February is behind us and we are now in the month which makes the transition from winter to spring with the vernal equinox occurring on March 20. Eager gardeners will be starting pots indoors with plants like peppers and tomatoes which need a big head start and I am sure that the commercial greenhouses are working hard to get ready for the planting season. More birds returning early include a few Canada geese which have made an appearance on the Red Deer River and I am told that a pair of Rough Legged hawks were seen in the Delia area. A sure sign of the new season is Major League Baseball spring training and the Toronto Blue Jays played their first games last week, losing three in a row. There are two spring leagues, the Cactus league in Arizona and the Grapefruit league in Florida where the Blue Jays have occupied the same ball park in Dunedin since 1977, making them the only team never to have changed their spring training location. The town of Dunedin is near Tampa on the gulf side of Florida and it claims to have the best beaches in America, perhaps that is why the Blue Jays have stayed so long.
Pastor Dan and Paula Hendrickson are home from Orlando which is about a two hour drive from Dunedin but they were not in the area to watch baseball. Pastor Dan attended a conference while Paula enjoyed a late winter vacation.
Stella Jackson is recovering at home after returning from hospital in Drumheller where she recently had a hip repaired and Deb Rasmussen found herself in the Rocky View hospital in Calgary last Saturday when she had a fall which resulted in emergency surgery. Stella enjoyed the convenience of having her fall in her home while Deb went to the trouble of going to a cross country ski trail west of Bragg Creek to injure her hip. Both are doing well.
Rita Pallesen reports that the lost and found bin at the church contains a little girl’s jacket. It is white with a pink lining and the label shows that it should fit a child of 18 months.
Many supporters of the Dalum Community Hall Association who attend the Annual General Meeting on March 22 will purchase their twenty five dollar membership at that time. Those who do not attend but who wish to become members are reminded that in order to qualify for reduced facility rental rates, memberships must be purchased within one month of the Annual General meeting.
Dalum was visited by Danish tourists last Friday when Joern and Lene Bonde shared lunch and conversation at the Rasmussen home before seeing the church and then going on a short tour of the area. The couple were in Canada to visit their daughter, Eva, who has been attending Red Deer College on a basketball scholarship for the past two years and where she is also studying kinesiology. Mr. Bonde had prepared for the vacation by researching Danish immigration to Canada and was curious about the community of Dalum which is the last of the Danish “colonies” to have been established in this country. Gunnar Mortensen as well as Olav and Rita Pallesen assisted me in hosting the Danish couple and their presence added to the very enjoyable afternoon. All the while Mr. Bonde was busily taking notes and photographs for a presentation he will prepare upon his return to Denmark. While in Alberta the Bonde’s had also visited Jasper, Edmonton, Dickson and, of course, Red Deer.
Birthday greetings this week go out to Lionel Duncalf and Don Ostergard, best wishes to all.
Internet wisdom this week advises: “Live your life in such a way that you are as good a person as your dog thinks you are”.
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