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Posted on March 17 2011, 2:46pm by Mark Esper in Local News category
From left, Mark Esper, Melanie Bergolc and Paul Rathbun in a ridiculous skit directed by Alicia Sharp. They performed at the Silverton Talent Show on Saturday night at Town Hall.
FREE HIV testing and counseling available
The San Juan County Public Health Department will be sponsoring free confidential HIV/AIDs testing and counseling at the Public Health Office on Thursday, March 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.   
The testing is being offered by the Western Colorado Aids Project (WestCAP) based out of Grand Junction.  
The CDC’s Center for Communicable Disease recommends that everyone between the ages of 13-64 have yearly HIV testing. This is an opportunity to get tested in a confidential setting at no cost. 
 WestCAP is a community-based referral, advocacy and service provider offering non-judgmental, confidential and compassionate assistance to HIV–affected persons, families and loves ones.  
WestCAP also promotes prevention and education about HIV and AIDS to the people of western Colorado and charges no fees. Services are provided without regard to age, sex, race, religion, disability or sexual orientation.  
The rapid HIV test itself takes a few minutes to perform, and looks for HIV antibodies in someone’s body.  Test results are available in 15 minutes.  Please call the Grand Junction office to make an appointment, toll free at (800) 765-8594 or (970) 243-2437. “Walk ins” are also welcome.
Child Safety Seat Day set for Saturday at 
the fire department
A Child Passenger Safety Seat Inspection and Installation Day will be conducted on Saturday, March 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Silverton San Juan Volunteer Fire Department station at the Carriage House, 1450 Greene Street.
Bring your car seats and kids for free seat installation, free inspection and free lunch.
Kids can explore fire department, sheriff’s office and Silverton Ambulance Association equipment along with a real NASCAR stock car, and get autographs from NASCAR driver Alex Kennedy.
Under Colorado law, all children under the age of 8 are required to be restrained in a child safety seat when traveling in a motor vehicle.
This event is sponsored by the Southwest Regional Emergency and Trauma Advisory Council, and the Silverton Ambulance Association.
Navajo Taco Dinner to benefit Youth Center
 A Navajo Taco Dinner benefit for the Silverton Youth Center will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Pride of the West on Tuesday, March 22.
Dinner includes entree, drink and dessert for $8. Youths will be selling tickets for this event.
Panel taking a look 
at town’s sign code
A Town of Silverton task force assigned to updating the town’s code regarding commercial signs will convene for the first time today, Thursday, March 17, at 4:30 p.m. at Town Hall.
The 14-member panel will delve into what Town Planning Director David Michaelson referred to as “the fascinating world of sign codes.”
Michaelson said he expects the process won’t take long and that a draft ordinance could be before the Town Council within a few weeks.
“It will take a little venting — then we’ll fix it,” Michaelson said.
Those on the panel are:
Edith Mary Eggett
Tiffany deKay
Mary Krause
Kate Harvie
Wily Carmack
Tommy Wipf
Patty Wipf
Ruth Ann Caitland
David (Teller House)
Sharon Zimmerman
Gary Davis
Janice Sanders
Mark Garvin
Katy Fetchenhier
Rose Raab
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