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Thank you to The Crossland Foundation, one of the original founders of Thunder River Theatre Company (along with Jim Calaway, Bob Young, the town of Carbondale, the Gates Family Foundation, the Kridenier Family Foundation, and Dick Stephenson), who, on recommendation of board member Frosty Merriott, kicked the tires of TRTC and decided a new coat of paint would be nice to add some sparkle. This came about after Mr. Merriott informed Mr. Crossland of the prestigious award the theatre had received. As most know, TRTC recently received named Colorado's Outstanding Regional Theatre by the Colorado Theatre Guild. Rusty and Frosty decided to see if TRTC had a wish list for a reward for all the good work. Sure enough we did, a new coat of paint. With the addition by the town of the sidewalk lighting, our little theatre is quite a nice attraction in downtown Carbondale, where it hosts plays of professional quality, such as the recent "Ghost-Writer," as well as renowned speakers from the Roaring Fork Cultural Council such as Tom Friedman, Madeleine Albright and Walter Isaacson. Special thanks also to Ace Hardware for the discount on the paint to help make this project doable in enhancing an important part of our downtown.Lon Winston, directorThunder River Theatre Carbondale

Crown Mountain Park and Recreation District recently held its first ever Pumpkin Patch at the Park this past Saturday. The day consisted of over 300 pumpkins to be picked, free face painting, free hayrides around the clock, a Halloween Hustle kid's race, and some spooky goodies for the kids. The park was already buzzing with under 8 to under 14 soccer games, and this event added to the community atmosphere.Thank you to all who made this community event such a success. Thank you to our main sponsor, Alpine Bank, for being involved in yet another community event in our valley. A big thank you to Bill Reynolds and Mid Valley Metro for the use of their tractor - the hayrides would not have been the same without it. After 35-plus hayrides, the kids' smiles were priceless. A huge thank you to Laurie Soliday and the kids at Solara preschool for painting all of the signs for the events, and to Laurie and Andy Soliday for many hours and hundreds of faces painted during the day, free of charge. Thank you for your positive attitudes and willingness of your time and talents. You sure made some happy kids.Thank you to all attendees of the first ever Pumpkin Patch and making this such a community event. It was great to see so many friendly faces and happy families pick their pumpkin and enjoy a hayride.Chris Woods, Executive DirectorCrown Mountain Parks & Recreation DistrictEl Jebel

I would like to thank Matt and Michelle Drymon for making it possible for me to get to Georgia for my son Scotty's graduation from Army basic training. They gave me a voucher for a plane ticket for $400 so I could get to Georgia. If not for these wonderful and giving people, I would have missed out on a very special event in my and my son's life. Thanks a million.Lorene O'NealNew Castle

On behalf of Wamsley Elementary School, I would like to thank three businesses for their support of our educational programs.I would like to thank the Rifle Walmart for selecting our school for their Teacher Rewards program. We sincerely appreciate Walmart's commitment to recognizing the hard work of our teachers in the local community.I would like to thank WingNutz and Rifle Fireside Lanes for their donations and support for the Wamsley homework initiative. We greatly appreciate the continued commitment of these local businesses. Their support of our students and staff is always much appreciated.Desha Bierbaum, PrincipalWamsley Elementary SchoolRifle

Grand River Hospital and our High School Safe Driving Program would like to thank the following students for participating in the distracted driving video on Friday, Oct. 26:Anamarie Pritt, Brandon Wynia, Caleb Prunty, Giovanni Hernandez, Hannah Prunty, Jeremiah Prunty, Katelyn Shanahan, Katie Barner, Makayzia Counts and Melissa Steinbach.Special thanks to Ryan Mackley with Spruce Creek Multimedia, Altitude Driving School, Coal Ridge High School, Dustin Marantino, SRO, Garfield County Regional Airport, Grand River Hospital, Rifle High School and the Rifle Police Department.The "Don't Get Wrecked" Team thanks you all for your time and commitment to this great cause.Lisa Domer, Lynda McFarland and Darnelda CountsRifle

I want to recognize and thank the pumpkin gremlin(s) in Missouri Heights. What a wonderful sight it is to see the jack-o'-lanterns in all the fun places. It is heartening to see that creative energy to do fun stuff is still with us. As a Halloween baby, the jack-o'-lanterns have an extra special meaning to me. Thank you so much.Davis FarrarCarbondale


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