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Rico students have big travel plans
April 2, 2005

I'm sure you're all wondering why all I talk about is spring. Well, I guess you could say that I have a bad case of cabin fever. One guaranteed way of knowing for sure that spring is truly on its way is the arrival of beautiful robins. My husband noticed them a few days ago, first by their sound, then he saw one in the yard. I'm sure they will be wishing that they had postponed their arrival for a couple of weeks. They might have trouble finding food underneath all the snow! Since last week, we have had about four or five more inches.

Fifteen-year-old Jordan O'Hara, daughter of Eamonn and Linda O'Hara (of the Rico Hotel and Argentine Grille) is anxiously awaiting an exciting experimental learning trip offered to her by the Telluride Mountain School, which she attends. She will be leaving April 18 for Oaxaco, Mexico, and will stay for three weeks. There are six students, and three teachers traveling together. They will be studying four hours of Spanish each day, learning the culture and lifestyles of the people around them, and they also get to stay with some families residing there. What a great experience this will be for her. We all wish you a safe and fun journey.

Congratulations to Patrick and Darcy Fallon on the birth of their daughter, Cassidy Michelle, born Feb. 25 at Mercy Medical Center in Durango. Big brothers Ryan and Jimmy are both thrilled to have a sister. Mother and baby are both doing well. Welcome to the world sweet baby girl!

Jared Hemphill, an employee of the Colorado Department of Transportation, has accepted a transfer from Rico to the Cortez area. Jared, son Beau and Julie ( granddaughter of longtime local Dan and Kay Crane) will be moving from Rico to Cortez around the first of April. We will miss their friendship, company and devotion to all they participated in around Rico. I'm sure they will visit often. Rico will always be a part of their home. Good luck to you guys. We wish you the best.

Spring break for Rico Elementary School students will be April 4 through 14. All three children are very excited. Kelby (fourth grade) is traveling with her family to Bali, Max (kindergarten) will be traveling to Mexico, and Wyatt (second grade) will be traveling to the canyons of Utah. I'm sure they will all have wonderful tales to tell of their travels! Have fun kids and enjoy your well deserved break! You, too, Mr. Andy (teacher!).


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