Wednesday, May 16, 2018

View From The Bridge 5/16/18

VIEW from the BRIDGE
Muncie Morger
5/16/2018

MOTHERS DAY
I’m making excuses about forgetfulness. I completely forgot about Mother’s Day. I sincerely wish that you all had a wonderful day. You Mothers are all so special and deserve all the love coming to you.

I have been totally spaced out the last few weeks and things are looking up now. The trees are all budded out and I actually already received a bouquet of lilacs. My apartment smells like spring. Our grass was cut this week and that smells so fresh. It is also a beautiful color of green.

 As I rode through the park this week one day, I was amazed that the trees had budded out. It seems they did that overnight. With the warm days we had and a couple of rainy days it is for sure spring is here.

STAR WAR FANS
I also forgot to wish you a “May the forth be with you” on May 4th.

I am looking forward, someday soon, watching those movies from the beginning to the latest release. Anyone want to join me?

THE CELLO
Last Thursday afternoon at the Grand Union Hotel the sweet sounds of the Cello entertained 50 plus people. The program was Chopin’s music and his history was so enlightening. Chopin died at 39 years of age and we cannot possibly image what music he would have created if he had lived longer.

COMING UP
On May 27th, the Accordion Band from Great Falls will be entertaining at the Sunrise Bluffs. They are a volunteer band that comes to Fort Benton once a year. They play all kinds of music. There is also dancing although not very many couples take advantage of that.

I hope that there will be a large crowd that will come even though they do not dance.  Dancing is encouraged and there is a gentleman who is always looking for a partner. Just to listen to the music is worth the trip.

There will be a dinner at the Bluffs at 1:00. Please call Karla at 622- 5443 for a reservation. They need a head count to know how many there will be for dinner. The music begins at about 1:30 p.m. They take requests and can accommodate your request for almost anything you can request. (But please do not ask for Beethoven’s 5th. That would be a little much.)

Please make an effort to enjoy this delightful afternoon. These musicians are all volunteers and give a great deal of their time practicing, driving here there and everywhere, and performing. Show them that you appreciate their efforts by making an effort to attend. See you there.

JIMMY BUFFET DAY
Plan on making a trip to Benton Pharmacy on Friday June 8th. The annual party is loads of fun and lots of food. Our Chris Halko is Jimmy’s best fan in Montana much like I am with Garth Brooks.

There will be lots of conversation, music, and just in general a fun party. See you there.

OTHER UPCOMING
Please check the community calendar in the River Press for upcoming events.  There are events going on every day or so it seems.  Put the dates on your calendar now before you forget.

There are many school events including several concerts.  Don’t forget the plant exchange and sale and the Shriner’s fund raiser at the Pour House in the next few weeks.

Even though I mark my calendar I like reminders. So call your family and friends to remind them and perhaps there will come a day when your will get a call for an event you forgot about. (I hear a lot about “I forgot.”)

BUFFALO TRACKS
One lovely day last week I was returning home along Main Street. There on the street were a group of youngsters painting the Buffalo Tracks that lead from the Museum of the Upper Missouri to the Agricultural Center. These tracks are such a great way for volunteers are the museums and visitors center to guide visitors from one museum to the other.

I inquired as to who was doing the painting and found that it was “THE HONOR SOCIETY” of Fort Benton High School. What a tremendously great project that is and is much appreciated by our community. We thank you very much as well as the Longhorns cleanup for making our city the nicest it can be. (How I wish I had your energy.)

GOLDEN AGE SENIOR CENTER
This announcement is difficult for me because I am emotionally involved. I have had conversations with both sides and can understand both.

I heard a rumor last week that the Center will not be open on Saturday and Sunday beginning in June. The most urgent reason is finances. I do not believe that there are any of us who are not having problems with our budgets. Everything keeps costing more and more.

The Center is and has been hit hard with inflation especially the cost of food. There is also the cost of maintenance and hiring extra help for Sundays, Tuesday, and cinnamon roll days.

I have wondered over the past few years, how the Center manages to know how much to prepare. For some reason they always seemed to manage. It has now become a problem for several reasons. For example, the food that was prepared for Mother’s Day for 5o people had an attendance was 15 for dinner.

Another problem was reservations for the once -a- month dinners on Tuesday late afternoon. Reservations were required with a limit of 48 people. Reservations were made but the reservists did not show. What do you do with all those special dinners?

One excuse for those Tuesday dinners was the weather. If I remember correctly 2 of the dinners were cancelled because of snow storms.

This cancellation of the Saturday and Sunday meals is only temporary. I would like the members to give suggestions to the members of the board. This Senior Center has been in existence for years. I have seen, here in Fort Benton that things change temporarily and never return to the way they were.

So, Members of the Golden Age Senior Center put on your thinking caps and come up with some solutions to SAVE the CENTER.

Would you accept a rise in price? (You cannot get a dinner for $4.00 anywhere.) Would you like a raise in the yearly membership cost? Would you like just a lunch menu instead of a dinner?

The reason I am emotional about this happening is because I so enjoyed my Sundays with dinner at the Center. Most of the women at my table are widows and do not cook any longer. It was such a wonderful social time and a fresh start of the week. What is going to happen to the puzzle people and the card players? Will they just continue during the week? It seems to me that it would not be as fun because people have things to do during the week.

So, there it is and whatever happens is up to you. Come up with some great ideas to keep things like they used to be. Let the Board know your ideas and feelings about the situation.

GOD BLESS AMERICA, OUR TROOPS, POLICE OFFICERS, FIREMEN/WOMEN, AND EMT’s. KEEP OUR SCHOOL CHILDREN SAFE.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

View From The Bridge 5/9/18

VIEW from the BRIDGE
BY Muncie
5/9/18

SENIOR LUNCHEON
It just gets better and better every year. Let’s start from the beginning. We were met at the door by a line of students who were waiting to escort us to our places. The personalized name tags were ready and waiting. The backdrop was decorated with large paper flowers with a huge yellow flower depicting the sun. This flower was actually made make from the hand prints of the students….awesome.  There were beautiful signed place mats made by the students. There were yellow paper flowers on each table and I was told they were made by the 2nd graders. (I hope I got that right.) All that participated, to organize this luncheon together, were recognized.

The turkey dinner with all the trimmings were served by the most wonderful cooks. How lucky the school kids are to have such a crew. I especially loved the bread pudding.

My favorite part of this program is the entertainment. Each class did a spectacular job and what a job it was. (How long did you have to practice to learn all those songs?)

I went home with two of the flower arrangements and they now decorate the hollow tree. I hope that the rain does not ruin them. I love looking at them across the street. Yellow flowers are my favorites and they are like a burst of sunshine.

Thank you, Fort Benton Elementary School, from the bottom of my heart and from all of the other grandparents and seniors that enjoyed the afternoon.

DANCE RECITAL
This evening the T.C. Dance and Co. presented their recital at the Elementary School. Just as I saw the how the youngsters at the luncheon have grown taller each year, it holds true for the dancers. It truly was like a Broadway show with much of the music that I remember from my lifetime. You all brought back many memories and I loved every minute of your show.

Just a little observation for boys and young men. It is very important for you to know now to dance. Females like it when a partner can lead. It is said that if a gal has a good leader, she can follow any dance. So think about taking lessons and it does not make you a sissy. Be proud of your dancing skills and just enjoy it.

This advice also goes for taking music lessons. Anyone who can entertain with a musical instrument is the life of the party. You may end up being a John Denver or Garth Brooks. Then I can say I knew you when.

EVENTS AROUND TOWN
Just a reminder that I have been dubbed a columnist for the River Press. I am not a reporter. I do not go searching for stories. They have to come to me.

I depend upon events planners to let me know a couple of weeks ahead of time what the details are planned. I do have a couple of planners that call me regularly and for that I am grateful. I do not get around town as much as I did before I moved what is called “out in the country.”

Some folks tell me that they read the View for info about what is going on in town. Unfortunately they miss a lot of ads for various reasons including eyesight.

If you would like your event to be in the View from the Bridge, please call me. It doesn’t hurt to have it in 2 places but remember that I can only put it in the view if you have an ad in the paper.

It seems as though the other columnists do get phone calls although they write a different venue. I do not write about engagements, weddings, anniversaries, or baby’s arrivals. I would like to know about long time anniversaries and babies who have a long history of generations. I would also like to know about birthdays of 80 and over.

 So I hope that I will get some phone calls because since I don’t get around much anymore, it becomes difficult to find interesting stories. It seems that I write about my adventurers, that I have, but I would like to hear about yours. Will my phone now ring off the wall? I certainly will welcome that.

LONGHORN DAY
Thank you Longhorns. You did a tremendous job cleaning up many areas in town that needed it. You deserve so much and whatever they are paying you, it isn’t enough. (That is my joke of the week.)
Residents of Fort Benton, take note of some of the accomplishments that brightened up our town. All the bronze statues were polished. That included Shep, Lewis and Clark, the Cowboy, and Governor Meagher. That is a huge job that has to be done every year.

Take note of the triangle by the boat launch. Much work was done there with trimming out bushes and removing weeds. It looks fantastic.

Another job that does not show is the removal of the old shed behind the Baker House. It is now completely gone. It was all due to the Longhorns. They were brave to tackle what someone called mouse and black widow heaven.

Not only did these youngsters work hard, they learned life lessons. Volunteering is a lot of work but it is a lot of fun and the satisfaction of knowing that you helped is so fuzzy warm.

SYMPATHY
I would like to express my sympathy to the 5 families of Fort Benton residents that have passed on in the last few weeks. They will be sorely missed and remembered as the dear souls they were.

GOD BLESS AMERICA, OUR TROOPS, POLICE OFFICERS, FIREMEN/WOMEN, AND EMT’s. PROTECT OUR SCHOOL CHILDREN. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

View From The Bridge 5/2/18

View From The Bridge
By Muncie Morger
5/2/2018

SPRING
Last week Mother Nature gave us a beautiful spring week. I go-go-ed around town without a jacket or a sweater. It was glorious! I like spring best because it’s not too cold and it’s not too warm. Enjoy! Son Randy took me for a ride on Saturday on a road on the west side of the airport to listen to the symphony of the meadowlarks. Many people have told me they have seen robins and meadowlarks, but no one had a specific date.

PINOCHLE PARTY
On the second Monday of May (May 14) is the pinochle party at the Sunrise Bluffs at 1 p.m. There will be many prizes and refreshments. Put it on your calendar.

WHO DUNNIT?
I discovered over the weekend that the other rabbit and his big carrot were gone. I was hoping that something about spring would be in the hollow tree. I talked to a man who said he knew who it was, but was afraid to disclose it. He actually said he did not know her name, but knew her by her face. So, it goes on and on.

Another job that needs to be done is there are large chunks of bark near the tree. Perhaps you will get there and clean that up before I do.
Perhaps a nice plant or a bunch of violets could also appear. I won’t see you there because you come in the dark of night.

SENIORS APPRECIATION
I hope that you got your RSVP in. Please note the bus will pick you up at the Bluffs at 12:30 and will pick up at the Golden Age Senior Center at 12:45. You will be returned after the program is over.
It’s worth going to this program just for the entertainment by the elementary school kids. See you there!

PIATIGORSKY
The day after next week’s River Press comes out will be the Piatigorsky Foundation event at the Grand Union at 4:30 in the afternoon. I know that I will see all of you classical buffs there. I hope that there is a good turnout for this open to the public, free concert.

BUSY THURSDAY
Longhorn Day, the Senior Luncheon and the TC Dance recital are all on this day. Check the River Press Community Calendar for times.

MAY MOON
The full moon was on Sunday the 29th, but was not visible because of overcast skies. May’s full moon will also be on the 29th.

The May moon is called the Flower Moon. In most areas, flowers are abundant everywhere during this time. Thus, the name of this moon. Other names include the Full Corn Planting Moon or the Milk Moon.

GOD BLESS AMERICA, OUR TROOPS, POLICE OFFICERS, FIREMEN/WOMEN AND EMTs. PLEASE PROTECT OUR SCHOOLCHILDREN FROM HARM.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

View From The Bridge

VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE
Muncie Morger
4/25/2018

SPRING
You know that it is spring when The Freeze is open. I have not been able to reach Laurie but heard on the grapevine that you can look forward to it happening the first weekend in May. It  is the meeting place of Fort Benton. It is so summer-like when the umbrellas are open and the tables are filled with people cooling off or having lunch. It doesn’t hurt to stop by for an ice cream cone.

Over last weekend I rode my GoGo down the Levee Walking Trail and met many visitors. I also saw two young women with looked like what were double strollers on a walk. I talked to several visitors who chose that beautiful Sunday to spend with their families in historic places. They had just been up to Havre as a destination place that included Fort Benton.

Another Spring-like happening was a crowded playground. I tooted the horn and waved and my wave was returned. It was again another family outing. I love the slide best of all and when I used to take my grandson, Grayson, to the park it was not unusual to see me sliding down.

Last but not least were the happy gardeners that were busy cleaning up the Community Garden. They were having a difficult time because the wind was blowing the leaves as fast as they were trying to rake them up. I really enjoyed the garden last year and look forward to see if different kinds of veggies are planted. Go gardeners.

MYSTERY HOLLOW TREE
To the mystery hollow tree decorator I have a message. My Peter Rabbit is going into retirement this coming weekend and spring will be featured. Are you ready for that or will you do as you did for Valentine’s and St. Patty’s day? I am ready and the mystery goes on. I still think that it is a Community Garden person. Remember that I am offering a reward if anyone admits to or knows any information.

COMMUNITY  CONVERSATION
On Wednesday May 2nd from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. there will be a community conversation program. It will be about the Upper Missouri River Heritage Area. If you want to put in your two cents worth, please be there to share  your opinion. It will be similar to a Town Hall Meeting. It would be impressive if there was a huge crowd at this event. So come on down to the Ag Museum to enjoy refreshments at 5:30 p.m. and the start of the meeting at 6:00 p.m.

MEMORIAL DAY
It will be here before you know it and I am going to nag the community again about putting up an American Flag. It is a sign of love of country and is so important at this time to let every one know how Americans feel about their heritage and their country.

I could not fly my flag several times in the last few months because of the wind. It came in and out of the apartment because you do not have to fly the flag in inclement weather. I leave my porch light on all the time so I do not forget to turn it on in the evening. It lights up the porch very well and it makes me proud to see it waving in soft breezes.

So get on down to the hardware store and get yourself a flag. If some of the women cannot put the bracket up, just let me know and I will arrange to it taken care of, and your flag will be up and flying quickly. My flag is a constant reminder of all of those who have died to defend our country. The least we can do is to put up a flag.

WINDOWS 10
We are not getting along very well on this second try to do the View. We are both stubborn and want to do it our way. Of course guess who is the winner. It isn’t me! Therefore there have been many phone calls for help. Thanks to Connie, Sharalee, and Bethany, who are being very patient with me in learning this blanket, blank, computer who will not give in. I may beat it into oblivion by next week.

GOD BLESS AMERICA, OUT TROOPS, POLICE OFFICERS, FIREMEN AND WOMEN, AND EMT’S. GOD BLESS OUR SCHOOLS AND OUR COUNTRY FROM VIOLENCE.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

View From The Bridge 4/18/18

VIEW from the BRIDGE
By Muncie
4/18/18

CHAMBER of COMMERCE
A very great evening was had by all last Saturday evening at the Ag Center for the Chamber of Commerce annual meeting. The formal dinner and speaker was replaced by a fun evening of choosing food prepared by local restaurants, a live auction, a silent auction, and topped off by a terrific band from Hardin, MT. The dance floor was a popular place and was always full of dancers. It was such fun to watch them. The band played songs, old and new, that were familiar.

I spoke with the female singer while they were setting up. I asked what kind of music they play and she asked me what I liked. I told her that I liked “old country” and later in the evening she dedicated a Patsy Cline song to me.

The evening began at 6:00 p.m. and it was about 10:00 p.m. when I arrived home.

I hope that the Chamber continues with this venue. It was not that I did not enjoy the formal dinner and especially the speaker, but it was down to earth enjoyment.

COUNCIL MEETING
Today is Monday the 16th and I am on the agenda for the City Council meeting this evening. The reason being two women who live at the Sunrise Bluffs asked me if there was anything I could do about a handicapped fishing site in Fort Benton. A location will be difficult to find as the Levee is steep. The new extension of the Levee Walking Trail would not accommodate a wheelchair. I am sure it will all be worked out and I just wanted all you handicapped fisher persons to know that perhaps it may happen. I did not realize how many fishermen and women there were around town.

Please help support this project by word of mouth or a phone call to our City Hall.

FACE THE STATE
Every Sunday morning on PBS a program called Face the State is featured. I think it should be an ordinance that every household watch it. It covers many subjects about Montana and so far it is not political. Recently it has touched on agriculture, old age problems, and this past Sunday it was about weather. It is a subject talked about here, there, and everywhere. It is the most talked about subject and I like to hear about statistics and records. Our River Press has had great articles about Fort Benton’s weather. I think we all agree that this was a tough winter and wonder what our summer will be like, (if we ever get a spring and summer.”

FRIDAY THE 13th
What a day that was. It began snowing the evening before and when I woke that Friday morning it was snowing beautifully. The large snowflakes were covering everything. I guessed the snowfall was about 3 or 4 inches. Then it stopped snowing and the sun came out. I am sure that spring began at that point. I had 4 appointments that day so I was out and about all over town. I was thrilled to see people with shorts on, no winter coats, light jackets and sweaters, and driving with windows down. It begins getting dark about 8:00 p.m. and I am loving it. Enjoy because time flies when you are having fun.

SCHOOL PROTECTION
I am not very observant and I was concerned that when I went to the Elementary School and rang the bell for entry, the buzzer rang immediately to let me in.  Then I was told that there is a camera up in the corner and you can be seen before the buzzer lets you in. It is the same at the High School.

I am very pleased about a Police Officer having an office at the school. God forbid we ever have an incident but it is better to be safe than sorry.

NEW COMPUTER
I am doing this article on my new computer. So far I have had about one hour of training in Windows 10 and so far so good. The problem may come when I try to send it but I will test it shortly. I was having a great deal of trouble with spell check with my old computer because it had a blue background with white print. I could not make the print larger and this computer’s spell check is quite different and much easier to manage.

I know this does not interest those of you who do not have a computer but many of you do. At this point in my life I wish I had never started with one. On the other hand I think about the 19 years I have been doing the View and all the wonderful connections I have with family and friends using e-mail. Yes, thinking it over I am happy with my computer because it kept me connected with the world.

GOD BLESS AMERICA, OUR TROOPS, POLICE OFFICERS, FIREMEN AND WOMEN, AND EMT’S. PROTECT OUR SCHOOL CHILDREN ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

View From The Bridge 4/11/2018

VIEW from the BRIDGE
By Muncie
4/11/18

GOLF COURSE
Opening day of the Signal Point Golf Course was, what I hoped, the last snow covered ground this spring. Last weeks River Press reported that Mark Johnsrud was the new manager and I wanted to chat with him about calling me when events took place at the most beautiful golf course around the area.

The first question asked was “When is tee-off time?” The answer was “about “Mid July.” True story! Will spring ever arrive? As of this moment I really doubt it. I am so tired of seeing snow. It is so beautiful when it starts coming down but so ugly when it gets dirty.

So, back to the Signal Point Golf course story. Mark had some orange golf balls for those addicted players but so far no one had taken him up on it. (I’ll bet that even if Mark had offered a free game, no one would have taken him up on it.)

By the way…who ever put that breakfast together did a great job. Thank you.

Look for any news about Signal Point Golf Course here in the View.  Nothing is planned at this time.

C.C.P.A.
Mother Nature seems to have a thing about giving a break on her winter hold during planned performances. The last three shows have been poorly attended because of cold and snowy conditions. Again last Saturday’s Pub night was a snowy disaster. It kept the crowd down to a little over 100 attendees.

Those that left early because of snowy and icy roads missed a rock and roll time. A conga line started and they circled around the room. Others began dancing at their tables and it soon seemed that everyone was up and dancing. It was a blast and a good time was had by all.

PIATIGORSKY CONCERT
The last C.C.P.A. performance of the season will feature the founder and artistic director of the Piatigorsky Foundation, celebrated cellist Evan Drachman, along with pianist Efi Hackmey. They will perform works by Bach, Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin, and Grieg. Be at the Grand Union on Thursday, May 10th at 4:30.

Tickets for next season that will begin in September will be on sale. They will also be available through- out this spring and summer. Be an early bird lock in your tickets. (Can you picture the table and a C.C.P.A. board member this summer at the Farmer’s Market?)

Please support the Chouteau County Performing Arts. The Board works so hard to bring this entertainment to our small rural community. Do not let C.C.P.A. fade away as so many other events.

MY NIECES
Barb and Joann arrived on Easter Sunday afternoon from Michigan. Neither had ever been to Montana before. It has been 10 years since I last saw them.
When I first heard that they were coming, I had no idea how to entertain them. Well, we were on the go every minute of every day. If you readers ever have that problem, let me know.  I will give you an itinerary schedule that will cover mostly the history of Fort Benton and some of Great Falls.

They said that they loved all the places that we covered and will return soon when it is sunny and warm. The weather was not a problem but then I was not the driver. Barb did all the driving and I provided the directions. I managed to get them lost twice but they insisted that we did not go that far out of the way.

They are both interested in history and Fort Benton certainly was their ticket to history heaven. Even though the museums, the BLM Interpretive Center, and the Fort were not open, Fronts Street’s history was enough to hold them until they return.

They stayed until Thursday late afternoon and I immediately began to miss them. Time flies by so quickly every day but it was twice as fast when they were here. Saying so long is difficult and I will think about how much I enjoyed having them visit.

Joann is a teacher and she wanted to stay at the Ag Museum’s library and archives area to read Bob Doerk’s notebooks about the Blackfeet Native Americans. Since I worked on those notebooks at the Ag Center, I was so happy to see that they have such a beautiful book shelves storage area. I am sure that Bob’s spirit had a lot to do with their preservation.

NEW COMPUTER
I have received a new computer with all the trimmings from a Helen Keller Foundation grant to continue writing the View from the Bridge. A program called I Connect is also involved. I relate this to my readers because when it is installed this week I may not have a View next week.

The reason for what may be a delay is because I will have to learn Windows 10. My computer expert son assured me that it will be easy because Windows 10 is in two parts. I only need to pay attention to the first part that is like Windows 7. 

So keep me in your good thoughts and hopefully I will be able to get a View to you the following week. Gee, I hate pressure.

LOMA DAYS
I did get to Loma last Saturday for the Flea Market. I bought the cutest little coffee table although I saw many wonderful collectibles. I am still trying to get rid of much of my “stuff.” The vendor assured me that it was an antique and actually I didn’t care because I thought it was so adorable. I was looking for a table that was small and found it. It has claw-legs that indicate it may be old but then again some clever person may have used the legs from some other piece and put a top on it. It is painted white and I prefer it be darker. I’ll take it to an expert to have it checked if it is the real thing. What fun!

The Flea Market seemed to be somewhat larger with more variety this year. It amazes me who the vendors set up all their wares. It must take hours. They have more patience than I do.

In Michigan a friend of mine lived in a subdivision that had garage sales once a year. Every household would have a table in the driveway. Some energetic families would serve food and since one was there all day, one would get thirsty and hungry. Lemonade and sandwiches tasted mighty good after dragging a wagon around from street to street. It was such fun. Would anyone in Fort Benton like to organize an event like that?

It certainly would be a great way to meet your neighbors. Since there are annual garage sales by organizations and churches, perhaps an idea would be to donate half of what you sell to a charity of your choice.

Maybe I had better forget the whole thing. Sounds like too much work to me.

STUDENT ART SHOW
The Prairie Rose Art Studio will show “The Promise of Art in our Youth” on April 20th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The entire store will be stocked with our Elementary and High Schools students’ art work. It is open to the public and is another highlight of the school year.

I have attended these shows in the past and am awed with the work on display. I actually was employed at Frames Unlimited in Michigan for 10 years. I saw hundreds of pieces of art and worked with college aged artists. I do not know a lot about art but know what pleases my eye. I am looking forward to the 20th and see you there.

GOD BLESS AMERICAN, OUR TROOPS, POLICE OFFICERS, VOLUNTEER FIREMEN AND WOMEN, AND EMT’S. PLEASE…NO MORE MASS KILLINGS

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

View From The Bridge 4/4/18

VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE
By Muncie
4/4/18

EASTER BUNNIES
Did any of your readers check out the rabbits in the hollow tree? Peter Rabbit is so adorable that I am going to ask him to come and live with me until next Easter. For now he is enjoying the hollow tree although it is a bit cold out there.

In spite of the snow covered Fort Park area, the bunnies showed up with their winter coats and boots on. They cleared the “egg field” in about 5 to 6 minutes. A good time was had by all. By mid-afternoon the sun had peeked up for a few seconds and melted the snow.

Then today, Monday, winter returned with vengeance. It was not going to give up that easily and was not going to give the city workers a rest. Now, I do not like seeing them in their big machines trying to clear the streets for those who must go out to work.

As for myself, I have two nieces visiting that flew here from Michigan and we are just going to hang out and watch some old movies. I didn’t have a plan B about where to take them if the weather was nasty. Please Mother Nature, clear this up by tomorrow. The only consolation is that it is not much nicer where they came from.

OOPS!
Two weeks ago I reported that the next Monday was the last VFW Bingo was the last one of the season. NOT! It is next Monday night, the April 9th at 7:00 p.m. at the Club House. Since this is the last Bingo night of the season, I wish for a large crowd. There is plenty of room and a very happy crowd of regulars. See you there.

LOMA DAYS
It seemed to me that this annual event was here very quickly. Like everything else, it seemed far in the distance when you first heard about it and then suddenly it was time to enjoy the day. See you there too.

PUB NIGHT
Next Saturday evening will also be very entertaining when the annual Pub Night will take place at the Ag Center. So put on your dancing shoes or just come to enjoy the music. I have heard this band before and they are great.

This event is open to the public so every “bunny” is welcome. It will be a busy day on Saturday. See you there.

LENTEN LUNCH
Kate phoned me and offered a ride to the last Lenten Luncheon at the Methodist Church in Geraldine last week. We sat with Lila Armstrong and she was a wealth of stories about the recent play in Geraldine. Lila is the director.

She said that the recent play was a great success. People told her that the weather would affect the audience but this turned out to be very negative. The ticket sales showed a full house for every performance. Hurray!

The only problem was the thought as to what Jo Alice could come up with next year to top this year’s story line. We wish you the best Jo Alice and are looking forward to next year.  Thank you all in Geraldine for a wonderful entertaining weekend. Fort Benton loves you and I approve this message.

SAVE THE DATE
On Thursday April the 19th the Humana birthday cake agent, Bill, will be visiting the Golden Age Senior Center. If you have a problem or would just like to chat with him the time frame is 10:30 a.m. until he feels he is finished.

Thank you for the birthday cakes, Bill, we enjoy the last Sunday of the month. We are getting spoiled but it is about time I say. (Just  kidding!)

I would like to see some new faces at the Golden Age. Just give it a try to see the pass times that they offer. There may be one that you take a fancy to or perhaps you may want to start one of your own. Last week the started playing Scribble. Those of you who are good spellers should show up for those games. Time is flying by too quickly to not want to enjoy every minute of every day

VIETNAM VETERANS
I am so sorry that I missed honoring all of you last week at the Sunrise Bluffs. I truly appreciate everything that you did during those trying times. You made the ultimate sacrifices and I am very proud of all of you.

I hope that you checked out the new Veterans Photo Walls at the Bluffs while you were there. If your picture is not there please let me know. May you enjoy the best things in life and know that you are heroes.

GOD BLESS AMERICA, OUR TROOPS, POLICE OFFICERS, VOLUNTEER FIREMAN AND EMT’S. HELP TO KEEP OUR SCHOOL CHILDREN SAFE   

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

View From The Bridge 3/28/18

VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE
By Muncie
3/28/18

EASTER
It looks as though most of the snow will be gone by Sunday. At least everyone hopes so especially the Lions Club who will host their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday. Check the River Press for time and exact locations for each age group.

That frees up Sunday for Church going, dinner time, and travel time if you are going out of town. (Drive carefully…I know that you would do that regardless of my reminding you.)

Have a great, happy, and fun day. Usually Easter is spring break time so enjoy that too. Take your time traveling, leave early and do not be in a hurry.

(I wrote most of the View on Saturday, and Sunday’s weather report does not look like we would want. We will have several days of 50’s and even 60’s and then it will turn chilly again with rain. Woe is me!)

PUB NIGHT
All of the Chouteau County Performing Arts programs are truly the greatest but Pub Night is the most favorite. Can you believe that it will be a week from Saturday, the 7th of April?

Please invite your family and friends to join you at a table either to dance or just to listen to the music. I it will be like a music New Year’s Eve.

If you attended the consortium in Great Falls a year ago January, you heard the John Roberts y Pan Blanco band perform. They are good and I know that you will truly have a wonderful time. See you there.

The next and last show for this season will be the Piatigorsky Foundation on Thursday, May 10th at 4:30 in the afternoon. This is held at the Grand Union where the setting is a classical one. Cheryl’s grand piano once belonged to her Mom. It has been enjoyed for years in its new home. See you there.

PINOCHOLE
These days it seems as though people classify themselves as “this kind of person” or “that kind of person.” An example is “I am not a dessert kind of person.” (That is wishful thinking on my part.)

So this reminder is for pinochle player’s kind of people. There seem to be many of them in Fort Benton because the Sunrise Bluffs are again having one of their special pinochle parties. It takes place next Monday, April 2 at 1:00, in the Bluffs dining room.

There will be prizes, snacks, beverages, and lots of hospitality. A good time will be had by all and for those addicted players a great fix until the next time.

“THE WHO?”
I still am not able to report on who the person is who is entertaining us at the hollow tree at the corner of Front St. and 22nd. I hope that you are enjoying this story as it continues because you have not been able to see it. Bear with me as I am having a ball with it. I am playing detective and not being very successful. I am not able to take fingerprints or molds of boot/shoe tracks in the show. Just wild guesses are all I have to work with. I was hoping for a “snitch” but “the who?” must have faithful family and friends. With spring and Memorial Day being the next decorating days, I will have to do all night vigils and then perhaps I may see someone at the hollow tree.

Now, why would “the who?” want to put me through losing all that sleep? So please spare me that agony and let me know who you are. I will promise my next great grandchild that I will not reveal your secret. Well, after thinking that over, perhaps it is a little too much. I’ll just promise “pinkie finger” or if you do not know what that is, just a good old fashioned Fort Benton handshake.

GOD BLESS AMERICA, OUR TROOPS, POLICE OFFICERS, FIRE FIGHTERS, EMT’s, AND MOST IMPORTANT PROTECT OUR CHILDREN IN THESE TROUBLED DAYS.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

View From The Bridge 3/21/18

VIEW from the BRIDGE
By Muncie
3/21/18

MOTHER NATURE
Just when I sang her praises last week she turns around and gives us another winter blast. Snow and cold are no longer in my vocabulary and if all this snow and cold is not gone by Easter, I am never going to have anything to do with her again. There I said it and now I feel better. Are you all behind me?

EASTER
This fun holiday is only a week and a half away. Have you got your Easter bonnets ready? Back when I was young, the Easter outfit was a very big thing. We had to wear hats to Church then and it was a blast to see the hats.  The colors were pinks, purples, yellows, and greens.  Dyed hard boiled eggs have now been replaced with plastic. Hats are no longer needed and jeans have replaced dresses. We seniors long for the old traditions but have to go along with the changes. Only our memories remain and perhaps an old hat or two remain in a closet.

Easter parades are also a thing of the past. If you lived in a big city (which I did not,) you and your whole family would walk up and down an area that was judged for the most attractive outfits.

The real meaning of Easter has been lost as Christmas.  It is all commercial now and has become a mania of shopping for gifts and candy.  Only the dentists benefit. Amen for now.

WHO DUN IT?
I hope that I am not boring you with this story but I must say that it has kept me amused during this dreary winter days.

I must be watching too many “Garage Sale Mysteries.” I am working on the elimination process to track down the person who is decorating the hollow tree at the corner of 22nd and Front St.  Since no one will own up to decorating the tree, I have several clues as to who it might be.

The first clue is that it must be a woman who loves to decorate and is very artistic. Secondly she used the community garden (because of the pumpkin,) and third must live in the neighborhood of the hollow tree. From the direction of the footprints, she and her helper came in from Front

I thought this person had given up the project because of the snow and drifts and there were no decorations for Valentine’s Day or St. Patty’s Day. I put a Valentine Heart in the tree but it blew away. I had a friend staple the leprechaun to the tree for St. Patty’s Day.

This afternoon, Sunday the 18th, I used my walker for support to get to the tree. As I stepped on the drift I would sink into my knees. Lo and behold, there was a welcoming wooden rabbit.

I would really like to know who you are so we can work together. I promise that I will never reveal who you are.  Please give me a call and we can discuss further holidays over coffee. I also am offering a reward of 2 dozen Lemon Bars to anyone who will give me information. (That is not a joke!)

The jolly Leprechaun has left his position on the hollow treed. (I think he went south.) In his place is taken by no other than my Peter Rabbit. I know that because his vest has his name on it. It is appropriate that he has taken up residence next to the community garden even though there is nothing there for him and Farmer Brown is not around. Perhaps Peter is just going to wait until summer. He joins the Welcome Rabbit to wish you a very happy Easter.

I hope you were able to visit with the Leprechaun but Front St. and 22nd were so terrible ruddy, it was almost impossible to drive much less walk. I will just have to be content with his picture in the River Press.

LOMA DAYS
Just a reminder that Loma Days will be held on April 7th, the Saturday after Easter. See you there.

BINGO
The last VFW Bingo will be on March 28th at the Club House at 7:00 p.m.

The VFW has been plagued with sickness and snow which cancelled man of their scheduled games this winter. Perhaps spring will be a little kinder and this last Bingo night of the season will take place. See you there.

EASTER EGG HUNT
On Saturday, the 31st of March and the day before Easter, will be the annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Lions Club of Fort Benton. Check the River Press for the times and locations for each age group. If you have never watched this hunt or had kiddos hunting, then you should go to the park for a fun few minutes. I love watching the infant to3 year olds and the 4 to5 year olds. It warms your heart to see the loving parents trying to help their little egg hunters. A good time is had by all.

C.C.P.A.
The ever popular PUB NIGHT will be on Saturday April 7th at the Ag Center. The Pan Blanco band from Bozeman sounds very exciting. The word SALSA is a dance that I hope fills the dance floor. If you do not dance then just come and enjoy the music and people watching. See you there.

HELLO
Some of my faithful following have contacted me by way of word of mouth or cards. I want them to know that I thank them for their concern and they would be Jeff in Great Falls, Marilyn in WA. and Ginger in AZ.

I am supposed to get a new computer in the next few weeks and will contact you with a letter. Just know that you are in my thoughts too.

GOD BLESS AMERICA, OUR TROOPS, POLICE OFFICERS, FIRE FIGHTERS, AND EMT’S. KEEP OUR SCHOOLS SAFE AND HELP THOSE SUFFERING FROM THE TERRIBLE WEATHER STORMS.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE
By Muncie
3/14/18

SPRING
Spring is on the way. By the time you read this weeks edition, spring will only be a few days away. The weather is already looking up, the Missouri is clear of ice, and people have been spotting robins.

Next Tuesday, the 20th, will be the welcomed arrival of one of the most looked forward to seasons. In about a month from that day, the trees will be budding out and the grass will be a lovely green.

So get out and enjoy the wonderful gift that Mother Nature will be giving us. I am so cheered up that I am ready to walk along the levee trail singing. It would not be a pretty sight so I hope none of you see me. I am not flipping out but just released from the cabin fever I have had for months now. Enjoy every minute of every day and pass along those smiles to every one you meet.

Can you tell that I am quite happy? It is 6:15 on Sunday evening and it is still light out. The sun has not yet set and I am enjoying gazing out my living room window to see the beautiful sparkling diamonds on the snow. It will soon be just another memory and topic of conversations well into spring and summer.

On Saturday when I drove on Main St., I saw several people digging the snow to search for the drains. The melting snow has made huge puddles of water that has nowhere to go. The street I live on is not paved and has not melted as quickly as those that are paved. I am wondering where the water will go. I just have to wait and see. Well, enough about the weather.

SENIOR CITIZENS
There will be a Tuesday night dinner at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday the 20th. At the Golden Age Center. Get signed up today by calling 622-3601. The last two months the dinner was cancelled and you do not have to guess as to why? It will be good to see old friends again and share winter experiences. I wish that you would share some of those stories with me. I only had one, and that was the one whole week I did not leave the apartment and entertained the worse cabin fever ever.

I know two friends who live out of town and they were held hostage by the storms for two whole weeks. Actually, we should not be complaining. Those poor folks in the eastern side of the country have lost electricity for days at a time. That means no heat, no way to cook unless they had a grill, and no way to purchase food. The grocery stores emptied out very quickly and the frozen food was the first to go.

Have you noticed that Fort Benton has not lost electricity in a long time? That new power station must be doing its job. Thank you to whoever is responsible. I just dreaded resetting all my clocks every time that happened.

WHAT ABOUT YOUR HEART
On March 20th, there will be a program on “You’re Heart” at the Chouteau County public library. You Senior Citizens can go from the Golden Age Senior Center dinner to the library to learn from this very important program about your heart and how it functions.
It is especially import for women because most often they do not know that they are experiencing a heart attack. Symptoms are different then men’s in most cases. Make an effort to be there to learn. It may save your life.

DANCE AT THE BLUFFS
About once a year, a band from Great Falls entertains at the Sunrise Bluffs. They usually come in March, but because of the uncertainty of the weather, they have set their schedule for April. I will let you know as soon as I hear when that will be.

I am mentioning it now to encourage everyone who loves old time music to plan on being at the Bluffs. There is also dancing but you do not have to dance. Just come and enjoy the music.

It is a labor of love for these people to entertain almost every Sunday at Senior Centers, hospitals, nursing homes, and churches. Another of my dreams is to have the dining room at the Bluffs filled with people dancing, singing along, and just enjoying the music. I would like them to know that Fort Benton appreciates their efforts by making an effort to be there.

BASKETBALL
I did not think that there was life after basketball but find that my schedule is filling up quickly. There are many events to look forward to.  Next month is Pub Night for the CCPA, Loma Days on the 7th of April (thank you Pat for that information,), a final Bingo game at the VFW for the season, and multiple meetings and events.  There is always something going on in Fort Benton. Our snowbirds will be returning to enjoy spring in Montana and a get-a-way from the heat in the south. I would like to hear from them. I have to live world travel through their adventures and I enjoy that. (Thank you to Kelly in AZ for remembering that March is a difficult month for me.)

LENTEN LUNCHEONS
Easter approaches so quickly and it will be here after 3 more Lenten Luncheons. Before you read this, there will have been a luncheon at the Community Bible Church. The next two weeks the participants will travel to Geraldine to share the soup and bread lunch. I am so envious of those wonderful women who make such a variety of soup receipts.

More than anything, I enjoy the company of these devoted souls who are the kindest people I know. Fort Benton is blessed to have them.

GOD BLESS AMERICA, OUR TROOPS, POLICE OFFICERS, FIRE FIGHTERS, AND EMT’S. PLEASE PROTECT THE CHILDREN ALL OVER THE WORLD. GIVE COURAGE TO THOSE WHO ARE TROUBLED AND ADDICTED IN ANY WAY. HELP PEOPLE TO REALIZE HOW PRECIOUS LIFE IS AND “THOU SHALT NOT KILL.”


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

View From The Bridge 2/21/18

VIEW from the BRIDGE
By Muncie
2-21-18

UNDAUNTED COURAGE
It is late Saturday afternoon and I just got the word that the Longhorn Girls Basketball Team won the district championship over Box Elder 52 to 51. It is not good luck but hard determination on the part of the team.  I am upset that I wasn’t there and blame it on the weather. I know there were fans that drove to Havre for three days, but when I heard on the news to stay off the roads unless it was an emergency, I stayed home.

I can picture in my mind over and over, that hard fought game and that very last basket that won the game. Actually, I do not know how I could have handled those few moments at my age. I have seen many basketball games over the years and many were thrilling. However, that final game last Saturday takes all.

Congratulations Fort Benton Longhorn Girls and we love you for what you have done for our town. You made the possible happen and it has inspired all of your fans. Now on to Divisional this coming week in Great Falls. There is no more snow forecast and it will just be extremely cold. See you there.

CCPA
The sad part about last Tuesdays Chouteau County Performing Arts program was that more people could not be there because of the snow storm. It was, without a doubt, the best show that has ever been presented. The Phat Pack, pronounced Fat Pack, a name I will explain later, was a Las Vegas show. You would have paid big bucks to see them there. If you had a CCPA seasons ticket the cost was just a tad over $5.00.

The pianist, Philip Fortenberry, has appeared in Fort Benton several times. One appearance was just his piano playing. In Vegas, he teamed up with the three singers and the group was formed. Every song they sang and every story they told made you feel that you wanted them to go on and on. They were awesome.

Because the name of their Las Vegas show is “Phantom: Las Vegas Spectacular,” they chose the Ph and at to mimic Frank Sinatra’s gang the Rat Pack. Do you remember that group?

They sang Broadway tunes and a favorite song from the Phantom of the Opera. Since I get a ride to the Elementary School early, I was sitting in my seat 45 minutes early. Philip was practicing and I asked him to play “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” for me. He did and it was a tear jerker. It will always be a treasured memory.

I was also able to attend the students show at 1:30 p.m. The Phat Pack sang a song about “Dreams” and told about their dreams and how they became what they are today. They all came from small rural towns and ended up in big cities like Vegas and New York because they followed their dreams. They encouraged the audience to follow their dreams no matter what. Most of the show was questions and answers about the dreams of the students.

I hope that the Phat Pack return someday when our town is not covered with snow. I would love them to see the Missouri flowing quietly, green grass, leaves on the trees, our beautiful park, our historic buildings open, and our wonderful walking trail. (I think we would all like to see that right now. Oh well, just think, winter is half over.)

WEATHER
Isn’t it amazing to watch the weather patterns? I have been here for 25 years and have never see this much snow in Fort Benton. The most I remember is about 8 in. Randy tells me that on the 24th of this month, we will not have seen ground for 2 months. It began snowing on December 24th and has not stopped since.  What I feel bad about is that I am missing the basketball district tournaments in Havre.  I know some brave souls have gone the last couple of days but we were asked on TV to stay off the roads.

Many of the old timers who have lived there all of their lives can tell some very interesting stories about weather here when they were kids.  One that Wally, (my late husband,) told me was when the temperature dropped 80 degrees in a few hours. The Missouri drove so smooth that they could ice skate on it. What fun that must have been.

I wonder what ever happened to the ice skating rink that was here when I moved to town. If there is a rink, would someone let me know?

CARD PARTY
By popular demand there will be another Pinhole card party at the Sunrise Bluffs. On Monday the 5th of March at 1:00 p.m. the festivities will begin. This card party has grown into a very popular event. The organizers are inviting you a couple of weeks ahead of time so put it on your calendars. The weather should have broken by then and it will be wonderful to get out doing a little socializing. I have heard from many that they are tired of being cooped up and have cabin fever.

SENIOR CENTER
On Friday, the 23rd, the Humana Insurance man, Bill Thompson, will be there to bring a birthday cake for the Senior Citizens to celebrate their birthdays and anniversaries on Sunday the 25th. His company is giving the Golden Age the cake.

He also will answer any of your questions and will listen to your comments or concerns.

Try to make it on Friday and return on Sunday to enjoy February birthdays and anniversaries. Our Golden Age Senior Center is so special. It is the only one in the area that serves dinner every day of the week. If you are not a member and new in town, please join us. You will be most welcome. (Just mention my name because the more members I get the better chance I have to win the trip to Hawaii.  (just kidding!)

There is always an event going on and you can relax and enjoy yourself. There is always a puzzle being worked on, a card game often, a great dinner at a reasonable price, coffee in the morning, mostly breakfast at noon on Saturdays with fresh baked cinnamon rolls once a month, a piano you can play, and a TV you can watch. What more can you ask?

GOD BLESS AMERICA, OUR TROOPS, POLICOFFICERS, FIRE FIGHTERS, EMTS, AND PROTECT OUR SCHOOLS.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE
By Muncie
2/14/18

VALENTINE’S DAY
Happy Valentine’s Day. What a happy day it is with all that love being spread around. Cards are everywhere and back in my day some of them were not signed. Kids didn’t want you to know that they liked you. Today it is quite different especially those who do not like you. They want you to know.

So this is my opportunity to let all of you know that I like you. You are a very caring and loving community and I would not want to be anywhere else in the world. Well maybe I have thought about being someplace warmer and with less snow. It is just a thought. I would not miss the basketball season for anything. I’ll just keep thinking about how hot our summers have become. I’ll also think about how exciting it is to watch the Missouri and the huge ice chunks along both sides. Everything looks so white and clean. I am not to the point of making “ice angels” yet, but I have been tempted when I see them in a movie on TV. I forget about it when I realize that they are not making those “angels in real snow. Brrrrr!

RANDOM ACTS
Next Saturday, the 17th, is “RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS DAY.’ It is probably not on your calendar but it is a good start for the rest of the year and beyond.

Years ago I read a: Chicken Soup for the Soul” book that had a story about “Practice Random Acts of Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty.” Someone saw it written on a wall like graffiti and took it to heart. It spread all over the world.     

Here are some suggestions.
1.  Be Kind
2.  Be thoughtful
3.  Use your manners as a form of kindness
4.  Give compliments generously
5.  Think about people who quietly make a difference in your community. Thank them. 

If everyone would practice one act of kindness and one act of beauty each day, what a wonderful world this would be.

Of course, you cannot tell anyone what you have done. So, give it a try and see what happens. Just start small and let it grow. You will feel better just knowing that you are trying.

BASKETBALL DISTRICTS
How exciting that this week brings on the district tournaments. They are in Havre and hopefully the roads are clear by then so the fans will be able to get there.

After the last two weeks of games, the Boys and Girls teams are in good position for the games. They need good hearty support with loud cheering and loud singing of the school song.

What about those Cheerleaders!  Did you see their performance in preparation for the tournaments? Did you ever hear of the Radio City Rockettes? Well, our Cheerleaders are even better than those dancers. Go Cheerleaders!

I am looking forward to the schedule in the River Press and watching some great basketball games. See you there.

VETERANS PHOTO PROGRAM
Our biggest supporter for this program passed away last Friday. It was Madeline Ragland whose granddaughter gave me a $500.00 grant for the program.

Madeline worked with me and I accounted to her where I spent the money. Most of it went for picture frames and finally for the picture rails. The photos are a bright spot in the hallway at Sunrise Bluffs and if you have not seen the new arrangement…you should.  With Memorial Day coming up in May, it would be a good time to check it out. You young people might have grandfathers and great grandfathers whose pictures are hanging there. They are in alphabetical order and should be easy to locate. Be sure to sign the guest book and thank Karla, the manager of the Bluffs, for the space to put the photos.

GERALDINE
I would love to visit this creative little town more often but once a year for the Geraldine’s Action Committee Dinner Theatre is a once a year must.

Last Saturday 7 friends and I enjoyed a splendid afternoon feasting on a great dinner and being amazed at the actors, actresses, costumes, and the storyline of the play. Jo Alice is outstanding in her writing. All the twists and turns in the story line had us all guessing as to” who done it.”

I like the way the program is set up with a break in the play to feed the hungry crowd. It was a wonderful time and I hope that you were one of the theatre goers. Thank you to Jo Alice, Lila, the actors and actresses, the behind the scenes workers, the chefs, and the server for making the play a success. I am sorry if I missed anyone. I am looking forward to next year for another great dinner theatre.

GOD BLESS AMERICA, OUR TROOPS, POLICE OFFICERS, FIRE FIGHTERS and EMT VOLUNTEERS.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

VIEW from the BRIDGE
By Muncie
1/17/18

WHO DONE IT?
No response from the clever person who is putting appropriate items in the hollow tree across the street from my apartment.

I have my spies in place and perhaps we will know soon who done it. I promised a reward for any information and a “pinkie finger” promise not to tell. This did not interest “who done it” at all. 

Sneaky people seem to be the norm these days but all would be forgiven if only I knew who you are.
You (whoever you are) are the talk of the town and I hope that makes your day. I cannot say “see you there” because I cannot see you. You must came in the middle of the night and I may never know “who done it.” Bye for now.

CONSORTIUM
I do not do Facebook but would someone who does please put Saturday, the 27th of January, on their page for Fort Benton’s Consortium performances all day long starting at 9:00 in the morning.

It is FREE to the public and if you love music you will enjoy that day. The prospective artists have 12 minutes to showcase. Members of all the towns and cities that have performing arts programs will be able to choose the performers to entertain in their town.

It is a delightful day so I hope that you take advantage of this Arts program. You will have a break for lunch and return to the Elementary auditorium for the afternoon showcases.

I have seen several news reports on the evening news that had events put on Facebook and they were overwhelmed with the response.

 For instance, one report told about a boy scout event that included fathers of the scouts. Some of the scouts did not have fathers that could attend with them. After being put on Facebook, 600 men showed up to be pretend fathers.

Another example was about a story that I wrote about in November 11th Veterans Day. An 11 year old boy visited his grandfather’s grave and found it did not have an American Flag. He went to work doing odd jobs and bought enough flags for the entire cemetery. He went on to other cemeteries and when finished had purchased and placed about 24,000 flags. This was all due to a Facebook entry.

So will someone please do a Facebook story to promote the Consortium Saturday and also the CCPA performances? My dream is to have all 400 seats filled and everyone have a marvelous time.
Please call me if you would do what I ask, (My number is in the book.) Please make me happy and I will see you there.

ALL ORGANIZATIONS
Please let me know what your organizations are doing. You probably put something into the River Press but it does not hurt to have dates and times in two places.

HANG IN THERE
Even the die-hard winter people have had enough already. I have been in Fort Benton for 25 years and I have never seen so much snow. The most I remember is about 8 inches. Am I wrong? If I am, please let me know. Perhaps I just do not remember or just want to forget it.

I do remember that the 6 years I helped Wally with the mail route, we did not miss a day of delivering the mail.  One day on the east route we could not go through Chalk Bluffs. If you are familiar with the area, you would know that it is very hilly. The drifts were 5 ft. high.

We returned to town having only done half the route. We proceeded to Loma and did the back side.
We did actually have one day we did not deliver because the post office cold us not to go.  Do any of you remember that incident?

So hang in there and we now only have 2 more months to go through. Just think SPRING and it will be here before you know it.

GOD BLESS AMERICA, OUR TROOPS, OUR POLICE OFFICERS, FIRE FIGHTERS AND EMTS. ALSO BLESS ALL THE VOLUNTEERS THAT HAVE HELPED WITH THE WEATHER DISASTERS IN OUR COUNTRY.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

View From The Bridge 1/10/18

VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE
By Muncie
1/10/18

BACK AGAIN
It has been 8 weeks since my fall and it is time that I stop doing nothing and get back to being out and about again.

My problem now is how to express my appreciation for all that has been done for me. I have so many Angels to thank that it seems impossible. The many phone calls, dozens of cards, drivers who took me to appointments, the man who turned the hubs on my truck wheels so I could drive in 4-wheel, and the attendant at the gas station who filled my empty tank. 

The first 2 ½ weeks were the most difficult. My arm was in a sling, I could not do any normal daily things. Once the sling came off, life seemed much easier, although I still could not use my left hand and arm.

As I begin this View my arm is doing well and I am off like a herd of turtles.

There are so many stories to tell you that this may drag into spring. I will go back as far as I can remember. As you know I can only write about what I experience and it is usually after the fact. Here goes!

WHO DONE IT AGAIN AND AGAIN?
Who replaced the pumpkin in the hollow tree across the street from my apartment with a Santa? I noticed just the other day that Santa had been replaced with a Snowman. I would really like to know who this clever person is and I am willing to give a reward for any information about the person who “who done it?”

If that person does not want to be known, I “pinkie finger” promise that I will not tell. I wish that I had thought of the prank because there are so many more possibilities. Whoever you are…thank you for cheering up the holidays

MY CHRISTMAS STORY
First of all I have to tell you that my favorite Christmas song is “Mary’s Boy Chile.” I have the music and have given copies to at least six musicians but have never heard any of them play and sing it for me.

Trust me when I say that I do all my shopping locally. I have not driven to Great Falls for 3 ½ years. However, I needed some warm pants to match the 4 pair that I already have so I was driven to Walmart.

I found an African American woman to help me and she was very knowledgeable about the stock in her department. When she was measuring me, she began to hum and then sing softly. I asked her if she sang in a choir and she said “No.” I said that she should because she had a beautiful voice. Then I asked her if she know “Mary’s Boy Chile.” She sang the whole song to me. It did more for my Christmas spirit than any Hallmark Christmas movies. As I walked away she was still singing.
When I returned several weeks later (to return the pants) I could not find her. One of my friends, Suzie, said that she must have been an Angel. That is the way I will always remember her as my Christmas Angel.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT
I was very disappointed in the attendance for the Christmas Concert at the Elementary School on Sunday afternoon after the Chouteau County Country Christmas.

I know how much work goes into putting on that Concert especially when one group opted out and a replacement had to be found.

The attendance in 2016 was approximately 250 people and even that does not fill the auditorium that accommodates 400.

There were about half of that figure at the 2017 concert. I know that everyone is busy with work and projects BUT…the work is always there. The concert is only once a year.

I have no patience with those kinds of excuses especially when I know how much work goes into it. The only excuse I can accept is illness, a terrible cold or the flu as legitimate excuses. I also realize that many Fort Benton residents go south for the winter…(lucky people.)

Are you not interested in the Arts? The appropriations for the Arts, Museums, and Libraries are being cut every year. I would not like to see all of those go by the wayside because of lack of funds. Only you can change that by supporting the above and contacting your representatives and senators. Make a difference.

CCPA
While on the subject, on January 7th, Chouteau County Performing Arts will present Jenn Bostic, out of Nashville who is a Country and Christian singer. Let’s hope that it warms up a bit.

VFW BINGO
The games, sponsored by the VFW, begin at the Club House on Monday the 22nd. The game on the 8th  was cancelled because of a previous commitment. It will be great to see old friends again.

THE HOLIDAYS
I did not have a chance to wish you all a Merry Christmas and so I hope that it was all wonderful for all of you.

I don’t think it is too late for Happy New Year and I know that most of you just stayed at home to celebrate. In fact…most told me they did not even watch the ball go down.

Have a wonderful New Year and be careful so that you do not fall.

GOD BLESS AMERICQA, OUR TROOPS, POLICE OFFICERS, FIREFIGHTERS AND EMT’S.