Your Town, April 7, 2013

I offered to help my mom last fall in hauling a load of discarded items and hazardous waste to the landfill. In all the years she’s lived in the Grand Valley, she’d never been out to the landfill and was excited about the excursion we had planned.

Girl’s Day at the Landfill! Whoo-hoo.

There were numerous cans of paint and various bottles of cleaning solutions and who-knows-what that Dad had kept for years — he never threw anything away.

“I might need it some day,” he’d say. Dad passed away a year prior and it was time to go through the collection.

We stacked the hazardous waste items an old rusted metal cabinet that was loaded near the tailgate to make for easier disposal at the drop site then piled high other broken and discarded items in the truck bed. The last items to be added to the top of the pile were four large blocks of Styrofoam that had previously served as packing material for some lawn decor. We secured it all with a big blue tarp and some rope and were on our way, we thought.   

I saw the tarp rise up in the rearview mirror and two Styrofoam blocks flew out, landing on the road as we headed out of the subdivision. Park the truck, run down the road, grab the blocks. Retarp. Go half-mile, repeat. Go a little further, repeat.

The Styrofoam had sprouted wings. No matter how tightly I secured the tarp, the blocks took flight. We joked that it was Dad doing everything he could to keep us from dumping his treasures.

I lost count but it was no less than six times that we stopped, ran down the road, retrieved and retarped, the last time just before the landfill sign on U.S. Highway 50. It was then that I shoved the wayward blocks into the cab, squashed between Mom and the dashboard — she offered to hold one, dangling out the window, the rest of the way.

After dropping off the hazardous waste we headed up the hill to dump the remaining load. We climbed out of cab and Mom immediately scrunched up her nose as we went to work. I then realized, Mom wasn’t impressed with her first visit to the landfill.

Mesa County is offering a free day at the landfill from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Saturday. All waste materials entering the landfill during free day must be tarped and secured.

And, just to be on the safe side, leave Mom (and the Styrofoam) at home.

Western Slope Non-Smoking Singles, Inc. (for seniors) has planned its meetings and activities for April.

The first potluck meeting of the month will be at 1 p.m. April 13, at First Presbyterian Church, 3940 27 1/2 Road. Call Flora at 434-5277 for information.

The group will dine-out for lunch April 17, at Johnny Carino’s, 2480 U.S. Highway 6 & 50. Guests are encouraged but reservations must be made by the April 16 by calling Laveta at 434-3690.

The outside activities in April will be the attendance of BeaconFest on April 18. Those attending should meet at the front of Two Rivers Convention Center at 9:30 a.m. Call Marge at 434-0803 to assure you go as a group.

The second potluck meeting will be at 1 p.m. April 27, at First Presbyterian Church. Games follow and guests welcome — bring a friend.

Call Laveta at 434-3690 for more information.

Don’t discard your unwanted items — donate them to the Veterans Golden Age Games Team’s spring yard sale, set for 9 a.m.–3 p.m. April 20, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center parking lot, 2121 North Ave.

Take the items to the parking lot the morning of the sale, beginning at 8 a.m. Proceeds from the sale will assist team members in attending the 2013Naitonal Games May 30–June 5 in Buffalo, N.Y.

Palisade residents Jill Fasken and Anna Fasken (attending University of Wyoming) competed late last year at the Casey & Jean Brown Colorado Make it With Wool competition in Brighton.

Jill took third place in the adult division and Anna took second place in the senior division.

Eight-year-old Shyya Aleigh Montoya is a state finalist in the National American Miss Colorado Pageant that will be June 28–29, at the Marriott Denver, in Denver.

The pageants are for girls ages 4–18 and have several age divisions. Montoya will participate in the junior pre-teen age division. The winner will receive a $1,000 cash award and transportation to compete in the pageant in California. Montoya’s activities include cheer-leading, volunteering, Native American ceremonies and volleyball.

Those interested in sponsoring her can call 778-9508 for information.

Western Slope Directors of Volunteers in Agencies, an organization that promotes volunteerism in the Grand Valley, is accepting new members.

DOVIA’s mission is to “promote professionalism in the field of volunteer management, advocating for issues concerning volunteerism and to provide networking and training opportunities” for volunteer management professionals. It provides support and networking through 10 informal monthly coffees a year and five learning luncheons with discussion about specific topics related to volunteer management and opportunities to network with other volunteer managers.

Memberships are available to individuals, agencies or organizations that support the concept of volunteerism.

Call Lexi Sherwood at 241-0315, ext. 23 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.

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