Vonnie’s Voice Gives Winter Coats to Students
Recently, the Vonnie’s Voice Committee donated winter clothing to students at The Center and Margaret J. Pitts Elementary school in Leadville. Every year since 2011, the committee has provided winter coats, gloves, hats and boots to students in the school where Yvonne “Vonnie” Flores was a kindergarten teacher.
Miss Vonnie, for whom the local non-profit was named, was a kindergarten teacher at Pitts Elementary School for nearly 20 years. Beloved and taught by many in this small mountain community, Flores was murdered by a stalker in 2010.
“Vonnie was always concerned about her students having warm clothing to wear during Leadville’s cold winters,” said Committee Member Diane Stepisnik. “Using a portion of the funds for these children just seems like a natural thing to do in Vonnie’s memory.”
Vonnie’s Voice is a Lake County non-profit whose primary objective is to raise awareness about stalking and support stalking victims’ rights through strengthening legislation. The group’s efforts were realized when in May 2012, Gov. John Hickenlooper’s signed HB12-1114 into Vonnie’s Law.
This month, the group’s efforts are focused on promoting National Stalking Awareness Month, which falls annually in January. The Annual Vonnie’s Voice 5k Walk/Run is held in August and is the primary fundraiser for Vonnie’s Voice. The group also contributes to the local community in a number of ways in Miss Vonnie’s honor.
For more information or to donate: Vonnie’s Voice, P.O. Box 1986, Leadville, CO 80461 or log on to: www.VonniesVoice5k.com.
Lake County Dog Park Committee Meets Tonight
Local efforts to bring an official dog park to Leadville continue to move forward. The Lake County Dog Park Committee’s next meeting will be held tonight, January 21 at 6 p.m. in the Lake County Courthouse. Also please note that that there is a slight change in the location for tonight’s meeting. It is still in the courthouse, but will be in the Land Use room on the lower floor. All are welcome to attend.
The group has started meeting regularly, with local efforts are being coordinated by Steve & Christine Whittington, and Michelle White who advocate that a dog park would provide a place for dogs to run free for needed exercise. It would be a place where dogs and their people could mingle and socialize in friendly ways on neutral ground. For more specific details of the committee’s progress and how you can join their efforts, read the committee minutes HERE.