Your Town, Sept. 22, 2013

It’s been said, that time is what prevents everything from happening at once.

That seems such a simple way to look at — and to put into perspective — what controls chaos. Even with that assurance, it still seems as if we’re trying to do everything at once. 

Alas, time is what it is, when it is.

Years ago, my dad would set his watch according to the radio where the dial was set to the Greenwich Mean Time ticker.

In a nutshell — “GMT is the basis of every world time zone, — it is the place from where all time zones are measured,” explains

Every morning, Dad would flip on the radio to hear a droning “tick, tick, tick ...” 

Then, at the top of each minute a voice would say “at the tone, the time is ...” and it would give the precise time, the hour and minute. Adjusting for the Mountain Time Zone, Dad would set his watch to precision.

My son is getting married next weekend.

Talk about chaos. There’s so much to be done leading up to the big day. Everything has its own little time. There are places to be, projects to finish, lists to mark off.

Whoever said “time keeps everything from happening at once” never tried to plan a wedding. Just ask his fiance’s parents.

Kevin’s phone has an app that has been counting down for several weeks toward the precise time of the wedding. He first showed it to me at 25 days, 9 hours, 6 minutes, 12 seconds, 11 seconds ... 10 ... 9 ... 8 ...

Wait, wasn’t it just yesterday that I was teaching him — albeit a much smaller version of him — how to tell time? And how to ride a bike, and how to do math, how to build oozing volcanos, how to drive a car, and how to fill out a job application?

7 ... 6 ... 5 ...

It’s almost time. Everything will be perfect. Chaos, will subside, families will blend, I give away a son, I gain a daughter.

4 ... 3 ... two ... become one.

Mesa County residents are invited to the Mesa County Historical Society’s old fashion potluck picnic happening from 5:30–7:30 p.m. Thursday, at Cross Orchards Historic Site, 3073 Patterson Road.

The society’s board members will provide chicken, lemonade and dinner service and The Palisade Historical Society will serve up local peaches and ice cream. Take a dish to share.

There will be music and several exhibits will be open at the farm for all to enjoy.

Call the Museum of Western Colorado at 242-0971 with a head count of your party to assure there’s enough chicken and ice cream.

Want to know more about the Mesa County Historical Society? Call Priscilla Mangnall at 260-5226 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The Montrose County Historical Society received one of five 2013 grants from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and Colorado Historical Records Advisory Board for photo digitalization and preservation of the panoramic historical photograph collection. 

The grant will enable the Society to digitalize some of the oversized historical photos for reproduction while preserving the historic photos for future generations.

Call Sally at 249-2085 or visit for more information.

The Fruita Lionesses will host its 17th annual Fruita Fall Festival Spaghetti Dinner, from 5–8 p.m. Sept. 27, at the Fruita Community Center, 324 Coulson St. in Fruita.

Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for ages 6–12. Ages 5 and younger eat free.

Diners can take a chance on the cake walk and have dessert at the dinner or take it home. Proceeds from the event benefit families and organizations in the Lower Valley.

The Routt County gathering is planned for 11 a.m. Oct. 5, at the Palisade Nazarene Church, 3595 Front St., Palisade.

Cost is $2 per person or $4 per family with small children.

Take your own table setting, drink and one covered dish to share. Coffee will be provided. Those with the last name A–G take a main dish, H–R a salad and S–Z a dessert.

Call 314-9270 for more information.

In recognition of World Habitat Day Oct. 7, Habitat for Humanity of Mesa County has organized a “Spare Change” drive and will donate all proceeds to The House, A Safe Place For Teens, located in Mesa County.

The public is invited to stop by any Alpine Bank location or the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, through September, to make a donation.

Call 255-9850 for more information.

With Oktoberfest activities just around the corner now’s the perfect time to shine the spotlight on the German American Club of Western Colorado.

“Our goal is to promote the German culture, heritage and language by hosting German holiday events such as Fasching (Mardi Gras), Maifest and Oktoberfest, and by financially supporting the German language programs in the local high schoolS,” wrote president of the German American Club, Jim Witt in an email.

Oktoberfest happens from 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Sixth Street and Colorado Avenue.

Along with co-hosts Infinity Event Designs, Elks Lodge 575, and Orchard Mesa Lions Club, the event will celebrate the “German culture and heritage and enjoy German gemuetlichkeit (“comfort” according to translator), with food, beer, wine, music, entertainment and a free street dance. There will also be numerous vendors, a wiener dog race and more.

Proceeds from the event are donated for scholarships and other charitable projects related to youth.

Call Witt at 242-2657 or 209-9241 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information. You can search Facebook for the German American Club of Western Colorado page.

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