Your Town, Feb. 17, 2013

February — what it lacks in size, it makes up for in personality.

It’s a short month — grabbing the ball, making a fast break down the floor and slam dunking its way through the calendar in the blink of an eye.

And just because the groundhog predicted an early spring, remember — February is like an undisciplined child — it does what it wants, when it wants. Sun today, snow tomorrow?

Yes, it’s a young, immature month, somewhat smug and quite unpredictable, but, we’ve learned to accept it for what it is. As the second-born month of the year, it has a tendency to get away with more than its older brother, January, but just wait —February’s baby-sister, March, will be arriving soon and that will change everything.

It’s best we enjoy them while they’re here — they grow up so fast.

Weather permitting, the Redlands Lions Club will put out flags for its customers on Monday, to recognize President’s Day and the contribution the presidents have made to this country.

Some of the in-ground pole receptacles are still frozen and the club members won’t know if the flags can be placed until the ground condition is determined. People residing in the Redlands Village, Seasons, Tiara Rado, Panorama, Monument Village, Broadway and South Broadway areas may be eligible to receive the delivery service on nine holidays a year (July 1–June 30)  at the cost of $30 (the fee can be prorated).

Call Chuck Stevenson at 242-3222, Skip Hughes at 243-6785 or Dave McIlnay at 433-7961 for more information.

Western Colorado Conservation Corps member Robert Matticks of Grand Junction, received the Corpmember of the Year award, presented by Rep. Ray Scott Feb. 2, in Denver.

Matticks, 21, has been with the corps for two seasons. He plans to use his two AmeriCorps Education Awards, totalling $2,547, to attend technical school to earn a commercial driver’s license, in anticipation of a career in transportation, shipping or the railroad industry, according to a news release.

A program of Mesa County Partners, WCCC employs and trains youth, young adults and military veterans on land, water and energy conservation projects while cultivating in them civic engagement, leadership and a desire to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Call Maggie at 245-5555, ext. 17 or Joe at ext. 18 for information.

The Western Colorado Latino Chamber of Commerce had its first organizational meeting Feb. 9 and elected officers and board directors for 2013.

Rich Lopez was elected president; vice-president Abel Chavez, certified pre-need counselor with Callahan-Edfast Mortuary; treasurer Louise Goodman, assistant vice-president with Timberline Bank; and secretary Laurie Gomez, head of public services with Mesa County Libraries.

Board members are Michael Archuleta, Valle del Sol Construction; Francisco Cervantes, La Bamba Restaurant; Vicki Felmlee, TCS Marketing Group Inc.; Connie Martinez, Latin Anglo Alliance; Jerry Martinez, American Family Insurance; Luis Martinez; Martinez Counseling; Martin Moran, Timber Wolf Welding, Inc.; Imelda Mulholland, attorney at law, Hoskin, Farina, Kampf; Jose Lucero, Prestige Realty; Lynn Perez-Hewitt, HCE; and Nicole Bernal Ruiz, Hispanic Affairs Project, Carlos Ruiz Construction

The WCLCC is open to anyone interested in learning about the importance of the area’s Latino community and opportunities for all business owners to support and expand opportunities into this growing market.

The next meeting is at noon, March 9, at La Bamba Restaurant, 546 Main St.

Call Lopez at 324-0216 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The Grand Junction Elks Club celebrated St. Valentine’s Day early with a party and dance Feb. 9, at the lodge.

The well-attended get-together and dance included a full potluck buffet, with entertainment provided by country/rockers Mark Ramsey and The Ram Band.

Former area resident and member of the Grand Junction Rotary Club Donia Moore will travel Feb. 19 to India, where she will join a team of volunteers who will immunize children against polio.

All the volunteers are members of Rotary, a worldwide humanitarian service organization that has polio eradication as its main philanthropic goal.

Moore, currently a member of the San Clemente Sunrise Rotary Club said in a press release, “until polio is eradicated worldwide, every child remains at risk. Although polio is 99 percent eliminated the final 1 percent is the most difficult. We must continue our efforts until all children are protected against the tragic consequences of this disease.”

City Market presented a check for $25,000 last week to Junior Service League of Grand Junction, that will provide free mammograms, ultra-sounds and biopsies to uninsured individuals under the age of 49 in Mesa County.

The money was raised through the Giving Hope a Hand campaign.

Montrose County Historical Society will have its annual Pioneer Social featuring the Gray Families of the Uncompahgre Valley, on Feb. 23, at the United Methodist Church, 19 S. Park, in Montrose.

A tour of the historical church will be at 1 p.m., followed by the social and a program at 2 p.m. Period attire is encouraged.

The public is invited to attend and donations will be taken at the door.

Call Sally at 249-2085 for more information.

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