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Drumheller Terry Fox Foundation run cancelled due to low support


Organizers who once hoped to bring back the Terry Fox Foundation run in Drumheller are cancelling their plans due to a lack of interest by the community.
    Marshall Gleiser had spearheaded organizing a run for September 15 in Drumheller, which would have a Terry Fox Foundation community run return to the valley after a number of years without one.
    Gleiser, of Big Valley, and others had wanted to organize the run in honour of a family member who passed away due to cancer, but notified people on August 12 they have had to cancel their plans.
    “Unfortunately our efforts fell short in attracting enough interest to make it into a successful event at this time,” he said.
    While schools in the area participate in annual Terry Fox runs to raise money for the Terry Fox Foundation, there has not been a community run in Drumheller for a couple years. Gleiser and other organizers hope someone else can maybe pick it up next year.
    “While we are disappointed, we also hope these efforts will help to renew interest for the Terry Fox run here moving forward.”

Morrin School introduces hockey program


This fall, Morrin School will begin offering its newly developed hockey program for students in Grades 7-12.
     Principal Don Yavis tells the Mail the school has been working on introducing the program for about a year. This fall, they have about 15 students registered to take part in the program.
‘It’s a go,” said Yavis. “It looks like a good start. We are going to do it for the first semester and see where it takes us, and expand it if all goes well.”
     The program will include powerskating as well as skill development. The students will have three on-ice sessions a week in the afternoons, one will be dedicated to powerskating, while the rest will focus on skill development.
     “Our high school kids can earn CTS credits because there is some mentoring and coaching,” explains Yavis. “It will be more skill development with the junior high kids.”
    Another change for the coming school year, according to Yavis, is they have a new CTS teacher. Trevor Wasylynuik comes from a school in Grande Prairie High school and he is a journeymen welder and has taught at SAIT. He also has experience in automotive repair and mechanics.
      “He is going to teach shop to the kids and he is also talking about developing some adult programming,” said Yavis.
    Because he is a journeyman, this offers more options for students.
    ‘What this opens the door for is, if our students are interested in welding, they can take the RAP ( Registered Apprentice Program) right at school,” said Yavis. ‘So we can do some dual credit stuff, so it’s going to open the door up quite a bit.”
    The school also welcomes Phoebe Amendt, who will be teaching primarily high school social studies. Mrs. Grenville will be returning this school this year on a full-time basis. She will be teaching Grade 3-4.
     Registration remains strong and Yavis is projecting there will be about 125-135 students.
    “It is going to be an exciting year and we are ready to roll,” he said.
    The first day of classes is Tuesday, September 3.

Titans back on field this week

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While there is still plenty of summer to be enjoyed, football players are already looking towards the gridiron.
    Drumheller Titans Senior coach, Ken Fournier says they begin practice this Friday for the coming season. In fact, less than two weeks later the team will be outfitted and on the field for their first preseason game.
    The squad for the coming season is looking strong with some incredible potential. What the team needs are numbers to fill out the team. Coach Fourier says there are some good signs as a few more players are showing interest.  There are also international students returning to DVSS who played last season.
    “We have a home game on August 24. We will have George McDougall of Airdrie coming to town and then August 29, we have Wetaskiwin playing Brooks and then we play Olds,” said Fournier.
    This season the Senior Titans will be playing in the Big Sky Conference with Canmore and Olds. Their first league game will be the match on August 29 versus Olds.
    “Our guys are going to answer the bell, and go out there and play. No matter what challenges we face this year we are going to take it head-on and build from last year,” said Fournier.
   This means the team has to be ready to play. Practice begins August 16 and 19 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. practice will continue on Tuesday and Thursday.
   Those interested in playing can come to the field to register or for more information contact the Titans through Players from surrounding schools are eligible to play.  
    “Fees are under $200 and this covers everything except for cleats, including travel,” said Fournier.

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