Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Keystone Resort hosts 5th annual Hike MS fundraiser

#Keystone, Colorado.

Jessica Smith / jsmith@summitdaily.com | Summit Daily News

Some people will show up with crazy costumes. Others will have names in tribute pinned to their backs. Still others will come in their normal hiking gear, but with perhaps bigger smiles than usual. Whether decked out in tutus or mountain gear, participants of the Hike MS event will be walking together to support their cause.
Hike MS is returning to Summit County for its fifth year, moving from Copper Mountain Resort to Keystone Resort. Last year, the event raised around $100,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and this year organizers are hoping to bring in $120,000.
Hike MS is an event organized by the Colorado-Wyoming chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. While events like Bike MS and Walk MS take place in chapters across the country, Hike MS is unique to Colorado, said chapter president Carrie Nolan. The idea came from identifying an activity prevalent in and specific to Colorado, she said. It’s also an alternative to those don’t attend the other events.
“It gives an option for people who may not feel physically enough challenged with walk and don’t want to be as physically challenged with bike,” she said.
“Any time when we can combine an on-mountain activity with a great community cause, it’s certainly something we’re passionate and excited for,” said Laura Parquette, senior communications manager at Keystone Resort.
Hikers have the option of taking on a 2-mile, 6-mile or 10-mile hike round-trip. The short hike loops at the bottom of the mountain on the Timberline Trail, then travels along the top on the Dercum Hiking Trail. The middle, blue route utilizes Jackstraw Road and the longest route follows both Jackstraw and Dercum Hiking Trail.
Rest stations will be placed periodically along each route, with volunteers offering water, snacks, encouragement and medical support if needed.
“Any recreational hiker can feel comfortable coming out,” Nolan said. “There are a lot of families that come, a lot of kids are there, some of them first-time hiking, so they also know they have that kind of support system.”
While some participants are local, many come from out of county and even out of state to take part in the Hike MS event, Nolan said.
“Because who doesn’t want to go up to the Colorado mountains, right? Who doesn’t want to come to Summit County and enjoy the summer?”
She could think of two families off the top of her head that come in every year, one from New Jersey and one from Texas, to support their family members with multiple sclerosis who live in the area.
Participants can sign up individually or in teams. After the registration fee, each hiker is required to raise at least $50, which can either be a personal contribution or come from fundraising efforts.
All of the money raised from the event goes to the National MS Society, which funnels it into local programs as well as funding medical research nationally and abroad. The majority of these research projects are focused on at least one of three main objectives — stopping progression of the disease, restoring function that’s been lost and finding a permanent cure.
Though the Hike MS event takes place this weekend, the fundraising continues through Sept. 30. This means that people can donate to teams and individuals even after the event is finished. Not only does this extend the amount of time for fundraising efforts, but it gives potential donors more of a chance to contribute, said Nolan. Plus, people who may not have heard of the event earlier can still participate and help out.
“It’s just that we’re all so busy and we get so many emails, and people’s lack of responding isn’t always a sign that they’re not interested,” she said. Sometimes, attending the event inspires people to renew their fundraising efforts.
“You feel the energy of this community, you know where your money’s going, and all of those things are (so) inspiring that you want to share with your friends and family and give them another opportunity to give,” she said. “We may raise as much as 20 percent for an event after the event is over.”
In addition to enjoying Summit County in the summer while simultaneously raising money for an important cause, participants can connect with each other. People will recognize each other from years past, or introduce themselves to strangers. In fact, “stranger” isn’t a term Nolan would apply to anyone at the event at all.
“We’re not strangers, because if we come under this umbrella, we’re under this banner of ‘we’re hikers for MS,’ or ‘hikers against MS,’ then we are one community and nobody’s a stranger,” she said.
Along with hiking, the event will include a continental breakfast and lunch, and a happy hour Friday during participant check-in and registration.
Anyone can sign up to participate, up to and including the day of the event. It’s not rare for people walking by to ask about the event and decide last-minute to join, Nolan said. And the way she and the other participants view it, the more the merrier.
“Come one and all,” she said. “This is a real extended family. … It’s a catalyst to bring people closer together and to know they have a support system around them. These events are more than just the event, they’re more than just fundraisers; they’re really a connector and a connection.”
Courtesy of the Summit Daily News.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Summit Historical Society hosts Pastry and the Past lectures in Dillon

#Dillon, Colorado.

Krista Driscoll / kdriscoll@summitdaily.com

The life of a woman in frontier America was anything but easy. This was demonstrated on Monday, July 14, as Summit Historical Societymember JoAnn Mulcahy presented an interactive lecture about daily life in the Old West as part of the Historical Society’s Pastry and the Past series.
Mulcahy is from Iowa, where she has built a log cabin on her property and dresses in period clothing to show people what it was like to do chores such as spinning, churning butter, doing laundry, weaving rope and more. Attendees of the lecture had the opportunity to try their hands at the daily grind of the Old West.
“Women had the chore of keeping house,” Mulcahy said, adding that though families at the time didn’t have much, they took good care of what they did have in order to make it last.
Laundry day
It helped to have a weekly routine, Mulcahy said. For many, Monday was laundry day. It was customary to have a large dinner on Sunday night, meaning there were cold leftovers for the meals on Monday. This freed up the day to do laundry, which was a time-consuming task.
Water was carried in hollowed out gourds, canvas totes or buckets, often using a shoulder yoke to distribute the heavy load. The water source for most homes was a well, which could be a fair distance from the house. Large buckets of water were heated on a stove to start the laundry process.
“Fire was one of the leading causes of death for women,” Mulcahy said. “They would get their long skirts caught in the fire.”
Flaked bar or lye soap was mixed with the hot water, and the clothes were agitated with a stick. A stick was also used to remove the clean laundry from the basin because the water was so hot. Starting with the collar of a shirt, each item was fed through the wringer to press out excess water before being hung on a line. Though it sounds fairly benign, doing laundry was fraught with danger, from fire to hot water burns to hands and arms being caught and crushed in the wringer.
Butter and rope
Mulcahy moved about the room from one chore station to the next, first demonstrating the steps of the laundry process and explaining how soap was made, then leading a short discussion of an array of irons used to press clothes and on to the task of churning butter.
She checked the progress of volunteers Phyllis Palmer, of Dillon, and Jane Guletz, of Breckenridge, who had been working the churn for more than an hour to turn the heavy cream into butter.
“They made butter about once a week,” Mulcahy said, checking the consistency of Palmer and Guletz’s work and deeming it not quite done. Butter was pressed into a mold or scooped into a dish for storage “They typically had a spring house to keep things relatively cool.”
Every ranch and farm also had a tool to twist and wind rope, a task that anyone in the family could handle, Mulcahy said, and the work didn’t end with that. There was always a chore that needed completing in the Old West, and it took a hardy lot to handle it all in stride.
“One of the things that as a child I romanticized was history,” Mulcahy said. “I started demonstrating spinning, then weaving. I was inspired by the hardiness of the women.”
Learn about the past
The Pastry and the Past series continues with a special panel of early residents of Old Dillon on Monday, July 21, led by Tom Foster. Each lecture is $5 for members of the Summit Historical Society and $10 for nonmembers, $5 of which can be put toward a membership for those who wish to join.
For more information about the series, call (970) 468-2207 or visit www.summithistorical.org. To view more photos of the Old West chore demonstrations, visit www.facebook.com/exploresummit.
Courtesy of the Summit Daily News.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

CDOT assesses environmental impact of Highway 9 shortcut in Summit County

#Breckenridge, Colorado.

The Colorado Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration last week released an environmental assessment for the Iron Springs shortcut and is now accepting public comments.
The proposed project would reroute Colorado Highway 9 between Summit High School and St. Anthony Summit Medical Center through a portion of the Iron Springs conservation easement. In October 2013 Summit County received $17.5 million from CDOT’s Responsible Acceleration of Maintenance and Partnerships program. The grant provides full funding for the project.
The environmental assessment process is guided by the National Environmental Policy Act, which requires a 30-day public comment period prior to CDOT and FHA officials making a final decision about the proposal. The Iron Springs environmental assessment was released Wednesday, July 9. The public comment period ends Friday, Aug. 8.
The environmental assessment is available onCDOT’s website. The documents may also be viewed locally at the Main Library, County Commons Building, 0037 County Road 1005 in Frisco, and at the South Branch Library, 504 Airport Road in Breckenridge.
Comments will be accepted in person during a public hearing scheduled from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, at the Summit County Community and Senior Center, 0083 Nancy’s Place in Frisco.
Those who are unable to attend the hearing may submit written comments online at the project’s website, by fax to (303) 512-5675 or by mail to CDOT Region 3, c/o Grant Anderson, P.O. Box 2236, Frisco, CO 80443.
CDOT and FHA officials will consider the comments and draft a decision document, estimated to be completed before the end of the year.
The Iron Springs project proposes a realignment of a 1.3-mile stretch of Highway 9 south of Frisco. The project would divert Highway 9 away from Leslie’s Curve, a dangerous compound bend in the roadway near the shore of Lake Dillon that is infamous locally as the site of traffic crashes. The project would shorten Highway 9 by about .4 of a mile.
The project also outlines a realignment of a portion of the Blue River Bikeway, which would move closer to Lake Dillon along Highway 9’s current configuration. The U.S. Forest Service Dickey Day Use Parking Lot would move west to provide safer access at the lighted intersection of Highway 9 and Recreation Way. A proposed new Dickey trail would connect the new parking lot and the realigned bikeway, as well as provide shoreline access.
The project is estimated to take two summer construction seasons to complete and is slated to begin in 2016. CDOT has a firm project deadline of Dec. 31, 2017.
Should the Iron Springs project not get final approval, Highway 9 would be widened along its existing route, as previously approved by CDOT and the Federal Highway Administration in the 2004 SH 9 Record of Decision.
The alternative has already moved through NEPA’s environmental assessment and public comment processes, and does not require additional action.
Courtesy of the Summit Daily News.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Lightning strikes prompt Colorado experts to dispell myths, urge caution

#Breckenridge, Colorado.

Courtesy the National Lightning Safety Institute

After two people died and 10 people were injured by lightning strikes in two days at Rocky Mountain National Park last weekend, the incidents left some wondering if the tragedies could have been prevented.
Because the woman and some of the people injured in the park Friday, July 11, were from Ohio, “they may not have known about the commonly hailed mantra that Coloradans have about lightning threats,” said Richard Kithil, president of the National Lightning Safety Institute in Louisville, Colorado, “and that is, ‘Get off the trail before noon.’”
Since 1959, when the National Weather Service began tracking lightning incidents in Colorado, the state has averaged about three fatalities and 15 injuries annually.
So have lightning incidents been growing more common?
“Quite the opposite,” Kithil said. “It’s going down because of education.”
He said although he thinks the National Park Service could be providing more information about lightning to visitors, the National Weather Service has been doing an excellent job of raising awareness about lightning safety.
A about a dozen years ago the agency started an intense campaign on lightning safety, including an awareness week in June, said Robert Glancy, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Boulder. Since then, he said, the numbers have been going down nationally.
This weekend’s deaths were the first lightning-related fatalities in the park in 14 years, Glancy said.
Kithil said although awareness and education have improved, “I see a lot of ignorance. I see a need for people to learn the fundamentals.”
So what is lightning? It’s not to be confused with lightening (the opposite of darkening), Kithil said, which he saw this week on a National Park sign.
A good way to describe the phenomenon is static electricity of epic proportions caused by thunderstorms, snowstorms and volcanoes. Thunder is the shock wave created by superheated air in the lightning channel.
“Lightning always causes thunder; nothing else causes it,” Kithil said. “Most people don’t make that connection.”
About nine of 10 people survive being struck, he said. Of the survivors, roughly 25 percent suffer long-term effects, including burns, hearing loss and nerve and psychological damage
Men outnumber women 5 to 1 in both rates of injuries and deaths, and July is the deadliest month for lightning across the country, he said.
According to the National Weather Service, the country averaged 51 deaths a year between 1984 and 2013. So far this year, the second death in Rocky Mountain National Park was the 12th lightning death in the U.S. the organization recorded.
“Statistics are elusive,” Kithil said, because the National Weather Service data often comes from newspaper articles, and not all lightning incidents end up in the news.
A quick search of the Summit Daily News archives turned up a 2004 story about a 28-year-old woman who was killed while hiking in the Little French Gulch area near Breckenridge and a 2007 story about a28-year-old Boulder man who survived being struck while descending Mount Elbert near Leadville.
Lightning deaths and injuries are also sometimes attributed to other causes, like house fires, Kithil added, which contributes to statistics that the institute estimates are 25 percent underreported.
For example, he said, several years ago witnesses saw lightning strike a man driving a motorcycle on a highway near Boulder. The man crashed, and his death was ruled a vehicle accident.
Shelly Almroth, trauma program manager at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center, said she remembered a big storm last June when lightning struck the bike path 100 times and broke the belfry at the Father Dyer Church in Breckenridge.
And in 2004, she added, 19 people were struck during a golf ball driving contest in Grand County.
Remember that thing about counting the seconds between a flash of lightning and the crack or rumble of thunder to figure out how far the lightning struck from you?
According to the National Lightning Safety Institute, for every five seconds you count, the lightning struck about 1 mile away. But it turns out that doesn’t matter so much.
Depending on your hearing abilities, background noise and the wind and other weather conditions, thunder can be heard from about 5 miles away, Kithil said.
“That’s really close,” he said.
Too close, because according to the National Weather Service, lightning often strikes more than 3 miles from the center of the thunderstorm, far outside the rain or thunderstorm cloud. And “bolts from the blue” can strike 10 to 15 miles from the thunderstorm.
That’s why serious hikers often start mountain ascents in the dark, at 3 or 4 a.m., Kithil said, to get down before a storm even starts.
The key to avoiding getting struck is recognizing the danger early and getting to a safe location. Don’t even think about buying one of those handheld lightning detectors, Kithil said. They are “wildly inaccurate.”
Better to remember: If you can see it, flee it. If you can hear it, clear it.
Outdoor locations fall on a continuum in their degrees of safety, he said. Avoid high elevations like above tree line or on top of mountains or hills. Stay away from water, metal objects, caves and tall, isolated trees, and separate yourself from other people by about 20 to 30 feet to reduce the risk of multiple victims.
People are better conductors of electricity than trees, Kithil said, because human bodies are about 60 percent saltwater by volume, while trees are only 10 percent.
If you can’t get inside a building or vehicle, seek depressions, ditches, swales and other low spots in the ground. Look for shrubs, bushes and dense forested areas.
Experts recommend that you sit, crouch or kneel as lying down increases your chance of being affected by potentially deadly ground current.
The idea that a person struck by lightning could shock or electrocute someone is a myth.
So if you see someone struck, start immediate CPR if you can’t find a pulse. Make sure you and the victim are in a safe location, and seek medical attention as fast as possible. “Lightning never strikes the same place twice” is also a myth. (The Empire State Building is struck hundreds of times a year.)
At Summit Medical Center, about two or three patients are treated for lightning injuries every year, said Almroth, who has worked in the emergency department for 21 years. The center hasn’t seen any so far in 2014.
Over at Vail Valley Medical Center, hospital epidemiologist Jason Moore said the trauma center sees about the same amount.
Lightning victims often have an arborizing pattern on their skin that looks like a fern, said Moore, a physician assistant in trauma and critical care at the hospital for about 10 years.
Patients are treated for wounds where the bolt may have entered and exited the body, he said, and their heart and brain activity is monitored closely for a couple of days.
“This is a big electrical hit,” he said. “You always worry about the injuries you don’t see.”
Lightning can also destroy muscle tissue and cause kidney issues, and those with extensive burns are taken to an intensive care unit in Denver.
For more information, visit the Lightning Saftey Institute at lightningsafety.com or the National Weather Service at lightningsafety.noaa.gov.
Courtesy of the Summit Daily News.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Keystone Wine and Jazz festival features food, drink, seminars

#Keystone, Colorado.

Special to the Weekender

The celebration of wine and jazz returns to Keystone for its fourth consecutive year this weekend. Originally founded in the early ’90s, the festival took a hiatus for several years before returning in 2010. Now it’s growing, featuring around 300 varieties of wine from all over the globe, as well as beer, spirits, food from local vendors and educational seminars covering a range of wine-related topics.
Sip and savor
Last year the festival pulled in about 300 types of wines, up from the 200s in years previous. This year continues the trend, featuring wines not only from California and throughout the U.S. but Spain, New Zealand and Chile as well, to name just a few.
People can choose how they want to experience the festival — a one- or two-day pass, buying wine by the glass, or attending the special Tasting Reserve event on Friday. Simply walking around, listening to music and soaking in the atmosphere is another option, and doesn’t cost anything.
“The two-day pass is the way to go, because you can pace yourself a little bit,” said Maja Russer, director of events and marketing for the Keystone Neighbourhood Company, with a laugh. “You don’t have to try and sample everything in four hours. Why not give yourself two days and really enjoy it and get something out of it?”
Though there are more than enough wines available to taste on Saturday and Sunday, the Reserve Wine Tasting on Friday night is for the true connoisseur. The wines at the event range around $60 to $100 a bottle, Russer said, and will not be found anywhere else at the festival.
“Those are really special wines that you don’t get to try every day and they are hand-picked by the suppliers that attend the event,” she said. The reserve tasting is designed for “hard core wine enthusiasts (who) want to try something special.”
The event is presented in partnership with the Shaw Regional Cancer Center, which will receive a dollar donation for every ticket purchased.
While there is no official dress code, the tasting event is a great chance for participants to get all dressed up, Russer said.
“Take off the hiking boots and mountain biking shorts for a night and come out and put on a dress or your slacks,” she said. “It’s a nice way to kick off the entire festival weekend.”
The weekend will feature eight different jazz experiences, to match the wide variety of wines available.
“We always try and keep things fresh,” said Russer, when it comes to the musical line-up.
This year includes Grammy-nominated musicianStanley Jordan. His latest album, “Friends” has also received an NAACP Image Award nomination. Jordan will play on Saturday from 4-5:30 p.m. at the River Run events plaza.
As always, the Colorado-based band Dotsero will be on hand Saturday afternoon to entertain the crowd with “a no-nonsense sax and guitar driven thrill ride of energy and excitement,” according to their band bio.
While wine and food fulfill the palate, the various wine seminars hosted by experts will fulfill the desire for knowledge.
“It’s just another level of getting up close and personal to wine,” said Michael Ditch, division manager of Bacchus for Republic National Distributing Company. Ditch likes to incorporate seminars into all festival events he works with, for the added level of understanding and connection it provides.
This year’s seminars focus on pink wines, notable Cabernet regions around the world, sparkling wine cocktails and the history of Spanish wines.
“I definitely think that a complete wine beginner can walk in and just come out learning a ton, as well as a more versed wine connoisseur (who) will also walk away learning something they didn’t,” said Russer. “The wine seminars are so fun and unique. The folks that teach them are incredibly knowledgeable and they’re also just fun.”
Courtesy of the Summit Daily News.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Dillon welcomes new pet store with ribbon cutting

#Dillon, Colorado.

Brandon Evans / bevans@summitdaily.com

With a quivering little nose, a diminutive 2-year-old Chihuaha named Momo became the first four-legged patron to enter Petco as it celebrated a grand opening Saturday morning in Dillon.
“We actually encourage people to bring their pets here,” said store manager Brad Augustine.
“We’re dog people, and we wanted to be here for the grand opening,” said Whitney Tatarek, Momo’s owner.
Tatarek made the trip from her home in Leadville to be at the pet store’s opening in the 200 block of Dillon Ridge Way. Momo, her baby nephew Ryker and her mom, Martina, were all in tow. With no pet supply stores in Lake County, the family said it was worth it to make the trek to Summit.
They were three among scores of pet lovers and city officials who gathered for the opening.
“We’re very excited to have Petco open here,” said Dillon Mayor Kevin Burns. “It’s a good store and a great addition for Dillon and the county.”
Burns predicted the store should do well considering how many pet owners there are in the area.
“There’s probably more dogs than people in Dillon on Sundays,” added Councilman Tim Westerberg.
And there were more than just pet supplies inside. A small area of the store to the right of the entrance housed several cats available for adoption from the Summit County Animal Shelter.
The new store employs 18. It’s open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. It’s one of at least 25 Petco stores opening throughout the nation this month from New York to California.
The first Petco opened in 1965 in La Mesa, California. It’s grown to more than 1,200 stores in 49 states.
Seth Basham with Barron’s, a financial magazine, estimated last week that there’s a greater than 50 percent chance that the nation’s other pet supply giant, PetSmart, will absorb Petco sometime within the next year. It was analyzed as PetSmart’s best strategic action. If the deal goes through it’s predicted PetSmart will undergo a 30 percent earnings-per-share accretion.
Courtesy of the Summit Daily News.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Top 14 ways to get involved in Summit County this week

#Summit County, Colorado.

This week with the FDRD
Dig Dirt and Carry Logs with Friends of the Dillon Ranger District. A variety of ways to give back to the forest this week. Volunteers will be tackling Bakers Tank Trail in Breckenridge on Tuesday and Wednesday starting at 9 a.m. The Twilight project will also take place on Tuesday at Peak’s Trail in Breckenridge at 5:30 p.m. Frisco’s concert in the park, featuring Birds of Chicago, will be benefitting FDRD Thursday at 5:30 p.m. On Friday at 9:30 a.m. start restoring Soda Creek Trail in Keystone. Then on Saturday, head to the iconic Fourteener – Quandary Peak south of Breckenridge. For more information and to register visit www.fdrd.org.
John Denver tribut concert and benefit
An amazing night of music at the Riverwalk Center on Friday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m. with this sixth annual tribute to Colorado’s music legend, John Denver. Sing along with Rocky Mountain High, Annie’s Song, Calypso and more. As a celebration of Colorado, four of John Denver’s songs will be complemented with over 200 of John Fielder’s amazing Colorado photographs projected on the Riverwalk’s new 25 foot screen. The concert will benefit Domus Pacis Family Respite’s mission of providing week long respites in Summit County’s High Country for families impacted by cancer. Costs of tickets are $25 for general admission and $45 for VIP seating. Tickets can be purchased at the Riverwalk Center or on-line through the Riverwalk Center website.
Rummage sale for Cystic Fibrosis
Over 40 families have contributed items to this Rummage Sale. 100% of profits from the sale will go to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Come to the Dillon Community Church from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 17, 18 & 19.
Summit in Honduras Craft and Bake Sale
The 7th Annual Summit in Honduras Craft and Bake Sale will take place on Saturday July 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday July 27 from 8 a.m. to Noon. Fresh artisan bread and many baked goodies along with beautiful jewelry from Maggie Connolly a Boulder artist and much more. This event has become one of the most important fundraisers for Summit in Honduras. To donate baked goods please bring your donations to the back of the little yellow church at the corner of French and Lincoln (St. John’s), the Parish Hall Saturday after 10 a.m., or Sunday morning. Please call (970) 389-7544 for more information.
LAPS 24th Annual K9-4K
The 24th Annual LAPS Canine 4K will be held in Frisco on Saturday, August 2 with Pet Supply Vendors galore, prizes for top finishers in the run/walk race and a Silent Auction with loads of items and gift certificates. The 2.5 mile course will loop around Frisco, starting & ending in front of the Frisco gazebo on Main Street. Registration runs from 8-9 a.m. with race start at 9:15 a.m. Preregister for a discount and fast check in on race day (download registration form or get more info & photos from www.summmitlaps.com ). Preregistration must be received by Saturday July 26 for discount. Fees are per dog so bring the family. LAPS members: $22 (or $27 after July 26 & race day); Nonmembers: $25 (or $30 after July 26 & race day). Cash or check only on race day, but you can pay with a credit card on the website through the end of July. All proceeds benefit local pets & their people through financial aid from LAPS. You’ll receive a doggie goodie bag, custom t-shirt and other surprises per entry and be eligible for Door Prizes. Free Abbey’s coffee, donuts, and lemonade. Silent Auction will include large & small items. LAPS needs plenty of volunteers from 7:15 a.m. to Noon to help set up, be dog handlers for registration, work the registration tables, hand out shirts and goodie bags, work at the Silent Auction or be race marshals.......please email LAPS@colorado.net
Volunteers Needed for the Breck 100
High Country Conservation Center is looking for volunteers for the Breck 100 Mountain Bike Race on Saturday, July 12. A number of volunteers are needed to fill various race duties. In exchange for your time, each volunteer will receive an awesome T-shirt, free beer, and a meal after the race. In addition, a contribution will be made to the HC3’s community gardens. Email jenny@highcountryconservation.org or call (970) 668-5703 to learn more or sign up.
Summit County 4-H Horse Program
Summit County 4-H needs an adult horse volunteer leader at the Breckenridge Equestrian Center. If you have equine experience and like helping kids learn more about horses, we’re looking for you. 4-H Leaders are covered by liability as a bona-fide CSU volunteer. Western and/or English disciplines needed. A group of kids are boarding their horses at the Breck Equestrian Center that would benefit from learning with an adult 4-H Leader. Contact Summit County 4-H to discuss your interests 668-4142 or kkralik@co.summit.co.us
Noxious Weeds Workshop
Landowners are invited to attend a community workshop on the importance of weed control in maintaining the integrity, function and aesthetics of private land, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, July 17, at the Slate Creek Community Center. The workshop will include expert presentations on noxious weed identification, weed impacts, methods of control and equipment selection, as well as field instruction on control applications, safety, disposal and follow-up. The workshop is sponsored by Summit County government, Middle Park Conservation District, Friends of the Lower Blue and Summit County CSU Extension. RSVP by July 1 to Middle Park Conservation District, (970) 724-3456 or middleparkcd@gmail.com. The cost is $10 and includes lunch.
Father Dyer Church needs ‘treasures’
Father Dyer Church in Breckenridge seeks donations of household items for its annual Treasure Sale to be held July 19. Drop off your gently used items at the church from July 16-18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. No adult clothing, mattresses, or electronics accepted, please. Come back on July 19 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to purchase other people’s treasures. Proceeds benefit Father Dyer’s Special Assistance Fund which helped over 100 people last year. For more information or if you have large items that need to be picked up that week, contact the church office at info@fatherdyer.org or (970) 453-2250.
Free chipping program helps residents protect homes from wildfire
Summit County government and the Summit County Wildfire Council are helping residents and property owners create defensible space by providing free chipping and disposal of branches, logs and small trees. Residents can clear woody vegetation from around their homes and stack it in slash piles near the road on their neighborhood’s designated chipping week; crews will chip the material and haul it away at no cost. Chipping crews will move through the Upper Blue and Tenmile basins in July and through the Snake River and Lower Blue basins in August. For more information, including a detailed schedule by neighborhood, visit www.co.summit.co.us/chippingprogram or call (970) 668-4140.
Leadership & Sustainability with horses
This is an exciting class for kids (7- 17 years) with a focus on leadership development and sustainability practices while partnering with all of the animals including 35 horses. It is a 4-5 hour class with an introduction to animal communication, energetic communication, herd behavior, round pen demonstrations and more. The kids learn how to successfully partner with the animals while leading, feeding, and playing games with them. Fee: $75 per child. These classes are scheduled by reservation only – most weekdays and Saturday. Call John Longhill at (970) 468-0924 or email swancenter@mindspring.com
Animal Communication class
This fun class introduces “younglings” (kids 4-8 years old) to the basics of animal communication and how to have better relationships with animals. It is a two-hour class including an introduction to Swan Center Outreach and animals, with hands on interactions with some of the special critters, like Eeyore (miniature donkey), Minnie Whinnie the Poo (miniature horse) along with goats, sheep, llama’s and Swan Center’s No. 1 Alpaca – Macho Pichu. Fee: $25 per child. These classes are scheduled by reservation only, most weekdays and Saturday. Call John Longhill at (970) 468-0924 or email swancenter@mindspring.com
Summit Historical Society needs volunteers
The Summit Historical Society, an all-volunteer organization, needs people to help with the many activities scheduled for the summer months. Do you like talking to visitors about Summit County’s exciting history? Become a trained docent leading tours through the Schoolhouse Museum on LaBonte Street in Dillon. Are you handy with tools and a paint brush? Historic sites always need minor repairs. Do you like to prepare desserts? Become part of the group providing goodies for Monday evening Pastry and the Past series of talks held at the Dillon Community Church. Do you like working with historical artifacts, photographs and maps? The Society maintains an extensive archive staffed by volunteers. Extra hands are always welcome. There are many other ways to help such as setting up and taking down the tent at the Dillon Farmer’s Market on Fridays. Anyone who wants to become more involved in the Society by serving on a committee or becoming board members is also welcome. If you are interested in joining a vibrant, active group of individuals, call the Society office at (970) 468-2207 and speak to administrator, Christy Nelson, or contact her at mail@summithistorical.org.
Backstage Theatre needs volunteers
Breckenridge Backstage Theatre welcomes volunteers. As the season changes and delightful thoughts of bikes and hikes emerge, why not also consider joining the enthusiastic live theater supporters who assist in productions? The summertime shows promise to bring smiles, laughter, and an awakening of the creative within. For more information , please contact nanageralyn@gmail.com.
Courtesy of the Summit Daily News.