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The following Redstone and Carbondale stores contributed generously to the West Elk Loop Scenic and Historic Byway for items for a gift basket for attendees at the National Scenic Byway Convention held in Denver recently. Chamber of commerce brochures for Carbondale and the Elk Mountain Odyssey book were well received. Shop locally. Support the stores that support the community. Thanks to all. Redstone Company Store, Novel Tea Books, Redstone General Store, Wild Horse Enterprises, The Village Smithy, Roadside Gallery, Redstone Art Center, Main Street Spirits, Main Street Gallery, Hightower Trading Post, Avalanche Outfitters, Artists Collective, Carbondale Animal Hospital, Crystal Club Cafe, Floral Boutique, Harmony Scott, Aspen Valley Land Trust and Ajax Bike and Sports.Dorothea Farris, member, West Elk Loop Byway

I would like to thank the Commuter club and Jennifer Outwater, the city of Aspen and RFTA for naming me one of the Commuters of the Year. (Also Challenge Aspen), I’m grateful! I will continue to be a booster for RFTA and alternates to driving a large SUV 80 miles an hour on Highway 82 with only one person on board;Gratefully, Donie GrangeGlenwood Springs

The Roaring Fork Rotary/Club Rotario wishes to thank everyone who made our seventh annual Festival of the Americas, held Saturday, Aug. 15, at Sopris Park in Carbondale, such a success. Event sponsors included Alpine Bank, Kaufman & Kaufman, the town of Carbondale, the Community Integration Initiative, CMC, U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo, the Carbondale Rotary, La Unin, The Post Independent, La Nueva Mix, and Mi Casita/Century 21. While stiff competition from neighboring events saw our numbers drop a bit, the roughly $7,000 raised will fund CMC scholarships for exemplary local students from the Class of 2010.From 11a.m. through 8 p.m., 30 vendors and nonprofits showcased their exotic cuisine, folkloric wares and passionate ideals, and attending families enjoyed a huge children’s area, an ample beer garden, and a wide range of music from six live bands: Atrevidos de la Sierra, Grupo Alba, Mariachi “Reyes de Jalisco,” Balle Folklorico “Herencia Mexicana,” Fuerza Tropical, and Viento Bravo. Club Rotario was also privileged to award the 2009 Jackie Morales Awards for outstanding service to the immigrant community to Ashley Carruth and Jane Douglass (educators), Jahaziel Ramos (student), Luis Polar (professional) and Ginny Badger (volunteer). Each of these community leaders has devoted many hours to creating bicultural harmony and integration in the Roaring Fork Valley, and we salute their work. We are already planning to make the eighth annual festival in 2010 the best one yet.Sincerely,Jim Coombs, presidentRoaring Fork Rotary/Club Rotario


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