Cathy Walton -Smith: Reflecting on my 20 years in Grand Lake |

Cathy Walton -Smith: Reflecting on my 20 years in Grand Lake

Having recently celebrated another birthday, I pause to reflect on these past 20 years I’ve spent in Grand Lake. I am reminded of the many changes that have occurred since I came here. For a community, that so ardently resists change, I find some of these changes amazing.

For instance: Where are the “hot spots?” On any given weekend, there was live entertainment at Grumpy’s or The Stagecoach, The Pub, Little Bear’s, Squeeky Bob’s or The Lariat. Thank goodness we still have Cormey.

We fought over important things, like gambling. We had a mayor named Gene Stover.

We cried for those who passed, like Chuck Schmuck. We miss those who left, like Cece and Mary Krewson.

Oh, for the good old days. Does anyone else remember summer theater in a tent? Parnassus of the Rockies? Dougal? The local radio station? But, enough of my reminiscing and on to upcoming events.

There is only one week plus leap day left in February, and plenty going on.

Kevin’s Outreach for Local Emergencies (K.O.L.E.) announces the Sixth Annual Prime Rib Dinner on Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Rapids Restaurant in Grand Lake. Seating is on the half hour with reservations recommended. Call (970) 627-3707. A tax deductible donation of $15 will be collected at the door with the proceeds going to benefit local cancer patients and families.

Highland Lumber is holding its 13th Chilifest on Friday, Feb. 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their Tabernash Yard. If you shop Highland for your home improvement needs, this is their way of saying thank you with food, fun and prizes.

There is a Grand Lake Town election coming up on April 1. There are three Town Trustee seats open along with Mayor. Why not do your part and run for office? You need to be a town resident and turn in a petition with signatures from 10 registered town voters by Feb. 29. Stop by Town Hall to pick up a packet with full information or call Town Clerk, Ronda Kolinske at (970) 627-3435.

The Snow Shoot 2009 will be in Grand Lake once again for the second year, Feb. 28 to March 12. This is a private media event hosted by our town and the Chamber of Commerce. Although most of us will not be allowed to participate in the actual event, there are many opportunities to volunteer for security and hospitality. Call Angie Getchel at (970) 627-3402 for more information. In addition, all businesses are encouraged to stay open extended hours during this period. There will be magazine and other media representatives here writing about and photographing Grand Lake, and we need to show off our best side. It is anticipated that several hundred people will participate in this event ” and they will all be in town to shop, eat and even stay for awhile.

The Town of Grand Lake has contracted with three different companies for removal of beetle-kill trees in the town rights of way. Trees to be removed have been marked with paint.Property owners who with to save marked trees must sign an agreement with the Town that will obligate the property owner to be responsible for any tree maintenance including future removal. For more information and an agreement, contact Town Hall at (970) 627-3435.

Happy birthday, Cassie Lockwood.

Don’t worry about what people think; they don’t do it very often.

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