The committee which is planning the centennial celebration for the Dalum community met last Wednesday evening and, among other things, assigned the name “Dalum 100” to the event which will be held over the August long weekend in 2018. Besides providing an opportunity for visiting and reminiscing over a nonstop coffee break, the event will include photographic displays, audio-visual presentations, “hands on” activities, games for kids and older folks too, as well as a banquet on the Saturday evening. The most pressing task at this point is for the committee to assemble a contact list which will be used as the basis for reaching out to those who may wish to attend the homecoming. It is expected that later this summer Dalum residents and “ex-pats” will be asked to indicate whether they “probably will” or “probably won’t” attend. That information will be useful to the committee in planning the logistics of the event including the development of a detailed budget for the party. Although the celebration is still two years in the future, the initial longrange planning is essential to bringing the final details together.
With an advance party of three ladies on Friday and over a dozen more volunteers pitching in on Saturday, the church was cleaned from top to bottom last weekend. The history of our community echoes within those walls and besides being an act of maintenance, the care of the building is a tribute to the past as well as a bridge to the future.
Members of the Friendship Club are reminded that the April meeting will be hosted by Carol Ostergard on Thursday, please bring your suggested responses for future roll calls.
This week birthday greetings go out to three gentlemen well known in the Dalum community and who represent three separate Christensen families; best wishes to Clifford, Arthur and Harry. Harry has always been good with numbers and he keeps adding to the num- ber of candles until they are beginning to outweigh the cake ... happy 91st, Harry. Also blowing out the candles this week are Alison Ostergard, Dayl Poulsen and Edith Woods. Edith, formerly Miss Jacobsen of Dalum, was surprised by her family with a party to mark a special birthday.
Former Dalum girl, Ellen Nygaard, has been an Edmontonian for most of her adult life where she and her husband, Mark Lisac, are now retired. In his career as a journalist Mark reported on the activities at the legislature and he continues to write, now as a novelist. His third book, but first novel, is entitled “Where the Bodies Lie”. A review by “Goodreads” indicates that it is a story of political scandal in a setting not unfamiliar to Albertans and describes it as a political thriller interwoven with love, grief and the nature of truth. I think a trip to a book store is in order. The Danish Canadian National Museum and Gardens was established at the site of the Dickson High School girls’ dormitory almost twenty five years ago and it will open for the 2016 season on May 6. Each summer the staff welcomes visitors to view the artifacts and enjoy traditional Danish food in the “Dormitory Coffee House” as well as hosting several special events such as “Viking Days” and “Aebleskiver and Jam Day”. To learn more about the museum and the national organization which it represents, check out the website by searching for www.thedanishcanadianmuseum.com.
Living beside the highway we have often faced the problem of having cats and dogs dropped off at our driveway and last week another lonely cat appeared at our door. It is a very friendly black and white female which has obviously been cared for by a family so, if it has not been abandoned and one of our neighbors is missing a pet, we would be happy to send it home. Daisy, the wag-omatic, welcomed the kitty immediately but we do not need any more pets so, if it is not claimed in a timely manner it will be offered to anyone who would like to give it a good home.
You may continue to call Gerald and Maryann Rasmussen at 403-823-2036 with your news items or, email to germar70@magtech. ca.