Steamboat briefs: Hayden resident graduates from US Marine boot camp

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Pvt. Gage M. Webb

Pvt. Gage M. Webb, 18, of Hayden, graduated from U.S. Marine Corps boot camp Friday at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. Webb completed 13 weeks of intensive basic training as one of 85 recruits in Training Platoon 2168. Following 10 days home on leave, he will report to Camp Pendleton for one month at Military Combat Training then Military Occupation Specialty School.

Pumpkin Festival set for Saturday at Howelsen Hill

The Steamboat Springs Optimist Club hosts the 21st annual Pumpkin Festival at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Howelsen Hill parking lot. Children ages 2 to 12 will paint pumpkins, and judging will be at 11:45 a.m. The event is free and is sponsored by The Egg & I, Safeway and The Bakery.

The nonprofit Optimist Club also is in need of members. In addition to the Pumpkin Festival, the club puts on the annual Fishing Derby and Pancake Breakfast; the annual Bike Rodeo, during which Steamboat Springs Police Department officers teach children about bike safety; and the Literacy Bug reading program for Steamboat fifth-graders. The group also runs the Teen of the Month club — which recognizes area high school students for their contributions to school, church and the community — and awards a $1,500 Teen of the Year scholarship.

For more information, call President Mark Lynch at 970-819-5137 or past presidents Rob MacCarthy at 970-879-5283 or Ron Wendler at 970-846-7500.

Author of ‘The Bishop of Rwanda’ to give free talk

Bishop John Rucyahana, author of “The Bishop of Rwanda,” will give a free talk at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 846 Oak St. Rucyahana played an instrumental role in the post-genocide reconciliation efforts in Rwanda, according to a news release. Born in Rwanda in 1945, Rucyahana went into exile during the Rwandan civil war and became a leader in peace and reconciliation efforts following the genocide that took more than 800,000 lives during 100 days in 1994, according to the release.

The event is sponsored by Come, Let’s Dance and the Global Living Institute, groups that facilitate student and community leader immersion trips in an effort to help cultivate a global understanding of poverty, the release stated.

Remove landscaping items from snow storage areas

The city of Steamboat Springs would like to remind homeowners and landscapers to remove all landscaping materials from snow storage areas to prevent damage from snow plowing. Any landscaping material, other than vegetative ground cover, should be removed from the street right of way at least 10 feet from the edge of the asphalt, according to a news release. For more information, call Doug Marsh or Ron Berig at the Public Works Shop at 970-879-1807.

Also, permits to excavate in public rights of way will not be issued by the city from Nov. 1 to May 1. If you have an emergency situation during that time, call the streets/fleet superintendent at 970-879-1807.

Victim advocate volunteers needed; training this fall

Advocates Building Peaceful Communities is in need of victim advocate volunteers. A 25-hour training will take place this fall. Call Heidi or Diane at 970-879-2034 for more information.

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