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Janet Day: Children’s wishes still waiting to be answered before Christmas

Janet Day
Talk of the Valley
Winter Park/Fraser, Colorado

Give a Gift. There’s still time to be a great Santa to a deserving child or teen. Stop by the annual Angel Tree in Cooper Creek Square, pick a card and study the child’s wish list, then do a quick shop. Wishes range from cool-looking clothing to toys, but also include necessities like warm footwear and food. Return wrapped gifts to Cascade’s Cabin or the Cooper Creek Square management office before Christmas and they’ll make sure the child gets the gifts. For last-minute information, call Marie Hedrick at 726.8891, ext. 21.

I vary my charitable gift-giving each year, trying to spread it around the valley, from the Angel Tree to supporting land preservation efforts to taking bags of pet food to the Granby shelter. These are challenging times for charities. A faltering economy means more demands and potentially fewer donations. But from what I’ve heard, few if any of our Grand County charitable organizations are planning to cut the number of grants they make or reduce the projects they undertake. Good for them. And good for us all.

Going Green. The green in evidence this holiday season isn’t all holly and pine boughs. The Winter Park Resort Food and Beverage Department has taken steps to reduce or eliminate a lot of the paper products in the Moffat Market and Mary Jane cafeterias.

Instead of paper serving trays and the boat-like sandwich holders, the operations have switched to re-usable plastic baskets with a liner made of recycled paper. Re-usable red plastic cups have replaced the paper beverage cups that quickly filled trash cans. New napkin dispensers make it harder for guests to grab handfuls at a time, only to throw them out unused.

And look for more recycling bins around the resort this season. It’s all part of the Connexion program designed to reduce, re-use or recycle waste and resources.

Things Change. Every once in a while there are big changes in Fraser. They don’t happen with the speed of those in Winter Park, but they seem to generate more controversy. Think Grand Park, a second tubing hill, snow scoots, the dispute over another liquor store. And now the changes coming with new ownership of the Crooked Creek have resulted in some unpleasant comments, and in one case, allegedly criminal, behavior from members of the citizenry. Get a grip, people. No matter how much you gripe, you can’t stop change. What you can do is be an active community member contributing to the up-front debates and decisions affecting what change will come. Government is representative.

On Dasher, On Dancer. Every Torchlight Parade at Winter Park Resort is deemed, in a long-running joke among some veteran employees, as “the best one ever.”

Tomorrow’s event adds something new in pursuit of that honor. Santa, who makes an appearance every year, is bringing his reindeer with him this time. It will be interesting to see the reaction from tourists who think elk are deer all grown up.

Happy Holidays to all.

” Keep in Touch: What’s got your attention around the area? Let me know. I’ll try to find the answer or spread the news. Send it all to JDayQuilts@msn.com.

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