Steamboat briefs: Coats available at LIFT-UP Food Bank on Curve Court

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— Clean, warm winter coats are available free to anyone who needs a coat — one per person — from 1 to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the LIFT-UP Food Bank. The Food Bank is at the Lufkin Lift-Up Center at 2125 Curve Court, just down the street from Cook Chevrolet. Call 970-870-8804.

Quilt guild seeking help with senior gift project

Each year, the Delectable Moun­­tain Quilt Guild of Steam­boat Springs gives gifts to needy seniors and people with disabilities in Routt County. The gift includes a handmade item and money. The group is looking for help finding people in need to receive gifts, and the guild also is seeking financial help.

Those who know of seniors who need help can call Ruth Ann at 970-879-0275 or Irene at 970-846-4110. Those who want to donate can mail a check made out to DMQG-Seniors Xmas Gift to DMQG, P.O. Box 77483, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477. Donations also will be accepted at First National Bank of the Rockies under DMQG Christmas Fund.

Essay contest open to area students in 5th to 8th grade

The Augusta Wallihan Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is sponsoring an Amer­­ican History Essay Contest with savings bonds as prizes. Fifth- through eighth-grade students from Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco counties and Baggs, Wyo., are eligible.

The topic for 2010-11 is “The Memoirs of Paul Revere,” and participants are asked to imagine themselves as Revere and write his memoirs. Essays should relate the accomplishments for which Revere wants to be remembered in American history. All students, including those who are home-schooled, can participate. Essays should be 300 to 600 words for fifth-graders and 600 to 1,000 for other grades. The winner in each grade receives a $25 savings bond.

The submission deadline is Dec. 10. Completed essays should be returned to Barb Ficke at P.O. Box 773418, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477. More information is at www.visitmoffatcounty.com/augustawallihandar.

Go Alpine acknowledged for sustainability program

Go Alpine has been acknowledged by its Steamboat Springs peers and statewide by the Gov­er­­nor’s Energy Office for adopting sustainability practices.

Go Alpine received the Sustainable Business of the Year Award at the annual Navigator Awards and was profiled in the Governor’s Energy Office’s Colorado Carbon Fund October newsletter, which discussed the company’s implementation of a voluntary donation structure for customers. The company has sent more than $3,000 to the Colorado Carbon Fund since the inception of the plan, according to a news release. “Go Alpine attributes its sustainability success to the contributions of its employees,” the newsletter said.

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