Hotchkiss High School will soon add another state championship banner to its wall of fame.
Nathan Mattler, Teagan Sommer, Will Ela and Karsen Sommer won the state championship in Agricultural Technology Mechanical Systems at the annual Colorado FFA Career Development Events (CDE) held April 29-30, at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.
Sure and begorrah, a little bit of Ireland came to Delta, as 103 seniors enjoyed a free St. Patrick's holiday meal on Thursday, March 15, at the Delta Senior Center (DSC). The meal was the first this year sponsored by the Delta Elks Lodge #1235, through a grant from the Grand Lodge, part of the Elks National Foundation.
The country's largest organization dedicated to reducing gun violence in America recently formed a chapter in the North Fork Valley.
Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America North Fork held its first meeting in Paonia on March 1.
Sometimes life brings us pleasures beyond our expectations. That was certainly the case for our February meeting.
The purpose of the Hotchkiss FFA Alumni affiliate is to support and promote FFA, FFA activities and agricultural education on local, state and national levels; to provide engagement opportunities to former FFA members and supporters of FFA and agricultural education; to promote greater knowledge of agriculture and support education in agriculture; to cooperate with the local FFA chapter, and FFA at the state and national level; to promote and maintain an appreciation of the American free enterprise system; and to promote the personal development aspect of FFA.
As the 2016-2017 school year wrapped up, the Hotchkiss FFA members spent their summer wisely by attending the Colorado State FFA Convention.
The 89th Colorado State FFA Convention was held in Pueblo in June 2017.
National FFA Week happens Feb. 17-24. To celebrate the organization's past, present and future accomplishments, chapters across the nation are gearing up for a week of activities. Because it falls during the week of winter break, Olathe, Delta, Cedaredge and Hotchkiss high school chapters will celebrate FFA Week Feb. 24-March 3.
In Delta County, the conclusion of February break brings with it the beginning of National FFA Week for the Cedaredge FFA Chapter. Our members will celebrate the week themed "I Can, We Will," Feb. 25 through March 3.
The Delta FFA Chapter has been active and growing since the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year. The students have been working hard and learning about various facets of the agricultural industry, agricultural education and the FFA organization.
National FFA Week, Feb. 17-24, embraces more than 90 years of FFA traditions while looking forward to the organization's future. More than 653,000 members will participate in National FFA Week activities at local, state and national levels. These members have a passion for agriculture.
On Feb. 16, 1867, Charles Vivian and a handful of friends established the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks in New York City.
The 150th anniversary of that date has been proclaimed Elks Day in the City of Delta and in cities and towns across the nation.
The League of Women Voters is celebrating its 98th birthday this year. On Feb. 14, 1920, the League of Women Voters was founded as an outgrowth of the movement that secured for women the right to vote -- passage of the 19th Amendment in that same year -- following a long organized struggle that involved many personal sacrifices on the part of the Suffragettes.
Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3571 of Delta hosted the VFW District 11 meeting and district awards banquet Sunday, Feb. 11. VFW and Auxiliary members representing nine posts and seven auxiliaries on the Western Slope honored the district winners of three contests sponsored by the VFW and Auxiliary.
The Delta 4-H County Council met on Jan. 8 at the Delta County Courthouse at 7 p.m. The following was discussed:
Laughter, Christmas greetings, the camaraderie that is felt between valued friends. These gifts were shared by members of the Plant and Dig Garden Club as they gathered on Dec. 14 at R & J's restaurant for our annual Christmas celebration.
The Orchard City Women's Club is approximately 100 years old, and members usually meet the first Friday of the month at the Orchard City Town Hall, 9661 2100 Road, Austin, at 1 p.m.
In January, the club elected new officers for the year.
On Dec. 14 the Red Hat Hotchkiss Ladybugs chapter threw a party at the Old Mad Dog Cafe in Crawford. During the party, chapter members held a "reduation" ceremony, similar to a graduation, of Mollie Young from a Pink Hatter to a bonafide Red Hatter in honor of her turning 50.
Al-Anon and Alateen offer hope and help for families and friends of alcoholics.
On Nov. 13, the Delta 4-H County Council met at Heritage Hall.
The annual 4-H Awards Banquet was discussed.
At the Oct. 12 meeting of the local ESA sorority, members voted to disperse some of the chapter's fundraising dollars to the local community. The following will be receiving $100 each:
Poliomyelitis (polio) is a paralyzing and potentially fatal disease that still threatens children in some parts of the world. The poliovirus invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours.
Charlotte, N.C., a city noted for its southern hospitality, hosted the 2017 PEO International Convention Sept. 28-Oct. 1. Traveling as a voting delegate for Colorado State Chapter was Claudia King from Chapter GT/Delta.
For the 75th consecutive year, millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni across the country will be celebrating National 4-H Week during the first full week of October. Delta County 4-H will leverage National 4-H Week this year by showcasing the incredible experiences that 4-H offers young people, and will highlight the remarkable 4-H youth in our community who work each day to make a positive impact on those around them.
Officers and parent leaders of the Delta County 4-H Council met with the county commissioners Monday for an annual exchange of appreciation in conjunction with National 4-H Week.
The 4-H County Council officers, accompanied by Jackie Shea, Tri-River youth extension agent, thanked the commissioners for the county's support of 4-H programs and facilities through the year.
Not everyone's schedule is the same. At times it can be tricky to find a 4-H club that fits into yours. Fortunately, there are several different clubs in Delta County, offering a variety of options.
Join over 102,000 young people in Colorado in celebrating the 4-H program during National 4-H Week slated for Oct. 1-7. 4-H is in all Colorado counties, in all 50 states and in more than 50 countries worldwide. The 4-H program reaches seven million young people throughout the world.
Elberta Rebekah Lodge #106 resumed after summer break with a Red Hat potluck luncheon. Thirteen members were present and as always, lots of good food.
IOOF and Rebekahs had their Labor Day rest spot Sept. 1-4. The Escalante turnoff from Highway 50 provides a wide spot for parking, resting and a drink or cookie.
Welcome to the 2017- 2018 school year! The Cedaredge FFA chapter participated in many activities and events throughout the summer.
The regularly scheduled meeting of Delta Emblem Club #462 was held Monday, Aug. 28, at the Delta Elks Lodge.
Members of the club prepared and served a potluck dinner in honor of the visitation of Colorado State Association president Lynn Tingley from Durango Emblem Club #131.
Congratulations to all Delta County 4-H members for their excellent 4-H projects. Below are the results from the exhibitors who advanced to the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo.
On Saturday Aug. 19, the North Fork Valley Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation held its seventh annual fundraising banquet at Heritage Hall at the Delta County Fairgrounds in Hotchkiss. The banquet sold out with funds raised from these events used to support wildlife conservation.
The Knights of Columbus is taking its popular and successful ultrasound program to the next level with the goal of saving one million unborn lives with the help of technology that helps mothers to choose life over abortion.
Since 2009, Knights at the state and local levels have partnered with the Supreme Council in New Haven, Conn., to fund ultrasound machines for pregnancy care centers.
The Delta 4-H County Council meeting was held on July 10, at the Maloney House in Hotchkiss. The following was discussed:
As we approach the fair season, it has been noted by club leaders and our extension office that some members are missing critical information related to their fair entries.
Altrusa International of Delta, Inc., has been named one of just four Distinguished Clubs within District Ten of Altrusa International. District Ten comprises Altrusa clubs in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico.
"Your members have demonstrated their commitment to the principles of Altrusa by achieving this great honor; it is an achievement your club can be proud of!" said Silvia Silverman, the 2015-17 international president.
At a recent District 10 4-H retreat, about 60 4-H youth gave their time to make care bags for San Juan Cancer Center patients.
The event includes 4-H children from Montrose, Delta, Gunnison, Grand Junction and San Miguel counties.
Red Hat Hotchkiss Lady Bugs met Thursday, July 13. for a fantastic potluck at the home of Queen Carole McDaniel. They celebrated the 4th of July in her gazebo with red, white, and blue decorations.
The regular meeting of Delta Emblem Club #462 was held at the Delta Elks Lodge on Monday, June 26. The meeting was opened according to ritual, led by president Diane Martinez.
The Delta County 4-H Council met June 12 at the Maloney House and the discussion was focused on the upcoming county fair.
Items discussed included:
The Boy Scouts of America has bestowed the rank of Eagle Scout on Teagon Harris, age 15.
Teagon is a member of BSA Unit 475 chartered by the Uncompahgre Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
May was the month our club planned to visit the arboretum at Pioneer Town. So off we went, even though the weather was cold and rain threatened.
Members of the Senior Hikers went on an outing recently with George Decker, a rancher and a member of the Chipeta Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society, to the Book Cliffs to see the wild horses.
Decker lead the group to a sharpening site where prehistoric people sharpened their stone tools.
The third quarterly meeting of the Colorado State Association of Emblem Clubs was held at the Montrose Elks Lodge on Saturday, May 6.
After registration, coffee and doughnuts were served to members.
Altrusa International of Delta recently won several awards from District Ten -- Altrusa International, Inc., and Altrusan Thelma Starner was recognized with the prestigious Governor's Award.
Starner was nominated for the award by Delta's Rusty Gavels committee, a group of past presidents of the local club.
Our April meeting, a visit to the Soil Makers facility in Delta, met everyone's expectations. Julie Hilton (a correction of her last name from the April article -- it will not be Stransky until next September) gave an informative presentation on the background of this company -- whose product is sold under the name of Maxfields -- and the operation in Delta which has just begun retail sales at their warehouse at 215 Spring Street.
The first meeting for the year 2017-2018 of Delta Emblem Club #462 was held at the Delta Elks Lodge on April 23.
The meeting was opened according to ritual, led by president Diane Martinez.
Red Hat Dolls of the Valley entertained five new members at a roast beef supper on May 5 at the Hightower Cafe in Hotchkiss. New members were Carol Garner, Evonne Rubio, Carol White, Georgia Mettz and Lisa Walker. They gave some interesting facts about themselves.
Delta's Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and Auxiliary #3571 hosted their annual Loyalty Day recognition banquet on May 1, a day on which VFW units across America honor service to community and to country.
This year's event was held at the First Baptist Church and included presentations to eight first responders and their agencies, to five educators in the community, and to a student for patriotic art.
The Surface Creek Saddle Club will again host a gymkhana series this year at the arena located at 24224 Grand Mesa Drive in Cedaredge.
Every Wednesday evening from May 31 to Aug. 2, the club will put on a gymkhana for all ages.
Did you know that gummy bears were invented in Germany? Or that in ancient Egypt, when a person died, they were buried in a tomb with their favorite foods and possessions?
Consider embarking on a new personal challenge this spring. No, not a 5k or other physical exercise -- but a workout for your brain! Toastmasters is the place to start your personal training.
Emblem Club members from Delta, Hotchkiss and Montrose gathered at Delta Elks Lodge #1235 on Saturday, April 8, for a sandwich and salad luncheon.
Following the meal, they retired to the meeting room of the lodge. Delta Emblem Club #462 and Montrose Emblem Club #91 held an installation ceremony of officers for both clubs.
The members of Girl Scout Troop 15057 came to the April meeting of the Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and its Auxiliary bearing gifts. The gifts weren't for the VFW and Auxiliary members, but for the troops they support who are deployed overseas in harm's way.
What a great time the members of the Plant & Dig Garden Club had at its March meeting, held at the home of Gloria Good and looking down on Surface Creek. We watched the birds at the feeders, talked about our own experiences with the birds in our garden, and had the opportunity to listen to Gary Good tell us about his bird watching experiences.
There was a festive air in the aerobics room at Bill Heddles Recreation Center in Delta a few weeks ago, the scene of the 49th anniversary dance for the Delta Hubwheelers Square Dance Club. Ladies were dressed in a colorful array of skirts, their turns on the dance floor setting the room aflame in swirls of blues, pinks, reds and purples.
The regular meeting of Delta Emblem Club #462 was held at the Delta Elks Lodge on March 27.
A short order of the opening ritual was performed, led by president Diane Martinez.
Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Chi Chapter, toured Garnet Mesa Elementary School during March. Assistant principal Adam Truitt led the school tour for Chi Chapter members, many of whom are buddies to Garnet Mesa teachers.
The March 13 Delta County 4-H Council meeting was held at the Maloney House in Hotchkiss. All officers were present. At the meeting, the following was discussed:
Seventy-six players anteed up to try their luck at Texas Hold 'em for the Kiwanis Club of Delta's sixth annual poker tournament fundraiser March 6 at Bill Heddles Recreation Center in Delta. Adam Hoffman, personal banker at First Colorado National Bank, one of the numerous table sponsors for this year's event, emerged as the tournament winner.
The Cedaredge Community Gardens begins its ninth season this April. The board met in February, where changes to the membership structure were proposed and agreed.
Delta County adults who are seeking higher or continuing education are invited to apply for a $1,000 scholarship, offered by Altrusa International of Delta. The service organization annually awards several scholarships to non-traditional students.
For the third year in a row, a Delta student has placed first in the state drug awareness poster contest sponsored by Delta Elks Lodge #1235.
Leeland Ball, a fifth grader at Lincoln Elementary School, won a 10-inch tablet from the Colorado Elks Association.
The regular meeting of Delta Emblem Club #462 was held at the Delta Elks Lodge on Monday, Feb. 27.
The meeting was opened according to ritual by president Diane Martinez at 6 p.m.
Delta County 4-H'ers served approximately 3,109 dinners at their 67th annual 4-H Beef Roast Sunday, March 5. The annual fundraising activity served 720 meals at Hotchkiss High and 2,389 at Delta Middle School.
Red Hat Hotchkiss Lady Bugs met at Zach's in Hotchkiss to celebrate its first anniversary on Thursday Feb. 16. The hostesses for the event were Sue Sidebottom and Mollie Young.
FFA chapters in Cedaredge, Delta, Hotchkiss and Olathe will celebrate National FFA Week Feb. 18-25. This year's theme is "Transform Purpose to Action," embracing more than 89 years of FFA traditions while looking forward to the organization's future.
The Delta-area Tractor Supply Company store will collect donations during National FFA Week to support grants for FFA chapters in Colorado.
During National FFA Week, Feb. 18-25, Tractor Supply shoppers can donate $1 or more at checkout.
Olathe FFA has been busy this year with many community service projects and competitions. In October, the floriculture team traveled to Indianapolis, Ind., as the Colorado representative for the National FFA Convention and to compete against 50 other teams from around the country.
The past few months have been a whirlwind of activity for the Delta FFA chapter. The year started with county fair.
With spring around the corner, Cedaredge FFA members would like to reflect on the busy activities that took place throughout the fall and winter seasons. The chapter has provided opportunities for students to attend shows, conventions and community service projects.
As the end of the year draws closer every day, the Hotchkiss FFA Chapter is looking forward to celebrating our organization during National FFA Week. This special week is an opportunity for FFA members, alumni and sponsors to advocate for agricultural education and FFA.
The Kiwanis Club of Delta invites players and sponsors to join in the fun for the club's sixth annual poker tournament Saturday, March 18, at Bill Heddles Recreation Center. Registration for players begins at 4 p.m. with tournament play scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m.
Al-Anon Family Groups meet throughout western Colorado to help families and friends of problem drinkers recover from the impacts of a loved one's drinking. Members help each other by practicing the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous themselves, by welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics, and by giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic.
The Plant & Dig Garden Club of Cedaredge kicked off 2017 with the installation of officers who will serve for the next two years. Each was presented a rose bouquet.
A little house on Cedar Mesa has been awarded recognition with a place on the Colorado State Register of Historic Places.
The simple frame structure on Peach Road has served as home of the Cedar Mesa Community Club since 1949.
The Surface Creek Valley Historical Society annual banquet at the Stolte Shed last Saturday was an opportunity for members to recognize and honor the contributions that so many volunteers make to the enterprise.
Retiring board president Richard Udd served as the emcee, giving recognition to the others who have contributed to the success and continued growth of the society's unique Pioneer Town Museum, events complex and its programs.
The 2017 cookie season, which marks the 100th year of the first known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts, is under way. To commemorate this banner year for the organization and celebrate how the cookie program powers amazing experiences for Girl Scouts year-round, the highly anticipated Girl Scout S'mores™ cookies are now available, joining classics like Thin Mints® and Trefoils®/Shortbread.
Members of the Cedaredge Rod and Gun Club at their annual banquet meeting on Jan. 21 elected Bruce Pendleton and Doug McCully to the board of directors.
The newly elected directors replace retiring board members Ken Miller and Roger Hanson, a long-time club member whose father was an original founding club member.
The Black Canyon Barbershop Chorus enjoyed its annual board of directors induction ceremony at Daveto's restaurant in Delta recently. The following are the board members for 2017
The popular, twice monthly Bingo Nights hosted by Surface Creek Valley Lions Club will he held at a new location beginning Wednesday, Feb. 1.
The new location is at Masonic Hall.
The Hotchkiss FFA Alumni is supported by the Colorado FFA Alumni and the National FFA Alumni in their vision of students whose lives are impacted by FFA and agricultural education will achieve academic and personal growth, strengthen American agriculture and provide leadership to build healthy local communities, a strong nation and a sustainable world.
The members of the Plant & Dig Garden Club gathered at RJ's Restaurant in Cedaredge on Dec. 16 for a Christmas luncheon and gift exchange. The staff had set up a beautiful table for the luncheon and provided another table for gifts.
District 28 Oddfellows and Rebekahs held a public installation of officers Jan. 28 in Delta. Past district deputy grand master Glen Conger and district deputy president Joyce Conger officiated.
The Boy Scouts of America has bestowed the rank of Eagle Scout on Chayden Harris, 18, of Olathe.
Harris is a member of BSA Unit 475 chartered by the Uncompahgre Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The Plant & Dig Club of Cedaredge met on Nov. 18. Joan Kennen graciously filled in as hostess after a family emergency prevented our original hostess from providing our meeting destination.
New officers were elected at this meeting and are as follows:
It's amazing what a little paint can do. The children's area at the Delta Library has gone from "blah" to "wow" with the help of the Kiwanis Club of Delta.
Last spring, club members undertook a community service project to transform the children's area in the lower level of the library into a friendly, welcoming spot.
The regular meeting of Delta Emblem Club #462 was held at the Delta Elks Lodge at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28.
The meeting was opened according to ritual by president Diane Martinez. The annual memorial service was conducted by officers according to ritual.
The Nov. 14 meeting of the Delta County 4-H Council was held at the Delta County Fairgrounds in Hotchkiss. All officers were present.
After 117 years of active participation in the Delta area communities, Garnet Chapter #39, Order of the Eastern Star will close. The charitable organization, the ladies' part of the Masonic Lodge, has been a standard bearer for this community and in Colorado.
A limited number of 4-H members have the opportunity to catch a calf each January during the National Western Stock Show in Denver. Successful catchers will receive their calf in May 2017 to begin feeding the calf to market finish.
The Plant & Dig Garden Club of Cedaredge gathered on Oct. 21 at the home of Barb Klein, who presented a program on "Dry Gardening." She had created a beautiful display in a corner of her patio depicting an oriental-themed area with gravel, bamboo structures, stones and a charming small cast-iron pagoda.
The regular meeting of Delta Emblem Club #462 was held at the Delta Elks Lodge Monday, Oct. 24.
A potluck dinner was served at 5 p.m. in honor of Colorado State Association president Jan Gardner from Cortez Emblem Club #261.
A party was held for Bonnie Pope, Cedaredge Elberta Rebekah Lodge #106, on Friday, Oct. 28. Olathe Rebekah Lodge #99 hosted the party at the Olathe Community Center.
The second meeting of the Colorado State Association of Emblem Clubs was held at Hotchkiss Elks Lodge #1807 on Saturday, Oct. 22.
Coffee and doughnuts were served, then a workshop consisting of word games was conducted by Donna Cochran and Karen Martin.
Elberta Rebekah Lodge #106 gained a new member Oct. 17. With help from Olathe #99 and Montrose #31, Margie Arnold was initiated into the order.
PEO Chapter GT hosted a luncheon on Oct. 6 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the chapter. About 40 ladies gathered at the Delta United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
In honor of World Polio Day, which is widely recognized on Oct. 24, the Rotary Club of the North Fork Valley will give an update on Rotary's 27-year mission to eradicate the crippling childhood disease at the weekly lunch meeting at noon Thursday, Oct. 27, at Paonia Town Hall.
A local sorority comprised of energetic members who work helping make the community better took time to mark an anniversary of their organization last week.
The local Zeta Omicron chapter of the Epsilon Sigma Alpha sorority joined other chapters nationally in noting ESA's over 80 years of charitable work and community contributions.
On Oct. 1, Black Canyon Audubon Society members hosted the fall quarterly meeting of the Audubon Colorado Council. The ACC coordinates efforts of the state's 11 Colorado Audubon chapters to meet the National Audubon Society mission of conserving and restoring natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.
For the third year, Tractor Supply Company is partnering with the National FFA Foundation to produce limited edition, long-sleeved shirts for the National FFA Convention & Expo, which are now available exclusively in Tractor Supply stores. All net proceeds from sales of the shirts benefit FFA by supporting the National FFA Alumni Association and Living to Serve platform.
Oddfellows and Rebekahs of Colorado held their 126th annual sessions in Colorado Springs Oct. 7-10. Members from Colorado lodges met and renewed friendships.
The regular meeting of Delta Emblem Club #462 was held at the Delta Elks Lodge on Monday, Sept. 26.
The meeting was opened according to ritual by president Diane Martinez at 7 p.m.
Chi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma had the pleasure of helping member Miriam Hartig celebrate her 97th birthday. After Hartig blew out the candles on her cake, president Debbie Matteson presented her with a 45-year Delta Kappa Gamma membership pin.
The Plant & Dig Garden Club of Cedaredge celebrated September with a picnic lunch and plant, produce and garden products exchange at the old pavilion in Cedaredge Park on Oct. 16.
The weather was as perfect as it could get on a beautiful autumn day as we sat in the sun, ate our lunches and enjoyed catching up on everyone's summer activities.
Children in the Surface Creek Valley and throughout Delta County may look forward to a brighter future thanks to local Lions clubs and a legacy inherited from Helen Keller.
Members of the Surface Creek Valley Lions Club explain that it was an appeal by Helen Keller in 1925 that led to the international service organization adopting sight and vision health as its signature service project.
Members of the Women's Surface Creek Saddle Club brainstormed about a way to increase attendance in the Competitive Trail Rides (CTR) sanctioned by the North American Trail Rider Conference (NATRC). Krisite LaValley from Cedaredge headed up the effort and decided to organize a Triple Crown type of event and named it The Rocky Mountain Hat Trick. A hat trick is usually associated with one player scoring three goals in hockey, but it can also be three consecutive sporting events or races.
The Cedaredge Senior Hiking Group has been experiencing the western Colorado scenery and autumn weather in several locations recently.
The beautiful autumn weather has given the Senior Hiking Group the opportunity to enjoy the fall colors and crisp air.
The Board of County Commissioners on Monday received a courtesy visit from members of the Delta County 4-H Council.
The occasion takes place annually during National 4-H Week and provides an opportunity for the county 4-H council members, their volunteer parent advisors, and the CSU Tri-River extension agent for youth, Jackie Shea, to thank the county for its support of 4-H programs.
Join over 102,000 young people in Colorado in celebrating the 4-H program during National 4-H Week slated for Oct. 2-8. 4-H is in all Colorado counties, in all 50 states and in more than 50 countries worldwide. The 4-H program reaches seven million young people throughout the world.
I represented the Delta County 4-H Hotshots club at the Delta County 4-H Council meeting on Sept. 12. The meeting was held at the Delta County Courthouse. During the meeting, I was elected county council reporter, replacing Trey Hunt. As such, this is my first report to the Delta County Independent.
Not everyone's schedule is the same. At times it can be tricky to find a 4-H club that fits into yours. Fortunately, there are several different clubs in Delta County, offering a variety of options.
It has been said that "leadership cannot be taught, but it must be learned."
Two outstanding Paonia High School students were given a unique opportunity last summer to experience what that means.
This summer was a very eventful time for the Hotchkiss FFA Chapter under Coley Wondra, with State FFA Convention in June, Washington Leadership Conference in July, and the Delta County Fair in August.
The Colorado state convention this year was held in Sterling and the chapter had over 20 members in attendance.
The Delta County Livestock Association had its annual barbecue at the Delta County Fair at the fairgrounds in Hotchkiss on Saturday, Aug. 13.
The livestock association would like to thank everyone who came and enjoyed its scholarship barbecue.
The First Baptist Church of Cedaredge is beginning AWANA on Wednesday, Sept. 14, for kids between the ages of 4-13. It will meet every Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 8 p.m. during the school year, except for school breaks and holidays.
AWANA Club, a ministry that teaches the word of God to children from 3 years old through middle school, is set to kick off at Delta First Baptist Church this month. The AWANA Club for ages 3 through the sixth grade will be starting on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. weekly.
The regular meeting of Delta Emblem Club #462 was held at the Delta Elks Lodge Aug. 22.
The meeting was called to order by president Diane Martinez according to ritual. Roll call of officers showed two absent, with seven past presidents in attendance.
New officers were elected for the local chapter of Toastmaster International in Delta. The new president of the Black Canyon Voices, Edith Johnston, has plans for the coming year.
Welcome back to school! Cedaredge FFA chapter has been busy over the summer.
On June 18 the North Fork Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) hosted a work day along with Youth Conservation Corp (YCC) and employees of West Elk Mine.
A dozen volunteers were involved in a long strenuous day of trail clearing on the Gunnison National Forest.
The first ever Western Heritage shooting sports competition was held in conjunction with the annual 4-H County Fair Shoot at the Eckert range in July.
The 4-H Shooting Sports Council initiated the new event this year.
On July 15, the Delta County Livestock Association hosted a great afternoon of learning, collaboration and socializing.
The afternoon kicked off with Libby Bigler, the Colorado Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) coordinator, giving a BQA certification training at the Heritage Hall in Hotchkiss.
The Women's Surface Creek Saddle Club, from Cedaredge, is once again hosting Island In The Sky, a competitive trail ride on the Grand Mesa. This year's event will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 5-7 on the Lands End side of the Grand Mesa.
Delta County 4-H Council met July 11 outside the Maloney house at 7 p.m. We had an informal meeting due to the meeting room inside not being available.
The new officers of Delta Kappa Gamma, Chi Chapter, were installed at a recent meeting in Delta.
Brother and sister Ryan and Rachel Latta of Cedaredge are building on the learning experience they began in the Future Farmers of America chapter at Cedaredge High School. They have both taken on the responsibility of serving as officers in the state Future Farmers of America organization.
For its June meeting, the members of the Plant & Dig Garden Club of Cedaredge met at the home of Joan Chambers. She presented a program on groundcover and then conducted a tour of her garden to demonstrate the many ways in which she utilizes it herself.
Red Hat Dolls of the Valley entertained Hotchkiss Red Hat Lady Bugs at the Paonia Park with a picnic Saturday, June 11. Also attending were four ladies from the Paonia Care Center and their two sponsors.
The body of work by Judy Campbell, which consisted of three-dimensional works of art, was named "Best of Show" by Meredith Nemirov of Ridgway. Nemirov judged Delta Fine Arts' annual show, which was held at Garnet Mesa Elementary School June 17-19. Fifty-eight artists entered the show with a total of 137 entries.
Competitive 4-H shooting sports participants from four counties arrived at the Eckert Shooting Sports Range on Saturday for the Delta County 4-H Invitational Shoot. 4-H'ers from Montrose, Mesa and Garfield counties joined local youth for the event.
The Hotchkiss Lady Bugs Chapter of the Red Hat Society has met regularly since being established in February. On April 21 they traveled to Delta to dine at the House of Chin.
For their April meeting, the members and guests of the Plant & Dig Garden Club of Cedaredge visited the City of Delta parks shop and visited with parks supervisor Tony Bohling and his two co-workers, Veronica and Cindy. Tony showed two beautiful videos of the various city flower beds and pots along Main Street and the spectacular center medians along Highway 65 throughout the previous years.
The regular meeting of Delta Emblem Club #462 was held at the Delta Elks Lodge on May 23. The opening ritual was performed, led by president Diane Martinez.
The streets of Paonia will look a little nicer this summer, thanks to the efforts of a small group of volunteers. On May 19, members of the Knights of Columbus from Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Paonia and St. Margaret Mary Church in Hotchkiss spent the evening hours clearing debris from the curbs of several of the town's streets.
The Red Hats of Horizons recently collected donations of clean, gently used clothing as a community service project. Numerous bags of men's and women's apparel were handed over to Kimberly Burns, assistant manager of the Salvation Army thrift store in Delta, at a special event last week.
The Surface Creek Valley Lions Club held a reception for the Cedaredge Police Department last Thursday in conjunction with National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.
The department is comprised of Chief Dan Sanders, Sgt. Roy Spiker, and duty officers Jake Hernandez, Monty McDermith, Carlos Lovera and Chris Curtis.
Tractor Supply Company, in partnership with National 4-H Council, recently announced the record-breaking fundraising results of its spring 2016 Paper Clover Campaign.
Tractor Supply Company and Del's Feed and Farm Supply, the largest retail farm and ranch supply store chain in the United States, raised an astounding $935,351 during the 12-day national in-store fundraiser.
Recent visitors to the Delta Library may have noticed some unusual closures in the last week, resulting in a wonderful transformation. The children's area closed after story time last Wednesday as books were moved, shelves painted, bins created, and the whole room changed to become more welcoming and friendly for the youngsters of Delta.
The Will James Society donates sets of Will James books through local groups. Black Mesa CattleWomen sponsored one of these donations.
The 35-members of the Orchard City Women's Club held their annual fundraiser auction for local charity last Friday -- an occasion for doing good while having fun and enjoying friendship.
Members of the 94-year-old local service organization dispensed with all appearance of pondering seriousness that sometimes accompanies the financial support of social causes in the community.
It makes no difference where a person lives if they know how to live well. And for those who know how to live well it is a gift to share.
The annual installation of 2016-17 officers for Delta Emblem Club #462 was conducted at the Delta Elks Lodge Saturday, April 16.
A potluck lunch was served at 12:30 p.m. Special guests were in attendance.
On April 28, the state Rebekah president Linda Blancett visited Montrose #31, Elberta #106 and Katherine #65. The day started with a lasagna lunch at Montrose #31 at noon.
Thanks to the generosity of 151 Delta County residents, and a few from Montrose County, All Saints Lutheran Church's benefit spaghetti dinner raised $1,464 for the Cedaredge VFW. This was the eighth annual benefit spaghetti dinner where each year 100 percent of the proceeds go to a selected organization in Delta County.
The Rose Garden Club has enjoyed many fun and fascinating activities so far this club year.
In October, one of our members taught us about the history and service of HopeWest, which was originally Hospice.
Members from The Women's Surface Creek Saddle Club traveled to New Mexico on two occasions in April to compete in the North American Trail Riders Conference, NATRC, sanctioned trail rides.
The NAN Ranch Competitive Trail Ride was held the first weekend in April near Silver City, N.M.
Tractor Supply Company, in partnership with the National FFA Foundation, is excited to announce that six Colorado FFA chapters have been selected to receive grant funding as a part of the "Grants for Growing" program. The Cedaredge FFA chapter is one of the six recipients.
Members of the Delta County 4-H Hot Shots are ready for work.
Club members Drew Harris, president; Derrek Johnson, county council president; and Ryan Gibson, club treasurer, attended the BoCC meeting last week with their club advisor, John Harris.
The Delta Kiwanis Club's fifth annual Texas Hold'em Charity Poker Tournament held April 2, 2016, at Bill Heddles Recreation Center garnered approximately $4,500 for service projects that focus on Delta children, with Josh Applegate named as the tournament winner.
The fundraiser is a partnership between the Delta Kiwanis Club and Western Slope Poker Tour LLC, with proceeds from this year's event earmarked to fund the club's Delta Library service project.
At the North American Trail Riders Conference, NATRC, Regional Convention held recently in Cripple Creek, four members of the Ladies Saddle Club took home regional awards.
The year-end awards comprise seven different multiple day trail riding events from April through October of 2015.
The March meeting of Delta County 4-H Council was called to order at 7 p.m. by Derek Johnson at the Maloney house in Hotchkiss.
Pledges were said.
Red Hat Dolls of the Valley met on Thursday, March 24, at 2 p.m. for a tea.
The tea was hosted by the Paonia Care Center and queen bee Betty Portman.
The Basket Case Quilt Guild and Surface Creek Quilters are joining forces for a quilt show at the Delta Middle School gymnasium April 8 and 9. The show is open Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Serving a community means serving the people who make up that community.
No organization does that better in this valley than members of the Surface Creek Valley Lions Club.
Eighteen cross-country skiers and snowshoers from the Cedaredge Senior Hikers group came out for the annual end-of-the-snow-season trek down to Ward Creek Reservoir from the trailhead near Thunder Mountain Cabins.
It was a gorgeous spring day and the warm conditions saw the group shedding sweaters, hats and gloves as they moved down the mountain.
The Kiwanis Club of Delta is holding its fifth annual poker tournament at Bill Heddles Recreation Center Saturday, April 2. Registration is at 4 p.m., with tournament play beginning at 5 p.m. and lasting until approximately 8 p.m.
Supporting the community's promising young students is a big job that takes the energies of many people and many hands from members of community groups, along with support from the community at large.
Members of the local Zeta Omicron chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha sorority saw strong community support on March 11 at their annual scholarship fundraising Irish Stew Luncheon.
The Plant & Dig Garden Club of Cedaredge held its monthly meeting on Feb. 19. There was a full house with husbands and partners also present for a most informative program given by Austin Keiser, president of the Water Conservancy District, on water issues in the Surface Creek Valley.
Delta County 4-H'ers served approximately 2,052 dinners at their 66th annual 4-H Beef Roast, Sunday, March 6. The once-a-year 4-H fundraising activity served 1,042 meals at Hotchkiss High and 1,010 at Delta Middle School.
Members of the local Zeta Omicron Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha (ESA) Sorority will be hosting their annual St. Patrick's Day Irish Stew Luncheon on Friday, March 11. It will be held at the Cedaredge Masonic Hall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Each year, FFA chapters around the country celebrate National FFA Week. The week-long tradition began in 1947 when the national FFA board of directors designated the week of George Washington's birthday as National FFA Week in recognition of his legacy as an agriculturist and farmer.
As I look back at 2015, Olathe FFA has had a huge year! It is important for our members to be goal oriented and strive for success in all that we do. With this in mind, I will recap some of the larger accomplishments, various trips, and community involvement.
It's a busy week at Delta High School, where FFA students are dressing up to highlight the importance of agriculture and FFA to their lives. Monday was Hat Day, and on Tuesday students wore camo for "Hunting for Leaders" Day.
Cedaredge FFA started the school year with a flurry of events. In August we sent eight students to show fruit and other produce at the Colorado State Fair.
This has been a great year for the Hotchkiss FFA chapter. We started off the year Sept. 14 with a family barbecue meeting which was a great opportunity for all members and parents to get together and spend quality time with each other and prepare for the upcoming events while enjoying well-prepared food.
Cedaredge Community Gardens held its 2016 annual meeting Saturday, Feb. 6. This is the eighth season for the garden and plots are available for folks in the 81413 zip code area at $25 for a 10' x 20' plot or $15 for a raised containers garden.
Al-Anon meetings are held locally:
Mondays -- 6:30 p.m. at Hotchkiss Community United Methodist Church, 285 N. 2nd. Contact Elsie, 210-8090.
Two members of the Montrose/Delta County League of Women Voters have been recognized for their achievements.
Susan Welk deValdez has been appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to serve on the state's Minority Business Council.
Better moms make a better world, and MOPS (Mothers Of Preschoolers) helps make better moms. How?
Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and Auxiliary are again hosting their annual golf tournament at Devil's Thumb Golf Course on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 21.
During the January Mid-Winter Conference of the Colorado CattleWomen (CCA) and Colorado Cattlemen's Association (CCA), two members of the Black Mesa CattleWomen were recognized.
Nancy Carlson was named CattleWoman of the Year.
Hotchkiss High School Future Farmers of America member Dalton Raley will be able to purchase a heifer for his beef breeding program after being awarded a $1,500 Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) grant from the Colorado Elks Association as part of the FFA Heifer Wrangle Program. Raley was awarded the grant during the 2016 National Western Stock Show in Denver.
The members of the Plant & Dig Garden Club kicked off 2016 with a meeting devoted to talking about each member's plans for their gardens during the year, including changes that they wish to implement. Programs for a number of the meetings were also finalized.
Board members were elected and annual awards were presented as members of the Surface Creek Valley Historical Society enjoyed their annual banquet at the Stolte Shed last Saturday.
Saturday's 2016 annual banquet featured a meal prepared and served by members of the Cedaredge High School Future Farmers of America Chapter who were recognized with a warm round of applause by their evening's guests.
A new Red Hat Society chapter is forming in Hotchkiss. The Red Hat Society is an international women's organization dedicated to giving its all to family, career and community and was created to connect like-minded women and make new friends through the power of fun and friendship.
About a dozen crafty women gather at Bill Heddles Recreation Center every Tuesday morning, a tradition that dates back to crochet classes that were offered 18 to 20 years ago.
One instructor moved, another took over but later passed away.
The Black Canyon Barbershop Chorus announced "Barbershoppers of the Year" for 2016 at the annual installation banquet, which was held recently at Daveto's in Delta.
At 75 years old, the Cedaredge Rod and Gun Club is a vital, active, and growing organization in Surface Creek Valley.
Since last March, the club has added 50 new members, those attending the club's 75th annual meeting at the Stolte Shed on Jan. 16 were told.
The 2016 Voices of Rural Colorado Denver legislative trip hosted by Club 20, Action 22, and Progressive 15 takes place Thursday and Friday, Jan. 21-22. While these groups work together frequently, the event marks the first time that the three advocacy organizations have joined to host an event together.
The January meeting of Delta County 4-H Council was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Derek Johnson.
Pledges were led by Adam Sheldon.
The Delta County Livestock Association held its annual banquet on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 5. We would like to thank everyone who attended and helped make the banquet a success!
District 28 installation of officers took place at the Oddfellow Hall in Delta on Jan. 3. District deputy president Carol Mendenhall and district deputy grand master Bob Millard were installing officers. Glen Conger and Bonnie Pope were marshals.
The Plant and Dig Garden Club of Cedaredge finished out 2015 with a Christmas gathering that everyone enjoyed. The food was outstanding, the gift exchange full of good fun with laughs galore.
The Kiwanis Club of Delta recently held its annual officer installation banquet at Devil's Thumb Golf Course restaurant. Hayley Suppes, lieutenant governor of division 7, administered the installation ceremony for the club's 2015-2016 officers and directors.
In the past year, the Kiwanis sponsored community service projects such as Terrific/Virtuous Kids, kids' olympics, high school scholarships, Breakfast with Santa, DeltaFest, special needs kids' Christmas lunch with Santa, Delta preschool barbecue and Kiwanis Park, and made various donations to Key Club, Delta library, ARC, children's educational organizations and other youth groups.
Members of VFW Post 3571 in Delta and 784 in Montrose met an aircraft with three aircrew and over 1,000 pounds of food and toys for distribution to veterans in the Montrose and Delta area. The crew flew the aircraft to Montrose Regional Airport from Centennial Airport near Denver Wednesday, Dec. 23, as part of the annual CABA/VFW holiday airlift project.
Last Saturday about 20 bird watchers and birding enthusiasts endured freezing temperatures around Hotchkiss during the 116th annual National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count.
Jason Beason, special monitoring projects coordinator with the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies (formerly the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory), said this year's Hotchkiss bird count, sponsored by the Black Canyon Audubon Society, revealed more than 70 individual species.
PEO Chapter BK is pleased to award Kayla Sanders with this year's Alice Penick Memorial Nursing Scholarship. The $500 was given to Sanders at Delta-Montrose Technical College.
PEO Chapter BK is pleased to announce that Jennifer Jones has been awarded an ELF by the PEO International committee. The PEO Educational Loan Fund (ELF) is a revolving loan fund established in 1907 to lend money to qualified women students to assist them in securing a higher education.
PEO Chapter BK is pleased to announce that Kelsey Weaver has been awarded a $1,500 grant from the PEO Program for Continuing Education. This grant was established in 1973 as a need-based program providing one-time financial assistance to women whose education has been interrupted and who find it necessary to return to Colorado to complete a degree or certification that will improve their marketable skills for employment to support themselves and/or their families.
The Plant and Dig Garden Club of Cedaredge enjoyed a great meeting in November at the home of Barb Klein. She had gathered many items with which we could make Christmas centerpieces.
A wonderful holiday treat was enjoyed by 86 seniors on Tuesday, Dec. 8, as the Delta Elks Lodge No. 1235 sponsored the third and final special meal this year at the Delta Senior Center, 247 Meeker Street.
Through a grant from the Grand Lodge, part of the Elks National Foundation, this was the second year the Delta Elks sponsored sumptuous meals, at no charge, for senior citizens in the Delta area.
Queen Bee Betty Portman hosted a Christmas party for the Red Hat Dolls of the Valley on Thursday, Dec. 10, at the Hotchkiss Hightower Café. Festive ladies, dressed in red and purple finery, enjoyed a meal catered by Cary Hightower.
The Cedaredge Elberta Rebekah Lodge #106 held a money-making project this year. The proceeds will be used for the building fund, scholarship fund and charities the lodge supports.
The Cedaredge Senior Hikers have been enjoying the pleasures and wonders of local geography recently, venturing from desert canyon to mountain snow with the changing of seasons.
"The senior hiking group continues to hike in our beautiful canyon country almost every Wednesday throughout the winter," said Jude Keica, a member of the group.
While no one knows the exact date it happened, when the Fruitland Mesa Club was founded sometime in the 1930s, the ranch women living on the agriculturally rich mesa were quite secluded from the rest of the world. They formed the club as a way to overcome that feeling of isolation and provide support to one another.
Tractor Supply Company, in partnership with National 4-H Council, recently announced the fundraising results of its fall 2015 paper clover campaign.
Tractor Supply Company, the largest retail farm and ranch supply store chain in the United States, raised an astounding $893,817 during the 11-day national in-store fundraiser.
Many students in Delta County come to school wearing "DC Young Life" T-shirts. This indicates their membership in a countywide youth group that meets every Monday night.
For anyone who is living with the effects of a loved one's drinking, the strain on mental and emotional well-being can be significant. "There is nothing worse than the pain and the loneliness of living with an alcoholic," said Suzanne, an anonymous commenter on a "First Steps to Al-Anon Recovery" podcast.
Lee Marts VFW Post 3571 and its Auxiliary in Delta encourage all members of the community to help our local veterans. The post and auxiliary currently have two community-based projects going into the holidays.
More than 8,500 Al-Anon members recently took part in a membership survey to share how participation in Al-Anon meetings has improved the quality of their lives. As part of the survey, respondents were given the opportunity to provide comments about the benefits they have experienced as a member of Al-Anon.
The Plant & Dig Garden Club of Cedaredge held its October meeting on Oct. 18. There was a full house including five guests (two of whom were spouses) who came to hear Arnie and Cathy Ogden's adventures as beekeepers.
The 2016 Voices of Rural Colorado Denver legislative trip hosted by CLUB 20, Action 22 and Progressive 15 will take place Thursday and Friday, Jan. 21 and 22.
With the help of Robert Ownbey, manager of the Montrose Walmart, the Uncompahgre Valley Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution successfully applied for a Walmart Community Grant. The Walmart Community Grant program is highly competitive, with the Walmart Foundation receiving over 150,000 applications every year.
Hotchkiss Emblem Club #306 meets the first Monday of each month unless the meeting date falls on a holiday. The most recent meeting was held Oct. 5 at Hightower Café in Hotchkiss.
The Good News Club for Cedaredge Elementary School's K-5th graders, including homeschoolers is underway.
Meetings are held after school, Tuesday afternoons from 3:13-4:45 p.m. in the community room across Cedar Avenue from the school.
For more than five decades, Don Foster has helped keep the wheel of the North Fork Rotary Club turning. He has shaken countless hands, attended more than 2,500 meetings both here and abroad, helped raise money for scholarships, non-profits and other notable causes, dropped many a dollar in the donations can and sung a lot of silly songs.
A full house of hopeful bingo players turned out at the first anniversary of the twice-monthly Lions Club bingo nights on Oct. 21.
The big attendance put a real community endorsement to the club's newest fundraising activity.
The beautiful and impressive displays of automotive masterwork staged by the Delta Street Rodders car club at Deltarado Days are providing a real benefit to the community.
Members of the club presented a donation of $1,000 to the board of the Abraham Connection last week.
A local sorority comprised of energetic members who work year-round helping make the community better took time to mark an anniversary of its organization last week.
The local Zeta Omicron chapter of the Epsilon Sigma Alpha sorority took part in state and national observances honoring ESA's 86 years of charitable work and community contributions.
The Surface Creek Valley Lions Club is planning a special evening on Wednesday, Oct. 21, observing the one-year anniversary of the club's bingo fundraiser nights. The celebration will happen during the Bingo Night at the Civic Center, starting at 7 p.m.
The Prairie Rangers 4-H club has been involved in many acts this year that benefitted the community. The kids baked cookies for local Delta County first responders, which were delivered to them personally by a few of the club members.
Delta Emblem Club met at the Delta Elks Lodge Sept. 28 with president Diane Martinez officiating.
The Delta Emblem Club has been active with the concession stand at Elks bingo on Thursday nights and also with a lot of community service collections, consisting of cancelled stamps, education box tops, glasses, pop tabs, card tops and unused cards.
Elberta #106 held its annual yard/bake/breakfast burrito fundraiser during AppleFest. The weather was great, and lots of people were out to enjoy the festivities.
Cedaredge Community Gardens has ended its seventh season with fall cleanup, and decided to have a little fun with a presentation of a ceremonial gift basket of produce for Delta County commissioner Bruce Hovde who has been an indispensible help to the garden all these years. Not only has he assisted by earmarking GOCO grants annually, he also comes in on his own time to help disk and plow as time permits.
The Plant & Dig Garden Club of Cedaredge had a picnic and plant sale at Cedaredge Park for its September meeting. Members brought plants, bulbs and seeds to exchange.
Among the almost countless community services contributed by Lions Clubs internationally and in local communities at home is something that many people consider to be the clubs' signature cause. That is caring for and promoting proper vision.
Join over 102,000 young people in Colorado in celebrating the 4-H program during National 4-H Week Oct. 4-10. 4-H is in all Colorado counties, in all 50 states, and in more than 50 countries worldwide. The 4-H program reaches seven million young people throughout the world!
As part of traditional observances for National 4-H Week locally, the Board of County Commissioners was paid a courtesy visit from Delta County 4-H County Council officers, parent advisors, and Tri-River Area Extension agent - youth Jackie Shea.
It's the beginning of an exciting new year of 4-H fun with all of Delta County's new and returning 4-H members and leaders.
Enrollments and re-enrollments will tentatively begin in the middle of October.
Elberta Rebekah Lodge members have been busy getting ready for the AppleFest celebration in Cedaredge.
There will be a good old-fashioned yard sale on Friday, Oct. 2, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The country store will be open on Saturday, Oct. 3, also from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The September meeting of Delta County 4-H council was called to order at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 by Grady Simpson.
Pledges were led by Adam Sheldon.
Saturday, Sept. 26, members of VFW Post 3571 and its Auxiliary honorably retired 50 U.S. flags at Fort Uncompahgre. Post commander David Rowland and Auxiliary president Jennifer Wright explained the process of flag retirement to the invited guests -- nearly 60 Scouts, their leaders and their parents.
In late summer, the Delta Rotary Club welcomed Lindsay Roberts as its newly elected president. Officers for the 2015-16 term include Morgan Yost, past president; Jim Wetzel, treasurer; and Jody Jorns, secretary. Meetings are held every Wednesday at 7 a.m. at Daveto's in Delta.
Thursday, Sept. 17, will mark the beginning of the national celebration of Constitution Week. The weeklong commemoration of America's most important document is one of America's least known official observances.
The League of Women Voters of Montrose County, serving Montrose and Delta counties, will be participating in National Voter Registration Day, a nationwide, nonpartisan effort to register thousands of voters on Tuesday, Sept. 22. The league will be available to assist voters who want to register online or update their registration if they have moved at the Montrose Library from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 5 p.m., and at the Delta library from 10 a.m. to noon.
The First Baptist Church of Cedaredge, 370 W. Main Street, invites children to a very exciting program for kids between the ages of 3 and 18. The group will meet every Wednesday evening (6:30-8 p.m.) during the school year, except for school breaks and holidays.
The Hotchkiss Elks Lodge has put two international grants to good use in the community.
Beverly Clemmer reports that the $2,000 Gratitude Grant was distributed between three local organizations: S & B Quilting received $400 for its veterans quilt project; $300 to North Fork Soccer; and $1,300 to the North Fork Ambulance Association.
The Delta Extension Office congratulates local 4-H'ers for their excellent projects. "We know you worked hard all year," said Jackie Shea. "We are proud of you and your fine accomplishments."
The Women's Surface Creek Saddle Club is conducting its biennial Trail Trials at the Mesa Top Trail on Sept. 12. This popular local trail riding event will be held at the Mesa Top Trail head on Grand Mesa.
Representatives from the Paonia Library and Rotary Club of the North Fork dedicated the log gazebo located on the north side of the library grounds last Thursday. The structure, designed by former Rotary president and architect Norm Luark, and was constructed of almost all local products and age-old, time-tested methods.
Hotchkiss Emblem Club met Monday, July 6. Monthly reports were given. Under old business, a discussion was held regarding the convention held in Hotchkiss in June.
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