Your Town, April 6, 2014

“Tammy, have you ever driven the Grand Army of the Republic Highway?” asked Daily Sentinel photographer Dean Humphrey, earlier last week.

He was at his desk, studying a Google map on his computer screen as I walked by.

The highway name sounded familiar and, as the wheels spun in my head trying to recall its location, it donned on me that it was April Fool’s Day and it might very well be a trick question.

“I ... believe ... I ... have,” I said slowly, still trying to remember the highway’s location.

“And, what did you think of it?” he asked, smirking.

Darn it, he’s got me, I thought, unable to place it.

“It’s ... a lovely drive?” I answered, more a question than a reply, conceding I had no idea where it was. One glance at his computer screen and I knew I’d driven that “highway” many times. 

Grand Army of the Republic Highway is also known as U.S. Highway 6. The local stretch is what we affectionately call North Avenue.

Curious, I did some Googling of my own and learned the route was originally called Roosevelt Highway and later named Grand Army of the Republic Highway, after an American Civil War veterans association. The highway was previously a main route running east-northeast from Bishop, Calif., to Provincetown, Mass., and, from 1936–64, U.S. Highway 6 was the longest highway in the country. Because it’s now pieced together from other routes, it no longer serves as a major transcontinental corridor.

A small portion of that historic highway — North Avenue — has for years been the subject of efforts to revitalize and re-energize its character. The ongoing dream is to breathe new life into the tired corridor, recharging the landmark and returning it to its once-thriving presence. 

It is a lovely drive, in progress.

The Pro Second Amendment Committee announced the winners of its 24th annual essay contest at a banquet Saturday night.

With the topic of the right to bear arms, it was the most successful essay contest participation in 24 years, a news release said. Winners received cash prizes and gift certificates.

■ High school: Kyle Propst, 10th grade, Mesa Valley Vision, $300.

■ Middle school: Torey Travis, eighth grade, Caprock Academy, $200; Adrienne Propst, seventh grade, Mesa Valley Vision, $100; and Felicity Propst, sixth grade, Mesa Valley Vision, $50.

■ Elementary school: Preston Propst, third grade, Mesa Valley Vision, $100; and Isaiah Newbury, second grade, Bookcliff Christian School, $50.

Mount Garfield Daughters of the American Revolution will have its monthly meeting at 1 p.m. Saturday, at the Whitman Educational Center, 248 S. Fourth St.

Guest speaker Marci Kimminau, State Regent, Colorado State Society, NSDAR, will present. The agenda includes the presentation of the Community Service Award to Trula Mays for her involvement at the Pregnancy Center.

Call Mary McFarlin at 242-7074 for information.

Grand Mesa Back Country Horsemen will have its monthly trail ride Saturday, in Main Canyon of the Little Bookcliffs, with access from the Cameo exit, on Interstate 70.

Members and nonmembers are welcome. Riders should meet at the trail head at 10 a.m., ready to ride at 10:30 a.m. Call trail boss Penny Ackerman at 242-8860 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to register.

Bob Silbernagel, author and former Daily Sentinel editorial page editor, will lecture on Western Colorado’s Oil Shale Boom and Black Sunday from 7–9 p.m. Thursday at the Whitman Educational Center, 248 S. Fourth St.

The lecture is part of the Changing Landscapes of Science series, sponsored by the John McConnell Math & Science Center and Museum of Western Colorado.

Cost is $5 for students or members of the Math & Science Center or the museum and $10 for nonmembers.

Call 254-1626 for information.

Guest presenter Helen Kearney from Golden will be featured at the Sunset Slope Quilters meeting at 8:45 a.m. Thursday, at American Lutheran Church, 631 26 1/2 Road.

“Quilts, What Slave and Former Slaves Said” features narratives and antique quilts made by slaves in American history.

Visit sunsetslopequilters.com for information.

Members of the Shimmy Mob of Western Colorado will host a yard sale from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. April 12 and 8 a.m.–noon April 13, at 2065 Corral de Terra Drive, to benefit domestic violence causes and Hilltop’s Latimer House.

The group is seeking donations of pre-priced, clean and saleable goods. To donate items, call Jan Stanko at 250-8700 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The Veterans Golden Age Games Team yard sale will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 2121 North Ave.

Donations of items for the sale will be accepted at 8 the morning of the sale. Proceeds will assist team members in attending the Veterans Golden Age Games later this year.

Call Emma at 245-6175 for information.

Krumkake, rosettes and sandbakkels will be abundant at the next meeting of the Sons of Norway, Vestafjell Lodge, at 2 p.m. April 13 at Zion Lutheran Church, 701 S. Junction Ave. in Montrose.

The Cookie Monster would have a field day.

Participants can practice Scandinavian culinary skills as demonstrations by master chefs on “Making Traditional Norweigina Cookies” will be followed by hands-on cookie making.

Take a dish to share.

Need a ride or information? Call Ron or Sallie at 241-2094 or Barb at 245-5649, or visit vestafjelllodge.org.

Submit your Planner and community news items by email 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.


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