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Readers Say Thanks

Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

American Legion Kelly-Hansen Post 78 thanks all those who contributed to the construction of the West Garfield County Veterans Memorial in Rifle. We worked hard to inscribe the names of every veteran who lived or lives in West Garfield County. We have worked hard to ensure the accuracy of all the names on the memorial. The initial phase of engraving was completed when the memorial was dedicated on Nov. 8, 2009. Only corrections are being added now.

The initial contributions paid for the construction and engraving of the names presently on the memorial. We are now in the second phase of recognizing West Garfield County veterans. Persons choosing to have their veteran’s name added to the memorial will be charged $50 per name. About twice each year we will add names to the memorial as we receive them. The few dollars left over from the construction of the initial phase is reserved for the perpetual maintenance of the memorial. There are no funds available to pay for the engraving of names in this second phase or to pay for additional stones as they become necessary without having this nominal charge.

The West Garfield County Veterans Memorial is a perpetual monument and we will continue to add the names of those who served or who are serving. The memorial allows us to remember those who have passed and to honor those who are still living. The veteran must have been living in West Garfield County when they joined the service (identified with a star) or be living in the county when their name is added to the memorial.

If you have a veteran’s name that you would like to have engraved on a memorial stone, please contact John Scalzo, 625-1842, or Ralph Koehler, 625-5457. The cost is $50 per name.

Jay Miller


American Legion

Kelly-Hansen Post 78

I would like to thank all of our theatergoers who helped to make TRTC’s production of “The Glass Menagerie” so successful. We nearly sold out every performance. Our Sunday matinee, traditionally a small audience, was three-quarters full. Our final performance, Saturday, March 20 was sold out, even with other events happening around us.

“The Glass Menagerie”, although written over 60 years ago, could have been written yesterday. People laughed and then they recognized something in the play, reality sets in. Classic drama reveals in part who we are as a people. Theatre is a reflection of our culture. We are all experiencing this down time, and the play resonates for us. I also believe that a well-acted production and uniquely theatrical, in of itself, can be uplifting, if simply as a work of art.

Theatergoers remember our dramas, and like this show, we received dozens of e-mails from our patrons sharing with us how much they enjoyed the production, one of their favorites, and that they are still talking about it. Thank you for those notes, it pleases us that you feel that way.

I think the reason the play lingers is due to the fact that you go out after plays like “The Glass Menagerie”, “Death of a Salesman” or “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and discuss them – it stays with you. People don’t usually go out after comedies to talk about them, like our production of Neil Simon’s “The Prisoner of Second Avenue.” They fade away rapidly, and it isn’t a comment about the acting or directing. People think TRTC only does dramas. This is amusing, because half of our productions over the past 15 years have been comedies. For us, it is important that we maintain the legacy that theatre is a reflection of our culture … not all sad, dramatic, nor happy … it reflects all of our emotions. We can only hope that we manage to continuing giving you the standard of excellence that you have come to expect from TRTC.

Lon Winston, Executive Artistic Director

Thunder River Theatre Company

In these times when so many are struggling, it does my heart good to see people reaching out to help those in need. I attended the Hill benefit last Sunday and was moved by the enormous effort by the organizers and by how many people came to show their support. I’d particularly like to acknowledge Donnie Fin, who was busy serving wonderful appetizers at the event on Sunday and was right there on Monday, preparing delicious chicken to the Extended Table. I encourage everyone to support those who support others. Thanks Donnie for all you do.

Holly Snyder

5th Monday Extended Table Captain

The Go Green team at Kathryn Senor Elementary in New Castle would like to extend a big thank you to Josh Appleton and all the terrific staff at Vista Auto Group Honda/Subaru in west Glenwood Springs for their recent sponsorship of our fundraiser car wash.

Thank you is also due to the many people in the community who brought their vehicle in for a $5 car wash and often contributed more than the suggested donation for their clean car. Some drivers didn’t have time to wait in line for the busy car wash, but they still generously contributed $5 to the worthy cause.

The proceeds raised will be combined with other funds raised through the school’s Parent Teacher Advisory Committee to plant trees in the school’s back playground. Due to necessary construction work last summer, the playground currently only has one tree. With this generous support from the community and through the efforts of parent volunteers, soon the school administration, Go Green team and PTAC will be planting new trees for the children to enjoy. The trees will provide much-needed playground shade, help clean the air and beautify the school.

Chris DeSimone

Academic Coach

Kathryn Senor Elementary

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