Gerald Rasmussen 403-823-2036
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 email@example.com.