Class dates and times: Wednesday, Jan. 18, 5-6 p.m., Montrose HHS Boardroom; Thursday, Jan. 19, 12-1 p.m., Montrose Regional Library; Wednesday, Jan. 25, 5-6 p.m. at Montrose HHS Boardroom and Thursday, Jan. 26, 12-1 p.m., Montrose Regional Library.
National Guard Homecoming
MONTROSE – The public is invited to welcome home the officers and Soldiers of the 928th Area Medical Support Company of the Colorado Army National Guard Friday, Jan. 13, at 11 a.m., at Friendship Hall, 1001 No. Second St., at the Montrose County Fairgrounds.
The unit, arriving home after a year of service in Afghanistan, arrives at Montrose Regional Airport that morning, and meets up with friends and loved ones for a belated Christmas ceremony at Friendship Hall. A parade will follow.
Saturday Is Ski Safety Day
TELLURIDE – The Telluride Ski Resort and the Telluride Medical Center host Safety Day on the Ski Resort, Saturday, Jan. 14, 11 a.m.-3:30p.m. The event features six on-mountain safety stations, with information about everything from hydration to helmets, sunscreen, stretching, safeguarding ACLs, and ski slope/terrain park safety. Free pizza, beverages and prizes, including a ski pass for 2012-2013 season, will be offered at Crazy Elk from 3:30-4:30p.m. For more info, visit tellurideskiresort.com or tellmed.org.
Montrose School District Holds Meetings Jan. 18
MONTROSE – Superintendent Mark MacHale and School Board President Dr. Kjersten Davis will host two back-to-back community meetings Wednesday, Jan. 18, covering four topics – budget, facilities, personnel and instruction – identified as significant by attendees at a November community forum.
“As I have come to know many of you and this community, I appreciate your past efforts and continuing commitment to making the schools in Montrose and Olathe great,” MacHale said. The meetings take place at the Educational Support Building, 930 Colorado Ave. Personnel: 6:30-7:30 p.m. – What does a teacher need to be successful in the classroom? Does a reading teacher/interventionist really make a difference? What training and support do our teachers need to meet the academic and cultural diversity of our students? Curriculum and Instruction: 7:45-8:45 p.m. – 21st Century Schools: What is the end goal? What can we do now and in the coming years to get our students' proficiency levels higher?
“I hope community members interested in excellent schools will consider attending one (or more) of these sessions,” Davis said. “They will be interactive and geared to engage participants' knowledge and wisdom. We need your input as we take our schools from good to great.”
Four-course Fundraiser for Southwest Institute Jan. 19
SAN MIGUEL COUNTY – The Southwest Institute for Resilience hosts a four-course meal, complete with edible auction items, music and dancing, on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the Steaming Bean. Each meal ($60) comes with a complimentary drink – and a taste of mead (hence the name, Bee’s Knees).
The Southwest Institute for Resilience hosts community gardens in Telluride, Ridgway and Norwood, and the community greenhouse in Ophir; it also oversees the Telluride Farmers Market and the Tomten Community Farm. Tickets, $60, are available at the Steaming Bean. For more information, contact Daniel Aragon at 970/519-1265 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MMH Health Fair Scheduled for Saturday, February 25; Blood Draws in Several Locations
MONTROSE – The annual Montrose Memorial Hospital Health Fair takes place Saturday, Feb. 25, 6:30 a.m.-12 p.m., at the Montrose Pavilion.
Early Blood Draws, held in conjunction with the Health Fair, will take place Saturday, Jan. 28, in Ridgway, at the 4-H Events Center, 7-11 a.m.; Monday, Jan. 30, at the American Legion Hall in Olathe, 6:30-9:30 a.m.; and Wednesday, Feb. 1-Saturday, Feb. 4, 6:30-9:30 a.m., at the Montrose Pavilion Senior Center.
The total chemistry profile ($40) offered at the Health Fair evaluates kidney function, electrolytes, triglycerides, HDL and LDL cholesterol levels and over 15 components in the blood, and also includes iron, iron binding and TSH (Thyroid Screening). A PSA blood test for prostate cancer ($30) will be offered for men 40 and older, as will a Complete Blood Count test ($20), a Hemoglobin A1c ($35), and a Vitamin D screening ($40).
Appointments can be made at www.MontroseHospital.com January 15-25 or by calling 970/252-2535, Jan. 17-19, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Appointments are not necessary for Ridgway and Olathe.
January is School Board Recognition Month
MONTROSE – Montrose County School District RE-1J wants to join school districts nationwide during School board Recognition Month in January to say “thank you.”
“Volunteer school board members serve countless hours working to improve public education,” said Superintendent Mark MacHale. “School board members have the tremendous responsibility of preparing today’s students – and tomorrow’s leaders – for productive roles in our society. They are the voice of their communities, serving first and foremost in the best interest of our schoolchildren.”
SMSO Says 'Be Prepared' - It's Not Just for Boy Scouts
SAN MIGUEL COUNTY – As we settle into the New Year begins, the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office encourages family, friends and co-workers to Resolve to be Ready in 2012.
Preparedness for a disaster starts with a conversation that leads to a communication plan so that individuals and families develop evacuation plans and get emergency kits in order. A complete emergency kit in the home, car and workplace that’s good for three days will be a lifeline, should first responders be unable to reach you immediately after a disaster. Kits should be customized for special needs (prescriptions, phone numbers, food and documents) and updated annually.
For more information, visit www.sanmiguelcounty.org/preparedness, for local emergency alert signup information and preparedness links, and Ready.gov for information about planning and preparing for disasters and emergencies.