Kids Parade brightens Grand Valley Fourth |

Kids Parade brightens Grand Valley Fourth

The communities of Battlement Mesa and Parachute started off the Independence Day weekend on Saturday, July 3, with a Kids Parade. The parade started at Mesa Ridge and continued down the road to the Mesa Vista Assisted Living Center. The parade was led by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Grand Valley Post No. 5485. Veterans representing World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Iraq all marched, and I was deeply moved that our small communities have and continue to contribute so much to the defense of our nation.

The veterans raised our flag, and then lowered it to half-staff as the Community Choir, under the direction of Bob Cutting, sang the national anthem. The choir members were all decked out in red, white and blue, and the singing was just great.

Fran Storm of the Activity Center then awarded the prizewinners of the parade (see box).

The kids were very creative this year; there were kids on decorated bikes, kids with decorated pets, kids on scooters, kids with balloons, little kids in decorated strollers, even teddy bears decorated in red, white and blue. It was a lot of fun to see the children and I appreciate all the effort on their part and their parents for all the decorating.

After this, the Mesa Vista staff served refreshments ” and the cookies were still warm from the oven. What a treat for all of us. The residents of Mesa Vista who could not venture outside for the ceremony were treated to the sight of all the little decorated folk, as they went in for refreshments.

Discover New Trails at your library

The 2004 Summer Reading Program presented by the Parachute Branch Library is well under way and just as good as usual. The programs are held on Wednesday afternoons from 2-3 p.m. at Bea Underwood Elementary School. The programs so far have included a clown, western music, dinosaurs, and a puppeteer. Programs coming up include a western storyteller, poet in motion, and a magician. There are honor books at the programs so the kids can read and complete reading logs, which will make them eligible for weekly prizes. My daughter, Dani, is baby-sitting this summer, and she takes her two charges to the program every week. They are all having a great time and reading over the summer, which is very important. Thanks, Miss Pat, for a great summer reading program.

Grand Valley Days

The 95th Annual Grand Valley Days is quickly approaching ” July 23 and 24. I understand the carnival will be back this year. I will have more details in my July 22 column.

Mary Moore’s column, “Grand Valley News,” appears every other Thursday. To contact Mary with a news tip, call her at 945-8525, ext. 108, or e-mail Mary at

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