Each season has its own unique beauty and one impressive summer scene is that of a buck deer standing shoulder deep in a canola field with velvet clad antlers and tawny coat contrasting against the sea of yellow blossoms. A less pleasant image is t hat of the heavy smoke whic h b ecame ver y notic eable on S unday e vening when tangible evidence of the forest fires at Banff and Kootenay National parks ble w into our r egion pr oviding a sam ple of wha t those in the interior of British Columbia have been enduring and for which there will be no immediate relief. Work has begun at the Centennial Park where the picnic she lter is being repaired as part of preparations for the celebration of our community centennial, next year. Some structural repairs, paint, and a new metal roof should have it looking like new again.
Summer vacation Bible school is underway in Dalum this week with activities for children four years and older taking place at the church on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings.
It has been a busy time for Olav and Rita Pallesen recently with many guests visiting and, last week, with their move from the farm to their retirement home in Drumheller. The parade of visitors began in June when their 1982 trainee, Soeren Odgaard, and his family included Dalum as part of a C anadian vacation. An inspection of t he old bunkhous e r evealed that t he c alendar f rom 1982 still hung on t he wall, silent testimony that Soeren had b een the last occupant. Later the Pallesens were visited by John Kristensen who was also a p articipant in t he International Agricultural Exchange Program and who had been hosted by Reid and Sheila Jorgensen in 1973. Lifelong friendships resulted from that program and several of t he young D anes who sp ent time in D alum have r eturned to visit their host families in later years. Another link between Denmark and Dalum includes the agricultural tours with which Gunnar Mortensen has been involved in recent years and la st week a family from southern Jutland attended the Sunday church service while on a v acation whic h include d Dalum simply b ecause they had been told of our lit tle community by someone who had b een on one of the tours. Later the family was able to join Olav and Rita at their home for some visiting and to discuss farming on the prairies. It was in 1970 when the house which had been built by Chris and S ophie Mads en burnt dow n and t he present Palle sen home was built. For all these 47 years it has been a welcoming place for family and friends and now, as Olav and Rita settle in to a different house, the scenery may be different but t heir hospitality has not changed. Best wishes on a well-deserved retirement.
Helen Leonhardt, our neighbor from north of the river, reports that the Verdant Valley Ag Society is hosting an event at their community centre on Saturday, July 29, which includes pony driving at noon and a he avy horse competiton beginning at 1:00 pm. Ther e will also be activities for children, music, and a beef on a bun supper. For more information you may call Elson at 403-823-9820.
Birthday greetings this week go to Esther Nielsen, Amy Poulsen, Jenny Doyle whose baby daughter, Ali, was the guest of honour at a baby shower last Sunday, Myrtle Pentlechuk, and to a pair of twins, Ebba Dyck and Flemming Peters; best wishes to all.
A not e f rom t he in ternet t ells u s t hat if you c an smile when things go wrong, you must have someone in mind to blame.
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