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Community Banks of Colorado is pleased to hold the third annual Community Banks Garage Sale on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 8 a.m. to noon, in the bank parking lot at 1810 Grand Ave.

Come and shop. All proceeds of this sale will benefit the United Way of Garfield County. The garage sale is the kick-off event for the United Way’s fall campaign. Information about the different service organizations that the United Way supports will be available or go to http://www.unitedwayofgarfieldcounty.org.

Much needed items. The community is invited to bring their new or “gently used” items to Community Banks of Colorado, any time. This applies to businesses, too. Please leave the large ones at home until the day of the sale. No clothing.



Please call Michele Diamond at 945-7035, before dropping off items.

The Old Cardiff Bridge will be closed beginning Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 8 a.m. The closure is daily (Monday through Friday) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Wednesday, Sept. 22. The bridge will be open Saturday and Sunday.



Western Colorado Community Foundation (WCCF) has awarded its 2010 community grants into the seven counties it serves in western Colorado. At the recommendation of its two affiliate foundations in Garfield County – 2 Rivers Community Foundation and Rifle Community Foundation – grant checks were distributed to Family Visitor Programs, Feed My Sheep, Meals on Wheels at both Valley View Hospital and Grand River Hospital District, and to WindWalkers and R.I.D.E., both equine-assisted therapy programs.

The board of WCCF indicated in April a desire to devote its community grants fund to agencies across its service area that were supporting basic needs. The foundation was able to award $418,000 in grants and scholarships from more than 160 different donor funds and scholarship funds that it manages.

Despite the difficult economy, WCCF reports a 34 percent growth in assets during 2009 with more than $22 million in assets to date.

Pam Szedelyi, Garfield County Outreach, said, “I believe this growth demonstrates a definite confidence in the ability of WCCF to steward the charitable wishes of our donors and it is greatly appreciated. Garfield County donors continue to impress me with their generosity and desire to make a difference in our communities now or to leave a legacy gift for later.”

More information about WCCF can be found at http://www.wc-cf.org or contact Pam Szedelyi in Glenwood Springs at 945-0105.

Candidates for local and state offices will be participating in a Candidate Forum sponsored by the Glenwood Springs Association of Realtors on Wednesday, Sept. 15, starting at 1 p.m. in the auditorium at the CMC West Garfield Campus in Rifle. This event is open to the public.

Candidate Forum participants include: Garfield County Commissioner District 1 incumbent Tresi Houpt and challenger Tom Jankovsky; Garfield County Assessor incumbent John Gorman and challenger Jim Yellico; Garfield County Sheriff incumbent Lou Vallario and challenger Tom Dalessandri; House District 57 incumbent Randy Baumgardner and challenger Steve Ivancie; and House District 61 incumbent Kathleen Curry and challengers Luke Korkowski and Roger Wilson.

The Glenwood Springs Association Realtors, which was originally chartered in 1957, currently has a membership of more than 200 individual Realtors who work in 60 offices throughout Garfield County from Parachute to Redstone.

On Sunday and Monday nights, Sept. 19 and 20, the Colorado Department of Transportation will complete a project to set inlaid pavement markings on Highway 82 over the Grand Avenue Bridge in Glenwood Springs. Crews will inlay thermoplastic pavement markings (the skip lines) in both up- and down-valley lanes; these inlaid markings typically resist the harsh winter conditions, plowing, etc., better than the painted (and epoxy) markings. The epoxy double-yellow line in the center of the bridge will remain, however; it is in good condition and does not receive the amount of wear that the white skip lines do.

Crews will work from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. both nights (work may not start until 8 p.m. on Monday night, depending upon traffic). Motorists will encounter single-lane closures in each direction (one lane of traffic in each direction will remain open).


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