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Don't just buy and wear a poppy, take a mo­ment to re­flect on what it stands for. Sad­dened to hear of the pass­ing of Maryann Ras­mussen, who co-au­thored the Dalum news col­umn with hus­band Ger­ald. There was al­ways a Raketti around when we were go­ing to school and one even worked at The Drumheller Mail way back, so news­pa­per­ing must have been her call­ing.

We had re­cently spo­ken to daugh­ter Jill who was mar­ry­ing Ken Glover a short time ago, and Jill was thrilled to have the sup­port of her Mom and Dad and had no reser­va­tion in telling this writer. What a pleas­ant mem­ory for her.

A cou­ple of no­tice­able things hap­pened in the Oc­to­ber 24 Medicine Hat-Card­ston-Warner fed­eral by-elec­tion, where Con­ser­va­tive Glen Motz, won with a re­sound­ing 70% of the votes. Motz thanked Prime Min­is­ter Trudeau for show­ing up in the rid­ing ear­lier this month, stump­ing for Lib­eral can­di­date Stan Sakamoto, who came in sec­ond. The amaz­ing thing was that NDP can­di­date Bev­er­ley Waege only man­aged to garner 353 votes, just one per­cent of the bal­lots cast, and came in fourth place. Go ahead, read some­thing into that re­sult.

With Novem­ber now upon us, it is the month where men start to grow fa­cial hair of their choos­ing to bring about aware­ness of prostate can­cer, and a re­minder to have your physi­cian check off the PSA box on your lab req­ui­si­tion, or get him/her to do a rec­tal exam dur­ing your med­i­cal. Be­come aware of prostate can­cer, and check­ing should start in your 40s, or even ear­lier if there is fam­ily his­tory of the prob­lem.

Now, it is in­ad­vis­able to do the rec­tal on your self, and no, it not a test of friend­ship to have any­one else do it ei­ther.

Con­sult a physi­cian, you'll be glad you did.

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