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 email@example.com.