Tuesday, February 21, 2017

View From The Bridge 2/22/17

By Muncie

The first robin was spotted last week and I received another interesting phone call about sighting of two Mourning Doves on the 13th of the month. Harvey Hollandsworth of the Knees Community called and reported spotting the doves. The interesting thing about this sighting was that it was early for these doves to be back in town, (so to speak.) Thanks for the call Harvey and our conversation about your knowledge of birds. You seemed to have a schedule of bird arrivals in the area. I obviously love birds and any information about them makes my day.

Next Tuesday evening will be the annual Chamber of Commerce dinner at the Wake Cup Coffee Shop. An invitation was extended to all in last week’s River Press, and if you have not yet called in your reservation please do it immediately. The number is on the invitation so see you there.

Yes it does when you are having fun. That is what it is all about. Smiling, laughing, and enjoying good family and friends make for happy times.

There will be six (6) days left in February on Wednesday. On its way is the dreaded month of March days that cannot make up its mind if it is winter or spring. I am hoping for an early spring and that the summer is not in the 90 and 100 degrees temperatures.

I really enjoyed this past week’s weather. The temperatures were in the upper 50’s and someone reported to me that the day I went to Great Falls it was 70 degrees here in Fort Benton. I rode my GoGo downtown every day and completed quite a few errands. I was allowed a lot of freedom from the long period of time when many people including me did not want to stick their nose outside the door. It is usually called “Cabin Fever” and I had a really bad case of it.

Many all over the state were sick with the flu. I just had a head cold for a week and a half but it did not make me sick. I did have my flu shot but it was late. To those of you who did have the flu go my sympathy and get lots of rest with the goal of getting back to normal.

Randy and I were able to drive up to Havre on Friday evening for the Girls Championship game. We sat next to the Fort Benton High School Band and the Cheerleaders were right in front of us. That made the evening more enjoyable.

I won’t mention any names but a friend of mine I saw on Saturday, said that she took video of me from across the court “boggy-in” to Sweet Caroline.” I wonder what she is going to do with that piece of video. You don’t suppose that she is going to blackmail me? Maybe she will send it to the Funniest Video contest. I could be titled “This old lady” and she has nothing better to do.

I may win and have to go to Hollywood to star in a commercial or perhaps a bit part in a movie.   Then you all can say, “I knew her way back when.”

I remember a long time ago there was a woman who didn’t look like your usual cheerleading type became a cheerleader for a professional football team because it was her dream. I wonder what ever happened to her. Well back to basketball! Even though the both teams lost we can look forward to the Divisional Tournaments next weekend in Great Falls.

Make a great effort to attend the fund raiser for Wyatt Burney. It is being organized by the Fort Benton Schools and is being called “The Winter Carnival.” The date is March 7th and begins at 5:00 p.m. Until 6:30 p.m. with a Filipino dinner at the Elementary School. The Carnival games will be from 5:30p.m. to 8:00.p.m. (I hope I got that all right,)

As one grows older and older, one can expect some sort of something to change their lives.  No so when you are a child.

Let us show Wyatt the Fort Benton spirit that you care enough to give the very best you can to support him. Everyone loves you Wyatt, and you are a very special young man so just remember that. I am looking forward to meeting and talking with you.

I had a phone call this morning inquiring about Meals on Wheels. She had just moved into town and wanted to know about the program. I could accommodate her because I have used the Golden Age Senior Center meals for quite a while.

First of all I want to tell you that our Senior Center is the only one in the area that is open 7 days a week. Even Great Falls does not have that kind of schedule.

At noon a meal is served that is very adequate. Some days a sandwich and soup is served but you have salads and dessert. You can have second helpings.

Meals on Wheels are usually delivered to me by 11:30 a.m. and they are still warm. Volunteers do the delivering. Thank goodness for volunteers. (By the way, if there is anyone interesting in that job, contact the Center at 622-3601.) The cost is so reasonable I don’t know how they manage.

On Sundays the dinner is at 1:00 p.m. If you have guests and want to take them for dinner, please call the Center to notify. A menu is provided for you to take home to check out the days you want meals. I return mine to the Center and it is taken care of.

Unfortunately, they are not open on the big holidays although they do have a Pot Luck on New Year’s Day. Most Saturday’s breakfast is served at noon. Usually on the last Saturday of the month homemade cinnamon rolls are served. (What a great treat.)

This is such a great program for Senior Citizens although the Center is open to the public. I have even seen visitors and working people drop in for lunch.

If you are new in town I will tell you about the Tuesday night dinners at 5:00 p.m. They are real special meals and the tables are set for you. I call it “My Night Out” and if Chouteau County Performing Arts has a program that evening I call it “the Dinner Theatre.” There is always an interesting program. You will miss it this month because it was last night but try to catch it in March. There are no Pie Day or Tuesday night dinners during the summer.

That also brings us to Pie Day and that is the second Friday of the month at 1:00 p.m. You can’t top a deal that offers homemade pies, coffee, and mad conversation. A bake sale is also on that day. It has been a real treat this winter to cure cabin fever.  Please come and join us and support the Center.

“Can you cry under water?”