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Annual Oktoberfest was wunderbar

On Saturday, Oct. 1, the Parachute/Battlement Mesa Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual Oktoberfest. It was a huge success ” the chamber reports that more than 400 meals were served. The brats were great and the chocolate cake was delicious.

After the meal, the crowd at Cottonwood Park swelled to nearly 600 people as we watched a fantastic fireworks display. I’m not sure I can find the words to describe this light show ” it was just fantastic. It was so much fun to be in the park with my kids and my grandkids. We visited with old friends from both Parachute and Rifle, and even made some new friends who just moved to our area. Thanks, Parachute/Battlement Mesa Chamber, for hosting this annual event.

Mt. Callahan Community Fund

The next day, the Mt. Callahan Community Fund held their annual wine tasting event. A more sophisticated event than the previous evening, but also a great event and lots of fun. My work buddies and I had a wonderful time under the white tent at the golf course. I’m pretty sure I sampled one wine from each table. The hors d’oeuvres catered by all local establishments were excellent and complemented the wines. We were entertained by a select group of talented musicians from our own school district and a group from the Glenwood Springs Symphony Orchestra. It was a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

GVHS homecoming

It’s homecoming week at Grand Valley high School. This evening begins with girls’ volleyball at 4 p.m. with the C team, the junior varsity at 5, and the varsity match at 6. Then move on out to Toby LeBorgne Stadium for the football game. The Cardinals will be hosting Hayden at 7:30 p.m. Let’s pack the home stands with red and black, and support the youth of our community.

Blood drive

St. Mary’s Regional Blood Center is again asking for our blood on Tuesday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the RV parked next to the Holiday Inn Express in Parachute.

Bluegrass/jazz band

Don’t forget to get your tickets for the “Dr. Banjo” performance on Sunday at the Activity Center. Pete Wernick and the Live Five will be performing bluegrass and jazz. Tickets are available at the front desk of the Activity Center, and are $7.50 for adults and $5 for students.

Photo contest winners

Many people admired the talents of our local photographers. Winners are named in the following categories:

35 mm: first place, Cathy Carlson; second place Kevin Warford.

Digital: first Place, Cheryl Parker; second place Dean Hulse.

Black and white: first place, Ashley Christensen.

People’s choice award: Donna Tellschow.

Saying goodbye

Many of us filled the Grand Valley High School gymnasium on Tuesday. We were there to pay our last respects to Joseph Michael Cain, a bright and courageous young man. Our hearts go out to his loving family. And please join me in supporting all the kids in our community; they are suffering from all the losses in the last few years. So long, Joe.

Mary Moore’s column, “Grand Valley news,” usually appears every other Thursday. Due to a technical difficulty, it is appearing today. E-mail Mary with any news tips at

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