Dalum Dis­patch

Ger­ald Ras­mussen 403-823-2036

The Drumheller Mail - - WORKS! -

The re­cent storm which left sev­eral ve­hi­cles snow bound in the ditch es along High­way 56 of­fered a strong mes­sage that win­ter has ar­rived. The foul weather sent the last of the fowl head­ing south and fol­low­ing their lead was the an­nual mi­gra­tion of mo­tor homes with lit­tle cars in tow. The heavy snow fall also en­abled Wheat­land County to lift the fire ban which ha s been in place through­out most of the sum­mer.

Lars Nielsen, along with other lead­ers and par­ents, su­per­vised an event for the First Drumheller Scouts at the Dalum hall last week­end. It was an “in­door/ out­door” cam­pout with some of the chil­dren sleep­ing in tents pitched in­side the hall while a few of the hardi­est par­tic­i­pants spent Sat­ur­day night bun­dled up in thick sleep­ing bags within their tents which, atleast par­tially, re­sisted the chilly tem­per­a­tures out on t he snow cov­ered grounds. With the time change to Moun­tain Stan­dard Time oc­cur­ring that night those campers may not have ap­pre­ci­ated the ex­tra hour in bed.

Judy Nel­son re­ports that she and Bob are home from a bus tour which took them south for al­most three weeks. In­clude d on the itin­er­ary were stop sat Bran­son, Mis­souri, which of­fers many at­trac­tions be­sides the pop­u­lar mu­si­cal shows and a visit to Grace­land in Mem­phis, Ten­nessee, which con­tin­ues to host crowds of Elvis Pres­ley fans forty years af­ter his death.

A re­minder to D alum folks that two events tak­ing place next Sun­day, Novem­ber 12, ar e the Christ­mas fair at the Dalum com­mu­nity hall and the Nor­man and Alic e Chris­tensen an­niver­sary party to be held in Hanna where that cou­ple will cel­e­brate their sixty years of mar­riage. Fam­ily and friends are in­vited to Redeemer Lutheran Church at 1002 – 3 street, at 2:30 p.m., to join them for a pro­gram be­gin­ning at three, with a lunch to fol­low. Nor­man and Alice re­quest “no gifts, please ”, your pres­ence is your gift.

The Se­nior Ti­tans foot­ball sea­son came to an end last Fri­day when the Can more Wolver­ines de­feated them in their league fi­nal by a score of 20 to 7 at the field in Drumheller. In spite of the win­ter storm and poor con­di­tions on the roads the Can­more squad was able to safely make the trip to the val­ley and were re­warded with the op­por­tu­nity to con­tinue in the pro­vin­cial play­offs.

This week the birth­day list in­cludes Carol Urch(n. Chris­tensen ), Al­lan Burskov, and for­mer Dalum boy, Ivan Jor­gensen who is a grad­u­ate of Nick le Springs School. This year Ivan will need a cake large enough to hold 80 can­dles and, in my opin­ion, not only is Ivan too young to be eighty but I am too young to have cousins that are eighty. Best wishes to all.

An event which has been pop­u­lar in the past but which will not take place this year is the Novem­ber 11 Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice at the church at Dalum. For ten years Gun­nar Mortensen was the per­son who brought to­gether the peo­ple and the in­spi­ra­tion nec­es­sary to con­duct the ser­vice but when no one stepped up to take over from him, at least for now, that event has been can­celled. This is an ex­am­ple of how one per­son does make a dif­fer­ence and those who have ben­e­fit­ted from Gun­nar’ s ef­forts in the past should be thank­ful for his con­tri­bu­tion to the re­mem­brance of the many who have served in times of war and at times of peace. There are other Re­mem­brance Day events in our area in­clud­ing the ser­vice which Pas­tor Dan con­duct sin Hus­sar at 10:30 a.m. on Novem­ber 11, cer­e­monies in Drumheller, and the na­tional Re­mem­brance Day ser­vices which are broad­cast on tele­vi­sion. Whether you attend a ser­vice in per­son, view one on tele­vi­sion or sim­ply pause pri­vately to re­flect on the sac­ri­fice made by so many who have stood up against tyranny, please try to re­mem­ber why Novem­ber 11 is called Re­mem­brance Day.

You may con­tinue to call Ger­ald Ras­mussen at 403-823-2036 with your news items or, e-mail to ger­mar70@magtech.ca

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