Making official what has long been a community sentiment, Cedaredge resident Phil Ellsworth has been honored with an official town proclamation naming him poet laureate. The public proclamation was first read aloud on Nov. 3 when "Phil and Phriends" gathered at the Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center for a chamber theatre presentation. Mayor Pro Tem Ray Hanson did the honors that night. Tomorrow afternoon the entire Town of Cedaredge Board of Trustees will make the honor official.
It's been a busy week for Ellsworth, a World War II veteran who just celebrated his 93rd birthday. Between the laureate honors, his birthday, and Veterans Day, he's been a busy man. When a friend mentioned he was sorry he missed Phil's party, another celebrant asked, "Which one?"
The town proclamation reads as follows: "Whereas, Phil Ellsworth has been an active member of nearly every civic organization in Cedaredge, including Rotary, Lions, Friends of the Cedaredge Library and the Surface Creek Valley Historical Society, often enriching their programs with his poetry;
And whereas, Phil has played his harmonica and read his poetry for the entertainment of many, including residents of local assisted-living facilities, who have become big fans; and Phil has organized and participated in numerous poetry programs for many years; and Phil has encouraged local poets to develop their writing skills and to give public readings of their poetry;
And whereas, Phil has published his own poetry and generously shared it freely with friends (and sold it at Stacy's on Main, only in exchange for coffee); and Phil is a rare treasure for the Town of Cedaredge; now therefore, be it proclaimed that Phil Ellsworth is recognized as poet laureate for the Town of Cedaredge."