Memories & Milestones |

Memories & Milestones

Post IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

James A. Gornick, born Dec. 11, 1969, better known as “Jim or Jimmy,” crosses a milestone today, Dec. 11, 2009!Heaven forbid! “40,” what will I do?It’s causing some wrinkles, some laziness, too! But I’ll set my jets forward to the next milestone,Happy and smiling the whole day long.I’m making the best of an uncontrolled thing,cause I’ll land on my feet and make my heart sing!Wishing you a very happy birthday, Jim!You’re truly a gem!With our love, your family

Rebecca Talbott of Parachute was recently recognized as a member of the Society of Decorative Painters. Her hand-painted ornaments will decorate a holiday tree this season at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C. Each ornament painted by a member that is displayed on the tree is inspired by one of the paintings in the Renwick Permanent Collection.The tree will be on display throughout December.This is the second ornament Rebecca has had on display at the Smithsonian.

Liz Auerbach was crowned the queen of Mac & cheese on Saturday, Dec. 5, during the first-ever Mac & Cheese Bake-off competition held as part of the Glenwood Springs Community Center Appreciation Day.Auerbach’s mac and cheese creation was called Cowboy’s Mac – named after her boyfriend Jerrid Hadland. A total of 12 entries were judged by a five-person panel.Auerbach won $100 for her winning dish.Kara Brouhard won second place.Glenwood Springs resident Thomas B. Williams won the People’s Choice and Kid’s Choice awards. The 79-year-old’s mac and cheese is a family favorite.Judges included Ron Milhorn, Dale Shrull, Kristin Mul, Barb Corcor (with a little help from her 2-year-old twin daughters Rose and Willa) and Ryan Lazo. Ryan is such a huge fan of mac and cheese that he volunteered to show up on Saturday to sample the entries.

Navy Seaman Michael M. Mastroianni, son of Kimberly P. Toovey of Glenwood Springs, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.During the eight-week program, Mastroianni completed a variety of training, which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations.” This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. “Battle Stations” is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Its distinctly “Navy” flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a sailor.Mastroianni is a 2006 graduate of Glenwood Springs High School.

Devon and Chase Wadsworth of Rifle are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Raylin Marie Wadsworth on Nov. 18 at 8:29 a.m. Raylin Marie weighed 6 pounds, 1.9 ounces and was 19 inches long. Grandparents include Tina Montgomery of Rifle and Tammy Cosby of Florida. Great-grandparents are Phyllis and Roger Becker, Roger and Joni Byland and Rhonda and Roy Coombs.

Dennis and Michelle Zwickl announce the arrival of their newest grandson, Marc Alexander Zwickl. Marc was born in Mesa, Ariz., to their daughter Jennifer. Marc arrived on Sunday, Aug. 9, weighing in at 6 pounds, 8 ounces. The proud grandparents were present for this birth, as were both of Marc’s great-grandmothers, Wilma Morgan and Betty Zwickl.

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