even enlisted the help of a canine rescue company from Calgary to help find the animal, and also posted a reward.  Carey said on Friday morning, he was notified Gia was spotted. This time passersby took the care to not frighten or try to capture Gia, and Bob was able to coax her out from under a car with some treats.

            Carey said they took her to the veterinarian right away, and she is in good health. 

“She has a little bit of a fever and she lost about a pound and half,” he said. “So we have some meds for her to take over the next week and some meds to get her fever down. We are feeding her a little bit at a time, she’s obviously hungry and thirsty, but I can’t believe how she survived.”

 He is very grateful for the support of the community.

“There is a sign at DVSS that says, ‘it takes a community to raise a child.’ It took a community to find a Gia.” 

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