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Show off your holiday lights this year

We will not have a lighting contest this year, as we initially thought.

The contest has been absent for several years and the desire to bring it back is significant. Unfortunately, the timeframe was too short for us to organize one this year. However, we are seeing lots of beautiful lights going up around town on business and residential properties. We understand that the town, with the help of La Plata Electric, will put up some new decorations, as well, in the next few weeks. You can also see all the hard work and donations that allowed the star on Reservoir Hill to be lit. It is shining and beautiful and a landmark in our community at this time of year. Thanks to our “star” volunteers and all those who contributed to offset some of the expenses, replacing the bulbs and repairing the electrical boxes. You are angels!

With all these lights going up, we would like to put together a map to help residents and visitors find and see some of the colorful and creative lighting displays around town.

We receive lots of inquiries from visitors, asking if there is an area or map of areas that have special lighting. So, whether you are an owner of a business — freestanding or with store-frontage — or of a residence that is lit, we would like to hear from you. Please call, or e-mail or fax us a note indicating whether you are a businessowner or resident, providing the name of the business if appropriate, the name of a subdivision if applicable, a physical address and phone number in case there are any questions.

The Chamber will put together a map and make it available to the public and our visitors as they start arriving by Dec. 19. In order to be included on the Lights of Pagosa map, contact us by Monday, Dec. 12. We will automatically include the Town of Pagosa Springs on U.S.160 from the River Center to North Pagosa Boulevard, including the Country Center and Hot Springs Boulevard to Apache Street. It is the outlying areas that need the notice. There are a number of residences in South Pagosa we would like to showcase, as well as properties down U.S. 84 and several businesses east on U.S. 160. What about some neighborhoods in Pagosa Lakes or the Meadows area?

Show your pride in the hard work that you have put into lighting your home or business. Our visitors and residents would like to view your handiwork and creativity. Again, please contact us with the appropriate information by Dec. 12, by calling 264-2360, or contact us by e-mail — admin@pagosachamber.com — or by fax at 264-4625.

Chamber board nominees

The final slate of nominees for the 2012 Chamber Board of Directors has been determined.

They are: Sara Anderson with Homespun Comforts; Stacy Boone with Step Outdoors; Kimberley Siler-Bradshaw with Southwest Elegance; Jeannie Sinkey with Mountain Landing Guest Quarters; Chris Smith with Visiting Angels; and Nick Tallent with Edward Jones Investments.

These six candidates will have their full bios and introductions in the Chamber newsletter, coming out at the beginning of December. Chamber members can vote for three of the six candidates beginning Monday, Dec. 5, and will continue until the annual meeting that will be held on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.

Only one vote per membership is allowed. You must be a member in good standing in order to vote. You can vote at the Chamber of Commerce, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday and at the annual meeting. Questions concerning the voting process or any of the candidates may be directed to me at 264-2360.

SunDowner change

With the holidays upon us, bringing lots of activities in the community and numerous business parties, we will have an early SunDowner in December as we did in November. This month’s SunDowner will be held on Dec. 14, at The Springs Resort. This should be a fantastic event, as we see what is new at the Springs Resort. They will be on hand to show you their facilities, meeting space and wonderful Eco-Luxe accommodations. Invitations for the SunDowner will be in your mailboxes soon, so mark Dec.14 on your calendars for the last SunDowner of the year.

Christmas in Pagosa

Check out The PREVIEW and The SUN for all the Christmas in Pagosa weekend activities.

There is a lot going on and residents should take advantage of the fantastic shopping opportunities in our community, while taking the opportunity to win tons of prizes from the retail merchants, as well as to be entered into a drawing for one of three Super Prize Packages. There are also a significant number of activities offered to the public for free or at a nominal cost. Get the family out and about!

Hollydaze

Tickets are available for the Music Boosters Christmas production of Hollydaze. This concert debuts the new Pagosa Springs Symphonic Band and features a full repertoire of musical selections. The concert will be held at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts with pre-show entertainment beginning at 6 p.m. and the show starting at 7 on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9-10. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the Chamber and at the door.

Membership

We have quite a few renewals to thank and mention this week. Again, we appreciate all the renewals and new members. The Pagosa Springs Chamber has added many new member amenities for them. Do you know all your benefits? Beginning in January, Jan Santopietro, membership coordinator, will host the Maximizing Your Membership classes. These free, informative lunch classes will help you take advantage of all the Chamber amenities and Jan will explain them to you in an easy setting. Make sure, in the next several months, someone from your organization signs up for a class to see how the Chamber can help your business.

Renewing this week are Kip’s Grill and Cantina; Bear Creek Saloon and Grill; Briliam Engineering with Patrick O’Brien; Nationwide Payment Solutions with Tami Wilde; Ron Barsanti with the beautiful Crowley Ranch Reserve; and Floyd & Stella’s and Adobe Abodes. Our renewing nonprofit agencies include the Archuleta County Extension Office; Navajo State Park; San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging, and the Springs Theatre Company. Friends of the Chamber renewing are John and Joyce Ramberg.

We are looking forward to a busy December and a busier January, with the Chamber annual meeting coming up, a Chamber membership survey in the works, and lots of classes and ways to help you and your business. We can’t wait! Stay tuned for upcoming notices and due dates for a busy Chamber year ahead as we continue to Invest In Pagosa.

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