Dalum Dis­patch

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

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”.

You may con­tinue to call Ger­ald Ras­mussen with your news items or, e-mail to ger­[email protected]

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