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Ag Expo a success

The Garfield County CSU Extension and the Bookcliff, Mount Sopris & South Side Conservation Districts would like to thank the 275 people that came out for our first Ag Expo on Feb. 4 at the Garfield County Fairgrounds.

The Expo included workshops, demonstrations, agriculture displays and lunch prepared by the Garfield County 4-H Council.

Thank you to our corporate sponsors: Garfield County, Alpine Bank, Aspen Valley Land Trust, B & B Irrigation, Chelewski Pipe & Supply, Grand Junction Pipe, and Rivendell Sod Farm.

Thank you to the exhibitors and speakers that provided information to our producers and general public, and a big thank-you to the 4-H students and the council for preparing lunch and helping out during the day. All the net proceeds go to the 4-H to help with its programs.

We have compiled the suggestions for next year and have scheduled our next Ag Expo for Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018.

Planning Committee

Carla Farrand, Kayla Hinkley, & Sharie Prow

Sunlight Mountain Resort gives great service to CRES

The fourth-grade class of Carbondale’s Crystal River Elementary School arrived at Sunlight Mountain Resort on a bluebird Thursday in late February, along with their teachers and many parent chaperones, ready for a day of fun. Many of our students had never skied before, others had skied or snowboarded only a few times, while others were excited to show off their expert shredding skills to their classmates and teachers. After a safety speech, Sunlight’s organized staff had all the kids geared up and on the mountain within a half hour of arrival. Many smiling faces participated in lessons or broke away in small groups to explore all that Sunlight has to offer.

This trip could not be possible without Sunlight’s generous support including lift tickets and rentals for all those that needed gear.

Many thanks to the techs in the rental shop that were patient and professional, the enthusiasm the instructors showed our kids along with the entire Sunlight staff for making this day absolutely wonderful for our students.

Big thanks to general manager Tom Jankovsky for offering each fourth-grader in the valley a free season pass, recognizing that everyone should get the chance to enjoy sliding down these amazing mountains. Show Sunlight the love it deserves by making it your destination for spring skiing, or snowboarding.

Thanks to the many, many parents that took the day off and brought gear to the mountain and skied with the kids. Having you all there ensured that everyone could find their own secret powder stashes. And finally to the Fourth Grade Team of Katelyn Foster, Betsy McMichael, Kristin Gracy and Dave Plumb along with help from Marty Madsen: You each are appreciated much more than you’ll every know. CRES continues to be our amazing neighborhood school because of each of you.

Cassie Cerise

parent of a CRES second- and fourth-grader

Chocolate Extravaganza raises funds for Children’s Mini College

Children’s Mini College would like to extend a hearty thank-you to the business, artists and individuals that contributed to our 14th annual Chocolate Extravaganza. Because of your tremendous support the preschool had over 230 donations for our silent auction this year. We could not have raised the $15,500 without the participation of our donors and everyone that attended our event. We recognize your investment in our community and will continue to support these businesses.

These funds help us meet our operational costs, provide tuition assistance and maintain the overall quality Children’s Mini College preschool has provided for the past 39 years. It is wonderful to see the following this fun event receives year after year. It is through community support that Children’s Mini College can continue its mission of providing a school of learning where observation, risk taking, listening and wondering are encouraged and valued and where children, parents and teachers collaborate to make learning possible in a safe, nurturing and engaging environment regardless of a child’s socio-economic status.

A big thank-you also goes to Samuel Bernal-Urbina our fantastic announcer, Lori Welch and Holy Cross Electric for the support we received on our silent auction software, the Beckwith family, Lynda with Colorado Candies for her help with chocolate fountain, Rosario De Zavaleta and Mary Chovanec for design work, Michael Morales and Nevada Hunter, Alpine Bank and Colorado Mountain College for their help with this event. It is heartwarming that, after 39 years, Children’s Mini College continues to receive such great support.

Thank you from Joan Chovanec, director, the children, parents and staff at CMC children’s mini college in Glenwood Springs.

ReStore rocks

I would like to extend my support, praise and gratitude to the Re-Store for everything you do for the community in general and for me in particular. You are my go to whenever I need something for my home. I have gotten so many amazing deals and your staff is always so helpful and accommodating. What a win/win/win. I get what someone else no longer needs. Less stuff goes to the landfill. Someone gets new housing. Talk about a great business model. Kudos and thanks to all of you who make this possible in our valley.

Candace Resnick

Hearts full after Empty Bowls

Epic: that one word describes this year’s Empty Bowls where Grand River Health and Colorado Mountain College Rifle Campus teamed up for CMC’s 50th anniversary to help fight hunger one bowl at a time. We broke all previous years’ records:

• Almost 500 bowls sold. (Remember each bowl purchased pays for one week’s worth of Meals on Wheels)

• Raised about $8,500 for Grand River Meals on Wheels

• Over 400 attended with standing room only

• And had an amazing time doing it.

The biggest shoutout goes to the CMC Rifle Ceramics and Culinary Arts students who dedicated the past two months (and more) to this project. They can sleep easier tonight knowing they helped alleviate senior hunger from New Castle to Parachute.

Then there is the media: ask and you shall receive. Thank you to Post Independent staff Carla Jean Whitley, Chelsea Self, KMTS, KSUN & the River radio stations, and Art Scene with Christine Brusig for their amazing coverage of this event.

And to Michelle McCurdy, whose brainchild and legacy this shall remain, Laura Hardman and the CMC Rifle Staff who selected Empty Bowls to be their one and only 50th Anniversary collaborative event. A final thank-you to all who came out in hoards and enjoyed this community created event through the simplicity of soup, a smile and a bowl to go home with.

Kaaren Peck

director of Grand River Meals on Wheels

Hostettler family appreciates Glenwood Health Care

Our heartfelt thanks to all the employees of Glenwood Health Care. As our dad made the transition from self-sufficiency to total dependency and finally to death, you made his life as pleasant as could be expected. You showed amazing thoughtfulness and affection not only to him, but to his beloved wife Shirley who was with him every day. Thank you cleaning staff, maintenance, cooking and dining room staff, aides and nurses, therapists, and administration. We owe you big time for your work of love. God bless you.

From the kids of David Hostettler: Park, Carole, and Anne

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