Your Town, Feb. 10, 2013

Happy New Year!

No, I’m not late — Feb. 10 is the Chinese New Year — 2013 is the year of the snake.


I don’t mind snakes, much. When my boys were younger, we had a snake or two that we kept in an aquarium, until one escaped. I found it months later, coiled up and hibernating under the hot water heater. Its long winter nap ended abruptly when I let out a blood curdling shriek.

They’re a mysterious creature, snakes, better left alone — especially the garter snakes that you accidently step on, barefoot in the summer, causing you to break into a heebie-jeebie dance for all the neighbors to see.

When I was a little girl I put a rubber snake in my mom’s dishwater when she wasn’t looking. Boy could she dance. And scream.

I think I’m still grounded for that infraction. When they tell you, under duress, that you’re grounded for life ...

The next Chinese New Year, Jan. 31, 2014, is the year of the horse. I don’t mind horses, much, but you’ll have to wait until next year to read that story.

Happy Valentines Day, too!

Grand Junction resident Richard Nye wrote recently asking for assistance in getting the word out regarding the effort to enroll new members and contact members interested in forming a chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America on the Western Slope.

The national organization is recognized by Congress and the Western Slope Chapter would be a sanctioned chapter of the national organization.

Nye writes that “membership is not limited to just Vietnam veterans but is also open to anyone who served during the conflict in active duty, no matter where, and to affiliates (supporters/family, and those who recognized the service and sacrifices).”

Nye has visited the Veterans Affairs Hospital and met a number of Vietnam veterans who felt a need to connect, to assist other and to serve again.

Visit or call Nye at 270-6926 for more information.

The Lenten season begins Wednesday and the Knights of Columbus Council 13621 are again hosting fish fry nights from 4–7 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 15–March 22, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 790 26 1/2 Road.

The council will serve its usual delicious baked cod loin, breaded Pollock fish, green beans, mashed potatoes, French fries, clam chowder, coleslaw, dessert and drinks.

Cost is $8 for adults, $7 for ages 6–12 and ages younger than 6 are free. All proceeds will benefit the Knights of Columbus local charities.

Call 260-7664 for information.

Hope of the Grand Valley is partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Mesa County to provide a local family with a new, specially modified home.

Gary Williams is a full-time, single father to his 13-year-old son Donovan who suffers from cerebral palsy.

Williams has realized that he will not always be able to lift Donovan over his shoulder and navigate the narrow hallways of their small trailer. He dreams of owning his own home, which will provide him with the conveniences that Donovan needs.

A news release said that through hundreds of volunteer hours with Habitat for Humanity, and alongside Donovan’s contagious smile, Williams is able to see his dream come closer to a reality.”

However, one item remains to provide a safe environment for Donovan, the release said.

Habitat plans to build a screened-in porch to protect Donovan from the insects that could cause a life-threatening infection.

This simple addition would provide respite for Gary and enable Donovan to be less house-bound.

Habitat needs cash donations to make this home modification a reality.

The cost of the addition is estimated at $10,000. Completion of the home is planned for this spring.

There are two ways to donate. Go to, click “donate” and specify that your donation is for the Williams Family or send a check to Hope of the Grand Valley, P.O. Box 532, Fruita, 81521. Specify the “Williams Family” in the memo line.

The Two Rivers Cribbage Club will change its meeting location beginning Feb. 14.

The club will now meet from 6–9 p.m. Thursdays, at the Masonic Center, 2400 Consistory Court. All ages are welcome.

Call 261-1670 for information.

Local law enforcement agencies are seeking volunteers who will support victims of crime and other traumatic events during their immediate time of crisis. 

A combined training for new victim advocates begins in March.

Call Mary at the Grand Junction Police Department, 549-5290, or Tracy at the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, 244-3275 to learn more about this challenging volunteer opportunity.

P.E.O. Chapter DY will host a Marguerite Brunch at 10 a.m. Feb. 23, at Bookcliff Country Club.

Seven local P.E.O. chapters gather annually to honor the founders.

The women’s philanthropic organization celebrates the advancement of women, educates women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans and stewardship of Cottey College, and motivates women to achieve their highest aspirations.

Reservations for the brunch must be made by Feb. 18. Unaffiliated members are invited and can make a reservation by calling Jeanette at 523-7433.

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Mount of the Holy Cross No. 941 will sponsor a benefit card and games luncheon party from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Feb. 16, at The Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 790 26 1/2 Road.

The event will feature homemade soups, vegetable and fruit trays, cheese, crackers, cookies and door prizes.

Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Counseling and Education Center.

Call Treva at 639-2209 for more information.

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