Warmer days this week may be the signal of a new trend in the weather but with winter dragging on I have heard of some local farmers taking an extra southern vacation while waiting for spring field work to begin. In the course of her work, Deb Rasmussen makes several trips to Mongolia each year where the weather is generally cooler than what we experience in Alberta with winter lasting at least until late April but this year it is warmer on that side of the globe and she, too, was happy to leave Alberta this week, hoping that the snow is gone when she returns. For those who want quick but temporary relief from winter’s grip, a stroll through the tropical garden at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller is quite soothing.
The annual spring cleaning at the church was completed with the help of those who gathered on Saturday morning while others who could not attend at that time had done some of the work earlier and, with a roster of volunteers performing regular cleaning the building is always well kept and presentable. One of the tasks on Saturday was to arrange tables and chairs for the luncheon which will follow the April 15 church service when the centennial of the congregation will be commemorated.
There will be an 85th birthday Celebration for Edmund Vogstad on Saturday, April 28 at the Dalum Hall! The event starts at 3:00 p.m. Dinner will be at 4:30 p.m. and the Band will be playing at 5:00 p.m. All Friends and family are welcome to attend.
The Dalum Centennial committee has another meeting scheduled for April 18 and the members would like to hear from more people interested in helping with the event. There are many jobs to be done including the many “lift and carry” tasks and the preparation of displays which will showcase the history of our community. Ann Jensen recently offered a collection of Rural Electrification Association documents and other such artefacts would be appreciated.
Paula Vogstad invites local ladies to join her and Karen MacMillan at the Vogstad home on Thursday evening when they will begin planning the upcoming bridal shower for Amanda Bramley.
In a progress report from Paula Hendrickson I have learned that Spencer Jensen has joined her in preparing a Dalum entry for the Canada Day parade in Drumheller. More helpers will be needed as July 1 approaches but, in the near term, Spencer has agreed to build a model of the fire hall. A display of the Dalum corner as it is today is a bit different from when a similar float was created years ago. Those interested in helping with this project may contact Paula.
Get well wishes go to Wallace Holmen who has had a quick recovery after an unexpected medical emergency a few weeks ago, and to Olav Pallesen who also spent a few days in hospital. Both are home again and doing well.
Those who remember my father, Hertel Rasmussen, will know that he never let facts interfere with the telling of a story and it seems that I have followed his lead in that regard. My neighbor and fact checker, Eleanor Jensen, did some research and it seems that the population in the town of Wayne probably never exceeded three thousand, not the five thousand as I had stated last week, with one historical account setting it at 2,700 in the years prior to the 1930’s when the great depression marked the beginning of its decline.
Birthday greetings this week go out to Ward Christensen, Darcy Jensen, Val Toft, April Rasmussen, Bob Nelson, and Derek MacMillan, best wishes to all.
Reports concerning the tragic bus crash involving the Humboldt Broncos hockey team have dominated the news this week but the spotlight will soon shift to other stories while the families and communities directly affected will continue to deal with their losses. The national outpouring of compassion and support for the town of Humboldt and the hockey team has been sincere and valued but we should keep in mind that it is individual families which will face the long and painful process of grieving their losses. Each, in their own way, they will deal with the phases of grief, the birthdays and the “deathday” and all the special occasions where that special someone is missing. So, it is good to remember that we all have friends and neighbours who find themselves living with loss and that a kind word and a gentle hand on a shoulder is never wasted.
You may continue to call Gerald Rasmussen with your news items at 403823-2036 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.