This is the beginning of what is known as “wildfire” season in Alberta and the mild, dry winter has resulted in an earlier than usual introduction of fire bans in our area. Effective March 4, Wheatland County has declared a Level One fire ban which prohibits most outdoor fires except for incinerators, regulated burning barrels, barbecues and other small recreational camp fires. For a full explanation of the regulations you may find them on the Wheatland County website.
Last week I commented on how many folks lent a hand in the activities associated with the Greg Nail funeral but I forgot to acknowledge the members of the Dalum Fire Protection Association who provided traffic control and a shuttle service between the community hall and the church. Highway 56 is a busy road and most vehicles do not normally slow down very much as they pass by Dalum so the fire crew has provided this service for a number of years and it is greatly appreciated.
It is well known within Dalum that the group of ladies who often take charge of organizing and preparing community luncheons are a lively bunch who have a lot of fun when they get together and Karen McMillan reports that the Dalum Country Club wishes to welcome any community ladies to join them for a gathering on Tuesday, March 15, at 7:30 pm at Lori Sandum’s home. She notes that for the last few years they’ve met only on rare occasions and this is one of them!
Alison Ostergard would like any ladies who are interested in playing a bit of hockey at Rockyford on Sunday evenings to contact her for more information.
Pauline Pallesen sends a reminder that she has the community gift list for Amanda Vogstad in honour of her recent wedding to Robert Peterson.
Pastor Dan and Paula are home from a few days at the coast where they visited with their son, Benjamin, and his family.
For several years Alison Ostergard has managed bottle drives for various organizations and events and with Mitchell graduating from High School this year she is now collecting in support of that event which takes place on May 28. If you have bottles and cans which you would like picked up, just call Alison.
The Dalum Community Hall Association will hold its Annual General Meeting at the hall on the evening of Tuesday, March 22, with the call to order at 7:30 pm. The organization is adequately supported financially by the casino revenue generated through the efforts of the 15 or 20 volunteers who help with that and we are seldom lacking for help when it is time to cut the grass during the summer but in a broader sense it would be nice to have renewed participation on the Board and for any other committees which keep the organization vibrant. The existing Board members would be happy to see some of the younger folks become involved.
The Dalum Fire crew will be hosting a vehicle extrication training course at the the Dalum fire hall on April 9 and will need a few vehicles to use (and abuse) in the exercise. If you have an unused vehicle which could be donated please contact Mike Ostergard for details.
There are plenty of birthday greetings to send this week beginning with Kevin Craig; then, Norman Christensen, Vicki Juliebo (n. Ostergard) and Janet Reimer (n. Rasmussen) who all share a day; Kirstin Pallesen and her brotherin-law, Travis Doyle, who also share a day and a special birthday greeting to Tom Madsen who marked 90 years on Tuesday. With the passing last year of Nels Mortensen we lost an old neighbor who was born on Leap year in 1924 and this week there was a report from Toronto that a baby was born there on February 29. That is not so unusual in a large city, there would have been several births in Toronto that day, but the unusual part of the news was that the mother was celebrating her ninth birthday. Of course, she was also a Leap year baby and is actually thirty six years old.
This week brought more geese, more motorcycles, and more running water to the area and by Monday the winter ice in the Rosebud River at Rosedale had broken up to the point where it enters the Red Deer River. Although that river ice had not yet moved, it will not be long before melting snow and spring rains add to the flow which will join the South Saskatchewan east of Empress and then travel on to Manitoba.
Daylight Saving Time comes into effect at 2:00 am on March 13 so remember to adjust your clocks one hour ahead before bed on Saturday night. Remember, its “spring ahead and fall back”.
You may continue to call Gerald and Maryann Rasmussen at 403-823-2036 with your news items or, e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.