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News Briefs, Dec. 17, 2009
From Silverton Standard, the place where you can write!
Posted on December 17 2009, 1:13pm by Mark Esper in Local News category
Odalis Dozal of Silverton checks to see which of her classmates
are hiding under the town’s Christmas tree at the corner of 13th and
Greene streets Friday as the students gathered to decorate the tree.
Santa is scheduled to arrive at the tree at 1 p.m. Christmas Eve,
Thursday, Dec. 24.
Contest’s goal is 
to light things up!
Let there be lights!
The Silverton Area Chamber of Commerce, Citizens State Bank of Ouray and San Miguel Power  Association invite everyone to add to the season’s festivities by lighting up their homes and businesses.
Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners in three categories: Residential, commercial and nonprofit.
Judging will take place the evening of Sunday, Dec. 20 with the winners  announced in the Silverton Standard & The Miner.
Questions? Call 387-5654 between 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Community dinner
Saturday at Kendall
The Silverton Community Holiday Dinner and Dance will be held Saturday, Dec. 19 at Kendall Mountain Community Center.
Reserve your table by calling 970-903-5647

Carolling Sunday 
Join your friends and neighbors as we bundle up and stroll Silverton’s neighborhoods for some old-fashioned Carolling on Sunday, Dec. 20.  
Meet at the First Congregational Church Parsonage, 1060 Reese, at 5 p.m..  Music folders will be provided for carollers. Return after singing for hot chocolate and Christmas goodies.

Santa Claus coming to town Dec. 24
Santa Claus is scheduled to arrive at the Town Tree at 1 p.m. on Christmas Eve, according to Silverton San Juan Fire Chief Gilbert Archuleta.
Archuleta said firefighters will help Santa pass out candy sacks for children and fruit baskets for the town’s seniors.
Christmas Day feast at the Legion Post 
First Congregational Church, along with the American Legion Post #14, welcomes everyone in town to a celebratory Christmas feast!  
Turkey and fixings will be provided.
Contributions of additional side dishes or desserts are welcome, but not necessary.  Come by the American Legion Hall to share the holiday cheer with friends and neighbors.
Caboose calendars 
to benefit Standard
The 2010 Silverton Standard & Caboose calendar, featuring historic photos of Silverton and the San Juans, is still available and makes a great Christmas gift.
The calendars will also be accurate for the entire year of 2021, except for some religious holidays.
The calendars are just $9.95 each plus $3 shipping and handling. To place an order, send a check to Silverton Standard, P.O. Box 8, Silverton, CO 81433, or call the Standard at (970) 387-5477 to place an order with a credit card.
‘Winter Escape’ is theme of Snowscape
The people have spoken.
The theme for the 2010 Snowscape celebration Jan. 22-24 will be “Winter Escape to Snowscape.”
That theme was proposed by John Cook.
Students planning 
bake sale for today
The Silverton School kindergarten and first-grade class is having a bake sale today to raise money for the Rainforest Action Network. 
RAN works to protect land in rain forests around the world. The students have been studying trees and learning about how important they are to life on Earth. 
They are making wrapping paper and baked goods, using food that we get from trees to sell. 
Come to Smedley’s today, Thursday, Dec. 17, between 8:30 and 11 a.m. for tasty treats and homemade paper, just in time for the holidays!
Phil Dodd turns 88
Silverton resident Phil Dodd celebrates his 88th birthday today, Dec. 17. Enjoy the pancakes, Phil!
Grants to help fix up old mill, old caboose
The San Juan County Historical Society has been awarded a $75,000 grant from the Colorado Historical Society for the rehabilitation of the oldest narrow-gauge railroad caboose in the state, which used to sit in the town’s “potty park.”
Historical Society President Bev Rich also told the county commissioners Tuesday that the state historical society has also awarded a $360,000 grant for phase one of a major project to restore the old Mayflower Mill.
Rich noted a grant is being sought to replace a water line to the mill that recently froze.
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