Tuesday, September 1, 2015

View From The Bridge 9/2/15

VIEW from the BRIDGE
By Muncie

Last night, 8/29/15, we saw a view of the full moon through the smoke on our way home to Fort Benton from Missoula. We glimpsed it when we left Missoula. It was very faint because the smoke there was heavier in that area. It never really cleared but became less as we traveled toward home. The moon was huge, full, red, and later an orange color. It was gorgeous.

September is my favorite month. Full Corn Moon or Full Harvest Moon is its names. All of the names of the moons are from Native Americans and the Full Corn Moon was the time when the corn was to be harvested. The Full Harvest Moon is actually the full September moon closest to the equinox. It usually occurs two years out of three when it may occur in October. The Almanac has the interesting story about how during Harvest Moon time, it rises 20 to 30 minutes earlier each night as compared with the normal 50 minutes. You can keep track, if this interests you, by checking the Fort Benton weather site for times of the moon risings. The farmers can work late into the night by the light of the moon.

Next week, Friday the 11th of September, there will be a Bake Sale and PIE DAY at the Golden Age Senior Center at 12:30 p.m.) Note: the time has changed again.) There has not been good support for this fund raiser. For the “faithful pie eaters,” it is a long time tradition. Please do not let it go by the wayside as the many other events that needed support. I think that the members of the Senior Center work too hard at all that baking. The women that I talked with about their hard work said that they love to do it. (Note: They use their own money to buy the ingredients.)

Keep in mind that if you want a whole pie to call the Center at 622-3601 and order it the Monday before. Please do not come in early on Friday and take a whole pie. It doesn’t leave much choice for those who only want one piece of pie and coffee.

The Fort Benton Golden Age Senior Center is one of a kind. It is the only Senior Center in a far reaching area that serves meals and delivers Meals on Wheels 7 days a week. It is open to the public and it is a dinner for which you would have to pay twice as much for a sandwich. It is served buffet style so you can have seconds. The Sunday dinners are served at 1:00 p.m. instead of noon. They are special because the tables are set with your tableware, napkins, tablecloths/place mats, condiments, water, and coffee.

It is a social get-together. For those who go every day for dinner, it is like family. There is always a puzzle being worked on, card playing, blood pressure testing, bake sales, and of course the awesome PIE DAY. FRIDAY IS PIE DAY is my motto once a month.  Again, please do not let it be gone with the wind. There won’t be another day tomorrow.  Once events are gone or are said to be postponed until another time, it never happens.

Cooler weather will be upon us soon. It is so nice to take a break once a month to enjoy homemade pie and a coffee cup that is bottomless. Nowhere around can you get the combination for such a reasonable price.

Who knew? You can drop into the Center any morning and have a cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, for a donation, about 9:30 a.m. and the coffee will be ready. (There is also exercise class at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Come a little later if you do not have an inclination to exercise. (That is my joke for this week.)

I hear a lot of talk about walking but as yet I have not seen anyone at the high school or the Ag Center. I walked the high school Monday through Thursday and the Ag Friday through Sunday this summer. However, the high school closed two weeks before school began to polish and wax the floors.

The Ag Museum opens at 10:30 a.m. and that fit my schedule very well as I had been doing that all summer. Once school began, I have to walk at 4:00 p.m. The Ag Museum will only be open until the end of September so I will continue to walk there and then switch to the high school. I haven’t figured out yet where to walk on Saturday and Sunday.  I hope the weather holds cool for the next few months and I can say, “Walking Trail…here I come.

When I found I could not get to the football game in Chester last Friday, I decided to go to the Volleyball game. It was so exciting and I wanna play volleyball. I would have loved it and what little I knew about the game. It was my very first game. Who knew what orange lines were, who a line judge was, and why the clock wasn’t running? I had to ask those fans who sat around me what was going on. What I liked so much about the game is that all the 6 players played. It was a real team effort. The Junior Varsity won the 3 games out of 5 and it was awesome. Unfortunately I had to leave before the Varsity Team played as it was a tad too warm for me in the building.

At this point I would like to say thank you to all the individual sponsors and business sponsors for supporting the Football insert in the River Press and the programs at all the sports games. I cannot say thank you to all of you individually and so I hope that you are reading the View. When sports fans are attending games or checking out the insert, make a mental note of the sponsors. When you frequent their businesses, remember to say thank you.  They provide a great service to our community.

“How about that” as expressed by the Coach on TV sports news? I just have to comment on the game. I deny saying before the game started, after seeing the size of the North Dakota team that I doubted U. of M. could ever win.

The company I was with said that they were witnesses but they really have no proof. I know that the elation over the win and the thrill of the last few seconds has made them forget my doom and gloom forecast. “Go Griz!” That game has become #1 in my memory over the winning games of the Longhorns State Championship and a couple of games played by the Saints of Carroll College. Saturday’s game will be talked about forever and every play will never be forgotten. It was a thrill of a lifetime in football history.

My mother taught me about HIPOCRICY. “If I told you once, I have told you a million times, don’t exaggerate.”

Someone asked me the other day that they had heard I was moving to Great Falls. NO, NO, No! I never want to leave Fort Benton. Perhaps the rumor was started because they want me to leave. Who started that rumor? Let’s go one on one.

I know I am repeating myself but I want to tell you readers that I was concerned when I moved here that the community would think that, “here she comes from another state and wants to change things.” In my home state, (how I wish it had been Montana,) I did a lot of volunteering. I was employed by a Non-Profit Organization. I had people volunteering for me. It was always a part of my life. I saw some projects that could be improved here, not changed. It was exciting and fun to be a part of. You all accepted me as friends and family. Fort Benton is my heart and I do not want to move to Great Falls. I would pick Great Falls as a second city to live in but it is way too populated. There is also too much traffic and I would have to drive to a walking trail, the Senior Center, and shopping. No, I want to stay in Fort Benton.