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New Castle family gets a pleasant surprise

Staff ReportGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

ASPEN – A New Castle family found themselves in the eye of CBS’s “Early Show” on Thursday, Aug. 16.The Harju family were in for quite a surprise when the TV show recognized them.Following the death of their 15-year-old son Philip to cancer, Art and Valerie Harju received the surprise of a lifetime during the CBS taping.”I still don’t believe it yet,” said Harju after Dave Price, a weather anchor and features reporter for the show, awarded the couple a trip to Belize as part of the show’s American Vacations Giveaway.Friends nominated the Harjus for the trip, and fooled the family of nine into making the early morning drive to Aspen by making up a story about another friend winning an award.”I’m in shock,” Valerie Harju said.Philip Harju died of leukemia on Sept. 27, 2005.Aspen was one of nine stops on the show’s “Great American Vacation” summer tour hosted by Price. Emily Procter of CBS’s “CSI: Miami” joined Price for the Aspen taping.Charles Agar of the Aspen Times contributed to this report.


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