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.”