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Megan M. McGrath of Glenwood Springs and Jeffrey L. Van Horn of Fort Collins were joined together by Pastor Wallace Finley on Sept. 15, 2012, at the Red Butte Ranch in Aspen. Megan is the daughter of Kevin and Cheryl McGrath of Glenwood Springs and graduated from Glenwood Springs High School in 2002 and from The University of Colorado in 2006 with a B.S. in Business Management.Jeff is the son of Joyce and Jeff Van Horn, Sr. of Fort Collins. He graduated from Fort Collins High School in 2002, from Colorado State University in 2007 with a B.S. in Sports Medicine and from Morehead State University (KY) in 2009 with a Master of Arts in Education.The happy couple honeymooned in Kauai, Hawaii and reside in Lone Tree, Colorado. Both are employed by United Elite of Centennial, Lakewood and Fort Collins.

Air Force Airman Kathleen E. Dobert graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.The airman 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.Dobert is the daughter of Candace Dobert of Rifle.She is a 2012 graduate of Rifle High School.

Ida Toniolli, who was born on Jan. 2, 1911, at the Star Motel (now the Hotel Denver), celebrated her 102nd birthday with Betty Nightingale, JoAnn Peaslee, Donna Fell, Doris Roberts and Ida's caretakers, Pat and Barbara Riley, at the Village Inn, where they enjoyed lunch with Ida's favorite blueberry pie. Her party followed her appointment at D'Tangle, where Megan does her nails and hair each Wednesday. Ida owned and operated the Western Motel on Cooper Avenue into her 90s, with renter Peaslee befriending her and assisting with her personal needs for the past 20 years. Ida chaired and was president of many organizations and was an active member of St. Stephen's parish. Vic Kimminau and by his wife, Betty, bring her communion every Friday. Her son, John Toniolli, and his wife, Gloria, live in Colorado Springs, and her daughter, Roz Eberle, and her husband, Bob, live in Minnesota City, Minn.

Former Glenwood Springs and Aspen resident Frank Baranko has recently published a Civil War novel called "Slave Song." According to a synopsis from From Amazon.com, "Slave Song is a compelling story about the love within a black family and the perseverance of this love, which must overcome the obstacles of slavery and the Civil War. When Coleman Hawkins, a colored freedman, goes bankrupt, his wife and daughter are sold back into slavery at an auction. Seeking vengeance, Coleman enlists in the Union Army where he finds satisfaction for the wrongs done to his family. Coleman's daughter, Clara, survives during the war by gaining hope and strength through singing a slave song. This educational story appeals to all lovers of fiction, but especially those interested in the Civil War and black history, military combat and strategy, and historical black music. Contained within the story are authentic lyrics to songs from that period."


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