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Vicki Lee Green Realtors would like to congratulate Michelle James for being the top sales person for April with the top dollar volume in sales. Michelle has been selling real estate since 1993.

Vicki Lee Green Realtors would also like to congratulate Tonya Nieslanik for being the top listing agent for April. Tonya has been selling real estate since 1997.

More than 200 qualified, community-based nonprofit organizations in Colorado will receive funding from Wells Fargo through the 19th annual Wells Fargo Community Assistance Fund. The fund is just one component of Wells Fargo’s overall philanthropic efforts. In 2011, Wells Fargo’s community contributions in Colorado totaled $3.7 million to approximately 1,000 organizations, and the company team members logged more than 28,000 volunteer hours.

Eligible organizations must be certified 501(c)(3), and have an annual budget of $350,000 or less. Applications for are now available at all 170 Wells Fargo stores throughout the state and are due June 30.

The Wells Fargo Community Assistance Fund was started in 1993 to provide greatly needed support to small, nonprofit groups that don’t have the resources to compete with larger organizations for community support dollars. Since its inception, more than 3,800 grants totaling more than $3.6 million have been awarded.

The management team of Sunnyside Retirement Center – Dean Crabb, Margie Trebesh and Marti Duprey – recently received an award for the center at the annual April Multi Family USDA Housing Conference in Colorado Springs. The honor was for most improved complex in Colorado for 2011.

Sunnyside was specifically cited for management teamwork and consistency. Repairs and upgrades were also acknowledged with no negative financial impact. Utility costs and maintenance have since been substantially reduced.

The projects included were new insulation, boilers, lighting, water heaters, south facing windows, security cameras and exterior painting. Repair of stucco, car ports and sidewalks were also completed.

These upgrades could not have been done without the grants and generosity of Garfield County Commissioners, CLEER, Source Gas, Colorado

Association of Realtors and The J. Robert Young Advised Fund.

Nate Rand, personal trainer at New Castle Family Fitness, has completed the IKFF Kettlebell Training Certification in Chicago. This is Nate’s 10th certification and possibly his most fun and challenging. The proper use of kettlebells offers many benefits. They are simple, versatile, effective, challenging and fun. Try out a kettlebell class or a one-on-one session with Nate at NCFF and Accelerate. Call New Castle Family Fitness for more information 984-3200. arose as a result of bringing together a number of talented individuals in the Roaring Fork Valley who have more than 100 years of professional business experience related to the Internet-software industry.

As a locally owned and operated business in the Roaring Fork Valley, the goal of Community Footsteps is to help strengthen and build community ties from within the community through the following objectives: an opportunity for residents to shop high value oriented products and services at bargain prices from independent and local community-minded businesses; to provide a local marketplace for merchants that utilizes the Internet landscape to increase servicing capacity to loyal customers and to reach out to new ones; to accommodate a sustainable fundraising vehicle for nonprofit organizations through purchases made on the website.

Since launching in January, Community Footsteps has featured more than 80 different deals from local restaurants, coffee shops, retail stores and health and beauty services in Aspen, Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt. There have been more than 3,000 visits and 1,600 unique visitors to the website.

Each month, Community Footsteps features a local nonprofit and contributes 8 percent of all sales to this organization. Past organizations have included LIFT-UP, Habitat for Humanity and Colorado Animal Rescue. On May 18, we are excited to announce the Roaring Fork Art Studio Tour as Community Footsteps’ newest nonprofit beneficiary.

For more information, please visit or contact Chris at

If you’ve developed a product (or are developing a product) this workshop is for you. Explore the critical phases in the inventing process, including copyrights, trademarks, and patents. This workshop can help you avoid the common mistakes that often lead to failure. It runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 2, at Glenwood Suites, 2625 Gilstrap Court in Glenwood Springs, and is presented by Rita Crompton, The Inventors’ Roundtable, with Ian Osborn and Raymond Burrasca. Cost is $30 for the general public and $25 for clients, advisors, or sponsors of Roaring Fork Business Resource Center. To register, go to or call 970-945-5158.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park welcomed James McGoodwin this week as attractions supervisor. McGoodwin was an intern at the park in 2011, when he helped to develop the guest services role and contributed to writing the operations manual for that position. In his new role, he will be responsible for scheduling, training and managing the employees who operate the park’s attractions.

“We are thrilled to have James back again,” said Nancy Heard, mountain operations manager for Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. “He brings insight and experience to the position, along with a great attitude, and we are happy to have him on board just in time for our busy summer season.”

McGoodwin, who was born and raised in nearby Gypsum, Colorado, has a bachelor’s degree in natural resources recreation and tourism management from Colorado State University (CSU). Earlier this month, he completed his master’s degree in management practice at CSU.

Clean Energy Collective (CEC) and Sooper Credit Union (SCU) have announced that they have entered into a strategic partnership whereby Sooper Credit Union will make affordable, long-term loans available to consumers and businesses that buy into CEC community-owned solar gardens.

Clean Energy Collective’s community solar model allows utility customers to obtain economies of scale through solar panel ownership in a community-based, utility-scale PV array that is optimally sited for maximum efficiency. Opening the opportunity for solar ownership to every customer in a utility territory, the model has sharply reduced costs and greatly simplified the process. Members can buy a single panel for as little as $535 or as many as needed to completely power their home or business.

The financing program makes Colorado based Sooper Credit Union the first lender in the nation to address the community-owned solar panel marketplace with low-interest loans.

Loans from SCU will be available to consumers and businesses that purchase panels in any of the CEC’s community solar arrays, including those in Holy Cross Energy, Colorado Springs Utilities, San Miguel Power Association, and Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association service areas. This includes the communities of Fort Collins, Loveland, Boulder, Windsor, Colorado Springs, Telluride, Ouray, Ridgway, Vail, Eagle, Edwards, Glenwood Springs, Rifle, Carbondale and Aspen.

For information on purchasing solar panels in a Clean Energy Collective community solar garden, contact David Wiedinmyer at (800) 646-0323.

For more information on renewable energy loans from Sooper Credit Union, contact John Purcell at (888) SOOPER-1.

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