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Fraser postmistress getting ready to think outside the envelope

Janet Day / Talk of the Valley
Fraser Valley, CO Colorado

Postal Parting: Congratulations and farewell to Fraser Postmistress Sandy Guthridge, who’s retiring after 31 years in our little local post office. This is her last week weighing packages, sorting mail and selling stamps with a smile. According to the U.S. Postal Service, she is just the 10th postmaster or officer-in-charge at the Fraser P.O. since 1944.

Sniffle and Sneeze: I thought it was just me having a hard time shaking a cold/bronchitis, but it seems there’s a nasty bug working its way through the Valley and many have dubbed it the Grand County Crud. Not quite a flu but more than a cold, this nasty bit of a virus has kept many people in bed or on the couch for days, and affected many others who probably should have stayed in bed.

At first I bemoaned the fact that I didn’t run to Mexico or somewhere warm for mud season, but then I started thinking that perhaps those returning vacationers are the ones who brought this bug here.

Smile for the Camera! No matter what manufacturers say, printing digital photos at home just doesn’t achieve the quality of professional printing. So it was great to learn that the Fraser Valley One-Hour Photo shop in the Alco center now offers easy, online digital imaging and printing services. For details or to set up an account, go to, stop by the shop or call them at 970.726.0151.

Yoga for a Cause: Benefit yourself and the Multiple Sclerosis Walk by participating in the Core Challenge at Mountain Moon Yoga on Saturday, May 8, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The $25 workshop will teach how to integrate Pilates fundamentals into exercise programs. Proceeds from the workshop will be donated to the MS Society through Team Thompson’s fundraising efforts and participation in the MS Walk in Winter Park on Saturday, May 22. The workshop is open to all levels.

New Look: The Grand County Business and Economic Development Association has unveiled a new look for its email newsletter and new efforts with the Governor’s Energy Office and Recharge Colorado. Liz McIntyre has joined Rebecca McBride to provide information on energy efficiency rebate programs, sustainability projects and efforts to bring a “new energy economy” to Grand County. To receive the newsletter, send a note to

Is your business on Facebook? If so, let the BEDA team know and they’ll let their readers know how to find you. If you don’t have a Facebook page, let BEDA know anyway and they can point you toward classes that will get you started.

It’s interesting to me to see which local candidates for public office use Facebook and how many new fans they get even outside their own political party. It’s a great tool for getting a message out, whether it’s political or business-related. But the key is to take the time to use social media, not just sign up for it.

Dozens of local businesses have set up pages in the past few months but only a fraction of them keep the pages current. You wouldn’t keep last month’s daily specials or sale prices posted in your business would you? Not updating Facebook pages with new information is the online version of not changing your signs.

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