Memories & Milestones
The Christmas Spirit was alive and well, as Steve and Christy Nilsson played Santa to three local charities on Nov. 24.The Nilssons delivered checks totaling more than $30,000 to three local charities.The funds were part of the Margie Nilsson Memorial Fund held by the Two Rivers Community Foundation, of Glenwood.Ms. Nilsson died in March of this year. She would have been 81 on Nov. 18. After moving to Glenwood Springs with her husband, Jack Nilsson, Margie became an active civic volunteer and philanthropist. Her primary interests were The Frontier Historical Society, the Advocate Safehouse and Valley View Hospital. She directed bequests to each of those organizations upon her death. Steve and Christy Nilsson along with Steve Vanderhoof (representing Two Rivers Community Foundation) met with Cindy Hines, director of the Frontier Historical Society, and Julie Olsen of the Advocate Safehouse to present the checks at the Historical Museum, where Margie had spent many hours. They then proceeded to the office of the Valley View Hospital Foundation to present a check to director Frank McSwain. The Nilsson gift there will go to the capital campaign for the new cancer center.All recipients were noticeably moved by the magnanimous gifts.
The Glenwood Springs Youth Hockey Association (GSYHA) recently received a Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Work with the Eagle County Youth Conservation Corps (YCC). GSYHA President Peter Tibbetts shared, “We are very proud of the work accomplished by our young hockey players – Tony Bosco, Jake Fegan, Cole Guy, Sam Carmer, Peter Freyschlag, Daniel Abshire, Jonathan Angelo and Tanner Wood – and hockey parent Mike Wood. Their community involvement helped provide financial support to the hockey program and made the trails around Woods Lake more accessible for all trail users.” The hockey players assisted five U.S. Forest Service employees by clearing 1⁄2 mile of trail, and building a 30-foot bridge with locally milled, dimensional lumber. The bridge construction also required the effort of all players to position two 1,500-pound glued-laminated beams. Tibbetts continued, “The project was coordinated by GSYHA Hockey Director Timothy ‘TK’ Kwiatkowski, and GSYHA Player Development Coordinator Jon Thompson. We look forward to other opportunities to involve more hockey players in these great projects.” The Glenwood Springs Youth Hockey Association provides opportunities for young athletes in Glenwood Springs, and the surrounding areas, to participate in a competitive hockey program. More information is available at http://www.grizzlyhockey.org.
St. Stephen’s Brownie Troop 269 did a coat drive for Coats for Co with Dependable Cleaners and Channel 7 News. They collected more than 50 coats. Also, St. Stephen’s Daisy Troop 2143 collected more than 15 coats. The girls were very proud of their accomplishment and are looking forward to doing it next year.
Air Force Airman Alexander M. Moore graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.He is the son of Amanda Moore and Cody Henry of Glenwood Springs.Moore is a 2009 graduate of Glenwood Springs High School.
Ali Dawn Robinson and Josiah Aaron Prunty have announced their engagement. A local spring wedding is being planned, and the couple plans on making their home in Arizona.Ali is a 2007 graduate of Rifle High School and currently works at Target. Her mother is Nikki Brown of Silt.Josiah graduated high school through a home-school program in 2007 and is currently in the military and deployed in Iraq. His parents are Kathleen and Brian Prunty of Rifle.
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