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Residents take back the night

    A brisk snowy evening didn’t stop about 30 residents concerned about violence to take back the night last Thursday, November 17.
    The Big Country Anti Violence Association (BCAVA) organized the candlelit march through downtown Drumheller. Mayor Terry Yemen led the march of the dedicated through the blowing snow.
    It has been about 10 years since the event was held in Drumheller. It was part of the Association’s campaign to raise awareness of issues of violence in a community during Family Violence Prevention Month in Alberta.
    Family Violence Prevention Month began in Alberta in 1986 through a grassroots campaign in Hinton. The Alberta Legislature supported the effort and made it an ongoing provincial initiative every November.
    “It is important all throughout the world, and we are making our own statement in Drumheller as well,” said Marian Ewing of the BCAVA.
    The ceremony began at the Civic Centre when participants lit 14 candles representing the 14 women killed at the École Polytechnique Massacre in 1989, while reading out the names of the victims. Within the dark hall were the Silent Witness project silhouettes, each representing an Alberta mother or child who was murdered by a husband, parent, partner or intimate acquaintance.
    Support for ending the silence that allows violence to permeate was shown as dozens of residents signed their names to certificates pledging the speak up for those who are silenced.
    After the ceremony, participants lit their own candles and proceeded into the night, heading south on Centre Street to Railway Avenue and heading west to 1st Street and looping back to Centre Street on 3rd Avenue before returning the Civic Centre.
    The BCAVA hope to revive the Take Back the Night march to make it an annual event.


Site selected for Rotary clock tower

    The design is being selected, and the site is picked.
    Next spring, Drumheller will have a new place to set their clocks to thanks to the Drumheller Rotary Club.
    The club had bandied about the idea of raising a clock tower for a few years, but put it to a motion last January. The Rotary Club has committed its funds from this year’s Radio Auction to erecting a clock tower in Drumheller.
    They have reached an agreement with the Town of Drumheller and will be placing the tower at the splash park beside Gordon Taylor Bridge.
    “I hope we will have it ready by the May long weekend,” said Jim Fisher of the Rotary Club. “It is the highest traffic area of Drumheller. It will be a great benefit to the thousands in the summer that use the fountain and water park.”
    The clock will also serve as a monument to the Rotary’s presence in the community.
    The clock tower will be 12 feet tall and is being constructed by It’s About Time of Langley, B.C.  The tower will have four clock faces, each with the Rotary symbol. The base is cast iron and the tower is powder coated for durability. The clock will have autonomous GPS movement meaning the clock is synchronized through GPS.
    “The town has just been great with us. They did the aerial shots and the photos from where the clock tower would be and what you would see,” said Fisher.
    The funds from the Radio Auction were earmarked for the clock.
    The price of the tower comes in at around $15,000. Fisher chuckles they received a “Rotary discount” as the company they ordered the clock from is owned by a Rotarian.

Pliva takes the Mo-challenge

“It’s driving me crazy!”
    That is the first reaction Tony Pliva has to the caterpillar growing on his upper lip.
    It is a common response for men in the early days of Movember.
    Pliva is taking on the facial hair experiment to raise awareness and funds for men’s health, and his team is behind him.
    Pliva is the coach of the Novice 6 Raptors, and he said if they supported him, he would register his name on the Movember website.
    “I was just going to do it to support the cause, and then I thought I might a well also help raise funds,” said Pliva.
    He said originally he was just going to casually raise funds and donate in the name of the team, but he was caught up and registered on the official site where supporters can make online donations.
    “I entered a few weeks late but if we can raise a few bucks it’s better than nothing,” he said.
    He signed up on the official Movember site on Wednesday, November 16, and within the day, he already raised $545.
    Movember began in Australia in 2003, and it has grown leaps and bounds. The concept is simple. Men start the month clean-shaven, and then let it all grow out for the month. By Movember 30, “Mo Bros” end up with some impressive facial hair.
    In 2010, almost 119,000 Canadians got on board and raised $22.3 million for men’s health.
    To donate to Pliva’s campaign go to ca.movember.com and search for Pliva’s name to view his mo-space. Donations can be made with credit cards or through Paypal.


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