Tuesday, September 4, 2018

View From The Bridge 9/5/18

By Muncie

I’ll bet you could have guessed this moon name. I have also written about it for years as you may remember. The Native Americans called it the Full Corn Moon or Harvest Moon. It marked the time when the corn could be harvested. Often the full moon, September Harvest Moon, is the full moon closest to the autumn equinox. It occurs two years out of three in September. At the peak of the harvest farmers can work late into the night by the light of the moon. Crops that Indians harvest the most at this time are corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and wild rice. (It all sounds so good to me.)

The full moon is on Monday the 24th.

A week ago last Tuesday, my daughter Jennifer made her weekly visit to Fort Benton to help me with whatever I needed help with. When she arrived at 4:45 she had this story for me.

She was on St. Charles near the football field. She saw the team running across the field. They ran through the back gate heading toward the hill. “Now”, she said, “I have stopped on the road for ducks in Great Falls, on highways for deer and antelope but never before for Longhorns to cross the road.” (This is where I misunderstood and I said, “You mean that someone in town has Longhorn cattle.”) “No Mom, it was the Longhorn football team. The first runner held up his hand for me to stop which I was doing anyway, and the coach waved to me.” She thought that you readers would enjoy that story. GO HORNS!

2nd GAME
Randy and I were not able to go Hobson for the first football game but we were at the field on Friday evening for the 2nd game. What a perfect night for a football game. The stands were full, the Cheerleaders were doing their thing and the band was playing to get us in the spirit of excitement. I did not attend Fort Benton High School but having lived here for 25 years I definitely have the Longhorn spirit. I love high school and college football but that is as far as I go. The only thing that would have made it a more perfect evening would have been a full moon. In its place was a period of 20 minutes time when the sun was setting and shined on the bluffs.

On last Saturday I received a call with the news that the Golden Age Senior Center will again be open on Sundays. I believe that I was the one who was most upset when they closed. My Sundays were so special when I’d go there for dinner and visits with my widow friends. I sat at a table where most of my friends no longer cook. God bless those who do and I was grateful for those who do cook.

The price of the Sunday dinner will be $6.00. I would like to pass on that everyone is invited to eat at the Senior Center. You do not have to be a member or be younger than the age of 60. It is a special place for a family reunion and you do not have to do dishes. Hurray! See you there.

As I understand it the Center will not be open on Saturdays. I did mention last week that the Tuesday night dinners will resume on September 18th. Sign up at the Center or call 622-3601, Please support these Tuesday night dinners and the Sunday dinners to keep them on going. If you are 60 years old or older, you can be a most welcome member of the Center. There will be more information about being a member and what the Center is all about at a later date. GO SENIORS

A week from next Saturday, the 15th, will be the first entertainment evening of the 2018/2019season for the Chouteau County Performing Arts program. It is Pub night and will be held at the Montana Agricultural Center. It features Cold Hard Cash with The Tennessee Three singing all your favorite Johnny Cash songs. What a great way to start the new season.

If you do not yet have your season ticket you will find Randy at the Farmers Market every Thursday. Discounted tickets are still available until the first performance.

Please make me happy Folks by filling that Fort Benton Elementary School auditorium’s 400 seats for the following performances. I just cannot believe that there are people who do not like to be entertained especially by musical entertainment. You have it all right here in Fort Benton, MT. These shows have performed in Las Vegas and New York City. You pay big bucks if you attend their shows in big cities. A season’s discounted ticket is $45.00. If you want to attend just one show it will cost you $15.00 so why not buy a season ticket for 8 shows? 

You owe it to yourself to have a night out once a month and what better way than to listen to great music. No matter what your taste is you can always find something you enjoy at the Chouteau County Performing Arts performances. See you there!

Front Street is just about completed and it’s looking great. It is straightened and looks to be two defined lanes. The Swimming Pool parking area is expanded a bit. Front Street was a thorn in everyone’s side and a huge thank you to whoever is responsible because it was most likely the worst of all the bad roads in Fort Benton. With the curb in place it should be easier to drive.

My weekly report finds that there is one volunteer that will drive to Great Falls. Unfortunately, the need is for THREE MORE VOLUNTEER DRIVERS. That would complete a schedule of a once a month day to do the driving. Please call Kelly at 622-3022 at the Court House if you think you might be able to volunteer. Get more facts from her. There are many people who would like a van/bus running especially with the cooler weather coming on.