Dalum Dis­patch

The Drumheller Mail - - Around Town - 403-823-2036

The green leaves which had been am­bushed by two early win­ter storms and left frozen to branches not yet ready to let them fall were sent fly­ing by strong winds last week. Now scat­tered across the coun­try­side they will be in­vested in na­ture’s re­newal next spring. With each pass­ing sea­son there is hope for the next but those Oc­to­ber winds brought with them more mois­ture and for sev­eral lo­cal farm­ers the hope of com­plet­ing the har­vest this fall is fad­ing. The snow flur­ries of last Sun­day evening caused more frus­tra­tion for Ian Guld­berg who states he has started on his last field four times.

Hav­ing of­ten driven past the build­ing site of the Wheat­land Cross­ing School dur­ing its con­struc­tion prior to open­ing about three years ago, I fi­nally had an op­por­tu­nity to visit the fa­cil­ity last week­end. The oc­ca­sion was a girls’ vol­ley­ball tour­na­ment in which my grand­daugh­ter, Jacey Ras­mussen, and her Delia Bull­dogs were par­tic­i­pat­ing and where they won the sil­ver medals in their only set loss to a team from Olds. Well done girls. Stu­dents at Wheat­land Cross­ing come from Hus­sar, Stan­dard, Rock­y­ford, Gle­ichen, as well as some from Sik­sika Na­tion, and it is ob­vi­ous from the at­mos­phere they are proud of their school. I had a chance to chat with one of the teach­ers and he was very en­thu­si­as­tic about the fa­cil­ity and the pro­grams they of­fer. It ap­peared the vol­ley­ball tour­na­ment it­self was well or­ga­nized with games tak­ing place right on sched­ule so, well done to the or­ga­niz­ers, too.

The Dalum Com­mu­nity Hall As­so­ci­a­tion is host­ing what we hope will be an “af­ter har­vest” pot luck sup­per and so­cial evening on Fri­day, Novem­ber 22, with ev­ery­one in the com­mu­nity wel­come to at­tend. Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. with sup­per to be­gin about 6:00 p.m. For more in­for­ma­tion, watch for a com­mu­nity email or con­tact a Hall Board mem­ber.

For­mer Dalum girl Dorothy Stone (n. Christense­n) is a sup­porter of the Dan­ish Cana­dian Na­tional Mu­seum at Dick­son and she re­minds me of the an­nual “Julestue” fair at Spruce View; to learn more about that and other mu­seum ac­tiv­i­ties you may go to the web­site at “thedan­ish­cana­di­an­mu­seum.com”.

Birth­day greet­ings this week go to Jo Ann Cun­ning­ham, Cameron Vogstad, Danielle Chi­urka (n. Vogstad), Irene Zim­mer (n. Boe) and to my daugh­ter, Jill. Best wishes to all.

For those who re­mem­ber, the semi-an­nual chore of re­set­ting clocks will take place be­fore go­ing to bed on Satur­day night. Those who forget will make the change when they find them­selves late for ac­tiv­i­ties on Sun­day. It is 2 a.m. on Sun­day, Novem­ber 3, when time falls back one hour to the Moun­tain Stan­dard set­ting but since the re­cent elec­tion

I have heard a few western­ers com­ment they would like to go back even fur­ther; per­haps to a time when Mar­garet Trudeau might have been con­vinced to prac­tice birth con­trol.

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

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