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Walton-Smith – Spring’s chirping at the door

Cathy Walton-Smith/View from the Lake
Grand Lake CO Colorado

National recognition is always a good thing when you live and work in a place as small as Grand Lake. Sometimes more goes on here than meets the eye. When I stopped in at Jack Straw Gallery last week, Marjorie Cranston handed me the April issue of Log Home Living. Inside, on page 32, is an eight page feature spread on Cordon and Paula McClurg’s home in Mountain Shadows Estates. After thumbing through the pages several times I kept thinking I’ve been there. And, yes, I have . . . when the Grand Arts Council had its Art and Architecture home dinner there a couple of years ago.

In addition to Marjorie being credited for the interior design, Grand Lake Log Homes (Ed and Cathy Hobbs) was the builder, Vision Ink Design (Lisa Simpson) was the architect, and Harrington Landscapes (Paul Harrington) were all mentioned in the publication.

Thursday night, the Circle H closes the winter events with a performance of a local couple from the Fraser area, “Ali and Brian Grayson.” Hearing rave reviews from many locals it should be another special night. “Tara Smith,” a painter, and the Middle Park High School art teacher will be the featured artist.

Marilyn Binkley, on Spring birds: “Well, it looks like spring is really on its way. In the last three days we’ve seen the return of Red-winged Blackbirds, Red Crossbills, Cassin’s Finches, a report of a robin in Columbine lake, a report of Mountain Bluebirds, and I saw an Osprey on Highway 34 about 3 miles north of Granby. I’m not sure where the Osprey will be feeding since there isn’t lots of open water yet. The Pygmy Nuthatches are singing and crows are carrying nesting material. I anticipate the Brown-capped and Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches will be around for several more weeks as they will summer above timberline.” Marilyn is the Signs of Spring Queen.

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Grand County Veterans will gather for dinner at 5 p.m. this Wednesday, March 25, at the Extension Hall at the Kremmling Fairgrounds. All Veterans plus one guest are invited. You must RSVP by the end of the day today. Call Dave Jones, Grand County Veterans Service Officer at 970-725-3122 or 970-509-9024. There is no agenda, just dinner and good conversation. Price for dinner: being a Veteran. Price for conversation: priceless.

There is just over a week left to purchase your early bird golf passes at the Grand Lake Golf Course. If you love to golf here in the mountains, this is the deal you don’t want to miss. Adult season passes start at $325, and junior passes at $75 for Grand Lake Recreation District residents. Get your pass today by stopping by the pro shop, call them at 970-627-8008 or go online to http://www.GrandLakeGolf.com.

The Grand Lake Juniper Library presents Gorillas of Gabon, by Boanna Owens, at 6:30 p.m.this Wednesday, March 24 Owens, a Ph.D. candidate associated with Gorilla Doctors and the Gorilla Project of Fernan Vaz, will show slides and talk about her experiences with the Gorillas of the west African country of Gabon. FREE. Refreshments will be served.

I love potluck dinners. You get to taste the best of what neighbors have to share. The St. Patrick’s Day potluck dinner at Johnson’s Landing was no exception. Everyone else must have thought so too, because the food didn’t last long. Particularly good was a shepherd’s pie made by Keeley Waters, and a crockpot of potatoes, onions and sausage made by Judy Kish. Yumm.

Signs of spring: A good, wet, snow storm!

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