Dalum Dis­patch

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

Even with lim­ited sun­shine, the crops are ripen­ing and we have seen one com­bine mak­ing a start on a field of peas. With a few more days of sunny weather there is bound to be plenty of ac­tiv­ity as the pe­riod of tem­po­rary in­san­ity known as har­vest time be­gins.

We took an af­ter­noon drive out to Lit­tle Fish Lake a few days ago to see what changes there have been in the many, many years since we were last there. The wa­ter is at a rea­son­able level and we no­ticed that the lit­tle creek on the north side was flow­ing, mod­estly im­prov­ing the sit­u­a­tion as it trick­led through the cul­vert which has re­placed the nar­row wooden bridge of days gone by. The cot­tages on the south side which have been a sum­mer re­treat for mem­bers of “The Lakeshore Dwellers As­so­ci­a­tion” for decades are ap­par­ently well main­tained and the trees have grown con­sid­er­ably since we en­joyed com­pany pic­nics at the An­dreasen Broth­ers cabin in the 1970’s. The pro­vin­cial camp­ground, how­ever, proved to be a dis­ap­point­ment. A por­tion of the park is be­ing main­tained to the ex­tent there is a suit­able toi­let fa­cil­ity, grass is cut and sev­eral un-ser­viced camp­ing sites are equipped with metal fire pits and pic­nic tables but the boat launch and beach area are to­tally ne­glected. So, it was en­cour­ag­ing to hear last week that the Min­is­ter of En­vi­ron­ment and Parks, Shan­non Phillips, an­nounced a five year, twenty five mil­lion dol­lar plan to up­grade, main­tain, ex­pand and de­velop park in­fra­struc­ture in Al­berta. In­ves­ti­ga­tion into the de­tails of the pro­gram re­vealed that it is twelve parks and recre­ation ar­eas in the Kananaskis – Cal­gary area which are the sub­ject of the pro­gram. Min­is­ter Phillips was quoted as say­ing “The in­vest­ments we are mak­ing to­day will en­sure our chil­dren in­herit those spe­cial places along with a stronger, more di­ver­si­fied econ­omy.” It sounded good when she said it but I guess Lit­tle Fish Lake isn’t spe­cial enough to get any im­prove­ments any­time soon.

We are pleased to hear that Clara Poulsen has moved from Red Deer to Strath­more to live in an as­sisted liv­ing res­i­dence there. It is a pri­vate home which will be much more con­ve­nient for fam­ily and friends to visit and only a short dis­tance from grand­daugh­ter, Me­gan Vooys, who lives not far from the town. For a phone num­ber or di­rec­tions, friends may con­tact Har­vey and Della.

For those in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing a unique Scan­di­na­vian cel­e­bra­tion this week­end, “Vik­ing Days” is be­ing held at the Dan­ish Cana­dian Na­tional Mu­seum at Dick­son on Satur­day and Sun­day. Along with re-en­act­ments of Vik­ing bat­tles on the scenic grounds there are other in­ter­est­ing in­door and out­door dis­plays for vis­i­tors to en­joy. Due to the larger than usual crowds, reser­va­tions for lunch at the Saga Café are re­quired and ad­vance tick­ets are needed to at­tend the “Feast with the Vik­ings”.

There are sev­eral birth­day greet­ings to pass along this week in­clud­ing a spe­cial hello to Finn Ras­mussen who is very pleased to have six can­dles on his cake this year. Best wishes to two lo­cal ladies, Della Poulsen and Adri­enne Peake who don’t seem to let birth­days have any ef­fect on their ap­pear­ance and to Pas­tor Dan Hen­drick­son and Ty Chris­tensen. Later in the week Carl Vogstad, Joe Chris­tensen, Lyle Chris­tensen and Shawna Cas­tonguay (n. Jensen) all cel­e­brate on the same day. Best wishes to all.

It is be­com­ing more and more dif­fi­cult to avoid the daily claims of dis­hon­estly, in­com­pe­tence, and out­right lies which are part of the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion­eer­ing south of the bor­der. While Mr. Trump is a steady source of quotes, his do not res­onate with the same wis­dom of many of­fered by their third pres­i­dent, Thomas Jef­fer­son, who stated in re­gard to luck, “I am a great be­liever in luck, and I find that the harder I work the more I have of it.”

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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