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Public Service Announcements: April 28, 2016

Volunteers for Community seeking garage sale donations

HUERFANO — VFC has a place for all the things around your house you no longer need or want! We accept usable, clean, working items, and will gladly give you a receipt. (We cannot take electronics, mattresses, car seats, or baby cribs.) Our ninth more-than-giant yard sale is June 24-26, and we’ve already spent many months getting ready. Our yard sales fund our pantry, Christmas gifts for kids, and all the many projects we do around our southern Colorado communities. Please call Susan Kalman (Colorado City area) at 719-676-4493, 719-250-6097 or Edie Flanagin (Huerfano County), 719-289-6272 if you have items, large or small, to donate. Thank you!

New media equipment available at La Veta Public Library

LA VETA — Have you ever wondered what to do with all of your old cassette tapes, slides and VHS tapes? Chances are you’ve got some great stuff and no way to save it for the future. The La Veta Public Library has a solution! The library now offers conversion equipment that can be checked out to patrons for one week, as long as the patron is at least 18 years old with an account in good standing for at least six months. Convert cassette tapes into MP3 files that can be burned to a CD, convert VHS tapes to DVD and convert slides to digital pictures. You can also visit the library on Tuesdays 2 to 4 pm for Tech Tuesday and receive a short instructional session about the new devices. For more info call 719-742-3572 or email info@lvpl.org.

April is cats and kittens month

TRINIDAD — In April Noah’s Ark Animal Welfare is focusing on preventing unwanted litters of kittens. As part of Earth Day, our “Prevent A Litter” campaign is kicking off, thanks to a grant from the Colorado Animal Rescue Express. We are able to offer FREE spay/neuters to community feral cats. Traps are also available for loan at Noah’s Ark. Very low cost cat surgeries are available for copays of $5 (males) & $10 (females) for your non-feral feline friend. We need donations to make this program available year-round to get a handle on the cat overpopulation in our community and to see a decline in the number of felines entering the shelter. For more information on this program call: Trinidad Animal Clinic, 719-846-3212 or Noah’s Ark Animal Welfare, 719-680-2385

The Good Food Project CSA Shares available in Trinidad

TRINIDAD — There are still a few farm shares for the season. The cost is $272 for 16 boxes beginning Mid-June. For more information, call the Co-Op at 718-846-7869.

Walsenburg Farmers Market seeking vendors for 2016

WALSENBURG — District One has updated the Walsenburg Farmers Market Vendor Rules and Regulations, and the Vendor Application form for the 2016 market season. This summer, our biggest goals are to see our market grow in attendance, number of vendors, and variety of local goods.

Visit our website to download the applications or stop by ONE Table, 512 Main Street or email Brian Rosino at: onetablefood@gmail.com

Submitting a vendor application is required by District ONE prior to market day. Submitting an application does not require your attendance at every Saturday market, though we highly encourage vendors to commit to the entire season. In the event that vendors cannot be present, we suggest recruiting a community volunteer to fill in (consistency is key to maintaining community participation). The on-site market manager will ensure that all sales tax is calculated accurately (Huerfano Co. will continue to pay sales tax for all vendors in 2016). The 2016 Walsenburg Farmers Market Season will begin Saturday, June 4 and run every Saturday until September 24, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at Heritage Park, 400 Main Street.

Local artist Peggy Zehring summer drawing/painting retreats announced

MT VERNON, WA/LA VETA, CO — Peggy Zehring of La Veta will be the featured artist in a ten day retreat sponsored by Dakota Art Workshops of Mt. Vernon Washington. The July 18 through July 29 retreat will be in the famed Skagit River Valley north of Seattle. Zehring will be leading classes which will completely immerse the student in their creative process allowing personal creative breakthroughs.

Zehring will also have painting/drawing workshops closer to home, right in La Veta, June 20 -24, June 27-July 1, September 6-10 and September 12-16. The La Veta workshops will have an emphasis on each artist’s unique creativity, originality and vision. No previous experience is required, everyone is welcome, but the class sizes will be limited. Interested students should reserve their spaces as soon as possible.

Zehring studied with Elaine de Kooning and with Chicago’s abstract painters: disciples of Wassily Kandinsky. She has a fine arts degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Her internationally award-winning work is included in many private and corporate collections in the United States and abroad, several museums and several publications, including 10 books. For over 30 years, she has lectured extensively and taught in a variety of college and workshop settings. She is represented by Montserrat Gallery in New York City and Inner Idea Artists Gallery in La Veta.

For more information about the retreat in Washington visit: www.dakotaartcenter.com or call 888-345-0067, ext.5. To find out more about the La Veta workshops, contact Peggy Zehring, 719-742-5193 or email: PegZehring@gmail.com or visit her website at: www.PeggyZehring.com

School year 2016-17 registration at Holy Trinity Academy

TRINIDAD — Holy Trinity Academy is now registering for grades K–12 for the 2016-2017 school year. For more information, please call 719 846-4522.

Beef raffle tickets on sale now

TRINIDAD — Ticket sales are available for the Trinidad Community Foundation beef raffle. First prize is a side of Angus beef, cut and wrapped. Second prize is a four burner Omaha LP BBQ grill. Third prize is a 5 cubic foot Kenmore chest freezer. Tickets are $10 for one or three for $25. The drawing is May 27 at 3 pm, tickets holders need not be present to win.

Tickets are available at the TCF office in the Bell Block, 134 W. Main Street, Suite 24 , 12 to 4 pm, Monday through Friday, or from any Foundation board member. For more information contact: Margaret Apodaca,Trinidad Community Foundation, 719-846-3943 or info@trinidadcf.org; www.trinidadcf.org; or on Facebook under Trinidad Community Foundation.

PCMS training for May

FORT CARSON — Military training will be conducted at Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site (PCMS) between May 1 through May 25. Multiple units will be conducting training during that time. Increased dust and noise levels from the training can be expected during this time period, due to live fire training and heavy vehicle traffic throughout the training area. Field training includes day and night live-fire exercises incorporating small arms weapons.

The purpose of the training is to prepare soldiers and other military members for any possible mission should the unit be called to support any contingency around the globe. During the exercise, crews will engage simulated targets using different scenarios to build team cohesion and ensure they are proficient in their skills.

Fort Carson is committed to balancing our training mission with protecting and preserving PCMS’ natural environment and historical properties. Environmental personnel are involved in all levels of planning for military training, construction and other activities that could affect the PCMS environment.

Fort Carson is dedicated to being good neighbors to the southern Colorado community and communicate upcoming training events that may affect them through various avenues including the Southern Colorado Engagement Working Group (SCWG). The SCWG ensures synchronization and coordination of ongoing military, civilian and local community efforts in the southern Colorado region and works to establish initiatives and tasks to be accomplished in the region.

Noise complaints should be directed to the Fort Carson Public Affairs Office at (719) 526-9849. For more information contact the Fort Carson Public Affairs Office at (719) 526-4143/7525. After hours, please contact the 24-hour Fort Carson Operations Center at 526-5500 and ask for the On-Call Public Affairs Officer.

Pilgrim’s Pride recalls 4 million pounds of poultry products

WASHINGTON — Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., a Waco, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 4,568,080 pounds of fully cooked chicken products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, including plastic, wood, rubber, and metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Tuesday, April 26, 2016.

The scope of this recall expansion now includes a variety of chicken products associated with extraneous material contamination. The chicken products were produced between Aug. 21, 2014, to March 1, 2016. The products are subject to recall include a variety of sizes of Gold Kist Farms fully cooked chicken nuggets and patties, and Sweet Georgia Brand fully cooked chicken nuggets and patties.

The products subject to recall bears establishment number “EST. 20728” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped for institutional use nationwide. According to Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. records, schools have purchased products through the company’s commercial channels.

The problem was first discovered after the firm received several consumer complaints regarding plastic contamination of the chicken nuggets. The firm notified FSIS of the issue on April 6, 2016. FSIS personnel identified more affected product types and dates of production after investigating additional consumer complaints.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase. For full details and list of products subject to recall, go to: www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts

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