Your Town, Dec. 29, 2013

Eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day is thought to bring you good luck and prosperity, say those from the South.

My mom, an Okie, brought that tradition to Colorado when her parents moved here in the 1950s, and I remember eating them every Jan. 1 as a little girl. I have continued the tradition as an adult and have been known to double up on the servings when good luck and prosperity were particularly in need.

Dad would always fix them in a Hoppin’ John recipe he perfected over the years. I simmer them with leftover Christmas ham, onions and garlic, to be topped with cheese, salsa and a side of warm corn bread with butter and honey.

One son was not particularly fond of the legumes with the little black eye, but I didn’t want him to miss out on all that good luck, peace and prosperity. But, he refused to give peas a chance.

Groan.

I made sure he ate at least one — not one serving — one tiny little black-eyed pea got him through the year.

Here’s wishing all a happy New Year, peace, prosperity and a huge helping, or two, of good luck.

The Mount Garfield Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will present its Community Service Award during a ceremony and reception at 1 p.m. Jan. 11 at Whitman Educational Center, 248 S. Fourth St.

Jessica Clark will be recognized for her efforts for the Mesa County Search and Rescue Ground Team.

The DAR will also honor students from area high schools as DAR Good Citizens at the ceremony.

Grand Mesa Chorus Sweet Adelines International has two new members — Julie Malingowski, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service, and Jennifer Peterson, a registered nurse at the Grand Valley Surgical Center.

Malingowski sang as a soprano 2 in high school and as an alto 2 in college, and Peterson has sung in choirs since elementary school.

Visitors are welcome at rehearsals from 6:30–9:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Redlands United Methodist Church, 527 Village Way.

Call Cindy at 314-6103 or Linda, 241-5438 for membership information.

Western Slope Non Smoking Singles’ sole purpose is to give seniors the opportunity to meet and participate in activities they find enjoyable, a news release said.

The group is not affiliated with any church, political organization or other cause.

Here is the group’s meeting schedule for January:

Jan. 4: A visit to the Lincoln Exhibit at Colorado Mesa University Library. Meet at 10:45 a.m. at the Coronado Plaza City Market parking lot in Clifton. Lunch will be at Kannah Creek Brewery and the visit to the exhibit will follow. Call Marg 434-0803 for reservations.

Jan. 10: Potluck and business meeting, 1 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 3940 
27 1/2 Road. Election of officers for 2014 will take place, so it is important that members attend.

Jan. 15: Dine-out at Sang Garden, 687 Horizon Drive, in the Safeway shopping center. Call Winnie at 589-9309 by 
Jan. 14 for reservations. Take a friend. Guests are welcome but you must have reservations. 

Jan. 25: Potluck meeting at 10 a.m., at First Presbyterian Church. Games will follow. Guests are encouraged to attend and are not expected to bring food.

Call Flora at 434-5277 for more information.

The Colorado West Retired Senior Volunteer Program honored volunteers in Montrose County with a special recognition party Dec. 5 at the Montrose Pavilion Senior Center.

Volunteers were honored for reaching special plateaus in their years of service to RSVP workstations.

Lela Ala was honored for 30 years; Lois Curfman and Wanda Schneider, 25 years: Gayle Clark-Watford, Don Govan, William Kettle, and Thelma Newlin, 20 years; Helen Estep, Lucille LeClerc, Nolan McCauley, William Minerich, Verna Parmenter, Michael Rovella, Alta Sha, and Patricia Werden, 15 years; Edith Barela, Darlene Brown, Dottie Follman, Marjorie Grett, Willis Jones, Barbara McFadden, Carol Nesius, Mack Scarborough, and Evelyn Zeiger, 10 years; and Whit Bailey, Ruby Barrientos, Mary Balarde, Angie Bingham, Carolyn Brooks, Richard Cook, Lavelle Corey, Neal Kelly, Joy Long, Berta Lucero, Mary Lou Luttrell, Molly Vigil, and Kathy Wacker, five years.

Volunteers of the year were Sue King from HopeWest, formerly Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, Marilyn Mason from the Montrose Library District, Helen Estep from the Montrose County Historical Society, Romonia Howard from Sharing Ministries, Elisabeth Hirst from Valley Manor Care Center, Mickie Hatch from the Olathe Meal Site, Gayle Clarke-Watford from the Montrose Meal Site, and Darwin Haddock from Montrose Meals on Wheels.

Black Canyon Storage and owners Judy and Nick Copeland were honored for Business of the Year; Aero Care and Emily Schneider were presented with Sustaining Business of the Year; Tim Garvey received Handyman of the Year; Gloria Hudson received Medicare Volunteer of the Year; and Sherry Faith received the Community Gratitude Award, an unplanned surprise award, presented by Arlyn Macdonald and three board members from the Community for Spiritual Awareness.

Board members who had retired recently were recognized. Ethel “Lale” Jackson of Delta has served on the board of directors and advisory board for about 25 years and was board president for the past 10 years. Carol Jean Garner of Paonia has been a valued board member for the past five years.

Norma Abrahamson was recognized as the organization’s Volunteer of the Year, and another award was given to Paul Ash, Delta RSVP coordinator and a former board member, for more than 20 years of service.

During the program, a candle was lit in remembrance of volunteers who have died in the past year and veterans in attendance were acknowledged.

For information, call Ash at 399-3514 or Faith at 249-9639

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