The Sandum family is getting ready for a July 1st wedding when Shayla will marry Mr. Drew Toleman and with that in mind her family and friends will be honouring her with a bridal shower at the community hall on Saturday, March 18. The party will get started at 7:00 pm and it is sure to be a happy event with lots of fun and laughter.
Barry and Pauline Pallesen have returned from their southern vacation at Apache Junction which is one of many resort areas frequented by Canadians in the Phoenix – Mesa area of Arizona. These resorts offer plenty of recreational activities to keep snowbirds busy and Barry reports that slow pitch leagues made up of teams from neighboring resorts are very popular. The “winter” season runs from January through March with players of three different skill levels competing in separate games and tournaments. Barry did not mention which level he fit into but did state that some of those 70 year old players are pretty good and that the hot tub provided welcome relief for an aching body. Pauline took advantage of a less strenuous activity when she learned the process and art of the silver smith. Working in silver is a traditional craft in the area and she was able to come home with some of her own creations.
Good friends and neighbours of many in the Dalum area, the Clark family of Rosebud has lost a valued member with the recent passing of Clara. Condolences are extended to Jim and his family.
The Wintering Hills windmills at Dalum were in the news last week when it was announced that IKEA has purchased that windfarm, along with a smaller facility at Pincher Creek, for the purpose of becoming “energy independent” by 2020. IKEA is committed to investing in wind and solar energy projects for environmental reasons but one wonders if their economic reasoning is sound when it is the energy companies which are getting rid of the windmills. It was Suncor and Tech who originally built the facility in 2010 with Suncor selling its share to TransAlta Utilities in 2015.
Birthday greetings this week go to Sonja Myroon (n. Jacobsen), now of Edmonton, the daughter of the late Arne and Ellen Jacobsen who were well known not only in Dalum but also in Rosedale where Arne operated Rosedale Motors. This week would also include a birthday for John Jensen who was known by some less than complimentary nicknames and who was also known for his helpful and hardworking presence in the community. John dug graves, septic tanks and cisterns with amazing speed and power, fueled largely by Lethbridge lager beer. For many years he was employed by Walborg Schultz after the passing of her husband, Nis, who had participated in the 1898 Klondike gold rush and who had poetically named their farm “Gold Hill”. John eventually retired to Saskatchewan to be with his twin sister in his final years and stated that he was very happy to be heading east because everyone he met on the highway was waving excitedly and he thought they must all be very friendly people. Unfortunately they were waving in an attempt to draw his attention to the fact that the holiday trailer he was towing was on fire and, although he was able to save his truck, his trailer and possessions were lost.
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