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November 14, 2012
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Community Briefs - Nov. 15, 2012

Find that special gift for all at St. Mary's traditional Christmas Holiday Bazaar from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17 in the St. Mary Community Center, lower level, Seventh and Birch Streets, in Rifle.Vintage linens, dated collectibles, unique ornaments, gift baskets, hand-crafted items, bling, home decor and more. Stock your pantry with home made goodies and garden fresh canned goods from the country kitchen. Enjoy hot cinnamon rolls and beverages from 8:30 to 10 a.m., then stay for lunch of a soup, beverage and dessert from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Raffle tickets will be available for an authentic American Girl doll, complete with wardrobe, book, and hand crafted decorated cradle.For more information, contact Donna Bannon, 625-5115 or

For the third year in a row, the congregation from the Rifle Methodist Presbyterian Church has chosen to donate funds to the Grand River Meals on Wheels Program in Western Garfield County.Meals On Wheels was chosen as one of four local programs to receive monies this year from the church's mission committee. The church's involvement with Meals on Wheels goes well beyond just donating monies. Church members deliver Meals on Wheels to seniors and disabled the second Friday of each month. "We cannot thank Rifle Methodist Presbyterian Church enough for their continued commitment to Grand River Meals on Wheels Program," said Kaaren Peck, volunteer and Meals on Wheels manager. "We are more than likely going to hit over 12,000 meals delivered in 2012. The need is huge in this community, and we appreciate every volunteer and every monetary donation. We are fortunate to live in such a caring community."

The Garfield County landfill is now operating on its winter hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 625-2516.

On behalf of Wamsley Elementary School, I would like to thank WingNutz and Rifle Fireside Lanes for their donations and support for the Wamsley homework initiative. I also want to thank the Rifle Walmart for selecting our school for its Teacher Rewards program. We sincerely appreciate Walmart's commitment to recognizing the hard work of our teachers in the local community and greatly appreciate the continued commitment of these local businesses. Their support of our students and staff is always much appreciated.Desha Bierbaum, principalRifle

Encana Oil & Gas (USA) has donated refurbished laptops to the DeBeque Marshal's Department to be used as mobile computers for patrol cars. They will help with a new in-car dispatch and report system.The in-car computers will allow the department to map and plot emergency incidents and guide incoming emergency response personnel and equipment.Encana also awarded a grant to Qualistar Colorado, a nonprofit organization that improves the quality of early childhood education or child care in Colorado. The grant subsidized the Qualistar Rating for 11 providers serving nearly 150 children in Garfield and Mesa counties. The rating is an assessment that measures the overall quality of child care centers, preschool programs and family child care homes.

Today, thousands of people across Colorado will take the first step to quit using tobacco during the Great American Smokeout, saving money and increasing chances for a healthier, longer life. Many will increase their chances of success by getting help from the Colorado Quitline."The first step in quitting tobacco is setting a quit date," said Emma Goforth, tobacco cessation expert at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. "The Great American Smokeout is the perfect day to quit, because it provides a community support system. Since tobacco is highly addictive, that first step can be the hardest, but once you quit for the day, you're one step closer to staying quit for the rest of your life."The Colorado QuitLine offers free, telephone-based coaching for Colorado residents ready to quit using tobacco. The Colorado QuitLine is available in English and Spanish and is available every day at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).Nearly one in six Colorado adults uses tobacco, and more than 80 percent of adult smokers became addicted to tobacco before the age of 18. Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of death in Colorado, killing more than 4,300 people each year - more than alcohol or other drug use, suicide, homicide, motor vehicle accidents, fires and AIDS combined. It can lead to severe health issues such as heart disease, stroke and lung cancer and can shorten smokers' lives. Coloradans pay a huge price for tobacco use: More than $2.4 billion in health care costs and lost productivity each year, a cost to each Colorado household of $579 per year. The dollars an individual spends on smoking or smokeless tobacco add up as well. A pack of cigarettes in Colorado is about $5. For a pack-a-day smoker, that adds up to $1,825 per year. Research shows that smokers who use Colorado QuitLine services are more likely to successfully quit than smokers who try to quit on their own. Trained coaches help individuals develop the confidence and coping skills to quit tobacco use and remain tobacco-free. The program consists of a bilingual QuitLine Call Center; proactive, positive coaching sessions; an online service for 24/7 support; nicotine replacement therapy products for eligible participants; printed materials; and a text messaging program.The Colorado QuitLine celebrates its 10th anniversary in December, having served more than 260,000 Colorado residents.

Karol Sacca, Parachute Branch Library manager, recently received the Lucy Schweers Award for Excellence in Paralibrarianship at the 2012 Colorado Association of Libraries Conference.This award is given to a librarian who displays outstanding leadership and service, as well as excellence in the library, information or media field in Colorado. Nominees must directly or indirectly serve patrons and communities in a way that goes beyond basic requirements of his or her job.

Garfield Clean Energy offers easy, low-interest energy loans for homeowners. The Garfield Clean Energy Revolving Loan program, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the Department of Energy's Better Buildings Neighborhood program, allows homeowners to take out loans to make energy efficiency improvements that can reduce their energy bills and make their homes more comfortable. Loans are available for a wide range of improvements, including insulation and air sealing, efficient heating equipment, water heating, solar hot water, and energy-saving windows, doors, and insulating blinds. Loans are also available for rooftop solar photovoltaic done in conjunction with efficiency upgrades. Financing is individually designed to meet a homeowners energy needs.Loans are available for as little as $1,000 and as much as $25,000 with interest rate and APR subject to credit score and term. For more information, visit or call (970) 704-9200.

As temperatures begin to fall, four homeowners in Battlement Mesa and Parachute are busy decorating their homes for the annual Holiday Home Tour.P.E.O. Chapter IP is again sponsoring this scholarship fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling Ann Chance at 285-5627 or B. J. Lindauer at 285-1112. Tickets are also available for purchase at each of the homes during the tour.Proceeds will be used to provide scholarships for graduates in the community. This year's tour will include homes in Canyon View Village, Monument Creek Village, Stoneridge Circle, and Parachute. Cookies and coffee will be provided at the Stoneridge Circle home.

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