Meeker Locals: May 15, 2008

MEEKER — Armed Forces Day is Saturday, May 17. In case you are unfamiliar with this national holiday, it’s a day set aside to honor all the branches of the U.S. military: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. Armed Forces Day was established in 1949.
According to the U.S. Department of Defense, President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday to come together and thank members of our military for their service to our country. In a time of war, Armed Forces Day is more important than ever. There are a number of opportunities circulating around town for the benefit of our troops abroad. Armed Forces Day is a good time to participate!
This week is also National Bike Week and National Police Week.
A reader shared a link to a great news story about an “outstanding” example of sportsmanship at a college softball game in Oregon. When one of the senior players hit her first home run, then collapsed on first base with a knee injury, the opposing team’s first baseman and shortstop picked her up and carried her from base to base so the hit would count as a three-run homer. Their selfless action contributed to their own team’s elimination from the playoffs. See the whole inspiring story at /id /24392612/from/ET/.
Happy birthday to Joe Nieslanik and Obadiah Deming, May 15; Sandra Johnson, Goerge Layton, Patty Arrington, Nettie Faye Modlin, Ed Koenig and John Etchart, May 16; Nathan Bradfield and Jana Whitaker, May 17; Billy Bibb and John Mac Sheridan, May 18; Danielle Back and Nick Cook, May 20.
Happy anniversary to Caleb and Jody Gardner, May 20.
Are you or your family members missing from this list? Please send us your family’s special dates — anniversaries, birthdays, etc. — so we can celebrate with you! Send info to, or mail items to P.O. Box 720, Meeker, Colo., 81641.