Dalum Dis­patch

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

Six­teen mem­bers of the Dalum Com­mu­nity Hall As­so­ci­a­tion at­tended the An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing last Wed­nes­day evening. Agenda items in­cluded re­ports of the 2016 ac­tiv­i­ties and plan­ning for the cur­rent year as well as the se­lec­tion of two new Board mem­bers. Ali­son Oster­gard and Stephanie Hol­men let their names stand for elec­tion and they now re­place Perry McMil­lan and Pauline Palle­sen who have both served nu­mer­ous terms as Di­rec­tors. Those in at­ten­dance of­fered their thanks and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the years of ser­vice which Perry and Pauline have given.

The An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing of the Dalum Fire Pro­tec­tion As­so­ci­a­tion is sched­uled to be held at the Dalum fire hall on Tues­day evening, April 11. The fire crew ex­pe­ri­enced a fairly quiet 2016 but the past week was busier when they were called out twice to as­sist neigh­bour­ing com­mu­ni­ties un­der the mu­tual aid agree­ment. Dalum trucks headed west on Wed­nes­day to as­sist Rock­y­ford with a ve­hi­cle fire in­volv­ing a garbage truck and on Sun­day they went south to fight a farm shop fire near Hus­sar. In both cases no in­juries were re­ported but there was sig­nif­i­cant loss of prop­erty.

Don & Carol Oster­gard are back in Dalum and Don has sub­mit­ted the fol­low­ing re­port of their 6-1/2 week hol­i­day to a num­ber of off-the-beaten-path des­ti­na­tions in Mex­ico. Once again, the peo­ple were wel­com­ing, the food was de­li­cious, the beer was cold, the chil­dren adorable. While vis­it­ing most of these out-of-the-way but in­ter­est­ing lo­cales, they saw very few for­eign vis­i­tors but en­coun­tered many mid­dle-class Mex­i­can tourists dis­cov­er­ing their own coun­try. Don & Carol rounded out their va­ca­tion by re­lax­ing for a cou­ple of weeks at the Pa­cific beach town of “Rin­con de Guayabitos” where they took the op­por­tu­nity to visit al­most daily with Don’s cousin (and close friend) Ida Lau­rid­sen. Ida and her late hus­band Hans started win­ter­ing in Rin­con al­most 20 years ago. This va­ca­tion marks the 20th time the Oster­gards’ 1959 Piper “Co­manche” air­plane has taken them to Mex­ico.

Judy Nel­son keeps busy as Pro­gram Man­ager for Big Coun­try Vic­tim Ser­vices and she would like to let ev­ery­one know that a pre­sen­ta­tion on Fen­tanyl and nalox­one is be­ing spon­sored by that or­ga­ni­za­tion on Tues­day, April 18, at the Bad­lands Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity. The in­for­ma­tion ses­sion will take place in the board­room next to the kitchen with din­ner at 6:00 and a pre­sen­ta­tion to fol­low. The pre­sen­ta­tion will be given by Trauma Scene Bio Ser­vices and it is hoped that nalox­one kits will be avail­able for dis­tri­bu­tion. There is no charge for this event but Judy would like those in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing to let her know by April 13; she may be con­tacted at 403-8234233 or 403-820-1407.

As the sea­son changes so do the many ac­tiv­i­ties which have kept young­sters ac­tive through­out the win­ter. Mi­nor hockey is end­ing with base­ball and soc­cer soon to take over and I at­tended the year end fig­ure skat­ing car­ni­val at Delia on Satur­day where chil­dren in that com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing Jacey and Hallee Ras­mussen, showed off the skills they have learned dur­ing the cold months. I hear that lo­cal girl Elena Eske­land has been par­tic­i­pat­ing with the Cana­dian Bad­lands Aquatic club which is made up of young swim­mers from the Air­drie and Drumheller ar­eas. The com­pet­i­tive swim­ming sea­son is also draw­ing to a close and over the past sev­eral days she took part in a swim meet in Strath­more be­fore com­pet­ing in the music fes­ti­val in Drumheller where she sang in a mu­si­cal theatre pro­duc­tion­sas well as per­form­ing two so­los. Well done, all you busy kids.

Birth­day greet­ings this week go to three ladies and one gen­tle­man. Best wishes to Edith Sun­t­jens, Shirley Amund­son (n. Jensen), Linda Kay, (n. Kous­trup) and to Perry McMil­lan who be­gins a brand new decade on Satur­day.

A piece of in­ter­net wis­dom states that “Hos­pi­tal­ity is the art of mak­ing guests feel like they are at home when you wish they were”.

You may con­tinue to call Ger­ald Ras­mussen at 403-8232036 with your news items or, e-mail to ger­mar70@magtech. ca.

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