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There are companies in the Medicine Hat area accepting donations for people affected by the fires in Slave Lake.

Canadian Red Cross is taking monetary donations online or in person at the office in Medicine Hat (398 Aberdeen Street SE) or in Brooks (110 – 2nd Avenue W).

However, I have heard Red Cross is only accepting monetary donations. Items can be dropped off at Sanjel (1901 Dirkson Dr NE – Redcliff) or at Genivar (110-1222 Brier Park Rd NW – Medicine Hat).

Please donate, many of us know people who live in Slave Lake and they need our help.

Hit n' Run Reunion Poster

Hit n' Run Reunion Poster

The Hit N Run Reunion Benefit Dance is being held in honor of Ralph & Shirley Seefried who lost their home to a fire on April 31st, 2009. Unfortunately due to lack of insurance on their home of 40 years and no money to start over, this benefit dance and BBQ is designed to help raise money to assist them in rebuilding their lives.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, August 29th, 2009 at the Redcliff Rectangle Arena. It will start for the public at 6PM kicking off the BBQ (with open bar). Live music will begin at 6:30PM with performances by Psycho CirKiss (A local Kiss tribute band, amazing name by the way), Whiskey Ridge (country/rock band) and Hit n’ Run, a rock band that played locally in the 1980’s and 1990’s who will be reuniting for this event.

Hit N Run Reunion Benefit Dance Facebook Group

Tickets can be purchased in advance at Tower Junction (TJ’s) Pub when they go on sale Friday, August 14th. Alternatively, although not recommended as this show will sell out, any remaining tickets may be purchased at the door. Tower Junction is also sponsoring this event exclusively.

If you have any questions, please call Len Seefried at (250) 961-9204. Thanks for the submission, Len.

In a topic earlier posted it was discussed how The Doghouse, Ezzies and the Kensho-Kai Karate Club had burned down. Since then, new information had been brought forward by the owners and the investigators.

It looks as though the fire had started in the attic and since the building is fairly old, it did not have any “firewalls” which would normally impede fires – in this case, sinceĀ  the fire spread so rapidly, firefighters could not salvage a lot of the building. Although, all that 40% alcohol probably didn’t help the haste of the fire, haha… not to make light of the situation of course. On that same note, surprisingly the Kensho-Kai Karate Club was hardly harmed at all – since it was located in the basement. Most of their equipment was unharmed besides any water damage that occured. The 30 or so students will be resume their classes and use the cleaned-up equipment at their new temporary location, the Medicine Hat Monumental warehouse. They still do not know the actual cause of the fire.

The Doghouse Beer Cooler - Photography from Facebook

The Doghouse Beer Cooler - Photography from Facebook

The Doghouse has recently updated its site showcasing many links to all the news stories, but also links to a new Facebook group entitled “MAKE THE DOGHOUSE BIGGER AND BETTER” which already has 288 members. The Doghouse owner, Stig Gjerlaug is noted as saying (in a Medicine Hat News interview) that “We poured our hearts into that place, everything was going so well” and that he loves bringing entertainment to the community and he wants to continue. It really showed too, The Doghouse brought a lot of artists to Medicine Hat, that without The Doghouse probably would of never came here including bands like SNFU and A Wilhelm Scream to name a few. There was also a couple events that now have to be canceled or at least redirected including a perfomance by Priestess.


At about 3:00AM on the morning of November 20, 2008, Ezzies and The Doghouse began to catch fire.

Hours later, there is nothing but smoldering embers where the two building used to be. Firefighters stood vigilant over the rubble and sprayed it with water to make sure the fire stayed down and did not start again or spread. In a brief interview on My96FM, a firefighter described: “There was just smoke when we arrived, when the firefighters approached, the fire was through the roof and it was impossible to get into the building.”

With The Doghouse gone, so goes one of the main venues where bands would often come to town and play.

7th Street SW remains open for the public to traverse.



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