Brrrr, what a quick return to winter weather, we can be thankful that the recent snowfall was not heavy enough to damage our beautiful fall tree foliage. The freezing weather did take some of the color away from the gilded aspen and golden-brown trees and bushes.
Outdoor flowers have met a sudden death sentence for this season.
Noticed that it was -4 below zero in Steamboat and -2 below in Grand Junction. That is very dangerous to our famed “Palisade Peach” heartland. Those late summer plump peaches are the best of the season. Not sure what the freeze does to the abundant apple crop.
I received an interesting anonymous letter recently that I actually appreciate calling attention to some misspelled names in my columns. Let me apologize to any of you readers when I misspelled your names. To mention a few classics: Koulis, rather than Kouilis, Marilyn not Maryln, Wirth, not Worth, Marcy instead of Marcie, and Kathy rather than Cathy. I get the message and will do better; unfortunately spell check doesn’t correct all names and our copy editor was from Minnesota and didn’t know local names. (Retired now.)
Challenges that we face with names is always difficult. Photo captions are really challenging to quickly capture groups in photos and get names in the right order. Also, to decipher the quick scribble of having people write down their own names. We love business cards because we can get the names spelled correctly.
I know that Nancy Sharpe is not Sharp, and that Bennet has only one T. Also, that Lynne is not Lynn, but you see these names are tricky. I admire the proofreader who sent me the alert on names. I think the avid reader for her knowledge of names and politics, really sharp on these spelling errors. I plead “guilty” and will attempt to be more careful. I know that nothing is more important to a person than the correct spelling of their name. We all need some coaching tips.
Also had an unusual twist of fate this past week on a Centennial story that was edited correctly, but an unedited version ended up on the web page for a brief period of time. The vigilant editor did correct the final proof page copy and deleted some reporter name references.
The objectionable reference never appeared in The Villager print edition. We pride ourselves in attempting to report the news accurately. Spend a week with us and you will have more appreciation for what we all accomplish.
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