Ajax Trail is Open!

 

Pick up the trail from the Lowell Thomas Museum or the Independence Trail.  Thanks to CC&V Gold Mine and the Southern Teller County Focus Group!

City Hall Closed on Monday, May 29th

In honor of the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military, City Hall will be closed on Monday, May 29th in observance of Memorial Day.

“We do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke; but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens. For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.”

– James A. Garfield
May 30, 1868 Arlington National Cemetery

 

Teller County Shooting Society Offers Public Days from May-October

Public Days for Teller County Shooting Society will be
held at the Gold Camp Shooting Sports Center in Gillette.
Every 3rd Saturday of each month from May to Oct.
First Public Day is this Saturday, May 20th (10a-3p).
$10 for ages 13 and up.
Bring your own pistol/rifle and ammunition.
No shot guns, except if you shoot slugs.
Free ear plugs available and for $3.00, safety goggles.
If you are a new ‘shooter’, people will be available to help you learn.
Follow Hwy 24 towards Cripple Creek but take the left fork towards Victor at the Gillette Flats.
Future dates will be June 17th, July 15th, Aug 19th, Sept 16th and Oct. 21st.
TCSS has been a club since 2010 you can check out our web page for more details.  tcss-co.org

Orange is the New Black or Bags are the New Dumpsters!

It’s time to spruce up our little village for the upcoming Summer tourist season!  Since the City no longer receives funds for the free dumpster program, this year we are providing orange trash bags that you can volunteer to fill with trash from streets, alleys, parks and other public spaces.  When you are finished filling your bag, please bring it to the back of the Firehouse or leave it on the sidewalk or adjacent to a City street for our crews to pick up.  NO HOUSEHOLD TRASH PLEASE!    Thanks for taking pride in our community and helping us keep Victor clean!

Thank a Snow Plow Driver!

Doing their best at a very tough job.

What a winter it has been! As I look out the window of my warm and cozy house, I can see the plow trucks going by. Some are driven by people who work to keep our town roads and parking lots safe, and some are driven by people who work to keep driveways and private parking lots safe. Have you ever thought about how we depend on these drivers?

I think we often take them for granted.

We expect to have the roads cleared as soon as it starts snowing. After all, we have places to go.

These great people work long hours to get the job done. So what if the plow drivers have to leave their warm beds, miss their baby’s first birthday party, their daughter’s dance recital, or their son’s basketball game? So what if they can’t visit a family member who has been hospitalized; we need our road plowed.

I challenge you to thank these people. If you see them at the local store, ask them how long they’ve been out working, or how long they expect to be out. Ask them how long it’s been since they had a hot meal.

Have patience, and keep a few facts in mind: Breakdowns happen … equipment fails. The trucks and equipment see a lot of miles and hours, and despite frequent and regular maintenance, stuff breaks. Unexpected things happen, even when drivers are careful. Think about glare ice, steep hills and curves, and visibility of 20 feet or less.

Whether privately employed or working for the Town, County or State, all this happens with a budget in mind: a budget for sand, salt, maintenance, overtime, and repairs. The reason the plow goes by again and again after a storm ends is to push back banks, especially in a winter like this where storm follows storm; otherwise roads become very narrow.

Nighttime snow removal may disturb your peaceful slumber, but that is the safest time for major snow removal in school yards and at intersections.

These people are doing the best they can with what they have, and those resources are naturally depleted as the winter goes on, and on, and on. Remember to give them a smile and a thank-you for keeping us as safe as possible when we go to our cars and head out to wherever it is we need to go.

Credit to Beth Frost, Andover Beacon News.