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Support youth: have a tasty slice of pie
Support youth: have a tasty slice of pie

The Lambert Grange will once again sponsor the annual "I Love Pie Contest" this Friday in conjunction with the 17th annual Chili Cook-off at Paonia Town Park. Bakers are invited to enter their best harvest, best cream, best double crust fruit, best gluten and dairy free, and best decorative pie categories.

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17th annual Chili Cook-off is Friday
17th annual Chili Cook-off is Friday

A mainstay of the Mountain Harvest Festival, the 17th annual Chili Cook-off runs from 5-7 p.m. Friday. For the past nine years the event has been run by the Blue Sage Center for the Arts.

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'Festival in Flight' a new addition to the festivities
'Festival in Flight' a new addition to the festivities

A coordinated flyover of planes by local pilots will take place over Paonia Town Park at 4:15 Friday.

Called "Festival in Flight," the event is being coordinated by Paonia pilots Larry Garrett and Ethel Leslie Garrett.

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Harvest of Voices is a feast of words

This Thursday evening, Sept. 21, the annual Harvest of Voices will kick off the 17th annual Mountain Harvest Festival.

The event offers a veritable buffet of poetry and prose by local and regional authors.

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Grape Stomp benefits three nonprofits
Grape Stomp benefits three nonprofits

Sponsored by Orchard Valley Farms and Black Bridge Winery, 10th annual Mountain Harvest Festival Grape Stomp has grown to be one of the most popular events of the festival. The stomp benefits three local nonprofits: the Solar Energy International K-12 Solar in Schools program, the Western Slope Conservation Center, and the Paonia Public Library Foundation.

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At 17, Mountain Harvest is 'big little festival'
At 17, Mountain Harvest is 'big little festival'

With the departure of Sarah and Bill Bishop after 14 years of service and dedication to the Mountain Harvest Festival, local musician Mike Gwinn has stepped in to help guide the annual event. Now in its 17th year, the annual festival will officially kick off this Thursday evening with the "Harvest of Voices" reading at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts.

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Paonia meetings to start at 6:30 p.m.

Beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 26, the regularly scheduled bi-monthly meetings of the Town of Paonia Board of Trustees will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Also changing, unfinished and new business will now be conducted at the end of the meeting, rather than at the beginning.

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Paonia grants temporary variance to preschool

With 13 items of new business on its Sept. 12 agenda, the Paonia board of trustees tabled two items, at the urging mayor pro tempore David Bradford.

A public hearing on proposed changes to the town municipal code was tabled to the Oct. 10 meeting.

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Masons to lay cornerstone at Hotchkiss clinic on Friday

On Friday, Sept. 22, the Masonic Grand Lodge of Colorado will dedicate a cornerstone at the new West Elk Clinic -- Hotchkiss on West Hotchkiss Avenue in Hotchkiss. The tradition of dedication begins at 3 p.m. and is open to interested community members. The event is sponsored by the Mount Lamborn Masonic Lodge of Hotchkiss.

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Eagles Homecoming a week of tradition
Eagles Homecoming a week of tradition

Paonia High School will be a blur of activity this week as students celebrate Homecoming Week.

The week includes numerous longstanding traditions.

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Higher speed limit raises concerns for pedestrians

Actions by the Colorado Department of Transportation have raised concerns about pedestrian safety in the Town of Hotchkiss.

At the Sept. 14 town council meeting, public works director Mike Owens reported that pedestrian crossing signs at several Bridge Street intersections were removed because CDOT officials felt there was too much sign "noise" on the street.

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Pat Medina named to Hotchkiss Town Council

Pat Medina has been selected to fill a vacancy on the Hotchkiss Town Council created by the resignation of Larry Jakubiak. Her appointment runs until the municipal election in April.

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Four days of live music lined up

Since 2001, the annual Mountain Harvest Festival has brought to the stage an eclectic assortment of handpicked local and regional musicians. Mojo will get the party started during the Chili Cookoff Friday in Paonia Town Park.

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Celebrating the bountiful bounty from the North Fork

The Festival Market, offering a vast variety of locally-harvested produce, locally-produced foods and other products, opens at 4 p.m. Friday and runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, local growers and producers welcome visitors as part of the self-guided farm tours.

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Volunteers raise 1991 sign depicting North Fork bounty
Volunteers raise 1991 sign depicting North Fork bounty

An eye-catching sign depicting Paonia and its bountiful harvest and beautiful views is finding new life, thanks to a few volunteers, a tractor, and a little bit of community service.

This summer, Crawford resident and Rotary Club of the North Fork member Jeff Skeels decided to check out a hand-painted sign hanging sloppily near the road along Highway 133 near Paonia.

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Pink Out sponsors sought

The Hotchkiss Bulldogs volleyball program is seeking sponsors and donations for its Oct. 6 game against rival Paonia. "Hotchkiss Volleyball Pink Out" will recognize October as Breast Cancer Awareness Week by raising money to support the oncology department at Delta County Memorial Hospital.

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Libraries go beyond books and buildings
Libraries go beyond books and buildings

Librarians across the globe are stepping out into their communities this month in celebration of "Outside the Lines," a weeklong event in September demonstrates the creativity and innovation happening in libraries.

Since 2014, "Outside the Lines" has inspired an international grassroots effort to reintroduce libraries to their communities.

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Citizen complaints drive Crawford town meeting

Trustees for the Town of Crawford spent a good majority of their meeting last week hearing and discussing issues brought up by concerned citizens.

Resident Trudy Mikus brought forth a concern that emergency service personnel are unable to find her home.

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Trustee, former mayor defend local business

Former mayor and former Crawford business owner Jim Crook took exception to a proposed resolution under consideration by the Crawford Town Council last week; Trustee Chris Johnson shared his concerns. The council has been working since August toward adoption of Resolution No. 7, 2017, which sets forth conditions on the operations of Peaches RV Park, owned by Carl and Cheryl Page.

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Paonia in-town water main project on schedule
Paonia in-town water main project on schedule

The Town of Paonia's water system improvement project is on schedule and within budget, according to Paonia Public Works Director, Travis Loberg. The three-phase project involves replacement of about 5,600 lineal feet of water main line and associated repairs and upgrades.

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It's Homecoming  at Hotchkiss High
It's Homecoming at Hotchkiss High

With a theme of Decades, Hotchkiss High School is celebrating Homecoming Week 2017!

Throughout the week, each class will represent a separate decade. Seniors are '90s, juniors are '70s, sophomores are '50s, and freshmen are '20s.

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