The Garfield County Fair Parade Committee was pleased to present the 2012 parade, with the theme "Sunny Days, Western Ways." A total of 56 entries participated. Here's who won what:Best of Parade: Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home.Float: 1st, Sol De Mexico; 2nd, Once Upon a Child; 3rd, Sonic. Vehicle: 1st, Crossroads Baptist Church; 2nd, 625 Water; 3rd, Miss Centennial State Princess. Horse: 1st, Garfield County Fair board; 2nd, Kenny Mahaney; 3rd, Dennis Hafer. Marching Unit: 1st, Salvation Army Drums; 2nd, Rifle Recreation Cheerleaders; 3rd, Valley Dynamite. Classic Auto: 1st, Arnold Mackley; 2nd, Ted Vaughan Construction; 3rd, State Farm Insurance/Sandy Vaccaro. Honorable Mention: Grand River Hospital District and Alpine Bank. Thanks to these folksThis event is only possible with the help of our sponsors, community businesses, volunteers, and judges:Parade sponsors: Alpine Bank and the Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce.Community businesses: Rifle Fire Protection District; Sgt. Vaughn Miles and volunteers with the Rifle Police Department; Chief Levy Burris with the Silt Police Department; Garfield County Sheriff's Auxiliary officers; American Legion; Garfield School District Re-2; city of Rifle and parks and recreation department; Roaring Fork Transportation Authority; A-1 Traffic Control; Jim Bell with Channel 10; Rifle Information Center volunteers; Rifle Truck and Trailer; Action Shop Services; Garfield County commissioners, fair board and road and bridge department; Jean's Printing; Town and Country Veterinary Hospital; Shriners; Eagle Springs Organic farm; Grand River Hospital District; parade director Al King; parade announcer Larry McCown; Mountain Roll Offs; East Third Street businesses; and homeowners up West 16th Street.Volunteers: Joy Wentzel with Alpine Bank; Shannon Smith with It Works Global; Deb Street with A Stitch In Time; Greg Hinderlong with Happy Feet Floors and Hondo's Handyman Services; Kevin Long; Glen and Debbie Lund; Zoe Reece; Alicia Cokley; and Frank and Brenda Ladd, Kacey Beres and Gina Reece-Long with the Rifle Chamber of Commerce.Parade judges: Randy Winkler with Micro Plastics; Gary Miller with Miller's Dry Goods; Kelly Thompson with Thompson Computer Services; Cheryl Chandler with Cheryl and Co. Real Estate; Dee McCown with State Farm Insurance; Traci Vondette with Summit Sweeping and Asphalt; Nita Smith with NLS Business Solutions; Tami and Mark Sours with Community Banks of Colorado; Sara Brainard with Sammy's and Rifle Brewing Co.; Jim Voorheis; and Lynn Churchill.Gina Reece-Longevents coordinator and membership salesRifle Area Chamber of Commerce
As of last Thursday, Aug. 2, Rifle residents and businesses no longer have to follow the odd and even days on the calendar to water lawns and gardens. The city lifted watering restrictions that were imposed on July 2 due to hot summer weather placing high demands on the two city water treatment plants.
We received this from bow hunter Jackie Gross of Silt, who won a archery hunting trip to Africa coming up this year:"I had to share my 3D archery experience with you. We were invited by Max Archery to come to their 3D Archery Shoot in Montrose."So T.J. and the kids loaded up and we headed out early Saturday morning. We had such a great time. For never having the opportunity to shoot in a 3D archery shoot before, we were very excited to experience this event as a family. The setups of the targets were challenging for the adults, but very accessible for the kids. "The targets were very angry at the girls and me. I shot most of the targets in the leg and the girls mostly in the backside. Now T.J., on the other hand, he was bulls-eye all the way. (Yes, I am admitting it!) LOL."
The Pauline S. Schneegas Wildlife Foundation would like to thank Tyler Weed, Rifle Boy Scout Troop #223, for completing his Eagle Scout project with our foundation. Tyler collected lumber and other supplies, made plans, directed and built two new small animal cages, measuring 15 feet long, three feet high and three feet wide. They are about four feet off the ground and have a full metal roof over the top. Our foundation uses these cages to house everything from otters, weasels and woodchucks to water fowl.We would like to congratulate Tyler on obtaining two grants to fund this project. A big thanks to Williams and Rifle Lodge BPO Elks for helping Tyler meet the requirements for his Eagle Scout Project and for helping us receive these two greatly needed cages. Another big thank-you to the other scouts and their parents for helping Tyler in the directional skills part of his project and helping with the building.Bryan Edelmann, Hayden Talbot, Riley Morley, Bruce Mills, Jake Jacobs, Seth Green, Jan Ketelsleger, and Paula and Jay Weed (Tyler's parents)
Alpine Bank has awarded a $1,000 J. Robert Young Scholarship to Rifle High School graduate Dannielle Yarbrough.The scholarship is renewable. Yarborough plans to attend Colorado Mesa University this fall and work toward an accounting degree, as she hopes to become a certified public accountant.The J. Robert Young Scholarship was established in 2008 by Alpine Bank employees and an executive committee to honor the founder and chairman for the bank's 35th anniversary. The scholarship is administered through the Western Colorado Community Foundation
The Brenden Mann Foundation has announced it will match all donations up to $20,000 made at the Brenden Theatre in Rifle, dedicated to the Aurora Victim Relief Fund. The fund was established in partnership with Gov. John Hickenlooper through the Community First Foundation. The funds will only be used to meet the immediate and long-term needs of victims, their families and the broad needs of those affected in the community.
Rifle Recreation is seeking volunteers to help with "Pathway to Fishing" on Saturday, Sept. 11. Knowledgeable fisherman willing to help teach kids about knot tying, casting, lure preparation and all the other fishing tricks should call Blair Bracken at 665-6574.
Dr. Laurie Marbas, a family physician at the Grand River Hospital District in Rifle, has joined Hospice of the Valley, a division of HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley, as associate medical director. She will continue her practice at Grand River.Marbas served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force and practiced in Texas, Virginia and the Middle East.She received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Portland, a master of business administration from Texas Tech University and a medical degree from Texas Tech University HSC School of Medicine. She completed her internship and family medicine residency at Texas Tech University HSC and is board certified in family medicine.Hospice of the Valley provides peace, comfort and compassionate support to those facing advance illness in Eagle, Garfield and Pitkin counties, as well as portions of Gunnison and Summit counties.