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”.
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