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Holiday Extravaganza in Saguache

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! And there’s plenty of merriment coming up this weekend to get you into the holiday spirit. So break out the jingle bells and round up the children, because the Holiday Season is underway in Saguache Today

Plan to attend this Saturday’s Annual Holiday Bazaar in Saguache.

On Friday, Dec. 6, friends and neighbors are invited to the Historic Ute Theater where merry-makers will be treated to the “Jolly Holiday Variety Show”  beginning at 7 p.m. an incredible holiday-themed showcase of music, poem, reading, song, puppetry, skit, and dance. Ome and celebrate the holiday season by enjoying the talented expressions of your friends and family, young and old and in between! This by-donation event will help support Saguache Sharing Christmas, a community collaborative project which raises funds to provide meal boxes for families during the holidays. 

Shop Til You Drop

 Then on Saturday, the Annual Holiday Bazaar will be held at the Community Building from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sponsored this year by HEART of Saguache and KV Estates and offers for sale a variety of beautiful handmade wares from local and regional craftspeople. There’s nothing like a homemade wreath or Christmas tree ornament to get you into the holiday spirit! Word on the curb is that the jolly guy himself, Santa Claus will be making an appearance from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. So grab those wish lists and get the kiddos dressed in their Christmas finery for pictures. Santa Claus is coming to town!

For shoppers not able to make the bazaar on Saturday but still want to support local craftspeople be sure to stop into The Wapiti Coffeehouse and check out their “Tiny Saguache Shop. This display case highlights 11 local merchants who make their own products ranging in price from $2 and up, with most products in the $10-$20 zone.

Saguache craftspeople’s goods are for sale at the Wapiti Coffeehouse (photo).

“When you buy local, not only do you make the gift receiver’s day, you make the day of the merchant you buy from,” stated Wapiti owner Stephanie Buechler. Thanks for supporting local artists and creative-types by showcasing and selling their goods!

 And remember one way you can show your support of Saguache businesses like the Wapiti is by buying someone on your list a gift certificate from everyone’s favorite coffeehouse  The Wapiti Coffeehouse is located at 319 San Juan Avenue behind Southwest Bank in downtown Saguache.

Another way that readers can support a Saguache resident looking to make some extra money while her husband is recovering from surgery is buying your holiday treats from baker Christi McConnaughhay.

Made to order for your holiday table. Contact Christi today!

“Everyone wants pie or cheesecake but doesn’t always have the time for baking,” she posted on a local community social media platform.  And based on local reviews, she is known for creating some delicious homemade pies and cheesecake. From chocolate and vanilla cheesecake to a wide variety of fruit pies, Christi is ready for your holiday requests, all made to order! She may be reached via email at ck81906@aol.com or contact her on Facebook.  

O Tannenbaum! O Tannenbaum!

Saguache Today heard from Town of Saguache officials regarding the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Carolers should be advised that the tree lighting has been re-scheduled (due to unforeseen circumstances) for Saturday, Dec. 14 at 5:30 p.m.

O Tannenbaum! O, Tannebaum! The Christmas spirit comes alive with the Holiday Tree Lighting on December 14 in downtown Saguache! Photo: Saguache Today/ Brandie Taylor

Until then folks can visit the Giving Christmas Tree at Mountain Valley School! Give a child in the Saguache community a Christmas gift! Gift-givers can pick up an ornament at Mountain Valley School and receive the child’s wish list. Gifts should be dropped off at Mountain Valley School on or before December 12, 2019. Please contact Julie Brown at Mountain Valley School at 719-655-0268 if you have any questions.

Center Receives Help with Water

Finally, there’s a bit of good news for water in the San Luis Valley.

Earlier this month on November 19, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy announced that the department is investing $635 million in 122 projects (PDF, 315 KB) to improve water systems and wastewater handling services in rural communities in 42 states. USDA is funding the projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program.

From Center to Saguache water is gold in the San Luis Valley.

The projects will benefit communities from across America, but those closer to home in Colorado include one in Saguache County. The town of Center will use a $1,855,000 million loan and $6,663,000 million grant to replace the district’s failing lagoons wastewater plant with a mechanical wastewater treatment plant. The existing lagoons system is currently out of compliance. This investment, along with a partnership with the Department of Local Affairs, will assist the district in installing a new treatment plant which will bring the district back into compliance with Colo. Department of Public Health and Environment.

“These investments will bring reliable infrastructure to rural communities. They will replace old, fragile, leaking water pipes with new ones and allow upgrades to water handling systems that are decades old, boosting water pressure and cutting water losses. Working with our partners, these investments create jobs and improve public health and safety,” LaVoy said.

One of the other awards in Colorado went to Florida River Estates, a real estate subdivision located 6 miles Northeast of Durango on CR 240 (Florida Rd).​​ The Florida River Estates HOA, Inc. is a non-profit organization responsible for the management of the community water system, common areas and the HOA.

The Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to identify legislative, regulatory and policy changes that could promote agriculture and prosperity in rural communities. Photo: Saguache Today.

This Rural Development investment will be used to make water system upgrades. The distribution system will be replaced with new mains, valves, meter pits, meters and yokes to bring the system up to the American Water Works Association standards.

Both of these awards were sponsored by Saguache County’s Washington representatives: Senators Michael Bennet, and Cory Gardner, as well as Rep. Scott Tipton (03). Eligible applicants include rural cities, towns and water districts. The funds can be used for drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems in rural communities that meet population limits.

About the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity

In April 2017, President Donald J. Trump established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to identify legislative, regulatory and policy changes that could promote agriculture and prosperity in rural communities. In January 2018, Secretary Perdue presented the Task Force’s findings to President Trump. These findings included 31 recommendations to align the federal government with state, local and tribal governments to take advantage of opportunities that exist in rural America. Increasing investments in rural infrastructure is a key recommendation of the task force.

“Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is committed to partnering with rural communities to help them improve their infrastructure, because when rural America thrives, all of America thrives,” concluded Sec. LaVoy.

The new water project in Center includes a new treatment plant which will bring the district back into compliance with Colo. Department of Public Health and Environment.

To view the report in its entirety, please view the Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity (PDF, 5.4 MB). In addition, to view the categories of the recommendations, please view the Rural Prosperity infographic (PDF, 190 KB).

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.