Wine and Cheese Party Benefits Homeless Shelter
RIDGWAY – A wine and cheese party to benefit Haven House, a homeless shelter for families with children, will be held at the home of Haven House director Larry Frederickson in Ridgway, Sunday, Oct. 16 from 3 to 6 p.m.
Haven House is a nonprofit, faith-based shelter one mile north of Olathe and is the only homeless shelter for homeless families between Grand Junction and Durango. Haven House currently is home to 10 families with 13 adults and 20 children, with more expected as winter approaches.
For more information or directions, call Lillian Frederickson at 626-5677 or visit the website www.havenhousehomeless.org. Donations can be mailed to Haven House at P.O. Box 752, Ridgway CO. Checks should be made payable to Montrose Community Foundation and flagged for Haven House.
SMPA Holds Fifth Graders’ Holiday Card Coloring Contest
RIDGWAY – The San Miguel Power Association is asking local fifth-grade students to demonstrate how electricity makes their holidays bright for its first annual Holiday Card Coloring Contest. The contest, open to all fifth- grade students within SMPA’s service territory, asks children to illustrate how electricity makes their holiday bright. To illuminate that theme, SMPA suggests teachers and parents ask children about their families’ holiday traditions, and for special memories of past holidays. “We want kids to understand that electricity plays a role in almost everything that we do, so the possibilities for drawings are really endless,” said SMPA General Manager Kevin Ritter. Contest submissions are due Wednesday, Nov. 30. Children can pick up an official contest entry form at one of SMPA’s offices in Nucla or Ridgway. The form is also available online at www.smpa.com/Youth/HolidayCardContest.cfm. SMPA will award prizes to the top three entries. First place will receive a $50 bill, and their artwork will be featured on SMPA’s Holiday E-Card. Second place will receive $35, and third place will receive $20. All entries will be featured on SMPA’s website, www.smpa.com, and on the co-op’s Facebook page. Entry forms can be mailed to SMPA Holiday Card Contest, Attn: Becky Mashburn, P.O. Box 1150, Ridgway, CO 81432 or dropped off at SMPA offices in Nucla or Ridgway.
Montrose Regional Library District Awarded $15,000 for Spanish Programming
MONTROSE – The Montrose Regional Library District has received a $15,000 grant from the Colorado State Library and Institute for Museum and Library Services to improve library service for Spanish speakers in Montrose and Olathe. The grant seeks to increase the Spanish-speaking community’s awareness of library services, improve the District’s Spanish language collection, and implement activities to enhance computer, English, and literacy skills for Spanish speakers. The grant will benefit both the Montrose Library and the Bookmobile, which serves Olathe and outlying areas. “We are excited to offer better service to a growing and vital part of our community,” said Paul Paladino, director of the Montrose Regional Library District. “We seek nothing less than the enrichment of lives through improved literacy, enhanced employment opportunities, and greater community participation. ¡Bienvenidos a la biblioteca!” Twenty-eight Colorado libraries and agencies competed for ten grants totaling nearly $200,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered through the Colorado State Library. Items funded by the grant include $8,500 in new books, movies, audiobooks, and children’s educational games; a new “Spanish Language Family Computer Station” in the children’s area (complete with a Spanish operating system, software, and keyboard; an instructor for Spanish computer classes and training for Adult Basic Education tutors; Spanish classes for library staff; and programming, including bilingual storyteller Joe Hayes and a “Día de la Comunidad,” or a “Community Day at the Library.”
Carrie Elizabeth Nixon Is Engaged
OURAY – John and Nancy Nixon of Ouray announce the engagement of their daughter Carrie Elizabeth Nixon to Paul John Hickman, both of Madison, Wisc. Nixon is a 1997 graduate of Ouray High School, a Notre Dame graduate in pre-med, anthropology and computer applications and a 15-time All-American NCAA Division 1 swimmer. She is currently the assistant coach of men’s and women’s swimming at the University of Wisconsin. Hickman, a Wisconsin graduate majoring in Zoology, is the Director of Women’s Hockey Operations at Wisconsin. A July 7 wedding in Ouray is planned.
Delta County Tourism’s Kelli Hepler Wins Governor’s Award
DELTA – The Delta County Tourism Cabinet announced today that Tourism Cabinet Coordinator Kelli Hepler has received the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution. The award recognizes individual contribution to the promotion and development of the Colorado tourism industry.
“I was so surprised and excited to get the award at the Governor’s Tourism Conference,” says Hepler. “More than anything I hope that this will increase awareness of the Delta County communities and help us generate even more support for Delta County tourism.” The award recognizes major and lasting dedication and contribution to Colorado tourism; leadership, vision and inspiration; creative and innovative approaches; and sensitivity to the community or region. Hepler, who has been working in tourism for more than 20 years, embodies these characteristics and much more, says Karen Avery, owner of Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs in Ouray, who nominated Hepler. “Kelli has great relationship management that fosters a spirit of cooperation with surrounding communities like ours,” says Avery. “Kelli brings a great deal of local expertise, passion and artistic knowledge to her work. She has a real heart of hospitality and she shares her time and tourism know-how energetically and graciously.” Hepler, a graphic designer who has served as the coordinator for the Delta County Tourism Cabinet for seven years, has been instrumental in positioning Delta County as a leader in agritourism and heritage travel. She was on the team that initially branded Delta County with the “Canyons, rivers, mountains” slogan; her work has helped to improve Delta County’s web presence and to increase regional and national media coverage of the area.