Author: Casey Malon

Connect for Health Colorado Enrollment Deadline Approaches!

If you have been in the market for 2018 Health Care coverage, Friday, December 15th is the last day to enroll in coverage via Colorado’s Health Care Exchange, ConnectForHealthCO, to get a January 1st effective date. While congress is currently proposing modifications to the Act as part of the Tax Reform Bill, no changes to current regulations have been instituted, so all requirements are still in place. Connect for Health Colorado was established by the state as the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) health care exchange (an alternate to the Federal site: when the Act was implemented in 2013....

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Cranmer Chapel Community Dinners

  It has been over twenty years since the first Community Dinner was served by members of St. John’s Episcopal Church. It began when members invited newly arrived workers into their homes for a home-cooked meal during the long winter season. For many, it was their first time away from home and the meals were very well received. In 1999, a Community Dinner was served on Thanksgiving at the then St. Columba’s Episcopal Chapel in Winter Park.  Spearheaded by the late Joan Von der Heiden and her husband Ken, they worked to secure a place to serve the meals,...

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Season of Giving: Local nonprofits committed to helping those in need.

With Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and Colorado Gives Day in our rear view, there’s no denying that the holiday season is in full swing. The holidays are often considered to be the happiest time of year, but for families that are struggling to make ends meet, it can be a very challenging time as well. The generosity of our community is evident year-round, but it truly shines this time of year as local businesses, public service and nonprofit agencies come together with a common goal of extending the joy of the season through giving. Listed...

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The Orientation Express!

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of taking part in a couple of the Winter Park and Fraser Chamber of Commerce’s Orientation Express tours, a program designed to introduce members of the community to local businesses and services as well as provide networking opportunities for both. Participating businesses in the towns of Winter Park and Fraser rolled out the red carpet, open house style, welcoming tour guests with special discount offers, free samples, libations and prizes. With the guidance of the indomitable Maria Chavez, Chamber Membership Director, we were lead through south Winter Park businesses on Monday evening,...

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Is it Time for a Snow Dance?

I will be the first one to admit that the extended Indian Summer has been nice. It has made for safe driving conditions, allowed prolonged activities such as mountain biking, and even made hanging those holiday lights a whole lot easier.  But, with the current long-range weather predictions of continued warmth, it is not boding well for winter activities. Most of us moved to Winter Park because of our attraction to the many winter sports activities available in this beautiful valley. We know that, with an average annual snowfall of over 300 inches, the snow will come eventually. But...

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – MPHS 2017 Fall Drama

This years Middle Park High School Drama Club put on an excellent rendition of the timeless classic, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  The play is a musical about nerdy middle schoolers in the midst of a spelling bee competition. The cast had the audience in stitches throughout much of the performance. Assistant Principal, Steve Penrose said, “that was one of the best I have seen in years” adding  “the kids worked really hard to make it a good one.” The students and crew started rehearsals right after Labor Day and held auditions the following week, so it...

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Middle Park Meat Company is back!

Middle Park Meat Company in Kremmling reopened their doors on Monday, October 2, under new ownership.  Owner Mitch Lockhart has brought back one of Kremmling’s landmarks with style. The store has been refreshed with a clean, sleek look featuring a custom wood countertop upcycled from one of the old bowling alley lanes and set atop a corrugated steel trim, reflecting “classic” Kremmling. Before the store reopened, former owner, Harlan Land, spent time with Mitch sharing his recipes and his secrets to the successful venture.  The store offers traditional favorites like apple-cured pork chops, fresh cut steaks, assorted cheeses, jerky,...

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Here we go again… time to Fall Back!

Twice a year, we adjust our clocks to reflect Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) and Mountain Standard Time (MST). We “spring forward” in March to MDT, and lose an hour of precious sleep in doing so, but we gain longer afternoons. In November, we “fall back” one hour to MST, regaining that lost hour and a little early morning daylight as a result. In the United States, daylight-saving time was introduced in 1918 as a way to decrease energy use, and, it was implemented year-round in 1942, during WW II. The belief was that not waking up in the dark...

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