Craig briefs for Sept. 19

Community coat drive under way

Love INC of the Yampa Valley is sponsoring the annual Community Coat Drive. Winter coats and other outdoor apparel can be donated until Oct. 13 at the following locations:

• Loyd's Cleaners at 552 Breeze St. in Craig.

• Hayden Congregational Church at 202 Jefferson Ave. in Hayden.

• Calvary Baptist Church at 1050 Yampa Ave. in Craig.

• Love INC of the Yampa Valley at 659 School St. in Craig.

More collection sites are to be arranged.

Coats will be cleaned and be distributed to anyone in the Yampa Valley who needs a coat beginning Oct. 15 at Hayden Congregational Church.

Adult size coats XL and XXL are needed, as are children's coats in all sizes. Children items run out first, according to a press release. Other items needed include mittens, gloves, hats, ski pants, among other winter apparel for all sizes. Love INC requests no sweaters or other clothing materials be donated for the coat drive.

For more information, call Love INC at 826-4400 between the hours of 2 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Search for Mrs. Craig has begun

Tricia Dampier, the Colorado director for the Mrs. America Pageant, recently announced that the search for the new Mrs. Craig has begun.

Once selected, the community representative will advance to compete in the Mrs. Colorado Pageant on May 17 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in downtown Denver. City and county titleholders will compete to win more than $15,000 in prizes, one of which includes an all-expenses paid trip to the nationally televised Mrs. America Pageant.

Interested applicants must live or work in the Craig area, must be married during the time of competition, be a resident of the state for at least six months, a United States citizen and be at least 18 years old. There is no age limit or performing talent.

In its 32nd year, the Mrs. America Pageant is the only nationally televised pageant dedicated to recognizing the person who contributes to modern family life, the American married woman. While beauty is a key element in the competition, Mrs. Colorado contestants also are urged to voice their opinions on marriage and important issues of the day.

Interested applicants are invited to find out more about the competition at www.mrscolorado.com and can request and receive free entry information by calling Dampier at the Mrs. Colorado office at 303-904-3709.

Church to show its appreciation

The Maybell Interdenominational Bible Church will host a community barbecue at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 at the church. The church is throwing the barbecue in appreciation of the people who helped build the church.

Daryl Steele is furnishing the meat, and Don Steele is cooking. All food, drinks and table serve are provided.

Customer service training in October

A customer service excellence training program is being offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13.

"Business owners, managers and employees shouldn't miss this hands-on workshop guaranteed to give you an upper hand where customer service is concerned," a press release states. "Learn how to deal with problem customers, how to ensure repeat business and how to provide service your customers will brag about."

The cost is $20 for Craig Chamber of Commerce members and $55 for nonmembers. Fee includes lunch and workbook. Conference is limited to 130 participants. Seats are expected to fill fast.

To sign up, contact Chamber Executive Director Christina Currie at 824-5689 or at director@craig-chamber.com.

The Craig Chamber of Commerce, with support from The Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership, Colorado Northwestern Community College, Pioneer Natural Resources, Craig Daily Press and Bank of Colorado are contracting with SkillPath seminars to put on the event.

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