Thanksgiving Monday was cool and grey, not the type of weather local farmers are thankful for and even at a time when the economy is at an ebb in Alberta, there remains plenty to be appreciated. Unlike other parts of the world we enjoy a stable political environment and have the ability to peacefully make changes through the democratic process. Notwithstanding debate over how improvements could be made, our health, education and social services are the envy of many countries and while we may face temporary challenges we have the resources, the skills and the will to face the future with confidence. Happy Thanksgiving to all.
We are in the midst of Fire Prevention Week which falls between October ninth and fifteenth and this year the theme is “Don’t wait, Check the Date”. That slogan refers to checking the date which is found on heat, smoke, and carbon monoxide alarms which are found in most homes but are often neglected. Fire prevention week offers a reminder to change batteries, to test your alarms and to look at the date stamp on these devices. Any alarm which was manufactured more than ten years ago should be replaced.
The Ostergard’s send the following note in regard to their upcoming Golden Wedding Anniversary. “Don and Carol Ostergard invite family and friends to help them celebrate 49 years and 51 weeks (49.98 years) of generally enjoyable married life at Drumheller’s Badlands Community Facility on Saturday, October 22. ( Their actual anniversary date is a week later but that weekend has been booked up for the past several months.) Visiting and refreshments any time after 12 Noon, lunch around 1:00 PM. Please: No Gifts, No Speeches, RSVP not essential (but it would be nice). You may respond to 403-823-8813 or email to email@example.com “
In total disregard of their wishes and with respect to their longstanding contributions to the betterment of the community, a traditional community list for Don and Carol is being managed by Rita Pallesen and Eleanor Jensen.
October 20 is the third Thursday of the month, the usual meeting date for the Friendship Club, and members are reminded that this time it will take place at the home of Maryann Rasmussen.
One of the joys of spring time is the return of the swans which add a touch of elegance to the scenery as they make their way to northern breeding grounds and their reappearance in the fall is an indication of another changing season. This year it seems that Mother Nature has jumped straight from summer to winter with snow arriving last weekend which covered unharvested fields and dealt a final blow to flower beds vainly struggling to preserve their blooms.
While extremely low temperatures will probably not arrive for some time, it is not too early to remind Dalum folks of the low temperature alarm lights which are used to signal heating problems in the community hall and the adjacent pump house. Located in the west windows of the hall and at the west side of the pump house, the red lights are visible from the highway and are illuminated if indoor temperatures fall below a safe set point. Anyone who sees these alarm lights lit is encouraged to call Gerald Rasmussen or any other Hall Board member.
Birthday greetings this week go to Sarah Beth Rasmussen, Glory Christensen (n. Jorgensen), Virginia Redel (n. Vogstad), and to Linda Christensen (n. Merkel) who appears as a young student at Nickel Springs School in a photo which is posted on the Dalum Reunion 100 Facebook site. Best wishes to all.
I helped cheer the Blue Jays to victory on Sunday evening rather than watching the U.S. presidential debate even though the American election is proving to be a pretty rich source of entertainment. Sports teams have faithful followers and evidence of that is found in the fact that the term “fan” is short for fanatic but even the craziest, face painted, mascot waving sports fan pales in comparison to the hard core Trump and Clinton supporters. Revelations of lying, indiscretions, bad judgement and bad character seem to have little effect on the dedicated followers in each camp and I am reminded of a comment by the oft quoted “Anon” which states “be careful when you follow the masses … sometimes the M is silent”.
You may continue to call Gerald and Maryann Rasmussen at 403-823-2036 with your news items or, e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.