Dalum Dis­patch

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

In de­fi­ance of the cal­en­dar, win­ter has re­turned and the early signs of spring which in­cluded the re­turn of the robins, the tem­po­rary ap­pear­ance of some wa­ter pud­dles and the sight­ing of a few mo­tor­cy­cles served only to tempt us with the idea that warmer weather was here. Easter oc­curred a bit ear­lier than usual this year and while we love the cards and songs which cel­e­brate a white Christ­mas, it seems that we are not as en­thu­si­as­tic about a white Easter. Mean­while, the spring mi­gra­tion con­tin­ues and north­bound traf­fic on High­way 56 now in­cludes mo­torhomes with lit­tle cars in tow as Al­berta snow­birds re­turn for the sum­mer, among those from the Dalum area are Rick and Edith Sun­t­jens who re­cently re­turned from their win­ter res­i­dence at Desert Hot Springs, Cal­i­for­nia.

The an­nual spring clean­ing of the church at Dalum is sched­uled for Satur­day, April 7, and vol­un­teers are re­minded that work be­gins at 9:00 a.m. Parish­ioners of both Hus­sar and Dalum are in­vited to at­tend a joint parish ser­vice at Dalum on April 15 when the 100th an­niver­sary of the Beth­le­hem Lutheran con­gre­ga­tion will be cel­e­brated with the ser­vice be­gin­ning at 11:00 a.m. A beef on a bun lun­cheon will fol­low with guests in­vited to bring pot luck sal­ads and desserts to round out the meal.

Colin Jensen, Pres­i­dent of the Dalum Fire Pro­tec­tion As­so­ci­a­tion, re­minds us the as­so­ci­a­tion will hold its An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing at the fire hall on Mon­day, April 9, be­gin­ning at 7:00 p.m. The fire crew and all oth­ers in­ter­ested in the ad­min­is­tra­tion of this valu­able or­ga­ni­za­tion in our com­mu­nity are en­cour­aged to at­tend.

An­other re­minder comes from Karen MacMil­lan who in­vites com­mu­nity ladies to join her and Paula Vogstad at Paula’s house on Thurs­day, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. to be­gin plan­ning a bridal shower for Amanda Bram­ley, the bride­elect of Guy Nor­man. The shower is sched­uledto take place on May 27.

The Town of Wayne was the near­est and most im­por­tant trad­ing cen­ter avail­able to Dalum pi­o­neers in the days when two of the roads lead­ing into the Red Deer River val­ley from the south en­tered by way of that busy min­ing com­mu­nity. A trip to Drumheller was a big­ger event which of­ten meant board­ing a pas­sen­ger train in the morn­ing with the re­turn to Wayne that evening. In its hey-day as a coal min­ing town Wayne was home to over 5000 peo­ple while, now, it is a quaint vil­lage with nearer to only 50 res­i­dents. Many tourists who travel the road of eleven bridges stop at the Last Chance Saloon while oth­ers en­joy a rest at the Com­mu­nity Park and play­ground and I am told by for­mer Dalum res­i­dent, Bon­nie Polych, that she and other mem­bers of the Wayne com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion are presently sell­ing raf­fle tick­ets for a $1000.00 prize in sup­port of im­prove­ments to the play­ground with the draw to be made on July 1.

Birth­day greet­ings this week go to Perry MacMil­lan, Colton Clark, Myr­tle Hol­men and for­mer Dalum girl, Kim Yablonkski (n. Toft)), best wishes to all.

The end of April is the dead­line for most of us to file our in­come tax and we should have re­ceived all the re­quired T forms by now. With that in mind I am re­minded of one def­i­ni­tion of the dif­fer­ence be­tween tax­a­tion and taxi­dermy which states that “at least the taxi­der­mist leaves the skin”.

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

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