Craig briefs: Contest to celebrate Dr. Seuss

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Contest to celebrate Dr. Seuss

— Dr. Seuss' (Theodor Geisel's) birthday is March 2.

When he was 50 years old, he created his first and maybe most famous book "The Cat in the Hat" after a publisher challenged Dr. Seuss to use 250 of the most important words for children to learn.

Dr. Seuss used 220 of those words in "The Cat in the Hat," which was an instant success.

Now, 55 years after the first publication of the "The Cat in the Hat," children and adults still love to hear the fun rhythm of Dr. Seuss' jaunty stories.

To celebrate Dr. Seuss' contribution to children's literature, Downtown Books and The Print Shop invite all Moffat County elementary students (kindergarten through fourth grade) to create a new Dr. Seuss character.

Students should submit their original artwork and words that reflect all the silly, funny and fun things they love about Dr. Seuss and his books.

The first-place winner will receive $25, the second-place winner will receive $15, and the third-place winner will receive $10 (all in Craig Spree Bucks).

All elementary students may enter one time. Applications are available at Ridgeview, Sunset and East elementary school libraries, the Boys & Girls Club, Downtown Books, The Print Shop and the Moffat County Library.

Winners will be honored at a special Dr. Seuss party at 4 p.m. March 9 at Downtown Books, 543 Yampa Ave.

For more information, call 824-5343.

Mountain West earns insurance distinction

The Farmers Alliance Companies in McPherson, Kan., have announced that Mountain West Insurance & Financial in Craig has been named a Farmers Alliance Advantage Agent for 2009.

To qualify as an Advantage Agent, an agency must exhibit superior professionalism and profitability five consecutive years. Advantage Agents are recognized by Farmers Alliance as the "best of the best."

The distinction "is a reflection of this agency's commitment to their customers and their community," Farmers Alliance officials wrote about Mountain West in a news release.

VNA offers respiratory illness screenings

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association now is offering free screenings for patients who have been experiencing breathing problems or have been diagnosed with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or other related respiratory illnesses in Moffat, Routt and Jackson counties.

Spirometry testing, pulmonary functions studies, prescription medications and disease management are available at a reduced charge, based on income.

For more information or to schedule a screening, call Victoria Barron, registered nurse, community health educator, at 875-1883.

Christian School offers dinner, movie tonight

Eagle's Wings Christian School is sponsoring a dinner and movie tonight at Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave., in Craig.

The school will screen "Fireproof," a 2008 American drama about a firefighter's attempt to salvage his crumbling marriage by using a 40-day test called "The Love Dare."

A chili dinner begins at 6 p.m. at the Baptist Church, and the movie begins at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, though donations are welcome. Child care is provided.

Volunteers hosting car care clinic Saturday

A free car care clinic for single mothers, seniors and disabled residents takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 1150 W. Ninth St.

Volunteers at the clinic will check fluids and top them off, if needed, test anti-freeze, air up tires and check treads, check lights, battery connections, horns and wipers, and arrange for discount repairs and oil changes, if possible.

The clinic is by appointment only. For more information, call Love INC at 826-4400.

New quilt guild seeks name votes Saturday

A newly formed quilt guild is seeking votes for its new name. Guild members have suggested names that residents can vote Saturday during the Art Walk in downtown Craig.

Ballots are 50 cents each, with all proceeds being used as seed money for the new group. All those voting for their favorite quilt guild name will go into a drawing for an MP3 player and other prizes.

Guild members will have a table at the Center of Craig during Art Walk from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Visit the guild's table to buy a ballot, learn more about the Guild, purchase a guild membership, view quilts and purchase items for sale by local quilt makers.

The name receiving the most votes will earn the nominating quilter the reward of a tabletop quilt made by Irene Beard and quilted by Sharon Lausin.

Church to host 2nd Father Daughter Ball

Craig Christian Church is scheduled to host its second annual Father Daughter Ball next week.

"Dads, grandpas, uncles and father figures, make a date with the special young ladies in your lives for a fun and memorable evening," the church announced in a news release.

The dance is set for 7 to 9:30 p.m. today at the church, 960 W. Victory Way.

Tickets to the event are $5 at the door.

For more information, call Linda Cass at 824-5322.

VNA bereavement support group offered

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is looking to host a new bereavement support group. The group will help people "learn how to deal with emotions and feelings that come with loss or death," the VNA reported in a news release.

Anyone interested should call F. Neil Folks at 970-326-8726 to establish a time to have a gathering at the VNA's Craig office, 745 Russell St.

Post office asks boxes be cleared of snow, ice

With the arrival of snow, ice and difficult weather conditions, the Craig post office is asking postal customers to always clear a safe, accessible path to mailboxes.

Post office requests include:

• Make sure the mailbox is visible and free of snow and ice.

• Make sure mailboxes are safely accessible for letter carriers.

• Clear the mailbox area of snow, sleet, slush, ice and debris.

If mailboxes are blocked off and conditions are too difficult, letter carriers must consider safety and accessibility first and are instructed not to deliver to mailboxes and locations considered too difficult or unsafe to access.

For more information, call the Craig post office at 824-8506.

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