San Juan Silver Stage | October 2020 | Volume 24, No. 10
Premier Lifestyles Publication Since 1996
Premier Lifestyles Publication Since 1996
All You Need to Know About
Students and teachers
The New Education Model
If Alleys Could Talk
Call for Artists and writers
to share their stories.
Not only is this a highly contentious election for Presidential, Congressional, and down-ballot candidates, this is an important election for Colorado. Please review the issues listed in your blue 2020 State Ballot Information book. If you have questions or need help, visit GoVoteColorado.gov for more election information.
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Written by Cindy Trujillo, Rocky Mountain Time Bank. Time banking is a mode of exchange that lets people swap time and skill instead of money. When you join a Time Bank, you agree to take part in a system that involves earning and spending time credits. [Read more to learn how it works.]
Photographed by Patty Masker, Ridgway, Colo. For this photo essay of SW Colorado’s spectacular autumn colors, Patty and her husband hiked, biked (motorcycle), and drove from Ridgway, over the Dallas Divide, to Placerville and Telluride. Another scenic venture took them east of Ridgway, to Blue Mesa Lakes and Gunnison. Patty is a 5th generation native of Ouray County and raised a rancher’s daughter. Her love of the country and it’s wild beauty is beautifully conveyed in her photographs. [View images.]
Written by Kathryn R. Burke. Halloween—Christian or Pagan? Celtic or Catholic? Serious or frivolous? Why do we put candles in pumpkins and call them “Jack-o’-Lanterns?” How come kids gorge on candy October 31st? Why costumes, bobbing for apples, and “trick or treating?” And, what’s with ghosts and goblins, headless horsemen, and witches on broomsticks flying over the full moon? [Find out more fascinating facts and lore]
Children Coping With Corona
By Solina Adelson-Journey
Written by a school principal and young mother, and told through the eyes of a second-grader experiencing changes caused by the coronavirus. When the City Went Quiet is the story about a child’s emotional experience with COVID-19 and the lessons she learned about supporting her community beyond herself. Beautifully illustrated with coping suggestions at the end. From San Juan Publishing.
A must-read for teachers, parents, families, children—all of us who are struggling with how to deal with changes caused by the Corona Virus.
[Visit author’s website. Buy the book.]
Hybrid Learning Systems
Written by Kathryn R. Burke.
Because of Covid, traditional in-person (or classroom) learning has, by necessity, had to adopt a variety of teaching methods and tools to ensure that education continues uninterrupted. This includes virtual (remote or online) learning, in-person learning, where students may be divided into cohorts (or groups), and various hybrid (blended) systems (alternating between virtual and in-class learning. For teachers, lesson planning becomes a challenge. For students, the new systems is complicated, but easily absorbable. For parents? Especially if they will have to homeschool? Complicated at the very least. The first step is to master the vocabulary. Next is learning how to implement it. [Read more]
Accepting and mastering change
Written by Kathryn R. Burke. The learning experience for all of us—student or writer, those disseminating information or those absorbing it—has irrevocably changed. Better? Not sure. Quicker? Definitely. Confusing? Absolutely.
Find out how students, educators, and families are learning to deal with the new true in education. [Story]
How Elevate Internet serves local school districts
Written by Kathryn R. Burke. To be truly effective, today’s new education model depends on cohesive connectivity within a school system (Wide Area Network) and within each campus that is a part of it (Local Area Network). Learn how this works in Montrose and Delta County Schools.
Discover colorful murals, painted in the 1980s, in the. alleys behind buildings on the 300 and 400 block of East Main, downtown Montrose, [Read more here]
What is Fueling the Current Hot Sellers Market . . . and Why Buyers are Still Buying?
Written by Ninah Hunter. Real Estate Editor. The Pandemic, technology, low interest rates, and a housing inventory shortage all contribute to a hot sellers’ market on Colorado’s Western Slope. Buyers need to be prepared to qualify and buy quickly. [Learn more.]
It’s long been a tradition to serve wine with art—in galleries, at art and music events, and gatherings. Many wineries combine gallery space with tasting rooms. Several have outdoor tasting rooms and terraces (perfect for social distancing while imbibing). With the (unwelcome) changes brought about by Covid, how we combine art and wine has changed—old needs and new ways to meet them. [Read more]
Written by Kathryn R. Burke. Bryce Chismire created the clever illustrations for the education articles in this issue. Intuitive, interpretive, uniquely original, they definitely tell the story, don’t they? Which is not really surprising. A Magnum Cum Laude graduate of Sante Fe University of Art and Design, he has won awards for his graphic design and illustrations. [Story]
Written by Kathryn R. Burke. For Bonnie Heidbrak, globe-trotting award-winning photograher, what she sees, how she sees things, and the pictures she takes, are not just the sum of the parts, but sometimes parts of the parts. [Story]
The San Juan Silver Stage has always been known as your go-to source for what’s happening around our region. Today, we may not be able to physically travel to all the events, but we can attend live-streamed. Galleries and theaters may be closed, but we can visit via Social Media Posts. It’s a whole new world of A&E, and were proud to be able to share all the information you need from just one source—us! For details of current events, visit our October Arts & Entertainment Page.
By Kelly Goodin. ” Tri-County Pet Pantry. Low-cost Health & Welness Services. Animal Rescue. Our mission is Connecting Pets, People & Community While Saving Lives. [Read more]
A positive sign of the changing times is the trend pets joining us in the workplace due to the many benefits this opportunity offers. Benefits to both you and your pet: [read story here].
By Eva Veitch, Region 10 Community Living Services Program Director. Older people are more likely to view voting as a responsibility and to care about a broad range of issues, not just those commonly associated with aging. They are more connected to their communities, which also makes them more likely to vote.
By Sandy Walker, Lead LTC Ombudsman – Region 10. Connection Matters now more than ever. The months of restrictions on visitation in long-term care and the inability of residents, families and friends to be together during the pandemic has emphasized the importance of connection, of relationships, and the impact they have on our well-being. [Read story]
By Eva Veich. Region 10. COVID-19 has further increased the need to improve our tech skills to stay connected, but it has also improved the number of platforms for staying engaged and opportunities for learning new things. [Read and learn more here.]