Summit County Community Notes: 1-28-2013 |

Summit County Community Notes: 1-28-2013

The Keystone Science School is currently in the process of becoming a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. In order to continue on in its current site, the school plans to purchase the land from The Keystone Center. Due to the center’s need to meet certain obligations within the first and second quarters of 2013, the school needs to raise $2.5 million to buy the land by Thursday.

Currently, the school serves more than 5,000 students and several hundred teachers each year. Throughout the year, school programs give students the opportunity to learn more about the environment and methods of scientific inquiry. The goal is to teach students to develop critical thinking skills in a natural outdoor setting.

Please consider being a part of preserving the school’s legacy. Contact KSS’s executive director, Ellen Reid, or Development Associate Liz Trower,, to provide your support or to get more information. Or visit to read the Campaign for KSS Case Statement and Frequently Asked Questions. Donations can also be made online via the website.

The town of Frisco’s sustainable business program is now accepting a limited number of business. Go to to sign up. Businesses receive a $200 cash stipend toward a green project, a free energy audit and free sustainability audit. This program is designed to support and recognize businesses that are doing good things for the environment.

Effective Jan. 1, the fixed interest rate on all new loans through the Division of Housing downpayment assistance program fell to 2 percent. The Summit Combined Housing Authority (SCHA) generates these loans in conjunction with a first mortgage provider, assisting locals with the purchase of a primary home within Summit County. The maximum loan amount will be equal to half of the borrowers required down payment, and cannot exceed 100 percent loan-to-value; Loan amount cannot exceed $25,000. All borrowers must owner-occupy the residence, work a minimum of 30 hours/week year-round, and meet income eligibility requirements of HUD-low income per household size. More info on this program can be obtained at calling (970) 423-7041 or email

Summit Habitat for Humanity will be hosting open houses on Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. and Feb. 9 at 3:30 p.m. These meeting will be held at the Buffalo Mountain Room, County Commons – Frisco.

The public is invited to these meetings to see the proposed plans for the single- family house currently scheduled to begin this spring. Information on purchasing a Habitat house and requirements for becoming a Habitat Partner Family will be discussed. There will be an opportunity to ask questions, pick up an application and add your name to the growing list of volunteers.

Be part of the only Mardi Gras parade in Summit County on Feb. 12, and win cash prizes for creative floats. First place: $500; second place: $300; third place: $200. For more information, email Be a part of the Mardi Gras celebration in Breck.

We will have another Commander’s Call on Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. at Adriano’s Bistro and Pizza, located at 240 Lake Dillon Drive in Dillon.

Invited to attend will be veterans from the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division of WWII. They did their training in 1943 at Camp Hale just outside of Leadville and learned to ski at what is now Ski Cooper. Just to hear of their experiences is priceless. Please plan on joining us…RSVP at and spread the word.

Get ready to visit exciting new places, without having to worry about delayed flights, lost luggage and the other hassles of traveling when the Friends of the Library present the annual Travel Slide Show Series. The program runs every other Friday through March 22. This event is held in the Blue River Meeting Room of the North Branch Library, 651 Center Circle, Silverthorne.

Past destinations have included Cuba, Cambodia, France, Italy and many other European countries, India, Africa, The Galapagos Islands, just to name a few. This year’s itinerary will include visits to Mount Kilimanjaro; Alaska; the Silk Road through Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgystan; The Dalmatian Coast; and many more!

For more info on the series or to participate in future lide shows, call Janet at (970) 468-5887. To find out about additional upcoming events and programs, volunteer opportunities or how you can help the Summit County Library through donations, call Joyce Dierauer at (970) 668-5555 or email at

High Country Conservation Center is looking for community garden leaders to join the 2013 Garden Steering Committees for both The Living Classroom (Frisco) and Breckenridge Community Gardens. Committee members will help plan and coordinate community garden programs and projects. You do not need to be a community garden plot holder to participate. All community members are welcome! Future plot holders can also complete required volunteer hours by serving on the committee. Contact Jen Santry if you are interested in participating at Visit for more info about HC3’s community gardens.

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