Janet Day: What a great start to the season
Fraser Valley, CO Colorado
Super Start: The long Memorial Day holiday weekend brought us a great start to the summer with perfect weather for a change.
Everyone and everything was out and about. Moose sightings abounded. Residents grabbed spades and rakes to get yards in shape. Town flower beds were uncovered. Even the plants made a show of things, with new green leaves sprouting on trees or pretty pink blossoms on creeping phlox and other wildflowers.
The best part was seeing a nice line of traffic into the county. People in vehicles loaded with mountain bikes or pulling boats arrived, had a great time, spent money and went back home – just how we like it. Let’s hope the rest of the summer offers as much in terms of weather and visitation.
The weekend also seemed to kick off road construction season. Cone zones are cropping up throughout the county so please pay attention, slow down and keep the highway workers safe.
U.S. 40 over Berthoud Pass could use some repair work again. The “Road Damage Ahead” signs posted on the side of the road every so often make me laugh since I usually see them after I’ve hit a crater-sized pothole.
Party in your PJs: Middle Park Land Trust, our local land conservation organization, is throwing a party to celebrate its 15th anniversary and no one is invited. That’s right, no one. That’s because the celebration actually is a non-party. There are no tickets to buy and no fancy clothes to put on. There’s no silent auction, no small talk with the same people you see at every event, no sore feet or indigestion from standing around eating appetizers all night.
The land trust’s non-party anniversary celebration simply asks people to make a donation to support protecting Grand County’s natural beauty. It encourages us all to get out and enjoy those special places. Contributions go directly to land conservation programs and not to the costs of hosting a party.
For more details or to make a donation, contact the land trust at 970.887.1177 or go to http://www.middleparklandtrust.org.
June 19 brings another fun benefit event that requires no dressing up. The annual Grand County Pet Pals Garage Sale will be held at Alpine Acres on County Road 5 near the Pole Creek Golf Course entrance. Find your own treasures from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. All proceeds from sales at the home of Jill Childress will be donated to Pet Pals to help them keep lost, abandoned and neglected animals safe and available for adoption.
Business Buddies: Business Without Borders is reviving its “Promo Pal” program in which two small business owners team up to help support and promote each other’s work. A new version of the program will be introduced at the organization’s June 16 networking mixer at Winter Park Chateau. The gathering starts at 5:30 p.m.
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