Your Town, March 19, 2017
This Your Town column was originally published on June 28, 2009. The message still rings true today. I’m running it again to accompany the first meeting notice today and, because its number came up.
I made 12 new friends this past week — we’d all received an invitation in the mail to attend the same event.
The invitation was disguised as a jury summons.
As the time to attend neared, I created the perfect scenario in my mind, quite confident that my number would not come up and I’d be off the hook for another year.
That did not go as planned.
When I checked online the night before, my number did come up and I was instructed to report to the Justice Center at 8:45 the next morning.
All right then, I surmised ... I’ll get to the Justice Center and the trial will be canceled. That’s it.
I arrived at the jury assembly room on the third floor and waited along with the others for the “canceled” announcement, that never came.
Before long, the large group of us climbed a flight of stairs and filed into a courtroom.
OK, fine, but my name surely won’t be called to take a seat.
The nice judge even pronounced my name correctly. This isn’t looking good.
At least the seats are cushy.
So now the plan is to be excused randomly during the lawyer questioning of potential jurors.
When the lawyers announced that the jury had been seated and the trial was under way, I was not walking out to my car, heading back to my normal life.
There were 13 of us — 12 jurors and an alternate, who would be determined when closing statements were made and the case given to the jurors.
I had never served on a jury before and no one can prepare you for the task of juror, as each case and its defendant on trial is different. Circumstances come into play that can make the challenges of a juror an overwhelming, but highly rewarding task.
After 2 1/2 days of observing the procedure and participating in its outcome, I came away emotionally exhausted but a better and more informed person for having been a part of the judicial system that makes this country the incredible place that it is.
And the cushy seats aren’t too bad either.
Mount Garfield Daughters of the American Revolution scheduled its monthly meeting at 1 p.m. April 8 at the Whitman Educational Center, 248 S. Fourth St.
Rose Anne Kelley, jury commissioner for the 21st Judicial District, will present “The Role and Responsibilities of a Juror.”
The nonprofit, nonpolitical volunteer women’s service organization is dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children.
Call Mary McFarlin at 242-7074 for information.
The Grand Valley Audubon Society will have its monthly program at 7 p.m. Monday at the First Presbyterian Church, 3940 27 1/2 Road.
Traci Wieland, recreation superintendent with the city of Grand Junction, will share an update on the efforts to develop Las Colonias Park and other nearby riverfront properties.
The society will sponsor Sagebrush Sparrow field trips near the Utah/Colorado boarder April 7–8. Participants should meet at 8 a.m. at the Fruita rest stop, off Interstate 70. After heading west to find the singing sparrows, the group will travel back over Brewster’s Ridge looking for raptors.
Visit audubongv.org for information.
In its inaugural year, the “Our Community Cares Corner” at A Robin’s Nest of Antiques and Treasures, 602 Main St., will benefit The District 51 Foundation.
Proceeds from sales of donated antique, vintage, collectible and retro items will go to the nonprofit, whose mission is “to raise funds for academic growth and achievement and promote outreach to benefit kids and community,” according to d51foundation.org .
The 501(c)3 organization supports local public schools by providing private support for key education initiatives, provides an opportunity to make strategic investments, and is actively engaging parents, students, and the community to rally behind School District 51.
Visit arobinsnestgj.com or call 245-0109 for information.
Kannah Creek Brewery will have its Crossed Irons benefit for local fire departments March 26.
Donations and $3 from every Crossed Irons Irish Red sold at all three Kannah locations will be donated to Central Orchard Mesa Fire Department and Lower Valley Fire Protection District.
Guests at the Kannah Creek West or Edgewater locations can visit with volunteer firefighters and see firetrucks from 1–3 p.m.
Central Orchard Mesa Fire Department will offer a sidewalk CPR class at Edgewater that afternoon.
Call 243-0702 for information.
The Grand Valley Interfaith Network invites the public to participate in April Foods Day, a food drive to benefit agencies that feed people in the Grand Valley.
Grocery bags are provided and have specific food lists attached to provide the foods most needed by Child and Migrant Services, The Agape Food Basket, The Community Food Bank, Kids Aid and Grand Valley Catholic Outreach.
Fill the bags with non-perishable foods and “lots of love” before delivering them to the five agencies, from 9 a.m. to noon April 1, in the east parking lot of Downtown Vineyard Church, at Fifth Street and Grand Avenue.
Keep the lists attached to the bags for easier delivery.
Pick up grocery bags Monday through Thursday at The Office Suites entrance of The Center For Independence, 740 Gunnison Ave.
Items to be considered for Your Town should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.