Craig briefs for Oct. 2

Ten free trees, all of which are autumn classics, will be given to anyone who joins The Arbor Day Foundation this month.

The free trees are part of the nonprofit foundation's Trees for America campaign, a program dedicated to environmental stewardship through the planting of trees.

The free trees are two sugar maples, two red maples, scarlet oak, sweetgum, northern red oak, silver maple, white flowering dogwood and a Washington hawthorn.

"These trees will produce vibrant red, orange, yellow, scarlet and purple leaves in the fall," Arbor Day Foundation president John Rosenow said.

The trees will be shipped postpaid at the time of planting, between Nov. 1 and Dec. 10. The six-to-12 inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced for free.

To receive 10 free trees, send a $10 membership contribution to Autumn Classic Trees, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., in Nebraska City, Neb., by Oct. 30, or join online at www.arborday.org.

Local extension

director wins award

Elisa Shackelton, Colorado State University's Moffat County Extension Director, recently attended the 72nd Annual Session of the National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) in St. Paul, Minn. More than 800 extension educators attended the conference representing the 50 States and American Samoa.

Extension educators were honored for their outstanding program accomplishments. Elisa and a team of 15 other CSU Extension Agents received the NEAFCS National Environmental Education Award, as well as the 1st Place Western Region Soap and Detergent Association "Safe and Healthy Families" Award for their accomplishments related to radon testing and mitigation programs throughout Colorado.

Through statewide efforts, almost 15,000 homes were tested for radon in Colorado in 2006, and almost 8,000 homes were mitigated. Three new counties also adopted radon resistant new construction standards.

The Healthy Colorado Homes team of CSU Extension strives to educate and assist all Coloradans in their ability to reside in safe and healthy housing. Free radon education programs and test kits are again available to all Northwest Colorado residents.

Call Elisa Shackelton at 824-9180 for more information.

USDA commodities

to be distributed

The Moffat County Department of Social Services will distribute food allocated by the United States Department of Agriculture from Oct. 9 to 11 in Craig, Dinosaur and Maybell, the department recently announced.

Distribution in Craig is scheduled for 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 9 at 595 Breeze St. Visitors should use the northeast alley entrance only.

Maybell distribution is scheduled for 9 to 9:30 a.m. Oct. 10 at the Community Center.

Dinosaur distribution is scheduled for 1 to 2 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Dinosaur Social Services building.

Families that receive USDA commodities must be recertified each year. Photo identification, proof of address, income or current eligibility is required.

For more information, call the Moffat County Department of Social Services at 824-8282.

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