Memories & Milestones |

Memories & Milestones

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Valerie A. Swigert 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.She is the daughter of Duane and Sue Swigert of Littleton, and granddaughter of Ernest and Marjorie Gerbaz of Glenwood Springs.Swigert graduated in 2003 from Dakota Ridge High School in Littleton and received a bachelor’s degree in 2007 from Metropolitan State College in Denver.

Doug and Rebecca Self (nee Cheatheam) celebrated 45 years of marriage on Sunday, June 12. They met in 1963 in Plainview, Texas, and married three years later in Rebecca’s hometown of Childress, Texas. Through many jobs, hunting and camping trips and extraordinary circumstances Doug and Rebecca moved to Colorado in 1976 and started Church at Redstone. In 1990 they started Church at Carbondale, now The Orchard.

Sixth-grade students at Glenwood Springs Middle School closed out their school year with a carnival to raise funds for tornado victims in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The last half-day of school on Wednesday, June 1, found middle schoolers buying and selling homemade crafts and food, and enjoying game booths. One of the most popular attractions was the dunking booth, generously donated by Ross Talbott. Sixth-grade teachers Lisa Hartert and Tyler Moberg, along with retiring art teacher Kim Chafee, took turns in the booth as students gathered to watch the fun and take a turn throwing.The carnival idea grew out of the students’ concern for those across the south who were affected by last month’s devastating tornado outbreak. One of their teachers, Dendy Heisel, contacted relatives in Tuscaloosa to find out how they could help. Her cousin, Don Dendy, had a very appropriate suggestion: Many of the area elementary schools had been destroyed, along with all their books and supplies. In response, a fund was established by the Tuscaloosa City Council PTA to help re-supply schools and teachers. This seemed like the perfect fit – students helping students.”This is such a great way to end the year with the kids focused on helping others,” explained sixth-grade teacher Ann Deyarmond. “The students really took this on and ran with it.” Within a couple of hours, students raised approximately $400. Combined with funds donated by student council, GSMS will be sending a check for close to $800. Anyone interested in helping the Tuscaloosa schools can donate by going to

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