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We, the staff and board of directors of the Earthbeat Summer Music Camps wish to pass on a huge thank-you to all our singing participants, parents, schools and grantors for making our 2008 Summer Music Camp program a huge success. Approximately 275 local children participated. All four music camps sold out. We could not have done it without you.Thank yous go out to our supportive school principals, Sonya Hemmen of the Glenwood Elementary, Dave Lindenberg of the New Castle Elementary, Mark Grice of the Carbondale Montessori School and Tye Haden of the Basalt Middle School. Thank you for your amazing and continued support. And a special thanks goes out to Cathy Partain, New Castle district coordinator for having faith in us in spite of our rough start.Huge thanks goes out to our grantors, all unsung heroes, (The ladies of the Aspen Thrift Shop, The Aspen Elks Club, the town of Basalt Discretionary Fund, and Mr. Anonymous) whose generous financial donations make our scholarship program possible. A special thanks goes out to the Pinecreek Cookhouse Restaurant owners John and Juliette Wilcox for backing me; Doug Campbell, general manager; and Claire Clarke, manager, for covering my shifts so I could keep the Earthbeat dream and experience alive.Lastly, thank you to my amazingly talented staff. You are the living example that music and the arts effect peoples lives. I consider myself blessed to be a part of your lives for the last 15 years. You challenge me to keep growing, and you bring the best out in me.You all make the difference. Each of you is irreplaceable. KC Johnson, Roaring Fork Valley Earthbeat Summer Music Camps directorSnowmass

The family of Debbie Lundin and Glenwood Springs Elks Lodge would like to thank those people who donated money to the Elks Perpetual Scholarship Fund in memory of Steve Lundin. The Elks Lodge traditionally gives $8,000 in scholarships to local high school students. Because of your kindness, the fund has grown by over $5,000. Steve would be so gratified by your generosity.Sharon Williams, exalted rulerGlenwood Springs Lodge #2286

The town of Silt has a gem in River Park where the public can picnic, walk, fish, explore, let their well-behaved dogs off leash and access a boat ramp to the Colorado River. Now that gem of open space is shining a bit brighter thanks to the efforts of Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV) and hard-working local volunteers. Twenty-five volunteers spent up to seven hours Saturday, Oct. 11 to cut, drag and stack about 160 cubic yards of noxious trees that were clogging the River Park land and pond. With a little future annual maintenance, the park now will be virtually free of invasive tamarisk and Russian olive trees. This is another important step to try to knock out these species along the Colorado River in Garfield County to keep the seeds and plants from spreading. According to Garfield County Vegetation Manager Steve Anthony, each of the fast-growing tamarisk trees, also known as salt cedar, can suck up more than 200 gallons of valuable water per day while crowding out native plant species. For more information on how best to get rid of these plants on your property, contact Steve at 625-8601.The town of Silt would like to thank our work day project partners RFOV, Garfield County, Trout Unlimited and the Tamarisk Coalition. Betsy Suerth, town administratorSilt



The interest in installing solar systems on homes and businesses in the Garfield County area continues to grow as evidenced by the significant attendance at the second annual Solar Home Open House & Educational Tour 2008 hosted earlier this month in New Castle.More than 110 individuals visited five houses and one adjacent business on the New Castle tour to learn more about how easy and cost effective it can be to build or retrofit a home or business for energy efficiency and to use renewable energy. The tour attracted visitors from Meeker, Grand Junction, Parachute, Rifle, Silt, New Castle, Glenwood Springs and beyond.The volunteer New Castle Environmental Advisory Committee would like to thank those who opened their solar homes to the public, including the DeNio, Schroeder, Parker, Dwyer and Blair/Olson families. We would like to thank our local sponsors including the town of New Castle, Sunsense Solar Electric & Renewable Energy, SolEnergy, Colorado Solar, Evergreen Mechanical and Holy Cross Energy. Thanks to our volunteer educators and citizens who helped make the tour a great community educational event. Remember homeowners in Xcel Energy territory can still benefit from solar-system rebates which can cover more than half of the upfront expenses. Holy Cross Energy customers also can receive rebates. Homeowners can phase in a solar installation starting with an investment of about $8,000. Creative financing can be found for energy-efficiency upgrades, and homeowners are finding solar systems add significant market value to their homes. Another positive, the U.S. House and Senate just passed legislation which includes an eight-year extension of solar tax credits and a 30-percent solar production tax credit on residences.If you couldn’t make the local solar tour but would like to learn more, start with the web sites for the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association or the American Solar Energy Society.Suzie RomigNew Castle Environmental Advisory Committee


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