Rifle Community News Briefs – June 20, 2013 | PostIndependent.com

Rifle Community News Briefs – June 20, 2013

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Putting up walls to help a neighbor

Employees of Dalby, Wendland & Co. traded in their adding machines on Thursday, May 30, for hammers and saws to help Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork Valley construct its newest family home. The duplex home, located in Silt, was in its early building stage.

This is the second year Dalby, Wendland & Co. has participated in a team build with the local Habitat for Humanity. The event is so popular among employees that a lottery is held each year to determine which staff members win a spot on the team.

Concerts in the park resume

The third annual Centennial Concert Series debuts this Sunday, June 23, at Rifle’s Centennial Park and continues each Sunday through Aug. 18 with 10 free concerts performed by a variety of great artists. For a schedule and descriptions of the artists and their music, go online to rifleco-org/concerts.

A special concert is planned for Wednesday, July 3, by the Symphony in the Valley, sponsored by the Rifle Visitor Improvement Fund, Brenden Mann Foundation, Stuver and Lamoine, Karen Lucas C.P.A. Inc. and Weiss and Associates. The city fireworks display can be enjoyed from the park, too.

Again this year, enjoy quality food and arts crafts from area merchants and farmers at the Centennial Market.

This year’s series is sponsored by Alpine Bank, with media sponsor KMTS and contributing sponsors the Rifle Visitor Improvement Fund, Grand River Hospital District and Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce.

Singing for the teachers

The Rifle High School varsity choir has been selected to perform for the Colorado Music Educators annual conference in Colorado Springs in January 2014.

Each year, the Colorado Music Educators Association auditions groups anonymously, with a panel of judges looking for the highest quality groups to perform for the conference. Many schools chosen are much larger than Rifle, making the chance for a small rural school to be given this opportunity rare and difficult.

Now the fun begins and the work happens to prepare the upcoming varsity choir for a high quality performance at the state level.

Daryl Gingrich

Rifle High School choir teacher

Rifle group sets up revolving loan fund to help small businesses

The Rifle Regional Economic Development Corp. has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business Enterprise Grant program to develop a revolving loan fund.

Such programs provide loans for rural projects that finance and facilitate development of small and emerging rural businesses. The corporation will provide a $25,000 match to the fund, which will provide access to capital for use in economic development.

Revolving loans are typically smaller and easier to acquire from nonprofits such as the corporation and have negotiable interest rates that make them desirable to startups and small businesses looking to expand. The corporation’s fund will provide loans to non-farm businesses for acquisition of real estate, equipment, working capital and refinancing.

“This funding will help existing businesses in the area to expand, purchase needed equipment, improve building facades and create jobs to sustain our economy,” said Michael Langhorne, president of the corporation and owner of Book Cliff Survey in Rifle. “About 80 percent of job growth comes from small businesses and we want to see these businesses succeed throughout Western Garfield County.”

Chaos kudos

My kudos to Wayne (Edgeton) and the Rifle Recreation Department for another great Roan Cliff Chaos mountain bike race. This is truly grass roots racing at its finest; it’s a fun, laid-back environment, it truly works for all levels of rider from the beginning racer to the seasoned pro, and it showcases Rifle and some of the best mountain biking around. It’s on my calendar every year. Thanks again.

John Currier

Glenwood Springs

Lord earns customer excellence certificate

Jim Lord, an American Family Insurance agent in Rifle, has received the American Star Excellence in Customer Experience certification. Lord joins other American Family agents who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to outstanding customer service. Only agencies that perform in the top 20 percent of all insurance agencies nationwide, based on customer satisfaction surveys, are eligible to earn the certification.

Lord has been an American Family agent since January 1996.

Chamber links charity needs to willing residents

The Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce has launched a new community-building service called Chamber for Good, which lets local nonprofit groups and charities list their needs, and individuals can offer to help with donations of materials or volunteer time.

Residents can view local charitable needs in three areas: financial, volunteer and items. Local charities that fit the eligibility guidelines create a public profile on the site, then post needs in the three areas as they arise. Residents can also make item and volunteer offers. The charities are notified via email and can respond back to the individual or group making the offer.

The Chamber for Good website can be found by going to the Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce’s website, riflechamber.com, and clicking on the “Local” tab, then on the “Chamber for Good” banner. Residents enter their email address toward the bottom of the page. They will be notified once a week by email of the local needs.

U.S.S. Columbus reunion

Navy and Marine Corps shipmates who served on the U.S.S. Columbus CA-74/CG-12 from 1944 to 1976, and the U.S.S. Columbus (SSN-762) past and present who would like to share memories and camaraderie with old friends and make new ones, a reunion is planned for Oct. 2-6 in Branson, Mo.

Contact Allen R. Hope, president, U.S.S. Columbus Veterans Association, 3828 Hobson Road, Ft. Wayne, IN 46815-4505. Or call (260) 486-2221 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, fax (260) 492-9771, or email hope4391@verizon.net.

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.

Register at https://www.coloradosbdc.org or email NorthWestCO@ColoradoSBDC.org.

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