Dalum Dis­patch

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

Joan Sny­der re­ports that the an­nual M.S. walk which took place in Drumheller on Sun­day, May 1 was an­other well at­tended event with more than 100 par­tic­i­pants walk­ing the course. The ma­jor spon­sor, Jay­man Built Homes of Calgary, along with plenty of lo­cal in­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses helped with the lo­gis­tics and fi­nan­cial sup­port needed to make the walk a con­tin­ued suc­cess. Joan was able to meet and greet many friends as she en­joyed the day work­ing in the re­fresh­ment cen­ter where the Fre­son Bros. bar­be­cue was kept busy and cof­fee was pro­vided by Café Ole. Gun­nar Mortensen took a fa­mil­iar role as he drove the Handi-Bus along the route to pro­vide road side as­sis­tance when re­quired.

In the world of so­cial me­dia it is not sur­pris­ing to see comments which re­flect a wide range of opin­ions on any given sub­ject. The far right, the far left, reli­gious fa­nat­ics and con­spir­acy the­o­rists all take ad­van­tage of the pub­lic fo­rum and, in a so­ci­ety which val­ues the right to ex­press our opin­ions we ac­cept the rants of the strongly opin­ion­ated as added spice to the cul­tural stew. How­ever, some are just too much to tol­er­ate and the dev­as­tat­ing fire at Fort McMur­ray in­spired one Face­book post­ing which had steam ris­ing from my col­lar. A fel­low from Vancouver who is ob­vi­ously an op­po­nent of the oil sands stated that he be­lieves in the the­ory of “karma” and sug­gests that the res­i­dents of Fort McMur­ray de­serve the dis­as­ter which they are liv­ing through (at the time I saw this item it had no “likes” and plenty of re­but­tals so at least we know that such an at­ti­tude is re­jected by those who have read his rav­ings.) He also took the op­por­tu­nity to de­nounce pick-up trucks and, with what seemed to be an un­healthy fond­ness for the Toy­ota Prius, he praised the hy­brid elec­tric au­to­mo­bile and ques­tioned whether such fuel ef­fi­cient ve­hi­cles would even be al­lowed in Fort McMur­ray. Sadly, sev­eral comments of this type have popped up but they are be­ing muted by over­whelm­ing sup­port for the vic­tims from all cor­ners of the coun­try. You can be sure that it is not those cyn­ics who are rush­ing to help and by Fri­day the Red Cross had re­ceived over 30 mil­lion dol­lars in do­na­tions while lo­cal fundrais­ers such as the 50/50 draw which was of­fered at the Drumheller Ro­tary Club White Ele­phant Sale last week­end are adding to the sup­port to the re­lief ef­fort. So, while those who revel in the mis­for­tune of those who do not share their vi­sion of how our coun­try, our econ­omy and, in­deed, so­ci­ety as a whole should func­tion, let the rest of us give what we can to help those in need.

Fur­ther to the no­tion of help­ing those in dis­tress, it is not only the big dis­as­ters which dom­i­nate the news and which garner the at­ten­tion of a na­tion that in­spire oth­ers to be good neigh­bors. At any time and ev­ery­where there are fam­i­lies fac­ing a per­sonal cri­sis and, as men­tioned last week, friends and neigh­bors have been do­ing what they can to as­sist the Learke fam­ily. Re­cently a group of ladies from Dalum, and be­yond, brought an as­sort­ment of food for their freezer, mak­ing it much eas­ier for Mar­i­ann to pre­pare sup­pers for the boys that are work­ing hard at their place. Mar­i­ann re­ports that Wag­nar wants all those car­ing and sup­port­ive friends and neigh­bours to know how much it is ap­pre­ci­ated and how grate­ful they are.

We find only two names on the birth­day list this week; best wishes to Ma­son Hol­men who will be three years old and greet­ings to for­mer Dalum boy, Colin LaBerge, who must look hard and long into the rear view mir­ror to find only three can­dles on his cake.

Re­mem­ber, on Thurs­day, June 2, the Dalum Friend­ship Club will host its an­nual Spring Tea at the com­mu­nity hall where you may ex­pect to en­joy some light en­ter­tain­ment and good fel­low­ship.

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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