Cathy-Walton Smith Springtime in the Rockies looks good from Grand Lake |

Cathy-Walton Smith Springtime in the Rockies looks good from Grand Lake

Cathy-Walton Smith / View from the Lake

I have started down the path of reporting the first signs of spring each week. With all the warm weather we had in February, it wasnt hard. But now that the chill of winter has settled in on us again, its a challenge. But this week we get a free one with daylight saving time kicking in. If youre not on it yet, then youre late for work.Years ago probably 13 or 14 I had the privilege of working with Rose Baer for a brief time when she worked for this newspaper. Somehow, after that, our paths never seemed to cross until I ran into her a couple of years ago and she told me of her battle with breast cancer. For me, Rose was a shooting star that came in and out of my life. Someone I always thought I would call again and wed have lunch and catch up. Now she is gone and its too late. Rose will truly be missed by many of us in Grand County.A series of free, educational classes is being offered every other week in March.How to Grow Your Own Food in Grand County offered by C.S.U. Extension, in partnership with Morales Farm and Grand County Libraries. 1. Composting -Reduce your household waste by 1/3 (thereby helping your community,) and improve your garden Fri., Mar. 13 at Juniper Library, 4 – 6 PM.Subsequent classes will be on: 2. What grows easily in this area, how to do germination tests on seeds, how to order seeds, etc. 3. How to start growing transplants in your house toimprove your harvest. 4. Your garden layout, raised beds, how to connect your garden area to your house. Call the Juniper Library at 627-8353 for more information.March is snowshoeing month in Rocky Mountain National Park. Meet at the Kawuneeche Visitor Center at 9:00 a.m. on these Saturdays: March 14 & 28, to get in on the fun. Call 627-3471 for more info.Cabin Fever Follies is coming up in April. Don’t be a shrinking violet. Work up your act and make sure you appear in this local talent show put on in Grand Lake by the Grand Arts Council. If you want to be one of the acts please contact Jan Sears at 887-0339or Linda Carlson at 627-3895 right away! The show time is limited and you don’t want to be left out.The show is April 25th so you need to start practicing now! You may also purchase an ad in the program. Contact Schelly Olson at 720-371-9358.On Saturday, March 21, plan to join the Grand Opening celebration of the newly renovated Grand Arts Center on Park Ave. in Grand Lake. Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with facility tours, silent auction, door prizes, food, libations, and a free concert. An Original Americana Hootenanny. Kort McCumber knows, writes, plays, and sings good songs steeped in tradition, honed over a musical lifetime and brought to life in the present. Americana at its best, equal parts folk, country blues and bluegrass with a healthy dose of something fresh. Good songs well rendered. You dont want to miss this one. The auction will feature all local artists and their art. Please call me at 531-3055 if you would like to contribute your work or make a donation. While youre out and about this week ask your neighbor where they are going for spring break … ask your bartender if youre really their only customer of the day … and ask Galene Ore how Grand County got featured in the New York Times.Ah, springtime in the Rockies. View my real estate blog at Read the latest on the current state of real estate in the Grand County area. Check it out and send me your comments to You can also use that e-mail address to send news for this column.

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