The Blessings of the Bikes came to the First Presbyterian Church, 1016 Cooper Ave. in Glenwood Springs on Sept. 23. This type of service is held in many parts of the country from New York to Virginia and beyond, some for longer than 20 years. At the suggestion of Dan Rzonca, Pastor Charis Caldwell performed the blessings following the regular service. The congregation was led out of the church to the lawn by trumpeter Sy Hassell where more than half had their bicycles, motorcycles, tricycles and scooters waiting. Caldwell blessed the bikes, the riders, the mechanics and all who help to keep the riders safe from harm. She asked for special prayers for those that have died while riding. After the general blessing, she also gave a few personal blessings. The second annual Bike Blessing will occur in May 2013.
On Saturday, Sept. 15, the Kiwanis Club served lunch at the Valley View Safety Fair. Charging only $5 for a burger, hot dog, chips and a drink, Kiwanis did not try to make money on the affair but rather provided the lunch at near cost to provide a convenient way for attendees of the Safety Fair to get something to eat without leaving the hospital grounds. About 200 people came through the lunch line.
Nathan, April and big sister Ashlynn Chiarell welcomed Morgan Joy Chiarell to the family June 22, 2012. She was born at 8:25 a.m. at Valley View Hospital at 6 pounds, 13 ounces, and she was 19 inches long. She and the family are healthy and happy.