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Donna Daniels

New baby

Teresa and Maurice Hessel of Wichita, Kan., welcomed Ashton Mary Hessel March 30.

She weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces and was 19 inches long.

Her big sister is Jessica Hessel and her grandparents are Joan Hauschel of Glenwood Springs and Ron and Sylvia St. Pierre of Rifle.

Congrats to RFTA workers

Congratulations to the following RFTA employees recognized at the End of Season celebration on Friday evening: Driver of the Year: Mario Pinedo; Driver of the Season: Lisandro Godoy; Maintenance Worker of the Year: Maria Luna; Maintenance Worker of the Season: Jeffrey Dodea; and Executive Director’s Recognition Award: Laura Mattson.

Mayday for Mutts

Colorado Animal Rescue Shelter is celebrating its 3rd annual Mayday for Mutts. This year C.A.R.E. will host an adopt-a-thon featuring dogs from the Friends of the Rifle Animal Shelter, the Eagle Valley Humane Society, and ARF, the Animal Rescue Foundation. There will be live music by the Beaters, a barbecue, a bake sale, crafts and lots of fun.

The adopt-a-thon will be Saturday, May 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the shelter, across the road from the CMC Spring Valley Campus, 2801 County Road 114. Call 947-9173 for more information.

Cool plane appears in Glenwood

Our airplane correspondent Jan Girardeau e-mailed us that Mr. and Mrs. Pete Soby from the Boulder area recently flew their 1947 Grumman Widgeon “Flying Boat” in to pick up some electronic parts, but spend much time in the air on flights for AirLifeLine, a non-profit organization whose nationwide network of nearly 1,500 volunteer pilots donates free flights for people in need. AirLifeLine’s volunteer pilots provide free air transportation as often as necessary for nearly 9,500 passengers across the nation each year.

Pair marks 50 years

Thomas B. and Jean Williams celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary April 11 with a party at the Elks Lodge for family and friends. The following night their five children – Debbie Guccini, Steve Williams, Tom W. Williams, Sharon Wetzler and Rich Williams – hosted a family dinner at the Sopris Restaurant. There were 30 people at the dinner, including spouses, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Wilde hosts radio show

Carson Wilde, 11, is making his mark as a radio disc jockey. He now hosts YouthZone’s Kids Count radio show, which airs every Wednesday night at 7 p.m. on KMTS radio. It’s a 15-minute show that provides information on youth issues, services and programs in our area. Carson has been a longtime volunteer with YouthZone and when asked to be on the show, asked if he could host the show. Way to get ahead, Carson.

Mary Jean Carnevale, spokesperson for YouthZone, wrote, “Carson brings a fresh perspective to the show and ends each show with a joke, to brighten everyone’s day. We encourage folks to tune in to Kids Count and feel free to e-mail your ideas or comments about the show to”

Rotary gives to Girl Scouts: The local Girl Scouts recently received $1,000 from the Glenwood Springs Rotary Club for their outdoor skills program. (Left to right) Leah Hubbard and Janet Anderson received the check.

Allen makes dean’s list

Lorinda Allen of Glenwood Springs was recently named to the dean’s list for the 2002 fall semester at Colorado Mountain College. She has a grade point average of 3.67.

She also has been accepted to the Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Society and was appointed vice president of the Glenwood Chapter.

Lorinda is working toward her associate’s degree in computer science. She is the wife of Tracy L. Allen and mother of Jolynn Thompson, Faith Thompson and Emaleigh Thompson of New Castle, and Taryn Allen, Tylar Allen, and Jarred Allen of California.

ryn Allen, Tylar Allen, and Jarred Allen of California.

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