Your Town, April 19, 2013
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. Only three days left on the School District 51 traditional calendar.
Come Thursday, school is out for the summer (go ahead, sing along with me in your best Alice Cooper voice).
No more pencils, no more books, no more teacher’s dirty looks.
Congratulations to all the graduating seniors in the Grand Valley this past week, as well as those who received diplomas from Colorado Mesa University on Saturday. It’s exciting to finish school with opportunities and adventures ahead, but it can also be a bit intimidating.
Just think of it as a brand new coloring book and a fresh new box of crayons. The sky’s the limit. You can color within the lines or boldly step out and create your design for your future.
Good luck, good wishes, and may all your dreams come true.
Grand Mesa Chorus, Sweet Adelines International has welcomed returning members Laura Nielson and Cande Copeland to their places on the risers.
Nielson (tenor) — a busy mother of three — returns to the group after several years devoted to family time.
“My oldest is now married, my middle one is getting ready for college, and my baby is starting high school next fall. It is a good time to renew my membership and have some fun,” she said in a news release.
After an eight-year absence, Copeland (bass) is now enjoying retirement, and says “now that I’m retired, I just can’t stay away.”
Megan Levine was named Sweet Adeline of the Year during the Grand Mesa Chorus annual recognition awards event April 30. Other awards given were the MOMS Award to Mary Lou Kelly; the Florence Kiefer Participation Award to Sandy Olson; the Music Award to Copeland; the President’s Award to Sigri Brundridge and Sue Chapman; and the Directors Award to Robin Cox.
Four members were presented with International Membership Year Pins. Ruth Levine and Nielson received their five-year pins, Linda Barker her 10-year pin, and chorus director, Tammy Schler, her 30-year pin. New chorus officers were installed for the 2013 year: Bette Lowenstein, team leader; Marcia Borgen, finance manager; Chapman, communications manager; Ruth Levine, secretarial manager; Megan Levine, fundraising manager; Sharon Madson, travel and special events manager; and Colette Mayers, music education coordinator.
Visit grandmesachorus.org for information on the chorus.
Terri Potente of Fruita was named the state president of AARP Colorado, the highest position a volunteer can hold in the states for AARP.
Prior to accepting her new post, Potente had been a member of the AARP Colorado Executive Council for five years. She has been instrumental in educating the public about Social Security and Medicare and has visited Washington, D.C., to address Colorado’s delegation in Congress as well as appearing as an AARP spokeswomen in a number of media.
Potente joined Mesa County RSVP in 2000 as its recruitment manager and retired from the organization in 2006. She was then appointed to the RSVP board of directors and served as president for four years. She remains a member of the board.
Mesa County RSVP’s first fundraising raffle is underway, featuring chances to win a new 7-foot Thomas Aaron pool table, donated by Western Slope Billiards Services or a 42-inch LG LED Cinema 3D big-screen TV, donated by U.S. Tech.
Tickets are $5 each or three for $10 and are available at the RSVP Mesa County office, or from RSVP staff and board members. The drawing will be at 4 p.m. July 9. You must be 18 or older to buy raffle tickets and need not be present to win.
Call 243-9839 for information.
Vestafjell Lodge of Sons of Norway will meet at 2 p.m. today, at All Saint’s Lutheran Church, 20101 Deer Creek Road in Cory, west off Colorado Highway 65 (look for the Norwegian flag in the church parking lot).
Elmer and Brandy Ferganchick of Eckert will present a program with several of their prized award-winning Norwegian Fjord horses. These horses are a small, light-draft horse from the mountainous regions of Norway. They have an authenticated history of pure breeding for hundreds of years and are unique among horses.
The group will also celebrate American Mother’s Day (May 12) and Syttende Mai, Norway’s Constitution Day (May 17). Take a dish for the potluck Koldtbord meal that will feature small open-faced Scandinavian sandwiches, sides and desserts.
Call Barb at 245-5649 or Jenifer, 874-4604 or visit http://www.vestafjelllodge.org for information.
HEARTBEAT/Survivors After Suicide continues to meet at 7 p.m., the third Tuesday of each month, at the Miller Homestead, 3090 N. 12th St., offering support to those affected by a suicide.
Call 985-4551 or 243-2467 for information.
The American Legion Cotten/Lynch Post 190 in Crawford will lead a Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. May 26 at the Crawford Cemetery.
The annual roast beef dinner will follow from 11:30 a.m.—2:30 p.m, at the Crawford Methodist Church annex. The Fruitland Mesa Club will prepare and serve the Homestead beef dinner, assisted by the Needlerock Club.
Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for ages younger than 12.
Fruitland Mesa Club will sell handmade crafts and other items in the church yard during the event.
Call 399-7565 for information.