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Laurie Henderhan: West Grand prepares to graduate 26 this weekend

Laurie Henderhan/West Side Stories
Kremmling, CO Colorado

Memorial Day weekend is upon us. Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868, by General John Logan, Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. The holiday was first observed on May 30, 1868. Graves of Union and Confederate soldiers in Arlington National Cemetery were decorated.

New York was the first state to recognize Decoration Day in 1873, and by 1890 all northern states observed the day. The South refused to acknowledge Decoration Day, honoring their dead on separate days until after WW I, when the day was changed from honoring Civil War dead to honoring Americans who died in any war.

When the holiday was changed to be observed on the last Monday of May, rather than the 30th of May, many saw it as simply another three day weekend and the true meaning of Memorial Day has slipped away.

With our country involved in war again, let’s do our part to remember the fallen heroes of our country and give them the respect and honor due.

Another West Grand school year comes to a close, and 26 graduates and their families will be celebrating the end of 12 years of study, with graduation on Saturday, May 29. The graduation ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. at West Grand High School. Congratulations to the graduating seniors and their families.

Graduation for another group of students just starting their school years will be Thursday evening, May 27. The Kremmling Preschool will hold graduation for rising kindergartners at 6:30 p.m. at the high school auditorium.

Summer is coming closer and there are many ways for us to spend our time. Aside from the usual outdoor activities here are a couple of ways to have some fun and spend some quality time.

• Adult women’s dance class will be starting this week at the Allington Inn. The class will start on the May 26 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the conference room at the hotel. The cost will be $7 per class. Call 724-1127 or 406-1499 for more info about the dance class.

• If dance isn’t your style, maybe you would like to try yoga. Every Monday evening yoga classes are conducted at the Community Church. Yoga increases strength and flexibility and calms the mind. The poses can help relieve pain and stress and improve fitness and sleep. Wear comfortable clothing, bring a mat, a blanket, a strap ( some are available for use), and allow 2 hours after a full meal. The classes are $12, and the instructor is Margaret Strom, RYT. Contact Margaret at 726-5786 or for more info about the classes.

The Grand County Library District is offering an outreach program. The program offers free delivery and pickup of library materials once a month to patrons who are unable to come to the library due to illness or disability. There are sign up forms for the program at the post office or from the library. Contact Emily at the Kremmling Library for more information about the program.

Condolences are extended to the family of Floyd Anderson, longtime Kremmling resident and former Mountain Parks Electric supervisor. Floyd and his wife Donna had moved to Grand Junction after his retirement. He passed away last month after an accident. Our sympathy to Donna and their son Calvin and his family. We have many fond memories of Floyd and Donna and their kindness to us and to their many friends.

Sympathy is also extended to the Bumgarner family in the loss of their patriarch, Welton. One of the longtime pioneers of Grand County, Welton will be missed by many, and our thoughts are with his family.

– Contact me with your events, programs, and questions at, 970-531-2431 or 724-9575. I’ll return on June 9. Have a good and safe holiday.

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