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Memories & Milestones

Post IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

A candlelight service at The Little Chapel in the Hills, in Buffalo Creek, Colo., united Cassandra Croissant and Gerald Slafkes on June 12, 2010. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Barry Croissant of Glenwood Springs and the granddaughter of Mrs. Leona Croissant of Fort Collins and the late Robert L. Croissant, John I. and Shirley K. Small. The groom is the son of Ms. Cathy Kirkpatrick of Greeley and the late Fred W. Slafkes and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Kirkpatrick of Pierre, S.D., and Mrs. Sonia Slafkes of Deerfield Beach, Fla., and the late Gerald M. Slafkes.Courtney McCallum was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Timmie Dean, Mya Gallacher, Catherine Graven, Rebecca Schulman, and Elizabeth Slafkes. Junior bridesmaid was Melissa Browne. Best man was Jason Gonzales, Groomsmen were Nick Croissant, Peter Guerico, Patrick Hammers, Josh Houtchens and Tyler Nondorf. Candlelighters were Annie and Michelle Browne. Lillie Dean was the flower girl, and Jacob Croissant, brother of the bride, was the ring bearer. Soloist was Daniel Bailey, friend of the bride, accompanied by Mrs. Christina Wagley-LaFarge. The Rev. Lawrence Wagley performed the double-ring ceremony. Following the honeymoon in Cozumel, Mexico, the couple now resides in Greeley, Colo.Two Rifle Elks receive President’s Call to Service awardRifle Elks Lodge 2195 is proud to announce that Phill Romero of Battlement Mesa and Steve White of Rifle were awarded the President’s Call to Service Award in November 2010. Both gentlemen have been active in many community activities including, but not limited to, Hoop Shoot, Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Games and working with the Senior Center in Rifle over the years. We salute them for their endeavors for the community. These two men join another member of the lodge, Mary Romero, who received her award last year.

LIFT-UP distributed Thanksgiving meal boxes for 1,153 local families, enough to serve approximately 5,000 people on Thanksgiving Day. Volunteers from each town distributed the food to 19 families in Aspen, 276 families in Carbondale, 280 families in Glenwood Springs, 115 families in New Castle, 42 families in Silt, 340 families in Rifle, and 81 families in Parachute. The boxes and bags contained fixings for the holiday meal, along with a meat voucher to purchase a turkey or ham at a local City Market or Clark’s Market. The annual holiday meal distribution is conducted over and above the regular assistance provided at LIFT-UP’s six area food pantries, which are currently serving 500 to 600 families per week. The Extended Table Soup Kitchen in Glenwood Springs is serving more than 1,100 meals per month. LIFT-UP will also be distributing holiday meal boxes for Christmas, and donations of nonperishable food items and financial contributions are still much needed and greatly appreciated. LIFT-UP wishes to thank the many volunteers who sorted and distributed food, the business and organizations that held food drives, and all who donated food and funds to make this tremendous community effort possible. More information is available at

After more than seven years of committed service, Debbie Wilde, executive director of Youth Zone, is stepping down from the board of directors at Junior Achievement of the Roaring Fork Valley. Throughout these years, Debbie has brought her expertise in countless areas to help form and grow this organization that is so important to the success of our valley’s students. We have been honored to have Debbie as a member of our board and respect and applaud her continued commitment to youth throughout our area. Thanks, Debbie, for all you do.Most Sincerely, the JA board of directors:Susan Blizzard, board president and CEO of Blizzard Internet Marketing; Robin Tolan, director of development, YouthZone; Chet Garling, general sales manager, Big Horn Toyota; Peter Waller, general contractor, Klomhaus and Waller; Dan Niedbalski, senior vice president of Alpine Bank; Amy Spradlin, former district manager and Seeds of Intentions co-founder; Kim Staley, U.S. Bank branch manager; Bryan Whiting, Glenwood Springs High School DECA teacher; Bill Wright, retired real estate broker; Jim D’Agostino, senior vice president of construction, Related; Sharon Brady, Junior Achievement district manager

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