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Readers Say Thanks

Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

I just wanted to give a very big thank-you to the Glenwood Springs Police Department officers that helped us Friday night to located our very old and blind dog. She wandered off our porch on Colorado Avenue and managed to get herself all the way to Blake Avenue. They were wonderful on keeping us posted on where they had looked and when they did find her, protecting her from harm’s way until we arrived.

Thanks for being truly passionate and taking the time to help us out.


Patty Grace

Glenwood Springs

To my neighbors in the midvalley:

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your support of the recent “Basalt Cares” Thanksgiving Baskets and the “Basalt Cares” Family Christmas gift distribution. On Wednesday, Nov. 24, 127 mid-valley families enjoyed a complete Thanksgiving dinner thanks to your generosity. On Saturday, Dec. 18, 160 families – 354 children and their parents – received Christmas gifts because of you. Thank you to all the volunteers as well – from the young people who collected donations to the volunteers who schlepped heavy boxes of food or toys. You have shown us all how to be a neighbor.

The recipient families are our neighbors, too. The social workers at the Eagle County Health and Human Services and Basalt Family Resource Center offices help us identify neighbors who need a little help from time to time. These are the neighbors who stock the grocery shelves, clean our offices and businesses and homes, plug the potholes, plant and maintain our landscaping and tend our children. They’re the folks who are employed and working hard at low-income jobs, underemployed and looking for more work, or unemployed and often losing hope. They’re young families with small children and middle-aged folks with growing teens and older residents who can’t afford to retire. They’re our neighbors who sometimes live above the gas station or three to four families in a single mobile home. They’re the people who are never featured in the glossy brochures about our beautiful valley, but they’re the neighbors whose year-round labor is essential to our life here.

From 20th century leadership author Ordway Tead: “More and more clearly every day, out of biology, anthropology, sociology, history, economic analysis, psychological insight, plain human decency and common sense, the necessary mandate of survival that we shall love all our neighbors as we do ourselves, is being confirmed and reaffirmed.”

So, from neighbors to neighbors, thank you all. By your care, you make our valley a better place.

In the spirit of Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood,

Rev. Marie Gasau

Basalt and Thomasville Community United Methodist churches

Thank you to Mountain Rescue for your determination and commitment of never giving up on the search for George Aldrich. Even though the outcome is a very sad one, everyone that followed this story has been touched by your efforts. You are one of the reasons it is so special to live in Aspen.

Laura Maggos

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