Your Town, Jan. 31, 2010

An open letter to a rodent:

Dear Mr. Groundhog (aka Punxsatawney Phil),

Would it be too much trouble — when you emerge from your cozy hibernation early Tuesday morning — that you do everything imaginably possible to see your shadow, therefore predicting an early spring?

You see, we’ve had it up to here with the cold, dreary weather this winter. Every once in a while, we’re teased by sunny skies and warmer days, only to be buried under inches of snow again. We’re wanting to get outdoors to hike, bike, run, golf and play, but the continued white stuff on the valley floor is stifling that.

I don’t mind if you keep the snow up in the mountains where it belongs, (although they’re probably getting kind of tired of it, too), but here in the valley, enough is enough.

Your attention to this request is much appreciated. Thank you in advance.

Your friend in Colorado, Tammy

P.S. In the event that you predict another six weeks of winter, I believe it’s only fair to warn you that I have discovered several tasty stew recipes on the Internet and the main ingredient is groundhog.

No pressure, just thought you’d like to know.

Local writers Steve and Denise Hight are compiling a photographic history of Fruita that will be published by Arcadia Publishing later this year or early 2011.

The Fruita book will include approximately 200 images of Fruita and the surrounding areas, and the Hights are seeking historic photographs and postcards as well as other photographic images such as advertising to include in the book.

Photos can be of buildings, homes, farms, recognizable landscapes, activities, people, events and more. Images will be scanned and the originals will be returned to the owners. If known, information about the photos — dates, locations, names, etc. — would be appreciated. Acknowledgements will be included in the photo credits.

Call the Hights at 858-6375 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.


Active, reserve, retired, honorable discharged and FMF Navy Corpsmen are eligible for membership in the Robert L. Crites Jr. Detachment of the Marine Corps League.

The next monthly meeting is from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3981, 503 1/2 Florence Road.

Call Stephen A. Hildebrand at 523-6414 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.


The Grand Junction, Fruita and Palisade city councils will present proclamations in support of 100 years of Boy Scouts in America at meetings in the coming weeks.

The Western Colorado Council of Boy Scouts of America encourages all community members to attend these meetings: Grand Junction City Council, 7 p.m. Feb. 1; Fruita City Council meeting, 7 p.m. Feb. 2; and Palisade City Council meeting, 7 p.m. Feb. 9.

Call Keith Alder, council executive at 243-0346 or Johneth McGinty, Scouting 100 Years Committee at 243-1480 or 314-6867 for information.


The Thunder Mountain Camera Club has elected new officers for the new year.

Mike Brown, a retired professional photographer with more than 51 years experience in photography, is the club’s president; Jordan Hamm, a sophomore at Fruita Monument High School, is vice president; Ona Griffiths is treasurer; and Marie Reed is secretary.

Meetings are the fourth Tuesday of the month at River of Life Alliance Church, 701 24 1/2 Road.

Anyone interested in joining the club during its 29th year is welcome to call Kathleen at 260-7488 for information.


Are the present economic conditions having a negative effect on your well-being?

The Counseling and Education Center, a private, nonprofit organization at 2708 Patterson Road, offers professional counseling to all residents of Mesa County. Some insurances are accepted and a sliding fee scale is available for uninsured clients.

Services include counseling for individual and relationship problems worsened by the economic downturn, depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder symptoms, anger management and behavioral problems of children and adolescents. There is a Spanish-speaking counselor, and day and evening appointments are available. Call 243-9539 for information.


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