By Gary Wamsley
It’s time for celebration — I got my braces off this week. The dentist’s staff makes quite a big deal about it. They all gathered around me with bells and maracas and sang the “You’re getting your braces off” song. We had a good laugh, and soon the metal was gone, replaced by a plastic retainer to hold the shape. As soon as I have time we are on to the next step.
I hope you look at the Community Calendar. There are a lot of choices for this weekend. I will be taking in the high school play on Friday night and then trying to get to bed early to get rested for an action packed Saturday. The Lions Club sponsored 9Health Fair kicks off at 7 a.m. I pre-registered so that I can get through in time to get over to the Arbor Day activities at 9 a.m. Then the Berthoud Habitat second house dedication and third house ground breaking starts a few blocks away at 9:30 a.m.
I can help plant a few trees on Mountain Ave. and go home to rest up for the Berthoud Bash on Saturday evening. I think it would be a good idea to have a county calendar where people could sign up for a day so that not everything happens at once. I have not looked beyond Saturday, and I hope Sunday is a quiet day.
After that it gets hectic again. The Lions Club Reverse Raffle comes on Monday night, April 27. May 2 comes the next weekend and is a full day. In addition to the official dedication of the work on Mountain Avenue, the Loveland Historical Society Historic Homes Tour is taking place, and I help with that. The next day is the Big Thompson Canyon Association Pancake Breakfast. Meanwhile there are several Berthoud by the Book events that are always entertaining, and admission is free.
Did you see the poem about the horse Tux in last week’s paper? The house Rick built and the fences he put up are about a mile south of our house in the Little Thompson River Valley. Unfortunately, Rick now has Parkinson’s disease and can no longer maintain the fences or take care of Tux. He asked if we would be willing to care for his beloved horse, and we agreed. Tux now lives at our house, and Rick comes to visit him here.
On an entirely different but interesting note, I had a telephone call from my trash collection company. It seems that last week someone in my vicinity had put some still glowing embers in the trash. It eventually caused a fire in the truck — the driver took emergency action, he shoveled snow into the truck and managed to put out the fire. Understandably, he and his employers were concerned and were calling everyone to ask them not to do that. Good idea, don’t put your embers and ashes in the trash.
If I have time to look, I’ll see you around town.