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32nd Annual Delia Fall Fair held

    The 32nd  Annual Delia Fall Fair was held October 15. There was a large crowd, many from outside the community. This year the Ag Society celebrated the founding of Highland in 1911. The CNR made its first survey of the Village and named it Highland, as it was the highest point on the rail line between Calgary and Saskatoon. In 1913 the name changed to Delia and it was incorporated as a village the next year.
    The Fair day started off with a parade at 11 a.m. This involved antique tractors, machinery and equipment, and vehicles. Horses led the parade with children on colourful decorated bikes. The parade will be expanded next year – so keep that in mind.
    It was great to see all the entries in Horticulture by our farmers, others entries were down in some sections and up in others. The center of the Fair is the Bench Show and the reason the Ag Society receives granting, so we appreciate the time taken to enter the various classes. 
    The kids were busy with a carnival, face painting and the climbing wall. From all reports, they had a good time. 
    There were 20 different venues of commercial and non commercial booths.The Live & Silent Auction was very well supported.
    This year’s winners of the Volunteer of Year are Don and Bev Hall, who have both served their community in many capacities in the present and past years.
    Delia & District Agricultural Society awarded the following Scholarships: Farrell Lake – Teddy Brinkman; Delia Coop – Justine Johnson; Delia General Store – Colby Graham; Millennium - Kari Mason and Chelsea Dotkerchik; Nick’s Western Meats – Nicole Johnson.
    Award presentations were made and the points from the Flower & Garden Show in August went towards the Grand Aggregate.
    Grand Aggregate winner was Marcy Forbes.
Junior Aggregate winner was Michelle Hoover.
    Family Aggregate went to Robert & Holly Stanger Family.
    A Harvest Supper was put on by the Curling Club with entertainment provided by the Popavick Family.
    The Delia Agricultural Society is proud of all the community volunteers – you all  made a very successful fair.


TransCanada supports community facility with $50,000 donation

    The Badlands Community Facility received further support on Thursday, November 3 from TransCanada as they presented a cheque for $50,000 to the new facility. 
    “This donation towards the Badlands Community Facility from TransCanada is a great example of their dedication in partnering to build healthy, safe and vibrant communities,” comments Jeff Hall, fundraising co-chair. “With areas in the facility focusing on athletics, fitness, culture and celebrations for all generations, this is a great fit.”
    In attendance were Badlands Community Facility fundraising committee co-chair Jeff Hall, marketing officer for the community facility Heather Little on behalf of the facility, and Mike McLean and Richard Christensen of TransCanada Pipelines.
    “As employees of TransCanada it gives us great pleasure to present this cheque to the development of your community facility,” said Mike McLean of TransCanada Pipelines. “We strive to be involved in small town projects that are the backbone of our neighborhoods.  It is your sense of community spirit and volunteerism that accomplishes such goals - a proud moment for everyone’s dedication.”
    With more than 60 years experience, TransCanada is a leader in development and operation of North American energy infrastructure. TransCanada’s investments go beyond the communities where they live, work and conduct business. They partner in building healthy, safe and vibrant communities by identifying and forging meaningful partnerships in the non-profit and voluntary sector. TransCanada believes in supporting local associations and organizations which serve as community assets in empowering individuals, building strong communities and creating effective citizens.
    Builders of the facility are working hard to complete the  facility, aiming for a December 30 opening date. The cenotaph has recently been relocated  to its prominent position in front of the facility in time for Remembrance Day.

Big Country Anti Violence Association lead Take Back the Night walk

    November is Violence Prevention Month and the Big Country Anti-Violence Association (BCAVA) is working to raise awareness of the issue and taking a stand against family violence.
    On Tuesday, November 1, volunteers from the association were joined by Grace House in distributing red roses to businesses throughout the valley. This has been a long time initiative of BCAVA. The red rose is in memory of women, children and men in Alberta who have died as victims of domestic violence.
    “The businesses are very cooperative and most businesses accept a rose and display it in their store to represent those who have lost their lives to violence,” said Marian Ewing, spokesperson for BCAVA.
    The Red Rose Campaign covers all of Drumheller, including East Coulee, Wayne and Rosedale, as well as surrounding communities such as Morrin, Munson and Delia. On this day, more than 200 red roses were distributed.
    There is no associated charge for the rose, and it has been supported well by Home-Town Realty, who buys the roses. R&J Flowers also supports the campaign by providing the roses for half price.
    Another exciting endeavour for the BCAVA is they are asking residents to help take back the night.
    “In the 10 years I have been involved we haven’t done Take Back the Night, but we felt it was very representative of what our group is trying to tell the community, so we are looking forward to it, and continuing it every year,” said Ewing.
    The Take Back the Night walk through Drumheller will take place on Thursday, November 17. It is a vigil march through the core designed to raise awareness about violence against individuals and to support those who are in, or have been in abusive situations.
    The vigil will start at the Drumheller Civic Centre at 7 p.m. with a short program. Candles will be distributed and the vigil will move through downtown. The procession will return to the Civic Centre for refreshments.
    The committee has arranged to have the Silent Witness Silhouettes at the walk. These are life size silhouettes painted red. Each represents a woman or child in Alberta who was murdered by a family member or partner.
     Ewing says the goal of stopping violence is a valiant one.
    “Anyone who is suffering with any situation of violence needs to know there is a number they can call to get assistance,” she said. “Statistics say violence is on the rise and we want to do everything we can to prevent or reduce that.”
    More information on BCAVA, its activities and endeavours can be found at www.bcava.com. It also includes links to resources for education, as well as contacts for those in a crisis situation.   


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