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.