Your Town, April 13, 2014

Last summer, one of our indoor cats slipped out the back sliding glass door while we were entertaining some friends.

It wasn’t until later that evening, after hearing the blood-curdling “yeeeeyooooow” in that back yard, that we realized Ollie was missing — and, from the sounds of the wild cry — in distress.

Allen and my son, Kevin, ran out, surveying the dark landscape, and immediately returned for a flashlight. Kevin, standing on an old, rickety park bench that served as a plant stand, had spotted the howling and hissing cat, which, despite being de-clawed, managed to scale the 6-foot vinyl fence and was in our neighbor’s yard to the west, in a heated confrontation with another cat.

Using the park bench as a springboard, Kevin hoisted himself up and over the vinyl fence, causing the frail bench to collapse under the weight and fold like an accordion to the ground. He quickly located the battling felines, tore Ollie away from the equally hissing opponent, and handed him — spitting mad and biting — back over the fence to Allen.

It took several hours for Ollie’s wild frenzy to calm, and for us to stop Allen’s bleeding, but thankfully, the cat was back home and safe inside where he belonged.

My beloved park bench, however was not so fortunate as it was crumpled in a pile, the frame bent and twisted. With sadness, I dragged the mangled mess to the side of the house, where it slowly baked in the scorching summer heat, then lay buried in winter’s snow and cold, anticipating the arrival of spring cleaning.

Last weekend, I removed the sides and the slats from the bench frame for easier carrying and, along with various shrubbery trimmings and miscellaneous junk, piled the pieces near the curb. Within minutes, the dilapidated, rusted, warped and splintery eyesore had been plucked from the pile — quicker than its untimely demise while saving a misplaced cat.

It’s funny how a worthless heap of rubbish can magically transform into another’s precious diamond, once it’s free for the taking.

You know, one man’s junk ...

The Colorado Mesa University Ambassadors will host a donation drive for Discover Goodwill and invites the public to clean out closets and de-clutter their homes in the effort.

Donations of gently used items will be collected from 5–8 p.m. April 23–25 and 8 a.m. to
4 p.m. April 26, at Albertsons on 12th Street. Tax receipts will be available.

Visit for more information.

Intersections: A Gathering, an opportunity for Grand Junction High School alumni and friends to connect, will meet from 5:30–7:30 p.m. Thursday at Meadlowlark Gardens Center, 2259 Broadway.

The program, from 6 to 7 p.m., will be a conversation about the intersection of stories and themes in “Monument Road” with the author, Charlie Quimby.

Wine, non-alcoholic beverages and appetizers will be served.

Trout Unlimited will have its monthly meeting Thursday at the Holiday Inn, 2751 Crossroads Blvd.

The program features Lori Martin, of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, presenting on the Grand Mesa and other fisheries.

Optional dinner will be at 5:30 p.m. and the program at 6:45 p.m.

Call 210-7941 for information.

Grand Mesa Back Country Horsemen will work with the Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado April 26–27, in an effort to restore trails at McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area.

The popular trail system hosts thousands of visitors every year, resulting in overuse. Social trails and erosion issues plague the trail system. Volunteers will work to revegetate and close social trails as well as install drainage and erosion control structures.

Meals will be provided. For an accurate participant count, RSVP by calling 242-8962.

Montrose Historical Museum, at Main Street and Rio Grande Avenue in Montrose, is accepting donations for its annual yard sale from
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 25–26. 

Appliances, electronics or clothing will not be accepted, but everything else is welcome.

Call Sally at 249-2085 for drop off times and information.

The Grand Junction Geological Society will meet with Colorado Mesa University Geology Students at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Saccomanno Lecture Hall, Wubben Science Building, at CMU.

Fred Mark, a geologist and farmer from Hotchkiss, will present “Hunting, Fishing, Eco-Tourism and Unconventional Gas Production on the Vermejo Park Ranch, Raton Basin, New Mexico.”

Guests are welcome. Call 242-9062 for information.

The Western Colorado Aids Project is inviting the public to participate in its Dine Out for Life fundraiser on April 24 at participating restaurants.

A portion of restaurant sales in Mesa and Delta counties will support the Western Colorado AIDS Project’s life-saving services for area residents living with HIV/AIDS. Proceeds help men, women and families affected by HIV and AIDS in the 22 counties of Western Colorado.

A list of participating restaurants is online at

Visit or call 243-2437 for information.

ANB Bank will host its seventh annual Egg-Stravagana, to benefit the Western Slope Division of the March of Dimes, at 4 p.m. Thursday in the bank branch parking lot at 12th Street and Patterson Road.

Several ANB Bank employees and community leaders have volunteered to be egged to benefit the organization, which seeks to prevent premature babies. Eggers can donate a minimum of $5 to smash an egg on their chosen victim, or for $50 they can dump a bowl of cake batter on the volunteer’s head.

Call Terri Jones at 812-1736 for information.

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