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Check out this week's roundup of happenings around Colton from the Pioneer's correspondent, Cindy Fama

PIONEER PHOTO: CINDY FAMA  - Colton High School seniors Madalyn Spitzer and Katherine Sculthorp tell Coltontel members about their experiences on the summer Foundation for Rural Service Youth Tour trip to Washington D.C.

Coltontel annual meeting

This past week, local cooperative communications company, Coltontel held their annual members meeting at the Colton Middle School. The meeting included announcing the results from the recent election for board members. Don Hemstreet was voted by members to fill position one and Grant Stanbro to position two.

Board president, Pete Dostert, introduced new general manager Geri Fraijo, who in turn introduced the telecommunications employees: Marlene Muhs-assistant manager, Stephanie Sauvageau-accountant, Teresa Kincaid, customer service, Dave Conditt, IT (information technology) manager, Nita Callahan, central office/inside plant technician, David Sandberg-outside plant technician and Doug Frogner-outside plant technician.

Accountant, Sauvageau, presented the auditor's report and balance sheets which included a $274,423 net margin for 2016.

Each summer, high school students from across rural America are chosen by their local telephone company to visit Washington D.C. and learn about rural telecommunications. In 2016, Colton High School students, Katherine Sculthorp and Madalyn Spitzer were chosen to represent Coltontel on the FRS (Foundation for Rural Service) Youth Tour. The recipients presented a computer slideshow of their trip and experiences to the attending co-operative members

"We got to meet with students who were from even smaller communities than ours," Sculthorp said.

"I have always wanted to see the Lincoln Memorial and the Capitol Building," Spitzer said. "It was a dream come true."

Both girls said it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience they would never forget and thanked the Coltontel members for the opportunity.

Following the meeting the board members announced the winners of the door prizes and held a reception with desserts provided by Colton High School Hospitality.

May special election-don't forget to vote

Colton School district has three district position openings. Sitting board members, Sheryl Irving, position two and Tim Behrens position three are running for re-elections. Running to fill position four, vacated by retiring board chair Randy Johnson, is Brad Kuhn Kuhn has served on the district budget committee, is a Colton volunteer firefighter/EMT and is owner of High Rock Technology.

Four positions are open on the Colton Water District board of directors, Mark Liewergen filed for position one (a two-year term), Ken Carroll has filed for re-election to position two (a four-year term). No one filed for position three (a four-year term or position five (a two year term).

Colton Fire District board has two open positions, Jim Postlewait is running for re-election for position three, no candidates filed for position four.

Write-in votes are encouraged for all open positions, filed or non-filed. Ballots have been mailed to registered voters and must be returned by mid-night May 16. There is a voter drop-box in the front parking lot of Coltontel (the white one at the exit), 20983 South Highway 211.

Firefighter report

Volunteers of Colton Rural Volunteer Fire Protection District #70 responded to 25 calls in March. They rolled on five motor vehicle accidents, on motor vehicle fire, one structure fire, eight emergency medical calls, one person-in-distress, one authorized burning and one unauthorized burning complaint and six dispatched calls.

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