By Ardis Briggs/The Johnstown Breeze
Although it doesn’t appear that Theodore Roosevelt ever visited Johnstown or Milliken, his presence is felt here. Locals were influenced during his presidency of 1901-09, even as he and his volunteer army of the Rough Riders influenced history by fighting the Battle of San Juan Hill.
But the most direct local influence has been in the last 50 years, as thousands of students and staff have been part of the high school named after this remarkable man—Roosevelt High School in Johnstown. His presence is still seen through “Teddy memorabilia” displayed at the school.
Roosevelt High School held a Week of Giving last week, and the students and community came through. The Future Farmers of America club collected 353 cans of food, which will be donated to the Weld Food Bank. The Rough Writer Club’s movie night raised $40 for the Suzanna Swoboda Cancer Fund. Thirty-eight people gave blood at the Family Career and Community Leaders of America blood drive. The Roosevelt Student Council raised $600 for the Leukemia Society through a “Pennies for Patients” event. The school’s National Honor Society collected 117 pieces of warm clothes, including boots, coats, hats and gloves. The week was capped off with the Locks of Love fundraiser, which boasted 47 participants. Their donations created over 57 1/2 feet of hair. To date, RHS has donated 258 feet to the Locks of Love charity. Photo provided by Jennifer Boresen
By Zant Reyez/The Johnstown Breeze
MILLIKEN – With heroes being honored this week, it’s fitting that Milliken Police Chief Benito Garcia have his 18 years of service in town be recognized.
Last Thursday at the Island Grove Event Center in Greeley, 400 people attended the sixth Annual Heroes Celebration put on by Youth & Family Connections.
During the celebration that honors local people in categories like law enforcement, community and firefighter/ EMT and other areas, Garcia was awarded the Law Enforcement Hero of the Year Award.
Members of the Johnstown-Milliken Friendship Garden Club had a bloomin’ good time last week when they met for lunch at Grandpa’s Cafe in Berthoud, then toured the Denver Orchid Greenhouse, also in Berthoud. Pictured from left are: Debby Worley, Sheryl Garrison, Anne McFarland, Susan Schwanke, Chris Jennison, Gloria Dunn, guest Tina Schoenherr, Julie Dowling, and greenhouse owner, Phoenix. The next meeting will be held at the Johnstown Senior Center at noon on Dec. 15, with a potluck lunch and assembly of cookie plates for public officials. Guests are always welcome! For more info, call Julie Dowling at 587-9990. Photo provided by Julie Dowling
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Annual Christmas Caring program getting underway
The Johnstown Breeze
Even though turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pecan pie might be on the minds of many, it’s never too early to get into the Christmas spirit.
Starting Friday, trees with wish-list ornaments will be set up at Hays Market and the Glenn A. Jones, MD, Memorial Library.
This gesture of giving is a part of the JM Christmas Caring event, which has been going on since 1989.
Milliken trail gets more funding
By Zant Reyez/TThe Johnstown Breeze
MILLIKEN – Phase one of a future trail along Highway 257 and Colorado Highway 60 to the Mad Russian subdivision got an additional $36,000 at last week’s Milliken Trustees meeting.
The funds, which will go toward the $303,405.45 total price of the trail, were approved unanimously.
In 2012, the town was awarded a $160,000 grant, with a $33,260 town match, to conduct a feasibility study in the area.
Town Finance Director Patrick Murphy, who spoke with trustees about the item, said along with the town engineering firm Lamp Rynearson, CDOT will also be working with the town to make sure all work meets standards.
Hometown heroes in river rescue (update)
By Matt Lubich/The Johnstown Breeze
When Dakota Hatch of Johnstown woke up last Thursday morning, likely the biggest thing he thought would confront him on that cold November day was doing a good job on his speech that night at Aims Community College.
Little did he know that when he finally made it to that public speaking class, covered in mud and blood, what a tale he’d have to tell.
Hatch, 21 and a 2012 Roosevelt High School graduate, was among a group of motorists who helped rescue a woman and a young boy who were involved in a two-vehicle wreck Nov. 13 that sent the small Mazda they were riding in spinning into the Little Thompson River just west of Milliken.
The crash occurred at about 3:30 p.m. on Colorado Highway 60 about a quarter-mile west of Colorado Highway 257.