5 things you should know this week

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - file photo Pa­trick Ko­lafa

Record low Al­berta tem­per­a­ture of -61 de­grees Cel­sius recorded at Fort Ver­mil­lion, Jan­uary 11, 1911.

Paraske­v­ideka­tri­a­pho­bia, is the fear of Fri­day the 13th.

Reg­is­tra­tion is open for the Di­nosaur Half Marathon, Sun­day, Septem­ber 10.

In 1909 Pres. T. Roo­sevelt laid the cor­ner­stone for the first build­ing of the Rift Val­ley Academy Chris­tian School.

At­las Coal Mine cel­e­brates a cen­tury.

The At­las Coal Mine is get­ting ready for its cen­ten­nial sea­son and will have a new leader at the helm.

The Mu­seum has ap­pointed Dr. Sarah New­stead as its Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor. She is a pro­fes­sor at the Univer­sity of Le­ices­ter in the UK, spe­cial­iz­ing in in­dus­trial her­itage sites. She will be start­ing in May.

“That’s what we are (in­dus­trial his­tor­i­cal site) so it is a great fit,” said Jay Rus­sell of the At­las Coal Mine. “Her hus­band hap­pens to be a black­smith too.”

The At­las is fol­low­ing up a suc­cess­ful sea­son, mark­ing their third best year, de­spite some chal­lenges.

“We not only sur­vived but we rose to the oc­ca­sion and vis­i­tors had a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence. I am al­ways so pleased with cal­iber and qual­ity of staff that we hire. Usu­ally half are lo­cals and we find the kids from Nacmine or Rose­bud can com­pete with any­one across the coun­try,” said Rus­sell.

He says they have al­ready be­gan re­cruit­ing staff for the up­com­ing sea­son. He of­ten looks for re­turn­ing staff right away to make a com­mit­ment. The ap­pli­ca­tion dead­line is in Fe­bru­ary.

One thing they are look­ing for­ward to is the cen­ten­nial cel­e­bra­tion of the At­las Coal Mine.

“It’s our big year,” he ex­claims, adding they will be mark­ing the date, as well as a hav­ing a “sum­mer of jubilation.”

“This will mark 100 years of the At­las’ ex­is­tence. They of course started in 1917 down in New­cas­tle and then moved here in 1928,” he said. “When the At­las moved here in 1928, that was the same year that East Coulee be­came a town, so the At­las was a big part of this.”

This year the At­las is also ex­pect­ing its 500,000 vis­i­tor.

“We know what num­ber we are sit­ting at so we are go­ing to hit the half-mil­lionth vis­i­tor around Canada Day,” said Rus­sell. “So we are plan­ning some­thing spe­cial.”

The At­las Coal Mine is celebrating their cen­ten­nial year in 2017 with a new leader at the helm and are mak­ing plans for their 500,000 vis­i­tor.

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