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?”
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The use of an ambulances stretcher is demonstrated