Dalum Dis­patch

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Gerald Ras­mussen 403-823-2036

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.

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