Within the discussion concerning climate change there is sometimes confusion over the terms climate and weather. In Alberta we have a climate which offers a variety of weather within our four seasons and that may be demonstrated by the difference between last year when a wet fall held the combines hostage until a dryer November, and this year, when the harvest has almost been completed by the middle of September. Local farmers are pleased with both the quantity and quality of their crops and bin space is once again at a premium with some granaries being emptied when product is hauled to market and then refilled as work continues.
Municipal elections across the province of Alberta are scheduled for Monday, October 16, and nominations for the election of candidates are to be submitted on Monday, September 18. In Wheatland County the local jurisdiction office will be located at the Wheatland County administration building which is seven kilometres east of Stra th more, where candidates may submit their nomination papers between 10:00 a.m. and 12 noon.
The Drum hell er Titans football team hosted Olds last Saturday evening and defeated the visitors by a score of 37 to 0 with an offense which combined a strong ground game and aneffective passing attack. The defense did not allow the opponents to establish much momentum and with the score mounting in favour of the home team several rookies which have been added to the roster since the beginning of the school year were given an opportunity to play for the first time.
Birthday greetings this week goto several friends of the Dalum community including Wendy Rosgen (n. Rasmussen ), Susan Adam(n. Dahl ), Stratton Peak, AnneHudgeon (n. Claus en ), Jacey Rasmussen, and to a new member of the community, Iver Teskey, who will have five candles on his cake.
With international news dominated by hurricanes, earthquakes, terrorism and conflict it seems that there is no room for good news but one item which appeared as a minor story is of great importance to my family and so many others dealing with the present day phenomenon of the peanut allergy. Dr. Adelle Atkinson, a clinic al immunologist at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, recently commented that there are new ways of approaching the problem and cited a recent study out of Melbourne, Australia, that has added to a growing list of promising treatments. The Australian study involved a group of 56 children, half receiving a placebo and the others being treated with a mixture of a pro biotic bacterium and a peanut protein mixed in a starchy powder. The results were encouraging with many patients achieving allergy suppression lasting four years after the 18-month treatments had ceased. For those of us who grew up with peanut butter sandwiches as a staple lunch box item it is hard to understand how serious that even accidental contact with products containing peanuts can be but greater awareness has resulted in improved labelling of product contents in recent years and continuing research such as that from Australia offers hope to those at risk.
Lou Holtz was a successful coach for several American college football teams and in speech to a graduating class he offered the following advice :“There is never a right time to do the wrong thing and never a wrong time to do the right thing”.
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