Dalum Dis­patch

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

Septem­ber 21, the first cal­en­dar day of au­tumn, comes with the hope that the change of sea­son will bring with it a sus­tained pe­riod of fair weather after what has been an un­usual sum­mer. With the ex­cep­tion of a few light show­ers and the tremen­dous north wind which sent canola swathes tum­bling on the sev­en­teenth, the past week pro­vided sev­eral days of fine har­vest con­di­tions and lo­cal farm­ers have been busy in the fields. The mild win­ter and early, warm spring weather must have been ideal con­di­tions for mice be­cause it seems that their pop­u­la­tion has ex­ploded and the hawks which cir­cle above the com­bines, sharp eyes scan­ning the ground for a scur­ry­ing snack, are do­ing very well as they build up strength for their south­ern mi­gra­tion.

Eva McPhee, sis­ter to the late Ida Ny­gaard and well known to many in the Dalum, Wayne and Drumheller area paid us a visit last week when she and her friend, Ge­orge, stopped in for cof­fee and con­ver­sa­tion after hav­ing made vis­its of re­mem­brance to the Drumheller and Dalum ceme­ter­ies. They also vis­ited the Last Chance Saloon where they en­joyed an in­ter­est­ing lunch break and, as she has done in the past, Eva dropped off a bun­dle of tea tow­els as a gift to the Dalum Com­mu­nity Hall; a very thought­ful ges­ture which is greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.

Next Sun­day, Septem­ber 25, there will be a joint Dalum and Hus­sar church ser­vice at Dalum, be­gin­ning at 11:15 a.m., when Pas­tor Dan Hen­drick­son will mark twenty five years since his or­di­na­tion into the min­istry. A pot luck lunch fol­low­ing the ser­vice will be part of the cel­e­bra­tion.

The com­mu­nity gift list for Jill Ras­mussen and Kenny Glover is be­ing kept by Gary and Val Toft who may be con­tacted at 403-823-9298 and by Julie Eske­land at 403823-5283. Wed­ding vows are to be ex­changed at Dalum on Oc­to­ber 1.

Four mem­bers of the Friend­ship Club met at the church last Thurs­day where the busi­ness in­cluded mak­ing fi­nan- cial gifts to the Pi­o­neer Trail Choir for mu­si­cal sup­plies and to the Green­tree School Break­fast Pro­gram which pro­vides a nu­tri­tious start to the day for any stu­dent who may have missed break­fast.

Through trick­ery and in­tim­i­da­tion there is al­ways some­one try­ing to sep­a­rate peo­ple from their money and we re­cently had a rather threat­en­ing phone call of that na­ture. The caller posed as some sort of po­lice or gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial and de­manded that we re­spond to a very time sen­si­tive is­sue or be forced to deal with an undis­closed sit­u­a­tion which would be im­posed upon us. A tele­phone hot line num­ber was given and it be­gan with the area code 844. If you look up area code 844 scams on the in­ter­net there are lit­er­ally pages of them and they in­clude claims for back taxes, de­mands for pay­ment of fic­ti­tious bills and other false claims which are pre­sented in a threat­en­ing man­ner. A word of ad­vice, just ig­nore any­thing which is in any way re­lated to a call back num­ber with an 844 area code.

Birth­day greet­ings this week go out to two ladies for­merly of Dalum. Best wishes to Nora An­der­sen who will cel­e­brate her 94th this week and whom we are happy to hear from quite often, and to Lois Chris­tiansen, the daugh­ter of the late Aage and Doris Chris­tiansen, some­one we have not kept in touch with. Do any of our read­ers know where Lois re­sides?

Pol­i­tics has often been called a blood sport and the cur­rent pres­i­den­tial race in the United States is an ex­am­ple of why many vot­ers in Amer­ica and other coun­tries are dis­en­chanted with their po­lit­i­cal sys­tems and the lead­ers of the day. While there will al­ways be op­pos­ing view­points and an op­por­tu­nity for de­bate, the level of in­sults, ex­ag­ger­a­tion and ac­cu­sa­tion which both Trump and Clin­ton are dis­play­ing gives one pause to won­der if a re­spect­ful and dig­ni­fied de­bate be­tween them is pos­si­ble. As the Cana­dian house of com­mons be­gins the fall ses­sion I hope that our elected of­fi­cials, no mat­ter which party they rep­re­sent, will main­tain a level of re­spect which Cana­di­ans may be proud of.

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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