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Janet Day: Grand County showing signs of economic hard times

Janet DayTalk of the Valley

Signs of the Times. Kudos to the Fraser Post Office on this Election Day. The staff put out bins with signs instructing visitors to drop the political mailings into the bins for recycling. Since we still have no convenient public drop-off recycling program around here, the post offices small step makes a big statement. All of the junk weve each received in the past year or so could fill a good portion of the landfill. The other bins for holiday catalogs should overflow quickly.Another sign of the times isnt as useful to the community evictions. I cant remember ever seeing a real urban-style throw-everything-out-on-the-curb eviction around here, but Ive seen what appeared to be three in the past week. I have no idea what the circumstances of each are, but its sad the see the accumulations of a life tossed out like trash. I only hope the piles of furniture, clothes, bedding and childrens toys dont end up scattered around by animals or left to degrade under the coming snow.And yet another sign of the economic times is that while the home sales market may be soft, the rental market seems to be booming. Renting is a way for owners to get some income from a property while they wait to sell. The abundance of rental properties means bargains can be had. I have Denver friends who rented a large condo for the season at a reasonable rate with a lease that even allows them to keep their two large dogs in the home.Raising Funds, Having Fun. Photographer and philanthropist Melanie Stephens is at it again with the fourth annual clothes swap and benefit for the Women and War Project. This years event, at a private home in Tabernash on Nov. 14, will include the sale of gift products made by women in war-torn areas, including items made by refugees, items from Darfur, body oils and soaps from Afghanistan, and candles. The $20 suggested donation allows guests to shop, find some goodies in the gently used clothing donated for the event, learn about the project and the causes it supports, eat, drink and have a great time. New guests at the event are welcome. Those interested in attending should e-mail info@womenwar.org. Big Business. Our local entrepreneurs are going strong, finding ways to promote themselves and Grand County for holiday and other shopping. Business Without Borders, a group of small businesses, has a spunky new web site (www.gcbwb.com), newsletter and blog (click to it from the web site for local holiday gift ideas) and a series of fun networking meetings this month.A few dozen artists in Grand County gathered at the Tabernash Tavern last week for introductions, networking and happy hour. An array of free marketing opportunities are out there for industrious artists looking to spread the word about their work by designing seasonal windows, decorating lodging property walls and adding to gallery shelves. For information about the next meeting, go to http://www.ArtoutofThinAir.com or email info@ArtoutofThinAir.com.Sweet Treats. Halloweens over, but that doesnt mean you have to back off the candy confections. Mountain Grind Coffee & Bistro at Cooper Creek Square has added homemade fudge to its menu. Im a purist and prefer simple chocolate fudge instead of all the fancy flavors, but there is enough variety at the store to make anyones sweet tooth happy.I also prefer the rich gelato at Mountain Grind over just about any other ice cream, but didnt know how good it really is until I learned that Oprah added the gelato, made by Palazzolos in Michigan, to her O List.Keep in Touch: Whats got your attention around the area? Let me know. Ill try to find the answer or spread the news. Send it all to JDayQuilts@msn.com.

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