Dalum Dis­patch

The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE - Ger­ald and Maryann Ras­mussen 403-823-2036

Five mem­bers of the Friend­ship Club met at the home of Carol Oster­gard last Thurs­day where plan­ning for the an­nual Spring Tea was be­gun. The club was formed 70 years ago and the Spring Tea, along with other events, has been an important so­cial and fundrais­ing ac­tiv­ity dur­ing those seven decades. At its be­gin­ning the Friend­ship Club pro­vided an al­ter­na­tive to the Dan­ish Ladies Aide which was in ex­is­tence from 1927 to 1963 and was made up of Dan­ish speak­ing ladies who served as a sup­port group for the church. When or­ga­nized on May 23, 1946, the new group was called the “Ju­nior Ladies Aide” but in July of the fol­low­ing year they adopted the name “Dalum Friend­ship Club” and that name was well cho­sen when one con­sid­ers the wide ar­ray of char­i­ta­ble work the mem­bers have done over the years. The or­ga­ni­za­tional meet­ing took place at the home of Erna Boe and she is the one re­main­ing char­ter mem­ber. While mem­ber­ship has de­clined in re­cent years, the en­thu­si­asm shown for the Spring Tea re­mains high and the mem­bers in­vite their many friends from Dalum and the sur­round­ing area to join them at the com­mu­nity hall on June 2 to help them cel­e­brate their 70th year.

At a Board meet­ing of the Dalum Com­mu­nity Hall As­so­ci­a­tion held last week, new mem­bers Amy Poulsen and Jim Eske­land were wel­comed aboard. Amy will take over the du­ties of Trea­surer which had been han­dled by Judy Nel­son for sev­eral years. Pauline Palle­sen ac­cepted the role of Sec­re­tary which had pre­vi­ously been in the care of Mar­i­ann Learke. The Board rec­og­nizes Judy and Mar­i­ann for their good work over the years.

Notwith­stand­ing the cool and blus­tery weekend, the dry and warm spring weather has meant and early start to seed­ing but it also means that the fire risk is high and on April 21 Wheat­land County up­graded the fire ban to “Full” sta­tus. A Full Fire Ban means that there are to be no out­door fires lit within the County; this in­cludes burn­ing bar­rels and camp fires but ex­cludes bar­be­ques fu­eled by propane or nat­u­ral gas. The fire ban will be in ef­fect un­til the county has re­ceived a sig­nif­i­cant amount of mois­ture.

Mem­bers of the Dalum Fire crew were joined by fire­fight­ers from some neigh­bor­ing fire de­part­ments on Satur­day when they prac­tised ve­hi­cle ex­tri­ca­tion tech­niques with the tools com­monly known as the “jaws of life”. Sev­eral ve­hi­cles had been do­nated and a few re­main to be used at fu­ture train­ing ses­sions.

Birth­day greet­ings, this week, go out to for­mer Dalum boy, Bill Jor­gensen, and to twin broth­ers, Ed­ward and Edmund Vogstad; best wishes to all.

Fri­day was “In­ter­na­tional Earth Day” and the in­ter­net was lit up with pho­tos of the throngs of ban­ner wav­ing, face painted cru­saders parad­ing through the streets of cities around the world with mes­sages of love for the planet. Mean­while, the farm­ers of the world, the peo­ple who work with mother earth on a per­sonal and daily ba­sis, were in the fields plant­ing, car­ing for, and har­vest­ing the crops which feed the masses. The Earth day mes­sage is not to be ig­nored, pol­lu­tion in all forms is the sign of a care­less and waste­ful so­ci­ety and the cur­rent “hot topic” of cli­mate change was the fo­cus of at­ten­tion when rep­re­sen­ta­tives from over one hun­dred coun­tries signed the Paris Ac­cord at the United Na­tions head­quar­ters last week. The rush to re­duce carbon based fuel sources is in­tended to slow or pre­vent an in­crease in the av­er­age global tem­per­a­ture by re­duc­ing “carbon pol­lu­tion” in the form of carbon diox­ide but, to me, the irony is that the peo­ple who shout the loud­est against the energy pro­duc­ers fail to rec­og­nize that the ba­sic prob­lem lies in the fact that the ever grow­ing hu­man pop­u­la­tion de­mands an ever grow­ing sup­ply of fuel. Why is it that the topic of world over pop­u­la­tion is avoided in the pop­u­lar dis­cus­sion? Since the emer­gence of hu­mans it took un­til 1927 to achieve a global pop­u­la­tion of two bil­lion, and then only an­other 47 years to dou­ble to four bil­lion in 1974. Now, 42 years later, at 7.4 bil­lion and ris­ing quickly, it has al­most dou­bled again. I would love to hear a more open de­bate on the sub­ject and have the topic el­e­vated be­yond the cat­e­gory of fear mon­ger­ing but, per­haps the prob­lem of the hu­man pop­u­la­tion ex­plo­sion is sim­ply too threat­en­ing, fear­some, and unan­swer­able for the com­men­ta­tors to deal with.

Last week I men­tioned the re­lease of the novel, “Where the Bod­ies Lie” by Mark Lisac and this week I have heard from Ellen that he will be in Cal­gary on Satur­day for a read­ing and book sign­ing event at Pages Books which is lo­cated at 1135 Kens­ing­ton Road, N.W.

And, from “amaz­ing facts about your body”: The only part of your body that has no blood sup­ply is the cornea in the eye; it gets its oxy­gen di­rectly from air.

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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