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The Good News
2013 August
Pg 4 - The Sunshine Express
Norwood, CO: The Hitchin¡¯ Post in Norwood,
Colorado is inviting everyone to join them in
honoring local troops and veterans by donating
for the purchase of phone cards for veterans and
purchasing special T-shirts and Tank tops listing
the names of local heros.
Donation jars are set up throughout The Hitchin¡¯
Post for donations to purchase phone cards for our
Designed to raise greater
awareness of our local
heros, veterans can be
added to the ever growing
list honoring our guardian
angels, as well as get their
name on the back of these
shirts. There is no charge
for adding their name to
the list.
The logo on the shirts was
drafted here locally in
Norwood, Colorado and
has the design ¡®Our
Guardian Angels¡¯ and ¡®Hitchin¡¯ Post Norwood¡¯
on the front, with the list of names on the back.
T-shirts and Tank tops are available in black, and
cost $20 per T-shirt or Tank top.
Please contact Marilynn at The Hitchin¡¯ Post
anytime by calling 970.327.4969 or stop by at 41087
Grand Ave in Norwood. You can email also to: and also visit The
Hitchin¡¯ Post on Facebook at:
Tree Farmers of the Year
Hitchen Post Honors Local Troops
When looking for that special decorative treasure
or to brighten up your home or office surroundings
during the many holidays, or any day of the four
seasons, you don¡¯t have to look anywhere else than
Barb¡¯s Creative Decor at The Boardwalk Shops in
Montrose to find what you¡¯re looking for.
Barb¡¯s Creative Decor sells seasonal treasures and
brings each season into a vibrant new mood of
inspired creativity.
For the Spring and Summer, owner and master-
crafter Barbara Nichols, designs and handcrafts
The Colorado State Forest Service will recognize
a La PlataCounty couple on Aug 3 with the 2013
Colorado Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year
Award. Bill and Patti Szilva are receiving the
award for exceptional multiple-objective manage-
ment of their forested property, located six miles
northeast of Bayfield.
A tree farm is any tract of privately owned land
voluntarily dedicated to growing renewable re-
sources, while protecting environmental benefits
and increasing public understanding of sustain-
able forestry. The state¡¯s Tree Farm Committee
initiated an award system in 1980 to annually
recognize forest landowners certified in the
American Tree Farm System who have done an
exceptional job of forest management.
The Aug 3 recognition event will open with brief
presentations by the CSFS, Firewise of Southwest
Colorado and the La Plata Conservation District,
followed by a tour of the Szilva¡¯s property. Ray
Herrmann, Larimer County Tree Farmer and chair
of the Colorado Tree Farm Committee, will then
present the award to the Szilvas. Tree Farmers
from around the state will be in attendance.
Under a long-term management plan, the Szilvas
are managing the property using forest steward-
ship practices, with specific emphasis on wildfire
mitigation, sustainable wood harvesting, utiliza-
tion of forest products and community activism.
The Szilvas have transformed 40 acres of dense,
stagnated ponderosa pine and Gambel oak wood-
land into an attractive and productive forest more
resilient to insects, disease and wildfire. The
centerpieces and birdhouses, squirrels
and butterflies, frogs and birds, summer
wreaths, fishing bears, veterans day memo-
rial wreaths and crosses, 4th of July items
and much, much more.
Fall is an exciting flow of owls, autumn
wreaths, spiders, ghosts, pumpkins and all
manner of bewitchingly Halloween decor.
Christmas is amazing. From Southwestern
to traditional to fantasy, your choice of
Santa¡¯s, bears, angels, oriental, princesses,
and more are available to buy for decorating
during the Winter holiday season.
All of your dreams turn into beautiful real-
ity as you wander through the rooms of
changing seasons and, of course, all manner
of seasonal delights. Whether integrated
with lighting or candles, every piece is origi-
nal, unique and handcrafted by Barb.
Barb has a small studio in her shop where
you can actually watch her in action as she
creates her wonderful masterpieces. Barb
also takes special orders, to create for you
custom or personalized designer pieces.
Located conveniently at The Boardwalk
Shops just south of Montrose,this shop for
all seasons is a must see for all who love life
in all of it¡¯s beautiful seasons. Stop in and be
Barb¡¯s Creative Decor, 970.249.2131.
A Shop For All Seasons
Szilvas¡¯ property became certified in the American
Tree Farm System, which is a program of the
American Forest Foundation, in 2005.
¡°As a private forest landowner, there is an opportu-
nity to improve the health and safety of our forest
for us and our neighbors, but it can be an over-
whelming task,¡± said Bill Szilva. ¡°The Tree Farm
Program provides professional support, interaction
from other local Tree Farmers and a structured
management plan to achieve our goals efficiently.¡±
All forest management activities on the property
are handled by the Szilvas, from thinning trees and
mowing brush to grass seeding and weed control.
The property also produces merchantable lumber,
with trees ofsufficient diameter destined for a por-
table chainsaw mill and non-merchantable wood
and milling scraps fed to a wood boiler system,
which is used to heat the home.
For more information about the Tree Farm Pro-
gram, contact the CSFS Durango District at
970.247.5250 or go to: