Briefs for Jan. 16


Chamber plans events, seeks to fill seat

The Craig Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for its monthly after-hours mixer and quarterly Wake Up Craig breakfast.

The mixer is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Craig Chiropractic, 563 Pershing St.

Wake Up Craig starts at 6:47 a.m. Jan. 25 at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13. KRAI and the Holiday Inn co-sponsor the event. Horizons Specialized Services hosts the event and will present information on volunteer opportunities. The cost is $5.

At the Chamber board's monthly meeting Thursday, the board gave Colorado Northwestern Community College a letter of support for its proposed industrial electrician program and agreed to co-sponsor an effective management seminar with the college. The date and itinerary have not been selected.

The board is currently seeking to fill a board seat, left vacant by Charlene McGilton's resignation. Her last meeting was Thursday.

Chamber Executive Director Christina Currie said the board's nomination committee will select candidates, and the board will vote on the new member.

To nominate yourself or someone else for the position, call Currie at 824-5689 or board president Gene Bilodeau at 824-1103.

DBA hosts breakfast, welcomes owners

The Downtown Business Association hosts its annual Welcome Breakfast from 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at Serendipity Coffee Shop, 576 Yampa Ave.

"The DBA is trying to encourage folks to come to our breakfast, and we know it's difficult for people to come every week," DBA Treasurer Carol Wilson said.

The organization meets at 8 a.m. every Wednesday at the coffee shop and is encouraging business owners who cannot attend every week to come the second Wednesday of each month.

"We're going to try and keep information flowing and not leave people out," Wilson said.

The meetings on the second Wednesday will include information from meetings throughout the previous month.

This week's meeting includes breakfast; regular meetings do not.

"Breakfast this week is party a celebration of we survived the holidays," Wilson said.

The cost for breakfast casserole and beverage is $6. To RSVP, call Serendipity at 824-5846. Wilson said anyone is welcome to attend.

Salvation Army sees record campaign

The Craig Extension Service Unit of the Salvation Army announced that the 2006 Christmas Kettle Campaign broke all previous records for Moffat County giving.

A total of $6,649.05 was put into the kettles during the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Donations ranged from pennies to $100 bills.

Ninety percent of the funds raised will stay in Moffat County to help people in the community. Last year's aid included more than $2,600 given in rent assistance and $550 for emergency lodging. Prescriptions, clothing, medical and dental care, food and gasoline were also distributed as needed.

The Salvation Army limits its help to $100 per person per year. The monies given are not intended to be a bandage on a problem, but rather part of a permanent solution to a problem, according to a press release. Recipients are asked to show how they plan to overcome difficulties in housing and other areas and not just stick their hands out.

The generosity of the people in Moffat County and Craig makes the Kettle Campaign a success each year.

U.S. Postal Service announces closure dates

Most post offices nationwide will be closed and there will be no regular mail delivery service on these 2007 federal holiday dates.

On holidays and Sundays, including Christmas Day, Express Mail delivery service is provided by the U.S. Postal Service to major metro areas only.

Dates and reasons include:

  • Feb. 19 -- Presidents Day or Washington's Birthday
  • May 28 --Memorial Day
  • July 4 -- Independence Day
  • Sept. 3 -- Labor Day
  • Oct. 8 -- Columbus Day
  • Nov. 11 -- Veterans Day
  • Nov. 22 -- Thanksgiving
  • Dec. 25 --Christmas

Calling all poets

A $1,000 grand prize is being offered in a special poetry contest sponsored by the Christian Poets Guild. The contest is open to anyone, and there are 50 prizes totaling $50,000 in prize money.

To enter, send one poem of 21 lines or less to Free Poetry Contest, 1638 Dogwood Lane in Ackworth, Ga., 30102.

Contestants may also enter online at The deadline to enter is Feb. 14.

Poems may be written on any subject, using any style.

"A typical poem might be a love poem, or nature poem, one that inspires the reader," contest director Cecilia Gica said.

Contestants are asked to include their name and address on the page with the submitted entries.

Church invite extended to the public

Friendship United Methodist Church, 657 Green St., invites the public to attend worship service at 9 a.m. Sunday and also join in viewing "Beyond 30 Seconds," which will be shown during fellowship, following the regular service. For more information, call Lois at 824-4147.

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