Dalum Dis­patch

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Ger­ald Ras­mussen 403-823-2036

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.

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