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The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE - Norma West 403-823-9750

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.

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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