Gerald Rasmussen 403-823-2036
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.
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