Dalum Dis­patch

The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN - Ger­ald Ras­mussen 403-823-2036

Pas­tor Dan Hen­drick­son val­ues the par­tic­i­pa­tion of chil­dren in the Christ­mas Eve ser­vice and this year, with Paula at the ready with cos­tumes for the kids and some adults who took part, an impromptu na­tiv­ity scene was cre­ated with four week old Mered­ith tak­ing the part of the in­fant Je­sus. The glow of can­dles and the greet­ings of folks who re­turn to Dalum for Christ­mas each year warmed the chilly night.

There are sev­eral Christ­mas light­ing dis­plays in the com­mu­nity this year and one of the nicest is at the for­mer home of Her­luf and Marie Jensen where Justin and Jessie Hansen are now the res­i­dents. With strings of lights adorn­ing the house and garage and elec­tronic light­ing play­ing across the front of the ma­chine shed it is very im­pres­sive; well done Justin and Jessie.

Christ­mas is also the sea­son for school con­certs and while it may be a new and ex­cit­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for the young par­tic­i­pants, it is a trip down mem­ory lane for par­ents and grand­par­ents who have en­joyed these per­for­mances for many years. In­cluded at the Delia concert was the pre­sen­ta­tion of awards from the pre­vi­ous year and val­ued mem­ber of our fam­ily, Xan­der Ki­pling, made many trips to the front of the au­di­to­rium where he re­ceived seven aca­demic awards as well as the award for Ca­reer and Tech­nol­ogy Skills, all of which he earned in his grade eleven year.

There were sev­eral vol­un­teers rep­re­sent­ing Dalum at the an­nual dis­tri­bu­tion of Christ­mas ham­pers by The Sal­va­tion Army which took place in Drumheller, last Wed­nes­day. The eco­nomic down turn has put added pres­sure on so­cial ser­vices and char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions all across Al­berta and Drumheller is no ex­cep­tion. The past two years have both shown in­creases in the num­ber of ham­pers distributed but the re­sponse by cor­po­rate and pri­vate donors has been able to meet the de­mand. We must re­mem­ber that while the Christ­mas ham­per project is a large and sig­nif­i­cant form of as­sis­tance to those who may be in tem­po­rary or long term need, the work of The Sal­va­tion Army con­tin­ues through­out the year. Cap­tain Jen­nifer Hil­lier, along with her hus­band and staff, faces the on­go­ing chal­lenge of pro­vid­ing help to those in need be­yond the surge of shar­ing which oc­curs dur­ing the Christ­mas sea­son and en­cour­age ev­ery­one to keep the less for­tu­nate in mind at all times.

A re­minder to all vol­un­teers who are in­volved in the night gown project that the sewing bee is sched­uled to take place in the Dalum church base­ment on Satur­day, Jan­uary 7, where work will be­gin at about 9:00 in the morn­ing. The Jan­uary 15 dead­line for sub­mit­ting Co-op till tapes is also ap­proach­ing and Rita Palle­sen asks that any­one who has been sav­ing them for the Friend­ship club please get them to her as soon as pos­si­ble.

Be­sides greet­ings of Merry Christ­mas and Happy New year, there are also birth­day greet­ings in or­der for Judy Nel­son and Carol Oster­gard who will en­joy some birth­day cake as 2016 comes to close. Happy Birth­day, ladies.

Only a few days af­ter dis­cussing the Snowy Owl in a re­cent col­umn I spot­ted one atop a power pole and im­me­di­ately thought of a dear un­cle, Thomas Schultz, who was the hus­band of my fa­ther’s sis­ter, Es­ther. Tom and Es­ther farmed near Stan­dard and many will fondly re­call Tom as a jovial man who was of­ten seen smok­ing a cigar, his fa­vorite brand be­ing “White Owl”. It is nice to see the beau­ti­ful north­ern birds re­turn to our area each win­ter, a sight made nicer by mem­o­ries of a fine gen­tle­man I as­so­ci­ate with the pic­ture of a Snowy Owl on a box of cigars.

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

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