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Grandpa is a BEAST!

Jun 29, 2021 05:29AM ● By Cloie Sandlin
Ron Young poses with his pandemic project, the British Tea Clipper "Cutty Sark"

Ron Young completed the British Tea Clipper "Cutty Sark" as his pandemic project.

When we heard from Paul Lachance about his plan to complete 100 Spartan races by his 80th birthday, I knew we had to share his story in the BEACON.

For those unfamiliar with Spartan races, they are no walk in the park. These competitions are known for combining brutal obstacles and unforgiving terrain, topped off with lots of water, even mud.

Often the oldest competitor at these races, Paul's mere presence is inspiring—and so is his journey.


We’re looking forward to seeing you at this year’s BeaconFest Boomer & Senior Fairs in Grand Junction and Montrose. Both shows feature an exciting lineup of entertainment, free food, lively seminars, door prize giveaways and informational booths from local vendors. Best of all, admission is FREE!

  • Grand Junction BeaconFest

9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, September 9 Grand Junction Convention Center (formerly Two Rivers)

  • Montrose-Delta BeaconFest

9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, October 14 Montrose Pavilion

For more information or to reserve your booth, call 243-8829 or visit


Volunteer of the Year nominations due July 16
So many local organizations rely on the selfless generosity of volunteers. Especially now and
at the start of the pandemic, nonprofits have relied on volunteers to help carry out their mission and services to those who rely on them.

Do you know a volunteer who really stepped up to the plate this past year? Show them how much you appreciate them by nominating them for the BEACON’s Volunteer of the Year award. This honor is open to any volunteer age 50 or older living in Mesa, Montrose or Delta counties.


Unfortunately, Mesa County is at the epicenter for the new coronavirus variant, which experts say is 50 percent more contagious than the original COVID strain.

While it’s nice to be able to show our mask-less faces around town again, we’re not out of the woods just yet.

The good news for those vaccinated is that it provides a level of protection. (The Pfizer vaccine is said to be 88 percent effective against the variant). The bad news is that while the number of cases in Delta and Montrose counties remain low, the state is starting to see more cases of the variant outside of Mesa County. 

Letters from our readers

We asked readers about some of their pandemic projects. Ron Young wrote in: “The British Tea Clipper ‘Cutty Sark’ was built in 1869. I bought the kit decades ago and finished it during shelter-in-place. There is great satisfaction upon completion of a project like this. Researching the ship is, for me, great fun.” 

“I just want to let you know how much I appreciate the BEACON. It’s hard to find up here but I’ve always enjoyed it and the articles and the way it’s laid out. I just think it’s such a fine magazine and I really appreciate it. I may be leaving this part of the country in the next six months, and I wanted to know if there is any way I can go online to read about it or get the information from it?”

- Marian Marchun, Cedaredge 

“I love your magazine. Thank you for putting it out. Some of the jokes I don’t like. This time none of them were good. Especially, please don’t do anything about Jesus that isn’t nice. I like the coloring pages. I color them every time. I’m not very good at color- ing animals, but I’m pretty good at flowers. Please have nice jokes.”

- Velma B., Delta 

RE: “Turning up gold” (June)

“We loved the article. It was very well received in our gold mining community. Thanks to Melanie for her interest and thanks to you all for getting the story out!”

- Wes Morlang 

RE: “The benefit of bats” (June)

“If you’ve found a bat, read this: Like most mammals, bats can contract rabies. However, less than one-half of one percent of bats actually catch the disease. Additionally, sick bats do not seek people out for attack; they generally search for a secluded spot to die quietly. Although, it’s important to protect yourself and them. Never rescue a bat bare-handed.”

- Steve L., Grand Junction

RE: “Can you pass this financial literacy quiz?” (June)
“Yes. Aced it!”

- Vic V.

RE: Question of the Month (June)

“Our last name is Weisner, not Weisman, and we’ve been married 29 years not 16 years. I did divorce [John] and married him again, but that span was so short. I like the BEACON.”

- DJ Weisner 


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