As someone who knows about medical problems and the ensuing financial stresses, my heart goes out to Danny and
Sandy Myers. Both suffer from autoimmune disorders - he with multiple sclerosis and she with systemic lupus.
Hospital stays, medical bills and just trying to keep their household - complete with sons and honor students
Sage and Dakota - going have created an unimaginable stress that doesn't help their health situation
any. After 18 years of making their mortgage payment on time every month, they were close to losing their home.
But the Myerses, despite their problems, have given to the community in many ways over the years, most notably in the
founding of the bicycle motocross, more casually known as BMX, track in Cundiff Park. This was definitely an If you
build it, they will come" project, as it has become a hopping place for people of all ages.
Now it's time for the community to help the Myers. On March 21, friends of the family organized a spaghetti dinner
and fundraiser at the Dalton Ranch Golf Club that brought in 300 folks eager to reciprocate the Myers' generosity.
It was another wonderful example of this community with a heart. The fundraising started with the creativity and
leadership of Bob Lang and Alice Outwater, who came up with the idea and solicited a number of the more
than 100 silent auction items. Dr. Kimberly Schoen from Boston, a college friend of Sandy Myers, flew in to help
acquire silent auction items as well.
Dave Huckins and Sysco Foods donated the ingredients for the dinner, a meal of spaghetti, Caesar salad, garlic
bread and dessert.
Frank Sinton of Dalton Ranch donated the venue, all the kitchen labor, including Chef Chris Bell, organization by Amy McCardell and three seasonal memberships for the silent auction.
Jane Grubb and Four Corners Broadcasting provided free advertising, Tracy Janes did all the mailings, and Amy Rapp-Wanzek was the queen of the e-mails.
The donations were impressive, including two weekends in Vail, a bicycle, snowboard, ski clothing and gift
certificates for meals, massages and merchandise from Durango businesses that always give with such open hearts.
The event went all afternoon, and the Myerses arrived in time for dinner. Danny Myers was literally speechless, and
Sandy Myers was in tears at times. All those people, with every table full and the restaurant in overflow status, meant so much caring, which means as much or more than the actual dollars raised.
This is just the first step in helping the Myers family. The event raised enough to achieve some stability, but the
medical costs will continue, and so the help must as well.
Vicki Love is spearheading the ongoing effort and is looking for a lawyer willing to do a pro bono work on the Myers'
behalf as well as developing some continuing financial help. If you'd be willing to help, contact her at
The sun is shining, and the birds are chirping for the birthdays of Bella Kidd, Nika Patterson, Ivey
Patton, Caroline Kinser, Charlie Hakes, Kyle Cheesewright, Jeffrey Wince, Dave
Larson, Marcia Heidenreich, Gwen Barthel, Denise Simonsen, Alan Bohachevsky, Joyce
Hondru, Jade Lobmeyer, Curt Raulston, Dana Hoffman, Verlena Collentine, Arden Peters, Doug Shand, Josh Poole, Rosemary Krass and Betsy Pierotti.
Get out the cards, pens and postage stamps. On April 19, longtime area resident Nora Malles will become a
centenarian. Emma Horvath, her friend and former colleague, is organizing a card shower for the occasion.
Malles is probably best remembered for her 31 years of teaching, first in two one-room schoolhouses, Cherry Creek and
Independent, before she married. Later, after she married and during World War II, she was asked to return to
teaching, which she did at Kline Elementary School. Later she moved to the elementary school located on the Old Fort
Lewis College Campus in Hesperus before ending up at the new consolidated elementary school, Fort Lewis Mesa
The soon-to-be-minted 100-year-old enjoyed all those years of teaching and has great stories to tell.
When not in the classroom, Malles and her husband, John, ranched south of Breen. She has two children, Frankie Hitson of Albuquerque and Reece Malles of Gordon, Neb.
If Nora Malles taught you or touched your life in some way, please take this occasion to help her celebrate her big
Send cards to Nora Malles, Bear Canyon Estates, 4400 Morris St. NE, Apartment 202, Albuquerque, NM 87111.
If your book club has an interesting program or has books to recommend to fellow readers, please send me an e-mail or
call me. Only Tuesday Literary Club and the Reading Club of Durango keep me posted about what they're doing, perhaps
because they're the two oldest clubs in town, and it is a habit for them. (Reading Club was founded in 1882, and
Tuesday Lit was founded in 1938.) But I know there are about 80 clubs in the area, and it would be fun to get to know
more about the ways the various clubs work.
My contact information is at the end of this column.
It will take years of generosity to help Haiti recover from the massive earthquake in January that killed hundreds of
thousands of people and left millions homeless. Durangoans continue to give in a variety of ways.
On Feb. 27, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad dedicated the Cascade Canyon Winter Train to the
American Red Cross for Haiti Relief Efforts. The result? The Red Cross received a check for $7,200.
The idea started with the railroad's staff members, who wanted to help Haitians in need. Train owners Al and
Carol Harper thought it was a good idea and agreed to donate the proceeds from that day's ride.
Not only is the train a major economic booster to Durango, the Harpers are generous all year long to the variety of
good causes our town funds. I can't remember a fundraiser where they haven't donated something, whether it was a
kids' package with railroad-engineer hat, tickets on the train or even a ride on their private car for a group.
Dedicating a whole train to the cause is the latest - and most generous gift to date.
The world is aglow with sunshine for the anniversaries of Charles and Janet Williams, Neil and
Marti Bourjaily, Sandra and Franklyn Bud" Beebe and Alfredo and Nadine
For information about upcoming events and fundraisers, check Local Briefs.
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