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Readers Say Thanks

Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Last Wednesday, I was in a one-car accident on Highway 82 near Cattle Creek Road. Luckily, I came out of the accident without major injuries. My dog Soleille, who was also in the car, was frightened during the accident and took off running when the car came to a stop. Since then, our community has come together in an amazing show of support. I would like to say thank you to the community.

First, thanks to the off-duty policeman who called 911, the Garfield County Sheriff’s office, Carbondale firefighters, Carbondale EMTs, and an off-duty Code Enforcement officer who immediately began the search for my dog. You were all quick to respond, empathetic to my situation and efficient in your duties.

Next, thanks to my families – both my actual family and my “local family.” My real family is scattered across the U.S., and they sent positive thoughts and prayers from afar. My “local family” came to my assistance in many ways. Thanks to Derek, Christine and Jamison, Michael, Sabine, Wendy and Danny, Mary and Bruce, Alyssa, Cindy, Margaret and George, Becky and Clara, Peggy and Dave, Monica, Carly, and Mark. You all helped me in more ways than you know.



Finally, a special thanks to all the strangers who helped find Soleille. All the businesses along Highway 82 between Cattle Creek and Thunder River Market, as well as businesses in Glenwood Springs and Carbondale, which allowed us to hang fliers in their windows and kept their eyes open for the dog. The employees of Colorado Animal Rescue fielded calls of “Soleille sightings” and gave emotional support. The employees of CMC, KDNK and Fatbelly Burgers showed genuine concern. Other people I didn’t know – Kathy, Hillary, David and others – took time out of their days to help search for Soleille. Finally on Sunday, David and Brent saw Soleille on the CMC Frisbee golf course, coaxed her to them, gave her water and called me with the good news.

Although I saw much tragedy last week, I also experienced an outpouring of love, concern, and support. I always knew I wanted to live in a small town, in a close community and now I know another reason why I love this Valley.



Thank you,

Mandi Prout

We would like to thank Elk Creek Mining Company, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Tequila’s Mexican Restaurant and Zheng Asian Bistro for their generosity, enthusiasm and contributions of day’s proceeds to benefit YouthZone.

A huge thanks to all the customers, friends and hungry folks that made this such a successful endeavor! For those who got to see the “Piggy Rap” at Tequila’s feel free to recommend us to a music producer.

We feel fortunate and thankful to have raised over $38,000 for YouthZone throughout the campaign; this would not have been possible without the support of this great community.

Thank you!

Marianne Ackerman, Linda L’Estrange, Amy Luetke, Marci Pattillo, Janelle Rhoton, Irma Starbuck, Kathy Westley


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