The church at Dalum was packed with a standing room only crowd last Thursday when family and friends gathered to honour the life and memory of Greg Nail. Musical selections, a spoken tribute by his daughter and a pictorial display by his grandsons recounted a life beset with physical challenges which he faced with strength, determination and good humour in a way that touched many through his involvement in church, community and family. Hundreds of those who attended the service reconvened at the community hall where the tradition of sharing love and support for the family was continued in a spirit of fellowship. Donations in memory of Greg may be made to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church at Dalum, to the Canadian Cancer Society or to S.T.A.R.S. Rita Pallesen will accept your donations on behalf of the church as well as the Cancer Society and S.T.A.R.S. and direct those to their appropriate destinations. It is a long standing custom that volunteers from the community prepare for the luncheon which often follows a funeral service. Those who could be considered to be the “regulars” were very pleased with the additional help that showed up on Wednesday evening to set up tables and chairs as well as the crew that came out on Thursday for food preparation in the morning, the assorted gifts of baking, those who helped with serving in the afternoon and the clean-up gang. “Many hands makes light work”. The ladies remind us that there is no gender discrimination when it comes to preparing for one of these events and were happy to see the young men who lent their muscle to the heavier tasks. Whether or not you are called to help, feel free to show up and dig in, it is that volunteer spirit which strengthens friendships and communities.
A further note in regard to the community hall concerns a few miscellaneous kitchen items, including a few of the large blue platters, which have gone missing. Those who have used the facilities recently and may have taken items home for cleaning or to carry left overs are asked to check their cupboards for anything which should be returned.
Monday arrived with a reminder that winter is not over but a few signs of spring include some Canada geese making their appearance, a hawk looking for careless gophers emerging from their burrows to provide a meal after its long flight from the south, Ring Necked pheasant roosters dressed in their finest plumage in anticipation of the approaching mating season and our resident Magpies gathering twigs for nest renovations. Maryann’s dog, the wag-o-matic, is getting pretty shaggy and in need of a spring haircut and we offer a reminder that Daylight Saving Time comes into effect on Sunday, March 13. For those who are worried about losing an hour of sleep that night, remember, we gained a whole day on February 29. I have no Leap Year birthdays on my list but best wishes go to Don Ostergard who blew out the candles on March 1.
Lars Nielsen and Susan spent two weeks in Denmark visiting family and friends. The winter weather in Denmark does include some snow but it never stays for more than a few days and an abundance of rain had the countryside lush and green during their visit. With spring work normally beginning a bit earlier there than it does here, Lars wondered if the Danish farmers would have to wait longer than usual for their fields to dry.
On recent Thursday mornings we have been enjoying the speaker series at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller and were intrigued to see Casey Christensen acknowledged in the credits following one of the lectures. I had a chance to ask him how that came to be and it turns out that Casey has donated the use of power and lighting equipment for some of the archeological teams as they conduct their work in search of the fossils which lie beneath our feet. The museum gives a boost to the local economy and it also adds to the enrichment of the community through activities and events such as the speaker series which is free of charge and which is offered on Thursday mornings at 11:00 am, until April 28. A pat on the back goes to Casey and others like him who support this very important part of our local culture.
The quiet December wedding of Amanda Vogstad and Robert Peterson may have gone unnoticed by many in Dalum but Pauline Pallesen sends a reminder that she is receiving contributions for the community wedding gift list.
A trip to the cemetery at a time of grieving may be a sad experience but it is a place of enduring remembrance where we may pause at a more relaxed time and in a more peaceful frame of mind. When the tears have dried, a stroll amongst the monuments reminds us that this is not only the final resting place for an individual but a permanent gathering of our friends and neighbors and those who have been part of our community from its earliest days.
You may continue to call Gerald and Maryann Rasmussen at 403-823-2036 with your news items or, e-mail to germar70@ magtech.ca.