Bernice Marchand was remembered and honoured with a touching memorial service at the Courtney-Winters Funeral chapel last Saturday. Her artistic ability was displayed in an album of her photographs and a poem which she had written revealed a mind capable of expressing deep and thoughtful feelings through the use of the written word. Her long-time partner, Eddie Nicklassen, hosted a reception at the Dalum Community Hall following the service and condolences are sent to him and to Bea’s family.
With warm weather approaching the spring seeding season will soon be fully underway. It has been a cooler spring than in 2016 when the weather was warm and dry much earlier and not without some unwanted effects. The fruit trees in my garden bloomed early and then were hit by a frost which wiped out the entire production of apples, plums and cherries. This seems to be a more “normal” spring and I hope for better results in the orchard.
The Fire Ban which was imposed by Wheatland County a few weeks ago was lifted when the recent wet weather reduced the risk of wild fire and several local residents took ad- vantage of the opportunity to burn tree trimmings and yard waste but the forecast of hot dry weather ahead will most likely see the ban re-instated.
There are several birthday greetings to send this week and they go to Byron Vogstad, Ellen Nygaard, Gail Christensen, Owen Eskeland, Alice Christensen and to Jerry Norman; best wishes to all. Another anniversary occurs on May 5 when the Bethlehem Lutheran Church will mark 99 years.
Xander Kipling is an important member of the Jeff and Sonia Rasmussen family and he is home again after an excellent European vacation which featured a visit to the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France on the occasion of the one hundredth anniversary of the famous World War I battle at Vimy Ridge. Eight Delia students from the grade ten, eleven and twelve classes, along with eight adult supervisors, which included Grandpa Al Lestrat, partnered with eight more students and two more supervisors from North Battleford on the eleven day adventure. After travelling by air from Calgary to Berlin the group rode trains and busses as they visited sights in the Netherlands, Belgium and France. While in Belgium they saw the Menin Gate at Ypres which is a memorial to the missing soldiers of the British Commonwealth and where Xander was able to find the inscribed name of a relative who did not return from the war. The group spent a whole day at the Vimy memorial and another day at Beamont-Hamel where there is a memorial to the Battle of the Somme and Xander reports that visiting those places was a powerful experience which gave him greater respect and understanding for the sacrifices made by so many.
In another note of “family” news, sister, Deb Rasmussen is getting around quite well on a cane as she recovers from a broken hip and, brother, Howard, is in the early stages of healing after hip replacement surgery. How times change, fifty years ago the term “hippies” had a completely different meaning.
You may continue to call Gerald Rasmussen at 403-8232036 with your news items or, e-mail to germar70@magtech. ca.