Your Town, April 28, 2013

“What’s in a Word” is one of my favorite blogs on our website,

The column is written by Daily Sentinel Newspaper in Education coordinator/writer Debra Dobbins, who takes us on a journey through language as she explores the meaning and etymology of words found in the newspaper.

In a recent post at, Dobbins examines the word “intuition,” noting its root words, giving a definition, and adding a tidbit from her mother about Christian apologist C.S. Lewis, plus a favorite quote.

Today, inspired by the “What’s in a Word” blog, I’d like to attempt my own version of exploring the meaning of the word “maybe,” with the help of and my own made-up thoughts.

May·be. It’s origin: 1375–1425; late Middle English “may be,” short for “it may be.”

As an adverb it means “perhaps or possibly.” 

Used in a sentence: “Maybe the weather will be nice this weekend.”

As a noun: “it’s a possibility or uncertainty.”

And here’s where I throw in my two cents.

The month of May is only a few days away. Having experienced the extremes of this past month — warm, cold, snow, sun, heater, A/C — I feel that we need to be a bit more demanding in what we expect in the coming month. I’ve put away my winter wardrobe, stacked the boots on the top shelf, and put my open-toed shoes out — front and center.


Used in a sentence, I say: “May — be kind to us, please?”

Two members of The Horizon-Sunrise Rotary Club, Miquette Gerber and Lindsay Keller, both of Grand Junction, traveled in March to Swaziland and South Africa participating in a volunteer humanitarian trip.

The trip, sponsored by the nonprofit Medicine Arm-In-Arm, included a weeklong pediatric dental clinic in which 550 Swazi children were treated. A total of 2,259 dental procedures were performed with an average of 4.1 procedures per child.

Gerber, Keller and Dr. Scott Vandusen, a Grand Junction dentist, met with an international team of dentists and medical professionals supported by the Rotary Club of Mbabne Mbuluzi in Swaziland and the Rotary Club of Dundee in South Africa.

The Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society will have its annual walk Saturday at Canyon View Park, 750 24 Road.

The walk features a 1.5 mile or 3-mile route that follows the path around Canyon View Park. 
  Registration opens at 
7:30 a.m. and the walk starts at 9:30 a.m.

There will be music, breakfast, massages and a photo booth.

Cost is a suggested minimum fundraising of $50 and a minimum of $100 fundraising to receive a Walk MS T-shirt.

Visit or call 263-4393 for information.

The Rotary Club of Grand Junction will present $3,750 to local charities and community nonprofit organizations at its noon meeting Wednesday.

The donations are part of the Rotary Club’s “Robin Hood” program that awards grants to local nonprofit organizations through an application process.

Organizations receiving checks are the Boy Scouts, $1,000; Western Slope Center for Children, $1,000; Holy Family Catholic School, $750; and The Parenting Place of Western Colorado, $1,000.

Grand Valley residents Rachel Stahl and Kaitlin Duran are finalists for Colorado’s 32nd annual Homecoming Queen selection that will take place today in Golden.

Stahl is the Grand Junction High School homecoming queen, and Duran is the Fruita Monument High School homecoming queen.

The Colorado 2013 Homecoming Queen will receive a cash scholarship plus an all-expense paid trip to the national finals to compete with queens from other states for America’s Homecoming Queen.

Visit http://www.americas and vote for “Colorado’s favorite homecoming queen.”

Healing Hearts, a new eight-week grief group offered by Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, will begin Tuesday.

The group is ideal for working professionals or caregivers who cannot get away during the day and is meant to help individuals explore their feelings while connecting them with a group of caring people who are facing similar experiences.

Meetings will be from 6:30–7:30 p.m. Tuesdays for eight weeks.

For information or to register, call 248-8844 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Great Old Broads for Wilderness will sponsor a run through the rapids and a float of the flat of Desolation and Gray canyons June 3–7. The group seeks participants interested in the adventure, led by Holiday River Expeditions.

Great Old Broads for Wilderness is a national, nonprofit organization that inspires and engages the activism of elders to preserve and protect wilderness and wild, a news release said.

With more than 4,500 members and supporters across the nation, Broads represents and gives voice to the millions of older Americans who want to see their public lands protected for future generations. You do not have to be female or old — or even great, the release said, but you must be bold for wilderness.

The trip will leave from Green River, Utah. Cost includes a shuttle flight, BLM permit fees, equipment, meals and guides. A portion of the $1,190 fee is tax-deductible.

Call 800-624-6323 for reservations or visit for information.

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