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Time to start thinking about Canada's 150th Birthday party on July 1st, 2017.
In fact, it might not be a bad idea to form some committees to find out what projects and celebrations can be developed. Traditionally, governments come up with grant money for municipalities to spend on these sort of things, and so far, we haven't heard of anything forthcoming from the federal government yet, but should be soon.
In 1967, our 100th birthday, Drumheller chose to develop Centennial Park behind the Memorial Arena. It was okay until the province came along and built flood prevention dykes through it, which again was okay, but we gained the walking path through town which is still well-used.
In 2005, the Town chose to use provincial Centennial monies to build a tribute in the form of a flower garden in front of the Water Treatment Plant on Highway 10. It also has a couple of flags attached to the cement wall, noting "1905 and 2005", and is actually a nice symbol of
Alberta's 100th. Another Alberta 100th Birthday project was the bulkhead at the Aquaplex, the fundraising for that was spearheaded by the Rotarians.
Area schools can get involved, community groups, and projects are only limited by one's imagination.
Just start planning early. Welcome to our neck of the woods to our neighbours,
Trevor and all the gang at NAPA Auto Parts who renovated and moved into the former Sears location on Highway 9 South.
Nice, bright store and great displays. Stop in and have a look.
Wondering if any group locally has explored the idea of starting a "Chase the Ace" evenings, to raise money like has been done in Nova Scotia, which brings in a lot of money, is a lot of fun, and is a great fundraiser. This is the game played with ordinary playing cards, and eliminates players until they "Chase the Ace".
Now we don't pretend to know all the rules, but the host group can make a lot of money, even on the sale of liquor, or food items. We wonder if Alberta Liquor and
Gaming has any restrictions on playing it in this province. Ideal for a group that already has a liquor licence and a kitchen.
With warmer temperatures heading our way, we notice more and more early morning joggers out on the streets which is a great way to stay in shape, but running on the streets and sharing the roads with drivers can present its own set of problems. It is never clear to this writer why runners would want to jog on roads, but if you must, it is advisable to make yourself more visible by wearing a light, using reflective patches on clothing and shoes, and giving the right of way to vehicles whose drivers are not expecting a dark figure running ahead of them or suddenly running across in front of them.