Tuesday, August 10, 2010  
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Quote of the Week
“It looks awesome. We’ve had tons of compliments on how the ice is.”
- Tracey Linderman  
- on the ice in Coleman   
   

 

 
The fifth annual Crowsnest Pass Doors Open and Heritage Festival filled the community with activities once again from July 30 to August 2, including special recognitions for the 25th anniversary of the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre and the 100th anniversary of the Bellevue Mine explosion.
In total, approximately 6700 people attended the different events and tours offered throughout the community. This was down slightly from last year, perhaps due to the weekend rain.
Janet Benson of Crowsnest Pass won this year's Crowsnest Pass Getaway Package draw, which included an annual family pass to Alberta historic sites, a pass to the Bellevue Underground Mine and Crowsnest Museum, dinner at local restaurants, a guided tour, a round at the golf course, and a two night stay at the Ladybug Villa holiday home.
Both the Teddy Bear Picnic at the Crowsnest Museum and the Crowsnest Country Market at Flumerfelt Park were well attended on Saturday, July 31. The weekend's crowning event, however, was arguably the Miner's Memorial at the Bellevue Underground Mine on Sunday, August 1.
The event included a quilter's fair hosted by the Bellecrest Association, and antique appraisals by Sheldon Smithers of the Canadian Antiques Road Show.
 
Darren Jones, a chainsaw carver from Rimby, Alberta, came down to the mine to carve a special miner statue from a large log. Jones was brought to the event thanks to the efforts of Pass resident Don Harvey, who saw the carvings while travelling. The log was donated by Ron Sekella of Lundbeck.
A large crowd was treated to a presentation about the Bellevue Mine explosion of 1910. Local volunteers re-enacted the story of the explosion, giving different perspectives on the event. The stories were based on historical research conducted by John Kinnear, Eva Welsh, and Dave Welsh.
Dave Welsh, Darcy MacDonald, Bob Price, Ron Hruby, Chris Smith, Gary Taje, and Spencer Krkosky each played a role in this interesting historical story.
The presentation was followed by a complete mine rescue demonstration by Bill Bolen's mine rescue team from Teck Coal's Line Creek mine. The team demonstrated how to rappel down steep coal slopes and how their equipment works, including their breathing devices and everything they use to transport injured people.
The Bellevue Underground Mine invited the mine rescue team to use the slopes at the mine to practice whenever they wanted to. Ron Hruby followed up their demonstration with a look into how mine explosions occurred.
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