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The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE -

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.

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