Tuesday, July 11, 2017

View From The Bridge 7/12/17

VIEW from the BRIDGE
By Muncie

It isn’t too late to order one of the collectible Shep 75th Diamond Memory shirts. The shirt was so popular that they were sold out in a short time. It is difficult to judge how many shirts would be sold and so the order sheet was filled in a hurry.

You must do it immediately as the order is ready to go. Please call Kathy Bradshaw by Saturday the 15th at 406-490-1180.

JULY 4th
There was a fair crowd for the celebration of the great WWI Doughboy dedication on Tuesday, July 4th. Many people were out of town who told me that they wanted to attend. The hot temperature was another factor. I barely made it myself as I used my GoGo to transport myself because I thought that there would be a lack of parking places. It was very uncomfortable but I was happy to attend.

I was glad to see Ken Robison there when I knew he had another commitment. His WWI stories the two previous weeks in the River Press were so interesting because of the facts about the war that were researched that I had not heard before.

It was a very quiet day and a few fireworks were shot off. I could hear them but could not see them. I always thought that the 4th was a special holiday when I was a child and that still holds a place in my heart today.

I did not take a ride in the evening to count the flags because of the heat. I hope that there were many flying and that you will continue to fly them every day. I am frightened as to what will happen with the world situation today. May God Bless America.

I slept right through it. This was my third experience with a quake. I do not remember when but soon after I moved to Fort Benton, I was upstairs ironing. When I came down Wally asked if I felt the quake. I did not. He said that the two doors to upstairs were swaying. A week or so later when I went upstairs, I found all the pictures were crooked.

My other experience was when I was at Disneyland and there was a 5.6 quake. I must have been on a ride because I did not feel it. I do have a newspaper clipping to prove it.

My friends in Great Falls felt it much stronger. I was told that those who were still awake really felt rocking and rolling. If you draw a line from Lincoln to Great Falls you can see how it did not hit Fort Benton with as much strength.

The weather man gave a report that on average a big quake happens every 240 years. It has been 310 years since a big one and so we are overdue. There isn’t anywhere in the world you can go where there isn’t some sort of weather disaster.

My heart goes out to eastern Montana with the drought. A news report from those affected said they are tough and will get through it.

Here it is again on the 13th of July from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Levee Park. (That is what I call the area between the Grand Union and the Old Fire House. You could also call it Shep Park. I like that better.)

I enjoy the Farmer’s Market just because I get to visit with friends. I also get to feast on my favorite Egg Rolls and other baked goodies. See you there.

A board member from the Chouteau County Performing Arts Program will be at the market selling the series tickets. Be sure to visit with that board member to have your season ticket ready to go. There is a $5.00 discount when you buy early. You can check on the schedule and list of performers on the web at http://www.fortbenton.com/arts/.

I can hardly wait for great entertainment. The first performance features twin sisters who are the cutest ever. They were a big hit at consortium. See you there.

Not much going on as far as entertainment for adults. PEAK is keeping the Kiddos busy as well as the City Pool. It is time to prepare for the Chouteau County Fair. On these dog days of summer, keep busy with art work, photography, canning, baking, gardening, and 4H projects. (I am tired just listing all these things.) I promise that the weather will cool down and a good time will be had by all.

The full moon is tonight, the 9th, and I have been watching for it for a week now. There are no clouds in sight and the moon is awesome to see. It is difficult to imagine that astronauts have walked up there. There we go again with all that tech stuff. I won’t try to understand it but just enjoy the sight.