Organizations, individuals recognized

By Hank Lohmeyer


Organizations, individuals recognized  | Orchard City, Cedaredge

Photo courtesy Sandy Wilt David Starr in his Main Street guitar and music store with a framed copy of the proclamation designating Nov. 8, 2016, as David Starr Day in Cedaredge.

Local governments in Surface Creek Valley have issued several proclamations recently noting contributions made to the community by organizations and individuals.

• Both Orchard City and Cedaredge adopted proclamations honoring HopeWest in observance of Hospice and Palliative Care Month during November. The Orchard City proclamation reads in part, "HopeWest is dedicated to profoundly changing the way our community experiences serious illness and grief -- one family at a time. HopeWest provides extraordinary, family-centered care that inspires and enriches people's lives, transforming forever the way they perceive illness, death and grief."

The Cedaredge proclamation reads in part, "Last year HopeWest provided care for more than 1,770 patients and their families through the generosity of our community. HopeWest is made possible by the community's nearly 1,500 volunteers and more than 340 dedicated staff. November is Hospice and Palliative Care Month in the town and it encourages all to support and participate in the programs of HopeWest.

• The Town of Cedaredge also adopted a proclamation designating Nov. 8, 2016, as David Starr Day in Cedaredge. A native of Fayetteville Ark., David observed his 60th birthday on Nov. 8.

He is recognized particularly for his contributions to AppleFest Music performances since 2001. He has brought many name recording artists to Cedaredge for appearances and fund raising events at the AppleShed, Chapel of the Cross and other venues. He has been the owner and operator of a successful Main Street business, Starr's Guitars, and is pursuing a career in recording and performing. He was a leading influence in fund raising and construction of Centennial Bandstand in Town Park.

Starr's friends and admirers hosted a surprise 60th birthday party for him at RJ's Steakhouse on Sunday, Nov. 13. Members of his family were brought in from Arkansas for the event that ran from 1 to 4 p.m.

•The contributions of the valley's senior citizen community were recognized as the Town of Cedaredge adopted a resolution observing October as Senior Safe Month in Colorado.

The proclamation reads in part, "Seniors at the age of 65 or older in Cedaredge are approximately 30 percent of the town population. By proclaiming October 2016 Senior Safe Month, the town can be a key entity to providing preventative information to the community."

• Also last month, Cedaredge adopted a proclamation in honor of community service group Epsilon Sigma Alpha. ESA Day was observed state- and nation-wide on Oct. 15. The local Zeta Omicron Chapter of the organization has benefited the community by staging the annual Edge of the Cedars Art Exhibit.