Vocalist Carissa Scroggins has performed in opera and musical theater in several venues; however, she is teaching in the Cedaredge Vision Charter Academy this year.
"I teach in the Cedaredge Middle School, seventh and eighth grades, with a combination of 11 students.
After traveling to the Western Slope regularly to fish at Crawford Reservoir, Dee Brown and her husband Joe decided Delta County would be a great place to retire.
Although the move became a reality 10 years ago, Dee has yet to kick back and relax.
"Isn't it funny, how bears likes honey?" Winnie the Pooh once sang.
People like honey, too. According to "The History of the Honeybee & Beekeeping in Colorado," by Niwot-area beekeeper Tom Theobald, humans have been domesticating bees and harvesting honey for thousands of years.
It's funny how some things seem like chance but then end up being the thing that sets your life in a new direction. Twenty years ago, Crystal Decker belonged to a book-of-the-month club, where she received a new book each month in the mail.
Sandy Wilt's near 30-year-long affection for the photographic hobby has filled her life with enjoyment, adventure and many friendships. She looks forward to a future of excitement from her avocation, a future which, perhaps surprisingly, she views as "a little bit scary, too."
On Monday nights from 7:00 to 8:30 a group of people that likes playing music for the enjoyment and fun of playing gather in the sanctuary of Cedaredge Assembly of God. Their likeminded conductor is Grady Weiszbrod.
Some Monday evenings different members can't attend, but those who can are there with their instruments and enthusiasm.
There was a festive air in the aerobics room at Bill Heddles Recreation Center in Delta a few weeks ago, the scene of the 49th anniversary dance for the Delta Hubwheelers Square Dance Club. Ladies were dressed in a colorful array of skirts, their turns on the dance floor setting the room aflame in swirls of blues, pinks, reds and purples.
In his more than a quarter century of operating Cottonwood Ranch & Kennel near Crawford, dog trainer Ted Hoff has handled thousands of dogs. He's worked with purebreds and mixed breeds from throughout western Colorado and the world, including Canada, South Africa, Venezuela and New Zealand.
A curmudgeon is defined as a crusty, ill-tempered, and usually old man. Although retired, Rick Smith is not elderly, nor does he seem to be ill-tempered.
An Eckert man has taken his talent for art, merged it with lessons his dad taught him years ago and created a vocation for himself and a distinctive type of craftsmanship.
John Good found early in life that he had a talent and love of art which he pursued into his adult years.
There are animal lovers and then there are animal lovers. Animal lovers have a couple of pets and recognize the joy that animals can bring to your life. The other group, animal lovers like Cara Anderson, are on an entirely different plane.
The home of Dave and Edie Burgess -- and the site of the Graystone Restaurant -- was originally an apple packing shed. The Burgesses purchased the building in 1996, intending to covert it into a house.
When Emery Townsend first began making swift completion of his appointed rounds as a highway contractor for the U.S. Postal Service in Somerset, a gallon of gas cost 24 cents, cars with big tail fins were popular, and Slinkys and Hula Hoops were the top selling toys. That year the Soviet Union launched the first successful spacecraft, and the long-running television show "Perry Mason" debuted.
Sylvia Karner has been cutting, coloring and styling hair in Delta since the mid 1970s -- nearly as long as she's been making jewelry. While beadwork has become increasingly popular in recent years, it's a hobby that has fascinated Sylvia for some time.
A little house on Cedar Mesa has been awarded recognition with a place on the Colorado State Register of Historic Places.
The simple frame structure on Peach Road has served as home of the Cedar Mesa Community Club since 1949.
A little history lesson on the sweetest of days, Valentine's Day: According to the History Channel, one legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome.
Price and Jeanne Hatcher of Cedaredge joined thousands of Catholic Church deacons and their spouses for the Jubilee of Mercy pilgrimage held in Assisi and Rome, Italy. The Jubilee Year of Mercy was proclaimed by Pope Francis and the conference and pilgrimage for deacons took place during May 23 through May 31, 2016.
Teaching a dog to obey simple commands like "Sit," "Heel" and "Come!" takes dedication and commitment.
But once your dog has the basics down, you might be tempted to teach him a few tricks, like rolling over or playing dead.
The geologic features of Delta County that contribute to its bounty of agriculture and natural resources, and to the scenic beauty and recreational pleasure it affords have been the professional province of Dave Noe of Paonia.
He is a geologist "recently retired" from the Colorado Geological Survey.
Sometimes life takes an unexpected turn that can change one's course forever. For Mark and Joei Malone, that unexpected turn happened two years ago on a road trip to explore the possibility of relocating from Summit County to Montrose.
Seated atop his 85cc motorbike, Cole Carmichael has raced competitively in about 35 races in the past year and a half. He's brought home 16 first place finishes, nine second place finishes, and four third place finishes.
In the closing days of 1999, fears of Y2K mounted. Doomsayers warned that when the date turned from Dec. 31, 1999, to Jan. 1, 2000, a programming bug would shut down computers across the globe.
On Oct. 27 Rick and Len Harner of Cedaredge set out on a trip to spend seven days in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, observing polar bears on land as the bears wait for the Hudson Bay to freeze over so they can return to ice.
Hudson Bay is famous for the seasonal migrations of polar bears.
It's been many years since a full-length musical production came to the Paonia High School stage. Musicals take work and talent. They take training and dedication, costumes, sets, a good stage manager and crew, and hours and hours of rehearsal.
Art is part of life, and life is about giving. Cedaredge area artist Ella Kelly has found that art and giving have been center points in her personal and professional life.
"We are so blessed to have people in our lives who teach and help us with their talents," Ella says.
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