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The Battlement Mesa Activity Center’s Annual Photography Contest was a huge success. There were over 80 entries, and the judges were very impressed with the caliber of the photographs and they had an extremely difficult time selecting the prizewinners. The winners were as follows:• Black/White: first, second and third – Ken Carlson• 35MM: first – Cathy Carlson; second – Charlene Mitchell; third – Jody Whitman; honorable mention – Peter Wahlman• Digital/Scanned: first – Kirsta Espelier; second – Cathy Carlson; third – Charles Trujillo; honorable mention – Marc Keepkens, Kelly Lightfoot, Brandon Lightfoot• Digital Enhanced: first – Tim Barrett; second – Joline Gnatek; third – Joline Gnatek; honorable mention – Sharon MassaroThank you to Battlement Mesa Company and the Battlement Mesa Activity Center for sponsoring this annual event. Fran would like to thank everyone who participated.Trick or Treat Street at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center will be held from 5-7 p.m. Halloween Night, Tuesday, Oct. 31. This event is designed for kids up to the sixth grade. There will be prizes and surprises. The cost is $3 per child. Wear your costume and if you are under 12 years old, an adult chaperoned is needed.The annual Haunted House will be open from 6-10 p.m. this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26, 27 and 28, at the old NAPA building on North Russey in Parachute (next to the WB Supply store). There will be 26 different characters haunting the house. The admission is $3 per person, which includes candy and unlimited access to the Haunted House the evening of the purchase. All proceeds from the admissions goes to the Education Foundation After-School Program. Sounds like a “howling” good time. Mark your calendar for the Parachute/Battlement Mesa Park & Recreation District’s 24th Annual Craft Fair, to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Grand Valley High School. This is the Western Slope’s biggest and best Christmas arts and crafts fair. The event features free admission, plenty of parking, great shopping – 130 vendors, no dealers, no flea market items – lunch, snacks and sweets on site, and delicious candy, preserves and baked goods at vendor booths.Mary Anderson and her staff will post signs giving the directions from the interstate exits. This is one of the best ways to support local nonprofit groups in our community. Those groups benefiting from the craft fair are The Parachute/Battlement Mesa Park and Recreation District, The Grand Valley Historical Society, Grand Valley High School Boys’ Basketball Team, Grand Valley High School’s FCCLA and FBLA. Make plans to attend and shop at the craft fair.The Cardinal’s football team is in the state playoffs. Jeff Bradley, GVHS Athletic Director, reports that the first playoff game will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4. The game will probably be held here at Grand Valley High School, but that has not been finalized at this time. Please watch the marquee at the middle school for details of the game. The Cardinal Booster Club is asking to please come out and support our youth at the football game and wear red or black. Wouldn’t it be great to have the entire home stands filled with red and black colors? Watch the marquee for details.Mary Moore’s column, “Grand Valley News,” appears every other Thursday. To contact Mary with a news tip, e-mail her at

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