The classes will be held at Montrose County Health and Human Services, 1845 South Townsend, 3-5 p.m., on the following dates: March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14, August 10, September 13, October 12, and November 8; a July 12 class takes place 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
MCHHS immunization nurses will host Hepatitis A information programs at the Montrose Public Library every month, as well; class attendees will also be eligible to receive the Hepatitis A vaccine series free of charge. The MCHHS informational programs are scheduled for February 25 and March 25; further class dates will be announced in April and May.
Call 970/252-5071 for information about the food handler classes, and 970/252-5012 for information about the classes being held in the library.
Senior Service Providers Encouraged to Respond RFP
MONTROSE – New ideas and new proposals for services offered to local senior citizens are being solicited by the Region 10 Area Agency on Aging (AAA), which acts as a funding source and coordinating agency for older adult services (age 60-plus) throughout a six-county (Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel) region.
“We have a program budget of $976,000 this year, which is an increase over last year’s budget,” AAA Director Lee Bartlett said. “Our Request For Proposals is an annual process, and we are very excited to collaborate with individuals and organizations who may have new ideas and new ways of getting things done.”
AAA currently works with 14 contractors from the nonprofit, government and private sectors, Bartlett said. In 2009, AAA contractors provided 188,394 units of service to local seniors, in the categories of transportation, homemaking, legal assistance, information and assistance, dental prevention, hearing aid assistance, congregate and home-delivered meals, nutrition counseling, ombudsman services, health promotion, and family caregiver services.
Proposals from individuals and entities seeking to provide services for the 2011 Fiscal Year (July 1, 2010 thru June 30, 2011) are due at the Region 10 Area Agency on Aging, located at 300 North Cascade, Suite # 1, Montrose, CO 81401, by April 1, 2010.
AAA is dedicated to developing a network of services for adults age 60 and over to assist them in maintaining their independence within their communities. To learn more or to obtain a copy of the FY2011 Request for Proposals, contact Lee Bartlett or Michele Gad at 970/249-2436.
Small Acreage Management Symposium
MONTROSE – Small acreage owners are invited to a Small Acreage Management Symposium Saturday, Feb. 27, at Friendship Hall on the Montrose County Fairgrounds, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Cost of the program ($45, early registration) includes lunch.
Soils and Fertility – Ron Godin, CSU Extension, Delta
Irrigation and Water Management – David Seymour, Shavano Conservation District
Compost Making and Benefits – Yvette Henson, CSU Extension, Norwood
Hands-on Weed ID and Control – Jude Sirota, Mesa Weed Mgr., Grand Junction
Afternoon Forage and Livestock Track:
Forage and Grazing Management – Robbie LeValley, CSU Extension, Delta
Calving Problems and Solutions – Dr. Bob Mortimer, CSU Veterinary Lab, Fort Collins
Pre- and Post-Natal Care – Eric McPhail, CSU Extension, Gunnison
Afternoon Gardening and Energy Track:
Vegetable Gardening 101 – Dr. Curtis Swift, CSU Extension, Grand Junction
Alternative Power and Energy Conservation Panel – Four Commercial Experts
For additional information, visit www.tririverarea.org; to register electronically, copy and fax the form, or call Ginny in the Montrose office at 970/249-3935.
Free Weatherization Services Available for Low Income Families
WESTERN SLOPE – Qualifying members of San Miguel Power Association, Inc. are eligible for free weatherization services from the Governor’s Energy Office. In partnership with local agencies, the GEO is providing free weatherization improvements for low-income Colorado residents, which include:
• Insulation in Attics and Walls
• Furnace Replacement
• Furnace Safety Testing
• Refrigerator Replacement
• Sealing Air Leaks
• Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs
• Energy Audit
• Storm Windows and Doors
• Energy Conservation Information
SMPA members who are qualified homeowners or renters can apply for these free services by contacting the local weatherization agency in their county. Residents of Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel and Hinsdale counties should contact the Mexican American Development Association (MADA) in Montrose at 970/249-4774. Residents of San Juan and Dolores counties should contact 4 Core in Durango at 970/259-1913. Residents of Mesa County should contact Housing Resources of Western Colorado in Grand Junction at 970/241-2871.Qualifying members will be required to complete and application and schedule a free home energy audit.
“While SMPA may not be able to provide direct financial assistance, we want to make sure our members have access to any available funds that are out there,” said SMPA General Manager, Kevin Ritter. “We encourage any of our members who are eligible for the weatherization program to take advantage of it. Any assistance a member gets will help them have a more comfortable home and more affordable energy bills.”
The GEO has set the following guidelines to help residents determine their eligibility. If a resident currently receives financial assistance from any of the following programs they automatically quality for weatherization services:
• Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
• Aid to Needy and Disabled (AND)
• Old Age Pension (OAP)
• Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
• Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)
Eligibility can also be determined by household incomes. Visit www.smpa.com for a detailed chart.
SMPA is a member owned, locally controlled rural electric cooperative with offices in Nucla and Ridgway. SMPA serves approximately 9,600 members and 13,000 meters and supports local communities with $200,000 annually in property taxes.