Tuesday, November 29, 2011

View From The Bridge 11/30/2011

VIEW from the BRIDGE”
By Muncie

Fort Benton has not had a Christmas Concert for many years. Many of us have missed that wonderful program. The committee of the Chouteau County Performing Arts has put a concert together for the community. They have gathered Peter and Molly Wilson from Highwood, Rudy and Gail Cicon from Chester, and Julie Gagnon. Gail Cicon is Wayne Hampton’s daughter and plays the harp like an angel. The harp was build by Wayne who surprised everyone who has known him for a long time. Who knew that he built such beautiful musical instruments? If you saw the article about him in the Great Falls Tribune…you would also have read that he does not play any musical instruments. I think that most of you have heard the Wilson’s entertain. If you have not, you really have a treat in store. They will entertain us with Christmas music and instill the Christmas spirit. I have heard there will be a sing-along, a surprise visitor, Christmas cookies (made by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs,) hot cider, and cocoa. This is a Family Christmas Concert so bring your children…children under 12 years of age are free. If you are a C.C.P.A. member…you are admitted free. It you do not belong to C.C.P.A.…your donation is $5.00. Be at the Fort Benton Elementary auditorium next Sunday afternoon December 4th, at 2:00 p.m. for a great afternoon to start your holiday activities. The committee members of C.C.P.A. are enthusiastic about bringing this concert to you. Their committee is one of the hardest working committees in town. Let them know you appreciate their efforts by showing up next Sunday to enjoy what they have put together for you.

Doesn’t it seem like it was just last week when we had the Country Christmas? Pick up a schedule and study it carefully so you can go to all of the events that will be going on. The River Press will be full of information. I hope that you all have a wonderful time.

When I invited you last week to the free dinner on Sunday, I said that I could possibly find out at the dinner just what it was all about. I did just that as two men came from Big Sandy, were at the dinner, and explained about Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is all about. It is actually a Finance Company whose members want to make a difference in peoples lives. When I asked why they picked Fort Benton to provide a free dinner…the answer was to get the word out that their company was able to help people in need. Dan Leader and Rick Pokomy are both from Big Sandy and are in the phone book if you want to contact them. It was a very successful event as 55 people were fed at the Center and 27 Meals on Wheels were delivered. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans (it is not just for Lutherans any longer,) will be contacting the Seniors Centers in Geraldine and Highwood in the near future.

So sorryeeeeeeeeeeee. I made two boo-boos last week in the View, this dinner being the first one. I wrote that the dinner was being held at the Community Bible Church instead of the First Christian Church. I apologize to those folks who may have gone to the wrong location. I hope that if you did…you eventually found the right spot.

Second boo-boo and this was a big one. I gave all kinds of kudos to Fort Benton for the success of the Trindle Fundraiser. I did not realize until I read the River Press last week that Geraldine, Shonkin and many others were just as involved in the success of that fundraiser. The Trindles’ not only have many friends and neighbors, but every farmer and ranchers must have dealt with him as a veterinarian. So again, I apologize to all of you generous people for not giving you the due you deserved.

You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

I was reminded again this week about “Enjoy every minute of every day.” It was a story in my e-mail that said if you were given a gift of $86,400.00 every day and you had to spend it every day…what would you do? You would spend it on your family, your friends, and perhaps some people in need. Well, you are given that many seconds each day and how do you spend them? Seconds and minutes are such a wonderful gift and do you waste them? Think about it this week and see if you want to make a change in your life.