LS: Your Town Column December 07, 2008

It took awhile to put the Christmas tree stand together this year as it has gotten a little bent out of shape.

It was tricky lining up and tightening the bolts on the red and green, lightweight metal, three-legged stand. A couple whacks of the hammer fixed it this time, but how many more years will it last?

Allen suggested that maybe the reason it’s bent out of shape is because the tree is so heavily laden with lights and ornaments.

This is true, but I can’t bring myself to edit the tree — like one would edit a column. You can start taking away words — or in this case ornaments and lights — but it changes the point of the story.

Our tree over the years has become a vast collection of treasured memories. Ornaments that were gifts or belonged to loved ones who have passed hang side-by-side with hand-made kindergarten projects of kids now full-grown.

Year after year, the story’s adventures continue and, in the years to come, it will only get fuller.

It’s time to get a bigger tree. 

• The tree is full and now it’s time to fill your tummy at the annual Fruita Lioness chili supper from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Fruita Police Community Room, 101 W. McCune Ave., in Fruita.
Cost is $4 for adults and $2 for ages 6-12. Under 6 eats free.

•  A reader asked me to include information about the Holiday Mail For Heroes program.
The public can send holiday cards with messages of thanks and cheer to men and women in the military, and the American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes will screen cards for hazardous materials, sort and package the cards and deliver them to military bases and hospitals, veterans hospitals and other locations during the holidays.
Address cards to: Holiday Mail For Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456. They must be postmarked by Dec. 10.

• The Colorado Patriot Guard Riders will have its Wreaths Across America ceremony at 10 a.m. Dec. 13 at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
Donations from the public purchased wreaths to decorate the cemetery.
The ceremony is at the same time as ones at Arlington National Cemetery and at 286 other cemeteries across the U.S.

• Thank your great-great-great-great- ... etc., grandfather for this.
The Museum of Western Colorado and Mount Garfield Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will present a free workshop on completing a DAR application.
The workshop is from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Loyd Files Research Library at the Museum of the West, 462 Ute Ave.
For information or to register, call 858-9016 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by Dec. 8.



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