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American Legion Ladies Auxiliary have a full plate of activities

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Members of the Ladies Auxiliary are preparing to decorate the trees along Montezuma Avenue for Veterans Day. From left are Sue Patterson, Roberta Williams, Carol Wilson and Barbera Rosenbaugh. Enlargephoto

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Members of the Ladies Auxiliary are preparing to decorate the trees along Montezuma Avenue for Veterans Day. From left are Sue Patterson, Roberta Williams, Carol Wilson and Barbera Rosenbaugh.

Finding stuff to do shouldn’t be a problem for veterans’ wives and their family members.

The Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Post No. 75 stays busy throughout the year.

The group, also known as the Ute Mountain Unit, is currently working on plans to decorate trees along Montezuma Avenue in preparation for Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11. This is the first time the ladies auxiliary has participated in a “yellow ribbon” project.

Also coming up soon is a silent auction at the Veterans Day breakfast, to be held from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at American Legion Post No. 75, 320 N. Harrison St. Monies raised will go toward two $500 college scholarships for area high school students.

Among the many activities the group participates in yearly include red paper poppies and afghans.

Donations are accepted for the poppies, which are made by veterans in nursing homes. These funds provide meals for deceased veterans’ family members following a funeral.

Afghans crocheted locally by Carol Harris are distributed to veterans in nursing homes as part of the Veterans Rehabilitation program.

Sponsorships for the Girls State are also available. Mancos High School senior Megan Hess attended Colorado Girls State in June, thanks to funding by the local ladies auxiliary. There may be funds for up to six local girls to attend Girls State next June.

The Salvation Army and the Good Samaritan Center are also recipients of the ladies auxiliary.

For younger family members of veterans, there is a junior auxiliary. They are currently collecting aluminum cans to raise money for Christmas gifts for veterans in local nursing homes.

The ladies auxiliary has 127 members, approximately 50 of whom are active. The group is always interested in adding more members.

For more information on these activities and membership, call Roberta Williams, membership chair, at 565-8817 or Carol Wilson, president, at 565-9519.