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!”.
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