Wednesday, November 1, 2017

View From The Bridge 11/1/17

By Muncie

This was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Another interpretation suggests that the name is sometimes also referred to as the Frosty Moon.

So… get into those closets and drag out those winter coats, jackets, gloves and hats. Be sure and cover your heads as that will keep you warmer.

The full moon is on Saturday the 5th this month. I hope that we are able to see it. On that same Saturday night set your clocks back an hour before you go to bed. You can either go to bed an hour later or get an extra hour of sleep. Don’t forget because you don’t want to be late for Church.

I decided a few years ago that I have some clocks with batteries and are too difficult to change. I just do not change them any longer and have grown use to knowing that are an hour off. My electric weather stations, computer, and land/cell phones are changed for me…thank goodness. They are way too smart for me.

I received an early morning phone call a week ago Monday to tell me that there was some activity at the end of the Rectory Trail. (Remember there has been no activity for 3 weeks.) When I drove to the site I asked for the Boss Man and was directed to one of the brothers of the company who own the moving company. He was very co-operative in talking with me and was very proud of the job they had accomplished.

On Tuesday morning I again received a call that the building was being moved over the excavation. I did not get there in time to see the final phase. I regret not seeing it as that was what it was all about for the final end of the trail. It was explained to me earlier just how that step would be done and an exciting time for my friend Judy who watched the whole show.

The Boss said that they would be moving the building into position and a local company would be doing the foundation. His job would be finished and they would be out of town on Friday.

They were a very pleasant crew and frequented our eating establishment every day.

So the Rectory sits up high again and I have no knowledge of when the foundation will be done. It is a waiting game for me and I check around the block from where I live on any further activity. I have a feeling that old house will be happy to be settled and having someone living in it.

And so the Rectory Trail has come to an end much more quickly than any other. I would like to think that my rendition of the move was some sort of a journal. Perhaps there is someone who has a better record and kept a journal. If so, I would like to read it. Let me know.

Thanks again to Rodger Fultz for saving an old building. On my wish list is that all of our old buildings can be saved. There isn’t much I can do about it, but I can still “Wish Upon A Star.”

I have wanted to write and share about this subject since Summer Celebration. I went to the Golden Age Senior Center one day and when I found that there were no parking space on that side of Front St. I made a U-turn and parked right in front of Shep. I walked around the courtyard and I am still in awe of what I saw. I knew that the whole statue area had been redone because of cracks in the cement.

I was totally taken back when I examined the site. The Community Improvement Association did a fabulous job. I am not sure about materials but it looks as though those new kinds of boards that are used on porches and decks replaced the cement work. All the bricks were replaced in order and for some reason Shep looks larger to me. It is a magnificent structure and it is one of the most looked at since the anniversary year was celebrated this year. If you have not yet seen the Courtyard, stop by and enjoy.

Thank you C.I.A. for a most precious job ever about Shep. 

Remember “Spaghetti with Mark and Betty “fund raiser on Friday the 3rd from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Mark your December calendar about Chouteau County Country Christmas. It will take place on December 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. The Loma Hall will have their dance on Friday evening, craft vendors, entertainment, and food on Saturday at the Montana Agricultural Center and the Christmas Concert on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. at the Fort Benton Elementary School. There is so much more going on so check your River Press for the schedules. 

I love Country Christmas because everyone is in such a happy mood.  Holidays always are. I wish it would last from one Christmas to another. That spirit is such a lovely one. It’s all about family and friends.

Then we have New Year’s to deal with. The wonderings about what will happen in 2018 will be on our minds. I will follow good advice given me to “just go from day to day.” I have a framed counted cross stitch that says. “I wonder what it was that I worried about a year ago.” Do you remember?

I had another OOPS when I reported about the premier showing of this film. I said that it was produced by Ken Burns and this was the oops. (Ken Robison, our local historian, was the one who caught this error.) PBS produced it and it is going to be shown on November 13th, 14th, and 15th. It is a 3 part film. Check your TV schedules for times. Don’t miss it.

I would like to tell you about the three fund raisers that I attended last week but I am running late with this View and also have enough words for this week.

I am running late because I spent all day yesterday (Monday) with the CCPA show. That is on the agenda for next week too. Hope that I saw you at all of these events.