What’s New in Norwood
written by Regan Tuttle
Norwood Post Editor
Norwood will have an arts and crafts fair this summer. Gen Roach, owner of Happy Belly Deli, said that she, Maure Baush and Annie Ray are planning a July 16 celebration of local art.
According to Roach, the deli has sold local artwork for some time and has done so successfully. The great amount of art that moves in and out of Happy Belly Deli was the catalyst, she said, for organizing a larger art event.
“We are trying to spread [the arts and crafts fair] throughout town, talk to other businesses, set up vendors,” Roach said. “We want to bring extra people to town, and to showcase the talent here.”
Roach said she envisions approximately 50 vendors coming together to promote their work. The deli, she hopes, will feature music on the patio, and a special area would be designated for children’s activities.
The fair, Roach said, would likely last all day, from early morning into the evening and will be held outdoors on Lucerne Street, adjacent to the deli.
Last week, Roach went before Norwood’s town trustees to request the street closure and was given approval.
As a benefit for local children, she said the event could help support the planting of new trees in the town’s park behind the community center. Roach said the Apple Core Project could receive proceeds and assist kids with planting trees and education.
Norwood could be receiving sidewalk improvements. Through a Paradox Community Trust grant, monies may available for replacing some Norwood sidewalks.
Norwood Chamber of Commerce President Pastor John Dotson said that the town will know more next week about which areas might be improved.
“The priority sidewalk is the core — Grand Avenue — then spread from there,” he said. “That is phase one of many.”
The Wright’s Mesa Historical Society has been given permission from the Town of Norwood to sell the electric stoves and the refrigerator the building currently houses. Historical Society officials said they would like to recreate more of a late 1800s feel to the historic log cabin. Town board members voted to support the organization selling the appliances and using the funds for further museum upkeep.
Marshal Mike Wilkerson announced last week that he and Town Clerk Gretchen Wells are in the process of applying for a grant. Wilkerson said the state of Colorado has approximately $1 million available for towns that can prove their law enforcement divisions are impacted by marijuana use.
Wilkerson said that he is currently looking at ways to show state officials Norwood’s increased workload.
The grant could support educational programs or other forms of community support, though Wilkerson said the ways that the grant money would be used are up for discussion. According to him, San Miguel County is one of the most impacted counties in the state for marijuana use.
“It should mean we have a chance for that money,” he said.
Norwood’s Town Board will discuss the grant and its possibilities at the April meeting.