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Readers Say Thanks

Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Every winter, disc golf communities across the world put on tournaments to benefit a local charity. It is done in the winter to remind us of others who may not be warm and comfortable at this time. It also serves to bring players out of hibernation.

This year the Roaring Fork Disc Golf club held its Ice Bowl at the Burning Mountain disc golf course in New Castle. We raised almost $1,000 and nearly 200 pounds of food for Feed My Sheep Ministries.

We have a long list of businesses and people to thank for our success. If we have left anyone out, it was not intentional and we appreciate each and every gesture from our community.

We would like to thank The Gear Exchange, Bliss, Factory Surplus, Subway, City Market New Castle, Spirits of New Castle, Elk Creek Bar and Grill, Yampah Vapor Caves, Burning Mountain Bowl, Hogback Pizza, Mr. T’s Hardware, Micro Plastics, Gran Farnum Printing, Columbine Liquor, Silt Discount Liquor, Bimbo Bakeries, Nabisco, Collen Steuben photographer, Aspen Ski Company, David Lee and last, but not least, the New Castle Lion’s Club. The New Castle Lion’s Club came out and served food during the event to help keep the players warm and happy.

We would also like to thank the Grand Valley Disc Golf Club for their continued support and travel from Grand Junction to our events. Please travel to their Ice Bowl on Feb. 11 in Palisade. Events like this bring out the best in our communities.

Trish Farnum

Roaring Fork Disc Golf Club


On Thursday, Feb. 2, parents, grandparents and honored guests were treated to an evening of speeches, exhibits and informal discussions from such iconic figures as Leonardo da Vinci, Charles Dickens, Dwight D. Eisenhower and others. The event was presented by a group of fifth-graders from Sopris Elementary School, under the direction of Marty Mazzotta, herself acting as the Unsinkable Molly Brown.

It was a remarkable evening for family and friends to witness these young people performing their selected personalities in period dress while assuming that person’s identity. The guests were provided a chance to experience greatness, and to learn from children who were very into their roles. The evening was topped off with the favorite treat of the individual they portrayed.

As grandparents, we were so impressed with the hard work teachers perform and dedication they embody as they unselfishly mold the mind and attitudes of their students. As we watched the performances, our hearts where filled with pride, and we were reminded of the marvelous accomplishments young people can aspire to if given the chance and opportunity.

This letter is offered in appreciation to Ms. Mazzotta and the other teachers and staff who gave their time so graciously so that we could experience the unlimited talents of our children. It was an outstanding performance by all.

Jim Hassell


On behalf of the Carbondale School Community, I want to thank all the Sunlight Mountain Resort staff for everything they did to make our annual all-school ski day on Jan. 26 a tremendous success. We could not have asked for a more accommodating staff, beautiful weather and great ski conditions.

I would like to recognize Erin Walla, group sales manager, who went out of her way to arrange for our day and welcomed all our students, teachers and parent volunteers. She made sure that our students who had never skied before had rental gear and instructors.

I would also like to recognize all the on-mountain staff and the lift operators for being so helpful to our students, especially our younger kids.

Sunlight gave out free ski passes to our students and discounted our chaperone passes, rental gear and ski lessons. They allowed us to use the base area deck in order for us to serve lunch to everyone. With the X Games going on upvalley, it felt like we had the entire mountain to ourselves. Sunlight Mountain Resort is a wonderful area.

Tom Penzel

Carbondale Community School


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