Summit County giving briefs: $50,000 donated to Summit County Animal Shelter |

Summit County giving briefs: $50,000 donated to Summit County Animal Shelter

Longtime Keystone resident Craig Suwinski provided a $50,000 donation to the Summit County Animal Shelter through his trust.
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Summit County Animal Control and Shelter director Lesley Hall’s jaw dropped when she opened a letter she received in the mail last month. It said the shelter would receive a donation from the trust of former Summit County resident Craig Suwinski and contained a $50,000 check. The funds are designated to cover medical expenses for shelter animals to help get them ready for adoption.

“The money provided from Mr. Suwinski’s trust will provide treatment for hundreds of adoptable pets,” Hall said in a statement. “We believe it is important that an adopter gets a healthy animal from our shelter.”

Before going up for adoption, every animal starts out with a health exam from shelter vet Dr. Gretchen Norton. She determines if any other procedure or treatment is necessary, including diagnostic testing for an ailment, dental cleaning or surgery for animal’s teeth in poor condition, surgery to repair a broken bone, x-rays or treatment for a myriad of illnesses and ailments.

“If an animal is not healthy or needs an expensive vet treatment, it is less likely to get adopted because most people do not plan to invest a lot of money as soon as they adopt a pet,” Hall added.

Bob Sontag, Suwinki’s best friend, said the longtime Keystone resident often went on hikes with his Golden Retriever, Bud, and wanted to make his love for animals a part of his legacy.

“They were best friends,” Sontag said in a statement. “Craig’s donation to the Summit County Animal Shelter is his way of helping to bring more people together with their own four-legged best friend.”

The Animal Control staff is extremely grateful to Craig Suwinski for providing such a generous donation in his passing.


The Family Leadership Training Institute, an opportunity for families to develop leadership skills and impact their communities, is coming to Summit this summer. The 120-hour program includes an initial retreat, two 10-week sessions on developing skills and civic engagement, and a community project.

The cost is $2,500 per participant, but full scholarships are available for accepted applicants. To apply, go to or contact Natalia Ruiz at or 970-455-0228.

The Family and Intercultural Resource Center is also seeking local facilitators to assist with the training institute, including a three-day training retreat in June as well as helping with the retreat, site evaluation and community project support. The paid contractor position will require a 50-hour commitment over seven to eight months.


The Summit County Senior Center will hold board elections in early June. This year, incumbents Steve Ladin, Becky Hopkins and Mark Schlesinger are running for re-election, in addition to two open positions.

Board members attend one meeting a month, the first Tuesday at 3 p.m. There can be three excused absences in a year, and “dial in” attendance is accepted.

Board members are expected to be senior members in good standing with an interest in the strategic direction of the growing organization. Volunteer hours usually average about 20 a month.

Election is by popular vote of all members. Interested parties should announce their interest no later than Friday, May 6 and are invited to observe the May 3 board meeting at 3 p.m. To run for the board, or for more information, contact Sandy Bainbridge at (970) 584-0311.


All past Keystone Science School staff are invited to take part in the nonprofit’s first ever Alumni Reunion on Saturday, April 30 at the KSS Campus. Explore KSS history with former executive directors, staff, camp counselors and many more.

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