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The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Kyle Smylie The Drumheller Mail mailphoto by Pa­trick Ko­lafa

St. An­thony's pro­posed track field ex­pan­sion po­ten­tially down­graded due to soil in­sta­bil­ity.

The Christ the Redeemer School Divi­sion is fac­ing set­backs in de­vel­op­ing a track and field ex­pan­sion for St. An­thony’s School in Drumheller af­ter con­cerns have been raised over the sta­bil­ity of the ground at the site.

The project, which had ini­tially planned to cre­ate a pro­vin­cial-class run­ning track and soc­cer/foot­ball field, with bleach­ers, may be re­duced to just the devel­op­ment of a field af­ter tech­ni­cal anal­y­sis of a slope at the site sug­gested it may be too in­sta­ble and risky for such an ex­pen­sive devel­op­ment, says school divi­sion di­rec­tor of fa­cil­i­ties David Lunn.

“A grass field is one thing, but you go to the so­phis­ti­ca­tion of a run­ning track and the work that goes into that is quite another story,” Lunn said.

He said the divi­sion is wait­ing on ap­proval from the Drumheller’s Mu­nic­i­pal Plan­ning Com­mis­sion, which will re­view the al­tered devel­op­ment plans as due process. The project in­clud­ing the track por­tion was pre­vi­ously ap­proved by the com­mis­sion. While crews are cur­rently lev­el­ling the site of a field ex­pan­sion at St. An­thony’s School, the school divi­sion is fac­ing set­backs af­ter devel­op­ment of a pro­posed run­ning track was put on hold due to a risk of soil in­sta­bil­ity at the site. A Christ the Redeemer School Divi­sion of­fi­cial said they may only de­velop a grass field now.

The stu­dents haven’t had any grass for five or six years - it’s al­most crim­i­nal.”

Lunn said he’s con­fi­dent the project will be ap­proved and that sod will be in place for stu­dents when they re­turn in Septem­ber.

“The stu­dents haven’t had any grass for five or six years – it’s al­most crim­i­nal,” said Lunn.

The field and track ex­pan­sion was orig­i­nally es­ti­mated to cost around $500,000, but the re­duced scale of the project will share the in­for­ma­tion with all mem­bers who do­nated funds to this very worth­while cause. Please join in as we share a meal and friend­ship to­gether. Each fam­ily is asked to con­trib­ute an item for the potluck sup­per. Bev­er­ages will be pro­vided. Any­one in­ter­ested is most wel­come to at­tend.

Rock­y­ford Li­brary’s pho­tog­ra­phy group has their last meet­ing be­fore the sum­mer on Wed­nes­day, June 22, at 6:30. All you need is an in­ter­est in im­prov­ing your pho­to­graphs. The group has monthly photo chal­lenges and then meet to dis­cuss how they did. In­ter­ested? Drop in and check it out!

Cho­co­late lovers will love “The Ben­e­fits of Raw Cho­co­late”, a video-con­fer­ence at the li­brary on Thurs­day, June 23 (7-8 p.m.). This is a raw foods in­for­ma­tion ses­sion and demon­stra­tion of how very sim­ple it is to make high qual­ity choco­lates that will also im­prove your over­all health.

If you have any news or events you would like to see in this col­umn, please give me a call at 533-3930 or you can send an email to wt­clyne@ rock­y­ford.ca by Fri­day af­ter­noon.

Have body. the rodeo grounds on Thurs­day, June 30. Things get started with burg­ers at 6 p.m., mut­ton bust­ing at 8:30 p.m., bull rid­ing be­gins at 9 p.m., then the Canada Day fire­works dis­play at 11 p.m. A fun filled evening for the whole fam­ily.

St. Rita’s Church would like to in­vite both parish and com­mu­nity mem­bers to a potluck sup­per on Sun­day, June 26 at 5:00 pm be­ing hosted in the Parish Room of the Com­mu­nity Cen­tre. Bill Locke of St. Joseph’s Parish in Cal­gary and Fr. Joseph of St. Rita’s will be pre­sent­ing a fi­nal re­port on the “VIKAS In­dia Hous­ing Project” and would like to a great likely bring a lower price tag for the project. Lunn said this may al­low for more in­fras­truc­ture and equip­ment, such as a score­board, to be pur­chased for the field once it’s com­pleted.

Back­hoes are cur­rently on-site at the school, but are only clean­ing up and lev­el­ing the site. week ev­ery-

A quiet week last week due to all the ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing se­nior’s week, the week fin­ished with the Fa­ther’s Day bar­be­cue on Fri­day which over 50 peo­ple at­tended, many thanks to the mem­bers who gave do­na­tions to­wards the food and to those who pre­pared and served the food and I must not for­get the folks who clean away and do all the wash­ing up. We some­times for­get the peo­ple in the back clear­ing ev­ery­thing away.

On Satur­day a group of mem­bers joined a trip to the Wa­ter Val­ley Celtic Fes­ti­val for a day of Ir­ish and Scot­tish with some folk mu­sic at 9 dif­fer­ent venues in the vil­lage, ev­ery­one en­joyed just wan­der­ing from one venue to another. Some of us en­joyed the Clay Pi­geon/Rap­tors and liked the group so much we man­aged to ask them for a card, hop­ing we can in­vite them to Drumheller. We had lunch while they were play­ing in the Beer Tent, per­haps why we thought they sounded so good.

Our con­do­lences to the fam­ily of Ethel Moor who has passed away, Ethel was a long time mem­ber of the Pi­o­neer Trail and lived re­cently at Sun­shine Lodge.

Mem­bers are in­vited to a meet­ing of the Travel Club on Fri­day, June 24 at the Li­brary at 1:30 pm. Come along a find out about fu­ture trips.

Any com­ments email net­tem­green@ live.com an-

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