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.