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New Castle Recreation 13- to 15-year-old Fastpitch Softball Team is champion again

The New Castle Recreation 13- to 15-year-old Fastpitch Softball Team won the New Castle Recreation championship for the third consecutive year. New Castle beat Basalt, 18-17, in the championship game.



Gross completes Plebe Summer

Navy Midshipman Foster K. Gross, son of Laurel Lamont of Carbondale and Eric Gross, of Carbondale recently completed ‘Plebe’ Summer at the U.S. Navy Academy.



Plebe Summer began on Induction Day, June 27, and concluded after seven challenging weeks of basic midshipman training. The pressure and rigor of Plebe Summer is carefully designed to help “plebes” prepare for their first academic year at the Naval Academy and the four years of challenges leading to graduation and commissioning as a Navy or Marine Corps Officer. Plebe Summer is run by upper-class midshipmen who are specially trained in their leadership roles to effectively develop plebes into successful midshipmen.

Plebe Summer activities include swimming; martial arts; basic rock climbing; obstacle, endurance and confidence courses designed to develop physical, mental and team-building skills; as well as 40 training hours devoted to the instruction of infantry drill and formal parades.

Throughout the summer, new midshipmen rapidly gain general knowledge of seamanship, navigation, damage control, sailing and handling yard patrol craft. Plebes also learn how to use 9mm pistols and M-16 rifles.

Approximately 1,200 candidates are selected each year for the academy’s plebe or freshman class, and each student is required to participate in Plebe Summer. This year the Naval Academy received more than 17,500 applications for the Class of 2017.

Gross is a 2013 graduate of Glenwood Springs High School of Glenwood Springs.

Kiwanis bike outing

On Aug. 24, Glenwood Springs Kiwanis Club sponsored a bike ride. Boarding RFTA’s “bike bus” in Carbondale, nine intrepid Kiwanians bused to Aspen and then rode the Rio Grande Trail back to Carbondale. Blessed with a slight overcast, cutting the sun’s heat, the group pedaled strong and arrived back at Heidi’s in Carbondale about 2:30 p.m. Tired but satisfied, the group enjoyed lunch together and then headed home.


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