Harvest continues with more hope for a successful completion than was felt during the soggy September and with fair weather predicted, at least until the coming weekend, it is expected most of the Dalum crops will be in the bins by then. The warm dry weather has resulted in the implementation of another fire advisory in Wheatland County and, until further notice, no fire permits will be issued.
The pumpkin party which was to be held on November 3 has been postponed but with the end of harvest in sight the committee will resume planning and set a date for the pot luck supper and social evening which will be sponsored by the Dalum Community Hall Association. Watch this news column for more details in the coming weeks.
A further reminder from Church Council that the mailing address of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church is P.O. Box 44, Drumheller, Alberta, T0J 0Y0. All correspondence, including memorial donations may be sent to that address.
Becky Dahl, Connie Halliwell and Shari Turner gathered at my home for a brief meeting on Sunday morning to begin the process of creating a booklet commemorating the Dalum Centennial Celebration which was so well attended last August. Already a considerable number of photographs of the event have been collected but if anyone has pictures which they would like to share they may be sent by email to dalum100photos@ gmail.com. It has been suggested the booklet be prepared as a “Word” document and shared electronically so those interested in having a copy may print it themselves or simply keep it as a digital file. There may also be a compact disc with video clips available upon request.
The passing of Lorraine Jorgensen was noted in last week’s paper and condolences are extended to Arnold and all the members of their blended family. Lorraine was well known in the Delia area and Arnold in the Dalum district before they became a couple in Drumheller where they shared thirty happy years together.
The passing of another well-known and well liked person who touched many in her nearly fifty years in the healthcare field is that of Maxine Watkin. A memorial for Maxine was held at the Badlands Community Facility in Drumheller last Saturday where a crowd of family and friends paid tribute to this dedicated, caring and humble person who has been a fixture in the Recreation Therapy Department in Drumheller for nearly forty years. Throughout the many changes in organizational structure and service delivery, Maxine has been a constant and steadying force in that department and the countless families who have entrusted the care and wellbeing of their loved ones to others, in the waning years of their lives, have benefitted from the love and dedication which she brought with her to her job every day.
Another lady who left her mark in the field of Public Health was honoured with a farewell party by a group of former colleagues last Sunday evening. Beth MacDonell has been retired for a number of years and will soon move from Drumheller to Leduc but throughout her years of service, based in what can now be called the “Old Health Unit Building”, she was well known both professionally and personally by many in the Drumheller area, including many friends at Dalum. Included at the Sunday evening party were Joan Snyder, Joan Reiffenstein, Lynn Petersen and Gerald Rasmussen who all had a connection to Beth by way of that building and the wonderful people who served there in the past.
The Drumheller Titans football club was soundly defeated by the Taber Rebels last Saturday. The final score was 20 to 0 in favor of the Rebels but, on the bright side, the contest was an exhibition “cross-over” match with the Taber team representing the Southern conference and the Drumheller boys representing the Big Sky conference in a game which had no effect on playoff rankings. The Titans next game will be in Drumheller on November 3 when they will host Canmore for their league championship.
Birthday greetings this week go to twin sisters Joan Snyder and Joy McKee, to Kyle Poulsen, Spencer Holmen, Jessie Axelsen, and to my daughter, Jill, and granddaughter Hallee; best wishes to all.
And, on the topic of aging, I will close with some advice from an anonymous source: “Life is short, smile while you still have teeth”.
You may call Gerald Rasmussen with your news items at 403-823-2036 or email to germar70@magtech. ca.