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Thank-you letters can be difficult to write, because of the lingering fear of forgetting to express your gratitude appropriately and deservingly. After six weeks of allowing my fear to cripple me, I've decided just to wrap it up, sign it and send it out.

Thank you to all 600 of you who attended the beautiful event sponsored by Russo's Pizza for my sweet daughter, Ella. Your thoughtfulness has continued to move me to tears.

Thanks to Frank and Judy Schiavone for your beautiful spirits and giving souls, to Lee and Jana Price for your constant dedication to everyone around you, to Jason and Christine Young for all of the time, love and effort you continue to contribute to our comfort and well-being, to Shellie Korth for your heart of gold, to my parents, Ryan and Linda Furman, whose unwavering devotion to us continues amaze me, to Mike Peppars for your heart of gold, to Jerry and Linda Caves, the entire staff at Russo's Pizza, and Mountain Ink for their continued support, as well as various tattoo shops and almost every business and restaurant in downtown Glenwood Springs. I wish I could name every business that made a contribution.

Thanks to John Stroud for writing an article that continues to touch my heart and allowing Ella the voice that hopefully touched the hearts of more people than we will ever know. Thank you to the Post Independent.

Thank you to the local Christian community. The way you all have come together to love and support my family is overwhelming. Thank you for allowing God to work in your lives to help those in need. Thanks to Christ Community Church in Basalt for being our home and constant support, and to Mountain Valley Church, The Orchard, and the board members of the River Center for taking on the responsibility of Ella's Project and all that has entailed.

My heart, my prayers and my thoughts are constantly in motion for you. We can never thank you enough. Please know that we are overwhelmed with gratitude and continue to be in awe at this amazing community and its spirit of giving and caring.

JD Dreamer

Glenwood Springs

The Early Childhood Program staff at Crystal River Elementary School would like to extend our thanks to Carbondale's Parks Maintenance Supervisor Joshua W. Walberg, Streets Foreman Martin "Smiley" Wise, and Public Works Director Larry Ballenger for making one of our longtime wishes come true.

Our wish was answered with a swiftness that was unanticipated but much appreciated. Parents and children are enjoying the new sidewalk that leads them down to the bike rack in front of the school. It has also created a wider turning area for the buses to make their right turn from Snowmass Drive. We wanted to let you all know that your hard work has not gone unnoticed, and will be appreciated for years to come.

Jaime Fowler

Early Childhood Program staff

Crystal River Elementary School

Carbondale

On behalf of the teachers at Glenwood Springs High School, I would like to thank Larry Welch and the Hotel Colorado for generously providing the complimentary dinner prior to our parent-teacher conferences last week. Our teachers taught all day, and conferences started at 4:30 p.m. and continued until 8 p.m. Without the hotel's dinner waiting for us at the end of school, none of us would have had a chance to eat until at least 8:30 p.m. that evening.

The dinner was fabulous, and we greatly appreciate your generosity. You played a significant part in our ability to have a quality parent teacher conference. The continued active involvement of the Glenwood business community is a big part of our ability to provide a quality education and is what makes Glenwood such a special place to live.

Paul Freeman, principal

Glenwood Springs High School

Glenwood Springs

During the month of November, the medical profession recognizes National Home Health Month. Alpine Home Health, serving Glenwood Springs and the surrounding area, would like to take this opportunity to salute the very special people who work tirelessly in this field to provide medical care and support to our Greatest Generation.

These home health professionals serve their patients in the comfort of the patient's home, often driving long distances to assist them. Home health provides a range of skilled nursing services for home-based patients with the goal of returning the patient to independent living.

On behalf of Alpine Home Health, a Harden Healthcare company, we would like to say thank you to home health professionals for the important work that they do each and every day.

Jodi Wittwer, director of Patient Care

Alpine Home Health

Glenwood Springs

I want to thank all the people in Garfield County who encouraged me, supported me and voted for me during this past election. Special thanks go to the Garfield County Democratic Party, to Kim Doyle Wille, Allyn Harvey and Anita Sherman, and to all the people who hosted meet and greets at their homes, who canvassed neighborhoods and who contributed so generously to the campaign with their time, money and endorsements.

My husband, Brian, and I had a great experience, and we would like all of you to know that we will be here in the future, and we will continue to be involved in the communities of House District 57 and in the state of Colorado.

Jo Ann Baxter

Craig


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