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I have it on good authority ” my daughter and my granddaughter ” that the best place to Trick or Treat on Battlement Mesa is at the home of Don and Dee Bell. Don has now spent two weekends preparing his front yard for Friday evening’s parade of little folk. The entire yard lights up just a little after dark these days and the glow can be seen for a couple of blocks.

Be careful as you ring the doorbell because just a few inches away from your finger is a huge cobweb complete with a huge spider. (That would send my son over the edge right there.) The yard is now transformed into a graveyard with Frankenstein’s monster’s head and hands protruding from the ground. There is a slide show cast on the side of the garage wall, so take a few minutes to enjoy the cartoons.

As if this isn’t enough, be prepared for your kids to come home with a full-sized candy bar from the Bells’. Why do they take all this time, effort and money to have so much fun on Halloween? My daughter says, “It’s Dee’s birthday, so Don throws her a great big party every year.” I think that’s part of it, but Don and Dee just love kids and love to have a good time. The rest of us on the block enjoy the benefit because we get the overflow of trick-or-treaters from the Bells’. And where is this great place? 286 East Tamarack Circle. When I asked Don and Dee if I could write about them for this column, they were overjoyed, “Tell the kids to come here.” Even if you don’t trick or treat anymore, drive by and take a look. If you see Don or Dee, tell them thanks for making a great time for our kids.


Congratulations to the Parachute/Battlement Mesa Ravens ” the 8- to 10-year-old girls soccer team. On Saturday, Oct. 25, they completed their highly successful season with a record of 5 wins, 2 losses and 1 tie. These girls traveled from Basalt to Rifle over a forever season, according to one team mom. The Ravens were sponsored by Metcalf Concrete and were part of the youth soccer program at the Parachute/Battlement Mesa Recreation Department. Thanks to the girls and their coaches for representing us so well up and down the valley.

Youth basketball registration is now under way for fourth- through sixth-graders. Call the Rec Department at 285-0388 for more information.


The Annual PEO Holiday Home Tour tickets are on sale now. The tour is scheduled from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, and features four different Battlement Mesa homes. Each home is fully decorated for the Holiday Season, and this is a great way to start the season and get in the “joy” mode. Tickets are $10 per person and all the money goes for continuing education scholarships for our local youth. Ticket numbers are limited, so call now. Jane Chapman at 285-7341 or Liz Bieber at 285-7337.

Mary Moore’s column, “Grand Valley New,” appears every other Thursday. To contact Mary with a news tip, call her at 945-8515, ext. 108, or email to MooreMOMOF7@

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