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Readers say thanks

As this year’s American Cancer Society Relay For Life committee chair, I would like to thank Roaring Fork Valley residents or their overwhelming generosity and support.

Fifty-one teams and over 500 team members participated in this year’s event, raising more than $155,000. This outstanding show of support proves that the people in our valley are truly committed to the fight against cancer.

The Relay For Life committee did an outstanding job of putting the event together.

Committee members are Betty Bradley, Jenn Flentge, Natasha Lucero, Karen Jewell, Betsy Stewart, Susie Stein, Donni Cochran, Ann Morris, Laura Edgar, Frank Rudecoff, Ann Keeney, Paul Hilts, Ann Broadhurst, Linda Clark, Susan Faulkner, Linda Hoffman, Candy Holgate, Marianne Kipper, Nellie LaJoy, and Libby Walker.

We also appreciate the generosity of this year’s sponsors. Relay For Life would not be possible without them. Many of our 30 corporate sponsors were present this year to show their continued support ” Alpine Bank, Ace Hardware, Alpine Animal Hospital, American National Bank, Aspen Valley Hospital, Basalt Realty, KSPN, Pour House, Sopris Surfers, Total Merchant Services, Valley Lumber, Valley View Hospital, and Vectra Bank. Stewart Custom Builders donated prop construction and manpower throughout the event.

Opening ceremonies were made possible with the help of the Carbondale Boy Scout Troop, Bruce Gledhill of the Church at Redstone, and local Mayors Bruce Christenson, Leroy Duroux, Doug Mercatoris and Carbondale Trustee Ed Cortez.

Guests Wayne Lilyestrom, Ph.D. of Fort Collins, and John Palmer of Carbondale shared stories, and KC Johnson and the Earthbeat Summer Choir Staff, along with Maureen Hinkle, shared music during the Luminaria Ceremony.

The Lion’s Club of Basalt and the Pour House of Carbondale graciously provided a hot breakfast for participants before heading home at 7:30 a.m.

A huge thank-you to the town of Carbondale, the District Court Work Program, the Carbondale Middle School, and the Re-1 School District for helping us put on a great event again this year.

There are so many people and organizations to thank. It takes a community to fight cancer. We couldn’t do it without everyone’s help.

Julia Spencer, 2008 event chair


The first-ever Snowmass Village coed softball season concluded on Saturday with a double elimination tournament. The teams and their players were there at 8 a.m. “hydrating” early in readiness for the long day. There were some great hits, catches and many war wounds from the players’ diving stops. The wRec’d team nudged out a win in the championship game with a come-from-behind eight runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Thank you to all the teams involved ” Silvertree, wRec’d (Recreation Department) and the two town teams, the Village Idiots and Town Pillagers, for such a memorable and fun season. Thank you to Stacey Forrester and Tasters Pizza for sponsoring the trophy and after-party. A huge thank you to our umpires, Jeremy Young, Patrick Faurer and Jim Pilcher, for their umpiring services, and Pam Mulleavy, Patrick Clark and the Parks’ crew for their great field prep all season.

Cheers everyone, and see you on Jan. 4 (yep in the snow) for the first softball games in Colorado. Hopefully our wounds will heal by then.

Chris “Woodsie” Woods,

recreation program specialist

Town of Snowmass Village

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