Dalum Dis­patch

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

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.

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