Your Town, Sept. 8, 2013

A show of hands ... how many readers know that today is Grandparents Day?

How many know what Grandparent’s Day represents?

According to, West Virginia housewife, Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, initiated a campaign in 1970 to set aside a special day just for grandparents. The first Grandparents Day was proclaimed in 1973 in West Virginia by Gov. Arch Moore. That same year a Grandparents Day resolution was introduced in the United States Senate, only to have “languished in committee.”

McQuade and her team sought media support and contacted governors, senators, and congressmen in every state.

“And they sent letters to churches, businesses, and numerous national organizations interested in senior citizens.”

In 1978, the United States Congress passed legislation proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day and a proclamation was signed by President Jimmy Carter.

September was chosen for the holiday to signify the ‘autumn years’ of life, the website said.

Grandparents Day encourages a day of blending generations, telling stories, and sharing special talents, while not forgetting shut-ins and those in nursing homes who are unable to be with their families or have no families,” the website said.

“Every effort must be made to include these people in the mainstream through cards, community projects and visitation at times other than just holidays.”

Happy Grandparents Day.

The Palisade American Legion Auxiliary will have a poppy drive from 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Wednesday, in front of the Rimrock Wal-Mart.

Donations to the Auxiliary’s Poppy Program provides therapy for handicapped and hospitalized veterans. Call 623-0146 for more information.

The Chinle Cactus & Succulent Society’s next monthly meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, in the Sagebrush Room at the Mesa County Fairgrounds at Veterans Memorial Park.

“Plants That Grow With Cactus” will be offered by Ann Barrett, owner of Meadowlark Gardens. Barrett’s presentation will offer ideas for using a variety of companion plants to increase interest in cactus gardens.

Call Maryann Benoit at 270-3287 or visit for more information.

A Girl Scout Fun Day is planned for 1–4 p.m. Saturday at the north end of Sherwood Park.

Girls are invited to attend and participate in games and visit other fun activities. There will be a weather station, touch-a-truck, and an instrument petting zoo. Roice-Hurst Humane Society will be on hand — take a wish list item from the list posted at

There will be prizes for games and a participation patch.

Cost is $3 per girl and $1 for adults. Visit and click on “activity finder” to register, or call Virginia or Kathy at 242-4461 for information.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to play cribbage or improve your skills?

The public is invited to sign up for Cribbage I or Cribbage II classes that will be offered beginning Sept. 17, at Western Colorado Community College.

Call 255-9222 to register.

The League of Women Voters of Mesa County is the spotlight organization for this week’s Your Town.

According to the League,  “The nonpartisan political organization encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy.”

“The League strives to implement those beliefs at the local — the grassroots — level in Mesa County and in western Colorado. The League assists and encourages voter education, information and recruitment throughout the area and strives to work cooperatively with others with common interests.”

The League will present a free community presentation on building grassroots organizations at 7 p.m. Monday, in room 221 of the University Center at Colorado Mesa University.

Members of other community organizations with an interest in growing their membership and developing leaders, are invited to attend. Margie Beal, past president of the League of Women Voters of Colorado, will give the informative presentation. A social with light refreshments will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Visit for more information.

Western Colorado Congress will have its 33rd annual meeting Sept. 21–22.

“Color Us Colorado” will take place on the Grand Mesa, featuring fall colors, educational hikes, informative issue presentations and discussion, dancing, local foods, fun and companionship.

Non-members are welcome. Visit to see a schedule of events and more information, or call 256-7650.

If you graduated from Palisade High School in the 1960s or taught students during that time, make plans to attend a reunion, happening Sept. 27–28.

The Palisade High classes of 1962-63 are planning reunion activities for all classes and teachers from the 1960s, taking place during Palisade High School Homecoming weekend.

The alumni will be at the homecoming parade Sept. 27 and will host dinners at the Wine Country Inn that night. There will be a number of alumni attending the homecoming game Sept. 28, at the Palisade High School football field.

All members of classes from the 1960s are invited to attend.

Call Judy at 250-1303 to register.

The Western Colorado Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America is seeking current, former or retired officers from any branch of services, including Active, Reserve and National Guard officers.

Potential Chapter members and guests are invited to a free, get-acquainted dinner at 5 p.m. Sept. 28, at the Commemorative Air Force building, at the Grand Junction Regional Airport. Dress is casual. Call Don at 241-8714 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information and directions.

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