Dalum Dis­patch

Gerald Ras­mussen 403-823-2036

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS -

A bit of mois­ture, some in the form of rain and some fall­ing as snow, has al­lowed Wheat­land County to lift the most re­cent Fire Ad­vi­sory and fire per­mits may once again be is­sued. With a few days of warmer weather in the fore­cast this could change but it will not be long un­til the snow is here to stay.

The brief win­ter storm which blew through the area last Thurs­day night did not keep Dalum folks away from the com­mu­nity hall on Fri­day evening when a crowd of about fifty adults and more than a dozen chil­dren of var­i­ous sizes and ages at­tended the pot luck sup­per and so­cial evening hosted by the Com­mu­nity Hall As­so­ci­a­tion. The buf­fet ta­bles were loaded with a va­ri­ety of sal­ads, en­trees and desserts, demon­strat­ing the imag­i­na­tion and abil­ity of our lo­cal cooks with the prize for the most pop­u­lar dessert go­ing to Joan Reif­f­en­stein for her de­li­cious Tri­fle pud­ding. Some very large pump­kins were on dis­play with Paul Teskey get- ting a prize for the most pump­kins and Gerald Ras­mussen be­ing re­warded for the “or­angest” pump­kin. The reader must keep in mind that by this late date in the fall the pump­kins had seen bet­ter days. Sev­eral peo­ple re­marked that it is nice to see so many young­sters in the com­mu­nity and the kids en­joyed games and the chance to run about in the main hall while the adults vis­ited in the base­ment. Gary Toft asked me if I re­mem­bered do­ing the same when I was young and I cer­tainly do re­call that fun, with one eye kept cau­tiously on the look­out for Agnes Hansen who was “ev­ery­one’s Grandma” and ever ready to keep the chil­dren in line. At the sup­per Myr­tle Hol­men was in­tro­duced to her four­teenth great grand­child and her com­ment upon meet­ing the in­fant was “How nice, she can look after me when I get old”; a very pos­i­tive and fore­word look­ing re­sponse by the 96 year old great- grandma. It was a pleas­ant evening, as was a sim­i­lar event which was held about a year ago, and one which we hope will be­come an an­nual tra­di­tion. Those in­ter­ested in cre­at­ing a “Grinch Tree” at the hall on the evening of Novem­ber 27 are re­minded to con­tact Stephanie Hol­men at 403-8239296.

In some sport­ing news left over from last week, Ja­son Ras­mussen re­ported the Se­nior Ti­tans foot­ball team fin­ished their sea­son with a win­ning spirit, if not a win­ning game, when they trav­elled to Taber two weeks ago. Hard hit by in­juries, the team re­quired a few new­com­ers in or­der to dress enough play­ers for the game but in a de­fen­sive bat­tle they man­aged to lead by a score of 13 to 0 at half time. Ethan Dun­calf and Raiden Ki­pling both played through their pain to put in strong per­for­mances but a stronger se­cond half by the home team, which in­cluded a touch­down with less than a minute re­main­ing, put the Taber boys ahead by 16 to 13 and the Ti­tans did not have enough time to make a come­back. The coaches were pleased with the de­ter­mi­na­tion and ded­i­ca­tion shown by these young ath­letes, not only on the day but through­out the sea­son. Their suc­cess in the face of ad­ver­sity dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son also speaks well of the coach­ing staff and their abil­ity to mo­ti­vate the boys; well done all.

Birth­day greet­ings for midNovem­ber go to one lady, Wendy Marsh, and to sev­eral gen­tle­men in­clud­ing Greg Ja­cob­sen, Gary Toft, Ricky Chris­tensen, Ian Guld­berg, Richard An­der­sen, Stan Schultz, and to Dal­ton Mad­sen who be­gins a new decade; best wishes to all.

As I pre­pared this para­graph for the Dalum Dis­patch which would have ap­peared last week, it was Sun­day evening, Novem­ber 11, 2018, and I had spent some time re­flect­ing on the events of the day. It was one hun­dred years since the sign­ing of the armistice which ended “The “Great War” which was thought to be the war to end all wars but which we now know “chrono­log­i­cally” as World War I. Only two decades passed be­fore World War II threw the planet into tur­moil again and, sadly, there has rarely been a day since then when a war or re­bel­lion of some kind has not been rag­ing some­where.

On this Re­mem­brance Day I watched some foot­ball on tele­vi­sion and was pleased to see that dur­ing the CFL Eastern Semi-Fi­nal game the play was stopped and a pe­riod of si­lence ob­served when it was 11:00 a.m. in Bri­tish Columbia, the fi­nal time zone in our land, so that ev­ery­one watch­ing the game from coast to coast would have a chance to ob­serve a mo­ment of re­mem­brance at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day in this eleventh month of the year. But what are peo­ple re­mem­ber­ing dur­ing these brief mo­ments of re­flec­tion? Those who do not have a per­sonal con­nec­tion to peo­ple or events in­volved, and es­pe­cially the grow­ing num­ber of us for whom the two great wars seem like an­cient his­tory, may be at a loss to gen­er­ate any­thing more than the gen­eral sense of grat­i­tude to the mil­i­tary as a whole. There is cer­tainly noth­ing wrong with that and our thanks to those who of­fer them­selves in de­fense of land and lib­erty should not be re­served for just one day each year. On Re­mem­brance Day, how­ever, we should try to imag­ine the per­sonal sac­ri­fice of those who were struck down, some re­al­iz­ing they had lived their last day, oth­ers who never knew what hit them and, too, we should re­mem­ber the heartache felt by the fam­i­lies whose loved ones never re­turned. By now the poppies will have fallen from our lapels and other things will be at front of mind but at least for a few days each Novem­ber we are re­minded that free­dom is not free and the price is of­ten paid in blood.

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

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