Steamboat Briefs for March 18

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USDA commodities are being distributed for the first quarter of 2008 at LIFT-UP of Routt County offices in Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Oak Creek. The service is part of the Emergency Food Assistance Program.

Each eligible household can receive food once a quarter. The distribution period for the first quarter ends March 31. Food will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 870-8804 between 1 and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for more information.

Medical transportation available for vets

Transportation to the Grand Junction and Denver VA medical centers is available for veterans who are unable to drive and who have an appointment Monday through Friday at either hospital. This service is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call the Veterans Affairs Officer of Routt County at 879-5489 or e-mail mcondie@co.routt.co.us to arrange transportation.

Veterans are encouraged to take advantage of the medical services available to them through the VA. Entering the VA medical system requires a copy of your DD 214 and about 20 minutes to fill out a form with the VA officer. The Routt County office is in the Workforce Center in the Sundance at Fish Creek shopping center. The office is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.

Book clubs invited to read Gabbard novel

Book clubs are invited to read "No Mountain Too High" by Andrea Gabbard, the story of breast cancer survivors and supporters who climbed Mount Aconcagua, the Western Hemisphere's highest peak, to raise funds for The Breast Cancer Fund. Dr. Rosanne Iversen of Steamboat Springs will discuss the book with clubs and share her own experience with breast cancer and the 2008 "Climb Against the Odds" of Mount Shasta. Books may be borrowed from Epilogue Book Co. For information, e-mail Iversen at fsmed@fsmed.com.

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