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The Ver­dant Val­ley Com­mu­nity Cen­ter has been busy the last three weeks. The Ver­dant Val­ley and Dor­cas Women’s In­sti­tute met at the Cen­ter on Wednesday, Oc­to­ber 9. The group will be sup­port­ing the Mor­gan Jane project and mak­ing bibs for Long Term Care in Drumheller. The roll call was an ex­change of home canned goods or bak­ing.

On Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 19 the Thomas fam­ily held a fam­ily gath­er­ing at the Com­mu­nity Cen­ter with a turnout of around 60 even though some mem­bers of the fam­ily were still har­vest­ing.

On Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 22 a meet­ing of the strate­gic plan­ning com­mit­tee of the Ver­dant Val­ley Ag So­ci­ety met with pro­fes­sional con­sul­tant Max Fritz from Cal­gary. A work­ing draft was pre­sented and much dis­cus­sion fol­lowed. The board will meet on Wednesday, Novem­ber 6 at 7:30 p.m. to fi­nal­ize the pro­posed vision, mis­sion, goals and ob­jec­tives to be pre­sented to the mem­ber­ship at the an­nual meet­ing on Tues­day, Novem­ber 19.

The Al­berta Ru­ral Crime Watch As­so­ci­a­tion Zone One meet­ing was held at the Ver­dant Val­ley Com­mu­nity Cen­ter on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 26. Zone One cov­ers a large area of south­ern Al­berta from Carstairs south to the US bor­der and from the moun­tains to the Saskatchew­an bor­der. In spite of the stormy day mem­bers from Medicine Hat, Taber, Cochrane, Hanna and Drumheller Ru­ral Crime Watch district were in at­ten­dance. At the busi­ness meet­ing in the morn­ing Diana Rowe was elected as a di­rec­tor of Zone One for a three year term. A pre­sen­ta­tion of the Wise Owl pro­gram of Ru­ral Crime Watch out­lined pre­vent­ing fraud and scam crimes es­pe­cially tar­get­ing Se­niors. The af­ter­noon pro­gram was a panel dis­cus­sion. Tak­ing part in the panel dis­cus­sion were Staff Sgt. Kevin Charles, RCMP District Ad­vi­sory NCO for South­ern Al­berta; Con­sta­ble Mar­cel Hien­stra of the Drumheller RCMP De­tach­ment; Hugh Som­merville, Ru­ral Crim­i­nal De­fence Lawyer; Of­fi­cer Gareth Thomas, Star­land County Peace Of­fi­cer; Cora Bolt, AHS Men­tal Health and Ad­dic­tions, Misty Grif­fith, Project REACH Pro­gram Man­ager; Lor­renda South­ern, Project REACH; Staff Sgt. Ed Bourque, RCMP Drumheller De­tach­ment by tele­phone and a let­ter from an in­sur­ance agent. It was an im­pres­sive pre­sen­ta­tion and cov­ered many of the con­cerns of peo­ple about crime and men­tal health in the ru­ral ar­eas.

We are thank­ful that most of the har­vest­ing in this com­mu­nity was com­pleted last week. We wish you luck and good weather to other com­mu­ni­ties who have not yet fin­ished.

Be­lated birth­day greet­ings for Oc­to­ber since the last col­umn on Oc­to­ber 2 are sent to Ce­leste Poland, Michael Lowey, Lisa James, Lacey (Wil­son) Beatty, Tyson Pow­ell, Ky­ley Poland. This com­ing week we wish happy birth­day to Randy James on Oc­to­ber 31, Cliff McDougald on Novem­ber 1.

Best wishes on your wed­ding an­niver­sary in Oc­to­ber to Frank and Eu­nice Wil­son on Oc­to­ber 12, Barry and Carol Keirle and Dale and Bev Wil­son on Oc­to­ber 13, Ken and Phyl­lis Cham­bers on Oc­to­ber 18 (their 71st!!) and Mickey and Percy Poland on Oc­to­ber 28.

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