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Alumni Flames bringing star studded roster


    If the cast of snipers and grinders assembled to take on the Calgary Flames alumni on Wednesday, November 11 at Drumheller Memorial Arena, come home  with a “W” they will be in good company.
    Former Calgary Flames are lacing up to play a charity game in support of the Badlands Community Facility, and as former Flame Jim Peplinski tells The Mail, the alumni come to win.
    “The only team we lost to was the Women’s National team,” said Pepper, co-captain of the 1989 Stanley Cup winning Flames. “It seems every time we play women we lose. But other than that, never.”
    That might be a bet you can take to the bank. A short list confirmed (allthough he adds the caveat; subject to road conditions, physical debilities that may occur between now and November 11, and kids commitments that are not on the schedule) include himself, Lanny McDonald, Jamie Macoun, Dana Murzyn, Perry Berezan and Sheldon Kennedy.
    “Let me put it this way, that is our second line,” he says, adding the Flames’ second all time scoring leader Theoren Fleury could even make an appearance.
    “I did mention it to him before his book came out and he said ‘absolutely,’ but his schedule has been packed up since then, so I don’t know if he will make it,” said Peplinski.
    He says they are prepared too.
    “We just had our alumni training camp, and we are getting ready for a full slate. Training camp included medical testing, conditioning, and our first exhibition game. It lasted an hour and 15 minutes,” he said.
    He says the Flames alumni are supportive of endeavours that provide recreation to young people. The connection to the Drumheller project came early on in the process when the committee was in talks in regards to the Scott Seaman Rink project, which Peplinski is involved with through the Calgary Flames Foundation.
    “We originally looked at being a part of Drumheller facility improvement project, but for a number of different reasons that did not come to fruition,” he said. “What we were able to do at minimum was get our alumni engaged to come out and bring some awareness to the good work that is being done.”
    “We are involved with anything that we can find the time for, and that can make a positive difference in getting active and playing sports, whether it be hockey or anything else.”   
    Part of this connection came through a friend of Peplinski, and committee member Elson McDougald, and Pepper is ready to mix things up.
    “You may have not heard this yet, but the real draw to my understanding… I haven’t spoke to him yet, but I am hearing this through my trap line…is Elson McDougald is going to play goal (for the Drumheller squad),” chuckles Peplinski. “He’s calling us out and says he has had a shut out for his entire life, and doesn’t expect to be scored on.”

PBI to stay in Three Hills


    Prairie Bible Institute, in its 87 years, has grown roots in Three Hills, that are too deep to be pulled just yet.
    The board of directors of the PBI have worked hard on planning the future of the school, and have decided, at this point in time the institution will remain in Three Hills.
    “The board has decided that the most viable option is to retain its 87 year old legacy campus in Three Hills, Alberta. It will continue to operate Prairie Bible College, Prairie Mission Aviation College and Prairie College of Applied Arts and Technology in Three Hills,” states a release from the institution.”
    The board mulled over a possible three directions which included relocating in Drumheller, adding a satellite campus in the valley or keeping the entire organization in Three Hills.
    According to Ron Berg, communications for PBI, the exploration was healthy.
    “I think it helped the administration and board to think things through very carefully about where we are going and what we need to do,” said Berg. “There were definitely some distinct advantages to Drumheller,  particularly in the Prairie College of Applied Arts and Technology, but there were challenges, as there are by staying in Three Hills.”
    “That is why we were looking, but the board just thought right now, when you look at all the considerations at one time, it seemed this was the best option right now.”
    He says the board is open to looking at the possibility of opening a satellite campus in the  future but did not specifically name Drumheller.
    “At this point the board has decided to stay in Three Hills. They are not ruling out the option at some point, of a satellite, but did not say a specific place. They really didn’t address that because it would take more research. What they really said is our current program is staying in Three Hills.”
    He adds it is important to examine the business economic viability of the organization.
    “Any time you have a bible college, or any college for that matter, these days you have to be constantly vigilant,” said Berg.
    According to  a release, an overhaul of the current campus is planned to improve student facilities and lower operational costs. Further innovation in program offerings and improvements will also be studied and implemented as part of the long term viability plan.
    It goes on to thank the leadership of Drumheller for their cooperation in providing the school with good and useful information in this process.
    Berg says it was an emotional debate within the Town of Three Hills.
    “It was understandable, people were seeing everything from something close to their heart leaving, to what is going to happen to property prices. We have had, obviously, a very positive response from people here  in Three Hills,” said Berg.

Residents line up for flu shots




The first seasonal and H1N1 flu vaccination clinics in Drumheller began on Tuesday, October 27 at the Drumheller Health Centre. Judging by the parking on site, residents were eager to  get in line to protect themselves this flu season as a rough count of 200 cars crowded the area. Clinics continue today, October 28 at the Drumheller Health Centre and November 3, 4, 17, 18 and 25, and December 2, 8 and 9 at The Church of the Nazarene. Clinics are from 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Alberta has enough vaccine for every Albertan who needs and wants to be immunized. Those who need it most should get it as early as possible. Those who will benefit most from immunization include: People under 65 with chronic health conditions and their caregivers; Pregnant women; Children six months to less than five years of age and their caregivers; People living in remote and isolated settings or communities; Health care workers involved in pandemic response or the delivery of essential health care services; Household contacts and care providers of persons at high risk who cannot be immunized or may not respond to vaccines.


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