With August coming to an end and another school year beginning there are unmistakable signs that fall is rapidly approaching. The leaves are losing their verdant lustre with shades of yellow and brown taking over and young birds which have made their rapid transformation from egg to aviator are gathering into flocks in preparation for their inaugural southbound flight. Combines which are busy in the fields leave the fragrance of threshed grain hanging in the air and it appears that the dry weather was not as hard on the crops as had been feared with wheat and barley producing good yields of high quality grain. All manner of garden produce is ready to be picked and preserved including the zucchini which seemed such a frail and delicate plant with its leaves drooping over the edge of a garden centre basket but which has the ability to grow so well and with such productivity that the gardeners generosity is limited only by the challenge of finding enough people to take the stuff.
Another sign that fall is near is the beginning of the Titan’s football season. Dalum boys Ethan Duncalf and Eric Jensen are members of the senior team which played an exhibition game against Pincher Creek last Saturday and the Drumheller team looked good as they defeated the visitors by a score of 32 to 0. Both teams were in need of more players with many of the boys forced to play both of- fence and defence but a few more players usually join the roster when the school year has begun. The program for international students at Drumheller adds to the school population and there are usually a few of those who join the team. The Titans have added more passing plays to their game plan this year and the aerial attack was very effective against the Pincher Creek defense. In a losing cause one of the visiting players made a catch which any professional would be happy to have on his “highlight reel” and, I might add, it was nice to see good sportsmanship displayed by both teams during and after the game.
I attended the Randy Bachman concert with hundreds of other fans of the venerable Canadian musician and it was easy to see that if there had been a seniors discount it would have knocked quite a hole in the gate receipts. Rob Shapiro, keyboard player for “Hey, Romeo”, received a warm welcome from his hometown fans as part of the opening act which was followed by Bachman presenting hit after hit, bringing back decades of memories from as far back as the mid1960s when he and Burton Cummings gained international success with their band “The Guess Who”. Success continued for both Bachman and Cummings as they pursued separate careers and both continue to keep busy after all these years. There were several Dalum folks present on a beautiful Saturday evening at the Passion Play amphitheatre which is so well suited to such a performance and for a couple of hours we “old timers” were young again, believing that age really is just a state of mind.
There has been more activity at the community hall, partly in preparation for the centennial celebration to take place next year. Work on the camp kitchen has now been completed and it is hoped that the park will be used by those who are travelling to the celebration with a trailer or motorhome. It had been decided to purchase enough tables and chairs for the hall so that there are enough in both the basement and on the main floor to eliminate the need to move them up and down according, to demand, and the additional pieces have now been delivered. The extra seating will be of use when the Saturday evening banquet is held at the fire hall.
The birthday list is a bit longer this week with greetings going to current and former Dalum folks including Amanda Peterson (n. Vogstad), David Christensen, Paul Teskey, Hal Turner, Troy Poulsen, Jardi Clark (n. Vogstad), Shawna Joy Van Horne (n. Snyder) and Susan Boe (n. Mortensen). Best wishes to all.
In closing, some humbling words from the internet: “If you think you’re a person of some influence, try ordering someone else’s dog around”.
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