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Kiwanis, county reign supreme

People carol, play instruments and hold competitions while ringing the bell for the Salvation Army. This group of bell-ringers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints brought a musical ensemble, including, from left, Brooklyn McConnell, Everett McConnell, Ann Sophie Luna, Saya Lambert, Ayumi Lambert, Marissa Luna, Mika Inouye playing the violin, Ethan McConnell playing the guitar, and Jennifer and Will McConnell. The campaign is on pace to rival last year’s take of $120,000 according to Chairwoman Judy Duke.

It’s all in fun, but enduring competitions rage when it comes to ringing the bell for the Salvation Army.

For many years, Kiwanis of Durango and Durango High Noon Rotary Club have duked it out at Walmart. At the north door in 2014, High Noon came in at $3,406, edged out by Kiwanis at the south door, which brought in $3,520.

On Noel Night, Dec. 5, reprising a rivalry of several years, La Plata County took on the city of Durango.

With an edge of three ringers in two locations, county representatives were the champions with Mike Rustad and Commissioner Julie Westendorff at Urban Market raising $520. Newly elected county Treasurer Allison Morrissey rang at Maria’s Bookshop, bringing in more than $142.

Mayor Sweetie Marbury and Mayor Pro Tem Dean Brookie were stationed at the Main Mall, raising $347.

Durango’s competitive mayor is a Kiwaniian, so at least she was on the winning side in one contest.

Herald staff

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