When Lynn Shirk watched the volleyball match between Hotchkiss and Paonia in early October, she didn't pick a favorite team. It was Pink Night at Paonia High School, and the two teams were playing to support breast cancer awareness and to raise funds for Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado.
A wonderful evolution has taken place since the Backpack Program was implemented 20 years ago, but the basic precept remains unchanged: Supporting parents as their child's first and most important teacher.
Delta residents' summertime pride and joy is the citywide display of flora exuberance along Main Street, in the city parks and at the Bill Heddles Recreation Center.
The street corner flower pots overflowing with cascades of sweet potato vine; the rank and file of brilliantly blooming hibiscus and zinnia; the carefully groomed carpets of petunia; and the soaring extremes of richly foliated canna draw admiring compliments from residents and visitors for the masterfully groomed displays and exotic eye appeal.
The produce Kathy English offers for sale at the farmers' market in downtown Delta doesn't get much fresher — she's up at the crack of dawn Wednesday and Saturday mornings to load her pickup with carrots, cucumbers, cabbages and more. By late morning, she's sold out of everything she harvested that morning.
Delta County's rural heritage ever since pioneer days has given rise to social organizations that met the mutual support needs of people.
Many of those neighborhood and community groups continue into the present day.