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Steamboat briefs: Farewell service for Pastor Janet Babish is Sunday

Hayden Congregational Church, 202 E. Jefferson Ave., will hold a farewell service for Pastor Janet Babish at 10:30 a.m. today with a potluck lunch to follow. Everyone is welcome.

For additional information, call the church office at 970-276-3510.

Tread of Pioneers Museum will be closed until Tuesday

The Tread of Pioneers Museum on Oak Street in Steamboat Springs will be closed for maintenance projects through Monday.

The museum will reopen with normal business hours Tuesday. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays.

Spelling Bee registration cost increases this week

The fourth annual Community Spelling Bee will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

Participants should start planning their three-person team's membership and think about coming in costume. As in the past, prizes are awarded to the winning team, the best costumed team, and the youngest and oldest speller. Teams need to have at least one speller who is 60 or older. There is no minimum age for the other two team members.

The cost is $30 per team if the team registers by Monday, or its $40 per team after Monday. For more information, call Jane at 970-879-0064, Pauline at 970-871-9109 or email

VNA reminds of smoking cessation support options

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association would like to remind readers that secondhand smoke and thirdhand smoke (tobacco residue in carpet, clothes, cars, etc.) can cause serious health problems in children, nonsmoking adults and pets, including cancer, heart disease and asthma. There are multiple support options to help smokers protect themselves and their loved ones from potentially fatal illnesses:

■ The Colorado QuitLine offers free personalized cessation phone support for smokers. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

■ The SmokefreeTXT program provides free personalized text message support. Text the word "quit" to 47848.

■ The VNA offers counseling with a tobacco cessation specialist in Steamboat Springs or Craig. There is no cost for the service. To speak with a counselor, call 970-871-7634.

REPS seeks volunteers for suicide prevention

Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide is in need of volunteers to become part of its Suicide Prevention Advocates program at Yampa Valley Medical Center. The program is designed to help those who have attempted suicide or are having thoughts of suicide and have been hospitalized. Those who are interested are asked to call Ronna Autrey at 970-846-8182.

LiveWell program to help families with healthy eating

LiveWell Northwest Colorado is helping families be healthy by working to improve eating habits and to be more physically active through the "Let's Go! 5-2-1-0" program. The program sets the goal each day of eating five or more fruits and vegetables, watching two or fewer hours of TV, getting an hour or more of physical activity and drinking zero sugary drinks. For more information about the program, visit or call LiveWell Northwest Colorado Community Coordinator Barb Parnell at 970-819-4110.