Local Briefs, Sept. 2, 2011

Counseling center plans party

The Counseling and Education Center is commemorating 30 years in the business of providing counseling services to Mesa County residents and will have an anniversary lawn party from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 8 on the lawn at the center, 2708 Patterson Road.

The event is open to the public.

For information, call 243-9539.

Lions to place flags at homes

The Redlands Lions Club will display flags for customers in the Seasons, Tiarado, Panorama, South Broadway and Redlands Village areas on Monday, in recognition of Labor Day.

Flags are placed in front of residences on nine holidays a year, during the delivery year of July 1-June 30. Cost is $30 and the fee can be prorated.

For information or to order service, call Chuck Stevenson at 242-3222 or Skip Hughes at 243-6785.

Three agencies receive funds

The Grand Junction Lions Club will present checks to three local nonprofit organizations at its noon meeting Tuesday at Two Rivers Convention Center.

The presentations are part of the monetary pledges made to community organizations with funds raised during the 82nd annual Carnival and Parade in February.

Mesa County Search and Rescue will receive $10,000 for a mobile transmission tower; Colorado Mesa University, $5,000 for the Houston Hall renovation project; and Western Slope Center for Children, $3,178 for three portable FM systems, two televisions and a laptop.

Call 201-3420 for information.

Pet food drive is scheduled

In conjunction with Hunger Action Month, Turn the Page Used Book Store, 119 E. Aspen Ave., Fruita, is sponsoring a pet food drive from Sept. 1 to Oct. 1, to benefit Western Slope Food Bank of the Rockies.

All patrons who bring in a bag of cat or dog food will receive 15 percent off the purchase of a used book.

Call 243-3937 or 261-5778 for information.

Saddlehorn to be refurbished

Colorado National Monument is seeking volunteers to help spruce up Saddlehorn Campground on National Public Lands Day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 24.

Through a generous grant from REI, the project includes refurbishing picnic tables, building tent pads, and building trail in Loop C, a popular destination for student campers.

Those interested in volunteering to help with this project, should call Amy Ashman, at 858-3617 ext. 366, or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to register.

Cards, letters sought for vets

The final Western Slope Honor Flight is requesting letters and cards of thanks to be included in the “mail call” portion of the trip which honors veterans of World War II.

Service clubs, schools, family and friends are encouraged to write letters to these members of the “Greatest Generation.”

Send letters to Western Slope Honor Flight, Attention: Mail Call, or a specific veteran’s name, P.O. Box 3950, Grand Junction 81502.

The trip will take place Sept. 21-22 and “mail call” is the highlight of the return flight.

For information, call 242-8758 or 434-6598.

Cleaning will close dining site

The Gray Gourmet Fruita dining site at the Fruita Community Center, 324 N. Coulson St., will be closed Sept. 5-9.

Large maintenance projects will be taking place during that time at the center. Staff and subcontractors will perform a deep cleaning and make necessary repairs that cannot be done with guests in the building.

Gray Gourmet meals will resume at the Fruita Community Center Sept. 12.

For more information, call 243-9844, ext. 2.

Branch libraries change hours

Hours of operation at several Mesa County Libraries branches will be adjusted beginning in September to improve convenience for library users and to allow more evening programs and classes at the branch locations.

The new hours take effect Tuesday.

Clifton Branch: Monday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tuesday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Wednesday through Friday 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

De Beque Branch: From September through May, hours will be Tuesday through Friday 3-7 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. From June through August, hours will be Tuesday and Wednesday 3 p.m.-7 p.m., and Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Fruita Branch: Monday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Orchard Mesa Branch: Monday through Wednesday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thursday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Palisade Branch: (new hours will take effect when the branch’s new location opens in early October) – Tuesday and Wednesday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thursday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Hours at the Central library and branches in Collbran and Gateway will not change.

Food bank needs driver

RSVP has a number of volunteer positions for those ages 55 and older:

Administrative specialist urgently needed for Mesa County administration

Driver, interviewer and packer at Community Food Bank

Bookstore volunteers and Literacy Center tutors at Mesa County Libraries

Food pantry specialist for Grand Valley Catholic Outreach

Bingo helpers for Roice-Hurst Humane Society

Call 243-9839 or visit http://www.rsvpgrandjunction. org for more opportunities.

August hottest ever in Denver

DENVER — The hot weather continues along Colorado’s Front Range after the hottest August in Denver’s history.

The National Weather Service said Thursday that August had an average temperature of 77 degrees, beating the previous record of 76.8 set in 1937. The temperature was in the 90s on 22 days during the month, tying the number seen in Augusts in 1995 and 1960.

In Colorado’s mountains, meanwhile, truckers are being reminded to get ready for snow.

From Thursday through the end of May, commercial vehicles on Interstate 70 between Dotsero and Morrison are required to carry chains in their vehicles in case of snow.


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