Fall signals colorful seasons ahead
By Margaret Melloy Guziak
Here’s information on the photo contest we mentioned that showcases the Colorado agriculture industry.Fruita is a rural community, and there are many scenes all around us that you might try to capture with your camera. You do not have to be a professional photographer to submit a photograph, but it has to be submitted before the deadline, Dec. 31. FMHS is the only high school in School District 51 that has a FFA club, (and they are very active), so there may be many interested students who would like to enter and submit a picture taken in 2012. To get more information on this annual contest, call (303) 239-4119 or visit www.coloradoagriculture.com/aginsights for details. Remember, the prize is $150. Wouldn’t that be nice to receive in January, after the holidays?
Ah, the holidays
We all delude ourselves thinking that we can change the way we do things and not let it create stress in our life every year. There is only one way to do that and that is to remember what the holidays are all about and figure out what is important to us and what isn’t. Planning is the answer. Whether it is making our own informal to-do list in a little notebook and crossing out something you’ve done each day, and/or establishing a budget for gifts, travel and entertainment in November and December. This gives you some control of your time and your days.
There will be many church and other non-profit groups’ craft shows and fairs in November and December, and we will try to tell you about them. Committee members, remember to contact The Fruita Times early enough so that your information can be printed in the weekly calendar.
Two of the biggest and highly attended Christmas bazaars and fairs are the fair held at Holy Family School and the other bazaar held at the First United Methodist Church, downtown Grand Junction at Fifth and White Streets. Each has a different “flavor,” yet each will give you the spirit of Christmas that one needs to keep you composed and happy in the busy days ahead. They are both held in November and are big social events, so it is not too soon to write about them. We will give you the dates and times in next week’s column.
If your own church or group has one planned, be sure and let The Fruita Times, your hometown paper, know about it. There is no charge to put the info in the paper’s calendar, but your group’s publicity budget should allow you to buy an additional ad or flyer, since the newspaper is a business, not a non-profit. Call or stop in and someone in the office will be glad to help you with scheduling affordable advertising to help make your event a profitable one. With all the time and effort your members put into putting an event together, hosting merchant booths and holiday merchandise, buying an ad in the Fruita Times will be well worth the money spent.
A hunting I will go,
a hunting I will go
Hunting season has begun in Colorado. My husband and son-in-law are two of the many hunters with elk licenses in hand who will be in the high country, climbing the hills near West Divide Creek. As a former easterner, I didn’t know anything about hunting or guns until two months after I married my Midwestern husband. But I learned!
We were married in late August. Sometime in early October, Ray mentioned he would be driving up to Pennsylvania with a buddy to go hunting early Saturday morning.
“Hunting?” I puzzled. “Hunting? I never knew anybody who hunted. I thought only Pilgrims hunted, and we’re not Pilgrims. I didn’t even know you had a gun. What is it that you will be hunting for?”
“We’re going pheasant hunting, and I’ll show you my gun. My Uncle Pete and I used to hunt deer in Michigan,” he answered, shaking his head, incredulous that the city girl easterner he’d married didn’t know anything about hunting.
“Here it is,” he said proudly, showing off the rifle in his hands while assuring me that it was not loaded. “We will b e hunting pheasants and we can only shoot the male pheasants, not the female ones,” he explained, adding, “the males have the prettiest feathers anyway,” trying to educate me on the sport.
“How can you tell the male pheasants from the female pheasants?” I asked.
He looked at me with a straight face and answered, “It’s the way they wiggle their tail when they leave the ground. You have to watch for the wiggle before you decide whether you can shoot the bird or not.”
“How interesting,” I answered. “Wait until I tell the girls at the office all you’ve told me about hunting and the wiggle. Can I have some of the feathers to use for the pottery vase on my desk? I’ve seen pictures and they are so pretty.”
“Sure,” he answered, as he walked away, returning his gun to the back of our closet. Was that a half-way grin I detected as he walked away? Nah.
I will tell you Part II of my pheasant story when the hunter husband returned home Saturday evening with his dead bird.
Early ski news – make a note
If you have a fifth or sixth grader who wants to ski or snowboard this year, go to www.passport.colorado
ski.com and find out about the free program for fifth graders and low-cost for sixth graders. If your fifth grader has never skied before, they offer free lessons and equipment during January. This is new this year, so check it out and don’t miss the deadline. You can register them online.