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An art ist ic adventure Volunteering, sightseeing and art describe local artist Nancy Lewis’ cycletours around the world. Read more about her journeys inside.

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Love art? Love travel? Read on. By Kevin K. VanGundy


his month’s cover story combines two of my loves: art and travel. What separates me from Nancy Lewis and Randy Fay is that I am not very artistic and not nearly as adventurous as they are. Although I’d like to be more of both. What I love about working at the BEACON are the people whose stories I am able to share. I would not drive through Mexico armed with my Colt AR-15, let alone ride my bicycle there! And that’s probably at the heart of what’s wrong in the world. Nancy and Randy, thank you for inspiring the rest of us.

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August is one of our most popular issues as we focus on pets and their people. Please send us your pet photos and pet stories, but not your pets, as we’d Nancy Lewis and her husband, Randy Fay, Montrose-Delta like to publish inside a Thai temple with Phong, the artist them in next BeaconFest 
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Nancy Lewis’ life-changing journey By Melanie Wiseman

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have never considered myself athletic,” Nancy Lewis, 58, said. This is quite an admission from a woman who completed a 14,000mile bicycle journey from Canada to Chile. If focusing on the mounting miles beneath her wheels and packing her gear weren’t enough, this talented artist also painted and volunteered along the way. Lewis has a contagious enthusiasm and is someone you want to call your friend minutes after meeting her. Lewis was born in Providence, Rhode Island and earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the Cleveland Institute of Art. For the past 25 years she has enjoyed success as a graphic artist, web designer, teacher and artist. Did her parents encourage and inspire her to become an artist? “No,” Lewis said, “Mom was always afraid of the messes I made.” Three years ago, she and her husband, Randy Fay, moved to Palisade to be closer to his mother. She loves calling the Grand Valley home and loves the variety of artistic scenes it inspires. “I think the Grand Valley has a vortex of creative energy,” Lewis said. In 2006, Lewis and Fay set out on what would become a life-changing journey. Lewis’ love for adventure and life-long appreciation for nature’s beauty inspired their 14,000-mile road trip. “I like traveling, biking, art and culture so it seemed like a good combination,” she said. “Bicycle touring is a real way to get in touch with people and their culture, and it’s less expensive than other modes of travel. You see the most while biking. The world is much too interesting to travel too fast.” Lewis and Fay’s bike tour started in Inuvik, Canada and eventually led them to the port city of Puerto Montt, Chile. Their first 500 miles were on dirt roads with only three spots to pick up supplies. Along the way, Lewis packed a small water-

Fay and Lewis visiting the Buddha Cave just outside Chiang Rai, Thailand. color kit and watercolor paper. She painted, drew and took thousands of pictures to capture the ever-changing landscapes, seasons and cultures. She gave many pieces of her artwork to people who hosted them. Lewis and Fay camped through Canada and the U.S., then switched to hostels, hotels and host homes in Mexico, Central and South America. Staying in host homes turned out to be a great way to learn Spanish. The people called her “valiente” in Spanish, which translates to brave and valiant. Through www.warm, they found people in Colombia who open their homes to bicyclists. “Safety was never an issue,” Lewis said. “The locals knew if you had money, you’d be in a car.”

Traveling light was also not a problem. “It is amazing how little we really need in life,” she said. Their journey did not come without a lot of preparation and some unexpected interruptions. In total, the tour lasted two and a half years. Their first break didn’t come until they reached San Diego, when they headed home to re-rent their house and ended up selling it instead. They picked up their tour again in Phoenix, which was on the coldest night of their entire trip. Two other breaks in the trip came when Lewis needed to recover from whooping cough and another time when she needed to care for her ill father. For Lewis, the most challenging part of the trip was spending four

“Safety was never an issue. The locals knew if you had money, you’d be in a car.”

July 2013 months in the Andes at 12,000 to 15,000 feet, and never acclimating. The most rewarding part was experiencing different cultures, meeting so many people and having a flexible schedule that allowed for volunteering along the way. While fulfilling a passion for volunteering with the Kiva Program, they ended up riding around Guatemala three times. Lewis and Fay published a book called “The Women of Friendship Bridge in Guatemala,” which was inspired from volunteering in Guatemala. Lewis’ photos were the first the Mayan women had ever seen of themselves. Another favorite organization they volunteered for was Water for People ( in Rio Blanco, Nicaragua. Lewis and Fay recently returned from a three-week bike tour across Thailand. Once again, Lewis brought along a watercolor and drawing kit. Lewis said combining biking and art is a “wonderfully inspiring way to see places and learn about the culture.” “We even got PADI-certified while in Thailand, which was not a planned event,” Lewis said. “I’ll try things once. Life’s too short not to try new things.” Other past biking and painting trips have included Sweden, the San Juans, Canada and Mexico. Last summer, Lewis and Fay got their first tandem bike and she completed 22 paintings in one month as they traveled through the Tetons, Yellowstone, Glacier and the Waterton Lakes area. “No more two-and-a-half-year trips, but maybe a six-month one,” she said. “I’m interested in going to Denali. I might bike to my next high school reunion in Rhode Island, and parts of Asia need exploring.” Lewis believes more people could do what she has done. “If you can ride one mile, you can ride five,” she said. “If you can ride five, you can ride 10, and so on. Then you just add some clothes and camping gear.” Lewis has connected with the Grand Valley as easily as she melds into the various cultures of the countries she visits. She taught art classes at Colorado Mesa University for two years, all the while continuing her active artist career. Her new art studio is located above the Blue Pig Gallery in downtown Palisade. She gives classes in her studio on watercolor, pastel and oil techniques, gives private art lessons and does workshops for the Brush and Palette Club. “I believe art stimulates curiosity and thought, and allows us to connect, consciously or subconsciously, with our emotions and memories,” Lewis said. The Grand Valley and eastern Utah provide ample opportunity for Lewis to pursue her love of plein air painting, which is Lewis painting at Kiva Koffeehouse in Escalante, Utah. French for painting outside. In 2012, Lewis was selected for the first ever Artist-In-Residency at the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. “What a great opportunity,” Lewis said. “A month to paint in an amazing place in southern Utah which covers 1.7 million acres. They provided housing, a studio and two show opportunities. I gave free seminars and donated two pieces.” PleinAir Moab is a festival Lewis with two women from Burma selling their goods. held in Moab, Utah, at the beginning of October. Lewis was chosen as the outstanding pastel plein air artist three years in a row. As far as her personal style of painting, Lewis said, “I consider myself more of an impressionist.” Lewis brings nature’s beauty to life with her color, texture and composition. “Many times I paint two of the same thing at the same time,” Lewis said. “Because if one is not a success, the other one works.” Find Lewis’ artwork and a schedule of classes at www. or contact her at or 462-7370. ■. Fay and Lewis outside the village of Pisac, Peru.

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Cover Photo Nancy Lewis and her husband Randy Fay at the Ecuador-Colombia border. Lewis’ love for adventure and nature’s beauty inspired their 14,000-mile bicycle trip from Canada to Chile.

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July 2013

Dancer keeps moving beyond boundaries

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nalii Cunningham, 51, remembers dancing at her home in Hawaii at age 4. She moved with ease and sharpness to the newly explained and complicated steps. Dance became her passion and her life was in movement. For years she traveled and performed professionally in ballet, traditional, modern and contemporary dance. She embraced it all: dancer, choreographer, costume designer and instructor. Although injuries and time began to slow down her career, dance is still her passion. She never wants to be a “retired” dancer. “Back in college at the University of Colorado, I realized I needed to take more classes in anatomy and movement, so that I could be healthier and a better dancer,” she said.

design, production and teaching, but Cunningham immersed herself her passion to dance was still burnin other classes of body movement: yoga, kinesthetic movement, physical ing within her. In 1996, she co-founded the Astherapy and biosomatics—anything pen Dance Connection with fellow in the study and application of dancer, Liz Vrellos. The Aspen Dance human structure and integrated Connection later united with the movement. Santa Fe Ballet and continues to grow After years of dancing professionin reputation and international fame ally, as every finely tuned athlete even after both eventually does, co-founders left Cunningham Aspen. found that age is Cunningham a boundary that moved into ancan’t be ignored. other career. She The heart wants opened a yoga to perform studio in Grand forever, but the Junction, but she body cannot. stayed connected Later on, she with other dancworked more ers, professionals with choreogand college sturaphy, costume Cunningham educates people to be more independent and to move better.

dents who shared her same passion for dance. In 2005, Cunningham, Vrellos and Colorado Mesa University dance program founder Ann Sanders started Beyond Boundaries, a nonprofit collaboration of choreographers and dancers that supports dance programs in connection with CMU. “It’s a foundation that seeks to create an avenue for artistic expression where we can touch, move, and inspire others through our passion for dance,” Beyond Boundaries’ publicist Laura Bradley said. “Beyond Boundaries refers to our desire to continue dancing throughout our lifetime.” Beyond Boundaries’ summer dance concert takes place July 11-13 at the Moss Performing Arts Center at Colorado Mesa University. A cast of dancers, from college students

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“Most of my clito retirees, have ents are between 50 auditioned, choreoand 70 years old,” graphed, rehearsed, Cunningham said. helped, encouraged “I understand their and planned three feelings of loss of evenings to present full movement due contemporary sets to injuries, recovery of solo and group or back pain. You dances. can have full recov“We present two ery of movement if dance programs a you bring in new year, in February patterns.” and mid-summer,” She takes her cliCunningham said. ents, many of them A substantial women, through a amount of the proCunningham expanded her yoga studio series of stretches ceeds from ticket into a wellness center called Movement and movements for sales go toward fund- Therapies. the whole body. A ing grants for CMU few clients are doctor referrals bedance students. cause even after rehabilitation, they Each concert starts at 7:30 p.m. are not functioning as smoothly as Tickets are available at the door one they did. hour prior to each show. “I believe the human body has the While Cunningham was teaching capacity to heal and restore itself,” yoga and training for the two dance Cunningham said. “Patterns of tenprograms a year, she expanded her sion and pain in the body can be business into a women’s wellness re-educated to restore natural movecenter for restoration of structure ment, integrity and bring functional and natural function. wisdom to the body.” Her business, Movement TheraCunningham feels strongly about pies, is not rehab, a gym, or physical dance and her ability to help oththerapy. It is an individual approach ers keep moving in life. Her love through personalized classes, exerof dance and in helping others to cises and education to teach people “dance” in their own way keeps her to be independent and move better. fighting to go beyond boundaries. ■

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Ask the Old Bag Advice Column for the Over 50 Crowd By Gayle LagmanCreswick Dear Old Bag: My husband of 50 years and I have vacationed together for that many years. It has been 50 years of pain. We get along okay at home, but when we get into the car, it is as if all of our differences come to light. We cannot agree on when to stop, where to stop, what points of interest to see, what to eat, etc. I have put up with it all this time, but I cannot do it anymore. I always gave in to him just to keep peace. This year, I gained some confidence and told him we were going to take separate vacations. I want to visit some old friends (which he would not enjoy anyway). He has not spoken to me since (which is not all that bad). He wrote me a note and said I should ask the Old Bag what she thought. So here it is. Signed, Rather Stay Home Dear Rather: It is kind of scary to think that the Old Bag is now between two arguing married people. I wish he had said, “I will go by what the Old Bag says.” Please don’t hunt me down if you do not like my answer! You and your spouse of 50 years have differences—quite a few of them. I suspect you are okay at home because you each do your own thing. Then you get in a space where you have to come to some agreement and it does not work. A vacation should be a time of fun and relaxation for both of you. If it is not, you should either take separate vacations or plan in great detail every stop you will take together. You should make a list of where you want to go and do, and he should make a similar list. If you cannot each compromise, please take separate vacations. Let me know what you decide. Happy travels! O.B.

Dear Old Bag: My husband is so looking forward to his daughter and her husband coming for a two-week vacation with us. This is an annual visit. I really like both of them, but I find myself dreading it every time because for me, it is two weeks of maid service. Neither of them lifts a finger to help or even offers. I need some advice. I asked my husband if he could say something to his daughter and he said he is afraid of hurting her feelings. When my own children visit, they pitch in and help, even if they are only there for a meal. Please advise. Signed, Maid Service Dear Maid: I’m guessing from your letter that this is a second marriage and the daughter coming along was from his first marriage. I agree that your husband should speak with his daughter, but I also see why he is reluctant because he is afraid they might not want to come visit again. I suggest you tell your husband that you are going to speak to his daughter. He may change his mind, but I doubt it. The trouble is that you should have spoken up a long time ago. Now it has become such an issue that you may have trouble having a low-key talk with her without becoming angry. Without anger, say something like this: “I love it when you come to visit. But I would like it very much if you would help me with chores while you are here, like I help you with chores when we visit you.” Believe it or not, there are people who do not want anyone in their kitchen. Maybe she is in need of an invitation. I hope she does not hit you over the head with the frying pan! Good luck. O.B. ■ Send your questions to Old Bag at or mail them to the BEACON at P.O. Box 3895, Grand Junction, CO 81502.




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• Always ride where your eyes will see the same motion that your body senses. For example, sit in the front seat of the car and look out the windshield to distant scenery. Don’t stare at the rapidly passing telephone poles outside the passenger window. I prefer driving so that I am forced to look straight ahead. • If you’re on a boat, go up on deck and watch the horizon. Request a cabin in the forward or middle of the ship, or on the upper deck. • On an airplane, sit by the window and look outside. Also, choose a seat over the wings where there is the least motion. Direct the air vent at your face. • On a train, take a seat near the front and next to a window. Face forward and minimize head movement. • Avoid strong odors. • Avoid spicy or greasy foods immediately before and during your travel. Don’t overeat. • Don’t smoke or sit near smokers. Before your travel begins, take motion sickness medicine recommended by your physician. Prescription medicine is available in an adhesive patch or in oral form. There are also over-the-counter drugs such as Dramamine. Other treatments such as high levels of ginger have helped some, but they have not been proven to be consistently effective. There’s an acupuncture point of the wrist that provides relief of nausea during pregnancy and after chemotherapy, but there is contradictory evidence about its effectiveness in treating motion sickness. ■

Different parts of your body let your brain know what you’re doing. If all the signals tell the same story, there are no problems.

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Optimum aging for a better future By Robin Avery


paradigm shift in thinking about aging and disease is in progress. It’s called the Longevity Dividend Initiative (LDI) and if successful, it will have a profound influence on all of us. Launched in 2006 by gerontologist Jay Olshansky, LDI supports antiaging research by seeking commitments from governments around the world. “Longevity dividend” refers to the money that pension and health systems worldwide will save for the future if we can all stay healthier for longer, and if many more of us could be optimum agers, enjoying healthy, extended lives. Life spans are longer now than they were in the 1960s or 1970s, and not just in the U.S. During the last 120 years, modern science, health care and other factors have added an average of three decades to the lives of most people. Since the 1960s, we’ve added about seven years to the average life span. These additional years have been healthy ones for many and this in turn contributes to economic growth, something that wasn’t imagined when dramatic population aging first began a few decades ago. Senior citizens are and will continue to be an experienced and valuable, but often underutilized, workforce. Olshansky argues that if more seniors stay engaged with their careers and remain in good health during these new extra years, families will avoid costly and exhausting elder care, and the economy at all levels would benefit as well. How people live their newly added years is big business and raises big questions, like how to calculate pension costs and social security benefits and how long workers can stay in the workforce. A week doesn’t go by without a news story involving the heavy costs longevity can bring. Our body’s very metabolism comes with a cost. Wear and tear, and accumulations of toxins and environmental effects at the cellular and molecular levels can eventually do us in. In-

creasing medical costs coupled with rapid increases in the chronic, disabling and fatal diseases has resulted in our current health care crisis. But there is hope. By changing our lifestyle behaviors we can profoundly and positively reshape the future. Behavioral risk factors such as smoking, obesity, poor diet and lack of exercise increase the risk of costly chronic health conditions. In other words, there is plenty we can do to ensure a healthy future. But wait a darned second. Do we really have the solution? We do. An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. We need to move away from the medical geriatrics approach, which is to wait until the damage has started, translate the pathology into a diagnosis, and address the pathology directly through a treatment plan or pharmaceutical approach. In other words, take a pill. Admittedly, this approach does have the advantage that you can see your enemy and name your enemy, so to speak. But all too often it is a case of too little, too late. A better strategy is called enlightened or rejuvenation therapies. The baby boomer multitudes have made these therapies into a multi-billion dollar business. Whether it’s a conventional YMCA family membership for regular exercise or a more radical (and often dangerous) sweat lodge cleansing in the desert, the options are limitless. These therapies can be applied multiple times and can repair damage that occurred before the therapies were even developed, thus helping to extend longevity. What might we accomplish as a society if, with the help of elected representatives, we aggressively fund research into ways to slow aging and thereby increase the general level of health? Today, many scientists, health advocates, public health experts and academics are pursuing the extension of optimum aging. We all should be part of this effort. The possible rewards for doing so are incalculable, while the effects of not participating are regrettably predictable. ■

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aldness is something you hear a lot about as you age. But age can sometimes come with another hair issue that is generally not discussed— too much hair. It can become a major annoyance— either growing in places it shouldn’t, or thicker or darker than we want. But this is one sign of aging you can do something about. Electrolysis is the only FDA-approved and state-licensed method for permanent hair removal. It can be used on any skin or hair color, and it’s affordable. Electrolysis uses a needle-like probe that is inserted into each hair follicle by a trained technician, and then either direct current or high frequency, or a blend of both, is applied to destroy the growth area of the hair follicle. Once the dermal papilla is dead, hair cannot grow from the follicle. Electrolysis can be used to remove any hair on the body, except within the nose or ear, eyelashes, or if the hair grows from a mole (unless approved by a doctor). It is effective on both men and women. There are some restrictions for pregnant women and young children, and individuals with pacemakers. According to Sonya Marsell, owner of Electrolysis by Sonya, the most common area for hair removal is the

face, including eyebrows, upper lip and jawline. But it can also be used on arms and underarms (where it can reduce the level of perspiration and inhibit the growth of bacteria that causes odor), legs, bikini line, breasts and abdomen. The majority of Marsell’s clients are women over the age of 40, but men can benefit from it as well. Electrolysis can reduce or eliminate ingrown hairs from shaving.

Is it expensive? The cost of electrolysis is comparable with most other health and beauty treatments. “I charge $60 per hour, or $1 per minute for shorter sessions and discount a two-hour session to $100,” Marsell said. This puts electrolysis in the same price range as hair coloring, massage therapy, manicures and a new set of nails, or even periodic trips to the chiropractor.

How long will it take to get rid of the hair? Since every person is unique, the length of time varies and there are several factors that contribute to the length of treatments, such as the type and extent of hair growth, density and coarseness of the hair, skin type, and how much area is being treated. Many hairs will be permanently removed after the first treatment, while

Marsell begins each new session with an in-depth explanation of the electrolysis process.

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some will require additional treatments to achieve permanency. The electrologist should be able to answer this question more clearly after a review of your case history. “During the treatment stage, it is important that clients don’t tweeze hair to remove it, as that can damage the follicle and make it very hard to work with,” Marsell said. The hair must be visible to use electrolysis, and not all hairs are in the same stage of life at the same time. After permanently removing hair from one follicle, there are other hairs nearby that will continue to emerge from their follicle until they, too, are eradicated. The amount of time a technician will work on one area is also limited in order to prevent over-treatment. The hair must be 1/8-inch long in order to be treated.

For those with a low pain threshold, you can request a Lidocaine topical to numb the area.

What are the alternatives? You’ve probably seen dozens of ads on TV or in magazines touting creams, light systems and hand-held appliances that promise to rid you of excess or unwanted hair, but as with most “as seen on TV” products their package is worth more than the contents. Laser hair treatments are also fairly common. However, laser treatments are only FDA approved for permanent hair reduction, not removal. Current laser technology is also only available for individuals with light skin and dark hair, as it relies on pigment to guide it. Electrolysis has been around for a long time. It was discovered by accident in 1875 when ophthalmologist, Dr. Charles Michel, was trying to find ways to remove an ingrown eyelash from one of his patients and attached a needle to a battery. Of course, electrolysis has come a long way since then and it just might be the way for you to get rid of those unwanted hairs that have been annoying you. For more information and to schedule your appointment, call Electrolysis by Sonya at 639-0004, or visit ■

The cost of electrolysis is comparable with most other health and beauty treatments.

Does it hurt? There is only a slight degree of pain involved. I decided to try it myself. The sensation varied from the pressure of being poked by a toothpick to something less than tweezing, but of a slightly longer duration. After the treatment, there was a little redness and mild irritation, but it was gone within a very short time. Because the probe is used just to carry the current, there shouldn’t be any type of stabbing pain involved.

Marsell uses a probe that is inserted into each hair follicle to destroy the growth area.

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he Fourth of July—Independence Day—means parades, barbecues, picnics, concerts, family reunions, political speeches and ceremonies. It also means music and fireworks. The tradition of fireworks bursting in the sky over water while an orchestra plays Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” is 40 years old this year. That was the year Boston Pops conductor Arthur Fiedler was urged to revive the diminishing Esplanade concert in Boston by playing a few extra pieces, sort of a “keep people interested” kind of thing. Arthur Fiedler added cannons, fireworks and church bells to the concert so that, in his own words, “All hell could break loose.” The traditional Fourth of July concert has never been the same. In many cities, patriots young and old enjoy an

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evening of traditional patriotic music with a finale of sight and sound that marks America like no other event. This year, pick your spot to celebrate with music and fireworks. Boston hosts over 500,000 visitors, and many of them camp out overnight for a spot to watch the evening Boston Pops Orchestra concert with fireworks on the Charles River Esplanade, while another seven million tune in to CBS to view the event live. Washington, D.C. offers an all-day patriotic event starting with a parade down Constitution Avenue with more than 300 floats, bands, military units and flag waving. The evening features a live PBS concert on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol building, featuring the National Symphony Orchestra and a huge fireworks display. (PBS airs the program nationwide.) In New York City, the Macy’s

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July 2013 Fireworks Spectacular reigns over the East River and brings out about two million spectators every year. In addition to the fireworks, fireboats in the river shoot patriotic streams of fire high into the air as local radio stations broadcast music. In the Midwest, there’s nowhere to be but in St. Louis on the Mississippi riverfront near the Gateway Arch for music and fireworks. New Orleans hosts Go 4th on the River, which is a Mardi Gras-style party all day on the riverfront. The renowned New Orleans Concert Band plays at 7:30 p.m., followed by the Dueling Barges fireworks display. Freedom Over Texas is Houston’s party to prove that on the Fourth of July “everything is bigger in Texas.” The fireworks come at the end of the all-day event at Eleanor Tinsley Park. In Idaho Falls, Idaho’s Freedom Celebration is known as the largest fireworks display west of the Mississippi River. It’s a huge pyrotechnic show with all the patriotic music you love, following a day of the Snake River area’s Liberty Festival. In Lake Tahoe, the fireworks are shot from a barge on the lake. Music is broadcast from radio stations and viewers gather on the shores, on docks, or from paddleboats on the lake to experience the extravaganza of light and sound. La Jolla Cove, California (San Diego area) features fireworks over the Pacific Ocean. Best seats in the harbor are on the flight deck of the USS Midway. You can buy tickets to the Wild Wild West 4th of July Fandango party on board, which begins at 6 p.m. and ends with fireworks. The San Diego waterfront area offers lots of other possible places to experience the show. In Cocoa, Florida, the Brevard Symphony Orchestra gives a free concert at Cocoa Riverfront Park, which concludes with pyrotechnics over the Indian River. Whichever venue you choose, be sure to take lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Check ahead of time, but most locations do not allow alcohol or coolers in main viewing areas. ■

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hile it would be nice to visit one of these elaborate Fourth of July celebrations, you can have just as much fun celebrating our country’s independence with these events here at home in western Colorado.

Mesa County July 3 - Fruita’s Freedom Festival is from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at Civic Center Park. There will be food, live music and games. Unless there is high fire danger, there will be fireworks to follow. July 4 - Enjoy the variety of selections performed by the Centennial Band at 7:30 p.m. at the Fruita Civic Center Pavilion. Free admission. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

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Laughing Matters All in a day’s work Submitted by Charles Gross A man had just finished installing carpet for an elderly lady. He stepped outside for a smoke only to realize he’d lost his cigarettes. He stepped back inside and in the middle of the room, under the carpet, was a bump. “No sense pulling up the entire floor for one pack of smokes,” he said to himself. He got out his hammer and flattened the lump. As he was cleaning up, the lady came in. “Here,” she said, handing him his pack of cigarettes. “I found them in the hallway. Now if only I could find my parakeet.”

True story Submitted by Jan Weeks I was reviewing my fifth grade class on punctuation. When I got to the apostrophe, I said, “Who can tell me what this is?”


Little Johnny practically jumped out of his seat with excitement, waving his hand. “Yes, Johnny?” Proud as a punch he replied, “Ms. Weeks, that’s a capital comma!”

Swimming Submitted by Karen Jones An elderly man in Louisiana owned a large farm with a large pond in the back. It was properly shaped for swimming, so he fixed it up with picnic tables, horseshoe courts, and some apple and peach trees. One evening, the old farmer decided to go down to the pond. He grabbed a five-gallon bucket to bring back some fruit. As he neared the pond, he heard voices and giggling. As he came closer, he saw a bunch of young women skinny-dipping in his pond. He made the women aware of his presence and they all went to the deep end. One of the women shouted


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to him, “We’re not coming out until you leave.” The old man frowned. “I didn’t come down here to watch you ladies swim naked or make you get out of the pond,” he said. Holding the bucket up, he said, “I’m here to feed the alligator.”

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Submitted by Jacque Stafford Avoid cutting yourself when slicing vegetables by getting someone else to hold the vegetables while you chop. Avoid arguments with the females about lifting the toilet seat by using the sink. For high blood pressure sufferers, simply cut yourself and bleed for a few minutes, thus reducing the pressure on your veins. Remember to use a timer. A mousetrap placed on top of your alarm clock will prevent you from rolling over and going back to sleep after you hit the snooze button. If you have a bad cough, take a large dose of laxatives. Then you’ll


Submitted by Kimberly Goodrich After the first week of kindergarten, Johnny came home and asked his mother, “Who is Richard Stands?” “I haven’t heard of him,” she said. “Why do you ask?” “Well,” he said, “Every morning before we start school, we have to say, ‘I pledge allegiance to the flag and to the republic for Richard Stands.’”

A resurrection Submitted by Anthony Martinez A Baptist pastor was presenting a children’s sermon. During the sermon, he asked the children if they knew what the resurrection was. A little boy raised his hand. The pastor called on him and the little boy said, “I know that if you


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Aphorisms Submitted by Sandra Brickey Aphorism: A short, pointed sentence expressing a wise, clever observation, a general truth or adage. 1. The nicest thing about the future is that it always starts tomorrow. 2. Money will buy a fine dog but only kindness will make him wag his tail. 3. If you don’t have a sense of humor, you probably don’t have any sense at all. 4. Seat belts are not as confining as wheelchairs. 5. A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you’re in deep water. 6. How come it takes so little time for a child who is afraid of the dark to be come a teenager who wants to stay out all night? 7. Business conventions are important because they demonstrate how many people a company can operate without. 8. Why is it that at class reunions you feel younger than everyone else looks? 9. Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job. 10. No one has more driving ambition than the boy who wants to buy a car. 11. There are no new sins. The old ones just get more publicity. 12. There are worse things than getting a call for a wrong number at 4 a.m. It could be a right number. 13. No one ever says “It’s only a game” when their team is winning. 14. I’ve reached the age where the happy hour is a nap. 15. Be careful reading the fine print. There’s no way you’re going to like it. 16. The trouble with bucket seats is that not everybody has the same size bucket. 17. Do you realize that in about 30 years we’ll have millions of old people around with wrinkled tattoos and stretched-out body piercings? Rap music will be the Golden Oldies! Scary! 18. Money can’t buy happiness, but

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somehow it’s more comfortable to cry in a Corvette than in a Yugo. 19. After 70, if you don’t wake up aching in every joint, you are probably dead.

Ah, the “metric system” Submitted by Jan Weeks A few years ago, I went into a drug store in Mill Valley, California to buy some chocolate-covered cherries that were on sale. When the cashier rang them up, the price was the regular price. “These are on sale for $1.99,” I said. “Not these ones,” she replied. “These are the 16-ounce boxes. The one-pound boxes are the sale items.” “But they’re the same thing,” I tried again. Finally, after a few more rounds of her stubbornness, I asked to see the manager. “Sixteen ounces is a pound,” he told her, ringing up the sale price. Then he turned to me and said, “You’ll have to forgive her. She doesn’t know the metric system.”

Words used each day Submitted by Claire Majors A husband read an article to his wife about how many words women use a day: 30,000 to a man’s 15,000. The wife replied, “The reason has to be because we have to repeat everything to men.” The husband turned to his wife and asked, “What?”

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Polish sausage Submitted by Joshua Cleese “In what aisle can I find the Polish sausage?” a customer asked. “Are you Polish?” the clerk asked. The man, clearly offended, said, “I am. But let me ask you something. If I asked for Italian sausage, would you ask if I was Italian? Or if I asked for German bratwurst, would you ask if I was German? If I asked for a taco, would you ask if I was Mexican?” “No,” the clerk said. “Probably not.” “Then why did you ask me if I was Polish?” the man asked. “Because you’re in Home Depot.” ■ Send your funniest jokes to:

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his time of year many travelers long for the good old days, before TSA and $100 fees for luggage. “Had to sit on the tarmac for 40 minutes!” “Had to pay for the peanuts!” “Takes a second mortgage to fill up the car!” Common complaints, but compared to traveling in the past, today’s journeys are a piece of cake. In the mid-twentieth century, traveling by air was expensive, especially for families, so most of us traveled in the family sedan or station wagon. Back then only the most luxurious cars had air conditioning, so we rolled down the windows and said adios to our coiffures. “Truck driver’s arm” was common, in which the left arm of the driver was sunburned to cinders from resting on the door. Interstates were just being built, so coming west from Iowa entailed driving two-lane roads and winding up and over Loveland and Vail passes, stopping to play in the snow drifts that lingered into July. Go even farther back, to 1926, and you’ll wonder at the adventure involved in making a 2,000-mile trip in a Model A touring car. That’s exactly what my mother, Jean Fiser, did when she was only 5. Grandpa Adams, her father, decided to take his wife and daughter from Scranton, Iowa to Yellowstone National Park. He loaded a canvas tent that weighed as much as the car into the back seat, tied the tent poles on top, and added a wooden kitchen box on the back of

the car. Mom perched on top of the tent and off they went. In those days gasoline was dispensed by turning a crank until the station attendant had pumped however many gallons you wanted into a glass container atop the pump. Then gravity took over and the gas ran through the hose into the tank. Even with the Model A getting 20 to 25 miles per gallon, Grandpa carried tin cans of fuel along with them, strapped to the fenders in case they ran out of gas. Nowadays, there’s a Holiday Inn Express or Comfort Inn on almost every corner, but back then, motels hadn’t been invented yet, so a night’s sleep involved a hotel in a city, a cabin court or room in a private home in a small town, or camping out. In Deadwood, South Dakota, they took advantage of a campground consisting of tents set up on wooden platforms with cots inside. In Yellowstone, they set up their own tent. If you have car trouble, you can call AAA on your cell or a passerby may stop to help. Almost 90 years ago, you were pretty much on your own when traveling out west. As the Adams family crossed the South Dakota Badlands, the touring car mired in a dry wash. Grandpa went off to find help. While he was gone, a group of native women came upon Mom and Grandma. They stood around giggling at the way Grandma was dressed (bloomers, anyone?) and since they didn’t speak English, Grandma and Mom could only wait

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for Grandpa to come back. He soon pans, plates and utensils, along with came back with some Lakota men flour, sugar and other staples. After who helped him heave the car out of he and Grandma set up the tent, he the sand and they hit the road once went to work fixing supper while more. Mom played. In this day and age, we seem to “Dad was a great campfire cook,” celebrate every occasion that comes Mom said. “I loved to wake up to the along. Think whimsical Mike the smell of sizzling bacon and know Headless Chicken, Arborfest and the that pancakes were already baking myriad of other parades and events. on the griddle.” Back then parades were confined Plumbing was spotty in those days, to Memorial Day and the Fourth so outhouses were frequent. Or travof July. When the Adamses arrived elers looked for the proverbial bush. in Spearfish, As they travSouth Dakota, a eled westward, powwow was the Rockies in progress. For wisped along the an Iowa family, horizon, looking this was exotic like thunderentertainment. heads. As they Dancers clad in drove closer, the beaded leather mountains began and feathered to grow until headgear gyratthey loomed ed to the sound over the landof a gigantic scape like giants. drum. Mom was “Mother had a horrified when hard time conGrandpa posed vincing me that her with Sitting the mountains Bull. were indeed “The feathwhat looked like ers on his long clouds,” Mom bonnet blew recalled. against my arm So next time In Deadwood, there was a campground and I was sure you set off on a of tents set up on wooden platforms. he was going to road trip, apprescalp me,” she ciate the conremembered. venience stores “Of course, I learned later that Sitting that fill your tank and your stomach Bull had been dead for years and the at the same time. Appreciate the organizers were just using his name comfortable beds and clean bathas a draw.” rooms in your chain hotel room. ■ Restaurants were few and far between in the West in those days. No Denny’s, no Chili’s, and no Olive Garden, so Grandpa built a wooden “kitchen” that he attached to the back of the car. It contained pots,


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holes to allow for good drainage and do not amend the soil below the root ball. The trees need to sit on a firm base. You will need to water your trees regularly while they get established this year. Make sure the water is reaching the root ball and not just the surrounding soil.

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looked great this spring with lots of blooms but now it has gotten so big the center of the plant has spread open and all of the blooms are at the end of the stems. Is there anything I can do to rejuvenate it? Molly K., Grand Junction Yes, you can bring your catmint back to a manageable size and shape with the added bonus of more blooms. Cut back all of the stems to approximately 6 to 8 inches long as shown in this picture. This will encourage the plant to send out new shoots and re-bloom in a few

weeks. This technique can also be used on May Night salvias. After they bloom, cut back the stems to the ground rosette. The new shoots will grow quickly and blooms will be just around the corner.

Q. I have been noticing a tree around town that has beautiful maroon foliage but the new growth comes out green. What kind of tree is it and is that normal? Rose B., Fruita What you’re seeing is a Canada Red Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana ‘Schubert’) and the new growth color is normal for this tree. It can grow to 20 to 30 feet high and wide. It prefers full sun and moderate water, and is very hardy in our area. Suckering at the base may be a problem. Showy white flowers turn to deep reddish purple berries in July which can make sauces, jellies and jams, that is, if you can get them before the birds do.

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digging up the rhizomes with a spade. Cut especially if precipitation is below them into pieces 3 to 4 inches long and normal and the lawn gets no winter trim leaves to about 6 inches. Let them watering. Dr. Whitney Cranshaw of dry out in the shade for a day or two and the Colorado State University Extenreplant them 1 foot apart. sion said clover mite injury  Fertilize June-bearing to turf is commonly strawberries after mistaken for winterPlant of the Month harvesting. Apply 2 kill and is usupounds of 10-10-10 ally found in the fertilizer per 100 same sunny, dry square feet. areas of the lawn where winter  To control drying problems outbreaks of aphids, occur. MiteAgastache (pronounced ah–GAS-tah- leaf miners, mites damaged turf key) is considered an instant classic and other bugs, becomes strawfor the western landscape. Agastache spray affected plants colored in iris indispensible when it comes to with a lightweight regularly shaped long-lasting flowers and a delightful horticultural oil such fragrance. These perennials stand appatches while the as Ultra-Fine, which proximately 2 feet tall and wide, which rest of the lawn suffocates those make them perfect for the middle to turns green. pesky pests. background of perennial borders. They Some insec Adjust the lawn are very drought-tolerant and prefer ticides labeled mower height to full sun and good drainage. Their colfor lawns with the highest setting orful and long tubular flowers keep the active ingredients (usually 3 to 3-1/2 hummingbirds happy and put on a show bifenthrin or inches) to keep your from July through the first frost. Their lambda-cyhalolawn’s roots shaded colors range from orange to salmon to thrin (pyrethroid and conserve soil hot pink. Agastache is a great companinsecticides) moisture. ion plant to lavender, blue mist spirea, may or may not  Keep a close sedum and ornamental grasses. provide control eye on your containers. of these cool-season In the hottest month of mites. Winter and the year, you may need to early spring watering of water more than once a day to keep them suspected mite hotspots provide the from drying out. Fertilize weekly and trim most effective preventive and curaany leggy stems to invigorate plants and tive control. Insecticide applications restore their shape. ■ are more effective when accompanied by irrigation. If infested turf areas don’t recover in late spring or Send your questions to Kathy at if turf recovery is patchy and thin, or the damaged areas are candidates mail them to the BEACON at P.O. Box for lawn renovation. If you still have 3895, Grand Junction, CO 81502. questions about your lawn, cut out a

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22 Recreation

July 2013

Fun after 50

Offered by Grand Junction Parks and Recreation


o register for any of the following activities, visit www.gjcity. org/recreation.aspx or call 254-3866. For a complete list of activities, pick up an activity guide at the Grand Junction Parks and Recreation office, 1340 Gunnison Ave. or at the Senior Recreation Center, 550 Ouray Ave.

available at, the Parks and Recreation office, the Senior Recreation Center, and in this issue of the BEACON. Register by August 12. Cost is $19 to compete in many competitions.

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• Pickleball is geared toward players of all skill levels. Balls and racquets are available for use. The next pickleball clinic is free and takes place at 9 a.m. on July 20. A free referee clinic will be at 2 p.m.

Excursion of the Senses

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Tantalize your taste buds and scintillate your nostrils in this excursion of the senses. First stop will be High Country Orchards for a peach-packing tour and wine tasting at Colterris. Next, we will wander through the lavender fields of Sage Creations, where lavender bundles are $5. We end our day at the Palisade Brewing Company for a tour and outside seating at the base of the Bookcliffs. Bring money for lunch at the brewery. Cost of $20 includes transportation only. Meet at Lincoln Park Barn at 10 a.m. August 8

Montrose Museums The Montrose County Historical Museum has an extensive collection of farming and mining equipment. The Ute Indian Museum has the most complete collection of Ute Indian artifacts in the nation. For lunch, we will have a picnic. Cost of $35 includes all expenses. Meet at the Lincoln Park Barn at 9 a.m. August 26-30

Western Colorado Senior Games The 12th annual Western Colorado Senior Games is for anyone 50 years and better as of August 26, 2013. Compete in track and field, swimming, pool, golf, 5K running or walking, bowling, cards, dance, horseshoes, bocce ball, pickleball and more! Registration forms are

Senior sports

• Senior softball is open to men and women ages 50 and older. For more information, call Carl at 255-6688.

Classes Beginning Line Dance Class is at 12:15 p.m. on Mondays, July 8 through August 29, at Lincoln Park Barn. Cost is $12.

Gentle Yoga Class is at 7:45 a.m. on Mondays and Thursdays through July 18 at Lincoln Park Barn. Cost is $4 to drop in.

Introduction to Contemporary Painting with pastels Discover your inner artist through this introductory workshop from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on July 20 at Stone Cellar Studio. Cost is $75.

Estate Planning Workshop These free estate planning sessions are at 4:30 p.m. at Brown and Brown, PC, 1250 E. Sherwood Drive. Visit or call 243-8250 for details. • July 17 – Estate planning for baby boomers • August 12 – Estate planning for the elderly ■

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he activities below are offered by Fruita Parks and Recreation. To register for any of the following activities, call the Fruita Community Center at 858-0360, stop by 324 N. Coulson, or visit Events take place at the FCC unless otherwise noted.

as it gets warmer.) Meet at the FCC. Cost is $3 per hike or $12 per month.

July 12 & 26

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Social Night

Potluck, movie and popcorn at 5:30 p.m. Bring a potluck item. Call FCC to sign up. July 22

Mystery Night Dress up and help solve the mystery at 5:30 p.m. Meal provided. Preregistration required. Call the FCC.

Adventure Hikes Fridays at 8 a.m. (Times may vary

Food for Thought Share menus, recipes, nutritional facts and more from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month. Learn new ways to share clips and tips at 10:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month.

Game Night: At 5:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month.

Bunco! Play at 1 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. Bring a wrapped white elephant gift. ■

Family Health West celebrates art for health


amily Health West announces Julie Thielsen as the winner of the biannual Art for Health competition. Thielsen is a local artist who works primarily in alcohol ink. Thielsen’s artwork will be on display at the hospital through the end of the year. The goal of displaying art in the hospital is to create a positive healing environment for patients, staff Julie Thielsen is a local artist who works primarily in alcohol and the public. ink. Her artwork will be on display at Family Health West Thielsen was born in Hospital through the end of the year. Hazelcrest, Illinois, but has lived in Colorado for the majority to create striking compositions that invite the eye to swim around and of her life and has been in the Grand Valley since 2009. She began painting through the artwork. “Education in art has been a lifeas a child but really gained inspiralong pursuit, including classes given tion after moving to the Western by local and international artists Slope. through the Art Center, the Art Thielsen said she enjoys diving Students League, and Colorado Mesa into the creation of flowing imagery. University,” Thielsen said. “Along She uses bold colors and fluid media

with my art education and experience, I also draw from a background in interior design and visual merchandising.” Living on the Western Slope has been artistically inspiring, opening new creative channels. Thielsen’s hope is that all viewers will be refreshed by her liquescent images. Visit to view her art collections. “We are thrilled to have Julie’s work in the hospital,” Family Health West Director of Community Relations Angelina Salazar said. “Our patients, our staff, their families and friends all have the opportunity to not only view what our local artists are doing, but they get to experience an environment that promotes healing. We thank the Fruita Arts and Culture Board for selecting us as a venue for this very important endeavor.” For more information on Art for Health or Family Health West, call 858-2104 or visit www.familyhealth ■


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Grand Junction Fire Department, 1911. Photo courtesy of the Museum of Western Colorado. Part 1 By Sandi Cameron


ire has been one of man’s most useful tools and one of his most terrible foes. In the latter case, humans have had to resourcefully consider ways to combat its combustible, devastating elements to save as much property and as many lives as possible. Thus, the firefighter came into existence. The history of organized firefighting began in ancient Rome under the rule of Augustus. (Prior to that, firefighting machinery used in ancient Egypt included a third-century BC water pump.) Augustus formed the Vigiles in AD 6 to combat fires using bucket brigades and pumps, as well as poles, hooks and even ballistae to tear down buildings in advance of the flames. Patrolling the streets of Rome, the Vigiles watched for fires

and policed the area. Later brigades consisted of hundreds of men ready for action. Lining up at the nearest water source, they would pass buckets hand to hand until they reached the fire. (St. Florian, a firefighter who saved a village in ancient Rome and the patron saint of firefighters, is honored during May 4’s International Firefighters’ Day.) In Europe, firefighting was rudimentary until the 17th century with the introduction of the first fire engines. John Lofting, friend of Jan van der Heyden (Dutch artist and inventor of the modern fire hose) patented the “Sucking Worm Engine” in 1690. The first organized municipal fire brigade in the

world was established in Scotland, when the Edinburgh Fire Engine Establishment was formed in 1824. In America, the first permanent settlement of Jamestown was virtually destroyed by fire in January 1608. George Washington was a volunteer firefighter in Alexandria, Virginia, who in 1774, as a member of the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Co., bought the town its first fire engine. The first U.S. government-run fire departments appeared around the time of the Civil War. There were no full-time paid firefighters in America until this time. On April 1, 1853, the Cincinnati Fire Department became the first full-time paid professional

fire department in the U.S., and the first in the world to use steam fire engines. The Western Slope was opened to settlement in early 1882 and communities were quickly established. Townspeople of the West were always concerned about the possibility of fire because of the closely built, mostly wooden structures in their downtowns. Interestingly enough, competitions of hose cart companies from nearby communities were favored entertainment. Grand Junction’s volunteer firemen were first sponsored by James Cameron in 1889. Sporting elaborate uniforms, the men competed in races with the hose carts, ending with a showing of sprayed water. The first actual fire they fought was in 1889 at the Denver and Rio Grande repair shop, but few fires posed problems in the

1957 Grand Junction Diamond Jubilee Parade. Can you spot Corey Lovern in this photo? Photo courtesy of the Museum of Western Colorado. first decades of the town’s history. In 1895, the team set a world record in Telluride, pulling their cart 150 yards, connecting the hose to a fire hydrant, and bringing water to the spout in 16.4 seconds. Although competition for speed could be all in fun, fighting a real fire brought forth the sober side of each. Many fires have been fought during the history of western Colorado, both within communities and around the surrounding landscape. Several opera houses burned over the years, including the Craig Opera House in 1896, Montrose’s Grey

The first fire wagon in Grand Junction. Photo courtesy of the Museum of Western Colorado.

Opera House in 1912, the Olathe Opera House in 1918 and Delta’s Anna Dora Opera House in 1939. During the summer of 1889, an arson fire burned six to eight city blocks in Durango. Coal seam fires exemplify the potential danger an underground coal fire poses for igniting a surface fire. On February 18, 1896, methane gas in the Vulcan Mine in New Castle caused an explosion, killing 49

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An American LaFrance fire engine in Grand Junction, 1921. Chief Jack Hynes is the man second from the left. Photo courtesy of the Museum of Western Colorado. coal miners. To this day, the Grand Hogback coal seam still smolders on Burning Mountain. Smoke and steam are sometimes visible. There is a life-size memorial to the fallen miners located on Main Street in New Castle. In 1933, a coal seam fire spread to the surface of Carbon Mountain near Durango. In 2002, a coal seam fire burned over 12,000 acres and destroyed 113 structures in and around Glenwood Springs. Read the rest of this story next month in August’s BEACON. ■

“A Comparison of Old and New Firefighting Methods” by Jan van der Heyden, 1680s. The diagram shows the advantages of his new inventions—the pliable fire hose and more efficient fire engine. On the right, a new, small fire engine uses a trestle equipped with a pliable, treated canvas hose to draw water from the canal, and pumps water through a thin leather firehose that can be taken all the way into the building. From “The Fire Engine Book,” published in Amsterdam, 1690.


July 2013

How to speak fly-fishing By Jan Weeks


ou’ve seen them. They gather on ponds and streams, even on street corners. The fly anglers, decked out in waders and vests, carrying rods half a block long. And they talk really funny. “So I was using a 2x tippet on a 4x tapered leader. Tied on a number 18 renegade and floated it right over that big son of a gun.” “Will that hex carry two weights?” “He had me into the backing three times!” “That a fast or slow action rod?” If you don’t know your tippet from your nail knot, don’t worry. Read on to learn how to demystify fly-fishing terms so you can toss them around at the next streamside gathering.

The sizing system The most important thing to remember is that the system of sizing rods, lines and flies was developed by someone with a split personality. Rods run from size zero up to size 15. The smaller the number, the lighter the rod. A typical trout rod runs between a size three and a six. Size 10 and above is for huge honkers, like northern pike and bonefish. Flies, leaders and tippets, however, follow the opposite sizing. The larger the number, the smaller the fly. So a number 2 Abel anchovy will be the size of a sparrow, while you’ll need a magnifying glass to tie on a number 22 mosquito. Confused? I thought so. But don’t give up yet.

How it works Fly casting works oppositely from spin casting, in which the weight of a lure or night crawler carries a monofilament line from the reel out to where the big ones lurk. A fly rod, on the other hand, propels a thick, tapered line that carries out a length of tapered monofilament (leader) with an artificial fly attached. A fly angler strips a length of line off the reel and then lets the rod action carry the line and leader out to unfurl gently on the

water’s surface. Since the line is much heavier that the leader, it lands first. The leader will roll onto the surface and gently lay the fly on the water, the way a real insect lands. No splash, no scaring the fish. Instead of using the handle on the reel to retrieve the line, fly fishers usually hold the heavy fly line clamped to the handle of the rod with one or two fingers. When retrieving the line, they loosen their grip, pull back a length of line, clamp again to get another grip on the line, and repeat as needed. Fly casting is based on physics, not brute force. You’ll hear the term back cast a lot, as in “Keep your back cast high.” Whatever the line does as it unfurls behind you it will do when it lays out in front of you. The best way to understand this is to head for the local fly shop and get a quick casting lesson. Fast action rods load (flex in order to send power to the line) quickly. Slow action rods take more time. Graphite rods usually load fast. Bamboos are slow loaders. A fly line, which will last for years if properly cared for, is attached to backing, a nylon filler line that goes onto the reel first and keeps the fly line from crimping too tightly to lay out properly. Leaders come in various lengths, the most common being 9 feet long, and different sizes. The smaller the number, the lighter the leader. Since fly line is expensive, compared to a spool of Stren, the leader attaches to the line and is easy to replace as it shortens through changing flies or tangling in treetops. Leaders and tippets range from 1x to 8x. A tippet is just a monofilament extension that you tie onto your leader as it shortens from changing or breaking off flies. If a leader gets too short, it won’t lay out properly. Dry flies float. Wet flies sink. Gee, that was easy. What’s not so easy is

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to C Jan Weeks fly-fishing at Ward Draw in the Black Hills of South Dakota. that there are about a bazillion different flies. Instead of listing them all, here’s a brief glossary of types. Imitators look like real bugs. Some examples are mosquitos, mayflies, stone fly nymphs, and ants. Attractors use materials like gold tinsel, sparkly material and red floss to create a fly that attracts fish. So you might pick beadhead hare’s ear, renegade, or Royal Wulff.

Let’s go fishing Fly-fishing isn’t just for trout. Bass anglers swear by artificials that look like grasshoppers, frogs, and even baby mice. As mentioned above, many anglers use fly rods to bring in deep sea fish. When fishing with flies, there’s a critical window of time to set the hook. Strike too soon and you’ll pull the fly out of the fish’s mouth. Wait too long and the fish will realize you’re just trying to fool it and spit the fly out. The drawbacks of fly-fishing? You have to actively manage the rod and line at all times. No sitting back and waiting for the bobber to dip. You work the water by moving up or down the stream or bank instead of lolling in a lawn chair. You have to pay attention or you’ll miss the strike. And quiet re-

ally is better. The advantages of fly-fishing? See the above. For a beginner’s glossary of fly terms, visit If you’d like a quick visual run-down of flies, I recommend Randle Stetzer’s “Flies: The Best One Thousand.” Though this is a how-to tying guide, the photos are fabulous and you’ll get a real feel for the variety of artificials out there. Finally, don’t be afraid to ask if you don’t understand what a fly angler is saying. They’re (for the most part) the friendliest folks on the water and eager to talk about their passion. Jan Weeks is a former fly shop owner, fly tyer, rod builder and fishing guide. She has written for “Midwest Fly Fishing,” “Outdoor Life,” and created the booklet, “Flyfishing the Black Hills.” ■

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“If God wants me to have an ATV, he’ll drop one right in front of me.” just past Whitewater. Cactus Park Road will turn off to the east and is TVs and four-wheeling are nothmarked with signs. There are many ing new to Colorado residents. maintained trails leading away from The surrounding mountains and wilthe spacious parking area. Continuderness offer a wide array of trails to ing on 141, turning left at Taylor’s enjoy and fantastic scenery you can’t Ranch will take you to the Uncomget to via any other means. While paghre, where there are many nice ATVs may not be the cheapest mode trails and fantastic scenery. of transportation in the hills, they are Grand Mesa is easily accessible and definitely the most fun. there are trails to lakes with great ATV fever fishing, hunting areas and campA local group of friends have found grounds. four-wheeling to be one of their faBy going north on 27-1/4 Road, you vorite pastimes. can reach the Bookcliffs’ foothills. Bob Jones, 66, has owned an ATV This is a great place for young riders since 1986, trading and those just getit in every few years ting acquainted with until owning his four-wheeling, current 2006 Polaris Going south on 850cc. His enthusiHighway 50, you asm for four wheelcan turn off to ing has influenced either Escalante or several friends to Dominguez Canyon. purchase their own Maps of area trails ATVs as well. are available from His friend, Dave the Bureau of Land Huslig, 61, considManagement or U.S. ered buying an ATV Forest Service. You Up Little Park Road, north of Bangs for several months. could probably go Canyon, Brandon Donathan followed by once a week for a After not much luck of finding one Dean Donathan. year and never he liked in his price range, he told take the same trail twice. himself, “If God wants me to have a Be prepared four-wheeler he’ll drop one in front When you head for the hills, don’t of me.” forget to take rain gear, plenty of While driving around town that water, snacks and a camera. A helmet same day, he spotted a blue 400cc is always recommended. Be sure your Kawasaki for sale. The price was gas tank is full before starting out, right and the machine appealed to and even a little extra gas is a good him, so he bought it. idea. A can of Fix-a-Flat and a small Another friend, Dean Donathan, compressor can save you from a long decided he needed one. His son Branwalk to get help. don already had one. Phil Hice sold A cell phone won’t do a lot of good his motorcycle and bought an ATV. on some of the backcountry trails. Though Jones has four-wheeled for There are GPS devices available for years, he said, “It’s a lot more fun ridoff-road use, but most devices won’t ing with someone and I have found work because they are programmed trails I have never ridden on.” for highways and streets. Places to go If you don’t have an ATV but want There are many good one-day trips to explore the idea of trying one, near Grand Junction. Cactus Park can rent an ATV for a day from Funshare be accessed by going south on HighSports, 2583 Highway 6 & 50. Call way 50, then right on Colorado 141, 241-2702 for prices and details. ■ By Karen Jones


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What is involved in a computer cleanup and will it speed up my computer? Ask the computer guy By Daniel Ashurst, Alpine Computer Solutions

Today, there are dozens of websites with magic wands promising a faster computer and all your problems fixed, including the clog in your bathroom sink. Okay, maybe I embellished that last part. But they build the illusion that if you pay them their $89.95, all your computer woes will be over. They also promise that it is simple and automatic. Nothing could be further from the truth. Most computers that are having trouble getting to the Internet couldn’t even partake in these outrageous offers. So the question remains: What is involved in a computer cleanup and will it speed up the computer? Q. Why is my computer so slow to begin with? There are as many answers to that question as there are users with their particular browsing habits on the Internet. The particular software they use is also taken into account. But in general, the answer primarily deals with overloaded computers with too much software or it could be the combination of software loaded, including malware and viruses. Q. Is it okay to load all my office software, such as QuickBooks, Microsoft Office, Quicken and Turbo Tax? Yes. In general, these types of software are not the cause of the slowness in your computer. It is more likely a program that was downloaded for fun that is causing the problem. Most of the malware is picked up from a link on a legitimate site that has illegitimate software attached to it. For example, I have seen games such as Elf Bowling infected with spyware.

Q. Do I have to recover/restore the computer back to factory settings to get rid of it all? There are times when that procedure is necessary to do an effective job of cleaning up the computer. However, we have an amazing set of software tools for cleaning up a computer and generally, are able to do so without a recovery. Q. How can I protect myself from all of these software leeches? The answer is to be very deliberate about your choices when loading any update or software onto your computer. If you don’t know what the software is that is trying to load onto your computer, take a minute of your computer professional’s time and call, asking if it is a safe choice. Q. Are there any tools within Windows to help clean up the computer? Yes. Disk Cleanup is a great tool for Windows users. It is found by going into “My Computer” and then right clicking on the “C:” drive and choosing “Properties.” On the properties screen, you will see “Disk Cleanup.” The only thing I would not remove from the following screen is “Office Setup Files.” This is one of the most sure fire methods of speeding up your computer if you have not done so for a long time. Please don’t waste your money or time on fancy tools promising a perfect computer. Instead, come to our shop, located at 1000 N. Ninth St. #7 in Grand Junction, and allow us to show you some basic remedies that will help out dramatically. ■ Email your questions to Daniel Ashurst with Alpine Computer Solutions at or mail them to the BEACON at P.O. Box 3895, Grand Junction, CO 81502. For professional assistance, call Daniel at 234-1011 or Alpine Computer Solutions at 257-1011.

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Can Medicare save money for beneficiaries and taxpayers alike? By Ron Pollack


ince Medicare Part D went into effect in 2006, prescription drugs have been an integral part of the Medicare benefit package. So the question of how seniors can save additional money on medications often comes up, but so does the question of how the entire Medicare Part D program can be more cost effective and save taxpayers money without jeopardizing enrollee benefits.

Q. Will closing the Part D “doughnut hole” really save beneficiaries money? Before the Affordable Care Act was passed, if beneficiaries reached the initial limit on total drug expenses ($2,970 in 2013), they had no prescription drug coverage until they spent an added $3,700 out of their own pockets. But in 2013, people in the doughnut hole are receiving discounts of 52.5 percent on namebrand drugs and 21 percent on generics. These discounts will result in significant savings for about four million Medicare beneficiaries in 2013. More importantly, the discounts will continue every year until 2020, when the doughnut hole will be eliminated.

Q. Where can we find more value for Medicare dollars? The best opportunity for finding smart savings in Medicare is looking for better deals on what Medicare pays for prescription drugs. Plans that offer coverage under Medicare Part D are run by private insurers and Medicare is prohibited from negotiating directly for discounts. An independent 2011 study by the Department of Health and Human Services found that drug manufacturers provide an average 19 percent discount to Medicare Part D plans, while state Medicaid programs receive a discount of 45 percent for the same drugs. This savings could be passed on to beneficiaries if Medicare was allowed to negotiate prices like Medicaid does.

Q. Can Medicare get a better bargain on prescription drugs? Substantial savings could come from obtaining discounts on drugs used by low-income beneficiaries. In fact, before Medicare Part D was enacted in 2003, drug manufacturers were required to provide discounts to low-income beneficiaries. Legislation that has been introduced both in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, and the President’s budget proposal, all call for these discounts to be restored. Estimates show that these discounts could save the Medicare program anywhere from $120 to $140 billion over the next 10 years.

Q. Would higher discounts in Part D affect the pharmaceutical industry’s research and development work? Research and development actually thrived at the same time many of these deeper discounts were in place in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Q. Are there other ways for

Medicare to save money on prescription drugs? Other options for lowering the cost of the Part D program include allowing Medicare to negotiate directly with pharmaceutical manufacturers (like the Department of Veterans Affairs does), and letting Medicare operate its own Part D plan alongside private insurers.

Q. Why do we need to search for savings in Part D? In today’s economy, leaders in Washington have tough choices to make about health care spending. It is true that Part D costs less than initially forecast, but that is because enrollment is about 25 percent lower than originally projected and because increased use of generics has slowed drug spending overall. These developments should not prevent us from looking for better value for taxpayer dollars. ■

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Dear Mark: Please settle a

dispute between my wife and me. She believes a pair of jacks is a win at video poker. I believe it to be a push. Who is right? Kent H. The unpopularity of ties, in both gambling and sports, is echoed in the adage, “A tie is like kissing your sister.” The earliest known use of that phrase is linked to Navy football coach Eddie Erdelatz after a scoreless tie against Duke in 1953. The expression is also used to describe something that is dull, boring or something you would not want to repeat doing. Obviously, your wife, finds consolation with the antonym of boring—exciting—and she may have a point. The creators of video poker have accomplished something that no other game developer has been able to duplicate: By returning your original wager, they make you spontaneously feel like a winner. My take, Kent, is that the return of your primary wager is a push with but one exception. By being a member of a casino Player’s Club, you get credit for play on your card for that pair of Jacks. Since a tie returns your original wager, when you hit the deal button again, you then get more credit on your Player’s Card.

about getting those free coupons I see occasionally played on table games? Lucinda S. What those coupons are, Lucinda, is free money. Many casinos offer free fun books that contain coupons for gambling, dining and other discounts. What you are describing are Match Play coupons, or lucky bucks. They give you additional money to play with when you win a bet at the table games. For example, if the player has a $10 match play coupon and pairs it with a $10 Line bet in craps, if the player wins, his Line bet wins $10, and his match play coupon will be converted to 10 real dollars. Fun books can be had by going up to the Player’s Club welcome booth, casino cage, or by just asking for one from a casino host. When a player uses a match play coupon with a real “even money” bet, the match play will be converted to a like amount in cash if the player wins. My recommendation is to use a match play coupon on wagers that have less than a two percent house edge. A hand of blackjack or a Bank or Player hand in baccarat, or in craps, a pass line bet or placing the six or eight would be the smart move here. ■


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If you believe in angels, you are hardly alone. According to a recent national survey, the overwhelming majority of American adults (77%) say that they believe in angels. Interestingly, this belief transcends religious affiliation in that four in ten self-described “less religious” people (who never attend religious services) also believe in angels. This widespread belief probably originated in ancient Mesopotamia, where angels were believed to possess a divine power that was communicated to them through spiritual messengers. Since then, every culture has had its version of angels. The Buddhists, Persians, and Old Testament Hebrews all gave an independent life to winged spirits that embodied humans’ highest aspirations for themselves. As such, angels play a significant role in many people’s lives. Today many people attribute a lucky coincidence to having a ‘Guardian Angel’ watching over them. Guardian angels are thought to take on many forms. We have all experienced a feeling which seems to compel us to make a certain decision, knowing that it is the right thing to do. For others, guardian angels manifest to help a parent use superhuman strength to save their child from certain death by braving a burning building or lifting a heavy object blocking their path. At Martin Mortuary, we provide quality, caring services that reflect our commitment to the families we serve and dignity towards a life that was lived. Our staff will work closely with your family to arrange a funeral or memorial ceremony that will reflect the special relationship you shared with your loved one and help you enrich the memories you will cherish forever. Martin Mortuary, your local Dignity Memorial® provider, has been serving families in the Grand Valley and surrounding areas since 1917. Please feel free to visit our mortuary at 550 North Avenue, and if a question arises, do not hesitate to contact us at 970-243-1538 to set up an appointment, or visit our website: Martin Mortuary now provides the security of cremation and burial insurance policies.

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Across 1 Don’t be in its way 5 Helpless with laughter 10 Grey of “Cabaret” 14 Andy’s boy, of classic TV 15 Division of a long poem 16 “Thy word is a lamp ___ my feet” 17 A fool and his money are … 19 1963 Best Actress 20 Where salt and fresh water mix 21 1999 computer virus 23 They’re at all the big signing ceremonies 25 Flat-bottomed vessel 26 Like a rat in a trap 30 Losing tic-tac-toe line 32 Mild oaths 35 “No Exit” writer 37 It binds 39 With 31 Down, 19th century pope 40 When the cat’s away … 44 Govt. agency for older Americans 45 Comment from Jerry Mathers 46 Bummed out 47 Updike’s “Rabbit ___” 50 Defensive back Barney 52 Quail 53 Hydrocarbon suffixes 55 “___ Vu” (Warwick tune) 57 Detective Drummond 60 Close call for Agassi 65 Yours, in Tours 66 … make good neighbors 68 Private or general, e.g. 69 Word in a Charlie Brown phrase 70 Word of encouragement before “boy” or “girl” 71 Objective case of thou 72 War whoops 73 “Peace ___ hand” Down 1 Nylons 2 Mil. addresses 3 Burn and loot 4 Carte du jour 5 Word with tactics or crow 6 “Voice box” 7 Army, e.g. 8 Checklist unit 9 Bumps 10 Baseball’s Griffey or Ripken, e.g. 11 … does not make a summer 12 Letters from Athens 13 “Cavalleria Rusticana” role

18 Alexandria Library contents 22 Type of PC screen 24 John Barth’s “Factor” 26 “Swinging On ___” 27 Resort lake 28 Man does not live by … 29 It chips in if you’re short 31 See 39 Across 33 Bait 34 French chef/revolutionist Alexis 36 Ticker tape? 38 Slippery ___ 41 Slippery one 42 Settle 43 Court instructor 48 Not characteristic of 49 Marked a ballot 51 His “Laws” involved research on peas 54 Like cereal in milk, after a time 56 Bridges and Gordon 57 Homer’s bane or boy 58 Where “The Mailman” delivers 59 2000 presidential hopeful 61 ___ B’rith 62 “Hamlet” parts 63 “___ Smile Be Your Umbrella” 64 Test for Perry Mason wannabes 67 Midnight fuel

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Local church gives school supplies to students in need. Can you help? By Karen Jones


ethel Assembly of God Church’s annual school supply giveaway reaches out to the community, helping students and parents who might not otherwise be able to afford all the supplies needed. This year’s giveaway will be from 9 a.m. to noon (or until supplies run out) Saturday, August 3 at Bethel Assembly of God Church, 2945 Orchard Ave. in Grand Junction. Last year, over 300 students benefited. Donations came from local businesses and individuals, not only in the form of school supplies, but also cash, which was used to purchase supplies that were lacking. This year,

the goal is to collect enough items to supply more than 400 students. Children, accompanied by a parent, must be present to receive supplies. Supply lists for each grade from area schools will be available. There will also be free hot dogs and soda. Church members volunteer their time to sort and organize the items so that the distribution goes smoothly. This is an opportunity for those who can, to help those in need. To donate, call Tammy Beagley at 2618121 or Carol Huslig at 261-3075, or bring your contribution to the Bethel Assembly of God Church on Wednesdays or Sundays before noon. ■

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Pastors David and Carol Huslig - Serving over 30 years

First-grader Jesse Green, 6, left, and fourth-grader Devin Houk, 9, right, benefit from the school supply giveaway at Bethel Assembly of God Church. This year, the giveaway will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, August 3.

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Fruita’s Freedom Festival Celebrate our country’s independence from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Freedom Fest is a free community event featuring food, live music, games and more at Civic Center Park. Unless there is high fire danger, there will be fireworks to follow. For details, call 309-1545 or 985-2413. July 4

Flags for the Fourth of July Redlands Lions Club members will be placing flags out for the Fourth of July and will pick them up the same day late afternoon. The flag service honors 10 holidays throughout the year. The cost is $30, which can be prorated. For details, call 242-3222. July 4

Fireworks Spectacular Hopefully Colorado wildfires won’t ruin this year’s Fourth of July fire-

works show at Lincoln Park. General admission is $5 and tickets can be purchased at City Market stores and at the Grand Junction Parks and Recreation office. Gates open at 7:15 p.m., live entertainment at 8 p.m. and fireworks at 9:15 p.m. For details, call 254-3866. July 6

Red, White and Blues Enjoy an evening of jazz and big band classics performed by the Western Colorado Jazz Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. at Grande River Vineyards in Palisade as part of the Hear It Through the Grapevine summer concert series. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Attendees can bring a picnic lunch or can purchase food at the venue, but outside beverages are not allowed. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the gate. Proceeds benefit the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra. Tickets can be purchased online at www.gjsym, by calling 243-6787, or at


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SAT: Colorado Lavender Festival in Palisade Memorial Park Enjoy an

intriguing array of lavender-inspired artisan products, food, cooking demos, music. 9a-4p (FREE). Seminars & wreathmaking. (TICKET) SATURDAY EVENING: Feast in the Field ~ Spike it with Lavender at High Country Orchards. Elegant dining under the stars. (TICKET)

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Changing Landscapes of Science This month’s topic is Shuttle Manned Space Flights. Lecture is at 7 p.m. at the Whitman Educational Center, 248 S. Fourth St. Cost is $5 for members of the Museum of Western Colorado or the John McConnell Math and Science Center, and $10 for nonmembers. For more information, call 242-0971. July 11-13

Beyond Boundaries dance concert Beyond Boundaries Dance Collective presents its Summer Dance Concert. These three performances feature new contemporary dances. Concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Moss Performing Arts Center at Colorado Mesa University. Tickets can be purchased at the door one hour prior to each show. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors. Proceeds help raise funds for student dance grants. July 12-14

Colorado Lavender Festival The Lavender Association of Western Colorado is proud to host Colorado’s only lavender festival in Palisade. The free-admission festival takes place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Palisade Memorial Park and there are other events for a fee all weekend long. Call 434-8582 or visit www. for details. July 13

Barbecue and barbershop Bring the family to A Taste of Heaven Catering, 2817 North Ave., for a taste of music. Enjoy an exceptional evening of delicious barbecue dinner and barbershop music by Sweet Adelines Grand Mesa Chorus and Bookcliff Barbershop Harmony Chorus, their quartets and guest artists. Happy Hour is 5:30 p.m.-6 p.m. (cash bar), dinner from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. and concert from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Party Land or United Country RealQuest Realty. For details, call 858-4839. July 25

Excursion of the Senses Visit High Country Orchards for a peach-packing tour and wine tasting at Colterris. Wander through the lavender fields of Sage Creations, where lavender bundles are $5. Then tour Palisade Brewing Company. Bring money for lunch at the brewery. Cost of $20 includes transportation only. Meet at Lincoln Park Barn at 10 a.m. Preregistration required. Call 2543866. ■

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July 2013 Activity Schedule

“Young-at-heart adults getting together for fun and friendship!” Friday Afternoon Club meets at 5 p.m. Fridays in the lounge at The Doubletree Hotel, 743 Horizon Drive. The first FAC meeting of the month is our business meeting. Newly elected team members are now officiating. Contact Janice Koppang at 433-7108 or 2619114 for details. Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. - Join us for Early Start Breakfast at Denny’s on Horizon Drive. Call Debbie Grose at 245-4995 for details. Visitors are welcome. Wednesdays at 5 p.m. - Dine out at the following locations every week. Visitors are welcome. Call Debbie Grose at 245-4995 for details. July 3 - Old Chicago, 120 North Ave. July 10 - Garfield’s, 2148 Broadway July 17 - Naggy McGee’s, 359 Colorado Ave. July 24 - Red Lobster, 575 24 1/2 Road July 31 - Texas Roadhouse, 2870 North Ave. Sundays at 12:30 p.m. - It’s Bowling Sunday followed by card games at Orchard Mesa Lanes, 295 27 Road. RSVP to Bob Lewis at 263-8462 before heading out. Wednesdays at 8 a.m. - Golf at Adobe Creek National Golf Center, 876 18 1/2 Road in Fruita. No need to call ahead, just show up. Saturdays at 9 a.m. - Meet at Albertson’s on the Redlands for a leisurely ride along the Colorado River Trail. RSVP to Bob Lewis at 263-8462. Thursday, July 4 - Judie Chapin is having her annual Fourth of July potluck at 6 p.m. Brisket will be provided by RCS. Bring a side dish, appetizer or dessert. BYOB. RSVP to Judie at 639-2197 or sign up at the FAC.

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Matter of Balance classes Matter of Balance is a proven fall prevention program designed to help people manage concerns about falls and increase physical activity. This free class is conducted in eight two-hour sessions and uses group discussion, problem-solving strategies, videos and gentle physical exercise. Older adults learn positive coping methods to reduce fear of falling and remain active and independent. Classes are from 10 a.m. to noon, Mondays and Thursdays, August 5-29, at The Commons of Hilltop, 625 27-1/2 Road. Registration required. Space is limited. Must commit to attending all classes. Call 244-8400.

Vets bring home medals The eight-member Grand Junction Veterans Golden Age Games Team returned home from the national games in Buffalo, New York with nine medals. Debra Scott received a

gold medal in horseshoes and bowling. Darrel Chapman received a gold medal in golf, a silver medal in horseshoes and a bronze medal in bowling. Tom Blachley received a silver medal in golf and bowling. Joe Replogle received a silver medal in bowling and bronze medal in air rifle. The Golden Age Games is a premier senior adaptive rehabilitation program in the U.S. For more information, call 242-6175.

Old Age Pension Dental Assistance update The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced that the Old Age Pension Dental Assistance Program funds made available in the 2012 legislative session have been re-appropriated for the next state fiscal year (July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014). This means that unspent funds as of June 30 will roll forward to be used by grantees, ensuring no program money is lost and more patients will be treated.

This is great news for seniors in need and grantees who seek to deliver care to them. For details, call 303-692-2470.

GJHS Class of ‘64 seeks classmates for reunion The 1964 class of Grand Junction High School would like to find all classmates in preparation for their 50th class reunion in 2014. Contact Cliff at or 245-9511 or call Sandi at 263-8087.

Support groups • Mending Hearts Support Group is for any adult who has experienced the death of a loved one. This group meets from 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Miller Homestead, 3090 N. 12th St. Call 683-3202. • Caregiver Connections is a support group open to all caregivers. This group meets from 10 a.m.11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at the Miller Homestead, 3090 N. 12th St. Call Terry at 260-8931. • MACHO Men, a cancer support group, meets at 5 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month at St. Mary’s

July 2013 Hospital’s Java City Café. Call 298-2351 for details. • St. Mary’s Stroke Support Group meets from 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. on the third Friday of each month in the Grand Mesa Room of St. Mary’s Life Center, 2686 Patterson Road. Call 298-1929 for more information.

Volunteer opportunities • RSVP connects individuals 55+ to volunteer positions in any of our member agencies. For a list of volunteer opportunities and to register, call 243-9839. • Mesa County SOS (Serving Our Seniors) needs volunteer drivers to give seniors rides to grocery shopping, pharmacy and medical visits once a week. SOS will reimburse for mileage. Call 248-2746. • Hospice & Palliative Care is seeking volunteers for a variety of positions. Call Diane at 257-2378. • Operation Interdependence needs volunteers to write notes for the troops, help collect products and pack civilian rations. Call 523-4217. • Gray Gourmet needs several adult volunteers to deliver a weekday lunch to homebound seniors in the Grand Valley. Volunteers are also needed to work at one of our senior dining sites one day per week. Call 243-9844. • Harden Hospice needs volunteers to help patients tell their life stories. Training is provided. Call 210-5912. • St. Mary’s Senior Companion Program needs volunteers to pro-

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Club activities • Friendship Force meets from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, July 13 at Community Hospital’s lower conference room. An indoor potluck will be followed by a presentation. Call 260-4653 or visit www.friendship • Western Slope Coin Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the VFW Post 1247, 1404 Ute Ave. Call 241-1770 or visit • Grand Valley Knights are a group of auto enthusiasts that meet every Saturday from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. at Spoons Bistro and Bakery with their sport and classic vehicles. Call 462-6762 or visit www.grandvalley • Two River Sams Chapter Good Sam RV Club will meet at 1 p.m. on July 27. For location, call 523-5625. • Mesa County Genealogical Society meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Commons of Hilltop and at noon on the fourth Wednesday of the month (bring a lunch) at the Museum of Western Colorado. A help session is at 1 p.m. on the first Friday of the month at one of the Mesa County libraries. Call 245-5312. • Thunder Mountain Camera Club meets at 7 p.m. on July 23 at the Grand Junction Masonic Center, 2400 Consistory Court. Call 260-7488. • Grand Valley Woodcarvers Club meets from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of the month and from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays at the Redlands United Methodist Church. Call 245-8817 or 523-5965. • Levis & Lace Square Dance Club hosts square dances from 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. every Friday at the Masonic Lodge. Call 216-8503 or 434-6541. • Art Jewelers’ Guild meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Grandview Apartments, 1501 N. First St. Call 243-1220. • Western Slope Non-Smoking Singles has potlucks on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month at 6 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church. They have dinner on the third Wednesday of the month and have monthly outings. Call 434-5277. • Mesa Fiberarts Guild meets at noon the first Wednesday of the month at First Presbyterian Church, and at 6 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at the City Clerk’s Office break room. Visit www.mesafiberar or call 245-9469. • Grand Mesa Back Country Horsemen meet at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of the month. For location and details, call 242-8860. • Grand Junction Christian Women’s Network meets at 12:15 p.m. for lunch at The Clarion Inn on July 11. Cost is $14. The speaker will be Cheryl Hoffman. RSVP by July 6. Call 424-0464. â–

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for top performance in Walk to End Alzheimer’s of its memory care services and the fact that many of its residents have he staff at Sunrise Creek Assisted Alzheimer’s. The staff started small, Living in Montrose was recently with a yard sale that raised $1,200. honored by the Alzheimer’s AssociaNow they challenge themselves to do tion Western Slope Chapter for being more and do better every year. They the top‑performing team in last year’s raise their walk donation goal $2,000 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. higher than the previous year. “Out of the 20 teams in Montrose, Sunrise Creek’s staff do all they can Sunrise Creek raised the most money to raise extra money for their yearly and was the top walk in the state of goal, from community members raisColorado,” Walk Coordinator Lisa ing money to bake sales. They host Miller said. “They raised $21,000. the Two For Tuesday deal: By donatWe threw this little get-together to ing $2 to the cause, staff members honor them.” get to wear jeans on Tuesdays. In the six years that Sunrise Creek One of the biggest fundraisers is has particithe dinner pated in the and silent walk, its staff auction hosthas raised ed by Suna total of rise Creek. $75,000 for The date the Alzheimthis year is er’s AssociaSeptember tion. 13 at the “The Montrose money raised Pavilion. All from the the money Walk to End raised from Alzheimer’s tickets and helps keep the silent us operating Local Alzheimer’s Association chapter staff honor the staff auction go at Sunrise Creek Assisted Living for their fundraising efforts to the walk. so we can continue to for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Sunrise help those afCreek pays for all the expenses of fected by Alzheimer’s,” Miller said. the dinner itself. All money raised by the Walk to The 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s End Alzheimer’s is kept local. The in Montrose will be August 24 at Western Slope Chapter serves eight the Sunrise Creek common area. In counties and provides many free Grand Junction, the walk will be services, including support groups, September 14 at Long Family Memomentoring, classes, and help for both rial Park. There are no registration patients and caregivers. deadlines, so people can register the For Sunrise Creek’s executive direc- day of the event. tor, Heather Simoens, the recognition “We want to make our Walk to End is just proof that hard work pays off. Alzheimer’s as big as the Breast Can“I think that it’s amazing,” she said. cer Awareness walk,” Simoens said. “This is something we do from the “Those are two major diseases that heart to help families because it is always need more awareness.” For anyone interested in participatdefinitely something needed in our ing, call Sunrise Creek at 240-0600 or community, as a majority of older contact the Alzheimer’s Association people are affected by Alzheimer’s.” office at 256‑1274 or visit www.alz. Sunrise Creek got involved with org/walk. ■ the Alzheimer’s Association because By Liesl Greathouse


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You’re a Grand Old Flag concert Singers from the North Fork Valley and Surface Creek Valley will give tribute to the stars and stripes with four performances at no charge to the public. They encourage attendees to bring small American flags. Sunday’s performance will be at 6 p.m. at North Fork Baptist Church in Paonia, Monday performance’s will be at 7 p.m. at Austin Baptist Church in Delta, Tuesday’s performance will be at 7 p.m. at Saddle Mountain Fellowship in Crawford, and Wednesday’s performance will be at 7 p.m. at Cedaredge Methodist Church. For more information, call Marilyn at 872-3949. July 3-8

The Wall that Heals A replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. will be in Montrose’s Cerise Park. The wall will arrive on Wednesday and an opening ceremony will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday with a community picnic at 12:30 p.m. A closing ceremony will be held on Sunday at 9 p.m., followed by a candlelight vigil. The wall will depart on Monday. July 6-7

New Orleans Blues & The America Pianist Bob Milne has made 13 solo piano recordings featuring his amazing piano playing in all its variety, including ragtime; showy player-piano styles; reverent and joyful gospel; rousing, rhythmic boogie-woogie; and heartfelt lowdown blues. He will be performing two concerts, one at 7 p.m. on Saturday and one at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Montrose Methodist Church, 19 S. Park Avenue. Tickets are $15. For details and tickets, call 249-1772. July 10

Crochet: Intermediate Level 1 class Learn to follow more challenging

patterns while learning new stitches and reviewing the basics. Create an intermediate level project to take home: a beautiful hat and scarf set. Please bring two skeins of worsted weight yarn (600 yards) and a size I hook. Pattern provided. Class will begin at 6 p.m. at the Colorado Mesa University campus in Montrose, 234 S. Cascade Ave., room 102. Cost is $35. For details, call 255-2800. July 12-14

Colorado Lavender Festival The Lavender Association of Western Colorado is proud to once again host Colorado’s only lavender festival in historic downtown Palisade. Friday will feature an all-day guided motorcoach tour from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday will feature the free-admission festival in the park from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday evening will feature Feast in the Field-Spike it with Lavender, starting at 6 p.m. Tickets to this event are $100 and reservations are required. Sunday will be an all-day, free, selfguided lavender farm tour. For more information, call 434-8582 or visit July 12-14

Black Canyon Quilt Show The purpose of the Black Canyon Quilt Show is to promote the art of quilting through an annual quilt show and ongoing educational opportunities. The show will be from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, at the Montrose Pavilion, 1800 Pavilion Drive. Cost is $3. Children 12 and under are free. For details, call 249-8238. July 13

Skeet & Golf Tournament The tournament will be 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at Devil’s Thumb Golf Club, 9900 Devil’s Thumb Road in Delta, with a light breakfast served at 7:30 a.m. at the Trap Club. Sign up at the Pro Shop by July 6. Entry fee is $40. For details, call 874-6262. ■

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• The Warrior Resource Center, 11 S. Park Ave. in Montrose, has the following events scheduled for veterans in July. If you have not previously registered with the Warrior Resource Center as a veteran, please bring a form of military ID with you. For more information, call 765-2210. • All veterans are invited for coffee from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. every Thursday. • All military spouses (of any branch or era) are invited for coffee from 2:30 p.m.-3 p.m. on Thursdays. • The public is invited to eagle head cane presentations at 1 p.m. the first Thursday of every month. Beautiful eagle head canes, created by Black Canyon Wood Carvers and Wood Workers Guild of Western Colorado, are presented to veterans.

AARP Driver Safety Course Save on insurance, keep up on newer traffic laws, and learn defensive driving techniques. For details and schedule, contact John Loring at 856-6924 or 424-1778.

Support groups • Veterans’ PTSD support group This PTSD support group is open to combat veterans (not providers) and takes place at 10 a.m. on Thursdays at the Montrose Workforce Center, 504 N. First St. Veterans must provide copies of their DD214s as verification of eligibility of services from the Vet Center. For more information, call 245-4156. • Stroke support group – Meets 11 a.m. to noon twice a month at Montrose Memorial Hospital’s Acute Rehab Unit. For meeting days and details, call Tim Ramsey at 318-2028. • Mending Hearts Support Group - This support group is open to adults who have experienced the death of a loved one. • Delta group meets from 6 p.m.7:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, 195 Stafford Lane. Call 874-6823. • Montrose group meets from

1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. on Mondays and 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. on Thursdays at the Bosom Buddies Room, 645 S. Fifth St. Call 252-2520. • Cedaredge group meets at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Cedaredge Public Library, 180 S.W. Sixth Ave. • Hotchkiss group meets from 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. on Mondays at First Baptist Church, 203 W. Main St.

Volunteer opportunities • Harden Hospice in Montrose is seeking volunteers to help their patients tell their life stories. For more information, call 275-6064. • Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado in Delta and Montrose is seeking volunteers for a variety of positions with an immediate need for patient and family support volunteers to visit with a patient, run errands, relieve the caregiver for a small amount of time, and provide transportation. In Delta, call 874-6823. In Montrose, call 252-2642 • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is dedicated to providing a voice for abused and neglected children. Become a CASA volunteer through assisted study built around your schedule, or plan to join our upcoming September class. For more information, call the Delta office at 874-7730, Gunnison office at 6417998 or Montrose office at 249-0337.

Summer concert series • Ridgway’s sixth annual free summer concert series begins July 4. Performances are at 6 p.m. every Thursday in July, featuring top-notch national acts such as Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band (funk/dance) and Isa & JoeAlan on July 4, Mountain Heart (cutting edge bluegrass) and The Matt Flinner Trio on July 11, Pato Banton & the Now Generation (reggae) and Lipbone Redding on July 18, and Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics (soul, blues) and Big Sandy & His Fly Rite Boys on July 25. For more information, visit www.pickinpro or call 260-6493. • Paonia’s sixth annual free Pickin’ in the Park Summer Concert Series

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begins August 1. Performances are at 6 p.m. every Thursday in August, featuring top-notch national acts such as Amy Helm (Americana) and Front Country on August 1, Bradford Lee Folk & The Bluegrass Playboys (bluegrass) with The Paul Sammons Band on August 8, Atomga (Afrobeat) with Sand Sheff Trio on August 15, and The Birds of Chicago (American roots) with Cottonwood Creek on August 22. Visit www.pickinproduc or call 260-6493.

Delta Senior Activities The following activities are offered at Bill Heddles Recreation Center, 530 Gunnison River Drive in Delta. To register for any of the following activities or for a full list, call 874-0923. • Community Evening Dances Held from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month. Cost is $4 per person. Bring a snack to share. • Community CPR/First Aid/AED Class - This American Red Cross Basic CPR/First Aid /AED training class will be on July 20. Register through July 12. Cost is $80 and is due at time of registration. At completion of the class, students will be certified. • Adult Fall Softball League - Register your team for the Delta Parks Recreation & Culture Softball Fall League. Register through July 28 for the coed, women’s or men’s leagues. Cost is $225 per team and a $20 player fee. The 10-game season begins mid-August.

Montrose Senior Activities The Montrose Recreation District has the following activities scheduled for seniors 50+ in July. Register one

week ahead. Events take place at the Montrose Pavilion, 1800 Pavilion Drive, or transportation departs from the Montrose Pavilion. Please arrive at each event at least 15 minutes early. For more information on any of the following activities, call 252-4884. • Olathe Tours - Tour Dayspring Farm, Rocking W Cheese and Milk, and Mountain View Winery and Orchards from 8:45 a.m.-2 p.m. on July 12. Cost is $15. Bring money to shop. Bring a sack lunch to eat at the winery. • 4-wheel drive at the Historic Crystal Mill - The picturesque Crystal Mill near Marble is one of the most photographed sites in Colorado. Be prepared for a rocking, rough, dusty ride over the same trail our forebearers blazed when they settled the area. Elevation is over 9,000 feet. Our tour company is Crystal River Jeep Tours. Trip is from 10 a.m.8 p.m. on July 18. Cost is $75. Bring a sack lunch. • Summer hike on Bear Creek Trail in Telluride - A moderate hike with a steady 2.5 mile climb to Bear Creek Falls, and a 1,050 elevation gain. Trip is 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on July 23. • Visit Rocky Mountain Biologic Laboratory in Gothic - The ecosystems around Gothic are some of the most intensively studied in the world. RMBL is located in a former ghost town from Colorado’s silver mining days. We will take a half-mile walking tour and learn the history of the area and speak with one of the scientists doing research there. Trip is 8 a.m.4:30 p.m. on July 30. Cost is $43. Bring a sack lunch. ■


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Join defensive tactics trainer Leah Campbell as you learn some clever moves to make you smarter and safer. This class takes place at the Parachute Branch Library, 413 Ninth St., from 4 p.m.-5 p.m. For details, call 285-9870.

be offered at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library, 413 Ninth St. at 7 p.m. Genealogy Consultant Diane Hitchcock-Owens will present information about the library district’s free genealogy databases. Discover ideas for researching your family history. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 945-5958.

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Visit Parachute during Grand Valley Days. Rodeos will be held at 7 p.m. both days and there will be a parade on Saturday. 319-0562 at 10 a.m. and a 5 K race 285-1111. Lots of other fun events are planned. July 26-28

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Live music and barbecue The Hotel Colorado, 526 Pine St. in Glenwood Springs, will host local country and bluegrass music in their courtyard from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. The barbecue menu includes hot dogs and hamburgers up to salmon, sirloin and chicken. Prices range from $12 to $28 and include dessert. For details, call 945-6511 ext. 194. July 17

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Mountain Fair celebrates art in all forms of expression and is known for a diverse range of arts and crafts, nonstop entertainment, great food and an amazing spirit in Sopris Park in downtown Carbondale. A family area includes interactive, creative experiences for children, and friendly competitions run the gamut from cake baking to wood splitting. Chief of the Northern Utes Roland McCook will bring glimpses of his culture to the fair. There will be a traditional Ute teepee set up on the fairgrounds as well as traditional dancing and drumming. Admission is free. August 3 & 4

Silt Heyday Festival and Car Show Silt Heydays is celebrating its 44th anniversary with live music, food vendors, a pancake breakfast, games, contests and more. The parade takes place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, starting at Roy Moore Elementary School. The third annual car show will be on Sunday in the park. There will also be they Heyday Hobble 5K. For more information, call 876-2353. ■

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Foot care available in Parachute Any Parachute-area senior may receive foot care, which includes toenail cutting, foot soaks and lotion at a monthly foot clinic held at Mesa Vista Assisted Living, 73 Sipprelle Drive in Battlement Mesa. The clinics are from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month with services provided by certified nurse assistants. A registered nurse conducts a separate diabetes clinic and cuts toenails on the first Thursday of every other month. Appointments are required to attend these 10 to 15-minute sessions, limited to 20 to 30 people. Call 2851844 to make an appointment. Columbine Home Health Care provides the clinics as a community service, but they accept donations.

Honey Dewdrops in concert Garfield County Libraries is pleased to welcome the Honey Dewdrops back on stage this summer! This folk and old-time duo is characterized by its Appalachian harmonies. Free concerts will be held at the New Castle Branch Library at 6:30 p.m. on July 22, at the Silt Branch Library at 6:30 p.m. on July 23, and at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library at 7 p.m. on July 24.

Farmer’s Markets Visit a farmer’s market for locally produced fresh produce: • Parachute/Battlement Mesa: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays on First Street in Parachute. • Rifle: 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Sundays at Centennial Park, 300 W. Third St. • New Castle: 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Thursdays at Burning Mountain Park downtown. • Glenwood Springs: 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Tuesdays at Centennial Park, Ninth and Grand Avenue. • Carbondale: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesdays at Fourth and Main Street.

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All shows will be held at the Cardiff Schoolhouse on Sky Ranch Drive in Glenwood Springs. Parking available at Sopris Elementary School. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door. Performances are scheduled July 5-6, July 12-13, and July 19-20.

Garfield County Fair and Rodeo The party will be bigger and last longer as Garfield County celebrates the 75th anniversary of the fair and rodeo at the fairgrounds, 1001 Railroad Ave in Rifle. Events are scheduled August 5-11 with highlights including the PBR bull riding, the Charlie Daniels Band, and CPRA Rodeo. The parade will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Rifle, followed by the buyer’s barbecue. In the evening, will be the demolition derby. All 4H projects and animals will be available for inspection. For a full calendar of events, pick up a fair book at any of the Garfield Libraries or City Markets. Visit

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kudos \ ku·dos  “You won’t believe this. Less than an hour after I sent you the note to tell Terri Benson thank you [for writing the article about Compassionate Friends in May’s BEACON], I got another call from the same article. Another mom who lost her son on November 26 was in town visiting and needed help to find a group in her area of northern Colorado. Terri has no idea how many lives she has touched… I received yet another call from another bereaved mother who read about Compassionate Friends from Terri Benson’s article in the BEACON. Tell her thank you for reaching others who are broken.” - Betty Hancock, Compassionate Friends, Grand Junction

Kevin: While we do try to provide a living for ourselves, it is more valuable than silver or gold to realize that we have made a positive difference in someone else’s life. Thank you for your kind words and thank you for all that you do.  “I enjoy reading the BEACON, even the risqué jokes, and the crossword is first rate. Thank you for your continuing efforts to put out such a well-constructed publication.” - Charles G., Montrose  “The recent Caregivers’ Conference in Glenwood Springs was excellent. My friends and I had a great breakfast, a mini-massage and learned a lot about Medicare from a lady from Denver.” - Regina C., Glenwood Springs

Kevin: Yes, it was good. The BEACON’s Garfield County editor Cheryl Currier and I had the pleasure of attending. The breakfast burritos were quite tasty and the speaker on Medicare was Eileen Doherty with the Colorado Gerontological Society. Judy Martin, Linda Byers and others in Garfield County put on a great event!  “I always look forward to the Beacon on the stands!” - Dorothy C., Montrose

Tax the fat people!

Fitness, obesity and medical care in America By Glenn Mollette


ach of us must take responsibility for our health. We must become more active as a nation and more selective about what we eat. The average American is overweight and a large percentage of our nation is obese. Healthier citizens lead to lowering health care costs in America. Diabetes and heart disease are two of our leading causes of death. Walking every day and cutting the size of our food portions will help us fight diabetes and heart disease. Activity plays a role in reducing some forms of cancer. A healthier America will be a more productive America. When you are obese, you don’t feel energized. When you are not energized, you are not prone to be and do your best at your job. People who become unemployed and let themselves go physically normally do not feel energized to look for a job. An emphasis on being healthy with every community having access to safe walking, biking paths and trails, would be a plus for our country. Health care insurance premiums should be reduced for every American who is trying to live a healthier lifestyle. Americans who keep their body mass index at 27 percent or below, exercise, abstain from smoking and drink only moderately should pay less in premiums. This will require a visit to the doctor once a year to certify the BMI but it will be worth it. If you are working to try to live a healthy lifestyle, you shouldn’t have to pay for the health care insurance of your neighbor who eats and smokes like there is no tomorrow. These people are the ones who should have the higher premiums. If I drive 100 mph when I am in the car, then I am the one who should pay the higher car insurance, not my neighbor, who drives 55 mph. Insurance companies should reward individuals for their successful

efforts. For example, if someone’s BMI is reduced from 35 percent to 27 percent, and they have lowered their cholesterol and sugar, and received a good report from their doctor, then the insured should be rewarded with a reduced rate or at least no increase in cost. Currently insurance is going up every year in America. It doesn’t matter how healthy you are or how hard you try. The health care insurance companies have been sticking it to us. There must be some reward of at least not raising the rates of Americans who practice healthy lifestyles. Poorer Americans struggle with unhealthy lifestyles. They eat more pizza and fast food because it’s cheaper. It’s also unhealthy. Our country would save billions if we could have a healthier America. We must develop a healthy American tax relief act. Eliminate the payroll employee taxes for each American whose income falls into the poverty level. This tax would be eliminated based on a report from the county health clinic. The report would include blood work results like sugar level, cholesterol, HIV and other vital health information. The body mass index would be calculated and should be at least 27 percent or a number to be determined healthy for men and women. This report signed by a local health official is affixed to the income tax report filed each year to the IRS for the tax savings for the entire next year. This gives the poorer class in our country a tremendous financial incentive to get off the computer, become more active and lay off the soda and chips. Financially, the effect of younger, poorer and even older Americans trying to become healthier will save our country billions in medical costs. Finally, it’s optional. No one has to try to be healthy if they do not want to. This is America. For those who will make an effort, there should be a significant reward. ■

July 2013

kvetch \ kfech  “I’m tired of hearing, ‘Press one for English.’ Learn English or move! Please.” - Archie B., Delta  “The City needs to do something about the loud diesel pickups that emit all this horrible, ugly, black smoke into our air and on to our clean vehicles. I cannot imagine that being good for the environment and our health. They give out tickets for everything else, why not this?” - Gracie S., Grand Junction  “Do you remember when stores first started NOT putting price tags on things? I remember some of the stores used to say, ‘If the price scans wrong, you get it for free.’ Well, buyer beware and not any more. I returned an item to Walmart that was supposed to be clearance-priced and instead rang up at twice the price the sign said. No explanation, no offer to refund the difference and no apology. The only thing customer service said was, ‘Next!’” - Carl J., Grand Junction

 “Does DirecTV make it a point to scam seniors? I did not sign up for 10 years of service! Hell, I might not even live that long!” - Andrew S., Grand Junction

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Serving families in the Grand Valley for over 100 years.

Travel and Recreation As our long overdue summer season approaches, we begin to look for places to travel and have fun. We at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary are celebrating over 100 years in business. We have cared about and for the families of Western Colorado during the past century and will carry on with the same dedication and service in our second century. We hope that you will travel with safety and care in mind at all times. NO DRINKING and DRIVING and NO TEXTING and DRIVING at the same time. Use a hands free phone or better yet, none at all. Take a real vacation and forget about talking about everything that’s going on at home. Remember the “good old days” when a vacation meant that you relaxed and enjoyed being far away from it all! Have fun and relax. “Life is precious, don’t waste it!”

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Health care for women at all stages of life


t’s what women do —put the needs of others ahead of their own. But you can’t take care of others if you don’t take care of yourself. St. Mary’s combines the most advanced technology and specialized medical care available with a patient-centered, family-oriented approach. That’s how real healing happens.

From childbirth to mammography, from cancer care to surgery, St. Mary’s wants to be your home for exceptional care.

BREAST HEALTH From her first mammogram, a woman develops a kind of partnership with her mammography center. · Western Colorado’s only Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, designated by the American College of Radiology · Certified breast care navigators · Medical and radiation treatment, including MammoSite® Targeted Radiation Therapy · Western Colorado’s only member of the National Consortium of Breast Centers, Inc.

SURGICAL SERVICES With the only robotic da Vinci® Si Surgical System in Mesa County, St. Mary’s offers women the opportunity to have several types of surgery performed using minimally invasive techniques. · Western Colorado’s only gynecologic oncology specialty surgeon

An Affiliate of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System

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Back Pain and You The basics of spine anatomy, common causes and treatment options for back pain. No reservation needed, please join us. » Monday, July 22, 4:00–5:00 pm St. Mary’s Life Center, Grand Mesa Room, Second Floor, 2686 Patterson Road, Ent. 40

Weight Loss Surgery Seminar Learn how weight loss surgery works and who qualifies at a free seminar presented by the staff of St. Mary’s Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Center. Call 970-298-6400 to register.

RIFLE Thursday, July 18, 5:30–7:00 pm

· Angioplasty and stent placement, artery bypass grafting, valve and aneurysm repair

970-298-CARE (2273)

» Monday, July 15, 11:00 am–Noon St. Mary’s Hospital, Saccomanno Education Center, Fifth Floor


· Highly trained, experienced cardiovascular surgeons work closely with area cardiologists

2635 N. 7th Street • P. O. Box 1628 Grand Junction, CO 81502-1628

Attend a free, one-hour seminar and find out what you can do about your joint pain. Learn about some of the causes and latest treatments including information on medications, nutrition, and exercise. Call 298-2380 to register or for more info.

· All FDA-approved weight loss surgery procedures

Nearly twice as many women in the U.S. die of heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases as from all forms of cancer.

“We’re here for life.”

Hip, knee or shoulder pain?

GRAND JUNCTION Wednesday, July 10, Noon–1:30 pm Wednesday, July 24, 5:30–7:00 pm

· Robotic surgical system enabling minimally invasive pelvic and gynecologic procedures

Visit our website at for information about our services, campus maps, and driving directions.

Upcoming Events

· Cardiac rehab

CHILDBIRTH SERVICES They say the only thing more precious than a child is grandchildren. St. Mary’s Labor & Delivery provides a familiar, warm environment where families find healthcare that respects their personal wishes. · Private mother-baby “room-in” rooms · Space for family and friends · Only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in western Colorado

“St. Mary’s really has this program down! The staff’s help made my success possible. My diabetes is resolved and my high blood pressure is gone!” —Joyce Dean, Grand Junction Gastric bypass surgery

BEACON - July 2013  
BEACON - July 2013