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Boy, am I proud to be a resident of Parachute/Battlement Mesa. On the list of the 2003 Humanitarian Service Awards recipients, I found two very familiar names. Our own Linda Leatherman was named Staff Humanitarian of the Year. Known as Miss Linda to all our kids, she has touched each and every one of the students who have passed through the schools in District 16. Congratulations, Miss Linda you more than deserve this award.Selected as the Senior Volunteer Award recipient was Bob Campbell. All of us who volunteer with the schools know and respect Bob tremendously. He is just never to busy to offer a helping hand, and all of our middle-school kids know him because he helps get them across a busy Stone Quarry Road. Thanks, Bob, for all you do for us.Two other of our neighbors were nominated for awards Dick Smith and Don Bell. Both very familiar names to all of us. We are a community blessed to have such worthy individuals as these four people. Thanks for caring and doing.Volunteer roundupTake inspiration from Linda, Bob, Dick and Don give back to our community. Human services agencies in our area will be at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 7. Come up and meet these people and find out how your expertise can benefit someone in our community. Volunteering is a two-way road it helps the volunteer as well as the beneficiary.Park & Rec District basketball There are 90 boys and girls participating in youth basketball this year. Way to go Park & Rec District. A special thank-you to the volunteer coaches this program would not be possible without you.Girls coaches: Coco James, Susanne Lee, Tom Clark and Dana EmmonsBoys coaches: Sheila Radel, Kevin Whelan and Jerre WittThere are three weekends remaining in the season. These games are a lot of fun to watch, and the kids really appreciate the support from the stands. All the games are held in the gym of the Early Childhood Literary Center (old high school).Schedule:Sat., Feb. 7 games start at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noonFri., Feb. 13 games start at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.Sat., Feb. 14 games start at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noonSat., Feb. 21 games start at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noonValentines Day Feb. 14 one of my favorite holidays is quickly approaching. My kids know that nothing pleases Mom more than flowers on Valentines Day. But this year, gentlemen, schedule an evening out with your sweetheart at the Activity Center on Sat., Feb. 14. Cocktails are at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. and dancing starts at 7 p.m. Music provided by Trulee & Lulu, food by Easy Cuisine (Cornish hen). This entire romantic and festive evening is only $15 per person. Call the Activity Center at 285-9480 for reservations.Special thanksI would like to thank everyone, especially Battlement Mesa Co. and Garfield School District 16, for all your support during Danis illness. She is not back in school yet, but she is getting better every day. Thank you.Mary Moores column, Grand Valley News, appears every other Thursday. To contact Mary with a news tip, call her at 945-8525, ext. 108, or e-mail MooreMOMOF7@aol.com.


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