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.
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