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September 2012 Vol. 26 fall 2012

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Why do women hurt more? Pain and gender differences

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Boomers and their bikes

Local Lore Blacksmiths have a rich history in the Grand Valley. Story page 20.

Zippity Do Dogs This fun club promotes agility training for both dogs and their owners. Story page 9.

Summer down under A Montrose woman crossed off an item from her bucket list when she visited Brisbane, Australia. Story page 18.

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Editorial 3

Want health? Get a job! By Kevin VanGundy

I got to thinking about it and by golly, he’s right. When a person has eptember is Older Workers’ a job, anything is possible. Without a Month. I’m not sure what that means, but I can tell you that, accord- job, the individual and their society, ing to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statis- suffers. Both Scott and Wilson tics, the fastest growing age seemed like caring, congroups of workers are those scientious representatives. 75 and older. They have Playfully combative, yet nearly doubled their presrespectful of one another’s ence in the workforce over roles, it leads me to wonthe last decade. der, “Why can’t our nationWhat’s the health benefit? al representatives get along On the back of that rethis well?” Proving the port came an enlightening adage that the best governstudy, which shows that ment is a local government. “Older adults are less likely Dem. Roger Wilson to report health problems BeaconFest Montrose if they volunteer or remain Our second annual engaged in the workforce.” Delta-Montrose BeaconI can verify that: “I don’t Fest Senior Fair will take have time to get sick!” place from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on But, seriously… Thursday, September 20, at Notice that the report the Montrose Pavilion. mentions “volunteering” Although a little smaller and/ or “work.” We’d like than the senior fair we to follow-up on this from host in Grand Junction, it’s a local viewpoint. Do you just as much fun. Unique Rep. Ray Scott work even though finanvendors, free food and cially you might not need to? Do you festive entertainment make this an employ older workers? Please call me event to remember. The fair is open at 243-8829 or write me at Kevin@ to the public and free to attend.


“DaveFest” was a winner I’d like to thank Dave Norman with the Area Agency on Aging for putting together one of the best conferences on aging that I’ve seen locally. Over the course of two days, Norman brought together folks like Steve ErkenBrack with Rocky Mountain Health Plans, Sally Schaefer who is retired from Hilltop, Steve Bender with the University of Colorado, policy analyst Rich Mauro, and others to talk about “aging” in Colorado. One of the highlights was a question and answer session with state representatives, republican Ray Scott and democrat Roger Wilson. “Our state unemployment rate, about 8.3 percent, is on an unsustainable track. The best social program we can give someone is called a job,” Scott said.

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Boomers on bikes This group of over 100 Harley ownawesome glimpses of the distant Mt. ers, sponsored by the local Western Rushmore. Slope dealer, welcomes new mem“The Black Hills is the most beautiharon Wilcox, 51, thinks everybers at its monthly meetings and ful country,” Wilcox said. “We go to body should ride a motorcycle. rides. all the towns. We see all the sights. I She rides one every chance she gets. enjoy doing all the From dirt bikes to a Harley She recently rerides and watching Although she loves her motorcycle turned from every people as we drive and rides everywhere, Wilcox didn’t biker’s dream trip— through.” start out on a Harley. the Sturgis rally in They arrive at “For 13 years, before I started on South Dakota. Needles Rock, a the street in 2007, I rode a 20-year“I’ve ridden my large opening in old Yamaha, and I rode dirt bikes Harley to Sturgis one massive granwith my ex-husband and my two four years in a row ite formation that kids,” she said. now,” Wilcox said. has been whittled The kids grew up, the ex moved “I plan to go again open by nature’s on, and Wilcox followed a friend’s next year.” elements of wind, recommendation to go riding on a For many bikrain, snow and ice. Harley-Davidson. ers, Sturgis, South This is the perfect That was enough to make her want Dakota, is the place to stop, take to get her own “hog” and she didn’t pilgrimage every photos and stretch go small. Her bike weighs about 720 motorcyclist should before they head pounds, but she can handle it “just take at least once in on to Iron Mounfine, thank you.” a lifetime. In past tain and back to She had to take the Harley motorcyyears, Wilcox rode Sturgis by evening. cle safety training class, so she could with a group of “This trip, I rode go on the road riding with friends. 12-15 friends of the behind Randy and Her kids, Sara, 28 and Jason, 25, Western Slope Haractually got to en“thought I was off my rocker when I ley Owners Group joy the sights more first started [riding],” she admitted. (HOG) Chapter, because I wasn’t One even told her, “That hog chopstaying on main constantly paying per is taking over your life.” highways and shar- Sharon Wilcox designs and sells jewelry attention to the and purses that match her “leathers.” But it hasn’t really. She still has ing motel rooms. road and the other her other life, being a hairstylist and “This year, I went drivers,” Wilcox said. “I got to take owning her own shop in her home with my friends Randy and Lori, pictures and see more, but I like bein Paradise Hills. She loves to spend and their 26-year-old son, Jonathan,” ing the driver better.” Wilcox said. “Four people on three This tiny, blond biker has bikes. This year was my first to camp put over 30,000 miles on her out at Sturgis.” Harley-Davidson 070 Heritage Each year brings different experiences, but Wilcox said the first day is Softail touring bike since she always an all-day trip to the Mt. Rush- bought it in 2008. That’s 6,000 miles each year, not on the more area. Motorcycles of all sizes, back seat, but riding and drivcolors and brands roar through each ing everywhere. South Dakota town as thousands of “Mostly, I have been to Reno; riders tour the famous sites. They Vegas; Grants, New Mexico; pass by Crazy Horse Memorial on and all over Colorado,” Wilcox the way to Mt. Rushmore. After the traditional stop to see the presidents’ said. “Since I joined the Westmemorial, the flowing line of bikes ern Slope HOG, we go on two curve up a facing mountain using the or three rides each month. This Needles Highway. is my third year as road captain “Pigtail” turns allow spectacular and photographer for each ride Robert and Karen Jones have been riding motorcycles views above the Black Hills and into we go on.” since 1978. They are seen here on a Kawasaki 900. By Brenda Evers & Melanie Wiseman

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Sharon Wilcox is planning her next important ride with her Western Slope HOG chapter—The Toy Ride. Every year the chapter coordinates between local elementary schools and Salvation Army to donate toys to community children. “We are not the Toys for Tots drive,” Wilcox said. “That’s the Marines. We have done this for years, yet the media gets it mixed up with Toys for Tots.” With over 100 members, the HOG chapter welcomes new members at its monthly meetings and plans three to four trip events each month. In December, they host an open ride of local bikers, focused on helping children. “Members work with the elementary school, asking the children, teachers, parents and visitors to contribute new toys,” Wilcox said. “Then we pick them up, load them on our bikes, and on December 6, we parade down Main Street to present them to the Salvation Army. The local school kids donate the toys, we gather the toys, and the Salvation Army makes sure local kids get the toys.” It is a short ride in miles, but important in smiles. Look for the annual Toy Ride bringing donated gifts for the Salvation Army to distribute to children in the Grand Valley. To donate, call Claudia Jackson at the Salvation Army at 242-7513.

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Crazy Horse Memorial Mt. Rushmore time with her family, especially her 14-month-old grandson. Wilcox started designing and selling jewelry and purses, specializing in ones that match her “leathers.” That is, her black leather pants, jacket, vest, and complete outfit for going out on the road. “I highly recommend riding. It is my freedom and therapy,” Wilcox said, as she strapped on her helmet and revved up her motor to head out. “You can be having the worst day, but taking a ride makes everything okay.”

A motorcycle ministry Most people would consider themselves fortunate to pursue just one passion in their lifetime. Don Jacquez, 58, and Bill Ogan, 61, feel blessed to devote themselves to two of their passions—riding motorcycles and sharing their faith in God. They are able to do this through the Christian Motorcyclists Association. CMA

is not a club, but a ministry. Their vision is changing the world one heart at a time. Jacquez and Ogan are active CMA members on a mission to help this vision become a reality. Jacquez has been a Christian for 24 years and a motorcycle rider for 20 years. He is the current president of the local CMA chapter. Ogan, the chaplain, is a 37-year Christian and a rider for 56 years. The local CMA chapter is called Wheels of Faith. It gives them the opportunity to provide Christian witness to the biker community or “wherever God calls them,” Ogan said. They proudly wear their Wheels of Faith patches including one that says, “There when you need us.”

Needles Rock Jacquez’s commitment is evident when he said, “Fifty percent of my free time is involved in CMA projects.” The basic purpose of a CMA chapter is to support the national CMA effort of sharing and showing the love of Jesus Christ to motorcyclists, and supporting the overall ministry of CMA. CMA provides motorcyclists a Christian fellowship ride group. Members are encouraged to be active in Christian witnessing. “CMA just celebrated its 35th anniversary and a couple years ago went international,” Jacquez said. CMA has 125,000 members in 1,200 chapters throughout all 50 states and 31 foreign countries. There

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“Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” Don Jacquez and his wife, Devie, minister as part of the local Christian Motorcyclists Association chapter, Wheels of Faith.

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are 28 chapters in Colorado alone. Christian music festival in Olathe. All chapters Wheels of Faith support the one also offers hospital fundraiser CMA has ministry, visiting each year called and praying with Run For The Son. injured bikers. Each chapter gets “We have never sponsors for its been turned away,” local motorcycle Jacquez said. ride, which hapThe CMA is inpens the first weekvolved in outreach end of May. each year in Stur“Run For The Son celebrated 24 gis, South Dakota. Ogan has attended years and has raised $40.7 million to nine times. spread the good news,” Jacquez said. Jacquez invites any Christian motor“All funds cyclist of any go directly denomination to CMA to to join them support for one of their three their monthly missions meetings or dedicated to rides. Ogan is reaching the responsible for unsaved.” keeping the The Jesus group spiritufilm project ally inspired distributes and the Chriseducational tian relationDVDs. The ships of the Open Door members Project supstrong. There ports Chrisare no memBrent and Virginia Carlile on their 650 Yamaha V-Star tians who are bership dues persecuted for their faith and Misto join The Wheels of Faith. A freesionary Venture provides Christian will offering is taken at their meetleaders transportation, enabling them ings, which are the third Thursday of to reach peoeach month ple wherever at the Clifthey are. This ton Starvin’ could mean a Arvin’s. A boat, a bike, fellowship a horse or a dinner is at motorcycle. 5:30 p.m., “CMA is followed by even in the the meeting process of at 6:30 p.m. purchasing For more a camel,” information Ogan said. about CMA Some funds and the lotrickle back cal Wheels to local chapof Faith ters who use Robert Jones, 66, of Grand Junction and Earl Isom, 75, chapter, call the money to of Delta, stop for a break while riding along the rim of Jacquez at support area 250-7485, the Black Canyon in June. non profits Ogan at and outreach ministry events. One 589-3037, or visit such event is Night Vision, an annual CO/wheelsoffaith. ■

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Ask the Old Bag Advice Column for the Over 50 Crowd By Gayle LagmanCreswick Dear Old Bag: I am sure you have received much mail pro and con on this immigration thing. It seems to me that there is a better solution to the problem. Let us make these 11.9 million illegal immigrants the solution to some of our problems instead of the problem. They want to stay. We want them to learn English, stay out of trouble, pay their way (taxes, SS, etc.), and some sort of penalty for coming here illegally. If 11.9 million people pay a penalty for the years they were here illegally, they could improve our economy immensely. What do you say to that? Signed, Solution-minded Dear Solution: You are right. I have received many letters on this subject both pro and con. Some were so hateful it scared me. I like your approach. Let us contact our legislators and suggest that these 11.9 million may be our solution and not our problem. Thank you for writing and thank you to all who wrote on this difficult situation. Together we can find an answer, which will make sense. O.B. Dear Old Bag: I don’t know if this is a problem, but it is something that bothers me. I feel very close to my grown children and when we are together, we are a very happy family. What bothers me is that they call rarely. I miss them. My life is not so busy anymore. They are so busy with their lives, I don’t think they ever think of me. After a few weeks of not hearing, I give them a call. They sound glad to hear from me. Sometimes I get the feeling they are thinking, “Oh my gosh, I have a mom. I almost forgot.” Now I sound like I am whining. Guess I am. Where did I go wrong? Signed, Forgotten

Dear Forgotten: I would like to compliment you on raising your children to do without you. Does that sound strange to you? I have always believed that from the time our children are born, we need to begin teaching them to do without us. Some parents get so involved in their children’s lives that the children grow up thinking they cannot get along without their parents. It is a tough thing to raise children independent of their parents. When my kids got a good report card, I would say, “You must be very proud of yourself. You really put forth the effort.” I tried to avoid saying, “I am so proud of you.” I wanted them to feel good about themselves for their own sake, not mine. When parents are too involved with their grown kids and then lose the parents through death, they feel lost. Some cannot cope. So again I say, “Congrats on raising independent kids.” The downside is that they are so independent that they forget to call. Keep calling them, reminding them that you exist. O.B. Dear Old Bag: I am a single man with a limited budget. I am not looking for a wife, but I enjoy the companionship of a woman. I cannot afford to always be the payer when we go out, but the women expect it. I have broached the subject with a few, but they feel the man should pay. So I do not go out much. How do you feel about this? Signed, Limited budget Dear Limited: I am on your side. Women, the rules have changed. When you retire and are on a fixed income, you all need to offer to go “dutch.” We must level the playing field. I say, “offer” to pay, because there are some men who feel their masculinity is threatened if they do not pay. Let us play fair and we will have more male/female companionship. O.B. ■

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Zippity Do Dogs? By Melanie Wiseman


he name alone tells you this is a fun group to be part of. Zippity Do Dogs is a Western Slope agility club for people who want to get out there and have fun with their dogs. “Everything needs to be focused on the dog having fun,” participant Amy Waller, 68, said. “If the dog isn’t enjoying it, you shouldn’t do it.” Dog agility was introduced to the Western Slope 10 years ago by Arlene and John Rhodes, the founders of ZDD. Dog agility is a dog sport in which a handler directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy. Obstacles include jumps, tunnels, ramps, Aframes, teeter-totters and more. Dogs run off-leash with no food or toys as incentives. Consequently, the handler’s controls are limited to voice, movement and various body signals. “Humans are the ones that really need agility training,” John Williams, 63, said. “It comes naturally to dogs.” Trainers frequently remind handlers that if your dog messes up, it’s always your fault. “Dogs read body language better than humans,” Williams said. “Agility dogs follow the lead of the handler.” Williams grew up with bird hunting dogs his entire life. A hip replacement in 2008 meant rehab and a hold on hunting. He still needed something else to keep him active. A friend suggested dog agility. He started classes with now 5-year-old English springer spaniel, Roxie. “Agility is the perfect combination of bonding and communicating with your dog,” Williams said. “Agility is all about positive praise. There are many different levels of competition you can take agility to, or you don’t have to compete at all. Just come out and have fun with your dog.” Waller is currently training her 5-year-old border collie, Luna, whom she adopted from Mesa County Animal Control.


“When Clipper, Nike, the club was Sheena formed it was decided that all breeds, both pure and mixed, were From left: Geoff Teare, Cathy Barkley, Nancy Schmidt & Christy Armendarez. Below: John Williams. Photos by M. Wiseman. allowed to Cathy Barkley, 61, was a math Elie, 7, and Zena, 16 months. come play,” Waller said. teacher for years. She started agilAlthough training with ZDD is ZDD includes tiny papillons up to ity in 2008 with her Scottish terrier, about fun and competing isn’t reGerman shepherds and yellow labs. quired, you’re not going to meet Training makes sure dogs are familiar Gunny. “My kids accuse me of getting a more competitive member than with the equipment so they are kept animals so I have something else to Geoff Teare, 54. safe while having fun. educate,” Barkley said. Owner and instructor of K9 Power“This sport helps timid dogs gain Health issues began a year later, sports, Teare has attended seminars confidence because the approach is leaving Barkley 50 pounds lighter by top name trainers and studies the always accomplishment and praise,” and dealing with a chronic form of best handlers by watching them both Waller said. “The cool thing about this sport is that you don’t have to be amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. She lost in person and on video. But instead most of her voice, so she and of training with a powerful, aggres7-year-old Gunny now depend sive breed, Teare works with petite, on hand commands. high-energy papillons. “The club is a good social “To stay competitive you have to outing for both Gunny and keep in shape,” Teare said. me,” Barkley said. “Gunny Teaching classes and training likes the socialization since 16-month-old Clipper, 5-year-old he’s an ‘only dog.’” Nike, and 10-year-old Sheena does Nancy Schmidt, 61, has been just that. in ZDD for 10 years. “In 2010, Sheena won the number “I started agility when Luke, one spot for papillons in the whole an Australian shepherd, was so United States for AKC agility,” Teare bored with obedience trainsaid. “Moving to Grand Junction from ing, he wouldn’t look at me,” California two years ago, I just knew she said. “By accident, I found I was going to build an indoor trainsomeone who was teaching ing facility that could be used yeara fit teenager.” agility. I wanted something to do round.” Another reason this sport is popuwith my dog other than just have him That’s what he did. North of Grand lar with the 50 and older crowd is the as a pet. Agility fosters a team rapJunction, his recently completed fatime commitment. Many ZDD memport with your dog.” cility is 5,000 square feet, in addition bers practice at home as well as evSchmidt now trains with Australian to an outside training area. ery Saturday morning at an outdoor shepherd, Dakota (“Koda” for short, ZDD members come from all over training course near 22 and I Roads. the Indian meaning for “friend”). the Western Slope. There are apNila Parrington, 62, drives from ZDD is not a teaching club. Dogs proximately 50 members. The cost Rifle each week to practice. have to be able to sit and stay, come per year is just $25, plus $10 for use “I had a dog with lots of energy when called, and have gone through of the practice equipment. and I needed to steer that energy in a obstacle and handler classes. AggresZDD generally hosts two competipositive way,” Parrington said. “I was sive behavior is not allowed. There tions each year at the Mesa County also my mom’s caregiver and needed are several agility trainers on the Fairgrounds, one under the AKC and a release.” Western Slope. Most people find out one under Dogs on Course in North Agility was the answer to both about ZDD through referrals from America. Local competitions are free needs. She started competing in the trainers or the American Kennel and open to the public. 2009 and now runs the courses with Club (AKC). For details on ZDD, call Williams at 2-year-old twin sister Australian shepChristy Armendarez, 52, loves Ger- 250-7805 or visit http://pets.groups. herds, Gidget and Angel. man shepherds. She competes with or. ■





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Tissue donation is about saving lives By Marsha Kearns


want to keep fighting this disease even after I’m gone.” One woman who fought breast cancer for 10 years gave this reason for choosing to become a tissue donor. She let her family and close friends know her wishes, and then followed through on her commitment and desire. Her tissues were recovered after her death, and they were used to further breast cancer research. “Donors and their families see tissue donation as a wonderful opportunity to give back and really make a difference, possibly in thousands of other people’s lives,” Dr. John Storheim said. Storheim, 42, is an anesthesiologist at St. Mary’s Hospital. He is also president and CEO of Rocky Mountain Donor Services, a tissue recovery organization that began operations in Grand Junction in May 2011. RMDS wants to help people suffer less and live longer, happier lives. The organization is dedicated to medical advancement through research. They do this by supplying life-prolonging tissues, including organs, to the medical researchers who are their partners in this important mission.

You’re never too young, too old, or too sick to help RMDS welcomes donations from anyone at any age with any disease— or no disease. All tissue can be used. “People are suffering and dying of diseases we could arrest or even cure with more research,” RMDS Quality Systems Manager and Tissue Recovery Specialist Jennifer Connor said. “To do the research, we need tissue. Before clinical trials of new drugs can be done with living people, extensive testing must be done on donated tissue and organs. We need people who are willing to help. Without tissue, medical research cannot progress at the rate needed to

help arrest disease, create new treatments, and even find cures.”

Tissue recovery Tissue is any part of the body. Organs are tissue, but they can be considered as separate. Some people choose to just donate organs. Other people donate tissue, which can include organs. Donors can specify exactly what they are willing to contribute. It’s a way to generously and easily ensure that your final contribution to the world is compassionate, long lasting, and far-reaching. “There is a huge demand and critical need for tissue donation,” Storheim said. “We want people to understand that this is not a scary or morbid thing to do. It’s a gift of life and love.” When a donor dies, it’s critical to recover the tissue as quickly as possible. RMDS is available 24/7. Recovering tissue is a surgical intervention and it is treated as such. RMDS must follow strict federal regulations. Great care is taken to keep everything sterile. The greatest care, however, is given to preserving donor dignity. “We do what the donor and the family want,” Connor said. “If we even sense a bit of hesitation on their part, we leave. The donor is a person and deserving of respect, and of course, family wishes must be considered.” RMDS can recover tissue and still leave the body intact. The family’s religious beliefs and customs are honored. RMDS works closely with hospice, hospitals, coroners, and funeral homes to ensure that they accommodate a grieving family after a loved one dies. RMDS offers all its client families the opportunity to memorialize their loved one and the incredible gift of life they gave through tissue donation. Each family may create a personalized quilt square that is sewn into a Donor Family Quilt. Pho-

tographs, mementos, and personal items belonging to your loved one can be attached to your square. The quilts are displayed in remembrance at donor memorial events and may be used by the family for family events. It is another special way to remember your loved one.

How to donate your tissue There is no charge to the donor or family for tissue recovery. Consider tissue donation in the same light as you would consider any other end-oflife decision, such as making a will or a living will. There are steps you can take to ensure you become a tissue donor: • Sign up to be a donor when you get or renew your driver’s license. • Talk to your family and close friends about your wishes and intentions. Talk often. Make sure they understand and agree to do what you want. • Register at www.donatelifecolo to give your legal consent to be a donor. • Print off, carry, and give to family the cards on the RMDS website: The professional staff at RMDS will answer any question you have. They are committed to providing transparency at every level. Knowing exactly what will happen makes families feel better about their loved one’s decision and their own part in the process. “In a remarkable way, donation of a loved one’s tissues helps families move through the grief of their loss,” Storheim said. “It’s comforting to feel that part of your loved one is still alive and helping others. Plus, they know they did what their loved one wanted and that’s a powerful healing force.” All RMDS employees are registered tissue donors. It’s easy to do, it’s free, and it saves lives. RMDS serves all of the Western Slope and eastern Utah. Call RMDS at 712-5340 for more information, or visit their website at ■

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Meditate to calm your “monkey mind” By Jan Weeks


re crystals, crazy-legged lotus positions, and New Age gobbledygook necessary for peace of mind? Not anymore. Meditation has gone mainstream and there are plenty of reasons to participate, both for mental and physical health. Two of the most common types of meditation are sitting and walking. In sitting meditation, instead of twisting your legs into pretzels, find a comfortable chair (or sit comfortably cross-legged) and place your upturned hands on your knees or in your lap. Close your eyes and take several slow, deep breaths. Let the tension drain out of your shoulders and neck. Focus on the air moving in and out of your lungs, feel it in your nose and throat. Fill your lungs, hold for a second, then exhale. Repeat until you feel slightly removed from your surroundings and problems.

Relax in that state for 5-20 minutes. Sounds easy, but we have this thing called “monkey mind”—thoughts that leap around, chattering and creating chaos. The minute you try to let thoughts go, the monkeys convene a play date. Instead of spanking them, send them to time out by imagining them floating away on a gentle river. They may try to sneak back, but let them wash away again. At some point you’ll feel yourself sinking into calmness, even if you don’t succeed in banishing all the monkeys. Do you walk alone? Then you’re engaging in moving meditation. Zen Buddhists engage in mindful walking, but simply breathing deeply and letting your thoughts wander while you stroll calms the mind. More formal walking meditation takes place in labyrinths, which have been popular for centuries in religious spaces. “The journey to the center of the labyrinth is symbolic of the journey

to center, to spirit, to God,” Two Rivers Center for Spiritual Living member Judy Meyers said. “On this journey, you sometimes walk beside other people. Sometimes you meet another, sometimes another passes by you, just like in physical life.” The First Congregational Church at 1425 N. Fifth St. has an outdoor labyrinth that’s available to anyone at any time. Instruction sheets are available at the entrance. Some people prefer soft music while they meditate. Others like guided mediations, in which a narrator induces relaxation and then leads them through thoughts and feelings for something they want to change, such as weight, attitude, habits, and so forth. The health benefits of meditation are clearly documented. An edition of “Psychology Today” stated that meditators shift their brain activity from the stress-prone right frontal

cortex to the calmer left frontal cortex, becoming happier and more peaceful than before. Meditation also lowers blood pressure, slows heart rate, enhances energy, helps focus and concentration, helps to kick bad habits, and puts things in perspective. Like anything else, the more you meditate, the easier it becomes. You’ll find you can slip into a meditative state when you have a free moment or two at work, while waiting for an appointment, in line at the supermarket, or even in a crowded airport terminal. Just five minutes of calming your mind will induce the advantages listed above. You’ll find that a quick getaway from the noise and stress around you makes it easier to survive the day. Next time you feel tense, instead of reaching for the remote or a tranquilizer, breathe, let go, and reap the harvest of peace. ■

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Geocaching: Modern-day treasure hunting By Liesl Greathouse

along a sidewalk. The website also marks which cacheople all over es are wheelchair/ the world are stroller accessible, playing the game perfect for those of geocaching, with disabilities or where the goal who have younger is to find hidden members of their treasure using family tagging latitude and longialong for the fun. tude coordinates Two local geoentered into a GPS cachers, Marie, 62, device. and Dennis Weiss, A geocache, or 59, of Montrose, cache, can consist have been playof large or small ing the game of boxes filled with geocaching since trinkets or tiny March 2006. They capsules barely big enough to hold Dennis Weiss and his wife, Marie, have found discovered geocaching while on a scrap of paper. 243 caches in eight states and in Canada a trip to Ouray, Caches are hidden since March 2006. where they picked in various places, up a magazine that had an article such as by a tree or under a statue, about it. After searching online, they and can be located anywhere from decided to give it a shot and became the mountains to Main Street. hooked. Geocaching is a great activity for Since then, they have found 243 seniors, as you can choose the level caches in eight states and in Canada. of physical and mental activity in“I personally love going on trips to volved. The main geocaching webnew places to find caches,” Dennis site,, provides said. difficulty and terrain ratings, from The two of them have many reaone to five stars, so you can choose sons for loving geocaching. an easy-to-find cache on a hiking “Part of the fun is being challenged trail, or a more carefully hidden one


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Geocaching can also be a fun thing to do with pets. Meet Moe, the author’s long-haired chihuahua in a geocache.

Caches can be large or small. Geocache websites sometimes give you an idea of what size of cache you should look for. a little bit,” Marie said. “A GPS will only get you within 20 feet of a cache and not even that close with different variables blocking the satellite signals. You then have to think, ‘Okay, what’s wrong with this picture? Does

that pile of rocks or sticks look natural?’ You have to think about what would be a good hiding place for a cache. Plus, it is also fun to actually find the cache and see what goodies are in it.” Even though they have found many caches, they do have a local favorite. “In Delta, there is a cache challenge with six different caches hidden at the various murals in town,” Dennis said. “Each one gives you a clue to a combination that will unlock the last main cache, which holds the coordinates to the final cache, and that one has the log book and goodies in it. While geocaching, we discovered murals in town that we had never seen before and by being in a city, we learned about more creative hiding places to put caches.” Their advice to any new geocachers is to get out there and start playing. While searching for caches on, Dennis suggested, “Go for caches that have been found recently. There are some caches that have not been found in three years. That means that they are probably in a remote location or are even under snow.” Marie advised to stick with caches with difficulty and terrain ratings of one or one-and-a-half stars. “Once you get the hang of those, then start going for two, three or four star ratings,” she said. has the largest list of caches from all over the world with lots of helpful advice for getting started. ■

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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. What advice would you give others? Eat carefully, work hard, get plenty of rest, be honest, and respect others.

What do you think is the secret to a long life? I’m surprised I’ve lived so long. I didn’t smoke or drink alcohol, and I watched what I ate. What’s good about living so long? You see a lot of history as it happens.


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A walk to end Alzheimer’s A break for the caregiver By Cameron Jones


eptember is World Alzheimer’s month. Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. and affects one out of eight elderly people in the U.S. The average age for a person to start showing signs of Alzheimer’s is 65, but there are cases where people exhibit signs as early as age 40. There is currently no known cure, but those with Alzheimer’s and those who care for loved ones with the disease are not alone.

A Walk to End Alzheimer’s The Alzheimer’s Association hosts its annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s on September 15 at Long Family Memorial Park in Grand Junction and September 22 at Sunrise Creek Senior Living Community in Montrose. The walk helps raise money for researching a cure and raises awareness about the disease. Teams and businesses rally together to take a stand for the millions of people whose lives have been affected by Alzheimer’s. Grand Junction Walk Coordinator Vanessa Gross said the Walk to End Alzheimer’s is “a gathering of people who feel they are not alone.” Gross, having lost a loved one to Alzheimer’s, knows firsthand that the walk gives people hope. Whether people participate in the walk to show support, join in memory of someone they have lost, or simply raise awareness, they all share the same goal of finding a cure. Registration for both walks begins at 8 a.m. The Grand Junction walk begins at 9:15 a.m. and the Montrose walk begins at 9 a.m. While there is no registration fee, the Alzheimer’s Association asks people to make a donation that goes towards finding a cure. Register a team, join an existing team, or register individually at www. Donations can also be made for those who can’t participate

in the walk. For more information, call Gross at 256-1274 or email her at vanessa.

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Laughing Matters Why marry at 80 Submitted by Elizabeth Horton Two 80-year-old men are sitting next to each other on a park bench. “So I hear you’re getting married,” the first man says to the other. “Yep.” “Do I know her?” “Nope.” “This woman… Is she good looking?” “Not really.” “Is she a good cook?” “Naw, she can’t cook too well.” “Does she have a lot of money?” “Nope. She’s poor as a church mouse.” “Well, is she good in bed?” “I don’t know.” “Why in the world do you want to marry her then?” “Because she can still drive.”

How to start a fight Submitted by Jacque Stafford I took my wife to a restaurant. The waiter, for some reason, took my


order first. “I’ll have the rump steak, rare, please,” I said. “Aren’t you worried about the mad cow?” he asked. “Nah,” I said. “She can order for herself.” And that’s how the fight started.

Paraprosdokians Submitted by Dale King Paraprosdokians are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected, and frequently humorous. Where there’s a will, I want to be in it. The last thing I want to do is hurt you, but it’s still on my list. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak. If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong. We never really grow up. We only


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learn how to act in public. War does not determine who is right—only who is left. Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad. To steal ideas from one person in plagiarism. To steal from many is research. I didn’t say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you. In filling out an application, where it says, “In case of emergency, notify:” I put, “doctor.” Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice. I used to be indecisive. Now, I’m not too sure. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target. You’re never too old to learn something stupid. I’m supposed to respect my elders,


but it’s getting harder and harder for me to find one now.

Unintended use for an iPad Submitted by Paul and Cheryl Currier I was visiting my son and daughterin-law last night when I asked if I could borrow a newspaper. “This is the 21st century, old man,” my son said. “We don’t waste money on newspapers. Here, you can borrow my iPad.” I can tell you, that fly never knew what hit it.

The bet Submitted by Rhonda Bever Three mischievous old women were sitting on a bench outside the nursing home when an old man walked by. One of the women yelled out, “Hey, we bet we can tell exactly how old you are.” The old man said, “There is no way you can guess my age.” “Sure we can,” another woman said. “Just drop your pants and undershorts


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Why golf is better than sex Submitted by Charlene Lampe 10) A below par performance is considered darn good. 9) You can stop in the middle and have a cheeseburger and a couple of beers. 8) It’s much easier for you to find the sweet spot. 7) Foursomes are encouraged. 6) You can still make money doing it as a senior. 5) Three times a day is possible. 4) Your partner doesn’t hire a lawyer if you play with someone else. 3) You can do it almost every day. 2) You don’t have to cuddle with your partner when you’re finished. 1) When your equipment gets old, you can replace it.

I love my grandkids Submitted by Jacque Stafford When my grandson asked me how old I was, I teasingly replied, “I’m not sure.” “Look in your underwear, Grandpa,” he advised. “Mine says I’m 4 to 6.”

Chicken Surprise Submitted by Larry Emerson A couple goes out for a meal at a Chinese restaurant and orders the Chicken Surprise. The waiter brings the meal, served in a lidded cast iron pot. Just as the wife is about to serve herself, the lid of the pot rises slightly and she briefly sees two beady little eyes looking around before the lid slams back down. “Good grief,” the wife says. “Did you see that?” Her husband reaches for the pot and again the lid rises. He sees two little eyes looking around before the lid slams back down. Rather perturbed, he calls the waiter over, explains what is happening, and demands and explanation. “Please sir,” the waiter says. “What did you order?” The husband replied, “Chicken Surprise.”

Thoughts of a retiree’s wandering mind Submitted by Karen Jones I planted some birdseed. A bird came up. Now I don’t know what to feed it. I had amnesia once…or twice. I went to San Francisco. I found someone’s heart. Now what? Protons have mass? I didn’t even know they were Catholic. All I ask for is a chance to prove that money can’t make me happy. If the world were a logical place, men would be the ones who ride horses sidesaddle. What is a free gift? Aren’t all gifts free? They told me I was gullible and I believed them. Teach a child to be polite and courteous in the home and when he grows up, he’ll never be able to merge his car onto the freeway. Experience is the thing you have left when everything else is gone. One nice thing about egotists is they don’t talk about other people. My weight is perfect for my height—which varies. How can there be self-help “groups?” If swimming is so good for your figure, how do you explain whales? Show me a man with both feet firmly on the ground and I’ll show you a man who can’t get his pants off. Is it just me or do buffalo wings taste like chicken? ■ Send your funniest jokes to:

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Go Australia By Barb McNally


ave you ever made your bucket list? The first item on my list was a trip to Queensland, Australia. I was fortunate to be able to visit Australia last September with my oldest sister, Pat. My niece and nephew, Carol and Drew, live there and we were able to stay with them. They had recently had their first child, a baby girl (“Bud” is the Australian word for “baby.”) After three connecting flights and a final 22-hour flight, we arrived in

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September 2012 Bank Parklands and surrounding areas. We were able to participate in the activities by going down to South Bank Parkland to see “the markets,” several white tents set up along the walkway to sell their goods. The Queensland Performing Arts Centre is located at South Bank and consists of the Lyric Theatre, Cremorne Theatre and the Playhouse Theatre. Students performed outside the centre. In the middle of the area is a large inlet of water where people from all over come to swim. Several performers were dressed as pirates and tourists enjoyed taking pictures with the famous heroes. From Mt. Coot-tha, reaching up 980 feet, we could see the Brisbane River with a background of the city and the ocean. Lunch is available at the summit. The Brisbane central business district lies in a curve of the Brisbane River. The central business district covers only .08 square miles, making it walkable. Central streets are named after members of the royal family. Queen Street is Brisbane’s traditional main street. Queen Street Mall was named in honor of Queen Victoria and some heritage buildings date back to the 1820s. This area has a vast array of outside cafés, restaurants, gift shops and other shops, including major department store chains. One day is not nearly enough time to see them all. We were excited to take a ride across the river on a City Cat boat.

it home. The education system is excellent. Everyone wears uniforms to school up to the high school level. No school buses are used. Walking or driving to school is the norm. Attention is given to every student, encouraging them to pursue their own goals that are suited to them as individuals. September is Australia’s spring season (just opposite of our seasons). The weather fluctuated from warm to rainy to hot. The temperature would range from 45-90 degrees, but always allowed plenty of good weather for daily walkabouts. Close by my niece and nephew’s house was a fabulous park—Edenbrook Park. Well maintained walkways, bridges, and pathways led us by green grasses, ponds, and the huge river gum trees with their distinctive white trunks. The trees are native to Australia and can grow up to 147 feet tall. Brisbane has an extensive transportation network, as well as connections to regional centers, interstates and to overseas destinations. We used the public transport system several times to our destinations. Public transport is provided by bus, rail and ferry services. The method of payment is by using a “Go Card,” purchased ahead of time. Australians are very welcoming and are both courteous and helpful. Major cultural events in Brisbane include the River Festival held each September at South This is me feeding a wallaby at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

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There are over 130 kangaroos and wallabies in the free range enclosure at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Here, my sister, Pat, gets to feed one of the kangaroos.

Brisbane’s City Cat high-speed ferry lizard). At the end of the day, we service is popular with tourists and visited the Mountain Gardens filled commuters, and operates services with colorful flowers and vegetation along the Brisbane River. While tour- of all kinds. ing the mall, you can hear several difOur first train ride out of Brisbane ferent languages being spoken such was also exciting. We traveled by bus as Chinese, Philipino, German and to the train station for an hour or so South African. ride, past Mt. Tamborine (Tam-YumOur next stop was the Lone Pine borine), which means “water hole.” Koala Sanctuary. The sanctuary Then we traveled onward to the opened in 1927 Sunshine Coast and was the north of Brisworld’s first bane on the and largest KoaPacific Ocean la sanctuary. coastline. We After an inforhad beautiful mative introaccommoduction about dations at a the sanctuary hotel, which and the various Australians call animals that “apartments.” live there, we On the walked around highest floor to visit each of our “apartMy sister, Pat, and me at the Queen Street Mall. one. Several ment”—the demonstrations were available includ- 15th floor—we had a stunning view ing “Birds of Prey,” “Koala Talk,” of the ocean. Around the corner was “Sheep Dog Show” and “Feeding the Underwater World. Here we saw a Lorikeet Birds.” seal show and snake demonstration, You can feed over 130 kangaroos and we walked on a moving walkand wallabies in the free-range enclo- way through the Sharks Alive Water sure. We were also very lucky to see World, and saw an otter show. The a joey (baby kangaroo) in its mother’s Sunshine coast offers mile and miles pocket. Some other animals at the of sandy beaches to swim and walk. sanctuary included the wedge-tailed Another train ride was taken to eagle, the laughing kookaburra birds, O’Reilly’s Australian Day Tours. Headlorikeet birds, the platypus, Tasmaing by rail through Lamington Nanian devil, Australian sheep dogs tional Park’s Valley of the Owls, we and the perentic (Australia’s largest enjoyed a winding trip up the moun-

tains. We took the Booyong Walk and saw massive fig trees. We came across one with a ladder prepared for tourists called The Tree Top Walk. On the way down the mountain by train, we toured small towns and took more photos. Seeing the lorikeet birds again and some wallaby on the side of the road made the train ride all the more wonderful. Our final visit was to Brisbane’s Botanic Gardens. I was able to drive– on the left–to the gardens. We visited the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium and the Tsuki-yama-chisen Japanese

Garden, as well as several exhibits, including the fig exhibit. The gardens at Mt. Coot-tha are recognized as Queensland’s premier subtropical botanic gardens. They feature more than 20,000 plants and represent approximately 5,000 species from around the world, which thrive outdoors. Our vacation was three weeks long. Seeing the newborn baby and our experiences in Queensland, Australia was worth everything. It was a true opportunity of a lifetime. ■

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McCary and Bower Blacksmith Shop, Grand Junction. Circa 1890. Photo courtesy of the Museum of Western Colorado.

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her father at his blacksmith shop and smithing was so essential a craft that he would give us a dime to go buy European explorers traveled with at Joe Nixon’s candy in town,” Fruita native Ellen least one blacksmith on their teams. blacksmith shop Roberts said. Blacksmithing subdivided during in Meeker, 1921. Blacksmiths were as important to the Middle Ages into several differmen and women in western Coloent trades. Armorers made armor rado as they were elsewhere in the and shields that knights and west. Fruita’s first blacksmith shop other soldiers wore into battle. was built by C. P. McCary in 1884. Bladesmiths made swords and In 1911, W. F. Bunce, G. T. Nees and knives. Locksmiths made locks Son, and L. S. Smith are noted as for doors, trunks and safes. Gunblacksmiths in the local directory. By smiths made iron guns. Perhaps 1926, only Joseph Nixon and W. F. the most familiar blacksmiths in Bunce are listed. In the phone direcearly America were the farriers, tory for Fruita in 1930, four blackwhose products were horsesmiths were listed. shoes and other items essential In 1911, with a population listed as to equestrian life. 4,200, at minimum, 11 blacksmiths A blacksmith’s forge consisted of are noted in the Montrose business a raised brick hearth outfitted with directory: George P. Wood, Willis bellows to feed its soft-coal fire and Elmer, J. O. Wallis, C. C. Peterson, H. a hood to carry away the smoke. The M. McCafferty and Son, C. Henderforge heated bars of iron yellow-hot. son, Edwards and Haney, and Cheney With his journeymen and apprenBros. tices, the blacksmith used sledges In Grand Junction’s 1911 directory, weighing as much as 12 pounds to the following blacksmiths are listed: hammer the heated bars into various N. T. Nelson and Harry L. Hiatt. shapes. Blacksmith Thomas H. Williams imRead the rest of this story next migrated to the U.S. from Cornwall, month in October’s BEACON. ■ England, and in 1881 and was one of Grand Junction’s first residents. George Washington Noble, a Civil War veteran and native of Pennsylvania, was both a blacksmith and a preacher. For a number of years he wrought iron at his forge during the week and preached on Sundays, first at Rifle and later at Plateau Valley. He was partners with Cary M. Keeton in a blacksmith shop where they developed and patented a plow invented by G. W. (Patent No. 662,131, dated November 20, 1900). It was manufactured in St. Paul, Minnesota and sold throughout the area. The plow was a one-row corrugator, the forerunner of the present day Mormon Corrugator. Blacksmiths were necesOld Blacksmith shop on the corner of Third Street and Kluge in Palisade. Circa sary to the Grand Valley, 1915. Olof Nelson (middle) came to Palisade about 1894. Gus Hilldebrand is the as they have been to most man on the right. Photo courtesy of the Museum of Western Colorado. every culture for hundreds of years. Historically, black-

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Enjoy tours of the San Juan mountain range, waterfalls, lakes, aspen groves and fabulous vista points on the old mining roads to abandoned mine ruins and ghost towns. This is the ultimate viewpoint for the autumn colors! Cost is $82 and includes transportation, jeep tour, and picnic lunch. Bring money for dinner. Meet at Lincoln Park Barn at 9 a.m. Register by September 14.

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Beginning Line Dance Learn fun dances that will improve your balance and coordination, strengthen your heart and stimulate your mind. No partner or previous dance skills needed. Class starts at 12:15 p.m. Cost is $18. September 18

Smart Phones, iPads and You Take advantage of some of the advanced features of your smart phone. Learn how to change settings and ringtones. Learn about apps and how to use them. Class starts at 10 a.m. Cost is $10. September 19

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Here’s a chance for you and your partner to learn to dance, turn and twirl in just two easy lessons. Class starts at 7 p.m. The $12 fee is per individual. Must register as a couple. September 21

Friday Hike: Horsethief Bench Hike this moderate 7.7-mile loop along the Colorado River. Hike starts at 8 a.m. Cost is $5. Lunch is included. Register by September 19.

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eReader Workshop Learn how to download library items to your eReader. This class is by demonstration only and it is not necessary to bring your eReader. Class is free and is at 6 p.m. Register by September 21. October 3

Western Cookout and Cowboy Poetry Night Have a good ol’ time with western style barbecue and bonfire, featuring local cowboy poets performing live next to the Colorado River at 5:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair and carpool if you can. Cost is $12. Register by September 26. October 7

Fall Color Tour and Apple Fest Enjoy the gorgeous fall colors over the Grand Mesa and a fun-filled day at the Apple Fest in Cedaredge. Experience the crafts, art, food and apples galore. Transportation and a sack lunch are included in the $40 fee. Meet at the Lincoln Park Barn at 9 a.m. Register by September 28. ■

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No more back-to-school nights By Terri Benson


omething is wrong with me. I must be a horrible aberration or have a rare immunity to this debilitating disease. You see, my youngest child just went off to college. And I’m happy. Possibly even thrilled. I’ve been hearing about this disease called empty nest syndrome for years. I’ve dreaded it, but understood it was a rite of passage. Something you just have to get through, kind of like PMS. Each day I wake up and wait for the agony of ENS. But it’s just not there. Don’t get me wrong. I love my children dearly. But the problem is that I really love all this incredible free time, too. For the first time in nearly a quarter century my husband and I can make plans to go wherever, whenever, we want. We don’t have to worry about babysitters, sporting events, PTA meetings, or waiting up for a missed curfew. We don’t have to be back by Sunday night or check the calendar for holiday breaks. My grocery bill has shrunk exponentially. I don’t have to wait until after midnight to get a hot bath. If we get the urge for a quickie (which we actually occasionally have the energy for now), we don’t have to wait until the wee hours of the night and risk the rattle of a doorknob and the moment-killing question, “Are you sick?” I don’t search the freezer in vain for ingredients needed for a special dinner, only to find that my son ate the T-bones for breakfast. There are no more 6:20 a.m. crashes into the front door on the way to a nearly missed school bus. I don’t have to suffer through the misery of school clothes shopping—you know, the rolling eyes, muttered curses, and denigration of my weird fashion sense. I haven’t quite gotten used to the laundry not being a never-ending task. Someone else (hopefully my son) is washing the sheets that have been on his bed for who knows how long. I’m pretty sure the last set I

gave him was not originally a tiedyed gray/brown color. I now have two spare rooms. One is now my very own office. I don’t have to use the dining table for anything but eating now, but because there are only two of us and I’m not trying to set an example, we usually eat in the living room. The other room is for guests, although the only guest we’ve had so far is my son during college breaks. There are other possibilities, but for someone else to visit, we’ll have to hang around the house long enough to take their call and make arrangements. My car is parked where I left it and the tank has the same amount of gas as when I last drove it. The music that comes out of the speakers is my music, not something that makes me want to drive into the nearest lamppost. The kitchen trashcan does not reach Everest-like heights before it gets emptied (Okay, so I had to empty it before, too, but now I only have to do it a couple times a week instead of a couple times a day.) I have a full set of silverware all the time—not just after they clean their rooms—and the dishwasher doesn’t fill up before noon daily. Of course, I have noticed a few minor inconveniences. I don’t have anyone but myself to send out to clean up after the dog or jump in the car to fetch a gallon of milk. I have to mow the lawn, but I don’t have to listen to a half hour of complaining first. I usually talk myself into doing these chores with only one or two reminders, and I never have to raise my voice or threaten dire consequences. So I guess I’ll just have to accept the fact that I’m a poor excuse for a mother. I should have time to explore this sad gap in my psyche while we’re on our way down to a quick mini-vacation on the beach in Mexico. Just a wild, last minute decision. Oh, the shame of it all. Okay, I might miss the random hugs and shouts of, “Hi, Mom. I’m home!” But only a little. Honest. ■







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hen the Do-Not-Call Implementation Act of 2003 was passed, it was supposed to herald a new era of silence—as in no more annoying dinnertime telemarketing calls. Based on the number of unsolicited calls our household still receives nearly a decade later, however, I’d say the law has had only mixed success. True, the sheer volume of calls did drop significantly after we registered our home and cell phone numbers with the Federal Trade Commission’s National Do Not Call Registry. But because so many types of organizations are exempt from the legislation and so many shady companies flout the rules, everyone I know still gets pestered relentlessly. There are steps you can take to curtail annoying calls, and just as important, ways to avoid falling for telemarketing scams. First, if you haven’t already done so, register your phone numbers with the registry, either online at or by calling 888-382-1222 from each phone you wish to enroll. Although it’s illegal for telemarketers to call wireless phones, you may want to register them just in case. Be aware that certain organizations are exempt from the Do Not Call regulations barring contact. Charities, political organizations, telephone surveyors and companies with which you’ve done business in the last 18 months (and their affiliates and business partners) are still allowed to contact you unless you specifically request to be removed from their lists. Telemarketers have up to 31 days to update their lists, so if you’re not currently registered it could take that long for calls to cease. After that, you

can file complaints about unwanted calls at the Do Not Call website or phone number. Remember, though, debt collectors may continue to call you, whether or not your number is registered. Here are a few additional tips for reducing call volume: Use caller ID to screen incoming calls. By law, telemarketers must use some iteration of their business name in their onscreen ID, but many unscrupulous organizations will attempt to “spoof” you by providing misleading identifying information. If you don’t recognize the name or number you can either take the call or let it go to voicemail. If the line goes dead, that usually means it was a robo-call and there was no live operator available. Either way, you’ll likely continue to receive calls unless you take action. If a message is left and you think the organization is legitimate, call them back to request being put on their own internal Do Not Call list, which they’re required to maintain by law or face steep fines. If you suspect the call is a scam, go straight to filing a complaint. You can also use your phone carrier’s call-blocking function to prevent future calls from that number. However, this step won’t do much good if someone is harvesting and selling your phone number to multiple telemarketers. Plus, many carriers limit the number of callers you can block. Finally, you can notify specific sellers in writing that you wish to continue receiving their calls. Just be aware that some marketers may attempt to obtain such consent surreptitiously via innocent seeming solicitations or emails. This is one more reason why it’s important to read every document and email carefully before signing or checking “I agree” to the fine print. ■

September 2012

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September 2012

An autumn odyssey

Who says aging people don’t deal with change? “My health, housing, doctors and even my friends are all changing!”

What I want is a nice stable place to worship and maybe meet some friends who will support me in all of these changes. First United Methodist Church - a rich tradition downtown for more than 125 years. Beautiful stained glass, warm friendly people, and a loving God who doesn’t change! First United Methodist Church

Sunday worship services: Relaxed Celebrative 8:30 a.m. Traditional inspiring 9:45 & 11:10 a.m.

Located at 5th & White (downtown) 242-4850

Reaching Out to Those Reaching Up

Bethel Assembly of God Church Join us in a friendly atmosphere, a loving congregation and anointed Praise and Worship. We are a family oriented church that focuses on reaching the whole person: ages 2 to 92 and beyond. Visit our website: for information about our ministries and to listen to past services. 2945 Orchard Avenue • Grand Junction


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By Rev. Blaine Scott, First United Methodist Church

as sun through the leaves flowed golden as honey.


I’d pick the sweet moment, when the wind was just right to trust God and let go to float nice and light. Drifting ever so calmly from the place of my birth, then gently lie down to rest and do my part in renewing the earth.”

or everything,” Solomon wrote, “there is a season.” This is not simply an observation about the natural world. It’s an insight about the very nature of existence. There is a time to search and a time to give up. Our inner lives tilt and whirl through seasons of abundance and barrenness, expectancy and despondency, embrace and relinquishment. Some of this we control. Most of this we don’t. All of this we can flourish in. I’m certain that the “golden years” do not refer to the colors of autumn, yet it indicates the transition into the autumn season of life: showing brilliant colors of maturity, joy of traveling like leaves on the wind, and eventually coming to rest on the earth from which life began. “If I were a leaf on a tall, slender tree, and I had the choice, of which I could be, I’d be a quaking aspen to turn orange, red and gold when the cool, autumn winds turn the warm nights cold.

- Adapted from the poem, “Autumn Leaf” written by Sharon P. Pinnick © 2002.

It is good to ponder, on the autumn odyssey, what the next season of our life holds and to remember in faith, the steadfast love of our Creator within the changing seasons. For in a time when much “fades and falls to the ground,” faith sees the colors and recognizes that even letting go can bring about renewal and new life. Join me in worship at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. Sundays at First United Methodist Church, 522 White Ave. in downtown Grand Junction. ■

I’d want to shimmer and glow with all I could be, so all of the world would be open to me. I’d quake with the wind, spring, summer and fall up in the aspen groves spread wide and so tall. Then one moonlit night in October’s cold air, a crispy frost would come paint me with care. All leaves would turn color in the light of the sun to give the world beauty for short days to come. Then if I could choose on which day I would fall I’d pick late October when winds came to call. I’d select Sunday morning so bright and sunny, Photos by Rev. Blaine Scott

September 2012

Crossword Puzzle

Across 1 Drop Alka-Seltzer-in-water 5 Rather -suggestive 9 Like cheese 13 Brave -legend 15 Feverish fit 16 Moore of movies 17 Certain -outtakes 19 Auditory 20 Owns things 21 Disliked 22 Spout off 23 ___ la-la 24 Pour down 25 Certain crash 31 “C’est ___!” 32 Place for regulars 33 By way of 35 “___ a Song Go Out of My Heart” 36 Math term 37 Proceed 38 “Aye, aye ___!” 39 Cereal taste 40 It’s unmetered 41 Stage muff? 44 Midwest Indian 45 Pin place 46 Playact 48 Cooking style 51 Heavenly neighbor of Scorpius 54 “I ___ Ike” 55 Printer jam, for example 57 Sly smile 58 Atlas datum 59 Kid a kid 60 Stops a bout 61 Tabula ___ (clean slate) 62 “Jacques ___ Is Alive…” Down 1 It may be beaten or blocked 2 It goes with the flow 3 Globes 4 Campaign vet 5 Gripped 6 “Permit Me Voyage” author 7 Dairy -product 8 “Certainly!” 9 Fan-club member? 10 Pick up the pace 11 Give off 12 Casino bones 14 Pessimists offer it 18 Diamond Head locale 22 Natty

23 Fail to include 24 “A ___’clock scholar…” 25 Death Valley loc. 26 Slighted 27 “___ May Live” (1937 Lon Chaney Jr. flick) 28 Put away 29 Feeling regret 30 Salon -product 31 Fleur-de-___ 34 Citric cooler 36 “Hurlyburly” playwright 37 Judicial order 39 Orchestra instrument 40 ___ Hollywood 42 Divulges 43 Eastern nanny 46 Allure rival 47 Demeanor 48 Ethnic round dance 49 Certain -athletes in Utah 50 Amateur sports org. 51 Partly open 52 Baseball’s Charlie Hustle 53 Eve’s -second-born 55 Place for a draft 56 Society girl

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Have You Updated Your Preneed Funeral Contract?

Richard W. Lewis, Funeral Director

All of the reasons discussed in last month’s article are good, sound reasons to prearrange whether you are single, a parent, elderly, dealing with a terminal illness, or have sustained a serious injury. However, how many of you who pre-arranged years ago have checked on your contract recently? Here are some questions to ask yourself: • Is the company you prearranged through still in business or was it bought out by another company and do you have the contact information for the new owner? Have you provided the company with your updated contact information (address, phone, and information regarding next of kin)? • Is your prearrangement an actual insurance funded funeral contract with a funeral home that locks in pricing or is it only an insurance policy designed to pay for your final expenses with a lump sum? Will the amount of the lump sum policy cover your expenses at today’s prices or projected future prices? • If you only have lump sum life insurance, do you still have your policy? Many times the original policy must be turned in to receive any entitled benefit. Is the beneficiary of your policy still living or do you need to update your beneficiary with the insurance company? • Does your current prearrangement include all the services you want today or have your wishes changed? Can you change a burial preneed to cremation services (and vice versa)? What happens if you do? • Is everything you need included in your prearrangement? In previous years, options like setting funds aside for cash advance items such as sales tax, flowers, service book and folders, honorariums, death certificates, etc. was not a standard practice. Today they are routinely included. Times have changed and so have the practices and options of the prearranged funeral process. We receive calls every day from people verifying their prearranged funeral expense contracts and we applaud their common sense and foresight. It is better to know in advance if your funeral expense contract covers everything you desire. Give your family that extra peace of mind and check on your prearrangement sooner rather than leaving it until it is too late. Martin Mortuary, your local Dignity Memorial® provider, has been serving families in the Grand Valley and surrounding areas since 1917. Please feel free to visit our mortuary at 550 North Avenue. If a question arises, do not hesitate to contact us at 970-243-1538 to set up an appointment or visit Organic Materials Composting Facility Whether you desire cremation or burial, Martin Mortuary now provides the security of insurance funded funeral prearrangements.

September 2012

The Western Slope Concert Series presents a unique quintet performance at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Grand Junction. Tickets start at $9 in advance and $12 at the door. Tickets can be purchased by calling 241-4579, online at www. or at Roper Music, 136 N. Fifth St. September 8

Senior Adult Day First Baptist Church, 720 Grand Ave. in Grand Junction, seeks to inform and encourage seniors in this life and the next with uplifting presentations starting at 8:30 a.m. The day will end after a free lunch at noon. Preregistration is required. RSVP to Jim at 242-2657, 209-9241, or email

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The Western Colorado Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America hosts itsfree, monthly meeting from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Center for Independence, 740 Gunnison Ave. in Grand Junction. ADCO Hearing Products’ Jay Tinglum’s presentation will focus on creating a “communication toolbox.” He will bring several assistive hearing devices for demonstration. For more information, call 241-2592 or visit www.hearingloss. org.

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Dog Days at Lincoln Park Let your pooch paddle the day away, as Lincoln Park-Moyer Pool will be open to canines only from 10 a.m.2 p.m. The cost is $5 for each dog. Four dogs per family can swim for $12. Proceeds benefit Roice-Hurst and the Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Department’s scholarship program. For more information on this end-of-summer event, call 254-3866. September 14 & 15

Two Rivers Chautauqua

Refuse to be a Victim seminar Attend this free NRA crime prevention seminar, which provides information on cultivating a positive self-defense philosophy and safety strategy options. This is not a firearms-based course. Class takes place from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. at Blue Star Industries, 2350 G Road in Grand Junction. Seating is limited. Call 270-3203 to register. September 19

Sales Director of Advantage Credit, Inc. Jim Kaiser will present a seminar helping you understand and increase your credit score at 6 p.m. at the Masonic Center, 2400 Consistory Court in Grand Junction. This presentation is sponsored by the Real Estate Investors Network and Cherry Creek Mortgage. Cost is $10 at the door (first time visitors are free). Membership for one year is $65. Call 433-4312 for details. September 21

Colorado Humanities and the Museum of Western Colorado invite you to meet some of America’s most inventive historical figures at Two Rivers Chautauqua. History comes alive at the Cross Orchards Historic Site as you meet Henry Ford, Mary Shelley, Albert Einstein and Dr. Seuss. Admission is $7.50 per person, $12 per couple or $15 per family. For details and complete schedule, visit www. or www.

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For 68 years, the Mesa County Concert Association has provided excellent entertainment to the Grand Valley. They kick off their season with “Sirens of the '60s,” where energetic female singers Colleen and Debbie O’Keefe and Katie Gearty bring back memorable songs from the '60s era, including “Downtown,” “These Boots are Made for Walkin’” and more. Membership to the next

Nutrition and breast cancer seminar St. Mary’s Regional Cancer Center Dietitian Jenni Jones will present “Nutrition and Breast Cancer: Sorting Facts From Fiction” at 6 p.m. in St. Mary’s Advanced Medicine Pavilion, 750 Wellington Ave. Use Entrance 25. Jones will discuss special nutritional needs and considerations for women diagnosed with breast cancer. No res-

Grand Junction Christian Women’s Connection invites the public to a concert, featuring guitarist Scott Bett with his Hot Tub Jazz quartet at 6:30 p.m. at the Fruita Community Center. Enjoy some great music, food and guest speaker Dawna Hetzler, who will present on how to be successful in today’s economy. RSVP to 858-7120. September 23

Sirens of the '60s

September 2012 season includes six programs for $50. All programs are held at 7:30 p.m. at the Grand Junction High School auditorium, 1400 N. Fifth St. There will be a single concert admission price for nonmembers at the door. See the ad on page 26 for a full list of concerts and dates. Call 243-1979 or visit www.mesacountyconcertassociation. com for details. September 28

Fruita Lioness spaghetti dinner Enjoy an all you can eat spaghetti dinner at the Fruita Fall Festival for only $4. The meal includes salad, garlic bread, lemonade and coffee, and takes place from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Fruita Community Center, 324 N. Coulson St. All proceeds benefit the Lower Valley Fire Department.

House), 3090 N. 12th St. Call 303-806-6686 for details. September 30

Color Sunday activities The Plateau Valley 4H group will hold its annual turkey dinner at the Mesa Community Center, 48973 K E Road in Collbran, serving from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Adults age 60 and older are $8, adults over 18 are $10, youth age 5 and older are $8 and children under 5 are free. The seventh annual Arts and Crafts Fair will also be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, call 268-5680.

Fruita Senior Center activities To register for any of the following activities, call the Fruita Community Center (FCC) at 858-0360 or visit

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Fruita Fall Festival “Stampede” is the theme of this year’s Fruita Fall Festival, which takes place in downtown Fruita. The eventfilled weekend includes talent shows, contests, parades, entertainment, carnival rides, and more. Admission is free. Call 858-3894 or visit www. for details. September 28-30

Southwest Lavender Conference The Lavender Association of Western Colorado will host the Southwest Lavender Conference at Two Rivers Convention Center, 159 Main St. The conference’s focus will be how to market and use products made from lavender, specifically essential oils, hydrosols and culinary buds. For more information, call 255-1312 or visit

September 8

Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials Sheepdog trailing is a unique sport and Meeker is one of the best competitions in the world. Spend a day watching highly trained dogs and their handlers attempt to coax sheep through obstacles with only whistles and hand signals. There will be vendors, live entertainment, seminars and more. Cost is $40, which covers transportation and event admission. We will leave the FCC at 8 a.m. September 12

Hawaiian Luau We’re creating a tropical oasis right here in Fruita. Enjoy fun Hawaiian dancing, music and entrees from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at the FCC. Cost is $15.

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Meet others in the area living with scleroderma at the first Western Slope Scleroderma Support Group meeting from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Artful Cup (formerly Cups Coffee

After lunch, stick around for the fun in Bunco. Bring a wrapped white elephant gift. Games start at 1 p.m. and are free. Bunco is played every third Thursday of the month. ■

Scleroderma Support Group meeting


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September 2012 Activity Schedule

“Young-at-heart adults getting together for fun and friendship!” Friday Afternoon Club (FAC) 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. 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. September 5 – Texas Roadhouse, 2870 North Ave. September 12 – Old Chicago, 120 North Ave. September 19 – Red Robin, 2530 Rimrock Ave. September 26 – Sang Garden, 687 Horizon Drive 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. Saturdays at 8:30 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. 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. Saturday, September 8 – Enjoy a day at the Meeker Sheep Dog Trials. Meet at the Safeway on Horizon Drive at 8:30 a.m. to carpool. Our first stop will be to the Meeker White River Museum, then off to the trials. Bring a sack lunch or purchase food and drink at the event. Lawn chairs are optional. RSVP to Jim Spiegel at 424-2545 or sign up at FAC. Saturday, September 22 – Enjoy a day at the Watermelon Festival in Green River, Utah. Meet at the Safeway on Horizon Drive at 8 a.m. to carpool. RSVP to Ed Haynes at 243-1609 or sign up at FAC. Don’t forget your water and saltshaker. Sunday, September 30 – It’s Color Sunday on Grand Mesa. Meet at Safeway on Horizon Drive at 10:30 a.m. Powderhorn will offer gondola rides for $15. Pineapple Crackers will perform music on the deck. Lunch will be decided upon arrival. RSVP to Barb Morey at 242-1266 or sign up at FAC.



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Join us for an enchanting evening of music for viola, harp, flute, cello, & piano!

GRAND JUNCTION: 1st United Methodist Church, Fri. Sept. 7, 7:30 pm PAONIA: Lamborn Concert Hall, Sat. Sept. 8, 7:30 pm MONTROSE: Pavilion, Sun. Sept. 9, 3:00 pm

Enjoy a selection of gorgeous music for this quintet, as well as Debussy’s beautiful Trio for viola, harp, & flute, a Vivaldi concerto, Mozart’s concerto for flute and harp, a Vivaldi concerto, Mozart’s concerto for flute and harp, and even music from Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess! featuring Stephanie Mientka, viola Jane Kuenzel, flute Elise Helmke, harp Gabe Mientka, cello Kathryn Mientka, piano

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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. The first program, “Sirens of the '60s,” is scheduled for September 23. See the ad on page 26 for a full list of concerts and dates. Call 243-1979 for details.

Suicide Prevention Month The Mesa County Suicide Prevention Coalition has scheduled a number of events during the month of September to spotlight various aspects of the suicide prevention efforts available in Mesa County. Call 683-6626 or visit www.suicidepreventionfoundation. org for a full list of activities.

Nightingale’s new home Nightingale’s Home Care is pleased to announce a move to its new location at 2352 N. Seventh St., Suite C in Grand Junction. Their phone number, 208-3985, will remain the same.

Lions Club flag service The Redlands Lions Club will put out flags for their customers on September 11 to remind people of what occurred on that date 11 years ago and to make up for not putting out flags for Martin Luther King Day because of inclement weather. People residing in the Seasons, Tiarado, Panorama, South Broadway and Redlands Village areas can receive the flag service for $30. Flags are placed in front of residences on nine holidays per year. For details, call 242-3222 or 243-6758.

Weight Loss Surgery seminar 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. Learn how the different

types of surgery work, who qualifies, and how St. Mary’s will support you. Seminars take place at St. Mary’s Life Center’s Grand Mesa Room. Use Entrance 40. Space is limited. Call 298-6900 to register. • Wednesday, September 5 – noon to 1:30 p.m. • Wednesday, September 19 – 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.

Moab Senior Games Moab, Utah, welcomes adults age 50 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. RSVP will host a Senior Scholar Training Class 8:15 a.m. to noon on the lower level of the U.S. Bank, 422 White Ave. on September 12. 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

September 2012 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. Call 241-1770 or 242-3716 for details. • Talk of the Town Toastmasters invite you to join their weekly Thursday meetings from noon to 1 p.m. at 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. on September 9 at Zion Lutheran Church, 701 S. Junction Ave. in Montrose. Bring a treasured family item and a potluck item to share. Guests are welcome. For details, call Thor at 249-8691 or Ron at 2412094, or visit • Two River Sams Chapter Good Sam RV Club will meet at 1 p.m. on September 15. For location, call 2489846 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. St. Mary’s Cancer Center’s Dietitian Jenni Jones will speak on “Nutrition and Breast Cancer: Sorting Out Facts from Fiction” at the September meeting. • 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. ■

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Delta/Montrose Calendar Compiled by Cloie Sandlin September 6

Making Democracy Work Award The League of Women Voters invites the community to their first presentation of the Making Democracy Work Award, recognizing local leaders who work to keep our community strong, from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Bridges Clubhouse, 2500 Bridges Ave. in Montrose. Cost is $15. RSVP to 275-1314. September 7

Cancer Survivors’ Day The San Juan Cancer Center staff invites patients and a guest to “A Celebration of Life: National Cancer Survivors’ Day” from noon to 2 p.m. on the lawn, 600 Fifth St. in Montrose. RSVP to 252-2814. September 8 & 9

Classical quintet concert Western Slope Concert Series presents a unique quintet concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lamborn Concert Hall in Paonia, and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Montrose Pavilion. Tickets start at $9 in advance. Purchase tickets at www.junctioncon, at Paonia Farm & Home or the Montrose Pavilion.

$100,000. Finesse Auto Spa, 95 Merchant Drive in Montrose, will host a family fun night from 5:30 p.m.10 p.m. featuring a car show, valve cover races, bump and jump, live music, a DJ, food and more Proceeds will help save the Star Drive-in. For details, call 258-1004 or 201-9547. September 20

Democracy in the Balance The League of Women Voters of Montrose County will present “Democracy in the Balance: Money, Speech and Power,” a free program on campaign finance at 7 p.m. at the Montrose Library, 320 Second St. September 22

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“Are You New to Medicare?” is a program hosted by RSVP Colorado West that will help attendees understand more about Medicare and the available benefits. Program is at 10 a.m. at the Montrose Library, 320 Second St. Call 249-9639 for details. ■

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Valley Symphony Association will kick off its 42nd season with these free concerts featuring “pops” music and an ice cream social. Saturday’s concert is at 5 p.m. at Cedaredge Town Park and Sunday’s concert is at 3 p.m. at Montrose Rotary Park. Bring a picnic and lawn chair. For details, call 254-2732. September 13

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In Colorado, there are less than a dozen drive-in movie theaters. Two of them are in our own backyard. One of the greatest challenges for Montrose’s Star Drive-in, along with many other drive-in owners, is that movie companies are going digital. With movies no longer being produced on film stock, the old reel-toreel movie projector the Star has used for decades is no longer supported. To continue showing movies, they must purchase special equipment, costing them upwards of $100,000. “You have to sell a lot of popcorn to recoup,” Star Drive-in owner Pamela Friend said. “By 2013, every-

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thing will have to go to digital to succeed in this business.” Friend’s parents, George and Elizabeth DeVries, opened the drive-in on April 19, 1950. Friend started working at the drive-in at age 5. “A drive-in is a great place to take your family,” Friend said. “We are the oldest drive-in west of the Mississippi that is still operated at the original location by the original family.” Barbara Jeanne Dewsaup owns the TruVu Drive-in Theater, located at 1001 Colorado 92 in Delta. Dewsaup and Friend said many people do not realize what is involved in operating a movie theater or drive-in. “Many times we are viewed as a glorified concession stand,” Dewsaup said. “They have no idea what is involved in showing a movie.” Friend said many people think that drive-ins and movie theaters get their movies for free. “We don’t,” Friend said. “In fact, we have to pay a large percentage of each ticket to the suppliers, in addition to a substantial nightly rental fee.” Many community members are

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already pitching in to help save the Star. Finesse Auto Spa, 95 Merchant Drive in Montrose, will host a family fun night from 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. on September 14 to raise funds for the Star Drive-in. “Our community would suffer a great loss of an American icon if the drive-in shuts down,” Finesse Auto Spa owner Kasey Mac Intyre said. The fundraiser will feature a car show, live music, kid’s bump and jump, valve cover races, food, a raffle and more. Computer Business Solutions, 523 E. Main St. in Montrose, started a campaign to save the Star. Bank of the West generously opened a bank account for all donations. You can take your cash or check donations to any Montrose Bank of the West location, or to Computer Business Solutions. You can also take them to the Star Drive-in, located at 600 Miami St. You can also make a pledge online using a credit card at www. ■

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Garfield County Calendar Compiled by Cheryl Currier September 5

Carbondale Bicycle Ditch Tour Meet at Carbondale’s Town Hall, 511 Colorado Avenue, and join water department staff on a bike ride to a town ditch head gate on the Crystal River near the fish hatchery bridge south of town. Then follow the ditch back into town, learning about the unique complexities of the town’s ditch system and the basics of Colorado’s prior appropriation water law along the way. Helmets are required. Please dress appropriately, as the tour will happen rain or shine. Registration is required. Register at www., or call the Roaring Fork Conservancy at 927-1290 for more information. Cost is $5. September 9

Centennial Park Concert Series The Defiance Stringband will play the last concert in the Centennial Park Concert Series in Rifle. Defiance Stringband is an acoustic Americana quintet featuring a variety of musical styles including old-time, folk, bluegrass, country, Celtic, ethnic and original compositions. This talented and free-spirited ensemble uses fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar and bass, to provide a genuine roots musical experience for people of all ages. The free concert is from 6 p.m.-9 p.m.


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Digital Camera Club Anyone interested in any aspect of the digital camera is welcome to meet at the New Castle Branch Library, 402 W. Main St., at 7 p.m. to share their successes and get answers to burning questions. Bring your camera, printed photos, photos stored on a memory stick or online. The class is open to beginners and experienced photographers. For more information, call the New Castle Branch Library at 984-2346. September 13

Author Talk: Meet Mark Stevens Looking for a top-notch mystery where the pages practically turn themselves? Join author Mark Stevens as he takes us to the Colorado Flat Tops wilderness area as two hunters go missing. His books, “Antler Dust” and “Buried by the Roan” will be available for purchase and signing. This event is hosted by the Parachute Branch Library, 244 Grand Valley Way. Tickets are free by calling 2859870.

required. For more information call 984-2346.

Cooler September weather is the ideal time for fall planting, dividing perennials and learning how to extend your growing season. Join the master gardeners for these important fall gardening tips and more. This class is offered through the Lifelong Learning program at the Colorado Mountain College, Rifle Campus. The class will be held from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. and costs $15. Download a registration form at register, or pick up a form in person. Call 625-1871 with questions.

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Reel Readers

Read the book and join us for the movie (even if you haven’t read the book). This month’s selection is “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” by Jonathan Safran Foer. Meet at the Parachute Branch Library, 244 Grand Valley Way, from 6 p.m.9 p.m. A discussion follows the movie. Call the library at 2859870 for more information. This program is free. September 22

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Nothing is better than being with friends, eating soup and delicious homemade brownies, and quilting. This class takes place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Community Room of the Rifle Branch Library, 207 East Ave. The pinwheel template and class supply list will be provided. Register in person or by calling the Rifle Library at 625-3471. Zee will be making soup and buttermilk brownies. This class is free.





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Weave a napkin basket By popular demand, the New Castle Branch Library, 402 W. Main St. will present a basic basket weaving class from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Registration is

Fall Art Festival

The Glenwood Springs Art Guild is sponsoring the 50th annual Fall Art Festival at the Ramada Inn, 124 W. Sixth St. in Glenwood Springs. A wide variety of media is accepted to the show and special plans are being made to celebrate the 50th anniversary. Contact Arlene at 945-6650 for more information. September 28 & 29

Thunder River Theater Company: Ghost Writer Novelist Frank Woosely dies midsentence, but his secretary, Myra, continues to take dictation. Attacked by the skeptics, the press, and Woosely’s jealous widow, Myra sets out to prove she is more than just an artful forger. The theater is located at 67 Promonade in Carbondale (across the street from the recreation center). Shows continue October 5, 6, 7, 11, 12 and 13. Call the box office at 963-8200 for tickets and more information. September 28

Film Screening: Half the Sky

This documentary will be screened at 7 p.m. at the Clough Auditorium at the Colorado Mountain College Rifle Campus, 3695 Airport Road. The linked problems of sex trafficking and forced prostitution, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality present to us the single most vital opportunity of our time: the opportunity to make a change. “Half the Sky” follows celebrity activists America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan and Olivia Wilde on a journey to tell the stories of inspiring, courageous individuals. A short discussion and reception will follow. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 625-1871. ■

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Garfield County Beacon Bits By Cheryl Currier

The Writers Series Colorado Mountain College offers a series of workshops through their Lifelong Learning program. Sharpen your skills and gain the confidence to express your talent as a writer through these brief and powerpacked workshops. Cost is $20 per workshop. Download a registration form online at www.coloradomtn. edu/register, or pick up a form in person. Call 625-1871 with questions. • September 7, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., 10 Keys to Great Storytelling • September 8, 9 a.m. to noon, Creating an Intriguing Plot • September 14, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Creating Compelling Characters • September 15, 9 a.m. to noon, Write Engaging Dialogue • September 21, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Grammar for Grammar Phobic Writers • September 22, 9 a.m. to noon, Writer’s Roundtable. Using a respectful review process, examine skills taught in the Writers Workshop series. Only available to students who have taken at least one workshop from the series. Bring a writing sample, one to two pages in length, to share.

Music on the Mountain Concert Series The popular concert series continues at the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. All concerts are free with a donation of canned goods to benefit the Lift-up food bank. Rides on the tram begin at 4 p.m. and music starts at 6 p.m. Dinner and snacks are available for purchase. September’s upcoming performances are: • September 8 - The Hell Roaring String Band • September 15 - Already Gone • September 22 - The Missing Link

Joy of Singing Learn to sing in a safe, inclusive environment. Explore the mechanics of vocal production. You will learn how your body produces sound and

also explore singing styles for country, pop, gospel, classical and choral. Dory Light has been a professional singer and coach for over 30 years. Classes will be held from 6 p.m.7:30 p.m. Thursdays, beginning on September 27 and continuing through November 15. This course is offered by Colorado Mountain College, Rifle Campus as part of their Life Long Learning Program. Cost is $50. Download a registration form online at register, or pick up a form in person. Call 625-1871 with questions.

Beginning Weaving The Carbondale Council on the Arts and Humanities is offering a series of classes on basic weaving. You will learn how to wind a warp, warp a four-harness loom, and then weave a variety of twill structures. We will cover proper warp sett, designing with stripes, and various edge finishing techniques. You’ll complete a set of cotton towels during the class. Looms will be provided. Please bring scissors, a tape measure, and a blunt, large-eyed needle to classes. Classes are from 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. and begin Wednesday, September 12, running through October 17. Cost is $170. Classes are held at 645 Main St. in Carbondale.


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Lawn and Garden Services 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. 234-1607. LAWN MAINTENANCE Weekly mowing and trimming. Sprinkler upkeep. Starting as low as $30 a week. Free estimates. Please call Scott with CS Lawn Solutions 986-9003.

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September 2012 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. 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.

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September 2012 Pheasant Hunting open September 1 1,200 private acres. wildpheasant@ 241-3949.

Wanted to Buy 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. 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. Buying old clothing Costume jewelry, purses, sewing patterns and perfumes (pre-1970s). Call Linda 234-4736 or 1-800-5727670. Buying BOOKS Nonfiction, history, nature, westerns, religion, antique, reference, etc. Also buying stamp collections. Call Frank at 241-7778. Will pick up. Local stamp collector Offering to buy or appraise your stamp collection at no charge. Please call 986-1502.

For Sale Victoria 10 Scooter Three years old, garaged and not used for the last 18 months. $1,500. Pride Silver Star hitch lift for scooter. $1,500. Both for $2,500. New two wheel walker $75. Please call 242-2774 for more information. Four plots at Memorial Gardens All four $3,800/$1,000 each. Plus half transfer. Please call 242-2774. Grand Junction Memorial Gardens Two side-by-side cemetery lots. Garden of Christus. For additional information please contact or call 702-647-1128. Lift Chair for sale Newer model with remote control in excellent condition. Price negotiable. Please call 986-1502.

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Real Estate for Sale LIQUOR STORE for Sale Turn key operation – All goes. Asking $325K. Naturita, CO. 970-865-2545.

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Spinach Cheese Squares Parsley Potatoes Island Vegetables Peaches w/ Cherries Wheat Bread Slice

Polish Dog On Bun w/Sauerkraut Speedy Baked Beans Ambrosia Fruit Deluxe

Honey Bbq Chicken Spinach Coleslaw Tropical Fruit Salad Wheat Bread Slice

Turkey Waldorf Salad Broccoli Tomato Wedges Strawberry Gelatin Mold Crackers

Spaghetti & Meatballs Italian Veggies Spinach Salad Citrus Fruit Mix Italian Bread

Sloppy Joe on Bun Pork Roast Macaroni Salad w/Gravy Wax Beans Sweet Potatoes Fruit Cocktail 5 Way Vegetables Mandarin Oranges Dinner Roll

Pork Patty w/Gravy Baked Potato w/Sour Cream Orange Wedges Wheat Bread Slice

Salisbury Steak w/Gravy Parsley Potatoes Broccoli Fruited Cottage Cheese Wheat Bread Slice

Turkey Tetrazzini Italian Vegetable Blend Jellied Beet Salad Applesauce Wheat Bread Slice

Chili Relleno Chuckwagon Vegetables Spinach & Cauliflower Salad Pineapple Slices w/Cherries ‘Nilla Wafers

Egg & Sausage Bake 3 Bean Salad Peas & Carrots Orange Wedges Oat Bran Muffin Egg Salad On Bun Speedy Baked Beans Marinated Carrots Citrus Surprise

Creamy Chicken Stew w/Biscuit Brussel Sprouts Tossed Salad Applesauce Berry Gelatin

Chicken Parmesan w/Sauce Island Vegetables Kidney Beans Citrus Surprise Italian Bread

Clam Chowder Steamed Carrots Broccoli, Walnut & Raisin Salad Crackers Wacky Cake Meatloaf & Gravy Mashed Potatoes Chateau Vegetables Fruit Mix Wheat Bread Slice

Pork Chili & Beans Red Cabbage Toss Blushing Pears Cornbread

Macaroni & Cheese w/Broccoli & Turkey Ham Asparagus Citrus Fruit Mix Wheat Bread Slice

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- Jacque P., Grand Junction

 “I enjoyed winning tickets from the BEACON to the Telluride Jazz Festival. I lived there at the beginning, 36 years ago, and had not been back for the festival since 1990. It was a trip back in time. In addition to the wonderful music, I saw many old friends and acquaintances, some I had not seen in 20 years. And how wonderful to be out dancing to great music! I wasn’t the only senior shaking it up. Thanks much!” - Carole C., Grand Junction  “To the Rimrockers Historical Society and Cold War Patriots who hosted the recent Uranium History Celebration & Reunion Picnic in Uravan, you did an amazing job! I would like to thank the people at the event, who helped me get my keys out of my van after I locked them inside by accident.” - Genevra S., Grand Junction

By John Grimaldi, Association of Mature American Citizens


n unprecedented amount of distraction and distortion in this year’s mean-spirited presidential campaign is bound to leave seniors shaking their heads, wondering who’s telling the truth about the future of Medicare,” Association of Mature American Citizens Dan Weber said. He told reporters in a recent statement that it comes down to a simple choice: “Obamacare has already begun gutting the system and threatening its sustainability or the preservation of Medicare for both older Americans and future generations.” The AMAC chief pointed out that Medicare, like Social Security, is not an entitlement program.


“We pay for it with our tax money and therefore, we have a right to have a say in how that money is allocated,” Weber said. “Obamacare disregards this principle by slashing the funds allocated for Medicare by a whopping $716 billion over the next 10 years. He decided on his own to use that money to pay for all the other alleged benefits of his Obamacare debacle.” There are many reasons polls show that the majority of Americans don’t like the Affordable Care Act and among the top is that it threatens Medicare coverage, Weber explained. He pointed out that “in addition to its book-keeping tricks that allow the government to rob Peter to pay Paul, the program forces doctors and medical institutions to accept less pay for service.

Many of them are likely to stop seeing Medicare patients because they can’t afford to.” Weber said that AMAC favors the Romney-Ryan proposal for Medicare because it recognizes the fact that we need to protect the current standards of coverage for seniors for the rest of their lives. “It also allows younger Americans —those under 55 years of age—to have a choice between Medicare or other programs similar to those that our congressmen and senators have. Those programs would be paid for with a voucher system.” He acknowledged that Governor Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his choice for VP on the Republican ticket sparked a barrage of criticism. But, he said, Ryan’s colleagues on both sides of the aisle have consistently praised his thoughtful approach to solving problems, including sticky problems such as the future of Medicare. ■

and end the program, as we know it. Essentially, persons will be given a set amount of money to cover their health care costs. If their costs exceed that established voucher amount, basically, they are on their own to fend for themselves whether they can afford needed health care or not.

to enact the privatization of Social Security. With the privatization of Social Security, retirement funds for senior citizens would be at the mercy of the private sector and the private markets.



 “Wow! The August issue was a winner! The alpaca article with all the color mug shots was a hoot!”

September 2012

Obamacare threatens future of Medicare


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 “I am a senior volunteer and have been for a year now. I just wanted to say that I love the articles in the BEACON. I pick it up every month for myself and each of my clients. Keep up the good work!” - Diana L., Grand Junction

Romney declares war on elderly

 “I enjoy the BEACON so much. I like the jokes best. They are so good.”

ith the selection of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate in 2012, Governor Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate for U.S. President, has “doubled down” on the “war on the elderly.” In doing so, Romney has effectively shifted the 2012 election from a referendum on President Barack Obama to a clear choice this November. This is what is going to happen if Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are elected President and Vice President of the United States:

- Charlotte I., Grand Junction

-Irmgard C., Grand Junction

1) They will push for the enactment of the Ryan budget, which will make Medicare a voucher program

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2) Medicaid will be transformed into block grants to the states, not guaranteeing that individual states would even use the block grant funds for indigent health care for the poor and the qualified elderly.


The stage has been set as an intergenerational battle between seniors and the young. A vote for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in will mean the destruction, the elimination, the end of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security as we know them. The choice has been made crystal clear. The choice is yours. The choice is now. ■


 “Everybody reads the BEACON and we (Grand Junction Christian Women’s Connection) have had great feedback. Thank you so much for this service to our community.”


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 “You did a great job on the article (Now is the time: Vicki Alsin retires) and what perfect timing! My husband and other family really liked it as well. Thank you.” - Vicki A., Grand Junction

By David A. Argenta, Former Director of District 10 Area Agency on Aging

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3) A renewed drive will be waged

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Fall Harvest and Staying Well As the summer winds down in the Grand Valley, the harvest of summer’s work abounds. The sweet crisp cucumbers, wonderful tomatoes, juicy sweet peaches, tart crisp apples and succulent pears are among the gifts we sometimes take for granted because we live here where this abundance is available. Make it a point this summer and fall to get out in the sunshine we have. Enjoy watching our green valley turn to stunning gold, rust and red as the leaves prepare to fall and the trees ready themselves for winter. We live in a charmed place. Visit a winery, shop locally, eat out at a local restaurant, spend a special night at one of our beds and breakfasts or hotels and enjoy the “Fall Harvest”. These things will keep you well. Eat fresh and stay healthy for the coming year get lots of outdoor time and remember. . . . “Life is precious, Don’t waste it!”

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St. Mary’s bariatric program: more than weight loss surgery


hen is surgery more than just surgery? When it’s also an education program, a support team of professionals, a possible resolution to chronic health problems, and a lifestyle change for the better. When it’s weight loss surgery through St. Mary’s Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Center.

Is weight loss surgery for you? Find out . . .

Foster Grandparents serve as mentors and tutors to young students, and they really make a difference. Students blossom with personal attention. Volunteers receive ongoing training and support.Those with low or fixed incomes may qualify for a tax-free stipend of up to $400 per month.To learn more, call Tanya at 263-9091.

Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012 Noon–1:30 pm Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 5:30–7:00 pm

St. Mary’s Life Center Weight loss surgery patients who 2686 Patterson Road, Grand Junction have suppor t before and after Grand Mesa Room, Use Entrance 40 surger y are far more successful Call 298-6900 to register. in losing weight long term and improving their overall health. That’s why St. Mary’s weight loss surgery is a program with a thorough screening process, pre-surgery preparation, post-surgery follow-up, and every kind of support possible. It’s a program, not just an operation. St. Mary’s is the only bariatric surgery program in western Colorado to offer all three types of weight loss surgery performed by a surgeon fellowship trained and board certified in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery. St. Mary’s postoperative support package includes follow-up clinical care, nutritional guidance with a registered dietitian, personal training with an exercise physiologist, and group behavioral classes. Having weight loss surgery is a big step. St Mar y’s provides education and support from professionals because we want you to succeed.

Eric Hanly, MD, medical director of St. Mary’s Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Center, is the only surgeon in western Colorado who is fellowship trained and board certified in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery. Dr. Hanly performs gastric band, gastric bypass, and gastric sleeve bariatric procedures.

Nutrition and Breast Cancer: Sorting Facts from Fiction

September 18 Breast Cancer Support Group Jenni Jones, dietitian at St. Mary’s Regional Cancer Center, will present “Nutrition and Breast Cancer: Sorting Facts from Fiction” at the September 18 meeting of Breast Friends, breast cancer support group. No reservation needed. Questions? Call 298-2351.

Breast Friends: Breast Cancer Support Group Third Tuesday each month, 6:00–7:30 pm, New time! Advanced Medicine Pavilion 750 Wellington Avenue, Grand Junction Oncology Conference Room First Floor, Entrance 25

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