Stephen Woody

Good morning, Montrose!

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Better call Mom……It’s the most commercialized “holiday” of the year – Mother’s Day. Flowers. Gift cards. Candy. But hey, so what? Mother’s Day isn’t strictly a U.S. recognition. In Norway, it’s in February. There’s always been some debate with whom to credit in the founding of what we know today as Mother’s Day. Some say Julia Ward Howe, the social activist who wrote the Mother’s Day Poem for Peace in 1870. (Ward also wrote the song, “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and is a member of the U.S. Songwriters Hall of Fame.) Others contend it’s Ann Jarvis, who in 1858, founded Mother’s Work Day and brought attention to the unsanitary conditions of the Union and Confederate Army camps during the Civil War. Still others point to her daughter, Anna Jarvis, who was inspired by her mother’s efforts and is generally credited with getting the first “official” Mother’s Day designation in Grafton, West Virginia, in 1908. Six years later, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation making it official and soon enough, the candy makers, greeting card entrepreneurs and florists jumped on board. Grafton, a city of 5,000 people, sits in central West Virginia and is the home of the International Mother’s Day Shrine.

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Find the dancing shoes……Senior CommUnity Care PACE/Age Out Loud presents Hazel Miller with special guest, Chris Daniels, in concert Friday, May 10, at the Montrose Pavilion. The concert will benefit SeniorCommUnity Care. Both Ms. Miller and Daniels have performed in Montrose before, always before enthusiastic crowds. The always-soulful Donny Morales will open. Included will be a silent auction and if you’re hungry, food trucks from Blue Ribbon BBQ and Surfin’ Salmon will be available. Tix: $25 & $30. Doors open at 5 p.m., the concert starts at 7…….One more shot of ink……The 11th annual Nurses 4 Nursing Memorial Scholarships event is Thursday at the Canyon Creek Bed and Breakfast on East Main. To date, some 15 nursing scholarships have been awarded since 2014. It’s festive, fersure – with dinner provided by Jimmer’s BBQ, with door prizes and it’s free. It’s also a celebration of the 50 years of the Technical College of the Rockies (aka the Vo-Tech in Delta) and its nursing programs. A good many nursing alumni plan to attend, I’m told.

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—30—……Last Thursday, I drove over to Delta and congratulated Randy Sunderland. His family sold their newspaper, the Delta County Independent, to Wick Communications, the parent company of the MDP, also family-owned. The Sunderlands had owned the DCI since 1987. It’s been the newspaper of record in Delta County for 137 years. All of the Sunderlands were involved in its success. I got to know Randy in an effort to court the DCI’s printing. That’s a lot of salsa and rice and beans at a Main Street Mexican restaurant in Delta over seven-plus years, and eventually, success. What I learned from those lunches was how well the Sunderlands took care of the DCI’s advertisers and how they enlightened its readers week after week. The DCI’s sections of the Surface Creek and North Fork Valley areas — and Delta — embodied community journalism. Randy also got involved in the state press association as its president — rare for a publisher from the West Slope — and being a shrewd businessman, got the CPA out of the ditch from years of carelessness with its agency advertising sales and lackadaisical accounting. The Sunderlands were publishers, not processors. And Delta is better because of them.

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From the This-Will-Sound-Like-An-Ad File……The Notebook was browsing Camelot Gardens last week and OhMyGosh— if you can’t find a Mother’s Day gift therein, you have to ask yourself: Am I even trying? The store’s friendly owner, Sheree Wanner, was there to meet-and-greet. Knick-knacks beckon from shelves, wind-thingys turn, fountains gurgle. Garden statuary peer out from behind greenery and wink, urging to be swept away. Too, it always smells good inside…….A note about Mom. Indulge me in a personal harkback, if you will. My mother was a school teacher and quite proud of it, shaping young minds for 24 years. She was 40 when I came along, a late-in-life child who so often troubled her after my cuteness had long since expired past the “best by” date. We had our petty little wars of over girlfriends, fashion and my irresolute behavior. At the end, however, we had pretty much straightened it out. The night before she died, with me standing nearby, she declared to a nurse, “He’s a newspaper publisher, just like his Daddy!” We smiled and exchanged I-love-yous. She always said I could always make her laugh. Her name was Helen.

My Mother Taught Me

• Religion: You better pray that comes out of the carpet.

• Anticipation: Just wait until we get home.

• Wisdom: Someday, when you’re my age, you’ll understand.

• Behavior modification: Stop acting like your father!

Stephen Woody was the publisher of community daily newspapers for 38 years in four cities, including the Montrose Daily Press, 1997-2011.

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