Steamboat briefs: Business Plan competition submissions due Monday
The submittal deadline for the 2015 Business Plan competition, sponsored by the city of Steamboat Springs, Alpine Bank and Colorado Mountain College and hosted by SCORE, America’s Small Business Counselors, is approaching. Plans must be submitted electronically by 5 p.m. Monday to Randy Rudasics, competition facilitator, at email@example.com. Competitors must also sign and date the rules and judging criteria posted for this competition. Documents can be found at coloradomtn.edu/yvec. Plan review will take place over the coming weeks, and finalists will be required to present their plan to a panel of SCORE judges after written plans are reviewed. Call 970-870-4491 for more information.
Seafood, crab orders must be placed Tuesday for Crabfeast
The fourth annual Crabfeast to benefit the Single Parents Sports Fund will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18 at Moe’s Original Bar B Que in Steamboat Springs. Orders for crab or other seafood must be ordered by Tuesday, Sept. 15. Moe’s will also be selling their regular menu as well as additional seafood items. Crabfeast tickets include rolls, corn and Old Bay. Tickets are on sale at Moe’s, Elk River Pet & Ranch or Off the Beaten Path bookstore. Call Laura, with Single Parents Sports Fund, at 970-846-7841 to order and for more detailed information.
Tuesday final day to drop off donated school supplies
The Bank of San Juans in Oak Creek is holding a school supply drive for South Routt School District through Sept. 15. Community members are invited to drop off school supplies for elementary, middle school and high school students between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the bank, 319 E. Main St.
Preschool program offered to potty-trained children
The city of Steamboat Springs Parks and Community Services Department is offering a fall preschool program for children 2 1/2 to 5 who are potty trained. The program includes a 13-week Pee Wees session from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and a 12-week Pee Wees session from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Igloo, adjacent. The program begins Tuesday, Sept. 15 and ends Thursday, Dec. 17.
Parents can register their child for the entire 12- or 13-week session at a discounted rate, or for individual days at a standard rate. The program will be held at the Igloo, adjacent to the Howelsen Ice Arena.
Visit steamboatsprings.net/recreation to register online or call 970-879-4300 to speak with a staff member.
2015 Safe Routes to School program adds challenge
The Steamboat Springs School District and Bike Town USA Initiative are teaming up for the 2015 Safe Routes to School program. Thanks to a generous grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation, this program aims to get more kids out hiking and biking to school this school year.
New this year is the Hike and Bike to School Challenge. It began with the first Hike and Bike to School Day on Friday, Sept. 11, and will continue each Friday through the school year. Students will use in-class posters to tally the days they “commute” by hiking or biking to school. Prizes will be awarded to kids who commute at least five days during the year. Additional prizes will be awarded for most days commuting, and a grand prize drawing will take place at the spring Safe Routes Bike Rally at each elementary school, with a great prize going to one lucky commuter at each school.
All kids in kindergarten through eighth grade at Soda Creek and Strawberry Park Elementary Schools and Steamboat Springs Middle School are eligible to participate in the program, even if they ride the bus to school. Bus riders can be dropped off (with signed permission slip) at Steamboat Springs High School and hike the last 3/4 mile to school on Butcherknife Trail. Hikers and bikers can also follow other specifically mapped safe routes. All routes have adult volunteers posted to ensure safe crossing at significant intersections. Routes are posted at saferoutessteamboat.org and on the Bike Town USA website at steamboatbiketown.com.
Schools now require varicella vaccine for K-12 students
The state of Colorado’s school immunization schedule now requires students in kindergarten through 12th grade to have two varicella (chicken pox) immunizations at the beginning of the 2015-16 school year.
Children typically have the first varicella immunization at 1. They should have the second between 4 and 6. It is especially important students in eighth through 12th grades be vaccinated twice; the disease tends to be more severe in adolescents and adults. Students do not need to get the varicella vaccine if they have evidence of having had chicken pox.
Low-cost varicella and other recommended vaccinations for all ages are available at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s drop-in immunization clinics, which are held 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Steamboat Springs VNA, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. Immunizations also are available by appointment by calling 970-879-1632. Visit colorado.gov/cdphe for more information on immunizations in Colorado.
Financial help available to have pets spayed, neutered
Spay/neuter financial assistance is available to Routt County resident dogs and cats through the Routt County Humane Society. Shots are also available on the day of the appointment for $10 each. Co-pays range from $5 to $70 for qualifying applicants, and an $80 coupon is offered to all other residents. Local veterinarians participate in the program. To make a spay or neuter appointment online visit routthumane.org.
VNA reminds residents to be safe on all ATVs, follow rules
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association reminds residents to take precautions on ATVs. Of all ATV-related deaths, 92 percent are the result of warned-against risks, such as youth riding adult-sized ATVs. The VNA and the ATV Safety Institute remind residents to follow the golden rules for ATV safety:
■ Always wear a helmet and protective gear.
■ Never ride on public roads.
■ Never carry a passenger on a single-rider vehicle.
■ Ride an ATV appropriate for your age and readiness.
■ Supervise riders younger than 16.
■ Ride only on designated trails and at a safe speed.
For a young rider readiness checklist and other safety tips, visit atvsafety.org/youngriders.aspx.
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