Dalum Dis­patch

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

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.

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