COMMUNITY BRIEFS
Montrose Rec District Introduces Online Registration for Summer Programs
by Watch Staff
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MONTROSE – "Summer is around the corner and we want our fellow community members to get out, get active, and have fun!” said Montrose Recreation District Boardmember Urban Walker.

The MRD has mailed out this year’s Summer Activity Guide and, for the first time ever, community members may register for programs online at www.montroserec.com.

"Signing up for your favorite program is now easier than ever since we now offer online registration," added Walker. 

Online registration was made possible through a grant from the Statewide Internet Portal Authority, a state entity that promotes information-technology among public agencies.  It improves service to MRD patrons, enabling registration 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from any computer, at home or at work.
The summer guide lists all activities and programs offered by MRD, and is available for pickup at the Montrose Aquatic Center for anyone who doesn’t receive one in the mail. It is also available online at: www.montroserec.com. Summer registration begins Monday, April 18.

Inaugural Ouray Elks Golf Tournament, April 30

OURAY – Ouray Elks Lodge 492 will hold its first public golf tournament at the Black Canyon Golf Course in Montrose on Saturday, April 30. It is a scramble tournament for four-person teams, open to the public for an entry fee of $65 per person. The entry fee includes lunch after play at the Montrose Elks lodge.

The hole-in-one prize is a brand new 2011 Suzuki 750 cc 4X4 ATV. Other yet-to-be announced prizes will be awarded as well. Hole sponsorships are available at $100 per hole.

“Area golfers should have a great time while benefiting the Ouray lodge and its charitable programs,” said Event Chairman Danny Wesseling. We plan to make this an annual event, so come on out and enjoy a great round of golf.”

Registration is at 8 a.m. and tee time is 9 a.m., although Wesseling encourages early registration by contacting him at 970/626-5058 (home), 970-729-1174 (cell), or by contacting Dick Spirek at 970/626-5862. 

Uncompahgre Medical Center Receives CHF Grant

NORWOOD – The Uncompahgre Medical Center in Norwood, CO is pleased to announce a grant award from the Colorado Health Foundation for $200,000. The funds will be used to support UMC’s purchase and implementation of Electronic Medical and Dental Records, an elaborate process that is expected to take one year. This award represents multi-year support from the Foundation, which has helped UMC with expanded medical and dental capacity as well as innovative care programs. UMC provides medical and dental care on a sliding-fee basis for eligible patients. Call UMC at 970/327-0527 to make an appointment.

The Colorado Health Foundation works to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation by investing in grants and initiatives to health-related nonprofits that focus on increasing the number of Coloradans with health insurance, ensuring they have access to quality, coordinated care and encouraging healthy living. For more information, please visit HYPERLINK "http://www.ColoradoHealth.org" www.ColoradoHealth.org.

Lunch Out, Weekdays With Senior Community Meals

WESTERN SLOPE – Call it a power lunch. Whether the day’s menu includes roast beef, homemade pizza, potato parmesan crusted cod or some other gourmet offering, a fresh, hot, delicious meal, cooked from scratch, is guaranteed every time. And if you’re 60 and above, the suggested donation for the meal is only $3-$4 depending upon the dining site. Invite a non-senior friend, and they only pay $6.75.

What gives? Volunteers of America’s Senior CommUnity Meals are the best deal around when it comes to lunch out with friends. You don’t even have to drive – All Points Transit is available to transport seniors to all eight congregate dining sites located in the counties of Delta, Montrose and San Miguel. And if you’re homebound and can’t make it out to lunch, lunch will come to you, courtesy of Meals on Wheels.

“This is our mission, to feed people,” said Deana Sheriff, program director for Senior CommUnity Meals. “We’re here to make sure our older adults get the appreciation they deserve – it is our honor to serve them. We’ve got marvelous cooks, and we have tried very hard to make our meals more appealing.”

Since taking over the program in 2009, Volunteers of America has made numerous improvements to meal offerings, adding seasonings, homemade bread and an extra day of desserts to all the of dining sites.

The dining sites are conveniently located in either community centers or senior centers in the communities of Cedaredge, Delta, Hotchkiss, Montrose, Norwood, Nucla, Olathe, and Paonia.

“We served 117,000 meals last year,” Sheriff said. “This year we are on track to increase that by 15 percent. And we are trying to do more outreach in the Nucla/Naturita and Norwood communities, because many seniors are not aware of the nutrition services we provide.”

More volunteer Meals on Wheels drivers are currently needed, mainly in and around Montrose, Sheriff said, noting that she urges community members to keep an eye for out for senior neighbors and friends who may need assistance.

“We’re just letting our neighbors know we are here,” Sheriff said. “If you know of someone who is struggling, have them call us at 970/874-7662. We would love to invite them to lunch. We hear stories of people being forced to choose between medications and food—and we don’t want anybody going hungry.”

People age 60 and over make up 20 percent of the population in Montrose County, and 25 percent of the population in Delta County. In San Miguel County the percentage is smaller, but the need for nutritious, low cost or donation-only meals remains the same.

Federal and State funding for Senior CommUnity Meals is provided through the Older Americans Act and administered locally through the Region 10 Area Agency on Aging. AAA is dedicated to developing a network of services for adults age 60 and over to assist them in maintaining their independence within their communities. To learn more about AAA programs and services, call Lee Bartlett or Michele Gad at 970/249-2436.

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