LS: Your Town Column January 11, 2009

Now is not the time to worry about global warming — especially with 5 inches of ice and snow still piled up on the north side of the house.

With just a touch of envy, I raise an overworked snow shovel in salute to my well-
deserving sister, who at this writing is on board a cruise ship preparing to embark on a weeklong, sun drenched tour of the Eastern Caribbean islands.

I can guarantee you that this week she will have forgotten all about window scrapers, double layers of socks, mittens and flannel jammies.

She’ll don sandals, Bermuda shorts and sleeveless tops while the rest of us add layer after layer to stave of the chill of the single digit temps.

She’ll lounge pool side with a book in one hand and a tropical drink adorned with a colorful paper umbrella in the other, palm trees swaying above emerald green ocean waves. 


Bon voyage!

I just zapped some hot chocolate in the microwave and put on another sweat shirt. All I need to make it perfect is a paper umbrella to float among the mini-marshmallows.

•  Sure there’s still 5 inches of snow to melt and more on the way, but now is the time to be thinking of your summer gardens.
Seed catalogs will be the focus of The Organic Gardening Group’s meeting at 2 p.m. today at the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens Children’s Library, 654 Struthers Ave. Take you favorite seed catalogs and swap ideas about gardening plans.
Call Marian at 255-0417 for information.

•  The Western Colorado Travelers Chapter of the Good Sams will have a potluck and installation of new officers at its noon meeting Jan. 14 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3981, 503 1/4 Florence.
It’s also white elephant auction time!
Call 464-7411 or 245-8425 for information.

•  The Messiah Choral Society of Grand Junction is gearing up for its Easter Sunday presentation of Handel’s Messiah and will begin weekly rehearsals from 2 to 4 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church, 522 White Ave.
Practices will be each Sunday until the free performance April 12.
The group is issuing a call for singers who would like to be a part of the production, now in its fifth year. Young, old, individuals and families are invited to sing.
For more information call 245-4914 or go to


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