Dalum Dis­patch

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

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.

You may con­tinue to c all G er­ald R as­mussen a t 403-823-2036 with your news items or, e-mail to ger­mar70@magtech.ca.

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