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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

We would like to thank the city crew for working nonstop and tirelessly to repair the broken water main in our subdivision. Thanks so much for serving and protecting. You help make Glenwood Springs a great place to live.

Walter Gallacher and Sarah Hess

Glenwood Springs

During the 2012 Christmas season, Silt Cub Scout Pack 220 collected hundreds of toys, books and bicycles for the Marines’ Toys for Tots program. The program was headed by Garfield County resident Marine Shawn Christenson.

The scouts placed collection boxes at area businesses in addition to spending many hours promoting the event at the Rifle Wal-Mart. Collected toys were distributed between two very worthy organizations: the River Center in New Castle, which is in charge of the angel trees throughout the valley, and St. Mary’s Church in Rifle, which hosts the Jesse tree.

Through the Jesse Tree, the scouts were able to make 247 children’s Christmases a little brighter with a new toy.

Pack 220 would like to thank all the area businesses that helped in the collection process; Silt Dollar General Store, New Castle City Market, Rifle City Market, Rifle Wal-Mart and Clark’s Market in Battlement Mesa, Silt Police Department and the Glenwood Springs Marriott Inn.

The entire Pack 220 is so appreciative of our amazing community and their generosity during this event. Be on the lookout for the Cub Scout Pack 220 next year as this will be an annual event.

Toni Yorty


The Children’s Rocky Mountain School just completed the second annual valleywide Great Pajama Drive. We collected 257 pairs of pajamas, newborn to adult sizes, which were paired with a book from The Family Visitor Programs and distributed to families in need by Valentine’s Day.

The Children’s Rocky Mountain School hosts an event each year that helps children learn about “giving back” to their community. Our goal was to host a local pajama/book drive to share the love of bedtime reading by providing new pajamas and books for the neediest families within our community.

This effort would not have succeeded without all the valleywide support we received. A special thanks to: Sandy Swanson from the Family Visitor Programs for providing books to accompany PJs, Amiee Beazley, Erin Rigney from Rainy Day Designs, KDNK, Annette at Copy Copy for donating poster printing, Carbondale Chamber, Nicole Johnson from, Carbondale Community School, Joan Chovanec at the Children’s Mini College, The Early Childhood Network, Alpine Banks, Paula Fothergill from the Carbondale Rotary, Gordon Cooper Library, Blue Lake Preschool, Basalt Library, Pediatric Partners, Roaring Fork Family Physicians, Glenwood Springs Library, Dana Damm and the staff from the Garfield County Department of Childcare, Valley View Hospital, ELC, St. Barnabus Church, Growing Years Preschool, and especially the parents and staff at the Children’s Rocky Mountain School.

Again, thanks to everyone who made this wonderful event such a success.

Sandy Swanson, executive director

Family Visitor Programs

Debbie Condello, executive director

Children’s Rocky Mountain School

We would like to extend a heartfelt thanks for all the support and comfort during this difficult time following Dan Sparkman’s death. We would like to thank all of the towing companies who participated in the tow truck funeral procession, the Colorado State Patrol, Basalt Fire Department, Glenwood Springs Elks Lodge No. 2286, Steve from Farnum Holt Mortuary, Eagle County Coroner Kara Bettis, Tom Dalessandri and everyone who made the celebration of life possible. Dan’s family is extremely grateful to everyone for the continued support. Thank you to everyone.


Denise and Jessica Sparkman and family

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