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Ballet

Thanks to the many volunteers, the Ballet Magnificat! Omega performance of Hiding Place was a success Saturday night. Thank you to the Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce for their assistance selling tickets. A huge thank you to Rick Artis and the Springs Theatre Company for their endless help. Thank you to Pagosa Bible Church and Restoration Fellowship for their support. Thank you to the Pagosa Springs High School for the use of their facility and technical helper, Tim Lount. Thank you to all the volunteers who made the evening possible — Jody and Barbara Ellis, JD and Hope Kurz, Jim and Nancy Smith, George and Linda Muirhead, Russ and Nancy Mackensen, Carolyn Townsend, Joel and Ronnie Arrington, Christine Jones, Linda Spencer, Carol Nasralla, Margaret Soniat, Sue Cranford, Bill and Barbara Fair, Quanisha Tuller, Vicki Hujus, Chuck Holloway, Jason Earley, Brock Gorman, Harold and Kate Kelly, Rod and Nancy Rea, Mike and Julie Knapp, Ken and Kathy Koy, Dan Burch, Phillip Martinez and Clent Quiller. And a very special thank you to Sherry Gorman, without your never-ending helping hand and advice, the evening would not have been possible.

Blessings,

Brynn Earley

United Way

United Way would like to applaud all the skiers that ventured out for Wolf Creek Ski Day. The day began slowly with the pass being closed, but turned into a superb powder day on the slopes. A big thanks to Wolf Creek Ski Area for caring and supporting your community, especially Rosanne Pitcher for her coordination of the event. Proceeds from the event propelled us further towards our goal, which raises money to fund 15 organizations that serve the local community. You helped us raise $3,700.

Sincerely,

Archuleta County United Way Advisory Council and Staff

Penguins

To all the hearty WinterFest Penguin Plunging souls — both physically for braving the icy San Juan River 34 degree waters, and in kindness for raising money for some great local and international needs, we thank you! When all the money is brought in, we expect close to $3,000 to benefit nine agencies including a food program for the children in Haiti. The receiving agencies from the Pagosa Penguin Plunge were: Seeds of Learning, Archuleta County Victim’s Assistance Program, the Humane Society, St. Francis Wild Bird Sanctuary, Head Start, the Archuleta County Democrats, the Chamber’s Twelve Months of Christmas, Nourish the Children, United Way of SW Colorado, and the third-grade class science project. We hope that the spectators enjoyed the crazy antics, and some will even think of jumping into the river next year — all for your favorite non-profit passion. We also thank our EMS team on hand and the volunteers who cheered on the brave plungers and helped people out of the water and had warm wear ready for the shivering bodies. While not an item I have on my “bucket list” of things to do, I can say that I jumped into freezing water of my own volition. What’s wrong with that picture? Thanks to all, and we’ll see the penguins at WinterFest next year.

Mary Jo Coulehan