Dalum Dis­patch

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

The lit­tle rain shower of last Fri­day evening did not pro­vide much mois­ture but it did pro­duce that won­der­ful smell of “first rain fresh­ness” which is such a wel­come sign of the spring sea­son. With fa­vor­able con­di­tions seed­ing has be­gun and once again I take pause to com­pare the im­pres­sive modern equip­ment and tech­niques to those of only a few decades in the past and which now seem so prim­i­tive and in­ef­fi­cient. That which does not change, how­ever, is the sense of hope and prom­ise which ac­com­pa­nies the start of an­other grow­ing sea­son.

Easter cel­e­bra­tions at Proven Farms, the for­mer home the Her­luf Jensen fam­ily and presently that of the Paul and Sarah Teskey fam­ily in­cluded the decades old fam­ily tra­di­tion of an out­door Easter egg boil. Part of the tra­di­tion in­volves crack­ing the boiled eggs with a well-placed tap across an un­sus­pect­ing noggin and then en­joy­ing the egg along with a va­ri­ety of lunch and snack items. Lots of fun for young and old alike. While there I got an up­date from Paul con­cern­ing the play­ground equip­ment re­cently ac­quired from Oko­toks and learned the man­u­fac­turer, “Blue Imp“of Medicine Hat, is able to pro­vide tech­ni­cal sup­port in re­gard to reg­u­la­tory changes which have oc­curred since this equip­ment was pro­duced. Many of the com­po­nents meet cur­rent codes, oth­ers can be up­graded to com­ply and, while a few will not be ac­cept­able for pub­lic use, there is po­ten­tial for cre­at­ing a very nice ac­tiv­ity cen­ter on the com­mu­nity hall grounds.

A look to the in­ter­net site of the Dan­ish Cana­dian Na­tional Mu­seum at Dick­son re­veals it has been busy of­fer­ing nu­mer­ous so­cial and ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams through­out the new win­ter sched­ule which was in­tro­duced last fall. A chil­dren’s Easter egg hunt last Mon­day was the fi­nal event prior to the open­ing of the reg­u­lar sum­mer sea­son which is set for Wed­nes­day, May 1, and will in­clude events like Aelbeskive­r Day, a spe­cial Canada Day event and the Viking Days cel­e­bra­tion which many Dalum folks are fa­mil­iar with.

Birth­day greet­ings this week go to Lo­gan Jensen, Dayl Poulsen, Micha­lah Jensen, Bill Jor­gensen, and Ed­ward Vogstad. Best wishes to all.

From the “youth­ful wis­dom” depart­ment, a 14 year old of­fers the fol­low­ing: “I’ve learned if you want to cheer your­self up, you should try cheer­ing some­one else up.” Have a good day!

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

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