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Kaleidoscope Theatre puts on thought provoking play


bees.jpgAddictions can still be a taboo subject, maybe more so when they affect women.
    “Like Bees to Honey” is a thought provoking play about drug and alcohol addiction among women, and the Kaleidoscope Theatre production of this play will take the audience on a journey people will want to think and talk about, whether or not they have had dealings with addictions.
    From the very beginning, the audience is introduced to the brutal reality of alcohol abuse as they witness a traumatic scene when a young drunk girl, played by Jenn Eskeland, is thrown out of a car and verbally abused by a dissatisfied “customer.”  How did she get there?
    Then, one by one, five women, from very different backgrounds and varied ages, start to recount their lives.  Their tales will have the audience captivated.
    Meet bubbly Kate, played by  Cassandra Knight, who comes from a hard drinking partying Irish family and is studying to be a nurse, to become someone her father would be proud of. 
    And Jesse, played by Carol Todor, who encounters a party lifestyle as a student which carries on in her marriage. Sara, played by Geraldine Holden, who, every day as a child is confronted by the smell of alcohol on her mother’s breath. 
    There is Rita, played by Jess Davison, who is sent to New York from Costa Rica at 17 for a better chance in life and is introduced to alcohol by the woman, played by Deanne Zariski, whose child she is paid to look after. And finally Kiesha, played by Courtney Morse, who is having a great time with her boyfriend, always high.
    The only male actor, Kelly Bertsch, plays a variety of supporting roles which help place some of the scenes.
    At first, their tales seem innocent enough, but as they make excuses for their addictions, their stories seem to mix into one.  The audience witnesses the downward spiral their lives start to take and an uneasy feeling sets in as the brutal reality of addictions is laid bare again.
    Each actor makes their character so real that the audience will feel a great sensitivity towards the women, but also a sense of helplessness, as they are silent witnesses to these women’s despair.
    When reality comes crashing in for each of the characters, the audience will feel a sense of relief as the women attempt to pull themselves out of the wreckage their lives have become.
    Spectators may be left wondering whether Rita, despite her very powerful wake up call, can accept reality without alcohol.
    Information regarding alcohol and drugs addiction recovery will be available from a stand after the show.   
    This production is playing at the Navy League Building, with the last show on Saturday, March 20.

Rockyford Fire Department plans new hall


rockyford.jpg   The Rockyford Fire Department has outgrown its fire hall, and is on the way to constructing a new one on Main Street.
    The department has been actively fundraising, and according to one member of the department, Robert Koester, they are well on the way to making the new hall a reality.
    Eventually it will be there,” said Koester. “We’re in the engineering stages right now.”
    “Most of the funds are in place.”

    The new hall will be on a corner lot on Main Street in Rockyford, and will be about 60 feet by 116 feet. It will house the newer apparatus as well as provide office and meeting rooms, and a training area. He says the new hall will cost in the area of  $700,000-800,000.
    Koester says the need for the new hall is precipitated by the larger modern firefighting equipment. Currently the force has a pumper, a pumper tanker, a bush buggy and two rescue units with vehicle extrication equipment. The force has about 14 members.
    “We respond to fires, motor vehicle accidents and we do medical assistance for Wheatland first responders,” said Koester.
    The department responds to emergencies from about four miles north of Highway 1 to the south, and to Highway 9 on the north.

Town issues tenders for solid waste collection


cart.jpg     The Town of Drumheller has issued tenders for contracts on solid waste collection, inviting eligible companies to quote for residential and commercial contracts separately or jointly, using an automated cart collection and based on a volume equivalent to five bags a week. 
    A request for quote has also been issued for the new residential trash carts that the town will be buying and distributing to residential properties.
    Currently, waste collection is done by the town and includes collection for both residential and commercial, as well as offering free recyclables collections from businesses using the recycling bins provided.
    When the decision was made to change the collection to an automated cart system, some businesses asked council to consider opening the commercial collection to free enterprise and thus opening the market to several companies. 
    Some businesses prefer having the choice of who to use for their waste collection.
    Tenders are requested for both separate or joint contracts and this will also show the economy of scales.
    Once the tenders are received, council will make a decision on the way forward.
    Benefits of using an automated cart collection for waste disposal are many. 
    For residents, it will offer a cleaner and easier way to dispose of waste.  Carts can be kept in the back yard and filled on an ongoing basis, and rolled out for collection on the appropriate day. They will also act as an enclosure so will keep animals out of rampaging through the garbage.
    Automated cart collections also provide a quicker and less physical garbage pickup, so using this type of collection reduces the loss of man hours due to injury from fatigue and lifting, as well as a cost saving as only one person is needed to operate the automated pickup vehicle.

   The new system is expected to be rolled out on July 2, 2010 depending on the tender that will be awarded, and how long it will take for the company to be equipped with the appropriate  pickup vehicle.
    In the longer term, town will also be looking at the feasibility of introducing recycling carts. However, currently, Drumheller does not have the facility to handle individual residential recycling. 

   Drumheller is one of the few municipalities in Alberta where solid waste collection cost to residents and commercial businesses is not a utility based rate, and is included in the property tax.


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