Dalum Dis­patch

The Drumheller Mail - - MAIL CRIME - Ger­ald Ras­mussen 403-823-2036

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]

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