Dalum Dis­patch

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

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 ger­mar70@magtech.ca.

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