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The Archuleta County Education Center Board of Directors and staff would like to thank all the generous people who participated in our New Year’s Eve Fund-raiser. Thank you to LaQuita Johnson, Mike Hayward, Pete Dach, David Smith, Jeff Laydon, Parelli Natural Horsemanship, Elk Park Animal Hospital, Old Town Market, Lou Jean Espinosa, Pagosa Brewing Co., Elizabeth Baldwin, Ted Denmark, Ken Morrison, Dick Bond, Deb Aspen and Paul Thompson, Les Linton and Jennifer Matcham, Gerry Potticary and everyone who contributed their time, effort and donations to this event.
Your contribution will help to fund our vital after-school programs for at-risk kids in grades K-8 and to support our other unduplicated programs, such as GED and English as a Second Language, which serve our community.
Thanks from all of us. We wish you all the best for the new year.
The staff at the Ross Aragon Community Center would like to thank all of the volunteers that helped make the Classic Christmas concert a huge success. Vicki Quezada, Kira Ellsmore, Margaret Reeves, John Cox, Claudia Park, Dennis Crull, Penny Crull, Heidi Martinez and Robin May. We would also like to thank everyone for bringing a yummy snack to share during the event and all of the amazing performers.
We experienced a wonderful community-coming-together event that some may not be aware of, for which I would like to acknowledge some local businesses and caring individuals. The project was to decorate our vacant downtown buildings, light up our community and express the joys of Pagosa. The main project was conducted by Imagine Downtown, spearheaded by Udgar Parsons, the CDC, the Chamber of Commerce and many supportive, hardworking people in town that created the vision for the Art Walk. Our local school children, elementary through high school, were encouraged to create beautiful posters about Pagosa which were then framed and hung in current dark, vacant business structures. Their pictures expressed the joys of living in Pagosa and truly added a bit of Christmas magic for everyone to enjoy. If you haven’t done the “walk,” I encourage it; we have some great local talent.
Additionally, we had our first Kidz Cowboy Christmas; this idea was a spur-of-the-moment event (pardon the pun) that made me glad to be in our community. I want to specifically thank Aurora at Mud Savers for use of her horse trailer. Financial support for lights and decorations was provided by Citizens Bank, City Market, Elk Trace Bed and Breakfast, Family Dollar, Ponderosa Lumber and Terry’s Ace Hardware. Signs were donated by Design A Sign and Old West Press; hot chocolate and spiced cider were provided by Old Town Market. I also want to thank all of my wonderful friends for baking the cookies to hand out to everyone that came, too many of you to name, that’s a blessing for me. And finally, no Christmas event would be complete without Santa, Tim Cutter, and the best elf anyone could ever have, Andra Byrnes, for her coordination and enthusiasm.
Thank you all for your commitment, creativity and setting the example of simple things we can do by coming together to make our town better for those of us who live here and welcoming our visiting out-of-town guests.