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Briefs for October 30, 2008

Adult Flu Shots tonight Oct. 30

WALSENBURG- Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center’s Outreach Services will provide adult flu shots for only $15 to community members from 5:30 to 6:30 pm (immediately preceding the Breast Cancer Awareness event) at La Plaza Inn at 118 W. Sixth Street.  The charge is $15.  Do two good things for your health—get a flu shot and learn more about preventing breast cancer.  Call 738-2718 for more information.

Breast Cancer Awareness Event Also Tonight

WALSENBURG- Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center’s Outreach Services would like to invite you to an informative evening program with entertainment and refreshments on Oct. 30, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.  This program will be at the La Plaza Inn located at 118, W. Sixth St.  Weather permitting,   following the program there will be a candlelight memorial walk to the courthouse to honor those who have battled this devastating disease.  Call 738-2718 for more information.


Girl Scout Halloween Carnival

WALSENBURG– There will be a Halloween carnival sponsored by local Girl Scouts from 4:30 pm -7:30 pm on Oct. 31st. It will be for kids ages 4-13, and is being held at the Housing Authority Building in Walsenburg.

Gardner Fire Halloween

GARDNER- Upper Huerfano Fire Protection District will be holding Halloween for the all the ghouls and goblins in Gardner.  The fire house will be open at 5:30 until 7:30 pm. The department will have fire trucks placed in stragic areas, with lights running, to warn drivers that children will be out and to slow down.

Spanish Peaks Childcare

WALSENBURG- Spanish Peaks Childcare children would like to go trick or treating on Halloween, Oct. 31st, weather permitting. They will be going out between the hours of 10 am to 12 noon.  They are requesting that 25 to 30 of them be allowed to come to your place of business to show off their costumes and frighten you into providing them with a treat. They promise no tricks. If you have any questions, please call Margaret Bobian, Director, or any of the staff at 738-2350.

Haunted House

WALSENBURG- Walsenburg Care Center will be holding a haunted house, Frid. Oct. 31, 2008, between 4 – 7 pm, on the back patio.  Free admission, open to the public.

Trick or Treat

Trinidad-Children will enjoy “Laughter is the Best Medicine” in the Trinidad History Museum Bookstore, which was formerly a doctor’s office, at 312 E. Main Street.  Everything takes place on Fri. Oct. 31, 3-5 pm, as part of the “Safe Trick or Treat for Kids and Costume Contest” sponsored by the First National Bank of Trinidad.

    A goofy crew of doctors and nurses will be on hand to diagnosis your condition and dispense Halloween jokes and even a dose of history!  The silliest, shortest-ever doctor’s visit will take under two minutes.

    For more information, call 719-846-7217. The Trinidad History Museum is a property of the Colorado Historical Society.

Overeaters Anonymous

WALSENBURG- OA meets each Friday at 9:30 am at the Calvary Baptist Church (rear entrance). Call 738-3621 for information.

Time Change

    Just a reminder it’s that time of year again to change your clocks.  Daylight savings time officially ends November 2, 2008, so when you go to bed Saturday, don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour.

Pizza Hut Fundraiser on Election Day

WALSENBURG- The local Alpha Delta Kappa teacher’s sorority and Pizza Hut have teamed up. On Election Day, Nov. 4th, 2008, the Pizza Hut will donate 20% of their earnings to the teacher’s scholarship fund (ADK). Do your part for the election and the community by getting out and voting, buy a pizza, and know that the proceeds goes to the Alpha Delta Kappa teacher’s sorority. 

 Great Decisions Group Nov. 4

WALSENBURG- Great Decisions is a discussion group dealing with the United States and its involvement in foreign policy.  Topics covered this year are: Iraq End-game, The European Union at 50, Talking to our enemies, Russia, U.S. Defense & Security Policy, Latin America, U.S.- China Trade Policy and Private Philanthropy. The group meets the first Tuesday of each month (Nov. 4) at 1:30 at United Church of Walsenburg, 108 Kansas Avenue. Meetings last about 1 1/2 hours. Come and join this lively discussion. Materials and a DVD available for the discussion. For more information, please call Norma Jean Wilson at 738-1216 or Dorothy Mihanovich at 738-2181.

Healthy Village Community Consortium Nov. 6

LATHROP- Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center’s Outreach Services is sponsoring a community consortium to discuss adult health care and wellness needs on November 6th from 11:30 to 1:30 at Lathrop Park.  Lunch will be served.  Community input is desired to help to fine tune and focus what Huerfano County needs to improve the health status of adults (a previous consortium meeting focused on needs of children).  Please join us to help create the vision of what our communities need to do have the healthy village that is necessary to raise the healthy child plus learn about the many programs that are already in place to serve the adult populations.  The team from the Colorado Prevention Council will be available to both explain the new Health-E Solutions program here in Huerfano County and demonstrate the cardiac risk assessment Kiosk.  You will even be able to arrange for a free lipid profile (cholesterol) and diabetes screening. There is no charge for any of the program, but please RSVP to 738-2718 by 11-03 so we can include you in our lunch plans.

Free Flu Shots for Kids Fri. Nov. 7

WALSENBURG- Protect the health of your child; protect the health of your family.  Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center’s Outreach Services is sponsoring a free flu clinic for children at the Outreach office, 129 Kansas Avenue from 1 to 4:30 pm.  Children younger than 9 yrs. can receive the nasal vaccine.  Older children will receive the traditional immunization.  Information and assistance for enrollment in Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) will also be available.  This free flu shot clinic is made available through Colorado Health Foundation’s generous grant funding and the shared vision that Huerfano County can have Colorado’s Healthiest Kids!  Call Elissa Ortivez at 738-2718 for more information.

Do You Have A Ghost Tale?

WALSENBURG- The Huerfano County Oppportunity & Enrichment history class is looking to compile ghost tales from the area. When completed, the information will be available at schools, museums and libraries in Huerfano and Las Animas Counties. If you are interested in sharing your story, please contact us at 738-1328 between the hours of 8:00-4:00, Monday through Thursday to set up an interview appointment.

Local History to be Preserved at New Center

WALSENBURG- A local history center housed on the second floor of the Walsenburg Washington School on East Fifth Street is a focus of Huerfano County Historical Society in 2009.

    Materials such as the local newspapers from 1889 through summer 2008, old county ledgers of cattle brand registrations, county school records, liquor licenses and many more documents fill two rooms in the school.  Now proper organization and preservation of the papers and also old photos will begin.  Mondays will be the workdays. 

    These old records are valuable not only for history but also for legal reasons and for family genealogy.

    Presently the historical society is seeking new board members, especially from the La Veta, Gardner and rural areas.  The board also promotes trips to local historical sites and provides historical programs.

    Long-time president Elaine Lenzini has stepped down but remains on the board.  New officers are Carolyn Newman, president; Betty Elwell, vice president; Chris Landrum, secretary; Sue Duke/Margaret Gleisberg, treasurers.  Other board members are Ben Ree, Marge Figal, Jewel Geiger and John Carlson.  A representative from Francisco Fort and one from the Walsenburg Mining Museum attend the board meetings.

    Both Francisco Fort and the Walsenburg Mining Museum report to the Society, but the Society does not have direct control over the two museums.

    The next historical society board meeting is Wednesday, Nov. 5, in the Chamber of Commerce office (railroad depot) in Walsenburg at 5:30 p.m.  Any interested person may contact one of the above members.  Monthly meetings alternate between La Veta and Walsenburg with car pools arranged.  No meeting is held in December.


Saint Mary′s Fall Festival

 by David Tesitor

Walsenburg-  St. Mary′s Catholic community held its annual fall festival last Saturday night at the Community Center to raise funds for their plans to build a new parish hall and church expenditures.  Over 200 people attended a celebration of the Eucharist to open the evening.  They were then treated to a ribs and chicken dinner with all the fixings, bingo, silent auction, country store and dancing to the music of Sam Bachicha.  According to parish council president, Kathy Bressan, "This was an overwhelming success.  Everyone had a great time."  The church looks to do even better next year.

National Home Care Month

    More than 11 million Americans receive home-delivered health care from home health care providers. In their honor, South Central Council of Governments joins the National Association for Home Care & Hospice in celebrating November as National Home Care Month, under the theme, “Preserving Health Independence and Freedom”.

    “Caring for the sick and elderly in their homes truly is a privilege for us,” said South Central Council of Governemnts Care Service Director, Michael DePaola. “Home care professionals, volunteers and modern medicine make it poissible for people to stay in their home, regardless of their condition. Despite massive cutbacks in government funding, home care continues to be the preferred means of receiving quality health care services for millions of Americans.”

    South Central Council of Governments was formed in 1975 to provide comprehensive home care and support services for Las Animas and Huerfano Counties elderly, blind and disabled patients and their families. Its care giving team offers services ranging from basic assistance with daily living skills, appointment and resource management. For more information, contact the South Central Council of Governments in Huerfano County at 719-738-2205, and in Las Animas County, 719-845-1133.

Lensky Land

Due to the complexity of  the land claims issue between Gardner residents and Gary Lensky, the Journal is doing extensive research to ensure accuracy in reporting.  Next week’s issue of the Journal will contain more information.

Trustee resigns position

Town now accepting letters of interest for vacancy by E.E.Mullens LA VETA — Citing an upcoming medical procedure and the subsequent recuperation period, La Veta

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