Thanks to the generosity of 151 Delta County residents, and a few from Montrose County, All Saints Lutheran Church's benefit spaghetti dinner raised $1,464 for the Cedaredge VFW. This was the eighth annual benefit spaghetti dinner where each year 100 percent of the proceeds go to a selected organization in Delta County. Seed money for expenses is provided by the Thrivent organization.
Gary Tollefson, commander of VFW Post 9221, indicated the post's projects include performing military funerals for all veterans who request them, maintaining and supply the flags on Main Street in Cedaredge, and serving pancake breakfasts on Memorial Day, Veterans Day and at the International Serenity Run. The post conducts Memorial Day services at the Cedaredge, Eckert and Cory cemeteries, posts colors for parades, and presents flags when requested.
The post works with schoolchildren by sponsoring the pledge of allegiance, flag etiquette and color guard instruction at elementary schools. The post hosts color guard and patriotic essay contests at the middle school and a patriotic essay contest at the high school. Members participate in Veterans Day assemblies at the schools, visit veterans at Horizons, dedicate local memorials, and help veterans obtain services and overcome hardship.
The post's goals are to promote patriotism and assist veterans. All monies donated are used in and around Cedaredge.
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.