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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
It is with enormous gratitude that I write this letter. In April 2009, I moved my Dad, Ferd Schiavi, a 90-year-old East Coast resident of New York City and Washington, D.C., to Heritage Park Care Center in Carbondale. When he arrived, I heard him tell a friend on the phone, “My daughter moved me to Kansas, or wherever the heck I am. …”
His health was fragile at best, but the 24-hour care and therapy he received at Heritage Park allowed him to reclaim his health and independence. Within three months, he advanced to Heritage Park Assisted Living. He was so appreciative of the loving attention of the staff, kindness of the residents, and fullness of the activities offered. The warm welcome we received at Heritage Park helped my Dad embrace his new home.
Having experienced care centers in the east and in this area throughout my father’s aging process, I can say with confidence that our experience at Heritage Park was unmatched. I have nothing but positive thoughts to share about the exceptional, competent, and loving staff at the facility. I thank the entire Heritage Park community from the bottom of my heart.
Kathy (Harris) Schiavi
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I’d like to thank everyone involved with our End of Season Basketball Celebration, on Feb. 23 at the Community Center. A fun-filled, joyful event was possible because of the following people:
Linda Austin-Martin, the staff from Mountain Valley Developmental Services, and the clients, who helped cheer on their friends and fellow athletes. The teams, Blue Raiders and Greenhouse Warriors, deserve special recognition, for their exceptional athletic ability and extraordinary sportsmanship. Alpine Bank, for its generous donation, coupled with Something Sweet Product Distributor, allowed us to provide medals for our athletes and pom-pons for our enthusiastic crowd.
Special thanks to Jack Green, master of ceremonies; Matt Kraemer, referee; Ken and Carol Call, scorekeepers; GSHS cheerleaders; and Joel Bone, athletic director. Both teams were supported by the following assistant coaches/unified players, Zak McCullough, Adam Juul, Miho Kataoka and Casey DeFrates.
Of course, none of our celebrations would be possible without the awareness and support of our families and the community. Thank you, Kelley Cox, for recognizing these athletes in the Post Independent, and thanks to those who were able to take time from their busy day, to encourage and applaud this event.
Jamie Darien, “coach”
I wish to thank everyone for all the amazing love that touched my heart in the loss of my son, Scott. I loved him so much. I cannot express my gratitude for all of the prayers, cards, flowers, food and donations. Your love and support has been overwhelming.
Thank you to all the friends and family that came together to show respect at Scott’s memorial. Thank you to the American Legion in Carbondale for allowing us to have it there. Thank you to Rob Goodwin for your comforting words – they meant so much. Thank you to all those who brought and served food: Rose, Anneh, Christina and Bryce Manzanares and others that helped. Thank you to Bob Gross for donating the meat, and to Mrs. Betsy Schenck for beautifully playing the piano. Thank you to Rocky Whitworth, Scott’s football coach in 1978, who shared stories and wonderful memories of Scott’s treasured football days. Thank you to all of you who spoke and shared your lasting memories of Scott. Thank you, Christy, for taking photos. I would like to say a special thank-you to my granddaughter Mariane and her mother, JoEllen, for making the wonderful DVD slide show of photos that played throughout the service. Thank you to anyone we may have missed.
Glenna Lusk and family
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