Dalum Dis­patch

Ger­ald Ras­mussen 403-823-2036

The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE -

While farm­ers in ar­eas north and west of us will not get all the crops off this year, Dalum farm­ers were blessed with a stretch of fair weather and did bring the sea­son to a suc­cess­ful con­clu­sion. In “olden days” it was com­mon for neigh­bor­ing farm­ers to help one and other dur­ing the year and through the busy har­vest days; when one was fin­ished he might pull into the neigh­bours’ field with truck and com­bine but with changes to farm­ing prac­tises and equip­ment it has not been as com­mon in re­cent years. This year, how­ever, with the threat that crops would lie in the fields over the win­ter, when sunny days ar­rived at the end of Oc­to­ber there was a fever­ish rush to the fin­ish line and once again we saw neigh­bours help­ing neigh­borus. Well done, ev­ery­one and good luck in the year ahead.

Roger and Shan­non Vogstad gained a daugh­ter-in-law on Oc­to­ber 31 when Dou­glas mar­ried Brit­tany Far­ley of Drumheller. The wed­ding took place in Ja­maica with about thirty guests at­tend­ing the cer­e­mony and then staying for an en­joy­able one week vacation at an all-in­clu­sive re­sort. Grandpa Ed­mund had won­dered what he would do at a re­sort for a whole week but found that he en­joyed the stay. Dou­glas is a mem­ber of the Cana­dian Mil­i­tary, sta­tioned at Wain­wright, and the young cou­ple will re­side “off base” in the town of Wain­wright. Con­grat­u­la­tions to the Vogstad’s as the fam­ily cir­cle widens.

The Christ­mas Fair which was held re­cently at the Dalum Com­mu­nity Hall was once again co­or­di­nated by Shauna Jensen and Ni­cole Jensen who report that there were a few less ven­dors in at­ten­dance this year but that the cus­tomer base was still strong and most of the sell­ers were pleased with their sales for the day. With Christ­mas ap­proach­ing there are plenty of arts and crafts fairs in the area of­fer­ing a va­ri­ety of items suit­able for gift giv­ing.

The Friendship Club met at the home of Rita Palle­sen last Thurs­day and kept up with their char­i­ta­ble work by mak­ing do­na­tions to S.T.A.R.S., The Sal­va­tion Army and the Sun­shine Lodge as well as send­ing a do­na­tion to the Drumheller and Area Hu­mane So­ci­ety in mem­ory of their for­mer mem­ber, Maryann Ras­mussen. Rita sends a re­minder that she is ac­cept­ing do­na­tions to the Al­berta Heart and Stroke Foun­da­tion, The Drumheller and Area Hu­mane So­ci­ety and the Beth­le­hem Lutheran Church at Dalum in mem­ory of Maryann and that she will di­rect all do­na­tions to the ap­pro­pri­ate charity.

A fur­ther note re­gard­ing char­i­ta­ble do­na­tions comes from Don and Carol Oster­gard who were pre­sented with a com­mu­nity gift of cash on the oc­ca­sion of their Golden Wed­ding an­niver­sary and, in an ex­am­ple of “pay­ing it for­ward”, have since ded­i­cated that gift as a do­na­tion to the Con­tin­u­ing Care Unit at the Drumheller Health Cen­tre. They are very ap­pre­cia­tive of the gen­eros­ity shown by the com­mu­nity.

There is an in­ter­est­ing event planned for the evening of Novem­ber 30 at the Dalum Com­mu­nity Hall. Stephanie Hol­men is co­or­di­nat­ing a ladies night which will take the form of a Christ­mas paint­ing project which, I am told, fea­tures a snow man theme and is fa­cil­i­tated by an artist who will pro­vide both the in­struc­tion and the sup­plies re­quired. Those in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing may con­tact Stephanie be­fore that date at 403-820-5792 for more in­for­ma­tion.

The birth­day list has been ne­glected lately so I will now send greet­ings to some cur­rent and some for­mer Dalum folks who have re­cently marked another year. Best wishes to Greg Ja­cob­sen, Gary Toft and Laurie Reif­f­en­stein; also to Wendy Marsh & her Un­cle, Ricky Chris­tensen, who both blew out some can­dles on Novem­ber 17, and to Rick An­der­sen, Stan Schultz and Sylvia Mad­sen. Best wishes to all.

In clos­ing I would like to of­fer a few words of thanks to the many friends and rel­a­tives who have been such a great sup­port to me and my fam­ily as we have been griev­ing the loss of Maryann. Many peo­ple have ar­rived at my door with cakes and cook­ies, even a ham and home­made lasagna, as well as flow­ers, cards, hugs, and words of sup­port. And, there has been a flood of cards. As I have of­ten stated, Maryann was not com­fort­able in large group set­tings and did not like to be the cen­ter of at­ten­tion but on an in­di­vid­ual ba­sis she had many friends and that was re­flected in the num­ber of peo­ple who at­tended her me­mo­rial at the Dalum Com­mu­nity Hall. Dalum is a fine com­mu­nity in which to live but as in­di­vid­u­als we are not de­fined by a sin­gle com­mu­nity. Groups of which we are a part, our place of em­ploy­ment and cir­cles of friends which are formed by way of our chil­dren and their com­mu­ni­ties all add up to a greater com­mu­nity which en­riches each of us. So, to all who have been a part of Maryann’s greater com­mu­nity and who will miss her as her fam­ily does, thank you for all you have meant to her and to us.

You may call 403-823-2036 with news items or email to Ger­ald Ras­mussen at ger­mar70@magtech.ca.

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