Your Personal Information | Contact | home  

   Home   |   First News Home  |   First News Archives  |   Be In First News  |  Community Events Calendar

Winter 2015
Catherine Eisemann
Kathy Trujillo
Fall 2014
Summer 2014
spring 2014
Winter 2014
Fall 2013
summer 2013
spring 2013
winter 2013
fall 2012
summer 2012
spring 2012
winter 2012
fall 2011
summer 2011
spring 2011
winter 2011
fall 2010
summer 2010
spring 2010
winter 2010
fall 2009
open house / calendar
building lifestyle
bloom town
KFC/Taco Bell
bulls eye
summer 2009
spring 2009
winter 2009
fall 2008
summer 2008
spring 2008
winter 2008
fall 2007
summer 2007
spring 2007
winter 2007
fall 2006
summer 2006


First News Fall 2009

The Gathering Place

   Colorado natives Jon and Sandy Dolak adopted Huerfano County as their home, and now they're spreading the love. Sandy felt so deeply about LaVeta, she patiently and methodically enticed friends and family with pictures, websites, and subscriptions to the local newspaper. Her efforts piqued the interest of friends, Roger and Linda Reed from Wyoming, who visited LaVeta last February, and knew they'd found their final destination. "We've been searching the West for 20 years looking for our little piece of heaven, and…better weather!"

   Shortly thereafter, the Reeds began negotiations to purchase an office complex that included the town's only laundromat, which had been closed for several months. After closing the transaction in April, the Reeds made numerous trips, hauling their belongings, and re-opened the facility. With over 50 years in business combined, the Reeds revamped the image and operation, renaming it "The Gathering Place." When asked about the name, Linda replied, "It's what we do…gather people together…throughout history people have come together, sometimes at river beds and streams to wash their clothing, and share their experiences."

   Plans are currently under way to completely renovate the laundry facility, then focus on the office spaces for local businesses. During peak tourist season, the laundromat was busy with locals and returning visitors impressed with the cleanliness, plants and flowers, and service provided. Jon Dolak got involved as the Reeds began their "on-the-job training in Laundry 101." Jon could be found cleaning, trimming trees, sharing opening and closing duties, painting, and being the all around go-to guy. Jon's now the laundro- mat manager, while the Reeds completed their move before the serious snow falls. "Our business in Wyoming is for sale, as well as our home. We just love LaVeta and Huerfano County; it's our place to be!"

The Gathering Place
903 S. Oak Street
La Veta, CO
(719) 742-3567



Newsletter photography by Michael Babnick Photography

Copyright © 1998 to 2013 The First National Bank in Trinidad. All rights reserved.
Webmaster Email:

Email is not secure; please do not send social security numbers or account numbers by email.