Dalum Dis­patch

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

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.

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

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