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HEART of Safety in Saguache Today

Last month the HEART of Saguache/KV hosted their 2nd Saguache Community Health and Safety Event.

Saguache Volunteer Fire Department present on fire safety and first aid.

“We had an incredible turnout of both information booths and visitors and it was great to share so much information with the community,” said Miracle Gomez one of the event’s organizers.   

The idea for this event first came about at the suggestion of Valley-Wide Health Services which was interested in making stronger connections in KV Estates. As a result HEART of Saguache/KV hosted the event for the first time in 2018 at the KV Clubhouse as an outreach specifically for residents of KV Estates. During the inaugural event, it was suggested by many that HEART should do a similar event in Saguache so that more people could participate and attend. The event was held on October 19 on the Saguache County Courthouse lawn and was made possible in part by a generous grant for the Alpine Achievers Initiative.

The 2nd Annual Saguache Community Health and Safety Event was held Oct. 19.

And the timing couldn’t have been better with a number of safety issues have been in the news headlines, from the Moffat fire to an escaped inmate. The goal was to provide necessary safety information and equipment as well as information about community resources to the residents of Saguache County.

The highlights of the day were the talks given twice during the day by the Volunteer Fire Department and EMS on fire safety and first aid. Participants who signed up for and attended those talks received a fire extinguisher and smoke/carbon monoxide detector and a first aid kit respectively. The talks were engaging and the rewards; useful, necessary household items, were well received.

The Saguache County Courthouse lawn proved to be the perfect venue with lovely fall weather in a beautiful setting. There were free drawings throughout the day for useful safety-related equipment and many people left with great prizes.  Music was provided by Jacob Chavez of Remedy Records and HEART of Saguache/KV volunteers cooked up a free barbecue lunch for the entire community. Cory Ross and Larry Ormsby kindly offered their assistance and vehicle for set-up.

Neighbors catch up at the Saftey Event hosted by HEART on the courthouse lawn.

Groups attending were, the League of Women Voters, Saguache County Museum, Communities that Care, the Libertarian Party, Planned Parenthood of Alamosa/Salida, The Saguache Chamber of Commerce, The Saguache Senior Center, Valley to Valley Senior Care, Butterflies Sing, the San Luis Valley Veterans Coalition, Alpine Achievers Initiative, Saguache Works, Cooking Matters, Valley Roots Food Coalition, Valley-Wide Health Services, Department of Social Services, AirMedCare Network, Saguache Volunteer Fire Department, Northern Saguache County Ambulance District, and of course HEART of Saguache/KV. Groups that didn’t participate this year and would like to next year are encouraged to contact HEART of Saguache/KV.

In addition, Valley-Wide brought their mobile medical unit and offered free dental and health screenings. Coats and backpacks were given away to children. HEART also thanks the Saguache County Sheriff’s office for spending time at the event getting to know the community.

Members of HEART/KV Estates at the 2nd Annual Community Health and Safety Event.

HEART of Saguache/KV is a grassroots health equity organization committed to ending poverty and disengagement among affected populations through education, increasing diversity, and creating equity throughout our community to secure a positive future.

Latest News – December 5

Chamber’s Speaker Program Tuesday in Saguache

Tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec. 6 the Saguache Chamber of Commerce continues with their popular speaker program. This week features Mr. Darryl Reinsel of Darryl Reinsel Home Improvements and Remodeling. Many of you know Darryl and are already very familiar with his great work and fine services. Come and hear the whole story about Darryl’s business and how he came to Saguache.chamber logo

These meetings are open at all. Please come to the monthly Chamber meetings to listen to these great talks from chamber and community members. All meetings are open to everyone. The Chamber Membership meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and are located at the Saguache County Road & Bridge Building at 305 3rd Street.

The Chamber Board has decided to cancel their regularly scheduled membership meeting in January, to allow for a “Winter Break,” but here is the rest of their Speaker Program for 2017.

  • December 6 – Mr. Darryl Reinsel, Owner/Proprietor, Darryl Reinsel Home Improvements and Remodeling
  • January 3 – No Meeting (Winter Break)
  • February 7 – Mr. Theo Boudreaux, Owner/Proprietor, Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa
  • March 7 – Mr. & Mrs. Mike and Karen Cowan, Owner/Proprietors, Accent USA and Kaiser & Blair, Inc.
  • April – No Speaker – Annual State of the Chamber Meeting
  • May 2 – Mr. Jeffrey Scott, CEO, Green Village Biofertilizers of Colorado, LLC
  • June 6 – Ms. Lorraine Quintana, Owner/Proprietor, Big Valley Motel and Wigwam Hair Salon

Please contact the Chamber at info@saguachechamber.org or call Barry at 719-322-7298 if you have any questions about this meeting or if you’d like to know more about the Chamber Speaker Program.

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Jean with Aventa Credit Union gives a presentation during last month’s Annual Planning Meeting for the Saguache Chamber. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

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Board Members Sought to Help Local Youth

Alpine Achievers Initiative (AAI) Seeks Board Members! Alpine Achievers Initiative is looking for passionate, motivated individuals to join our Non-Profit Board of Directors. members-300x167AAI AmeriCorps members deliver evidence-based academic interventions in math and literacy and high quality out-of-school-time (OST) programs for economically disadvantaged youth living in the San Luis Valley. This is a great opportunity to take action and support the positive youth development of local youth. For more information please contact Megan Strauss at 719-221-9480, megan@alpineachievers.org or visit their website: HERE.