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Kathy Blough, left, and Janie Child, executive director and assistant director, respectively, of the Woodland Park Community Cupboard, were heroes, along with the cupboard volunteers, during the two fires that consumed the attention of area residents for the entire month of June. Photo by Pat Hill

Community Cupboard comes through By Pat Hill

phill@ourcoloradonews.com If it wasn’t one fire it was another. For the Woodland Park Community Cupboard, the schedule was frenzied, harried and, at times, akin to the biblical story of the loaves and fishes. “We started out with the Springer Fire in early June,” said Kathy Blough, the cupboard’s executive director. “We took 700 pounds of food out to Lake George for the wildland firefighters there.” Blough credits Woodland Park businesses such as City Market, Safeway and the Hungry Bear for their contributions. “We used everything we had,” Blough said. “But people all over town were helping out. Firefighters told me that strang-

Hunter buzzing with ideas By Pat Hill

phill@ourcoloradonews.com Full of ideas about fundraising, community events and social occasions for senior citizens, Kelly Hunter is on round one as the new office manager of Teller Senior Coalition. “I’m on a learning rocket, not a learning curve,” she said. The coalition, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to keeping seniors in their homes. “It’s a wonderful goal,” Hunter said. As the manager, Hunter will oversee programs that offer handyman services, meal delivery for shut-ins, transportation, case management, caregiver

ers would buy their breakfasts at local restaurants.” About the time the Springer Fire near Lake George was out, the Waldo Canyon Fire ignited June 23. “We knew it was going to be crazy,” said Janie Child, the cupboard’s assistant director. While a good portion of Woodland Park was on mandatory evacuation, the cupboard was not among them. “We were open during our regular times, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We never closed,” Blough said. As they watched the food disappear with each new crisis, an unexpected call from Cindy Morse, the city clerk, saved the day. “Cindy called El Pomar, they called me and said they’d make a bank transfer for $5,000 that day for the evacu-

ees, firefighters, whatever,” Blough said. As Waldo threatened the area, the cupboard saga continued. To help nourish firefighters in Green Mountain Falls who were working around the clock, Blough and Child transported a van load of food, steak, eggs, pizzas and lunch servings, for instance. “We heard the firefighters were supposed to consume 3,500 calories a day to keep up their strength,” Blough said. “Rob McArthur (public works director in Green Mountain Falls) was fixing breakfast every day for the firefighters.” When Woodland Park evacuees were moved from the high school to Summit Elementary in Divide, Jed Bowman, RE-2 School District superintendent, took responsibility for feeding the people. “I gave him cases of cereal, milk, pea-

Springs, Hunter organized customized field trips and Christmas dinners for children, in partnership with the local fire department. When a local girl was killed in an accident, she spearheaded a campaign for a healing garden at the castle. “I think things like that make me uniqueKelly Hunter is the new office manager for the Teller Senior Coalition. Photo by Pat Hill ly qualified to do a job respite and caregiving counseling. like this,” she said. “I just started last Wednesday but the From a temporary job through ideas are rolling. I guess that’s my gift is the Pikes Peak Workforce in Colorathat I see the need and my mind starts do Springs to a full-time position in thinking what’s the solution?” she said. Woodland Park, Hunter is jazzed about “I get it that I don’t have to know every- the opportunity. “This is my commuthing, I just have to know who does.” nity and to be able to stay up here and Former executive director of Mi- serve the community I love is aweramont Castle Museum in Manitou some,” she said.

nut butter, about 800 pounds of food,” Child said. Throughout the week, the people of Woodland Park contributed food and supplies, their donations collected and distributed by Blough, Child and the cupboard’s volunteers. For years the Community Cupboard, a nonprofit organization, has worked behind the scenes in emergencies. “Every time there has been a disaster, we’ve been there. During the Hayman Fire, we helped so many people, including letting people sleep here,” Blough said. “When the Texas Seven came (in 2002) we fed all those evacuees from the trailer park. I don’t think people realize it only takes a phone call.” For information, call 687-3663 (food).

The position is a new one for the coalition, which in the past has been run by an executive director and an assistant. “The board of directors is pleased to welcome Kelly as the manager of the senior coalition,” said Cindy Morse, the board’s president. “Her background and experience fits right in with the board’s desire to increase awareness of the coalition and of our plans for the future.” Next month, the coalition, in partnership with Tweeds Fine Furnishings, presents the second annual Tweeds Musical Tapestry 2012. The tapestry is a concert featuring musicians Guy Dutra-Silveira, Clark Wilson, Sally Ann Wilson, Jay Norman and Barbara Riley-Cunningham. The concert is at 4 p.m. at Highview Baptist Church with the reception following at Tweeds. Tickets are available at Tweeds or online at www.tellerseniorcoalition.org.

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