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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Thank you to all who helped to save my life in the parking lot of the famous Hot Springs Pool in Glenwood Springs. Thanks to Terry or Kerry, who stopped to check on me and made that life-saving call. Ten more minutes and I would not be able to write this note. Thanks to all involved at Valley View Hospital.

The community of Glenwood Springs is great.

Dieter Kiesslins



Glenwood Springs

No politics, no controversy, no personal opinions, just a note to put a smile on your face.



Sometimes in our lives, we get the opportunity to meet a very special person who touches our lives and warms our hearts, a person who makes you laugh and leaves a smile on your face to carry the rest of the day.

Within this valley there is a diner where a very special person works. This place is called the 19th Street Diner. It has been here for over 25 years. It is owned by Rick and Tonya Wernsmann.

We go to eat here several times a month. There is a waitress by the name of Pam Lloyd. Her nickname to us is “Berta.” This comes from the television show “Two and A Half Men.” Ms. Lloyd has worked at the diner for 24 years. She and her husband, King, have lived in the valley for 38 years. They have been married for 40 years. They have two sons. One lives in Aspen and the other in New Castle.

If you want a big smile on your face, be completely satisfied and feel so happy, go to the 19th Street Diner and say “hi” to Berta and the rest of the fantastic crew.

Shar Padgett, No Name

Roy Rondeau, Rifle

On Monday, April 9, in the late afternoon, there was a house fire in Swiss Village. As a resident of Swiss Village, I have a few thank yous for the folks who kept that fire in check.

As James and Denise Watson were driving home on Highway 133, they were the first to spot the smoke. They quickly drove into the subdivision and went directly to the burning house. James jumped out of the car and started checking for people and hosing down the area. Denise drove home and called the fire department. Many thanks to the Watsons for their quick action, which may indeed have kept the fire from spreading throughout Swiss Village.

Shortly thereafter, fire trucks from the Carbondale Fire Department started barreling in to the burn site. Our firefighters wasted no time in working the fire, and eventually putting it out. The fire was out sometime around midnight.

A Pitkin County sheriff’s deputy spent the night at the burn site to make sure the fire did not re-ignite, and we all slept a little bit easier knowing that the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office had the night watch. Many thanks to Pitkin County.

This valley is most fortunate to have great fire departments with firefighters who are committed, skilled and ready to serve their community at any time, day or night. I was very impressed with how quickly they responded, and how well they managed the fire.

Our firefighters don’t always get the credit or support they deserve. My appreciation and support go out to all the firefighters who give to their community every single day.

Sharon Hagedorn

Swiss Village


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