Your Town, Sept. 9, 2012

Mmmm. The smell of barbecue is still in lingering in the air, hours after the Colorado Pork and Hops barbecue competition and festival has ended.

There’s no doubt we like our food and drink celebrations. Seems like we just cleared the table and are marking the calendar for the next event. On the horizon is the sipping at the Colorado Mountain Winefest, Sept. 15, in Riverbend Park in Palisade; traditional Greek food to tickle our taste buds, at the Greek Festival, Sept. 22, at the Greek Orthodox Church; the Plateau Valley 4-H Group annual Color Sunday turkey dinner, Sept. 30, at the Mesa Community Center, in Mesa; German dishes and beer at Oktoberfest on Oct. 6; the Empty Bowls soup fundraiser Oct. 13, at Catholic Outreach ... the list is endless, it seems.

Pull up a chair, grab a plate/fork/spoon/napkin/glass/stein or all of the above, and enjoy fall’s bounty.

Several area Boy Scouts have earned their Eagle rank this summer: Adam Bodrogi, Troop 225, Department of Wildlife shooting range restoration; Jaden Cowley, Team 481, two dugout covers, Bill Heddles Recreation Center; and Derek Winstanley, Crew 384, Grand Valley Audubon Society outdoor classroom.

Also Dario Georgiou, Troop 144, clearing and restoring four-wheeler trails for U.S. Forest Service; David Miller, Troop 172, rest area shelter; Tate Hegstrom, Troop 303, painting at Catholic Outreach Soup Kitchen; and Chad Schilt, Troop 223, planter box restoration for the veterans home in Rifle.

Sixty years ago, the average cost of new house was $9,050; average wages per year were $3,850; the average cost of a new car was $1,700; and it only took 20 cents per gallon to fill it up the gas tank.

That same year, the Grand Junction High School class of 1952 turned its collective tassel and headed out into the world.

A time of reflection and reminiscing will happen during the GJHS class of 1952’s 60th reunion, taking place Sept. 26–27.

A mixer will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Clarion Inn, 755 Horizon Drive, and a picnic will be at noon Sept. 27 at Long’s Family Park, at the Grand Mesa Shelter.

Edward Jones Investments will be the collection points for food and nonperishable items that will be donated to the Western Slope Food Bank of the Rockies.

Eleven branches from Palisade, Clifton, Grand Junction and Fruita will participate with barrels to collect nonperishable canned and boxed goods, paper products, personal care items and kid-friendly foods. Pet food is also needed.

The food drive will continue through September.

Call Jim Roland at 245-4869 for more information.

The Western Slope Non-smoking Singles for Seniors has planned events for September.

Members will have a dine-out at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 19, at Village Inn on Horizon Drive. Reservations must be called in to Berdeen at 245-6172 by Sept. 17.

A potluck will be at 6 p.m. Sept. 22 at First Presbyterian Church, 3940 27 1/2 Road. Attorney Annie Murphy will speak on “Peace with Justice.” Call Marge at 434-0803 for information.

On Sept. 30, members will carpool over the Grand Mesa to Cedaredge. Lunch will be in Mesa at the Color Sunday dinner at the Mesa Community Center, followed by a stop in Cedaredge at Pioneer Village.

Call Laveta Kay at 434-3690 for more information.

It’s a zoo out there, so this week, we’re shining the spotlight on the Grand Valley Zoological Quest.

According to the organization’s summarysubmitted in July, GVZQ is a “for impact organization which seeks to create the only educational zoological center located on the Western Slope of Colorado. Its goal is to have a positive impact on the community by improving the economic base through tourist development education and enhancement of the valley’s lifestyle.”

The non-profit organization is devoted to education, research and conservation of exhibited species as well as the entertainment and enrichment to those who visit, with plans to build the Grand Valley Zoological Nature Center in Fruita, the bio said.

This is not just a dream, the organization says — it is becoming a reality.

Since 2011, ZooQuest has raised funds dedicated to purchasing an 8,000 square foot building for phase one of the entire zoo project.

This is a “Community Zoo,” said founder Janet Gardner, of the effort. The board of directors, Zoo Crew volunteers, business sponsors and construction companies are all from the Grand Valley.

Gardner cares so much for animals, the organization says, that she wanted her hometown community to have a zoo — not just an ordinary zoo of contained animals for people to admire and forget, but an education zoological center on the Western Slope of Colorado.

Learn more by calling 712-6910 or visit http://www.gvzooquest.org.

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