Your Town, Feb. 23, 2014

Watching the Sochi Olympics women’s ice skating competitions this past week took me back many years, recalling my first dream job aspirations.

When I was 3 or 4 I had made it known that when I grew up, I wanted to be a root beer stand girl. We lived just a few blocks from an A&W Root Beer stand, one of the originals, where you would pull up to the outdoor menu and place your order — a Papa Burger, Mama Burger, Junior Burger or Baby Burger. When the food was ready, a uniformed girl would roller skate to your car, tray in hand, stacked with burgers and frosty mugs of A&W Root Beer.

That’s what I wanted to be.

Eventually, when I got my first pair of roller skates, I decided to skip the “root beer stand girl” part and go straight to roller skating. I wanted to be a professional roller skater doing fancy pirouettes and graceful routines, like Olympian ice skater Peggy Fleming, only on wheels. My triple Lutz, however, was more like a triple klutz and my elbows and knees were starting to look like ground beef. They hadn’t invented knee or elbow pads yet, let alone helmets. I would have been the perfect poster child in the movement for getting those on the store shelves.

My skating dream job was put on the back burner after the circus came to town and I saw the flying trapeze artist who made “flying” look like a breeze. I tried a few warm up moves on the side bars on the swing set in Grandma and Grandpa’s backyard and after letting go of the tight grip on the bar and hanging, monkey-style by my legs, I went flying off the bar, landing splat on the ground below. Rubbing the knot on my head and blinking away the stars I was seeing, I realized that maybe these high flying trapeze/roller skating aspirations needed reconsidering.

Thank goodness for my fifth-grade teacher, Mrs. Klinke, who cultivated my interest in writing and encouraged me to compose imaginative stories. I looked forward to our classes’ creative writing time as it gave my vivid imagination a much needed outlet, and better yet, my knees didn’t get skinned up.

As the Sochi Olympics come to a close this evening, I can’t help but wonder what might have been, had I perfected my corkscrew spin.

I have to admit though, the art of literary spinning has been quite rewarding.

New Emerson Elementary School will have a pancake breakfast fundraiser from 8–11 a.m. Saturday, at the school, 2660 Unaweep Ave.

Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for ages younger than 12.

All proceeds from the breakfast will go to funding for the children for items such as the garden, technology, books and more.

Call 254-6500 for information.

Members of the Palisade Historical Society and Palisade Sunrise Rotary Cub will present copies of the “Historic Palisade Coloring Books” on Tuesday to students at Holy Family Catholic School.

The Historical Society created the coloring book as part of its educational outreach efforts, and because of generous donations from the Sunrise Rotary Club, can provide the books at no charge to students. The coloring books are used at Holy Family in the student’s “study buddy” program where fifth grade students pair with second grade students for activities. 

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The regular monthly lunch meeting of the Grand Junction High School class of 1942 will be at 11:15 a.m. Friday at Village Inn, 757 Horizon Drive.

No reservation is needed and those attending can order from the menu. Spouses and alumni from GJHS classes ‘40, ‘41, ‘43 and ‘44 are also welcome.

Call 434-8297. 

Thunder Mountain Camera Club’s meeting on Tuesday will feature Daily Sentinel photographer Gretel Daugherty as guest speaker.

The meeting is from 7–9 p.m. at the Community Education Center of Western Colorado Community College, 2520 Blichmann Ave., Building B, Room 171. Park in parking lot No. 4.

Daugherty, a recent recipient of photography awards from both the Colorado Press Association and Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters, will share with the club about the life of a photo journalist.

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The second of two fundraising events, to benefit Grand Valley Pets Alive and celebrate World Spay Day, is set for Friday, at Café Sol, 420 Main St.

Grand Valley Pets Alive, a local nonprofit organization helping to save the lives of companion animals, will be the recipient of a portion of the dinner proceeds from 4–8 p.m. Friday at Cafe Sol. GVPA is dedicated to saving the lives of animals in the Grand Valley, and part of its program is to help people financially with spaying and neutering. Proceeds from the Cafe Sol event and last week’s event at Naggy McGee’s Irish Pub will go toward that effort.

The group also promotes trapping and neutering of feral cats, thereby helping to reduce their population.  Visit

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