Your Town, Feb. 26, 2012

Leap Day, happening this week, is kind of like that little adjustment you make in the checkbook when, after adding and subtracting and re-adding, you still can’t get it to balance.

You know, that troublesome $1.46 discrepancy that you have with the bank. There is this much written in checkbook register, but with all that figuring and head-scratching, you’re coming up with this much. Argh!

So, just add the $1.46 to the amount you have and call it even. Fixed. Or, as I prefer to note in the check register, “adjustment.”

It’s very similar to why we have a Leap Day.

According to http://www.timeanddate.com/date/leapyear.html, Leap Years are needed to keep our calendar in alignment, or adjustment, with the Earth’s revolutions around the sun.

It takes the Earth approximately 365.242199 days (a tropical year) to circle once around the Sun.

Because the Gregorian calendar has only 365 days in a year, we have to add a day — Feb. 29 —nearly every 4 years, or we would lose almost six hours off our calendar every year. In 100 years’ time, our calendar would be off by approximately 24 days.

Try explaining that to your accountant at the end of the century. How could I lose 24 days? They must be there somewhere? Add it up again, or ... eh-hum, just make a little adjustment?

Mesa County 4H will host an indoor yard sale beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Community Building at the Mesa County Fairgrounds.

There will be many sellers and a large variety of items. The yard sale is a fundraising project for local 4H groups.

Entry is one can of food to be donated to a food bank or $1.

Call Nancy Rademacher at 210-9381 for information.

Joseph Hull of Boy Scout Troop 491 in Montrose earned his Eagle Scout honor on Jan. 25.

Hull’s project was to clean up and restore the cemetery in Cimarron — a project that took 152 1/2 hours.

Thunder Mountain Camera Club will have its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the River of Alliance Church, 701 24 1/2 Road.

Results of the monthly competition will be reviewed and discussed.

Call Kathleen at 260-7488 for more information.

Here’s something to get your Irish eyes smiling.

The Ladies Auxiliary to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4663 of Clifton will have a corned beef and cabbage dinner from 5:30–7 p.m. March 17 at the post home, 3244 F 1/4 Road, in Clifton.

Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for ages 6-12. Younger than 6 is free. Proceeds will go to veterans and their families.

Call 434-0326 for information.

The Golden K Kiwanis Club of Grand Junction will have its annual chili supper and silent auction, beginning at 6 p.m. March 7 at Redlands Middle School, 2200 Broadway.

Tickets at the door will be $6 and the net proceeds will benefit local charities that help children with special needs.

Auction items are donated by Kiwanis members and local businesses.

For the past four years, the Golden K Kiwanis Club has made wooden toys for children in pain or serious stress. An average of 300 toys are distributed locally and worldwide each month. Some of these toys will be available at the chili supper for a donation to the club for each selected toy. These proceeds will also benefit the local charities that help children with special needs.

Friendship Force of Western Colorado is celebrating its 35th anniversary and will host a World Friendship Day open house from 3–5 p.m. March 10 at Church of the Nativity, 2175 Broadway in the downstairs community room.

Friendship Force International was founded and introduced to the world at a ceremony in 1977 at the White House. According to a news release, the worldwide travel exchange club believes that one of the best ways to achieve world peace is through individual friendships.

Members serve as U.S. ambassadors who travel as a group to other countries where they are welcomed by other FFI club members and are hosted in their homes, the release said.  The hosts entertain, educate the members about their lives, and show them the sights of their areas. When other countries’ ambassadors visit western Colorado, they are shown the local culture and beauty of the area through the hospitality of those members who reside here.

The open house will feature ethnic hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, and a silent auction, featuring some of Ruth Moss’ art collection and other items.

Call Sue Palmer at 260-4653 or visit http://www.thefriendshipforce.org for information.


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