Cathy Walton-Smith: Slow down on the backroads
Many of our county roads are so well maintained that the posted speed limits of 30 and 35 mph are painfully difficult to observe especially when youve got a downhill straightaway. You can probably guess that I wouldnt be writing about this if I wasnt specifically referencing my own road. Since the county paved the first mile several years ago, speeding has become a problem.It especially irritates one neighbor who seems to have tried everything from running out and yelling at drivers to having the county install the flashing speed sign that flashes like crazy when you go 1 mph over the speed limit. From time to time our countys finest are even on patrol citing drivers and giving warnings. It seems that nothing really works to get hurried drivers to slow down. Heaven knows, I do my best, but it requires serious concentration.The other day, as I cruised down the straightaway and up the next rise, I spotted a white vehicle with red and blue lights on the roof. As I slowed down and approached, I had to smile, realizing it was just a white truck with a red jug and blue backpack on the roof. This is an ingenious idea saving taxpayer dollars and getting drivers to slow down and pay attention. Not to mention, getting a chuckle out of the drivers going by.The Brown Bag Book Group will meet at the Juniper Library today, at 12:30 p.m. They will discuss Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I hope youve read this Nobel Prize winning work. Bring your lunch and join a lively discussion.Next Wednesday, Aug. 20, stop by the Juniper Library at 6:30 p.m. and get Mad for Mushrooms! presented by Judy Capra. Learn about fungi of many types; see slides and samples of local varieties and where they can be found; discuss the good and bad find out which ones are good to eat. Will this be a good year for mushrooms? Free refreshments (not mushrooms!)The next Grand Lake Art Walk is Aug. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. Stop by the Grand Lake Art Gallery for some light refreshments and view local artist Patty Alander demonstrate the fun art of creating jewelry with Precious Metal Clay. This unique material is made up of powered fine metals and an organic binder. You create pieces as you would if you were using clay, they’re dried and fired and you’re left with .999 fine metal jewelry. Other artists and events are expected at other locations on the Art Walk. The entire tour includes Grand Lake Art Gallery, 1117 Grand Ave., Arts on Park Avenue, 1117 Park Ave., JackStraw Mountain Gallery of Art & Design, 1030 Grand Ave., Lynnea Godfriaux at The Village Hub, 830 Grand Ave., Neville Studio, 928 Grand Ave., Mine Design Jewelry, 921 Grand Ave. and The Rustic Urn Fine Florist, 625 Grand Ave. Maps are available at all locations, start the tour at any of these businesses.With Labor Day weekend fast approaching, save Sunday, Aug.31, for Tombstone Tales. Tickets will be going on sale soon for this annual re-enactment of historic characters at our own Grand Lake Cemetery. Shows are starting earlier this year in an effort to avoid the risk of a downpour (if that should happen there is a backup plan). The starting time is moved up to 11 a.m., with a new show starting every half hour with the last show at 2:30 p.m. The Grand Lake Art Gallery is selling tickets at $10 – adult and $5 – kids under 12, or call Barbara Ahrens at (970) 627-3097. This years former citizens will be James W. Mitchell and his wife Polly Yarger Mitchell; Doc Duty, Carolyn Pratt Holzwarth, Henry Schnoor, and Teina Lehman. While youre out and about this week ask Moby why he sings at breakfast . . . ask Peggy Mann how she did in competition . . . and ask Steve Cormey why tourists taste like chicken.Get ready for back-to-school.
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