Let us know about your happenings
By Margaret Melloy Guziak
Anytime you think that your little city of Fruita has nothing happening here, think again. When I read any other papers, and I am a newspaper junkie so I read everything, and when I see “Fruita” mentioned, I feel that I have to find out more about the story. An example is the article on page 7 in the August issue of The Beacon.
The story is about the proposed zoo here in Fruita. Of course, I knew there was a move to establish a zoo locally, but I didn’t know until I read the article, they plan to build it in Fruita, not Grand Junction, in an 8300 square foot building next to the Colorado Visitor Center which would be a great and convenient location.
Their website is www.gvzoo
quest.org but I don’t see any mention of the proposed location on it. They do list two upcoming presentations in October and November that will be given at the campground in the James Robb State Park in Fruita. Janet Gardner is the executive director of the Grand Valley Zoological Quest, or Zoo Quest, a project that is two years old, according to the article. The article has a picture of Ms. Gardner with the rendering of the 8,300 square ft building that will house the zoo in Fruita.
Just a reminder to many other organizations, businesses, clubs or individuals out there, that if you have any Fruita news or calendar events you want mentioned, you may want to contact your Fruita paper also with the details. The readership for the paper contains lots of pictures and local, informative articles and is growing every day. They welcome you to stop in and introduce yourself and meet their staff. Because the Fruita Times is a weekly paper, make sure your information is provided timely to the Fruita Times by phone, by email, by mail, or by stopping in to the newspaper office downtown on Aspen. They can give you the cut-off dates for the printing of each paper so you can prepare your press releases around that.
We are noticing many local businesses or organizations advertising in other media, and that is fine. But, don’t forget to include in your advertising budgets your hometown paper, the Fruita Times. You may be surprised how many local club members you will reach through your ads or flyers here.
A big thank you
Some have emailed me or stopped me in church or in a store to tell me that they read my column every week and have enjoyed it. That is so nice of you. Every freelance writer wonders if anyone is reading it and what their reaction is. And I love it when someone tells me about something and asks if I can include it in a future column. So let me hear from you. Simply email the Fruita Times about the subject, include your phone number and I will get back to you. Remember, I don’t do politics in my column.
Speaking of politics
Can we keep the Fruita Fall Festival free of political statements and the upcoming election? We all need to escape the barrage of ads we see every day on our TVs from both parties. Please don’t include them in the parade. This is an annual festival and parade to celebrate the bountiful harvest we are privileged to have enjoyed in our local community. I hope the Chamber of Commerce will monitor this and keep the parade and the festival pure of politics. Don’t you agree that “enough is enough” already? If you do, let the Chamber know this.
Grand marshal nominees
needed for Fall Fest
I think one or more of the wonderful ladies who tirelessly and cheerfully work as volunteers at the Thrift Shop should have that title of grand marshal. One example is sweet Marilyn, whom I chatted with while we were shopping at the Farmers Market a week ago. She has recovered from her surgery, is getting along fine, and after a planned gaming trip with her friends to Wendover, Nevada, she will be back working on Wednesday mornings at the Thrift Shop’s counter by the end of August. Perhaps the ladies group will want to vote for one or two of their members to represent them in the parade. They are all local heroes.
Farmers market the place
to be Saturday mornings
If you haven’t yet gone downtown to shop, you are missing something. Personally, I think shopping for groceries is so boring. But shopping downtown in the open air, with live music from the sound stage delighting your ears, while you stroll the sidewalk or cut across the lush green grass heading to your favorite farmer’s stand, is fun and not boring. You always see so many people that you know. And the produce looks fresh and alive like it looks in the magazines because, many times, it has just been picked that morning or the evening before.
And there are crafters there also. Check out what they are making. You will see a variety of things that just might be the perfect, summer birthday or hostess gift you are looking for.
I’m no cook. My family will all agree to that. But who can’t make a side dish that looks so good and is sooo healthy using fresh green peppers, onions and zucchini sautéed quickly in a hot fry pan holding a splash of olive oil? Add some cut up, ripe red tomatoes (aren’t they delicious this year?) at the last minute. When cooked, put all in a microwaveable shallow casserole dish, add shredded cheese on top, and pop the dish into the microwave to melt the cheese before serving.
Our local celebrity
Peggy Malone emailed me that she has been nominated by the Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame in one of their girl singer categories. She and husband, Billy, are going over the mountain to Commerce City next weekend to the awards ceremony. Modestly, she wrote that she “didn’t expect to win’ because there are other good singers she will be competing against. Gov. Hickenlooper has declared the week of Aug 19-25 to be Colorado Country Music Week. We will tell you how Peggy made out in a future column.