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Post IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

On Saturday, May 5, Trout Unlimited generously hosted a day of fly fishing for 14 of our buddies at Lake Christine in Basalt – a perfect day for outdoor education and new adventures.For a first-time fishing experience for many of our buddies, big and little, the Buddy Program would like to thank Dan Bullock, president of the Trout Unlimited local chapter, for organizing the adventure for our buddies, from coordinating the guides, to planning and preparing breakfast and lunch, along with his wife Meredith. Everything was amazing and very well organized.Thank you to Matt Yamashita from Colorado Parks and Wildlife for sharing his knowledge of the local wildlife species as well as providing fly rods for our little buddies.The Buddy Program is also grateful to Alpine Angling and Roaring Fork Anglers for donating flies and the use of fly rods.And finally, a big thank you to all of the guides who donated their time on that perfect Saturday to share what they love most with our big and little buddies: Alan Pilkington, Jack Mikaloff, Ron Rouse, Jesse Amory, Jeff Chapman and Bill Hilderbrand. They all were truly inspirational and thanks to them we now have a new group of eager fisher people.Soledad Lowe, Senior Program CoordinatorThe Buddy ProgramAspen

The recent Inaugural Health & Wellness Expo held at Glenwood Springs High School was a great success. There were 38 local providers offering free information, samples and services, along with more than 20 free informational seminars. Providers and attendees alike have given us the feedback that they definitely want to see this expo again next year.It takes a coordinated effort from the community to create an event like this and we would like to thank those who contributed. Davi Nikent, the Natural Practitioners Network, Valley View Hospital, Vitamin Cottage and US Bank were instrumental in providing support for the event. Our media sponsors KMTS, KDNK, Comcast Cable and the Post Independent were invaluable in our marketing efforts. The folks on the ground at the event did an amazing job. Special thanks to Gabe and Pat at KMTS, the Glenwood Springs Rugby Team, Davi Roach, Nicky Foust, Barb Forrest, Michelle Williams, Betsy Bowie, Hollis Kerler, Emily Somerville, Fran Page, Richard Vottero, Paulette Johnston, Nick Isenberg, Jodi Searling, Tari Williams, Linda Dunphy, Patti Rockstar, Sue Clark, Mary Anderson, Marti Barbour and Karen Connington. We invite you to extend your thanks to those mentioned, as you are out and about in the community, for their time and energy spent on our communal well-being. And if you didn’t make it this year, we’ll see you in 2013.Sincerely,The Health & Wellness Expo Committee: Dr. Stephanie Stanfield, Dean Pappas, Kimberly Henrie, Kym Allison, Rhonda Piccola, Rita Marsh, Suzette Skidmore and Tammy Perry

Once again, for the fourth year in a row, Kendall Spyker of The Gear Exchange donated the sweetest long board to our student with the best attendance for the school year. Congrats to Ashley Sneed.The names of each month’s best attendees get thrown into a hopper and the lucky student gets chosen in May. The Gear Exchange continues year after year to support our students, and in doing so we support them and hope you do, too.We love you, Gear Exchange.Marta Parker, administrative assistantYampah Mountain High SchoolGlenwood Springs


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