Your Town, June 24, 2012

There was a time when phones were just phones, televisions had only three channels and using our imagination was how we spent our summers. 

We’d play cars and trucks in the dirt, run through the frog-eyed sprinkler, or — this doesn’t seem right — play school, during our summer break. Remember the game that involved searching for an object, where you’d shout “you’re getting warmer,” as the searcher approached the object or “you’re getting colder,” when they moved farther away from it?

“You’re so cold you’re freezing” meant they were so far away they might as well start over. “You’re so hot you’re burning up” meant they were really, really close.

I think Mother Nature’s playing that game with us this week and we must be really, really close, because I keep hearing a little voice in my head that shouts “you’re baking,” when I crawl into the car after it’s been sitting in the sun all day. “You’re sizzling,” the voice says, when I water my shriveled pansies; “you’re scorching,” when I try to walk on the cement barefoot; or ” you’re sweltering,” as I toss and turn, trying to sleep.

It’s not fun anymore. I think it’s time we played a new game.

How about “Red Rover, Red Rover?” Now that was fun!

Are your teens bored this summer?

The Tree House Center for Youth Teen Bistro Center is now open from 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Friday at 1014 N. Fifth St., serving hot or cold drinks and more.

Adults are welcome, too.

Learn more at

The Grand Junction High School class of 1942 will have its next meeting at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Village Inn, 757 Horizon Drive.

The group — now celebrating its 70th anniversary of having graduated high school — meets on the last Friday of each month at the restaurant.

Call 434-8297 for information.

The Grand Junction High School class of 1958 will meet for dinner at 5 p.m. Monday at Golden Corral, 1100 Independent Ave.

Call Jackie at 242-1270 for information.

The Delta High School class of 1982 will have its 30-year reunion from July 20–22.

Call Janell at 393-3120, Rose, 464-0156 or Laura at 596-3398 for information.

The Western Slope Center for Children has announced a partnership with Swapfish, a cutting edge website for social causes to turn donations into charitable dollars.

Members of the community can donate “gently loved” designer clothing, shoes and accessories to benefit children who have suffered from sexual abuse.

To donate visit, click “donate,” select Western Slope Center for Children, and soon you will receive a box and pre-paid shipping label. Your name-brand items will go to the Swapfish central warehouse where they are reviewed for quality, then posted on and sold with proceeds going to the Western Slope Center for Children.

The Partners Superstars event, that took place June 9–10 at Lincoln Park, raised $49,000 for local youth.

The annual event features teams of up to 15 members who raise a $1,000 entry fee. Teams compete in events such as basketball hotshot, a military obstacle course, volleyball, track events and swimming events. The competitive events were followed by an awards barbecue on Sunday at the Lincoln Park Barn.

In the adult division, athletic team, Crossroads Fitness placed first; Hilltop, second; and Caterwaulers — Probation, third. Overall in the adult division, Redlands Rotary placed first; Crossroads Fitness second; and Caterwaulers — Probation, third.

In the kids division, athletics and overall, Awesome Junior Partners placed first; and Western Slope Auto Nexus Youth placed second.

For 35 years, Mesa County Partners has served local youth through mentoring, restitution/community service and the Western Colorado Conservation Corps. Additional fundraising events this year include the Hear it Through the Grapevine concert Aug. 11, at Grande River Vineyards, featuring Hazel Miller, the 29th annual TV Auction Sept. 7–8, and the Wrap Up for Charity Dec. 1–24 at Mesa Mall.

Call 245-5555 for information or visit

A memorial has been proposed to honor the men and women of Rio Blanco County who served in the armed forces of the United States in peace and war.

The bronze sculpture “Sacrifice and Resolution,” by sculptor John Kobald of Meeker, would be placed on a stone base on the south courthouse lawn, outside the courthouse main entry. The proposed completion date is Memorial Day, 2013.

Donations are being accepted for the memorial and can be made at Rio Blanco County Memorial Fund, in care of Mountain Valley Bank, 400 Main St., in Meeker (81641).

Call Tom Kilduff at 878-4426 for information.

Shipmates that served aboard the battleship USS Missouri (BB-63) will have a 39th annual reunion Sept. 12–18 in Mobile Ala. All veterans and interested parties, families and friends are invited.

Call Bill Morton at 803-469-3579 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Jack Stempick, 203-281-4693 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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