Dalum Dis­patch

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

It is just a small re­port this week as your writer had gone to Leth­bridge when he should have been gath­er­ing the news but I can re­port that the thun­der­storm which blew through the area on Thurs­day even­ing brought with it some most wel­comed rain. My rain gauge showed an inch and a half and I won­der how much more blew across the top in the first twenty min­utes when the pre­cip­i­ta­tion ar­rived hor­i­zon­tally rather than ver­ti­cally.

With help from Don Petersen the grass at the park got cut last week so every­thing is now look­ing good at Dalum cor­ner. The next com­mu­nity work bee will be in the week pre­ced­ing July 1, prob­a­bly June 26 or 27, depend­ing on weather con­di­tions. A firm date is to be set nearer that time and, of course, any in­di­vid­u­als who feel the need to trim any prob­lem ar­eas are wel­comed to do so at their con­ve­nience.

A few days af­ter a black bear was sighted in the Orkney district there was an­other sight­ing at Dalum, per­haps of the same bear. Della Poulsen was babysit­ting lit­tle Roslyn at the home of Troy and Amy Poulsen and was just about to step out­side when she spot­ted the bruin wan­der­ing about in the yard. With chick­ens and rab­bits in the barn there was plenty of mis­chief the bear could have got­ten into but it seemed con­tent to sniff the blos­soms in the yard be­fore head­ing off to­ward a coulee. While Della paced ner­vously in­doors the dog slept, undisturbed, on the step. It was sev­eral years ago when an­other black bear made an ap­pear­ance in Dalum; that furry va­grant vis­ited the Kaj and Doreen Guld­berg home where it came right up onto the deck and looked in through the pa­tio doors.

Birth­day greetings this week go to Wal­lace Hol­men and best wishes for a happy an­niver­sary go to Joan and Lau­rie Reif­f­en­stein.

One of my ob­jec­tives in writ­ing the Dalum Dis­patch is to pre­serve a link be­tween those of us who re­main in Dalum and the many folks who have moved on but who keep in touch through this col­umn. The weekly birth­day list usu­ally con­tains more names of for­mer, rather than cur­rent, res­i­dents but no mat­ter where life’s paths may lead I hope to keep the names of fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als fresh in our minds. The cross road has more ve­hi­cle traf­fic th­ese days but the cars and trucks do not stop as of­ten as they did when the school and Dalum Cor­ner Ser­vice were des­ti­na­tions so when I get the oc­ca­sional and very wel­comed phone call from Nora An­der­sen it brings back mem­o­ries of John and Ben and the many neigh­bours who con­vened at that garage in the days of my youth. As time passed the ser­vice sta­tion be­came the do­main of Wayne Evans with Folmer, Gun­nar, and oth­ers in sup­port­ing roles and, fi­nally, Don Petersen be­came the pro­pri­etor with Sid An­der­son serv­ing as the able me­chanic. My mem­o­ries were stirred again, last week, when I had a chat with Don and Lynne’s son, Chris Petersen, who tells me that his em­ploy­ment has now taken him to Stet­tler where he works at As­pen Ford and that he would be happy to have his “south­ern” neigh­bours visit him there.

You may con­tinue to call Ger­ald Ras­mussen at 403-823-2036 with your news items or, e-mail to ger­mar70@magtech.ca.

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