Dalum Dis­patch

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Ger­ald and Maryann Ras­mussen 403-823-2036

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.

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