Helping to fund the Surface Creek Animal Shelter in Cedaredge, the Shelter Shoppe at 290 N. Grand Mesa Drive has been so active that once again we feel we need to honor three women for this month.
Roberta Marean, Arlene Mellema and Marilee Claxton are not only great volunteers at the Shoppe, but they have been putting in many extra hours to get ready for the garage sale on May 26 and 27.
The Shelter Shoppe brings in so many wonderful donations from our community that it takes a full staff to go through all the merchandise, sort it, price it, and get it out on the floor.
Berta, Arlene and Marilee have been putting in lots of extra energy in helping with that as well as having helped and supported our special Mother's Day event that was held on May 12 and 13. The ladies made tissue flowers to give to each mother along with a special coupon for extra savings.
Berta has been volunteering at the Shoppe for some time and is also busy in the community with her work at the library. She's instrumental as well in our new adventure, Krafts for Kritters, where the ladies are using some of the items that come into the Shoppe, repurposing them and creating new items. Berta has been making pet beds from sweaters.
Arlene has been a volunteer for several years and has also been one of the contributors to the Krafts for Kritters, as well as making delicious snack items for our special days. She has created little chocolate-dipped candies for Easter and for Mother's Day and regularly supplies us with delicious treats for our customers and for us.
Marilee, a lifelong Coloradan, has volunteered at the Shoppe for six years because of her love of animals and wish to support the local animal shelter. She is one of our regular "Friday party girls" who not only prepare delicious foods for our special events, but has also been tireless in her efforts to help put on each one -- from Crock Pots for Critters to our garage sale to our latest Krafts for Kritters.
These ladies and the other volunteers in the Shoppe help us keep selling and making money to support our little Shelter, and we could not do this work without them.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.