Dalum Dis­patch

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

Colin Jensen, pres­i­dent of the Dalum Fire Pro­tec­tion As­so­ci­a­tion, re­minds us that the An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing for that or­ga­ni­za­tion will take place at the fire hall on Mon­day, April 4, at 7:00 pm. We all ben­e­fit by the ded­i­ca­tion of th­ese vol­un­teers and your at­ten­dance at the meet­ing is not only a way to learn about the be­hind the scenes ac­tiv­i­ties of the DFPA but it is also a good op­por­tu­nity to have a look at the equip­ment and the fa­cil­ity which has been such a fine ad­di­tion to the com­mu­nity.

Our neigh­bors at Ver­dant Val­ley would like gar­den­ers in the area to know about a hor­ti­cul­tural work­shop which their Ag. So­ci­ety and Star­land County are host­ing at the Ver­dant Val­ley Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on Satur­day, April 16, where the fea­tured speak­ers will be well known hor­ti­cul­tur­al­ist Jim Hole and nat­u­ral his­tory au­thor­ity Tim Schowal­ter. Pre-reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired by Fri­day, April 8. For more in­for­ma­tion please con­tact Pat at 403-321-0210 or Toni at 403-321-0061.

Hav­ing re­turned home from a va­ca­tion in the dessert where she stayed with her brother Don and sis­ter-in-law Judy, as well as spend­ing four days with Brent and Bon­nie Ped­er­sen, Eleanor Jensen will be host­ing the March meet­ing of the Friend­ship Club on Thurs­day, March 17. Roll call will be an­swered by bring­ing an in­ter­est­ing mag­a­zine to ex­change with an­other mem­ber. Also home from a win­ter va­ca­tion are Bob and Judy Nelson who spent a month in Mex­ico.

Please con­tact Pauline Palle­sen if you wish to be in­cluded on the com­mu­nity wed­ding list for Amanda Vogstad who be­came Mrs. Robert Peter­son last De­cem­ber and for those who would like to con­trib­ute to the me­mo­rial list for Greg Nail, please con­tact Rita Palle­sen.

There are sev­eral birth­day greet­ings to send out this week in­clud­ing a spe­cial one to Ali­son Oster­gard’s mother, Mar­ian Brown, who many may re­mem­ber as the cheer­ful and charm­ing head of Pub­lic Health Nurs­ing in Drumheller a few years back. Other ladies be­gin­ning an­other year, this week, are Elsie Mad­sen, So­nia Laibida (n. Paarup), Pauline Palle­sen, Shari Chris­tensen and her aunt, Joan Her­man. Greet­ings also go out to Lehn Lund, Howard Ras­mussen and Har­vey Poulsen. Howard and Har­vey of­fi­cially be­come se­nior cit­i­zens this week and look­ing back 65 years, the win­ter of 1951 was quite dif­fer­ent from this one. Both Mar­garet Ras­mussen and Clara Poulsen had taken early leave from their farm homes and when the ba­bies ar­rived the news was not im­me­di­ately re­ceived by Hertel and Benth. With no tele­phone ser­vice, the mes­sage was de­liv­ered to Hertel by the snow plough driver a few days later and the news was brought to the Poulsen farm by Mar­ius Jor­gensen who pushed his way in with a bull­dozer.

A few years ago I had a chance to visit the town of Leamington in south­ern On­tario where the H J Heinz Cor­po­ra­tion had been an im­por­tant part of the lo­cal econ­omy by sup­port­ing tomato grow­ers in the pro­duc­tion of ketchup and a va­ri­ety of other prod­ucts. One of the bal­lads made pop­u­lar by Cana­dian song­writer “Stompin” Tom Con­nors was “The Ketchup Song” which in­cluded the line “dress ‘ em up with Heinz ketchup ‘cause ketchup loves pota­toes” and, in those days, Leamington loved Heinz. The love af­fair cooled in 2014 when Heinz pulled out of Leamington and the area pro­duc­tion dropped by nearly 25%. En­ter French’s, the brand we as­so­ciate with hot dog mustard, who stepped in to the re­lief of the grow­ers and the pro­ces­sors who then had an­other mar­ket for the raw ma­te­rial. Al­though French’s does not pro­duce their ketchup at Leamington, it is Leamington toma­toes which are used and lately we have seen sev­eral news items de­scrib­ing an un­usual form of pa­tri­o­tism where by French’s is now out­selling Heinz in some stores where the “57” brand had been king. Well done, French’s, and well done those who sup­port Cana­dian prod­ucts. Trans-pro­vin­cial trade is im­por­tant to the econ­omy and as much as Al­ber­tans would love to have pe­tro­leum prod­ucts move freely across the en­tire coun­try, we ap­pre­ci­ate ac­cess to the prod­ucts we do not pro­duce. I love real maple syrup from Que­bec …. and I’m happy that it does not have to get here by pipe­line.

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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