Your Town, Aug. 22, 2010

My son was rummaging through the numerous photo albums I have compiled over the years, looking for old school photos from his elementary days. He was hoping to find some of his childhood friends on Facebook and was jotting down names from the class photos.

There was a time when I was the queen of photo processing and organizing, as detailed by chronologically filed albums that are stored on a shelf in the closet.

Lately, photo organization has become a thorn in my side. In the age of digital, the simplicity of loading photos on the desktop has replaced the thrill of days-gone-by when I’d drop a roll of film in the slot at the store, wait a few days, then eagerly thumb through the images after they’d been processed. I’d take the new prints home and promptly store them in the photo sleeves for anyone to turn pages and reminisce. Done.

With all the fun stuff that happens in life and the ease of snapping the digital camera — it seems I’ve lost that one step in preserving the “Kodak moment.” After taking the picture, I look at the image on the camera to see if it’s to my liking, then later browse through the photos again on the camera. I’ll load them to the computer, look at them again with a slide show, back them up to a disk, and clear the camera’s memory card. Done.

So why do I still feel stranded on top of the Empire State Building — two years after our trip to New York City? To me vacation’s really not over, until the prints are in the album.

Simplicity. Why does it have to be so hard?

What’s in your attic?

Time to dust off the old photo albums (we’re talking 40-50 years ago) and help create a piece of history to share with the community.

The Legends Project Committee — the folks who oversee the planning of the sculptures that commemorate historic Grand Valley figures — are seeking help from the community in locating old photos of major players of the Foresight Project.

These were the planners that were instrumental in creating the look of downtown Grand Junction.

The Legends Project goal is to preserve Grand Junction’s rich, colorful history through bronze renditions. Downtown visitors are already enjoying the sculptures of Hollywood director (and Grand Junction native) Dalton Trumbo in front of the Avalon Theater, publisher Walter Walker, in front of Sentinel Square and William Moyer, builder of the Lincoln Park swimming pool, on display in front of Alpine Bank.

The unveiling of the bronze sculpture of Sister Mary Balbina, one of the founders of St. Mary’s Hospital, will be in mid-October. Her sculpture will be positioned on the northwest corner of Seventh and Main streets. John Otto’s statue is being cast now and will be completed by 2011 —in time for the 100th anniversary of Colorado National Monument.

The final rendering will be the tribute to the Foresight Project — honoring the downtown vision.

This is where you can help.

If you think you might have some photos of that activity (taking place in the 1960s) that the committee can incorporate into this display, e-mail Jackie Chappell Reid at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Thunder Mountain Camera Club will have its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the River of Alliance Church, 701 24 1/2 Road.

The camera club meets the fourth Tuesday of the month. August’s program will be a continuation of how to take “people” pictures, and monthly competition results will be reviewed.

Call Kathleen, 260-7488, for information.


Don’t forget — the deadline for entries to the 2011 City of Grand Junction calendar is Sept. 1.

Submit black and white photos (a limit of five) and a disk with high resolution (300 dpi) electronic files (either jpg or tif) of these photos to Sam Rainguet, communications and community relations coordinator, City of Grand Junction, 250 N. Fifth St., Grand Junction 81501.

The calendar is distributed to more than 30,000 homes and business in the Grand Valley, and winning photographs in the calendar will be credited.

Call 244-1507 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.


You don’t have to have a picture-perfect golf game to participate in the Sam Safken Foundation Golf Scramble on Aug. 28 — just a desire to help a great cause.

Check in is 6:30 a.m. and the fun starts at 8 a.m., at Adobe Creek Golf Course. There will be prizes for first, second and third places, closest to the pin prizes, and longest drive prizes, plus mulligans for sale, door prizes and hole-in-one prizes.

Cost is $300 for a team of four.

Call 243-8338 or 216-416 for information.

You can get items in Planner the following ways:

Mail items to Community News, P.O. Box 668, Grand Junction 81502.

Please include time, date, place, address and phone number.

E-mail them to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Bring them to 734 S. Seventh St.

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