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Cathy Walton-Smith: I’m ready for any sign of spring

Cathy Walton-Smith
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Saturday night we move our clocks ahead one hour as we go into daylight saving time. It’s earlier this year than in the past. But I’m ready for any sign of spring. It seems like Old Man Winter has really had a strangle hold on us this year. But he loosened up for a few days last week and allowed our icy and snow-packed roads to clear up. But it seems like every time I need to drive over Berthoud Pass, we are delivered a whiteout and ground blizzards. At least, starting next week, it may be dark a little later in the morning, but that extra hour of daylight at night is really going to come in handy.

I have no cocktail recipe to celebrate this event. However, I’m sure some of my friends do.

Celebrate anyway. In the infamous words of Martha Stewart,”It’s a good thing.”

If you have been thinking about running for a seat on the Grand Lake Town Board of Trustees, it’s officially too late to become a candidate. However, you may file as a write-in candidate until March 12. This year’s election promises to be interesting with three people running for mayor and four running for Town Trustee. Incumbent mayor, Judy Burke, is up for re-election. Also running are Glenn Harrington and Russ Martin.

On the trustee side of things, Pat Engelhardt and Glenn Harrington will be leaving their seats on the board. Up for re-election is Kathy Lewis. Others running for a seat are Joanne Jewell, Gary Gates and Elmer Lanzi. We need responsible and informed people running Grand Lake. Please listen to what these folks have to say, and take the time to vote on April 1. If you are not registered, it’s too late. However, absentee ballots are available if you plan to be away for Spring Break that day.

Next week, the Grand Lake Juniper Library has several events. On Wednesday, March 12, at 6:30 p.m., be an Armchair Traveler. Go to Africa the easy way. There will be a free slideshow presented by Grand Lake residents Joan and Steve Boyle. Their travels took them on safari in Botswana, where they saw abundant wildlife including elephants, lions, baboons and giraffes. Learn about tent camps, game drives and bush walks. See a “wet and wonderful” side trip to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Refreshments will be served.

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Then, next Thursday, March 13, at 12:30 p.m. join the Brown Bag Book Group. Bring your lunch and join the discussion of America Alone, by Mark Steyn. “The future, as Steyn shows, belongs to the fecund and the confident. And the Islamist are both, while the West (is) wedded to a multiculturalism that undermines its own confidence.” ” from the publisher. Call Edie at (970) 627-8353 for more information.

This is the last week of Snow Shoot 2009 in Grand Lake. This annual private media event is hosted by our town and the Chamber of Commerce. There are many opportunities now for us to show off. All businesses are encouraged to stay open extended hours. There will be magazine and other media representatives here writing about and photographing Grand Lake, and we need to show our best side. Please don’t hesitate to introduce yourself and tell one of our stories.Several hundred people will participate in this event ” and they will all be in town.

The Bear’s Den is offering up a series of Murder Mystery Dinners to to help get us through the next few months of cabin fever. On March 15, join the cast of “Luck of the Irish,” on April 19, it’s “Murder at the 4 Deuces” in a ’20s gangster setting, and on May 17, drag out your poodle skirt and roll up the sleeves on your t-shirts for “The Sock Hop.” Call 627-3385 for reservations as seating is limited.

Happy Daylight Saving Day.

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