Dalum Dis­patch

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS - Ger­ald and Maryann Rasmussen 403-823-2036

Last Wed­nes­day morn­ing we saw frost on our roof tops as au­tumn gave no­tice to sum­mer that it’s time is run­ning short. With geese and ducks be­gin­ning to gather and leaves chang­ing colour the cold and blus­tery week­end was an­other warn­ing of things to come. How­ever, the weather net­work shows sunny skies ahead, per­haps the be­gin­ning of a good har­vest season.

I went to the Dan­ish Cana­dian Mu­seum at Dick­son last Satur­day where I at­tended a reg­u­lar Board meet­ing of that or­ga­ni­za­tion. Among the top­ics of dis­cus­sion was the ever im­por­tant is­sue of fundrais­ing and one pro­gram cur­rently un­der­way is the “Friends of the Mu­seum” cam­paign which is aimed at gen­er­at­ing rev­enue to sup­port the day to day op­er­a­tions of the build­ings and grounds. That fundrais­ing ini­tia­tive, along with a wealth of other in­for­ma­tion per­tain­ing to the mu­seum can be found on the web­site www.thedan­ish­cana­di­an­mu­seum.com. While pass­ing through In­n­is­fail on my way home I spot­ted some fa­mil­iar faces and had a quick visit on the side­walk with Ron and Judi Petersen who have re­cently moved to that town from their for­mer home in Cal­gary. Ron in­formed me that they spend about half the year there and then en­joy the win­ter months in Mesa, Ari­zona. For those who don’t re­mem­ber the easy, jovial laugh­ter that was part of Dick Petersen’s char­ac­ter, you only have to visit with Ron for few min­utes to re­fresh the mem­ory.

Two com­mu­nity lists are ac­tive these days with Julie Eske­land in charge of the gift list for Pas­tor Dan’s or­di­na­tion an­niver­sary and Gary and Val Toft, along with Julie, are man­ag­ing the wed­ding gift list for Jill Rasmussen and Kenny Glover. Pas­tor Dan’s cel­e­bra­tion takes place on Septem­ber 25 and the Glover – Rasmussen wed­ding on Oc­to­ber 1.

There has been a good re­sponse to the “Dalum Re­union 2018” group which Ali­son Oster­gard cre­ated on Face­book a few months ago with about seventy cur­rent and for­mer Dalum folks be­com­ing mem­bers. So far the post­ings have mainly been his­tor­i­cal pho­tos and notes with de­tailed in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the event to be posted as Au­gust 2018 draws nearer. Any­one with an in­ter­est in the com­mu­nity of Dalum and par­tic­u­larly an in­ter­est in at­tend­ing the cel­e­bra­tion is wel­comed to join the group.

Our lo­cal boys who play on the Ti­tans foot­ball team came away with a bet­ter re­sult this week when they de­feated the visit­ing Cam­rose team by a score of 28 to 10. The of­fense re­lied on a strong run­ning game with a few pass­ing plays and this week the coach­ing staff gave a stern warn­ing to keep the penal­ties to a min­i­mum. There was a good re­sponse to the “Sup­port the Troops” theme with some mil­i­tary per­son­nel in at­ten­dance. A lightly ar­moured per­son­nel car­rier known as a “Cougar” was on dis­play and the of­fi­cers were avail­able to an­swer ques­tions about the Cana­dian mil­i­tary ser­vices. The Ti­tans next game will be un­der the lights at Ti­tans Field in Drumheller, Fri­day evening, at 7:00 when they host the Brooks Buf­faloes.

Birth­day greet­ings this week go out to Strat­ton Peake and his sis­ter-in-law, Wendy Ros­gen (n. Rasmussen), to Su­san Adam (n. Dahl) who we hope is feel­ing bet­ter and to for­mer Dalum girl, Sharon Halver­son (n. Toft). Also, Happy Birth­day to one of my crew, Jacey Rasmussen.

This past week­end was the fif­teenth an­niver­sary of the ter­ror­ist at­tacks now sim­ply known as 9-11. There were nu­mer­ous re­mem­brances in­clud­ing tele­vi­sion doc­u­men­taries and ca­ble news dis­cus­sions where many pun­dits ex­pressed the feel­ing that on that Septem­ber morn­ing the world changed. And, so it did. Con­flict, per­se­cu­tion and hu­man suf­fer­ing rooted in re­li­gious fa­nati­cism is noth­ing new but in the twenty first cen­tury the meth­ods are. It was noted by one com­men­ta­tor that we are much safer now than in 2001 due to more so­phis­ti­cated and wider rang­ing se­cu­rity meth­ods but, it seems to me, at a ter­ri­ble cost. The re­sources de­voted to se­cur­ing air­line travel alone are tremen­dous with bor­der ser­vices, mail ser­vices and po­lice ser­vices re­quir­ing ever more money to keep ahead of the threats. How much bet­ter it would be if all those dol­lars could be spent on so­cial pro­grams in a peace­ful so­ci­ety.

Now that we are in the sec­ond week of Septem­ber I will close with a note con­cern­ing an im­por­tant so­cial pro­gram, that be­ing ed­u­ca­tion. A lit­tle girl had just fin­ished her first week of school and stated to her mother in frus­tra­tion, “I’m just wast­ing my time there; I can’t read, I can’t write, and they won’t let me talk!”.

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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