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Congratulations to the Parachute/Battlement Mesa Parks & Rec. Department on a great craft fair. Even though Saturday dawned cold and snowy and the road conditions were less than desirable, attendance was only slightly down from previous years. The change of location to the Grand Valley High School was a decision well made. The aisles were wider, which afforded much better shopping. I would like to compliment the Parks & Rec. Department on the wide variety of crafters and the wide variety of price ranges it was exceptional. Mary Anderson and Shawn Birch did an outstanding job and represented our community very well.Mary and Shawn would like to thank John Fountas of Garfield School District 16. Mary says John was wonderful and made the administration of the fair so much easier and very pleasant. Thanks, John, from one member of the school board, also! The senior class of Grand Valley High School under the direction of Scott Kiburis did an outstanding job assisting with set up and take down of the craft booths. Mary Anderson reports that the crafters were very complimentary of these students. Thanks, kids, for making such a good impression on visitors to our community.Parade of LightsThere is still time to build a float and join the fun in the Chamber of Commerces Holiday Parade of Lights. The parade is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, from Bea Underwood Elementary School. There is no entry fee, and entry forms are available at the Battlement Mesa Metro District office. We are looking for donations of baked goods to share with your neighbors for the festivities after the parade. This year the Santa visits will be held in the gym of the Early Childhood Learning Center (which is the old high school). Please bring goodies to the gym from 10-11 a.m. or at 4:30 p.m. on that Saturday. Dont forget this year the Santa visits will be complemented with entertainment, so even if you dont want to visit with Santa, come to be entertained, eat a few goodies, and share good times with your neighbors. The after-parade activities will begin sometime between 6:30-7 p.m., as soon as the parade arrives at the Center. This year Santa and Mrs. Claus will be treating each child 12 years of age and younger to a gift, compliments of the chamber.Just a quick reminder that the Holiday Concert is at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Grand Valley High School cafetorium.Harvest Dance at the Activity CenterKids Night at the Activity Center is from 5:30-8:30 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 28. This is for kids aged 11-15. There will be a live DJ, food and beverages $3 for members and $5 for nonmembers. An adult must sign the kids in and out. This is a great opportunity for our youth to have a good time with peers in a safe environment. Thanks goes to the staff of the Activity Center for providing this opportunity for the youth.Moore footballMany of you know that I grew up in Rifle and that my brother Bill is the coach of the Fruita Monument High School football team. This Saturday the Fruita Monument Wildcats will be taking on Loveland High School in the state championship game at 11 a.m. at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction. If youre driving by the stadium this Saturday, give us a honk in support. Thanks.Mary Moores column, Grand Valley News, appears every other Thursday. To contact Mary with a news tip, call her at 945-8515, ext. 108, or e-mail

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