The Rock Found Supports Cold Weather Shelter

United Way of Weld County's Cold Weather Shelter thank-you barbecue dinner on April 17 celebrated a successful season of offering shelter to those who needed a roof over their heads during this year's winter months. The dinner, provided by The Rock Foundation, took place at 1428 7th Ave. in Greeley. Funders, volunteers, community partners, staff and the neighborhood helped make the first-year shelter a success.

The Cold Weather Shelter was a joint effort between United Way of Weld County, which raised the funds and secured the building space, and Catholic Charities, which managed the property and staffed the shelter. The shelter served 368 people, provided 6,264 nights of shelter and served 12,528 meals. The shelter opened Nov. 1, 2016, and closed for the season April 15.

Primary funders included NCMC Inc., United Way of Weld County, UCHealth, Great Western Bank, Christ Community Church, city of Greeley, First Christian Church, First Congressional Church of Greeley, Journey Christian Church and St. Patrick's Presbyterian Church.

The 200-plus volunteers and groups that spent an estimated 1,200-plus hours serving meals included Trinity Episcopal (served weekly), Weld County Probation (served weekly), Alpha Network Systems, ARC Thrift Store, Bella Romero Academy, Berkshire Hathaway School, Boy Scouts of America, Calvary Chapel, Christ Community Church, Cornerstone Church, Corleone's Restaurant, Crossfit Endure of Windsor, First Congressional Church, Grace Point Senior Living, Greeley Transitional House, Lucky Fin's Restaurant, Neighbors Healthcare Center, Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, Platte Valley Middle School, St. Peter's Catholic Church, The Rock Foundation, United Way of Weld County, UNC Cesar Chavez Center, Weld County Department of Human Services and many people who did not acknowledge affiliation with a particular business or church.

WELD COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY AWARDED $15,000 FROM COLORADO PET OVERPOPULATION FUND

The Humane Society of Weld County in Evans announced it has been awarded $15,000 from the Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund to finance emergency treatment for shelter pets as well as provide specialized medical care to enhance the adoptability of certain animals.

The funding from the Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund will help to provide emergency treatment to sick and injured animals brought to the Humane Society while also providing minor surgeries and medical procedures to promote the adoptability of animals that would otherwise be overlooked for adoption. Revenue from license plate sales makes this funding possible.

Executive Director Elaine Hicks said she is thankful for the support of the Adopt a Shelter Pet License Plate Program and for residents who support shelter animals by purchasing the license plates.

"We could not provide the lifesaving services or the veterinary procedures to make pets more adoptable without this support," she said in a news release.

For more information about the Humane Society of Weld County, go to http://www.weldcountyhumane.org or the Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund at http://www.coloradopetfund.org.

HUMANE SOCIETY EXTENDS HOURS, ADDS SERVICES TO WELLNESS CLINIC FOR ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY

The Humane Society of Weld County in Evans is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its community wellness clinic by extending its hours and adding services.

Veterinarian Lauren Abrahamsen is the newest addition to the Wellness Clinic team, and with two full-time veterinarians, the clinic will expand its hours to operate five days per week from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the first and third Saturdays of the month from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

In addition to the clinic's bimonthly low-cost vaccination clinics, drop-in vaccinations now will be available from 2-4 p.m. on Fridays.

Recognizing the need for affordable veterinary care, the HSWC Wellness Clinic offers preventative health care for pets, as well as treatment for minor illnesses, injuries and dental care.

PLATTE VALLEY FFA HOSTED COMMUNITY-WIDE EASTER EGG HUNT

The Platte Valley FFA Chapter hosted a community-wide Easter Egg Hunt on April 15 in Kersey. It was held at the Platte Valley Elementary playground where 89 children ages 8 and below participated.

The hunt started at 9 a.m. when Pastor Shorty Huffman read the Easter Bible story. The winners of the golden eggs who received Easter egg baskets were Paisyn Morrall, Desmond Lyons, Gabriel Villanueva and Nevaeh Carter.

AIMS COMMUNITY COLLEGE HOSTS KITE FLIGHTS ON ALL FOUR CAMPUSES

Aims Community College hosted a Kite Flight on April 21 at all four of its campuses in Greeley, Loveland, Windsor and Fort Lupton.

In conjunction with the college's 50th anniversary, the event was a celebration of National Kite Month and Earth Day. Bright red kites were provided to all the participants.

"As we continue our year-long 50th anniversary celebration, the Aim High Community Kite Flight event embodied the spirit of community in an invitation to recognize National Kite Month and Earth Day together," said Aims President Leah L. Bornstein in a news release. "The event touched on our Aims aviation program through flight and our agriculture technology program through Earth Day. We encouraged our friends and the community to join us for a fun day to Aim High with Aims Community College."

OFFICERS AWARDED 'EXTRAORDINARY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER' FOR MARCH AND APRIL

Deputy Dayle Rosebrock was selected as March's "Extraordinary Law Enforcement Officer" and Officer Jon Tollefson was April's winner of the award.

Rosebrock was recently injured in the line of duty when he was called to respond to a family disturbance in the Mead area. Despite his injuries, Rosebrock handcuffed the suspect who allegedly stabbed him in the head and took her to safety before seeking his own medical treatment. Rosebrock's actions exemplify the constant concern that law enforcement must have for other's safety above their own, according to those who presented him the award.

Tollefson has been with the Greeley Police Department for nine years and he previously worked for the Windsor Police Department for eight years. He has been in the traffic unit for seven years and is certified as a Level lll Accident Re-constructionist, with additional training in the investigation of auto-pedestrian collisions and accidents involving motorcycles. Tollefson has investigated dozens of traffic accidents that have resulted in fatalities and serious injuries.

He is a highly valued member of the Greeley Police Department's traffic team, according to a news release, and his many contributions landed him the award.

Sponsoring the monthly award are Skip Carlson Farmers Insurance, Texas Roadhouse, Northern Colorado Cowboy Church, Weld County Republicans, Kiwanis Club of Greeley, Batteries & Bulbs and an anonymous.

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