Tuesday, October 9, 2018

View From The Bridge 10/10/18

By Muncie

Can you believe that we are 1/3 of the days into October? The Full Hunter’s Moon also called the Full Harvest Moon is upon us. Do you remember last month when it was also the Full Harvest Moon? It depended on the equinox as to which month was the Full Harvest Moon and I do not know which is which. Let’s go with the Full Hunter’s Moon, Full Blood Moon, and Full Sanguine Moon. Many moons ago, Native Americans named this bright moon for obvious reasons. The leaves are falling from the trees, the deer are fattened, and it’s time to begin storing up meat for the long winter ahead. Because the fields were usually reaped in late September or early October hunters could easily see animals that come out to glean the fallen grains. Probably because of the threat of winter looming close, the Hunter’s Moon is generally accorded special honor, historically serving as a special feast day in both Western Europe and among many Native American tribes.

The full moon is on Wednesday the 24th.

Last week on Tuesday I was on the bus ride to Great Falls. There was one woman who called Kellie and made a reservation. I was just curious to see how the system worked. The bus driver, volunteer Vicky O’Hara, is the only driver so far. There is still a need for three more drivers. Please consider this volunteer job as it is a much-needed project for our community.

We left town at 8:15 and the bus is very comfortable. The seats are padded and Vicky had the bus warmed up for us. We made several stops in Great Falls for business and then went to the Great Falls Senior Center for lunch. The room was twice the size as I remember it from 30 years ago. The lunch was $4.00 and it was served on trays that two women filled for us. There was also a place in the back where you could buy a lunch of your choice like hamburgers, hot dogs and the like. The room was packed but since lunch started at 11:00 a.m. and we were there about noon, we did not have to wait.Vicky took us right to the door; because it was raining, and went on to park the bus. When we were finished, she again picked us up at the door. It was a great experience.

We learned a lot, and here are some suggestions for all of you who would like to ask for transportation to Great Falls.

1. Call your reservation in a week ahead of time. Kellie will call you on Monday to verify.

2. When you call for your reservation, you will leave your name, phone number, time of your appointment, Doctor’s name and phone number, and his/her address. This is important so Vicky can put the info into her GPS and know exactly where she is going.

3. You must have a cell phone.

4. Appointments should be made between 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

If more volunteers come on board then those hours could be extended but for the present, that is the schedule.

It is just two weeks away for the next Chouteau County Performing Arts program. On Tuesday the 23rd of October, at the Fort Benton Elementary School, will be Shades of Buble’. This three-man tribute will cheer you with swinging standards and pop hits to this high energy concert.

Please check this calendar every week in the River Press. I try to mention some of what I think you would like but there is so much more. All the sports events are listed, goings on at the Interpretive Center, Recycling Day, and meetings. I am always advising that you put this and that on your calendars and I sometimes forget myself. I missed Recycle Day last Saturday. It’s o.k. because I do not accumulate much trash any more. But the point is to, especially our new-comers ln town that you get out and about. So, see you here, there and everywhere. Say hello.

(More news this past week that Police Officers were shot. I cannot imagine the pain of those families. Actually, all of the above are in danger and it seems impossible to end it. God Bless them and their families.)