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Readers Say Thanks

River Valley Ranch would like to thank Ken Neubecker, Paula Fothergill, Tony Fotopulos, and everyone who participated in the Gone Fishin’ event.The June 9 presentation was very informative, the June 10 fly-fishing casting demo was beneficial, and the kids fishing derby was a blast. Thank you to everyone for making this event successful.Katie WorkmanRiver Valley RanchCarbondale

I am a teacher at Carbondale Middle School, and I want to publicly thank the organizations and individuals who made this school year one of the most successful in my career. Steve Kaufman’s after-school program, “Second Shift,” enabled me to give additional instruction to students who were falling behind in math. Thank you to Steve and his staff for creating a program that supports student learning beyond regular school hours. Local volunteer extraordinaire Dave Kolquist spent countless hours in my classroom teaching math and modeling positive social behavior and effective communication skills. Dave and his wife also donated materials and expertise for a culminating project, in which students applied their math skills to construct golf clubs. If our valley had 100 volunteers like Dave, the achievement gap would likely disappear.Many people and business deserve thanks for their support of extracurricular projects at CMS. My success with the Energy Champions, a group of dedicated students who met regularly after school to conserve energy, was made possible by Alice Laird at CLEER, Charley Haupt at New Energy Technology, and Auden Schendler at Aspen Skiing Co. Finally, the CMS climbing wall is nearly complete due to the help of local businesses Ernie Kollar Engineering, Pacific Sheet Metal, Grizzly Electric, and parents Tom and Laurie Stevens. To make the wall usable, the school now needs to raise $2,000 for padding. Donations may be sent to the Carbondale Middle School Climbing Wall.Undoubtedly, students benefit when people and businesses get involved in their local schools. I encourage anyone who would like to be a part of the 2011/2012 school year in any capacity to contact me or the Carbondale Middle School. Thank you for your support.Michael LoganCarbondale

The Glenwood Springs Soccer Club held its 13th annual soccer tournament over Memorial Day weekend with 56 teams participating. The games were held at Gates Soccer Complex at Colorado Mountain College and Glenwood Park soccer fields with the help of many local volunteers and participants. We are very thankful to the support from businesses and volunteers who made our weekend a huge success for the kids and for the club. Thank you Alpine Bank, Bighorn Toyota, American Bank, and Glenwood Noon Rotary Club for club sponsorships; Sean Thomas, Ty Truelove, Grand River Construction and Rippy Construction for facility improvements; JD Miller and Dave Reker of CMC for help with field preparation; Bethel Party Rentals, Mountain Roll-Offs, Sandy’s Office Supplies, and Intermountain Waste & Recycling for event equipment and supplies. Valley View Hospital provided excellent staff trainers for our first aid station, and Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, Rib City Grill, Russo’s, Ultimate Athletic, Moe’s, and Peppino’s Pizza provided discount coupons for visiting teams.We would also like to recognize locals who have sponsored teams and underwritten scholarships to support the club for the 2010-2011 seasons: All Kids Dental, the city of Glenwood Springs, Earth-Wise Horticultural, Vicki Lee Green Realtors, Drs. Heim and Johnson DDS, Phil and Patty Weir, Trailhead Technologies, Rhonda Moser Law Offices, and Moe’s Southwest Grill. We thank the Glenwood Springs Post Independent for help with event announcements.Thanks to great community support, the club has been able to provide 30 years of soccer training, team experience, and family fun to families in Glenwood Springs. Please join us in thanking and supporting these local businesses.Nancy Colia soccer club board of directorsGlenwood Springs

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