Dalum Dis­patch

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

A prairie Pas­tor knows that on many Sun­days dur­ing har­vest sea­son pews which are nor­mally filled are left want­ing for their weekly pol­ish­ing. Last Sun­day at Dalum, how­ever, the church was filled as mem­bers of both the Hus­sar and Dalum con­gre­ga­tions at­tended to help Pas­tor Dan Hen­drick­son cel­e­brate the twenty fifth an­niver­sary of his ordination. Apart from the usual itin­er­ary, the pas­tor be­gan the ser­vice by tak­ing time to speak about his per­sonal jour­ney, ac­knowl­edg­ing the sup­port of his parish­ioners and es­pe­cially that of his wife, Paula, who he feels have been in­stru­men­tal in his abil­ity to ful­fill his role as minister to these ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties. The reg­u­lar ser­vice also in­cluded the ser­vice of Holy Bap­tism for Jil­lian Ras­mussen. Fol­low­ing a pot luck lunch in the church base­ment many of those in at­ten­dance re­turned to the Nave where a pro­gram hon­or­ing Pas­tor Dan in­cluded greet­ings from those un­able to at­tend, com­ments by the minister who had or­dained him twenty five years ago, an in­ter­est­ing and hu­mor­ous bi­og­ra­phy of the pas­tor by Don Oster­gard, a video pre­sen­ta­tion from his ordination and a gift from the many peo­ple who value his con­tri­bu­tion to the spir­i­tual well-be­ing of those he serves.

The Se­nior Ti­tans foot­ball team was in Medicine Hat last Fri­day evening where they met the peren­ni­ally pow­er­ful Vikings of Cres­cent Heights High School. With a large stu­dent pop­u­la­tion to draw from and sound coach­ing, the Vikings are a for­mi­da­ble op­po­nent. The Drumheller boys had early suc­cess run­ning the ball but turnovers re­sult­ing in Medicine Hat touch­downs put the Ti­tans at a 21 to 0 dis­ad­van­tage early in the game. By the sec­ond quar­ter the Ti­tans had re­gained their con­fi­dence and were able to score with a com­bined run­ning and pass­ing of­fence but it was not enough to over­come the Vikings who went on to win by a fi­nal score of 49 to 28. The next Ti­tans game will be played in Drumheller on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 5, when they will face George McDougall High School from Air­drie.

We hear that Don & Carol Oster­gard will be cel­e­brat­ing fifty years of mar­riage next month and Rita Palle­sen tells me that she and Eleanor Jensen are in charge of a com­mu­nity list for the cou­ple. Rita may be con­tacted at 403-823-9796 and Eleanor at 403-8239117.

It seems that ev­ery lit­tle cloud which blows through the area has some rain in it so the har­vest is get­ting done in bits and pieces. In spite of their stop and start sched­ule the farm­ers are mak­ing progress and the yields are above av­er­age in our area. Last year there were no re­ports of field or equip­ment fires and we hope that the same holds true this year.

I am al­ways in­ter­ested in see­ing and hear­ing about wildlife in our area and Alison Oster­gard tells me that she re­cently spot­ted a Belted King­fisher near their home. This area is well within its northern range but King­fish­ers are more com­monly seen by streams and rivers where their diet in­cludes small fish, rather than near the ponds and sloughs of the prairies. They have an eye catch­ing ap­pear­ance which fea­tures blue, black and white mark­ings and a shaggy head crest with the male be­ing slightly more col­or­ful than the fe­male. An im­age of the Belted King­fisher was fea­tured on the 1986 se­ries of the Cana­dian five dol­lar bill.

Birth­day greet­ings this week go out to a for­mer Dalum boy who is still seen in the com­mu­nity from time to time, Nor­man Paarup, one of many lo­cal folks who have made Cal­gary their home.

As you get older you’ve got to stay pos­i­tive. For ex­am­ple, as I heard from one old fel­low, “The other day I fell down the stairs and in­stead of get­ting up­set I just thought, wow, that’s the fastest I’ve moved in years”.

You may con­tinue to call Ger­ald and Maryann Ras­mussen at 403823-2036 with your news items or, e-mail to ger­mar70@magtech.ca.

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