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Post IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

I’m writing this letter to thank everyone that participated in my year as a Rotary exchange student in G-Wood.I would like to thank first the Glenwood Springs Rotary Club. Without this club full of amazing people, I would have never been here. Rotary realizes dreams and they realized mine.Next, I would like to thank the families that had the courage to host a foreigner: the Kochers, the Edmonds and the Kramers. Even though I spent “only” two weeks with them, I want to thank the Sobkes.Then, the best part of my year here was the school year; that’s where I met friends, best friends, amazing teachers and awesome sport coaches. Even though I didn’t work a lot, thanks to all the teachers that supported me, that helped me and that gave me good grades … or not. Thank you to Mrs. Flohr, Mr. Bolitho, Mr. Boroffio, Mrs. Friedly, Mrs. Malnati, Mr. Brickell, Mr. Nykerk, Mr. Brooks, Mrs. Guevara, basketball coaches Salmen, Hansen and Hire and track coaches Risner, Kishimoto, Andersen, Stowe and my favorite, Shepard. The school year was full of unforgettable memories, the football team dominated until the end by becoming state champion, then I managed and played for the JV basketball team. I ran long distance in track, and I went to prom two hours after the rainy Demon Invitational.Most important of all: friends. This year would have been nothing without them. They became some of my favorite people ever: Nick Ciani, Cassidy Gaddis, Tiffany Rodgers, Josh Galvan, Connor Adams, Oswaldo Madrid, Kevin Flohr, Michelle Thrun, Madi Goodstein, William Rosas, Wyatt Israel, Willy Pelland, JJ Asplund, Mario Santana, Rachel Sobke, Jenna Sobke, Kellin Casey, Chris Ayala, Rachel Gacnik, Christian Bergren-Aragon, Hannah Thimsen and Shannon O’Gara. Without any of you, my year would have been nothing. Thank you all so much, and I’ll never forget you. I’m sure I’ll see some of you soon, maybe in CSU or CU.And, I’m doing an Away Party June 23 at the Kramers, 2501 Palmer Ave., G-Wood. Everybody is welcome to come.Christophe Michel/Frenchie, Rotary exchange student from France

The eighth annual Carbondale Music & Lobster Fest brought nearly 100 local musicians to downtown for some great, live music. There were about 30 separate music shows in Sopris Park, Phat Thai, ella, the Black Nugget and Steve’s Guitars over the two-day celebration of local music.Thanks to Ian at ella restaurant, we served more than 250 fresh Maine lobsters in Sopris Park while 12 hours of live music was presented in the gazebo. The event also served as a fundraiser for the Greensprouts Foundation for projects to green our local schools. The 5 & 10K runs and the Lobster Crawl were a big hit once again.It was wonderful to see people enjoying live music all over town. And, there’s something special about having the town share a meal in the park while listening to their friends, family and neighbors make music.A sweet event that supported several important causes and it couldn’t have happened without all the volunteers, sponsors, kids, parents and musicians. A true home-grown celebration.Steve StandifordCarbondale

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