Mobile Junction: December 09, 2009

Trees — and smells — at Boy Scout lot

AMY HAMILTON/The Daily Sentinel
BOY SCOUTS MAX WATSON, left, and Kai Hurley trim a tree for customer Bob Bellacqua on Monday at the Christmas tree sales lot behind Gene Taylor’s Sporting Goods.

Trees — and smells — at Boy Scout lot

If for no other reason, it’s worth a visit to the Christmas tree lot behind Gene Taylor’s for the sweet smell of fir and pine trees.

Proceeds from the trees being sold by Boy Scout Troop 303, of course, help a good cause. The more than 50 troop members will use the funds they earn to head to camp this summer.

Scouts Kai Hurley and Max Watson, both of whom are homeschooled, worked Monday during nippy temperatures under clouds that seemed to hold the promise of snow.

“It beats popcorn sales,” said Hurley, bundled in a jacket and gloves.

The troop has never had a problem selling out of its selections Noble firs, Grand firs and Douglas firs. The trees range from about 2 feet to 10 feet in height.

On Saturday, members of the Grand Junction Lions Club donated $100 to purchase trees that went to three families in Habitat for Humanity homes.

Dragonfly has drivers buzzing

For about the past two months, “Sarah,” a giant dragonfly sculpture on top of All Star Tinting, has been staring down motorists heading north on Ninth Street.

Some folks immediately noticed the large, sheet metal sculpture, said Mike Kruger, who, along with his wife, Jeanie, owns the building at 914 South Ave.

Others, upon noticing it recently for the first time, ask questions.

Kruger, an art lover himself, has long had his eye on the piece made by local artist Dave Bowen.

Bowen’s other works include a playful sculpture of a dinosaur riding a bicycle at the corner of Second and Main streets.

After coaxing Bowen into selling the piece, Kruger thought the best place to display the piece was in the area dense with automotive and repair businesses.

“We’ll just call it ‘Art on the Roof’ instead of ‘Art on the Corner,’ ” Kruger said, in referring to the city’s art program.



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