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.