Dalum Dis­patch

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

The na­tive word “chi­nook” trans­lates to “snow eater” and that def­i­ni­tion was demon­strated very clearly by the strong west­erly flow which blew through south­ern Al­berta last week. For a cou­ple of days it re­ally felt like spring when ditches filled with wa­ter, the lo­cal streams were flow­ing and the Red Deer River broke in a few places with slabs of ice stack­ing up where snow­mo­biles had been trav­el­ling days be­fore. Of course, there is still more win­ter to come but we are reach­ing the point where early signs of spring can ap­pear and that in­cludes the re­turn, last week, of a pair of pi­geons which are sum­mer res­i­dents at the Ras­mussen home.

The Board of di­rec­tors for the Dalum Com­mu­nity Hall As­so­ci­a­tion met last Thurs­day evening and in­cluded on the agenda was dis­cus­sion re­gard­ing the An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing. Wed­nes­day, March 22 was se­lected as the date for the 2017 meet­ing and all those in­ter­ested in the ac­tiv­i­ties of the com­mu­nity hall, whether res­i­dents of the Dalum area or not, are en­cour­aged to at­tend.

Get well wishes to Bob Nel­son who con­tin­ues to im­prove af­ter his re­cent heart surgery, to Amy Poulsen who has a sore knee af­ter a ski­ing mishap and to Owen Eske­land who has a sore shoul­der, not from a hockey in­jury as we might ex­pect, but as a re­sult of a fall at a swim­ming pool.

Vis­i­tors to my home over the Fam­ily Day week­end were Bob and Char­lotte Hedin of St. Paul, Al­berta. Many folks in the Dalum and Stan­dard districts will re­mem­ber Bob and his brother, Ken, who joined the Ras­mussen fam­ily when they be­came foster sons to Tom and Esther Schultz in 1964.

There is only one name on my birth­day list this week and that is Mar­i­lyn Nielsen who was known as Miss Ax­elsen when she was a stu­dent at Dalum School. Happy birth­day, Mar­i­lyn.

With less than a week re­main­ing in Fe­bru­ary most of the doc­u­ments re­quired to com­plete per­sonal in­come tax have ar­rived in the mail and the chore meet­ing the an­nual dead­line be­gins. Two months seems like plenty of time to get it done but the gov­ern­ment ads al­ways re­mind us that as long as the re­turn is post marked by mid­night on April 30 we are not too late. In clos­ing, a few words of in­ter­net wis­dom which are good ad­vice for all of us: “When you make a com­mit­ment you build hope; when you keep it you build trust”.

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

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