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Centenarian receives new diploma

Sep 01, 2018 03:25AM ● By Cloie Sandlin

Colorado Mesa University diplomas have received a lot of press lately. It all started earlier this month when the university’s former student newspaper editor and recent graduate noticed a typographical error on his diploma, which was also printed incorrectly on more than 9,000 diplomas that had been awarded to graduates over the last few years. I’m happy to report that mine is not one of them.

Luckily, the university had corrected this issue by the time CMU President Tim Foster presented 100-year-old alumnus Paul Foster with a new diploma after learning he had misplaced his original. The elder Foster, who graduated from then-Mesa College in 1938, is a World War II veteran and the longest living known CMU graduate, but his 97-year-old sister isn’t far behind.

Join the BEACON in congratulating Paul and sending him birthday wishes to 424 Prospectors Point, Grand Junction, CO 81507.

Celebrate grandparents

We should celebrate grandparents every day, but National Grandparents’ Day is officially observed on September 9. Please let these important role models know just how much you love and appreciate them.

Montrose-Delta BeaconFest

Fall is here, and that means the eighth annual Montrose-Delta BeaconFest is too! If you’re in the mood for a grand ol’ time, join us for this incredible boomer and senior fair, held on September 20 at the Montrose Pavilion from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. We’ve planned an exciting lineup of entertainment, free food, informative seminars and booths from over 50 senior-related businesses. Walgreens will also be giving out free flu shots. Admission is always free.

Have a ghost story to tell?

Halloween is coming up, and here at the BEACON, we’re getting in the spirit by researching some of western Colorado’s haunted hot spots and spooky tall tales. We’d love to hear your ghost stories and include some of your favorite Halloween photos in our next issue. Send them to [email protected] or P.O. Box 3895, Grand Junction, CO 81502.

Spay and neuter help

Something I failed to mention last month: Grand Valley Pets Alive (GVPA) has received a grant from the Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund (CPOF), which will be used to assist with spay/neuter costs of owned cats and dogs of income-qualified citizens in Mesa County. The grant will help some who are already on the GVPA waiting list, but more funding is needed to clear that list. Please consider donating to CPOF when filing your income taxes, or donate directly to GVPA. Contact them at 462-7554 to see if you qualify for help from the CPOF grant.