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Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

It’s been over 30 years now since Dr. Bruce Lippman Sr. of Glenwood Medical Associates brought into action his belief that young children who participate in sports should have a physical exam.

On May 4, at the Glenwood Medical Associates facility, 393 middle school and high school kids had their physical exams, at no cost to them. All resources and expertise were donated.

Our deepest gratitude goes to Dr. Robert Adams and Dr. Bob Derkash of Aspen Orthopaedics; Dr. Matt Goodstein; Dr. Jeff Fegan and Jennifer Nelson, RN, of Rocky Mountain Urology; Dr. Leann Kocher of Women’s Health Associates; Dr. Stefania Timothy of Roaring Fork Family Physicians; and Ross Peterson, PT, for Valley View Hospital Rehab Services.

Thanks also to Dr. Bruce Lippman, Sr.; Dr. Bruce Lipmann, Jr.; Dr. Paul Salmen; Dr. Greg Feinsinger; Dr. Maria Chansky; Dr. Christiaan Maurer; Rob Nelson, PA; Sarah Oliver, NP; Mary Harrel Lawrence, NP; and GMA Support Shelly Weddell, LPN; Jan Jacob, RN; Juliette Caro, MA; Kym Dickinson, MA; Mari Brennan Combs, RT; Cheryl Discus, Clinical Asst.; Melinda Payne, Lab Tech; Jenn Schrock, Business Office; and Emily Jurmu, MA.

Special thanks and kudos to Karen Gentry, nursing director for GMA and Coach Craig Denney, athletic director for Glenwood Springs High School. Without their close coordination and their ability to recruit great volunteers, this important service would not be as efficient, effective, and as much fun.

Barbara Clarke

Glenwood Medical Associates

Glenwood Springs

I want to thank our local Roaring Fork Re-1 and Garfield Re-2 high school administrators for supporting our Child Abuse Prevention Month efforts by giving us time during their school day.

With the support from the Glenwood Springs Victim Assistance Law Enforcement Fund and the Quality Inn and Suites, we were able to bring Mike and Cassandra Harris, investigators who work on crimes against children cases with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, to speak at our local high schools.

This husband and wife police team has been active in their fight against sex offenders who prey on children and teens through the Internet and cell phones. Their compelling presentation focused on how to avoid being a victim from this type of crime. Thanks to the following schools we reached 2,194 students: Roaring Fork High School, Bridges High School, Glenwood Springs High School, Coal Ridge High School and Rifle High School.

While Childhelp River Bridge’s primary focus is to respond to, investigate, and treat child crime victims, we are also committed to preventing these crimes from happening in the first place. Thanks to our school community for helping us educate and bring awareness to our youth on this important issue.

Susan Ackerman

Director, Childhelp River Bridge

Glenwood Springs

Lake Christine in Basalt was the place to be on Saturday, May 7, as Buddy Program Big and Little Buddies learned how to fly-fish with guides from Trout Unlimited. Sole Lowe and her Buddy Program team created the perfect day for fun outdoor education and a bit of environmental clean up too.

Paula and Ken Neubecker, Maureen Bratcher, Matt Burmaster, Dan Bullock and Ernie Bradley from Trout Unlimited offered up their years of fishing expertise to these young buddies. In addition, Matt Yamashita from the Colorado Division of Wildlife talked about our local wildlife species and ways to preserve the environment.

Check out the Buddy Program’s website at for more information on this activity, the different volunteer opportunities that the Buddy Program offers, as well as information about Aspen’s best party of the summer, Boogie’s Bash for the Buddies. This fundraising event to support the 600-plus youth in the Buddy Program will be held on Friday, July 1, on Aspen Mountain.

Many thanks again to the Trout Unlimited team and the Colorado Division of Wildlife for a wonderful day in the great outdoors and a big thank you to the Buddy Program staff and Big Buddies for everything they do to help our Roaring Fork Valley kids be the best they can be.

Jackie Daly


The Silt Historical Society would like to extend a special thank you to Cal at A-1 Traffic Control in Silt for creating and donating a new directional sign to help visitors find the Silt Historical Park. It is a wonderful gift that was badly needed, and has already been put to use.

Randy Gorsett

President, Silt Historical Society

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