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The Travelling Mabels bring Christmas to Delia Hall

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The Travelling Mabels have just the thing to get in the mood for Christmas.
The folk/country quartet has been a favourite for many with its blending of harmonies and musicianship. This Sunday, November 19, they will be performing at the Delia and District Community Hall, supporting their new Christmas album.
“It is such a nice hall,” said band member Eva Levesque.
She had her eye on performing in the community for quite some time, as she relocated to the area about three years ago.
“We went to visit the community hall to vote the first year we lived here, and I looked around the community hall and went, ‘Look at this beautiful hall. It has a stage, it’s huge, and it has a kitchen.’ I always wanted to put on a musical show there,” she said.
The band has been together for 15 years and came together in an impromptu jam.
“My daughter Sue was in the Gord Bamford band and was nominated for Bass Player of the Year,’” said Levesque. “We went to Winnipeg, Manitoba for the Canadian Music Association to support her. Lana (the other Mabel) was there. She and I and Sue got up on this free jam stage and sang together, it just clicked.”
The lineup has changed a bit over the years. Today Eva Levesque, Lana Floen, Therry Lawson and Keith Floen are busy making music. Over the years the band has produced four CDs and counting with its Christmas CD.
The new CD contains traditional Christmas standards, although Levesque says they may have a more unique arrangement. There are also some original songs. All members are skilled songwriters. The band has a very DIY ethos; making, booking and distributing their music.
“This will be our eighth Christmas gig this year,” said Levesque all over southern Alberta.
The concert is on Sunday, November 19, at the Delia and District Community Hall. Doors open at 1 p.m., and the show is at 2 p.m.
“It’s a matinee, which is kind of nice for seniors, so they don’t have to drive in the dark,” said Levesque.
Tickets are available at and in Delia at the Jolly Penny and the Highland Market.

RCMP investigate break and enters

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At approximately 11:30 pm on November 11th, 2023, Drumheller RCMP responded to an alarm call at the Drumheller and District Solid Waste Management Facility located at 2490 Railway Avenue in Drumheller. Investigators discovered that a building was entered and 2 pickup trucks, a 2005 white Chevrolet and a 2013 silver GMC, were stolen from the facility. It was also discovered that the perimeter fence had been driven through and damaged.

At approximately 5:30 am on November 12th, 2023, Drumheller RCMP responded to an alarm call at Drumheller Equipment Sales and Rentals located at 1202 Hwy 9, in Drumheller. Investigators discovered that the building was forcibly entered and a number of items were stolen including chain saws, backpack blowers, hedge trimmers, related accessories and more. All brands were STIHL.

The 2 Break and Enters are deemed related and video surveillance captured 2 involved suspects described as:

Suspect 1:

Male with slender of approximately 155 to 175 lbs.
Approximately 6’0 to 6’2” tall.
Wearing black hooded seater with white logo, black toque with white logo, black sweat pants, white carpenters mask, orange gloves, and black shoes.

Suspect 2:

Male with medium build of approximately 175 to 190 lbs.
Approximately 6’0 to 6’2” tall.
Wearing grey and black hooded winter jacket, grey hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, black gloves, grey balaclava, and black shoes.

The 2 stolen pickup trucks have since been recovered. Drumheller RCMP are asking for the publics assistance in identifying the 2 suspects; photos attached.

If you have any information regarding this matter or other criminal activity, please contact Drumheller RCMP at 403.823.7590 or contact your local Police Service. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at or by using the "P3 Tips" app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

Alberta RCMP have launched CAPTURE (Community Assisted Policing Through the Use of Recorded Evidence) throughout the Province and it is now being used including by Drumheller RCMP. CAPTURE is a voluntary surveillance camera registry program, which allows residents and businesses with surveillance to register the location of their cameras to assist RCMP with investigations and keep the community safe. Any contact information and video cameras submitted on the website would not be available to the public. Police do not have access to your live feed or view your cameras. All camera owners, residential and business owned, are encouraged to sign up. Please visit Home | Rural Alberta Emergency Crime Capture (

Red Food Bag Drive set for November 30

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The Salvation Army is heading into its busiest season, and once again, it looks like the community will step up for those most in need.
The Christmas season is a special time, but for many, it is a time of struggle. This has been exacerbated by a tough year leading up to Christmas. Major Robert Burell of the Drumheller Salvation Army says there has been an increase in demand for the service of The Salvation Army.
“The number of new families that have approached us for help in the last 12 months is over 100. It is just a reflection of the state of the economy with everything going on,” Burrell tells the Mail.
The season kicks off with the annual Red Bag Food Drive. This is slated for Thursday, November 30. Red bags are in this week’s issue of The Drumheller Mail. On the day of the food drive, volunteers will be meeting up at muster points throughout the community and collecting the Red Bags filled with non-perishable food items from residents who can leave them on their doorstep for pick up.
“The Red Bag Food Drive covers us up to the Christmas point and into the new year a bit,” he said, adding it also contributes to the Christmas food hampers.
To volunteer, contact Summer Manca at 403-821-3163.
The Salvation Army is also ready to Kick off the Kettle campaign this Friday, November 17 at Freson Bros. Burrell says this is one of the most important campaigns of the year and kettles will be at local grocery stores through the season leading up to Christmas. So far they have not set a goal for the campaign.
“We are doing very very well manning our kettles this year. We have a good percentage all taken care of, but there are still openings available. You can contact the office if you are interested.”
Along with the Kettle campaign, the Salvation Army has a mail-in donation campaign.
There have been some changes and now the program is being administered locally, and all the funds raised through this campaign are eligible for tax receipts and all the funds are used locally.
“We serve just over 10,000 households in our catchment, going well out to Hanna and all areas around,” he said, adding they are working at getting their mail-in campaign out to the local post office shortly.
“This is probably our biggest contributor of the year. It keeps things running,” said Burrell.
Hamper registration begins on Monday, November 20 and runs until December 1. The Salvation Army will take appointments from Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and until 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. Call 403-823-2215 for an appointment.


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