Collector Holiday Ornament Features Hallett Peak; Honors Estes Park Woman's Club

Each year since 1986, the Town of Estes Park employees' Helping Hands Committee has created commemorative holiday ornaments for purchase by the public. Proceeds from ornament sales provide scholarships for high school seniors and assistance for local families in need. The 2012 ornament commemorates the 100 th anniversary of the Estes Park Woman's Club and features a photo of Hallett Peak taken by local photographer James Frank. Ornaments are available for $10 each at the following locations: Estes Park Town Hall at 170 MacGregor Ave.; The Estes Park Museum at 200 Fourth St.; The Estes Park Senior Center at 220 Fourth St.; The Estes Park Visitor Center at 500 Big Thompson Ave.; and Peak Hallmark in Upper Stanley Village. Various orna- ments from previous years are also available at Town Hall. Ornaments may also be ordered by mailing your request and payment (checks only, please) to the Town of Estes Park Helping Hands Committee at P.O. Box 1200 in Estes Park, CO 80517. Please calculate your order total to include shipping costs. Shipping for one ornament is $3.50; shipping for two ornaments is $4; shipping for three ornaments is $7; shipping for four ornaments is $7.50. For more information, please contact Karen Thompson in the Community Development Department at 970-577-3721. The 2012 ornament may be viewed at www.estes.org/communityinfo.

Next Drug Collection Event This Saturday

Police encourage safe disposal of unwanted prescription and over-thecounter drugs This Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. the Town of Estes Park Police Department will offer Estes Park's fifth Drug Take Back Day to collect unused, unwanted and expired prescription and over- the-counter drugs for safe disposal - no questions asked. This free service will be held at Rocky Mountain Pharmacy, located at 453 East Wonderview Ave. in Upper Stanley Village. Police officers will collect the drugs, which will remain in the custody of law enforcement officers until they can be incinerated. Estes Park's Drug Take Back Day is part of the Drug Enforcement Administration's national campaign to provide a safe way for people to empty their medicine cabinets of unwanted and potentially harmful prescription drugs. Police Chief Wes Kufeld commented on the success of the collection last April, saying, "We col- lected 72 pounds of pills which is the most to date." Kufeld continued, "This is a very simple way to protect your family and loved ones." To find participating collection sites in other communities, visit www.dea.gov. Misused and abused prescription drugs containing controlled substances can lead to cases of accidental poisoning, overdose and addiction. The most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicates that prescription medicines are the most abused drugs by Americans, next to marijuana. Seven of the 10 drugs most commonly abused by teenagers are prescription medicines and three- quarters of teen prescription drug abusers obtain the drugs from family and friends - often from a home medicine cabinet. Ridding homes of these substances greatly reduces the potential for abuse and accidental poisoning. Items which cannot be accepted at the Drug Take Back Day collection sites are needles and sharps, mercury thermometers, oxygen containers, chemotherapy/radioactive substances, pressurized canisters and illicit drugs. For more information, please contact the Town of Estes Park Public Information Office at 970-577-3701. To receive Town news in your email inbox, please email townadmin@estes.org.

Friday, September 28, 2012

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