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Memories & Milestones

Post IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Fourth grade students from L.W. St. John Elementary School survived a day of Winter Ecology training at the Mesa Lakes Lodge on the Grand Mesa. It took four days to get the four classes of fourth-graders to the Winter Ecology Program. Many of these kids had never had their feet strapped into snowshoes before.The Winter Ecology Program was written by the Department of Wildlife, and the Grand Valley Kiwanis Club breathed life into the program in 2001.In the 2005 school year, Kiwanis obtained a grant from Wal-Mart to purchase 30 Redfeather snowshoes, and DOW turned the program over to the Kiwanis Club to run the Winter Ecology Program.In 2003, two weeks before the scheduled outing, the lodge at Mesa Lakes burned to the ground, putting the Winter Ecology Program in jeopardy. Determined not to disappoint the kids, Kiwanis met with the owner of the lodge, and arrangements were made to use some of the cabins. Kiwanis volunteers brought food and prepared hot lunches (hot dogs and chili dogs) for the kids. And it was a successful four days.Now it is a well-oiled routine, thanks to all the efforts in the past of Frank Lancaster, Dan Temple, Chuck Hall, Gordon Elliot and many others.As the kids storm off the bus, they are helped into snowshoes and divided into two groups, one group destined for the Busy Beaver exercise and the other group to the Sunnyside South learning experience. Each of these takes about an hour to complete, then there is some free time fun in the snow before lunch of hot dogs, chili, chips soda and cookies.After lunch the two groups switch stations to learn the other project. After their final session, they surrender their snowshoes and board the bus for home now more aware of survival in sub-zero conditions and aware of the forests and mountains just a few miles from their school.The following fourth-grade classes attended: Brian Aaron, teacher, 17 kids and 8 parents; Denise Newlin, teacher, 16 kids and 5 parents; Addie Meek, teacher, 20 kids and 8 parents; Jessica Johnson, teacher, 19 kids and 5 parents.Fourteen Kiwanis volunteers appreciated the help and wonderful parent support. This project will be held every winter for the kids.

Shalie Ryan, 12, of Silt Mesa, is the same age as the 12-year-old mule she rode at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo held Aug. 28 through Sept. 7, 2009.Shalie competed in English, trail competition, Western Pleasure and barrel racing, riding her grandmother’s mule, “Color of the Wind” (also known as “Windy”).This was her fifth year competing at the stock show and she took the overall award for “High Point Youth” with 13 kids competing and ranging in age from 8-18. Shalie won a belt buckle, a wooden TV tray engraved with her name and the National Stock Show and a blanket. Way to go, Shalie!

Iryna and Doug Trauger of Glenwood Springs are delighted to announce the birth of their son, Dominick Ryan Trauger, on Feb. 4, 2010. “Nick” weighed in at 6 pounds, 14.6 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Proud grandparents are Svetlana and Leonid Bukyr of Ukraine, Gene and Kathy Trauger of Glenwood Springs and Sharon Trauger of Hendersonville, Tenn., and very proud great-grandpa Wilmer Yoder of Pueblo. Nick also has many adoring aunts and uncles and cousins including Julia Bukyr of Ukraine, Drew and Kate Shivley and cousin MacKenzie of Westminster, Tade Shivley of Westminster, and great-aunt and -uncle Joyce and Roger Yoder of Glenwood Springs.

First Presbyterian Church Pastor Doug Darnold, left, and food-drive organizer John Dragon display some of the four-plus truckloads of food collected for LIFT-UP by church members during February. Thanks to City Market and Safeway, which cheerfully accommodated our volunteers, and special thanks to the many Glenwood Springs citizens who donated food for their incredible generosity.

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