Steamboat briefs: Meg O’Connell is named February Teen of the Month

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Meg O’Connell, a senior at Steamboat Springs High School, was Teen of the Month for February.

O’Connell was chosen by members of the Steamboat Springs Teen Council because she is an outstanding teen in our community and embodies the values of Teen Council:

■ Demonstrates that teens are valuable community assets

■ Acts as a leader and/or a positive role model amongst their peers

■ Committed to community service

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Meg O’Connell

O’Connell is actively involved in her community. For the past five years, she has baked and decorated birthday cakes for clients of Horizons Specialized Services, and she is the high school representative on the Advocates Building Peaceful Communities board of directors and a member of the Interact Club. She also has volunteered on a service trip to Agua Prieta, Mexico, for the past four years.

O’Connell also was a Conferee at the 2012 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, designated for her skills in leadership. On top of these service activities, she is a member of the National Honor Society and the Eco Club at the high school. O’Connel is captain of the Nordic skiing and cross-country track teams at her school and works hard to support her team members by cultivating their passion for the sport.

O’Connell works at the Dreamboat Café at the Old Town Hot Springs and holds an internship at Klauzer and Tremaine Law Firm.

O’Connell loves the outdoors and everything it offers, including running, hiking, skiing and biking and all aspects of nature.

Her advice to others is: “Make an effort to smile about something every day. We often get caught up in the little things in life that bring unnecessary stress and chaos and forget that if we can just hang on and work hard, it will all turn out okay in the end.”

O’Connell said she hopes to study history and English and possibly open a raw food restaurant some day. She will be awarded with a $25 Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association gift certificate.

The Teen Council is sponsored by the city of Steamboat Springs and Grand Futures Prevention Coalition and is funded through a grant from Routt County United Way. To learn more about the Steamboat Springs Teen Council, visit www.facebook.com/ssteencouncil.

Alive at 25 driving class is Thursday at high school

A 4.5-hour Alive at 25 defensive driving class is from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Steamboat Springs High School.

While this class is required for all Steamboat Springs High School students who wish to park a vehicle on campus, it is open to all young drivers and meets the requirements for new drivers who want to apply for a learner’s permit at age 15 1/2. In addition, some insurance companies offer reduced rates for young drivers who have completed this class.

Grand Futures Prevention Coalition and Shell Oil have provided grants to pay the $39 registration fee for this class. 

Drivers interested in taking the class should call instructor Dennis J. Hensen at 970-871-3685.

‘Giselle, The Movie’ screens at library Tuesday evening

Bud Werner Memorial Library, Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp and Steamboat Dance Theatre will present “Giselle, The Movie,” a film by director Toa Fraser, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Library Hall. The film brings The Royal New Zealand Ballet to the big screen, capturing the acclaimed production of the two-act classic ballet featuring American Ballet Theatre star Gillian Murphy as the dance-mad villager, with scenes of the lead dancers in Shanghai and New York counterpointing the onstage action. Part of the Dance on Film series, the free evening includes an introduction by dance history professor and Perry-Mansfield Executive Director Joan Lazarus.

Atmos issues reminder on carbon monoxide danger

Atmos Energy reminds customers to take steps in their homes to help prevent potentially fatal carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is produced by incomplete combustion in home heating systems, gas ovens, dryers, fireplaces and automobile engines. Prolonged exposure to carbon monoxide can be fatal.

The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are flu-like and often include headache, sleepiness, weakness, vomiting, dizziness and tightness in the chest. Anyone suffering from these symptons, should call 911 or seek emergency medical attention. Stop using the suspected gas appliance immediately and call Atmos Energy’s Emergency hotline at 1-866-322-8667.

In a news release, Atmos Energy offered the following tips to help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning:

■ Hire a qualified heating system professional each year to inspect all natural gas appliances and venting systems in your home to ensure that they are working properly.

■ Install carbon monoxide detectors in the home on all floors where bedrooms are located. Detectors identify traces of carbon monoxide in the home and sound an alarm when carbon monoxide is detected.

■ Do not idle a car in an attached garage. Doing so allows a large amount of carbon monoxide to enter the home.

■ Make sure that chimneys and flues are clean and unobstructed and that appliances have proper ventilation systems.

■ Remove clutter from around gas furnaces and water heaters to ensure an adequate supply of fresh air. Change furnace filters regularly.

■ Do not use natural gas ovens as a heating source. The burning of natural gas produces carbon monoxide that is ventilated safely when the oven door is closed but is released into the kitchen when the door is open.

■ Do not use charcoal indoors for either cooking or heating. Burning charcoal releases carbon monoxide.

■ Make sure kerosene and other portable heaters are vented to the outside.

Preschool screenings to be held March 12, 13 in city

Preschool screenings will be held March 12 and 13 in Steamboat Springs for those who have questions or concerns about their child’s development. This service is available for children 2 years and 6 months old (by April 1) to 5 years old. There is no charge for the screening, but those interested should call 970-879-0391 to schedule a time starting March 1.

The screening is for vision, hearing, fine and gross motor, thinking skills, speech and language, and social skills.

The screening will take place at the George P. Sauer Human Services Center, 325 Seventh St.

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