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.
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