Wednesday, November 7, 2018

View From The Bridge 11/7/18

By Muncie

Well, I guess the beavers did not read the almanac to know that November is the Full Beaver month. They helped themselves to my planted cottonwood last month. We are still trying to figure out how that beaver got the wire wrapped around the trunk off.

This was the time to set beaver traps to insure a supply of warm winter furs. Another interpretation suggests that the name Full Beaver Moon comes from the fact that the beavers are now actively preparing for winter. It is sometimes also referred to as the Frosty Moon.

The full moon is the day after Thanksgiving, Friday (otherwise known as Black Friday,) the 23rd of November.

What a great time I had on Halloween. I do not remember what I did the last few years since I moved but I stayed home last week. I thought I was prepared but I did run out of my treats. However, I did have 20 to 25 Kiddos knock on my door.

My special friends showed up first and from then on it was quite steady until about 9:00 p.m. There were such great costumes and every single Kiddo said “thank you.” It was wonderful. I even had 3 Trick or Treaters who gave me a hug. We have terrific Kiddos in Fort Benton who are out for a good time and not bent on vandalism. I remember some unpleasant Halloweens in Michigan where I had a lot of cleaning up to do.

It is quite dark at my end of town and most of the Kiddos were transported by their parents. All of them must have been told not to enter the houses but I had a terrible cold and did not want to hold the door open to let the cold air in. I asked the Kiddos to explain to their parents.

So, I had a great time and look forward to next year. A good time was had by all.

One of the cutest Treat or Treaters that I have ever seen was Montana, her husband Orry and their twin boys who are 9 months old. Orry had fixed their wagon to look like a barn and the Twins were dressed like chicks. One was in yellow feathers and the other in white. Montana had on a pair of overalls. When I saw them they were pulling the wagon down Main Street. Check it out on Facebook and this edition of the River Press.

Be sure to thank a Veteran when you see one all this week and next. We owe them so much. We could never repay them for all they did, have done, and are still doing.

Get your American Flags hanging and if you do not have one, get one and show your love of country. My dream is to have every house in Fort Benton flying an American Flag. I dream that we become the American Flag City of Montana and get written up in newspapers and magazines.

When my friend, Mary Zanto, was still with us she used to drive me up and down our city streets and we would could the number of flags. She has gone now to where I know the Marines are guarding the Gates of Heaven. Since I no longer drive, I miss doing that although it was very discouraging because there are not very man flags flaying.

If you buy a flag and are not able to install it, please call me and I will make arrangements. It will be hanging before Veterans Day.

I was happy to read that preparations are underway to do an addition at Veterans Way. A much needed monument to the Vietnam War is underway and will honor those Veterans who fought in that war without much appreciation.

Please come out to the WWI Centennial Ceremony at Veterans Way on November 11th at 11:00 a.m. I hope there is the largest crowd ever. I lost my Grandfather in that war and the Ceremony will be honoring all of those brave men. See you there and also the Chili Feed from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Club House. Come and meet the Veterans that live in the Chouteau County area. God Bless America.

Don’t forget the big game at the Sunrise Bluffs on the 12th. I have been told that we have some addicted Pinochle players that make the games very interesting.

It begins at 1:00 p.m. and there are prizes and snacks. Come and spend the afternoon with some people who share your love of Pinochle.

Last week new volunteer driver, Jeff, had 3 women who had doctor appointments on Tuesday. Vicky will be driving tomorrow, 11/6, and I will get a report for next week’s River Press.

I told you that I would get a schedule with Jeff and I spoke with him this morning. He said it depended on what time the appointments are for those who call in. Kellie will advise you as to the time the van will be leaving. The schedules are all up to those who call in for a ride. Sounds good to me and hope it works for you.

The riders could call me to let me know your experience with this new bus service. I’m in the book.