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‘Copters add excitement to Touch-a-Truck

Grand Valley News
Mary Moore
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Submitted photoA National Guard helicopter landed on the lawn at the activity center.
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The annual Touch-a-Truck, held Saturday, June 2, was a huge success. The parking lot at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center was jammed packed full with 28 different vehicles. An additional treat this year was the arrival of two National Guard helicopters; one flown by the cousin of our middle school principal, Scott Panco. Fran Storm reports that close to 500 people attended this event, and most of them were children. I understand from several of these kids that they were greatly impressed with the police dog, as well as the bump n’ jump, but that Spider Man was truly a real hit. Fran wishes to thank Spider Man, aka John King, for his great portrayal on Saturday. The concessions, operated by the activity center, were also outstanding and the burgers were great. The weather cooperated and it was just a beautiful day ” a great family event brought to us by The Battlement Mesa Activity Center. Thanks, Fran, once again a wonderful job of organization.

Now make plans for the next family event brought to us by the activity center ” Independence Day, July 4. The day will begin with the kid’s parade at 10 a.m. Start planning how to decorate your bike, your wagon, yourself, your dog … and enter the competition. It’s a lot of fun. A family picnic is being planned for 1 p.m. in the area outside the pool. Fran promises entertainment and a giant water slide. There will be an admission fee and food will be available for purchase. I will have more details, as we get closer to the Fourth, just mark your calendar now.

One of the best activities we can encourage our kids to do over the summer vacation is read, and the Parachute Branch Library is here to help us make this an exciting and fun activity for our kids.



The 2007 Summer Reading Program will be presented at 10 a.m. every Thursday at Bea Underwood Elementary School on Battlement Mesa. Bill Anderson, magician, is scheduled for June 7; SB Parks will perform “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi” with puppets June 14; Sue Schnitzer is an interactive music performer with lots of audience participation June 21; Aspen Dance will sponsor a hip hop/jazz and tap performance and instruction June 28; Professor Klutzo brings his comedy show as “Pete the Pirate” July 12; Vaudevillian Ann Lincoln will bring her “Magical Mystery Show,” solving mysteries as “She” lock Holmes July 19; and balloon storyteller Suzanne Lively will present her unique form of storytelling July 26.

Storytime and crafts will be presented from 3-3:30 p.m. every Thursday (except July 5) at River Manor Apartments.



From 6-8 p.m. every Tuesday in June and July at the Parachute Branch Library, Parachute Teen Reads summer events meet to explore the theme You Never Know @ Your Library (YNK). The action takes place in the new teen center at the library for snacks, drinks, weekly drawings and contests, programs and games. There will be a teen scavenger hunt, mystery book contest, superhero survivor, crime scene investigations, ESP testing and more. Events are scheduled as follows: YNK what you leave behind, June 5; YNK what happens behind closed doors, June 19; YNK what is real and what is imagined, June 26; YNK what Hollywood can come up with, July 3; YNK just how talented you really are, July 10; YNK who can be trusted, July 17; YNK what treasure may await you in life, July 24; and YNK just how fun the Parachute Library can be, July 31.

For more information on both these programs, contact Beret Brenckman at 285-9870.

Mary Moore’s column, “Grand Valley News,” appears every other Thursday. To contact Mary with a news tip, e-mail her at beatlesfan_309@comcast.net.


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