Rum­sey & District Reg­is­ter

The Drumheller Mail - - DRUMHELLERWORKS.COM - Patty Steen 403-368-3820

The cro­cuses are out to beau­tify the land­scape and I’m sure some­one has seen a go­pher and robin or two by now. Spring has of­fi­cially ar­rived with the rain on the week­end in­stead of snow. The Rum­sey Ag So­ci­ety’s Spring Fling is this Satur­day, part of the Easter long week­end, so don’t for­get it starts at 5:00 p.m. with a steak sup­per and the Auc­tion to fol­low. It will be lots of fun so be sure to at­tend.

Sab­rina and Terry Cou­turier have lots to cel­e­brate this sum­mer thanks to their old­est, Colby and his fi­ancée, Alyssa. They are very ex­cited as the im­pend­ing ar­rival of their first grand­child will be some­time this month and their wed­ding is planned for July 29. The cer­e­mony will be held in a friends’ back­yard in Drumheller with the re­cep­tion and dance to fol­low up at the Stam­pede barn. As we have done be­fore with mem­bers of our com­mu­nity who have moved away but al­ways con­sider Rum­sey home, there will be a cash col­lec­tion for Colby and Alyssa at the Rum­sey Li­brary in lieu of a wed­ding shower. You can also track me down at the Spring Fling if that’s eas­ier. Also, Sab­rina and Terry’s youngest, Shelbi, will be grad­u­at­ing from Mor­rin in June so it is a year of cel­e­bra­tion in the Cou­turier home.

Ken­dra Kiemele called me last week to let me know that there has been a trust ac­count set up at the Moun­tain View Credit union for Dex­tin, An- gie and Joe VanS­traten be­cause of their strug­gles with Lyme Dis­ease. Lyme Dis­ease is trans­ferred to hu­mans through the bite of an Ix­odes (deer) tick. Lyme is called “The Great Im­i­ta­tor,” be­cause its symp­toms mimic many other dis­eases. It can af­fect any or­gan of the body, in­clud­ing the brain and ner­vous sys­tem, mus­cles and joints, and the heart. Symp­toms of early Lyme dis­ease may present as a flu-like ill­ness (fever, chills, sweats, mus­cle aches, fa­tigue, nau­sea and joint pain). Some pa­tients have a rash or Bell’s palsy (fa­cial droop­ing). How­ever, al­though a rash shaped like a bull’s-eye is con­sid­ered char­ac­ter­is­tic of Lyme dis­ease, many peo­ple de­velop a dif­fer­ent kind of Lyme rash or none at all. If Lyme dis­ease is left un­treated or mis­di­ag­nosed, as it is often con­fused with other long term ill­nesses such as chronic fa­tigue, fi­bromyal­gia, rheuma­toid arthri­tis, mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis and Parkinson’s, it be­comes chronic or late-stage Lyme and much more dif­fi­cult to treat. Joe and Angie are able to seek treat­ment here in Canada but there is no pe­di­atric hospi­tal here in Canada that can treat Dex­tin so they are hop­ing to travel to the States to get help for him. If you are un­able to get to the Credit Union in Mor­rin with your do­na­tion, you can leave it with Curt McNaughton or Ken­dra Kiemele.

Have a great week.

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