Wednesday, April 18, 2018

View From The Bridge 4/18/18

VIEW from the BRIDGE
By Muncie

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.