Dalum Dis­patch

The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN - Ger­ald Ras­mussen 403-823-2036

Af­ter be­ing away for two weeks I am happy to be home and ready to con­tinue shar­ing the news from Dalum. With­out go­ing into great de­tail I will say that my va­ca­tion was a new ex­pe­ri­ence and, for some­one who has never been a trav­eller, my trip to Croa­tia, Slove­nia, Mon­tene­gro and Bos­nia – Herze­gov­ina was a real ad­ven­ture. I was a mem­ber of a group of 44 trav­ellers from New Zealand, Aus­tralia, the United States and Canada who were treated to tours of cities which fea­tured cen­tury’s old ar­chi­tec­ture, a spec­tac­u­lar Na­tional Park in Croa­tia, awe in­spir­ing caves in Slove­nia, a well pre­served Ro­man am­phithe­ater at Pula, and sev­eral stops along the beau­ti­ful Adri­atic coast­line. The food was fan­tas­tic, the tour guide was knowl­edge­able and charm­ing but the pace was hec­tic so, af­ter two weeks of “re­lax­ation”, I am now ready for a rest.

While the weather in Croa­tia was warm and dry, the same can­not be said for Al­berta where har­vest op­er­a­tions came to a stop when rain and cool tem­per­a­tures in­vaded much of the prov­ince. With the four­teen day fore­cast for the Drumheller area look­ing less than op­ti­mistic it may be a while be­fore more bins are filled.

I am happy to re­port that the Burskov fam­ily cel­e­brated a joy­ous event on Septem­ber 15 when Sarah, the daugh­ter of Allen and Donna Burskov, ex­changed wed­ding vows with Luke Bar­ton, for­merly of Dorch­ester, Eng­land. The cer­e­mony took place at the Beth­le­hem Lutheran Church at Dalum where it was of­fi­ci­ated by Pas­tor Dan Hen­drick­son. In at­ten­dance were Luke’s mother, Jane, his sis­ter, Heidi, his best man, Nick, and nine other friends who made the trip from Eng­land to wit­ness the mar­riage. Com­ing all the way from New Zealand was Sarah’s friend Ali­cia (n. Ny­gaard) and her hus­band, Mike. The Burskovs were well rep­re­sented by fam­ily and friends who en­joyed the din­ner and dance re­cep­tion which was held at the Dalum com­mu­nity hall. Allen re­ports that the vis­i­tors from Eng­land were a fine group of peo­ple who he got to know quite well as he made nu­mer­ous trips shut­tling them from and to the Cal­gary air­port. Con­grat­u­la­tions to Sarah and Luke who will depart for their hon­ey­moon in Eng­land, next month.

The early frost brought an end to the lo­cal grow­ing sea­son and among the vic­tims of the un­wanted snow­fall are pump­kins des­tined to be part of the au­tumn event be­ing planned by the Dalum Com­mu­nity Hall As­so­ci­a­tion. While there were sev­eral of the gourds de­vel­op­ing in the Ras­mussen gar­den only a few had turned from green to orange so, at the pump­kin party to be held later this fall, it may be nec­es­sary to in­clude pump­kin paint­ing as well as pump­kin carv­ing in the ac­tiv­i­ties.

There are still a few things to re­port as a re­sult of the Dalum cen­ten­nial event in­clud­ing a com­ment by Connie Hal­li­well who had been rem­i­nisc­ing with old friends about their fa­vorite recipes, among them Bertha Petersen’s Hot Fudge Sauce. To see that recipe and other items shared by Face­book fol­low­ers, you may find them at the Dalum Re­union 100 site. The Face­book page may also be used to share pho­tos which you may want to be in­cluded in the cen­ten­nial mem­ory book.

Birth­day greet­ings this week go out to three ladies for­merly of Dalum; Sharon Halver­son (n. Toft), Lois Chris­tiansen, and Nora An­der­sen who cel­e­brates her 96th. Neil Clark, also well known to Dalum folks, is mark­ing an­other year along with two more friends of Dalum, Jack Turner and Nor­man Paarup; best wishes to all.

Each week a man at In­dian Hills, Colorado, puts a new mes­sage on the com­mu­nity cen­ter road­side sign and he does it with his own brand of clever hu­mor, here is an ex­am­ple: “Our moun­tains aren’t just funny, they’re hill ar­eas”.

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

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