Dalum Dis­patch

The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE -

Ger­ald and Maryann Ras­mussen 403-823-2036

Greet­ings from Dalum where we know that sum­mer has ar­rived be­cause the NHL play­offs are over with the Stan­ley Cup hav­ing be­ing pre­sented al­most two weeks ago; dis­ap­point­ment in San Jose and ju­bi­la­tion in Pittsburgh.

Last week I ended the Dis­patch with a note con­cern­ing Joan Sny­der and her twin sis­ter, Joy McKee, who were head­ing to Am­s­ter­dam to be in­cluded in a tele­vi­sion pro­gram which is fea­tured on the His­tory Chan­nel. They have since re­turned from the three day ad­ven­ture and are able to share that the pro­gram is called “War Junk” and that the theme of the show is to con­nect fam­ily mem­bers with mil­i­tary ar­ti­facts, in this case some­thing from World War II. For any fur­ther de­tails we must wait un­til Novem­ber when the episode will go to air some­time in the week of Novem­ber 11.

Readers of the Dalum Dis­patch will know that I like to in­clude his­tor­i­cal items re­lated to our com­mu­nity and this week I would like to re­port on two events from neigh­bor­ing com­mu­ni­ties which have strong links to Dalum. Last Thurs­day evening I at­tended the com­mu­nity trib­ute to four Drumheller doc­tors who have re­cently re­tired. Those be­ing hon­oured were Dr. Racz, Dr. Gra­ham, Dr. Jor­dan and Dr. Nef­f­gen. The event took place at the Drumheller Bad­lands Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity where sev­eral hun­dred guests en­joyed an ex­cel­lent meal be­fore be­ing fur­ther treated to in­for­ma­tive and en­ter­tain­ing speeches which paid trib­ute to the stel­lar ca­reers of these four val­ued mem­bers of the med­i­cal com­mu­nity. With their ser­vice go­ing back to the early 1970’s these four physi­cians have touched many lives in Drumheller and the sur­round­ing area by way of their pro­fes­sion and have also left their marks so­cially and within the ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tions of the com­mu­nity. With their ser­vice to Drumheller go­ing back four decades it was not sur­pris­ing to see so many health care re­tirees in at­ten­dance and for me, like the oth­ers, it was a won­der­ful evening of vis­it­ing and rem­i­nisc­ing. Through­out the con­ver­sa­tions there was a re-oc­cur­ring theme and that was that these four doc­tors, aside from be­ing highly skilled and ded­i­cated to their pro­fes­sion, are re­ally nice peo­ple who de­serve all the praise and recog­ni­tion they re­ceived.

On Satur­day I took another step back in time when I joined a huge crowd at the school in Hus­sar where for­mer stu­dents, teach­ers and com­mu­nity sup­port­ers gath­ered to com­mem­o­rate the end of classes in the build­ing which has been an im­por­tant part of the com­mu­nity since 1949. Mistress of Cer­e­monies Wendy (n. Kaiser) Hery­ford at­tempted to bring the crowd to or­der as sched­uled at 1:00 pm but the alumni were no eas­ier to set­tle into place now as they had been as stu­dents. The crowd even­tu­ally filled the chairs as well as the stand­ing room at the rear of the gym­na­sium and the pro­gram be­gan with “Oh Canada” which seemed to rise in vol­ume with “all thy sons com­mand”; per­haps giv­ing up a school was enough for one day. Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, the Hon­ourable Kent Hehr, Min­is­ter of Veter­ans Af­fairs, had at­tended Hus­sar school as a child and he de­liv­ered the open­ing ad­dress wherein he shared child­hood mem­o­ries from the five years when his fa­ther, Dick Hehr had been prin­ci­pal at the school. Other speak­ers were the se­nior Mr. Hehr who opened by stat­ing that he never met a mi­cro­phone he didn’t like and pro­ceeded to use it very well with hu­mor­ous rec­ol­lec­tions of his time at Hus­sar, which he stated were the five best years of his teach­ing ca­reer. Divi­sion Seven coun­cil­lor Ben Arm­strong shared mem­o­ries of his in­volve­ment with the school over the years, re­mind­ing the crowd of the sev­en­teen small pi­o­neer schools which had closed in or­der to cre­ate the Hus­sar school and he stressed that it is the build­ing which is clos­ing, not the school. He pre­dicted that the Hus­sar com­mu­nity spirit will carry on at the new Wheat­land Cross­ing lo­ca­tion. School Board Trustee Alan Larsen con­cluded the speeches with an en­thu­si­as­tic look to­ward to this Septem­ber when classes will com­mence at the new school which is lo­cated about twelve miles west of Hus­sar. He noted that Stan­dard, Rock­y­ford and Gle­ichen are go­ing through the same tran­si­tion in prepa­ra­tion for the be­gin­ning of the next school year when all four com­mu­ni­ties will en­ter a new era of cen­tral­iza­tion for east Wheat­land and he re­vealed a list of cour­ses, pro­grams and tech­nolo­gies to be of­fered which have the cur­rent stu­dents ex­cited about their fu­ture. The guests rep­re­sented a wide range in ages with those who be­gan their school­ing in 1949 now be­ing in their mid-sev­en­ties. It was nice to visit with old class­mates, some I had not seen for fifty years, and it was a spe­cial treat to see my for­mer French lan­guage teacher, Lil­lian Gustaffsen, in at­ten­dance at the age of 96 years.

With the Canada Day long week­end ap­proach­ing it has been sug­gested that the com­mu­nity cor­ner is due for another grass cut­ting and Tues­day, June 28, has been set as the date for a work bee. As usual, vol­un­teers with their mow­ers and trim­mers are wel­come to meet that evening.

Paula Vogstad re­ports that she and Treacy are grand­par­ents again with the ar­rival of Wylie Jo on June 16. Proud par­ents are Lo­gan and Shawni Jo James.

Birth­day greet­ings this week go to for­mer Dalum girl, Linda McGrath (n. Boe) and to Jim Eske­land, best wishes to both for the com­ing year.

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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