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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Glenwood Springs Parks and Recreation Department would like to extend a big thank-you to all our partners that made the first year of Youth Archery possible. The loan of equipment from Colorado Parks and Wildlife and New Creation Church gave local youth the opportunity to learn and practice safety while developing their archery skills.

An extra special thank-you goes out to Walter Krom. Mr. Krom built floor quivers, coached students and helped create a program that was both safe and fun. In an effort to continue this program during the winter months, we are looking for an indoor location. If anyone knows of a space that may fit this need, please contact me at 384-6302.

Barbara Park, Community Recreation

Glenwood Springs Recreation Department

I wish to extend profound gratitude to all of the people who helped me through the trauma of plunging off the mountainside of the LKB Upper Road on Sept. 29.

Thank you, Patti, for your understanding, caring and coming up to Marble to take me to the ER.

Paul, I was never so glad to see you in my life. Your help was beyond what anyone can be expected to do.

Wild, thanks for helping Paul remove the oxygen tank and bring it up that steep mountainside. Kathy and Joe, your kindness and concern in providing me a safe place to stay was outstanding.

To all of the people in Marble who pulled together to help me, I owe a tremendous debt of gratitude.

I thank God and every spiritual and physical entity that helped me through this major trauma.

Kathleen Menten

New Castle

I would like to take the time to recognize Susan Hjaltalin. She is the perfect example of the Good Samaritan.

One Saturday this spring I was shopping at the Rifle Walmart. I had purchased several items, and after my time of shopping I went home unaware that I had left my wallet with various credit cards, driver’s license, Social Security card, my checks, and a large sum of cash at the Walmart store. I did not notice that I had even lost my wallet until I went to work on Monday morning.

Like most of you would do, I panicked. I tried to re-trace my steps and I remembered that the last place that I remember using it was when I went to Walmart. So I called customer service and asked if anyone had turned in a wallet. They said yes. I told them, “Oh, that’s mine.” I was so excited.

When I arrived at the store, I asked the customer service department who had found it, and they said Susan Hjaltalin. I asked where I could find her, and they showed me. I told Ms. Hjaltalin thank you and that I wanted to give her something for finding my wallet. She said, “No, that is part of my job.”

I want to personally thank Susan Hjaltalin for being a woman of honesty and integrity. Most people would have kept the cash that was in the wallet.

The Rifle Walmart store should be honored to have such a person like Ms. Hjaltalin work there. She not only is friendly and honest, she gives a good name to the company. She is truly a valuable asset to Walmart and its customers.

Helen Leyba


Thanks to all the revelers who attended the 11th annual Celtic and Oktoberfest celebrations in Carbondale.

Carbondale Recreation would like to thank our awesome sponsors: town of Carbondale, Premier Party Rental, Orrison Distributing, Warsteiner, Steve’s Guitars, Sopris Liquor and Wine, and EverGreen Events. Big thanks also to Days Inn Carbondale, Ackerman Log and Timber, and City Market Carbondale and El Jebel.

This event wouldn’t happen without the enormous efforts of fellow Recreation staff members Rebecca Wagner, Bill Kirkland, Eric Brendlinger, Brandi Parsley and Gracie Piccinati.

Thanks to David Grego from Orrison and Brian Weslar from Warsteiner for tirelessly keeping the beer flowing, and Alyssa and Dave Reindel of EverGreen Events for once again helping us to green up the fests.

My volunteers deserve a big hand for all their time and effort: Crystal Beltz, Olive Tampol, Kari Heuer, Jake Heuer, Tom Heuer, Gail Heuer, Leigh Heuer, Mike and Heather Henry, Bryant Maggert, Jackie Powers, Shaggy and T Fink, Cheryl Pitout, Taylor Maggert, Mark Stover, Renee Maggert, Alex Tiernan, Kara Montie, Ashley and John Kauffman, Maria Wimmer, Cassie Harrelson, Katey Barnes, Mike Emerson, Maggie Arnold, Dan Self, Conrad Scoville and Marty Silverstein.

Raise your stein to the entertainment. We had traveling polka bands Those Austrian Guys and The Average German Band. Local acts included Public House, Spore Favore, and Crossroads. And thanks to Steve Standiford for booking the local acts and supplying all the equipment.

Finally, thank you to Andy Grogger and crew for keeping my staff and volunteers in brats and spätzle.

Until next year, slainte and prost!

Jessi Rochel

Carbondale Recreation

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