Dalum Dis­patch

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

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 cdgard@magtech.ca “

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 ger­mar70@magtech.ca.

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