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Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

We would like to thank the Good Samaritan who called 911 and stayed with Lori Parsons and her beloved dog, Petie, until help had arrived. Also would like to thank the emergency response personnel and Divide Creek Animal Shelter for taking care of Petie until we could get him. He is doing fine thanks to your kindness, and thank you to Holly and Jackie of Delta. And last but not least, thank you to everyone who has donated. It is making a difference in saying goodbye to Lori.

Christina Stoneking and Tony Gillespie


Two Rivers MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) held our annual Christmas Brunch and Silent Auction on Dec. 3. Thanks to many hard-working members of our group, it was a success. A special thanks to all those who generously donated to our silent auction, including the following businesses:

Lowe’s Home Improvement, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Aspen Glen Golf Club, New Castle Family Fitness, Glenwood Springs Post Independent, Real Deals on Home Decor, Lucky Girl Crafts, Sugar Sweet Clothing, Arcella’s Retreat, Vitamin Cottage, Main Street Coffee House, Hogback Pizza, Village Inn, Beth Reviere (piano lessons), Ruth’s Toffee (of Nucla), New Castle Recreation Department, Country Rose Boutique and A Stitch in Time.

Thank you for your support of this important resource for mothers of young children.

Katie Laven

Two Rivers MOPS

Thank you for the article you wrote promoting the Drake Rooks’ “Get Back on His Feet” Fundraiser, held Oct. 30 at the Carbondale Fire Department. It was a huge success, and we are so very grateful to the community for its generous support and making us feel so welcome.

We suppose everyone is already well aware of what an amazing person they have hired as Carbondale’s police chief. Most of you know him through his altruistic careers at the fire department and now the police department. Or maybe as leader of the pack on the snowmobile trek. Some of you know him as the dependable guy who takes the kids to school, but when you meet his other half you realize who really drives the bus. Gene and Stephanie Schilling not only provided focus and direction for us throughout Drake’s hospital stay, they masterminded this benefit. Stephanie rallied her friends, and they pulled it together in a few short weeks.

To name a few: Bob Olenick, owner of Red Rock Diner, who supplied the delicious food; the Carbondale Middle School cooks: Wendy Turgeon, Lisa Cerise, Cher Lynn Nye and Chris Dahl; Janice Ingram for kitchen help; Culligan Water for the drinks; Aaron Mayes for leading the Bike Cruz; Lisa Wagner for serving food in costume; Denise Echardt for donation of art and poster help; Dina Prieto, Katrina Fabian and Alicia Cheney for doing the auction; Jean Owens for serving as secretary; Jenny Cutright for Treasury; Lois and David Hayes and the Roaring Fork Valley Co-op; Alpine Bank for hosting the Drake Rooks Benefit Fund; Becky Young Marketing for our flyers; and Barry Chapman, Colin Johnson and Brendan for the fabulous music. We were also quite taken with the volunteer service by Paul Luttrell, Mark Luttrell, Chris Wurtsmith and Tamar for collecting cash donations at City Markets. We really appreciate all of the Carbondale Police Department and Fire Department members who promoted, donated, and supported this unimaginable event. We especially want to thank everyone who attended/contributed and all those who participated with the auction.

So what do we say to Tom Baker, Frosty Merriott and the town of Carbondale to possibly thank them for all of this? The only way we will possibly be able to repay it, is to pass it on to the next person in need. Pay it forward. Obviously that’s the Carbondale Creed and that’s how it got to be what it is today. We truly feel blessed to be living here among angels. Thank you, Carbondale (and surrounding areas), we love you.

Drake and Mandy Rooks

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