Dalum Dis­patch

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

Dalum girl, Kendall Sun­t­jens, the youngest child of Rick and the late Bev­erly Sun­t­jens, and Dave Scott, son of Bob and the late Linda Scott were mar­ried last week at Dinosaur Downs at an out­door set­ting which over­looked the Drumheller val­ley. The crowd of guests grew as the re­cep­tion pro­ceeded from din­ner to dance in the build­ing which many of us know as the Stam­pede Barn and where the guests in­cluded in-laws of the groom’s twin brother, Tony, who vis­ited from Ja­pan. Con­grat­u­la­tions to the new­ly­weds!

There is just over a week to wait un­til the Dalum Cen­ten­nial Cel­e­bra­tion gets un­der­way on Fri­day, Au­gust 3, with an in­for­mal so­cial evening of cof­fee and vis­it­ing at the com­mu­nity hall. For those in­ter­ested in sit­ting around a fire, there will be a bon­fire with wiener roast be­hind the hall and guests are re­minded to bring lawn chairs which will be use­ful through­out the week­end. Lo­cal ladies and guests are wel­come to bring cook­ies or squares to be served at the “non-stop cof­fee break”, and in the old fash­ioned cus­tom of get­ting things done, any­one or every­one may be asked to help with last minute tasks at the event. The Satur­day af­ter­noon ball game is sched­uled to be­gin at 2:00 p.m. and will fea­ture the tra­di­tional east ver­sus west competitio­n but at this time there seems to be a dis­par­ity in the num­bers so a tem­po­rary ease­ment of the bound­aries will be per­mit­ted in form­ing the teams. Ali­son Oster­gard, Ja­son Ras­mussen and the Poulsen broth­ers, Troy and Dayl are co­or­di­nat­ing the ac­tiv­i­ties and, be­sides need­ing to hear from those in­ter­ested in play­ing, there is still an open­ing for the po­si­tion of um­pire. On the sub­ject of sports, Su­san Brown (n. Jensen) will be cre­at­ing a dis­play fea­tur­ing ball teams and other sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties which have been part of the Dalum his­tory so pho­to­graphs and other ar­ti­facts are needed to tell that story.

Con­nie Hal­li­well (n. Palle­sen) re­ports that she is cre­at­ing a dis­play which will fea­ture doc­u­ments and pho­to­graphs of bap­tisms, con­fir­ma­tions, wed­dings, and fu­ner­als which have been part of the Beth­le­hem Lutheran Church his­tory and would be happy to have Dalum folks con­trib­ute to the col­lec­tion. Hard copies may be brought to the cel­e­bra­tion while dig­i­tal im­ages may be sent by email to ger­[email protected] magtch.ca or to con­niehal­li­[email protected]

Fi­nal prepa­ra­tions for the Dalum Cen­ten­nial Cel­e­bra­tion in­clude a call for vol­un­teers to come out on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 1, to cut and trim the grass at the church, fire hall, com­mu­nity hall, and park. We are ex­pect­ing a large crowd of former Dalum folks and other friends of Dalum and the or­ga­niz­ers would like to have our com­mu­nity cen­ter look­ing its best for the guests.

I had a visit from Greg Ja­cob­sen last week when he brought me some­thing to be dis­played at the Dalum Cen­ten­nial Cel­e­bra­tion and he told me of the re­cent mo­tor­cy­cle tour which he and Ross Ny­gaard have just com­pleted. The two former Dalum boys left Drumheller on June 18 and by the time they re­turned on July 7 they had been to ev­ery Cana­dian province ex­cept for New­found­land. In lis­ten­ing to Greg tell of the ad­ven­ture it was ob­vi­ous that their visit to the Mar­itime Provinces was the high­light for him as he de­scribed trav­el­ling the Cabot Trail, cross­ing the Con­fed­er­a­tion Bridge and en­joy­ing a lob­ster din­ner in Char­lot­te­town where the McNeal branch of his fam­ily had set­tled. I was cu­ri­ous as to the fuel con­sump­tion of their bikes and Greg in­formed me that over the 10,800 kilome­ter jour­ney they av­er­aged about forty miles per gal­lon but that fig­ure rose dra­mat­i­cally when they were trav­el­ling closer to sea level. The weather treated them well with only one rainy day to slow them down be­fore re­turn­ing home.

Birth­day greet­ings this week go to Carol Vogstad and her daugh­ter-in-law, Tresa; to Jamie Paarup; to Lanny Hol­men and his sis­ter, Rhonda Espe­gren; to Ebba Dyck and her twin brother Flem­ming Peters, and to Myr­tle Chris­tensen. Best wishes to all and for those who be­lieve that we are only as old as we feel, re­mem­ber, we never re­ally grow up -- we only learn how to act in pub­lic.

You may con­tinue to call Ger­ald Ras­mussen with your news items at 403-823-2036 or e-mail to ger­[email protected]

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