Dalum Dis­patch

Ger­ald and Maryann Ras­mussen 403-823-2036

The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE -

The An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing of the Dalum Fire Pro­tec­tion As­so­ci­a­tion took place in the spa­cious and well ap­pointed board room at the Dalum fire hall on the evening of April 4. On the agenda were the fi­nan­cial re­port, the in­ci­dent ac­tiv­ity re­port, dis­cus­sion re­gard­ing the Master Plan Agree­ment with the County and var­i­ous other items of in­ter­est which oc­curred in 2015. The crew re­sponded to 17 calls in 2015, ten fewer than the pre­vi­ous year and, thank­fully, there were no field fires re­ported dur­ing the har­vest sea­son. The ac­qui­si­tion of an all-ter­rain per­son­nel and equip­ment trans­port ve­hi­cle and the com­ple­tion of con­struc­tion of the fire hall bring to an end any ma­jor ex­pen­di­tures for the fore­see­able fu­ture. There were no new ap­point- ments to the Board of Di­rec­tors and the ex­ec­u­tive po­si­tions re­main as fol­lows: trea­surer, Carol Nor­man; Sec­re­tary, Lau­rie Reif­f­en­stein; and Pres­i­dent, Colin Jensen. It should be noted that while “wildfire sea­son” con­tin­ues, there will be no fire per­mits is­sued in Wheat­land County.

There were some long days and late nights for the vol­un­teers who took time away from their nor­mal rou­tines to vol­un­teer at the Cen­tury Casino in Cal­gary last Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day. The rev­enue gained as a re­sult of their ef­forts pro­vides a source of fund­ing for the Dalum Com­mu­nity Hall As­so­ci­a­tion and ben­e­fits ev­ery­one who makes use of the hall. Even in th­ese times of eco­nomic slow­down, or maybe be­cause of it, the casino pa­trons con­tinue to spend an im­pres­sive amount of cash at the gam­ing ta­bles. Whether or not one agrees with that form of en­ter­tain­ment on a per­sonal level, it has be­come an es­tab­lished method of dis­tribut­ing fi­nan­cial re­sources to non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions across the prov­ince and helps to sus­tain many which would strug­gle to sur­vive with­out it. The Hall As­so­ci­a­tion is very grate­ful to those who vol­un­teered.

It is spring clean­ing time and Satur­day, April 16, has been des­ig­nated as com­mu­nity clean-up day at the church. Ladies and men, young and old, all are wel­come to show up at 9:00 a.m. when the work be­gins. It should be noted that the an­nual clean­ing was missed in 2015 so ev­ery­one should be well rested af­ter hav­ing a year off. Many hands make light work and, keep in mind, the cof­fee break al­ways al­lows for a good visit.

The April meet­ing of the Friend­ship Club will be hosted by Carol Oster­gard on Thurs­day, April 21, when roll call will be an­swered by pro­vid­ing more sug­ges­tions for roll call. It should be noted that fail­ure to com­ply with roll call re­sults in a penalty of 25 cents which is put in the old mus­tard tin and that, cou­pled with the mem­ber­ship fee of 10 cents per month, is a fi­nan­cial com­mit­ment only the fool­hardy would dare to flaunt. Keep up with your good work, ladies.

Last Sun­day Troy and Amy Poulsen hosted a baby shower for lit­tle Ade­line, the new­est mem­ber of the Boe fam­ily and daugh­ter to Mitchell and Amanda. Fam­ily and friends wel­comed her with a bounty of gifts and it is re­ported that she will be well dressed for some time to come.

Best wishes for a happy birth­day and a good year ahead go out to Paula Hen­drick­son, Jess Nielsen, Bob Nel­son, and the ap­pro­pri­ately named, April Ras­mussen.

Scott Camp­bell of Bad­lands Search and Res­cue 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. An­other or­ga­ni­za­tion which serves a role in pub­lic safety is the Drumheller and District Ru­ral Crime Watch As­so­ci­a­tion. It in­creases its ef­fec­tive­ness by in­creas­ing its mem­ber­ship and is al­ways look­ing for mem­bers to strengthen the net­work of eyes and ears which keep watch for crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties. For more in­for­ma­tion you may check out the web­site www.drum­crime­watch.com or by fol­low­ing their Face­book and Twit­ter ac­counts. Dorothy Gwynn in­forms us that the next meet­ing will be held on April 20 in the up­stairs meet­ing room at Fre­son Bros. (IGA) at 7 pm.

And for those who may be hav­ing a bad day, con­sider how Sun­day went for Jor­dan Spi­eth, the young de­fend­ing cham­pion of the Masters Golf tour­na­ment. Af­ter lead­ing through­out the tour­na­ment and five strokes ahead of his near­est ri­val the last eight holes were his un­do­ing. An ex­tra stroke on the tenth and eleventh holes, then twice into the wa­ter and once into a bunker on the twelfth, dropped him to a tie for sec­ond and in­stead of the top place prize of 1.8 mil­lion dol­lars he went home with a mere 880 thou­sand …. some days it just doesn’t pay to get out of bed!

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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