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MARCH 2019

Volume: 32 | Issue: 3

Mesa County’s Monthly Magazine for Adults 50+ with over 32,500 Readers

FEEL GOOD ABOUT GIVING What to do when your stuff no longer sparks joy

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TOGETHER WE LOST 889 POUNDS! The treatment that is provided at Compass Medical Center has four main goals:

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nerves begin to “die” they cause you to have balance problems, pain, numbness, tingling, burning, and many additional symptoms.

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ry. Read more about this volunteer superstar on page 16.


hen I read this quote by Albert Einstein, it reminded me of Wynne Bouley.

I don’t remember the exact moment I first met Wynne. Looking back on my tenure here at the BEACON, it seems like she was always there. I worked with Wynne from the time she was with the Counseling and Education Center up until she was placed in hospice care battling cancer. She was instrumental in promoting a multitude of causes, always making sure I was aware of upcoming events for our calendar or a story. More recently, she helped orchestrate the monthly articles and ticket giveaways for Community Concerts of the Grand Valley that you see in the BEACON. BeaconFest was always a great excuse to get together with Wynne. I never knew what booth I’d find her at, but she was usually there volunteering with an organization she cared about. She was nominated twice by different organizations for Volunteer of the Year! Wynne’s kind heart and colossal energy were contagious, and we all loved her for it. Thank you to everyone who shared stories about her selfless generosity for a special tribute in her memo-


We love to publish stories about people who have devoted their time and money to support local causes. The volunteers featured on pages 25-27 have been nominated for the BEACON’s 2019 Volunteer of the Year award by the organizations they volunteer with. These outstanding volunteers go above and beyond their day-to-day responsibilities to make a difference. Make sure to read their stories and vote for your favorite before April 7. All volunteers will be recognized and the winner will be announced at BeaconFest Boomer & Senior Fair on Tuesday, April 16 at Two Rivers Convention Center.


You read correctly. Due to a scheduling conflict, BeaconFest Boomer & Senior Fair will deviate from its regularly scheduled third Thursday of the month and will be on TUESDAY, April 16 at Two Rivers Convention Center. BeaconFest is an annual event where our community comes together to celebrate age. This year’s show features an exciting lineup of entertainment, free food, lively seminars and informational booths from local vendors talking about their senior-related products and services. Best of all, admission is FREE! ■

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Cover Photo: Jan Collins, Brenda Talbott, Liz Moore and Kaili Schoff love working and volunteering at Heirlooms for Hospice and Charmed in downtown Grand Junction. Photo by Cloie Sandlin.

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Feel good about giving: Solutions for when your stuff no longer sparks joy By Diana Barnett & Cloie Sandlin “Does it bring you joy?” Marie Kondo, tidying expert and author of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” instructs readers to ask themselves this question when deciding whether or not to get rid of an item they no longer need. Impulse buys, unsolicited gifts and inherited knickknacks make it easy for us to accumulate stuff. Although family heirlooms and our grandkids’ school projects may spark emotion and memories, unused and unappreciated stuff clutters our space and our lives. Once we’ve decided what things no longer bring us joy, it’s time to find them a new home. Whether you’re reorganizing or downsizing, it’s nice to know there are organizations that repurpose your beloved things to benefit others and spare you the hassle of organizing a garage sale or selling them online. › Mandy DeCino, Faye Drinnen, Jeanette VanDuyn and Sue Sullivan with Heirlooms Grand Junction Habitat for Humanity ReStore volunteers Sandy Shalley and Merilee Robertson, volunteers at Heirlooms Montrose Frank DeHerrera with Heirlooms Grand Junction

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Your cherished items are in good hands at Heirlooms for Hospice, an upscale retail shop with locations in Grand Junction, Delta and Montrose. “We accept gently used items—furniture, books, clothing,” said Mandy DeCino, the Grand Junction store’s creative design manager. “We’re selective, but if anybody ever has questions they can call or send us a photo of the item.” Shopping at Heirlooms supports grief programs through HopeWest, a nonprofit dedicated to profoundly changing the way our community experiences aging, serious illness and grief. Staff and volunteers respect items and their history and take great care in highlighting the best features of each piece. If an item doesn’t sell for whatever reason, it can be repurposed. Take doilies, for example. “Doilies are something my grandmother used to make. My mother inherited some of them and now she doesn’t know what to do with them,” DeCino said. “We’re getting tons of doilies as donations, so we brought them to our volunteers and said, ‘What can we do with these?’” That’s where Charmed by Heirlooms comes in. Charmed is a division of Heirlooms that sells repurposed furniture and

décor using Annie Sloan chalk paint. Some of Heirlooms’ talented volunteers, called Charmed artists, are sewers, designers or painters who may look at an item and envision it with a new look or a different purpose. Charmed artists attached doilies of various sizes and colors and made table runners. They turned some into dream catchers. “They’re a little bit hobo, a little bit junk gypsy, but they’re super cool,” DeCino said. Even though items for sale started off as donations, Heirlooms looks like a regular retail store because they save donated items for looks and seasonal use. If they can’t use something, they’ll donate it to someone who can. “If we can’t put it on our floor, we either revamp it or pass it on to other local entities that can use those items and generate movement for their causes,” said Dewey Blair, assistant manager of Heirlooms in Montrose. As antiques and historical treasures make their way to Heirlooms, the wealth of knowledge from its volunteers—many of whom are retired— is invaluable. “Everything has a story,” said DeCino, “and the people who donate and our volunteers like to tell those stories and talk about what an item was used for.” Last year, Heirlooms in Delta re-

COVER STORY ceived a donation from a woman whose mother made and designed clothes for high-profile clients in the 1950s. “She was an interesting woman and a perfectionist,” Keita Davis said of her mother, Mickey Brodel. Mickey’s design business was thriving but demanding, making it difficult for her to spend time with her family. Without hesitation, she shut down her business and she and her husband, Frank, moved their family to Colorado. Together, they opened Farmer Franks, a hardware and clothing store near Hotchkiss. "When Mom wanted to give things away that were special to her, she'd take them to Heirlooms," Davis said. "She appreciated the fact that they took the time to make them look like they were worth something, just as they had been to her." Decades later, the Brodels enrolled in HopeWest hospice care when their health started to decline. After they passed, the family sorted through their belongings, which included the dresses Mickey had created. "Hospice has been a great venue for us to give things to, but the biggest treasure of all was that they helped us through Mom and Dad's passing. I don't know what we would've done without them," Davis said. Although letting go of her mother’s things was difficult, she's thankful for the memories they brought back. "You just hope their things go to

somebody who appreciates them," she said, "and Heirlooms made that a lot easier." Donations to Heirlooms can be dropped off during store hours. Pickup options vary by store, so call to learn more.

homes or hotels that do resets. While bigger items usually stay at the ReStore, smaller ones make their way to ROOMS by Habitat, a trendy boutique on 432 E. Main St.


“They call it ROOMS because when you come in, my window display is a living room, and then there’s a bedroom setup and a kitchen, even a library,” said ROOMS manager Laurie Kroschel.

This organization made famous by Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter facilitates home building projects that are partnerships between Habitat staff and volunteers and families seeking affordable housing.

ROOMS has everything from furniture and bedding to books, glassware and décor in like-new condition. Items are neatly displayed to help customers visualize them in their own home. While Kroschel accepts donations, most items come directly from the ReStore.

Habitat for Humanity will also pick up your donated items to sell in their ReStores.

ReStores accept donations of furniture, office supplies, appliances, housewares and building materials, and proceeds go right back to the county they came from. “We love the idea of things finding a new home, and pride ourselves in keeping things out of the landfill,” said Jennifer Grossheim Harris, communications director for Habitat for Humanity of Mesa County. “[ReStores] have plenty of antiques, vintage and one-of-a-kind items. We’ve had some incredible Japanese artwork, a Shirley Temple collectible doll, jewelry and furniture.” Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans Retail Director Shawn Marshall feels good about the price points of every item that comes through the ReStore in Montrose. Because of its proximity to Telluride, the ReStore frequently receives donations from high-end

Habitat for Humanity facilitates home building projects for families in need of affordable housing.

“We treat every donation as if it was somebody’s pride and joy,” said Marshall. “It’s cool to think that grandma’s clothes and knickknacks helped build a home for somebody who needed it.” Donations to Habitat for Humanity are tax deductible. The Grand Junction ReStore, 2936 North Ave., accepts donations from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with pickup and delivery options available. The Montrose ReStore accepts them from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and provides pickup services but not delivery.


Unwanted books can go your local library or the Western Colorado Center for the Arts, 1803 N. Seventh St. in Grand Junction.

“People are aware of our gift shop, but may not know about our used bookstore,” said Gift Gallery Coordinator Keith Brewer. The bookstore accepts art and travel books, frames and art supplies. Sales help fund The Art Center’s young adult scholarship program, which gives teens and young adults the financial means to take an art class they might not otherwise be able to afford. Executive Director Lee Borden shared the story of how the program helped one artistic youth who got her fine arts degree and now teaches at The Art Center. “Ashton started taking classes at the Art Center when she was 13,” he said. “That scholarship program helped take a young person who had a passion for art and helped her be able to afford to take classes while she was pursuing her career. Now she’s a full-fledged artist.” The Art Center also accepts monetary donations as well as other items to help with facility maintenance and art projects and classes. All donations support the Art Center’s mission of improving the quality of life for community members by promoting the arts. See a list of items on their wish list at ■



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Your guide to a successful rummage sale By Kimberly Blaker

Are your garage, basement and closets overflowing from the heaps of stuff you’ve been saving “just in case?” If so, it may be time to put those languishing piles to good use—in someone else’s home. Rummage sales are a great way to clear out, recycle and make some extra cash. Follow these suggestions for a successful sale and a clutter-free home. The storefront. A garage is usually the best place to hold a sale offering shelter and requiring little daily set up and tear down. If your garage is hard to get to, hidden from view, or contains valuables that can’t easily be hidden, use a covered porch or patio or your yard. Keep plenty of tarps available to protect your goods from rain and for covering at the end of the day.

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Timing is everything. Plan your sale when temperatures are between 60 to 90 degrees outdoors. Typically, the best days to hold sales are Thursdays thru Sundays, with Fridays and Saturdays bringing the most traffic. Mornings bring the most significant flow of shoppers, and the earlier, the better. If you open by 7:30 or 8 a.m., rummagers will flock.






Hang as much clothing as possible. Use a laundry pole or portable closet, or install two support brackets and a closet rod. You can also support a ladder between two stepladders. A clothesline will also work for light loads. Have plenty of table space. Borrow folding tables, and if you run out,

make a table by resting a sheet of plywood over sawhorses, or prop spare planks of wood between chairs. Keep all but big items off the floor for better visibility. Neatly fold and stack clothing that can’t be hung on tables, and label stacks according to size. Organize good toys and complete sets where parents and grandparents will easily spot them. Set up a guys’ table with hand tools, gadgets, electronics and home repair items. Place small articles such as jewelry in divider containers or egg cartons, so they are easy to view. One exception to the disorderly rule is for small toys. Stick all these little goodies in boxes on the ground where young children can dig for treasures to take home. Label boxes according to the price per item or allow children to choose one as a prize. Have batteries or electricity available to show that items are in working condition.

BEACON SENIOR NEWS Wash and dry all clothing and linens, then fold or hang immediately to prevent wrinkles. Wash dust, dirt and grime from toys, tools and household items. Repair broken merchandise when feasible. Advertise. Newspaper classified ads or Craigslist usually bring the best results unless you live on a main street or a heavily traveled highway. Include your address and main cross streets, dates and time of your sale, and what you’ll be selling. List big items individually as well as the categories of things you’ll sell such as “tools” or “toddler clothing.” Post fliers on grocery store or laundromat bulletin boards,


and post signs on nearby corners. Don’t forget a bright sign in front of your house and balloons tied to your mailbox or a tree. The bigger the sale, the more traffic you’ll get. Go in with family, friends and neighbors and hold one big sale rather than several small ones.


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Price to sell. Don’t overprice, or you’ll wind up packing up nearly as much as you started with. For big items, look through classified ads for average resale prices. Some top quality items in like-new condition can bring 25-35 percent of the replacement cost. Occasionally, tools, equipment and other things in short supply can be priced higher and could sell for 50-60 percent of replacement cost, depending on age and condition. Most used merchandise will bring 5-10 percent of replacement cost at best.



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Norman Doidge, an expert on the brain, dedicated an entire chapter to this treatment in his book, “The Brain’s Way of Healing.” Light therapy, also known as Photobiomodulation (PBM) or Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT), is a modality with a long history and strong evidence to support its use in pain relief. While it’s no miracle treatment, it can relieve pain caused by numerous conditions, especially where other treatments have failed. LLLT has been part of well over 10,000 studies. While being easily tolerated by patients of all ages, it can be used as a lone or adjunctive therapy to improve rehabilitation or decrease drug usage. LLLT is easy to incorporate into day-to-day life and has the potential to be as well known as laser surgery and stand alone in mainstream medicine. “The most exciting prospect is the possibility that PBM may stimulate both neurogenesis (the ability of the brain to repair itself) and also synaptic plasticity (encourage existing cells to form new synaptic connections), which could lead to the eventual application of this

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Meet your meat and its possible toxicity

2. Use different cutting boards for meats than for other foods. 3. Meat should not be left out more than two hours after cooking. 4. Never snack on raw meat.

By Carrie Luger Slayback Sitting in the waiting room of my dentist’s office, I picked up a recent edition of Consumer Reports (CR). An unappetizing photo caught my attention—a raw chicken leg, covered with shiny red and blue medicine capsules—and the article that followed, titled “What’s Really in Your Meat?” was downright disturbing.


he reporter, Rachel R. Peachman, cited government data finding the following “prohibited drugs in our meat more often than previously known…ketamine, a hallucinogenic party drug; phenylbutazone, an anti-inflammatory deemed too risky for human use; and chloramphenicol, an antibiotic linked to potentially deadly anemia.” Dr. James Rodgers, a microbiologist at U.S. Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS), said studies revealing drug contamination “are credible enough for the government to take warning signs seriously.” In opposition to Rodger’s cautionary stance, Dr. Emilio Esteban, FSIS’ chief scientist, said that results of contamination came from “unconfirmed screening tests,” yet the tests were government data obtained by CR as part of the Freedom of Information Act.

5. Buy organic, if budget allows, due to more stringent regulation of ranching and slaughter. 6. Eat less meat.

second paragraph above enter our ports, “labeled for manufacturing, but could be intended for illegal veterinary use.” CR says a “particularly likely source of drug contamination” occurs when livestock eats feed composed [partly] of sick animals. Spokespeople for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) stated that growth-promoting antibiotic use has been outlawed since 2017, but it’s still legal for ranchers to treat sick herds with antibiotics. All animals carry antibiotic-resistant bacteria, sometimes called Superbugs. Every year 400,000 Americans fall ill due to antibiotic-resistant infections caused by salmonella and campylobacter.


Unfortunately, we can’t tell if the hamburger we bite into has traces of drugs. We rely on the ethics of ranchers and U.S. Department of Agriculture FCIS regulators to monitor our food supply. But CR experts worry that FSIS sets the bar too high for tolerable levels and does not take regulatory action even when they do find chemical contamination. In fact, two other government agencies—the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—expressed concern that the FSIS minimum levels of drug contamination are too high. What can we do to protect ourselves?


So how might toxic substances become part of our meatloaf?


7. Cook all meats and fish thoroughly. Some antibiotics degrade with cooking.

Although FSIS officials call the CR article alarmist, it convinced me of valid concerns regarding testing and regulation and gave practical advice for taking control of my health. We can alter our meat eating and handling practices as noted and by contributing to organizations such as CSPI, and letting our legislators know that we demand closer regulation. It may be the only other protection we have. ■


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According to Dr. Gail Hanson, a vet focusing on human health, with drugs prescribed so widely in humans and livestock, trace amounts from runoff or excrement can end up in soil and water that livestock drink. Livestock can also be given the wrong drug for an illness or a drug can be administered too close to slaughter. Intentional drug misuse can also occur when a sick cow eliminated from the slaughter line is given the pain killer phenylbutazone and returned to slaughter. Veterinary medicines not approved for livestock use enter U.S. ports from India and China. The FDA warns that drugs listed in the

Here is what CR, CDC, Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) and World Health Organization advise: 1. Wash hands often, especially after handling meats.

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ynne Bouley was one of Mesa County’s most passionate devotees and dedicated volunteers. Energetic, caring and friendly, she never met a stranger for more than just a few minutes and spent her life bettering her community and volunteering for nearly every cause that was close to her heart.

Wynne and her husband, Dave, have called the Grand Valley home since the late ’90s. She worked in several teaching positions with School District 51 and completed her school district work as a parttime AmeriCorps volunteer with the Counseling and Education Center. Her volunteering took off when she connected with Mesa County RSVP and she held board positions with Friends of Mesa County Libraries and Community Concerts of the Grand Valley, served on committees for United Way and the Fruita Chamber of Commerce, drove patients to appointments for the American Cancer Society, and raised funds for Roice-Hurst Humane Society, among others. She also dedicated countless hours to the Colorado Welcome Center and was nominated twice for the BEACON’s Volunteer of the Year recognition. Wynne didn’t believe that a life without helping others was one worth living. She touched the lives of everyone she knew personally and professionally, two qualities that often crossed over.


“Wynne and I shared a love of many of life’s joys—travel, literature, animals, music, community service and more. We traded small tokens from our respective international trips, and she’d often call me with

her thoughts on a newfound novel, dog story or recent documentary, insisting that I, too, should read or watch it—those she felt particularly strong about, she’d order and have them sent to me. Her enthusiasm was contagious, her spirit indomitable, and her drive unmatched.” - Danni Langdon “Whirl Wynne! That’s how Wynne came to the Community Concerts board many years ago. Her bubbly personality brought us all smiles and her strong support of the nonprofit world was evident in her busy daily life full of volunteer work. I loved our frequent ‘meetings’— lunches at Camilla’s or day trips, where our thoughts and dreams brainstormed from the classy practical to the exotic—sometimes aimless, sometimes directed. Wonderful lady!” - Bobbi Alpha “I first met Wynne while I was on the board at Roice-Hurst Humane Society. My first reaction was that she was a bit “prickly” as she was voicing frustration because she couldn’t get the information she needed to donate items to our yard sale. Another board member and I met with Wynne and discovered that she was way more interested in helping our organization than complaining about it! She joined

BEACON SENIOR NEWS our fundraising/events committee and spent countless hours in the trenches soliciting silent auction items and monetary donations, selling (and buying) gala tickets, distributing promotional posters, working fundraising events, and stuffing/folding newsletters. While I valued Wynne as a fellow volunteer and animal welfare supporter, I valued her even more as a friend. As the years went by, we had many stimulating conversations about travel, books and movies to our varied careers. Wynne was exceptional in many ways, but what impressed me most was her genuine caring and compassion for others. Even when she took hit after hit with her cancer progression, she never failed to ask about you and what YOU were dealing with. One of my fondest memories was when Wynne asked me to attend the St. Mary’s Cancer Survivorship program’s fashion show to give her moral support. The models were survivors, and when she emerged from the curtain and started down that runway, the old vivacious, confident and life-loving Wynne emerged—grinning, dancing to the music and strutting her stuff. It’s a moment I treasure and will never forget.” - Elaine Johnson-Craig “Wynne was always early, so she carried a book with her to pass the time while she waited. Unfailingly, she’d beat me to Enstrom’s for our coffee dates and I’d find her tiny build hunched over, engrossed in whatever she was reading. The second she looked up, her quiet absorption dissolved into an effervescent outpouring of hugs and questions about my life. Wynne was a tiny ball of enormous energy. She cared about that the way only genuine friends do. Even when she was entrenched in her battle with cancer, you would have to satisfy all her questions about your life before she would fill you in on what was going on with her. I met Wynne because of our mu-

tual obsession with travel. She was working as an AmeriCorps volunteer and wanted to find a way to use her educational money to travel with me to El Salvador. She joined me on the board of the Foundation for Cultural Exchange (FCE), working to raise money for students in Grand Junction’s sister city in El Salvador, and served on it passionately for years. She never did make it down there with me, but a deep friendship was born from our volunteer time together. I was four decades younger and a whole head taller than Wynne. The two of us together were a feverish whirlwind of animated conversation and laughter. We shared so much in common and I always took it as such a compliment when she would tell me I reminded her of her younger self. I remember sitting across from her and aspiring to age as she had. The experiences she described seemed to span 100 years, yet her energy eclipsed that of people half her age. Wynne sponsored a student’s education through the FCE for many years. The last time I saw her after she was placed in hospice care, that student, Marielos, had just graduated from high school. I read Wynne her letter and was overwhelmed by how poignant that moment was. The letter expressed how Marielos had taken the top student spot and that she would be continuing to college, and that she owed her success in large part to Wynne’s support, moral as much as financial. This was Wynne; her selfless attention to others completely changed lives. I’m not sure how our community will ever fill the giant Wynne-sized hole she left. But what I am certain about is that bright lights like her don’t ever burn out because she ignited the same light in so many others.” - Anna Stout Thank you, Wynne, from the bottoms of our hearts. We miss you already. ■

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If you think there is good in everybody, you haven’t met everybody.

A husband and wife were driving through Louisiana. As they approached Natchitoches, they started arguing about the pronunciation of the town. They argued back and forth then they stopped for lunch.

If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to blame.

At the counter, the husband asked the cashier, “Before we order, could you please settle an argument for us? Would you please pronounce where we are very slowly?”

There’s always a lot to be thankful for if you take time to look for it. For example, I am sitting here thinking how nice it is that wrinkles don’t hurt.

She leaned over the counter and said, “Bur-ger Kiiing.”

Did you ever notice when you put the two words “the” and “IRS” together it spells “theirs?”

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The sole purpose of a child’s middle name is so he can tell when he’s really in trouble.

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I don’t really like watching basketball. I just watch it to find out who the next member of the Kardashian family will be.

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A 92-year-old man is walking through a park and sees a talking frog. He picks up the frog and the frogs says, “If you kiss me, I will turn into a beautiful princess and be yours for a week.”

A penny saved is a government oversight.

The old man puts the frog in his pocket.

The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right time, but also to leave the wrong thing unsaid at the tempting moment.

The frog screams, “Hey if you kiss me, I will turn into a beautiful princess and make love to you for a whole month.”


The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight because by then your body and your fat have gotten to be really good friends. The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement. He who hesitates is probably right. Did you ever notice the Roman numerals for 40 are XL?

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The old man looks at the frog and says, “At my age, I’d rather have a talking frog.”


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Revisit your resolutions in the garden It’s March and I’m itching to get back in the garden. Early signs of spring are starting to appear, and on March 20, we celebrate the equinox, the moment when the sun sits directly above the equator, and day and night are nearly equal in length. For us in the northern hemisphere, the March equinox marks the beginning of spring.


inter’s a time for rest, grounding and recuperation. Spring is a time for revival. When we’re engaged with the seasons, it’s easy to get wrapped up in seasonally appropriate tasks, chores and play. It’s easy to flow from one season to the next, enjoying what each period has to offer. We’re easily wrapped up in seasons, which isn’t a bad thing. But when we remember to pause and take note of the characteristics that make winter, fall, summer and

spring different from each other, we create an openness within ourselves that allows us to experience Nature’s capacity to transform and evolve. We make room for the shifts we want to see in our own lives.


Spring is a natural time to revisit the intentions we declared at the start of the new year, since we’re surrounded by new beginnings and revitalizations in Nature.


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As we welcome this fresh new season, it’s time to bring in the energy of spring with open arms. Prepping garden beds and starting seeds are great ways to get moving. Even walking around the garden (no matter how much space you have to play with) and envisioning what your garden will become is an opportunity to move your body and stimulate the mind. If you’re as eager as I am to get gardening, here are a few seeds you can sow right now, or as soon as you’re able to water. Poppies are easy to direct seed and don’t mind cold temperatures. Broadcast poppy seeds throughout your garden and keep them moist until they germinate. Poppies need lots of light, so if you’re covering your beds with straw, don’t lay down too much. Spinach, arugula and lettuces will also come up in the cool temperatures of early spring. Spinach does not like to be transplanted, so it’s better to seed directly and then thin. At the end of the month, you can start transplanting cool season favorites like pansies, osteospermum and alyssum. Keep a sheet or grow cloth handy so you can cover young

transplants when frosts come through. If you’re starting plants indoors, some vegetables (like peppers) and herbs need weeks to germinate and longer to get established.

PLANTING RESOLUTIONS Our gardens are little realms. Just as they extend from our homes into the outside world, so they extend from our individual hearts into an interconnected world. Let’s embrace this midway space between our homes and the wild as a place to dip our toes into larger ecosystems, lean into grander ideas and take practical steps towards our bigger dreams. Consider your resolutions. What is it you decided to go after this year? How do you want to feel? What new habits do you want to set in place? You may be surprised by how many of your goals or resolutions can be manifested in the garden. As this next gardening season begins, I’d love to know: What topics are you interested in? What do you want to explore in your garden this year? ■

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How to survive retirement with your spouse


h, retirement. It’s that magical time we work toward our entire adult life. It’s the time when we can finally do whatever we wish. In addition to more free time, other interesting things happen when we retire. When my husband, Dan, and I became emptynesters, our house seemed to double in size. But when we retired six years ago, that same house seemed to revert to its original size again. With only one living space, we discovered the greatest invention: television headphones. No longer does one of us have to slink off to another room to read or seek quiet. Watching football and napping can be accomplished in the same space. With 40-plus hours more of free time a week, we found retirement is a daily balancing act that takes a lot of communication, rethinking roles, patience and flexibility. Transitioning to retirement is rocky for some, while it’s smooth and natural for others. What were a few of our bumps? Frequently running into each other in our shared walkin closet or small bathroom. “I would like to run into him more in the kitchen,” Carol Tompkins, 69, said with a laugh. “We’ve been married 46 years and I’ve gotten tired of doing all the cooking.” As part of their retirement transition, her husband, Jerry, 72, stepped up to the plate. Jerry retired four years ago after working 42 years as an attorney. Carol retired from her real estate career two years later. They’ve found balance in their personal lives and even time to care for Carol’s

parents in addition to visiting two children and four grandchildren who live out of town. “We were just devoting more time to the things we enjoyed doing in our free time outside of work— more walks with the dog, more golfing, more time with friends, travel, cultural events,” said Jerry. The Tompkins do a lot together, but maintaining friendships with their own guy or girl friends is also important.

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NAMIBIA: where arid desert meets frigid sea By Fyllis Hockman

They say it’s hard to walk in another’s footsteps, but those were exactly the instructions we received when trekking along the ridge of an approximately 350-foot-high sand dune in Namibia. The old mountain-climbing adage applies here, as well: “The slower you go up the mountain, the faster you get there.”


he country is located on the southwest coast of Africa and is named after The Namib, a 1,200-mile stretch of real estate where scorching desert in stunning contrast overlaps frigid sea, and water, wind, sand and sun play off each other to create a unique visual landscape that challenges the most versatile of photographers. The desert, home to the highest sand dunes in the world, parallels the Skeleton Coast, named in honor of the

›T  op: Massive gray communities of seals at the Cape Cross Fur Seal Reserve, one of about 25 colonies along the Skeleton coast and the only one accessible to the public.

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many wrecked ships and sailors’ lives lost over centuries. The latter is also home to hundreds of thousands of seals, but despite their close proximity, they rarely climb the dunes.


Our sunrise ascent of the dunes, rust in color, smooth in texture, mountainous in size, and other-worldly in nature, was part of many such excursions on our Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT) tour, where the daily mantra of our guide, Bhavi, focused on “learning and discovery.” From the summit we watched the early sunlight dancing on the dunes to the tune of orange, pink, tan, yellow and gray-colored notes.

Later, flying in a small plane above a wider panorama, the dunes resembled frothy peaks of pink meringue covering the countryside, and the sensuous gradations, indentations and undulations created by the shadows playing off those soft swirls of desert icing added as much to this visual feast as has the sweet geology of time. My fellow travelers on the tour, all OAT veterans and intrepid adventurers, came to Namibia in part because it was virgin tourist territory. Mary Jo McDonald of Madison, Wisconsin, touted the trip as “exactly what I expected. It was full of adventure, exposure to under-developed areas with wildlife. I came primarily to see the dunes and they didn’t disappoint.”



The first thing you notice upon arriving at the Cape Cross Fur Seal Reserve, one of about 25 colonies along the Skeleton Coast and the only one accessible to the public, is a slightly pungent acrid odor. That greeting is followed by a modest barking sound, the level of which increases greatly as you approach further. As the general din breaks down into honking, wheezing, coughing, whining, braying, cackling, and bleating, and the small black dots begin to take shape as they lumber across the rocks, I wondered how so many of the same species could make so many different sounds. What first seemed like just a clamor of sounds took on a more emotional content: the racket emanating began to sound sorrowful, belligerent, questioning, anxious, soulful. As I pondered their fierce existence—frigid waters, rocky shore, crowded conditions—I thought, “No wonder their cries are so mournful.”

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Our OAT guide, who didn’t shy away from controversial topics—a very unusual trait among tour guides—told us that clubbing of the young is still used as a means of depleting the number of seals, seen by fisherman as a threat to their livelihood. As evidence builds that it’s more the humans than the seals that are responsible for the lower fish supply, it’s hoped that the practice of culling will recede. But there is a lot more to recommend this unusual country than just its western coastline; the culture of its people and its wildlife offer visitors a whole other dimension to appreciate. For more information, visit or call 800955-1925. ■


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George Shackleton:

the man behind the legacy of Monument Canyon By Eileen O’Toole ohn Otto’s is a name that’s recognizable to almost everyone in the Grand Valley. Residents are reminded of his legacy as Colorado National Monument’s first park custodian and advocate in local history lectures, anniversary celebrations and tourism events.


Though not nearly as famous, George Shackleton, who arrived years before Otto, earned notoriety in Grand Junction as a successful businessman, landowner and philanthropist in the city’s early years. His legacy is ingrained in the history of Monument Canyon, which was called Shackleton Canyon for many years—possibly even after John Otto left the Grand Valley. Born in 1858 in Roxbury, Massachusetts, Shackleton was the oldest of nine children. As an adult, Shackle-

ton sought his fortune in Leadville, Colorado around 1879 but decided to seek new opportunities in the newly established town of Grand Junction. In 1882, he and his friend Job Payne arrived. They either bought cattle or brought cattle with them and secured a contract to supply the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad with meat until the line reached Green River, Utah.

east mouth of what is now Monument Canyon.

By the time the railroad contract expired, the men were selling wholesale and retail. They dissolved their partnership amicably in 1884 and ran their cattle together. Shackleton partnered with his father on a ranch on Kannah Creek. By that time, he also owned a slaughterhouse in Grand Junction, had purchased 20 acres next to Judge Mobley’s ranch, and homesteaded 120 acres on the Red Mesa (now known as the Redlands) near the

“My first job…was to clean out the hog lot which consisted mostly of old cow heads and feet,” he said.


The cattle market and meatpacking business was hard work. MJ Mc Keel, whose father was the manager of a meat market that may have originally been Shackleton’s, later related his experience at his first job at the slaughterhouse near the river and rail yards.

He had to heave them over the fence into the Grand River and “take the hides off the rack hanging in the blazing sun,” he said, “and that was worse than the hog lot. They were so hot we could hardly handle the greasy, stinking things bare handed.”


The following morning, citizens “sorrowfully and anxiously” lined the river watching as dredges were dragged through the river.


The article reported that Shackleton, along with F. R. Fish, Dr. Williams and J. H. Robinson, were bringing their cattle from the Dolores when they reached the ford

The News claimed, “Our entire population stood grief-stricken by his grave. He was so brave and young and strong. His life was so useful! There was something in his death that made all classes weep.” ■

Then they loaded them in railroad freight cars for shipment.

On August 28, 1885, the story came out in The Daily News about Shackleton’s death. With the headline “The Grand’s Last Victim,” the article read, “Last night this terrible river claimed one of its most honored citizens as its victim. Today George H. Shackleton is no more.”

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just below the mouth of the Gunnison River. They arrived shortly after midnight and with a bright moon Shackleton didn’t want to wait for morning. The others couldn’t change his mind and refused to go with him, but despite the dangers he went on ahead. After the noise of the cattle crossing went quiet, Shackleton’s horse returned without him. The men went along the bank calling for him with no answer. He was 28 years old.

Shackleton was said to be friendly, generous and a man the entire community loved. His obituary was printed on September 5, 1885, stating that he belonged to the I.O.O.F., the Mesa County Pioneers Association, and Knights of Labor, all of which passed resolutions of admiration to be presented to his family.

Shackleton, who still supplied beef to the D&RG, did much of the same work from his packing plant established on a river island near Fruita.

Possible Shackleton property in the Redlands, circa 1907-10.

Photo of Monument Canyon, or Shackleton Canyon, in the Redlands, circa 1920.

Shackleton, who’d been elected to City Council, had planned to run in the County Commissioner election on the Republican ticket and anticipated he would win. Allegedly, all businesses in town closed up shop to honor him, including the D&RG.


Vote for our 2019 Volunteer of the Year The Volunteer of the Year is someone who goes above and beyond in making a difference in the lives of others. The winner will be announced at BeaconFest Boomer & Senior Fair at Two Rivers Convention Center on Tuesday, April 16. With so many volunteers to choose from, we’re leaving it up to you, dear readers, to vote for this year’s Volunteer of the Year.

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Step 3: Fill out the ballot by providing your name and email address, then pick your favorite volunteer. (We will never send you unwanted emails or pass your information along to a third party.)

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Florence Balbier

Nominated by Diane Barger, Mesa County RSVP Florence Balbier decided to make a difference in the lives of others over 44 years ago. Most of her volunteering has been with the VA Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital Gift Shop, but she has also shared her talents by volunteering for VA Hospital, MarillacHealth, Girl Scouts, Mesa County, 9 Health Fair, Salvation Army, Project Linus, and more. She has been a part of Mesa County RSVP for 34 years and has logged over 15,578 hours, which demonstrates her dedication and passion to making a difference for others. Florence took the lead with other volunteers as they created crafts and novelties that were sold to help raise funds for vital St. Mary’s programs. One of her handmade specialties is making hanging knitted kitchen towels, which she still provides to the St. Mary’s Gift Shop.

Anna Geertsen

Nominated by Stephanie Storey, Mesa View Elementary Mrs. G is a foster grandmother that volunteers in my third grade classroom. She is a lifesaver! Mrs. G approaches every day with a positive attitude. Her smile is infectious and her love for children is obvious. Her dedication is apparent every moment and we are so lucky and blessed to have her in our class.

Sandra Harvey

Nominated by Nicolette Laurita-Kelley, Taylor Elementary School Sandra Harvey is an exceptional volunteer. She is consistent and always on time. She spends two days a week in one of the kindergarten classrooms, has an amazing relationship with the adults in the classroom and the children love working with her. Consistently, she brings snacks and gifts for the children and teachers. It’s very apparent that Sandy loves being at Taylor Elementary and she is a wonderful asset to the classroom.

Jennifer Kivlin

Nominated by Andrea Nickerson, Orchard Avenue Elementary Jen has been coming to our school for eight years. She is known as "Grandma Jen" by many of our students. She is always here and ready to jump in and help any student with any subject. Our students look forward to working with her, reading with her and just visiting and sharing time with her. She has truly made a difference in students’ lives by being here and helping them reach goals they didn’t think they could and may not have without extra support.

Nile Leach

Nominated by Briana Board, Eureka! McConnell Science Museum Nile joined our team last March and has shown amazing dedication and initiative in his volunteer work at Eureka! McConnell Science Museum. Eureka! mostly utilizes volunteers for docents and maintenance of exhibits. Nile helps with maintenance, but on his own initiative, he also helps us organize our many supplies for camps, afterschool programs, exhibits and more. Nile has instituted helpful organizational and inventory monitoring systems, earning him the special title of Operations Management Volunteer. Though not always as glamorous as the name suggests, Nile can often be found helping sort Lego sets or snap circuit sets after they are used with afterschool programs. He is dedicated to making sure students and visitors have the best experience with our science materials. Eureka! relies on many talented volunteers to reach our mission of creating excitement for math and science. We are especially grateful to Nile who volunteered over 500 hours from March through December 2019, and more than 130 hours so far in 2019!

Laura Lenhardt

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Vote for your favorite Volunteer of the Year! With so many wonderful volunteers to choose from, the BEACON needs your help selecting the 2019 Volunteer of the Year.

Here’s how to make your vote count: 1) Read about each volunteer and their qualifications 2) Choose your favorite volunteer:

❒ Florence Balbier ❒ Anna Geertsen ❒ Sandra Harvey ❒ Jennifer Kivlin ❒ Nile Leach ❒ Laura Lenhardt

❒ Marnie Margos ❒ Mary McMinn ❒ Mike & Barb Oliver ❒ Nancy Schmidt ❒ Susan Smith ❒ Jim Liewer

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Vote online at or mail this official ballot to: PO Box 3895, Grand Junction, CO 81502 The last day to vote online is April 7. Mail-in ballots must be received by Monday, April 8, 2019.

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tion are contagious. Her artistic genius and engineering acumen contributes to the creation of amazing décor for HopeWest’s fundraising events, but more importantly, she is humble and selfless—always looking out for her fellow volunteers and finding ways to make them feel special. Her commitment to HopeWest’s mission manifests in everything she does.

Marnie Margos

Nominated by Megan Tillotson, Roice-Hurst Humane Society Marnie is an exceptional member of the Roice-Hurst family and shows her devotion to our animals in a multitude of ways. She started volunteering for RHHS in early 2019 and began with a fostering task that’s intimidating to most: a cat and her offspring each had a litter of kittens at the same time. When they came to the shelter, it was impossible to determine which kitten paired with which mother. Marnie opened her home to both mothers and all nine kittens until they grew old and healthy enough to be adopted. Today, both cats and all kittens are in their forever homes. Marnie continues to foster kittens during our busy kitten season, including complicated “bottle baby” cases that require round-the-clock care. She arrives at the shelter early in the morning to help staff with extensive cleaning and feeding, especially when the shelter is full or when we’re short-handed. She keeps her schedule free so that she may assist staff with tasks that aren’t always glamorous, but necessary for the wellbeing of our animals (laundry, washing dishes, cleaning litter boxes, etc.). Marnie is also heavily involved in the socialization of the cats in the shelter. She is one of only two volunteers who have gone through extensive training necessary to work with “behavior cats.” Marnie has contributed over 1,400 hours of volunteer service to RHHS, the equivalent of a three-quarters-time employee.

Mary McMinn

Nominated by Jennifer Potter, Rocky Mountain Elementary Mary always goes above and beyond. She truly loves each student and holds them to high standards in the most loving way. She is a treasured part of our classroom. She knows what each student needs and works to help them be successful. She is always positive and many times knows better than I do as to what I need as the teacher. It is rare to find such amazing help—it’s for all these reasons and more that I nominate Mary!

Mike & Barb Oliver

Nominated by Marifrances Kelly, Habitat for Humanity Mesa County

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Mike and Barb have been dedicated volunteers with Habitat for Humanity Mesa County for 14 years, giving an average of 156 hours per year. They always bring constructive attitudes, an incredible sense of teamwork and an extraordinary ability to express care in the areas they work in and all the people they come into contact with. They consistently go the extra mile by improving their work areas, doing extra repairs in order to keep our environment cleaner and sharing homemade treats for added encour-

BEACON SENIOR NEWS agement. Their kind-hearted inspiration has also blessed our community through other organizations, such as Cross Orchards, Catholic Outreach and the Visitor Center.

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Nancy Schmidt

Nominated by Cathy Barkley, Zippity Do Dogs Club Nancy is a founding member of Zippity Do Dogs, a dog agility club. She has been club treasurer and board member for over 20 years, but she does so much more. She always goes above and beyond in loading and driving equipment and mowing the lawn for trials, meeting with local venues, and providing refreshments. She does whatever needs to be done with a quiet competence while providing encouragement and help for all club members. She is a selfless role model, as her volunteer work extends beyond the club, including duties with Gray Gourmet, Center at Foresight, Larchwood Inns, Fellowship Church bookstore and Angel Tree. She combines her love of dogs with community volunteering. She always says she doesn’t do that much, but that is far from the truth. She makes our valley a better place through her volunteer work.

Susan Smith

Nominated by Orchard Mesa Middle School Susan is an incredible asset to the classrooms at Orchard Mesa Middle School. She is very helpful when it comes to helping students get started with their daily work and lending a hand to students as they work on essential projects in each of their classes. She provides a gentle nudge to those students who have a difficult time staying focused and on task. Many students on our campus need extra attention and Susan is right there to give them the support and positive reinforcement needed. She genuinely cares for kids and makes them feel loved and cared for. She is always willing to help teachers, is open to learning new things and is a great role model as a life-long learner.

Jim Liewer

Nominated by Gayle Smith & Doug VanEtten, Colorado Archaeological Society

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By Melinda Mawdsley fter her husband’s death in 2006, Joan Chaffin was left responsible for the care of their Grand Junction home, including a back yard with a slope so steep that she didn’t feel safe weeding it unless she was clinging to a long rope tied to a tree. Admittedly, Chaffin said, she shouldn’t have been makeshift rappelling in her backyard in her mid 70s. She was just hesitant to ask for help.

ShareFest is an annual event bringing the churches in the greater Mesa County area together to visibly demonstrate the love of Christ through united prayer, a day of serving in the community, sharing service projects, food, and celebrating together God’s goodness.

Three years ago, however, she changed her mind. After seeing advertisements for Grand Valley ShareFest, an annual event pairing community volunteers with people needing work done on their properties, Chaffin finally signed up.


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As executive pastor at Fellowship Church, Roseberry’s congregation was one of the original churches to participate in ShareFest in 2008.

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“Early on, there was just not a lot of church unity in the valley,” Roseberry said. “[ShareFest] brought us together in a way we had never seen before. We did it to see people get help in the valley, but how cool it is that we can come together as a body of Christ?” This year’s ShareFest is May 4-5, and people need not be a member of any area church to receive help. In fact, Roseberry said, volunteers don’t push anyone toward any church. “We want to show the love of Christ in a practical way,” he said.


At least 30 churches have already up to participate, accordthestepped Love of Christ to Our Commun ShareFest isn’tDemonstrating just for seniors, ing to long-time organizer Debe but seniors like Chaffin make up Colby, and planners are looking for a majority of the people seeking other community-minded businesshelp from hundreds of volunteers es to join as well. who spread out across the valley to “We still believe the needs of our complete projects. community are numerous and ShareFest is in its 12th year and deserve our attention,” Colby said. though most volunteers come from “There are still many people who area churches, anyone from the cannot afford some of the basic community may take part. things a homeowner needs, such Rebecca Mashburn first volunas cleaning gutters and starting teered with ShareFest 10 years ago, swamp coolers.” and in 2016 she returned to work as The group who helped Chaffin part of her church group after its spent nearly three hours trimming congregation decided to take part bushes, cleaning up a planter and in the event for the first time. weeding her steep back yard. It’s “Before we were strangers, but we hard to think she once did that really are neighbors,” she said. work all on her own. She said it was a heartwarming exThose in need of assistance with perience and it was equally wonder- tasks such as turning on swamp ful seeing how the event brought coolers, cleaning up yards, window her entire church together. washing or even flipping mattresses

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Time-saving technology tips and shortcuts


love to share technology tips and tricks with people. It always makes me laugh to see someone gasp as though they’d seen a sleight-of-hand magic trick when I show them how to make their phone do something useful or I demonstrate a simple shortcut that allows them to save several steps. Here are some of my favorite technology tricks.


Translate text I love showing people how to read text written in another language on their iPhone or Android phones. Install the Google Translate app. In the app, choose which language the text is in and which language you want to translate to. Next, tap on the “Camera” icon in the app and give the app permission to access the camera. When you point your camera at the text, the type will magically translate into the target language. You can also use Google Translate to have a verbal conversation with someone in another language by putting the app into “Conversation” mode. Accessibility is everything I’m getting older and I have a difficult time reading my screen sometimes. I recently went into my phone’s settings and enabled an accessibility feature that zooms in on a portion of my screen when I tap with three fingers. I use an iPhone, but similar features are found in Android’s accessibility options. Use your camera as a memo pad Most of the photos on my phone aren’t of family vacations—they’re

of price tags, parking garage numbers, receipts, and other items I need to remember.


The most useful trick I can teach anyone is how to use keyboard shortcuts. These save time and often eliminate multiple steps. You can find keyboard shortcuts in the menu across the top of any application. They are written like formulas such as CTRL+V. This means hold down the CTRL key then, press the V key (while still holding the CTRL key). Here’s a list of shortcuts that work across virtually all applications. Drag your mouse across any amount of text while holding the left mouse button to “highlight” the selected text. CTRL+C will temporarily copy the selected text into the memory of the computer. If you’re on a Mac, use the COMMAND key instead of CTRL for this and the following shortcuts. CTRL+V will paste the copied text into any application you can type in—email, the address bar at the top of your web browser, another document creation program, or any other program that supports text entry. CTRL+Z will undo the last thing you did. Most applications support many steps, so you can CTRL+Z backward through the evolution of your document, image, video, etc. CTRL+P will open the printing options (this is why paste is CTRL+V). CTRL+F will let you search a document, webpage or entire


computer for a given word or phrase. This comes in handy when Google recommends a page with a lot of text. Rather than read through the entire body of text, you can CTRL+F and search for the given word or phrase you’re searching for. Here’s one that isn’t a keyboard shortcut. When you are on a Windows machine, you can find the program or document you want to open simply by clicking on the Windows icon in the bottom left corner and then typing in the name of what you want. A search box will appear as soon as you start typing, as will matching results. On a Mac, use COMMAND+SPACE and Spotlight Search will appear, allowing you to do the same thing. Hopefully, these few tips will save some time and make your computer or phone a little more accessible in the future. ■

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By Stephanie Summar week after my grandmother died, I never wanted to see another deviled egg.


In the days after the funeral, dozens of them arrived at my grandfather’s house—gifts from friends hoping to fill the hole in our hearts with whipped egg yolk. It wasn’t just eggs, either. Each day, new baked goods appeared in the kitchen. The door kept opening to increasingly complex floral arrangements. My cousins and I ate pounds of fudge to clear counter space. My uncle rented a third fridge to store everything. It was a stunning tribute to my grandma. It was also overwhelming.


We spent that week packaging food into single, freezable portions. We called nursing homes that might be able to take the flowers. My aunt wrote thank-you notes full time, and every afternoon we’d play a round of “Whose Tupperware Is This?” When grief rears its head, we throw calories at it. To comfort the bereaved, we offer food prepared by caring hands. When there are no words, there are flowers. No one thinks this will replace a loved one, of course, but what else can we do?

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A few months later, my grandpa’s freezer was still stuffed with deteriorating muffins, and a room in his basement was becoming decidedly rainforest-like. He was dutifully watering the plants we couldn’t rehome, even though it was the last thing he wanted to do. I started to wonder about better ways we can support each other. Grieving will never be easy, but it could be made easier by being conscientious in how we respond. A few sessions from a cleaning service would have lightened my grandpa’s load in those first months. He appreciated the homemade food, but it might have meant more a few weeks later, when he couldn’t face another reheated casserole. I would have traded every one of those deviled eggs to have a friend take him out to spend an hour away from his sadness. My grandma brightened so many lives, and each new brownie pan was a reminder. I’m grateful for the support my family received when we needed it. But the next time I comfort someone, I’ll spend some time thinking about what I can offer to ease their burden just a little. Chances are, it won’t be deviled eggs. ■

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to reach clients with medical and/ or non-medical needs in Mesa, Garfield, Pitkin, Eagle and Gunnison counties. SummitWest Care employs nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists to help clients be at home while they recover from surgery or battle a chronic illness. “So many studies have been done. Being at home, people heal faster,” said Charleen Raaum, a licensed nurse and SummitWest Care CEO. SummitWest Care also offers non-medical services such as grocery shopping, meal preparation and light housework. Even a client’s family member or friend can, with training, become a paid caregiver through SummitWest Care’s In-Home Support Services program. Stephens, who requires the assistance of a walker, takes advantage of the agency’s medical and non-medical services. In addition to seeing Stroud once a week, she also has help with housekeeping and walks outside twice a week.

BUSINESS PROFILE She is also free to call Stroud anytime she has questions about new medications or a flair up in symptoms. “I want to be safe,” said Stephens. It may go without saying that the option to live at home with help from a home health agency instead of residing in a nursing home or assisted living center is more affordable for Stephens and insurance providers. SummitWest Care accepts private insurance, private pay, Medicare and Medicaid. “We don’t have enough assisted living or nursing homes to meet the needs of an aging population across the nation,” Raaum said. “Home health care is at the forefront to meet this need. We are affordable.” To illustrate her point, she offered an anecdote about a patient recovering from hip replacement surgery. According to Raaum, after the hospital stay, the patient could choose to recover at a skilled nursing home/rehabilitation center for an average of 28 days at about $1,600 a day. That equates to $44,800. If that patient instead went home after the hospital stay and partnered with SummitWest Care, he or she

would receive a bill likely ranging from $2,000-2,800 for a similar length of time. “No matter what report you look up regarding health care costs, home health is the most affordable type of care,” she said. “People are happier, heal faster, have a better experience and better outcomes healing in their own homes. The cost is the added benefit and as shown…it is a huge cost savings to our Medicare and Medicaid programs.”

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Brad Ross, musical duo The Abrams next on Community Concerts lineup By Jan Weeks hree concerts remain as part of Community Concerts of the Grand Valley’s 74th season, which has attracted season ticket subscribers to the artist quality and diversity leading up to a nearly soldout season.


“We are looking forward to a similar strong response to our 2019-20 membership campaign in the spring,” said CCGV Board President Bobbi Alpha. “This next season will be the 75th anniversary of CCGV, and we are working hard to secure a roster of top-notch artists to help us celebrate our longevity.” Next up are illusionist Brad Ross and country/bluegrass duo The Abrams before Brassfire rounds out the season at the end of April.


Prepared to be mystified when illusionist Brad Ross takes the stage on March 10 as part of CCGV’s 2018-19 concert series. If you loved watching Harry Blackstone make boxes of Post Toasties

and Sugar Crisp appear and begged your parents to buy a box so you could get the magic trick inside, you love magic. If Aldo Richiardi fascinated you on his many appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show, you love magic. And if you never miss “America’s Got Talent” just to see Rob Lake and Shin Lim do the impossible, you love magic! Ross, who’s been billed as the next Houdini, presents a dynamic and engaging show of spectacular illusions, charming audiences with his humor and creating lasting memories with his magic. Audience members are invited on stage to participate, and previous audiences have commented on how he relates to children and adults of all ages. “Ross beams with energy and personality on stage and has developed this showmanship and entertainment attitude working as a Disney magician and throughout the world,” said Alpha. “When the board viewed the preview of Ross, we all decided that we needed to give this show to the Grand Junction audience. We have never presented a

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THE ABRAMS: PICKIN’ AND GRINNIN’ For John and James Abrams, coming to Grand Junction will be like coming home. The brothers, who hail from Kingston, Ontario, love playing small-town venues because it reminds them of their own hometown.

Drawing on their gospel and bluegrass roots, the Abrams bring high energy and a rollicking good time to their shows. John is quick to stress, though, that even though they cut their teeth on artists like Ralph Stanley, Doc Watson and Flatt and Scruggs, this performance will be more country in flavor, but bluegrass and gospel will play a part. “We don’t want bluegrass fans to show up and be disappointed because it’s not all bluegrass,” John said. “It’s a country and Americana music performance.” Though still in their mid 20s, the brothers have been touring since childhood as part of a four-generation musical family, starting when James was 9 and John was 11. Learning to play instruments and sing in harmony taught them a lot about the genre. James chose the fiddle, while John started picking the guitar and mandolin.

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Almost as important—and fun— as performing takes place after the show. “We think we touch people’s lives with our music, and music supports the idea of community between artists and townspeople,” John said. “The meet and greet is the best part of our concerts.”

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Spring activities to share with your grandkids By Kimberly Blaker “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party.’” - Robin Williams Do you and your grandkids have spring fever? If so, it’s for good reason. Spring represents renewal, rebirth, hope, love, growth and youth and serves to energize us as everything around us comes to life. Make the most of this invigorating season by getting outdoors for some fresh air, sunshine and plenty of family fun. Plant a flower or vegetable garden. Gather up the grandkids, and head to the nursery to pick out flats of flowers or packets of vegetable seeds. When you get home, decide on the arrangement and spacing. Then have everyone pitch in with digging and planting. To keep their interest in the garden throughout the season, ask for their help with watering it when they visit. Visit a state or national park. Parks and forests come alive in the spring, and western Colorado is one of the best places to visit a nearby state or national park. There are approximately nine state parks in the vicinity and the Western Slope encompasses Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado National Monument, Curecanti National Recreation Area, and Mesa

Verde National Park and is only a stone’s throw away from Dinosaur National Monument in Utah. Not only is the greenery beginning to fill in, but wildlife abounds. It’s the perfect time of year for a hike. Take along your binoculars and a camera for capturing photos or videotaping animals and birds. Fly a kite. A breezy spring day is just right for flying kites. You can also order a kite kit in advance for you and your grandkids to design your own. Go garage sale shopping. Spring is when rummage sales are in full swing. Why not take the grandkids on a treasure hunt? Before you head out, research local listings in the newspaper or online, and plan your route to make the most of your outing. Make a yard ornament. Get your grandkids together to brainstorm a fun project you can make together to liven up your front yard or landscape. Design a colorful birdhouse, bird feeder, planter, mosaic walkway or welcome sign, sculpture, or wind chimes. Whatever you decide, you can find instructions or kits online or in a bookstore. Go on a picnic. Pack a bag of finger foods, such as sandwiches, veggies and dip, chips, cookies, and soda,


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then head to a park to enjoy some grub, relaxation and play. Build a fort. If you have a stash of construction materials lying around, this is an excellent way to put it to good use. Another option is to buy several sections of privacy fencing for prebuilt walls for your fort. Just be prepared. Your grandkids will want to be at your house all the time (which may not be so bad). Play disc golf. These courses are popping up in parks everywhere— Matchett Park, Riverbend Park, Westlake Park and Watson Island to name a few local spots. Just head to your nearby sporting goods store and pick up a few discs before you go. Go on a scavenger hunt. Put together a list of items that can be found outdoors, such as an oak leaf, clover, piece of trash, chunk of gravel, dandelion, pop can, speckled rock, wildflower, and so forth. Set a time limit. Then split up into two teams, and see who can bring home the most items on the list. Set up a lemonade stand. For entrepreneurial grandkids, this is a fun way to spend a spring day. Bake cookies or brownies, make some lemonade, and draw up some colorful signs to hang at nearby

corners and main intersections. Better yet, take advantage of the extra traffic when a neighbor is holding a yard sale.

Jim Sanville “A perfect day for me would be when I’m out on the Grand Mesa camping and relaxing and hopefully catching some fish. Even if I don’t catch any fish, it would still be fun.”

Go on a bike ride. Whether it’s a ride through your neighborhood or on a paved park trail system, a bike ride is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy some sunshine and fresh air while taking in all the sights of spring. Hold a garage or toy sale. Have your grandkids clean out all their old toys and outgrown clothes and bring them over. Offer your grandkids to keep the proceeds for their things for helping you with the sale. Attend a soccer or baseball game. Nothing says it’s spring like attending a baseball or soccer game. Get some tickets to a pro baseball game or check the game schedule for your grandkids’ school. Don’t forget to dress in the colors of your favorite team. Take a nature drive. Spring is the perfect time of year to roll down the windows and take a scenic drive. Kick back, put on some happy music, and enjoy the beautiful blue skies, budding green trees, and bursts of colorful flowers through the mountains. ■

Michele Gill “A perfect day is waking up and having cheerful people all around me. I like cheerful people.”

Brian and Diane DelaCruz Diane: “A perfect day is a perfect weather day, spending it outside with my family—my daughter and grandkids.” Brian: “First thing would be to wake up. I’ve been working on trying to de-stress, so having a no-stress day would make it perfect for me and my family.”




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Activities offered by GJ Parks and Recreation To register for these programs, call the Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Department at 254-3866 or visit



Gentle Active Yoga This class is designed for active beginners and above. Class is 8-9 a.m. at Lincoln Park Barn. Cost is $7 to drop in, or purchase a 10-punch pass for $50.


Mondays: 8:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Sundays: 1 p.m.-4 p.m.




Senior Dances with Live Music Dance from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Senior Recreation Center. Cost is $3.

Indoor Pickleball schedule at Lincoln Park Barn Play indoor pickleball at Lincoln Park Barn. Cost is $6 to drop in or get a 10-punch pass for $45. Schedule is through mid-March. Confirm by calling 254-3866.


Thursdays, Fridays: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; 5:30-8:30 p.m.



9:00 am Cribbage 9:30 am Cards 10:30 am Computer Classes 12:00 pm Gray Gourmet Lunch 1:00 pm Card Bingo & Dominoes 5:30 pm Singles Pinochle (1st & 3rd Monday)

9:00 am Cribbage & Pool Tourney 12:00 pm Gray Gourmet Lunch 1:30 pm Bingo

Aqua Aerobics These classes are for beginner or novice individuals, and incorporate noodles, hand paddles, water weights and more. Class is from 8:15-9:15 a.m. Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays and 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Orchard Mesa Pool. Drop in for $4.50 or purchase a 12-punch pass for $46.50. Pull Your Own Weight Learn how to effectively use your own body weight on the Canyon View Park playground circuit in this free class from noon to 1 p.m. Wear comfortable clothes and tennis shoes. Class size is limited; preregistration required.

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SRC St. Paddy’s Day Party Dance to live music and enjoy a traditional corned beef and cabbage meal from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Don’t forget to wear green! Admission is $5 at the door.


The Senior Recreation Center offers activities for seniors age 50 and older. The center is open Monday–Saturday from 8 am–4 pm. Annual membership is $20.

Line Dance This combo class focuses on beginning steps, then builds on those steps to create more challenging dances to a variety of music. Class is from 12:15-2 p.m. at Lincoln Park Barn. Cost is $18 for the session or $5 to drop in. No partner needed.


VOLUNTEER Are you looking for a meaningful way to give back to your community? We are recruiting volunteers for two programs. Call Lorie at 254-3876 for more information. Trail Host: Patrol the Riverfront Trail System and help keep the trails friendly for users. Downtown Ambassador: Be a friendly face to patrons in Downtown Grand Junction.

9:00 am 9:30 am 10:00 am 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

Ladies Pool & Cribbage Jack & Jill Pool Tourney Free Blood Pressure Clinic (3rd Wed) Gray Gourmet Lunch Pinochle & Canasta

THURSDAY 9:00 am Cribbage & Dominoes 10:00 am Dance w/Music (1st Thursday) 10:30 am Membership Meeting 12:00 pm Pokeno (Starts at 1 p.m. on 1st Thursday) 7:30 pm Dance FRIDAY 9:00 am 12:00 pm 12:30 pm 12:45 pm 1:00 pm

Painting Class & Pool Tourney Gray Gourmet Lunch Bible Study Bridge Canasta

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To make Gray Gourmet lunch reservations, call 243-9844. Cost $3.50






Real Living at Cappella Join Cappella residents and family members from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. as they share personal stories about deciding to move and how Cappella’s quality care, unique programs and activities and fun-loving, friendly community inspire living at its very best. Lunch will be served. RSVP as seating is limited. Call 8227070. Event takes place at Cappella Grand Junction, 628 26 ½ Road.


Writers Night James Van Pelt presents “Top 10 Writing Tips No Matter Where You Are in Your Career” from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Writers Night at The Art Center, 1803 N. Seventh St. Van Pelt has published two novels and sold over 150 short stories to major science fiction, fantasy and horror

magazines. He’s won the Colorado Book Award and been a finalist for the Nebula award. His latest collection, “The Experience Arcade and Other Stories” came out at the World Fantasy Convention in 2017.

rience, combining TEDTalks video and live speakers to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. This year’s theme is “We Are Creators.” Enjoy a day of inspiration, learning and challenging the status quo from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Avalon Theatre. Tickets are $59 after February 28 and can be purchased at

and many other local venues, raising close to $300,000 for charitable causes in the Grand Valley. Proceeds benefit Technology Equipment for School District 51 and higher education assistance for women. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and available online at or by calling 210-6364.




Medicare 101 seminar Are you new to Medicare? Learn when and how you sign up, what Parts A and B cover, how to choose the best health and drug plan and more at this free seminar from 10 a.m. to noon at Mesa County RSVP in the basement of US Bank, 422 White Ave. Call 243-9839 to reserve your seat.


TEDx Grand Junction TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like expe-

Roast beef dinner Covenant Presbyterian Church, 237 32 Road, is holding its annual roast beef dinner from 3-7 p.m. For details, call 434-5683 or email


King ‘n’ Trio concert Popular local band King ‘n’ Trio returns to the Avalon Theatre for a single performance at 7 p.m. with special guest star Kelly Anderson, executive director of the Grand Junction Symphony. They’ve been a major attraction at BeaconFest

Fiction Writers’ Short Stories workshop Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ 2020 anthology of short stories is in the works and co-editor Natasha Watts will answer your burning questions about what she’s looking for, how to submit, rights, compensation and the editing process, and how to craft a great story through conflict, characterization and conclusion. Members and nonmembers are welcome to attend this session from 9 a.m. to noon at the Business Incubator, 2591 Legacy Way in Grand Junction. A light breakfast


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Refuse to be a Victim seminar This award-winning crime prevention seminar, presented by Pureland Security, is free to the community. Take a proactive role in your personal safety and learn crime prevention strategies that you can share. Classes are enriching and cover a wide range of topics including home, physical, technological and travel security. Registration is required. Call 270-3203 or email suzanne@ to reserve your spot.


Memory Café Memory Café is a welcoming event in which all who attend understand the unique challenges memory loss can have. From 4-5:30 p.m., Cappella Grand Junction, 628 26 ½ Road, offers a safe and comfortable space to socialize, listen to music, and take

a break from the normal routine. Refreshments will be served. RSVP required. Call 822-7070. March 29-30 Native American Arts Auction Museums of Western Colorado presents a Native American Arts Auction at the Whitman Education Canter, 462 Ute Ave. The auction comprises a variety of inventory consigned by weavers, potters, katsina doll carvers, jewelry makers, and Native artisan dealers and traders. There will be a 6 p.m. reception on Friday, including a presentation about the heritage of Turquoise and Native Arts given by Emerald Tanner of Tanner’s Indian Arts in Gallup, New Mexico. The auction preview opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday with the auction commencing at noon. Most pieces are contemporary Navajo, Hopi or Zuni, made available directly from the artisans. Consignments are accepted from the public on March 28 and 29. For details, call 242-0971, ext. 2204. ■

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Certified Advanced Care Planning Guide training Who would you have speak on your behalf if you were unable to speak for yourself? What is important to you at the end of your life? Learn how to have these meaningful conversations and increase self-awareness of your own preferences in values in this free, two-day class to become a certified Advanced Care Planning Guide. This training, offered by AARP Colorado, the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Denver Hospice, takes place on April 6 and 27, from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Fruita Community Center, 324 N. Coulson St. Lunch will be provided; class space is limited. Register online at aarp.cvent. com/d/n6q9y1 or call 877-926-8300. Free education course for caregivers of adults with brain illness This 12-week course is designed specifically for family members of caregivers of adults living with a brain illness. Starting February 18, this course addresses cur¬rent treatments, evidence-based therapies, medication side effects, information on mental health conditions and how they affect the brain. It explores managing crisis, solving problems, communicating effectively, self-care and managing stress, developing confidence and stamina to provide support and compassion, finding and using local supports and services, and the impact mental illness has on the entire family. Register at 462-3989 or email Travel to El Salvador with Spay/ Neuter Brigade Join the Foundation for Cultural Exchange on its second annual Spay/ Neuter Brigade in Grand Junction’s sister city of El Espino, El Salvador on June 11-18, 2019. The campaign’s

mission is to improve the health and well-being of residents and animals by spaying/neutering 500 animals in three days. The trip includes cultural activities in and around the capital city of San Salvador and the all-inclusive cost covers your airfare, lodging and meals while in the country. (Total cost ranges from $1,800-2,000, depending on the price of airfare.) Space is limited, so sign up today! To learn more about traveling or to donate, call 433-2897 or visit Samaritan’s Purse thanks shoebox packers Because of the generosity of donors in Grand Junction and across the U.S., Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, collected more than 8.8 million shoeboxes in 2018. Combined with those collected from partnering countries in 2018, the ministry is now sending more than 10.6 million shoebox gifts to children suffering from poverty, natural disasters, war, disease and famine. Packed with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items, these gifts bring joy and are a tangible expression of God’s love and bring smiles to the faces of children around the world. Though drop-off locations serving Grand Junction shoebox packers are closed until November, anyone can still pack a personalized shoebox gift online at www.samaritanspurse. org/buildonline. Free swing dancing on Fridays Swing dance from 7-10:30 p.m. at Four Winds Coffee and Tea. A beginner lesson starts at 7 p.m. and open dancing starts at 8 p.m. This group is open to all ages and skill levels. Parking is located behind the coffee shop or across the street. Check the Friday Night Swing GJ Facebook page to confirm the class is happening.

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Free square dances The Mesa Community Club offers free square dances from 7-9 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of every month at the Mesa Community Center, 48973 KE Road, Mesa. Beginners and families welcome. Casual attire. Knights of Columbus Lent fish fry Knights of Columbus will host a Lenten Fish Fry every Friday during Lent from 4:30-7 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 790 26 1/2 Road. Menu consists of baked cod or fried Pollock, coleslaw, French fries or mashed potatoes, green beans, clam chowder, rolls and dessert. Cost is $10 for adults, $6 for children age 6-12, and children under 6 are free. Write a Will Workshop The public is invited to one of three free Write a Will workshops designed to help you plan now so that your wishes will be carried out when someday comes. Learn about estate planning basics in this free, no-obligation workshop at the Mesa County Libraries Central Library. Seating is limited. Register at or by calling 243-4442. March 5 - 10:30 a.m. to noon March 14 - 5:30-7 p.m. March 20 - 5:30-7 p.m. AARP Driver Safety classes Save money on insurance and keep up on newer traffic laws at the AARP Driver Safety course. Cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. Call for location and to register. March 7 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Call Jack at 639-2433. March 12 - 1-5 p.m. at Redlands United Methodist Church, 527 Village Way. Call 858-1514. March 13 - 1-5 p.m. Call Tom at 319-0137. March 15 - 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Call Jack at 639-2433.

Collaboration trips from Museum and Colorado West Land Trust Museums of Western Colorado and Colorado West Land Trust announce their 2019 collaborative partnership, offering three unique Western Colorado tours that will highlight the culture and heritage of the region. April 27 - Spring Farm Tour in the North Fork Valley. Cost is $120 for non-museum members. June 22 - Lazy H Ranch Tour. Cost is $115 for non-museum members. September 17 - Fall Colors Tour to Plateau Valley. Cost is $120 for non-museum members. Free tax preparation services through April 15 AARP Tax Aide volunteer preparers are trained in tax law, then tested and certified each year through the IRS, ready to prepare and electronically file 2018 federal and state returns on behalf of community members at no cost to them. Bring your Social Security card, picture ID for each individual on the return, all documents needed to complete your return, proof of bank account and routing information, and last year’s return. Please note that Medicare/Medicaid cards are not acceptable proof of Social Security numbers. Filers are helped on a first-come, first-served basis. Spots fill quickly so get there early! For more information, call 589-3789. Tax-Aide volunteers will set up at the following locations at the specified times: • 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday - Wells Fargo Bank Annex, 359 Main St., Grand Junction • 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday - Wells Fargo Bank (downstairs), 2808 North Ave., Grand Junction VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES • Mesa County RSVP connects individuals 55 and older to vol¬unteer positions in any of our



member agencies. For a list of volunteer opportunities and to register, call 243-9839. • Riverside Education Center has various volunteer tutor needs to ensure the success of youth in its structured after-school tutoring and enrichment activities. Apply at, call 812-0178 or email • Whitewater Cemetery Association is looking for volunteers to join the board and help take care of the historic Whitewater cemetery. Learn more at the annual meeting on March 9 at 1 p.m. at the Lands End Fire Department, 34980 Pronghorn Dr. in Whitewater. • Mesa County Spellbinders is looking for volunteers to learn a few storytelling skills and make a difference in children’s lives. Spellbinders tell stories to students in kindergarten through fifth grade once a month during

the school year. To join, call 4627346. • Palisade Historical Society welcomes volunteers who would like to share the history of Palisade, and/or work on various committees and projects. The society will be starting a major capital fundraising campaign to secure a home for Palisade history. To volunteer or for more information, email pbwalker630@ • Mothers of Preschoolers is desperately seeking volunteers to love, watch and teach children 9 months to 6 years during its meetings on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at Canyon View Vineyard Church. All curriculum, materials, snacks and coffee are provided. Rooms are divided by ages. Time commitment is 8:45-11:15 a.m. Please call MOPS Kids coordinator Morgan Barb at 216-2952. ■


“Young-at-heart adults getting together for fun and friendship.” Annual membership is $20. Fridays at 5 p.m. - Calling all singles over 50! Meet new friends at Friday Afternoon Club (FAC) in the Hideaway Lounge at the Travelodge, 718 Horizon Drive. Call Chuck at 242-5252 for details. Tuesdays at 9 a.m. - Early Start Breakfast at Denny’s on Horizon Drive. Visitors welcome. Call Debbie at 245-4995 for details. Sundays at 12:30 p.m. - Bowling Sunday at Orchard Mesa Lanes, 295 27 Road. No need to RSVP—arrive at noon if you want to play. For details, contact Cheryl at 208-4995. Saturday, March 23 - Learn how to play Craps and money-winning strategies. For details, call Allen at 256-1871. Tuesday, March 26 - Poker & Hand and Foot Night at the Travelodge. Poker chips and funny money will be provided and prizes will be awarded. Plan on buying a drink and dinner. For details and to RSVP, call Larry at 307-272-8239. Wednesday, March 27 - Swim at Iron Mountain Hot Springs and enjoy lunch afterwards. Meet at Doubletree Hotel parking lot to carpool to Glenwood Springs. For details and to RSVP, call Jeannie at 241-1478.


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CLUBS & ACTIVITIES American Association of University Women meets monthly at 11:30 a.m. on the second Tuesday, usually at Chez Lena. For details or to confirm location, call 201-0386.

Bookcliff Bridge Club plays at 12:45 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, and 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Grand Valley. Call 244-9989. Colorado Archaeological Society Grand Junction meets monthly from 6:30-9 p.m. on the second

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Cribbage Lite meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays at IHOP. Call 201-7823. Friendship Force meets monthly at 6:15 p.m. on the third Thursday at First Baptist Church. Call 7786191 or visit Golden K Kiwanis Club meets from 9-10 a.m. Wednesdays at the Redlands Community Center. Visit

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Grand Junction Chess Club meets at 6:30 p.m. Mondays in the Safeway Starbucks, 2901 F Road. Visit Grand Junction Gem & Mineral Club meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month and 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month at 2328 Monument Road. Email grandjunctionrockclub@ Grand Junction Newcomers Club meets monthly at 9:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday at First Christian Church. Call 549-0440. Grand Junction Petroleum & Mining Club meets monthly at 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday at Two Rivers Convention Center. Visit Grand Valley Pets Alive meets monthly from 4:30-6 p.m. on the third Wednesday at Church of the Nativity. Call 462-7554. Guys’ Giving Club meets quarterly at the Springhill Suites, 236 Main
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Knitting Club meets monthly from 6:30-8 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday at Community of Christ Church. Call 623-1455. Not Going Quietly meets from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at Center for Spiritual Living Grand Junction. This group is intended to create a space
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60 and older. Call 433-7799. Orchard Mesa Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of the month. For location, call 216-2919. Outing Club meets monthly at 7:30 on the first Monday. For location, call 812-6759 or 243-7645.

Sons of Norway, Vestafjell Lodge, meets at 1:30 p.m. on March 9 for traditional soup and chili at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church. Call 245-5649 or visit www. Sweet Adelines International, Grand Mesa A Capella Chorus, rehearses from 6:30-9 p.m. Mondays at 527 Village Way. Call 255-9419 or 523-3464, or visit www.grandmesa Talk of the Town Toastmasters meets at noon on Thursdays at Cendera Funding. Call 250-3969. Thunder Mountain Camera Club meets monthly from 7-9 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday at Western Colorado Community College, Building B. Visit Two Rivers Cribbage Club meets Thursdays at the Masonic Center. Call 261-1670. Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) #3981 meets monthly at 5:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday for a family style dinner and meeting at the Post Hall, 503 1/2 Florence Road in Grand Junction. Call 778-8242. Western Colorado Amateur Radio Club meets monthly at 9:30 a.m. on the second Saturday at the Civil Patrol Hangar, 2868 Aviators Way. Visit Western Colorado Astronomy Club meets monthly at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday at Colorado Mesa University’s Wubben Hall, room 161. Call 812-3661 or visit www. Western Colorado Decorative Artists meets monthly at 9 a.m. on the second Saturday at Grand Junction’s First Congregational Church. Call 640-2751. Western Slope Coin Club meets monthly at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday at VFW #1247. Get a free coin/currency evaluation at 5:30 p.m. Visit Western Slope Toastmasters meets Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at Chronos Builders, 637 25 Road. Call 640-4324. ■

SUPPORT GROUPS Art Exploration Class for cancer patients meets 4-5:30 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of the month at the Oncology Conference Room. Call 298-2351. Caregiver Connections meets from 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the Miller Homestead at HopeWest. Call 260-8931. Caregiver Support Group meets from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Cappella Grand Junction, 628 26 1/2 Road. Call 822-7070 to RSVP. Compassionate Friends offers friendship and understanding to bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents from 7-8:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at Unity Church. Call 434-3822. Gamblers Anonymous, a 12-step meeting to help compulsive gamblers recover, is held from 7-8 p.m. at The Meeting Hall, 1938 N. First Street. Head & Neck Cancer Support Group meets monthly from 6:30-8

p.m. on the first Tuesday at Colorado West Otolaryngologists. Call 245-2400.

Healing Hands Hour meets from noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays in St. Mary’s Hospital’s Reflection Room. Call 298-2351. HEARTBEAT/Survivors After Suicide meets monthly from 7-9 p.m. on the third Tuesday at First Congregational Church. Call 7789274 or 241-4349. Job Searching After 50 Networking Group meets from 8:30-10 a.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month at Mesa County Workforce Center, room 154. You must be registered as a job seeker at Call 248-7560 for details. MACHO Men cancer support group meets monthly at 2 p.m. on the first Thursday at the VA Medical Center In-Patient Dining Room. Call 298-2351.

BEACON BITS Mending Hearts is for any adult who has experienced the death of a loved one, and meets from 2-3:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Miller Homestead at HopeWest. Call 248- 8844.

and hope. Call 379-5786.

MS and Men, a support group for men living with MS, meets monthly from 11 a.m. to noon on the third Thursday at The Artful Cup. Call 241-8975.

Western Colorado Post Polio Group educates polio survivors and caregivers about post-polio, connects post-polio people and promotes independent living for people struck with the virus many years ago. Call 241-7825 for details.

MS Breakfast Group meets monthly at 9 a.m. on the first Tuesday at Village Inn, 757 Horizon Drive. Call 241-8975. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers support groups for family members of adults who have a serious mental illness and connection groups for adults living with a mental illness. Groups meet at various times and locations in Mesa County. For details, visit or call 462-3989. Parents of Addicted Loved Ones meets at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at First Presbyterian Church. If you have a child who struggles with alcohol, drugs or food, there’s help

Tinnitus Support Group meets monthly at 6 p.m. on the third Wednesday at Community Hospital’s Legacy Room 1. Call 589-0305.

Western Slope Visionaries, a low-vision support group, meets monthly from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday at Center for Independence. Transportation is available. Call 241-0315. Woman to Woman cancer support group meets monthly from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on the third Thursday in St. Mary’s Hospital’s Reflection Room. Yoga For Life meets from 5:306:45 p.m. Tuesdays at the St. Mary’s Life Center Aerobics Room. Call 298-2351. ■

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Vote YES on Measure 2C By Sue Springer ’ve never been big on marching or protesting. The negative signs make me a little uncomfortable. Maybe I was too busy working and being a wife and mother or never felt I had a cause that motivated me enough. But that all changed when I started attending the meetings regarding the Grand Junction Community Center initiative.

sons to support this effort, and the benefits are worth the investment.

I participated in the survey and gave input to what I thought a community center should include, then I listened to the results of the feasibility study. I finally had my cause.

As a grandparent, I look forward to another fun place to spend time with my grandsons. Not only could we enjoy the pool, but also the proposed basketball courts, horizontal climbing wall, tennis and pickleball courts, skate park, open fields and playground.

I’m impressed by the passion and dedication of the people organizing the campaign and my fellow citizens who volunteer to help them. This is truly a grassroots effort with ordinary people coming together to make a change that will benefit us all.

Last year, one of my doctors retired and I had a difficult time finding a new one. My friends and I shared the frustration that Grand Junction has challenges of attracting doctors, teachers, entrepreneurs and other professionals. Realtor friends tell me these families look for a

I call Grand Junction home because of the vast lifestyle options. Who among us doesn’t want our community to be a better place today and for future generations? A community center in Grand Junction can only strengthen our connections and bring us together. ■


Grand Junction has contemplated a community center since 2001. In that time, we have been surpassed by smaller cities like Fruita, Montrose and Delta. Residents and visitors to those towns are enjoying the social and health benefits while we have remained at the drawing board, kicking the can down the road. Now it’s time! There are many rea-

Our community’s seniors and other residents were disheartened when St. Mary’s Life Center became unavailable to them several years ago. Some were able to join local gyms, but others felt disconnected. A new community center could fill that void since part of the proposal includes a therapy pool.

City residents voting yes on Measure 2C support the following: • A 98,000 sq. ft. community center located at Matchett Park, that includes a warm-water, lap and leisure pools; two pool party rooms; a three-court gymnasium; two racquetball courts; an indoor walking track; three multi-purpose meeting rooms; gathering spaces; a bouldering wall; fitness areas; child supervision services; tenant lease space. • 75 acres of park development at Matchett including: seven multi-purpose fields, walking paths, a plaza, playgrounds, restrooms/shelters, four basketball courts, 12 pickleball courts, eight tennis courts, a pond and a skatepark.

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• Renovation of the existing Orchard Mesa pool, gymnasium and adjoining facilities. Additions include a new social zone with snack bar, family dressing areas, two multipurpose rooms, a pool party room and a new spa. • A 0.39% (39 cents for every $100 spent) city sales tax increase to fund the community center, park development and Orchard Mesa renovation/ expansion. The tax would not apply to unprepared food, gas, prescriptions or services. The average household in Grand Junction would pay approximately $4.39 per month, which will cover the cost of construction and ongoing operations and maintenance.

community center because they are moving from cities that have them and they understand their significance. As part of the volunteer committee, I’ve gone door to door canvassing people about what they think. Young families love the idea of a center for the whole family. They realize there is opportunity for their family to be active together.


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