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December 25, 2020

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Enjoy The Yuletide Lights Driving Tour In Estes Park This Holiday Season! Visit festively decorated Estes Park local businesses and residential houses on a self-guided driving tour! Grab some hot chocolate from a local coffee shop

and hop in the car to enjoy this tour of Estes Park community members who want to share their holiday spirit with you!

Check out the tour map at www.visitestespark.com/holiday-lights.


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Drop Off Christmas Trees December 28 - January 22 At The Fairgrounds The Town of Estes Park's free Christmas tree drop-off site will be open to local residents 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Dec. 28 through Jan. 22, except Dec 31 and Jan. 1 when the Town is closed for observation of the New Year's holiday. The drop-off will be located at the east entrance of the Fairgrounds off Community Drive; follow the signs to the

fenced drop-off location. Trees must be stripped of ornaments, tinsel and other decorations. No wreaths, garland, artificial trees or tree stands will be accepted. Trees must be dropped during the specified hours in the identified area. Dropping trees after hours or in other locations at the Fairgrounds will be considered illegal dumping and may be subject to a fine. This service is free of

charge to local residents. For more information, please contact the Town of Estes Park Public Works Department at 970-577-3587.


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Town And EVRC Award 24 Businesses Winterization Grants The Town of Estes Park, with its part- Mystic Mountain Gallery & Gifts ners on the Estes Valley Resiliency Bird & Jim Collaborative (EVRC), is pleased to Estes Park Brewery announce that 24 businesses will reSEASONED ~ An American Bistro ceive awards to winterize outdoor Molly B spaces, with funding from CDOT's Mountain Home Café Restaurant Revitalizing Main Street program. $50,000 in equipment and/or materials Inkwell & Brew will encourage continued and exMacdonald Book Shop panded use of outdoor spaces during Himalayan Curry & Kebob the current pandemic restrictions. Wild Rose Restaurant Grant recipient, Kirby Nelson-HazelAvant Garde Aleworks ton with Rock Cut Brewing Company American Legion Post 119 commented “We are very grateful to The Twin Owls Steakhouse the Town and CDOT for making these You Need Pie Diner funds available. We're excited to add EP Big Horn Restaurant Inc. more warmth and comfort to our outdoor patio. We're sure our guests will Coffee On the Rocks appreciate that, too!” Another grant Sunny Acre Corp DBA The Egg of recipient, Val Thompson with You Estes Need Pie Diner added “This grant will Snowy Peaks Winery allow us to keep doing business and La Cabana Mexican Bar and Gill will help us get through the winter Notchtop Cafe months in Estes Park.” Chipper's Lanes Recipients of the grant are listed Elkins Distilling Co. below. For more information about the Rock Cut Brewing Company EVRC, visit www.estes.org/evrc. Peppers Mexican Grill

Shop Local, Shop Estes Park Photo by Paul J. Marcotte 2018 www.PaulJMarcottePhotography.com

MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY HOLIDAYS! The Tavern & dining area are closed until further notice. Note: The Legion will be closed Christmas Day. NOURISHING NETWORK “NEXT NODE” CARRYOUT MEALS Every day but Friday The Legion offers free Heat‐and‐Eat meals Saturday through Thursday. The meals are available for pickup at the Legion from 4‐ 6 p.m. Individuals who would like to help keep the program going are invited to send contributions to AL Post 119, P.O. Box 127, Estes Park, CO 80517 or go to the Legion’s donate button at www.esteslegion.org. Be sure to reference the Nourishing Network.


The American Legion is a great option for dinner on Friday nights! Call ahead to place your orders: 970‐586‐6118 Friday, Dec. 25 Closed Christmas Day. 5:30‐7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 1 Celebrate the arrival of 2021 with a grilled pork chop featuring apple & walnut dressing, sautéed green beans, and apple pie for $20 per person. Add a bottle of white wine for $15. 5:30‐7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8 Steak Night $20 per person.


Veterans Assistance For information, call Terry Rizzuti at 970‐599‐0850. Onsite meetings and activities have been suspended until further notice. Masks and social distancing are required at the Legion, and all Larimer County Health Department COVID‐19 rules will be observed.

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Letter To The Community From Estes Park Health Dear Fellow Staff and Patients of Estes Park Health and All Our Community Members, As has been said many times, this has been one of the most challenging years. The COVID- 19 pandemic has been only one additional stressor for our community in 2020, but continues to take precedence in our daily lives. We have made a commitment to continue to provide high quality and safe health care for our community and we are proud of the accomplishments we made this past year with ongoing services, increased COVID testing with appropriate turnaround, modifications to our facility for improved safety when caring for COVID patients, and the development of new telehealth services. We are now at an amazing point in history with the development of not just one but two successful vaccinations against COVID-19. While most of us are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our initial allotment and learning when our place in line for vaccination will come up, there may be some with reservations regarding the safety and efficacy. The impressive accomplishments of the scientists behind these vaccines should not go unnoticed, as well as the thousands of Americans who have been part of the trial studies for both vaccinations. Although it was called “Operation Warp Speed,” there was no rushing the trial process of the vaccinations and the review of safety data by multiple groups. Keep in mind, the FDA and CDC are advised by scientific review boards whose participants are medical and public health experts and are not governmental or elected officials (namely, the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee [VRBPAC] and Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices [ACIP]). Both of these review boards wholeheartedly approved the immunizations based on the medical evidence for the safety and the effectiveness of the vaccine. By believing in the science and trusting both new advances and methods that have been set for years, we encourage you to be willing and ready for vaccination when your time comes. As your medical staff, we encourage all EPH staff members to get the vaccination. We are also making great efforts to be ready to provide vaccination for all members of our community when sufficient allotments are available. From the beginning of COVID, we as providers and healthcare workers have had to learn and adapt to new recommendations that change on a regular ba-

sis. Anticipating the arrival of the vaccine and waiting to hear what we have access to in Estes Park is one last hurdle in the fight. We understand the timeframe for vaccination will take months and there are still certain groups (children under 16) who are not recommended for vaccination at this time. The best we can do is start to develop herd immunity from vaccination to move to a safer community. We will need to continue all the same social distancing, hand washing, and mask recommendations until we have improved control over this virus. The vaccination is one major step in protecting ourselves and our community from severe illness and complications. If you need further information, here are some trusted sites. www.ama-assn.org/deliveringcare/public-health/open-letteramerican-public-covid-19vaccines. www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19. covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine. Respectfully, the medical staff of Estes Park Health and our community medical partners: John Meyer MD, Chief of Staff, Emergency Medicine Robyn Zehr DO, Vice Chief of Staff, Family Practice Bridget Dunn MD, Vice Chief of Staff Elect, Family Practice Aaron Florence DO, Former Chief of Staff, Orthopedics Scott Chew MD, Emergency Medicine Kenneth R. Epstein MD, Hospitalist Paul Fonken MD, Family Medicine Joseph Lee MD, Internal Medicine Martin Koschnitzke MD, CPE, FACOG, Obstetrics and Gynecology Amanda Luchsinger MD, Internal Medicine Jennifer McLellan MD, Surgery Nicholaus Mize DO, Internal Medicine, Palliative Care Erika Norris MD, Family Medicine Michael Prochoda MD, Ophthalmology Megan Ross MD, Pediatrics Juli Schneider MD, Internal Medicine Guy Van der Werf MD, Family Medicine Mark Wiesner MD, Pediatrics Scott Woodard MD, Surgery Mary Bolgeo CRNA Jason Goodwin CRNA Elise Booth FNP Ingra Marske PA

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An Update On Estes Park School District In-Person Learning Dear EPSD Community, As we prepare to go into a much needed winter break and embark on 2021, we would like to wish our families a very happy holiday season. We know that this year has been a difficult one Sheldon Rosenkrance and we are very thankful for our students, families, teachers, staff and community for their support, patience, and understanding as we have navigated 2020. We have heard our families when they have expressed concern, frustration and sadness about students not learning in-person. We share in your sentiments and we too are concerned about missed academics, social-emotional experiences, as well as the many social experiences and milestones our students normally have. Additionally, we take the role in protecting the health and safety of our students, staff and community when our schools are open, very seriously. With close guidance from the state and the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment, we have been following protocols to keep COVID-19 transmission rates within our schools extremely low while in-person learning has occurred. Unfortunately, these protocols have also resulted in quarantining staff members, including teachers, bus

drivers, nutrition staff, office staff, etc. resulting in not having adequate staffing at our schools to keep our students safe and engaged in learning. Additionally, following these protocols has also resulted in increased student absences, which affects learning as well. Given these circumstances and the new protocols released from the Colorado Department of Education late last night, we have made a datadriven decision for reopening our schools after the winter break. Based on the data we have received it is recommended that even with high rates of COVID-19 in the community, our state and national health experts recommend in-person learning for students because COVID-19 is rarely spreading in schools. New COVID-19 Protocols to Allow Schools to Stay Open Quarantine Guidelines: Schools will have the ability to do targeted quarantines at all levels, including middle and high school. In alignment with updated CDC guidance, schools will have more flexible quarantine procedures due to increased testing availability, allowing students and staff to safely return to class sooner. This lessens the impact on the ability to keep schools open. By mid-January in alignment with the phased reopening plans, Estes Park School District students and staff will have access to no-cost COVID swab or saliva tests through our partnerships with LCDHE.

Visit Estes Park Seeks Chief Executive Officer Visit Estes Park (VEP), the official Destination Marketing Organization for Estes Park, Colorado, seeks a Chief Executive Officer. Surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery in the Rocky Mountains, Estes Park is an iconic tourist destination. Located just 90 minutes from Denver and at the base of Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP), the 3rd mostvisited national park in the United States, nearly 80% of RMNP’s 4.5 million annual visitors enter through Estes Park.

Estes Park offers visitors the quintessential mountain town experience – breathtaking mountain views, outdoor adventure, locally owned and operated shops, restaurants and lodging, and a full calendar of events and live music – year-round. Find out more about the organization, the position, and how to apply by visiting: www.visitestespark.com/ about-us/careers/ceo.

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Additional Areas Reopen In Rocky Mountain National Park After East Troublesome Fire Impacts Continue To Be Assessed On Tuesday, December 22, additional areas reopened in Rocky Mountain National Park, as park staff continue to assess impacts from the East Troublesome Fire. On the west side of the park, the North Inlet Trail reopened to Cascade Falls and will remain closed past the Falls. The Lower Tonahutu Trail, a short section of trail from the Kawuneeche Visitor Center to the North Inlet Trail, reopened as well. On the east side of the park, the Moraine Park Road reopened to the Fern Lake Road winter turnaround. The Fern Lake Road, Fern Lake Trail and Cub Lake Trail remain closed. The Bierstadt Trail system has reopened. The Bierstadt Trail can now be accessed from Bear Lake, from the Bierstadt Lake Trailhead, and from the Park & Ride area. The two sections of trail that drop into the Mill Creek Basin will remain closed. The Upper Beaver Meadows Trail has reopened to the Moraine Park area. However, the Beaver Mountain Trail and the Ute Trail from Upper Beaver Meadows remain closed. The trails between Upper Beaver Mountains Road and Deer Mountain have reopened. For the most current status of trails, including maps, please visit https://www.nps.gov/romo/learn/fire-information-and-regulations. htm On Wednesday, October 21, the East Troublesome Fire ran approximately 18 miles before it moved into the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park, and then spotted approximately 1.5 miles

from the head of Tonahutu Creek on the west side of the Continental Divide to the head of Spruce Creek on the east side of the Continental Divide. Rapid evacuations took place in Grand Lake on October 21. Evacuations for the majority of the Estes Valley were implemented on October 22, as weather predictions forecast major winds on the night of October 23 through October 24 pushing the fire further to the east. Firefighting actions and favorable weather on October 24 and 25, helped halt the major movement of the East Troublesome and Cameron Peak Fires. Approximately 30,000 acres or 9 percent of Rocky Mountain National Park has been impacted by the East Troublesome and Cameron Peak Fires. Rocky Mountain National Park’s nonprofit partner, The Rocky Mountain Conservancy, is accepting donations to support the park’s future restoration efforts from this season’s fires rmconservancy.org/join-or-give/donate. The East Troublesome Fire has been called 100% controlled and contained. The Cameron Peak Fire has been declared 100% contained. For information on the East Troublesome Fire visit inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7242. For information on the Cameron Peak Fire visit inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/696. For further information about Rocky Mountain National Park, please visit www.nps.gov/romo or contact the park’s Information Office at 970-586-1206.

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Estes Park Archives Program December 26 To complete the Saturday series covering Estes Park doctors and early medical care, the Estes Park Archives will discuss Dr. A.S. Barnes, who arrived in Estes Park to practice in 1940, and whose daughter, Sybil, still lives in Estes Park. As the free program is the day after Christmas, the talks will be shorter and carry-out goodies will be available, including Norwegian lefse with butter and

jam. Please stop by the meeting room at 240 Moraine Avenue between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 26 wearing masks, entry restricted to small groups of related family or folks occupying the same residence. The lecture is repeated at the top and bottom of each hour. No reservation or membership is required to attend - please call 586-4889 for directions or additional information.

Advertisement for Dr. A.S. Barnes' practice from April 1942 Vacation Edition. Photo courtesy Estes Park Trail

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Now Is The Time For You To Help The Non-Profit Estes Park Women’s Monument Project The monument requirements are complete, the Town Council has unanimously voted to endorse and support this new monument, the Town of Estes Park has donated the awesome downtown land for the monument, prominent local service organizations (like, but not limited to, the Estes Park Women’s Club, the Rotaries, the League of Women Voters, the Estes Park Chamber, VEP, the Fine Arts Guild, The Art Center and the Arts District) are actively supporting this project, and three nationally known sculptors are actively doing research and working on their final proposals that are due at the end of February 2021. Now it’s up to you to make your donation and help us complete the fundraising efforts in a timely manner. Many folks have already made a tax deductible donation in 2020 and plan to donate again in 2021. Every donation, no matter how large or

small helps. What a great way to honor our past while contributing to a brighter future. Now is the time for you to make a tax deductible donation and be part of this project. Basic project information and a link to a donation form can be found online at http://www.earthwoodgalleries.com/estes-park-womensmonument-project/ . Let’s rally around the Historical Women of Estes Park project and get the fundraising done. The goal is to have this monument completed, installed and donated to the Town by the Summer of 2021. Let us be a part of the future by honoring our past, donate now and get the Estes Park Women’s Monument built in our community. You can email me, info@earthwoodgallery.com anytime to ask questions and discuss the project in more detail.

The charge(s) are merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. On December 12 police arrested a 52 year old male from Estes Park at Denver International Airport, with the assistance of Denver Police Department. EPPD coordinated with DPD to arrest the male as he attempted to board a flight to San Francisco, California. The male was arrested on charges of 2nd degree burglary, 3rd degree burglary, felony theft and criminal mischief. Several other felony charges are forthcoming pending submission to the DA’s office. Longmont Police Dept. also has charges on this male based on evidence found by EPPD during the service of the search warrant.

On December 14 at 9:55 p.m. police were called to the 400 block of Chapin Lane on a report of a disturbance. When police arrived, the person of interest had left the scene prior to officers’ arrival and an arrest warrant was issued for a 37 year old female from Estes Park for harassment and domestic violence. The female learned of the warrant and turned herself in at the Larimer County Jail. On December 15 at 5:17 p.m. police were called to the 200 block of Cleave Street where they arrested a 20 year old female from Estes Park and charged her with obstructing a police officer, resisting arrest, and disturbing the peace. She was issued a summons and later released from EPPD.

Larimer Treasurer Warns About Tax Lien Postal Scam Some Larimer County property owners have received what appears to be phony Distraint Warrant notices via U.S. Mail stating a warrant has been issued against the recipient because of a tax debt. The letter further states Federal Tax Authorities use warrants in collection action and will garnish wages, bank accounts, seize property or seize federal tax refunds, and create a property lien to pay the debt. The recipient is told to call a toll-free number 800234-1790- to avoid enforcement. Larimer County Treasurer Irene Josey said the letter is very similar to a scam letter sent to some Larimer County residents last year during the holiday season, and to disregard the notice and also contact local law enforcement. The notice also states it is from the Tax Processing Unit in Larimer County, Public Judgement of Records, when in fact, no such entity exists. Larimer County Treasurer Irene

Josey reminds property owners if they receive this letter, contact the Larimer County Treasurer’s Office at 970-4987020 or by email at lctreasurer@larimer.org with any questions regarding their property tax status.

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Christmas and cookies go together like Easter and eggs. You can’t have one without the other. This Christmas season, however, baking multiple varieties of the family favorites wasn’t the same, because of COVID. (How many times have we had to say “because of COVID” in 2020? I am so ready to crush that phrase into tiny crumbs and sweep them into the trash, hear them filter to the bottom of the bin and then toss something green and fuzzy from the fridge on top)! Families aren’t traveling to spend the holiday together and friends are keeping their distance, so if we baked cookies this season, we’ve have to eat them all by ourselves. I don’t mind having a Christmas cookie or two in the privacy of my kitchen. In fact, as quality control manager, I believe it is my duty to test one cookie from each batch that comes out of the oven. But when my tongue begins wearing a wooly sugar sweater, I know I’ve eaten a dozen too many. It’s time to stop—until the next batch is pulled from the oven. This was the year to cut back on cookie production. Yet, we ended up with more cookies on our counter— in red and green tins, in Tupperware, on Santa plates covered in Saran wrap and on paper plates wrapped in foil, than ever before. How did this happen? Well, to make a long story short, (you always know it’s going to take a long time to hear a story when someone says, “To make a long story short.” It’s their way of saying, “You might as well sit back and relax because this is going to take awhile.”) Anyway, to make a short story long, my neighborhood’s annual cookie exchange took place, 2020-style, and I was in charge. Our house was Cookie Central so anything left over landed on our kitchen counter (and on the dining room buffet, and stored in the back seat of the car—a makeshift refrigerator). Plus, we wanted to make sure there would be enough so Joe baked a double batch of date nut pinwheels (that made six dozen), I made dozens of gingersnaps, I drizzled white chocolate into the center of close to 75 round pretzels and decorated them with red and green M&Ms, and Joe’s mom, who eats like a bird, sent over all the yummy goodies she’d received during the client-appreciation season. Despite not being able to gather under

one roof to enjoy good cheer—and cookies— for the annual event, the neighborhood cookie exchange was a success. Each person was assigned to deliver her cookies to four other households, plus drop off a dozen to our house so we could divide them up onto individual plates. We wrapped those plates with festive wrap and ribbons and then the same neighbors picked them up and delivered them to the “special folks” in the area who are elderly or alone. This was all done with masks on and very little chatting. In a way it felt like a covert operation. It was as if we were Santa’s elves sneaking around in broad daylight, placing cookies on doorsteps, knocking, and disappearing before the door was opened. It was May Day in December. It felt so good to deliver holiday cheer to those who needed a dose of it. Having all those cookies in one place provided an interesting study in cookie selection. Every family has their favorites and the variety is as broad as ornaments on a tree. There wasn’t much chocolate (that’s more of an Easter thing), but there were more traditional flavors I like to imagine go back to the days of Laura Ingalls: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, raisins and nuts, candied orange peel and dried cranberries. Plus peppermint, peanut butter, toffee and colorful sprinkles. And butter. Always lots of butter. Even within my own family, our favorites vary. Ned remembers scotcheroos (Rice Krispies mixed with butterscotch and peanut butter, topped with chocolate), Pat likes peanut butter blossoms, I get nostalgic over my Grandma D.’s coconut kisses (they were my dad’s favorites as a child), Alice always makes sugar cookies, Janet makes the labor-intensive buckeyes (peanut butter, sugar and Rice Krispies coated in chocolate), and we all think fondly of nutmeg logs (having a nutmeg log is like eating eggnog). Of course, these are all cookies Mom made and served on a ceramic plate Grandma D. painted more than 60 years ago. Christmas cookies after all, are more about the memories they stir up than the dough that gets stirred up. You may let The Thunker know what you think at her e-mail address, donoholdt@gmail.com. © 2020 Sarah Donohoe

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Annie, Plymouth & Snowbelle Need New, Loving, Forever Homes Annie is a black domestic short haired kitty. She has lived with dogs and cats and gets along well with both. She is a bit shy but very affectionate. Plymouth is 1 1/2 years old. He loves to play with other kitties and he should do well with dogs. He is a friendly and happy guy. Snowbelle is about eight years old. Her family had to move away and they could not take her. She is a shy kitty but would do okay with a calm dog or child. She is good with her litterbox and likes to observe her people. She is in foster care so please contact us for more information and a meeting by calling (970) 2861652. All of these sweet pets are currently being cared for by members of the Pet Association of Estes Park. Call (970) 286-1652 to meet any of these sweet cats who would love to be home for the holidays! All pets are offered through the Pet Association of Estes Park, a non-profit organization that is your local humane society. You can make a tax-deductible donation to the Pet Association by sending your check to P.O. Box 4342, Estes Park, CO 80517. For more information, please call 970-286-1652.




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Christmas Bird Count To Be Held On January 3rd The RMNP/Estes Park Christmas Bird Count will be held on January 3rd. It begins at 12:01 a.m. and ends at 11:59 p.m. that day. The count is a 15 mile circle centered in the national park. Participants simply count every individual bird that is seen that day, trying not to count the same individual bird more than once. However, due to Covid, participation in the field has to be limited to individuals that live in the same household. For those of you that want to participate, you can count the birds at your feeders. This is very simple. All you have to do is begin counting the birds at sunrise and continue throughout Photo by Scott Rashid

the day, trying not to count the same bird more than once. Keep a tally of the number of species you see, along with the number of individual birds you see. At the end of the day, simply send your totals to me at pymyowl@frii.com. For those of you that have participated in the past and have a specific location that you counted previously, contact me and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re welcome to count that area this year; remember, that you will still need to be a group of individuals that live in the same household. Scott Rashid, Director of CARRI pygmyowl@frii.com

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Holiday Wishes From The Estes Park Pet Association

Hello, Friends and Neighbors. We send best wishes to you and your furry and feathered companions. What a year it has been, eh? We have missed the usual opportunities to connect with you, specifically at our huge yard sale, and at the Duck Race, and more recently, at Picture Your Pets With Santa. We missed the personal contact that those events provide throughout the year, along with the monthly meet and greet with our adoptable dogs at Raven's Roast. Nevertheless, the Duck Race, in all its virtual glory, was a big success. This fine community supported its local nonprofits again, showing what a small town with a big heart can do. Throughout these tumultuous months, the Pet Association has fostered and adopted out numerous pets in need. We rescued a dog and found out she was pregnant. We had her placed in a loving foster home and she had 5 puppies. We placed a total of 13 puppies this year!

Photo by Lourie Zipf

We cared lovingly for adult dogs who were surrendered. We also found furever homes for many kitties as well. When Estes evacuated, we had adoptable animals to evacuate too. Thank you to the foster families who came forward to help! We have all, as a community, had our shared-but-separate stories during these troubled times. We look forward to connecting with all of you again when it is safe, when we can once again meet face to face, and heal by gathering and sharing. Thank you for being partners with us. We appreciate every adoption, donation, and act of kindness toward our furry friends and toward each other. The Pet Association of Estes Park is a 5013c. Donations can be made at our PayPal at petassociationep@gmail.com or by mail at P.O. Box 4342, Estes Park, CO .

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Five Fun Facts About… The Canada Goose By: Dawn Wilson

This week’s featured animal is the Canada goose. Several years ago, in a conversation with a friend, I referred to this large bird as the Canadian goose. I was promptly reminded that these birds do not have passports and are not residents of Canada. Therefore, the correct name is Canada goose. Here are five more facts about these “honkers.”

1. Canada geese are the largest geese in the world. Adults can weigh up to 14 pounds with females weighing slightly less than males. 2. Terms that refer to a group of geese include “gaggle,” “blizzard,” “chevron,” and “string” of geese. 3. At least seven subspecies of Canada Geese have been identified, including the Giant, Hudson Bay, Lesser, Great Basin, Atlantic, Vancouver and Dusky.

The four smallest subspecies are now considered their own species, the Cackling Goose (Richardson’s, minima, Aleutian, Taverner’s). All 11 have the distinct white chinstrap. 4. Canada geese mate for life, which can be as long as 25 years. 5. It might be hard to imagine today with the abundance of geese in lakes and ponds, but the giant Canada goose was

almost wiped out in the early 1900s. Dawn Wilson is a professional and award-winning nature photographer who lives in Estes Park year-round. You can see more of her work, join one of her Rocky tours, and purchase prints and calendars at DawnWilsonPhotography.com or follow her on Instagram: @dawnwilsonphoto.

Canada geese spend the winters where water stays free of ice, like on Lake Estes.

A proud mamma goose shows off her newborn goslings.

An adult goose swims through the fog with her newborn gosling.

Thick down feathers help keep geese warm during the cold Colorado winters.

All seven subspecies of Canada geese have the distinct white chin strap.

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Give The Gift Of Mentoring Partners has youth waiting for their special mentor. At this time we have two male youth waiting for their special mentor! Are you an adult male 21 or older who is very active and interested in working with younger male mentees? One male youth loves video games and You Tube. Another male youth loves soccer and being very active. One youth is in our Community-based Mentoring Program, and the other in our School-based mentoring program. Other volunteer positions include: female mentors, activity volunteers, and advisory council members. Contact kwhitacre@poweredbypartners.org or go to our website www.poweredbypartners.org for more information!

Partners Extends Thanks For 2020 Sponsors

Partners would like to thank our Mission Partner Sponsors for 2020: • Bank of Colorado • Bank of Estes Park • Estes Park Mountain Shop Partners would also like to thank those who made In-Kind donations to Partners in 2020: • Poppy's Pizza and Grill • Estes Park Rent All • Mama Roses • Ride-A-Kart • Laura Trump • Estes Park News • Estes Park Trail Gazette Your support means so much to the youth we serve in our programs!

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Music Of Mahler In January 2021

Wildlife Responder Available To Help

Knowledge, experience, skills to assist and educate individuals with and about wildlife encounters/situations. Specialty is elk, deer, bears, mountain lions. Part of Rocky Mtn. Cat Conservancy Research. If you see a kill site, call asap, or if you want more information or help with a wildlife situation, call Jayne the “Bear Lady” at 970-685-8756.

office@ stbartsepiscopal church.org. Include your name, email address and phone number. Once you have registered you will receive information on how to get ZOOM on your computer if you do not already have it and a few days before each class, a link to access the class. The dates for the class will be Tuesdays from January 19 through February 23. The course will be on ZOOM at 10 a.m. on those Tuesdays. However, for anyone who is not available at 10 a.m., you will be able to access the course Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) any time later that day or even days For the 14th season, the Class on Clas- following as it will be recorded and available on You Tube. sical Music will be offered this winter on the music of Gustav Mahler. This year’s class will be offered via ZOOM and will be sponsored by St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church who is very happy to sponsor the class as a gift to the Estes community. To register for this free class, send an email to

Previous classes, which began in 2008, have been on the music of: Beethoven Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Schubert, Bach, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Dvorak, Debussy, Ravel, Haydn and Mozart. Derald DeYoung, the teacher and Professor of Music Emeritus from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, states, “Mahler (1860 1911) is one of my all time favorite composers. His nine completed symphonies sum up the entire Romantic era.” And Leonard Bernstein said, “Mahler sang the last rueful songs of nineteenth-century romanticism... and showered a rain of beauty on this world that has not been equalled since.” DeYoung said, “While I will certainly miss seeing everyone and doing this class in person this year, I think that this can still be a fine quality experience and I really look forward to sharing my enthusiasm for Mahler’s music with you.”

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We’re all staying

” s y a d i l o h e h t r o f e “hom this year.

The holidays feel different this year because they are different this year. But we can keep our families close to us in our hearts and thoughts.

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Crossroads Extends Heartfelt Gratitude To Supporters make a difference to those in need in the Estes Valley as this year comes to a close: - If you are an Estes Park merchant without a Changed Lives donation jar and would like to have one, please contact us. - If you have coins that have accumulated in your home or car and would like to make a difference with them, we’d love to hear from you. - If you feel inspired to send a yearend donation of $10, $20, $50, or more to Changed Lives, your kindness will

undoubtedly have a profound effect in the lives of many of our neighbors in need. TO GIVE: www.CrossroadsEP.org - simply click on donate now button, indicating “Changed Lives.” Send a check to Crossroads Ministry – 851 Dry Gulch Rd, Estes Park, CO 80517. Thank you for assisting Crossroads in blessing as many lives as possible!

The photo is with the Country Market & Deli where we have one of our donation jars. Left to Right: Brian Schaffer, Crossroads Executive Director, Scott Webermeier, Owner of Country Market & Deli, Shannon Diamond, Manager, Tim Van Ryn, Crossroads Community Engagement Manager. By: Joy Basia Melendy

At CrossroadsEP.org, our mission is to practice Christian love by providing basic human services to Estes Valley residents in need. We cannot do this alone – so we thank all of our dedicated year round supporters. One of our campaigns that has existed for many years is the “Changed Lives” jar donation program. You’ve likely seen the jars in various retail and restaurant locations throughout Estes Park. We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all of our supporting merchants: The Rock Shop Smokin’ Daves BBQ Country Supermarket Rocky Mountain Liquor Wayfinder Bear’s Den Big Horn Restaurant Wapiti Penelope’s Burgers Raven’s Roast Coffee Rocky Mountain Connection Rocky Mountain Flavors/Grandma’s Cookies Chelito’s Restaurant HYK 1 Claire’s Restaurant Estes Egg Pepper’s Mexican Grill Ed’s Cantina & Grill Mary Jane’s Mile High Coffee Wynbrier Home Kirk’s Fly Shop Wildside 4X4 Tours Nepal’s Casa Grande Mexican Restaurant Sgt. Pepper’s Music & Video Outdoor World Caramel Corn Munchin’ House Bob and Tony’s Pizza

Mt. Everest Gift Shop The Grub Steak Restaurant OPPA Restaurant Green Jeep Tours Bank of Estes Sereni Tea Blake Trading Co. Lithium Elkins Liquor Over the Edge Rocket Fizz Peak’s Hallmark Safeway Rocky Mountain Pharmacy Estes Park Pet Supply Dad’s Laundry True Value Hardware The Village Pizza Rocky Mountain Deli Rocky Mountain Candies Coyote Inn Rambo Liquor Antonio’s Pizza Hunter’s Chop House Estes Resort Rocky Mountain Outlet KOA Campground Estes Ace Hardware Estes Ark Napa Auto Supply East Side Grocery Tai Kitchen La Cocina de Mama Park Supply Hardware Cousin Pat’s Restaurant Estes Park Lumber Mr. Dew Liquor El Mex-Kal Family Mexican Restaurant Donations to Changed Lives: $6,543 in 2018. $8,888 in 2019. $4,000 in 2020. Needless to say, the needs of our neighbors increased dramatically in 2020. Through you, it would be thrilling to exceed past donations to Changed Lives in 2020. Thank you for thoughtfully considering how you can

Now through December 31, 2020 receive up to a $50 VISA gift card with the purchase of a membership for yourself, or for a friend of family member, as a gift. Call Amy at 720-237-5959 to take advantage of this limited time holiday promotion!

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This list represents all Estes Park restaurants. It does not indicate which ones are open for inside or patio dining, take out service, curb side or delivery. Those listed above are regular advertisers in Estes Park News. Call or check each restauants’s individual information as needed for dining options, hours and restrictions. Restaurant Antonio’s NY Pizza Avant Garde Ale Baldpate Inn Big Horn Restaurant Bird and Jim Bob & Tony’s Pizza Boss Burgers Gyros Cafe de Pho-Thai Casa Grande Mex. Cascades at Stanley Chelitos Mexican China Garden Cinnamon’s Bakery Claire’s on the Park Coffee on the Rocks Cousin Pat’s Pub Dairy Queen Domino’s Pizza Dunraven Inn Ed’s Cantina Egg of Estes El Mex-Kal Elkins Whisky Estes Park Brewery Estes Park Pie Shop Fresh Burger Stop Grubsteak Rest. Himalayan Curry Hunters Chophouse Inkwell & Brew Kind Coffee Latitude 105 Ale La Cabana Mexican La Cocina De Mama Local’s Grill Lonigans Grill

Address 1560 Big Thompson 920 Dunraven St. 4900 S. CO-7 401 W Elkhorn Ave. 915 Moraine Ave. 124 W. Elkhorn Ave. 861 Moraine Ave. 225 W. Riverside Dr. 220 E. Elkhorn Ave. 333 Wonderview 145 E. Elkhorn Ave. 460 W. Riverside Dr. 920 W. Elkhorn Ave. 225 Park Lane 510 Moraine Ave. 451 S. St. Vrain Ave. 218 E. Elkhorn Ave. 457 E. Wonderview 1700 Big Thompson 390 E. Elkhorn Ave. 393 E. Elkhorn Ave. 160 First St. 1825 N. Lake Ave. 470 Prospect Village 509 Big Thompson 860 Moraine Ave. 134 W. elkhorn Ave. 101 W. Elkhorn Ave. 1690 Big Thompson 150 E. Elkhorn Ave. 470 E. Elkhorn Ave. 101 So. St. Vrain 165 Virginia Dr. 361 S. St. Vrain Ave. 153 E. Elkhorn Ave. 110 E. Elkhorn Ave.

Phone 970 586-7275 970 591-2700 970 586-5397 970 586-2792 970 586-9832 970 586-2044 970 586-3137 970 577-0682 970 577-0799 970 577-4001 970 586-0886 970 586-2488 970 480-1501 970 586-9564 970 586-5182 970 586-7287 970 586-4939 970 586-8181 970 586-6409 970 586-2919 970 586-1173 970 586-4377 970 480-1848 970 586-5421 970 577-7437 970 480-1492 970 586-8838 970 586-6226 970 586-6962 970 342-1297 970 586-5206 970 586-1156 970 586-9001 970 586-6900 970 586-4346

Website estesparkpizza.com avantgardealeworks.com baldpateinn.com estesparkbighorn.com birdandjim.com cafedephothai.squarespace.com casagrandemexicana.com stanleyhotel.com chelitos-restaurant.com chinagardenestespark.com cinnamonestespark.com clairesrestaurantandbar.com cousinpatspubandgrill.com dairyqueen.com dominos.com dunravenepresort.com edscantina.com eggofestes.com elmex-kal.com elkinswhisky.com epbrewery.com youneedpie.com grubsteakestespark.com himalayancurryandkebob.com hunterschophouse.com inkwellbrew.com kindcoffee.com ridegelinehotel.com/latitude-105 lacocinadmama.com lonigans.com

Lumpy Ridge Brew 531 S. St. Vrain Ave. McDonalds Rest. 501 Big Thompson Mama Rose’s Rest. 338 E. Elkhorn Ave. Mile High Coffee 356 E. Elkhorn Ave. MollyB Rest. 200 Moraine Ave. Mountain Home Cafe 457 E. Wonderview Munchin House 130 E. Elkhorn Napal’s Cafe 184 E. Elkhorn Ave. National Park Village 900 Moraine Ave. Nickys Steakhouse 1350 Fall River Rd. Notchtop Bakery 459 E. Wonderview Oppa Asian Bistro 183 W. Riverside Dr. Penelope’s Burgers 229 W. Elkhorn Ave. Pepper Mexican Grill 401 E. Elkhorn Ave. Poppy’s Pizza & Grill 338 E. Elkhorn Ave. Raven’s Roast Coffee 157 W. Elkhorn Ave. Rock Cut Brewery 390 W. Riverside Dr. Rock Inn Mtn. Tavern 1675 CO-66 Rocky Mtn. Deli 541 Big Thompson Scratch Deli 911 Moraine Ave. Seasoned Bistro 205 Park Ln. Shakes Alive 513 Big Thompson Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ 820 Moraine Ave. Snowy Peaks Winery 292 Moraine Ave. Starbucks Coffee 537 Big Thompson Subway 517 Big Thompson Sweet Basilico 430 Prospect Village Thai Kitchen 401 S. St. Vrain Ave. The Barrel 251 Moraine Ave. The Village Pizza 543 Big Thompson Trailhead Rest. 3450 Fall River Rd. Twin Owls Steak 800 MacGregor Ave. Vinu Giu 207 Park Ln. Wapiti Colorado Pub 247 W. Elkhorn Ave WayFinder 900 Moraine Ave. Wild Rose Est. 157 W. Elkhorn Ave Ziggi’s Coffee 519 S. St. Vrain Ave.

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mamarosesrestaurant.com mollybestespark.com mountainhomecafe.com themunchinhouse.com nationalparkvillage.com nickyssteakhouse.com thenotchtop.com penelopesburgers.com peppersmex.com estesdining.com rockcutbrewing.com rockinnestes.com rockymountain deli.com seasonedbistro.com shakesalive.com smokindavesq.com snowypeakswinery.com sweetbasilico.com thaikitchenonline.com thebarrel.beer thevillagepizza.com rockymountaingateway.net twinowls.net (reopening soon) vinogiu.com the wapitipub.com wayfindercolorado.com wildroserestaurant.com ziggiscoffee.com

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Rotary Thanks Area Fire Departments With Grants Six area fire departments have been named recipients of grants totaling $4,500 from the Rotary Club of Estes Park. This round of grants was made possible by the 2020 Friendship Card, which provides discounts at area businesses. The fire departments selected for the grants were all active in fighting the two recent wildfires. Each department will receive $750. They include: • Allenspark Fire Protection District • Big Elk Meadows Fire Protection

District • Estes Valley Fire Protection District • Glen Haven Area Volunteer Fire Department • Loveland Fire Rescue Authority – Canyon Battalion • Pinewood Springs Fire Protection District “The fire service grants recognize our local firefighters for their tireless work in protecting our community and Rocky Mountain National Park during The East Troublesome and

Cameron Peak fires, the two largest wildfires in Colorado history,” said Karen Thompson, Rotary Club of Estes Park Fund Development Director. Thompson and Rotary Community Service Committee member Peter Sinnott recently delivered the checks to the six local fire departments. The Friendship Card is a fundraising project of The Rotary Club of Estes Park. Net proceeds are used for community grants, scholarships, and other Rotary projects. No funds are used for club expenses.

The Friendship Card made its debut in 2019. In 2020, even with COVID challenges, the card netted over $5,000, all of which will be returned to the community. The 2021 Friendship Card is now available for $10 at several Estes Park locations, including: Cabintique, Country Market, Macdonald Book Shop, Mad Moose, Nicky’s Steak and Seafood House, Quality Inn, Safeway Guest Services, Rocky Mountain Gateway, Wynbrier Home and Wynbrier Ltd. The card unlocks discounts at more than 70 local merchants.

Allenspark Fire Protection District Chief Leo Touzjian (left) and Division Chief Mike Cousineau (center) receive the grant check from Rotary Fund Development Director Karen Thompson.

Big Elk Meadows Chief Collin Isenhart accepts the grant from Karen Thompson.

Estes Valley Fire Protection District Chief David Wolf with Rotary Community Service Committee member Peter Sinnott.

Glen Haven Area Volunteer Fire Department Chief Kevin Zagorda accepts a check from Peter Sinnott.

Loveland Fire Rescue Authority – Canyon Battalion Engineer Alex Chapin (left) and Firefighter Jacob Cravey (right) receive a check from Peter Sinnott.

Pinewood Springs Fire Protection District Chief Ted Plank accepts a grant check from Karen Thompson.

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O Little Town of Estes Park... Photo by Paul J. Marcotte www.pauljmarcottephotography.com



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DID YOU FEEL THE DIFFERENCE? One of my favorite authors, Max Lucado, wrote an inspiring book about the events surrounding the birth of Jesus, God Came Near. In it he contrasts the calmness that is quite common during this season, with the turmoil that so often exists during the rest of the year. He wrote: “The magic of the season was observed in the lives of humanity ever so briefly… Gone was our focus on winning, wooing, and warring. We stepped off rat-race lives and looked outward toward the Star of Bethlehem…For a few precious hours, He is beheld. Christ the Lord! Many who pass the year without seeing Him, see Him. People who often use His name in vain, pause to use it in praise. Eyes, free of thinking of self, marvel at His majesty. He’s everywhere!” But, that was then, and this is now. What a difference this year has seen! In a year like few others, we have seen the focus on ‘winning, wooing, and warring’. It seems that this whole year has been focused on those three things. We had bitter and hard-fought political campaigns, focused on ‘wooing and winning’ voters. It’s been a year that was filled with protests designed to ‘woo and win’ public support for various issues and social change. It’s been a year that has been filled with ‘fighting’ of many other kinds, as well, hasn’t it? We’ve been fighting a war against a medical pandemic that has devastated the lives of millions…taking loved ones, jobs, businesses, learning opportunities…and the list of losses goes on, and is continuing to take its toll. It’s been a year of fighting even those natural forces around us, with wildfires, devastating hurricanes, tornadoes and drought. During this year it’s been very easy to identify with Henry W. Longfellow, who wrote, “And in despair, I bowed my head, ‘there is no peace on earth’, I said, ‘for hate is strong and mocks the song of ‘peace on earth, good will to men’.” Those words certainly have a ring of truth for us as we look back over 2020. Compounding the problems of this year is the sad realization that so many of the things that drew our minds away from those negative things in past years, haven’t been as present this year. Things that called our attention to the arrival of God’s Son on the earth, bringing us the ‘Good News’ that Longfellow described in these words: “Then pealed those bells more loud and deep, ‘God is not dead, nor doth He sleep. The wrong shall fail, the right prevail, in peace on earth, good will to men.’” Many of those things were absent this year. Churches have been limited in meeting, therefore, no Christmas programs. Schools have been ‘on-again, off-again’, as a result, no Christmas school choral presentations and plays. Shopping is being done online so fewer customers are hearing Christmas music as they shop. As a result, we lose the soothing effect that such music and reminders often bring. Country music singer, Travis Tritt, began his career playing in various nightspots. He said that after people began to drink, some became rowdy and fights threatened. He said he and the band knew what to do. They would play ‘Silent night’, and the whole mood would change and peace ‘prevail’. He said it never failed. It didn’t fail in 1914, when enemy troops stopped fighting, laid aside their weapons, and wished their adversaries ‘Merry Christmas’, before resuming the fighting. And that’s what we are longing for right now, as we begin this New Year, isn’t it? “Peace on earth, good will to men!” We long for, and anticipate that, ‘since God is not dead, nor doth He sleep’, this next year will see ‘peace’: in our battle with ‘Covid 19’, in the aftermath of the election, in our social injustices challenges, even our battle with the natural forces in our world, and in our individual lives as we return to our jobs, schools, businesses, worship services, and close fellowship with one another. I encourage you to join me in prayer for all these things so that our new ‘2021’, will be a year of ‘peace on earth, good will to men,’ as we remember and look to Him Who is the ‘Prince of Peace’. God bless us everyone!

Bob Lewis

Estes Park Senior Citizens Center Menu December 28 – January 1 Monday, Dec 28 Tuesday, Dec 29 Wed., Dec 30 Thursday, Dec 31 Friday, Jan 1

Trio Signature Salad (topped w/ Chicken Salad, Tuna Salad & 3-Bean Salad) w/ ranch dressing Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwich (topped w/ avocado, bacon & cheddar cheese) w/ Pasta Salad Pork Loin w/ apple sauce, Sweet Potato & vegetable Chicken Cordon Bleu w/ Roasted Potatoes & vegetable Shrimp Platter (4 grilled & 4 fried) w/ Rice Pilaf & soup

January 4 – 8 Monday, Jan 4 Tuesday, Jan 5 Wed., Jan 6 Thursday, Jan 7 Friday, Jan 8

Meatloaf w/ mashed potatoes, gravy & vegetables Chicken Quesadilla w/ soup of the day Philly Beef Sandwich (topped w/ mozzarella cheese, green peppers & onions) & Homemade Chips Vegetarian Stuffed Bell Peppers (w/ rice & vegetables), garlic bread & side salad Trout (4 oz) w/ Baked Potato & soup

All noon meals are $5 for current EP Senior Citizens Center members and are by reservation only. Reservations must be made by 1:00 PM at least one business day in advance. Note, if you want to reserve a meal for Monday, Dec 28th, you need to call before 1:00 PM on Thurs., Dec 24th. Closed Fri., Dec 25th. For reservations call 970-581-2195 and leave a detailed message. Pre-paid meal tickets and membership forms are available at the Estes Park Senior Citizens Center located at 1760 Olympian Lane and at estesparkseniors.org The Center is still closed; no activities. Now is the time to Join/Renew Membership for 2021! Meals-to-Go will be delivered to your vehicle at the Senior Citizens Center! Pick up times 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Check out our website: estesparkseniors.org

Success On And Off The Court With Dave Boon

Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary’s (EVSR) Youth Services Committee is pleased to partner in sponsoring the National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) program. The Northern Colorado NJTL served over 1,200 youth in the region in 2019, including Estes Park Programs. Cory Workman, President Elect of Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary and Director of Youth Services presents a check to Dave Boon in support of this youth program. Dave will be presenting to EVSR at their weekly meeting on December 22, 2020.

Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary is pleased to welcome speaker Dave Boon to their weekly meeting on December 22, 2020. Dave will be presenting on the National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) program. The National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) program was started by tennis legend, Arthur Ashe and two of his friends Charlie Pasarell and Sheridan Snyder, in 1969. Today, there are approximately 250 NJTL programs serving 160,000 youth throughout the United States. Now under the United States Tennis Association Foundation, NJTL Chapters are considered the flagship program that deliver year-round free or low-cost tennis instruction, academic support, and enrichment opportunities to positively impact on the lives of youth. One of those USTA Foundation supported programs is NJTL Fort Collins (now NJTL NOCO) which has programming in Fort Collins, Wellington, Loveland, and since this past summer, Estes Park. Dave Boon, an Estes Park resident, is the founder and Executive Director of NJTL NOCO. The NJTL NOCO program has provided programming at the Boys and Girls Clubs (BGC) in Fort Collins and Loveland and had plans for Estes this past summer but the COVID pandemic put a temporary hold on Estes. However, working with the Estes Valley Recreation and Park District, they did provide programming during the summer outdoors and had a program in the fall indoors at the Rec Center. So, what does NJTL programming look like in Northern Colorado? In 2019 over 1,200 youth were served, aged 6 – 17 years, in a variety of locations and programs. From BGC in both Fort Colins

and Loveland (350 youth), to Lunch Time Tennis at Putnam Elementary School (281 youth), to Middle School Leadership Camp and Team Challenge (92 students), and Elementary School Sports Days (650 youth), and Adaptive Programs (24 participants) as well. Two of our participants won the NJTL USTA Intermountain Sectional Essay Contest and were entered into the National pool with the chance of winning a $6,000 scholarship. Teaching life skills and leadership go hand in hand with teaching tennis. The First Serves Life Skills Curriculum, character education and the SERVES Leadership curriculum which Dave developed for the Colorado Tennis Association STAR Search program are a part of helping kids to develop these off-thecourt skills. NJTL Fort Collins relies heavily on high school and adult volunteers to help support our on-court and off-court activities. NJTL FC could not do what we do without the help of our volunteers, especially our high school volunteers. In the past year we have been fortunate to have eight volunteers that have put in over 600 volunteer hours. The NJTL FC Board of Directors has established a scholarship account for our high school volunteers that have contributed more than 10 hours of volunteer service. Total scholarships in 2019-20 was over $9,000 with students now at University of Colorado, Colorado State University, Front Range Community College and Colorado Mesa University. For more information on NJTL in Estes Park, or to volunteer, contact Dave at dave@njtlfc.org. Maybe you too could get a college scholarship and make a positive impact on the youth we serve!

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Eco-Sense By: Judi Smith

While it is true that not all plastic, paper, metal and glass are recyclable, it is also a fact that each collection yard and material recovery facility (MRF) has its own concept of what can and cannot be accepted and processed. For items in good (or often in repairable) condition, local shops that accept used items for resale or rental should be considered first - reuse before either recycling or landfilling. In normal times, Elizabeth Guild and Village Thrift Shop accept a wide variety of items which are then for sale to the community. Cliffhanger is the obvious place for books. Enchanted Florist will put glass vases to good use. Antique shops offer high end used items. Consignment stores often hold undiscovered treasures. Remember, to be successful, the shops require donors, volunteers and shoppers. If in doubt, contact them to see what they accept – or if they have what you need. If recyclables (paper, glass, metal, and plastic) are mixed in one bin, it is called single streaming. If separated by resource (or even further by quality), it is called source separated recyclables. To keep recycling profitable, items placed into single stream must be “seen” and sorted by a series of machines that separate materials by weight, size, opacity, and magnetic attraction. This limits what qualifies for the single streamed bin. Glass and corrugated cardboard bins at the RRC are source separated. Timberline Recycling (Fort Collins) and the Eco-cycle network (Boulder County) will accept source separated glass and corrugated cardboard from businesses. The glass bin is a project of the Community Recycling Committee. All other bins at the RRC (for recycling generated by households) and at the Transfer Station (from business use), including the single stream, are a service of the Larimer County Solid Waste Dept. Metal cans are acceptable into the single stream bin. Other shapes of metal (appliances, tools, sheet goods, hardware, etc...) cannot be identified by the sorting equipment at the material recovery facility (MRF). They are however, acceptable as “Hard to Recycle Material.” This includes microwave ovens (remove plate). Also: Metal Recyclers (formerly junk-yards) will buy used metal. Check the individual location for restrictions. The Estes Park Resource Center will arrange towing for used vehicles ready for the scrap yard. EP Power & Communication can arrange a $35 rebate and refrigerator pickup.

Timberline Recycling still has an office paper bin, which allows them to accept smaller bits of (white) paper, even shredded paper. Eco-cycle accepts shredded paper as compostable. Cliffhanger takes (and sells) used hard-bound books as well as paperbacks, CDs, DVDs, and sheet music. Bestway Painting accepts architectural paint products including empty paint cans. Check with them on the specific product. Simply Christmas will put your leftover ribbon and holiday paper to good use (even metallic paper) and they share with other shops. Plastic bags can not be placed into the usual recycling bins, but clean shopping bags can be taken to Safeway or Country Market for recycling. Safeway also accepts “zipped” plastic bags and other types of plastic film. The annual Estes Recycles Day does not take shredded paper, but they will shred the paper for you. They also collect scrap metal and electronics as well as paint supplies and other hard-to-recycle materials. Larimer County tells us that there have been no changes to the collection at the Residential Recycling Center and the Transfer Station. They accept #1-#7 that are shaped like bottles, jugs, jars, and tubs. They recycle #1, #2, #4, and #5. Regrettably, any #3, #6, and #7 plastics they receive must be landfilled. Eco-cycle CHaRM can recycle the black plastics others cannot. CHaRM also recycles clamshells, #3 plastics, and #6 block Styrofoam (not cups and dishes, not shipping peanuts.) Compostable plastic (#7PLA) is acceptable in Eco-cycle composting. The annual Town of Estes Park’s Christmas tree collection is Dec. 2829 and Jan. 2-22 at the Fairgrounds. 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. If you are ready to convert to LEDs: Timberline Recycling, Ace Hardware (Fort Collins), and some metal recyclers are accepting strings of holiday lights as scrap metal for a limited time after Christmas. This is by no means a complete list, but merely a reminder of the alternatives to the most questioned items that do not meet the single stream requirements. Please checkout the extensive A-Z lists on the websites for www.larimer.org (both Estes sites and the County yards), www.fcgov.com/recycling/dropoff (Timberline Recycling in Fort Collins), and www.ecocycle.org (Boulder County locations) for further information. Agree? Disagree? Comments? RRRcyc@signsandwishes.org.

Congratulations to Sam Workman, the Estes Park High School Student of the Week for December 25, 2020. School activities Sam enjoys are being a member of choir, band, and marching band, in musical theater and the choir group Major 13 as well as the Thespian Society. In her spare time she likes hiking, skiing, writing, drawing, painting, exploring the woods near her house, singing and acting. She enjoys analyzing movies and books, and likes to write poetry. She also enjoys being with her friends whenever she can. Sam’s favorite quote is, “Are we living a life that is safe from harm? Of course not. We never are. But that’s not the right question. The questions is are we living a life that th is worth the harm?”-Cecil Palmer, 10 Welcome to Nightvale, episode one. She said, “I like this quote because it is both an inspiration and a motivation. If we live our lives completely free of hurt, we will not learn anything. We have to experience pain in this life, and make it worth it. To learn is to struggle, and accept failures when they come. We must do

Sam Workman Grade

our best, as much as we can. I encourage everyone to remember you can do this. You’re going to get through it, and you are doing great.” After high school Sam said, “I hope to go to a college for acting, and perform on Broadway one day.”

Bank of Estes Park Student Legacy Award: In addition to being awarded the Student of the Week, each winner will be given the opportunity to nominate the school program of their choice for the chance to win $500. At the end of the school year, one such nomination will be randomly selected, and that school program will be awarded the $500 Bank of Estes Park Student Legacy Award, in that student's name.

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Each year at the Estes Park Elementary School (EPES) the PTO and school staff put on a fabulous holiday celebration before heading into Winter Break. It's called “Polar Express Day” and kids start the school day in their pj's with a holiday sing-a-long, then move on to get their train ticket punched by our Polar Express train conductor. Once they are “all aboard,” they get their mugs filled with hot

chocolate and return to their classrooms to enjoy Polar Express inspired activities. It's a wonderful school tradition that all grade levels participate in and love. This year, we had to reimagine our “Polar Express Day” to comply with COVID-19 precautions. We wanted the magic to carry on, so our kids could continue to believe. Our staff designed a drive through parade that would highlight the holidays as well as pay tribute to our fantastic first responders in our community. As families drove through they passed holiday floats, ambulances, fire trucks, buses, and police cars. At the end was the EP trolly with special guests, Mr. and Mrs. Claus and our

Polar Express conductors. All along the way families were greeted by EPES staff “elves” celebrating the beginning of our Winter Break and all that has been accomplished this year. Approximately 340 students and their families flowed through our parking lot experiencing the magic of the Holidays. We’d like to extend a huge thank you to the following individuals and organizations: Vanessa and Steve with

Estes Transit trolly, Devin and Chris and the Estes Park Events Department, Brian Berg with the Estes Park Parks Division, David Wolf and Paul Capo with the Estes Valley Fire Department, Geoff Elliott with Glen Haven Area Volunteer Fire Department, Earl Collom with EP Health Ambulance, Curt Plassmeyer with Estes Park Police Department, Dave Coleson with Estes Park School District, EPES PTO, The Newcomers Club and our special “stars,” Al and Barb Davis as Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

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EVBOR Year End In Review 2020 has been a strange year, to say the least. As we’ve all sought to protect our neighbors’ and our own health, businesses have had to get creative to stay afloat during the pandemic. Like every other business the Estes Valley Board of REALTORS® has had to reinvent how we accomplished our goals and supported our community over the past year. While all our in-person meetings, classes and fundraisers shifted to the virtual world, we were still able to support local organizations and causes. This year we were able to provide two college scholarships to Estes Park High School graduates with donations from our members and the help of local businesses like Snowy Peak Winery, Brownfields, You Need Pie, and Bank of Colorado. We also completed our Adopt-A-Highway clean up, donated $2,000 to the Estes Valley Housing Authority Down Payment Assistance Program, contributed $8,400 to Crossroads Ministries for housing assistance, and raised over $5,000 for Bright Christmas. Currently we’re working with the Colorado Association of REALTORS® to help distribute over $100,000 in grant funds for rent or mortgage assistance to those impacted by loss in the recent East Troublesome, Cameron Peak and Calwood wildfires.

Each year the EVBOR recognizes members who have not only provided excellent service to customers but are also involved in serving the Estes Valley in various ways. This years’ honorees are Abbey Pontius, REALTOR® of the Year, Renee Hodgden, Rookie of the Year and Tim Stolz of Bestway Painting for Affiliate of the Year. Each of the recipients volunteer their time with the EVBOR, support other local organizations with their time, talents and treasure, and work to make Estes a better place for everyone. Our elected Board of Directors for the new year are Alison Gilbert, President; Mindy Stone, President-Elect: Javier Gomez, Past-President; Renee Hodgden, Secretary; Gene Whannel, Treasurer; April Allen, Breeyan Edwards and Sarah Metz, Directors; Abbey Pontius, Colorado Association of REALTORS® Director, Harriette Woodard, from Bank of Colorado and Dave Caddell, of Caddell Appraisals, Affiliate Representatives. We are grateful for the leadership, vision and dedication of the Board and for the time they sacrifice to make our REALTORS® better. As we wrap up 2020 all of us at the Estes Valley Board of REALTORS® want to wish you the happiest of holidays and, with you, hope for a very different and healthy 2021!


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Local Families Enjoy The Magic Of “The Polar Express”

“Do you believe?” That’s the question posed by one of the most popular books of the holidays—“The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg. This story has been a favorite tradition at the Estes Valley Library, and this year, the train to the North Pole once again made its magical journey through our mountain village. On December 14, families took part in a Holiday Lights Caravan Tour, led by fire trucks from the Estes Valley Fire Protection District, adorned with holiday lights. Kids dropped off their letters for the North Pole, which were delivered to Santa by the elves from the Estes Park Newcomers Club. Many families took home “Grab and Go” kits with copies of “The Polar Ex-

press” inside, along with a packet of hot chocolate mix. Readers shared these pictures of their holiday cheer, making sure the “Polar Express” is shining bright in many hearts this season. “Polar Express” fans of all ages can watch a reading from the comfort of home, with local storytellers Kurtis Kelly and Miguel Bernal reciting the tale in both English and Spanish. Look for the YouTube link at estesvalleylibrary.org.

House Call Deliveries: "One Book One Valley" Special Edition In celebration of this year's One Book One Valley, and to help us all stay “covid-safer” this January, the library is offering two special opportunities for patrons to receive House Calls delivery service of their library materials. Although our librarians won't be riding a pack horse like The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, we will gladly arrange a safe non-contact delivery to your front doorstep. Deliveries in January will be made on two dates: Friday, January 8 and Friday, January 22, from 10 a.m. to noon. Recipients do not necessarily need to be home to receive their deliveries. The items will be safely wrapped in a bag. Our volunteer will knock or ring the bell upon delivery, but it is not necessary to answer or to present a library card (check-outs will be done

beforehand). To prepare for a delivery, you can search our catalog, place holds, and when your items are ready, simply email Gretel Bock at gbock@estesvalleylibrary.org. Or, you can say, 'surprise me' by using our online order form, “Special Orders-Just for You”, where you tell us general subject areas or media types that you enjoy, and our staff will bundle books, audio or movies matched to your interests. The January-only delivery service gives everyone three different options for checking out library materials, along with in-library check-outs and curbside pick-up service, which are both available six days a week. Deliveries can be arranged to most anywhere within the boundaries of the Estes Valley Public Library District, with the exception of Drake, Storm Mountain and Allenspark. This special opportunity allows patrons to enjoy the delivery service that is usually reserved for those who have physical challenges or visual limitations. To find out more, or to learn more about the year-round House Calls program, email gbock@estesvalleylibrary.org or call 970-586-8116, extension 827. And join us throughout the month for One Book One Valley programs and discussions.

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What’s Happening At The Estes Valley Library HOURS & SERVICES Holiday Hours The library is closed this week on Thursday and Friday, December 24 and 25, re-opening on December 26 at 10 a.m. The library will close at 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 31, and remain closed on January 1, re-opening January 2 at 10 a.m. Current Open Hours: Mondays - Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. During the current Level Red status in Larimer County, indoor library access is limited. The collections are open, but seating is limited to a few public computers. The second floor and all meeting and study rooms are closed for now. Curbside pick-up service and use of outdoor Wi-Fi are recommended. Full details at estesvalleylibrary.org. Curbside Service by Appointment Place holds in the catalog, then watch for an email notice, and schedule a convenient pick-up time. Full details at estesvalleylibrary.org. ONE BOOK ONE VALLEY “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek” The 2021 One Book One Valley title is “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek” by Kim Michele Richardson, as chosen by Estes Valley readers. Paperback copies are available for check-out. Other formats include large print, audiobook, and digital eBook. A month of programs and discussions begin in January, culminating with a presentation by the author on January 30. Full details at estesvalleylibrary.org. “Then the Women Took Over”: the Founding of the First Library Tuesday, January 12, 7 - 8 p.m., via

Zoom. The Estes Park Woman’s Club founded our town’s first library in 1916. Learn about the people and stories behind this historic effort, with a program led by Woman’s Club member and local author Nancy Thomas. Sign up at estesvalleylibrary.org. KIDS & FAMILY Preschool and Baby Storytimes Online New each week on YouTube. Children ages 0 to 6 and their families can enjoy stories, songs, puppets and activities, online each week with new themes. See the upcoming roster at estesvalleylibrary.org and watch previous recordings on the library’s YouTube channel. Spanish Read-Aloud with Gretel Weekly on library’s YouTube channel. Enjoy Spanish-language storybooks read aloud by Outreach Librarian Gretel Bock. Early Childhood Music Workshops On the library’s YouTube channel.

Music is a great stimulus for children’s cognitive development. Join local music therapist Nancy Bell for learning inspired through songs, especially for kids ages 0 to 6. Now online. BOOK-A-LIBRARIAN Free Legal Self-Help Clinic Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2 - 5 p.m., by phone appointment. One-on-one legal advice. For library cardholders who do not have a personal attorney. Appointments are necessary, and can be scheduled by calling 970-586-8116. More information at estesvalleylibrary.org/legalclinic. NEW YEARS’ RESOLUTIONS As we begin to make our lists for

2021, the library is the perfect to find ideas and inspiration. Whether it’s your goal to get organized, eat healthier, learn a new language, exercise, or learn a craft, there is motivation to be found in books, audiobooks and movies. Both the physical and digital collections are searchable in one easyto-browse catalog at estesvalleylibrary.org. Place holds for in-person check-out or schedule a curbside pick-up. Special Order—Just for You Whether you’re busy, or just looking for new authors, the library offers a convenient new service called “Special Order—Just for You.” Visit estesvalleylibrary.org for an online form, where you can list authors and media that appeal to you, and the library will bundle books, movies and more matched to your interests. FRIENDS & FOUNDATION Cliffhanger Used Books Cliffhanger Used Books, operated by the Library Friends & Foundation, is open Mondays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. (closed on Tuesdays). The store is located at 191 W. Riverside Drive. The history, biography and memoir sections are on sale through December 31: $2 hardcover, and $1 paperback, plus tax.

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2020 offers all of us the opportunity to celebrate not only the passage of the 19th Amendment but also the achievements of women over that last 100 years. Celebrations are planned nation-wide, in every state and in local communities. A number of local organizations and community leaders, under the leadership of Jean McGuire, formed a committee to coordinate the local celebration under the title, “100 Years: A Celebration of Women.” These paragraphs have been collected by the Estes Valley Library. They have been appearing in the Estes Park News for several months and 100 will be chosen to be published as a booklet. Here are the next of the submissions.

The Story Of Audriellen Leanne Smith By: Judi Smith

Audriellen Leanne Smith has been coaching since 1981 when her gymnastics coach, Lisa Link, created a program called “Exceptionastics” for children who, for physical or cognitive reasons, found themselves challenged by the usual program. Audri soon found herself skipping her own meets to spend more time with her students. Two years later, Exceptionastics became a part of Special Olympics. At 14, Audri was the youngest coach ever certified by Special Olympics.

Olympics (SOCO) and escorting Colorado Special Olympians to national and international meets. She also joined the Host Committee for SOCO and ran the Gymnastic State Competition. As years passed, she expanded her coaching to include Bocce Ball, Track, Bowling, and Basketball for Special Olympians and their Partners.

Upon moving to Estes Park, she initiated the Estes Park Special Olympics in 2012, bringing Bowling, Bocce Ball, and Golf to the students here in the Estes Valley. She developed a local Due to this activity, Audri completed Estes “Young Athletes Program” (YAP) while also continuing the gyman independent study in high school, assisting the Special Education teacher, nastics, practicing weekly in Loveland. LaDonna Suggs, in the classroom, then COVID-19 has forced a stop in the acwent on to study Special Ed in college. tion, but Audri is looking forward to reinstating “normal” again when it is Audri continued with the program, safe to do so. eventually coordinating the Front Range Gymnastics for Special

The Spark Campaign Is Partners’ Annual Giving Campaign! We invite you to Spark Hope, Spark Confidence, and Spark Generosity with local youth this holiday season by supporting The Spark Campaign with a financial gift. The Spark Campaign (formerly called Christmas for Kids) is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we aim to raise $100,000 by December 31st. We created a big goal so that we can continue to make a big impact on our local community. Our kids need connection and support more than ever. 2020 has brought challenges that threaten their mental health and wellness. As an organization, we have worked to find the best ways to support local youth and families. Your support is critical to helping us continue supporting youth. Thank you for donating to further our mission! Ways to make a tax deductible donation: • Visit:

poweredbypartners.org/events/spark Then scroll down for your choices to donate: • “Donate to The Spark Campaign” • “Become A Corporate Sponsor” • “Our Spark Champions” if you want to support a Spark Champion’s campaign • “Sign Up to Be a Spark Champion” if you want to become a Spark Champion to help raise money for this campaign You can also send a check payable to Partners to: Partners, 530 S. College Ave. Unit 1, Fort Collins, CO 80524. Be sure to write The Spark Campaign in the Memo line on your check. If you are donating to a specific champion’s page be sure to put their name in the memo line also. Does your workplace match your charitable gifts? Please check with your employer for a matching gifts form. Thank you for your support!!

The Story Of Linda Kathryn Bensey By: Robert Johnson

Linda’s Austrian grandparents found their way to the rolling hills of east Tennessee as soon as they could retire from their early days and hard life in the coal mining communities of West Virginia. Her father worked as a nuclear scientist in the nearby Oak Ridge Laboratories after the war. After college, Linda initially went into science herself, working at a biology lab. Around that time she also started to develop a life-long passion for the hammered dulcimer after attending church services where the now famous Appalachian musician, John McCutcheon played regularly.

needed to live in these beautiful mountains. Within a few years she was hired by our local school district, where she developed programs for community outreach and identification of pre-school aged children with special needs. Her work became the basis for the preschool services now in place in our schools. Over the years, she also did specialty work with children who were By: Diane Ernst A cracker jack in a small package is visually impaired. She also taught the first thing that may come to mind reading for elementary children. After her retirement, Linda has vol- when meeting Sharry White. She is small in stature, but gigantic in caring unteered in many community projabout Estes Park, its beauty, wildlife, ects, played in an Zimbabwean and quality of life. marimba band, taken a course in

The Story Of Sharry White: A Leader Resolute In Sustaining The Uniqueness Of Estes Park While a Board member of the Association of Responsible Development, she helped compile the Living Responsibly in Estes Park, a welcome guide for owners, renters, and guests.

As a member of the Estes Valley Planning Commission from 2015 unAfter becoming a mother to her won- Peacemaking from a former Director Sharry heralds from Tulsa, Oklahoma til this year, Sharry was involved in derful daughter, Ambree, Linda was balancing development with protectwhere she was active in historic of Amnesty International, been the drawn to education by a state grant for President of our Estes Park Patriots ing the uniqueness of Estes Park. She preservation and smart growth. Movspecial education teachers. Around ing to Estes Park (EP) in 2005, she im- was part of crafting policies for sensifor Peace, and continues to play the that time, a teacher friend who needed hammered dulcimer and now, cello, mediately became involved in the Citi- ble control of short-term vacation an adult co-sponsor was taking a zens Information Academy. She was a rentals. It is her belief, that of all levels too. group of children to Colorado for a six Friends of the Library Board Member, of government, the local level has the Most of all, Linda also enjoys the week backpacking adventure. That trip great treasure of being close to her League of Women Voters Board Mem- greatest impact on our daily lives and was a turning point for Linda, because two grandchildren, Landon and Addie ber, an Estes Park Urban Renewal Au- encourages citizens to participate in she then learned for certain that she some way. thority Commissioner, and attended Rogers, who are now working their the Citizens Police Academy. way through college.

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Church Services At The Christian Church Of Estes Park This Christmas Eve, celebrate the Good News! of Christmas with us! The Christian Church of Estes Park invites you, along with your family, friends, and neighbors, to join us this Christmas Eve for a very special Candlelight Service of Blessings and Carols. Through Scripture, skits, and traditional carols, we will celebrate the Good News! Christmas is really all about. Services will be held at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and will also be

live-streamed to our website www.FunChurch.com, Facebook and Youtube. To accommodate safe social distancing, attendees must pre-register for this event. Tickets are free, but space is limited. We look forward to having you join us this Christmas Eve for an unforgettable celebration. To register or to learn more, please visit www.FunChurch.com.

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Boys & Girls Clubs Opens Year-Round Program In Estes Park In Partnership With United Way of Larimer County

Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County (BGCLC), with help from United Way of Larimer County and the Estes Park School District will now be serving youth in Estes Park yearround. Since 2015, Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County, in partnership with Estes Park Elementary School and the Food Bank for Larimer County, have operated a summer program to give Estes Park youth access to a fun, safe, and enriching environment while their parents worked. Each summer since then, Boys & Girls Clubs has returned to continue the program with the hopes of eventually growing it into a year-round program. This year, due to COVID-19, BGCLC stayed in Estes Park after the summer program to provide remote learning support. It was during this time that the Estes Park School District and BGCLC devised a comprehensive partnership plan that could support students all year long. In this plan, Boys & Girls Clubs staff will support students, specifically in the Newcomer Program, throughout the school day and then direct the Boys & Girls Club after school program once the school day is completed. The Boys & Girls Club after school program will consist of homework help, academic enrichment, fitness and recreation, arts and building health and life skills. This model provides consistency for both youth and families, it also gives additional support to some of the most vulnerable youth in Estes Park. And thanks to the help of United Way of Larimer County, there will be no fees associated for youth to attend this program. United Way of Larimer County jumped on the opportunity to support this partnership and has committed $75,000 each year for the next three years to provide sustainable support to this program. “This was an opportunity to both meet the unique and equity-focused needs in Estes Park that impact all of United Way of Larimer County’s priority areas, and demonstrate a new and explicit way of working as a sector. We want organizations like the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County to provide their critical services, making meaningful impacts, without also having to do the heavy lifting of fundraising alone. With the additional partner of Estes Park School

District literally opening their doors, it was an easy decision for us to join this partnership,” said Deirdre Sullivan, President and CEO of United Way of Larimer County. "Boys & Girls Club has been a life saver for my family. We could not have gotten through the summer without them. We are so grateful that they are now operating year round in our community. My kids love it there and we know they are safe and having fun every day," parent of an Estes Park Club Member. Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County’s CEO, Kaycee Headrick, says, “We are honored to be able to offer this type of service to the youth and families in Estes Park. We know that this partnership will benefit some of the youth and families that have been hit the hardest by COVID-19.” About Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County consists of a safe place, staffed by trained professionals, offering premiere youth development programs to youth ages 6-18. In Larimer County, BGCLC is the least expensive, comprehensive, facility-based, out-of-school program that includes meals, diverse positive youth development programming, and mentoring. BGCLC provides services in Fort Collins, Estes Park, Loveland, and Wellington and serves over 3,000 youth annually. To learn more about Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County, visit www.BeGreatLarimer.org About United Way for Larimer County United Way of Larimer County (UWLC) is a one-stop resource for generosity in our community, ensuring that gifts of time, talent and treasure address today’s greatest needs and reduce tomorrow’s. Community needs change over time, which is why UWLC encourages nimble and innovative human services and a commitment to nonprofit excellence. UWLC strives to strengthen our community by supporting youth & education, financial stability, community engagement, and nonprofit excellence in Larimer County. To learn more about United Way of Larimer County and how you can get involved with your community, visit www.uwaylc.org .

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Christmas Services At Local Churches Christmas Eve at the YMCA Load the family into the station wagon and join the fun as the Chapel Ministry presents, "Home For Christmas," a drive-in family friendly and socially distanced celebration of the birth of Jesus. This event will be held on December 24th, and will occur every 20 minutes from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Experience holiday lights and music, and listen to Grandpa B tell the story of Christmas, all from the warmth of your car through the FM receiver on your radio! Space is limited, and reservations are required. Specific instructions will be sent once reservation is complete. To reserve a spot, please call Sweet Memorial Building, 970-586-3341 ext. 1104 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Christian Church of Estes Park The Christian Church of Estes Park invites you, along with your family, friends, and neighbors, to join us this Christmas Eve for a very special Candlelight Service of Blessings and Carols.

Through Scripture, skits, and traditional carols, we will celebrate the Good News! Christmas is really all about. Services will be held at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and will also be live-streamed to our website www.FunChurch.com, Facebook and Youtube. To accommodate safe social distancing, attendees must pre-register for this event. Tickets are free, but space is limited. We look forward to having you join us this Christmas Eve for an unforgettable celebration. To register or to learn more, please visit www.FunChurch.com. St. Francis Anglican Church, 3480 St. Francis Way (off Little Valley Rd.), Estes Park. 970-577-0601. Christmas Eve Service 5:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 11:00 p.m. (wear mask) These churches emailed their services in to us from the announcement we placed several weeks ago.

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Ellen K. "Kathy" Young Ellen Kathleen Young passed away peacefully on December 17, 2020, after a valiant, three week battle with acute myeloid leukemia. Kathy was born in Newton, KS on February 3, 1943 to Clem and Margaret White. Kathy attended Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS. This is where she met the love of her life Wayne Young. She saw Wayne playing football on the TV during the 1961 Camilla Bowl and knew she was going to marry that man. Wayne saw Kathy walking through the student union, in a nice sweater, and knew he was going to marry her! They were married on July 26, 1964 in Newton, KS. Kathy’s passion in life was teaching young children to read. She taught first grade for 25 years and then after receiving her Masters in Reading from the University of Colorado she became an intervention reading teacher. She taught in Colorado Springs for 25 years. Wayne and Kathy retired in 2003 and built their dream home in Estes Park, Colorado. They loved hiking in the national park and sitting on the deck watching the birds. Family and friends loved visiting Estes and staying with Wayne and Kathy. While in Estes Park she enjoyed watching Sadie Rose play high school sports and they spent time cooking recipes from the family cookbook. In July 2020 it was time to get more help for her beloved husband Wayne as his dementia was too much for Kathy to manage on her own. So she moved back to Kansas and settled in Clay Center. Kathy was close to Wayne’s nursing home and was now able to spend time with her Kansas grandchildren. She enjoyed watching Lindley on the Topeka news, Luke and Carter’s football games and wrestling

matches. She would help Carter and Margot with homework and reading several days a week. She is survived by her soul mate of 57 years Wayne, her daughter Keri Vik of Estes Park, and her son Tyce Young (Crystal) of Clay Center. Her beloved grandchildren Sadie Rose Vik of Estes Park, Lindley Mae Lund of Topeka, Luke August Young, Carter Christan Young, and Margot Kathleen Young of Clay Center. Brother Larry White (Jolene) of Cincinnati, OH, sister Donna Kay Lehner (John) of White Rock, NM and Bruce White (Betty) of North Newton, KS, Brother-in-law, Gary Steed of Wichita, Kansas and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lincoln School Project Lead c/o the funeral home. Visitation was held on Monday, December 21 from 3-8 p.m. at NeillSchwensen-Rook Funeral Home. Graveside services were held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 22, at the Greenwood Cemetery, Clay Center. The graveside service was livestreamed on their Facebook page. www.nsrfh.com

Maida Schafman Long time Estes Park resident Maida Schafman died at her home Tuesday morning December 15, 2020. She was 91 years old. Maida Marilyn Costello was born August 7, 1929 in Aurora, IL. Her parents were Thomas and Henrietta (Weber) Costello. She graduated from Madonna High School in Aurora. On November 29, 1947 she married Rollin Roy Schafman in Aurora, IL. The couple had 3 children, Jean, Kathleen and Michael before Rollin died in 1962. In 1964, Maida moved to Estes Park, CO where she continued to raise her children. She was a member of Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church. Survived by her daughter Jean Serfoss (spouse Clarence), her grandchildren Cheri McClain (spouse Kelly), Kari Cook (spouse J.D.), Anna Schafman, Tama Serfoss and Tyson Serfoss; her great grandchildren Kayli Cook,

Liam Cook, Aidan McClain and Noah McClain; her daughter-in-law Charlee Schafman; and her many “other kids and grandkids” that she loved in her family and community. Her legacy will live on through her many generous gifts of crocheted creations that she gave to friends and acquaintances. Maida was preceded in death by her parents and all four of her siblings, her husband Rollin Schafman and her children Kathleen O’Conner, Michael Schafman and her grandson Ryan Serfoss. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Humane Society. "How many of us when staring down the giants in life have the courage not only to pray for deliverance but also praise God in assurance of victory?” Mark Hart

Patricia Nytes Patricia Nytes of Estes Park departed this world on November 25, 2020. She had suffered a major stroke two days before, and was lovingly surrounded by family for the last two days of her life. Pat was born August 27, 1930 in Longmont, Colorado, although her parents lived in Estes at the time. She and her husband George were high school sweethearts, and she remained devoted to him until his death in 2016. She is survived by her sister Joanne VanSlyke (Wayne), her three children Steve Nytes (Barbara), Janet Nytes Anderson (Leonard) and Jim Nytes (Billie); three grandchildren: Britany

Nytes Allred (Anthony), Stephanie Nytes Hulme (Aaron) and Lacey Nytes Hulme (Adam); nieces Shelly Daley and Pam Sommer; and five great grandchildren. Pat was a life-long resident of Estes Park and had many wonderful friends and great memories of her life here. We rejoice that she is free of the pain and loneliness of this year and are confident she will rest in peace with George. A memorial and interment of her and George’s cremains will be held later in the spring or early summer.

Vigdis Lohne Vigdis Kjellaug Lohne 84 of Loveland passed away December 13, 2020. She was born November 20, 1936, in Telemark Norway, she was the daughter of Knut and Kari Lohne. Vigdis had several businesses in Estes Park and moved to Loveland in 2012. Her children: Karun and Jim, Inger and Jeff, Lill and Matt, Knut and her

grandchildren: Ashlee, Akyta, Hailee, Jacy, Tia, AJ, and Savannah and her great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and her many relatives in Norway, will miss her everyday. Her parents, brother, sisters preceded her in death. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

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Alexander Davis Alexander Davis, 35, passed away unexpectedly on December 17, 2020. Alex was born in Houston, Texas in 1985 and spent his life there until he relocated to Colorado this year. Alex graduated from Memorial High School and attended Baylor University in Waco,Texas and the Cordon Bleu Institute in Austin where he was trained as a chef. Alex worked in a number of positions in the restaurant industry. As a person, Alex was kind, generous, and loving. He was a champion of the underdog, always willing to help others, and demonstrated his love for his family in many ways. He delighted in cooking and eating meals with his family. Alex had a wonderful sense of humor and a quick wit. He was also a talented musician. He always enjoyed spending time in Colorado where the family spent summer vacations for many years. After moving to Colorado earlier this year, he took great pleasure in spending time in the mountains and watching beautiful sunsets.

Alex is survived by his brother Andrew Davis, and his parents, Waters and Karen Davis. He is also survived by Paige Andrews, Ashley and John Barneby, Forrest and Katie Andrews, Ben Andrews and Helen Davis of Houston Texas; Jonathan and Betsy Bond, KG Bond and Timothy Bond of Dallas, Texas; Richard and Heidi Bond, Mark Bond and Phillip Bond of Corpus Christi; Steven and Elizabeth Bond of Oberlin, Ohio; and Phyllis Davis of Cummaquid, Massachusetts. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Star of Hope Mission in Houston, Texas, or Crossroads Ministries in Estes Park, Colorado. In care of Allnutt Funeral Service 1302 Graves Ave. Estes Park, CO 80517. There will be a zoom celebration of his life for family and friends on Monday, December 28, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. mountain time, 1:00 p.m. central time. For more information regarding the service, please contact a member of the family.

Winter Wonderland

Estes Park offers a warm winter welcome! The gorgeous snowstorm created a winter wonderland. The downtown Christmas lights add charm and a festive atmosphere. The natural beauty of the alpenglow light brushing the mountaintops echoes the city's charm. Photo by Richard H. Hahn, November 27, 2019. www.hahndigitalarts.com

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We’re gearing up for the winter season and hiring for the following positions starting at $13.80/hr.: • Drive-up & Go Service Helpers • Checker • Courtesy Clerk • Day-Stocker • Overnight Stocker • Bakery Clerk • Deli Clerk • Produce Clerk • Seafood Clerk • Cake Decorator • Meat Cutter Get your application at: www.albertsoncompanies.com/careers After your application has been completed, please call our hiring manager Ann at 970.586.4447.

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Rams Horn Village Resort has year round full time and part time positions available in our Guest Services/Housekeeping Department: Competitive pay based on experience, plus benefits package for full time employees. Great working environment in Estes Park’s only Gold Crown Resort. Our business stays busy year round and 40 hours per week are available through the winter. We are looking for energetic, dependable people who are able to perform physical labor and who have strong customer service skills. Fridays and Saturdays are required. Fill out an application at Rams Horn Village Resort, 1565 Colo. Hwy 66. EEOE

Parks Advisory Board Close Date: Open until filled Transportation Advisory Board (3 positions open) Close Date: January 8, 2021 (Committee application required) Applications are available at: Town Hall 170 MacGregor Ave. Room 130 (Mon-Fri 8 am – 5 pm) or www.estes.org/ jobs Return Application to: Town of Estes Park, Attn: HR; by mail to PO Box 1200, Estes Park, CO 80517; or via Email to HR@Estes.org or via Fax to (970) 577-4770. The status of applications will be communicated via e-mail. By choice, the Town of Estes Park is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

ESTES PARK SCHOOL DISTRICT R-3 Job Posting MIDDLE SCHOOL SECRETARY/REGISTRAR TO APPLY: Interested applicants must apply online with Appli-Track: http://www.applitrack.com/ estesschools/onlineapp/. Only online applications are accepted. Salary range is $15.02 - $16.99 per hour, with single benefits. 205 days per year. Up to five year’s credit for similar previous work experience may be granted for initial salary placement. FLSA nonexempt. See full posting at www.estesschools.org Estes Park School District R-3 Is An Equal Opportunity Employer

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