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Encana opens natural gas filling station in Clearwater Business Unit

    Last Wednesday, Encana opened a compressed natural gas (CNG) station in the Clearwater Business Unit.
    The station, located in Strathmore, demonstrates Encana’s ongoing commitment to building the necessary infrastructure to support a transportation future driven by natural gas.
    “Encana is leading by example as we convert our own vehicle fleet to natural gas and help build the necessary infrastructure to support its expanded use as an alternative fuel to gasoline or diesel. Operating a fleet of vehicles on natural gas is both an economic and environmental advantage for our business, and we are inviting other business operators and consumers to join us in capturing the benefits of this clean, abundant and more affordable fuel,” said Randy Eresman, Encana’s president and CEO.
    “We believe that natural gas as a transportation fuel has huge potential to improve the bottom line of its users. Our vast North American supply of natural gas truly represents a domestic energy solution and a way to further strengthen the economies of both Canada and the United States. In fact, the natural gas industry currently employs nearly 3.4 million people and every one per cent increase in natural gas production creates up to 35,000 new jobs.”
    The Strathmore CNG station will fuel Encana’s growing fleet of natural gas-powered vehicles, which now has 39 trucks converted to run on natural gas in the company’s Clearwater Business Unit encompassing the Strathmore area. Overall, Encana has 128 of its approximately 1,400-vehicle North American fleet running on natural gas to date, as well as 15 drilling rigs, and continues to further expand its conversion program. Beginning in 2012, Encana Natural Gas expects to offer the Strathmore station’s fueling services to other corporate fleets in the area and to the public at a later date.
    Luigi Vesacarelli, community Relations advisor for the company in Drumheller says the company is still evaluating the possibility of a filling station in the industrial area of Drumheller.
 Natural gas-powered cars and trucks are fueled with CNG or liquefied natural gas (LNG) and operate similarly to gasoline-powered vehicles. There are currently more than 960 natural gas vehicle fueling stations in the United States fueling about 110,000 natural gas vehicles. Canada has a network of approximately 80 public fueling stations in five provinces.


Thanksgiving Dinner approaching

 

   Autumn is in the air, the trees are turning golden, harvest is almost completed and Thanksgiving is around the corner.
    If you do not have anyone to celebrate Thanksgiving with, The Salvation Army invites you to come to the Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner.
    There will be turkey with all the trimmings, pies galore, live music and more.  It will be held on Sunday, October 9 at 5:00 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene (627 – 6th St. E.).  
    All are welcome to attend this free meal.  Please RSVP to The Salvation Army at 403-823-2215. It is highly encouraged to ensure we have enough food for all.  Rides may be available upon request. 
    The Salvation Army is partnering with multiple groups and businesses to provide a wonderful and delicious experience.
    The Salvation Army is also seeking support from the community for turkey donations.  If you would like to donate items please contact Lt. Rachel Sheils at 403-823-2215.

Drumheller Valley Secondary School runs for cancer

    On Wednesday, September 28 staff and students from DVSS participated in the Terry Fox National School Run Day 2011.
    The goal of the event is to raise both awareness and money for cancer research.
    The day began with an assembly in the gym where staff and students listened to moving stories from Principal Curtis LaPierre and guest speaker, Mrs. Barb Travis.
    Travis, who some students know as a substitute teacher, described her experience with cancer.
    Just five months after receiving a mammogram, Travis found a lump on her chest and pulled out of her first bodybuilding competition.
    She had the lump removed by a cancer specialist, although the doctor she initially saw wanted to wait and observe.
    The cancer persisted.
    In April 2007, Travis was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer.  
    With surgery and sixteen radiation treatments the cancer was beaten.
    Two months later,  she competed in her first bodybuilding competition and will compete in the national championships in two weeks.
    Travis ended with a poem composed by her daughter entitled C Stands for Courage.
    Students then braved the damp weather and began the run, which lasted until they ran eight laps around the road that encircles the DVSS.
    Afterwards, everyone enjoyed a barbecue provided by Maryam Asef, owner of the Drumheller Fas Gas.
    Associate Principal Brad Treske and teacher Ryan Hatch put their hair on the line to encourage students to reach their fundraising goal.
    If students raise $3000, Mr. Teske will wax his legs. At $5000 Hatch will undergo the painful process of waxing his chest.
    Student Sam Brown has made a considerable effort to see that the two will soon be sans hair. Brown has raised over $650.
    The fundraiser ends today, but the search for a cure continues.


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