The Holmen family hosted a party in honour of Myrtle’s 95th birthday at the Jurassic Inn in Drumheller last Sunday where the banquet room was filled with conversation between Dalum neighbours, former Dalum neighbors and several friends and relatives from Calgary who joined the celebration. Lanny and Bev were able to attend, having just arrived home from their winter in the Dominican Republic, and Lanny reports they recently experienced a storm there which dropped 14 inches of rain in a matter of a few hours resulting in partial flooding of their condominium complex but, happily, their unit remained dry. Other Dalum folks on the birthday list this week include Darcy Jensen who just marked fifty years, Bob Nelson, Jess Nielsen and Paula Hendrickson. Happy Birthday to all.
Gary Toft reports that he and Val are home from their winter vacation and one of the first tasks waiting for him is to arrange for volunteers who are willing to help at a casino. The event is in support of Big Country Victim Services and is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, July 22 and 23; those interested may contact him at 403-823-9298. In a discussion about the 2018 reunion Gary offered support to the Dalum centennial project in the form of some historical documents which may be displayed and the offer of space for R.V. parking on his property just west of the church. Another note regarding the Dalum centennial event in 2018 concerns the placement of com- memorative plaques which are available from various levels of governments and where they might be located. It has been suggested a monument similar to the one at the community park which was created on the occasion of the Canadian centennial in 1967 be placed on the church grounds, perhaps at the entrance to the cemetery, and to that end the search has begun for a suitable field stone upon which a plaque could be mounted. There must be a few boulders lying in rock piles or along old fence lines in our community and the offer of a suitable stone would be appreciated.
Laurie Reiffenstein and Gary Jacobsen are both home and feeling better after minor medical procedures at Red Deer hospital while former Dalum boys Howard Rasmussen, now of Lethbridge, and Ivan Jorgensen who has been a resident of Prince George for many years, will both be getting new hips this week. Best wishes to all.
April 9 was the centennial of the Battle of Vimy Ridge which is seen as a significant moment in Canadian history and was marked with remembrance ceremonies at home and in France. Many school groups are visiting the monument and surrounding area over the Easter break and included among them are students from Delia; I look forward to a report from Xander Kipling who is in the grade twelve class at that school.
Mark Twain is most often remembered for his humour and tall tales but from his serious side comes the following: