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.
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