Your Town, June 17. 2012

A long time ago, in a land far, far away, I was born.

Actually, it was in southwestern Colorado, and there’s really no need to discuss in detail how long ago it was.

What made my birth unique, however, was the fact that I was born on Father’s Day that year, and occasionally over the years, my birthday and the holiday would land on the same day. Dad and I shared the spotlight on those special days and he relished the birthday cake and ice cream, probably as much—  or more — than his middle daughter who got to blow out the candles. 

He was a man who owned many power tools, so in his later years, the last thing he needed was another drill or a fancy sander. Instead, we’d toast his patriarchal status with a dessert topped with his favorite treat — ice cream.

About seven years ago, Dad began having difficulty remembering how to do things that previously were second nature. His borderline-Mensa intelligence began to falter, and it seemed his mind was rapidly deteriorating. Sensing an urgency, he began teaching my mom the accounting program on the computer so that she could take over the books and other tasks that he, for years, had overseen.

In time, he was diagnosed with both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease — a double blow for a man who had been physically and mentally fit most his life.

On Father’s Day last year, Allen and I were traveling, but I called Dad to wish him the best on the day. His plan was to eat ice cream — any day that Dad got to eat ice cream was a good day.

The next few months were especially rough and his last days were spent in the care of the compassionate staff at Hospice Care Center. The warmth of the room, the attentive care of the doctors and nurses, and the ice cream they served him at each meal made those last days even more special

My first Father’s Day without Dad will be difficult indeed, but I know just the treat that will get me through.

P.S. The flavor of the week at Graff Dairy is strawberry.

Here’s to you, Dad!

The Happy 60th Birthday Mixer for the Grand Junction High School class of 1970 is set for June 23 at Seventh and Main streets in downtown Grand Junction.

Birthday cake will be served at 7 p.m. and there will be live music at 9 p.m.

The Knights of Columbus Council No. 1062 is extending an invitation to the public to attend its bingo evenings on the second Friday of each month at the Council Hall, 412 32 Road in Clifton.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and play begins at 7 p.m. Cost for the first packet is $10 and each additional packet is $7. Eight games are played. Games 4 and 8 are specials, which are sold on the floor for $1. You must buy one packet to participate in a special.

Fifty percent of all proceeds are paid out as prizes, the remainder going to the Knights of Columbus Scholarship Fund.

Call 434-4037 for information.

Several young men received Eagle Scout honors recently:

■ March 21, Grant Stagg, Team 386, Grand Junction, repainted parking lot lines for the Redlands LDS Church, 134 hours

■ James Stagg, Team 386, Grand Junction, batting cages in memory of coach Tim Mannion, 146 hours

■ April 1, Michal Cookson, Crew 303, Grand Junction, cleaned out large storm drain for big subdivision, 101 hours

■ Karl Kolb, Crew 303, Grand Junction, removed barbed wire fence at Lost Lake for U.S. Forest Service, 244 hours

■ April 12, Brody Babcock, Troop 225, Rifle, Community Garden, 204 hours

■ April 17, Jacob Solseth, Troop 479, Olathe, I.D. kit for West Olathe Early Childhood Center, 40 hours

■ April 22, Eric Erickson, Troop 323, Fruita, leg splints for the National Ski Patrol, 85 hours

The Western Colorado Astronomy Club will have its annual summer observing session June 22–24 at the C-Loop of the Saddlehorn Campgrounds at Colorado National Monument.

Viewing begins at dark and is free; however, a $7 entrance fee to the monument may apply. Camping is available on a first- come, first-serve basis.

Visit or call Jeff at 242-1351 for information.

Swedes of the Grand Valley will have its annual Midsummer Celebration and picnic from 4–8 p.m. June 24 at Hawthorne Park.

Take a dish of your choice to serve eight and your own utensils. Beverages will be provided.

For information or to register, call Sharon at 263-8406.

Colorado Mesa University professor of biology Gary McCallister will present an educational seminar June 27 on “How Bees Affect Our Lives.”

The seminar, sponsored by RSVP, will be from 10–11:30 a.m. at RSVP, 422 White, in the lower level of the US Bank building. Live bees will attend, safely tucked inside a portable, sealed beehive.

Seating is limited. Call 243-9839 for information and to reserve a seat.


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