It’s party time
Oh so many reasons to celebrate & appreciate this season
By Margaret Melloy Guziak -
The local Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 800, based at Mack Mesa Airport, held their Christmas luncheon and monthly meeting at Judy’s Restaurant on Saturday morning, Dec. 8. New officers were elected and Syndi will retain her post as Young Eagles Coordinator for 2013. The next Young Eagles Day is April 20. Pre-registration is recommended as they expect to have even more than the 83 kids they flew free for September’s Young Eagle Day. Children ages 8 – 17 are eligible to fly with the pilots from Mack Mesa Airport. Go to www.eaa800.org to read about this international organization, the Experimental Aircraft Association, and to register your child online for a free flight to see their world from the air, and perhaps consider an aviation career.
Judy’s Restaurant was a perfect place in the meeting room to hold their holiday luncheon. The local club Chapter 800 has expanded and continues to grow, plus many of the members brought their wives and children. Good food, good company, and an overall good place to meet. We were served with dinner plates and hot bowls of delicious “comfort food”, ordered off the menu by everyone and served by fun waitresses.
Mesa County Search & Rescue Volunteers met the challenge on Thanksgiving Day of finding a lost woman who was suffering from Alzheimer’s, who had walked away alone from her home on Glade Park. When notified, the available searchers left their own homes on Thanksgiving morning to take on this mission that was life-threatening for her because of the impending cold weather and rough terrain up on the Park. Hikers, bikers, ATV riders, riders on horseback, and searchers in helicopter all participated in a coordinated search that proved successful the next morning. Her family expressed their heartfelt appreciation on TV and in the newspapers to the Search & Rescue crew who had saved her.
We are so lucky to have a group like this in our community. We know personally one of the members and we are proud of him but respect his privacy by not mentioning his name. Information about qualifications, training and volunteering can be found at the Mesa County Sheriff’s website or applications can be picked up at Sheriff’s office at 215 Rice St. Call Todd Holmes at Sheriff’s office at 970-250-6373 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org soon. Classes start Feb. 7 and will last 10 weeks on Thursday evenings and every other Saturday. Deadline to apply for membership is Jan. 1.
Have yourself a Cowboy Christmas
Bar-D Wranglers cowboy show, Jubilee Christmas, was held at the Avalon theatre in downtown Grand Junction on Saturday, Dec. 17. To an almost full house, the four Durango cowboy musicians treated the audience to Christmas carols and some old-time, fun Christmas songs, like “It’s a Holly, Jolly Christmas” and “Santa Claus is coming to Town”. If you didn’t have the Christmas spirit before the show, you got it Saturday night when the Wranglers led the entire audience in singing “Silent Night”. How beautiful it was to sing of Christ’s birth with others in this old, historic theater in downtown Grand Junction. And the fiddle has always been my favorite instrument!
“Alas for those that never sing, but die with all their music in them.”
(Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., American poet, writer and physician)
Another way to celebrate New Year’s Eve
An early New Year’s Eve Benefit Dance and Silent Auction at Sacred Heart Hall will be held on Dec. 31 from 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. to raise money toward the building of the new church. The JLJ Trio will be playing and entertaining the guests at this non-alcoholic party. Babysitting is available to guests. Appetizers, desserts, punch, coffee and tea will be served. Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased after the 5 p.m. Mass on Saturday, Dec. 29 and after the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. mass on Sunday morning, Dec. 30. One of the musicians, Larry Archuleta, is a member of the Alternative Fundraising Committee (AFC) of the church, and chairman of the New Year’s Eve party.
The Alternative Fundraising Committee (AFC) of Sacred Heart is a group of parishioners who have been meeting and are in the planning stage of scheduling other future fund-raising events throughout the New Year 2013. Among those being discussed are yard sales, craft shows, a 5K race, a bicycle event, a raffle, a women’s dessert Saturday afternoon tea combined with the sale of pre-owned purses and costume jewelry, a golfing event, chili dinners, other dances, and more. When the final planning has been completed, all the events will be open to the public and posted in “The Fruita Times, so consider subscribing to get your own copy every Thursday to read what is happening in town.
The new year 2013 is almost here
I’d like to share some of my mother’s Irish sayings for the New Year: A little, fun limerick she learned from my Irish grandmother and used to recite to us was, “There’s nothing so bad that it couldn’t be worse, from the day you are born ‘till you ride in a hearse.” Another sobering quote she’d tell us was, “It’s a great life if you don’t weaken.” That is so true and a saying for all of us to remember when something gets us down.
And I read an Irish proverb recently that refers to the New Year. It reads, “In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, but never in want.” That would be a good toast.
Welcome our new chamber director into the new year
Shauna Davies has been appointed the Fruita Chamber of Commerce director and we congratulate her. After the holidays, we will chat with Shauna about some Chamber plans for the New Year 2013. She is someone many of us have known for years and we are sure that this smart and pretty lady will be great in this challenging job. Watch the membership grow under her leadership.
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!