Citizen Telegram Community News Briefs – Sept. 26, 2013 |

Citizen Telegram Community News Briefs – Sept. 26, 2013

Abigail Bernat
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Sewer replacement project on Elm Avenue

Residents along Elm Avenue on Prefontaine Mesa in Rifle will be without sewer service for a short time later this month, when city crews replace a sewer line from Third to Fifth Streets.

Utilities Director Dick Deussen said the six-inch clay sewer line was installed in the 1980s and is broken in several locations.

“We originally thought we’d only have to replace half of the line, but we need to do the entire 750-foot length of the line, including two manholes,” Deussen said at the Sept. 18 city council meeting.

Replacement of the sewer line along the street has been planned for several years. The line plugs up often with roots and solids, Deussen wrote in a memo to the council. City crews have cleaned the line every six months, and it has operated satisfactorily, but it has been a maintenance headache, he added.

The work needs to be performed this year, Deussen wrote, and time is running out for asphalt replacement. Depending on weather, it’s possible temporary “cold mix” will be used as the road base on Elm Avenue through the winter. Asphalt plants that provide hot mix can’t operate in cold weather, Deussen noted.

The council unanimously approved the project for an amount not to exceed $50,000. The funds come from the city wastewater and contingency funds.

Letters were sent to residents last week to inform them of the project, and when each home’s sewer service is to be temporarily affected, notices will be hand-delivered to those homes, Deussen said.

The project is to begin before the end of the month and take 45 days to two months to finish, Deussen said.

National choir honors

Rifle High School senior Abigail Bernat has been selected to the 2013 NAfME All-National Honor Mixed Choir, sponsored by the National Association for Music Education.

She will join 670 other high school students to perform in Nashville, Tenn. on Oct. 30. Bernat will be singing alto in the mixed choir and has been a member of Colorado All State Choir and will represent Colorado in Nashville.

Literacy Outreach seeks volunteer tutors

Literacy Outreach is looking for volunteers to tutor adults who are eager to improve their reading, writing, math or English-speaking skills.

Volunteers do not need prior teaching experience or be able to speak a foreign language, just a desire to help, the ability to read and speak English, and at least three hours of time a week to work one-on-one with an adult.

Volunteer information sessions will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the Rifle Branch Library, 207 East Ave., and from 6 to 7 p.m. at the New Castle Branch Library, 402 W. Main St. For more information, call 945-5282.

Take these classes, cut your cholesterol

Grand River Health’s Changing Lifestyles will host Heart Healthy classes, beginning Oct. 2, for six consecutive Wednesdays. The cost is $5 per class, or $20 for the series.

By completing six classes, participants may reduce their total cholesterol between 7 to 21 percent, LDL cholesterol 7 to 22 percent and triglycerides 11 to 31 percent.

The class meets Wednesdays at 1 p.m. in the Changing Lifestyles Department at Grand River Health, 501 Airport Road in Rifle. To RSVP, call 625-6201.

Business pumpkin carving contest

The Rifle Main Street First Friday program will hold a pumpkin carving contest open to all Rifle businesses on Friday, Oct. 4.

Bring your best carved pumpkin to the community lot at Railroad Avenue and Second Street.

Categories are “‘best Rifle-theme,” “most unique” and “scariest.” Judging and lighting of the pumpkins will take place at dusk. Prizes will be awarded for first place. Email your entry information to Dana Ingram at by Monday, Sept. 30.

Peter and the Wolf in Rifle

Symphony in the Valley and the Advanced Dance Co. of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts will present a live performance of “Peter and the Wolf” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Rifle High School.

Tickets will be sold at the door, and doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for youth 3-18, and $30 for families. Music students are admitted free.

The charming musical tale by Sergei Prokofiev follows the adventures of Peter and his friends — the cat, the bird and the duck — as they deal with a dangerous visitor to the forest. Dancers will act out the story while the orchestra plays the score, with narrator Cindy Hines telling the tale.

“Peter and the Wolf is a classic piece of music, filled with memorable melodies and an exciting story,” said Kelly Thompson, guest conductor and longtime member of Symphony in the Valley.

“Peter and the Wolf also introduces young people to the different instruments in the orchestra,” Thompson said. “Each character is played by a different instrument with a different musical theme.”

The orchestra will round out the concerts with Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Ravel’s Pavane (for a Dead Princess) and Haydn’s Farewell Symphony.

For more information about Symphony in the Valley, visit

Learn teacher talk

Talking to your child’s teacher can be intimidating. When parents and teachers communicate well, children benefit. You are a partner in your child’s education. Teachers want to get to know you and work with you.

Learn how to talk to your child’s teacher at St. Mary Catholic Church, 761 Birch Ave., in Rifle from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16. This class is being offered in Spanish only. For more information, call Literacy Outreach at 945-5282.

Editor’s note: Below, the preceding news brief is printed in Spanish.

Comunicarse con el maestro

Comunicarse con el maestro de su hijo puede ser algo intimidante. Cuando los padres y los maestros se comunican abiertamente, los niños se benefician. Usted es un socio junto con los maestros en la educación de sus hijos. Los maestros quieren conocer a los padres de sus alumnos y poder trabajar con usted en equipo. Aprenda como comunicarse con el maestro de sus hijos en la Iglesia católica St. Mary’s, 761 Birch Ave., el día 16 de Octubre de las 6 a las 8 p.m. La clase será dada en español. Para mas información, llamar a Literacy Outreach a 945-5282.

Clean energy awards dinner set

Garfield Clean Energy and CLEER’s second annual Clean Energy Innovation Awards, honoring the clean energy achievements of individuals, businesses and organizations, will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at the Grand River Health Conference Center, 501 Airport Road in Rifle. Tickets for the event are $26, and include a buffet dinner.

Keith Lambert, former mayor of Rifle and a founding board member of Garfield Clean Energy, will be the keynote speaker. Nominees for the awards will be announced later in September.

Tickets for the awards event are on sale at

Sponsorships are available for $500, and include a booth at the event and six tickets for the dinner. To learn more, contact CLEER at (970) 704-9200.

GED candidates urged to complete exam

Colorado Mountain College encourages all students and community members working toward a GED to complete the existing exam by Dec. 31, before the new, strictly computerized test is put into place across the country.

Completing the exam before Jan. 1, 2014, is especially important to anyone who has already passed a section, or more, of the current test. Those who do not pass every section before the end of 2013 will have to start over from scratch in January, since sections passed before 2014 cannot be counted toward completion of the new exam.

For any learner seeking support to complete the current GED test, or planning to take the new one, CMC offers tutoring and guidance at campuses across north-central Colorado. The fall semester at Colorado Mountain College began the week of Aug. 26, but some classes start later. To find out more, visit or call your local campus.

To learn about the upcoming changes in the GED test, or to take a practice test, log in at

Grand Wine Affair thanks

Once again, we had a delightful Grand Wine Affair on Thursday, Sept. 12. Proceeds from this event will be used to purchase automated external defibrillators for the athletic trainers at Grand Valley, Rifle and Coal Ridge high schools.

Thank you to Battlement Mesa Golf Club, Big Kids Corner Bar, Blush Salon and Spa, Brenden Theatres, Bruce Knuth, Canyon Cleaners, Classic Nails and Day Spa, Columbine Ford, Community Banks of Colorado, Crabtree’s Red Canyon Auto Body, Creekbend Bistro & Catering, Creekside Salon & Day Spa, Crystal Fly Shop, Daylight Donuts, Dickey’s BBQ, Colorado Kitchens, Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Eagle Springs Organic, El Tapatio, EZ-IT, Fiesta Guadalajara, Fifty Shadz, FR’s for Less, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, Gateway Canyons Resort, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, Grand River Gifts, Grease Monkey of Rifle, Grove’s Black Dog Saloon, Gypsum Creek Golf Club, Hampton Inn and Suites, Healthstyles Exercise Equipment, Historic Strater Hotel, Hotel Colorado, Jay’s, Jean’s Printing, Joann Alum, Ladybug Express, Lakota Canyon Ranch Golf Club, Lazy Bear Restaurant, Lift-Up Thrift Store, Lindsey Johnson of Midland Arts Co., Lois Gross, Making New Waves, Mama’s Restaurant, Marge Sheppelman, Meeker Golf Course, Michelle McCurdy of Midland Arts Co., Mike Thomas, Miller’s Dry Goods, Miner’s Claim, Mountain View Tree Farm and Nursery, Mr. T’s Hardware, Nachos, Neimann’s Gardens, New Castle Family Fitness, Old Mountain Gift and Jewelry, On The River Supply, Peach Tree Distillery, PepsiCo, P.J. Caton, Rene Fisher of Midland Arts Co., Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce, Rifle Creek Golf Course, Rifle Fireside Lanes, Sammy’s on Park Avenue, Sandy Sekeres, Sears of Rifle, Shanghai Garden, Shommy’s, Silt Discount Liquors, Silt Pizza Pro, Silver Club Saloons, South Bank Storage, Speckled Feather Mercantile, Spirits of New Castle, Starbucks, Studio Six Salon, Sunlight Mountain Resort, The Country Florist, The Guzzler, The Leonard Curry Trio, The Redstone Inn, The Whimsical Wagon, Tim’s Tools, Tractor Supply Co., Transformations Salon, Tripp Dobson, Wall Flowers Potter, Watkin’s Jewelers.

A big thank you to Betty Mosby (chair), the Grand River Hospital District Volunteer Association, the talented musical duet of Aaron Opstein & Shaunna Wilsky, and Lynne Miller and her catering crew at Grand River Café. Special thanks to the sponsor, Choice Liquors.

Kaaren Peck

Grand River Health

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