On Monday, June 4, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Grand Valley Post 5485 hosted a burning of retired American flags at All Saints' Episcopal Church in Battlement Mesa. All Saints' constructed a fire pit for this occasion. Post members assisting in the burning were Commander Gary Bachus, Quartermaster Bob Campbell, Adjutant Jack Blankenship and Past Commander Les Wood. Members of Boy Scout Troop 255 were present with their Scout Master Travis Sproles, as well as several church members and Vicar E.J. Rivet. Seasoned VFW members instructed the Scouts on the proper technique to respectfully handle and burn the flag. As it is a very dry period in this area and burning is banned, the Grand Valley Fire Protection District sent two firefighters to oversee the burning. They also brought American flags to be burned.If you have an American flag that is battered or torn, remember the proper way to destroy it is to have it burned in the appropriate manner. You may give your flag to any VFW member or drop it off at All Saints' Church. Flag burnings generally occur once or twice a year.
The Aspen Community Foundation has awarded a three-year grant of $5,000 per year to the Garfield County Public Library Foundation to assist the libraries' annual Summer Reading Program. The theme this year is "Dream Big - Read," and the program will run through Aug. 4. Children, teens and adults can participate and earn rewards for reading. Additionally, the libraries will offer a variety of free programs throughout the summer, including puppets with Out of the Mud Theater, Connie Elstun's Bunnies & Birdies Magic Show, music with Mary Sue & Cari and Fairy Tale Theater. Visit your local library or go to www.gcpld.org/summer-reading-2012 for more information.
Here's an update from Jackie Gross of Silt, who placed second last year in the "Extreme Huntress" contest held by Tahoe Films. The contest winner had to decline the prize of a hunting trip to Africa, which Gross will take this fall: "With a big grin from ear to ear, I have to say I am so excited to be able to prepare for my 'Quest to Africa' with Tahoe Films. I received my Blaser R8 375 H&H with an additional 300 Win Mag barrel from Tahoe Films for the 'Extreme Huntress' contest. Need I say this beautiful prized possession weighs a wee bit more than I expected. Did I mention I am still grinning?"Bryan and Kevin from Timberline Sporting Goods in Rifle took the pleasure to show me how to put together, take apart and operate this Big Girl German Gun. I have been very fortunate to have such a great group of guys who have taught me how to shoot and take care of my guns. "My next step is to mount my Aim Point Red Dot Scope onto each barrel, also from Tahoe Films. I have never used an Aim Point so I am very excited to see it in action. (Yep, still grinning.)"I will be traveling to Africa with Tom Opre, producer of Tahoe Films, to hunt cape buffalo with Martin Pieters Safari. My fianc, T.J., will be an observer and, as a joke, he said, "As long as I can run faster than my bride, I will be OK." But he knows I am faster. We are very excited to be able to experience this amazing opportunity from Tahoe Films and we want to thank everyone for all of their support during the contest. I will keep you up to date on my 'Quest to Africa' on www.bowkrazy.com."
Tamarisk and Russian olive removal started June 6 and is to continue through June 16 near Rifle. The work is on Colorado Department of Transportation properties on the north side of Rifle at Interstate 70, on property east of the Colorado Highway 13 bridge, and up to the gravel pit. Work will also be done on tamarisk located west of the pond at the Lyons rest area.The trail west of the pond will be closed intermittently as needed while the work is being done.Tamarisk and Russian olive are listed as noxious weeds by Garfield County and the state of Colorado. The trees will be cut and mulched.The project is funded by the Middle Colorado River Watershed Partnership. Supporters include CDOT, the Bookcliff and South Side Conservation Districts and Garfield County Vegetation Management.
Zoe Life Soapworks, 228 Railroad Ave., will have a grand opening on Saturday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Prize drawings will be held and refreshments available.
A clarification to the details of a photo from the May 31 Citizen Telegram:The Rifle Fire Protection District donated the AED to the Rifle Library and provided the training to the library staff that day. The fire district and the Rifle Lions Club partnered to provide six AEDs to the city of Rifle. The fire district donated three AEDs, and the Lions Club donated three AEDs.