Libby Brooks at Masse’s CornerOn a recent trip to New England, Libby Brooks of the circulation department at the Post Independent proves the paper does get read, even in the strangest places. Masse’s Corner in Cambridge, Mass., is named for the family of Post Independent reporter Greg Mass, whose family hardware store has been there for more than a century.Four flagpoles?From one observant reader comes this musing about what will fly from the fourth flagpole in front of the new Glenwood Springs City Hall. “Any theories on why there are four flag poles in front of the new sheriff’s building, and/or city hall? There’s a U.S. flag. That’s OK. There’s the Colorado flag. That’s OK. Is there a county flag? And what about the fourth flag? Maybe they’ll fly a Skull and Crossbones during contentious public hearings, city manager review night, etc.”Maybe the Sopris County promoters have a flag waiting to unfurl. Stay tuned.Zoi and Boomer”No I don’t want to go for a walk.” Zoi, King German shepherd of the Wallen family in New Castle, tries to take a reluctant Boomer, a yellow Lab, for a walk. They’re best of friends most times, except when Zoi gets a “little bossy,” said John Gatzeras of Rifle, who sent us the photo.Mortensensurvivesboot campMarine Private Cody Mortensen, son of Dan and Stacy Mortensen of Petaluma, Calif., graduated from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, Calif., in July. After 13 weeks of one of the most rigorous boot camps in the Armed Forces, Mortensen was awarded the National Defense Medal and the Rifle Sharpshooter Badge. He returns to Camp Pendleton, Calif., for advanced combat training.I’m a poodleI’m a poodle, you’re a poodle, we are poodles all, and when we get together we give the poodle call … yip yip yip yip yip …The renowned “Poodle Brothers,” Sammy and Charley, of Aspen, put on a poodle bash for their fourth birthdays with doggie treats and a few scraps for their humans in Pioneer Park last month. In true Glitz City fashion, only the upper crust of doggiedom, i.e. poodles, were invited. Rumor has it a bunch of back alley curs crashed the shindig.Zwickl tops class at D.U.Brenda Zwickl graduated magna cum laude from the University of Denver June 8 with a bachelor of fine arts in studio art. She is a 1998 graduate of Glenwood Springs High School. In the fall Zwickl plans to study for a master’s in education, specializing in art education at the secondary level. She is the daughter of Dennis and Michelle Zwickl and the granddaughter of Lee and Wilma Morgan of Glenwood Springs and Mel and Betty Zwickl of Mesa, Ariz.Big fishMichael LoRusso of Battlement Mesa caught a 24-pound pike at Harvey Gap Reservoir in June. Wife Anna, who sent us the picture, said it could be a record. Could be, but he gets the lunker award for catching a fish almost as big as himself. Way to go Michael. Looks like you need to get a bigger boat.Justin & Emily cool offJustin Marquez, 3, and his cousin, Emily Allen, also 3, put to sea in a beautiful pea-green boat. This owl and pussycat spent the day at Fun Junction in Grand Junction.Mountain Mailbag postal rulesWe 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 email@example.com, 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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