Leadville Life

Let’s Go Fly A Kite! Up Where the Air is Clear!

Go Fly a Kite!  Leadville photographer and bartender extraordinaire Miles Duthie captured this shot on his family’s “property south of town,” during a recent kite-flying session.

Go Fly a Kite!
Leadville photographer and bartender extraordinaire Miles Duthie captured this shot on his family’s “property south of town,” during a recent kite-flying session.

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Theater and Music: A Leadville Friday Night!

One of the best things about summertime is all the great live entertainment! And tonight, Friday, June 27 is a great example of that.

Original Plays Performed by Local Actors – Tonight!

In the mood for some original, live FREE theater? Then head on over to St. George Church at 4th and Pine Streets. A local group of writers and thespians have come together to form “Leadville Theater.” Tonight (June 27) will be there first presentation, consisting of An Evening of Short Plays. The show starts at 7 p.m. and admission is FREE.VestigesSnowScentPoster

The first play, “Vestiges,” tells the story of lovers who are given one hour to finish a conversation left undone for 25 years. The work is written and directed by Leadville’s Carol Bellhouse and stars Laurel McHarge and Curtis Imrie.

The second play is “Snow Scent,” which tells the story of a man and woman who find a way to heal a wound from the past on a trip to the Colorado Rockies. This plays stars Donna Schaefer and Jeff Harlow and will be directed by Susan Fladager. This play was also written by Carol Bellhouse.Obit_Spacer_Thin

Live Music at The Scarlet in Downtown Lead Vegas!

After you’re done with your theater fix, head east towards historic Harrison Avenue and you’ll find some live music at The Scarlet on the corner of 4th & Harrison.Scarlet

Treat yourself tonight to some live Soul, Rhythm and Blues by Johnny Rawls. And it sounds like Rawls has the street cred to back up some good jams.

He began playing professionally while still in high school with such stars as ZZ Hill, Little Johnny Taylor, Joe Tex and the Sweet Inspirations. In the mid-70’s, Johnny went to work for OV Wright as Wright’s band director. After Wright’s death in 1980, Johnny led Little Johnny Taylor’s band until 1985, when he began touring as a solo artist and made his first solo recording under the Rainbow label.

And tonight, the legendary Johnny Rawls will find himself on the corner of 4th & Harrison in downtown Leadville. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. and there’s no cover. The performance will also feature Glen Sherill and members of local band Stonefed. Sounds like The Scarlet is where it is happening tonight in Lead Vegas!

Johnny Rawls Singing Some Down Home Rhythm and Blues:

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Visiting Groups to Clean Cemeteries, Summit Elbert

The summer season is in full swing, which mean lots of visitors, and taking the back streets through town to avoid all the additional traffic. But welcome one and all, especially those groups doing something extra special while they are here in Leadville and Lake County.

Annual Jewish Cemetery Clean Up This Weekend

Leadville is known for its cemeteries. People actually come to town specifically to spend time walking or driving thru the Evergreen, Hebrew and St. Joseph Cemeteries.

Since 1995, volunteers with B’nai B’rith Denver have partnered with the Temple Israel Foundation in Leadville to annually clean and restore the cemetery after decades of neglect. Photo: B’nai B’rith Denver

Since 1995, volunteers with B’nai B’rith Denver have partnered with the Temple Israel Foundation in Leadville to annually clean and restore the cemetery after decades of neglect. Photo: B’nai B’rith Denver

This weekend will be no different. However, this group will also spend time cleaning up gravesides, as they’ve done every year since 1996. The 18th Annual Leadville Jewish Cemetery Cleanup project gets underway this weekend, June 27 – 29. Sponsored and B’nai B’rith Denver, the Young Leadership Network will be cleaning up on the grounds at Leadville’s Jewish Cemetery, located next to Evergreen Cemetery in Leadville.

Their weekend celebration will kick off Friday night, June 27 with a Kabbalat Shabbat and a kosher-style dairy pot luck at the Silver Dollar Campground at Turquoise Lake.

On Saturday, June 28 activities begin at 10 a.m. with a Shachrit service, followed by an oneg at Temple Israel (at the corner of 4th & Pine, 1 block west of Harrison Avenue). Rabbi Debra Rappaport, from B’nai Vail Congregation and Rabbi Eliot Baskin from Jewish Community Chaplaincy & Rafael Spiritual Healing Center of Jewish Family Service of Colorado will lead services.

During the early evening, the group will serve a non-dairy pot luck dinner and join the Community Meal at 5 p.m. served at St. George Episcopal Church (directly across the street from Temple Israel). Please bring canned goods to support the church’s ongoing meals program. A communal Havdalah Ceremony will follow the pot luck.

Donations to B’nai B’rith Denver to help cover the food and clean up expenses would be greatly appreciated. Jewsih_Cemetery CleanUp_woman

On Sunday, June 29, the muscle work begins with the annual clean up of the Leadville Hebrew Cemetery at 9 a.m. Free breakfast will be available for early volunteers. The group’s goal this year is the general clean up of the grounds, which will include cutting weeds, pruning tree branches, cemetery picket fence painting, and sprucing up soiled grave markers.

A graveside memorial service honoring those early Jewish pioneers buried in the Leadville Hebrew Cemetery will be conducted at 11 a.m. Each year the service is held around a different grave site that has been researched regarding the history of the deceased.

Following the memorial service, B’nai B’rith will provide a kosher lunch to thank all volunteers for their hard work and devotion to this annual mitzvah.

Clean up will continue throughout Sunday until approximately 4 p.m.

Starting in 1995, B’nai B’rith Denver has partnered with the Temple Israel Foundation to restore the cemetery after decades of neglect. The cemetery was re-consecrated in August 1999 and is currently accepting new interments. The partnership has remained and annual volunteer clean ups have been continued every summer.

Here’s a great video about the Leadville Jewish Cemetery Clean Up

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Reaching the Top of Elbert for Fallen Heroes!

Is summiting one of Colorado’s 14ers one of your summer goals? Well, consider joining Cops on Top for their Mt. Elbert ascent this Saturday, June 28 to honor of the law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty. Every year on the last Saturday in June, Cops on Top teams from across the country set out to summit their state’s highest point. Last year, a team of 23 volunteers summited Mt. Elbert and they are looking for others interested in joining them this year.

Team Colorado for Cops on Top summited Mt. Elbert to honor fallen heroes last June. Will you join them this year?

Team Colorado for Cops on Top summited Mt. Elbert to honor fallen heroes last June. Will you join them this year?

Cops on Top has a mission of never forgetting the life, memory and sacrifice of our nation’s law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty. Whether the team is attempting to climb the tallest mountain or hike the highest hill, each team member carries with them the memory of the tremendous sacrifice the officers made to protect and serve that State. Certainly something to remember with memorial Day just around the corner. Thank you to all law enforcement, but especially the Leadville/Lake County officers for keeping the community safe.

Governor’s Summer Job Hunt for Youth Underway

Ah, that summer job of your youth. What was yours? Cutting grass? Bussing tables at the local restaurant? Babysitting? No matter what it was, someone probably helped you get that job. And now Colorado’s Gov. John Hickenlooper can lend a hand as well.

Leadville youth work as servers for Manuelita's Restaurant during the recent Leadville Trail Marathon race.

Leadville youth work as servers for Manuelita’s Restaurant during the recent Leadville Trail Marathon race.

Each year, Colorado’s longest running and most successful youth employment program helps tens of thousands of young people prepare for the uncharted territory of a first summer job. Since 1981, the Governor’s Summer Job Hunt program has connected high school and college students with Colorado employers willing to give them a chance to learn, put skills to use and see firsthand how a business operates.

“The program has a proven track record,” says Department of Labor and Employment Executive Director Ellen Golombek. “The Governor’s Summer Job Hunt has assisted more than half a million teens in the last three decades and this summer, professionals at our Frisco Workforce Center are ready to work with another generation of young job seekers.

As much as it is an employment program, with a wealth of job openings geared toward youth, the Governor’s Summer Job Hunt is also a training program. Workforce Center staff know that getting a summer job takes initiative but getting the job is only half the story. There are a lot of things a young person needs to learn in order to be successful and the Leadville Workforce Center provides assistance in résumé writing, interviewing skills and job search strategies to help young people gain a competitive edge in their job hunt. The Workforce Center’s commitment is to teach the youngest job seekers how to be successful, how to establish a solid work ethic and how to build the groundwork to their future careers.

For young people who are comfortable in marketing themselves to employers or want to do a self-directed job search, Workforce Centers offer an online job bank called Connecting Colorado (www.connectingcolorado.com). Registration at the website is quick and easy to use and Connecting Colorado has a listing of job opportunities for all job seekers including those who are making their first foray into the job market.

For teens who would like some help in their job search and for employers who would like more information about the Governor’s Summer Job Hunt, the Leadville Workforce Center is located at 115 6th St and can be reached at 719-486-2428.

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Tabor Grand Hotel Undergoes $7 Million Renovation

By Kathy Bedell © Leadville Today

“Wowser, looks like they’re serious this time!” That was one of the comments made when this picture of the Tabor Grand Hotel’s renovation project was posted on the Leadville Today Facebook page.

The historic Tabor Grand Hotel in downtown Leadville

The historic Tabor Grand Hotel in Leadville is undergoing a $7 million renovation.

Yes, they are serious. And while the Tabor Grand Hotel’s history is well-known, it’s present-day condition is even harder to miss, once you turn the corner onto Harrison Avenue. The scaffold-encased, historic beauty is undergoing a $7 million renovation. So, yes they are serious!

So who exactly are “they”? The Overland Property Group (OPG) out of Kansas City, Kan. bought the property in mid-Match of this year, after hearing that the historic gem was for sale, and in need of major renovation work.

“We came into the conversation in December of last year,” said Matt Gillam, OPG’s Vice President of Development. “But the opportunity to own and work on such a project was hard to pass up.”

And so far, most locals would agree that the new owners are the right people for the job.

By the late 1980s the building was showing signs of sure collapse. File Photo/Leadville Today

By the late 1980s the building was showing signs of sure collapse. File Photo/Leadville Today

The Tabor Grand’s last renovation was completed back in 1992. But for those who’ve been around long enough to remember, a lot of that work was a band-aid fix for what is considered to be one of Leadville’s crowning gems on historic Harrison Avenue.

And in recent years, the old gal was looking a bit worse for the wear, deteriorating one brick at a time, out onto the sidewalk at an ever-increasing rate, and danger to the public.

“Our intention is to thoughtfully preserve the building. To have the renovation done correctly,” stated Gillam, adding that this method would ensure another 50-70 years of life for the building.

A new roof with a view! Workers begin the prep work for installing a new roof on the Tabor Grand Hotel which first opened in 1885. Photo: OPG

A new roof with a view! Workers begin the prep work for installing a new roof on the Tabor Grand Hotel which first opened its doors in 1885. Photo: OPG

The plan is extensive and includes a complete interior and exterior renovation of the building, nuts to bolts. On the exterior, that will include installing a new roof, sealing the brick, restoring all of the unique cornices, and bringing all those windows back to their original state, including the old ropes used to open and close them. Unfortunately, not a lot of the window panes are original, so OPG is working with the historic commission and a specialized window refurbisher to get double paned, energy effiecient windows milled into the current shape. And yes, the “Baby Doe Box” window will remain!

All of the 37 residential units will be completely overhauled. Photo:OPG.

All of the 37 residential units will be completely overhauled. Interior work is underway! Photo:OPG.

On the interior, it’s a complete overhaul for the 37 residential, one and two bedroom units. At present, work is already underway on the 6 top floor units. This includes all new appliances, tile, cabinets, paint, all of it! The OPG kept tenants in mind when developing the plan. In fact, 31 of the 37 residential units are still occupied. The plan is that once the top floor units are complete, some of the tenants will move up to those units, vacating the next round of interior work for the apartments.

“We worked hard in not having to displace any tenants during renovation,” said Gillam. And the low-income housing qualifications will remain in place for residential tenants as well.

Downtown Leadville or NYC? Hard to tell, but everyone's OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

Downtown Leadville or NYC? Hard to tell, but everyone’s OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

So what about the street-level commercial tenants, who seem to be encased in scaffolding and signage these days?

“They all plan on staying on,” said Gillam. However, the renovation does not include the interior to commercial spaces, that’s up to each business, although several are considering a remodel.

Some of that interior commercial space will be the leasing office for Overland Property Group, including a new community lounge room.

“We are trying to make that space as historically relevant as possible, “explained Gillam. “We feel like we’re stewards to this building and want to remain true to the time period the building represents.”

One of the things that won’t be changing is the property managers, Terrence and Deb McNicholas. “They are great people, so we’re excited that they are going to stay on with us,” added Gillam.

So what’s the timeline from here? Obviously, weather is a primary concern. The roof is currently being replaced. Next is the brick and cornice work. The public can expect to see the scaffolding remain in place until Oct/Nov, or once the exterior work is complete.

TaborGrand_WebCamAnd remember, you can keep up with the progress yourself from OPG’s webcam, pointed directly at the Tabor Grand Hotel from the roof of the Manhattan Bar across the street.

It is actually two cameras, the live web cam and a time-lapse camera, which takes a picture of the project every 15 minutes. The end result will be one of those high-tech, time-lapse videos of construction from beginning to end. Leadville Today will bring that to readers when it’s available.

“Our goal is to be completely done by the end of this year,” concluded Gillam. “We want to make sure that the renovation that is done this time, preserves that building, which is such a dominate piece of history, not only for Leadville, but the entire state of Colorado. Once the project is complete, we believe, that it should win national awards and continue to be a pride for Leadville and Colorado.”

It’s good to know that historic Harrison Avenue will see one of its Grande Dames of architecture made over, just in time for her 130th Birthday. It’s time to party like it’s 1885!

Watch the progress - and Harrison Avenue activity - day or night from the web cam!

Watch the progress – and Harrison Avenue activity – day or night from the web cam!

Obit_Spacer_ThinUpcoming Leadville Events Put the “Fun” in Fundraising

It’s a good thing when you can get out and have some fun AND raise some money for local charities. So Leadville Today rounded up a list of some upcoming “fun”raisers. Take your pick, enjoy the summer, and thanks for helping raise some money for local non-profits!

All Aboard to Support Victims of Domestic Violence

The Grapes and Grains on Rails fundraiser for the Advocates of Lake County might be a new event, but no doubt it’ll coming round the mountain year after year. How can you go wrong when it’s good wine or beer and cruising on the Leadville train, taking in the evening sunset? This tour isn’t even offered at any other time. It’d be great to see it sell out! Here are the details.Grapes and Grains on Rails - LEGAL SIZE copy

Enjoy a selection of Colorado wines and beer from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company, and hors d’oeuvres while taking an evening ride on the Leadville, Colorado and Southern Railroad. Tickets are $40 for adults which includes 2 drink tickets and $30 for children under 10. Boarding starts at 5:30 p.m. and the train leaves at 6 p.m. Reservations required by June 23, 2014. Call (719) 486-3936 (Leadville, CO and Southern Railroad) or (719) 486-3530 (Advocates of Lake County) for tickets.

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Hospital Foundation Golf Tournament Returns

The St. Vincent Hospital Foundation is bringing back its annual golf tournament fundraiser with the Thin Air Classic next Friday, June 20. The tournament will be run in a 4-player team Scramble format. You can put your own team together or get matched up with other players. Registration opens at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.thin_air_web

Entry Fee is $75 per person with golf cart – $50/pp without cart and includes a continental breakfast, BBQ lunch, snacks, awards and giveaways.

And while the “golf” is always good at America’s Highest, Mt. Massive Golf Course, the prizes for this tournament should draw in good participation. Every golfer gets a $10 Golfsmith gift card, a golf club certificate, and if you’re good enough to score a Hole In One (LOCALS!) there is a $10,000 cash prize Sharp LCD Flat-Screen TV, set of Calloway Irons, Roundtrip Domestic Airfare for 2.

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Strike Up the Band! The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a Polka Dance on Saturday, June 28 from 7 – 11 p.m. The dance will be held at The Elks Lodge, 123 W. 5th Street in Leadville. Cost is $10 per person or $12 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased from Knights members or at the Holy Family Parish office at 609 Poplar Street. Call 719-486-1382 for more information.

 

It’s Films, Fun and Friday Night Theater Try-outs!

Who needs an air-conditioned cinema when you have Ice Palace Park? Well, for now, as long as the weather holds, no one!

That’s right, the Community Movie Night series is back and they’re kicking off the season this Saturday, June 14, showing The Lomax in Ice Palace Park. Movies_June14 copyThis loveable Dr. Seuss book hits the big screen as the tale of a young boy who encounters a cantankerous forest creature after venturing outside of his artificial city in search of a tree.

The show starts at dusk, which is generally about 8:30 this time of year. The movie is FREE. Ice Palace Park is located north of the Mining Museum (E. 10th Street Entrance). And be sure to check out the “Get Outdoors Celebration” (story below) for a list of all the other activities happening all day, before the first film in the Community Movie Night series.

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It’s Summertime – Join the “Get Outdoors Celebration”

Saturday, June 14 should be an action packed day in Leadville, including the “Get Outdoors Celebration”.

Get Outdoors Celebration by Lake County Recreation this Saturday, June 14.

Get Outdoors Celebration by Lake County Recreation this Saturday, June 14.

This is the first year for this event sponsored by the Lake County Recreation Department. All of the action takes place at Ice Palace Park, located just north of the Mining Museum (E. 10th Street Entrance).

Starting at 12:30 there will be a variety of kids events held throughout the day until the movie at 8:30 p.m. Below is the schedule of FREE events for the entire family. All events will start or take place at Ice Palace Park.

  • 12:30p.m. – Bike Ride on the Mineral Belt Trail with Natalie LaVoie
  • 1 p.m. – Qui Gong with Diane Mrkvicka
  • 1:30 p.m. – Zumba with Jaden Skinner
  • 2:30 p.m. – Story Time with Anita Harvey from the Lake County Public Library
  • 3 p.m. – Kite Flying and Crafts with Felicia Roeder
  • 4 p.m. – Tag and Other Games with Sarah Wells
  • 5 p.m. – Free BBQ Dinner
  • 6:30 p.m. – Kickball
  • 7:30 p.m. – Music and time to relax
  • 8:30 p.m. Movie in the Park featuring The Lorax

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Kids Theater Program (and more) Returns to Leadville

Remember the theater programs for kids that Susan Fladager used to put on at St. George’s Church? It was back in the early 2000,. Well, good news, Susan is back in town and has teamed up with Leadvillite Carol Bellhouse to provide a bunch of Friday night events this summer. They will be mixing it up from poetry readings and slams, to reader’s theater and music. To kick if off, they’re having auditions for the theater portion tomorrow Friday, June 13.

Leadville Today #Throwback Thursday)Photo: A Classic from Susan Fladager: The Granny Awards, an original play performed at St. George’s. Recognize anyone you know?

Leadville Today #Throwback Thursday Photo: A Classic from Susan Fladager: The Granny Awards, an original play performed at St. George’s. See anyone you know?

Here’s the info:

Leadville Theater’s Summer of Fun will be held Friday, June 13 at 7 p.m. at St. George Church (W. 4th & Pine Streets). The try-outs are open to all ages (children and teens especially welcome), no experience necessary.

Reader’s Theater is minimal theater with no memorization, sets or costumes. Characterized as a joint dramatic reading, the time commitment required for rehearsals and performance will be under five hours. For information, call Carol Bellhouse at 719-486-1282 or Susan Fladager at 719-293-2287.

 

Celebrate the Red, White & Blue on Harrison Avenue!

Even though Flag Day isn’t officially until this Saturday, June 14, the replacement of a Harrison Ave. flag will hopefully inspire people to get out Old Glory and wave her proudly. It’s time to celebrate the red, white and blue!

Old Glory waves again over the Historic Tabor Opera House in Leadville.

Old Glory waves again over the Historic Tabor Opera House in Leadville.

Leadville Today readers may remember last September’s story (LINK) about the new flag hoisted up the 50 foot flag pole atop the Tabor Opera House in historic downtown Leadville. The new 10 x 15 foot banner was hard to miss and created a renewed sense of patriotism on main street.

A firefighter untangles the cable from the top of the Tabor Opera House flagpole. Photo: Glen Carter.

A Leadville/Lake County firefighter untangles the cable from high atop the Tabor Opera House flagpole. Photo: Glen Carter/Leadville Today.

Unfortunately, Old Glory met up with Old Man Winter this year, and the huge flag was a bit worse for the wear by spring.

“Sad news!” reported Tabor Opera House owner Sharon Bland on the venue’s Facebook page on April 28. “Our huge and beautiful flag fought through the winter, but March and April came in like a lion with winds that broke the cable.”

However, with feet of snow on the roof, it would be a while until the helpers were able to get to the pole for repairs. The flag had to be removed and replaced but first the tangled cable wire had to be straightened out.

Finally, last Saturday, June 7 a core group of citizens rallied once again and got the job done. And it was the Leadville/Lake County Fire Department to the rescue for the most delicate part of the task. The fire rescue team turned the repair into a training exercise, extending their ladder truck to its very end to reach the top of the flag pole.

The Leadville/Lake County Fire Rescue crew assisted in getting Old Glory back on the flag pole atop the historic Tabor Opera House. Photo: Glen Carter/Leadville Today

The Leadville/Lake County Fire Rescue crew assisted in getting Old Glory back on the flag pole atop the historic Tabor Opera House. Photo: Glen Carter/Leadville Today

“We couldn’t have done it without them,” explained Tabor Opera House owner Bill Bland. “No one else could have reached the top of the flag pole to get the cable untangled.”

Great job! The Thank You list also includes – among others – Leadville VFW Post No. 859 – who donated the flag, Donny and Deb Miller, Sharon and Bill Bland, Heather Kovalaski, Manager at True Value – who donated the new cable. and of course, the Leadville/Lake County Fire Rescue. Three cheers for the red, white & blue!Obit_Spacer_Thin

Summertime Blooms: How Does Your Garden Grow?

They might be retired, but thy’re still growing things. Now it’s flowers instead of children’s minds! From left to right: Pat Stout, Judy and Don Fabian.

They might be retired, but thy’re still growing things. Now it’s flowers instead of children’s minds! From left to right: Pat Stout, Judy and Don Fabian.

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And Now that School is Out for the Summer . . .

Library Summer Reading Program June 17 – July 31

Readers of all ages will explore all things scientific this summer as Lake County Public Library presents “Fizz, Boom, Read” during its summer library program. Activities include science experiments, robot building, Grossology 101, nature exploration and more.

The Lake County Public Library Summer Reading Program soared to new heights in literacy winning the Judge's Choice Award for the Boom Days Parade 2010!

The Lake County Public Library Summer Reading Program soared to new heights in literacy winning the Judge’s Choice Award for the Boom Days Parade 2010!

The 2014 Summer Reading Program is open to young people, preschool through young adult, with programs, prizes, reading club, and more. The Summer Reading Program takes place Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from June 17 through July 31.

The reading group will also be participating in the Boom Days Parade on August 2. Registration for “Fizz, Boom, Read” begins on June 17. For more information, stop by the Library, or call (719) 486-0569. Download a brochure below, from the Library website, or pick up a paper copy at the library.Obit_Spacer_Thin

Four Weeks Until the Fourth – Join the Parade!

What are you doing four weeks from today? Well, if you’re typical patriotic Leadvillite, you’ll be celebrating the USA’s 238th Birthday! That’s right the Fourth of July is only four weeks away, so better start making your plans.

Come and join the parade!

Come and join the parade!

And if you’re smart enough to be staying in town and having friends and family come to Leadville, why not do it up right and march in the parade? Here are all the details from the chamber:

The Leadville/Lake County Chamber of Commerce is seeking any and all businesses, organizations, and community groups who would like to submit an entry in this year’s Fourth of July parade, to be held on Friday, July 4th at 10 a.m.

As our country celebrates its 238th birthday, Leadville will dress up in flags and patriotic colors and host a classic 4th of July parade straight down Harrison Avenue. If you or your organization is interested in joining this parade and celebration, contact the Chamber of Commerce to get signed up.

The parade will begin at 10 a.m. All entrants will be lined up by 9:30 a.m. in front of the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum on 9th Street.

Immediately following the parade the Independence Day festivities will continue with various community BBQs and ice cream socials both here in town and out at the airport. The day’s public events will wrap up with one of the best high altitude fireworks displays in Colorado. Please contact the Chamber of Commerce at (719) 486-3900, email at leadville@leadvilleusa.com, or stop by the Visitor Center at 809 Harrison Avenue for more information or to get signed up for the parade!

The Elks Lodge leads last year's parade with the color guard down Harrison Avenue. Photo: Leadville Today.

The Elks Lodge leads last year’s parade with the color guard down Harrison Avenue. Photo: Leadville Today.

 

Leadville Business Celebrates 20 Years on the Avenue!

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Mining Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum (NMHF&M) announced the 2014 inductees last week.

The National Mining Hall of Fame and Musuem.

The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum.

Representing the domestic and worldwide metal production, education, and health and safety sectors of the industry, this year’s four inductees cover a diverse cross-section of the mining industry.

Harry M. Conger III, Günther Franz (Frank) Joklik, Ellen Swallow Richards, and Dr. Alfred Weiss will join 223 other mining industry pioneers at the 27th Annual Induction Banquet and Ceremony on September 13, 2014. They were selected for being visionaries, leaders, and ambassadors, both within their own sectors and across the industry at large.

2014 Inductees:

Harry M. Conger III Conger_NMHF_InducteeHarry M. Conger was a great role model and strong advocate within Homestake Mining Company and among his industry peers on behalf of environmentally responsible, safe, profitable, and high-performance operations. As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Conger was instrumental in revitalizing and rebuilding Homestake into an industry leader in technological advances and environmental protection. Full Biography.

Günther Franz (Frank) Joklik Joklik_NMHF_InducteeThrough his contributions in exploration, project development and operations management as Kennecott President and Chief Executive, Günther Franz (Frank) Joklik did much to strengthen Kennecott as a company and assisted in restoring the competitiveness of the U.S. mining industry. Full Biography.

Ellen Swallow Richards Richards_NMHF_InducteeEllen Henrietta (Swallow) Richards is generally recognized as the woman who founded ecology. She was the very definition of a pioneer in such diverse fields as chemistry, geology and mineralogy, mining and metallurgy, environmental science, public health, home economics, and education. Full Biography.

Dr. Alfred Weiss Weiss_NMHF_InducteeDr. Alfred Weiss was a true visionary in using quantitative methods and digital computers to aid mineral exploration, plan and design mines, operate mineral production facilities, and integrate the disparate information resources throughout a mining company into a modern management information system. Full Biography.

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Obit_Spacer_ThinSew, A Needle Pulling Thread! Happy 20th Melly!

By Kendra Kurihara, Melanzana

Amazing! It’s been 20 years since Fritz Howard moved to Leadville with two sewing machines in the back of his two-wheel-drive Nissan pick up. He soon found an office upstairs in the Bank Annex building on East 5th Street.

A Cloud City Original: Melanzana

A Cloud City Original: Melanzana

 

We were called “Eggplant” back then, and there was no Polartec fleece to be seen anywhere. Our earliest products were GORE-TEX gaiters, overmitts and custom bibs for climbing and skiing. Since those dreamy days in 1994, Melanzana has slowly and cautiously evolved into a downtown Leadville institution.

On Saturday May 31 we will celebrate those 20 long years, and thank our local customers and downtown community for their support!Melanzana Logo

Join us between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. for a community-wide downtown sidewalk sale (look for the balloons), free Lions Club hot dogs, groovy acoustic music by Local Honey, and a gigantic pile of half-price Micro Grid Hoodies.

Wear your oldest Melanzanas for the Vintage Melly Contest, take a factory tour, and check out our Melanzana History display. Cool! And THANK YOU to everyone that has ever supported us in any way, we could not have made it this far without Leadville’s wonderful community.Obit_Spacer_Thin

Local Memorial Day Services Well-Attended

Memorial Day Services were held at the Tenth Mountain Division Monument at Tennessee Pass and the Lake County Veterans Memorial on Memorial Day, May 26. Both services were well attended, with a standing room only crowd.

Tommy Thompson with the Tenth Mountain Division Foundation addresses the crowd on Memorial Day gathered at Tennessee Pass. The new Tenth Mtn information Kiosk stand in the foreground. Photo: Leadville Today.

Tommy Thompson with the Tenth Mountain Division Foundation addresses the crowd on Memorial Day gathered at Tennessee Pass. The new Tenth Mtn information kiosk stands in the foreground as a new addition to the monument. Photo: Leadville Today.

It was commemoration #55 of “Remembering Our Fallen Comrades” as Tommy Thompson with the Tenth Mountain Division Foundation directed the program as the Master of Ceremony. The keynote address was given by Lt. General Benjamin Freakley, a former Commanding General, 10th Mtn. Division. It was an all-round community event, including the Lake County High School Band playing some patriotic music under the direction of Jonathan Cole.

Director Jonathan Cole led the Lake County High School Band in the National Anthem at Memorial Day Services at the Tenth Mountain Division Monument. Photo: Leadville Today

Director Jon Cole led the Lake County High School Band in the National Anthem at Memorial Day services at the 10th Mountain Monument. Photo: Leadville Today

The ceremony also made note of the recent bill (HB-1089) signed into law by Governor John Hickenlooper in Leadville concerning the Tenth Mountain Division commemorative license plate (see story) . The ceremony was concluded with a 21-Round rifle salute and the retiring of colors. Visitors enjoyed a nice BBQ lunch at the Lodge at Ski Cooper afterward. It was a beautiful day for the service.

Rider from the 3rd Annual "Killed in Action Recognition Ride" pull into the Lake County Veterans Memorial. Photo: Leadville Today

Riders from the 3rd Annual “Killed in Action Recognition Ride” pull into the Lake County Veterans Memorial on Memorial Day May 26. Photo: Leadville Today

Just a couple hours later, a second ceremony in Lake County commemorating Fallen Heroes was taking place on Highway 91, and eventually at the Veteran Memorial at Evergreen Cemetery.

The 3rd Annual “Killed In Action Recognition Ride” along Fallen Heroes Memorial Highway (91) saw 26 riders this year. No doubt, the snow on Saturday and Sunday might have scared a few people away, however those that rode in honor of military killed in action were treated to an awesome bluebird Colorado day.

Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler John Christiansan (left) and Derek Olsen (right) lay a memorial wreath at a monument. Photo: Leadville Today.

Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler John Christiansan (left) and Derek Olsen (right) lay a memorial wreath at a monument. Photo: Leadville Today.

Motorcyclists rode into the Lake County Veterans Memorial joining a good crowd of community members for the official ceremony, emceed by Leadville Mayor Jaime Stuever. The program included speeches USMC Staff Sergeant Joshua M. Buck, Leadville Judge Neil Reynolds, and Justin Van Natta, who served with Nick Palmer in Iraq.

The new names etched on the Veterans Memorial were revealed and the Laying of the Wreaths by the Elks Lodge #236 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars 2 Mile High Post # 859, rounded out the service. There was a reception at the Elks Lodge after the ceremony.

Brad Palmer (left) and son Dustin (in Navy whites - right)  listen to a Memorial Day speech by John Christiansan during Monday's service. Nick Palmer's Fallen Soldier Battle Cross sits between his father and brother in the background of the monument. Photo: Leadville Today.

Brad Palmer (left) and son Dustin (in Navy whites – right) listen to a Memorial Day speech by John Christiansan during Monday’s service. Nick Palmer’s Fallen Soldier Battle Cross is pictured between his father and brother in the background. Photo: Leadville Today.

Widow Left Behind from Fire Needs Help

This one’s a real heart-breaker, so be advised. But Leadvillites always pull together to help out their neighbors!

Lake Fork Mobile Home Park south of Leadville

Lake Fork Mobile Home Park south of Leadville

Many LT readers may remember the May 15 fire at the Lake Fork Mobile Home Park south of Leadville. If not, here’s the LINK to the original story.Well tragically, it turns out that this was the home of Dale & Jeanine Bowers, described as a “dear elderly Leadville couple,” on the First Baptist Church of Leadville’s Facebook Page. In the initial report from the Lake County Office of Emergency Management, it was stated that a male was removed from the smoke-filled unit and eventually transported to the St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco in serious condition. The following update was posted on the Church’s page, including a crowd source funding link where people may contribute to the deceased’s services as well as his widow’s dire situation:

Hello church & community folks. Just over a week ago, a dear elderly Leadville couple, Dale & Jeanine Bowers were struck with a tragedy as their home was destroyed by fire. After being rescued and resuscitated, Dale passed from this world to the next last Saturday, and Jeanine is now left with virtually no resources. We are praying that God would provide the funds for Jeanine to properly say goodbye to her husband and find a new place to live. FBCL will be doing what we can to continue to love this lady and help her to carry the burden that she now has. If you’d like to help, feel free to designate a gift for her at the church on Sunday and/or give through Paypal through the following link that a lady in the church has set up: LINK.

Dr. Wayne Callen to Retire, Effective July 2014

After thirty five years providing family medicine in Leadville, Wayne Callen, MD will retire on July 11, 2014. 

Dr. Wayne Callen

Dr. Wayne Callen

 

Dr. Callen came to Leadville in 1978 to be employed with a medical group which included Dr. Kehoe and Dr. Philbin.  In a short time he joined their practice and has been a dedicated health care professional in Leadville and Lake County ever since.  

Callen was as passionate then as he is now about rural medicine. In the late 70’s rural family doctors were involved in a broader spectrum of care then they are today. It was an exciting time for a new doctor.  

“It is rare these days that a physician cares for generations of family members. Caring for the children and grandchildren of my initial patients has been very rewarding,” said Dr. Callen. 

Currently Gary Petry, MD and Jackie Duba MPH, PA offer family medicine at the SVH Leadville Medical Clinic and will continue to do so. The hospital does plan to add an additional provider to the clinic medical staff in the near future. 

“Everyone comes to retirement age at some point. And though I truly value my patients, the family practice, St. Vincent Hospital staff and my time spent here, it is my time to retire,” remarked Callen “My immediate plans are to travel overseas extensively and find some palm trees in the warmth of the sun.” 

Peggy Frank, SVH Leadville Medical Clinic Director is available to answer any patient questions at 719-486-1264.  Frank stated that “Doctor Callen will surely be missed, it is my goal to carry on his commitment and dedication to patient care.”
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The lake County Road & Bridge Department has begun the task of plowing the Turquoise Lake Road. Looks like it could take a while - there's lot of snow on the back side. Photo: LCR&B.

The Lake County Road & Bridge Department has begun the task of plowing the Turquoise Lake Road. It could take a while – there’s lot of snow on the back side.

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LCHS Lions Career Fair To Be Held This Thursday

This Thursday, April 24 over 500 students will get a chance to talk with invited professionals from a wide array of occupations at the 16th Annual Lake County High School/Leadville Lions Club Annual Career Fair.

Leadville Lions Club Annual Career Fair at LCHS

Leadville Lions Club Annual Career Fair at LCHS

“This year, students can look forward to speaking with an Astronaut as well as a Professional Sports Agent,” said Carol Glenn, the Career Fair Chairman.  “And of course, all of our  Lake County business people will be sharing their career advice as well. We’re grateful for the strong support this event  receives  from  the Leadville community; it’s incredible.” 

The Fair begins at 8 a.m. at Lake County High School and is offered to LCHS students as well as students from surrounding high schools and Lake County Middle School students. The format allows students to spend approximately 50 minutes in their areas of interest where they can interact with a variety of presenters and get a chance to ask questions.  Over 90 presenters are expected to attend. The Career Fair presentations will be done not only by business people from Lake County and surrounding areas but also by professionals from other parts of the state. 

Over 90 presenters from near and far will be at the Career Fair!

Over 90 presenters from near and far will be at the Career Fair!

“The point is to give students as many chances to ask questions and explore possibilities in a healthy and safe environment,” said Bob Deister, a community volunteer for the Career Fair.  “And, we hope that by exposing the students to a new range of choices and dreams, they will also bring new questions and focus to their current education.”

One of the changes that presenters can expect deals with parking logistics as a result of the renovation underway at the high school. Since space is already at a premium under present construction conditions, Career Fair organizers will be shuttling presenters to nearby parking at the Community Field  as well as the Presbyterian Church. Presenters will be allowed to drop off supplies at the back doors of the gym as usual, but then will be asked to park off-site at the two nearby locations where they can pick up a shuttle bus back to the high school.

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Hundreds of Leadville and Lake County residents took advantage of the low and no-cost health screenings at the 9Health Fair last Saturday.

Hundreds of Leadville and Lake County residents took advantage of the low and no-cost health screenings at the 9Health Fair last Saturday.

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Colo. Scenic & Historic Byways Celebrate 25 Years!

No doubt, you’ve seen the signs. For most local commuters, their relevancy flies by like the many other roadside signs declaring highway memorials or cleanup crews. LogoBigBut this year, Colorado’s Scenic and Historic Byways program is celebrating its 25th anniversary. It has arguably earned a “pull over and check it out” status, even for locals.

Besides, those little “Top Of The Rockies Scenic Byway” signs literally bring thousands of travelers into and through Leadville and Lake County, hopefully spending some money along the way.TopOfRockies_Map

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It all started back in 1989, when Colorado began the Scenic and Historic Byways program to promote the state’s exceptional travel opportunities. This month, March 2014, actually marks 25 years for the program, an anniversary recently marked by Governor John Hickenlooper signing the proclamation last week at the State Capitol.Scenic Byways

In fact, eleven of Colorado’s 25 byways are designated by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation as America’s Byways®, which gives Colorado more national designations than any other state. All of these scenic highway routes have names highlighting their unique attributes and sights. For Leadville and Lake County it’s Top of the Rockies. That designation was established in 1998 by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation making it one of the eleven America’s Byways® designated in Colorado.

So be sure to take notice of these highway markers and enjoy your ride on the Top of the Rockies Scenic and Historic Byway.

Want to find out more? Want to read all of the great scenic and historic information about the Top of the Rockies route that passes through Leadville and Lake County? LINK.

Top of the Rockies was designated by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation as a National Scenic Byway in 1998. It is one of eleven America's Byways® designated in Colorado. Photo: CDOT

Top of the Rockies was designated by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation as a National Scenic Byway in 1998. It is one of eleven America’s Byways® designated in Colorado. Photo: CDOT

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When the Saints Come Marching In! The Staff at St. Vincent Hospital honored St. Patrick in the St. Patrick's Day Parade on Monday. Photo: Meghan Buzan.

When the Saints Come Marching In! The Staff at St. Vincent Hospital honored St. Patrick in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Monday. Photo: Meghan Buzan.

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