Baseball, bicycles and airplanes
My view from the bleachers.
By Margaret Melloy Guziak
Remember the old John Candy and Steve Martin comedy movie, “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”? This column is about three more fun things: “baseball, bicycles and airplanes.” All make you laugh and represent F-U-N, but the best part is that they are all right here in your own backyard.
‘Baseball junky’ news
The Junior College World Series (JUCO) runs May 27 through June 2 at Suplizio Field in Grand Junction, 12th & North Streets. General admission tournament passes are currently on sale. They can be purchased at Alpine Bank branches, the JUCO office in the Home Loan Building at 4th & Rood, the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce at 4th & Grand, all City Market stores, and B&H Sports. Tournament passes are $35 for adults, $25 for students (6-21) and senior citizens (65 & older). That’s a lot of baseball for your buck and a wonderful way to celebrate Memorial Day on May 28.
Chamber hopes for more volunteers like Davies
In the April issue of THINGS TO DO paper, they featured Shauna Davies in their “Meet Your Neighbor” column. Shauna Davies is the Assistant Director of Fruita Area Chamber of Commerce, 412 E. Aspen, Fruita. It has a nice picture and article which states Shauna is responsible for “bookkeeping, the Ambassador program, the Business After Hours, High Noon Networking, the annual banquet and Business Expo.” And they are actively recruiting new members, so call her at 858-3894.
‘Bicycle junky’ news
Many of us know Shauna, a smart and pretty gal, so when you’re near the Chamber building on the corner of Maple & Aspen, stop in and say, “Hi.” While you’re there, pick up info about the Fat Tire Festival coming up April 26 -29. And don’t forget about the the 18 Hours of Fruita to be held May 4-5 at Highline Lake State Park. There is so much going on in Fruita this spring. Don’t miss out on any of it.
News for ‘airplane junkies,’ aviation lovers in general
Many people have told us that they didn’t know that there was an airport near Fruita. There definitely is an airport and it is fantastic. Mack Mesa Airport is located three miles north of Mack at 1048 R Road. It is owned and managed by tall, handsome, family man and pilot, Ladd Klinglesmith.
Formerly based at Grand Junction Regional Airport in a hanger owned by an EAA member, the EAA Chapter moved permanently last Fall to Mack Mesa. The EAA boasts they are “the leader in recreational aviation.” The club members meet at 10 a.m. at Mack Mesa on the third Saturday of every month. They continue to host Young Eagles Day once a quarter. The next Young Eagles Day is scheduled for this month, Saturday, April 28.
Get those young kids soaring like eagles
Q. What are the Young Eagles?
A. They are part of the program sponsored by the international organization of Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) to introduce boys and girls to the world of general aviation. Visit www.youngeagles.org to read about the program.
Q. Who are the pilots?
A. They are local members of the EAA Chapter 800 who volunteer their planes and time to introduce youth to the world of flying. It gives them a chance to see the area where they live from the air.
Q. Why is this valuable?
A. When they land, they are given a logbook signed by their own pilot who has explained the flight to them when they are airborne. It makes the children realize the importance of math and science skills needed early on to achieve a career in the aviation world of today and tomorrow, both as a pilot or mechanic.
Q. How can I register my child or grandchild for a flight?
A. The Young Eagles Coordinator for EAA Chapter 800 is Syndi Jochums. Her assistants are Margie Stolle and Nancy Hurst. Contact Syndi by phone (858-4261) or by mail P. O. Box 242, Fruita, CO. 81521, and Syndi can answer any questions you may have about the flights.
You can register online. Go to www.youngeagles.org to fill out the online registration form and liability waiver. If you prefer, you can read the brochure and print out the two required forms — the registration and the liability waiver — sign and bring to the airport on April 28. If you can’t get them filled out ahead of time, you may do so at the airport when you bring your child that day. Flights will start at 9 a.m.
Be sure and bring your camera. You will see a lot of “high fives” and laughter after they land, so you don’t want to miss that. Both the smiling pilots and the enthusiastic kids will celebrate together the fun of flying and looking down on the land and the mighty Colorado River that flows below them.
“You haven’t seen a tree until you’ve seen its shadow from the sky.” -Amelia Earhart