I sat in my office Wednesday morning reading emails and trying to prepare myself for a Thanksgiving trip to visit in-laws in Atlanta, Ga. My phone rang and I immediately noticed an old area code from a time when my wife and I first met. I answered it and immediately recognized the familiar voice. It was my good friend Tim Hoffpauir from New Iberia, La. Hoffpauir is a year shy of 60, has an amazing wife and three grown children and is a cancer survivor. Our relationship was a competitive one where we played racquetball two to three times a week for a couple years. We’d discuss the beauties and challenges of life, sports, politics and business. He was not only someone I cared for, but also provided sound counsel to a younger man finding his own path.

The conversation, though brief, brought a strong smile to my face. It reminded me of a time that in many ways I miss. What it did most of all was reinforce that our relationship is genuine and his family thinks as often of us as we do them.

After the dialog about how much we enjoy and miss one another we both apologized for lapsing in our communication. It was a meaningful moment and one I hope to learn from.

This holiday season don’t forget those in your past that have meant so much. As is so often the case, life just gets in the way. It’s up to each one of us to not let it. Stop and remind yourself how much it would mean to you if an old friend called and said hello. Take a moment and go back to your friendship log and let someone who’s been meaningful to you know how much you appreciate them.

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This year’s Montrose Bucks are being sold at the newly renovated Office of Business and Tourism located at the Elks Civic building, 103 S. Cascade Ave. The maximum number this year of dollars for individual purchase is $100, which gets you $120 to spend at most retailers in Montrose. If you’re a business looking to offer Montrose Bucks to your employees the maximum amount is $500 and must be purchased with a company check.

According to Montrose assistant city manager, Rob Joseph, locals have already purchased nearly $30,000 worth of Montrose Bucks. In addition to keeping holiday dollars local it’s giving the community an opportunity to see the newly renovated Office of Business Tourism with interactive touch screen monitors and one of the best photographic wallpapers on the western slope.

We all know how important it is to make as much of your purchases locally this holiday season as it ultimately keeps our neighbors and friends employed. So, make your way down to the Elks civic building Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. to purchase Montrose Bucks before they’re gone.

Here’s to a wonderful week, Montrose.

Francis Wick is the publisher of the Montrose Daily Press. He can be reached at 252-7099 or emailed at francisw@montrosepress.com.

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