Dalum Dis­patch

The Drumheller Mail - - DRUMHELLERWORKS.COM - Ger­ald and Maryann Rasmussen 403-823-2036

With the weather con­tin­u­ing to be warm and dry, a fire ban re­mains in place in Wheat­land County. Prior to the damp weather of a week ago, the ban had been el­e­vated to its highest level which in­di­cated an ex­treme fire risk but was down­graded to an ad­vi­sory when those show­ers cooled things down. It should be noted that there are three lev­els of fire ban used in Wheat­land County, be­gin­ning with the “fire ban - ad­vi­sory” which in­di­cates a mod­er­ate risk. The sec­ond level is the “fire ban - re­stric­tion” which in­di­cates a se­vere fire risk and the third level is the full “fire ban” which sig­ni­fies an ex­treme fire risk. When an ad­vi­sory is in ef­fect in­cin­er­a­tors, bar­be­cues and camp­fires are al­lowed but as the risk in­creases the types of fires al­lowed is re­duced. Un­der the full fire ban only in­door house­hold fire­places and bar­be­cues which use propane or nat­u­ral gas are al­lowed. In all cases fire per­mits which may have been is­sued are can­celled and no new per­mits are is­sued un­til the ban is lifted.

In spite of the emerg­ing leaves and the early ar­rival of blos­soms on some of the fruit trees, last week­end was a re­minder that sum­mer does not be­gin in April. The cool, wet weather was only tem­po­rary, how­ever, and spring seed­ing is pro­gress­ing well. There is never a good time for a farmer to be ill and the busy spring sea­son is cer­tainly among the worst. So, on Thurs­day, the time hon­oured tra­di­tion of help­ing a friend in need was re-en­acted when a group of neigh­bours came out to pro­vide some help­ing hands for Wag­nar Learke who con­tin- ues his strug­gle with health is­sues.

Get well wishes go out to April Har­ri­son, the young lady from Eng­land who has been re­sid­ing at the Jardi Clark home for the past cou­ple of years and who has spent re­cent days in hospi­tal.

Harry Chris­tensen was treated to a birth­day party at the home of his niece, Fran James, in Cal­gary last week and was joined by thirty one of his rel­a­tives for the party. This week we send birth­day greet­ings to sev­eral friends with a Dalum con­nec­tion and they in­clude By­ron Vogstad, Ellen Ny­gaard, Gail Chris­tensen, Owen Eske­land, Jerry Nor­man and Alice Chris­tensen. May 5 will mark the 98th an­niver­sary of the found­ing of the con­gre­ga­tion of the Beth­le­hem Lutheran Church.

Ali­son Oster­gard has cre­ated a Face­book page en­ti­tled “Dalum Re­union 2018” which is in­tended to be an in­for­ma­tion shar­ing site for the Dalum cen­ten­nial cel­e­bra­tion which will be held two years from now. On that site you may find his­tor­i­cal notes and photos as well as mes­sages and in­for­ma­tion re­lated to cur­rent and for­mer Dalum res­i­dents. I took a look a few days ago and learned that Gun­nar Mortensen was vis­ited by Jo­hann Graf who was an agri­cul­tural ex­change stu­dent who came to the Mortensen farm in 1982 and now is in the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try with his own res­tau­rant in Switzer­land. For those who are Face­book fol­low­ers, you can see a photo of Gun­nar and Jo­hann by search­ing for Dalum Re­union 2018.

With the Dan­ish Cana­dian mu­seum at Dick­son pre­par­ing se­ri­ous to open for the 2016 sea­son on May 6, a group of vol­un­teers spent last Satur­day clean­ing and or­ga­niz­ing in­doors and on the sur­round­ing grounds. One of those in at­ten­dance was for­mer Dalum girl Dorothy Stone (n. Chris­tensen) who re­sides in Red Deer and is a sup­porter of the mu­seum. The mu­seum and gar­dens are a pop­u­lar at­trac­tion and one fam­ily of trav­ellers who saw the gates open dropped in to take a stroll about the grounds as they en­joyed the lovely af­ter­noon.

The mem­bers of the Friend­ship Club con­tinue to plan for the Spring Tea which will be held at the Dalum com­mu­nity Hall on June 2, re­mem­ber to mark that date on your cal­en­dar if you plan to at­tend.

A few weeks ago I men­tioned that a cat had ap­peared at our door, pre­sum­ably a gift from some­one who no longer wanted the pet. With no re­sponse to our plea for some­one to take the aban­doned cat we were able to take ad­van­tage of the good work done by the Drumheller and District Hu­mane So­ci­ety who ac­cepted the kitty and will find it an adop­tive home. Ded­i­cated vol­un­teers and char­i­ta­ble dona­tions help the Hu­mane So­ci­ety to do their good work and we salute them for the ser­vice they pro­vide.

Among the birds which re­turn to add beauty and char­ac­ter to the sum­mer sea­son are a group of Mourn­ing doves which we of­ten see and hear along our drive­way. The name is some­times mis­in­ter­preted as the “Morn­ing” dove when, in fact, they are named in ref­er­ence to the mourn­ful coo­ing sound which they make, most of­ten in the af­ter­noon and evening hours. Ger­ald and Maryann Rasmussen at 403-823-2036 with your news items or, e-mail to ger­mar70@magtech.ca.

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