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GSMS students take goodcare of one of their ownKelly Jerles-Blackwelder, a teacher at Glenwood Springs Middle School, sent us some good news. “The 6-8th grade Choirs and Speech Drama Troops of Glenwood Springs Middle School did something extremely special for one of their classmates. Mary Murillo is a seventh grade special needs student with cerebral palsy. With all of the budget cuts in education, Mary was not able to be provided with an electric wheelchair and walker she needed to get around in and make her stronger. When the choirs found out that Mary needed a walker, they wanted to raise some money for her walker.”At the concert we had a donations drawing and a bake sale. Moms and kids baked and sold cookies and generous local businesses donated gifts for the drawing. Approximately $1,300 later, the 7th grade choir presented Mary with her walker.”Talk shows feature young kids and their `bully behavior’ and talk about how out of control adolescents can be. Sure, that is true sometimes (as a teacher I KNOW this to be true), but GSMS also wants the world to know that they understand the human spirit and how it feels to give and take care of one another. It was an incredible way to end the school year and kick off the summer.”Holtum graduatesIan Holtum received a Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media Studies from the University of Denver recently. He is a 1999 graduate of Glenwood Springs High School and is the son of Cristine Aronson and Terry Ewbank of Glenwood Springs. Following graduation, he plans to continue his work at the Denver Museum of Science and Nature in the newly created virtual planetarium.PIC: sarah evans and josh rice.epsEvans and Rice engagedA charming example of the idiosyncrasies of love is how a casual high school acquaintance can several years later change into a warm friendship then into a romance that will undoubtedly last forever. Sarah Evans and Josh Rice, along with their parents Bill and Claire Evans and Steven and Susan Rice, are delighted to announce their engagement to be married.Sarah and Josh are both 1996 graduates of Glenwood Springs High School. Sarah received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Colorado in 2002 as did Josh from Colorado State University the same year. The couple has been living in San Francisco for the last year where Josh has been working as an environmental engineer. They have recently relocated temporarily to Glenwood prior to the wedding and will move to Denver where Sarah will attend graduate school and Josh will continue his engineering career. Despite having their vehicle, trailer and all their worldly belongings stolen during the relocation, the couple is good-spiritedly planning a small wedding in Glenwood Springs on Aug. 9.Chamber awards scholarshipspics: amy.jpg, megan.jpg, saylee.jpg, tess..jpgThe Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association has announced the recipients of its 2003 work study scholarships. This year’s recipients are all seniors at Glenwood Springs High School and include Saylee Kerschen, Megan Eichelman, Amy Ackerman, Ella McReynolds, Cassandra Carlson and Tess Jankovsky. Each girl will receive a $500 scholarship paid to the college or university of their choice. In addition, Saylee Kerschen receives an additional $500 because she worked at the chamber for a record six years. Megan Eichelman will also earn a $4,000 academic stipend after she completes a 13-week, full-time internship at the chamber this summer. Eichelman, who has served as the DECA representative on the chamber’s Board of Directors for two years, will be assisting in communications and marketing. Parkison graduatesAmanda Parkison, a 1999 Glenwood Springs High School graduate, has received her Bachelor of Arts degree Magna Cum Laude from Amherst College in Massachusetts. She also collected English Honors for her senior thesis, an examination of British author Pat Barker’s Regeneration trilogy. Several of Amanda’s relatives were on hand to see her graduate including her parents, Don and Angie Parkison, and grandparents, Phil and Joan Anderson, all from Glenwood. Amanda’s sister Jessica flew from Portland, Ore.; her aunt and uncle, Gary and Monica Miller, came from Rifle, and yet another aunt and uncle, Sue and Paul Stern, drove up from Maryland. Amanda will work as a paralegal for the Anti-Trust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. while she applies to law schools. RUN FRIDAYpic: Arnold & Donna FixFixes celebrate 50thArnold and Donna Fix will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, June 8. A Mass will be held at 2 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, 1010 Grand Avenue, Glenwood Springs, followed by a picnic and open house from 3-6 p.m. at their home, 714 Red Mountain Drive, Glenwood Springs.RUN FRIDAYpic: faith and ralph vaughnVaughns celebrate 60 yearsFaith and Ralph Vaughn celebrate 60 years of marriage Saturday, June 7. They were married on June 7, 1943 in Chelmsford, England and now live in Parachute. They have three children, six grandchildren and four great grandchildren, who send their deepest live and congratulations on this special day. “The love and respect they have shown each other has been an inspiration to all of us.”RUN FRIDAYpics: Ray and Jo KinderKinders celebrate 50thTime is indeed golden. Happy 50th wedding anniversary to Ray and Jo Kinder, married June 7, 1953. They moved to Colorado from Chicago soon after their marriage. They had four daughters and moved the family to Glenwood Springs in 1965 where they owned the Ponderosa Lodge. They’ll celebrate with their three local daughters, Judy Morrison, Sue Potter and Barb Kinder and their significant others. Their youngest daughter, Johelen Toobs, lives in Livingston, Mont. Ray and Jo are grandparents and great grandparents.pic: high country rsvpHats off to the winnersHigh Country RSVP held its 28th Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner at Riverside Junior High in New Castle on April 26. Many awards were handed out with the highest recognition being the Paul Lappala Award. Two women were given this prestigious award: Jody Lindauer and Hilda Sykes for the generosity of time and spirit they give to the community of Garfield County. The nominees, Dick Smith, Joe Goldman, Frank Shove, Louise Mooney, Dana Barker and B.J. Barker, were honored as well.Jabbour earns degreeJennifer Anne Jabbour of New Castle, a graduate of Rifle High School and Mesa State College, received her Masters in Teaching from Concordia University in Portland, Ore. May 3. Her parents, Jack and Linda Jabbour, also of New Castle, attended the ceremony along with her grandfather, Col. Nicholas Jabbour, USAF (Ret.) of Solana Beach, Calif. and uncles Terry and Dean Escott of Seattle. She also earned a Teaching English as a Second Language degree from UCLA. She made mission trips to Two Gray Hills, New Mexico with the Vineyard Church of Grand Junction and to Tecate, Mexico with the Garden School.Van Dijk graduatesCiona F. Van Dijk, daughter of Farland Fish and Jim Wagner of Glenwood Springs, graduated May 25 from Amherst College in Massachusetts. She majored in philosophy and psychology and earned a bachelor of arts degree. Kuhns graduatesAdrea K. Kuhns graduated from Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg. Va. on April 27, receiving a bachelor of arts degree cum laude in English and secondary education licensure. She is the daughter of Kenneth and Gail Kuhns of Silt.Winn makes dean’s listKelly Winn of Carbondale was named to the dean’s list of the University of Colorado Boulder in the College of Architecture and Planning for the spring 2003 semester. He is a 2001 graduate of Basalt High School.Hille graduatesParker C. Hille of Glenwood Springs recently graduated from Front Range Community College with an associate of arts degree. pic: Osvaldo and Kenneth Ortega with their mother Esthela Sanchez and Fr. Al Muniz.First CommunionOsvaldo Ortega and Kenneth Ortega celebrated their First Communion at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church May 31.


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