Your Town, Sept. 19, 2010

My side of the family is planning a group photo session this weekend.

It has been quite the task to organize the various elements of the extended family — grandparents, moms, dads, sons, daughters, nieces and nephews — and to arrange their work schedules for the event. The plan is for all of us to wear a tasteful mix of either gray, black, dark blue or white attire for the photos that will be taken in an outdoor setting.

With that in mind, it’s safe to say that out of the 11 of us planning to say “cheese” in unison, at least one of us will be dressed in orange stripes.


It’s amazing how families change over the course of time. In the five years since the last family photo was taken, a husband has been added to the dynamic, a sister sadly taken away, and the children are now young adults. All but one of the youngsters have graduated high school, one is engaged. Careers are being planned, bachelorhood enjoyed, hair styles and colors have changed, hairlines receded, mustaches/beards grown, inches and pounds added and various rites of “individuality”  (tattoos and piercings) have been applied.

I look forward to comparing the photo from 2005 to the one we’re planning this weekend and truly seeing how time has touched us all.

Our kids have changed so much.

Thankfully, their parents are showing absolutely no signs of aging.

I bet these folks haven’t changed a bit either.

The Fruita Union High School classes of 1950-51 will have a reunion Sept. 25-26.

For details on the get-together, call Roger Little at 245-8559.


Another (wasted) Evening with David Cooper is what the folks in the Thunder Mountain Camera Club have to look forward to at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at the River of Alliance Church, 701 24 1/2 Road.

While the program name conjures thoughts of time better spent elsewhere, have no fear — it’s about the Grand Canyon, Hidden Gems and more.

Call Kathleen at 260-7488 for information.


Grand Valley Young Professionals are hosting a duck race fundraiser to help support the local Alzheimer’s Association, during the Fruita Fall Festival Sept. 25.

To purchase a duck for $5, call the Fruita Chamber of Commerce at 858-3894. You will receive a “birth certificate” for the duck you purchased along with its name.

The Fruita Fire Department will flood the street outside the Fruita Chamber of Commerce office, 432 E. Aspen Ave., at 11:30 a.m., after the Fruita Fall Festival parade.

The ducks will be released in the stream and winning “parents” will receive two Bronco game tickets for first place; an iPod Nano for second place; and a goodie bag for third place.

All proceeds will go directly to the Alzheimer’s Association.

For information on the Grand Valley Young Professionals, visit


The Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 4663 will have its annual fundraiser for cancer aid and research, featuring a spaghetti dinner at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at the post, 3244 F 1/4 Road in Clifton.

Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children younger than 10.

Call 434-0326 for information.


Hospice will receive the proceeds from the seventh annual De Beque Cowboy Golf Tournament taking place Sept. 25-26 at the home of Tom and Ginger Latham, 1915 U.S. Highway 50 in De Beque.

There will be a putting contest, hole-in-one contest, a steak dinner and silent auction.

For information, call Karen Latham at 283-5386 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


The Veterans Golden Age Games team has begun its fundraising for next spring’s travels as well as lodging costs for team members to attend the 2012 games.

The team has scheduled a yard sale for Oct. 2 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center parking lot, 2121 North Ave. (A rain-out date would be the next Saturday, Oct. 9).

The team is seeking items for sale. Because there is no place to store the items, please pre-price the items and take them to the medical center the morning of the sale. Items will be accepted at 8 a.m., and the sale is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Call team captain Emma at 242-6175 for information.


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