Your Town, July 28, 2013


The Grand Junction Weed Rodeo at the Mesa County Fair this year drew 275 visitors to the booth over the three-day event.

As part of the Pulling for Colorado statewide effort to raise awareness about noxious weeds in Colorado and the impacts they are having on agriculture, natural and recreation lands, members of the public were invited to bring in bags of weeds and play the weed identification game.

The most common weeds brought in by residents were kochia, Russian thistle and bindweed. The winner of the Most Bags of Weeds contest was John Mall, who with his kids Michael and Johan Mall, brought in two giant bags of weeds, by bicycle. The Malls won gift cards to Regal Cinemas for their pulling efforts.

The American Contract Bridge League, Unit 364, will sponsor the Peach Sectional tournament Aug. 2–4 at the Grand Vista Hotel, 2790 Crossroads Blvd.

Call Judy Tirpack at 523-1777 for information.

The Cedaredge High School class of 1953 is gearing up for its 60th class reunion Aug. 17 at the Old Apple Shed in Cedaredge.

A news release submitted for the calendar gives those attending a reminder of what they should bring ­— “don’t forget the crutches, hearing aids and false teeth.”

Have your bifocals in place and call Edna (Bensen) Casteel at 712-6749 or Buddy (Bud) Lovato at 640-0026 for information.

Western Association to Enjoy Rivers (WATER) and Whitewater West invite local river runners to join the fun at the ninth annual Colorado River Clean Up, beginning at 9 a.m. Aug. 10.

This year, two sections of the Colorado River will be cleaned of bottles, cans, tires and trash. Volunteers can float from the boat ramp at the Riverside Parkway to Fruita State Park or from Fruita State Park to the Loma Boat Ramp.

An appreciation barbecue will follow and there will be T-shirts and prizes for participants. You do not need to be WATER club members, but will need to have your own boat and life jackets.

Trash bags and state park entry tags will be provided.

To assure enough food, T-shirts and park passes, registration is needed. Call Bob Richardson at 245-4604 or Whitwater West, 241-0441, or visit for information or to sign up.

Dennis Tobin of Grand Junction, a member of Grand Junction Lodge No. 270, Loyal Order of Moose, was summoned to receive the Pilgrim Degree of Merit, the highest honor bestowed upon a member of the Loyal Order of Moose. 

The conferral took place May 25 in the House of God at Mooseheart, Ill.

Tobin will receive his blazer at 2 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Grand Junction Lodge 270. Leaders of the Colorado Association will be on hand to offer congratulations to Tobin.

According to a news release, “the degree is currently held by less than one-half of one percent of the members of the fraternity throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Bermuda” and is the “Order’s ultimate reward for exceptional devotion to the principles and ideals of caring for children and senior members, and is earned only by members who have given years of ‘above-the-call-of-duty’ service to the Loyal Order of Moose and its principle philanthropic endeavors of Mooseheart, a city for children in need, located 40 miles west of Chicago, and Moosehaven, a retirement community for senior members, located on the banks of the St. Johns River in Orange Park, Fla.”

Visit for information on the organization.

Altrusa of Delta member Amanda Twamley was honored with a bouquet of flowers and praise July 10 at the organization’s business meeting.

Twamley is retiring her appointment as the International ASTRA chair, a position she has held since 2011.

ASTRA — an acronym for Ability, Service, Training, Responsibility, Achievement — is an organization for young people, sponsored by Altrusa, according to

During her tenure, Twamley successfully accomplished three out of the five goals set out for the ASTRA Clubs, which included focus on service and community, establishing four scholarships and revising the manual to assist advisers.

The three ASTRA Clubs of Delta — Delta High School, Delta Opportunity School and the Cedaredge High School — have been successful with all their projects of community service such as Families Plus, Deltarado Days, Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive for the Food Pantry, Food for Thought, book drives for the Jamaica Outreach Program, the Abraham Connection, Coat Check and decorating for the Sugar Plum Festival annual event, Day Before Thanksgiving Bake Sale, Salvation Army Bell Ringers, Colorado Highway 65 cleanup project, Seats and Feets Challenge and more.

“Amanda has worked tirelessly with the students of ASTRA and her hard work has been a tremendous asset to the community and to both Altrusa and ASTRA Clubs,” a news release said.

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