Briefs: Your Town Aug. 02, 2009

We’ve had a change at The Daily Sentinel.

The paper has been purchased by Grand Junction Media Inc., and the executive vice president, Jay Seaton, has relocated to the area from Missouri.

For those of us at The Daily Sentinel, the transition is kind of like buying a new pair of shoes.

The everyday comfy shoes you’ve worn for a number of years have seen better days and you know it’s time to get a new pair. The tread is worn from constant use, the holes can no longer be covered with duct tape, and the laces are frayed and knotted.

So, you set out in search of a new pair, visiting a number of shoe stores and hoping to find the same pair you had, only newer, and willing to give you comfort in the years to come.

You finally locate a pair in your size, open the box, pull back the tissue paper and realize it’s just what you’re looking for — bright white laces, soles that have yet to be smudged with dirt or scuffed from wear. You remove the old comfy pair and set them aside, carefully lace up the new ones, and try them on.


You walk on the carpet — slow lengthy strides, short quick strides — and then look in the mirror.

Yep, these will do.

Welcome Mr. Seaton and Grand Junction Media Inc.

You’re a great fit.

Once upon a time ... the end.

• Not a very captivating story is it? It’s how you fill in the ellipsis (the little three dots), that makes or breaks a story.
The Mesa County Spellbinders will soon be working their magic by telling stories in more than 375 classrooms in 34 schools. Listening to a live storyteller benefits the children in a number of ways and telling stories to the kids enriches the lives of the volunteer Spellbinders.
You can learn to be a storyteller at Spellbinders training sessions from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 20, 25, 27 and Sept. 10.
Call 243-7303 for more information.

• The Palisade High School class of 1959 will have a reunion barbecue at 1 p.m. Aug. 15 at a park in Palisade.
Cost is $15 per person and anyone who would like to join the barbecue is welcome.
Mail checks to Merrilyn Kay (Decker) Simpkins, 677 38 1/4 Road, Palisade, by Wednesday.
Call Peggy Cherry at 260-5923 for more information.

Fig trees in Grand Junction? You betcha.

• The Organic Gardening Group will meet at 2 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens children’s library, 654 Struthers Ave.
The group will meet in the parking lot, then take a short drive to an organic garden for a tour. Check out the fig tree, jujube tree and bamboo, along with more usual vegetables and the hulless-seed pumpkins.
New gardeners and seasoned gardeners are welcome to attend and share questions and answers about local organic gardening.
Call Marian at 255-0417 for information.

• Although it’s a few weeks away, now is the time to stock up on the purchase of items to donate to Military Families of America, who will have a fundraising event Aug. 22 so they can collect items for care packages that will be sent to troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The organization will be collecting snacks, personal care items and money for postage. Specific items are baby wipes, hand sanitizer, foot powder, soap, shampoo, roll-on deodorant, tooth paste and toothbrushes, Q-tips, disposable razors, Chapstick, eye drops, sun screen, powder drink mix, instant noodle meals, granola and energy bars, nuts and snack mix, microwave popcorn, crackers and tuna snacks, beef jerky, hard candy, and gum.
Call 623-0146 for information.

The deadline looms.

Wednesday is the deadline to submit club and organization information for inclusion in the 2009 Answer Book. Send the club name, contact telephone number, e-mail address or Web site, and a short description of the club by e-mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); fax 244-8578; drop off at 734 S. Seventh St.; or mail to P.O. Box 668, Grand Junction 81502.
The Answer Book publishes Aug. 23 and will be available online for a year.

Submit your Planner and community news items by e-mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), by fax at 244-8578, or by mail to P.O. Box 668, Grand Junction, CO, 81502. Items to be considered for Your Town should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.


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