Dalum Dis­patch

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

I will be­gin the news this week by an­nounc­ing the pass­ing of Stan­ley Fong, the younger of the two sons in the fam­ily of Jimmy and Tuey Fong who were well known to the com­mu­nity of Dalum when they op­er­ated the “Western Café” in Wayne and from the years that Jimmy farmed the Two Bar Ranch, be­gin­ning in the late 1930’s. At that time the ranch had been re­duced from a large free range cat­tle op­er­a­tion to a farm of about 700 cul­ti­vated acres and 600 acres of pas­ture where the Fongs raised horses, cat­tle, sheep and hogs. In the mid-1940’s Jimmy ended his farm­ing ca­reer and the fam­ily con­tin­ued to op­er­ate the cafe in Wayne where the el­der brother, Ed­die, re­mained un­til his death in 2002 while Stan­ley set­tled in Cal­gary. Stan Fong passed away on Novem­ber 15 at the age of 93 years and is sur­vived by his five chil­dren and a large ex­tended fam­ily. Fol­low­ing a fu­neral ser­vice at St. David’s United Church in Cal­gary on Novem­ber 29, Mr. Fong will be in­terred at the Drumheller Mu­nic­i­pal Ceme­tery on Fri­day, Novem­ber 30.

On a hap­pier note I am pleased to in­form you that one for­mer and two cur­rent Dalum ladies are all on the mend af­ter deal­ing with re­cent med­i­cal is­sues. Edith Woods, (n. Ja­cob­sen) who grew up just west of the church and now lives in Cal­gary re­ports that she re­cently un­der­went spinal surgery and is wait­ing to be dis­charged from hos­pi­tal to a respite bed in a se­niors res­i­dence where she hopes to be pam­pered un­til re­turn­ing home. She states that “get­ting old ain’t for sissies” but it beats the al­ter­na­tive and is look­ing for­ward to a full re­cov­ery. Judy Nel­son also had spinal surgery last week and fi­nally, af­ter 6 months of hos­pi­tal­iza­tion and a pre­vi­ous surgery, is back on her feet. Fol­low­ing the Cal­gary surgery Judy will con­tinue her phys­io­ther­apy in Drumheller and hopes to be home by Christ­mas. Get well wishes also go to Polly Lund who gave her fam­ily quite a scare when she was sent to Red Deer for emer­gency surgery but, thank­fully, all went well and she has since re­turned home. Get well wishes go to all these ladies who are so im­por­tant to their fam­ily and many friends.

Here it is the end of Novem­ber which is also re­ferred to a “Movem­ber” in ref­er­ence to the men’s health fundrais­ing ini­tia­tive which in­volves pledg­ing dona­tions to those who grow a mous­tache dur­ing the month. Jeff Ras­mussen has taken the chal­lenge and re­minds me that it is not too late to make a pledge and he may be reached at 403-8201721.

Sup­port­ers of the Dalum Com­mu­nity Hall As­so­ci­a­tion are re­minded vol­un­teers are needed for the next Casino date which is sched­uled for Fe­bru­ary 20 and 21, 2019, at the Cen­tury Casino in Cal­gary. It is the pro­ceeds which re­sult from help­ing at these casino events which pro­vide much of the rev­enue re­quired to op­er­ate and main­tain our com­mu­nity hall and those in­ter­ested in do­ing a shift, or two, may con­tact Al­i­son Oster­gard at 403-8202537 or Ger­ald Ras­mussen at 403-823-2036.

Birth­day greet­ings this week go to Sylvia Mad­sen, Dale An­der­sen, Brian Boe, and to the Teskey twins, Aviendha and Holden who will tear into their first birth­day cake (or per­haps two cakes) on Novem­ber 30; best wishes to all.

Sun­day was a good day for Cal­gary sports fans with the Flames win­ning 6 to 1 in Phoenix and the Stam­ped­ers tak­ing home the Grey Cup af­ter a well-de­served 27 – 16 vic­tory over the Ot­tawa Red- Blacks at Com­mon­wealth Sta­dium in Ed­mon­ton. Even when the Eski­mos are not in­volved in the game the Al­berta ri­valry re­mains strong and the Ed­mon­to­nian’s fa­vorite chant dur­ing the week of fes­tiv­i­ties was “A, B, C!” (Any­one but Cal­gary). The 2019 Grey Cup game will be hosted by Cal­gary and with both Al­berta teams anx­ious to be play­ing in that game there is lit­tle chance that the north – south hos­til­i­ties will cool.

From the wis­dom of Charles M. Shultz, as found in the Peanuts comic strip, “En­joy the lit­tle things in life be­cause one day you will look back and re­al­ize that they were the big things”.

You may call Ger­ald Ras­mussen with your news items at 403-8232036 or e-mail to ger­[email protected]

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