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Hospice of the Valley gets Enterprise Foundation grant

Enterprise Rent a Car and Professional Auto Body & Frame are happy to announce Hospice of the Valley is a local recipient of the 2013 Enterprise Foundation grant awards. This is the second year the Enterprise Foundation has awarded grants to nonprofits in the Roaring Fork Valley. Statewide, the Enterprise Foundation has donated $220,000 to Colorado nonprofits this year, including $30,000 to the wildfire victims.

Dance/Fitness Studio Open House

The Western Slope Stompers & Dance Academy is opening up a new studio in Silt on Main Street. There will be classes in many dance styles: clogging, jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip hop and cheer/dance squad. There will also be fitness classes: zumba, zumbini, step aerobics, cardio, yogalates, full body fitness, kickboxing and more. Taekwondo will be offered as well. Registration is available online at or by calling Shonna at 379-0512. There will be an open house from 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, to answer questions or for registration. The studio is located at 700 Main St. Unit 102 in Silt.

AARP Services Inc. proudly recognizes Pam Ruzicka for volunteer work

AARP Services Inc., a for-profit subsidiary of AARP that oversees providers and the products offered to its members, recognizes Pam Ruzicka of Insurance 4 U LLC for her 50-plus hours of volunteer service in the community.

Pam Ruzicka has donated many hours raising money through various venues associated with the Glenwood Springs Elks Lodge. Her creativity allows her to help veterans, children and soldiers. She serves on the Activities Committee at the Elks Lodge and also has been awarded the Elk of the Year in the Glenwood Lodge and in the Western District.

“We believe in the power of one,” says John Wider, president of AARP Services Inc.  “One AARP encouraging members ‘to serve, not to be served,’ which was one of AARP founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus’ mottos, and the power of one person in their community to make a difference.”

AARP Services Inc. tracks the volunteer service hours of agents who are authorized to offer AARP-branded products and who engage and serve in the community.

“I am honored to be recognized by AARP and ASI for the hours of community service I performed,” said Pam Ruzicka.  “And I look forward to continuing to volunteer.”

Those wishing to make a difference in their own neighborhood can go to and search for local volunteer opportunities.

Valley View Hospital recognized for outstanding emergency and inpatient experience by J.D. Power and Associates

Valley View Hospital has been recognized for service excellence under the J.D. Power and Associates Distinguished Hospital Program. This distinction acknowledges a strong commitment by the hospital to provide an outstanding experience in emergency service for the fifth year in a row and inpatient care for the third year in a row.

“Earning this distinction for emergency services and inpatient experience speaks volumes about Valley View Hospital’s commitment to the patient experience,” said Mary M. Rodino from J.D. Power and Associates, who recently presented the award. “Many of the hospital’s scores were significantly higher than the national averages. It’s obvious that the entire staff treats every patient like he or she is a member of your own family.”

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