Your Town, June 8, 2014

I confess. I have broken the law, a time or two, such as the time I stole a horse, when I was in the third grade.

Don’t worry, I put it back. In my defense, I was tricked by a classmate who said it was hers.

We were studying Native Americans at school, learning that they made dyes from wildflowers. Our teacher assigned partners and instructed us to comb the area hillsides for blooms to bring to class the next day to make dyes.

After school, my friend and I trekked up the hill where the spring snowmelt had left the ground soggy and squishy underfoot. As we filled our bucket with a variety of colorful blooms, we came upon a grazing horse, and my friend boasted that it was hers.

“Hop on,” she instructed and untied the rope, after giving me a boost onto the bareback beast. I gripped its mane as it got up to a gallop and I dug my nails into its neck pleading for it to stop.

But, like the Energizer Bunny, it kept going and going and going, while my friend ran behind, laughing at my predicament.

Terrified, I jumped off the horse, landing on the soft, muddy ground. When she caught up with me, splayed in the muck, my friend blurted, “I was just kidding, it’s not mine.”

Thankfully, after a short chase, we caught the horse and returned it to its original grazing area. Muddied from head to toe and carrying a wildflower bucket, we went to our separate homes, agreeing never to speak of my little joyride.

After previously noting in this column that I was a law-abiding citizen, I find confession is good for the soul.

And, I confess, I was quite the failure in my effort to raise funds for the MDA’s Lock-Up event, that took place over several weeks, leading up to the main event, last week.

As “jailbirds,” we sought to raise “bail,” with proceeds going to MDA. I tip my riding hat to those who went the extra mile for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and successfully lassoed almost $45,000 in the local community effort. You are true heroes.

Me? I’m just a low-down horse rustler with a muddied past.

The Mount Garfield Daughters of the American Revolution and the Grand Mesa Sons of the American Revolution will conduct a Flag Day celebration at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Wine County Inn in Palisade.

Submit reservations for the no-host, all-American luncheon to Kathy Selover, 858-1617, by Tuesday.

For information about DAR, call Mary McFarlin at 242-7074.

The Redland’s Lions Club members and volunteers will place flags on the morning of Flag Day, June 14, in the Tiara Rado, Seasons, Monument Village, Panorama and Village Way subdivisions, as well as at some Redlands area businesses.

The club’s flag service honors 10 holidays throughout the year, weather permitting, for a donation of $30, that can be pro-rated.

For information, call Lion Chuck Stevenson, at 242-3222 or Lion Dave McIlnay, 433-7961.

American Legion District 13 is looking to revitalize Legion Post 2700 in Whitewater and is calling all veterans from the Grand Valley who are interested in helping a Legion Post.

All veterans, especially those from Whitewater, Orchard Mesa and East Orchard Mesa are welcome.

An organizational meeting is planned for 6 p.m. Thursday, at the Veterans Art Center, 307 S. 12th St. Refreshments will be served.

Pre-register by Tuesday to Dallas Hanson at 462-3623 or Rick Avery, 260-3209.

Mesa County Cattlewomen have chosen Robert Rossi as “Father of the Year.”

A 91-year-old rancher and veteran of World War II, Rossi is also a beef eater, a news release said. He has been married to his wife, Lorraine, for 64 years.

Mesa County Cattlewomen is taking orders for its five pounds of pre-cooked top round roast, cooked by The Ribber. Cost is $30. To order, call 270-1176 or mail your payment to Mesa County Cattlewomen, P.O. Box 193, Fruita 81521.

Orders can be picked up from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. June 14,at the Sportman’s Warehouse — a great treat for Father’s Day, the news release said.

Mesa County Cattlewomen also serve beef at the annual Mesa County Fair. Proceeds are donated to the Future Farmers of America and 4–H groups.

They also give scholarships and donate to the food bank.

The annual meeting of the Colorado National Monument Association is set for 6–7:30 p.m. Thursday at Two Rivers Chateau and Winery, 2087 Broadway.

The meeting also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the member association, a nonprofit that raises money for monument interpretive, educational and research projects.

The meeting will feature the unveiling of the 2015 monument calendar, with photos by local photographers. A silent auction will take place to sell the cover photo art.

Members and those wishing to join or learn more about the association are invited to attend.

Visit or call Marilee Langfitt at 216-4596 for information.

The Mesa County Women’s Network will meet from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Tuesday at Two Rivers Convention Center. 

The network is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide women a forum for networking, education and encouragement. The donation recipient for June is Play Back Sports.

For information and to register for the luncheon, visit

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