That's Life - May 23, 2018

May 20 to 26, 2018 is Public Works Week.

I have a great amount of admiration and respect for our Public Works employees. These are the men and women who keep our Town ticking.

When it snows, our Public Works crew cleans our streets. When water mains break, whatever the weather, our crew goes into action and fixes the problem. Without Public Works, our communities would come to a standstill.

In Three Hills, look for a vehicle with the Town logo on the door. That’s Pubic Works, working for the residents of this community, day and night, 365 days a year.Oh sure, they get time off, bit there is always someone on call to deal with any emergency that might come up.

Make sure you offer a big “Thank You” to your Public Works staff for making all of our communities great places to live.

I have this friend who is coming up to his 88th birthday. He is more active than most people I know. In fact, he’s usually in training in preparation for a Marathon Walk in support of Cancer Research, Multiple Sclerosis, or to provide fresh drinking water to African communities in need. Over the years, he has raised thousands of dollars for various worthy causes.

Oh, there’s one thing, it seems he likes to dye his hair pink, and maybe decorate his walker, and perhaps wear a full-length cape.

You might have guessed my buddy is Melvin Wright. That’s right, he’s the guy who used to be a driving instructor. Well, now he’s a fundraiser, and I don’t mean maybe.

At present Melvin is raising funds to purchase a number of new wheelchairs for Acute Care at the Drumheller Hospital. I do know he has raised funds to purchase four chairs costing $600 each. He would like to purchase 10 chairs, so if you would like to help him with this you can make a cheque out to “Health Foundation - Drumheller, Alberta” and mail it to Melvin’s Wheelchair Fundraiser, Box 961, Three Hills, Alberta T0M 2A0. You will receive a tax receipt for your kind donation.

By the way, if you see a lady holding an umbrella and suitcase as she flies over Three Hills, it’s most likely Mary Poppins, on her way to Parable Place to star in all of the 10 performances of, you guessed it, “Mary Poppins”. See page seven of this issue for showtimes, dates and ticket prices. Hats off to the Three Hills Arts Academy for presenting so many amazing shows. From what I hear, they have simply outdone themselves, once again.

Do you realize it’s only nine days until Cruise Weekend? If you have never seen it, you will be shocked.

You’ll wonder where all of the people, cars, trucks and motorcycles come from. Well, they come from far and wide. Most of the folks are vehicle enthusiasts in a big way. We are blessed to have a cruise committee and the Three Hills Street Freaks who keep this show going and growing each and every year since its modest beginning in 1981.

Capital Printers Ltd., publishers of The Capital, is proud to be a Gold sponsor of this year’s show. See page eleven for show details.

Just wanted to mention that it is not a good idea to risk your life and the lives of others by setting sail on the Red Deer River during spring thaw. This year’s mountain snow packs are huge and river levels are far from cresting. Don’t let the heat and sunny skies lure you to a possible death trap. There are times when dams, upstream, are released to avoid overflow. You won’t even know what hit you. And if you’ve had one or 10 too many, you could easily be the next statistic. Play it safe and stay off the Red Deer River for a while.

That’s Life.