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”.
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