Welcome Home Montrose was created by businesswoman Melanie Kline, who has marshaled a group of private citizens, business owners, elected officials, economic development experts and concerned citizens, to discussing moving this project forward. Initial program concepts include linking and expanding existing regional adaptive sports programming; occupational training programs; physical rehabilitation; wellness and health programs; job creation; and infrastructure needs.
More than 1,600 troops have returned to the states as amputees, more than 32,000 have moderate to serious brain injuries and more than 67,000 have Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome. The Veterans’ Administration deals with the immediate needs of these wounded warriors, but eventually most of them must mainstream back into society. This transition is difficult and often lonely.
For more information, visit www.welcomehomemontrose.com.
Decorating Safety Reminders for Families With Small Children
MONTROSE – Montrose County Health and Human Services reminds parents and caregivers to take a few precautions this holiday season when decorating.
“Many young children are fascinated with candles and find touching or handling a lit candle irresistible,” said Peg Mewes, director of Montrose County Health and Human Services.
In 2002, candles started 18,000 home fires in the United States and caused 130 deaths, according to the U.S. National Fire Protection Association.
When decorating a tree, the following precautions should be followed to prevent fires:
·Inspect lights for exposed or frayed wires, loose connections and broken sockets.
·Do not overload extension cords or outlets or run an electrical cord under a rug.
. If you select a natural Christmas tree, keep it watered at all times and do not put the tree near a fireplace, space heater, radiator or heat vent.
·If you have small children, place ornaments that have small detachable parts, metal hooks or ones that look like food or candy on higher branches so small children cannot reach them.
. Trim protruding branches at or below a child’s eye level and keep lights out of reach as well.
·Do not burn Christmas tree branches, treated wood or wrapping paper in a home fireplace.
To prevent child poisoning, the following tips are recommended:
· Keep alcohol, including baking extracts, out of children’s reach and do not leave alcoholic drinks unattended.
· Color additives used in fireplace fires are a toxic product and should be stored out of reach of children.
· Artificial snow sprays are also harmful if inhaled.
· Holly berries, mistletoe berries, poinsettias, amaryllis, boxwood, Christmas rose, Crown of Thorns, English ivy and Jerusalem cherry are all potentially harmful if eaten.
For more information or to find out whether other decorative plants and products are hazardous to children, call your local Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 For more home safety tips visit: www.safekids.org.
Lifesavers Ball Fundraising Event Coming Jan. 14
TELLURIDE – The Telluride Emergency Medical Technician Association and San Miguel County Search and Rescue are planning the party of the year for the 2nd Annual Lifesavers Ball to be held Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Telluride Conference Center.
TEMTA and SAR throw the fundraising event, complete with live music, entertainment, food and libations to benefit the nonprofit organizations that service Telluride and the surrounding region.
Emil Sante, chief paramedic for Telluride EMS, says the event promises to be big fun. “We want to host a great event for folks that then, in turn, benefits the community.”
A silent auction will offer donated items from local business and individuals. Proceeds will benefit TEMTA and SAR. If you are interested in donating an item, please contact Emil Sante.
First started more than 20 years ago, the annual Lifesavers Ball is TEMTA’s biggest fundraiser of the year. After a few years’ hiatus, the ball returned last year joining with SAR with much success.
Tickets are available from EMTs or SAR members for $30 each.
Telluride Emergency Medical Association is the nonprofit organization representing Telluride’s Volunteer Emergency Medical Technicians. Telluride EMS responds to nearly 600 911 calls each year covering 400 square miles in the Telluride Region.
San Miguel County’s Search and Rescue Team is the nonprofit organization of volunteers covering about 1,200 square miles, ranging from high desert to high alpine altitudes responding to hiking, water and avalanche rescues, helicopter extractions and more.
Mark Crossley Dies in Montrose
MONTROSE – Mark Ashley Crossley, of Montrose, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Dec. 4; he was 53. Crossley and his wife, Patricia, owned and operated Crossley Patent Law Firm, in Montrose. An avid golfer, he was president of the Black Canyon Golf Club. A Masonic service was held on Saturday, Dec. 10, with interment at Lone Tree Cemetery, in Telluride. Crossley is survived by his wife and two daughters, Ellen and Brenna; by his parents, Lloyd H. and Peggy R. Crossley of Hot Springs, Ark.; and by his siblings, niece and nephew.