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Phone Number: (970) 375-4584

Soup warms body, soul at hospice fundraiser

Lots of sipping and a little slurping filled the Exhibit Hall at the La Plata County Fairgrounds as Soup for the Soul celebrated its fifth year with gallons of superb soups and 400 people filled...

DATE: March 27, 2010 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Civitans help community and kids

What started as a story about the DeColores Civitan Club has become a hybrid that includes the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake fundraiser. But first, the Civitans. (This is my first...

DATE: March 24, 2010 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Century of Toltec yearbooks spurs high school memories

At a national high school yearbook conference last summer, the moderator asked if anyone in the room's high school was celebrating a 10th anniversary this year. When she asked if any of the...

DATE: March 20, 2010 | COLUMN: Neighbors

No searching needed for fun at 'Clam Bake'

Steamworks Brewing Co. has created a popular tradition with its “Clam Bake" at Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort. This year's event, which was held Friday, was no exception. La Plata County...

DATE: March 17, 2010 | COLUMN: Neighbors

St. Columba auction winners enjoy repast

Trips, golf, massages - those are the stuff of auctions at fundraisers. But once in a while, there's an item that goes on the block that is worth a follow-up story. Such is the case of “Dinner...

DATE: March 13, 2010 | COLUMN: Neighbors

AAUW guests hear Stillman's life of adventure, resiliency

She lived a life that was full of adventure and exploration, love and laughter, hardship and adversity. Dorothy “Dot" Stillman was, at various times in her life, a magazine saleswoman, a...

DATE: March 10, 2010 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Restaurant gives back to community that helped it

It was a day the community grieved and gave thanks - Feb. 22, 2008, when three businesses burned and nine firefighters were injured. We grieved the hole that represented historic buildings...

DATE: March 6, 2010 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Cross country skiers go vintage

I give all the credit in the world to the Victorian Aid Society and Mrs. Camp's Town Ladies and Gents for their commitment to honoring the Victorian age in wardrobe and activities. But the...

DATE: March 3, 2010 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Being the one in kids' lives

It only takes one look at the shining faces of the young people who call the Boys and Girls Club of La Plata County their home away from home to be convinced how important the club is. There...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2010 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Event offers chance to bid, show care for Haiti

For the five-plus weeks since the devastating earthquake hit the impoverished nation of Haiti, Americans, and, ofcourse, Durangoans, have been giving generously, praying and coming to understand...

DATE: Feb. 24, 2010 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Love was all around Valentine's week

It has been a hard year for several families who have students at Florida Mesa Elementary School. Tragic car accidents, deaths and serious illnesses have made it a difficult year both...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2010 | COLUMN: Neighbors

L'amore, Italia set the mood at party

There are certain images in fantasies about romance - fine wine, delicious food, candlelight - and all were on hand atthe Night in Venice (Italy) fundraiser Sunday.Joanie Fraughton,  executive...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2010 | COLUMN: Neighbors

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