Treats, Tallies & Time-Off
Tricks, Treats on Halloween Street
Halloween 2021 was celebrated with great enthusiasm in America’s #highestcity. Here’s the Leadville Today #photoalbum from this year’s inaugural “Trick-or-Treat on Main Street” event which was met with #bigcrowds along historic Harrison Avenue. Kudos to the Lake County Recreation team who in partnership with City of Leadville officials and volunteers from over 70 organizations and local businesses, made sure that Leadville children experienced a return-to-fun at this well-organized, family-friendly happening. #HappyHalloween to all who participated! It was nice to see everyone coming together on historic Harrison Avenue once again!
Ballot Casting in Leadville Today
Election Day 2021 has arrived in Leadville Today. This November 2 signals an off-year election but Lake County has already seen a healthy return at the polls. Here’s what to expect for the reporting of final results from Leadville Today.
While counties began to process ballots before Election Day, initial results will not be reported until after polls close at 7 p.m. on November 2. But what really goes into the process of counting ballots and reporting the results? For that LT turns to the top official in the state, Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold.
“In Colorado, county clerks process ballots prior to election day, which enables a high percentage of results to be reported on election night. But election night results are never final results,” said Secretary Griswold. “In the days after election day, military and overseas voters return their ballots, signature discrepancies can be fixed, and bipartisan audits are conducted to determine statistical confidence in the results. Like any election, there is quite a bit of activity after election day.”
In Colorado, results are not reported based on how the manner in which ballots are cast. For example, ballots cast in-person are not reported separately or before ballots are returned by mail or drop box. However, as counties can start reviewing signatures once ballots are received and begin processing ballots for scanning 15 days before Election Day, early in-person ballots and mail ballots received before Election Day will likely be scanned prior to in-person and mail ballots received on Election Day.
In past elections, Colorado has been able to provide over 75% of results on Election Night. The biggest variable impacting when results will be reported is the number of Coloradans who vote (either early in-person or return their mail ballot via mail, dropbox or in-person) in advance of Election Day relative to those who return their ballot or vote in-person on Election Day.
When polls officially close at 7 p.m., counties will begin uploading results to the state’s centralized system. According to Griswold, some counties may post results to their websites, but they are not required to do so.
Leadville Today will update this post with the Election Day 2021 results as they come in, so be sure to check back. But as of 11:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021; here’s what the results look like in terms of the number of ballots returned and by party affiliation.
A Quiet November: Time-Off
LT Video: The Intro
Food Drive Helps Restock Shelves
Ever wonder where all that loose change goes to? Well, thanks to the owners of the Stringtown car wash, some of that coinage went to help re-stock Leadville’s food pantry shelves for the upcoming winter months. It’s time for a Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Drive report from organizer Mabel Bogeart.
The new owners of the car wash by Stringtown wrote me this “Our car wash event for the food drive went nice for the first year. We had about 24 cars come through and donate about $60 in cash. We also have a years’ worth of loose change we find at the wash. Maybe $100-$150.”
Every October, Bogeart is the one-woman show that is the annual food drive that gives the four food pantries in Leadville Today a much-needed boost before the holidays and colder winter months set in.
“Money jars are doing well that is a plus,” Bogeart reported to Leadville Today, adding, “The Elk’s bingo has gotten baby food which is one item that I don’t get much of so that is a big plus.”
This year marks #15 for the annual event which helps restock the food reserves at the Leadville Senior Center, St. George Church, First Presbyterian Church of Leadville, and Holy Family Catholic Parish.
“Remember, what you give, comes back to you,” says Bogeart. And certainly, the same can be said about you, Mabel. Thanks for all your good works in Leadville Today!
Those interested in donating directly may also contact Mabel Bogeart at email@example.com. or 719-486-0259.
Update (Nov. 2, 2-2021): Mabel’s Final Report
I would like to thank the Lake County Community and all the merchants for their true support in the Neighbors Helping Neighbors food drive. The generosity and support we have received was heartwarming and much needed during these times. This was the 15th year and it was very successful with Thanks to Friends of Twin Lakes, General Store of Twin Lakes, Elk’s Lodge B.P.O 236, Saturday’s, South Car Wash Retail Center and others for all money raised, each bank will receive $212.00, food and donations along with my family and friends for their support. Our success is everyone’s success, so we would like to tell you Thanks. ~Mabel.
Upcoming Event: Alpine Orchestra
The Alpine Orchestra will be presenting its Fall Concert in a virtual format only this year. This Friday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. the “A Whole New World” concert will be broadcast live from the Clearview Community Church in Buena Vista. It will be a fun mix-up that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home – or perhaps a smaller gathering of friends who enjoy a wide range of music from show tunes to jazz! Please continue to support this band of musicians until the return of the live performances.
About the Alpine Orchestra
According to their website, The Alpine Orchestra began as an idea for allowing local musicians to play together. The group was born May 14, 1991, when some interested people met and made a plan for the acquisition of music, rehearsal space, and set a time for rehearsing. people attended the first rehearsal that June of 1991; they were in donated space with borrowed music and equipment but the orchestra was launched. The Alpine Orchestra’s first concerts followed that August and the group has been preparing and performing 3 concerts a year since. The Alpine Orchestra was incorporated as a non-profit organization in December 1991.
From those first humble beginnings, the Orchestra has grown into a “family” of 40+ members, all residents of Lake and Chaffee Counties, and ranging in age from 14 to 85. Their members include people from a variety of professions, with all levels of education and musical experience. The orchestra has been led by six different conductors, acquiring valuable knowledge, skills and experience from each of them. Through generous donations from ever-growing audiences and from members themselves, the group now has several pieces of equipment and is building a moderate library of musical compositions.
As it carries on into its third decade, the Alpine Orchestra continues to strive for excellence in fulfilling its purpose of sharing the enjoyment of music with the community and expanding opportunities for talented young musicians.