Briefs for Oct. 2

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The VFW Ladies Auxiliary 4265 will be hosting a free dinner for senior citizens today at 5 p.m. at the VFW restaurant upstairs. The menu this month will be ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans and cake. Breads will be given as gifts.

Mentors needed for

Moffat County Partners

Give the gift of a lifetime to a child in Moffat County by becoming a senior partner (mentor) for Moffat County Partners. We have children eagerly awaiting a senior partner. Mentoring does make a difference. For more information, call 826-4261, fax 826-4262 or e-mail us at mocopartners4@yahoo.com.

Hockey Swap today at Loudy-Simpson ice area

Craig Youth Hockey will be holding a hockey swap today at the Loudy-Simpson ice area. Have your items to sell tagged with the price and your name. Bring them to the rink at 8 a.m. The sale will start at 9 a.m. This is a great opportunity to outfit your player for the upcoming season. Ten percent of the sale goes to Craig Youth Hockey. For information, call Loni 824-8324 or Mark 824-8211.

Meeker Fall Festival begins today at noon

The Meeker Fall Festival will be hosted by the Mountain Valley Bank in the parking lot at 400 Main St. Scheduled throughout the day will be game booths, food vendors, contests and entertainment. Each person will receive $5 in funny money to spend at the festival. Open tours of the new bank building will be ongoing throughout the day.

There will be a chili cook-off, and the winner will receive the proceeds from the sale of the chili. The winner of a scarecrow contest will receive $100 in community money. Entries need to be brought in by 11 a.m. Judging will begin at 11 a.m. There will be a bugling contest, sponsored by Rocky Mountain Bowstrings at 4 p.m., a balloon pop sponsored by the Rio Blanco County Abstract Company, which will donate the proceeds to the high school volleyball team. Throughout the day will be face painting and a water balloon launch sponsored by the 4-H group. All money from the booths will go to local nonprofit organizations. A free musical concert will be held after the festival at 5 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by the 1340 Band. For more information call 878-3103.

Groups sought to host local spelling bees

The American Spelling Bee will be conducting local spelling bees in the area. Any group interested in hosting a bee for any grade, or contestants wishing to compete during the 2004-05 school year should send a long, self-addressed stamped envelope to Michael Ricci, president, American Spelling Bee, 25 Capitol Street, Auburn, NY 13021-2831.

Applications may be obtained also by visiting the Web site www.geocities.com/dadricci.

The deadline for submitting completed applications is Oct. 15, 2004.

Caravan leaving Craig today to support miners

A caravan will leave Craig early this morning to participate in a rally in support of the Co-op miners in Price, Utah.

After a 10-month strike, underground coal miners at the Co-op mine in Huntington Canyon, Utah, won their jobs back. The National labor Relations Board ruled that the mines were eligible for back pay and could vote for the union of their choice.

During the strike, the miners enjoyed moral and financial support from miners in Northwest Colorado.

To find out more about the trip, call Isidro Quezada at 824-8384 or 629-1684.

Meth Task Force will meet Tuesday at City Hall

The Meth Task Force will meet at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Craig City Hall. Members of the task force include Craig Mayor Dave DeRose, Moffat County Commissioner Darryl Steele

and Annette Gianinetti, an administrative assistant in the Moffat County Sheriff's Office. Community members are encouraged to attend and share ideas for awareness and funding.

Therapy Dog program classes begin Monday

The Heeling Friends/• therapy dog program for The Memorial Hospital will conduct candidate team screening classes Monday. The classes will be held in Steamboat Springs and are mandatory for anyone who wishes to join the group with a dog. There will be a carpooling option from Craig for interested members. The purpose of the classes is to inform candidates and prepare them for the entry tests.

To be eligible, dogs must be at least 1 year old and have lived with the current owner for at least six months. Candidate packets are available, and candidates will be asked to pass the Canine Good Citizen test before moving on to the Delta Society Pet Partners/• test for therapy animals. For more information or to receive a candidate's packet, call Shannan Koucherik at 824-9518.

English Riding Seminar begins Oct. 16

The Hayden Recreation Department is sponsoring an English Riding Seminar through the Downvalley Pony Club. The seminar will give riders exposure to english riding technique and style Saturday mornings on Oct. 16, 23 and 30 at the indoor area in the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden. The cost is $86 a person. Multiple child discounts and scholarships are available. Riders may bring their own ponies or use gentle, experienced ponies available. Helmets are provided. Call Becky Thayer at 824-0311 for more information.

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