Craig briefs: Post Office: Help ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ |

Craig briefs: Post Office: Help ‘Stamp Out Hunger’

On Saturday, Colorado letter carriers once again will collect food on their routes to feed the hungry in their communities as part of an annual food drive.

Postal customers wishing to donate food should put canned, packaged and nonperishable food items in a plastic bag and leave it by their mailboxes Saturday, before mail delivery.

Items most needed are canned meats, soups, fruits and vegetables; and dry/nonperishable packaged items with lots of protein/carbohydrates such as powdered milk, pasta, cereals and dried packaged vegetables.

About 1.3 pounds equates to a full meal, according to food bank officials.

All food collected goes to local community food banks and pantries for distribution to those who most need it throughout the year.

In 2008, Colorado and Wyoming residents combined to donate more than one million pounds of food in the postal drive to feed the hungry.

Last year’s drive collected a record 71.3 million pounds nationwide to help feed America’s hungry.

This is the 17th year of the postal food drive. More than 10,000 communities and Post Offices in all 50 states are participating this year.

In addition, King Soopers and City Market supermarkets across Colorado are supporting the Letter Carriers Food Drive for the hungry this year.

They will have special “Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive” bins in their stores so customers can drop off their canned and nonperishable packaged food items.

“We encourage postal customers throughout our great states of Colorado and Wyoming to again give generously to our letter carriers’ food drive on Saturday, May 9,” said Selwyn Epperson, postal district manager for Colorado and Wyoming. “With the poor economy, more people are out of jobs this year, and many are struggling to feed their families with more of the needy going hungry.

“Your food donations will help out those who most need it. We thank our letter carriers, food drive volunteers and sponsors, community food banks and pantries, and our Colorado and Wyoming postal customers for helping to stamp out hunger.”

The Moving Wall set to make stop in Montrose

“The Moving Wall,” a half-size replica of the Washington, DC, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, will be on display at Cerise Park in Montrose, starting May 14.

The display was in Craig in summer 2007.

The Moving Wall be on display in Montrose until 4 p.m. May 18.

“The Moving Wall” has been on display traveling around the United States since October 1983. It was last in Montrose in 1987. This is the only stop “The Moving Wall” will make in Colorado in 2009. “The Moving Wall” exhibit will be open 24 hours a day, May 14 through 18.

An opening ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. May 14, and the closing ceremony will be at 3 p.m. May 18, both at the exhibit area.

A special ceremony to honor Armed Forces Day and acknowledge “The Moving Wall” exhibit will take place at 10 a.m. May 16 in Cerise Park.

The Armed Forces Day ceremony will feature remarks from Lt. Gen. Bruce L. Fister, who is retired from the United States Air Force, special music by a 34-piece trumpet band from the University of Northern Colorado, taps, a flyover and much more. Seating is limited, so it is recommended to bring a lawn chair.

Also, no pets, alcohol, smoking or food is permitted in the exhibit area. Additional parking is available May 16 at Russell Stover parking lot (off Rio Grande Avenue) with shuttle service to and from Riverbottom Park and Cerise Park starting at 8:30 a.m.

Tax-deductible donations to assist in bringing “The Moving Wall” to Montrose may be made payable to Montrose Community Foundation.

Please note “Moving Wall Component Fund” on your check and mail to the Montrose Community Foundation, P.O. Box 3020, Montrose, CO 81402.

For more information, call Jenni Sopsic at Montrose Visitors & Convention Bureau, at 970-252-0505, or Randy Havens 970-240-5489 or visit

Council seeks bids for residential work

The Northwest Colorado Council of Governments has announced an expansion of its weatherization services because of an increase in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Through the act, the national weatherization budget will increase to $5 billion, with a goal of serving 1 million households. Colorado agencies will receive $80 million the next three years. This abrupt increase has resulted in opportunities for private companies throughout the region.

NWCCOG is seeking bids from subcontractors including insulation, pellet stoves, energy auditing, heating, electrical and plumbing companies.

NWCCOG anticipates doubling its production from 200 homes serviced throughout the region in 2008 to 450 in 2009, resulting from increased federal funding, as well as higher federal poverty level guidelines, which now accept an income of $44,100 for a family of four.

NWCCOG is a local administering agency under the Weatherization Assistance Program. Weatherization begins with an energy audit of residential properties, including health and safety issues such as mold, gas leaks and carbon monoxide problems. Energy efficiency needs are then addressed by such means as insulation, storm windows, caulking, weather stripping and new energy-efficient furnaces and refrigerators.

Energy Management Director Steve Getz views the current state of weatherization as one of the most exciting times in his 30-year career.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our agency, private companies and residents alike to take advantage of this unique and beneficial program,” Getz said. “This funding allows us to help create the most energy efficient housing stock in our region’s history, while providing additional jobs and financial relief to the community in a time of need.”

NWCCOG is inviting bids for residential work in all or portions of the following counties: Moffat, Chaffee, Clear Creek, Eagle, Garfield, Grand, Jackson, Lake, Moffat, Park, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Routt and Summit.

To obtain a bid packet, contact NWCCOG at 800-332-3669, ext. 103,, or P.O. Box 2308, Silverthorne, CO 80498.

All bids are due by May 27.

CNCC sponsoring trip to New England

Colorado Northwestern Community College is sponsoring an adult learning adventure trip to Vermont from Sept. 19 to 25.

In Vermont, students will view shipwrecks from the 1800s in Lake Champlain, go to museums, Revolutionary War sites, a seventh-generation maple farm and many other historic sites.

The group also will tour Boston, including Beacon Hill and the Old North Church.

Registration for the tour is limited. For more information or to register, call Mary Morris at 824-1135.

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