Congratulations go out to the Ridgway Elementary School food service program for finishing the school year in the black, with revenues exceeding expenditures by about $3,900.
The financial status of the food service programs at Ridgway Schools has appeared in various news articles over the last three or four months and the news usually wasn’t flattering. However, this budget “success” deserves attention. It is a wonderful accomplishment and was the result of efforts by many people.
I would like to thank Donna George and the elementary school staff who made sacrifices, put in extra effort and did what it took to balance the budget. I would also like to thank the parents, community members and vendors who helped the elementary kitchen reach their goal. There are too many to name, but it was inspiring to see so many people chip in to help. To those of you that helped, please know that the school is grateful for your generosity.
Many people contributed to the secondary food service program as well, and I thank you all for your efforts. I am hopeful that the collective work of staff and community members to match goals with a budget will prove successful for the secondary school next year, and already the volunteers on the secondary food service committee are off to a promising start.
The commitment of the school board is to serve the highest quality food to Ridgway students, at a manageable cost. Thank you to everyone who has invested time, energy and money in this endeavor. And the school welcomes new ideas, donations, and volunteers. So, if providing quality meals for students is something you care about, don’t hesitate to help.
– Douglas Bissonette, Ridgway Schools Superintendent Mary Posta Reaches Fundraising Halfway Point
To all who are watching, waiting and contributing to the Mary Posta MS quest for adult stem cell treatments in Costa Rica, I want to say THANK YOU for all your best wishes, prayers, and donations. After your help from March 2009 to June 2009, and all the great fundraisers you have thrown for me, I am over halfway now!!! I could not have done this without you. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
I still have a lot to raise yet, but I am looking at the rest as the downhill side now. My goal is to have these treatments by the summer of 2010. With all your help, support, prayers, and "out of the box" suggestions, I truly feel this is a realistic goal. Thank you all once again.
– Mary Posta, Ridgway Fun in the Sun at the 2nd Ridgway River Festival
The second annual Ridgway River Festival, held on Saturday, June 27, 2009 in Rollans Park, was a raging success! Many folks from Ouray County and the surrounding communities came out to enjoy the first full day of sunshine and to join in a free celebration of the Uncompahgre River. Activities included a whitewater rodeo, a down river race, the Junk of the Unc race, and family fun at the Kid’s Eddy. Regional watershed information, live music, local food vendors, and beer from New Belgium and Colorado Boy rounded out the day, which was made possible through the generous contribution of Alpine Bank. Live music sponsored by Great Solar Works, Jagged Edge, Dingo Irrigation and Landscaping, Bridger Construction, and Boquete Outdoor Adventures permeated the festival all day long. Folks gathered on the riverbanks and enjoyed the sweet sounds of Bruce Hayes and Fall Baby while Mountain Mystic Reggae Band’s groovy beat had people dancing well into the evening.
Kids and kids at heart enjoyed the face-painting tent, made necklaces at the arts and crafts table and chomped on sweet treats from the sun oven. Young artists were also able to participate in an Andy Goldsworthy-esque art station. Many local youth joined forces to operate Alex’s lemonade stand where they served icy cold drinks to benefit pediatric cancer research.
The Watershed Education tent was operated by the Uncompahgre Watershed Planning Partnership, Mountain Studies Institute and Southwest Conservation Corps (all non-profits). They gave out valuable information on initiatives to protect and restore our local waterways, while the silent auction raised money to benefit service projects along the Uncompahgre river corridor.
Festival participants lined the Uncompahgre to watch the day’s exciting river events. Craig Adams, who races with a team from Grand Junction, took first place with his racing vessel. David Hasglow, from La Crescent Minn., won the Down River Kayak Competition. Last year's champs, locals Chris and Emma Haaland, won the Inflatables race. Matt Wilson of Telluride took the gold in the Whitewater Rodeo. Ridgway local Willy Krois dominated the Junk of the Unc with his Bob Marley kayak made of cardboard and plastic. Prizes were donated by Jagged Edge, Lupita’s Bazaar, Blue Pear, Jackson Kayak and Aire Drybags. Boquete Outdoor Adventures in Panama (owned by a Ridgway local) generously donated the first prize for the Whitewater Rodeo – a seven day kayak trip down Class IV rivers in Panama valued at $1,600.
Congratulations to all other river competition finalists as follows: Down River Kayak 2nd place – Gannon Rickers, 3rd place – Scott Rickers; Inflatables 2nd place – Ruth Stewart and Gang, 3rd place – Pat and Orion Willits; Whitewater Rodeo 2nd place – Willy Krois, 3rd place – Joe Carrol; Junk of the Unc 2nd place – Scott Rickers, Tate Rogers and Crew, 3rd place – Chris Fulsom and Crew; Junk of the Unc Most Original went to Pipe Panic (made of PVC pipes) and S.S.S.S. (made with toilet seats).
The Mosaic Community Project, a local not for profit organization, organized the river festival as a community event, free for all. All beer and food sales were fundraisers for MCP. All sponsorships, river event registration fees, T-shirt sales, river raffle, booth fees and silent auction proceeds are used to produce and sustain the Ridgway River Festival as well as support service projects on the Uncompahgre River.
– Erika Gordon, The Mosaic Community Project