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After 35 years of continual business, Mary Matchael of Crystal Glass Studio will be enlarging the scope of her gallery and changing its name to Parkside Gallery, beginning Monday, June 29. There will be a grand opening to coincide with Carbondale’s First Friday on July 3.

Parkside Gallery, directed by Jody Ensign, formerly of The Basalt Gallery, will feature fine art craft by local and regional artists. Artists to date include K Rhynus Cesark, Sara Ransford and Steve Schrepferman, ceramics; Natasha Seedorf, Nina Morrow and Carol Martin, jewelry; Jason Schneider, David Rasmussen, Pat Winger and Mary Williams, wood; Mary Matchael and Barbara Kayan, glass; and Jill Sher, Suzanne Derrer and Marilyn Evans, fiber.

Parkside Gallery will be located in the front gallery space at the current Crystal Glass Studio’s Weant Boulevard location, while Matchael continues to do her custom glass lighting and architectural installation in the attached workshop.

The First Friday celebration will take place from 5:30-8 p.m., at 50 Weant Blvd. in downtown Carbondale. For more information, call 963-1401.

Jo-Anne Ahrens of RE/MAX Mountain West in Carbondale has earned the prestigious certified distressed property expert (CDPE) designation, having completed extensive training in foreclosure avoidance and short sales. This is invaluable expertise to offer at a time when the area is ravaged by “distressed” homes in the foreclosure process.

Short sales allow the cash-strapped seller to repay the mortgage at the price that the home sells for, even though it is lower than what is owed on the property. With plummeting property values, this can save many people from foreclosure and even bankruptcy. More and more lenders are willing to consider short sales because they are much less costly than foreclosures.

“This CDPE designation has been invaluable as I work with sellers and lenders on complicated short sales,” said Ahrens. “It is so rewarding to be able to help sellers save their homes from foreclosure.”

Call Ahrens at (970) 379-3100 if she can help with any real estate needs.

Jamie Allee, Farmers Insurance agent in Glenwood Springs, has been inducted into the Farmers’ “Topper Club” and invited to attend the 2009 annual meeting of Farmers top sales producers. Allee is being recognized by Farmers for outstanding sales achievements during 2008.

“Farmers congratulates and is proud to welcome Jamie to this year’s Topper Club. Jamie is committed to providing quality insurance coverage and industry-leading service to Farmers’ customers,” noted Executive Vice President of Field Operations Jerry Carnahan.

The Topper Club convention will give Allee an opportunity to meet with other top Farmers agents and district managers to discuss local, state and national trends and activities affecting the insurance business in their communities.

Allee represents Farmers Insurance through the local agency located at 1018 Grand Ave.

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