Your Town, March 28, 2010

Nessie our dog is helping rake the backyard this spring.

It’s a perfect arrangement — she rolls around in the brown grass, leftover dead leaves, and shrubbery and then tracks it all into the house each time she comes in.

I simply take the broom to the tile (or vacuum to the carpet) and voila — leaves be gone.

Every day. Sometimes twice a day.

I know there’s an easier way, but she loves the job and has such a great work ethic. I can always count on her to do her part. She doesn’t expect much either — a scratch behind the ears, a dog biscuit now and then — and she’s right back at it.

Again and again.

Hurry up grass and turn green.


Do you have a purple thumb?

The Western Colorado African Violet Society’s next meeting is at 7 p.m. April 14. The society is a hands-on program that includes culture, show and tell, educational programs and demonstrations on how to grow, care for and groom African violets and their relative plants.

All interested are invited to attend. Take any problem plants and ask questions. The society meets the second Wednesday of each month.

Call Florence at 257-1718 for information.


The Mesa County Women’s Network will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 6, at Two Rivers Convention Center.

The nonprofit organization’s mission is to provide women a forum for networking, education and encouragement. The luncheon will feature an interactive networking activity. The donation recipient will be Latimer House, an organization that helps women who are victims of domestic violence. The needs include items that a person would need if she had left her house in an emergency and could never go back.

Cost for the meeting and lunch is $12. RSVP for the luncheon by noon Thursday, using the tab at Web site


Winners of the 2010 “Write On Goes Wild” writing contest have been announced.

Winning entries in the contest, sponsored by the Blue Sage Center for the Arts in Paonia and the Delta County Libraries’ Big Read, will be published in the 2010 “Write On Goes Wild” anthology. It will be available in May at Expressions Bookstore in Paonia and the Blue Sage Center for the Arts.

Those with stories in the anthology are Diane Sylvain, Dan Chisholm Jamie Bryson, Thomas Wills, Wes Perrin, Marion Conger Stewart, Christie Aschwanden, Michael Soule and Marla Bishop.

Those with poetry are James Schott, Stewart, Karen Fogg, Tara Edna Miller, Diane Hammond, Marylee Hauze, Steve Harper and Karen Gallob.


The Kiwanis Club of Grand Junction is offering members of the public the opportunity to meet club members and consider the future possibility of becoming a member of a local service organization that helps children in need, while having fun and enjoying camaraderie at the same time.

An open house for anyone interested will be from 5 to 7 p.m. April 7 at Omar’s Catering, 801 N. First St.

There will be complimentary snacks and beverages, and visitors can meet people excited about serving Kiwanis and community. (As a worldwide service organization, Kiwanis has about 600,000 members in more than 80 countries).

Local Kiwanis Clubs have two major fundraisers each year — Kiwanis Pancake Day, scheduled for June 11, and Oktoberfest on Oct. 2 this year.

For information, call Vikki Bell, 260-7711, e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or president Mailyn D’Aponti, 245-0259, e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


A photo by Mary J. Snyder of Montrose was chosen from more than 350 entries as the winner of the Montrose County land-use master plan photo contest.

Her photo was taken in the Coal Creek area, and the image will appear on the cover of the Land Use Master Plan document.


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