The warm and dry spring has had local farmers busy in the fields and an old rule of thumb that said seeding must be started no later than May 12 was no threat this year with some local farmers finished by that date and many others nearly done. An old fashioned three day rain would be welcomed now and there is a possibility of showers later this week but it seems that no significant break in the dry weather is expected any time soon.
It was a fine day for the many groups that participate in the annual highway cleanup campaign to be out walking the ditches last Saturday when many primary and secondary roads across the province got a spring cleaning. With its proximity to the area landfill it was no surprise that there were dozens of orange bags filled and waiting to be picked up from the roadside between Rosedale and Drumheller and it was nice to see that there were not so many along Highway 56 through Dalum; an indication, perhaps, that travellers are taking littering a bit more seriously. Whether many or few bags were filled, the effort is appreciated.
In advance of the Friendship Club Spring Tea a grass cutting bee has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 25, with work to begin any time after supper. There has been a bit of volunteer work done already and a tip of the hat goes to Paula Hendrickson and Spencer Jensen who have been out on their lawn mowers. More mowers, a few trimmers and even a chain saw or two can be put to good use when we get together on the 25th. In the event that we are rained out on that date volunteers may gather on the following Monday evening, May 30.
And, in regard to the Friendship Club Spring Tea which is scheduled for 2:00 pm on Thursday, June 2, I am told that for the admission price of seven dollars you will receive a luncheon of coffee or tea, sandwiches and a dessert. You will also have an opportunity to win prizes which include a quilt, an afghan, and other assorted items.
Congratulations to Vicki Learke who was confirmed at the Nazareth Lutheran Church at Standard last Sunday. Visiting from Denmark and able to take part in the celebration were her maternal grandparents.
Making a quick trip to Denmark were Daryl Pallesen and his sister Connie Halliwell who attended the funeral of their aunt, Edith, who was Olav’s eldest sister. While in Denmark they were able to visit with several cousins.
Birthday greetings this week go to three former Dalum folks, Glen Christensen, Terry Jackson and Tara Paarup; best wishes to all.
The annual highway cleanup always reminds me of Erling Christiansan, an interesting character in the history of Dalum. Erling and his brother, Vagn, grew up in the Wintering Hills where their parents Theodor (Teddy) and Johanne, who was fondly known as “Mrs. Teddy” by some, scratched out a living on a little farm where a very modest home was set amid the hills at the end of a long and winding trail. Erling never married but he developed an extended family by way of his association with groups such as the Elks Club, the Drumheller Stampede Board and the 4H Lamb Club. It was the children of the Lamb Club who substitut- ed for those which he lacked in his bachelor existence and the highway clean-up was one of the events where he could share some time with the youngsters. Of course, it was the achievement day and sale which was the highlight of the 4H year and for Erling it was his day to shine. Dressed in a western shirt and new blue jeans, sometimes with the GWG label still attached to the back pocket, he was eager to point out the qualities or deficiencies of the lambs and when it was time for the auction he took delight in spotting bids for the auctioneer. Wanting every child to get a good price, Erling often raised the bid and bought lambs he really did not need. Erling complained a lot but was basically a cheerful fellow and was quite happy to explain that it was hotter, colder, wetter or drier at his place than anywhere else in the district. He had a lifelong feud with the coyotes but would have missed them if they suddenly disappeared; they were another thing he could cheerfully complain about. In the days when community dances were more common, he often served as bartender and, dressed in a white shirt with silver braces on the sleeves, his hair well-oiled and his distinctive moustache completing the picture, he was an unforgettable character.
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The Rockyford Volunteer Firefighter’s are having their Annual Fundraiser on May 28. There will be a surf and turf dinner, an auction and “Dueling Piano’s” (from Aussie Rules) as the entertainment for the evening. Tickets are available from Rockyford Agencies or from any volunteer Firefighter.
Birthday greetings to those of you celebrating this week are sent to; Steve de Groot, Kevin Koester, Brody de Groot, Terry Wolfs and Jack Sherman (Happy 18th). Happy Anniversary to; Shawn and Norine Kathol, Norm Nelson and Alison Roppel and a very Happy 25th to Warren and Tyla Kalbhen on May 18, and to anyone else celebrating a special occasion this week.
There will be a meeting on Thursday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. (at the school) to organize a tribute to Rockyford School as it closes its doors for the final time at the end of June. Anyone interested is welcome to attend.
On Sunday, April 24, Bill Hamm & the Rosa Cantorum Choir from Rosebud & area sang at St. Rita’s Church in Rockyford along with the School of the Arts Drama Group. This performance was a fundraiser of $4049.00 for the Syrian family from Strathmore. Thank you to everyone who came out & supported this beautiful afternoon of song, drama & fellowship.
The Gala Gals would like to thank the residents of the Village of Rockyford, our neighbouring towns and the surrounding area for their generous donations and attendance at our 6th Annual Rockyford Ladies Spring Gala- Glitz and Glamour. Without your continued support the evening would not and could not be the success it is! Some of our guests went home very happy! They were the winners of the draws. The diamond ring, which is a door prize, was won by Kim MacDonald of Three Hills, the beautiful quilt, made and donated by Twena Koester, was won by Irene Appleyard of Strathmore, the wine cellar, consisting of 40 bottles of wine, was won by Elaina Geeraert, of Rockyford, the tickets for this are sold only to ladies in attendance and the 50/50, which has been sold on wing night at the Triple B Tavern in Rockyford since the beginning of March, was won by Gail Voermans of Strathmore, which was a total of $1,920.00. Congratulations to all the winners. See you next year!
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