Last week the Dalum Centennial Planning Committee held a meeting to review the event and finalize any business items including the payment of all outstanding bills. Those who may have incurred expenses for which they should be reimbursed are asked to contact Carol Ostergard before September 15 so that she may produce a financial summary for the committee. A few unclaimed items remain, including a pair of ladies eyeglasses in “tortoise shell” frames, a few display items and several magnifying glasses which were very helpful to those viewing the many photographs on display. Although not a project to be undertaken by the committee, there has been interest expressed by some to create a scrap book of images from the celebration and those who would like to share their photographs may send digital images to ger[email protected] One of the most important topics of discussion at the meeting was that of acknowledging all those who helped to make the celebration a success. Personal financial donations, corporate sponsorship, support from the County of Wheatland and the efforts of the many volunteers are greatly appreciated.
Yellow leaves falling and flower beds drooping are early indications of the changing season and while local farmers have just started to get their combines in the fields the dry weather which brought us to harvest time is now being replaced with some cool damp conditions. Until there is a dramatic change in the weather, the fire advisory which is in place in Wheatland County will remain in force.
As summer draws to a close a new season of recreational activities begins, including the seniors bowling league which I have been looking forward to, with registration day at Sandstone Lanes on September fourth, between three and five o’clock p.m. At the Drumheller Valley Secondary School the football field is being put to use once again as the Titans program starts the fall season. Last Saturday the Senior Titans hosted the Pincher Creek Mustangs and came away with 42 to 0 win in a pre-season game. When the school year begins next week it is hoped that more players will join local boy, Ethan Duncalf, to register and become Titans. The team could dress only 15 players on Saturday and the Pincher Creek roster also came up short with only 15 of their own. While many of the boys had to put in extra duty by playing both offensive and defensive positions both teams were able to finish the game without any serious injuries.
I had the pleasure of joining a sold out crowd at the Badlands Amphitheatre last Saturday where Corb Lund and Tim Hus performed their own music as well as several selections made popular by Ian Tyson who was forced to cancel his appearance due to illness. While all three had previously performed with one and other, it was to be the first time they would have all appeared together at one time and it is hoped such a show can be arranged when Ian Tyson is able to perform again. With his 85th birthday only a month away, he has had a career spanning six decades and while Lund and Hus put on a great show, it would have been nice to see and hear the iconic Albertan share his stories in music and song.
This week birthday greetings go out to three former Dalum “kids”, David Christensen, Hal Turner and Amanda Peterson (n. Vogstad) and to newer member of the community, Paul Teskey. Best wishes to all.
Get well greetings go out to Gary Jacobsen who had a recent trip to the Red Deer hospital and to Judy Nelson who remains in hospital at Drumheller as she recovers from her recent surgery and the associated problems which have forced her to slow down her busy life.
With another school year about to begin I will conclude with an observation by Edgar W. Howe, a noted American journalist of the early part of the twentieth century, whose opinion may hold true today when he stated “If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylums would be filled with mothers.”
You may continue to call Gerald Rasmussen with your news items at 403-823-2036 or e-mail to ger[email protected]