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Photo by Hank Lohmeyer 2016 Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce directors, from left: Frank St. Peter, John Whitney, Stacy Morton, Dottie Whitlock, president Nancy Hovde, vice-president Phyllis Hoffman, and secretary/treasurer Bill Miller.

The Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce is looking forward to an event-filled year of community activities and chamber fundraisers.

At its first meeting of 2016, the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce board welcomed four new directors, selected officers for the year and worked on a schedule of events into the spring.

New members of the board are Dottie Whitlock, Stacy Morton, Nancy Hovde and John Whitney.

After welcoming the new members and reading an affirmation of service for them to attest to, the selection of officers was held. Nancy Hovde will serve as president. Phyllis Hoffman will serve as vice-president, and Bill Miller will serve as secretary/treasurer.

The annual chamber-sponsored Ice Fishing Contest at Island Lake is scheduled for Feb. 6 this year. Entry forms and rules are available at the chamber office.

The chamber is also planing a Valentines Day fundraiser. It will be selling carnations and delivering them to Valentines throughout the valley on Saturday, Feb. 13. Call the chamber office, 856-6961, for details.

Another popular activity scheduled for February is the Shelter Shoppe's Crocks for Critters fundraiser. The $5 tickets are on sale at the Shelter Shoppe now.

Other business items were discussed at the chamber meeting including

• the idea of some community event or chamber fundraiser event to take place every month year long. The push for more events follows the appointment of an event-oriented board that is to be focused on taking responsibility and doing the work of conceiving, planning, organizing and staging events.

• May will be a busy month in Cedaredge. Heritage Day at Pioneer Town will be held Saturday, May 28, the beginning of the Memorial Day holiday.

• The Celebrate Cedaredge spring street fair is also being planned. In conjunction with the street fair, the Rotary is being looked to for hosting its annual 5k Thunder Mountain Fun Run, and the second annual Boy Scouts Apple Blossom bicycle tour of Surface Creek Valley would also be scheduled to take place on the same day. The date and details for Celebrate Cedaredge are still being ironed out.

• Little Britches Rodeo is moving to Memorial Day weekend this year. It has traditionally been held in early July. (See related story.) The Lions Club has always been organizer of a parade in Cedaredge during the July Little Britches Rodeo. With the date change, the idea of a patriotic parade on Saturday, July 2, is being discussed.

• The chamber board discussed a new set of membership dues increases for chamber members. And, new members are being solicited to join the organization.

• A discussion of fees for booths at AppleFest being raised by $25 across the board was held. Based on the number of booths from last year's October big event, a $25 increase would have increase revenue to the chamber by more than $2,500.

• Cedaredge High School graduation is scheduled for Sunday, May 15, at 4 p.m. at the school.

• Design concepts and outline ideas for a new Chamber website were presented by consultant Cheryl Camp. She was retained to do the graphics work for a $2,500 fee; lower than other bidders on the project. Cheryl and her family are residents of the area, it was noted.

• At the chamber meeting, town staff announced that state health regulations are going to require that backflow preventers be required on "non single-family" water taps in town. The work will be done at some expense to property owners, it was stated.

• Mayor Pat Means spoke about federal regulations that will impact free speech rights requiring "off premises" business signage to be removed from public view, even if it is located on private property.

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