Dalum Dis­patch

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

Don Petersen re­ports that he and Lynn have re­turned home from 5 days in Sacra­mento, Cal­i­for­nia, where they took in a Paul McCart­ney con­cert. To see and hear a part of mu­si­cal history along with 17,000 other peo­ple was elec­tri­fy­ing and part of the thrill was to be at only the sec­ond con­cert in Sacra­mento’s brand new $535 mil­lion dol­lar Golden 1 Cen­ter. It opened on Tues­day and they were there on Wed­nes­day. The Golden 1 Cen­ter was built for the NBA Sacra­mento Kings and the Petersens found it nice to see a Cana­dian Flag hang­ing along­side the Amer­i­can Flag due to the fact that the Toronto Rap­tors are one of the visit­ing teams dur­ing the bas­ket­ball sea­son.

Get well wishes go out to Su­san Boe (n. Mortensen) who is walk­ing with a limp th­ese days, we hope your an­kle mends quickly.

Had a chat with Lanny and Bev Hol­men not long after Hur­ri­cane Matthew pounded its way through the Caribbean and up the east coast of North Amer­ica and they are happy to re­port that their win­ter res­i­dence at So­sua in the Do­mini­can Re­pub­lic es­caped the brunt of the storm. The worst dam­age oc­curred at the south­west tip of Haiti which lies sev­eral hun­dred kilo­me­ters from So­sua which is lo­cated on the north­ern coast of the Do­mini­can Re­pub­lic. Haiti and the Do­mini­can Re­pub­lic share the Is­land of His­pan­iola, the sec­ond largest is­land in the Caribbean, after Cuba, with the Do­mini­can Re­pub­lic oc­cu­py­ing about 5/8 of the ter­ri­tory. While Haiti has suf­fered eco­nom­i­cally and so­cially after decades of po­lit­i­cal cor­rup­tion and nat­u­ral dis­as­ters, the Do­mini­can Re­pub­lic has per­formed bet­ter and has the ninth largest econ­omy in Latin Amer­ica with tourism be­ing a sig­nif­i­cant fac­tor in its growth.

The Oc­to­ber meet­ing of the Friend­ship Club will be hosted by Maryann Ras­mussen on Thurs­day when the roll call will be an­swered by mem­bers de­scrib­ing their fa­vorite sea­son. For many coun­try folk it is au­tumn but that may not get a lot of votes this year.

A re­minder to friends and neigh­bors of Don and Carol Oster­gard that they will be host­ing a party cel­e­brat­ing their fifti­eth wed­ding an­niver­sary at the Bad­lands Fa­cil­ity in Drumheller on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 22. The fun starts at noon and Don com­ments that gifts and speeches are not re­quired but that a phone call to 823-8813 or an email to cdgard@ magtech.ca as an in­di­ca­tion of how many might at­tend would be nice.

Fans of the Se­nior Ti­tans foot­ball pro­gram were pleased with the re­sults when the Olds Spar­tans vis­ited Drumheller last Satur­day evening. A good crowd was on hand to watch the boys put on their best show­ing of the sea­son in a game where the pass­ing at­tack was more suc­cess­ful than it has been in the past. By half time the Ti­tans were ahead by a score of 35 to 0 and ended the game with a fi­nal score of 41 to 6. Next Satur­day af­ter­noon at 2:00 pm they will host Can­more in a game which will de­ter­mine play­off match ups.

I often com­ment on wildlife and, like my Dad who al­ways kept his Audubon bird book near his easy chair, I en­joy the va­ri­ety of birds in our area. Lately my gaze has wan­dered to the east where I have been keep­ing an eye on a flock of Blue Jays which spends most of the sum­mer in Toronto. They can be ag­gres­sive and fought off a bunch of Bal­ti­more Ori­oles last week but after leav­ing the com­fort of their Toronto nest they had their feathers badly ruf­fled in Cleve­land. With the next three games sched­uled for Monday, Tues­day and Wed­nes­day in Toronto it is pos­si­ble, but un­likely, that the se­ries could be over by the time this col­umn ap­pears. Blue Jays base­ball fans are hop­ing for an­other species, the Ed­win En­car­na­cion Par­rot, to fly around the bases car­ry­ing vic­tory on his wings.

The weather has con­tin­ued to be un­sta­ble, enough said.

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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