Your Town, Dec. 30, 2012

Top 10 lists are quite popular this time of year, recognizing significant events or things that made an impact on our lives during the past 12 months.

There are top 10 lists for just about anything you can think of — songs in all genres, YouTube videos, news or sports stories, people, weather events and on and on. The lists can be categorized as Top 10 Best, or Top 10 Worst, depending on your point of view.

Here’s wishing you the best of the new year, and hoping that the worst is behind you.

Happy New Year!

The Palisade Sunrise Rotary, in existence for only three years, regularly contributes to several community organizations and efforts, and this year the giving has been particularly exceptional.

“Each month our executive board considers a wide range of requests for funding,” Mark Liff, president of Palisade Sunrise Rotary, said in a news release.

“Thanks to our members, we are able to fund or at least partially fund a lot of great ideas for not only Palisade, but also the entire area. We’re always thinking about the best ways we can help.”

Among the contributions was the children’s dictionary give-away, in which third-graders at Taylor and Mesa View elementary schools received a free illustrated dictionary of their own.

Bank of the West and FCI Constructors also contributed $500 each to the annual project. Other area Rotary clubs also participate, providing dictionaries for many other elementary schools.

Other notable donations in 2012 were Palisade Sunrise Rotary Basketball Tournament, $500; Palisade Historical Society, $1,500 toward Palisade history coloring books for grade schools in the area; Palisade High School Band, $100; Mesa County Libraries, $50; Hurricane Sandy relief fund, $100; RotarAct Club, $400; and Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE).

Visit palisadecorotary.org for information.

Members and former members are invited to attend Grand Mesa Jeep Club’s annual banquet Jan. 12 at Fiesta Guadalajara, 710 North Ave.

Social hour starts at 6 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner at 7 p.m. Dinner will be followed by awards, door prizes, presentations and dessert.

Cost is $10 per person for all-you-can-eat and includes soft drinks. Pre-register by sending a check for $10 per person to G.M. Jeep Club, P.O. Box 4915, Grand Junction, 81502, no later than Friday.

Call Janie at 858-1394 or email
 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Vestafjell Lodge of the Sons of Norway will meet at 2 p.m. Jan. 13 at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 3133 F Road.

Diane Molter of Denver will present the program on “Scandinavian Pioneers Connection to the Orphan Trains,” and Janice Koppang will entertain with a humorous story about Norwegians.

Lodge officers for 2013 will also be installed by Zone 8 Director Linda Ault. 

Wear your Norwegian sweater and take a dessert or a side dish to go with the chili and soup that will be provided for lunch.

Guests are welcome. Call Bud at 242-3396 or Barb at 245-5649 or visit www.
vestafjelllodge.org for information.

The Mesa County Women’s Network will meet from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Jan. 8 at Spring Hill Suites, 236 Main St.

The luncheon will feature “Work/Life Balance,” by Kristin Donahue, and members of the public are invited to join the group.

The donation recipient will be Play Back Sport. Pre-register for the luncheon by noon Thursday, using the tab at http://www.mcwn.org. Cost for the meeting and lunch for members is $16 with a reservation, or $20 for all guests. Pre-payment is now required online at http://www.mcwn.org.

For information about Mesa County Women’s Network, call Rowena Boroughs at 216-1232 or email Rowena@
TheKimbroughTeam.com.

The first Western Slope Food and Farming Forum is planned for 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Montrose County Fairgrounds, Friendship Hall, in Montrose.

The conference will provide education, resources and networking for Western Slope producers and landowners with the goal of sustainably improving production, marketing and consumption of locally grown food.

Whether you have a half-acre or hundreds of acres, the conference will have information and contacts for you to be successful.

Specific topics presented include “How to Start a Small Acreage Ag Business” with proper crop production and business planning, and “How to Create and Launch a Buying Club.” Several other seminars will be offered.

For information on vendor booths or registration, call the CSU Tri-River Area Extension at 249-3935.

Submit your Planner and community news items by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), by fax at 244-8578, or by mail to P.O. Box 668, Grand Junction, CO, 81502. Items to be considered for Your Town should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.


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