Red Hat Dolls of the Valley entertained five new members at a roast beef supper on May 5 at the Hightower Cafe in Hotchkiss. New members were Carol Garner, Evonne Rubio, Carol White, Georgia Mettz and Lisa Walker. They gave some interesting facts about themselves.
Carol Jean Garner has retired in Paonia. She told about growing up in Somerset when it was a thriving mining town. Residents of the company homes had beautiful yards. Although children were cautioned to stay off the train engine turntable, they often played there.
Evonne Rubio is the daughter of Queen Bee Betty Portman. Evonne is very talented with crafts as is Betty. Evonne loves to paint both water colors and oils.
Carol White's hobby is fishing. Her favorite fishing hole is near the hatchery just outside Hotchkiss.
Carol's mother Georgia Mettz moved back from Oklahoma. As a baby, Georgia had lived in Montrose. Mettz and White reside near Louies in downtown Paonia.
Lisa Walker grew up in Dodge City, Kansas. She works at the Paonia Care Center. Her hobby is cross-stitch.
In May, Walker will entertain the Red Hats at the Golden Corral in Grand Juntion. The group is planning a trip in June to attend Strawberry Days in Glenwood Springs. Jean Flotho hosted the April meeting at Davetos Italian Restaurant in Delta, joined by Grand Junction members Barbara Compton and Barbara Smith.
Thanks to the efforts of state Rep. Millie Hamner, House District 61, Colorado State University plans to re-open the Rogers Mesa research site.
The facility was taken out of operation in 2011, due to budget cuts throughout the CSU system.