Cedaredge is the newest location of the First Tee program in Colorado.
This highly recognized program introduces children to the game of golf, incorporates nine core values and encourages healthy living habits through the physical education curriculum.
The Cedaredge Ladies' Golf Club held a special charity golf tournament in September and raised over $4,000 through corporate and individual sponsors for this school program to be implemented at Cedaredge Elementary School. Additional monies will be used to offer free golf equipment to young golfers, support underprivileged kids with summer golf camps, and promote junior golf in the community.
The First Tee curriculum was offered in October by CES physical education teacher Amie Henderson, who received training through First Tee of Denver. Volunteers from the men's and women's Cedaredge golf leagues helped explain the fundamentals of golf to the students.
"This was a wonderful opportunity for the golf community elders to partner with our youth and to encourage them in learning golf skills," said Barb Stoermer, vice president of the Cedaredge Ladies Golf Club.
Stoermer was one of the volunteers. "We see this program as building bridges," she said. "It's important for children to understand the golf course is a community resource; it's not just for the people who live around the golf course.
"We also want Cedaredge Golf Club to be viewed as a place that's receptive to kids and welcoming to families," she added.
"This really ties into what we're doing at the golf course," golf pro Larry Murphy told council members at the conclusion of the four-week program. The golf course offers junior camps/programs, an on-course experience for middle schoolers, and supports the high school golf program. In 2018, the golf course plans to add family nights.
The Cedaredge Ladies' Golf Club will continue to raise funds for the First Tee program, golf camps, scholarships and other programs to support youth. Donations of used equipment are also welcome. For information, contact Stoermer at 970-201-0519.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.