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Toys for Tots Wraps Up the Holiday

  By 10am this past Thursday, December 24th, the Toys for Tots volunteers had wrapped up most of their deliveries throughout the community and were ready to stand down for the year. Only a few cars were in the parking lot of the former Car Palace on North Main Street, this year’s temporary headquarters for […]

Pack The Patrol Car- Toy Drive

  The Colorado State Patrol will be holding the 3rd Annual Christmas Cruiser Challenge: Pack The Patrol Car on November 27, 2015 from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Walmart stores in La Junta and Lamar.  Just look for the patrol cars parked near the store entrance.   The Colorado State Patrol is challenging you […]

Busy Weekend with Breezy and Cool Oktoberfest

The windy and cooler weather during Lamar’s Oktoberfest Saturday, October 3rd, reflected the approaching autumn and may have held back the attendance for the Lamar Chamber’s beer garden that evening. The turnout was good during the day, with a record number of entrants for the 4th Annual Beers and Brats for Boobies 5K race to […]

Toys for Tots Building Search

Darlene Lopez, director of the annual Toys for Tots campaign in Prowers County is asking for help in finding a permanent location in Lamar for her annual operation. Last year’s headquarters was at the Lincoln School and the year before she was at the Prowers County Annex, but had to move because the rooms were […]

Lodging Panel Funds Patriotism Run, Increases Contingency Account

    Three of four requests before the Prowers County Lodging Tax Panel were approved this past Tuesday, August 18; Paint the Plains for Patriotism 5K, Welcome Center Ft. Collins visit and the annual Fall Car Show & Toys for Tots. A 5K run/walk, the Paint the Plains for Patriotism event, will be held on […]

Tom Buxton…June 6, 1938 – January 12, 2015

    A Celebration of Life for lifelong Lamar area resident, Tom Buxton will be held at 2:00PM on Friday, January 16, 2015 at the Wiley United Methodist Church with Reverend Calob Rundell officiating. Interment will follow at Fairmount Cemetery. Visitation for Tom will be held on Thursday, January 15, 2015 from 2:00PM until 7:00PM […]

Year in Review 2014: November/December

  November: As 2014 began to close the City of Lamar had plans for future activities.  The city will thought to take advantage of CDOT’s deep resurfacing project along US Highway 287/Main Street through Lamar next year, and will replace all the affected water and storm water lines during the highway construction.  JVA Consulting Engineers […]

Final Details for Toys for Tots

The final touches for toy distribution took place at Lincoln School this past Saturday, December 20, as Darlene Lopez and her volunteers sorted the gifts into bags for distribution throughout Lamar and Prowers County on the 24th. The toy room has stacks of bagged toys in one corner and all four walls are lined with […]

Zonta Club Stays Busy During Holiday Season

Members of the Zonta Club of Prowers County recently donated several bags of new toys to Darlene Lopez, Director of the annual Toys for Tots drive in Prowers County.  Vickie Bond of Zonta said a ‘progressive’ holiday dinner was held for the group’s annual Christmas party.  “Instead of gift or trading ornaments, we decided each […]

Residents Respond to CSP ‘Pack the Cruiser’ Fundraiser

Amid such designations as Grey Thursday, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or perhaps one day…Plaid Wednesday, Lamar area residents took the time this past Friday to contribute to the local Toys for Tots campaign, sponsored by the Colorado State Patrol at Wal-Mart in Lamar. Troopers Dan Gilmore and Jim Casebolt of the CSP, and Joshua Dieterle […]

Pack the Cruiser – The Colorado State Patrol Challenges You!

  The Colorado State Patrol will be holding the Christmas Cruiser Challenge: Pack The Patrol Car on November 28, 2014 from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Wal-Mart stores in La Junta and Lamar.  Just look for the patrol cars parked near the store entrance. The Colorado State Patrol is challenging you to pack […]

Toys for Tots, Gearing Up for the Holiday

It’s that time of the year again. Toys for Tots and Food for Families is looking for toys for ages newborn to 16 years of age.  Although the mission remains the same, this year, the operations base has been moved from the Prowers County Annex to the HOPE Center at Lincoln School on North 10th […]

Oktoberfest Provides Entertainment for all Ages

Whether you were riding a mechanical bull, motorcycle, customized car, out for a jog or stroll, or just passed the time in the beer tent this past Saturday, the annual Oktoberfest provided entertainment for everybody in the area. Southeast Colorado enjoyed another ideal weekend of weather, great for outdoor activities this past October 4 and […]

Come to the Lamar Chamber Oktoberfest this Satuday

  The weather people are predicting a bright and sunny Saturday with seasonal temperatures for Lamar’s annual Oktoberfest, October 4, at the Lamar Chamber of Commerce on East Beech Street. Vendors will be set up at the chamber parking lot which will be the morning site for the 18th Annual Toys for Tots Fun Run Car […]

Toys for Tots Moving Operations Site

Toys for Tots is moving their annual toy collection and distribution operation to the former Lincoln School.  Several weeks ago, Toys for Tots director, Darlene Lopez, was seeking a new location as the spare rooms at the Prowers County Annex may be earmarked as the future offices for a potential child help hot line operating […]

Toys for Tots Completes Busy Season

The Lamar Middle School Cafeteria was fairly quiet and empty around 11am on December 24.  Those who volunteered to deliver gifts throughout the county had either completed their rounds, or were still on the road.  “We had from 30 to 40 people show up to help us out today,” said Darlene Lopez, organizer of the […]

Toys for Tots Countdown to Christmas

  While Darlene Lopez gets 40 names for assistance in one day for the Toys for Tots campaign for Prowers County, she’s also throwing away trash.  “I have filled 13 dumpsters with ‘donations’ that are just trash!” she said earlier this week.  “If these items are something that your own child wouldn’t use, why would […]

Think Pink for Oktoberfest 2013

  This year’s Oktoberfest in Lamar was held with more fall-like temperatures and sunny skies on Saturday, October 2, compared to last year’s drizzly chiller.  That made a definite difference in attendance numbers for this year’s Chamber of Commerce festival.  The annual Toys for Tots Car & Motorcycle Show & Poker Run got off to […]

Two Shot Presents Donation to Toys for Tots

The Southeast Colorado Two Shot Wildlife & Habitat Foundation a/ka the Southeast Colorado Two Shot Celebrity Goose Hunt presented to Darlene Lopez a check in the amount of $1,000.00 for Toys for Tots.  Robert Yates was quoted as saying, “Darlene Lopez and her volunteers give so much of their time to make sure that children in Southeast Colorado have […]

Valley National Bank, Sharing the Holiday Spirit

    Valley National Bank employees donated several bags and boxes of toys to the annual Toys for Tots campaign this year.  Darlene Lopez, Toys for Tots director was on hand Thursday, December 13, at the bank to add these donations to the gifts that will be handed out on December 24.    Valley National Bank […]