It is back to school time and two of our local youth beginning their post-secondary education are Katie Jensen and Mitch Ostergard. Katie is heading north to Edmonton where she is enrolled at N.A.I.T. with plans to be a Laboratory Assistant and Mitch is going south to attend the Lethbridge Community College where he will be studying Agricultural Mechanics. The primary and secondary school students are also heading back, some eagerly and some reluctantly, with mothers and teachers also sharing a range of emotions. For adult students receiving their education within the penal system the school environment is somewhat different and playing hooky from those classrooms takes on an entirely different meaning.
Get well wishes go out to Susan Adam (n. Dahl) who had a fall in her home in Drumheller and ended up in hospital, first in Red Deer and then in Edmonton for surgery. After being released from the Edmonton hospital she was able to spend some time with her daughter, Nadine, and has since returned home to continue the rehab for her broken elbow.
The grass cutting scheduled for last Thursday evening was just nicely begun when the “daily” shower blew in and dropped another ¾ inch of rain, sending those present for cover and keeping other volunteers at home. The next day proved to be better and more helpers appeared in the afternoon to complete the job. All the rain this summer has had the effect of settling the dirt in the trenches associated with the water well project at the community hall, resulting in the need to backfill and level the subsidence on several occasions. The Thursday evening downpour produced another sink hole but that has been repaired and the area is once again safe for pedestrian and vehicle traffic.
A reminder that Pastor Dan will be honoured on the occasion of the “silver” anniversary of his ordination with a joint Dalum – Hussar church service to be held at Dalum on September 25. Those wishing to contribute to the community list for funds toward the purchase of a new guitar to replace the one that broke earlier this year may contact Julie Eskeland at 823-5283.
The fall football program is underway in schools across the province and the Senior Titans of Drumheller got off to a good start on Saturday when they travelled to Vegreville and defeated the home team by a score of 40 to 18. Local boys on the team this year are Ethan Duncalf and Eric Jensen who is in his rookie year.
Birthday greetings this week go to two current and two former Dalumites who will all celebrate another year on Friday. Best wishes to Jardi Clark (n. Vogstad), Shawna Joy Van Horne (n. Snyder), Susan Boe (n. Mortensen) and to Troy Poulsen.
It is an unfortunate reality that collisions with wildlife occur frequently and it is not unusual to see a deer carcass in the ditch along Highway 56. Of course, a loss for one is a gain for another and magpies, ravens, and coyotes are happy to clean up the remains. Last week I saw a less common scavenger in the form of a Turkey Vulture feeding contentedly not far from the passing traffic. As I went by I caught a glimpse of what appeared to be yellow tag on the shoulder of the bird so I returned for a better look and that is exactly what it was. I have seen Turkey Vultures in the past but never any wearing a tag so that prompted me to ask Uncle Google some questions. I learned that central Alberta is at the northern edge of their range and that a tagging program does exist in both Alberta and Saskatchewan with Alberta using yellow tags and Saskatchewan using green. The tags are made of a light weight, durable fabric and are secured using the same system employed with livestock ear tags. The vultures do not build a nest but lay their eggs on the ground where there is some form of natural cover and, when available, they are happy to use an abandoned building with an old barn loft being a favorite location. The most recent numbers I found showed that in 2012 twenty eight nests were documented in east central Alberta and 190 young had been tagged since 2007. When fully grown the vultures will measure about 30 inches in length with a wing span of up to six feet. The plumage is dark brown and black except for their featherless red head. Historically the population has been small but seems to be growing, perhaps in part, due to the sacrifices made by deer that do not look both ways before crossing the road.
You may continue to call Gerald and Maryann Rasmussen at 403-823-2036 with your news items or, e-mail to germar70@ magtech.ca.