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Halloween Happening a success

The end of October marked our fourth annual fantastic Halloween Happening carnival hosted by the Crystal River Elementary School PTO. We’d like to give a big thank-you to all the organizations and volunteers who helped make it a great success.

It is our goal each year to continue a tradition started by the Family Resource Center to provide a fun, safe, family-friendly event to celebrate Halloween with our entire community. This year was no different as costumed-children and parents enjoyed delicious food, bounce houses, face painting, a haunted house and a variety of new and creative carnival games. CRES’ neighbor, The Orchard, partnered with us to add a Trunk-or-Treat activity in the parking lot. This was the first year we’ve held the event at our own school, and it was a huge success.

A huge thank-you to every volunteer who contributed before, during or after the event, including parents who donated sweet treats for our concession stand. A special thanks to our wonderful event organizers Kallie Carpenter, Cassie Cerise, Amy Charters, Karen Crownhart, Maira Dominguez, Teresa Fink, Angela Hanley, Jamie Maybon, Leslie Russell, and Izzy Stringham and our wonderful administrators who supported and helped with the event, Mr. K and Mrs. R-G.

Thank you also to our local businesses and individuals for being supporters and sponsors of our event, especially All Kids Dental, Aspen House of Bounce, Carbondale Family Dental, Carbondale Middle School eighth-graders, Jaywalker Lodge, Peppino’s Pizza, Rainy Day Designs, The Orchard, Trina Ortega, and 20/20 Eyecare.

The CRES PTO would like to thank all of our amazing volunteers, supporters and carnival-revelers at Halloween Happening. Each year it takes a huge communal effort to make our event a success, and we are very appreciative to everyone involved. Thank you very much.

Crystal River Elementary School PTO

Ghost Walks scares up great help

The Glenwood Historical Society would like to thank everyone involved in making our 17th annual Historic Ghost Walk through Linwood Cemetery a tremendous success. We were able to present living history to 699 visitors and locals over the three weekends of performances. A big thank-you to our corporate sponsor, Alpine Bank.

Our appreciation goes out to all of our talented actors who brought the stories of our pioneers alive: Suzy Alcott, Bob Boyle, Brendan Cochran, Lisa Domer, Lindsey Mills-Hamilton, Paul Hamilton, Merrilee Hindman, Clara Miller, Michael Miller, Christine Porter, Patsy Stark, and Hope Waibel. Thanks, also, to Marshal Jasper Ward.

Thank you to our amazing tour guides who lead guests up the hill to the cemetery and keep everyone safe and sound:  Tony Kornasiewicz, Sandy Stoltzfus, Jackie Skramstad, Sharon Graves, Greg Jeung, Sean Jeung, Roger Hindman, Holly Synder, Alice Chappelle and Justin Forman.

Our awesome trailhead hosts deserve our thanks for taking tickets, answering questions, and serving cider and cookies: Clara Miller, Andrea Schnuelle, Shar Padgett, Sharon Haller, Carol Opeka, Connie Lewis, Donna Gray, Christine and Tim Porter, Sue Kuhn and Jan Giezentanner.

We would like to thank Connie Lewis for her fabulous poster design and to everyone who baked delicious homemade cookies.  We couldn’t do this without all of you.


Bill Kight

executive director    

Glenwood Springs Historical Society and Museum

World class help for food drive

On behalf of the New Castle Cub Scouts, Pack 221 and the town of New Castle, we would like to say a special thank-you to the community of 4,663 that donated 25,383 pounds of food in 24 hours for a potential Guinness World Record.

A special thank-you to all the parents and leaders of the scouts, and our New Castle Cub Scouts along with the Boy Scouts from both Glenwood Springs, Dave Smith’s boys from New Castle, and the New Castle Girl Scouts.

Thank you to Alyssa Thurman and her Coal Ridge cheerleaders, Colorado River Fire Rescue, local police for helping us kick the event off. It couldn’t have happened without the support of the Re-2 school district, local churches, The River Center, City Market and all of our witnesses for the record.

In particular, we would like to thank the town of New Castle for providing all the banners and yard signs, Elyse Hutchison for her awesome graphic design of our poster, Lee Price for all of his input, Sandi and Jodi Maloley, Kathy Arthur and her team from LIFT-UP, Waylon Hampton for driving, Troy Harcourt and Sammy Diaz, for videoing the entire event, Joni Harcourt. All of this will be certified by the CPA firm of Dalby, Wendland & Co. and their CPAs Brittany Dreher and Lisa Cunningham. Additionally, there is an amazing youth group from Murriea, California, that is here to help sort the food (among other missions), and Mekenna Cipres has offered to organize all the video to present to Guinness. A major undertaking for sure. Thanks again to everyone.

John Harcourt

New Castle Cub Scouts, Pack 221

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