Dalum Dis­patch

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS - Ger­ald and Maryann Ras­mussen 403-823-2036

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 ger­mar70@magtech.ca.

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