Your Town, Oct. 31, 2010

I clearly remember the first horror movie I watched on television.

I was 8 years old and my family had traveled on a summer vacation to visit friends in Arkansas. One night during our stay, after catching fireflies in a jar, we sent the two sets of parents off to bed and my sisters and I and our friends — all girls — stayed up late in anticipation of what was to come. We spread our sleeping bags out on the living room floor and settled in to watch the late-night movie “The Thing That Couldn’t Die.”

Filmed in 1958, “The Thing That Couldn’t Die” had not only a terrifying title, but for a sheltered little girl watching her first horror movie, it had all the makings of a lifetime of remembering a “dead” guy walking around carrying his severed head by its long hair.

Needless to say, I haven’t been back to Arkansas since.

Fast forward many years later, during the summer when my youngest was 13 or 14 and he and his best friend decided to make it a scary movie summer. Their goal was to rent a horror film every night during the summer break. The scariest part of their fright-marathon though, wasn’t Jason or Freddy, it was the fact that they ate bologna sandwiches each and every day for lunch.

This year, with Halloween and the crescendo building up to Election Day, it’s truly been a scary time of year. Imagine the fright I had when I came home from work one night and saw the answering machine oozing with political robo-call messages.

Relief is on the way, have no fear. With the Election Day hubbub ending after Tuesday, we can finally get back to normal.

And that’s no bologna.

Collbran Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center participated in the town of Collbran cleanup Oct. 22 and joined an estimated four million people across the nation participating in Make a Difference Day.

During the effort, students and staff swept streets, cleaned parks, collected trash along Colorado Highway 330 and assisted the Plateau Valley Cattlewomen’s Association in cleaning the drive to Vega Reservoir.

Make a Difference Day is sponsored by USA Weekend magazine in partnership with The Points of Light Foundation.

According to a press release, the Job Corps, administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, is the nation’s oldest and largest residential job training program for young people ages 16-24. Visit for information on the program.


The public is invited to join Grand Villa Assisted Living when it will host its Dining Around the World event from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Several restaurants will provide food from different countries and $10 will get you a plate full and a drink. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.

Call 241-9706 for information.


Are you a veteran? Is your car dirty? Can it wait a just a few more days?

The Redlands Canyon View Car Wash, 2258 Broadway, will offer a free car wash to all veterans on Veterans Day as a thank you for serving our country. The offer is valid Nov. 11 only, rain or shine.

Call 985-9793, 712-1404 or 263-4144 for information.


Fiber artists — weavers, knitters, spinners and others with fiber interests — are invited to attend the monthly meeting of the Mesa Fiber Arts Guild at noon Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church, 3940 27 1/2 Road.

The program will be “Tools for Fiber Artists.”

Visit http://www.mesafiberarts for information.


The German American Club of Western Colorado will host its third Culture Series 2010 Program at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Walnut Park Apartments, near 17th Street and Walnut Avenue.

The program will feature Mary Dawn DeBriae of the Alpenschatz store in Telluride who will show a PowerPoint presentation on Switzerland and answer questions from the audience.

DeBriae frequently travels to Switzerland on buying trips. Light refreshments and drinks will be provided.

Anyone interested in the club, its activities and purpose is invited to attend.

Call president Jim Witt at 242-2657 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.


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