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Find out about - and sample - healthy vegetarian food, for free, at a special dinner at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6.

The location is a private home on Silt Mesa and seating is limited, so RSVP to 625-0278.

The theme is "A Meal From Garden Produce," and the menu includes vegetarian lasagna, mushroom stroganoff with zucchini noodles, garden salad, whole wheat garlic bread and peach sorbet. Dish preparation demonstrations will take place and the benefits of sunshine will be discussed.

This social event is sponsored by the Better Health Cafe of the Rifle Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Garfield County has constructed and will manage a recycle facility on the former compost site owned by the city of Rifle, located between Rifle and the west Rifle exit on U.S. Highway 6.

The center accepts commingled glass beverage containers of all colors, recyclable plastics numbered 1-7, and cans made of tin and aluminum. It also accepts flattened, corrugated boxes; newspaper, including inserts, magazines and catalogs; office paper and phone books.

Not accepted are broken glass, plate glass, plastic bags, aluminum foil, light bulbs, medical, pill and vitamin containers, aerosol cans, and chemical or oil containers. Also, paperboard boxes, plastic-lined boxes and packing materials are not accepted.

Residents are encouraged to not overfill the bins, and cautioned that items left next to the bins will not be recycled.

commingled materials will be hauled to Basalt to be consolidated, and then delivered to a Grand Junction facility for processing. The initial cost to the county for establishing the facility was approximately $15,000.

The facility is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The facility will be closed Sundays.

Citizens may not notice two new, relatively nondescript white trucks in the city of Rifle's fleet, but upon close inspection, there's a small blue diamond containing the acronym "CNG" on the rear of those trucks.

Through a $27,500 grant from Encana, the city was able to convert two new utility department trucks to use either unleaded gasoline or compressed natural gas, according to a city news release.

The 2012 model year trucks, a GMC and a Ford, were scheduled fleet replacements and purchased through a competitive bid process from local dealers. The conversions were completed by FuelTek Conversion Corp. in Commerce City. The grant from Encana covered the cost of the conversions from unleaded fuel-only trucks.

Conversion costs were $11,000 for the GMC and $16,500 for the Ford. Due to budget constraints, the city would have been unable to afford the conversions without the grant from Encana, according to the release.

CNG is a cheaper fuel than unleaded gas, is locally produced and available locally at the Rifle Shell station. CNG also provides about the same miles per gallon as gasoline and produces less potentially harmful emissions.

The state of Colorado wants to know how many people are homeless and most vulnerable. The Tri County Vulnerability Survey for Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin counties will help answer that question. Volunteer survey takers are needed. You can sign up at www.coloradocounty.org. For more information, contact Julie Kieffer at (970) 920-5216.

Another fabulous Fourth of July has now passed, and we want to show our appreciation for those who gave of themselves for yet another wonderful Freedom Celebration. This was the 36th year of celebrating this great country and our great God at Apple Tree in New Castle.

This year, as in the past, a great thanks to the dedicated volunteers who worked hard and gave up their day so others could enjoy the celebration. The names are too numerous to mention, but hopefully they will know they are honored and appreciated for their sacrifice. Their devotion to the service of others for the payment of a smile is inspiring.

We would like to say a special thanks to Talbott Enterprises and the Apple Tree management team and its employees that deal with the added stress and donate additional time and energy so this event can take place.

Thank you to the many sponsors who donated prizes, game equipment and support: Mr. T's Hardware and Building Supply, TEI Supply, New Castle Diner, Hog Back Pizza, Johnson Park Miniature Golf, Burning Mountain Bowl, Kathi and Monte Senor, Youth for Christ, New Hope Church, First Baptist Church of New Castle and Aspen House of Bounce.

Thank you to the entertainers: Nicole Hope, New Hope Praise Band, Danny Oertli, Shonna Partain and the Western Slope Stompers for your willingness to spread joy to those around you. Thank you also to Cub Scout Pack 221 for your assistance in the flag raising and to the Garden School for the wonderful food.

Additionally, thank you to Burning Mountains Fire Protection District and its many volunteers, who are willing to put themselves in harms way so the rest of us may enjoy this celebration of freedom. We and many others thank you for your tireless dedication to keeping our community and countryside safe.

Ross L. Talbott, Ross M. Talbott and Russell Talbott

Talbott Enterprises Inc.

New Castle

Air Force Airman Emilio C. Ruelas, a 2011 graduate of Grand Valley High School in Parachute, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.

Ruelas completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Ruelas is the son of Caren and Bill Swindell of Garfield County.

Garfield School District Re-2 is participating in the summer food service program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

Meals will be provided Mondays through Thursdays through Aug. 2 at Rifle Middle School, 753 Railroad Ave.

A morning snack will be served from 9 to 9:20 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In conjunction with the "Discover Earth: A Century of Change" exhibit, two renowned climate scientists from the University of Colorado in Boulder will lead climate science-focused presentations at the Rifle Branch Library, 207 East Ave., on Thursday, Aug. 9, and Thursday, Aug. 16.

Mark Williams, CU-Boulder professor of geography, will present "Save Our Snow: Climate Change, Fracking, Ski Areas, and Water Security in Colorado and the West" at 7 p.m. on Aug. 9. James White, director of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) at CU-Boulder, will present "Climate Change: Where We Are Now and Where We Are Going" at 7 p.m. on Aug. 16.

Both programs are free and open to the public and will complement "Discover Earth," a museum-quality, traveling exhibit on display at the Rifle Branch Library through Aug. 17.

The Garfield County Public Library Foundation has received a $20,000 challenge grant from the Gates Family Foundation to support the construction costs of special features in the new Silt and New Castle Branch Libraries.

Features include New Castle's Local History Room and photovoltaic system, as well as laptop labs, energy-efficient HVAC systems, and Interactive Early Learning spaces at both libraries. The total cost of these features is almost $230,000, and the foundation has raised $185,000. Another $25,000 is needed by Nov. 1 to receive the grant.

Call Amelia Shelley, executive director, or Kelsy Been, grants coordinator, at 625-4270 for more information about giving opportunities.

Garfield County libraries have received an $11,400 grant to host "The Big Read," featuring "The Grapes of Wrath," by John Steinbeck in February. The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts to restore reading to the center of American culture. Garfield County Libraries are one of 78 organizations nationwide to receive a Big Read grant. It will be used to promote and carry out a community-based reading program featuring book discussions, lectures, movie screenings and performing arts events related to the Great Depression, the current recession and other topics relevant to "The Grapes of Wrath."

International high school exchange students are coming to study in Garfield County during the 2012-13 school year.

STS Foundation, a nonprofit student exchange organization, is looking for new host families in Garfield County to place a 16-year-old boy from Brazil for the fall semester, and a 16-year-old girl from France for the full academic year.

The boy enjoys playing soccer and is learning to play guitar. He is looking forward to making new friends and sharing his Brazilian culture with his host family.

The girl has a passion for music and theater and takes acting and piano lessons. She also enjoys horseback riding and would love to find a family who shares her interests. Both are excellent students and will have their own spending money and health insurance.

The host family provides a separate bed, family meals and a loving and safe environment. If your family is interested, call Cristina Carrasco at 1-800-522-4678 or send an email to cristina@stsfoundation.org. For more information, visit www.stsfoundation.org.

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