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San Miguel Basin Forum, Thursday, January 14, 1999 -5 Last month there was quite a traffic back-up on Nucla's Main Street. Area police officer, Richard DeWeber, spotting the gathering of cars that spread down several blocks, turned on his lights and moved to the front e *he line. Seems a semi-truck, ing food boxes for the Sharing the Harvest program's monthly pick up at the Catholic Church was late and the line of residents picking up their food had grown to a level that was almost unmanageable for the volunteers. "We've got to take care of this traffic,'' DeWeber said, rolling up his sleeves. "Looks like you could use some help." A couple of years ago, a group of people from Delta joined together and began gath- ering food boxes for residents in their area, They got the food in bulk quantities, and volunteers put the 40-50 boxes together and donated them monthly out of a shed for $10 apiece. There were no income guidelines for the recipients of these boxes, with the theory that everyone needs a little help stretching their food budget. Now, the Delta County Ministerial Fellowship prepares 2,500 Sharing the Harvest food boxes for folks around the region, including those in the West End and Norwood. Approximately 285 boxes make it to the Catholic Church in Nucla each month, and the num- bers are growing for Norwood, at the County Fairgrouds, as well. The suggested donation for these boxes will be $13 starting in March, with an estimated $65 worth of merchandise - includ- ing meat products, cereal, breads and vegetables - avail- able. The food truck arrives on the first Thursday of every month. Each month, several volun- teers from the area arrive to hand out the boxes and help with the program. The Nucla olunteers include: Grace and Clinic Cutbacks Ralph Thomas, Mary Esquibel, Fran and Janet Series, Philo and Theresa Richards, Jack and Pat Smith, Kathy Miller, Ben Seevers, Dick Odom, Shirley .... Littlejohn, Arlene Mendisco, Dale Williams, Chuck and Kathy Zunich. Continued from Page 1 We hope they will attend the meeting and help us find ways to keep all of our staff." Ways to bring in grant money and other funding oppor- tunities are being implemented, according to Smith. "We hope there will be a means of meeting any shortfall in funding other . than staff re d.u.ct!onC'. .................................. who's slow to/nsta\\ Fortunately, the rest of us aren't restricted to living in an on-board camper shell. We can choose a low-cost and environmentally-friendly system that heats as well as cools our homes. Electric heat pumps extract natural warmth from the air or ground and gently, quietly distribute it throughout your rooms. In hot weather, the process reverses to keep you cool. And, this great technology could earn you Energy Efficiency Credits from your local rural electric system. Earn up to $150 per ton heating capacity Energy Efficiency Credits Pictured left: Sharing the Harvest Volunteers load food boxes into a local resident's vehicle in Nucla. Above" Grace Thomas, Mary Esquibel, Kathy Zunich and Theresa Richards count up the day's donations. m Creature comforts for people like you. For complete information on how to qualify and on efficiency standards, call your participating rural electric office listed below San Miguel Power Assn. 141 Society Turn Telluride, CO 81435 970-728-3825 Additional incentives may be available in your area. Ask about Energy Efficiency Credits on electric motors, resistive heating and water heaters, tool Energy Efficiency Credits provided by: TJ]r'/''ST~l,'~f'~' A Touchstone Energy'Partner Wholesale power supplier to 32 rural electric distribution systems Visit Tri-State's website at www.tristategt org lectric heat pump !:t 1 il