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Mountain Mailbag

Did he say that?

From the Kids Say the Darndest Things Department comes this gem. A third grader wrote the following about the Bard. “The greatest writer of the Renaissance was William Shakespeare. He was born in the year 1564, supposedly on his birthday. He never made much money and is famous only because of his plays. He wrote tragedies, comedies, and hysterectomies, all in islamic pentameter.”

Jessica goes to cheerleading camp

Jessica Scott wrote in: “As some of you know I attended a cheerleading camp last week. During the camp I learned many routines, dances, cheers, stunts and much more. I was also told about a prestigious award, All American Cheerleaders. You must be nominated by a camp director to try out. To try out I had to perform the camp cheer, three consecutive jumps and a tumbling pass. My mom told me that if I really wanted it I should go for it. So I sucked up and went for it. Everything was going well until my toe-touch at the end. I landed on my ankle the wrong way. I kept smiling, yelling and hitting every motion perfect. I made it! The four girls that were chosen were invited to cheer at the half-time show at the Hula Bowl in Maui. I would greatly appreciate support in the financial area. To donate to the Jessica Scott Cheer Fund send a check or money order to Jessica Scott, 0113 Glen Eagle Circle, New Castle, CO 81647. Sincerely, Jessica Mae Scott.”

A dog day at the pool

Bring your best friend to the pool for a day of fun events and prizes from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. Owners and dogs must be prepared to get in the water. Dogs must be on a leash and friendly with other dogs and people. Cost is $5 per dog. Call the Carbondale Recreation Department at 704-4115 or the Carbondale Pool at 963-2065 for registration information.

Basalt has winners

The Basalt Regional Heritage Society held its second annual town picnic this past Sunday, Aug. 25. People munched on hot dogs and great side dishes.

The day cooperated by providing sunny weather with moderate temperatures, which was greatly appreciated by the horseshoe tournament participants. First place in the singles division was won by Brad Elliott, and Bob Gish took second place honors. Phil Freedman and Leroy Duroux tied for third place. In the doubles competition, Robert Pettit and Dick Meritt took first place, followed by Mattie Zuena and Crystal Gish in second place. The coveted BRHS Centennial T-shirt was awarded for prizes. Many thanks to the people who came and enjoyed the food, competition and friendship of the BRHS picnic and helped make the picnic a great event.

Where’s Robert?

My name is Pressa. I lived with Robert Coragan until our home was destroyed in the Coal Seam fire. At that time, because he loves me, Robert took me to Colorado Animal Rescue for care and shelter until he could rebuild his life. I know he loves me because he had me wear a pretty purple collar with a heart-shaped tag showing my name and phone number. He was suppose to come back for me but I haven’t heard anything from him since the fire and the phone number on my tag is no longer in service. Can anyone help me find Robert Coragan? If anyone has any information on him, please call my friends at Colorado Animal Rescue, 947-9173. I miss Robert and I miss having a home terribly. If Robert can’t take care of me anymore I’ll understand and maybe CARE can find another loving home for me. I just need to know.

More from kids

Another third-grader wrote about Julius Caesar. “Julius Caesar extinguished himself on the battlefields of Gaul. The Ides of March killed him because they thought he was going to be made king. When he was dying he gasped out, `Tee Hee, Brutus.'”

We are happy to publish, at no cost, news about people living in the Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys, as well as goofy pictures, wacky happenings and manic musings. “Mountain Mailbag” runs every Sunday. E-mail your item to, mail a crisp copy to P.O. Box 550, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602 or deliver it to the newsroom at 2014 Grand Ave.

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