Memories & Milestones
Julian Vogt celebrated his 99th birthday with a ride on the alpine coaster at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs earlier this week. “Yesterday was my 99th birthday, so I was celebrating by riding the coaster,” explained Vogt. “It was great, a lot of fresh air and sunshine, and a nice breeze from the speed. Great views.” Vogt admitted that he enjoyed his second ride on the coaster better than the first because he knew what to expect and was able to go even faster. He is also looking forward to coming back; he purchased an annual pass for the Iron Mountain Tramway during his visit.The alpine coaster at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park was the first in the United States and is still the only one in Colorado. It features individual cars on tracks that race 3,400 feet through the trees and down the mountainside. Riders control their speeds, which gives them a unique hands-on experience. The ride is exciting and varied, with bumps and waves to add to the thrill.
This year’s Easter Egg Hunt was dedicated to Orval Sowder, long standing member of the Rifle Lions Club. The Rifle Lions Club thanks Mother Nature for a beautiful morning to hunt candy!The event would not be possible without the continued and generous support of the Rifle community. Thank you to the following businesses that donated cash for the purchase of 6 bikes and helmets: Alpine Bank, Bookcliff Survey, Colorado River Engineering, Commonwealth Title, Dee McCown – State Farm Insurance, Fiesta Guadalajara, Gold Star Realty, The Hair Company, La Quinta Inn, NAPA, Preceptor Beta Kappa, Rifle Insurance, Rifle Truck and Trailer, Sexton Survey, Shear Intensity Hair and Nails, Stephen Dembitsky DDS, Stuver, LeMoine and Clifton, Thompson Computer Service, Dr. Todd Smith, Wells Fargo Bank – Rifle and Wal-Mart Glenwood. Easter baskets donated by Wal-Mart – Glenwood, Sandy’s Office Supply and Grand River Hospital Gift Shop. Thank you.Also thank you to the Rifle Fire Department, Citizen Telegram and Pat Bowles with the Community Access Channel and the City of Rifle for the use of Deerfield Park. Every year, Jake Jacobs and Boy Scout Troop 223 come out and help us “hide” thousands and thousands of pieces of candy. We really appreciate your help! Thank you to all the Rifle Businesses who participated in the scavenger hunt. They help make it more fun for the kids: Kentucky Fried Chicken, East Ave Furniture, Bliss Boutique, El Kora Restaurant, Kum & Go North, Valley Lumber, Rocky Mtn Liquors, Jeans Printing, Town and Country Vet, Wells Fargo Bank, City Market, Bank of Colorado, Out West Real Estate, Carquest, Corner Store, American Family Insurance, American National Bank, Bray & Company, Alpine Bank, Dr. Chad Burgess, Gold Star Realty, Tastebudz, Rifle Works, Kelly’s Aloha Spa, New Image Boutique, Mary’s Wondrous Things, Miller’s Dry Goods, Timberline Sporting Goods, A&D Pawn Shop, Pruett & Associates, Rifle Lock and Safe, Rifle Library, Nichols Farmers Union Insurance , Jackson Hewitt, Rifle Boot and Saddlery, Weiss & Associates, Country Attic, Bookcliff 66, 6 & 13 Shell, Action Shop, Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce, Red River Quick Mart, Community Bank of Colorado, Radio Shack, Mountain High Paint, and A-1 Heating.Winners of this year’s Bikes were Gerardo Ruiz of Silt, Trinity Blotske of Rifle, Eliana Smith of Rifle, Katelynn Rider of Battlement Mesa and Nathan Ballesteros of Rifle. Thanks everybody and see you next year. Norma Miller, PresidentRifle Lions Club
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