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Readers Say Thanks

On behalf of Walter Hooker, John Krueger and myself I want to give a huge thank-you to the Glenwood/Basalt lacrosse community for this past season, and a thank-you for the opportunity for us to participate in an exciting program with a great future. We had our ups and downs, but at the end of the season it was all good.

Thank you again to the parents, players, referees, Mr. Denney, teachers and businesses that supported our team.

We look forward to next year.

Rick Stevens

coach, Glenwood Springs HS lacrosse

“We love our playground!” was shouted over and again last week as kids explored the new Crystal River Park playground. What a beautiful sight to see flocks of kids and their families playing at the new park until dusk.

Even in this active community, many kids stay indoors watching television and playing video games. We hope this park is used by all the kids in our community for happy play and sustained health.

There are so many people to thank for Crystal River Park, from our visionary PTO, to the folks at Leathers and Associates who assured us this was possible, to the businesses and town leaders who provided so much in-kind support, and to the 600-plus volunteers who gave of their time, all bringing their talents and smiles to build something sweet for our children.

The energy generated as we worked side by side for this common goal, despite sketchy springtime weather, was palpable, generating its own momentum. More than one person remarked how wonderful it would be to keep the magic flowing for another community project.

There were no barriers that were not overcome by uniting on behalf of children. Skilled builders worked alongside those of us with limited ability, teaching us new skills. Youth and the no-longer-young knew no generation gap, laughing and working for hours with one another. Native English and native Spanish speakers found a common language in shared work with humor, gestures and purpose; there is no language barrier when your intention comes prepared to speak.

This past week marks a highpoint for our community and for many of us personally. Reflecting upon Kahlil Gibran’s words, “Work is love made visible,” it is evident that our children are well-loved by this compassionate community.

Karen Olson

principal, Crystal River Elementary School


The Mother’s Day Mile led the spring parade of clear skies, warm sun and cooling breeze to ensure that our participants could enjoy our 12th annual fundraiser for the Advocate Safehouse Project on Sunday, May 8.

The only glitch in a near perfect day was our race results and the delay in our race awards.

It is one of my favorite parts of the race when we get to call the winners to the podiums. We love to watch as our top runners proudly jump up on their blocks with great smiles on their faces.

In particular, you can’t imagine how fun it is to see those kids. It’s like they won the Olympics! So I apologize that many of you had to go home before we could honor your great running times.

If you were one of the those winners, you can see the race results at or at And please stop by Glenwood Medical Associates to receive your awards, or call GMA at 945-8503, ext. 3336, to leave a message for me.

The awards this year are handmade aprons made from the Sisterhood Exchange Program in Mfangano Island, Kenya. And the award tags are donated by Somethin’ Sweet Candy Plus.

More thanks to come in the future. My heart overflows with thanks to our sponsors, the many volunteers, the Safehouse board and spouses, Safehouse Project staff, my family, and above all to the race families and participants who come out each year to support the Advocate Safehouse Project. You are my heroes.

Nancy Reinisch

Glenwood Springs

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