Weatherization Representative in Ouray August 22
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Aug 20, 2011 | 2287 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
OURAY – San Miguel Power Association members who are qualified homeowners or renters can apply for free weatherization services.

Outlining available options, a Governor’s Energy Office representative with the Low-Income Weatherization Program community will visit the Ouray Community Center, 320 6th Ave., on Monday, Aug. 22, for a 12-1 p.m. weatherization presentation (during the senior lunch), followed by a question-and-answer session, 1-3 p.m.

For those unable to attend, or for help in applying, SMPA members can call 970/249-4774 in Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel and Hinsdale Counties.

Residents who automatically qualify for weatherization include those receiving financial assistance from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Aid to Needy and Disabled, Old Age Pension, Supplemental Security Income, and Low Income Energy Assistance Program; eligibility can also be determined by household incomes. 

The weatherization process, which helps to reduce energy use, while improving comfort year-round, often includes basic energy efficiency measures such as weather-stripping and caulking exterior doors and windows. The goal is to protect homes and their interiors from the outside elements, particularly, heat, cold, precipitation, and wind.  

“While SMPA may not be able to provide direct financial assistance with this program, we want to make sure our members have access to any available funds that are out there. We encourage any of our members who are eligible for the weatherization program to take advantage of it,” said SMPA General Manager, Kevin Ritter. “Any assistance a member gets will help them have a more comfortable home and more affordable energy bills.”

San Miguel Power Association, Inc. is a member-owned, locally controlled rural electric cooperative with offices in Nucla and Ridgway.

Garlic Harvest at Montrose Farmer's Market Next Week

MONTROSE – The Montrose Farmers Market is hosting a Harvest Festival featuring garlic on Saturday, Aug. 27, during regular market hours, 8:30 a.m to 1 p.m. Throughout the morning there will be chef's demonstrations with tastings and samples, as well as garlic-growing workshops, garlic braiding, music, vintage tractors and much more. The market is located at South First Street and Uncompahgre Avenue at Centennial Plaza. For more info call 970/209-8463.

Sign Up for PAX Sculptures

MONTROSE – Downtown merchants are celebrating the Public At eXperience (PAX) during the week of Aug. 20-27. For that week, shop and restaurant owners are making room to display additional sculptures from PAX artists alongside what is being exhibited on the street. 
PAX will highlight one artist at each location, and provide insurance covering the piece for the week. Anyone interested in participating must call Caroline Lescroart by the end of Thursday, Aug. 18, at 970/209-3191, or email her at
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