Dalum Dis­patch

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS - Ger­ald and Maryann Ras­mussen 403-823-2036

I re­call an event in the com­mu­nity hall where the late Ray Sny­der was be­ing honoured, per­haps it was a birthday party, and in a con­ver­sa­tion I had with him he di­verted praise from him­self and made the com­ment that Benth Poulsen should be known as “Mr. Dalum” in re­spect to all the com­mu­nity work he had done. Many folks have con­trib­uted to the bet­ter­ment of our com­mu­nity and Benth most cer­tainly has done his share and more. With a cre­ative mind and skilled hands he built many pieces of equip­ment which were of­ten fin­ished with alu­minium paint, as was his dis­tinc­tive style. When the ball di­a­mond was re­lo­cated from the north­west to the north­east cor­ner of the com­mu­nity hall site a new back­stop and bleach­ers were needed so Benth, with help from Svend An­der­sen, de­signed, fab­ri­cated, and in­stalled those things which still stand as a me­mo­rial to his metal work­ing abil­ity and his com­mit­ment to get­ting things done. An­other of Benth’s projects which re­mains in my mem­ory is the “Zam­boni” he built for the skat­ing rink which was lo­cated ap­prox­i­mately where the county grader shop now stands. A bar­rel mounted on steel runners with a han­dle for push­ing, a rope har­ness for pulling and a spray bar with burlap sacks to spread the hot water evenly did a nice job of resur­fac­ing the ice and was only hin­dered in its ef­fec­tive­ness by a limited sup- ply of hot water. It prob­a­bly never oc­curred to the chil­dren en­joy­ing the skat­ing rink that it was un­usual for a coun­try school of fifty stu­dents to have such a piece of equip­ment. Benth’s con­tri­bu­tions to com­mu­nity life were not limited to his cre­ative abil­i­ties but in­cluded par­tic­i­pa­tion on Boards and com­mit­tees as well be­ing at the cen­ter of so­cial events where mu­sic, danc­ing and a so­cia­ble drink might be in­cluded. At his fu­neral ser­vice last Fri­day, grand­son Kyle Poulsen and grand­daugh­ter Me­gan Vooys shared their mem­o­ries of a de­voted and lov­ing fam­ily man; a man with a lively sense of hu­mour, twin­kling eyes and a ready smile, who will be dearly missed by fam­ily and friends. At the lun­cheon which fol­lowed at the com­mu­nity hall many of those old friends had a chance to re­con­nect with one and other and to pay trib­ute to “Mr. Dalum”.

As we have seen in re­cent weeks, our com­mu­nity car­ries on with the time honoured prac­tice of shar­ing time together at a lun­cheon fol­low­ing the fu­neral ser­vice. That so­cial con­tact is part of the heal­ing process which is im­por­tant to both the griev­ing fam­ily and their friends and is one of the threads which make up the fab­ric of a com­mu­nity. Th­ese lun­cheons do not ap­pear by magic, how­ever, and a word of praise to the ladies who put it all together on short notice is well de­served. Also, to those who give of their time and equip­ment to have the grounds trimmed and ti­died rep­re­sents not only in a sense of com­mu­nity pride, but is a mark of re­spect for a friend and neigh­bor. The con­tri­bu­tion of the Dalum fire­fight­ers who pro­vide traf­fic con­trol not only of­fers an­other sign of re­spect to a dearly de­parted com­mu­nity mem­ber but en­sures a safer environment at an in­ter­sec­tion where the reg­u­lar traf­fic is nei­ther in the habit of slow­ing down nor is it aware of pedes­tri­ans. Well done, all!

Rita Palle­sen seems to be the “go to girl” for col­lec­tions and she is presently ac­cept­ing me­mo­rial do­na­tions for Wag­nar Learke Hansen and for Benth Poulsen. Do­na­tions in Mem­ory of Wag­nar may be made to the Tom Baker Can­cer Cen­ter and those in mem­ory of Benth may be made to the Beth­le­hem Lutheran Church at Dalum. Rita is also col­lect­ing Co-op till tapes on be­half of the Friend­ship Club and they should be sub­mit­ted as soon as pos­si­ble.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the Reif­f­en­stein fam­ily upon the ar­rival of Kathy’s baby boy. This is the sec­ond child for Kathy and part­ner, Steve Ken­ney, and the sixth grand­child for Lau­rie and Joan. Matthew is a lit­tle brother for Nate.

A re­minder to all those who have at­tended the Hus­sar school as a stu­dent or as a teacher that the “Fi­nal Farewell” event will take place at the school on Satur­day from noon un­til 2:00 pm. There will be a hot dog lunch with a trib­ute pro­gram be­gin­ning at 1:00 pm.

Birthday greet­ings this week go out to Wal­lace Hol­men who we know has de­vel­oped his culi­nary skills and can ably pre­pare some tra­di­tional Dan­ish foods in­clud­ing red cab­bage and liver paste; we won­der if he will make his own birthday cake or leave that job to Lucy.

The ap­proach to our drive­way is quite large and we some­times won­der if trav­ellers mis­take it for a rest stop, judg­ing by the fre­quency and the pur­poses for which peo­ple stop there. Last week, how­ever, there was a more un­usual oc­cur­rence when a liner haul­ing a load of pigs broke down and had to wait at our en­try for a few hours be­fore re­pairs could be made. It was a very hot day and the hogs were be­gin­ning to com­plain be­fore a water tanker ar­rived to cool them off. Well done, driver, for tak­ing care of your cargo.

The first sum­mer thun­der storm of the sea­son ar­rived with a bang when a light­ning strike started a grass fire east of High­way 56, on the road al­lowance which de­fines the bor­der be­tween the Wheat­land and Drumheller mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties. The Dalum fire crew re­sponded and quickly ex­tin­guished the flames but, un­til that call, it had been a quiet spring sea­son for our fire fight­ers.

We have heard that Joan Sny­der and Joy McKee are head­ing to Am­s­ter­dam on an ad­ven­ture which in­volves an ar­ti­fact from the Sec­ond World War, some fam­ily his­tory and a tele­vi­sion show. We can hardly wait to get more de­tails!

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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