Dalum Dis­patch

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS - Ger­ald and Maryann Ras­mussen 403-823-2036 Tracy Clyne 403-533-3930

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.

You may con­tinue to call Ger­ald and Maryann Ras­mussen at 403-823-2036 with your news items or, e-mail to ger­mar70@magtech.ca.

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!

If you have any news or events you would like to see in this col­umn, please give me a call at 533-3930 or you can email me at wt­clyne@rock­y­ford.ca by Fri­day af­ter­noon. Have a great Vic­to­ria Day long week­end ev­ery­body.

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