Your Town, July 22, 2012

Now where did I put it?

I remembered storing the treasured book in a “safe” place several years ago, but I’d already scoured closet shelves, drawers and other areas, looking for it and was coming up empty-handed. It was a book my son and I created years ago in his second grade class. His teacher assigned the project to each of the students with a parent and Kevin and I tackled the project with enthusiasm when it was our turn to present to the class.

We wrote and illustrated a book as a team, using 10 or so pre-lined pages provided with an area for illustrations. We bound it with construction paper and decorated it with the title and a drawing of the main character — a bicycle.

We were quite proud of the finished product — so proud, that after it was presented to the class and received a gold star from his teacher, we forwarded copies on to several children’s book publishing companies for consideration.

However, when the mailbox started filling with rejection letters, we realized it probably wasn’t mass publishing material — but to us, it was the best children’s book ever.

Where is it?

While digging through my cedar chest and piles of archives of my and my children’s life in search of the book last weekend, I found numerous other treasures like my grade school report cards, high school journals of sticky-sweet love poems, a collection of Jon and Kevin’s baby teeth (I thought the Tooth Fairy took those?), broken cigars with packaging that announced “It’s a Boy,” and various news clippings of prominent events through the years.

Among the clippings was a tear sheet of an ad promoting the beginning of this column — the birth of Your Town. “Tell it to Tammy,” the promo said, introducing its writer and informing the readers that I was a know-it-all and wanted to know everything about this town, from the community itself.

The photo of me in the promotion was the same photo that has appeared alongside this column since day one. It’s a good thing my likeness hasn’t changed much in the past eight years. (Insert smiley face). You know what else hasn’t changed — the role this column plays in the community. Eight years later, it’s still about your clubs and organizations — the treasures that make up this town we call home.

And yes, I found the book I was looking for at the bottom of the cedar chest, hiding beneath an old family Bible that was so old and tattered from use, its cover long gone, it was bound together by two pieces of linoleum from the early 1900s.

Amazing the treasures we find when we look in the right place.

It’s Christmas in July.

The Two Rivers Sams chapter of the Good Sams Club has placed collection barrels at various RV dealerships, and other locations, to collect non-perishable new, unwrapped gifts for any member of a family.

Donated gifts will be delivered to The Salvation Army in mid-December.

Drop-off locations are Monument RV, 607 Colorado Highway 340, in Fruita; Junction RV, 793 22 Road; KOA, 2819 U.S. Highway 50; RV Ranch, 3238 Interstate 70 Business Loop, Clifton; Bob Scott’s RV, 2322 U.S. Highway 6&50; and Starvin Arvin’s, 3247 F Road, in Clifton. 

The next meeting of the chapter is at 1 p.m. Aug. 18. Call 248-9846 or 261-8817 for location and information.

The new year at RotarACT club of Grand Junction began July 1 with a new board and a new direction, according to a news release.

Rebecca Wallace, a member since 2008, is the president for the 2012–13 year.

The club comprises professionals ages 18-34 who put “their heart and souls back into the community,” having supported events such as Fruita Fat Tire, Palisade Peach Festival and the Rotary Masquerade ball, international projects like Mercy Ship the local community benefits from the tips and money raised by the club, the release said.

The club also hosts Strike Out, an annual bowling tournament that benefits organizations like The Math and Science Center or Homeward Bound, and a second event is in the works this year — a mystery murder dinner.

Meetings are from 6:45–7:40 a.m. the first and third Thursday of the month, at the Pavilion Cancer Center Entrance 25/26. Visit https://sites.google.com/site/gjrotaractclub/ or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.

Neighborhoods across Grand Junction — and the nation — will come to life Aug. 7, during the 29th annual National Night Out.

The event encourages people to turn on their outside lights, lock their doors and head outdoors to spend time with their neighbors and promote safety and crime prevention in their neighborhoods. Activities range from cookouts to bump ‘n’ jumps to ice cream socials.

To sign up to host an event — or see if someone in you neighborhood already is — visit http://www.gjcity.org and click the National Night Out link under the City Spotlight.

You can also call 244-3630 for information or to sign up.

How important is taking an oath of office?

The speakers at the next meeting of the Western Slope Conservative Alliance will address that question at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 2, in the city of Grand Junction auditorium, 250 N. Fifth St.

Montrose County residents Tom and Barb Hulet will speak — Tom on the importance of elected officials and their oath of office, and Barb, on Agenda 21 and the United Nation’s threat to America’s sovereignty.

Call Gary at 201-1932 or Sandy, at 201-9322 for information or visit http://www.wscaonline.org.

Submit your Planner and community news items by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), by fax at 244-8578, or by mail to P.O. Box 668, Grand Junction, CO, 81502. Items to be considered for Your Town should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.


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