After a busy summer, the Drumheller Valley Bus Society held a barbeque on Sept. 22 to try and bolster its coffers.

Manager Barbara Drever explained why they group was out in the cold and rain on a Friday evening.

"We're doing a barbeque fundraiser for Valley Bus Society and we're raising funds for maintenance on our vehicles."

Drever said the buses are in good condition, but are still subject to regular inspections by Alberta Transportation. Because an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, the group contiually raises money for preventative maintenance, among other things.

"Wear and tear," elaborated Drever. "I just put four new tires on one of the buses and that was quite a bit of money. And, I just put a brand new windshield in [two] of our buses."

In August, Valley Bus Society received a new vehicle, which seats nine. Almost two months later, the new bus smell hasn't warn off yet.

"Our new bus is doing awesome. It's been to Calgary and Stettler and Red Deer," said Drever. "I want to expand our routes to the smaller communities, especially now that winter is coming on. I'd like to go to Carbon, Rosedale, Rosebud, Morrin, Munson, all those."

Although the weather wasn't co-operating, the barbeque raised $223 for the Valley Bus Society.

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