Dalum Dis­patch

The Drumheller Mail - - SPRING HOME & GARDEN GUIDE - Ger­ald Ras­mussen 403-823-2036

There are two new ba­bies to re­port this week and both are grand­daugh­ters for Jerry and Carol Nor­man. Zoey Grace Nor­man, a daugh­ter for Matt and Star was born at In­n­is­fail on May 9 and on the 19th Everly Lucy Inge Nor­man was born at Drumheller, a daugh­ter for Guy and Amanda. Con­grat­u­la­tions to all, in­clud­ing great­grand­mother Inge­borg Kous­trup.

With some peo­ple still busy in the fields, some nasty weather, and game seven of the Ottawa and Pittsburgh se­ries all fac­tors, the turnout for grass cut­ting at the com­mu­nity cen­tre last Thursday was quite small. There is still plenty of grass to cut at the park and the ball di­a­mond so on this Thursday, June 1, we will hope for bet­ter con­di­tions with more helpers to fin­ish what was missed last week and to cut the new growth which has ap­peared.

The Drumheller Cubs and Scouts are reg­u­lar users of the Dalum com­mu­nity hall fa­cil­i­ties and last week­end that group, un­der the direc­tion of Lars Nielsen, was joined by troops from Dids­bury and Sun­dre for out­door ac­tiv­i­ties. The campers en­joyed avoided the strong winds of a few days ear­lier which surely would have blown their tents away.

Gary Toft re­ports that he and Val are home from a Euro­pean va­ca­tion. On May 1 they flew to Lyon, France, where they joined 17 oth­ers from Cal­gary and Can­more for their tour. For five days they used Lyon as their home base while vis­it­ing his­toric sites in­clud­ing the Cathe­dral of Saint John which was com­pleted in 1480 af­ter three hun­dred years of con­struc­tion. They also vis­ited Lour­des which is near the Pyre­nees Moun­tains and trav­elled to Bordeaux for a win­ery tour which in­cluded wine tast­ing. The group headed north to Nor­mandy where they vis­ited Juno Beach, the site where Cana­dian forces were part of the June 6, 1944, “DDay” in­va­sion, the mas­sive al­lied as­sault on Ger­man forces in France and which was the be­gin­ning of the end of World War II. The group spent five days en­joy­ing Paris and made a side trip to the Palace of Ver­sailles where the lav­ish life style of the French roy­alty was one of the fac­tors lead­ing to the French revo­lu­tion of 1789. They ar­rived home on May 18, tired, af­ter a fan­tas­tic trip.

It is high school grad­u­a­tion sea­son and Carol Vogstad re­ports that grand­daugh­ter Bai­ley re­cently par­tic­i­pated in the Le­duc Com­pos­ite High School cer­e­monies which were held at the North­ern Al­berta Ju­bilee Au­di­to­rium in Edmonton. Bai­ley is the daugh­ter of Carl and Tresa Vogstad and some Dalum folks may re­call that she was Drumheller’s “mil­len­nial” baby, be­ing the first child born at that hos­pi­tal in the year 2000.

The July 1 wed­ding date for Shayla San­dum and Drew Tol­man is fast ap­proach­ing and Karen McMil­lan re­minds me that she and Lynn Petersen are in charge of the com­mu­nity gift list for the young cou­ple.

For those who have been won­der­ing when the me­mo­rial for the late Svend An­der­sen is to be held, I have been in­formed by his daugh­ter, Bar­bara, that a cel­e­bra­tion of life will take place at the Beth­le­hem Lutheran Church at Dalum at 11:00 am on July 8, ninety eight years af­ter his birth which oc­curred on July 8, 1919. Fol­low­ing the ser­vice and in­urn­ment a lun­cheon will be served at the com­mu­nity hall where the fam­ily hopes that friends and neigh­bours will join them to spend some time rem­i­nisc­ing and shar­ing sto­ries of days gone by.

Birth­day greet­ings this week go out to three for­mer Dalum “kids”, Con­nie Gil­roy (n. Mortensen), Judy Walker (n. Ras­mussen), and Gregg Jensen. Best wishes to all with some in­ter­net ad­vice on get­ting older: “stop call­ing the bath­room the “John” and start call­ing it the “Jim” …. you’ll feel so much bet­ter say­ing that you went to the Jim to­day”.

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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