Hello again and I’ll not comment on the weather this week. This past weekend I had Scott Toivanen and his sister Jane and her friend Mike from Red Deer, Scott’s son Josh and his son Teaghan from Calgary and their family friend Frannie from Calgary here for the memorial service for Judi Toivanen, Scott’s wife. The service was well attended on Saturday and was held at the Stampede Barn.
Recently Les and Kathy Bell and Evan were in Edmonton as Les is an advisor for the Alberta Pulse Grants. While there they stayed at the West Edmonton Mall where Evan and Kirsti had fun at the water slide and Les and Kathy went to Jubilations Dinner Theatre. A nice getaway before the spring work begins.
On Thursday, March 31 there will be another card night at the centre starting 7:00 pm. Take your snacks with you and it’s a fun night before seeding starts.
Last Saturday night Blaine and Crystal, along with Mike and Lynn Frolik attended a fundraising dinner, silent auction, entertainment and dancing all for St. Mary’s in Trochu. According to Crystal it was a fun night.
I hope all you good folks have a great Easter Weekend and you may even have some goodies left at your place by the Easter Bunny. That rabbit must get a list from Santa to know where to go.
Please remember to call em with your news and have a good week. light Saving Time, clocks in most parts of North America have been reset and all but the most stubborn of the “Save the Standard Timers” have adjusted to the semiannual shift of an hour. The following Sunday brought the first official day of spring but missing from its arrival was the annual collapse of the retaining wall at the local Walmart store where it seems that the most recent repairs have solved the problem of spring run-off from the adjacent hills. One of the spring time sights which continues and which is a most welcomed pleasure is the arrival of swans which pause for a rest at the numerous lakes and sloughs while making their northern journey. The most common are the Tundra swans which appear in large numbers and are usually seen here during March. From a distance they appear similar to the Trumpeter swan but are smaller and if you were lucky enough to get a close look, you would see a small yellow patch in front of each eye. The Trumpeter is the largest and rarest of the swan species and they very nearly became extinct at the beginning of the twentieth century. Trumpeters winter on a small section of the Snake River in Idaho and may be seen in April, migrating to their summer nesting areas which include the Grande Prairie region of Alberta. A program to save the Trumpeters was begun in the 1930’s and has been a success but they are still considered to be “endangered” in Canada with only about 550 returning each year.
Oratory is one of the categories in the Drumheller Music Festival and I had the pleasure of attending one of the performances last week. Poems and speeches in both English and French were delivered by young people, individually, and with one group presentation on the program. I watched with pride when my granddaughter, Arowyn Rasmussen, displayed poise and confidence as she recited an amusing poem and was impressed by the thoughtful choice of material and the expressiveness of the older participants; in particular, a young lady who recited a poem in the French language. I was not able to understand the words but her intonation and the emotion with which she spoke proved her skill as a communicator. The adjudicator delivered remarks which gave instruction for improvement as well as praise to boost confidence and provide encouragement for future endeavours.
Beginning the spring season with birthdays are Mitch Ostergard, Edith Suntjens and former Dalum girl, Darlene Kadonaga (n. Jackson), best wishes to all.
On Saturday evening a symbolic event promoted by the World Wide Fund for Nature took place when people all around the world were invited to turn off their lights for one hour. Night time photos of the earth taken from space reveal just how much light is produced by city lights all around the globe and they clearly indicate the most heavily populated areas. Global warming is one of the “hot” topics these days and alternate energy sources get a lot of attention but very few seem to dare to bring the topic of the growing world population into the debate. So far there has been no evidence of neither a slowing or reversing of the population growth trend nor the ever increasing demand for electricity so, conserving energy by turning off some lights is not a bad idea. If those who are willing to symbolically turn off residential and municipal lighting for one hour, once a year, would do it every evening all year long, it might do some good.
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