Craig briefs for Feb. 15

Chamber of Commerce to close for Presidents Day

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— The Craig Chamber of Commerce is closed Monday in observance of Presidents Day.

Tickets for Tuesday's State of the County - State of the County, State of the City and State of the Chamber addresses as well as special business awards - will be available through today.

Because this is the Chamber's annual meeting, members also will vote on the proposed changes to the Chamber's bylaws. See the changes at www.craig-chamber.com and click on the "Member benefits" button.

If you are unable to access this feature, contact the Chamber and we will e-mail or print you a copy of the proposed changes.

Wellness Wednesdays

The Aging Well Program offers an all day program, "Wellness Wednesdays," each Wednesday at the American Legion Building for adults "50 and Better."

Activities are offered from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., including art, writing and exercise classes.

This week's lunchtime presentation is "Ambulance Service and the Lifeline Program" presented by The Memorial Hospital Emergency Management Service Staff. Lunch will be served.

Participants are asked to register for activities prior to each Wednesday. For more information call the Aging Well information line at 871-7676.

Through With Chew Week

Feb. 17 to 23 is "Through With Chew Week," a campaign to decrease spit tobacco and increase awareness of the negative health effects of using this product. In addition, the "Great American Spitout" is Feb. 21. Tobacco-free quit kits for chewers are available at the VNA offices in Steamboat at 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101 and in Craig at 745 Russell St. The kits promote the Colorado QuitLine and free support from a trained coach who guides and supports individuals through the quitting process. Research shows you are seven times more likely to end your tobacco habit with the QUITLINE than if you are trying to quit on your own. Four weeks of free nicotine patches are available, a $100 value! Nicotine gum is also available. Simply call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669). Call the VNA at 871-7664 for further assistance.

Daily Press seeking nominations

The Craig Daily Press is asking for the public's help in identifying some of the area's top professionals younger than 40 years old. The newspaper is seeking nominations and those professionals selected will be featured in upcoming editions.

Nominations may be e-mailed to the paper at editor@craigdailypress.com or by calling editor Jerry Raehal at 824-7031, ext. 204 or assistant editor Joshua Roberts at 824-7031, ext. 210.

Preventing playground injuries course

The Colorado Parks & Recreation Association, in accordance with the National Recreation & Park Association, will facilitate the National Playground Safety Institute March 10 to 12 in Greeley.

NPSI is a playground safety inspector certification course and exam open to anyone who owns, operates, installs and overseas playground equipment.

Statistics from the Consumer Product Safety Commission indicate more than 205,000 injuries occur on playgrounds each year. About 15 result in death.

For more information, call the Safety Commission at (303) 231-0943, or visit the Web site at www.cpra-web.org.

Girl Scout cookies for sale

The Craig Girl Scouts will be hosting cookie booths at the following locations this week:

Today:

• Noon to 6 p.m. at Wal-Mart.

• 1 to 7 p.m. at Moffat County High School.

Saturday:

• 9 to 6 p.m. at Moffat County High School.

• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Safeway parking lot.

• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at K-Mart

• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wal-Mart.

• 1 to 4 p.m. at City Market.

Students to read tales Saturday

Paige Durbin, a Moffat County fourth-grade student, will read her story, "Kids Now and Then," about her grandmother, Edna, from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Downtown Books, 543 Yampa Ave. The story was published in the book, "Relatively Speaking: A Book by Kids, About Family, for Everyone."

Other fourth-grade students from Sunset Elementary will talk about and read oral histories of Craig community members, as part of an oral history project.

Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, call Downtown Books at 824-5343.

VNA to begin Hospice fundraiser

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association's Hospice program is conducting its annual Daffodil fundraiser in the spring.

It is one of two fundraisers the VNA conducts for the Hospice program. Pre-sales are through March 3. Deliveries are March 18.

The VNA is looking for volunteers to help sell, wrap and deliver the Daffodils. Wrapping takes place March 17.

"If you or your spouse, cousin, uncle, parent, old war buddy, sibling, co-worker, staff member, child, barber, mechanic, accountant, grandma, butcher, doc, lawn boy, aunt, housekeeper, friend, partner or attorney would like to volunteer to assist us with this fundraiser we would greatly appreciate it," said Cole White, VNA director of community care, in a news release.

For more information, call White at 871-7663.

Snowmobile Show Saturday at Museum

The 19th Annual Vintage Snowmobile Show and X-treme Mountain Racing takes place Saturday and Sunday at the Wyman Museum.

Racing begins at 9 a.m. both days.

Saturday's schedule also includes family activities: cardboard box derby and show, chili cook-off, professional ice carving demonstrations, sledding and games for children. A newly groomed cross country skiing trail also is3 available for use.

Sunday's activities include professional ice carving, kids' games, and guide and outfitter's cook-off.

For more information, call 824-6346.

Art show at Mental Health Center

Dennis Dickson, now of Craig and formerly of Steamboat Springs for eight years, is having an art show featuring pencil drawings at the Steamboat Springs Mental Health Center.

The art show runs through the month of February, with hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 879-2141.

Salazar accepting forms for academy

The Grand Junction Office of U.S. Congressman John T. Salazar is accepting applications for students who are interested in attending a military service academy.

All application materials for the class of 2013 must be received by Oct. 17, 2008, to be considered in the nomination process. For information, or to request an application packet, call George Delahanty at (970) 245-7107.

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