Filling three empty places on the Surface Creek Valley Historical Society's board was on the agenda at the society's annual meeting. Ending their terms were president Les Mergelman, treasurer Richard Udd, and board member Curt Williams.
Elected were Richard Udd, treasurer David Blanchette, and board member Judy Greear. Those serving as president and vice president will be decided at the February board meeting.
Nine awards were presented during the meeting. Peter Williamson was given the Cedaredge High School History Student of the Year award. Ronn Brewer, former Cedaredge mayor, historian of local history, and author, was presented the 2014 Pioneer Award.
Others honored were:
• Robin Rogers for starting a successful gift shop in the Welcome Center after many years without one;
• Sharon Clark for a fantastic concert season at the Chapel of the Cross highlighting many new artists from the local area;
• Mike Meskel for all he has done at Pioneer Town, including repairs, fixing leaks, general maintenance, and more;
• Beth Atkinson for her tireless work behind the scenes in keeping Pioneer Town grounds and flower beds weeded and watered, even adding deer fence where needed.
• Separate awards were given to Nelson Cederberg and John Spurgeon for their excellent work on the grounds maintenance and landscaping that included mowing, redoing sprinklers, tree removal and much pruning, involving hundreds of hours last season; and
• Jane Everett for taking on the tremendous task of curator for Pioneer Town and publishing the quarterly newsletter for SCVHS. She has been generous with sharing her ideas and offering her helping hands whenever and wherever needed.
Special mention was made to thank Dorothy Jean Mergelman with her volunteer crew of FFA members who prepared and served the banquet and stayed to help with cleanup, and Sarajane McCully for organizing this annual event and the great job as facility coordinator for all of the rentals of Stolte Shed and Chapel of the Cross. She and her husband Gael greeted guests on arrival and took membership dues.
Thanks were also extended to Cedaredge Rotary for the donation from the Christmas dinner to purchase a new stove/oven for the Stolte Shed kitchen.
Ronn Brewer was the speaker for the evening. Brewer has lived in this area since 1949, attending local schools followed by employment in the fruit industry. He also has been involved in a reclamation project for a coal company, served as a volunteer for the Cedaredge Fire Department, and served on the town council and was a four-term mayor of Cedaredge. His interest in local history led to writing and publishing "A History of the Surface Creek Valley and the Town of Cedaredge." His presentation was "Grand Mesa: a Hidden Treasure," and the history of the Grand Mesa.blog comments powered by Disqus