Dalum Dis­patch

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Ger­ald Ras­mussen 403-823-2036

As a sad up­date to the re­cent men­tion of Au­drey (Myr­tle) Miller’s 89th birth­day her sis­ter-in-law, Gerda Sal­lows, re­ports her pass­ing while in hos­pi­tal in Amherst, Nova Scotia. Myr­tle was pre-de­ceased by her hus­band, Carl, and is sur­vived by their three chil­dren, Keir, Yvonne, Shane, and their fam­i­lies.

The An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing of the Beth­le­hem Lutheran Church was held last Sun­day af­ter­noon and coun­cil Pres­i­dent, Lau­rie Reif­f­en­stein, re­ports that the elec­tion of of­fi­cers in­cluded Barry Palle­sen se­lected as Vice-Pres­i­dent, Karen McMil­lan as Sec­re­tary and Eleanor Jensen as Coun­cil mem­ber.

It is the sea­son for or­ga­ni­za­tional meet­ings and oth­ers up­com­ing, al­though not yet sched­uled, in­clude the An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ings for the Dalum Com­mu­nity Hall As­so­ci­a­tion and the Dalum Fire Pro­tec­tion As­so­ci­a­tion. The com­mit­tee or­ga­niz­ing the Dalum cen­ten­nial event will also meet in the near fu­ture.

While some of our neigh­bors have left the area on win­ter va­ca­tions oth­ers have re­turned, in­clud­ing the Jim and Julie Eske­land fam­ily, home from a fam­ily va­ca­tion at Walt Dis­ney World in Florida. The Dis­ney en­ter­tain­ment com­plex near Or­lando opened in 1971 and was in­spired by the orig­i­nal Dis­ney­land which had been a great suc­cess since open­ing in Ana­heim, Cal­i­for­nia, in 1955. The Florida project be­came the flag­ship for Dis­ney’s in­ter- na­tional mar­ket and it is fan­tas­tic in its scope. Cov­er­ing 43 square miles it in­cludes 27 ho­tels, four theme parks, two wa­ter parks and sev­eral golf cour­ses. With an an­nual at­ten­dance of 52 mil­lion peo­ple, it is vis­ited by more guests than any other va­ca­tion des­ti­na­tion in the world.

This week birth­day greet­ings go to sev­eral for­mer Dalum folks who all keep in touch with their coun­try roots. They are Danielle (n. Vogstad) Chi­urka, Joan Palle­sen, Kevin Craig, Dixie (n. LaBerge) Mayell, and Dave Jor­gensen. I also send be­lated birth­day greet­ings to my daugh­ter-in­law, So­nia, who marked a sig­nif­i­cant birth­day in the third week of Jan­uary. She was born in the small town of Wa­trous, Saskatchewan where, al­most a month into that new year, she still man­aged to be the New Year baby. Happy Birth­day to all.

A re­minder from Rita Palle­sen that she is still col­lect­ing do­na­tions in mem­ory of Erna Boe on be­half of the Beth­le­hem Lutheran Church

Get well wishes to Stella Jack­son who con­tin­ues to im­prove af­ter her re­cent hip re­place­ment and best wishes to Tom Mad­sen who has been a pa­tient at the hos­pi­tal in re­cent months

It did not take long for flies to emerge when the weather warmed up last week and the nu­mer­ous bush bun­nies which have taken up res­i­dence in my yard were hav­ing a much eas­ier time for­ag­ing un­til four inches of snow cov­ered the ground on Satur­day night. Al­though we grum­ble when the re­ally cold weather hits we should keep in mind that it does con­trol cer­tain pests like the pine beetle which caused so much dam­age to forests in B.C. and Al­berta a few years ago.

You may con­tinue to call Ger­ald Ras­mussen with your news items or, e-mail to ger­mar70@magtech.ca.

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