Rifle Community News Briefs – June 13, 2013
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Kids get free summer meals
Between now and Aug. 1, all children through the age of 18 can eat breakfast and lunch for free four days a week at Rifle Middle School, 753 Railroad Ave.
Garfield School District Re-2 is again participating in the federal summer food service program. Meals are the same for all children, regardless of national origin, sex, age or disability and there will be no discrimination in the course of meal service.
Meals will be served Mondays through Thursdays, with breakfast from 9-9:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meals will not be served on Thursday, July 4. Adult lunches may be purchased for $3.
Trendz window display a winner
Trendz Clothing Co. recently won a western regional competition in a window decorating contest for Silver Denim Co. The nationwide contest had more than 100 entrants.
The contest followed Silver Denim’s spring/summer “POP” theme. They sent each participating store a kit to incorporate some of their materials, with the store responsible for designing the best display of Silver products and the “POP” theme. Each store also had to follow guidelines, such as deadlines when the window had to be up for display, how long it had to be displayed, and sending pictures to Silver Denim by a certain date.
Trendz’ displays included live model Christine Roberts, who had “silver clothing” body painted on her by Denver artist Alan Anderson with Colorado Skin Works, as well as a mannequin display window. Photography was by Kristina Andrews of Twisted Studios Photography.
Jeannie Schroeder is the owner of Trendz Clothing Co. and employee Janell Webb did the Silver Denim window design, with help from Trendz employee Arby Flesch.
Each regional winner was awarded a $1,500 cash prize, which Trendz has donated to Eric Reicheneker, who was injured in a March 30 motorcycle accident and is now a paraplegic. The money will help rebuild Reicheneker’s house to make it accessible for him and his brother, Brad, who is quadriplegic after a skiing accident in 2009. There will also be a silent auction to benefit the Reicheneker brothers at 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 28, at the Winchester Nightclub in Rifle. Anyone wanting to make donations to this cause is can do so at Trendz Clothing, 424 Railroad Ave. in Rifle.
“Remembering Rifle” appreciation
The Rifle Creek Museum held its first “Remembering Rifle” event on Saturday, June 8, with John Scalzo as our guest. Thanks, John, for sharing your vast amount of knowledge. We had a great turnout and a wonderful time reminiscing of Rifle’s early days, touring the museum and visiting with friends.
We hope you’ll join us next month, on Saturday, July 6, for a book signing with Gracie Petrakian, author of “Land of Tall Grass.”
Cecil Waldron, president
Rifle Creek Museum
Tutor an adult
Literacy Outreach, a local nonprofit, needs your help teaching basic reading, writing and math to native English speakers and oral English skills to non-native speakers. Volunteers do not need to speak a foreign language or have prior teaching experience, just a desire to help, the ability to read and speak English and three hours per week to work with an adult.
An informational session will be held for interested volunteers from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, at the New Castle Branch Library, 402 W. Main St. Call 945-5282 for more information.
Chamber business expo
The Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce’s first annual Business Expo will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at Colorado Mountain College, 3695 Airport Road, in Rifle.
Learn what 28 local businesses have to offer. Booth vendors will be allowed to promote their businesses however they see fit. Some might use it as a job fair, others as a way to introduce what their business offers, etc.
The expo, co-sponsored by SOS Employment Group and CMC, is free, and the public is welcome. Five $100 gift certificates will be given away. For more information, call Gina Reece-Long at 625-2085, ext. 4.
Silt student makes dean’s list
Tyler Reece, a Luther College senior from Silt, was named to the 2013 spring semester dean’s list at the college in Decorah, Iowa.
To be named to the dean’s list, a student must earn a semester grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale and must complete at least 12 credit hours with 10 hours of conventional grades (A, B, C, D). Luther is a selective four-year college in northeast Iowa.
Host an exchange student
The World Heritage Student Exchange Program is seeking American families to host high school students from Eurasia for an academic year in the U.S. All students have received scholarships through the U.S. State Department-sponsored Future Leaders Exchange program, which seeks to foster democracy and values inherent in a free market economy.
Students are from Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. After returning home, students will share what they learned in America.
For more information, contact Courtney Wade at (866) 939-4111, or 1-800-888-9040, via email at Courtney@World-Heritage.org or visit whhosts.com.
Uncle Sam wants you. Again.
The U.S. Army celebrates the 40th anniversary of the All-Volunteer Army on Monday, July 1, by asking veterans who served since 1973 to share their Army story.
It is asking those millions of veterans to answer three questions: Why did you volunteer for the U.S. Army? What did you get out of your service? What do you think you contributed to the Army and the nation through your service?
Veterans can answer these questions via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or through the Facebook page “Army All Volunteer 40th Anniversary.” Include your name, rank, years of service, city and state where you currently reside, and, if possible, a picture of yourself in uniform.
President Richard Nixon ended the draft and began the all-volunteer Army in 1973 in the wake of Vietnam and the military’s preference for men and women who wanted to serve.
Veterans Affairs estimates there are more than 22.3 million military veterans in the US, 9.7 million of them Army veterans.
Klenda reports for field exercises
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class David A. Klenda, a 1998 graduate of Rifle High School, and other sailors assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11, recently deployed to Camp Shelby, Miss., to begin their evaluated field exercise.
Klenda joined the Navy in June 1998.
The exercise consists of scenario based training and assessments to certify the battalion as the “ready battalion.”
The battalion must build up its self-contained operations at Camp Shelby with everything from command posts and a combat operations center to a galley and shower facilities. Operations will run 24 hours per day, including fighting positions and watch-stations.
Once the battalion has demonstrated required proficiency in all areas of evaluation, they can return to Gulfport as the ready battalion.
The Seabee battalion specializes in contingency construction, disaster response and humanitarian assistance.
Rifle Rotary seeks host homes
The Rifle Rotary Club is lining up host homes for the 2013-2014 school year. Hosting a Rotary exchange student is a great way for families to learn about the world firsthand. Families host students for three months of their year-long exchange.
Go to rotary.org for an overview of Rotary International and Rotary Youth Exchange. Contact Kaaren Peck at (970) 355-4859 for more information on hosting a student.
YouthZone offers free parent consultations
A parent consultation is a one-time, 50-minute meeting with a youth and family specialist at YouthZone. A family’s issues and needs will be identified. Parents leave with a plan that includes various options and resources to meet the family’s needs. Call YouthZone at 625-3141.
Small business help
The Northwest Small Business Development Center, hosted by Colorado Mountain College, combines information and resources from federal, state and local governments with those of the educational system and the private sector to meet specialized and complex needs of the small business community.
Low cost or free services are available to business owners looking for information about regulatory, management, financial and marketing. Free certified consultants work in partnership to provide entrepreneurs with crucial information that can mean the difference between success and failure.
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