Dalum Dis­patch

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

The Dalum Fire Pro­tec­tion As­so­ci­a­tion re­cently hosted a first aid re­fresher course at the fire hall with Blaine Payne, an EMT from Strath­more, pre­sent­ing in­for­ma­tion on a range of top­ics to 18 mem­bers of the Dalum and Rock­y­ford fire and emer­gency crews. The dis­cus­sions and prac­tise in­cluded pa­tient as­sess­ment through the use of ef­fec­tive in­for­ma­tion gath­er­ing, neck sta­bi­liza­tion, the ad­min­is­tra­tion of oxy­gen, con­trol of bleed­ing, the use of a defibrillator and, they also got a close look at an am­bu­lance ve­hi­cle and the equip­ment it con­tains. Train­ing is an on­go­ing part of the fire and emer­gency ser­vice and ear­lier in March the Dalum crew re­viewed the CPR (car­dio pul­monary re­sus­ci­ta­tion) tech­nique; ve­hi­cle ex­tri­ca­tion tech­niques are to be cov­ered over two week­end ses­sions in April. One of the Rock­y­ford mem­bers is Scott Camp­bell of Bad­lands Search and Res­cue and he would like to spread the word that his or­ga­ni­za­tion will be host­ing a re­cruit­ing and in­for­ma­tion ses­sion at the Strath­more town fire hall on April 23 from 1 to 5 pm. Be­sides op­er­a­tional roles the group is also in need of ad­min­is­tra­tive per­son­nel. You can learn more about this or­ga­ni­za­tion by go­ing to www. bad­landssearchan­dres­cue. com.

The An­nual General Meet­ing of the Dalum Com­mu­nity Hall As­so­ci­a­tion was at­tended by twenty one mem­bers and in­ter­ested guests on March 22. Fi­nan­cial and main­te­nance re­ports de­scribed the ac­tiv­i­ties of the past year which in­cluded the ap­pli­ca­tion of new metal sid­ing to the hall build­ing and the drilling of a new wa­ter well. The sid­ing project was fi­nanced by a Com­mu­nity En­hance­ment grant of­fered by Wheat­land County and the well project was funded pri­mar­ily by cash re­serves ac­quired through the ef­forts of mem­bers vol­un­teer­ing at Cen­tury Casino in Cal­gary and was as­sisted with a grant from Wheat­land County. With the cost of the well project ex­ceed­ing $20,000.00 the Hall As­so­ci­a­tion is be­ing ex­tremely fru­gal un­til fund­ing from the next casino event ar­rives later in the sum­mer. The al­lo­ca­tion of casino dates is man­aged by the Al­berta Gam­ing and Liquor Com­mis­sion and the rev­enue de­rived is of great help to or­ga­ni­za­tions such as ours. Amy Poulsen and Jim Eske­land were elected to the Board to re­place Mar­i­ann Learke and Judy Nel­son. Both ladies have served well over their many terms on the Board with Judy act­ing as trea­surer for the past six­teen years. Well done and many thanks to both of these com­mu­nity sup­port­ers.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the Boe fam­ily on the ar­rival of baby girl Ade­line Erna Boe who made her ap­pear­ance on March 12. The proud par­ents are Mitchell and Amanda, grand­par­ents are Brian and Gaye and her great-grand­mother is her name-sake, Erna Boe. Troy and Amy Poulsen will be host­ing a “meet and greet” on April 10 from 2 un­til 5 and Amy stresses that this is not ex­clu­sively a ladies party, men are wel­come to join the fun. Mean­while, a new land­mark is be­com­ing vis­i­ble from High­way 56 as the fam­ily builds a lovely new home at the same site set­tled by Adleine’s great-great-grand­fa­ther, Chris Boe, in 1919.

Birth­day greet­ings this week go to Shirley Amund­son (n. Jensen), Linda Kay (n. Kous­trup) and to two fel­lows who thought it would be a good trick to be born on April Fools’ Day, Colton Clark and Perry McMil­lan.

Rita Palle­sen re­ports that this will be the last week in which she will be re­ceiv­ing do­na­tions to the mem­ory of Greg Nail. Gifts may be made to the Beth­le­hem Lutheran Church at Dalum or any char­ity of your choice.

When a child asks a sim­ple ques­tion why can’t we give a sim­ple an­swer? For ex­am­ple: “Why is lemon juice made with ar­ti­fi­cial flavour and dish­wash­ing soap is made with real lemons?”

You may con­tinue to call Ger­ald and Maryann Ras­mussen at 403-823-2036 with your news items or, e-mail to ger­mar70@magtech.ca.

The use of an am­bu­lances stretcher is demon­strated

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