Your Town Column May 24, 2009

The meaning of Memorial Day and its three-day weekend has become a bit muddled.

Some see it as three glorious days of Junior College baseball and diets of ball park hot dogs and funnel cakes.

Others look forward to firing up the backyard barbecue and inviting everyone they know over for mouth-watering, fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs, chunky potato salad, simmering baked beans and juice watermelon slices.

Burp.

What better time to build a new deck or start home projects. You want to paint the house?

Folks from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center have asked us to remind the public about the National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. Memorial Day.

The VA’s release said that the remembrance was started when children touring the nation’s capital were asked what Memorial Day means. They responded, “That’s the day the pool opens.”

A Gallup Poll has revealed that only 28 percent of Americans know the meaning of this noble holiday.

The National Moment of Remembrance, established by Congress, asks Americans wherever they are at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day to pause in an act of national unity for one minute.

The 3 p.m. time was chosen because it is the time when most Americans are enjoying their freedoms on the national holiday.

Check out http://www.remember.gov/MomentofRemembrance/tabid/54/Default.aspx for information.

Enjoy your day and ... remember.

• With permission from the city of Grand Junction, CCPI Paranormal Investigations has officially adopted the Grand Junction Potter’s Field Cemetery on 26 3/8 Road and has scheduled the second phase of cleanup beginning at 8 a.m. today.
According to a release from CCPI, the adoption came after the team discovered a grave while walking through the cemetery in April. There was no maker or other indication that a grave was there, and an animal had begun to bring pieces of the casket to the surface. CCCI adopted the cemetery and will maintain it by removing trash, weeds and other debris and making necessary repairs to the fence and markers.
The organization also plans to research who may be buried there. There are eight individuals listed as buried at the cemetery, but it has been speculated that there could be as many as 80.
Volunteers are welcome to help with the cleanup and restoration project.
Go to http://www.candcparanormal .com, and click on the “Potter’s Adoption” link for information.

• The Strong Families, Safe Kids Parenting That Works Program is offering parenting classes to help parents have more fun and confidence in being a parent.
The classes for parents of children ages newborn through 12 years is from 6 to
7:30 p.m. Mondays through June 30 at Hawthorne Park Community Church, which is on Fourth Street between Hill and Gunnison avenues.
Cost for the class is $30 and includes a workbook. Free child care is available.
Call 254-8240 for more information or to register.


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