Foxey McCleary wins service award

Credited for work with veterans, local arts, Lioness Club
By: Staff report
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Championing a new website for the Colfax Chamber

Aside from the celebration of Foxey McCleary for her service to the Colfax community, the spotlight was also cast on the Colfax Area Chamber of Commerce’s new website:

The new website is responsive, or mobile friendly, meaning that it will load quickly on a phone. Featured on the homepage are events and businesses in the Colfax area.


Visitors can quickly find Colfax events, either by navigating a monthly grid similar to wall calendars, or using the search bar feature. Listed events will show the date, time, cost, organizer and location with a map. Users can also add the event to a digital calendar, such as Google Calendar, so they can have it appear as an appointment with reminders on their computer or phone. 


The business directory on the website makes it easy to sort chamber member businesses by category or alphabetically. Users can also use a search bar, similar to the Events page. Most business listings will include the name, address, phone number, email address and website.

The Colfax Area Chamber of Commerce isn’t restricted to the City of Colfax, but also includes Meadow Vista, Applegate, Weimar, Clipper Gap, Gold Run, Dutch Flat and Alta in its service area.

COLFAX — A standing ovation celebrated Foxey McCleary as she received the Scoop Thurman Community Service Award.Gold Country Media Publisher Tom Kirk had the honors of giving the award to McCleary, citing her active involvement with local veterans, arts, Gold County Lioness and the Sierra Vista Community Center.

The award ceremony was part of the annual Colfax Area Chamber of Commerce meeting and luncheon Wednesday afternoon at the Dine and Dash Pub and Grill in Colfax.

McCleary was originally born in China before moving to Colfax and graduating from Colfax High School. She and her husband started a bakery store and have two children, one of which lives in Colfax with his family.

Open art studio

One area of service’s McCleary is actively involved in is the open art studio at the Sierra Vista Community Center. The studio is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays and costs $5 for a week. Artists of all ages and experience levels can come to practice their craft, bounce creative ideas off other artists or learn new techniques.

During award ceremony, McCleary highlighted that artists from the studio are expected to participate in the fifth annual Chocolate Wine and Art Indulgence at the Sierra Vista Community Center on April 28.

Who is Scoop Thurman?

The award is named after former Colfax Record editor Scoop Thurman, who moved to the region in 1918 to recover from tuberculosis. Thurman and his wife, Suzie, purchased the Colfax Record the following year. In 2008, the Scoop Thurman Community Service Award was established to be annually given to a resident of Colfax who makes a difference in the community.

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