Spring has given way to summer with a balance of moisture and heat which is producing lush fields of hay and grain. Life in all forms repeats its annual cycle with the emergence of insects in perfect timing with the need for songbirds to feed their young while ducklings and goslings rapidly change their apparel from coats of yellow down to the feathers which will give them flight when autumn’s call urges them southward ahead of winter’s storms.
Repair of the picnic tables at the Centennial Park has been completed with new lumber replacing the aging seats and tops on the tables which Mike Ostergard had built a good many years ago. The next piece of work to be done is replacement of some of the deteriorating structural components in the picnic shelter prior to painting and then the installation of a metal roof. Some of that work will be contracted but there will be a need for some volunteer labor.
Gary and Val Toft have more stamps in their passports after returning from a 12 day vacation to Russia where they were among 300 passengers on a “Viking Cruises” tour which took them from Moscow to St. Petersburg in a region of that country which bears many similarities to northern Alberta. Two days were spent touring Moscow where they were able to see the iconic onion domes of the Kremlin and other architectural sites before heading north over lakes and rivers to the Baltic Sea. Founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, St. Petersburg has at times been known as Petrograd and Leningrad. It is the second largest Russian city, after Moscow, with five million residents and is considered to be the cultural capital of the country. While international economic sanctions have had an impact on foreign trade, the tour guides stated that another effect has been a more vibrant domestic economy. While consumer products seemed to be readily available other aspects of the economy such as wages were not openly discussed.
Although they did not need their passports, Perry and Karen McMillan also had a recent vacation when they spent ten days in Nova Scotia. While Karen is an avid bicycle rider when at home, they toured the maritime province in a more relaxed manner.
While some were away others visited Dalum including Sonja Liabida (n. Paarup) and her husband, Marshall, who made a stop at the Pallesen home to see her cousin Olav. Also paying a return visit to Dalum were sisters Joyce and Eileen, who made a few stops in the area when they returned to their childhood home. Known as “Proven Farms” when it was operated by Herluf and Marie Jensen, it is now the home of Joyce’s son, Paul , and his family.
Upcoming events include the memorial service for the late Svend Andersen at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 11:00 am on Saturday, July 8, and the baby shower for Ali Marie Doyle, granddaughter to Barry and Pauline Pallesen, at the home of Karen McMillan on July 16. In regard to the Andersen memorial, Karen McMillan reports that the Country Club will be responsible for the luncheon at the hall and that they are presently making up the task list to prepare and serve. Members of the Country Club and any others who are available may call Karen at 403-820-0498. Thanks to everyone who is willing and able to help.
The birthday list is a bit larger this week as I make up for those missed last week. Greetings to Linda McGrath (n. Boe), Jim Eskeland, Warren Jensen, Lois Rosso (n. Schultz), Becky Dahl, Clara Poulsen, Wylie Jo James who blows out his very first candle, and to Harold Lund who will make this Canada Day very special by sharing his birthday with the wedding day of Granddaughter, Shayla Sandum. Best wishes to all.
Last week I had a visit from Edith Woods (n. Jacobsen) who stopped by to purchase a couple of history books while she and husband, Jim, hosted Danish relatives who are vacationing in Canada and the United States. They had visited the church and were able to see the old Jacobsen farm yard which is just a quarter mile west of the churchyard which was donated to the congregation by her father, Peter. In an earlier phone call Edith had remarked to me that Dalum holds many good memories for her and she so beautifully phrased a sentiment which we can all relate to when she said “Sometimes there are more memories than I can hold in so they fall from the corners of my eyes and run down my cheeks”.
Another thought regarding memories occurs when people say to me “Stop living in the past” and my response is “But the music was so much better then”.