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Part of this article is a reminder of something mentioned about two months ago.
It’s time to spruce up our community and our businesses, outside and inside, and time to spruce up our business practices.
In one week, the fifth annual Car Show at Pagosa Springs will take place (May 17-18). Visitors will come from surrounding areas, various parts of Colorado and other states.
We want to put our best foot forward and that involves highway cleanup. The most visible areas are along U.S. 160 and 84. If you are part of a group that has signed up to perform highway cleanup, I ask you to please try and have this task done by May 17 when our guests arrive. With the snow gone, a highway cleanup should have taken place, but, if not, there are several events on the horizon that should give you incentive. The first is the Car Show and three weeks later Ride the Rockies. A highway cleanup for these high visibility events will make a strong impression on our visitors. Don’t forget other high-traffic streets such as Piedra Road, North and South Pagosa boulevards, and other arteries. If a stretch of highway hasn’t been adopted or has been forgotten, perhaps a group you participate in can adopt it and clean it up.
Could your business use a fresh coat of paint inside or out? It is amazing what a little touch-up can do. The Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center will be receiving a major touch-up this spring. The new paint colors have been chosen, the final bids are being reviewed, and work will start soon on the repairs and paint job. We are excited to bring about a new look for this landmark building. Special thanks to the Town Tourism Committee and the county for committing funds this year to boost the Chamber funding for refreshing the building. It is long overdue and we are excited to be getting a new look. Many painting projects are not on the scale of the Chamber/Visitor Center building. Can your window frames or front door be painted? When was the last time your awning was washed? How about a new display or signage? Congratulations to Handcrafted Interiors for the addition of the new “sculptor garden.” It displays many intriguing works of art and gives people a reason to slow down, take notice and stop — not only at Handcrafted Interiors, but in Pagosa Springs.
The annual hanging basket program is coming to a close. We are selling the 12-inch baskets quickly and have only two 16-inch baskets available. If you have not placed your order, do so as soon as possible. The 12-inch baskets will be delivered on May 24 and the 16-inch baskets should be delivered the week after Memorial Day. Call the Chamber to reserve your colorful floral arrangements. These baskets are planted with full-sun exposure in mind. They are delivered to your home or business and included in the cheerful delivery is some fertilizer to help your plants out throughout the summer. During this interim time, special attention should be given to weather conditions such as cool nights and windy days. Baskets will be available until they are sold out, and a limited number of each size has been ordered.
The week of May 13-18 will be Town Cleanup Week. This cleanup project is available for residential customers only. Curbside pickup of refuse will not take place this year. The Town Shop on South 5th Street will be outfitted with Dumpsters so residents can spring clean around their homes. Household trash, hazardous materials, tires, appliances with Freon, batteries and construction material will not be accepted. The Town Shop will be open to receive trash from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 13-18. If you have a junk vehicle or have a hardship removing trash, call Rita Prokop at Town Hall.
Get out of your rut
If your business is just plugging along, now may be the time for you to spruce up the way you do business. Schedule an appointment with Jan Santopietro, the Chamber membership coordinator, or me, to see about breathing some life into your business efforts. In particular, are you utilizing your Chamber benefits to the best advantage?
Are your brochures or business cards available at the Chamber and Visitor Center? Along with the outside of the building, the inside of the Chamber will be getting a facelift. We will add space to highlight not only Chimney Rock but our museums. We have some new display racks and some technology such as TV screens, digital picture frames and, hopefully, a touch kiosk. Make sure your business is present at the Chamber.
Request for participation
The Archuleta County Treasurer is hosting the 2013 summer conference for the Colorado County Treasurers Association and the Public Trustees of Colorado Association. The conference will be held June 24-28. They are expecting around 100 people to attend. They will put together community welcome gifts for the attendees. If you would like some additional exposure with a flier placed in the welcome bag, contact April Bergman at the treasurer’s office at 264-8326 for more information. Fliers need to be 8×11 paper with 100 copies and the cost for fliers to be put in the bag is $10. Tout your restaurant or store; attendees will have some free time to explore our community. The fliers are due by May 17.
Congratulations to Jean Hietala, the new owner of the Made in Colorado Shoppe. This store is a mainstay in our community thanks to the years of hard work by Lois Higgins. We wish Lois much success with her other endeavors and we wish Jean much success on her new ownership opportunity. Jean has already put her mark on the store. Stop in and see the changes.
We would like to thank our one renewing member this week — Davis Engineering — for their years of continuous support.