Dalum Dis­patch

The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE - Ger­ald and Maryann Ras­mussen 403-823-2036

The re­cent mild weather, with more of the same ex­pected, is wel­comed by lo­cal cat­tle pro­duc­ers as the spring calv­ing sea­son is about to be­gin. There have been a few early ar­rivals re­ported but for many pro­duc­ers the rush be­gins later this month when the idea of a full night of sleep be­comes noth­ing more than a fan­tasy. Week­end guests at the home of Pas­tor Dan and Paula were daugh­ter Leah and three grand­chil­dren who vis­ited from Fernie. A few days of Grand­par­ents time is a nice in­ter­lude in the Hen­drick­son’s busy lives.

Karen MacMil­lan re­ports that one of the guests at the baby shower which she hosted in Jan­uary left be­hind a striped cardi­gan and that the owner may claim it by call­ing her at 823-7736.

Birth­day greet­ings this week go out to Olav Palle­sen who con­tin­ues to be ac­tive on the farm at Dalum and to three for­mer Dalum girls who we are al­ways happy to hear from; Sharon Mulder (n. La Berge), Jan­ice Hawk­ing (n. Hol­men) and Diane Fill­man (n. Ax­elsen). Happy Birth­day to all. An­other birth­day which is re­mem­bered at this time each year in Ras­mussen homes is that of my father, Hertel, who was an in­fant when the fam­ily ar­rived here from Michi­gan in 1920. He was a great story teller, well known and well liked with a cir­cle of friends which ex­tended well be­yond the com­mu­nity of Dalum. Time rolls steadily on and even though eigh­teen years have passed since he left us, warm mem­o­ries re­main.

Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 8, was the be­gin­ning of the year of the Mon­key on the lu­nar cal­en­dar and is the 4,713th Chi­nese New Year. The Chi­nese lu­nar cal­en­dar is di­vided into twelve blocks of time, each rep­re­sented by an an­i­mal and those born in the year of the Mon­key are said to be mis­chievous, play­ful and clever. Chi­nese New Year was spe­cial at Fred and Bar­ney’s restau­rant in Drumheller and a great place to eat any time of the year but now only a va­cant lot re­mains where a bustling at­mos­phere and friendly hosts wel­comed their many pa­trons. With next Sun­day be­ing Valen- tine’s Day there is still time to think of some way to re­mem­ber your loved ones. Candy, flow­ers or a din­ner date are fa­vorite gifts but a phone call with a kind hello to friends, near or far away, might also be wel­comed.

The Fifti­eth Su­per Bowl came and went with the usual ex­cite­ment, some di­rected at the game, some for the com­mer­cials and, per­haps, less for the half time en­ter­tain­ment. While he was non-com­mit­tal when asked if it was his fi­nal game, Pey­ton Man­ning is likely to con­clude his long and glo­ri­ous ca­reer with his 200th vic­tory and se­cond Su­per Bowl cham­pi­onship. While I ex­pressed some in­ter­est in the game and was pleased with the Den­ver win, Maryann shared the opin­ion of car­toon char­ac­ter “Acid An­nie” who feels that a su­per bowl is a self-clean­ing toi­let.

Best wishes to Un­cle Bob Turner who is cur­rently a pa­tient at St. Paul’s Hos­pi­tal in Van­cou­ver. Bob un­der­went a suc­cess­ful kid­ney trans­plant on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 6 and is quickly re­cov­er­ing.

You may con­tinue to call Ger­ald and Maryann Ras­mussen at 403-823-2036 with your news items or, e-mail to ger­mar70@magtech.ca.

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