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Travel the world wi t h Terry

Local Lore Read about how one local man keeps the blacksmith’s trade alive in the Grand Valley. Story on page 22.

Pickled pink These seniors are competitive but enjoy helping people learn the game of pickleball. Story on page 6.

Cruise to Alaska Join the BEACON staff on our first reader cruise to Alaska. Read about what wonders await. Story on page 20.

Terry Eakle has led so many tours, she can’t keep track. At 72, traveling keeps her and her many repeat travelers active and loving life. Where will she go next?

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Top three signs that show you’re too old to trick-or-treat By Kevin VanGundy


ou know you’re too old to trick-or-treat when people say, “Great Boris Karloff mask!” (Hey, you’re too old to trick-or-treat if you can even remember who Boris Karloff was.) You know you’re too old to trick-or-treat when someone drops a caramel apple in your bag and you lose your balance and fall over. (Who still gives out caramel apples?) The number one reason you know you’re too old to trick-or-treat is when you keep knocking on your own front door!

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Adventures with Margaret Margaret Krabbe, 69, of Margaret’s Travel Adventures in Montrose, has been traveling since 1989. Specializing in escorted local, national and international senior group travel, Krabbe has also taken hundreds of seniors all over the world. Q. How many tours have you led? A. I’ve been on hundreds. Some years I averaged eight to nine trips per year. Q. What’s your favorite aspect about what you do? A. I love the people. The biggest thrill is seeing happy faces. On my tours, your biggest worry is getting to the bus or plane on time. I take care of the rest. Q. What’s important to take into account when planning a trip? A. Destination, cost, and making sure there are things your travelers will want to see and do. Some people are content with a gambling trip to Mesquite. Some like the theater in Denver. Some people enjoy culture and like to go out of the country. I try to include a variety of things to meet people’s likes and dislikes. Q. What makes your trips exceptional? A. I try to have them at a price that’s comparable. I try to include most meals and fun stops for motor coach trips. My trips are not the most high-end, but they are a lot of fun with a touch of class. Q. What was your favorite tour? A. Trips are like comparing apples and oranges, but I really enjoyed the Russian River Cruise we went on about six years ago. I also like going to places like China where you read about them and then you can’t believe it when you’re actually there. Q. Why do you love to travel? A. My grandmother has a love of adventure, so it was instilled in me at an early age. I just have to go somewhere. I’m a gypsy at heart. To learn about Krabbe’s upcoming tours, call 240-3020 or email

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Traveling with Terry. Where next? By Melanie Wiseman


raveling can be stressful. Flight cancellations and delays, security screening, misplaced luggage, getting lost, language barriers, money exchanges, and more. But when you travel with tour coordinator and guide Terry Eakle, 72, any potential stress seems to evaporate and all that’s left is pure pleasure. Just ask the many repeat customers she has had over her 29 years of guiding tours. Carol Smith, 93, for one, has taken 98 tours with Eakle to date and will have hit 100 tours by November. Eakle has led so many tours she can’t keep track. “I lost count back in 2000 at 200 trips,” Eakle said. “During the peak, I led 18 trips each year, and now I average six.” Eakle has visited all U.S. states, all Canadian provinces, a total of 53 countries, and has been on 42 cruises. “The travel opportunities have been fabulous,” Eakle said. “But what made every tour so very special was most definitely the fantastic people who traveled with me. They are like family to me and I cherish each one of them and the memories we share. They’ve made my dreams come true, so if I can make some of theirs come true, that’s wonderful.” While living in Glenwood Springs in the late 1970s, Eakle chaperoned annual trips of junior and senior high school students to conferences in Washington, D.C. and New York City. After five years of success-

Terry and Lonnie Eakle on tour in Spain for their 20th wedding anniversary in November 2009.

The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan was one place Eakle and her group stayed on her most recent trip in September 2012.

Eakle led a group to Washington, DC in October 2011. One of their stops was the White House.

ful trips, adults started asking her to plan some trips for them as well. She took the challenge and went to work for Travel King Travel Agency in 1983. “I always tell people I came in the back door,” Eakle said. “I didn’t go to a travel school for training.” In 1985, Eakle and her husband, Lonnie, moved to Grand Junction, where he became the pastor of First United Methodist Church. Eakle got to know member, Mary Brown, who was the owner of All About Travel. Eakle’s career of coordinating and escorting trips primarily for seniors was born. “I build tours to be as inclusive as possible,” Eakle said. “I feel you need to go with top quality, full service hotels, where they handle your luggage and have a restaurant. I try to plan and pace the tours for seniors. I have a passion for travel and people and I have put those two together. It’s just been a blessing. I loved traveling as a child. I helped my mother plan our family vacations.” Growing up, Eakle collected 50 View Master wheels from places across the U.S. and around the world, and her parents gave her a projector. Just 10 years ago, she found this collection packed away in a box and discovered she had been to all but two places. It seems like Eakle was destined for the travel business. Although all of her tours continue to originate from Grand Junction through All About Travel, Eakle and her husband have relocated twice for his pastoral positions since leaving Grand

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said. Both have allowed her Junction in 1991. They spent job to be flexible and work six years in Pueblo and have from home, as well as comlived the past 15 years in municate easier while on Greeley. Eakle’s busy schedule tours. has kept her away from home Eakle’s husband retired a great deal over the years. in 2006 and has been on 45 “I remember going to our tours with her over the years. new church in Pueblo about With her busy travel schedule two months after we moved it may have been the only there,” Eakle said. “A nice way he could spend time with gentleman welcomed me as her. He even assists her with a visitor. I’ve been blessed larger groups. with good health and a lot of “The travelers call him the energy. I give thanks for that.” rear admiral,” Eakle said. She can chalk it up to good “Where I lead in the front, genes. Her mother is 96 and Lonnie brings up the rear.” still lives in her own home. This group spent time in Millennium Park in Chicago on Eakle’s Eakle leads one cruise each “She has always been a most recent tour in September 2012. year. bundle of energy, teaching “My husband usually comes along kindergarten until she was 84 and since cruises allow us to spend more piano lessons until she was 93,” Eakle time together,” she said. said. The Eakles even squeeze in trips All About Travel and many of her for just the two of them and make clients gave Eakle a 70th birthday frequent trips to Lubbock, Texas to party two years ago. visit her mom. She also finds time “That’s when I thought I was going for her son and daughter, three to retire,” she said. granddaughters and two greatBut her clients had other plans. At grandchildren. the party, Billee Abell, now 93, said, “I love to read, but do it mostly “So Terry, I think I still have one New while flying,” she said. “My time at York trip left in me. When are we goSmiling faces as this group heads to Denver home is spent planning my next ing?” Eakle replied, “Well you know for “The Lion King” in November 2011. tour, writing newsletters on upcomthe minimum is 15 people,” thinking ing trips, and putting together tour that would be the end of it. Abell and DVDs.” Betty Elliott got busy and rounded up She also loves photography and 36 people. takes many pictures on each trip, Eakle loves theatre, so many of her sending copies to each guest. tours center around theatre in Den“There are many [memories], but ver, New York and Branson to name to relate them with all the details a few. She takes a group to New York would take up far too much space,” every 18 months. Eakle said. “Sometimes it’s the Eakle shared what it takes to be a delays, the unexpected happenings tour coordinator and guide. or embarrassing moments that later “First of all, a love of people,” she Katie Zins and Kay Hamilton enjoy the sights become funny memories. One never said. “Patience and a sense of humor at the Portland Rose Festival in June 2009. knows what’s ahead, but these are two very important qualities you happenings make us keenly aware have to have. You have to be aware that flexibility is mandatory when of people’s physical and emotional traveling.” limitations.” Eakle’s tours allow her clients to Eakle tells her groups, “We are like travel stress free, sit back, relax and a neighborhood traveling together. enjoy the journey. Her passion for Different personalities, different people and travel are evident when energy levels and sometimes people she said, “We [All About Travel] call get sick.” our travelers clients, but I call them Eakle enjoys making her tours perfriends.” sonal and worry free. To schedule a trip with Eakle and “I don’t know what we did before Twila and Glenn Locke in front of the beautiAll About Travel, call 434-6494. ■. computers and cell phones,” Eakle ful Chicago skyline in September 2012.

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Walter Cummings (left) smashes a return that stuns his opponents Ed Andrews (yellow shirt) and Jeff Weinberg and wins the point. Dan Oliver is Cummings’ partner in this match.

Pickled pink about fitness and camaraderie By Linda Lovendahl


arry Oliver, 66, is the proverbial picture of health. He talks and walks it. He usually shows up for a workout at the gym already flushed with rosy cheeks from an earlier sports game. When working out, he typically engages in conversations with others around him by commenting on their performance or chatting about their goals, even before he knows their name. He has a die-hard, highbred mixture of fierce competition within himself, but gives encouragement to others. In August’s Western Slope Senior Games, he entered 24 events and earned 14 medals. He received a double-digit number of medals last year as well and plays pickleball every morning at Lincoln Park. In addition, he also umpires and referees. “[I do it] for the camaraderie,” Oliver said. “I love the hard-nose competition and love to help other people feel better, no matter what their condition.” Oliver’s personal philosophy has been to keep active and not allow himself to be disheartened. In 2000,

a pit bull shredded his left arm and he was in peril of losing it. That was a dark period for Oliver, but he applied his personal philosophy and amazed his physical therapists with a full recovery. Today there is no evidence of the injury. One of Oliver’s best friends is an 85-year-old with Parkinson’s disease, who recently lost his lifelong mate. “He was so depressed,” Oliver said.

“I invited him to play pickleball. At first, he was self-conscious but I kept telling him everyone gets better and to stick with it. Now he thanks me for the support and he is a much happier person.” Oliver said he was able to outrun a man in his 50s in the 800 meter run in this year’s senior games because of the stamina he’s developed by playing pickleball for two or three hours

There are many players who show up for pickleball, exercise, camaraderie and fun at Lincoln Park.

every morning. “I could play it 10 hours a day,” he said. “It is just downright fun.” Pickleball was invented in 1965 by Bill Bell and Joel Pritchard, two fathers working to cure their kids’ boredom on Bainbridge Island, Washington. The game started on an asphalt badminton court in Pritchard’s backyard, but no one could find the shuttlecock, so the dads improvised with a plastic ball with holes punched into it. The kids found it difficult to hit the ball with lightweight rackets, so the dads made wooden rackets resembling Ping-Pong paddles. They also lowered the net to three feet to keep the kids engaged. The Pritchard’s dog, a cocker spaniel named Pickles, would snatch a ball when it came his way and run off with it. Thus the game was named pickleball. Pickleball is played by four people, split into two partnerships. The paddle is served underhanded from the right side of the court and the opponent returns the ball to the other side, once it bounces one time. If the server wins, he switches sides with his partner and serves from there. If

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the server loses, he stays where he is better than me,” he said. “I had to and the serve passes to his partner. start playing here to better my game. The team that These are the scores the first masters.” 11 points wins. Gretchen AnOn the courts, nan said she was 15 other pickinto the game for leball players exercise. mirrored Oliver’s “The people positive attitude here are wonderand physical ful,” Annan said. condition. The “They share their same enthusiasm knowledge and claimed them all. help us all play Between breaths, better.” they spend much Jeff Weinberg of their time teassaid he hears ing one another people say they and laughing at won’t play picktheir mistakes. leball because “When I tore it will muck a ligament in my up their tennis wrist a couple game. For him, years ago playing it’s the opposite. tennis, someHe doesn’t want one told me to to play tennis In August, Oliver entered 24 events and came anymore because try pickleball,” away with 14 medals in the Western Slope player George it “mucks up my Senior Games. Gerson said. “I pickleball.” told them I wasn’t Oliver’s brother, Dan, said pickleinterested in a kid’s game, but then ball is a combination of Ping-Pong, I found out how much better it is.” badminton and tennis. Gerson said that four years ago, “Everyone is a winner in this there were only four people playing game,” he said. at Lincoln Park. Now it’s up to 16 on His favorite part is the intensity of any given morning Monday through playing the net for fast volleys. Saturday. He’s noticed that those who Walter Cummings said the game is show up usually play a second sport. a perfect blend of tennis and table Players are either retired, work parttennis. time jobs or work full time with flex“What’s great about it is this game ible schedules. Players are matched eliminates the biggest lever, namely by their skill levels and play matches the elbow, and the heavy racket,” varying in length from five to 20 min- Cummings said. “It’s fast, intense and utes. There are no state or national super fun.” competitive districts for those who Aiaga Roffey said that she plays beexcel in the sport, but there are tour- cause someone has to beat Gerson. naments sponsored by various clubs “It’s fun to be healthy,” she said. throughout the country year-round. “Keep active, keep going.” One pickleball veteran is now the All ages and skill levels are invited group’s mascot. Roy Campbell, 86, to play pickleball at Lincoln Park. was dubbed as the Grand Junction There are no obstacles to beginners. Godfather and said he keeps coming Paddles are available for free at the back because it promotes his physical parks and recreation building only a mobility. few steps away from the courts and Ron Annan is a former tennis playinstruction from the players is free. er. He started pickleball two years For more information, contact Gerago at the Fruita Community Center. son at or drop by “These guys in Grand Junction play the courts. ■

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Ask the Old Bag Advice Column for the Over 50 Crowd By Gayle LagmanCreswick Dear Old Bag: I salute the solution-minded person who wrote a letter last month suggesting that we turn illegal immigrants into the solution, rather than the problem. We should all contact our congressmen to make that suggestion. It sounds like a win-win. It is time to think outside the box on this challenge. Thanks. Signed, Highly Agree Dear Agree: Thanks for writing. I did not hear from the highly negative folks on this suggestion. Just imagine if 11.9 million illegal immigrants paid $100—it would be over $1 billion. What if they paid $100 for every year they were here illegally? Some could even pick up sponsors to help them pay what they owe. What an interesting idea. Let’s do it. O.B. Dear Old Bag: A couple of

months ago someone wrote in about their granddaughter wearing skimpy clothing. She wanted to talk to her daughter about it and you advised her not to. You are right. I boldly had that conversation with my daughter, who told her daughter (my granddaughter) that I did not approve of how she dressed. Guess what? Neither of them is speaking to me now. You gave the right advice: keep your mouth shut. It will not do any good. Instead it will hurt relationships. It is not worth it. Signed, Learned My Lesson Dear Learned Lesson: I heard from another woman who felt I gave the wrong advice. She said that grandmothers have a right and responsibility to speak up when they see their daughters handling child rearing poorly. I stick to my guns on this. I always say don’t give advice to grown children unless they ask— even then, give it carefully. O.B. Dear Old Bag: I am a 75-year-

old man who was recently hired for

a job. I am in good health and was bored stiff with retirement. I feel like I have much to offer the workplace and since my investments have let me down, working became a necessity if I want to live the way I like to live. This office employs many young to middle-aged men and women. Several of them said I should not have taken the job and should have left it open for a younger person with a family. I am beginning to feel guilty. What do you think about this? Signed, Job Robber? Dear Robber: I think you should ignore them and show them what a good worker you are. It is none of their business who the boss hires and hopefully the boss hires the best person for the job—which was you. Above all, do not feel guilty. You got the job fair and square. They should feel embarrassed for even bringing it up. It’s very tacky, I say. O.B. Dear Old Bag: Is it okay for a

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senior woman to ask a senior man to go out with her? Dutch, of course, or should I offer to pay since I asked him? Also, could you suggest some places, which might be okay for such a date? Signed, Sweet Sixteen Again Dear Sweet Sixteen: Yes, I think it is okay for a senior woman (or any woman, for that matter) to ask a man out. He always has the option of saying no. I think it’s best to talk about the paying arrangements when you make the date. Say something like, “I thought we would each pay our own way if that suits you.” Of course, he may say, “I think you should pay since you invited me.” Then you will have a decision to make: pay or stay home. I think you should know something about the man’s likes or dislikes and go to public places such as dances, concerts, plays, sporting events, etc. Good luck. O.B. ■

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The recovery time for the flu is one to two weeks. However, in seniors, weakness may persist for a longer time. The common scenario for the flu is a sudden onset of symptoms, which include chills, fatigue, fever, cough, headache, sore throat, nasal congestion, muscle aches and appetite loss. While nausea, vomiting and diarrhea can be related to the flu, these are rarely the primary flu symptoms. The flu is not a stomach or intestinal disease. The term “stomach flu” is inaccurate. When symptoms strike, contact a doctor as soon as possible. There are prescription antiviral drugs to treat the flu. Over-the-counter medicines can help relieve symptoms of the flu. Drink liquids to prevent dehydration and sleep to bolster your immune system. ■

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Walking to end Alzheimer’s By Cameron Jones


ver 320 people walked towards a cure at the recent Walk to End Alzheimer’s events in Grand Junction and Montrose. Over 200 people participated in the Grand Junction walk and 126 people walked for a cure in Montrose. At the Grand Junction walk, there were 75 volunteers. Participants helped raise over $24,000 to go towards finding a cure for the sixth leading cause of death in the nation— Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s Association’s Western Slope Regional Director Teresa Black and Walk Coordinator Vanessa Gross were able to raise awareness among local businesses that chose to sponsor the walks this year. Black empathized with those with loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s, as her grandmother currently has the disease. Promise garden flowers were given to walkers for a small donation. The flowers were different colors, with each color representing knowing or having lost someone from the disease, or simply supporting the cause. Mesa County resident Lorri Hunt had a promise flower for her parents and the clients she works with at Family Health West who have Alzheimer’s disease. This was her first time participating in the Grand Junction walk. “I would do it again,” Hunt said. “I believe in the cause to find a cure.” Local organizations such as Boy Scout Troop 365 helped out with the Grand Junction event. The boys were there to earn badges for serving the community. Long-time walk participants Lisa and Steve Solko said the walk is their favorite cause. They volunteered at the Grand Junction walk by provid-

ing balloon animals to kids and painting purple walk symbols on walkers. Participants in both walks hope for a cure, but Black thinks a cure is not yet on the horizon. “Right now the focus of the research is catching the disease in the early stages so that preventative treatment can be administered,” Black said. Medications are available to treat symptoms of Alzheimer’s, but as the disease progresses, the body becomes able to metabolize the medication. A big advance this year is an FDA-approved test that is able to diagnose the disease. Black said the test should be available in the next six months. Sunrise Creek Assisted Living in Montrose hosted an Alzheimer’s Memory Walk Gala the night before the Montrose walk. Proceeds went to the Alzheimer’s Association. The gala featured a silent auction, live music, wine and hors d’oeuvres. Black said the gala raised about $8,000. She estimates that the walk raised about $3,000. The Alzheimer’s Association works to raise awareness and offers guidance to families dealing with the disease in nine Colorado counties. Black deals with people whose parents have the disease and she advocates for the best situation for the parent. The Alzheimer’s Association works to prepare people to think ahead financially, emotionally and physically when dealing with a loved one with the disease. “Everybody goes through a different path with Alzheimer’s,” Black said. “But it is important for people to remember they don’t have to face this disease alone.” For more information about the disease and the Alzheimer’s Association, contact Black at 256-1274 or visit ■

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Ten tips for a safer garage By Bill Siuru


s summer turns to fall, the cooler weather often means spending more time in the garage or workshop. Whether woodworking or restoring an old car, here are a few tips to make the time spent safer and healthier: 1. Disposable gloves protect hands from caustic materials like paint strippers, etching acids, rust removers, epoxies, etc. Surgical gloves, found at most drug stores are great because their thinness does not hinder dexterity. Surgeons use them for delicate operations. Leather gloves can prevent cuts and abrasion when handling metal, slivers from glass or wood, burns from hot items, acid burns from batteries, or hurt knuckles when wrenching a stubborn bolt. 2. Use safety glasses or goggles whenever there is a risk of flying debris, which is any time you are using power tools, sanding or filing. Wear them when working under a vehicle, under the hood of a running vehicle, or doing anything with batteries. 3. Invest in a good pair of muff-like ear protectors and wear them when you use power tools and especially air tools, which have a high-pitched wail. Alternatively, use small foam or putty-like earplugs. 4. Wear a disposable surgical mask when there is any chance of dust getting into your lungs. This is important because the particles from many materials like asbestos used in brake shoes and pads can produce cancer. You will need a respirator with charcoal filters when painting or when around chemical fumes. 5. A readily available fire extinguisher allows you to snuff out a small fire before it gets out of control. It has to be mounted where it can be reached instantly. Learn how to use it. Once a fire starts, you won’t have time to find the instructions and read them. Fire extinguishers have to be properly charged and ready for use, so check extinguishers periodically. When buying an extinguisher, make sure it is designed for any type

of fire that could occur in your shop. Class A (ordinary combustibles like wood and paper), Class B (flammable liquids like grease, gasoline, oil, etc.), Class C (electrical fires) and Class D (flammable metals like magnesium). Either purchase an extinguisher with multiple ratings (A-B, B-C, A-B-C) or purchase multiple extinguishers to handle the expected risks. Be particularly careful with flammable materials. If possible, do not store them in the same garage with valuable vehicles. If you must store them, make sure they are in sealed containers and as far away from the collector cars as possible. 6. Smoke detectors provide sufficient warning to keep a minor fire from turning into a major conflagration. Make sure you can hear the alarm even when you are not in the shop or garage, which may require a more sophisticated alarm than the battery-powered ones. Consider a security system that is professionally monitored or sends an alarm directly to the fire station, especially if you have a detached garage. 7. Carbon monoxide is called the “silent killer” because it is odorless, you can’t feel it and it doesn’t cause irritation. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headache, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea, and dizziness. Often you are unconscious or even dead before you’ve noticed the symptoms. The best defense against CO poisoning is a good carbon monoxide alarm. Smoke detectors do not detect carbon monoxide. You need both or a detector that includes both functions. Buy one that is battery-powered that will work even during an electric power outage and replace the batteries periodically. 8. Have a first aid kit in the garage or workshop. 9. Install a phone in your workshop so you can call for help. Or have a cell phone handy so you can call for help no matter the situation. 10. Buy extra gloves, ear protectors, and surgical masks for friends who might come help or watch. ■

October 2012

Health & wellness 13

Sugary soft drinks can lead to poor heart health in women





By Chris Morgan


adies, you’ve probably heard this mantra for years, whether it’s from that inner voice that’s always berating you for not weighing precisely what you weighed at age 16, or from various sources always reminding us of the importance of lowering our exposure to heart disease and diabetes by saying, “too many of those soft drinks will make you fat.” But according to the American Heart Association, it’ll also make you prone to a number of health issues by significantly raising your diabetic blood sugar levels. You don’t have to be a doctor to know that your diabetic blood sugar levels should be low, and that having them run too high in your system would set off bells and whistles if only you were naturally equipped with them. Apparently, though, you don’t even have to be much of a soft drink enthusiast to be hit with the negative side effects of ingesting them on a regular basis. According to the American Heart Association, women who drink two or more sugar-enriched drinks a day are at higher risk of developing heart disease and diabetes than women who limit themselves to having one or less. This doesn’t mean that you’re in the clear to switch from your favorite carbonated soda to an equally tasty beverage with a sporty logo on the side. According to the study, the drinks that were shown to have caused the most significant negative impact in women also included sugary sports drinks, which in many cases only appear to be better for you because they don’t have the negative association that carbonated sodas have.

The way it works is this: sugary drinks can cause a spike in the level of triglycerides in the blood, which are basically fat particles. The more fat particles present in the blood, the greater the chances of developing heart disease further down the line. Interestingly enough, researchers only found this to be the case in women. Men apparently did not experience a significant risk for heart disease or diabetes as a result of ingesting sugary drinks on a regular basis. This last fact begs the question: are fat particles biased in favor of men? Hardly. But the fact is, women are built differently and therefore require far less calories in a given day than their male counterparts. So when a woman ingests two sugary beverages, the calories that are contained go much further and represent a larger percentage of their daily caloric intake. Doctors are still a bit perplexed by the fact that the heightened risk for heart disease and diabetes associated with drinking too many sugary drinks seems to have little to do with weight gain. Even in cases where women drank sugary beverages but didn’t gain any weight, the same heightened level of diabetic blood sugar levels was present, leading to the conclusion that it’s the way the female body metabolizes sugary drinks that really has the greatest potential for negative health effects. It’s entirely possible for senior ladies to enjoy sugary drinks and keep their diabetic blood sugar levels low. The trick is to do so in moderation and to balance out their intake of liquids with the original health drink: water. ■


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Pickleball Rec. Doubles Gretchen Annan/ Eldon Beard/ Ronald Annan Ken Rabideau Competitive Doubles Edward Andrews/ Connie Guillory/ Walter Cummings Larry Gallagher Rec. Mixed Gretchen Annan/ Susan Beeken/ Ronald Annan Heinz Park Competitive Mixed Barbara Gallagher/ Ken Hobbs/ Larry Gallagher Linda Griffith Wii Bowling Ellen Roberts Marylee Bowen 5K RUN/WALK RESULTS 5K RUN Female: 50-54 Maryanne Rogers 55-59 Liz Norris 65-69 Galina Tucker Male: 50-54 Craig Snyder 55-59 Wes Rogers 60-64 Danny Norris 65-69 Lawrence Allison David Rivera 70-74 Mike Mills Wayne Tucker 75-79 Jerry Smith 5K WALK Female: 50-54 Betty Baltzer 55-59 Susie Webb 60-64 Leota Smeetman-McPeek 65-69 Annemieke Ambrosier Florence Naylor 70-74 Anita Cavin Darlene Burger 75-79 Margaret Strange Joyce Gillooly 80-84 Margaret Koestel 85-89 Bunnie Merrill Male: 65-69 Gary Ambrosier Larry Oliver 70-74 Vilmars Strautins Daniel Poliak 80-84 Richard Weaver GOLF CHIP AND PUTTING RESULTS GOLF CHIP Female: 60-64 Barbara Johnson 65-69 Marylee Bowen Janet Marquardt 70-74 Sue Rosenbaum 75-79 Daphne Blankenship Joyce Gillooly 80-84 Edie Williams Verna Quintana 90+ Ellen Roberts Male: 55-59 Dan Oliver 60-64 Mike Hill 65-69 David Rivera Lee Kreidler 70-74 Ed Andrews Jan Potterveld 75-79 Thomas Jones Daniel Poliak 80-84 Thomas Kessenich Jack Williams GOLF PUTT Female: 60-64 Barbara Johnson 65-69 Marylee Bowen Janet Marquardt 70-74 Sue Rosenbaum 75-79 Daphne Blankenship Joyce Gillooly 80-84 Edie Williams Verna Quintana 90+ Ellen Roberts GOLF PUTT Male: 55-59 Dan Oliver

Susan Beeken/ Heinz Park George Gerson/ Ken Hobbs Ken Rabideau/ Laura Atkinson George Gerson/ Shirley Skinner Gary Ambrosier

Jack Lowe

Mona Blue

Galina Tucker

Larry Oliver Wayne Tucker/ Danny Abbott Warren Kinzel

Galina Tucker

60-64 Mike Hill 65-69 Lee Kreidler David Rivera Larry Oliver 70-74 Jan Potteveld Danny Abbott Wayne Tucker/ Edward Andrews 75-79 Thomas Jones Warren Kinzel Daniel Poliak 80-84 Jack Williams Thomas Kessenich 2 Person Golf Scramble Tom Jones/ Ted Boothroyd/ Walter Cummings/ Reggie Brown Ross Burris Ken Hobbs CRIBBAGE Don Opp Mark Fisher Tom Treber BLACK JACK Danny Abbott Bill Burger Sally Musgrove PINOCHLE Doris Hogarth Daphne Blankenship Dolores Fread SWIMMING RESULTS 25 BREAST Female: 55-59 Liz Norris Leota Sweetman-McPeek Barbara Johnson 60-64 65-69 Annemieka Ambrosier Galina Tucker 80-84 Pat Craze Male: 50-54 Dan Oliver 65-69 Tony Stroeve Victor Zerbi Lee Kreidler 70-74 Richard Unruh 75-79 Robert Kline Warren Kinzel 25 FREE Female 55-59 Liz Norris 60-64 JoAnn Villotti Leota Sweetman-McPeek Barbara Johnson 65-69 Galina Tucker Annemieka Ambrosier 80-84 Pat Craze Male: 50-54 Dan Oliver 55-59 Dan Mathews 65-69 Tony Stroeve Lee Kreidler Victor Zerbi 70-74 Richard Unruh 75-79 Warren Kinzel Robert Kline 25 BACK Female: 55-59 Liz Norris 60-64 JoAnn Villott Barbara Johnson 65-69 Annemieka Ambrosier Galina Tucker 80-84 Pat Craze Male: 50-54 Dan Oliver 65-69 Lee Kreidler 75-79 Warren Kinzel Robert Kline 50 BREAST Female: 55-59 Liz Norris 60-64 Leota Sweetma-McPeek Barbara Johnson 65-69 Annemieka Ambrosier Galina Tucker Male: 65-69 Tony Stroeve Victor Zerbi Lee Kreidler 70-74 Richard Unruh 75-79 Robert Kline 50 FREE Female: 55-59 Liz Norris 60-64 JoAnn Vollotti Barbara Johnson 65-69 Galina Tucker Male: 50-54 Dan Oliver 55-59 Dan Mathews 60-64 Tim Menger 65-69 Tony Stroeve Jerry Nolan Lee Kreidler 70-74 Richard Unruh 75-79 Warren Kinzel Robert Kline 50 BACK Female: 55-59 Liz Norris 60-64 Barbara Johnson 65-69 Galina Tucker 80-84 Pat Craze Male: 50-54 Dan Oliver 65-69 Lee Kreidler 75-79 Robert Kline 100 IM Female: 55-59 Liz Norris Male: 50-54 Dan Oliver 65-69 Tony Stroeve

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100 FREE Female: 55-59 Liz Norris 60-64 Leota Sweetman-McPeek Male: 50-54 Dan Mathews 65-69 Tony Stroeve Lee Kreidler 75-79 Warren Kinzel Robert Kline 500 FREE Female: 55-59 Liz Norris 60-64 Leota Sweetman-McPeek Male: 50-54 Dan Mathews 65-69 Tony Stroeve Jerry Nolan HORSESHOES Female: 65-69 Shirley Lasordo 75-79 Daphne Blankenship Joyce Gillooly 80-84 Verna Quintana 90-94 Ellen Roberts Male: 60-64 Michael Hill 70-74 Ralph Reiche Lyle Saine 75-79 Daniel Poliak Walter Street POOL 8 BALL AND 9 BALL JACK & JILL RESULTS 8 BALL JACK & JILL Linda Griffin Dick Means Don Phelps 9 BALL JACK & JILL Toni McLead Linda Griffin Don Opp Don Burr 8 BALL Male Don Opp Frank Martinez 8 BALL Female 9 BALL Male Dick Means Don Phelps 9 BALL Female LINE DANCING RESULTS GROUP DANCING Fruita Troupers Barn Dancers BOWLING RESULTS MEN’S BOWLING Ralph Reiche Larry Oliver WOMEN’S BOWLING Galina Tucker Shirley Dalla BASKETBALL RESULTS HOT SHOT Female: 60-64 Leota Sweetman McPeek 65-69 Annemielke Ambrosier Galina Tucker 70-74 Namoi Osburn 75-79 Joyce Gillooly 80-84 Verna Quintana 90+ Ellen Roberts Male: 55-59 Dan Oliver Daniel Mathews 60-64 Mike Hill Danny Norris 65-69 David Rivera Gary Ambrosier 70-74 Ralph Reiche Jan Potterveld 75-79 Tom Jones Warren Kinzel FREE THROW Male: 55-59 Daniel Mathews Dan Oliver 60-64 Mike Hill Danny Norris 65-69 Gary Ambrosier Larry Oliver 70-74 Ed Andrews Jan Potterveld 75-79 Tom Jones Warren Kinzel 80-84 William Osburn Female: 60-64 Leota Sweetman McPeek 65-69 Annemieke Ambrosier Galina Tucker 70-74 Naomi Osburn 75-79 Daphne Blankenship Joyce Gillooly 80-84 Verna Quintana 90+ Ellen Roberts 3 POINT Male: 55-59 Daniel Mathews Dan Oliver 60-64 Danny Norris Mike Hill 65-69 Gary Ambrosier David Rivera 70-74 Ralph Reiche Ed Andrews 75-79 Tom Jones Warren Kinzel Female: 60-64 Leota Sweetman McPeek 65-69 Annemieke Ambrosier Galina Tucker 70-74 Naomi Osburn

Jerry Nolan

Danny Abbott Bob Sundermeier

Don Burr Joe Ramirez

Tom Kessenich Bernie DeForest

Larry Oliver Ed Andrews Daniel Polliak

David Rivera Ralph Reiche Daniel Poliak

Larry Oliver Frank Martinez Daniel Poliak

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75-79 80-84 90+ FIELD RESULTS SHOT PUT Female: 55-59 60-64 65-69 75-79 80-84 85-89 90+ Male: 50-54 55-59 60-64 65-69 70-74 75-79 80-84 85-89 DISCUS Female: 55-59 65-69 75-79 80-84 85-89 90+ DISCUS Male: 50-54 55-59 60-64 65-69 70-74 75-79 80-84 85-89 SOFTBALL THROW Female: 55-59 60-64 65-69 70-74 75-79 80-84 85-89 90+ Male: 50-54 55-59 60-64 65-69 70-74 75-79 80-84 85-89 SOFTBALL SLUG Female: 60-64 65-69 70-74 75-79 80-84 90+ Male: 50-54 55-59 60-64 65-69 70-74 75-79 80-84 85-89 SOCCER KICK 55-59 Female: 60-64

Daphne Blankenship Verna Quintana Ellen Roberts Liz Norris Penny Hardwick Annemieke Ambrosier Romaine Webb Verna Quintana Mia Dietvorst Ellen Roberts Wendel Daugherty Wes Rogers Monte Potter Lee Beavers Ralph Reiche Gordon Scheffner Thomas Kessenich Elmer Rose Liz Norris Annemieke Ambrosier Joyce Gillooly Verna Quintana Mia Dietvorst Ellen Roberts Wendel Daugherty Wes Rogers Mike Hill Lee Beavers Richard Unruh Warren Kinzel Thomas Kessenich Elmer Rose Liz Norris JoAnn Villotti Marylee Bowen Naomi Osburn Daphne Blankenship Verna Quintana Mia Dietvorst Ellen Roberts Eric Johnson Van Seyler Danny Norris Lee Beavers Ed Andrews Gordon Scheffner Thomas Kessenich Elmer Rose JoAnn Villotti Galina Tucker Naomi Osburn Romaine Webb Verna Quintana Ellen Roberts Eric Johnson Van Seyler Dave Erfourth Lee Beavers Ed Andrews Gordan Scheffner Bill Osburn Elmer Rose Liz Norris JoAnn Villotti

Joyce Gillooly

JoAnn Vilotti Galina Tucker

Eric Johnson Bill Rogers Mike Hill David Rivera Edward Andrews Warren Kinzel

Leota Sweetman-McPeek

Franklin Estes Tim Menger Karl Miles Richard Unruh Daniel Poliak

Galina Tucker

Eric Johnson Bill Rogers Monte Potter Karl Miles Ralph Reiche

Gary Ambrosier Frank Martinez

Barbara Johnson Galina Tucker

Annemieke Ambrosier

Joyce Gillooly

Romaine Webb

Craig Snyder Wes Rogers Dave Erfourth David Rivera Ralph Reiche Warren Kinzel

Franklin Estes

Franklin Estes George Lawrence Jan Potterveld Daniel Poliak

Leota Sweetman-McPeek Joyce Gillooly

Franklin Estes Danny Norris David Rivera Jan Potterveld Warren Kinzel

Dan Oliver Gary Ambrosier Ralph Reiche Daniel Poliak

Leota Sweetman-McPeek Barbara Johnson


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65-69 Galina Tucker 70-74 Nancy Beavers 75-79 Joyce Gillooly 80-84 Verna Quintana 85-89 Mia Dietvorst 90+ Ellen Roberts Male: 50-54 Craig Snyder 55-59 Dan Oliver 60-64 Dave Erfourth 65-69 Lee Beavers 70-74 Richard McPeek 75-79 Warren Kinzel 80-84 Thomas Kessenich 85-89 Elmer Rose STANDING LONG JUMP Female: 55-59 Liz Norris 60-64 JoAnn Villotti 65-69 Annemieke Ambrosier 75-79 Romaine Webb 80-84 Verna Quintana 85-89 Mia Dietvorst 90+ Ellen Roberts Male: 50-54 Craig Snyder JUMP 55-59 Van Seyler 65-69 Karl Miles 70-74 Ralph Reiche 75-79 Warren Kinzel 80-84 William Osburn 85-89 Elmer Rose FOOTBALL THROW Female: 55-59 Liz Norris 60-64 JoAnn Villotti 65-69 Marylee Brown 70-74 Naomi Osburn 75-79 Joyce Gillooly 80-84 Verna Quintana 85-89 Mia Dietvorst Male: 50-54 Eric Johnson 55-59 Wes Rogers 60-64 Russell Copelan 65-69 David Rivera 70-74 Ed Andrews 75-79 Gordon Scheffner 80-84 Thomas Kessenich 85-89 Elmer Rose TRACK RESULTS 50 METER DASH Female: 55-59 Betsy Leonard 65-69 Galina Tucker 80-84 Verna Quintana 85-89 Mia Dietvorst 90+ Ellen Roberts Male: 50-54 Eric Johnson 65-69 Lee Beavers 70-74 Mike Mills 75-79 Gordan Scheffner 80-84 Willam Osburn 85-89 Elmer Rose 100 METER DASH Female: 55-59 Betsy Leonard 65-69 Galina Tucker Male: 55-59 Van Seyler 60-64 Danny Norris 65-69 Lee Beavers 70-74 Mike Mills 75-79 Gordon Scheffner 80-84 William Osburn 85-89 Elmer Rose

Annemieke Ambrosier Naomi Osburn Romaine Webb

Erich Johnson Franklin Estes Danny Norris David Rivera Richard Unruh Gordon Scheffner

Leota Sweetman- McPeek (tie) Galina Tucker

Eric Johnson Franklin Estes Lee Beavers Richard McPeek Gordon Scheffner

Barbara Johnson Galina Tucker

Marylee Bowen

Lee Kreidler Ed Andrews Daniel Poliak

Peeny Hardrick (tie for 2nd)

Bill Rogers Gary Ambrosier Jan Potterveld

Annemieke Ambrosier

Daphne Blankenship Craig Snyder Van Seyler Dan Norris Lee Beavers Ralph Reiche Warren Kinzel

Dan Oliver Larry Oliver Jan Potterveld Daniel Poliak

Liz Norris Annemieke Ambrosier

David Rivera Ed Andrews Warren Kinzel Thomas Kessenich

Karl Miles Richard Unruh

Liz Norris

Daniel Rivera Richard Unruh Warren Kinzel

Larry Oliver Ed Andrews

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200 METER DASH Female: 50-54 MaryAnne Rogers 55-59 Liz Norris 65-69 Galina Tucker Male: 50-54 Eric Johnson 55-59 Wes Rogers 60-64 Dan Norris 65-69 Larry Oliver 70-74 Mike Mills 75-79 Gordon Scheffner 85-89 Elmer Rose 400 METER DASH Female: 50-54 Mary Anne Roberts 55-59 Liz Norris 65-69 Galina Tucker Male: 50-54 Craig Snyder 55-59 Wes Rogers 60-64 Danny Norris 65-69 Larry Oliver 70-74 Mike Mills 85-89 Elmer Rose 400 METER WALK Female: 50-54 Betty Baltzer 55-59 Liz Norris 60-64 JoAnn Vilotti 65-69 Lyn Fraser 70-74 Nancy Bravers 80-84 Verna Quintana 85-89 Mia Dietvorst 90+ Ellen Roberts Male: 50-54 Eric Johnson 65-69 Gary Ambrosier 70-74 Richard Unruh 75-79 Warren Kinzel 80-84 Elmer Rose 800 METER WALK Female: 50-54 Betty Baltzer 55-59 Liz Norris 65-69 Lyn Fraser Male: 50-54 Eric Johnson 65-69 Gary Ambrosier 70-74 Arthur Gardner 75-79 Warren Kinzel 800 METER RUN Female: 50-54 Mary Anne Roberts 55-59 Liz Norris 65-69 Galina Tucker Male: 50-54 Craig Snyder 55-59 Wes Rogers 60-64 Danny Norris 65-69 Larry Oliver 70-74 Ralph Reiche 1600 METER WALK Female: 50-54 Betty Baltzer 55-59 Liz Norris Male: 65-69 Gary Ambrosier 70-74 Arthur Gardner 75-79 Vilmars Strautins 80-84 Richard Weaver 1600 METER RUN Male: 50-54 Craig Snyder 55-59 Wes Rogers 70-74 Jack Lowe Female: 50-54 MaryAnne Rogers 55-59 Liz Norris 65-69 Galina Tucker BOCCE BALL Bob Brewer/Marylee Bowen

Frank Estes Richard Unruh

Ed Andrews

Karl Miles Jan Potterveld

Barbara Johnson Annemieke Ambrosier

Galina Tucker

Lee Kreidler Ralph Reiche Vilmars Strautins

George Lawrence Arthur Gardner

Annemieke Ambrosier

Marylee Bowen

David Rivera Frank Martinez 6Vilmars Strautins

Jack Lowe

Daniel Poliak

Richard McPee/ Liz Norris

Danny Abbott/Joyce Gillooly

October 2012

Fun after 50 By Lorie Gregor, Grand Junction Parks and Recreation

November 3


A holiday craft fair with homemade goodies and turkey noodle soup will be held at the Senior Recreation Center from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Booth space is just $5. Interested vendors should call Jeanie at 243-7408.

et your friends together and sign up for one or more of these fantastic activities offered by the Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Department. To register, call 254-3866 or visit October 11-18

Country swing dance class Learn the basic moves and turns to get you swinging on the dance floor. No experience necessary. Cost is $12 each. Class is at 7 p.m. at Lincoln Park Barn. October 16

Introduction to altered books Turn a book into a work of art. Learn about altered books and make your piece special. This free class is at 5:30 p.m. at the Senior Recreation Center, 550 Ouray Ave. October 18

Deuces Wild Have an evening of Las Vegas style fun. Enjoy a delicious dinner, then play poker, blackjack, Texas hold’em, or spin the wheel for your chance to win fabulous prizes. Cost is $5. Games are at 4:30 p.m. at the Senior Recreation Center. October 19

Friday Hike: Corkscrew Trail The moderate hike goes from the valley floor to the Precambrian bench area over 700 feet higher. Distance is a 3-mile loop. Meet at the trailhead at 9 a.m. Cost is $5 and lunch is included. Register by October 17. October 20

Matchett Trail Run/Walk Race day registration is at 8 a.m. Race starts at 9 a.m. Strollers and leashed dogs are welcome. Cost is $20 in advance and $25 the day of the race.

Senior Recreation Center special events

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Holiday craft fair

Fruita Senior Center activities To register for any of the following activities, call the Fruita Community Center at 858-0360 or visit www. Events take place at the FCC, unless otherwise noted. October 2

Senior Recreation Center

Game Night Enjoy a fun-packed night with free games starting at 5:30 p.m. October 6

550 Ouray Avenue - 970 243-7408

The Senior Recreation Center offers activities for seniors age 50 and older. The center is open Monday - Saturday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Annual membership is $5.00.

Senior Task Force Open House Join us for free hot dogs, hamburgers, music, activities, vendors, a pool tournament and more from 10 a.m.4 p.m. October 12

Canning cook-off Bring your homemade canned item to be judged for prizes. Also, help with the judging by taking part in a public tasting. Tasting begins at 5 p.m. Enter the contest by picking up a form at the FCC. October 12 & 26

Senior social

Activities vary each night, but this free event is a great way to socialize and meet new people. Social begins at 5:30 p.m. Call in advance to register a potluck item. October 14

Costume dance Come to the FCC from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. for an afternoon of music, dancing and fun. Don’t forget to come dressed in your Halloween costumes. Cost is $3. October 29

October 25

Mystery Night

Dancing begins at 10 a.m. Cost is $3 in advance or $5 at the door. Call 243-7408 to register.

Dress the part, collect the clues and solve the mystery, starting at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $10. Snacks provided. Register by October 22. ■

Halloween costume party

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Cribbage Computer Classes Gray Gourmet Card Bingo Singles Pinochle (1st & 3rd Monday)


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Cribbage & Pool Tourney Gray Gourmet Bingo


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Ladies Pool, Card Social Jack & Jill Pool Tourney Free Blood Pressure Clinic (3rd Wed) Gray Gourmet Pinochle


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Canasta Cleaning Crew (Last Thursday) Bunco (3rd Thursday) Band (1st Thursday) Pokeno Dance


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


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Bridge Class Bridge Bingo


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Dance (1st & 3rd Sunday)

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Laughing Matters How hearing aids work Submitted by Tremaine Frigetto A man was telling his neighbor, “I just bought a new hearing aid. It cost me $4,000, but it’s state of the art. It’s perfect.” “That’s great,” the neighbor said. “What kind is it?” “Twelve thirty.”

The town tightwad Submitted by Bob Breazeale Ian McTavish is the town tightwad. One day he goes into a pub and orders a drink. He holds it up, turns to the crowd and says, “When McTavish has a drink eeeeverybody has a drink.” There was stunned silence as people stared at each other with open mouths. Then it hit them and they rushed to the bar for a drink. McTavish finishes his drink and orders another. He holds it up and says, “When McTavish has a second drink eeeeverybody has a second drink.”


Again, stunned silence and then the rush to the bar. McTavish finishes his drink, pulls out a $5 bill, holds it up and says, “When McTavish pays, eeeeverybody pays.”

Heaven or hell Submitted by Bob and Sandi Cameron While walking down the street one day, a corrupt senator (that may be redundant) was tragically hit by a car and died. His soul arrived in heaven and was met by St. Peter at the entrance. “Welcome to heaven,” St. Peter said. “Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we’re not sure what to do with you.” “No problem,” the senator said. “Just let me in.” “Well, I’d like to, but I have orders from the higher ups,” St. Peter said. “What we’ll do is have you spend


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one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity.” “Really?” the senator asked. “I’ve made up my mind. I want to be in heaven.” “I’m sorry,” St. Peter said. “We have our rules.” With that, St. Peter escorts the senator to the elevator and he goes down to hell. The doors opens and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him. Everyone is very happy and in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of people. They played a friendly game of golf and then dined on lobster, caviar and the finest champagne. Also present is the devil, who the senator found to be a friendly guy having a good time dancing and tell-


ing jokes. They are all having such a good time, but eventually the time comes for the senator to leave. Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises. 
 The elevator goes up and the door opens in heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him. “Now it’s time to visit heaven,” he said. 
 Throughout the day, the senator joins a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time, but at the end of the day, St. Peter returns. 
 “Well, then, you’ve spent a day in hell and another in heaven,” St. Peter told the senator. “Now choose your eternity.” The senator reflects for a minute and then said, “Well, heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell.”
 So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes back down to hell. The elevator doors open and the


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 “Yesterday, we were campaigning,” the devil said, smiling. “Today, you voted.”

Golf club sign Submitted by Jim Birdsill An actual sign posted at a golf club in Scotland reads: Back straight, knees bent, feet shoulder width apart. Form a loose grip. Keep your head down. Avoid a quick back swing. Stay out of the water. Try not to hit anyone. If you are taking too long, let others go ahead of you. Don’t stand directly in front of others. Quiet, please… while others are preparing. Don’t take extra strokes. Well done. Now, flush the urinal, go outside and tee off.

How to start a fight Submitted by Jacque Stafford My wife and I were sitting at a table at her high school reunion. She kept staring at a drunken man swigging his drink as he sat alone at a nearby table. “Do you know him?” I asked. “Yes,” she sighed. “He’s my old boyfriend. I understand he took to drinking right after we split up those many years ago and I hear he hasn’t been sober since.” “My God!” I said. “Who would think a person could go on celebrating that long?”

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And that’s how the fight started.

I love my grandkids Submitted by Jacque Stafford A second grader came home from school and said to her grandmother, “Grandma, guess what? We learned how to make babies today.” The grandmother, more than a little surprised, tried to keep her cool. “That’s interesting,” she said. “How do you make babies?” “It’s simple,” replied the little girl. “You just change ‘y’ to ‘ies.’”

Too old to drive Submitted by Karen Jones A man was sitting on a lawn sunning and reading, when he was startled by a car crashing through a hedge and coming to rest on his lawn. He helped the elderly driver out of the car and sat him down on the lawn chair. “My goodness,” he said. “You are quite old to be driving.” “Yes,” the old man replied. “I am old enough that I don’t need a license anymore. Earlier today, I went to my doctor, he examined me and asked if I had a driver’s license. I told him I did and handed it to him. He took scissors out of a drawer, cut the license into pieces, and threw them in the wastebasket. I thanked him and left.”

Doc’s advice Submitted by Dale Day Morris, 82, went to the doctor for a physical. A few days later, the doctor saw Morris walking down the street with a gorgeous young woman on his arm. A couple of days later, the doctor spoke to Morris and said, “You’re really doing great, aren’t you?” “Just doing what you said, Doc,” Morris said. “You told me to get a hot mamma and be cheerful.” “I didn’t say that,” the doctor said. “I said, ‘You’ve got a heart murmur, be careful.’” ■ Send your funniest jokes to:

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Big, bold, big, wild, big, beautiful Alaska area their home. Those who don’t make it to Denali hen many people think of takneed not despair. Towns in Alaska are ing a trip to Alaska, the word never far from the wilderness. Parks “big” comes to mind. When they aroften begin within city limits and rive, that becomes “BIG.” extend to backcountry landscapes. The size of the “Great Land,” as the Moose, bears and other critters lookAleutian people named the region, ing for food sometimes wander into makes the most immediate, and urban settings, eliciting little surprise dramatic, impression. Alaska is twice from two-legged residents used to as large as such intruTexas and if sions. cut in half, For examwould be the ple, the Far first and secNorth Bicenond biggest tennial Park states. Mount at the edge McKinley, of Anchorage the tallest provides an peak in North inviting habiAmerica at tat for bears over 20,000 and moose. feet, looms People gather over Denali Alaska, the “Great Land,” makes a dramatic impression. along riverNational Park, banks there which is larger than Massachusetts. and elsewhere during spring and Alaska’s magnificent scenery is summer to observe the spawning what first catches the eye. Row after run of salmon. As they return to their row of glacier-garbed mountains birthplace after several years at sea, stretch to the horizon. Many lakes the fish battle their way up rushing and rivers are dyed a bluish hue by water, leaping to surmount low falls the silt of melting ice and snow. Rivalong the way. Another obstacle is ers meander through U-shaped valthe phalanx of hungry bears that leys that were gouged out eons ago congregate to gorge on their favorite by advancing glaciers. food. There are numerous ways to enjoy Along with their close relationship one of Mother Nature’s most splendid to nature, cities and towns share a settings at any time of year. Warmrough and rugged history. With a weather pastimes range from hiking population near 300,000, Anchorage and biking to fishing, rafting, sea has an urban setting that resembles kayaking and much more. In winter, other U.S. cities of comparable size. downhill and cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and dog But there also are differences. There, mushing are among the activities that as everywhere in Alaska, untamed nature is not far away. Chugach State induce people to brave the cold. Park just outside the city has huge Opportunities to observe wildstretches of alpine terrain that are life in its natural setting are virtuvisited by more animals than hually everywhere. In Denali National mans. The Far North Bicentennial Park and Preserve, a world of Arctic Park/Campbell Tract provides habitundra and soaring mountains, sighttat for bears, moose and spawning ings of the “Big Five”—grizzly bear, salmon. caribou, moose, wolves and dall sheep—are most prized. A menagerie The Alaska Native Heritage Cenof other creatures also makes the ter delves into indigenous cultures.

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October 2012 The customs and traditions of the 11 major cultural groups are presented through dance, music and storytelling. Outside the center stand authentic native dwellings staffed by people from villages around the state who delight in relating stories of their people. Gold was responsible for the location of Juneau, the state capital, when it was discovered there in 1880, about 15 years before the Klondike Gold Rush began. Visitors today may relive those heady days during visits to several mining sites, or by trying their hand at panning. The terminus of the most readily accessible of the 10,000 or so glaciers in Alaska, the Mendenhall, is not far outside town. Looming above the suburbs of Juneau, bearing the typical bluishwhite glacial hue, it flows 12 miles from the ice field where it originates. At the lake where the glacier ends, large chunks dramatically break off to become icebergs, a process called calving. Ketchikan occupies the site where Tlingit natives set up fishing camps near salmon-rich waters, and it lays claim to the title “Salmon Capital of the World.” It also boasts the largest displays anywhere of standing totem poles, in three collections as well as in front of private homes. Another popular attraction is Creek Street, a wooden boardwalk over a stream that runs through the heart of town. For three decades, beginning in the Prohibition era, some buildings perched above the water served as brothels. That time is recalled by a sign welcoming visitors to Creek

Travel & Recreation 21 Street, which read, “Where fish and fishermen go up the creek to spawn.” Those structures now house restaurants, galleries and gift shops. The setting is different in Sitka, where evidence remains of Russia’s incursion, which ended in 1867 with the sale of the territory to the U.S. The Russian Bishop’s House (built 184243) and onionshaped domes of St. Michael’s Cathedral are among reminders of that chapter of history. Remnants of Russia’s brief influence merge comfortably with constant reminders that the native peoples have lived in what now is Alaska for thousands of years. Everywhere, their rich cultures are close at hand. Along with breathtaking natural beauty, opportunities to interact with wildlife and colorful history, its people also leave an indelible impression. For example, many Alaskans continue to call Mount McKinley “Denali,” Athabascan Indian for “The Great One.” I saw representations of totem poles and other traditional images adorning many T-shirts worn by locals. I was moved by the pride with which an Aleut guide at the Alaska Native Heritage Center described how men from his village hunt for whales from kayaks using poison-tip spears, and how women weave baskets that are among the finest in the world. Travelers seeking an adventure vacation couldn’t do better than to think Alaska. Others who prefer to observe wild animals and equally wild scenery from a distance also are likely to find much to like about Alaska. ■


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Blacksmithing: the art of the forge nosed tongs were used for flat objects and crooked-nosed tongs he blacksmith’s fire had for curved or rounded to be controlled with objects. Several sized pliaccuracy. The heat was ers were needed for the provided by coal, read“...the black- small objects that blackily purchased in western smiths were expected Colorado. Three distinct smith’s art is to make. heats were utilized in philosophical Several sizes or weights the shaping and formof hammers were used: as well as ing of desirable shapes. brute force if the work was heavy, First the blood-heat, then a heavy hammer would and logic.” white or flame heat, be used, and if the work and third sparkling or - Dorothy Steigler was light a small hamwelding heat. White or mer would be used. If flame heat was used to the work was to be twisted, it obtain the major shape of the had to be held in the vise while article. This usually required the smith twisted it. A smith heavy hammering or drawinghad several punches for making out, a process in which the iron holes in hot metal. He also had was tapered or lengthened and a chisel for cutting iron. Drills required for tapered pins, tools and a drill bow were needed for digging earth, and cutting for placing accurate holes tools. The highest temperature, in cold iron. Taps or dies for sparkling or welding heat, was threading holes or shafts were used only when iron was to be also part of the tools used by welded together. the blacksmith. The fire was fanned by a Depending upon the kind of bellows or blowing tubs. The shape needed, various shapes ore was melted until the slag of files were required: coarse or impurities were separated, and files for rough filing and fine files the mass of iron was formed into for smooth filing. Also used were a a bloom or pig. These were heated grindstone, a square, and measuring several times more, and between tools. each heat the mass was hammered in Articles were often embellished order to remove impurities and prowith a decorative scroll, twist or gressively shaped into tools, implecurve that produced a pleasing ments and hardware. design for a functional product. For A wall, which protected the belexample, simple utensils, hardware lows from the heat of the fire, was or household furnishings might be built on one side of the forge. In this created around a motif from nature. position the bellows fanned the fire Some common items made or reto an intense heat without being expaired by blacksmiths included nails, posed to the hazard of fire. A canopy horseshoes, chisels, hinges, hatchor roof over the fire helped carry ets, wedges, iron pots, meat hooks, the smoke into the chimney. A sufgrates, spades, plow irons, hoes, ficiently large anvil was used, in part branding irons, chains, sickles, shovto control the fire. The smith often els, hammers, curry combs, horse quenched the hot iron to cause it to bells, iron gates, and wagon tires. become more usable. Cross Orchards Historic Site feaA variety of tools have been impor- tures a working blacksmith shop that tant to the blacksmith. Tongs and pli- features local blacksmiths, such as ers would hold the heated iron while Lee Gagne, for special events. Along with demonstrations of the age-old it was shaped on the anvil. Straight-

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October 2012 craft, they generally have a few items for sale. Stop by Cross Orchards on October 20 for Fall Day on the Farm. Cedaredge’s Pioneer Town has a large working blacksmith’s shop that can be seen daily during the summer months. Cedaredge once boasted five working blacksmith shops. Delta’s Ft. Uncompahgre has a simple, outdoor shop that was utilized by fur traders in the mid1800s and can be seen in use occasionally when visiting. Francis Whitaker often pointed out that “the West was won in large part by the blacksmiths who shod the horses and made the wagon wheels that carried the pioneers here.” A world-famous master blacksmith, he was devoted to handing down 3,000-year-old techniques, sparking a 20th century revival of the ancient craft. He was honored at the White House by the National Endowment for the Arts as one of 11 National Heritage Fellows. He was the author of three books: “The Blacksmith’s Cookbook,” “My Life as an Artist Blacksmith” and “Beautiful Iron: The Pursuit of Excellence.” Whitaker worked at his Mountain Forge in Aspen for more than 20 years, dying in Glenwood Springs in 1999 at the age of 92. About 50 working blacksmiths are presently residing in western Colorado. If you have an interest in participating in blacksmith artistry, contact Kent Baughman, treasurer of the Grand Valley Blacksmith Guild, at 216-6669. (Kent is the proud owner of the old anvil from Fruita’s historic Blacksmith Shop.) The Grand Valley Blacksmith Guild promotes and teaches the art of blacksmithing and functional metalwork through monthly meetings, classes, demonstrations, and group events. They welcome new members. ■

Local lore 23 leaving the school his legacy of tools, blacksmith shop and home. (This is the location of the annual Rocky Mountain Smiths gathering, with internationally acclaimed, visiting blacksmiths teaching techniques and styles. Mansfield and a number of our local smiths attend each year.) Whitaker taught several classes in Grand Junction, inspiring area blacksmiths to hone their skills. When he visited Cross Orchards blacksmith shop, he commented on the inadequate size. The smiths stated that the lack of funds prohibited an enlargement of the building. Whitaker immediately wrote a check for $1,200 for building materials, and he and some local guild members enlarged the structure, making it more suitable for both work and education. Gene Pinkerton, another long-serving volunteer at Cross Orchards, built the original shop, and was thrilled with its extension. Mansfield pointed out the plank of mounted wood in the shop, with each blacksmith’s carved “signature” (including his). Mansfield is proud of the local blacksmiths’ camaraderie and quality of work. He delights in displaying the skills of the blacksmith at Cross Orchards’ events and teaching groups about the history and the techniques of this centuries-old trade. Stop by Cross Orchards, 3073 F Road, on Saturday, October 20 for Fall Day on the Farm and visit Mansfield in his shop.

Gary Mansfield keeps the blacksmith’s trade alive at Cross Orchards Historic Site.

Keeping the blacksmith’s trade alive By Sandi Cameron Gary Mansfield, 78, is a man of many talents, spurred on by his unlimited curiosity. Originally from Indiana, Mansfield has been in the Grand Valley for 45 years and is leaving a pronounced footprint...slightly in the shape of a shoed horse, however. Yes, horses. Appaloosas in particular, have been an interest of his for much of his life, and at least in part, led him to pursue the versatile art of blacksmithing. His ancestry offers another clue. Substituted into the Union army in Indiana after a neighbor gave him 360 acres in trade for his son’s conscription, Mansfield’s greatgrandfather was wounded at Gettysburg. With this farm “earned” at an incredibly high price, he was able to build a blacksmith shop and work at the trade he loved. His great-grandfather would be proud, as this is a trade that Mansfield also loves and has practiced for almost 20 years. Mansfield began volunteering at Cross Orchards Historic Site in 1991 and enrolled in a few of the classes they offered. A retired teacher from Central High School, he remains a

lifelong learner. The class on blacksmithing particularly inspired him. In fact, he was “so enamored” with this class, he grew significantly in his knowledge and enthusiasm for the art. He expressed this through teaching blacksmithing for the next nine years. Because of the interest of the men he met through this venture, he and Lee Gagne (owner of Lee’s Forgery) started the Grand Valley Blacksmith Guild, which still meets weekly and gets together for the occasional special event or demonstration. Possibly even more significant during this time period, Mansfield met a master blacksmith who he credits as his true mentor: Francis Whitaker. Mansfield met 80-year-old Whitaker and was immediately mesmerized by his intellect and creative abilities. Whitaker, originally from Carmel, California, moved to Aspen to teach his trade and to create his highly desired, ornamental items. He also taught classes at Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale, later

Note: “My Life as an Artist Blacksmith” by Whitaker as told to Gary Mansfield and “Beautiful Iron: The Pursuit of Excellence” by Whitaker are both sold at Cross Orchards’ and Museum of the West’s gift shop. ■


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A Halloween dress By Karen Telleen-Lawton

dress-up costume when my daughter and her cousin discovered their t was one of those sumptuous mothers’ wedding Halloween-eve gowns packed in evenings: crisp and brittle tissue in a cool, with a sliver high box in my parof moon to light our ents’ back bedroom. walk home from a My sister Cindy movie at the local and I were loungtheater. My husband ing by the pool and I were reminiscwhen our daughters ing about a perfect paraded onto the October 30 day exlawn modeling the actly two years eartwo elegant gowns. lier—the wedding Their faces provided day of our daughter all the accessories and son-in-law. A scary Halloween costume doesn’t have needed: smiles We whiled away to be a ghoul or goblin. full of braces and the walk recalling giggles. Enchanted with the formal the same autumn-crisp weather, the dresses and captivated by the anticijoyful dancing, and the abundance pation of their unknown fuof friends and family. Then tures, they processed around convertheir grandparents’ backyard, sation alternately serving as prinlapsed, and cesses, brides, and each we each other’s lady-in-waiting. slipped into Cindy and I were chatting our own under the oak tree where thoughts. My we often swung from a tire meanderings swing with our brother. wandered to The same oak later shaded our daughter our paddle tennis games Emily’s elegant when we brought teenage wedding dress, friends home to play, and and then to one presided over both of our she tried on 15 wedding receptions. We years before. were swept up It was my in the sudden wedding dress. The ivory memory-lane satin gown, with a front moment. panel of lace and long Mom came lace sleeves, had graced over when two family weddings: my she heard the mother’s and mine. From commotion. childhood I thought it The three of us was the most beautiful admired our girls, dress I’d ever seen, and suddenly on the wasn’t bothered by the cusp of womanthought of long sleeves hood. Then they on a July day. It turned turned to Mom. out to be 100 degrees, “Baba, you try but I don’t remember the heat as on your dress. You wear it.” much as feeling as gorgeous as the She shook her head firmly. “It dress. wouldn’t fit,” she said. Nevertheless, in its fifth decade it Now I have to break in at this point was yellowed with age. It became a


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month of pills up the back. Suddenly came the realization: it wouldn’t fit. The cousins held the seams close together while Cindy and I stood back to assess the situation. Belatedly we saw what mom had foreseen. That the gown, rather than returning her dreamlike to a youthful princess, transformed her instead into the bride of…well, you get the picture. Halloween stories don’t generally have morals, but I think one is called for here. Enjoy and keep your memories where they belong: tucked into your head, where your mind can work its magic apart from bodily reality. ■

1. BEACON Editor Cloie Sandlin (middle) dressed up as a tiger for Halloween at age 4. 2. BEACON Graphic Designer Heidi Graf (right) dressed up as St. Nick’s Swiss helper (called a Schmutzli) to fool her friends. 3. Sandy Barney dressed up as a jester for Halloween with her grandkids. 4. Lauren and Olivia VanGundy dress up as Yukon Cornelius and a misfit toy from “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” 5. Nancy Johnston and Deborah Donathan dressed up for Halloween last year. 6. Barbara Ward’s grandson, Colton, dressed up like his dog, Max, in this homemade costume.

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Editor’s note: Did you know that the State Demographer’s Office projects that approximately one out of every 8,000 people in Colorado today will live to be 100 years old? There are approximately 650 centenarians in Colorado and in 2020, there will be about 1,100 Coloradans 100 years or older. Over the next couple of months, the BEACON will feature interviews of area centenarians. These centenarians have their own secrets and advice to a long and happy life. in about 53 years ago. My husband got into farm implements on the chicken farm, and he came here and started Western Implement with our son, who had just graduated from college.

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If you’re not dead, then God has more for you to do sons Cole and Josh, moved to the Grand Valley from Sterling in August. hen Russia embraced commuSusan has also served as a pastor and nism, they tried to eliminate is looking into chaplaincy. Christianity. But because the Russian “God’s vision for this church might Orthodox cathedral in Moscow was not be one that attracts huge numso beautiful, the government decided bers of youth,” Barton said. “As we to keep it intact and permitted it to learn to listen for God’s call to this hold services because church, we might find the only people who that this is a place that attended were the attracts those interestelderly. They believed ed in a senior ministry that eventually the or multi-generational old ones would die off ministries.” and the church would Barton believes that be no more than an churches need to beancient relic of a dead come God-focused so religion. they know where they As the years passed, fit in among the other the building became a churches in this valley. tourist attraction and Too many churches do an American journalist what he calls “scatterinterviewed a priest shooting.” They do a there, asking him little of everything and why he kept holding not much of any specifservices when the only ic thing. Instead, they Photo by ones who attended need to complement the ministries were a handful of the elderly. of other churches and be the people “They expected our congregation God is calling them to be. When a to die, you see,” the priest replied. church “scatter-shoots” they miss out “And each year some do. Yet year on that special focus that God would after year there are always babushkas have them experience. (grandmothers).” Barton said experiential ChristianSo it is with a number of churches ity is key. in this valley. The congregation at “If we intend to be real as ChrisFirst Christian Church, located at tians, then we need to be real about 1326 N. First St., is primarily made God, not the one to two hours up of people age 50 and older. The a week, but daily,” Barton said. church has exceptional programs “Church is not worship, although that encourage young people to atmany people put it in that category. tend, but the majority of the people It’s so much more than that. It’s a in the congregation are no longer way of life.” young. The church hosts various commu“Age has no relation to a congreganity programs throughout the year. tion’s willingness to discern God’s Trunk or Treat is a safe and fun alterwill for their church,” the church’s native to door-to-door trick or treatnew pastor Brad Barton, 44, said. ing, and takes place in the church “Neither is age a factor in the peoparking lot each Halloween. This ple’s willingness to live out God’s year it takes place at 6 p.m. A Thankswill for their lives. Here we have a giving Day community meal will also vibrant core of people who love to take place in November. serve the Lord.” For more information, call Barton Barton, his wife Susan, and their at 242-7204. ■

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Stitching through sorrow summer’s visit would probably be her last. rand-mere, my French-Canadian One of the churchwomen wrote grandmother, was still a young back to apologize for the delay, exwoman when her husband died, plaining that their youngest quilter leaving her with was 81. However, four children—the they added, they youngest being age would move the 7. Even 70 years quilt to the front later, my mother reof the line. When it called Grand-mere finally arrived only sitting in her rocktwo weeks before ing chair, unable what was indeed to sleep night after Grand-mere’s night. last visit, it was As she rocked, beautiful. she stitched quilt The author and her family with Grand-mere. When my parsquares, each with ents downsized from their home to a flower-like circle of 16 narrow a retirement apartment, I became calico wedges with a butter-yellow the keeper of the quilt. A quilting center the size of a silver dollar. She neighbor admired the beautiful scalused perfect tiny stitches and I picture her concentrating on the needle loped binding and the nearly perfect stitchery and identified the pattern and thread and fabric scraps instead as Dresden Plate. Here and there of her grief and her overwhelming was a tiny brown spot where an elresponsibility for the children. derly churchwoman had pricked her Later, Grand-mere moved to a tiny apartment. My mother, who was mar- finger. My husband and I carefully draped the quilt over a handsome ried and living in another state, became the keeper of the quilt squares, wooden dowel on the bedroom wall. I see the which she treasured quilt stored careeach mornfully wrapped ing as I wake in white tissue up and feel in the linen a wonderful closet for many sense of contiyears. Then, nuity and joy. I as Grand-mere picture Grandwas nearing mere, stitch90, my mother ing through learned of a her sorrow group of wom70 years ago, en in Niagara finding a small Falls, New measure of York, who consolation in assembled her meticulous quilts to raise work. I think funds for their church. “I did say place our quilt collection on line- but not like this!” of that circle of quilters I She mailed never met—all of them must be gone them the squares along with the now, too—who took the squares, modest fee they requested, and then born of Grand-mere’s grief and waited. Finally, more than a year later, she wrote to ask when the quilt turned them into a beautiful legacy for me and my sons and my grandmight be ready because Grand-mere daughters. ■ was growing frail and the coming

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y mother once ordered a pair of shoes from Fredericks of Hollywood. They were black velvet stilettos with cutout toes and straps that snaked up her ankles. Filling out a form from a catalog she snitched from her gynecologist’s waiting room, she then attached a note reading, “Please deliver the package wrapped in plain brown paper.” After that, she crumpled the catalog into a baseball-size wad and set it on fire. I come by my craziness genetically. Mama was paranoid that Mrs. Brewer, her next-door neighbor, might drop by, find the catalog lying around and tell everybody in town. Since our mailman delivered to the entire neighborhood, well... you do the math. Daddy had recently become a policeman, and he and Mama planned

to attend their first Policeman’s Ball at the National Guard Armory. For two weeks after she placed the shoe order, Mama went to a local department store and sifted through dressy dresses in hopes of finding a match. She was naturally plump but had recently added a few more pounds. We hadn’t seen her in anything but navy blue or black since Dr. Cone told her to go on a diet, which she didn’t do. The Policeman’s Ball was two nights away when she found the sleek black dress of her dreams. It was size 14 with silver sequins trailing down the arms and wide seams that could be let out if she kept gaining. It was love at first sight. She primped all afternoon on the day of the ball. At 5 p.m., I went to her room.

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“Mama, are you gonna fix us some supper or what?” I said. “My stomach is growling.” She cocked one eye at me, the other one remaining stuck between the vise-like grip of an eyelash curler. “I’m not cooking today,” she replied. “Heat up some fish sticks if you’re hungry.” She squeezed the curler over her other eye. “Fish sticks?” I whined. “Mama, I’m starving.” She gave me the parent stare she had made a point of perfecting before I was born. “Eat some potato chips if you’re that hungry,” she said. My brother and I were feeding fish sticks to the cat when her majesty swooped down the stairs in a pretty good imitation of Loretta Young. There was no resemblance to the woman who had driven us to school that morning. My brother’s eyes were as large as Coke bottoms. “Holy cow,” he exclaimed. It was a good thing he didn’t say his usual holy something else. It would have landed us both in the bathroom trying not to swallow a mouthful of Ivory Soap. Mama looked so glamorous that we could only stare. It was the first

October 2012 lesson I was to learn from my mother’s interpretation of urban renewal. Her smile was wide and her teeth sparkled in contrast to the bright red lipstick she wore. “Do I look okay?” she asked. She was fishing for a compliment and we responded with the adulation she’d hoped for. She preened at the foot of the stairs while we gawked and then Daddy made his entrance. One glance at him and Mama’s big smile turned into a scowl so fast it was like she’d done a magic trick. “Harold,” she gasped. “White socks? What on earth were you thinking?” Daddy, decked out in a black tuxedo rented for halfprice at Penny’s, looked at his feet. The pants were an inch too short, but except for his poor choice of socks, he looked like a movie star. “What’s wrong with white socks?” he asked. “They match my shirt.” I thought Mama might swoon. Her eyes rolled and she heaved a dramatic sigh. “Go put on some black socks right now, Harold, and hurry up or we’ll be late,” she said. Daddy pinned an orchid corsage on her shoulder strap and they strolled out the door. Mama took baby steps as though walking on ice in her new shoes and Daddy’s steadying hand never left her waist. They were young and happy, like kids going to their first prom. The next day, Mama rewrapped her shoes in plain brown paper and took pains to hide the Frederick’s logo. She then placed them up high on a shelf in her closet where they would never again dazzle the eyes of her children or dance until dawn with the love of her life. Long after I was grown, she admitted to having blisters, bunions and swollen feet the day following that enchanted evening. She smiled at me in a secretive way and added, “If the shoe fits, it’s probably orthopedic.” ■

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Tied down with the goats and the ability to stay put. Since goats need daily care, hile many people are happy vacations aren’t easily doable. with just owning a dog or “Goats tie you down,” Howcat, Cheri Howard, 56, spends her ard said. “Especially dairy days caring for her eight chickgoats because they need ens, four goats, two cats and to be milked every day. You one dog. also need to know a lot of Howard, along with her skills in taking care of goats, husband Evan, 56, have like injecting shots, trimming always owned chickens, hooves, birthing, and with even while living in urban dairy goats, milking.” areas. Once they moved to Moreover, there are skills you Montrose and bought a piece can’t learn from a book. With goats, of land, they decided to exHoward said pand their you really collection of need to conanimals. nect with a “We owned local person chickens for who owns their eggs them to and then teach you all decided to the necesget goats for sary skills. their milk,” Normally, Howard when you explained. buy your “They help goats from a cut down breeder you our dairy bill can have considerably. them take Also, espeCheri Howard with her two Angora goats. you under cially with their wing. the eggs, I find the quality of ours to Howard recommends chickens be far superior to what you find in a for anyone, even people who live in grocery store.” cities. The Howards adopted two Angora “Chickens are hardier than goats, goats for their Mohair 15 years ago so you do not need to know as and because their previous owners many veterinary skills to take care could not take care of them. of them,” she said. “If you lose some “Animals bring a certain comic relief to life and they enrich our lives to a coyote or raccoon, it’s simple with their own unique personalities,” and inexpensive to replace them. They can also be easily kept in a Howard said. small backyard, as long as they have Howard finds it funny how people enough space to run around and react when she tells them that she have a safe and enclosed area for the owns goats. night.” “People are often wary of goat’s Howard enjoys weaving things milk, saying they don’t like the taste,” from the Mohair from her Angora she said. “Ninety percent of the time goats, but has no other big future they have not even tried it. But if plans for herself or her animals. I give them some goat’s milk ice“I just want my animals to live long cream, which normally changes their opinion very quickly.” and prosper,” she said. “I do not want Howard said that in order to raise to expand. My animal house is full.” goats, you have to have enough land ■

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League of Women Voters Candidate Forum The League of Women Voters of Mesa County announces a candidate forum to be held at 7 p.m. at the Grand Junction City Auditorium, 250 N. Fifth St. For more information, call 778-9000. October 3-November 10

Brush & Palette Club Art Show Exhibits for the Brush & Palette Club’s 65th annual Member’s Art Show will be open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays at the Art Center, 1803 N. Seventh St. The exhibit will showcase two-dimensional artwork from Brush & Palette club members of all abilities. This is a juried show. Over $1,000 in prize money will be awarded. For details, visit or call 241-0410.

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Gardeners will be present to discuss the plants and fall planting techniques. Snacks will be provided. For more information, call 244-1836. October 6

Robin Hackett in concert Two Rivers Center for Spiritual Living will host singer/songwriter Robin Hackett in concert from 6:30 p.m.9:30 p.m. at Lakeside Community Room, 3150 Lakeside Drive #103. Hackett’s music has been featured on the hit TV show “How I Met Your Mother” and she has opened for many large acts in concert. An Italian dinner will precede the concert, along with a raffle to benefit the music ministry. Tickets are $25 for dinner and concert. For information or tickets, call 424-1550. October 6

Master Gardener Tree Auction The Colorado State University Master Gardeners will host their 15th annual Tree Auction and Plant Sale from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Mesa County Extension office at the Mesa County Fairgrounds. Proceeds benefit the Master Gardener program. Master

Oktoberfest Enjoy brats, beer, activities, German music and dancing on Sixth Street and Colorado Avenue. from 10 a.m.10 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 242-2657. October 6

Fruita Open House Enjoy free hot dogs, hamburgers, music, activities, door prizes, a pool tournament and more at the Fruita Senior Task Force’s second annual open house from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Fruita Community Center, 324 N. Coulson. For more information, call 858-0360. October 6

Walk 4 Life 5K Both a fun and fundraising event, the Junior Service League’s 15th annual Walk 4 Life brings people together to promote breast cancer awareness, education, detection and support.

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October 2012 Proceeds from Walk 4 Life will fund breast cancer awareness, education and detection including mammograms, ultrasounds and biopsies for low-income, uninsured individuals under the age of 49 in Mesa County. Scholarships are also available. Check in begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, 655 Struthers Ave. The 5K begins at 9 a.m. and ends at Eagle Rim Park. Register online at or call 243-7790. October 7

Alpaca Days The third annual Western Colorado Alpaca Breeders Alpaca Days takes place from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Sheriff’s Posse Arena on the corner of 25 and F-1/2 roads. Admission is free. Several farms will be represented with alpacas and products. For more information, call 858-8866. October 11

From one old bag to another All ladies are cordially invited to the Grand Junction Christian Women’s Network annual fundraiser at the Clarion Inn, 755 Horizon Drive. Go through your closet and bring your gently used handbags, shoes and accessories for our silent auction at 12:15 p.m. Linda Pringle will be our guest speaker talking about overwhelmed women. RSVP by October 6. Call 858-7120. October 13

Empty Bowls fundraiser Grand Valley Catholic Outreach’s Empty Bowls fundraiser is celebrating its 17th year of helping feed individuals and families who are hungry. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup, bread and dessert in a keepsake bowl for $25. The event takes place from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Soup Kitchen, 245 S. First St. Purchase your tickets at City Market or at the Catholic Outreach. Call 241-3658. October 13

Western States Summit The Western Colorado Area Health Education Center is hosting a summit, featuring national experts on brain and psychological health injuries. The morning sessions and continuing medical education are

October 2012 free of charge and a nominal fee will be charged for lunch. For a list of times and speakers, call 244-8400 or visit October 16

Hospice volunteer information Do you have a little time and a lot of heart? Volunteer with Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado. Hospice hosts a volunteer information session from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Hospice Care Center, 3090 N. 12th St. Lunch will be provided. To RSVP, call 257-2378. October 18

Assistive technology open house Assistive Technology Partners is celebrating Assistive Technology Awareness Week by having an open house from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. The open house will be held at the Western Slope Technical Assistance Center at the Mesa County Workforce Center (WesTAC), 2897 North Ave. Call 2480876 for details. October 20

Rollin’ on the River 5K Join Mesa Developmental Services for a 5K run/walk/roll followed by a delicious lunch provided by Enzo’s Italian Restaurant and fun, foot-tappin’ live entertainment and plenty of kidfriendly activities. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Run/walk/roll begins at 10 a.m. at the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, 655 Struthers Ave. All proceeds support local children with disabilities and their families. Register online at or call 256-8640. October 20

Monumental Challenge Ride Family Health West invites you to take the Monumental Challenge Ride. This is not for the average rider. It covers 65 miles that includes three strenuous climbs on the monument and Little Park Road. The ride is part of the Fruita Rotary’s Gear Down FTown biking festival. The ride begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Fruita Community Center, 324 N. Coulson St., and heads up the west end of the monument. It then heads down to traverse Hwy 340 to Little Park Road. The ride climbs Little Park Road then returns down Hwy 340, climbing up the east end of the monument to take the final stretch back to the Fruita Community Center. Participants receive a new pair of riding socks, free lunch and a beer ticket to the festival. For details, call 858-2104 or visit www. October 20 & 21

Artspace Open Studios Tour This self-guided tour promotes local talent and helps art entrepreneurs connect with the public to build jobs in our local economy. The tour takes place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Visit notable artists in their creative spaces and view work not on display in local galleries. Learn techniques in different media, see works in progress and more. Free color maps are available at and can be viewed and downloaded. Or call 640-8177 or email artspaceopenstu October 26-28

Heroes Harvest Renaissance Faire Go back in time and experience a village in the times of old. Merchants, food and entertainment will be provided. The event takes place at 10 a.m. at 312 29 Road, by the river. Admission is free. October 27

OI Halloween Dance Salute the troops at Operation Interdependence’s Halloween Dance at 7 p.m. at VFW 1247 Post, 1404 Ute Ave. There will be a chocolate baking contest, silent auction, door prizes and costume contest. Cost is $15 per person or $25 per couple. All proceeds go to supporting the troops. For more information or to sign up for the baking contest, call 523-4217. November 2

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October 2012 Activity Schedule

“Young-at-heart adults getting together for fun and friendship!” Friday Afternoon Club meets at 5 p.m. Fridays in the lounge at The Doubletree Hotel, 743 Horizon Drive. The first FAC meeting of the month is our business meeting and the second is Birthday Recognition Day for our members. Call Jim Spiegel at 424-2545 for details. RCS will celebrate their 10th anniversary at the Clarion Inn, 755 Horizon Drive, on Tuesday, October 23. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Attend the FAC meeting for more information. Tuesdays at 10 a.m. – Join us for Early Start Breakfast at Denny’s on Horizon Drive. Call Debbie Grose at 245-4995 for details. Wednesdays at 5 p.m. – Dine out at the following locations every week. Call Debbie Grose at 245-4995 for details. October 3 – Fiesta Guadalajara, 710 North Ave. October 10 – Garfield’s, 2148 Broadway October 17 – Olive Garden, 2416 Hwy 6 & 50 October 24 – Applebee’s, 711 Horizon Drive October 31 – Rib City, 2830 North Ave. Wednesdays at 8 a.m. – Wednesday Golf at Adobe Creek Golf Course, 876 18-1/2 Road in Fruita. RSVP by Monday by calling the golf course at 858-0521. For details, call Lynn Klein at 245-6224 or Fran Deaver at 248-9211. Saturdays at 9 a.m. – As part of the Saturday Morning Bike Ride, meet at Albertsons on the Redlands for an easy ride along the Colorado River Trail. Call Jim Sanders at 257-1174 for details. Sundays at noon – It’s Bowling Sunday followed by card games at Orchard Mesa Lanes, 295 27 Road. RSVP to Bob Lewis at 263-8462. Thursday, October 12 – Tour the Colorado Bureau of Investigation office. Meet at the Safeway on Horizon Drive at 11 a.m. to carpool. Lunch will be at the Village Inn on Horizon Drive immediately following the tour. Space is limited, so sign up at the FAC or RSVP to Barb Morey at 242-1266. Thursday, October 18 –Dinner and a Movie is back on the third Thursday of the month. RSVP to Judie Chapin at 639-2197 or 256-8855 by the day before, or sign up at the FAC. Wednesday, October 17 – Hike Echo Canyon. Meet at the Devil’s Kitchen parking lot at 9 a.m. for this 3-hour hike. The trail is rated intermediate. We will have lunch after the hike. This is a ranger-guided hike. A small donation is requested. Call John Delehanty at 241-3171 for details. Tuesday, October 30 – Hike the Grand Mesa. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel parking lot, 743 Horizon Drive, to carpool. Car pool participants will share the price of gas equally. This is a 2 1/2 hour hike along a portion of Crag Crest Trail. Lunch will be at a restaurant overlooking the lake.

Altius String Quartet concert The Western Slope Concert Series presents the Altius String Quartet at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 522 White Ave. The Altius Quartet is composed of brilliant, award-winning musicians and is the up-and-coming string quartet in Dallas. Tickets are $9 in advance and $12 at the door. Purchase your tickets at or Roper Music, or call 241-4579. ■

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Six quality concerts for $50 For 68 years, the Mesa County Concert Association has provided excellent entertainment to the public. Memberships to the upcoming season are now available. Membership includes six programs for $50 for adults and $25 for students. All programs are held at the Grand Junction High School auditorium. Call 243-1979 for details.

St. Mary’s health seminars The physical therapists of St. Mary’s Rehabilitation Services will present a free seminar on the basics of spine anatomy, common causes and treatment options for back pain. The seminar is from 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 25 at St. Mary’s Life Center’s Grand Mesa Room. Use Entrance 40. No registration needed. • If you are considering weight loss surgery, attend a free education session presented by the staff of

St. Mary’s Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Center and a trained weight loss surgeon. Seminars take place at St. Mary’s Life Center’s Grand Mesa Room. Use Entrance 40. Space is limited. Call 298-6400 to register. • Wednesday, October 3 – 5:30 p.m.7 p.m. • Wednesday, October 17 – noon to 1:30 p.m.

Assistive technology awareness October 14-20 is Assistive Technology Awareness Week. Assistive technology devices are items that can be used to increase, maintain, or improve the independence and safety of individuals with disabilities or the elderly. Assistive technology devices and services allow people to work, attend school, and live purposeful lives. Assistive Technology Partners is celebrating this proclamation by having an open house from 4 p.m.6 p.m. on October 18. at the Western

Slope Technical Assistance Center (WesTAC) at the Workforce Center, 2897 North Ave. Call 248-0876 for details.

Veterans food drive Citadel Security and Investigation is sponsoring the food drive to support local veterans. Donations of canned and nonperishable food items will help feed local veterans and their families during the holidays. Donations will be accepted from October 13 to December 3 and can be dropped off at the Grand Junction Vet Center at 2472 F Road, Unit 16 in Grand Junction. For more information, call 245-4156.

Voting resources for upcoming election Kids Voting Mesa County encourages young people to become knowledgeable and engaged citizens at a young age so they can be responsible adult citizens. To help people vote informed, Kids Voting has prepared nonpartisan resources for students and adults alike, including videotaped interviews with candidates running for House District 55 and a voting guide online at www.kidsvot To stay up to date, sign up for their newsletter online or by mail. If you’d like to volunteer or donate, contact Martha at 245-3414 or mar

Volunteer pilot shortage impacts Western Slope Angel Flight West is facing a serious pilot shortage while on pace to fly more than 4,300 flights this year. The nonprofit arranges free air transportation for distant, nonemergency medical treatment. Without more volunteer pilots, western Colorado patients who are too ill to fly commercially or cannot afford travel may be forced to forgo vital health care. For some, it could mean a difference between life and death. Many volunteer pilots are seniors who have time and desire. If you love to fly and want to help people in need, visit www. or call Cheri at 310-390-2958.

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October 2012 and older to participate in the Moab Senior Games. The games will be held November 7-11 and will feature many of your favorite events. Register now at or call 435-260-0161.

Volunteer opportunities • RSVP connects individuals 55+ to volunteer positions in any of our member agencies. For a list of volunteer opportunities and to register, call 243-9839. • Homeward Bound of the Grand Valley is a nonprofit organization providing housing, compassionate services, and safe shelter for individuals and families. It is always in need of community volunteers. If you are interested, call 256-9424. • Gray Gourmet needs several adult volunteers to deliver a weekday lunch to homebound seniors in the Grand Valley. To find out more about delivering meals, call Marsha at 243-9844, ext. 5. Volunteers are also needed to work at one of our senior dining sites one day per week. For more information, call Sheli at 243-9844, ext. 2. • Alpine Hospice needs volunteers to help patients tell their life story. Training is provided. Volunteer office support positions are also available. Contact Sandy at 210-5912 for details. • St. Mary’s Foster Grandparent Program needs volunteers to help tutor and mentor school children that are at risk for developmental delays. Call Tanya at 263-9091. • St. Mary’s Senior Companion Program needs volunteers to provide companionship and assistance to a senior in need. Call Tamara at 263-9092.

Club activities • Western Slope Coin Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Redlands Community Center, 2463 Broadway. Know the real value of your coins and currency with a free evaluation by experienced club members before the meeting at 5:30 p.m. Call 2411770 or 245-4141 for details, or visit • Talk of the Town Toastmasters invite you to join their weekly Thursday meetings from noon to 1 p.m. at

October 2012 the Business Incubator, 2591 Legacy Way. Call 244-1625 for details. • Grand Valley Knights are a group of auto enthusiasts that meet every Saturday from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. at Spoon’s Bistro and Bakery, 3090 N. 12th St. with their sport and classic vehicles. For details, call 462-6762 or visit • Vestafjell Lodge, Sons of Norway meets at 2 p.m. October 14 at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 3133 F Road. Their annual baked cod and Norwegian meatball dinner will be served to members and guests for $8. Bring an item for the silent auction. 2013 calendars will be on sale. For details, call Barb at 245-5649 or visit • Two River Sams Chapter Good Sam RV Club will meet at 1 p.m. on October 20. For location, call 248-9846 or 261-8817. • Knights of Columbus hosts bingo at 7 p.m. on the second Friday of the month at 412 32 Road in Clifton. The first pack is $10. Half of the proceeds are paid out as prizes. The other half goes to KOC’s scholarship fund. Call 434-4037 for details. • Mesa County Genealogical Society meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at Cross Orchards, 3073 F Road, and at the Museum of Western Colorado, 462 Ute Ave., at noon on the fourth Wednesday of the month. A help session is at 1 p.m. on the first Friday of the month at one of the Mesa County libraries. Bring a lunch. For details, call 245-5312. • Mesa County Republican Women meet at noon the second Monday of each month at Two Rivers Convention Center. Lunch is $15 per person. RSVP to 248-0815. • Two Rivers Cribbage Club meets from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. every Thursday at New Life Church, 1350 N. Seventh St. Call 261-1670 for details. • Happy Feet Rounds meets at the Masonic Lodge, 2400 Consistory Ct. on Sundays for a variety of dancing including waltz, rumba, cha-cha and more. Beginners are welcome from 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. and intermediate dancers are welcome from 6:30 p.m.8 p.m. Call 243-5858 for details. • Grand Valley Woodcarvers Club meets from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of the month and from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays at the Redlands United Methodist Church, 527 Village Way. Call 245-8817 or 523-5965 for details. • Levis & Lace Square Dance Club hosts square dances from 7 p.m.9:30 p.m. every Friday at the Masonic Lodge, 2400 Consistory Ct., in Grand Junction. Call 216-8503 or 434-6541 for details. • Art Jewelers Guild meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Grandview Apartments on the northwest corner of First Street and Independent Avenue. Call 243-1220 for details. • MACHO Men, a cancer support group, meets at 5 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month at St. Mary’s Hospital’s Oncology Conference Room and the fourth Wednesday at St. Mary’s Java City Café. Call 298-2351 or 858-1301 for details. • Breast Friends, a breast cancer support group, meets at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at St. Mary’s Hospital’s Oncology Conference Room. Call 298-2351 for more information. • Stamp Collectors meet the second Wednesday at White Star Electric, 803 Winters Ave. at 7 p.m. For details, call 986-1502. • Western Slope Non-Smoking Singles has potlucks on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month at 6 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 3940 27-1/2 Road. They have dinner on the third Wednesday of the month and have monthly outings. Call Flora at 434-5277 for details. • Hearing Loss Association of America has free monthly education meetings from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Center for Independence, 740 Gunnison Ave. For details, call Amy at 241-2592 or visit www.hearingloss • Thunder Mountain Camera Club will host its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. October 23 at the River of Alliance Church, 701 24 1/2 Road. Call Kathleen at 260-7488 for details. ■

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Thank you to our sponsors The following sponsors contributed greatly to making our second Montrose-Delta BeaconFest possible. We hope you stopped by New Creation Hearing Solutions’ booth and took the time to hear what their friendly staff had to say about enhancing one’s hearing. Stop by their office in either Grand Junction or Montrose. We would not have had the wonderful refreshments and lunch throughout the day if it weren’t for our generous food sponsors, KJCT and Volunteers of America, and a special thanks to VOA’s Senior CommUnity Meals for sharing their delicious spaghetti lunch with all of our attendees. Thank you to our sponsors for your support of our senior community!

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Mark your calendars Planning is already underway for our 2013 BeaconFests. Our Grand Junction BeaconFest will be held Thursday, April 18 at Two Rivers Convention Center. Our MontroseDelta BeaconFest will be held on Thursday, September 19 at the Montrose Pavilion. ■

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Golden Gala Dance The Cedaredge’s Chamber of Commerce hosts the 20th annual Golden Gala Dance from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. at the Cedaredge Community Center. Advance tickets are $40. The event features live music by the David Starr Band, hors d’oeuvres, dessert, beverages and a commemorative glass. For details, call 856-6961. October 6

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Derek Evilsizor is Frank Sinatra Don’t miss this live performance by one of the best Frank Sinatra impersonators. Derek Evilsizor comes to the Delta Elks Lodge, 563 Main St., for two performances. His first show begins at 6 p.m. and the second begins at 8:30 p.m. There will be light appetizers and a cash bar. Cost is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Seats are limited so RSVP to 874-3624 by October 5. October 13

Oktoberfest Celebrate Oktoberfest in Centennial Plaza from 1 p.m.-6 p.m. The event benefits All Points Transit. Cost is $20, but if you don’t wish to participate in the tasting it will be $5. For more information, call 249-8865.

One Step Closer to Help and Hope

Enjoy Cedaredge’s 35th annual AppleFest from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday on West Main Street around Town Park. There’s free admission, music, food, activities and more. For details, call 856-6961.

Montrose Memorial Hospital is proud to present the 20th annual One Step Closer to Help and Hope 5K walk/10K run and 12-mile bike ride. The event begins at 9 a.m. with registration at 8 a.m. at the Montrose Pavilion, 1800 Pavilion Drive. Register at the hospital. The registration fee is $25 in advance and $30 at the door. A wine tasting and auction will be held at 5:30 p.m. October 5 at the Holiday Inn Express. Proceeds go to Bosom Buddies. For more information, call 252-2814.

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AARP Driver Safety Course Montrose County Health and Human Services will host the AARP Driver Safety Program from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. Preregistration is required. Call 252-3431.

Free health clinic Dr. Terry Wade and Dr. Michelle Purvis will offer a free health clinic open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Dr. Wade’s office at 255 S. Grand Mesa Drive in Cedaredge. Bring a nonperishable food item for the Cedaredge Food Pantry or an unwrapped toy for local children. Call 856-4111 to schedule an appointment. ■

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FREE MEDICAL CLINIC Dr. Terry Wade and Dr. Michelle Purvis are offering a free clinic to assist the community during the holidays. Please bring a nonperishable item for the Cedaredge Food Pantry or an unwrapped toy for local children.

Saturday, October 27 • 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 255 S. Grand Mesa Drive, Cedaredge, CO (Dr. Wade’s office) Call for an appointment (970) 856-4111 No questions asked. Insurance or no insurance. All appointments are free.

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League of Women Voters events The Montrose County League of Women Voters is sponsoring three events to help voters make informed decisions with marking their 2012 general election ballots. • October 2 - Delta County General Election Candidate Forum, 7 p.m. at the Delta County Courthouse’s District Courtroom, 501 Palmer St. • October 4 - Pro and Con Presentation of State Ballot Issues, noon at Montrose District Library’s Community Room, 320 S. Second St. • October 9 - Montrose County General Election Candidate Forum, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at the Montrose Pavilion, 1800 Pavilion Drive.

Delta Saturday Market Delta’s Saturday Market takes place at Third and Main Streets from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on the first Saturdays of each month through October. There will be a Farmers Market, concessionaires, artists, crafts, games, face painting, live music, animal shelters, artisan food producers, and more. For more information, call 874-8616 or visit

tions, call 245-9649 or 888-333-9649, or visit

Downtown historic walks A historic walk of downtown Montrose will be held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, starting at the Montrose County Historical Museum at 6 p.m. Cost is $5 and space is limited. To RSVP, call 249-2085.

Volunteer opportunities • Alpine Hospice in Montrose is seeking volunteers to help their patients tell their life stories. Share some laughter, hold a hand, and be there when you’re needed most. For more information, call Pam at 275-6064.

Stroke Support Group The Montrose Memorial Hospital Stroke Support Group meets twice a month at the hospital’s Acute Rehab Unit from 11 a.m. to noon. Stroke survivors, family members and caregivers are all encouraged to attend. For more information and meeting days, call Tim Ramsey at 318-2028.

Delta Senior Activities

Do you have a drinking problem?

The following activities are offered at Bill Heddles Recreation Center, 530 Gunnison River Drive in Delta. To register for any of the following activities or for a full list, call 874-0923.

Do you think you may have a drinking problem? Do you know someone else who might? There are weekly AA meetings throughout the Western Slope. For meeting times and loca-

• October 20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. A handgun safety course provides home owners wishing to own a handgun with safety requirements necessary to acquire a permit. The course

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consists of safety techniques of an automatic pistol and revolver, laws related to owning a handgun, firing techniques, range safety and target practice. Cost is $70. Lunch is on your own. Register by October 17. • October 21 & 28, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. The next beginning archery class is taught by certified NASP instructors. The program’s purpose is to make enjoyable and safe archery Old friends laughing it up at the recent Uravan experiences for all ages and abilities. reunion picnic. Register by 5 p.m. the Friday before the class. Cost is $40 for the two-day to register and get directions to the class. starting location of the walk.

Swim challenge The goal of this challenge is to swim as many miles as possible from October 22 to January 30. The $15 participation fee does not cover daily admission, but the first 10 participants to sign up get a commemorative T-shirt and an optional, free, 30-minute orientation. The two contestants who swim the most miles win prizes. Register through January 30.

Montrose Senior Activities The Montrose Recreation District has the following activities scheduled for seniors 50+ in October. Register one week ahead. Events take place at the Montrose Pavilion, 1800 Pavilion Drive, or transportation departs from the Montrose Pavilion. Please arrive at each event at least 15 minutes early. For more information on any of the following activities, call 252-4884. • October 2, 8:30 a.m. Join us for a leisurely walk off of Dave Wood Road. This hike is free, but you must call Cindy at 252-4884


• October 6, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Enjoy over 150 vendors, a classic car show, antique tractor show, live music, apples and more at the AppleFest in Cedaredge. Cost is $17, plus bring money for lunch.

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• October 11, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Hike Bear Creek in Telluride. The rating is moderate. It’s a 4-mile round trip with a 1,040 elevation gain. Cost is $18. • October 23 or 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Enjoy a guided tour of John Billings’ artwork in Ridgway by the “the Grammy Man” himself. Billings has made Grammy awards for 36 years and also makes the John Wooden Award for the NCAA player of the year, the Annie Award honoring the best in the world of animation and the Convoy Duck hood ornament made popular by the cult classic movie “Convoy.” We will eat lunch in Ridgway and shop in the local stores prior to the tour. This trip is limited to eight people, so register early. Cost is $16, plus bring money for lunch. ■

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In light of the fact that funerals can cost thousands of dollars, it should come as a measure of comfort to some that there are federal regulations in place to protect consumers. The Funeral Rule, designed to protect consumers while they arrange funerals, is enforced by the Federal Trade Commission. When it comes to making arrangements, either preneed or at the time of need, The Funeral Rule makes it easier for consumers to choose only the goods and services that they want or need, and to pay only for those they select. If they appear in person to request information, the funeral home must provide a general price list which includes pricing information about all of their services (consumers may keep it), along with legal information related to the Funeral Rule. Consumers who request pricing information over the phone are also entitled to hear relevant pricing information. The Funeral Rule also gives the definition of a General Price List (GPL) and specific disclosures regarding embalming, alternative containers for cremation, the basic service fee, Casket Price List and Outer Burial Container must be provided in writing to the consumer. The funeral home must also disclose any legal requirements related to the funeral, and they cannot falsely claim that something is required by law when it is not. The Funeral Rule also specifies that funeral directors must provide information about embalming (including the fact that it is not usually required by law) and they must provide prices and descriptions of caskets and urns before showing samples. This set of enforced practices and standards is particularly welcome by funeral homes who have established a reputation in the community for compassion and understanding, which our neighbors have come to expect of us. The funeral reflects a wise and well-informed purchasing decision, as well as a meaningful one. Martin Mortuary, your local Dignity Memorial® provider, is here to assist families in creating a specially made service of remembrance; a celebration of life lived. We have been serving families in the Grand Valley since 1917. Our time and attentions are aimed at services and ceremonies that are more personal for family and friends. We believe this is crucial to healing. A service that focuses on a person now gone from us and the life they lived with people who loved them. Please feel free to visit our mortuary at 550 North Avenue, and if a question arises, do not hesitate to contact us at 970-243-1538 to set up an appointment, or visit our website: Whether you desire cremation or burial, Martin Mortuary now provides the security of insurance funded funeral prearrangements.

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Carbondale’s little piece of heaven Fourth of July and she opened the doors to Heaveaven’s Gate, loen’s Gate six weeks later. cated at 242 Main Several unique items St. in Carbondale, is the sold in the store reflect only business of its kind Buettner’s love of animals. in the Roaring Fork ValShe carries a variety of cat ley. Heaven’s Gate sells a and dog angel ornaments, variety of Christian merwhich she said are popular. chandise including jew“I have over elry, gift items, 100 breeds of music, clothing, dogs on display books and Bibles. and nine or 10 “I wanted to breeds of cats,” open a store that Buettner said. offered more “So I’m pretty than books,” sure that if owner Kathy someone comes Buettner said. in looking for a “I wanted to particular breed, have a little of I will have it.” everything and it She also sells really is a little of beautiful home everything due and garden to my limited items. space.” “I have some Buettner, 55, Veggie Tales vacationed in toys, and books Colorado for and clothing for many years bechildren that I fore seizing the plan on expandopportunity to ing,” Buettner move to Carbonsaid. dale from IndiLiving and ana three years working in the ago. She worked same community in Aspen for a has made it easwhile before ier for Buettner opening Heavto operate her Owner Kathy Buettner hopes to use her new en’s Gate, but store, Heaven’s Gate, located on Main Street in business. Heavshe found that en’s Gate is open Carbondale, for a higher purpose. many jobs were from 10 a.m.seasonal and she 6 p.m. Monday through had difficulty finding Saturday. Opening a one that was full time. new store has had its Buettner has 15 years challenges, but Buettner of retail experience remains positive. working in a variety of “My goal is not to just stores. In Indiana, one of have a successful busithe jobs she enjoyed was ness, but also to minister managing a store similar to people,” Buettner to Heaven’s Gate. said. “I have enjoyed the She got the idea to people I have met. I feel I am in the go into business for herself on the right business.” ■

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Garfield County Calendar Compiled by Cheryl Currier October 5-7

Colors of Colorado Quilt Show Colors of Colorado Quilt Show will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.3 p.m. Sunday. The show is sponsored by the Roaring Fork Quilt Guild and will display work of quilt artists from Aspen to Grand Junction at the Ramada Inn, 124 W. Sixth St. in Glenwood Springs. This year’s featured quilter is Patt Jones of Glenwood Springs. The show includes a vendor mall and silent auction. Cost is $3. October 6

Glenwood Canyon Shuffle Race for Literacy Enjoy the beautiful fall weather in this dual half marathon and 5K walk/ run through Glenwood Canyon. All ages are welcome. The race is predominately downhill on a concrete bike path on a gentle grade. The 5K begins at 10 a.m. The entry fee is $25 per person. Buses will take participants from the finish line at the No Name exit of Glenwood Canyon to the race starting point. Please arrive before 9:30 a.m. to ensure your seat on the bus. The half-marathon begins at 9 a.m. The entry fee is $35 per person. Please arrive before 8:15 a.m. to ensure your seat on the bus. Entry to both races includes a long-sleeved T-shirt. Call 945-5282 for more information. October 6

Silt Library Grand Opening The Silt Branch Library, 600 Home Ave., is celebrating its grand opening at 10 a.m. Special guest speakers will start the day, followed by the ribbon cutting. There will be refreshments, giveaways, and live music by the Mountain Smuggler Boys. The new library features a large meeting room, two study rooms, unique children and teen spaces, a coy reading area with a fireplace, and a plaza for outdoor reading and almost 4,000 new library items. For more information, call 876-5500.

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Glenwood Springs Library Book Sale Find a great read at a bargain price at the used book sale sponsored by the Friends of the Glenwood Springs Branch Library. The sale will be during regular library hours at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library, 413 Ninth St. October 9

Tackle it Tuesday Calling all quilters, stampers, needle crafters and scrapbookers. The Parachute Branch Library, 244 Grand Valley Way, will have tables, irons, ironing boards and cutting mats set up for your convenience. Drop in during regular library hours and bring your project for a day of crafting, food and friends. Bring your own lunch. Additional refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 285-9870.

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fered through the Lifelong Learning program at the Colorado Mountain College, Rifle Campus, 3695 Airport Road. The class will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and costs $20. October 13

Laugh Your Tail Off fundraiser Comedian Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald from Animal Planet’s “ER Vets” will perform from 6 p.m.-11 p.m. at Grand River Hospital, 501 County Road 346 in Rifle, as a benefit for the Rifle Animal Shelter. Dinner, a silent auction, and lots of laughs are in store for you. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased by calling 625-8808. October 14

Fish Fandango paper piecing Learn paper piecing by making a wall hanging with a school of fantasy tropical fish. It will be held from 10:30 a.m.5 p.m. at the Glenwood Sewing Center, 822 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs. Cost is $43 plus supplies. Call 945-5900 to register.

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Chili Cook-off in Rifle

Fall lawn and garden tips

The Rifle Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the 33rd annual Chili Cook-off from 6 p.m.8 p.m. at the Garfield County Fairgrounds, 1001 Railroad Ave. in Rifle. Come taste the best green chili, red chili and salsa in western Colorado and vote for your favorite. A jalapeno-eating contest will be held at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door and cost $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, and children 5 and under are free.

CSU Extension Certified Master Gardener Pat McCarty will discuss tips on how to best care for your garden and lawn this fall. This free program will be from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at the Silt Branch Library, 600 Home Ave. Call 876-5500 for more information.

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Ghost Towns of the Rockies Learn about the history and intriguing characters of different ghost towns in the Colorado Rockies. Preethi Berkholder, author of “Ghost Towns of the Rockies,” will fascinate you with photographs and gripping storytelling. This class is of-

October 17

Preparing for and living in retirement Edward Jones Financial Advisor Craig Snow will present a free program on preparing for retirement at 6:30 p.m. at the New Castle Branch Library, 402 W. Main St. Call 9842346 for more information.

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Senior Matters in Carbondale The Senior Matters Board meets at 10 a.m. the third Wednesday of the month at the Third Street Center, 520 S. Third St. in Carbondale. Guests are welcome. For more information, call Dee at 963-2653 or deemb-driver@ October 20

Rock Bottom Ranch Harvest Party Celebrate fall at the annual Rock Bottom Ranch Harvest Party, 2001 Hooks Spur Road in Basalt, from noon to 4 p.m. Enjoy an afternoon of season fun including delicious local food and live music. Don’t miss the garden and farm tours. Cost is $10 per person. Kids are free. This is a car-free event so plan to take the free shuttle from the El Jebel or Basalt Park-n-Rides. Call 927-6760 for more information. October 23

Laurie Dameron in concert The Silt Branch Library will host singer/songwriter Laurie Dameron in a free concert at 7 p.m. Dameron’s diverse styles from folk, pop, country, blues and jazz allow her to play at a variety of venues. For more information, call 876-5500. October 27

Cooking Persian Take a trip to exotic lands without ever leaving home. Learn how to make flavorful Persian dishes in this one-day class. Participants will make a lamb dish, egg dish and several snacks. Held at Rocky Mountain Baptist Church, 4199 W. Centennial Pkwy. in Rifle. This class is offered through the Lifelong Learning program at the Colorado Mountain College, Rifle Campus, 3695 Airport Road. The class will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and costs $50. Register online at register, or pick up a form at the Rifle campus. For more information, call 625-1871. ■

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October 2012

Garfield County Beacon Bits Compiled by Cheryl Currier

Basic Brewing Learn about the history of beer brewing, the commercial brewing industry and home brew methods. This workshop will be held at 6 p.m.8 p.m. Mondays from October 8-27 at the Garfield County Fairgrounds Event Hall, 1001 Railroad Ave. in Rifle. All supplies provided. Class is limited to 12 people, so register early. This class is offered through the Lifelong Learning program at the Colorado Mountain College, Rifle Campus. Cost is $39. Register online at www., or pick up a form at the Rifle campus. For more information, call 625-1871.

Retirement planning course It takes more than money to live a “rich life.” This course blends financial education with life planning to help you achieve your retirement lifestyle goals. Discover strategies to manage investment risks, use tax laws to your advantage, get the most out of your company’s retirement plans, and make your estate plan function properly under the law. This two-class course is from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. and is offered twice: October 18 and 25 and October 23 and 30. This class is offered through the Lifelong Learning program at the Colorado Mountain College, Rifle Campus, 3695 Airport Road. Cost is $49. Register online at, or pick up a form at the Rifle campus. For more information, call 625-1871.

Making Sense of the American Civil War The Silt Branch Library, 600 Home Ave., will host this five-part reading and discussion series from 1 p.m.3 p.m. Saturdays between October 13 and November 17. Participants will receive a ticket to attend a screening of “Lincoln” at the Brenden Theater in Rifle. Colorado Mesa University Professor Sarah Swedberg will provide background lectures and lead conversations on selected reading.

Register in advance at www.garfield or by calling 876-5500. Registration is limited to the first 25 people. The schedule of meetings and readings is: • October 13 - Imagining War. Readings: “March” by Geraldine Brooks and “America’s War” anthology part one • October 27 - Choosing Sides. Reading: “America’s War” anthology part two • November 3 - Making Sense of Shiloh. Reading: “America’s War” anthology part three • November 11 - The Shape of War. Readings: “Crossroads of Freedom” by James McPherson and “America’s War” anthology part four • November 17 - War and Freedom. Reading: “America’s War” anthology part five

Senior Matters in Carbondale Tai Chi Classes are held from 9 a.m.10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Third Street Center, 520 S. Third St. in Carbondale. This class is ongoing. First class is free. Classes are $40 per month or $7 for drop-ins, depending upon space availability. For information, call Bill at 274-1010 or drop in.


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Play games at Garfield County senior centers • Play Pinochle at 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Valley Senior Center, 540 N. Parachute Drive in Parachute. Call Cheryl at 285-9755 for information or to arrange a ride. Another group plays double deck pinochle every Friday.

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Real Estate for Rent Nellie Bechtel Senior Apartments 55 and older, no smoking or pets. 3032 N. 15th St. Call 245-1712 for appointment.

Real Estate for Sale Marlette Mobile Home in Delta Next to Gunnison River, near forest with best picnic area. 2 BR 1.5 BA, 55+ park. Nicely upgraded. $15,000. Call only if you have the cash. 970964-9046. Cannot be moved or bank financed. LIQUOR STORE for SALE Turn key operation. All goes. Asking $325K. Naturita, CO. 865-2545.

Roommate Wanted Roommate Wanted $550 Retired senior, no smoking, drink or drugs, to share 3/2 home. Central air, garage, Wi-Fi, washer and dryer. Rent includes everything. Call 240-4525 for details or pictures.

Miscellaneous for Sale Grand Junction Memorial Gardens Two side-by-side cemetery lots. Garden of Christus. For additional information, please contact or call 702-647-1128.

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We pay CASH for Diabetic Test Strips. Most types, unopened, unexpired. Up to $10 per box. Call 433-7110.

Do You Need A Personal Assistant Or Caregiver For Your Loved One? I can run errands, pay bills, grocery shop, do secretarial work, be a travel companion, do light housekeeping, and go to medical appointments with your loved one. Bonded and insured. Serving the Montrose area.

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Lift chair for sale Newer model with remote control in excellent condition. Price negotiable. Please call 986-1502.

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HOME HEALTH CARE Let me take care of your loved ones in their home. Will handle all appointments, errands and social events. Also light housekeeping, including laundry. I do it all! Great references. Nicole 596-8364. LIVE IN CAREGIVER Live in caregiver 24/7 for seniors/ disabled available. Call Jaunja 801541-2689.

Miscellaneous Services Pheasant Hunting 1,200 private acres. wildpheasant@ 241-3949. Broken Spoke Ranch.

October 2012 PATTON’S HANDYMAN and LAWN SERVICE Currently doing fall clean ups and projects. Professional, reliable, low rates, free estimates, senior discounts. Insured and references. Call Jeff. 208-5929. Affordable Actions Moving Services “We take care of what you treasure.” Specializing in loading and unloading rental trucks. Accredited member of the Better Business Bureau. Contact us at 812-7243 or castin365@yahoo. com Computer Lady – In home PC Repair Services Friendly, affordable, easy to understand. Computer not-soliterate my specialty! Clean-ups, virus removal, setups, upgrades, instruction, wireless and more. Call Mindy at 255-1216 or 261-3120.

Estate Sales RELIABLE ESTATE SALES Are you in the midst of a stressful relocation or passing of a loved one? Let us handle the burden of personal property liquidation from start to finish. Call Mark Bluhm 970260-2327 www. Antiques, Appraisals, Estate Sales With over 30 years in the antique, appraisal and estate sale business, Great American Estate Sales is the Valley’s leader in appraisals and estate liquidation. Settling an estate, moving into a smaller home or just simplifying your lifestyle? Great American Estate Sales can provide a worry-free and quick solution. Free consultation. 216-8236.

Home Services Professional Tile Installer Insured and bonded. You purchase tile, I provide everything else. Special Discounts. Call Bill for free estimate. 245-3344. Bill the Builder LLC Handyman and builder. Doors, windows, sheet rock repair, painting, electrical, minor plumbing, decks, miscellaneous jobs, large or small. Insured. 261-7071.

October 2012 CASH Paid for Old Stuff Wind up men’s wrist/pocket watches. Gold and silver jewelry. Pocket/ hunting knives, antique firearms, fishing gear, toys, BB guns, old Colorado bottles, old motorcycles, radios, and AMP, railroad, military, mining items. www.cash4oldstuff. net. Mark 260-2327.

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Local stamp collector Offering to buy or appraise your stamp collection at no charge. Please call 986-1502.

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Accessibility Services Grab bars. Walk in tubs/showers. Licensed plumber/handyman. “Serving Western Colorado since 1989.” Free estimates. Compare and save! 985-1403. Scene Clearly, LLC Window cleaners specializing in making your day a little brighter! Grand Junction area. Call Frank Cordova at 242-1264.

Lawn and Garden A Cut Above Tree Services Proper pruning, storm damage, tree removal. Licensed and insured. Free estimates. Family owned and operated. 200-3740. Master Gardener AAA Lawn Care, serving the GJ area for a decade. Sprinkler repairs, landscaping, and lawn maintenance. Call for spring clean up. 234-1607.

Work Wanted Responsible, ethical, efficient Can assist with personal finance, office work, cooking, house cleaning, yard maintenance, farm/ranch chores, animal care in exchange for place to park/live in 4-season trailer. 314-4767.

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BUYING COINS AND CURRENCY U.S. Silver Dollars, 90% Silver, Eagles, Krugerrands, Maple Leafs, Gold and Silver Bars, Proof Sets, Mint Sets, Currency, Collections, Hoards, Accumulations of any size. Call 242-5374. Buying Old Clothing Costume jewelry, purses, sewing patterns and perfumes (pre-1970s). Call Linda 234-4736 or 1-800-572-7670.

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Part-time editor needed for Delta-Montrose area. Also, writers for Mesa, Delta-Montrose, and Garfield counties. Please send your resume to the BEACON Senior Newspaper at

Your house would be this recently remodeled 1,600 square feet charmer with all-new wheelchair accessible features. Our home is only 100 feet from this one, so we can care for your needs quickly and efficiently. You would have complete access to your beautiful yard with caretaker.

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We will assist you with all doctor visits, shopping, house-keeping, cooking, bathing and dressing.

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We have purposely left the home unfurnished for you to move your belongings into. We'll even help you move.

Wanted to Buy Buying BOOKS Non-fiction, history, nature, westerns, religion, antique, reference, etc. Also buying stamp collections. Call Frank at 241-7778. Will pick up.

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• Relocate to a Quiet Adult Park • New Homes for Sale and Vacant Lots Available • Incentives for New Move-ins Call Meg at 970-434-6800 email:

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kudos \ ku·dos  “Thank you, thank you! Thank you so much for your sponsorship. We appreciate all that you have done for us.” - Vanessa G. & Teresa B., Alzheimer’s Association

 “I love your Laughing Matters column and the article, ‘Men with wieners and the women who love them’ that was published in your July issue. I live in Georgia and my friend in Montrose sends them to me and other people. Then I read them and send them to more people, so your jokes get widespread coverage. Thank you so much. They brighten our day.” - Reola R., Decatur, GA

 “Please know that I am quite impressed with your good work with the BEACON. You, Kevin and the staff have truly created an excellent monthly publication with great variety, superb photos, and interesting articles. All of your efforts result in a quality, worthy production.” - Sandi C., Clifton  “Everybody reads the BEACON and we have had great feedback at our events. Thank you so much for this service to our community.” - Irmgard C., Grand Junction Christian Women’s Connection

 You asked the question: “Do you work even though financially you might not need to?” Yes, I continue to work—although part-time—because it adds meaning and purpose to my life. When I retired I decided to continue working even though my pension and Social Security benefits provides for my financial needs. In addition, I volunteer my services to one local and one national organization. Why? For two solid reasons. First, volunteer and paid work provide substantial intellectual and social benefits. Second, volunteer and paid work provide meaning. For when I use my talents for the benefits of others, I’m richer for it--and they are too. John R., Fruita, CO

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The power of language: a strange seduction By Patti Hoff, Brass Frog Bookworks


ur world is filled with an odd duplicity where words are changelings and nothing is as it seems. We are reminded of that during an election year when language becomes a wavy mirror of illusion, where shapes twist and mutate, embodying forms that defy their labels. Suddenly it becomes white noise in the background. People are regularly bombarded with what has been referred to as doublespeak. Doublespeak is a blanket term for language which pretends to communicate but doesn’t—language which makes bad seem good, the negative appear positive, the unpleasant attractive, or at the very least, tolerable. There seems to be no escape from its seductive power, which avoids shifts or denies responsibility. It is language which is at variance with its real purpose or meaning and has the ability to conceal or prevent thought. The power of language manipulation might seem frightening. Peer into the past and remember the power wielded by a man named Adolf Hitler. His strength as an orator changed history. With words and phrases that catch our ears, advertisers routinely convince us that we have an urgent need for some product or service, dangling the power of language before us, adorned in imagery that lures us into a sense of security. The courtroom has become the arena of deconstruction, where through the power of language the scale can tip one way or another in an instant. One notable example that is etched in my mind is the O.J. Simpson trial. Manipulative language changed the entire focus of the case from the heinous murder of two people to an argument of racial discrimination. The power of language won out even in the face of compelling DNA evidence. The inherent power of language manipulation cannot go unnoticed. It rains down on us from government, the marketplace

and even the pulpit. As we plod nearer to the November elections, we are brought to our knees under an avalanche of doublespeak as politicians attempt to defend the indefensible through the power of language. What is most troubling to me, however, is that no one seems to mind that the line of truth and honesty has become so obscured as to be difficult to distinguish. I stand with authors like George Orwell who long for the clarity of plain speaking and writing as people are left to process what they hear and read to determine whether black is black and white is white. By allowing ourselves to be lulled and seduced into the world of doublespeak, it is an indictment on each of us. We have allowed ourselves to be short-changed and appear to be bereft of the ability to think and reason for ourselves. We buy into the hollow words, which like empty vessels, are merely passed from hand to hand. It is by individual choice that we allow others to do our thinking without questioning—without validating what we see, hear or read. It is hard to imagine what it would be like if all of the doublespeak melted away. Tax forms would be easy to understand. The judicial system would have a reduction in cases because contracts would be written in plain English. Politicians would have to tell the truth or not speak at all. If language can be used to manipulate, malign and destroy, can we not use that same power to uplift, encourage, and heal? This can only be accomplished if each individual raises the standard in their own communication, whether it is written or spoken. Perhaps, bit by bit it would draw that out in others. If you are not awed by the power of language or have never felt the lure of its power to seduce, maybe the most compelling reason to develop and practice simple and honest communication is best stated by Deborah Schaffer in a 1997 article. “If the alternative to dullness is dishonesty, it may be better to be dull.” ■

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kvetch \ kfech  “Yes, people build houses at the base of the Colorado National Monument, but at least they’re nice houses and they keep them up. The bastards building at the base of Mt. Garfield are setting up a junk town and littering the desert with garbage. What can be done?” - Johnny C., Grand Junction  “I wish people would stop treating old people like second class citizens. I was at a well-known car dealer on the west end of town, and the young guy kept questioning whether I could afford the payments. Young man, I’ll have you know that I paid cash for my new truck from your competitor in Montrose.” - Daniel S., Grand Junction

 “To all politicians: ‘Leave your hands off my Medicare!’” - Tom F., Paonia  “I’m not sure if this is a complaint as much as it is a statement that I no longer feel the need to have a man in my life as I’ve gotten older. I no longer have to clean urine from around the toilet and nearby walls.” - Carla J., Grand Junction  “I’d like someone from the BEACON to look into what kind of scam they’re running at DirectTV. Even after I canceled their service the bills keep coming. For what?” - Marla G., Grand Junction

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Financial Planning ~What does that have to do with funerals?? “Gee, I don’t really know what Mom wanted. These are such hard decisions and I want to honor her and do the right thing” “We don’t have the money to take care of this funeral. What on earth are we going to do?” “This is so much to think about all at once and we haven’t lived here for so long. I don’t really know much about what Dad did or where he went to church, if he did—I can’t find his Veterans papers—Now What??????” “IF ONLY” When someone dies confusion, lack of ability to concentrate and overall grief are overwhelming. Trying to make informed and accurate decisions based upon sentimental and heartfelt feelings create a very difficult situation. Preplanning and financial planning are truly a necessary tool in these times. Many families do not live close, parents move to a retirement community and the family may not be familiar with the area and the funeral homes or cemeteries in the area and choices have to be made quickly. When a person takes the time to talk with their family members about their final wishes and implements them, it is far less stressful and certainly more comfortable when a funeral home is needed. Financially it is extremely helpful. We at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary have an entire preneed division dedicated to helping you make wise and informed decisions based on information, not emotion at a time when you can think clearly. A family record book can be obtained by anyone without any further obligation; financial or otherwise, just by calling or walking in. This book contains vital information for the forms and permits necessary to file when a person dies. Without this information, no burial or cremation can take place. In this time, financial planning makes a world of difference for everyone. At the time someone dies it makes all the difference. “Life is precious, Don’t waste it!”

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Junior Service League of Grand Junction’s 15th Annual


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Western Colorado Botanical Gardens

hen a woman learns she has breast cancer, she has questions. What happens next? Will I need surgery? Radiation therapy? Chemotherapy? Will I be able to take care of my family during treatment? What about my job? Treatment can be a lengthy process.That’s why St. Mary’s started a patient navigator program for our breast cancer patients. As navigators, two of St. Mary’s experienced mammography technologists assist patients from the time a possible abnormality is discovered on a mammogram through treatment. Breast patient navigation services are provided free to patients receiving treatment at St. Mary’s Regional Cancer Center. “We’re advocates, educators, and guides,” says Shauna Blair, RT(R)(M), CBPN-IC, certified by the National Consortium of Breast Centers as a Breast Patient Navigator in Imaging and Oncology. “We provide as much or as little assistance as each woman wants. ” “We know the process of diagnosis and treatment. We know what resources are available at St. Mary’s, in Grand Junction, and in neighboring communities,” says Deana Marone, RT(R)(M)(BD), St. Mary’s second certified breast care navigator. “It’s not just about medical care. We connect women with programs that help them maintain or rebuild strength, assist emotionally, and sometimes financially.”

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ST. MARY’S BREAST CARE NAVIGATORS PROVIDE: · Seamless and timely coordination of care, · Consistent contacts throughout the care process, · Access to community resources and support services, and · A better understanding of the disease, treatment options, and care plans.

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2635 N. 7th Street Grand Junction, CO 81501 An Affiliate of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System

Both a fun and fund-raising event, Walk 4 Life brings people together to promote breast cancer awareness, education, detection, and support. 100 percent of the proceeds from Walk 4 Life will fund breast cancer awareness, education, and detection including mammograms, ultrasounds and biopsies for low-income, uninsured individuals under the age of 49 in Mesa County. Scholarships are also available for the breast cancer support program.

8:30–9:00 am

Check in and parking at Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, 655 Struthers Avenue (7th and Struthers).

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Opening ceremony and 5K (3 mile) walk to Eagle Rim Park begins at the Elizabeth B. Harris Ampitheater.


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