Dalum Dispatch

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - You may con­tinue to call Ger­ald Ras­mussen at 403-8232036 with your news items or, e-mail to ger­mar70@magtech.ca. Ger­ald Ras­mussen 403-823-2036

One of the ven­dors at the Spring Expo which was held in Drumheller last weekend was a Dalum en­tre­pre­neur, Ty Chris­tensen, who has re­cently started a new busi­ness. Last year he and his dad, Craig, took down a row of rough wood wind break and since De­cem­ber, in his spare time, Ty has been cre­at­ing rus­tic fur­ni­ture which in­cludes ta­bles, ac­ces­sory fur­ni­ture and ac­cent pieces us­ing the re­man­u­fac­tured lum­ber. With orig­i­nal saw cuts vis­i­ble and some scorch­ing to add ex­tra colour un­der a clear coat sur­face the fin­ished prod­uct has a very pleas­ing ap­pear­ance. Ty is in his fourth and fi­nal year of a Bach­e­lor of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion de­gree at Mount Royal Uni­ver­sity and with his am­bi­tion and creativ­ity one won­ders what lies ahead for this young man.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Gun­nar Mortensen and his fam­ily upon the ar­rival of a new baby in Cal­gary on April 22. Ade­lynn Tove McEwen is a grand­daugh­ter for Con­nie and she has taken Gun­nar from the sta­tus of Beste­far to Olde­far; that is “great-grand­fa­ther” to those who don’t un­der­stand Dan­ish. How sweet that girl’s mid­dle name will sound to so many ears.

The birth­day list this week in­cludes greet­ings to two former neigh­bors from their child­hood days, Harry Chris­tensen who was 92 on Sun­day and Ruth Bill (n. Ja­cob­sen) who is 90 on Wed­nes­day. The Chris­tensen and Ja­cob­sen families to­gether with the Ax­elsen fam­ily had a long stand­ing sys­tem of shar­ing both hu­man and material re­sources in the early days of Dalum. Harry now re­sides at Sun­shine Lodge in Drumheller while Ruth is a res­i­dent of a se­niors cen­tre in Van­cou­ver. Also hav­ing birthdays this week are twin brothers, Ed­ward and Ed­mund Vogstad, best wishes to all.

A group of faith­ful vol­un­teers spent Satur­day morn­ing do­ing the an­nual spring clean­ing at the church. Those who at­tend reg­u­larly, those who at­tend oc­ca­sion­ally, and trav­ellers who stop to ad­mire this pic­turesque build­ing all ap­pre­ci­ate the ef­fort which is made to keep it look­ing so nice.

Brian and Gaye Boe are home af­ter their win­ter hol­i­day and upon their re­turn they were very pleased and ap­pre­cia­tive to learn of the won­der­ful re­sponse there had been in the form of me­mo­rial do­na­tions for Erna as well as the many mes­sages of sym­pa­thy which were wait­ing in their mail box.

Con­do­lences are ex­tended to Ed­die Nick­lassen who lost his soul mate and lov­ing part­ner of twenty five years with the pass­ing of Bernice Marc­hand, last week. Ed is well known to folks in the Dalum, Stan­dard and Rose­bud ar­eas and he and Bernice have resided at their val­ley home near Beynon for many years. Gone too soon at only 63 years of age, a me­mo­rial ser­vice for Bernice will be held at Court­ney-Win­ters Fu­neral home at 12:00 noon on Satur­day, April 29, with a re­cep­tion to fol­low at the Dalum com­mu­nity hall.

I had the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend a very in­for­ma­tive and in­ter­est­ing presentation at the Bad­lands Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity in Drumheller last week when Mike Wiebe of Trauma Scene Bio Ser­vices spoke about the ever in­creas­ing prob­lem of what is be­ing called a fen­tanyl crisis. His com­pany is tasked with clean­ing up ar­eas where a death has oc­curred, sometimes as the re­sult of vi­o­lence, sometimes by nat­u­ral causes and more re­cently due to drug over­doses with fen­tanyl all too of­ten be­ing the killer. Mr. Wiebe ex­plained the risks which re­sult from the care­less way in which drug deal­ers man­u­fac­ture the il­licit prod­uct which ends up on the street and in the hands of those who in­tend to use the drug as well as the haz­ards faced by those hav­ing ac­ci­den­tal con­tact with this dan­ger­ous chem­i­cal. In its raw form fen­tanyl is 100 times more po­tent than heroin and even air borne residue can be fa­tal, pre­sent­ing yet another dan­ger to emer­gency per­son­nel and any­one else who may be in the vicin­ity of the prod­uct. Five mem­bers of the Dalum fire crew at­tended the presentation which was spon- sored by Big Coun­try Vic­tim Ser­vices and which in­cluded the dis­tri­bu­tion of Nalox­one kits which may be used to save a per­son who is in an over­dose sit­u­a­tion.

At a re­cent Hall Board meet- ing Stephanie Hol­men and Ali­son Oster­gard were wel­comed to that lo­cal lead­er­ship group. Ali­son joins Jerry Nor­man as a Di­rec­tor, Stephanie re­places Pauline Palle­sen as Sec­re­tary, Jim Eske­land as­sumes the role of Vice-Pres­i­dent in place of Perry McMil­lan with Amy Poulsen con­tin­u­ing in the role of Trea­surer and Ger­ald Ras­mussen will serve another term as Pres­i­dent.

Ar­bor Day was founded in Ne­braska City in 1872 where the cit­i­zens planted about one mil­lion trees on a sin­gle day. Since then the an­nual prac­tise has be­come com­mon with many cities across North Amer­ica de­vel­op­ing what are known as “ur­ban forests” where trees had pre­vi­ously been rare. This year Ar­bor Day falls on April 28 and it is good time to re­mem­ber the say­ing, “The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago …. the sec­ond best time is now.”

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