Dalum Dis­patch

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

May 5 was cel­e­brated in dif­fer­ent places for dif­fer­ent rea­sons, in Mex­ico “Cinco de Mayo” com­mem­o­rates the Mex­i­can army’s un­likely vic­tory over the French at the Bat­tle of Pue­bla on May 5, 1862. This was dur­ing a pe­riod of po­lit­i­cal tur­moil in Mex­ico when France was an oc­cu­py­ing force. For the Danes, May 5 is also re­lated to mil­i­tary his­tory be­cause that was the day in 1945 when Den­mark was lib­er­ated from the Ger­man oc­cu­pa­tion near the end of World War II. For some of our Dan­ish neigh­bors in­clud­ing Olav Palle­sen, Jess Nielsen and Gunnar Mortensen, it is a spe­cial day. V.E. Day, Vic­tory in Europe, oc­curred a few days later, on May 8.

The Dalum fire crew was called out last Wed­nes­day to knock down a grass fire and it turned out that there was more than some grass lost in the blaze. A ser­vice truck had be­come stuck, over heated, and set the sur­round­ing dry grass on fire.

Birth­day greetings this week go to for­mer Dalum boys Colin LaBerge and Terry Jack­son and to Ma­son Hol­men who will blow out four can­dles on his cake.

Seed­ing is pro­gress­ing well in Dalum where none of the local farm­ers have the prob­lem of deal­ing with crops which could not be har­vested last fall. The spring has not been as warm and dry as was the case in 2016 and there are more wet spots to con­tend with, prompt­ing Brad McDougald, a farmer from north of the val­ley to say “if you aren’t get­ting stuck while seed­ing this year you aren’t try­ing hard enough”.

One of the chores as­so­ci­ated with spring seed­ing is seed clean­ing and that has been part of the Chris­tensen fam­ily his­tory for decades. As a boy I re­call broth­ers Har­vey and Clif­ford Chris­tensen bring­ing their mo­bile unit to the farm to clean seed for my fa­ther and while the ma­chin­ery has been mod­ern­ized the prac­tise of on-site clean­ing con­tin­ues with the ser­vice now provid- ed by Clif­ford’s son, Wen­dell. In those ear­lier days my Dad knew that Har­vey and Clif­ford en­joyed tapi­oca pud­ding and when they came in for sup­per Mom had a large bowl ready and wait­ing; they were hard work­ing boys with big ap­petites and the pud­ding quickly dis­ap­peared.

The warm weather which ar­rived last week had leaves pop­ping out in the space of two days and found ea­ger gar­den­ers head­ing to garden cen­ters which are filled with the usual com­pli­ment of fruit trees, flow­ers and peren­ni­als but with the en­thu­si­asm also comes the cau­tion­ary warn­ing of “don’t be too hasty, there are still many frosty nights to come”.

Out­door ac­tiv­i­ties over the week­end in­cluded the spring mu­sic fes­ti­val in East Coulee, garage sales, and the an­nual high­way cleanup which is spon­sored by Al­berta Trans­porta­tion. Youth groups and ser­vice clubs all across the province take ad­van­tage of the chance to earn some money for their groups while get­ting rid of the garbage which has ac­cu­mu­lated in the ditches. For the fourth con­sec­u­tive year the Drumheller Navy League cleaned the stretch of High­way 56 which passes through Dalum with a crew of six­teen youth and twelve adults do­ing the work which is so greatly ap­pre­ci­ated. The ma­jor­ity of the money they earn for their work is used to pay for trans­porta­tion costs as­so­ci­ated with bussing their mem­bers to events like sailing and wa­ter safety train­ing at Syl­van Lake.

Vi­vian Greene is an au­thor of in­spi­ra­tional books and one of her most pop­u­lar quotes is “Life isn’t about wait­ing for the storm to pass, it’s about learn­ing to dance in the rain.” That seems to be good ad­vice whether one is deal­ing with large or small prob­lems.

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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