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Tuesday, November 28, 2023 at 4:44 PM

Around Town

Saturday is officially Veterans Day, but there are a variety of programs today (Thursday) and this weekend to mark the holiday.
Around Town

Today, Knowledge Quest Academy will be doing their annual vehicle parade. If you are interested in participating, the staging area is Sappington Park no later than 12:45 p.m. Elwell Elementary will also be having their Veterans Day Program today starting at 2 p.m. If anyone is interested in participating (carrying a flag to open the ceremony) be at the school no later than 1:30 p.m. You can also just come out to support/ watch the programs.

Saturday, from 8 to 10 a.m., the Thompson Rivers Parks and Recreation District will host a free Veterans Day pancake breakfast at the newly renovated Mad Russian Event Center in Milliken. You can RSVP to [email protected] or call 970-660-8750 to reserve a spot.

The VFW will be hosting its annual Veterans Day breakfast on Sunday from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the JM Club in Johnstown. Veterans eat free. It’s $10 for anyone else. And thank you to all the men and women in both communities who have served their country.

Congratulations to the Roosevelt High School FFA meat judging team that recently returned from nationals in Indianapolis. As a team, they received a Silver placing. Individually, Maile Gutierrez and Arieanna Castro placed Bronze while Raleynn Hanagan and Rhiannon Willard placed Silver.

Congratulations as well to Front Range Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Ty Drage, who graduated last week from the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer (EFO) program. This intensive program is recognized worldwide as a hallmark of fire service leadership development. Ty joined less than 5,000 chief officers who have completed the course since 1985.

And here’s a heart-warming story to end on this week, received from Renita Henson: “On Sunday afternoon I was moving some antique farm equipment from our ranch out to the corn field. My 1938 John Deere B tractor died right in the middle of the intersection at WCR 50 and WCR 15. The gentleman right behind me got around safely and as he turned south on WCR 15 (Telep) he saw my husband at the top of the hill. He stopped and picked my husband up and drove him back to where I was. In the meantime, a very kind young man stopped behind me and put on his flashers and asked what he could do to help. He directed traffic while I got the old girl running again and was able to safely get through the intersection onto WCR 15 where I passed my husband and good Samaritan Number 1. I want to send a shout out to the two gentlemen that took the time to stop and lend a hand and be kind in that moment. Also, thanks to all the other people going through that area that gave way and kept me and my equipment safe. Everyone stayed patient and took turns. I really want to acknowledge that kindness was present in a moment of HIGH stress and people really stepped up. Johnstown has the best people around!”

Following the recent, devastating news that Katrina Stone’s house was completely destroyed by fire, the families of Elwell Elementary came together to show their support and concern for Katrina and her five children. Clothing of every description, shoes and boots, stuffed animals, bedding and towels filled the community room to overflowing. PTO members worked tirelessly to organize the items by size and type and told us there is a GoFundMe page to help with expenses, or monetary donations can be brought to school to be given to the family. You can still donate to the GoFundMe at https://gofund. me/76d25ef1. Got a picture for Page 3? An item for Around Town? We and our readers would love to see them. Send them to [email protected]. Photo by Robin Denman